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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2007

SPIDER-MAN 3: SAM RAIMI

The Continuum continues its series of Spider-Man 3 interviews with director Sam Raimi.

To read the interview, CLICKING HERE.

In other Spider-Man 3 news:

* According to Variety, the film set records Tuesday in every one of the eight Asian territories in which it bowed. Sony estimated that the pic hit 415 million yen ($3.47 million) in Japan in one day, beating Spider-Man 2's $3.43 million. In 2004, the first Spider-Man brought in $2.9 million in its first day in Japan.

* The film premiered in Queens on Monday night as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.

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FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to six-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual #1 from Marvel Comics; Sonic X #19 from Archie Comics; and Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse #3 and Raise the Dead #2 from Dynamite Entertainment.

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

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MOONSTONE BOOKS FOR AUGUST

Moonstone Books has provided The Continuum its solicitations for August.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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PAINKILLER JANE UPDATE

Sci Fi is crediting its new series Painkiller Jane as a contributor for a marked improvement in ratings for April.

Compared to the same month last year, Sci Fi was up 29 percent in Adults 18-34, 20 percent among Men 18-34, and 41 percent among Women 18-34, marking the ninth consecutive month in which Sci Fi has grown in viewers 18-34. The network also posted double-digit gains among in seven other demographics, including a 16 percent increase in total viewers.

Painkiller Jane, which premiered on April 13, is part of a Friday night lineup that yielded a 43 percent jump among Adults 18-49, and a 30 percent increase among adults 25-54 for the night.

In other Painkiller Jane news, the Friday, May 4 episode will be "Catch Me if You Can."

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"A Neuro with an ability to see into the future sends an eerie message to Jane warning her of an arrest that will go wrong, costing the lives of three people on her team. Can he really predict the future? Or is he trying to control their fate?"

The episode was written by Lisa Klink and directed by Farhad Mann.

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JONAH HEX STORY SWITCH

DC Comics has announced a new story from the one that was previously solicited for Jonah Hex #21.

Here's how DC describes the new story:

"A notorious gang of bank robbers burns a small town to the ground, killing several Pinkerton detectives. As bounty hunter Jonah Hex stalks them across the desert, the trail leads to a mysterious Native American stronghold -- a damned place where no one gets out alive!"

The issue, due in stores on July 5, is written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, with art and cover by Jordi Bernet.

The story originally solicited for Jonah Hex #21 will now appear in #22.

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BRIEFLY

* According to Variety, Warner Bros. has optioned the rights to Frank Miller's Ronin for a live-action feature that will be directed by Sylvain White.



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.

* Thursday, April 26: Spider-Man 3's Topher Grace, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Peter Tomasi exclusive writer for DC Comics and Heroes.

* Wednesday, April 25: Marvel First Looks, Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Family Guy.

* 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.




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