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

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


official. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos has joined the cast of Artisan and Marvel’s
“The Punisher.” The studio issued a press release yesterday announcing
the 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, the
alluring neighbor of Frank Castle with a troubled past who comes into his life
after his family is killed. 

“Rebecca is a dynamic addition to the cast of The Punisher,” said
Marvel chief Avi Arad. “She is no stranger to the Marvel Universe on screen
and will have a chance to showcase her talents in a much different role. We have
a 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 very
excited 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. Laura
Harring (“Mulholland Drive”) is also set to play Travolta’s wife while
Ben Foster (“Six Feet Under”) recently signed to play Frank Castle’s
neighbor Dave.

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



“Xank Smash Puny Fartsovchik!”

may be the primal battle cry from Hollywood in the face of a Russian DVD market
populated with bootleg movies according to today’s Hollywood

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

Hi-quality bootlegs recently making their way to the street include “The
Matrix: Reloaded” and “The Hulk.”



Want a sneak peek into next season
of “Smallville.” As usual,
has the goods.

KryptonSite has published spoiler details for the first two episodes of
season three, entitled “Exile” and “Phoenix.” Check out the
site if you must know everything.

KryptonSite also reports that “Smallville” will be settling into
its new timeslot at the end of this month. Fans will start watching the show on
Wednesdays at 8PM starting on the 30th. This is where the show will stay when
the new season stars. It makes way for “Fearless,” based on the series
of novels, which will take the old Tuesdays at 9 timeslot.



C2F readers are ahead of the curve on the recent spate of “Captain
America” rumors. We told you over
a week ago
that rumors involving Brad Pitt in a Cap movie were bogus. 

Still, the story gained some momentum when Sky
floated some quote, allegedly from Pitt himself, which seemed to
support the story.

However, Aint-it-cool-news
published a report yesterday with quotes from Avi Arad corroborating our
previous report and shooting down the rumor once again.

“Harry, I don’t even know where they are getting this stuff from? As you
know we are doing nothing with ‘Captain America’ right now till we clear up the
‘Rights Issues,'” Arad told AICN webmaster Harry Knowles, referring to the
courtroom battle between Marvel and Captain America creator Joe Simon. “We
want to do some amazing things with ‘Captain America,’ but till everything is
clear 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.



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

Some fans said they were momentarily confused, thinking that the news might
actually be regarding Warren Ellis and John Cassaday’s outstanding (and soon to
return) WildStorm book “Planetary.”

Even more problematic is the fact that Marvel may hold a trademark on the
name “Planet Terry.”

A studious C2F reader named Matt was apparently a big fan of Marvel’s
now-defunct “Planet Terry” comic. 

Matt writes, “‘Planet Terry,’ of course, was one of Marvel Comics’ line
of 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 as
a baby, to escape some terrible disaster. The ship fed, watered, and wiped
Terry’s bum until, finally, it heaved the preteen spaceman out on a big space
rock. Terry then went on a quest to find his missing family. (Sad, I know, but I
typed that from memory).”

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



Spiffy new trailers for “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” are
airing on TV this week. If you want a look, check out Apple’s



“Daredevil” DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20th
Century 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 pass
on to you, the faithful reader.

Just sign
up for our giveaway
between now and July 27th for your chance to win. 



has teamed up with Devil’s
Due Publishing
to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork in

We’re looking for a few good pencil and ink
gurus to work up a faux cover for the “G.I. Joe” comic. The top three
entries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil’s Due comics.

just launched the contest, so there’s still plenty of time to enter. Click over
to the
website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!


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