#41-June 2002
CLUB NEWS
1.MAY'S MEETING WAS A KICK (AND A PUNCH AND A FLYING LEAP)!
2.NEWS OF OUR JUNE MEETING
3.JUNE AND OFF-BEAT TIME TRAVEL
4.WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS - BLAKE AND TAYLOR SHERBLOM-WOODWARD
5.FANEX 13
6.GOT A BADGE?
7. GOT A MOVIE?
8.CONDOLENCES TO ROBIN CHANEY
9.AHEAD FOR THE ICS
TV NEWS
10.THE GLASS TEAT
With news on THE FOREVER WAR, ANGEL, SMALLVILLE, CHARMED, TIME TUNNEL, CARRIE and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
11.SUMMER SHOWS: WHAT'S AHEAD THIS SUMMER
12.SUMMER SHOWS: THE DEAD ZONE (USA)   June   16  (Debut)
13.SUMMER SHOWS: FARSCAPE (SciFi)             June    7  (Season Four)
14.SUMMER SHOWS: NIGHT VISIONS (SciFi)    June  14  (Sci-Fi Debut)
15.SUMMER SHOWS: ODYSSEY 5 (Showtime)    June   21  (Debut)
16.SUMMER SHOWS: SHE SPIES (NBC) July 20  (Debut)
17.SUMMER SHOWS: STARGATE SG-1(SciFi)    June    7  (Season Six-moving to SciFi)
18.SUMMER SHOWS: WITCHBLADE (TNT)       June   16  (Season Two)
19.HOLY TELEVISION MOVIE, BATMAN!
20.BATTLESTAR GALACTICA READIES FOR A MINI-SERIES
21.THE END OF DARKNESS
22.FROM DARKNESS TO FIRE
23.RIPPER UPDATE
24.BARKER AND SCI-FI DO SAINT SINNER
25."WE ARE VIACOM. PREPARE TO BE ASSIMILATED. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE."
26.JONATHAN FRAKES IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE
27.WITCHBLADE'S STAR REPORTS TO RE-HAB
28.THE WITCHING HOUR COMES TO NBC
29.FRANK SPOTNITZ SAYS "THAT AIN'T ALL FOLKS"
EVENT NEWS
30.THINGS TO COME
With news on CREEP CON, ASIAN FANTASY FILM EXPO 3, SHORE LEAVE 24, OTAKON 2002, FANEX 16, SLANTED FEDORA and HORRORFIND.
LITERARY NEWS
31.POTTER RUNS LATER YET
32.THIS PLACE SUCKS!
33.CLASSIC WRITERS GET CLASSIC TREATMENT
34.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES AND TELEVISION
35.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS
MOVIE NEWS
36.QUICK TAKES
With news on T3: THE RISE OF THE MACHINES, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, Steven Spielberg, CHARLIE CHAN, Jedi sex, Jedi Shaolin, INDY 4, X2, a third STAR WARS trilogy and Sony's new animation division.
37.BRITNEY SPEARS HAS A KILLER BOD . . . LITERALLY (SPOILER ALERT!!!)
38.BLADE III LOSES DEL TORO
39.SAM RAIMI MEETS THE BOGEYMAN
40.ASHLEY JUDD TALKS CATWOMAN
41.COPPOLA TALKS ABOUT HIS SON'S CQ
42.NEXT MOVIE MARVEL: DAREDEVIL
43.ENDER'S GAME MOVES CLOSER TO THE SCREEN
44.GHOST RIDER MAY (FINALLY) MAKE IT TO THE SCREEN
45.GODZILLA AND BIN LADEN
46.THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO COMES TO THE BIG SCREEN
47.A POSSIBLE INDEPENDENCE DAY SEQUEL
48.TWO TOWERS PROTEST
49.MARVELS RACES TO THE SILVER SCREEN
50.MATRIX UPDATE: THE STORY
51.MATRIX UPDATE: THE EFFECTS
52.RON HOWARD JUST READS PLAYBOY FOR THE ARTICLES
53.CONNERY VS. BOND? NEVER!
54.SEPTEMBER 11 ON THE BIG SCREEN
55.TOBEY MAGUIRE'S TOPLESS AUDITION
56.THE NEXT TREK IS NOT NECESSARILY THE LAST
57.DUELING DARTHS - WHO WILL BE THE DARK LORD IN EPISODE III?
58.C-3P0 AND ROBO-AMNESIA
59.EXPERTS PRAISE THE NUCLEAR ATTACK ON BALTIMORE
60.JACKO AND THE WOLF
61.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE
With news on the prmieres of BAD COMPANY, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, SCOOBY DOO, WINDTALKERS and MINORITY REPORT.
INTERNET NEWS
62.ONLINE MOVIE PIRATES WERE THRILLED BY EPISODE II 
63.MATRIX FANS GO NUTS OVER THE TRAILER
64.ANIME MATRIX PREMIERES THIS FALL
TECHNOLOGY NEWS
65.YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL OF YOUR TELEVISION SET
66.LIONS GATE IN YOUR PALM
VIDEO NEWS
67.SEASON TWO BUFFY DVD RELEASES IN JUNE
68.EXPECT STAR WARS CHANGES ON DVD'S
69.IRMA STICKS UP FOR VHS
IN REVIEW
70.MAY CALENDAR
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1.MAY'S MEETING WAS A KICK (AND A PUNCH AND A FLYING LEAP)! 
    In May we had our first of two evenings of martial arts films. We focused on the Wuxia films of China. The movie we watched was the 1994 Jet Li remake of Bruce Lee's FIST OF FURY. This one, FIST OF LEGEND, was a hit with club members (no pun intended). We also got to see Mitch Klein's short film, AUSTIN POWERS AND THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN FANGS (starring our guest for the evening and [we hope] future member, Gene Crowell and makeup effects by another May guest and possible new member - Tim Davis). We also got to watch the next chapter in our ongoing serial, "The Mysterious Dr. Satan." We punched the meeting up (so to speak) with a lively business meeting and (for some of us) a trip to the diner. If you missed it you missed a great meeting. 
2.NEWS OF OUR MAY MEETING 
    Our May meeting will be held on Saturday June 29 at 5:30 P.M. Please take note, we've switched from our usual last Saturday of the month so that we didn't conflict with the Memorial Day Weekend. As usual we'll be at the church hall behind the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church located at 8848 BelAir Road. Take Baltimore Beltway exit 32 north on Belair Road. Turn left onto Joppa Road. Immediately past the miniature golf course turn left into the parking lot. If you miss it there are ample turn-around opportunities. If you get stuck call 410-598-8005. That's Dave Henderson's cell phone. He'll talk you in.
3.Tim and Heather Fleming will be telling us all about time travel in the movies (unless, of course, they already have, botched it, then went back in time and altered the past, which might put us in a temporal causality loop - in fact they might be able to fill the room with various versions of themselves from slightly different moments laughing and nodding lovingly at all of their jokes). Their official movie theme is "Off-Beat Movies" (quite apt for this group). They'll be featuring movies that contain unusual music or have music as a significant item in the plot. Gee, I wonder if we can make wisecracks through the movie?
4.WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS - BLAKE AND TAYLOR SHERBLOM-WOODWARD 
    We were pleased to welcome our newest ICS members to the fold, Blake and Taylor Sherblom-Woodward (and thank you to Tom Woodward for introducing us to Blake and Taylor). They're friendly, they're smart and they've got lots of opinions - in short they've got everything they need to make them perfect ICS members. Please, if you haven't got to know them yet, take the time to do it. It's worth it! 
    Maybe, just maybe, if we twist their arms, we can talk them into hosting an evening of anime for us. We've been talking about it for a long time. Blake and Taylor may be just who we need to make it happen. 
5.FANEX 16 
    As announced earlier, the Imaginative Cinema Society will be working with our old friends, Gary and Sue Svehla, on FANEX 16 from August 16-18 in Timonium, Md (see details below). They have asked us to use our video projector. In return we'll be get table space in their convention. We'll need volunteers to work it (they'll be a sign-up sheet at the next meeting) and to run the movies. Anyone wearing an ICS badge will be allowed in for free. We encourage everyone to come by, work the table and enjoy the convention. 
    We'll also be playing a round of "ICS Academic" at the convention. It will be Saturday, 4:00. It should be a very good time for everyone.
6.GOT A BADGE? 
    The only members walking into FANEX 16 for free are the badge-wearing ones. If you don't have a badge, or can't find your badge, get in touch with Dave Henderson. You can talk to him at a meeting, e-mail him at imhendo@hotmail.com or call him at (410) 529-0726. He'll need to know what movie character that you'd like for your ICS Badge.
7.GOT A MOVIE? 
    We'll be selling movies at FANEX 16. We would like club members to bring us your laser discs, VHS tapes and DVD's. Beginning at our June meeting, bring along anything in your collection you'd like to say good-bye to. We ask that you only bring along pre-recorded videos. This is your chance to unload some of the stuff you got in the auction! 
8.CONDOLENCES TO ROBIN CHANEY 
    Many of you don't know Robin Chaney. She's not a member of our club. She currently lives some distance away in Pennsylvania. Those of us who were part of the old HFFS will know her well. Robin's father recently passed away. We extend our sincere condolences to Robin and the Chaney family. No words we write can ever lessen the pain of separation from a loved one. As inadequate as the sentiment is, we can only say that we are sorry for your loss.
9.AHEAD FOR THE ICS 
    We've got all sorts of summer treats in store for our members. On July 27 John Clayton's theme will be "Forgotten Horrors (and why they deserve to be forgotten!)." That is also our annual "Pizza Night." Come hungry! On August 16-18 the club will be at FANEX 16. ICS members get in for free. We'll need your help with staffing the tables and assisting with movie projection. On August 24 Donna and Dava Sentz give us an evening of Hammer Films (and particularly a favorite of the Sentz ladies - Christopher Lee). Our first meeting of the fall will be September 28. I'll be taking us back to Asian Cinema for "The World of Martial Arts Films II: The World of Bushido." We'll be looking at the great classics of Samurai cinema. 
    We've got good times ahead! 
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10.THE GLASS TEAT 
THE FOREVER WAR is on. Visual effects master Richard Edlund, the Sci-Fi Channel and Alliance Atlantis have enlisted in THE FOREVER WAR. They're developing a four-hour mini-series based on the sci-fi classic by Joe Haldeman. . . . ANGEL, SMALLVILLE and CHARMED will return. The WB renewed ANGEL, SMALLVILLE and CHARMED. Both CHARMED and ANGEL will move to Sunday nights. SMALLVILLE remains on Tuesdays. The network will also repeat its dramas outside of prime time, on Sundays from 5 to 7 PM. . . . TIME TUNNEL is delayed. Fox will delay the debut of TIME TUNNEL until midseason. TIME TUNNEL is a remake of the classic 1960s SF show. . . . NBC has cast the lead in CARRIE. Angela Bettis has landed the title role in CARRIE, NBC's three-hour adaptation of the Stephen King novel. They start shooting in Vancouver this month. It will be both a TV-movie and serve as a backdoor pilot for a potential series. STAR TREK writer Bryan Fuller has written the teleplay. Look for it in the coming season. . . . Britney and BUFFY will mix it up. Britney Spears and Sarah Michelle Gellar are set to go babo-y-babo next season. Spears will appear in six episodes of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER next season as a nightmarish demon who triggers the wrath of the slayer. . . . BUFFY producers lobby for an Emmy. Producers of BUFFY slipped DVDs of this year's musical episode into subscription copies of Variety to promote the episode for an Emmy nomination. The episode, "Once More With Feeling," aired last November. Although critically acclaimed, BUFFY was snubbed at Emmy time last year. Emmy nominations will be announced July 18. The awards will be broadcast Sept. 22 on NBC.
11.SUMMER SHOWS: WHAT'S AHEAD THIS SUMMER 
    It used to be that summer was populated with re-runs, summer specials, failed pilots and that sad, malformed beast known as a "summer series." This was always second string entertainment that only got a shot at network primetime because this no-better-than-a-lounge-act loser might generate more ad income than a test pattern. That was before networks started getting desperate. 
    In recent years, network TV shows that fail to reach a broad audience quickly are often yanked from network schedules. But networks find it increasingly harder to score a "hit" in the traditional fall premiere season when six broadcasters - ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN and the WB - launch new shows and rival cable TV networks heavily promote their own programs. Now summer can be the time to bring out some of your edgier, riskier programs and pray they take. TV's most recent smash hits, CBS's SURVIVOR and ABC's WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE, debuted in the summer. 
    SO, below we have a list of contenders either debuting or returning this summer. We've got a psychic, a lost spaceman, an anthology show, a pack of would-be saviors of the world, a trio of spies, a group of explorers and a cursed cop. Bon appetit!
12.SUMMER SHOWS: THE DEAD ZONE (USA)   June   16  (Debut) 
    USA Network will debut THE DEAD ZONE in it's regular time slot on Sunday, June 16th at 10 PM with repeats scheduled for midnight Sundays and 11 PM Saturdays.  The series will consist of thirteen episodes, not 22. 
    The villain of the book and movie, politician Greg Stillson, may show up in the first season. Producer Michael Piller said "It's been our plan from the beginning to bring Stillson into the story somewhere towards the end of the first season, introduced through the Purdy character [Michael Moriarty], who is a political activist in his church work," Piller said. "It's a question of when. It will obviously be a special episode. It might end the season, I don't know." 
    In addition to removing some of the political elements of the story, at least for now, the show deepens the characters, who remain from both the book and the film. "We take the same setting," star Anthony Michael Hall said. "You know, Stephen King writes a lot of his books that are set in Maine. . . . And we took some of the key characters. The [Sheriff] Bannerman character, the Sarah character, who was his high school sweetheart. We took the sort of core characters, and we're really expanding on it from there."
13.SUMMER SHOWS: FARSCAPE (SciFi)             June    7  (Season Four) 
    FARSCAPE will return in an unusual deal. The Sci-Fi Channel is so enthusiastic about it they've renewed it for a fourth and a fifth season. It's been their top-rated show for the past three seasons. They're not the only ones enthusiastic about the show. FARSCAPE has been hailed "The Best Sci-Fi on TV" by TV Guide, "TVís Best Space Series" by USA Today, and "The Yearís Best in TV" by Newsday. A TV Guide cover proclaimed FARSCAPEís Claudia Black and Gigi Edgley as two of the "Sexiest Stars in the Universe" and TV Guide Ultimate Cable called Ben Browder one of the "Sexiest Men in the Universe." 
14.SUMMER SHOWS: NIGHT VISIONS (SciFi)    June  14  (Sci-Fi Debut) 
    Another science-fiction series cast off by the broadcast networks has made its way to the Sci-Fi Channel. The cable network has picked up all 13 episodes of NIGHT VISIONS which ran briefly on Fox last summer, and will air them as part of its Friday lineup beginning June 14. 
    The series, created by Dan Angel and Billy Brown (X-FILES, GOOSEBUMPS) and hosted by Henry Rollins, is a TWILIGHT ZONE-like anthology of stories that deals in horror and the supernatural. Each hourlong episode features two stories. 
    In addition to the shows that ran on FOX in 2001, three episodes that never made it to the airwaves will debut on Sci-Fi. Two of those, featuring Thora Birch ("Ghost World") and Malcolm McDowell ("A Clockwork Orange"), will be shown back-to-back and billed as a Sci Fi original movie. 
    NIGHT VISIONS also boasts appearances by Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Samantha Mathis, Philip Baker Hall, Natasha Lyonne, Joshua Jackson and Sherilyn Fenn, along with many others. Joe Dante and Tobe Hooper are among the directors of each installment.
15.SUMMER SHOWS: ODYSSEY 5 (Showtime)    June   21  (Debut) 
    ODYSSEY 5 , which includes the feature-length pilot and 18 one-hour episodes, follows astronauts who, aware of an apocalypse on Earth, go back in time to change the future. It stars Peter Weller, Sebastian Roche, Christopher Gorham, Leslie Silva and Tamara Craig Thomas. 
    ODYSSEY 5 begins as an orbiting space shuttle crew witnesses a catastrophic event on Earth. Through alien technology, they are able to return home to their lives as they were five years earlier - yet with the knowledge of what's ahead and with all the memories of those intervening years. As they struggle with this new reality, they discover that all bets are off: history might not necessarily repeat itself. They have only five years to determine the mysterious force that can destroy Earth and stop it ... and for better or worse, they now have the ability not only to save mankind, but to alter the course of their own lives. 
    ODYSSEY 5 is executive produced by Manny Coto (STAR KID, DR. GIGGLES, TALES FROM THE CRYPT) from a script which he wrote. David Carson (STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE) directed the premiere.
16.SUMMER SHOWS: SHE SPIES (NBC) July 20  (Debut) 
    Natasha Henstridge, my favorite species, will star as the leader of a trio of female ex-cons recruited by a clandestine federal organization to combat crime. She's a former con artist who uses her special talents against the bad guys. The series has been described as, "CHARLIE'S ANGELS with an edge." 
    SHE SPIES is a syndicated series following an unusual path. NBC will debut four episodes of the series during prime-time hours. The series will then be pulled from the network and air this fall in syndication on local stations owned by NBC and Hearst-Argyle Television Inc. and that cover 50% of the US market. The success of  SHE SPIES hinges on a new approach that mixes network savvy for producing top quality TV shows reaching the most viewers with the generally higher profit potential of a syndicated show. 
17.SUMMER SHOWS: STARGATE SG-1(SciFi)    June    7  (Season Six-moving to SciFi) 
    STARGATE SG-1 executive producer and writer Brad Wright said that he thinks the show's jump from Showtime to the Sci-Fi Channel will benefit both the series and the network. "Sci-Fi, just like Showtime, is trusting in us that we know our show, and they're letting us make it," Wright said. "I think it could be very good for them and, of course, I've got my fingers crossed that we'll give them the ratings they're hoping we'll give them." 
    Wright, who has been with the series since writing its pilot six years ago, added, "I think we've got a good shot. Richard Dean Anderson has a great pedigree. He's a big name. And the show is still going strong. The first three episodes of this season - and I could even say deeper than that - are huge. We're doing things in those episodes that you just don't see on a normal syndicated SF show. That is the advantage of our having been around the show long enough to figure out how to do some things and to have a crew that always wants to best themselves and go a little further and do a little better. In episode three, we are on a ship that crashes into the ocean and it floods. We are in a flooding ship. You don't see a whole hell of a lot of that on any SF television show. I'm so impressed with the way we've pulled it off, and Corin Nemec's ability to hold his breath underwater is astounding." 
    Unfortunately for fans there appears to be nothing other than a likely "previously on STARGATE SG-1" to summarize the fifth season that has only been seen on Showtime. Check around on the Web if you need to catch up.
18.SUMMER SHOWS: WITCHBLADE (TNT)  June   16  (Season Two)
WITCHBLADE season two will debut the first two episodes of the season on Sunday, June 16th at 8 PM with an immediate repeat at 10:00 PM.  WITCHBLADE star Yancy Butler's father, Joe Butler, of the 1960's rock band Lovin' Spoonful, will guest-star on the Father's Day premiere. Regular weekly episodes Mondays at 9 PM will begin the next day, June 17th with repeats on Tuesdays at 11 PM. 
    According to Yancy Butler the second season goes back to the beginning of things. "The first episode is just amazing," Butler said. "We come out of the gate with quite a bang. We actually pick it up prior to Pezzini having the WITCHBLADE. So she has to acquire it all over again." 
    For news on Butler see the story about her below.
19.HOLY TELEVISION MOVIE, BATMAN! 
    CBS is ordering a new BATMAN television movie. This one's not one of those angst-ridden dark knight tales that have been so popular in the DC comic. This is a docu-comedy based on the high-kitsch 1960s BATMAN television series. BACK TO THE BATCAVE: THE TRUE STORY OF ADAM WEST AND BURT WARD will reunite the show's stars in a comedy about the creation of the BATMAN series. Paul Kaufman (SURVIVING GILLIGAN'S ISLAND) will executive produce the BATCAVE movie.
20.BATTLESTAR GALACTICA READIES FOR A MINI-SERIES 
    Screenwriter Ronald D. Moore filled in a few blanks about his plans for the Sci-Fi Channel's BATTLESTAR GALACTICA miniseries. "I'm in the middle of working on the script," Moore said. "The basis of the miniseries will be a retelling of the origin story; that is, the events that cause [the ship] Galactica and the fugitive fleet to begin their journey. There will be familiar characters from the original show, and new ones as well. I'm trying to flesh out the backstory of what led up to these cataclysmic events as well as round out many of the characters and their relationships. I can tell you that both the studio and the network are very happy with the outline and that things are going exceptionally well with this project so far."
21.THE END OF DARKNESS 
    DARK ANGEL has been canceled. Fox at first put a story out that thanks to James Cameron's full-court press with Fox brass the show had been renewed. Apparently not even Cameron could prevent a TV ratings dud from cancellation. Season-to-date, it averaged six million viewers and ranked about 125th among prime-time series. 
    DARK ANGEL'S Friday night timeslot will be the new home for the subject of our next story - Joss Whedon's new series - FIREFLY.
22.FROM DARKNESS TO FIRE 
    While the boys at Fox were misinforming us about DARK ANGEL, they also gave us bad information on the new space western, FIREFLY. They told us that the show's much anticipated new season debut would wait until mid-season owing to the complex production and post-production of the show. That wasn't just a cover story. Fox and the new FIREFLY cast and crew believed it at the time. People had to be called back from vacation and (if possible) pulled from other commitments to begin the marathon of work involved with launching a new series. 
    Joss Whedon produced a two-hour pilot for FIREFLY. Fox asked Whedon to come up with an hourlong kickoff to the series. There's no word yet if the show will be re-shot, edited down to two episodes or if the suits at Fox will relent and allow the two hour airing. 
    For those of you not familiar with the new show the premise is that there's no more Earth. Humanity's colonizing other planets. There are two major ruling planets and there are also little planets. The show's set during the immediate aftermath of a ruinous war. The main characters are trying to pick up the pieces and get back to life. Whedon's promised they'll be no monsters, mutants or aliens in the series.
23.RIPPER UPDATE 
    Anthony Stewart Head said that his character of Giles will be a changed man from his BUFFY days to when he begins his own BBC series in the United Kingdom - once developmental snags are ironed out. "He will be different, because his motivation is different," Head said in an interview from England. "As part of BUFFY, he's very much part of Buffy's world. He is an appendage of Buffy, if you like. He is there to help her, to instruct her, to a certain extent to father her, but not overtly. Over here, he's very much alone and very much haunted by his own ghosts, as well as other people's, because it's basically about ghosts." Joss Whedon wants to call the show RIPPER, a reference to Giles' secret past, which may or not be revealed as the show unfolds. The show may also be named THE WATCHER. 
    As for when a show of any name can be expected, Head said that depends on how contractual issues are worked out. "Joss is looking at doing a two-hour pilot, although I believe the BBC have actually commissioned a six-part series," Head said. "The difficulty is that I don't think it's been done before, where an American show has then spawned a spinoff this side of the Atlantic. So it creates a number of problems just with contractual and obligational problems with [BUFFY production studio] Fox and whatnot, which all have to be ironed out. And it's something that one doesn't want to rush, because we want to get it right. Hopefully, Joss is coming over this summer, and we'll be able to talk more about it." 
    Another problem is simply Whedon's schedule, Head said. "The main difficulty is that he has to find someone who can run the show over here, and basically to do that, he has to find [another] him, and that's not an easy thing. He would certainly direct one or two of them, but he wouldn't be able to commit too much of his time. Although he adores England, he's needed over there [in America]. Now he's got  FIREFLY going and BUFFY still up and running. He's got the [proposed BUFFY] cartoon series coming up and ANGEL. He's got a lot of irons in the fire. I'm not greedy. I'm not going to push him. But we do talk about it, and I think in terms of timing, it would be right if we could do something maybe early next year."
24.BARKER AND SCI-FI DO SAINT SINNER 
    The Sci-Fi Channel has begun shooting a two-hour movie based on a story by Clive Barker. SAINT SINNER is scheduled to air in October. It's the first collaboration between Barker and Sci-Fi. He said "The Sci-Fi Channel is a perfect home for me and my wild imaginings. SAINT SINNER is shaping up to be a benchmark production, a chance for me and Sci-Fi to create an epic story that will be scary, horrific and, I hope, erotic." 
    The movie stars Greg Serano as a 19th-century monk whose California order is charged with guarding evil and supernatural artifacts collected by the church. He accidentally releases two demons from their imprisonment, and they promptly make their way through time to present-day Seattle. The monk follows and eventually works with a detective (Gina Ravera) to hunt the demons down. 
    Doris Egan, a writer for SMALLVILLE and DARK ANGEL, is adapting Barker's story. Joshua Butler (G VS. E, THE INVISIBLE MAN ) will direct.
25."WE ARE VIACOM. PREPARE TO BE ASSIMILATED. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE." 
    Paramount enlisted the help of the Cleveland police to raid vendors of unlicensed STAR TREK merchandise at the Vulkon convention in that city on April 27. Armed with search warrants, police confiscated unlicensed products that included photographs and props. 
    The items confiscated included photos that guest actors at the event were giving away, along with their autographs. Viacom Consumer Products, the licensing arm of Paramount, has also begun licensing convention promoters as a means of getting unlicensed merchandise off the marketplace.
26.JONATHAN FRAKES IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE 
    Jonathan Frakes revealed what viewers can expect to see when UPN re-enters THE TWILIGHT ZONE this fall. "It starts off with a one-hour pilot that I directed," Frakes said. "I'm so proud of it. It's an adult television show. Jeremy Piven is the star. The episode has that great TWILIGHT ZONE cautionary-tale tone. [His character] is hit by lightning and he dies twice, essentially. Piven really went for it. He's never had a part like this. Then we've got Forest Whitaker as the host. The objective there was to get someone who does not remind you at all of Rod Serling and yet brings what Forest does, which is this promise of mystery and intelligence. So I have really high hopes for the show. I'm really proud of the way it was shot and acted. And we've got the best timeslot on UPN. There is no better spot than behind ENTERPRISE. I'm going to be directing other episodes of the show and right now I'm working on getting the [director-executive producer] hyphenate. I'd love to keep working with [producer] Pen Densham," whose producer credits include SPACE RANGERS and the latter-day THE OUTER LIMITS. "He's a wonderful writer and a collaborative guy to work with." 
    THE TWILIGHT ZONE will debut on UPN in September or October.
27.WITCHBLADE'S STAR REPORTS TO RE-HAB 
    Turner Network Television temporarily halted production of WITCHBLADE so that the show's star Yancy Butler, 31, could seek treatment for alcoholism. An official statement from the show's producers read, "Series star Yancy Butler has voluntarily checked herself into a rehabilitation center for alcohol treatment. We wish her all the best." 
    Production may resume as early as June 10 on the series. Yancy Butler is expected to show up for work, having successfully completed rehab treatment. Six of the second season's 13 episodes have already been shot. When Butler sought treatment, there was some speculation that she might be replaced in the lead role. According to a series insider, producers had "plans to stick with Butler if at all possible, they have put feelers out for a replacement."
28.THE WITCHING HOUR COMES TO NBC 
    NBC will develop a 12-hour limited series based on Anne Rice's The Witching Hour trilogy of novels. The Wolper Organization and Warner Brothers TV will produce the series, which will likely be budgeted at between $40 million and $50 million and will be aimed at the 2003-04 season. 
    John Wilder (FEAST OF ALL SAINTS) has been signed to adapt Rice's three novels, The Witching Hour, Lasher and Taltos. The Witching Hour tells the story of the Mayfair Witches, a fictional New Orleans family with a supernatural history. NBC may air the trilogy as three four-hour miniseries, possibly in November, February and May sweeps of the 2003-04 season, or air the 12 hours as a weekly series or over the course of one or two weeks. 
    NBC won't formally give a green light to the project until it sees several hours of the script, but it's unlikely the network would acquire the TV rights to the project if it didn't intend to produce it.
29.FRANK SPOTNITZ SAYS "THAT AIN'T ALL FOLKS" 
    X-FILES executive producer Frank Spotnitz said that even though the series ended all has not yet been answered. "There are things we had to take out," he said. "We were like, 'We hate to take this out, because if we do this, then we will end the series not having explained this [whole] thing.' But you've got to do what you've got to do, [and] we had to make room for commercials," he explained. "I would expect that it will be in the DVD." 
    Spotnitz added, "Every year before, when we had written a finale, we thought it may be the end or it may not be the end [of the series]. And so you got shows like 'Requiem' and 'Essence' and 'Existence,' which could have served as finales, or could have served as entrees to the next year. But this episode is a finale, a culmination of nine years. We really wanted to come up with a story that would allow us to draw together into a narrative everything that's happened."
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30.THINGS TO COME 
    CREEP CON takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center from June 7-9. Guests include Anthony Head (Giles on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER); Adam Busch ("Warren" on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER); Robert Hall (Special Make-Up Effects for BUFFY, ANGEL and BLACK SCORPION); Warwick Davis (LEPRECHAUN, STAR WARS and WILLOW); Virginia Hey (FARSCAPE, THE ROAD WARRIOR); Kane Hodder ("Jason" FRIDAY THE 13th films); Alexxus Young (scream queen, star of the upcoming ARACHNIA); Muse Watson ("Fisherman" from I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER), David Carradine (KUNG FU); Ben Chapman (THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON); Bill Moseley (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2); Linnea Quigley, Miguel Nunez, Jewel Shepard, Beverly Randolph Hartley, Jules Brenner, Brian Peck, John Philbin,Don Calfa, Kenny Myers and William Stout (all from RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD); Leonard Lies and Marty Schiff (both from DAWN OF THE DEAD); Brian Penikas (special make-up effects artist); Jerome Blake (STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES); Mike Quinn (RETURN OF THE JEDI); Michonne Bourriague (STAR WARS: EPISODE I - PHANTOM MENACE); Shannon Baksa (STAR WARS RPG model); Debbie Rochon (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD); Dick Durock (SWAMP THING); Edwin Neal (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE); Reggie Bannister (PHANTASM series); Kevin Summerfield (director SLEEPY HOLLOW HIGH 1 & 2); Velvet Chain (L.A. band that's appeared on BUFFY); Darling Violetta (California band that did the theme for ANGEL); Frank Cho (comic artist); Virgil (WWF Superstar); Remy Marks (model and Playmate) and Nicole Wood (Playboy Playmate, Miss April 93). Scheduled events include a special Friday Night, Creep Con Opening Ceremony at The Vault on Baltimore St. The show is limited to only 200 Tickets. It starts at 6:00 and continues through the night. There will be open bar and food available. Doors open Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM for VIP ticket holders, 11 AM for everyone else. General admission at the door is $20 per day, or $30 for the weekend. General admission in advance is $15 per day, or $25 for the weekend. V.I.P. Gold are $125 each. These passes give you admission on Saturday and Sunday 1 hour earlier than the general public, access to the Friday Night Creep Con Opening Ceremony, one free autograph from most guests appearing on stage and best seating in the auditorium for the guests Q&A sessions and special events at the show. For further information or tickets either click on the link at the beginning or (for you snail mailers) contact FOD Entertainment/ C/O Creep Convention/ P.O. Box 2139/ Glen Burnie, MD 21060-2139. 

    ASIAN FANTASY FILM EXPO 3 is being held on June 15 & 16 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. This is THE convention for people who like their monsters large, aggressive and Japanese. Guests include  Shusuke Kaneko (director of GODZILLA ē MOTHRA ē KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK), Teruyoshi Nakano (special effects director of Godzilla films in the 70's and 80's), Shinichi Yokokawa (with Bandai, creator of Japanese monster character toys), Carl Craig (the American Boy Scout in DESTROY ALL PLANETS), Bob Eggleton (America's leading Godzilla artist) and Remy Marks (fantasy model and Playmate). One day passes are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Two day passes are $18 and are available only in advance. Children age 5 and under are free. To order click on the above link or contact P.O. Box 1614 Fort Lee, NJ 07024/ 201-587-8112/ fax: 201-587-8114. 

    SHORE LEAVE 24 is being held July 12, 13 and 14 at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Their interesting assortment of guests range from show business celebrities to writers to scientists. Their show biz guests include John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox in ENTERPRISE), James Marsters (Spike in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), Richard Biggs (Dr. Stephen Franklin in BABYLON 5), Julie Caitlin Brown (Na'Toth in BABYLON 5), Jason Carter (Ranger Marcus Cole in BABYLON 5), Dee Wallace Stone (the mother in E.T.), Richard Herd (V's Supreme Cmdr; guest in TNG/VOY) and Spice Williams (Vixis in STAR TREK V). The author guests include Jim Butcher, Greg Cox, Ann C. Crispin, Peter David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Dave Galanter, Robert Greenberger, Jeffrey Lang, Marco Palmieri, Roberta Rogow, Dayton Ward, Howard Weinstein and Joan Winston. The science guests include; from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center astrophysicists Dr. David Batchelor, Dr. Kirk Borne and Dr. Dan Delaney. JPL-NASA Solar System Ambassador Dr. Loretta McKibben will be there. From Hubble astrophysicists Dr. Keith Noll, Dr. Sean O'Brien, Dr. Massimo Stiavelli, Mr. Ray Villard and Dr. Mark Voit. Finally astronaut and shuttle pilot and commander Richard A. Searfoss will be there. Other guests include f/x wizard Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz, musical group The Boogie Knights, science fiction cartoonist and satirist Tye Bourdony, artist Gayle Freyman and comedy act Luna-C. Among the events are a special Klingon Feast with Spice Williams, a special benefit concert given by Julie Caitlin Brown, a special meet-the-pros party to mingle with writing and science guests, a filk concert, a Saturday evening masquerade, dancing in Ten-Forward, the Prometheus Radio Theatre performing Episode 7 in their continuing series, "The Arbiter Chronicles," a Sunday Evening Showcase Theater by The Not Ready For Paramount Players, an art show and, as you'd expect, a large dealer's room. They'll be fan panels, special workshops and special science programming. If this looks good to you, and you want to pre-register, you'd better hurry. Pre-registartion ends May 31. At that point it's $50 for adults and $12 for children 5-12 (under 5 is free). After May 31 it'll be at the door only and the costs will be the weekend for $60, Friday only for $15, Saturday only for $35 (includes Masquerade and Ten-Forward), Saturday evening only for $10 for admission to the Masquerade and Ten Forward only, Sunday only for $30 and children (5-12) will still be $12 and under 5 free. For more information you can click the above link, drop a line to Shore Leave 24/ P.O. Box 6809/ Towson, MD 21285-6809 or you can call 410-496-4456. 

    OTAKON 2002 will take place on July 26, 27 and 28 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This is a very large anime' convention. Their guest list is pending. Activities include the Otakon Gameshow, Live Action Role-Play (LARP), the Otakon 2002 Masquerade and costume contests and fashion show, an anime' music video contest, karaoke and a karaoke Gong Show, workshops and lots of video gaming. Admission is $40 until May 4 and $45 until July 8. For more information either click on the above link or contact Otakon 2002 Registration, 491 Baltimore Pike #689, Springfield, PA 19064-3810.

    FANEX 16 is coming to the Timonium Days Inn, located at 9615 Deereco Road in Timonium, Maryland. The convention's on August 16-18. THE ICS WILL HAVE A TABLE AT THE SHOW. WE'LL ALSO BE SHOWING MOVIES THERE. ICS MEMBERS WHO WEAR THEIR BADGES WILL GET IN FOR FREE. At this writing the folks from FANEX are still building their guest list. So far they've got John Saxon, Carol Lynley producer Ted Bohus, director Fred Olen Ray, local legend George Stover and director Robert Tinnell. They'll also have their very knowledgeable staff of writers on hand. They've got Anthony Ambrogio, Mark Clark, ICS member Cindy Ruth Collins, Gary Dorst, Charlie Ellis, James Janis, Paul Jensen, Tom Johnson, Allen K., Richard Klemensen, Lenny Kohl, Jonathan Lampley, Greg Mank, John E. Parnum, Michael H. Price, Mark Redfield, Robert Sargent, Bryan Senn, Brian Smith, Don Smith, Gary J. Svehla, Jeff Thompson, Steven Thornton, Steve Vertlieb, Neil Vokes and Tom Weaver. Events include Eurotrash 101, Jack the Ripper (hopefully not live and in person), YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN (a lost film from Robert Tinnell) a premiere of the new DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE film from Baltimore's Redfield Arts, a recollection of FANEXes past on Friday night and a special Saturday night trip to the Bengie's Drive-In Saturday night! After the first run feature, the Bengie's will show shorts and a film selected for FANEXers! For the general public a weekend memberships is a very thrifty $30. Memberships at the door are $10 a day. For more information either ask at a club meeting or click on the above link. 

    SLANTED FEDORA is coming to the Doubletree Hotel-Crystal City, located at 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA from August 16-18. This is not a fan-run convention. This is a for-profit endeavor and is priced accordingly. This is their last large event in Washington, DC. They'll be narrowing their focus (starting next year) to only six large events a year, and a large number of smaller events.  Next year they'll hold a single day event in DC, followed by several additional one day events in the surrounding area. The guests are all TREK guests. From TNG they'll have Marina Sirtis (Troi) appearing Saturday only. From DS9 they've got Michael Dorn (Worf), Andrew Robinson (Garrick, appearing Saturday only) and Alexander Siddig (Dr Bashir - appearing Sunday only). From VOYAGER they've got Ethan Phillips (Neelix - appearing Sunday only) and Robert Picardo (The Doctor). There is a complex pattern of who will sign when and how much they'll charge. It's enough to make a Ferengi dizzy! See the Website or drop them a note for more information for the skinny. They'll be live theatre. On Friday, August 17 Alexander Siddig and Andrew Robinson will star in their original play, "Into the Matrix" featuring their characters from DS9. On Saturday August 18 live dinner theatre starts at 7 PM (starring Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis starring in Neal Simon's "Plaza Suite"). All advertised guests will sign a set of autographs for all reserved seat ticket holders each day. The show hours are Friday, August 16, 2 PM till 8 PM, with evening theatre starting at 8:30; Saturday, August 17 10 AM till 6 PM, with evening dinner theatre starting at 7 PM and on Sunday, August 18 from 10 AM till 6 PM. The daily general admission is $10. Daily general admission gets you into the convention. General admission tickets are not available in advance. General admission seats are subject to availability, once they're sold out, they're sold out. General admission seating is available behind the reserved seating, and behind the VIP Reserved/Theatre package seating. General Admission seats do not include a guaranteed opportunity for autographs.  Many times, the stars  will be able to sign extra autographs but there will always be an extra fee. Convention weekend reserved seating is $60. With this you keep the same seat all weekend long. Autographs are called row by row. For the shortest wait in the autograph line, order early.  Convention reserved seating includes the convention, access to the dealer room, access to the stars presentations, plus a complete sets of all autographs from all advertised guests. Reserved admission seating is available behind the  VIP Reserved/Theatre package seating. Saturday or Sunday one-day reserved seating is $50. The theatre package is $100 for people who don't want anything but the theater. The VIP reserved seating/theater package is $125. You get up close seating, autographs from all the guests, the convention and the theaters. You can order tickets Online at the above link, call them at (913) 441-9405 or mail them a check at Slanted Fedora Entertainment/ 4623 Aminda St./ Shawnee, KS 66226. The prices sited did not include the local 7.25% sales tax. 

    HORRORFIND is returning to the BWI Airport Marriott at 1743 West Nursery Road, Baltimore, on August 23-25. For those of you who went last year and may have been put off with logistical problems, the Horrorfind folks promise us they've got it under control. For fans who had to park down the road and walk forever to get to the hotel, the Marriott has made more space available this year and a new parking lot has opened just across the street. For fans who got hassled waiting to meet Bruce Campbell, this year they're going to use a special colored and numbered custom printed ticket system. They'll announce over the PA system as well as post signs throughout the convention which color and numbered ticket is up for getting in line. For attendees who thought there to be a larger area designated for people to gather for some of the guest speakers, a new layout will allow us to make a large section into a speakers area with large seating capacity. They've also made arrangements with the hotel to convert the bar and or entire indoor pool area into large capacity theater style seating for the highest demand speakers. Some guests may also be scheduled to speak twice in separate sessions. Speaking of guests, the show biz folk scheduled to show include Dee Wallace Stone (ET, CUJO), Doug Bradley (HELLRAISER'S Pinhead), Linda Blair (THE EXORCIST), an EVIL DEAD reunion with Bruce Campbell (EVIL DEAD, EVIL DEAD II, ARMY OF DARKNESS); Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Sarah York, Tom Sullivan (Make-up Effects EVIL DEAD - he'll be bringing a large selection of original props and memorabilia for the Evil Dead movie); an EVIL DEAD Museum!; Tom Savini (Special FX, Actor, Director - Tom Savini will do a special Haunted House Illusions seminar on Sunday - stay tuned for details); Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD) Mel Welles (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, INVASION EARTH), Michael Berryman (THE HILLS HAVE EYES I & II), Dick Dyszel (Count Gore De Vol - TV's CREATURE FEATURE Horror Host), Brinke Stevens (HAUNTING FEAR, NIGHTMARE SISTERS), Countess Vladmira (actress, model and comic book star of Countess Vladmira: Blood Relations), Jasi Cotton Lanier (actress, model and stunt woman) Baltimore natives Joe Ripple and Don Dohler of Timewarp Films and Kevin Scarpino (The Son Of Ghoul is Northeast Ohio's longest running costumed horror-movie host of 16 years). There'll also be plenty of horror and science-fiction authors on hand. You'll have a chance to meet Douglas Clegg, Thomas "Black Jack" Ketchum, Tom Piccirilli, Edward Lee, Karen Taylor, John Pelan, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, Brian Keene, David Whitman, Gene O'Neill and Mark MCLaughlin. They'll also be various other guests, such as Leonard Pickel (Owner, Haunted Attraction Magazine, known as Mr. Halloween to some, Mad Doctor), John L Burton (a giant in the Haunted House and Halloween industry) Mason Winfield (paranormal investigator and occult writer), The Patient Creatures (a Halloween acting and story telling group), The Maniacal Brothers (haunted house designers, make-up and performers) and Ron Chamberlain (Monsters in the Basement Make-up Artist). Special events include a special Tour Baltimore offer for discounted $10.00 per person tour tickets for the Fell's Point Ghost Walk during the convention and Halloween and Haunt Seminars by some of the biggest names in the Haunt industry. This year they'll also have more Big Halloween and Haunt Vendors bringing displays of cool stuff. This year they promise a Halloween Dungeon -full of surprises. There'll be a seance with Mason Winfield - this time in a big dark scary room, horror author readings and signings, a packed dealers room with lots of horrors, a costume ball Saturday night, a rare (special permission) showing of the independent film, IN THE DARK. The show hours are Friday August 23: Show Starts 7 PM lobby, dealers room 7:30 PM to 11 PM. Saturday August 24: Dealer's and Celebrity Rooms Open 10 AM - 7 PM and special events, shows, movies and party from 6 PM on. Sunday August 25: Dealer's Rooms Open 11 AM - 5 PM. Tickets prices are $30.00 for a weekend pass, $20.00 for a single day pass.

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31. POTTER RUNS LATER YET 
    In last month's ICS Files we reported that the new Harry Potter will be delayed until the fall. It looks like that was far too optimistic. It was originally slated for a July release. Rowling's U.S. publisher, Scholastic, has told shareholders not to expect the volume until sometime before June 2003. 
    Rowling explained to her agent and publishers that writing the next book is proving to be more involved than she initially expected. A spokeswoman for Scholastic explained, "Clearly we understand that her readers are eagerly waiting for it, but you can't hurry the creative juices, and we understand that. She is writing. She is working hard on the book. We will be happy when we get it." Once the manuscript is completed, releasing it will take four or five months.
32.THIS PLACE SUCKS! 
   A descendant of Vlad the Impaler, the historical Romanian nobleman who was the model for Bram Stoker's Dracula, is campaigning to secede his hometown from Germany and have it declared the "Kingdom of Dracula." Ottomar Rudolphe Vlad Dracul Kretzulesco, who styles himself "Count Dracula," has won the support of local officials in Schenkendorf (population 1,200), outside Berlin, to secede in a protest over high German taxes. 
    "We could change 'I want to suck your blood' to 'I come to collect your tax arrears,'" Kretzulesco said. "In the Kingdom of Dracula, you'll find that tax collecting is much less of a pain in the neck. I want a maximum tax of no more than 20 percent." 
    Kretzulesco is a 61-year-old retired banker and antiques dealer who is famous for turning his home into a beer garden and vampire museum. We'll let you know when the field trip is leaving.
33.CLASSIC WRITERS GET CLASSIC TREATMENT 
    Samuel R. Delany and Michael Moorcock will be inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The late James Blish and Donald Wollheim will be inducted posthumously. The induction will take place at the University of Kansas on July 5 as part of the John W. Campbell and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards ceremony. 
    The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 by the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas and by the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society.
34.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES AND TELEVISION 
    Aliens R Us : The Other in Science Fiction Cinema by Ziauddin Sardar (Editor), Sean Cubitt (Editor), $69.95 
This is an exploration of the global culture of science fiction, and in particular its presentation of contemporary images of the Other. Taking as a starting point the popularity of international forms such as Japanese Manga and Hong Kong sci-fi, in addition to the success of Canadian and European films such as CRASH and THE FIFTH ELEMENT, the contributors examine the science fiction genre as an international, populist form of social analysis. They discuss issues such as Orientalism, technology, 
apocalyptic futures, xenophobia, immigration, militarism, and the role of women. 
    The Biology of Science Fiction Cinema by Mark C. Glassy, $39.95 
This work of film criticism relates 71 science fiction films to the biological sciences. The author covers cell biology, pharmacology, endocrinology, hematology, and entomology, to name just a few topics. For good measure he throws in two additional "sciences" often seen in sci-fi films: "shrinkology" (the shrinking from normal size) and "CULFology" (creating unusual life-forms). An analysis of each film includes a brief plot synopsis, the author's favorite quotations, the biological principles involved, the accuracy of the laboratory, and correct and incorrect biological information. In his analyses, the author sets out what would be required to achieve in real life the results seen in the movies and whether these experiments or events could actually happen. The time span covered ranges from 1932 (WHITE ZOMBIE) to 1998 (BLADE). 
    Down and Dirty: Hollywood's Exploitation Filmmakers and Their Movies by Mike Quarles, $20.00 
Low-budget sex and violence on the screen, examined not only for the thrill, especially in revealing the humble beginnings of some later famous filmmakers and stars, but also to explore how renegade films have broken ground that proved fertile for more serious works. The subjects range from the well known (Russ Meyer, John Waters in his pre-Hollywood days) to the obscure (Ted V. Mikels and Larry Buchanan, directors of THE CORPSE GRINDERS and MARS NEEDS WOMEN, respectively). 
    Hollywood Cauldron: 13 Horror Films from the Genre's Golden Age by Gregory William Mank, $25.00 
Thirteen of Hollywood's horror classics in detail: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1931), THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932), THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (1932), MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935), MAD LOVE (1935), THE BLACK ROOM (1935), THE WALKING DEAD (1936), CAT PEOPLE (1942), BLUEBEARD (1944), THE LODGER (1944), THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1945), HANGOVER SQUARE (1945) and BEDLAM (1946). From original interviews and research, the styles of the various studios (from giant M-G-M to Poverty Row's PRC), along with the performers, directors, and backstage events, are examined. 
    Inside TREK: My Secret Life with STAR TREK Creator Gene Roddenberry by Susan Sackett, $19.95 
Inside Trek is an unauthorized, behind-the-scenes look at STAR TREK, filled with never-before-told stories about the actors, the writers, and everyone else who made TREK told from the point of view of Susan Sackett. For over seventeen years she was Roddenberry's executive assistant - and secret lover. Sackett spent years working with and befriending the casts and crews of STAR TREK, the movies, and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. 
    Lost In Space: Geographies of Science Fiction by Rob Kitchin (Editor), James Kneale (Editor), $29.95 
This book brings together an international collection of authors to explore the diverse spatialities and geographies of space. A diverse range of themes are examined - from geographical and sociological imaginations to nature, scale, geopolitics, modernity, time, identity, the body, power relations and the representation of space. Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches, the essays explore the writings of a broad selection of science fiction writers and films. 
    The Making of MEN IN BLACK II by Brad Munson, $22.00 
This book features exclusive interviews with members of the cast and crew, conceptual art and special effect wizardry, anecdotes and photographs about the making of the film, and the complete shooting script. 
    Using the Force: Creativity, Community and STAR WARS Fans by Will Brooker, $27.95 
This is an account of how fans are transforming STAR WARS into the basis for the grassroots production of mythology. The author (a fan himself) covers everything from group viewings, to arguments over what constitutes canon, to fan fiction, to fan films, and more.
35.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS 
    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Creatures of Habit by Tom Fassbender, Jim Pascoe, Paul Lee, Brian Horton, $17.95 
An old friend of Spike is in town, and he's getting every teenager in Sunnydale to trip the light fantastic at some very special underground raves. He has a plan that could mean big things for vampires everywhere, and Spike agrees to help him out. Everyone who is anyone is rolling at these after-hour parties, including a whole posse of vampires. Buffy and the Scooby gang are going out and getting down to put an end to what's become a euphoric feeding frenzy for some the baddest baddies in town. 
    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Oz by Christopher Golden, $6.99 
Bitten by his werewolf cousin, Oz has struggled with the forces of evil that transform him to a beast three nights of each month. Oz himself isn't sure who he really is. Part human, part dangerous animal, he must constantly question his basic nature, and worries that he might, as the wolf, bring harm to his loved ones. He leaves Sunnydale and sets off on a course toward enlightenment. His journeys take him from Tibet to Australia, and even to Hong Kong. Far-flung regions and exotic cultures provide new understandings of consciousness and human nature. Before long, though, he realizes that he must gain control of his inner wolf sooner rather than later - or risk finding himself not predator, but rather, prey. 
    CHARMED: Spirit of the Wolf by Diana G. Gallagher, $5.99 
Phoebe and Paige arrive for a pre-opening weekend and some sisterly bonding, but are soon drawn into danger by incidents both natural and unnatural. A powerful shaman holds the key to the mystery with his secret knowledge - knowledge that is shared by the wolf haunting the land. The sisters call upon Piper, Leo, and Cole for guidance - and summon all their powers to confront a demon as cunning as any they have ever encountered! 
    DOCTOR WHO: Byzantium! by Keith Topping, $6.95 
A First Doctor novel. The Tardis arrives in 64 AD close to the ancient capital of Byzantium. The Doctor warns of the brutality and corruption to be found here, only to see his party split up. Each believes that the others are dead and must cope with the complexities of the city. 
    DOCTOR WHO: The Book of the Still by Paul Ebbs, $6.95 
The Book of the Still is a lifeline for stranded time travelers - write your location, sign your name and be instantly rescued. When a secret race known only as the Unnoticed learn that within the book someone has revealed both their existence and whereabouts they are forced into murderous intercession to find it. Embroiled in the deadly chase, the Doctor is starting to worry about how many people he can keep alive along the way. 
    DOCTOR WHO: Nightdreamers by Tom Arden, $17.95 
When the Doctor and Jo arrive on Verd, drawn down by the fluctuating gravity, they find themselves involved in the unpredictable events of Perihelion. But what of the mysterious and terrifying Nightdreamers? And of the Nightdreamer King? 
    MEN IN BLACK II: The Official Novelization by Esther M. Friesner, $6.99 
The title says it all. 
    STAR TREK: Stargazer, Book 2 - Progenitor by Michael Jan Friedman, $6.99 
Set thirty years before Jean-Luc Picard captained the Enterprise, Picard finds himself thrust unexpectedly into command of an earlier vessel: the U.S.S. Stargazer. Surrounded by a crew he doesn't entirely know or trust, the young Picard must answer the challenges of leadership. While Picard and his senior staff accompany Chief Engineer Simenon to his homeworld of Gnala to undergo a ritual, his second officer, Victoria Wu, is left in command of the Stargazer. Responding to a distress call from a nearby star system, Wu finds herself in the middle of a mystery involving a damaged ship and a peculiar interstellar phenomenon - one that threatens to destroy the Stargazer if she can't learn its secret. 
    STAR WARS: Boba Fett, Book 1 - The Fight to Survive by Terry Bisson, $9.95 
Boba Fett, the son of the bounty hunter from EPISODE II is back - and he's a kid with some major, major issues. This series will follow Boba Fett from EPISODE II onward - consider him the anti-Jedi apprentice.
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36.QUICK TAKES 
DANES LANDS THE T3 ROLE. Claire Danes has joined the cast of T3: THE RISE OF THE MACHINES after newcomer Sophia Bush was thought to be too young to play hero John Conner's love interest in the movie. . . . TOM CRUISE'S WAR OF THE WORLDS. Tom Cruise and his partner Paula Wagner will be turning H.G. Wells' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS in to a feature film for Paramount Pictures. Production on the film is set to take place in 2003. . . . SPIELBERG'S DEGREE. Steven Spielberg dropped out of California State University, Long Beach, in the 1960's. He's finally gotten his B.A. degree. He didn't attend regular classes, but the 55-year-old director wrote papers, worked on independent projects and consulted with professors to receive his bachelor's degree in film and electronic arts. He quipped, "Completing the requirements for my degree 33 years after finishing my principal education marks my longest post-production schedule." . . . CHARLIE CHAN IN A BRA. Lucy Liu is in talks with 20th Century Fox to play Charlie Chanís granddaughter in a film titled appropriately CHARLIE CHAN. This would be a modern-day version with Liu playing the Chinese-American female detective Charlie Chan, who like her famous grandfather, is an A-list detective. Thereís also hope that, like the original series, this too will be turned into a profitable franchise. The original CHAN movies were based on novels by Earl Derr Biggers. This version will be produced by John Woo and Terence Chang's Lion Rock Productions. . . . SEX AND THE SINGLE JEDI. Jedi Knights have sex after all, according to George Lucas. Speculation that the lightsaber wielding warriors were supposed to live a monk-like existence has been rife since ATTACK OF THE CLONES was released. Lucas says it's romance, rather than hanky panky, which is banned by the Jedi code. He says, "Jedi Knights aren't celibate - the thing that is forbidden is attachments - and possessive relationships." No Jedi Knight has yet been seen with a partner in any of the five STAR WARS movies. So girls, don't wait by the phone waiting for Yoda to call. The Jedi seem committed to one night stands. . . . SHAOLIN AND THE FORCE. Samuel L Jackson watched kung-fu movies to get in the mood to play his character Mace Windu. He imagined the Jedi Knights, including Windu, are similar to the Shaolin Monks featured in Hong Kong action classics. He says, "I actually try and treat my Jedi character like I would imagine most Shaolin monks do, because I watch Hong Kong films a lot. I tend to see a correlation between how they meditate and work and train - and when they become men of action, they become men of very definite action." . . . INDY 4 IS ON THE WAY. George Lucas said recently that he is at work on a fourth Indiana Jones movie. "I'm working on a story right now," Lucas said. "I've got something that both Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford like." Lucas added that a writer will be hired soon, with production slated to begin the year after next. Harrison Ford will be 60 this July. . . . X2 GOES PYRO. Newcomer Aaron Stanford has been cast as Pyro, the newest X-Man, in X2. Production is scheduled to begin in the summer for a May 2, 2003, release, with Ralph Winter, Lauren Shuler Donner and Avi Arad producing from a script by David Hayter. . . . GEORGE LUCAS JUST SAYS NO TO A THIRD TRILOGY. George Lucas reiterated that he has no intention of creating a third STAR WARS trilogy once he's done with EPISODE III. "I thought it might be fun to bring Carrie [Fisher] and Mark [Hamill] and Harrison [Ford] back when they're 65 and make another movie with them," Lucas said. "But I'm going to be over 60 when I finish this, and it takes 10 years to do a trilogy. I'm not going to spend my last 10 years doing STAR WARS." . . . WHILE OTHERS LEAVE, SONY ENTERS. While several other studios have abandoned their attempts to establish traditional feature animation units, Sony has hired two DreamWorks producers to head up a new computer animation division. The two are Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins, who started DreamWorks' animation division and exec produced SHREK. Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment President Yair Landau said that the move has the full backing of corporate headquarters in Tokyo. "It's a fulfillment of what they believe the company can become," he said.
37.BRITNEY SPEARS HAS A KILLER BOD . . . LITERALLY (SPOILER ALERT!!!) 
     Britney Spears uses her breasts to fight off Austin Powers in GOLDMEMBER. She makes a cameo appearance as herself in the third installment of the series. Britney attacks secret agent Austin with her bulging bosom. Austin wanders onto the set of one of Britney's music video's and discovers she is really a deadly "Femme Bot." In the script, Britney even jokes about real-life rumors she has had a breast enlargement, quipping, "It's true, my breasts have been enhanced." Her nipples then open up to reveal machine guns, which she fires at Austin. A source with the production said, "Britney's breasts are the star of the show. The scene is hilarious. She reveals her rude side - and she isn't afraid to make fun of her own boobs." Britney isn't the only star to make cameo appearances in GOLDMEMBER. Tom Cruise, Danny DeVito, Kevin Spacey, Ozzy Osbourne and Gwyneth Paltrow also make cameo appearances.
38.BLADE III LOSES DEL TORO 
    Guillermo Del Toro, the director of BLADE II won't be around for the sequel. The filming would have conflicted with his next movie, HELLBOY. He explained, "I had to choose, and I had no problem choosing." The director said the sequel would proceed without him. Del Toro also said he will not co-produce the third BLADE film, as many directors do on sequels to their films. "I don't believe in that kind of Hollywood attachments that just make the thing heavier," the director said. "I loved doing BLADE II. I would have loved to do BLADE III, but I'm going to see it in the theater."
39.SAM RAIMI MEETS THE BOGEYMAN 
    Director Sam Raimi plans to follow up his SPIDER-MAN success by tackling one of the world's greatest bad guys - THE BOGEYMAN. Raimi admits he has been fascinated with the legend of The Bogeyman ever since he was a child. He says, "He's a mythical character that is the stuff of stories of generations. He is a horrible creature that consumes human beings whole and exists in a thousand different forms in children's imaginations, living in the shadows of the clothes hung in the closet or in the darkest regions underneath the bed."
40.ASHLEY JUDD TALKS CATWOMAN 
    Ashley Judd said that the success of SPIDER-MAN has helped her CATWOMAN project's chances of taking its superhero mythology seriously. "One of the things I loved about SPIDER-MAN is that for the genre, they made it very real. They played the emotion very genuine, and even the news editor, who was the most campy sort of iconic cartoon figure, there was something really great and plausible about him. It just definitely reinforced the direction that we had been planning on taking CATWOMAN all along, which is why we've worked so hard on the script in order to make it more real." 
    Judd conceded that the CATWOMAN script will have to alter one inside joke, since SPIDER-MAN already covered it. "I think our joke was a Superman joke, so we've got to find a good joke, since there was a good Superman joke in SPIDER-MAN." 
    Michelle Pfeiffer, who played Catwoman in 1992's BATMAN RETURNS, previously said that Judd should make sure to have fun in the role. Judd agreed. "My first sort of internal response was it's got to be the funnest thing I've ever done in my life, or else it's not worth it, because [these films] are hard," Judd said. "It sounds so trivial, but the reality of being in that costume and doing all that stuff is just if you do it for something like four months, that can be miserable. It's got to be the funnest thing ever." 
    Judd has studied Pfeiffer's performance as Catwoman. "I remember watching it in spring of 2000 and just thinking, she's definitely got the devilish part of Catwoman, which is so delicious." Judd said that she has never seen the Julie Newmar Catwoman from the 1960's BATMAN television series. There is no start date yet for Judd's CATWOMAN, but Judd added that she hopes it will be this year.
41.COPPOLA TALKS ABOUT HIS SON'S CQ 
    An interesting new movie has just opened up in limited release (read "art houses"). The film is CQ. It tells the story of the making of a fictional 1969 science fiction film. Its director is Roman Coppola. The film's executive producer, Roman's father, Francis Ford Coppola, said that the genre is important to his son. "I know Roman is a great fan of those movies, the Mario Bava films," Coppola said. "If you look carefully in the film, you see many references to specific films, not only of that genre, but also of the great films of Europe of the time. I think Roman approached those films as an admirer." 
    Coppola said that CQ in some ways reflected Roman's growing up on film sets. "It really comes out of things he observed in his life when he was young," Coppola said. "Myself and my colleague, George Lucas, were all sort of like the filmmaker in this story, making our little personal movies and working on Roger Corman horror films and science fiction films. All my children liked being around the set. They would watch everything, and they would participate. It's our belief to put them to work. The best way to have apprenticeship is if the apprentice really does something." 
    Coppola talked about the familial film ties that often keep his films together. "It's like the circus or a theater family," he said. "We all work together right from the beginning, and some of the kids did one-act plays, and they were with me on my earliest film. Roman's in YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW, which I did in 1966. Imagine they're there, and the family, of course, like a circus family, when I needed a baby in THE GODFATHER, I took my own baby and had Sofia play in the baptism scene. It's a natural extension of this philosophy of the troupe."
42.NEXT MOVIE MARVEL: DAREDEVIL 
    As SPIDER-MAN continues to spin a web of gold at the box office, Ben Affleck has stepped into the costume of the next Manhattan-based Marvel Comics superhero to hit the big screen: Daredevil, the man who can neither see nor fear. "The struggle with the costume is staying faithful to the comic and at the same time not making it look ridiculous," says director Mark Steven Johnson, now shooting the film for 2003 release. "We knew we weren't going to do red tights." The filmmakers went with a sculpted leather bodysuit hybrid, combining a partially form-fitting costume (like SPIDER-MAN) with the molded look of BATMAN. And fans will be taking notes. 
    "Daredevil is not as well known as Spider-Man, but his fans are devout," Johnson says. Created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, the character was reworked by Frank Miller in the 1980s and more recently by Kevin Smith. "He has always been my favorite superhero since I was a kid," Johnson said. "He was literally the one I would go wait for at the drugstore in Hastings, Minn., when they would get the shipments in." 
    Daredevil's daytime alter ego is lawyer Matt Murdock, who becomes a vigilante by night. Though he lacks sight, his other senses are hyper-acute. "He'll know if you have a gun in your pocket because he can smell the gunpowder," Johnson says. "He knows if you're lying because he hears your heartbeat. And while Spider-Man is more of a wish fulfillment - gee, what would it be like to be a superhero? - ours is more about the repercussions. Unlike Batman, Daredevil doesn't go back to his Batcave. He goes back to his apartment in Hell's Kitchen and pops pain pills." 
    Daredevil will battle two villains in the movie: wealthy businessman and mob godfather Kingpin (THE GREEN MILE's Michael Clarke Duncan) and the assassin Bullseye (Colin Farrell of HART'S WAR), whose deadly, forceful aim turns pencils, paper clips and anything he can get his hands on into fatal weapons. 
    And he also will have to dodge Elektra (ALIAS's Jennifer Garner), another vigilante who tries to kill Daredevil by night but dates Matt Murdock by day.
43.ENDER'S GAME MOVES CLOSER TO THE SCREEN 
    Orson Scott Card has carved out an outline that would combine two novels from his classic science fiction series into one film. Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow will be merged into a single film. Card explained, "The movie can't show everything from either book, let alone both. So there will almost certainly be scenes and even plot threads that you cared about which are not present in the film. Fortunately, the books still exist, and so readers will be able to experience those scenes for many years in the future. The most important thing for the film, though, is that it be a marvelous movie in its own right, whether you've read the books or not." 
    Nothing will be done about casting or hiring until after the script is finished. The film's release will not be scheduled until the script is fully agreed upon and the director has finished his next film. It will be at least two years and more likely three, maybe even four years before the film is released.
44.GHOST RIDER MAY (FINALLY) MAKE IT TO THE SCREEN 
    Some of you might recall the turmoil around the idea of a Ghost Rider movie. It finally ground to a halt when the geniuses at Dimension Films insisted that the title character, a man with a skinless flaming skull, riding a motorcycle and seeking vengeance, be a warm lovable guy. 
    Well now Sony Pictures, riding the success of the film SPIDER-MAN, is in negotiations to purchase the rights to a fellow Marvel Comics character. Avi Arad, head of Marvel Entertainment and a SPIDER-MAN executive producer, would produce Ghost Rider. Shane Salerno, one of the writers of ARMAGEDDON, is negotiating to write the screenplay. 
    "Once again, I am very happy to be in business with Sony," Arad said. "And I hope they are just as happy to be in business with me. This is a big, exciting story that has some spectacular visual effects. It's one of the most stunningly visual comics in our collection." 
    No word yet on whether actor Nicolas Cage or director Stephen Norrington, who'd both been attached to Dimension's Ghost Rider project at various stages during its bumpy road to the screen, will be involved in the Sony Pictures production. 
45.GODZILLA AND BIN LADEN 
    FBI investigators put New York's Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge on full alert after renting out a copy of the 1998 American film, GODZILLA. The film was referred to cryptically by Al Qaeda prisoner Abu Zubaydah during FBI questioning and agents felt sure clues of a new terrorist attack would be found in the movie. You may remember that the film depicts the two New York landmarks in peril at the hands of the big green guy. Zubaydah, believed to be one of Osama Bin Laden's right-hand men, suggested future terrorist attacks might be targeted at "the bridge in that movie" and "the statue in the water." 
    This is usually the place where I like to insert a closing wisecrack. Not this time. I'm speechless.
46.THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO COMES TO THE BIG SCREEN 
    Somewhere out there lives a GREATEST AMERICAN HERO fan. He can sing the theme and sound exactly like Joey Scarbury. He scares his friends with endless William Katt trivia. He can name all 44 episodes by title and give a convincing plot synopsis and cast list. He sits in front of his computer, dressed in a faded, patched, red superhero uniform, prowling e-Bay for GAH deals. Wherever that guy is, he's smiling. His dearest wish is in the process of being realized. 
    Disney has hired Paul Hernandez to write the script for a big-screen version of the 1980s superhero television series. Hernandez, in his second year at Disney's in-house writing program, convinced HERO producer Stephen J. Cannell to update the property by locating and bringing to the pitch session the original alien suit sported by William Katt. Like the series, the film will focus on a nerdy teacher who struggles with the superhero powers he gains after he dons a costume given to him by aliens. As of yet, no actors or director are attached to the project.
47.A POSSIBLE INDEPENDENCE DAY SEQUEL 
    Dean Devlin said that he and Roland Emmerich are gearing up to make a sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY. "Roland and I, we're back to work on doing a sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY," Devlin said. "I think we finally found a story that we wanted to tell." Devlin and Emmerich wrote and produced the original film, which Emmerich directed. ID4 is the 11th highest-grossing domestic release of all time, with more than $300 million at the North American box office. 
    Devlin added that he hopes to assemble as many of the original cast members as possible. "I like to think that hit movies are like a cocktail, you know?" he said. "You want to try to get all the ingredients back together again and try to get the same mix. But we'll see. We'll see what we can get back. We'll try to get everyone. We'll just have to see how it plays out." The original film's cast included Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Margaret Colin. As for the sequel's story? "I can't tell you that," Devlin said with a laugh. 
    "Then there's another science fiction film that Roland and I are working on, called THE HUNT," Devlin added. "So hopefully both of those will get started within the next year." 
48.TWO TOWERS PROTEST 
    More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition in a bid to ban Peter Jackson from calling the second LORD OF THE RINGS movie THE TWO TOWERS. The petition argues that Jackson is referring to the attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center last September - even though author J.R.R. Tolkien's novel, "The Two Towers," was written 48 years ago . A statement on the site insists, "The title is clearly meant to refer to the attacks on the World Trade Center." It continues, "When I learned that there apparently was to be a sequel, I was overjoyed. However, Peter Jackson has decided to tastelessly name the sequel  The Two Towers. "In this post-September 11 world, it is unforgivable that this should be allowed to happen. The idea is both offensive and morally repugnant. "Hopefully, when Peter Jackson and, more importantly, New Line Cinema, see the number of signatures on this petition, the title will be changed to something a little more sensitive." A voice of reason does appear on the site. One internet surfer points out, "'The Two Towers' is the title of the J.R.R. Tolkien book originally published in 1954. The title was thus established some 47 years prior to the attacks on the World Trade Center towers."
49.MARVELS RACES TO THE SILVER SCREEN 
    In the wake of SPIDER-MAN's blockbuster box-office, Marvel announced tentative release dates for several upcoming movies based on its comic franchises. SPIDER-MAN 2 has been slated for May 7, 2004. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst will reprise their roles as Spider-Man and girlfriend Mary Jane in the sequel, and filming is scheduled to begin early next year. 
    X2, the sequel to X-MEN, has been slated for a May 2003 release, with production to have begun on June 1, Marvel announced. DAREDEVIL, starring Ben Affleck, is currently in production and scheduled for a January 2003 release (see above). BLADE 3 is also heading into development (see above). Ang Lee's THE HULK, meanwhile, is aiming at a June 2003 release. And a new version of Marvel's PUNISHER is eyeing an August 2003 release, the company announced.
50.MATRIX UPDATE: THE STORY 
    Time Magazine recently ran a still from one of the coming MATRIX sequels. We see Neo, in a long black leather coat battling several Agent Smiths (Hugo Weaving, who you also saw as Elrond in LORD OF THE RINGS). Since the original film, Smith has learned to replicate himself (he's a computer virus), which means Neo will have to fight several Smiths at once. When asked Reeves won't elaborate on that particular shot (it takes place in a climactic battle scene in part three), but he does give the following overview of the trilogy: "The first one is about birth," says Reeves. "The second one is life; the third is death." Thanks, Keanu. 
    Reeves went on to say "The brothers [writer-directors Andy and Larry Wachowski] have put up some great obstacles to test those powers, and the story kind of goes outside of the Matrix and starts to concern itself with the machines in Zion. So itís almost [that] what he can do in the Matrix is not enough. And heís still on the path of discovery and choice. Heís told by the Oracle that . . . he has some choices that heíll have to make that will affect the survival of the human race. And there are some hardships. And all of us are trying to save the world. And the development between Neo and Trinity [Carrie-Anne Moss] is explored, and with Morpheus [Laurence Fishburne] and [Agent] Smith [Hugo Weaving]. And so I think thatís just about it. Itís the development of the hero journey for my character, which is new challenges and choices. And itís not so much about being born. He wanted to find out where he was. Now he knows. Or he thinks he knows." 
    This much we know: in parts two and three, Neo must persuade the omnipotent machines to set his people free. Part two takes place primarily in the gleaming world of the Matrix, while the more serious-minded part three is set in the scorched real world. In the sequels, we will also visit the vast underground city of Zion, inhabited by the few hundred thousand humans who have managed to escape cyberimprisonment. Laurence Fishburne (as the sage Morpheus) and Carrie-Anne Moss (as Neo's love interest, Trinity) are also back. This time they're joined by Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe, another rebel and a former lover of Morpheus', and Nona Gaye (daughter of Marvin). Gaye stepped in to replace Aaliyah in the role of Zee. Gloria Foster, who played the wise old Oracle in the original, also died in September, at age 64, after she shot her scenes for part two. What about part three? Thanks to a quick rewrite on the script, the Oracle will be back, but in a different form. 
     They're planning to release the two sequels to THE MATRIX within months of one another next year. The first one, MATRIX RELOADED, is due to be released in May, and the second, MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, in August or November.
51.MATRIX UPDATE: THE EFFECTS 
    In the world of the Matrix, all things are possible, but the vexing real-life question is, how do you top a film whose unique style has been copied by nearly every action movie since? "We're just trying to make the best and most surreal action ever," says visual-effects supervisor John Gaeta, who developed the groundbreaking and extremely cool "bullet time" technique, in which the camera seemed to circle Reeves in slow motion as he dodged bullets. Gaeta says he's "expanding" on that technique for the sequels, though "there's pressure to do it without going into military-budget levels." Too late. Warner Bros. will spend close to $300 million on MATRIX two and three, all in hopes that Neo can still soar. 
    MATRIX producer Joel Silver promised that the visual effects in the two sequels will outdo anything seen in movies so far. "When we made the first movie . . . we didnít have an enormous amount of money to work with, and the boys had very strict ideas about a specific visual effect that they wanted to explore, and they ended up using it four times in the picture, and . . . we called it . . . bullet time. And it was during the Stone Age. It was a Stone Age effect. . . . And immediately when the movie opened, we saw repetitions of that. . . . Television commercials came first. They were the first out. And then we began seeing it in a few movies here and there. And then every movie. And it wasnít just the visual effects that were being stolen. . . . It was the way the boys staged, shot, cut, moved the camera. It was pretty much everything they did began to be copied in every other movie." 
    Were the Wachowskis flattered? "For a while I bet they thought it was flattering," Silver said. "But after a while, they kind of got angry about it. So they decided that, in these two movies, they would create visual effects that could never be copied. So we have done visual effects for the movie that, because of the time that we took to make them and the cost, will never be seen again. So I really think that the bar has been raised so high that, you know, there is no bar. This will end the way movies have been made up to now, because they can go no further. The computer is allowing us to do things that we never dreamed we could do before.  The [first filmís] bullet-time sequences . . . were the beginning, the embryonic stage of what computers could do. Itís just now at such a level that they can do anything they want. And the great thing about it is that  the guys have enough intellect and understand the process enough so they are able to create an arena that this stuff can exist in that could not exist anywhere else." 
    David Ellis, the second-unit director who supervised some action scenes in the sequels, said that a freeway chase sequence will surpass anything in movies so far. Ellis directed the multicar sequence last year in Alameda in Northern California before the sequels moved to their current production location in Sydney. 
    "You have seen some really good freeway chase sequences in your day, but you haven't seen one where guys are leaping from car to car and fighting as they leap and doing all the Matrix stuff in the middle of the car chase as well," Ellis said. "And Trinity [Carrie-Anne Moss] does some pretty amazing motorcycle riding. It's going to be cool. Before they left [for Australia], we saw some, like, 60 seconds of stuff, some really quick things, but it's going to be cool. And those guys are so talented and so hands-on and [involved with] every single little minute detail that happens in the film."
52.RON HOWARD JUST READS PLAYBOY FOR THE ARTICLES 
    Ron Howard has bought up the entire archives of Playboy Magazine. His Image Entertainment movie company has teamed up with Universal Pictures to snap up the rights to 48 years of the magazine's material, so they can make films based on Playboy stories. Imagine previously purchased the rights to the life story of Hugh Hefner. 
    From its debut issue in December 1953, the magazine has published short stories, articles and excerpts from some of the most distinguished writers of the past century, including Ray Bradbury, John Irving, Larry McMurtry, Rod Serling, Jean Shepherd and Ian Fleming. Among the works that first appeared in Playboy that went on to become major motion pictures are THE HUSTLER, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, THE FLY, 9 1/2 WEEKS, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH and several films in the James Bond series. Playboy has been the most desirable place for writers for years. It's the single best paying buyer of fiction anywhere around - and it has been for decades. 
    Imagine's Brian Grazer said, "For almost 50 years, Playboy magazine has served as the birthplace of source material for numerous movies, TV shows and plays, but we think there's still a lot of gold left to be mined from those archives. They're a veritable treasure trove of really great movie ideas."
53.CONNERY VS. BOND? NEVER! 
    Sean Connery has ruled out returning to a James Bond movie to play a villain. Connery, who played Mr. Bond in six movies, had been approached by film executives to play an enemy agent in a future installment. Connery said, "Absolutely no way - I could never be an enemy of James Bond." The 72-year-old also added that, from the four actors who have played the character since Connery, current Bond Pierce Brosnan impresses him most. "He has worked hard to take Bond back to the real character, be someone who can really be identified."
54.SEPTEMBER 11 ON THE BIG SCREEN 
    One of the first films based on the September 11 terrorist attacks on America has just finished shooting in New York City. THE GUYS stars Sigourney Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. It's based on the one-act play by Anne Nelson, the story centers on a journalist (Weaver) who tries to help a grieving fire captain (LaPaglia) write eulogies for the eight firemen from his precinct who died in the rescue operation. 
    The play, which is directed by Weaverís husband Jim Simpson who also produced the stage production, is based on Nelsonís real-life experiences last September when she assisted a Brooklyn fire captain who was struggling to find words to pay fitting tributes to the firefighters under his command. 
    Many New York firefighters participated in the making of the film, which was shot in several fire stations in New York. 
    "A lot of the people working on the movie were affected personally by 11 September and wanted to come together to do this,Ē Weaver said. "I do think it's a very delicate balance, but our intention is completely respectful." 
    The producers are hoping to release THE GUYS on September 11, 2002.
55.TOBEY MAGUIRE'S TOPLESS AUDITION 
    Tobey Maguire secured the lead role in SPIDER-MAN by going topless for his audition. He failed to catch the producers' attention in his first audition for the part of Peter Parker. They were unconvinced that his slight frame could see him play an action hero on the big screen. However, when called back for a more physical try-out Maguire, unveiled his yoga-toned pecks to try and clinch the deal. He explains, "I decided I was going to own this. I was in pretty good shape - I do yoga - and I took off my top, tied it around my waist and did it topless. The next day the studio gave me the job."
56.THE NEXT TREK IS NOT NECESSARILY THE LAST 
    Patrick Stewart said that the STAR TREK: NEMESIS movie won't be the last for the NEXT GENERATION crew. "There's been a lot of gossip about this being the last NEXT GENERATION film," Stewart said. "Those conversations are only happening in the fan community. As far as the studio is concerned, and our executive producer is concerned, and indeed as far as all of us are concerned, though we all have our own opinions and feelings, there is nothing official at all about it being the last. This would be a very appropriate way to take our leave of STAR TREK. Everything about the ending of this movie has a sense of closure about it. But there is also a huge opportunity for a sequel to this movie just sitting there, should it be taken up." 
    Armin Shimmerman once said that the execs at Paramount are the ultimate Ferengi. The Ferengi Commerce Authority would have been thrilled to hear Stewart's assessment of the fate of the franchise. "My feeling is that with Paramount it will totally be a matter of profits. If this film does really well, there will be another one. And that will continue, so long as they do well. The first time one does badly then 'clang!' We shall be put out to graze."
57.DUELING DARTHS - WHO WILL BE THE DARK LORD IN EPISODE III? 
    Who plays Darth Vader? Well everyone knows that Hayden Christensen played him young and pre-helmeted. David Prowse lent his body (and James Earle Jones's voice) to the man in black in the originals. Both men lay claim on him. Both expect to play him in EPISODE III. 
    Christensen said, "I'm looking forward to it. I can only extrapolate from what's been told in the previous trilogy about my character. I have to murder the entire Jedi race. I'm extremely psyched to put on [Darth Vader's] helmet. I was always hoping that I'd get to wear the dark helm. That's the only thing I'll ever ask George [Lucas] about, is getting to wear the Darth Vader outfit. He likes to give me a wink-wink, nudge-nudge. I have actually put it on, but just for the hell of it. The last time I was here [at Skywalker Ranch], I was checking out the archives, and I saw the Darth Vader helmet. I got a picture of myself in this gray tracksuit that day, with this enormous Darth Vader helmet. It looked really funny." 
    David Prowse wasn't laughing. Despite arthritis, crutches and one useless arm, the man who played the original Darth Vader is determined to make his mark on the final STAR WARS film. Life-long body builder David Prowse, 66, is eager to return for the historic final installment, which begins shooting next year. He says, "I still definitely want the part again. I'm going to have an operation on my hip in September and then I'm planning to go back to the gym. I should be fit and ready by next year. I have such a large following that if George Lucas offered the part to someone else, I'm sure fans would boycott the film." And Prowse is convinced he one other major advantage. Hayden Christensen, who plays Darth's Jedi alter ego Anakin Skywalker, is nearly one foot shorter than Prowse was as Vader.
58.C-3P0 AND ROBO-AMNESIA 
   Lucas recently explained why the droids C-3P0 and R2-D2 have no memory of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. C-3PO should have been particularly thrilled to see his old creator in what is now EPISODE IV of the six films. Lucas explained that their memories have been wiped prior to the beginning of EPISODE IV. "[C-3P0's] memory system has been erased, and so has R2's," Lucas said. "So they don't remember anything from the first trilogy. I'm telling you something from EPISODE III, but I shouldn't be telling you that, but I think most of the fans already know that." 
    That might explain why Darth is so evil. He's just mad over all the Father's Day cards he never received from his ungrateful robotic offspring.
59.EXPERTS PRAISE THE NUCLEAR ATTACK ON BALTIMORE 
    Experts who have viewed the film THE SUM OF ALL FEARS have agreed that the filmmakers have been diligent in portraying a nuclear attack on Baltimore with accuracy. Donald Lumpkins, an antiterrorism officer with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, commented: "It always helps me to do my job when people understand a little of what we're dealing with." Aihud Pevsner, a high-energy physicist and professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, called the film "a cautionary tale for our times," but pointed out one quibble - the fact that after the nuclear bombing of the city, people are still using cell phones. He observed that a nuclear detonation would release so much electromagnetic energy that unshielded electronic devices like cell phones would instantly "fry."
60.JACKO AND THE WOLF 
    You thought he looked weird before? Honey, you ain't seen nothing yet! Michael Jackson will get really scary when he stars in and produces a freaky new werewolf film. Jackson announced to the Cannes Film Festival that he will produce the $28 million movie WOLFED, as well as playing a lead role. Jackson's interest in the genre developed after seeing John Landis' classic 1981 movie AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. He subsequently hired Landis to direct his THRILLER video, and is said to have landed the film's make-up artist Rick Baker to create effects for WOLFED. But Jackson's on-screen turn may not go smoothly - a veteran Cannes film watcher says, "Judging by the state of him, he'll need a high-powered special effects team just to make him look normal, never mind a werewolf."
61.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 
    JUNE 7: BAD COMPANY is the story of a "street-wise" African-American bookie (Chris Rock) who is enlisted by the CIA to take the place of his late, Harvard-educated twin, so he can finish an important project his brother was working on. Expect fish-out-of-water hilarity. Anthony Hopkins plays a veteran CIA agent who trains Rock to act like an agent. The director is Joel Schumacher (BATMAN AND ROBIN, 8mm). The screenwriter is Jason Richman (who makes his debut; he's also working on BEVERLY HILLS COP IV). 

    JUNE 14: THE BOURNE IDENTITY stars Matt Damon as a man who washes up on an island in the Mediterranean Sea, suffering from gunshot wounds, and amnesia . . . he can't even remember his name, or what type of person he is. He soon finds that he is being hunted down by mysterious men, and that he is particularly capable at killing them before they get him, but it's the question of identity that drives him along even as he fights to stay alive, and who's the Jackal? The director is Doug Liman (SWINGERS, GO). The original novel was written by Robert Ludlum. The screenplay's by W. Blake Herron and Tony Gilroy (DOLORES CLAIBORNE, PROOF OF LIFE) and David Self (THE HAUNTING, 13 DAYS) 
    Though there's no timeframe for when the others might be filmed, this movie is intended to be the first in a trilogy of "Jason Bourne" films that Doug Liman will direct for Universal, all based on novels by Robert Ludlum. The next movie will be THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, followed by THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM. 
    SCOOBY DOO is the answer to your prayers, if you've been praying for movies with living cartoon characters and a large CGI talking dog. The hard details about this story aren't yet known, except that it will be very much in the vein of the original series, and also compared by WB to GHOSTBUSTERS and ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. Basically, Scooby and the gang will be called upon to save the world. Undoubtedly, the bad guys would've gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddlin' kids. More specifically, the story revolves around Spooky Island, a strange place where a magical force is being awakened which may make slaves of the entire human race if the Mystery Machine kids don't stop the diabolical plan first. The cast features Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Fred, Rowan Atkinson as Emile Mondavarious and Linda Cardellini as Velma. The director is Raja Gosnell (BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE, HOME ALONE 3). The screenwriters are James Gunn (THE SPECIALS) and John August (GO; cowriter of CHARLIE'S ANGELS). 
    WINDTALKERS is set during WWII. The Navajo language was used for decoding top secret messages because it was a code that the Japanese did not have the resources (like Navajo speakers) to break. This movie plays upon the scenario that they might've tried to do something about that by kidnapping Navajo soldiers, such as Carl Yahzee (Adam Beach). The military was aware of the danger to the Navajo soldiers, so they assigned a Marine (Nicholas Cage) to each as bodyguard, with the orders that if capture appears imminent, the Marine should kill the Navajo soldier as well. This movie is about two such soldiers who find themselves in danger; and at odds because they've also become friends. Christian Slater and Roger Willie play another pair in a similar situation. The director is John Woo (FACE/OFF, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2). The screenwriters are Joe Batteer and John Rice (cowriters of CHASERS, BLOWN AWAY). 

    JUNE 21: MINORITY REPORT is set in the city of Washington D.C., circa 2080 A.D. It's a time when technology has advanced to the point where crimes can be detected before they're committed. A police officer (Tom Cruise) in the Pre-Crimes division finds himself hunted (by Colin Farrell) for a murder he hasn't even committed yet. The director is Steven Spielberg. The screenwriters are Scott Frank (OUT OF SIGHT, GET SHORTY) and Jon Cohen (making his debut). 
    Spielberg said that it was tricky adapting Philip K. Dick's short story for the screen. "There are the aficionados who hold up the book and say it's heresy to change any element of a science fiction book, whether it's Childhood's End or Fahrenheit 451 or The War of the Worlds. 'You change a hair on that beautiful creature's head, and you've lost me.' That sci-fi fanatic I'll never be able to win over, but I'll win over the sci-fi fans who want to have a good story told to them, even if it doesn't sound like the book they read 20 years ago. They never have to say it's better than the book. If they can at least say, 'I was really engaged,' then I feel I've done my job well."

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62.DVD RECORDERS SEEP ONTO THE MARKET 
    Recordable DVD's are slowly creeping onto store shelves. Since their introduction they've been marketed as high-end professional units. The retail has finally broken the $1000 barrier on the Phillips DVDR985 (all the way down to $995, he said sarcastically) and their sales are responding. It was tough to move them at $4,000. Now their selling as quickly as they're made. Panasonic is expected to lower their price to $800 this summer. When prices hit below $499 (and they will in the foreseeable future) we're apt to see an explosion in the market place.
63.MATRIX FANS GO NUTS OVER THE TRAILER 
    MATRIX fans are going wild for the teaser trailers posted to the official Web site for the sequels. Even though they won't be released until 2003, the site has received over 20 million page views since the trailers were released on May 15. In the first 72 hours that the trailers were up, they were downloaded over 2 million times, breaking previous records held by such recent releases as HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. 
    "The teaser trailer clearly drove the initial traffic, but the jump in hits above and beyond the teaser is a testament to the fans' massive sustained interest in the sequels," producer Joel Silver noted.
64.ANIME MATRIX PREMIERES THIS FALL 
    Ten anime films set in the universe of THE MATRIX will debut on the official Web site in the fall. The anime films - including four written by Matrix directors Larry and Andy Wachowski - may also make it onto DVD, with the last released theatrically. 
    The Animatrix shorts will be directed by Japanese and other animators. The 10th installment will act as a prelude to THE MATRIX RELOADED. The 10-minute anime feature will be released by Square, the video game publisher that also produced 2001's computer-animated movie FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN.
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65.YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL OF YOUR TELEVISION SET 
    Some British owners of the TiVo personal video recorder have expressed outrage after learning that their recorders seized Online and were used to automatically record an episode of the BBC sitcom DOSSA AND JOE without their knowledge or approval and that the show will remain on their hard disks for a week. Some viewers have branded the transmission and recording "spam TV." TiVo responded that the program used space on TiVo's hard drive reserved for such promotions and that viewers who don't want to watch the programs can simply ignore them. DOSSA AND JOE debuted a week ago to strong critical praise but disappointing ratings.
66.LIONS GATE IN YOUR PALM 
    Lions Gate Entertainment is the first company to make their titles available for Palm Pilots or similar devices (called "P.D.A.'s" or Personal Digital Assistants). Their are now dozens of titles available on CD-ROM. 
    Here's how it works. Users can buy CD's for about $15. They play the movie on a PC that's attached to the Palm Pilot. The Palm downloads the title. A 100 minute movie takes about ten minutes. Depending on the capacity of the Palm, ten or more movies can be stored. The films can than be played back with VCR-like functionality. 
    So if you've got to see a movie in the worst way - now you can (see it in the worst way, that is).
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67.SEASON TWO BUFFY DVD RELEASES IN JUNE 
   The complete second season of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER arrives on DVD on June 11. The set will feature the season's episodes in full-frame format with 2.0 surround sound. The new DVD set will also feature more extras than the first-season set. These include audio commentary on select episodes; interviews with Joss Whedon; three featurettes, "Designing Buffy," "A Buffy Bestiary" and "Beauty and the Beasts;" more than 150 images of set designs, monsters and cast and crew; scripts for certain episodes; U.K. and U.S. ads and trailers for BUFFY and ANGEL; and updated cast biographies. The set will carry a suggested retail price of $59.98.
68.EXPECT STAR WARS CHANGES ON DVD'S 
    Rick McCallum, producer of STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES, confirmed that George Lucas will make additional changes to the original STAR WARS films for their eventual DVD release. The first three films won't come out on DVD for at least three more years. Lucas has already tinkered with the three films for earlier "special editions" that were released theatrically and on VHS. 
    "Three years is a long time, but that's how long it takes," McCallum said. When asked if new footage shot during the production of EPISODE II will make its way into the DVD releases, McCallum replied: "Absolutely." 
69.IRMA STICKS UP FOR VHS 
    The International Recording Media Association (IRMA) has appealed to retailers to not prematurely remove cassette tapes from their shelves. They're about to launch a major consumer campaign with the same message to the public. 
    Their approach is that 90% of TV homes still have VCR's. Only 25-30% own DVD's. That would leave 70-75% of the market without access to video product. 
    Why are they doing this? Not from a deep-seated belief in the value of VHS. According to IRMA's president Charles VanHorn, ". . . the purpose of the Video-cassette Coalition is to get a couple more years out of the capital investment that was made by the manufacturers and everyone else responsible for the format. It's not meant to stop the inevitable decline of the format." 
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70.  JUNE CALENDAR
FRI. 7 - SUN. 9: EVENT - CREEP CON 

FRI. 7: MOVIE - BAD COMPANY premieres 
           TV - STARGATE SG-1 makes its season premiere on the Sci-Fi Channel 
           TV - FARSCAPE season 4 premiere 

MON. 10: EVENT - Saturn Awards 

FRI. 14: MOVIE - THE BOURNE IDENTITY premieres 
           MOVIE - SCOOBY DOO premieres 
           MOVIE - WINDTALKERS premieres 
           TV - NIGHT VISIONS Sci-Fi Channel debut 

SAT. 15 - SUN. 16: EVENT - ASIAN FANTASY FILM EXPO 3 

SUN. 16: TV - THE DEAD ZONE series debut 
           TV - WITCHBLADE, season two, premieres on TNT 

FRI. 21: MOVIES - MINORITY REPORT premieres 
           TV - ODYSSEY 5 series premiere 

SAT 29: ICS MEETING