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Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion told Comics2Film that work is underway on new drafts of the screenplays for the planned Judge Dredd movies. The chief said that the new storylines are "very different from what announced last October.

Rebellion has teamed with Shoreline Entertainment to film the two projects back-to-back.

The original working titles were Judge Dredd: Dredd Reckoning and Judge Dredd: Possession. Kingsley did not say if the titles were intact.


[Welcome to Eltingville]Evan Dorkin recently updated Comics2Film on the fate of his Welcome To Eltingville TV show. Dorkin created a pilot for Cartoon Network which aired with a series of other new shows during the net's Adult Swim block last March.

"We finally heard from the network and the word is -- no word," Dorkin said. "Better that than the 'no' word. Unless they change their mind, the decision on what will happen to the recent spate of Adult Swim pilots won't be made for a while, possibly even late in the year."

Dorkin is hopeful that the network will respond to the show so they can create more episodes. In the mean time he's got plenty of comic book projects in the works. He's doing a Thing comic called Night Falls on Yancy Street and segment in Captain America: Red, White and Blue, both for Marvel. He's also got a new issue of Dork slated for late in the summer and the Eltingville one-shot in the works.


[Animated Spider-Man]As predicted by sources at Mainframe Entertainment, the new Spider-Man edition of TV Guide gives fans their first look at the version of the character that will be seen in the upcoming animated show.

The image printed in the magazine is literally the size of a postage stamp. We've scanned it in, blown it up and present it here for the curious. The character bears a wiry appearance, more in keeping with the Ultimate Spider-Man take than the movie version.

The show is due to air on MTV later this year. Brian Graden, the network's entertainment president, told TV Guide, "There's an air of mystery about Spider-Man. He's darker, more complex than some of the other folklores."

The article also claims that the show will combine CGI and 2-D imagery. However, sources at Mainframe (speaking on the See-Gee Mayhem message boards) insist that the show is entirely in 3-D. The source of the confusion seems to be the toon-shading filter, which gives 3-D rendered animation a hand-drawn look.


After years of rumors, debunkings and more rumors Comics2Film has confirmed that former TV-Hulk Lou Ferrigno does, in fact, have a cameo role in the currently-filming The Hulk.

Sources at Universal Pictures have informed us that Ferrigno has a small role in the new film. No other information was made available at the time of this writing.

Ferrigno is best known for playing the green-skinned goliath to Bill Bixby's Banner in the TV series The Incredible Hulk. The show ran from 1977 to 1982 and spawned many spin-off TV movies, culminating in 1990's The Death of the Incredible Hulk.

Ferrigno returned to his greatest role more recently in the under-appreciated 1996 animated series, also titled The Incredible Hulk.

Thanks to Brian Pate from Comic Book Conventions.com for the lead!

The latest Hulk report from The Daily Californian reveals exactly what Ferrigno has been doing on the set of the movie.

No...he's not playing "the original" Hulk as speculated in recent online rumors. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory spokesperson Ron Kolb revealed that Ferrigno recently shot his cameo as a security guard in the film.

"Everyone seemed to be having a good time," Kolb said. "Ang Lee seemed to be quite pleased with the scenes."

Check out the complete article for more info on the Berkeley Labs shoot.

Thanks to Kevin Leung for the lead.

The rumor-mill continues to speculate on the movie. Last week it was reported that Nick Nolte's character in Ang Lee's adaptation of The Hulk may have a secret. Corona Coming Attractions has now posted a follow-up to that rumor and opened up a can full of green, irradiated worms. Possible SPOILERS follow.

CCA has reported that, according to an informant, Bruce's father David (to be played by Nolte) is not a Hulk-like creature as has been previously rumored. However, the scooper does say that he becomes The Absorbing Man near the end of the script. For those unaware, this is an extreme departure from the comic books that are the basis for the film.


[Daredevil]Extra! Extra! Ain't It Cool News has released the first true image of Daredevil! Comics2Film has verified the pic's authenticity with sources close to the production.

AICN received the image from an anonymous Paramount Pictures employee, who says the film was shooting a scene at the lot's "New York Street" last Friday. Although the photo is too far away to reveal details of the costume, it does show Daredevil in a beautifully classic pose.

Says AICN's source: "From a distance the costume looks dope!"

Meanwhile Dark Horizons claims that fans will get their first good look at the costume in an upcoming issue of Newsweek.

That same site reported on Monday that Daredevil's New York is actually going to be a few cities on the opposite end of the coast. The web site wrote that shooting for Daredevil was spotted in LaBrea and Venice over the weekend.

Dark Horizons also reports that the New York Street back lot at Paramount Studios (which has been used in a variety of movies and television shows from Ally McBeal to Angel), is being spruced up with foliage. The foliage is being added for some shooting work on Daredevil this weekend.

According to UpcomingMovies.com, Paul Ben-Victor has joined the cast of Daredevil. No word is given on what role the actor will play.

Ben-Victor may be best known for playing Moe in the made-for-TV Three Stooges movie.

Horror film star Kane Hodder talked about his role in the upcoming Daredevil film with theCHUD website. The man who brought Jason Voorhees to life will of course be playing a villain in the film. Hodder told CHUD that he plays a bodyguard who beats Daredevil's father to death.

In other news, Ben Affleck will be commenting on his Daredevil role in an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly, according to a report from Comics Continuum. The report includes some excerpts from the interview.

"There's this really interesting effect to show how he gets his sense of where he is," Affleck says. He adds that, as we all know, the character has "hypersensitive sound, almost like radar."

Affleck has been working with actor/writer Tom Sullivan, who has been brought on as the film's consultant, to capture the behaviors of a blind character. "I've been studying how his body changes when he approaches things," Affleck said.

The star of the current box-office smash Changing Lanes also gives his opinion on the comic-book character, whom he read and loved growing up: "I could really identify with him."

Look for Affleck's comments in the April 26 edition of Entertainment Weekly.

Finally, MAXIM Magazine has unveiled their Hot 100 list for 2002. The list is peppered with comic book movie actresses.

Topping the chart is none other than Elektra-to-be Jennifer Garner. The Alias is currently filming her ninja assassin bit in Daredevil, a role that will likely spin off into its own movie franchise.

Coming in at #2 on the Hot list is Spider-Man's girl Kirsten Dunst. Dunst, of course, plays Mary Jane in the comic pic set to open in two weeks.

Former Pussycat Tara Reid is #4. Her fellow Josie star and co-star of Men In Black 2, Rosario Dawson ranked 19.

Mutant goddess Halley Berry took the #7 spot. Berry took home an Oscar recently, but more importantly played Storm in X-Men and returns to the rule this June in X-Men 2.

Blade 2 vampire princess Leonor Varela came in at #11.

Ghost World's Scarlett Johansson ranked 63.


[Hellboy]Word on the Hellboy movie has been getting increasingly positive in the past few months. Director Guillermo del Toro's passion project may have gotten a shot in the arm by the strong performance of his recently released Blade II.

Now, Ain't It Cool News reports that the movie has gotten the green light from Revolution Studios. The site also reports that actor Ron Perlman will, be wearing the Hellboy gauntlet in the movie.

In a march interview with Comics2Film Del Toro was adamant that Perlman be the lead actor in the movie. "At this point I think I'd rather make it with him or not at all," Del Toro said at the time.

Perlman told C2F he was eager to do the movie. "It's a phenomenal project. The adaptation that Guillermo wrote based on the comic book just totally nails it. It's so cool and so theatrical. That would be huge fun to play that characters and a great honor because he's a phenomenal super hero."

Del Toro also told C2F that he hoped to get Rick Baker (Men In Black 2) to handle the Hellboy makeup effects. He was also eyeing Richard Corben, Wayne Barlowe, and, of course, Mike Mignola to do design work. Phil Tippet's Tippet Studios would do the CGI effects.

According to Ain't It Cool Patrick Palmer, Mike Richardson, Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin are named as producers. Guillermo Navarro is the director of photography.

The story broke late Friday and, as of Monday morning there have been no official announcements. Ain't It Cool expects a write-up in Variety early this week.

Thanks to Hellboy.com for the lead.


Today's Variety reports that Artisan has hired Jonathan Hensleigh to write and make his directorial bow on Marvel's The Punisher.

"The Punisher is one of the biggest and most important characters in the Marvel universe," Marvel's Avi Arad said. "When [Artisan Entertainment CEO Amir Malin] and I signed the deal between Marvel and Artisan, the Punisher was one of the marquee properties that we both felt needed to be given a strong theatrical presence. Bringing Jonathan on board is a major step in bringing our vision to fruition."

Hensleigh's writing credits include Jumanji, Die Hard: With a Vengeance and The Saint. He's also been an executive producer on Gone in Sixty Seconds, Armageddon and Con Air.

This is not the first time Hensleigh has been tapped to write and direct a Marvel property. Fans may recall that Hensleigh had written a draft of The Hulk and was attached to direct. That development effort ran to a halt in 1998, and of course was more recently revived with different players.

Hulk producer Gale Anne Hurd is will produce The Punisher as well.


In his "Dish" column in Variety Michael Fleming gives a nice rundown of many of the current sequels in the works. In it he reports that New Line Cinema has "just commissioned" David Goyer to pen Blade III.


Toonzone.net recently posted information about the upcoming video and DVD release of Spider-Man: The Ultimate Villain Showdown. The Ultimate Villain Showdown is a collection of Spider-Man animated series episodes featuring battles with foes like Doctor Octopus, The Green Goblin, and The Kingpin. Most of the episodes featured appear to be from the 90's Spider-Man series that ran on the Fox Kids network

Toonzone also posted a link to the trailer for the release. Buena Vista is releasing Ultimate Villain Showdown, but they are borrowing tactics from rival Sony's marketing department. The trailer is amusing because it is designed to resemble the trailers for Spider-Man the movie.According to Toonzone, Spider-Man: The Ultimate Villain Showdown will have the following special features:

  • The 1967 Classic Episode: The Origins Of Spider-Man With Introduction By Creator Stan Lee & The Original Theme Song
  • Rogues' Dossiers -- A Lineup Of Spider-Man's Most Evil Nemeses
  • Stan Lee's Soapbox
  • Cool Animated Menus
  • Spanish Language Track

Spider-Man: The Ultimate Villain Showdown will be released on April 30th. Amazon.com is accepting pre-orders now.


A source said to be "close to the production" of King Conan: Crown of Iron has informed IGN FilmForce that not only has writer-director John Milius completed his rewrite of the script but that it is one of his best works yet.

Also in the article is mention of Vin Diesel and the role of Kon. As previously reported, Diesel is being courted to portray Kon, Conan's son. According to the report, FilmForce has learned that now Diesel himself is interested in the part and is pursuing it.

In an interview with Empire Online , The Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson) confirmed that he would not be playing Conan's son in the developing King Conan feature film.

The Rock said, "I can honestly say that [King Conan] is not going to happen. We did close a deal with Universal for Helldorado, an action comedy with Seann William Scott. We'll be filming that in a couple of months, but no King Conan. There'll be someone else who can play [Arnie's] son, but not me."


Cinescape's Christopher Allen Smith reported last week on an article appearing in the New York Times. The article was about the tracking number the Spider-Man film is receiving. Tracking number are what a studio uses to gauge people's anticipation for a film.

The New York Times article quotes an unnamed envious producer of a rival summer film. This rival producer said, "'I have seen the latest tracking numbers [from film fans and their films of interest], and SPIDER-MAN is absolutely through the roof. ... It's going to be huge."

Smith writes that Spider-Man is achieving tracking numbers equal to what Pearl Harbor received last year. Which before the film opened were massive.

In other news, Our old friend Salvador at the Thora Birch News wants to make sure that Mexican Spider-Man fans know that the movie opens there on May 17th. This comes directly from the official Mexican Spider-Man site.

Thanks Salvador!

Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis has made brief mention of a possible appearance on the Spider-Man DVD.

In response to a post on Bendis' message board, asking if Sony will interview him for DVD bonus material, Bendis had this to say: "we have had scheduling difficulties but they are trying to make it happen."

Thanks to David Arroyo for the lead.

Empire Online recently made an MP3 of Aerosmith's rendition of the Spider-Man theme song available for download. The song will appear on the soundtrack to Spider-Man. Empire Online reports that the song has a harder, edgier, Nu-Metal feel to it.

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Reader Paul Howls spied X-Men leader Patrick Stewart on a UK show called "This Morning" on Tuesday. Stewart was on the show promoting the new Star Trek: The Next Generation DVD set. The actor also dished about the soon-to-film X-Men 2.

According to Howls, Stewart was given a script for the film which he brought to read on the plane trip to the UK. Of course, Professor X was sworn to secrecy under pain of being "strung up by his thumbs" if he showed anyone the script. The thespian did report that he thinks X-Men 2 is shaping up to be a great film.

I guess this means the writing team is finally down to one draft.

Thanks, Paul!

Other word comes from Corona Coming Attractions that casting for X2 is underway in Vancouver.

A scooper for CCA has reported that a friend had been called in to read for the role of Pyro. The fire-wielding mutant did appear in the first of the ongoing X-Men film series, although only briefly. This would suggest that Alex Burton, the young actor who played Pyro in the first film, will not be returning.

CCA has also reported that an anonymous scooper has informed them that casting is going strong for three other roles in X2. According to the report, two male characters were identified by initials "NC" and the abbreviation "ANG" (presumably Nightcrawler and Angel). However, the scooper had no information about who the third character, a teenage girl, might be.


Iron Man may not be taking off any time soon, according to IGN FilmForce.

The site claims that an insider has informed them that Joss Whedon is no longer attached as writer or director. According to the informant, Whedon's new show Firefly will be keeping him far too busy to work on the film. The scooper also says that recent casting rumors of Guy Pearce in the title role are false.

The plagued production has been stuck in development hell for years and apparently may stay nice and toasty there for a while longer.


Stax, over at IGN FilmForce has reported that Saffron Burrows may be the lead contender for the only significant female role in the film adaptation of Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, to be directed by Stephen Norrington for Twentieth Century Fox.

The character of Mina Harker (or Murray, depending on who you ask) is taken from Bram Stoker' s Dracula and in the continuity of League is now divorced from Jonathan Harker.

While Burrows has not yet signed for the role, according to FilmForce, she is under consideration.

They also make mention of a new name in the casting gauntlet... that of Robbie Coltrane. Coltrane is said to be up for an unspecified role. Given his appearance, one might surmise he could be up for the role of either Campion Bond or Mycroft Holmes.

Stuart Townsend, most recently seen in Queen of the Damned, is said to be under consideration for the role of Dorian Gray. Gray is the title character of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray... a faustian tale of a man who stays forever young, while his portrait ages. While Gray was not in the comic book that the film is based on, he is in the sequel comic.

FilmForce also reports that Eddie Izzard may no longer be in contention for the role of The Invisible Man, as had been previously reported on the site.


[Powers]Zentertainment's Ryan Scott Otney recently interviewed Powers' artist Michael Avon Oeming. During the course of the interview, Otney was able to ask Oeming a few questions about the big screen adaptation of Powers, currently in development.

Oeming told Otney that the film is currently in the script writing process. Oeming said he believes that they are on about the third draft of the screenplay.

When asked if he and fellow creator Brian Michael Bendis have any creative control over the film Oeming replied that he and Bendis get to see the drafts when they are finished. The two then are able to offer comments to the scriptwriters. The writers are not obligated to use the pairs' comments.

Oeming said that Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard are still the writers on the film, as originally reported by C2F. The pair previously wrote the script Motor City.

Thanks to Dark Horizons for the lead


TNT has announced that season 2 of Witchblade is now set to bow June 16th with a special two hour block of programming.

The season opener, "Emergence" will air at 8 pm ET on the 16th. "Destiny" follows directly at 9 pm ET the same day. Encores will air directly afterwards at 10 and 11 pm ET.

From there the show movies to its regular spot on Mondays at 9 pm ET with scheduled encores on Tuesdays at 11 pm ET.

Here's the entire June schedule for the returning show:



Sunday, June 16th

8 pm (ET)


Sunday, June 16th

9 pm (ET)


Sunday, June 16th

10 pm (ET)


Sunday, June 16th

11 pm (ET)


Monday, June 17th

9 pm (ET)


Tuesday, June 18th



Monday, June 24th

9 pm (ET)


Tuesday, June 25th

11 pm (ET)


Yancy Butler returns to the starring role in this hit TV series.

Thanks to Dex for all the info!


Every Friday MenInBlack.com reveals a new alien. Meet Joey, the featured creature in this week's Alien Friday:

[MIB2 Alien]Earth Name: Joey

Zone Restriction: Los Angeles

Age: He'll never tell

Height: 5'6"

Weight: 187 lbs.

Health: Medium

Armor: Medium

Speed: Slow

Bio Information:

Back in the 80's, Joey was a huge rock sensation, touring with a band called The Standing Stones. His musical talents packed stadiums and his face was on thousands of T-shirts. Of course, no one ever suspected that he was from another planet. The race that Joey belongs to look basically similar to a human, with their bodily features a little bit longer and more exaggerated. Puffy lips and a bulbous nose are common facial features of his kind. A lack of body hair is also a dead giveaway that they aren't human. They have a penchant for singing, which explains why a large number of professional singers are so "ugly". Joey, throughout his career in the music business, has always sported his trademark long hair. This hair, of course… is a wig. However, the hair's just enough to draw attention away from his somewhat alien face.


Cinescape reported recently on some quotes Ashley Judd gave Entertainment Weekly on the upcoming Catwoman feature film. Judd tells EW what drew her to the role, "I was attracted to the dichotomy… the unsure, henpecked gal and then this Uberconfident and ambiguous heroine."

Cinescape writes that Judd's High Crimes co-star, Morgan Freeman had a fun time joking with her about the Catwoman role. Freeman said, "I kept asking her to use the whip on me."


Stan Lee is well-known as the father of Spider-Man (along with Steve Ditko, natch). Now it looks like the web-slinger has a pole-dancing sister and she'll be played by none other than Pamela Anderson, star of V.I.P.!

This is all referring to a recent announcement of a new block of animated programming for cable's The New TNN (The National Network). The adult animation block includes a new show by Stan The Man himself.

Stripperella is a 30-minute animated series from Lee. It features Pamela Anderson a stripper by night and a superhero by later night.

With Spidey poised to bust out huge at the box-office in just a few weeks can a big-budget Striperella movie be far behind?

Other shows in the TNN line-up include:


The cinematic adaptation of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's From Hell will be available on DVD on May 14th. Fox Home Video is taking pre-orders for it now. The site list the following special features for the From Hell Limited Director's Edition DVD:

Thanks to Cinescape for the lead


For a sneak peek at the upcoming Spider-Man movie check out Spider-Man: HBO First Look on the HBO pay-cable channel. The half-hour special premieres this Thursday at 8:00p.m.

Encore showings are slated for Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m.; Wednesday, May 1 at 12:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 4 at 1:45 p.m.; Sunday, May 5 at 7:30p.m. (HBO2); Monday, May 13 at 11:30a.m.(HBO2); Thursday, May 16 at 6:00pm (HBO2).


Sabrina has a short-lived reunion with her mother on "The Whole Ball of Wax," this week's episode of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.

Sabrina's (Melissa Joan Hart) joy over her mother's (guest star Alley Mills, The Wonder Years) unexpected visit quickly diminishes when the witches council's decree that the two must never come face to face turns Diana into a ball of wax. Henry Winkler directed the episode written by Laurie Gelman.

"The Whole Ball of Wax" airs Friday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m. on The WB Network.

Thanks to author and comic book movie journalist Andy Mangels for the info.


Kids' WB! welcomes "Larger Than Life" Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean in his first Kids' WB! animated guest appearance on Static Shock Saturday, April 27 (8:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT). The synthesizing episode will include the voice talents of actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Jeremiah, The Cosby Show) and rapper/actor Coolio (Gangsta's Paradise, Charmed). McLean, Warner and Coolio are among the latest celebrities to lend their voices for special episodes of top-rated animated series on the #1 broadcast network.

In the episode entitled "Duped," A.J. McLean stars as himself -- dealing with screaming fans, music business bureaucracy and a meta-human who impersonates him with negative consequences. A.J. takes Adam Evans (voice of Kadeem Hardison, A Different World) -- a.k.a. Rubberband Man -- under his wing to "show him the meaning of being a singer." When record company executive Lester Biggs (Warner) takes A.J.'s advice to sign Adam to a music deal, rebel meta-human Replikon (Coolio) believes the deal should go to him instead. Using his powerful shape-shifting abilities, Replikon kidnaps A.J. and assumes his identity. This bad-boy version of A.J. changes his feelings about Adam and pushes for Replikon to get signed. With the real A.J. locked away, will Static discover the truth before Adam's career is ruined forever?

"Duped" airs at 8:30 a.m. ET on the Kids WB!


Next Sunday night brings part II of "Legends," an all-new episode of Justice League on Cartoon Network.

During a fight with Lex Luthor, the Justice League is blasted into an alternate reality where they meet the Justice Guild of America, a group of old-fashioned comic book heroes whose exploits the Green Lantern remembers reading about when he was a kid.

"Legends Part II" airs Sunday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. on Cartoon Network. Encore showings are 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. The widescreen presentation airs the same day at 10:00 p.m.


Clark has to BEE Ware in a story that puts us in the mind of Lana Lang's Insect Queen persona in "Drone", the April 30th episode of Smallville.

Clark (Tom Welling) sees the election for class president as an opportunity to be a "normal kid," but when his running mates are systematically attacked by a swarm of bees, Clark suspects a candidate is eliminating the competition one by one and he is next on the list. Michael Katleman (Dark Angel) directed the episode written by Michael Green (Snoops) & Philip Levens (Wolf Lake).

"Drone" airs Tuesday, April 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET on The WB network.

Thanks to author and comic book movie journalist Andy Mangels for the info.

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