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Dynamic Forces News for December 22, 2003
Return of King Sets December Record
by Bob Gough

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King grossed $73.6 million from Friday through Sunday, making it the best December opening ever.

The record had been held by the previous installment The Two Towers which pulled in $62 million its first weekend last year.

Since opening Wednesday, the final chapter of director Peter Jackson’s trilogy has grossed $125 million.

Here’s the weekend’s top 10 films:

  • 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, $73.6 million
  • 2. Mona Lisa Smile, $12 million
  • 3. Something's Gotta Give, $11.5 million
  • 4. The Last Samurai, $7.3 million
  • 5. Stuck on You, $5.4 million
  • 6. Elf, $5 million
  • 7. Bad Santa, $4.25 million
  • 8. The Haunted Mansion, $4.2 million
  • 9. Love Don't Cost a Thing, $3.9 million
  • 10. Honey, $2.5 million

--E! Online

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Hulk vs. Hobbits for FX Oscar
by Bob Gough

The Hulk, The Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King, X2: X-Men United, Terminator 3, Master and Commander, Peter Pan and Pirates of the Caribbean are all in the running for Oscars for visual effects.

Three will get nominated after the awards committee reaches a decision next month.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2003 will be presented on Feb. 29.

--Hollywood Reporter, Comics2Film

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Supporting Cast Talks Spider-Man 2
by Bob Gough

Warning: Spoilers

Molly Cheek (the mom from American Pie) and Spider-Man alum Elizabeth Banks (pictured – Betty Brant) are talking about their roles in the sequel premiering July 2.

Cheek is in just one scene that doesn’t even have Spidey in it: “It's just a little thing where I'm a society matron at a big gala event and I introduce this hero," Cheek said. "Not Spider-Man. It's this guy who's an astronaut. He's the son of the newspaper guy. But I don't know the script so I really have no idea how it fits into anything. I'm lost." She’s obviously referring to John Jameson, son of J. Jonah.

Meanwhile Banks says, "I reprise my role of Betty Brant and other than that, I can't say anything about the movie."

--About.com, Comics2Film

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More Batman Toon DVDs Coming
by Bob Gough

Look for four new Batman animated DVDs coming – but not new features; just re-releases of old VHS collections.

They are Adventures of Batman & Robin: Poison Ivy/The Penquin, Adventures of Batman & Robin: The Joker/Fire & Ice, Batman Beyond: School Dayz/Spellbound, Batman Beyond: Tech Wars/Disappearing Inque and all come out March 2.

--ToonZone, Comics2Film

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Danny Trejo Talks Crow: Wicked Prayer
by Bob Gough

Danny Trejo (Spy Kids) is very much in-demand as a villain in Hollywood. But he plays a “white hat” in the upcoming The Crow: Wicked Prayer starring Edward Furlong and David Boreanaz.

”I play a Baptist Minister Indian chief,” he told About.com. “Fallen from grace. I'm actually a good guy in this, Baptist minister. He's the chief of the tribe that hates Eddie Furlong's character, The Crow. I scream at him, ‘How did God choose you?’ And it's funny because he turns around and says, ‘Your daughter did.’ My daughter is Emmanuelle [Chriqui], his love interest.”

Trejo, who is known for being the knife-thrower in Desperado, plays a peace activist in this film and wears a costume: “I wear this feathery thing, it's really kind of cool. You gotta see it, it's a great movie. I think it's going to be the best of the three [previous films].

”The director, Lance [Mungia], he just did it. He went over the top, really awesome,” Trejo said.

--About.com, Comics2Film

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Van Helsing Lobby Poster Online
by Bob Gough

The theatrical poster for Van Helsing, starring Hugh Jackman, is now online.

The monster-hunter film is written and directed by The Mummy’s Stephen Sommers, co-stars Kate Beckinsale and debuts May 7.

--Latino Review, Ain't It Cool News

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See World of Tomorrow Trailer, Poster
by Bob Gough

You can see the trailer for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow at http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/skycaptainandtheworldoftomorrow/skycaptain_large.html. The sci fi adventure, set in New York 1939, stars Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

You can also check out the official movie Web site at SkyCaptain.Com

--Ain't It Cool News

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Jeremiah Resurrected?
by Bob Gough

Showtime’s sci fi series Jeremiah may not be so dead after all. Season two seemed like it would the show’s last but Platinum Studios now says a third season of eight episodes is on the way, perhaps this coming summer.

--Comic Reel

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Green-skinned Strongman Menaces Smallville
by Bob Gough

Warning: Spoilers

Catch the trailer for the upcoming “Asylum” episode of Smallville in which Lex and some of Clark’s enemies, the “Freaks of the Week,” escape from a mental institution. One of the characters appears to take a greenish hue and super-strength (sound familiar?).

The trailer is online at http://www.thewb.com/Popups/Trailers/0,8204,77211,00.html and the episode airs on the WB Jan. 14.

Meanwhile, a Smallville two-hour event shows Dec. 24 and will include “Phoenix” at 8 pm ET and “Lineage” at 9 pm, pre-empting Angel.

There’s no episode on Dec. 31 and Jan. 7’s episode will be a repeat of “Extinction.”

--Kryptonsite, Comics2Film

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Halle Berry Mulls X-Men 3
by Bob Gough

Under what conditions would Halle Berry return as Storm in X-Men 3? If "they could give Storm a little bit more to do," she told the Courier Post. But even if she were just in the background, Berry said she’d return. "I'm so connected to the group that I would come back."

--Courier Post, Comics2Film

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December 30, 2003

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December 24, 2003

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