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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007

SMALLVILLE SEASON 7

Aaron Ashmore is joining the Smallville cast as a regular and the show is keeping its time period for its seventh season.

The CW announced its 2007-2008 lineup on Thursday, with Smallville again occupying the 8 p.m. on Thursdays time period.

Ashmore guest-starred as Jimmy Olsen in Season 6 and will return in that role as a regular.

Returning next season are Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang, Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan and John Glover as Lionel Luthor.

Annette O'Toole's Martha Kent will not be returning to the series.



MICHAEL TURNER'S THOR

Marvel Comics on Thursday afternoon provided The Continuum a first look at Michael Turner's variant cover to Thor #1.

The cover will be shipped in a 50/50 ratio with the cover by the series' artist, Olivier Coipel.

The news series is written by J. Michael Straczynski.

Here's how Marvel describes the first issue:

"Not a clone! Not a robot! Not an imaginary story! The God of Thunder is officially back! The Odinson comes roaring to life in this ongoing series. But how does a god return from Ragnarok? And what place will he find in a world torn by Civil War?"

Thor #1 is scheduled for a July 5 release.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five- to six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on May 23, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Captain America #26, Fantastic Four #546, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual #1, Heroes for Hire #10, Iron Man: Hypervelocity #5, Marvel Adventures Iron Man #1, newuniversal #6, She-Hulk #18 and X-Men #199.

For covers and four- to five-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores in June, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #5 and World War Hulk #1.

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IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on May 23, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Dynamo 5 #3, Madman Atomic Comics #2, PvP #33, Loaded Bible 2: Blood of Christ, Casanova, Vol. 1: Luxuria TP, Coyote, Vol. 5 TP and Fell, Vol. 1: Feral City TP.

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GAMETAP'S TOMB RAIDER SERIES

GameTap, a broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, announced on Thursday the launch of a new GameTap Retrospective series and a new original animated series, Re\Visioned, that pays homage to Tomb Raider, one of the game industry's top franchises of all time.

10 Years of Tomb Raider -- A GameTap Retrospective profiles the creators, the games, the live-action models and the fans who have collectively made Tomb Raider a pop culture phenomenon. The documentary will be available for free at www.gametap.com/tombraider and new segments will be added each week through June 7.

To create Re\Visioned: Tomb Raider, GameTap commissioned Peter Chung, Jim Lee, Warren Ellis, Cully Hamner, Gail Simone, David Alvarez, Michael Stackpole, Brian Pulido and Christos Gage, among others, to provide their Re\Visioned view of Lara Croft.

The first episode in the original animation series will debut on July 10, with new episodes running through August 23. There are 10 episodes in total and they will be available to view for free at GameTap.com.

"We wanted to do something special for Lara's 10th anniversary," said Larry Sparks, Eidos' head of brands management. "Working with GameTap allowed us to tell the Tomb Raider story like never before, complete with fan interviews from around the world and a first ever photo shoot that brought together the live-action Lara Croft models."

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NESTOR CARBONELL JOINS THE DARK KNIGHT

Nestor Carbonell is going from Batmanuel to Batman.

Carbonell, who played Batmanuel in Fox's short-lived The Tick live-action series in 2002, has joined the cast of The Dark Knight, according to Variety.

Carbonell, 39, will play the mayor of Gotham City.

Carbonell recently has appeared in several episodes of ABC's Lost and will star in a new CBS drama, Cane, beginning next fall. He also voiced El Diablo in Cartoon Network's Justice League.

Look for more movie news later on Thursday here in The Continuum.



BRIEFLY

* According to Variety, FX has purchased the broadcast rights to Ghost Rider.

* Spider-Man 3 topped the box office on Tuesday with $3.4 million, pushing its domestic total to $247.3 million.

* The Simpsons and Family Guy will return to their respective Sunday at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. next season, according to schedules released by Fox on Thursday.



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.

* Saturday, May 12: Spider-Man 3 box office, Devil's Due First Looks, Dark Horse First Looks.

* Friday, May 11: Witchblade, Marvel First Looks and HBO in July.

* Thursday, May 10: Image First Looks, Marvel First Looks, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Heroes and Family Guy.

* Wednesday, May 9: Dark Horse Comics for August, Spider-Man 3, DC First Looks and Top Cow First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Tuesday, May 8: Marvel Movies, First Looks 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.

* 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.




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