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SMALLVILLE: "COMMITTED"

The CW has released four images from "Committed," the Thursday, Oct. 16 episode of Smallville.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"After they leave their engagement party, Chloe (Allison Mack) and Jimmy (Aaron Ashmore) are abducted by a psychotic jeweler (guest star David Lewis) who was emotionally scarred by his wife's infidelity and is now kidnapping couples and subjecting them to a kryptonite-enhanced lie detector that shocks them if they lie. The abductor asks Chloe if she is in love with anyone else. Meanwhile, in an effort to find Chloe and Jimmy, Clark (Tom Welling) and Lois (Erica Durance) pose as a couple and are kidnapped themselves, then asked how they feel about each other."

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Trinity #19, Secret Six #2, Wonder Woman #25, Final Crisis: Revelations #3, Action Comics #870 and Green Lantern Corps #29.

Look for more DC Comics First Looks within the hour here in The Continuum.

For previously posted previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE.

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MIKE GRELL TALKS JON SABLE MOVIE

According to creator Mike Grell, there could be some movement soon on a feature film featuring Jon Sable, Freelance.

"There's a third rerwrite on a screenplay and there could be some serious motion on it as I speak," Grell said last weekend at Mid-Ohio-Con.

Grell said the project had heat in 2001, but following September 11, producer Gene Simmons (from KISS) lost foreign funding on five projects, including Sable.

"Everybody got the rug pulled out from them and it just seems to be slipping back under our feet," Grell said. "But Hollywood is a crapshoot."

The character appeared in a live-action televison series, Sable, that lasted seven episodes on ABC in 1987. The series starred Lewis Van Bergen, but is probably best known for being Rene Russo's first screen role.

Grell's Jon Sable work has been collected by IDW Publishing, which also published a new story. And a new story, Ashes of Eden, was published on the ComicMix website, in conjunction with Grell's longtime editorial collaborator, Mike Gold.

Grell said he is working on another new Sable project called Rules of the Hunt.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For a cover and six-page preview of Marvel Comics' Dark Tower: Treachery #2, arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE.

For previously posted previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE.

For previously posted previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE.

For previously posted previews of Dynamite Entertainment titles arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE.

For previously posted previews of Boom! Studios titles arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE.

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MARVEL STUDIOS TO SHOOT IN CALIFORNIA

Marvel Studios has announced an agreement with Raleigh Studios to film each of Marvel's next four films at Raleigh's facility in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

The four projects to be produced at the studio facility over the next three years include Iron Man 2, Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers.

Marvel will become the largest tenant on the Raleigh lot and will also move its Beverly Hills-based executive and production offices to Raleigh's facility.

"In making this deal with Raleigh to film our upcoming films at the Manhattan Beach Studios, we are most excited about keeping our film production here in California and taking advantage of the best crews in the Los Angeles area," said Louis D'Esposito, Marvel's President of Physical Production.

"All of our production partners on these upcoming films have been incredibly accommodating in terms of their creativity and financial structures, allowing us to remain in California. Raleigh Studios has long been known for the superior quality of its film production facilities, and we know that Manhattan Beach will be the ideal location to produce our movies to the highest standards that our fans expect."

Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios first opened for operations in 1998. This studio consists of 14 sound stages on 22 acres with an additional 300,000 square feet of office and support space.

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HEROES: "ERIS QUOD SUM"

NBC has released a descrption from "Eris Quod Sum," the Monday, Oct. 27 episode of Heroes.

Here's how NBC describes the episode:

"Trapped and terrified, Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) and Tracy (Ali Larter) fight for their lives against a much-changed, monstrous Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) to free themselves, Maya (Dania Ramirez) and the doctor's other 'test subjects.' Elle (guest star Kristen Bell) returns, with a shock for Claire (Hayden Panettiere) and her family.

"Meanwhile, aware of Peter's (Milo Ventimiglia) ruthless take down by her rivals at Pinehearst, Angela (Cristine Rose) reaches out to convince Sylar (Zachary Quinto) to save his brother. Since he won't sign up with the Villains, Daphne (guest star Brea Grant) is ordered by her boss to go back and kill Matt (Greg Grunberg) -- or be killed herself. While in awe of the African precog's power, Hiro (Masi Oka) still questions Usutu's (guest star Ntare Mwine) advice on how to best face his gathering opponents."

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STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: "SHADOW OF MALEVOLENCE"

Star Wars: The Clone Wars puts a new light on a recognizable part of Star Wars lore as the Y-wing bombers make their debut in "Shadow of Malevolence," a new episode of the animated series premiering at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, on Cartoon Network.

In the second of a three-episode arc, "Shadow of Malevolence" finds Anakin Skywalker, his Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Jedi Master Plo Koon utilizing long-range Y-wing bombers to lead a bold strike on General Grievous' warship, the Malevolence, and its destructive ion cannon.

The Y-wing bombers were first seen among the Rebel Alliance¹s primary starfighters in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. "Shadow of Malevolence" director Brian Kalin O¹Connell, writer Steve Melching and supervising director Dave Filoni were inspired by the concept of showing the Y-wings "fresh off the showroom floor."

"We like to find ways to draw connections between The Clone Wars and the original trilogy," Melching said. "In the original Star Wars, the X-wings and the Y-wings have truly been through the wars, and they¹ve had the crap beaten out of them. We thought it would be fun to imagine that they were originally manufactured during the Clone Wars ­ so for us, they came off the assembly line and into battle."

O'Connell said the artists behind The Clone Wars were excited about introducing the Y-wings -- and putting the series' lead characters into a full-fledged space battle for the first time.

"Guys like (design/concept artists) Russell Chong and Killian Plunkett, along with Dave (Filoni) come from a classic Star Wars background, so they understand that Ralph McQuarrie feel of the 1970s, and they do it right," O¹Connell said. "We don't want to change the lore, we want to add to it. By introducing the Y-wings, we get to add a new dimension, a little history."

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DECEMBER SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Publishing.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* DC Comics.

* Digital Webbing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Radical Publishing.

* Top Cow Productions.

* UDON Studios.

* Viper Comics.

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BRIEFLY

* NBC has released an image from the appearance of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Shirley Manson on Last Call with Carson Daly.

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* Marvel Comics on Tuesday afternoon released the teaser image to the left with the tagline "Are You Ready to Hero Up?" Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Ethan Van Sciver is providing a variant cover for DC Comics' Nightwing #150.

* The Saturday, Oct. 18 episode of The Spectacular Spider-Man on The CW 4Kids will be a repeat of "The Invisible Hand."

* According to Variety, Mandalay Pictures has acquired the film rights to Liquid Comics' Ramayan 3392 AD for Mark Canton to produce. John Collee is writing the screenplay.

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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, October 2: Robert Kirkman's Image guarantee, Heroes, The Simpsons, Daredevil, DC Comics First Looks and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, October 1: Amazing Spider-Man variant, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, The Graysons at The CW, The Simpsons, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, September 30: Iron Man DVD, DC Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing First Looks and Knight Rider.

* Monday, September 29: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing for December, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Family Guy.

* Sunday, September 28: The Simpsons and UDON Entertainment for December.

* Saturday, September 27: The Dark Knight on DVD/Blu-ray, Heroes, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Smallville, Image Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Friday, September 26: Smallville, Marvel Comics First Looks and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Thursday, September 25: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Heroes, Family Guy, Bluewater Productions for January, Moonstone Books for January, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, September 24: Stephen Colbert in Amazing Spider-Man, Antarctic Press for December, Bongo Comics for December, Liquid Comics and Knight Rider's Deanna Russo.

* Tuesday, September 23: Avatar Press for December, Ape Entertainment for December, Digital Webbing for December, Heroes, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Knight Rider and Hillary Clinton comic.

* Monday, September 22: Boom! Studios for December, Oni Press for December, Dabel Brothers Publishing for December, Radical Publishing for December, Heroes' Hayden Panettiere, Boom! Studios First Looks and Knight Rider.

* Sunday, September 21: Aspen Comics for December, Mirage Studios for December and Heroes' Brea Grant.

* Saturday, September 20: Dynamite Entertainment for December, Red 5 Comics for December, Viper Comics for December, Heroes, Smallville, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, September 19: Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Top Cow Productions for December, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, September 18: Image Comics for December, First Looks, The Hulk 100 Project and Top Cow Pilot Season winners.

* Wednesday, September 17: Wolverine and the X-Men, Heroes, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, The Simpsons and Top Cow's Dinicartoons.

* Tuesday, September 16: Marvel Comics for December, Framelight's comics movies, William Shatner teams with Bluewater Productions, Heroes and First Looks.

* Monday, September 15: DC Comics for December, IDW Publishing for December, Archie Comics for December, Image Comics First Looks and DCU online game.

* Sunday, September 14: Family Guy and The Dark Knight.

* Saturday, September 13: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Smallville.

* Friday, September 12: Heroes and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, September 11: Smallville, Knight Rider, DC Comics First Looks and IDW's Locke & Key.



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