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Thursday, December 16, 2004


Johnny Storm will use his signature "Flame On!" line in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, actor Chris Evans revealed during a new television interstitial currently airing on Fox Movie Channel.

"Oh, I do!" Evans said with a smile.

"He sells it, man!" said Jessica Alba, who plays Sue Storm. "He's so cool. He's smart, just like Johnny Storm is written, just as the hotshot guy."

How does Evans approach playing a character on fire?

"I took a lot of my tips from the comic books," he said. "As from where his body is, I can take my own spin of what does it feel like to burst into flames and I'll try and add my own little flavor."

In other tidbits from the segment:

* Alba said there a lot of continuity issues in filming her character's powers.

"We had do to all the scenes with me there, and then the other actor has to act the entire scene with me now there," she said. "I'm next to the camera doing the voice, but they have to do the same performance."

* Michael Chiklis, who plays Ben Grimm/The Thing, said now is the right time for the FF to reach the big screen. "The exciting thing about doing this movie now because the advances in filmmaking have just lept," Chiklis said.

* Julian McMahon, who plays Victor Von Doom, was interviewed on the set of his character's enormous office.

"Victor's a very deliberate, strong, manipulative kind of guy," McMahon said. "Once he's infected with the power, it kind of accentuates his personality."

* Alba said the cast and filmmakers are aware of the characters' fan base. "I don't think they're going to be disappointed because at the end of the day we're trying to make this movie good for them," she said.

* Click on the thumbnails below for images from the segment. Click on the thumbnail above for a much larger version of the previously released image.



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

Titles include Black Widow #4, Excalibur #8, Nightcrawler #4, Rogue #6 and New Thunderbolts #2.

Look for more first looks on Friday here in The Continuum.


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

Titles include Authority: Revolution #3, Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #6, Losers #19, Sleeper Season Two #7, Solo #1, Space Ghost #2 and Teen Titans Go! #14.


Dynamite Entertainment has unveiled plans for the third issue of Army of Darkness: Shop 'Til You Drop (Dead) series and other AOD products for February.

Artist Sanford Greene will be filling in for Nick Bradshaw for the third issue of the series, allowing for Bradshaw to start and finish Army of Darkness: Shop 'Til You Drop (Dead) #4 and returning the series to a regular monthly schedule. Greene will be working on an upcoming Army of Darkness crossover.

Here's how Dynamite describes the issue, written by James Kuhoric:

"Ash finds himself transported to an apocalyptic future where mindless zombies surround Deca City One. The only way to return Ash to the past is to find a long outlawed computer program called the Necronomicon long ago lost in Under City. Re-equipped with a future hand that sports various weapon fingers (flame thrower, explosive shell launcher, high powered laser, force projector, and nuclear powered nose hair clipper), Ash must find the underground bunker and enter the Necronomicon password, to access its secrets."

Issue #3 features two covers, one each by Bradshaw and Greene; the Greene covers ship one for every four copies, and both feature a cover price of $2.99. A retailer incentive for this issue is available, featuring a Bradshaw "sketch" cover.

Dynamite is also offering its first AOD Lithograph. Bradshaw has created an image of Ash doing battle with some new foes. Originally created exclusively for Overstreet's Comic Price Review, the lithograph measures 18 inches by 24 inches.

In related news, Dynamite announced that the just-released Directorıs Cut of Army of Darkness: Ashes to Ashes #1 is no longer available from the publisher. Dynamite has no plans to go back to press at this time.

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  • The Wednesday, Dec. 29 episode of The WB's Smallville will be a repeat of "Perry."

  • Spider-Man 2 was nominated in the Best Popular Film and Best Family Film categories for the 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards. The WB will televise the awards ceremonies live on Monday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.

  • NBM Publishing is going back to press for a second printing of Peter Kuper's novelization of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.

  • Top Cow is offering a free version of Hunter-Killer #0 on its web site.

  • Coming Friday: Marvel news -- and much more!!!

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

    * For Thursday, Dec. 9, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Dec. 8, including Dark Horse Comics' solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Dec. 7, including The Darkness and Son of The Mask movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Dec. 6, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Dec. 4, including Blade: Trinity and Batman Begins movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Dec. 3, including DVD news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Dec. 2, including DVD news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Dec. 1, including Sword of Dracula and Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Nov. 30, including Iron Man movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Nov. 29, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

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