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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2007

NEIL GAIMAN TALKS BEOWULF

The collaboration of Beowulf movie writers Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary originally began when they attempted to bring Gaiman's Sandman to the big screen.

"Roger and I hit it off during the Sandman process. I very much liked him and the way his mind worked," Gaiman said. "At some point, Roger mentioned to me that he'd always wanted to make Beowulf into a movie, but he'd never been able to work out a way to get from the first two acts to the third, because the structure is such that you begin with Beowulf's fight, then fighting Grendel's mother and then move forward 50 years when he fights the dragon. It's not the normal three-act structure of screenplays.

"I suggested a few ways that it could work. There was a pause and Roger said, 'When are you free?'"

Gaiman, who is also an executive producer of the film, described how he and Avary worked together.

"Roger and I flew down to Mexico and he borrowed a house from a friend for a week," Gaiman said, "a week of absolute madness. We were surrounded by translations of Beowulf, all the different ones we could find, including some with Old English on one page and the English translation on the other. We hooked up our computers and we wrote like mad. We returned home with a script, one that (director) Bob Zemeckis read and immediately wanted to do."

Ray Winstone leads the cast of the film, which uses motion/perforamance capture technology. The cast also include Anthony Hopkins as the cursed King Hrothgar, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and Angelina Jolie.

Gaiman has been preparing to direct a Death film by visiting the set of Hellboy 2: The Golden Army and observing director Guillero del Toro. Gaiman has said he is still hopeful for a Sandman film but would rather not do it than to do it wrong.

Beowulf opens in theaters on Nov. 16. Click on the thumbnails for images from the film.



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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to five-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Dec. 5, CLICK HERE.

Titles include World War Hulk: Aftersmash and Ultimate Avengers 3 #1.

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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

* Zenescope Entertainment will offer two exclusives at Wizard World Texas on Nov. 16-18: Return to Wonderland #4, featuring cover art by Dan Leister, and Grimm Fairy Tales #18, with cover art by EBAS. Each will will be limited to 500 copies.

* The Wednesday, Nov. 28 episode of NBC's Bionic Woman is titled "Do Not Disturb."

* The Friday, Nov. 30 episode of Flash Gordon is titled "Possession."

* Anna Watson will be appearing in Kids' WB!'s upcoming Spectacular Spider-Man animated series, including the series premiere.



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.

* Monday, November 5: Heroes, Bionic Woman, Marvel animation, Family Guy, Bluewater Productions First Looks and Zenescope Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, November 4: Family Guy and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, November 3: Smallville, Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, First Looks and Teen Titans.

* Friday, November 2: Marvel First Looks and Steve Ditko book. Get a life-size Yoda wall graphic you will

* Thursday, November 1: Smallville's Black Canary, Aliens vs. Predators: Requiem, Flash Gordon, First Looks and The Batman.

* Wednesday, October 31: Wanted movie, The Simpsons, Spider-Man 4, Legion of Super Heroes and Archie First Looks.

* Tuesday, October 30: Bluewater Productions for February, Steve Melching talks The Batman, First Looks, Heroes for November and Bionic Woman for November.

* Monday, October 29: Moonstone Books for February, First Looks, Family Guy and Green Lantern movie.

* Sunday, October 28: Bluewater Productions First Looks and Flash Gordon.

* Saturday, October 27: The Batman, Bones' Emily Deschanel talks Wonder Woman, Smallville, Adam West talks Family Guy and First Looks.

* 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.

* 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.




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