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Tuesday, August 2, 2005

CARTOON NETWORK SCHEDULE

Cartoon Network has released its schedule for DC Comics-based shows -- Teen Titans, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, The Batman and Krypto, the Superdog -- through Sept. 4.

For the rundown CLICK HERE.

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THE SIMPSONS' GUEST VOICES

Kelsey Grammer, who is playing the Beast in the third X-Men movie, is returning as Sideshow Bob in the upcoming season of The Simpsons on Fox.

The series kicks off the season on Sunday, Sept. 11 with "Bonfire of the Manatees."

Here's how Fox describes the episode:

"Marge, outraged after discovering Homer allowed Fat Tony (Tony Mantegna, reprising his role as Springfield's infamous mob boss) to shoot an a 'gentlemen's' film in their living room in compensation for his football gambling debt, flees, leaving Homer with the kids. While on her journey of self-discovery, Marge befriends Caleb Thorn (guest-voice Alec Baldwin), an attractive marine biologist on a quest to save not only the endangered manatee, but Marge from a husband who doesn't seem to appreciate her."

Former athletes Terry Bradshaw and Dennis Rodman will plays themselves in "The Simpsons" Tree Hourse of Horror XVI" on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Other guest voices this season will include William H. Macy, Ricky Gervais, Lily Tomlin, Frances McDormand, Michael York, Rob Reiner, former boxer Joe Frazier and New York Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson.



THE SPIRIT MOVIE UPDATE

Jeph Loeb, who is writing The Spirit movie for Odd Lot Entertainment, said that the film will be an origin story.

"Hopefully, you will see this movie, and if you've never read a Spirit story, it'll just be this extraordinary visual feaest, that will have action and heart and a mystery that's fun" Loeb said during a panel at Comic-Con International. "And at the same time, if you're a fan of The Spirit in general, you're going to go, 'Oh, they're doing a little bit of that. Oh, I remember that story. Oh, look at that visual, that's cool, too.'

"It has a really, really strong story that runs through it, but at the same token, we're going to attempt to tip the hat about as many times as we can to a man's vision was just bigger than anything you could bring to the screen. But we'll get an awful lot of it in there."

Producer Michael Uslan said he talked to The Spirit's creator, the late Will Eisner, about what he wanted to see in a Spirit film.

"As opposed to the whimsical side of The Spirit, he said he'd like to see more of the adventurous Spirit, more of the film-noirish Spirit, the Alfred Hitchcock-style Spirit, with a sense of humor intact," Uslan said. "We talked about the qualities of what made the Spirit so different and why it was important to bring it to the screen.

"The essence of what Will discussed can be explained in two ways. One is that wešre not talking about a guy whošs trying to save the world from alien invasions. Wešre talking about a real person trying his damnedest to save his neighborhood and make his city a better place to live and work.

"And he is maybe the only hero in the history of comics painfully aware of the absurdity of his situation -- that he is a real guy in a real city trying desperately to be like a comic-book hero and regularly having the crap beat out of him as a result, but always coming back for more."

Producer Deborah Del Prete said that, because Odd Lot is also now distributing movies, The Spirit could be up on the big screen in a relatively short time -- at least by Hollywood standards.

"Best-case scenario, it could be 18 months," she said, "although more likely it would be 24 months."

Casting and naming a director won't happen until Loeb has completed the script.

"We'll be seeking an actor with the right sensibilites and a wry sense of humor," Uslan said. "And he'll have to have the deadly good looks so the femme fatales will be dropping at his feet."

For more on the new Spirit comic books from DC Comics, CLICK HERE.

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THE BATMAN UPDATE

Kids' WB! has adjusted its Saturday morning schedule to include two episodes of The Batman, beginning Aug. 13.

Episodes will air back-to-back, beginning at 8 a.m. (ET). The additional episode of The Batman replaces Teen Titans in the lineup.

Episodes airing on Aug. 13 will be "Swamped," featuring Ron Perlman as Killer Croc, at 8 a.m. and "Riddled," featuring Robert Englund as The Riddler, at 8:30 a.m.

For the complete network lineup for the week of Aug. 8, CLICK HERE, and look for more on The Batman soon here in The Continuum.

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ATOMIKA MOVES TO MERCURY

Mercury Comics has announced it is leaving Speakeasy Comics to self-publish Atomika.

Atomika #4 will be in stores Aug. 10 from Speakeasy. Mercury Comics will continue with the production of Atomika and take over publication from #5 through its conclusion with #12.

"It feels great to finally be with my company; I created Mercury Comics a few years ago for the sole purpose of publishing my creations and as an outlet for some friends of mine," said Sal Abbinanti, creator and penciler of Atomika. "I feel that Mercury Comics is ready to go on its own. I reached a point where I felt that we could do what is best for the future of Atomika.

"Now I have brought on board Chris Rupp as president of Mercury Comics, to handle the day-to-day operations of publishing Atomika and any future titles under the Mercury Comics banner."

The creative team of Atomka continues with Abbinanti, writer Andrew Dabb, colorists Christina Strain and Beth Sotelo, along with cover artists Alex Ross, David Mack, Tim Bradstreet, Eric Powell, plus others to announced in the near future.

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IDW PUBLISHING FOR NOVEMBER

IDW Publishing has released its solicitations for November.

For a rundown of titles, CLICK HERE.

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BRIEFLY

* Cinemax will continue to air Catwoman in September. Air dates include Friday, Sept. 2 at 8:15 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 3 at 4 a.m.; Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6:15 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8:45 a.m. and 10 p.m.

* Speakeasy Comics has signed with Across the Pond Studios to to publish ATPšs Metal Locus, written by Stephan Nilson and penciled by Steven Scott. Metal Locus is scheduled for release at MegaCon in February.

* Here's a first look at the Judo Girl trade paperback, due in October from Alias Comics. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Blade: Trinity will debut on Starz! in November.

* Teen Titans Go! #25 will likely be a Christmas issue.

* Coming Wednesday: DC 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, July 26, including Brian K. Vaughan talking about the Ex Machina movie, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, July 25, including Elektra DVD news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, July 23, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, July 22, including Marvel Comics' soliciations for October, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, July 21, including Image Comics' solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, July 20, including Devil's Due Publishing's solicitations for October and part two of an interview with Ghost Rider director Mark Steven Johnson and actress Eva Mendes, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, July 19, including part one of an interview with Ghost Rider director Mark Steven Johnson and actress Eva Mendes, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, July 18, including DC Comics' solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.

* For Sunday, July 17, including Superman Returns director Bryan Singer's press conference from Comic-Con International, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, July 16, including Justice League Unlimited, The Batman and Superman news Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, July 14, including Comic-Con International Preview Night news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, July 13, including Transformers movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, July 12, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, July 11, including Dark Horse Comics' solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.




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