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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2008

MARVEL STUDIOS ROUNDUP

Marvel's financial report for the third quarter, released on Tuesday, revealed that 26 additional episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men are in pre-production.

The first 26 episodes, produced with India's First Serve Toonz, have been completed and will begin airing on Nicktoons in January. Episodes have already aired in Canada on YTV and in Latin America markets.

It is unclear what talent from the first 26 episodes will return, or if Nicktoons will continue to be the series' domestic home.

In other notes from the company's webcast:

* David Maisel, chairman of Marvel Studios, said Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk have combined for $840 million in world wide box office and $250 million in worldwide DVD sales. Iron Man is the 21st top-grossing movie of all time, Maisel added.

* Maisel didn't reveal any additional talent for its upcoming movies. Maisel said announcements will be made as deals are completed.

* Iron Man 2 and Thor are Marvel's only movies lined up for 2010. Marvel is awaiting word from Sony Pictures on when Spider-Man 4 will be released. Marvel has already received $5 million from Sony for the film.

* Response to Hasbro's Iron Man toys has been better than Marvel anticipated.

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HEROES: "VILLAINS"

NBC has released four video previews for "Villains," the Monday, Nov. 10 episode of Heroes.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"To prepare for the confrontation ahead, Hiro (Masi Oka) follows respected businessman, husband and father Arthur Petrelli (guest star Robert Forster) in the days before he 'died' -- to discover what drove him to create rival company Pinehearst and strike at Angela (Cristine Rose). Later, a moment unfolds where Sylar (Zachary Quinto), horrified and guilt-ridden, might have stopped his murderous pursuit of abilities -- that is, if H.R.G. (Jack Coleman) and Elle (guest star Kristen Bell) had swayed from their monstrous assignment. Finally, under the wing of Company man Thompson (guest star Eric Roberts), agent-in-training Meredith (guest star Jessalyn Gelsig) watches her new life go up in smoke, following the arrival of her hot-headed brother."

Following are links to the clips:

* Arthur and Angela throw an anniversary party, CLICK HERE.

* Linderman asks Arthur to talk to Nathan, CLICK HERE.

* Elle tries to comfort Sylar, CLICK HERE.

* Nathan blames Arthur for Heidi's accident, CLICK HERE.

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ARCHIE COMICS' SONIC UNIVERSE

Archie Comics will launch a new Sonic the Hedgehog title, Sonic Universe, in February, The Continuum has learned.

The new series will unify the various Sonic continuities and will feature supporting characters from the Sonic video games, including some who have never appeared in the comics before.

The first issue of Sonic Universe will be in stores on Feb. 24. In the "Living Weapons" story -- by Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley -- Shadow and Metal Sonic continue their series-spanning fight and wind up in a whole new dimension.

Shown to the right are the preliminary covers by Pat Spaziante for the first two issues. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

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HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY ON DVD

With the release of Hellboy II: The Golden Army on DVD and Blu-ray on Wednesday, Nov. 11, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has provided The Continuum four behind-the-scenes clip from the release.

The clips are from the "Hellboy: In Service of the Demon" featurette.

For the first clip, a montage of action scenes, CLICK HERE.

For the second clip, a look at the film's creatures, CLICK HERE.

For the third clip, focusing on Anna Walton's Princess Nuala, CLICK HERE.

For the fourth clip, focusing on Johann Strauss and Seth MacFarlane recording his voice, CLICK HERE.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and a seven-page preview of Marvel Comics' Ultimatum #1, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 5, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Dynamite Entertainment titles arriving in stores on Nov. 5, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 5, CLICK HERE.

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BOOM! STUDIOS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Boom! Studios titles arriving in stores on Nov. 5, CLICK HERE.

Titles include High Rollers #4, Salem: Queen of Thorns #3 and Station #4.

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DEVIL'S DUE PUBLISHING FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Devil's Due Publishing titles arriving in stores on Nov. 5, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Dragonlance: Legends -- Time of the Twins #3 and The Odd Squad #3.

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 5, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Storming Paradise #4, The Authority #4 and Top 10 Season 2 #2.

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STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: "DOWNFALL OF A DROID"

Lucasfilm has released two still images and a preview clip from "Downfall of a Droid," a new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars scheduled to air on Friday at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.

The episode -- written by George Krstic and directed by Rob Coleman -- is the first episode to feature R2-D2.

In the episode, R2-D2 is lost during a fierce space battle, and Anakin must find him before the Separatists discover the Jedi military secrets locked in his memory banks.

Krstic, creator of Cartoon Network's Megas XLR, said R2-D2 is his favorite Star Wars character.

"Artoo is very childlike and inquisitive -- there's no subterfuge to Artoo," Krstic said. "He's got loyalty and bravery and, while he doesn't speak English, I think everyone understands what he's saying. The wonderful sound design work and the incredible characterizations for Artoo have made it so that it doesn't matter what language you speak, or where youčre from -- you can relate to Artoo and what he's about."

Click on the thumbnails for larger images, and for the preview clip, CLICK HERE.

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TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES: "COMPLICATIONS"

Fox has released four images from "Complications," the Monday, Nov. 17 episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Here's how Fox describes the episode:

"Sarah's mystifying nightmares creep into her real life, but what do they mean for her and John? Meanwhile, Derek and Jesse investigate a possible Skynet conspirator."

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JANUARY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Arcana Studio.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Publishing.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Zenescope Entertainment.

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BRIEFLY

* Diamond Select Toys has released an image of its Incredible Hulk action figure, the 13th release in DST's Marvel Select action figure line. The first stands 8 inches, with 14 points of articulation and a "rubble" base.

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* Heroes' Masi Oka will be a guest on NBC's Today on Friday, Nov. 14.



COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

If 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 30: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Knight Rider, Smallville and Spawn.

* Wednesday, October 29: Preacher movie, Marvel Comics roundup, Antarctic Press for January, Ape Entertainment for January, Radical Publishing for January, Bluewater Productions' Warlock and Leprechaun and Archie Comics First Looks. StarWarsShop.com - More Product. More Exclusives.

* Tuesday, October 28: Aspen Comics' Tribute of Michael Turner, Robert Downey Jr. in The Avengers, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Boom! Studios for January, Avatar Press for January, Zenescope Entertainment for January, Secret Invasion finale, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Monday, October 27: Devil's Due Publishing for January, Dabel Brother Publishing for January, Arcana Studio for January, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing First Looks and Knight Rider.

* Sunday, October 26: Family Guy, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Desperado Publishing for January and Oni Press for January.

* Saturday, October 25: Aspen Comics for January, DC Comics First Looks, Heroes and Knight Rider.

* Friday, October 24: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Smallville, Marvel First Looks and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Thursday, October 23: Dynamite Entertainment for January, Bongo Comics for January, Watchmen, Heroes, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, October 22: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Bluewater Productions First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, October 21: Marvel Comics for January, Top Cow Productions for January, Marvel's female Black Panther, Heroes, The Spirit and First Looks.

* Monday, October 20: DC Comics for January, Archie Comics for January, Image Comics for January, IDW Publishing for January, Smallville, Marvel Comics roundup and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, October 19: Spike TV's SCREAM awards and Family Guy.

* Saturday, October 18: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Incredible Hulk DVD, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Devil's Due Publishing First Looks.

* Friday, October 17: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Marvel Comics First Looks and Smallville.

* Thursday, October 16: Family Guy, Battlestar Galactica, Marvels: Eye of the Camera, Smallville, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Boomerang for November.

* Wednesday, October 15: Moonstone Books for February, Wanted DVD, Marvel Comics roundup and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, October 14: Smallville, Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2, Marvel Studios, Marvel Comics First Looks, The Spirit and Wanted DVD.

* Monday, October 13: DC Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and The Simpsons.

* Sunday, October 12: Devil's Due Publishing First Looks and Family Guy.

* Saturday, October 11: Heroes, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Smallville and Knight Rider.

* Friday, October 10: Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and X-Men.

* Thursday, October 9: Dark Horse Comics for January, Wolverine and the X-Men, Marvel animation and Heroes.

* Wednesday, October 8: Captain America scene in Incredible Hulk, new Avengers animated series, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Batman and Superman Motion Comics.

* Tuesday, October 7: Smallville, DC Comics First Looks, Jon Sable movie, Marvel Studios, Heroes and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Monday, October 6: Doug Jones, Chris Claremont, Alan Davis, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Wolverine and the X-Men, Hack/Slash, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.



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