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Jimmy Palmiotti, who created Painkiller Jane with Joe Quesada, said Sci Fi's live-action Painkiller Jane movie, set to debut on Dec. 10, is "an interesting and totally different take on the character."

Palmiotti, who visited the set in Vancouver last winter, provided The Continuum with his take on the film, which stars Emmaneulle Vaugier in the title role of the Event Comics character.

"The set-up is different but the main idea is still there," Palmiotti said. "Emmanuelle, Tate Donavan, Eric Dane and Richard Roundtree give it their all, as does the rest of the cast, and itıs a lot of fun. The director, Sandy Bookstaver, brought his style to the picture and overall I am pretty pleased with it."


"The strength of the film is in the production and when there is action happening," Palmiotti said. "I thought the crew gave it their all...really. They were working hard on this. The casting was pretty good."


"The weaknesses will, for me, always be in the writing and changing the character to come off as more modern a story," Palmiotti said. "I donıt agree where they took the character, but understand it. The Painkiller Jane we created is a little wilder then her screen counterpart. I wish it was more violent and had taken the character in a darker direction. Hey, I co-created it, so I will always find something until I write and direct it. It's a natural thing."

Palmiotti said that Painkiller Jane does have a chance to be a series -- viewership numbers pending, of course.

"The good thing is that if it goes to series...well, that's a positive thing for fine-tuning a character like this," he said. "I sure hope it does. I would love to take a crack at writing an episode or two."

Palmiotti said he will be opening a forum on his sit to discuss the film after its debut on Dec. 10. A new Painkiller Jane comics series is launching in February from Dynamite Entertainment. - More Product. More Exclusives.


The new team includes some of the same members, but writer Peter David said his new X-Factor series will have "a different sensibility" than the previous incarnation.

"The old series made fun of the other X-books; it was the humor book of the line," David said during his panel at Mid-Ohio-Con on Saturday. "There still will be humor in this series, but it will have a street-level sensibility."

The new series -- drawn by Ryan Sook -- features Jamie Madrox, Siryn, Wolfsbane, Strong Guy, Richtor, M and Layla Miller as a mutant investigation team in the post-House of M world where most mutants have lost their powers.

David performed a reading of his script for X-Factor #1, including an ending that no one in the audience saw coming. He then fielded questions.

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Titles include HACK/slash: Land of the Lost Toys #1 and The Lost Squad #2 from Devil's Due Publishing and Anthem #1 from Heroic Publishing.

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Christopher Reeve's mother is giving her approval for the upcoming Superman Returns.

Barbara Johnson attended director Bryan Singer's recent appearance at the Princeton (N.J.) Public Library, which inaugarated the Christopher Reeve Lecture Series.

Singer, who grew up in New Jersey and attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, showed the footage he debuted at Comic-Con International.

"When I heard there was going to be a Superman Returns, I had mixed feelings about it," Johnson said. "But I think it's going to be wonderful."

In other Superman Returns news:

Merchandise from the film is beginning to crop up, including Barbie dolls from Mattell and mugs and various toys from Monogram International.

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Fox has released a promotional image for "Simpsons Christmas Stories," the Sunday, Dec. 18 episode of The Simpsons.

The episode features a trilogy of Christmas-themed stories.

Here's how Fox describes the episode:

"In 'The First (Annoyed Grunt) ­ El,' when Reverend Lovejoy's car breaks down en route to Christmas mass, Homer takes over the sermon and delivers his version of the birth of Christ (Bart) to his parents Joseph (Homer) and Mary (Marge).

"'I Saw Grampa Cussing Santa Claus' finds Grampa reminiscing about his daredevil days as a WWII fighter pilot, when he was stranded on an island alongside his gunner, Burns. Grampa recalls mistaking Santa Claus for an enemy aircraft and gunning him down from the sky. Realizing their mistake, Grampa helps Jolly Ol' St. Nick to safety, only to have Burns steal the sleigh and escape the island -- leaving Grampa stranded again.

"The final installment, 'The Nutcracker ... Sweet,' which finds the townspeople of Springfield preparing for Christmas Day, is set to the tune of the famed Nutcracker ballet."

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* Sony Pictures has released new images of Kate Beckinsale from Underworld Evolution, which reaches theaters on Jan. 20. Click on the thumbnails for larger and fuller images.

* Classic Media and Dynamite Entertainment have announced a new ongoing comic book series featuring the Lone Ranger. The new Dynamite comics will feature the Lone Ranger, Tonto and more characters from the venerable franchise.

The agreement also allows Dynamite to repackage and publish previous Lone Ranger comics material.

* Coming Tuesday: DC news -- and more!!!

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In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Tuesday, Nov. 22: Teen Titans, Krypto, DC and Marvel First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing's February solicitations.

* Monday, Nov. 21: Image Comics' February solicitations, Bomb Queen, Judo Girl and The Batman.

* Saturday, Nov. 19: Superman Returns, Smallville ratings and First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 18: Marvel Legends, Oni Press for February, First Looks and The Simpsons.

* Thursday, Nov. 17: Spawn the Animation, Teen Titans and The Batman on DVD, Marvel and Image First Looks and The Portent. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Wednesday, Nov. 16: Marvel solicitations for February, Marvel First Looks and American Splendor.

* Tuesday, Nov. 15: Planet Hulk, DC and Marvel First Looks and Daniel Acuna exclusive to DC.

* Monday, Nov. 14: DC Comics, Aspen Comics and Blue Water Productions for February.

* Saturday, Nov. 12: Heroic Publishing for February, Spider-Man/Black Cat and First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 11: October sales, First Looks, Marvel/Activision deal and Family Guy.

* Wednesday, Nov. 9: Marvel and Dark Horse First, Hellboy animation voices, Fantastic Four DVD and Judge Dredd.

* Tuesday, Nov. 8: Marvel and DC First Looks and DC's four exclusives.

* Monday, Nov. 7: DC, Peter David and Ultimate Avengers panels at Wizard World Texas, Hellboy animated and First Looks.

* Sunday, Nov. 6: Marvel and Aspen panels at Wizard World Texas and Thomas Haden Church as the Sandman.

* Saturday, Nov. 5: Painkiller Jane movie photos, Dark Horse Comics for February and First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 4: Marvel and DC panels at Wizard World Texas and Amazing Fantasy #15.

* Thursday, Nov. 3: Superman Returns, First Looks, Red Sonja trading cards and Claypool Comics for February.

* Wednesday, Nov. 2: Fantastic Four animated, Marvel and DC First Looks, Cartoon Network schedule and Ultimates' traitor.

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