THE ICS FILES
The Official Newsletter of The Imaginative Cinema Society
Written by David Willard
November '01*****************************************************#34
***IN THIS ISSUE***
CLUB NEWS
1.THE HALLOWEEN MEETING WAS EXCELLENT!
2.NEWS OF OUR NOVEMBER MEETING
3.WE HAVE EVIL WOMEN AND THE SOUND OF SERIALS IN NOVEMBER
4.WE HAVE NORMAN PRENTISS AND THE YANKEE SWAP IN DECEMBER
5.THE ICS DOES FANEX
6.WELCOME TO MR. ROB PARR
7.WELCOME TO MS. SUZANNE COOPER
8.WELCOME TO MR. MIKE LAIRD
9.WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE ICS?
10.DUES ARE COMING
11.ELECTIONS ARE COMING

TV NEWS
12.THE GLASS TEAT
With news on STRANGE FREQUENCY, WITCHBLADE, SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, MUTANT X, THE X-FILES, WOLF LAKE, a TREK WEAKEST LINK and BUFFY.
13.ALEXIS DENISOF EVOLVED INTO AN ANGEL REGULAR
14.SOME BUFFY FANS WERE SHOCKED BY HER RETURN
15.ENTERPRISE DEMOGRAPHICS
16.FUTURAMA TAKES ON SCI-FI FAVORITES
17.TBS AIRS INVINCIBLE ON NOVEMBER 18
18.STAR TREK ON THE AUCTION BLOCK
19.X-FILES IS WORKING ON A NEW ARC
20.THE "NEW AND IMPROVED X-FILES?

EVENT NEWS
21.THINGS TO COME
With news on FANEX FALL SPOOKTACULAR, ELECTICON and DARKOVER GRAND COUNCIL MEETING XXIV .

LITERARY NEWS
22.iPUBLISH IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MINDS
23.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES
24.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS

MOVIE NEWS
25.QUICK TAKES
With news on LORD OF THE RINGS, GHOST SHIP, Tom Hanks' AFI award, the TOMB RAIDER sequel, DREAMCATCHER, Warner Bros. plans, Larry Hagman's paost-mordum banquet, STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES and a remake of SOLARIS.
26.NO 2001 IN 2001
27.BRUCE CAMPBELL TALKS BUBBA HO-TEP
28.LIAM NEESON WILL BE RAISING THE DEVIL IN THE NEW EXORCIST PREQUEL
29.COPPOLA MIXED REALITY WITH CINEMA IN THE GODFATHER
30.THE INCREDIBLE HULK WILL BE PLAYED BY . . .
31.UMA THURMAN TEAMS WITH BRUCE LEE FOR KILL BILL
32.NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREDD
33.WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE CREDITED ON THE LORD OF THE RINGS CREDITS?
34.IF YOU NEED PATRICK STEWART, HE'S AVAILABLE
35.KEEPING MOVIE MONEY IN AMERICA
36.MORE TORPEDOED PROJECTS AFTER SEPTEMBER 11
37.IN THE WAKE OF TERRORIST ATTACKS, VALENTI ADVISES STUDIOS "DO YOUR JOB"
38.ANTHRAX MAKES CELEBRITIES FEAR FAN MAIL
39.GEE, I MEANT "GUTLESS COWARD" IN A NICE WAY!
40.HARRISON FORD CALLS FOR AN END TO VIOLENCE
41.BEN STILLER DEFENDS EDITING THE TWIN TOWERS FROM ZOOLANDER
42.OLIVER STONE GOES CRYPTIC ON THE TERRORISTS
43.ROBERT ALTMAN SAYS THE TERRORISTS WERE INSPIRED BY THE MOVIES
44.LOWE'S THEATERS TRIES TO PLAY IT SAFE AFTER SEPT. 11
45.THE WHITE HOUSE PONDERS A ROLE FOR HOLLYWOOD
46.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
With news on DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE, MONSTERS INC., THE ONE , HEIST, SHALLOW HAL, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, BLACK KNIGHT and SPY GAME .

INTERNET NEWS
47.BUFFY FANS WANT A NEW MESSAGE BOARD
48.TREKKERS LAUNCH AN ONLINE CHARITY AUCTION

TECHNOLOGY NEWS
49.HOLLYWOOD IS NOT AMUSED WITH REPLAY TV

VIDEO NEWS
50.WELCOME TO CINEMA'S FIRST MONSTERS
51.BLOCKBUSTER'S IN THE MONEY THANKS TO DVD AND TERRORISTS
52.VIDEOCY

FAREWELLS
53.THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
We remember Adrian Weiss.

IN REVIEW
54. NOVEMBER CALENDAR

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1.THE HALLOWEEN MEETING WAS EXCELLENT!
    The October meeting was one-of-a-kind. The room was spectacularly decorated for Halloween thanks to the hard work and keen judgment of Dave Henderson and Regina Vallerani. They really threw themselves into our Halloween theme. The potluck dinner was excellent thanks to the many of you who contributed dishes for the event. A lot of us had hangovers the next day (from our inflated guts hanging over our belt buckles - thanks to all that wonderful food). John Ward chose an interesting assortment of films from the master, Alfred Hitchcock. We watched SABOTAGE, from 1936. Afterwards we had our first "all-nighter." THE TICK pilot episode was shown first. I had to leave at 1 AM after I AM LEGEND with Vincent Price ("Morga-a-a-a-n! Morga-a-a-a-n! We're coming to get you Morga-a-a-a-n!"). Since this was the night that clocks were turned back, the crowd watched the Batman animated film, MASK OF THE PHANTASM, during the turn-back hour, figuring that it would be like watching the movie in a time-warp (a non-existant hour). The last men standing (sitting, lying, slouching) were Joe Plempel and Andrew Kent, leaving around 5 AM, after watching Lon Chaney jr. in THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN (think of it as an early low-rent TERMINATOR). Everyone had a blast!

2.NEWS OF OUR NOVEMBER MEETING
    Our November meeting will be held on Saturday November 17th at 6:00 P.M. We've changed the usual time due to Thanksgiving. It will be at the church hall behind the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church located at 8848 BelAir Road. Take Baltimore Beltway exit 32 north on Belair Road. Turn left onto Joppa Road. Immediately past the miniature golf course turn left into the parking lot. If you miss it there are ample turn-around opportunities. If you get stuck call 410-598-8005. That's Dave Henderson's cell phone. He'll talk you in.

3.WE HAVE EVIL WOMEN AND THE SOUND OF SERIALS IN NOVEMBER
    It's no reflection on Sue Feder that she's so attracted to evil women. She just likes hanging with them. She's set to bring around some of her favorite distaff dasterlies to our November meeting (I wonder if she'll consider bringing SHE-DEMON?). We also have chapter four in Barry Murphy's marathon "Cliffhanger Cornucopia." We're going to be looking at serial soundtracks on Saturday and at the men who put together those thrill-a-minute strains of music that complement the hyperactive action.

4.WE HAVE NORMAN PRENTISS AND THE YANKEE SWAP IN DECEMBER
    Our December meeting will take place on December 29. Norman Prentiss will be stunning us with gems from his collection. We'll also be doing our annual Yankee Swap. Participation is not mandatory. For those who would like to join in, bring a gift that you think a movie fan would like that costs about $20. Wrap it up nice and pretty. Then get ready for chaos. It's a  lot of fun. To give you a few examples, we've had videos, DVD's, models, figures, CD's and a magazine subscription trade hands in the past. One word of advice, whatever you get don't get too attached to it. You'll find out why in December.

5.THE ICS DOES FANEX
    On the first weekend of November the Imaginative Cinema Society went to the Fanex Fall Spooktacular. In exchange for using our projector we were given free tables and badge-wearing club members were admitted free. We had a great time at the show. We got to meet and greet some potential new members. We earned $130 in sales thanks to the many club members who supported the event, donated items to sell and worked the table. Thanks also to Gary and Sue Svehla of Midnight Marquee Press for sponsoring and inviting us to participate.

6.WELCOME TO MR. ROB PARR
    The ICS is pleased as punch to welcome Rob Parr to the club. Rob is an old friend to many of us in the ICS, going back to the HSFS. Rob, it's great to have you with us.

7.WELCOME TO MS. SUZANNE COOPER
    We extend a hearty ICS welcome to Suzanne Cooper. Suzanne happened on us while surfing through the Baltimore Science Fiction Society's site. We're happy to have you with us Suzanne. Welcome aboard!

8.WELCOME TO MR. MIKE LAIRD
    The ICS is thrilled to welcome Mike Laird to our club. We first met Mike at Shore Leave last summer. He's a friend of Jean Matcovich. Jean, thanks for introducing us to Mike. Mike, it's nice to have you. Thanks for joining.

9.WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE ICS?
    The ICS has several exciting events planned for the coming year. In January we'll hear from Tom Woodward of the Congressional Budget Office. He'll be talking to us about the Economics of the Star Trek Universe. In February Barry Murphy will be delivering the fifth and final installment on the Cliffhanger Cornucopia. In March, after several requests, we're going to hold another club auction (if you've been to one before, get ready to have some fun and see Barry Murphy turn purple). We're looking into getting the room for an extended period in April to hold an "All-Dayer" prior to our meeting that month (for those of us who couldn't stay awake for the All-Nighter). There's more in the works beyond that. It's going to be fun!

10.DUES ARE COMING
    This is just a reminder that dues expire on New Year's Day. It will be time to pony up for the coming year. Individuals are $20. Couples are $30. We hope that you decide to join us for an exciting year ahead.

11.ELECTIONS ARE COMING
    We'll be holding elections at our January meeting for the five-person Board of Directors. Self-nominations are now open. Anyone who is a current dues-paying member is both eligible to run for the Board and to vote for it. Anyone interested in running should either see our current secretary, Dave Henderson, at a meeting, e-mail him at IMHENDO@HOTMAIL.COM or call him at 410-529-0726. Nominations will be opened until December 31. The list of candidates will appear in the January "ICS Files" for the sake of possible absentee votes.

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12.THE GLASS TEAT
Charisma Carpenter on STRANGE FREQUENCY. ANGEL star Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) will play a goth singer in an upcoming episode of VH1's SF anthology series STRANGE FREQUENCY. Carpenter's character encounters the Grim Reaper at one of her shows in the episode, "Don't Fear the Reaper," which airs Nov. 10 at 10 p.m. . . . Hemecker returns to WITCHBLADE. Writer-director Ralph Hemecker has signed up for a second season as executive producer of TNT's WITCHBLADE series. Production recommences in Toronto in January. New episodes will debut in spring or summer 2002. . . . Barbara Eden Joins SABRINA. Barbara Eden (I DREAM OF JEANNIE) will join the cast of The WB's SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH this December in a recurring role. Eden will play Sabrina's Great Aunt Ida, described as "the devilish matriarch of the Spellman family.". . . MUTANT X comes in like a lion. MUTANT X ranked No. 1 in the ratings among syndicated action-dramas for the week of its debut. The new series just barely edged out the season premiere of GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA by a 3.3 to 3.2 margin. . . . Kersh becomes a regular on THE X-FILES. The character of FBI Deputy Director Alvin Kersh, a pain in the neck administrator played by James Pickens Jr., is about to become a regular on THE X-FILES. He's been a recurring character since season six. This year we might get a chance to see what makes him tick. . . . CBS puts down WOLF LAKE. After 4 episodes CBS has placed WOLF LAKE "on hiatus." That's TV talk for "bye-bye." . . . Testing TREK for the WEAKEST LINK. STAR TREK stars William Shatner, Denise Crosby, John De Lancie, Wil Wheaton, LeVar Burton, Robert Picardo, Roxann Dawson and Armin Shimerman will beam into an alternate universe - NBC's game show WEAKEST LINK, where they will compete in a themed episode airing Nov. 26. . . . UPN repeats the BUFFY musical. Some fans had technical problems in their area, preventing from catching the BUFFY musical episode, "Once More With Feeling." UPN will re-broadcast the episode on Friday, November 16 at 8 PM in an hour format (the original airing was 70 minutes). Following the special broadcast they'll be debuting the American IRON CHEF hosted by William Shatner (maybe in his honor they'll be doing ham recipes).

13.ALEXIS DENISOF EVOLVED INTO AN ANGEL REGULAR
    Alexis Denisof, who plays Wesley on ANGEL said that his character was never meant to last beyond two episodes of the series' progenitor, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. "We were shooting the second of the two episodes," Denisof said, "when Joss [Whedon] said to me, 'You know, we were going to kill off Wesley, but we're thinking we might keep him alive a little longer. Are you going to be around to do another episode?' I said, 'Yeah. Sure. I'd love to.' That would happen every episode." The character has developed from an annoying, wimpy guy into a likable, forceful presence who's very much the equal of Angel (David Boreanaz), Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) and Gunn (J. August Richards) in Angel Investigations.
    "You need to understand that [Wesley] wasn't invented to be liked in those first few episodes of BUFFY," said Denisof, who, in real life, is romantically involved with BUFFY co-star Alyson Hannigan (Willow). "From the moment they decided to put Wesley on ANGEL, Joss, [series co-creator] David Greenwalt and I all got together and started looking at ways in which we could evolve the character into somebody people would want to have around week in and week out. Because the guy who arrived in Sunnydale was not somebody you'd want around all the time. It was a gradual process, and I get the impression now that people accept Wesley more. He's grown a lot, and there are more qualities that people enjoy and like."

14.SOME BUFFY FANS WERE SHOCKED BY HER RETURN
    Some fans of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER have been stunned by her return from the dead because it was so graphic. For those of you who aren't regular viewers, the character died after jumping into a cloud of mystical energy to save the world in the last episode of the previous season. Buffy's friends have rallied round and brought the her back to life with black magic. Some fans were left distraught when the episode aired recently, thanks to shots of their heroine rotting in the earth. One fan says, "The shot of her decomposed body was pretty sick." Buffy is seen returning to life in her buried coffin, with her head and hands pushing through the dirt and out into the air. The fan adds, "Everyone knew Buffy would have to come back but we didn't expect it to be this horrible."
    Sorry folks. BUFFY is a fun, fast-paced, well-written show. But, at it's heart, it's a horror show.

15.ENTERPRISE DEMOGRAPHICS
    Once upon a time, show's had one mission only - get the ratings. That hasn't been true for a long time. Now a show has a new main mission - get the demographics. An example of demographic failure is in the old CBS show, MURDER SHE WROTE. The show pulled in healthy numbers up to its premature burial. The problem was the numbers were healthy, the viewers weren't. No one wants to pull in seniors as a target market. The current mantra in advertising is get a consumer young, trap their brand allegiance and you could have them for decades. Get them old, you'll pick up a few Poly-grip and Depends sales, and then they take a dirt nap. It's hard, nasty, cold but - in terms of the corporate-think that governs the universe that studio no-goodniks operate in - true.
    So there's all kind of shouting at UPN. They've reported that their freshman TREK series ENTERPRISE remains the highest-rated new drama of the 2001-2002 season in a select demographic. In the coveted 18-34 demographic (the Holy Grail for programmers) ENTERPRISE is killing them. The latest TREK is placing ahead of ALIAS on ABC, CROSSING JORDAN on NBC and SMALLVILLE on The WB in this highly desirable population.

16.FUTURAMA TAKES ON SCI-FI FAVORITES
    David X. Cohen, the executive producer of Fox's FUTURAMA, said that the show will feature several special episodes with sci-fi tie-ins in its upcoming new season. "We actually have in one episode [STAR TREK stars] William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig all guest-starring," Cohen said. "For me and most of the other writers on the show - probably all of them - we're shaking with glee and excitement at the prospect of this episode." The episode is scheduled to run later in the season.
    The Dec. 9 season premiere will involve time travel. "A disaster sends the Planet Express crew to 1947, where they crash land in Roswell, N.M., and are taken to be a terrifying UFO by the locals," he said. "It's a period piece, which we've seldom done before. I think [the episode] is unbelievably great. We're just really, really happy with it."
    Sigourney Weaver will appear in a Valentine's Day episode. "She plays the new personality software installed in the Planet Express ship, and Bender rapidly falls in love with it," Cohen said. "He has a whirlwind romance with the ship, which was a very big challenge for our animators, because one of the participants of the romance was about ten thousand times bigger than the other one."
    Cohen also believes the long awaited "X-Mas" episode will finally make it to the air. Last year, Fox deemed it "inappropriate" for 7 p.m. viewing and put it on the shelf. This year, Fox is planning on running it in a later timeslot.

17.TBS AIRS INVINCIBLE ON NOVEMBER 18
    INVINCIBLE, the brainchild of Jet Li and Mel Gibson stars Billy Zane as a mystical leader who unites four warriors to defeat an evil force that plan to destroy all the good in the world through a powerful ancient artifact long thought lost. The warriors are using a martial art called "Wushu" (in real life, Jet Li is a world Wushu champion). Tory Kittles (TIGERLAND), Byron Mann (THE CORRUPTER), Stacy Oversier (THE GUARDIAN), and Dominic Purcell (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2) play the 4 "hyperhuman" warriors.

18.STAR TREK ON THE AUCTION BLOCK
    Creators of the original STAR TREK, some now in their 70s and 80s, are putting up their personal collections of historic TREK props and memorabilia for auction on eBay next month. The Dec. 12 auction will feature the only remaining production model of the U.S.S. Enterprise (estimated value $30,000 to $50,000), Capt. Kirk's familiar yellow tunic ($12,000 to $15,000), Spock's bed, Spock's tricorder and the original, handwritten STAR TREK fanfare by Alexander Courage.
    All told, the auction will feature 300 premium items. Also included are a complete set of scripts, models of spaceships and phasers and blind dates with some of the show's creators and actors, including James Doohan (Scotty). The items come from the personal collections of art director Matt Jeffries (for whom the "Jeffries Tube" was named), production executive Herbert Solow (one-time executive with Desilu Productions, the original production company for the show), writer Harlan Ellison and others.

19.X-FILES IS WORKING ON A NEW ARC
    Remember the classic X-FILES arc? That was the one involving Mulder's missing sister and his obsessive search after truth. Well that arc has long gone, departed with the missing Agent Mulder. Last year's arc seemed to have started with the search for Mulder and then it just seemed to flop around like a fish on the shore.
    Welcome to the world of season nine. According to Chris Carter, this year's McGuffin is Scully's bambina, whose birth was the series' eighth-season finale. "There's something afoot, and it involves what could be looked at as a new conspiracy, but one  far different from the one that Agent Mulder [David Duchovny] pursued all those years."
    If you're a fan of X-FILES-lite, you're in luck! "Last year we were establishing Robert [Patrick]'s character [Agent Doggett], so we didn't do any lighthearted episodes like we've been known to do over the previous seven years of the show," Carter said. "This year, I think you will see a number of those."

20.THE "NEW AND IMPROVED X-FILES?
    Being a fan of the X-FILES must be what it's like to be married to an alcoholic. Despite a string of disappointments we're told, "Don't worry honey. I'll make it up to you. This time it's going to be different. I swear!"
    Executive producer Frank Spotnitz says that the ninth season will feature more gruesome murders, impossible events, thousands of bugs, a possible reunion with Mulder and "some of the comedy that the show did not have last year. "THE X-FILES is a very different series this season, because it's become a three-lead show, and two of the leads are basically new characters," Spotnitz said. The new season sees Annabeth Gish taking on the regular role of FBI agent Monica Reyes, joining regular cast members Gillian Anderson and Robert Patrick. Last season, Patrick replaced David Duchovny.
    Spotnitz said, "Now episode three, which airs at the beginning of December, is the first stand-alone [episode] with this new kind of cast, and it's an episode I wrote and directed, called 'Daemonicus.' The guest star is James Remar, who's been in a lot of features. It's sort of a tri-partite investigation [that leads] the three agents to what may be a case of demon possession. It involves escaped mental patients, and it has a character who speaks to the psychology of all three characters. The episode really sets up where THE X-FILES stands as a series at this point."
    Hmmmmmm. Is that liquor I smell on your breath?

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21.THINGS TO COME
      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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22.iPUBLISH IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MINDS
    Time Warner Books' e-book division, iPublish.com, is actively recruiting a few good minds that can produce "gripping and thoughtful" military science fiction stories, in the tradition of Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, of up to 10,000 words for the e-book edition of its anthology Dogs of War. Aspect will publish Dogs of War, edited by David Drake (author of the Hammer's Slammers series) and featuring stories by Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison and Drake, in January 2002. The iPublish.com edition will be available later in 2002.
    Submissions are due by Jan. 31, 2002. Check the science fiction section of iPublish.com for additional details about the Dogs of War project, referred to as "Cry Havoc!"

23.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES
    The Cinematic Rebirths of Frankenstein: Universal, Hammer, and Beyond by Caroline Joan S. Picart, $64.00
This book looks at the Frankenstein films, James Whale's FRANKENSTEIN (1931) through Kenneth Branagh's MARY SHELLY'S FRANKENSTEIN (1994) and what they tell us about the culture that embraced them.
    Edison's FRANKENSTEIN By Frederick C. Wiebel, Jr, $25.00
This Hagerstown author traces the remarkable journey of this rarely-seen gem— from the chaotic early days of silent movie making to its unexpected rediscovery in a suburban Milwaukee basement after being considered lost for decades. The book also examines the early film industry that produced this film and the shock and revulsion that early Twentieth Century audiences felt when watching the movie (it was banned in several areas). To obtain the movie yourself, check out VIDEO NEWS.
    The Films of Lon Chaney by Michael F. Blake, $18.95
This is the most complete available reference on the most extraordinary star of the silent film era.
    A History of Horrors by Denis Meikle and Christopher T. Koetting, $29.95
This book traces the life and spirit of the "House of Hammer" from its fledging days of the late 1940s, through its successes of the 1950s and 60s, to its decline in the 1970s.
    The Legend of  THE PLANET OF THE APES (Or How Hollywood Turned Darwin Upside Down) by Brian Pendreigh, $19.95
This book looks at the PLANET OF THE APES original  movie. It uncovers the true story of how it was made - how John Wayne was considered for Charlton Heston's role, and how Edward G. Robinson was fired, after he played the orangutan Zaius in a secret screen test and helped persuade Fox to put up the money for the film. The author traces the story of PLANET OF THE APES, from the original French novel, through the struggle to turn it into a film to box-office success, before considering the sequels and the remake from Tim Burton and Richard Zanuck - the same Richard Zanuck who once threatened to throw the film's original producers, Arthur Jacobs and Mort Abrahams, off the lot.
    The Monster Show : A Cultural History of Horror by David J. Skal, $17.00
This study of the visual horror genre from Dr. Caligari to Dr. Hannibal Lecter seeks to determine why "the images resonated in the culture . . . [and] why so much of our imaginative life in the 20th century has been devoted to peeling back the masks and scabs of civilization, to finding, cultivating, and projecting nightmare images of the secret self."
    Secret History Of James Bond by Marcus Hearns, $24.95
A look at the development of Ian Fleming's world-famous master spy, 007. The author works from previously unpublished documents including a James Bond screenplay written by Ian Fleming himself. Marcus Hearn looks at how the James Bond stories made the transition from best-selling novels to blockbuster movies.
     The Suspense Thriller : Films in the Shadow of Alfred Hitchcock by Charles Derry, $25.00
This book seeks to study and define the suspense film. It tries to answer the question, "Why do we like to be scared?"
    WHITE ZOMBIE : Anatomy of a Horror Film by Gary Don Rhodes, George E. Turner, $65.00
This book analyzes WHITE ZOMBIE from nearly every possible viewpoint, using both academic and popular film theories. Also supplied is an extensive intellectual history of the predecessor works to WHITE ZOMBIE, as well as information on the significance it carried for subsequent books and films, its theatrical release around the country, its modern cultural influence, and the attempts to restore the film to its original state. You might be able to tell by the price, it's from McFarland.

24.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 1 by Yvonne Navarro, et al., $9.00
Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 1, chronicles Slayers past who have influenced, and are influenced by, the traditions and mythologies of yore. From ancient Greece, to aristocratic Slayers holding court in revolution-era France, to the legend of the Bloody Countess Elizabeth Bathory, to 1920's Munich, each girl has a personal history, a shared moral code, and a commitment to conquer evil, regardless of the cost.
    ENTERPRISE: Broken Bow by Diane Carey, $19.95
This is a novelization of ENTERPRISE's opening episode. It fills out the story and gives us backstory and behind-the-scenes details not available to viewers.
    Frankenstein : The Legacy by Christopher Schildt, with an introduction by Sara Karloff, $6.99
Three scientists travel to the North Pole searching for the truth behind a ship that has been found frozen in the ice. When they arrive, they are stunned to discover Frankenstein's notes on the creation of his monster - notes that will lead them on a deadly quest to re-create the experiment begun so long ago.
    Night of Dracula by Christopher Schildt, with an introduction by Bela Lugosi, jr., $6.99
The most celebrated vampire of them all haunts the night once more! He walks the gleaming urban landscapes of the twenty-first century.
   Star Trek: New Frontier-Gateways: Cold Wars by Peter David, $6.99
Newly recovered alien technology, that makes interstellar travel instantaneous, has enabled two warring cultures to resume their brutal conflict. Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and company have to find a way to end it.
    Star Trek : Voyager-Gateways: No Man's Land by Christie Golden, $6.99
Just as Voyager enters a hazardous region of space they discover a cluster of lost and belligerent alien ships, deposited there by the unpredictable Gateways. Captain Janeway has to ease tensions and find if the technology that got these ships lost can take Voyager back to the Alpha Quadrant.

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25.QUICK TAKES
ENYA IS SINGING IN TONGUES FOR RINGS. The Irish singer Enya has recorded two new songs for the upcoming LORD OF THE RINGS film trilogy. One of the songs is in Sindarin, a fictional Elf language used in the film. The song backs a romantic scene between Liv Tyler's elf and Viggo Mortensen's human characters. . . . GHOST SHIP WILL BE DOCKING NEXT YEAR. Dark Castle, a company formed mostly to re-make old William Castle films (so far they've done HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL and 13 GHOSTS) are stepping out of the master's shadow for a change. Their next project is GHOST SHIP, the story of a haunted ocean liner. It will be directed by Steve Beck, the director of 13 GHOSTS. Look for it around Halloween, 2002. . . . HANKS TO GET AN AFI AWARD Tom Hanks has been selected to receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award on June 12, 2002. In a statement, Howard Stringer, chairman of the institute's board of trustees said, "Tom Hanks is American film's Everyman for a new generation." . . . FEARS DELAY THE TOMB RAIDER SEQUEL Angelina Jolie will have to wait to shoot her TOMB RAIDER sequel because of the movie industry's reluctance to travel overseas following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Jolie was all set to star as Lara Croft in the sequel, for which a script has already been written. Producer Larry Gordon says, "People not wanting to shoot overseas is now more of a concern. I'm very concerned about the safety of the crew, of me and Lloyd [Levin, his producing partner], and Angelina, and everyone else. If something happens in the world and things get worse and you can't fly, well, you can't fly." . . . DREAMCATCHER IS COMING Morgan Freeman will star in DREAMCATCHER, a feature film based on Stephen King's best-selling novel of the same name, to be directed by Lawrence Kasdan for Castle Rock. William Goldman (HEARTS IN ATLANTIS) wrote the script, which Kasdan rewrote. The film tells the story of a quartet of childhood friends who come together as adults to battle extraterrestrials and an evil Army colonel (Freeman). . . . WARNER'S LOOKS TO ITS FUTURE Warner Bros. plans to expand its franchise business with plans for as many as seven Harry Potter movies, additional SUPERMAN and BATMAN films, Looney Tunes cartoons and new properties including Wonder Woman, Catwoman and follow-ups to this year's hit CATS AND DOGS. Warner Bros. chairman Barry Meyer said, "It's a very long-term business we're developing now. We're devoting more resources toward the early development of these properties and it involves every part of our company." . . . DINING ON HAGMAN This story is too bizarre not to run. Larry Hagman wants his friends to eat him when he dies. The 70-year-old actor wants to be fed through a wood chipper, spread over a wheat field, then have a cake baked from the crop for his pals to munch on. Hagman, who lives on a 45-acre estate on a California mountain, says, "Cremation's all very well, but it uses an awful lot of energy. Burying someone in a steel casket doesn't do any good. I want to return to the earth as soon as possible." Dessert anyone? . . . . EPISODE II MEETS THE MONSTERS. The trailer for STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES will be released on November 2. You can see it attached to MONSTERS INC. . . . STEVEN SODERBERGH WILL DIRECT A REMAKE OF SOLARIS. Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh will direct SOLARIS, a remake of the 1972 Russian science fiction classic based on Stanislaw Lem's Russian novel of the same name. The director is also writing the script. It tells the story of a mission to rescue scientists on a space station bedeviled by mysterious visions.

26.NO 2001 IN 2001
    Although it had seemed like a foregone conclusion that Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY would be restored and re-released by Warner Bros. in 2001, it may only get limited distribution in four cities - Seattle, Washington DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles - late this year. A wider release is planned for 2002 if this year's screenings produce a profit, the magazine said. Warner's hesitant plans have received a tongue lashing from critic Roger Ebert, who featured the film at his Overlooked Film Festival in April (although the film could hardly be described as "overlooked"). Ebert said, "Seeing it on a big screen in 70mm is not just seeing a better picture, but essentially having a different experience. . . . Those unlucky enough to have seen it only on video have not really seen it at all."

27.BRUCE CAMPBELL TALKS BUBBA HO-TEP
    Bruce Campbell recently spoke about a few new details of his upcoming satirical supernatural movie BUBBA HO-TEP. "I play a 65-year-old ex-Elvis Presley impersonator who has cancer on his penis. The movie takes place in a rest home in Florida, where this mummy is sucking the souls of the old people at night. I team up with Ossie Davis, who plays an old guy who thinks he's Jack Kennedy. He thinks his enemies dyed him black and are keeping part of his brain in the White House. We team up and kick the mummy's ass!"
    The movie is based on a Stoker Award winning story by Joe Landsdale. Look for the film's release sometime next year.

28.LIAM NEESON WILL BE RAISING THE DEVIL IN THE NEW EXORCIST PREQUEL
    Liam Neeson has signed on to play a younger version of Max von Sydow's character, Father Merrin, in the prequel to THE EXORCIST, entitled EXORCIST: DOMINION. The film, to be directed by John Frankenheimer, takes place in Africa just after World War II. Though neither of the previous EXORCIST have received a particularly positive reception, significant star power has been brought to bear behind the scenes as well, with bestselling novelist Caleb Carr reworking a script by TERMINATOR 2 writer William Wisher.

29.COPPOLA MIXED REALITY WITH CINEMA IN THE GODFATHER
    Nowadays we can never be sure of the reality of what's on the screen. Is that a real crowd, a real setting, a real person or are they the product of some digital artist's skill? Director Francis Ford Coppola reminds us that that's not always the case in movies of the past. In the recently-released GODFATHER DVD Collection we're told that they used a real horse's head in that memorable movie scene that shows a Hollywood tycoon waking up to find the severed animal part beside him in his bed. Movie fans assumed the bloody head was a fake but animal-rights activists believed it was the real thing and bombarded Coppola with letters alleging a horse had been slaughtered merely for the movie. Coppola admits he used a real head. "It came from a slaughterhouse where horses were being destroyed for dog food," he says.

30.THE INCREDIBLE HULK WILL BE PLAYED BY . . .
    . . . Eric Bana! Who, you might well ask, is Eric Bana, and how did he land one of the most coveted roles in this high-end big-budget production? He's a 32-year old Australian actor. He's been officially confirmed to play Doctor Bruce Banner and his alter-ego the Hulk, despite the relative brevity of his film career (Bana's resume' only extends back to 1993). He's well-known to Australian TV audiences. You'll soon see him in Tony Scott's BLACK HAWK DOWN. He came to Ang Lee's attention after starring in CHOPPER, an Australian film based on the autobiography of a criminal who aspired to legendary status (for news of the video release, see "VIDEOCY" for sell through titles releasing November 13).
    "He was immensely appealing, and we are lucky to have him to be Bruce Banner,'' said Marvel Studios president Avi Arad. "He's a fresh face, but he's a veteran performer who has a unique combination of great strength and the most soulful eyes. That is a difficult combination to find.''
    The big-budget production is on track for a March start date. A release date of spring 2003 has been penciled in.

31.UMA THURMAN TEAMS WITH BRUCE LEE FOR KILL BILL
    Hollywood actress Uma Thurman will be high-kicking and thumping her way through new movie KILL BILL in a Bruce Lee costume. The pregnant star will wear the same suit the late kung-fu legend wore in his last movie. The upcoming film is directed by Quentin Tarantino, who says, "It was exciting, writing and thinking of Uma's physicality, those long lanky legs and that blonde hair, and her doing animal-style kung fu or using the samurai-style sword. She'll be wearing the yellow tracksuit of Bruce Lee from GAME OF DEATH."
    KILL BILL is Tarantino's first film since Jackie Brown nearly four years ago. The director says he didn't want his career to go downhill after 20 years. "Most directors have a 40-year career. There's that first great 20 years, and the second 20 years, which isn't half as great," he says. "There are good movies in that last half, but also a lot of apologizing - and I want to avoid those last 20 years. I don't want to be too much of a professional, I want to keep my amateur status."

32.NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREDD
    Hey kids, remember back in the 20th century there used to be this guy named Stallone? Remember how, back in 1995, he made that great movie, JUDGE DREDD? Well if you remember it as a great movie, remind the studio's accounting department. They still cry themselves to sleep every night thinking of that bloated corpse of a movie has stunk up their ledgers, bleeding red ink. So you gotta figure that any further ventures into DREDD territory are strictly verboten, right? Well, apparently not.
    Comic book publisher 2000 AD has signed a deal to take us back to the 22nd century to saddle-up again with hizzoner. The first picture will be JUDGE DREDD: DREDD RECKONING, in which the judge will lose confidence in the corrupt legal system. It will be shot back-to-back with the second picture under the deal, JUDGE DREDD: POSSESSION, in which Dredd has to face the moral dilemma of having to kill his partner when she is possessed by Judge Death.
    Don't look for a repeat or continuation of the Stallone film. The president of Shorline Entertainment, Morris Ruskin said, "We are reinventing the franchise by taking it back to the edge and style of the original comic book." Instead of high-budget effects heavy extravaganzas, look for down and dirty action productions, budgeted at a modest (by today's standards) $15 million each.

33.WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE CREDITED ON THE LORD OF THE RINGS CREDITS?
    As if closing credits on movies weren't long enough already, director Peter Jackson is offering fans of the upcoming LORD OF THE RINGS the opportunity to add their names to the DVD credits for $39.95 (they'll also receive charter membership in the Official LORD OF THE RINGS Fan Club and goodies including a bimonthly magazine, lithographs and the opportunity to buy "limited-edition collectibles.") In a statement posted on the film's official fan site , Dan Madsen, vice president of Decipher Studios, ballyhooed: "This is an announcement unprecedented in cinematic history and of immense importance to The LORD OF THE RINGS fans. . . . By agreeing to place fans' names in the credits of the films, Peter is demonstrating that he truly understands what it means to be a fan of this brilliant property. This is the first time a director has acknowledged the contribution of fans to the creation of a film in this way." Decipher Studios describes itself as "a worldwide leader in the collectible card game industry and fan club industry."

34.IF YOU NEED PATRICK STEWART, HE'S AVAILABLE
    Patrick Stewart has suddenly got a monster sized hole in his schedule. His two upcoming films, STAR TREK: NEMESIS and X-MEN 2, have both had their start dates pushed back. "There's no start date for X-MEN 2 yet," Stewart said. "That was due to start in January or February, and I guess it's fortunate that it's not, given that STAR TREK X got pushed back too. What I'm hearing now is July/August of 2002. It's a little frustrating, because I was looking forward to doing those films back to back, where I would have a solid six-month block when I was working and not available for other things. I'm actively trying to balance my theater work with my other projects."
    Note to Mitch Klein - now's the perfect time to snag him for MONSTER PLANET. He'd probably be grateful to get the work!

35.KEEPING MOVIE MONEY IN AMERICA
    Odds are many of your favorite TV shows and movies have something in common - they probably weren't filmed in this country. The term for this is "runaway production." According to a U.S. Department of Commerce Report released earlier this year, foreign tax incentives designed to lure film production offshore are costing the U.S. economy annually as much as $10 billion. These losses are not limited to the entertainment industry, but also deeply impact small businesses throughout the United States that service the industry, including hotels, restaurants, catering companies, equipment rental facilities and transportation vendors.
    There's now a bill pending before Congress, entitled the United States Independent Film and Television Production Incentive Act, to provide economic stimulus legislation aimed at keeping film production and the revenue and jobs it generates in the U.S. “This bill will provide much needed economic stimulus to small businesses and all cities and towns who benefit from U.S. film and television production,” said Congressman Dreier. “Unfortunately, there has been an alarming trend in runaway production because other countries are providing unfair subsidies and incentives to lure production out of America. By providing tax incentives to employees on qualified U.S. productions, we will be able to compete on a level playing field. With all things equal, because of America's superior workforce, production companies will stay in America.”
    The most recent U.S. government and industry measurements of economic activity indicate that motion picture and television production generates revenue of more than $50 billion per year, employing directly or indirectly more than 630,000 Americans. This bill would work to safeguard those figures from further erosion.

36.MORE TORPEDOED PROJECTS AFTER SEPTEMBER 11
    Several of Hollywood's top TV and film writers have said that September's terrorist attacks have forced them to shelve projects that they had been working on for years and significantly alter others. Most of the writers suggested that they are no longer able to turn out scripts in which lawmen - police, the FBI, the CIA - are depicted as villains. THREE KINGS writer John Ridley remarked, "I was doing a miniseries at ABC about Wen Ho Lee, which is a true story about this Asian-American who was basically railroaded by the FBI. We were ready to go. After Sept. 11, it's officially on hold but it's basically dead because the story is: the FBI and government conspired against this guy, largely. The feeling is now even in real life, or in the approximation of real life, a docudrama, you can't talk about how the government has done these bad things. It's weird. I understand the need to support our country; at the same time, when something they really did to somebody is being muzzled, you're walking a fine line." However, writer-producer Dean Devlin (INDEPENDENCE DAY) suggested that the studios may be more concerned about their "corporate image" ("a good thing") than with public tastes. "I was so shocked the week after the event when I looked at the video rentals," he said. "All the movies about terrorists were renting through the roof."

37.IN THE WAKE OF TERRORIST ATTACKS, VALENTI ADVISES STUDIOS "DO YOUR JOB"
    The MPAA chief Jack Valenti has suggested that Hollywood studios have misjudged the mood of the country following the Sept. 11 attacks. Speaking at the Innovations 2001 trade show, sponsored by the Fairfax County, VA Chamber of Commerce, Valenti particularly singled out for criticism the decision by Warner Bros. to postpone indefinitely the release of the Arnold Schwarzenegger's COLLATERAL DAMAGE, which has a terrorism plotline. While the studio may have had legitimate concerns about releasing the film in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, Valenti said, it shows terrorists being beaten in the end by Schwarzenegger's character -- a denouement that audiences may very well appeal to audiences. Valenti urged filmmakers to get back to business. "Be fearful, be anxious. That's OK," he said, "But do your job."

38.ANTHRAX MAKES CELEBRITIES FEAR FAN MAIL
   The anthrax scare has caused several studios and publicity firms to stop opening fan mail and send it back. Pat Kingsley of the PMK public relations agency, whose clients include Tom Cruise, Jodie Foster, Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger, said, "For the time being, we are just not opening fan mail. Just to be careful, we are putting it off for now." Studio Fan Mail Services owner Jack Tamkin said he is asking fans to send postcards rather than letters, and Scott Row of Warner Bros. says the studio has begun returning fan letters with a note asking that the writers correspond by e-mail. Meanwhile, producers of reality series and game shows may ask contestants to apply Online.

39.GEE, I MEANT "GUTLESS COWARD" IN A NICE WAY!
    British Airways claimed that CEO Rod Eddington was quoted "out of context" in an article in which he reportedly called Hollywood stars "gutless cowards" for refusing to board airplanes since Sept. 11th (just what would a pleasant context be for accusing someone of being a gutless coward?). "It's pathetic," he reportedly steamed. A spokesman for the airline said that Eddington's remarks were made during an informal conversation with an editor aboard the first British Concorde flight since last year's crash in Paris. Eddington had particularly singled out Bruce Willis, who had canceled an appearance at the London Film Festival following the attacks. "This is the guy who makes movies in which he's the hero saving the world. But in real life he's too scared to fly in a plane. . . . People like him should be setting an example . . . [as] role models," Eddington said. The BA chief contrasted the attitude of film stars to those of New Yorkers, who, he said, have made "a marked effort" to resume flying. "But frankly the Los Angeles set have retired to their mansions," he said.

40.HARRISON FORD CALLS FOR AN END TO VIOLENCE
    Actor Harrison Ford is calling on Hollywood to end the long-running trend of violent movies. The star is joining Drew Barrymore in asking movie makers to consider making more positive films. He says, "Well, I don't do violent films. I would not be unhappy to see a mood change in what Hollywood turns out and what the public chooses to see. I'd like scripts with a more positive message. Storylines that give people something to hope for in place of the current diet of repetitive violence and retribution. I think we all need to focus on stories that raise the barrier to a higher level of emotion."

41.BEN STILLER DEFENDS EDITING THE TWIN TOWERS FROM ZOOLANDER
    Ben Stiller is defending his decision to erase images of the World Trade Center Towers from his comedy ZOOLANDER - insisting he did not want to remind viewers of the September 11 atrocities. Besides starring in the movie, Stiller also directed and co-wrote. In several scenes, the New York skyline is visible in the background, but the Twin Towers are gone. The actor has lashed out at producer Michael Mailer, who was quoted in a New York Times article about the skyline as saying it was "execrable" to alter the scenes. But in a letter written to the New York Times editor, Stiller explains, "The appropriateness of releasing a comedy at all at that time was under serious discussion. In deciding to go ahead, I had to make an immediate judgment about the skyline shots, which were indispensable to the story. I decided to edit out one shot, and to obscure the towers in another. I felt that people who chose to see the movie as escapist entertainment were not looking for another reminder of tragedy."

42.OLIVER STONE GOES CRYPTIC ON THE TERRORISTS
    Director Oliver Stone has sparked media fury by making "incendiary" comments about the September 11th terror attacks on America. The iconoclastic filmmaker is well known for his taste for conspiracy theories, but his controversial views often provoke anger. On October 7th, while appearing on a panel sponsored by the New York Film Festival, Stone infuriated a co-panelist so much the man started calling him names. "Vanity Fair" columnist Christopher Hitchens went semi-ballistic after Stone called the terrorist attacks a "revolt", and cited media conglomerates as having helped provoke the massacre. An angry Hitchens attacked Stone's comments, saying, "Excuse me? Revolt? It was state-sponsored mass murder, using civilians as missiles. To say that this attack in any way resembles the French Revolution means you are a moral idiot, as well as an intellectual idiot. The man has completely lost it." Later Stone cryptically added, "Does anybody make a connection between the 2000 election and the events of September 11th? Look for the thirteenth month!"

43.ROBERT ALTMAN SAYS THE TERRORISTS WERE INSPIRED BY THE MOVIES
    Director Robert Altman has accused Hollywood of producing motion pictures that inspired the Sept. 11 terrorists. Altman said, "The movies set the pattern, and these people have copied the movies. . . . Nobody would have thought to commit an atrocity like that unless they'd seen it in a movie." Altman, ever the iconoclast among major filmmakers, suggested that the studios return to making thoughtful, character-driven, "grown-up" films. "How dare we continue to show this kind of mass destruction in movies. . . . I just believe we created this atmosphere and taught them how to do it."

44.LOWE'S THEATERS TRIES TO PLAY IT SAFE AFTER SEPT. 11
    Old ladies with shopping bags who stop off at a mall theater for a matinee before heading home may have to find another way to take a break in the day if Lowes theaters tightly enforces new security precautions. Lowes has instituted a policy at all of its theaters nationwide barring anyone carrying a package larger than the size of a shoebox. Mindy Tucker, a spokeswoman for Loews, announced that the theater chain is exploring alternative security procedures. "We are trying to strike the right balance between providing a safe environment for our customers and causing inconvenience for them," she said.

45.THE WHITE HOUSE PONDERS A ROLE FOR HOLLYWOOD
    The White House has asked the Office of Homeland Security, the Defense Department and other government agencies to develop a list of things that Hollywood can do to assist in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Lionel Chetwynd, a writer and director and Craig Haffner, the c.e.o. of Greystone, are coordinating the efforts with the Bush White House. Both men have been active in Republican politics and helped Bush out during his campaign. Haffner said, "This is not an attempt to organize Hollywood. This is not a political outreach."
    Top Hollywood executives, following a meeting with White House officials in Beverly Hills, pledged to aid the war against terrorism but stopped short of announcing actual plans for doing so. MPAA chief Jack Valenti said that a variety of ideas were put forth, ranging from helping to create training films to mounting USO-type tours to entertain overseas troops. Valenti said that a team will be set up with the government to coordinate future plans, with a "point person" being assigned at each of the major studios and networks. He also noted that the content of movies was "off the table" and that Bush officials made no attempt to influence Hollywood about the kind of films it should make.

46.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
    November 2: DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE  revolves around a divorced father (John Travolta) who discovers that his 11-year-old son's new stepfather (Vince Vaughn) is not what he made himself out to be. Travolta's character sets out on a mission to rescue his son from a life-threatening situation. The cast also features Teri Polo as the mom in the middle, and Steve Buscemi. The screenwriter was Lewis Colick (OCTOBER SKY, GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI, JUDGMENT NIGHT). The director is Harold Becker (MERCURY RISING, SEA OF LOVE).
    MONSTERS INC. is from Pixar studios (the folks who gave us TOY STORY and A BUG'S LIFE. A young girl discovers that there really are monsters under the bed and that there's a portal there that leads to the magical land of monsters. Chaos breaks loose after a hapless monster accidentally lets this human child into their secret world. The mere touch of a human is lethal to the monsters. The vocal talent includes Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Mary Gibbs, Bonnie Hunt and Jennifer Tilly.
   Billy Crystal, who voices the green, one-eyed Mike Wazowski, said that he and John Goodman broke animation protocol by recording their roles together in the same room. Crystal's character is the roommate and best friend of Goodman's James P. Sullivan, a hulking, furred blue-and-purple monster. Typically, actors who do voices for animation record their parts individually and never meet their co-stars. MONSTERS, INC. took a chance, allowing its two principals to work together and improvise off each other for virtually all their scenes together, Crystal said. Much of that spontaneous banter makes it into the final film. Crystal explained, "John and I are looking at each other, and playing, like actors. So then, the animators, as genius as they are, are able to take our faces, and put that real emotion into these characters, and then you give a performance. I never felt I was giving a voice-over job. I felt I was acting."
    THE ONE stars Jet Li as a man from a parallel universe who finds that, as he goes through other universes and kills [the other universe's equivalent of] himself, he becomes stronger. He's coming into our universe to kill the final alternate version of himself. Of course, the version in our universe has no idea what's going on - but he has to find out quickly. The movie is written and produced by Glen Morgan and James Wong (cowriting team of FINAL DESTINATION and producers of  THE X-FILES and MILLENIUM). The film was directed by James Wong.

    November 9: HEIST is the story of a gang of thieves who are planning on that "one big heist", in this case, a jewelry store. Joe Moore (Gene Hackman) has a beautiful young wife, money owed to him, and a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman (Danny DeVito) reneges on the money he's owed, and his wife (Rebecca Pidgeon) may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant (Sam Rockwell). Moore and his partner, Bobby Blane (Delroy Lindo) and their utility man, Pinky Pincus (Ricky Jay) find themselves broke, betrayed, and blackmailed. Moore is forced to commit his crew to do Bergman’s one Last Big Job. Will Bergman shop Moore to the police? Will Moore’s wife trade him in for a younger model? Will Blane and Pincus cut their losses and get out? Who is to be believed, who is to be betrayed? Won’t someone who’s lied once, lie again? Who’s going to walk away smiling, and who’s not going to walk at all? The movie was written and directed by David Mamet (HOUSE OF GAMES, THE WINSLOW BOY, THE SPANISH PRISONER and writer of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS).
    SHALLOW HAL is about a self-absorbed womanizer whose life takes an unexpected turn. When his father was on his deathbed, young Hal (Jack Black) was told to only date the youngest, prettiest women. And so he does, and as he reaches middle-age he's only appreciated women for their surface charms. He gets stuck on an elevator with  motivational guru Tony Robbins. He's hypnotized into only seeing women for their inner beauty. Soon, he meets a woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) who's quite obese, but he falls in love with her inner self. Jason Alexander plays Hal's best friend, another shallow womanizing guy. The movie comes from the writing/directing brothers, Bobby and Peter Farrelly (ME MYSELF & IRENE, DUMB & DUMBER, KINGPIN, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY).

    November 16: HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE looks like it's set to be the biggest movie of the fall. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) has spent the first ten years of his life living under the stairs in the house of his aunt and uncle, who generally dislike him. Then, one day, a giant comes to him with an invitation to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry soon discovers that there are two worlds: one is the dreary world of the Muggles where he's grown up, and the other is one of magic and fantasy, and it's the latter in which he's destined to live. John Cleese plays Nick the Nearly Headless Ghost. Robbie Coltrane is Hagrid. Richard Harris is Professor Dumbledore. Maggie Smith plays Prof. Minerva McGonagall. Verne Troyer ("Mini-me") is Griphook. The screenwriter is Steven Kloves (WONDER BOYS, RACING WITH THE MOON, THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS). The director is Chris Columbus (BICENTENNIAL MAN, STEPMOM, HOME ALONE).

    November 21: BLACK KNIGHT stars Martin Lawrence in this time travel comedy. He's a fast-talking young hustler who works in a medieval-themed miniature golf course. He is suddenly transported back to the year 1328 where he teams up with a broken-down ex-knight and a beautiful peasant girl to defeat an evil king. The screenwriter is Darryl Quarles (SOLDIER BOYZ and co-writer of BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE). The director is Gil Junger (10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU).
    SPY GAME is about a retired CIA agent (Robert Redford) who is called back into service one last time to rescue his protégé (Brad Pitt), who was kidnapped by the Chinese. The movie is a series of flashbacks, also telling the story of the relationship between the spies. The screenwriters are Michael Frost Beckner (co-writer of CUTTHROAT ISLAND and SNIPER) and David Arata (BROKEDOWN PALACE). The director is Tony Scott (TOP GUN, ENEMY OF THE STATE, TRUE ROMANCE, CRIMSON TIDE).

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47.BUFFY FANS WANT A NEW MESSAGE BOARD
    Internet-oriented fans of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER who call themselves "Bronzers" in reference to Sunnydale's only nightclub, the Bronze, have organized to urge BUFFY's new network, UPN, to revamp the message board on the official Web site. The new message board replaces the old Bronze message board on the previous WB Web site, which was a meeting place for fans, BUFFY writers, actors and even creator Joss Whedon.
    Bronzers have been responsible over the years for organizing an annual charity party and regional get-togethers, and some contributed to an Emmy campaign on behalf of Whedon, which included the purchase of a full-page ad in Variety.
    After BUFFY announced it would switch networks from The WB to UPN, the old Web site and its message board shut down at the beginning of the summer. UPN's new Web site features a message board that fans find difficult to use, hard to read and wholly inadequate, compared with a fan-run version of the old message board that has become the de facto new Bronze - even BUFFY cast and crew continue to post at the fan-run message board.

48.TREKKERS LAUNCH AN ONLINE CHARITY AUCTION
    The Star Trek Galactic Newsletter and SyFyPortal.com are sponsoring an Online auction to benefit victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Net proceeds from the Star Trek Charity Auction will benefit the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund for the families of the victims of the attacks.
    A statement attached to the site reads, "It is well known in the STAR TREK community that Trekkers have the biggest hearts of anyone around. We will accept anyone for who they are, not for what they are. Unfortunately not many people outside of the STAR TREK community know this and it is time we show the world how big our hearts really are."
    Items will go on auction Dec. 1 and will remain on auction until the end of December, organizers said.

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49.HOLLYWOOD IS NOT AMUSED WITH REPLAY TV
    Hollywood big boys, including Disney, Viacom and NBC have filed a joint lawsuit against ReplayTV. They're not very happy about new features that allows programs to be e-mailed between users and commercials to be deleted during playback. The suit alleges that the device too easily enables viewers to make perfect digital copies of shows and transmit Online, depriving the companies of the revenue. It says that the ability of the units is radically different from the off-air recordings of a VCR, that were protected by the Supreme Court in 1984.
    One irony of the suit - the companies filing the suit are heavily invested in the company.

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50.WELCOME TO CINEMA'S FIRST MONSTERS
    The 1910 Edison FRANKENSTEIN is, officially, lost. It still appears on the American Film Institute's list of Lost Films. They haven't gotten around to delisting it yet but they may want to step on it. You can now own a video copy of this original movie on a tape called CINEMA'S FIRST MONSTERS.
    This FRANKENSTEIN is only 14 minutes long. Edison was afraid of making more than a single reel film, thinking that he'd have to pay his actors more than the $5 a day that he doled out. The print is in the hands of a private collector. It's on a tape with the first DRACULA, the 1922 NOSFERATU. The entire running time is about two hours. The FRANKENSTEIN feature comes with the original music played in 1910.
    You can buy the video, for $24.95 plus $5.50 S&H, either by clicking here (for you computer readers) or by calling 1-888-749-5072. To find out more about how the film was made and how it got discovered, check out LITERARY NEWS.

51.BLOCKBUSTER'S IN THE MONEY THANKS TO DVD AND TERRORISTS
   Blockbuster Video has announced that its expansion of DVD rentals resulted in a 92-percent climb in earnings in its third quarter. Gains, which far exceeded analysts' expectations, rose to $43.4 million from $22.6 million in the same period a year ago. Manifesting the higher profit levels produced by DVDs, Blockbuster said that total revenue rose only 6 percent. Blockbuster CEO John Antioco remarked that he expects to see revenue continue to climb as more and more people opt to stay home during the current crisis.

52.VIDEOCY
    Rental titles releasing 11/6: RAPTOR! is from Roger Corman's New Concorde Productions. A small-town sheriff and an animal control officer investigate strange grizzly bear deaths. They discover that a deranged scientist has brought real prehistoric velociraptors to life. It stars Eric Roberts and Corbin Bernsen. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $19.98.

    Rental title releasing 11/13: THE COVEN features a beautiful college co-ed who joins a coven upon her arrival at school. She becomes entangled in a secret war between her good coven and a rival coven of evil witches. This is strictly a VHS rental. . . . LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER catapults this video game icon to a screen near you. Our heroine races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $29.99. . . . TICKER is the now familiar "cop-on-the-edge" character vs. the mad bomber. Dennis Hopper seems to be recalling his character from SPEED in his mad-bomber role. He's the leader of a bunch of insane terrorists with bad accents. Actor-on-the-edge, Tom Sizemore, plays the badass cop, recalled back to duty from suspension to find the bomber. Steven Seagal is the fearless Zen-like head of the bomb squad who teams up with Sizemore. What follows is as ritualistic as Kabuki Theater, very bad Kabuki Theater. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $24.98.

    Rental titles releasing 11/20: THE BREED is set in a somewhat totalitarian future, where the vampires have just revealed themselves to the humans who outnumber them and greatly fear them. Two cops, one human and one a vampire, must stop a killer who threatens to disrupt a peace process between the two "breeds". If you like vampires who fly around on wires and shoot their guns while jumping in the air, this is the movie to see. None of the vampires have the "freak-face" which BUFFY has made popular for vampires, and these are polite vampires too. These are the kind of vampires you can take out to dinner; and they will offer to pay for the meal, use the right forks, and wipe their lips left-to-right with the table napkin. They also have a vampire hospital, which I thought was a major step forward in vampire evolution. Now all they need is Comprehensive Major Medical Insurance. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $24.96. . . . THE ENEMY stars Luke Perry, Olivia D'Abo and Roger Moore in this story of terrorists who have kidnapped a scientist and his invention - a deadly bio-weapon. The scientist's son and a beautiful CIA agent must stop the terrorists from killing millions of people with the weapon. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $19.99. . . . PLANET OF THE APES: SPECIAL EDITION  offers Tim Burton's re-imagination of the cult classic where an astronaut lands on another planet only to find that primates rule the world and destroy human life. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $29.98. . . . . A QUESTION OF FAITH is an interesting movie about testing of faith and how people react to things when fundamental bits of their faith are questioned. It is about a monk at a monastery who undergoes a fundamental change. He turns into a woman. To further complicate things he becomes pregnant. Now old schisms are resurrected and tensions flare as the Brothers have to confront the miraculous with the logical. The film is beautifully executed and beautifully filmed. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $19.98.

    Rental titles releasing 11/27: TIME LAPSE has Roy Scheider playing an undercover agent with 20 years on the job. He begins questioning his loyalty as his profession has cost him his wife, family and personal life. During his last assignment he gets injected with a drug that will erase his memory and his personality. This man, who wanted to forget his life, is now in a panic to remember. If he can't find the antidote soon the brain cells housing memory will be permanently destroyed. The VHS is a rental. The DVD is $24.99.

    Sell through title releasing 11/2: SHREK just might be the best movie of 2001 (although don't wait for the Academy to realize that). It comes to us today on VHS for $15.95 or on a DVD edition bursting with extras for $19.95.

    Sell through titles releasing 11/6: AVENGING WARRIORS OF SHAOLIN is part of a series of 70's film starring a troupe of actors called the Five Venoms. It's a formulaic cut and paste film, but that doesn't mean that it's not fun to watch. In fact this was one of the best that the group did. Two friends who long to be heroes join the fight against a Ching warlord and his students. They get help from a Kung Fu student and a rebel. The film is dubbed in English. Both the VHS and DVD sell for $14.98. . . . As mentioned in an earlier issue, BABYLON 5 comes to DVD today. "The Gathering" and "In the Beginning" are joined on a single disc. The price is $19.98. . . . A CLOCKWORK ORANGE LIMITED EDITION is Stanley Kubrick's tale about a mad murdering rapist wandering a mad murdering world. This limited edition includes a collectible senitype (a 35MM limited film frame) and a commemorative booklet with sixteen full color pages featuring stories behind the film, the music, plus over twenty photos. The whole shebang's on DVD for the hefty price of $59.98. . . . FILTHY GUY stars Sammo Hung in this 1981 martial arts flick. He plays a poor village orphan who eventually helps rebels fight off a corrupt Emperor. This is a fast paced and very entertaining film. The DVD sells for $19.95. . . . FREQUENCY is a movie about a phenomenon of nature that allows a police officer to reach back in time and save the life of his father. But changing the past leads to a string of brutal, serial homicides and now father and son must stop the killer. This DVD sells for $19.98. . . . THE INVINCIBLE KILLER is about a gang member who is desperate to put his triad days behind him. The gang leader sees his departure as an act of betrayal and frames him for a series of violent murders. The DVD is $9.95. . . . INVINCIBLE POLE FIGHTER, from 1984, is a bleakly realistic martial arts film that has amazing fight scenes throughout. A heroic family is betrayed. All but two brothers are killed on the battlefield. One of the surviving brothers is driven insane by the sight of the murder of his father and siblings. The other one won't rest until he has his revenge. A word of warning about this film - don't watch it unless you're prepared to watch it dozens of times. It's addictive! Both the VHS and DVD are $14.98. . . . THE LONGEST DAY, from 1962, tells the story of the WW II June 1944 D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy through the eyes of characters from both the allied and German points of view. It's a lot more tranquil than SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, but with its galaxy of stars and its coverage of both German and Allied points of view, it's a tough film not to like. The VHS is $14.98. The DVD goes for $19.98. . . . ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA II is considered a classic among fans of martial arts films, as is this entire series. It is directed by Tsui Hark (director of IRON MONKEY, the CHINESE GHOST STORY series and all of the ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA series). It stars Jet Li and Donnie Yen (star of IRON MONKEY, among many other famous titles). It's about the legendary 19th century fighter, Wong Fei-hung (the central character of nearly 100 martial arts films). In this outing, a Chinese acupuncturist visiting Canton finds the city on the brink of revolution and teams up with a revolutionary leader after a terrorist group threatens all foreigners. The VHS is $14.95. . . . THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO is Woody Allen's fairy tale for adults who fall in love with images on the screen. A Depression-era movie fan has trouble keeping track of fantasy versus reality when one of her favorite leading men from the silver screen walks into her life for real. This 1984 film stars Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels and Danny Aiello. The DVD sells for $19.98. . . . REVENGEFUL SWORDSMAN is a 1979 film. To avenge her father's murder, a young woman trains in the most deadly form of swordplay. The DVD sells for  $9.95. . . . SHAOLIN DISCIPLE is from 1986. Before he retired, a constable achieved his lifelong goal of catching a notorious bandit. The bandit soon escaped from jail an killed his captor, whose son seeks help from the Shaolin monks to avenge his father. This DVD sells for $19.95. . . . SNATCH is an ultra-hip fast paced heist movie from British director, Guy Ritchie. A carefully planned diamond boost goes wrong - way wrong. The movie zooms through the complex detours and blind alleys of the derailed theft. The cast includes Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones and Brad Pitt. The VHS sells for $14.95. . . . THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON comes out today. Check out the continuing struggles of the most famous dysfunctional family in America. The thirteen episode set, both on VHS and DVD, sells for $99.92. . . . STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (DIRECTOR'S EDITION) releases today. This is the special edition version of the 1979 film. The DVD special features include three new retrospective documentaries, additional and deleted scenes and more. The VHS is $14.95. The DVD sells for $29.99. . . . SUBWAY is a 1985 French film starring Christopher Lambert and Isabelle Adjani. A renegade plunges into the Parisian subway system to avoid the police. He encounters a bizarre subculture living under the city. The VHS is $14.95. The DVD sells for $24.95.

    Sell through titles releasing 11/13: A quartet of martial arts pics from the from Hong Kong come our way today. FOUR INVINCIBLES, THUNDERING MANTIS, KUNG FU FOR SALE and DRAGON ON FIRE. The VHS in EP mode is $9.98. The SP tapes are $19.98. The DVD's are $14.98. . . . CHOPPER, the Australian title stars Eric Bana (see "MOVIE NEWS" for more casting news on this new star). This is based on the true life of one of Australia most notorious sociopathic thugs, Mark "Chopper" Read. He's so named for his habit of snipping the toes off delinquent money-borrowers. The film offers viewers a "Tarrentino-esque" blend of humor and graphic in-your-face violence. The DVD sells for $24.95. . . . THE JOHN WOO COLLECTION arrives today. This is a two-VHS set comprised of his Chinese classics, HARD BOILED and THE KILLER. You have your choice of either subtitled or dubbed. These two titles are available individually at $9.98 or as a box-set at $19.98. . . . LADY BATTLE COP is a Japanese rip-off of ROBOCOP (which itself drew inspiration from live-action Japanese superhero TV shows). This one's much shorter than ROBOCOP, because it cuts out all that annoying background detail, character development and news media coverage that made ROBOCOP so much more interesting and resonant. The scenes here sort of recall scenes in ROBOCOP, but the action direction is so much more sluggish. Our female cyborg hunts a psychotic killer with telekinetic powers after terrorists set loose the murderer from a top secret government facility. The VHS is $14.98. . . . MAX FLEISCHER'S SUPERMAN and SUPERMAN: THE LOST EPISODES are a classic collection of Superman's animated adventures done in the 40's by Fleischer Studios. Both the VHS and DVD are $9.98. . . . OSMOSIS JONES comes from the comedy team of Bobby and Peter Farrelly (SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, DUMB & DUMBER, KINGPIN). A construction worker (Bill Murray) who refers to his body as "The City of Frank" catches a cold. A white blood cell cop and a cold tablet living within "The City of Frank" battle the invading virus trying to prevent it from taking over "The City." The VHS is $22.96. The DVD sells for $ $24.98. . . . THE PING PONG CLUB: ASSORTED SHORTS (English dubbed), is a Japanese animated series that has been described as having the sort of sick humor that makes it equivalent to SOUTH PARK. This volume's available in both dubbed and subtitled. The VHS is yours for $19.99. . . . SHATTER DEAD is set at the end of the world. The dead have returned to life. They're not brain-eating cannibals. They're frightened and confused and just want to be allowed to live in what's left of society. When living society rejects them, a war ensues. In the midst of all this a woman, well-trained in the use of firearms, must battle her across America to get home as the war between the living and the dead rages around her. The VHS is $29.99. . . . SPIRITS OF THE DEAD, from 1968, is an anthology of three macabre tales by Edgar Allan Poe. In the first, directed by Roger Vadim, a medieval woman (Jane Fonda) lusts for her cousin, who spurns her advances. She sets fire to his stable in anger and he dies while saving a prized horse. In the second, directed by Louis Malle, an appalled priest refuses to grant absolution when an Austrian officer confesses his sins, including murder, beating women and other acts of violence. The final story, directed by Frederico Fellini, shows how presence of a little girl haunts a a drunken rock star/actor filming a movie in Italy. DVD is $29.95. . . . THIRTEEN DAYS pulls off the difficult job of being a suspense-filled movie even though its audience already knows he ending. This is the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It follows President Kennedy, his brother Bobby, his special assistant and his cabinet and staff through meetings and decisions during the Cold War. The DVD is the premiere DVD title from Infinifilm with bonus features including filmmaker commentary, archival commentary, historical information available throughout the film, deleted scenes and more. The VHS is $14.98. The DVD sells for $26.98. . . . THE X-FILES: SEASON FOUR is a seven disc boxed-set of the series. It comes with the usual deleted and extended scenes, interviews, behind-the-scenes looks and a CD-ROM game. It sells for $149.95.

    Sell through titles releasing 11/20: APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX is the director's cut of Francis Ford Coppola's dark tale of a disillusioned Army (Martin Sheen) who captain travels upriver from Vietnam into Cambodia with the assignment of assassinating a renegade colonel (Marlon Brando). The VHS is $24.95. The DVD sells for $29.99. . . . BAD TASTE, from 1987, will remind fans what Peter Jackson USED to do before he was hired to direct the multi-million dollar LORD OF THE RINGS. The movie mixes laughter with intense gore. It's about super-commandos fighting alien cannibals. Four government agents investigating a UFO sighting in New Zealand discover aliens have invaded to make Earthlings the next link in their food chain. Jackson shot the film on weekends over a four-year period with friends playing the lead roles. He funded most of the film himself until towards the end of the shoot when the New Zealand film commission gave him money to finish his project after being impressed with what he'd already produced. The entire movie was improvised. Watch this film even if it is only to see one of the human commandos rip off an aliens head with his bare hands and drop-kick it successfully out of a window to which he casually comments "Yep, I've still got it." The VHS is $9.98. The DVD is $19.98. . . . DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS and DALEKS INVASION EARTH 2150 AD, are, as you might have guessed from the title, a pair of Dr. Who movie. They're from 1965 and 1966, respectively. The good Dr. is portrayed by Peter Cushing. This is more or less a colorized shorter version of the TV show of the same name. Dr. Who appears to be an Earthling rather than a Timelord. The Daleks become rather helpless comical creatures rather than menacing. They're not for new or casual fans. Buy them only if you're a card-carrying Whovian and you have an obsession to collect all things "WHO." These DVD's sells for $19.98 each. You can also buy a boxed set that has both movies in it and a documentary about the WHO phenomenon called "DALEKMANIA." That sells for $39.98. . . . DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE, from 1971, is Hammer Studio's gender-bending take on Robert Louis Stevenson's story. The good Dr. Jekyll (Ralph Bates) takes a potion that turns him into the evil Sister Hyde (Martine Beswick). Witness the mayhem on DVD for $19.98. . . . EXCALIBUR/LADYHAWKE get released as a DVD double today. EXCALIBUR, from 1981, is a medieval tale of the magical sword King Arthur extracts from a stone to establish his rule. He creates the Knights of the Round Table, marries Guenivere and begins the quest for the Holy Grail while his wife, best friend and half-sister betray him and plot his demise. LADYHAWKE, from 1985, stars Matthew Broderick as a pickpocket in medieval times who gets involved with cursed couple who try to overcome their enchantment out of love for one another. This DVD combo goes for $29.92. . . . HITCHER/NIGHT FLIER is another DVD double. HITCHER, from 1986, stars Rutger Hauer as a highway menace. A driver on a remote California highway picks up a hitchhiker (Hauer), unaware that he's a serial killer and is planning to frame the driver. NIGHT FLIER, from 1997, stars Miguel Ferrer as one of two investigative reporters, working for a sleazy tabloid, assigned to chase the story of a serial killer stalking victims at rural airports late at night. They suspect the killer is using a private plane but clues seem to indicate the possibility a vampire could be the killer. This second movie is based on a Stephen King story. This DVD is $29.92. . . . THE MATRIX REVISITED is a companion to THE MATRIX. It includes behind-the-scenes footage from the original film with an exclusive look into the sequels, cast interviews and insight into the development of the special effects. The VHS is $14.95. The DVD sells for $19.98. . . . A series of  MIDNITE MOVIES make their way to us today. For your viewing pleasure we've got I BURY THE LIVING (1957), in which a cemetery manager finds he may have the power of life and death when he sticks pins into a map of the graveyard; THE ANGRY RED PLANET (1959), where we get to watch a band of space explorers tangle with carnivorous plants and bat-rat-spider-crab creatures that dot the surface of Mars; WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP (1965), with a group of early 1900s Cornishmen discovering an underwater society of ageless individuals who live in a lost city with gill-man slaves; AT THE EARTH'S CORE (1976) with a scientist and a businessman who drill into the earth's core where they find an underground empire where giant rubber pterodactyls with an attitude; EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977) adapted from a story by H.G. Wells, featuring a pair of vacationers on an isolated island who find themselves at the mercy of voracious ants that have become monsters after ingesting radioactive waste; THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT (1977) has Patrick Wayne and Doug McClure on an arctic expedition and stumbling upon a tropical paradise populated with phony looking prehistoric beasties; STRANGE INVADERS (1983), which is a spoof of 1950s sci-fi films that examines a Midwestern city that aliens have taken over and MORONS FROM OUTER SPACE (1985). as some very human-looking brainless aliens with British accents crash land on Earth where their main goal seems to be to go shopping. These are all on DVD for $14.95 each. . . . THE PLANET OF THE APES: THE COMPLETE TV SERIES offers us all 13 episodes of this classic series on DVD for $49.98. . . . RESERVOIR DOGS is Quentin Tarantino's rookie movie. It is a film that is as light and funny as it is graphically violent and excruciating. Six criminals, known only to each by color code names, do a diamond heist. When everything goes wrong they assemble at the rendezvous site to figure out who is the informer within their ranks. Both the VHS and DVD are $9.98. . . . SPAWN and SPAWN 2 come out as a DVD combo today. The adventures of this darkly tragic McFarlane Comics character can be yours, on disc, for $29.92.

    Sell through titles releasing 11/27: THE BODY sees the teaming of a Jesuit priest and an Israeli archaeologist. They discover something that will shake the foundation of Western religion - the remains of Jesus. . . . STAR TREK has Cap'n Kirk and his crew warping our way today in two volumes, each with two episodes. The first has Episode 37 "The Lights of Zactar," and Episode 74, "The Cloud Minder." The second has Episode 75: "The Way to Eden" Episode 76: "Requiem for Methusela." They're on DVD for $19.98 each. . . . WILLOW stars Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley in this 1988 Ron Howard fantasy film. Willow, a small farmer/apprentice magician, meets Madmartigan, a great swordsman, and together they journey through a war-torn land of magic and monsters, to save a baby princess from death at the hands of an evil queen. The VHS is $14.98. The DVD is $26.98. . . . WORM EATERS is an odd little film from 1977. Herman Umgar, a German hermit, has an ability to communicate with worms. One day the mayor of the town runs him off his property, so in revenge he plants worms in everybody's food. However, these worms are a special breed of mutant worms from the Red Tide, and when the people eat them they are transformed into giant worms themselves. These worm-people also become Herman's slaves. This DVD sells for $24.99.

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53.THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
    Adrian Weiss will never be remembered fondly as a man who produced golden moments that will live forever on the silver screen. In fact, in all likelihood, Adrian Weiss will not be remembered at all. After a career producing low-budget junk, it's easy for the Adrian Weisses of the world to be forgotten. There's a major difference between Weiss's films and bad big-budget extravaganzas of today - the stuff today is unwatchable. Weiss's movies, even at their worst, are like the lovable little malformed runts in a litter of puppies.
    Born in Brooklyn in 1918, Weiss became involved in film production as a teenager. One of his earliest efforts was the 1936 CUSTER'S LAST STAND But he soon settled into making horror films, many of which have become cult classics.
    After THE WHITE GORILLA and DEVIL MONSTER in the mid-1940s, he produced BRIDE OF THE GORILLA, starring Raymond Burr, in 1951. Film historian Leonard Maltin has called the Burr movie a "surprisingly watchable trash movie."
    As a producer and director Weiss may be best remembered as the man behind BRIDE OF THE BEAST, from 1957. This script, written by the master himself, Ed Wood, was the story of a newly married man who discovers why his blushing bride has such an affinity for his pet monkey - she's a re-incarnated gorilla.
    Later Weiss operated a film-distributing company known as Weiss Global Enterprises that included in its collection two films starring Ronald Reagan, CATTLE QUEEN OF MONTANA and TENNESSEE'S PARTNER.

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                   54.NOVEMBER CALENDAR

FRI. 2: VIDEO AND DVD SELL-THROUGH: SHREK releases today.
           MOVIE:DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE, MONSTERS INC.
            and THE ONE premiere today.

TUE. 6: VIDEO RENTAL: RAPTOR! releases today.
           VIDEO SELL-THROUGH: AVENGING WARRIORS OF SHAOLIN,
            INVINCIBLE POLE FIGHTER, THE LONGEST DAY, ONCE UPON
            A TIME IN CHINA II, SNATCH, THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE
            SECOND SEASON, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
            (DIRECTOR'S EDITION) and SUBWAY all release today.
           DVD SELL-THROUGH: RAPTOR!, AVENGING WARRIORS OF
            SHAOLIN, BABYLON 5, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE LIMITED
            EDITION, FILTHY GUY, FREQUENCY, THE INVINCIBLE KILLER,
            INVINCIBLE POLE FIGHTER, THE LONGEST DAY, THE PURPLE
            ROSE OF CAIRO, REVENGEFUL SWORDSMAN, SHAOLIN
            DISCIPLE, THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE SECOND
            SEASON, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (DIRECTOR'S
            EDITION) and SUBWAY all release today.

FRI. 9: MOVIE: HEIST and SHALLOW HAL premiere today.

SUN. 11: TV - X-FILES season 9 premieres

TUE. 13: VIDEO RENTAL: THE COVEN,  LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER and
            TICKER  become rentable today.
           VIDEO SELL-THROUGH: FOUR INVINCIBLES, THUNDERING
            MANTIS, KUNG FU FOR SALE, DRAGON ON FIRE, THE JOHN
            WOO COLLECTION, LADY BATTLE COP, MAX FLEISCHER'S
            SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN: THE LOST EPISODES, OSMOSIS
            JONES,  THE PING PONG CLUB: ASSORTED SHORTS, SHATTER
            DEAD and THIRTEEN DAYS hit sale bins today.
           DVD SELL-THROUGH: LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER, TICKER,
            FOUR INVINCIBLES, THUNDERING MANTIS, KUNG FU FOR
            SALE, DRAGON ON FIRE, CHOPPER, MAX FLEISCHER'S
            SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN: THE LOST EPISODES, OSMOSIS
            JONES, SPIRITS OF THE DEAD, THIRTEEN DAYS and THE
            X-FILES: SEASON FOUR all go on sale today.

FRI. 16: MOVIE: HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
            premiere's today.
SAT 17: ICS MEETING
           TV - JUSTICE LEAGUE debuts on the Cartoon Network

SUN. 18: TV - INVINCIBLE debuts on TBS

TUE. 20: VIDEO RENTALS: THE BREED, THE ENEMY, PLANET OF THE
            APES: SPECIAL EDITION, and A QUESTION OF FAITH hit rental
            shelves today.
           VIDEO SELL-THROUGH: APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX, BAD
            TASTE, THE MATRIX REVISITED and RESERVOIR DOGS go on sale
            today.
           DVD SELL-THROUGH: THE BREED, THE ENEMY, PLANET OF
            THE APES: SPECIAL EDITION, A QUESTION OF FAITH,
            APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX, BAD TASTE, DR. WHO AND THE
            DALEKS, DALEKS INVASION EARTH 2150 AD, DR. JEKYLL AND
            SISTER HYDE, EXCALIBUR/LADYHAWKE, HITCHER/NIGHT
           FLIER, THE MATRIX REVISITED, MIDNITE MOVIES 8 volumes (I
            BURY THE LIVING, THE ANGRY RED PLANET , WAR-GODS OF
            THE DEEP, AT THE EARTH'S CORE, EMPIRE OF THE ANTS, THE
            PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT, STRANGE INVADERS, MORONS
            FROM OUTER SPACE), THE PLANET OF THE APES: THE
            COMPLETE TV SERIES, RESERVOIR DOGS, SPAWN and SPAWN 2
            hit sale bins today.

WED. 21: MOVIE: BLACK KNIGHT and SPY GAME premiere today.

FRI. 23 - SUN. 25: EVENT- DARKOVER GRAND COUNCIL MEETING XXIV

TUE. 27: VIDEO RENTAL: TIME LAPSE becomes rentable today.
           VIDEO SELL-THROUGH: WILLOW goes on sale today.
           DVD SELL-THROUGH: TIME LAPSE, THE BODY, STAR TREK 4
            episodes, WILLOW and WORM EATERS go on sale today.