Press Release: When Comic Books Attack
WHEN COMIC BOOKS ATTACK!!
24-Hour Marathon of Films Made From Comic Books
Featuring Starz The Hollywood Reporter Original Special
Examines the Comic Book Into Film Phenomena
Englewood, Colo., June 6, 2006 – Superman Returns, X3 and Spider-Man 3… with the ever increasing trend of turning comic books into blockbuster films, Starz The Hollywood Reporter: Comic Books on Film explores this “super” natural phenomena with a half-hour original special that examines why these films continue to leap off the lot of Hollywood studios landing into movie theaters all over the world. The special includes interviews with Brandon Routh, the new Superman, Christian Bale of Batman Begins, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry both of X-Men: The Last Stand. Comic Books on Film premieres on Starz, June 25th at 6:30 p.m. as part of a 24-hour marathon of comic book inspired films.
“It seems that nearly every popular comic book is being made and remade into a cinematic version, from Sin City, Hellboy, Batman, Spider-man, Superman, to The Hulk,” says Michael Ruggiero, vice president of programming for Starz Entertainment Group. Starz The Hollywood Reporter: Comic Books on Film focuses on the impact and success that these comic books have had by being turned into films.”
In addition to the special, Starz will air a marathon of films based on comic book figures: Hellboy, Sin City, Tank Girl, Steel, Judge Dredd, Blade: Trinity and Nick Fury: Agent of Shield.
Starz The Hollywood Reporter is a weekly half-hour entertainment news program that focuses on the big business of making movies. The program gives Starz viewers news and information about the people and personalities who make the movie experience one of the most loved pastimes the world over. Each week, The Hollywood Reporter lends its entertainment business news expertise and delivers its staff of journalists to discuss current films and major entertainment topics. Starz The Hollywood Reporter talks to actors, directors, producers and industry insiders to learn the ins and outs of the filmmaking process. The show also follows trends, changes in the marketplace, domestic and international boxoffice numbers, marketing strategies and executive news.
Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. SEG offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 14.6 million and 26.4 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment Group airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HDTV, Starz On Demand and VongoSM. Starz Entertainment Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Group, www.starz.com.