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THURSDAY, MAY 19. 2011


Paramount Pictures has released eight new images from Transformers: Dark of the Moon, due in theaters on July 1.

Here's how Paramount describes the movie:

"Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us."

The movie, directed by Michael Bay, also stars John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand.

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Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that principal photography has begun on The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, scheduled to be in theaters on July 20, 2012.

Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne and Batman, as do Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

The film also stars Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy as Bane; Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake.

According to Warner Bros., Nolan is using IMAX cameras even more extensively than he did on The Dark Knight, which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX cameras.

The screenplay for The Dark Knight Rises is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. The film is being produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on Batman Begins and the record-breaking blockbuster The Dark Knight. Executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer.

The creative team returns director of photography Wally Pfister, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Lee Smith and costume designer Lindy Hemming. Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould will supervise the visual and special effects, respectively. The music will be composed by Hans Zimmer.

Locations for The Dark Knight Rises span three continents and include Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.

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For covers and three- to six-page previews of Dark Horse Comics titles arriving in stores on May 25, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Conan: The Road of Kings #5, King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel #4, Magnus, Robot Fighter #4, Mighty Samson #3, Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword #2, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #5, Star Wars: Legacy -- War #6 and The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde #2.


Marvel Comics has announced second printings for the sold-out The Mighty Thor #1 and Journey into Mystery #622.

Both second printings will feature movie-based covers and will be in stores on June 22.

Marvel also announced a second printing for the sold-out Fear Itself #2. It will also be in stores on June 22.

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In other Marvel news:

* The publisher has released a five-page preview of Captain America Corp #1, arriving in stores on June 15.

To view the preview, CLICK HERE.


Warner Bros. Animation has released five clips from "The Social Netjerk/Smallville: Turn off the Clark," Monday's new episode of MAD on Cartoon Network at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

For the clip, CLICK HERE.

Here's how the episode is described:

"A Harvard student complains about his ex-girlfriend online and accidently creates the biggest website ever! With his show ending, Clark Kent has nothing left to do except for musical theater! Plus Spy vs. Spy, Alfred E. Neuman and more!"

The episode also includes The Jersey Thor, pictured above.

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* Jeffrey Ross, the comedian known as the Roastmaster, is guest-starring in an upcoming episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Ross is featured in a teaser segment where The Joker roasts Batman.

* Following "The Ned-liest Catch" season finale episode of The Simpsons, airing Sunday, May 22 on Fox, fans can decide the future of Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel, aka "Nedna," at by voting "Pro Nedna" or "No Nedna." All summer long, "I'm Pro Nedna" and "I'm No Nedna" wallpaper, videos, Twitter badges and Facebook icons will be available to download and post. After the fan voting ends in August, results will be revealed during the Season 23 premiere airing this fall.


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

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

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