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Kristanna Loken, who stars in Sci Fi's upcoming Painkiller Jane television series, said she enjoys the physical aspects of the role.

"Stunt-wise, as you all know, I've done quite a few action movies and I love the physicality of the role," she said. "Physicality in acting is very important, just that part of the instrument. I do, unless it's falling a high jump out the window, all of it."

Why has Loken, perhaps best known from the third Terminator movie, gravitated toward action roles?

"I think we all find our niche in life, and maybe that's mine," Loken said. "But I've had a lot of fun in the diversity in the action roles that I've done. Like this, there's so much to do. I really enjoy working with the weapons, I enjoy the training, I like that part of it."

Loken, who also serves as the series' co-executive producer, was approached for Painkiller Jane by the same foreign distributors of Dark Kingdom, a Sci Fi mini-series she starred in. She then met with show-runner Gil Grant.

"I read the comic and I fell in love with the depth of the comic-book character," she said. "It had so many different levels with the pain and the healing and the kind of eternal question of 'Why is this happening to me?' on a very human level. Then I read Gil's wonderful first episode and I wanted to come aboard, also as a co-ex so that I could be the pulse."

Painkiller Jane debuts on Sci Fi on Friday, April 13 at 10 p.m. (ET). Look for more on the series soon here in The Continuum.

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For covers and five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on March 21, CLICK HERE.

Titles include After the Cape #1, Girls #23, Gødland #17 and The Walking Dead #36.

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IDW Publishing on Tuesday announced it has partnered with Gene Simmons of KISS to create the Simmons Comics Group, an imprint within IDW's stable of comics.

Simmons himself will be writing some of the comics, and has fully created and fleshed out a number of new titles that will be appearing in 2007.

New Simmons Comics Group titles are:

* Gene Simmons House of Horrors: A quarterly horror anthology debuting in July with a cover by Todd McFarlance. The comic will also feature intros and outros written by the book's host, Gene Simmons. Issue #1 will feature stories written by Chris Ryall, Tom Waltz, Dwight MacPherson, Sean Taylor, and two talented progeny, Alan Moore's daughter Leah Moore (with John Reppion), and Gene Simmons' 17-year-old son Nick Simmons.

* Zipper: A stranger in a strange land tale like no other, created by Simmons and scripted by Tom Waltz.

* Dominatrix:T & A meets CIA in a conspiracy and cleavage-laden series created by Simmons written by Sean Taylor.

* Indy -- Race of the Galazies: A contest of racing champions that takes place in deep space, on alien worlds, and features a cast of millions in a tale that appeals to young and old alike. Created by Simmons and written by Tom Waltz.

In addition to writing and drawing a title of his own under the IDW banner, Nick Simmons' Skullduggery, Nick Simmons will debut his short prose story, "The Child," in the back of IDW's comic books, and other stories of his will also be featured in the House of Horrors anthology.

Gene Simmons will also contribute an editorial page, "Speaking in Tongues," in all issues of the imprint.

"I am a child of comic books. My entire life has been shaped and influenced by the panel graphic artform -- and an art form, it is," Gene Simmons said. "I lived, breathed and dreamed comics. Our Marvel KISS Comics in the '70s were the biggest sellers of the day. I was proud to actually be a superhero in those books. I'm proud to say our Simmons Comics Group is the realization of a dream: And, to partner with IDW, a publishing entity that produces quality comic books and graphic novels of the highest order, is a privilege. We intend on producing grade A material by the best writers and artists. And, we will keep the door open for new talent."

"There's an easy tendency to compare this venture to Gene's past and present KISS Comics ventures, but this is a completely different beast," said IDW's publisher/editor-in-chief Chris Ryall. "Both imprints spring from Gene's fertile, always-spinning mind, but to be in business with Gene in the creation of some all-new comics properties is a the part of this that really excites me. Gene's made no secret of his decades-long love of comics, and he's tapped into that love to create some really solid properties here. He came to us with fully fleshed-out worlds, and we're going to take what he's done and work together to produce some damned good comics that should outlive either one of us."

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Oni Press has released information and images from First in Space, a 96-page original graphic novel by James Vining, winner of a 2006 Xeric Award.

Set in the early 1960s and extensively researched, First in Space tells the true adventures of Ham, America's first chimpanzee launched into space by NASA. Ham is paired with his human handler to undergo his training for the space flight. Smart and quick, Ham quickly outpaces his fellow chimpanzees, but nearly misses his flight because his fondness for banana pellets gets in the way of weight restrictions.

"This was a story I was determined to tell," Vining said. "Regardless of whether or not it ever found a publisher, I was going to make it happen. It took a while, but I finished the graphic novel and had just barely started to show it around. I was fortunate enough to be recognized by the Xeric Foundation at the same time Oni approached me about publishing it. It was pretty amazing to have those two things happen at about the same time -- especially considering this was my first graphic novel."

"We were excited when we first received samples of Vining's work," said Oni editor-in-chief James Lucas Jones. "His storytelling is amazing and we really felt that this story needed to be told. Ham paved the way for the first human flight into space, and this story is recognition of his amazing feat."

First in Space will arrive in stores on April 25 and will cost $9.95. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.


Image Comics has announced that the first issue of Dynamo 5 has sold out at Diamond.

Written by Jay Faerber, with art by Mahmud A. Asrar, the issue will be available in a second printing with a new cover.

"Mahmud and I put everything we had into this book and we're thrilled folks are digging it!" Faerber said. "Thanks to all the fans and retailers for supporting D5! And if you thought the end to number one was shocking, just wait until you see what we've got planned!"

Click on the thumbnail for a larger look at the second printing cover.

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* 300 topped the box office again on Monday with $7.6 million, pushing its four-day total to $78.5 million. Ghost Rider placed fifth with $0.5 million, pushing its 25-day total to $104.5 million.

* Kids' WB!'s Legion of Super Heroes was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition, Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Live Action and Animation and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing - Live Action and Animation.

The Batman was also nominated in the sound editing category.

The awards will be presented June 14-15. CBS will television some of the awards on June 15.

* The world premiere of TMNT will be on Saturday at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

* NBC has scheduled a repeat of the "Company Men" episode of Heroes for Monday, March 26.


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

* Friday, March 9: Smallville, Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight and The Boys at Dynamite.

* Thursday, March 8: Fallen Son: Death of Captain America titles, Marvel First Looks, Family Guy and Ape Entertainment's new anthology.

* Wednesday, March 7: Mattel's Super Friends, Legion of Super Heroes, 300 and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 6: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel First Looks, Spider-Man 3 busts, DC First Looks, Dynamite First Looks, Avengers: The Initiative and Spider-Man: Back in Black.

* Monday, March 5: Wonder Con -- 300 panel, DC Universe panel and Boom! Studios panel.

* Sunday, March 4: Wonder Con -- Spider-Man 3 and Superman Doomsday.

* Saturday, March 3: Wonder Con -- DC Nation panel, Marvel First Looks and Smallville.

* Friday, March 2: Marvel First Looks, Devil's Due First Looks and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Thursday, March 1: Kyle McLauchlan in Justice League: The New Frontier, Spider-Man 3, Amazing Spider-Man on Kids' WB! and The Batman.

* Wednesday, February 28: Image Comics First Looks, TwoMorrows Publishing for June, Heroic Publishing for June, Legion of Super Heroes, Avengers/Transformers and Battlestar Galactica.

* Tuesday, February 27: Spider-Man: Black in Black, Marvel movies roundup, DC Comics roundup, 300's Queen Gorgo, Phil Hester talks The Darkness, The Batman, Cartoon Network's March movies, BlueWater Productions for June, Moonstone Books for June and Battlestar Galactica.

* Monday, February 26: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider box office, and New York Comic Con: The Spirit movie panel, Hellboy animated panel, Fox Atomic Comics panel, Brian K. Vaughan panel and Jhnonen Vasquez panel.

* Sunday, February 25: From New York Comic Con: Cup O' Joe panel, DC Universe panel, Virgin Comics teams with Sci Fi Channel.

* Saturday, February 24: Justice League: The New Frontier, Smallville and from New York Comic Con -- DC Nation, Vertigo, World War Hulk and Civil War: The Initiative panels.

* Friday, February 23: 300's Gerard Butler, Justice League movie, Avatar Press for May, Marvel First Looks and Top Cow First looks.

* Thursday, February 22: The Batman, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel First Looks and Heroes.

* Wednesday, February 21: Legion of Super Heroes, Image First Looks and Marvel solicitations update.

* Tuesday, February 20: The Batman, DC Comics' Countdown, Oni Press for May, Dynamite First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, February 19: Painkiller Jane, Mark Steven Johnson talks Ghost Rider box office, Marvel First Looks, Dark Horse First Looks and Inkworks.

* Sunday, February 18: Ghost Rider box office, and Marvel and DC panels at MegaCon.

* Saturday, February 17: Ghost Rider box office, George Perez at MegaCon, First Looks and January sales.

* Friday, February 16: Ghost Rider, The Dark Knight, Dynamite Entertainment for May, The Batman and Family Guy.

* Thursday, February 15: Image Comics for May, 300, Smallville, Image Comics First Looks, Legion of Super Heroes, Archie Comics for May and Zero-G.

* Wednesday, February 14: Ghost Rider's Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes, Devil's Due Publishing for May, DC First Looks, Marvel First Looks and Red 5 Comics.

* Tuesday, February 13: Marvel Comics for May, Lynda Carter on Smallville, Battlestar Galactica renewed, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer toys, Fallen Angel, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Action Comics and Heroes.

* Monday, February 12: DC Comics for May, Smallville's Miles Millar and Al Gough, Zack Snyder talks Watchmen movie and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Sunday, February 11: DC Comics for May preview, The Simpsons Toys and Wanted movie.

* Saturday, February 10: Battlestar Galactica, Ocean movie?, Zen's 20th anniversary and First Looks.

* Friday, February 9: Ghost Rider, Heroes, The Batman, First Looks and Smallville.

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