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Monday, August 23, 2004

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED UPDATE

Amy Acker, best known as Fred on The WB's Angel, is providing a guest-voice for an upcoming episode of Justice League Unlimited, The Continuum has learned.

Acker is voicing The Huntress in an episode called "Double Date" that will air next season on Cartoon Network.

Acker, 28, joined the cast of Angel in 1999. She also appeared last year in the CBS movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt.

The episode also features Green Arrow, Black Canary and The Question. Kin Shriner is returning as Green Arrow, and Jeffrey Combs is doing the voice of The Questions.

There will be other guest voices for the episode that will be announced at a later date.

The Huntress made a brief apperance in "Initiation," the season opener of Justice League Unlimited, as one of the dozens of heroes in the Watchtower.

In other Justice League news:

* The Flash car, driven by Greg Biffle, won GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., on Sunday.

"I'm pretty excited about it with Flash on the car, the fastest man alive," Biffle said after the race."I think I'm gonna wear this driver's suit at Bristol (for the next race) if they let me. Maybe it'll bring me good luck."

The Flash car, a Ford, was one of six based on the animated series that competed during the Justice League Racing Weekend, presented by Hot Wheels.

Mark Martin, driving a Batman Ford, placed second. Other Justice League finishers were Kurt Busch, sixth in a Superman Ford; Carl Edwards, 10th in a Green Lantern Ford; Ryan Newman, 14th in a Justice League Dodge; Ricky Rudd, 24th in a Wonder Woman Ford;

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* The Aug. 14 episode ranked No. 1 in its time period on basic cable in both delivery and ratings among kids 6-11, tweens 9-14, boys 6-11 and tween boys 9-14.

* Look for more Justice League news this week here in The Continuum.



THE SPIRIT OPTIONED FOR FILM

Odd Lot Entertainment has acquired the rights to produce a feature film based on Will Eisner's The Spirit in partnership with Batfilm Productions.

Odd Lot's Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete will produce the picture along with Batfilm's Michael Uslan.. Executive Producers will be Benjamin Melniker and Steve Maier. Co-Producers will be F.J. DeSanto and Linda McDonough.

"I'm pleased to see that a film adaptation of The Spirit will be produced by so experienced a creative team as Michael, Deborah and Gigi," Eisner said. "This is an important event in the history of the comic-book character, with which I have been closely identified.

According to Odd Lot, the intention for the adaptation is "to create a handsomely crafted, stylized, character-driven tale."

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HELLBOY DIRECTOR'S CUT

Columbia Tri-Star Home Entertainment has released details about the Hellboy Director's Cut DVD, due in stores on Oct. 19. The gift set will include an exclusive, limited-edition Hellboy sculpture.

Disc features include:

Disc One: All-new Commentary by Guillermo del Toro, Exclusively for the Director's Cut; Video Introduction by Guillermo del Toro; Creator Audio Commentary: Guillermo del Toro (Director) and Mike Mignola (Co-Executive Producer); Cast Audio Commentary: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor and Rupert Evans; Branching DVD Comics drawn by Mike Mignola; "Right Hand of Doom" Set Visits; Storyboard Track; "From the Den" Hellboy recommends... Gerald McBoing Boing animated shorts; DVD-ROM: Printable Original Screenplay Script, Supervisor's Book, Director's Notebook.

Disc Two: Video Introduction by Selma Blair; "Hellboy: The Seeds of Creation" A 2 1/2 hour documentary on the making of the film. Includes The Origin of the Comic, Prosthetic Effects, Visual Effects, Set Design, Stunts and more; Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Guillermo del Toro; Character Bios written by the Director; Motion Board-a-matics; Animatics; Multi-Angle Storyboard Comparisons; Maquette 3-D Character Sculptures Video Gallery; Poster Explorations; Trailers and TV Spots; Weblink to Hellboy Merchandise; Filmographies.

Disc Three: Video Introduction by Ron Perlman; Video Commentary with Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor and Rupert Evans; Production Workshops with Commentary by Guillermo del Toro; Q&A Archive: Comic Com 2002; Scott McCloud: A Quick Guide to Understanding Comics; Interactive Director's Notebook; Photo Gallery; Mike Mignola Artwork Photo Montage; Widescreen Presentation; Languages: English, French 5.1 (Dolby Digital); Subtitles: English, French; Mastered in High Definition; Over 13 minutes of recut and extended footage; Includes Exclusive Collectible: Excerpt From the Diary of Grigori Rasputin, created by Mike Mignola.

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FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to five-page preview of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Nightcrawler #1 from Marvel Comics, Styx Taxi, A Little Twilight Music from FWDbooks and Solo #1 and Superman/Batman #14 from DC Comics.

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DECEMBER SOLICITATIONS

Archie Comics and Claypool Comics have released their solicitation information for December.

For a rundown of Archie's titles, CLICK HERE.

For a rundown of Claypool's titles, CLICK HERE.



BRIEFLY

  • Above is preview art to September's Marvel Knights 2099: Punisher #1. The one-shot is written by Robert Kirkman, with art by Pop Mhan and a cover by Pat Lee. Look for more 2099 art on Tuesday here in The Continuum.

  • Spider-Man 2 placed 12th at the box office over the weekend with $2.5 million and now has a total of $365.2 million.

  • IDW Publishing will release Silent Hill: Among The Damned, a 48-page one-shot written by Scott Ciecin, with art by Shawn 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 Sept. 8 episodes of Smallville on The WB will be "Memoria" and "Talisman."

  • Upcoming episodes of the syndicated Mutant X include "Cirque des Merveilles" the week of Sept. 13 and "The Assault" the week of Sept. 20.

  • Brittany Murphy, who stars in the upcoming Sin City movie, will be a guest on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly on Monday, Aug. 30.

  • Coming Monday: DC animated news 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 Tuesday, Aug. 17, including Wolverine news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Aug. 16, including DC Comics' solicitations for November, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, Aug. 15, including Batman Begins news and other news from Wizard World Chicago, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Aug. 14, including Green Lantern news and other news from Wizard World Chicago, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Aug. 13, including J. Scott Campbell news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Aug. 12, including Dark Horse's solicitations for November, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Aug. 11, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

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    * For Tuesday, July 27, including an interview with the cast of the Fantastic Four movie, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, July 26, including Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, July 25, including Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, July 24, including Marvel Comics' solicitiations for October, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, July 23, including Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, July 22, including an interview with Catwoman screenwriter John Brancato, CLICK HERE.

    * 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.

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