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FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2006


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Spike TV has released a synopsis and images from the two-hour movie that will kick off Blade: The Series on Wednesday, June 28 at 10 p.m.

Here's how the network describes the "Pilot" episode:

"Blade (Kirk 'Sticky' Jones) sets up shop in Detroit and investigates the vampire house of Chthon. Along the way he forms an uneasy alliance with Krista Starr (Jill Wagner), a former military hero who becomes entrenched in the world of vampires while investigating the murder of her twin brother."

The movie will also introduce supporting characters Neil Jackson as Marcus Van Sciver, Nelson Lee as Shen and Jessica Gower as Chase.

For details on all the major players, including additional photos, CLICK HERE.

Guest stars in the pilot episode include Don Thompson as Uncle Pat McCallum, Bill Mondy as Detective Boone, P. Lynn Johnson as Lisa Starr and David Palffy as Fritz.

The episode was written by Geoff Johns, who serves as consulting producer on the show, and directed by Peter O'Fallon.

In other Blade notes:

* Following the premiere movie, 11 one-hour episodes will begin airing Wednesday, July 5 (10 p.m. ET/PT), with encore presentations on Wednesdays (11 p.m. ET/PT), Sundays (2 a.m. ET/PT), and Mondays (10 p.m. ET/PT).

* Johns will appear at a Blade panel at Wizard World Philadelphia on Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m.

* Also at Wizard World Philadelphia, the aforementioned guest-star Palffy will appear with his wife, Smallville's Erica Durance, at a panel on Saturday, June 3 at 2 p.m.

* Wagner has been featured in a series of commercials for Lincoln Mercury the past year.

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The Continuum contnues its series of features on the cast of X-Men: The Last Stand today with Patrick Stewart, who returns as Professor Charles Xavier.

To read the intervew, CLICK HERE.

In other X-Men: The Last Stand news:

*Fox has provided The Continuum with five special effects/behind-the-scenes photos from the film, including the one above of Professor X trying to get through to the Phoenix version of Jean Grey at her parents' home.

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* Rebecca Romijn, who returns as Mystique, was a guest on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night.

"It's a really fun thing to be part of," she said. "I hate to complain about the blue paint because I really am happy to be part of it."

A clip was shown where Mystique was interrogated about the whereabouts of Magneto.

* Director Brett Ratner will be guest on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday, May 26.

* Look for more on X-Men: The Last Stand on Saturday here in The Continuum.


For covers and five-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores in June, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Wolverine: Origins #3 and X-Men: Fairy Tales #2. - Anime Super Store


Sota Toys in September will release a Spider-Man Chess Set, limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide.

The set features 16 different characters (plus 8 Spider Tracers and 8 Spider Slayers) and a sculpted chess board that recreates a roof-top battle.

The chess board features a sculpted lid that lifts off to reveal a storage space for all of the pewter chess pieces. The board measures 19 inches by 19 inches by 9 inches.

The set will cost $499.99.

Hero pieces include Spider-Man as king, Symbiote Spider-Man as queen, Punisher and Moon Knight as knights, Daredevil and Black Cat as bishops, Blade and Cloak & Dagger as rooks and Spider-Tracer as pawns.

Villain pieces include Green Goblin as king, Doctor Octopus as queen, Scorpion and Sandman as knights, Electro and Lizard as bishops, Venom and Rhino as rooks and Spider-Slayer as pawns.

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Warner Home Video has released details for the V for Vendetta Special Edition DVD, which will hit stores on August 1.

Disc 1 features include:

* Freedom! Forever!: Making V for Vendetta -- The cast and crew of V for Vendetta reveal the intense filmmaking process.

Disc 2 features include:

* Designing the Near Future ­ A look at the artistic process of creating the frightening future world of V.

* Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot ­ The history behind the story of Guy Fawkes.

* England Prevails: V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics ­ The origins of the original V story is illuminated.

* Cat Power Montage ­ Cat Power song played under images of the film.

* Theatrical Trailer.

* Easter Egg: Hidden Bonus: Saturday Night Live Digital Short.

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Simon Furman, writer of IDW Publishing's upcoming Transformers: Stormbringer, said he wanted to bring something fresh to the four-issue mini-series.

"No Unicron, no Unicron. That was my mantra," Furman said. "Stormbringer had to be fresh, exciting and, most importantly, feature a 'big bad' that wasn't the Transformer franchise's ever-reliable, planet-devouring nemesis.

"But then, change and innovation have been the watchwords of the IDW Transformers line, the intent always to create something fresh and accessible. That's as true for Stormbringer as it is for Infiltration and the upcoming Escalation, and so... expect the unexpected, take nothing for granted.

"We're back on Cybertron, sure, but boy have things changed... and not for the better. Expect big action, lots of giant robots and, yes, planet-shaking events. But no Unicron."

Here's how IDW describes the mini-series, which features art by Don Figueroa and launches in July:

"This is series that Transformers fans have been clamoring for‹cover-to-cover, no-holds-barred, giant robot action on an epic scale! So far, in The Transformers: Infiltration, there have been tantalizing hints about the state of play elsewhere in the Transformers universe. Now it is time to return to where it all began, Cybertron itself. A dark, dark chapter of the planetıs history is unlocked -- a chapter that will impact the Autobots and Decepticons with the might of an unrelenting tempests."

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* Recently named Iron Man director Jon Favreau will be a guest on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday.

* Marvel Comics announced that X-Men: Fairy Tales #1 has sold out.

"It's great to see that the combination of these timeless international fairy tales and classic Marvel stories are being embraced by readers of all ages," writer C.B. Cebulski said. "Who knows? Maybe the Avengers are next in line for a series of storybook retellings!" - More Product. More Exclusives.


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, May 14: X-Men: The Last Stand's James Marsden, Superman Returns writers and First Looks.

* Saturday, May 13: X-Men: The Last Stand's Dania Ramirez, V for Vendetta on DVD, Heroic Publishing for August and First Looks.

* Friday, May 12: X-Men: The Last Stand's Hugh Jackman, Legion of Super Heroes animated, DC Comics trade paperbacks, Halo Graphic Novel, Battlestar Galactica and IDW First Looks.

* Thursday, May 11: X-Men: The Last Stand, Justice League Unlimited, Superman Returns' Gilbert Adler, Boom! Studios for August and Moonstone Books for September.

* Wednesday, May 10: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Superman Returns.

* Tuesday, May 9: Moon Knight's Charlie Huston, X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns' Chris Lee and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Monday, May 8: Superman Returns' Parker Posey, Who Wants to Be a Super Hero?, X-Men: The Last Stand, First Looks and DC Comics second printings.

* Sunday, May 7: Superman Returns' Kate Bosworth, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men animated and First Looks.

* Saturday, May 6: Dark Horse Comics for August, X-Men: The Last Stand and Superman Returns' Kal Penn.

* Friday, May 5: Superman Returns' Brandon Routh, Ron Garney exclusive to Marvel, The Simpsons, Justice League video game, Devil's Due First Looks and Smallville.

* Thursday, May 4: Ultimate Fantastic Four, Justice League Unlimited, X-Men: The Last Stand, Lords of Avalon to DB Pro and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 3: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Loos and 100 Bullets video game.

* Tuesday, May 2: Justice League DVD, Marvel First Looks, DB Pro's The Highwayman, Sin City Marv bust and DC Comics' second printings.

* Monday, May 1: IDW Publishing for August, X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel First Looks and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Sunday, April 30: X-Men: The Last Stand, Teen Titans, Alias Comics' The Vindicators and Image First Looks.

* Saturday, April 29: X-Men: The Last Stand, Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Krypto the Superdog and First Looks.

* Friday, April 28: X-Men: The Last Stand, Iron Man movie, Smallville, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Wolverine and Claypool Comics for August.

* Thursday, April 27: Spider-Man on Cartoon Network, Activision's Marvel Alliance, Ed Brubaker extends exclusive and First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 26: Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks, Wolverine: Origins and Smallville.

* Tuesday, April 25: The Batman and Legion of Super Heroes on Kids' WB!, Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Infinite Crisis and Anita Blake.

* Monday, April 24: Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Marvel Legends, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Turner panels at Pittsburgh Comicon and Xena creative team.

* Sunday, April 23: DC's One Year Later panel at Pittsburgh Comicon, The Librarian and Smallville.

* Saturday, April 22: Spider-Girl panel at Pittsburgh Comicon, Image Comics' Task Force 1 and First Looks.

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