|SPECIAL SECTION: TEARS OF
RAGE, TEARS OF GRIEF
1.THE CUP OF BITTER SORROW
movie fans. We love frightening films. The terror, however, belongs on
the screen, not in the lives of the people around us. While it may seem
like a departure for "The ICS Files" to comment on news, we are more than
movie fans - we are human beings. We have all drank from this same cup
of bitter sorrow as we have endured the tragic events of September 11.
We'll pause to remember the terrible events of recent days and see
the effects that they've had on the entertainment business.
of people and property was more than just a national or world event. It
was a personal tragedy echoed across thousands of lives. Each of us serves
as a vital strand in the webs of the lives around us. We are someone's
son or daughter; perhaps husband, wife, grandparent or beloved companion;
cousin, niece or nephew; workmate, schoolmate, co-religionist or simply
dearly loved friend. On September 11 an unseen hand swept through hundreds
of thousands of those webs, ripping those strands out in the course of
one tragic morning. As we pause to consider this tragedy, we're filled
with numbers - three buildings, four planes, over 6,000 people, -
none of them can calculate the agony of those vital pieces of people's
lives so suddenly and violently swept away. Words cannot befittingly encompass
the depth and breadth of our collective anguish over these tragic events.
For those victims, both living and dead, we at the Imaginative Cinema Society
extend our sincerest and most heart-felt sympathy.
those who planned and committed these terrible acts, a quote comes to mind
from Sir Winston Churchill. When he was responding to the campaign of terror
perpetrated by the German Luftwaffe in attempting to bring England to her
knees he asked, "What kind of a people do they think we are? Is it possible
that they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against
them until they have been taught a lesson which they, and the world, shall
2.REALITY TOO CLOSE TO FANTASY
anchors and reporters continued to call attention to the movie-like aspects
of the scenes of devastation in lower New York following the destruction
of the World Trade Center. Filmmakers, whose epic disaster flicks had often
been taken to task for "far fetched" or "over the top" scenarios, suddenly
took on the mantle of prescient commentator - conservative, even. After
all, in their films the kind of havoc being repeated on TV always followed
widespread ruin, not just the destruction of a couple of buildings. CNN
even interviewed writer-producer Tom Clancy about the events in New York.
They were, he said, another case of life imitating art.
of shattered concrete, broken glass, tangled steel, interoffice memos,
smiling vacation pictures, half done crossword puzzles, fingers, arms,
legs, blood all pounded together into one massive obscene pile are so overwhelmingly
hideous that the human mind cannot comprehend them. Only cinema can provide
us with a fitting language to describe them.
3.FANTASY TOO CLOSE TO REALITY
to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington television and film
production throughout the industry has ceased. Sony had shut down production
of its upcoming sequel MEN IN BLACK 2. Sony and Amblin announced they will
change the ending of the film, due for release on July 3, 2002, because
the World Trade Center was to be involved in the climax.
Bros. said that it has decided not only to postpone indefinitely the release
of COLLATERAL DAMAGE, scheduled for Oct. 5, but also to remove all billboards
for the film. This is an unprecedented move. The movie concerns a fireman,
played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, seeking the terrorists who killed his
family. "We don't want to be insensitive to a nation in mourning," announced
producer Steven Reuther.
spokesperson said that filmmakers will use computer technology to remove
any images of the World Trade Center from its upcoming SPIDER-MAN movie,
which was shot partly in New York earlier this year. Sony has also recalled
its teaser trailer for the film, which featured a sequence in which Spidey
traps a helicopter full of thieves in a massive web strung between the
two towers, as well as posters featuring the towers.
Gwyneth Paltrow and ex-boyfriend Ben Affleck have something in common -
both their films have been shelved in light of the terrorist attacks in
America. She's playing a stewardess in A VIEW FROM THE TOP, which seems
inappropriate after recent tragedies. Affleck's new movie, THE SUM OF ALL
FEARS, has him starring as CIA deputy Jack Ryan who tries to stop terrorists
blowing up the Super Bowl, though the Arab terrorists in the book had reportedly
been changed to homegrown American militia terrorists in the film prior
to recent events. One L.A. producer says, "The reality of what happened
on Tuesday is surreal enough, without movie-goers having to see this kind
of motion picture. There needs to be a long interval before release."
NOSEBLEED, which was to have starred Jackie Chan, definitely "won't see
the light of day as originally written." Chan was to have played a window
washer at the World Trade Center who becomes involved in a terrorist plot
to destroy the statue of Liberty.
for the newest remake of THE TIME MACHINE has been changed. The ending
we won't see has pieces of the moon falling to Earth, destroying parts
of New York City.
Odeon Cinemas, acting at the request of Warner Bros., pulled the movie
SWORDFISH, starring John Travolta, from its theaters. A spokesman told
the BBC: "It's been done at the distributor's request and it's a position
that Odeon totally supports." Filmmakers suggested that movies with terrorist
themes are likely to be put on hold for the indefinite future. Producer
John Davis (DAYLIGHT, BEHIND ENEMY LINES) said, "Once it becomes reality
and not fantasy, it ceases to be entertaining."
unanswered question is if people will ever again be able to accept movies
containing scenes of massive devastation? Will they still view it as mindless
entertainment? Will film makers alter the films they're making, or will
they at least offer more context for, and consequences of, these ruinous
actions? We'll have to wait and see.
4.WILL THIS RESULT IN LONG-TERM
CHANGES IN HOLLYWOOD?
on Hollywood's decision to postpone the release of films with terrorist
plots, the Times of India observed: "The disaster movie set in New York
has long been a Hollywood fad. For an industry that thrived on terrorist
disaster plots, offering a romanticized and often macabre, view of real
life, the days to come could well be soul-searching time. Today, in the
face of a real disaster, Hollywood is quiet. It is unlikely to try and
cash in on something like this until the wounds heal." Director Edward
Zwick, whose 1998 movie THE SIEGE concerned a group of terrorists who launch
a bombing attack on New York, told the Boston Globe, "I can't imagine that
it will be but a week's respectful grace, and things would then essentially
continue as they'd been planned. As, by the way, it should be. . . . I
mean, look, it was certainly one of the points of the film that I made,
which is that there is only one defense, really, on the part of a free
society, and that is to continue its freedoms."
5.CHANGES IN THE FALL TV SEASON
that in the current national atmosphere it would be impossible to build
excitement over their new fall shows, the major networks said that they
would delay the scheduled launch of their fall lineups. Privately, TV news
execs indicated that they were concerned that a launch might be interrupted
anyway by coverage of whatever military response the U.S. intends to take.
News crews were reportedly being dispatched to Islamabad, Pakistan near
Afghanistan in case of a U.S. attack on the Taliban. Networks were also
reportedly beefing up other news crews in the Middle East. Programmers
also indicated that they wanted more time to examine the content of the
shows to determine its propriety in the wake of the tragedy. CBS spokesman
Chris Ender said, "Our programming executives are looking at every script,
every episode, to make sure nothing inappropriate gets broadcast in light
of what's happened."
the Sept. 12 premiere of its werewolf-themed series WOLF LAKE. THE X-FILES,
which was shooting on location in Los Angeles, ceased production for the
day, and Warner Brothers television shut down production on all its shows,
including SMALLVILLE, which is shot in Vancouver, B.C.
decided to delay the scheduled Sept. 14 season premiere of SABRINA, THE
TEENAGE WITCH. No new date has been set.
also pulled scheduled screenings of movies featuring plotlines that might
resemble the tragic events of the day. Fox replaced the planned Sept. 14
broadcast of THE X-FILES movie, which features an Oklahoma-City-style bombing,
and a Sept. 16 screening of INDEPENDENCE DAY, in which the White House
and the Empire State Building blow up. The WB scrapped plans to run the
1996 film THE CRAFT on September 12.
6.CHANGES IN VIDEO GAMES
Arts informed subscribers that it has temporarily suspended its online
interactive conspiracy game Majestic, in light of the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks on New York and Washington. In an e-mail to game players, the company
said, "EA has temporarily suspended service on Majestic. Given the recent
national tragedy, we feel that some of the fictional elements in the game
may not be appropriate at this time. We will contact you again concerning
resumption of the game."
involves players in a shadowy SF conspiracy that involves murders and destruction
of public property.
7.AUGUST WAS AWSOME!
was "BARRY/BARRY" night. Barry Murphy took us through Chapter Three of
his "Cliffhanger Cornucopia." This was "Masters of Disaster." It looked
at the effects work done in the classic serials. Then Barry Walker introduced
us to great movie villains. We wound up snarling at Peter Lorre in a James
Bond classic. Barry Nelson played Bond in 007's screen debut: a 1954 live
TV version of the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale.
raised moe club sponsorship for her "Light up the Night" charity walk,
bringing the total to over $100. We got to slap the newly asceneded Tim
Fleming on the back, having just been granted his Ph.D. in pysics (all
hail Dr. Timmy!).
We also got to meet new members,
visit a desert island, hear book and movie reports and lots of other fun
things. Details (on some of these things) follows.
8.WELCOME DONNA AND DAVA!
aboard to Donna Lee Sentz and her daughter Dava. Apparently Donna was noodling
around the World Wide Web one day and happened upon us. We enjoyed meeting
them at our last meeting. Donna and Dava are avid Hammer fans (particularly
some old actor named Christopher, something . . . might have been "Lee").
Later this year they'll be giving us a presentation on Hammer horror and
explain to us why we need to love it. It should be great! Welcome aboard
9.WELCOME TO MARTIN GRAMS,
has joined the Imaginative Cinema Society, sight unseen, based on Rick
Rieve's showing him "The I.C.S. Files." Wow! Whatta guy! He's an accomplished
author who has either written or co-written Suspense: Twenty Years of Thrills
and Chills, Radio Drama : A Comprehensive Chronicle of American Network
Programs, 1932-1962, The CBS Radio Mystery Theater : An Episode Guide and
Handbook to Nine Years of Broadcasting, 1974-1982 and, most recently, The
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Companion (now available for $29.95). Martin,
you sound like our kind of people. Welcome home!
10.THE SPECIAL GUEST FOR OUR
NEXT MEETING? SHERLOCK HOLMES!
meeting will be held on Saturday September 29th at 6:00 P.M. at the church
hall behind the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church located at 8848 BelAir Road.
Both film and panel presentation will be presided over by Mr. Dave Henderson
- regaling us with tales of Sherlock Holmes. Apparently Hendo's daydreams
shift between tripping along the decks of the Seaview and lurking through
the fog-shrouded streets of Victorian London while the game is afoot.
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
11.DESERT ISLAND MOVIES
August meeting people submitted lists of the ten films that they'd select
if they were stranded on a desert island. The selections were diverse and;
for a club that is dedicated to science-fiction, fantasy and horror films;
often surprising. There were 145 films chosen. Only 25 movies got more
than a single vote. It only took as few as three votes to put a title on
the top ten list.
are a list of our top ten vote getters. You'll see year of release, the
title and then how many votes it received in parentheses:
1977 - STAR WARS (5)
1980 - THE EMPIRE STRIKES
1983 - THE RETURN OF THE
1972 - GODFATHER (4)
1974 - GODFATHER II (4)
1959 - BEN-HUR (3)
1942 – CASABLANCA (3)
1990 - DANCES WITH WOLVES
1963 - IT'S A MAD MAD MAD
MAD WORLD (3)
1981 - RAIDERS OF THE LOST
stunned to see how various film genre's fared. I reviewed each title in
the Internet Movie Data Base to see how they classified each title, used
a little intuition, and kept a running tally grouped by genre' category.
Some of the types that I thought may have done well; such as film-noir,
animation and war films didn't make it to the top ten. As you can see from
the list below fantasy films did as well as musicals. Drama and comedy
out-paced horror and action. Check the results for yourself:
(18%) - Science-Fiction
(15%) - Drama
(13%) - Comedy
(9%) - Horror
(8%) - Action
(7%) - Adventure
(4%) - Crime
(4%) - Fantasy
(4%) - Musicals
(4%) - Thrillers
I looked at year of release. The two most popular years were 1993 and 1963,
each drawing seven votes. When it comes to decades apparently the more
recent the film the better we like it. Below is a breakdown by decade
of how the club voted:
(19%) - Nineties
(19%) - Eighties
(14%) - Seventies
(14%) - Sixties
(13%) - Fifties
(10%) - Forties
(6%) - Thirties
(2%) - Twenties
this all mean? It means that we're a diverse group of people with many
and varied interests. As long as we remain united our diversity can do
nothing but strengthen us!
12.THE ICS GETS ITS OWN DVD
to the persistence of one Board member, Mr. Joe Plempel, the Imaginative
Cinema Society now owns its very own DVD player. With a somewhat flush
treasury and this new format threatening to become the standard, Joe wouldn't
rest until we agreed that the time has come to buy a player. We now own
a Pioneer model DV-434 at a cost of $178.49. Anyone bringing in movies
can now bring DVD's and VHS tapes. Thanks for your persistence, Mr. Plempel.
13.HITCHCOCK IN OCTOBER
John Ward will be bringing Hitch for Halloween. It looks like John's been
able to locate most of the films he's looking for but, if you're sitting
on a cache' of Hitchcock please let John Ward know. He might be able to
soon have 2002 calendars. We're probably looking at our October meeting.
If you haven't got your order in please let us know very soon. The 2002
model will have all of the ICS meeting dates on it, anniversaries significant
to the club, dates and Web addresses of regional movie and sci-fi conventions
and festivals and, sticking with our theme of Universal monsters, dates
significant in the history of Universal. The calendars are $15 each. We
won't have many extras to spare. If you want one you'll need to pre-order
it. Either respond with an e-mail, catch me at a meeting or call me at
15.FAVORITE MOVIE LINES
Walker had an idea that he'll discuss at the next meeting for people to
bring in their favorite movie lines. It's okay to start thinking about
it now, but wait until we've discussed it our next meeting. It sounds like
16.THE GLASS TEAT
The Sci-Fi Channel
renews their subscription to THE CHRONICLE. The Sci-Fi Channel has picked
up nine additional episodes of its new original series THE CHRONICLE, making
for a full season order of 22. The show debuted on July 14 and has increased
the ratings and household delivery in the 9-10 p.m. Saturday timeslot by
an average of 70 %. . . . WITCHBLADE gets renewed. TNT will renew WITCHBLADE
for another 13 episodes, starting next summer. WITCHBLADE averaged a 2.3
rating for its first 10 weeks on the cable network, an improvement on programming
that previously held that timeslot. . . . Doherty is not happy about CHARMED.
Shannen Doherty said that she believes the WB and show executives acted
"badly" when they dumped her from CHARMED. "I think they handled it badly,"
Doherty said. She asked to be let out of her contract with the show last
December, after clashing with Milano, her co-star and former close friend.
When Spelling's office finally called Doherty's lawyer last spring to grant
her wish, she was insulted Spelling hadn't broken the news to her himself,
the newspaper reported. "The fact is none of us were paid to be buddy-buddy
and hang out," Doherty said. . . . Robert Englund's CHARMED life. NIGHTMARE
ON ELM STREET star Robert Englund will make a guest appearance on CHARMED.
Englund will appear on the Oct. 11 episode, "Size Matters," playing a demon
named Gammill. . . . Look for a ROSWELL/ENTERPRISE crossover. The newest
TREK is about to get a crossover episode with the show that it leads into,
ROSWELL, even though the two series are set centuries apart. They'll accomplish
this sleight-of-hand by having Max Evans (one of the aliens on ROSWELL,
played by Jason Behr) audition to play an alien on ENTERPRISE for Jonathan
Frakes (a regular on STAR TREK TNG and an executive producer on ROSWELL).
. . . The WB tries a new TARZAN. The WB has ordered a pilot that takes
a new swing at the Tarzan myth. The pilot tells the story of a 17-year-old
Tarzan who is sent to live with his aunt in New York after being seriously
injured by poachers in the African jungle. The teen Tarzan "becomes the
protector of the ultimate urban jungle." The writers, Mike Werb and Michael
Colleary, have credits that include LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER and FACE/OFF.
. . . Q to 2. John de Lancie, who played the omnipotent Q on several STAR
TREK series, will play "Y" in a second-season episode of UPN's SPECIAL
UNIT 2. De Lancie's role in the season's fifth episode is described as
the leader of "links"--"malicious paranormal species." . . . The WB returns
to OZ. The WB has green-lighted a pilot for a fantasy series based on the
45 books set in the OZ universe created by L. Frank Baum. The series pilot
will mark the TV debut of X-MEN writer David Hayter. He's also working
on X-MEN 2 and the sequel to PITCH BLACK. The series will have a darker
tone than the celebrated WIZARD OF OZ movie. The series will be set more
than 60 years after the adventures of Dorothy and her friends and will
center on a young woman who lands in Oz, is unable to escape and leads
a revolt against Emerald City. Hayter will write the pilot and will executive
produce the show with Lawrence Bender (GOOD WILL HUNTING), Kevin Brown
(ROSWELL) and Joel Smith, who secured the rights several years ago from
the Baum Trust. . . . Fans petition for a BUFFY/ANGEL crossover. More than
8,000 fans of BUFFY and ANGEL are petitioning for more crossover episodes.
You might remember that when BUFFY jumped ship to UPN from The WB both
networks announced that crossover episodes would end when both shows return
in the fall. Fans, in what is likely a futile attempt, are trying to change
this. They sent the following petition to both networks and Joss Whedon,
"We, fans of both BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL, respect the decision
to move Buffy to UPN, while keeping Angel on The WB. However, we would
also like to keep the premise of the shows and the connection between them
alive. The shows derive from the same mythology; they share a common history,
and the bond between the main characters is well-established. We realize
each show must stand on its own, but we don't believe that means they must
be estranged from each other. We want the crossovers tradition to continue,
despite the change in networks. Crossovers are a special aspect of the
shows and a great luxury to the fans, even for fans across the globe, who
still get both shows on the same channel. We don't want to lose that treat."
17.TELEVISION SEASON, 2001-2:
5: THE LEGEND OF THE RANGERS airs on the Sci-Fi Channel on January 2, 2002.
This is NOT a new series - at least not yet. But it would like to be. They'll
be trying out for a series with a two-hour pilot film subtitled, "TO LIVE
AND DIE IN STARLIGHT." According to its creator, J. Michael Straczynski,
the film will take the saga into darker territory. "I did want a darker,
more serious look to this," Straczynski said. "I've always felt that we
should learn from the B5 tradition, but not be bound by it. We can take
it in another direction and expand and improve it - I'm all for that. I
just don't want to go backwards."
takes place in the year 2265, a few years after the events in the B5 episode
"Objects at Rest," Straczynski said. The show is a pilot for a possible
series. "We've had the Rangers as part of the BABYLON 5 universe ever since
season three," he added. "I've always been fascinated by them, and the
fans have been pretty intrigued by them for a long time. And the creation
of the Interstellar Alliance is something that was also dramatized in the
series. The nearest point of comparison [for them] would be King Arthur
and his knights, because this is about empire building. It's a variety
of stories. The thing about the Rangers is that they go everywhere, and
therefore the entire B5 universe is open to us, and will definitely be
involved [in the stories]."
added, "BABYLON 5 was really a show about political intrigue, with [this]
core wrapped around an action series. This really isn't [the same], for
several reasons. The political stuff will be there to inform [the Rangers']
missions, in terms of trying to make new alliances and to steady problems
as they come up out there. But I want this to be more action-oriented.
Plus, this is a small ship; we've put these characters into a very small,
confined situation - a tin bucket in space - and they have to live with
each other on a daily basis."
on UPN, will debut with a two-hour episode at 8 p.m. Sept. 26 and will
air regularly on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. As regular readers of "The ICS Files"
know this is a grittier show of exploration and wonder in a pre-Star Fleet
show set 150 years in our future. The English opera star Russell Watson
will cover the Rod Stewart tune "Faith of the Heart" as the opening theme
music of this newest TREK.
will air on Showtime beginning January 11, 2002. It's been created
for television by J. Michael Straczynski (creator and Executive Producer
of BABYLON 5). JEREMIAH is based on a European comic book, whose characters
have achieved cult status in the U.S and Europe. It originated with Belgian
author Hermann Huppen. The series stars Luke Perry (BEVERLY HILLS 90210)
and Malcolm-Jamal Warner (THE COSBY SHOW).
is set in a future post-apocalyptic world where, almost a decade before,
a deadly virus wiped out the world's adult population sparing only those
who haven't reached puberty. Now in their 20s, the oldest survivors of
the pandemic include Jeremiah (Perry) and the colorful but cynical Kurdy
(Warner). Jeremiah is on a personal quest to relocate a mysterious place
called Valhalla, which his father claimed might hold some hope for the
survivors. As Jeremiah falls into a reluctant partnership with Kurdy, both
explore new areas and encounter other groups of young adults who are divided
into rival social groups. In the course of the season opener, Jeremiah's
smaller personal quest is redirected when he discovers a group of highly
organized survivors who want to enlist him to orchestrate peace among the
warring factions and to try and prevent the killer virus from returning.
X premieres in syndication the week of October 1. The show chronicles the
adventures of MUTANT-X, a team of human mutants possessing extraordinary
powers as a result of genetic engineering. Like hundreds of other unsuspecting
subjects, these new mutants were altered in secret experiments conducted
in a covert government project. Realizing that events have spun out of
control, the organization that created them is now hunting them down in
an urgent “product recall.” MUTANT-X’s mission is to seek out their fellow
new mutants to help them come to terms with their astonishing abilities
and protect them from their creators.
Entertainment, the producers of the show, have been wrestling with Fox
over the show. Fox contends that the title and storyline is too darn close
to X-MEN. Tribune says that the only thing the two have in common is that
they're both based on Marvel Comics. Marvel had two entirely different
lines. So far the courts have agreed with Tribune twice. Fox has filed
another appeal at the end of August. Presently the show is scheduled to
air in 95 of the top 100 markets around the country. We'll have to wait
see if any of us ever get a chance to watch it.
will air Tuesdays at 9 on The WB. It debuts on October 16. The show will
take creative license with the well-known comic's mythology. Here's what
you won't find in the show. UNIFORM: They'll be no cape and tights. According
to producer Alfred Gough, "It's difficult to sympathize and really connect
to someone who is wearing underpants [over his] tights. . . . The beauty
of Superman is that he doesn't need his suit to have his powers. The suit
is more of a function of his dual identity when he goes to Metropolis."
FLYING: "He never started out flying," Gough said. "He could leap quarter
miles. I think the world of wirework and CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON,
and THE MATRIX there are interesting things that you can do that in a way
are cooler than flying. But you'll never see him go like this [raising
his arms in front]. That's not going to happen."
what you will see - AN EMPHASIS ON FAMILY: Clark Kent will be treated as
a "special-needs child." Series co-creator Miles Millar said, "For us,
what distinguishes the show is that the only person Clark can talk to are
his parents. It's the parents that guard his secret, unlike other shows
where the kids have a secret, and they're in the clubhouse and the parents
are in the dark. Here, by the nature of the fact that when Clark goes to
Metropolis, his parents are the only ones who know, Clark actually talks
about his problems with his parents. This, for us, makes it a unique show
in terms of a cross-generational discussion about events and problems."
POSSIBLY OTHER SUPER HEROES: Gough said, "I'd love to see Bruce Wayne come
to Smallville. Maybe he went to boarding school with Lex Luthor. I don't
know. I'm just saying it would be fun to have him come to Smallville. The
DC universe is so great, and a lot of that comes down to their confidence
in the show, but honestly it's about money and licensing more than anything."
premieres at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 and will air on Thursdays. The show will
put the man back in the superman. According to the series star, Patrick
Warbuton, "In the Tick's world, the superheroes are all very very human,
very vulnerable. And so I think it's fun exploring that. It makes them
much more accessible. . . . I think folks can watch, and anybody could
say, 'I could be that guy.' . . . It's a very ordinary world, and at the
same time, very surreal. . . . The possibilities are endless. That's why
the one thing we want is just for the show to see the light of day and
for people to give it a shot."
premieres in syndication the week of October 15. In TRACKER, Adrian Paul
(HIGHLANDER) stars as an alien sent to earth to recapture a band of over
278 escapees from a prison that holds the most ruthless criminals in the
universe - and they all have superhuman powers.
debuts on CBS on September 19. It airs Wednesdays at 10:00. There are strange
happenings in the small Pacific Northwest town of Wolf Lake, where the
most prominent residents are "shape-shifters" who can transform themselves
into wolves. As a struggle for power is brewing among the "shape-shifter"
population to become the Alpha (leader) wolf, local Sherrif Matthew Donner
(Tim Matheson) and Seattle cop John Kanin (Lou Diamond Phillips) attempt
to get to the bottom of the mysterious goings-on. Further complicating
matters is Sheriff Donner's 16-year old daughter Sophia (Mary Elizabeth
Winstead) and her budding romance with high school bad boy Luke Cates (Paul
Wasilewski). Sherman Blackstone (Graham Greene) is the keeper of all the
town's secrets and he alone knows the ancient lore of Wolf Lake.
This show has
had a pretty rough ride on the way to its debut. CBS has revamped the pilot,
did substantial recasting and, in a very unusual move, canned the show's
creator and executive producer. It will be interesting to see what's left.
18.FALL TELEVISION SEASON,
2001-2: RETURNING SHOWS
begins its third season on Sept. 24 and moves into a new timeslot, Mondays
at 9 p.m. The show's picked up some new personnel. Amy Acker becomes a
series regular as Fred, the librarian whom the heroes rescued from a demon
dimension at the end of last season. Keith Szarabajka will play the role
of Holtz, a vampire hunter from the past who has come to the present from
the 1700's to try to take down Angel. Convinced by a demon that he had
no chance of killing Angel, who was then evil and known as Angelus, in
the 1700s, Holtz accepted an offer to be put to sleep until the present.
Played with an English accent, he nevertheless, according to Greenwalt,
has "something of the long duster coat and the Wild West about him."According
to producer David Greenwalt, "He was a decent family man, but he also became
a fearless vampire killer. He particularly hunted Angel and Darla across
half of Europe in the late 1700s, and they reciprocated by eating his wife
and children, because they thought that would be funny. So he has
a special vendetta against them."
debuts season three in syndication the week of October 1. This season Marc
Singer, star of the original BEASTMASTER feature film, joins the series
as the spirit guide, Dartanus. He reveals Dar's true origins.
its UPN debut with a two-hour episode at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 and moves
into its regular 8 p.m. Tuesday timeslot on Oct. 9. Among other changes
in the upcoming season: Willow (Alyson Hannigan) will assume more of a
leadership role in the Scooby Gang, as well as returning more to her computer-geek
roots; Willow and Tara's (Amber Benson) relationship may undergo changes;
and Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) will appear only as a recurring character.
Anya (Emma Caulfield) will take over the Magic Shop in the wake of Giles'
return to England. There will be no new Slayer called as a result of Buffy's
death. The line now goes through Faith, who was called the last time BUFFY
premieres its fourth season on Oct. 4, with a two-hour episode that introduces
Rose McGowan as a new character to replace Shannen Doherty's departed sister.
The show will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. on the WB. The WB is doing something
a little tricky with its scheduling of CHARMED. They'll be giving it a
second airing on sister cable network TNT. The second dose of CHARMED will
run at 10 p.m. Tuesdays on TNT, five days after its initial WB airing,
starting Oct. 2. Though normal rules prohibit rerunning a prime-time series
in the same week during prime time, the TNT airing would take place after
The WB signs off for the night.
starts its second season in a new timeslot, at 8 p.m. Fridays, beginning
Oct. 5. The show moves from Tuesdays at 9 p.m. The show will add two new
cast members. Both characters are connected to Manticore, the classified
government facility whose genetic experiments produced the show's main
character. Soap actor Jensen Ackles will play Alec, a "transgenic" from
the same generation as Max, who has spent his entire life at Manticore
and remains a loyal soldier for the cause. Kevin Durand (who had a part
on STARGATE SG-1) will play Joshua, a genetic experiment taken too far
in Manticore's efforts to create the perfect soldier by blending human
and animal DNA.
Cameron said that he's eager to see the series translated onto the big
screen. "If we have continued success with the series, I think there is
a good possibility we might want to make a film from it, absolutely. I
think we've got to see where the series goes. If we grow our fan base and
stay at least where we are and/or grow from where we are, I'd think, yeah,
that'd be a very good possibility." Meanwhile, Cameron and the show's co-creator,
Charles H. Eglee, have said that big changes are in store for the show
as it enters its second season on Fox. "What we want to do is expand the
DARK ANGEL universe slightly, but stay very consistent and true to the
themes and the style that we created for the first season," Cameron said.
He described the changes as "turbocharging" the science fiction elements,
playing up a theme of "biopunk" and introducing a host of new, genetically
altered characters called "trans-humans." "We're going to stay very focused
on the world of DARK ANGEL, which is our world, 20 years in the future,
going through a transformative period, [with] the transformation caused
by the manipulation of the stuff of life, the DNA that we're all made of.
And [with] people who are human beings, except not quite human beings.
. . . We're going to see people who don't necessarily look completely human,
where the changes in their gene sequences are expressing in forms where
clearly they couldn't walk into a 7-Eleven without creating a fuss."
makes its season premiere at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9. One of the fun things planned
for this season is an episode featuring most of the voices from the original
ANDROMEDA debuts season two in syndication the week of October
1. They'll be having some famous guests drop by this season. Look for William
B. Davis (the Cigarette-Smoking-Man from THE X-FILES) and James Marsters
(Spike from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) to come a'callin'.
EARTH FINAL CONFLICT debuts season five in syndication the week of
October 1. This should be the final season for the show. The show was designed
to operate on a five-year arc. If you missed any or all of the prior seasons
the Sci-Fi Channel started airing season one in August.
WGN Sundays at 9:00P.M.
debuts season three in syndication during the week of September 17. Sydney
(Tia Carrere) gets a new secretary (played by Tanja Reichert, who you may
have seen as Miss Congeniality in SCARY MOVIE). This season Sydney chases
down such artifacts as the amulet of a witch burned at the stake and the
lid of infamous vampire Count Stanislaf's life-giving chalice. The master
vampire is rumored to be played by Adrian Paul.
makes its own UPN debut with a regular episode at 9 p.m. Oct. 9 and will
air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. The show will drop some of the harder science-fiction
elements and return more to character stories in its upcoming third season,
with major changes coming for everyone.
(CBS' BROOKLYN SOUTH) will join the cast of ROSWELL. He'll be playing Jesse
Ramirez, a young lawyer who works for the firm of Isabel and Max
Evans' father in Roswell, N.M.
is back, debuting its second season in syndication the week of October
1. One of Sheena's foes this season is played by Ron Ely. He played Tarzan
in the 1966-69 TV series. We'll also get to see Muhhamad Ali's little girl,
Laila Ali, as a Maltakan warrior.
CONAN DOYLE'S LOST WORLD debuts season three in syndication the week of
October 1. The big news for this show is that it still exists! Its Montreal
production company went into bankruptcy last February, leaving the fate
of all of their projects, including this one, dangling. The show's fate
wasn't made clear until they went back into production in mid-August.
UNIT 2 starts its second season on UPN with a one-hour episode at 9 p.m.
October 3. It will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. If you haven't seen the show,
it's sort of a blend of a tongue-in-cheek X-FILES episode and MEN IN BLACK.
returns returns Nov. 11. to its same time (Sundays at 9:00) and same station
(FOX). It seems like everything else about the show is up for change. Creator
Chris Carter will remain with his show for one more season. Carter signed
a new deal with 20th Century Fox TV to produce a ninth season of the show.
A remaining question is whether star Gillian Anderson will remain with
the show. She has said publicly that she intends to leave the show when
her contract expires at the end of the coming season.
is crowded with new faces, perhaps hoping that fresh blood will perk it
up. We met Agent Dogget (Robert Patrick) extensively last year. We also
got to know, a little bit, Agent Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish). According
to executive producer Frank Spotnitz, "It's really a three-lead show, because
you've got [Gillian Anderson] and Robert [Patrick] and Annabeth [Gish].
That's what's making it so challenging for us this year, because we've
never had to do that before. We had to do it somewhat when Mulder returned,
but this is different."
(THE PRINCESS BRIDE) has also joined the cast. He'll play the recurring
character of FBI assistant director Brad Follmer, a peer of Skinner's.
Follmer is the ex-boyfriend of special agent Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish).
According to Carter, "(Follmer) is a guy who is a little more buttoned
up, a little more polished; he represents a different kind of FBI."
(XENA) will also be popping up on a semi-regular basis. She'll be appearing
in the opening two-parter. At this writing her exact role is not quite
18.THINGS TO COME
will be held on September 28 - 30 at the Sheraton College Park, located
at 4095 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD 20705. It's sponsored by the Washington
Science Fiction Association. This is their first of what they hope will
be many years. Their theme for their inaugural year is "Celebrating the
Short Story in Science Fiction." Capclave's Guest of Honor is Gardner Dozois,
the editor of "Asimov's Science Fiction" and The Year's Best Science Fiction
as well as the winner of several Hugo awards. Their "Ghost" of Honor is
Joseph Mayhew, Hugo-winning cartoonist, author, librarian, and fan. He
passed away last year. Capclave will have a tribute to him and provide
a chance for people to share the many things they've learned from him.
Other participants include authors Roger MacBride Allen, Brenda Clough,
Alexis Gilliland, Peter Heck, Jane Jewell, Mindy Klasky, Nancy Kress, Charles
Sheffield, Michael Swanwick, Lawrence Watt-Evans and editor Gardner Dozois.
Activities include literary discussions with authors; readings by authors;
a dealer's room; exhibits by a few artists; a presentation by NASA scientists
with the latest rocket and space station news, pictures from outer space,
and plans for future exploration; parties and numerous chances to interact
with fellow fans in a relaxed atmosphere. Registration is $30 through August
15th. $35 at the door. To register, or for more information, either go
to http://www.wsfa.org. or drop a note to Capclave 2001/ c/o Alexis
Gilliland/ 4030 8th St. South/ Arlington, VA 22204
THEATER will be held October 26-28, 2001 at the Sheraton Meadowlands in
E. Rutherford, New Jersey. Guests include from LOST IN SPACE they've got
June Lockhart, Angela Cartwright, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Jonathan
Harris, Bill Mumy and Bob May. From F-TROOP they've got Larry Storch (Agarn),
Joe Brooks (Vanderbilt), Don Diamond (Crazy Cat), James Hampton (Dobbs)
and Melody Patterson (Wrangler Jane). From THE ADDAMS FAMILY they've got
Lisa Loring (Wednesday) and Ken Weatherwax (PUGSLEY). From DARK SHADOWS
they've got David Selby (Quentin), Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn
Leigh Scott (Maggie). From PLANET OF THE APES they've got Linda Harrison
(Nova) and Lou Wagner (Lucius). From THE POSIEDIAN ADVENTURE they've got
Carol Lynley and Stella Stevens. >From BABYLON 5 they've got Peter Jurasik
(Londo), Claudia Christian (Ivanova) and Julia Nickson (Catherine Sakai).
They're also featuring Hammer star Yvonne Monlaur, Joe Pantoliano
of THE MATRIX, Ray Park of STAR WARS EPISODE I, Robert Picardo of STAR
TREK VOYAGER, Doug Bradley of the HELLRAISER series, Veronica Cartwright
of ALIEN, Erin Gray of BUCK ROGERS, Robin Curtis of STAR TREK II and III,
Antonio Fargas of STARSKY AND HUTCH (Huggy Bear), Deborah Foreman of LOBSTER
MAN FROM MARS, JUDITH O'DEA of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Barbara), Hiroko
Sakurai of ULTRA MAN, Tony Amendola of STARGATE SG-1, David Allen
Brooks of CRUSADE, David F. Friedman (exploitation producer/director),
Hank Garrett of CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU? and 3 DAYS TO CONDOR, David Hess
of LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, James Hong of BLADE RUNNER and BIG TROUBLE
IN LITTLE CHINA, Richard Kiel of MOONRAKER ( JAWS), Tuesday Knight of NIGHTMARE
ON ELM STREET IV, Kate Sheldon of THE POWER RANGERS, Playmates Debra Jo
Fondren and Lias Marie Scott, Scream Queen Brinke Stevens, horror directors
Ted V. Mikels and Fred Olen Ray, Mr. Sci-Fi himself - Forrest J Ackerman,
and of course Zacherley: The Cool Ghoul. As usual they'll be plenty of
panel discussions, film showings, live music and partying, a model kit
contest, a costume contest, a massive dealer's room and a charity auction.
The show hours are Friday the 26 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday
the 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday the 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Show tickets start at $10 per day in advance, $15 per day at the door.
Expect to pay extra for autographs. For more information or to purchase
tickets contact Chiller Theatre, Inc., P O Box 23, Rutherford, NJ 07070.
SPOOKTACULAR will be held November 3, 2001 at the Days Inn in Timonium,
Maryland. They're offering a dealer's room, a tenative appearance by Ron
Chaney (Lon jr.'s grandson, Lon sr.'s great grandson), and discussions,
including a talk by film historian Greg Mank. The admission is $5.00. If
you'd like to buy a table and sell some things it's $40. For more information
call the Midnight Marquee Press at 410-665-1198.
will be held November 9-11, 2001 at the Ramada Hotel in Newark, NJ. They
describe themselves as, "A multi-media convention, focusing on fanzines
and in-depth discussion of your favorite TV shows & movies." They have
all of the bells and whistles of a usual convention - a dealer's room,
discussions, gaming room, tons of panels, movie and TV shows playing, pretty
much all the fixings with one notable exception. Eclecticon does not bring
in celbrity guests. If you want to meet a star, this is not the place for
you. If you're just thrilled to meet other fans, this is you convention.
The registration fee is $40. For questions go to this link (if you're reading
this on a links-capable computer) or e-mail Kathy Agel on either Eclecticon@juno.com
or email@example.com. You can also drop a note to Kathy at 9-11 Ayres
Court/ Bayonne, NJ 07002-3510.
GRAND COUNCIL MEETING XXIV will be held November 23 - 25 2001 in Timonium,
Maryland. The Guest of Honor is: Joanne Bertin. Their special guest is:
Katherine Kurtz. The Artist Guest of Honor is L.W. Perkins. The Musical
Guests of Honor is: Clam Chowder. Other author/artist guests include: Debra
Doyle, India Edghill, Rosemary Edghill, Heather Rose Jones, Jacqueline
Lichtenberg, Nancy Janda, Scott MacMillian, James MacDonald, Don Sakers,
and Hannah Shapero. Musical guests include: Bob and Sue Esty, John Huff,
Ellen James, Myfanwy, On the Mark, and Ed and Kathy Sobansky. There will
be a dealer's room, workshops, filking, game playing, videos, a ball, an
art room and a costume contest. Regular memberships are $35.00 each until
November 1, 2001. After that, and at the door they will be $40.00. Make
checks payable to Armida Council (PO Box 7203, Silver Spring, MD 20907).
They will sell only 600 regular memberships. If you wish membership confirmation,
please include a Self Addressed Stamped Postcard [not an envelope].
19.HUGO WINNERS ANNOUNCED
of the best in imaginative literature and cinema was once again recognized
at this year's annual Hugo Awards. Following is a complete list of winners:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling/ Best Novella: "The
Ultimate Earth" by Jack Williamson/ Best Novelette: "Millennium Babies"
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch/ Best Short Story: "Different Kinds of Darkness"
by David Langford/ Best Related Book: Greetings from Earth: The Art of
Bob Eggleton by Bob Eggleton and Nigel Suckling/ Best Dramatic Presentation:
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, directed by Ang Lee/ Best Professional
Editor: Gardner Dozois/ Best Professional Artist: Bob Eggleton/ Best Semiprozine:
Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown/ Best Fanzine: File 770, edited by Mike
Glyer/ Best Fan Writer: Dave Langford/ Best Fan Artist: Teddy Harvia/ John
W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Kristine Smith
created Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, which is presented to a science
fiction or fantasy author whose work deserves renewed attention, went to
Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon. The Japanese Seiun Award for non-Japanese-language
works that were first published in Japanese translation in 2000 went to
"Oceanic" by Greg Egan for Best Short Story, and Frameshift by Robert Sawyer
for Best Novel.
20.TOLKIEN FAN HARASSMENT
MAY HAVE BEEN AN INTERNET HOAX
last "ICS Files" there was a story about the oppression that Tolkien fans
faced at the hands of the Kazakhstan authorities. There's now reason to
doubt that story.
Web site disputed a recent report that police in the former Soviet republic
have been harassing fans of Tolkien. Citing fans from the region, the site
reported that police haven't detained or tortured any Rings devotees.
article is a complete lie, and nothing described appears to occur in reality,"
one fan wrote. "Like there are only [about] 300 Tolkien fans in Almaty
who get together near Tian Shen, and nobody bothers them there. I cannot
swear on a bible that my information is correct, but it's obtained from
the discussion board of the main Russian-speaking Tolkien fans' portal
fan wrote, "I got friends [Tolkien fans] there in Kazakhstan, and they
wrote to me saying that it's the first they've heard of such persecution."
The report that at least one fan was placed in a water-torture device;
the fan argued that the incident took place, but that its subject was a
punk-rock musician, not a Rings fan.
21.STEPHEN KING SEES AN END
TO DARK TOWER - EVENTUALY
King told fans on his official Web site that he will write the final three
books in his Dark Tower series. "This time I'm hoping to press on to the
very end and publish the remaining volumes all at the same time," King
wrote. "That probably means three books, one of them fairly short and one
of the other two quite long."
that the fifth book won't be called The Crawling Shadow, as he previously
reported. "If I had to guess, I'd say that the push to completion will
take two years, depending on all the usual variables, like sickness, accidents,
and - scariest of all - a failure of inspiration," King said. "The only
thing I know for sure is that all these old friends of mine are as alive
as they ever were. And as dangerous." King also posted "Calla Bryn Sturgis,"
the prologue to the fifth Dark Tower book.
22.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT
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A scholarly exploration of
the global culture of science fiction, and in particular its presentation
of contemporary images of the Other.
the Vampire Slayer : The Script Book, Season Two, $14.00
Here, collected in one volume,
are the original scripts of the first six episodes of the second season
of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
of Science Fiction Movies by C. J. Henderson, $24.95
This encyclopedia boasts
of being a complete A to Z historical overview of science fiction in the
cinema from the earliest experiments in silent film in the 1890s to the
most recent blockbusters. Each entry includes the film's vital statistics,
such as title, year released, director, cast and studio.
Bruce Lee by Simon B. Kenny, $6.95
This book thoroughly examines
the films of Bruce Lee and explores some of the myths that surround them.
It will also serve as a great introduction to Bruce Lee's life, his martial
art, his philosophy and his poetry.
Who's Who in the Movies by Leslie Halliwell, John Walker (Editors), $25.00
A reference book that covers
almost every famous and obscure person connected to the movies.
a Monster Movie Maker: Conversations with 22 SF and Horror Filmmakers by
Tom Weaver (Editor), $38.50
This volume collects 22 interviews
with people like Faith Domergue, Michael Forest, Anne Helm, Candace Hilligoss,
Suzanna Leigh, Norman Lloyd, Maureen O'Sullivan, Shirley Ulmer, Dana Wynter
and many more.
Tourneur : The Cinema of Nightfall by Chris Fujiwara, $18.95
A study of this little known
and under appreciated director who brought us CAT PEOPLE, I WALKED WITH
A ZOMBIE, NIGHT OF THE DEMON and the film noir masterpiece, OUT OF THE
Bang! Bang!: The Unofficial James Bond Film Companion by Alan Barnes, Marcus
A detailed new history of
Bond and all his portrayers.
Maltin's 2002 Movie and Video Guide by Leonard Maltin (Editor), $8.99
This offers 19,000 entries
lists year of release, running time, director, principal cast, and availability
Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by George Mann, $12.95
A British review of science
fiction authors, films and TV shows.
of the Apes: Reimagined by Tim Burton, $22.95
Includes Tim Burton's screenplay,
his introduction, pictures from the set and the film and quotes from the
Screen: An Illustrated Guide to the Devil in Cinema by Nikolas Schreck,
This is the first comprehensive
study of the Devil's cinematic incarnations, covering over a century of
film from the mainstream to the marginal: including Disney, horror classics
such as THE EXORCIST, and sub-genres including sci-fi, mondo, porn and
Science Fiction Film (Genres in American Cinema) by J. P. Telotte, $21.95
A scholarly history of the
science fiction film, from its beginning to the present.
Movie Guide 2002 by Mick Martin, Marsha Porter, $19.95
Boasts of rating more than
16,000 films, covering more offbeat and obscure films, serials, B-westerns,
TV series, made-for-TV-movies, and straight-to-video releases than any
23.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS
vs. Predator vs. Terminator by Mark Schultz, Mel Rubi (Illustrator), Christopher
Ivy (Illustrator), David Stewart, Mark Lipka; $11.95
Nearly beaten by John Connor,
Skynet goes into hiding. Centuries later, it is awakened by stealth Terminators
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human tissue with the DNA of the deadliest creatures in the galaxy - Aliens!
Earth`s only chance lies in the hands of a legendary heroine named Ellen
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the man-stalking super-hunters known only as Predators!
Bruja by Mel Odom, $5.99
Angel Investigations turns
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and flophouses populated by teen runaways. She is a bruja - a legendary
5 Summoning Light: The Passing of the Techno-Mages Book 2 by Jeanne Cavelos,
The techno-mages come face-to-face
with the devastating evil of the Shadows.
the Vampire Slayer/Angel Useen Book, 2 Door to Alternity by Nancy Holder,
Jeff Mariotte, $6.99
Buffy and Angel compare notes
and find a link between teenagers missing in Sunnydale and L.A.
the Vampire Slayer/Angel Unseen - Book, 3 by Nancy Holder, Jeff Mariotte,
Buffy and Angel find themselves
in a land fighting mythical creatures.
the Vampire Slayer: The Lost Slayer, Part One: Prophecies by Christopher
Buffy Summers is having a
rough time. She's fighting with Willow. A unified troop of vampires has
appeared, operating with unusual cohesion. The spirit of deceased Slayer
Lucy Hanover appears to Buffy in a dream with news of impending danger.
A single moment of bad judgment catapults Buffy into an alternate future
dimension where vampires reign supreme. She must
What You Wish by Constance M. Burge (Creator), Diana G. Gallagher, $5.99
Phoebe starts getting visions
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Hellbound by A. A. Attanasio, $15.00
The story of a soul attempting
to escape from hell, set in the Crow universe.
Campaign by Jim Mortimore, $6.95
The Dr. is called upon to
do some intense investigation when the universe ceases to exist and people
long dead start turning up.
Earth : Final Conflict-Auger's Teacher by Sherwood Smith, $14.95
A middle-aged school teacher
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of the Apes: Human War by Ian Edginton, Paco Medina, Adrian Sibar, Juan
F. Velasco; $9.95
Set several decades after
the events in the movie, ape society has been torn apart from within by
a horrible civil war that`s erupted between ape rebels advocating human
integration and the fearful but powerful ape regime.
of the Apes : Leo's Logbook: A Captain's Days in Captivity by Benjamin
Athens, List Price: $7.99
A 48-page heavily illustrated
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the Mark Wahlberg character. In addition to a retelling of the story, there
are appendices containing information not included in the movie (e.g.,
the meaning of different symbols on the Planet of the Apes, simple scientific
explanations about the workings of the pod and the Oberon, and more).
Gateways Book 1: One Small Step by Susan Wright, $6.99
Long-idled machines of an
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Challenger : Gateways Book 2: Chainmail by Diane Carey, $6.99
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unless Captain Nick Keller of the U.S.S. Challenger can stop it.
Deep Space Nine: Gateways - Demons of Air and Darkness by Keith R. A. DeCandido,
A world near DS9 is threatened
by forces from the Delta Quadrant using these ancient alien gateways.
: The Next Generation-Gateways by Robert Greenberger, $6.99
Feuding Klingons and Romulans
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Voyager : Endgame by Diane Carey, Christie Golden, $12.00
This is a novelization of
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Council: Acts of War by Randy Stradley, Davide Fabbri, Christian Dalla
When the warlike Yinchorri
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and including Qui-Gin Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi is sent to the Yinchorri
system to settle matters, and they soon find themselves facing overwhelming
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The New Jedi Order-Balance Point by Kathy Tyers, $6.99
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Tales of the Jedi - Redemption by Kevin J. Anderson, Chris Gossett; $14.95
Set ten years after the Sith
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of the galaxy, trying to escape from a life he would rather forget. He
sees a chance at redemption when he's given the opportunity to teach a
new pupil in the ways of the Jedi.
24.RECENT TITLES: OTHER BOOKS
A Science Fiction Poetry Anthology by Keith Allen Daniels et al. $14.95
A collection of poetry on
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of Star Trek by Lois H. Gresh, Robert E. Weinberg, $14.00
This book covers the gamut
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House Harkonnen by Brian Herbert, Kevin Anderson; $6.99
This is the second in a prequel
trilogy. The first was Dune: House Atreides.
of Star Trek by William Cassidy, Susan Schwartz, Ross S. Kraemer, $24.00
A look at the religious aspects
of the 23rd and 24th centuries: God; Evil; Messiahs and Shamans; Myth and
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Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction by Paul J. Nahin,
Explores the ideas of time
travel from the first account in English literature in 1733 to the latest
of physicists. Topics include the history of time travel in fiction; the
fundamental concepts of time, spacetime, and the fourth dimension. Decipherable
to readers without physics background (all the nasty equations are hidden
in the appendices).
25.SPIELBERG DEFENDS HIS
INVOLVEMENT WITH A.I.
Some have criticized Steven Spielberg for stepping in to take over the
late Stanley Kubrick's final film A.I. despite barely knowing him. But
Spielberg had an amicable relationship with Kubrick and described their
bond as being "movie friends". Spielberg says, "No one really gave Stanley
enough credit for being funny. He had a really dry sense of humor. He'd
pull your leg and you wouldn't even know it until you got home and realized
'Oh God, he wasn't being serious'. I loved being around him." The two directors
only met 12 times in the 18 years they knew each other, but would regularly
chat on the phone. Spielberg says, "He'd call me to discuss other people's
movies. He wanted to know what I thought about them. When a film was a
tremendous box-office success, Stanley called me to ask why and I could
never tell him." As the mind behind blockbusters like BACK TO THE FUTURE
and SCHINDLER'S LIST, the superstar director enjoyed sharing tips with
Kubrick. Spielberg says, "We talked about films, we talked about our kids,
we talked about our lives. And we talked about A.I. from 1984, when he
first told me the story."
26.THE AMERICAN PSYCHO FRANCHISE?
Gate, which is now filming AMERICAN PSYCHO 2: THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE,
is considering the possibility of mounting a "franchise" of AMERICAN PSYCHO
movies. AMERICAN PSYCHO author Bret Easton Ellis noted that he had sold
the rights to the title when he made his original deal. "I've even heard
that they were thinking about doing AMERICAN PSYCHO IN L.A., AMERICAN PSYCHO
IN LAS VEGAS, and making a whole franchise out of it." A Lions Gate spokes
person said: "We're going to see what happens with AMERICAN PSYCHO2 before
we go ahead with a franchise." THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE sequel stars Mila
Kunis of THAT '70s SHOW as a survivor of the serial killer played by Christian
Bale in the original movie, who has developed a taste for killing as well.
27.THE NEW AUSTIN POWERS SEQUEL
Austin Powers will be called GOLDMEMBER and will feature a spoof James
Bond villain who goes by the same name. Mike Myers will reprise his role
as Powers, Dr. Evil and Fat Bastard. The film's director Jay Roach says,
"It's the most interesting, exotic villain people have seen in a long time,
and every time Mike lapsed into the character in readings, we would literally
lose it and take time to regain our composure." Producers are talking to
Verne Troyer about returning as Mini-Me, and the plan is to have Seth Green
reprise his role as Dr. Evil's son Scott, with Robert Wagner back as No
2. Heather Graham might return for a cameo, but a new love interest will
28.THE MATRIX RELOADED HAS
HIT SOME BLOCKS
producer of the two upcoming MATRIX sequels, has recently announced that
the first of the two sequels has been delayed until 2003. That announcement
was made when their only concern was facing a complicated production and
post-production schedule. Things have gotten far, far more complex now.
at the end of August, a twin-engine Cessna went down shortly after taking
off from the Bahamas. One of the passengers on that plane was the pop star
and actress Aaliyah. You may have already seen her in ROMEO MUST DIE. She's
recently completed her filming her role for the feature-film adaptation
of Anne Rice's QUEEN OF THE DAMNED novel, playing the vampire empress of
the title. The 22-year-old was to have played a prominent role in both
the upcoming MATRIX films. She already shot some footage last spring. She
was scheduled to complete the bulk of her work next year.
have to wait and see what happens with the films. I'll keep you updated.
29.RUMORS FLY THAT AALIYAH'S
DEATH WILL SAVE QUEEN OF THE DAMNED
are rampant that the death of Aaliyah will save her movie QUEEN OF THE
DAMNED from going straight to video. The vampire flick is in post-production
and is described as "unwatchable." Warner Bros pushed the release date
back to 2002. The movie was going straight to video instead of cinemas.
Aaliyah's death could mean the film will appear in cinemas after all. And
though Aaliyah will appear as a vampire queen, somebody else will be talking
for her. The day after her plane went down , Aaliyah was due to fly to
Los Angeles to loop her dialogue with New York speech therapist Sam Chwat,
who was helping her with an Egyptian accent.
a Warner Brothers spokesman has denied what they've called "vicious" rumors.
They're saying that they always planned to release the film in movie theaters
and never slotted it for a straight-to-video release. The spokesman said,
"It was always on the theatrical schedule. We haven't determined the tragedy's
impact on production."
30.PARKER & STONE MAY
TAKE THAT'S MY BUSH TO THE BIG SCREEN
and Matt Stone are meeting with executives at Paramount and Dreamworks
in regards to turning their canceled Comedy Central series THAT'S MY BUSH
into the feature parody GEORGE BUSH & THE SECRET OF THE GLASS TIGER.
"In the movie, we're going to turn [Bush] into a superhero who battles
the enemies of the country, in this case the Chinese," said Stone. "We
want it to look like a John Woo action movie."
31.JACKIE CHAN GETS A $20
MILLION TIP FOR THE BELLBOY
Chan will be paid $20 million to star in a remake of the 1960 Jerry Lewis
comedy THE BELLBOY. Jackie Chan reportedly joined the $20-Million Club
following the success of RUSH HOUR 2, for which he was paid $15 million.
(His costar, Chris Tucker, reportedly received $20 million.) Chan's been
in negotiations over THE BELLBOY for more than a year. The project was
fast-tracked following the RUSH HOUR 2 success.
32.THE GREATEST STORIES NEVER
a grin, every now and again, we'll take a walk the dark dangerous back
alleys and slaughter houses populating the nasty little town of "Development
Hell." That term is one used for a movie that just can't make it out of
development. Below you'll look at numerous titles that exist, at the moment,
on paper or in someone's imagination. They're in various stages of that
dreaded condition - "development." Every film has to enter and struggle
its way out of this stage.
these films will never be made. Some will be made but, due to the high
costs of distribution, will be canned forever. Some will release directly
to cable and/or video. A lucky few may actually get made, though the final
product may be unrecognizable compared to the synopsis that you're reading
of these titles sound good to you, and you fear that you'll never see them,
don't despair. Two titles come to mind, THEY SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY knocked
around for decades before being filmed. THE UNFORGIVEN was shopped for
over ten years before Eastwood bought it. HORSES was nominated for Best
Picture. UNFORGIVEN actually won!
ADDED TO RAPIDLY GROWING HELL [DreamWorks-In Development] - Plagued by
the misfiled tormented souls of Disney lawyers and corporate raiders, Hell
has to create a tenth circle in order to handle the ever-growing needs
of humanity's damned. Thus is born: Corpadverticus, The Circle of Total
[Development Hell] - Agent Graves has a proposition for you. Here's a briefcase.
Inside is a gun. And one hundred bullets. All untraceable. And by the way,
here's some hard information that tells you, without a shadow of a doubt,
who ruined your life. Now have a nice day.
[Paramount Pictures: Development Hell] - The world's wealthiest man, a
software mogul, learns how the world will end. With all of his fortune
and power, surely he'll try to prevent the apocalypse from happening, correct?
Not really. The billionaire plans to save himself and the other top twenty
wealthiest individuals in the world - then set out for true global domination!
LATER [Fox Searchlight: In Development] - Earth's population has passed
away due to a virus with an extremely high and extremely fatal success
rate, leaving only a small group of people alive in London.
ULTIMATE [20th Century Fox: In Development] - A scientist uses a dying
homeless woman to test a process that grants her powers of unlimited adaptability.
Almost overnight she becomes seductive, powerful and dangerous to society.
The scientist is torn between the love he feels for the woman and his responsibility
to civilization at large.
THE VISITATION [Columbia Pictures: Development Hell] - First contact with
an extraterrestrial race has occurred long ago. Now, a group of individuals
work to infiltrate the core of a quarantined area to determine the secret
that lies within.
[Columbia Pictures: Script Stage] - In a world where technology is even
more prevalent than it is in our own, a tech support phone operator discovers
a place where robots can beat the synthetic crap out of one another.
THE MOON [Script Stage] - A disgraced NASA engineer hijacks the space shuttle
Columbia and a terrified female passenger for a secret mission to the moon
to save all life on Earth. This is based on a novel by Homer Hickam, jr.
He wrote his autobiographical account of his boyhood with rocketery in
the book The Rocket Boys, that later became the film OCTOBER SKY.
MUSIC [Tristar: Development Hell] - Scientist Virgil Ulam creates a new
type of blood cell that promises to advance medical science decades ahead.
When Virgil injects the cells into his body, he notices his complexion,
eyesight and health are greatly improved. Then the changes begin. Before
long a horrible 'plague' is unleashed that completely devours North America.
Soon the leaders of the scientific community realize the cause of the plague:
Virgil's cells have become sentient beings with minds and an alien purpose
of their own. They're spreading sentience and independence to human cells
across the world. What happens next changes the world forever.
Hell] - A physicist accidentally creates a microcosm, a miniature universe,
in which she can see all of creation played out. Suffice to say, this causes
a bit of a stir.
AND ALIENS [Universal/Dreamworks SKG: Development Hell] - When a spaceship
crashes in the Old West, both cowboys and Indians must decide whether to
use their new found technology against each other or against the aliens
who are set to invade.
Bros.: Script Stage] - The end of the world begins - again. After a series
of nightmarish attacks by, of all things, common dust mites, scientists
begin to see horrifying ecological changes rapidly occur throughout the
world. Species begin dying off at unprecedented speed. The algae in the
oceans disappear. Food chains begin to collapse. Outbreaks of famine, disease
and war begin to break out, first in third world nations, then spreading
to engulf every corner of the world. Soon a reason for these catastrophes
is learned: the world is entering into a dormant cycle, a naturally-occuring
phase where species die off in great numbers. It's happened many times
throughout the planet's four billion year life span, once 65 million years
ago when the dinosaurs roamed the planet. However, what's triggered this
phase's mass extinction was humanity's massive impact upon the world: we've
sped up the process, and like the dinosaurs of old, we're now facing
extinction ourselves. As nations begin annexing other nations and the survivors
start to hoard food and supplies, one scientist who lost his wife to the
disasters thinks he's figured out a means to halt the systematic death
of nature - but will there be any humans around to save?
[Dreamworks SKG.: Development Hell] - It's a race against time to stop
a virus that lowers intelligence before all those who could halt its contagious
advance are too mentally dull to help.
OF SEVEN [Universal: Development Hell] - Arthur Conan Doyle finds himself
in a bit of a spot after writing a manuscript that comes terribly close
to describing the actions of the mysterious seven. Why? Well,
before he knows what's happening he's entangled in a satanic conspiracy
to destroy society as the Victorians knew it.
EFFECT [Warner Brothers: Development Hell] - There was no Mercury 6 spaceshot.
The program stopped after five launches - or that's what the government
wants you to believe. But two Fish and Wildlife agents know better: after
being launched into space in 1962, the sixth capsule just crash-landed
hours ago off the coast of Florida . . . and its crew of two chimpanzees
are not only still alive after three decades of living in space, but intelligent
and capable of speech (I wonder if they'll give Tim Roth a role here).
Before long, the residents of a small Florida town find themselves in the
midst of a revolution - not of man against man, but man against Nature.
And rallying the armies of the now intelligent beasts is a would-be conqueror
bent on overthrowing humanity from our station as the pinnacle of evolution.
And if we don't listen to what he has to say - he'll use the nuclear warheads
he's just commandeered.
ZERO [Universal Pictures: Development Hell] - A mysterious serial killer
is hunting other serial killers - and one FBI agent suspects there may
be more to the vigilante than they imagine.
33.PIERCE BROSNAN WILL KEEP
HIS LICENSE TO THRILL
rumors to the contrary, Pierce Brosnan's license to kill will definitely
be renewed: the actor has been confirmed to reprise to his role as James
Bond. Eon Productions, which makes the 007 films, has denied reports that
it was looking to replace Brosnan in the role. A report in the British
says Scottish actor Gerard Butler had been promised the role when Brosnan
gave it up.
34. MEGIDDO MARKETING WITH
THAT OL' TIME RELIGION
of MEGIDDO: THE OMEGA CODE II, the sequel to 1999's Christian-themed THE
OMEGA CODE, will use churches to market the movie, which opens in more
than 400 theaters on Sept. 21. MEGIDDO, which will be released by GoodTimes
Entertainment and Gener8Xion Entertainment, was screened for more than
5,000 church pastors during a 19-city national tour and was also promoted
at music festivals.
is to persuade clergy to incorporate the movie and its 25-minute trailer
into their messages to congregants. The campaign also relies on as many
as 10,000 volunteers to encourage moviegoers. MEGIDDO will also be touted
on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, whose chairman, Paul Crouch, is the
father of Gener8Xion's president, Matthew Crouch.
stars Michael York, Michael Biehn, Diane Venora, David Hedison and Kent
McCord and features 270 visual effects and locations on four continents.
35.PEARL HARBOR IS THE TOP
GROSSING FILM WORLDWIDE
taken in a total of $430 million in ticket sales worldwide, PEARL HARBOR
has now become the top grossing film of the year. Although several analysts
have suggested that the film's enormous budget, estimated at $145 million,
plus huge merchandising and advertising outlays, are not likely to be recovered
once exhibitors are paid off, Disney Motion Pictures Group chairman Dick
Cook said that the box-office result "is a great accomplishment by any
36.PLAYBOY CONTEMPLATES THE
Underlining the fact that Playboy has, from the beginning, contained provocative
material to read as well as look at, the magazine said that it plans to
produce several major motion pictures based on fictional stories that first
appeared on its pages. "There's an enormous treasure trove of material
[for screenplays] in decades of Playboys," magazine spokesman Bill Farley
announced. Numerous stories that originally appeared as short stories in
Playboy have already been made into motion pictures, including THE FLY,
FAHRENHEIT 451, and Steven Spielberg's first effort, DUEL. Playboy will
be partnered in the film projects with Larry Kasanoff's Threshold Entertainment.
37.STRACZYNSKI'S STAR IS ON
THE RISE IN HOLLYWOOD
5 creator J. Michael Straczynski said that he has already turned in a fourth
draft of the screenplay for a feature-film version of his RISING STARS
comic-book series. "MGM, oddly enough, in a press conference to vendors
for upcoming licensing, mentioned RISING STARS as being on the slate for
2002," Straczynski said. "So I was surprised; I didn't know that."
by Top Cow Comics, RISING STARS tells the story of the Specials, 113 people
who are endowed with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.
"[The film adapts] the first eight books," Straczynski said. "It's 24 issues,
and each eight-issue section is one act of a story covering 64 years. If
this does well, we want to do a trilogy of films. If the first movie does
well, they can reach into the second two acts of the books and shoot them
38.THREEPIO NEARS COMPLETION
protocol droid C-3PO receives his covering in the upcoming STAR WARS EPISODE
II, courtesy of Natalie Portman's Padmé Amidala. Don Bies, an Industrial
Light & Magic modelmaker, will design both the stripped and covered
versions of the droid, who will be played by Anthony Daniels.
of the new Threepio costume were outfitted with magnets to assist Portman
in the scene were she begins to affix the exposed version with coverings.
"It was [director] George Lucas' idea that, in this film, Threepio was
not gold," Bies said. "He was just a bunch of found pieces of different
robots put together like a patchwork. He specifically requested a rusty
arm, a leg that was painted white where the paint was rubbing off, and
that the face be bare metal and appear to look like it was made of different
materials. So, over a weekend, we had to paint the look of a new C-3PO
and bring it in the next day to show it to everybody."
II also marks the first time Daniels dons the droid suit in more than a
decade. "When I discussed it with Tony over the phone, we were both agreeing
that if he did gain some weight, we could do some nip and tuck on the suit,
and it wouldn't matter, because it was supposed to be a hodgepodge of parts
anyway," Bies said. "But when we actually put it on, it fit incredibly
well. It slipped right on, and he had no problems. On the inside, we sanded
parts down just to take some edges off, but that's pretty much all we did
39.WAR OF THE WORLDS IS ON
our fragile blue planet is in peril as our angry red neighbors are set
to declare another WAR OF THE WORLDS. Here's what I've been able to learn
about the production so far. They'll be shooting in Seattle and New York,
starting this fall, with an eye to releasing Halloween, 2002. This will
apparently be given a contemporary setting, rather than the novel's Victorian
setting, but it all other ways the director's sworn fidelity to H. G. Wells'
original vision. Big names have been bandied about but no one seems to
have signed yet.
the camera, Foundation Imaging, who provided effects for BABYLON 5, STAR
TREK VOYAGER and ENTERPRISE series, just provided Pendragon Pictures with
some of the advanced design work and effects tests for the fighting machines.
The look of the fighting machines and alien technology is coming from both
the computer world and the miniature team, but being led by the miniature
creations. Miniature effects supervisor Jon Sorensen, who contributed to
such films as ALIEN, OUTLAND, and THE DARK CRYSTAL, says, "We have to be
careful that the CG tail doesn't wag the Miniature dog. The Aliens have
been studying us. Our past. They would pick things from various periods
that scare us and integrate them into their machines. They have constructed
these things for the sole purpose of invading Earth. Nowhere else. These
machines are custom built for that purpose. Not as generalized war machines.
They have complicated pistons and highly detailed machinery."
40.MY NAMESAKE FILM GETS SOME
Glen Morgan and James Wong (THE ONE) are shopping a new incarnation of
the 1971 rat horror movie WILLARD in a new an interesting way. They're
sending copies of a spec script in a cage - with rats. They sent the packages
to various executives on Aug. 4.
principals Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg and Miramax co-chairmen
Harvey and Bob Weinstein were among those who received the cages. The off-beat
pitch worked on New Line. They're getting into pre-production mode to do
41.A WHOLE WEBSITE OF SPOILERS
presumably on the principle that there are few things more satisfying than
spoiling a movie for someone you dislike by giving away the ending or a
major plot twist, screenwriter Diane Patterson has compiled a list of spoilers,
which she has posted on the Internet at http://www.spies.com/~diane/spoilers.html.
The spoilers are listed under the headings "Extraspecial Spoilers" ("She's
a guy!") and "Standard Spoilers" ("Darth Vader is Luke's . . . oh, hell,
everyone knows that.") The object of the game is for you to destroy movies
for those who haven't seen them yet in the shortest and pithiest manner.
So do people have their natural allergic reaction to spoilers when visiting
the page? "Most people think it's great," according to Patterson. "They
think it's a pretty funny game and enjoy trying to come up with spoilers
for the [web] page."
42.SEAN PENN WISHES RECTAL
CANCER ON MICHAEL BAY
has continued his lashing out at Hollywood, taking pot shots at popcorn
movies in general and director Michael Bay in particular. He rants, "The
best moviemakers in the US are now living in Disneyland. The definition
of a good film now is one that makes the bank happy, not one that shines
a light on people's lives." Of Bay, Penn moans, "You can read about cancer,
or you can watch a Michael Bay picture. Those type of filmmakers should
be sent running home screaming with rectal cancer . . . they don't care
about the films they make, or about what is going on around them."
43.PREPARE FOR THE FLOOD OF
EXCREMENT TO HIT THE SCREEN!
Jack Valenti has confirmed that the motion picture industry intends to
release a flood of films this fall and next winter, the result of rush
production schedules that preceded the threatened actors and writers strikes.
Valenti said, "You'll see a real outpouring of major releases this fall,
with more to come at the start of the new year, when they usually don't
put out much new product." Travis speculated that the studios decided to
dump all of the films on the marketplace at once because many of them had
been forced to employ "lesser directors, writers and actors because everyone
was so in demand." The result, Travis suggested, was a glut of inferior
44.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR
THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
7TH: SOUL SURVIVORS focuses on college freshman Cassandra "Cassie"
(Melissa Sagemiller) as she steps into a nightmare of otherworldly visitations
after surviving a devastating car accident. She's haunted by a grim reaper
of a far different kind. Her only hope is to cling to chance encounters
with her lost love (Casey Affleck) and the aid of a mysterious young priest.
has been scheduled to release September 15th, 2000, January 19th, 2001,
March 16th, 2001, August 24th, 2001 and September 28th, 2001. That's generally
not a sign that a studio has much confidence in a release. We'll have to
wait and see if it actually releases today.
21ST: THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT was described by the Sundance Film Festival
as a "midnight-style musical", this is the story of a shipping contractor
chased through a "rustic solar system" by a demented killer. Sounds wild.
28TH: DON'T SAY A WORD is the story of a New York psychiatrist (Michael
Douglas) whose daughter is kidnapped, and the frantic race against time
that he goes through to get her back, which includes treating a nearly
catatonic young woman for the criminal mastermind (Sean Bean) that had
his daughter kidnapped. Famke Janssen plays the wife of Douglas' character.
Directed by Gary Fleder (KISS THE GIRLS, THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE
IN ATLANTIS is set in Harwich, CT in 1960. This is the story of Bobby Garfield
(Anton Yelchin), a fatherless 11-year-old boy who is befriended by Ted
Brautigan, a strange man (Anthony Hopkins) boarding in the building Bobby
lives in with his mother. Both Bobby and Ted are threatened by outside
forces. Bobby by a gang of local bullies, Ted by men in yellow jackets
he believes are out to get him. The director is Scott Hicks (SHINE, SNOW
FALLING ON CEDARS). The screenwriter is William Goldman (THE PRINCESS BRIDE,
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, MISERY).
based on the book of the same title by Stephen King, which is an anthology
of five stories that each have a connection to the Vietnam War. Though
"Hearts in Atlantis" is the title of the second story in the book, this
film will mostly focus on the first (and longest) story, "Low Men in Yellow
45.STUDIOS WILL PUT BOTH
NEW AND OLD MOVIES ONLINE
Hollywood's eight major film studios have announced plans to create an
Internet joint venture that will allow PC users with broadband connections
to download new and old movies on demand. The studios - MGM, Paramount,
Sony, Universal and Warner's - indicated that they will employ a modified
version of Sony's Moviefly technology and that they intend to charge the
same price as pay-per-view cable outlets, about $3-$5. The service is not
likely to be launched for several months, published reports indicated.
46.DISNEY AND FOX PARTNER
and Fox will partner in a new Internet company, movies.com, to provide
movies and other entertainment on demand starting in early 2002. The service
will generally require consumers to have access to broadband Internet services
such as cable or DSL or enhanced digital cable TV services. It is expected
that the two companies will follow up the theatrical release of their films
by moving them quickly onto movies.com. At this point DreamWorks
as the only major studio without an announced on-demand strategy.
47.A NEW TWIST IN DELIVERING
MOVIES TO YOUR PC
film company, Media World Broadcasting Ltd., has demonstrated a technology
to deliver high-quality, full-screen video to personal computers in real
time over ordinary phone lines with a simple 28K modem. According to the
website, operated by the weekly trade publication Screen International,
the demonstration was monitored by the Australian unit of the international
accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, which confirmed that no tricks were
used. The system "undermines the need for broadband." MWB CEO John Tatoulis
said, "We would not be in this if we were not 110 percent sure that the
technology works. . . . We now have the opportunity to revolutionize the
distribution and entertainment industry."
48.BABYLON 5 COMES TO DVD
Straczynski's BABYLON 5 will make its DVD debut on December 4th with the
release the series' pilot, "The Gathering," and the episode "In The Beginning."
Both discs will retail for $19.95. There's no word on when the rest of
the series will follow. I'll keep you posted.
49.THE SHREK VHS AND DVD OFFER
appears in stores on November 2 it'll be loaded for bear. The highest grossing
movie of 2001 will saturate viewers with extras.
edition VHS will include an extended three-minute ending. The DVD will
have a record breaking 11 hours of additional material with it, including
15 minutes of new animation conceived after the film's theatrical release.
Among the extras will be a new song that involves 150 characters.
original feature will be the price. Studios set a suggested-retail-price
(or SRP, which are the prices sited here in "The ICS Files") and a minimum-advertised-price
(or MAP, which is as low as they want retailers to go, though some drop
below it). There will be no SRP for SHREK. The MAP is $15.95 for the VHS
and $19.95 for the DVD.
50.A PRISTINE COPY OF CITIZEN
KANE DEBUTS ON DVD
of restorationists spent three years lovingly restoring the film that has
topped the all-time best lists of critics and film fans from around the
world. On September 25 a newly restored CITIZEN KANE makes its grand entrance.
is no original camera negative left of Orson Welles' classic. It's believed
to have been destroyed in a fire. A print from the New York Museum of Modern
Art and another from an archive in Belgium were the basis of the restoration.
The result is a print free of dirt and scratches with perfect tone and
sound. There were easy digital fixes that could have been done. They weren't.
The goal was to see the exact image that audiences saw at its debut on
May 1, 1941.
be a 2-disc set. Besides the feature there's also commentary by Roger Ebert
and Welles' biographer Peter Bogdanovich; a 1941 movie premiere newsreel;
a gallery of storyboards; rare photos; alternate ad campaign; studio and
personal correspondence; call sheets and other memorabilia; a two-hour
documentary entitled THE BATTLE OVER CITIZEN KANE about the power struggle
between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst; interviews with Welles,
the stars of Citizen Kane and associates of Welles and Hearst, rare footage
from Hearst's San Simeon Estate and Welles' historic "The War of the Worlds"
broadcast and biographical profiles of Welles and Hearst. The whole package
is going out for $29.99.
Video is considering offering a new edition of JURASSIC PARK on DVD in
October. The offering would be to placate angry consumers who claim that
their DVD's don't have the same low frequency quality as the theatrical
print. Universal maintains that the discs are not defective but, if there
is a re-issue, they'd swap the old discs for new with the unhappy consumers.
52.THERE'LL BE NO DELETED
SCENES IN THE JURASSIC PARK III DVD
checking out the extras for the eventual DVD release of JURASSIC PARK III
you won't find a cluster of deleted scenes. Director Joe Johnston used
every scene that he shot and almost all the usable footage from each scene.
Even though it clocked in at about 100 minutes (making it the shortest
of the series) there just wasn't anything to spare. Johnston explained
that extras may come in the form of unused storyboards. Two other complete
versions of the film were written and storyboarded before he scrapped the
script just five weeks before the crew left for Hawaii.
53.IT'S A TAPE! IT'S A DISC!
TriStar has conceived an interesting new approach to DVD releases. They're
about to launch a new line called "Super-Bit." They'll offer DVD's stripped
of their usual bells and whistles (commentaries, documentaries, games etc.)
In their place they'll offer a super enhanced audio and visual experience
on each release. This will be especially appreciated for consumers with
high-end home theater equipment. The first batch of titles will be CROUCHING
TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON; JOHNNY MNEMONIC; THE FIFTH ELEMENT; AIR FORCE ONE
and DESPERADO. From the look of the title selection it appears that the
studio is targeting male early adapters of technology who are fans of action
and sci-fi films.
dilemma arises for companies as they raise the bar on quality. Eventually
consumers will want it all - super clear pictures and sounds along with
the usual extras. It will be interesting to see how they handle it.
54.VHS - IT'S A WOMAN THING
the great strides made by the oncoming of the DVD format, VHS remains the
stronger of the two - much to the chagrin of the video industry. Suppliers
and retailers resent having to carry the same title in two formats. They
would be just as happy if we all converted to DVD. So who's buying all
this VHS? Women accounted for 57% of all VHS purchases. Men bought 60%
of all DVD's. VHS tends to be family-friendly fare. The DVD trend is for
science-fiction and action/adventure fare.
55.AMERICAN WEREWOLF TURNS
20 WITH STYLE
Naughton, star of the 1981 movie AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, said that
he and co-star Griffin Dunne contributed new audio commentary to the 20th-anniversary
edition DVD of the classic horror film. "We did commentary, kind of like
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER ," Naughton said. "We made some funny comments.
So yeah, I'm looking forward to it."
DVD, releasing on Sept. 18, also features a digitally remastered version
of the film, interviews with makeup artist Rick Baker and director John
Landis, storyboards, a making-of featurette and never-before-seen footage,
Naughton said. "They have a 16 mm [film] at the first makeup meeting with
Rick Baker, when we were getting some preliminary makeup done," he added.
"So there's all kinds of neat stuff on it. [It's] new and improved."
said he never expected the film to remain popular as long as it has. "We're
still holding up," he said. "And the film seems to work. People are still
scared by it. It's still funny. The makeup's as good as it's ever been.
You look at [computer graphics] and some of the computer-generated stuff
that's around, and this seems to hold up. Rick Baker's very proud of it,
[and] so is John Landis. ... We knew we had something special. We didn't
know it would be an international kind of thing. But who knew? I didn't
know I'd be a Pepper this long, either, but here I am."
Rental titles releasing 9/4:
MEMENTO is an intriguing detective story. A former insurance investigator
is on the trail of his wife's killer. His search is made tougher because
of his mental condition. During his wife's assault he sustained a brain
injury that prevents from acquiring any short term memories. His memories
stop at the point of the murder. Relying on notes scribbled on the backs
of Polaroids and reminders tattooed across his body, he proceeds down an
uncertain path toward vengeance. The movie stars Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliono
and Carrie-Ann Moss. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $24.95.
Rental title releasing 9/11:
DEAD CREATURES is about a group of young women with a serious problem.
They've been cursed and can only survive by feeding on humans. One
man searches the streets stopping at nothing until he has killed them all.
The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $24.95. . . . THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED
2: HELLGATE is about a team of parapsychologists who investigate a haunted
house on Wingate Road six months after a man disappeared inside the house.
The team becomes the victims of the demons that haunt the house. The VHS
is a rental. . . . JUST VISITING is an American version of a popular French
comedy/fantasy film. A 12th century French count, suspecting that his fiancee
was killed with black magic, enlists the help of bumbling wizard. He's
accidentally sent to the 21st century, where he meets his fiancee's descendants.
He has to find a way to return and save her. The VHS is a rental. The DVD
sells for $32.99.
Rental titles releasing 9/18:
DEVIL'S PREY is about an unexpected encounter with Satanic forces. After
hitting a mysterious young woman on an isolated country road, a carload
of teenagers are on the run from a strange cult that wants to use them
as sacrifices. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $24.99.
Rental titles releasing 9/25:
BLACK SCORPION RETURNS is from Roger Corman's T&A super-heroine show
that airs on the Sci-Fi Channel. She's a cop by day, a scantily clad masked
crusader by night and a total babe 24/7. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells
for $19.98. . . . ALONG CAME A SPIDER features Morgan Freeman reprising
his role as Detective Alex Cross (previously seen in KISS THE GIRLS), this
time teaming with a beautiful Secret Service agent to stop a psychopath
from committing a horrifying crime. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells
for $29.99. . . . THE BROTHERHOOD II, features a team of teenage vampire
fighters takes on an evil team of warlocks. Gee, why does this plot seem
so familiar? I'll bet Buffy and co. could kick all their keesters! Check
out today's sell-through for Part I. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells
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9/4: Today is OMEN Day. The four films span from 1976 to 1991. The films
are THE OMEN, OMEN II: DAMIEN, OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT and OMEN IV:
THE AWAKENING. You can buy the VHS separately for $9.98 or as a gift set
for $29.98. The DVD are $19.98 each, the gift set for $69.98. . . . What
day of the week is it? It's FLY day. Today you can't separate the men from
the flies with a crowbar! We've got THE FLY, from 1958 with Vincent Price
and David Heddison. There's RETURN OF THE FLY, from 1959, with Vincent
Price and Brett Halsey. We've got the disturbing 1986 David Cronenberg
remake with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. Finally we've got Eric Stoltz
in THE FLY II as the unfortunate son resulting from the 1986 film. They're
all on DVD and all go for $19.98. . . . AENIGMA, from 1987, was directed
by Italian director Lucio Fulci. A young girl attending a Catholic school
is put into a coma by her mean classmates. She possesses the mind of one
of the students to use telekinesis to take revenge on them. The VHS is
$14.98. The DVD sells for $24.99. . . . BEDAZZLED is the American
remake of the classic 1967 British comedy. A nerdy guy (Brendan Fraser)
who has a hard time getting a date, makes a deal with the sexy female Devil
(Elizabeth Hurley). He gets seven wishes to change his image and lifestyle
in return for signing over his soul. But he soon finds out that the Devil
doesn't always play fair. The VHS sells for $14.98. . . . BUFFY THE VAMPIRE
SLAYER: THE MOVIE is the unfortunate 1992 box-office toe-stub that
launched the very successful TV series. A high school cheerleader finds
out she was destined to be a vampire slayer. The VHS goes for $9.98. The
DVD is $19.98. . . . DEEP BLUE SEA pits humans against smart
sharks. A group of doctors with a possible cure for Alzheimer's performs
gene therapy on sharks to check their theories, but the sharks become bigger,
stronger and smarter and turn against them in the underwater laboratory.
The VHS is $14.95. . . . FARSCAPE: TILL THE BLOOD RUNS CLEAR/RHAPSODY IN
BLUE contains footage never before seen by American audiences. The
VHS is $14.98. The DVD sells for $24.98. . . . FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND is
a not-very-good edition of the Frankenstein saga, directed by Roger Corman
(this is, to date, his most recent directing job). A nuclear physicist
time traveler (John Hurt) goes back to the 1800s and runs into Lord Byron
(Jason Patric), Percy and Mary Shelley (Bridget Fonda) and their neighbor
Dr. Frankenstein (Raul Julia) and his monster. The VHS is $9.98. . . .
GHOST IN THE MACHINE has a serial killer who dies in a CAT-scan during
a lightening storm and his soul is sent into a computer where he terrorizes
more victims through their home computers. The VHS is $9.98. . . . THE
INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF WALLACE AND GROMIT brings the British claymation
series to the small screen. There are three fun shorts offered including,
"A Grand Day Out," "The Wrong Trousers" and "A Close Shave." The VHS is
$19.98. The DVD goes for $24.98. . . . KUNG FU RASCALS is a silly American
parody of what a martial arts movie should be. Three heroes battle such
evil forces as ninjas and a 300-foot god for the good of mankind. The VHS
is $9.99. The DVD sells for $14.99. . . . THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE was
made in 1973. A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female
psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious
Hell House to prove or disprove survival after death. All (but one) of
the prior visitors have either been killed or gone mad. It is up to the
team to survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mystery of the
Hell House. Both the screenplay and the novel that spawned it were written
by Richard Mattheson. The VHS is $9.98. The DVD sells for $19.98 . . .
LITTLE NICKY stars Adam Sandler as Satan's youngest son (who happens
to be the least demonic of the three brothers). He travels to Earth to
stop his older brothers' evil plan for world domination and save his dad
(Harvey Keitel). The VHS sells for $14.98. . . . THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT
stars Geena Davis as a suburban schoolteacher who discovers that she's
really a CIA killer (actually, I've had teachers with the same background).
When her memories return her former employers want her dead. The movie
was directed by Davis' then-boyfriend, Renny Harlin. The VHS is $9.94.
. . . THE MATRIX is a movie that needs no introduction. Keanu Reeves
plays the 20th century computer hacker who discovers the true nature of
reality and finds himself becoming the savior in a miserable future. The
VHS goes for $19.80. . . . Today parts one and two of the delightful family
fantasy, THE NEVERENDING STORY, come out. This story of a boy who finds
himself intertwined with a story in a book sells for $14.95 for the VHS
and $19.98 for the DVD. . . . THE OMEGA CODE is a sci-fi action flick,
Christian style. A man searching for the ancient codes hidden within the
Torah that reveal the secrets of global events in the past, present and
future is up against a man who wants the codes to gain control of the world.
The DVD is $19.95. . . . THE PROFESSIONAL is about a young girl (a very
young, pre-STAR WARS, Natalie Portman) who hires New York's top hitman
(Jean Reno) to avenge her parents' deaths. The VHS sells for $9.95. . .
. RED PLANET is like a rotted salad. It has what should be great blending
of ingredients in this story of a disastrous trip to Mars but it wilts
and spoils before our eyes. The cast includes Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne
Moss, Tom Siezemore and Terence Stamp. The VHS is $14.95. . . . RETURN
TO FROGTOWN, with Lou Ferrigno, is the sequel to HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN.
The Flying Texas Rocket Rangers must battle the king of the Mutant Frogs
to save one of their own. The VHS is $9.99. The DVD is $14.99. . . . THE
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW time-warp-shuffles its way onto store shelves
today. Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry star in this story of a couple stranded
in the rain happen seek help from a transvestite who is hosting a bizarre
party for the residents of the planet Transsexual. The VHS is 1975. The
DVD sells for $26.98. . . . THE SIMPSONS TRICK OR TREEHOUSE
is a cluster of three Halloween episodes, including "Halloween," "Springfield
Mysteries" and "Heaven & Hell." The DVD is $24.98. . . . SPACE COWBOYS
is the story of four men (played by Clint Eastwood , Tommy Lee Jones ,
James Garner and Donald Sutherland) who were cheated out of the space program
during the 1950's. Now they must regroup 40 years later to become astronauts
and repair a Russian satellite in space that is almost as old as they are.
The VHS is $19.98. . . . STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE has five new
episodes coming to VHS today. Episodes 106-110 sell for $14.95 each. .
. . YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is Mel Brooks' loving homage and parody of the classic
Universal FRANKENSTEIN films. Gene Wilder plays Dr. Frankenstein's young
grandson who inherits the doctor's castle and begins repeating his grandfather's
experiments. The VHS is $9.98. The DVD is $19.98.
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9/11: A quartet of martial arts charming cheapies from Hong Kong comes
our way today. INVINCIBLE OBSESSES FIGHTER, JACKIE AND THE 36 CRAZY FISTS,
WU TANG CHAMP VS. CHAMP and BUDDHA ASSASSIN all release today. The VHS
in EP mode is $9.98. The SP tapes are $19.98. The DVD's are $14.98. . .
. Today we've got some high-kicking action from Jackie Chan. You can pick-up
the EXTREME CHAN ACTION PACK [NEW LINE]. It contains FIRST STRIKE, MR.
NICE GUY and RUMBLE IN THE BRONX. The three VHS sell for $29.98 for each
three-pack. The DVD gift set is $44.98. . . . EXTREME GIFT SET releases
today. It contains DUMB & DUMBER, SPAWN, MORTAL KOMBAT 2: ANNIHILATION
and THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT. This DVD collection sells for $79.98. . .
. The F/X GIFT SET also releases today. For $59.98 you can own DVD's of
LOST IN SPACE, DARK CITY and THE LAWNMOWER MAN. . . . FULL FORCE GIFT SET
arrives today. It contains BLADE, RUSH HOUR, THE CORRUPTOR and SPAWN. The
DVD set sells for $79.98. . . . We also have the THEATRICAL HITS GIFT SET
releasing today on DVD. A mere $79.98 buys you discs for AUSTIN POWERS:
INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY, THE WEDDING SINGER, THE MASK and LOST IN
SPACE. . . . THE NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET COLLECTION arrives today. You
can have all seven of Freddy's nasty tales on VHS for $59.98 or on DVD
for $129.98. . . . DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE, THE MUSICAL, starring David
Hasselhoff, is due out today. I'm not sure but I think that this is simply
a filming of the stage play. This appears not to have been re-staged for
the movies using movie-styles sets and effects. The VHS is $24.95 and the
DVD is $29.95. . . . 13 GHOSTS is a William Castle gem from 1960. A family
inherits a house haunted by 12 ghosts who are searching for a 13th victim
to free them from captivity in the house. The DVD sells for $19.95. . .
. AUSTIN POWERS PACK contains both the 1997 AUSTIN POWERS: THE INTERNATIONAL
MAN OF MYSTERY and the 1999 sequel, AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED
ME. The VHS is $19.98. The set of DVD's is $39.98. . . . BELA LUGOSI MEETS
A BROOKLYN GORILLA features Lewis & Martin wannabes, Mitchell and Petrillo,
as they parachute into the jungles of the Pacific island of Cola-Cola,
where they meet primitive tribesmen (whose vocabulary seems restricted
to the words, "mucky-mucky") the chief's sarong-clad daughter Nona, and
mad scientist Dr. Zabor (Bela Lugosi) conducting experiments in evolution.
Jealous of Mitchell's relations with Nona, Zabor has just the thing to
make a monkey of him. The film was shot in 1952 by bargain basement director,
William "One-Shot" Beaudine. It was filmed in nine days on a budget of
$50,000. The man in the monkey suit is Ray "Crash" Corrigan. This VHS sells
for $19.99. . . . THE BLOB, vintage 1988, creeps and crawls its way to
us today. Big Red oozes through yet another small town, digesting everything
in range. The DVD sells for $19.95. . . . THE BRIDE from 1985, recounts
Dr. Frankenstein's struggles as he attempts to build what he thought would
be the perfect woman. Unfortunately for the involved parties she takes
on her own identity and sexual independence. The not-so-good doctor is
portrayed by Sting. His feminine creation is the ol' FLASH DANCER herself,
Jennifer Beals. The DVD is $19.95. . . . DOCTOR WHO will be making a housecall
today. There are three DOCTOR WHO DVD's arriving today. We've got "Spearhead
From Space" (1970), "The Five Doctors" (1983) and The Robots of Death (1977).
They're going for $24.98 each. . . . THE GINGKO BED is a Korean film about
love, regret and death. The hero, Su-hyun, is a thirtysomething art professor
with a great life. His world will soon be turned upside down by an antique
bed carved from the wood of a haunted gingko tree (if you listen to commercials
for herbal remedies, gingko improves memory). He discovers that, in a prior
lifetime, he served as court musician and secret lover to an ancient princess
named Mi-dan. This woman's soul is still trapped in the wood of that bed
after 1000 years! As the ghostly Mi-dan reaches out to Su-hyun, their reawakened
love alerts the spirit of General Hwang. He is the jealous husband who
destroyed the couple a millennium before, and intends to do so again! This
DVD sells for $19.95. . . . Today is "TOLKIEN DAY." We've got THE HOBBIT,
which is a 1978 animated made-for-TV film from Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin.
Anyone familiar with the original Tolkien text will groan over the omissions
and dumbing-down of the story. For the uninitiated, this is the novel that
eventually led J.R.R. Tolkien to write THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. The
most fun with this version is hearing the voice-talent that they have lined
up. Orson Bean is Bilbo Baggins, John Huston is Gandalf the Grey, Otto
Preminger as the Elvenking, Cyril Ritchard as Elrond, Brother Theodore
as Gollum, Richard Boone as Smaug and Hans Conried as Thorin. Then there's
THE LORD OF THE RINGS, which is as an animated single-movie from
1978. This Ralph Bakshi film covers only the first two books of Tolkien's
trilogy, Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Bakshi intended
to produce a second film to finish the story, but those plans fell apart.
Instead, producers Rankin and Bass, who made THE HOBBIT, made THE RETURN
OF THE KING, in 1980, for TV. That version also releases today. Like the
Rankin & Bass THE HOBBIT this is a dumbed-down Tolkien designed for
a very young audience. Your fare to take a trip through Tolkien-country
is $14.95 for the VHS, $19.98 each for the DVD. . . . MONSTERS CRASH THE
PAJAMA PARTY attempts to provide us with an old-fashioned spook show. It's
a Spookaroo Whoop-de-doo with this Terrorific 3-hour-plus Spooktacular
containing everything you need for your very own Spook Party! This DVD
offers the short 1965 feature from which this disc gets its title. Then,
feel your eyes pop out of their sockets when you check into "The Asylum
of the Insane," a startling short subject with monsters in 3-D Spookarama
(3-D glasses included)! But that's not all! It also includes bonus shorts,
Spook Show previews, audio commentaries, "How to Put on Your Own Spook
Show," music by The Dead Elvi, and much more - plus the bonus feature-length
chiller-diller "Tormented!" This DVD sells for $19.99. . . . THE VEIL:
SPECIAL EDITION offers us a treat exceedingly rare in the 21st century
- unseen Karloff! Two years before THRILLER, Boris Karloff hosted THE VEIL,
a never-broadcast ten-episode pilot of a TV horror anthology for the Hal
Roach Studios in 1958. Boris also starred in nine of "The Veil's" ten episodes,
making this a rare treat for Karloff fans. This double-disc set includes
all ten 26-minute episodes, directed by such genre luminaries as George
Waggner (THE WOLF MAN) and Herbert L. Strock (I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN),
and starring such familiar faces as Patrick Macnee (THE AVENGERS), Niall
MacGinnis (the evil magician in CURSE OF THE DEMON), Clifford Evans (KISS
OF THE VAMPIRE), Morris Ankrum (EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS), Eve Brent
(GUN GIRLS), and even a young George Hamilton. This DVD sells for $29.99.
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9/18: TOTAL RECALL, the 1990 sci-fi action flick starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
and directed by Paul Verhoeven, releases on a "SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION
DVD" today. The disc, chock-a-block full of extras, sells for $26.98. .
. . AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: COLLECTOR'S EDITION comes to DVD today
(see the above story). For $26.98 you can own this digitally remastered
horror classic. . . . BASIC INSTINCT SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION releases today.
It comes in regular and "unrated." It appears that each of these "specials"
comes with a small ice pick in each package. Oh boy - that means its interactive!
There's no word as to what else may make this special. Hey, who knows,
maybe Michael Douglas really does arrest Sharon Stone for smoking in this
version! Both of these special edition DVD's sell for $26.98. . . . BOOK
OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 comes to DVD today. This sequel about the powerful
forces that continue to haunt the Black Hills of Burkettsville, Md. sells
for $19.98. . . . Today we've got dueling CAPE FEAR's coming out. You get
to decide which version scares you more. You can see the Robert Mitchum
Max Cady from 1962 or the Robert DeNiro Max Cady from 1991. They're both
releasing to DVD today for $24.98 each. . . . DIABOLIQUE is a 1954 French
film of pure edge-of-the-seat suspense. A woman and her husband's mistress
join to kill the husband and dump his body in a swimming pool. Things get
even worse when the pool is drained and the body has disappeared. This
movie inspired a 1996 American re-make. Check out the original. See what
all the shouting's about. It's on DVD for $29.95. . . . DICK TRACY COLLECTORS
EDITION is the perfect gift for the guy in your life who likes his TV like
he likes his steaks - not very well done. This DVD contains all 15 episodes
of the short-lived DICK TRACY TV show made in 1950. Our titular gumshoe
is portrayed by the lovely and talented Ralph Byrd, a thespian who managed
to keep his bread buttered with his frequent portrayals of Chester Gould's
jutting-jawed champion of law. These aren't exactly known as "the greatest
story ever told" but, if you're willing to cough up $29.99 you get to see
what folks stared at when they weren't hypnotically transfixed by the Indian,
in full head dress, at the center of the test pattern. . . . . HALLOWEEN
II finds that ol' cut-up, Michael Myers, up to more of his kooky mischief.
He resumes his murder spree, chasing after intended victim Laurie. Some
folks argue that this is the best of the HALLOWEEN sequels. See it for
yourself. The VHS is $9.98. The DVD goes for $24.98. . . . INSOMNIA stars
Stellan Skarsgard (who we've seen in American films like THE HUNT FOR RED
OCTOBER, GOOD WILL HUNTING and DEEP BLUE SEA) in this Swedish/Norwegian
neo-noir detective story. A tough, by-the-book Swedish police detective
travels to northern Norway to investigate a murder. The perpetual sunlight
(he's there during their phase of midnight sun) drives him mad with insomnia.
With his sleep-addled brain he accidentally shoots a fellow officer but
accuses the murderer of the crime. Only the cop and the criminal know the
truth. If he can't take the man down quickly his life and career are over.
Shot in Swedish and Norwegian with English subtitles. It's on DVD for $29.95.
. . .KWAIDAN (from 1964) is a collection of four tales of terror based
on traditional Japanese ghost stories. There's very little dialogue. The
visuals tell the story. This contains stunning wide-screen photography.
There's very little blood, no gore, minimal violence, no sex, no nudity
and even predictable endings. This is an example of quiet, understated
horror. It was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards in
1966. Its director won for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival in
1965. It's in Japanese with optional English subtitles. This DVD sells
for $29.95. . . . Before Sharon Stone slung an ice pick in BASIC INSTINCT
and before Glenn Close boiled the bunnies in FATAL ATTRACTION there was
was a grand psycho-woman movie that established a new bench-mark for dangerously
daffy dames everywhere - PLAY MISTY FOR ME! This 1971 film also was the
first of several films directed by its star, Clint Eastwood. A female fan
(Jessica Walter) initiates an affair with a disc jockey, then stalks him
and his girlfriend after he rejects her. The VHS is $9.98. The DVD sells
for $24.98. . . . ROUGHNECKS STARSHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES: THE TESCA CAMPAIGN
was one of the most popular story arcs in this epic 3-D animated series.
Razak's Roughnecks have been transferred to the lush, jungle moon Tesca
Nemerosa, which has been designated the bread basket of the Bug forces.
The squad is still recovering from the loss of their squadmate Carl Jenkins
when they are assigned a new trooper - Private T'Phai. Now the squad must
not only fight without Carl, they have to fight beside the alien who they
believe was the cause of Carl's hospitalization. The VHS is $14.95. The
DVD sells for $24.95. . . . STARGATE SPECIAL EDITION comes our way today.
What makes this story of a U.S. military discovery of an ancient Egyptian
interstellar teleportation device a special edition? Hey, c'mon. They're
getting $19.98 for a 1994 film on DVD that some of us didn't think was
very good to begin with. Now THAT'S special! . . . STRANGE ILLUSION: THE
EDGAR G. ULMER COLLECTION - Vol. 5 is a fine example of how director Edgar
Ulmer, with limited resources, could make a low-budget quickie shine. In
this 1945 "Hamlet-esque" film noir, a young man begins having dreams of
his mother falling in love with the mysterious man who killed his father.
When his dreams start coming to life, he must race to rescue his mother.
This DVD goes for $24.99. . . . THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE: SPECIAL EDITION
is about a camping trip where there really is nothing out there - IF you
don't count that slimy green carnivorous thing just outside the cabin.
One of the seven friends sharing the cabin has studied all horror
films on video, and recognizes the signs of foreshadowing of doom. The
others dismiss his concerns as the workings of a person that watches too
many videos, but there really is something out there, and the teens begin
experiencing an attrition problem when they start stumbling into all the
clichés found in a typical teen horror film. You can pick up this
little 1990 comedy/horror gem on VHS for $19.98 or on DVD for $24.99.
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9/25: THE BROTHERHOOD comes to us from bargain basement director, David
DeCoteau. A group of good-looking teenage guys must fight vampires after
school. I'd be willing to wager that Buffy could paper the walls with their
butts. See today's rentals for the sequel. The VHS is $9.98. The DVD sell
for $14.98. . . . CIRCUITRY MAN/CIRCUITRY MAN 2 is a DVD double feature
about a very helpful appliance. In the original, a beautiful smuggler joins
forces with a human appliance to deliver a load of computer chips, the
narcotics of the future. In part 2, the superhuman appliance sets out to
save the world from the evil mind-jacking Plughead. This disc goes for
$24.95. . . . THE FORSAKEN is about two guys who pick up an injured woman
at a roadside diner. They realize that she's been attacked by vampires.
When she infects the driver they realize that they must find the source
of the virus, a centuries-old vampire with superhuman strength, and destroy
it to be cured. This DVD sells for $24.95. . . . FREAKSHOW is an anthology
story about two teens who visit a mysterious sideshow. The Freakmaster
shows them five eerie tales. The VHS is $9.95 The DVD is $14.95. . . .
FRIDAY THE 13th PART 5: A NEW BEGINNING is about life after Jason. With
Jason dead and buried, someone has decided to begin a new killing spree
using Jason's old M.O. The inhabitants of the remote sanctuary had better
beware. This DVD goes for $24.99. . . . FUNNYMAN is an obscure little piece
of flotsam from 1967. It was written by and stars Peter Bonerz (who you
might remember as the affable dentist on THE BOB NEWHART SHOW). A young
man wins a house in a poker game. He's unaware the house is haunted by
the evil Funnyman. The VHS sells for $9.95. The DVD sells for $14.95. .
. . There are a couple of sets of greatest hits coming out today. First
there's HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST DETECTIVES This double-disc set includes two
Dick Tracy films - DICK TRACY DETECTIVE and DICK TRACY MEETS GRUESOME,
and two Sherlock Holmes films - THE WOMAN IN GREEN and DRESSED TO KILL.
Then there's HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST GHOULS This double set that includes
two Bela Lugosi films - THE INVISIBLE GHOST and THE CORPSE VANISHES; and
two Boris Karloff films - MR. WONG, DETECTIVE and FATAL HOUR. Both the
VHS and the DVD sells for $19.98. . . . LETHAL TARGET set in the year 2069,
features a sexy female security officer who has uncovered a terrifying
alien plot to destroy the human race with a deadly virus. Now it's up to
her to stop the alien invasion and escape the doomed space station before
it's destroyed. The VHS is $9.98. The DVD is $14.98. . . . THE MASK OF
ZORRO gives us Anthony Hopkins as the legendary Don Diego de la Vega who
is forced to retire from battling oppression as Zorro and chooses a new
young man (Antonio Banderas) to take his place. This DVD sells for $27.95.
. . . THE MISSION IMPOSSIBLE COLLECTOR'S SET gives us both entries in the
Tom Cruise series. The VHS sells for $12.95. The DVD is $44.95. .
. . PET SEMATARY 2, a 1992 sequel with Anthony Edwards and Edward Furlong
, comes out today. A young boy and his father move to a new town after
the death of his mother. He and his new friend find a pet cemetery containing
soil with powers to bring back the dead. The young boy buries his mother
in the cemetery hoping to bring her back to life. This DVD sells for $24.99.
. . . THE PRISONER, Set 5, releases today. It contains three episodes of
the popular surreal spy show from the sixties. The episodes are "The Girl
Who Was Death," "Once Upon a Time" and "Fall Out." The VHS sells for $29.95.
The DVD is $39.95. . . . THE SIMPSONS SEASON ONE COLLECTOR'S EDITION is
the perfect gift for fans of this wacky family. There's goofy dad, O.J.,
wacky mom, Nicole, her flaky friend, Ron - oops, sorry, wrong Simpsons.
This DVD contains the original season of Fox's favorite family. It debuted
Dec. 17, 1989. Featured in the three-disc set are 13 episodes, outtakes
from an unaired version of the first episode, original scripts, audio commentaries,
sketches and more. They're retailing at $39.98 a disc. . . . TALES FROM
THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE is a 1990 film, based on the anthology TV series,
that stars Debbie Harry, Matthew Lawrence, Christian Slater, Julianne Moore
and Steve Buscemi. Detained by a neighborhood witch, a young paperboy avoids
the thought of death by reading his "Tales From the Darkside" comic. The
film includes three episodes: "Lot 249," "Cat From Hell" and "Lover's Vow."
This DVD sells for $24.99. . . . THE TRUTH ABOUT DEMONS features a weird
demon cult that chases a man for use as a human sacrifice. His only help
comes from a beautiful young woman, an ex-cult member who's experienced
that group's immeasurable power. The VHS is $9.98. The DVD is $19.98.
TUE. 4TH: VIDEO RENTAL: MEMENTO
VIDEO SELL-THOUGH: THE OMEN, OMEN II: DAMIEN, OMEN III: THE
FINAL CONFLICT, OMEN IV: THE AWAKENING, AENIGMA, BEDAZ-
ZLED, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: THE MOVIE, DEEP BLUE SEA,
FARSCAPE: TILL THE BLOOD RUNS CLEAR/RHAPSODY IN BLUE,
FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND, GHOST IN THE MACHINE, THE INCRE-
DIBLE ADVENTURES OF WALLACE AND GROMIT, KUNG FU RAS-
CALS, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, LITTLE NICKY, THE LONG
KISS GOODNIGHT, THE MATRIX, THE NEVERENDING STORY I&II,
THE PROFESSIONAL, RED PLANET, RETURN TO FROGTOWN, THE
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, SPACE COWBOYS, STAR TREK:
DEEP SPACE NINE five episodes, and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN come
DVD SELL-THROUGH: MEMENTO, THE OMEN, OMEN II: DAMIEN,
OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT and OMEN IV: THE AWAKENING, THE
FLY, RETURN OF THE FLY, THE FLY remake, THE FLY II, AENIGMA,
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: THE MOVIE, FARSCAPE: TILL THE
BLOOD RUNS CLEAR/RHAPSODY IN BLUE, THE INCREDIBLE AD-
VENTURES OF WALLACE AND GROMIT, KUNG FU RASCALS, THE
LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, THE NEVERENDING STORY I&II, THE
OMEGA CODE, RETURN TO FROGTOWN, THE ROCKY HORROR PIC-
TURE SHOW, THE SIMPSONS TRICK OR TREEHOUSE, and YOUNG
FRANKENSTEIN come out today.
FRI. 7TH: MOVIE - SOUL SURVIVORS
TUE. 11TH VIDEO RENTAL: DEAD
CREATURES, THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED
2: HELLGATE and JUST VISITING release today.
VIDEO SELL-THOUGH: INVINCIBLE OBSESSES FIGHTER, JACKIE AND
THE 36 CRAZY FISTS, WU TANG CHAMP VS. CHAMP, BUDDHA ASS-
ASSIN, THE NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET COLLECTION, DR. JEKYLL
& MR. HYDE, THE MUSICAL, AUSTIN POWERS PACK, BELA LUGOSI
MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA, THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS
and THE RETURN OF THE KING release today.
DVD SELL-THROUGH: DEAD CREATURES, JUST VISITING, EXTREME
CHAN ACTION PACK, EXTREME GIFT SET, THE F/X GIFT SET, FULL
FORCE GIFT SET, THEATRICAL HITS GIFT SET, THE NIGHTMARE ON
ELM STREET COLLECTION, DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE, THE MUSICAL,
13 GHOSTS, THE BLOB, THE BRIDE, DOCTOR WHO three episodes, THE
GINGKO BED, THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE RETURN
OF THE KING, MONSTERS CRASH THE PAJAMA PARTY and THE VEIL:
SPECIAL EDITION all release today.
MON. 17TH: RELIC HUNTER debuts
its new season this week.
TUE. 18TH: VIDEO RENTAL: DEVIL'S
PREY releases today.
VIDEO SELL-THOUGH: HALLOWEEN II, PLAY MISTY FOR ME!,
ROUGHNECKS STARSHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES: THE TESCA
CAMPAIGN and THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE: SPECIAL EDITION
DVD SELL-THROUGH: DEVIL'S PREY, TOTAL RECALL: SPECIAL
LIMITED EDITION, BASIC INSTINCT SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION,
BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2, CAPE FEAR (original and remake),
DIABOLIQUE, DICK TRACY COLLECTORS EDITION, HALLOWEEN II,
INSOMNIA, KWAIDAN, PLAY MISTY FOR ME!, ROUGHNECKS STAR-
SHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES: THE TESCA CAMPAIGN, STARGATE
SPECIAL EDITION, STRANGE ILLUSION: THE EDGAR G. ULMER COL-
LECTION - Vol. 5 and THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE: SPECIAL EDI-
TION release today.
WED. 19TH: TV - WOLF LAKE
FRI. 21ST: MOVIE - THE AMERICAN
MON. 24TH: TV - ANGEL new
season premieres on the WB.
BUFFY re-runs begin daily airing on F/X.
TUE. 25TH: VIDEO RENTAL: BLACK
SCORPION RETURNS, ALONG CAME A SPIDER,
and THE BROTHERHOOD II, comes out today.
VIDEO SELL-THOUGH: THE BROTHERHOOD, FREAKSHOW, FUNNY-
MAN, HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST DETECTIVES, HOLLYWOOD'S
GREATEST GHOULS, LETHAL TARGET, THE MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
COLLECTOR'S SET, THE PRISONER and THE TRUTH ABOUT DEMONS
DVD SELL-THROUGH: BLACK SCORPION RETURNS, ALONG CAME A
SPIDER, THE BROTHERHOOD II, THE BROTHERHOOD, CIRCUITRY MAN/
CIRCUITRY MAN 2, THE FORSAKEN, FREAKSHOW, FRIDAY THE 13th
PART 5: A NEW BEGINNING, FUNNYMAN, HOLLYWOOD'S GREAT-
EST DETECTIVES, HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST GHOULS, LETHAL
TARGET, THE MASK OF ZORRO, THE MISSION IMPOSSIBLE COL-
LECTOR'S SET, PET SEMATARY 2, THE PRISONER, THE SIMPSONS
SEASON ONE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE:
THE MOVIE and THE TRUTH ABOUT DEMONS.
WED. 26TH: TV - ENTERPRISE
debuts on UPN.
FRI 28TH. - SUN. 30TH: EVENT
FRI. 28TH: MOVIE - DON'T SAY
A WORD and HEARTS IN ATLANTIS premieres.
SAT 29TH: ICS MEETING