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SPIDER-MAN 3 IN CLEVELAND

UPDATE: Spidey swings into action early Tuesday morning in Cleveland.

"Clear Euclid! Everyone please clear Euclid!"

It was a common refrain from headset-wearing crew members lining Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland late Monday afternoon as Spider-Man 3 continued second-unit production in the closed-to-public-traffic street.

Onlookers took photos and enjoyed a minute of Hollywood as cars, and then later an armored truck rigged to a filming vehicle, went up and down the avenue until wrapping the day's shooting around 8 p.m.

Several signs around the street let people know what was going on and that they might actually wind up in the film (see photo to the right).

Filming will continue through Saturday.

Look for more of a complete report soon, but here are some images from the day's shooting, as well as several examples of the how the production has changed Cleveland into New York City.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more on the film on Tuesday here in The Continuum.



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FIRST LOOK: MARVEL LEGENDS GIANT-MAN ASSORTMENT

Toy Biz has provided The Continuum with a preview of its Giant-Man assortment of Marvel Legends action figures, arriving exclusively in Wal-Mart stores in May.

The assortment includes will feature Warbird, Captain Britain, Havok, Thor, Ant-Man, Sentry, Age of Apocalypse Wolverine, Kitty Pryde and Age of Apocalypse Sabretooth.

The nine figures will include parts to build a 14-inch Giant-Man.

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PITTSBURGH COMICON: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PANEL

When it comes to films based on his properties, Brian Michael Bendis says, "I have no control, I just ride the wave."

He seems to be nativigating pretty well of late, providing an update on three projects during his panel at the Pittsburgh Comicon on Saturday.

For full coverage of the panel, CLICK HERE.



PITTSBURGH COMICON: MICHAEL TURNER PANEL

At his panel at the Pittsburgh Comicon on Saturday, Aspen Comics' Michael Turner talked about upcoming plans for his company, as well as numerous upcoming covers for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

For full coverage of the panel, CLICK HERE.



XENA'S CREATIVE TEAM

Dynamite Entertainment has announced the creative team of writer John Layman and artist Fabiano Neves for its Xena comic-book series, which is being solicited for a July launch.

"Working on Xena is a blast. I am a big fan of the show," Layman said. "It probably all goes back to when I was a kid; I could never get enough of those Ray Harryhausen Greek-mythos monster movies. Xena reminds me a lot of those, with kick-ass heroes, vengeful gods, astonishing monsters, quirky supporting characters and unpredictable stories rooted in fable and legend."

Layman, who is currently finishing the Dynamite/DC crossover Red Sonja/Claw the Unconquered: Devil's Hands, said that writing writing Xena similar to writing Red Sonja.

"It's high-octane action about a tough warrior chick kicking all kinds of ass," Layman said. "But Xena the comic, like Xena the TV show, is a lot more tongue-in-cheek. As people who follow my writing know, I get a big kick out of sneaking in subversive comedy into my writing. With Xena, I don't have to hide it. Xena is the perfect venue for humor and goofy-fun mixed with non-stop adrenaline."

The first issue of Xena will have a Billy Tan cover, as well as others to be announced.

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BRIEFLY

* The HBO First Look: Superman Returns special will also air on HBO2. Air dates and times include Wednesday, June 21 at 9:45 p.m.; Friday, June 23 at 11:15 a.m.; Saturday, June 24 at 12:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.; and Monday, June 25 at 9:45 p.m.

* Action Comics #837, featuring the second chapter of theOne Year Later story "Up, Up and Away," has sold out at DC Comics and is going back to press for a new printing. The second printing features a recolored version of the original cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson, and is scheduled to arrive in stores on May 17.

* Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Alan Cumming and Shawn Ashmore will reprise their X-Men film roles and lend their voices to Wolverine, Professor Xavier, Nightcrawler and Iceman in Activision's X-Men: The Official Game. The game puts players into an original storyline that serves as a prelude to the X-Men: The Last Stand film.

"Having these actors renew their movie characters in X-Men: The Official Game immerses gamers in the X-Men movie universe," said Will Kassoy, vice president of global brand management, Activision Publishing. "Players will experience epic battles and uncover the events behind Nightcrawler's mysterious disappearance and the roles the X-Men and Brotherhood play in the upcoming film."

The game will be released on May 16.

* Image Comics has announced a sell-out of Peter Bergting's The Portent #1. "I'm thrilled that it has been so well received," Bergting said. "Not least because it's a very personal story. I try to write from the heart and you can only hope that the book will strike a chord with the audience."

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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.

* Wednesday, April 19: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Archie First Looks, Witchblade #100 and Superman Returns.

* Tuesday, April 18: Marvel Comics for July, Marvel Comics First Looks and IDW sell-outs.

* Monday, April 17: DC Comics for July, Image Comics for July, Archie Comics for July and Moon Knight.

* Sunday, April 16: Absolute Dark Knight, Ultimate Avengers and Emily Edison.

* Saturday, April 15: The Simpsons, Smallville, Legion of Super Heroes animated and Transformers: Evolutions.

* Friday, April 14: Storm's wedding dress, Superman movies on Cinemax, Family Guy, Aspen Comics for July, Big Bang Comics and March sales figures.

* Thursday, April 13: DB Pro for July, Moonstone Books for August, Justice League Unlimited, Tom DeFalco press conference, Archie First Looks and DC Comics' second printings.

* Wednesday, April 12: Superman Returns, DC Comics' second printings, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 11: X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel First Looks, Marvel Legends and Skye Runner.

* Monday, April 10: Dark Horse Comics for July, X-Men: The Last Stand, Heroes for Hire artist and White Tiger artist.

* Sunday, April 9: Justice League Unlimited, Heroes for Hire, V for Vendetta and Smallville.

* Saturday, April 8: Batman movies on HBO, Heroic Publishing for July and First Looks.

* Friday, April 7: Superman Returns, Civil War press conference, Justice League Unlimited, Smallville, Boom! Studios for July and Claypool Comics for July.

* Thursday, April 6: Fantastic Four sequel, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville and The Batman.

* Wednesday, April 5: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, X-Men: The Last Stand, G.I. Joe: Declassified and Astonishing X-Men.

* Tuesday, April 4: Fantastic Four animated series, X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns, Diamond Select Toys, Ultimate Fantastic Four and First Looks.

* Monday, April 3: McFarlane Productions' projects, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville and IDW First Looks.

* Sunday, April 2: Smallville, V for Vendetta and First Looks.

* Saturday, April 1: Ultimate Avengers and First Looks.

* Friday, March 31: 300 Video Journal, Superman Returns, Annihilation: Ronan, Fantastic Four and Red Sonja.

* Thursday, March 30: Krypto the Superdog, Ms. Marvel, Aquaman TV pilot, First Looks and Cyberforce.

* Wednesday, March 29: Teen Titans, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Marvel/Panini deal and Devil's Due.




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