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Wednesday, October 15, 2003


Thomas Jane, star of the upcoming Punisher movie that wraps prinicpal photography this week, sat down for a lunch interview session on Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

To read Jane's comments, CLICK HERE and look for more Punisher news on Thursday here in The Continuum.


Appearing on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman, actress Halle Berry discussed her upcoming title role in Catwoman.

"She doesn't have anything super-human, but she can do anything a healthy good tiger can do," Berry said about the character.

Asked by Letterman how her character becomes Catwoman, Berry said:

"She dies like all the other Catwomen. She dies and is reborn a Catwoman. What's interesting about the take on this movie is we're not saying that my version of Catwoman is the only Catwoman. She's one of what we believe is nine Catwomen, so we leave room for Eartha Kitt, who was a great Catwoman, and Michelle Pfeiffer, who was another awesome Catwoman. I'm just another Catwoman because there are nine."

Letterman show a photo of Berry in the same costume as the previous photo in Time magazine.


The WB has released eight images from "Hell Bound," the episode of Angel set to air on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Spike (James Marsters) struggles to maintain his weak grip on reality as spectral forces threaten to send him to hell. He encounters ghostly apparitions, including an eighteenth-century serial-killer doctor. Meanwhile, Fred (Amy Acker) continues her quest to find a way of restoring Spike to his corporeal self."

The episode was written and directed by Stephen S. DeKnight.

In addition to Marsters, the images show Willow Greer as Glass Woman, J.T. Lawson as No Face and Simon Templeman as Pavayne.

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Marvel Enterprises announced on Tuesday that Dan Buckley has been appointed to the new position of Publisher. The announcement was made by Marvel CIO & EVP of Operations Gui Karyo.

Bill Jemas, who has served as President of Publishing and Consumer Products since February 2000 and Chief Operating Officer since January 2002, has been named Chief Marketing Officer, a new, non-executive position at Marvel.

Buckley brings to Marvel more than 12 years of publishing and marketing experience, including the last six at the Omnicom Group, where he most recently held the position of VP - Operations & Communications for Omnicom's Radiate Group, a network of 20 plus experiential marketing agencies located in North America, Europe, Latin America and the Pan-Pacific. Prior to his tenure at Omnicom, Buckley spent over seven years at Marvel Enterprises serving in diverse operations ranging from international publishing to new product development, and last served as VP - Marketing Services.

As publisher, Buckley's primary responsibility will be to oversee all aspects of Marvel's core comic book and graphic novel publishing operations - from editorial to sales and marketing.

Said Karyo, "Having already successfully rebuilt our core publishing business, we knew the key to taking the next step - aggressively expanding the overall comic book and graphic novel marketplace and continuing to improve upon Marvel's position as market leader - was having a publisher in place to direct and coordinate these initiatives. We never expected to find a candidate so strong or as qualified as Dan Buckley.

"Marvel publishing is a key element of our strategy for character and brand management which has had unprecedented recent - and growing - success in licensing and has made us one of the hottest names in Hollywood and in the consumer products industry. Dan brings with him both invaluable previous experience here at Marvel and a strong background both as an operations expert and a strong marketer."

"I cannot communicate how excited I am about this opportunity both personally and professionally," Buckley said. "To be provided the opportunity to participate in the stewardship and growth of characters that are a core piece of American pop culture is awe-inspiring. Plus when you factor in my personal passion for these characters with the chance to work with Bill Jemas, Joe Quesada and the editorial and creative teams they have assembled, this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Buckley is a 1989 graduate of St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He was awarded an MBA in Marketing and International Relations from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991, which included study in Japan as part of the International University of Japan's MBA Exchange Program. A native of upstate New York and long-time New York City resident, Buckley returns to the New York Metro area from his current Florida home.

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Writer Tony Bedard and penciler Mike Perkins will introduce CrossGen's next stand-alone adventure series in January. Surrounded by the political, cultural and sexual revolutions of London in the swinging '60s, three MI6 agents fight for the safety of the globe - and scheme to claim the UK's #1 espionage job - in the spy series Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

The new monthly title spotlights the world's top agent, Sir Charles Basildon of Her Majesty's Secret Service. While no one within the international espionage community knows what Basildon actually looks like, the mere mention of his name is enough to terrify spymasters from Moscow to Beijing. In truth, Basildon is merely an identity cooked up by MI6 and passed on from one agent to the next. But times are changing, and that's where the series takes a wicked zigzag.

As the story opens, not only is the next Basildon-in-training a "Yank"...but she's also a woman. Can Stephanie Shelley, a thoroughly modern American, live up to the role of the legendary British super spy? And can she bear to learn the ropes from the current Sir Charles - the most lethal, infuriating, and unrepentantly sexist Basildon ever?

"Over-the-top in its humor and action, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang asks 'what would a spy like James Bond be like in the real world?'" Bedard said. "If you actually met him, some might see Basildon as a smooth operator. Then again, you might think he's an amoral adrenaline junkie and a sociopathic sexual predator. Whichever you decide, he's a loose cannon who frequently holds the fate of the Free World in his fanny-slapping hands."

"We're going for all-out excitement, exotic locales and expectant character interaction - while also exploring the sexual politics of the age," Perkins revealed. "As a life-long espionage fan, this is the perfect chance to draw everything from groovy fashion and exotic locales to retro-future gadgets and sexy agents of the crown. Everything you want to put into a book like this - and everything that people want to see - will be there...and then we'll add that extra bit, just to confound your expectations and put your knickers in a twist."

Andrew Hennessy is the inker and Laura Villari the colorist. The first issue goes on sale on Jan. 14.

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Wolverine #7 will arrive in stores on Nov. 5. The issue is written by Greg Rucka, with art by Leandro Fernandez.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue, which launches the "Coyote Crossing" story arc:

"In a dusty border town on the edge of Mexico, Logan chances upon a grisly discovery that begs for his unique brand of justice."

Wolverine #7 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25.


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Solus #7 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from CrossGen Entertainment. The issue is written by Barbara Kesel, penciled by George Perez, inked by Rick Magyar and colored by Larry Molinar.

Here's how CrossGen describes the issue:

"Who is Kellra...what secrets will she unlock in Andra's mind...and will anything be able to stop her subsequent freak out?"

Solus #7 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.


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  • The rock band KISS will guest on A Scooby-Doo Halloween, a prime-time special that will air on Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. (ET) on The WB.

    Here's how the network describes the special:

    "The Scooby Gang heads to the eerie town of Banning Junction to spend Halloween with Velma's aunt (voiced by Julia Sweeney), uncle (voiced by Diedrich Bader) and the very beautiful and equally flirtatious cousin Marcy (voiced by Jenny McCarthy). The gang joins the townspeople in celebrating their renowned '100 Years of Halloween' festivities - including a crowning of the Queen of the Masquerade Ball and an amped out performance by the hottest rock band in the world KISS (with the voice of Paul Stanley). As strange and spine-tingling things begin to happen, a fearful townswoman (voiced by Rhea Perlman) proclaims it is the ghost of Hank Banning, the town's founder and ousted mayor, back to seek revenge on the town that wronged him 100 years ago - as his declared prophecy comes true with signs in the corn fields. While Shaggy (voiced by Casey Kasem) and Scooby (voiced by Frank Welker) anxiously await to meet KISS, go trick-or-treating for tons of candy and have - not regular scary, but Halloween scary - fun...they reluctantly aid Fred (voiced by Welker), Daphne (voiced by Grey Delisle) and Velma (voiced by Mindy Cohn) in putting their investigative skills to work in hopes of revealing who is really behind the Halloween mischief...and turning this night into bad, old regular scary!"

    Additional guest-voice appearances in the special include Stacy Keach, Tom Kenny and Daran Norris.


  • Above is a first look at Dynamic Forces' Black Queen, Sgt. Fury Howling Commando and Earth X: Spiders Man busts. All will be available early next year.

  • Artist Howard Porter has signed a two-year exclusive agreement with DC Comics, effective in January. Porter is slated to take over as the new penciller on The Flash with issue #207, which is scheduled to be in stores in February.

    "After sitting and talking at great length with Dan DiDio," said Porter, "I quickly began to share his enthusiasm and passion for DC's plans over the next couple of years. It was clear to me that DC has the ticket for an exciting ride. I sure didn't want to miss it, so taking the exclusive package was an assurance I would be in the front row. What is the best part of the deal? Mike Carlin said he would be sitting next to me during the show and sharing his popcorn and soda (with two straws of course!)"

    "Howard's coming back to DC means a lot to me, personally, " said DiDio, DC's VP - Editorial. "He's done his best work with us and he belongs on the team we're bringing into the future of the DCU."

  • According to DC, the trade paperback collection of the original 6-issue The League of Extraordinary Gentlement mini-series by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill has reached its seventh printing in a little over a year.

    "The fact that we've already reached a seventh printing is unprecedented -- and absolutely incredible," said Group Editor Scott Dunbier. "It's a true testament to the power of Alan's and Kevin's unique yet universal vision."

  • Jeff Vintar is writing the script for New Line Cinema's Y: The Last Man.

  • Mutant X's John Shea is a guest-star on NBC's Law & Order on Wednesday.

  • Coming Thursday: DC news -- and much more!!!


    In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 8, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 7, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 6, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 4, including Star Wars news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 3, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 2, including Spider-Man news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 1, including Jutice League news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 30, including Jutice League news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 29, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 27, including Batman news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 26, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 25, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Sept. 24, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 23, including Angel news and images, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 22, including Marvel's solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 20, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 19, including details on the Mutant X season premiere, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 18, including CrossGen news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Sept. 17, including Image Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 16, including DC Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 15, including an Underworld interview, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 13, including Platinum Studios' deal with Disney, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 12, including Dark Horse's solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 11, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Sept. 10, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 9, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 8, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 6, including Sharon Stone talking about Catwoman, CLICK HERE.

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