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Monday, December 13, 2004


DC Comics has released its solicitations for March.

For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.

For a rundown of upcoming DC Direct products, CLICK HERE.



Variety reported on Monday that Twentieth Century Fox has tabbed Sheldon Turner to write a Magneto movie, spinning off of the X-Men franchise.

It is unclear if Ian McKellen -- who played the character in the first two X-Men movies -- will be involved in the film since it centers on the character in his formulative years.

According to Variety, the film will heavily involve Professor X, who was a soldier in the allied force that liberated the concentration camps. The professor meets Magneto after the war, and while they bond over the realization that they are alike in their special powers, their differences soon turn them into enemies.

Magneto is the second X-Men spinoff. Fox recently announced a deal with David Benioff to write a Wolverine film, and Marvel has targeted it as a 2007 release.

The third X-Men movie is planned for a May 2006 release. Simon Kinberg is writing the script, and The Continuum has learned it will likely be filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, where X2 was shot.

Turner's credits include the Adam Sandler remake of The Longest Yard, a write of The Amityville Horror and a sequel draft to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

"I pitched a film that is almost The Pianist meets X-Men, about a guy who, after watching his family slaughtered, has an awakening of his powers and seeks revenge," Turner told Variety.


Blade: Trinity finished in a distant second place over the weekend at the box office.

The third movie in the franchise starring Wesley Snipes as the Marvel vampire hunter, Blade: Trinity brought in an estimated $16.1 million for the weekend.

It was the worst opening weekend of the three Blade films -- although both previous movies were released on Fridays.

Ocean's Twelve finished first with $40.8 million.

Since opening on Wednesday, Blade: Trinity has pulled in $24.5 million.


Lady Death: The Motion Picture, the original animated production from ADV Films, has been listed by Nielsen's Top Ten VideoScan as the No. 1-selling Japanese animated DVD for the month of October.

Lady Death marks the first adaptation of an American comic book character by ADV, North America's largest producer and distributor of Japanese animation.

Lady Death: The Motion Picture was released nationwide on Oct. 5 and in its first week of release broke many of ADV's customer's sell-through records for a new release title. In addition to holding the number one spot on Amazon.com's top seller list of anime DVDs for several weeks, Lady Death was also the top-selling DVD release for ADV Films for the first four consecutive weeks since its release and continued to show high sales numbers throughout the month of November.

"ADV has always believed in Lady Death as the ultimate bad girl, so we are very excited to see that fans agree," said John Ledford President and C.E.O. of ADV Films.

"Producing a project as epic as Lady Death was a big change for ADV," said ADV co-founder, Matt Greenfield. "I think the whole production team deserves applause for bringing this project to fruition and I'm pleased that the legions of Lady Death fans are excited as well."

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  • Above is a first look at Witchblade #84, Tomb Raider #50, Rising Stars #24, Ultra #8 and Noble Causes #9. Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for Image Comics' solicitations for March soon here in The Continuum.

  • MFORMA Group and Marvel Enterprises have signed a licensing agreement that will bring Marvel's catalog of entertainment brands to mobile phone users throughout the world.

    The agreement calls for MFORMA to publish an extensive portfolio of mobile entertainment products based on many of Marvel's iconic characters as they appear in movies, television, video games and comic books which will be available in all domestic and international territories, except for Japan. As part of the agreement, MFORMA will co-publish selected mobile games with Activision.

  • Coming Tuesday: Movie news -- and much more!!!

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    In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:

    * For Tuesday, Dec. 7, including The Darkness and Son of The Mask movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Dec. 6, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Dec. 4, including Blade: Trinity and Batman Begins movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Dec. 3, including DVD news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Dec. 2, including DVD news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Dec. 1, including Sword of Dracula and Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Nov. 30, including Iron Man movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Nov. 29, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

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