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Artisan unveils new Punisher Poster!

ArtisanEntertainment just shot CBR News a copy of the new teaser poster for 'ThePunisher.' This poster is an online exclusive between now and next week, whenit'll start showing up in theaters across the country. Click the thumbnail for the full-size image!

Artisan has also issued this end of production press release for the film:

Tampa, October 17, 2003 -- Artisan Entertainment and Marvel Studio's 'ThePunisher' starring Thomas Jane, John Travolta and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos haswrapped production after an 11-week shoot on location in Tampa, Florida it wasannounced by Artisan Pictures President of Production Richard Saperstein andMarvel Studios CEO Avi Arad. Written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh, 'ThePunisher' is produced by Avi Arad and producer Gale Anne Hurd. Kevin Feige is theexecutive producer. Ari Arad is the co-producer along with Germany's TheVIP-Group. Supporting cast members include Roy Scheider, Samantha Mathis, LauraHarring, Will Patton, Ben Foster, James Carpinello, Mark Collie, Eddie Jemison,Russell Andrews, John Pinette and Kevin Nash. The event film will be released inNorth America by Artisan Entertainment on April 16, 2004.

Marvel's unstoppable vigilante 'The Punisher' hits the screen in a new actionthriller that introduces a comic book hero unlike any other. The Punisher bringsto the screen one of Marvel's top-selling solo comic books and a marqueecharacter whose popularity parallels that of Marvel stars X-Men, Spider-Man, andthe Fantastic Four. The Punisher walks through the world we all know, a worlddarkened by war, crime, cruelty, and injustice. He has no superpowers to battlethe evil he sees - only his fierce intelligence, his years of combat experienceand, above all, his iron determination to avenge those wronged by society'svillains.

'The Punisher' marks the directorial debut of Jonathan Hensleigh, renownedscreenwriter of genre blockbusters The Rock, Armageddon and Die Hard: With aVengeance. Thomas Jane (Dreamcatcher, *61, Deep Blue Sea) stars in the titlerole, squaring off against superstar John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) asthe story's formidable villain. Co-starring are Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (X-Men,X-2: X-Men United) as a woman climbing back from a troubled past, Laura Harring(Mulholland Drive) as Travolta's vengeful wife, and Samantha Mathis (AmericanPsycho) as The Punisher's wife.

Thomas Jane is a versatile actor with a wide range of strong performances tohis credit. Jane most recently starred in the Warner Bros.' film, Dreamcatcher,alongside Morgan Freeman and can next be seen in the title role of Stander fordirector Bronwen Hughes. Jane starred opposite Cameron Diaz in ColumbiaPictures' The Sweetest Thing. Prior to that, Jane starred as legendary baseballplayer Mickey Mantle in HBO's acclaimed film 61*. Additional credits for Janeinclude roles in Lions Gate's Under Suspicion, Warner Brothers' Deep Blue Sea,20th Century Fox's The Thin Red Line and New Line's Boogie Nights.

A proven megastar with over forty films to his credit, John Travolta hasstarred in some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters and earned critics' praisefor several commanding performances. He has garnered two Academy Award BestActor nominations -- for his memorable performances as a hit man in Pulp Fictionand white suited disco hustler in Saturday Night Fever - and received multipleGolden Globe Award accolades including winner in the Best Actor, Musical/Comedyfor Get Shorty. Additional credits include roles as a free spirited archangel inMichael and as an ordinary man bestowed surreal powers in Phenomenon. He cannext be seen opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the upcoming film Ladder 49 for BuenaVista Pictures.

Romijn-Stamos is a talented actress who continues to turn in impressiveperformances in her films. She recently completed shooting Godsend oppositeRobert De Niro and Greg Kinnear. Romijn-Stamos' previous credits include FemmeFatale opposite Antonio Banderas, Rollerball, opposite Chris Klein and LL CoolJ, a role opposite Al Pacino in Simone, and the hugely successful films X-Menand X-2: X-Men United.

Writer and Director Jonathan Hensleigh has written some of the genre's mostnotable action films including The Rock, Armageddon, Jumanji and Die Hard: Witha Vengence. Hensleigh also executive produced Armageddon as well as Gone inSixty Seconds and Con Air.

Avi Arad is President and CEO of Marvel Studios. Following therecord-breaking success of the box office smash hit, Spider-Man (ColumbiaPictures), and the establishment of two more proven franchises in his firstMarvel features - Blade (New Line) and X-Men: The Movie (Twentieth Century Fox)- Arad has numerous film projects based on Marvel super heroes in various stagesof development. He has aligned Marvel with several prominent studios to producefull-feature films including: Twentieth Century Fox (X-Men 2, The Silver Surfer,Fantastic Four, Daredevil and Elektra), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man 2, GhostRider), Universal Studios (The Hulk, Namor), New Line (Iron Man), Dimension(Werewolf By Night, Dr. Strange), Artisan Entertainment (The Punisher) andParamount (Deathlok). His reputation has attracted some of Hollywood's mostprestigious directors (i.e. Sam Raimi, Ang Lee and Bryan Singer) and writers whoare helping translate the ever-popular Marvel super heroes for the big screen.

Gale Anne Hurd recently produced the hit epic fantasy-adventure, The Hulk.Hurd has produced such box office hits as Armageddon, Terminator, Aliens, TheAbyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Ghost and the Darkness, The Relic andDante's Peak, and served as an executive producer of this past summer'sTerminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Impressively, both Armageddon and Terminator2: Judgment Day ranked number one in worldwide box office gross in theirrespective years of release. Her films have earned over $2.5 billion at the boxoffice and have won multiple Academy Awardsâ.

Locations for 'The Punisher' included downtown Tampa, The Tampa Port, YborCity, Ft. DeSoto State Park, Honeymoon Island State Park, the Old FederalCourthouse and The University of South Florida.

Behind-the-scenes talent includes Cinematographer Conrad W. Hall (Panic Room)Production Designer Michael Hanan (Gods and Generals, Blow,) and CostumeDesigner Lisa Tomczeszyn.

Artisan Entertainment Inc. is the leading independent producer anddistributor of theatrical, television and home entertainment product. Thecompany coordinates its business activities through two wholly owned operatingdivisions, Artisan Pictures and Artisan Home Entertainment.

The Artisan Pictures division is responsible for the development, production,marketing and distribution of the company's annual slate of theatrical films.The Artisan Home Entertainment division has an extensive library of over 7,000titles which includes its own properties, as well as a wide spectrum of filmsfrom Academy Award winning classics to blockbusters and cult favorites.

Marvel Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: MVL) is a leading global character-basedentertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 4,700characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer productlicensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development offeature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel's creative team alsosupports the creation of video games and toy lines based on its characters aswell as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and servicesincluding apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel's comic bookdivision is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving asan invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel's Toy Biz division is arecognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing,developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additionalinformation visit http://www.marvel.com.

The Munich based VIP-Group is one of the leading German independent fullservice investment advisors as well as product initiator and asset manager withone key area in investments into film production. The VIP-Group has structuredits own production company over the past years thus being able to control theinvestments made by various funds. Being the largest non-bank-related mediafunds in Germany with an overall investment of together above 250 mio €, theVIP-Group has a long history of successfully producing international movies,starring i.e. academy-award winner Kevin Costner, Charlize Theron and ChristinaRicci, as well as national feature films, i.e. a fairy tale comedy withwell-known German comedians.

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