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Monday, September 5, 2005


Ralph Winter, producer of the third X-Men movie, told The Continuum that production under director Brett Ratner is going well.

"We are in our sixth week now of photography, getting great footage with a script and story we feel is better than ever for the X-Men franchise," Winter said.

"All of our actors are back, having fun, and we are working hard. It is going to be great."

Winter has produced all three X-Men films. He also produced Fantastic Four, and even appeared in a small role at the end of the movie.

In other X3 news:

* There have been conflicting reports about who Shohreh Aghdashloo is playing -- Cecelia Reyes or Kavita Rao. Asked to clarify, Winter said, "As far as I know, she is playing Kavita Rao."

* Zak Penn, who wrote X3 with Simon Kinberg, has been on the set in Vancouver, British Columbia. During a recent convention appearance, he said that his job is be "keeper of the flame" of the X-Men mythology, which includes many challenges.

"In addition to just figuring out how the hell am I going take, like for example in X-Men 2, these 17 characters and give them screen time thatıs appropriate," Penn said, "the other thing is youıre generally also trying to fight all the battles on, 'OK, this is what I see as being the heart of the material, and how am I going to keep all these different people happy?'

"People like Kevin (Feige) are an excellent ally at Marvel because he is the only other person in the room who's truly focused on here is what the source material is about and here is why we're making an X-Men movie. It's not just because Hugh Jackman's a big star; it's because people love the story of the X-Men on a fundamental level.

"And with almost of all of these Marvel properties, thatıs what itıs about."

* Rebecca Romijn, who is returning as Mystique, was featured by Extra in a spot on actors getting in tip-top shape.

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Superman Returns is featured in the current issue of Newsweek, including a new photo of Brandon Routh

The photo was taken within the last month of shooting on the film.

In other Superman Returns news:

* Director Bryan Singer is quoted by Variety as saying the cost of the film is hovering near $250 million.

* Asked at Comic-Con International, what qualifies him to handle such a large responsiblity, Singer said, "I direct two X-Men films. And I love Superman and have enough credibility, I guess, that Warner Bros. will trust me with what they consider one of their largest franchises."

* There's still no official word of a trailer, but it will almost certainly hit by the holiday season.

* Look for more on the film soon here in The Continuum.

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Heroic Publishing has released its solicitations for December.

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In other Heroic Publishing news, artist Mark Sparacio has joined the publisher for a series of painted covers featuring Flare. He is also scheduled to be the regular artist for Heroic's Liberty Girl series, which begins in the summer of 2006 with a 44-page first issue.

The first of Sparacio's Flare covers will appear on Flare #32, in January. The next in the series is scheduled for Flare #35, cover-dated June, celebrating the 20th anniversary of her first appearance in comics.

For Liberty Girl, Sparacio plans to produce a series of painted covers, along with fully rendered interior artwork that will be reproduced directly from his original drawings. A nine-page Liberty Girl preview will appear in March in Flare #34, and Heroic Publishing plans to issue a special #0 issue of Liberty Girl for Free Comic Book Day 2006.


* Kin Shriner is returning as the voice of Green Arrow in the upcoming season of Justice League Unlimited on Cartoon Network.

* Coming Tuesday: Dark Horse news -- and much more.

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

* For Tuesday, Aug. 30, including Justice League Unlimited news and Cartoon Network's schedule of DC Comics show for Sepember, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Aug. 29, including the Erica Durance/Margot Kidder panel at the Canadian National Comic Book Expo, CLICK HERE. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* For Sunday, Aug. 28, including Aspen Comics and Marvel's Cup O' Joe panels at the Canadian National Comic Book Expo, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, Aug. 27, including Smallville and Supergirl news from the Canadian National Comic Book Expo, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, Aug. 26, including Mary Jane news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, Aug. 25, including Ghost Rider movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, Aug. 24, including November solicitations from Devil's Due Publishing and Oni Press and Marvel Comics First Looks, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, Aug. 23, including Top Cow news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Aug. 22, including Transformers news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, Aug. 20, including Ghost Rider movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, Aug. 19, including Vampirella news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, Aug. 18, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, Aug. 17, including Marvel Legends action figure news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, Aug. 16, including Marvel Comics' and Image Comics' solicitations for November, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Aug. 15, including DC Comics' solicitations for November, CLICK HERE.

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