Monday, March 1, 2004
NEW TEEN TITANS EPISODE
"Winner Take All," a new episode of Teen Titans, is scheduled to premiere on Saturday at 9 p.m. (ET) on Cartoon Network.
"Robin, Cyborg and Beast Boy are transported to an alternate dimension. There, the mysterious Master of Games invites our heroes and five other superpowered 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 becomes more and more worried about what happens to the losers after they disappear. Will Robin realize that winning isn't everything before he loses the only thing that matters: his friends?"
Guest voices include Wil Wheaton as Aqualad and Mike Erwin as Speedy. Erwin played the teenage Bruce Banner in The Hulk movie and has guest-starred on The WB's Everwood as Colin Hart.
The "Winner Take All" episode was written by Dwayne McDuffie.
Click on the thumbnails for larger images from the episode.
ACADEMY AWARDS ROUNDUP
Ken Watanabe, recently cast as Ra's Al Ghul in the upcoming Batman movie, said he continues to work on his English.
Watanabe was nomimated for an Academy Award his role in The Last Samurai in the Best Supporting Actor category, where he was beaten out on Sunday night by Mystic River's Tim Robbins. It was his first English-speaking role.
"Before shooting, I could not speak very well, and I studied hard and practiced," he told E!, adding he had three coaches. "So yes, with the next movie."
In other comics-releated news from the Academy Awards:
* Jennifer Garner, who is reprising her role from Elektra in the Daredevil movie in an Elektra film, appeared as a presenter.
"I'm about to start Elektra, which I'm shooting this summer, so now I'm really getting into that," Garner said on the red carpet. "The show that I am working on, Alias, is athletically challenging physically as a TV show, so it keeps me on my toes."
Click on the thumbnails for larger images of Garner before, during and after the cermony.
* Tobey Maguire, star of Spider-Man, introduced Seabiscuit as a Best Film nominee. The Punisher's John Travolta was a presenter with Sandra Bullock.
* Annette O'Toole, who plays Martha in Smallville, and her husband Michael McKean, who guest-starred as Perry White, lost out in the Best Song category. They were nominated for writing "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" from The Mighty Wind.
O'Toole said she enjoyed dressing up for the ceremony. "I'm on the farm," she said of filming Smallville. "I love to dress up because it's mostly flannel and no nail polish or anything."
* Djimon Hounsou, who plays Papa Midnite in the upcoming Constantine, joined Watanabe in the Supporting Actor category.
ROBERT SILVERBERG'S THE SEVENTH SHRINE
Dabel Brothers Production (DB Pro) is releasing Robert Silverberg's The Seventh Shrine as a two-issue, double-sized mini-series beginning in May through Devil's Due Publishing.
The book features a painted storybook format, with art by Anders Finer.
"When we started the project, I scripted the story out into comic-book form, and it was fine," said Sean J. Jordan, project editor for The Seventh Shrine. "The problem was that the story has a slower, more deliberate pace than most comic books, and the artist was being asked to draw a lot of people talking about a murder rather than showing the murder itself. And since Mr. Silverberg's wonderful writing was getting lost in the process, we racked our brains trying to figure out how we could adapt the story in a new and different way.
"Around the same time, our art director discovered a European artist named Anders Finer whose work had an incredible, ethereal painted style to it. After seeing what he could do with a few of the characters and gaining Mr. Silverberg's enthusiastic approval, we decided to try a storybook format, allowing the strengths of Mr. Silverberg's writing and Anders' painting to meld together into an incredible volume."
Here's how DB Pro describes the book:
"The Seventh Shrine is a science-fiction story set on the celebrated planet of Majipoor, a larger-than-life world where many alien races co-exist with the aboriginal Piurivars, better known as the 'Metamorphs' or 'Shapeshifters.' When a Metamorph archaeologist is murdered at the ancient ruins of Velalisier, Majipoor's highest authority, the Pontifex Valentine, travels to the site to investigate the murder personally. As he delves into understanding the motivation for the murder, he uncovers strange new secrets about the history of the Shapeshifters and the mystery of the sealed-up Seventh Shrine."
"The great thing about this story is that even though it technically takes place at the end of the Majipoor series, it was written to introduce new readers to the characters," said Les Dabel, new business director and vice president of DB Pro. ģIt's an entry point into the series so that readers will be able to head right into Lord Valentine's Castle, the first book in the novel series. And, visually speaking, it offers some incredible scenes. The Shapeshifters, in particular, give the story an eerie, alien feel, and you can understand why the other races of Majipoor despise and even fear them at certain points."
DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and five-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores in May, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Justice League of America: Another Nail #1 and Richard Dragon #1.
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