#35-December 2001
CLUB NEWS
1.CONDOLENCES TO THE ROBERSON FAMILY
2.OUR NOVEMBER MEETING WAS A BLAST
3NEWS OF OUR DECEMBER MEETING: THE BASICS
4.DECEMBER: THE YANKEE GIFT SWAP
5.DECEMBER: HONG KONG HORRORS
6.DECEMBER: ELECTIONS ARE COMING
7.DECEMBER: CALENDARS
8.DUES ARE COMING UP
9.MEETING ETIQUETTE: SNACKS
10.MEETING ETIQUETTE: CLEAN UP
11.MEETING CREEP: THE CASE OF THE RUN AWAY-MEETING
12. DINER QUEST
TV NEWS
13.THE GLASS TEAT
     With news on THE INVISIBLE MAN, THE SNOW QUEEN and ROSWELL.
14.ANDROMEDA LOOSES WOLFE
15.ANDROMEDA CAST MEMBER VOWS THE SHOW MUST GO ON
16.JMS EXPLORES NEW VISTAS IN THE B5 UNIVERSE WITH RANGERS
17.BATTLESTAR GALACTICA STUCK ON THE LAUNCH PAD
18.CALLING ALL PRETENDER FANS
19.UPN IS STICKING WITH SPECIAL UNIT 2
20.THE UNEASY MELD BETWEEN SPOCK AND NIMOY
21.AHEAD FOR UPN
22.DOGGET DISHES ON THE X-FILES
23.THE CURRENT TV SEASON
EVENT NEWS
24.THINGS TO COME
     With news on FARPOINT and KATSUCON 8.
LITERARY NEWS
25.THE LAST OF THE HITCHHIKER NOVELS IS DUE
26.BRADBURY - 81 AND HE'S STILL GOT IT
27.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES AND TELEVISION
28.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS
29.RECENT TITLES: OTHER TITLES OF INTEREST
MOVIE NEWS
30.QUICK TAKES 
     With news on ARAC ATTACKS/ EIGHT-LEGGED FREAK, STAR WARS: EPISODE II - THE ATTACK OF THE CLONES, STAR TREK NEMESIS, James Bond 20: BEYOND THE ICE, a HARVEY remake and the MATRIX sequels.
31.ARTHUR C. CLARKE HITS THE HOLODECK
32.CHARLES BRONSON FIGHTS THE BATTLE OF A LIFETIME
33.THE SCI-FI CHANNEL GIVES US A TOUR OF LORD OF THE RINGS
34.LIV TYLER HAD TO RELY ON DIAL-AN-ELF
35.FANS ARE FORCED TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT APES
36.MICHAEL BAY GETS BACK TO BASICS
37.GANGS OF NEW YORK MAY CHANGE IN LIGHT OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS
38.WESLEY CRUSHER RETURNS ON TREK X
39.THE LUCAS EMPIRE STRIKES BACK AT PORN PRODUCERS
40.SAMUEL L. JACKSON AND THE COLOR PURPLE
41.THE SECRET OF SAMUEL L. JACKSON'S SUCCESS - DON'T BLINK WHEN FAME APPROACHES
42.WE WERE SOLDIERS IS COMPARED TO PRIVATE RYAN
43.WELLS TALKS TIME MACHINE
44.MORGAN AND WONG CONTEMPLATE UPDATING WILLARD
45.X MINUS X
46.THE RETURN OF THE AFGHAN MOVIE FAN
47.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 
     With news on OCEAN'S 11, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, KATE AND LEOPOLD and IMPOSTOR
INTERNET NEWS
48.HOLLYWOOD TAKES A HUNGRY LOOK AT DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
TECHNOLOGY NEWS
49."EVERYTHING CONNECTED TO EVERYTHING"
VIDEO NEWS
50.VIDEOCY
IN REVIEW
51.DECEMBER CALENDAR
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1.CONDOLENCES TO THE ROBERSON FAMILY 
    The Imaginative Cinema Society extends its sincere condolences to Gary Roberson and his family. Gary's father passed away in November. Gary, we wish that there were words that could be said or things that could be done that would make this time less painful and difficult for you and your loved ones. There are not. The closest we can come is to tell you that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
2.OUR NOVEMBER MEETING WAS A BLAST 
    The November meeting was terrific. Barry Murphy walked us through "Cliffhanger Cornucopia Chapter 4: Dum de Dum de de de de Dum Dum" In case you can't tell from that title, we heard a talk on the stirring music of the classic serials. Barry's depth of knowledge about serials never ceases to amaze us. If they gave Ph.D.'s in "serialism," Barry should be one of the first recipients. 
    We went from serial music to killer babes. Sue Feder brought along movies with dangerous women at their core. The winner (of course) was SHE DEMONS. The movie was fun, if it only had a little bit more exposition (he said, sarcastically). 
    We had a lively (but longish - see below) business meeting. Several of us tried on a new diner for size (see below). It was fun!
3.NEWS OF OUR DECEMBER MEETING: THE BASICS 
    Our December meeting will be held on Saturday December 29th at 6:00 P.M. at the church hall behind the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church located at 8848 BelAir Road. Take Baltimore Beltway exit 32 north on Belair Road. Turn left onto Joppa Road. Immediately past the miniature golf course turn left into the parking lot. If you miss it there are ample turn-around opportunities. If you get stuck call 410-598-8005. That's Dave Henderson's cell phone. He'll talk you in.
4.DECEMBER: THE YANKEE GIFT SWAP 
    As mentioned in the last issue, and in the November meeting, we're doing our annual Yankee Swap in December. THIS IS STRICTLY VOLUNTARY. NO ONE IS COMPELLED TO PARTICIPATE. For those of you who want to get involved, buy a Christmas gift, valued at around $20, that would be of genuine interest to someone in the club. Wrap it well. Participating members will draw numbers. Starting with the lowest number, members have the option of going to the gift pile and getting a gift or stealing someone else's gift. If your gift is taken you then have the same option of stealing or getting a new gift. After a gift has been stolen twice it's off the table and becomes the property of the last recipient. It's an interesting lesson in detachment. We've done this twice, so far. The first year people were very sweet and mannerly. The second year we got more vicious. We'll have to see if we're sliding down a continual evolutionary scale (which means in three years we'll be bringing clubs and stone axes to defend our newly acquired turf) or if we'll return to gentility.
5.DECEMBER: HONG KONG HORRORS 
    In December Norman Prentiss will be bringing along a collection of Hong Kong horror films. Look for hopping vampires and monsters experienced in the martial arts. It sounds like fun!
6.DECEMBER: ELECTIONS ARE COMING 
    In December we'll be taking nominations for the Board of Directors. If you're not running for the Board, we'll need two people to serve as tellers for our January election. A teller would receive any absentee ballots and physically count the ballots that are cast, both absentee and in person. They also assure that we have a fair and free election. 
    You might want to consider running for the Board. Service on the Board is often, but not always, fun. It would mean coming to 12 regular Board meetings in a year, plus the occasional special meetings that arise. It may mean doing follow-up work. It would almost certainly mean spending some long shifts at convention tables once or twice a year. It would also mean doing some follow-up work from time to time - making call, sending e-mails, visiting places - all the sort of detail work that needs to be done to keep the club running. 
    Service on the Board is not a right or a privilege. It is a responsibility and (an often) joyous burden. If you'd like the club to consider giving you a try, either phone or e-mail Dave Henderson by our next meeting or let our chief teller know at or after the next meeting. A list of candidates will appear in the next issue of "The ICS Files." 
7.DECEMBER: CALENDARS 
    The 2002 calendars SHOULD be ready by our December 29 meeting. If you ordered a calendar please be prepared to pay for it when you pick it up. They're $15. This issue will have (A) pictures with a special Universal monsters theme; (B) dates and anniversaries significant to Universal; (C) the dates for all the ICS meetings in 2002; (D) anniversaries of interest to the club, including what we've watched and when we watched it. We may have a couple of spare calendars this year, so if you haven't ordered one in advance we might still be able to take care of you.
8.DUES ARE COMING UP 
    January means dues are due. It's time to keep your membership current and your support of the club active. Individual memberships are just $20. Couples are $30. We're looking forward to an exciting year. We hope that you'll be there for it. 
    In January we'll have "The Economics of the Star Trek Universe" (a fascinating lecture led by an economist for the Congressional Budget Office), in February we'll have Barry Murphy's concluding presentation on classic movie serials (entitled "The Skipper's Last Stand), in March we'll have an auction (which are always a lot of fun), in April we'll hold an all-day movie marathon, in May we'll have round 2 of our trivia game show, "ICS Academic." Plus there'll be conventions, movie premieres and previews and a bunch of lively and high-energy meetings. We hope you stick around to enjoy them.
9.MEETING ETIQUETTE: SNACKS 
    We have a bit of a problem that needs to be addressed. We're getting people who always bring in a lot of snacks. We're also getting people who always eat a lot of snacks. Unfortunately, they're not always the same people. We're not trying to turn into food-fascists. We're only making a simple request - if you eat at the meetings consider bringing some snacks to share at the meetings. We'd like to arrange it so that the same people didn't feel that they were obliged to feed the multitudes.
10.MEETING ETIQUETTE: CLEAN UP 
    Some folks stay until every last micron of mess is dealt with after a meeting. Others take off like they were shot from a cannon. Once again folks, we're just asking for a little bit of common courtesy and sharing the load. Some of us can't stick around late to clean up. That's ok. If you kind of clean-as-you-go that would really help out. If you can stick around and move tables and chairs, run the vacuum and police the premises, fine. Let's just all do what we can to see to it that our dedicated work crew, that are diligent about tidying, get out as quickly as possible. 
11.MEETING CREEP: THE CASE OF THE RUN AWAY-MEETING 
    The meetings seem to be getting longer, and l-o-o-n-g-er, and l-l-l-o-o-o-n-n-n-g-g-g-e-r. Ideally we should end them by 10. If we go to 10:15 or so, that's not too bad. Sometimes we go to 10:30. The last meeting ran until 10:40. We had some people that were just simply wearing out. We need to put our collective heads together and figure out how we can streamline and stop the meetings from creeping out of control. We'll discuss this at our December meeting.
12.DINER QUEST 
    Many of us, after a meeting, like to go to the Double-T Diner. The problem with that is that the diner likes to close up and send there folks home by midnight. Sometimes, by midnight, we're just getting cranked up. After the last meeting some of us tried Denny's, down the street. They're open all night. Not everyone was thrilled with the facilities. We currently have Dave Henderson off on a diner safari. He's scouting alternatives for us. He'll let us know what he's found by our next meeting. 
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13.THE GLASS TEAT 
THE INVISIBLE MAN disappears. Looks like the Sci-Fi Channel's original series, THE INVISIBLE MAN, will air its final episode in January. This will conclude a two year run for the series. . . . THE SNOW QUEEN cometh. Bridget Fonda will star in the Hallmark Channel's upcoming fantasy miniseries THE SNOW QUEEN, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The miniseries is currently in production in Vancouver. Hallmark plans to air the mini in winter 2002. . . . UPN may be falling out of love with ROSWELL. UPN might cut back its order of ROSWELL episodes from 22 to 13. The imported series has failed to find an audience on the ever-so-crowded Tuesday night since moving from The WB. The show's life has been extended several times by the ardor of its fans. We'll see what happens now. 
14.ANDROMEDA LOOSES WOLFE 
    When a series creator leaves a show it generally means that things are going very, very badly. Imagine Rod Serling stomping off the TWILIGHT ZONE or Gene Roddenberry turning his back on STAR TREK. Well, fans of GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA will have to adjust to life without the series' creator. Robert Hewitt Wolfe has left the building. 
    Wolfe announced that he's leaving the show over creative differences with production companies Tribune Entertainment and Fireworks. It's actually not so much a leaving as an ejection. Wolfe qualified it as being, "politely informed that my services were no longer required." He further explained, "You're probably wondering what the hell happened. Short answer: Television happened." 
    The companies and series star Kevin Sorbo, who is also an executive producer, disagreed with the complex arc-based storyline Wolfe envisioned. Instead, they wanted the show to be more action-driven, more focused on main character Dylan Hunt and more episodic. 
    What, if anything, this says for the future and viability of the show remains to be seen. The series is still in production.
15.ANDROMEDA CAST MEMBER VOWS THE SHOW MUST GO ON 
    Keith Hamilton Cobb, who plays the hulking Nietzschean Tyr Anasazi on ANDROMEDA, reassured fans that the show will go on, despite the departure of Robert Hewitt Wolfe. "This is the sort of situation which occurs in television probably a great deal more often than any of you know," Cobb said. "Any time several factions come together to create a product, there will always wind up being more generals than soldiers. And more often than not, each general will want to do things a little differently than any other. Does the product suffer? Of course it does. "In my case, the work will go on. The show will change and evolve as it's pulled in various directions by the various forces. That doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. Through it all, I will continue to love Tyr, and his voice and presence will continue to remain unique regardless of the amount of screen time. I'm an actor, he is my creation, and his integrity is the only stake I have in all of this."
16.JMS EXPLORES NEW VISTAS IN THE B5 UNIVERSE WITH RANGERS 
    BABYLON 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski has said that the upcoming Sci-Fi Channel original movie BABYLON 5: THE LEGEND OF THE RANGERS represented an opportunity to delve further into the mysterious Rangers, the fighting force first introduced on B5. "I wanted to explore their history, their tradition, their philosophy," he said. "We've never done a show about an organization that's in essence a bunch of warrior priests, and particularly one about a group of alien priests." 
    THE LEGEND OF THE RANGERS follows the group as a ship's crew is assembled after the Shadow War and given the task of restoring order to the universe. Straczynski and Douglas Netter executive produced the movie, which Straczynski wrote. Michael Vejar directed. The two-hour movie stars Dylan Neal as Capt. David Martel, Alex Zahara as Dulann, Myriam Sirois as Sarah and B5 star Andreas Katsulas, who reprises his role as G'Kar. 
    "That dynamic was of interest to me, because it takes you out of the standard action without consequence, action without context and lets you play in a much deeper pond," Straczynski said. "They're trained in the philosophy of the Minbari and the Rangers, which is all about responsibility. It's about asking questions. It's almost a Zen-like approach to storytelling and characterization. They look at the larger questions. How does this fit into the universe? What is their role in things? What's their obligation to each other? That goes right into their creed, which is said in the course of the two hours: 'We walk in the dark places others will not enter. We stand on the bridge, and no one may pass.' That talks about individual responsibility and individual courage." THE LEGEND OF THE RANGERS, which also serves as the pilot for a possible Rangers series, airs Jan. 19, 2002.
17.BATTLESTAR GALACTICA STUCK ON THE LAUNCH PAD 
    The remake of the 1970s SF series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA has been put on hold with the departure of pilot director Bryan Singer. The pilot was being readied by Studios USA for Fox and The Sci-Fi Channel. Singer and his X-MEN producer Tom DeSanto were working with producers Dan Angel and Billy Brown, who were writing and would run the proposed new series.
    But Fox's feature-film division, which wanted Singer's attention focused on the upcoming sequel movie X-MEN 2, contended with the Fox broadcast network. Other than PLANET OF THE APES, Fox's film division lost money on all of its other projects in 2001. They're desperate for a big-money cash infusion from what is apt to be a very popular sequel. A potential schedule conflict prompted Singer to drop out of GALACTICA, prompting the Fox network to withdraw. 
    GALACTICA fans have organized a petition drive to keep the remake alive. More than 7,500 fans have signed the Online petition. DeSanto, meanwhile, told fans that he was hopeful the project could find another director and stay alive. 
    Original GALACTICA star Richard Hatch, who has tried unsuccessfully to get his own remake launched, threw his support behind DeSanto, urging fans to write letters and sign the petition.
18.CALLING ALL PRETENDER FANS 
    Somewhere out there are people who can't get to sleep at night out of mourning for the cancellation of their favorite show, THE PRETENDER. Well your sweaty sleepless nights are at their end. Those nice people at TNT (Tim & Heather Fleming's favorite network) have decided to have mercy on you. TNT has launched an official Web site to herald its upcoming original television film, THE PRETENDER: THE ISLAND OF THE HAUNTED, based on the defunct NBC series. The site features a first look at the film, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, images, biographies and a game. 
    THE PRETENDER: THE ISLAND OF THE HAUNTED, which premieres Dec. 10 at 8 PM, picks up the story of Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) and Miss Parker (Andrea Parker) as they search for their pasts and the secret behind the creation of The Centre. The film reunites original cast members Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries, Jamie Denton, Richard Marcus, Harve Presnell and Paul Dillon. The movie was written and executive-produced by series creators Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle and directed and executive-produced by Frederick K. Keller. Before the premiere, TNT will present a 19-hour PRETENDER Marathon, beginning Dec. 9.
19.UPN IS STICKING WITH SPECIAL UNIT 2 
    UPN has ordered a full season of SPECIAL UNIT 2. The series, now in its second season, stars Michael Landes and Alexondra Lee as members of a secret monster-hunting squad of the Chicago police department. 
    UPN reported that SU2 has delivered double-digit ratings growth over its performance last spring. Ratings grew 50 percent among persons 12-34, 70 percent among adults 18-34 and 36 percent among adults 18-49, the network said. SPECIAL UNIT 2 airs Wednesdays at 9 PM.
20.THE UNEASY MELD BETWEEN SPOCK AND NIMOY 
    Playing STAR TREK's ultra-serious Mr. Spock wrecked Leonard Nimoy's social life - because he couldn't enjoy the silly things in life. The actor only smiled in character in the pilot episode of the sci-fi series - because he didn't like the idea of his character being frivolous, but the decision to be serious upset his life away from the set. He says, "Spock smiled in the pilot and I knew it was a mistake. It destroyed the mysticism and the design of the person. I decided he's not necessarily a dour person but he's not necessarily a frivolous person. He was a scientist and a student of what is going on. But then I had a problem with that on weekends. You play a character like that 12 hours a day, five days a week and most of your waking life is in that character. I found it very difficult to turn it on and turn it off. It was very painful."
21.AHEAD FOR UPN 
    WARNING: THE FOLLOWING SHOWS ARE ALL IN A VERY TENUOUS STATE. YOU MAY NEVER SEE THEM. But shucks, it's still fun to talk about them. 
    UPN is developing several new genre series and is mulling a remake of the 1980s fantasy series BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Tony Thomas and Paul Junger Witt, executive producers of the original show, are both reportedly attached to the remake of BEAST, which originally starred Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. 
    UPN is also developing an urban drama about teen angels, from Spelling TV and writers Terry Hughes and Ron Milbauer, and a Top Gun-in-space show, BLACK STAR, from Trilogy, Travis Wright and John Glenn. UPN may produce as many as four or five drama pilots and another three or four drama pilot presentations.
22.DOGGET DISHES ON THE X-FILES 
    THE X-FILES' star Robert Patrick said that there will be conflict between Agents Doggett and Scully and surprising cooperation between Doggett and Reyes (Annabeth Gish). "We've picked up right after the birth of Scully's baby," Patrick said in an interview. "We've introduced a couple of new characters [Lucy Lawless as Shannon McMahon and Cary Elwes as Asst. Director Fullmer], and we've closed a few doors, while opening up some whole new conspiracies and investigations." 
    Patrick added, "Let's see; what can I tell you without Chris [Carter] killing me? Scully's not happy with the way Doggett's proceeding with the investigation of the supersoldiers. It's confusing to me, because she flip-flops, and it just doesn't seem like her. There's a reason for that, and I don't know what it is. Doggett's also got a conflict with Kersh [James Pickens Jr.]. I don't trust him. Reyes and Doggett are now very clearly working together." 
    Speaking specifically of Doggett, Patrick reported that fans can expect Doggett to become the new Mulder in the coming weeks. "I've totally assumed that place on the show and at THE X-FILES," said the actor, who spent his summer hiatus relaxing with his wife and children. "And that's interesting and unnerving for Doggett. Remember, he was a fast climber in the FBI and very well-respected. Now he finds himself totally alienated, and the friends he had in the FBI are no longer his friends." 
23.THE CURRENT TV SEASON 
    We have an odd hiatus that forms after we've just been through a sweeps period. Cast and crew pause, lick their wounds, design some killer story ideas and then jump back into the fray. That leaves us, their fans, with an unsatisfying wall of re-runs and preemptions in mid season. Following is an overview of shows and what's happening with them in December. I tried to make this as complete as possible. This was, as far as I know, correct when I wrote it. It could change at the slightest whim of a programmer, so don't take this for gospel truth. 

ANGEL: new episodes resume 12/10 
BEASTMASTER: the episodes announced in December so far have been re-runs 
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: they appear to be re-runs, but they hadn't posted all of the Dec. schedule yet 
CHARMED: new episodes resume 12/13 
THE CHRONICLE: starts a new season in January 
DARK ANGEL: new episodes 12/7 and 12/14 only 
ENTERPRISE: new episodes resume 1/23/02 
EXPOSURE: airs a previously unaired episode on 12/16, everything else is either re-runs or a pre-empt 
FARSCAPE: we might see new episodes in February 
GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA: reruns through December 
GENE RODDENBERRY'S EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT: no clear announcements yet 
FUTURAMA: season premiere 12/9 
THE IMMORTAL: no clear announcements yet 
THE INVISIBLE MAN: re-runs in December, series concludes in January 
JUSTICE LEAGUE: airs re-runs through December 
LEXX: new episodes 12/2 and 12/16, everything else is a pre-empt or re-run until 1/25/02 
MUTANT X: so far, everything announced in December are re-runs 
MYSTERIOUS WAYS: the only new episode in December airs 12/11 
THE OUTER LIMITS: new episodes resume in January 
RELIC HUNTER: re-runs through December 
ROSWELL: the ROSWELL pilot airs on 12/4, no episodes announced beyond that 
SECRET ADVENTURES OF JULES VERNE: re-runs through December 
SHEENA: re-runs until the week of 1/21/02 
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S THE LOST WORLD: new episode for the week of 12/3 
SMALLVILLE: new episodes resume 12/11 
SPECIAL UNIT 2: only one episode announced in Dec., on 12/5, and that's a re-run 
THE TICK: show resumes with new episodes on 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 
TRACKER: nothing announced yet 
X-FILES: new episodes through December (pre-empted on 12/23)

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24.THINGS TO COME 
    FARPOINT will take place February 15, 16 & 17 at Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn on 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, MD. Guests include STAR TREK's George Takei (Sulu),  STAR TREK III and IV's Robin Curtis (Lieutenant Saavik ) and STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE's Philip Anglim (Vedek Bareil). Activities include a Dealers’ Room, panels, Vic’s Place on Friday night for Karaoke, a Saturday night masquerade, Ten Forward lounge,  an art show, a charity auction and Klingon Jail. Registration is $45 for the full weekend, $30 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday. You can either follow this link (for Online readers) or contact Farpoint Enterprises, Inc./6099 Hunt Club Road/ Elkridge, MD 21075. 

    KATSUCON 8 will take place February 15-17, 2002 at the The New Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore located at 700 Aliceanna Street. This is a major Anime convention. Guests and activities will fit that theme. Pre-registration is $45.00 if postmarked by December 31st. After that registration will be cash-only at the door. All three days are $50.00. Friday or Saturday only is $30.00. Sunday is $15.00. For more information either follow this link (if you're loking at this Online) or drop a note to Katsucon Entertainment, Inc./ ATTN: [The department you want to reach]/ P.O. Box 222691/ Chantilly, VA 20153-2691.

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25.THE LAST OF THE HITCHHIKER NOVELS IS DUE 
    Douglas Adams' last unfinished novel, A Salmon of a Doubt, will be published next year on the anniversary of his death. Salmon, the sixth installment of Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, was edited based on files found on Adams' computer after he died suddenly in May, according to Adams' agent, Ed Victor. 
    Adams, who died of a heart attack at age 49, suffered from writer's block. He is believed to have been working on the book for 11 years. "We have pored over Douglas' hard drive," Victor said. "There were so many different versions of the novel. He would take it and then revise it repeatedly, so there were many files. As soon as he wrote anything, he would say, 'Oh God, that's terrible.' He was a very, very self-critical author." 
    A Salmon of a Doubt will be published in a volume of the author's final writing, which includes magazine and newspaper articles, lectures, writings from his Web site and his work with BBC Radio 4. It will also include the screenplay of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
26.BRADBURY - 81 AND HE'S STILL GOT IT 
    Anyone who has ever written a book (like the one that I write every month called "The ICS Files") will tell you it ain't for sissies. Writing book-length works is extremely demanding physically and mentally. Many writers simply can't do it any more as the years diminish their reserves of energy. And then there's Ray Bradbury 
    Ray Bradbury says that he's still got a few books left in him at age 81. A new supernatural novel, From the Dust Returned: A Family Remembrance, came out on Halloween and will be followed in the spring by a new collection of short stories, One More for the Road. 
    Of Dust, Bradbury said, "I began work on it 55 years ago, and about two years ago, my editor . . . said, 'It's about time you finished this book.' So, by God, I finished it. And it's a story of a very peculiar family that lives in the north of Illinois. They could be vampires. They could be ghosts. They could be phantoms. They could be shapeshifters. They're all kinds of strange people from a period of 2,000 years. And I've done a huge book from the viewpoint of a little 10-year-old boy, who's the normal person within the family, and the book's doing very well. It's getting excellent reviews. So I'm very happy I finished it." 
    Why the long delay? "I had other things to do," Bradbury said nonchalantly. "I got the job of writing [1956's] MOBY DICK for the screen, for John Huston, and a lot of other things intervened. I wrote a lot of books and 600 short stories. So that was a good intervention, wasn't it? . . . It felt like [Dust] should finish itself. I'm not in control. My books write themselves when they feel like it." 
    Bradbury also recently released a compilation of his writings in A Chapbook for Burnt-Out Priests, Rabbis, and Ministers, a tongue-in-cheek aid to clergy. "It's a collection of essays, poems and stories and a bit of a screenplay," he said. "Various priests, rabbis and ministers . . . wrote me during the last 20 years saying, 'Last weekend, I'd had it with the Sermon on the Mount. I didn't want to talk about the Burning Bush anymore. And I found this poem of yours,' or, 'I found this story, and I did the story or the poem from the pulpit last weekend, and I thought you should know what a great help you've been to me.' So I thought over the years, 'My God, if they found my stuff worth repeating in the churches or synagogues, why don't I make up a book of these things, which have influenced all these rabbis and priests?' So that's what the book is." 
27.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES AND TELEVISION 
    Atomic Bomb Cinema: The Apocalyptic Imagination on Film by Jerome F. Shapiro, $24.95 
From "prototypical bomb films" such as 1927's METROPOLIS to modern farces like THE NAKED GUN 2 1/2 Shapiro, an assistant professor at Hiroshima University, examines hundreds of movies that deal with survival in the face of destructive power. 
    The Bond Files by Andy Lane, Paul Simpson, $9.95 
Torn from the secret files of intelligence agencies around the world - here are the hidden facts about James Bond that even the world's greatest secret agent himself has forgotten! This book chronicles his every appearance in novels, films, comics and on TV; from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the best known to the most obscure. 
   Eaten Alive!: Italian Cannibal and Zombie Movies by Jay Slater, $19.95 
Eaten Alive! tells the story of the graphically gory movies created from the late 1970's through the early 1990's by Italian exploitation moviemakers. Jay Slater explains how the myth of the Haitian walking dead (zombies) merged with legends of third-world cannibalism to create such gruesome zombie cult films as Cannibal Holocaust. 
    The Ethics of STAR TREK by Judith Barad and Ed Robertson, $14.95 
The purpose of this book (its Prime Directive, if you will) is to "stimulate greater awareness of the many ethical issues and concerns in daily life." Using famous STAR TREK episodes from the original series, NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE 9, and VOYAGER as the foundation, classic ethical issues are first examined and discussed. 
    Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW : The Well-Made Film by John Wesley Fawell, $35.00 
In the process of providing the most extensive analysis of Alfred  Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW to date, John Fawell also dismantles many  myths and clichés about Hitchcock, particularly in regard to his attitude toward women. 
    The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide  by Brian Sibley, $14.95 
Sibley takes the reader from the initial conception of the movie as it was developed and passed around studios (it initially started life as a two-hour condensed version of the three novels) to the months of complicated special-effects work necessary to do justice to Tolkien's extraordinary imagination. The book features interviews with all the key cast and production members and is liberally decorated with full-color photographs and behind-the-scenes images from the film itself. Sibley manages to document perfectly the filmmakers' painstaking attention to detail, much of which will be missed by many moviegoers, but he also captures a sense of camaraderie from all involved who wanted to make the best movie possible. 
    Masters of Animation by John Grant, $29.95 
A comprehensive review of the greatest animators in the history of the cinema, from Windsor McKay to the present. 
    Meat Is Murder!: An Illustrated Guide to Cannibal Culture by Mikita Brottman, $22.95 
From instances of criminal and hunger-forced cannibalism in the 20th century to a look at the shared themes of horror movies and fairy tales, this book covers pretty much everything you'd want to know about cannibalism, plus stuff you'd probably rather not know. 
    The Moose That Roared : The Story of Jay Ward, Bill Scott, a Flying Squirrel, and a Talking Moose by Keith Scott, $16.95 
An exhaustive history of everything connected with Jay Ward and Bill Scott by Australian actor Keith Scott (no relation), who was the voice of Bullwinkle in the 2000 film. 
    A Movie a Day : A Year's Worth of Fascinating Films and Fun Facts by Steve Uhler, $12.95 
According to Richard Roeper of EBERT AND ROEPER AT THE MOVIE, "Uhler has produced a witty and interesting reminder that every day of the year has its own significant place in the history of cinema. Pick a date, any date, and A Movie A Day will tell you its place in the colorful history of the motion picture. Fun, insightful, and a real treat for any movie lover." 
    Terence Fisher : Horror, Myth and Religion by Paul Leggett, $32.00 
This critical study of Fisher's films begins with an introduction that provides biographical information on his film career, summaries of all of the films he directed and examples of his impact on contemporary cinema. All of Fisher’s films are analyzed in terms of their Christian and religious themes as well as their mythical sources. The author is the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Montclair, New Jersey. 
   Tim Burton: A Child's Garden of Nightmares by Paul A. Woods (Editor), $16.95 
Tim Burton is a product of 1960s “monster culture,” including DC Comics, Batman, over-the-top movie posters, and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. Once a lonely teenager who found solace in horror flicks and cheesy Chiller Theater matinees, Burton relentlessly mines this history in his films, imbuing juvenile fantasy with emotional depth. This book tracks his life and work from his years as a malcontent animator at Walt Disney Studios through his creation of the pop-gothic aesthetic that marks all of his work. 
    The Wildlife of STAR WARS : A Field Guide by Terryl Whitlatch and Bob Carrau, $40.00 
Designed as a naturalist's sketch book and featuring the meticulous illustrations of STAR WARS artist Terryl Whitlatch, The Wildlife of Star Wars is the definitive guide to the creatures of George Lucas's mega creation. With simple pen and ink, the artist captures the unusual anatomy, the extraordinary behavior, and the rainbow hues of the most interesting wildlife on Naboo, Hoth, Endor, and the other planets of STAR WARS. The reader can observe these creatures as they exist in their strange and wonderful homes, in a galaxy far, far away.
28.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS 
    BABYLON 5: The Passing of the Techno-Mages, Book 3: Invoking Darkness by Jeanne Cavelos, $6.99 
As billions die and the flames of destruction rage unchecked, the Shadows seem poised for absolute victory. Soon the entire galaxy will fall to their evil. Galen has finally won the Circle's permission to leave the techno-mage hiding place. He is the only mage who has faced the Shadows and lived, the only one who possesses the unstoppable Spell of Destruction. In this desperate, apocalyptic battle, there's no telling who will be the victor. Or if there will be any survivors at all. 
    DOCTOR WHO: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street by Lawrence Miles, $6.95 
The Doctor is sick, stranded in eighteenth century London in a brothel run by Scarlette, the eponymous heroine. Strange demon apes (babewyns) roam London's streets. They kill and devour those in their way. A bulky character, Sabbath, appears in a metal ship crewed by trained babewyns, pledged to defend time. This novel deals with the loose ends left hanging by the big bang from The Ancestor Cell, and throws up enough plot strands to suggest a bright future for the series. 
    STAR TREK: New Frontier #11 Excalibur: Restoration by Peter David, $6.99 
The ever resourceful Captain Mackenzie Calhoun abruptly finds himself at a loss - marooned on the primitive outback world of Yakaba after his ship, Excalibur, is destroyed by deadly sabotage. He must stand against countless adversaries who will stop at nothing to gain power or keep it from others. 
   STAR TREK: New Frontier #12: Being Human by Peter David, $6.99 
Throughout the Star Trek: New Frontier saga, Mark McHenry, the navigator on the U.S.S. Excalibur, has demonstrated abilities beyond those of the somewhat odd human being he appears to be. When the inhabitants of an innocent solar system are confronted by a menace linked to the source of McHenry's powers, his true heritage is revealed at last. Meanwhile, Zak Kebron is going through a startling change that will leave him both more and less than he was. 
    STAR TREK: Starship Spotter by Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz and Robert Bonchune $16.00 
Starship Spotter was created more than two centuries ago to serve as a reference guide to assorted space-going vessels. Captains of the spaceships of the United Earth Space Probe Agency used this simple paper tool to enable a ship's crew to quickly distinguish friend from foe in the unexplored reaches of the cosmos. When the services were merged to form Starfleet, this paper book disappeared from use. Only recently rediscovered, the newest editions of this book have been the sole purview of Starfleet Academy. 
    STAR WARS Darth Maul : Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves, $6.99 
Darth Sidious and his Neimoidian contacts are planning the blockade of the planet Naboo. However, one of the Neimoidians has come up missing and Darth Sidious senses betrayal. He sends Darth Maul to hunt down the missing Neimoidian and anyone with which he may have shared information.
29.RECENT TITLES: OTHER TITLES OF INTEREST 
    The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women edited by Stephen Jones with an introduction by Ingrid Pitt, $11.95 
Featuring the only vampire short story by Anne Rice, the undisputed queen of vampire literature, and an autobiographical introduction by Ingrid Pitt, star of the films THE VAMPIRE LOVERS and COUNTESS DRACULA. This Mammoth collection brings together thirty-four uncanny and erotic tales by women who have redefined the genre of vampire fiction.
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30.QUICK TAKES 
THE ARAC/IRAQ CONTROVERSY: The upcoming movie ARAC ATTACKS changed its name to EIGHT-LEGGED FREAK. The producers, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, feared that, in the wake of the terrorist attacks, the film's original title sounded too much like IRAQ ATTACKS. . . . EPISODE II'S RELEASE IS SET TO MAKE A WORLDWIDE SPLASH:STAR WARS: EPISODE II - THE ATTACK OF THE CLONES is doing something that no other movie has ever done. It will be opening on the exact same day all over the globe. It will open in North America on Thursday, May 16, 2002. Because of time differences around the planet it will open on Friday, May 17 in some distant parts of the globe. A spokesman for Fox explained, "The world is shrinking, and we wanted to take advantage of that." . . . ADMIRAL KATHERINE JANEWAY TO APPEAR IN NEMESIS. Kate Mulgrew will appear briefly as Admiral Catherine Janeway, issuing orders to Captain Picard, in STAR TREK NEMESIS. . . . STAR TREK NEMESIS VILLAIN CAST. The newest TREK has a Romulan nasty. His name is Tom Hardy. He's a British actor who you may have seen in BAND OF BROTHERS or you might see in the upcoming BLACK HAWK DOWN. Hardy will be playing the role of "Shinzon." . . . BERRY, HALLE BERRY. Halle Berry is in line to be the new Bond girl opposite Pierce Brosnan in the 20th James Bond film, tentatively titled BEYOND THE ICE. The production is gearing up for a Jan. 14 start-up. Lee Tamahori will direct. Producers have been granted a waiver by the British actor's union to go ahead, even if an expected strike takes place. . . . RABBIT REDUX. Dimension Films has hired Craig Mazin to write the script for a proposed remake of the venerable fantasy movie HARVEY, which originally starred James Stewart and an invisible 6-foot 31/2 inch rabbit. The original 1950 film was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase. . . . NEW FEMALE LEAD CAST FOR MATRIX II & III. Ever since the death of the pop-star Aaliyah there's been speculation as to who would replace her in the upcoming MATRIX sequels. Say hello to Mrs. Smith - Mrs. Jada Pinkett Smith. She describes her character as a female Morpheus (the Lawrence Fishburne character). She's just finished four months of intense kung-fu and wire training. She'll be flying to Australia in February for five months of filming. When asked about the films' visual effects, she smiled and said, "Oh man, you have no idea what's in store for you . . . no idea."
31.ARTHUR C. CLARKE HITS THE HOLODECK 
    Science Fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke appeared at a tribute to his iconic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY in November as a hologram. "Beam me up, Scotty, indeed," Clarke was heard to say. 
    The event, hosted by Patrick Stewart at the Playboy Mansion, featured a replica of the monolith and three actors in ape suits waving bones at the entrance. Clarke, who was at his home in Sri Lanka, attended virtually via a three dimensional holographic technology created by Teleportec. Due to poor health Clarke has vowed never to leave Sri Lanka again.
32.CHARLES BRONSON FIGHTS THE BATTLE OF A LIFETIME 
    Perhaps there is no crueler fate than to have lived a memorable life only to have those memories stripped away at a point in life when they become all the more precious, as we slow with age. It's like undergoing a biological mugging! Charles Bronson, the actor whose movies thrilled us for decades, is waging such a battle. The 80-year-old star of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, DEATH WISH and TELEFON is fighting Alzheimer's Disease. He was diagnosed with the brain disease a year ago after suffering ill health for the previous two years. A friend said, "Most of the time he is able to recognize his family and friends but he doesn't like to leave the house because he gets confused easily." Bronson's sister added, "He speaks very slowly and sometimes his words are slurred." The actor, who is using both conventional and alternative medicine to battle the disease, is being cared for by his third wife Kim, who is 39-years-old.
33.THE SCI-FI CHANNEL GIVES US A TOUR OF LORD OF THE RINGS 
    The Sci-Fi Channel will give fans an insider's tour of the making of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy in A PASSAGE TO MIDDLE-EARTH: THE MAKING OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS, a one-hour Scinema Beyond special, 8 PM on Dec. 9. Peter Jackson hosts the behind-the-scenes special. 
    Jackson discusses the creation of the three films with behind-the-scenes footage, video production diaries and interviews with cast and crew. The special looks at the creation of Hobbiton, Rivendell, Lothlorien and the mines of Moria; development of the Elvish language; and the prosthetics that transformed humans into hobbits, elves and Ringwraiths, among other things. The show will also feature interviews with stars Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen.
34.LIV TYLER HAD TO RELY ON DIAL-AN-ELF 
    Liv Tyler had to use a special helpline number while learning the Elvish language for her role in LORD OF THE RINGS. She plays princess Arwen in the movie trilogy. She admits it wasn't easy picking up the invented Elven lingo. She says, "There was basically a 1-800 Help-An-Elf number. There was this man, I think he was an Oxford professor. We would call him for a translation. I would always make a note of the line with an English translation next to it so that I understood what I was saying." 
    For those of you prone to visiting Klingon-language camps, there is another community of champions of an invented language whose roots are in fiction. There are serious scholars of Tolkien's invented tongues. Those of you reading this Online might want to stop by the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship (ELF) site. You can amaze us with your command of classic "tengwar" at our next meeting (and before you ask, no, I will not be writing a special Elvish language edition of "The ICS Files"!).
35.FANS ARE FORCED TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT APES 
    Movie bosses are waiting until 2003 to release the next PLANET OF THE APES sequel - to ensure that audiences are desperate to see it by the time it arrives. The summer blockbuster will definitely have a sequel, but bosses want the public to hunger for APE action before it's released. Producer Richard Zanuck said, "We don't want to rush the film into theaters next year - we'd rather buy extra wanna-see time for the sequel. Right now, we're tossing around ideas for the story. We want to take our time and get it right." APES was the one bright spot in an otherwise dismal year for Fox's filmed entertainment division. Worldwide it grossed $355 million. 
    Mark Wahlberg made a deal with Zanuck to make two PLANET OF THE APES films, before signing up for the first picture. There's no word on Tim Burton's possible involvement. 
    Guys, don't rush the sequel on my account. I can wait, a very long time.
36.MICHAEL BAY GETS BACK TO BASICS 
    When folks think of Michael Bay they usually think of explosions and action and special effects. The man who gave us PEARL HARBOR, THE ROCK and ARMAGEDDON is looking to make a change. He wants to go with a more minimalist approach. He's created a low budget genre film division called Platinum Dunes, which will help younger directors in their quest for success. The company, which is named after Bay's first student film, is to be run by producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, both friends of the director, and will make films in the $5 million to $12 million price range. Bay explains, "Since PEARL HARBOR, I've decided to change things. I've started a commercial division this past summer called - and we're making fun of ourselves with the name - the Institute For Development Of The Advanced Perceptual Awareness. I'm 37 years old and it's time to not just be the guy who does huge movies. I want to branch out, expand and with this low budget division, be instrumental in the careers of younger directors." 
37.GANGS OF NEW YORK MAY CHANGE IN LIGHT OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS 
    Martin Scorsese is rethinking his new movie, GANGS OF NEW YORK, in light of recent events in America. The director believes the film's theme - immigration into New York in the late 19th Century - has been affected since the Terrorist Attacks on America in September. He muses, "What the picture really deals with is who is American: who has the right to be here. At this point I look at the picture and things seem different to me. That doesn't mean things are going to be edited in terms of the political climate - I really have to take a hard look at this. Not just the violence, I'm talking about the attitude and use of racial swearwords." Scorsese's lavish production, filmed over many months in Italy, features an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis.
38.WESLEY CRUSHER RETURNS ON TREK X 
    Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION has announced that he's going to appear in the upcoming TREK film. He'll reprise the role of Dr. Beverly Crusher's son, who left the series in mid-run. 
    While taping the STAR TREK cast edition of the NBC game show WEAKEST LINK, Wheaton struck up a conversation with his old co-star LeVar Burton about the movie. He told Wheaton that he would call producer Rick Berman on his behalf. 
    Wheaton's agent called to tell him that Paramount had made him an offer to reprise the Crusher role in STAR TREK: NEMESIS. "We just needed to work out the details," Wheaton announced. "So we spent some time negotiating it, and - get this - Rick Berman told my agent that he was 'very pleased' that I was going to be in the movie!" Wheaton had been under the impression that Berman didn't like him. NEMESIS is slated to begin filming in December.
39.THE LUCAS EMPIRE STRIKES BACK AT PORN PRODUCERS 
    Lucasfilm is suing the producers of a porno version of STAR WARS, alleging that it's too similar to the original. George Lucas' production company filed a federal lawsuit against Media Market Group Ltd., the New York producers of STAR BALLZ claiming copyright and trademark infringement. 
    The suit argues that consumers could be confused into thinking that Lucasfilm sponsored or produced the X-rated movie. Linda Wildblood, a partner at Media Market Group, said that her company's movie is an animation parody. "Just like SCARY MOVIE is a spoof of horror movies, STAR BALLZ parodies many different movies and themes," she said. "No one in their right mind could look at it and say this is STAR WARS." 
    Sorry Ms. Wildblood. Would be litigators have to do many things before they can call themselves "lawyers." Unfortunately, being "in their right mind" isn't on the list.
40.SAMUEL L. JACKSON AND THE COLOR PURPLE 
    George Lucas has made STAR WARS history - by allowing Samuel L. Jackson to have his own personally colored light saber. Jackson plays Mace Windu in ATTACK OF THE CLONES, and, after making a special plea to the Lucas, has secured himself a purple light saber. Jackson explains, "I actually made a request to George, just kind of jokingly. I said, 'Everyone's got these same color light sabers, you think you can make my light saber purple?' "George said, 'No, there's red for the bad guys and blue for the good guys.' So I'm like, 'All right, all right.' Anyway, I got there the next Monday and he's like, 'Guess what?' and he turns on this trailer and I've got a purple light saber! Yeah!" And Jackson's special treatment has created intrigue amongst STAR WARS' massive band of dedicated followers. He laughs, "This has caused a huge furor in the STAR WARS community. Everyone's like, 'What is the meaning of this? Why does he have a purple light?' People are gonna be asking me that now, 'Why do you have a purple light?'" 
    I'd like to think that Jackson's wrong - that with all of the other important things going on in the world that fans won't even notice his purple saber. I'd like to think that . . . but I can't.
41.THE SECRET OF SAMUEL L. JACKSON'S SUCCESS - DON'T BLINK WHEN FAME APPROACHES 
    Samuel L. Jackson puts his scary screen presence down to a childhood love of the 'no-blinking' game. Jackson is noted for his ability to convincingly portray intense characters, which he believes is all down to the fact he doesn't blink - something he learned as a kid. He says, "I have this habit of being able to stare unblinkingly at you until you break. I did this in UNBREAKABLE. It used to amaze M. Night Shyamalan, and he'd go, 'But you didn't blink!' I'm like, 'Did you want me to?' I hadn't thought about it. I guess it's just one of those things that as a kid I was interesting in doing. We used to play that game where the first kid to blink lost. I always won that game!" 
42.WE WERE SOLDIERS IS COMPARED TO PRIVATE RYAN 
    Sneak glimpses of Mel Gibson's latest movie have left some viewers in tears. The violent new war movie, WE WERE SOLDIERS, has been likened to SAVING PRIVATE RYAN for its graphic scenes of battle. A viewer revealed, "Everybody compared it to the first 20 minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, although the sequences are throughout the whole movie, defining it as extremely gory. Although the violence is extremely detailed, such as a man's face being burnt, women cried throughout the movie since (director) Randall Wallace keeps showing the families' reaction while their husbands, sons and loved ones are at war." 
    The movie is set in Vietnam, in a place that came to be known as "The Valley of Death." In a small clearing called landing zone X-Ray, 400 young fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons, all troopers from an elite American combat division, were surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. The ensuing battle was one of the most savage in U.S. history. The movie is a tribute to the nobility of those men under fire, their common acts of uncommon valor, and their loyalty to and love for one another. It's due for a Summer 2002 release.
43.WELLS TALKS TIME MACHINE 
    Director Simon Wells said that his upcoming film version of THE TIME MACHINE will differ from both the novel by his great-grandfather, H.G. Wells, and the 1960 George Pal film of the same name. "Our version is much more of a personal voyage that has to do with loss and hope," said Wells, who will be making his live-action directing debut after directing animated features such as BALTO and THE PRINCE OF EGYPT. "We've created a story in the beginning to explain the construction of the time machine, which involves our time traveler's [Guy Pearce] loss of his fiancee. She died in a horrible accident, and he's built the machine to try to go back and change this. He fails to do this, and that's part of what drives him to the future. At the end of the day, there's a philosophical oversweeping idea here, which is that any one of us would change our past if we could. We all have things we've done in the past that make us cringe and think, 'Oh God, I wish I could change that.' But we can't. It's by accepting our past and learning from it that we can actually move into our own future. The irony of this is that our hero has built a machine that lets him move through time, but eventually he's stuck at this one place. And the journey he goes on teaches him, in a sense, how to let go of the past and look into his future." THE TIME MACHINE will clock in to theaters in March 2002.
44.MORGAN AND WONG CONTEMPLATE UPDATING WILLARD 
    James Wong, who is producing a remake of the 1971 horror movie WILLARD, (not much of a movie but a great title!) said that the remake will liberally update the original. The film will mark the directoral debut of Wong's longtime writing and producing partner, Glen Morgan. They recently completed THE ONE, with Wong directing. 
    "We're hoping to start when the budget is finalized, in late January," Wong said. "There are actually a lot of ways to update the film. I think the film has a great premise, [but] if you look at it now, it doesn't really hold up as well. . . . There's much to it in terms of even the character, how Willard relates to his mom and his boss and so on (hey, how about how Willard relates to his movie club!). And of course, we have the technology to really make those rats [real]. When you watched the movie before, I think when Ernest Borgnine gets attacked, it looks to be like 25 rats. Now we can really do something, you know, not just in terms of size . . . but we can do something that will be much creepier and scarier." No casting decisions have been made yet, but Wong added that he's considering a cameo for original star Bruce Davison, who made his feature-film debut in WILLARD. "That has not been decided. We haven't really started casting yet. But that certainly is a thought. It's really up to Glen."
45.X MINUS X 
    The next X-FILES movie will not include the TV show's long-running story arc about aliens. Chris Carter is close to signing a deal to make the second feature based on the TV series and intends to star David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in it. It was not clear whether Robert Patrick would be given any role in the film. Carter has said recently that he wanted it to be just a "good scary movie." Chris, I think that's the reason that we fell in love with your show in the first place.
46.THE RETURN OF THE AFGHAN MOVIE FAN 
    The usher carried a rubber whip. The policeman on duty toted a submachine gun. Patrons had to check their knives, brass knuckles and other weapons at the door. And audience members had enough combat experience to criticize the film's climactic shoot-out scene as unrealistic. No, we're not talking about a cinema in downtown Baltimore. These are Afghani movie fans who are beginning to renew their passion for cinema in a post-Taliban world. 
    Hundreds of teenage boys enjoyed an afternoon at the movies in Kabul, something they could not do for the past six years. The object of their curiosity - ELAN: THE ROAD TO WAR, an Indian action movie - was outdated, blurry and damaged. None of them could understand the dialogue. And the smell of the overcrowded theater they fought to enter was revolting. But no one seemed to care. 
    "I've never been before," explained Nasir, a 12-year-old tailor's apprentice who fought his way to the front of the small mob trying to catch the 1 p.m. show. "I'd like to go once to see what happens." In his 12 years, Nasir has lived through an invasion, a civil war and three different governments, but he has never seen a movie. Going to the movies - like watching television, flying kites and listening to music - was forbidden by the Taliban as a superfluous activity that distracted from religious studies.
    The day after the Taliban seized control of Kabul in September 1996 the cinema was closed down by the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. Saleh Mahmood, the cinema manager, was arrested by the Taliban's religious police and jailed for three weeks. He and five other theater owners hid their antique projectors and a few films in their homes and other locations. The films his theater now shows are the ones he hid six years ago. 
    The two-hour movie that drew the large crowd told the story of a young man with an uncanny resemblance to Sylvester Stallone in RAMBO who is drawn into a world of gang violence. Balletlike martial-arts fight sequences with crunching punches, crippling kicks and countless shattered windows and tables prompted whistles of delight from the audience. 
    Dozens of conversations in the theater drowned out the movie's sound, but it didn't matter. No one understood the Hindi-language dialogue anyway. Many moviegoers said American action movies with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Arnold Schwarzenegger were more popular, but Mr. Mahmood said he could not afford them. 
    Several young men panned the film's shoot-out scenes. "It wasn't very realistic," said Mohammed Naim, a 25-year-old Kabul mechanic. "We've seen a lot of fighting here. That's not real fighting." 
    "It was the first time I have ever seen a film and I loved it," said Omaid, 17, from Kabul. "But now I would like to see a film about brotherhood and peace in Afghanistan."
47.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 
    DECEMBER 7: OCEAN'S 11 is a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and plenty of their friends. In the 21st century version of the Rat Pack, the goal with this film is to assemble a cast of A-List stars that would probably not all get to work together in any other way. In the original film, the gang were all WWII veterans who were paratroopers together. In this new version, it appears the various players are just shady characters looking for one big heist. A gangster by the name of Danny Ocean (George Clooney) rounds up a gang of associates to stage heists of three major Las Vegas casino's (Bellagio, The Mirage, and Treasure Island) simultaneously during a popular boxing event. Helping him are Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle and Elliott Gould. The movie's directed by Steven Soderbergh (ERIN BROCKOVICH). The screenwriters is Ted Griffin (BEST LAID PLANS, RAVENOUS). 

    DECEMBER 19: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING is one of the most anticipated films in movie history. In this first of three parts, we learn how an ancient Ring, thought lost for centuries, has been found and through a strange twist in fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo (Elijah Wood). When Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron (Sala Baker), Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it! However he does not go alone. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf (Orlando Bloom), Gimli the Dwarf (John Rhys-Davies), Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Boromir (Sean Bean) and his three Hobbit friends Merry (Dominic Monaghan), Pippin (Billy Boyd) and Samwise (Sean Astin). Through mountains, snow, darkness, forests, rivers and plains, facing evil and danger at every corner the Fellowship of the Ring must go. Their quest to destroy the One Ring is the only hope for the end of the Dark Lord's reign! The director is Peter Jackson (HEAVENLY CREATURES, THE FRIGHTENERS). The movie is, of course, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The screenplay is by Frances Walsh (HEAVENLY CREATURES, THE FRIGHTENERS), Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson. 

    DECEMBER 21: KATE AND LEOPOLD is one of a small number of films in an odd sub-genre'. It's a time-travelling romantic comedy. A team of scientists has accidentally transported a late 19th century count, Leopold (Hugh Jackman), through time to the future. As they try to figure out how to return him to the past, the ex-girlfriend, Kate (Meg Ryan) of one of the scientists (Liev Schreiber) gives Leopold a tour of New York (no doubt with all of the fish-out-of-water jokes you can imagine), and yes, the time-crossed duo falls in love.  The movie's directed by James Mangold (director/co-writer of GIRL, INTERRUPTED and director/writer of COP LAND). The screenplay is by James Mangold and Steven Rogers (HOPE FLOATS, STEPMOM). 

    DECEMBER 25: IMPOSTOR is about a weapons engineer (Gary Sinise) who invents the ultimate weapon in a war against aliens. His discovery leads to him being suspected of being an alien himself. Also in the film are Madeline Stowe and Vincent D'onofrio. The movie's based on the short story "Impostor," by Phillip K. Dick (upon whose work the films TOTAL RECALL and BLADE RUNNER were also based). It's directed by Gary Felder (DON'T SAY A WORD, KISS THE GIRLS, THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD). The screenplay adaptation was by Scott Rosenberg (GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS, HIGH FIDELITY). The screenplay itself was by Caroline Case (KISS THE GIRLS), Ehren Kruger (SCREAM 3, ARLINGTON ROAD) and David Twohy (PITCH BLACK, THE ARRIVAL).
 

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48.HOLLYWOOD TAKES A HUNGRY LOOK AT DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION 
    Do you remember all that talk about movies whizzing through cyber-space, through your modem and onto your monitor's screen. Where are they? What's going on? 
    Hollywood is not exactly steamrollering into the realm of digital distribution. Two digital-distribution ventures are set to debut early next year - the five-studio effort known as MovieFly and the Movies.com service being launched by the Walt Disney Co. and Fox. They still lack much of the technology they need and have yet to unveil fully developed business models. Neither of the ventures even has an executive team in place. Yet studio big shots are still crowing about them. Why? 
    Well, movie executives recognize that the Internet is a welcome new layer for their established practice of "windowing," or releasing products into the market in various stages to create multiple revenue opportunities (starting with a theatrical release, then video, then pay-per-view, then cable and maybe broadcast TV). That marks a major departure from how they handled the advent of video rentals, which they viewed as a threat, only to watch the video-rental chains take a big piece of the profits. 
    Largely because of that painful history, the prevailing wisdom on digital distribution had been that the major studios are bent on cutting out Blockbuster Inc. and other video-distribution partners by developing their own digital channels. But with the Department of Justice beginning to look closely at MovieFly and Movies.com, it's apparent that antitrust considerations weigh heavily in developing Online-entertainment business models. It's also grown increasingly likely that one or more third-party aggregators will forge licensing deals with the major studios to distribute the full breadth of their films online, something the studios can't do themselves without raising regulatory eyebrows. Possible aggregators include Yahoo Inc. and the video-rental companies. 

    WHERE ARE THINGS NOW? 
    In August, five of the seven major studios-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios, and Warner Bros.-unveiled plans for MovieFly, an Internet-based, on-demand movie service that will be renamed before its scheduled launch early next year. 
    Details of the service remain a mystery, and three months after it was unveiled, MovieFly still lacks executive leadership. This much is known: It will operate much like the video-rental model in the sense that customers will pay a small fee to access a movie for a fixed amount of time. It will be powered by RealNetworks Inc.'s RealSystem Media Commerce Suite. It will be a download-only service to ensure the highest-quality video, even though Webnoize's Black contends that consumers prefer streaming video because of its simplicity. 
    Meanwhile, Disney and News Corp. (parent of 20th Century Fox) have chosen not to participate in MovieFly and have countered with plans for their own on-demand service. That offering, dubbed Movies.com, is also scheduled to launch early next year but also lacks executive leadership. 

    THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO SERVICES 
    The studios have pointed to philosophical differences as the impetus for developing two camps. There's also a practical reality: If the seven studios had formed an all-inclusive digital joint venture, regulators would've been lining up at their doors like obsessed fans the night before a STAR WARS release. 
    However, there are notable strategic differences between the services. For instance, while MovieFly will launch as strictly an Internet operation, Movies.com will be peddled to digital cable-television providers. In the latter approach, cable customers would turn to a Movies.com channel, select video-on-demand from a menu on their TV screens, and choose the movies they wish to see. The service would offer customers VCR functionality such as pause, rewind, and fast forward. A senior VP of strategic planning for Disney, says 99% of the broadband-equipped homes in the United States have high-speed lines only to their PCs, not to their televisions. For that reason, Disney and News Corp. aren't convinced of the Internet's near-term potential as a mainstream movie-distribution channel. "We don't believe that the PC is where the vast majority of Americans want to access their movies," he said. "We're building a service that can be distributed over any platform," offering consumers the biggest advantage of digital delivery: convenience. 
    Meanwhile a VP of marketing for Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, says the studios backing MovieFly are convinced that because 10 million U.S. homes have broadband connections, a sufficient market exists to justify introducing an Internet-only service. "The value is there," he said. He also notes that customers can move films from their PCs to their televisions by using a standard S-video cable, provided their PCs and televisions are S-video compatible, which most newer models are. 

    ROADBLOCKS 
    Delivering movies over the Internet - or any other channel that's based on the Internet protocol - is no easy feat. To do so effectively requires, among other things, back-end compression, conversion of analog assets into digital formats, software that can encode those assets and apply digital-rights management to protect against illegal copying, a high-speed delivery infrastructure, and then, on the consumer side, decompression, enforcement of digital rights, and media-playing software, as well as a broadband connection. That doesn't even address the flood of consumer demand that (at the moment) isn't there. Here is a review of how some of those barriers are faring. 

    ROADBLOCKS: BANDWIDTH 
    The bandwidth needs to deliver feature films over the Internet has been slow to develop. On the one hand, this has slowed the studios down. On the other it's made it difficult for a Napster-style outsider to force the issue. It's a luxury Hollywood has milked. 
    Still, bandwidth remains a formidable obstacle to Internet distribution. If 100,000 people simultaneously accessed a 30-minute video online, the traffic would chew up at least 5% of the Internet's bandwidth. "That would tend to argue that [the infrastructure] most definitely isn't there in terms of the broadband backbone," an analyst observed. 

    ROADBLOCKS: SECURITY 
    Disney and Fox have tried to use their considerable lobbying power in Washington to ensure movie content is secure on future Internet-enabled devices. They've convinced Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., to propose legislation that would require consumer-electronics manufacturers to incorporate copy-protection technology into future products. The technology and consumer-electronics industries have, not surprisingly, voiced considerable opposition to that legislation, which has yet to be formally introduced. 
    The irony of all this hand-wringing over whether the Internet is ready for movies is that there are companies that have been delivering Online films for some time, with and without broadband. One of the first, SightSound Technologies, began offering downloadable feature films in 1999. The two best known, Intertainer and CinemaNow, are Microsoft-backed ventures that have taken different approaches. Intertainer has licensed content from major studios and relies on telecom and cable providers as the delivery channel. CinemaNow delivers independent films directly from its Web site. Both use Microsoft Windows Media Video technology. 

    ROADBLOCK: STUDIO ATTITUDES 
    As recently as two years ago, few thought the PC would become the primary device through which college students access music. Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment senior VP Patrick Kennedy says that the movie industry, much like it did with every technological advancement before the Internet, has greeted the Net with the five stages of mourning-anger, denial, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. "We're in acceptance now," says Kennedy. "We view this as a technology that enables us to reach consumers in new ways." 
    There may be a grudging acceptance, but they haven't exactly gone into high gear to make it happen. Large segments of movie officialdom seem more resigned to an inevitable fate, rather than ecstatically pursing a new revenue opportunity. 

    ROADBLOCK: CONSUMER DEMAND 
    "In the end, the technology will work itself out. The important thing is what's going to be the hook that gets people to dip their feet in," one executive says. "Just using the Internet as another way to distribute the same mass-market product doesn't recognize the value of this new channel." It seems Hollywood has a lot of work to do before its digital debut. 

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49.."EVERYTHING CONNECTED TO EVERYTHING" 
    AOL Time Warner and Sony plan to develop a broadband entertainment platform that will allow consumers to access the same, or similar, content from their home computers, TVs, mobile phones or game consoles. Announced at the COMDEX fair in Las Vegas, the project was described as a delivery system that could provide a family's entire entertainment and information needs. AOL Time Warner Chairman Steve Case described it as "everything connected to everything, a seamless integration into people's lives." In a statement, Sony president Kunitake Ando said that the company is "committed to connect all Sony products through high-speed Internet." He added that the future broadband system will be "like air," ubiquitous in society. "This is an environment where PCs and consumer electronics are linked seamlessly to each other through a network. Nothing will prevent Sony from achieving that concept." The AOL Time Warner announcement followed by days one by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in which he unveiled several new products that could be hooked up to the Internet.
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50.VIDEOCY 
    Rental titles releasing 12/4: THE GHOSTS OF MARS might just as well be titled "Mars Needs Talent!" John Carpenter seems to have stubbed his toe pretty badly here. You know something's horribly wrong when the best performance in the film is delivered by Natasha Henstridge! Her thespionic skills dazzle us before the likes of Ice Cube, Pam Grier and Joanna Cassidy. All but one member of a Martian outpost has been slaughtered. The gendarmes go to pick up the supposed slayer, only to be confronted by bands of nasties, possessed by Martian warriors. They look as though they got sidetracked on their way to a "Kiss" concert. The film's shortcomings are too numerous to mention. Suffice it to say that this is what happens when you make a "B" movie with an "A" budget. The VHS is a rental. If you have $27.96 burning a hole in your pocket, the DVD can be yours. 

    Rental title releasing 12/11: JURASSIC PARK III finds Sam Neil walking with the dinosaurs again. He's joined by William H. Macy and Tea Leoni, who play an estranged couple searching for their son. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $29.98. It comes in both widescreen and full screen editions. . . . BAISE MOI (translated as RAPE ME, or even more indelicately, F**K ME) is a grueling film to watch. This French film (with English subtitles) is about two women who take out their hostilities on those who took advantage of them. One witnessed the murder of a friend and the other is a victim of rape. Together, they get their revenge through sex and murder as they revolt against the society that victimized them. The film was banned in its native France. It features graphic sex and graphic violence (there's a lot of stomping to death, and a lot of blood and other organic matter splattering after bullet impacts). Frankly, I debated mentioning the movie in "The ICS Files" at all. As usual, my faith in the readers won the day. If this is your kind of movie, then let this notice be an incentive. If not, consider yourself warned. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $29.95. . . . DRUIDS is a wannabe-epic that thrusts a peaceful Gaelic chieftain (Christopher Lambert) into war as he has to rally his countrymen against Julius Caesar (Klaus Maria Brandauer) and the Roman Army as they march on the Druids and the Celtic Isles. Here are some random comments of regular people (not professional critics) who've actually seen this film. "I will now review the movie in 3 simple words: CRAP CRAP CRAP. . . this movie is a total flop, a [piece of] garbage and a total waste of money . . . It's the worst movie I've ever seen. . . . There was no plot, no script, no nothing. . . . Don't waste your money!! . . . I didn't know someone would have the ability, in 2001, to make a movie SO terrible it is hilarious from start to finish." If you've got the belly for it, the VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $27.96. . . . KILL BY INCHES is a rather unusual French film. We witness the gradual slide into madness of a nervous young tailor who becomes increasingly obsessed with measuring everything. His obsession eventually drives him to murder. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $24.98. . . . THE MISTS OF AVALON is a look at Arthurian legend from a woman's point-of-view. Anjelica Houston, Julianna Margulies and Joan Allen star as the forces behind King Arthur and his court. This was filmed for cable (TNT). The VHS is a rental. The DVD is $19.98. . . . THE SCORE stars Robert De Niro as a retiring expert safecracker who is compelled to pull one final payday job with a novice thief (Edward Norton) with whom the expert has major differences. Angela Bassett plays DeNiro's love interest. Marlon Brando plays the fence who desperately needs this score. The movie was directed by Frank Oz (one of the stories from the set is that Brando refused to be directed by Oz, who he would only address as "Miss Piggy"). The VHS is a rental. The DVD is $29.99. 

    Rental titles releasing 12/18: CARNIVORE is about a top secret government experiment. Like all top secret government experiments in bad movies everywhere this one does two things - creates something hideously evil and goes horribly wrong. A government agent must rassle the resulting beastie and save three teenagers spending the night in the country. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $24.95. . . . SCARY MOVIE 2 is not for people of refined tastes. It is not for people who have sensitive tastes. In fact, it is not for anyone who has any taste at all. For the rest of us ethical mutants this is a knee-slapping laugh riot as the Wayans once again run every recent and not-so-recent horror film convention over this rusty cheese-grader of a movie. Slip on your high waders and go frolicking through the toilet humor. The VHS is a rental. The DVD costs $29.99. . . . SERIES 7: THE CONTENDERS travels the razor's edge at the junction of action, comedy, social commentary and satire. Six ordinary Americans are chosen at random to participate in a "reality-based" TV show where contestants must kill or be killed. The reigning champion, Dawn Lagarto, is eight months pregnant and will win her freedom if she survives SERIES 7. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $24.95. . . . THE YELLOW FOUNTAIN is a title rooted in Chinese mythology. "The Yellow Fountain" is the spring where the souls of the dead come to quench their thirst. The daughter of a dead couple seeks to revenge the killing of her Spanish father and Chinese mother, murdered by the Madrid Chinese mafia. Aided and abetted by a somewhat timid and introverted friend, who just happens to have an enormous archive of dossiers of thousands of Chinese in Madrid in his computer, she manages to inveigle her way inside the organization. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $29.95. 

    Rental titles releasing 12/26: EVOLUTION, from director Ivan Reitman, proved two things. Since Reitman directed GHOSTBUSTERS in 1984 the quality of special effects have improved considerably, and, unfortunately, at least in this case, the quality of script writing and comedy acting has devolved. Screenwriter Don Jakoby sold what was intended to be a serious sci-fi action thriller about a meteor spreading organisms that were rapidly evolving into unexpected forms. Ivan Reitman said he'd give it the GHOSTBUSTERS treatment. This film sorely misses the talent that made the 1984 film happen. David Duchovny stars as a discredited scientist who is trying to prove his discovery. Orlando Jones is his wacky comic sidekick. Julianne Moore is his doubting nemesis that becomes his ally. Seann William Scott (of AMERICAN PIE fame) is, uh, well, just sort of there (he receives so many gratuitous close-ups for unmemorable punchlines I got the feeling that his mother was operating the camera). If you want to see how forgettable GHOSTBUSTERS might have been without Bill Murray starring in it and Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis writing it you can either rent the EVOLUTION VHS or buy the DVD for $26.99. 

    Sell through titles releasing 12/4: Party on, dudes! Today's Bill and Ted's day. We've got BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE and BILL AND TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY. We get to watch history rewritten by two stoners who can't spell. They're on DVD for $14.95 a piece. . . . THE CRAWLING EYE was originally released in England, in 1958, as THE TROLLENBERG TERROR. The Swiss Alps have been invaded by alien creatures who have this nasty habit of decapitating people. A United Nations scientist (Forrest Tucker), a professor and a psychic must stop the creature's murderous rampage. After watching it you too will be pointing and screaming, "De cloud, de cloud! Eet ees moving!" De DVD eet ees $24.99. . . . DOWN TO EARTH is a movie whose path seems to follow its own plot. It started out as sweet little fantasy film in 1941 called HERE COMES MR. JORDAN with Robert Montgomery and Claude Rains. Then it got sort of bloated and tarted up to return as HEAVEN CAN WAIT in 1978 with Warren Beatty. Now this once pleasant little movie has been committed to the unsubtle comedy stylings of Chris Rock in  DOWN TO EARTH. Rock plays a prematurely deceased comic in this movie allowed to come back and take another shot at life (this time he's a wealthy white guy). The movie is directed by Paul and Chris Weitz (the brothers responsible for AMERICAN PIE). If you like your comedy broad, loud and in your face, look no further. The VHS is $14.95. The DVD is $29.99. . . . ETERNAL EVIL OF ASIA is a horror porn comedy and part rock video. A mysterious warlock stalks our heroine and her boyfriend through Hong Kong. It seems that the boyfriend and his three horny friends "accidentally" raped and murdered this warlock's nubile young sister while on vacation in mysterious Thailand. After disposing of the friends in amusing and appalling ways, the angry warlock zeroes in on the heroine as the object of his supernatural lust. The movie's filled with cartoonishly gory violence, gratuitous nudity and simulated sex. One character actually has his head turned into the tip of a male member. If this is your idea of a good time, this DVD can be yours for a mere $19.95. . . . HERO OF THE SWALLOW is, basically, a Chinese "Robin Hood." Fans of the film (those who've seen it seem wildly enthusiastic about it) assert that this lesser known 1996 film was ripped of by CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. They point to the abundance of wire work, the use of traditional Chinese instruments in the score, the majestic mainland China backdrops and the obvious high scale and production values as some of the main similarities. Check it for yourself and see. This DVD sells for $19.95. . . . THE LOST CONTINENT, from 1951, is the perfect movie for someone with a fear of rock climbing. A military expedition rock climbs for a missing atomic-powered rocket somewhere over the South Pacific loses control of its plane and crash-lands on an uncharted island. After a third of the film is spent on scaling the rocks, the crew discovers a lost world of dinosaurs and vast uranium fields powerful enough to cause planes and rockets to veer off course. The film stars Caesar ("The Joker") Romero and Hugh ("Ward Cleaver") Beaumont. It's directed by B-movie veteran Sam Newfield. This DVD sells for $24.99. . . . LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, from 1971, stars the beautiful Danish actress, Yutte Stensgaard, as the vampire seductress Mircalla in Hammer Film's part two of the "Carmilla Karnstein" trilogy. It's the sequel to VAMPIRE LOVERS and the prequel to TWINS OF EVIL. In this one Mircalla, a lesbian vampire who is reincarnated as a young debutante at an all-girl school, is torn between her love for her teacher and her lust for blood. It was directed by Hammer pro Jimmy Sangster and stars Ralph Bates in the male lead. This version is from Anchor Bay, so look for something a little more substantial than the usually highly censored American editions that have previously been released. This DVD sells for $19.98. . . . MASTER OF THE RING is an unauthorized biography of The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien. If you have more than a passing familiarity with Tolkien you may find this hour-long documentary a little lightweight. With only a handful of photos and locations at their disposal, the filmmakers rely on a host of talking heads to discuss Tolkien's life as well as his influence on popular culture. Biographers Humphrey Carter and Graham Rogers provide informative but sporadic commentary. Their input is overwhelmed by longer interviews with such fringe elements as ex-Magnum vocalist Bob Catley, who sings Tolkien-inspired folk rock, and members of Dagorhir, who enact real-life versions of medieval battles. This shot-on-video production renders MASTER only marginally useful as an introduction to Tolkien's worlds. The VHS is $9.99. The DVD sells for $19.99. . . . MEMENTO MORI is something you don't see everyday - a Korean horror film with lesbian characters. A teenager is fascinated with the secrets she discovers while reading the diaries of two schoolmates who share an illicit love. When one of the two girls commits suicide, the teen realizes she is becoming possessed with the dead girl's spirit. The DVD is $24.95. . . . NEW MR. VAMPIRE is a 1987 movie featuring a Chinese hopping vampire with an attitude. A ghost wreaks havoc on a local warlord, causing a local Taoist priest and sorcerer to team to rid the town of the ghost's presence. The DVD costs $14.95. . . . PEARL HARBOR 60th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE EDITION, last summer's much-talked about blockbuster, (that seemed to have been a crappy love story with a rousing attack to break up the tedium) releases today. Two childhood friends with a shared dream of flying enlist in the Air Force and are stationed you-know-where during the fateful 1941 Japanese attack that drew the United States into World War II. The video includes the Faith Hill music video "There You'll Be." The double disc DVD includes an introduction from director Michael Bay, a documentary on Pearl Harbor veterans and cast interviews. You can buy the COMMEMORATIVE EDITION VHS for $24.99 or the DVD for $29.99. There's also a special gift set that includes a documentary from National Geographic entitled BEYOND THE MOVIE: PEARL HARBOR. The VHS gift set is $39.99; the DVD is $49.99. . . . PERVIELLA is either an English cheap sleazy little soft-porn movie or a loving parody/homage to European exploitation films. Its main character, Pervirella, has powers within her bosom, which, when let loose, send her into a lethal mating frenzy from which no mortal man can survive. Her lovers' heads tend to explode! There's also a tribe of bisexual Amazonian "plant people", a squad of highly-trained ninjas (who at one point get into a fight with an army of robot slaves!), an undead/robotic Queen Victoria who gives birth to a series of creepy babies through a giant tube and, to cap it all off, an evil Nazi villain (replete with evil Nazi mustache no less!) who goes by the name of Sexton Ming! The plot has more twists than a pretzel factory. The dialogue is often crammed to bursting point with purposely "bad" puns and a decidedly English sense of absurd humor. This DVD is $19.95. . . . SILENT RAGE (1982) has a pre-WALKER, TEXAS RANGER Chuck Norris as a smalltown Texas sheriff who must track down a genetically created killer. This fast-paced action/martial arts film has more than its share of blood and gore (ax murders, stabbings and some more creative deaths). This DVD sells for $19.95. . . . SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE is a minor B movie from 1983 with delusions of grandeur. Three women make an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog (Michael Ironside). Adventurer Wolff (Peter Strauss) goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, (Molly Ringwald) the only earthling left from a medical expedition. Combining their talents, they try to rescue the women. Sadly, for this movie, there seems to be little talent to spare. The DVD goes for $19.95. . . . VOICES FROM BEYOND is a 1990 Italian horror film (dubbed in English) from director Lucio Fulci. A wealthy businessman has died of a stomach hemorrhage, but his ghost is not so sure that it was a random misfortune and wants to know the truth. Unfortunately, almost everyone, except for his daughter, is happy to see him gone. With the help of her medical student boyfriend, she'll try to get to the bottom of her father's death. The DVD is $29.99. 

    Sell through titles releasing 12/11: ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS: BLOOD OF THE LEOPARD is famous among fans of this interesting little sub-set of cinema. This 1992 movie is widely heralded as one of the best of the "Chinese wire-flying costume epics." Like CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and IRON MONKEY it's best to "check your brain at the door" and just go along for the ride. And what a ride it is! Despite its gravity-defying script, this movie offers rich characterizations and elaborate sets. The story centers around an honest official who is a martial arts expert (naturally) and is widely admired (and therefore widely envied). An evil general's nasty son is going about the countryside terrorizing farmers and raping women, eventually forcing our good-guy to defend his wife's honor, resulting in an explosion of violence. The lack of any subtly is easily made up in top-notch acting, spectacular stunts, elaborate costumes, hearty kung fu music, and the wonderful camaraderie between the official and his sidekick, a drunken monk with a bad attitude. This DVD sells for $14.95. . . . ARLINGTON ROAD stars Jeff Bridges as a college professor distraught over the work-related death of his FBI agent wife. He attempts to make friends with his new next-door neighbors (Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack) for his son's sake. He begins to suspect that the seemingly friendly and normal neighbors are really terrorists, but then again he could just be paranoid. Find out for your self. The DVD is $14.95. . . .THE BONE CRUSHING KID, a Chinese film from 1981, is the story of a young upstart in a theater company. He is ambitious about moving up in society. When the troupe's leader tries to squash his ambitions, he decides the best way to make his mark is to study martial arts. The movie offers tough action for martial arts fans. The DVD goes for $9.95. . . . CHARLIE'S ANGELS gives us Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu as the modern-day incarnation of the 70's T&A crime-fighting icons. This DVD sells for $19.95. . . . THE CONVENT tells the tale of some dopey fraternity types breaking into an abandoned nunnery only to encounter carnage-hungry ghouls, devil worshippers and oodles of cool imagery, skin peeling, and decapitations. The film follows in the tradition of funny, hip but bloody horror films like EVIL DEAD II. Anyone with a sick sense of humor is apt to fall in love with the destined-to-be-legendary flashback scene of evil nuns running amuck through a 1950s Catholic School. The DVD is $24.99. . . . THE SOPRANOS makes us an offer we can't refuse. The entire first season of this legendary show is being re-issued. You can park Tony, his family and the crew at the Bada-Bing under your tree for $99.92 for the complete VHS set, or $99.98 for all the episodes on DVD. . . . DEADLY SNAIL VS. KUNG FU KILLER is an odd blending of martial arts action and light-weight fantasy. In this kung fu fantasy, a daring duel of powers between the fairies finds a young mortal rescuing the Sky Mussel Fairy (?). His bravery is not repaid, however, as our hero is driven out of his home by his uncle. Now he must struggle to stay alive in a world of gods and demons with only his kung fu powers to protect him. This DVD sells for $9.95. . . . EMMANUELLE IN SPACE COLLECTION is some very silly soft porn with a thin sci-fi veneer. The episodes are available individually on tape for $9.98 and on DVD for $14.98. You can pick up the COLLECTOR'S BOX SET of all seven episodes on tape for $59.98 and on DVD for $79.98. . . . FLATLINERS could have been the movie for which the phrase was coined, "Kids, don't try this at home." A group of medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. The cast includes Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. It was written and directed by Joel Schumacher. . . . FRITZ THE CAT (1972) and THE NINE LIVES OF FRITZ THE CAT (1974) are animated features from Ralph Bakshi, based on the underground comic book character of R. Crumb's. A feline college student journeys through the cultural landscape of the sixties. One interesting note about the first film - the studio shelled out a bunch of money to publicize the tagline, "He's X-Rated and Animated!" They were none too happy when the MPAA gave it an "R." The studio pulled the rating from the film, automatically giving it an "X" by default. This DVD sells for $19.98. . . . GHOSTBUSTERS 2 is the not-as-funny sequel to the very successful original. A court order suspends the boys from catching ghosts. When a river of slime is discovered and supernatural activity heats up, they must save Dana (Sigourney Weaver) and New York City from the paranormal again. This DVD sells for $14.95. . . . THE HANDMAID'S TALE is based on a novel by Margaret Atwood. It's set in a futuristic neo-fascist state society where most women are infertile. The few that can have children are imprisoned and forced to breed as the government commands. This DVD sells for $19.98. . . . There are a pair of Jackie Chan DVD's releasing today. JACKIE CHAN IS THE PRISONER is unusual in a couple of respects. It's not a comedy and Chan plays a small role in it. It's a prison drama. If you want more typical fare try JACKIE CHAN'S WHO AM I? It's loaded with thrills, close calls and the odd mix of action and comedy that only Jackie Chan can pull off. These two titles are selling for $14.95 each. . . . RUSH HOUR 2 is more of the Jackie Chan that we all know and love. Our loud-mouthed American police detective  (Chris Tucker) and his Hong Kong counterpart  (Chan) once again team together to solve the case, this time of two murdered U.S. Customs agents investigating a smuggling ring. Look for Zhang Ziyi (the beautiful young woman from CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) as one of the bad guys. The VHS goes for $22.94. The DVD is $26.98. . . . NOWHERE TO RUN is one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's better movies. This 1993 film has the Muscles from Brussels on the run as an escaped convict who decides to make his stand helping an unjustly persecuted Rosanna Arquette defend her farm. This DVD sells for $14.95. . . . STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES  releases four episodes on two DVD's today. Vol. 39 features episodes 77 & 78, "The Savage Curtain"  and "All Our Yesterdays." Volume 40 has episodes 79, 99 and 1, "Turnabout Intruder," "The Cage" (B&W/Color Version) and "The Cage" (Full Color Version). Each volume's going out at $19.99. . . . STORM RIDERS: COLLECTOR'S EDITION is the biggest budgeted and highest grossing film ever to emerge from Hong Kong. An evil Conqueror (Sonny Chiba), searching for a legendary sword, kills two boy's fathers and adopts them to his clan. The boys are Cloud and Wind. They are destined to become responsible for the Conqueror's downfall. The Conqueror sets up a love triangle (with his daughter, named Charity) to keep them opponents, to prevent them from uniting against him. After the accidental death of his daughter everything spins out of control. This is a big story, originating in Chinese comic books, but feeling more like classic Chinese mythology. The producers took a chance when making this experimental film. They did something that had never been done before by fusing extreme computer graphics into a Hong Kong style martial arts film. They were very successful. With the help of CGI all the characters gain divine fighting abilities. In fact it's like watching battles between gods rather than humans. There's been a butchered international version of this film floating around that runs 90 minutes. This Collector's Edition runs 40 minutes longer. At 130 minutes it develops everything much better and ties things up nicely as befits such an epic production. This DVD sells for $29.95. . . . TERMINATRIX is a Japanese, cheaply slapped together, English dubbed, T&A action movie. A powerful female robot fights for the lives of the women who resist going into slavery under the killer sex-droids who rule the universe. This DVD sells for $29.99. . . . THE YOUNG AVENGER (1980) is an unlikely hero who works in a funeral parlor by day and hits the gambling houses by night. Late at night he robs the very graves he's dug the day before to support his losing streak. Once he turns his luck around at the tables, everything else falls apart. He's robbed of his first big haul by a roving gang and haunted by the restless ghost one of his dead victims. Now he's forced to undertake a mission of vengeance to right the wrongs done to the spirit. The highlight is a lightning-paced finale in which our hero turns the tools of his undertaker trade into kung-fu weaponry. If you recognize the music, it's because it has been shamelessly lifted from the soundtrack of Sergio Leone's A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE. That's one way to get your movie an Ennio Morricone score! The DVD is $9.95. . . . Regular "ICS Files" readers may remember that Columbia has begun offering a new line of titles under the banner of "SUPERBIT." Viewers get DVD's without any extra features. Instead, all of the space on the disc is dedicated to a greatly enhanced sound and picture. The next two entries in this series are BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA and GATTACA. They're selling for $27.96 each. 

    Sell through titles releasing 12/18: ALICE IN WONDERLAND is an NBC TV-movie that aired in 1999. Purists have whined that this version mixes in elements of Through the Looking Glass (the White Knight, Tweedledum & Tweedledee, the garden of live flowers) with a story that is mostly based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Like the 1933 film, this version is lifted up by the presence of the major stars of the day. In this rendition we've got Robbie Coltrane as Tweedledum, George Wendt as Tweedledee, Whoopi Goldberg as the Cheshire Cat, Ben Kingsley as Major Caterpillar, Christopher Lloyd as the White Knight, Miranda Richardson as the Queen of Hearts, Martin Short in a stand-out performance as the Mad Hatter, Peter Ustinov as the Walrus and Gene Wilder as the Mock Turtle. Both the VHS and DVD sell for $9.98. . . . BEDAZZLED is the recent remake of the classic British surreal comedy that originally starred Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Brendan Fraser plays a nerdy guy who has a hard time getting a date. He makes a deal with a sexy female Devil (Elizabeth Hurley). He gets seven wishes to change his image and lifestyle in return for signing over his soul. He soon finds out that the Devil doesn't always play fair. This DVD sells for $19.98. . . . BIG is the dream-come-true of every 13-year-old kid who's sick of getting pushed around because of his size. A strange carnival fortune-telling machine turns this adolescent into Tom Hanks on the outside, although inwardly he's still 13. This DVD is $19.98. . . . COURAGE UNDER FIRE is a bit of a departure from the usual winsome role favored by Meg Ryan. First of all, she's an army officer. Secondly she's dead. Denzel Washington is an army investigator looking to see if Ryan, as a female Desert Storm helicopter commander, deserves to posthumously receive the Medal of Honor. This DVD sells for $19.98. . . . EDWARD SCISSOR HANDS 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION is Tim Burton's gentle fairy tale of adulation and estrangement. A reclusive inventor (Vincent Price, in his final role) creates an artificial boy (Johnny Depp) but dies before he can complete him, leaving him with scissors instead of hands. Left alone in the inventor's castle he emerges into a world that, at first, loves him, but grows to fear and reject him. This DVD sells for $19.98. . . . GULLIVER'S TRAVELS is a 1995 TV film starring Ted Danson in the title role. While confined to an English insane asylum, Gulliver recalls his various adventures while Gulliver's wife and son try to prove his sanity and win his release. Both the VHS and DVD sell for $9.98. . . . MARKED FOR DEATH stars Steven Segal as a former DEA agent who has returned to his hometown and reunites with his sister and her daughter. A Jamaican druglord and his gang control the city and after the agent kills one of the members in a shoot-out he is forced back into service after the gang targets his family members. As usual, Segal is up against impossible odds. Still, it's fun seeing him punch his way to the fore-ordained ending. This DVD sells for $14.98. . . . PRINCESS OF THIEVES is the story of Robin Hood's daughter Gwyn who takes up his role after he is captured by Prince John. King Richard is dead and his son Philip is the rightful heir, but he is in France and too afraid to face John. Can Gwyn find Philip and convince him to fight John and free her father? Check out this Disney movie for the answer. The VHS is $19.99. The DVD sells for $29.99. . . . In low-budget films, when scientists genetically engineer something it's never a cow that farts oxygen, a dog that will clean up its own poop or a cat designed never to throw-up. It's always something big and nasty that does not have our best interests at heart (I guess in the bad movie universe there are just no research grants for benign creatures - if it can't kill at least a dozen people before lunch don't bother applying). You've got three guesses as to what our scientific whizzes have engineered in PYTHON. As is the constitutional right of all low-budget genetically engineered critters, our star monster escapes its creators and begins killing the residents of a small U.S. town. It appears the only Pythons worth watching are those named "Monty" (not to mention that THOSE Pythons are a lot easier on small U.S. towns). If you absolutely have to see it, this DVD sells for $14.98. . . . RAVENOUS is not recommended viewing just prior to a large holiday meal. This is a dark, very very dark, comedy with an interesting mix of cannibal/vampirism as its theme. Mexican War hero (and hidden coward) Lt. Boyd, played by LA CONFIDENTIAL's Guy Pearce, is assigned to an end-of-the-Earth fortress in the western Sierra Nevadas. This fort, populated over the winter by a tiny handful of misfit officers and enlisted men, receives a visitor in the person of a starving man with an awful story of a failed mountain crossing that eclipses the Donner Party's. What happens then is twisted, but skillfully crafted. The plot comes to revolve around an old Native American legend - the Wendigo myth - which states when a man eats another man he takes on his strength and spirit. There are quite a few twists and turns and surprises in RAVENOUS that should be enough to hold any viewer's attention. This DVD sells for $14.98. . . . SILENT TRIGGER is one of those movies that you just don't see very often - a Dolph Lundgren film that may be fun to watch! The big fella' plays an assassin who was the best in the business. Then on an assignment he finds that he can't take the shot. As time goes on he find more and more conflict between his sense of morals and his job. He and his partner discover that the top-secret agency for which they work has put them on the target list. This DVD is $14.98. . . . TIGERLAND is the Vietnam-era film that director Joel Schumacher used to help him recover from the meltdown called BATMAN AND ROBIN. It follows a group of young men going through advanced infantry boot camp before being sent off to Vietnam in 1971 at Louisiana's Fort Polk, nicknamed Tigerland. The DVD sells for $19.98. . . . TITAN A.E. aspires to be a grand science-fiction animated epic, set 1,000 in the future (unfortunately the movie keeps detouring into the land of Saturday morning cartoon kitsch). Earth has been destroyed by attacking aliens. A human teenager makes a dangerous journey to find a starship holding the key to the survivability of humanity. The voice talent for the movie includes Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman and Nathan Lane. The DVD sells for $19.98. . . .VOLCANO was released during an odd moment in cinematic history when movie makers became obsessed with natural disasters (this was one of TWO volcano films released that year - the other being DANTE'S PEAK). This is Tommy Lee Jones vs. an earthquake that triggers a volcanic eruption in Los Angeles that threatens to destroy the city. The DVD goes for $14.98. . . .WING COMMANDER is set in the 27th century. A group of young hot-shot astronauts battle to protect humans against an alien race called the Kilrathi. Earth forces can't engage them until two-hours after they're scheduled to hit our native planet. Our elite group of hotshots have to tie them up, waiting for the cavalry to show up. The DVD is $14.98. 

    Sell through titles releasing 12/26: BLAST FROM THE PAST would make an interesting double feature with a movie like FAIL SAFE or even THIRTEEN DAYS. Those movies presented us with palpable nuclear paranoia. BLAST FROM THE PAST shows us what would have happened if a family had acted on that hysteria. Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek are a couple that think the end is imminent. That take their young son down to their elaborate shelter (in the sixties) and wait until the all-clear siren sounds. After thirty years they send their now grown son, Brendan Fraser, into this nineties landscape to see if topside is habitable. He's not prepared for what he finds. Check it out. The VHS costs $9.94. The DVD is $19.98. . . . CHINA MOON is a movie that's achieved cult status as a latter day film noir. Homicide Detective Kyle Bodine (Ed Harris) is a veteran of the force who knows the ins and outs of every crime scene. He meets Rachel (Madeline Stowe); a beautiful woman under whose sensual charms he falls. They begin a steamy relationship. Then he finds out she's married to a violent, wealthy man. His constant harassment leads Rachel to kill him in self-defense. Kyle now has to decide whether to bring her to justice or help the woman he loves. Get ready for some wicked plot twists! The DVD sells for $19.99. . . . J. D.'S  REVENGE is a 1976 horror film with a black cast. A timid black law student participates in a hypnotist show, only to have the soul of a deceased 1940's mobster enter his body! The gangster seeks revenge upon the people who killed him and his sister. This is not played for laughs. The DVD sells for $14.95. . . . MANNEQUIN is a silly romantic comedy-fantasy. Andrew McCarthy works after hours in a department store. Kim Cattrall is a mannequin that comes to life as an Egyptian princess, only as long as no one else is around. This movie is junk food for some, comfort food for others. The DVD is $14.99. . . . THE RUSSIA HOUSE is a 1990 thriller based on a novel by John Le Carré. Sean Connery plays a British an expatriate publisher who unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia. Three notebooks, supposedly containing Russian military secrets, are handed to him during a Russian book conference. He finds himself in a game more complex than he first thought when he digs into the origin of the notebooks. This DVD sells for $14.99.

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51.DECEMBER CALENDAR
TUE. 4: VIDEO RENTAL: THE GHOSTS OF MARS hits rental shelves today. 
           VIDEO SELL-THROUGH: DOWN TO EARTH, MASTER OF THE 
            RING and PEARL HARBOR 60th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE 
            EDITION go on sale today. 
           DVD SELL-THOUGH: THE GHOSTS OF MARS, BILL AND TED'S 
            EXCELLENT ADVENTURE and BILL AND TED'S BOGUS 
            JOURNEY, THE CRAWLING EYE, DOWN TO EARTH, ETERNAL 
            EVIL OF ASIA, HERO OF THE SWALLOW, THE LOST CONTINENT, 
           LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, MASTER OF THE RING, MEMENTO 
            MORI, NEW MR. VAMPIRE, PEARL HARBOR 60th ANNIVERSARY 
            COMMEMORATIVE EDITION, PERVIELLA, SILENT RAGE, 
            SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE and 
            VOICES FROM BEYOND go on sale today. 
FRI  7: MOVIE - OCEAN'S 11 premieres today. 

SUN. 9: TV - FUTURAMA season debut. 
           TV - 19 hour PRETENDER marathon starts on TNT 

MON. 10: TV - THE PRETENDER: THE ISLAND OF THE HAUNTED airs on 
            TNT at 8PM 

TUE. 11: VIDEO RENTAL: JURASSIC PARK III, BAISE MOI, DRUIDS, KILL 
            BY INCHES, THE MISTS OF AVALON and THE SCORE release onto 
            the rental market today 
           VIDEO SELL-THROUGH: THE SOPRANOS season one, 
            EMMANUELLE IN SPACE COLLECTION and COLLECTOR'S BOX 
            SET and RUSH HOUR 2 hit sale racks today. 
           DVD SELL-THROUGH: JURASSIC PARK III, BAISE MOI, DRUIDS, 
            KILL BY INCHES, THE MISTS OF AVALON, THE SCORE, ALL MEN 
            ARE BROTHERS: BLOOD OF THE LEOPARD, ARLINGTON ROAD, 
            THE BONE CRUSHING KID, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, THE CONVENT, 
            THE SOPRANOS season one, DEADLY SNAIL VS. KUNG FU 
            KILLER, EMMANUELLE IN SPACE COLLECTION and 
            COLLECTOR'S BOX SET, FLATLINERS, FRITZ THE CAT, THE 
            NINE LIVES OF FRITZ THE CAT, GHOSTBUSTERS 2, THE 
            HANDMAID'S TALE, JACKIE CHAN IS THE PRISONER, JACKIE 
            CHAN'S WHO AM I?, RUSH HOUR 2, NOWHERE TO RUN, STAR 
            TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES two volumes, STORM RIDERS: 
            COLLECTOR'S EDITION, TERMINATRIX, THE YOUNG AVENGER 
            and SUPERBIT editions of BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA and 
            GATTACA go on sale today. 

TUE. 18: VIDEO RENTAL: CARNIVORE, SCARY MOVIE 2, SERIES 7: THE 
            CONTENDERS and THE YELLOW FOUNTAIN newly hit rental shelves 
            today. 
           VIDEO SELL-THROUGH: GULLIVER'S TRAVELS and PRINCESS 
            OF THIEVES both go on sale today. 
           DVD SELL-THROUGH: CARNIVORE, SCARY MOVIE 2, SERIES 7: 
            THE CONTENDERS, THE YELLOW FOUNTAIN, ALICE IN 
            WONDERLAND, BIG, COURAGE UNDER FIRE, EDWARD SCISSOR 
            HANDS 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, 
            MARKED FOR DEATH, PRINCESS OF THIEVES, PYTHON, 
            RAVENOUS, SILENT TRIGGER, TIGERLAND, TITAN A.E., 
            VOLCANO and WING COMMANDER all go on sale today. 

WED. 19: MOVIE - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP 
        OF THE RING opens today. 

FRI. 21: MOVIE - KATE AND LEOPOLD premieres today. 

TUE. 25: MOVIE - IMPOSTOR opens today. 

WED. 26: VIDEO RENTAL: EVOLUTION comes to video rental today. 
           DVD SELL-THROUGH: EVOLUTION, BLAST FROM THE PAST, 
            CHINA MOON, J. D.'S  REVENGE, MANNEQUIN and THE RUSSIA 
            HOUSE all go on sale today. 

SAT 29: ICS MEETING