#32-September 2001
SPECIAL SECTION: TEARS OF RAGE, TEARS OF GRIEF 
1.THE CUP OF BITTER SORROW 
2.REALITY TOO CLOSE TO FANTASY 
3.FANTASY TOO CLOSE TO REALITY 
4.WILL THIS RESULT IN LONG-TERM CHANGES IN HOLLYWOOD? 
5.CHANGES IN THE FALL TV SEASON 
6.CHANGES IN VIDEO GAMES 

CLUB NEWS 
7.AUGUST WAS AWSOME! 
8.WELCOME DONNA AND DAVA! 
9.WELCOME TO MARTIN GRAMS, Jr.! 
10.THE SPECIAL GUEST FOR OUR NEXT MEETING? SHERLOCK HOLMES! 
11.DESERT ISLAND MOVIES 
12.THE ICS GETS ITS OWN DVD PLAYER 
13.HITCHCOCK IN OCTOBER 
14.CALENDARS 
15.FAVORITE MOVIE LINES 

TV NEWS 
16.THE GLASS TEAT 
With news on THE CHRONICLE, WITCHBLADE, CHARMED, ROSWELL, SPECIAL UNIT 2, WIZARD OF OZ and a begged for BUFFY/ANGEL crossover. 
17.TELEVISION SEASON, 2001-2: NEW SHOWS 
With news on BABYLON 5: THE LEGEND OF THE RANGERS, ENTERPRISE, JEREMIAH, MUTANT X, SMALLVILLE, THE TICK, TRACKER and WOLF LAKE. 
18.FALL TELEVISION SEASON, 2001-2: RETURNING SHOWS 
With news on ANGEL, BEASTMASTER, BUFFY, CHARMED, DARK ANGEL, FUTURAMA, GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA, GENE RODDENBERRY'S EARTH FINAL CONFLICT, RELIC HUNTER, ROSWELL, SHEENA, SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S LOST WORLD, SPECIAL UNIT 2 and THE X-FILES. 

CONVENTION NEWS 
18.THINGS TO COME 
With news on CAPCLAVE, CHILLER THEATER, FANEX FALL SPOOKTACULAR, ELECTICON and DARKOVER GRAND COUNCIL MEETING XXIV. 

LITERARY NEWS 
19.HUGO WINNERS ANNOUNCED 
20.TOLKIEN FAN HARASSMENT MAY HAVE BEEN AN INTERNET HOAX 
21.STEPHEN KING SEES AN END TO DARK TOWER - EVENTUALY 
22.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES 
23.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS 
24.RECENT TITLES: OTHER BOOKS OF NOTE 

MOVIE NEWS 
25.SPIELBERG DEFENDS HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH A.I. 
26.THE AMERICAN PSYCHO FRANCHISE? 
27.THE NEW AUSTIN POWERS SEQUEL MEETS GOLDMEMBER! 
28.THE MATRIX RELOADED HAS HIT SOME BLOCKS 
29.RUMORS FLY THAT AALIYAH'S DEATH WILL SAVE QUEEN OF THE DAMNED 
30.PARKER & STONE MAY TAKE THAT'S MY BUSH TO THE BIG SCREEN 
31.JACKIE CHAN GETS A $20 MILLION TIP FOR THE BELLBOY 
32.THE GREATEST STORIES NEVER TOLD: I 
33.PIERCE BROSNAN WILL KEEP HIS LICENSE TO THRILL 
34. MEGIDDO MARKETING WITH THAT OL' TIME RELIGION 
35.PEARL HARBOR IS THE TOP GROSSING FILM WORLDWIDE 
36.PLAYBOY CONTEMPLATES THE BIG SCREEN 
37.STRACZYNSKI'S STAR IS ON THE RISE IN HOLLYWOOD 
38.THREEPIO NEARS COMPLETION 
39.WAR OF THE WORLDS IS ON THE WAY 
40.MY NAMESAKE FILM GETS SOME UNIQUE MARKETING 
41.A WHOLE WEBSITE OF SPOILERS 
42.SEAN PENN WISHES RECTAL CANCER ON MICHAEL BAY 
43.PREPARE FOR THE FLOOD OF EXCREMENT TO HIT THE SCREEN! 
44.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 
With news on SOUL SURVIVORS, THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT, DON'T SAY A WORD and HEARTS IN ATLANTIS. 

INTERNET NEWS 
45.STUDIOS WILL PUT BOTH NEW AND OLD MOVIES ONLINE 
46.DISNEY AND FOX PARTNER FOR MOVIES.COM 
47.A NEW TWIST IN DELIVERING MOVIES TO YOUR PC 

VIDEO NEWS 
48.BABYLON 5 COMES TO DVD 
49.THE SHREK VHS AND DVD OFFER INTRIGUING EXTRAS 
50.A PRISTINE COPY OF CITIZEN KANE DEBUTS ON DVD 
51.JURASSIC SQUAWK 
52.THERE'LL BE NO DELETED SCENES IN THE JURASSIC PARK III DVD 
53.IT'S A TAPE! IT'S A DISC! IT'S SUPER-BIT! 
54.VHS - IT'S A WOMAN THING 
55.AMERICAN WEREWOLF TURNS 20 WITH STYLE 
56.VIDEOCY 

IN REVIEW 
57. SEPTEMBER CALENDAR
 

SPECIAL SECTION: TEARS OF RAGE, TEARS OF GRIEF
1.THE CUP OF BITTER SORROW 
    We are 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. 
    The destruction 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. 
    As to 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 never forget?" 

2.REALITY TOO CLOSE TO FANTASY 
    Television 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. 
    The scenes 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 
    In response 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. 
    Warner 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. 
    A Sony 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. 
    Actress 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." 
    MGM's 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. 
    The ending 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. 
    In London, 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." 
    The great 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? 
    Reporting 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 
    Suggesting 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." 
    CBS postponed 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. 
    The WB decided to delay the scheduled Sept. 14 season premiere of SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH. No new date has been set. 
    Networks 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 
    Electronic 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." 
    Majestic involves players in a shadowy SF conspiracy that involves murders and destruction of public property. 

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7.AUGUST WAS AWSOME! 
    August 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. 
    Sue Feder 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! 
    Welcome 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 ladies! 

9.WELCOME TO MARTIN GRAMS, Jr.! 
    Martin 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! 
    Our September 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. 
    As usual, take Baltimore Beltway exit 32 north on Belair Road. Turn left onto Joppa Road. Immediately past the miniature golf course turn left into the parking lot. If you miss it there are ample turn-around opportunities. If you get stuck call 410-598-8005. That's Dave Henderson's cell phone. He'll talk you in. 

11.DESERT ISLAND MOVIES 
    At our 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. 
    Following 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 BACK (4) 
1983 - THE RETURN OF THE JEDI (4) 
1972 - GODFATHER (4) 
1974 - GODFATHER II (4) 
1959 - BEN-HUR (3) 
1942 – CASABLANCA (3) 
1990 - DANCES WITH WOLVES (3) 
1963 - IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (3) 
1981 - RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (3) 
    I was 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 
    Finally, 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 
    What does 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 PLAYER 
    Thanks 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 
    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 use them. 

14.CALENDARS 
    We'll 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 410-788-4086. 

15.FAVORITE MOVIE LINES 
    Barry 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 fun! 

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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: NEW SHOWS 
    BABYLON 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." 
    RANGERS 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]." 
    Straczynski 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." 

    ENTERPRISE, 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. 

    JEREMIAH 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). 
    JEREMIAH 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. 

    MUTANT 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. 
    Tribune 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. 

    SMALLVILLE 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." 
    Here's 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." 

    THE TICK 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." 

    TRACKER 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. 

    WOLF LAKE 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 
    ANGEL 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." 

    BEASTMASTER 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. 

    BUFFY makes 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 died. 

    CHARMED 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. 

    DARK ANGEL 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. 
    James 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." 

    FUTURAMA 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 STAR TREK. 

    GENE RODDENBERRY'S 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'. 

    GENE RODDENBERRY'S 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. 

    RELIC HUNTER 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. 

    ROSWELL 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. 
    Adam Rodriguez (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. 

    SHEENA 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. 

    SIR ARTHUR 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. 

    SPECIAL 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. 

    THE X-FILES 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. 
    The show 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." 
    Cary Elwes (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." 
    Lucy Lawless (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 clear. 

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18.THINGS TO COME 
    CAPCLAVE 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 

    CHILLER 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. 

    FANEX FALL 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. 

    ELECTICON 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 badkarma@bestweb.net. You can also drop a note to Kathy at 9-11 Ayres Court/ Bayonne, NJ 07002-3510. 

    DARKOVER 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]. 

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19.HUGO WINNERS ANNOUNCED 
    The best 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: 
    Best Novel: 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 
    The newly 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 
    In the 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. 
    The OneRing.net 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. 
    "This 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 Arda-na-kulichkah." 
    Another 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 
    Stephen 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." 
    King added 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 MOVIES 
    Aliens R Us : The Other in Science Fiction Cinema by Ziauddin Sardar, Sean Cubitt (Editors), $19.95 
A scholarly exploration of the global culture of science fiction, and in particular its presentation of contemporary images of the Other. 
    Buffy 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. 
    The Encyclopedia 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. 
    The Essential 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. 
    Halliwell's 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. 
    I Was 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. 
    Jacques 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 PAST. 
    Kiss Kiss Bang! Bang!: The Unofficial James Bond Film Companion by Alan Barnes, Marcus Hearn, $23.95 
A detailed new history of Bond and all his portrayers. 
    Leonard 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 on video. 
    The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by George Mann, $12.95 
A British review of science fiction authors, films and TV shows. 
    Planet 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 cast. 
    The Satanic Screen: An Illustrated Guide to the Devil in Cinema by Nikolas Schreck, $19.95 
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 even westerns. 
     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. 
    Video 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 other guide. 

23.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS 
    Aliens 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 posing as human scientists. Now an even deadlier Skynet is using the science of the far future to create invincible Terminators by gene-splicing their 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 Ripley and an uneasy alliance with another deadly non-terrestrial race, the man-stalking super-hunters known only as Predators! 
    Angel: Bruja by Mel Odom, $5.99 
Angel Investigations turns up reports of a madwoman floating in and out of gang fights, playgrounds, and flophouses populated by teen runaways. She is a bruja - a legendary Spanish witch. 
    Babylon 5 Summoning Light: The Passing of the Techno-Mages Book 2 by Jeanne Cavelos, $6.99 
The techno-mages come face-to-face with the devastating evil of the Shadows. 
    Buffy 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. 
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel Unseen - Book, 3 by Nancy Holder, Jeff Mariotte, $6.99 
Buffy and Angel find themselves in a land fighting mythical creatures. 
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Lost Slayer, Part One: Prophecies by Christopher Golden, $2.99 
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 
   Charmed: Beware What You Wish by Constance M. Burge (Creator), Diana G. Gallagher, $5.99 
Phoebe starts getting visions of future events at an alarming rate. 
    The Crow: Hellbound by A. A. Attanasio, $15.00 
The story of a soul attempting to escape from hell, set in the Crow universe. 
    Dr Who 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. 
    Gene Roddenberry's Earth : Final Conflict-Auger's Teacher by Sherwood Smith, $14.95 
A middle-aged school teacher finds herself caught in a conflict between the Taelon and rival resistance groups. 
    Planet 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. 
    Planet of the Apes : Leo's Logbook: A Captain's Days in Captivity by Benjamin Athens, List Price: $7.99 
A 48-page heavily illustrated storybook version of the movie as told from the point of view of  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). 
    Star Trek: Gateways Book 1: One Small Step by Susan Wright, $6.99 
Long-idled machines of an ancient civilization jeopardize Captain Kirk's Enterprise. 
    Star Trek Challenger : Gateways Book 2: Chainmail by Diane Carey, $6.99 
Dangerous remnants of an extinct interstellar civilization could spell the doom of the Alpha Quadrant unless Captain Nick Keller of the U.S.S. Challenger can stop it. 
    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Gateways - Demons of Air and Darkness by Keith R. A. DeCandido, $6.99 
A world near DS9 is threatened by forces from the Delta Quadrant using these ancient alien gateways. 
    Star Trek : The Next Generation-Gateways by Robert Greenberger, $6.99 
Feuding Klingons and Romulans might destabilize the Alpha Quadrant with their use of Iconian gates. 
    Star Trek Voyager : Endgame by Diane Carey, Christie Golden, $12.00 
This is a novelization of VOYAGER's final episode. The novel resolves many issues left dangling in the episode. 
    Star Wars-Jedi Council: Acts of War by Randy Stradley, Davide Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia; $12.95 
When the warlike Yinchorri threaten the stability of the Republic, a Jedi task force led by Mace Windu 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 odds on three different worlds. 
    Star Wars: The New Jedi Order-Balance Point by Kathy Tyers, $6.99 
A fragile truce is about to fall apart sweeping the Jedi, Han and Leia and thousands of refugees into danger. 
    Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - Redemption by Kevin J. Anderson, Chris Gossett; $14.95 
Set ten years after the Sith War, the Dark Lord of the Sith`s chief lieutenant, Ulic Qel-Droma has been stripped of his Force powers and has isolated himself in a distant corner 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 OF NOTE 
    2001 : A Science Fiction Poetry Anthology by Keith Allen Daniels et al. $14.95 
A collection of poetry on science fiction and speculative science themes by 63 of the best imaginative poets writing today. 
    The Computers of Star Trek by Lois H. Gresh, Robert E. Weinberg, $14.00 
This book covers the gamut of computers on all the TREK shows and makes comparison of these fictional computers with those that now exist or are likely to inhabit our future. 
    Dune : House Harkonnen by Brian Herbert, Kevin Anderson; $6.99 
This is the second in a prequel trilogy. The first was  Dune: House Atreides. 
    Religions 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 Ritual; and extraterrestrial religions in Star Trek. 
    Time Machines: Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction by Paul J. Nahin, $29.95 
Explores the ideas of time travel from the first account in English literature in 1733 to the latest theories 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). 

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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? 
    Lions 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 MEETS GOLDMEMBER! 
    The new 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 be introduced. 

28.THE MATRIX RELOADED HAS HIT SOME BLOCKS 
    Joel Silver, 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. 
    Sadly, 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. 
    We'll 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 
    Rumors 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. 
    Meanwhile 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 
    Trey Parker 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 
    Jackie 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 TOLD: I 
    Just for 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, only 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. 
    Many of 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 here. 
    If any 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! 

    10th CIRCLE 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 Bastards. 
    100 BULLETS [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. 
    20 BILLION [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! 
    28 DAYS 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. 
    THE ADAPTIVE 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. 
    AFTER 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. 
    AUTOMATA [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. 
    BACK TO 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. 
    BLOOD 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. 
    COSM [Development 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. 
    COWBOYS 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. 
    DUST [Warner 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? 
    IQ 83 [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. 
    THE LIST 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. 
    THE MERCURY 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. 
    SUSPECT 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 
    Despite 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 
    Makers 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. 
    The goal 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. 
    Megiddo 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 
    By having 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 measure." 

36.PLAYBOY CONTEMPLATES THE BIG SCREEN 
     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 
    BABYLON 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." 
    Published 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 concurrently." 

38.THREEPIO NEARS COMPLETION 
    The fussy 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. 
    Pieces 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." 
    EPISODE 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 to it." 

39.WAR OF THE WORLDS IS ON THE WAY 
    Once again 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. 
    Behind 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 UNIQUE MARKETING 
    Partners 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. 
    DreamWorks 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 the movie. 

41.A WHOLE WEBSITE OF SPOILERS 
    Acting 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 
    Sean Penn 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! 
    MPAA chief 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 product. 

44.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 
    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. 
    This production 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. 

    SEPTEMBER 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. 

    SEPTEMBER 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 DEAD). 

    HEARTS 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). 
    This is 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 Coats." 

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45.STUDIOS WILL PUT BOTH NEW AND OLD MOVIES ONLINE 
    Five of 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 FOR MOVIES.COM 
    Disney 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 
    An Australian 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." 

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48.BABYLON 5 COMES TO DVD 
    J. Michael 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 INTRIGUING EXTRAS 
    When SHREK appears in stores on November 2 it'll be loaded for bear. The highest grossing movie of 2001 will saturate viewers with extras. 
    The special 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. 
    Another 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 
    A team 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. 
    There 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. 
    This will 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. 

51.JURASSIC SQUAWK 
    Universal 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 
    When you're 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! IT'S SUPER-BIT! 
    Columbia 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. 
    One interesting 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 
    Despite 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 
    David 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 [3000]," Naughton said. "We made some funny comments. So yeah, I'm looking forward to it." 
    The special-edition 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." 
    Naughton 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." 

56.VIDEOCY 
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 for $19.98. 

Sell through titles releasing 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 Murder 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. 

Sell through titles releasing 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. 

Sell through titles releasing 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. 

Sell through titles releasing 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. 

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57.SEPTEMBER CALENDAR
TUE. 4TH: VIDEO RENTAL: MEMENTO releases today. 
              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 
                  out today. 
              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 premieres. 

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 
                    releases today. 
                 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 debuts. 

FRI. 21ST: MOVIE - THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT premieres. 

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 
                    releases today. 
                 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 - CAPCLAVE 

FRI. 28TH: MOVIE - DON'T SAY A WORD  and HEARTS IN ATLANTIS premieres. 
SAT 29TH: ICS MEETING