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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2007

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WANTED MOVIE FIRST IMAGES

Universal Pictures has released 27 images from Wanted, the upcoming film based on the Top Cow comics series by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones.

Here's how Universal describes the film:

"Wanted tells the tale of one apathetic nobody's transformation into an unparalleled enforcer of justice. In 2008, the world will be introduced to a hero for a new generation: Wesley Gibson.

"25-year-old Wes (James McAvoy) was the most disaffected, cube-dwelling drone the planet had ever known. His boss chewed him out hourly, his girlfriend ignored him routinely and his life plodded on interminably. Everyone was certain this disengaged slacker would amount to nothing. There was little else for Wes to do but wile away the days and die in his slow, clock-punching rut.

"Until he met a woman named Fox (Angelina Jolie).

"After his estranged father is murdered, the deadly sexy Fox recruits Wes into the Fraternity, a secret society that trains Wes to avenge his dad's death by unlocking his dormant powers. As she teaches him how to develop lightning-quick reflexes and phenomenal agility, Wes discovers this team lives by an ancient, unbreakable code: carry out the death orders given by fate itself.

"With wickedly brilliant tutors--including the Fraternity's enigmatic leader, Sloan (Morgan Freeman)--Wes grows to enjoy all the strength he ever wanted. But, slowly, he begins to realize there is more to his dangerous associates than meets the eye. And as he wavers between newfound heroism and vengeance, Wes will come to learn what no one could ever teach him: he alone controls his destiny."

Universal has also launched the first trailer and the film's website at www.wantedmovie.com. The film opens March 28.

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THE SIMPSONS: "HUSBANDS AND KNIVES"

Fox has released two promotional images from "Husbands and Knives," the Sunday, Nov. 18 episode of The Simpsons.

The episode guest-stars comic-book creators Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman and Dan Clowes.

Here's how Fox describes the epiosde:

"Much to the Comic Book Guy's chagrin, Bart, Lisa and Milhouse check out a new comic-book store called Coolsville, where they are treated like royalty by a friendly comic book buff named Milo (guest voice Jack Black). Coolsville attracts some real-life comic book creators, such as Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman and Dan Clowes (guest-voicing as themselves), and the Comic Book Guy wages war on Coolsville in an attempt to win back his customers.

"Meanwhile, Marge decides her middle-aged physique could use some help, and she launches a gym for 'regular women.' Marge's gym becomes wildly successful and as her fame grows, Homer fears she will dump him for a younger, more fit guy. Homer decides to take matters into his own hands to get into shape."

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JAMES VANDERBILT WRITING SPIDER-MAN 4

James Vanderbilt is writing the screenplay for Spider-Man 4 from Sony's Columbia Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad figure to return as producers for the sequel, but it is unclear what roles -- if any -- director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst will play in the next installment.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vanderbilt has also been working on a polish for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He has been linked to Warner Bros.' The Losers, based on the DC Comics property.

Vanderbilt's other credits include Zodiac and The Rundown.

Spider-Man 3, which was released on DVD on Tuesday, brought in $336.5 million domestically as the No. 1 box-office draw of 2007 so far.

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LEGION OF SUPER HEROES: "WHO AM I?"

Kids' WB! has released a description and five images from "Who Am I?," this Saturday's new episode of Legion and Super Heroes.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"In order to infiltrate Imperiex's ranks, the Legion decide to have Chameleon Boy take the form of the villain Persuader. But in order to make the disguise complete, they must also reprogram Chameleon Boy's mind so that he believes that he actually is Persuader.Things go terribly wrong when his Legion teammates are unable to make Chameleon Boy remember who he really is."

David Sobolov provides the voice of Persuader. Shawn Harrison, who does the voice of Timber Wolf, also provides the voice of Ron Karr in the episode.

The episode was written by J.M. DeMatteis and directed by James Tucker.

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ARCHIE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and two- and three-page previews of Archie Comics First Looks, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Sonic X #26, Archie Digest #239 and Betty & Veronica #231.

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JANUARY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

For previously published solicitations for January, click on the publishers' names below.

* Arcana Studio.

* Archie Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Boom! Studios.

* Heroic Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Markosia Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Slave Labor Graphics.

* Top Cow Productions.

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BRIEFLY

* According to Variety, NBC is putting the Heroes: Origins spin-off series on hold. The report also indicates that while the potential writers strike likely contributed to the decision, the second season of Heroes has been critically panned and ratings have been "disappointing."

* Marvel Comics has released both covers and several panels from New X-Men #44, part four of the Messiah Complex event due in stores on Nov. 21.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

"The X-Men, Sinister's forces and the Purifiers have all set their plans in motions -- and not everyone may survive the coming war! The Purifiers and Marauders have both made their moves, but it's time for the X-Men to answer in their own uncanny way! As each of Cyclops' teams set upon their missions, is one clandestine effort doomed from the start?"

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* Peter David has announced he is writing the novelization of the Iron Man movie.

* Khari Evans is contributing art to The Order #5 from Marvel Comics.



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.

* Friday, October 26: Family Guy's Seth Green, Bionic Woman, Image First Looks, Marvel First Looks, Battlestar Galactica and Jerry Robinson named DC consultant.

* Thursday, October 25: The Simpsons for November, Flash Gordon, Boom! Studios for January, Devil's Due Publishing for January and Archie First Looks.

* Wednesday, October 24: Bones' Halloween episode, Family Guy, Red 5 Comics for January, Slave Labor Graphic for January, Markosia Publishing for January, Arcana Studio for January and First Looks.

* Tuesday, October 23: World War Hulk, Legion of Super Heroes, Bongo Comics for January, Spider-Man: One More Day delay, Heroes, Bionic Woman and Marvel First Looks. Free Shipping from WBShop.com!

* Monday, October 22: Heroes, Spider-Man 3, Avatar Press for January, First Looks, Spike TV Scream Awards, 30 Days of Night and Ben 10: Race Against Time.

* Sunday, October 21: Heroes' Kristen Bell, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians on DVD and Avatar Press' Gravel.

* Saturday, October 20: 30 Days of Night, Boom! First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, October 19: 30 Days of Night's Josh Hartnett, Marvel First Looks, Desperado Publishing for January and Heroic Publishing for January.

* Thursday, October 18: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Smallville, Family Guy, Marvel's Ultimates Saga and First Looks.

* Wednesday, October 17: IDW Publishing for January, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and Bionic Woman.

* Tuesday, October 16: Marvel Comics for January, 30 Days of Night's Ben Foster, Batman and the Outsiders, Marvel's Secret Invasion and First Looks.

* Monday, October 15: DC Comics for January, Legion of Super Heroes, The Batman, Archie Comics for January, Bluewater Productions for January, Image Comics for January, Family Guy, The Simpsons and Dynamite First Looks.

* Sunday, October 14: Heroes' Dana Davis and First Looks.

* Saturday, October 13: Smallville, Heroes and Jack Staff.

* Friday, October 12: Marvel First Looks, Legion of Heroes and Smallville.

* Thursday, October 11: I Am Legend comics, Captain America, Legion of Super Heroes, Heroes, Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters and First Looks.

* Wednesday, October 10: Smallville, The Batman, First Looks and Devil's Due Publishing.

* Tuesday, October 9: Annihilation: Conquest press conference, Family Guy, Bionic Woman, Jack Kirby's Fourth World, Zenescope's big October and First Looks.

* Monday, October 8: Top Cow Productions for January, Smallville, Heroes, Angel and Scary Godmother.

* Sunday, October 7: Heroes' Hayden Panettiere and First Looks.

* Saturday, October 6: Battlestar Galactica, Devil's Due First Looks, Heroes and Smallville.

* Friday, October 5: Dark Horse Comics for January, Marvel First Looks and X-Men: Messiah Complex.




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