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Saturday, October 19, 2002

X-MEN 2 PRESS CONFERENCE: PART 1

20th Century Fox staged a press conference for X-Men 2 on Friday from the Vancouver Film Studios' production stages and received a rare group appearance from the large cast.

Attending were Kelly Hu (Lady Deathstrike), Brian Cox (Stryker), Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Mystique), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor Xavier), director Bryan Singer, Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Halle Berry (Storm), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), James Marsden (Cyclops), Alan Cumming (Nightcrawler), Anna Paquin (Rogue) and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman).

Before the stars took the stage, Fox showed the trailer for the film, which will premiere on Nov. 27 with Solaris and also other movies.

The trailer -- nearly finished, just missing a few effects -- was similar to what Singer showed at the Comic-Con International in San Diego and that also briefly appeared online. The chess-playing set-up, conclusion and many of the scenes were the same, although this trailer included Nightcrawler in action, Mystique and a kiss between Wolverine and Jean Grey.

In addition to the press conference, the film's production designer, Guy Dyas, took the journalists on an extensive tour of the massive sets.

Look for complete coverage of Friday's activities throughout the week here in The Continuum, beginning today with part one of an edited transcription of the press conference, which you can read by CLICKING HERE.

SMALLVILLE, BIRDS OF PREY EPISODES

The WB has provided story information for upcoming episodes of Smallville and Birds of Prey.

The Tuesday, Nov. 5 episode of Smallville will be "Lineage."

Here's how The WB describes the episode:

"A mysterious woman shows up claiming to be Clark's (Tom Welling) mother, prompting the Kents (John Schneider, Annette O'Toole) to tell Clark what happened after they discovered him in the cornfield that fateful day. Clark discovers why his father hates the Luthors (John Glover, Michael Rosenbaum), how his adoption was fixed, and who really rescued Lex from the edge of death."

Greg Beeman directed the episode, which was written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar with teleplay by Kenneth Biller.

The Wednesday, Nov. 6 episode of Birds of Prey is "Sins of the Mother."

Here's how The WB describes the episode:

"Barbara (Dina Meyer) and Helena (Ashley Scott) learn the truth about Dinah and Dinah learns the truth about her own past when her mother, Carolyn Lance (guest star Lori Loughlin), comes to New Gotham in search of the daughter she abandoned years before. Dinah is shocked to learn that Carolyn was once Batman's protege, Black Canary. Meanwhile, Helena learns that Detective Reese (Shemar Morre) has family issues of his own when he becomes secretive about a ruthless gangster."

Jeff Woolnough directed the episode, which was written by Melissa Rosenberg and Hans Tobeason.

In related news, The Continuum visited the set of Smallville on Friday night in Vancouver, British Columbia. Look for reports from the set this week.

FIRST LOOK: TOMB RAIDER #25

Tomb Raider #25 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions. The issue is written by John Ney Rieber, with art by Michael Turner and colors by Jonathan D. Smith.

Here's how Image describes the issue:

"Endgame, Part 1 of 3. Tomb Raider's 25th issue extravaganza arrives as special guest penciler Michael Turner joins forces with John Ney Rieber to present the monumental issue of Tomb Raider as Top Cow's Endgame crossover kicks off. It all begins when the charred remains of a long-lost Native American settlement lure Lara Croft to New York City the home of Sara Pezzini and the Witchblade, and it ends with...the death of Lara Croft?"

Tomb Raider #25 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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