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Stan Lee's VENOM Cameo


By Rob M. Worley     July 07, 2009

Comics2Film: Venom
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'Venom' writers talk about Stan Lee cameo. Plus: 'Transoformers' victorious. 'Iron Man 2' car revealed. Columbus talks 'Welcome to Hoxford' and more! Ichi. Ni. Ichi, ni, san, shi! It's your Comics2Film 9.7.7!




Well, the weekend box office was a squeaker, but the Hollywood Reporter tells us that 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' is officially the #1 movie for the second weekend in a row.

Actual box office receipts for the Paramount/DreamWorks film totaled $42.3 million. Fox's contender, 'Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs' actually rang up $41.7 million making it the #2 movie. Both studios over-estimated their receipts at $42.5 million, but the discrepancies are within a typical margin of error.



First The Mask, Then Lex Luthor, Now Obama

We don't usually report celebrity news but this one seemed interesting.

He's been a sidekick for 'The Son of the Mask', a henchman for Lex Luthor in 'Superman Returns' and a partner for Harold in the 'Harold and Kumar' series. Now actor Kal Penn is Barack Obama's lackey at the White House.

The Associated Press is reporting that on Monday, Penn started his new job as the White House liason to Asian communities. Specifically he's an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison, with a focus on connecting Obama with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as arts groups.

Let's hope Barack Obama goes easier on Penn than Lex Luthor or Dr. Gregory House did.

Thanks to SONYMANswallows for the submission.



Obscure: ST TRINIANS to star David Tennant

We do report on movies based on comics, no matter how obscure. With that in mind, 'St. Trinians' was a comic strip created by English cartoonist Ronald Searle. It in the late 1940s, early 1950s and featured a school for young hellions that routinely tortured each other, their teachers and, well, just about everyone.

The strip has been the subject of several films, including one as recent as 2007.

Now Bleeding Cool reports that Dr. Who actor David Tennant is set to star in a sequel to that movie, 'St. Trinians II: The Legend Of Fritton's Gold'. The movie apparently started filming this week.



IRON MAN 2's Monaco Race Car

If you've been following the 'Iron Man 2' buzz, you know there's a scene set at the Monaco Grand Prix, which climaxes with Mickey Rourke's Whiplash calling out Tony Stark. Naturally we can assume that the billionaire industrialist has a car in the race.

Road & Track's spy cam now has your first photo of the Stark Industries sponsored Grand Prix vehicle. According to their report, Stark himself is driving the car in the race.

Click though for a look at the photos (which is unfortunately small and covered with watermarks).



Stan Lee in VENOM Movie

Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the screenwriters behind Sony/Marvel's 'Spider-Man' franchise-extender 'Venom', have a new movie coming up called 'Zombieland'. SuperheroHype chatted with them on the set of the new movie and then said they certrainly aim to include and obligatory cameo from Stan Lee in their script.

"Oh, yeah. Stan Lee is in it," Reese told SHH. "I feel like that's the one thing we can say. He does appear in our script, and we're very specific about where he is and why. May he live forever. Let's hope he's in many movies to come."

'Zombieland' arrives in theaters October 9.



Columbus may direct WELCOME TO HOXFORD

Back in March the trades announced that filmmaker Chris Columbus aimed to adapt Ben Templesmith's horror comic 'Welcome to Hoxford' to the big screen. MTV Splash Page caught up with Columbus and asked him if he's going to direct the film, or solely serve as producer.

"You never know where that vibe is going to take you or where you’re going to want to go," Columbus said and later added, "I just want to do movies that I’m excited about."



DEAD OF NIGHT at Comic-Con

According to the 'Dead of Night' production blog, clips from the movie will be screened at Comic-Con International, on July 23rd. Director Kevin Munroe, actor Brandon Routh and "other surprise folks" will be on hand.

Strangely, the whole thing is going down during the "Masters of the Web" panel, rather than a panel devoted specifically to the film.



PROOF Creator Comments on Toon News recently broke the news of the development of an animated 'Proof' TV series in which Sam Jackson is attached to act.

MTV Splash Page followed up with creator/writer Alex Grecian to get his comments on the story.

"I’ve read his treatment for the series and talked to [TV writer Evan Gore] many times, both by phone and in person, and he’s extremely enthusiastic about ‘Proof,’" Grecian told MTV. He also said that he's heard that Jackson loves the book and is "excited to be involved."

Grecian addressed the idea that the creators of the show would try to emulate creator/artist Rossmo's art style.

"I think it would be really hard to animate [Rossmo's] style. [Rossmo's] character designs are perfect and I’m hoping they stick pretty close to those, but I’d look for the actual style of the show to be streamlined a bit," he said.



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Wiseguy 7/7/2009 8:07:15 AM

I'm dying to get some casting news on CaptAmerica. The film opens less than 2 months after Thor and nothing yet? Come on Rob, go out and bust some doors down, we need this info

I swear I thought Rob already reported the Venom and Stark's car news. My memory is on the skids

VENOM SPOILER ALERT *********The piece I read (I thought it was here) also reported that Stan would be playing Larry King*******

Stan is/was the man so I don't have a problem with him making all these cameos even if it's on projects he didn't have anything to do with. I'd love to see him play an Asgardian on Thor. Put him in an actual costume, not just a robe.

LocoLobo73 7/7/2009 10:23:37 AM

WISE your not loosing it I read the same thing and could have sworn it was on here as well. and I do believe that the pictures and comments on IronMan 2 stated that it was a vintage car race put on for charity. OH yeah and the Stan Lee thing about him playing Larry king was in refrence to IronMan2, They hadn't said what part Stan would be playing in Venom. Let just hope they focus on the story with Venom, I have a bad feeling they are going to take him to the lightside instead of him embracing his hunger for brains. They just better leave Carnage in the box.

almostunbiased 7/7/2009 12:09:42 PM

Why a Venom movie?

jdnobody 7/7/2009 12:40:05 PM

I think that is a very good question and one that we can present to many of the films that are in production right now...

TJ Hooker, View Master, Short Circuit (remake), Nightmare on Elmstreet (remake), Smurfs, and movie based on a board game?!?!  Why indeed?

Wiseguy 7/7/2009 12:46:10 PM

The latest report I saw says that HP is outpacing Transformers 2 in advance ticket sales at the same time from release. Despite the I-Max advantage Trans.2 had it looks good for HP and maybe we'll have a new record this time, crossing my fingers. I want to see TDK knocked down a peg

Inferno 7/7/2009 1:11:48 PM


todd890 7/7/2009 1:25:41 PM

If it's done then stick to the comics.

SgtTechCom 7/8/2009 5:42:36 AM

Venom Vs Carnage. Enough Said.


MutantNinjaLoungeSingr 7/8/2009 8:57:06 PM

Van Wilder's protoge?  really??

monkeyfoot 7/9/2009 1:48:14 PM

Kal Penn and Barack & Michelle Obama are gonna be tokin' in the White House after they put the first daughters to bed. Then they'll make late night burger runs to Five Guys.

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