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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2007


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Tim Story, director of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, said that figuring out exactly what the Silver Surfer would look like and how his powers would work were among the biggest challenges in making the film.

"The definition of what the Silver Surfer does in the comics is pretty vague," Story said during The Continuum's visit to the set in Vancouver. "Here we have a character that is all-powerful in a kind of a way we wanted it. He could pretty much control matter, and when you give somebody that kind of control, you can go wherever you want to go. So it's really been figuring out his power and then of course bringing that to life."

What kind of powers will the Surfer have?

"We do take advantage of the fact that he can change matter, which allows him to have some really cool powers and you guys will see them in the action sequences," Story said.

Story also promised "interesting things" with the Surfer's relationship with his board.

In other Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer news:

* TBS' broadcast of the first Spider-Man movie on Thursday night included interviews with the Fantastic Four cast and clips from the movie. While Doctor Doom is still being kept relatively secret -- much like Venom in Spider-Man 3 -- the clips did include some new action imagery.

"Aesthetically, he's beautiful to look at," Chris Evans said of the Silver Surfer.

Both Evans and Jessica Alba referred to Galactus as an "it."

* Alba will be a guest on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday and on NBC's Today on Wednesday.

* Look for daily FF news through the film's June 15 release here in The Continuum.


Executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick have decided that Season 4 of Sci Fi's Battlestar Galactica, will be its last.

According to the network, they will use the 22-episode season, currently in production, to draw the saga of humanity's struggle for survival to a close.

"This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and finally, an end. Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end and we've decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms," Eick and Moore said in a statement.

"On a personal level, it's been a creative privilege and an honor for all of us who work on the show and we know we'll be lucky to ever see its like again. And while we know our fans will be saddened to know the end is coming, they should brace themselves for a wild ride getting there we're going out with a bang."

"We respect the producers' decision to end the series and are proud to have been the home of this groundbreaking show. We have always known that Ron and David had a plan for Galactica and trust that fans can look forward to a truly amazing final season, said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Sci Fi.

Production on the final 22 hours of season 4 is currently underway in Vancouver. An extended two-hour episode, "Razor," will premiere in November, setting the stage for the rest of the season to commence in 2008.

The executive producers are staging a press conference on Friday and look for details of that soon here in The Continuum.


Aspen Comics has provided The Continuum a first look at its latest exclusive variant cover for Marvel Comics, World War Hulk #1.

Aspen will be offering the limited-edition cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald throughout the convention season, starting with the world-premiere release at Wizard World Philadelphia on June 15-17. The book will also be made available at Aspen's other convention stops throughout the summer and through the publisher's online store.

"Ever since we turned in the Incredible Hulk #100 cover, I've been wanting to tackle drawing another Hulk cover," Turner said. "Once our variant to World War Hulk #1 was a go, I knew I had to try and outdo myself. This one sure took a while, but I think the final cover turned out great. I hope all of the Hulk fans like it as much as we do."

In other World War Hulk news, Marvel Comics has released a preview of World War Hulk: X-Men #1.

The issue, written by Christos Gage with art by Andrea Di Vito and a cover by Ed McGuinness, is scheduled for a June 27 release.

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Marvel Comics has released a preview of the Endangered Species portion of X-Men #200.

Endangered Species takes the form of eight-page bonus stories in X-Men titles July through October. Endangered Species leads directly into this fall's X-Men event.

Endangered Species chronicles the efforts of one mutant to do the seemingly impossible: save his race from extinction.

"We'll follow Beast down a trail that only he can traverse," said X-Men editor Andy Schmidt. "The mutant gene is all but eradicated from the planet. That means his race is dying. He's a scientist -- a genius -- and he's going to solve the riddle of his own extinction -- or die trying."

X-Men #200 will be in stores on June 20. Click on the thumbnails above for larger images.

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For covers and three to five-page previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on June 6, CLICK HERE .

Titles include Sonic the Hedgehog #176, Sabrina the Teenage Witch #85 and Betty & Veronica Double Digest #152. - More Product. More Exclusives.


Platinum Studios has provided The Continuum its solicitations for June.

For the rundown, CLICK HERE .

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* Fangoria Comics.

* Heroic Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* TwoMorrows Publishing.

* Top Cow Productions.

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* Warner Bros. has provided The Continuum a first look at the Mach 5 from the upcoming Speed Racer movie.

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* Painkiller Jane helped Sci Fi to its strongest May ratings period. The series was part of a Friday nine lineup that outperformed the same time period last year by 64 percent among Adults 18-49 and 58 percent among Adults 25-54.

* Septagon Studios has announced the official release of Scorn #1 will be at the Paradise Comicon in Toronto on June 8-10.

* Sean Taylor is writing a graphic novel, Shan: Be My Hero, for VLE Comics. Due in 2008, the graphic novel is based on the story story "Be My Hero," written by VLE Comics CEO Stephen L. Antczak.

Shan: Be My Hero is a fantasy in the sword and sorcery tradition, featuring the character of Shan Lyera, a warrior woman whose people breed heroes -- male or female, they make no distinction -- to travel the world and fight monstrous evils on behalf of weaker folk.


* Sunday, May 27: Spider-Man 3 and Incredible Hulk movie.

* Saturday, May 26: First Looks and Dark Horse's Elfquest busts.

* Friday, May 25: Marvel First Looks and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

* Thursday, May 24: Image Comics for June, Image First Looks, Sci Fi's Flash Gordon and DC Comics collections.

* Wednesday, May 23: Top Cow Productions for August, Legion of Super Heroes DVD, BlueWater Productions First Looks and Spider-Man 3.

* Tuesday, May 22: Marvel Comics for August, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Devil's Due Publishing for August.

* Monday, May 21: DC Comics for August, IDW Publishing for August, Archie Comics for August, Aspen Comics for August, First Looks and April sales.

* Sunday, May 20: DC Comics for August preview and Spider-Man 3.

* Saturday, May 19: Spider-Man 3 and DC First Looks.

* Friday, May 18: New Avengers #31, Digital Webbing for August and First Looks.

* Thursday, May 17: Smallville, Thor, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Tomb Raider and The Dark Knight.

* Wednesday, May 16: Doctor Strange movie, The Spirit movie, 300 DVD, Dark Horse First Looks, Top Cow First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, May 15: Smallville, Super Bad James Dynomite movie, Incredible Hulk and First Looks.

* Monday, May 14: Aspen Comics' Iron and the Maiden, Heroes: Origins, Painkiller Jane, First Looks and Image Comics' PX! Book One.

* Sunday, May 13: Heroes, Spider-Man 3, Cinemax for July, Avatar Press' 2001 Maniacs.

* 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.

* Tuesday, May 8: Marvel Movies, First Looks and Desperado Publishing for August.

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

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