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Hugh Jackman, who plays Wolverine for the fouth time in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday and revealed insight into his character's appearance.

Jackman noted that he was constantly exercising his arms to get a "veiny" animalistic look for the character. He said that in a promotional shoot for the film, he would carry heavy sandbags in the arms, which were later digitally replaced with claws.

Jackman also revealed in the early X-Men movies, he was filmed to look shorter than he actually is, but the character's look has evovled to his natural height.

In other X-Men Origins: Wolverine news:

* Cast members Danny Huston and Dominic Monaghan will be guests on the syndicated The Bonnie Hunt Show next week.

Monaghan, who plays Bradley, will be a guest on Thursday, April 30. Huston, who plays Stryker, will be a guest on Friday, May 1.

* Liev Schreiber, who plays Sabretooth, will be a guest on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, May 5.

* Disney XD is tying into the film beginning on Monday with a pair of Wolverine-themed episodes from Fox Kids' 1990s X-Men series at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. all week.

Episodes include "Deadly Reunions" and Cold Vengeance" on Monday and "Out of the Past," parts 1 and 2 on Tuesday.

* X-Men Origins: Wolverine is rated PG-13.

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The CW has released nine images from "Injustice," the Thursday, May 7 episode of Smallville.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Chloe (Allison Mack) returns and begs Clark (Tom Welling) to kill Davis (Sam Witwer), claiming he can no longer keep the beast under control. Tess (Cassidy Freeman) has assembled a team of meteor freaks, including Plastique (guest star Jessica Parker Kennedy), to track down Davis so Clark can kill him. However, things get out of hand once Tess' team discovers she is double-crossing them."

"Injustice" was written by Al Septien and Turi Meyer and was directed by Mairzee Almas.

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NBC has released 20 images from "An Invisible Thread," the Monday, April 27 episode of Heroes.

Here's how NBC describes the episode, which wraps up Volume 4 of the series:

"Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) faces off against Sylar (Zachary Quinto) to keep him from meeting the President (guest-star Michael Dorn). Sylar has his own plans for his new partner.

"Meanwhile, Hiro (Masi Oka) learns that there are repercussions to regaining his ability. Elsewhere, Matt (Greg Grunberg) is forced to go to extraordinary lengths to protect his future with his family."

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Fox has released an image from "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'Oh," the Sunday, May 3 episode of The Simpsons.

Ellen Page, who played Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand, provides a guest voice.

Here's how Fox describes the episode:

"When Marge learns Springfield Elementary is the worst school in the state, she and Homer rent an apartment in the upscale Waverly Hills neighborhood so Bart and Lisa can attend a better school. When Lisa is ostracized by the popular girls at Waverly Hills, Bart uses his newly established bad boy image to impress the other students and increase Lisa's popularity by telling everyone she is best friends with the pop star Alaska Nebraska (guest-voice Page). However, when Alaska Nebraska comes to town, Lisa is left wishing Bart had never opened his big mouth. Meanwhile, Homer moves into the new Waverly Hills apartment to make it look like someone is living there, and he quickly gets used to the bachelor lifestyle."

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For covers and two- to five-page previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on April 29, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Archie #596, Archie's Double Digest #198, The High School Chronicles Volume One: Freshman Year and Sonic Universe #3.

And for an interview with High School Chronicles artists Bill Galvan, CLICK HERE.

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Michael Dolce, creator of The Sire, has announced Descendant, a three-issue mini-series that will be published through Jim Valentino's Shadowline imprint of Image Comics.

The mini-series will be co-written and co-created by Marcus Perry (Razor Sharp), will be drawn by Argentina's Mariano Navarro and will launch in July.

Here's how the book is described:

"Believed to be the embodiment of an ancient Incan prophecy, Descendant tells the story of Rayne Santiago, a U.S. counter-terrorism soldier forced to return to her South American homeland of Martagal when she receives word that her brothers have been abducted by a rogue pharmaceutical conglomerate bent on using their DNA to manufacture super powers. Exiled from her country years ago for abusing her own innate pyrokinetic abilities, Rayne must not only win back the trust of her people, but also overcome her fear of the powers that lay dormant inside her in order to rescue her brothers from the regime's sinister commander, Dr. Alexis Bane."


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

* Archie Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Radical Publishing.

* Top Cwo Productions.


* IDW Publishing has announced a fall release for a 272-page hardcover edition of George McManus' Bringing Up Father as part of its Library of American Comics.

The book will feature the "From Sea to Shining Sea" storyline from 1939-40 as the main characters, Jiggs and Maggie, celebrate their daughter's wedding by escorting the newlyweds on a trip across North America. It is designed by Dean Mullaney and edited by Bruce Canwell.

"All the fantastic Bringing Up Father Sunday pages will be carefully restored and presented in full color," Mullaney said. "George McManus championed Art Deco in comics, and the oversized 11" by 10" format is the best possible showcase for his wonderful designs and detailed artwork."

* William Shatner will be a guest on the syndicated The Bonnie Hunt Show on Monday. He will be promoting his William Shatner Presents series from Bluewater Productions and Free Comic Book Day.


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.

* Friday, April 17: Top Cow Productions, Marvel Comics First Looks, IDW Publishing First Looks and BOOM! Studios First Looks.

* Thursday, April 16: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, DC Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks. StarWarsShop.com - More Product. More Exclusives.

* Wednesday, April 15: Image Comics First Looks, Smallville, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 14: Top Cow Productions roundup, Lauren Shuler Donner talks X-Men: First Class, Hellboy II: The Golden Army on Cinemax, Marvel Comics roundup, DC Comics roundup and DC Comics First Looks.

* Monday, April 13: The Dark Knight on HBO, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Carpica, DC Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Sunday, April 12: Family Guy and Dragonball: Evolution box office.

* Saturday, April 11: DC Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Smallville.

* Friday, April 10: Marvel Comics First Looks, BOOM! Studios First Looks and Zenescope Entertainment First Looks.

* Thursday, April 9: IDW Publishing First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, March sales leaders, Family Guy and Dollhouse.

* Wednesday, April 8: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Simpsons, Heroes, Warner Bros. Animation, Archie Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 7: Dark Horse Comics for July, Family Guy, The Phantom, Dollhouse, Iron Man: Armored Adventures and DC Comics First Looks.

* Monday, April 6: Green Lantern: First Flight, Heroes, Bluewater Productions for July, Smallville, Family Guy, Marvel Super Hero Squad, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, DC Comics First Looks, Marvel Comics roundup and Frank Springer dies.

* Sunday, April 5: 28 Days from BOOM! and Fox Atomic and Watchmen box office.

* Saturday, April 4: Image Comics First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, April 3: Marvel Comics First Looks and BOOM! Studios First Looks.

* Thursday, April 2: IDW Publishing First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks, Moonstone Books for July and Heroes.

* Wednesday, April 1: Heroes, Aspen Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Red 5 Comics for June.

* Tuesday, March 31: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Vertigo trades in the fall, Dragonball: Evolution, Heroes, Antarctic Press for June, Mercury Comics for June, Dynamite Entertainment's Green Hornet and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Monday, March 30: Avatar Press for June, Dabel Brothers Publishing for June, Arcana Studio for June, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and Bluewater Productions' Female Force.

* Sunday, March 29: Oni Press for June, Devil's Due Publishing for June and First Looks.

* Saturday, March 28: BOOM! Studios for June, Zenescope Entertainment for June, Aspen Comics for June and The Incredible Hulk on Cinemax.

* Friday, March 27: Marvel Comics First Looks, BOOM! Studios First Looks, Marvel Super Hero Squad, Bongo Comics for June and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Thursday, March 26: Famly Guy, IDW Publishing First Looks, Image Comics for June, Image Comics First Looks and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, March 25: IDW Publishing for June, Dynamite Entertainment for June, Cartoon Network's Firebreather, Smallville and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 24: Marvel Comics for June, Top Cow Productions for June, Dragonball: Evolution, Freedom Formula movie, Heroes and BOOM! Studios First Looks.

* Monday, March 23: DC Comics for June, The Phantom TV movie, Marvel Comics First Looks and Watchmen: Tales of the Freighter.

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