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 #19-August 2000
 ***IN THIS ISSUE***
CLUB NEWS
  1. THE JULY MEETING WAS A BIG GREEN BLAST!
  2. NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING
TV NEWS
  3. THE GLASS TEAT
    News of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, LA FEMME NIKITA, FI-SCI WITH PENN JILLETTE: THE FICTION-SCIENCE SHOW, ANGEL vs. DARK ANGEL, GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA and ROLAND 99 
  4. THE COMPETITION TO REPLACE MULDER HAS BEEN TERMINATED
      The advent of Robert Patrick, A.K.A. Special Agent John Doggett 
  5. CARTER CONTEMPLATES OTHER CHANGES ON THE X-FILES 
  6. WE WILL HAVE DANA SCULLY TO KICK AROUND SOME MORE
  7. CHRIS CARTER LOOKS AHEAD TO THE LONE GUNMEN
  8. GET READY FOR A NEW TWIST FROM BUFFY
      Spoiler alert! Don't read if you'd rather be surprised! 
  9. OTHER CHANGES FOR BUFFY THIS YEAR
10. SCI-FI CHANNEL--A MODERN DAY CASABLANCA
11. SCI-FI CASABLANCA: NOW & AGAIN 
12. SCI-FI CASABLANCA: THE OTHERS
13. SCI-FI CASABLANCA: CRUSADE
14. BABYLON 5 AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE
15. SCI-FI IS THE HOME OF BLACK SCORPION
16. A SHATNERIAN RANT PROCLAIMS "I'M NOT KIRK!"
17. CHAKOTAY POOPS ON VOYAGER
      Don't hold back Beltran. Tell us what you really think! 
18. YOU CAN GET THE CHANCE TO REPLACE A DISGRUNTLED VOYAGER CAST MEMBER
       Win a walk-on on Robert Beltran's favorite show. 
19. VOYAGER PREPARES TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS
20. JAMES CAMERON ABANDONS THE RED PLANET . . .
21.  FOR A DARK ANGEL
22. SNAKE PLISSKEN? I THOUGHT YOU WAS DAID!
          ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, the series. 
23. THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN SPALDING!
           The discovery of THE LOST GROUCHO SHOWS. 
EVENT NEWS
24. THINGS TO COME
    News of OTAKON, MAIN MISSION,  GAYLAXICON 2000, FARPOINT and CHILLER THEATER.
LITERARY NEWS
25. BABYLON 5 COMICS DUE OUT
26. BRADBURY'S FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
MOVIE NEWS
27. JAMES CAMERON SAYS NO TO T3
28. GUESS PAUL NEWMAN NEVER SAW BATMAN & ROBIN
29. BRANDO THROWING HIS WEIGHT AROUND AGAIN?
30. MARK WAHLBERG SAYS KEEP YOUR EYES OFF THE PRIZE
31. BALTIMORE'S SENATOR THEATER IN TROUBLE
32. RECIPIENTS OF THE YEAR 2000 LAEMMLE AWARDS
33. THE AIR IS ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF BLAIR WITCH
34. X-MEN'S PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR LOOK TO THE FUTURE
35. X-MEN'S CAST ALSO CONSIDER'S THE FUTURE
36. X-MEN'S MARVEL-OUS PROFITS
37. GET YER RED HOT PROFESSOR X ACTION FIGURE
38. X-MEN CURES STUDIO CONSTIPATION
39. RAIMI DISCUSSES SPIDER-MAN PLANS
40. RIDLEY SCOTT SAYS DO THE MATH
            BLADE RUNNER mystery revealed! 
41. THE MATRIX SEQUELS GO ON HOLD
42. CASTING NEWS FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE II
43. WONDER WHAT KIND OF FIGHTING STYLE JAR JAR WILL HAVE
44. LOVE'S LABORS LOST
           Courtney Love waves bye-bye to JOHN CARPENTER'S GHOSTS OF MARS. 
45. TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME
           A remake of The Time Machine. 
46. THE RETURN OF BARBARELLA
47.  INDY IV: HARRISON FORD SAYS 'LET'S DO IT!'
48.  A NOTHER MOVIE-RELATED MURDER
49. DOCTORS REPORT ON THE EFFECTS OF VIOLENCE ON YOUNG MINDS
50. GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT
51. GEE, DOES THIS MEAN THAT I CAN FINALLY BUY BELA LUGOSI FUZZY SLIPPERS?
           Bela Lugosi achieves eternal life as a corporate commodity! 
52. IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST
          News on HOLLOW MAN, SPACE COWBOYS, BLESS THE CHILD,
          CECIL B. DEMENTED,THE CELL, GODZILLA 2000 and ART OF WAR. 
TECHNOLOGY NEWS
53. DVD OR VCR? NOW YOU DON'T HAVE TO DECIDE
54. HEY KIDS, RUSH RIGHT TO THE STORE!
              You can buy a high-definition plasma display TV with change back from you $10 grand! 
55. STANDARDS SET FOR INTERACTIVE DIGITAL TV
56. IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM, BE THEM!
               Blockbuster becomes its own worst enemy. 
57.  ANIME', ANIME', ANIME' ANIME'--GENTLY DOWN THE VIDEO STREAM
58. HOLLYWOOD'S WORST NIGHTMARE
              Full-screen easily downlodable videos Online. 
VIDEO NEWS
59. DVD: WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN
             Breaking regional coding. 
60. HOLLYWOOD VIDEO EXCLUSIVE
61. VIDEOCY
IN REVIEW
62. AUGUST CALENDAR
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1.THE JULY MEETING WAS A BIG GREEN BLAST! 
    Our July meeting became Gojira Night! Linda Conrad lectured us on the fine points of Godzillaism. She brought along a bunch of little plastic monsters to help. We then screened GODZILLA 2000, thanks to Gary Roberson. We actually had a release before the U.S. theaters did! We gorged ourselves on pizza all the while. We were honored to have several guests join us for the event. They're welcomed back anytime. We encourage all of our members to bring their friends.
 
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2.NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING 
    Our August meeting will be held on Saturday August 26th at 6:00 P.M. at the church hall behind the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church located at 8848 BelAir Road. Take Baltimore Beltway exit 32 north on Belair Road. Turn left onto Joppa Road. Immediately past the miniature golf course turn left into the parking lot. If you miss it there are ample turn-around opportunities. If you get stuck call 410-598-8005. That's Dave Henderson's cell phone. He'll talk you in. 
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3.THE GLASS TEAT 
Year of Xander. According to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER producer Jane Espenson, next season will be the "Year of Xander." We'll have to wait to see what that means. She added that writers will create a "very interesting" storyline for Riley, Buffy's boyfriend of last season. She also mentioned that BUFFY's creator, Joss Whedon, is writing a comic book miniseries for later this year that places the characters about 10 years in the future. . . . BUFFY gets her sidekick. Michelle Trachtenberg (HARRIET THE SPY) has won the role of Dawn, Buffy's young psychic pal. Trachtenberg's character will debut in the series' fifth season. Dawn will reportedly develop a sisterly relationship with Buffy and develop a crush on Buffy's buddy, Xander. Trachtenberg, 14, appeared with Matthew Broderick in Disney's 1999 INSPECTOR GADGET. . . . BUFFY draws critic's praise. The nation's television critics picked BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER as one of the best shows on TV. Buffy ranked No. 4 in the semi-annual poll of critics from 57 daily U.S. newspapers. The show is well written and acted enough that it's one of the few pieces of imaginative television that appeals to people that, otherwise, would never give the show a chance. . . . NIKITA back as a TV Movie? Peta Wilson, star of the canceled series LA FEMME NIKITA, said that the show could return as a TV movie. "There's talk of me doing a LA FEMME NIKITA TV movie, but I really don't know." She added, "They haven't destroyed the sets on LA FEMME NIKITA yet." As for the show's future as a series, she said, "We don't know what's going to happen next [any more than] you do. Things change." USA canceled the popular series, which is currently winding up its last season, because of a contract dispute with the show's producer, Warner Bros. "[It] was purely a political thing between the network and the studio," Wilson said. "It really had nothing to do with us, the cast or the fans. It wasn't personal." . . . A look at the science behind the fiction. The SCI FI Channel will began production on FI-SCI WITH PENN JILLETTE: THE FICTION-SCIENCE SHOW, a series of four one-hour specials featuring the magician who makes up one half of Penn & Teller. Jillette will take a tongue-in-cheek look at the science behind the fiction of several classic SF television shows and movies. In the first special, Jillette will travel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to ask about the possibility of a computer like HAL from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Next, Jillette will talk to NASA about the feasibility of long-term space travel, as depicted in the 1968 classic movie. In other shows, Penn will talk to evolutionary scientists about the possibility of a real-life PLANET OF THE APES; examine with geneticists the reality of cloning as seen in JURASSIC PARK and THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL; and discuss the science behind volcano and asteroid disasters. . . . Fox execs play a round of "stupid scheduling tricks." If you're a fan of the WB's ANGEL and are interested in James Cameron's new show, DARK ANGEL, you'll have some decisions to make. Fox has scheduled DARK ANGEL on Tuesday nights at 9 P.M., opposite ANGEL. We'll see who blinks first. . . .Now THAT'S a commitment! Robert Hewitt Wolf, producer of GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA, has got commitments for two years (44 episodes) worth of shows. The show will have an over-arching arc but will focus on mostly stand-alone episodes. It's set in the future when a governing body that looks an awful lot like the Federation has fallen and anarchy rules. One man, who has been out of commission for the hundred years, seeks to restore order. . . . ROLAND 99 is coming to a computer near you. Sci-Fi.COM in the fall will debut ROLAND 99, the first Internet-based animated series to combine stop-motion and Flash technology. ROLAND 99 will make use of an exclusive production technique that offers fluid, broadcast-quality animation over the Internet. Set in the year 4212, ROLAND 99 will be a futuristic adventure thriller starring a heroine with the code name Roland 99 equipped with bionic gun gloves, a cyber eye and a trademark half-shaved head. 
4.THE COMPETITION TO REPLACE MULDER HAS BEEN TERMINATED 
    There's been a gold rush on for actors to get into the same gig from which David Duchovny has publicly and messily been trying extricate himself. Actors have been slugging it out to be Dana Scully's new partner. Beating out actors like Bruce Campbell (JACK OF ALL TRADES and who also appeared in the sixth-season X-FILES episode "Terms of Endearment"), Hart Bochner (who most recently appeared in the film ANYWHERE BUT HERE) and Lou Diamond Phillips, the part has gone to Robert Patrick. Patrick is, of course, famous for playing the unstoppable liquid-metal killer robot in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY. He's recently been in episodes of HBO's THE SOPRANOS. Those notorious "unnamed sources" have said that THE X-FILES creator Chris Carter tested the four actors for the role, looking for what's been described as a blue-collar man's man and a knee-jerk skeptic. 
    Chris Carter describes the new character. "His name is John Doggett, and he comes in on the manhunt for the search for Agent Mulder. . . .He believes, coming in, that everything can be solved if you just employ very good cop/police technique. . . . Special Agent John Doggett, is a member of the FBI fraternity, so he's like one of the guys. He's like one of the hard core there. He's on his way up the ladder. He's a do-gooder, in a sense. But he's his own man. So what he represents to them is a threat to the . . . X-Files, because it's a basement operation. So in coming to look for Mulder, to find Mulder, he is . . .a part of the system and now he's attacking the X-Files. So he isn't working as Agent Scully's partner. But at some point, he will come to . . .a place where they can agree to disagree." Carter said Doggett is a former New York police detective and U.S. Marine. "Robert Patrick just embodied this character. Everything from the timbre of his voice to his presence to his intensity. I saw him and Scully as worthy adversaries and worthy partners. ... He would be able to stand up to her both as an actor and a character. Mulder was the consummate outsider. We wanted someone who was blue-collar, a former cop, a man's man, and Robert Patrick came in and blew us away." 
5.CARTER CONTEMPLATES OTHER CHANGES ON THE X-FILES 
    Agent Scully and Assistant Director Skinner are due a makeover now that they have a new character to react with. "Agent Scully has always been the skeptic. Over seven years, of course, [she] has seen enough to lower her skepticism, and now that Agent Mulder  has been abducted, the only way to find him is to accept what Skinner  is saying. So the two of them become reluctant believers, and that's the way we make room for this new character." 
    Fox Mulder will, of course, still be a part of the show on a limited basis. Expect his return in some form in the first two episodes of the season. Carter explains, "I had to write the season finale, which was called 'Requiem,' . . .not knowing whether or not we'd be back. So it actually set up an interesting problem for me in coming back now, in doing an eighth year. And that has actually worked with David's availability this year." 
    Carter said he'd also beef up the roles of Assistant FBI director Walter Skinner, the villainous Alex Krycek and the duplicitous Marita Covarrubias. He added he'd love to bring back the character of Frank Black (Lance Henriksen's character in MILLENNIUM), depending on Henriksen's availability. 
    Among the issues the season will explore: What happened to Mulder's sister, which was partly answered in the past season; whether the Cancer Man is really dead; what the deal is with the various alien races; and whatever happened to Gibson Praise, the mind-reading little boy. Carter also promised to tone down the slapstick humor and return to telling "good, scary stories." 
    As for Agent Scully's pregnancy? "We hinted at a relationship with Mulder. We're going to go back and explore that. . . .And . . . she's a very lonely character, and now she's even lonelier without Mulder. . . .We're going to explore what happened this season. So while it may seem as if you missed something, and you did, you will not miss it in the end." 
    Overall, the eighth season of the series will add one new face, feature the return of several old ones and answer a lot of questions left over from this year. The season premiere of THE X-FILES is Nov. 8th. 
6.WE WILL HAVE DANA SCULLY TO KICK AROUND SOME MORE 
    Provided the show lasts beyond this season, we'll have time to see the relationship to see Scully and Doggett's relationship develop. Gillian Anderson has signed for a ninth season, if there is one. There's been no secret that she's had a strained relationship with Duchovny. Maybe the new man in her life will make her feel more at home on the series. 
7.CHRIS CARTER LOOKS AHEAD TO THE LONE GUNMEN 
    Carter said that his new show, an X-FILES spinoff based on the amateur covert operatives known as The Lone Gunmen, won't start filming until October. Expect its debut sometime in March. Carter said the series will be more light-hearted than THE X-FILES, but will have a mythology all its own. Carter is using caution with THE LONE GUNMEN, still stinging from the failure of HARSH REALM. "You've got to be careful," he said. "As I saw with HARSH REALM, if you introduce it too early, you lose your opportunity to get people to come to the show . . .as readily. So you've actually got to build through straight story-telling before you start building mythology, and that's probably the way LONE GUNMEN will work." 
8.GET READY FOR A NEW TWIST FROM BUFFY 
**SPOILER ALERT-DO NOT READ IF YOU'D RATHER BE SURPRISED** 
    BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER has been an enjoyable show to watch because the writing has stayed at such a consistently high caliber. They don't write "down" to the viewers. They do what they do and they expect you to keep up. According to staff-writer David Fury, fans of the show are about to be thrown a major curve. The new character, Dawn, will appear in the series' season-five opener, but won't be explained until later. The character, who will be the focus of the season's second episode, will have mysterious origins and will fulfill a prophecy planted at the end of the third season. "Everyone has memories of her being a part of Buffy's life," Fury said. "They all know her. She's been living in the house all this time. It creates this very bizarre mystery that is not always the focus of the episode; it's just something that's underlying that. It leaves the audience wondering. . . . But, for all intents and purposes, there is a Dawn Summers that has always lived and shared a house and shared parents [with Buffy]." The character, to be played by Michelle Trachtenberg, will be tied to the season's main threat. "I'll just say this--we're moving into 'god' territory, ... possibly something along the lines of The-Powers-That-Be on ANGEL. But more importantly, they're not just your run-of-the-mill demon-of-the-week or vampires looking to take control. They're pretty terrible and ancient and pretty all-powerful." Fury said fans will also find out the meaning behind the phrase "Little Miss Muffet counting down from 730," uttered by the character Faith (Eliza Dushku) in a dream sequence at the end of the third season, which is an apparent reference to Dawn. 
9.OTHER CHANGES FOR BUFFY THIS YEAR 
    Clare Kramer (BRING IT ON) will play a recurring role on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER next season. Kramer joins Michelle Trachtenberg, who takes on a recurring role as Buffy's kid sister. The vampire Drusilla (Juliet Landau) will return, first on the BUFFY spinoff series ANGEL and later on BUFFY. A recurring character of Amy was turned into a rat two years ago.DavidFury (see above) said "there's a very good chance of Amy [Elizabeth Anne Allen] getting de-ratted." He said that BUFFY's fifth season will focus on family themes. The characters of Anya (Emma Caulfield), Tara (Amber Benson) and Riley (Marc Blucas) will return. Xander (Nicholas Brendon) will find a job ''in the skilled labor industry,'' Fury said. Buffy will also formally ask Giles to resume his duties as her Watcher, which may necessitate a trip to England and a meeting with the Watcher's Council.
10.SCI-FI CHANNEL--A MODERN DAY CASABLANCA 
    In the movie CASABLANCA, the city was depicted as the final refuge for the desperate. It was the place where those facing extinction from the cruel hands of the Nazis would flee, in hopes of finding passage to a place of safety. Today, if you're a producer of a TV show that is based on a science-fiction, fantasy or horror premise and your show gets canceled you'll have one final place to turn--the Sci-Fi Channel. Just as it did with SLIDERS, the channel is currently a "shining beacon of hope all alone in the night." Following, we'll look at some of those shows that constitute the population of hopeful immigrants waiting for sanctuary. 
11.SCI-FI CASABLANCA: NOW & AGAIN 
    This was a popular show canceled by CBS last spring. It was about an overweight middle-aged guy (John Goodman in the first episode) who is in a terrible accident. His brain is put into the body of a newly-created super strong stud-muffin and he's been given assignments to carry out by his government handler. He's forbidden any contact with his family or the people in his past. At the recent Shore Leave convention, series regular Gerrit Graham said that talks were going on to move the show to the Sci-Fi Channel. Since the cable channel has considerably less money than the network he knew that it would entail a sizable cut in pay. He vowed to commit to the show, even at the sacrifice of his bank account.
12.SCI-FI CASABLANCA: THE OTHERS 
    This series, about a band of people with psychic abilities that have banded together, was part of the Saturday night "Thrillogy" on NBC.  There was some interest at the Sci-Fi Channel in reviving the show. THE OTHERS executive producer Glen Morgan (formerly of THE X-FILES and MILLENNIUM) recently said that the series is dead, despite comments from the Sci Fi Channel. "New episodes won't air," Morgan said. "They're all dead," referring to the season finale in which all of the characters appeared to die. It was to be explained away in the coming season. Mentioning an earlier show that he and partner James Wong had worked in, he added, "I take the same position as I did on SPACE: ABOVE AND BEYOND. . . . The show is over, so they're dead."
13.SCI-FI CASABLANCA: CRUSADE 
    CRUSADE was the promising sequel to BABYLON 5 that was canceled by TNT before the first episode aired after a disagreement with producer Joe Straczynski about sex and violence (ironically, the cable channel wanted more of it and dumbed down story lines). Looking forward to the coming re-runs of BABYLON 5 on the Sci-Fi Channel (see below) and reflecting on the loss of CRUSADE, Straczynski recently observed, "I often get asked, 'What can the fans do?' Here's an answer. There are still a lot of folks who, for one reason or another, never checked out the show, often because they were concerned about disloyalty to S[TAR] T[REK] or the like. If every B5 fan went out and got 5 to 10 people who'd never watched the show, and bugged them to watch the cycle when it starts on SFC. . .who knows what remarkable things could happen?" It's entirely possible for Sci-Fi to resume shooting CRUSADE.
14.BABYLON 5 AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE 
    When The Sci-Fi Channel begins airing BABYLON 5 this fall, it will show the series in a never-before-seen letterbox format. B5 begins its Sci-Fi run on Sept. 25 and will run Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. 
    Prior to the series premiere on Sci-Fi, the network's new series SCIOGRAPHY, which looks at SF&F entertainment, will devote an episode to the behind-the-scenes story of BABYLON 5. The BABYLON 5 episode of SCIOGRAPHY will air on Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. The hour-long episode will feature interviews with cast and crew and offer BABYLON 5's main star after the first season; threats by cast members to walk off; on-set accidents; and the struggle to find a syndicator to air the show's fifth season.
15.SCI-FI IS THE HOME OF BLACK SCORPION 
    The Sci-Fi Channel has bought the rights to 22 episodes of BLACK SCORPION, a new super hero action series from Roger Corman's New Concorde company. It features lots of T&A (as much as the channel can show) and TV's Batman as a bad guy! BLACK SCORPION stars former Miss Kansas Michelle Lintel as a crime-fighting superhero. She plays Darcy Walker, a second-generation cop whose father is murdered at the hands of the evil Breathtaker (Adam West). Darcy chooses to avenge his death by becoming the Black Scorpion, a leather-clad superhero with an array of high-tech weapons and a Black Scorpionmobile. The series will also feature 17 Playboy playmates and Penthouse Pets, including Playmate of the Year Victoria Silvstedt as the villain, Hourglass. Look for the show's debut early next year.
16.A SHATNERIAN RANT PROCLAIMS "I'M NOT KIRK!" 
    William Shatner has aimed a rant at fans who really think he is Captain Kirk. Shatner, who hosted a gala at Montreal's "Just for Laughs" Festival in Canada, delivered a spoof of Molson Beer's "I Am Canadian" rant. He said, "Hey, I'm not a Starfleet commander or T.J. Hooker I don't live on Starship NCC-1701 or own a phaser. I don't know anyone named Bones, Sulu or Spock. And no, I've never had green alien sex - although I'm sure it would be quite an evening. I speak English and French, not Klingon. I drink Labatt's, not Romulan ale. And when someone says to me, 'Live long and prosper,' I seriously mean it when I say 'Get a life!'... My doctor's name is not McCoy, it's Ginsberg. And Tribbles were puppets! Not real animals! Puppets! And when I speak, I never, ever, talk / like / every / word / is / its / own / sentence! . . . I live in California, but I was raised in Montreal. I believe in Priceline.com, where you never have to pay full price for airline tickets, hotels and car rentals. I have appeared on stage at Stratford, Carnegie Hall, Albert Hall and at the Monkland Theatre in NDG (Notre Dame de Grace). And yes, I've gone where no man has gone before. But I was in Mexico and her father gave me permission. My name is William Shatner and I AM CANADIAN."
17.CHAKOTAY POOPS ON VOYAGER 
    Robert Beltran, who plays first officer Chakotay on STAR TREK: VOYAGER, had some extremely nasty things to say about his show, specifically the writers and producers. "I don't mean to denigrate my work in VOYAGER, and I'm not saying anything that probably the rest of the cast wouldn't say either, but you know STAR TREK is pretty much a formula show, and the episodes that we've seen on VOYAGER are pretty much variations of the same episodes from DEEP SPACE NINE or THE NEXT GENERATION." 
    Beltran had particularly harsh words for the writers of the recent episode that brought back Jennifer Lien's character, Kes. "What they asked her to do with her character, I didn't understand. I think our writers are that far from brain damaged. I don't get them. But we were happy to have her. She's great. We love Jennifer. I wish she had never left the show; she's a really fine actress. But it was just the same old indication of our writers and producers having their head firmly up their collective ass. Sorry, kids. You see, this will all get back to them. That's why I'm saying it. That's fine. Maybe they'll let me go by the middle of the season. I'll be a regular on ER or something." 
    Beltran added, "I think the STAR TREK franchise has sort of run its course. It's peaked, and it can only go down now. Then hopefully it will peak again. But their spin about the show is that Seven-of-Nine saved the show. But the numbers don't bear that out at all. I wouldn't say I had a bitter taste about the show, but it makes me a lot less caring about the show when the writers don't seem to care about all the cast. When that happens, I check out right away and give as little as possible emotional involvement as I can. So I would have to say, honestly, that for probably the last two or two and a half years, I haven't quite read a full VOYAGER script. It's not necessary, because I already know what's going to happen. I don't want to put myself to the aggravation."
18.YOU CAN GET THE CHANCE TO REPLACE A DISGRUNTLED VOYAGER CAST MEMBER 
    Well--for a few moments anyway. The official STAR TREK site, StarTrek.com, has announced a new trivia challenge. The ultimate prize is an all-expense paid trip to Hollywood and a walk-on part on STAR TREK: VOYAGER. I'd bring a phaser if I were you. I hear that things are a tad tense on the set (read the above).
19.VOYAGER PREPARES TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS 
    STAR TREK: VOYAGER's new executive producer Ken Biller said that fans should expect closure in the seventh and final season. "We are definitely working hard to wrap up some series-long arcs for several of our characters," Biller said He added, "You'll see Capt. Janeway's ongoing and single-minded quest to get her crew home. I'm not going to tell you whether or not she is going to accomplish that just yet, but it's something that has been her single purpose from the beginning, and it will get exacerbated this season to the point that she is really feeling the pressure. She'll have to decide just how far she is willing to go to succeed." Biller also promised to resolve the Tom Paris-B'Elanna Torres romance. "We now have a few different story lines that will resolve their relationship in a way that is surprising and in tune with STAR TREK, without being soap opera-ish. Part of the arc involves Voyager encountering a generational Klingon ship that has been traveling from the Alpha Quadrant toward the Delta Quadrant for many years. The offspring of the original Klingons who went off on this journey are people who don't understand that their fight with the Federation ended decades ago."
20.JAMES CAMERON ABANDONS THE RED PLANET . . . 
    James Cameron mentioned that he has shelved plans to adapt Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy of novels as a miniseries for Fox. "These books would not be well served in television, and the story was too big a meal for a feature film," Cameron said. No telling if the thud of MISSION TO MARS at the box office had anything to do with it.
21. . . . FOR A DARK ANGEL 
    The object of Cameron's fancy, the $8 million dollar futuristic two-hour pilot for DARK ANGEL, which stars Jessica Alba as Max, a genetically enhanced warrior in a futuristic Seattle, is making him think of the ol' days. "To me this is kind of like going back to my roots," Cameron said. "I came from low-budget, guerrilla film making. We would shoot a whole 90-minute picture in three weeks for practically no budget. TV is a little like that, except that the writing is much better. . . . I think of it as a continuum. The whole first season, we've already mapped out the story. It's like this big novel . . . in 41-minute chunks." Max is supersmart and superstrong, has a high tolerance for pain, heat and cold, and fights corruption in a post-apocalyptic America. "We want the audience to get the sense that Max does have vulnerabilities," Cameron said. "We want to show that she's smarter, faster and can see in the dark, but it's important to convey that ... Max can get the flu, have a cold and have a bad day." Former STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE producer Rene Echevarria has signed on as co-executive producer of DARK ANGEL. Last season he worked as a supervising producer on NOW & AGAIN.
22.SNAKE PLISSKEN? I THOUGHT YOU WAS DAID! 
    Another name director is deserting the silver screen for the green one. John Carpenter will develop a syndicated television series based on Snake Plissken, Kurt Russell's character from Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and ESCAPE FROM L.A.Carpenter, Russell and Carpenter's longtime producing partner, Debra Hill, will executive produce the series for Tribune Entertainment for the 2001 season, the trade reported. Russell won't reprise his role in the series, which will also be called ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. The series will mark Carpenter's first television series. It will take place in the 21st century, after natural disasters have devastated the world. The U.S. president will hire Plissken as a roving agent for the United Nations, traveling to the Earth's surviving cities to help restore order. If the series succeeds, Hill told the Reporter that the team might consider a third movie based on the character. The feature would be titled ESCAPE FROM EARTH, which is exactly what I wanted to do when I suffered through ESCAPE FROM L.A.
23.THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN SPALDING! 
    More than 100 episodes of Groucho Marx's 1950s TV show YOU BET YOUR LIFE have been unearthed, including outtakes featuring the comedian's risqué humor that was deemed inappropriate for television at the time. TV producer Paul Brownstein said that the newly discovered films will be released to cable stations and packaged for release on DVD under the title THE LOST GROUCHO SHOWS. They were never previously released because they were filmed between 1950 and 1954 when the musical conductor was Jerry Fielding, who was blacklisted after he was called before the House Committee on un-American Activities (HUAC) and refused to testify. The sponsor of the program, the DeSoto-Plymouth Dealers of America subsequently demanded that he immediately be fired. Fielding later told Marx biographer Hector Arce: "They wanted me to name Groucho." Marx himself later remarked, "That I bowed to the sponsor's demands is one of the greatest regrets of my life."

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24.THINGS TO COME 
    OTAKON, August 4, 5, 6 is an anime' convention being held in the Baltimore Convention Center. It started out in State College, Pennsylvania in 1994 with 350 attendees. Last year it blossomed into the second largest anime' con in the U.S. with 4,500 in attendance. Their guest list is made up of the greatest names in anime' today. They're offering Simon Yam, Kunihiko Ikuhara (Be-Papas), Shinya Hasegawa, Hiroaki Sakurai, Yoshitoshi ABe, Yasuyuki Ueda, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and bôa as their featured guests, along with a host of others. Tickets run $45 for the three day weekend, $25 for Friday only, $30 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday. 

  MAIN MISSION is taking place September 1-3 in New York City at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. According to them, "Our 'main mission' in organizing this event is three-fold: 1) to revitalize SPACE: 1999 fandom; 2) to build momentum for an eventual relaunch of the SPACE: 1999 series; and 3) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this epic television classic." Not surprisingly, their guest list is made up mostly of people connected with SPACE: 1999. From the show they've gotten Martin Landau, Prentis Hancock,John Hug, Zienia Merton, Barry Morse, Alibe Parsons, Anton Phillips, Suzanne Roquette, Catherine Schell and Nick Tate. They also have creative and technical people from the show, including George Bellak (SPACE: 1999 writer, debut episode, "Breakaway"), Johnny Byrne (SPACE: 1999 Writer and Story Editor), Brian Johnson (SPACE: 1999 Special Effects Director), Chris Penfold (SPACE: 1999 Writer and Story Editor), David Tomblin (THE PRISONER, SPACE: 1999 Director) and Keith Wilson (SPACE: 1999 Production Designer). Additional guests include Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA), John Muir (author of Exploring Space: 1999), Corinne Orr (actress, voiceover talent Corinne Orr Web Page), Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy Web Page), Chris Trice (Motion Control Model Supervisor, BATTLEFIELD EARTH) and Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Janice Rand, STAR TREK). Tickets are $50 a day or $150 for the three day weekend (!). For more information either e-mail Ton Loery at t.lowery3@gte.net or you can reach him at MainMission:2000; c/o UnitedVision, Inc.; Registration Department; 473 Monmouth Street, Suite 6; Jersey City, NJ 07302 

    GAYLAXICON 2000 will take place in Arlington, Va. at the Arlington Hilton on October 6-9. This is the only fan-run science-fiction and fantasy convention for and by Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered people and their friends and is sponsored by the Gaylactic Network. Guests include numerous artists, authors and others working in the field of literary sci-fi. Registration is $45 until September 8 and $55 afterwards. To contact  them click on the above link or write to Gaylaxicon 2000/ P.O. Box 1862/ Annandale, VA 22003-9862 USA 

    FARPOINT will be held on October 6-8 at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, just north of Baltimore. Featured guests include Andreas Katsulas (G’Kar, BABYLON 5), Cecily Adams (Moogie, ST:DS9), Aaron Eisenberg (Nog, ST:DS9), Max Grodenchk (Rom, ST:DS9), Chase Masterson (Leeta, ST:DS9), Tucker Smallwood (SPACE, ABOVE AND BEYOND), Lolita Fatjo (Pre-Production Coordinator, ST: VOYAGER) and Astronaut Ed Mitchell (the 6th man to walk on the Moon). A special "Celebrity Showcase" event will take place on Friday night. Max Grodenchik is writing an sci-fi parody to be performed that evening by guests Chase Masterson, Cecily Adams and Aron Eisenberg.  There will also be a Klingon Feast on Friday with live (and appropriate) entertainment. There will be a Saturday night masquerade gala. And of course there'll be a dealer's room, art show, auction, panels and films. The pricing is a bit complex for all of this, depending what package you select. You could do a basic weekend for $45 or a basic weekend with reserved seating for $55. Neither of these includes the Friday night play, which is an extra $20. They have day rates that range from $10 to $40, depending on how many extras that you throw in. For more information, click on the above link, e-mail at swilson15@home.com  or write to Farpoint, 6099 Hunt Club Road, Elkridge, MD 21075. 

    CHILLER THEATER will take place in New Jersey's Meadowlands on October 27-9. At this point guests include Billy Dee Williams (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK), James Doohan (STAR TREK), Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris on STAR TREK: VOYAGER), Ethan Phillips (Mr. Neelix on STAR TREK: VOYAGER), Andrew Robinson (STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE 9), Bob May (The Robot from TV's LOST IN SPACE), Dick Tufeld (The Robot's Voice from TV's LOST IN SPACE), Carel Struyken (Lurch from the movie THE ADDAMS FAMILY), three cast members from the 1965 Russ Meyer classic-FASTER PUSSYCAT, KILL KILL (Haji, Tura Satana & Lori Willams), Tina Krause, Tina (actress, director, model - "Fracture Films"), Pamela Hazelton (author, designer & The Black Dahlia Web Site), Richard Lynch (BAD DREAMS, INVASION USA), Jospeh M. Monks (author, Cry For Dawn, Agony In Black) and BernieWrightson, Bernie (legendary horror artist). Tickets ordered before September 29th are $25 for the weekend. Otherwise they're $15 a day. If you're interested hit the above link or write to P O Box 23, Rutherford, NJ 07070. 

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25.BABYLON 5 COMICS DUE OUT 
    BABYLON 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski told fans to expect more B5 stories under his own imprint from Top Cow comics. "I'm doing the 'Rising Stars' books from Top Cow, which are in the top 20 of comics, which is great ... to the point that TC has offered me my own imprint," Straczynski said. "So starting in September, the first issue of my imprint will be out. The comic title is Midnight Nation, and the imprint of the title overall is JOE'S COMICS.In addition to that, we're in the process of selling the Rising Stars film rights, and there are some TV/film related projects that are in the early stages, but not yet nailed down to a point where I can talk about them. But expect some info in the next few weeks."
26.BRADBURY'S FORMULA FOR SUCCESS 
    CalTech doesn't get a lot of authors addressing their commencement ceremonies. The prior one was in 1928. They decided to break that dry spell this year with Ray Bradbury. He gave the graduates some advice on how to be successful. First, avoid watching television news. Second, tell whoever doesn't believe in them to go to hell. Finally, move into the future with those who do believe in them. He recollected, "I began to write when I was 12 years old, about going to the moon, about going to Mars, about moving out into the universe. Thank God I made that decision, against all the people who said, 'Don't do that.'"
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27.JAMES CAMERON SAYS NO TO T3 
    James Cameron, creator of THE TERMINATOR and T2, won't be back for TERMINATOR 3.  He reflected,  "I don't control the rights, and to build value in someone else's franchise really doesn't make sense." Ahnold could get his wish granted to work with Cameron again, though. The director said that he'd preferred to develop a sequel to TRUE LIES, the 1994 movie that starred Schwarzenegger. T3 will document the wars between humans and machines, and is slated for a 2002 release. Schwarzenegger has already said he will reprise the title role in the sequel.
28.GUESS PAUL NEWMAN NEVER SAW BATMAN & ROBIN 
    George Clooney recently got the wind knocked out of his sails with an embarrassing close encounter with Paul Newman. Despite Clooney's status as an "A" list actor, like many actors, he's still prone to idol worship. He begged his pal, Robin Wright, to introduce him to mutual friend Paul Newman when he heard that Newman had been spotted on the Warner Bros. lot that day. But the introduction wasn't quite as memorable for Newman. Clooney recalled, "Newman walked by and Robin said, 'Uh, Paul, this is George. ' He goes, 'How are you going, George?' and I go, 'Mr. Newman, how are you?' And I talk to him for a minute and he's really nice. And he's like, 'So what do you do, George?' I say, 'Well, I'm an actor'. He goes, 'Well, hang in there. Don't give up.'"
29.BRANDO THROWING HIS WEIGHT AROUND AGAIN? 
    In an apparent effort to force the makers of THE SCORE, now filming in Canada, to shoot him in close-up, Marlon Brando has been arriving on the set naked from the waist down. Citing people who have worked with him on the movie, we're told. "This has quite disconcerted his castmates," who include Angela Bassett, Ed Norton and Robert De Niro. It may be rather late in the day for Brando to be so concerned about his weight. Oh for the days of THE GODFATHER. At least there, all you had to kiss was his ring.
30.MARK WAHLBERG SAYS KEEP YOUR EYES OFF THE PRIZE 
    Unlike Brando, Mark Wahlberg would rather keep his private parts private. He complained that men are always playing peek-a-boo with him. The actor played stunningly well-endowed porn star Dirk Diggler in BOOGIE NIGHTS. At the end of the film the character displayed his enormous, uh, "talent" (using what we're told was a gigantic prosthesis). Now Wahlberg says he can't go anywhere without attracting stares. He said, "I went out to the Met Bar in London and I was in the bathroom and guys kept checking me out." But Wahlberg, who's currently appearing in THE PERFECT STORM, says that he doesn't feel flattered by the attention. He says, "It's become a bit of a pain actually."
31.BALTIMORE'S SENATOR THEATER IN TROUBLE 
    Baltimore's lovely old 1939 art deco movie palace, the Senator Theater, is in trouble. They're delinquent on several bills and loans from private and government sources. In a world of google-plexes and concrete walls, the Senator gives us a glimpse of twentieth century movie-going elegance when a trip to the theater was a special event. USA Toady designated the Senator as one of the four best movie theaters in the country. An incomplete list of the notable names who have been the center of special events held at the theater includes Muhammad Ali, Robert Altman, Frank Capra, Terry Gilliam, Norman Jewison, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Baldwin, Ned Beatty, Johnny Depp, Danny DeVito, Yaphet Kotto, Ricki Lake, Joe Mantegna, Shirley MacLaine, Kathleen Turner, Bruce Willis and Ginger Rogers. Many of the names are etched in cement in the walk of fame in front of the theater. When you walk through the heavy glass doors you draw in a breath as your eyes are drawn up across the two-story lobby with art deco murals and your feet sink deeply into the lush red carpets. It would be a shame to let this treasure slip through our hands. If you live in the Baltimore area and you've got a choice as to where to see a movie, consider the Senator. They need our support now. 

32.RECIPIENTS OF THE YEAR 2000 LAEMMLE AWARDS 
    The Laemmle Awards were given out on July 29th in Crystal City, Va. at Midnight Marquee's Classic Film Fest 2000. The awards recognize overall excellence in the field of imaginative cinema. This year's recipients were actors Claude Rains and Paul Naschy; actresses Fay Wray, Margaret O'Brien and Janet Leigh; directors Alfred Hitchcock and Roger Corman; producer Samuel Z. Arkoff; composer Bernard Hermann and writer Robert Bloch. The awards were a key highlight in a very well thought-out and well-done show. Thank-you Gary and Sue Svhela and company for all of your hard work. 

33.THE AIR IS ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF BLAIR WITCH 
    The broadcast air, that is. There will be dueling "mockumentaries" coming up about the movie and its sequel. Artisan Entertainment has produced THE BURKITTSVILLE 7, a new mock documentary, for Showtime to promote the cable network's airing of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. The half-hour show also promoted the film's upcoming sequel, THE BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2, which opens on Oct. 27th. BURKITTSVILLE aired back-to-back with BLAIR WITCH on July 16 during a free Showtime preview. The documentary told the back story of BLAIR WITCH while hinting at the new content in the sequel. Meanwhile the SCI FI Channel is producing its own hour-long documentary as a tie-in to BLAIR WITCH 2, as it did with CURSE OF THE BLAIR WITCH, the mock documentary that tied in with the release of the original film. 

34.X-MEN'S PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR LOOK TO THE FUTURE 
    X-MEN executive producer Tom DeSanto said that, prior to the film's opening, he already had ideas for two sequels to the Fox film. "When I started to structure the [first movie's] story in my head, by some natural accident, the other two just fit into place," DeSanto said. "I have two other ideas in my head, which we plant the seeds for in this film. If, God willing, Fox will have us back and the fans respond well." DeSanto added that more of the X-Men--from the Marvel Comics series --will show up in subsequent movies, especially Beast and Gambit. "We have plans for them, which is the great thing," DeSanto said. He dropped a tantalizing hint about a sequel tie-in to the current film. "If you look closely, or you look back in hindsight when you see the second one, you'll say, 'OK, I know what that shot means, or I know what that is.' . . . There's certain shots and lines of dialogue," X-Men director Bryan Singer said, "There are many characters we'd like to have, from Nightcrawler to Proteus to Gambit. Some interesting characters. Some which might translate well to film, and some which might not as easily, and some that won't translate until technology advances another 20 years." 

35.X-MEN'S CAST ALSO CONSIDER'S THE FUTURE 
    Hugh Jackman, who plays Wolverine in the movie, said that he would love to return for a sequel. "I'd love to come back. All the cast and crew would love to re-visit these characters and work with each other again. I always think when you create a character that you really love and you respect--and I think all of us got to that point--it's a shame to put it away." The producers have tenative commitments for two more entries in the budding series. 
    Ian McKellen decided to prepare for the sequel in true villainous style - he stole something! "In the last scene of THE X-MEN, Magneto wears a pair of clogs made of plastic. I'm keeping them safe in case they are needed for the sequel, and as they are washable, no one will guess that I've worn them a lot in the meantime." No one but us, Sir Ian.
    One vital team member that hasn't signed yet is director Bryan Singer. Executive producer Tom DeSanto said, "Hopefully Fox and Bryan and myself will work together again. We planted the seeds for the next two [sequels] in this movie, and we'd love to do another." DeSanto oversees Singer's production company, Bad Hat Harry, and was responsible for bringing the director to the X-MEN project in 1996. 

36.X-MEN'S MARVEL-OUS PROFITS 
    Although Marvel Enterprises will not share in box-office revenue for X-MEN (movie rights to the characters were sold outright to Fox by Marvel's previous regime), the company is due to experience a banner year as the result of toy and other merchandise sales connected with the characters, analysts indicated. Marvel CEO Peter Cuneo said that many X-MEN toy items, shipped to retailers last month, were grabbed up following the opening of the movie, leaving some stores sold out. Marvel shares wound up 7.8 percent higher just after the movie's debut (and for a time were up as much as 16.5 percent) on news of the film's success. They continued to rise since then. 

37.GET YER RED HOT PROFESSOR X ACTION FIGURE 
    X-MEN star Patrick Stewart hates the action figure doll made in his likeness-after it didn't even make it to the shops. Stewart's Professor Xavier doll was withdrawn from production after flopping after the first edition. He explains, "It doesn't look like me. It's a distorted looking face; it's just really bad. The first prototype that went into production was not successful and was withdrawn. So if you can go out there and find any first edition Professor Xaviers it already is worth considerably more than when it first went on the shelves because it no longer exists." Meanwhile, fellow X-MEN actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, who plays Mystique in the movie, says her doll has become a top-seller amongst her friends. The beauty says, "They tell me when you squeeze my legs I do a karate chop with my arm. They've all created the Mystique dance when we go dancing. They do the movement that my action figure does when you squeeze it!" 

38.X-MEN CURES STUDIO CONSTIPATION 
    Long-stalled movie projects based on comic book series may be on the move in the wake of Fox's X-MEN movie success. X-MEN, based on the Marvel Comics has been a box-office superstar. "Everything is now moving on such a fast track," Marvel Studios chief Avi Arad told the trade paper. "Obviously, we are talking about the [X-MEN] sequel and [Fox's] FANTASTIC FOUR and [New Regency's] DAREDEVIL and [Artisan's] GHOST RIDER. All of these things have been in the works for a long time." Other comic-themed films on a fast track include Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN, to be directed by Sam Raimi; BLACK PANTHER, being developed by Wesley Snipes; BLADE 2, the sequel to Snipes' 1998 hit BLADE; and SATAN'S SIX, a project being developed at Universal by Tracy Kirby, granddaughter of late X-MEN co-creator Jack Kirby, and Dark Horse Comics' Mike Richardson. 

39.RAIMI DISCUSSES SPIDER-MAN PLANS 
    Director Sam Raimi confirmed in a taped message at the International Comic-Con in San Diego that the villains in his upcoming Spider-Man movie will be the Green Goblin and Dr. Octopus. "They do battle amongst the rooftops of Manhattan, and the Goblin uses his devices from his Goblin glider, his own personal winged transport, to his infamous pumpkin bombs, stun bombs, blast bombs, and he also uses his bag of razor bats--you don't want to know what those things do," Raimi said. He added, "Doc Ock is a brilliant scientist, and he has developed these snake-like arms. And they are expanding arms that can work with great dexterity and fluidity, which I think is going to be quite interesting with visual effects, which are going to have to be created digitally. And we have a great designer in Sony Imageworks to help pull that off." Raimi talked about casting. "We don't have anyone yet cast for Spider-Man, but we're talking to all of Hollywood's hottest young men," Raimi said. "I'm not at liberty to say their names, but almost every young great actor has come to me and said that they must play Spider-Man because he is the hero of their youth." (At this writing the likely candidate to play the title role is Tobey Maguire. He has apparently worked his body to the point that he'll look great in spandex. The final announcement should be made soon.) Raimi promised that his Spider-Man will excite fans of the comic series. "I've been a fan of Spider-Man since I was a kid. What is so exciting about Spider-Man is that Peter Parker, his alias, the human being that Spider-Man is, lives in our world, in the real world. And he has problems that we identify with. He's misunderstood. Unlike Batman and Superman, where you have the whole crowds actually cheering for him, Spider-Man does good, but he's misunderstood, and people boo Spider-Man. . . . What I'd like Spider-Man to be is not be a muscleman that is Superman or Batman, those stiff characters, but rather this very, lithe, thin graceful dancer of a superhero who performs his ballets 80 stories up, above the city." 
 

40.RIDLEY SCOTT SAYS DO THE MATH 
    BLADE RUNNER director Ridley Scott cleared up one of the 1982 film's enduring mysteries in a recent interview with the BBC: He confirmed that Harrison Ford's hero, Deckard, is indeed a replicant, or android. The question has been the subject of debate among film aficionados since the 1992 release of Scott's director's cut of the film, which features an ambiguous sequence in which Deckard dreams of a unicorn. "He's a replicant," Scott told the BBC as a documentary, called "On the Edge of BLADE RUNNER." Scott said the unicorn dream is the clue. At the end of the movie, the character of Gaff (played by Edward James Olmos) leaves an origami unicorn at Deckard's door. That suggested that Gaff knew about Deckard's dream, a sign that the dream was implanted and artificial. Scott added that another clue is the number of replicants mentioned in the movie. Six made their way to Earth, one of whom was killed. Deckard is looking for four. That leaves open the question: Who's the fifth? 

41.THE MATRIX SEQUELS GO ON HOLD 
    Things are on hold for the production of THE MATRIX 2 and 3 until scripts are completed. According to producer Andrew Mason  "There's some preliminary planning going on, but without the scripts, no one can really lock anything in. So everybody's lining up every option and holding their breath." The sequels were supposed to begin filming back to back in Sydney with stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne returning. But filmmakers are also reportedly scouting locations in Canada and the United Kingdom if they can't secure studio space in Australia. Mason said that the films probably won't begin filming until the middle of next year because of the lengthy pre-production necessary for the effects-heavy movies. 

42.CASTING NEWS FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE II 
    There've been some recognizable names cast in the next STAR WARS chapter. Christopher Lee will appear in the role of a charismatic separatist. Lee said that he's eager to be a part of EPISODE II. "They've created a whole new era in the cinema," Lee said of the STAR WARS films."There's no question about that. The scale of imagination, and the scale of production and the impact that it had on the entire world, was a first. It created an impact in the cinema that was unique. This particular series of film will be a mythic saga on a vast scale." Lee added, "One of the things that George Lucas said to me was, 'We'll have a lot fun.' And that, believe me, is very good to hear." Lee has been getting some work in big budget films, lately. He appeared in 1999's SLEEPY HOLLOW, which also featured Ian McDiarmid (EPISODE I's Senator Palpatine). He's also playing Saruman in the upcoming LORD OF THE RINGS movie trilogy. 
    Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue) will portray Sen. Bail Organa of Alderaan. The casting of Smits as Organa--the man who eventually adopts infant Princess Leia--comes as a surprise, as Smits' representatives had earlier denied a rumor that the actor might appear in EPISODE II. "I'd thought of Jimmy for the role before George Lucas had even confirmed the character's appearance," according to casting director Robin Gurland. "Then, completely independently, his agents let me know that he would love to be involved in a STAR WARS project. It worked out great." Apparently we won't see alot of Smits in EPISODE II. He'll be featured more prominently in III. 
    Several characters from EPISODE I will reappear in EPISODE II. Frank Oz will reprise the role of Yoda, and Andy Secombe will voice the character of Watto, the slave-owning flying alien on Tatooine. Pernilla August will reappear as Shmi Skywalker, mother of Anakin Skywalker. And Silas Carson will again put on a mask to play Jedi Council member Ki-Adi-Mundi. 
    Terrence Stamp, who played Chancellor Valorum in STAR WARS: EPISODE I, said that he won't be back in EPISODE II. "Actors prefer to work with actors," Stamp said. He added, "When I arrived on set for EPISODE I, George Lucas said, 'I've given Natalie [Portman] the day off.' So he pointed to a piece of paper on a post and said, 'Pretend that's her.' They couldn't afford me again." 

43.WONDER WHAT KIND OF FIGHTING STYLE JAR JAR WILL HAVE 
    STAR WARS: EPISODE II stunt coordinator Nick Gillard said that he's devising individual fighting styles for each Jedi knight character. That includes Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the grown-up Anakin Skywalker. "Mace Windu's [Samuel L. Jackson] fighting abilities are second only to Yoda," Gillard said. "If he gets within range, there's no question ... you're dead." Gillard recently worked with Jackson on his most recent movie, SHAFT. About Anakin Skywalker, Gillard said, "Of course, he's the chosen one. The audience will want to see that manifest itself. There needs to be flashes of brilliance. He's more skilled than Obi-Wan. Anakin always attacks. He's better, and he knows it, which means he's brash on occasion." Hayden Christensen, who will play Anakin, arrived in Sydney early for his training. "I've spent four weeks training with him," Gillard said. "He's fantastic. Not only is he a brilliant actor, but he has brilliant balance.He has all the ability, he's just so good. Hayden and Ewan [McGregor] will both be doing all of their own stunts and swordfighting." McGregor, who demonstrated Obi-Wan Kenobi's fighting skills in EPISODE I, quickly picked up his skills again, Gillard said. 

44.LOVE'S LABORS LOST 
    Rock star, high-profile widow and actress Courtney Love won't appear in the supernatural sci-fi movie JOHN CARPENTER'S GHOSTS OF MARS. The official story cited a twist to Courtney's ankle from her intense training regimen that would have delayed shooting. Unofficially there's speculation that the twist is in the bad girl herself that sparked on-set tensions. Love would have played a police lieutenant who, with Ice Cube (THREE KINGS) and Jason Staham (LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS), investigates the disappearance of Martian colonists. Pam Grier has also joined the cast in a major supporting role, and that offers have gone out for a new lead actress. Specualtion at this writing points to the two leading contenders as Famke Jannsen and Michelle Yeoh. The film begins production on Aug. 8. 

45.TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME 
    There are all kinds of ways to travel through time. We can simply live long lives. We can study history. Or we can reach backwards and forwards through our ancestors and descendants. Perhaps, it could be said, this is what the grand master of science fiction has done--Mr. H. G. Wells. Director Simon Wells, the great-grandson of the classic author, is in talks to direct a new feature-film version of Wells' novel The Time Machine. The movie would be a co-production of DreamWorks and Warner Bros. "It's getting the family hands back on the project," said Wells, who last directed the animated movie PRINCE OF EGYPT. The novel's movie rights passed out of the family decades ago. H.G. Wells died in 1946. "I missed meeting him by 15 years," Wells said. Wells will work on a draft of the script with John Logan (GLADIATOR). Filmmakers would like to begin shooting early next year. 

46.THE RETURN OF BARBARELLA 
    Actress Drew Barrymore is set to play the character made famous by Jane Fonda in a remake of BARBARELLA (1968). The 1968 film, based on the French comic strip of the same name, in which Fonda played a sexy 41st century space adventuress, became a cult favorite. The movie is being made by Barrymore's production company and she will tackle it after finishing RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS. She'll also need to work it out around her wedding plans with her newly announced husband-to-be, MTV madman Tom Green. 

47.INDY IV: HARRISON FORD SAYS 'LET'S DO IT!' 
    Harrison Ford (who just turned 58) has said recently that he's eager to reprise the role of Indiana Jones in a fourth installment of the popular film franchise. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to make another film," he said. He added, "There are some efforts underway to come up with a story. When we all three--Lucas and Spielberg and I--all . . . have a film that we all have confidence in, we'll do it." Ford also confirmed that he has met and talked with THE SIXTH SENSE director M. Night Shyamalan, who is reportedly one of several writers drafting a script for Indy IV. Asked whether Shyamalan was the primary writer, Ford replied, "Can't really tell you that at the moment." As for whether the next film will feature Sean Connery, who played Indiana's father, Prof. Henry Jones, in 1989's INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, Ford said, "Actually, I don't know. I hope so." 

48.ANOTHER MOVIE-RELATED MURDER 
    Quentin Tarantino's ultra-violent RESERVOIR DOGS is the latest movie to be implicated in a violent crime. Prosecutors in Liverpool, England told jurors that a 15-year-old boy was brutally murdered by three schoolmates, two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old, as they re-enacted a scene from the 1992 film. Prosecutor Anthony Gee said in his opening statement, "This was not a spontaneous outburst of violence. There was a degree of premeditation." He described how one of the boys had confessed that his alleged accomplices had tried to mimic the scene by singing while they attempted to cut off the victim's ear with a piece of a broken vodka bottle. 

49.DOCTORS REPORT ON THE EFFECTS OF VIOLENCE ON YOUNG MINDS 
    Four top U.S. medical groups have warned that violence in horror movies, video games, TV and rap music is contributing to increasing violent behavior among children. The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry said: "The conclusion of the public health community, based on over 30 years of research, is that viewing entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values and behaviors, particularly in children." Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, a longtime critic of the entertainment industry, told the New York Post that he regards the groups' statement as "an important turning point." He remarked: "For the first time, you have the four major medical and psychiatric associations coming together and state flatly that violence in entertainment has a direct effect on violence in our children." 

50.GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT 
    The image that we've been getting for a while is that of the brilliant and resourceful writers and directors who have tried to put together daring and innovative movies to thrill and delight us, only to have them turn to trash by the heavy-handed studio suits who, like the creepy enforcement guys in THE MATRIX. Those nogoodnicks get in the middle of everything and trash it to further corporate interests. Weeeelllll, there may be more to the story than that. Sony has recently let slip some titles and plot lines that they've actually been pitched. I am not making these up. Sony is making public descriptions of some of the scripts that it has had in recent development (they actually bought the damned things!) and has decided to abandon. There was THE BROTHERS ("a boxing champion is abducted by Nazis and replaced by his evil identical twin"). Then there was VOODOO SONG ("A world-famous composer visiting a friend's jungle plantation is attacked by a boa constrictor and nursed back to health by the chieftain's daughter, who inspires him to write a jungle concerto"). Let us not forget KISS OFF ("An unwitting beauty consultant is lined up to kill a presidential candidate with a poisonous lipstick"). Then there's CIRCUS ("An equestrian clown runs away to the city to become a stockbroker, but ultimately returns to save the family act"). Finally, there's my favorite story of the bunch, CHEAP THRILLS ("A man moves into a haunted house, where his ass is possessed by a demon called Captain Howdy").  Next time you see garbage up on the screen, remember it seems to be oozing in from all levels now. 

51.GEE, DOES THIS MEAN THAT I CAN FINALLY BUY BELA LUGOSI FUZZY SLIPPERS? 
    Bela Lugosi's son, big-time lawyer Bela G. Lugosi, has signed a joint licensing agreement with Universal Studios  Consumer Products Group to develop merchandise bearing his father's likeness. Under the agreement, both parties are able to solicit prospective joint  licenses on behalf of both parties. So don't be too surprised to see DRACULA dental floss on store shelves soon. 

52.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 
    AUGUST 4TH: HOLLOW MAN promises to be one hell of a ride from director Paul Verhoeven. A government scientist becomes invisible in what he thinks was a freak accident, but when he discovers that he was set up (and is believed dead), he sets about to seek revenge on his former coworkers. Of course, another spin on the same scenario is that the effects are driving him mad and it's all in his head . . . and is thus endangering the lives of the people around him. It stars Kevin Bacon, Josh Brolin, Elisabeth Shue and William DeVane. 
    SPACE COWBOYS is the story of  a quartet of aging heroes who are given a second chance. When Ikon, one of the first satellites launched in the late 1950's malfunctions, threatening the Earth with disaster if it crashes, an astronaut in his 60's is asked to go up to fix it, since he's the only one familiar enough with the old technology. He agrees under one condition - three of his pilot buddies from the old days who were overlooked by the astronaut training program (in favor of a monkey, no less) get to come along for what will be the mission they've been waiting 40 years to fulfill. The old timers are played by Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner and Donald Sutherland. Eastwood also directed. 

    AUGUST 11TH: BLESS THE CHILD has a race to thwart a Satanic plot. A psychiatric nurse finds herself flung in the middle of a conspiracy to carry out a Biblical prophecy with Egyptian roots when her six-year-old niece is targeted by Satanists. An FBI agent teams up with the nurse to help her stop the plot. Kim Bassinger plays the nurse. Jimmy Smits is the agent. The film is directed by Chuck Russell (ERASER, THE MASK, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3). 
    CECIL B. DEMENTED is John Waters newest movie is, according to him, his "version of an epic." Struggling guerilla filmmakers in Baltimore pull a daring Patty-Hearst-like kidnapping on a major Hollywood star and force her to make an underground film. Much to their chagrin, her movie becomes a smash hit and she becomes the new face of the underground film movement. The head of the gang is Stephen Dorff (BLADE) and his target is played by Melanie Griffith. Patty Hearst actually has a small role in the film. 
    To promote the movie, Waters is sending out promotional "Cinema Terrorism Kits" with the words "Stop the mass distribution of mediocre movies" and "Death to those who are cinematically incorrect" printed on the outside. The packages include glass capsules containing ammonium sulfide (stink bombs), rope, a book of knots, duct tape, a picket sign, a rubber tomato, a water gun and a megaphone. 

    AUGUST 18TH: THE CELL has a child therapist who is involved in a new technique of mental transferal that allows her to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving a young kidnapped girl. Unfortunately things don't go as planned as the therapist is forced to work her way through the terrors of his dangerously disturbed mind. The therapist is Jennifer Lopez, the killer is Vincent D'Onofrio, Vince Vaughn plays an FBI agent working with Lopez. The director is Tarsem (making his feature debut - his prior experience has been with commercials and music videos). 
    Lopez is anticipating some heavy flak with the film's release. She appears as the Virgin Mary in one scene and as a nearly nude dominatrix in another. "We are going to get a lot of stick for this," Lopez has said. "There were days when I'd think, 'Are we going to get away with this stuff?' It's very extreme." 
    GODZILLA 2000 opens today, for those who either missed it at our last meeting or want to see it on an even wider screen! This is not related to the giant iguana that stalked New York city in 1998. This is part of the traditional big green angry lizard that have been marching from Japan for over four decades. In this one he tangles with a 6,000-year-old alien that has the ability to evolve into increasingly tougher adversaries. By the time it hits U.S. theaters it will be dubbed (unlike the subtitled version that we screened at the meeting). 

    AUGUST 25TH: ART OF WAR started out as a Jet-Li action flick. It now stars Wesley Snipes as a secret agent who has to go underground when he's accused of killing the Chinese ambassador. When terrorists threaten the United Nations, he's got to come out of hiding to take down the badness. Why him? He doesn't officially exist anymore. 

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53.DVD OR VCR? NOW YOU DON'T HAVE TO DECIDE 
    In August look for the DVR-5000 from Sensory Science Corp. It is a combination DVD player, VCR and CD player. The unit has complete versatility to play DVDs, audio and video CDs, and VHS tapes, and users can watch a DVD while recording a TV program. Users also can record non-copy protected DVDs to VHS at the touch of one button. It's expected to retail for about $399. 

54.HEY KIDS, RUSH RIGHT TO THE STORE! 
    NEC has introduced a 42-inch, high-definition plasma display TV set, priced at less than $1 million yen (only $9,350). The company said that it had achieved the 30-percent price decrease by reducing the number of components by an equal percentage. The set can also be connected to a PC. Gee, change back from my ten grand. Why am I not impressed? 

55.STANDARDS SET FOR INTERACTIVE DIGITAL TV 
    Three Japanese electronics rivals, Sony, Toshiba and Matsushita have agreed to create a joint venture to develop interactive services for digital television. A report out of Japan indicated that the new venture, to debut in the fall, would create a single standard to allow home viewers to shop, download games and play music from the Internet on their TV sets. 

56.IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM, BE THEM! 
    For a long time now, the great boogeyman of the video retail business is "video-on-demand." The system allows viewers to select movies at home and view them as they would a home video, starting at any time, stopping, rewinding and fast-forwarding. Blockbuster Video, the company that would have the most to loose with the spread of this service, has just announced plans to launch a videos-on-demand service this year using Enron Corp.'s fiber-optic network, the company said Wednesday. Blockbuster chief John Antioco commented: "Consumers tell us this is the Holy Grail of video. . . . This is what they've been waiting for." Analysts praised the company's move. Dennis McAlpine of Ryan Beck & Co. told Bloomberg News: "It covers Blockbuster's rear end in case video-on-demand is the bad thing that everybody says it will be for home video. . . . It gives Blockbuster a piece of the business it could potentially lose." The Viacom unit also has similar videos-on-demand deals in place with TiVo and DirecTV. 

57.ANIME', ANIME', ANIME' ANIME'--GENTLY DOWN THE VIDEO STREAM 
    A new site, Sputnik 7, is offering full anime' features online through it's partnership with Manga Entertainment. Eight anime titles are currently available for viewing in streaming video. The titles include LANDLOCK, THE WINGS OF HONNEAMISE, DANGAIOH and VIOLENCE JACK. In August or September, Sputnik7 will Webcast X, which is currently in theatrical release in Japan. 

58.HOLLYWOOD'S WORST NIGHTMARE 
    The Wall Street Journal recently published the Internet addresses of several sites that offer software permitting high-quality, full-screen videos to be downloaded from the Internet relatively quickly. "Hollywood, your nightmare is here," the newspaper commented in reporting on the technology, dubbed DivX (but not related to the coded DVD failures of the same name). The WSJ said that the technology is based on software developed by Microsoft last year and distributed only to software developers. It reportedly significantly reduces the size of a file for an average-length movie from five gigabytes to 650 megabytes, which can be easily stored on a conventional CD. Some of the sites mentioned in the WSJ article include: www.mydivx.com (an "introductory site"), go.to/doom9/, www.fm4.org/, www.digital-digest.com/, windows.divx.st. The newspaper also said that people in several Internet chat rooms are offering pirated DivX movies of virtually every popular movie currently available on DVD. However, it warned, creating the master DivX movie from a DVD is currently a complex process that may take six to eight hours. Meanwhile, the movie industry's civil case against Eric Corley, whose hacker site (www.2600.org) posted a software program that decodes the software-protection program used to prevent movies from being copied, recently opened in New York.

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59.DVD: WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN 
    It was all supposed to be so easy. When DVD's made their grand appearance in 1997 the studios divided the planet up into seven different regions. The U.S. and Canada were Region 1, the U.K. and Europe were Region 2, etc. Electronic muzzles (in the forms of chips) were placed in machines to keep the regions segregated. Hollywood didn't want a DVD to hit a country's shelves before the movie hit the local screens. The Internet threw a monkey wrench in the works. Within months after players hit, a market for removing the troublesome chip sprang up. Players have begun to hit that are being listed as "chipped for all regions." Movies are beginning to get a simultaneous worldwide release. Once again, at the base of this revolution, the Internet is once again changing everything. 

60.HOLLYWOOD VIDEO EXCLUSIVE 
    U.S. critics have been ecstatic over a 1998 British neo-noir crime thriller called CROUPIER that has lately been making the rounds of art houses around the country. Some have called it one of the best crime-thrillers ever. The Hollywood Video chain has gotten an exclusive on it. Coming on Tuesday, August 15, CROUPIER will be made available for rental while it's still receiving theatrical play on American screens. No word yet as to when (or if) the title will ever surface anywhere else on video or DVD. 

61.VIDEOCY 
Rental titles releasing 8/1: ROMEO MUST DIE is an American release with Chinese martial arts master, Jet Li. He's a fugitive cop searching for his brother's murderer while falling for the daughter of the leaders of the rival gang. It's very, very loosely "inspired" by Shakespeare. 

Rental title releasing 8/8: TYCUS tells the story of a moon-sized comet hurtling toward Earth. Dennis Hopper is the scientist who predicts it, gets laughed off, then tries to build a mountain shelter. Moral questions of who gets to live as well as fight sequences dot the movie. . . . REINDEER GAMES, the action/intrigue film with Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron and Gary Sinise, hits the shelves today. . . . DA HIP HOP WITCH, is, believe it or not, yet another BLAIR WITCH parody. Five terrified white kids get lost in the 'hood looking for the elusive title character. Numerous hip hop stars appear as themselves. The video is rental priced. The DVD will be available for $19.95. . . . THE SPRING tells the story of a man and his son stumbling across a town's secret while on a camping trip. The town has access to a spring that keeps its inhabitants young and healthy forever. Now that they know, they can't leave. This movie (which stars Kyle MacLachlan and Alison Eastwood) was made for television. It aired on NBC last January. . . . KOMODO has oversized komodo dragons making the resident of a small island off the Carolinas the endangered species. . . . PRINCESS MONONOKE is Japan's highest grossing film, after TITANNIC. This animated feature tells the story of a war between the humans and the beast gods and the young couple that fights to prevent it. This stars the voices of Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Gillian Anderson and Jada Pinkett Smith. The release on the DVD has been delayed. Disney is responding to protests from enthusiasts that a Japanese track be provided for the disc. Look for it sometime in the fall. 

Rental titles releasing 8/15: THE PSYCHOPATH has a sexy young attorney set a trap for a vicious serial murderer who has a hobby of butchering young female law students. But will he get her first? . . . GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI is Jim Jarmusch's film that features Forest Whitaker as a mob assassin in a decaying inner city neighborhood living by the code of the samurai. The DVD sells for $24.98. . . . RAPID ASSAULT tells the story of commandos racing to thwart the scheme of a biological black mailer before he releases a toxin that would decimate the planet. . . . THE DEFENDER features Jet Li as a bodyguard falling in love with the woman that he's been assigned to protect (Michelle Yeoh). . . . PREMONITION is about a pair of tabloid reporters who get a bigger story than they bargained for. They specialize in sensational psychic stories. They visit someone that foretells macabre things in their future. It leads them to discover the mysterious pasts that they both share. 

Rental titles releasing 8/22: SUPERNOVA marked the death of Alan Smithee (the beloved pseudonym of protesting directors) and the birth of Thomas Lee (the nom-de-plume of Walter Hill--the pissed off director of this project). This is a special "never-before-seen" R-rated version of this story of people on a deep space medical ship tangling with a lifeform that is intent on domination. The cast includes James Sapader, Angela Bassett and Lou Diamond Phillips. . . . CRISPY, CRACKERS & BEANS is another attempt at a neo-noir, Tarantino-esque story of a suspended cop enlisting questionable assistance to find his drug-addicted prostitute ex-girlfriend whose about to inherit a fortune. . . . The documentary AMERICAN CINEMA: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF FILMMAKING debuts on DVD today. You can rent this ten hour extravaganza or buy it, on two discs, for $79.95. 

Sell through titles releasing 8/1: MGM's Halloween collection premieres today. It comes in two different price groupings. For $9.94 each you can get CANDYMAN 2: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH, THE FOG, THE HOWLING, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, MISERY, POLTERGEIST II, POLTERGEIST III, SPECIES 2 and SWAMP THING. For $14.95 each you can toss in THE RAGE: CARRIE 2, DISTURBING BEHAVIOR, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, PHANTASM IV: THE OBLIVION, SCANNERS and STIGMATA. . . . For Clint Eastwood fans "The Clint Eastwood Collection" releases today. The six-tape set includes DIRTY HARRY, THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES SPECIAL EDITION, THE UNFORGIVEN, IN THE LINE OF FIRE, BRONCO BILLY and THE BEGUILED. The set sells for $59.92 on the VHS, $99.92 on DVD. Also releasing are THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, KELLY'S HEROES, THE DEAD POOL and ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN; each for $14.95 on tape and $24.98 on disc. . . . The Albert Brooks comedy, THE MUSE, goes on slae today. He's a struggling writer praying for inspiration. He receives it in the unwelcomed form of an intrusive muse (Sharon Stone). The video is $14.95. The DVD is $24.95. . . . 

Sell through titles releasing 8/8: SUPERGIRL, starring Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole and Mia Farrow lands on store shelves today. The VHS comes in regular ($9.99) and widescreen ($14.98) editions. The DVD comes in an international version ($24.98) and a special two disc set ($39.98) that has both the international version and a director's cut. 

Sell through titles releasing 8/15: PLANET OF THE APES: THE EVOLUTION hits DVD today. This is a six disc limited edition prepack for $99.98. It includes PLANET OF THE APES, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES, CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES as well as the Roddy McDowell-hosted documentary BEHIND THE PLANET OF THE APES. Eventually the individual DVD's and VHS copies will be available. . . . The recent Julia Robets movie, ERIN BROKAVICH gets released directly to sell through today. The VHS lists at $22.98. The DVD goes out at $26.98. . . . Detective Lt. Frank Drebin patrols the world of discs today. The entire triolgy, THE NAKED GUN--FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD, THE NAKED GUN 2 1/2--THE SMELL OF FEAR and NAKED GUN 33 1/3--THE FINAL INSULT all debut on DVD today. They're selling for $29.99 each. . . . 

Sell through titles releasing 8/22: Get ready to live the horror of the 80's with the re-issue of SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE I, II, & III and SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE I & II. The VHS is $9.98 each. The DVD goes for $14.98 a piece. . . . THE NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET COLLECTION debuts today. You can buy NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5 and FREDDY'S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE for $9.98 for each VHS, $24.98 for each DVD and $129.98 for a DVD boxed set. . . . A trio of anime' imports from Japan hit the streets today. GASRAKI: THE SUMMONING contains four episodes of sci-fi exploration and warfare. MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO: THE MIND OF THE MACHINE has our hero struggling against a deadly new weapon. Both of these titles sell for $19.98 dubbed, $29.95 with subtitles. SAMURAI X, about a master assassin and his decision of whether or not to let a witness live, is $19.98. . . . HALLOWEEN 5 has Michael Myers pursing his young neice for a happy little family reunion. The VHS comes in regular ($9.99) and widescreen ($14.98) editions. The DVD comes in a regular version ($24.98) and a special two disc set ($39.98). . . . REPO MAN, the very strange movie with Emilio Estvez and Harry Dean Stanton, releases today. The VHS comes in regular ($9.99) and widescreen ($14.98) editions. The DVD comes in a regular version ($24.98) and a special two disc set ($39.98) The disc includes comentary from producer Mike Nesmith (hey, hey he's a monkee!). . . . For those of you who like (to watch) a good kick in the head, Crash Cinema is releasing a quartet of 70's Chinese kung-fu titles. For $19.95, for either the tape or the DVD, you can get HOLY ROBE OF SHAOLIN TEMPLE, MANDARIN MAGIC, BLOODY FIGHT and SINGLE FIGHTER today. . . . 

Sell through titles releasing 8/29: Universal studios is promoting their classic monsters in their "Universal is Halloween" promotion. They're offering THE HAUNTING, IN DREAMS, THE MUMMY and PSYCHO (remake) each for $14.99. THE BONE COLLECTOR and END OF DAYS go for $19.98. They're offering classic re-issues of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US for $14.98 each on video. A CD-ROM offering on-line games and adventures will be available in every CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON video cassette. For the first time ever you can get CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON on DVD for $29.98. You can buy a CREATURE three packs with all of the movies for $39.98. If you prefer laughs with your monsters the four Abbott and Costello encounters; where they MEET FRANKENSTEIN, MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN, MEET THE MUMMY and MEET DR.JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE are available on cassette for $14.98 each. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN is now on DVD for $29.98. You can get a MEET THE MONSTERS four pack for $59.98. And, as if this weren't already enough, you can buy a classic monster 8-pack for $99.98 on tape and $119.98 on disc. The pack contains THE MUMMY, THE INVISIBLE MAN, THE BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, THE WOLFMAN, FRANKENSTEIN, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and DRACULA! . . . Well, Ahnold told he'd be back. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY makes its DVD premiere today. Thanks to dual-sided DVD technology it will have not one, not two but THREE (!) different versions of the complete film on it. It's got the 1991 theatrical version, the 1993 laserdisc special edition with 15 extra minutes, and using an "Easter egg" graphical image there's a third version adding 5 additional minutes to the special edition. Its also got lots of special features--40 in all. This disc sells for $39.98. After you've found the money to buy it make sure that you can find the time to watch it! . . . . For those of you who prefer a kinder, gentler Stephen King you might want to check out the Special Edition of STAND BY ME releasing today. The tape sells for $14.95. The DVD us $29.95. . . . EVIL DEAD 2 THX Special Edition contains exclusive, never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage included along with the original commentary that previously appeared on Elite Entertainment's laserdisc release. . . . The GOLDEN AGE OF LEATHER Collector's Tins come in three volumes. The first has HELL'S ANGELS 69 and THE LOSERS. The second features GIRLS ON THE ROAD and WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS. The final tin has HELL'S ANGELS ON WHEELS and RUN ANGEL RUN. These Limited Edition are packaged in a collectable metal container which is approximately the width and length of a conventional DVD Keepcase.  The container, which is adorned with exclusive artwork, will have the DVD in a specially designed jewel case along with an exclusive 48 page booklet.  The booklet will has exclusive photos, essays, interviews etc. These Limited Edition Tins have been produced in quantities of 10,000 and retail for $39.98. Please keep in mind that the content on the DVD contained in the Tin will be identical to the regular edition DVD.  The items such as the packaging and the booklet will be exclusive to the Limited Edition. The Limited Edition Tins do not contain any additional DVD discs or features. . . . Warner's is doing a big re-pricing of recent releases today. You can pick up HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1999 version), L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, CONTACT and AUSTIN POWERS THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME all for $14.95. You can also get EYES WIDE SHUT for $19.98. . . . THE LATHE OF HEAVEN, the Ursala K. LeGuin classic that first aired on PBS some years back, appears on VHS and DVD today. It goes for $24.95 in either format. . . . BUCK ROGERS with Larry "Buster" Crabbe, debuts on DVD today. You can watch all edge-of-your seat episodes on one disc for $29.99. 

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62.AUGUST CALENDAR
TUE 1ST: VIDEO RENTALS: ROMEO MUST DIE releases today. 
                VIDEO SELLTHROUGH: CANDYMAN 2: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH, 
                THE FOG, THE HOWLING, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, MISERY, 
                POLTERGEIST II, POLTERGEIST III, SPECIES 2, SWAMP THING, THE 
               RAGE: CARRIE 2, DISTURBING BEHAVIOR, INVASION OF THE BODY 
               SNATCHERS, PHANTASM IV: THE OBLIVION, SCANNERS, STIGMATA, 
               DIRTY HARRY, THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES SPECIAL EDITION, THE 
               UNFORGIVEN, IN THE LINE OF FIRE, BRONCO BILLY, THE BEGUILED, 
               THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, KELLY'S HEROES, THE DEAD 
               POOL, ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN and THE MUSE all release today. 
FRI 4TH: MOVIES- HOLLOW MAN debuts today 
              SPACE COWBOYS debuts today 
                EVENT-  OTAKON 

SAT 5TH: EVENT-  OTAKON 

SUN 6TH: EVENT-  OTAKON 

TUE 8TH: VIDEO RENTALS: TYCUS, REINDEER GAMES, DA HIP HOP WITCH, 
           THE SPRING, KOMODO and PRINCESS MONONOKEall release today. 
                 VIDEO SELLTHROUGH: SUPERGIRL goes on sale today. 

FRI 11TH: MOVIES- BLESS THE CHILD debuts today 
                CECIL B. DEMENTED  debuts today. 

TUE 15TH: VIDEO RENTALS: THE PSYCHOPATH, GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF 
                   THE SAMURAI, RAPID ASSAULT,  THE DEFENDER, PREMONI- 
                 TION and  CROUPIER releases today. 
                   VIDEO SELLTHROUGH: PLANET OF THE APES: THE EVOLUTION, 
                   PLANET OF THE APES, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, 
                   ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES, CONQUEST OF THE 
                   PLANET OF THE APES , BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, 
                   BEHIND THE PLANET OF THE APES, ERIN BROKAVICH, THE NAKED 
                   GUN--FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD, THE NAKED GUN 2 1/2 
                    --THE SMELL OF FEAR and NAKED GUN 33 1/3--THE FINAL INSULT 
                    hit store shelves today. 

FRI 18TH: MOVIES- THE CELL debuts today 
                GODZILLA 2000 debuts today 

TUE 22ND: VIDEO RENTALS: SUPERNOVA, CRISPY, CRACKERS & BEANS and 
                     AMERICAN CINEMA: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF FILMMAKING 
                     debut today. 
                    VIDEO SELLTHROUGH: SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE I, II, & III; 
                     SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE I & II; THE NIGHTMARE ON ELM 
                     STREET COLLECTION featuring NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, 
                     NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE, NIGHTMARE 
                     ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS, NIGHTMARE ON ELM 
                     STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5 
                     and FREDDY'S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE; GASRAKI: THE 
                     SUMMONING; MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO: THE MIND OF 
                     THE MACHINE; SAMURAI X; REPO MAN; HOLY ROBE OF SHAOLIN 
                     TEMPLE; MANDARIN MAGIC, BLOODY FIGHT and SINGLE FIGHTER 
                     go on sale today 

FRI 25TH: MOVIES- THE ART OF WAR debuts today 

SAT 26TH: ICS MEETING, 6:00 

SUN. 27TH: TV- WITCHBLADE on TNT at 8:00 P.M. 

TUE 29TH: VIDEO SELLTHROUGH: THE HAUNTING, IN DREAMS, THE MUMMY, 
                   PSYCHO (remake), THE BONE COLLECTOR, END OF DAYS, CREATURE 
                   FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, THE 
                   CREATURE WALKS AMONG US, ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET 
                   FRANKENSTEIN, ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN, 
                   ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY, ABBOTT & COSTELLO 
                   MEET DR.JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, 
                   STAND BY ME, EVIL DEAD 2 THX Special Edition, The GOLDEN AGE OF 
                   LEATHER Collector's Tins ( with HELL'S ANGELS 69 and THE LOSERS, 
                   GIRLS ON THE ROAD and WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS, HELL'S ANGELS 
ON WHEELS and RUN ANGEL RUN), HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1999 
                   version), L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, CONTACT, AUSTIN POWERS THE SPY 
                   WHO SHAGGED ME, EYES WIDE SHUT, THE LATHE OF HEAVEN and 
                   BUCK ROGERS serials all go on sale today.