Spider-Man 2, American Splendor, LXG, Hulk, Marvel/Artisan, Hef's Superbunnies: Comics2Film wrap for July 22, 2003

Tue, July 22nd, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist




on the heels of the unveiling of Doc Ock at Comic-Con, the

Official Spider-Man 2 website opened up this weekend.

There's not much there but fans who didn't attend the convention can download

a nice wallpaper of Alfred Molina sporting his nasty metal tentacles. If you

want another good look at Ock, you can click the thumbnail at left for a

giant-sized poster image of the character.

You'll also find a summary of the film's story at the new site.

"Spider-Man 2" is due out July 2, 2004.



The movie version of Harvey Pekar's "American Splendor" collected

another festival award over the weekend. Variety

reports that the film received the Just for Laughs' Comedia film festival award

at the wrap of the 21st annual event.

"American Splendor" has previously won the Grand Jury Prize at the

Sundance Film Festival and the Fipresci Award at Cannes.



"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" is holding strong at third

place at the box office this week. The movie took in another $10 million

according to actual figures published by Box

Office Mojo. The movie's two-week take is now up to $42.5 million dollars.

Although "Bad Boys II" topped the charts with a whopping $46.5

million, other new movies debuted below "LXG" with " Johnny English"

coming in at #5 and " How to Deal" at #8.

'The Hulk' has left the building. The mega-budget comic book adaptation has

fallen off the top 10 chart in its fifth week of release. The movie came in at

#13 this week, edging its total box office to just over $128 million.


The bids for Artisan Entertainment are in according to The

Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this month the trade revealed that Marvel

Enterprises was expected to make a bid on the movie studio.

According to the new report, Marvel has made a verbal bid of an undisclosed

amount for the studio and its assets. However, insiders believe that Marvel's

bid is the lower than the $140 million-$160 million bid from production partners

Stanley Jaffe and Scott Greenstein. That party's bid is said to be fully


Meanwhile, CBR's own Rich

Johnston speculates that Marvel's bidding may just be a ploy to get a look

at Artisan's financials.



From a press release:

Playboy, the world's best-selling magazine for men and POW! Entertainment,

home to Stan Lee, godfather of the modern comic book superhero, recently announced

a joint venture to develop an animated television series, "Hef's


The series, targeted to adults, will feature Playboy magazine's founder and

editor-in-chief Hugh M. Hefner as the leader of a sophisticated, worldwide

crime-fighting organization comprised of the publication's famed Playmates of

the Month.

Each 30-minute program will introduce viewers to the "hidden world"

of the Playboy Mansion, from which Hef will lead teams of highly-trained "Superbunnies"

to combat the merciless, deadly enemies of democracy.

The series will be produced jointly by POW! Entertainment and Playboy's Alta

Loma Entertainment division.

Announcing the development deal, Playboy's Hefner said, "As a young man,

comic books played an important role in my own life. In fact, if I had been a

better cartoonist, I might never have created Playboy magazine. That's one more

reason I'm glad that a creative genius such as Stan Lee was around to take the

appeal of the comic book superhero to the highest level."

Lee said, "As a fan who bought and cherished the very first copy of

Playboy in 1953, it is an enormous thrill for me to be partnering with a man who

has done so much to shape the culture of the times we live in. Hugh Hefner has

long been one of the great communicators in our society and I can't think of

anyone I'd rather partner with on such an unusual and exciting project."

"Hef's Superbunnies" is created by Stan Lee. Executive Producers

for POW! Entertainment are Lee and COO Gill Champion. POW! Entertainment creates

motion pictures and television franchises, both live action and animation.

Executive producers for Playboy Enterprises, Inc. are Hugh M. Hefner and

Richard S. Rosenzweig, chairman of Alta Loma Entertainment, Playboy's mainstream

entertainment and production company. Associate producer is Jill Liberman.

Champion says, "The joining of these two global icons in this new exotic

animated adventure will not only provide an innovative, provocative and cutting

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edge entertainment series, but is certain to generate substantial multiple

revenue opportunities world-wide."



"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

at Comics2Film.com 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.

Time is

running out. Entries are due by July 25th. Click over

to the Comics2Film.com

website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!

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