Monday, July 26, 2004
COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: FANTASTIC FOUR MOVIE PANEL
Michael Chiklis walked on stage, a Thing action figure in his left hand. He approached the microphone, paused for effect and then let it fly:
"It's clobberin' time!"
The crowd roared, the biggest approval yet for the much-scrutinized live-action adaptation of Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, coming from Fox next July 1.
Chiklis, who plays Ben Grimm/The Thing, was joined by Ioan Gruffudd (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic) and Jessica Alba (Sue Storm/Invisible Girl), along with director Tim Story and producers Ralph Winter and Avi Arad for Fox's presentation for the film at Comic-Con International.
And while the film's production doesn't start for a month, the panelists were candid and forthright in dealing with -- and perhaps alleviating -- some of the hot-button concerns about the film that have peppered the Internet in the past few months.
For an edited transcription of the panel, CLICK HERE. And come back to The Continuum on Tuesday for a roundtable interview with the film's stars.
COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: ELEKTRA MOVIE
Before the Fantastic Four panel at Comic-Con International began in full force, Marvel Studios' Avi Arad staged a short presentation on Elektra.
"Yesterday we finished Elektra finally," Arad said. "We just finished principal photography. And, as you know, today when you finish principal photography, it's just the beginning with CGI and all it takes to finish it."
A short behind-the-scenes clip was then shown, with Elektra star Jennifer Garner introducing and narrating.
For more details, CLICK HERE.
COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: BATMAN BEGINS PANEL
Warner Bros. provided the first glimpses into next summer's Batman Begins at Comic-Con International over the week. The presentation included no footage from the film -- a teaser trailer hasn't been released yet -- but the studio trotted out writer David Goyer and actor Cillian Murphy, who plays Jonathan Crane (the Scarecrow).
Before Goyer and Murphy answered questions, a clip featuring star Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan was shown.
"We're just having a great time telling the story of Bruce Wayne's journey to becoming Batman," Nolan said. "It's something that hasn't been seen before, and we're very excited about addressing an aspect of this great character that hasn't been done on film before."
"It is a great character," Bale said. "And Chris and David have done a fantstic job of transferring from comic book to screen and giving the character the complexity it deserves."
For an edited transcription of the question-and-answer session with Goyer and Murphy, CLICK HERE, and look for more Batman Begins news on Tuesday here in The Continuum.
For covers and four-page previews of titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Venom vs. Carnage #1, Marvel Knights 4 #8, Last Train to Deadsville: A Cal McDonald Mystery #3, Usagi Yojimbo #77 and Super Manga Blast! #43.
BOX OFFICE UPDATE
Catwoman placed third at the box office in its debut over the weekend, bringing in $17.1 million.
Catwoman, which had mostly negative reviews, opened in 3,117 theaters nationally.
The film trailed The Bourne Supremacy, which debuted with $53.5 million, and I, Robot, which brought in $22.0 million.
Spider-Man 2, meanwhile, continued to show strength in its fourth week. The sequel placed fourth with $15.0 million and has a total $328.4 million. Its box office dropped just 37 percent from the previous weekend.
Pulido also saw the film for the first time. "I really liked it a lot," he said.
The movie will be in stores on Oct. 5. Look for more Lady Death movie news soon here in The Continuum.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Wednesday, July 21, including Devil's Due solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, July 20, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, July 19, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, July 17, including an interview with Catwoman star Halle Berry, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, July 16, including an interview with Catwoman star Sharon Stone, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, July 15, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, July 14, including Dark Horse's solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, July 13, including an interview with Catwoman star Benjamin Bratt, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, July 12, including DC Comics' solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, July 10, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, July 9, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, July 8, including Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, July 7, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, July 6, including Jessica Biel talking about Blade: Trinity, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, July 5, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, July 3, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, July 2, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, July 1, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, June 30, including an interview with Spider-Man 2 producer Avi Arad, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, June 29, including an interview with Spider-Man 2 star Tobey Maguire, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, June 28, including Blade Trinity news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, June 26, including UDON/Capcom news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, June 25, including an interview with Spider-Man 2's Kirsten Dunst, CLICK HERE.
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