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Tuesday, November 4, 2003


Jonathan Hensleigh, the writer/director of The Punisher movie, said he is hoping to provide more bang for the buck with the film.

"In terms of what we're putting on the screen, I think it's going to be as big as realism-based action drama that's been come down the pike for the last 20, 30 years," Hensleigh said during The Continuum's recent visit to The Punisher set in Tampa, Fla. "It'll look as big as anything."

Hensleigh declined to discuss the film's budget, but said, "No one in Hollywood would call this big budget."

During Marvel Enterprise's conference call on Tuesday, producer Avi Arad said the budget was in the high $30-million range.

In other Punisher news, the trailer for the film was released online on Monday night and will be attached to The Matrix Revolutions. The trailer gives the first look at such actors as John Travolta, Roy Scheider, Samantha Mathis and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.

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In revealing its third-quarter earnings, Marvel Enterprises listed five movies, including the not-in-production-yet Fantastic Four, for release next year.

Movies due in theaters next year are The Punisher from Artisan Entertainment on April 16, Spider-Man 2 from Sony/Columbia on July 2, Blade: Trinity from New Line Cinema on Aug. 12; Man-Thing from Fierce/Artisan on Aug. 26 and Fantastic Four from Fox on Dec. 24.

Films/characters in active development, according to Marvel, include:

X-Men 3 from Fox, The Hulk 2 from Universal, Namor from Universal, Elektra from New Regency/Fox, Iron Man from New Line, Ghost Rider from Sony and Deathlok from Crystal Sky/Paramount Pictures.

Marvel's only television project listed was a Blade animated series for MTV. MTV's Spider-Man animated series is not expected to return, a decision on Kids' WB!'s X-Men: Evolution is expected soon, and, with lawsuits pending with Tribune Entertainment, Mutant X probably will not last past its current third season.

During a conference all, Marvel's Avi Arad said that Iron Man is targeted for 2005 release, 6.5 million DVDs of The Hulk were shipped, with 3.5 millin selling within a week, and that X3 does not have a targeted release date.

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The WB has released eight images from "Magnetic," the episode of Smallville scheduled to air on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Here's how The WB describes the episode:

"Clark (Tom Welling) is suspicious when Lana (Kristin Kreuk) suddenly becomes attracted to a fellow student (guest[star Kevin Zegers) and begins to act rebelliously, which eventually lands her in jail. Clark's suspicions are confirmed when he discovers Lana's new boyfriend has magnetic powers that can move objects and alter human emotions, but when he tries to free Lana from the paranormal hold that is controlling her, she tries to kill him. Meanwhile, Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) discovers Chloe (Allison Mack) has been delving into Lionel's (John Glover) past and tries to get her to join forces against his dad."

Singer/songwriter Josh Kelley performs.

David Jackson directed the episode, which was written by Holly Harold.

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MVCreations has broken off from CrossGen's CGE imprint to self-publish. According to the publisher, "This move comes in light of the recent difficulties CrossGen has faced."

"CGE was a great concept and we were happy to have made the move to them earlier in 2003," said MVC's Val Staples. "But, due to complications they have had to face, our production was disrupted not long after coming on board.

"CGE's inability to pay MV for our products delivered to Diamond cut off our income. In addition, the furthered delay of our projects eliminated any potential income for the future. This, in turn, hurt our ability to pay our artists on time and worked against our continued efforts to deliver on-time, quality comics.

"After discussing things with CGE, we all felt it best that we part ways while CrossGen restructures and attempts to get things back on track and creator payments caught up. We all hope the situation improves for CrossGen. The last thing this industry needs is another publisher who falls off the map.

"All during the month of October, we have been getting our delayed issues into stores. Thanks to CGE turning over purchase orders for our titles and Robert Chong's Quantum FX printing for their speedy delivery and great customer service, we should be caught up by the end of December with all titles and payments to our dedicated freelance creators."

As for MVC's plans, editor Leanne Shaw said, "We have some new and exciting projects lined up. Some of which have recently been solicited.

"October saw the launch of the Masters of the Universe: Rise of the Snake Men mini-series. This is an adaptation of Episodes 30 and 31 of the new cartoon series, but with some changes. The comic version is more brutal, and is a jumping off point for the direction Spring 2004's Volume Three regular series story will go." "The art from newcomer Andie Tong is very dynamic and fits right in with this action packed mini-series. Expect to see Andie again on a long awaited Prequel mini-series debuting sometime in 2004. Written by Marv Wolfman, it will deal with the events that made Randor become king and will explain why Keldor (now Skeletor) is tied closely with the destiny of Prince Adam (He-Man).

"Starting in December, we have the Masters of the Universe Encyclopedia. This is a five issue mini-series that is filled with info from cover to cover and topped off with art from Emiliano Santalucia and Enza Fontana. It covers the characters, comics, and cartoon episodes from what we distinguished as Season 1: July 2002 - August 2003. This is the ultimate guide that is certainly no light read.

"Then, as the icing on the cake, February sees the launch of Masters of the Universe: Volume 3. But there will be more details on that soon enough!"

MVC will alos publish Rob Zombie's Spook Show International."

"Spook Show International is doing what we hoped it would. And that's take a unique comic product and get it into the eyes of non traditional fans," Staples said.

Spook Show International is a horror anthology that ties in with Zombie's House of a 1000 Corpses movie and showcases a few of Zombie's original ideas. The comic features art from Gene Colan, Kieron Dwyer, Will Conrad, Eddy Barros and Pat Boutin.

Staples said that the remaining issues of the Don Bluth-based mini-series, Dragon's Lair and Space Ace mini-series, will be released on a quarterly basis beginning next year and that Tales of the Realm, the series by Robert Kirkman and Matt Tyre, will also continue.


"Shadows of Darkness," a new episode of Mutant X, will air in syndication this week. The episode is written by Mark Amato and directed by Andrew Potter.

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  • The Saturday, Nov. 15 episodes of Teen Titans and X-Men: Evolution on Kids' WB will be "Sisters" and "Impact." For the network's complete schedule for the week,CLICK HERE.

  • Coming Wednesday: DC First Looks -- and much more!!!


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    * For Monday, Oct. 27, including Marvel Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.

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    * For Tuesday, Oct. 21, including DC Comics' solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 20, including Star Wars and Halle Berry news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 18, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 17, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 16, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

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    * For Saturday, Oct. 11, including Angel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 10, including Dark Horse's solicitations, CLICK HERE.

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