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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2009

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: "GRIEVOUS INTRIGUE" AND "THE DESERTER"

Lucasfilm has released a video clip from "Grievous Intrigue," one of two new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars airing on Cartoon Network on Friday, Jan. 1 beginning at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

The episode will be followed by "The Deserter" at 9:30 p.m.

To view the "Grievous Intrigue" clip, CLICK HERE.

Here's how "Grievous Intrigue" is described:

"Working from a secret message transmitted by a Jedi held prisoner by General Grievous, Obi-Wan and Anakin use the information to set a trap for their bitter enemy. But their plan backfires when Grievous springs a trap of his own. With their mission on the verge of disaster, Obi-Wan must battle Grievous while Anakin struggles to enact their escape."

For Matthew Wood -- voice of General Grievous in the series and the live-action movie, as well as supervising sound editor for The Clone Wars -- the episode offers a return for the series' quintessential bad guy.

"I see Grievous' hatred of the Jedi stemming from intense jealousy; the Jedi have a skill that has been unattainable by Grievous," Wood said. "Even though the technical skill of the lightsaber has been taught to him by Count Dooku, Grievous still lacks the Force sensitivity to grasp the true nature of the Jedi. So many things seem just out of reach to Grievous, intensifying his jealousy and frustration."

To make matters worse for the General's consistently thwarted ambitions, Grievous is saddled with an ineffectual army of comically inept battle droids all of whom are also voiced by Wood.

"Grievous is put in command of a massive droid army, yet the droids lack the skills to overtake the Jedi. The absurdity of the juxtaposition of those characters enhances my ability to portray them, especially because I record both Grievous and the battle droids continuously," Wood said. "The droids are so limited by their mass-produced, low-cost processors and will never see the bigger picture of the war; their comedic navel-gazing will always be their undoing. While the General wants to be more of a leader and game-changer in the war, he has so far only been good at stalling our heroes. Personally, I like all of the moments of Grievous destroying battle droids, the ultimate manifestation of his frustrations. I play the droids and Grievous as a twisted Abbot and Costello routine."



CARTOON NETWORK FOR JANUARY

Cartoon Network has released its schedule for January.

For a roundup of genre movies and series, CLICK HERE.

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ANTARCTIC PRESS FOR MARCH

Antarctic Press has released its solicitations for March.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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ASTONISHING X-MEN VIDEO

Marvel Comics has released another behind-the-scenes video for its Astonishing X-Men motion comic.

This one takes a whimsical look at the voice cast.

To view the video, CLICK HERE.



MARCH SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Arcana Studio.

* Avatar Press.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Top Cow Productions.



BRIEFLY

* Marvel Comics has released a second teaser image for Amazing Spider-Man for 2010.

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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.

* Thursday, December 24: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Simpsons, Heroes and Ape Entertainment for March.

* Wednesday, December 23: Caprica, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Top Cow Productions for March, Bongo Comics for March, The Losers, Jonah Hex, Red and Priest. Official Shop of Marvel!

* Tuesday, December 22: Marvel Comics for March, The Super Hero Squad Show, Night & Fog optioned, DC Comics First Looks and Archaia First Looks.

* Monday, December 21: DC Comics for March, IDW Publishing Comics for March, Archie Comics for March, Stephen King's N. and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Sunday, December 20: IDW Publishing First Looks, Brittany Murphy dies and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Saturday, December 19: Top Cow Productions First Looks and Zombies vs. Robots.

* Friday, December 18: Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, BOOM! Studios First Looks, Nick Cannon develops Josie and the Pussycats for TV and Angel.

* Thursday, December 17: Radical Publishing First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks, Marvel movie roundup, The Super Hero Squad Show, Astonishing X-Men and Oni Press management shake-up.

* Wednesday, December 16: Iron Man 2 trailer, Dark Horse Comics for March, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Radical Publishing First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks, Image Comics roundup and Family Guy.

* Tuesday, December 15: Human Target, DC Comics roundup, Image United, Dollhouse, We Will Bury You, DC Comics First Looks, Archaia Comics First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, Sherlock Holmes and The Simpsons.

* Monday, December 14: Marvel's Greatest Comics, Tron: Evolution trailer, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks and Archie Comics for Free Comic Book Day.

* Sunday, December 13: Spider-Man action figures and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, December 12: IDW Publishing First Looks and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Friday, December 11: Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, BOOM! Studios First Looks and Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.

* Thursday, December 10: Iron Man 2 poster, Free Comic Book Day titles, Moonstone Books for April, Radical Publishing for March, Dollhouse, Marvel Comics First Looks and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Wednesday, December 9: Iron Man 2 toys, Jonah Hex's Josh Brolin, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, Ape Entertainment's Scratch9, Bluewater Productions First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 8: DC Comics roundup, Marvel Comics roundup, Radical Publishing First Looks, Archaia Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Monday, December 7: Watchmen on HBO, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, BOOM! Studios First Looks and DC Comics roundup.

* Sunday, December 6: Cartoon Network episodes and Dollhouse.

* Saturday, December 5: BOOM! Studios First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Harris Comics First Looks and Oni Press First Looks.

* Friday, December 4: Jonah Hex, The Losers, Marvel Comics First Looks, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Dynamite acquires Dabel Bros. titles.

* Thursday, December 3: Marvel Comics First Looks, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks and J.T. Krul talks Minefield.

* Wednesday, December 2: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earth's Chris Noth, DC Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks, The Super Hero Squad Show, Family Guy, The Simpsons and Dollhouse.

* Tuesday, December 1: Iron Man 2, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Super Hero Squad Show, Bluewater Productions for March, The Impaler and Archaia Comics First Looks.

* Monday, November 30: Iron Man 2, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.



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