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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2010

SPIDER-MAN IN 3D ON JULY 3, 2012

The next installment of the Spider-Man movie franchise will be released in 3D on July 3, 2012, Sony Pictures announced on Wednesday.

The announcement was made by Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution.

The new film, which is still untitled, will begin production later this year, directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin return to produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.

Blake said, "Spider-Man is the ultimate summer movie-going experience, and we're thrilled the filmmakers are presenting the next installment in 3D. Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters in the world, and we know audiences are eager and excited to discover Marc's fantastic vision for Peter Parker and the franchise."



MARVEL COMICS ROUNDUP

Marvel Comics has unveiled the interconnecting covers by Marko Djurdjevic and creative teams to April's Siege tie-ins.

Following is a rundown:

* Siege: Captain America, from Christos Gage and Federico Dallocchio: - Learn more about the role of Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers in this war and how it will define their relationship.

* Siege: Young Avengers, from Sean McKeever and Mahmud A. Asrar: Wiccan and Patriot are pushed to their limits.

* Siege: Loki, from Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie: Go deep into the mind of Siege's most devious major player.

* Siege: Secret Warriors, from Jonathan Hickman and Alessandro Vitti: Nick Fury's plans are revealed.

* Siege: Spider-Man, from Brian Reed and Marco Santucci: Pits Spider-Man against Venom.

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In other Marvel Comics news:

* Marvel has released another teaser for Secret Avengers, the new series by Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato.

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* Marvel has announced a second printing for the sold-out Ultimate Comics #1. The new printing will feature Arthur Adams' interior art on the cover and will be in stores on March 10.

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BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD

Batman: Under the Red Hood will be the next installment in Warner Home Video's animated films based on DC Comics properties.

Judd Winick wrote the film, based on his own comic-book story. The film will be directed by Brandon Vietti.

"This is definitely the darkest movie I've worked on for DC," Vietti told The Continuum. "It takes Batman into a very dark place."

The cast include Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Jensen Ackles as Red Hood, John DiMaggio as the Joker, Jason Isaacs as Ra's Al Ghul and Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing.

Look for more on Batman: Under the Red Hood soon here in The Continuum.



ARCHIE, A SQUARED TEAM WITH STAN LEE

A Squared Entertainment (A2) and Archie Comics have announced a collaboration with Stan Lee, founder, chairman and chief creative officer (CCO) of POW! Entertainment, to create a new print and digital comic book line called Stan Lee Comics.

Scheduled for release first in the fall is a new, original multimedia series called Super Seven. The property involves seven aliens who find themselves stranded on planet Earth after their spaceship crashes, only to be befriended by none other than Lee himself. Taking them under his care, Lee becomes their leader and enables them to resume their lives as superheroes on earth.

"A2 Entertainment is humbled and honored to be collaborating with such a legendary figure in the entertainment industry," A2 Entertainment Co-Founder and CEO Andy Heyward said. "Stan Lee has been delivering groundbreaking entertainment to consumers for decades and we couldn't be more excited to venture into the digital space together and introduce him to a new generation of fans."

"Stan Lee is a global icon. He has single handedly changed modern entertainment. His legendary creations are timeless," said Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. "Archie Comics is incredibly proud to be working with Stan Lee in publishing Super Seven."

"Nothing is more exciting to me, as a writer, than creating a new type of story or introducing a new theme. Although I've briefly appeared in other comics, ‘Super Seven' is the first time that I'll actually be a continuing character in a far-out, original superhero series," Lee said. "Having been a fan of the Archie Comics line for many decades, it's a real kick to have this opportunity to help them launch my new, highly-stylized superhero saga which we'll soon bequeath to a grateful public."

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IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four- to five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 17, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Mice Templar: Destiny #7, The Astounding Wolf-Man #21, The Perhapanauts: Molly's Story and Savage Dragon: Back in Blue TP.



HUMAN TARGET: "RUN"

Fox has released three images from "Run," Wednesday's new episode of Human Target.

For the first clip, CLICK HERE.

For the second clip, CLICK HERE.

For the third clip, CLICK HERE.

Here's how Fox describes the episode:

"Chance is hired to protect a district attorney who is running from her family’s past and marked for murder because of her investigation into an organized crime family."

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ARCHIE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five- to six-page previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 10, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Archie All-Stars Volume 3: The Cartoon Life of Chuck Clayton, Archie's Double Digest #206, Betty & Veronica #246 and Sonic Universe #13.

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DARK HORSE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to seven-page previews of Dark Horse Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 17, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Devil #1 and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #50.

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BOOM! STUDIOS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and 10-page preview of Farscape: Scorpius #0 from BOOM! Studios, CLICK HERE.

For previously posted previews of BOOM! Studios titles arriving in stores on Feb. 10, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 10, CLICK HERE.

For previews of IDW Publishing titles arriving in stores on Feb. 10, CLICK HERE.



CARTOON NETWORK ADJUSTS SCHEDULE

Cartoon Network has adjusted its schedule for February, effecting both The Super Hero Squad Show and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

The two-part season finale of The Super Hero Squad Show will now kick off on Saturday with "Last Exit Before Doomsday!," followed by "This Al Dente Earth!" on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Here's how the network describes part one:

"Silver Surfer's past as Galactus' herald is revealed as he encounters another herald, Stardust. But Doom has plans of his own for Stardust and her big boss."

Here's how the network describes part two:

"Galactus arrives in Super Hero City to devour the Earth! The fate of the planet hangs in the balance, but all of the city's heroes are powerless before Galactus' omnipotence."

No new episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, including the previously scheduled "The Super-Batman of Planet X!" are now scheduled for February.

Repeat episodes will include "Revenge of the Reach!" on Friday, Feb. 12; "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure" on Friday, Feb. 19; and "The Golden Age of Justice!" on Friday, Feb. 26.



APRIL SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Bongo Comics.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* IDW Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Top Cow Productions.



BRIEFLY

* Ape Entertainment has announced a licensing agreement with Bolt Creative, producers of Pocket God, the iPhone application, to create a series of comic books based on the game.

Pocket God is an episodic-based app that allows users to control the lives of a group of energetic pygmy islanders. Created by Dave Castelnuovo and Allan Dye, founders of Bolt Creative, Pocket God has been downloaded more than 2.1 million times since release.

A four-issue mini-series based on the game is planned, and the publisher will release a digital version through iVerse Media, a digital distribution partner of Ape Entertainment. A print version will then be made available to the comic book marketplace shortly thereafter, featuring previously unreleased content. A trade paperback is also anticipated.



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