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Tuesday, July 6, 2004

BLADE: TRINITY'S JESSICA BIEL

Jessica Biel said she went through extensive training to play Abigail Whistler in the upcoming Blade: Trinity.

"Two months of weightlifting and martial arts training and just keeping it up every day," Biel said as part of the lead story on the syndicated Access Hollywood on Monday.

In the film, scheduled for a Dec. 10 release, Biel plays the daughter of Blade's mentor, Whistler.

"She has an interesting connection with this whole vampire world," Biel said. "Her entire family, with the exception of the father, has been killed by the vampires.

Biel and series star Wesley Snipes are joined in the third installment by Ryan Reynolds, who plays Hannibal King.

"We have a great relationship," Biel said of Reynolds. "He definitely feels like a brother to me. We just get along really well."

Look for more on Blade: Trinity soon here in The Continuum.



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ALIEN VS. PREDATOR'S LANCE HENRIKSEN

Today The Continuum begins a series of stories on Alien vs. Predator -- the movie due on Aug. 13 from 20th Century Fox -- with coverage of a recent appearance by star Lance Henriksen at WonderCon.

Henriksen answered questions from both a Fox representative and fans. For an edited transcription, CLICK HERE.



DIGITAL WEBBING PRESENTS SOLDIER: 76

Blizzard Entertainment VP Chris Metzen makes his comic debut in Digital Webbing Presents #16, the latest issue in the anthology due in stores on July 14. After leading development of Blizzards signature games Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft, Metzen brings his Soldier: 76 to the pages of DWP.

"The story is about a weathered American soldier returning home after many years to find his homeland fractured by the second American Civil War," Metzen said. "Ultimately, he must make peace with the ghosts of his past before he chooses sides and restores the American Dream."

The story is illustrated by Greg Scott.

"Greg's style's so cinematic and gritty -- it really helped me to conceptualize the story," Metzen said. "Greg's natural aversion to capes and spandex really fit with the setting I'm trying to build and gives the piece a certain authenticity."

DWP #16 also features the fully painted Crazy Mary by writer Michael Colbert and aritsts Hames Woodward.

"I knew I wanted to illustrate it the minute I read the script," Woodward said. "It deals with the subjective nature of reality, which allowed me to do some stylistic and surreal panels.

"Crazy Mary is about a mercenary who's had genetic and cybernetic enhancements done by the government. Unfortunately, she's developed visions -- or hallucinations depending on your perspective -- that's how she got the name Crazy Mary."

Also featured in DWP #16 is "Bliss" by Chad Lambert and Amanda Morley. "Bliss is the examination of the final seconds before death. As a tormented soul ends his life, he's hoping for his final seconds to be peaceful," writer Lambert said.

"Love & Paramnesia" by Troy Wall and Steve Morris offers an unlikely romance tale. "Just Another Wednesday" by Ev Jameson and Justin Peterson and "Spook'd" by Jeffery Stevenson and Seth Damoose round out the issue.

Digital Webbing Presents #16 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.

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SPIDER-MAN 2 UPDATE

In addition to a record-breaking $180.1 million in its first six days in the United States, Spider-Man 2 has been a big draw internatonally.

The film has taken in $43 million in 28 markets outside the U.S. since opening last Wednesday, according to Reuters.

* To read interviews with the cast and filmmakers of Spider-Man 2:

For Tobey Maguire, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man, CLICK HERE.

For director Sam Raimi, CLICK HERE.

For Alfred Molina, who plays Doc Ock, CLICK HERE.

For James Franco, who plays Harry Osborn, CLICK HERE.

For Kirsten Dunst, who plays Mary Jane Watson, CLICK HERE.

For producer Avi Arad, CLICK HERE.



STAR WARS TALES CHANGES FORMAT

Beginning with issue #21 in September, Dark Horse Comics' quarterly anthology, Star Wars Tales, undergoes a radical retooling.

Over the course of its five-year run, Tales has presented a large collection of short, non-continuity Star Wars stories ranging wildly in style and tone, careening between the deadly serious and the absolutely absurd, doing its best to cast as wide a net over as broad an audience as possible.

Tales will be moving away from being a compilation of disparate, "what if?" style stories and becoming more of a companion to the other Star Wars monthlies (Empire and Republic) filled with longer, in-continuity adventures that span every Star Wars era.

In addition to content, Tales' format also gets a makeover -- the page count remains the same, but it will be delivered on a new, slick paper stock and held together with a new binding and a new cover stock. Inside, every issue will contain a 22-page, full-length lead story, and a pair of similarly sized back-up stories. The book will also feature a Star Wars letters column.

Star Wars Tales #21 kicks off with writer Rob Williams and artist Brandon Badeaux teaming up for the story of Darca Nyl -- a Jedi wandering the galaxy's Outer Rim hunting for revenge and hiding a deadly secret. Writer Shane McCarthy presents a rag-tag group of convicts and cutthroats flying for the Empire's glory in the feared TIE Fighter squadron called "Black Eight." And Kyle Katarn, star of the hit video game Jedi Outcast, goes toe-to-toe with the vile Yuuzhan Vong, in a tale by Nathan P. Butler and James Raiz.

Star Wars Tales #21 arrives in stores on Sept. 8 and will cost $5.99.

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BRIEFLY

  • Rittenhouse Archives will release Conan: Art of the Hyborian Age Trading Cards will release next on Thursday. Each box in this limited edition series of 4,000 boxes will contain one hand-drawn sketch card from original Conan artists.

    The series features interior artwork from the pages of The Savage Sword of Conan magazine. The original artwork was done in black and white and this set will feature for the first time, the artwork in full color. Artists include John Buscema, Pablo Marcos, Ernie Chan Rudy Nebres and others.

    Also randomly inserted into boxes of the Conan: Art of the Hyborian Age Trading Cards will be several additional bonus sets, including 12 Ode to the Cimmerian - Poetry from The Savage Sword cards featuring the artwork of Pablo Marcos, 9 Savage Sisterhood cards and 6 Rise of the King cards. There will also be a bonus case topper autograph card signed by Stan Lee.

  • Here's a look at the Punisher DVD, which will reach stores on Sept. 7.

  • Coming Wednesday: DC news -- and much more!!!

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    COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

    * For Wednesday, June 30, including an interview with Spider-Man 2 producer Avi Arad, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, June 29, including an interview with Spider-Man 2 star Tobey Maguire, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, June 28, including Blade Trinity news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, June 26, including UDON/Capcom news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, June 25, including an interview with Spider-Man 2's Kirsten Dunst, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, June 24, including Justice League news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, June 23, including Image Comics' solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, June 22, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, June 21, including Dark Horse solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, June 19, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, June 18, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, June 17, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, June 16, including Marvel's solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, June 15, including an inteview with Spider-Man 2's Alfred Molina, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, June 14, including DC Comics' solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, June 12, including Spider-Man movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, June 11, including Spider-Man movie news, CLICK HERE.

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