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SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2007

HEROES: "HOW TO STOP AN EXPLODING MAN"

NBC has released 10 images from "How to Stop an Exploding Man," the season finale of Heroes set to air on May 21.

Here's how NBC describes the episode:

"Heroes rise and fall in the shocking season finale written by executive producer/creator Tim Kring and directed by executive producer Allan Arkush.

"With Isaac's horrible predictions all unfolding before them, the everyday people with extraordinary abilities face moments of pain and peril in Kirby Plaza with unflinching heroism, as Heroes' first volume comes to a close -- and the next surprisingly begins."

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SPIDER-MAN 3 TOPS BOX OFFICE

Spider-Man 3 topped the box office for a second consecutive weekend with an estimated $60 million.

The film dropped roughly 60 percent from its record-setting opening weekend of $151.2 million.

The weekend pushed Spider-Man 3's domestic total to $242.0 million. It becomes the fifth Marvel movie to top $200 million, following Spider-Man ($403.7 million), X2 ($214.9 million), Spider-Man 2 ($373.6 millon) and X-Men: The Land Stand ($234.4 million).

Spider-Man 3 becomes the third comics-based movie to top the box office for two consecutive weeks in 2007, following Ghost Rider and 300.



CINEMAX IN JULY

Cinemax has released its programming schedule for July.

Following are comics-inspired movies, with air dates and times:

* Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Wednesday, July 11 at 6:05 a.m.

* X-Men: The Last Stand: Monday, July 2 at 11 a.m. and midnight; Saturday, July 14 at 2:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Friday, July 27 at 10 p.m.; and Saturday, July 28 at 5:15 a.m.

* Superman Returns: Wednesday, July 4 at 9:20 a.m. and 7:15 p.m.; Thursday, July 5 at 12:35 a.m.; Friday, July 13 at 10:20 a.m. and 10 p.m.; Saturday, July 14 at 2:30 a.m.; Sunday, July 22 at 8 a.m. and 7:15 p.m.

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AVATAR PRESS' 2001 MANIACS

The bloody origin behind the horror film 2001 Maniacs will be unveiled in a new comic book from Avatar Press in July. Authorized by horror icon Robert Englund, the 2001 Maniacs Special #1 will feature his character, Mayor George W. Buckman, and the original cast of Maniacs from the movie.

Written by the writer/director of the movies, Tim Sullivan, the comic features the full-color art of Raulo Caceres.

The 2001 Maniacs comic book and the upcoming movie sequel, 2002 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillies, will both be featured at Comic-Con International in San Diego, supported by both cast and crew.

"I am so excited that our 'comic book' inspired movie has literally become a real comic book," said Englund, best known as the horror legend Freddy Krueger. "Now, fans of the series will finally get to learn the back story of my character, Mayor George W. Buckman, and his ill-fated brethren."

"Free of the filmmaking limitations imposed by budget and schedule, this comic will go places I only dreamed of going," Sullivan said. "With not only Avatar's blessing but request, we will be pushing the envelope in all directions, so expect an extremely sexual, violent, madcap, satirical, over-the-top, politically incorrect thrill ride."

The book marks Sullivan's first venture into comics writing and will be in continuity with the films, including characters who will appear in the sequels. The comic will also be featured in the DVD of the sequel.

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BRIEFLY

* Archie Comics has released the covers to August's Betty & Veronica Double Digest #154 and Tales from Riverdale Digest #23.

Betty & Veronica Double Digest #154 concludes the "Bad Boy Trouble" story by Melanie J. Morgan and Steven Butler.

Tales from Riverdale Digest #23 is part two of "Civil Chores" by Fernando Ruiz.

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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, May 8: Marvel Movies, First Loks and Desperado Pubishing for August.

* Monday, May 7: Spider-Man 3, Painkiller Jane, First Looks, Mirage Studios for August and World War Hulk.

* Sunday, May 6: Spider-Man 3 and Heroes.

* Saturday, May 5: Spider-Man 3, The Batman, The Simpsons and Heroic Publishing for August.

* Friday, May 4: Spider-Man 3's James Franco, Liv Tyler cast in Incredible Hulk, Marvel First Looks and Archie First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Thursday, May 3: Spider-Man 3's Thomas Haden Church, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel First Looks and Superman Returns on Cinemax.

* Wednesday, May 2: Spider-Man 3, Iron Man movie, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Spawn Animated DVD, TwoMorrows Publishing for August, IDW's The Claws Come Out.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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.




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