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FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2006

300 MOVIE VIDEO JOURNAL

Warner Bros. has provided The Continuum with the latest in a series of video journals from 300, the upcoming film based on Frank Miller's graphic novel.

In the clip, costume designer Michael Wilkinson discusses the creative process involved in creating a wardrobe inspired by the painterly pages of Miller's graphic novel.

300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the movie also stars Lena Headey, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Rodrigo Santoro and Dominic West.

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SUPERMAN RETURNS ROUNDUP

Warner Bros. has provided The Continuum with an official description of Superman Returns, due in theaters on June 30.

Here's how the studio describes the film:

* "Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the worldıs most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman (Brandon Routh) faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), has moved on with her life. Or has she? Supermanıs bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space."

In other Superman Returns news:

* The film has been rated PG-13 for "some intense action violence."

* IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Thursday that Superman Returns will become the world's first live-action Hollywood feature to be converted from 2D to IMAX 3D. IMAX Corporation will use its proprietary 2D to 3D conversion technology to convert approximately 20 minutes of the film into An IMAX 3D Experience.

"Releasing select sequences of Superman Returns in IMAX 3D marks a groundbreaking moment in movies," said Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures. "This film is going to give fans an opportunity to be immersed in a major live-action motion picture like never before."

"The test scenes that have been converted into IMAX 3D look, sound and feel absolutely amazing," Superman Returns director Bryan Singer said. "The magic of IMAX 3D will envelop audiences in this story, enabling them to feel the emotion, drama and suspense in a completely new and unique way."

The film will be simultaneously released to IMAX and conventional theatres on June 30.



FANTASTIC FOUR SECOND PRINTING

Marvel Comics on Friday released Bryan Hitch's cover to the second printing of the sold-out Fantastic Four #536.

The second printing will go on sale on May 3.

The issue, written by J. Michael Straczynski and Mike McKone, was a "Road to Civil War" tie-in and featured the return of Doctor Doom, as well as Thor's Hammer.

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ANNIHILATION: RONAN PREVIEW

Marvel Comics on Friday provided The Continuum with a preview of Annihilation: Ronan #1, which goes on sale on April 26.

The issue is written by Simon Furman, with art by Jorge Lucas and a cover by Gabrielle Dell'Otto.

"As a result of the shockwaves from Annihilation: Prologue, the Kree judge, jury, and executioner is propelled into his own miniseries in the pages of Annihilation: Ronan #1.

"When Ronan is striped of his rank, the former ³Accuser² sets out to clear his name, but itıs easier said than done with the Annihilation Wave making its way through space obliterating everything in its past.

"When the Accuser stands as the accused, the rest of Marvelıs cosmic characters had best be on guard because Ronan will stop at nothing to rejoin the ranks of the Kree."

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ROY THOMAS WRITES RED SONJA

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Roy Thomas will be writing a Red Sonja one-shot.

Red Sonja Monster Island One-Shot is scheduled for June. The book will feature interior art by Pablo Marcos and Caesar Rodriguez. Covers will be by Marcos and Cliff Chiang.

Here's how Dynamite describes the book:

"In this one-shot issue, the creators have dropped Sonja smack dab in the middle of Monster Island -- a pit of Hell filled with deformed men, beasts and creatures of all shapes and sizes."

The book will cost $4.99.



BRIEFLY

* Above is a first look at the covers, with trade dress, to Fury: Peacemaker #3, New Mangaverse #4, Sable & Fortune #4, Senational Spider-Man #25 and X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #4. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* DC Comics is reporting that Green Lantern #10 has sold out. A second printing, with a re-colored version of the cover by Simone Bianchi, will go on sale on April 26. Click on the thumbnail for larger image.

* Coming Saturday: Animation news -- and much more!



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.

* Sunday, March 26: V for Vendetta, Superman/Batman, Smallville and First Looks.

* Saturday, March 25: Ultimate Avengers, First Looks, E-Man Returns and Trailer Park of Terror.

* Friday, March 24: The Simpsons go live-action, Tommy Lee Edwards on Bulletpoints, First Looks and Amazing Spider-Man variant.

* Thursday, March 23: X-Men: The Official Game, Aspen Comics For June, The Batman and Blade: The Series.

* Wednesday, March 22: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 21: DB Pro for June, Gen13's Talent Caldwell, Legion of Super Heroes animation, Witchblade animated and Marvel First Looks. JiGGy.Com - Music T-Shirts & More

* Monday, March 20: From Wizard World L.A.: Blade, Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Universe and Civil War panels.

* Sunday, March 19: V for Vendetta tops box office and, from Wizard World L.A.: DC Universe, WildStorm/Vertigo/CMX and X-Men panels.

* Saturday, March 18: From Wizard World L.A.: Hellboy's Doug Jones, Superman Returns, DC Comics panel, Marvel's Cup 'O Joe panel and Mondo Marvel panel.

* Friday, March 17: February sales, Marvel animation roundup, V for Vendetta, Family Guy and Iron Man press conference.

* Thursday, March 16: Devil's Due for June, Oni Press for June and Smallville.

* Wednesday, March 15: Superman Returns comics, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 14: Marvel Comics for June, Image Comics for June and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, March 13: DC Comics for June, DC trade paperbacks for July/August, Archie Comics for June, Legion of Super-Heroes animated and First Looks.

* Sunday, March 12: V for Vendetta's Joel Silver, Chris Batista talks 52, Ape Entertainment's U.T.F. and Jenna Meets 100 Girls.

* Saturday, March 11: Superman DVDs, Smallville, The Simpsons and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Friday, March 10: Justice League Unlimited, Marvel Comics First Looks, Narwain's Miserere and Dead @17.

* Thursday, March 9: Legion of Super Heroes animated, Superman DVDs, Aspen Comics' Shrugged and First Looks.

* Wednesday, March 8: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks and Infinite Crisis.

* Tuesday, March 7: Dark Horse Comics for June, Batman Begins on HBO, Marvel's Fantastic Four press conference, Marvel Comics First Look and Moonstone books for July.

* Monday, March 6: Superman Returns, Image Comics First Looks, Devil's Due trade paperbacks and Street Sessions.

* Sunday, March 5: X-Men: The Last Stand, Kevin Maguire talks Batman and First Looks.




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