Friday, November 28, 2003
HALLE BERRY TALKS CATWOMAN
Halle Berry said that she is finding Catwoman to be an interesting character to play for the upcoming Warner Bros. film.
"I never thought that this would be like the turn in my career, that I'm now this like super-hero," Berry said during an appearance on ABC's The View on Friday morning. "But with Catwoman, it's such an iconic character, and it's been done so well before.
"Initially, I did think, 'Why would I want to do it?' I thought I could bring something hopefully different to it. It's a different woman. It's a whole decade later from the last time Michelle Pfeiffer did it.
"And it's still a woman who is so empowered. Catwoman lives life her way, but her own rules. And there's something really seductive about playing that kind of character."
One of the early promotional images was shown, and Berry was asked how she came to look so muscular.
"I've been really working hard with a trainer, and he's got me on this high-protein, low-carb diet," Berry said. "Not losing weight, but actually, in my case, to gain weight in some places and lose weight in some places."
Berry revealed a trick that emphasizes the toned nature of her body.
"They put this shiny, silvery powder on me and oil and light it right," Berry said. "Everybody can look like they have muscles, it's true.
"Actually, when I saw it, I said, 'Whose body did they put my head on?' And they said, 'No, it's just lit like that.' That's what bodybuilders do."
In other Catwoman news, The Sun from Britain published photos of Berry's Catwoman on a Ducati motorcycle. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
PEREZ, BUSIEK TALK JLA/AVENGERS
No one will ever accuse George Perez of taking shortcuts.
Like this week's cover of JLA/Avengers #3, with its hundreds of characters. It came at a cost -- physically -- for the artist.
"That's why I'm like this," Perez said, holding up his brace-covered right drawing hand last weekend at Wizard World Texas. "It took me three weeks to draw that cover and by the end, I was in utter pain."
The resulting tendinitis has pushed the series' fourth and final issue back a few weeks. But the crowd gathered last weekend for a question-and-answer session with Perez and writer Kurt Busiek didn't seem to mind a bit, cheering when Perez said, "Hey, at least we got three issues out on time!"
For more highlights from the panel, CLICK HERE.
ZAK RAVEN YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Following its first young adult novel, The 10th Muse: Maze of the Minotaur, Angel Gate Press has scheduled its newest novel, Zak Raven, Esq.: Alpha, for a February release.
The book is written by Darren G. Davis, with a five-page, black-and-white comic by writer Ryan Scott Ottney and artist Sean Murphy, who also provides the cover.
"Zak Raven is your typical 15-year old boy living in Bluffside. He wakes up, goes to school, comes home and does his homework. But somewhere between dinner and curfew, while most of his friends are playing video games -- Zak can be found battling real-life robots and his very own arch-enemy, Professor Dimitri Raine.
"Once a super-powered hero, Zak fought to save the world as Kid Ranger! Now his superhuman abilities have diminished and he's just ordinary Zak, a regular 15-year old who strives to remain the hero he once was. Without superpowers he must depend on his own agility and training to help him save the day and still find time for that algebra homework!"
The new novel is next in a line of a new series from Angel Gate Press, spotlighting title characters as young adults, in a new initiative to promote reading amongst teenagers and young adults, as well as introducing them to the world of comics.
"Comics have always been associated with young adults, and what better way to promote reading, in this day of DVD's, video games, and television, than with comic book characters," said Davis, Angel Gate Press editor-in-chief and the author of the novel. "We try to add to that by placing these characters in a time of their lives that the kids can relate to. Our hopes are that it will spark an interest not only in reading, but in comics as a whole.
"Zak Raven is the perfect character to use, because he's someone most kids can relate to. He doesn't have superpowers. He's just like every other kid on the playground."
X-MEN: EVOLUTION UPDATE
X-Men: Evolution recently departed the Kids' WB! schedule, but the animated series will be returning to Cartoon Network.
The show will air Mondays through Thursdays at 10 p.m. (ET).
Following is a rundown of episodes:
"Strategy X" on Monday, Jan. 5; "The X-Impulse" on Tuesday, Jan. 6; "Rogue Recruit" on Wednesday, Jan. 7; and "Mutant Crush" Thursday, Jan. 8.
"Speed and Spyke" on Monday, Jan. 12; "Middleverse" on Tuesday, Jan. 13; "Turn of the Rogue" on Wednesday, Jan. 14; "Spykecam" on Thursday, Jan. 15.
"Survival of the Fittest" on Monday, Jan. 19; "Shadowed Past" on Tuesday, Jan. 20; "Grim Reminder" on Wednesday, Jan. 21; "The Cauldron, Pt. 1" on Thursday, Jan. 22.
"The Cauldron, Pt. 2" on Monday, Jan. 26; "Growing Pains" on Tuesday, Jan. 27; "Power Surge" on Wednesday, Jan. 28; and "Bada Bing, Bada Boom" on Thursday, Jan. 29.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Sunday, Nov. 23, including Hellboy movie news from Wizard World Texas, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 22, including the DC Comics and Devil's Due panels at Wizard World Texas, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Nov. 21, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Nov. 20, including Image Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Nov. 19, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 18, including DC Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Nov. 17, including Astro Boy news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 15, including Wonder Woman news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Nov. 14, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Nov. 13, including Image Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Nov. 12, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 11, including Tomb Raider news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Nov. 10, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 8, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Nov. 7, including Dark Horse solicitations, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Nov. 6, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Nov. 5, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 4, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Nov. 3, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Sunday, Nov. 2, including the DC panel at Las Vegas, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 1, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Oct. 31, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Oct. 30, including IDW news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Oct. 29, including Marvel Comics movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Oct. 28, including Marvel Comics movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Oct. 27, including Marvel Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Oct. 25, including Image Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.
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