#44-September 2002
CLUB NEWS
1. AUGUST'S MEETING WAS HOT! 
2. NEWS OF OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING: THE BASICS
3. OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING LOOKS AT THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR, SAMURAI STYLE
4. THE ICS WELCOMES ITS NEWEST MEMBER: NEIL WAGENFER
5. THE ICS WELCOMES ITS NEWEST MEMBER: JONATHAN LAMPLEY
6. THE ICS WELCOMES BACK OLD FRIENDS: STEVE AND BETH VAUGHT
7. THANKS FOR HELPING TO MAKE FANEX SUCH A SUCCESS
8. OCTOBER WILL BE OUR SPECIAL HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA
9. WHAT'S UP FOR THE REST OF 2002?
10, CALENDARS - TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!
11 ICS MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES
12 DINER ECONOMICS
13. ICS FIELD TRIP TO GEPPI'S COMIC MUSEUM
14. CONGRATULATIONS MITCH AND KELLY!
SPECIAL SECTION: THE NEW TELEVISION SEASON
15 THE NEW TV SEASON.
16. THE OLD TV SEASON
17. NEW SEASON SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
18. NEW SERIES: ADVENTURE INC (SYNDICATED)
19. NEW SERIES: BIRDS OF PREY (WB)
20. NEW SERIES: CLONE HIGH (MTV)
21. NEW SERIES: DINOTOPIA (ABC)
22. NEW SERIES: DO OVER (WB)
23. NEW SERIES: FIREFLY (FOX)
24. NEW SERIES: HAUNTED (UPN)
25. NEW SERIES: IN SEARCH OF (SCI-FI CHANNEL)
26. NEW SERIES: JOHN DOE (FOX)
27. NEW SERIES: JOHN WOO'S ONCE A THIEF (SYNDICATED)
28. NEW SERIES: MONSTERS WANTED (AMC)
29. NEW SERIES: SCARE TACTICS (SCI-FI CHANNEL)
30. NEW SERIES: STARHUNTER (SYNDICATED)
31. NEW SERIES:STARGATE: INFINITY (FOX)
32. NEW SERIES: THAT WAS THEN (ABC)
33. NEW SERIES: THE TWILIGHT ZONE (UPN)
34. NEW SERIES: YOUNG BLADES (PAX)
35. MISSING IN ACTION
36. RETURNING SERIES
37. RETURNING SERIES: 24
38. RETURNING SERIES: ANDROMEDA 
39. RETURNING SERIES: ANGEL
40. RETURNING SERIES: BUFFY
41. RETURNING SERIES: CHARMED
42. RETURNING SERIES: ENTERPRISE
43. RETURNING SERIES: FUTURAMA
44. RETURNING SERIES: MUTANT X
45. RETURNING SERIES: SMALLVILLE
TV NEWS
46. THE GLASS TEAT
With new on the soundtrack to "Once More With Feeling," from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, a new "Duck Dodgers" series, SHE SPIES, THE DEAD ZONE, the condemnation of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, THE LOST WORLD, CHARMED, Dan Aykroyd's Sci-Fi Channel talk show, and WITCHBLADE.
47. SEPTEMBER 11
48. BIG CHANGES AT AMC
49. YOU GET TO RE-LIVE THE WORST DAY OF JACK BAUER'S LIFE THIS LABOR DAY
50. BACK TO BACK TO THE BATCAVE
51. GRRRL POWER CONTINUES WITH THE RETURN OF THE BIONIC WOMAN
52. AMBER BENSON TALKS ABOUT TARA'S DEATH
53. DEFENDING AGAINST TERRORISTS - THE BUFFY PARADIGM
54. A TRIP TO THE CARNIVÀLE WITH ADRIENNE BARBEAU
55. THE LAW: FUTURE TENSE
56. LATHE OF HEAVEN - A TV MOVIE THAT GETS THE JELLYFISH RIGHT
EVENT NEWS
57. THINGS TO COME
With news on CAPCLAVE 2002, CHILLER THEATER and ECLECTICON.
LITERARY NEWS
58. THE 2002 HUGO AWARDS
59. OTHER AWARD NEWS
60. RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES AND TELEVISION
61. RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS
MOVIE NEWS
62. QUICK TAKES 
With news on THE MASK's next chapter, BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, TROY, a TERMINATOR monument, THE SOUND OF THUNDER, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDIANRY GENTLEMEN, a new Mike Judge animated feature, RETURN TO CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON remake, the two MATRIX sequels, THE MATRIX Website, and a new OUTER LIMITS film franchise.
63. THE CRITICS RAVE OVER THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH 
64. ALL SINGING, ALL DANCING, ALL BATMAN!
65. DEMI MOORE: FROM SUPERSTAR TO FALLEN ANGEL
66. THE LATEST ON THE LATEST EXORCIST 
67. JAMES BOND: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED HER
68. FREDDY VS. JASON BRINGS US A SENSITIVE JASON AND FREDDY WITH FROZEN NUTS
69. HARRY POTTER MAY BE LOOKING FOR A NEW DUMBLEDORE
70. HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES IS FINALLY HEADED FOR THEATERS
71. DARKNESS COMES TO MIDDLE EARTH
72. MACGYVER GETS OUT OF ANOTHER JAM
73.THE BUGS ARE BACK IN TOWN 
74. FIRST THE MARKETING, THEN THE MOVIE
75. DON'T STRAIN YOUR EYES LOOKING FOR WESLEY CRUSHER IN STAR TREK: NEMESIS
76. JONATHAN FRAKES CONTEMPLATES TREK AFTER NEMESIS
77. THE ECONOMICS OF THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE
78. GEORGE LUCAS IS MY SHEPHERD. I SHALL NOT WANT
79. A STRAW DOGS FOR OUR TIME
80. TALES FROM THE CRYPT LIES A MOLDERIN' IN ITS GRAVE
81. TERMINATOR 3 STARS REAL TERMINATORS
82. IAN McKELLAN TALKS X2 
83. HOW'S YOUR CLASSIC FILM IQ?
84. THE GRAND AWARDS RE-SHUFFLE
85. THE THIN LINE BETWEEN TV AND MOVIES CONTINUES TO BLUR
86. PICK-A-FLICK WITH DREAM THEATER!
87. EXORCISING GHOSTS IN FILM MUSIC
88. CONCESSIONS ARE KEEPING THEATERS' DOORS OPEN
89. A NOTE ABOUT SEPTEMBER MOVIES
90. IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 
    News on the premieres of CITY BY THE SEA, SWIMFAN, THE TRANSPORTER, BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER, THE FOUR FEATHERS, TRAPPED and THE TUXEDO. 
INTERNET NEWS
91. UNIVERSAL'S BRINGING MOVIES TO PC's
92. THE INTERNET, ATTACK OF THE CLONES, AND FOUR MILLION THIEVES
TECHNOLOGY NEWS
93. TiVo USERS TO EVALUATE NEW MOVIES, TV SHOWS
94. 70 MOVIES IN YOUR POCKET
95. THE FCC GETS TOUGH WITH DIGITAL TV DEADLINES
VIDEO NEWS
96. SARANDON BOYCOTTS ROCKY HORROR
97. AN AVALANCHE OF TITLES DEBUT ON HOME VIDEO THIS FALL
98. BETAMAX FINALLY DIES
IN REVIEW
99. SEPTEMBER CALENDAR
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1. Our August meeting was hot, in every sense of the word! Unfortunately, we didn't have use of our regular meeting hall (for most of the meeting) so we were forced to go to the room under the church. The A/C seemed to be on the fritz. We simmered in our own juices throughout the meeting. 
    As we boiled away we heard Donna Sentz give one of the finest talks that we've ever heard. She told us of her life-long love (and childhood fears) of Christopher Lee. She was intelligent, insightful, witty - and set the bar pretty high for the next person who'll be addressing the group (which, sadly, is me). 
    We then watched what some have called the finest film ever to emerge from Hammer Studios - Christopher Lee's original 1958 appearance as the evil Count in HORROR OF DRACULA
    While the film was on the Eagle Scouts vacated our usual facilities. We pumped the air conditioners as high as we could. It got somewhat more tolerable than the church so we finished off with a hot, humid (but lively) business meeting there. 
2. NEWS OF OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING: THE BASICS 
    Our September meeting will be held on Saturday September 28 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. If you get stuck call 410-598-8005. That's Dave Henderson's cell phone. He'll talk you in. 
3. OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING LOOKS AT THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR, SAMURAI STYLE 
    Last May we had the first of two parts on martial arts films. We had Part I: The World of Wuxia, where we looked at classic Chinese martial arts films. This month we finish with Part II: The World of Bushido. "Bushido" is Japanese for "Way of the Warrior." It was the ancient code by which the samurai lived. You'll be hearing about the works of Japan's greatest filmmakers and their portrayal of the samurai. It should be fun!
4. THE ICS WELCOMES ITS NEWEST MEMBER: NEIL WAGENFER 
    Greetings to our newest member, Neil Wagenfer of Woodlawn in Baltimore County. Neil got one of our fliers at Fanex in August, thought he'd check us out, and joined up. Welcome aboard Neil. We're looking forward to getting to know you.
5. THE ICS WELCOMES ITS NEWEST MEMBER: JONATHAN LAMPLEY 
    Jonathan Lampley got his ICS membership a little differently from the rest of us - Jonathan earned it! He's a resident of Nashville, Tn. He was the hands-down winner of our Fanex edition of "ICS Academic." He basically blew the competition out of the water! Part of his prize package is membership to the ICS for the rest of the year (and a 2003 ICS calendar when they're available). Congratulations Jonathan! Welcome to the club.
6. THE ICS WELCOMES BACK OLD FRIENDS: STEVE AND BETH VAUGHT 
    Welcome back to old friends, Steve and Beth Vaught. We've really missed their wisecracks during our movies (and, if we're lucky, maybe we can get them to bring their sushi to our October potluck!). They've just renewed. It's good to have you home folks!
7. THANKS FOR HELPING TO MAKE FANEX SUCH A SUCCESS 
    Everyone had a great time at Fanex. We had lots of members there. We earned about $325 for the club. We got lots of interest in the ICS. 
    We'd like to first thank Gary and Sue Svehla for holding the convention and inviting us to work with them. Thanks to the many of you who came and helped out. Particular thanks go to the members of the Board - Dave Henderson, Joe Plempel, Regina Vallerani and Charlie Wittig - who spent the entire weekend there and worked hard to make this happen. 
    There was general agreement at our last meeting that, if we're asked, the club would like to participate in Fanex again. If we do we'll probably need to have a more rigorous work schedule to make sure that the work is more evenly divided.
8. OCTOBER WILL BE OUR SPECIAL HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA 
    Our October 26 meeting will be a very special. Because of its proximity to All Hallow's Eve, we always go nuts in October. That's our time to howl! 
    POTLUCK: We'll have our annual ICS potluck supper in October. Everyone's encouraged to bring a dish. There'll be a sign-up sheet at our September meeting. 
    GROOVY VAMPS: Dave Henderson will be talking about (and showing us) "Those Groovy Vampires of the Seventies." Be prepared to get your groove on with disco-Dracula! 
    CALENDARS: We hope to have our 2003 ICS calendars ready in time for our October meeting (see below for more details). 
    ALL-NIGHTER: Joe Plempel has committed to staying as long as there's a member watching movies. If you're planning on staying make sure you bring some movies along. 
9. WHAT'S UP FOR THE REST OF 2002? 
    Looking ahead to the last two months of 2002 (last two months? - wasn't it just New Year's?) we've got a pair of interesting meetings coming up. On November 23 Charlie Wittig will be talking about computers in the movies (that's on the screen - not in the making of movies). On December 28 we'll have our annual seasonal gift exchange, knowing affectionately as "the Yankee Swap." Mike Schilling will be bringing along movies that night. 
    They should be fun meetings. Hope you can make them. 
10. CALENDARS - TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! 
    We'll be making up a batch of ICS Calendars. The theme for 2003 will be fifties sci-fi. The calendar will have dates concerning the sci-fi hits from 1950-59, dates of all of our meetings, dates and web addresses for regional conventions and film festivals and anniversary dates for past ICS meetings (what films we watched and when we watched them). 
    We usually make them to order. We seldom make extra. Please, if you would like one, make sure you order it in advance. Below is a list of names for our current pre-orders. If you don't see your name on here, and you want a calendar, try to let me know by our September 28 meeting. 

DAVID DELLMAN 
TROY FARWELL 
SUE FEDER 
TIM FLEMING 
DIANE GERVASIO 
PEGGY GERVASIO 
ANDREW KENT 
MIKE LAIRD 
JONATHAN LAMPLEY 
BRENDA McNEAL 
BARRY MURPHY 
SKIP PHILLIPS 
RICK RIEVE 
GARY ROBERSON 
REGINA VALLERANI 
NEIL WAGENFER 
JOHN WARD 
DAVID WILLARD 
CHARLIE WITTIG 
TOM WOODWARD

11. ICS MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES 
    We've come up with ICS Membership certificates. They're designed for gifts for friends or relatives that you'd like to induct into the Imaginative Cinema Society. You can also use them in the Yankee Swap. 
    Like the memberships they cost $20 for individuals and $30 for couples. If you'd like to get one (or more!) please see Regina.
12.  .
DINER
ECONOMICS
    Normally people who go to the diner after the meetings are very generous. We usually have extra cash that goes into the treasury. That didn't happen last time. 
    In August we were $15 short. Three people, most of whom had already thrown in a little extra, had to put in $5 more each. We had some people who left early so it was impossible to find where the shortage came from. 
    Please, everyone, be careful. We want to make our trips to the diner as enjoyable as possible. Make sure you leave enough to cover your bill and an extra 20% for tax and tip.
13. ICS FIELD TRIP TO GEPPI'S COMIC MUSEUM 
    There was general excitement around the table last time about taking a weekday trip to the remarkable private comic book and collectibles museum owned by Stephen Geppi of Diamond Comics. There are several items there that exist no where else in the world. At our September meeting we'll be discussing the time and date of the trip. 
    Geppi's museum is only opened Monday to Friday, 10-4. If you like we'll send a note to your boss.
14. CONGRATULATIONS MITCH AND KELLY! 
    Congratulations to Mitch Klein and Kelly Linenberger. When we next see them they'll be husband and wife. 
    Mitch and Kelly, on behalf of the Imaginative Cinema Society, we extend our best wishes for your new lives ahead. We'll have to figure out if we all get to kiss the bride at our next meeting. 

***SPECIAL SECTION: THE NEW TELEVISION SEASON***
15. THE NEW TV SEASON 
    As we do every September here in The ICS Files, we're about to take a look at the new TV season. This is a different kind of year than we normally see. Normally, when we discuss new shows, were looking exclusively at the syndicated market with help from the struggling newer networks (UPN, the WB and Fox). In the 2002/3 season things have changed. 
    There's 16 sci-fi/ fantasy/ horror series that will be introduced this fall. Another six are waiting in the wings for mid-season. Believe it or not, the biggest source of new imaginative TV programming is ABC. ABC is the only one of the majors in this field (they have two now, three more in January). The ratings for these shows are seldom meteoric, which is why we haven't seen more of them up to this point. However, ABC isn't going after bulk ratings. They're craving demographic. They want that delicious male 18-34 audience. That's the one that drives advertisers wild. That's the one upon whom empires rise and fall. That's the one that loves imaginative television. 
    There are three new syndicated series breaking this fall. Fox also has three. The WB is premiering two now and one at mid-season. Both UPN and the Sci-Fi Channel will introduce two this fall. MTV has one now and one in January. PAX has one for the fall. Showtime will break their new series this winter. 
   We'll talk about the mid-season replacements in the January ICS Files. It's time to look at the would-be legends of the fall. 
16. THE OLD TV SEASON 
    As a reminder, these network shows are not returning: DARK ANGEL (FOX), GREG THE BUNNY (FOX), MYSTERIOUS WAYS (PAX), WOLF LAKE (UPN), THE X-FILES (FOX), GLORY DAYS (WB), ROSWELL (UPN), 
SPECIAL UNIT 2 (UPN) and THE TICK (FOX). 
    The following syndicated shows are dead (although some may continue running repeats for a while depending on how the contracts with the stations have been set up): BEASTMASTER, EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT, INVISIBLE MAN, OUTER LIMITS, RELIC HUNTER, SECRET ADVENTURES OF JULES VERNE, SHEENA and TRACKER. 
    The following cable shows are extinct: THE CHRONICLE, EXPOSURE, INVISIBLE MAN and LEXX. 
    There . . . now that we've got the riff-raff out of the way let's take a look inside Pandora's Box and see what sorts of programming tricks and treats await within. 
17. NEW SEASON SCHEDULE OVERVIEW 
SUNDAY 
7-7:30 FUTURAMA (FOX) 
8-9 CHARMED (the WB) 
9-10 ALIAS (ABC) 
9-10 ANGEL (the WB) 

MONDAY 
8-9 YOUNG BLADES (PAX) 

TUESDAY 
8-9 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (UPN) 
9-10 24 (FOX) 
9-10 HAUNTED (UPN) 
9-10 SMALLVILLE (The WB) 

WEDNESDAY 
8-9 ENTERPRISE (UPN) 
9-10 BIRDS OF PREY (The WB) 
9-10 THE TWILIGHT ZONE (UPN) 

THURSDAY 
8-9 DINOTOPIA: THE SERIES (ABC) 
8:30-9 DO OVER (The WB) 
9-10 CSI (CBS) 

FRIDAY 
8-9 FIREFLY (FOX) 
8-9 IN SEARCH OF . . . (SCI-FI) 
9-10 JOHN DOE (FOX) 
9-10 THAT WAS THEN (ABC) 

SATURDAYS 
8-8:30 AM STARGATE INFINITY (FOX)
18. NEW SERIES: ADVENTURE INC (SYNDICATED) 
What's it about: This action drama is going for a a mix of INDIANA JONES, TOMB RAIDER and ROMANCING THE STONE. The series follows explorer Judson Cross (Biehn) and his crew, Mackenzie Previn (Cliche) and Gabriel Patterson (Jesse Nilsson). The Vast Explorer, Judson's expedition yacht, serves as the operation's official headquarters as they travel the world in search of treasure, mystery and the unexplained. Judson's reputation as "the man who can find anything" has spread from bureaucrats to billionaires, resulting in opportunities, danger and excitement. They take on puzzles from history, present-day mysteries and sometimes villains need to be brought to justice. 
Who's in it: Michael Biehn (THE TERMINATOR), Karen Cliche [pronounced Kleesh], Jesse Nilsson, Paul McGann (The Eighth Doctor in DOCTOR WHO) 
Who's making it: Gale Anne Hurd (THE TERMINATOR, ARMAGEDDON, THE ABYSS) and Steven deSouza (DIE HARD) 
Where's it airing: Baltimore: WBFF, D.C.: WBDC, Philadelphia: WPHL 
When's it on: Premieres the week of September 30. Check local listings for the exact day and time.
19. NEW SERIES: BIRDS OF PREY (WB) 
What's it about: Based on the DC Comic of the same name about a trio of female crime fighters - Barbara Gordon/Oracle (Meyer), Selena Kyle/Huntress (Scott) and Dinah Lance/Black Canary (Skarsten) 
The good guys: Barbara Gordon is the former Batgirl. She was disabled by the Joker in a future Gotham City. Confined to a wheelchair, Gordon has become a computerized crimefighter known as the Oracle, who leads a team of female heroes in the series. Helena Kyle is the Huntress, the secret daughter of Batman and Catwoman. Dinah Lance is a psychic who helps the team. She'll eventually become the Black Canary. Batman is in a self-imposed exile. 
The bad guys: Harley Quinn - a crazed protégé of the Joker's. 
Who's in it: Rachel Skarsten (LITTLE MEN), Dina Meyer (STARSHIP TROOPERS), Ashley Scott (A.I.), Mia Sara (FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF). 
Who's making it: Laeta Kalogridis, Mike Tollin (SMALLVILLE), Brian Robbins (SMALLVILLE) 
When's it on: Wednesdays 9-10PM, premiering October 9.
20. NEW SERIES: CLONE HIGH (MTV) 
What's it about: CLONE HIGH is an animated series that tells the story of a secret government plot to breed clones of historical figures. Those clones have to grow up in real time - and even deal with the trials and tribulations of high school. The comedy is set in a high school for these clones. We see teenaged clone versions of famous dead people, such as Abraham Lincoln, Cleopatra, Marilyn Monroe, Joan of Arc and Elvis Presley. 
Who's in it: The voices of Andy Dick, Donald Adeosun Faison, Neil Flynn, Will Forte, Phil Lord, Michael McDonald, Christa Miller, Chris Miller and Nicole Sullivan. 
Who's making it: Bill Lawrence (SPIN CITY), Chris Miller & Phil Lord. 
When's it on: Speculation is that the show will debut in October. The exact premiere and weekly air dates are to be announced.
21. NEW SERIES: DINOTOPIA (ABC) 
What's it about:  Producer Robert Halmi Sr. compared the new series to the mini-series that aired last May. "The miniseries actually was discovering a lost continent with all its marvels. The series will show what's happening there, the life of this lost continent - good guys, bad guys, love and hate and all that kind of stuff - except it's told a little bit more [benignly]. We don't kill people. In one of the segments, we rediscover the automobile, just to know it's a horrible thing to have. So we do life as usual, with a spin. Effects are going to be as much [as] or more than you saw in the miniseries. We are adding completely new dinosaurs, new locations. I had to increase my CGI crew from 120 to 140. We are working day and night. This is not a drama series to shoot and deliver in two weeks. The CGI part for every episode takes six weeks to do, so it's quite a bit of work." 
Who's in it: Erik Von Detten (THE PRINCESS DIARIES), Shiloh Strong (THE MOMMIES), Georgina Rylance, Michael Brandon, Sophie Ward, Jonathan Hyde, Lisa Zane (ROAR). 
Who's making it: Simon Moore (GULLIVER'S TRAVELS), Marco Brambilla (DEMOLITION MAN), Robert Halmi, Sr. (ARABIAN NIGHTS), William P. Cartlidge, (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), Dusty Symonds (SLEEPY HOLLOW) 
When's it on: Thursday's 8-9, premiering October 10 
22. NEW SERIES: DO OVER (WB) 
What's it about: A comedy about a 34-year-old man who awakes to find himself back in his 15-year-old high-school body in the early 1980s. 
Who's in it: Penn Badgley, Gigi Rice, (THE JOHN LARROQUETTE SHOW), Michael Milhoan, (THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN), Angela Goethals (STORYTELLING) 
Who's making it: Rick Wiener & Kenny Schwartz (TWO GUYS & A GIRL) 
When's it on: Thursdays 8:30-9 PM, premiering September 19.
23. NEW SERIES: FIREFLY (FOX) 
What's it about: Sci-fi drama set 400-500 years in the future in a newly established union of planets, the series centers on the crew of Serenity, a small transport spaceship of class Firefly who will take any job - legal or not - to stay afloat and put bread on the table 
Who's in it: Nathan Fillion (TWO GUYS AND A GIRL), Adam Baldwin (THE X-FILES), Alan Tudyk (A KNIGHT'S TALE), Sean Maher (THE STREET), Gina Torres (CLEOPATRA 2525), Summer Glau, Ron Glass (THE EDUCATION OF MAX BICKFORD), Morena Baccarin 
Who's making it: Joss Whedon 
A note on casting: You'll notice the many of the above names are hardly household names - yet. That's classic Whedon. Nicholas Brendon as Xander, David Boreanaz as Angel, Amy Acker as Winifred "Fred" Burkle and Andy Hallett as the lounge-singing demon Lorne were all unknowns with little or no experience when they were hired. "I only hire incredibly talented people with no experience," says Whedon, "so I don't have to do a lot of work. Believe me, I've hired a lot of people with a ton of experience who couldn't walk through a door. I've been lucky." One of the members of FIREFLY's cast, Summer Glau, a classically trained ballerina from Texas with no acting experience, was actually given her screen test last year on ANGEL. The episode, "Waiting in the Wings," was one long, and successful, screen-test for her. 
Joss Whedon on aliens: Joss Whedon pledges humans will be the only life forms featured. "I believe we are the only sentient beings in the universe," he said. "And I believe that in 500 years from now, we will still be the only sentient beings around. . . I wanted to stay away from the easy science-fiction fixes - the android, the clone, the alien - all the stuff that, for all I know, may be lurking around the corner, but I'm not expecting to see anytime soon," he said. FIREFLY will focus primarily on the human condition, with all its myriad problems, a goal that Whedon believes is best achieved without the inclusion of alien species. "That's a great metaphor to play with, but it's not really what I'm interested in. I'm really interested in 'You are there.' In 'You are part of this.' And I think aliens, no matter what, take you out of that. I also need to spend some time away from latex." 
When's it on: Fridays 8-9PM premiering Friday, September 20.
24. NEW SERIES: HAUNTED (UPN) 
What's it about: Frank Taylor (Fox) is a private investigator and former cop who is a driven noir tough guy, looking for redemption through his work. He suffers a near-death experience and emerges with the ability to see ghosts. The dead help him solve crimes. 
Who's in it: Matthew Fox (PARTY OF FIVE), Russell Hornsby, Lynn Collins, John Mann 
Who's making it: Keith Addis (THE EDUCATION OF MAX BICKFORD), Emile Levisetti 
When's it on: Tuesdays 9-10 PM, premiering September 24 
25. NEW SERIES: IN SEARCH OF (SCI-FI CHANNEL) 
What's it about: This is a revival of the 1976 series that was hosted by Leonard Nimoy. Like the old series, the new episodes will explore mysteries, myths, legends and bizarre phenomena through re-enactments and eyewitness accounts. Eight new original episodes have been ordered. 
Who's in it: The program's hosted by Mitch Pileggi (formerly Deputy Director Skinner of THE X-FILES) 
Who's making it: USA Cable Entertainment 
When's it on: Fridays 8-9 PM, premiering October 11
26. NEW SERIES: JOHN DOE (FOX) 
What's it about: An amnesiac (Purcell) awakes on an island in Seattle's Puget Sound with a knowledge of every fact in the world - the population of Peru in 1853, how many blue cars there are in the state of Washington, the ingredients in a box of breakfast cereal. But he has no idea where he came from, why he has such knowledge or how he got where he is. 
Who's in it: Dominic Purcell (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2), Elizabeth Lackey (PLANET OF THE APES), Azura Skye, (ZOE, DUNCAN, JACK & JANE), John Marshall Jones (SMART GUY), Meat Loaf 
Who's making it: Brandon Camp & Mike Thompson (DRAGONFLY), Mimi Leder (DEEP IMPACT) 
When's it on: Fridays 9-10 PM premiering September 20 
27. NEW SERIES: JOHN WOO'S ONCE A THIEF (SYNDICATED) 
What's it about: This action drama features four young martial artists who work for a secret government agency, fighting crime and terrorism. This is simply the U.S. premiere of an internationally syndicated series that aired from 1997-1998. It has already been canceled, although decent ratings might revive it. 
Who's in it: Sandrine Holt, Ivan Sergei (JACK & JILL), Nicholas Lea (THE X-FILES), Jennifer Dale, Howard Dell, James Allodi 
Who's making it: Terence Chang, Glenn Davis, Wendy Grean, Larry Lalonde, John Woo 
When's it on: To be announced 
28.  NEW SERIES: MONSTERS WANTED (AMC) 
What's it about: For all these years we the public have thought the stars of our favorite monster movies were actors in hours of make-up, they weren't, they were real monsters! This animated series takes place in a small neighborhood in LA where many of the "monster actors" live. The story centers on their daily trials and tribulations trying to make it big in Hollywood. 
Who's in it: The voices of Mark Hamill, Billy West, Joe Alaskey, Rob Paulsen and Tress MacNeille. 
Who's making it: Vincent Zurzolo & Ed Sanchez 
When's it on: AMC is premiering the series during Monster Fest Halloween 2002. Look for it this October.
29. NEW SERIES: SCARE TACTICS (SCI-FI CHANNEL) 
What's it about: The show will secretly film pranks inspired by sci-fi movies, involving haunted houses and alien abductions. 
Who's in it: It's hosted by Shannen Doherty. 
Who's making it: Scott Hallock and Kevin Healey (SPY TV) 
When's it on: There's no definite date announced. It is said to be sometime in October. It will be a weekly half hour show.
30. NEW SERIES: STARHUNTER (SYNDICATED) 
What's it about: STARHUNTER portrays a dangerous frontier where there aren't many rules, and few to enforce the ones that are. Set in 2275 A.D., bounty hunter Dante Montana and his small crew, consisting of security officer Lucretia 'Luc' Scott and Dante's niece Percy, take their aging hunter ship, the Tulip, out on dangerous intergalactic missions to track down and capture interplanetary criminals. This is the U.S. premiere of an internationally syndicated series. 
Who's in it: Michael Paré (THE VIRGIN SUICIDES), Claudette Roche (UNIVERSAL SOLDIER III), Tanya Allen (TAIL LIGHTS FADE), Murray Melvin (DAVID COPPERFIELD), Steven Marcus (MORTAL SINS) 
Who's making it: Silvio Astarita & Stefan Jonas (RAVE MACBETH), Daniel d'Or & Philip Jackson (MILLENNIUM QUEEN) 
Production note: A season of this show has already aired in Canada. 
When's it on: To be announced 
31. NEW SERIES:STARGATE: INFINITY (FOX) 
What's it about: This is an animated version of STARGATE, set twenty years after the events in the movie. It will try not to contradict the established continuity of both the Showtime/Sci-Fi Channel series and the movie. The animated series focuses on a veteran human Stargate traveler, Gus Bonner, and four teenage trainees from Earth's Stargate Academy. The focus is on the teens and how they each must find a way to trust the other team members and learn to interact with the unusual new cultures they meet on their journeys. Central to each episode of STARGATE INFINITY will be the use of Stargate's portals that allow those who master them to travel almost instantaneously to planets all over the universe. 
Who's making it: DIC Entertainment 
When's it on: Saturday morning, 8-8:30 AM, premiering September 14 
32. NEW SERIES: THAT WAS THEN (ABC) 
What's it about: revolves around a 30-year-old guy (Bulliard) unsatisfied with his life who gets his wish to go back to one week of high school, when he believes his life took a wrong turn 
Who's in it: James Bulliard (LEAP YEARS), Tyler Labine (DEAD LAST), Kiele Sanchez, Tricia O'Kelley (EMERIL), Brad Raider (THE TROUBLE WITH NORMAL), Bess Armstrong (MY SO-CALLED LIFE), Jeffrey Tambor (THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW) 
Who's making it: Dan Cohn & Jeremy Miller (BOSTON PUBLIC), Jeff Kline (MAX STEEL) 
When's it on: Friday's 9-10 PM, premiering September 27 
33. NEW SERIES: THE TWILIGHT ZONE (UPN) 
What's it about: Remake of the anthology series that ran on CBS from 1959-65. The new show won't remake any old episodes but rather tell new stories - two half-hour stories per week. 
    The producers have said that they want to honor Rod Serling's original series, while bringing it into the 21st century. According to executive producer Ira Steven Behr, "I think we're going to tell simple stories with an ironic twist. And we're going to tell stories that will interest people who are watching television today. . . . We're functioning with an audience that grew up on video games and George Lucas [and] Steven Spielberg. ... So we want to tell the same type of stories that Serling told. [But] we obviously have to tell them in a slightly different way." 
    Executive producer Pen Densham said that he hopes to tap the same mythic power of stories that Serling did. "The key of all these things is they have to tell the truth about human nature. They have to touch a poignant, powerful piece of the human condition. . . . What Rod did in the 1959 era, he saw there was a need for new mythology, and he spoke to people through those stories about the things that were going on in their time and age. A lot of what we're doing is just touching base with those primal things, and in a very pure way." 
Who's in it: Forest Whitaker will take the role that creator Rod Serling did in the original series, introducing and wrapping up each story. He's promised that he won't try to imitate Serling. 
Who's making it: Pen Densham (THE OUTER LIMITS), Ira Steven Behr (STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE). 
When's it on: Wednesdays 9-10 PM, premiering September 18
34. NEW SERIES: YOUNG BLADES (PAX) 
What's it about: This is a comedy-adventure that introduces a new generation of musketeers. 
Who's in it:  Hugh Dancy (he was a medic seargent in BLACK HAWK DOWN), Sarah-Jane Potts (FELICITY), Scott Hickman, Anthony Strachan, Callum Blue, Ben McCosker, Ben Cross 
Who's making it: Georges Campana and Dan Angel & Billy Brown (NIGHT VISION) 
When's it on: Mondays 8-9PM (debuts in November)
35. MISSING IN ACTION 
    Following are a listing of shows that might have been and may one day be. Casts and production teams were announced, presumably pilots were shot, and then they weren't picked up for the fall. We may seem them later, on another network, as a TV or direct-to-video movie, or, perhaps, never. 
    ABC announced ASTRONAUTS, which was to be a drama that revolved around NASA astronauts competing for a chance to go on a mission to Mars (there's rumors that we might see it in mid-season). PARANORMAL GIRL was to have been a drama that focused on a 15-year-old girl with paranormal abilities who is recruited by the F.B.I. to help solve crimes. The wonderfully titled THE CHANG FAMILY SAVES THE WORLD was an obvious knock-off of SPY KIDS. It featured an Asian family in which the parents are Wutan temple warriors but keep that a secret from their kids. 
    FOX announced THE BIG FIX, about a man who led a self-centered life but is, upon his arrival in the afterlife, given the chance to go back and correct his mistakes. The series was to have starred French Stewart of 3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN. They also announced EASTWICK, based on the John Updike's novel, The Witches of Eastwick, about sister witches. To great fanfare, Fox announced the remake of  the 1966 Irwin Allen show, THE TIME TUNNEL. Where is it now? 
    The WB said they were running THE LONE RANGER, an update on the classic western series. They also announced the intriguing show, LOST IN OZ, which would have centered on a 20ish woman who lands in Oz, and is unable to escape. She eventually leads a revolt against Emerald City. Among its production team were David Hayter (X-MEN) and Lawrence Bender (GOOD WILL HUNTING). They were also going to run a new TARZAN, revolving around a "WB-style" 17-year-old Tarzan who is sent to live with his aunt in New York after being seriously injured by poachers in the African jungle. 
    In some cases we may be better off that some of these shows are lost (teen Tarzan anyone?) and in others they look more fun than some of the stuff that made it through the selection process. I'll let you know if any of these turn up. In the meantime keep checking the sides of milk cartons for news and bulletins about these lost children.
36. RETURNING SERIES 
    As in any year, there's more happening than just new shows. What about all those shows that left us on the collective edge of our seats last spring? What follows is a roster of returning shows and a look at what's coming in the new year.
37. RETURNING SERIES: 24 
Changes: The series picks up about a year after last season ended with the murder of Jack's wife, Teri (Leslie Hope). Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) has left the Counterterrorism Unit, and his daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), pretty much wants nothing to do with him. Jack is trying to repair his own life and his relationship with his daughter when he gets a call from David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), who has since won election to the White House. Palmer has a problem, and he needs Jack's help to, as the network's press release puts it, "stop another terrorist plot with global implications." 
Characters: Most key cast members will return for the second season, including Sarah Clarke as CTU mole Nina, Carlos Bernard as CTU agent Tony Almeida, Penny Johnson Jerald as Palmer's evil ex-wife, Sherry, and Xander Berkeley as Bauer's former CTU boss, George Mason. Sarah Wynter ("The 6th Day" ) is joining the cast as a potential new love interest for Bauer. She's a young rich woman who gets caught up in the show's latest terrorist conspiracy. Sara Gilbert (ROSEANNE) also joins the cast. 
When's it on: Tuesdays 9-10PM - Season Two premieres Oct. 29 (Commercial Free)
38. RETURNING SERIES: ANDROMEDA 
Changes: According to the series' star and executive producer, Kevin Sorbo,  "The biggest difference you'll see is in the writing. Our new head writer is Bob Engels, and he's from TWIN PEAKS and SEA QUEST. Bob has a very interesting way of writing. We're doing an episode of his now. It's called 'If the Wheel Is Fixed,' and it will be the third-season premiere. He's got a very quirky, intelligent way about him, and not everything is expositional. The audience is left wondering, 'What was that?' and I think that's good. Not everything is spelled out perfectly. It's left ambiguous, which will be more interesting for the audience. It's certainly more interesting for us. I get tired when we treat the audience as stupid, and when I say 'we' I mean television as a whole. I get tired of not giving the audience the benefit of the doubt that they can figure things out. They can. We have sophisticated viewers. The show is going to take us to place we haven't seen yet in terms of the plotline. I don't mean to say there will be one continuous plot," Sorbo explained. "The Commonwealth is certainly still there. Each episode will have a beginning, middle and end. It's not going to be a soap opera." 
Characters: No announced changes. 
When's it on: Season Three premieres the week of September 30
39. 39.RETURNING SERIES: ANGEL 
Changes: Most of the changes for this season of ANGEL are due to evolution in characters (see below). Joss Whedon said he's bringing back Eliza Dushku as Faith next year and that he also wants to bring back the vampire Drusilla, played by Juliet Landau if her schedule allows. Whedon hinted that viewers can expect to see the return of Angelus, the evil version of Angel. 
Characters: 
    CORDELIA who ascended into a higher plane of existence, will come back to Earth. We still don't know what the consequences of her evolution may be. 
    WESLEY will rejoin the group in season four but it will take time for him to rebuild trust with Angel and the rest of the gang. Things could get darker before they get lighter. Wesley will find himself on an even darker journey this year. "That was the beginning of Wesley kind of finding other colors and other dynamics, and that carried on through the end of the season, and now this year we're really going to take that and go with it and twist it even tighter, that knot," Denisof said. "So he will be light, but he will also be dark. And it will be a good counterpoint to what's going on with Angel. . . . They will reflect each other in their journeys a little bit, through light and dark. . . . Pretty dark. Yeah, they've got some crazy ideas. The first show is just nuts. It's just so exciting. There are so many twists and turns, and every scene you think you know what's going to happen, and it's just like, bam! You get the uppercut." 
    CONNOR will be back, but no details on how the character progresses. 
    FRED AND GUNN may find their lives getting complicated. Amy Acker said. "It seems like that Gunn [J. August Richards] and I are still pretty happy. . . . But Joss always says that happy couples are boring. So . . . we've been happy for kind of a long time, so I'm guessing something bad is going to happen to him. But I don't know. They really keep us in the dark, because I guess they know that we're going to tell everyone." 
    LORNE left Angel Investigations at the end of last year for a gig at a Vegas nightclub. Lorne is now has his own show in Vegas. It's a bit Tom Jones meets Liberace meets Lorne. ANGEL shot the scenes where they bring Lorne back on location in Vegas. 
    LILA, the predatory lawyer of Wolfram and Hart, will return. We'll see more sides of her and discover more of her backstory, such as this season's revelation that she has a mother in a nursing home. As for her fling with Wesley, according to actor Alexis Denisof, "I know of a couple of ideas they've had, and I don't think they've completely decided yet [where it will go]. I think they were surprised that there was such chemistry between the characters, so I expect they may explore it. I think in some shape or form, now that it's started, it will [continue], but I don't see them running off and getting married." 
Front office troubles: As reported earlier, David Greenwalt, co-creator and executive producer resigned at the end of last season after quarreling with Fox over money. He's off to oversee MIRACLES, a midseason ABC supernatural show. In the middle of August Greenwalt's replacement, David Simkins, resigned over that universally vague term, "creative differences." He lasted about six weeks. The task of running ANGEL falls to Joss Whedon and executive producer Tim Minear, both of whom are also shepherding FIREFLY for FOX. Whedon is now actively involved with ANGEL, BUFFY (Marti Noxon's getting involved with other projects), FIREFLY, and trying to create the BUFFY animated series and the Anthony Stewart Head's British series (variously referred to as THE WATCHER and RIPPER). Would any of you like to take a shot at executive producing ANGEL? There's definitely an opening. 
When's it on: Sunday 9-10PM - Season Four premieres October 6
40. RETURNING SERIES: BUFFY 
Changes: The biggest change in BUFFY this year will be the tone of the show. Last year was very dark, dealing with the bumpy transition into adulthood. The show dealt with themes such as addiction, sexual compulsion, rape and murder. This year the series is set to lighten up, which is not to say that the characters won't have to go back and straighten out some of the messes they got into last year. 
    The fall season premiere begins with the grand reopening of Sunnydale High School, which was destroyed three seasons back. Joss Whedon said, "The reopening of the high school is where we're starting, and it represents a lot of what we're talking about in terms of getting back to the very first mission statement of the show, which was the joy of female power: Having it, using it, sharing it. . . . Dawn is now the age Buffy was when the show began. And what's nice about that is that it gives us the opportunity to tell more high-school stories, which were the centerpiece of the show, and which we only got to do for two and a half years. I mean, they graduated at the end of year three, and the first season was a half season. And the only time I've ever truly felt sad and like I'd lost something was when they graduated, because I was like, 'Wait, wait, I went through more bad things! There's more pain I haven't talked about yet! I haven't complained enough!' And now I have that opportunity to complain to America again, and I'm looking forward to taking it." 
    As for the overall trends in the coming year, Whedon compared the completed season six to the coming season seven. "This is something I've been sort of gearing towards since the very beginning of the show. It's a question of bringing it onto a much larger scale and at the same time making it much more personal and much more personal to Buffy herself. This year was a chance to let the other characters [shine.] . . . The big climactic scene [was] between Xander and Willow, and that was because, as characters and as actors, they'd earned that opportunity. And I thought it was right for them to sort of be the spokespeople for what was going on at the end there. But next year Buffy will be much less peripheral to the climax. The climax will be the biggest thing we've ever done." 
Characters: 
    BUFFY won't be returning to the Doublemeat Palace. "Doublemeat Palace was the only thing we ever did to make advertisers pull out," Whedon said. "They did not like us making fun of fast food. Sarah's very upset about not getting to wear the hat anymore." 
    DAWN may fight more, as she kicked some butt in the season finale. "I know in the season finale Dawn tried to fight a little more," Michelle Trachtenberg said. "If their plan is [to add more fighting], I'm definitely looking forward to it. I've been promised heels next year, because Dawn has been wearing sneakers for the past year. So I'll have to take lessons in fighting in heels, but it's definitely something that will be fun." Dawn will also face teen dating issues. "I've heard a couple of rumors here and there that Dawn will have a couple guys coming in and out, but I don't know what other relationships we'll be building. I think that this is the year that Dawn matures and really comes into her own. She spent last year leveling the ground, and now she's able to conduct herself in a way that she has seen her sister in her more mature days." 
    WILLOW will have to pay for skinning Warren at the end of last season. Whedon explained, "There are consequences for everything. Not to the point where she'll spend all day crying, 'I'm so sad, why, why?' But she will have to deal with this. We don't let people get away with things, unless there's a reason." 
    Alyson Hannigan said that she thinks Willow's greatest challenge will be "winning the fans' love back" after turning evil at the end of the season. "They probably hate me now," she said. "I just hope they forgive my evilness in the last few episodes." Hannigan said Willow's addiction to magic will remain an issue for the character. "Oh yeah, once you go that far, don't you deal with it for the rest of your life?" she asked. Hannigan confirmed that she traveled to London to film scenes for the season premiere. When asked if those scenes included Willow's reconciliation with Giles, whom she tried to kill in the season finale, the actress was vague. "I don't know. Hmmmm. What makes you think that?" 
    Willow may get a new girlfriend. "That's something I'm not going to comment on," Whedon said. "But it's definitely a possibility." 
    SPIKE will be a vampire with a soul, not a human, as some people have speculated. James Marsters doesn't know if Spike will turn out to be good or evil. "I could be unleashed as the big villain, or I could be the big goody two-shoes crackerjack boy," he said. "I have no idea." But Spike's attempted rape of Buffy at the end of last season will cause a rift between him and Dawn that will take some time to repair. 
    GILES will appear in more episodes this season than last. Last year, Anthony Stewart Head appeared in only seven episodes; next season he'll be in a minimum of 10 and maybe more than that. As for how his character will fit into the now-grown-up Scooby Gang, Head said, "I don't know how they're going to do that. It will be interesting to find out." 
    ANYA  Anya (Emma Caulfield) will sing again in a flashback to last season's musical episode "Once More With Feeling." Emma Caulfield announced that this would be her final season. 
    OLD FRIENDS AND ENEMIES will be popping up. Whedon said. "We're going to see a lot of old faces. A lot of them. And it's going to be . . . for a very particular reason that I will not explain to you. But it's going to be a lot of fun." 
    Those scheduled for appearing this year include Amber Benson, who played Tara. She will return next year, though her character died at the end of this season. But when asked to elaborate that Benson would return, but not as Tara, Whedon replied, "I'm not saying a word about that." 
    Jonathan (Danny Strong) and Andrew (Thomas Lenk), the remaining duo of villains from this season, should be back. "We're looking for them to [return], because they make us laugh," Whedon said. 
    Expect the return of Glory, the god played by Claire Kramer who was apparently killed at the end of season five. She may be making more than a single guest appearance. 
    Warren (Adam Busch), the evil geek killed by Willow in last season's finale, may also return. 
    Eliza Dushku had finally found time in her schedule to reprise the role of the bad-girl slayer, Faith, next year. She may be appearing on both BUFFY and ANGEL. 
The future of the show:  Sarah Michelle Gellar plans to give up BUFFY following the success of SCOOBY-DOO in which she played Daphne Blake. She says, "It's important for me to go out on top. I don't want to be part of a show that runs eight years only to have people say of it, 'That should have ended years ago'." The producers of the show are now working on ways to continue the series, which will otherwise end after its seventh run. The most likely possibility would see Buffy's role taken by her teenage sister Dawn, played by Michelle Trachtenberg. There is also a chance that Sarah may be persuaded to make regular cameos. BUFFY executive producer Marti Noxon says, "I'm not sure that Sarah will come back. It would be very hard to continue without her, although program makers 20th Century Fox might try." Sarah has been forced to miss out on a string of top movie roles due to the time- consuming constraints of the BUFFY schedule and has also complained about the toll the show's stunts take on her body. 
When's it on: Tuesdays 8-9 PM, Season Seven premieres September 24
41. RETURNING SERIES: CHARMED 
    Reliable details on the fifth season of this series are nonexistent. Here's what little we know. 
    CHARMED slides into a new (and potentially lethal) timeslot on Sundays from 8-9PM (a night when virtually no one watches the WB). The new season premieres Sunday, September 29th with a special two-hour episode.
42. RETURNING SERIES: ENTERPRISE 
Changes: Brannon Braga said, "We want to capitalize more on the fact that it's a prequel. We want to have a season that maybe has even more action than it had last season. And we want to just keep the creative juices flowing." He gave fans a shopping list of some of the themes to be developed in the coming year. 
    •The Romulans: "I think I can say without getting into too much trouble that very early in the season we will have our first brush with the Romulans. . . . Capt. Archer will have a very lethal brush with the Romulans early on. We've been very careful. The continuity is airtight. Believe me. We know. We know." 
    •The Temporal Cold War: "In part two of the cliffhanger, we're going to learn some really interesting things about what Archer and Enterprise's role might be in the formation of the STAR TREK universe. And then beyond that, we're going to wait awhile, and then come back to the Temporal Cold War. But we're not going to do it too much. We want it to be a kind of an ongoing element." 
    •The birth of the Federation: "The birth of the Federation will be hinted at in 'Shockwave II.' It will be hinted at. And in the back of our minds, that's something that may play a part in the series. We're not sure to what extent, but we definitely begin to hint at such far-reaching things in that episode." 
    •The Vulcans: "One of the things we realized early on, when we were doing this series, was that there was a chance to make the Vulcans really interesting again. . . . The Vulcans are really a paradoxical species, especially on this show, in that they are very enlightened, and consider themselves to be enlightened, but they're really kind of screwed up, too. . . . The second or third episode will be a big [Vulcan] episode, which actually takes place in the 1950s, and we learn that first contact with Zefram Cochrane actually wasn't the first time Vulcans had been on Earth. And the High Command has this secret thing that they're trying to cover up." 
Characters: 
    ARCHER will get his "space legs" this year according to Braga. "Rick [Berman] and I have discussed this at length going into the season. We would like to see Archer start to really get it together. We still would like to see him struggling, making mistakes. In [the season premiere,] 'Shockwave II,' he's basically on trial. This whole mission's on trial. So I think season two, he's really got to prove himself. He's really got to take command and figure out how to do this right. Because he made a few blunders last year. And this year, we're hoping that we see a guy who really starts to fulfill his potential as a captain. And what that means, I have no idea." 
    T'POL is in for an interesting season. Braga said, "We have some big surprises in store for T'Pol. Some very surprising character revelations for T'Pol." 
    THE REST OF THE CREW just seemed to have been all lumped together. According to Braga, "I think Phlox [John Billingsley] is definitely a character that we'd like to explore more, and Mayweather [Anthony Montgomery], and then maybe Reed and Hoshi [Linda Park]. But I think Phlox and Mayweather are the two you're going to see a little more of." 
When's it on: Wednesdays 8-9PM - Season Two premieres September 18
43. RETURNING SERIES: FUTURAMA 
Changes: Fox has 16 episodes in the can. They plan to continue to air the show sparingly through the season. Among the episodes still to come are one in which Lt. Kif Kroker (Maurice LeMarche) becomes pregnant, another in which Bender the robot (John Di Maggio) undergoes a sex change, and another guest-starring SIMPSONS regular Dan Castellaneta as the voice of the Robot Devil, who makes a deal with Fry (Billy West) to impress Leela (Katey Sagal). 
The future of FUTURAMA: Matt Groening said, stubbornly, "FUTURAMA's not over. We're going full-steam ahead with keeping the universe alive in whatever form we can. And there are stories and movies and cartoons and comic books and toys yet to come. And video games." 
When's it on: Occasional Sundays 7-7:30 PM -  Season Five premieres November 10
44. RETURNING SERIES: MUTANT X 
Changes: 
    Season 2 of MUTANT X is going to be "faster and more extreme. The show is going to be a little bit darker. Producer Howard Chaykin said, "The fans can expect to see more of the stuff they like and stuff they haven't seen before. The world gets bigger, the stakes are higher and the jeopardy deeper. We're going to put them through more hell in the second season." 
    Look for a variety of new threats facing the Mutant X team in the new season. "We're going to have the ability to have a bunch of other evil nemeses," actress Victoria Webster said. "You have to give the audience diversity." 
    Season two will bring more interpersonal relationships between the team. And that with five people living and working together eventually there is bound to be sexual tension, personality clashes, and conflicts between the other group members. 
Characters: 
Adam has a lot of hidden agendas revealed this season. According to actor John Shea, "What you discover about Adam is that things are not what they seem. This guy who is always sort of noble and heroic and always this kind of purer-than-life, charismatic leader, has some hidden sides as well. It turns out that he wasn't just in genetics, but he also had his fingers in all kinds of parts of the military industrial complex. He's working with the government, he's working with CIA, he's working with Interpol. He's a genius, and he's really rich. The question is: How did he make that money and what did he do with his brains?" 
Brennan Mulwray's going to be a little bit more troublesome. He's going to have a little more attitude, be grittier. 
Gabriel Ashlocke (Michael Easton - VR.5, TOTAL RECALL 2070) joins the cast as the first Child of Genomex, a powerful new mutant who will be a recurring character this year. He replaces chief nemesis Mason Eckhart (Tom McCamus), who left the show due to prior theatrical commitments. 
When's it on: Season Two premieres the week of September 30
45. RETURNING SERIES: SMALLVILLE 
Changes: Producer Alfred Gough said, "Then red Kryptonite will make an appearance, and one of Clark's friends will learn the secret." 
    We can expect to see another character from the DC universe popping up in Smallville. Who it could be, though, remains a mystery. While Bruce Wayne would be a popular choice with fans and producers alike, Warner Brothers' recent moves on a BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN film may kill that possibility. 
    There'll be a flashback-type episode showing what happened on the day the meteor shower that delivered the baby Clark Kent to Smallville. There'll be a visit to Metropolis, but don't expect Clark to linger there too long. Perhaps with one eye on BUFFY, the producers stated that although future seasons of Smallville might follow Clark and the rest to college, a definite limit to the series' length had been set. They told fans, "By the time [Clark] goes to Metropolis, the series will end." 
Characters: 
CLARK gains a new superpower early in the season. It's not flying yet, but it's really "hot." We start to look into Clark's origins a little more, his spaceship and the meteor shower that carried him to Earth. 
Lex Luthor gets further investigations into his shady past. Michael Rosenbaum, who plays Luthor, explained, "Lex Luthor's taking baby steps to becoming evil. It's going to take some time, but Clark and Lex's relationship built up, and there's something that goes on with the spaceship. That's all I'm going to tell you." 
    Also Lex gets married this season to Desiree Atkins. It sounds like she's marrying Lex in order to get at his wealth. Desiree also seems to have an interest in younger men with super powers. 
Peter 'Pete' Ross, without giving anything away, will have an important role early in season two. 
Chloe Sullivan, we discover, has an interesting family tree. Her and Lois Lane are related - they're cousins. She might enact her threat this year - where she told Clark "If you leave me at the dance and run off for Lana, I'll never forgive you." Considering Clark did just that, Chloe might not be so forgiving. 
When's it on: Tuesdays 9-10PM, with an encore Sundays 8-9 PM - Season Two premieres September 24

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46. THE GLASS TEAT 
The BUFFY soundtrack comes to CD. Rounder Records announced that it will release a CD of the official musical soundtrack to "Once More With Feeling," the critically acclaimed musical episode of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, on Sept. 24. The CD's 10 tracks will contain the entire original soundtrack to the show, as well as an unreleased demo version of "Going Through the Motions," sung by Whedon and his wife, Kai Cole, as well as score segments from three other BUFFY episodes, "Restless," "Hush" and "The Gift.". . . Duck Dodgers - the series! There's a new "Duck Dodgers" series in production for 2003, with writers Paul Dini, Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone involved. More on that as details come in. . . . SHE SPIES - M.I.A. NBC dropped the fourth episode of SHE SPIES, originally scheduled to air Saturday, August 10th. The ratings for the first three episodes had been pretty lackluster. We'll see if this affects the planned syndication of the series. . . . USA brings out the DEAD. USA Network has picked up its hit series THE DEAD ZONE for a second season. Production on the second season will resume in Vancouver, B.C., in mid-September, with the season debuting in early 2003. All primary cast members will be returning, including star Anthony Michael Hall, who is also a producer. With a 4.7 household rating and 6.4 million viewers, THE DEAD ZONE became USA's highest-rated and most-watched original dramatic series debut and earned a place as the top basic-cable original dramatic series of all time. . . . Parents vs. BUFFY. The Parents Television Council rated BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER the worst show in prime time for graphic violence and sex and an element of the occult. The list is released annually. Last year BUFFY was rated #3. . . . LOST WORLD- lost series? The syndicated series, THE LOST WORLD, was renewed for season four last January. This summer fights started over revenue and syndication. At this juncture the series is in jeopardy. It had been announced its return for the end of September. Now, if season four happens at all, it won't be before January. . . . CHARMED and CHARMED again. TNT will start airing early episodes of CHARMED twice daily starting September 3rd, airing episodes at 9 AM and 5 PM each day. From the initial listings, they appear to be running season One episodes in the 5 PM time slot and season three episodes in the 9 AM time slot. . . . Dan Akroyd's talk show? Missing, presumed dead. The Sci-Fi Channel had announced a proposed reality-talk show series hosted by Dan Aykroyd that would be a light-hearted review of various conspiracy theories and paranormal phenomenon. It was to have been a complement to CROSSING OVER. The network announced that the series is in limbo. It's not completely dead but it's been put on Sci-Fi's back burner. The talk series was sent back for an overhaul last January after executives decided the show format didn't work. Nothing's been heard of it since. . . . More WITCHBLADE! Fans of WITCHBLADE are petitioning for a third season. More than 3,000 fans have signed the petition, which is sponsored by the We Are Legion fan group.
47. SEPTEMBER 11 
    A year ago that was just another late summer day on the calendar. Now it is so much more. It's a call to action. It's a cry for reason in the midst of insanity. It's the repository of our broken hearts. A year ago September 11 joined days like July 4 and December 7 where the universe changed in an unalterable way. Television, our great national common, recognizes that fact. 
    NBC, ABC and CBS will all run expanded editions of their morning news programs, with live shots from Ground Zero and full accounts of the deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. 
    CBS is planning to air a special 60 MINUTES and 60 MINUTES II, with the latter featuring the only interview granted by President Bush on that terrible day. The network will also rerun its acclaimed 9-11 documentary, hosted by Robert De Niro, which first aired in March. 
    ABC plans to broadcast news throughout the day and into prime time, along with a question-and-answer session for children hosted by Peter Jennings, as well as a special edition of NIGHTLINE. Fox will present its own  two-hour special, THE DAY AMERICA CHANGED. 
    The cable news outlets - CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel - will all do news and documentary programs. 
    A&E, the Biography Channel, the History Channel and History International, will fade to black on the 11th. Instead of their normal programming, A&E's channels will continuously scroll the names of the victims, beginning at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center. The scroll will last an hour and 43 minutes, until 10:29 a.m., when the second tower collapsed. 
    E! is planning a one-hour news special to mark the occasion. 
    The Food Network and HGTV will halt their programming for two hours on the morning of Sept. 11. Sister channels Fine Living and DIY will also go dark that morning too. The channels will be off the air for two hours, coinciding with the time of the attack. 
    UPN will not drastically alter its broadcast schedule on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. It will, however, pay tribute to some of the heroes of that day. During primetime that day, the network will air five PORTRAITS OF COURAGE, short pieces on young people who helped save lives in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. 
    Some familiar names and faces from the tragedy will also resurface. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is still deciding which of hundreds of interview requests he plans to accept. He also plans to attend tributes to the friends and coworkers he lost that day. 
    Lisa Beamer - whose husband, Todd Beamer, uttered the now famous "Let's roll" on United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania - has granted taped interviews to NBC's TODAY and ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA and will appear live on Larry King.
48. BIG CHANGES AT AMC 
    Classic movie fans have been whining about changes at American Movie Classics. This was once the sole gatekeeper of America's glorious movie past. Since the emergence of Turner Classic Movies AMC has been trying to find its way. Guess what - if you were upset before with the addition of commercials, the skewing toward more recent films and the heavy editing done on it titles, you ain't seen nothing yet. 
    American Movie Classics will abandon its classic pedigree this fall to offer more contemporary and younger-skewing movies. The programming transformation will include more original series and specials. It will also be accompanied by additional advertising breaks for the once-commercial-free network. The network, which started running four minutes per hour of commercial 'interruptions' earlier this year, will double its advertising inventory to eight minutes in October. 
    For classic-movie aficionados, AMC will debut a commercial-free, digital service, AMC Hollywood Classics, in October, featuring films from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. 
    The network will also debut a new on-air look in October. It will no longer refer to itself as American Movie Classics, but rather AMC. The changes reflect the network’s desire to adjust to the changing mood of Hollywood, which is reaching younger audiences and embracing more independent films, as well as blockbusters. 
    The network will boost its original programming lineup via the launch of several new series including DVD-TV, which will air a film, then a documentary about it, then the movie again, this time with director commentary. AMC also plans a fall premiere for its first animated series, MONSTERS WANTED, which focuses on 'real monsters' applying for roles in horror flicks (see above for details). 
    AMC's president, Kate McEnroe, explained, "What happened is time has moved forward. This has been an evolution, not a revolution. What I like to say is no brand is immortal. Even the Wall Street Journal had to get their act together and reformat." 
    It's worth noting that AMC is now owned and managed by the Long Island, N.Y.-based Rainbow Media Holdings Inc. The company did the same turnabout with Bravo. That network began as a premium cable outlet for foreign and art films and arts programming, then started editing films for content when it went basic and slowly introduced commercials with the unveiling of more and more original programming.
49. YOU GET TO RE-LIVE THE WORST DAY OF JACK BAUER'S LIFE THIS LABOR DAY 
    Stock up on coffee and No Doz, then watch the worst day of Jack Bauer's life over Labor Day weekend. FX will be airing the entire first season of  24 beginning at midnight on Sunday, Sept. 1 and ending at midnight on Labor Day, Sept. 2. FX has been rebroadcasting episodes throughout most of the season. 
    The marathon is a way to generate interest in the six-disc 24 DVD set, which is coming to stores on Tuesday, Sept. 17. It may also be a way to get audiences up to speed on the show before the second season debuts on Tuesday, Oct. 29 with a commercial-free episode.
50. BACK TO BACK TO THE BATCAVE 
    In last June's ICS Files (#41) there was a brief item about a new Batman movie called BACK TO THE BATCAVE: THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF ADAM WEST AND BURT WARD. Here are some more details on it. 
    CBS wrapped production on the television movie in August. It reunites the stars of the series. Adam West and Burt Ward star in the comedy adventure as themselves. While investigating a plot to steal the original Batmobile from a charity benefit, the actors reminisce about their old series. These memories reveal the strange behind-the-scenes drama of BATMAN including on-the-set explosions to their wild real-life encounters with fans. 
    Frank Gorshin (The Riddler), Lee Meriwether (Cat Woman) and Julie Newmar (Cat Woman) will also appear in the movie. Emmy Award-winner Paul A. Kaufman executive produces and directs. The script was written by Duane Poole, who also wrote the documentary SURVIVING GILLIGAN'S ISLAND: THE INCREDIBLY TRUE STORY OF THE LONGEST THREE-HOUR TOUR IN HISTORY. 
    No official airdate has been set. I'd be willing to bet we'll see it on an upcoming sweeps period.
51. GRRRL POWER CONTINUES WITH THE RETURN OF THE BIONIC WOMAN 
    USA Network is looking to add to the growing list of butt-kicking TV women by developing a new take on the 1970s series THE BIONIC WOMAN. If development proceeds smoothly, the new series could be on the air by summer 2003. 
    "THE BIONIC WOMAN is an old title that is ripe for reinvention," according to Jeff Wachtel, USA's executive vice president for series and longform programming. "One thing that's special about it is it's really an action show, and that's something we're looking for." 
    The new BIONIC WOMAN will be produced by sisters Jennifer and Suzanne Todd (MEMENTO, the AUSTIN POWERS movies), and is close to signing up a writer for the project.
52. AMBER BENSON TALKS ABOUT TARA'S DEATH 
    Amber Benson, who played the ill-fated Tara in last season's BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, talked about the vocal reaction to her character's death among lesbian fans of the series. Many lesbian fans were outraged that the Tara-Willow love affair ended in tragedy. 
    She said, "A friend of mine is a lesbian, and we went to a lesbian bar with her right after it happened. I swear to you, this woman came over, and she was almost in tears. She was almost hysterical. 'I can't believe you're dead!' She was really broken up about it. I felt so bad, because I didn't know what to say. It definitely was not my choice, but I felt it was the right thing to do, just for the show. That was the only thing that would destroy Willow. So I understood, storywise, that it needed to happen. She couldn't have just been maimed, right? It wouldn't have worked." 
    "It did last three seasons," referring to Tara's relationship with Willow. "Buffy can't seem to keep them. Xander and Anya are at each other's throats all the time. Maybe Dawn will have a good relationship, I don't know. That's life. Life is like that. You can't expect the happy to be it, because without the crappy stuff, you can't understand how truly amazing the happy stuff is."
53. DEFENDING AGAINST TERRORISTS - THE BUFFY PARADIGM 
    Sure, Buffy Summers can protect the world from vampires and demons, but might she also be helpful in stopping would-be terrorists armed with biological weapons? At least one military analyst has given it serious consideration. 
    Military analyst Anthony H. Cordesman, who holds a chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and is a longtime analyst for ABC News, has authored a paper called "Biological Warfare and the BUFFY Paradigm." Cordesman thinks the unpredictable nature of evil on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and the way Buffy and others react to it, could be instructive to U.S. defense against chemical and biological attacks. 
    Cordesman writes, "I realize that those of you who are workaholics or who are simply mature and without children or younger relatives may never have seen this show. It is, however, about a teenage vampire slayer who lives in a world of unpredictable threats where each series of crises only becomes predictable when it is over and is followed by a new an unfamiliar one." 
    That uncertainty is the chief feature of the "BUFFY paradigm," which also includes a reliance on old or bad information (a la Giles' ancient demon texts), unclear motivations of attackers and the fact that there's always another threat lurking in the shadows. 
    The way the characters respond to the threats against him - the "BUFFY syndrome" - is an example of how not to act, Cordesman argues. "The characters in BUFFY constantly try to create unrealistic plans and models, and live in a world where they never really face the level of uncertainty they must deal with," he writes. 
    Cordesman admits in the report that his approach is "somewhat unusual," but he says current methods of threat assessment aren't so great either. "We can speculate on scenarios . . . we can conduct studies and exercises, and we can write doctrine until hell freezes over," he writes, "but our chances of really being much better than BUFFY are simply not that great" until a better picture of the threat emerges.
54. A TRIP TO THE CARNIVÀLE WITH ADRIENNE BARBEAU 
    Adrienne Barbeau's upcoming HBO supernatural series, CARNIVÀLE has been given the green light. "It's happening. I think you can think of it as THE X-FILES meets David Lynch meets Marjoe Gortner. It's also been described as THE X-FILES meets STAR WARS." 
    Her description is a little, uh, odd. "It's sort of an epic good-versus-evil story, as personified by satanic evangelists and carny workers during the Depression in the Dust Bowl. It's great. I play a tattooed snake charmer. I think they will start with an exploration of the characters, and then move more into the conflict of good versus evil. We've got the dwarf, and we've got the giant, literally, and the Siamese twins and the lizard man and the strong man and the bearded lady and the psychic. It deals a lot with metaphysics and the supernatural." Hmmm. Ok. I'm hearing a lot of David Lynch. When do we get to THE X-FILES meets STAR WARS? We may have to wait until it airs to find out. 
    The pilot was directed by Rodrigo Garcia (THINGS YOU CAN TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT HER). Fans of SIX FEET UNDER may remember him from there. He's done several episodes. 
    CARNIVÀLE will also star such familiar sci-fi and horror faces as Nick Stahl (TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES), Clancy Brown (EARTH 2), Michael Jay Anderson (TWIN PEAKS), Patrick Bauchau (KINDRED: THE  EMBRACED), Clea DuVall (GHOSTS OF MARS) and John Fleck (ENTERPRISE). Production is underway now, with the series set to debut in 2003.
55. THE LAW: FUTURE TENSE 
    Oscar-nominated writer Paul Attanasio (QUIZ SHOW) is pairing with Ed Zuckerman (LAW & ORDER) to create a sci-fi legal drama. The show, as yet, has no announced title. It's been picked up by CBS after an intense bidding war between major networks. 
    The show will center on a law firm 50 years in the future; few other details are known. Zuckerman will write the pilot and serve as an executive producer with Attanasio and Katie Jacobs. Universal Network TV is financing the project and will likely re-air episodes on the Sci-Fi Channel (Universal owns the Sci-Fi Channel). 
    "What we especially loved about the pitch is that it posits a future world in which human nature, warts and all, remains the same," says Sarah Timberman, Universal TV's president of programming. Zuckerman says the 50-years-hence setting "opens up a huge, fresh story territory" for the series. "Even my wife, who never watches the shows I work for, thinks this is a neat 
idea," he says.
56. LATHE OF HEAVEN - A TV MOVIE THAT GETS THE JELLYFISH RIGHT 
    Philip Haas, director of the A&E made-for-cable film based on Ursula K. Le Guin's classic novel THE LATHE OF HEAVEN, said that he hoped to achieve a look and feel that was simultaneously retro and futuristic. LATHE tells the story of George Orr (Lukas Haas, no relation to Philip), a man whose dreams can change reality. "Some of the buildings are old, but timeless," Philip Haas said. "There's a woman's voice singing a wordless melody over the these images of jellyfish that you see often in the movie, that represent Orr's state of mind, and that voice was actually computer-generated, sampled and reworked for the film. The jellyfish are computer-generated images. If you watch closely you'll see that as Orr's dreams change the world, the world has different color schemes. The movie starts off pretty monochrome, and then yellow is introduced, and then yellow and green, and finally fire. So you get this constant evolution. I think that evolution of color helps that quality of being taken in by the story, of not quite knowing what's happening, but knowing that something is changing. Of course, the jellyfish stay pink the entire time." 
    Haas said he has not seen the classic 1980 public television version of LATHE, which starred Bruce Davison, nor has he read Le Guin's book. Alan Sharp (DAMNATION ALLEY) adapted the book for the screen. But, Haas said, "we've tried to match the creativity of the story on the visual level. When we were making the film, we had charts of how the colors would be introduced and in what sections. So although there are special effects in there - like the jellyfish and what you see out Dr. Haber's [James Caan] window - LATHE OF HEAVEN is introspective. It's more about inner space than outer space." 
    Look for LATHE OF HEAVEN this month. It will air on Sept. 8 on A&E.
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57. THINGS TO COME
CAPCLAVE 2002 arrives on a new date - October 18 - 20, 2002 (last year was September) - and a new location - the Hilton Silver Spring located at 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. The theme of the convention is "Celebrating the Short Story in Science Fiction." The guest of honor is Stanley Schmidt, editor of Analog. The artist guest of honor is Alexis Gilliland, winner of four Hugos for best fan artist. At this writing they're still building the rest of their guest list. They'll be featuring literary discussions with authors, readings by authors, a dealer's room, art exhibits, science presentations, a con suite, parties, chances for conversations and a relaxed atmosphere. The membership rate is $30 until September 3rd, $35 through September, and then $40 at the door. To register, send your name, preferred badge name, email address, and snail-mail address and phone number to: Capclave 2002 Registration/ c/o Bob MacIntosh/ 7113 Wayne Dr./ Annandale VA 22003-1734. 

    CHILLER THEATER is being held October 25-27 at the Sheraton Meadowlands in E. Rutherford, NJ. From VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA they've got Alan Hunt, Kevin Hagan, Terry Becker and Warren Stevens. From LOST IN SPACE they have Mark Goddard and Jonathan Harris. From THE LOVE BOAT they have Bernie Kopell, Jill Whelan and Ted Lange. From LAND OF THE GIANTS they have Deana Lund, Don Marshall, Heather Young and Stefan Arngrim. From THE EVIL DEAD they have Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker and Sarah York. They have members from two different STAR TREK casts. From the original series they've got Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig. From DEEP SPACE NINE they have a pair of Klingon Chancellors - J. G. Hertzler and Robert O'Reilly. They're also featuring Kenny Miller (I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF), a tentative appearance from Maryam D'Abo (THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS), Tippi Hedren (THE BIRDS), Felix Silla (THE ADDAMS FAMILY), Valerie Leon (BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB), scream queen Brinke Stevens and Boris Karloff's daughter, Sara Karloff. They have Disney artist Frank Dietz ( Disney's TARZAN), comic book artist Bernie Wrightson ("Swamp Thing"), author and editor David J. Schow (Seeing Red), model Barbara Leigh (The Original Vampirella) and, of course, TV horror host Zacherley. The schedule will be Friday October 25 - 6 PM - 11 PM, Saturday October 26 - 11 AM - 7 PM and Sunday October 27 - 11 AM - 5 PM. The Sheraton Medowlands is located on Rt. 3 East (across from Giants Stadium) in E. Rutherford, NJ. Their phone number is (201) 896-0500. Early bird advance tickets are $12 per day, or $30 for all three days. Pre-show tickets give you access to the show one hour earlier than the general public on Friday night or Saturday morning. Ideally, pre-show tickets are usually purchased by those wanting access to very limited sale items at the show before general ticket holders enter the show. Pre-show tickets give you access to purchase limited model kits, movie classic items and other items. These tickets cost $20 each (per day, US Funds) at the show. Pre-Show & VIP Tickets are available in advance only. They enable ticket-holders entry for the entire weekend plus one hour early on Friday or Saturday they're selling for $35. Pre-show both days, plus all day Sunday is $45. Children age 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. The mailing address for tickets is Chiller Theatre Inc./ P O Box 23/ Rutherford NJ 07070. 

   ECLECTICON is a media fanzine conventions, focusing on fanzines and the varied fandoms that inspire them. It will be held on November 8 -10 at the Ramada Hotel at Routes 1 & 9 South in Newark, NJ. This is a convention that prides itself on having everything other conventions have EXCEPT celebrity guests. They'll still have dealers, panels, gaming, discussions and the other things associated with other conventions. Programming at ElectiCon is comprised of four tracks: General Interest, Fandom, Media, and Writing/Editing/Publishing. There's no further information available on what will be contained in those tracks. Registration for the weekend is $40. If you'd like further information either hit the link on this article or, for snail-mailers, drop a note to Eclecticon/ PO Box 3165/ Bayonne, NJ 7002-0298.

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58. THE 2002 HUGO AWARDS 
    The Hugo Awards are the most prestigious awards in the field of science fiction. Each year they're given out at the annual World Science Fiction Convention (also known as "WorldCon"). This year's awards were presented Sunday, September 1 at the 60th World Science Fiction Convention, ConJosé, in San José, California. Here's the results of that voting. 

    Best Novel: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    Best Novella: "Fast Times at Fairmont High" by Vernor Vinge
    Best Novelette: "Hell Is the Absence of God" by Ted Chiang
    Best Short Story: "The Dog Said Bow-Wow" by Michael Swanwick
    Best Related Book: The Art of Chesley Bonestell by Ron Miller & Frederick C. Durant III, with Melvin H. Schuetz 
    Best Dramatic Presentation: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 
    Best Professional Editor: Ellen Datlow
    Best Professional Artist: Michael Whelan
    Best Semiprozine: "Locus" edited by Charles N. Brown
    Best Fanzine: "Ansible" edited by Dave Langford 
    Best Fan Writer: Dave Langford
    Best Fan Artist: Teddy Harvia
    Best Web Site: Locus Online, Mark R. Kelly editor/webmaster
59. OTHER AWARD NEWS 
    The Hugos are, by far, the most famous awards given out at WorldCon, but they're not the only ones. Here's a review of the other guys. 
    The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is given to the best new science fiction or fantasy writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy appearing in a professional publication published in the previous two years. The award for 2000 or 2001 went to Jo Walton. She's a Welsh writer. She has a fantasy novel, The King's Peace, a sequel on the way, a sci-fi novel behind that, and an assortment of poems, plays short stories and reviews. 
    The Prometheus Awards recognize works of libertarian sci-fi. This year's winner is the novel Psychohistorical Crisis by Donald Kingsbury. This year's Prometheus Hall of Fame inductee is not a book but a classic TV show. The winner is Patrick McGoohan's THE PRISONER. 
    The Sidewise Awards is for works of a growing field in literature - alternate history. This year's winner for Long Form is the novel The Children's War by J.N. Stroyar. The Short Form winner is the novella The Human Front by Ken MacLeod
    The Golden Duck Awards recognize works of children's and young adult sci-fi and fantasy. The Picture Book Award (awarded to the illustrator) went to Baloney by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith. The Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades went to Beatnik Rutabagas From Beyond the Stars by Quentin Dodd. The Hal Clement Award for Young Adults was won by This Side of Paradise by Steven Layne.
60. RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES AND TELEVISION 
    A To Z of Hitchcock by Howard Maxford, List Price: $23.95 
This handbook covers Hitchcock's career in a user-friendly, easy-reference A to Z format. The entries include: all Hitchcock films, with synopsis, a detailed critique, cast and credit listings, video/laserdisk/DVD availability/soundtrack availability as well as mention of the trademark Hitchcock appearance in each film; all his television work; unrealized or unfinished work; biographical entries on all the actors Hitchcock worked with; biographical entries for the key cinematographers, composers of scores, cameramen, and special effects people who worked with Hitchcock. Illustrated throughout, this guide is packed with information on the work of one of the world's favorite directors. 
    Eaten Alive at a Chainsaw Massacre: The Films of Tobe Hooper by John Kenneth Muir, $45.00 
This detailed reference work is divided into five parts. Part I is a history and overview of Tobe Hooper's career. Part II is a film-by-film review of each of his films. Part III provides chronological information of Hooper's television movies and miniseries. Part IV looks at individual TV episodes that he's directed on ongoing series. Part V is a concluding essay which places Hooper in the context of film history and compares with other directors like George Romero, Wes Craven and John Carpenter. 
    Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters by Jacques Boyreau, $19.95 
Trash assembles more than 150 masterpieces of twisted brilliance: lowbrow graphic poster art from the sickest, sleaziest, sexiest, and weirdest films from the 1950s through the 1980s. A feast for the eyes and other visceral zones, Trash rolls in the mud with graphic art of such questionable  aesthetic quality and social worth that it practically redefines the poster as advertising medium. Chapters each define a key Trash topic ("Sex Trash," "Action Trash," "Sick Trash," "Race Trash," "Groovy Trash," "Docu Trash"), collecting the most zombified, oversexed, lethal pest-infested, and tasteless posters from each genre. With plagues of frogs, meteors headed straight for earth, sex-starved zombies, and explosion after glorious explosion, Trash crawls across the underbelly of both the cinematic and poster arts. 
    The Unauthorized Jackie Chan Encyclopedia: From PROJECT A to SHANGHAI NOON and Beyond by John Corcoran, $17.95 
This is a comprehensive filmography for the man known as the "Clown Prince" of martial arts. It goes from his childhood roles to his hits of today. It contains a bibliographic guide to the books and magazine stories dedicated to him and a list of official Jackie Chan fan clubs, complete with contact information and Web addresses. The book's by martial arts expert and journalist John Corcoran and features photographs of Jackie Chan taken throughout his career. This A-to-Z reference is nothing less than a Chan fan's dream come true. 
    A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey by Kevin Murphy, $14.95 
For fans suffering separation anxiety from MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, this book will help ease the pain. The book's author, Kevin Murphy, is known to legions of fans as Tom Servo on that legendary TV series. He went to the movies every day for a year. Not only did he endure, he prevailed to write the first book about the movies from the audience's point of view. He went to the multiplex, sure. But he didn't stop there. He found the world's smallest commercial movie theater. Another one made completely of ice. Checked out flicks in a tin-roofed hut in the South Pacific. Tooled across the desert from drive-in to drive-in in a groovy convertible. Lived for a week solely on theater food. Took six different women to the same date movie. Dressed up as a nun for the Sing-Along SOUND OF MUSIC in London. Sneaked into the Cannes and Sundance film festivals. Smuggled an entire Thanksgiving dinner into a movie theater. And saw hundreds of films, from the Arctic Circle to the Equator, from the sublime to the unspeakable. You're invited to come along on a joyous global celebration of the cinema with a man on a mission - to spend A Year at the Movies.
61. RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS 
    STAR TREK: Errand of Vengeance Book Two - Killing Blow by Kevin Ryan, $6.99 
The U.S.S. Enterprise is patrolling the Klingon border when sensors detect a massive power source on a planet supposedly populated only by a race of primitive humanoids. Suspecting some sort of Klingon plot, Captain Kirk decides to investigate the matter personally, beaming down to the planet with Dr. McCoy and a team of security officers. But Kirk is in more danger than he knows. Among the landing party is Lt. Jon Anderson, a Klingon infiltrator on an undercover mission aboard the Enterprise. Anderson does not know if the Empire is at work on the unnamed planet, but if it is, then his duty demands that Kirk be stopped - by all means necessary. 
    STAR TREK: Errand of Vengeance Book Three: River of Blood by Kevin Ryan, $6.99 
The news from Starfleet Command is grim: a full-scale war against the Klingon Empire is coming, a war that the Federation may not be able to win. In anticipation of a monumental conflict, the U.S.S. Enterprise is assigned to guard a vital starbase located perilously close to Klingon space. But even as Kirk's mission brings him into a tense confrontation with an invading Klingon battle cruiser, an equally deadly menace lurks within the ranks of his own crew: Klingon infiltrator agents, posing as Starfleet officers and sworn to destroy the enemies of the Empire - even at the cost of their own honor! 
    STAR TREK: The Amazing Stories edited by John J. Ordover, $12.00 
From 1998 to 2000, "Amazing Stories," the world's oldest science fiction magazine, presented a series of original STAR TREK stories written by a number of bestselling authors. Now these little-seen STAR TREK adventures have been collected together for the first time, along with brand-new tales written expressly for this volume. Among the highlights: 
    Spock comes to terms with the death of his father in a story by A. C. Crispin. 
    Counselor Deanna Troi risks everything to aid the evacuation of an endangered planet. 
    Seven of Nine learns a lesson in humanity when the Starship Voyager takes on some unusual alien visitors. 
    Beverly Crusher discovers that holographic doctors take some getting used to, especially during a medical emergency. 
    Captain Proton, Defender of the Earth, must face the awesome menace of the Space Vortex of Doom! 
    TERMINATOR 2: The New John Connor Chronicles: Dark Futures by Russell Blackford, $6.99 
Told from the perspective of John himself, The New John Connor Chronicles provides insight to the thoughts and fears of a young man who already knows what Fate has in store for him and the burdens he has to bear along the path he must travel to become humanity's future savior. 
    WITCHBLADE: A Terrible Beauty by John J. Miller, $6.99 
In the wake of a rash of killings dubbed the "Machete Murders" by the press, the people of New York have been living in fear. Assigned to the high-profile case are Sara Pezzini and her partner, Jake McCarthy, who soon find themselves neck-deep in trouble (not just from NYPD brass, but from voodoo priests, evil spirits, a brother and sister pair of hired killers, and a Goth band called The Mountains of Madness! Sara will use the Witchblade to help her, if it doesn't turn against her first.

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62. QUICK TAKES 
SON OF THE MASK. Larry Guterman (CATS & DOGS) will direct New Line Cinema's follow-up to its 1994 Jim Carrey supernatural comedy film THE MASK. New Line is not billing the movie as a sequel, but rather as a second installment of the franchise. Neither Carrey nor co-star Cameron Diaz are expected to reprise their original roles. The new film will reportedly center on Tim Avery, an aspiring cartoonist who finds himself raising a baby endowed with the powers of the mask of Loki. Lance Khazei (ROMANTIC COMEDY) wrote the screenplay. . . . GOTHAM AND METROPOLIS, BY WAY OF TROY. Director Wolfgang Petersen, who is developing the BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN movie for Warner Brothers, plans to continue with that project, but will first film TROY, an adventure based on Homer's Iliad, with production set to begin next spring with an eye toward a 2004 release. . . . THE TERMINATOR IN TOWN SQUARE. Officials in Arnold Schwarzenegger's Austrian home town, Graz, are calling for a TERMINATOR monument to mark the place's European Commission City Of Culture honor in 2003. Ahnuld has already been honored in the town when the soccer stadium was named Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium in 1997, but now high-ranking fans want to honor their favorite son further. Dignitaries hope to erect a statue of Arnie in his TERMINATOR guise. The third TERMINATOR movie RISE OF THE MACHINES will be released next year. A spokesman for the honor committee in Graz says, "Arnie is Graz's most important cultural export commodity and we'd like to combine the City of Culture honor and the release of TERMINATOR 3 in style." . . . MOTHER NATURE'S CAMEO APPEARANCE. A pair of movies had to be halted as flood waters swept through Prague in August. THE SOUND OF THUNDER and THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDIANRY GENTLEMEN had to hold-up production, hoping the waters would soon recede. An assistant on THUNDER played down the effect of the flood, explaining, "It's nothing drastic; we had to change the schedule and evacuate the set." A publicist on GENTLEMEN said that two out of more than 50 Prague and Czech sets for the film had been damaged by the floods. A set for scenes involving a submarine on the River Vltava docks at Liben in Prague was submerged in more than 5 feet of water. And a large set for scenes set in London, Paris and Venice, Italy - under construction at an old airplane factory outside Prague - also has been damaged by floodwaters. . . . I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE, AND IT IS STUPID. Mike Judge, best known for his animated TV series KING OF THE HILL and BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD, will write and direct 3001. It tells the story of a regular guy who wakes up 1,000 years in the future and finds the world so dumbed-down that he's the smartest man on the planet. . . . WOLFENSTEIN - FROM GAME TO FILM. Rich Wilkes (XXX) will adapt the Activision video game RETURN TO CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN for the big screen for Columbia Pictures. The game tells the story of an Army Ranger whose team returns to the notorious Castle Wolfenstein, where occult and genetic experiments are creating an unstoppable Nazi army. . . . A NEW CREATURE'S ON THE WAY. Director Guillermo del Toro (BLADE II, HELLBOY) said that he will remake CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. Del Toro said that he hopes to set his film in the late 1800s. . . . WATCH ME SAW THIS MATRIX IN HALF. The two MATRIX sequels, RELOADED and REVOLUTIONS just finished principal photography in Sydney, Australia after 200 days of filming. Producer Joel Silver said that the MATRIX sequels are not really two separate films. "It is one enormous movie that's being cut in half and being shown in two halves," he said. . . . THE MATRIX ONLINE. The studio has posted an audio account of the end of shooting on its official Web site. The site also features a new trailer for the upcoming ANIMATRIX, a series of nine animated films based on the universe of THE MATRIX, coming to DVD and video in 2003. . . . THE OUTER LIMITS AND THE BIG SCREEN. Rupert Wainwright will direct MGM's big-screen version of THE OUTER LIMITS. Wainwright previously directed STIGMATA. Wainwright takes on a film that the studio hopes will lead to a feature franchise. Gerald Di Pego (PHENOMENON) and sons Justin and Zachary wrote the script. Mark Victor and Michael Grais of Victor/Grais are producing THE OUTER LIMITS, along with Trilogy Entertainment's Pen Densham, Guy McElwaine and John Watson.
63. THE CRITICS RAVE OVER THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH 
    Critics went wild over the release of Eddie Murphy's summer sci-fi film, THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH. Unfortunately for Warner Bros. they weren't wild in quite the way the studio would have hoped. Apparently, fearing they had a critical piñata on their hands, Warner didn't screen the movie in advance for critics (never a good sign). The critical community got the movie full-blast in the face the same time as the public. Here are some of the "valentines" hurled at the movie. 
    Daily Variety commented that it was "so abysmal it had [box office] - watchers mentioning the industry's most legendary fiascoes like pricey flops TOWN & COUNTRY, ISHTAR and HEAVEN'S GATE." 
    "Watching it is like watching 90 minutes of outtakes - deleted scenes randomly assembled by a drunken night watchman at 
the studio," wrote Lou Lumenick in the New York Post. 
    Jack Mathews in the New York Daily News observed that the Eddie Murphy movie is set in 2087, "which is about the earliest he can hope to be forgiven." 
    Stephen Hunter in the Washington Post observed that the movie wasn't even forgettable, "because there's nothing to forget." 
    David Hiltbrand in the Philadelphia Inquirer noted that the movie sat on Warner Bros.' shelf for nearly two years while the studio reworked it, hoping to breathe life into it. "You might as well try to revive a stuffed moose," Hiltbrand commented. 
    In answer to the question, how bad is this movie really? Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe recounted that when he saw the movie in a local theater, "the gentleman eight rows in front of me spent most of the movie on his cell phone. And no one asked him to stop talking. Maybe they all thought he was trying to get someone at the studio to fess up to greenlighting this cosmic slop." 
    It was received in England with similar warmth. The London Telegraph said, "It's not so much bad as a kind of non-film, full of non-jokes, non-characters, inaction scenes and anti-plot." 
    Over at London's Star the critic advised, "If you go to see this, buy a big drink. You now have two options: Drink it generously, and use toilet breaks as an excuse to miss portions [of the movie], or alternatively, throw your drink at the screen in disgust." 
64. ALL SINGING, ALL DANCING, ALL BATMAN! 
    Batman seems to have suddenly gotten hot. There's the two BATMAN movies on the board (about the beginning and end of his career), a CATWOMAN movie, THE BIRDS OF PREY on the WB this fall (see above), the Adam West and Burt Ward TV bio-pic BACK TO THE BATCAVE (see above) and now - a Broadway musical! 
    Tim Burton, the director the original BATMAN movie in 1989 and the '92 sequel, BATMAN RETURNS, has agreed to direct "Batman: The Musical". According to the show's composer, Jim Steinman, "We're thrilled he's going to do it. David [Ives, who wrote the libretto] and I floundered around for a year trying to figure out how to musicalize Batman. Then we looked at Tim's original movie and thought, that's it." 
    The musical will cost at least $15 million to mount. Plans are to open it out of town in 2004 and on Broadway the following year.
65. DEMI MOORE: FROM SUPERSTAR TO FALLEN ANGEL 
    Welcome back angel. Breaking a five-year absence from studio films, Demi Moore has signed on to star in the CHARLIE'S ANGELS sequel, CHARLIE'S ANGELS: HALO. Moore will play a "fallen" angel who once worked for Charlie but who now has moved to the dark side of the law. 
    The film, to be directed by McG, will reunite Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Luke Wilson, Crispin Glover, and Matt LeBlanc. Bernie Mac replaces Bill Murray as Bosley, and original Angel Jaclyn Smith appears as her television show persona Kelly Garrett. 
    Moore, 40, who at one time was the highest paid actress in the business by commanding a $12 million salary for the filmsSTRIPTEASE and G.I. JANE retired from filmmaking to raise her three kids on her Idaho farm. Her most recent film was Alain Berliner’s independent PASSION OF MIND in 2000, where she played a woman who lived in two simultaneous worlds; a real one and a dream one. That sounds dangerously close to her present status - living the life of Hollywood's most sought-after star and nearly simultaneously playing the villainess in a TV-inspired comic-book of a film.
66. THE LATEST ON THE LATEST EXORCIST 
    Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard will step in for Liam Neeson in THE EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING, the fourth installment in the series. Neeson - who was set to play a younger version of Max von Sydow's character from the original EXORCIST in the prequel film - left because of scheduling conflicts. 
    Paul Schrader is directing the prequel (sometimes called THE EXORCIST 4:1). It begins shooting in November in Morocco, before moving to England. Neeson came aboard in the fall, when the late John Frankenheimer was still attached to direct. Gabriel Mann and Billy Crawford also star in the film, which tells the story of Father Merrin (Skarsgard) and his first encounter with the devil while doing missionary work in post-World War II Africa. Best-selling author Caleb Carr (The Alienist) rewrote the script, based on an original screenplay by William Wisher. 
    The film is still (optimistically) scheduled for domestic release July 18, 2003. With a November production start-date and a probably lengthy post-production schedule for extensive C.G.I. work I wouldn't start standing in line for that July date just yet.
67. JAMES BOND: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED HER 
    Film-makers of the latest James Bond movie decided to have a racy encounter between stars Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry after realizing the British secret agent had never been filmed in the act. DIE ANOTHER DAY director Lee Tamahori says he wanted to see 007 getting down and dirty for real, rather than just the aftermath usually seen in the spy films. He says, "I keep watching these old Bond movies, which I love, and I keep saying, 'Why doesn't he actually f***? Why is it always post-coital? Why does the camera have to pan across the clothes and go up to the bed to find him drinking a bottle of champagne with his sheet up around him?' We said, 'Pierce, what do you feel about being in the first Bond movie where you get laid?' And he said, 'That'd be smashing!' So we did that. We've got Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry bonking away." But the effort may have been in vain - Tamahori is expecting censors to excise the saucy scene so that the film will be given a rating which will allow younger Bond fans to see it. 
    Incidentally, there'll be another Bond girl putting in a brief (and fully clothed) appearance. Deborah Moore, 38, has a cameo as an airline hostess in the movie. Her character meets the British secret agent but fails to fall for his legendary charms. She has some experience with Mr. Bond. Her father is Roger Moore.
68. FREDDY VS. JASON BRINGS US A SENSITIVE JASON AND FREDDY WITH FROZEN NUTS 
    Kane Hodder, who played hockey-masked fiend Jason Voorhees in the most recent FRIDAY THE 13th movies, said that he won't be reprising the role in the upcoming FREDDY VS. JASON movie. Apparently filmmakers are rethinking the Jason character to make him more sympathetic and a closer physical match to Freddy. The idea is to make Jason a "sad, pathetic, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA-type character," a source at New Line explained. 
    Robert Englund will fill the role of Freddy Krueger in the film. Englund said that he's troubled that Kane Hodder won't be back. "Kane is a friend of mine, and it makes this difficult," Englund said. "Because I think of Kane as Jason. Nobody does the killing machine like Kane. The only thing I know is, they're looking at people. . . . One of the things that may be in the rewrites is that there may be a sequence in a flashback, we may see Jason young. Given that, they may be forced to hire somebody younger. We're going to revisit the backstories of both characters. It's a real imaginative, wonderful, E-ticket ride of exposition. On Jason, you get the exposition, and you get a Jason nightmare. My only problem is that we're working on a real lake, outside, for a month of nights in Vancouver. My genitals are going to go up inside me to live - it's going to be so cold!" 
    Director Ronny Yu (BRIDE OF CHUCKY) is set to begin production in Vancouver, B.C. on September 9. The movie will be out sometime next year.
69. HARRY POTTER MAY BE LOOKING FOR A NEW DUMBLEDORE 
    Richard Harris may have to be replaced as Prof. Albus Dumbledore in the third installment of the HARRY POTTER films as fears for his health grow. Harris, 71, was admitted to a London hospital, suffering from pneumonia. He's completed filming of the second HARRY POTTER film, THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, although a double was needed for some scenes when he was feeling ill. Warner Brothers will decide next month if he is fit enough to reprise the role in the next movie, THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, which is slated to begin shooting in January. 
    Harry Robinson, 72, is said to be the spitting image of Harris. He's the actor who has doubled Harris in the previous two films. He's a likely replacement. A source connected with the production said, "The producers are not confident Richard will be well enough and have told Harry there's an 80 per cent chance of him getting the part. He's already been told to start practicing Dumbledore's distinctive deep voice."
70. HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES IS FINALLY HEADED FOR THEATERS 
    Rob Zombie’s troubled HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES has finally found a home at Lions Gate Films.  Universal Pictures, who originally had the movie, sold the rights back to Zombie earlier this year after finding it to be too gory. MGM had shown interested in the picture as well - as long as some blood and murder scenes were removed - but then backed off when Zombie talked about the deal on a television interview. 
    The film, which stars Karen Black, William Haig, Bill Moseley and Chris Hardwick, follows two young couples whose vehicle breaks down in the middle of nowhere leaving them at the mercy of a peculiar small town family. The family matriarch includes: Firefly who performs shows with puppets made of stuffed cats and squirrels; a daughter named Baby who puts cigarettes out in the palms of her hands and a 300-pound son named Tiny who wears a leather mask covering up horrible burns. 
    Tom Ortenberg the president of Lions Gate Films Releasing, said, "With HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES Rob Zombie has created an in-your-face, unrelenting horror film experience. We are really looking forward to working with Rob and having a lot of fun with this campaign." 
    Lions Gate, which purchased both the R and unrated versions of the film, is planning on releasing HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES early next year.
71. DARKNESS COMES TO MIDDLE EARTH 
   Peter Jackson said that the upcoming THE TWO TOWERS and THE RETURN OF THE KING, will take the story into darker territory. "What basically happens is [the films] become darker, and they emotionally go places, which is very interesting. As Frodo's journey with the ring continues, the ring starts to affect him more. There's an interesting dynamic that is going to happen in these films. Where in the first movie, Frodo is the audience. He's the Everyman character. In the second film, THE TWO TOWERS, the ring starts to act on him in a much stronger way. By the third film, Frodo has such a burden to carry and is starting to behave in such a strange way that I think the empathy of the audience will switch to Sam, who is accompanying Frodo on this journey. Frodo becomes so troubled by this ring that we are now going to be looking at this story through Sam's eyes by the time THE RETURN OF THE KING comes out, because we can no longer really go there with Frodo, because he has his own torturous journey that he takes on. It will be very interesting to see the three films together, because there's going to be this switch as each film becomes more intense." 
72. MACGYVER GETS OUT OF ANOTHER JAM 
    Remember the TV show MACGYVER? Give its star, Richard Dean Anderson, two rusty bobby pins, a half jar of Miracle Whip and spit from a house cat and he could design an acetylene torch, a gun, heck - a frickin' rocket pack - to get out of any tight spot. Well, he's done it again. Mr. MacGyver has gotten out of the baddest of bad spots that can befall any TV character - he's returning from cancellation. Not only is he being resurrected, he's bigger than ever, up on the silver screen! 
    The popular series, that ran on ABC television from 1985 to 1992, is coming to the big screen in an adaptation by the show's creator Lee Zlotoff. Zlotoff has recently signed a seven-figure deal to write, direct and produce the feature for New Line Cinema. 
    It is not known yet if Anderson will be playing the role in the feature film. Nor is there a start date in place yet for the production.
73. THE BUGS ARE BACK IN TOWN 
    J.T. Petty (SOFT FOR DIGGING) has signed on to write and direct the low-budget sequel MIMIC SENTINEL for Dimension Films. The films is a follow-up to 1997's MIMIC, about giant mutant cockroaches that have learned to mimic their chief predator - man. 
    The sequel tells the story of a sickly 24-year-old man, confined to a bubble apartment room due to his severe asthma, who learns that the roaches are back with a vengeance and preying on the inhabitants of his apartment complex. It's scheduled to start shooting in October for about four weeks in Romania. A straight-to-video sequel, MIMIC 2, was made in 2001. Just as most of its potential audience did, SENTINEL will apparently ignore that film.
74. FIRST THE MARKETING, THEN THE MOVIE 
    Stan Winston, the Oscar-winning visual-effects artist, said that he's overseeing a new entertainment enterprise that reverses the natural order of things: first, action figures; then cards; then comics; then, possibly, a screenplay and eventual movie. Winston's company is about to unveil its third line of collectible action figures, "Mutant Earth," which will also star in a new comic series debuting next spring. The six new figures come on the heels of earlier Creature Features and Realm of the Claw collectibles. 
    For the new franchise, "there's two comic-book lines - Mutant Earth, which introduces a superhero that we've created, ... a character by the name of Trakk, who is an immortal and a monster hunter," Winston said. "It's a great character, and it's a great comic book. After this first four-[issue] series, the comic book will be back, entitled "Trakk." So we've got Superman, we've got Batman, we've got Spider-Man, and now we've got Trakk." 
    The "Mutant Earth" action figures depict human and alien survivors of a post-apocalyptic future Earth. Winston said that he and his colleagues at Stan Winston Studio are also mulling story ideas for a possible movie. "The reason I have been successful in what I've done in motion pictures and creating characters for film has been because I've been doing it because of the love and passion of it and the art of it," Winston said. "That same love, that same passion that I have for movies, I have for comic books, I have for toys. I'm not embarrassed about that. So if these comic books work, if the toys work, it's going to be because I love it, not because of how much money can you make. I can't remember having a better time than I am now creating these comic books and creating these action figures." 
    Look for "Mutant Earth" collectibles and comics to hit stores in May 2003.
75. DON'T STRAIN YOUR EYES LOOKING FOR WESLEY CRUSHER IN STAR TREK: NEMESIS 
    Wil Wheaton confirmed that his scene has been cut out of STAR TREK: NEMESIS. Wheaton had shot a scene in which he reprised his STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION  role of Wesley Crusher. 
    Wheaton said that TREK executive producer Rick Berman personally delivered the bad news to him, saying that the scene was cut as part of 48 minutes of editorial trims to shorten the movie. The NEMESIS rough cut's nearly three-hour running time. 
    Wheaton was philosophical about the cut scene. "The great thing is, I got to spend two wonderful days being on STAR TREK again, working with the people I love, wearing the uniform that I missed, and I got to re-connect with you, the cast and the fans," Wheaton said he told Berman. "Nobody can take that away from me." 
    Gee Wil, if you think like that, why'd you leave the show? Must be for those flood of offers that you got. So, how is the dinner theater market in Schenectady these days?
76. JONATHAN FRAKES CONTEMPLATES TREK AFTER NEMESIS 
    Jonathan Frakes said that he would be satisfied if STAR TREK: NEMESIS was the last TNG movie. "I can't think of anything I still want to do as Riker," Frakes said. "I get a leg over with Marina in NEMESIS, and something big happens at the end of the film. So if it's really all over, I've had a full meal, and if it's not, I'll be happy to show up and do what they ask me." 
    But Frakes added that he thinks the franchise is still screen-worthy. "I really don't think this is going to be the last one," Frakes said. "I'm pretty sure that it's going to make a lot of money, and if it does, someone will ask us all to take a pay cut and we'll go off and make another one."
77. THE ECONOMICS OF THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE 
    STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES surpassed $300 million in domestic box-office receipts on Aug. 27, its 104th day in release. That makes EPISODE II the 13th highest-grossing film in domestic history, just behind INDEPENDENCE DAY, which totaled $306.2 million in 1996. 
    EPISODE II is the second film released this year to top the $300 million mark. SPIDER-MAN is the other, with $403.7 million in domestic box office. 
    By comparison, STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE grossed $431.1 million domestically in 1999.
78. GEORGE LUCAS IS MY SHEPHERD. I SHALL NOT WANT 
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics said that more than 70,000 people in Australia identified their religion as Jedi in last year's census. Chris Brennan, president of the STAR WARS Appreciation Society, speculated that only 5,000 of the Jedi respondents were "hard-core" believers. Another 50,000 put it down for fun, and the others "did it just to give the government a bit of curry." 
    The prank began in 2001, when STAR WARS fans sent an e-mail around the world saying that if 10,000 people declared they were Jedi, the faith would be recognized as an official religion. In the end, the Australia government labeled the responses "not defined." 
    In the United Kingdom, which also received thousands of Jedi responses, Jedi Knight has been included on the list of religions by census authorities.
79. A STRAW DOGS FOR OUR TIME 
    SWIMFAN (see movies for September) director John Polson has signed on to direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 violent classic, STRAW DOGS. The new movie's to be called FEAR ITSELF. 
    The original film followed astrophysicist David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) and his wife Amy (Susan George), who move to Britain to get away from American violence. They soon find themselves bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction on their house. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle. At the time it was released in 1971, STRAW DOGS caused public controversy due to a brutal rape scene in the film. 
    FEAR ITSELF has a similar story, with the couple fleeing the violence of New York City for the supposedly quiet countryside of Maine. Actor Edward Norton will be producing the project with Hawk Koch and writer Stuart Blumberg, who all worked together on KEEPING THE FAITH. 
    Koch talked about the need for a remake. "In some ways the message is more pertinent today, that people sometimes need to stand their ground instead of looking for a place to run away when trouble comes. Stuart, Edward and I have wanted to do this for years, but after David Fincher's PANIC ROOM and Night Shyamalan's SIGNS, it's clear that people love to get scared. This is a scary movie." 
    Casting's underway now. There's no projected release date yet.
80. TALES FROM THE CRYPT LIES A MOLDERIN' IN ITS GRAVE 
    Producer David Giler said that a third TALES FROM THE CRYPT movie has been produced and is awaiting distribution. "Miramax owns it," Giler said. "They bought it from Universal." 
    The third CRYPT film will be called either RITUAL or REVELATION and deals with a satanic cult in Jamaica. A doctor visiting her patient is plagued by visions that may hold the key to solving a series of murders. The cast includes Jennifer Grey, Craig Sheffer and Tim Curry. It is directed by Avi Nesher (DOPPELGANGER, TIMEBOMB). 
    The first two CRYPT films, DEMON KNIGHT and BORDELLO OF BLOOD, were produced by Universal as part of a planned trilogy, but they never proceeded with part three. "Universal was supposed to make the three, and Universal didn't really do what they were supposed to do with the TALES FROM THE CRYPT movies," Giler said. "They were supposed to be tied to come out on traditional horror movie weekends, like Friday the 13th or Halloween. But they ran out of movies one summer and put [BORDELLO] out in August. It didn't really work out at Universal." Miramax has announced no plans for releasing the third TALES FROM THE CRYPT.
81. TERMINATOR 3 STARS REAL TERMINATORS 
    Stan Winston, the creator of the cyborgs for TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES said that he’s designing a precursor robot and an advanced one. “I just got off the set at midnight last night. [We were] shooting a scene with the T1's, which are robots that are precursors to the Arnold [Schwarzenegger T-800] robot. We've also created a female called the TX, the Terminatrix, who is about as bad as you can get. You don't want to come up against her.” 
    Winston declined to detail the abilities of the newest terminator, except to say, “I can tell you that you just don't want to come up against her. She will kick your butt. And we had a great time designing her and creating her. And the fact of the matter is there is nothing like the wrath of a female, even if it's a robot. So this is the one. She is bad. She is real bad.” 
    As for technology, Winston said there’s a vast difference between the upcoming sequel and the previous two TERMINATOR films. “TERMINATOR, with the use of puppetry and stop-motion animation, we pretended that we had created a robot,” Winston said. “Over the years we have been advancing our robotic and animatronic technology. [In] JURASSIC PARK we were creating robotic dinosaurs. So our robotic technology and engineering at Stan Winston Studio is beyond any robotic technology literally in the world. We have advanced beyond aerospace. I have guys that come from aerospace, working for me. Absolutely. We have more points of articulation than any existing robots in our robots. And we have a robot that is a precursor to Arnold, which is called the T1, which is the real deal. We pretended we built robots in the first TERMINATOR. [In] TERMINATOR 3, we built robots.”
82. IAN McKELLAN TALKS X2 
    Ian McKellen, who reprises the role of Magneto in X2, told fans on his official Web site to expect more action, but not a dip in quality. "Everyone who reads the script for the new film comments on how much action there is in it," McKellen wrote. "This may not end up being the dominant feature of the finished movie; rather, that descriptions of action in screenplays tend to be long-winded and excitingly written-up a) to satisfy those like me who can't easily translate a script into images and b) to give the stunt department detailed warning of what will be required of them." 
    But McKellen wrote that X2 won't necessarily pale by comparison with X-MEN. "My favorite Shakespeare play is a sequel, ["Henry IV, Part II"], where he expands the scope of Part I to encompass and dramatize an entire nation. James Whale's BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN is wittier and more popular with aficionados than FRANKENSTEIN, which preceded it. Peter Jackson tells me part two of LORD OF THE RINGS is a better film than the first and will be surpassed by the third [Return of the King]. And although THE TWO TOWERS and THE RETURN OF THE KING aren't sequels at all, they point to the truth that the creator might get better with a second go and perhaps, as in the case of X-MEN2, a bigger budget. Hugo Weaving tells me the two new MATRICES are up to scratch. Bryan Singer is back with the old team in front of and behind the camera [on X2]. All will be more than well. After this one, why not a series of movies centering, as the comic books do, on separate mutants?" 
    He closes with what is likely a poke in the ribs to George Lucas and the STAR WARS industry. "There is no reason why X-MEN should ever decline into being just a franchise and branding for toys." 
83. HOW'S YOUR CLASSIC FILM IQ? 
    Here's a chance to test your movie I.Q. The results of an international poll of critics and directors, conducted by the British Film Institute and published in its "Sight and Sound" magazine, produced a list of (what they consider to be) the all-time greatest films. The poll, originated in 1952, is conducted every 10 years. A total of 144 critics and 108 directors, including the likes of Michael Mann, (Baltimore's own) John Waters, Quentin Tarantino, Bernardo Bertolucci, Tim Robbins, Sam Mendes and Cameron Crowe took part. 
    Even though the lists were prompted by the British Film Institute, only one film, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, is British. Italy's on both lists (8-1/2,THE BICYCLE THIEF). France made it (THE RULES OF THE GAME). Russia's one of the few silent entries (BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN). Japan's on there (RASHAMON, THE SEVEN SAMURAI,TOKYO STORY). Everything else is dominated by the United States. 
    There are directors who are either not on here at all (such as Chaplin) or aren't here enough (such as Hitchcock). They fell victim to having produced such a high number of excellent films that their great work cancelled each other out. 
    The most recent title her is from 1980 (RAGING BULL). The consensus of the two lists is that the best decades for films are the fifties (with a combined 6 votes) and the sixties (with five votes). 
    Take a look at the two poll results and see how you size them up. How many of these films have you seen? How many have no business being on the survey? How many classic films would you like to have seen on here? If we have a chance, maybe we can discuss these at our September meeting.

DIRECTOR'S TOP TEN 
1.CITIZEN KANE (1941) 
2.GODFATHER I and II (1972,74) 
3. 8-1/2 (1963) 
4. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) 
5. DR. STRANGELOVE (1963) 
6. (tie) THE BICYCLE THIEF (1948) 
6. (tie) RAGING BULL (1980) 
6. (tie) VERTIGO (1958) 
9. (tie) RASHAMON (1950) 
9. (tie) THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939) 
9. (tie) THE SEVEN SAMURAI (1954)

CRITIC'S TOP TEN 
1. CITIZEN KANE (1941) 
2. VERTIGO (1958) 
3. THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939) 
4. GODFATHER II (1974) 
5. TOKYO STORY (1953) 
6. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) 
7. SUNRISE (1927) 
8. BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (1925) 
9. 8-1/2 (1963) 
10.SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1951)
84. 84.THE GRAND AWARDS RE-SHUFFLE 
    Following up on a story we ran in ICS Files 43 ("Oscar Leaps in Leaps Year") it looks like the rival award ceremonies are jumping around like frogs on a hot road. In light of the re-location of the 2004 Oscar ceremonies to February 29, the rival award shows are in a mad scramble to beat them. 
    The Screen Actors Guild said that it plans to move its presentations from early March to early February. The Directors Guild of America and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have also indicated that they are planning to present awards in early February. The Producers Guild of America has moved its awards presentations to January 25.
85. THE THIN LINE BETWEEN TV AND MOVIES CONTINUES TO BLUR 
    Since the inception of home entertainment in the twenties with the introduction of radio in the home, and the cultural stampede for TV in the late forties and beyond, there's been a thick, clear, uncrossable line between those media and film. Movies were big, lush, expensive and daring. They always pushed the cultural envelope of what was acceptable in mass culture. Weather it was challenging ideas, use of once shocking language, nudity or just simply creativity, the movies were always way out in front. 
    The times they are a-changin'. Major studios are now booking forthcoming sequels into theaters as if they were plotting a TV schedule. MEN IN BLACK sequels will now open on July 4th holidays, HARRY POTTER will own Thanksgiving. LORD OF THE RINGS sequels are now set for the Christmas holiday season. High-concept big-budget movies are only being greenlighted if they provide sufficient material for endless spawns after them. Main characters, no matter how grave the peril, barring any contract disputes, can never die or be permanently injured. They're needed for the sequel. Theaters, once the haven from product advertising, now intermingle ads with previews. Blatant product placement deals jar us out of our plot-induced dream states as we watch characters slurping Mountain Dew, wearing Nikes and shipping UPS in the most prominent ways possible. 
    As TV breaks down old walls of censorship with programs like THE SOPRANOS, THE SHIELD, 24 and NYPD BLUE trodding on once-taboo areas it's increasingly looking like it ain't the size of the screen - it's what you do with it.
86. PICK-A-FLICK WITH DREAM THEATER! 
    Sony Pictures in Japan is planning to launch an experiment in Japan in September that will allow moviegoers to select films from Sony's library of classic films and more recent releases and have them shown at a local multiplex at a time that the moviegoers choose. The experiment, called Dream Theater, will allow moviegoers to select films, venues, and schedules from a Sony website. After 100 to 150 individuals agree on a film, they will then be able to designate a time and place for it to be shown. Screen International pointed out that the concept not only will generate new revenue from Sony's film library but also reduce risk by having a guaranteed audience. 
    I hope the idea catches on here! We could all go and request STING OF DEATH!
87. EXORCISING GHOSTS IN FILM MUSIC 
    Threatening to expose one of Hollywood's "dirty little secrets" - that TV and film composers often write little more than the themes for productions they receive credit for, while farming out work on the incidental music - a Ferndale, MI composer is claiming the legal copyright to music that he says he wrote for some 100 episodes of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS and the two HERCULES series. 
    Dan Kolton says that he wrote the music for Joe LoDuca, who is credited as the sole composer. Kolton claims that he has retained his original music sheets and tapes of the series' music. “My goal in this is simply to correct the record and receive what I should have received in terms of royalties if I had been correctly listed as the author of the music I wrote in the first place. I bear no ill will towards the producers of the shows, and only want to correct the record in terms of the music I wrote that has been used in the shows,” said Kolton. 
    Mark Northam, publisher of Film Music magazine, who says he himself has done ghostwriting for film composers, said, "More and more composers are delegating work to ghostwriters. It's definitely one of the dirty little secrets of the film and television music industry." Northam added that music ghostwriters in Hollywood are unlikely to complain because "they could face retaliation in the workplace from the composer they've ghosted for."
88. CONCESSIONS ARE KEEPING THEATERS' DOORS OPEN 
    As far as movie theaters were concerned, the biggest stars in 2000 were popcorn, candy and soft drinks - as concessions accounted for $4.5 billion in worldwide revenue - continuing to provide more profit than ticket sales. Concessions may account for between 50 percent and 100 percent of a theater's profit, with film exhibition in at least one surveyed theater written off as a loss. The report cautioned, however, that the concession counter may be more susceptible to the current economic turndown than the box office, since people will continue to turn to movies as an escape but will probably spend less on snacks. 
    So super-size that popcorn. Buy extra-large sodas. Buy a round of candy for your whole party. Your snack purchases may be all that's keeping that theater's lights lit.
89. A NOTE ABOUT SEPTEMBER MOVIES 
    Does anyone have fond memories of SOUL SURVIVORS, THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT or DON'T SAY A WORD? They all got released September, 2001. How about HIGHLANDER: END GAME, THE WATCHER, THE WAY OF THE GUN, URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT, THE MINUS MAN orDOUBLE JEOPARDY? They were the September releases of the prior couple of years. 
    September is an odd time for the movies. Summer's over. School's in session. Folks are busy resuming their lives after vacation. The roaring heat of summer has started to cool. Retail sales tend to slump. Everyone's caught between picking up the rhythm of their lives and checking out the new TV shows, watching baseball's final stretch to the World Series and football's return to the field. Yet exhibitor's demand SOME sort of new product and September releases are the studio's answer. They hold their big releases for the Oscar drive at the end of the year. September movies tend to be those gimpy little runts of the litter that have been pushed back and back in release until they wash here in no man's land. 
    As you review this crop of releases you'll notice a lot of first time directors and writers making their debuts. There are no big budget blockbusters in the bunch. Yet, even if that golden cinematic gem that will shine forever may not be headed for the screen here in the ninth month, you may still find that shiny piece of metal that may not be precious but still makes you smile when you hold it in your hand. Perhaps studios tend to scrutinize September movies a little less carefully. You may find that odd dollop of creativity in your search for decent cinema. 
    So, ladies and germs, without further ado, I bring you the month of September. Bon Appetit!
90. IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 
    SEPTEMBER 6: CITY BY THE SEA is the true story of Vincent Lamarca, as documented in "Mark of a Murderer", an article in the September, 1997 issue of Esquire magazine by the late Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Mike McAlary. Vincent LaMarca (Robert De Niro) is an NYPD police detective whose father was executed at Sing Sing Prison in the 1950's for kidnapping and murdering a child. Now, while investigating the murder of a surfer on Long Beach, he has discovered that his own son, Joey (James Franco), is the primary suspect. Even as he's grappling with the news, he also has to deal with the media, which quickly swoops in on the case. Eliza Dushku will play Joey's girlfriend, and the mother of his son. The director is Michael Caton-Jones (ROB ROY, THIS BOY'S LIFE). The screenwriter's Ken Hixon (INVENTING THE ABBOTTS; GRANDVIEW, USA). 
    SWIMFAN is described as being "in the vein of FATAL ATTRACTION." This high school thriller is about a new girl (Erika Christensen - best remembered as Michael Douglas's crack-head daughter in TRAFFIC) who falls for a championship swimmer (Ben Bradford) who hopes to be in the Olympics someday. However, when he doesn't return her attention, she becomes obsessed - VERY obsessed. Producer John Penotti said, "We believe this is the first psychological thriller for a young audience that doesn't rely on gratuitous violence and gore, but is nonetheless tremendously thrilling." The director is John Polson (making his U.S. debut - he previously directed the 1999 Australian film, SIAM SUNSET). The screenwriters are Charlie Bohl (co-writer of 1987's HE'S MY GIRL and the 1998 telefilm, NOAH), Philip Schneider (making his debut) and Moira Dekker (making her feature debut - she was a writer on DARK ANGEL). 

    SEPTEMBER 13: THE TRANSPORTER is the story of a professional courier (Jason Statham) whose job it is to not ask questions about what he's delivering. When he begins to wonder exactly what he's carrying his life is in danger as word spreads of his curiosity. His survival depends on the outcome of a dangerous chase between him and a villain named Wallstreet (Matt Schulze - Vince from THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS). The mysterious woman he meets along his journey is portrayed by the scintillating Hong Kong action star, Qi Shu. This film marks the English language debut for the famous Hong Kong action director, Corey Yuen. It's written by screenwriters Luc Besson (THE PROFESSIONAL and LA FEMME NIKITA) and Robert Mark Kamen (THE KARATE KID and its sequels). This is the writing team of that did THE FIFTH ELEMENT and KISS OF THE DRAGON. 

    SEPTEMBER 20: BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER is a spy vs. spy piece of action eye-candy. It's the story of two spies, who are deadly adversaries, engaged in a cat-and-mouse hunt. Jonathan Ecks (Antonio Banderas) is a reclusive former FBI manhunter haunted by the mysterious death of his wife. He's brought back into service to track down an unstoppable rogue NSA operative, code-named Sever  (Lucy Liu) who may hold the secret to his wife's death. What they learn, however, while trying to kill each other is that they might be on the same side, and faced with a threat greater to each other than themselves. If they're going to survive they have to call a reluctant truce. Ray Park plays Ross, a villainous British covert operations agent. The movie's directed by a Thai director billed as "Kaos" (his full name is Wych Kaosayananda). This movie marks his American debut. In his native Thailand he's famous for his John Woo-like unrelenting action. The screenplay was written by Alan McElroy (SPAWN, HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS). 
    The film boasts a very sparing use of CGI. Most of the stunts are real (though apparently they weren't afraid of wire-work). 
    This movie went through many casting possibilities. At one time the two combatants were Wesley Snipes and Jet Li, which conjured forth images of high-kicking kung fu. Then, it was Sylvester Stallone and Vin Diesel, and it seemed more like an old-fashioned shoot-em-up. Then Antonio Banderas was supposed to go up against Chow Yun-Fat: DESPERADO VS.HARD BOILED. With its present pair of stars it's still a shoot-em-up, but definitely smoother. 
    THE FOUR FEATHERS was originally a novel by A.E.W. Mason. It was first filmed in 1915. Since then it was re-made in 1921, 1929 (by a pre-KING KONG Merian C. Cooper, and featuring his first team-up with co-star Fay Wray), 1939 (in it's most famous version by Zoltan Korda), 1955 (under the title STORM OVER THE NILE, in what was Korda's final film), in a 1977 TV-movie starring Beau Bridges and this 21st century incarnation. Set in the Sudan of 1898, this is the story of British officer Harry Faversham (played by Heath Ledger in this version). He resigns his post right before a battle against rebels (the battle of Omdurman), and his fiancee' (Kate Hudson) and three friends give him four white feathers as a symbol of what they perceive to be cowardice. What they don't know is that he's going undercover, and may have the chance to redeem himself in their eyes. Wes Bentley (AMERICAN BEAUTY) plays one of his four friends, who woos his girlfriend while he's undercover. Djimon Hounsou (the leader of the slave rebellion in AMISTAD) plays the tracker who guides Faversham.  The director is Shekhar Kapur (ELIZABETH, he's currently working on a musical remake of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA). The screenwriter is Hossein Amini (THE WINGS OF THE DOVE, JUDE). 
    One interesting production note involves actor Wes Bentley. Since his very visible role in AMERICAN BEAUTY he's earned a reputation for being "difficult." Allegedly, as a result of his misbehavior on the set of THE FOUR FEATHERS, Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein vowed publicly never to work with him again. When he realized what he said didn't reflect well on the movie he quickly changed his tune. He explained, "Given his performance in THE FOUR FEATHERS, I'd work with him again in a heartbeat." 
    Bentley is "known for his mercurial moods." Since shooting to stardom with AMERICAN BEAUTY he has dropped out of both PEARL HARBOR and a biopic about Montgomery Clift, both for no apparent reason. 
    TRAPPED is the story of a physician, Dr. Will Jennings (Stuart Townsend) and his wife Karen (Charlize Theron) and the ordeal they face when they're forced to personally deal with a pair of experienced kidnappers (Courtney Love and Kevin Bacon). The pair have their asthmatic daughter (Dakota Fanning). The police won't take action on the missing person report for 24 hours. If they wait that long, without her medicine, their daughter might be dead. The kidnappers aren't counting on the cunning of desperate parents. The movie's directed by Mexican director Luis Mandoki (ANGEL EYES, MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE). The screenplay marks the debut of Greg Iles. The movie's based on his novel. 
    The daughter in this film was supposed to have juvenile diabetes. That changed to asthma when the daughter in PANIC ROOM was written as a diabetic. 

    SEPTEMBER 27: THE TUXEDO features Jackie Chan as a lowly chauffeur named Jimmy Tong. He works for millionaire Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs - the evil Colonel Tavington of THE PATRIOT). When Devlin has an accident that puts him in the hospital, Tong is sent back to fetch some things for Devlin and unknowingly tries on Devlin's tuxedo. He finds that it gives extraordinary powers to anyone that dons the suit. This discovery thrusts Tong into a world of international intrigue and espionage and pairs him with an inexperienced partner (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Look for a cameo by the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. The movie's directed by first-timer Kevin Donovan (he's previously directed commercials). The screenwriters are Michael Leeson (WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?, I.Q.) Michael J. Wilson (co-writer of ICE AGE), and the team of Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL). 
    DreamWorks is hoping that this could be the first in a franchise of TUXEDO movies (since, obviously, being in the Jackie Chan business can be very lucrative). They may need to do some hard selling to Mr. Chan on that. He expressed his frustration over the restrictions imposed on his stunt work while making this movie. He said, "When I'm making a Hong Kong film, I'm in almost total control. I can do this. I can do that. I can do whatever I want to do. In an American film, you can't do that. Nobody wants to take the risk of making a big change. No way you can do that." Interviewed on the set of THE TUXEDO Chan said that he is particularly frustrated by his inability to improvise while making a film. "If you are on the set and you think, 'Wow! I want to do that,' you cannot."

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91. UNIVERSAL'S BRINGING MOVIES TO PC's 
    Universal is expanding its relationship with online video-on-demand provider Intertainer, agreeing to provide entire feature films over the Internet for a fee for the first time. "Universal is committed to staying ahead of the curve ... [by] testing IP distribution of our content," said Holly Leff-Pressman, senior vice president of worldwide pay-per-view and video-on-demand, Universal Studios Television Distribution. Among the films being made available are SPY GAME, starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt, K-PAX, with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges and MULLHOLLAND DRIVE, directed by David Lynch.
92. THE INTERNET, ATTACK OF THE CLONES, AND FOUR MILLION THIEVES 
    Calling for the help of government and electronics manufacturers to block the ability of Internet users to download movies, News Corp President Peter Chernin claimed that on the weekend that STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES opened, four million copies of that movie and SPIDER-MAN were downloaded on the Internet. "Four million products were stolen in a weekend," Chernin said. "It took four years to make that film, about four clicks of a mouse to steal it, and that crime was perpetrated 4 million times." 
    Chernin went on to say that a leading theater chain has agreed to run a warning about such practices, saying that it not only hurts "fat-cat Hollywood people" but also workers ranging from makeup artists to custodians. He did not name the theater chain that will run the announcements.
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93. TiVo USERS TO EVALUATE NEW MOVIES, TV SHOWS 
    Users of TiVo digital TV recorders have been invited to become unpaid focus-group participants, registering their opinions about movie trailers, promos for new TV shows and concepts for new ad campaigns - all automatically downloaded to their recorders. "You'll have a glimpse into video content no one else has seen," TiVo said in its message to subscribers posted on a special website set up for the research venture by Lieberman Research Worldwide, which lists among its clients Disney, Universal, Warner Bros., Fox, Paramount, MGM, Sony, DreamWorks, Discovery, CNN, Columbia TriStar, Universal, UPN, BBC, CBS, and New Line. 
    On a TiVo Internet forum , one user posted this message: "Man, what a sweet deal for these researchers. I've been to a few of these [focus group sessions]. Usually they pay you quite handsomely, like $50-$75 for an hour or two of your time. Now they can just download them to people's boxes and not have to pay them." 
94. 70 MOVIES IN YOUR POCKET 
    Intel is developing a portable video recorder/player that can store up to 70 hours of movies and other programs. Calling it "an MP3 player for video," an Intel spokesman said that users would be able to download programming from either a computer or a personal video recorder. 
   To load it up the user would connect the player to a computer or a digital video device (such as a TiVo). In about three minutes it could load up to four hours of content. The batteries should support the players for that long. 
    If you're interested wait until next year. They should cost about $400.
95. THE FCC GETS TOUGH WITH DIGITAL TV DEADLINES 
    The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 1 to require television manufacturers to include digital tuners on new sets by July 2007. Digital tuners would allow the sets to receive over-the-air digital signals, which would enable Congress to reclaim analog broadcast airwaves. The analog airwaves could potentially be sold to mobile telephone companies for advanced services, which would raise billions of dollars for the government. 
    Television manufacturers are protesting the ruling, claiming that the equipment is a largely unnecessary expense, as most households receive their TV signals via cable or satellite. They claim that the tuners could cost consumers an additional $250 a set. 
    FCC Commissioners argued that once the tuners are manufactured in the numbers required by the new ruling, the individual costs will drop due to mass production efficiencies. 
    Broadcasters support the FCC's ruling; they need consumers to be able to receive their digital signals by the time the switch is made. Congress has required most broadcasters to convert to digital television by 2006. Digital television is far more efficient than existing analog technology, it allows much more programming and data to be transmitted over one channel. 
    The superiority of the digital signal leads to another concern for the entertainment industry. Studios worry that shows and films broadcast on digital TV will be more susceptible to piracy. Programs broadcast in analog degrade in quality with each copy; in digital, they remain perfect. Researchers for the broadcasters and the studios are working on a way to stop illegal copies from being made, while still allowing viewers to record programs. 
    Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Electronics Association, said, "We are going to court to oppose this."
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96. SARANDON BOYCOTTS ROCKY HORROR 
    Susan Sarandon, one of the original stars of the 1975 movie THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, announced that she wants nothing to do with a proposed remake - not even a cameo. "I'm boycotting THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW organization," she said. "They should have shared some of the wealth from ROCKY HORROR. For me, it's the principle of the thing. There are other people involved with that movie who need some money, and they should spread it out a little bit. It's been a golden egg for the longest time, and it's the least they could do." 
    The last straw for Sarandon was when the producers asked her to participate in the DVD special edition. "I'll let you in on a secret," she said. "When they did the DVD, and they asked me to do the voiceover [commentary], I said, 'How about giving people some money? You could throw a little money our way.' And they wouldn't, and I didn't, so they took an interview from VH1 that I had done for their anniversary show. I've done a lot of press for THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, because I love the movie and I love the people, but they took that and put it on the DVD [instead]." 
    The Fox network will celebrate the 30th anniversary of ROCKY HORROR 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.
97. AN AVALANCHE OF TITLES DEBUT ON HOME VIDEO THIS FALL 
    Movie studios are planning "a lightning-fast transition" of summer box-office blockbusters to video releases. More than 20 upcoming films due to land in home-video stores grossed at least $50 million at the box office and half of those, more than $100 million. The president of the video retailer's trade organization, the Video Software Dealers Association, said, "I think this will be the most dramatic fourth quarter that there has ever been." 
    Look for recent titles premiering this fall like THE SCORPION KING, STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES, SPIDER-MAN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (EXTENDED EDITION), MEN IN BLACK II, MINORITY REPORT, XXX, PANIC ROOM, MURDER BY NUMBERS, SCOOBY-DOO and AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER. 
    Look for classics to debut on DVD like GREASE, ONE FLEW OVER THE COOKOO'S NEST, UNFORGIVEN, SIGNIN' IN THE RAIN, E.T., FLASHDANCE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. 
    It's a lot of product - a whole lot of product - but don't let cash-hungry studios hear you calling it a "glut." "It's not a glut. It's just a wealth of entertainment for consumers this quarter." Added Fox Home Entertainment spokesman Steve Feldstein: "It's going to be a banner year for everyone - the studios and retailers."
98. BETAMAX FINALLY DIES 
    Sony's Betamax format, in its death throes for years, will finally be allowed to die by the end of the year. The format originally dominated the home video market, but, in what experts have described as a classic example of marketing miscalculation, the format lost out to JVC's VHS system when Sony refused to license its technology to other manufacturers. 
    Studios began phasing out home-video releases of their films on Beta in the mid-1980s (coincidentally just as they lost their long-running legal battle with Sony over the right of consumers to record movies and TV shows for their own viewing). Nevertheless, video connoisseurs continued to buy the machines, extolling their superior picture quality and smaller cassettes. But those attributes became moot as digital home-video cameras and DVDs became ever more popular beginning in the late 1990s. A Sony spokesman said that digital technologies are fast making all videocassette systems obsolete.
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99.  CALENDAR
FRI. 6: MOVIE -  CITY BY THE SEA premieres 
           MOVIE -  SWIMFANpremieres 

SUN. 8: TV - LATHE OF HEAVEN A&E original production debuts 

WED. 11: 

FRI. 13: MOVIE - THE TRANSPORTER premieres 

SUN. 15: TV - DEAD ZONE season finale 
           TV - THE SOPRANOS season premiere 
           TV - STARGATE INFINTIY series premiere

WED. 18: TV - ENTERPRISE season premiere 
           TV - THE TWILIGHT ZONE series premiere 

THURS. 19: TV: DO OVER series premiere 

FRI. 20: MOVIE - BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER premieres 
           MOVIE - THE FOUR FEATHERS premieres 
           MOVIE - TRAPPED premieres 
           TV - FIREFLY series premiere on Fox 
           TV - JOHN DOE series premiere on Fox 

SUN. 22: TV - The 54th annual prime-time Emmy Awards on NBC 

TUES. 24: TV - BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER season premiere 
           TV - HAUNTED series premiere 
           TV - SMALLVILLE season premiere 
           MUSIC - The soundtrack to the BUFFY episode, "Once More With Feeling," releases today. 

FRI. 27: MOVIE - THE TUXEDO  premieres 
           TV- THAT WAS THEN series premiere

SAT 28th: ICS MEETING
SUN. 29: TV - CHARMED season premiere 

Week of Sepember 30: TV - ADVENTURE INC. series premiere 
           TV - GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA season premiere 
           TV - MUTANT X season premiere