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MONDAY, MAY 29, 2006


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With an estimated $107 million in three days -- the fourth-largest opening ever -- and obliterating a nine-year-old Memorial Day weekend record with $120.1 million, X-Men: The Last Stand producer Ralph Winter has another hit with his fourth Marvel film.

The Continuum caught up with Winter on Monday morning for a short question-and-answer.

Question:You must be in seventh heaven with the box-office results?

Winter: The results are phenomenal -- it is so gratifying that the audiences are enjoying themselves. From the Cannes opening to the Mann's Chinese midnight showing to the local theaters, I am getting lots of reports of general movie goers having a good time.

Question: All of the Marvel movies you've been associated with -- X-Men, X2, Fantastic Four and now The Last Stand -- have exceeded expectations on opening weekend. Why do you think The Last Stand did so well?

Winter: This movie delivers on the action and on the thematic level that causes people to think. We were able to carry on the smart themes that Bryan (Singer) started with on the first two. And this has built to a nice climax.

Question: Do you think this is really the last X-Men movie?

Winter: This is the last movie of this type. There might be spinoffs, but it would be hard to gather this cast or a bigger one for another movie of this size.

Question: You're on Fantastic Four 2 next. What can you say about it, perhaps addressing the Silver Surfer/Galactus reports?

Winter: FF2 is next with lots of new stuff. The first ones of these are always hard to establish, but now we can go further with the franchise and the characters. The visual effects will get better, there are new characters, though not all the ones you have suggested. We have to keep a few surprises for next summer, so I can't talk much, but we are excited about painting this picture on a bigger canvas.

For recent features on X-Men: The Last Stand, click on the actors' names belows:

* Dania Ramirez (Callisto).

* James Marsden (Cyclops).

* Halle Berry (Storm).

* Aaron Stanford (Pyro).

* Patrick Stewart (Professor Xavier).

* Famke Janssen (Jean Grey).

* Anna Paquin (Rogue).

* Ben Foster (Angel).

* Shawn Ashmore (Iceman).

* Kelsey Grammer (Beast).

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Director Sam Raimi and his Spider-Man 3 crew have moved production to New York City, giving the natives a look at the new characters to franchise.

Filming over the weekend included Topher Grace as Eddie Brock, James Cromwell as George Stacy and Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy.

Series star Tobey Maguire has also been involved.

Shooting in New York is not new to Raimi and company; parts of both of the first two Spider-films were shot in the city.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more on Spider-Man 3 soon here in The Continuum.

The best superheroes are at


The Continuum continues its look at the characters of Spike TV's Blade: The Series with two new images of Nelson Lee as Shen.

Here's how Spike TV describes the character:

"Blade's loyal ally and confidant, Shen works to perfect new technologies and specialized weaponry for Blade to use in his battles against vampires. "

Writer and consulting producer Geoff Johns said that Blade has a "pretty deep history" with Shen.

"You learn something about Blade and his assistants -- the number of them that he goes through," Johns said.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Canada, Lee is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts in New York.

Lee's television credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, HBO's Oz and the USA mini-series Traffic. He has also been the host of HBO's The Chat Show.

Blade: The Series premieres on Spike TV on June 28. Look for more on the show soon here in The Continuum.

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Superman has joined the X-Men at 7-Eleven.

With X-Men: The Last Stand Slurpee cups released earlier this month and still available in many outlets, 7-Eleven has just released a set of Superman Returns Slurpee Cups.

The cups, which feature Superman Reurns stars Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth, are holographic.

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


For covers and four- to five-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Phonogram #1 from Image Comics and Anthem #3 from Heroic Publishing.


* Image Comics' Savage Dragon #128, a crossover with Mark Millar's Wanted, will feature a cover done in water colors by Erik Larsen, a first for the artist.

There will also be a variant cover by J.G. Jones.

* Silent Devil Productions has announced that July's Jim Reaper: Week One will feature a back-up story teaming Jim, the reluctant angel of death, with Brian Harnois from Sci Fi Channel's Ghost Hunters, the weekly series that documents a group of real-life paranormal researchers.

According to Harnois, his involvement in the Jim Reaper project came about after series creator Dwight L. MacPherson contacted him.

"Being a lifelong fan of comics, I was more than happy to help him out with his new and exciting project," Harnois said. "I have read Jim Reaper: Week One, and I feel confident that Jim will be one of the most exciting and innovative characters to come out in a long time."

Jim Reaper is the story of the Grim Reaper's lesser-known cousin's nephew's son Jim and his various misadventures as he plays a substitute Angel of Death.

Superman Returns Figures, Gifts, Collectibles


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, May 24: X-Men: The Last Stand's Shawn Ashmore, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Ghost Rider variants andd Komikwerks for August.

* Tuesday, May 23: X-Men: The Last Stand's Ben Foster, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Top Cow/Marvel crossovers and Superman Returns.

* 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. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* 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.

* 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.

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