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Punisher, Teen Titans, Hulk, Hellboy, Over the Hedge: Comics2Film wrap for June 26, 2003

TEEN TITANS STUFF

DC Comics' "Teen Titans" is set to make its animated debut onCartoon Network in less than a month. 

Being a member of the press sometimes has its perks. The "TeenTitans" press kit has us wondering if the west-coast city that thesuper-kids inhabit is Coaster City. In addition to the usual screener tape,colorful folders and materials, the "Teen Titans" kit also came with aset of five coasters, each depicting a member of the team, all contained in anice metal canister. Click the images for a closer look.

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Batman's sidekick Robin leads fellow young teens Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfireand Raven in the all-new high-adventure series. Fans will see it for the firsttime on Saturday, July 19, at 9 p.m. (ET, PT). Unlike the network's"Justice League," which teams DC's adult heroes, "TeenTitans" is aimed at younger viewers. Here's the network's description ofthe show:

"'Teen Titans' features five teen superheroes each with special powers.Led by Robin, this group unites to form a force to protect their teeming,sun-baked city from a new generation of villains while coping with thechallenges of adolescence. When they work together as a team, their powers areformidable. As superheroes, the Teen Titans are fully developed. But theystruggle with the same challenges every teen would - things like siblingrivalry, taking responsibility, jealousy and fitting in with the group.

"The Teen Titans live together in a high-tech command center that isalso the ultimate hangout. They play video games, squabble and leave dirtydishes around. They get on each other's nerves… a lot. But ultimately theTeen Titans have to put their super-insecurities and super-gripes aside and savethe world from a next generation of bad guys."

"With Teen Titans, wewanted to create a new take on the animated superhero series. Teen Titans willbe more about what the characters are experiencing and feeling right now, asopposed to being wrapped up in backstory," said Glen Murakami, producer ofTeen Titans. "These superheroes don't have alter egos or secretidentities. The show is lighthearted and fun, with new villains, a bold look andexciting action sequences. We think it will have broad appeal - not just to fansof the comic books but also to kids who don't know who the Teen Titansare."

 

PUNISHER

You call this punishment?  TheHollywood Reporter tells us that two actresses are circling Artisan andMarvel's "The Punisher."

Accordingto the write-up, Laura Harring has signed on to the movie. Harring will playIvia Saint, the "ruthless, vengeful" wife of John Travolta's HowardSaint character. Harring recently appeared in David Lynch's "MulhollandDrive" in which she played...we're not really sure who played what in thatone.

Also eying a role in the movie is Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. Romijn, of course,played Mystique in the "X-Men" movies. She's said to be innegotiations for a part but no word is given on what role she is seeking.

In other punishing news, SCIFI Wire chatted it up with the film's star, Thomas Jane, who has beenlearning to dish it out by training with Navy Seals. Jane tells the outlet thatwhen things get nasty, look for the Punisher to resort to"old-school," down-and-dirty fighting techniques.

"What would you really do to take these [bad] guys out? What it usuallycomes down to is, you poke their eyes out, you slit their throat, break theirnose, brutal stuff. That kind of ends the fight kind of quickly," Janesaid. "That's why you don't see it too much. No wires, no 'Crouching Tiger,Hidden Dragon' stuff. It's all going to be real world."

The punishment begins summer of 2004.

 

HULK

Hulk smash puny pirates. Varietyreports that a New Jersey man, accused of illegally distributing copies of"The Hulk" on the Internet has pleaded guilty to a federal charge offelony copyright infringement.

Kerry Gonzalez, 25, of Hamilton, N.J. entered the plea marking the first timesomeone has faced charges for web distribution of a Hollywood movie.

Gonzalez reportedly received a copy of the film from a friend at an ad agencyand then cracked the copy protection and uploaded it, two weeks before the moviehit theaters. The cracked version lead to a string of negative reviews frommovie fan sites that complained about the shoddy effects in the unfinished workprint.

Universal claims they became aware of the copyright breach "withinminutes" of its posting and immediately began their aggressive pursuit ofthe perpetrator. 

The FBI managed to trace the leak back to Gonzalez and by the middle of lastweek the man realized the jig was up. Gonzalez arranged through his attorney tosurrender to the FBI.

"Kerry certainly didn't contemplate the magnitude of the consequences ofuploading the movie," his attorney said.

Gonzalez could receive up to three years in prison and a fine of $250,000 athis Sept. 26 sentencing hearing.

 

HELLBOY

CHUD.com continues it's coverage of webmaster Nick Nunziata's recent trip tothe set of "Hellboy" in Prague. 

This week CHUD published exclusivephotos as well as an in-depth interview with director Guillermodel Toro.

 

OVER THE HEDGE

Animation director Tim Johnson recently talked to TheChicago Sun Times about his upcoming comic strip-based feature, "Overthe Hedge." The CGI film, based on the strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis, isset to star Jim Carrey and Gary Shandling as R.J. the raccoon and Verne theturtle respectively.

Johnson is making the press rounds for his current release, "Sinbad:Legend of the Seven Seas," but he talked about bit about "Hedge"as well.

"The movie is based on a terrific comic strip. It's about a smart-aleckraccoon [Carrey] who wakes up from a long slumber near a retiring turtle [Shandling].They realize that suburbia has taken over their home while they weresleeping," Johnson said.

It turns out, human encroachment isn't the end of the world. 

"They can't believe humans are nice enough to put out food for them ingiant silver cans!" Johnson says. "They think they've foundparadise."

But Carrey's R.J. will have none of that, prompting the other forest crittersto engage in risky missions into human neighborhoods.

"Over The Hedge" is due in theaters in 2005.

 

DD DVD GIVEAWAY

The"Daredevil" DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20thCentury Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free!

Fox is providing us with five copies of the 2-disc set to passon to you, the faithful reader.

Just signup for our giveawayat Comics2Film.com between now and July 27th for 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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