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Star Wars: The Clone Wars features a few actors from the live-action movies providing voices, but most members of the cast are new actors to the roles.

Producer Catherine Winder and Star Wars creator George Lucas explained the casting for the movie and subsequent television series.

"When we started the project, it was initially a television series and we needed to be able to work on a pace that pretty rapid," Winder said. "And they way we write this, is we rewrite, we change it, and we need to be able to access our actors pretty regularly. So it was hard to get all the actors who would be off on set, because this pace is pretty intense."

"You do it all over all the time," Lucas said. "You need people available every week, and you can't really affored multi-million dollar actors to do a television series."

Lucas noted that in cases where big-name actors provide voices for animated features, frequently they are hired for primarily promotional reasons and spend more time promoting the movie than actually working on it.

After the decision was made to make The Clone Wars a theatrical feature, Lucas said actors from the live-action movies were approached.

"Some of them said yes and some of them were off doing features," he said. "It was all done pretty rapidly."

Reprising their roles for The Clone Wars were Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and Christopher Lee as Count Dooku.

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For covers and four- to six-page previews of upcoming Marvel Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Big Hero Six #1, Sub-Mariner: The Depths #1 and Deadpool #1.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on August 13, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Boom! Studios titles arriving in stores on August 13, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on August 13, CLICK HERE.


DC Comics has announced creators for its upcoming six-issue Fringe mini-series, based on the Fox television series from J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

The first issue will feature stories written by Zack Whedon, Julia Cho, Alex Katsnelson, Danielle DiSpaltro with art by Tom Mandrake and Simon Coleby.

Fringe #1 will be in stores on Sept. 3.

The television series will launch with a two-hour premiere on Fox on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

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The Continuum continues its series of roundtable interviews from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles with creator/executive producer Josh Friedman.

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Sin City's Rosario Dawson and Smallville's Justin Hartley are starring in Gemini Division, an original online series from NBC Universe Digital Studio that premieres on Monday, August. 18.

The first webisodes will premiere on and, with new webisodes rolling out weekly. Webisodes will also be available weekly on VOD via Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and DISH Network, in addition to EST (Electronic Sell-Through) via Amazon Unbox, Microsoft's Xbox LIVE and Zune, NBC Mobile and several online video portals.

Here's how NBC describes the series:

"Set in the not-too-distant future, Gemini Division follows NYPD vice cop Anna Diaz (Rosario Dawson) who, while searching for the truth behind her fiancee's murder, is drawn into a secret war between a race of artificial life forms know as SIMs and the covert agency charged with hunting them down."

Hartley, who is now a cast regular on Smallville as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, plays Nick Korda.

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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.



* Marvel Comics has released more images from its Monkey variant covers, including Captain America #41 (on sale on August 20), Invincible Iron Man #5 (August 27), Punisher: War Journal #23 (Sept. 3), Guardians of the Galaxy #5 (Sept. 10), Marvel Spotlight: Marvel Knights 10th Anniversary (Sept. 10), Patsy Walker: Hellcat #3 (Sept. 10), Incredible Hercules #121 (Sept. 17) and Squadron Supreme 2 #3 (Sept. 17).

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* DC Comics has announced that the following titles will be resolicited: All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder #11 and #12, Ex Machina #39, Green Lantern #36 and Moon Child Vol 12.

* Author Blake Bell has announce dhis partnering with The Hero Initiative for his next book, Bill Everett: Fire and Water, from Fantagraphics in July 2009. Bell has announced that he will be donating 10 percent of his royalties from the project to The Hero Initiative in Everett's name, continuing the legacy of contributing to the well being of comic creators by the Everett family.



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.

* Thursday, August 7: Watchmen, Elfquest, The Middleman, First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Wednesday, August 6: The Dark Knight, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, First Looks, Greg Horn, Marvel Comics roundup, DNAgents and Viz titles.

* Tuesday, August 5: Batman: The Brave and the Bold's Tom Kenny, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Shirly Manson, Marvel Studios, The Dark Knight, Heroes and Bluewater Productions' manga.

* Monday, August 4: The Middleman, Morgan Freeman in accident, Bluewater Productions for November, Moonstone Books for November, Marvel Comics roundup, Dark Horse First Looks, Image First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks and Top Cow's Berserker. Get FREE SHIPPING. Use code CSJCF8.

* Sunday, August 3: The Dark Knight and Avatar Press for October.

* 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.

* 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.

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