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Thursday, October 7, 2004

ELEKTRA MOVIE UPDATE

20th Century Fox has provided The Continuum with the one-sheet poster from the upcoming Elektra movie.

The poster, accompanied by the movie's tagline of "Looks Can Kill" and the release date of Jan. 14, started reaching theaters last weekend.

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FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four- or five-page previews of titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Duel Masters #2, Transformers War Within Vol. 3: The Age of Wrath #2 and Transformers Energon #28 from Dreamwave Productions, Dandy & Company: ANTHROLogy #1 from Big Pond Comics and Blade of the Immortal #94 and Milkman Murders #4 from Dark Horse Comics.

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SIN CITY TRADES

With the release of Frank Miller's Sin City movie in April, Dark Horse Comics is releasing new editions of the trade paperbacks beginning in January.

The 6-inch by 9-inch collections will feature new covers designed by Chip Kidd.

Released on Jan. 5 will be the second editions of The Hard Goodbye and A Dame to Kill For. The Hard Goodbye is one of three titles the movie is based upon.

Here's how Dark Horse describes The Hard Goodbye, which will be 208 pages and will cost $17:

"Legendary artist Frank Miller opened a noir opus in Sin City. This critically acclaimed triumph‹honored by both an Eisner Award and the prestigious National Cartoonists' Award‹combines the pulp intensity of writers like Spillane and Cain with the gritty graphic storytelling that only Miller can deliver. Sin City is the place‹tough as leather and dry as tinder. Love is the fuel, and the now-infamous character Marv has the match ... not to mention a 'condition.' He's gunning after Goldie's killer, so it's time to watch this town burn!"

Here's how Dark Horse describes A Dame to Kill For, which will be 208 pages and will cost $17:

"It's one of those hot nights, dry and windless. The kind that makes people do sweaty, secret things. Dwight's thinking of all the ways he's screwed up and what he'd give for one clear chance to wipe the slate clean, to dig his way out of the numb gray hell that is his life. And he'd give anything. Just to cut loose. Just to feel the fire. One more time.

"And then Ava calls."

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SMALLVILLE UPDATE

"Devoted," next Wednesday's episode of Smallville on The WB continues to emphasize Clark Kent's senior year at high school.

"I think tonally the show's going to lighten up a little bit and we're going to get back a little more to our roots, which is Clark in high school and sort of dealing with those issues," said executive producer Al Gough, "since, quite frankly, this the last year you can really deal with them since they graduate at the end of the season."

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Clark (Tom Welling) joins the football team at school and is immediately given the starting quarterback position after the old quarterback starts a fight with new coach Jason (Jensen Ackles). Curious about the behavior change in his old teammate, Clark and Lois (Erica Durance) investigate and discover that the cheerleaders are poisoning the teams' water with kryptonite, turning the players into Stepford-like boyfriends."

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CATWOMAN ON DVD

Warner Home Video announced that Catwoman, last summer's film starring Halle Berry, will reach home video and DVD on Jan. 11.

The single-disc DVD features will include additional scenes, alternate endings, "The Many Faces of Catwoman" documentary and the HBO First Look Special.

"Catwoman is the story of meek, mild-mannered artist Patience Philips, who works for Hedare Beauty, a mammoth cosmetics company on the verge of releasing a revolutionary anti-aging product. When Patience inadvertently happens upon a dark secret her employer is hiding, she is attacked and killed. But Patience is given a second chance - a second life in which someone not quite human resides. Someone with the strength, speed, agility and ultra-keen senses of a cat. With her newfound power, Patience becomes Catwoman, and sets out to stop Hedare's callous plan to unleash an appallingly dangerous product into the world."

The PG-13 movie earned $39.6 million at the box office.

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BRIEFLY

  • In its first days of release, Lady Death: The Motion Picture, the original animated production from ADV Films, has shot to the top of the Best Seller list of Amazon.com for anime.

    "ADV has always believed in Lady Death as the ultimate bad girl, so we are very excited to see that fans agree," said John Ledford, President and co-founder of ADV Films. "This show is as dark, violent and beautiful as its title character, making it ideal for screening at Halloween parties where the kids aren't invited."

  • Top Cow has announces the addition of two new staff members. A new editorial position has been created to handle Top Cowąs rapidly increasing trade paperback and graphic novel business, with former editorial assistant Phil Smith being elevated to a full-fledged editor for the company. His title will be Editor, Trade Paperbacks & Submissions. Annie Pham has been hired to oversee all public relations, marketing and direct sales.

  • Coming Friday: TV 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 Friday, Oct. 1, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 30, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Sept. 29, including Image Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 28, including Dreamwave Productions' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 27, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 25, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 24, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 23, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Sept. 22, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 21, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 20, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 18, including Image Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 17, including The Batman news, CLICK HERE.

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