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MARVEL MOVIE ROUNDUP

Jennifer Garner said that her physical abilities were crucial in getting the role of Elektra in the upcoming Daredevil movie.

"I think basically I've been the girl kicking ass all year, and they needed somebody who could come in an can fight," Garner said during the upcoming Dinner for Five. "And bada-bing, there it was."

Access Hollywood showed a clip from the movie Thursday night, featuring Elektra training with her sais and then a fight scene with Daredevil. She begins the fight by saying, "Remember me, murderer?"

The clip is available to America Online users at keyword: first look.

In other Marvel movie news:

* Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, who is returning as Mystique in the X-Men sequel, is featured on the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly, which is the magazine's look at 2003.

* Halle Berry, who is returning as Storm, will present the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture on Sunday.

* Sources tell The Continuum that the commercial for The Hulk will include the Hulk in full form.

SMALLVILLE PRESS CONFERENCE

One of the highlights of The WB Winter Press Tour last weekend in Hollywood was a presentation for the network's most-watched series, Smallville.

Executive producers Al Gough and Miles Millar and cast members Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk fielded questions from the media.

Topics ranged from how the characters were cast to a second-season cliffhanger and possible appearance by Bruce Wayne.

For an edited transcription, CLICK HERE.

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CROSSGEN COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of CrossGen Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Crux #22, The Crossovers #1, Scion #32 and Route 666 #8.

ONI'S THE COMPLETE GEISHA

Oni Press has announced a May release for The Complete Geisha, collecting Andi Watson's work.

Watson and Oni Press teamed up for the first time in 1998 for the original Geisha mini-series -- the story of Jomi, an android in a futuristic world. The trade paperback that followed garnered an Eisner nomination for Best Graphic Novel - Reprint. Over time, as Watson's audience grew with Breakfast After Noon and Dumped, the Geisha collection went out of print.

Combined with the stand-alone Geisha One-Shot, the newly expanded book features 160 black-and-white pages for $15.95. It arrives in stores on May 21.

"Both Andi Watson and Oni Press have really taken off since we first collaborated," said publisher Joe Nozemack, "but even if our working relationship was in its infancy, the quality of the work was not. Geisha is still one of the jewel's in Andi Watson's creative crown. Geisha is a tightly plotted story with a wonderfully constructed theme, subtle in its execution while still delivering big action."

Here's how Oni describes the story:

"Jomi Sohodo, the titular Geisha, was raised by a human family and has aspirations of being an artist; only in a society prejudiced against artificial beings, no one believed she had anything worthwhile to express, thus forcing her into the family bodyguard business. This brings her into direct conflict with supermodels with bad attitudes, stalkers, giant robots, and a criminal underworld she'd rather stay out of. You see, an offer has come through for her to help make a forgery in a famous artist's style, and she is not sure whether to take it. Can she introduce something else fake into a world that hides behind its supposed authenticity?"

"Geisha was really the first thing I did after starting the main Skeleton Key series," Watson said, "and I think you can see me applying some of the things I learned in that book towards the next phase in my career-the sorts of things I'd be doing in Breakfast After Noon and Skeleton Key: Roots. It may also be the one world I've created that is most unlike our own, which is interesting since most of my next books would be grounded very much in reality."

"I always said that Geisha was a book I was meant to oversee," said editor Jamie S. Rich. "I had wanted to do it at Dark Horse, and I had sent it to Oni when I saw that it wasn't going to happen. Luckily, I got here before the production was underway and was able to be Andi's point man on it. This lead to probably one of the most artistically satisfying relationships of my editing career. It's exciting to look back and see the seeds of what Andi was starting to do-really a marriage of his two worlds. It would be the first and last time we'd see classical painting combined with manga-style mecha."

"The first edition Geisha trade was only our third paperback," Nozemack added. "You look in the back, and there was only Whiteout and Nocturnals: Black Planet before it. And we got an Eisner-nomination out of it. Clearly, it's truly a special book in what is now a rather large library."

The gallery section in the back and the cover of that book will not be in The Complete Geisha.

"The focus this time around is on story," Rich said. "We want to give you as much story as possible, so not only will you see the four-issue miniseries and the 42-page story from the one-shot, but also gray-toned versions of the tale from the first Color Special and the comic strips Andi did for Comic Shop News. This will be the complete adventures of Jomi Sohodo."



BRIEFLY

  • Marvel has released another image as it continues to tease its "First Wave" project. Click on the thumbnail for a larger look.

  • Moonstone Books has announced its creative team for The Phantom series: writer Ben Raab, artist Pat Quinn, colorist Ken Wolak and cover artist John Cassaday. Click on the thumbnail to the left for a larger and fuller image previewing Quinn's art.

  • Coming Saturday: TV news - and much more!!!


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