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Saturday, April 27, 2002
HULK MOVIE UPDATE
The version of the Hulk appearing in the upcoming Hulk movie will be much closer to the comic than the live-action television series, thanks to technology.
"There was a reason why Lou Ferrigno was playing the Hulk. That was the best way you that could bring the Hulk to life," producer Gale Ann Hurd said during a news conference earlier this week. "And now, with CGI, with computer-generated imagery, with the techniques that have been developed at ILM, we are very lucky."
"One of my biggest goals is mixing the art of drama, relationships, and take that along with special effects and action," director Ang Lee said.
And what will the Hulk look like?
"I don't think I can tell you that," Lee said. "It's supposed to be top secret."
Sources have confirmed for The Continuum that the Hulk trailer that will be shown before the Spider-Man movie is definitely more of a teaser. It will show Eric Bana as Bruce Banner beginning to transform, but will not show the Hulk.
Earlier this week, TechTV carried a segment on the movie, showing Bana, and Jennifer Connelly, who plays Betty Ross, in character. Click on the thumbnails below for images from the piece.
JIM LEE'S BATMAN
DC Comics has provided The Continuum with the first color look at Jim Lee's Batman.
Lee is teaming with writer Jeph Loeb beginning with October's Batman #608.
Current plans are for Lee and Loeb to be on the book for 12 issues.
Click on the image above for a larger look.
SPIDER-MAN MOVIE UPDATE
Spider-Man producer Laura Ziskin told The Continuum that Tobey Maguire turned out to be perfect for the title role.
"His transformation from Peter Parker to Spider-Man, from boy into man, is stunning," Ziskin told The Continuum. "He's as good as they come. He's such a good actor. He's such a good movie actor. He can do anything. And he's real cute. And he really worked hard with the training.
"Trying to find somebody who can play that range with Peter Parker - when we looked at the dailies, we couldn't imagine anybody else doing it."
Ziskin commented on several other aspects of the movie:
* On Maguire's casting: "I think there was a consensus that Tobey could play the Peter Parker side of the movie and some questions, quite honestly, about could he be Spider-Man. So he came in, and to his credit, did a test, and blew everybody away."
* On director Sam Raimi: "He is a great visual storyteller, and he has a terrific sense of how to put the pieces together to build a compelling action sequence, while maintaining the integrity of the story itself. He is always cognizant of whether a scene is furthering the story, and he is very much in touch with the kid in himself… that sense of wonder.
"And yet Spider-Man is a movie for everyone, Sam has managed to appeal to all of us with this film: young, old, men, women, fans and non-fans alike."
* On the costume designed by James Acheson: "It was a real challenge to create the Spider-Man costume, to make it look alive and beautiful on film. James Acheson is amazing, and he did an incredible job. There's a lot going on with that design and the way it catches the light in daylight or nighttime… it's very effective."
* On Peter Parker: "He has really problems, and this extraordinary thing happens to him, and it's about how he deals with it. It's very much a coming of age story, about growing to be able accept responsibility."
* On Willem Dafoe, who plays Norman Osborn/Green Goblin: "He's as good or better than some of the stuntman, and he's done, I'd say, 90 percent of his own stunts. He kind of brought this physicality to the Goblin. When he's Norman, he's one way physically, and when he's the Goblin, he's completely transformed."
* On James Franco, who plays Harry Osborn: "James Franco had actually come in for Spider-Man, and we had just been so taken with him and thought he was remarkable. You'll see in the movie, you'll really believe he and Willem are father and son. It's quite a complex relationship, but it's done really subtlety and quite well."
TNT has released loglines for the first three episodes of Witchblade, including the two-parter that kicks off the second season on Sunday, June 16.
Following is a rundown:
"Emergence," which airs Sunday, June 16 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.: In the season premiere, it's a case of deja vu when Sara Pezzini is once again chosen to wield the Witchblade. But when the sinister Kenneth Irons vows to take the powerful weapon from her, can she master its powers in time to defend her destiny?
"Destiny," which airs Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.: Using the powers of the Witchblade, Sara saves the life of her partner, Danny Woo. But when Irons procures an ancient weapon, can she save herself as the battle for the Witchblade turns into a fight to the death?
"Agape," which airs Monday, June 17 at 9 p.m. and Tuesday, June 18 at 11 p.m.: As Sara and Danny investigate a series of bizarre drug-related murders, rookie detective Jake is pulled into a sting with a questionable cop. Now Sara must learn to use the Witchblade to solve the crime and save Jake before it's too late.
X-MEN: EVOLUTION UPDATE
Kids' WB! has provided an official logline to "Day of Reckoning," the two-part episode that concludes the second season of X-Men: Evolution on Saturday, May 11.
Here's how the network describes the episode:
"The X-Men team joins with their rivals The Brotherhood, forcing one member of the X-Men to leave the group. This new alliance goes head-to-head with arch-nemesis, Magneto and his group of misfits…changing the lives of every mutant in a dramatic twist of fate."
The episodes will include characters who have not been seen on X-Men: Evolution before. Kids' WB! has distributed more than 100 tapes of the episodes to the media, but has requested plot details be kept secret.
SAILOR MOON DVDS
ADV Films has set a street date of July 23 for Sailor Moon: Introducing Sailor Venus! and Sailor Moon: Adventure Girls!, the fifth and sixth volumes in ADV's DVD premiere of the title.
Here's how ADV describes Sailor Moon: Introducing Sailor Venus!:
"Zoycite's evil monsters are still searching for the Rainbow Crystals and only Sailor Moon can stop them... but first she has to defeat the jealousy in her own heart. If you thought the fight against Queen Beryl and the Negaverse was wild before, you won't believe the action as Sailor Venus arrives! She's bold, she's beautiful... but just whose side is she really on? Green-eyed monsters abound."
Here's how ADV describes Sailor Moon: Adventure Girls!:
"The craziness never stops when you're the defenders of the planet, so when a new enemy arrives it's just business as usual for the Sailor Scouts. Of course, that doesn't mean Serena and the gang can't TRY to live normal lives, but every time they sneak off for a little fun, some kind of monster always seems to show up."
Previously available only on VHS, each disc will contain six episodes and will ratail at $14.98.
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