Monday, October 13, 2003
PUNISHER MOVIE UPDATE
Principal photography on The Punisher live-action movie is expected to conclude this week in Tampa, Fla., with an April 16 release scheduled for the Artisan/Marvel film.
Artisan on Sunday allowed a small group of journalists to observe shooting in downtown Tampa. The scenes included the Punisher (Thomas Jane) beginning his strike against the film's villain, Howard Saint (John Travolta), invaded Saint WorldWide's building and forcing his men to throw money on the streets below.
Dozens of extras were involved, trying to grab money that was shot from air cannons to simulate falling from the penthouse offices.
After lunch, Jane was involved in some close-up work inside the building.
In other Punisher news:
* Co-producer Ari Arad gave the press a first look at the new Punisher one-sheet. The poster shows Jane in full Punisher garb, carrying two guns at his side. Below him is a reflection of the Punisher skull.
* A new trailer is in the works but has not been completed yet. It is unknown when the trailer will debut, but it is expected for the holiday season.
* Look for an interview with Jane here Tuesday in The Continuum and Punisher news throughout the week as well.
HULK MOVIE UPDATE
Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Hulk movie, said plans are moving forward for the sequel.
"We're all really proud of the film we made," Hurd said Sunday in Tampa, Fla., on the set of The Punisher, which she is also producing. "It was an origin story. And I think now that we've got the origin, I think we can have a lot more fun with the sequels."
The Hulk had the biggest weekend opening ever for a June release, but couldn't shake negative buzz and slipped quickly down the box-office charts. The buzz started early with a Super Bowl spot and then when an uncompleted version of he film hit the Internet.
"The company that prepared that, we never saw the final product," Hurd said of the Super Bowl spot. "We never saw the color, we never saw the final shots. I think what we learned is that the filmmakers always need to be involved in any imagery that is released. The people who prepared the TV spot decided the color, decided on the speed, and it was not representative of the film.
"When it was uploaded to the Internet, I think that was the biggest problem. Because people started reviewing images that were, in some instances, were six months from completion of a CGI effect. Then it gets picked up. Someone puts its on the Internet, then suddenly it's in USA Today, the L.A. Times and the New York Times. Then all of a sudden people have decided, there's something wrong with the CGI.
"I think there are shots of The Hulk where you can completely suspend disbelief. The emoting power of the character is amazing. But unfortunately, audience members, when they went in to see the film, thought they were seeing something based on a review of CGI images long before they were meant to be seen."
Hurd said she had "no apologies" for the final effects. "I think ILM did a tremendous job," she said.
Look for Hurd's comments on The Punisher this week here in The Continuum.
FIRST LOOK: SOJOURN #28
Sojourn #28 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from CrossGen Entertainment. The issue is written by Ian Edginton, penciled by Greg Land, inked by Jay Leisten and colored by Justin Ponsor.
Here's how CrossGen describes the issue:
"Arwyn just can't catch a break. First the avenging archer lost her husband and daughter. Now, washed ashore an isolated island, she confronts the fact that her loyal dog Kreeg may have been taken by the sea. But it looks like she won't have time to mourn...because the island's own dead denizens are on the prowl!"
Sojourn #28 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.
MARVEL LOWERS CANADIAN PRICES
In addition to announcing a new, ongoing Alpha Flight series, Marvel Enterprises on Monday announcedo announce that beginning with comic books on sale on Dec. 5, Canadian prices are being cut by at least 50-cents and up to $1 on most Marvel titles.
This change does not effect graphic novel prices.
The new Canadian price structure is as follows with new price followed by old price:
$0.75 from $0.85.
$1.50 from $1.60.
$3.25 from $3.75.
$3.50 from $4.00.
$4.25 from $4.75.
$5.00 from $5.75.
$5.75 from $6.50.
$7.00 from $7.95.
$8.50 from $9.50.
The WB's Wednesday line-up of Smallville and AngelL was even better in its second week of the season than it was during its initial outing.
The WB's Wednesday outperformed its premiere week performance in adults 18-34 (3.6/11), women 18-34 (3.5/10), men 18-34 (3.7/12), persons 12-34 (3.6/11), women 12-34 (3.4/10), men 12-34 (3.8/12), adults 18-49 (2.8/7), women 18-49 (2.7/7), men 18-49 (2.9/8), teens (3.7/13), male teens (4.2/13) and household rating (4.0/6).
From 8-10 p.m. The WB placed #2, behind only the baseball playoffs on Fox, in men 18-34 (3.7/12), men 12-34 (3.8/12), #3 in adults 18-34 (3.6/11), persons 12-34 (3.6/11), women 18-34 (3.5/10), women 12-34 (3.4/10) and #1 in teens (3.7/13).
Smallville improved on, or maintained, its audience from Week 1 in adults 18-34 (3.8/13), persons 12-34 (4.0/13), men 18-34 (4.0/14), women 12-34 (3.6/12), men 12-34 (4.3/15), adults 18-49 (3.0/9), women 18-49 (2.8/8), men 18-49 (3.1/9), teens (4.4/16), male teens (5.1/17) and household rating (4.4/7).
Smallville was #2 in its time period in adults 18-34 (3.8/13), persons 12-34 (4.0/13), men 18-34 (4.0/14), women 12-34 (3.6/12), men 12-34 (4.3/15) and men 18-49 (3.1/9), #3 in women 18-34 (3.6/11) and adults 18-49 (3.0/9) and #1 in teens (4.4/16) and male teens (5.1/17).
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
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* For Saturday, Oct. 4, including Star Wars news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Oct. 3, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Oct. 2, including Spider-Man news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Oct. 1, including Jutice League news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Sept. 30, including Jutice League news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Sept. 29, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Sept. 27, including Batman news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Sept. 26, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Sept. 25, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Sept. 24, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Sept. 23, including Angel news and images, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Sept. 22, including Marvel's solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Sept. 20, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Sept. 19, including details on the Mutant X season premiere, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Sept. 18, including CrossGen news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Sept. 17, including Image Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Sept. 16, including DC Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Sept. 15, including an Underworld interview, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Sept. 13, including Platinum Studios' deal with Disney, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Sept. 12, including Dark Horse's solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Sept. 11, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Sept. 10, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Sept. 9, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Sept. 8, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Sept. 6, including Sharon Stone talking about Catwoman, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Sept. 5, including Spider-Man/MTV news, CLICK HERE.
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