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SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2008

WANTED: ANGELINA JOLIE

Angelina Jolie, who plays Fox in the June 27-releasing Wanted movie, had influence on her character's appearance, including her many tattoos.

"Fox has binary codes on her arm, which is part of a reading of the fabric from the Loom of Fate," Jolie said. "She has 'know your rights' in different languages and 'toil and tears,' which is from a Churchill speech.

"It's things like that that the audience won't notice or pick up, but giving Fox all these tattoos is symbolic of somebody who lives by a certain code of honor."

Jolie's character carries a no-nonsense attitude and an all-encompassing commitment to the Fraternity.

"Fox is a believer in the Code," Jolie said. "I like the fact that she's quite flat, in a way; she just believes in getting on with it and doesnąt really show any emotion.

" However, let's not get too serious about this film -- it's supposed to be a fun movie, but the idea of assassinating one person to save thousands is very interesting."

Wanted director Timur Berkmambetov found Jolie to be a very committed actress.

"She is deep and talented, grounded and specific," he said. "She knows, every second, what she wants to do in the scene. Her viewpoint is very strong, and so you have to understand it. We worked with her on her dialogue, and she really helped to make it stronger. When we first met, we talked about her character. From then on, she was always trying to keep everything in line with what we discussed. A very focused actor."

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THE MIDDLEMAN: "THE ACCIDENTAL OCCIDENTAL CONCEPTION"

ABC Family has released more images and a more detailed description from "The Accidental Occidental Conception," the Monday, June 23 episode of The Middleman.

Here's how the episode is described:

"When a Terra Cotta Warrior is brought back to life, The Middleman and Wendy set out to stop him before he can take the last living heir of the Qin dynasty to the land of the dead, releasing a hail of fire that will rain down on the Earth for a thousand years. With some help from fashionista and reformed succubus, Roxy Wasserman, the two must make a daring trip to the underworld to get the deed done. But will Wendy be able to focus on their latest mission, or will the fallout of her argument with Lacey get in the way?

"Still stinging from Wendy's harsh criticisms, Lacey lands herself a job as Roxy's assistant, which tests her activist spirit."

Elaine Hendrix guest-stars.

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NEW SPAWN CREATIVE TEAM

Todd McFarlane Productions has announced that the new Spawn creative team will feature Image Comics co-founders McFarlane (creative director) and Whilce Portacio (artist) joining returning writer Brian Holguin.

The new creative team's run begins with Spawn #185 in October.

"We've just been talking with everybody involved about what we can do to inspire the readers," McFarlane said. "One of them was to take the book in a different direction in terms of the storyline, and the other was to take it in a bit of a different direction artistically, too."

"Having Todd by my side is fantastic, because he gives me all the texture he's been trying to place in his stories," Portacio said. "As the artist, I get to say, 'Okay, let me grab all of this stuff that's oozing out of your head, and let me see if I could make it visually pleasing.' For me, that is artistic bliss."

McFarlane and Portacio will be guests at Wizard World Chicago.

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BOOM! STUDIOS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Boom! Studios titles arriving in stores on June 11, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Warhammer: Condemned by Fire #2, Fall of Cthulhu #13 and Blood Bowl #1.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on June 11, CLICK HERE.

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DARK HORSE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three-page previews of upcoming Dark Horse Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Indiana Jones Adventures Vol. 1, Star Wars: Dark Times #12 and Fear Agent #22.

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FEAR ITSELF: "IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH"

NBC has released a description from "In Sickness and Health," the Thursday, June 26 episode of Fear Itself.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"On her wedding day, a beautiful bride (Maggie Lawson) receives a mysterious note that reads: 'The person you are marrying is a serial killer,' which casts a shadow over her perfect day."

James Roday stars as the groom.

Also featured in the episode are Christie Laing, Sonja Bennett and Marshall Bell.

"In Sickness and in Heath" was written by Victor Salva and directed by John Landis.

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AUGUST SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Antarctic Press.

* Arcana Studio.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Big City Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Bros. Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Digital Webbing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Platinum Studios.

* Radical Publishing.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.

* Zenescope Entertainment.

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BRIEFLY

* The Mike Wieringo Tribute Book from Hero Initiative and Marvel Comics will be available on June 20 at Heroes Con in Charlotte, N.C., before it is officially released on June 25.

When Wieringo passed away, he was in the middle of a What If? story for Marvel, having completed seven of the 27 pages. Wieringo's friends completed the story that is featured in a 48-page book, which includes additional tributes.

Talent participating in the book includes Jeff Parker, Arthur Adams, Paul Renaud, Stuart Immonen, Cully Hamner, Alan Davis, David Williams, Sanford Greene, Humberto Ramos, Skottie Young, Mike Allred, Barry Kitson and Val Staples.

* Shocker Toys has announced a Maxx mini-figure as an exclusive for Comic-Con Internatinal in San Diego on July 23-27. The 3-inch figure is the first in 12-14 characters.

The Maxx figure will be limited to 500 pieces.

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* Resident Evil: Extinction will premiere on Starz on Saturday, July 5.

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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, June 2: Garth Ennis and First Looks.

* Sunday, June 1: Devil's Due Publishing for August and Desperado Publishing.

* Saturday, May 31: From Wizard World Philadelphia -- Marvel's Cup O' Joe, Aspen Comics, Secret Invasion and Dynamite Entertainment panels; Plus -- Antaractic Press for August, The Spectacular Spider-Man and First Looks.

* Friday, May 30: From Wizard World Philadelphia -- Spider-Man, Mondo Marvel and DC Nation panels; Also -- Batman Gotham Knight, The Incredible Hulk and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, May 29: The Incredible Hulk's Edward Norton, G.I. Joe at IDW Publishing, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Digital Webbing for August and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 28: American Gladiators/Hulk, Zenescope Entertainment for August, Radical Publishing for August, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Fear Itself and World of Quest.

* Tuesday, May 27: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Avatar Press for August, Boom! Studios for August, Platinum Studios for August and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Monday, May 26: Dynamite Entertainment for August, Oni Press for August, Dabel Bros. Productions for August, Red 5 Comics for August and Transformers: Animated.

* Sunday, May 25: First Looks, The Incredible Hulk and Fear Itself.

* Saturday, May 24: The Middleman, Heroes, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Arcana Studio for September.

* Friday, May 23: Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Viper Comics for August and Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.

* Thursday, May 22: Batman Gotham Knight, Battlestar Galactica, The Middleman, Big City Comics for August, Aspen Comics for August and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 21: Bongo Comics for August, Bluewater Productions First Looks, Marvel Comics roundup, Iron Man box office and DC Direct's Watchmen.

* Tuesday, May 20: Marvel Comics for August and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Monday, May 19: DC Comics for August, IDW Publishing for August, Archie Comics for August, NBC's Fear Itself, Punisher: War Zone, Top Cow First Looks and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Sunday, May 18: Iron Man, The Cleveland Show and First Look.

* Saturday, May 17: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Witchblade movie and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, May 16: Top Cow Productions for August, Image Comics for August, Marvel Comics First Looks and World of Quest.

* Thursday, May 15: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Fox's 2008-2009 lineup, The Middleman's Natalie Morales, Image Comics First Looks and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 14: Incredible Hulk's Tim Roth, Batman Gotham Knight's Kevin Conroy, Battlestar Galactica, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Smallville, Archie Comics First Looks and The Dark Tower.

* Tuesday, May 13: The Middleman, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Zen: Intergalactic Ninja, Devil's Due/Capcom titles, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Image Comics' The Roberts and Watchmen.

* Monday, May 12: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Wtichblade movie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Bluewater Productions for September, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Archie's Katy Keen Special and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Sunday, May 11: Iron Man box office.

* Saturday, May 10: Dark Horse Comics for August, Iron Man and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, May 9: G.I. Joe movie, Marvel Comics First Looks and Batman Gotham Knight's Brian Azzarello.

* Thursday, May 8: The Middleman, The Dark Knight, Heroes, Iron Man and Archie Comics First Looks.



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