1. SPECIAL FEATURES OF OUR HALLOWEEN ISSUE
2. SEPTEMBER ROCKED!
A meeting of old friends and new.
3. NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING
4. NOVEMBER DEALER'S ROOM
5. OCTOBER'S MOVIE SELECTION
6. WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
7. FAREWELL TO OUR GUESTS
8. 2001 CALENDARS
Place your orders now.
9. WE EXTEND OUR CONDOLENCES
10. INSIDE THE ICS: "THE ICS FILES" I
An explanation of the byline and "The Glass Teat."
11. THE GLASS TEAT
News of LEXX, FAWLTY TOWERS, THE PRETENDER, a new cop show set in ancient Rome, THE X-FILES, STAR TREK VOYAGER , TRIPPING THE RIFT, THE MOLE, RACE AROUND THE WORLD, MUTANT X, BACK2BACK ACTION HOUR, GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA and a new teen SUPERMAN series.
12. HALLOWEEN TREATS ON TELEVISION
13. SYNDICATED AIRTIMES
Broadcast times and channels for eight current and new syndicated series for the Baltimore,
D.C. and Philadelphia areas.
14. RIVERWORLD COMING TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU
15. ONE SMALL STEP FOR PROGRAMMING
16. THE SCI-FI CHANNEL IS CONTROLLING TRANSMISSION
THE OUTER LIMITS moves to the Sci-Fi Channel.
17. STRACZYNSKI'S BALLOON JUICE
The fate of B5 and CRUSADE.
18. EITHER JERRY DOYLE IS SAVING B5 OR HEADED FOR FRANCE
19. THE SECRET OF NOSTRADAMUS REVEALED!
20. BUFFY SPOILER ALERT: TARA ABOUT TO BE "OUTED"
21. ELIZA DUKSHU'S PERFORMANCE ON BUFFY'S A LITTLE TOO CONVINCING
22. BUFFY HAS A NEW MEMBER OF THE SCOOBY GANG
23. FOR ALL THOSE WHO'VE BEEN CHATTING WITH SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR ONLINE
The BUFFY star goes cyber.
24. ANGEL STARS SHARE THEIR PHOBIAS
25.THINGS TO COME
News on CHILLER THEATER, ELECTICON and PHILCON 2000.
26. STEPHEN KING'S LATEST RACES TO THE SCREEN BEFORE IT'S PUBLISHED
27. HUGO WINNERS ANNOUNCED
28. WILLIAM SHATNER MOVED TO WRITE THE LATEST TREK BOOK BY HIS GRIEF
29. RAY BRADBURY TO GET LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
30. ASTOUNDING SPACE THRILLS
31. GALAXY QUEST BEAT SOME AWESOME COMPETITION FOR ITS HUGO
32. DiCAPRIO TO PLAY ABBREVIATED BALTIMOREAN
Leonardo to portray Johnny Eck.
33. THE STORES ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF JAR JAR
34. WESTWORLD TO BE RE-MADE
35. MIB II WILL HAPPEN
36. NOTHING YOU CAN DO, BATMAN'S STUCK LIKE GLUE, TO PI GUY
37. GEORGE CLOONEY ADVOCATES A DARK, TROUBLED BATMAN
38. BATMAN & ROBIN RESULTED IN A DARK, TROUBLED JOEL SCHUMACHER
Schumacher discusses life after Gotham and his new film, TIGERLAND.
39. DON'T LOOK FOR THE X-MEN SEQUEL ANYTIME SOON
40. THE NEXT MATRIX MOVIES WILL FEATURE BIGGER AND BETTER FIGHT SCENES
41. THE MATRIX INFLUENCED ANG LEE
42. MARS TO BE MERCIFULLY LOW-TECH
43. MUMMY 2 TO BE MERCILESSLY HIGH TECH
44. STAR WARS: EPISODE II IS IN THE CAN
45. HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FALLS VICTIM TO DINOSAUR ATTACKS!
JURASSIC PARK 3 is mixing it up in Hawaii.
46. 'E.T.' RE-RELEASE NEXT MARCH
47. DECKARD NO REPLICANT, ACCORDING TO FORD
48. LIFE IMITATES ART?
49. THE KITCHEN HAS JUST BECOME A DANGEROUS PLACE
Cooking with Christopher Walken!
50. JENNIFER LOPEZ FACED WITH TRUE HORROR
The burdens of being rich and beautiful.
51. DON'T GET OLIVIA WILLIAMS TO PICK YOUR LOTTERY NUMBERS
One of the stars of THE SIXTH SENSE proves she's not a psychic.
52. GOOD NEWS FOR ANIMATION LOVERS
Oscar comes a calling.
53. DR. DOOLITTLE DID LITTLE WITH LIVE CRITTERS
54. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS?
55. ELECTION YEAR TANGO: HOLLYWOOD NO-NO
56. ELECTION YEAR TANGO: THE DEMOCRATS HOWL
57. ELECTION YEAR TANGO: THE REPUBLICANS GROWL
58. ELECTION YEAR TANGO: HOLLYWOOD LEARNS THE ALPHABET!
59. ELECTION YEAR TANGO: HOLLYWOOD SUITS TURN INTO THE KEYSTONE COPS
60. SUMMER BUMMERS I: BOX OFFICE SLUMPS
61. SUMMER BUMMER II: "AN ENTIRE INDUSTRY IS GOING BANKRUPT"
62. SUMMER BUMMER III: THEATERS FAIL TO WIN THE GOLD
63. IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
Looking ahead to the premieres of GET CARTER, LOST SOULS, BEDAZZLED, THE LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER and BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2.
64. LUCAS SAYS COMPUTERS WILL NOT REPLACE ACTORS, JAR JAR UNAVAILABLE FOR COMMENT
65. DOES IT GO ZIP WHEN IT MOVES AND POP WHEN IT STOPS?
66. MOVIES FOR FREE
67. HOLLYWOOD VIDEO PUMPS IT UP!
68. LOOK FOR YOUR BLOCKBUSTER CD-ROM IN THE MAIL
69. AN ONLINE SOURCE FOR DVD'S THAT DOESN'T SELL YOU ANYTHING!
71. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
We remember Les Novros, a filmmaker's filmmaker.
72. OCTOBER CALENDAR
It includes Halloween fare from AMC and TCM.
|1.SPECIAL FEATURES OF OUR HALLOWEEN ISSUE
October is OUR month. Video, TV, movies - everything is loaded with stuff we love. In Pentagon parlance, October is a "target rich environment."
You'll notice a story below in the TV section about the many special programs that will be running through the month. The list is not exhaustive, but it provides enough coverage to at least get you going.
The real treasure trove is located at the end, in our calendar section. All the imaginative cinema specials and movies airing on AMC and Turner Classic Movies are listed, complete with show times. Those of you reading this via a computer (that can support HTML) can click on the links provided for each film. It will take you to the Internet Movie Data Base (the IMDB). The IMDB is the finest repository of information about movies on the planet. It warehouses data on over 200,000 movies and over 400,000 actors. You'll be able to find out in-depth information on each title and performer and even link to a place to buy the corresponding video or DVD.
September was an amazing meeting! We had a lively panel discussion thanks to John Ward about comic books turned into movies. Vince DiLeonardi brought the films. We watched CURSE OF THE DEMON. We had numerous guests visiting and many of them became members (see below).
We also enjoyed a much anticipated reunion. Sue Feder attended one meeting, in August of last year, where she joined up. Just after that she had a recurrence of a very stubborn lymphoma. Sue has fought her battles and has made it through to the other side (with a fresh crop of newly re-grown curly hair). Sue, it was wonderful to see you again. Welcome home.
|3. NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING
Our October meeting will be held on Saturday October 28th. It's not certain yet if we'll be starting at 6:00 P.M. or somewhat earlier. We'll let you know before the next meeting. As usual, we'll meet 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.
We may be doing some sort of Halloween party. You're welcomed to come in costume if you wish. If you're available to assist with either food or decoration preparation, let us know eith er by e-mail or call 410-788-4086.
|4. NOVEMBER DEALER'S ROOM
The movie show that was to take place in November at White Marsh has been postponed until the spring. Gary and Sue Svehla have decided to host a mini dealer's room at the Hunt Valley Inn on Saturday, November 25. The hours will be from 10 to 4. This will be similar to the one that they did last June in Timonium. They're selling tables at $30 each, if anyone would like a table of their own. Click on their names to send them an email.
We'll need two things. First we'll need people to staff the table. Secondly, and most importantly, we'll need items to sell. Whatever books, DVD's, videos, magazines, posters, toys and other collectibles that you think would be of interest to collectors (and that you would like to contribute for the well-being of the club) please bring along with you to the October 28th or November 18th meetings. Thanks to Peggy Gervasio and Gary Roberson for already contributing items at our September meeting.
|5. OCTOBER'S MOVIE SELECTION
Our presenter of films in October will be Regina Vallerani. She may have some additional titles to toss into the mix but here's the list as it stands so far.
(1) THE STORY OF RICKY
(2) DAY OF THE BEAST
(3) HENRY, PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
(4) DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING
(5) THEY CAME FROM WITHIN
There was some sentiment last time to view two films. As a result, we're waiving a panel for that night. Bring a seat cushion or a comfortable chair. Those steel folding chairs get a little tough on the anatomy after a while.
|6. WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
First of all, welcome to someone who joined us
a while ago and didn't receive any formal acknowledgment. Belated greeting
are extended to Kelly Linenberger. You may
have the beautiful young lady on the arm of Mitch
Klein or remember her voicing some interesting ideas at our meetings.
We offer a formal, and tardy, welcome.
TO OUR GUESTS
Over the past several months various people have been receiving "The ICS Files" as a courtesy, with hopes that they would get to come to a meeting and check us out. With this issue, those complementary issues come to an end. The dates for the next three meetings are October 28th, November 18th and December 30th. We hope to see you at one of these or, perhaps, sometime next year. Barring special events or holiday weekends we generally meet on the last Saturday the month. Please stop by. We'll be there.
|8. 2001 CALENDARS
We'll be doing a 2001 calendar. We will still need to work out details on it, like when it will be available and price. This edition will have all of next year's I.C.S. meetings on it, regional conventions and film festivals and some other fun facts. If you're interested and haven't previously signed up for one, let me know. You can reach me by e-mail or call 410-788-4086.
|9. WE EXTEND OUR CONDOLENCES
Around the time of our August meeting, one of own was experiencing a traumatic event. The mother of club member Courtney Spies passed away. Courtney, speaking from personal experience, I know how difficult it is to loose a member of your immediate family, especially a parent. We extend our sincere condolences to you and to all the members of the Spies family.
|10.INSIDE THE I.C.S.: "THE ICS FILES" I
This is first of an occasional series giving some explanation and insights into the club.
BYLINE: You may have noticed that with this issue, #21, of "The I.C.S. Files," that there's a byline up top, a little below the title. That's been added for two reasons. First, more and more people who have little or no direct exposure to the club are reading "The ICS Files" (thanks in large part to the fine work of webmaster Charlie Wittig). There are many first person pronouns sprinkled around each issue. These folks might like to know who the deuce this "I," "me," "my" character is. Now you know. Secondly, if for some reason I'm no longer writing "The ICS Files," it will be valuable, for archival purposes, to determine when I stopped and my successor took over.
"THE GLASS TEAT": That's the name, that occurs just below, of assorted television miscellany that might be interesting to glimpse but aren't quite developed enough for a full story. Someone asked me recently why I'm using a name developed by writer Harlan Ellison. Harlan Ellison is a personal deity of mine. I don't think that everything that he's ever written is golden. But bad Harlan Ellison is often a lot better than good most-everybody-else. Mr. Ellison used to write a regular column of commentary on TV, society and what ever the hell else he wanted to write about under the title of "The Glass Teat." A "teat" is the hangy down thingy that female mammals use to nourish their young'uns. Nursing from a glass one would be as satisfying as Mr. Ellison found television as our spirits attempt to suckle the heartless glass screen that dominates too much of our time. The use of the name here in this humble rag is meant to be an homage to the master. Thank-you Mr. Ellison.
|11. Look for more LEXX. The Sci-Fi Channel has announced a commitment for 21 more episodes of LEXX for 2001. In the new season, the series' dysfunctional crew will find itself on a world that may provide it with its most challenging adventures yet. Production on the new episodes is slated to begin in Germany and Nova Scotia later this year. . . . Nobody does it better. The classic John Cleese comedy series FAWLTY TOWERS has been voted the best British television show in history. The series topped a list of 100 best TV programs determined by a poll of 1,600 influential members of the industry conducted by the British Film Institute. . . . New PRETENDER adventures coming from TNT. THE PRETENDER, part of the abruptly canceled NBC Saturday night "Thrillogy," will air a pair of new made-for-TV two hour films next year. Re-runs of the series can be seen daily at 7:00 P.M. on TNT. . . . XLV BLUE? Here's an interesting chew toy for your mind - a new cop drama. This one wouldn't be like any other before it. This one will be set in 65 A.D., during Nero's reign. Dreamworks and NYPD BLUE's David Milch are developing. Ridley Scott (GLADIATOR) will be directing the two-hour pilot-movie. . . . A kinder, gentler Beltran. Robert Beltran, the actor who plays First Officer Chakotay on STAR TREK VOYAGER , has been cited on these pages before for his apparent disdain for all things VOYAGER. On the official STAR TREK Website he became a sentimental ol' sonuvagun when he contemplated the show's coming to a close. He said things like "I am going to be sad to miss the people that I work with. But I'm looking forward to moving on to different projects and material." This is the same guy who referred to the show's writers as "brain damaged" and hoped his character would be killed off mid-season (seeICSfiles #19). I think someone must have had a working phaser resting on his temple when he decided to undergo his recent attitude adjustment. . . . TRIPPING THE RIFT, the series? At our August meeting, we viewed a racy little computer-animated short called TRIPPING THE RIFT. It used STAR WARS and STAR TREK allusions along with off-color humor to tell the story of an alien captain in space and his encounter with an all-powerful vengeful killer clown. There's now talk of using the short to launch a regular TV-series. There's already a sequel nearly finished. I'm waiting for the fan conventions to start. . . . Who is THE MOLE? Another new reality series is coming from ABC. This one is THE MOLE. Anderson Cooper has been named host of ABC's new reality series THE MOLE. Cooper will leave his jobs at the network's WORLD NEWS NOW and WORLD NEWS THIS MORNING for the primetime gig set up at Stone Stanley Entertainment. . . . Even more reality! CBS has made a 13-episode commitment to the reality series RACE AROUND THE WORLD. The show, from producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Bertram Van Munster, will pit eight pairs of people against each other in a race across 11 cities where they must complete tasks in 30 days. . . . MUTANT X Live. MARVEL Comics and Artisan Entertainment are working with Tribune Entertainment to launch a live-action syndicated series based on the MUTANT X comic series. In the book, mutant Alex Summers (Havok) finds himself blasted onto a strange alternate Earth where he leads a team of mutants known as The Six. . . . CLEOPATRA 2525 and JACK are the season's first casualty. Production has halted on CLEOPATRA 2525, the show that comprises half of the BACK2BACK ACTION HOUR. The official reason given was that the producers wanted to consider different forms the show may take in the future. New episodes will still air this season. There've been enough shot to last through December. JACK OF ALL TRADES star Bruce Campbell confirmed that his show, the other half of the BACK2BACK ACTION HOUR has been canceled due to low ratings. Fans of the syndicated series have posted a petition to save the two shows. About 205 fans have signed the petition so far to let the producers at Studio USA and Renaissance Pictures know that at least someone was watching the shows. . . . Mulder sightings. In the coming season of THE X-FILES David Duchovny will appear in the first episode of the season, the final six and three in between. Most likely the "Mulder" shows will be big ratings-grabbers. . . . This is not your father's STAR TREK. Robert Hewitt Wolfe, co-executive producer of the upcoming syndicated television series GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA, said that the show won't be your father's STAR TREK series. "The characters are very, very different," Wolfe said in an interview. "The situation is very, very different. It's not about preserving an existing civilization, or even about going places where no one has ever been before. . . . It's about trying to unite a fragmented world, and trying very much to build something or rebuild something." The show will debut the week of October 2nd. . . . Will he get super acne? The WB has made a 13-episode commitment to a new, live-action SUPERMAN series. The show will revolve around a 15-year-old Clark Kent just learning to use his powers, and will reportedly also include the characters of Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and Ma & Pa Kent. "It'll be a cross between the way it is portrayed in the (1970s) movies and TWIN PEAKS," WB Network Entertainment President Susanne Daniels said. "There's deadly crime going on in Smallville, and that's how Clark will get his first taste of crime-fighting."|
|12. HALLOWEEN TREATS ON TELEVISION
THE 13 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN, on the Fox Family Channel, has five of its days committed to THE SCARIEST PLACES ON EARTH, a series of reality-based specials. They'll film a real family inside a "haunted house" for 48 hours. The last hour of the five-night special will be shot live from a haunted house in Atchinson, Kan., where a family fled in terror five years ago after the father said he was continuously tortured by the ghost of a small girl. The man will return to the house to see if the ghost shows up again.
THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE will premiere on the IFC (Independent Film Channel) on Friday the 13th (of October) at 10 p.m. The original documentary, directed by Adam Simon, will look at horror movies from the 1970s and the work of directors Wes Craven, George Romero, Tobe Hooper, Tom Savini and David Cronenberg. The IFC will also air Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE; Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD, MARTIN and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD; Cronenberg's THE BROOD and RABID; Craven's THE HILLS HAVE EYES and LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT; and Stuart Gordon's RE-ANIMATOR.
DARK PRINCE: THE TRUE STORY OF DRACULA will air on USA on Oct. 31. There must be something about Rudolf Martin. Josh Whedon cast him as Dracula in BUFFY's season premiere and here he is again, this time playing the real Dracula. Set to air on Halloween night, Dark Prince is the tale of the eccentric 15th-century Romanian ruler known as Vlad the Impaler.
ROCKY HORROR 25th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND airs on VH1 from Oct. 28 to the 31st. Let's all do the "Time Warp" again, as VH1 celebrates the 25th anniversary of this camp classic. The show includes a cast reunion.
SHADOW OF THE BLAIR WITCH airs on the Sci-Fi Channel on Sunday, Oct. 22nd. This one-hour movie special will offer a taste of the new film BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS, which opens Oct. 27th (see below). The special will feature a unique film preview experience with original characters and a plotline that parallels the film. Sci-Fi did much the same thing with its CURSE OF THE BLAIR WITCH, which aired at the same time as THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT was in theaters. SHADOW OF THE BLAIR WITCH will follow the murder trial of Jeff Patterson, a Burkittsville resident with a questionable history that includes child abduction, cultist beliefs and a violent imagination. The special was written by Ben Rock, who wrote CURSE and was a production designer on the original PROJECT.
THE GREENWICH VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE gets live coverage on the Sci-Fi Channel. You get to gawk at the world's most lavish and bizarre Halloween event in the privacy of your own home.
POSSESSED debuts on Showtime, Sunday, Oct. 22nd. This original movie from Showtime is based on a real life account of a Catholic Church-sanctioned exorcism that was performed in 1949. The tale was later fictionalized and turned into 1973's THE EXORCIST. In POSSESSED, after the death of his aunt, strange and frightening things begin to happen around a boy named Robbie Mannheim. When science and medicine can't explain or stop what's happening to Robbie, his parents finally turn to the Church. Father William Bowdern, who suffers devastating memories of his time as a chaplain during World War II, reluctantly takes on the case. In order to save Robbie, Father Bowdern must face the demonic forces that have a hold on the young boy, as well as go up against a powerful Archbishop. Starring Timothy Dalton, Henry Czerny, Christopher Plummer and Piper Laurie.
THE SIGHT airs on F/X on Oct. 29th. Written and directed by Paul Anderson (MORTAL KOMBAT), this haunted hotel story deals with a successful architect (Andrew McCarthy) who runs up against 21 restless spirits and a serial murder that was never solved.
|13. SYNDICATED AIRTIMES
Following are airtimes and affiliated stations for both new and existing syndicated shows. These times are as close as I could calculate. Sometimes a variety of times were listed and I was forced to pick one. Check your local listings for the final word. This should cover almost everyone in the club (and of course, if you have satellite or live in a very remote area, all bets are off). Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything about the new Lorenzo Lamas show, THE IMMORTAL. As far as I can tell, publicity for the show seems to be handled by the Witness Protection Program.
|14. RIVERWORLD COMING TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU
Alex Proyas, director of the films THE CROW and DARK CITY, will executive produce an upcoming television series based on Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld series of sci-fi novels. Proyas will also direct some of the episodes of the one-hour series, including the pilot. Alliance Atlantis Entertainment will develop the series in a deal with Farmer. The series will be filmed in Proyas' native Australia.
The Hugo Award-winning Riverworld series is set on a planet where a godlike race has resurrected the whole of humanity along the banks of a multi-million-mile river. The novels have been translated into 21 languages in more than 40 countries.
Proyas said that the project was presented to him as a feature film. "But I really thought that the episodic nature of the books was more suited to television, and television is a medium I have long wanted to explore," he said. Eements of all the books in the series will be blended into the television episodes. The central element of the series will be the adventures that the team encounters while on "an epic voyage up the river," Proyas said. "This will be the core of our series."
|15. ONE SMALL STEP FOR PROGRAMMING
NBC has acquired DESTINATION MIR, a new reality series from executive producer Mark Burnett (SURVIVOR) which will send one contestant into space. In MIR, around 12 Americans will be sent to the Star City Russian training center, where their instructors will eliminate one each week, until one lone survivor is left to blast off to the Russian space station. A visit to the NBC website will enable you to qualify as a possible contestant to appear on the show. Is there anything those cash-hungry Russkies won't do?
Not to be outdone by the enemy, the three other major networks, CBS, ABC and Fox, attended a "pitch meeting" about a show in which 20 contestants would be trained at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, with one of them being selected to spend a week aboard the new International Space Station. The proposal was put forward by Dreamtime Holdings, which was described as "a company with ties to NASA," and the Endeavor talent agency. Fox Entertainment chairman Sandy Grushow said: "We were told NASA was involved. If they're producing this thing through NASA, that's the powerful attraction." Looks like Sandy's hopes were dashed. NASA has denied involvement with the project.
|16. THE SCI-FI CHANNEL IS CONTROLLING TRANSMISSION
The Sci-Fi Channel has struck a deal with MGM Television Entertainment to continue original production of THE OUTER LIMITS television series for a seventh season. The series had been canceled by Showtime at the end of last season. Sci-Fi has ordered 22 new episodes. Production will resume soon, and the series will begin airing new episodes on Sci-Fi in early 2001. After new episodes premiere, the series will be syndicated beginning in September 2001. As part of the deal, the Sci-Fi channel has also acquired the 49 original Outer Limits episodes. They'll also create at least three self-contained episodes that act as back-door pilots for potential series.
Executive producer Pen Densham said that THE OUTER LIMITS had always hoped to be a springboard for new shows. "When we originally created the series, one of our hopes was that, because we were making shows that were anthologies, that within that process there would naturally turn out to be shows that would extrapolate into potential series, but it was never addressed," Densham said. "Now we're formally addressing it."
|17. STRACZYNSKI'S BALLOON JUICE
BABYLON 5 and CRUSADE creator J. Michael Straczynski told fans that he holds out hope that his television series might find new life on the airwaves. Speaking to fans recently during an Online chat Straczynski said, "At this point, the B5 story is concluded. Whether or not there are any future journeys into that universe will only be determined by time, fate, chance and the occasional Neilsen rating." But, he added, he will be watching how BABYLON 5 reruns perform as they air in widescreen format on The Sci-Fi Channel weeknights at 7 p.m. "As far as I know, [Sci-Fi] will be looking at the ratings of B5 to determine its next steps. If the B5 ratings do well, then they may very well pick up the CRUSADE reruns after the first of the year. After that . . . if those do well, they may commission something CRUSADE-ish to follow. Or they may commission a B5 something-or-other in advance of that (i.e., maybe a TV movie or something). But all of this is totally speculative, full of balloon juice, and should not be trusted, especially given the source (me)."
As for a possible BABYLON 5 movie, Straczynski said, "Everything comes around in time. Everything. If there could be a GILLIGAN'S ISLAND movie, then sure as heck sooner or later there will be a B5 feature. . . . There have been some informal chats with [Warner Brothers] about this, but nothing portentous. I do think it will happen in time, but again, and to be utterly honest. . . . I'm in no rush. I told the five-year story I wanted to tell, and I'd rather it be done right than fast. Though the idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Ivanova does seem rather appealing at times."
|18. EITHER JERRY DOYLE IS SAVING B5 OR HEADED FOR
Jerry Doyle, who played Security Chief Michael Garibaldi on BABYLON 5, told fans that he's been working hard to put the series back on the air. Doyle said, "I've talked with [B5 creator J. Michael Straczynski] at length, [producers] John Copleland, Doug Netter, [director] John Flinn, [and actors] Bruce [Boxleitner], Andreas [Katsulas], [Richard] Biggs, Peter [Jurasik], [Patricia] Tallman, [Tracy] Scoggins at length for many months about putting a B5 type project on the air. We all agree it was and is a great show." He added, "I've also been in touch with [Warner Brothers] and the Sci-Fi Channel and other related parties along the same lines."
Straczynski, however, seem dubious about the outcome of Doyle's efforts to resurrect the series. Straczynski said, "I don't know. Jerry's a nice guy, an honorable guy, but I think at times he hears voices telling him to go save France. I keep telling him, 'Don't do it. I've seen that movie, you wouldn't like the ending.' A lot of folks have tried to get BABYLON 5 back one way or another - a half-dozen attempts so far - and none of them has been more than just talk. It all, at the end of the day, ends up in the same trajectory."
Doyle responded, "I don't understand Joe's quote about my hearing voices telling me to go save France. I just don't understand his comment. There obviously seems to be interest on all fronts to put it back on the air, and I will personally continue to do what I can to put the show back on the air, on The Sci-Fi Channel where it belongs."
|19.THE SECRET OF NOSTRADAMUS REVEALED!
At last, the Sci-Fi Channel will let us in on the secret of that 15th century French smarty pants, Nostradamus. They reveal how he made his prophecies of death and destruction come true - by traveling through time and becoming a murderer! Their two-hour TV movie, NOSTARDAMUS, stars Rob Estes as a homicide detective investigating a series of strange multiple murders. He is assisted by a clairvoyant FBI agent played by Joely Fisher. The apparent perpetrator is a time-traveling assassin from the 15th century seeking to bring about Armageddon by killing people whose names appear on a sacred list. Through the course of his investigation, Estes learns that he is actually Nostradamus himself. Estes must stop the assassin and the secret society that sent him before the world is destroyed. NOSTARDAMUS airs on Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. The film will also air Oct. 14 at 12 a.m. and Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.
20.BUFFY SPOILER ALERT: TARA ABOUT TO BE "OUTED"
21.ELIZA DUKSHU'S PERFORMANCE ON BUFFY'S A LITTLE
22.BUFFY HAS A NEW MEMBER OF THE SCOOBY GANG
23.FOR ALL THOSE WHO'VE BEEN CHATTING WITH SARAH
MICHELLE GELLAR ONLINE
24.ANGEL STARS SHARE THEIR PHOBIAS
|25. THINGS TO COME
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 (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 (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.
ELECTICON will be held November 10-12 at the Ramada Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. This is a unique convention. It has its focus on fanzines, TV and movies. They have panels, trivia contests, dealers, and most of the things that you'd expect for a convention to have.What they don't have, and have sworn never to have, are guests! This is strictly fan run and fan attended. Registration is $40. For information on attendance contact Kathy Agel; 9-11 Ayres Court; Bayonne, NJ 07002-3510; E-mail: Eclecticon@aol.com or Eclecticon@juno.com
PHILCON 2000 takes place November 17-19 at the Adams Mark hotel in Philadelphia. The guests are yet to be announced. This seems to be more of a celebration of literary science fiction than the visual image. There'll be a ball on Friday night, a belly dancer on Saturday and a masquerade that will have the theme of "Out with the Old Millennium and In With the New Millennium." Registration is $35 until October 25th, $40 afterwards. They can be reached at Philcon 2000; P.O. Box 8303; Philadelphia, PA 19101 or by e-mailing Rich Kabakjian: email@example.com.
|26. STEPHEN KING'S LATEST RACES TO THE SCREEN BEFORE
Stephen King has sold the screen rights to his next novel, The Dreamcatcher, to Castle Rock Entertainment for a film that will be adapted by veteran writer William Goldman (BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, MARATHON MAN, PRINCESS BRIDE, JURASSIC PARK 3). Goldman also adapted King's Misery and Hearts in Atlantis for the screen. The Dreamcatcher, which Scribner will publish next summer, tells the story of four boyhood friends who perform a heroic act and are given a strange gift as a reward. Years later, they reunite to use that power to defeat a mysterious enemy.
27.HUGO WINNERS ANNOUNCED
28.WILLIAM SHATNER MOVED TO WRITE THE LATEST TREK
BOOK BY HIS GRIEF
29.RAY BRADBURY TO GET LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
30.ASTOUNDING SPACE THRILLS
|31.GALAXY QUEST BEAT SOME AWESOME COMPETITION FOR
Writer Bob Gordon said he was in shock when GALAXY QUEST bested such tremendous competitors as THE MATRIX and THE SIXTH SENSE. He definitely considered GALAXY QUEST to be the underdog. "Before the awards people kept saying 'Well, I voted for you' in a way that sounded like they didn't think we'd win, but wanted us to," he said. "You want everybody to like the movie, obviously, but to get an acknowledgment from this community in particular meant so much to me," Gordon said. "First, these are writers and real fans of writing, so of course it means a great deal to have them acknowledge the work. But also the film was a valentine to Sci-Fi and fandom itself, so it was very gratifying to know that this is how it was perceived by true fans of the genre."
Gordon said the honor brought his film full circle. GALAXY QUEST is a movie about science fiction fans, and Gordon said receiving fandom's highest award at one of the largest Sci-Fi conventions in the world was both satisfying and surreal. "Keep in mind, I did research early on at a few conventions, then during production spent a lot of time on the convention set for a GALAXY QUEST TV show that never existed, working on scenes for a GALAXY QUEST movie that hadn't come out yet," he said. "So to finally cap it off accepting an award at the Worldcon convention and have the entire audience shouting [the line from the film] 'Never give up, never surrender' . . . was a little mind-bending."
Hollywood in general seems in no rush to embrace the Hugos. Fans, however, could well see Gordon at future ceremonies since he is currently at work on another science fiction project, the sequel to the hit film MEN IN BLACK. And although he has no specific plans to write another GALAXY QUEST movie, he said he had a lot of fun ideas that could not fit into the first film, so it seems there may be some hope for those fans who never give up and never surrender.
32.DiCAPRIO TO PLAY ABBREVIATED BALTIMOREAN
33.THE STORES ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF JAR JAR
34.WESTWORLD TO BE RE-MADE
35.MIB II WILL HAPPEN
36.NOTHING YOU CAN DO, BATMAN'S STUCK LIKE GLUE,
TO PI GUY
37.GEORGE CLOONEY ADVOCATES A DARK, TROUBLED BATMAN
38.BATMAN & ROBIN RESULTED IN A DARK, TROUBLED
39.DON'T LOOK FOR THE X-MEN SEQUEL ANYTIME SOON
40.THE NEXT MATRIX MOVIES WILL FEATURE BIGGER AND
BETTER FIGHT SCENES
41.THE MATRIX INFLUENCED ANG LEE
42.MARS TO BE MERCIFULLY LOW-TECH
43.MUMMY 2 TO BE MERCILESSLY HIGH TECH
44.STAR WARS: EPISODE II IS IN THE CAN
45.HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FALLS VICTIM TO
46.'E.T.' RE-RELEASE NEXT MARCH
47.DECKARD NO REPLICANT, ACCORDING TO FORD
48.LIFE IMITATES ART?
49.THE KITCHEN HAS JUST BECOME A DANGEROUS PLACE
50.JENNIFER LOPEZ FACED WITH TRUE HORROR
51.DON'T GET OLIVIA WILLIAMS TO PICK YOUR LOTTERY
52.GOOD NEWS FOR ANIMATION LOVERS
53.DR. DOOLITTLE DID LITTLE WITH LIVE CRITTERS
54.AN AMERICAN IN PARIS?
55.ELECTION YEAR TANGO: HOLLYWOOD NO-NO
56.ELECTION YEAR TANGO: THE DEMOCRATS HOWL
57.ELECTION YEAR TANGO: THE REPUBLICANS GROWL
58.ELECTION YEAR TANGO: HOLLYWOOD LEARNS THE ALPHABET!
59.ELECTION YEAR TANGO: HOLLYWOOD SUITS TURN INTO
THE KEYSTONE COPS
60.SUMMER BUMMERS I: BOX OFFICE SLUMPS
61.SUMMER BUMMER II: "AN ENTIRE INDUSTRY IS GOING
62.SUMMER BUMMER III: THEATERS FAIL TO WIN THE GOLD
63.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
OCTOBER 13TH: LOST SOULS - This film has been held for a year, waiting for release. That's usually not a good sign. A young woman who belongs to a group of exorcists (Winona Ryder) discovers a conspiracy that would lead to the unleashing of Satan on Earth, free to do his nastiness, and at the heart of the problem is a courtroom writer (Ben Chaplin). As a man who prides himself on his foundation of logic and reason, he can't accept her warnings that he's been chosen to be a vessel for Satan and allow the Dark One to reign on Earth. After the box-office meltdown of BLESS THE CHILD, END OF DAYS and STIGMATA New Line may be a little wary about releasing this film at all.
OCTOBER 20TH: BEDAZZLED
- This is a re-make of a very funny 1967 film starring Peter Cook and Dudley
Moore. In the current version, a suicidal technical adviser (Brendan Fraser)
sells his soul to the devil (Elizabeth Hurley) so that he may have the
seven wishes that will allow him to win the adoration of the woman he loves
(a coworker in his office). The problem? Each wish goes wildly wrong. None
of them seem to have the effect that he'd intended.
OCTOBER 27TH: BOOK
OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 - The sequel occurs in present day Burkittsville.
Four young people are going on a Blair Witch tour. They set up camp near
the spooky abandoned house where the last film concluded. They awake with
no memory of having fallen asleep and five hours for which they can't account.
Slowly, legend and reality combine for them as their lives and sanity begin
to fall apart.
|64.LUCAS SAYS COMPUTERS WILL NOT REPLACE ACTORS,
JAR JAR UNAVAILABLE FOR COMMENT
George Lucas forecast that the advent of digital filming will never result in the replacement of live actors by digital creations. Speaking at a news conference in Caserta, Italy, where he was filming scenes for STAR WARS: EPISODE II in the 18th century Royal Palace, Lucas said, "People forget that acting is an art form. You can't just take the likeness of a human being and make them act, no matter how you do it, it takes actors. It takes actors to do the voice, it takes actors to do the animation, it takes actors to create the characters. I see digital technology as being a boon for actors and giving more work to more actors, rather than replacing actors."
Many actors see it as a "boon" in much the same way that the European settlement of North America was a "blessing" for the Native Americans. We'll see.
65.DOES IT GO ZIP WHEN IT MOVES AND POP WHEN IT
66.MOVIES FOR FREE
|67.HOLLYWOOD VIDEO PUMPS IT UP!
In the D.C. neighborhood of Tenley Town, Hollywood Video has opened up a store exploding with titles as it's sworn enemy, Blockbuster, contemplates life after the death of video rentals (see "The ICS Files" #20, item 84). Their new store contains 45,000 VHS titles and 5,000 DVD's. According to Hollywood, this is now the largest video store on the planet. It contains about four times the titles that average Hollywood's contain. This is the second such store that they've altered like this (the first was in Salt Lake City, Utah). This location has been there since 1995. Rather than radically expand the space and create a barn-like structure, Hollywood has turned all of the spines of the films out in a library-like fashion. If this test works, they expect to have at least one mega store in every city.
Hollywood has also been testing the waters with DVD. They now have a half dozen DVD-only stores across the country, each containing 5-6,000 titles. They've also got about 20 combo-stores featuring large VHS sections and about 3,000 DVD titles.
68.LOOK FOR YOUR BLOCKBUSTER CD-ROM IN THE MAIL
69.AN ONLINE SOURCE FOR DVD'S THAT DOESN'T SELL
Rental title releasing 10/10: SHANGHAI NOON; the Western with with Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson and Lucy Liu; gets released today. . . . MIRACLES, another Jackie Chan film (written, directed and starring Mr. Chan back in 1989) mixes elements of THE GODFATHER, A POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES and a healthy dose of "Horatio Alger" as Jackie plays a backwards country boy back in the thirties who (as only he could) stumbles into the job of crime boss while assisting a poor rose seller. It's available in both VHS and DVD. . . . RULES OF ENGAGEMENT is a military courtroom drama featuring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. The VHS is rental-priced. The DVD is $29.99. . . . Quiz time. THE BOGUS WITCH PROJECT is a Pauly Shore parody of what film? You can rent the tape today (or buy the DVD for $24.99 and find out. . . .
Rental titles releasing 10/17: PICKING UP THE PIECES is a controversial film, starring Woody Allen, previously seen on the cable channel, Showtime. Woody plays "Tex," a Texas butcher who has had enough of his wandering wife. He goes to bury her dismembered body parts only to have her hand fall out of his pick-up. It's soon discovered, thought to work miracles, and despite the garish rings and nail polish, it's declared "The Hand of the Virgin," by residents of a small border town. The Catholic chrurch hated this film.You can rent the video or buy the DVD for $24.98. . . . ANCIENT EVIL: SCREAM OF THE MUMMY shows what happens when six archeology students discover the ancient remains of a mummy. They accidentally unleash the fury of an evil god determined to annihilate mankind. This little ditty is cooked to a fine crisp by director David DeCoteau. The DVD is available for $24.95. . . . BOLTNECK has an oddly familiar sounding plot. It's about teenage nerd/genius Frank Stein bringing back to life a goth outcast named Karl. He's unknowingly re-animated Karl with the brain of a mass murderer. Now I know I've seen this plot somewhere else. Give me a minute. . . . BEOWULF is a sci-fi update of the eighth century Saxon poem. The title character, played by Christopher Lambert, mixes it up with Grendel and his vengeance-seeking mother. Those who've previously "enjoyed" this version of the epic have hailed it thusly: "this f--ing piece of bulls--t crap is worse than BATTLEFIELD EARTH," "just a waste of time!, "A total disaster," and my personal favorite, "Beware of the darkness - in shape of this movie!" If you're in need of the pain, you can pick up the DVD for $32.99 and watch it over, and over, and over, and . . . HEAVY METAL 2000 releases today, and it offers a fairly complex pricing system. The VHS is rental priced. There's a twin-pack of the original and the sequel. They're also rental priced. The DVD is $24.95. You can buy the original and the sequel on DVD for $47.95. Got it? Phewww! . . .
Rental titles releasing 10/24: THE DOORWAY is about a discovery of four college students. The house that they're fixing up is built directly over a doorway to Hell. That doorway has just been opened. DVD is available for $19.99. . . . EYE OF THE KILLER (originally released as AFTER ALICE) offers Keifer Sutherland as an alcoholic cop with psychic powers tracking a serial killer who has re-emerged after ten years of dormancy. The killer has chosen, as his next target, the cop who is tracking him. The DVD is $24.99. . . . THE DUMMY is a 1917 silent drama, available on VHS only. A ventriloquist and his dummy seem to have trouble figuring out who is the dummy and who is the human when murders begin to take place in their isolated mansion. . . . VIRTUAL GIRL is basically a skin flick with a sci-fi veneer. A cyber-geek has to "enter" the virtual girl that oversees his company's computers. She decides that she likes him and doesn't want to let him go. At the moment this is VHS only.
Rental titles releasing 10/31: DEAL OF A LIFETIME is the embodiment of every losers dream. A lonely teen gets a chance to date the hottest girl in high school. All that he has to do is sell his soul. The DVD is $19.98. . . . FREQUENCY is about a phenomenon of nature that allows a police officer to reach back in time and save the life of his father. But changing the past leads to a string of brutal, serial homicides and now father and son must stop the killer. The DVD will be $24.98.
Sell through titles releasing 10/3: THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EDITION gets released as a video ($22.99) and a DVD ($26.99). To publicize the release Disney is giving it a limited theatrical run in 35 cities around the country. . . . ROSEMARY'S BABY gets released today on VHS and DVD. The tape is $14.95. The DVD sells for $29.99. . . . SLEEPY HOLLOW, last year's instant classic from Tim Burton, is being re-priced as a "Special Edition." The tape will have many of the same features that the DVD had, but will have them for $14.95. . . . Classic John Woo titles hit the shelves today. THE KILLER and HARD BOILED are $14.98 each for the VHS, $29.98 for the DVD. The tape two-pack is $29.98. The disc two-pack is $49.98. Both titles star Chow Yun-Fat. . . . A pair of erotic horror movies get released today. THE VAMPIRE'S SEDUCTION and MISTRESS FRANKENSTEIN sell for $19.98 each. . . . THE AVENGERS GIFT PACK is available today. Pick up thirteen beautiful black & white Honor Blackman and Patrick Macnee episodes of the classic British series, vintage 1963. The VHS is $29.95. The DVD is $44.95. . . . Today's your chance to scarf the DVD, BLOOD TRILOGY. It features three bloody Valentines from Herschell Gordon Lewis. It includes some of America's most notorious gore films - BLOOD FEAST, TWO THOUSAND MANIACS and COLOR ME RED. It's yours for $69.99. . . . CONCEIVING ADA features computer wizard Emmy Coer (Francesca Faridany) as a genetic memory expert. Her obsession and inspiration is Ada Byron King (Tilda Swinton), the 19th century mathematician who was the daughter of Lord Byron. Ada wrote what is considered to be the first computer language. Emmy, with the help of her mentor (the late Timothy Leary) finds a way to use a computer to reach across time to contact her icon, with unexpected consequences. The price is $19.95. . . . THE FLASH GORDON BOX SET on DVD offer three episodes from the 1940's serial including "Trip to Mars," "Conquers the Universe" and "Space Soldiers." It's yours for $79.99. . . . GRIM PRAIRIE TALES Stars James Earl Jones and Brad Dowit. In this anthology tape two drifters meet in the western prairie and try to scare each other with four dueling tales of horror. The price is $19.99, VHS only. . . . HABIT is set in autumn in New York. Sam has broken up with his girlfriend and his father has recently died. World-weary and sloppy drunk, he finds temporary solace in the arms of mysterious girl named Anna. Is she a vampire or are they alcoholic delusions? He's got to figure it out. You can help him for just $14.95! . . . You can pick up either THE KILLER or HARD BOILED, both John Woo/Chow Yun-Fat classics of neo-Chinese noir, on DVD for $29.98. Or you can buy THE JOHN WOO COLLECTION with the two DVD releases for $49.98. . . . HIDEAWAY is loosely based on a Dean Koontz novel about a man pronounced dead and then revived. He brings back a psychic link to a serial killer. It stars Jeff Goldblum, Christine Lahti and Alicia Silverstone. It's on DVD only for $24.95. . . . IN THE GRIP OF EVIL is a 1997 made-for-TV documentary that serves as a reconstruction of the alleged true story about demonic possession that was behind the book and film, THE EXORCIST. Based on documents, statements and interviews with people who followed the case, including the priests involved in the exorcism. A close look at the events that really happened is shown. The price is $14.98. . . . KING OF HEARTS is a gentle comedy/fantasy that questions the meaning of war and sanity. In this 1966 film set in World War I, a soldier (Alan Bates) has to go disconnect a German bomb set to destroy a French village. Everyone has fled except for the inmates of a local asylum. While hiding there from enemy soldiers, the patients proclaim him the King of Hearts. He struggles to lead his new friends to safety. As he's with them the question arises, who's insane? The innocently playful patients or the soldiers trying to murder each other? You can decide for yourself. Both the VHS and DVD sell for $19.98. . . . The 1948 Orson Welles flawed masterpiece, THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI gets released to DVD today. The flaws come not from Welles but from the meddling at Harry Cohn's Columbia Studios. After CITIZEN KANE Welles would be forever handcuffed by fearful studio hacks. Even with the tampering, check out this Welles' film noir thriller starring the Great Man himself and his (unhappily) married wife of the moment, Rita Hayworth. It sells for $24.95. . . . Are you in the mood for a serious, thoughtful well-done film? Then stay away from MISTRESS FRANKENSTEIN. It's about the beautiful, sexually repressed Baroness Helena Frankenstein. She has been killed in a tragic horse-riding accident and it is up to her husband to give her a new brain and bring her back to life. He re-incarnates her as one hot babe. Both tape and disc are $19.98. . . . Edgar G. Ulmer was an innovative German director who came to this country in the thirties. Many of us remember him for the 1934 Karloff/Lugosi classic, THE BLACK CAT. After a romantic indescretion with a wife of a Universal executive, he was banished from Hollywood Valhalla. Yet he still had a burning desire to make films. He turned to the skidrow studios and for very low budgets made a string of interesting and innovative movies. THE EDGAR G. ULMER COLLECTION celebrates his achievements. Previously released are Volume 1: THE STRANGE WOMAN (1946) & MOON OVER HARLEM (1939), Volume 2: BLUEBEARD (1944) and Volume 3: THE DAUGHTER OF DR. JEKYLL (1957). Today we see the release of Volume 4: PIRATES OF CAPRI (1949) featuring a Zorro-like hero and his quest for justice. These are all available in DVD only for $24.95. . . . So that you don't miss a single precious frame, there's now a new DVD of the 1953 "classic" ROBOT MONSTER. For $24.95 you can marvel at this saga of a deadly robot (an overweight actor wearing a gorilla suit and a diving helmet with "bunny ear" antennae) and his death ray (a bubble machine). The result wouldn't even live up to Ed Woods' standards. One interesting survivor of this little stinker is the man who wrote the score. Before he got the Oscar for THOUROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE or nominations for titles like THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, TRADING PLACES, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, the distinguished film composer Elmer Bernstein wrote music for the slum productions of Hollywood. He did the music for ROBOT MONSTER the same year he did CAT-WOMEN ON THE MOON. . . . Speaking of the master, we have, direct to DVD, THE WORST OF ED WOOD. This four volume set includes PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, JAIL BAIT, BRIDE OF THE MONSTER and GLEN OR GLENDA. It goes at a pricey $79.99, which may have been the combined original budget for all four films! . . . The game is once again afoot on DVD today as the first four of the PBS Sherlock Holmes series (from 1984) entitled THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES goes on sale for $19.98. . . . Today we get to but the gentle Christmas fantasy, THE BISHOP'S WIFE. Cary Grant is an angel from heaven, sent to assist a tired over-worked bishop (David Niven). He begins to help him a little too well with his beautiful and neglected wife (Loretta Young). It sells for $14.95, VHS only. . . . THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP: SPECIAL EDITION (or as it was known when it was first released in its native Argentina in 1967 - LOS VENGANZA DEL SEXO) tells the story of a mad doctor who kidnaps couples who are, uh, coupling. He imprisons them in his mansion where he injects them with a substance to enhance their "coupling" abilities. While they are otherwise engaged he drains a fluid from them. He needs this to prevent himself from being transformed into a monster. Like so many of us, he gets his instructions from a disembodied talking brain. DVD owners are in luck! This gem is being sold in DVD only for just $24.99. Now wasn't it for titles like this that you bought that player in the first place? . . . THE BODY BENEATH: SPECIAL EDITION is another DVD only "treasure." A family of inbred vampires take over Carfax Abbey (a site familiar to DRACULA fans). They need fresh blood in the family or it will soon perish. The movie is about that quest. It's also about $25.
Sell through titles releasing 10/10:Today is a big day for DVD titles. Two much anticipated titles are hitting store shelves. JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK go on sale today for $26.98 each. The "Collector's edition" comes full screen. It has a 2-disc box set with a retail of $53.98. You can pick up a combined box set of the two films as a "limited edition." The limited edition comes in a widescreen anamorphic format. The set is "only" $119.98. . . . A batch of anime' hits today. SHAMANIC PRINCESS: GUARDIAN WORLD, MAZE: WHIRLWIND SHOWDOWN and SLAYER'S TRY: A HERO DESCENDS sell for $19.99 each. SPACESHIP AGGA RUTER: TROUBLEMAKER goes for $29.99. . . . If you really really loved the Steve McQueen classic, THE BLOB, you might want to pass on the L.A. Connection's production of BLOBERMOUTH. This is part of their "Mad Movies" series where they scrap the soundtrack of an old movie and turn it into a comedy. You can own BLOBERMOUTH for $19.95 for the VHS, $24.99 for the DVD. . . . LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE is a 1974 Spanish/Itallian zombie flick with the undead being brought back for their favorite snack (us) by questionable pest-control techniques with unintended consequences. This little epic can be all yours for a paltry $14.98 for the tape and $29.98 for the disc. . . . MENNO'S MIND is a story of Menno, a computer programmer specializing in virtual reality. He finds himself being forced to use his talents to help an unscrupulous politician gain power. The price is $9.98, available in VHS only. . . . TWILIGHT ZONE, Volumes 34 & 35 come out today on DVD. Volume 34 offers "THE LATENESS OF THE HOUR" and "LITTLE GIRL LOST." Volume 35 has "THE LITTLE PEOPLE" and "LIVING DOLL." Each volume is $24.99.
Sell through titles releasing 10/17: Completing the Bond sell-through collection from earlier this year, the final half dozen installment of 007 titles hit the streets today. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, OCTOPUSSY, A VIEW TO A KILL and YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE go on sale for $9.94 each for the tapes, or $26.98 each for the discs. You can buy the VHS gift set for $49.98 or the DVD set for $134.96. . . . There are a pair of Itallian horror films debuting on DVD today, in "special editions." There's the BLOODY PIT OF HORROR: SPECIAL EDITION from 1965. The film's homicidal lunatic is played by former Mr. Universe and ex-husband of Jayne Mansfield, Mickey Hargitay. We get to watch him chew up and spit out lines like "Mankind is made up of inferior creatures, spiritually and physically deformed, who would've corrupted the harmony of my perfect body." Then we've got FRANKENSTEIN'S CASTLE OF FREAKS:SPECIAL EDITION from 1973. It features an evil Neanderthal named "Lugosi." Wonder where they thought up that name? You can enjoy these sterling thespionic displays for $24.99 each. . . . FRIDAY, THE 13TH part 3 and "THE FINAL CHAPTER" go on sale today in DVD for $29.99. . . . THE COSMIC MAN, a tepid 1959 knockoff of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL with John Carradine in the title role, comes out on DVD today. It sells for $24.99. . . . The original Jerry Lewis pic, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, hits DVD today. It's $29.99. . . . The anime' classic, VAMPIRE HUNTER D, comes out on DVD today. This dubbed version sells for $29.99.
Sell through titles releasing 10/24: The picture chosen as last year's best by the Motion Picture Academy, AMERICAN BEAUTY, comes to DVD today. The disc sells for $26.99. The video gets re-priced down to $24.99. . . . The anime' title, THE HAUNTED LANTERN, goes on sale today for $29.99. . . . Today is 70's-Chinese-martial arts-flicks-day on DVD. There's 72 DESPERATE REBELS, 99 CYCLING SWORDS and MAGNICENT FISTS all for $19.95 each. . . . From 1992 we have ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS - BLOOD OF THE LEOPARD, a costume action pic set in old China and loaded with impossibly high flying kicks. It's on DVD only for $29.95. . . . IRON FINGER stars Bruce Li, the actor who was to be the heir-apparent to the Bruce Lee dynasty. You can pick up this 1977 film for $9.99 on tape, $14.98 on disc. . . . DOWNTOWN TORPEDOES is a sort of a 1997 Chinese take on MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. While it does use some special effects and computers worm their way into the plot, what it really relies on is stunning fighting choreography. It's purported to have some of the most heart-stopping scenes of martial arts in recent years (the title, by the way, is - like many Chinese titles - simply gibberish; a literal translation of its original title is GODLY THIEF SPY SHADOW). It's available on DVD only for $29.95. . . . FIRST OPTION is a fast-paced Hong Kong film pitting the good guys (the Hong Kong SDU) against the bad guys (nasty old mercenaries). It's mostly just action, action, action. The VHS sells for $19.98. The DVD is $29.95. . . . SKINNY TIGER, FATTY DRAGON is a 1990 martial arts movie set in modern day Hong Kong. Guess which one Sammo Hung plays. The DVD is $29.95. . . . SWORDSMAN, SWORDSMAN II and SWORDSMAN III: THE EAST IS RED hit DVD today. They are a series of martial arts fantasies set in a supernatural Chinese past. Every 15 minutes there's a flabbergasting sword fight. All the warriors can fly over, or dismember, their opponents with a flick of the wrist. Eyeballs are extracted, wrists snap, heads explode. We meet a tribe of women warriors who fight with live snakes. We discover an evil martial arts wizard who has castrated himself and assumed female form. Expect brain boiling effects and breathless excitement all the way through. The first film stars superstar Jackie Cheung. The second features the incomparable Jet Li. The third has Brigette Lin as the evil "Asia the Invincible." The action was staged by Ching Siu-tung, the director of A CHINESE GHOST STORY. They're available only on DVD for $29.95 each. . . . MR. VAMPIRE is the first of a series of sequels. A Chinese priest has to battle a growing legion of vampires in his town. One of his two bumbling assistants becomes infected. The other can't leave the embrace of a life-eating she-ghost. If you've never seen a Chinese vampire movie (with hopping vampires) this is the one to see. It offers fast-paced action blended with humor. The VHS is $19.98. The DVD sells for $29.95. . . . DRAGONBALL, the classic anime' title, is releasing 13 episodes on two DVD's. The twin-pack sells for $29.95. . . . FLINT, THE TIME DETECTIVE is a Japanese anime' series for kids that features a 25th century cavemen and his dad discovered in an archeological dig. Once they're de-fosillized they're given the task of saving the universe. Volumes one and two are available, both in VHS and DVD. They're $14.98 Each. . . . AIRPLANE and AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL appears on DVD today for $29.95 each. . . . BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER goes on sale today. The VHS is $19.98. The DVD is $24.98. . . . BUG BUSTER: COLLECTOR'S EDITION: DIRECTOR'S CUT is your chance to own this timeless 1998 classic about a small lakeside town overun by giant killer cockroaches. It stars Academy-ignored actor Randy Quaid. Both the DVD and VHS sell for $19.99. Remember Christmas is coming. This would make a stocking stuffer that will be remembered forever! . . . GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN features Buddy Baer (brother to prizefighter Max Baer) as a 14th century Spanish conquistador in suspended animation until a lightening bolt wakes him up in time to be in this 1958 movie. He terrorizes a small California community until he's stopped by good guy Ed Kemmer (who some of you may remember as "Commander Corey" in the TV show SPACE PATROL). In reality, Buddy Baer was 6'4". I guess the title BIG HUSKY GUY FROM THE UNKNOWN just wasn't going to fly. This title is available on DVD only for $24.99. . . . Troma is offering us the 1981 slasher flick GRADUATION DAY. A high school track team keeps finding creative ways to get butchered at the hands of an unknown maniac. Like all 80's slasher flicks it has lots of blood and lots of nudity. And what a cast! It's got Christopher George, Linnea Quigley and a young Vanna White. It's available on VHS for $14.98. . . . HERCULES IN NEW YORK is Ahnold Schwarzenneger's first attempt at the silver screen. In this 1970 film his voice is dubbed (laughably badly). A totally pumped Ahnold plays the god Hercules having misadventures in 1970 New York City. The VHS is $9.99. The "must-have" DVD is $19.99. . . . PSYCHO SISTERS offers us an interesting reversal. In this one the guys are the innocents. The girls are the homicidal lunatics. A pair of sexy sisters are released from the nut house after witnessing their other sister's murder. Afterwards, any guy that attempts to woo them finds the portion of his anatomy that he was contemplating using floating in a jar in their growing collection. Both the VHS and DVD are $19.98. . . . SANTA CLAWS is a 1996 holiday/slasher flick. Scream queen Debbie Rochon plays scream queen Raven Quinn making a movie called SCREAM QUEEN CHRISTMAS which is mostly a bevy of bodacious babes peeling off their little elf costumes. Little does she know, her nutlog neighbor is obsessed with her and is determined to kill anyone that he thinks is standing in the way of her movie career. He methodically works his way through cast and crew with a garden tool. The movie is written and directed by John A. Russo, who wrote NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD back in 1968. In the cast are Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman and Bill Hinzman - all veterans of the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - back together for the first time in almost 30 years. The VHS and DVD are both $19.98. . . . THE BONEYARD is a 1991 movie that has group of people trapped in a coroner's building opposing a bunch of kids who've turned into zombies. The group trying to stop the madness consists of a burned-out psychic (Deborah Rose), an experienced cop (Ed Nelson) and two coroners (Phyllis Diller and Norman Fell). This DVD only release sells for $19.98. . . . THE GREEN HORNET is a 1974 movie, cobbled together from pieces of the 1966 television series. It was released after the surge of Bruce Lee-mania following his premature death in 1973. The video is $14.95. The DVD is $24.95.
Sell through titles releasing 10/31: The classic 1964 nuclear nightmare, FAIL-SAFE gets released today. Henry Fonda leads a stellar cast as a U.S. president facing a cold war scenario that might lead to the end of the world. The VHS is $14.95. The DVD is $24.95. . . . It's the ultimate Christmas ghost story, maybe the ultimate ghost story of all time and an incredible tale of redemption. A CHRISTMAS CAROL, this one starring Patrick Stewart, gets to store shelves today. The VHS is $21.36. The DVD sells for $28.50. . . . We have an interesting selection of anime' releases today. There's AMAZING NURSE NANAKO: FIRECRACKERS VOL. 2, BLACK HAVEN: THE LEGEND OF "ROCK BOTTOM," You have your choice of dubbed or subtitled. The VHS goes for $24.98. The DVD is $29.98. . . . RAYEARTH VOL. 3 is part of an exciting anime trilogy based on the popular MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH Japanese animated TV series. This VHS only volume is $19.95. . . . SOMEWHERE IN TIME is a 1980 film with a dedicated cult following (who have been known to stage special SOMEWHERE IN TIME conventions). It's a story of romance and time travel written by Richard Matheson. The film stars Christopher Reve and Jane Seymore. The VHS sells for$19.98. The DVD is $29.98. . . . THE PRISONER VOLUME 1 comes out today. This is taken from the popular British show from the 60's that starred Patrick McGoohan. The VHS is $29.95. The DVD is $39.95. . . . THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK COLLECTION: 14-PACK lets you spend a few stormy evenings watching PSYCHO, FAMILY PLOT, FRENZY, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, MARNIE, ROPE, SABOTEUR, SHADOW OF A DOUBT, THE BIRDS, TOPAZ, TORN CURTAIN, THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY and VERTIGO! Rounding out the collector's set is ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, offering four riveting episodes, directed by Hitchcock himself. You will see LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER, THE CASE OF MR. PELHAM, BACK FOR CHRISTMAS and BANQUO'S CHAIR. The DVD version of this came out earlier this year. The VHS sells for $179.98. . . . THE CLASSIC MONSTERS COLLECTION provides a plethora of Universal's classic monsters. The set includes THE INVISIBLE MAN, FRANKENSTEIN, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, THE WOLFMAN, THE MUMMY, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. The DVD version of this was released earlier this year, The VHS sells for $199.98. . . . HERCULES/XENA LEGENDARY JOURNEYS is a selection of episodes from the two shows. It goes for $24.98, VHS only.
|71.THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Lester Novros is a name that I'm sure is known to few, if any, of us. This Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker has pioneered large-format film technology, helped the world visualize outer space and worked on such innovative motion pictures as 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. He's had a lasting influence on the directors whose body of work is on our lists of all-time favorites.
Besides being a filmmaker, he was also the maker of filmmakers in his role as a much-loved USC film professor whose students included George Lucas. "The first time I truly understood the unique quality of film was when I took Les Novros' class," Lucas wrote in an introduction to the textbook that Novros fashioned from his lectures in the Filmic Expression class that he taught at USC from 1941 to 1984. Lucas wrote that Novros' teaching "strongly influenced my work," but added that Novros was an excellent filmmaker as well as an influential academic, "a rare find, able to stand in both worlds." Lucas counted himself "fortunate," along with thousands of film students who attended Novros' classes. "Movies are a unique form of expression and require the understanding of graphics, light, color, movement and emotions to properly craft a story," Lucas said. "Les Novros is a master of his craft."
It was Novros' 70mm film TO THE MOON AND BEYOND for Cinerama Corp. that caught Stanley Kubrick's eye. The director hired Novros and his special effects team to help create 2001. Kubrick's film earned an Oscar for special effects.
Throughout his long life Novros pioneered in the field of large-screen film. He wrote, directed and produced some of the earliest Imax/Omnimax Films for the Reuben H. Fleet Space Center in San Diego's Balboa Park - VOYAGE TO THE OUTER PLANETS, COSMOS and TOMORROW IN SPACE. Novros was honored by the Large Format Cinema Assn., inducted into the Delta Kappa Alpha honorary cinema fraternity and active in the International Space Theatre Consortium, the Cartoonists Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He was 91 years old. He's survived by his wife of 63 years, Esther, and two sons, David and Paul.
A note on airtimes: this schedules was made to be VCR friendly. There are numerous films
listed for AMC and TCM. The airtimes are made to accommodate VCR recordings. So, for
example, your TV program book would say that INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN is
showing on AMC on Tuesday, the 17th, at 2:00 A.M. I've listed it as Wednesday, the 18th
at 2:00 A.M. Anything showing on or after midnight I attribute to the following day, just as
most VCR's do. Also, the numerous links to the movies showing on those two channels are
connected to the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB). Those of you reading this issue on
computer can link to that site and find out more than you want to know about these titles.
MON. 2ND:TV - ROSWELL season premiere
TV - GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA debuts this week.
TUE. 3RD:TV- DARK ANGEL series debut on Fox
WED. 4TH: TV - TCM: BEDLAM
(1946) 1:00 A.M.
THU. 5TH: TV - CHARMED season premiere
FRI. 6TH: TV - TCM: SOYLENT
GREEN (1973) 2:00 A.M.
SAT. 7TH: TV - AMC: SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978) 1:30 A.M.
SUN. 8TH: EVENT: FARPOPINT
MON. 9TH TV - AMC: MASTER
OF THE WORLD (1961) 3:15 A.M.
TUE. 10TH: TV - TCM: I
WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (1943) 8:00 P.M.
WED. 11TH: TV - AMC: THE HARRYHAUSEN CHRONICLES (1998) 12:45 A.M.
FRI. 13TH: TV- Debut of made-for-TV movie NOSTARDAMUS on the Sci-Fi
SAT. 14TH:TV - AMC: THE
OBLONG BOX (1969) 12:15 A.M.
SUN. 15TH: TV - AMC: THE HARRYHAUSEN CHRONICLES (1998) 2:00 P.M.
TUE. 17TH: TV - TCM: THE
HAUNTING (1963) 8:00 P.M.
WED. 18TH:TV - AMC: THE MAN WHO DREW BUG-EYED MONSTERS (1994)
FRI. 20TH: TV - TCM: WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) 8:00 A.M.
SAT. 21ST: TV - AMC X-THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES (1963) 2:00 A.M.
SUN. 22ND: TV - ODYSSEY: HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES with Matt Frewer
MON. 23RD TV - SCI-FI: SHADOW OF THE BLAIR WITCH 12:30 A.M.
TUE. 24TH: TV - 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN season premiere
WED. 25TH:TV - AMC ATTACK OF THE 50-FOOT MONSTERMANIA (1999)
THUR. 26TH: TV - TCM: THE
HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939)
FRI. 27TH: TV - AMC: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1943) 11:30 A.M.
SAT. 28TH: EVENT: ICS MEETING
SUN. 29TH: TV - VH1: ROCKY HORROR 25th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND
MON. 30TH:TV - VH1: ROCKY HORROR 25th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND
TUE. 31ST: TV - VH1: ROCKY HORROR 25th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND
WED. 1ST: TV - AMC: SON
OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939) 12 MIDNIGHT