Comics2Film

Wed, November 27th, 2002 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Rob Worley, Columnist

DAREDEVIL

[Bullseye]Promo materials for the Daredevil movie have been making their way into theaters over the past month. In addition to the excitement-generating trailer, fans have been noticing a set of four posters adorning theater walls.

Each poster in the new set spotlights one of the four primary characters. The set of posters sport the now-familiar images that fans have seen on the splash page for the movie's official site for some time now.

Comics2Film is pleased to present the online exclusive of the Bullseye teaser poster for the movie. This one features a chrome-domed and scarified Colin Farrell as the world's deadliest marksman assassin. Click the the thumbnail for a look at Bullseye, up-close and personal.

[Daredevil]Additionally, Fox has given Comics2Film readers a nice, high-quality version of the poster featuring the main man himself: Ben Affleck as Daredevil. We've seen some very grainy scans of it that appeared on eBay, but here's one that's suitable for framing. Click the thumbnail for a look.

A close up look at the Elektra poster can be found at IGN FilmForce.

Fans can expect the Kingpin poster to appear online shortly.

HELLBOY

[Hellboy]Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro credits Spectral Motion with making it possible to deliver the ambitious designs of the movie on the relatively reasonable budget. Hellboy is the first movie that the newly formed shop is handling.

The Spectral Motion shop is manned by a crew that Del Toro calls an "F/X wet dream." When Comics2Film toured the shop two weeks ago, Mike Elizalde, Mark Setrakian, Steve Wang and Norman Cabrera, all well-known in F/X circles, were on hand. It was pretty clear that the everyone working at the shop was having a ball doing so.

When we arrived with Del Toro was given an enthusiastic greeting. As we were shown various props in various stages of development, the director made on the spot adjustments to things as they were being built...a tweak to Abe Sapien's torso shape, a suggestion for Sammael's color and so on.

We were witness to props in various stages of completion and, regardless of how "finished" something felt, none of it failed to elicit chills. A strip of plastic that might otherwise seem uninteresting took on a creepy and bizarre quality as Setrakian manipulated the controls and revealed the eerily realistic motion of the appendage of some trademark Mignola beastie.

The most complete creation we saw was a decaying human torso referred to only as "the corpse" (the title character from "The Corpse and the Iron Shoes"). Although the main prop sat motionless on a table in the shop, the Spectral Motion crew demonstrated the incredibly lifelike (er...living-dead-like) movements of the the animatronic hands, a separate F/X device.

Then we saw test videos of the Corpse's head in moving and speaking, a fairly mind-blowing feat of animatronic wizardry that's hard to describe. Instead I'd refer interested readers to Disc 2 of the Blade II DVD where Elizalde and company performed similar magic, creating completely artificial Reaper animatronics.

Setrakian took us aside to show us the level of detail that is going into Kroenen's immense, occult-tech gauntlet (which is instrumental in bringing Hellboy to our world). At first glace the huge glove comes off as a cool-looking, piece of complex retro-technology.

However, Setrakian pointed out several details that would be sure to please Mignola fans. We aren't permitted to describe them and we're not sure if they'll even be apparent when the movie plays on the big screen. However, they demonstrated to us a commitment on the part of filmmakers to try to capture that Hellboy vibe that is at once whimsical and horrific.

We also found ourselves face-to-face with a life-size prop of Roger the homunculus. We felt some degree of disappointment when del Toro told us that impressive and immediately recognizable sculpt would only appear briefly in the finished film.

Also on display at the shop were maquettes of other creatures, including the baby Hellboy. Again, this poor critter, burdened with an over-sized gauntlet that does not fit his child-size hand, was both adorable and unsettling.

Other maquettes were for creatures of such immense proportions that they'll only be rendered in CG. Del Toro and Elizalde's descriptions of the nature of these beasts had us drooling in anticipation to see them brought to full-blown, big-screen life.

If the finished movie is half as cool as what we've seen so far, fans can be well-assured that Hellboy will be a Mike Mignola comic brought to life. The production team seems determined to capture the look and feel of the comic. It's apparent in set designs, character and creature designs, the technology, even the massive scale and the sheer number of bizarre characters populating the movie: no attempts are being made to water-down Mignola's creepy, comedic adventure.

The Hellboy production will begin migrating to Prague in just a few weeks. Cameras roll on the movie in March of 2003. The film is slated for a summer 2004 release.

THEY MIGHT BE DRAGONS, FOOT SOLDIERS, CLOCK MAKER, THE

Comic creator and filmmaker Jim Krueger told Comics2Film that his short movie They Might Be Dragons has been making the rounds and garnering some acclaim.

The seven minute short took the award in the "Best Short Film: Thriller" at last September's New York International Film & Video Festival.

Krueger also entered the movie in Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's Project Greenlight competition for directors. Dragons made the first cut of finalists when the list of nearly 2000 entries was cut down to 250. However, the film did not advance to the next round, when the list was pared again to a final 50.

Krueger tells us that clips from the movie should be available online in January. At that time he'll be unveiling a revamped version of his JimKrueger.com website.

In December Krueger says he'll start production on his second short Looking Out for No. One. "The script is done and we're doing pre-production right now," Krueger told C2F. Plans are to shoot the movie some time in December. A cold weather location is needed for the film.

The comic creator is also excited about his upcoming comic The Clock Maker, which is part of the Image shared-universe line that launches in January. Krueger said so far he's gotten a great reaction from the book, which he sees as being very adaptable for film.

"I've had a number of people already look at it and say, 'This is a film.' I've written it that way," Krueger said. "When it's all finished it'll be a 144 page book, so I tried to write it as if it were a screenplay. It's got a beginning, middle and end. It's this giant epic."

Fans interested in a look at the comic can check out a five-page preview currently available at ImageComics.com.

Krueger continues to work to get his other creator owned works set up in Hollywood, including his much-adored future super-hero epic The Foot Soldiers.

Three volumes of trade paperback collections of those comics have been published by AiT/Planet Lar. The first two volumes were reprints of runs of the Foot Soldiers comics.

However, the just-published third volume contains new material with art by Steve Yeowell. "It's the first completely new material done of the characters in the last two years," Krueger said.

The Foot Soldiers takes place in a dystopian future in which three young adventurers take on the roles of super-heroes to battle faceless oppressors and bring hope to the downtrodden.

MIDNIGHT MASS

[Midnight Mass]Gregory Noveck at the TV development arm of Joel Silver's Silver Pictures confirmed for Comics2Film this week that John Rozum's Vertigo comic book Midnight Mass is in development as a TV show.

Noveck told us that Silver is a huge comic book fan. When they got an early look at Midnight Mass they immediately saw potential for a TV show.

Rozum's comic focuses on Adam and Julia Kadmons, two world-famous paranormal investigators, and their young assistant Jenny. Noveck said that Silver saw elements of it that were reminiscent of both fan-favorite genre shows, but also programs like MacMillan and Wife, The Avengers and even Hart to Hart.

"We've seen the horror genre in a multitude of ways; everything from X-Files to Outer Limits to Buffy," Noveck said. "What we haven't seen is supernatural stories told through the prism of a marriage, through the prism of this kind of a fun, loving relationship. With that you can really tell a lot of stories."

The TV exec he did say that he hopes to keep Rozum involved in the development effort. "I think he has a very unique voice," Noveck said. "If we're successful in getting it to series we would definitely want him to be involved."

However, Noveck cautions that the Midnight Mass TV show is still in the "early, early stages," so few details are available.

BULLETPROOF MONK

MGM unveiled the latest trailer for Bulletproof Monk on the Apple.com QuickTime site Friday night. The new 1 minute 16 second clip, which is the first official trailer for the movie, stands in marked contrast over the reel shown at Comic-Con in San Diego during the summer.

While that trailer focused on star Seann William Scott and the urban setting of the movie and emphasized the comedic aspects of the movie, the new trailer focuses squarely on the movie's other leading man Chow Yun-Fat. Perhaps in an attempt to equate the movie more with Crouching Tiger than American Pie, the new trailer features as much footage of Yun-Fat in China as it does of the other characters in the modern L.A.

You can download the trailer now. If your connection isn't up for the challenge, here's a sampling of screen captures to give you the feel of the reel.

 

The trailer gives only general information about the movie's release date with one title card touting "Next Spring" while another only informs, "Coming Soon."

In other BPM reporting: It's not about content; it's about presence. It's not about Flash; it's about HTML.

That could be the mantra for the newly opened, official website for MGM's Bulletproof Monk. Hot on the heels of the internet release of the trailer for the film, the studio has posted a modest place-holder site for the movie.

Currently, there's not much to it: a few paragraphs about the story, a handful of still images and a link to the trailer. Presumably MGM will build BPM's web presence as the release of the movie draws near.

X-MEN 2

Fox continues to update the official X-Men 2 movie website. A new round of updates were posted on Friday and Monday.

[Halle Berry as Storm]Visitors are now greeted by Halle Berry as Storm instead of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. A wallpaper version of the Storm splash page is also available for download.

One recent addition is the "Evolution Section" which tracks the history of mutation "from the first forms of life to Human/Mutant Strife."

The site has also been updated with video clips from the internet press conference. You read about it here on C2F last month. Now check out videos from the event.

Finally, don't forget to stop by the photo gallery for new images from the film.

In other news, Anderson Jones of E! Online reported in his Movie Scoop column that principal photography has wrapped on X-Men 2. Jones spoke with producer Tom DeSanto about the Herculean tasks awaiting the film's crew in post-production. DeSanto said, "Now, we go into the mad rush of postproduction. We're doing everything from the music and effects to making sure the film kicks ass on May 3."

Like the rest of the film's cast and crew DeSanto seemed to really enjoy making X2. He said, "It was even better than I expected, and to finish the film in the spectacular Canadian Rockies is a great way to end this experience. It's not as cold as it was on the first film."

Jones asked DeSanto about plans for X-Men 3. He said the fate of a third X-Men film is ultimately up to moviegoers. He said, "We'll know whether we'll make an X-Men 3 or not on May 3, 2003. Hopefully, everyone who wants an X-Men 3 will show up then. Tell each fan they have to bring 10 friends."

Fans may also want to have a look at the latest scoop on Ain't It Cool News. The gossip site has posted what are purported to be promotional photos of Wolverine, Rogue and Nightcrawler. The Wolverine shot offers nothing new, but this is your first chance to see Rogue in her full X2 outfit, as well as a closed up of Nightcrawler's tattooed face.

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN

IGN FilmForce reports the news that the teaser trailer for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will debut next on December 13. The teaser will apparently be preceding showings of Star Trek: Nemesis, which opens that day. They also make mention that the teaser was one of the last things that Sean Connery shot before wrapping up work on the adaptation project.

ALIEN LEGION

Mark Fleischer, President of Mainframe USA announced yesterday that they the Canada-based animation house has won the rights to produce a television series based on Alien Legion, the critically acclaimed comic book series created by Carl Potts with Alan Zelenetz & Frank Cirocco.

According to their press release Mainframe will apply its CGI expertise to the Alien Legion characters, which will face new and exciting adventures in this original television series. The Alien Legion series will be developed by Mainframe and produced at its studios in Vancouver by the company's leading animators and producers, along with Potts, who will work closely with Mainframe's team on the development and production of the series. Kevin Gamble, one of Mainframe's talented producers, will be assigned to the project.

"We can't wait to work with Carl Potts in turning Alien Legion, with its devoted fan base, into a vibrant television series, capturing the full scope of its wonderful characters and intense action in a whole new visual dimension," says Fleischer. "The magic of CGI animation translates sci-fi themes beautifully to the television medium."

"Alien Legion has been a great comic book success with a marquee name in that market for years," says Potts. "I am thrilled to be partnering with Mainframe and taking Alien Legion to the next level, into cutting edge animation. Alien Legion is the perfect comics property to translate into TV and movie productions. I anticipate that Alien Legion will follow in the great tradition of other comic book-based dramatic productions like Spider-Man, Batman, and X-Men."

In addition to creating Alien Legion, Potts has written and developed many fiction and non-fiction projects in a variety of media. During his 13 years at Marvel Entertainment, he served as Executive Editor of Marvel Comics and Editor-in-Chief of Marvel's Epic Comics division.

According to the press release Alien Legion has attracted a large following of loyal readers, selling over 2 million units in North America since its debut in 1983. Focusing on the adventures of a band of interstellar fighters reminiscent of the French Foreign Legion, called Force Nomad, Alien Legion has earned high praise for its stunning artwork and high-caliber writing. A long running hit in the comic book world, Alien Legion spawned a licensed merchandise campaign that included posters, T-shirts, candy and more, as well as numerous fan sites on the internet. The comic book series has been translated into French, Portuguese and Spanish, among other languages.

The television series will introduce audiences around the world to the unique collection of Alien Legion characters. The multi-species crew of the Legion's Force Nomad -- footsloggers and Soldiers of Fortune, priests and poets, killers and cads - were culled from the dregs of three galaxies and hardened by intergalactic battles into a seemingly unstoppable fighting corps. Sometimes peacekeepers, sometimes shock troops, the Legion is sent by the intergalactic "Galarchy" into the most desperate internal and external conflicts. Led by serpentine Major Sarigar and the hot-tempered Jugger Grimrod, the unit confronts fantastic enemies across the galaxy as well as the complicated personal histories that led them to join the group in the first place. No matter what horrific battles or horrendous characters they're challenged with, the members of Force Nomad live by this code: Legionnaires live rough and they die hard, tough as tungsten and loyal to the dirty end.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - ANIMATED SHOW

NinjaTurtles.com continues to keep fans posted on the development of the new animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show. While the site has been presenting fans with design art for the past few weeks, it has now published a series overview, giving an inside look at what viewers can expect from the new toon.

Most interesting is that the show will have extended story arcs. While the episodes will still be self-contained adventures, the characters will have ongoing plot-threads so that they evolve and grow with the show, something commonly seen in one-hour prime-time dramas and, of course, comic books.

The series overview also features a rundown of the heroes, villains, locations and vehicles used in the show. While most of the characters are familiar to long-time fans, the article has some interesting notes about new takes on C2F's favorite turtle, Michelangelo, and the updated villain Baxter Stockman.

Check out NinjaTurtles.com for in-depth information about the new series.

SWAMP THING

Perpetual comic-to-film bridesmaid Nicolas Cage will not be mucking around with the Swamp Thing movie, according to insiders. A rumor surfaced last week when a UK movie mag attached the actor to the sexy swamp beast. And why not? Cage has aggressively gone after roles in numerous comic-based movies in the past.

However, a source at Silver Pictures, current producers of Swamp Thing, told Comics2Film that there was no truth to the rumors. Our source assures us that the muck-monster's creator Len Wein is hard at work penning a screenplay for project.

Plans are for the new movie to have a tone that is more like the dark horror of the comics and less in the campy vein of the previous movie and TV franchise.

TUROK

Zap2It sat down with Adam Beach, star of last weekend's PBS Mystery! presentation of Skinwalkers. During the interview, Beach scooped the online magazine about his work on the comic-based feature Turok.

According to the write-up Beach, along with Star Wars star Hayden Christiansen, is adapting Acclaim's dinosaur hunter as a feature film.

"There's a new Turok where he's a college student," Beach told Zap2It. "His uncle has died, and he learns about the responsibilities of a Turok and jumps into it when his family is threatened. A Turok is a warrior who is the protector of Earth from other dimensions. It's a place called the Lost World, and in that Lost World, they're trying to defeat the one enemy who wants to consume all of the worlds. Turok is the warrior on Earth who is fighting these people."

"His duty is to get these dinosaur beings ... and send them back to their own world."

Beach (who also starred in last summer's Windtalkers) would presumably play the title role. Christiansen is said to be serving as producer on the movie.

BIRDS OF PREY

The cancellation of Birds of Prey was verified Monday by WB Entertainment president Jordan Levin, according to a write-up in Variety. The frog exec talked about upcoming schedule changes and specifically addressed the demise of the comic-based program.

Levin seemed to indicated that it was the execution of the show, not the comic-book premise, that led to the cancellation.

"We believe Birds proved that there was a fantasy audience and a male audience there," Levin told reporters. "Over the course of Birds' run that audience eroded, but those audiences came at first. Birds was not moving in the right way creatively and it didn't have the auspices (to continue)."

The popular Buffy spin-off Angel will take over the 9:00 pm Wednesday night time-slot vacated by the DC Comics show.

DANGER GIRL

Danger Girl is making the rounds again according to The Hollywood Reporter. This time J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell's occasionally-published comic is being looked at as live-action a UPN TV series.

Producers Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh are on board to develop the show with writer Analisa LaBianco writing the script. LaBianco describes the concepts as a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Gordon and Askarieh are executive producing the project, with LaBianco serving as a co-executive producer. Danger Girl creators Campbell and Hartnel will also serve as co-executive producers.

Danger Girl had previously been developed as a live-action feature film for New Line Cinema, with Hartnell penning the screenplay.

TINTIN

Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy will producer a live-action Tintin feature for Universal Pictures and DreamWorks according to today's Variety.

The internationally acclaimed, Belgian comic strip was created in 1929 by the cartoonist known as Herge (n Georges Remi). The Hollywood titans are negotiating with Nick Rodwell of Moulinsart, the company that holds the rights to Tintin.

Tintin tells of the adventures of a young reporter's international exploits. He's aided and abetted by his dog Snowy, his mentor Captain Haddock as well as Professor Cuthbert Calculus and police officers Thomson and Thompson.

GARFIELD

That fat, lasagna-eating cat Garfield has a director according to today's Variety. Peter Hewitt, who may be best known for his work on The Borrowers and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey is set to take the helm on the big-screen, live-action and CGI version of Jim Davis' comic strip.

Toy Story scribes Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow wrote the script for the movie, which focuses on Garfield's rivalry with the annoying and none-too-bright pooch Odie. John Davis (no relation) is producing via his Davis Entertainment. Davis senior vice president Brian Manis brought Garfield to the company and and will executive produce with company president Wyck Godfrey.

The movie is set up at Twentieth Century Fox, where Davis also produced Dr. Doolittle. Variety reports that progress on Garfield is pending certain unspecified rights issues.

ANNIE

The sun will come out again for Little Orphan Annie according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rick Mischel's production company, the Mischel Co. aims to develop Harold Gray's classic comic strip as a live action TV series.

The strip has been the subject of two movies from the 1930's. It saw its most successful adaptation as a Broadway musical which first started it's run in 1978. The show was made into a feature film starring Albert Finney, Carole Burnett and Tim Curry in 1983. It was remade as a TV movie in 1999 with Alicia Morton, Kathy Bates and Alan Cumming.

According to the write-up, the new Annie TV show will follow the new adventures of the now-12-year-old Annie and her guardian, Daddy Warbucks. The project is being developed in a partnership with Tribune Media Services and Goodman/Rosen Prods. for film and TV.

BATMAN: THE MYSTERY OF BATWOMAN

Jim Harvey at ToonZone.net points readers to the latest info on the upcoming animated Batman feature. According to Jim, Batman luminary Alan Burnett has confirmed that he will receive a story credit on the upcoming direct-to-video release Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.

The movie will be directed by Tim Maltby and Curt Geda.

According to the ToonZone report, Geda will handle the lion's share of the directing chores. He's got experience on most of the Batman related animated shows, and is best known as the director of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.

Maltby will be handing some of the action sequences. His previous experience includes working as a storyboard artist on the direct-to-video Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring.

Michael Reaves, who has a writing credit on the well-received Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is writing the screenplay. Reaves has worked on numerous animated shows like Gargoyles, Phantom 2040, Swamp Thing, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more.

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman is slated for a Fall 2003 release.

SPIDER-MAN

Spider-Man keeps on swinging. After the movie's record box office and record home video release, the webbed-wonder is ready to rake in awards for his rockin' musical performance.

The American Music Awards nominations were released on Tuesday. Spider-Man is getting a nod for the movie's song soundtrack. The CD is up against soundtracks for Lilo & Stitch and The Scorpion King.

DAREDEVIL VS. SPIDER-MAN

[Daredevil vs. Spider-Man]Just in time for the Daredevil movie, Buena Vista Home Entertainment is releasing Daredevil Vs. Spider-Man, the latest in their series of DVDs collecting episodes of various Spider-Man cartoons.

This new DVD collects episodes of the Spider-Man cartoon of the 1990s that featured the Man Without Fear. In this episode Matt Murdock is pressed into service as Peter Parker's lawyer by day, even while Daredevil and Spider-Man duke it out at night. It's only a matter of time before the two heroes realize they are on the same side against a common enemy in the Kingpin.

The collection is due on both DVD and VHS in stores February 11, conveniently timed to coincide with the release of the Daredevil movie. This is the third disc in the Buena Vista series, following on the hit DVDs Spider-Man: Ultimate Villain Showdown and Spider-Man: The Return of the Green Goblin.

You can pre-order Daredevil Vs. Spider-Man now at various online vendors.

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH

Variety reports that The WB Network has placed a full-season order for the long-running Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The show, based on the Archie Comics character, has been on TV for seven years, clearly making it impossible for Sabrina to still be considered a teen.

Nevertheless, The WB had previously extended the new season's initial order from 13 to 19 episodes. Now they've asked for a full 22 segments of the comic book show.

The latest season, which transitioned the title character to the adult world (while clinging to the "Teenage Witch" moniker) started off slow, leading to doubts about whether it would get a full order. However, the ratings trajectory for the show has been upward, with the latest episode pulling a season high.

VILLIKON CHRONICLES, THE

Latino Review reports Sony Pictures has given the green light on a feature film based on The Villikon Chronicles, last years underground graphic novel hit. The picture is to be the first in a planned franchise of films, and the studio is also in a bidding war for rights to The Crucibles of Mystere, a spin off film based on the femme fatale of The Villikon Chronicles.

According to the report Sony is considering casting pop star Shakira as Mystere and Salma Hayek as Sha'leste. For more information on The Villikon Chronicles, check out the official site at www.villikonchronicles.com.

ROAD TO PERDITION

[Road To Perdition]Variety reports that the comic based Road To Perdition is due out on DVD in February, just in time to serve as a reminder for Oscar voters. The $19.95 disc will include deleted scene and commentary from director Sam Mendes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks Home Entertainment is planning a big marketing push for the release. The release date is also geared towards happening during TV's February sweeps. A multimillion-dollar TV campaign is planned and will be supplemented by "expansive" online promotions and consumer publicity campaigns.

"Given the film's highly acclaimed talent, its breathtakingly powerful story and the comprehensive marketing program we've crafted, Road to Perdition contains all of the ingredients to become the first big home entertainment hit of 2003," DHE domestic chief Kelly Sooter said to The Reporter.

"SOME TROUBLE" STUNT PILOT KILLED IN CRASH

[Billy Tucci and Joseph O. Tobul]
Billy Tucci and Joseph O. Tobul
Comics2Film was saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph O. Tobul who may be best known to the readers of this column for his work on the short film Some Trouble of a SeRRious Nature by director Billy Tucci. Tobul, 68, a former U.S. Marine and avid pilot died while flying his World War II era, F4U Corsair fighter plane in an air show. This is the same plane seen in Tucci's film.

Witnesses say Tobul managed an incredible feat, steering his crippled 12,000lb fighter away from people and homes, an act they say shows the abilities of a great pilot and the limits of man's machines. He crashed the planes in a swampy area only 75 feet from the nearest home in the Old Woodlands around 1:00pm.

Tucci wanted to share these thoughts with our readers:

I just want to offer my deepest regrets to Joe's family on their loss. Joe was one of the best people I ever got a chance to know and I am very proud to have called him my friend. Joe, a Korean War Hero, starred in my film "Some Trouble of a SeRRious nature".

He flew up to Long Island against a 30 knot head wind and idiot flight controllers who forced him spend most of the trip 30 miles off the coast line. I offered him a hotel room, but he preferred to stay with me and my family for one unforgettable week last November. He was so kind and generous with his Corsair and even helped out with the making of sets, moving props, driving the equipment truck and doing countless fly bys and take offs for us.

After production ended he was off again to South Carolina for the very same Veteran's Day Fly In as November 10th of this year. We spoke or emailed each other every couple of weeks and he was thrilled to get a copy of the film and just loved being a part of it all.

My best memories of him where when, late at night, when I couldn't sleep due to all the stress of making my first movie, he would come downstairs and we would spend hours drinking a beer and taking about the joy of flying, aviation history and family. He was truly one of the greats and with his passing, Deborah and I feel as though we have lost a family member and our love and condolences go out to Nancy, Jim and all of Joe's family.

Again, he was one of the best people I've ever met.

Blue Skies Hammer,
Billy Tucci

For more information about Tobul please visit the tribute page at the Crusade Fine Arts website.

THIS WEEK ON JEREMIAH

If you missed it last July, this Friday brings the dramatic conclusion to the first season of Showtime's successful comic adaptation Jeremiah with a finale written by J. Michael Straczynski. Check this out and get ramped up for season two, which debuts next year. Don't miss part two of "Things Left Unsaid".

Marcus (Peter Stebbings) and Erin (Monique Kavelaars) head to a meeting in St. Louis, where they hope to forge ties with other groups trying to make the world better...while Jeremiah (Luke Perry) ignores Ezekiel's warning and goes in search of his father. Written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed by Mike Vejar.

"Things Left Unsaid (Part Two)" airs Friday, November 29th at 10:50 P.M. on Showtime.

Preview clips of the show are available online at Showtime's Jeremiah site. Click "Episode Preview" from the site's nav.

You can also visit that site for a virtual tour of Thunder Mountain. Click "Behind The Scenes" from the site's nav. (Java and Flash required).

THIS WEEK ON JUSTICE LEAGUE

Metamorpho, the Element Man guest stars in a repeat airing of "Metamorphosis - Part 1", this week's episode of Justice League.

The episode airs Friday November 29th at 7pm. Encores follow on Sunday, December 1st at 7pm.

Also, look for a repeat airing of "The Brave and the Bold" Parts 1 and 2 on Saturday, November 30th starting at 4:00pm. The disciplinary Green Lantern teams up with the goof-ball Flash in this episode.

NEXT WEEK ON SMALLVILLE

In case you missed it last night, The WB is going to rebroadcast the Smallville episode "Skinwalker", in which Clark falls in love with a beautiful girl who holds the secrets to his past.

While moto-crossing with Pete (Sam Jones III), Clark (Tom Welling) falls into a cave and discovers two hidden treasures - ancient Indian writings that hold the key to his identity, and a beautiful girl whom he believes to be his soulmate. Desperate to preserve the writings, Clark pits father against son as he enlists Lex's (Michael Rosenbaum) help to stop Lionel's (John Glover) construction crew from demolishing the cave. Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. Marita Grabiak directed the episode with story by Mark Warshaw and teleplay by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders.

"Skinwalker" re-airs Sunday, December 1 at 5:00pm ET on The WB.

Then, in the show's regular timeslot, Clark gains an unsettling new power and Lex gets married in a repeat airing of "Heat".

Clark (Tom Welling) goes into hiding after he discovers a startling new power that quickly gets out of control and accidentally harms Lana (Kristin Kreuk). However, after a hot new teacher (guest star Krista Allen) uses kryptonite-enhanced pheromones to convince Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) to marry her, then spellbinds Jonathan (John Schneider), Clark must get a grip on his new power in time to keep Jonathan from killing Lex. James Marshall directed the episode written by Mark Verheiden.

"Heat" airs Tuesday, December 3 at 9:00pm on The WB.

Thanks to author and comic book movie journalist Andy Mangels for the info

NEXT WEEK ON BIRDS OF PREY

The Birds of Prey end up in the line of fire in a repeat airing of "Prey for the Hunter," this week's episode of Birds of Prey.

Helena (Ashley Scott) and Detective Reese (Shemar Moore) clash again when they both try to track down a serial killer who destroys metahumans by taking on their powers. Meanwhile, Dinah (Rachel Skarsten) ditches school when she learns from Helena there is a metahuman-only bar, and Barbara meets Wade's (guest star Shawn Christian) parents who think she is not normal enough for their son. Chris Long directed the episode with story by Adam Armus and Kay Foster and teleplay by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

"Prey for the Hunter" airs Wednesday, December 4th at 9:00pm on the WB.

Thanks to author and comic book movie journalist Andy Mangels for the info.

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