2.THE APRIL MEETING WAS SENSATIONAL
3.NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING
4.MAY IS LITERARY MONTH
5.CHARLIE WITTIG'S MAY MOVIE MADNESS
6.IN THE MONTHS AHEAD
7a.SHORE LEAVE IS COMING: WE NEED STUFF TO SELL!
7b.SHORE LEAVE IS COMING: WE NEED YOU!
8.A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
9.A PROPOSED CODE OF CONDUCT
10.THE GLASS TEAT
With news 3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN, THE DEVIL'S MUSIC, RED MARS, THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, A WRINKLE IN TIME, STAR TREK: VOYAGER, ALL SOULS, GROUND ZERO, a science fiction version of A Tale of Two Cities and THE DEAD ZONE.
11.ANDROMEDA'S SEASON ENDS WITH BIG ACTION
12.A NEW FACE ON ANGEL
13.SOME OLD FACES ON HAND FOR BABYLON 5: THE LEGEND OF THE RANGERS
14.CROUCHING PSYCHLO, HIDDEN TURKEY
15.THE BUFFY SHUFFLE: UPN - THE WB SLAYER
16.THE BUFFY SHUFFLE: UPN MAKES NICE WITH THE CAST
17.THE BUFFY SHUFFLE: THE WB'S RAISED MIDDLE FINGER FAREWELL
18.THE BUFFY SHUFFLE: THE WB GETS ALL MUSHY
19.THE BUFFY SHUFFLE: THE FATE OF ANGEL
20.BUFFY ROAD MAP
21.HOLD THE HONEY
22.MUTANT X IS CAST
23.MUTANT, MUTANT - WHO'S GOT THE MUTANT?
24.THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ON TREK V - SAY HI TO CAPTAIN BAKULA
25.SEVEN-OF-NINE HAS SAVED LIVES
26.THE EVOLUTION OF JOHN DOGGETT
27.THE X-FILES FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
28.THINGS TO COME
News on BALTICON 35,ASIAN FANTASY FILM FILM EXPO, FANEX 15 and SHORE LEAVE 23.
29.SCIENCE FICTION BOOK SIGNING TO CO-INCIDE WITH THE NEBULA AWARDS
30.LOOK FOR DEEP SPACE NINE TO RESUME ITS ADVENTURE IN PRINT
31.A NOVEL APPROACH TO THE FINALE OF STAR TREK: VOYAGER
32.AWARDS NEWS: THE STOKER NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
33.AWARDS NEWS: THE PROMETHEUS AWARDS
34.AWARDS NEWS: NEBULA WINNERS ANNOUNCED
35.AWARDS NEWS: THE HUGO FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
36.AWARDS NEWS: "RETRO" HUGOS
37.AWARDS NEWS: THE CORDWAINER SMITH AWARD CREATED
38.BLADE 2 TAKES A FRESH CUT
39.THE MUMMY - SEVENTY YEARS AND ITS STILL GOT IT
40.BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF IS AN ARTHOUSE WEREWOLF PERIOD PIECE
41.ROGER MOORE MOUTHS OFF ON BOND
42.THE NEXT BOND MAY BE AN UNKNOWN
43.ELVIRA'S POPULARITY, UH, SAGS
44.JURASSIC PARK III, THE BEST ONE YET?
45.THE NEXT TWO MATRIX MOVIES - WILL THEY BEAT THE ORIGINAL?
46.AHNOLD TURNS HIS BACK ON CALIFORNIA'S STATEHOUSE FOR NOW
47.M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN TRAVELS IN NEW CIRCLES
48.BRITISH AUDIENCES STUNNED WITH THE VIOLENCE IN THE NEW MICHAEL CAINE MOVIE
49.SO ARE YOU AN ORTHODOX OR REFORMED JEDI?
50.KEVIN COSTNER GETS AN UNUSUAL AUDIENCE FOR THIRTEEN DAYS
51.ANGELINA JOLIE GIVES CAMBODIA A SPECIAL GIFT
52.NEW CHARACTERS SET TO APPEAR IN THE NEXT X-MEN
53.YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN MIGHT MAKE IT TO BROADWAY
54.A FESTIVAL FOR THE FORGOTTEN
55.THE WGA STRIKE: HOLLYWOOD DODGES A BULLET
56.THE WGA STRIKE : WHAT WAS SETTLED
57.THE WGA STRIKE: WHAT REMAINS
58.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF MAY
In May we see the debut of THE MUMMY RETURNS, A KNIGHT'S TALE, SHREK and PEARL HARBOR.
59.BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE ONLINE MOVIE BUSTS HAVE ALREADY BEGUN
60.LORD OF THE RINGS IS NOW LORD OF THE NET
61.WHOSE MOVING MOVIES ONLINE?
62.THE COMING OF 3-D TV
63.ANOTHER WAY TO "FEEL" THE MOVIE
64.STUDIOS DREAM OF VOD
65.STUDIOS TAKE THE CALL FOR VERIZON VOD
66.THE HOME-SATELLITE MARKET MAY BE LOOKING AT ROUGH WATERS AHEAD
67.SALES OF DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDERS ARE SLUGGISH
68.GEORGE LUCAS SAYS FAREWELL TO FILM FOREVER
69.THE KING OF THE WORLD BOASTS OF HIS SMALL EQUIPMENT
70.STAR WARS EPISODE I DVD IN THE WORKS
71.BLOCKBUSTER IS BLOWING OUT VHS
72.PRICE DIFFERENCES ARE PUSHING VIDEO STORES TOWARD DVD
73.ARTISAN RELEASES DVD'S FOR UNDER $10
As many of you know, science-fiction lost a dedicated fan. Club member Bob Thompson passed away after our April meeting. Bob was a dedicated fan of our favorite movies. I often saw him at conventions, his wheel chair parked near the stage, long before he became a member of the Imaginative Cinema Society. If there is a convention of great writers, directors, and personalities associated with science-fiction books, film and television in the next world, I'm sure Bob is there now, getting an autograph or asking a question.
The Board of the Imaginative Cinema Society join our entire club in expressing our condloences to Bob's family. Condolences also go to Barry Walker, who was a true friend to Bob for several years.
|THE APRIL MEETING WAS SENSATIONAL
It's tough to find a better adjective for our April meeting other than "sensational." Mitch Klein gave us an amazing power-point presentation (complete with a voluminous hand-out) on CGI ("Computer Generated Imagery"). He guided all of us neophytes through the complex world of rotoscoping, compositing and matte painting. Thanks Mitch. You obviously spent a lot of time in preparation. It showed!
Unfortunately Barry Murphy was called away at the last minute for a family emergency. He left behind a dynamite buffet of films to pick through. We watched chapter two of THE CRIMSON GHOST and IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE. We followed up with a lively business meeting. It was, well, sensational!
|NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING
Our May meeting will be held on Saturday May 19th 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.
|MAY IS LITERARY MONTH
May is the month for the literary luminaries in our club to glow! You'll have your chance to share your genius with your fellow club members. This is not the time to pick a piece apart and talk about what's wrong with it and how it can be improved. This is meant as a light-hearted jaunt through the intersection of movies and words. Bring in fiction and poetry (preferably movie-related) and dazzle us with your brilliance. If there are several people who'd like to share their work with us (or if the pieces run long) we'll carry this over to our June meeting. If you're stuck for ideas, try any of these on for size:
Have a Dracula convention where all the Count's many incarnations (Max Shrek, Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, etc.) gather. Write a BATTLESTAR GALACTICA story where we discover the King of the Cylons is Marvin, the depressed robot from HITCHHIKKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. Write about the Invisible Man's escapades cavorting around a mall when his invisibility wears out and he finds himself a plainly visible naked, pudgy middle-aged man trying to figure out what to do next.
Let your muse run wild! It should be a blast
|CHARLIE WITTIG'S MAY MOVIE MADNESS
Charlie Wittig is bringing in movies for May. We don't have titles yet but Charlie always pulls some excellent selections from his extensive film holdings. It should be fun.
|IN THE MONTHS AHEAD
We have some special things planned for the months ahead. Below is a peek (but remember these are early plans and subject to change).
JULY: We'll have our table at SHORE LEAVE 23 on the 13-15 of July (more about that below). At our meeting on July 28 we'll have pizza night. It'll be all the slices you can gag down.
SEPTEMBER: At our meeting on September 29 we'll try for round 2 of "ICS Academic." That's the game show that we did in March. We hope to have all of the kinks and bugs worked out by then.
OCTOBER: We'll have our third annual Halloween blow-out at our October 27 meeting. We're still formulating ideas for that but I'm sure it'll be fun.
We're also starting work on our calendar for 2002. We should have them available in the early fall. We're going with a Universal monsters theme this year.
|SHORE LEAVE IS COMING: WE NEED STUFF TO SELL!
We have two meetings before our table at SHORE LEAVE 23. That's two chance for you to free up space for those old tapes, books, DVD's and other stuff of potential fan interest. Once you've cleared it up you can go to SHORE LEAVE 23, buy more stuff, and park it in that newly liberated space. Ah the cycle of life!
SHORE LEAVE IS COMING: WE NEED YOU!
|A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
At our May meeting we were fortunate to have two new members join us. Welcome to Andrew Kent. Andrew first visited us in March and was nice enough to play "ICS Academic." He came as a guest of John Clayton's. Welcome to the club Andrew. It's a pleasure to have you along.
Welcome also to Mike Henry. Mike was introduced to the club by Rick Rieve. He joined at the first meeting that he attended. The two of them are active in the Washington area's Old Time Radio club. Maybe the two of them can give us a presentation some time about classic Imaginative Radio! Thanks for joining Mike. Glad to have you.
|A PROPOSED CODE OF CONDUCT
We'll soon have a table at our first convention. In the future we hope to increase our standing in the public and let it be known that our doors are opened to visitors and new members. As we approach this status it has occurred to our Board that its more important than ever that we have meetings that are fun and welcoming to everyone. The result is this draft of a proposed "Code of Conduct." The intent is not to restrict behavior (although that may sometimes be necessary). Our desire was to safeguard our meetings, as we get more new members, to try and assure that everyone can have a good time. We'll discuss this proposed code at our May meeting.
|THE GLASS TEAT
3rd ROCK comes to an end. NBC has announced that its long-running sci-fi comedy 3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN is coming to an end. The series has been running for six seasons and has the dubious distinction of appearing in an unprecedented 18 different time slots. The final episode, which was filmed in such a way that it could serve as either a season finale or a series capper, finds the aliens heading home in the same red convertible in which they arrived, with singer Elvis Costello sending the group off in style with a rendition of "Fly Me to the Moon." The one-hour episode will air on May 22. The show has earned 29 Emmy nominations and eight wins. . . . . VH1 will air a new horror show. VH1 will unveil THE DEVIL'S MUSIC, a new original series produced by Alliance Atlantis about a record label run by a disciple of the devil. The new show, slated for fall, is part of a slate of original programming. . . . RED MARS on Sci-Fi. The Sci-Fi Channel is developing Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars, into a four-hour miniseries. Like the books (Red Mars, Blue Mars and Green Mars), the miniseries will chronicle the lives of the first 100 colonists on the Red Planet and their epic struggle to create a new world. Robinson, a member of NASA's Mars Committee, will consult on the project. Red Mars will be executive produced by the partners at Created By. . . . The new JLA animated series names names. The new JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA Cartoon Network series has produced some cast names that will be serving as voice-over artists. Mark Hamill and Clancy Brown will reprise their SUPERMAN roles of the Joker and Lex Luthor. The two villains will be part of the Injustice Gang on the series. Kevin Conroy, the voice of Bruce Wayne and Batman in the animated BATMAN series, also returns. Other voices include George Newbern as Superman, Phil LaMarr as Green Lantern, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Maria Canals as Hawkgirl, Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter and Michael Rosenbaum as the Flash. . . . A WRINKLE on ABC. ABC will develop a miniseries based on Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's 1962 sci-fi novel A WRINKLE IN TIME, to star Alfre Woodard, Kate Nelligan and Alison Elliott. Miramax had been developing WRINKLE as a feature for years, before it revamped the book as a miniseries for Miramax's Disney sibling ABC. It tells the story of a brother and a sister who encounter three eccentric unearthly women and embark on a cosmic journey in search of their physicist father. WRINKLE is slated to air on consecutive Sunday nights next season as part of THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY. . . . ALMA pays two visits to VOYAGER. STAR TREK: VOYAGER stars Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres) and Robert Beltran (Chakotay) received American Latino Media Arts Awards, or ALMAs, for outstanding achievement in a television series. . . . UPN declares ALL SOULS terminal. UPN has withdrawn life support from its supernatural hospital drama ALL SOULS after only two airings. A UPN spokesman has stated that UPN has not canceled the show, but has placed it on broadcast hiatus because of poor ratings. It's doubtful that the Aaron-Spelling produced series will return to the air. The premiere of ALL SOULS drew only 2.1 million viewers, ranking 105th for the week. The second episode rated even lower, drawing just 1.5 million viewers (that would place it somewhere around bass-fisherman infomercials). UPN ordered six episodes of the show, which starred Grayson McCouch. Did anyone at UPN stop to think that Tuesday nights at 9:00 may already be enough of a battlefield with ANGEL and DARK ANGEL wrestling for viewers? . . . NBC is GROUND ZERO. NBC will air the original television movie GROUND ZERO, starring Katherine Heigl (of ROSWELL) and Kerr Smith (THE FORSAKEN). Heigl and Smith will play college students who build a nuclear bomb, which is then stolen by terrorists intent on blowing up San Francisco. Tom Vaughan wrote the script, which is based on James Mills' novel The Seventh Power. . . . What the Dickens are you doing with that ray gun? The Sci-Fi Channel has announced that it is developing a science fiction version of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, changing the story's venue from the French Revolution to two planets long ago and far away (hmmmm). Ken Raskoff will produce the four-hour original miniseries. . . . From Dax to DEAD. Nicole DeBoer played Ezri Dax, the latest host for the Dax symbiot on the final season of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE. She's just landed the female lead in UPN's upcoming TV series THE DEAD ZONE. She'll co-star opposite Anthony Michael Hall.
|ANDROMEDA'S SEASON ENDS WITH BIG ACTION
Cast members of GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA tell us that the May 14 season finale will be action-packed. "You take a breath at the beginning of the episode, and then you let it out an hour later," Lisa Ryder (Beka Valentine) said. "It's constant action. It's kind of terrifying."
The episode is called ". . . Its Hour Come Round At Last," an allusion to the William Butler Yeats poem "The Second Coming." Harper's repairs accidentally activate a long-dormant backup copy of Rommie's personality, which guides the ship through a reenactment of a deadly 300-year-old mission and uncovers a shocking secret that threatens all of known space and leaves the lives of the crew hanging in the balance.
"Saying it was 'very hairy' would be right along the right lines," Gordon Michael Woolvett (Seamus Harper) said. "That could be interpreted in so many different ways, but when you see the final episode you'll go 'ooh.'"
Kevin Sorbo (Dylan Hunt) compared the finale to the season's best episodes. "If people look at 'Angel Dark, Demon Bright' as one of their top two or three favorite episodes of the year, this will knock one of those top two or three off," he said. "It's unbelievable. It's huge. It's bigger than big."
After a very bright start the show's ratings have been in a steady slide from which they can't seem to pull up. We'll see if this gives then the adrenaline that they desperately need.
|A NEW FACE ON ANGEL
David Greenwalt, the executive producer and co-creator of ANGEL, has said that he's hoping to add a familiar face to the show's lineup next year: Adrian Pasdar. Pasdar is the star of NBC and Pax's supernatural drama MYSTERIOUS WAYS. According to Greenwalt, "We've been dying to bring him to ANGEL. It's a thing I've tried to work out a couple of times, and it's just a mammoth scheduling problem. But I would love to see him appear in Wolfram & Hart. It would make a lot of sense."
Greenwalt added that he's not worried about the show's future, even though its predecessor series, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, moves to UPN next season. UPN has already promised to pick up ANGEL for two years if The WB cancels it; otherwise, it will remain on the frog network. "My thoughts are, we'll be in a good home either way," Greenwalt said. "It's all good."
|SOME OLD FACES ON HAND FOR BABYLON 5: THE LEGEND
OF THE RANGERS
The original creative team behind BABYLON 5 is on board to produce The Sci-Fi Channel's upcoming original television film BABYLON 5: THE LEGEND OF THE RANGERS. The two-hour film begins production in Vancouver on May 14. Douglas Netter will return to executive produce along with B5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. Straczynski wrote the script, and B5 director Michael Vejar ("In the Beginning," "A Call to Arms") will helm. Original cast member Andreas Katsulas will reprise the role of G'Kar.
|CROUCHING PSYCHLO, HIDDEN TURKEY
The star of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, Chow Yun-Fat, will walk in the feet of the master himself, John Travolta, by providing the voice of the alien Terl in an animated series version of last year's infamous BATTLEFIELD EARTH. Despite the fact that the film that inspired has earned an entry on the list of disasters along side the sinking of the Titanic, the crash of the Hindenberg and the presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis, Pine Com International has committed to producing 20 one-hour episodes of the animated series. (Geez, I'd love to be the salesman trying to sell syndication rights to this. "Hi, I'm calling to see if you want to buy into airing animated episodes of BATTLEFIELD EAR - hello? Hello?")
Despite wide scale nausea and revulsion producers are still saying that they are at work on a sequel, which will cover the events that take place in the second half of the novel. What was that old definition for insanity that I once heard - insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.
|THE BUFFY SHUFFLE: UPN - THE WB SLAYER
UPN has secured the right to the series, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. After months of negotiations, The Smackdown Network has signed a $102 million deal with 20th Century Fox Television for 44 episodes of BUFFY, to begin airing this fall.
The WB declined to meet producers' demands for more money in failed contract renewal talks earlier this year. UPN will pay $2.2 million to $2.3 million per episode for the series, well over the earlier reported $1.8 million offered by The WB.
As mentioned earlier, BUFFY'S spinoff series, ANGEL, in its second season, will remain on The WB for now. UPN's BUFFY deal also includes a provision to pick up ANGEL for two seasons if the WB cancels that show.
In a written statement UPN President Dean Valentine said, "We are incredibly pleased to have BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER on UPN, not just because it is one of the best shows on the air and represents a new era in UPN's life and direction, but more importantly because [series creator] Joss Whedon is one of the finest writers and producers in television. Our main motivation for pursuing BUFFY so aggressively was to be in business with Joss and with 20th . . . and we're very pleased to have that opportunity."
Joss Whedon sought to allay fan fears about the show's future. In an Online statement he said, "We're movin.' It's all true, we're moving to UPN, and what does this mean for you, the viewer? WRESTLING!" Whedon joked.
He went on to assure fans, "Well, no, Buffy won't be wrestling. (Sadly.) She will be doing exactly the same thing she'd be doing on The WB. . . . NOTHING is going to change, except the number on your remote. We're still making the same eps, hopefully even at the same time. So if you're panicking, don't. And if you're not panicking, where's the love? . . . "The talk is of trying to keep it in the same slot, Tuesday at 8 [p.m.]. . . . There is no assurance of that; they may have a different plan. But that's the expectation and the hope."
|THE BUFFY SHUFFLE: UPN MAKES NICE WITH THE CAST
UPN has sent what its CEO, Dean Valentine, has called "welcome-to-the-neighborhood" gifts to Sarah Michelle Gellar that include a diamond necklace and a Gucci leather jacket. The gifts presumably were intended to win over Gellar's affinity after she had publicly stated earlier this year that she would continue to appear on the show only if it remained on The WB. Other cast members had received gift baskets that include beluga caviar, Cristal Champagne and $4,000 Cartier watches. "They [the gifts] may be a little pricier than a chocolate cake, but the idea's the same," Valentine said.
|THE BUFFY SHUFFLE: THE WB'S RAISED MIDDLE FINGER
At first, The WB posted a rather caustic statement about BUFFY's move on their Website. They called the move "inauspicious," saying "20th [Century Fox] Television has made an inauspicious decision for the television industry by taking one of their own programs off of a non-affiliated network and placing it on a network in which they have a large vested interest . . . While we are parting with a franchise we developed internally before bringing in 20th as a partner, The WB will continue to develop successful, innovative programming that delivers a high concentration of young adults and teens."
The statement is telling in a couple of ways. First of all, if they're speaking truthfully, it highlights what Joss Whedon has said all along. Despite the show's many awards, high ratings and high critical praise, The WB just will not recognize this as a premium show. They still think of it as a "teen" show. I'm two years older than Anthony Head (the actor who plays "Giles"). I never miss an episode. I'd group BUFFY with THE SOPRANOS and THE WEST WING as being some of the finest writing on series television in the history of the medium.
|THE BUFFY SHUFFLE: THE WB GETS ALL MUSHY
The WB posted another statement on its official Web site about the move of BUFFY. The statement, from the WB's co-presidents for entertainment Susanne Daniels and Jordan Levin--added, "Of course we're disappointed that BUFFY won't be part of our long-term future, but we couldn't be prouder of what we've accomplished through years of nurturing and believing in the show and of the achievements to date of the talented cast and crew. It took a lot of time, effort and energy to get this show on the air at a time when there was nothing else out there like it, and to make it a success even when others doubted. Knowing how much you care about the show, we negotiated strongly to keep it on The WB, but ultimately the price 20th Television wanted was too high for us to pay while continuing to bring you other quality programming six nights a week," the statement said.
"You will definitely want to see what happens in Sunnydale as the current season draws to a close. With the same passion we brought to BUFFY, we're also working on some amazing new programs for the next season we think you'll be very excited about, and are looking forward to announcing those on TheWB.com in a few weeks."
|THE BUFFY SHUFFLE: THE FATE OF ANGEL
As for ANGEL, Whedon said he doubted The WB would hurt the show out of spite or in retaliation for the move. "The WB is going to look at their schedule and see how strong they think it is, and if it fits in and if it can help them," Whedon said. "If they think [it will], then they'll keep it. People thought the decision would be made based on 'It's just too weird' or 'It can't stand alone.' But it has a slightly different audience than BUFFY, and I believe it can stand alone. They're going to make that decision not on the high emotions of the last week, but on just regular old network scheduling."
He said that it might rule out future crossover episodes. "I would hope not, but you never know," he said. "It's hard enough to do them when the shows are on the same network. ANGEL needed to find its sea legs, and I think it has. What the characters are going through this coming season doesn't really involve the BUFFY characters, so it is its own show."
But Whedon added that he hoped ANGEL would eventually move to UPN, where it can run as a block with BUFFY, as before. "That is my hope as well. It's just simpler if they're together, if they're a block."
There have been some very dark rumors of the WB looking for a get-even device. The rumor is that the WB won't be airing any BUFFY or ANGEL re-runs this summer. If you missed an episode - tough luck. When the fall season rolls around (pending an actor's strike) the talk is that they'll find the worst possible time for ANGEL and place it there. Maybe they'll place it opposite BUFFY. We'll see.
|BUFFY ROAD MAP
Joss Whedon says that he's had a pretty good idea for years where BUFFY is headed. "We leave a lot of big gaping holes, for inspiration to hopefully show up at some point, but we map out seasons very specifically, particularly for BUFFY. We try to figure out where she'll be. We actually knew what was going to happen at the end of this season in the middle of the third season. And we pretty much know everything that's going to happen in season six already."
Whedon remained coy about the series' future. "I can only tell you this much: Every season has an arc, a sort of unifying theme. Last year it was the liberation of college and how it fractures you as a group and as a person. This year was about family and identity and Buffy being a slayer. And next year I refer to as 'Oh, Grow Up.' It's about realizing that we're young adults, and now we're making choices like our parents did, and we're just as bad at it as they were."
As for the end of season five, "obviously, we're bringing the whole Glory-Dawn-Ben-key-Buffy-sister-slayer what-does-it-mean thing to a head. And we're going to have a big-ass apocalyptic battle, because that's what we do. And there's going to be some death."
|HOLD THE HONEY
It was previously reported in "The ICS Files" that Jenny McCarthy will be starring in a new series to be called HONEY VICARRO. It has a clever twist - it's supposed to be a 1966 show that was too hot to air at the time. Expectant fans are going to have to wait a while longer for the show. It was expected to debut in the autumn, but producers at 20th Century Fox have delayed the premiere, until possibly next June. The project had been picked up too late and the setting of the 1960s was creating problems.
|MUTANT X IS CAST
Several actors have been cast in the upcoming syndicated SF series MUTANT X. The series, co-produced by Fireworks Entertainment in association with Tribune Entertainment and Marvel, begins shooting the first of 44 episodes in Toronto in June for a fall debut.
Victor Webster, Victoria Pratt ( from CLEOPATRA 2525), Lauren Lee Smith ( Nancy on DARK ANGEL) and Forbes March will star as genetically altered superheroes in the show. The four will go into three weeks of intense high-wire and fight training with Hong Kong-trained fight coordinator Paul Rapovski before shooting begins.
Webster will play Brennan, who can conduct electricity; Smith will play Emma, a telepath; Pratt will play Shalimar, whose DNA is half human/half animal; and March will play Jessie, who can alter his body density. Major roles still to be cast include Adam Xero and the lead villain.
|MUTANT, MUTANT - WHO'S GOT THE MUTANT?
Twentieth Century Film Corp. is suing Marvel Enterprises Inc., seeking unspecified damages over Marvel's plan to launch MUTANT X. Fox claims that the proposed series, is a carbon copy of X-MEN, a Marvel property that Fox transformed into a hit feature in 2000 as the first of an intended film franchise. Fox demands that production on MUTANT X not move forward. Just hours after Fox filed its suit, Marvel filed one of its own in Manhattan Federal Court. Marvel argues that MUTANT X is entirely different from X-MEN. I'll keep you posted.
|THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ON TREK V - SAY HI TO CAPTAIN
Paramount confirmed the rumored casting of Scott Bakula as Capt. Jonathan Archer in its upcoming fifth STAR TREK series, now officially called ENTERPRISE. The character of Captain Archer is described as "a physical and intensely curious captain with a bold personality. Although he has a strong sense of duty, he is a bit of a renegade and is not afraid to question or even disobey them if he feels in his gut that he is right."
The announcement is the first official confirmation of the highly anticipated show's name and casting, which have been the subject of weeks of rumors. "Obviously, I love the genre and am a long-time fan of STAR TREK," Bakula said. "I am also thrilled to be working on a TV series again with Kerry McCluggage and Garry Hart, a relationship that dates back to 1988 with QUANTUM LEAP."
Rick Berman, ENTERPRISE'S co-creator and executive producer said, "We couldn't be happier. Scott personifies the charm and intelligence that the role calls for."
|SEVEN-OF-NINE HAS SAVED LIVES
When you see the pretty faced punctuated with Borg implants, the striptease figure struggling to get out of the skin-hugging suit that encases it and the whole affair held aloft with a pair of killer pumps many thoughts might come-to-mind. . . . some of them of the adolescent male variety. But for some people out there, Seven-of-Nine, that buxom savior of the universe, has touched their lives in an even more intimate way. "There have been a number of encounters with fans and a number of letters that I've gotten, that honestly never cease to amaze me, from people who have sincerely said that the character and the show made a difference in their life," Ryan said. "They wrote that how Seven has been portrayed in her struggle to regain her humanity reflects what they've been struggling with in their lives. For example, people who were abused as children send me that kind of letter.
"One woman in particular, who had been a rape victim, wrote to tell me how deeply she was affected by [the seventh-season episode] 'Human Error.' That episode inspired her to get counseling. Seven's struggle with overcoming her fear of humanity, overcoming her fear of imperfection and overcoming her past with the Borg encouraged this woman and helped to give her the support she needed to seek therapy. It's incredibly nice to get that kind of feedback, to know that something you've done as an actor has had a positive impact on someone."
|THE EVOLUTION OF JOHN DOGGETT
Robert Patrick, FBI Agent John Doggett on THE X-FILES, has said that his character is starting to open his mind to extreme possibilities. "Doggett is starting to be honest with himself, and in 'Empedocles' the audience saw why he chose not to believe all the crazy stuff that he had seen. It was for very personal reasons. He doesn't want to believe what Reyes and Mulder and Scully say, because if he believes it's all real - if he believes the visions he experienced were real - then it's something else he could have done to save Luke, to save his son. It's like he tells Reyes: If he doesn't believe it, then maybe he did everything he possibly could have done. 'Empedocles' was a huge turning point for this guy."
But Patrick said that Doggett faces an even greater turning point in the upcoming two-part season finale, "Essence" and "Existence," which airs May 13 and 20. "Adam Baldwin is back as my informant, Agent Crane [Kirk B.R. Woller] is back, Duffy Haskell [Jay Acovone] and Krycek [Nick Lea] are back, Skinner [Mitch Pileggi] and Reyes [Annabeth Gish] are around," Patrick said. "Really, the last two episodes are all about Scully having her baby. It's all of us, more or less, dealing with what's going on with that."
|THE X-FILES FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
Chris Carter has said that he still hasn't decided whether the show will return for a ninth season next year. THE X-FILES season finale, "Existence," airs May 20 on Fox. "Right now, there is a lot of ground to cover in getting there for next year," Carter said. "Right now, there are certain X factors, if you will. We don't know. We're all hopeful. I think everybody wants to come back. I am not sure if David [Duchovny] wants to come back or not, but I don't foresee any real concrete reason why we wouldn't come back. That said, it is in negotiation."
One of the issues may be the future of Carter's THE LONE GUNMEN. It's earning respectable, if not spectacular, ratings. "But it's not how I look at it," Carter said. "Certainly, I want them to treat anything we do with respect here and to support it, because we work hard and do good work. If they didn't, it would make me upset the place we've decided to call home, our partners, are not doing their part. It's simply that. It's a matter of Fox believing in the show, Fox the network and Fox the studio, and them not believing they have something on tap that has a better shot. It's as simple as that, but certainly there are politics involved. I'll tell you what one of the best things is about doing [GUNMEN]. Sitting in these audiences every day now, I will hear peals of laughter coming from down the hall, because they're watching dailies, and it's such a nice thing. THE X-FILES is what it is, and to have something like this come along, it builds on something that has been wonderful and produced for me a wonderful amount of success and opportunity. THE LONE GUNMEN is the lucky product of that. I look at so much comedy on television, and I'm thinking to myself, 'Well, we're funnier than that.' I just wish people would tune in and watch it."
Carter, meanwhile, warns us to expect a surprise in THE X-FILES' two-part season finale. He said that the birth of Scully's baby will figure prominently, "but we get to it in a rather indirect way, and then it becomes the centerpiece." The Lone Gunmen will also show up. And, Carter added, "I will say that you can expect a significant death in the two-parter."
THINGS TO COME
is being held on a new date this year. Normally they go on during Easter Weekend. This year it will take place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-8. Their guest of honor is author Hal Clement. Other author-guests include Nina Boal, Jack L. Chalker, Dan Cragg, John G. Hemry, Peter Knapp, Eric Kotani, Steve Lubs, Wendie Old, Darrell Schweitzer, David Sherman, Bud Sparhawk, Louise Titchener, Shane Tourellotte, Mark Wheatley, John C. Wright, Jagi Lamplighter Wright, author and editor of "Anotherealm" Jean Goldstrum, editor and Heinlein scholar Yoji Kondo and editor and author Susan Schwartz. As usual they'll have a group of guests who are scientists. That includes NASA scientist Dave Kratz, pioneer of the Klingon Language
Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen, SETI executive director Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Muriel Hykes (a.k.a. the Internet's Dr. Mom), Bill Linthicum, MD, Perrianne Lurie, MD, Physicist and Juggler Extraordinaire Andrew Love and Dr. Robert D. Shull who's with the Magnetic Materials Group, NIST, and is a leading nano-technology expert. The artist-guest-of-honor is Halla Fleischer. The filk-guest-of-honor is Frank Hayes. The 2000 Compton Crook Award Winner, Stephen L. Burns, will be there (the 2001 winner will be announced at the show. Special Anime guests will be Kara Dennison and Shawn the Touched of White Radish. There'll be panels, a dealers room, poetry readings, a writers workshop, science programming, an art show, filking, a live fantasy combat demo, dances on both Friday and Saturday nights, a masquerade and costume show, a sci-fi trivia contest, live theater, a live radio play, a computer room, a gaming room, L.A.R.P. (if you don't know what that means you probably wouldn't be interested), anime' and video shown, a young writer's contest and special children's programming. Full weekend membership, if paid by 3/15, is $35. If paid by 4/30 it's $40. At the door it's $45. For more information either click on the above link, write to BALTICON 35/ P.O. Box 686/ Baltimore, MD., 21203-0686, phone Phone(410)JOE-BSFS [410-563-2737] or e-mail: BSFS@balticon.org
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|SCIENCE FICTION BOOK SIGNING TO CO-INCIDE WITH
THE NEBULA AWARDS
The Science Fiction Writers of America will be promoting the Nebula Awards with several regional book signings starting on the weekend that the awards are handed out. Here in this area they'll be a group signing in Bowie, Maryland at Borders bookstore near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 3/301. It will be on Sunday May 21, at 2 pm. The roster of writers includes Catherine Asaro, Nina Boal, Michael Capobianco, Jack Chalker, A. C. Crispin, Dennis Danvers, Jane Frank, John Hemry, Eric Kotani (Yoji Kondo), Mark McGarry, Nancy Jane Moore, Severna Park and Bud Sparhawk. You'll be able to see many of these same authors a few days later at BALTICON 35.
|LOOK FOR DEEP SPACE NINE TO RESUME ITS ADVENTURE
The publishers of the new series of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE novels about to publish this month want you to think of the seven seasons of the show as "Act One" of a magnificent adventure. The next act unfolds in print. It begins with the publication of Avatar, books one and two, on sale May 20th. The story picks up shortly after the final episode, "What You Leave Behind," has taken place. The Alpha Quadrant is licking its wounds from the bruising that it took from the Dominion. Several new officers have come aboard DS9 to replace those who'd left. A surprise attack kills hundreds on the station and threatens the fragile new peace. The attacks have been tied to the unborn child of Captain Sisko. Elsewhere, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise make a startling discovery - one that will affect the destiny of an entire civilization and forever change the lives of those aboard Deep Space Nine.
Look for coming novels that center on a revolt on the Trill homeworld, Dr. Bashir being drawn back into Section 31 and Martok and Worf on the Klingon homeworld. It sounds like fun!
|A NOVEL APPROACH TO THE FINALE OF STAR TREK: VOYAGER
The upcoming novelization of the VOYAGER finale will expand the story and stand as a lead-in to future VOYAGER novels. The book by Diane Carey, with extra material is by Chris Golden, will come out a month after the May 23 finale airs on UPN.
|AWARDS NEWS: THE STOKER NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
The Horror Writers Association has announced this year's nominees for the Stoker Awards for best horror. The Stokers will be awarded on May 25-8 at the World Horror Convention in Seattle. Below are a list of nominees for Best Screenplay.
THE CELL by Mark Protosevich
|AWARDS NEWS: THE PROMETHEUS AWARDS
The Libertarian Futurist Society announced the finalists for its Prometheus Award for Best Novel. The winner will be announced over the Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia at the World Science Fiction Convention.
The award honors outstanding science fiction or fantasy that explores the possibilities of a free future, champions human rights (including personal and economic liberty), dramatizes the perennial conflict between individuals and coercive governments or critiques the tragic consequences of abuse of power, especially by the state, the society announced. A list of finalists follows.
Lodestar by Michael Flynn
The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod
The Truth by Terry Pratchett
Forge of the Elders by L. Neil Smith
Eagle Against the Stars by Steve White
|AWARDS NEWS: NEBULA WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The 2000 Nebula Awards were announced April 28 at a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The awards are voted on by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, who honor their peers in the categories of best novel, best novelette, best novella, best short story and best script. The Nebulas are presented annually for works published in the previous calendar year. A complete list of this year's winners and categories follows.
Also at the ceremony, Philip José Farmer received the previously announced Grand Master award, Robert Sheckley received the Author Emeritus award, and Yuri Rasovsky and Harlan Ellison earned the Bradbury Award for 2000X.
|AWARDS NEWS: THE HUGO FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
The Millennium Philcon announced the nominees for the 2001 Hugo Awards, recognizing achievement in science fiction. The awards are named in honor of Hugo Gernsback, the magazine editor credited as "the father of science fiction." The awards will be presented at the 59th World Science Fiction Convention, or The Millennium Philcon, in Philadelphia, Aug. 30-Sept. 3. A partial list of nominees follows. Those of you reading this on your computer can go to here for a complete list.
The electronic book retailer Fictionwise.com announced that it will release three 2001 Hugo-nominated short stories free on its Web site. The stories will be offered free only for a limited time. To obtain the free stories, visitors must register at the site. For those of you reading this on a links-capable computer, the stories are linked in the above list.
|AWARDS NEWS: "RETRO" HUGOS
The Millennium Philcon announced nominees for the "retro" Hugo Awards, honoring works published before the modern awards were instituted. This year, awards will recognize works published in 1950. Winners will be announced at the 59th World Science Fiction Convention (Philcon) in Philadelphia, Aug. 30-Sept. 3. A partial list of nominees follows.
•The Dying Earth by Jack Vance
•Farmer in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
•First Lensman by Edward E. Smith
•Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov
•The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
•"... And Now You Don't" by Isaac Asimov
•"The Dreaming Jewels" by Theodore Sturgeon
•"The Last Enemy" by H. Beam Piper
•"The Man Who Sold the Moon" by Robert A. Heinlein
•"To the Stars" by L. Ron Hubbard
•"Dear Devil" by Eric Frank Russell
•"Okie" by James Blish
•"Scanners Live in Vain" by Cordwainer Smith
•"The Helping Hand" by Poul Anderson
•"The Little Black Bag" by C.M. Kornbluth
•"A Subway Named Mobius" by A.J. Deutsch
•"Born of Man and Woman" by Richard Matheson
•"Coming Attractions" by Fritz Leiber
•"The Gnurrs Come from the VoodVork Out" by Reginald Bretnor
•"To Serve Man" by Damon Knight
•RABBIT OF SEVILLE
|AWARDS NEWS: THE CORDWAINER SMITH AWARD CREATED
The Cordwainer Smith Foundation announced the establishment of the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, an annual literary award for forgotten sci-fi classics, named after the classic sci-fi writer. The award will honor a science fiction or fantasy writer whose work deserves renewed attention or rediscovery and whose work displays unusual originality and embodies the spirit of Cordwainer Smith's fiction, the foundation announced. Jurors also have the option each year of awarding a Cordwainer Smith Discovery Award for contemporary writers who achieve high literary standards and create a sense of wonder, as Smith did.
"Science Fiction Weekly" columnist John Clute, "Science Fiction Weekly" editor Scott Edelman and authors Gardner Dozois and Robert Silverberg will be founding jurors for the award. No date has been set for the first awards.
Smith, the pseudonym for Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, was a U.S. writer, political scientist and military adviser in Korea and Malaya who died in 1966. If you look at the names of nominees for "Retro" Hugos, you'll see Smith's 1950 novelette, "Scanners Live in Vain," is on the list.
|BLADE 2 TAKES A FRESH CUT
David Goyer, the writer and producer of the upcoming sequel BLADE 2 has said that the movie will veer off from its 1998 predecessor. "We wanted to try to tell a new story that wasn't just the same one rehashed again," Goyer said. "With this movie, we went in just a completely different direction. We have a very large cast, a lot of vampires and more villains than in the first one."
BLADE 2, which again stars Wesley Snipes, is currently in production in Prague under director Guillermo del Toro (the director of CRONOS from 1993 and MIMIC from 1997). Something this version has in common with the first film is that it won't pull any punches. "Just because it's a sequel, we didn't tone anything down, let's put it that way. . . . It looks great. There were a lot of blues in the first film. This has more greens and yellows and sodium. It kind of looks like SEVEN - THE ACTION MOVIE in a way." Goyer said production on BLADE 2 could go into July, with second-unit work. He said that New Line will probably release the film in either spring or summer 2002.
|THE MUMMY - SEVENTY YEARS AND ITS STILL GOT IT
An anonymous telephone bidder recently paid 80,750 pounds ($115,000) during a London auction for a poster of Boris Karloff's 1932 version of THE MUMMY. The Karoly Grosz-designed poster is one of only three copies known to still exist and sold for twice pre-sale estimates despite extensive restoration.
The sale, held at Christie's auction house, was part of a collection of 65 vintage film posters from Jerome, Arizona. The owner discovered that his father, who used to manage a movie theater, could not bring himself to throw the posters away and had stored them in his garage. Among the other rarities for sale was a one-sheet poster for the 1933 Paramount film SUPERNATURAL starring Carole Lombard.
I wonder. In the year 2070 will there be a bidding war for copies of posters for DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? Thankfully, if there is I won't be around to witness it.
|BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF IS AN ARTHOUSE WEREWOLF
Universal Pictures has picked up U.S. distribution rights to the French supernatural hit movie LE PACTE DES LOUPS (BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF), which is due out in the fall. The French-language film was released in France in January and broke the domestic box-office record in its opening weekend, with 1.4 million admissions, besting TITANIC.
Set during the reign of Louis XV, the film is based in part on the French legend of the Beast of Gevaudan, a giant wolf-like creature that supposedly killed more than 100 people in the 1760s. Desperate to end the growing unrest among the population, the king sends in a scientist and his brother to bring down the beast.
So what's next? How about Merchant & Ivory doing the next FRIDAY THE 13TH movie?
|ROGER MOORE MOUTHS OFF ON BOND
Roger Moore has had some interesting things to say about his old screen persona, "Bond - James Bond." After racking up an impressive body count on screen he's announced that, after making six Bond films between 1973 and 1985, he hates guns. As a result the British actor hates the 007 image. He says, "Today I am completely opposed to small arms and what they can do to children. I made a few bad movies." Moore adds that he now has terrible misgivings about the persona which made him famous around the world in the 70s and 80s, and is especially repulsed by "that awful pose" with a Walther PPK gun. As well as admitting to regretting the way many of his films romanticize violence, the 73-year-old stud is also candid about criticism of his acting ability. He says, "I played every role tongue-in-cheek because I don't really believe in that sort of hero. I was only a hero because I had a script that said I was going to win. I don't like guns."
As for Bond's future, he'd like to see a different kind of Bond - very different. He'd like to see Cuba Gooding Jr. take over from Pierce Brosnan as the smooth-talking spy. Roger says he thinks it's about time there was a black 007 and that Cuba would be perfect to fill Pierce's shoes after his final Bond appearance next year. Moore said that it was about time there was a black James Bond.
|THE NEXT BOND MAY BE AN UNKNOWN
Roger Moore isn't the only one speculating on the Bond successor. There's a blizzard of rumors are flying about the next 007. One of the favorite targets is Russell Crowe.
British casting agent Debbie McWilliams, who cast THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, has expressed doubt that Russell Crowe might succeed Pierce Brosnan. "I think it will be somebody less well known," McWilliams said. At the moment a little-known Scottish actor, Gerald Butler, may have the inside track on the Bond role.) McWilliams also expressed dissatisfaction with the casting of Denise Richards as Brosnan's female interest in THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH. "I wouldn't want to be held responsible for that piece of casting. She wasn't my idea of a nuclear scientist. There are lots of reasons why she was cast. Mostly they have to have a girl who they think will appeal to 13-to-18 year-old boys in America and Denise was the girl who was chosen. She's actually a very nice girl, but for my money she wasn't right for that part."
|ELVIRA'S POPULARITY, UH, SAGS
Cassandra Peterson; aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; announced that her next movie, ELVIRA'S HAUNTED HILLS, will be her last. "If it doesn't do well, I'll be living in my car," she joked. She hasn't said if it has anything to do with her 50th birthday rolling around this fall.
HAUNTED HILLS is a parody of Roger Corman horror movies, Peterson said. "The sort of gothic creature feature that would have starred Vincent Price," she said. To save money, the movie was shot in Romania. "It's cheap, cheap, cheap, incredibly cheap. And they have pretty good working conditions. What they lacked in equipment, they made up for in enthusiasm." HAUNTED HILLS comes out around Halloween.
|JURASSIC PARK III, THE BEST ONE YET?
Sam Neill, who reprises the role of Dr. Alan Grant in the upcoming sequel JURASSIC PARK III, said that he was amazed at how far special effects have evolved since the 1993 original. "I didn't realize how things had progressed. The creatures are so much more sophisticated," according to Neill. "I think I can safely say this will be the best JURASSIC PARK."
Best yet? Well maybe, but the script seems to have been a tad murky through the production. According to director Joe Johnston, "We had to go back to Hawaii in January. It wasn't planned. We didn't have an ending that we liked the first time we were there."
Co-star Téa Leoni countered, "We just had the ending missing? Joe is being graceful. We started in Hawaii with no ending, the middle a little up in the air, and the beginning, uh, pretty solid." She added with a laugh, "If the thing bombs, I'm going to blame it on the dinosaurs. I've got plausible deniability, man."
We'll be able to see for ourselves in a couple of months. JURASSIC PARK III is due to open July 18.
|THE NEXT TWO MATRIX MOVIES - WILL THEY BEAT THE
Will the two MATRIX sequels now being shot be better than the original? We won't really know until we see them but there's some encouraging signs from people connected to various levels of production.
Joel Silver, who returns as the producer of the upcoming MATRIX sequels, has said that the martial-arts sequences will surpass those in last year's CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. "THE MATRIX sequel is so beyond anything you could ever imagine, it is really staggering what we are going to do on that movie. People are not going to believe it, but that's what we have to do, because a lot has happened since the first MATRIX movie, and now we have to be ahead of the wave." Woo-Ping Yuen returns to choreograph the fight sequences, as he did for CROUCHING TIGER and the first MATRIX.
"I think we're all working with the same people, in the same arena, but we're using it in different ways, which is good," Silver said. "Ang Lee used Woo-Ping in CROUCHING TIGER, but it's a very different kind of movie, it's a very artistic, very aesthetic picture. These [MATRIX] movies are far harder, more action-packed."
Steve Skroce and Geof Darrow are comics artists working on the two MATRIX movie sequels. They're confident that the next two movies could outdo the first. "I've seen some footage and it's fantastic," Skroce, who is doing storyboards, said. "The little they've shot so far, over the last month or so, is so sweet. I would be very surprised if any of the MATRIX fans aren't satisfied with the new ones."
Darrow, who is doing design work, added, "It's an incredibly coherent piece of work. It's going to be an amazing story. I'm pretty lucky to be working on it, this goofy comic book guy from Iowa."
Skroce said that the production, once again directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, seems to be unwinding slowly. "They said it would be five-six months, and I'm going on eight. When I get done in June, it will be more like 12-13 months. They don't want anything to be hacked out. It's gotta be right before it's done quickly. I'll keep doing sketches until the shot is exactly the way [the Wachowskis] want. The movie really does come out of their brains. I'm the translator; that's how I would describe it. We go through an immense amount of detail doing the boards correctly."
|AHNOLD TURNS HIS BACK ON CALIFORNIA'S STATEHOUSE
Ahnold Schwarzenegger has stepped out of the 2002 race for California governor, citing his film career and family as higher priorities. The 53-year-old Austrian-born star had earlier expressed a wish to do more to help his adopted country, America. He was even quoted as saying he'd quit movies for the political role. But the actor will now focus on completing the film TRUE LIES 2, before beginning work on TERMINATOR 3 around September. He says, "I feel great doing the movies, and I would have felt great doing the governor's race. I'm in a most wonderful position. The movie projects came together, so I have to keep up my end of the deal. It's not like it could have gone this way or that." But the actor has vowed his break from politics is merely temporary, and plans to plunge back into the arena "some other time" once his four children, aged between three and 11, are older. Schwarzenegger's withdrawal from the race will mean that Ronald Reagan remains as the last celebrity seeking state-wide office in Sacramento, California - which he achieved 35 years ago.
|M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN TRAVELS IN NEW CIRCLES
SIXTH SENSE director M. Night Shyamalan is reported to have signed an eight-figure deal with Disney for his next film. Shyamalan has already written the thriller SIGNS, which is thought to be about crop circles. He will also direct it when production begins this autumn. Shyamalan is said to have handed over the script to Disney bosses, who immediately contacted his agent to secure a deal. The official figures have not been revealed, but Shyamalan did get $10 million upfront for his last film, UNBREAKABLE. The plot of SIGNS is being closely guarded but, like his previous two films, it is a thriller set in Shyamalan's home state of Pennsylvania.
|BRITISH AUDIENCES STUNNED WITH THE VIOLENCE IN
THE NEW MICHAEL CAINE MOVIE
Movie legend Sir Michael Caine stars in the most shocking film of his career - when he threatens to shoot a pregnant woman. Queasy cinema-goers are already dubbing Sir Michael New's film SHINER as Britain's answer to RESERVOIR DOGS. A preview audience was left dumb-founded after Sir Michael's thuggish character held a gun against a pregnant woman's stomach and threatened to kill her. Viewers also see a hitman's brains hanging from the back of his head after being blown away by the film's villain Gibson, played by Kenneth Cranham. Caine, who plays a small-time East End gangster and boxing promoter Billy "Shiner" Simpson, admits, "It gets more and more serious and vicious as time goes on." He adds, "Billy is a real low-life Cockney East End gangster. He has a lot of power, a big fish in a very small pond. He is typical of gangsters who control a small area who are idolized, but he wouldn't make it in the West End or among the big guys." But pressure group Mediawatch-uk, which monitors UK films for taste, blasted the violence in SHINER as "unforgivable". John Beyer, director of mediawatch-uk, says, "I think this is scandalous. Any violence or threat of violence against a pregnant woman is simply unforgivable."
|SO ARE YOU AN ORTHODOX OR REFORMED JEDI?
British STAR WARS fans are organizing to list "Jedi" as their official religion on U.K. census forms. The fans hope to win formal recognition for their "faith" by responding to the Office for National Statistics' decennial survey of the population.
For the first time in Britain, the census, will ask people about their religion, offering various options and a box marked "other." STAR WARS fans have seized on the opportunity, and an e-mail is urging them to fill the box by declaring their religion as "Jedi." "If there are enough people who put down a religion that isn't mentioned on the census form, it becomes a fully recognized and legal religion," the e-mail said. "It usually takes about 10,000 people to nominate the same religion."
The e-mail reportedly originated in New Zealand, which held a census on March 6. Its effect there will not be properly known for up to 18 months, but some reports have estimated that 5 percent of the population decided they were Jedi knights.
But a spokesman for the Office of National Statistics said that the e-mail erred. "Regardless of how many people put down Jedi as their religion, they cannot win. It is not up to us to recognize or not recognize religions."
Australian STAR WARS fans have been ordered not to list their religion as Jedi on census forms. The Australian Bureau Of Statistics has issued the warning after the launch of an e-mail campaign to have the ideology from the cult series recognized as an official religion. Enraged representatives for the government body says anyone providing false information on their census form can face a fine equivalent to $525. An e-mail widely circulated earlier claimed the Australian government would have to officially acknowledge Jedi as a 'religion' if more than 10,000 listed it on their census forms.
|KEVIN COSTNER GETS AN UNUSUAL AUDIENCE FOR THIRTEEN
Kevin Costner and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro watched Costner's film THIRTEEN DAYS and got along famously. The two men chatted until 2 a.m. discussing over dinner the star's cinematic version and the Cuban president's real-life role in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Costner had just checked into his Havana hotel on Monday when he and members of the cast and crew were invited to Revolution Palace for a special screening in front of Cuba's political hierarchy. Costner's spokesman, Stephen Rivers, said, "I shouldn't be speaking for the president, but he responded to the film very favorably, and we had a very interesting discussion afterward."
|ANGELINA JOLIE GIVES CAMBODIA A SPECIAL GIFT
Angelina Jolie has spoken about how taken she was with Cambodia when she was there filming TOMB RAIDER. Now the nation is receiving a token of her affection. She's giving them a new school. The Oscar winner felt compelled to help the children after seeing their plight first hand. The director of the movie, Simon West, said that, "They're so desperate for education and they have very few schools You can't help going to a place like that and getting involved in the more serious side of it". The new school will be in the town of Ankor Wat, where the $85 million film was shot.
|NEW CHARACTERS SET TO APPEAR IN THE NEXT X-MEN
Three exciting new characters will be featured in the X-MEN sequel. Writer-director Bryan Singer has revealed that Gambit, Beast and Jubilee will be introduced in X-MEN 2. Filming is tentatively scheduled for early autumn, with the movie due for release in July 2002. The first film was shot in Canada, and X-MEN 2 could also be filmed there. The Fox studio in Australia is also being considered. A budget of about $100 million is expected to be granted, compared to $70 million for the first movie.
|YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN MIGHT MAKE IT TO BROADWAY
Mel Brooks is electrifying Broadway with the opening of a stage-version of his 1967 film, THE PRODUCERS. It's been so successful that he's considering launching another adaptation on the Great White Way - YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. It might undergo a transformation into a musical. Peter Boyle, who appeared as the monster in the movie, remarked: "All of Mel's movies are musicals. He always has singing, big production numbers and an audience. The ingredients to turn his films into Broadway shows are already in place."
|A FESTIVAL FOR THE FORGOTTEN
Film critic Roger Ebert has organized a festival to celebrate the most underrated films of all time - as decided by him. The list of maligned movies includes Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, Woody Allen's 1996 musical, EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU, and the 1922 NOSFERATU. It also featured more recent flicks with several European entries such as THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE (France, 1999), SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR (Sweden, 2000) and A SIMPLE PLAN (America, 1998). Ebert introduced all the films alongside actors Bill Paxton and 2001 star Keir Dullea, and 2001 author Arthur C. Clark, in a live link-up. A festival spokesman says the project "focused on films, genres and formats that Ebert believes deserve wider attention."
So, if you were organizing a film festival like this, what would you show? What's on your list of overlooked gems?
|THE WGA STRIKE: HOLLYWOOD DODGES A BULLET
For months Hollywood execs have been crying themselves to sleep every night dreading a possible strike. Mayor Richard Riordan of L.A. warned that a prolonged strike "could plunge our city and county into recession." President Bush's staff indicated that the White House might get involved with negotiations if there was a prolonged work stoppage. Well, as far as a Writers' Guild of America strike is concerned, their fears seemed to have been assuaged. At this writing a tentative settlement has been between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The contract, representing over 11,500 theatrical and television writers, is expected to pass. The final results won't be known until June.
Negotiators for both sides gathered around a forest of microphones, before a gaggle of over sixty reporters on May 4th, to make the announcement. Just at the moment that the press conference was to begin all of the lights went dim. Sherry Lansing from Paramount joked, "It's a rolling blackout." John McLean, the writers' chief negotiator, quipped, "It was a message from Gov. Davis." Another negotiator offered, "Is that Mayor Riordan?"
As it turns out it wasn't a power failure, just some television cameraman who kicked out a plug. It offered a light moment that capped months of uncertainty and hundreds of hours of bruising negotiations, signaling the end to a week of intense anticipation. There were several times when negotiations nearly broke down, but they somehow got back on track and made it through.
Rather than providing the sweeping redefinition of residuals and creative formulas sought by writers and companies alike at the outset, the agreement represented a classic ''meeting in the middle,'' with concessions by both sides. The companies dropped their controversial ''double-burst'' residuals formula, which would have allowed multiple airings of shows on in-house services at a reduced price, even as the writers gave ground on a demand for higher cassette and DVD payments and stiff contractual rules governing relations with film directors.
Production companies are out of the frying pan, but not away from the fire. Negotiations for the 135,000 performers represented by the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists starts May 10. Their contract ends July 1st.
|THE WGA STRIKE : WHAT WAS SETTLED
Numerous financial issues were settled. Many of these demands were among the most expensive and contentious
proposals debated during bargaining sessions. The economic package gave writers a gain of $41 million over the three-year term of this contract. Concerning VHS and DVD movies, companies will pay the credited screenwriters of both originals and adaptations a mandatory script publication fee of $5,000 per movie. Fox will now be considered a full-fledged network and will pay the same residuals as the other majors pay (they'd been paying half up to now). Writers will be able to collect on foreign residuals now instead of a small flat-sum buyout. Writers will receive a piece of video-on-demand revenue. They've negotiated a greatly improved residuals formula for Made-For-Pay-TV (like HBO and Showtime original series). They'll get a more generous payout for Made-For-Basic-Cable programs (like original Sci-Fi Channel programming). Initial compensation minimums for screenplays and teleplays will increase by 3.5% in each year of the contract.
Writers have made some headway in getting the recognition that they feel has been denied them. For the first time, the companies have agreed the industry standard will be that writers will be present at cast readings and have the right to visit the set of the motion picture they have written. Shortly after a director is assigned to a project, he or she will meet with the writer to discuss creative issues. This meeting will take place prior to any decision to hire a new writer. A joint WGA/DGA Creative Rights Committee will be established to discuss creative issues of mutual concern. The Writers Guild and the Directors Guild have agreed to foster writer-director collaboration in both film and television, including: hosting joint seminars in which collaborators discuss their working relationships and highlighting collaboration in our respective publications. The companies have acknowledged that the writer is part of the production indicated by the fact that the writer will be listed on call sheets, staff directories or crew lists; will attend premieres, press junkets, festivals and cast and crew events. Writers will have enhanced presence in press kits, electronic press kits and DVDs.
|THE WGA STRIKE: WHAT REMAINS
The guild agreed to drop its objection to the so-called possessory film credit - often given to directors in the form of "A film by . . . ." To avoid a strike in which the entire film industry would have suffered, it was agreed that the writers would address this issue, as well as the proliferation of producer credits and other credits issues, in industry-wide discussions. The tentative agreement does not offer a guarantee regarding the set visits and some other issues, saying instead that they will become a non-binding "preferred practice."
The writers also want to continue talking about Internet rights. The guild and the companies have also agreed to continue negotiations to cover the evolving markets for all other types of exhibition over the Internet, such as when the viewer can download a movie or TV program to watch it an unlimited number of times.
At this point the WGA and the companies will cover, on a project-by-project basis, the employment of writers to write material for the Internet, with guaranteed pension and health benefits. It's been confirmed that writers whose work first appears on the Internet will be eligible for separated rights if their material is later used as the basis for a television series or motion picture.
In the field of animation writing, the WGA has successfully organized prime time animation writers for all episodic TV programs. They had hoped to codify this in the new contract. The companies refused to resolve these issues in this negotiation.
|IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF MAY
MAY 4TH: THE MUMMY RETURNS, the sequel to the recently remade THE MUMMY, releases today. The remains of Imhotep and Anck-su-Numam are brought back to London for a museum (bright move!). This movie's story takes place 10 years later, and centers around the 9-year-old son (Freddie Boath) of the characters played by Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. Why? Well, this time around the villain isn't Imhotep, but Anck-su-Numam (Patricia Velazquez) and she's after the boy because she believes he's the key to the reincarnation of the Egyptian Goddess, Isis. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a new villain, The Scorpion King, who is half-scorpion, half-man, and the "ruler of all evil, who is brought forth from the Undead".
MAY 11TH: A KNIGHT'S TALE is supposed to be "inspired by" The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, who is a character in the film as well. When his master meets an untimely demise, a young squire (Heath Ledger) in 14th century France takes his identity, working his way up the jousting circuit, earning nobility that should be impossible for someone not nobly born. Why does he do it? He needs to take down an evil-doer, of course. Mark Addy plays Ledger's assistant, best friend, and occasional "muscle". Another supporting character is scribe Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany), who will go on to write The Canterbury Tales. Shannyn Sossamon plays Ledger's romantic interest, Jocelyn.
MAY 18TH: SHREK
is perfect for the film fan that likes their fantasies sharp and funny.
Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a cynical, no-nonsense ogre whose swamp
has been overrun by annoying fairy tale creatures. He sets out to save
his home and along the way, is befriended by a wise-cracking donkey (with
the voice of Eddie Murphy), sent to slay a fire-breathing dragon and save
a beautiful princess (Cameron Diaz's voice) with a deep, dark secret. In
the end, Shrek learns to love and be loved. This computer-animated feature
has been struggling its way along the cycle of development to pre-production
to production to post-production to distribution since 1997. Let's hope
that it's worth the wait!
MAY 25TH: PEARL HARBOR is this spring's 2,000 pound gorilla. Set against the setting of the raid on Pearl Harbor, this is the tale of two friends; one an aviator in the U.S. Army Air Corps (Josh Hartnett), and the other (Ben Affleck) in the British Royal Air Force (American pilots were recruited by them before the U.S. entered WWII); who find themselves in love with the same woman (Kate Beckinsale). It's worth stating that the emphasis on the film is said to really be on the love stories; with history the amazing and tragic backdrop.
|BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE ONLINE MOVIE BUSTS HAVE ALREADY
In a case initiated by the Department of Justice and supported by the MPAA, the Interactive Digital Software Assn. and Electronic Arts, the FBI has shut down an Internet site allegedly selling new movies for online downloading, the online. Agents also arrested the operator of the site, Jillann Reeves of Aberdeen, Wash. The MPAA, which has its own team of investigators checking for online bootlegging of motion pictures, said that it had assisted in the investigation, including having members of its staff place orders for films through the site.
Recent estimates indicate 350,000 illegal TV show episodes and movies are available for downloading each day. About 1.5 million illegal downloads occur daily in the United States.
|LORD OF THE RINGS IS NOW LORD OF THE NET
Since it was relaunched in January, New Line Cinema's LORD OF THE RINGS Web site has recorded 357 million hits. When the trailer was released on the Internet, it was downloaded 1.6 million times in the first 24 hours. The site can be accessed in 10 foreign languages and includes interviews and videos of nearly every crew and cast member. The official worldwide media launch for the film is set to take place at the Cannes Film Festival when footage from the movie will be previewed.
|WHOSE MOVING MOVIES ONLINE?
Everyone knows that 2000 was "crash&burn" time for many Online businesses. Many . . . but not all. Some folks are doing quite well, thank-you very much. Below is a list of the current top ten video retailers. The list combines both VHS and DVD numbers, as well as Online renters and sellers. But, if you're of a mind to acquire movies Online, you may want to check some of these boys out. The list is in numeric order, from biggest to tenth biggest. All of these companies are based in the U.S. of A.
|THE COMING OF 3-D TV
Designers of an "immersive" television system featuring 3-D images, surround sound, odors, temperatures and sensations, have been awarded a substantial three-year development contract by Britain's Independent Television Commission. Dr. Jonathan Freeman of Goldsmiths College, London University, described how a future TV viewer might experience a soccer match taking place in Brazil, "You would literally feel as though you were there. You've got the best seat in the stadium, the smells of Brazil, you can feel the atmosphere - it's hot and humid. You can hear every whistle or quip that you'd hear if you really were there and be buzzed, but not bitten, by mosquitoes."
Hey Doc, how would PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE look? Could we actually smell Tor Johnson's sweat and hear the gurgling of the stomachs of starving actors? Awesome!
|ANOTHER WAY TO "FEEL" THE MOVIE
Remember the 1974 film EARTHQUAKE and its "Sensurround" system that let you feel the Earth rumble (or at least the theater floor vibrate). Well now you can feel the same thing in the privacy of your own home (which we hope is not an apartment unless you like being the villain of your complex). A Quebec-based company called D-box gives us the Odyssee 1.4 Motion Simulation system. Pop this bad boy under a chair or couch and get ready to put your dingleberries in a blender! Thanks to a Kenetron Controller (with the computing power of five Pentium processors) you can now get all of the fluid in your spine shaken out in one glorious wall of noise. All for a mere $16,000. Hey maybe the club should get one!
You can watch CONTACT and get jostled around with Jodie Foster, dodge bullets with Neo in THE MATRIX or get wet with George Clooney in THE PERFECT STORM. To date there are about 50 titles with special coding compatible with the Odyssee, with about two being added each week.
|STUDIOS DREAM OF VOD
Hollywood studios have teamed up with Matsushita Electric to form the new Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory. It's a scientific think tank tasked with finding a way to pipe movies directly into our homes. Their idea is to beat a Napster-like file share service to the punch. They're studying various video-compression technologies and how high-definition images will look on existing and potential technologies. They're looking to use both the Internet and digital cable to deliver the films. Expect some concrete results from their efforts in the next couple of years.
|STUDIOS TAKE THE CALL FOR VERIZON VOD
Studios have been looking at Verizon's TV-based movies-on-demand service that operates on a high-speed DSL phone line. The word is, they like what they see. MGM and Warner's are about to sign up. Universal and Paramount aren't far behind. Movies would be delivered directly to TV sets through a set-top box built be Fujisu-Siemens Computers. With their 540,000 DSL lines in service Verizon has the potential of reaching 14 million customers with more being added all the time.
Studios would have a ready means of delivering movies directly to consumers. Verizon would be able to protect its dominance in the voice and data market where digital cable service has been encroaching. No news yet as to the fate of the third part of this love triangle - us. The picture would be crisp, the sound would be sparkling but, at this point, there's no word on what this would cost us.
|THE HOME-SATELLITE MARKET MAY BE LOOKING AT ROUGH
The year 2000 was a good one for two of the largest dish services out there - DirecTV and EchoStar's Dish Network. Financial analysts suspect that it may be their last good year. Shares are off in both companies by 60%. Investors fear that marketing and technology costs are too high. For example, at the moment DirecTV spends about $550 for each subscriber. This means that they it takes them about 2½ years for them to break even on each customer. If that break even point continues to grow (and indications are that it will) acquiring new customers won't be worth very much. Digital cable continues to nip at the heels of DBS as the satellite market slowly heads south. The picture looks grim.
|SALES OF DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDERS ARE SLUGGISH
It wasn't very long ago when fans sat trembling hearing tales of computer/VCR's that hooked up to your set and would record mega hours of programming, even anticipating shows that its owner might like based on prior programming selection, and tucking it all away on its hard drive. It was a beautiful dream. Like most dreams, it seems to be fading away with the rising sun.
ReplayTV has had to undergo serious retrenchment. The industry leader, TiVo has had to slash its staff by 25% and is working to reduce costs by 35%. It appears that the public hasn't clasped these DVR's to its ample bosom just yet. If they don't respond quickly, there may be no DVR's to hug!
|GEORGE LUCAS SAYS FAREWELL TO FILM FOREVER
George Lucas, who shot STAR WARS: EPISODE II entirely with high-tech digital cameras, said he'll never go back to film. Lucas said, "I'm completely sold on digital. I can't imagine ever going back. It's as profound a change as going from silent to talkies and going from black and white to color. I've always been pushing the envelope of the medium, because I want to get the best possible image in the best possible way in telling my stories. I've always found myself bumping up against this celluloid ceiling of technology that says, 'You can't go here; you can't go there; you can't do that.'"
Lucas said the new technology removes those limitations. "The [new] possibilities center around malleability in terms of what you can do with the image, how you can change the image and work with it. That's the biggest issue the filmmaker will be faced with. The equipment is easier to use, and that allows you to get more angles and do more things than you'd normally be able to do. And once you've captured the image, the digital technology allows you to do an unlimited amount of changes and work in different ways that were not possible with the photochemical process."
Furthermore, Lucas explained that this is hardly a sacrifice on his part. "I think EPISODE II looks better than EPISODE I in terms of the technical quality of the image. James Cameron [see below], Francis Ford Coppola and a lot of other directors have come through here to see what we're doing. They're very enthusiastic about digital and are amazed at what we've been able to accomplish. We had no problems whatsoever with the camera or the medium or anything. We shot in the desert. We shot in the rain. We shot in all kinds of conditions. The picture looks absolutely gorgeous."
|THE KING OF THE WORLD BOASTS OF HIS SMALL EQUIPMENT
James Cameron says that the development of small, digital, high-definition cameras will release filmmakers from many of the constraints that film cameras have imposed on them in the past. "One of the great advantages of HD, which hasn't really been thought about, is the size of equipment and its relation to the scene you're shooting," he said. Cameron remarked that traditional film technology, in which the film reel has to be physically adjacent to the lens, is "an ancient system. . . . There will be much more flexibility and fluidity of movement because the physical size of the camera is so small."
|STAR WARS EPISODE I DVD IN THE WORKS
STAR WARS: EPISODE I producer Rick McCallum recently told a group of convention-goers in Germany to expect a DVD of the film soon. "Have faith. It will come soon, I promise you!" McCallum assured them. "And I guarantee you it will be great! One of the things I think that's been difficult for everyone to understand is . . . the minute we finished EPISODE I, . . . we took one week off for the week that it was released in the United States, and then we, [director] George [Lucas] and I, immediately started prep on EPISODE II."
McCallum added that he and Lucas wanted to take the time necessary to ensure the DVD was something special. "I think when you see it, you will see that there are things in there that took almost as long as the movie, and it will all become clearer to you why it took so long."
|BLOCKBUSTER IS BLOWING OUT VHS
Blockbuster managers are struggling to find lots of that final frontier - space! They're pumping in DVD as quickly as possible. They've got Radio Shack standing by, waiting for their store-within-a-store to launch. The one place that managers are finding to eliminate are previously-viewed VHS tapes. They sold 34.6 million previously viewed cassettes last year. They're hoping to dwarf that in 2001. You might want to stop by and see if you can scavenge any bargains.
|PRICE DIFFERENCES ARE PUSHING VIDEO STORES TOWARD
The higher prices charged for VHS rental releases is driving many video stores (especially small, cost conscious mom & pops) to DVD. As one retailer in Illinois put it, "DVD will pay for itself in 10 to 12 days, but with VHS, I'll be waiting 60 days and praying like heck I make my money." Some stores have eliminated new high-priced VHS's altogether. Others have radically scaled back. What does this mean? If studios are going to protect the VHS format, they'll have to eliminate the concept of rental-priced titles. Something may be in the wind before the year's out.
|ARTISAN RELEASES DVD'S FOR UNDER $10
Artisan Home Entertainment is releasing stripped down DVD's for $9.98. They've got well-known titles such as BASIC INSTINCT, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 available in this program. There is a catch. Later this year they'll recall these titles from retail shelves and re-release "special editions" of each movie with the sort of extra footage that we've come to expect from DVD's. Those enhanced versions will sell in the $14.98 - $19.98 range.
Rental titles releasing 5/8: DEMONICUS is a VHS-rental from Full Moon Video. A man hiking in the Italian Alps stumbles on a mysterious cave and uncovers an ancient artifact that houses the spirit of a demon. . . . . CUT starts in 1985. An 80's horror flick shuts down when its director is brutally butchered. Now, all these years later, some crazy kids decide to complete the film. One-by-one the cast and crew begin to disappear. What's going on? Rent the VHS or buy the DVD for $24.99 and find out.
Rental title releasing 5/15: THE YAKUZA WAY is a low-budget indie action movie. A battle-weary Japanese gangster is doing one last deal in L.A. When he's betrayed he becomes a one-man army out for revenge. The VHS ia a rental. The DVD sells for $19.99.
Rental titles releasing 5/22: BATTLE QUEEN 2020 is the heady blending of blazing ray guns and a whole lotta skin under the leaky tin roof of low- budget movie-making. The reigning queen of late night naughty movies on cable, Julie Strain, directs her considerable, uh, talents to portraying the last hope of her people as mankind struggles through a post-asteroid impact future. The former Penthouse Pet seeks to bridge the chasm that exists between the haves and have-nots. This comes to us through Roger Corman's New Concorde video company. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $19.98. . . . DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS makes its stinky little debut today. This nasty little piece of work comes to us as a VHS rental or a sell-through DVD at $24.98. View at your own risk. . . . PERIL gives us Morgan Fairchild as a woman in a tough situation (having to face financial ruin with her husband) that gets worse (struggling to save her husband now that he's injured his leg and a flood is coming) and worse (being forced to battle an escaped madman) to the ultimate horror (being stuck in a bad movie that gets released direct-to-video). Help her please! The VHS is a rental. The DVD is $24.95. . . . THE WOLVES OF KROMER is a mature fairy-tale set in and near the small village of Kromer. The story is about two wolves who live on the outskirts. They're petty thieves and livestock munchers. In the village a wicked old maid, and her accomplice kill their mistress, frame the wolves and set a torch-bearing mob of religious zealots to seek vengeance on the pair. The movie's narrated by Boy George. It's a modern-day fairy-tale from England that transposes homophobia to a small village's virulent lycanthrophobia. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $29.90.
Rental titles releasing 5/29: SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE, the dark fantasy about the casting of a real vampire in the lead of the original NOSFERATU, releases today. The VHS is a rental. The DVD lists at $26.95. . . . WILDERNESS is about a woman with a serious problem that comes once a month. No, not that problem - she gets really hairy and goes on a murderous rampage. So how is she different from other women? She's a werewolf. She's facing something a woman in her position doesn't want to have to deal with - love. She finds herself in the midst of a triangle that can only bring ruin to everyone involved. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $24.95.
Sell through titles releasing 5/1: Today is SUPERHERO DAY on VHS! We've got SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE and THE IRON GIANT releasing at $9.95. There's a SUPERMAN I-IV gift set on VHS for $39.92. SUPERMAN I-IV come out on DVD today for $19.98 each or the set for $79.92. We've got Batman coming out of our ears today! There's Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader in BATMAN and BATMAN RETURNS, Val Kilmer as the World's Greatest Detective in BATMAN FOREVER and George Clooney in his doomed outing in BATMAN AND ROBIN. If that's not Batty enough for you, we've got Gotham's favorite champion in a bunch of animated adventures. For $9.95 each we've got BATMAN BEYOND in the following titles - CRUSH, DISAPPEARING INQUE, SCHOOL DAYZ, SPELLBOUND and TECH WARS. There's also BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER at $19.95. For $14.99 there's the animated BATMAN & MR. FREEZE: SUBZERO, BATMAN BEYOND: THE MOVIE, THE BATMAN/SUPERMAN MOVIE and BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM. Then, finally, if you're all batted out by now, there's always the two volumes of the animated X-MEN EVOLUTION series, UNEXPECTED CHANGES and XPLOSIVE DAYS. They sell for $12.95. . . . . Today is also ACTION DAY! A butt-load of action flicks are blazing their way onto VHS today. EL MARIACHI, the $7,000 student film that stunned its investors and launched the career of director Robert Rodriquez, debuts today for $9.95. For the same price you can pick up the 1984 Charles Bronson movie, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO. If you'd like to try a ROLLERBALL rip-off, give the 1998 TV movie FUTURESPORT a try. Its got Dean Cain, Vanessa Williams and Wesley Snipes. It's also $9.95. And finally we've got MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2: SPECIAL EDITION on VHS today. It sells for $14.95. . . . JACKIE CHAN, WHO AM I? complements our action array nicely. This is a tight little Jackie Chan movie. Its title derives from the main character's dilemma. If he can't get over his amnesia soon and remember who his enemies are and why he is where he is, he'll be dead. Its got a decent plot, a nice mix of conventional action and martial arts, and thrills laced with laugh. I recommend it. This VHS only film is $9.95. . . . WHAM! BAM! THANK YOU SPACEMAN! SPECIAL EDITION comes to DVD today. This 1975 charmer was directed by William A. Levey. Because their planet will be destroyed in 500 years, two goofy-looking aliens land on Earth and commence "Operation Procreation" with a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard. Liking what they see, the two extraterrestrials do what they do best - abduct Earth women for some quick, cheap flying saucer sex! Among the oddball side effects: the women are returned to Earth transformed into sexual dynamos and nine months later, a baby alien is born. You can own it for $24.95. . . . HEAVY METAL 2000, the adult animated feature, hits VHS today for $14.95. . . . In FARSACPE 3 you can see Ben Browder's Commander John Crichton and crew getting jiggy wit' it on the good ship Moya for $14.98 on tape, $24.98 on disc. . . . For big, big fans of THE X-FILES we've got THE X-FILES: SEASON THREE COLLECTOR'S EDITION coming out today on DVD. The seven-disc set retails for $149.98. . . . THE DOMINICI AFFAIR is a curious little title for fans (like me) of one of the greatest talents ever to direct a film - Orson Welles. This is a short, unreleased documentary Welles did in 1952. There was a 1952 slaying of a vacationing family in rural France that sent shock waves through the country for years. The crime was dubbed "The Dominici Affair" after Gaston Dominici, the French peasant who was jailed for the death of the couple and their 10-year-old daughter. The brutal crime seized the imagination of Welles, who explored the subject in a 26-minute film for British television. This 52-minute documentary presents Welles' unreleased film, which has been restored and completed according to the original script. It also incorporates newly discovered archival information and includes a return to the scene of the murders with the journalist who assisted Welles. The VHS is $14.99. The DVD is $19.99.
Sell through titles releasing 5/8: FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON is for die-hard Mario Bava fans. It's a 1970 murder-mystery directed by the maestro. In a plot reminiscent of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, a scientist invites several of his friends and business associates to his villa somewhere on a remote island. The men try to persuade the scientist to sell them an important formula. Natnough (this being a Bava film) the women experiment with lesbianism and have affairs with the house servant. When they are killed off one by one, everyone suspects everyone else of being the killer. The VHS IS $19.99. The DVD sells for $24.99. . . . THE FLYING SAUCER, a little seen 1950 sci-fi flick, sees the light of day on DVD today. The CIA sends playboy Mike Trent (Mikel Conrad) to Alaska with agent Vee Langley (Pat Garrison), posing as his "nurse," to investigate flying saucer sightings. At first, installed in a hunting lodge, the two play in the wilderness. But then they sight a saucer. Investigating, our heroes clash with an inept gang of Soviet spies, also after the saucer secret. It doesn't seem to occur to anyone in this movie that the flying saucer is from outer space. It seems to be regarded as an advance design for an aircraft. The characters in the movie also seem to believe that this is the one and only flying saucer - the one that everyone had been spotting in the late forties and early fifties. You can own this sci-fi relic for $19.98. . . . WHAT WOMEN WANT, the fantasy that features a clairvoyant Mel Gibson picking up the thoughts of the women around him, hits DVD today. It sells for $29.99. . . . Back in 1887 a Polish professor named L. L. Zamenhof invented what he intended to be an international language. He called it "Esperanto." His intention was that, within your own country, you'd speak your native language. While traveling in foreign countries you'd have a an easy to learn secondary language that would be commonly understood. To date very few filmmakers have arisen to Professor Zamenhof's international vision. One movie that did is coming to video and DVD today - INCUBUS. This odd little 1965 title has been considered lost for 30 years. A French lab mistakenly destroyed the negative and (almost) all prints. As a result INCUBUS was never released on video. After years of searching one print was discovered in the permanent collection of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris. From that sole surviving print, INCUBUS has been digitally restored with remastered sound. In this story a beautiful succubus (a seductive female demon) named Kia (Allyson Ames) lingers near a shoreline by an other worldly village luring men to their death. She's become bored with her life and seeks a challenge. Her challenge is found in that outer space horndog, William Shatner, who has come to the village to drink from the ancient Deer Well in hopes that its mystic powers will speed his recovery from some mysterious wound (he seems to limp around at times throughout the tale). Naturally she falls for him. Then all Hell breaks loose when the incubus (male seductive demon) arises to reclaim his succubus. Just one year after this film came out, all of its prints were thought to be destroyed forever, William Shatner was newly cast as an intergalactic stud-muffin in STAR TREK, cinematographer Conrad L. Hall got his first Academy Award nomination (he went on to win for BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID in 1970 and AMERICAN BEAUTY in 2000), actor Milos Milos (the incubus) killed Mickey Rooney's ex-wife and then killed himself, and actress Ann Atmar (the succubus) committed suicide. The subtitled VHS and DVD release today for $19.98 each. . . . . MY FAVORITE MARTIAN returns to VHS and DVD today. For those of you who just can't get enough of its nightly airings on TV Land, you can pick up two episodes each on VHS for $9.95 or all four episodes on DVD for $19.95. . . . ANTZ boasts the considerable (vocal) talent of Woody Alen, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Bancroft, Jane Curtin, Danny Glover, Gene Hackman, Jennifer Lopez and Sylvester Stallone in this animated tale of a mild-mannered worker ant wants to break out of the hum-drum life of his colony, but doesn't know how. Both the VHS and DVD sell for $14.99. . . . BLIND SIDE is a 1993 HBO movie. Ron Silverman and Rebecca DeMornay play an affluent American couple, traveling in Mexico. They seemed to have hit, and possibly killed, someone. They speed off. A stranger (Rutger Hauer) knocks on their door, looking for work. He says he was in Mexico when they were. He seems to have witnessed their crime. He begins to make more and more impossible demands on them. What do they do? See for yourself. The VHS is $9.95. The DVD is $19.95. . . . ZERO WOMAN: THE HUNTED is another outing in this Japanese series that is a miscegenation of violence and eroticism. The Zero Department's deadliest and sexiest killer is marked for death by a rival organization. This DVD is $29.99. . . . KING KONG (the ersatz 1976 knockoff, not the 1933 classic) is a true movie miracle. Fairly early in their careers Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange and Charles Grodin all appeared prominently in this turkey and yet all of them went on to have decent careers. Now that's a miracle! Check out this VHS for $14.95. . . . EDEN is a very unusual film, well-loved by the few who've seen it. The young wife of a board school headmaster has multiple sclerosis. She escapes the limits of her body through out-of-body experiences. As her body shuts down her life becomes more and more ethic. Take a look. Both the VHS and DVD sell for $14.98. . . . BULLIT is a very smart 1968 film that, after more than three decades, still holds up nicely. The movie blazed two now-familiar trails. It was one of the first movies to portray the "rogue-cop-who-has-to-rise-above-his-troubles-for-the-good-of-the-case" character. More famously, its 9 minutes and 42 nail-biting seconds chase scene over the hills of San Francisco set a benchmark for car chases in films. Enjoy the thrills on VHS for $14.95. . . . SMALL SOLDIERS is about the mayhem that results when a family's life is turned around when toy soldiers, endowed with military smart-chips from the U.S. Army, decide to wage war. It's on VHS for $14.95.
Sell through titles releasing 5/15: ANCIENT DESIRES: THE SEX FILES slinks its way onto DVD today. Mystical powers revive an ancient sex goddess, determined to enslave the world in erotic desire (I wonder if she'd accept a volunteer?). The archeologist who freed her becomes her first sexual slave, and his wife becomes her next. Will anyone stop the queen's reign of lust and force her back into her lonely tomb? See for yourself. It'll cost you $19.99 to find out. . . . We're off to China today for an interesting and eclectic collection of DVD's. First we have parts one and two of a classic Chinese myth. A CHINESE ODYSSEY I: PANDORA'S BOX tells the (updated and surreal) adventures of the Longevity Monk and his disciple, the playful Monkey King. This is the legend of how Buddhism was first introduced to China. Punished by the gods, they are sent down to earth reincarnated as mortals. The Longevity Monk is assigned to obtain and transport Buddhist scriptures from India to China. He is protected by three supernatural disciples, one of whom is the rogue Monkey and another a gluttonous Pig. These disciples ward off a host of demons determined to eat their master's flesh (reputed to grant immortality since the priest has not shed a drop of semen in endless reincarnations). Two of the demons here take the shape of Sharon Stone and Madonna. Hmmm. Despite this, the battles they provoke are timeless and epic. In A CHINESE ODYSSEY II: CINDERELLA the Monkey King (reincarnated here as the Joker) had fallen in love with Madonna (known in the film as Boney M). Alas, she has been torn to pieces by kung fu devils. Devastated with loss, the Joker remembers he has a magic "Pandora's Box." Part II begins as he opens the box, makes a wish to go to "Memory Lane," and finds himself in the Middle Ages. Here he is destined to meet Cinderella and fall madly in love with her. In fact, he seems destined to relive many famous scenes from the legends of the Monkey King. Can he control his own destiny? Will the story be continued? You can find out for $24.95 each for these two DVD's. . . . ROYAL TRAMP is another two-part Chinese epic. Wilson Bond has a bad habit. He likes to hang out at his sister's whorehouse. The story takes place in a single day. He saves Chan, the leader of the Heaven and Earth society, a revolutionary group, and is made a member. After a botched first assignment for the group, he is made a servant to the Prince, the very person the Heaven and Earth society want to overthrow. Along the way he's forced to steal the Empress Dowager's book of 42 chapters and almost has his (ahem) "thing" chopped off because he's mistaken for an eunuch at the royal palace. In ROYAL TRAMP II he discovers that the Empress is actually Lone-er, a member of the St. Dragon Sect, and that she has imprisoned the real empress. Lone-er is bent on eliminating the person who disclosed her true identity, Wilson Bond. But more complications ensues when Lone-er is assigned to protect the Prince, whose servant is none other than Wilson Bond. Lone-er must remain celibate in order to maintain her qigong (inner strength). Despite working for the prince who wants to overthrow the emperor, the Prince sends his men to poison her with the most powerful poison as she is immune to most poisons. To overcome this poison, she must have sex. Of course, Wilson Bond is conveniently around. Due to the martial arts that she practices, if she has sex, then 80% of her powers will transfer to her partner. Wilson then becomes a martial arts fighter without having a single practice in his life. You can pick up each of these DVD's for $24.95. . . . Contrary to popular belief, TORA! TORA! TORA! is not a film about Jewish law. This American and Japanese 1970 co-production is being released to co-incide with the theatrical release of modern day similarly themed film - PEARL HARBOR. One of the film's stars, Jason Robards, was actually present at the original attack that inspired both films. The VHS is $14.98. The DVD sells for $24.98. . . . ZONE 39 centers on a futuristic border guard stationed at the end of an isolated stronghold. He's been ordered to kill anyone who tries to get by. He numbs the pain of his existence with a drug that allows him to interact with the memories of his dead wife. This DVD-only film is $29.95. . . . IN DREAMS features Annette Benning as a New England housewife tortured by nightmares. She realizes that she telepathically linked to the mind of a remorseless maniac on a homicidal rampage. The VHS is $9.99. . . . WHAT LIES BENEATH has Michelle Pfieffer's take on the-maiden-in-distress. She keeps getting troubling psychic bursts from an unknown young woman. People begin to suspect her sanity as the visions intensify. The VHS is $19.99. . . . U-571: SPECIAL EDITION gives us some extras with this WWII action flick (loosely) based on historical events. The VHS is $19.98. The DVD is $26.98. . . . Anchor Bay has a prize pair for us. First there's NATTEVAGTEN (aka NIGHTWATCH) a grim horror film from Denmark. The VHS is $19.98. The DVD sells for $29.98. Then there's THE DAY AFTER, a grueling account of Midwestern America the day after a nuclear attack. It's in VHS only for $9.99.
Sell through titles releasing 5/22: GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS, the Jerry Bruckheimer car heist film that stars Nicholas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi and Robert Duvall makes it way to sales shelves today. The VHS is $19.95. The DVD sells for $29.95. . . . Today is Great White Shark Day. JAWS and JAWS 2 get released today. The VHS will be $9.95. The DVD (a format on which JAWS 2 is making its debut) is $26.98. . . . THE NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS UNCENSORED DIRECTOR'S CUT comes out today on DVD. It offers uncensored outtakes and the usual bells & whistles. It sells for $14.95. . . . SPECIES II (mostly shot in Bawlmer) releases today. We get a look at a re-engineered female man-eater, sent out to hunt her male counterpart. The VHS is $6.95. . . . VERTICAL LIMITS, last year's pulse-pounding action film set on K-2, makes it to DVD. It sells for $24.95. . . . A CHINESE TORTURE CHAMBER STORY is, to say the least, a one-of-a-kind movie. It's a porno/horror/fantasy/comedy from Hong Kong. It takes place in China's glorious past, when the courts utilized Spanish Inquisition-like techniques to get the truth out of defendants. We see inside the estate of a rich prince, married to an insatiable princess. He tries to please her by employing exotic "marital aids", but to no avail. She seeks fulfillment through another man. Sexually curious housemaids secretly watch their trysts through holes in the rice paper walls. One is caught, and becomes the subject of the wrathful princess' ire. Throughout the rest of the movie, as told in flashbacks, this poor maid must prove her innocence of murder (by exploding penis!). The court systematically tortures her and the prince (a suspected accomplice) first by spanking, then through more excruciatingly depicted techniques. This bizarre little movie is loaded with weird stuff. In one scene, reminiscent of CROUCHING TIGER, the prince spies two heroes flying through the trees, fighting each other kung fu-style. They start ripping each others' clothes off. It turns out to be a man and a woman. They start, uh, doing "it" while still in mid-air! In another (to underscore the poor translation into English) the princess is the recipient of the attention of a rather vigorous suitor. Throughout the act she keeps moaning "So comfortable! So comfortable!." This bizarre little title may well be worth the DVD's $24.95 cost of admission. . . . FROM BEIJING, WITH LOVE features a main character whose sort of the Chinese cross between James Bond and Austin Powers. In this fairly violent Hong Kong comedy/action film a giant dinosaur skull is stolen. The head of the Chinese secret police decides to assign the case to the force's most incompetent reject: a rural butcher who stands around all day drinking martinis (shaken, not stirred). With a trunkload of insanely useless gadgets and a contact who constantly tries to kill him, the young agent must locate the skull and find out just what is going on here. It sends up the genre and makes no apologies, from the over the top villain, to a 'Q' clone who borders on the insane, to a Femme Fatale of questionable allegiance. This ADVD sells for $24.95. . . . THE VICTIM is a 1980 Sammo Hung action movie. The plot is pretty simple. Sammo has decided that the first person to beat him will be his master. Unfortunately, the first person to beat him has his own problems and isn't exactly willing. So Sammo just follows him around calling him Master through most of the film, working to slowly gained his reluctant mentor's respect. The fights are nearly non-stop and are of excellent quality. This DVD film is $14.95. . . . BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA: SPECIAL EDITION comes to DVD today. It sells for $26.98. . . . CHAIN REACTION squanders the considerable talents of Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman and Rachel Weisz in this 1996 sci-fi/chase movie. The DVD sells for $22.98. . . . The "Killer B's" are coming to a shelf near you today. These are a series of six movies on three duel-layered DVD's. We've got CARNIVAL OF SOULS/ DEMENTIA 13, THE BOOB TUBE/ TUNNELVISION and THE BOY IN THE PLASTIC BUBBLE/ THE HARRAD EXPERIMENT. Each double-feature will sell for $14.98. . . . Today some great classic Samurai films make it to DVD. THE HIDDEN FORTRESS, SANJURO, SEVEN SAMURAI and YOJIMBO, all directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune. They sell for $29.95 each.
Sell through titles releasing 5/29: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND releases to DVD today as a special double-disc set. Its got a widescreen director's cut of the film, 11 deleted scenes and a 101-minute documentary featurette on the making of the movie. It sells for $27.95. . . . Today is "Ahnold-day!" Schwarzenneger classics ERASER, PREDATOR and TRUE LIES get re-released today (in time for Father's Day). The VHS tapes are $9.98. The DVD's are $19.98 each. . . . THE MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL, vintage1958, pulls up to the digital curb today. A scientific expedition in Africa investigates wasps that have been exposed to atomic radiation and mutated into giant, killing monsters. This isn't as bad as producer Al Zimbalist's earlier outings - ROBOT MONSTER and CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON. But it's no THEM either. Try it for yourself. This DVD sells for $24.99. . . . SHE DEMONS, another artifact from 1958, washes ashore today. This is a mascot movie for a championship team of the ICS. It's also Sue Feder's favorite bad movie. Three men and sexy, spoiled Irish McCalla are stranded on an island inhabited by Nazi criminals, a mad scientist, and the title creatures. In 76 minutes director Richard E. Cunha manages to pack a hurricane, island castaways, dancing native girls, female monsters, Nazis, a mad scientist, weird surgical experiments and a volcano into this sausage of a movie. At $24.99 for this DVD, that's about 3¢ a thrill! . . . Anchor Bay releases a trio of horror films from Itallian master, Lucio Fulci, onto DVD today. In HOUSE BY THE CEMETARY(1981) a deranged killer lives in the basement of an old mansion and pops out occasionly to commit grissly murders. They include beheadings, ripped throats, and stabbings with a fireplace poker. The killer needs fresh body parts to rejuvinate his cells. One thing that must drive them nuts at the Red Cross - he has maggots for blood. In THE BLACK CAT (1980) Patrick Magee plays a psychic that can communicate with the dead and has mental control over the mind of his black cat. He uses the cat to take vengeance on his enemies. A photographer who happens to be working for the local constables begins to notice cat scratches on some of the accident victims that are turning up. She pays a visit to Magee (kitty just happens to be present) and conveys her suspicions of the cat's involvement in some of the local deaths. Kitty doesn't like this at all, and it's his turn to control the mind of owner Magee to take it's vengeance. Fianlly, in MANHATTAN BABY (1982) archaelogists open an Egyptian tomb and release an evil spirit. The daughter of one of the professors gets possessed by the newly freed entity and the gorey murders begin. The three discs are in widescreen and sell for $29.98 each. . . . Anchor Bay has a pair of horror films from another Itallian director, Lamberto Bava. A BLADE IN THE DARK is about a composer, working in isolation on a score for a horror movie meets two women who used to know his house's former tenant. When the women disappear, he's forced to look into the film he's working on to determine what happened to them, and who's responsible. MACABRE is about a woamn who's having a lousy day. In one day she loses lover in a tragic car crash that decapitates him and her daughter drowns her brother. The woman spends a year in an asylum, and when she gets out she moves in with her dead lover's blind brother, where she keeps something secret in the icebox. The brother becomes curious about her movements and begins investigating. The VHS are $14.99. The DVD are $29.98. . . . ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA II is a martial arts classic starring the incomperable Jet Li. Martial arts expert Wong Fei-Hung faces Kung, a mercenary rival with skills to equal his own. In addition, Canton is convulsed by a struggle between the local representatives of the Chinese government and Europeans who want to control China. Wong ends up in the middle of this fight. He also ends up with schoolful of small children to protect! The climactic shipboard fight sequences are classic. The VHS sells for $14.95. The DVD sells for $24.95. . . . THE AVENGERS is a no-fun movie adaptation of a very fun 60's TV show. If you want it, the VHS is $9.94. The DVD goes for $19.98. . . . NUEROTICA is a collection of 11 very clever animated shorts from the National Film Board of Canada. The DVD is $24.99. . . . LEXX, SERIES 2 contains four episodes of the satirical, sexy German science-fiction show. It includes scenes too spicy for American television. You can get either the two-tape set or the DVD for $29.95. . . . MORTAL KOMBAT and MORTAL KOMBAT 2 gives us high energy war with the fate of the Earth at stake. Cheer on the heroes on VHS for $9.95 each. Part 2 comes to DVD for $19.98.
SUPERMAN I-IV, BATMAN RETURNS, BATMAN FOREVER, BATMAN
AND ROBIN, BATMAN BEYOND assorted epiosdes, BATMAN BEYOND:
RETURN OF THE JOKER, BATMAN & MR. FREEZE: SUBZERO, BAT-
MAN BEYOND: THE MOVIE, THE BATMAN/SUPERMAN MOVIE,
BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM, X-MEN EVOLUTION two epi-
sodes, EL MARIACHI, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, FUTURESPORT,
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2: SPECIAL EDITION, JACKIE CHAN, WHO
AM I?, HEAVY METAL 2000, FARSACPE 3 and THE DOMINICI AF-
FAIR go on sale today.
DVD SELL-THROUGH: SUPERMAN I-IV, WHAM! BAM! THANK YOU
SPACEMAN! SPECIAL EDITION, HEAVY METAL 2000, FARSACPE 3,
THE X-FILES: SEASON THREE COLLECTOR'S EDITION and THE
DOMINICI AFFAIR hit sale shelves today.
FRI. 4TH: MOVIE - THE MUMMY RETURNS debuts.
TUE. 8TH: VIDEO RENTAL: DEMONICUS and CUT hit rental shelves today.
FRI. 11TH: MOVIE - A KNIGHT'S TALE debuts.
TUE. 15TH: VIDEO RENTAL: THE YAKUZA WAY is today's new rental.
WED. 16TH: TV: SPECIAL UNIT 2 season finale ("The Depths")
FRI 18TH: MOVIE SHREK debuts.
SAT 19TH: ICS MEETING
SUN. 20TH: TV: FUTURAMA season finale ("What If?")
MON. 21ST: TV: ROSWELL season finale ("Departure")
TUE. 22ND: VIDEO RENTAL: BATTLE QUEEN 2020, DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS,
WED. 23RD: TV: STAR TREK VOYAGER series finale ("Endgame")
FRI. 25TH: MOVIE PEARL HARBOR debuts.
FRI. 25TH - SUN 28TH: EVENT - BALTICON 35
TUE. 29TH: VIDEO RENTAL: SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE and WILDERNESS enter