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TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES -- SUMMER GLAU

Summer Glau, who returns as Cameron for Season 2 of Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, said the "strange family dynamic" among the three main characters is "more strained" this season.

"The dynamic, it's definitely shifted, and I think that Cameron is more dangerous than ever," Glau said. "And she and John go through something really, really important in our premiere that I really looking forward to people seeing."

To view more of Glau's comments, CLICK HERE for the video.

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BLUEWATER TEAMS WITH ROGER CORMAN

Bluewater Productions has announced it is teaming with Roger Corman to adapt and re-imagine some of the genre filmmaker's work beginning next year.

Properties in the Roger Corman Presents title will include Death Stalker, The Barbarian Queen, Humanoids from the Deep and a re-franchising of Corman's super hero Black Scorpion, who was featured in two made-for-cable movies on Showtime and a 22 one-hour episodes on the Sci Fi Channel.

"Comic books have given me so much over the years that it's time I gave something back to the medium," Corman said.

Because Bluewater now is working with both Corman and the Vincent Price estate, the publisher hopes to turn several of the horror classics based on the Edgar Allen Poe stories into comics form in the near future.

"Roger Corman's body of work is so visual and visceral," said Bluewater's president Darren G. Davis. "What will make these titles stand out is that Mr. Corman will be personally involved in their development.

"This is not just another licensing gimmick, but an outlet to rediscover his creative genius and a chance for readers to once again be pleasantly frightened. I still get the willies from the Masque of the Red Death."

Each Bluewater-Corman book with be full of extras, including interviews, behind-the-scene pictures and reminiscing about the titles from Corman.

Television writer/producer and Black Scorpion co-creator Craig J. Nevius -- whose credits include the never released Fantastic Four movie -- is overseeing the Bluewater/Corman collaboration. Creators for the comic will include Paul Salamoff, Shon Bury, Neal Bailey, Ed Brisson and Daniel Cuchacovich.

"Roger and I had always intended to create a comic book franchise based on the Black Scorpion movies and TV series," Nevius said. "And with classic costumed superheroes back in vogue thanks to the success of the Batma' and Iron Man movies, the time seemed right to bring back our costumed superheroine.

Black Scorpion was originally played by Joan Severence before Michelle Lintel took over the role for the television series. Bluewater has struck a deal with Lintel to use her likeness in the comic book.

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APE ENTERTAINMENT FOR NOVEMBER

Ape Entertainment has released its solicitations for November.

For a rundown with images, CLICK HERE.

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ARCANA STUDIO FOR NOVEMBER

Arcana Studio has released its solicitations for November.

For a rundown with images, CLICK HERE.

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VIPER COMICS FOR NOVEMBER

Viper Comics has released its solicitations for November.

For a rundown with images, CLICK HERE.

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SMALLVILLE: SEASON 7 DVD

Warner Home Video has provided The Continuum a clip from one of the extras from Smallville: The Complete Seventh Season, due in stores on Sept. 9.

The clip is part of a "Jimmy on Jimmy" featurette with four actors who have played Jimmy Olsen in movies or television: Aaron Ashmore (Smallville), Marc McClure (Christopher Reeve movies), Jack Larson (The Adventures of Supermans) and Sam Huntington (Superman Returns). McClure also guest-starred in Season 7 of Smallville as Dax-Ur.

To view the clip, CLICK HERE.

Other special features include:

* Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton Featurette - The definitive documentary covering the Supergirl character first popularized in the pages of DC Comics, and later manifested in a feature film, animation, and finally Smallville.

* Smallville Legends Mobisodes Gallery - Computer animated short films covering the back-story of Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl)

* Cast & Creator Commentaries -- includes executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, and cast members John Glover and Justin Hartley.

* Comic book .

* Unaired Scenes.

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VIRGIN COMICS SHUTS DOWN NEW YORK OFFICE

Virgin Comics announced on Tuesday that it "will be reorganizing its operations and closing its New York office to consolidate in a Los Angeles base."

According to Virgin, it is currently working with management to restructure the business and will release its future plans in the next few weeks.

Sharad Devarajan, CEO, said, "We remain excited about the business and partnerships we have built through Virgin Comics and are working towards a restructuring that properly takes the business forward. The decision to scale down the New York operations and concentrate on core activities is due to the current macro-economic downturn and is in no way a reflection on the dedicated and valuable employees we have had the privilege to work with."

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TOP COW PRODUCTIONS' IMPALER

Top Cow Productions has announced it will publish the first, complete story arc of William Harms' Impaler in a new trade paperback that will debut this October, and then will launch a new series for the property in December.

The first three issues of the series were initially published by Top Cow parent company Image Comics in 2006-2007, but the series was never completed. The Impaler Vol. 1 trade paperback collects those three issues plus the final, three never-before-seen issues of the initial story arc.

Top Cow also greenlighted a new ongoing to follow the collection.

Here's how the book is described:

"A derelict cargo ship is found adrift offshore during a terrible blizzard in New York City. When New York's Finest is sent to investigate the missing crew, an unspeakable horror is unleashed that quickly spreads all over the snow-covered borough, as a vampire plague quickly moves through the city's population. The people's only hope lies in Vlad Tepes, the real-life historical inspiration for the vampire legend, Dracula. Vlad the Impaler arrives to defend the city from the ever-growing vampire horde, but how much can one man do against an army of thousands?"

Impaler Vol. 1 features a cover by John Paul Leon and features by Nick Marinkovich, Nick Postic and Francis Tsai. The introduction is written by science fiction and horror writer F. Paul Wilson, who is responsible for the Repairman Jack series of novels and such horror books as The Keep, Midnight Mass and The Touch. Extras in the collection include script pages from unused scenes and bonus artwork.

The ongoing series will feature art by British newcomer Matt Timson.

"One of the nice things about having the break between the Image series and the new series is that it really gave me time to nail down where the story is headed," Harms said. "I have the next couple arcs already plotted, and I think fans of the book will really dig where things are going."

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NOVEMBER SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Antarctic Press.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Publishing.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.



BRIEFLY

* The Sunday, Sept. 7 episode of Fox's Family Guy will be a repeat of "Stewie Kills Lois."

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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.

* Thursday, August 21: Heroes, Boom! Studios for November, Red 5 Comics for November, Marvel Comics roundup and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 20: Top Cow Productions for November, Dynamite Entertainment for November, Bongo Comics for November and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, August 19: Marvel Comics for November, Image Comics for November, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Sleeper movie, Savage Dragon and MGM's Jonas Moore.

* Monday, August 18: DC Comics for November, Archie Comics for November, Boom! Studios First Looks, Markosia Publishing First Looks and Image Comics First Looks. Get FREE SHIPPING. Use code CSJCF8.

* Sunday, August 17: The Dark Knight passes Star Wars.

* Saturday, August 16: Watchmen and The Dark Knight box office.

* Friday, August 15: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, August 14: Marvel animation, Harris Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Darwyn Cooke on Madman and Bruce: The Little Blue Spruce.

* Wednesday, August 13: Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, Heroes, Archie Comics First Looks and Oni Press' Billy Smoke.

* Tuesday, August 12: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Marvel Comics First Looks, Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Gemini Division.

* Monday, August 11: Dark Horse Comics for November, George Lucas talks Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dini Cartoons at Top Cow Productions, Red 5 Comics First Looks, Virgin Comics First Looks and Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow.

* Sunday, August 10: The Dark Knight.

* Saturday, August 9: Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, The Dark Knight box office and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Friday, August 8: Iron Man, Marvel Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* 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.

* 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.



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