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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

X-MEN SEQUEL UPDATE

The Continuum continues its interviews from the X2 press junket today with Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) and James Marsden (Cyclops), and producers Ralph Winter and Lauren Shuler Donner.

For the interview with Janssen and Marsden, CLICK HERE.

For the interview with the producers, CLICK HERE.

For other X2 junket transcriptions:

For Kelly Hu, CLICK HERE; for Patrick Stewart, CLICK HERE; CLICK HERE for Hugh Jackman; CLICK HERE for Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Mystique) and Alan Cumming (Nightcrawler); and CLICK HERE for Anna Paquin (Rogue), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Aaron Stanford (Pyro).

In other X2 news:

* Marsden will be featured on E! News Live on Wednesday.

* Janssen will be a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Thursday.



HULK MOVIE UPDATE

TV Guide will be spotlighting the Hulk on the cover of an upcoming issue to coincide with the June 20 release of the film.

It's not clear yet the exact date for the Hulk cover or the approach the magazine will use. For X-Men, TV Guide used photos of the cast. For Spider-Man, an image from the movie and illustrations from Spider-Man artists were featured.

In other Hulk news:

* Both Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood will feature the movie on Wednesday, including images from the new Hulk trailer.

* Universal Pictures has released three images from the film. Click on the images for larger and fuller images.





NEW MUTANT X EPISODE

"Reality Check," a new episode of Mutant X, airs in syndication this week.

The episode was written by Mark Amato and Peter Mohan and directed by Jorge Montesi.

For a complete synopsis, with spoilers, CLICK HERE.



NEW CSI ONE-SHOT

IDW Publishing will release CSI: Thicker Than Blood, a 48-page one-shot, in July.

CSI: Thicker Than Blood is written by Jeff Mariotte, who will sign every first printing copy of CSI: Thicker Than Blood at no extra cost.

The art team of Gabriel Rodriguez and Ashley Wood return from the first CSI mini-series to work on the one-shot as well.

"I hear from fans all over the country who wish that I could come and do signings in their towns, and I try to be as available as I can," Mariotte said. "But I can't get everywhere. This way, anyone who picks up a copy of the one-shot's first printing can have it signed. Like the rest of the country, I love CSI, and I worked to bring as much care to this one-shot as I do to any licensed fiction I write."

Here's how IDW describes the book:

"CSI: Thicker Than Blood has more twists and turns than human intestines. The story deals with a missing Elvis impersonator, a powerful mobster with death threats coming his way as well as some of the trickiest clues ever left at the scene of the crime. The Las Vegas CSIs may be up against their most bizarre case yet."

IDW Publishing's VP of sales and marketing Beau Smith said, "The first CSI mini-series went well beyond our sales expectations. The direct market, as well as a new horde of non-traditional comic book buyers, really made the series a hit. With Thicker Than Blood we're hoping to capture even more readers from the mass market, to open the door for more projects like CSI to happen."

CSI: Thicker Than Blood will cost $6.99.

ONI'S ONE BAD DAY

Oni Press on Aug. 20 will release One Bad Day, a new original novel by Steve Rolston.

Here's how Oni describes the book:

"Marie's had bad days before-she's slept through her alarm, had her car break down at the most inopportune moment, forgotten about an important assignment until five minutes before it was due. You know, just had one of those times where the whole universe seems to be against you. Well, that's all going to seem like a walk in the park after today. She's about to be chased, shot at, sexually harassed, and guilted into going to her unbearable cousin's birthday party, and she doesn't even know why! Well, maybe she knows why she has to go the birthday party (her mom is an expert guilt-tripper), but that doesn't mean she has to put up with all the other stuff!"

"I've been friends with Steve since before either of us had an association with Oni," said editor James Lucas Jones. "We both started here at about the same time and over the last three years I've had the opportunity to watch Steve evolve into one of the industry's brightest young storytellers. He's picked his collaborators with care, and in return some of comics' most talented writers have employed Steve to bring their creations to life. Now Steve is breaking out on his own and the results are as pulse-pounding as you'd expect." "Marie isn't a spy," Rolston said. "She's not a cyborg. She can't fly. She's just a normal girl who's stuck in a web of blackmail, street thugs, corporate moguls, and assassins-for-hire. Getting her untangled from the mess of armed whackos she's stumbled into is exactly the kind of pulpy, crime-centered tale I've wanted to tell since I first read David Lapham's Stray Bullets all those many years ago."

One Bad Day joins the list of OniGNs-original graphic novels that explore a variety of themes and genres. Setting One Bad Day apart from previous releases is its length and presentation.

"At 120 pages, One Bad Day is the longest non-serialized work we've published," Jones said. "Steve really took advantage of the format in terms of his pacing and structure, utilizing his style in a way that flows more naturally than anything he's done thus far. And to make this volume even more representative of Steve's sensibilities, the whole thing is printed in Rolston's signature green rather than the traditional black ink."

"The jump from artist to writer/artist is an intimidating one," Rolston said "But with everything I've learned in the last few years, it's a leap I feel prepared to make. If only someone had bothered to prepare poor Marie."

One Bad Day will cost $9.95.

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ASTRO BOY ON KIDS' WB!

Kids' WB! announced Wednesday it will air 26 episodes of Japan's Astro Boy during the 2003-2004 season.

The announcement was made today by John Hardman, Senior Vice President, Kids' WB! Programming, and Tara Sorensen, Vice President of Creative Affairs, Sony Pictures Television.

Astro Boy was created 50 years ago by Osamu Tezuka, the pioneer of Japanese animation and known as the "father of manga."

"One of the most recognizable icons in animation history, ASTRO BOY has become a beloved hero for all ages," Hardman said. "We are thrilled to be working with the studio that brought us Jackie Chan Adventures on the latest portrayal of this timeless hero. Astro Boys is sure to continue his astro-nomical ride to the top of the ratings charts when he joins our powerhouse hit schedule. His strong moral center and selfless bravery are the perfect compliment to the other heroes and champions on Kids' WB!"

Astro Boy is produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and Tezuka Productions, and distributed in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Television.

Here's how the show is described:

"Based on the original manga character from the most popular comic book series in the early 1950s, Astro Boy is a futuristic story of an atomic-powered robot who must fight for justice and peace in a society that scorns his kind. Created in Metro City, he lives among a 'retro-futuristic' society populated by humans and robots. Some robots live in harmony with mankind, some rebel against it and others are manipulated by evil forces to become machines of destruction. Ironically, mankind's only hope of surviving the onslaught of wicked robots is a robot himself...the fearless, selfless, incorruptible champion known as Astro Boy.

"Astro Boy possesses superb strength including jet rocket feet and arms that allow him to fly at extreme speeds; however, the secret to his victories is not his super-powers. Astro Boy is the first robot with an advanced intelligence and human-like emotions. He's clever, resourceful and has a strong sense of justice, always attempting to reason with his adversaries. Defending humanity, with the help of his friends and family, Metro City...the world...and now Kids' WB! have a new hero - Astro Boy."

Astro Boy has a rich history on television. In 1963, this robotic boy with the strength of 100,000 horses became the star of one of Japanese TV's first anime shows. The show was a smash hit and Astro Boy became the first Japanese show imported to the U.S. The series debuted in September of 1963 on WNEW, N.Y., and was shown in over 40 cities. Astro Boy became one of the country's top rated syndicated shows. In 1965, Astro Boy spread out to other countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. A second Astro Boy series (color) ran on NTV from 1980 to 1981.

The new Astro Boy debuted in Japan on FUJI TV on April 6 to encouraging ratings. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Astro Boy, and ironically, as the original series was set in the future, Astro Boy's fictional date of origin was the year 2003.

BILL WILLINGHAM EXCLUSIVE TO DC

Bill Willingham, creator/writer of the Vertgio series Fables, has signed a two-year exclusive agreement with DC Comics.

"I'm obviously pleased that DC has shown this faith in me, first to make me such a generous offer and then to (eventually) agree to all of the unreasonable demands in my counter offer," Willingham said "I promise I'll return the Time Warner jet with all stewardesses more or less intact and a full tank of gas.

"As far as my upcoming projects from both Vertigo and the DCU go, I'll simply promise that there are some fun stories on the way over the next two years. Of course, Fables will continue to be among those books."

"Bill reinvented the modern fairy tale with Fables -- turning it into one of the most-talked about new series this year," said VP - executive editor Karen Berger. "As with Proposition Player before it, Bill has shown that when he hedges his bets, it really pays off. We're thrilled to have a writer of his caliber totally in our clutches."

Some of Willingham's earlier Vertigo stories will be collected this October in The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales, a 224-page trade paperback.

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BRIEFLY

  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, Angel star David Boreanaz is joining the cast of The Crow: Wicked Prayer, the fourth installment that is being released by Dimension Films. Boreanaz is joining Edward Furlong, Dennis Hopper and Tara Reid in the film, which is being directed by Lance Mungia.

    Wicked Prayer tells the story of ex-con Jimmy Cuervo (Furlong) and his girlfriend, who are murdered by Luc Crash (Boreanaz) and his satanic gang Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as part of a ritual for Crash to become an immortal demon.

    Production will start in June.

  • Coming Thursday: X-Men news -- and much more!!!


    Daredevil: Collectible 12 Daredevil: Collectible 12" Daredevil Action Figure

    Marvel's legendary comic hero - known as the Man Without Fear - has made a hit on the big screen. Now you can bring him home with this 12-inch collectible Daredevil Action Figure. Attorney Matt Murdock is blind, but his other four senses function with superhuman sharpness. By day, Murdock represents the downtrodden. At night, he is Daredevil, a masked vigilante stalking the dark streets of the city, a relentless avenger of justice. This fully poseable 12-inch dark warrior from the Marvel universe displays authentic movie detail, realistically created for Daredevil fans of all ages. Features over 30 points of articulation. Comes in unique reusable collector's packaging. Product may vary slightly from item shown.



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