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SPIDER-MAN 3 UPDATE

Spider-Man 3 star Thomas Haden Church had some fun with the film's secrecy during an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Friday night.

"I can't declaratively state what arch-villain I am," Church said. "They did say I can say who the guy is, and the guy's Flint Marko. And anybody who knows the comic book knows that Flint Marko has a doppelganging, arch-villainous kind of doppelganger."

O'Brien told Church "it's all over the Internet" that he's playing Sandman.

Church deadpanned, silent for second, then said, "OK... I may or may not be playing somebody who rhymes with handman. I can't confirm or deny that."

Church said he definitely bulked up for the role.

"When I met with them last year, they said, we probably need you to get in a specific physically state for the movie, do you mind if you take off your shirt," Church said. "I said, 'Not at all.' So I took off my shirt and Sam Raimi, the director, goes, 'We need you to gain about a hundred pounds of muscle.'"

Church said that compounding his problem was that he had gained a bunch of weight for his Oscar-nominated role in Sideways. "That director wanted me to look bloated," he said.

In other Spider-Man 3 news, while Sony still won't confirm an upcoming teaser, look for it to be online early in the week.



STARZ'S COMIC BOOK SPECIAL

Starz has provided The Continuum with a preview of its Hollywood Reporter special, Comic Books on Film, which debuts on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

The half-hour special is part of Starz's When Comic Books Attack marathon.

After a quick introduction through the history of comic-book films, the special is essentially broken into six chapters. The first four feature the big franchises -- X-Men, Spider-Man, Batman and Superman. The fifth focuses on the difficulty of bringing female lead characters to the big screen, and the sixth spotlights graphic novels, and such films as Sin City, V for Vendetta and Road to Perdition.

Among those interviewed are Anna Paquin, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Tobey Maguire, Sam Raimi, Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Brandon Routh, Natalie Portman and James McTeigue.

Stewart admits "there are doors left ajar" in terms of the X-Men franchise, while Jackman reaffirms his commitment to a Wolverine film. "I still feel there's more to explore," Jackman said.

Most of the interviews are from press events surrounding the film's releases and don't really break new ground. The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit, Sheigh Crabtree and Gregg Kilday offer their perspectives.

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ALI RUSSELL WRITES ISIS COMIC

Ali Russell, the screenwriter of The Legend of Isis film, will also be writing comic books for Blue Water Productions.

Russell will be writing The Legend of Isis #15 and a Victoria's Secret Service one-shot. Both will be published by Alias Comics.

"I'm really excited to get into the realm of comic-book writing," Russell said. "Being able to be a part of the whole artistic process is a rarity in film, but with comics, it's a new world. It's really wonderful to be so included, and I look forward to writing many more issues!"

The Legend of Isis film is in development at Paramount Pictures, through Kelsey Grammer's studio Grammnet Productions.

Grammer, who played Beast in X-Men: The Last Stnad, recently told The Continuum he remains keen on the project, hoping to come up with a suitable budget for the project.

Russell is also writing a screenplay based on Victoria's Secret Service.

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IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five- to seven-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on July 6, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Spawn #157, Pigtale #4 and Occult Crimes Taskforce #1.

Look for more First Looks on Sunday here in The Continuum.

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ARCHIE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and two-page previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on June 28, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Sonic X #10, Jughead #174 and Archie's Double Digest #171.

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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.

* Monday, June, 19: DC Comics for September, Archie Comics for September, Boom! Studios for September, Civil War: Cable and Deadpool and First Looks.

* Sunday, June, 18: Image Comics First Looks, Justice League DVD, Witchblade animated and Teen Choice awards.

* Saturday, June, 17: Sci Fi's Amazing Screw-On Head, Spider-Man 3, Lois & Clark DVD, After Hours' Impossible Tales and First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Friday, June, 16: Spider-Man Unmasked, IDW Publishing or September, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, BlueWater/Alias First Looks, DC tops May orders and Ezra model winner.

* Thursday, June, 15: Aspen Comics for September, Civil War #5 cover, Civil War press conference, First Looks, Superman Returns and Liberty Meadows: Cover Girl.

* Wednesday, June, 14: Superman Returns, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Sam Noir: Samurai Detective, 12 Gauge's James O'Barr and Cully Hamner and Snakes on a Plane comic.

* Tuesday, June, 13: Ray Harryhausen comics from BlueWater, Superman Returns, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and JLA Classified.

* Monday, June, 12: Superman Returns' Kevin Spacey, Ultimate Fantastic Four variant, Archie's Halloween comics and First Looks.

* Sunday, June, 11: Dark Horse Comics for September, X-Men: The Last Stand box office, Superman Returns' Parkey Posey and Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman.

* Saturday, June, 10: Superman Returns interviews with Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth and Sam Huntington, Marvel Comics' Beyond!, Image expands Afterworks 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand box office.

* Friday, June, 9: Superman Returns, Marvel Westerns and DC First Looks.

* Thursday, June, 8: Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, Superman Returns, Civil War sell-outs, Moonstone Books for October and First Looks.

* Wednesday, June, 7: Smallville Season 6, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks and X-Men: The Last Stand.

* Tuesday, June, 6: Mythos, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Smallville Season 5 DVD and Virgin Comics for August.

* Monday, June, 5: Black Widow movie stalled, First Looks, Blade: The Series' David Palffy, Superman Returns, Hawaiian Dick, WildStorm panel at Wizard World Philadelphia and IDW's Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour.

* Sunday, June, 4: MTV Movie Awards, X-Men: The Last Stand and Marvel's Civil War panel at Wizard World Philadelphia.

* Saturday, June, 3: Erica Durance, Blade: The Series, DC Comics and Marvel's Cup o' Joe panels at Wizard World Philadelphia, Ultimate Avengers 2 and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, June, 2: X-Men, Mondo Marvel and DC Nation panels at Wizard World Philadelphia, Aspen's Shrugged, Blade: The Series and First Looks.

* Thursday, June, 1: X-Men press conference, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville, Transformers and Archie First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 31: X-Men: The Last Stand deaths, Avi Arad steps down, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Superman Returns.

* Tuesday, May 30: Marvel Comics First Looks, X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns' Bryan Singer, Alex Ross covers for Virgin Comics and Dynamite Entertainment roundup.

* Monday, May 29: Spider-Man 3 in New York, X-Men: The Last Stand's Ralph Winter, Blade: The Series and Superman Returns.




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