#42-July 2002
CLUB NEWS
1.OUR JUNE MEETING WAS JUMPIN' 
2.WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBER: LACEY BURKE 
3.WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS: LITA FREEMAN & BILL BEESE 
4.THE JULY MEETING: THE BASICS
5.THE JULY MEETING: FORGOTTEN HORRORS!
6.THE JULY MEETING: THE PIZZA!
7.THE JULY MEETING: YOUR DUTY ROSTER
8.THE JULY MEETING: YOUR VIDEOS
9.THE JULY MEETING: YOUR BADGE
10.SUE FEDER LIGHTS THE NIGHT AGAIN!
11.COMING UP FOR THE ICS!
12.FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
TV NEWS
13.THE GLASS TEAT
With news on THE DEAD ZONE, GREG THE BUNNY, ROSWELL, 24, DOG SOLDIERS, BIRDS OF PREY and WITCHBLADE. 
14.WILL CORDELIA RETURN TO ANGEL?
15.WILL KATE LOCKLEY RETURN TO ANGEL
16.BEASTMASTER IS PUT TO SLEEP
17.BLADE MAY TAKE A SLICE OUT OF THE SMALL SCREEN
18.BUFFY: THE ANIMATED SERIES HITS A FEW SPEED BUMPS  ALONG THE WAY
19.ANGRY BUFFY FANS WANT TARA BACK
20.IS NEXT YEAR BUFFY'S LAST?
21.EMMY'S BUFFY SNUB - 2002
22.FARSCAPE FANS ARE FOR AND AGAINST CRUELTY TO CHRICHTON
23.WHEDON DETAILS FIREFLY'S ROCKY START
24.THE LONE GUNMEN FLEW UNDER THE RADAR OF THE NATION'S HYSTERIA
25.WILLIAM SHATNER: HORROR HOST
26.FOX BLOWS ROCKY HORROR A BIRTHDAY KISS
27.NBC DEBUTS SHE SPIES THIS MONTH
28.STARGATE'S PRODUCER TALKS ABOUT THE CURRENT SEASON
29.TCM GIVES US THE WIZARD OF OZ AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE
EVENT NEWS
30.THINGS TO COME
With news on SHORE LEAVE 24, OTAKON 2002, FANEX 16, SLANTED FEDORA and HORRORFIND.
LITERARY NEWS
31.HAVE YOU BEEN MEANING TO CATCH UP ON YOUR HORROR READING? TRY A STOKER AWARD WINNER
32.STEPHEN KING OUTS ELLEN RIMBAUER
33.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES AND TELEVISION
34.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS
MOVIE NEWS
35.QUICK TAKES
With news on THE EXORCIST sequel, CLASH OF THE TITANS remake, BLADE III, THE HULK, A Disney set in the Natural History Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, STAR WARS: EPISODE III, The X-MEN sequel, TRUTH, JUSTICE & THE AMERICAN WAY, The Forge of God, INDIANA JONES 4, DIE ANOTHER DAY, SCOOBY-DOO 2, LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, and a new Online MATRIX story.
36.THE ICS TAKES ON THE SATURN AWARDS
37.AROUND THE WORLD WITH JACKIE CHAN
38.BLUE POINT LOOKS AT CLONING AS A PERSONAL CRISIS
39.PIERCE BROSNAN GETS IN TROUBLE OVER SEPTEMBER 11 REMARKS
40.DAREDEVIL AND THE DARK SIDE OF HEROES
41.MICHAEL MADSEN DODGES THE DEATH RAY FROM SPACE
42.A NEW KIND OF VAMPIRE HAUNTS DARKSIDERS
43.NOT ANOTHER CHICKEN JOKE!
44.DARK CASTLE WILL PRODUCE GOTHIKA
45.AN INDEPENDENCE DAY SEQUEL SPRANG FROM 9/11
46.THE BOYS TALK INDY 4
47.LARA CROFT MIGHT DOFF HER KNICKERS
48.SPIELBERG SAYS JAN DE BONT DIDN'T DESERVE HIS PRODUCER'S CREDIT
49.TALK FAST! IT'S BARRY SONNENFELD - THE NINETY MINUTE MAN
50.MEN IN BLACK II BEAUTY TIPS
51.METROPOLIS - 75 AND LOOKING GOOD
52.NATURAL BORN KILLERS WINS AGAIN
53.CREATING BELIEVABLE MONSTERS THAT DON'T LOOK LIKE BARNEY
54.RISING STARS HEADS TO THE SCREEN
55.J.LO IN SHRINK
56.SPIELBERG SWEARS OFF SEQUELS . . .
57. . . . BUT JURASSIC PARK DOESN'T COUNT
58.YODA VS. LUCAS'S ANIMATORS
59.STAR WARS FANS GET STICKER SHOCK FOR C-3PO'S AUTOGRAPH
60.STAR WARS' BOX OFFICE MELTDOWN
61.LUCAS LOOKS AHEAD TO III
62.VAN HELSING IS YOUNG, BUFF AND AUSTRALIAN!
63.WONDER TWINS ACTIVATE AGAIN
64.A NEW ALLIANCE FOR FILM PRESERVATION
65.MOVIES: THE NATION'S COMFORT FOOD
66.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF JULY
With news on the premiere of MEN IN BLACK II, REIGN OF FIRE, ROAD TO PERDITION, EIGHT LEGGED FREAK, HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION,  K:19 THE WIDOW MAKER and AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER.
INTERNET NEWS
67.ATTENTION M1ST3K FANS - MEET EDWARD THE LESS
68.STAR WARS EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE EASTER EGGS
TECHNOLOGY NEWS
69.DVD VS. VCR - BOTH SIDES SETTLE IN FOR A LONG WAR
70.D-VHS: THE QUIET REVOLUTION
71.FISHER AND THEIR SANITIZED DVD PLAYER
IN REVIEW
72.JULY CALENDAR
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1.OUR JUNE MEETING WAS JUMPIN' 
    Just like all of our monthly meetings, June was a unique experience. We started off with Tim Fleming giving us practical advice in case we should ever decide to time travel. This may be the only meeting where we're asked to ponder quantum mechanics and special relativity. The movie we watched, GHOST WORLD, was a departure from our standard fare. I checked on the IMDB on how to describe it. Their extended genre description was "independent-film/ based-on-comic/ coming-of-age/ surreal/ teen/ concession-stand/ first-job/ high-school-graduation/ personal-ad/ practical-joke/ record-collecting/ record-collector/ summer-school/ racial-stereotypes/ misfit/ age-difference/ art-exhibition/ censorship/ garage-sale/ jazz/ loss-of-job/ sex-shop/ wheelchair" sort of film. A shorter way of saying it would be to call it a "i.f.b.o.c.c.o.a.s.t.c.s.f.j.h.s.g.p.a.p.j.r.c.r.c.s.s.r.s.m.a.d.a.e.c.g.s.j.l.o.j.s.s.w." kind of film. 
    We also watched a brief trailer and clip from a co-operative effort between our own Mitch Klein (happy birthday, big guy) and local filmmaker, Don Dohler. And of course we took in Episode Five of  the 1940 serial, "The Mysterious Dr. Satan." We followed it all up with a lively business meeting and (for some of us) a trip across the street to the Double T Diner. 
    Thanks to everyone for making June such an excellent meeting!
2.WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBER: LACEY BURKE
    Welcome to our new member, Lacey Burke. Lacey is a fan of classic sci-fi films. She hangs around with some interesting folks. She baby-sits a 7 year old boy who can only speak Klingon (hopefully he doesn't think Lacey is his pet targ!). She's teaching him English. I'm looking forward to hearing THAT story. 
    She found out about us thanks to Vince DiLeonardi's ad in the Pennysaver (thanks Vince). Lacey, you've come to the right club! You fit in perfectly. We're looking forward to getting to know you. Welcome to the club!
3.WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS: LITA FREEMAN & BILL BEESE
    We got to meet Lita and Bill last March when Ed Hellman showed GENERIC MAN'S NOTEWORTHY EXCURSION. They were friends of Tim and Heather. They made it official in June and joined up. Now, as club members, they're friends of all of ours. Welcome to the ICS Lita and Bill!
4.THE JULY MEETING: THE BASICS 
    Our July meeting will be held on Saturday July 27 at 5:30 P.M. at the church hall behind the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church located at 8848 BelAir Road. Take Baltimore Beltway exit 32 north on Belair Road. Turn left onto Joppa Road. Immediately past the miniature golf course turn left into the parking lot. If you miss it there are ample turn-around opportunities. (Directions and Map) If you get stuck call 410-598-8005. That's Dave Henderson's cell phone. He'll talk you in. 
5.THE JULY MEETING: FORGOTTEN HORRORS! 
    In July John Clayton will be taking us through the gnarled blasted landscape of forgotten horrors. This will not be a nostalgic sob session crying over the public's neglect of timeless gems. John's official topic is "Forgotten Horrors (And Why They Deserved To Be Forgotten!)." John will be grabbing the mangiest mutts out of the film vault and showing them off. This is apt to be an interactive presentation. Be prepared to discuss the worst horror movies you've ever seen. We'll all groan together.
6.THE JULY MEETING:

THE PIZZA!
    Our July meeting will also be our fourth annual pizza night! Come hungry. We'll be hip deep in pies! You might want to think about a choice of snacks that would go well with pizza. 
    You have permission to suspend all dietary restrictions (and common sense). Come, enjoy the movie, and PIG OUT!
7.THE JULY MEETING: YOUR DUTY ROSTER 
    July is the last time we'll be getting together before FANEX. The next three items relate to preparations for the show. 
    Following are times that we'll need people for coverage (these times may not be precise): 
            Friday AUGUST 16:    DEALER'S ROOM 5 PM - 7PM 
                                                VIDEO ROOM 5 PM - MIDNIGHT 
           Saturday AUGUST 17  DEALER'S ROOM 10 AM - 6PM 
                                                VIDEO ROOM 10 AM - Midnight 
           Sunday AUGUST 18    DEALER'S ROOM 11 AM - 4 PM 
                                                VIDEO ROOM 11 AM - 5 PM 
    At this point all shifts are open and need volunteers. 
    We just need people to staff the dealer's room table, sell the movies we're offering, and give out as much club information as you can. 
    We'll also need help with showing the films. All this involves is being there to press the "play" button and to being available to make sure that no one walks off with our equipment and stepping in in case there are any problems. Here are the times for the film showings. 
    Please either e-mail me (davidandmargie@erols.com) or phone me at 410-788-4086 and let me know your availability. 
8.THE JULY MEETING: YOUR VIDEOS 
    July will be the last time you'll have to donate your old crappy movies to the club for FANEX. We're looking for movies ONLY. We'll take VHS, DVD and laser. Do you still have a box of turkeys that you got stuck with at the last auction? Here's your chance to "re-cycle" them and help the club at the same time. 
9.THE JULY MEETING: YOUR BADGE 
    The folks at FANEX have agreed to let anyone wearing an ICS badge in for free. That's a $30 value! The catch is you've got to have a badge! If you're still badgeless and would like to get to FANEX either e-mail Dave Henderson at "IMHENDO@HOTMAIL.COM" or call him at 410.529.0726. Just let him know what character you'd like on your badge. It could be anyone from film, TV, anime, comics, popular culture or literature (as long as there are depictions of him, her or it somewhere). He hasn't been stumped yet!
10.SUE FEDER LIGHTS THE NIGHT AGAIN! 
    Once again our own Sue Feder will be walking on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on their annual Light the Night Walk. This is a charity established to eradicate leukemia and related diseases, including lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin's Disease. As someone who has fought her way back from lymphoma this is a cause that is particularly close to Sue's heart. 
    We'll be passing the hat around in July and August to sponsor Sue. Donations are strictly voluntary and greatly appreciated.
11.COMING UP FOR THE ICS! 
    We're always planning ahead here at the ICS. Here's a peak at the next three months. 
    On August 24 its Hammer Time with Donna and Dava Sentz. They'll be focusing on their favorite guy (Christopher Lee) and the Dracula films he did with Peter Cushing in the 50's and 60's. 
    On September 28 we return to Asian cinema. I'll be presenting Martial Arts Cinema 2: The World of Bushido. We'll be looking at the stunning world of Japanese samurai movies (anyone into Klingon culture, Jedi lore or anime should recognize a lot of influences from samurai films). 
    On October 26 Dave Henderson's taking us through those Groovy Vampire Films of the 70's. We'll also have our annual Halloween extravaganza that night including a pot luck supper. It's always a blast! 
12.FIFTH ANNIVERSARY 
    Our Fifth Anniversary is coming on January 24, 2004. We're talking about renting out the balcony of the Senator theater, in Baltimore (the Senator is a lovely 1939 art deco theater in pristine condition). The members at the meeting were enthusiastic about the idea. We're still checking to see if we can do that. We'll let you know.
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13.THE GLASS TEAT 
THE DEAD ZONE's first season is shortened. USA Network has trimmed its initial episode order for THE DEAD ZONE from 22 to 13 , to shorten the series' first season. The decision was made to take the series out of the line of fire of fall shows on the broadcast networks. As it stands now, the show would end its 13-episode run on Sept. 8, two weeks before the broadcast season starts. USA is still high on the series. Series creator Michael Piller said that is not a cutback. "We knew from day one that the network wanted to do 13." . . . Looking for GREG THE BUNNY? GREG THE BUNNY will return to FOX Sundays at 7:30 PM starting the end of July. . . . Looking for ROSWELL and 24? Well I hope you've got some favorite episodes on tape. ROSWELL and 24 will not have any repeats this summer. . . . Sci-Fi will re-air DOG SOLDIERS. Following a deluge of requests from fans, the Sci-Fi Channel has scheduled an encore showing of its highly rated Sci-Fi Pictures original film DOG SOLDIERS for July 11 at 9 PM. DOG SOLDIERS, which stars Sean Pertwee, Emma Cleasby and Liam Cunningham, tells the story of a squad of soldiers on a training exercise who find themselves the target of a pack of werewolves. The film adds a new twist to the werewolf genre and is notable for non-stop action, a high body count and a high gore factor. . . . A Batman cameo. Batman will make a brief appearance in the pilot of The WB's new series, BIRDS OF PREY. Bruce Thomas, who played the Caped Crusader in a series of OnStar TV commercials, will reprise the role for the pilot. . . . WHO's that on WITCHBLADE? It's Roger Daltrey, member of the band, The Who. He'll make his second appearance on the show. Daltrey, who played a demon priest last season, will play a cross-dressing fortune teller in the July 22 episode, "Hierophant." In the episode, Sara Pezzini (Yancy Butler) consults a fortune teller named Madame Sesostris (Daltry) while investigating the death of an Irish musician.
14.WILL CORDELIA RETURN TO ANGEL? 
    Charisma Carpenter, as Cordelia on ANGEL, was last seen rising to the heavens, on her way to new territory. Does this mean she's out of the show? Rumors have been flying! 
    E! Online has been making Carpenter the "Good-bye Girl." The rumor was that a WB source (whose scoops have always been dead-on) told them it had not been decided yet whether Charisma Carpenter would return to ANGEL. She's been struggling with a personal problem that affected production this season. According to the report, "Charisma was allegedly told to take a month off to take care of it, and if she didn't, she'd be out." 
    Carpenter's agent denied a personal problem, telling E! that "Charisma is coming back next season. We received her pickup orders today. Maybe they're confusing her with Yancy Butler." (Butler took a month off in the middle of production on the TNT show's upcoming second season to deal with alcohol addiction, but has returned to work). 
    We hope that the final word belongs to Joss Whedon. He announced that Charisma Carpenter will indeed return for the fourth season in the fall. "I hadn't heard all the vicious stuff," he said. "I just heard people saying, 'Is she coming back?' I've heard every vicious rumor about everybody, and I lend them all very little credence. She is coming back. She's a part of the show. She's an essential part of the show. . . . It's not as vicious a rumor as the rumor that I directed BOY MEETS WORLD, but it's up there."
15.WILL KATE LOCKLEY RETURN TO ANGEL 
    Elisabeth Rohm, who left ANGEL in 2001 to join the cast of LAW AND ORDER, said that she would like her character, detective Kate Lockley, to return for an episode. "I would do it in a heartbeat, but I would do it on the side," Rohm said. "I would come in and have LAW AND ORDER work out [my schedule]." 
    Rohm has met with ANGEL co-creator David Greenwalt to discuss when her return might fit with her commitment to LAW AND ORDER. "I talked to David Greenwalt yesterday," she said. "He's a very good friend, and Boreanaz is a good friend, so I love the whole family. It's just a matter of timing, and I've been too busy, really. But I'd like to."
16.BEASTMASTER IS PUT TO SLEEP 
    BEASTMASTER, the syndicated series about a man who can talk to animals, has ended its run after completing its third season. The show featured Daniel Goddard as Dar, the last male of the legendary Sula tribe, who began his quest searching for his long-lost love and, after losing her, went on to search for his family. 
    Dar traveled with a companion named Tao (played by Jackson Raine) and several animals, who helped him in his battles against mythical monsters, sorcerers and other evildoers. 
    In the final episode, "A New Dawn," Dar faces his final challenge before finally being reunited with his family. The show was based on the Beastmaster novels by Andre Norton and the films starring Marc Singer, who also guest starred in the series. All three seasons of the series will continue in reruns next year.
17.BLADE MAY TAKE A SLICE OUT OF THE SMALL SCREEN 
    David S. Goyer, writer of the two BLADE feature films, said that he is pitching a TV series based on the franchise, to begin airing after a proposed third film is complete. "I just had my first meeting with the television department at New Line, and we were kicking around different ideas," Goyer said. "It's premature for me to talk about it, but there are two separate directions we're thinking of going in." 
    Goyer said that the actor who will portray the TV version of the vampire hunter Blade would depend on the concept New Line chooses. Wesley Snipes plays the half-human Daywalker in the movies. "I want to make sure that the BLADE TV show is a separate entity from the BLADE films so that it's not just a lower-budget version of the films," Goyer said. "I want to do something that's different and fresh and unique and will give people a reason to tune in. I'm not sure if that means a prequel to the BLADE movies, going with a much younger Blade, or the converse, a much older [character]. And there's another approach that we're thinking about that would be much more radical than that."
18.BUFFY: THE ANIMATED SERIES HITS A FEW SPEED BUMPS  ALONG THE WAY 
    BUFFY: THE ANIMATED SERIES has been given the green light. After months of waiting Fox has finally said "go." But before that can happen it has some hazards to clear. It's looking for a leading lady and a head writer. 
    Sarah Michelle Gellar said that she has chosen not voice her character in the show. "I don't know anything about the animated series," Gellar said. "I'm not part of that. It says that I am [on the Internet], but the first I heard of it was last week." She added that she does not know who would voice the animated Buffy. 
    The BUFFY toon has also recently lost its head writer, Jeph Loeb, to SMALLVILLE. He said, "I left the show in excellent hands and terrific shape. The scripts are as good as the live-action show - that would be because the live-action writers wrote them - and the look of the show is being handled by a world-class animation team that must go unnamed at this time, and the entire operation is still under the watchful eye and care of BUFFY/ANGEL creator and media mogul Joss Whedon. We hope to see some first rough animation by the end of the year. I was really sad to have to step back to go to SMALLVILLE, but I do feel like I carried the baby through the entire pregnancy, and now someone else - Joss and Mutant Enemy's Chris Buchanan - will deliver the goods and make it grow up to be big and strong." 
    Joss Whedon said that Loeb left because of production delays. "The process took so long to put the package together, it just came together on Friday June 14, and he got an offer, a big deal over at Warner Brothers, and he had to move on. He's done an amazing job, but there was no light at the end of the tunnel. It was a really difficult process, and Chris Buchanan, the president of my company, finally got it through, but Jeph had to move on. We love Jeph, and he loves the project, and hopefully we'll be able to find some involvement. But the fact of the matter is, it just took so long." 
    As for when the series might hit the airwaves, Whedon said, "I literally just heard it's a go. That's all the information I have right now, except we already have a bunch of scripts."
19.ANGRY BUFFY FANS WANT TARA BACK 
    The season-ending story arc of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER in which Tara (Amber Benson) dies and her lover, Willow (Alyson Hannigan), turns evil - is prompting a backlash among fans who argue in part that the finale undermined the series' otherwise positive portrayal of a lesbian relationship. Though many fans were dismayed at the loss of a crucial character, still others saw the turn of events as a repudiation of one of television's few realistic gay relationships. 
    "Devoted followers of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER are left devastated by the producers' . . . decision to destroy what many have felt was a wonderful portrayal of a loving, honest and natural long-term lesbian relationship," according to Florida gay-rights advocate R. Zeke Fread. "Especially because such a relationship as that of Tara and Willow is rarely depicted on television programs." 
    More than 1,000 fans have signed a petition to resurrect Tara. Others have written in protest to various Buffy fan sites and newspapers. 
    "Examine that body count for a moment," the Boston Herald wrote. "The most significant character deaths - Jenny Calendar, Joyce Summers and now Tara - are all women. The show's two gay characters, Tara and high school jock Larry, both slain. (Alyson Hannigan's Willow does not count. Creator Joss Whedon told the Herald last year that she is at best bisexual.) The show's black characters? Kendra, Mr. Trick and, oh, yeah, that guidance counselor who hung around for half an episode - all dead. We knew Buffy lived on a hellmouth. Who knew she lived in Klan country?" 
    Whedon responded shortly after the finale aired: "I killed Tara. Some of you may have been hurt by that. It's very unlikely it was more painful to you than it was to me. I couldn't even discuss it in story meetings without getting upset, physically. Which is why I knew it was the right thing to do. Because stories, as I have so often said, are not about what we WANT. And I knew some people would be angry with me for destroying the only gay couple on the show, but the idea that I COULDN'T kill Tara because she was gay is as offensive to me as the idea that I DID kill her because she was gay. Willow's story was not about being gay. It was about weakness, addiction, loss . . . the way life hits you in the gut right when you think you're back on your feet. The course of true love never did run smooth, not on my show. (Only [NYPD BLUE's] Dennis Franz has suffered more than my characters.) I love Amber, and she knows it. Eventually, this story will end for all of them. Hers ended sooner." 
    As for whether Whedon will bring back the character next season, he said cryptically, "Tara will not be back. But Amber will."
20.IS NEXT YEAR BUFFY'S LAST? 
    There've been rumors floating around that next year is BUFFY's final season. Anyone who watches the show should know that it's not that easy keeping a good slayer down. 
    Executive producer Marti Noxon said that she thinks an eighth season of the UPN show is likely, even though its star's contract expires after season seven. "I think that it's very likely there will be [a season eight]. I'm not sure if Sarah [Michelle Gellar] will come back or not, but it's really up to UPN and 20th Century Fox if the franchise continues. It would be very hard to continue the show without her, but they might try."
21.EMMY'S BUFFY SNUB - 2002 
    There are some things in this world you can always count on. The Olympics comes every four years. Congressmen get elected every two years. It's July and the Orioles are out of contention. The ICS meets every month. You know, that kind of stuff. So if you're a BUFFY fan and I tell you that the Television Academy (the Emmy folks) have turned their backs on your favorite show you'll simply nod you head in weary assignation. 
    This particular snub seems to have been inadvertant. The series was accidentally left off the official nominating ballot of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. When the Academy sent out ballots earlier this month, BUFFY's musical episode, "Once More with Feeling," was omitted from the best drama writing category - an oversight attributable to human error, an Academy spokesperson said. 
    The spokesperson added that the problem has since been resolved. "We sent out a notification to the voters, which allowed them to cast their vote [for 'Once More with Feeling'] almost immediately. It was basically a supplement to the ballot. The situation was rectified ASAP, and there were no repercussions from it." 
    Observers have said that they believe the mistake may cost Whedon his drama writing nomination. The error does not affect BUFFY in other categories in which it is under consideration, including best drama series and best lead actress.
22.FARSCAPE FANS ARE FOR AND AGAINST CRUELTY TO CHRICHTON 
    Fans of FARSCAPE have organized to raise money for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence each time they view an episode of the show. The campaign, organized by the Society Against Cruelty to Crichton (SACC), asks fans to donate money to the charity each time Crichton avoids getting physically hurt - but they also offer fans the alternative of donating money each time he does. 
    SACC was created as a joke to support the injury-prone John Crichton (played by Ben Browder). The fans, called "'Scapers," now use SACC as a forum to discuss the show. For season three, the group hosted a charity drive, calling it a Crichton-A-Thon, in which fans donated money according to the amount of abuse Crichton received during an episode. SACCers pledged money if Crichton remained unharmed; so-called WACKers donated money only if Crichton was injured. By the end of the season, the drive raised more than $1,000 for the charity.
23.WHEDON DETAILS FIREFLY'S ROCKY START 
    Joss Whedon recently talked about his new show, FIREFLY. He said that Fox and he disagreed over the tone and direction of the series' pilot, and that he and producer Tim Minear had a weekend to come up with a new one-hour premiere episode script before Fox green-lighted the series. That new one-hour premiere episode may replace the original two-hour pilot episode, and the original two-hour pilot may wind up airing later in the season. 
    "We did [write a new premiere episode], because they wanted to make sure we could deliver the . . . show with a little more action and humor than what I had originally pitched," Whedon said. "So Tim Minear and I wrote a script over the weekend. They told us on a Friday night that they wanted it . . . in order to decide. . . . They said, 'It needs to be on our desks before we get there in the morning on Monday.' I didn't realize it would be so instrumental in them actually picking up the show. But, yeah, a little pressure. But I love pressure. The two-hour [episode] might be a special event in the middle of the season, instead of shown as a two-hour pilot. I'm not sure if that's a final decision or not." 
    Whedon added that the original pilot "is not in fact lost. The story on the FIREFLY pilot is, part of the back and forth . . . between me and Fox . . . has been about a drama vs. an action show. And although I pitched more of a drama with action, they wanted to up the action a little bit. We're doing some reshoots along those lines. . . . But they also felt that they wanted to start the show with a one-hour pilot that showed everybody in place, instead of doing a movie in which you have to go through the whole thing and get everybody there. And while I don't know if I agree with that necessarily, they will show the pilot during the course of the season as an origin special if they decide not to show it at the very beginning. Either way, it works." 
    FIREFLY, set in the aftermath of a galactic war, is slated to premiere on Fox in late September, Whedon said. "Just today, [we're] coming back to the story-breaking process. We start shooting in July."
24.THE LONE GUNMEN FLEW UNDER THE RADAR OF THE NATION'S HYSTERIA 
    Fans of THE LONE GUNMEN may recall that the pilot episode ended with an eerie foreshadowing of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Though the show aired six months before the attack, its final scene featured a commercial airliner aiming at the center. 
    But for some reason, the show's images escaped notice in the months following the real-life attacks - something that mystifies one of the show's writers, Frank Spotnitz. It wasn't until the industry newsletter The Myers Report ran a story about the show this week that it caught the notice of TV Guide. 
    When asked how come no one noticed Spotnitz replied, "I don't know! That's what I've been wondering. I thought, 'Nobody noticed!' I guess so few people saw the show. But it's strange, too, because that was the pilot, and the ratings were actually quite good for [that episode], and yet we didn't hear anything." 
    Myers Report columnist Ed Martin wrote that "this seems to be collective amnesia of the highest order. The final act of the Gunmen pilot, which seemingly made no impact last year, now contains some of the most deeply disturbing images ever created for an entertainment program," according to TV Guide.
25.WILLIAM SHATNER: HORROR HOST 
    When the Sci-Fi Channel wanted to start a late-night series of B-grade horror movies, there was but one man the network considered to be its host. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the host of FULL MOON FRIGHT NIGHT . . . William Shatner. 
    Speaking for the Sci-Fi Channel, spokesman Thomas Vitale said, "It's always a pleasure to work with the man who has in many ways defined science fiction for generations. We're pleased to give William Shatner a weekly opportunity to do one of the things he does best - ham it up to the delight of audiences everywhere." 
    The 13-film series will kick off at 11 p.m. Saturday, July 20. All the movies in the series will be from the library of Full Moon Pictures (hence the series title) maker of such, um, classics as TRANCERS, PUPPET MASTER and HORRORVISION. 
    In addition to introducing each film, Shatner will interview people connected to the horror-movie scene. "Cap'n Kirk" will also get to chew some scenery. He'll be restaging a scene from the night's feature.
26.FOX BLOWS ROCKY HORROR A BIRTHDAY KISS 
    The Fox network will celebrate the 30th anniversary of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW with THE ROCKY HORROR BIRTHDAY SHOW, a two-hour movie to be produced by Fox TV Studios. BIRTHDAY will air in February 2003, 30 years after Richard O'Brien first wrote ROCKY HORROR as a play that ran in London. O'Brien will act as a consultant on the TV project and will contribute at least one new original song. 
    The 2002 version of ROCKY HORROR will be faithful to O'Brien's original lyrics, but with a new concept conceived by the project's director, Stephan Elliott (THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT). In the new version, Doctor Frank-N-Furter, who originally was an alien scientist from the planet Transsexual on a quest to build the perfect man, will instead be a plastic surgeon who lives in a posh penthouse. Production will begin in September in Australia.
27.NBC DEBUTS SHE SPIES THIS MONTH 
    NBC sneak peeks their new action-drama SHE SPIES with four episodes this month, as part of the network's objective to program the usual re-run heavy summer months with 40 percent original programming. 
    Natasha Henstridge  has signed to star as a former con-artist whose the leader of a group of female ex-cons recruited by the government for top secret operations. Formerly called B.A.I.T. the series sounds similar to NBC's short-lived 1985 series CODE NAME: FOXFIRE that starred Joanna Cassidy and Sheryl Lee Ralph. While other two leads for SHE SPIES have yet to be announced, expect them to be attractive - with at least one brunette. 
    "Natasha embodies all the qualities of a great action star," says Vince Manze, NBC Agency president. "We are very fortunate to have landed [her] for this role." 
    Not slated to have a permanent home on NBC's primetime schedule after its summer preview, SHE SPIES will return in the fall as a first-run syndication series. A joint venture between NBC Enterprises and MGM Worldwide Television Group, SHE SPIES will film 20 episodes, an entire full-season order that will air in over 50 percent of the country on a weekly basis. 
    "Creatively, we can do so much with this show, knowing right off the bat that it's going to be around for a full season," says executive producer Craig Van Sickle (THE PRETENDER).
28.STARGATE'S PRODUCER TALKS ABOUT THE CURRENT SEASON 
    Brad Wright, executive producer of STARGATE SG-1, says fans can expect the return of Daniel Jackson, played by Michael Shanks - but only for a couple of episodes. Wright said, "Right now, we've got two stories that include Daniel. The scripts aren't ready yet, but as soon as they are, we'll send them to Michael. Hopefully he'll want to do them. And yes, one of those stories is the [season] finale." 
    Wright added that viewers can expect other guest stars this season. "Dean Stockwell is appearing this season," he said. "And John de Lancie, as Simmons." Ronnie Cox will also appear, he said. 
    Wright said that Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, who created the original STARGATE film, had contemplated a sequel that would have ignored the continuity of the TV series. "I think that's ludicrous," Wright said. He added that he and producing partner Robert C. Cooper have written their own movie. "The feature Robert and I have written is exactly that, a bridge between SG-1 and Atlantis. There won't be a Devlin and Emmerich sequel as far as I know, but MGM may not want to make our script either." 
29.TCM GIVES US THE WIZARD OF OZ AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE 
    Turner Classic Movies is preparing a special kind of fireworks for this Independence Day. They'll broadcast a special showing of the 1939 classic, THE WIZARD OF OZ. Naturally it'll be uncut and commercial free. But this time you get to sing along with Dorothy and company. 
    TCM will be showing this classic in a special sing-a-long version. As Dorothy and her companions follow the Yellow Brick Road, you'll be able to follow the bouncing ball. On July 4, at 6 PM, you can sing along to the very clever lyrics and wonderful music of this timeless film. 
    Already know the lyrics, or do you have a voice so hideous you won't even belt one out in the privacy of your own home? Not to worry. TCM's re-airing the movie at 8:30 PM on July 7, sans bouncing ball.
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30.THINGS TO COME 
    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.HAVE YOU BEEN MEANING TO CATCH UP ON YOUR HORROR READING? TRY A STOKER AWARD WINNER 
    Neil Gaiman's American Gods won the prize for best novel in the 2001 Bram Stoker Awards, given out by the Horror Writers Association. The awards, named for the author of Dracula, honor outstanding work in the horror field. A full list of winners follows. 
    Novel: American Gods by Neil Gaiman, First Novel: Deadliest of the Species by Michael Oliveri, Long Fiction: "In These Final Days of Sales" by Steve Rasnic Tem, Short Fiction: "Reconstructing Amy" by Tim Lebbon, Fiction Collection: The Man With the Barbed-Wire Fists by Norman Partridge, Anthology: Extremes 2: Fantasy and Horror From the Ends of the Earth, ed. by Brian A. Hopkins, Nonfiction: Jobs in Hell, ed. by Brian Keene, Screenplay: MEMENTO by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, Work for Young Readers: The Willow Files 2 by Yvonne Navarro, Poetry Collection: Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey  Ashes by Linda Addison, Alternative Forms: Dark Dreamers: Facing the Masters of Fear by Beth Gwinn and Stanley Wiater, Lifetime Achievement Award: John Farris.
32.STEPHEN KING OUTS ELLEN RIMBAUER 
    Stephen King revealed that he didn't write The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, the best-selling book based on a character from his ABC miniseries ROSE RED. "Now it can be told - the actual author of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer is suspense novelist (and Rock Bottom Remainder bass guitarist) Ridley Pearson," King wrote. "Ridley did a great job - I couldn't have done better myself. Here's hoping you will continue to support Ridley's work by buying a copy of The Art of Deception." 
    The diary, purportedly written by the fictional Rimbauer and edited by another character from the miniseries, told of 19th-century life in the rambling Seattle mansion that was the modern-day setting of the haunted house story of the miniseries. It was widely assumed that King himself had written the diary. The Rock Bottom Remainders is a rock band consisting of King and several of his writer friends.
33.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES AND TELEVISION 
    Adventures of a No Name Actor by Marco Perella & Molly Ivins, $14.95 
This book serves as sort of an autobiographical snapshot of the film industry today, as seen through the eyes of a perennial bit player. This is an account of an actor's almost Zelig-like film and television career, often playing thuggish character parts, Texan actor Perella both pokes fun at and admits to his pretensions. "I decide that my motivation is to save J. Edgar Hoover from the Mafia before they release photos of him in drag," he wisecracks about his bit role as an FBI agent in JFK. Aspiring actors and entertainment trivia nuts alike will enjoy Perella's witty perspective, including his deconstruction of made-for-TV and B-movie plots: "Tonight James Coburn gets impaled on his backyard satellite dish. My part consists of continuing to be dead." For the most part, Perella's humor is gentle, although he does skewer some celebs, including Charlie Sheen, Judd Nelson, Kevin Costner and Ned Beatty; yet presumably because he's a politically astute minor actor who wants to remain in the profession, his touch remains light. But when Perella discusses some of the dangerous stunts he's been asked to perform, we glimpse the serious underbelly of all the belly laughs. There's also the rather depressing advice he gives to his acting students: never be an extra or stand-in, because it gets you nowhere. Still, just as his students do, Perella disregards such warnings and relishes his crazy craft. 
    Crime Fighting Heroes of Television: Over 10,000 Facts from 151 Shows, 1949-2001 by Vincent Terrace, $25.00 
If you're looking for a book on police and detective shows, look elsewhere. This book covers superheroes and other extraordinary figures who've battled bad guys on our airwaves. A total of 125 network and syndicated series are covered along with 26 pilot films. 
    I Was a Monster Movie Maker: Conversations with 22 SF and Horror Filmmakers by Tom Weaver (Editor), $38.50 
Tom Weaver interviews 22 cheap monster-movie vets. The range of interviewees range from the easily recognizable: Maureen O'Sullivan, Norman Lloyd, Phyllis Kirk, Dana Wynter, and John Kerr - to the esoteric variety: Booth Colman (Dr. Zaius on the PLANET OF THE APES television series, Karloff's THRILLER), Nelson Gidding (screenwriter of The Haunting), Suzanna Leigh (THE DEADLY BEES, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE), and Joan Weldon (THEM!), among others. 
    The Mummy Unwrapped: Scenes Left on Universals Cutting Room Floor by Thomas M. Feramisco, $35.00 
This book is devoted entirely to Universal’s MUMMY movies of the 1940s. It reveals lost action and dialogue by analyzing scenes that were edited out days before THE MUMMY’S HAND was released to theaters, treats readers to other dialogue that was filmed and then cut down to almost nothing before being included in the films, and compares and contrasts the original story of THE MUMMY’S RETURN to the final shooting script of what was later renamed THE MUMMY’S CURSE. Each of the films has its own chapter, and chapters are also devoted to the actors who played the heroes, heroines, high priests, victims, and mummies in the films, and to the filmmakers who brought the mummies to life. 
    Teenagers and Teenpics: The Juvenilization of American Movies in the 1950s by Thomas Patrick Doherty, $69.50 
This book tells the story of two signature developments in the 1950s: the decline of the classical Hollywood cinema and the emergence of that strange new creature, the American teenager. Hollywood's discovery of the teenage moviegoer initiated a progressive "juvenilization" of film content that is today the operative reality of the American motion picture industry. The juvenilization of the American movies is best revealed in the development of the 1950s "teenpic," a picture targeted at teenagers even to the exclusion of their elders. Doherty defines and interprets the various teenpic film types: rock 'n' roll pictures, j.d. films, horror and sci-fi weirdies, and clean teenpics. Individual films are examined both in light of their impact on the motion picture industry and in terms of their important role in validating the emerging teenage subculture. Also included in this edition is an expanded treatment of teenpics since the 1950s, especially the teenpics produced during the age of AIDS.
34.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS 
    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 25: Crossings by Mel Odom, $5.99 
Buffy and Dawn are having difficulty settling into their new roles, now that their mother is gone. Buffy herself is reluctant to cross over to the role of parent, and the two are bickering more than usual. In fact, Buffy's distraction prevents her from noticing strange behavior among the video-game crowd. One of Xander's friends goes medieval outside the Sunnydale movie theatre, laughing and babbling that he can't be stopped - he's only in town on a temporary visa. Puzzled, Anya and Xander investigate. It seems that people who've been testing a new video game have been demonstrating creepy tics. As the Slayer attempts to put all of the pieces together, Anya is abducted into an alternate demon universe. Buffy had better figure out how to get her friend back to Sunnydale, before the game is over, for good. 
    DOCTOR WHO: The Crooked World by Steve Lyons, $6.95 
An Eighth Doctor novel with Fitz and Anji. On a crooked world with crooked buildings, a farmer hunts a big purple bird with a blunderbuss. Just as he seems to have cornered the sneaky pest, a big blue box appears on the cliff top, and two strange men step out. Confused, the farmer shoots one of them directly in the chest, and is even more confused when he seems genuinely hurt by this, instead of just going black and crispy for a few minutes. The TARDIS has landed on a bizarre world, upon which everything conforms to cartoon logic. But the TARDIS's arrival brings change to the crooked world. New concepts are introduced, and people start to question why they have always acted the way they do. Cats are no longer sure whether they want to chase mice, and a teenage pop band begins to get tired of the way its van always breaks down in spooky woods and foggy areas. And worse, the cartoon logic starts to crumble under scrutiny. People can really be injured and die, and no one knows how to deal with this. 
    GENE RODDENBERRY'S EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT - Legacy by Glenn R. Sixbury, $14.95 
Archeologist Waneta Long has discovered an ancient Cherokee artifact. It quickly becomes apparent that this artifact is of interest to the Taelons and therefore to the resistance movement, as well. Unknowingly, Waneta becomes a pawn in the three-sided struggles between the opposing Taelon factions and the human resistance movement. 
    STAR TREK: The Janus Gate Book One of Three: Present Tense by L. A. Graf, $6.99 
The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise is exploring the seemingly peaceful and uninhabited world of M-3107 when a bizarre and inexplicable transporter accident causes both Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy to vanish completely. Transporter records suggest that the two men were transported somewhere, but their ultimate destination remains a mystery. Now in command of the Enterprise, Spock dispatches a search-and -rescue team - consisting of Security Chief Giotto, Transporter Technician John Kyle, and Chief Helmsman Hikaru Sulu - on an urgent mission to recover the missing officers. But then the rescue team disappears as well! 
    STAR TREK: Janus Gate Book Two of Three - Future Imperfect by L. A. Graf, $6.99 
On a desperate rescue mission to recover their missing captain, the shuttle Copernicus and its crew have become lost in time and space, transported by a powerful subspace vortex to a hellish future time line where the brutal Gorn Hegemony has all but conquered the United Federation of Planets. Stranded on a transformed Federation colony, now a Gorn mining world worked by oppressed human slaves, Helmsman Hikaru Sulu meets an older version of a man he barely knows, Pavel Chekov, who now leads a ragtag band of freedom fighters against the Gorns. Teamed together for the first time, Sulu and Chekov must struggle to survive in a future that should never have happened! 
    The STAR WARS Trilogy by George Lucas, James Kahn, Donald Glut, $25.95 
For the first time, here is a Special Omnibus Edition of the complete texts of the three novels that tell the complete story of the original Lucas trilogy - The STAR WARS Trilogy. Including: STAR WARS, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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35.QUICK TAKES 
UPDATE ON THE EXORCIST PREQUEL. Director John Frankenheimer has dropped out of the as-yet-untitled prequel to THE EXORCIST after undergoing back surgery. Morgan Creek Productions will seek a new director to meet the movie's proposed Sept. 1 start date. Cast members Liam Neeson, Gabriel Mann and Billy Crawford remain attached to the film. . . . TITANS REMATCH. John Glenn and Travis Wright, writers of the upcoming sci-fi action movie RED WORLD, will write a remake of the 1981 movie CLASH OF THE TITANS for producer Adam Schroeder and Warner Brothers. The remake will focus on Zeus' son, the ancient Greek soldier Perseus, as he tries to procure the head of Medusa to defeat an unstoppable tyrant. . . . BLADE 3 CHANGES. In an earlier issue of The ICS Files it was reported that Guillermo Del Toro, the director of BLADE II, had contemplated a sequel set in the a future where the vampire war is over - the vampires had won. He'd be one of the last non-vampires in the world. Subsequently, Del Toro was forced to withdrawal from the project due to scheduling conflicts. The sequel's new writer, David Goyer, said that the third BLADE movie will differ from his proposed "planet of the vampires" concept. He didn't elaborate on what the new film will look like. We'll keep you posted. . . . HULK SPOILERS. A key plot detail for Ang Lee's HULK movie has been released. Bruce Banner, played by Australian actor Eric Bana, will be infected by a pack of feral irradiated dogs to become the green hero. Also of interest, Lou Ferrigno has shot a cameo appearance for the film. . . . THE DIS-SONIAN INSTITUTION. Disney's Touchstone Pictures is developing an as-yet-untitled fantasy family movie set in the Natural History Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. The film will tell the story of a family that gets trapped in the museum, where some of the exhibits magically come to life. . . . LUCAS LEAKS EPISODE III SPOILERS. George Lucas said recently that the next STAR WARS installment will be different from the previous ones. In spoilery comments about EPISODE III Lucas said that the Clone Wars would end at the beginning of the film, and it would then become very small and personal. . . . HU TO X2.THE SCORPION KING's co-star Kelly Hu has joined the cast of the X-MEN sequel for director Bryan Singer. Hu will star as the villainous Anne, a mutant with human emotions who is the sidekick to Striker, the lead villain who has yet to be cast. Production on the sequel, titled X2, has already begun. Hu joins other new cast members Aaron Stanford as Pyro and Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler. . . . ANOTHER SUPERMAN MOVIE, SORT OF. Miramax is developing TRUTH, JUSTICE & THE AMERICAN WAY, a movie written by Paul Bernbaum based on the death of TV's original Superman, George Reeves. Michael and Mark Polish are set to direct and produce the film, which Miramax will cast quickly and put into production this year. . . . THE FORGE OF GOD IS ON ITS WAY TO THE SCREEN. Warner Brothers will develop Greg Bear's novel The Forge of God as a feature film, to be adapted by writer Ken Nolan (BLACK HAWK DOWN). The film is the envisioned as the first of three, which would include films based on Bear's sequel novel Anvil of Stars and a third book that the author has yet to write. Ralph Vicinanza and Vince Gerardis will produce. Bear's first novel deals with hostile aliens who come to Earth lured by signal probes sent over the years. . . . HARRISON FORD'S UNRESPONSIVE RESPONSE. Harrison Ford deflected questions about whether he is too old to reprise the role of Indiana Jones in the fourth installment in the franchise. Asked how he responded to critics who suggest that he is, Ford said, "I don't. I've never been responsive to critics." Ford turns 60 in July. . . . THE BOND GIRL LIP LOCK. Madonna and Halle Berry will share a lesbian kiss in the new Bond movie. The singer is performing the theme song and making a small cameo in new spy flick DIE ANOTHER DAY - and gets intimate with Halle in a scene that's sure to have fans sitting straight up. . . . SCOOBY 2 IS ON THE WAY. Warner Brothers is fast-tracking a sequel to SCOOBY-DOO. The studio has exercised its sequel options for the cast, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini, and is in talks with SCOOBY director Raja Gosnell to return for the sequel. James Gunn will again write the script for the film, which is eyeing an early 2003 production start and a 2004 release date. . . . LA FEMME LA GENTLEMEN. The Australian star Peta Wilson (star of the TV show LA FEMME NIKITA) has signed on to play the lead female role, in LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN. Wilson will play Mina Harker, a beautiful British scientist who used to work with her husband to rid the world of Count Dracula. Sean Connery will star as team leader Alan Quatermain, British novelist Henry Rider Haggard's adventurer created in the 1880s. Their eclectic team is assembled by Queen Victoria to stop an evil madman from taking over the world by pitting the nations against each other. . . . TEMPORARY RELIEF FOR MATRIX JUNKIES. Hey there MATRIX-aholic - yeah, you with the big plug-in jack in the back of your skull - are you jonseing for a fix? Do you absolutely have to return to the surreal world of Neo and company? Well, now there's some (at least) minor help. The official Web site of the MATRIX movies has posted "Return of the Prodigal Son," a new comic by Gregory Ruth sent in the universe of The Matrix. Think of this as MATRIX-methadone.
36.THE ICS TAKES ON THE SATURN AWARDS 
    Back in April ICS  members voted for the nominees vying for the the 26th Annual Saturn Awards. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films (ASFFHF) held a ceremony in Los Angeles on June 10 announcing who THEY thought the winners are. 
    Below you'll find the results of both the ASFFHF and the Imaginative Cinema Society. Of the 25 competitive categories the two clubs agreed only nine times. You can see some clear differences between clubs. 
    The West Coast boys really loved A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. They gave it five awards, including best sci-fi film of the year. The ICS agreed it was the best sci-fi film, but that's where it ended. We gave it no other awards. 
    We, on the other hand, were nuts about THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. We gave it seven Saturns. The ASFFHF liked it well enough to agree that it was the best fantasy film of the year. But they only gave it a total of three Saturns. 
    Not reflected on the list below are the Special Award Recipients. These were for various achievements in the field. The Dr. Donald A. Reed Award (he's the late founder of the ASFFHF) went to the late Sherry Lansing. The Life Career Award went to both Stan Lee and Drew Struzan. The Special Achievement Award went to Anchor Bay Entertainment. The George Pal Memorial Award was given posthumously to Samuel Z. Arkoff. The Young Filmmaker's Showcase Award went to DONNIE DARKO. The rest of the awards, both their picks and ours, follow. 

    Best Science Fiction Film: ASFFHF/ICS - A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 
    Best Fantasy Film: ASFFHF/ICS - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 
    Best Horror Film: ASFFHF/ICS - THE OTHERS 
    Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film:ASFFHF - MEMENTO, ICS tie BLACK HAWK DOWN & MEMENTO 
    Best Actor: ASFFHF - Tom Cruise, VANILLA SKY, ICS - Anthony Hopkins-HANNIBAL 
    Best Actress: ASFFHF/ICS - Nicole Kidman-THE OTHERS 
    Best Supporting Actor: ASFFHF/ICS - Ian McKellen-THE LORD OF THE RINGS:
                                 THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE 0RING 
    Best Supporting Actress: ASFFHF - Fionnula Flanagan, THE OTHERS, ICS - Maggie Smith-HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE 
    Best Performance by a Younger Actor:ASFFHF - Haley Joel Osment, A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ICS - Daniel Radcliffe-HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE 
    Best Direction: ASFFHF/ICS - Peter Jackson-THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 
    Best Writing: ASFFHF - A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ICS - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 
    Best Music: ASFFHF - A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ICS - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 
    Best Costume:  ASFFHF - HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, ICS - MOULIN ROUGE 
    Best Makeup: ASFFHF - HANNIBAL, ICS - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 
    Best Special Effects: ASFFHF - A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ICS - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 
    Best Network Television Series: ASFFHF/ICS - BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER 
    Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series:ASFFHF - FARSCAPE, ICS - STARGATE SG-l  2 
    Best Single Television Presentation:ASFFHF/ICS - JACK AND THE BEANSTALK – THE REAL STORY 
    Best Actor in a Television Series:ASFFHF - Ben Browder, FARSCAPE, ICS - Tom Welling-SMALLVILLE 
    Best Actress in a Television Series:ASFFHF - Yancy Butler, WITCHBLADE, ICS - Sarah Michelle Gellar-BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER 
    Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series:ASFFHF - Michael Rosenbaum, SMALLVILLE, ICS - James Marsters-BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER 
    Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series:ASFFHF - Jolene Blalock, ENTERPRISE, ICS - Alyson Hannigan-BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER 
    Best DVD Release: ASFFHF - GINGER SNAPS, ICS - LADY AND THE TRAMP 2: SCAMP'S ADVENTURE 
    Best DVD Special Edition Release:ASFFHF/ICS - SHREK 
    Best DVD Classic Film Release: ASFFHF - SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, ICS - STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE
37.AROUND THE WORLD WITH JACKIE CHAN 
     Jackie Chan has signed on to star in a remake of 1956 film AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS. Based on the novel by Jules Verne, the original starred David Niven as British inventor Phileas Fogg who makes a bet with members of his gentlemen's club that he can traverse the globe in 80 days. 
    In the new film, to be directed by Frank Coraci (THE WEDDING SINGER), the protagonist is Passepartout (Chan), a thief who takes refuge in Fogg's home after stealing a valuable Buddha. As the duo travel the world, Passepartout protects his friends and teaches him several cultural lessons along the way. 
    The role of Fogg has yet to be cast. Chan will begin filming AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS this fall, after he finishes shooting the SHANGHAI NOON sequel, SHANGHAI KNIGHTS, with Owen Wilson.
38.BLUE POINT LOOKS AT CLONING AS A PERSONAL CRISIS 
    Movies love explosions. They like car wrecks and plane crashes. They're nuts about fiendish plots to take over the world and twisted murder mysteries. They LOVE taking all those, and similar effects-heavy scenarios, and sticking clones in them. Clones are becoming the universal condiment for unimaginative cinema. With cloning in the news and debates in Congress and nationally respected forums clones and cloning give even the most talentless production hacks a thin veneer of credibility. 
    That's what makes the new German cloning film, BLUE POINT, so interesting. It takes away the plots and explosions and starts asking hard moral questions. According to German actress, Franka Potente, BLUE POINT is a German-language science-fiction drama that explores the issue of cloning in the story of a pianist who has multiple sclerosis. "It's set in the near future, and she has the idea of secretly cloning a daughter with the exact same talent [but not the disease], so I play the mother and the daughter," Potente said. Some of you may remember her from her starring role in RUN LOLA, RUN. 
    She added, "It's the love-and-hate story between these two women, who are like one person [split] into two halves that are so different, but linked somehow. They have the same talent, and they look alike, but there are little things here and there that are slightly different. It's more the personality. The daughter is a hateful character, because she doesn't love herself. She thinks nobody loves her, they only love the mother in her." 
    Potente promised that the film would question the moral issues surrounding the science of cloning. "We raise the question of what can you clone and what can't you clone? What if you cloned a person, what would that person feel like? Does the person have a soul? Does the person have her own identity or not?" BLUE POINT begins filming in July for three months.
39.PIERCE BROSNAN GETS IN TROUBLE OVER SEPTEMBER 11 REMARKS 
    Pierce Brosnan has outraged Americans by stating the terrorist tragedy of September 11 will fade from people's minds. Families of the victims of the attack, which claimed 3,000 lives, have demanded an apology from the star, who said he would not steer clear from action movies with terrorism in the storyline following the terrorist action against America. He says, "The Bond films work exclusively by themselves. People go to these movies to escape from life. Hollywood is going to go back to making these kind of action movies. And September 11 will fade in people's minds because there is money to be made. It's about commerce." 
    Stephen Push of the Families September 11 organization is outraged by the Irish born actor's comments - and has demanded a public apology. He says, "For a public figure like him to suggest the memory of that day will fade is irresponsible. Everyone in the public eye should be using their prominence to remind people of the event and not to become complacent. Mr. Brosnan should retract that unfortunate remark and make an apology".
40.DAREDEVIL AND THE DARK SIDE OF HEROES 
    Ben Affleck, who puts on the red tights in DAREDEVIL, said that his film differs from SPIDER-MAN, which is also based on a Marvel Comics series. "This is a smaller, dark movie," Affleck said. "We don't rely so much on computer effects. It's about characters." 
    One thing is similar: the lousy hours and torturous outfit. "It's just not normal to go to work at 6 p.m. and go to bed at 7 a.m.," said Affleck (hey Ben, talk to Joe Plempel about that). "And that suit isn't comfortable. It's got to be as constricting as Spider-Man's." 
    Affleck talked about the tortured nature of his character, "Daredevil is more complex, more human than most superheroes. He's blind and has tragic love affairs. As an actor, that kind of role appeals to you." Look for DAREDEVIL on Valentine's Day, 2003.
41.MICHAEL MADSEN DODGES THE DEATH RAY FROM SPACE 
    Michael Madsen, who co-stars in the upcoming 20th James Bond movie, DIE ANOTHER DAY, said that he was eager to join the franchise - but only if his character might have a little longevity. "Originally they asked me to play a guy that gets killed by a death ray from space," Madsen. "I said no, because I wanted to be part of the franchise. I very much wanted to work in a Bond picture." 
    Madsen added that Bond star Pierce Brosnan "is a very good friend of mine. Our kids play together, for God's sakes. But I really didn't want to be in it as some glorified extra who gets killed. So the whole thing went away for a while. Then [director] Lee Tamahori gave me a call and said, 'Do you still fancy being in the Bond picture? Well, there's another part we have. It's not a big role, but it's the head of the NSA, which is a military-commander type of a guy.' It wasn't really in the script yet, so I flew over here blindly, and I went over to take a meeting with [producers] Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson over at Pinewood, and they basically described to me the character and what they thought I could do. They could introduce me as a recurring character, so I'd come back in Bond 21 and 22, and then they said if I got tired of it, they'd assassinate me, and Bond could use my death as a vengeful reason to do something [laughs]." 
    Madsen also offered spoilers on his character's role in the story. "The way it happens in the film is that, initially, I don't trust him. I'm like the American M. Like Judi Dench sends out Bond, I send out Halle Berry. By the end of the movie, I realize that he's saved the world from nuclear armageddon or whatever it is. . . . So we've evolved. So now I suppose in the next Bond picture, we'll probably start out in more collusion with each other." 
42.A NEW KIND OF VAMPIRE HAUNTS DARKSIDERS 
    Producer Alison Rosenzweig said that she will produce BLADE writer David Goyer's next film, DARKSIDERS. It will be Goyer's second directoral effort after the drama ZIGZAG. "He comes from the BLADE world, and this is a very character-driven action piece, so to me it marries both of his things, because our movie is a character-driven genre action movie," Rosenzweig said. 
    The story deals with creatures similar to the vampires of BLADE. "It's about a group of people who get infected with a virus, which gives them a bloodlust, and it also makes them immune to every human ailment," Rosenzweig said. "The CIA uses them as operatives." 
    What will make these characters unique is how the film avoids vampire clichés. "No fangs," Rosenzweig said. "We don't see them sucking blood. They take a drug, which suppresses the desire." The film's conflict will come when they run out of medicine." 
    Goyer compared the movie to a recent superhero film. "It's kind of like an R-rated X-MEN, although they don't wear costumes. They call them the Darksiders, because the world is completely unaware of their existence. They lead a very twilight existence in terms of they're basically forced to work for the government, and they can't leave. The government uses them for illegal, illicit activities." 
    Goyer doesn't worry about comparisons to his previous franchise. "It's barely vampires, and when people see it, they'll know," he said. "I think it's a good match for me, but in tone it's very different from BLADE. It's actually much more realistic and rooted in reality. . . . I would say it's sort of a companion film."
43.NOT ANOTHER CHICKEN JOKE! 
    DreamWorks and Aardman Animations are developing FLUSHED AWAY, a stop-motion animated fantasy film about a pampered British rat. Dick Clement and Ian LaFrenais will write the script for FLUSHED, about a rat who accidentally gets flushed from his posh penthouse into the London sewers. 
    Sam Fell will direct the project, with Aardman head Peter Lord producing. No voice talent has signed on yet. DreamWorks and Aardman most recently collaborated on the animated film CHICKEN RUN. 
44.DARK CASTLE WILL PRODUCE GOTHIKA 
    Dark Castle has, up till now, specialized in William Castle remakes. Their HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL and 13 GHOSTS helped revive interest in the late producer/director. Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis have decided to take Dark Castle into a different direction. The company will produce GOTHIKA, a non-remake ghost-story film based on an original pitch by writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez. 
    Gutierrez will write and direct the movie, about a female psychiatrist who wakes up as a patient at the asylum where she works. Gutierrez previously wrote and directed the Cinemax supernatural telefilm SHE CREATURE. Dark Castle recently wrapped production another original film - GHOST SHIP, a supernatural horror movie starring Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies and Isaiah Washington. There's no word yet if they'll have paper-mache' skeletons drift across audiences or joy buzzers affixed to the bottom of theater seats.
45.AN INDEPENDENCE DAY SEQUEL SPRANG FROM 9/11 
    Dean Devlin said that the events of Sept. 11 helped spur him and partner Roland Emmerich to reconsider mounting a sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY. "The big point for us was the first film was never intended to have a sequel," Devlin said. "We didn't want to jam one into it. So when an idea came up which really felt organic to the story we were trying to tell, we got really excited. It's not really beyond the second film. I don't think this is franchise building. We wanted to wait until he had an idea where we said, 'That's worth doing.' I think we finally have it. We'll know better when we start writing the script. I think there was something in the culture the first movie touched on that went beyond spaceships and buildings blowing up. And after Sept. 11, there was something in the culture that reminded us of the message of the movie and how people came together. We were deeply affected about that. We were asked a lot of questions in the press in relation to seeing those images. So it spurred a lot of discussion, and out of those discussions came a way of doing the film. And we move from that." 
46.THE BOYS TALK INDY 4 
    Will we ever see another chapter of INDIANA JONES? It depends who you talk to. 
    Steven Spielberg is enthusiastic about the new movie, now that Frank Darabont has been hired to write the script. "The status is that Frank Darabont is starting - he's writing the screenplay," Spielberg said. "We have the story, which is a story George Lucas wrote. It's a wonderful story. We have Harrison Ford, who's approved the story. He's ready to perform in the movie." 
    Harrison Ford isn't quite as optimistic. He said that he's reserving opinion on whether or not the movie will ever be made. While he's enthusiastic about the progress the filmmakers have made so far on the fourth movie, he added, "Well, it's official that we have an ambition to make the film, but unless we get a script that we're all happy with, I don't think it's sure that will happen. So I'm very happy about the fact that we've all committed to a certain idea, and we're developing it and hoping it will be fruitful." 
    When will we see it? Take a seat and wait. "The movie's going to be shot probably in May of 2004. When I say probably, it could be April or May of 2004, and the movie's going to come out probably for the July 4th weekend of 2005, because the last STAR WARS is going to come out the week before Memorial Day 2005. So we're coordinating this to be a one-two punch, with the last STAR WARS coming out in 2005 in May and INDIANA JONES IV coming out 2005, probably June 29th or July 4th." 
    As for the issue of age (Ford turns 60 next month), Ford wasn't concerned. "The audience will understand and appreciate that Indiana Jones has grown older, but he'll still be Indiana Jones - finding himself in the same kind of dilemmas, using the same strengths to prevail over those circumstances. I don't think it's a problem. I personally don't think growing older is very much of an issue." 
    Spielberg was a little more assertive on the issue. "Harrison Ford can still kick the sh*t out of most people half his age. I think he's in great condition to put the fedora and the . . . leather jacket back on and crack that bullwhip a few more times."
47.LARA CROFT MIGHT DOFF HER KNICKERS 
    Male TOMB RAIDER fans may become "womb raiders" in the sequel. Lara Croft will get naked in numerous scenes for the second movie. Despite nude scenes in ORIGINAL SIN and GIA, Jolie had refused to do so for the first film. An insider says, "It will please the 15-year-old boys who can't talk their parents into renting ORIGINAL SIN for them," but adds that movie executives could yet veto the nude scenes, explaining, "The makers could put a block on the strip as they wouldn't want Lara to be seen in a bad light." 
    OK, let's get this straight. Lara Croft walks into a room and opens fire on 45 guys - no problem. She shows off her silicone hooters - big problem. So showing skin is fine, as long as it's bleeding and dead. Hmmmm.
48.SPIELBERG SAYS JAN DE BONT DIDN'T DESERVE HIS PRODUCER'S CREDIT 
    Steven Spielberg has given the Producers Guild of America added ammunition in its battle with studios over the practice of dispensing producing credits to people who have little or nothing to do with the actual production of a movie. Spielberg expressed his irritation over director Jan de Bont's producer screen credit for MINORITY REPORT. Although initial reports had indicated that de Bont was close to being named director of the film until Spielberg became available, Spielberg now says that de Bont "never saw the movie . . . never visited the set and never did any work on it at all. He simply had it in his deal that he was the producer. This is the whole thing about Hollywood deal-making: if somebody has a deal to be a producer, he doesn't have to show up, he just gets his name on the screen."
49.TALK FAST! IT'S BARRY SONNENFELD - THE NINETY MINUTE MAN 
    MEN IN BLACK II director Barry Sonnenfeld said that the new movie will clock in at a trim 87 minutes and 26 seconds. "When I was growing up, every movie was 90 minutes long," Sonnenfeld explained. "The show times at the Loews on 175th Street and Broadway were 2,4, 6, 8 and 10. There were always two hours between shows, and you had to get the people in and out and give them time to buy popcorn and soda. So far I haven't found a movie that deserved to be longer than 100 minutes, and that [100-minute-long movie] was GET SHORTY. And that was only because the GET SHORTY script was 20 pages longer than the average script. It ran 140 pages. The script for MEN IN BLACK II was 120 pages, so by my standards it should run a little less than 90 minutes. 
    The Hollywood standard is to estimate one minute of film per each page of script. So how does Sonnenfeld squeeze 120 pages into 90 minutes? "Here's the thing people don't understand: The scripts of my films are just as long, and there's just as much story, but I make the actors talk really quickly. The movie is compressed. When we talk in real life, we step on each other's sentences. When we say hello to people, we know we don't need each other's life story. We don't finish thoughts. We come into situations in the middle of them. So I come into scenes late, and I get out early, and I make the actors talk fast. You could get P.T. Anderson to direct the same exact script of MEN IN BLACK II and the film may be better, or it may be worse, but it would be an hour longer. But it's the same exact script."
50.MEN IN BLACK II BEAUTY TIPS 
    Lara Flynn Boyle has always been skinny. She amazed preview audiences of MEN IN BLACK II with her newly discovered cleavage. There was a secret behind her buxom new look. Boyle had to have magnificent curves to be believable as an alien masquerading as a Victoria's Secret model in the new movie. Barry Sonnenfeld jokes that the wardrobe department had a special costuming method. Sonnenfeld laughs, "Every morning there were two people who would start at Lara's ankles and just squeeze flesh and push it up, past her thighs. By the time it got to her chest, there was just enough flesh taken from below that we shoved it up into that one area, and created those lovely firm and supple breasts." 
    This doesn't really work without a firm grasp of alien technology. So kids, don't try this at home.
51.METROPOLIS - 75 AND LOOKING GOOD 
    A "new" movie is about to hit theaters. It looks a little different from your run-of-the-mill fare. It's black & white, German and silent. Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece, METROPOLIS is about to return to the big screen again. 
    This version of the film restores some scenes that were cut shortly after the film's premiere. It includes a new score by Gottfried Huppertz that features a 65-piece orchestra. 
    It will debut in New York on July 12. It will be exhibited in 100 markets around the U.S. Look for it on video in 2003.
52.NATURAL BORN KILLERS WINS AGAIN 
    A little over a year after a Louisiana court judge threw out a lawsuit against director Oliver Stone which claimed that his movie NATURAL BORN KILLERS led to a young couple's bloody crime spree, the decision was upheld in an appellate court. 
    Stone said, "At a time when our freedoms seem uncertain on every front, it gives me great hope that the courts validated 100 percent the true meaning of our First Amendment." 
    The lawsuit was brought against the makers of the 1994 movie, including Time Warner Entertainment, by the family of a Louisiana store clerk who was shot and paralyzed in a rampage by Sarah Edmondson and her boyfriend Ben Darras. The lawsuit sought unspecified damages. Edmondson and Darras told investigators they were inspired by NATURAL BORN KILLERS. Edmondson said she and Darras had repeatedly watched Stone's movie about a young couple who kill 52 people over a three-week period. Edmondson, who was captured in surveillance video firing a bullet into the clerk's neck, is serving a 35-year prison sentence for the crime. Darras is serving a life sentence for the killing of a Mississippi man during the same crime spree. 
    Stone's attorney, David Wood added, "I'm very gratified and quite impressed by the reasoning of the court. Quite clearly, they gave considered thought and attention to this important issue and have recognized the importance of the First Amendment in our society, and that artists should not suffer the threat of civil lawsuits for their creative efforts."
53.CREATING BELIEVABLE MONSTERS THAT DON'T LOOK LIKE BARNEY 
    Rob Bowman, director of REIGN OF FIRE (see IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF JULY) said that it was a challenge coming up with a dragon that audiences would respond to instinctively, while avoiding the clichés of previous movies. "The last good dragon movie was DRAGONSLAYER," Bowman said. "If you invent a creature - even though I didn't invent dragons - if you put in your movie a creature, and it's so absurd that there's no built-in or innate reaction to its attitude or behaviors, the audience has too far to go to worry about it. [But] if it sounds like a cobra, and the scales are kind of like an alligator, and the crawl is kind of like a leopard, the audience has innate reactions to those things. Because . . . they've either been to the zoo, they've been to Africa or they've seen National Geographic. And they know that that looks sort of organic." 
    In the film, a small band of humans battles the winged fire-breathing creatures that have ravaged a future Earth. Bowman said that he wanted the creature's size to reflect its movements and abilities. "I made the dragons as small as I possibly could, so that it could still be intimidating. I did not ever want to make GODZILLA, because they made it, good or bad. . . . Big just seemed old-fashioned to me. But at some point, they start to become too small. And what I found was that, based on the way I wanted them to fly, which was gliding, that they had to have huge wingspans. Three hundred feet for the big one at the end, which I thought was huge. Well, if I make them any smaller, they'll fall out of the sky. You got to flap a lot, like an albatross. Or like in DRAGONHEART, it's a big, giant torso and small wings, so he's got to flap all the time, almost like a hummingbird. So I went with more of a serpent torso or fuselage or whatever you want to call it, with a very supple spine, so he could fly very agilely." 
    Bowman had to spend particular attention to color. "Coloration, we went through every imaginable blend of colors, and came up with black. Black's the only one that left an impression on you. And I was trying not to go with black, but every other variation I saw just didn't have any impact. They have yellow stripes down their bellies, but that's mostly because cobras do. Or the lighter belly, like an alligator has. And you know what, one drop of purple, and he becomes Barney. Not a lot of purple. Just a little bit."
54.RISING STARS HEADS TO THE SCREEN 
    Spike Seldin, president of production for Top Cow comics, said that sibling screenwriters Anthony and Joe Russo have signed on to adapt J. Michael Straczynski's RISING STARS comic series for the screen. BABYLON 5 creator Straczynski wrote a draft of the script. 
    RISING STARS tells the story of superheroes who arrive on Earth in a flash of light in 1969 in the midwestern town of Pederson, Ill. It asks questions like what does it take to be a hero? Do extraordinary abilities automatically make their owner a hero? Do you have to wear a colorful costume to be a superhero? The story examines how they interact with a world that has never known such beings.
55.J.LO IN SHRINK 
    Jennifer Lopez will play a therapist to superheroes in the upcoming fantasy comedy SHRINK. Marvel Comics creator-illustrator Rob Liefeld came up with the idea, which is described as a cross between MEN IN BLACK and ANALYZE THIS. 
    Columbia hopes to use recognizable superheroes in the same way that SHREK made use of familiar animated characters. Lopez's character was once a superhero herself, until a traumatic incident prompted her to shield that power. She finds herself in a love triangle between a villain and virtuous superbeings.
56.SPIELBERG SWEARS OFF SEQUELS . . . 
    Steven Spielberg announced that aside from the next installment in the INDIANA JONES series, he does not plan to produce sequels to many of his most popular films. "There'll never be another BACK TO THE FUTURE," Spielberg said. "There'll never be another E.T. I won't do another CLOSE ENCOUNTERS." 
    Spielberg pledged that he would be offering plenty in the way of original SF films in the future to please fans who might be hoping for an E.T. 2. "The great thing about science fiction is it celebrates the imagination. Science fiction is great for originals. So hopefully I'll be producing a lot of original sci-fi for you to make up for the sequels I'm not making." 
    Nuts! I guess this means I can give up all hope to a sequel to 1941.
57. . . . BUT JURASSIC PARK DOESN'T COUNT 
    Steven Spielberg said that he's eager to produce a fourth JURASSIC PARK movie, despite his no more sequel pledge. "You're talking to the guy who has got to decide, and at this point I've pretty much decided to do a JURASSIC IV," Spielberg said. 
    Spielberg added that he won't direct the fourth film. "I would hope that I could get Joe Johnston [who directed JURASSIC PARK III] to direct this one, too, but it's up to him. I'll certainly offer it to Joe before I offer it to anyone else. We actually have a wonderful story that I think is the best story since the very first movie. In fact, I wish it were the third story instead of the fourth one. It came late, but it is actually the best story I've heard for a dinosaur movie since the Michael Crichton book. And I'm not going to tell you anything about it. My lips are sealed."
58.YODA VS. LUCAS'S ANIMATORS 
    A virtual rebellion broke out among the computer animators working on STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES over the climactic scene in the movie in which Yoda engages in a light-saber duel with Count Dooku. 
    Animation director Rob Coleman said that he found himself waking up in the middle of the night, imagining how he would be "dragged through the mud" by critics who would say, "The guy who did Jar Jar has now f***ed up Yoda. Burn him!" Some animators even  created alternate stagings. But Coleman relates that Lucas told him, "You don't understand, the fans WANT this. . . . They want to see Yoda throw it down." Coleman says that the animators wound up creating the scene, grudgingly. "They thought we were ruining the movie." (It eventually turned out to be its most-talked-about scene).
59.STAR WARS FANS GET STICKER SHOCK FOR C-3PO'S AUTOGRAPH 
    Anthony Daniels (aka C-3PO) has been accused of ripping off STAR WARS fans. The English actor disappointed hordes of young fans when he charged them $32 for his autograph. Teenagers and children left an East London collectors fair empty-handed because they couldn't afford Daniel's expensive signature. Andrew Davy, 16, who traveled a long way to meet the actor, moaned, "I was disgusted. The queue was a mile long and we waited there for well over an hour with our autograph books ready. But when we go to the front of the queue, we were told it would cost us £23. That was just for the autograph on a piece of paper. Some of the younger kids were crying." Another fan Andrew Hunter, 17, fumes, "Anthony Daniels must have made a fortune from STAR WARS so I can't understand why the need to do this." 
60.STAR WARS' BOX OFFICE MELTDOWN 
    The Force doesn't seem to be with George Lucas. Not at the box office anyway. STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES was expected to dominate the summer, become an all time hit, maybe take over the TITANNIC's slot as the biggest money grossing film of all time. So far it doesn't look like it. 
    The movie opened May 16. It took off like a shot. By the end of the first weekend it had already pulled in $110.169m. Some speculators thought that, by the end of the month, it could bust the $300m mark. But something happened. A lot of fans, both dedicated and casual, saw the movie. Many weren't exactly thrilled. By May 27 the domestic box office was only $201.309m. By June 2 it crept to $232.324m. The following week it was $255.106m. At this writing, during the final week of June, The film has generated $5.1 m. the weekend before, totaling $279.8 million. It's barely managing a space in the top ten. By contrast, SPIDER-MAN, which opened May 3, has generated $390.2 m. 
    Daily Variety's attributed the box-office collapse to "franchise fatigue." Joe Morgenstern, the film critic for the Wall Street Journal has taken issue with that idea. He wrote "All the vital signs, or lack of them, point to Lucas fatigue. How else to explain the near-terminal torpor of the movie's young lovers, the zonked banality of its dialogue, the joylessness of its robot buddies, the fatuousness of its political debates, the incoherence of its plot, the eventual tedium of its vaunted special effects? The movie will still make mountains of money, thanks to the lag between perception and backlash, but even kids sense that something is wrong." 
    Don't feel too bad for Lucas or Fox films. The numbers sited are strictly domestic. Even though international numbers echo this pattern, factoring in international revenue, TV rights sales, eventual video and DVD revenue and the myriad of franchising bucks Lucas and the various connected corporations have nothing to worry about. That's more than I can say for the fans.
61.LUCAS LOOKS AHEAD TO III 
    George Lucas revealed a few tidbits about the upcoming STAR WARS: EPISODE III recently. Among other things, he confirmed that Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Boba Fett will appear in EPISODE III. Jinn's appearance was foreshadowed in EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES, in which his voice can be heard in the background as Anakin attacks the Tusken Raiders. 
    "It's a plot point," Lucas said. "All I can really say is that you'll find out [more] in the next film. If you thought really hard, you would probably be able to figure it out, but it really is a setup for the next film. It's connected with the whole ability to be brought into and become a part of the Force, but still be able to retain your ability, which, up to this point, Anakin couldn't do. We talked to Liam about [recording new dialogue], and we went back and forth [about it]. This [dialogue] is something we already had [from EPISODE I]. Next time will be a little more complicated." 
    When Neeson was asked directly whether he'll return in either corporeal or ghostly form for EPISODE III, he simply smiled and said, "I can't answer that. The Jedi code of ethics." 
    Boba Fett is also returning. "Boba will be in EPISODE III, but his role definitely won't be larger. He's in a transition period of becoming a bounty hunter. The next film takes place two or three years later, so Boba would only be 13 and still wouldn't fit in the suit." 
    Lucas also offered a hint about Anakin's transformation into Darth Vader. "The scene where Anakin does actually become Vader is pretty good [as written in Lucas' EPISODE III outline]. I mean, I like it. It's a little in the vocabulary of . . . I don't know how much I want to give away . . . but it's in the vocabulary of a time, of the 1930s and 1940s. It's a pretty neat little thing, I think, and hopefully it's going to work."
62.VAN HELSING IS YOUNG, BUFF AND AUSTRALIAN! 
    X-MEN star Hugh Jackman is in talks for the title role in VAN HELSING, a new movie from Universal Pictures. Stephen Sommers (THE MUMMY) will write and direct the film and produce it with his partner Bob Ducsay. 
    Sommers' screenplay, set in the late 19th century, finds Bram Stoker's famous monster hunter summoned to a distant Eastern European land to vanquish evil. The movie will feature classic Universal monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man, as reimagined by Sommers. 
    With any luck, maybe this movie will get it right. Maybe this one won't have the sort of hammy bumbling and attempts at humor that THE MUMMY had. Maybe this one won't try to prop up a grade-C movie with grade-A CGI. Maybe . . . what am I nuts? We need to be ready to have our hearts broken! 
    VAN HELSING is eyeing a Dec. 1 start date, with filming planned in Paris, Rome, Prague and soundstages in Los Angeles. We'll see what happens from there.
63.WONDER TWINS ACTIVATE AGAIN 
    The new gold mine for superhero films has reached into the archives for a short-lived Saturday morning series from twenty-five years ago. Warner Brothers has teamed with Gaylord Films for the movie rights to THE WONDER TWINS. In case you missed them, they're superhero characters from Hanna-Barbera's 1977 Saturday-morning animated series THE ALL-NEW SUPERFRIENDS HOUR. The plan is to create a live-action family movie based on the characters, along the lines of Warner's the SCOOBY-DOO film. 
    THE WONDER TWINS are a pair of aliens from the planet Exxor. With the cry "Wonder Twin powers, activate!" Zan has the power to change into any water-based form, while Jayna can become any animal.
64.A NEW ALLIANCE FOR FILM PRESERVATION 
    Two non-profit groups of high-powered directors including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and George Lucas are forming the Film Foundation to help preserve movies. 
    The Artists Rights Foundation and the Film Foundation, a pair of industry nonprofit organizations, have merged to form the Film Foundation Inc., that will operate with support from the Directors Guild of America. Chaired by Scorsese, the board of directors includes Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg. 
    The Film Foundation Inc. will continue the goals of the two original entities to raise awareness and funds for film preservation, as well as champion the rights of filmmakers. Since its formation in 1990, the Film Foundation has been committed to fostering greater awareness to preserve motion picture history. The Artists Right Foundation, founded in 1991 by the Directors Guild of America, was established to protect the work of film artists and ensure their vision remains unchanged for future generations to enjoy. 
    “With this consolidation, and the support of the DGA, we're increasing our resources and strengthening our ability to protect and preserve film art,” says Martin Scorsese, who credited the two former organizations for a significant increase in awareness of the rights of filmmakers both in the industry and the public at large during the last decade. 
    Some of the films that have been preserved, thanks to the support of The Film Foundation, include; ALL ABOUT EVE (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz), ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930, Lewis Milestone), THE BIG SLEEP (1945-46 pre-release version, Howard Hawks), RIO GRANDE (1950, John Ford), THE SHANGHAI GESTURE (1941, Josef von Sternberg), among many others.
65.MOVIES: THE NATION'S COMFORT FOOD 
    There's an upsurge in movie ticket sales this year. Revenue is up an estimated 20 percent. Attendance has jumped 16 percent. It's not because (to quote the old movie ad slogan) "the movies are better than ever." It's because of a man hiding in a cave somewhere in the Middle East. 
    Experts say the public has a natural yearning for a communal experience during periods of stress and insecurity. John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO), said, "The truth is that Hollywood always does well when people feel unsettled or challenged. For whatever reason, Americans seek comfort in the movies." 
    Indeed movies have gotten demonstrably worse in recent years - safer, more predictable, more likely to be sequels, franchises or some other form of risk-averse pabulum. Noting that during the first three years of WWII, movie revenue nearly doubled, one commentator remarked, "Maybe it really is that simple: people like to escape during a crisis."
66.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 
    JULY 3: MEN IN BLACK II clues us in with its first frames of film that this is going to be interesting. The Columbia Pictures woman is wearing the trademark MIB sunglasses. It has been four years since the alien-seeking agents averted an intergalactic disaster of epic proportions. Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) has since returned to the comforts of civilian life while Jay (Will Smith) continues to work for the Men In Black, the highly funded yet unofficial government agency that regulates all things alien on earth. While investigating a seemingly routine crime, Jay uncovers a diabolical plot masterminded by Serleena (Lara Flynn Boyle), an evil Kylothian monster who disguises herself as a sexy lingerie model. It's a race against the clock as Jay must convince Kay - who not only has no memory of his time spent with the agency, but is also the only living person left with the expertise to save the galaxy - to reunite with the MIB before the earth submits to ultimate destruction. The screenwriters are Robert Gordon (ADDICTED TO LOVE, cowriter of GALAXY QUEST) and Barry Fanaro (THE CREW; cowriter of KINGPIN). The director is Barry Sonnenfeld (MEN IN BLACK, THE ADDAMS FAMILY). 
    The original ending of the film included a scene in which the World Trade Center towers opened up, releasing a swarm of UFOs into the air. Following the towers' destruction the ending was re-shot and now takes place at the Chrysler Building. 

    JULY 12: REIGN OF FIRE is set in a post-apocalyptic future England, an American militia leader (Matthew McConaughey) and a British "Fire Chief" (Christian Bale) must team up to fight off a brood of fire-breathing dragons that have emerged, seeking to return to dominance over man after a centuries-long rest . . . sounds like. The British character's mother was killed by a dragon, and now he is a "fire chief", leading a clan of survivors. Together with the Yank, they hope to hunt down the Queen of the Dragons. Alexander Siddig, formerely of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, is also in the cast. The movie was written by Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka (making their feature debuts) and Matt Greenberg (cowriter of HALLOWEEN H20 and THE PROPHECY II). The director is Rob Bowman (AIRBORNE, THE X-FILES). 
    ROAD TO PERDITION is set in 1930's Chicago. This is the story of hitman Michael O'Sullivan (Tom Hanks), aka "The Angel of Death." When his family is cut in half by murder, O'Sullivan and his son (Tyler Hoechlin) have to go on the run, while Michael seeks his own brand of vengeance. Paul Newman plays the adoptive father of Michael O'Sullivan. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Hanks' wife. Stanley Tucci plays Al Capone's main enforcer. Jude Law plays Maguire, aka "The Reporter." The screenwriter is David Self (THE HAUNTING, 13 DAYS). It's based upon the 1998 graphic novel, The Road to Perdition, written by Max Allan Collins, illustrated by Richard Piers-Rayner, and published by DC Comics. The director is Sam Mendes (AMERICAN BEAUTY). 

    JULY 19: EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS asks the question, 'What do you get when you cross toxic waste with a bunch of exotic spiders?' The answer - eaten! As every fan of classic monster movies knows, given the opportunity and the right chemical enhancement, arachnids will grow to humongous size and wreak havoc upon humanity. In this movie the residents of a rural mining town discover that an unfortunate chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate overnight to the size of SUVs. And they're hungry. When the alarm is sounded, it is up to mining engineer Chris McCormack (David Arquette) and Sheriff Sam Parker (Kari Wuhrer) to mobilize an eclectic group of townspeople, including the Sheriff's young son, Mike (Scott Terra), her daughter, Ashley (Scarlett Johansson) and paranoid radio announcer Harlan (Doug E. Doug), into battle against the bloodthirsty eight-legged beasts. The screenwriters are Jesse Alexander and Ellory Elkayem (making their feature film debuts). The director is Ellory Elkayem (also making his feature film debut). 
    HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION marks yet another return for Mr. Myers. A group of six teenagers stage a live Internet chat from the house Michael Myers grew up in, and sure enough, he soon shows up to do some nostalgic slicing and dicing. The cast features Jamie Lee Curtis, Tyra Banks, Busta Rhymes and the usual cast of screaming victims. The screenwriters are Larry Brand (PARANOIA) and Sean Hood (CUBE 2: HYPERCUBE). The director is Rick Rosenthal (HALLOWEEN II, 1983's BAD BOYS). 
    K:19 THE WIDOW MAKER is the true story of the USSR's first nuclear ballistic submarine, K-19, which on June 4th, 1961, while sailing in the North Atlantic, discovered that the cooling system of the reactor had failed, leading to a possible nuclear meltdown. It stars Harrison Ford as the captain of the Russian sub. He must work with his crew to prevent the meltdown. When the cooling unit of the reactor breaks down, the captain and his second-in-command (Liam Neeson) must figure out how to save their ship, because if it blows. It could cause a nuclear explosion that would be interpreted as the first strike of a nuclear war. The screenwriter is Christopher Kyle (cowriter of THE WEIGHT OF WATER). The director is Kathryn Bigelow (NEAR DARK, STRANGE DAYS). 

    JULY 26: AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER Mike Myers, along with Goldmember, Austin Powers, Fat Bastard and Dr. Evil, is back. Dr. Evil and Mini-Me escape prison, teaming up with "Goldmember" to kidnap Austin's father, Nigel Powers (Michael Caine). Seeking help, Austin travels to 1975 to team up with his blaxploitationesque girlfriend, Foxy Cleopatra (Beyonce Knowles). Seth Green is back as Scott Evil. Robert Wagner and Michael York are both back. The screenwriters are Mike Myers and Michael McCullers (they wrote AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME). The director is Jay Roach (who directed the last two AUSTIN POWERS movies). 
    SPOILER ALERT: Following is a partial list of the many celebrity cameos in the movie. Heather Graham, Katie Couric, Danny DeVito, Quincy Jones, Ozzy Osbourne and the Osbournes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Fred Savage, Britney Spears and Kevin
Spacey will all be making cameo appearances.

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67.ATTENTION MST3K FANS - MEET EDWARD THE LESS 
    Fans of the late, great MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 might want to check out the newest creation from its merry band of writers and performers. There's a new ongoing Online adventure called EDWARD THE LESS. It sounds and feels suspiciously like a certain grand epic about a Hobbit and his companions. 
    Join Edward and his Pudge companion, "Soapy," Soapwort McFuggletoes and their reluctant adventures with the Buddyship of the Token. The series is written, conceived and created by Patrick Brantseg, Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson and Paul Schersten. It's fast funny and irreverent. It's well worth checking out. 
68.STAR WARS EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE EASTER EGGS 
    George Lucas revealed some of the hidden easter eggs in STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES, including appearances of some familiar vehicles. Sharp-eyed viewers will notice several Millennium Falcon-style Corellian freighters on a dock on Naboo, as well as a Corellian bulk freighter, the same model as Talon Karrde's Wild Karrde, from the expanded universe. 
    Other surprises include R5-D4, the droid that blows up in front of Luke in Episode IV, can be seen on the streets of Mos Espa, the very first shot reveals an Orion space plane from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY in the orbital traffic around Coruscant and an X-wing fighter and TIE fighter are visible during the speeder chase over Coruscant.
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69.DVD VS. VCR - BOTH SIDES SETTLE IN FOR A LONG WAR 
    DVD players continue to be hot commodities in the market, when at the end of 2001, more than 25 percent of U.S. households owned one, reported Forrester Research Inc. This number has more than doubled from the end of 2000 and the popular trend is expected to continue through 2002. 
    Credit for this pattern can be attributed to the tech savvy group, who make up more than two-thirds of DVD owners. They are also perceived to be likely consumers in 2002. 
    But will the VCR go the way of the 8-track player? Probably not. VCRs pose the biggest threat to a dominant prevalence of DVD players. VCRs have a 91 percent reach and nearly half of their owners are pessimists when it comes to new technology products. 
    Signs of the DVD revolution are visible in video rental shops, and its enthusiasts extol its virtues, remarking on the clarity of the shots and the crispness of the sound. While DVD players will always give better pictures and sound than a VCR, the machines are still comparably more expensive to buy. With the exception of a couple of very expensive models, DVD players don't record. VCRs remain the popular choice for those looking to stay on the functional side of the technology wave, yet to be enticed by claims of excellent picture and sound quality. 
    Market research by Forrester has shown that likely DVD consumers in 2002 are people who take their entertainment products seriously, despite the insignificant difference between the two groups in going to the movies and spending time online for leisure. 
    In order to break ground among the VCR owner groups, Forrester perceives that DVD marketers must aggressively pitch their product and flaunt the product's superior qualities over VCRs. 
70.D-VHS: THE QUIET REVOLUTION 
    You may not have heard the shots or smelled the smoke, but a minor revolution occurred in June. A new VHS format, D-VHS (digital VHS) had its first releases. For those of you who may have missed it, D-VHS predates DVD's. It offers a superior picture and sound to DVD's. That's been its problem. The picture and sound are so good that studios shied away from the format, fearing that it would be perfect for video pirates to run pristine dupes. It wasn't until this year, when its purveyor, JVC, could prove they'd come up with strong copy-guard technology that the old fear gave way to guarded optimism for this new VHS format. 
    Four titles, one each from as many studios, hit the street on June 10 in D-VHS. The titles were THE PEACEMAKER, X-MEN, U-571 and TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY. They're available for between $35 and $45. They were all chosen because of their guy appeal. Men are most often the technology trailblazers. 
    D-VHS decks currently list at $1,995. Only D-VHS VCR's equipped with D-Theater circuitry will be able to play the new tapes. 
71.FISHER AND THEIR SANITIZED DVD PLAYER 
    If you're sensitive to dirty words and would like to sit down to a showing of GOOD FELLAS or TAXI DRIVER with a room full of sensitive friends, the new Fisher DVD player and home theater system is the answer you've been waiting for. The Fisher system includes a "TVGuardian Foul Language Filter." Strict mode filters out all objectionable language, including ecxlamations of God, Jesus or Christ. Since watching religious movies might be a bit tough with this filter on, there's also moderate mode, which leaves them in. The boast is that TVGuardian filter between 95 and 100% of all nasty language. 
    The single-disc DVD player is $149.99. The home-theater system is $249.99. They're one ____ of a deal.
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72.  JULY CALENDAR
WED. 3: MOVIE - MEN IN BLACK II premieres 

THUR. 4: TV - THE WIZARD OF OZ sing-a-long on TCM 

FRI. 12 - SUN. 14: EVENT- SHORE LEAVE 24 will be held. 

FRI. 12: MOVIE - REIGN OF FIRE and ROAD TO PERDITION premiere. 

FRI. 19: MOVIE - EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS, HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION and K:19 THE WIDOW MAKER premiere. 
           TV - JEREMIAH season finale. 

SAT. 20: TV - FULL MOON FRIGHT NIGHT debuts on the Sci-Fi Channel 

FRI. 26 - SUN. 28: EVENT - OTAKON 2002 will be held. 

FRI. 26: MOVIE -  AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER premieres.

SAT 27: ICS MEETING