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Thursday, March 31, 2005

SIN CITY UPDATE

Robert Rodriguez, who directed the Sin City film with Frank Miller, said the book and movie really fit the description of film noir.

"Film noirs are supposed to be about an inner darkness, not just the dark look," Rodriguez said. "And they were. Film noirs, for their time, were completely crazy.

"And that's why I was afraid to do one because I just thought they would just be so tame by today's standards. Well, there's nothing tame about Frank's books. Those are savage for our time, and that really recaptures what film noir was about. You go into this world and you're meeting people you hope to never to meet and see things you can't believe you're seeing.

"I've been wanting to make a film noir forever. And it was't until two years ago, I went, 'Wait a minute, Sin City's a film noir. Why don't I do this?' Because I knew enough about the technology to pull off the images now."

Rodriguez said he resisted any changes, even those suggeted by Miller said.

"I loved the purity of it," he said.

In other Sin City notes:

* Michael Clarke Duncan, who plays Manute, appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday night to promote the film.

* Elijah Wood, who plays Kevin: "I would have done anything. It didn't really matter what character I played. It just so happens that Kevin is an incredible character and so completely twisted. To come in and do something that fun was incredibly exciting to me."

* Clive Owen, who plays Dwight: "I think what Robert did was that he saw those graphic novels and though, 'If you pull these off as they are, on the page, if you can make that into cinema, that'll be wild.' And that's what he did."

* Mickey Rourke on playing Marv: "I thought, well, this was going to be different and fun. And it's been a real hoot."

* Rodriguez said Bruce Willis was his only choice for Hartigan.

* Reviewer Roger Ebert gave the film four stars.

* Miller: "Probably of all the principles involved in this, I've been the most startled of how faithful it is to the original."



MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include X-Men Unlimited #8, Marvel Team-Up #7, G.L.A. #1, Incredible Hulk #80, Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #2

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VIPER COMICS' THE MIDDLEMAN

Viper Comics has provided The Continuum with a preview of the first issue of The Middleman, a four-issue mini-series set to launch in Juy.

The Middleman is written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, a writer and supervising producer of ABC's Lost. He has also written for Boomtown, The Pretender, Jake 2.0, The Chronicle, Charmed and seaQuest.

The art is by Les McClaine.

Here's how Viper describes the book:

"Your reality is a sham. Your way of life is constantly under attack by monsters, aliens and talking primates - and the reason you and the rest of the pink-skinned normal world donšt know it? The Middleman. Working in absurd secrecy, aided by talented amateur Wendy Watson, the Middleman stares down threats extra- infra- and juxta-terrestrial with a big gun and a have-a-nice-day grin. The Middleman: he fights evil, so you don't have to."

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SMALLVILLE UPDATE

The WB has released a new image from "Onyx," the next new episode of Smallville set to air on April 13.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"A glimpse of the future Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) is revealed after a kryptonite explosion splits Lex in two and his evil side - Alexander - is released. Alexander immediately imprisons Lex in the mansion and begins his rampage by trying to kill Clark (Tom Welling) and Chloe (Allison Mack) in the lab, jousting with Lionel (John Glover) and convincing him to return to the dark side and finally, threatening to close the Talon unless Lana (Kristin Kreuk) moves in with him."

The episode was written by Steven S. DeKnight and directed by Terrence O'Hara.

The Wednesday, April 20 episode will be "Spirit."

Here's how the episode is described:

A stunned Chloe (Allison Mack) is nominated for Prom Queen and tries to talk a reluctant Clark and Lana into attending the dance with her. However, after her rival Dawn (Beatrice Rosen), a wannabe Prom queen, crashes her car into a ravine filled with kryptonite, Dawn's spirit is released and she enters the bodies of the others making them act out of character. As a result, Lana asks Clark to be her date, Lois (Erica Durance) attends the Prom and Chloe sets the school on fire. Lex gives the seniors a special gift by having the band Lifehouse play at the dance."

The episode was written by Luke Schelhaas and directed by Whitney Ransick.

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ARCHIE'S MANGA JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS

Archie Comics has provided The Continuum with an interior look at its new manga approach to Josie and the Pussycats.

Josie and the Pussycats Manga will appear in both digests and standard comic-book formats. The girls will make their manga debut in Tales From Riverdale Digest #3, shipping June 8, followed by an appearance in Sabrina the Teenage Witch #68, which ships June 29.

Both stories feature regular Sabrina the Teenage Witch writer Tania del Rio with artist Chris Lie and inker Andrew Pepoy.

This is Archie's second conversion to manga, following that of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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BRIEFLY

* Above is a first look at the completed covers to Cable/Deadpool #14, New Invaders #9, Rogue #10, X-23 #5 and X-Men #169. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* Frequency Press will be giving away the cover art to its new graphic novel, Drive, at the Alternative Press Expo, April 9-10 in San Francisco. Anyone who purchases a copy of Drive at APE receives a chance to win artist Shawn Richter's original cover pencils. There will be a drawing held on Sunday, near the end of the expo, to determine the winner of the artwork.

* Drive tells the story of a cabbie whose life descends into chaos when a fare forces him into a high-speed car chase. The book marks the North American comics debut of Nate Southard and Shawn Richter.

* Coming Thursday: 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 Thursday, March 24, including Teen Titans Go! news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, March 23, including Sin City news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, March 22, including Spider-Man 3 movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, March 21, including Wizard World Los Angeles coverage and Fanstastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Sunday, March 20, including Wizard World Los Angeles coverage, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, March 19, including Marvel's panel at Wizard World Los Angeles, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, March 18, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, March 17, including Image Comics' solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, March 16, including a first look at Victoria's Secret Service from Alias Enterprises CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, March 15, including Jessica Alba talking about Sin City, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, March 14, including DC Comics' solicitations for June news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, March 12, including movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, March 11, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, March 10, including Cartoon Network schedules for April, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, March 9, including Krypto the Superdog animated news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, March 8, including Dark Horse's solicitaitons for June, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, March 7, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, March 5, including V for Vendetta movie news, CLICK HERE.




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