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THE SIMPSONS FOR MAY

Fox has released titles and descriptions for May's new episodes of The Simpsons.

Following is a rundown:

"CROOK AND LADDER" on Sunday, May 6

Maggie cuts a path of destruction after Marge follows advice in a parenting magazine and throws away her pacifier, while Homer, driven to sleeping pills by the incessant squeaking of Maggie's replacement "binkie," becomes a sleepwalker with a penchant for mischief.

"STOP, OR MY DOG WILL SHOOT" on Sunday, May 13

After successfully rescuing Homer from a corn maze, the Simpsons╣ family dog, Santa╣s Little Helper, is recruited to be a police dog but subsequently violates police code, inadvertently getting off a known drug dealer. Meanwhile, Marge and Homer buy Bart a python, which escapes into the school science lab during show-and-tell.

"YOU KENT ALWAYS SAY WHAT YOU WANT"/"24 MINUTES" on Sunday, May 20

Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub provide guest-voices in the landmark 400th episode, the series' one-hour season finale. Anchorman Kent Brockman utters a swear word on live television when coffee is spilled in his lap, and Ned Flanders wages an anti-indecency campaign. Meanwhile, with the help of Jack Bauer (guest voice Kiefer Sutherland) and Chloe O╣Brian (guest voice Mary Lynn Rajskub), Bart and Lisa, agents of the Counter Truancy Unit (CTU), must stop bullies Dolph, Kearney and Jimbo from releasing the ultimate stink bomb at the school's annual bake sale.



SPIDER-MAN 3 ROUNDUP

Spider-Man Week in New York City begins on Monday, and The Continuum has obtained a guide for the festivities.

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In other Spider-Man 3 news:

* Tobey Maguire will be part of Spider-Man Week in New York City, but will hit both coasts for syndicated talk-show appearances.

Maguire will appear on Live with Regis and Kelly on Tuesday and on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday.

* Kirsten Dunst, who returns as Mary Jane, will appear on Live with Regis and Kelly on Wednesday.

* TV Guide Channel on Saturday night premiered a one-hour special on the movie that originated from the world premiere in Japan. The special will be rebroadcast on Sunday at 11 p.m.

* Spider-Man 3 visual effects supervisor Scott Stokdyk was responsible for overseeing the efforts of more than 200 Sony Pictures Imageworks animators and artists.

My biggest challenge on Spider-Man 3 has been the necessity to turn on a dime and respond to the changes as they come," Stokdyk said. "There's so much more going on in this movie -- more characters and more plotlines."

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

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IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on May 2, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Spawn #167, Alien Pig Farm 3000 #1 and Ward of the State #1.

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

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on May 2, CLICK HERE.

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IDW PUBLISHING'S SCARFACE: DEVIL IN DISGUISE

Joshua Jabcuga, writer of IDW Publishing's upcoming Scarface: Devil in Disguise, said his goal was to have the mini-series read like a "true prequel" to the film.

"That is, if a prequel of the film was actually produced in the '70s, not in the '80s, the '90s, or even today. No, in the '70s," Jabcuga said. "It's not an alternate-reality tale. Instead, it dovetails with the movie, sometimes with subtle references that only the most diehard Scarface fans will catch, and at other times, in very obvious ways."

Scarface: Devil in Disguise is a five-issue mini-series, launching in July and drawn by Alberto Dose.

Here's how IDW describes the series:

"Before Tony Montana came to America, he cut his teeth as a young military assassin in Cuba, and rose up as a hustler in Havana. He knows the world is his, and he craves the American dream. But first, he's gotta get out from Castro-imposed solitary confinement. Add to this Molotov cocktail mix the CIA, La Cosa Nostra, and the scumbag who gave Montana his infamous scar. Make a deal with the devil...just know which devil you're dealing with first."

"It was great to imagine a sequel to the movie," said Chris Ryall, IDW's publisher/editor-in-chief, referring to the 2006 comic-book follow-up to the movie, Scarface: Scarred For Life. "And now it's equally interesting to me to go back and look at the character's early years. Whereas the sequel was a bit lighter in tone -- if black humor can be considered light -- Devil in Disguise takes a darker turn, and really sets the mood for the character arc that Tony will experience in the movie."

For all of IDW Publishing's July solicitations, CLICK HERE.

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* To the right is a first look at Mole Man from Cartoon Network's Fantastic Four animsted series. The series is currently not on the network's schedule for May or June but could return in July.

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COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

In case you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Tuesday, April 24: Spider-Man 3, First Looks, Top Cow's Unholy Union and Heroes.

* Monday, April 23: Spider-Man 3's Bryce Howard, The Batman, Painkiller Jane, Desperado Publishing for July, Dark Horse First Looks, Image First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Sunday, April 22: Legion of Super Heroes, Spider-Man 3, Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, April 21: Spider-Man 3, Smallville and Marvel First Looks First Looks.

* Friday, April 20: Spider-Man 3, Smallville, Painkiller Jane and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, April 19: Spider-Man 3, Smallville, Painkiller Jane, Devil's Due Publishing for July, Avatar Press for July and Teen Titans.

* Wednesday, April 18: Dynamite Entertainment for July, Mirage Studios for July, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 17: Marvel Comics for July, Image Comics for July, Top Cow Productions for July, Archie Comics for July, Smallville and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Monday, April 16: DC Comics for July, Edward Norton in Incredible Hulk and IDW Publishing for July.

* Sunday, April 15: Spider-Man, The Batman, DC Comics for July preview and Marvel Comics for July preview.

* Saturday, April 14: Painkiller Jane, Smallville, Devil's Due First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Friday, April 13: Painkiller Jane, Virgin Comics for July and First Looks.

* Thursday, April 12: Spider-Man 3, Iron Man, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and The Simpsons.

* Wednesday, April 11: Spider-Man 3, Top Cow's First Born, Marvel First Looks, Fantastic Four animated, The Ultimates and Flash Gordon.

* Tuesday, April 10: Painkiller Jane, Aspen Comics for July, Marvel First Looks and Dynamite First Looks.

* Monday, April 9: Painkiller Jane's Kristanna Loken, Ghost Rider on DVD, First Looks and Archie Comics Digests.

* Sunday, April 8: Spider-Man 3, Painkiller Jane, 300 box office and Archie First Looks.

* Saturday, April 7: Teen Titans DVD and First Looks.

* Friday, April 6: Spider-Man 3, Digital Webbing for July, Devil's Due First Looks and Transformers: The Game.

* Thursday, April 5: Dark Horse Comics for July, Smallville and Marvel First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 4: Legion of Super Heroes, The Batman, Image First Looks and The Simpsons.

* Tuesday, April 3: Spider-Man 3, Painkiller Jane and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, April 2: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Spider-Man 3, Heroes, The Batman and Dynamite First Looks.

* Sunday, April 1: Painkiller Jane, 300 and TMNT box office and DC Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, March 31: TwoMorrows Publishing for July, Fantastic Four Extended Edition and First Looks.

* Friday, March 30: Spider-Man 3, Smallville, World of Quest, Archie Comics First Looks and Dynamite Entertainment.




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