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Thursday, January 5, 2005

ELEKTRA MOVIE UPDATE

Twentieth Century Fox has announced that Jennifer Garner, despite an injury that has forced her to cancel several commitments, will attend the Elektra movie premiere in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Garner initially was thought to be suffering from a viral infection, but doctors on Wednesday concluded that she has nerve damage resulting from a stunt she performed on the set of Alias. Under doctor's orders to take it easy, she had to cancel a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live and the film's press junket.

The Las Vegas event will see the Palms Casino and Hotel "Elektra-fied" with a 30-foot, pyrotechnically-enhanced billboard (in Elektra's signature red) and even special Elektra red gambling chips and blackjack table felt in the Casino.

Garner will be joined on the Palms' red carpet by Elektra fellow cast members Goran Visnjic, Will Yun Lee, Natassia Malthe, Kirsten Prout, Bob Sapp, Chris Ackerman and Colin Cunningham, plus director Rob Bowman and producer Avi Arad.

Other attendees include Michael Clarke Duncan (Kingpin from Daredevil), Jennie Garth, James King, Jesse Metcalfe, Peter Facinelli, Jeremy Piven, Judy Greer and others.

In other Elektra movie news:

* Kurt Max Runte is playing Elektra's father, Nikolas Natchios, is flashback sequences. Laura Wards is playing the young Elektra.

* Frank Miller will get a "character created by" credit.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, Jan. 12, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Marvel Team-Up #4, The Pulse #7, Thor: Son of Asgard #12 and Spider-Man/Human Torch #1.

Look for more First Looks on Friday here in The Continuum.

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STARDUST KID FROM DEMATTEIS, PLOOG

With the announcement that Disney would relaunch Abadazad as a series of children's novels, Desperado Publishing is set to bring another all-ages comic book title by Abadazad creators J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog into the direct market. Set for release in May, Image Comics' Stardust Kid will feature the same creative team of DeMatteis, Ploog, Nick Bell and Dave Lanphear from Abadazad and will be suitable for kids as well as adults.

Stardust Kid is planned to be a five-issue mini-series with each issue containing at least 22 pages of story and art and covers by Ploog.

Here is how DeMatteis describes his new fairy tale:

"Twelve year old Cody DiMarco's best friend is Paul Brightfield: The bond between the two boys is deeper than anyone could ever suspect. You see, Paul Brightfield isn't human: he's the last of The Old Ones, ancient elemental beings from The Time Before -- when no man walked the Earth and magic was a given -- and Cody is the only one in all the world who knows Paul's secret.

"One October night, Paul Brightfield vanishes...at the same moment that, in nearby Wilde Park, a massive cocoon burrows up out of the earth: Within the cocoon lies a hate-filled creature that will soon destroy Cody's life -- and the lives of everyone he loves..."

"Everyone at Desperado is thrilled to have Stardust Kid join our exciting line-up for 2005," said Desperado publisher Joe Pruett. "J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog are two creators whose work I have been a fan of for years. It will be a treat to get a chance to work with them and it will be a joy to put out a series that will appeal to so many people. Abadazad was a great comic, and in its wake, Stardust Kid will be an even better one."

"Mike Ploog and I wanted to follow up Abadazad with another all-ages fantasy, a series that would be just as magical -- and kid-friendly -- but strike out into somewhat darker territory," DeMatteis said. "I turned to the Stardust Kid: a project I've nurtured for nearly two decades. Despite the long development, it wasn't until Mike and I started working on it together that the story really came together. We're both delighted to be reunited with our Abadazad collaborators, Nick Bell and Dave Lanphear, for what we think will be a wonderful series."

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SPEAKEASY'S NEW TITLES

Speakeasy Comics has announced four new titles to be released this spring, The Grimoire #1 and Beowulf #1.

"These are titles Išve been working on with a group of friends and comics creators for quite awhile now," said Adam Fortier, president of Speakeasy Comics. "And as I've said before, thinking of where to publish these titles is what led me to create Speakeasy in the first place."

Following is a rundown:

THE GRIMOIRE

Featuring the writer and artist team of Sebastien Caisse and Djief of the Grafiksismik art collective, The Grimoire is the debut issue in a planned series of titles that introduces new characters, new worlds, new heroes and new villains.

Here's how the book -- slated for a March release -- is described:

"For all the enchantments, devices and creatures to be found in the cursed Grimoire, its most potent power might be this: whoever holds it will find his or her fate bound to it. Amandine should know - it has become a tragic family affair. The Grimoire is passed on to her from the hands of a mysterious masked stranger, and what starts out as a walk to a friendšs house becomes the first steps of a lifešs adventure!"

BEOWULF

Beowulf #1 is by Brian Augustyn and Dub of Grafiksismik and is slated for an April release.

Here's how the book is described:

"All over the world there's a startling outbreak of super-powers among previously normal human beings. This bizarre wave of incredible change evokes terror in some, suspicion and cynical calculation in others. Only one man saw it coming, and he's been waiting for it for fourteen hundred years!

"Once called Beowulf, now the great warrior lives in Manhattan and goes by the simpler name of Wulf. He alone knows that a coming world-threat has triggered the sudden power influx, but not even Wulf is in the dark as to what horrific shape that threat will take. In any case he makes his plans, bides his eternal time and waits for trouble to start."

RAVENOUS

Inspired by the classic works of Edgar Allan Poe, writer, artist and creator Dawn Brown presents Ravenous -- a new work that draws from the master while offering a startling new mystery of its own. Ravenous is the main feature in this collection and is a fully illustrated 100 pages of suspense and mystery.

Here's how the story is described:

"Something bad is happening in Good Fortune. A serial killer is ravaging this sleepy little town, leaving his victims sliced in two. A young detective races to piece together this puzzle before the killer can strike again."

Also presented in this 152-page collection -- due in May -- are select offerings by Poe (The Pit & The Pendulum, William Wilson, The Mask of the Red Death, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven), reprinted in their entirety and featuring accompanying illustrations by Brown. These pieces inspired Brown's story and complete Ravenous as an introduction to Brown's work, as well as Poe's classic tales.

The book will cost $14.99.

THE HUNGER

The book, by Jose Torres and Chris DiBari, launches in May.

Here's how it is described:

"Charlie gets more than he bargained for out of his Mardi Gras in the Big Easy when a Caribbean gangster kidnaps, murders and resurrects him to life as a zombie. Now, Charlie must find his way home in a world where the mystical is not only real, but a dark threat to his day-to-day unlife. All while his new existence as one of the undead throws him into homicidal fits, alerting law enforcement agencies and leaving a trail for those who would exploit his newfound magical power.

"The chase is on but one question remains: How far will Charlie get before The Hunger consumes him or he consumes all those around him?"



BRIEFLY

  • In anticipation of Family Guy's return later this season, Fox will air back-to-back encore episodes of the animated comedy on three consecutive Sundays from 9 p.m.-10 p.m. (ET/PT) starting Jan. 16. Guest-voices in the episodes include Adam West, Jennifer Tilly, Patrick Duffy, Fairuza Balk, Jimmy Kimmell and Will Ferrell.

  • The WB has been air promotional spots for the next new episode of Smallville, set to air on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Sarah Carter reprises her role of Alicia and apparently marries Clark in "Unsafe."

    Click on the thumbnails below for images from the spot and look for more Smallville news soon here in The Continuum.

  • Coming Friday: Marvel 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, Dec. 28, including Justice League Unlimited animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Dec. 27, including Teen Titans animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Dec. 24, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Dec. 23, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Dec. 22, including DC and Image news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Dec. 21, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Dec. 18, including Devil's Due Publishing's solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Dec. 17, including David Goyer writing and directing a Flash movie, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Dec. 16, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Dec. 15, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Dec. 14, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Dec. 13, including DC Comics' solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.




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