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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2007

SPIDER-MAN 3 ROUNDUP

Now that Spider-Man 3 has been out for a record-setting weekend of $148 million, there's a safe enough buffer to publish comments from actors who played villains about their characters' fates and potential for future appearances in the franchise.

To read the story, which contains spoilers about the end of the movie, CLICK HERE.

In other Spider-Man 3 news:

* Paul Dergarabedian of Media by Numbers told CBS' Early Show on Monday morning that Spider-Man 3 could withstand other summer blockbusters such as the third Shrek and Pirates of the Caribbean films to reign this season.

"This has a track record like no other franchise, and I'm really putting my money on Spidey," he said.

* IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment on Monday announced that the film shattered multiple box-office records at IMAX theatres through its opening weekend, contributing a record-setting $4.8 million of the $148 million that the film grossed at the domestic box office.

Spider-Man 3 broke the record for IMAX's largest single-day worldwide total at $2.2 million and posted a domestic opening weekend per screen average of $57,147. Spider-Man 3 opened on 84 domestic IMAX screens and 34 international IMAX screens, making it the largest opening in IMAX's 40-year history, with a record-breaking worldwide estimated total of $6.3 million.

* Online ticket sellers Fandango and MovieTickets.com also reported records.

On Friday, Spider-Man 3 broke Fandango's daily sales record and hourly sales record (4-5 p.m. PT), selling 10 tickets per second over multiple hours. Opening day sales for Spider-Man 3 were by far the biggest of 2007 so far, surpassing the opening day sales for No. 1 films 300, Wild Hogs and Ghost Rider combined.

On Friday, MovieTickets.com broke a record for the most tickets sold site-wide in a single day, and Spider-Man 3 has sold more tickets in a single day, for a single film, than any other movie in the company's history.



PAINKILLER JANE: "NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF"

SciFi has released six images from "Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself," Friday's new episode of Painkiller Jane.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"A former FBI safe house is the scene of a number of mysterious incidents where witnesses report terrifying visions and vivid nightmares depicting each person's greatest fear. "

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In other Painkiller Jane news, Sci Fi will air a marathon of episodes on Friday, May 25, starting at 8 p.m. with the pilot episode. Following that will be "Toy Soldiers," "Piece of Mind," "Catch Me if You Can," "Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself" and "Breakdown."



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FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Miscellaneous Adventures of Stykman #2 from a.k.a. Comics; Star Wars: Legacy #12 from Dark Horse Comics; and Omega Flight #3 and Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #4 from Marvel Comics.



MIRAGE STUDIOS FOR AUGUST

Mirage Studios has provided The Continuum its solicitations for August.

For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.

For previously posted August solicitations, click on the publishers' names below:

* BlueWater Productions.

* Heroic Publishing.

* Moonstone Books.

* TwoMorrows Publishing.

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WORLD WAR HULK SECOND PRINTINGS

Marvel Comics on Monday announced that it is going back to press on Incredible Hulk #106 and World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker.

The issues were the first two parts of Marvel's World War Hulk story.

Both second printings will have covers featuring pieces of interior art.

The second printing of World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker will be in stores on May 30. It will be 48 pages and will cost $3.99.

The second printing of Incredible Hulk #106 will also be in stores on May 30. It will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

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BRIEFLY

* Fox will rebroadcast Laura Croft: Tomb Raider, the 2001 film starring Angelina Jolie, on Friday, May 25 at 8 p.m.

* Marvel Comics has announced that Omega Flight #2 and Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #3 have sold out. According to the publisher, there are no current plans to go back to press on either issue.

* Dynamite Enteratainment has announced that its initial print runs for the first issues of Savage Tales and Raise the Dead have sold out. According to the publisher, there are no current plans to go back to press on either issue.



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, May 1: Spider-Man 3's Sam Raimi, Moonstone Books for August, First Looks, Painkiller Jane and Jonah Hex.

* Monday, April 30: Spider-Man 3, The Batman, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and Family Guy.

* Sunday, April 29: The Simpsons, Spider-Man 3, Image Comics First Looks and IDW's Scarface: Devil in Disguise.

* Saturday, April 28: Spider-Man 3's Tobey Maguire, Heroes and Smallville.

* Friday, April 27: Spider-Man 3, Iron Man, BlueWater Productions for August and First Looks.

* Thursday, April 26: Spider-Man 3's Topher Grace, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Peter Tomasi exclusive writer for DC Comics and Heroes. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* 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.




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