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Friday, April 25, 2003


Freddie Prinze Jr. told The Continuum that he hasn't seen the episode of Mutant X that he has written - yet.

"One Step Closer," an episode spotlighting Brennan, airs in syndication this week.

"My wife doesn't want me to see the finished episode until it airs this weekend," Prinze said, referring to Buffy the Vampire Slayer star and Scooby-Doo co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar.

"Seth (Howard, Tribune's creative executive) sent me the dailies and the show looks amazing. They did a great job with my script and I can't wait to see the final result."

Prinze's connection with Mutant X was through Howard, with whom he is friends.

"We had been talking about Mutant X early on back when he was developing the series," Prinze said. "He knew how much I loved the idea of the show and how excited I was to see a show about superheroes.

"Then, after the first season, he suggested that I write an episode. We talked back and forth about the characters and he knew that I had a real feel for the show. He then read some other stuff that I had written and said that I would be perfect to write a freelance episode. I said yes and he put me to work with the writing staff soon after that."

Prinze hasn't been shy about his love of comics.

"Yeah, I still read them," he said, listing Silver Surfer and The Thing among his favorite characters. "Actually, I just started re-reading an old Thor storyline that I am really enjoying."

Mutant X is Prinze's first television writing experience, but probably won't be his last.

"I am writing a lot these days," he said. "Working on some movie and television ideas. I would love to write another episode of Mutant X...if they ask me back."

For a synopsis of "One Step Closer," complete with photos and spoilers, CLICK HERE.

In other Mutant X news, The Continuum has obtained nine images from "Lest He Become," the second-season finale set to air in syndication the week of May 12.

In the episode, a reluctant Shalimar must reconnect with her estranged father when the Mutant X teams learns his company is involved in genetic testing and manipulation.

Eugene Robert Glazer plays Shalimar's father. Also look for the return of Mason Eckhart, again played by Tom McCamus.

The episode was written by Peter Mohan, the show's supervising producer and head writer, and was directed by producer Jonathan Hackett.

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Rebecca Romijn-Stamos said that she is ready to play Mystique again for a third X-Men film.

"If there is one, I will be doing it," Romijn-Stamos told E! News Live during the X2 world premiere in London on Thursday. "I am signed on already."

Anna Paquin, who plays Rogue, said she is interesting in revisiting the role.

"Sure, if it was the same team," Paquin said. "I couldn't do it without them."

In other X2 news:

* According to 20th Century Fox, the film will have largest global day-and-date release in history. Fox is releasing the film, the first event picture of the summer, simultaneously in 93 markets.

* Baskin-Robbins is launching its promotion with the film; it will run through June 15. "Our flavor production team has developed a collection of ice cream creations that reflect the theme and elements of this anticipated summer movie," said Joe Adney, senior director of marketing for Baskin-Robbins.

Treats include Oreo X-Mint, X-Treme Berry Sherbet, Chocolate Vortex Sundae and Wolverine's Berry Rampage Sundae.

In addition to X2-themed products, Baskin-Robbins' X2 promotion will be supported with national cable television advertising, extensive in-store signage, Internet, and local promotions in the top 30 markets.

* To read X2 online chat transcriptions:

For Hugh Jackman, CLICK HERE; for Anna Paquin, CLICK HERE; for director Bryan Singer, CLICK HERE; for Kelly Hu, CLICK HERE; for Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, CLICK HERE; for James Marsden, CLICK HERE; for Aaron Stanford, CLICK HERE; for Shawn Ashmore, CLICK HERE; for Famke Janssen, CLICK HERE; and for Alan Cumming, CLICK HERE.

* Look for more on X2 on Saturday here in The Continuum, as well as coverage of Monday's Hollywood premiere.


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

Titles include Rising Stars: Bright #3, Violent Messiahs Lamenting Pain #3, Aria: The Uses of Enchantment #2, G.I. Joe #17 and Micronauts #7.


Freemind #6 will arrive in stores from Future Comics. The issue is written by David Michelinie, penciled by Ron Frenz, inked by Brett Breeding, co-plotted by Bob Layton and colored by Tom Smith, with a photo cover by Scott Friedlander.

Here's how Future describes the issue:

"There is a bullet with MacKinsey Flint's name on it-and the roguish assassin known as Chayne plans on delivering it in person. However, this high-tech gun-for-hire hasn't anticipated dealing with the psionic powers of Mac's android alter-ego-Edison Wilde."

Freemind #6 will be 28 pages and will cost $3.50.



  • Dynamic Forces will have shows on UKQVC on Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. and Monday, May 5 at 9 p.m. Mark Millar will be a guest on the May 2 show.

  • Tuesday's episode of The WB's Smallville placed No. 2 in adults 18-34 (3.9/12), persons 12-34 (3.9/12), women 18-34 (4.4/12), men 18-34 (3.5/11), women 12-34 (4.3/12), men 12-34 (3.5/12), adults 18-49 (3.3/8) and men 18-49 (3.2/9). Smallville was also No. 1 in its time period in teens (3.8/13), female teens (4.1/15) and male teens (3.6/12).

  • DC Comics has announced that The Flash #197, the start of the four-part "Blitz" story arc, has sold out. According to DC, it has no plans to go back to press on at this time.

    "I'm really excited that 'Blitz' is starting off so strong, but really the roller coaster has only gone over the first hill -- we haven't even hit the loops yet," The Flash writer Geoff Johns said. "I've said it before and I'll say it again: Issue #200 will change the world of the Flash and Zoom forever. We're just getting out of the gate here, and I'm glad so many are along for the ride."

  • A full-color, 24-page sneak peek at Terminator 3: Before the Rise, the first comic in Beckett Comics' new series, appears in the premiere issue of Beckett's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Official Magazine due on newsstands May 6.

    The magazine is set for extensive first-issue distribution of more than 200,000 copies via mass-market retailers like Barnes & Noble, Blockbuster, Target and major chains.

    "We're enticing our T3 magazine readers with a healthy taste of the comic book," said Jeff Amano, president of Beckett Comics. "It's a great way of getting T3 fans excited about the comic."

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