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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007

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HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY

Universal Pictures has provided The Continuum a new image of Ron Perlman as Hellboy from Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

The image will likely be followed by the first trailer, probably released by the end of the year.

Here's how Universal describes the film:

"After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it's up to the planet's toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it's time to call in Hellboy.

"Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development -- pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz, aquatic empath Abe and protoplasmic mystic Johann -- the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who's accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him."

Hellboy II: The Golden Army is scheduled to be in theaters on July 11.

Click on the thumbnail for a larger and fuller image and look for more Hellboy movie news soon here in The Continuum.

For Dark Horse Comics' March solicitations, including the Hellboy Companion, CLICK HERE.

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X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

In a press release concerning its 2009 tentpole movies, 20th Century Fox has released a description for X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Hugh Jackman reprises his role from the X-Men movies as Wolverine in the film, set for a May 1, 2009 release.

Here's how Fox describes the movie:

"Leading up to the events of X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine tells the story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe."

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was written by David Benioff and will be directed by Gavin Hood. Producers are Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, who produced all three previous X-Men films, along with Jackman and his Seed Prods. producing partner, John Palermo. The film will be executive produced by Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige.

Wolverine will be part of a 2009 lineup for Fox that will also include Night at the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian on May 22, Ice Age 3 on July 31 and James Cameron's Avatar on Dec. 18.

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DC COMICS TRADE PAPERBACKS

DC Comics on Wednesday released a list of trade paperbacks to be released in May and June.

For the rundown, with titles, creators, page counts and prices, CLICK HERE.

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THE BATMAN: "THE METAL FACE OF COMEDY"

Kids' WB! has released a description and four images from "The Metal Face of Comedy," this Saturday's new episode of The Batman.

Here's how the network describes te episode:

"Through an unusual accident -- Joker's personality is downloaded into a nanite entity, and the digitized Joker is even more threatening than the original."

Tbe episode was written by Alexx Van Dyne and directed by Vinton Heuck.

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KNIGHT RIDER RETURNS IN FEBRUARY

NBC on Wednesday at its Burbank Studios unveiled the new customized KITT Ford Mustang to be featured in its two-hour Knight Rider movie.

Knight Rider will air on Sunday, Feb. 17. The movie stars Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Bruce Davison.

David Hasselhoff -- who starred in the popular lead role as Michael Knight for four seasons during the original series -- returns as the same character in a special guest-star appearance. Will Arnett will provide the voice of KITT.

Here's how the network describes the movie:

"As the original story resumes, the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) is absolutely the coolest car ever created: its supercomputer capable of hacking almost any system; its weapons systems efficient; and its body -- thanks to its creator's work and nanotechnology -- is capable of actually shifting shape and color. Plus, its artificial intelligence makes it the ideal crime-fighting partner: logical, precise and possessing infinite knowledge. It is the ultimate car -- and someone will be willing to do anything to obtain it.

"Sarah Graiman is a 24-year old Ph.D candidate at Stanford University, following in her genius father Charles' (Davison) footsteps. But when men attempt to abduct her, Sarah receives a mysterious call from KITT warning her that he's a creation of Charles, who also invented the first KITT 25 years ago -- and that her father is in serious danger.

"Sarah and KITT track down her best friend from childhood, Mike Tracer (Bruening), a 23-year-old ex-Army Ranger, whom Sarah hasn't seen since he left home at 18. Having served in Iraq, Mike is now jaded and lost and initially resistant. Eventually he agrees to help Sarah and the two set out to discover who's behind the attempt to procure KITT and find Charles. Along the way, Carrie Rivai (Poitier) plays the agile yet tough FBI agent who has a long-standing friendship with Charles and Sarah. Due to those ties, she is brought into the mix to help in the search."

David Andron is supervising producer and writer. Steve Shill, also a co-executive producer, directs.

NBC also has an arrangement with Ford Motor Company that provides for a unique content opportunity that makes the Ford Mustang one of the stars of the movie.



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ALIENS VS. PREDATOR -- REQUIEM

20th Century Fox on Wednesday released seven images from Aliens vs. Predator -- Requiem, due in theaters on Dec. 15.

The film is directed by the Brothers Strause, Colin and Greg, whose visual effects house, Hydraulx, is renowned for its work on films such as 300, X-Men: The Last Stand and Fantastic Four.

The cast features Steven Pasquale, John Ortiz, Johnny Lewis and Ariel Gade.

Here's how Fox describes the film:

"The iconic creatures from two of the scariest film franchises in movie history wage their most brutal battle ever -- in our own backyard.

"The science fiction-action-thriller captures the magic of the Alien vs. Predator comics, novels and videogames that established the AVP brand -- while paying homage to the hallmarks of the film series that preceded it. At the same time AVP-R, introduces an intriguing element new to the franchise, by having the Aliens and Predator wage war in a small American town."

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FIRST LOOKS -- UPDATED!

For covers and two- to seven-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Blackbeard Legacy #4, Violet Rose #1, Tiger and Crane #1 and Ray Harryhausen Presents: Flying Saucers vs. the Earth #1 from Bluewater Productions and X-Factor #27 from Marvel Comics.

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FEBRUARY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archie Comics.

* Arcana Studio.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* Image Comics.

* IDW Publishing.

* Markosia Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

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BRIEFLY

* Marvel Comics on Wednesday announced that X-Men #205 and Uncanny X-Men #493 -- chapters five and six of the Messiah Complex story -- have both sold out, with second printings coming on Jan. 16.

The issues will have new covers, featuring the interior art of Chris Bacholo and Billy Tan. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* V for Vendetta returns in February on HBO. Air dates and times include Thursday, Feb. 7 at 1 a.m. and Friday, Feb. 29 at 11:30 p.m.

* FX will air Daredevil on Saturday at 3 p.m. and on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.



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, December 7: Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, December 6: Punisher War Zone, The Batman, First Looks and The Darkness.

* Wednesday, December 5: Wanted on June 27, I Am Legend, Marvel press conference: Dan Slott, Smallville, Swamp Thing, Doctor Who and First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 4: The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Batman, Smallville, 10th Muse optioned, Dabel Brothers roundup and First Look. PokeOrder.com, World's Largest Trading Card Store

* Monday, December 3: Heroes, Hulk, BlueWater Productions for March, Moonstone Books for March, First Looks, Alex Simmons at Archie Comics and Image Comics' Gutwrencher.

* Sunday, December 2: Heroes' Kristen Bell and First Looks.

* Saturday, December 1: Devil's Due Publishing for February, Archie First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, November 30: Marvel First Looks, Legion of Super Heroes, Ape Entertainment for February and Fantastic Four animated.

* Thursday, November 29: Dynamite Entertainment for February, The Simpsons, Antarctic Press for February, First Looks, Kids' WB! in December and DC Comics second printings.

* Wednesday, November 28: Marvel press conference: Brian Michael Bendis, Legion of Super Heroes, Smallville, Avatar Press for February, Oni Press for February, Markosia Publishing for February and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 27: Justice League: The New Frontier, Blade: The Series DVD, DC Comics roundup, Marvel First Looks, Boom! Studios for February, Aspen Comics for February, Arcana Studio for February and Punisher: War Zone movie.

* Monday, November 26: Marvel First Looks, Hulk, Smallville, DC First Looks, IDW Publishing for February, Desperado Publishing for February and Red 5 Comics for February.

* Sunday, November 25: Teen Titans and Mirage Studios for February.

* Saturday, November 24: Groo panel at Mid-Ohio-Con, Bongo Comics for February and First Looks.

* Friday, November 23: Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Thursday, November 22: Comics movies on television and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, November 21: First Looks and Smallville.

* Tuesday, November 20: Marvel Comics for February and Image Comics for February.

* Monday, November 19: DC Comics for February, Smallville's Laura Vandervoort, Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Sunday, November 18: From Wizard World Texas -- Scott Porter on Justice League movie, Smallville's Laura Vandervoort, Top Cow panel, DC Universe panel and Ethan Van Sciver panel.

* Saturday, November 17: The Spirit's Deborah Del Prete, Marvel First Looks and from Wizard World Texas: Greg Pak and DC Nation.

* Friday, November 16: Marvel First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Bionic Woman and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Thursday, November 15: The Spirit's Gabriel Macht, Image First Looks and Transformers animated movie.

* Wednesday, November 14: The Spirit's Frank Miller, Legion of Super Heroes and First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 13: Top Cow Productions for February, Brian Reed, First Looks and Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.

* Monday, November 12: Marvel Comics roundup, Archie Comics for February and First Looks.




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