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Punisher, The Hulk, Smallville, Captain America, Planet Terry, LXG: Comics2Film wrap for July 8, 2003

PUNISHER

It'sofficial. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos has joined the cast of Artisan and Marvel's"The Punisher." The studio issued a press release yesterday announcingthe casting.

C2F fans are, of course, well acquainted with the actress' work in the"X-Men" movies where she played Mystique.

In "The Punisher," Romijn-Stamos will play the role of Joan, thealluring neighbor of Frank Castle with a troubled past who comes into his lifeafter his family is killed. 

"Rebecca is a dynamic addition to the cast of The Punisher," saidMarvel chief Avi Arad. "She is no stranger to the Marvel Universe on screenand will have a chance to showcase her talents in a much different role. We havea great story to tell and a great cast is coming together to match it."

Commented Artisan Pictures President of Production, Richard Saperstein,"Rebecca embodies all of the qualities of this character and we are veryexcited to have her as part of 'The Punisher' cast."

Romijn-Stamos joins a cast that include Thomas Jane ("Dreamcatcher")in the title role and John Travolta ("Basic") as the villain. LauraHarring ("Mulholland Drive") is also set to play Travolta's wife whileBen Foster ("Six Feet Under") recently signed to play Frank Castle'sneighbor Dave.

Jonathan Hensleigh is directing the movie. Cameras start rolling this month.

 

HULK

"Xank Smash Puny Fartsovchik!"

Thatmay be the primal battle cry from Hollywood in the face of a Russian DVD marketpopulated with bootleg movies according to today's HollywoodReporter.

According to their report, the nascent market is dominated by pirated discs,which feature movies months before they're slated to hit the legitimate videomarket, or even movie theaters. The market for pirated materials generated $311million in sales, eclipsing the legit market's $257 million.

Hi-quality bootlegs recently making their way to the street include "TheMatrix: Reloaded" and "The Hulk."

 

SMALLVILLE

Want a sneak peek into next seasonof "Smallville." As usual, KryptonSite.comhas the goods.

KryptonSite has published spoiler details for the first two episodes ofseason three, entitled "Exile" and "Phoenix." Check out thesite if you must know everything.

KryptonSite also reports that "Smallville" will be settling intoits new timeslot at the end of this month. Fans will start watching the show onWednesdays at 8PM starting on the 30th. This is where the show will stay whenthe new season stars. It makes way for "Fearless," based on the seriesof novels, which will take the old Tuesdays at 9 timeslot.

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA

C2F readers are ahead of the curve on the recent spate of "CaptainAmerica" rumors. We told you overa week ago that rumors involving Brad Pitt in a Cap movie were bogus. 

Still, the story gained some momentum when SkyNews floated some quote, allegedly from Pitt himself, which seemed tosupport the story.

However, Aint-it-cool-newspublished a report yesterday with quotes from Avi Arad corroborating ourprevious report and shooting down the rumor once again.

"Harry, I don't even know where they are getting this stuff from? As youknow we are doing nothing with 'Captain America' right now till we clear up the'Rights Issues,'" Arad told AICN webmaster Harry Knowles, referring to thecourtroom battle between Marvel and Captain America creator Joe Simon. "Wewant to do some amazing things with 'Captain America,' but till everything isclear we are concentrating on other projects as you know."

So, don't get your hopes up over (or get discouraged by, as the case may be)rumors about Pitt as Cap.

Thanks to Chris and Rhonda for the leads.

 

PLANET TERRY

Yesterday's news about Rob Liefeld's new movie deal for a property called"Planet Terry" raised a few eyebrows among fans who questioned whetheror not the name of the project itself was going to be a problem.

Some fans said they were momentarily confused, thinking that the news mightactually be regarding Warren Ellis and John Cassaday's outstanding (and soon toreturn) WildStorm book "Planetary."

Even more problematic is the fact that Marvel may hold a trademark on thename "Planet Terry."

A studious C2F reader named Matt was apparently a big fan of Marvel'snow-defunct "Planet Terry" comic. 

Matt writes, "'Planet Terry,' of course, was one of Marvel Comics' lineof Archie-lite, kids comics in the late '80's. Star Comics' 'Planet Terry'starred a youth who, [not unlike Kal-El], had been dispatched in a spaceship asa baby, to escape some terrible disaster. The ship fed, watered, and wipedTerry's bum until, finally, it heaved the preteen spaceman out on a big spacerock. Terry then went on a quest to find his missing family. (Sad, I know, but Ityped that from memory)."

Thanks to Matt, The Xenos and D.K. Hood for the info.

 

LXG

Spiffy new trailers for "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" areairing on TV this week. If you want a look, check out Apple'sQuickTime site.

 

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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