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Comics2Film Wrap for April 21st, 2003

SPIDER-MAN

Today's Varietyreports new details on the continuing lawsuits between Marvel and Sony over thelicensing of "Spider-Man" with regards to the "Spider-Man"movie.

While the documents in the complaints were filed under seal, Variety and LosAngeles Daily Journal filed a motion seeking to unseal the cases. L.A. SuperiorCourt Judge Alexander Williams will make a ruling today on the motion, and isexpected to unseal the documents.

Those documents leaked early on "The Drudge Report" last Wednesday.Sony is now accusing Marvel of leaking those documents to the online newshound.

Marvel attorney Carole Handler denies the claim stating nobody with Marvelhad any contact with Drudge and that all the information contained in thosereports had already been reported by Variety anyway.

Sony attorney Patricia Glaser, however, said that the leak was an attempt to"tarnish Sony as much as possible before the truth comes out. When theircase is unsealed, it's going to be ugly for them."

Marvel started the litigation rolling back in February with a sealed claimagainst Sony. Variety reports that Marvel claims the studio never disclosed itsintent to associate Spider-Man exclusively with Sony in the minds of retailersand that Sony never intended to use its sister corporations, such as SonyElectronics, to merchandise Spider-Man, as it promised Marvel it would.

Sony's position is that both parties carefully negotiated all licensingagreements and Marvel is merely looking for an excuse to get a better deal.

 

HULK PIC

HulkSmash Puny Helicopters! That's the battle cry for the latest image from the"Hulk" movie, published by CHUD.com this weekend.

The image shows jade jaws ready to hurl a chunk of concrete at a swarm ofhelicopters that, no doubt, just won't leave Hulk alone.

It's a cool image that will appear as a two-page spread in the upcomingsummer preview issue of EntertainmentWeekly. We'll show you a tiny image here, but click over to CHUDfor a close up look at some cool CGI!

 

DD DVD

The"Daredevil" DVD is due in stores July 29 according to the latest infofrom Twentieth Century Fox. Online vendors are already taking orders for what issure to be a big seller.

"Daredevil" will be released in a two-disc package packed withfeatures. Here are some of the included goodies:

Disc 1: 

  • Production commentary by Mark Steven Johnson and Gary Foster
  • Text commentary
  • Enhanced viewing mode
  • 6 multi-angle scene studies
  • Visuallyimpaired track
  • DVD ROM

Disc 2: 

  • Documentary - "Beyond Hell's Kitchen: Making Daredevil" withenhanced or unenhanced viewing modes
  • Documentary - "The Men Without Fear:The Art of Daredevil"
  • Daredevil: HBO First Look special
  • Daredevil #1-virtual comic book
  • "Shadow World" - an in depth look at"Daredevil's sight"
  • Modeling sheet: bios of your favorite villainsand heroes
  • Kingpin featurette - The Kingpin transformed from comic book to thebig screen
  • 3 music videos - "Won't Back Down" by Fuel, "ForYou" by The Calling and "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence
  • Jennifer Garner screen test bio
  • Still gallery
  • Trailers
  • Full length screenplay

 

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 

Aint-it-cool-newsscored a pair of nice images from the set of "The Amazing Spider-Man."The pictures show Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker hanging out with Kirsten Dunstas Mary Jane Watson.

Here's a preview of one of the images, but click over toAICN for both full-size pics.

 

ANOTHER HULK DVD

"Hulk" fans will have plenty ofnew DVDs to purchase in June, when the big movie comes out.

Twentieth CenturyFox has jumped into the fray with what will be the fourth new Hulk DVD to beannounced for release that month. 

Fox's disc will present the lastmade-for-TV Hulk movie, the infamous "Death of the Incredible Hulk."The $14.98 disc will present the 100 minute long made-for-TV finale to the popularTV show and TV movie series. The movie features Bill Bixby as Banner and LouFerrigno as "The Incredible Hulk," of course, and reveals why Hulk isso angry at helicopters in the above photo.

As C2F/CBR News reporteda few weeks back, there are already three other Hulk DVDs due out in June. 

Universal,the studio behind the movie, is released the two-hour series premier movie,which tells the TV origin of "The Incredible Hulk." That disc alsocontains the "Married" episode, for which actress Mariette Hartley wonan Emmy Award.

Anchor Bay Entertainment is releasing a two-disc set, featuringthe TV movies, "The Return of the Incredible Hulk" and "The Trialof the Incredible Hulk." These movies feature The (not so) Mighty Thor andDaredevil as guest stars.

Finally, Buena Vista Home Entertainment iscollecting episodes of "The Incredible Hulk" animated show for releaseon DVD that same month.

"The Hulk" feature film will be in theaters June 20th.

Thanks to Jeff for the lead.

 

BULLETPROOF MONK

This year's second comics adaptation, "Bulletproof Monk" made adisappointing debut at the box office, according to early estimates provided by BoxOffice Mojo. The movie ranked fourth for the weekend in spite of having anearly Wednesday release. The esitmated five-day take for the movie came in at$11.7 million.

The movie trailed behind Adam Sandler's "Anger Management," whichheld the top spot for two weeks in a row. Debuting at #2 was Disney'sfamily-friendly "Holes." Behind that was the Jamie Kennedy top-liner"Malibu's Most Wanted." which also got an early start.

Unless "Bulletproof Monk" makes an unlikely upward charge on thecharts, it'll break the streak of comic book movies hitting #1 that started with"From Hell" in October of 2001.

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