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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: FANTASTIC FOUR MOVIE INTERVIEW

Following 20th Centry Fox's panel at Comic-Con International, three members of the cast of the soon-shooting Fantastic Four movie -- Michael Chiklis (Ben Grimm/The Thing), Ioan Gruffudd (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic) and Jessica Alba (Sue Storm/Invisible Woman) -- met with the press for a roundtable intervew.

For an edited transciption of the interview, CLICK HERE.

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IDW PUBLISHING ROUNDUP

Steve Niles is team with Thomas Jane, star of The Punisher movie, on a new six-issue project for IDW Publishing called Bad Planet.

Niles told The Continuum he met Jane at the Wizard World Los Angeles show. Both appeared at IDW's panel at Comic-Con International.

"It was Tom's idea," Niles said. "He came up to me and pitched it. It's full-blown science fiction."

In other IDW news:

* Niles' Hyde, which has been optioned by Dimension Films, is now scheduled for an October release, with new artist Nick Stakal.

In Hyde, Niles tells the story of two brilliant but misunderstood scientists who are racing to unlock the mystery of manıs dual nature. They succeed, unleashing a murderous beast on a terrified city. As suspicion and treachery grow, the startling secret of the beastıs origin is revealed.

"I've always wanted to do a really nasty Hyde," says writer Steve Niles. "I always thought he was pretty restrained for a guy with no conscience in older versions. In Hyde he's about as wrong as wrong can get."

The 48-page book will cost $7.49.

*Following the Silent Hill: Dying Inside mini-series, IDW will release the 48-page Silent Hill: Among The Damned in October.

The book written by New York Times best-selling author and writer of Silent Hill: Dying Inside, Scott Ciencin and features art by Shaun Thomas. The story follows a young soldier suffering from survivor's guilt into the darkened confines of Silent Hill. There he will meet a doomed soul that will change his life forever‹or end it.

*"The response to Silent Hill: Dying Inside was overwhelming," said Kris Oprisko, the book's editor. "We literally couldn't keep the comics in print and the trade had terrific initial orders. The story Scott's come up with for Silent Hill: Among the Damned is one of the scariest scripts I've ever read. Silent Hill fans won't be disappointed."

* Paramount Pictures has optioned Aleister Arcane.

* Jeff Mariotte's new Desperadoes series will launch in December.

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DC COMICS' BREACH

Bob Harras, former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief, returns to writing a monthly series for the first time since The Avengers with Breach, a new series from DC Comics.

Here's how DC describes the book, which is set in the DC Universe:

"Following a catastrophic event, Major Tim Porter has gained the powers of the other-dimensional beings he's studied for twenty years. Now, the heroes and villains of the DCU must ask whether Porter ‹ now known as Breach ‹ is on the side of good or evil."

The art for Breach is by the Batgirl: Year One team of Marcos Martin and Alvaro Lopez.

Breach is set to launch in January.

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NOVEMBER SOLICITATIONS

Publishers are beginning to release their solicitations for November. Here are the first ones.

For Archie Comics' solicitations, CLICK HERE.

For Moonstone Books' solicitations, CLICK HERE.

For Claypool Comics' solicitations, CLICK HERE.



BRIEFLY

  • To the right is a preview of the cover to Uncanny X-Men #451, featuring X-23, and promotional art for Marvel Knights Spider-Man 7.

  • An official announcement might not be made for months, but The Continuum has learned that Upper Deck will be producing the trading cards for Batman Begins. Upper Deck previously has done cards for the Spider-Man 2 and Hulk movies.

  • The Cluemaster will be appearing on the new animated series The Batman.

  • A source told The Continuum that director Joel Schumacher will be working on the film adaptation of IDW Publishing's and Steve Niles' Wake the Dead at Dimension Films.

  • Kids' WB! has removed Static Shock from its weekday lineup, effect Monday, Aug. 2. The show is still airing on Saturday. For the week's schedule, CLICK HERE.

  • Coming Wednesday: DC movie 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, July 21, including Devil's Due solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, July 20, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, July 19, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, July 17, including an interview with Catwoman star Halle Berry, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, July 16, including an interview with Catwoman star Sharon Stone, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, July 15, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, July 14, including Dark Horse's solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, July 13, including an interview with Catwoman star Benjamin Bratt, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, July 12, including DC Comics' solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, July 10, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, July 9, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, July 8, including Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, July 7, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, July 6, including Jessica Biel talking about Blade: Trinity, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, July 5, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, July 3, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, July 2, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, July 1, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * 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.

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