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Friday, December 2, 2005


20th Century Fox is unwrapping its X3 trailer sooner than just about anybody expected.

The trailer will be unveiled on on Monday, more than a week before its theatrical debut before King Kong on Dec. 14, the studio revealed Thursday.

And on Thursday night, The Continuum, along with about a dozen other media members gathered for a set visit in Vancouver, were given a first look at the spot -- by Wolverine himself.

Hugh Jackman, fresh off a scene with Ian McKellen's Magneto on the massive Alcatraz set, asked a group of reporters if they had seen the trailer. When the reply was negative, Jackman, who hadn't seen the trailer yet either, got approval from Fox and he then led the group into a nearby screening room, where he watched the trailer with them.

"Don't tell anyone we're here," Jackman said, laughing.

The top-secret trailer, which had passwords which had to be entered before it could be seen, opens with the 20th Century Fox and Marvel logos. The usual white on red "MARVEL" type then turned silver in X-Men movie style

Much more a trailer than a teaser, it includes many images that show off the film's many characters and a dramatic voiceover by Patrick Stewart.

Highlights include:

* The X-Men walking down the Cerebro hallway, including Wolverine, Colossus, Kitty Pryde and Storm.

* Several good looks at Kelsey Grammer as the Beast.

* The first look at Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut. His costume is very faithful to the comics, including the color scheme and helmet.

* The main hook of the film -- a cure for mutancy -- was revealed as Magneto rallied mutant troops to fight it, including Juggernaut, Pyro and what looked like -- although unconfirmed -- Madrox and Callisto.

* Ben Foster's Angel, in what appeared to be the Worthington laboratory, popping out his wings from his shirtless body.

* A funeral scene.

* Wolverine in Magneto's magnetic clutches.

* A quick action scene of Mystique.

* Magneto flipping an oncoming vehicle.

* Storm flying and spinning to create a tornado.

* Jean Grey, getting up from the infirmary, and blowing away the door.

* The Golden Gate Bridge being ripped apart.

* A student flying paper airplanes with his powers.

* Wolverine and Cyclops at Alkali Lake; Cyclops, looking skyward, screams "Nooooo!"

The trailer was shown a second time, and Jackman, who had left briefly, came back to watch it again as well.

Associate producer David Gorder said that Stewart's voiceover was recorded over the Thanksgiving weekend from London. Stewart had wrapped his work on the film quite some time ago.

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IDW Publishing on Thursday released four new cover images from its Transformers line.

IDW's relaunch begins in earnest with the January releases of The Transformers #1 by writer Simon Furman and artist E.J. Su. Picking up where the #0 issue started, the first begins the first six-part storyline, "Infiltration." This storyline brings a new take on the Transformers. The issue features a cover from Su, as well as variant covers from Guido Guidi, Andrew Wildman and James Raiz.

Transformers: Beast Wars #1, also written by Furman and featuring the art of Don Figueroa, debuts in February as the first part of a four-issue miniseries entitled "The Gathering." The issue one features four covers from Figueroa, one of which will be available as a gatefold wraparound image.

"Other Transformers plans are afoot for 2006 as well," said Chris Ryall, IDW's publisher and editor-in-chief, "but more on those as we enter 2006. For now, these projects should whet the appetites of Transformers fans everywhere."

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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.

* 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. 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.

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