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LXG, Garfield, Hellboy, Spider-Man, Hulk: Comics2Film wrap for June 12, 2003

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN

With the big screen adaptation of Alan Moore's "The League ofExtraordinary Gentlemen" due in theaters in just over a month, TwentiethCentury Fox is starting to crank the handle on the publicity automaton.

A special package arrived at C2F central via courier yesterday, bearing alarge leather envelope for yours truly. Unwrapping the leather binding revealeda communiqué from the studio itself.

Perhaps fearing that I, and my fellow journalists may be unfamiliar with theroster of her majesty's League, the studio provided a set of helpful flash cardsgiving information on the seven members of the team, and the team itself.

Each postcard contains a photo of its subject. Affixed atop is a layer oftranslucent paper describing the subject.

The artwork and much of the text isthe same information found on the website but still, it's a nice little,attention-getting package.

Click the thumbnails at right for a close up look.

 

GARFIELD

Inspite of what was suggested in a recent Indystar.comarticle, which C2Fpicked up on earlier this week, the goofy dog Odie will not be a CGIcharacter in the "Garfield" movie, according to inside sources.

Odie'sscenes were shot with a dog actor during the principal photography of the film.CGI animators are currently working on the fat-cat star of the film, but aredoing no work to replace the live-action Odie with a computer-animated version.

StarBill Murray has wrapped his voice work for the title character of the movie. Oursources say, "Bill was classic Bill."

Garfield is due in theatersJune 2004.

 

HELLBOY

Witheverybody and their mother heading out to Prague to hang out on the set of the"Hellboy" movie, you can imagine there's plenty of stuff to be foundon the web.

David Server, currently visiting the set, posted an interview withdirector Guillermo del Toro at CountingDown.com.Check it out for some interesting insights into the movie.

At one point in theinterview, Server ask del Toro about the villainous demon character Sammael andwhen fans could expect to see it. Del Toro responded saying, "I think heshould just go public in the movie. It was nice, and I don't think anyonecomplained about it, when we kept the Reapers from 'Blade II' under wraps. Andit's very nice to see them in the movie, when you see that make-up, you go 'Oh,so they look like Nosferatu', and then that mouth opens, and you're completelytaken by surprise! I miss that kind of stuff! Why do we have to sell our goodahead of time every time?"

But selling the goods too soon is a fact oflife in today's age of Internet spies. Aint-it-cool-newshas posted a number of spy pictures from the set of the movie, revealing a greatdeal of the design work for the movie, including the aforementioned Sammael.They've also got a camcorder capture of what looks to be some kind of abehind-the-scenes special, which reveals some interesting footage as well.

Checkit out if you must be spoiled.

Finally, Nick Nunziata over at CHUDis on his way out to the set. Nick is posting a daily travelogue of his questfor "Hellboy." So far there's only one entry about his trip to theairport, so few juicy details to be had there. Expect more in the coming daysthough.

 

SPIDER-MAN

It's been over ayear since it's release but you can't stop "Spider-Man" from settingrecords. Today's  HollywoodReporter informs that Marvel and Sony's superhero smash collected top honorsat the 19th annual International Licensing Excellence Awards last night.

"Spider-Man"webbed up best license of the year; entertainment license of the year;entertainment licensee of the year, hard goods; international license of theyear; and promotion of the year.

Taking home five trophies from the event isan unprecedented feat.

 

HULK

In spite of studio embargos which smaller outlets are asked to observe TheHollywood Reporter ran its review of "The Hulk" today. It'spositive. Here's a quote:

"Ang Lee's 'The Hulk' -- opening next week via Universal -- is in itsown way every bit as inspiring and exciting as his last film, the internationalhit 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.'"

 

PUNISHER CONTEST GETS EVEN BIGGER!

ArtisanEntertainment can't stop the punishment!

They've already provided ten posters for Comics2Film readers in our currentlyin progress giveaway. Now the studio has ponied up five t-shirts promoting themovie as well.

So we're expanding the drawing once again with a new prize structure: 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! 

 

HULK TOY CONTEST!

Get ready to Hulk out!

Thegood folks at Toy Biz and Comics2Film are teaming up to give you a chance tobring jade-jaws home. Enter our giveaway and you can win one of three"Hulk" action figures, based on the upcoming movie.

We're accepting entries from now until June 19 (the day before the big movieopening). Just fill out the simple entry form on Comics2Film.comfor your chance to win!

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