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Saturday, March 27, 2004


The Elektra movie will begin production in five weeks, The Continuum has learned.

The film, a spin-off of last year's Daredevil film, will star Alias' Jennifer Garner, who is reprising her role from Daredevil. Earlier this week, Garner was named Female Star of Tomorrow at ShoWest.

Sources have confirmed that Typhoid Mary will be a villain in Elektra.

Elektra is being directed by Rob Bowman and is targeted for a February 2005 release.

Expect casting announcements "very, very soon," a source told The Continuum.


For covers and four-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Transformers: Energon #21 from Dreamwave Productions, Star Wars Tales #19 from Dark Horse Comics and Batman: Harley and Ivy #1 from DC Comics.


Guillermo del Toro, director of the Hellboy movie, said that he and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola have already entertained thoughts of a sequel.

"Mike and I, when we were in Prague, we said, 'Well, what if that happens?,'" del toro said at last weekend's Wizard World Los Angeles. "Of course, we would need to come up with a good story, some good ideas. 'What about moving this over here and doing that?' Five minutes later, we were like, 'And, and, and...and...

"So we would be delighted. We would have floating heads in a jar. Lobster Johnson. Whatever madness we can do."

"Looking at the movie the other night, Guillermo came to me and said, 'Well, we have to make the second one crazier,'" Mignola said. "That's raising the bar right there. The one that's out there right now is pretty darn crazy. But I think he can do it."

In other Hellboy news:

* Del Toro appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday night.

* For The Continuum's coverage of the last weekend's Hellboy panel at Wizard World Los Angeles, featuring cast members Ron Perlman and Selma Blair, CLICK HERE.

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Lions Gate and Marvel have teamed with Kodak to promote The Punisher movie through Kodak's NASCAR marketing program. Emblazoned with The Punisher's logo and artwork, the No. 77 Kodak Penske-Jasper Dodge will make its debut at the Food City 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. on Sunday.

The race will be televised live on Fox, with an expected audience of 9 million.

Driving the car is rookie and avowed Punisher fan Brendan Gaughan, who has designed a special Punisher helmet for this race.

"NASCAR is the perfect venue to promote The Punisher, a film that packs the excitement and intensity of a speedway showdown," said Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing. "And we have the perfect partner in Eastman Kodak, who has transformed the No. 77 Kodak Penske-Jasper car into the ultimate Punisher driving machine."

In other Punisher news:

* Kevin Nash, who plays The Russian, will unveil Lions Gate's NHRA The Punisher Nitro Funnycar car on Saturday, April 3 at the Las Vegas Speedway. Nash will escort the car, helmed by racing expert Jim Head, through a blaze of rocket explosions, fire and smoke from the pit area to the racetrack.

* Jane will be making several comics store appearances, including: Monday 5-6 p.m. at Atomic City Showcase Comics in Philadelphia; Tuesday 3-4 p.m. at Newbury Comics in Boston; and Wednesday 6-7 p.m. at Big Planet Comics in Bethesda, Md.


Two fourth-season episodes of Static Shock guest-starring other DC Comics heroes will both air on Kids' WB! on Saturday, April 10.

"Future Shock," which guest-stars Batman Beyond and the modern-day Batman Robin, will air at 8 a.m.

"Fallen Hero," which guest-stars the John Stewart Green Lantern from Cartoon Network's Justice League, will air at 8:30 a.m.

Teen Titans will not air that Saturday on Kids' WB!.

For the network's complete schedule for the week, CLICK HERE.

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IDW Publishing is releasing Hyde, a 48-page one-shot written by Steve Niles, in June.

Here's how IDW describes the book:

"Two incredibly brilliant scientists race against each other to unlock the secret of man's dual nature. When they succeed in uncovering this horror of the mind and body, a terrified city becomes a victim."

"I have to admit, of all the projects I've worked on," Niles said, "Hyde sends a chill down my spine. I am horrified by the idea of a man without guilt or remorse who is motivated by lust, greed, and violence, and in Hyde, that is the sum of the man, and it is a horrifying prospect. This one crawls under my skin."

Artist of the book is Aadi Salman.

"Hyde is a brilliant concept -- so innovative that Dimension Films snapped up the movie rights before the one-shot was even finished," said IDW editor-in-chief Jeff Mariotte. "Fans who like their scares intense and thought-provoking will find a lot to admire in this modern classic."

Hyde will cost $6.99.

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The WB has released a description of "Legacy," the next new episode of Smallville set to air on Wednesday, April 14.

Here's how the network is described:

"When Jonathan (John Schneider) begins to act strangely, Clark (Tom Welling) believes Jor-El is sending Jonathan messages through the key and is the cause for his father's withdrawal from the family. Clark goes down to the caves to confront his biological father but Lionel catches him there and begins putting the pieces together -- leading him straight to Dr. Swann (guest-star Christopher Reeve). As the two billionaires face off, a deal is struck and Lionel's true motives are revealed."

In other Smallville news:

* ABC Family has acquired a slate of series, movies and specials in a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution top lined by the multi-year off-network rights to The WB's Smallville.

ABC Family will begin airing Smallville in the fall.

"Smallville is a great addition to ABC Family's lineup this fall," said Mark Silverman, general manager and senior vice president of ABC Family. "Smallville has a loyal audience, thematic appeal for today's families, and will serve as a strong anchor to complement original programming."

* Jeph Loeb, consulting producer of the series, said that the use of a Kyptonite bullet in a recent comics story was developed before it was used in the television series. "I always wanted to do a Kyptonite bullet on the show," he said last weekend at Wizard World Los Angeles.

* Sunday's episode of Smallville: The Beginnings is "Duplicity."

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Frank Cho's Liberty Meadows strip collection will begin featuring new material beginning with Liberty Meadows #37 from Image Comics in June.

Previous issues have featured a mix of old strips (often reverted to their original uncensored form) and new ones designed to plug gaps in the story, but Cho is now back to the drawing board, producing completely original material for upcoming issues of the bi-monthly comic.

"It feels weird to write and draw a daily strip again," Cho said. "Before with the luxury of reprints I only needed to write and draw 15-20 new strips per issue. Now starting with Liberty Meadows #37, I have to essentially produce a strip a day to fill each new Liberty Meadows issue. That's almost 50 strips per issue. It's like my old syndication work schedule, but without the censorship."

According to Cho, the new material will feature more character development for bad, beautiful, blonde Jen, as she and Ralph host a new public access show along the lines of This Old House.

"Also," Cho added, "Things get tense as Brandy's overbearing mother takes control of Brand's wedding planning."

Liberty Meadows #37 goes on sale on June 9.

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  • Sony has released a new image of Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

  • Scott Jeralds is the art director of the Krypto animated series being developed at Warner Bros. Animation.

  • Fox has released a promotional image of the character Sarah Michelle Gellar plays in Sunday's episode of The Simpsons. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

  • Anime Network has acquired Comic Party from Right Stuf International, picking up U.S. television broadcast rights to all 13 half-hour episodes of the anime comedy series.

  • Matt Groening will introduce his favorite episode of Futurama each night at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) during a weeklong event Sunday, May 23-Thurday, May 27 on Cartoon Network.

  • Coming Monday: Animation news -- and much more!!!


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

    * For Monday, March 22, including coverage of Spider-Man 2 and Punisher panels at Wizard World Los Angeles, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, March 21, including Wizard World Los Angeles coverage, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, March 20, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, March 19, including Image Comics' solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, March 18, including Marvel Comics first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, March 17, including DC Comics first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, March 16, including DC solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, March 15, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, March 13, including Batman news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, March 11, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, March 10, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, March 9, including Image Comics' The Ride, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, March 8, including Dark Horse solicitations for June and an interview with wrtier Tony Bedard, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, March 7, including CrossGen news from MegaCon, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, March 6, including Hellboy and Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, March 5, including Static Shock news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, March 4, including Marvel first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, March 3, including Marvel and DC first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, March 2, including Marvel movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, March 1, including Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Feb. 28, including first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Feb. 27, including Dreamwave Productions' solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Feb. 26, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Feb. 25, including Marvel's solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Feb. 24, including Angel news, CLICK HERE. - Online anime superstore!

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