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Warner Bros. has provided The Continuum another video journal from the Watchmen movie.

This one focuses on the Owl Ship, which was on display at the recent Comic-Con International in San Diego.

To watch the video, CLICK HERE.

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Rawson Thurber, announced last month as writer, director and producer of the Elfquest movie at Warner Bros., said it isn't clear yet what format the film will take.

"They love the property and they're keen to make it as big as possible," Thurber said at the recent Elfquest panel at Comic-Con International. "That's kind of what Warner Bros. does. They do big movies, they don't do small movies. So we don't know if it's going to be live-action or animation or some sort of hybrid version."

Thurber said it's possible the film will take a 300-style approach to its format, with computer-generated backgrounds and imagery.

"It will depend a lot on seeing what the tests look like," he said. "I don't quite believe it, frankly, but I will be happy to be wrong. And it will depend a lot on those tests and it will depend a lot on the script that I write and what we think is the best format for the story."

Elfquest co-creator Wendy Pini noted that Thurber, best known as director of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, has been a fan of Elfquest since he was 11.

"When I took my first meeting with him, he was able to quote me chapter and verse, talking about the characters in depth and the approach he was about to take," Pini said.

Elfquest has had several false starts over the years. "We think all those others were dress rehearsals and small potatoes," Richard Pini said. "This is the big time for us and for Elfquest."

Thurber said that, in working with Courtenay Valenti at Warner Bros., he decided the film will probably revolve around the first four Elfquest books.

Wendy Pini said it's doubtful the film will be cel animation, because in the American market, that format is usually associated with a G-rating, which wouldn't fit Elfquest. She didn't discount a cel-animated approach to Elfquest down the road, though.

"I'm frankly hopeful that this will be popular enough that 2D animation will grow out of it," she said, "and that there could be many stories that translate to film or direct-to-video or whatever. At this point, the sky's the limit. Elfquest can be interpreted many ways. Let's just get that first film made."

Thurber said he hopes the final film will not have a single frame that won't have the seal of approval from the Pinis.

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ABC Family has released a description of "The Vampiric Puppet Lamentation," the Monday, August 18 episode of The Middleman.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"When artifacts from Vlad the Impaler go up for auction, Wendy and The Middleman prepare to acquire them all in effort to stop a possible vampire resurgence. But things go horribly awry when the last artifact, Vlad's beloved ventriloquist puppet Vladdy, takes over the soul of the auctioneer and gets away. Now The Middleman and Wendy must stop Vladdy from reuniting with his puppet bride and bringing on an eternal night of blood. Things only go from bad to worse when the demonic puppet learns about The Middleman's feelings for Lacey and uses her to force our hero to make a dangerous decision. Will Wendy be left on her own to face the unnatural wooden forces of evil or can The Middleman come up with a plan to save the world from vampire restoration and the woman he loves?

"Meanwhile, when Noser mysteriously disappears, Lacey joins forces with Pip to track down their missing friend, much to The Middleman's chagrin."

Look for more news on The Middleman soon here in The Continuum.



For covers and four- to five-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Spawn #181 and Firebreather #2 from Image Comics, The End League #4 from Dark Horse Comics and Skaar: Son of the Hulk #3 from Marvel Comics.

Look for more First Looks later on Thursday here in The Continuum.

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SCI FI Channel ON Thursday announced a new Battlestar Galactica special event, set to air in 2009 following the conclusion of the series. The special then will be released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment shortly thereafter.

Directed by series star Edward James Olmos and written by Battlestar Galactica's Jane Espenson, the two-hour event will begin shooting in Vancouver at the end of this summer.

The cast includes Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas and Dean Stockwell, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Here's how the network decribes the special:

"Starting before the events of the miniseries, our story focuses on familiar characters including Cylon Number One, known as Cavil (Stockwell), Resistance Leader Sam T. Anders (Trucco) and Chief Galen Tyrol (Douglas). In the beginning, the Cylons had a plan, but it didn't account for one thing: survivors. During the chaotic aftermath of the destruction, two powerful Cylon agents struggle with plots and priorities on the human ships that got away, and among the resistance fighters who were left behind."

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Oni Press.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.

* Virgin Comics.

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* Fox Home Entertainment has announced a Sept. 30 release for Daredevil: The Director's Cut on Blu-Ray

* Warner Home Video has announced an Oct. 14 release for Constantine on Blu-ray.

* The Dark Knight pulled in $5.0 million on Wednesday, pushing its total to $410.7 million. The Batman sequel placed second to the $12.5 million debut of Pineapple Express, starring the future Green Hornet, Seth Rogen, and the former Goblin, James Franco.

* I Am Legend will premiere on Cinemax on Saturday, Oct. 4.

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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.

* Saturday, August 2: The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Dark Knight and First Looks.

* Friday, August 1: Watchmen movie, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Hasbro's 3.75-inch Marvel figures, Heroes and Boom!'s 2 Guns at Universal.

* Thursday, July 31: Heroes, Knight Rider, Dark Horse's Comic-Con announcements, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow and War Heroes. VISIT FRANK BEE COSTUME FOR ALL YOUR COSTUME NEEDS

* Wednesday, July 30: Magdalena movie, Top Cow Productions for October, Dynamite Entertainment for October, IDW Publishing for October, Viper Comics for October, Dabel Brothers Productions for October and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 29: Virgin Comics for October, Punisher: War Zone, IDW Publishing's plan, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Monday, July 28: From Comic-Con International: Smallville, Wolverine and the X-Men and Terminator Salvation.

* Sunday, July 27: From Comic-Con International: Marvel animation, Heroes, DC Universe, Aspen Comics, Final Crisis, Vertigo, Batman, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.

* Saturday, July 26: From Comic-Con International: Wonder Woman animated, Ultimate Universe, Secret Invasion, Black Panther animated, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Bryan Singer to produce Freedom Formula movie, The Spirit, Family Guy, DC Nation, Superman, J.G. Jones and Bill Willingham.

* Friday, July 25: From Comic-Con International: Watchmen movie interviews, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Spectcular Spider-Man, Image Comcs, Marvel Studios, Knight Rider, Marvel's Cup O' Joe, Ed Brubaker, Red Sonja, Punisher War Zone and Devil's Due; plus: Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, July 24: From Comic-Con International: X-Men Origins: Wolverine's Hugh Jackman, Wolverine vs. Hulk, X-Men, G.I. Joe, Grant Morrison's MBX, Darwyn Cooke's Parker, Landscape Entertainment's Pretty, Baby, Machine, Afro Samurai, Peter Berg to direct Hercules and Firebreather animation; Red 5 Comics for October.

* Wednesday, July 23: Cartoon Network develops three comics properties, Brave: The Brave and the Bold, The Middleman, Boom! Studios to publish Pixar comics, Bongo Comics for October and Oni Press for October.

* Tuesday, July 22: Marvel Comics for October, Image Comics for October, Christian Bale arrested, First Looks and Robert Kirkman becomes Image partner.

* Monday, July 21: DC Comics for October, The Dark Knight, Archie Comics for October, Thulsa Doom, Caprica, Len Wein at Bloodfire, Image Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Sunday, July 20: The Dark Knight.

* Saturday, July 19: The Dark Knight box office, Watchmen movie, John Woo to direct Caliber and First Looks.

* Friday, July 18: The Dark Knight, Watchmen trailer, Image Comics First Looks and Aspen Comics' convention exclusives.

* Thursday, July 17: The Spirit, The Dark Knight, Punisher: War Zone, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Terminator: Salvation, Marvel second printings and First Looks.

* Wednesday, July 16: The Dark Knight's Heath Ledger, World of Quest, The Cleveland Show, The Remnant, Savage, Zeroids and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 15: The Dark Knight's Gary Oldman, BET's Black Panther and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Monday, July 14: The Dark Knight, Aspen Comics' tribute to Michael Turner, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Marvel Comics roundup and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

* Sunday, July 13: Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Fear Itself.

* Saturday, July 12: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Dark Knight and First Looks.

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