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Saturday, January 25, 2003



HULK MOVIE UPDATE

On the same day the Super Bowl commercial for The Hulk leaked out on The Internet, The Continuum has obtained three stills from the film.

The image will be released to all media following the debut of The Hulk trailer during the first quarter of ABC's coverage of the Super Bowl on Sunday night.

The trailer will be available on the film's website. www.thehulk.com, later on Sunday night.

Click on the images for largern and fuller images and look for more Hulk news soon here in The Continuum.



ALAN CUMMING TALKS X-MEN SEQUEL

Alan Cumming, who plays Nightcrawler in the X-Men sequel, talked about the film for nearly six minutes on NBC's Late Night Conan O'Brien on Friday night.

Here's a rundown of highlights:

* Cumming showed how he acts when Nightcrawler teleports, sort of a holding gesture with his eyes closed and head tilted back.

"When he teleports in the comics, it goes 'Bamf!' That's what it says," Cumming explained. "So there was this thing about this 'bamf' was going to take place. And there was all these different ways I was going to do it and finally we just settled on that."

* On Nightcrawler's tail, he said: "Sometimes it would be an actual tail that was strapped on with a harness, which would like boing me in the face. Other times, it would not be there at all and the computer would do it after. And sometimes, I would do a lot of scenes with Halle Berry - she plays Storm and our stories are sort of together - and sometimes instead of my big tail I would have this little, quite large actually, black stub thing sticking out the back. I would wear this for the special effects people. But honestly, it was hilarious because it looks like a (whispering) dildo. I was backing up Halle! After three months of being blue and flying around, you want to get a laugh out of everything."

* Cumming said that his character's appearance was guarded for some time.

"I'm a new one. I wasn't in the last one," he said. "Nightcrawler's always been an X-person, but he's not been in the film before. So they're very, very secretive. I would have all this blue makeup on, and they would make me wear this sort of cloak with a hood. I looked like the Grim Reaper. I could sort of see through it, but I would have to work from my trailer to the set with this on, so in case of paparazzi in the trees, they would just see the Grim Reaper. And I used to call it my burka. Not only did I have to be in makeup in four hours, but then cover my head in public.

"But then, an official photo shoot that I did, the photo got leaked out. But I was squatting and I had a hole in my trousers for the tail to come out. You could see my underpants and then they were going to Photoshop the trousers on top of the underpants. And that photo with the underpants showing was leaked. It was on all the Internet and newspapers in Britain and everything.

"And there was a big thing on these fan sites, 'What's thing this with Nightcrawler showing his underpants? Is he gay? Is he gay?' And then they're going, 'I always thought he was gay.'

"It was just the weirdest thing. It was bad enough that even though I was wearing this burka for months and now everyone thinks that I'm going to be playing this gay super-hero with his Calvin Kleins sticking out of his costume."

* Cumming talked about some of the X2 licensing with which he's been involved.

"I'm going to be a doll, I'm very excited, an action figure," he said. "Even when I've been doing my book tour, people have been coming up with Nightcrawler things.

"But the best thing is they're doing these cards with your picture on it. Some of them have to be signed by the real person so that maybe if you buy the thing, you go, 'Hooray, I've got so-and-so..'

"So my publicist said, 'Alan, they want you sign 1,500 of these little cards.' And I was like, 'Uh-huh, me no think so.' And then they said, 'We'll pay you $1.50 a card' and I was like, 'OK!'"


NEW ANGEL EPISODES

The WB has released story information about two upcoming episodes of Angel.

The Wednesday, Feb. 5 episode is "Soulless."

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"With Angelus (David Boreanaz) now confined to a cage, Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter), Wesley (Alexis Denisof), Gunn (J. August Richards), Fred (Amy Acker) and Connor (Vincent Kartheiser) take turns interrogating him hoping to find out how to kill the beast. Unable to learn anything, the gang decides to turn Angelus back into Angel (Boreanaz), but learn that Angel's soul has been stolen."

The episode was written by Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft and directed by Sean Astin.

Click on the image above for a larger image from "Soulless."

The Wednesday, Feb. 12 episode is "Calvary."

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"When the gang receives the disturbing news that The Beast (guest star Vladimir Kulich) is working for a much more powerful entity, they realize they must restore Angel's (David Boreanaz) soul to revert the evil Angelus back to Angel."

Bill Norton directed the episode, which was written by Jeff Bell, Steven DeKnight and Mere Smith.

NEWS SMALLVILLE EPISODE

The WB has released details about "Prodigal," the episode of Smallville set to air on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) finds Lucas (guest star Paul Wasilewski), the son Lionel (John Glover) gave up for adoption, and brings him home in the hope that the two of them can unite against Lionel. When Lionel's machinations end up putting all three of them in a dangerous situation, Lex is left to wonder whom he can really trust. Meanwhile, Clark (Tom Welling) decides to take a job at the Talon."

Greg Beeman directed the episode, which was written by Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders.

For images from the episode, CLICK HERE.

FIRST LOOK: ROBIN #110

Robin #110 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from DC Comics. The issue is written by Jon Lewis, with art by Shane Davis and Mark Lipka and a cover by Kevin Lau

Here's how DC describes the issue:

"In an issue guest-starring Nightwing, Pete Woods takes a one-issue breather, making way for the terrific pencils of newcomer Shane Davis! Robin and Nightwing make an emergency trip to Monster Island, a high-security research facility far outside Gotham City. But their precious cargo has captured the interest of one of Robin's old foes -- one who knows his most trusted secret. The trap is set and the Boys Wonder can forget about completing their mission. They'll be lucky to escape with their lives."

Robin #110 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25.

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  • Warner Home Video has set April 22 for the release of the following on DVD and VHS: Justice League: Justice on Trial, Batman The Animated Series: Tales of the Dark Knight, Challenge of the Super Friends: Attack of the Legion of Doom and X-Men: Evolution: Mutants Rising.

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