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Son of the Mask, Watchmen, Blade III, Transformers, More: C2F wrap for July 15, 2003

SON OF THEMASK, BLONDIE, GHOST

Dark Horse Entertainment honcho Mike Richardson told C2F/CBR News that a newwave of Dark Horse movies are on the way, starting with "Hellboy" andthe soon-to-film "Son of the Mask."

"Son of the Mask" is the sequel to the surprise hit adaptation"The Mask" which featured a pre-superstardom Jim Carrey, athen-unknown Cameron Diaz and tons of inventive CGI effects.

Jamie Kennedy ("The Jamie Kennedy Experiment") has signed on tostar in the sequel with Alan Cumming ("X2: X-Men United") slated toplay the villainous Loki, originator of the mask.

It's unclear if Kennedy, who plays a struggling cartoonist and single father,will actually don the mask. Some reports indicate that his infant son may be thewearer in this one.

Richardson isn't telling. "The Mask [character] will appear in the movie,"is all the Dark Horse chief would dish, "but there're some new surprisingtwists."

Richardson did tell us that Kennedy is in active talks with Dark Horse about another movieproject, but again, the details are being kept under wraps.

Also in the works for Dark Horse is a big screen version of the long-runningcomic strip "Blondie and Dagwood." Dark Horse is working with DeanYoung, son of "Blondie" creator Chip Young and current author of thestrip, to develop the concept into a feature.

Fans of the defunct "Comics Greatest World" line from the mid-1990smay be able to look forward to a "Ghost" movie. Richardson tells usthat they are developing that concept with Sam Dickerson of Wolfgang Petersen'sRadiant Productions.

"Ghost" tells the story of a beautiful but dead gun-slingingavenger who stalks the city of Arcadia trying to unravel the mystery of herdeath and take revenge on her killers.

Richardson cautions us that this one is in the early stages. Presently DarkHorse is looking to attach a writer to the project.

WATCHMEN

Producer Lloyd Levin ("Tomb Raider 2: Cradle of Life") told IGNFilmForce.

Levin reports that they have a completed script from David Hayter("X-Men"), "that absolutely celebrates the book. It's a greatadaptation of it. It's very faithful."

Levin said that they have no intention of trying to dumb-down the material,but rather "approach whatever you do with as much seriousness as possibleand give it as much dignity as it deserves."

Hayter is still a contender to direct but there is no timetable for startingpre-production of "Watchmen."

COMICBOOK: THE MOVIE

Look for a big presence by the mockumentary "Comic Book: The Movie"at Comic-Con Internationalthis week. Creative Light Entertainment will be set up at booths 3924 and 3825.Here's a round up of their events at the con:

Are you within a super powered leap of San Diego? Plan to be at the Con. Thecast of Comic Book the movie will be there signing autographs. Plus: mention theCodename Code Word: Jefferson Dale and get a free "Have Courage"T-shirt.

And just look at all the other folks your pals at Creative Light have rustledup for you to say hi to (and get an autograph from):

Creative Light Entertainment invites you to meet the stars and filmmakersbehind the next generation of indy sci-fi and comics films.

Friday July 17th. 10:30 - Noon - COMIC BOOKS IN THE MOVIES PANEL with StanLee, Mark Altman, Scott Zakarin and Chase Masterson

Some of the warriors of Sci-Fi and comic book themed movies join Stan Lee foran insightful panel about the hottest phenomenon in movies today-the comic book.Lee, who is one the original creators of the biggest blockbuster films in recentyears (i.e. Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men) explores why big Hollywood studios are notthe only players in this game with highly independent producers in the comicbook genre. Joining Lee on the panel are Creative Light Entertainment's ScottZakarin (Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels, Comic Book: The Movie),Mindfire Entertainment's Mark Altman (The Specials, House of the Dead), andactress Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Creature Unknown). Thepanelists will share the secrets of what it takes to make a successful superhero movie and how to make comic book themed movies economically.

Stan Lee will be signing autographs after the panel from 12:30 to 1:30!

Check the Creative Light Entertainment Booth for location.

Chase Masterson will be signing autographs at 3 pm - 4:30

at the Creative Light Entertainment Booth!

Friday July 17th. 7:00 PM - 9:00PM - MARK HAMILL'S SNEAK PEEK AT COMIC BOOKTHE MOVIE!

Last year, thousands of fans were blown away by the Mark Hamill Wants You InHis Movie panel that featured the voices behind the Joker, Spongebob Squarepants,Ren & Stimpy, Winnie the Pooh and several of the hottest cartoons ontelevision. In addition to being part of the filming of the climatic scene ofCreative Light Entertainment and Amazing Invisible, Inc.'s Comic Book: TheMovie, they were treated to over four hours of the most amazing stories,impressions, music, and Q & A session by the most famous voice over artistsin animation today.

This year, director Mark Hamill and the core cast of Comic Book: The Movieare returning to the scene of the crime to share exclusive scenes and outtakesfrom the movie which Miramax Films is releasing later this Fall. Joining MarkHamill on the panel are Donna D'Errico (Baywatch), Billy West (Futurama, Ren& Stimpy), Roger Rose (Johnny Bravo), Jess Harnell (Animaniacs), Tom Kenny (SpongebobSquarepants), Lori Alan (Spongebob Squarepants), Daran Norris (Fairly OddParents), Gary Owens ( Laugh In, Spaceghost), Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh),Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain), Debbi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron), andCreative Light CEO Scott Zakarin (Comic Book: The Movie, producer). Stay tunedfor other surprise appearances!

Saturday July 18th. Time TBD - Meet the stars of COMIC BOOK: THE MOVIE

The stars of Comic Book the Movie will be signing autographs at the CreativeLight Entertainment Booth!! Joining Mark Hamill on the panel are Donna D'Errico(Baywatch), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy), Roger Rose (Johnny Bravo),Jess Harnell (Animaniacs), Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants), Lori Alan (SpongebobSquarepants), Daran Norris (Fairly Odd Parents), Gary Owens ( Laugh In,Spaceghost), Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain),Debbi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron), and Creative Light CEO Scott Zakarin (ComicBook: The Movie, producer). (Sorry, Mark Hamill will not be signing any StarWars related materials)

Saturday July 18th. 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Renee O'Connor - Renee (Gabrielle from Xena: Warrior Princess) will besigning autographs at the Creative Light Booth!

Saturday July 18th. 4:00PM - 5:30PM - THE VOICES OF CARTOON TV!

Join in on the fun as the Voice Over stars of your favorite Cartoons gatherto do a script reading, some improv and Q&A - Mark Hamill, Jess Harnell,Roger Rose, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Bob Bergen, Gregg Burger and manymore!

BLADE III

Fans who must know everything can find another review of the "BladeIII" script online. This time up, FilmJerktook a gander at David Goyer's script. The review

is very positive with some minor spoilers.

"Blade III" is set to lens in September. Goyer, who also wrote thefirst two and produced the second one, is acting as writer, producer anddirector on the final chapter to the comic franchise.

TRANSFORMERS

Lookfor Entertainment Rights to distribute "Transformers: Armada" on DVDthis year. Varietyreports that the UK distributor has secured the North American rights to theanimated show.

IRONMAN

SCIFI Wire chatted up screenwriter Miles Millar about his work on the"Iron Man" movie. Millar said he and partner Alfred Gough are abouthalfway done with the script, which he deems faithful, but updated...and gold!

Thescreenwriting duo was challenged by the notion of updating things beyond asimple man in an iron suit take. "I think we found a really cool way,actually, to reinvent the suit, make it very high-tech, make it very coolvisually," Millar said.

It was the depth of the man under the mask thatattracted the writers. "Tony Stark, I think, ... [is] a really interestingcharacter," Millar said. "That's what I think really drew us to thecharacter in the first place. It's that he had a depth and an originality thatyou hadn't seen in a superhero before. There's no character like this currentlyin superhero movies."

THEPUNISHER

The VisitTampaBaysite has the latest word on casting extra's for "The Punisher." Here'san excerpt directly from the site:

"If you've ever dreamed of being in the movies, here's your chance.Producers of The Punisher, the full-length feature film being shot on locationin Tampa, will be conducting an open casting call for extras on Saturday, July19 at The Florida Aquarium from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

"Participants are asked to bring a recent snapshot; a professionalheadshot is not required. Approximately 2,000 extras will be needed for severalsmall scenes throughout the course of the movie. Casting agents are interestedin a wide range of looks, so people of all demographic profiles are encouragedto participate."

For more information VisitTampaBay.

AUTOGRAPHEDDAREDEVIL POSTER

From a press release:

Earlier this year, the New York City Comic Book Museum (NYCCBM) successfullyraised funds through an eBay auction of an authentic poster from the smash-hitmovie "Daredevil," featuring autographs from the four key stars, thedirector and the executive producer.

Now, the winner of that auction, Adam Kellenberger, is setting up a rafflefor the poster to coincide with this week's Comic-ConInternational: San Diego 2003. Kellenberger, who owns a comic book storecalled Hobby Monkey in Rocklin, California and administers a comic bookcreator's forum online called The Comic Boards, will have a booth at the annualSan Diego event this week.

Kellenberger will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the raffle to NYCCBM.Raffle tickets are $1 each, and the raffle will begin at the opening of ComicCon International: San Diego 2003 on Wednesday, July 15 and continue throughSunday, July 20. The winner of the raffle will be notified on Monday, July 21.

The original movie poster, which was originally donated to NYCCBM by MarvelEntertainment's Avi Arad and Kevin Feige, features the image of Ben Affleck asDaredevil as well as the other three major characters of Elektra, the Kingpinand Bullseye. The poster is signed by the stars Affleck, Jennifer Garner,Michael Clarke Duncan and Collin Farrell, as well as director Mark StevenJohnson and executive producer Avi Arad.

HOLLYWOODCOMES TO COMIC-CON

From a press release:

Hollywood moves 125 miles south for a few days this summer as Comic-ConInternational, the nation's largest comic book and popular arts conventionwill play host to some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities.

From Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie, to Academy Award winner HalleBerry. From film director Kevin Smith, to Academy Award nominee Edward JamesOlmos, the stars will truly shine in San Diego. And that's just a very smallsampling.

"We couldn't be more pleased," commented David Glanzer,spokesperson for the non profit event, "to see such an impressive lineupfor our show is just truly staggering."

Comic-Con International will be held July 17th through the 20th, 2003, and isknown for its wide appeal to lovers of comic books, movies, television, Japaneseanimation and all things pop culture.

A San Diego institution, Comic-Con International began many years ago withonly 300 people in its first year. The 2002 show saw the attendance reach animpressive 63,000 unique attendees.

The years have seen the show grow in both size and scope, from it's originsin the basement of a local hotel, to the expansive 450,000 square feet it nowutilizes of the San Diego Convention Center.

In addition to the variety of movie stars, Comic-Con International also playshost to panels, workshops, programs and discussions on all aspects of thepopular arts including: How to Self Publish your Comic Book; IndependentFilmmaking; and Proper Training in Art to name just a few.

If that weren't enough, Comic-Con also features an Independent Film Festivalas well as the Lucasfilm Ltd, and Atom Films Star Wars Fan Film Festival.

"Though it sounds somewhat cliché, there really is something foreveryone," continued Glanzer.

Comic-Con International is a non profit educational organization dedicated tocreating awareness of and appreciation of comics and related popular art formsprimarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate thehistoric and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

A complete listing of events can be found at www.comic-con.org.

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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