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Tuesday, November 16, 2004


Indie film favorite Parker Posey might be the most unusual choice for a Marvel film villain to date, playing Danica Talos in the upcoming Blade: Trinity.

Writer/director David Goyer said that Posey's casting was among a diverse group for the third film.

"It's kind of a different casting choice, but I love shaking things up and putting someone in a role you wouldn't expect," Goyer said. "Parker's energy is completely different than Welsey's (Snipes). so when the two of them are together, it is interesting to watch."

"I'm not usually a fan of action movies, but I thought that the Blade movies seemed more grounded," Posey said. "And I'm a fan of vampires, so the prospect of being able to play one I thought would be really fun."

Posey's character is responsible for bringing back Dracula. She is also the vampire who initially turned Hannibal King, who is played by Ryan Reynolds.

"He actually survived the cure in order to go back and kill Danica Talos," Reynolds said. "Basically, he doesn't live for killing vampires, he lives for killing for one specific vampire, the vampire that turned him."

Goyer noted that was a slight change from the comic, with Posey's Danica taking Deacon Frost's spot. "She's kind of the female equivalent to what (Stephen) Dorff did in the first movie," Goyer said.

In other Blade news, two cast members will be guests on upcoming episodes of NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Patton Oswalt will appear on Friday, and Reynolds is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3.


Mark Waid, writer of DC Comics' new Legion of Super-Heroes title, said he would not have done the book if he didn't get the blessing of Paul Levitz, DC's president/publisher and former Legion writer.

"I wanted to talk to Paul because he has got such a great handle on these characters," Waid said during the recent Legion panel at Wizard World Texas. "We sat down for an hour and Paul and I had a great conversation. We was OK with some of the changes we wanted to make. This is still very much thematically in spirit close to the Legion we all love.

"When we got Paul's blessing, that was a huge, huge weight off my shoulders."

Waid and artist Barry Kitson fielded questions about the book, which debuts in late December, and provided several nuggets of information.

Following is a rundown:

* Waid's approach to the book: "If you created The Legion in 2004, what would you do? What is at the core of the Legion, what really works and is relevant?"

* Waid said that Brainiac is on the cover to the first issue for reason.

* Kitson said the book will feature new villains. "We don't want to retell the old stories," he said. "We wanted to do everything new, like this is the first time around for everybody."

* Kitson said that the members' costumes will reflect individuality, rather than a team look. "One of the most important things about begin a teenage is expressing yourself," he said.

According to Kitson, he took the classic elements of the costumes and revamped them for a more modern look.

* Each issue will be 40 pages. "We have a lot of elbow room," Waid said. "Each issue will be self-included but we have sub-plots that will carry from issue to issue."

* Waid said he is focusing on about 18 characters. "Halfway through the first year, you'll feel like you'll know everybody and they will have all gotten screen time," he said.


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The WB has released eight images from "Scare," the Wednesday, Dec. 2 episode of Smallville.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Lex's (Michael Rosenbaum) secret experiment at Luthorcorp goes awry and causes a dangerous toxin to be released into Smallville. Those infected by the toxin, including Clark (Tom Welling), Lana (Kristin Kreuk), Lex, and Jason (Jensen Ackles) imagine their greatest fears come true and then fall into a coma. Desperate to find a cure, Clark gives some of his blood to Lex and is stunned at what Lex does with the antidote."

"Scare" was written by Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson and was directed by David Carson.

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In other Smallville news:

* Sam Jones III, who played Pete Ross in the first three seasons, will be a guest at MegaCon in Orlando, Fla.

* Jane Seymour, who is guest-starring for an arc as Jason Teague's mother, will appear on CBS' The Late, Late Show on Tuesday night.


  • X2 returns to HBO in January. Air times include Monday, Jan 3 at 12:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan 12 at 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 15 at 12:30 p.m. and midnight; Thursday, Jan 20 at 8:30 a.m.; Sunday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 28 at 2:30 p.m.

  • Top Cow's Matt Hawkins said he has not ruled out the possibility of doing more Common Grounds material. "We might retool it a little, and have a single character who narrates it," he said.

  • According to The New York Times, Marvel will launch a new Black Panther series in February, written by Reginald Hudlin and drawn by John Romita Jr. The first six issues of the series will deal with the Panther's origin. The next six issues will have the Panther take a greater role in the Marvel Universe, interacting with the Avengers, Spider-Man and the X-Men, and meeting many other black heroes, including Blade, Luke Cage and Storm.

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

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