Monday, April 26, 2004
SPIDER-MAN 2 UPDATE
Kirsten Dunst, who is returning as Mary Jane in Spider-Man 2, said she will have another upside-down kiss in the sequel.
"I do, isn't that weird?" she said. "And you'll see why."
"We're doing everything with the knowledge of the first one, so the special effects are better and the stunts are better and all that stuff," said star Tobey Maguire, "but it's all supported by the story, which is what's important to me."
Look for The Continuum's coverage of Maguire's WonderCon appearance this weekend.
In other Spider-Man news:
* Nokia and Activision on Monday announced that Spider-Man 2 will be released for the N-Gage game deck under a license between Spider-Man Merchandising and Activision.
Mobile gamers will be able to swing, web sling and jump through four fully 3D levels, providing a dynamic environment on a handheld gaming device. Fifteen additional 2D levels provide a challenging arena to combat a wide range of enemies, including new enemy bosses such as the Lizard and Doc Ock that have their own unique attack moves. Web slinging gamers will also be able to upload their best performances to the N-Gage Arena, as well as unlock additional content for the game.
"The immersive 3D graphics and gameplay that Spider-Man 2 brings to the N-Gage will amaze and inspire gamers," said Pasi Polonen, Director of Game Publishing, Games Business Unit, Nokia. "Together with the new levels, characters and plotline, fans of Spider-Man will find plenty of action to keep them coming back for more."
Spider-Man 2 is expected to be available for the N-Gage game deck this summer.
* MTV2 continues to show rerun of the Spider-Man animated series. Episodes Saturday include "Spider-man Dis-sabled" at midnight and "Tight Squeeze" at 12:30 a.m.
Click on the thumbnails below for larger images from the episodes.
NEW MUTANT X EPISODE: "DREAM LOVER"
"Dream Lover," a new episode of Mutant X, will air in syndication this week. The episode is written by Mark Amato and directed by Bill Corcoran.
For a thorough plot synposis, with spoilers, CLICK HERE.
BOX OFFICE UPDATE
The Punisher took in an estimated $6.1 million, trailing $23 million from Man on Fire, $22 million from 13 Going on 30 and $10.4 million from Kill Bill Vol 2.
The Punisher's two-week take is $24.0 million. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, who plays Joan, will continue to promote the film -- and her new picture Godsend -- on Live with Regis and Kelly and Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Tuesday and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday.
13 Going on 30 stars Jennifer Garner, who will next play the title role in Marvel's Elektra.
"This is a stepping stone to stardom," said Revolution Studios' Tom Sherak. "The camera loves her, you can see it, you can feel it."
Hellboy placed eighth with $3.0 million, pushing its four-week total to $54.7 million and virtually assuring a sequel.
IMAGE'S DIORAMAS, A LOVE STORY
Writer Mark Ricketts said Dioramas, A Love Story -- a graphic novel arriving in stores on Wednesday from Image Comics -- is "rather unconventional."
"It's a mystery in the tradition of Mulholland Drive or Eyes Wide Shut," Rickett said. "Nothing is as it appears to be. Both the story and its characters have a dissociative disorder. Sure, it's a crime story. But it's also a subtly expressionistic mind game.²
Here's how Image describes the book:
"Traumatized by the murder of her partner, ex-cop Charlotte Ramage would like to put the past behind her. But her worst nightmare, the monster who killed her partner, is in love with her. And no admirer expresses his love quite like Winfield Vickers: He's a serial killer with a highly evolved aesthetic sense and enough repressed desire to make Freud wince.
"In short, he's a madman in love."
The book, illustrated by Dario Brizuela, is 144 pages and will cost $12.95.
"I'm really excited that Image had faith in this book," Ricketts said. "I think it says great things about a company and the people who run it that you can find such diversity there."
Click on the thumbnails below for preview pages. For more first looks of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
ELEKTRA MOVIE UPDATE
ER's Goran Visnjic has joined the cast of the Elektra movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Visnjic will play the target of Elektra's assassination plot. He joins Jennifer Garner and Terence Stamp in the cast.
Visnjic joined NBCs ER in 1999, playing the role of Dr. Luka Kovac, a Croatian doctor who immigrated to the United States after the violent deaths of his wife and children.
Visnjic grew up in Sibenik, Croatia, a port town on the Adriatic Sea, where he decided at an early age that he wanted to be an actor. He first performed in local theater groups and then entered the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. He gained popularity in Croatia when, at the age of 21, he was cast as Hamlet in the prestigious Dubrovnik Summer Festival's staging of Shakespeare's play. The production received rave reviews, with Visnjic's own performance earning him three national Best Actor awards, including an Orlando (the Croatian equivalent of a Tony).
Visnjic starred in last week's USA Network movie Spartacus and is in the current theatrical release Close Your Eyes.
Elektra, directed by Rob Bowman, is expected to go before the cameras next month.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Tuesday, April 20, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, April 19, including TV news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, April 17, including TV news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, April 16, including TV news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, April 15, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, April 14, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, April 13, including Teen Titans animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, April 12, including DC Comics' solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, April 10, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, April 9, including Dark Horse solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, April 8, including Image news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, April 7, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, April 6, including The Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, April 5, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, April 3, including Spider-Man 2 and Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, April 2, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, April 1, including Devil's Due news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, March 31, including Wonder Woman DVD news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, March 30, including The Batman animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, March 29, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, March 27, including Elektra, Hellboy and Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, March 26, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, March 25, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, March 24, including DC first looks and Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, March 23, including an interview with John Singleton, director of the Cage movie, CLICK HERE.
* 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.
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