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Friday, January 30, 2004


Thomas Jane, star of The Punisher movie, will be a guest at Wizard World Los Angeles, set for March 19-21 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Jane will be joined by writer/director Jonathan Henseligh and producers Gale Anne Hurd and Avi Arad. Professional wrestler Kevin Nash, who plays The Russian, told The Continuum he hopes to attend as well, depending on availability.

The convention will also spotlight Hellboy stars Ron Perlman and Selma Blair and director Guillermo del Toro.

During The Continuum's visit to The Punisher set in Tampa, Fla., Jane said he is treating Frank Castle as a non-fictional dcharacter.

"I did as much research as I could about this man as if he was a real person," Jane said. "To me, he's a real person. But there's no footage and sometimes that the way it is.

"It's pretty much your interpretation, to the best of your knowledge, of how this person behaves, thinks and does what he does. I treat Frank Castle the exact same way. As a real, living, breathing human being. And I'm giving my interpretation to him."

Look for more Punisher news soon here in The Continuum.


The WB has released four images from "Hereafter," the new episode of Smalllville scheduled to air on Wednesday.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Clark (Tom Welling) discovers that his schoolmate Jordan (guest star) can foresee the future, but is horrified when Jordan tells him he "sees" Lana (Kristin Kreuk) dying in a fire in the next few days. Meanwhile, suspicious of his behavior, Chloe (Allison Mack) investigates Adam's background and discovers some disturbing news."

"Hereafter" was written by Mark Verheiden and directed by Greg Beeman.

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Halle Berry, who is starring in the upcoming Warner Bros. film Catwoman, appeared for the first time in costume on television on Thursday.

Berry appeared on the syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show in a film clip wishing Winfrey a happy 50th birthday. She cracked her whip and meowed at the end of the segment.

In other Catwoman news, Briefly Stated has been awarded the license by Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create Women's, Juniors' and Tween loungewear and daywear inspired by the film.

The sleepwear line includes cami-tops, boxer shorts, sleep tees, dorm shirts, raglan tops, lounge pants, and tank tops. The daywear line includes cami-tops, boxers, boxer briefs, panties and thongs.

The Catwoman line is expected to be in stores starting in June.

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Cartoon Network has announced a new episode of Teen Titans, "Winner Takes All," will air on Saturday, March 6.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Robin, Cyborg, and Beast Boy are transported to an alternate dimension. There, the mysterious Master of Games invites our heroes and five other super-powered teens (Aqualad, Speedy, Gizmo, Joto), and Wildebeest to participate in a friendly competition: The Tournament of Heroes. As the contest rages on, Robin becomes more and more determined to win, while Cyborg wants to find out about what happens to the losers after they disappear."

In other Teen Titans news:

* The following are the March primetimes episodes on Cartoon Network, with Saturday's episode showing at 9 p.m. and Sunday's airing at 10 p.m.

"Winner Takes All" on Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7; "Divide and Conquer" on Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14; "Sisters" on Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21; "Final Exam" on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28.

* In January ratings, Teen Titans increased its combined weekend plays (Saturdays, 9 p.m./Sundays, 10 p.m.) delivery and ratings by double digits throughout the month. Average kids 2-11 delivery grew by 28 percent and ratings by 33 percent while kids 6-11 delivery increased by 43 percent and ratings by 47 percent.


The fourth season of Static Shock continues to bring in strong ratings, according to numbers provided to The Continuum by Kids' WB! on Thursday.

Last Saturday's episode delivered time period week-to-week double-digit gains in Kids 2-11 (3.0/13, +50%/+63%), Kids 6-11 (3.7/17, +37%/+55%), Boys 2-11 (3.9/15, +34%/+25%), Boys 6-11 (5.5/23, +41%/+44%), Girls 6-11 (1.8/9, +29%/+50%) and Female Tweens 9-14 (1.9/11, +27%/+57%), and with triple-digit growth in Girls 2-11 (2.1/10, +110%/+150%), Kids 2-5 (1.9/8, +111%/+100%) and Girls 2-5 (2.5/11, +400%/+450%).

Static Shock ranked among the top-five overall programs in Boys 6-11, Tweens 9-14 and Male Tweens 9-14, also taking a top-five broadcast spot in Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11, Boys 2-11 and Girls 2-11.

In its new Monday-Friday 3:30 p.m. time slot, Static Shock has improved the time period in Boys 2-11 (+6%), Boys 6-11 (+17%), Tweens 9-14 (+13%) and Males Tweens 9-14 (+10%) since premiering on Kids' WB!'s weekday line-up on Jan. 5.

In other Static Shock news, Dwayne McDuffie wrote this Saturday's episode, "Out of Africa," featuring the return of Anansi.

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Viper Comics on Friday announced that Dead @17 will return with a second mini-series in April.

Dead @17: Blood Of Saints is a four-issue mini-series written and drawn by Josh Howard.

Here's how Viper Comics describes the book:

"After 17-year-old Nara Kilday is murdered and subsequently resurrected, she struggles to understand the reasons how and why. The difficulties of adjusting to her new life begin to put a strain on her friendship with Hazy, and Elijah gets caught in the middle. To make matters worse, a new threat begins to emerge that will alter their lives forever."

Dead @17: Blood Of Saints #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.


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Titles include Dragonlance: The Legend of Huma #1 from Devil's Due Publishing, Hulk Unchained #2 from Marvel Comics and Batman/Poison Ivy: Cast Shadows from DC Comics.

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Steve Niles and Breehn Burns are teaming on Aleister Arcane, which launches in April from IDW Publishing.

Here's how IDW describes the book:

"When the TV station in Jackson, Okla., bows to the wishes of the community's parents and forces local TV horror host Aleister Arcane into an unwanted retirement, the repercussions of this act spawn more terror than any of the films that Aleister used to present.

"Who is behind this plague of arcane activities ... the TV station, the parents, the kids, Aleister, or something bigger?"

"Aleister Arcane is probably one of my favorite projects going right now because of the gorgeous work being done by Breehn Burns," Niles said. "This is a very personal story for me and he has really stepped up to the plate."

"Aleister Arcane doesn't look like anything else we've published," said Jeff Mariotte, IDW's editor-in-chief. "Breehn Burns and Steve Niles are both pushing themselves in new directions, taking risks, and coming up with an incredible piece of comic book storytelling here. People who think they know what to expect from these creators, or from IDW, have a big surprise in store‹and a pleasant one."

Aleister Arcane #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.

For a rundown of IDW's April solicitations, CLICK HERE.

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Claypool Comics has released its solicitation information for April.

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  • Cartoon Network has announced that chapters 11-20 of Star Wars: Clone Wars will air at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) from Friday, March 26 to Thursday, April 8.

    Here's how Cartoon Network describes the new chapters:

    "Taking center stage is the battle between Anakin Skywalker and his would-be assassin, the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress, protégé of the evil Sith lord Count Dooku. Meanwhile, on the desert planet of Dantooine, Mace Windu must single-handedly take on an army of Droid soldiers. And Yoda undertakes a mission to rescue two fellow Jedi, Barriss Offee and Luminara Unduli, who are trapped on the icy planet Ilum. He is joined by Padme Amidala, C-3PO and R2-D2 on this dangerous mission."

  • Herobear and the kid: The Inheritance, the first collection of the comic book by Mike Kunkel, was selected for the exclusive 2004 Popular Paperbacks list. The list, created by The Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Committee and sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2004 finalized selections at the ALA Midwinter

    "I've always hoped that Herobear would be something people could both enjoy and connect with," Kunkel said. "To be nominated for this prestigious list was flattering enough, but to be selected as one of the finalists by the Young Adults Committee and the Young Adult Library Services Association of the ALA is awesome and truly an honor."

  • Coming Friday: Movie news -- and much more!!!


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

    * For Saturday, Jan. 24, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 23, including Blade: Trinity and Hulk movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 22, including Daredevil movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Jan. 21, including CrossGen Entertainment and Devil's Due solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Jan. 20, including DC Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Jan. 19, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Jan. 17, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 16, including Dark Horse solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 15, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Jan. 14, including Image Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Jan. 13, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Jan. 12, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Jan. 11, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 10, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 9, including a feature on Image Comics' Patient Zero, as well as Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Jan. 8, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Jan. 6, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Jan. 5, including Mutant X, Smallville and Justice League news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Jan. 3, including Transformers news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 2, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 1, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Dec. 31, including Static Shock news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Dec. 30, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.

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

    * For Saturday, Dec. 27, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Dec. 26, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Dec. 25, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.

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