LXG, Garfield, Hellboy, Spider-Man, Hulk: Comics2Film wrap for June 12, 2003

Thu, June 12th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV/Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN

With the big screen adaptation of Alan Moore's "The League of

Extraordinary Gentlemen" due in theaters in just over a month, Twentieth

Century Fox is starting to crank the handle on the publicity automaton.

A special package arrived at C2F central via courier yesterday, bearing a

large leather envelope for yours truly. Unwrapping the leather binding revealed

a communiqu from the studio itself.

Perhaps fearing that I, and my fellow journalists may be unfamiliar with the

roster of her majesty's League, the studio provided a set of helpful flash cards

giving information on the seven members of the team, and the team itself.

Each postcard contains a photo of its subject. Affixed atop is a layer of

translucent paper describing the subject.

The artwork and much of the text is

the same information found on the website but still, it's a nice little,

attention-getting package.

Click the thumbnails at right for a close up look.

GARFIELD

In

spite of what was suggested in a recent Indystar.com

article, which C2F

picked up on earlier this week, the goofy dog Odie will not be a CGI

character in the "Garfield" movie, according to inside sources.

Odie's

scenes were shot with a dog actor during the principal photography of the film.

CGI animators are currently working on the fat-cat star of the film, but are

doing no work to replace the live-action Odie with a computer-animated version.

Star

Bill Murray has wrapped his voice work for the title character of the movie. Our

sources say, "Bill was classic Bill."

Garfield is due in theaters

June 2004.

HELLBOY

With

everybody and their mother heading out to Prague to hang out on the set of the

"Hellboy" movie, you can imagine there's plenty of stuff to be found

on the web.

David Server, currently visiting the set, posted an interview with

director Guillermo del Toro at CountingDown.com.

Check it out for some interesting insights into the movie.

At one point in the

interview, Server ask del Toro about the villainous demon character Sammael and

when fans could expect to see it. Del Toro responded saying, "I think he

should just go public in the movie. It was nice, and I don't think anyone

complained about it, when we kept the Reapers from 'Blade II' under wraps. And

it's very nice to see them in the movie, when you see that make-up, you go 'Oh,

so they look like Nosferatu', and then that mouth opens, and you're completely

taken by surprise! I miss that kind of stuff! Why do we have to sell our good

ahead of time every time?"

But selling the goods too soon is a fact of

life in today's age of Internet spies. Aint-it-cool-news

has posted a number of spy pictures from the set of the movie, revealing a great

deal of the design work for the movie, including the aforementioned Sammael.

They've also got a camcorder capture of what looks to be some kind of a

behind-the-scenes special, which reveals some interesting footage as well.

Check

it out if you must be spoiled.

Finally, Nick Nunziata over at CHUD

is on his way out to the set. Nick is posting a daily travelogue of his quest

for "Hellboy." So far there's only one entry about his trip to the

airport, so few juicy details to be had there. Expect more in the coming days

though.

SPIDER-MAN

It's been over a

year since it's release but you can't stop "Spider-Man" from setting

records. Today's Hollywood

Reporter informs that Marvel and Sony's superhero smash collected top honors

at the 19th annual International Licensing Excellence Awards last night.

"Spider-Man"

webbed up best license of the year; entertainment license of the year;

entertainment licensee of the year, hard goods; international license of the

year; and promotion of the year.

Taking home five trophies from the event is

an unprecedented feat.

HULK

In spite of studio embargos which smaller outlets are asked to observe The

Hollywood Reporter ran its review of "The Hulk" today. It's

positive. Here's a quote:

"Ang Lee's 'The Hulk' -- opening next week via Universal -- is in its

own way every bit as inspiring and exciting as his last film, the international

hit 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.'"

PUNISHER CONTEST GETS EVEN BIGGER!

Artisan

Entertainment can't stop the punishment!

They've already provided ten posters for Comics2Film readers in our currently

in progress giveaway. Now the studio has ponied up five t-shirts promoting the

movie as well.

So we're expanding the drawing once again with a new prize structure: One

grand prize winner will get both a poster and a t-shirt. Nine individual winners

will get a poster. Four individual winners will get t-shirts.

If you've already entered, you don't need to do anything else.

If you haven't entered yet, 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 Comics2Film.com

for your chance to win!

HULK TOY CONTEST!

Get ready to Hulk out!

The

good folks at Toy Biz and Comics2Film are teaming up to give you a chance to

bring jade-jaws home. Enter our giveaway and you can win one of three

"Hulk" action figures, based on the upcoming movie.

We're accepting entries from now until June 19 (the day before the big movie

opening). Just fill out the simple entry form on Comics2Film.com

for your chance to win!

 
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