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Hulk, Hulk 2, Daredevil, Punisher and LXG: Comics2Film wrap for June 20, 2003

HULK

"The Hulk" will open big this weekend, according to Variety.The movie is opening on 6,000 screens in 3,661 theaters and conservativeestimates are calling for a $50 million box office.

However, with Hulk being one of most recognizable comic characters of time,thanks in large part to a fondly-remembered TV series, with ground-breakingeffects in the CGI leading man and with web buzz at fever pitch, the openingcould go well beyond that somewhat modest take.

Reviews for the movie have been fairly positive, review aggregator RottenTomatoes scores the movie 66% "fresh" based on 53 publishedreviews.

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Genre site CHUDhas posted a second review of the film, this one from Smilin' Jack Ruby. Thatone is positive scoring the movie a 7.75 out of 10. Ruby writes, "So, thelong and short of it is this: Hulk is two movies. The first half is a long,tedious boring 'Outer Limits' episode written by Pen Densham that never seems toresolve itself. The second half is a kick-ass, extraordinary bit of actionfilmmaking written by 'Predator'-era Shane Black."

It's unlikely that "Hulk" will bust "Spider-Man's" boxoffice records but by the end of the weekend we should see how it stacks upagainst this year's C2F champ: "X2."

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Tokick "Hulk" weekend off, Comics2Film drew winners in our toy giveaway.Thegood folks at Toy Biz dropped atrio of Hulk action figures on our doorstep earlier this month to hand out toyou loyal readers. Here are the winners:

John M. of Corpus Christi, TX is jumping for joy over the 6" LeapingHulk figure.

John P. of Mililani, HI will roar with delight over the 6"Rage and Roar Hulk.

Quito O. of Arlington, VA is going to twist and shout forthe 6" Twist and Slam Hulk.

Congrats to the winners and thanks toeveryone who entered. Don't forget to check out our other giveaways mentioned atthe end of this write up!

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HULK 2

"Hulk" opens in theaters today but it's never too soon to talksequel. USAToday was at the Hollywood premiere on Tuesday and they chatted withproducer and screenwriter James Schamus.

Schamus told the national paper that the sequel could deal with emergence ofthe mean-spirited, grey Hulk. Furthermore, villains like The Leader and TheAbomination could make an appearance.

And is director Ang Lee on board for "Hulk 2?"

"Maybe," Lee told USA Today, but first, "I need to de-Hulkthis process."

DAREDEVIL

The 2003 superhero movie season came in with a bang as Twentieth Century Foxand Marvel presented fans with "Daredevil," a movie that held thenumber one spot at the box office for two weeks in a row.

Now, in just over a month, fans will be able to take the man without fearhome in a 2-disc special edition DVD. The set is packed with features and Fox isgiving fans a chance to sample them online first.

Click the links below to try before you buy, then check back on Monday formore DD DVD news!

QuickTime

Windows MediaJennifer Garner and Ben Affleck work on their fight sceneHighLowHighLowBen Affleck talks about the trouble of working in wiresHighLow High LowJennifer Garner works on her movesHighLowHighLowJennifer Garner on learning Martial ArtsHighLowHighLowBen Affleck is fitted in a mold for the Daredevil suitHighLowHighLowBen Affleck gets ready for a mold of his headHighLowHighLowThe Making of DaredevilHighLowHighLowWorking on the look for DaredevilHighLowHighLow

PUNISHER

The teaser trailer for "The Punisher" will be officially unveiledto the web today when PunisherTheMovie.com goes live.

However, if you can't wait that long, a video grab of the trailer that airedon Access Hollywood can currently be downloaded at TheMovie Box.

Thanks to Lauren for the scoop.

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN

For 10new pictures from the upcoming "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"check out ComicsContinuum.

LAST CHANCE FOR PUNISHMENT: PUNISHER GIVEAWAY

Thisweekend is the last chance fans will have so sign up for some punishment from ArtisanEntertainment.

The studio gave us 10 posters and five T-shirts promoting the new movie topass on to our readers.

On Monday well draw the following: Onegrand prize winner will get both a poster and a t-shirt. Nine individual winnerswill get a poster. Four individual winners will get t-shirts.

If you've already entered, you don't need to do anything else.

If you haven't entered yet, we'll be taking names from now until June 22 (right around the time that theofficial website officialwebsite launches). Just fill out the simple entry form on Comics2Film.comfor your chance to win!

CALLING ALL FAN ARTISTS: G.I. JOE WANTS YOU

Comics2Filmhas teamed up with Devil'sDue Publishing to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork inprint.

We're looking for a few good pencil and inkgurus to work up a faux cover for the "G.I. Joe" comic. The top threeentries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil's Due comics.

We'vejust launched the contest, so there's still plenty of time to enter. Click overto the Comics2Film.comwebsite for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!

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