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X-Men: The Last Stand opened much larger than expected on Friday, with an estimated $44.5 million according to ShowBizData, and now figures to set several records over the Memorial Day weekend.

Should the numbers hold, it will be the second-biggest opening day, trailing only Star Wars: Episode 3 -- Revenge of the Sith's. It would be the biggest opening Friday, since Revenge of the Sith opened on a Thursday.

Averaging nearly $12,000 per theater with packed audiences on Friday, X-Men: The Last Stand could challenge Spider-Man's three-day opening record of $114.3 million from 2002 and should shatter the record for Memorial Day weekend.

All three X-Men movies have now opened bigger than expected and continue to show unprecedented strong franchise growth. X-Men opened with $21.1 million on July 14, 2000, on its way to $157.3 million. X2 opened with $31.2 million on May 2, 2003, on its way to $214.9 million.

Since 1998, 10 of the 13 Marvel movies have topped the box office: Blade, X-Men, Blade II, Spider-Man, Daredevil, X2, Hulk, Spider-Man 2, Fantastic Four and now X-Men: The Last Stand.

X-Men: The Last Stand has been promoted as the last in the X-Men series. And while Wolverine and Magneto spin-offs are in the works, could there still be an X-Men 4?

"As far as the X-Men and where all these characters are, it seems like (the end) to me," director Brett Ratner said. "How much more bigger budget can they make a movie?"

Ratner, who will next film Rush Hour 3 with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, did say he would be interested in returning to the X-Men universe.

"I would love to do it," Ratner said. "I love working with these actors, they're fantastic. I loved the experience of making this movie. It's everything you want in a movie -- it's drama, it's action, it's emotion, it's intelligent, it's got everything."

Look for more on X-Men: The Last Stand on Sunday and Monday here in The Continuum, including comments from the actors on specific plots.

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The Continuum has obtained two new images of Neil Jackson as Marcus Van Sciver from Spike TV's upcoming Blade: The Series.

Here's how Spike TV describes the character:

"Marcus is a charismatic, dapper, sexy, aristocratic vampire with pale skin, piercing eyes and an unquenchable thirst for power -- and blood. A wealthy developer and a pillar of the community, Marcus easily moves among the city's elite, but his real power stems from his ties to the age-old House of Chthon, venerable vampire rulers which he heads up."

Jackson is shown in an image from the pilot episode and in a gallery shot with Jessica Gower, who plays Chase, Van Sciver's trusted lieutenant.

Jackson is a native of the United Kingdom, perhaps best known for his role as Perdiccas in Oliver Stone's Alexander movie. He is a former British Universities boxing champion.

"Neil Jackson is the great British villain that Blade needs," said Jon Kroll of New Line Television, which is produing the series. "Blade is so street that we wanted to have a really proper villain."

Kroll said that Van Sciver's mission will unfold over the season.

During a recent convention appearance, Geoff Johns, who wrote the pilot and is consulting producer, said that the character was named after comic-book artist Ethan Van Sciver.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images, and look for more on Blade -- which premieres on June 28 -- soon here in The Continuum.

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Dabel Brothers Production has announced it will follow the first XIII graphic novel in June with the second in October, and subsequent volumes will ship every three to four month.

The graphic novels will contain the original art of William Vance with no censorship whatsoever.

"Censorship was one of the biggest concerns on the part of the fans with the monthly issues, and we don't want it to be a barrier any longer," said Ernst Dabel, president of DB Pro. "XIII is an adult story that does contain some graphic violence and nudity. But it is certainly no more than one would find in many other graphic novels available at a major bookstore, and we see no reason to continue angering fans by censoring it."

Here's how DB Pro describes the books:

"In 1984, a graphic novel by the name of XIII was released to a French-reading audience. Written by Jean van Hamme and illustrated by William Vance with a story similar to Robert Ludlum's The Bourney Identity, XIII soon established itself as a fantastic adventure full of twists and turns as readers followed the travels of a man who had no memory of who he was or what he had done. XIII has since become one of Europe's most popular comics, selling over 16 million copies and enjoying a regular print run of around 550,000 copies per book with additional printings in 15 different languages."

While DB Pro reports that monthly issue of XIII fared well in sales, Dabel said he excepts the trade paperback series to do better.

"In Europe, XIII has been released in graphic novel format from the start," he said, "at a rate of around one volume per year. Each chapter tells its own story. Each of our graphic novels collect three volumes of the European version, giving readers three years of storylines that will leave them wanting to know the answers to the many questions that are raised by the end."


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Titles include G.I. Joe vs. Transformers III #3 from Devil's Due Publishing, All New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #5 from Marvel Comics and Screwtooth #1 from SLG Publishing.


* Warner Home Video has released the package back art for the upcoming V for Vendetta Special Edition DVD. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Neca has secured the V for Vendetta license and will be producing a 1/6 scale resin statue and a poseable 7-inch action figure.

* Eagle One Media announced it has assembled and released the Deadworld comic series on CD-ROM.

The Deadworld CD-ROM collects the original 46 black-and-white 46 issues of the comic-book series, two mini-series and four short stories, and includes artwork and bonus materials. Each comic book has been digitally scanned and restored from cover-to-cover, more than 1,700 pages.

"Fans have always asked about getting the back issues and now they can and they can get them all. I'm really excited to be working with Eagle One on providing such a great product for the Deadworld readers," said Deadworld's Gary Reed.

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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.

* Monday, May 22: X-Men: The Last Stand's Anna Paquin, Civil War: Thunderbolts, Image Comics First Looks, Bongo Comics for August, Bomb Queen vs. Blacklight and Devi #1 preview.

* Sunday, May 21: X-Men: The Last Stand's Famke Janssen, Jospeh Michael Linsner's Claws and Alias Comics for August.

* Saturday, May 20: George Perez at Motor City Comic Con, X-Men: The Last Stand and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Friday, May 19: Blade: The Series, X-Men: The Last Stand's Patrick Stewart, Marvel First Looks, Spider-Man chess set, V for Vendetta DVD details and Transformers: Stormbringer.

* Thursday, May 18: X-Men: The Last Stand's Aaron Stanford, Civil War #2 preview, Devil's Due Publishing for August, Captain Atom finale, Image Comics First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Wednesday, May 17: Image Comics for August, Aspen Comics for August, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Smallville.

* Tuesday, May 16: Marvel Comics for August, Marvel Comics First Looks, X-Men: The Last Stand, Highlander comic book and Vertigo trade paperbacks.

* Monday, May 15: X-Men: The Last Stand's Halle Berry, DC Comics for August, NBC's Heroes, Snakewoman artist, Archie Comics for August and Dragon's Lair.

* Sunday, May 14: X-Men: The Last Stand's James Marsden, Superman Returns writers and First Looks. Free Shipping from!

* 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.

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