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Producer refuses to jinx 'Hellboy' by talking sequel

HOLLYWOOD — “Hellboy” played a helluva lot better than one would expect at Tuesday’s Village Theater preem.

Asked later if the enthusiastic reaction to the red-horned, born-in-hell do-gooder signaled a sequel, producer Larry Gordon gave the voice-of-experience response: “This hasn’t opened yet. I don’t want to slap myself on the back yet. No one here tonight paid to see it. Talk to me on Monday.”

Though the pic hits many standard comicbook notes (evil madman out to destroy mankind, etc.), director Guillermo del Toro maintains that the pic has enough fresh touches (mutant likes his milk and cookies) that the aud “gets to go new places.”

Among those at the W Hotel after-party were Sony’s Michael Lynton, Amy Pascal, Jeff Blake and Geoffrey Ammer; Revolution’s Joe Roth, Tom Sherak, Todd Garner, Rob Moore and Terry Curtin; plus guests including James Cameron, Linda Hamilton, Bob Shaye, Toby Emmerich, Leelee Sobieski, John Singleton, Bruce McNall and Joe Dante.

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