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Why did Kenneth Branagh choose to direct Thor, which got its first wide preview with Friday's first trailer release?

At Comic-Con International in San Diego, he listed several reasons, as well as noting the Shakespeare influences on the property.

To view the video, CLICK HERE.

To view the Thor trailer, CLICK HERE.

And to see Thor's hammer arrive on Earth, CLICK HERE.

For interviews with Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings and Clark Gregg, CLICK HERE.

For a video of Chris Hemsworth (who plays Thor) from Comic-Con, CLICK HERE.

For a video of Natalie Portman (who plays Jane Foster) from Comic-Con, CLICK HERE.

For a video of Tom Hiddleston (who plays Loki) from Comic-Con, CLICK HERE.

For a video of Clark Gregg (who plays Agent Coulson) from Comic-Con, CLICK HERE.


With the Thor trailer released on Friday, Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige was part of an online chat conducted by the Los Angeles Times.

In addition to next summer's Thor and Captain America movies, Feige talked about such properties as the Avengers, Punisher, Ant-Man and Moon Knight.

For highlights from the chat, CLICK HERE.


Fox has released four clips from "Road to the North Pole," Sunday's new episode of Family Guy.

For a clip of Stewie and Brian having to wait in line to see Santa Claus, CLICK HERE.

For a clip of Brian trying to fool Stewie about being at the North Pole, CLICK HERE.

For a clip of Stewie refuting Brian's assertion there is no Santa Claus, CLICK HERE.

For a clip of Stewie and Brian trying to get the reindeer to fly, CLICK HERE.

Here's how Fox describes the episode:

"Stewie's favorite thing after his teddy bear, Rupert, is Christmas. So when he hears that Santa is making an appearance at the mall, he begs Brian to take him so that he can tell Santa in person what he wants for Christmas. Brian begrudgingly takes Stewie to the mall, only to get the brush-off from Santa. As a result, Stewie and Brian travel to the North Pole to find Santa and teach him a lesson in holiday cheer."


Fox has released two clips from "Donnie Fatso," Sunday's new episode of The Simpsons.

Both clips are with Homer and an FBI investigator, voiced by Jon Hamm.

For the first clip, CLICK HERE.

For the second clip, CLICK HERE.

Here's how Fox describes the episode:

"Homer spends New Year's Eve in the Springfield Penitentiary after getting caught bribing an official. An FBI investigator offers to reduce his jail time if Homer agrees to go undercover as an informant to investigate Fat Tony. When Homer forges a special bond with Fat Tony and his family, he becomes conflicted between his obligation to the government and his loyalty to his new family. After an unexpected turn of events, Fat Tony's cousin Fit Tony seeks to settle a score with Homer, but winds up teaching him an important lesson."

Look for more on The Simpsons on Sunday here in The Continuum.


For covers and six- to seven-page previews of BOOM! Studios titles arriving in stores on Dec. 15, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Stan Lee's Soldier Zero #3, Darkwing Duck #7, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #18, Donald Ducks and Friends #361, and Farscape #14.


Cartoon Network has released a gallery of images from Robot Chicken's third Star Wars special, set to premiere on Adult Swim on Dec. 19 at 11:30 p.m.

In the hour-long special, four characters -- Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Gary the Stormtrooper -- reveal untold stories that weave and interconnect throughout all six Star Wars films.

"We tell more of a linear story this time that covers the series from start to finish," said Seth Green, who created and executive produces Robot Chicken with Matt Senreich.

"We still flip around the universe but we get a unique perspective from the bad guy side, from people who just want to rule the universe," Senreich said.

Making their first Robot Chicken/Star Wars voice appearances are Zac Efron as Anakin Skywalker, Anthony Daniels from the original Star Wars films as C3PO, Mike Henry and Donald Glover.

Returning from the previous specials are Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian and Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks as well as Green, Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Seth MacFarlane, Dan Milano, Abe Benrubi, Donald Faison, Rachael Leigh Cook, Adrianne Pallicki, Eden Espinosa, Hugh Davidson, Bob Bergen, Keith Ferguson, Tom Kane and Zeb Wells.

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* Aspen Comics has announced a sell-out and second printing for Lady Mechanika #1. The second printing will feature a new cover by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald and will be available on Jan. 12.

"It made me so very proud that we're putting a book out that has so much positive support behind it," Benitez said. "To know that people are enjoying the work really makes what we do well worth it and so much more enjoyable."

Lady Mechanika #0 has sold out three printings.

The CW has released a promo for Smallville's next new episode on Jan. 28.

To view the video, CLICK HERE.


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

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archaia Comics.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avater Press.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* BOOM! Studios.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

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