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At the recent Marvel/Activision panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Stan Lee revealed he will make his third cameo of the Spider-Man series -- and first speaking one -- in Spider-Man 3.

"I have what I think is my best cameo because I have a scene where I'm with Peter Parker," Lee said. "I actually say a whole line, about six words to Tobey Maguire.

"And he looks at me and I look at him, and then I walk away and I say two other words -- I'm not allowed to tell you what they are -- but I think they'll get a big reaction from the audience."

In addition to the three Spidey films, Lee has appeared in X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, Daredevil, Fantastic Four and Hulk.

Lee also noted that he's fine with certain changes -- aka organic webbing -- that have been made in the films.

"As long as the product turns out good and it's not violating the spirit of what the original content was, then I think it's fine," Lee said.

Look for more Spider-Man 3 news on Monday here in The Conintuum.

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Beginning Sept. 1, iTunes will offer a free and exclusive download of the new NBC series Heroes - in its entirety - in addition to other bonus content from NBC, including series trailers and behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of Heroes.

"We want to generate buzz across a variety of platforms long before Heroes ever airs on NBC," said John Miller, chief marketing officer of NBC Univeral Television Group.

In advance of the broadcast premiere, NBC and Nissan will also create three million co-branded promotional Custom Cards to be distributed exclusively at AMC, Cinemark and Regal Entertainment Group theaters nationwide through box-office handouts. Moviegoers will be encouraged to view the free download and sample the wide-screen appeal of the Heroes premiere on iTunes before its broadcast on NBC.

Each co-branded card will feature a unique pin code that National CineMedia patrons can redeem online at a special iTunes NBC Fall Season preview site that will provide a free download of Heroes, plus a backstage look at its filming and the NBC preview trailers of other network series for Fall 2006.

The campaign includes a 10-second tease produced by National CineMedia that will run on 5,654 digital screens in 428 theaters during August, informing moviegoers to return to the theater in September to obtain their free download card.

To coincide with the in-theater card handouts in September, NBC will air a schedule of co-branded 20-second promos on the network touting the free preview download of Heroes on iTunes and NCM, courtesy of Nissan.

In addition, Heroes will receive in-theater play in August with a two-minute and 30-second piece playing on select AMC, Cinemark and Regal Entertainment Group big screens. Additionally, the series will be represented throughout participating theatres with a 30-second spot featured on NCM's Lobby Entertainment Network plasma screens and will be branded on popcorn bags, among other promotional items.

In other Heroes news:

* NBC has released individual images of each of the characters. Click on the thumbnails for larger and fuller images.

On the top row, left to right, are Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli; Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman; Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura; Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli; Noah Gray-Cabey as Micah Sanders; and Tawny Cypress as Simone Deveraux.

On the bottom row, left to right, are Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennet; Leonard Roberts as D.L. Hawkins; Santiago Cabrera as Isaac Mendez; Ali Larter as Niki Sanders; and Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh.

* As the exclusive sponsor of the series broadcast premiere, Nissan will present the episode with limited commercial interruption.


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

Titles include Archie #568, Archie's Double Digest #172 and Betty #158.


Sony BMG Music Entertainment has announced details for the Nov. 7 release of the Transformers: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD.

Following is a rundown:

* Sony BMG Home Entertainment commissioned Don Figueroa to create imagery for a special "transforming" cover. With Optimus Prime appropriately situated in a position of prominence on the cover, the Autobot leader is joined by Megatron, Bumblebee, Starscream, Blaster and more of the most popular characters on the first image of the special cover.

* A 16x9 widescreen presentation, which has not been seen anywhere since the movie was in theaters 20 years ago.

* Autobot Matrix of Knowledge Presenation, a version of the film will feature trivia and fun facts about the movie itself, the Tranformers brand, and the pop culture references in which Transformerss has been spoofed/tributed. Approximately 100 fun facts will show up on screen throughout the movie.

* Sony BMG Home Entertainment has partnered with Paramount Pictures to provide a behind-the-scenes sneak peak at next summer's Tranformers live-action movie, featuring comments from director Michael Bay and producer Steven Spielberg.

* Interview and commentary tracks with director Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille and Sue Blu, the voice of Arcee.

* Original commercials for the toy line and the movie.


David Slack, writer/producer of the upcoming Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated movie, dropped a few hints about the film recently at Comic-Con International, where the film was screened.

"Without giving anything away, there's a little bit of romance between two our lead characters," Slack said.

Slack said he handed the story-editing chores to Rob Hoegee and Amy Wolfram for the fifth season of the Teen Titans series to focus on the film.

"Obviously, if you're going to have it take place in Japan, there's a lot of Japanese things that you need to see," Slack said.

The film doesn't have a release date yet, but is expected to air on Cartoon Network before year's end.


* Above is a first look at the covers -- with trade dress -- to Civil War: X-Men #2, Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #2 and Marvel Adventures The Avengers #4.

* Marvel Comics will name a new artist of X-Factor at Wizard World Chicago next weekend.

* Knightshift Entertainment will debut the second issue of Assassin's Guild, by Randy Taylor and Dustin Weaver, at Wizard World Chicago.

* The Canadian National Book Expo (September 1-3 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center) and the Baltimore Comic-Con (September 9-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center) have teamed up to offer attendees the opportunity to get an exclusive sketch cover version of New Avengers #23 by Olivier Coipel. The artist will appear at both conventions.

* Dark Horse Comics has announced it will publish The Original Grendel by Matt Wagner next year. The collection will include Primer #2 and Grendel #1-3, originally published by Comico.

* Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti are writing and Amanda Conner is drawing a Terra mini-series for DC Comics.


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, July 24: From Comic-Con International -- Ghost Rider movie, Marvel Studios panel, Mondo Marvel panel, DC Universe panel and Blade: The Series.

* Sunday, July 23: From Comic-Con International -- Spider-Man 3, Iron Man movie, Image Comics panel, Todd McFarlane panel and The Batman.

* Saturday, July 22: From Comic-Con International -- Superman Returns sequel, Superman II DVD, Hellboy sequel, Spider-Man 3, Bruce Timm, Vertigo panel, C.B. Cebulski's Image books, IDW panel, WildStorm panel and Marvel Legends.

* Friday, July 21: From Comic-Con International -- Spider-Man 3, Ultimate Avengers 2, Teen Titans/Legion of Super Heroes, Marvel's Civil War, Aspen Comics and Fantastic Four sequel...

* Thursday, July 20: From Comic-Con International -- IDW's Transfromers, DC Nation panel, Legion of Super Heroes' Matt Wayne, Ghost Rider movie toys, Incredible Hulk director, Fantastic Four sequel, Dark Horse announements, Top Cow news and Avatar Press news.

* Wednesday, July 19: Hellboy animated, Frank Miller to direct The Spirit, Dark Horse news, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, IDW's Spike: Asylum, Fox Atomic comics and Devil's Due Publishing for October.

* Tuesday, July 18: Marvel Comics for October, Green Arrow on Smallville, Oni's My Name is Earl, Marvel First Looks, Boom Studios' Warhammer 40,000, Ant's new writer and Civil War second printings.

* Monday, July 17: DC Comics for October, 52 origin artists, DC promotes Karen Berger and Archie Comics for October.

* Sunday, July 16:Superman Returns, First Looks and Archaia Studio's new titles.

* Saturday, July 15: Blade: The Series, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Stan Lee's Lightspeed and Superman Returns.

* Friday, July 14: The Amazing Screw-On Head, Ultimate Spider-Man Annual, Superman Returns and Penny-Farthing Press projects.

* Thursday, July 13: Sci Fi's Painkiller Jane, Wolverine: Origins press conference, X-Men titles, First Looks, Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited DVDs and Virgin Comics teams with John Woo and Garth Ennis.

* Wednesday, July 12: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks, Spider-Girl returns, Aspen's Civil War: X-Men cover and Moonstone Books for November.

* Tuesday, July 11: Smallville's Jimmy Olsen, Marvel First Looks, Sabrina trade paperback and Star Wars Lithographs.

* Monday, July 10: Spider-Man 3, Incredible Hulk DVD, Kid Kosmos, Model Operandi and First Look.

* 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.

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