The game is on today as "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"storms into theaters. In a season populated with an unprecedented number ofcomic-to-film adaptations, "League" is fifth big-budget superheromovie to hit the screens. Here's a round up of LXG stuff on the web.
IGNFilmForce has an assortment of behind-the-scenes clips for the movie. Theseclips are spoiler-free but reveal the fun details about the making of the movie.Check out "Library Shoot Out", "Vampire Stunt Double","Connery on the Set", "Nemo's Car" and "Shooting DorianGray" at FilmForce.
Then, for insights straight from "League"writer and creator Alan Moore, head over to the NationalPublic Radio site.
On his notion to assemble the League Moore toldNPR, "I thought that maybe if I looked back to the roots of superheroes,then I might find some inspiration there. And it pretty well all wound back to19th-century fantastic fiction."
To hear Moore tell it, click over to thesite for a couple of audio clips in which he talks about the genesis of"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and speculates on the futureof the series.
Meanwhile, Varietyprognosticates the weekend box office battle between the two period actioners:"LXG" and "Pirates of the Caribbean." Sadly, the Hollywoodtrade is not predicting victory for the comic book flick.
"Pirates"opened early on Wednesday where it took in a whopping $13.5 million. Variety isprojecting a $60 million take for the entire five-day weekend, with theFriday-Sunday run popping the $30 million mark.
The article speculates that"Pirates" cuts across demographics. It's aimed at families, has aromantic subplot and Johnny Depp's "quirkily magnetic" performanceshould keep adults amused. "League" hopes to sell adults on itsliterate underpinnings and younger audiences on the action and adventure.
"Terminator3" is also a factor in the box office war. The film made an impressive bowlast week and may bring audiences back for a second helping this time out. Evenif it loses half its audience, as is typical, it'll still be ringing up about$22 million.
Not helping "League" in its box office battle is thecritical drubbing it appears to be taking. Although C2F'sreview of the film is positive, it appears the majority of critics out theredisagree. At the time of this writing, review aggregator RottenTomatoes is scoring the movie "rotten," with only 21% of the 42reviews from established film critics skewing positive.
SonyPictures is looking to develop Aaron McGruder's "Boondocks" comicstrip for both film and TV according to today's Variety.McGruder and partner Reggie Hudlin (director of "House Party," amongothers) are set to write a pilot script for TV and develop a treatment for amovie script.
"The Boondocks" revolves around two inner-city kids, Huey (arevolutionary in the spirit of his namesake, Huey P. Newton) and Riley (awannabe gangsta), who move to the suburbs with their slightly-out-of-touchgrandfather.
The critically acclaimed strip has long been seen as attractive fare forHollywood, but it was a meeting with various suits at Sony's TV and Animationdivisions that convinced the series creator to park his project there.
"I got a really good vibe from them," McGruder said. "I gotthe sense they understood and respected the strip for what it was, and they wereinterested in making the best projects they could. 'Boondocks' is not yourstandard commercial fare, but they appreciated what it was about."
Both projects would expand on the strips, adding new characters andplotlines. Sony is eying a TV series to bow in 2004 or 2005 with the featurefilm to follow.
Varietyreports that Debra Messing has joined the cast of the CGI/live-action"Garfield." The actress, who stars in the NBC sitcom "Will andGrace" will join Bill Murray in providing voices for the furry felinecharacters that populate the comic strip movie.
Messing is on board to play Arlene, Garfield's pink-furred cat girlfriend.Murray, of course, plays the title fat cat.
The movie wrapped production of the live-action shooting, which featuresBreckin Meyer as Garfield's owner, Jon, and Jennifer Love Hewitt as Jon'sgirlfriend, Liz.
Voice recording and work on the CGI elements is now underway, with voicesessions happening in the U.K.
"Garfield" is directed by Peter Hewitt ("Bill and Ted's BogusJourney") from a script by Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, both of "ToyStory" fame.
Nextweek's issue of "Femme Fatales" magazine features"Smallville" darling Kristin Kreuk on the cover. The actress is thesubject of a six-page feature in the magazine. The piece features a photo spreadof which the publisher says, "To say the pictures are 'steamy' would be putting it mildly -- If you are a fan of hers or theshow's, this is one issue of Femme Fatales you definitely wont want to miss."
You can look for highlights on line next Wednesday at CFQ.com(home of "Femme Fatales" genre counterpart "Cinefantastique").
Kreuk fans who are headed for Comic-ConInternational: San Diego next week will be able to purchase16x20"poster of the cover at the CFQ booth at #3820-3822. Supplies are limited.
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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!