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SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2006

COMING SUNDAY

News from Heroes Con in Charlotte, N.C. -- and much more!!!

HEROES CON: DC NATION PANEL

Marv Wolfman is the new writer of Nightwing with #125, DC Comics' Dan DiDio announced Friday at the DC Nation panel at Heroes Con.

DiDio broke the panel's biggest news during the "lightning round" of questions. It was later learned that Dan Jurgens will be drawing an arc.

For more highlights from the panel, CLICK HERE.

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HEROES CON: WARREN ELLIS PANEL

Showcased in his own panel at Heroes Con on Friday, Warren Ellis said he should know the fate of his television pilot with AMC by the end of August.

"I was contracted for a pilot script and if they like it, then they'll go to pre-production," Ellis said.

For more highlights from the panel, CLICK HERE.

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HEROES CON: JOE QUESADA PANEL

Fresh off Marvel Comics' recent creative summit, editor-in-chief Joe Quesada staged a panel at Heroes Con, where he answered fan's questions.

For highlights from the panel, CLICK HERE.

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SUPERMAN RETURNS UPDATE

Superman Returns pulled in an estimated $16.8 million at the box office on Friday, pushing its total to $48.8 million.

The film, which opened on Wednesday, nearly doubled the debut of The Devil Wars Prada, which brought in $9.7 million.

X-Men: The Last Stand brought in $0.6 million on Friday, pushing its total to $227.1 million.

In other Superman Returns news:

* The film dominated NBC's talk-show lineup on Friday night, with Brandon Routh appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Kate Bosworth appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Routh said he was a little overwhelmed at first with all the attention. "But then you think, 'Gosh, I'm gonna be Sperman, and it's all encompassing," he said.

Bosworth said the airplane sequence was the "most uncomfortable" scene she's ever filmed, being tossed around the set.

* Kids' WB! will stage "Behind the Shield," looking at Superman, on Saturday, July 15. The event will also include a first look at the Legion of Super Heroes animated series, which will is now calling the character "Superman" instead of "Superboy."

* Look for more Superman Returns news here later on Saturday, including how the film fared at the box office on Friday.

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BLADE: THE SERIES UPDATE

Spike TV has released an offical logline for "Death Goes On," this Wednesday's episode of Blade: The Series.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"When Marcus keeps Krista from leaving the House of Chthon, she is forced to make her way out without the help of Blade of Shen. With Krista unavailable to him, Blade seeks proof of Marcus' vaccine through Revered Carlyle, a link to the Asher Community. Marcus explains the rules of all the houses to Krista."

In other Blade notes:

* Ryan Kennedy is playing a character called Cain, and Claude Duhamel is playing an "asher."

* "The Evil Within" will be the Wednesday, July 26 episode.

* Below are more new stills from the series. Click on the thumbnails for larger and fuller images.





FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Black Panther #18 from Marvel Comics and Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Autumn Night #1 from Devil's Due Publishing.

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BRIEFLY

* Smallville star Tom Welling, a big Boston Red Sox fan, threw out the first pitch at Thursday's Red Sox-New York Mets game at Fenway Park.

Production on Season 6 of Smallville is expected to begin in about three weeks in Vancouver.

"Reckoning" will be the Thursday, July 13 episode.

* The WB will air the pilot episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel as part of its final night of programming on Sunday, Sept. 17.

* Activision has provided The Continuum with eight new screenshots from its upcoming Marvel: Ultimate Alliance game.

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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, 26: Civil War special, Superman Returns, Spider-Man 3, Teen Titans episodes, Komikwerks for September and Silent Devil's Antigone.

* Sunday, June, 25: Blade: The Series, Superman Returns, Oni Press for September and First Looks.

* Saturday, June, 24: Spider-Man 3, Starz's Comics on Film, Ali Russell writes Isis, Image Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Friday, June, 23: Iron Man movie, NBC's Heroes, Zack Snyder to direct Watchmen, Marvel Comics First Looks, Heroic Publishing for September and Family Guy's 100th episode.

* Thursday, June, 22: Superman Returns, Devil's Due for September, Marvel Comics First Looks and Criminal. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Wednesday, June, 21: Ultimate Avengers 2, Blade: The Series, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Tuesday, June, 20: Marvel Comics for September, Image Comics for September, Civil War #2 second printing, Marvel First Looks and Top Cow First Looks.

* 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.

* 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.




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