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Monday, January 10, 2005


Ralph Winter, producer of 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four movie, told The Continuum that this week's first trailer will provide just a taste of the film.

"Our first trailer is pretty exciting -- a glimpse at our effects and what is to come," Winter told The Continuum. "We like it and hope the fans do as well.

"It is preliminary as we just finished shooting on Dec. 22. But it represents where we are going with the effects. It will only get better from here."

The trailer will be attached with Elektra, which opens on Friday. According to a Fox representative, that is currently the only place where it can be seen.

In other Fantastic Four movie news:

* Stan Lee, who created the Fantastic Four with Jack Kirby, will be appearing at Wizard World Los Angeles on Saturday, March 19. Lee serves as executive producer on Fantastic Four and filmed a cameo.

* Michael Chiklis, who plays Ben Grimm/The Thing, said he understands the character has a fan base.

"I've played cultural icons before and I know there's a certain responsibility that goes along with that," he said. "You can't get preoccupied as an actor with that, you have to just bring your own joy to the opportunity to play this character and just jump in, you just have to go for it. There's always going to be someone in the audience who goes 'eh' that he didn't handle it. But hopefully the mass majority will go, 'Yeah, he was really committed to it and pulled it off.'"


Jennifer Garner, star of the Eletkra movie, said she worked hard to meet the physical demands of the role.

"Elektra is a consummate martial artist, and I've poured by heart, body and soul into my training," Garner said. "Luckily I had Daredevil and three years of Alias under my belt."

For the complete feature story on Garner, CLICK HERE.

In other Elektra news:

* E!'s Behind the Scenes special on the film will debut on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Other airdates and times include Friday at 3:30 p.m., Saturday at 8:30 a.m., Sunday at 3 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and Monday at 3:30 a.m.

* Below are photos from Saturday night's world premiere in Las Vegas. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

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The WB has released a description for "Unsafe," the Wednesday, Jan. 26 episode of Smallville.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Claiming to be cured, Alicia (guest star Sarah Carter) is released from Belle Reve hospital and comes to Smallville to rekindle her relationship with Clark (Tom Welling). Initially skeptical of Alicia, Clark finds himself enjoying a relationship with someone who knows his secret, but when she pushes for more he hesitiates, causing her to use red kryptonite on him. 'Bad Clark' emerges and whisks Alicia off to get married in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) decides to have sex with Jason (Jensen Ackles) in order to win him back."

Greg Beeman directed the episode, which was written by Jeph Loeb and Steven DeKnight.

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Dynamic Forces on Monday announced a deal that includes the production of limited edition and collectible merchandise Robert Howard's Conan the Barbarian.

The license allows for Dynamic Forces to produce lithographs and limited edition resin statues featuring images of Conan, with the first piece scheduled to be a 3-D recreation of Alex Ross' new paintings of the character.

"We're honored to be working with a property like Conan," said Nick Barrucci, president of Dynamic Forces. "We went into this deal with the intention of premiering pieces by one artist who had committed to creating his first-ever depiction of the venerable barbarian -- Alex Ross. We'll be producing the first-ever lithograph and statue based on this powerful new interpretation on Conan."

"Itıs no secret that John Buscema is one of my all time favorite artists and the work he did on Conan remains the definitive version to me," Ross said. "For this one time painting, Iım channeling all of my inner Buscema for this piece, and look forward to seeing it as both a litho, and then a statue."


Top Cow Productions has provided The Continuum with a seven-page preview of Witchblade #82.

Here's how Top Cow describes the issue, which is part three of the six-part "Witch Hunt" story:

"Witchblade-wielder and NYPD detective Sara Pezzini gets closer to solving the mystery that very nearly took her life‹a mystery reaching all the way to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. When the Churchıs chosen warrior, the Magdalena, arrives at Saraıs apartment, is she there to help? Or stop Sara's search for the truth permanently?"

The issue is written by Ron Marz, penciled by Michael Choi and colored by Brian Buccellato, with a cover by Greg Land.

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  • TNT will air Blade II on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, Blade: Trinity placed 19th at the box office over the weekend with an estimated $1.5 million, pushing its total to $50.7 million.

  • Image Comics in March will release the fourth Distant Soil collection, A Distant Soil: Coda, available in both a standard trade paperback version, as well as a limited edition hardcover book. The hardcover edition features a leatherette cover stamped with a gold foil illustration and signed by Colleen Doran and numbered in a limited edition of 250. A random selection of 50 books will also contain a personal sketch by Doran. The book is packaged with a bookmark and a print of the trade paperback cover and sealed in an archival plastic bag with a foil seal.

  • Halle Berry, star of Catwoman and the two X-Men films, will be a presenter at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

  • Sin City star Clive Owen will appear on NBC's The Today Show on Tuesday.

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

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

    * For Monday, Jan. 3, Red Sonja news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Jan. 1, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Dec. 30, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Dec. 29, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * 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.

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