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SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2008


Movie news -- and much more!


With Iron Man set to reach theaters this week, director Jon Favreau said he already has ideas for a sequel.

"I think Mandarin, for sure. I think War Machine, for sure," Favreau said during the Iron Man press junket in New York City on Sunday afternoon.

"I think you've got to go with War Machine. You've got to give Terrence (Howard, who plays James Rhodes) more to do. He really had to be patient in this one. He could have been Tony Stark if you wanted to go against the grain from what was in the books."

Howard was the first key actor cast in Iron Man, and like Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), was signed for three films.

"Once you break him out of the role he was relegated to in this one, I think he could go toe-to-toe with Robert and it could really be a cool buddy story," Favreau said. "And then you need some big bad guys and I think the bad guys are going to be tech-based for the most part."

Favreau also plays Happy Hogan in Iron Man and joked about the romantic possibities between Happy and Pepper. "Even if I'm not directing, I'm there," he said. "Because I am in love with her. I just fell in love with her. With those heels just walking around the set, everybody on the set would get quiet."

Look for more from Favreau and more Iron Man features all this week here in The Continuum.

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The CW has released a description of "Arctic," the season finale of Smallville set to air on Thursday, May 15.

"Kara (Laura Vandervoort) tells Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) he is destined to defeat the Traveler and offers to take him to the Fortress to learn how. Clark (Tom Welling) is stunned that Kara would go to Lex but it is revealed that Brainiac is impersonating Kara and she's actually trapped in the Phantom Zone. Chloe is arrested by the Department of Domestic Security and Lana awakens from her comatose state.

"Meanwhile, in an epic turn of events, Clark and Lex face off in the Fortress and Lex learns Clarkıs secret."

Todd Slavkin directed the episode, which was written by Don Whitehead and Holly Henderson.



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

* Archie Comics.

* Avatar Presss.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Comics.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.


* TMNT premieres on Cinemax on Saturday, June 7 at 7 a.m. The film will also air on Thursday, June 26 at 7:30 a.m.

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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.

* Tuesday, April 22: The Incredible Hulk, Wanted, Speed Racer, Smallville, Avatar Press for July, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Virgin and Stan Lee team and Marvel roundup.

* Monday, April 21: Iron Man movie, Boom! Studios for July, First Looks, Family Guy, The Simpsons and from New York Comic Con: Vertigo, Top Cow and Boom! Studios.

* Sunday, April 20: From New York Comic Con: Incredible Hulk producers, Marvel's Cop O' Joe and Chesterquest panels; and Red 5 Comics for July.

* Saturday, April 19: From New York Comic Con: The Spirit, The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Wanted and Make Mine Marvel panel; Image Comics First Looks, Smallville and Dabel Productions for July.

* Friday, April 18: From New York Comic Con -- DC Nation panel, Secret Invasion panel and Mondo Marvel panel; Marvel First Looks, Image Comics for July, Black Panther animated and The Spectacular Spider-Man.

* Thursday, April 17: Bongo Comics for July, Oni Press for July, Invincible Iron Man variant and Archie Comics First Looks. Free Shipping from!

* Wednesday, April 16: Platinum Studios' Atlantis Rising optioned, Stan Lee's Legion of 5, Radical Publishing for July, Transformers: Animated in May and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 15: Marvel Comics for July, The Simpsons, DC Comics' Prototype and First Looks.

* Monday, April 14: DC Comics for July, Archie Comics for July, Smallville, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Sunday, April 13: Family Guy, The Spectacular Spider-Man and First Looks.

* Saturday, April 12: Dark Horse Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, April 11: The Spirit, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Kabillion's Spider-Man.

* Thursday, April 10: Smallville, Batman Gotham Knight, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Comic Book Tattoo and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 9: The Batman: Brave and the Bold's Diedrich Bader, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Bluewater Productions for August and First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 8: Top Cow Productions for July, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Monday, April 7: Dark Horse Comics for July, Smallville, Voltron, Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons, Invincible Iron Man, Freshmen and First Looks.

* Sunday, April 6: Iron Man movie and First Looks.

* Saturday, April 5: IDW Publishing for July, DC First Looks and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Friday, April 4: The Dark Knight, Speed Racer, Marvel First Looks, Ben Templesmith exclusive to IDW Publishing and Digital Webbing for June.

* Thursday, April 3: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Red 5 First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 2: Birds of Prey, Knight Rider, XIII, First Looks and American Flagg.

* Tuesday, April 1: Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, Witchblade DVD, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Monday, March 31: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Jim Mooney dies, Battlestar Galactica, First Looks, Archie Comics' "Freshman Year" and Aspen Comics for June.

* Sunday, March 30: Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and Archie First Looks.

* Saturday, March 29: Smallville, DC First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

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