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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2006


Animation news -- and much more!!!


It's been a pretty good week for executive producer Jason Netter of Kickstart Entertainment: Painkiller jane has been picked up as a series by Sci Fi and The Amazing Screw-On Head -- a pilot for an animated series based on Mike Mignola's Dark Horse comic book -- has had positive buzz as the first show tested on Sci Fi's Pulse web site.

Before the pilot debuts on Sci Fi on Thursday, July 27 at 10:30 p.m., you can watch the episode on the Internet at and leave feedback.

The Continuum caught up with Netter -- who is also developing the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series -- on Friday to talk about Screw-On Head.

To read the interview, CLICK HERE.

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Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Brooks, who teamed on Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #1, have collaborated again this year on Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #2.

Here's how Marvel Comics describes the issue:

"Last year, they paired Peter with Kitty Pryde. This year, theyıre going to put Spider-Man through the paces as Ultimate Daredevil and Punisher show up to cause trouble for the Wall-Crawler.

"And if Daredevil and Punisher showing up wasn't enough, Ultimate Kangaroo bounces into the fray. But will the Punisher just shoot him for his trouble? Well, all signs point to yes. Plus, Peter gets legal advice from Foggy Nelson and crime-fighting advice from Captain Jean DeWolfe. And check out the background of one of these preview pages. Even in the Ultimate Universe, Speedball can't catch a break."

Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #2 is the first of this year's Ultimate annuals, to be followed by the second annuals for Ultimates, Fantastic Four and X-Men.

Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #2 will be in stores on August 9. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

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Superman Returns took a domestic box-office total of $152.0 million into this weekend and remains on a better pace than Batman Begins.

Comparing that 16-day total to previous films' 16-day totals, X-Men: The Last Stand had $197.8 million and Batman Begins had $135.5 million last year en route to $205.3 million.

Pirates of the Caribbean is expected to pass X-Men: The Last Stand (currently at $231.8 million) as the year's top film this weekend. Pirates took $196.0 million into the weekend and shows no signs of slowing down.

In other Superman Returns news:

* NBC has released an image of Parker Posey's appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Posey, who plays Kitty, talked about the secrecy with the script during the casting process.

"It's an amazing movie. It's very warm and romantic," Posey said.


Along with exclusive convention specials and artist appearances, Penny-Farthing Press will debut two graphic novels and a new series preview at Comic-Con International in San Diego next week.

"We've debuted books at the San Diego show before," PFP editor-in-chief Marlaine Maddux said, "and found that Comic-Con fans make the debuts very positive events. Introducing our newly printed books in San Diego this year was planned for just that reason."

Debuting at the show will be Stuart Moore's PARA graphic novel, Captain Gravity and The Power of the Vril graphic novel and the Anne Steelyard: The Garden of Emptiness preview.

Also new for Con-goers will be the Decoy: Menagerie, Part 2 anthology, the follow-up to the 2005 installment.

Fans and retailers will be able to purchase these titles at the convention even before the books will be solicited.

Among the talent appearing at the PFP booth will be Barbara Hambly and Alex Kosakowski from Anne Steelyard on Friday and Captain Gravity and the Power of the Vril writer Joshua Dysart and PARA creator and writer Stuart Moore on Saturday.

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* Stan Lee and contestants from Sci Fi's upcoming Who Wants to be a Super Hero? were at the networks' TCA presentation on Thursday. Click on the image above for a larger and fuller image.

* Warner Bros. has announced an Oct. 13 release for The Fountain, starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.

* According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal is developing Tag, the Boom! Studios property, as a feature film.

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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.

* Sunday, July 9: My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Star Wars: Dark Times, weekend box office and First Looks.

* Saturday, July 8: Blade: The Series episodes, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Fantastic Four on HBO, Who Wants to Be a Superhero contestants and Superman Returns box office.

* Friday, July 7: Dark Horse Comics for October, The Amazing Screw-On Head, The Batman and First Looks.

* Thursday, July 6: Spider-Man Unmasked press conference, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Legion of Super Heroes animated.

* Wednesday, July 5: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel TV/movie roundup, Marvle Zombies hardcover and First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 4: Cliff Chiang on Doctor 13, First Looks and Bandai's Witchblade manga.

* Monday, July 3: Wolverine: Origins' Daniel Way, First Looks and Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

* Sunday, July 2: DC Comics' 52 and Marvel panels at Heroes Con, Superman Returns box office and Narwain's Fiendish Fables.

* Saturday, July 1: DC Nation, Joe Quesada and Warren Ellis panels at Heroes Con, Superman Returns, Blade: The Series and First Looks.

* Friday, June, 30: Rosario Dawson panel at Heroes Con, Blade: The Series, Who Wants to Be a Superhero, Aspen Comics' Soulfire: Dying of the Light, Blue Water's Lost Raven and The Batman.

* Thursday, June, 29: Image Comics First Looks, Superman Returns, Image Comics' The Cross Bronx and Dynamite Entertainment roundup.

* Wednesday, June, 28: Superman Returns, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Krypto the Superdog in July.

* Tuesday, June, 27: Spider-Man 3, Marvel Comics First Looks, Civil War, Wolverine: Origins, Top Cow's Freshmen, Arcana Studio for September, The Batman in July, Lone Ranger and DC First Looks.

* 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.

* 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.

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