American Splendor, Spidey Animated, Hellboy, Punisher and X2: Comics2Film wrap for June 9, 2003

Mon, June 9th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


Harvey Pekar as Harvey Pekar

Paul Giamatti as Harvey Pekar


it has been quietly flying under fandom's radar, the sixth comic based movie due

in theaters this year may turn out to be the best of the crop. Now HBO Films and

Fine Line Features has unveiled the official website for the movie version of



Already the recipient of awards at Sundance and Cannes,

"American Splendor" is a blend of biographical drama and documentary

that brings the comics to life (although the comics were already brought to life

by put-upon author Harvey Pekar, who largely used the book to recount the events

of his ordinary existence in Cleveland, Ohio).

On the new site fans will find

the first trailers from the movie. Check out the QuickTime videos of actor Paul

Giamatti, grousing and complaining his way through his role as the perpetually

grumpy Pekar ("What? Do I seem depressed?"). If the movie

is as funny as the clips shown here, it should be a hilarious gem.

The site is lovingly rendered as an independent comic book. In addition to

the trailer it features the usual fare such as a statement from the film's

directors, photos from the movie, a biography of Pekar as well as the cast and

crew, and so on.

Visit today and then look for the movie in limited release starting

August 15th.


Look for the MTV

animated show "Spider-Man" to debut July 11th at 10:00 pm according to

The Insider was also able to uncover the titles of the first eleven episodes

of the show:

#101 - The Party

#102 - Keeping Secrets

#103 - Shutterbuggery

#104 - Tight Squeeze

#105 - Royal Scam

#106 - Heroes and Villains

#107 - Head Over Heels

#108 - Law of the Jungle

#109 - When Sparks Fly

#110 - Flash Memory

#111 - Preying Mantis


"Hellboy" fans can mark their calendars. On Friday, Revolution

Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the movie is slated for

release on Memorial Day weekend, 2004.

"We are confident that with Guillermo Del Toro at the helm, 'Hellboy'

will deliver the fantastic action, special effects and excitement that summer

moviegoers have come to expect," said Revolution Studios Partner Tom


"The swell in business over Memorial Day weekend is an excellent spot to

place an event-style project like 'Hellboy,'" said Jeff Blake, Vice

Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, "especially given the current

playability of comic book-based films. 'Hellboy' not only has a loyal core

following but is joined by a growing general audience making this date the

perfect choice."



Today article detailing the perils of stunt work in Hollywood reveals that

Thomas Jane is gearing up for action in "The Punisher" by training

with four Navy SEALs. The actor is receiving daily, basic weapons training from

the military men in Huntington Beach.

"The stuff on the wires and all that crazy dancing that was done so well

in 'Crouching Tiger' is beautiful, but it's not very real world. We're kind of

going back to old-fashioned days - serious hand-to-hand combat without all the

trickery and dancing," Jane told USA Today.

Jane says the comic book movie won't try to glamorize the action, but rather

depict the painful consequences of violence. "Stylized violence is a way of stepping away from

violence and making it palatable. With our movie, we inject a sense of here's

what happens when it really goes down."

While he may end up doing some stunts for "The Punisher," Jane said

there is only so much an actor can do. He spent most of his time on the set of

"Deep Blue Sea" disguising the fact that he had developed a double

hernia for fear of losing the part in that movie.

"I've done a few action films now, and it's very popular to try to do

all the stunts yourself - until the insurance company steps in and says no. No

film is going to ever go beyond that."

For more about "The Punisher" and numerous other action movies,

check out the

complete article.

Thanks to Lauren D. for the lead!


"X2: X-Men United" remains a top ten film in its sixth week of

release, according to weekend estimates published by Box

Office Mojo.

The marvel mutant movie came in at #7 this week, ringing up its total

cumulative gross to $204.3 million. "X2" is outperforming newer movies

like "Wrong Turn," "The In-Laws" and "Down With




Entertainment loves dishing out the punishment.

The publicity folks there told Comics2Film this week that we can now pass on

a total of ten copies of the super-cool teaser poster for "The

Punisher" to you, the readers.

We'll be taking names from now until June 22 (right around the time that the

official website official

website launches). Just fill out the simple entry form on

for your chance to win!

CBR News