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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

WITCHBLADE MOVIES

Witchblade, which made a splash for two seasons on the small screen, is now headed for the big screen.

Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media, David Lee and Steven Squillante, partners of IDG Films, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, chairman of Platinum Studios and Arclight Films have announced that they have arranged financing for two Witchblade feature films, which will be shot back-to-back in China next year.

Witchblade will be produced through IDG Films, Relativity Media and Platinum Studios, in association with Top Cow Productions; Arclight Films will handle foreign sales.

Producers are Relativity principals Ryan Kavanaugh and Lynwood Spinks, Platinum Studios chairman Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, and IDG Films general partners Steven Squillante and David Lee. Executive producing is Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri and Arclight Films' Gary Hamilton and Harrison Kordestani. Co-producers are Top Cow president Matt Hawkins and Platinum executives Jay Burns and Aaron Severson.

The films will not be based on the TNT television series.

"We are obviously very excited about this project," Kavanaugh said. "The large and loyal fan base that exists for Witchblade, both in the U.S. and worldwide, is a tremendous platform upon which to expand its popularity to film. We look forward to the opportunity of working with IDG, Platinum and Top Cow to make it happen."

"IDG Films is pleased and excited to be in business with Ryan and Scott on a property as significant as Witchblade. Bringing this type of production to China will help to showcase China as a major producer of content for worldwide consumption," Lee said.

"We know that shooting a movie and its sequel back-to-back is rare, but Witchblade is in good company," Rosenberg said. "Look at Lord of the Rings, The Matrix or, more recently, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3. When you have a property that you have a lot of faith in, it can really pay off."

"We are extremely pleased that Platinum Studios, IDG Films and Relativity are bringing Witchblade to the big screen -- twice! We know they will do a remarkable job," Silvestri said.

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MARVEL'S ANNIHILATION EVENT

Marvel Comics has announced its next event stunt, Annihilation, which begins in March. The event encompasses a prologue one-shot, four four-issue limited series and a six-issue concluding limited series.

Here's how Marvel describes the event:

"Outer space-based characters were once a mainstay of the comics industry, especially in the 40s and 50s, but except for a brief revival in the 70s have never truly been given much in the way of a well-deserved focus. Marvel Comics has a unique and diverse stable of strange space-faring heroes and villains whose time has come to shine once again. But can they survive ANNIHILATION?"

"The basic idea is that we've got a ton of cool space characters that have been under used--and to a certain degree misused--for several years," said Marvel editor Andy Schmidt. "They're fantastic characters that just need to be dusted off and thrust into some new stories that give them a chance to shine. They should and can be great to read about. And during Annihilation, they will be."

The books will include:

* ANNIHILATION:PROLOGUE, written by Keith Giffen with art by Scott Kolins and Ariel Olivetti.

* SILVER SURFER, written by Keith Giffen with art by Renato Arlem.

* SUPER-SKRULL, written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach with art by Greg Titus.

* NOVA, written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and art by Kev Walker.

* RONAN THE ACCUSER, written by Simon Furman with art by Jorge Lucas.

* ANNIHILATION, the six-issue coda to the event that gathers all the players together, written by Giffen!

Other extraterrestrial entities that will appear in the event will include Drax, Quasar and Thanos.

Here's how Marvel describes the prologue book:

"This is it! 48 pages of cosmic guts and glory! If you want to see your favorite cosmic level heroes and villains, you dare not miss Annihilation Prologue! This 48 page (NO ADS!) book is written by Keith Giffen, and features the stunning art of Scott Kolins and Ariel Olivetti. This is the book to read for the next year's worth of cosmic stories! Get in on the ground floor as Marvel raises these great characters from the ashes! Heroes will die. Villains and heroes will form allegiances. Empires will fall. Featuring: Nova, Silver Surfer, Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, Ronan the Accuser and the Super-Skrull."

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TEEN TITANS UPDATE

"Go," a new episode of Teen Titans, will premiere on Saturday on Cartoon Network.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"How did Robin meet Starfire? What was Beast Boy's first joke? Why did Cyborg build his Sonic Cannon? When did Raven first call the Titans her friends? Return to the very beginning and see how it all started -- from the word 'GO!'"

In other Teen Titans news, Bandai has provided The Continuum with an additional look at its upcoming 3.5" figures coming out in January, along with packages for the 1.5" and 3.5" figures.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more Teen Titans news on Wednesday here in The Continuum.



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THE BATMAN EPISODES

Kids' WB! has released its scheduled for the weeks of Dec. 19 and Dec. 16, including five repeats of The Batman.

Upcoming episodes include:

"Batgirl Begins, Pt. 1" and "Batgirl Begins, Pt. 2" on Tuesday, Dec. 20; "A Dark Knight to Remember" on Saturday, Dec. 24; and "Brawn" on Saturday, Dec. 31.

For the network's complete schedule for the week of Dec. 19, CLICK HERE.

For the network's complete schedule for the week of Dec. 26, CLICK HERE.

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ALIAS' TWIN BLADES

Alias Entertainment starts its second year of comic publishing with a new title, Twin Blades: The Killing Words, from Ascendant Studios, with writer Adrian Todd and artist Ryan Odagawa.

Twin Blades follows the story of two young sisters who are destined to bring peace to a war-torn land from a villain with highly-advanced, sci-fi weaponry.

Here's how Alias describes the first issue, which reaches stores in January:

"The beautiful but deadly 18-year old twin sisters Bren and Bera have finished their training in the ways of war and dedicated themselves to insuring the future peace of their homeland. But how can you establish peace in a country torn by war if you can't even get along with your own sister? Will they join forces in time to stand against the malevolent Warlord who is determined to take over their homeland, and possesses weapons that are not of this world? Beautifully illustrated by former Wildstorm Studios artist, Ryan Odagawa!"

"Ryan is just ripping the art up -- and that's meant as a compliment," said Todd. "His artwork is incredible, and as the series progresses, he just gets better! When you see issue two art, it will knock your socks off."

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to eight-page previews of upcoming Marvel Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Doc Samson #1, Ultimate Extinction #1 and Sable & Fortune #1.

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FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to six-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Runes of Ragnan #2 from Image Comics, Seasons of the Reaper: Winter #1 from Speakeasy Comics and Super Real #2 from SuperRealGraphics.com.

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ONI PRESS FOR MARCH

Oni Press has released its solicitations for March.

For a complete rundown, CLICK HERE.

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BRIEFLY

* A History of Violence was nominated for a Golden Glode for Best Picture, Drama. The film's Maria Bello was nominated for Best Actress, Drama. To the right is a first look at the film's DVD packaging. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Ron Garney confirmed for The Continuum he will be drawing Amazing Spider-Man. His first issue is in March. The length of his run is unspecified.

* New Thunderbolts will drop the "New" and resume its cumulative numbering, starting with #100 in March.

* Coming Wednesday: 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. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Wednesday, Dec. 7: Dark Horse Comics for March, Moonstone books for April, Sin City sequel, V for Vendetta images and Constantine on Cinemax.

* Tuesday, Dec. 6: IDW Publishing for March, Marvel news.

* Monday, Dec. 5: X3 images, Fantastic Four sequel, Heroic Publishing for March and 360ep's 7-cent issue.

* Saturday, Dec. 3: Kelsey Grammer talks Isis movie, The Batman, Claypool Comics for March and First Looks.

* Friday, Dec. 2: X3, Transformers and Devil's Due First Looks.

* Thursday, Dec. 1: X3, Marvel First Looks, Paul Jenkins exclusive to Marvel, Pang Bros. on Darkness movie and DC Comics stamps. Pirates

* Wednesday, Nov. 30: Marvel, Image and Dark Horse First Looks, The Simpsons DVD and Paul Storrie writes The Muse.

* Tuesday, Nov. 29: Ultimate Avengers' Captain America, The Batman and Lois & Clark DVDs, Iron Man: The Inevitable, DC Comics First Looks and Alias Comics' solicitations for February.

* Monday, Nov. 28: Jimmy Palmiotti talks Painkiller Jane, Peter David's Mid-Ohio-Con panel, Superman Returns, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Saturday, Nov. 26: Tom Scioli talks Godland, Mid-Ohio-Con Hulk panel and Image First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 25: Avatar Press' February solicitations and First Looks.

* Thursday, Nov. 24: Painkiller Jane, Hellboy, The Batman and Paula Peril.

* Wednesday, Nov. 23: Marvel First Looks, Chris Claremont's next project, X-Men: Deadly Genesis second printing and Ramon Bach exclusive to Marvel.

* 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.

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




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