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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009

THE DARK KNIGHT RULES PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

The Dark Knight won five awards on Wednesday night at the People's Choice Awards at the Shrine Auditiorium in Los Angeles.

The Batman sequel won for Favorite Movie, Favorite Action Movie, Favorite Cast, Favorite Super Hero and Favorite On-Screen Match-Up.

Actors Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart, producers Charles Roven and Emma Thomas and writer/director Christopher Nolan went to the stage to accept the awards, which climaxed the two-hour telecast on CBS.

"On behalf of all of the cast from the movie, thank you very much to the fans," Bale said. "And here's to Heath."

Bale then raised an award in salute to Heath Ledger, the late actor who played the Joker.

"When you make a film like this, you're clearly hoping to really reach a wide audience," Nolan said. "I speak for the whole crew and the whole cast and everybody in just saying, thank you so much to People's Choice and thank you for voiting for us. Your excitement about the film has been the greatest reward we can imagine."

Other genre winners include:

* Will Smith (Hancock) as Favorite Male Movie Star and Favorite Action Star.

* Angelina Jolie (Wanted) as Favorite Female Action Star.

* Heroes as Favorite Fantasy/Sci-Fi Television Series.

* The Simpsons as Favorite Animated Comedy.

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WATCHMEN MOVIE ROUNDUP

Warner Bros. has released another featurette from the Watchmen movie. This one focuses on the Minutemen.

To view the video, CLICK HERE.

In other Watchmen news:

* Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays The Comedian, was a guest on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night.

Asked about the status of the movie with the Fox lawsuit, Morgan laughed and said, "We're still full-steam ahead, March 6, 2009."

Morgan related his visit to Comic-Con International. "It was crazy," he said. "it was probably the closest I'll ever come to being Mick Jagger."

* Below is a look at some of the Watchmen merchandise scheduled to arrive in stores in the upcoming weeks, including key chains, beanies and pins.

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MARVEL'S BARACK OBAMA/SPIDER-MAN COVER

Marvel Comics has released the Barack Obama variant cover image for Amazing Spider-Man #583.

The issue, in stores on Jan. 14, includes a back-up story featuring the President-Elect. The variant cover is by Phil Jimenez.

The story, written by Zeb Wells and art by Todd Nauck and Frank D'Armata takes place in Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day and finds one of Spider-Manšs oldest foes attempting to thwart the swearing in ceremony of the 44th President.

"When we heard that President-Elect Obama is a collector of Spider-Man comics, we knew that these two historic figures had to meet in our comics' Marvel Universe," said Joe Quesda, Marvel's editor-in-chief. "Historic moments such as this one can be reflected in our comics because the Marvel Universe is set in the real world. A Spider-Man fan moving into the Oval Office is an event that must be commemorated in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man."

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MARCH SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

For previously posted March 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.

* DC Comics.

* Del Rey Manga.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Digital Webbing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Studio 407.

* Top Cow Productions.

* UDON Entertainment.

* Zenescope Entertainment.



BRIEFLY

* TNT will air Blade II on Sunday, at 3:30 p.m, followed by Blade: Trinity at 5:30 p.m.



COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

If you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, following are links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Saturday, January 3: Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks.

* Friday, January 2: Hulk vs.' Fred Tatasciore, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Bluewater Productions for April, Night Projectionist movie and Knight Rider.

* Thursday, January 1: DC Comics roundup and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, December 31: Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 30: Wonder Woman's Michael Jelenic, DC Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Knight Rider.

* Monday, December 29: Marvel Comics First Looks and IDW Publishing First Looks.

* Sunday, December 28: Moonstone Books for April and The Spirit.

* Saturday, December 27: Studio 407 for April and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

* Friday, December 26: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Spirit, Battlestar Galactica, Boom! Studios First Looks and Hulk vs.

* Thursday, December 25: Judges grants Fox's Watchmen claim, Antarctic Press for March, Dabel Brothers Publishing for March and Desperado Publishing for March.

* Wednesday, December 24: Dynamite Entertainment for March, The Spirit and Smallville.

* Tuesday, December 23: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, DC Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and UDON Entertainment for March.

* Monday, December 22: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Paradox movie, Boom! Studios for March, Zenescope Entertainment for March, Knight Rider and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, December 21: Digital Webbing for March, Oni Press for March, Ape Entertainment for March and Smallville.

* Saturday, December 20: Del Rey Manga for March, Red 5 Comics for March and The Spirit.

* Friday, December 19: Avatar Press for March, The Spirit, Marvel Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Red 5 Comics First Looks and The CW 4Kids' new lineup.

* Thursday, December 18: Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer, Radical Publishing for March, Bongo Comics for March, The Spirit and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Wednesday, December 17: Surrogates movie, Top Cow Productions for March, Image Comics for March, Wonder Woman, DC Universe collections, Archie Comics First Looks and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Tuesday, December 16: Marvel Comics for March, DC Comics First Looks and Bluewater Productions First Looks.

* Monday, December 15: DC Comics for March, IDW Publishing for March, Archie Comics for March, and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, December 14: Whiteout, Watchmen, Heroes and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, December 13: Heroes, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Image Comics First Looks, Punisher: War Zone and Archie Comics.

* Friday, December 12: Marvel Comics First Looks, Heroes Boom! Studios First Looks and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Thursday, December 11: Wolverine and the X-Men, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Aspen Comics for March, Studio 407 for March and Wonder Woman's Alfred Molina.

* Wednesday, December 10: XIII, Free Comic Book Day titles, Marvel Legends, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Boom! Studio's Farscape.

* Tuesday, December 9: The Spirit, DC Comics First Looks, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Wonder Woman, Star Wars: The Clone War, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Image Comics First Looks.

* Monday, December 8: The Spirit, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Marvel Legends Icons, Boom! Studios First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Archie Comics' Salem.



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