#45-October 2002
CLUB NEWS
1.OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING WAS A CUT ABOVE 
2.THE ICS WELCOMES IT'S NEWEST MEMBERS: JIM AND BETSY CHILDS 
3.THE ICS WELCOMES IT'S NEWEST MEMBER: RICHARD SMITH 
4.THE ICS WELCOMES IT'S NEWEST MEMBER: SKIP PHILLIPS 
5.OCTOBER MEETING: THE BASICS 
6.OCTOBER MEETING: GROOVY VAMPIRES 
7.OCTOBER MEETING: DECORATING 
8.OCTOBER MEETING: HALLOWEEN POTLUCK 
9.OCTOBER MEETING: SCARY STORY TIME 
10.OCTOBER MEETING: THE ALL-NIGHTER 
11.OCTOBER MEETING: CALENDARS 
12.OCTOBER MEETING: COSTUMES 
13.THE ICS TAKES A TRIP! 
14.ICS MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES 
15.AHEAD FOR THE IMAGINATIVE CINEMA SOCIETY 
TV NEWS
16.THE GLASS TEAT 
With news on SMALLVILLE, JEREMIAH, LA FEMME NIKITA, SENSING MURDER, THE SIMPSONS and LORD OF ILLUSION. 
17.24 HOUR KICKING AND LEAPING ON BLACKBELT TV 
18.ANGEL'S NEW PRODUCER TALKS ABOUT THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES BATTLE 
19.THE FUTURE OF BUFFY 
20.DINOTOPIA DELAYED 
21.DREAM A LITTLE DREAM FOR SCI-FI 
22.THE COLLAPSE OF THE FARSCAPE UNIVERSE 
23.STUNNED REACTIONS TO FARSCAPE'S DEMISE 
24.THE CRUSADE FOR FARSCAPE 
25.FARSCAPE: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE 
26.FUTURAMA LANDS ON THE CARTOON NETWORK 
27.INCUBUS GETS ITS WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE 
28.A&E ENTERS THE LOST WORLD 
29.ARE YOU READY TO DANCE THE TIME WARP SHUFFLE YET AGAIN? 
30.THE ANIMATED SPIDEY IS HIS OWN MAN 
31.THE TEEN TITANS ARE HEADED FOR THE AIRWAVES 
32.THE TWILIGHT ZONE ON YOUR RADIO! 
33.TNT SAYS GOOD-BYE TO WITCHBLADE 
34.THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE - IT JUST KEEPS CHANGING CHANNELS! 
35.TV: HALLOWEEN MOVIES ON TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES 
36.TV: HALLOWEEN MOVIES ON AMERICAN MOVIE CLASSICS
EVENT NEWS
37.THINGS TO COME
With news on CAPCLAVE 2002, CHILLER THEATER, ECLECTICON, PHILCON, and EVE CON 20.
LITERARY NEWS
38.STEPHEN KING REALLY CALLS IT QUITS! 
39.THE ACKERMANSION IS BEING SOLD 
40.THE MUGGLES GROW RESTLESS 
41.THE HEADMISTRESS OF HOGWARTS RESPONDS 
42.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES AND TELEVISION 
43.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS 
44.RECENT TITLES: OTHER BOOKS OF INTEREST
MOVIE NEWS
45.QUICK TAKES 
With news on DIARY OF A YOUNG LONDON PHYSICIAN, MIMIC SENTINEL, USED GUYS, SAMURAI JACK, CABIN FEVER, HELLRAISER IV: DEADER, GLADIATOR II, THE MASK OF ZORRO sequel, LADYKILLERS re-make, KING KONG on stage, new additions to the Oxford English Dictionary, and the faste of Schwarzenegger's hometown Terminator statue.
46.CAGE GETS BACK UP 
47.PARAMOUNT GETS ITS BAD GUY 
48.JESSICA ALBA WANTS TO BE A BEAUTIFUL KILLER 
49.PIERCE BROSNAN MIGHT QUIT BOND AND BECOME AN ACTOR 
50.THE DEVIL IS DEAD 
51.FRANCE - IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT JERRY LEWIS ANYMORE! 
52.FREDDY VS. JASON VS. RENFRO 
53.IS DANIEL RADCLIFFE OUTGROWING POTTER? 
54.HITCHHIKER FINALLY GETS A GREENLIGHT 
55.PROYAS WORKS ON ASIMOV AND ELLISON 
56.ARAGORN: THE LADY'S MAN? 
57.NEW WRITERS FOR THE OUTER LIMITS 
58.RAMBO REDUX? 
59.INDIA - THE LAND OF DOGS AND SNAKES 
60.SHYAMALAN THINKS HALEY WAS ROBBED OF AN OSCAR 
61.KUNG-FU FAIRY TALE 
62.SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN  - DOES WHATEVER A PULITZER PRIZE WINNING WRITER SAYS HE CAN 
63.RICK BERMAN AND FURTHER GENERATIONS OF TNG 
64.BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN VS. SUPERMAN 
65.ANGRY FANS PROTEST WARNER'S SUPER-TAMPERING 
66.T3 AND TOILET TRAINING 
67.JACKIE CHAN FINDS THE TUXEDO A BAD FIT 
68.LOOK FOR MORE IMAX MOVIES 
69.MOVIEGOERS TOP TEN COMPLAINTS 
70.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 
With news on RED DRAGON, BELOW, KNOCKAROUND GUYS, THE TRANSPORTER, TUCK EVERLASTING, ABANDON, FORMULA 51, THE RING and GHOST SHIP.
INTERNET NEWS
71.MOVIES ONLINE TAKE A LEAP FORWARD 
72.WHO'S THE FASTEST VIDEO ON DEMAND SERVICE?  THE U.S. POST OFFICE
TECHNOLOGY NEWS
73.ANTIMATTER HAS MOVED TO "SCI" FROM "FI" 
74.RECORDABLE DVD'S INCH AHEAD 
75.WARNING: YOUR TV MAY BE OBSOLETE BY 2007 
76.3D TV IN YOUR LIVING ROOM 
77.MICROSOFT'S PC FOR COUCH POTATOES 
78.THREE BIG RETAILERS ARE PLUGGING IN D-VHS 
VIDEO NEWS
79.BLOCKBUSTER WINS OVER RENTERS 
80.E.T. DROPS IN, THEN GOES HOME 
81.COMING TO HOME VIDEO BY NOV. 1 - SPIDER-MAN 
82.STAR WARS: THE SEARCH FOR THE METAL BIKINI 
83.EHH, WHAT'S UP, DOCUMENTARY? 
84.THE AUSTIN POWERS DVD ENCOURAGES VIEWER PARTICIPATION 
IN REVIEW
99. SEPTEMBER CALENDAR
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1. OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING WAS A CUT ABOVE 
    Our September meeting was excellent. We had Part II of our presentation on Martial Arts Cinema. We had Part I In May with "The World of Wuxia" where we looked at the great martial arts films of China. In Part II we had "The World of Bushido." We examined the great samurai films of Japan. We watched YOJIMBO (a movie that was later remade as A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS). We also saw Chapter 8 of "The Mysterious Dr. Satan." We followed all of that up with a spirited business meeting and a trip to the Double T Diner on Route 40. We had a blast! 
2.THE ICS WELCOMES IT'S NEWEST MEMBERS: JIM AND BETSY CHILDS
    The Imaginative Cinema Society welcomes Jim And Betsy Childs to the club. Jim and Betsy have had some experience with samurais. They both have worked for Chesapeake Knife and Tool which sells decorative recreations of samurai swords. Becky said, "in working there I have talked with numerous customers and many employees that were fascinated by the samurai lifestyles and how they were there for so many years. I have learned a lot about the history but didn't appreciate it all until [the meeting]." 
    We're looking forward to getting to know both of you. Welcome to the ICS!
3. THE ICS WELCOMES IT'S NEWEST MEMBER: RICHARD SMITH
    Welcome to our newest member, Richard Smith, who lives a spit and holler from where we meet in Perry Hall. We met Richard at Fanex last August. Welcome aboard Richard. We're looking forward to getting to know you. 
4. THE ICS WELCOMES IT'S NEWEST MEMBER: SKIP PHILLIPS
    Our September meeting was actually Skip Phillip's second meeting. He enjoyed himself enough in August that he figured he'd join up in September. Skip also met us at Fanex. He lives in Glen Burnie, MD. Welcome to the ICS, Skip.
5. OCTOBER MEETING: THE BASICS 
    Our October meeting will be held on Saturday October 26 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 443-570-6455. That's my cell phone. I'll talk you in.
6. OCTOBER MEETING: GROOVY VAMPIRES 
    Dave Henderson is presenting "Those Groovy Vampire of the Seventies." The possible candidates include HOUSE OF  DARK SHADOWS, BLACULA, WEREWOLF VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMAN, SALEM'S LOT, DRACULA (with Jack Palance), ZOLTAN: HOUND OF DRACULA, HANNAH, QUEEN OF THE VAMPIRES, COUNT YORGA, and possibly LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, VAMPYRES and DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS. It should be a lot of fun.
7. OCTOBER MEETING: DECORATING
    We're going to need some help with decorating this year for our Halloween meeting. If you'd like to decorate please show up at 3:00. Dave Henderson and Regina Vallerani will be in charge of organizing the decorations. 
    We probably have enough decorations but if you have any favorite screaming skulls, rubber bats, dancing skeletons or anything else that strikes your fancy, bring them along. You can never be too rich, too thin or have too many Halloween decorations.
8. OCTOBER MEETING: HALLOWEEN POTLUCK 
    We're having our annual potluck dinner during our Halloween meeting. We encourage everyone to bring a main dish, appetizer, side dish, salad, dessert, beverage or other related things along this line with you. If you're not able to bring something along, come anyway. We'll need help eating all this food! 
    Below is a list of what we have coming so far. If you're inclined to bring something else check the list below and try not to duplicate. 

Main Dishes 
Regina Vallerani 
Sue Feder - Chili 
David Willard 
Richard Smith - Meatballs 
Appetizers/Sides/Salads 
Diane Gervasio - Veg Dish 
Heather Fleming 
Scott Hurd, Dava & Donna Sentz - Buffalo Wings 
Peggy Gervasio - Mixed green salad 
Courtney 
John Clayton - Pasta Salad 
Desserts 
Joe Plempel 
Brian Smith 
Sue Feder - Krispy Kremes 
John Ward 
Amy Pearlman 
Beverages/Ice 
Gary Roberson - Sodas 
Dave Henderson - More Sodas 
Mike Schilling 
Regina Vallerani 
Other 
Plates & Utensils - Jeanne Matcovich 

9.OCTOBER MEETING: SCARY STORY TIME 
    In October, after our business meeting, and before we begin our all-night film festival, it'll be scary story time. We're going to turn off the lights, light a few candles, and listen to Stephen King read his story, "Room 1408." 
    The story runs about an hour. If you're on heart medication you may want to bring it with you. It's pretty scary.
10. OCTOBER MEETING: THE ALL-NIGHTER 
    Joe Plempel has vowed to stay and run movies as long as there's anyone there to watch them. If you're planning on staying bring something comfortable to sit on and a movie or two for our all-night participants to vote on (if you've brought movies in the past and there was a title that got passed over you might want to bring it along and give the club a second shot at voting on it). 
    Last year Andrew Kent was the last man standing (or sitting - on a metal folding chair!). Andrew lasted until 5:00 AM. Does someone want to see if they can beat that record this year?
11. OCTOBER MEETING: CALENDARS 
    We'll have 2003 calendars available at our October meeting. We'll have a few spares, but not many. If your name's not on the list below, and you'd like one, let us know as soon as possible. The calendars are $15 each. Those names with "*" next to them have already paid for their calendar. 
    This year's theme will be 50's sci-fi. The calendars have wonderful pictures (thanks to the hard work of Charlie Wittig), reminders for the ICS meetings, dates and Web addresses of regional conventions and film festivals, ICS anniversaries, and notations for events related to the great (and not so great) science fiction films of the 50's. 

JIM & BETSY CHILDS 
DAVID DELLMAN 
TROY FARWELL 
SUE FEDER 
TIM FLEMING 
DIANE GERVASIO 
PEGGY GERVASIO 
DAVE HENDERSON 
ANDREW KENT* 
MIKE LAIRD* 
JONATHAN LAMPLEY 
BRENDA McNEAL 
BARRY MURPHY 
AMY PEARLMAN 
SKIP PHILLIPS 
JOE PLEMPEL 
RICK RIEVE 
GARY ROBERSON* 
MIKE SCHILLING 
BRIAN SMITH 
COURTNEY SPIES 
REGINA VALLERANI 
NEIL WAGENFER 
JOHN WARD 
DAVID WILLARD 
CHARLIE WITTIG 
TOM WOODWARD

12.OCTOBER MEETING: COSTUMES 
    Our October meeting is a celebration of Halloween. For some of us you just can't celebrate Halloween in your civilian outfit - you HAVE to be decked in a costume. It's time to go through the cedar chest and pull out the ballerina tutu, the pirate garb or that sheet with the eye-hole cutouts. Wear them to the October meeting. Costumes are not mandatory. This is strictly a matter of personal choice. 
    Here are two pieces of advice. First, wear something comfortable - especially if you're staying for the all-night movies. You may be in the meeting room for several hours. You may not want to spend all of that time with a giant rubber head on. Secondly, use you best judgment in terms of concealing various body parts. Remember that we're guests of a church - they may not look kindly on your exhibitionist display. And besides we'll be eating dinner. There's no sense nauseating your fellow members.
13. THE ICS TAKES A TRIP! 
    Diamond International, also known as Geppi Comics, has an eye-popping tour of comic book art and collectibles available by appointment (if you're reading this Online and would like a preview, click here). We've talked about it the last few issues. We're about to change that talk to action. 
    On Thursday, October 18, at 2:00, a group of us will be meeting at Diamond for the tour. Their address is Diamond Comic Distributors, 1966 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD 21093 (it's a large, imposing building, not far from where Fanex was held). If you'd like to add your name to the list either e-mail me or phone me at 410-788-4086 or my cell at 443-570-6455. 
    If you need directions on how to get top Diamond call them at 410-560-7100. The tour is free (unless you buy their issue one of "Detective Comics," then it'll cost you big time!). 

Jim Childs (90% sure) 
Dave Henderson (95% sure) 
Andrew Kent 
Skip Phillips 
Joe Plempel 
Mike Schilling 
Regina Vallerani (maybe) 
David Willard
14. ICS MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES 
    ICS Gift Membership Certificates are now available. As mentioned before they're designed to give as gifts to people that you know just HAVE to belong to the ICS. They'd also make a fine gift for the Yankee Swap in December. They're for a full year, ending on December 31, 2003. They'll be available until January. See Regina at a meeting, e-mail her at Rvaller107@hotmail.com, or call her at (410) 366-7093. She'll get you all set up.
15. AHEAD FOR THE IMAGINATIVE CINEMA SOCIETY 
    We have some interesting evenings to look forward to. On November 23 Charlie Wittig will be doing a presentation and movies about "Computers in the Movies." On December 28 we'll have our annual Yankee Swap gift exchange. We'll also have movies from Mike Schilling. On January 25 we've got Mitch Klein doing Part II of his excellent CGI talk. He'll follow that up with the movie theme, "Oscar caliber sci-fi/horror." He may also have a surprise for us that night. January will also be our fourth anniversary and elections for the Board. All-in-all, it should be fun!

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16. THE GLASS TEAT 
Show your love for SMALLVILLE. Do you love SMALLVILLE? Do you love it so much that you'd wear your heart on your sleeve - and your back, front, top and bottom? Now you can. The WB's launched a site where you can attire yourself in stuff from the nonexistent "Smallville High School Store." You can buy T-shirts, caps, book bags, a pen and pencil set - even a varsity jacket (for only $364.95). . . . The return of JEREMIAH. J. M. Straczynski's Showtime series, JEREMIAH, has been renewed for a second season. There's no word when we'll see new episodes. . . . La Femme La Oxygen. As part of its ongoing effort to be Not Your Sensitive Aunt's TV Network for Women, Oxygen has picked up rerun rights to LA FEMME NIKITA. They began running the show at 5 PM Monday through Thursday beginning Sept. 30. They've paired it with another series about a woman who can kill you in a number of ways - XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. The show also airs at 1 AM every day and 10 AM on weekends. . . . I sense more psychics hitting the air. Fox Television Studios will develop a North American version of the Danish hit TV series SENSING MURDER, in which professional clairvoyants aid police in investigating unsolved. The project is being shopped to networks. Fox will produce the show in association with the Danish producers of the show. . . . THE SIMPSONS debuts with their Halloween episode. THE SIMPSONS' season premiere episode will be their annual Halloween show, "Treehouse of Horror 13." Fox has released a promotional image of it. We see a confused Homer standing among thousands of confused Homer clones. Look for it on Sunday, Nov. 3. . . . Showtime considers a LORD OF ILLUSION series. Clive Barker is developing a cable television series based on his 1995 film LORD OF ILLUSION. The proposed series would follow the latest adventures of supernatural private investigator Harry D'Amour, played in the feature by Scott Bakula. Don't look for Bakula to give up ENTERPRISE to star in this series.
17. 24 HOUR KICKING AND LEAPING ON BLACKBELT TV 
    The martial arts tend to attract that Holy Grail of demographics for advertisers - the young male. There's about to be a network that will make them their primary target. The world's about to get a 24/7 cable network called "Blackbelt TV." It's scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2003. 
    Six of 10 major multiple system operators have agreed to carry the new network. It's backed by the producers of MORTAL KOMBAT. The ad-supported network will launch with a nearly 15,000-hour library, including feature films from Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Films on Blackbelt will include ENTER THE DRAGON, ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA, THE KARATE KID, DRUNKEN MASTER and DOUBLE IMPACT. The network will also feature such television series as KUNG FU and MORTAL KOMBAT CONQUEST. Blackbelt also plans to telecast kickboxing from Thailand, martial arts from Japan, boxing from Europe and America and judo from Korea, along with health and fitness and self-defense programming and Japanese anime. 
    "Martial arts has permeated our pop culture today," said producer Larry Kasanoff (MORTAL KOMBAT), the network's chairman and the former president of Lightstorm Entertainment, director James Cameron's production company. "You can see outstanding martial arts sequences in virtually every blockbuster film and hit TV show." Primary investors in Blackbelt TV include Threshold Entertainment, Fusient Media Ventures and Sirius Investment Corp.
18. ANGEL'S NEW PRODUCER TALKS ABOUT THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES BATTLE 
   ANGEL producer and new show runner Jeffrey Bell talked about the behind-the-scenes drama that resulted after the departure of David Simkins, who'd been brought in to replace series co-creator and co-executive producer David Greenwalt. Simkins lasted about six weeks. "It won't really affect what you see," Bell said. "It was sad that David [Greenwalt] left. He co-created the show and had done a fantastic job, and he's still consulting and giving us notes and helping out. Tim Minear had already been tapped to go toward FIREFLY; otherwise, I think he would have been running [ANGEL] down here. So in that absence, Fox, I believe, wanted someone with experience to come in. David Simkins - a smart man, a good man - came in. It would have been a miracle for anyone from the outside to succeed. Joss has a very specific sensibility. So I think it simply came down to that. When they came to their creative differences I'd been the man under David Simkins, and was under Tim Minear and David Greenwalt last year. I'd been delegated a lot of responsibilities, so evidently it made sense to those around me to have me carry on in their stead [following Simkins' exit], which is what I'm doing."
19. THE FUTURE OF BUFFY 
    Marti Noxon stated that producers are already mulling options for how to continue BUFFY beyond the seventh season, with or without star Sarah Michelle Gellar. Among the possibilities: a show centered on Buffy's little sister Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg) or one centered on wayward slayer Faith (Eliza Dushku). Gellar's contract expires at the end of the new season, and she has expressed doubts about returning full-time. 
    An eighth season of Buffy "is a discussion that we've begun to start having . . . with both [producing studio] Fox and UPN," Noxon said. "But it's really . . . stages. I think the main thing that Joss feels, and I also feel, is  that we wouldn't continue if we didn't feel that we had something exciting to bring to the table. If it felt like we were desperately trying to keep the franchise alive, that's not something that I think interests him. I think it's much more about, can we come up with a concept that might be either Sarah-free or Sarah-light that feels, you know, like a show worth doing? And if we're all excited about doing it and have the same level of passion, then gung ho, you know? But if we don't, I think nobody sort of wants to see a pale imitation of what was. It's a tough call. It's a tough thing. We'll see. But we do have some ideas. And Joss has some great ideas. And we're kicking those all around. And we don't know. Sarah has not said definitively no, but I think it's pretty likely that she'd at least want to scale her involvement back." 
    In the upcoming seventh-season premiere, viewers will see a much more active Dawn. Is that setting the stage for Trachtenberg to take up Gellar's stake and cross? "We don't really have a firm plan," Noxon said. "I mean, that's obviously one of the possibilities. But we haven't settled on that at all. . . . I think it was just time to grow Dawn up a little bit. And it's just sort of a natural thing that she would want to sort of follow in Buffy's footsteps. So it's much more about story. And if at the end of that process, we're like, 'Wow, she's a natural replacement,' then that might happen. But it's not a foregone conclusion at all." 
        Trachtenberg seems open to the idea of BUFFY morphing into DAWN THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. "I'm a fan of Dawn," Trachtenberg said. "I like her as a character. I like playing her. I love the show. So whatever happens, it's up to Joss. I'd want the original heart of BUFFY to be there. If there's one second where someone would doubt BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, we probably shouldn't go on. But whatever they decide, I'll be here. I'll be thinking about Dawn and having fun." 
    Noxon confirmed that Faith will return toward the end of the seventh season. But whether or not she's poised to replace Buffy "depends entirely on [Dushku]," who has an active film career, Noxon said. "But it's definitely a very interesting possibility. I know some fans . . . are pretty excited about that. So we'll see. I mean, I can really see that show. I know what that show is. And so that's nice, you know? She's such a good character. And Eliza's very charismatic. So I can see what that show would be. But again, many, many hurdles. And I don't even know if Eliza's interested."
20. DINOTOPIA DELAYED 
    This may not bode well for the confidence level that ABC has for their new show, DINOTOPIA. ABC will delay the premiere of the series until Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving night). They're doing this so they can make room for reruns of USA Network's hit of last summer, MONK. MONK began airing Thursdays at 8 PM on September 26. 
    In ABC's defense, MONK was one of the highest rated shows ever to air on basic cable (second only to last summer's other USA hit, THE DEAD ZONE). It did very well for ABC when they ran it last summer. Nevertheless, the producers of DINOTOPIA must be reeling to find their new big-budget fantasy nudged by primetime cable reruns.
21. DREAM A LITTLE DREAM FOR SCI-FI 
    The Sci-Fi Channel is inviting viewers to submit their dreams for possible analysis on its upcoming original reality series THE DREAM TEAM With Annabelle and Michael. During the show, expert Michael Lennox and co-host Annabelle Gurwitch will dissect and explain the dreams of audience members and call-in viewers. 
    Viewers can submit their dreams by telephone at (323) 520-5683 or by e-mail at dreamteam@www.scifi.com. Dreams must be recent ones so that the details are fresh in memory. THE DREAM TEAM will premiere in January 2003. 
    Any dreams that involve seeing me with no pants on at an ICS meeting are strictly prohibited.
22. THE COLLAPSE OF THE FARSCAPE UNIVERSE 
   The Sci-Fi Channel announced that it will not pick up FARSCAPE for a fifth season. The fourth season episodes scheduled to run in January will be the end of the line for the series. In August and early September executive producer Brian Henson of The Jim Henson Company, and Hallmark Entertainment (the producing partners in FARSCAPE) had been negotiating feverishly with the Sci-Fi Channel in hopes of striking a deal for a fifth season. But with the series' ratings in decline - in stark contrast to the rising ratings of STARGATE SG-1, which recently joined the Friday-night schedule, the cost of continuing production in Australia proved prohibitive. 
    "There are no bigger fans of FARSCAPE than we here at Sci-Fi Channel," the network said in a statement. "It was one of Sci-Fi's first original series and quickly became a critical and fan favorite. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to reach a broader audience, FARSCAPE has been unable to grow beyond its core fan base. That, coupled with the extreme and growing cost of production, has led to the difficult decision to end the series at the conclusion of season four." 
    FARSCAPE, produced in Australia by the Jim Henson Company and Hallmark Entertainment, had consistently been one of the channel's highest-rated shows. However, cable channels can rarely justify the expense of original series programming. FARSCAPE was believed to be particularly costly to produce. 
    Executive producer David Kemper and star Ben Browder ("Commander John Crichton") made the announcement on Sci-Fi's Internet chatroom, with Kemper commenting: "We are all hugely sad. I am shaking as I write this. Yesterday we all cried on the set. Yet, as we are . . . just the people who make the show and not the corporate entities that fund and air it, we are as helpless as anyone." 
23. STUNNED REACTIONS TO FARSCAPE'S DEMISE 
    Fan's are in a fury over FARSCAPE's sudden disposal. They're charging the Sci-Fi Channel with a bad decision. The Channel wanted to pay less per episode of Season Five. While FARSCAPE's ratings have experienced a mild drop they're still strong. 
    They compare Sci-Fi's recent action with glowing Valentines like this one, delivered last June by Thomas Vitale, Senior Vice- President of Acquisitions, Scheduling, and Program Planning at Sci-Fi. "Sci-Fi has been able to continue ordering seasons of FARSCAPE because the show performs strongly in the ratings. This is very satisfying to us at the network, as well as to FARSCAPE's producers, since it clearly shows that the series has struck a chord with viewers. Happily, because enough viewers keep watching this terrific series, we can afford to keep making it." 
    Critics are baffled and by the cancellation. Matt Roush of TV Guide likened it to the short-sighted cancellation of STAR TREK by NBC in 1969. (Which was saved from cancellation in 1968 by a massive write in campaign to the network.) He also said "For Sci-Fi to cite economic reasons for denying fans a final year of FARSCAPE would seem to be at odds with the network's mission as an entertainment brand." Robert Bianco of USA Today states his disappointment with the decision as well. " . . . for a network to back off from a commitment and dump the best original series it has ever had - well, that isn't the kind of thing that inspires a lot of confidence in either the Hollywood or the critical communities." 
    The show's creator, Rockne O'Bannon, commented on the Sci-Fi Channel's decision. "I don't know what this bodes for Sci-Fi Channel. I'm not bitter. I understand the economics and all that, but if it were me, I'd see the value of the series in terms of, 'I'm the Sci-Fi Channel, and many say this is among the best, most well-regarded, science fiction series. I would think it's cool to be the one to have that on my network.' But they don't see that."
24. THE CRUSADE FOR FARSCAPE 
    FARSCAPE fans are taking solace in this bit of advice from Winston Churchill. "Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.'' 
    A massive campaign is underway to reverse the decision with telegrams, faxes, phone calls and e-mails pounding the Sci-Fi Channel and it's sister company, USA Networks. There's an Online petition drive underway. Fans have produced wanted posters for the fifth season. They're writing letters to USA NETWORKS/ SCIFI CHANNEL AUDIENCE SERVICES/ 1230 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, F115/ NEW YORK, NY 10020-1513 and The Scifi Channel/ Rockefeller Center/ PO BOX 331/ NY, NY 10185. They're calling 212-413-5000, 212-413-5821 and 212-413-5577. They're e-mailing programming@scifi.com413-5821 and programming@scifi.com. 
    CNN Headline News carried a "Hotwired" feature about the Internet campaign to save FARSCAPE. They were stunned when, in response, they received 1,200 email messages from all over the world within 24 hours. 
    Some fans have taken to sending in boxes of crackers or empty cracker boxes as part of a campaign strategy, with the slogan "Crackers DO Matter." That's a reference to an episode entitled "Crackers Don't Matter." The strategy is borrowed from fans of ROSWELL, who swamped the offices of The WB and, later, UPN with tiny bottles of Tabasco sauce in an effort to get that show renewed (in the series the aliens loved Tabasco sauce). That strategy helped to keep the show on the air at critical junctures. 
    If you'd like current news on the progress of the campaign go to http://farscape.wdsection.com and http://farscapeweekly.com. Those are the nerve centers for the war. 
25. FARSCAPE: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE 
    FARSCAPE fans aren't willing to stop their campaign with the Sci-Fi Channel. They are also taking the campaign to other networks. TNT, UPN and Showtime have been targeted as possible homes for FARSCAPE. They've also gotten this encouraging announcement from The Jim Henson Company: 
    "FARSCAPE is a flagship show for The Jim Henson Company. We are proud of its achievements over the past four years, which have included international critical recognition, three Saturn Awards, and a recent Emmy nomination. As always, your show of support is a true inspiration for our company and has been integral to our success. 
    "Although Sci-Fi Channel has chosen not to pick up a fifth season, The Jim Henson Company is in active development on a new FARSCAPE film, an anime project and is currently discussing syndication of this highly acclaimed series. We are eager to move forward with the FARSCAPE creative team in developing new projects that will resonate with our overwhelmingly loyal fan base."
26. FUTURAMA LANDS ON THE CARTOON NETWORK 
    The Cartoon Network has bought the cable-TV rights to the 72 half-hour reruns of FUTURAMA. They'll schedule FUTURAMA somewhere in its weekly Adult Swim block, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sundays, starting in January 2003. Jim Samples, the general manager and EVP of Cartoon Network, said, "FUTURAMA is a perfect fit for Adult Swim and Cartoon Network. We could not be happier about having the opportunity to showcase the brilliant work of Matt Groening." 
    FUTURAMA was actually a Sunday-night success on Fox since its debut in March 1999. Apparently someone at the network hated it. The show was constantly being bumped for NFL games. Audiences had a hard time figuring when, and if, it's on. 
    Fox hasn't made it official, but the show is unlikely to come back after it burns off its final original 16 or so episodes during the upcoming 2002-'03 season. Fans can take solace in knowing when the show will be on and being able to catch up on all the ones they missed.
27. INCUBUS GETS ITS WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE 
    The Sci-Fi Channel is taking a bold risk by airing a "cursed" film. INCUBUS stars a pre-STAR TREK William Shatner. It's the first (and last) film ever shot in Esperanto, the "universal language" developed in 1887 by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof. All Esperanto words are spelled as pronounced. All nouns end in -o, all adjectives end in -a, and all verbs have only one form for each tense or mood. 
    The curse attached to the film is legendary. A year after it came out the actor in the title role, Milos Milos, killed Mickey Rooney's ex-wife and then killed himself. The leading lady, Ann Atmar, committed suicide. A French lab mistakenly destroyed the negative and all prints of the film. 
    But the curse wasn't all bad. Within a year of the movie's release the leading man was cast as "Captain Kirk" in STAR TREK. INCUBUS's cinematographer, Conrad L. Hall, got his first Academy Award nomination (he would later win for BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID in 1969 and AMERICAN BEAUTY in 2000). A print of the film itself was recently discovered in the permanent collection of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris. From that sole surviving print, INCUBUS has been digitally restored with remastered sound. 
    Directed by THE OUTER LIMITS creator Leslie Stevens, INCUBUS is set on the mysterious island of Nomen Tuumm. It's inhabited by succubi, female demons who lure and corrupt men to an untimely death. The island is thrown into turmoil when one of the women falls for Shatner's noble character. The leader of the succubi, the Incubus, is summoned to end the affair. 
    INCUBUS will make its world television debut on Sci-Fi on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 AM, immediately following WILLIAM  SHATNER'S FULL MOON FRIGHT NIGHT.
28. A&E ENTERS THE LOST WORLD 
    A&E has also announced when their LOST WORLD miniseries will debut this month. This is not to be confused with the syndicated series. Like the miniseries, this is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's adventurous tale of a team of 1911 explorers in the Central Amazon, facing living dinosaurs. This version (the seventh) stars Bob Hoskins and Peter Falk. 
    Part 1 will air on Sunday, Oct 6th at 8 PM. Part 2 will be on Monday, Oct 7th at 8 PM.  This is a co-production with the BBC and A&E.
29. ARE YOU READY TO DANCE THE TIME WARP SHUFFLE YET AGAIN? 
    THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is set for a makeover with a new celebrity cast and new tunes. Lou Adler, who produced the 1975 movie, is putting the finishing touches to a new cast list, and he hopes to have a new TV movie version of ROCKY HORROR ready for Halloween 2003. 
    PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT moviemaker Stephan Elliott is on board to direct the remake, while MOULIN ROUGE composer Marius De Vries has been signed up to add original music. Adler admits the project has taken a long time to come together because he has been unable to find a replacement for Curry, who played Frank N Furter in the original. The producer says, "I just never found the right person but now I have. We're going to wait until March and then probably do it for next Halloween." No casting details have been released, although speculation in Hollywood suggests Marilyn Manson is a front-runner for the Frank N Furter role.
30. THE ANIMATED SPIDEY IS HIS OWN MAN 
    Neil Patrick Harris, who provides the voice of Peter Parker in MTV's SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, said that he's not basing his work on Tobey Maguire's performance in this summer's hit movie. "They want Spider-Man himself to be more of a street-talking, sh-t-talking basketball kind of guy, and for Peter Parker to be much more stammery and a different pitch. They have specific inflections that they want, and it really doesn't have much to do with the film. It's a cartoon, so it's chock full of one-liners. It's fun that during the battles with the villains, he gets to comment on their wardrobe and their lack of skills." 
    Harris described some of the new villains that Spidey will face in his weekly adventures and confirmed that some of the characters would be voiced by rock stars. "Just by the nature of there being more than one plot, there's got to be more than one villain and more than one situation that he has to fight and win," he said. "We're on our fourth and fifth show, and they're doing a lot of music crossovers. So one of the villains last week was Rob Zombie, and I think Pink might do one. Since it's on MTV, they're doing the music crossovers as best they can. [Zombie] played the head of a bandit organization, a rogue organization that was trying to disrupt the city." 
    Harris said that fans can expect to see some favorite comic-book villains amongst the new characters. "They're bringing back Dr. Octopus and some regular characters, but we have to do 22 [episodes], so we have to keep adding new people." 
31. THE TEEN TITANS ARE HEADED FOR THE AIRWAVES 
    Warner Bros. has made an official announcement regarding the TEEN TITANS. The animated show will be on the Cartoon Network and Kids’ WB. It will follow younger superheroes such as Robin (of "Batman &"), Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire and Raven. It will debut on Cartoon Network in 2003, followed by broadcast on Kids’ WB. 
    TEEN TITANS is set in a future of intergalactic strife and interplanetary battles. The five teen superheroes unite to form a defensive force to protect the Earth from a new generation of villains. 
    Why are we seeing this series? According to an exec at the network it's because of the success of a similar show. "Cartoon Network has experienced great success with JUSTICE LEAGUE, so we know we have a loyal audience ready to embrace this exciting new show," according to Jim Samples, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Cartoon Network. "These DC Comics characters have incredible powers, but struggle with how to use them. TEEN TITANS will mesh perfectly with our other action-adventure programming and thrill our viewers." 
    Teen Titans made their DC comic book debut in 1964 and soon grew into its own Teen Titans monthly comic book series that ran for seven years. The basis for the animated television series, however, is the wildly successful revamped version of the original junior superhero formula. The New Teen Titans debuted in 1980 and was DC’s most popular comic book of the decade that followed. The adolescent angst and emotional depth of The New Teen Titans made the series an instant classic with a whole new generation of comic book readers.
32. THE TWILIGHT ZONE ON YOUR RADIO! 
   A company called Falcon Picture Group has signed a licensing agreement with CBS Enterprises to turn scripts from the original, Rod Serling-created TWILIGHT ZONE into radio dramas. Stacy Keach will serve as host for the radio series. 
    The radio production is not connected to UPN's new incarnation of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. It will reproduce Serling's scripts, expanding each half-hour TV episode into a 60-minute audio format and using the show's original theme and score as background music. 
    Falcon has lined up a number of actors to take part in the radio series. Among them are Jeremy Piven (who stars in a future episode of the UPN series), Jane Seymour, Ed Begley Jr., Frankie Muniz and Lou Diamond Phillips. 
    The "Twilight Zone" radio dramas will be syndicated to stations beginning in late October. For more information, if you're reading this Online, click here.
33. TNT SAYS GOOD-BYE TO WITCHBLADE 
    TNT has canceled WITCHBLADE, though the series concluded its second season with healthy ratings. The series went on temporary hiatus earlier this year, when its star, Yancy Butler, underwent alcohol rehab. 
    The cancellation came even though the series drew at least a 2.0 cable rating during both its first and second seasons. Steve Koonin, TNT's executive vice president and general manager, said that the cancellation was "a very tough decision. Our criteria for this show was really fourfold," he said: that it be advertiser and cable operator-friendly, that it differentiate the network from its competitors, that it build ratings and that it lay groundwork for the network to be in the summer series business. "WITCHBLADE did all of that great for two years," Koonin said. "We just felt to stretch it to a third year could hurt some of those areas." 
    Network execs aren't in the business of killing off shows that are making them money. In all likelihood it had to do with the problems of Yancy Butler. In Hollywood it's almost a rite of passage to drink and drug yourself into rehab. It's considered a faux-paus when it interferes with a shooting schedule.
34. THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE - IT JUST KEEPS CHANGING CHANNELS! 
    The Sci-Fi Channel is kicked off their exclusive weekday-primetime run of THE X-FILES on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The network is dedicating two primetime nights a week to the series, with 4-hour blocks every Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 7 PM both nights. 
    TNT began airing X-FILES episodes weekday nights at 6 PM beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1. The THE X-FILES current cable home, the FX network, broadcast its last episode of the series on Friday, Sept. 26. 
    To welcome the show, Sci-Fi held an Online poll to determine the top 8 episodes. The winning episodes will christened the show's first week on Sci-Fi. 
    The network will also feature a themed X-FILES week once a month, with every episode focusing on a particular aspect of the series. October's theme week is "Freaks." On Tuesday, Oct. 8 and Wednesday, Oct. 9, the network will run eight episodes featuring the weirdest creatures ever to cross paths with Mulder and Scully.
35. TV: HALLOWEEN MOVIES ON TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES 
    For club members with cable and satellite October serves up a feast of possibilities on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Movies, some which haven't made their way to DVD or even VHS, are everywhere. It's what our military would call a "target rich environment." 
    Below is an alphabetical list of films airing this month on TCM. This is a VCR friendly list. That means a movie airing on what a TV listing would call "late Tuesday" at 2:00 AM will be listed here as Wednesday. 
    You'll notice at least one very unusual title below. On Halloween night Turner Classic Movies has a showing of the 1927 lost classic, LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT. Would that this were some newly discovered complete print. This is the next best thing. A film historian has pieced together a still photograph re-creation of what the movie must have looked like, based on current knowledge. For now this is as close as we're going to get to seeing the film itself. 
    There's also an abundance of other silent features. You have your pick of 1918's EYES OF THE MUMMY, 1920's DER GOLEM, 1921's THE INDIAN TOMB, 1922's THE HAUNTED CASTLE and NOSFERATU, and 1927's THE UNKNOWN. 
    There's also an assortment of little seen cult favorites like VAMPYR and FREAKS (both from 1932), most of the MR. WONG series and assorted other delights. 
    For those of you reading this issue Online all titles listed are linked to the Internet Movie DataBase (the IMDB). All the titles below are listed by air date and time in the calendar at the end of this issue. 

AUDREY ROSE (1977) 10/24 TCM 8 PM 
BEDLAM (1946) 10/11 TCM 3:30 AM 
BLACK SABBATH (1963) 10/19 TCM 2 AM 
BLACK SUNDAY (1960) 10/5 TCM 2 AM 
THE CANTERVILLE GHOST (1944) 10/20 12:15 AM 
THE CAT PEOPLE (1942) 10/10 TCM 8PM 
CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED (1964) 10/25 TCM 4AM 
THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (1944) 10/11 TCM 1 AM 
DER GOLEM (1920) 10/14 TCM 12 MID 
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1932) 10/8 TCM 6AM 
THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE (1945) 10/24 TCM 4 PM
THE EVIL EYE (1963) 10/12 TCM 2 AM 
THE EXORCIST (1973) 10/25 TCM 1:30 AM 
EYES OF THE MUMMY (1918) 10/7 TCM 12 MID 
THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, OR PARDON ME BUT YOUR TEETH ARE IN MY NECK(1967) 11/1 TCM 3:30 AM 
FREAKS (1932) 10/17 TCM 8 PM 
THE GHOST SHIP (1943) 10/10 TCM 11:45 PM 
A GUY NAMED JOE (1943) 10/24 TCM 2 PM 
HARVEY (1950) 10/12 TCM 8 PM 
THE HAUNTED CASTLE (1922) 10/21 12 MID 
THE HAUNTING (1963) 10/3 TCM 9:30 PM 
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1959) 10/3 TCM 11:30 PM 
HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970) 10/4 TCM 3 AM 
THE INDIAN TOMB (1921) 10/28 TCM 1:30 AM 
THE INVISIBLE MENACE (1938) 10/11 TCM 5 AM 
ISLE OF THE DEAD (1945) 10/11 TCM 2:15 AM; 11/1 TCM 1 AM 
JAWS (1975) 10/27 TCM 6 PM 
KILL, BABY, KILL (1966) 10/26 TCM 2 AM 
KING KONG (1933) 10/8 TCM 3:30 AM; 10/12 TCM 4:15 PM 
KONGO (1932) 10/21 TCM 4:30 AM 
THE LEOPARD MAN (1943) 10/10 TCM 9:15 PM 
LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT (1927) 10/31 TCM 8 PM 
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935) 10/31 TCM 9 PM 
THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (1932) 10/18 TCM 2:30 AM 
MR. WONG, DETECTIVE (1938) 10/10 TCM 7:45 AM 
MR. WONG IN CHINATOWN (1939) 10/10 TCM 9 AM 
THE MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR (1943) 10/18 TCM 5 AM 
THE MYSTERIOUS MR. WONG (1935) 10/10 TCM 6:30 AM 
THE NANNY (1965) 10/18 TCM 12:30 AM 
NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS (1971) 10/4 TCM 4:45 AM 
NOSFERATU (1922) 10/28 TCM 12 MID; 10/31 TCM 11:30 PM 
THE PARADINE CASE (1947) 10/29 TCM 2:30 AM 
THE PHANTOM OF CHINATOWN (1940) 10/23 TCM 7:30 AM 
PHARAOH'S CURSE (1957) 10/21 TCM 1:30 AM 
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1945) 10/17 TCM 9:30 PM 
POLTERGEIST (1982) 10/24 TCM 10PM 
PORTRAIT OF JENNIE (1949) 10/31 TCM 1:30 AM 
REBECCA (1940) 10/28 TCM 10 PM 
RED PLANET MARS (1952) 10/25 TCM 12 NOON 
THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943) 10/10 TCM 10:30 PM 
SOYLENT GREEN (1973) 10/18 TCM 10 PM 
SPELLBOUND (1945) 10/29 TCM 12:30 AM 
THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1945) 10/3 TCM 8 PM 
SUSPICION (1941) 10/22 TCM 6 PM 
THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973) 10/20 TCM 8PM 
THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) 10/14 TCM 3 PM 
TOWER OF LONDON (1962) 10/31 TCM 6AM 
THE UNKNOWN (1927) 10/17 TCM 11:30 PM 
THE VAMPIRE (1957) 11/1 TCM 2:15 AM 
VAMPYR (1932) 10/31 TCM 10:15 PM 
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960) 10/25 TCM 12 MID 
VOODOO ISLAND (1957) 10/21 TCM 3AM 
WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) 10/18 TCM 3:45 AM 
THE WILD, WILD PLANET (1965) 10/26 TCM 4 AM 
THE WOMAN IN WHITE (1948) 10/4 TCM 1 AM
36. TV: HALLOWEEN MOVIES ON AMERICAN MOVIE CLASSICS 
    This year we won't be running our usual comprehensive list movie titles for AMC's MonsterFest 2002. With eight commercial interruptions an hour, heavy censorship on recent titles and a new emphasis on original productions, AMC is no longer a classic movie channel. They're more like the Sci-Fi Channel, TBS or TNT - a basic cable channel that relies on movies and other things to draw advertising revenue. 
    Here's an overview of what AMC has in store for us this year. They're running a 7-Day, 154-hour-long Halloween Monster Marathon from October 25 to Halloween. This includes premieres of AMC's first animated original production (MONSTERS WANTED - see last issue for details) and a new Backstory Episode on the HALLOWEEN Film Series. 
    Their film line-up ranges from the Universal Studios classics, such as Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Mummy - to more modern movies like FRIGHT NIGHT, THE BRIDE, PREDATOR 2 and HALLOWEEN 2 – 5 (all of which will be heavily edited for television). For exact showtimes consult your local listings. 

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37. 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 memebers 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. 

    PHILCON, the oldest science fiction convention in America, takes place December 13-15  at Marriott Center City, 1201 Market Street in Philadelphia. This is a literary convention. The Principal Speaker is writer Connie Willis (winner of six Hugo and six Nebula Awards). The Artist Guest Of Honor is Donato Giancola. Special guests include authors David Gerrold, Nalo Hopkinson and Spider and Jeanne Robinson. There'll be a large dealer's room, panels, speakers, an art show, a charity auction and a ball. Pre-registration is available until 12/2. A weekend membership is $45, children $20. For more information either follow the above link, e-mail Jeff Linder at info@philcon.org or call the toll-free hotline at 877-744-2315. 

    EVE CON 20 takes place December 27 - 29 at the Sheraton Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston VA. To quote the convention Website, "If you've never been to one of our conventions - this is an ideal place to find others who share your interests in things such as sci-fi, fantasy, horror, weirdness, centuries past and future, cultures near and far, art, music, movies, books, games. If you feel out of place in the mundane atmosphere of day-to-day life, this will be a homecoming for you." There's no exact schedule available yet, but trust that there'll be a variety of talks, workshops, discussions, gaming, and an art show. Registration is $25 if postmarked by December 13, and $30 at the door. For more information go to the above link, send an e-mail to cherylz@fantek.org or call (301) 292-5231.

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38. STEPHEN KING REALLY CALLS IT QUITS! 
    In last February's issue of The ICS Files (issue 37) there was a story called "Stephen King is calling it quits." It's taken some months to confirm it but confirm it we did. Stephen King publicly announced that he will indeed hang up his pen for good after he completes several more books. First, his new novel about a troop of Pennsylvania state policemen and their relationship with a possessed vintage car, From a Buick 8, will come out. 
    After that, King said he will finish the final three installments of his projected seven-volume fantasy series The Dark Tower. "This finishes it. It's the sequel to everything. And in a sense, once these books are done, there's nothing else to say," King explained. "People are going to say a year and a half from now that the talk of retirement was ridiculous, because those will come out, but after that. . . . I'd never stop writing, because I don't know what I'd do between nine and one every day. But I'd stop publishing. I don't need the money." 
    King added that he'd just as soon file the manuscripts in a drawer. "Why not?" he asked. "What's wrong with that? J.D. Salinger's been doing it for years! There's a story I heard about this lady who works in a bank in New Hampshire, where Salinger has a safety deposit box. And every year he'd go in with a wrapped box. And if you've ever worked in publishing, you know what an 8-by-10 box is - it's a manuscript. So she said, 'Are those books you're putting away?' And he said yes. And she said, 'Are you ever going to publish them?' And he looked down his nose at her and said, 'What for?' And it's one of those stories where you gotta say, 'If it ain't true, it oughta be.'" 
    He must have been smiling when he said, "I've killed enough of the world's trees."
39. THE ACKERMANSION IS BEING SOLD 
    "I Am Legend" would be as good a title as any for the amazing life story of Forrest J. Ackerman. He's the man who coined the term, "sci-fi." He was the former literary agent for such authors as Ray Bradbury. He may be best known as the founding editor of the cult magazine "Famous Monsters of Filmland." He's also very famous for his amazing collection of movie memorabilia. He loved to give private tours of his home (which he named the "Ackermansion"). Ackerman led more than 50,000 fans on personal tours of the house and his amazing collection of memorabilia, including movie posters, paintings and masks of screen legends like Boris Karloff, as well as costumes and props from classic movies. Some members of our club have been on that tour. That era has sadly come to an end. 
    Ackerman is selling off his legendary Hollywood house, (or as he calls it "Horrorwood," located in "Karloffornia") and his collection of movie memorabilia to pay legal bills. The two-story, 5,800-square-foot mansion, perched on a winding street in the hills above Hollywood, once had more than 300,000 sci-fi and horror film items crammed into every corner. 
    Ackerman is selling the house, which was listed for $1.3 million and is now in escrow. In addition, Ackerman, 85, said he is liquidating his memorabilia collection to raise money to pay for an expensive legal fight against his onetime business associate, Ray Ferry. 
    Ackerman now lives in a rented five-room house in Los Angeles. He still has a few of his most-treasured items, including a replica of the female robot from his favorite film, METROPOLIS.
40. THE MUGGLES GROW RESTLESS 
    Elaborate plans to coordinate the marketing of the new Harry Potter book to fit neatly between the release of the DVD and video of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE and the November premiere of the second movie, HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, have gone up in smoke. To her rapacious public J.K. Rowling is seemingly under some sort of spell. The British author hasn't been able to finish her fifth installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in time to be published this summer, as fans had hoped. 
    Rebecca Salt, the London-based spokeswoman for Rowling, said the eagerly anticipated book might not be ready until 2003. "It could be this year and it could be next year," said Salt, while rejecting the notion that the now very rich and married Rowling was suffering from writer's block. 
    Salt also insisted there had never been a specific deadline, although Rowling had produced a book a year between 1997 and 2000 and was believed to have promised to keep doing so, in step with the seven years Harry's enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 
    Rowling has previously admitted to feeling the pressure of her worldwide success. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has grossed more than $317 million in the U.S. alone, and that doesn't include the vast amount of tie-in merchandise crowding store shelves. Her last book missed the prescribed deadline by two months after she made changes to the plot. Still some fans were blaming hasty work for big mistakes, notably an error in the timing of Potter's parents' deaths, which conflicted with reports of the tragedy in the earlier books. 
    There is speculation that the increasingly darker tone of Rowling's books might have given her pause, especially following the terrorist attacks of September 11, and led to reworking preconceived ideas for the fifth volume. And, with Harry and his pals now 15 and no longer tweens, some think that Rowling might be having difficulty handling their burgeoning sexuality.
41. THE HEADMISTRESS OF HOGWARTS RESPONDS 
    J.K. Rowling has some very good excuses for delaying her new book. First of all she said that the lawsuit that claimed she stole ideas from a series about a Larry Potter was distracting her. Rowling said that she was enormously relieved after a U.S. court threw out rival author Nancy Stouffer's claims that she stole words and characters from Stouffer's books. With that suit behind her, Rowling said that much of the book has been written and insisted, "I really am getting there." She added, "I'm so relieved. This court case has dragged on for a few years. I'm a really happy woman today." 
    As for the effect of the suit on her writing, Rowling said, "It has affected it, obviously. Anyone who's been involved in a court case will know that it's time-consuming. It plays on your mind. There have been times when I've been writing, and that's been uppermost in my mind, whereas what should have been uppermost in my mind is what's going on with Harry and company." 
    One other possible reason for her being late is that she's, uh, late. Very late. She and her new husband, Dr. Neil Murray, are expecting their first child. The new addition is due this spring. 
    So when will Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix appear? "I'd rather not say, just in case I have a bus accident, and things get knocked off track! It won't be too long. There's a lot of the book done. That's all I want to say, because if I give it a date, and then I pass it, everyone will be upset. I will say that I have a beginning, a middle and an end. You could read it all the way through, and I know a lot of Harry Potter fans will say just to give it to us. But I'm a perfectionist, and I want a bit more of a tweak." 
42. RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES AND TELEVISION 
    Bite Me! An Unofficial Guide to the World of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER by Nikki Stafford, $19.95 
This is a revised and up-to-date guide to BUFFY. It includes an episode-by-episode examination of both BUFFY and the first three season of ANGEL. 

    Conrad Veidt on Screen: A Comprehensive Illustrated Filmography by John T. Soister, $65.00 
This book details the film career of Conrad Veidt. It lists all movies that he was involved in and provides a synopsis, cast and crew credits, and reviews of each film. 

    The Dinosaur Filmography by Mark F. Berry, Donald Lessem; $65.00 
This comprehensive filmography, arranged alphabetically by title, contains entries that include basic facts (year of release, country of origin, studio, and running time) followed by four primary sections: Plot Summary, Commentary (the author's review of the film), People and Production, and Causes and FX (information on the special effects). A separate section contains capsule entries on films that deal only briefly with dinosaurs. To be included, the movie must show on screen one or more creatures represented as prehistoric, reptilian, and non-humanoid. Inaccurate portrayals are included, as long as the intent is to represent a real or fictional dinosaur. Mythical creatures are excluded. 

    The Frankenstein Archive: Essays on the Monster, the Myth, the Movies, and More by Donald F. Glut, $28.50 
Like Frankenstein, this work is made up of many individual parts, some of which are quite different in their specific themes, but all of which relate to Frankenstein in some way. They consider the untold true story of Frankenstein, Glenn Strange’s portrayals of Frankenstein, the portrayals of lesser-known actors who played the Frankenstein monster, Peter Cushing and his role as Baron (and Dr.) Frankenstein, the classic film YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, the battles between do-gooders and Frankenstein and other horror figures, Frankenstein in cartoons - and much more. Each of the 15 essays, all written by the author, is prefaced with explanatory notes that place the essay in its historical perspective, comment on its origin and content, and where appropriate, supplement the text with new, additional, or otherwise relevant information. 

    Horror: A Thematic History in Fiction and Film by Darryl Jones, $16.95 
This book tries to understand the appeal behind horror films and literature. It includes chapters on horror, religion and identity; "mad science," vampires and the undead; madness and psycho-killers; forbidden knowledge and books; narratives of invasion and pestilence; Satanism and demonic possession; ghosts and the ghost-story; and body-horror and metamorphoses. 

    Horror at the Drive-In: Essays in Popular Americana by Gary D. Rhodes (Editor), $45.00 
This book is a collection of eighteen essays on the classic drive-in horror film experience. Section One emphasize the roles of the drive-in theater itself in the United States - and its cultural cousin, Australia. Section Two examines how horror operated at the drive-in, the rhetoric used in coming attraction trailers, horror film premieres at drive-ins, double features, and the preproduction, production, and marketing of LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. Section Three addresses the effects of the Vietnam War and counter-culture on THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and the Cold War on CAT WOMEN ON THE MOON. Section Four explores gender issues and sexuality, two of the most common and most important subjects of horror film analysis. Section Five covers drive-in culture via HUSH . . . HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE, 2000 MANIACS, and the films of Mario Bava. Section Six investigates a variety of issues, such as the drive-in horror film’s embrace of DNA, the use of cinematic form to create a non-Hollywood look in WIZARDS OF GORE, and the many different prints and running times of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. 

    Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir, $59.95 
This detailed filmography covers over 200 horror movies of the 70's. Section One provides an introduction and a brief history of the decade. Section Two gives a chronological film-by-film breakdown. Section Three contains a conclusion and several appendices. 

    How to Shoot a Feature Film for Under $10,000 (And Not Go to Jail) by Bret Stern, $14.95 
This is the perfect book for people who aspire to make low-budget movies or for people (like the ICS) that watch them and might wonder how they're made. Anyone with a credit card can rent a camera and buy film stock. This book teaches the reader to do things like rent a camera for two weeks and pay for only two days, how to set the exposure on the camera without a light meter, feed a crew of twenty with yesterday's chicken soup, how to shoot a sex scene, what a stinger is AND if you need help writing your script, this guide even gives you some scenes to copy right into your screen-play - and even provides the characters. In short, everything you need to know about filmmaking in the real world is in this book. It even helps you select the proper baseball cap so you can look like a big-time director. 

    Lips of Blood: An Illustrated Guide to Hammer's Dracula Movies Starring Christopher Lee by John Jewel, $17.95 
This book is a visual tribute to Christopher Lee's incarnation of the vampire Count in his seven films. There's also material on the rise of Hammer Films as well as Lee's other Dracula films. It's filled with information, facts and visual drama. 

    Moonwatcher's Memoir: A Diary of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY by Dan Richter, Arthur C. Clarke, $17.95 
Richter was a poor, vagabond mime when Stanley Kubrick plucked him from obscurity to choreograph and star in the remarkable "Dawn of Man" sequence in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Determined not to rehash the hackneyed tradition of "men in monkey suits," Kubrick was seeking vivid characterizations by believable prehistoric man-apes whose discovery of weapons and violence presages the future of humanity in space. Since the sequence had no dialog, Kubrick felt that mimes could best express the man-apes' motivations and emotions, and Richter's brief audition quickly confirmed the notion. In this day-by-day chronicle of the blossoming of rudimentary ideas into a finished masterpiece, Richter captures the novice's constant sense of awe regarding the complexity of filmmaking. In the process, he spends hours observing primates in zoos and struggles with heroin addiction. 

    Reel Shame: Bad Movies and the Hollywood Stars Who Made Them by Christopher Holland, Scott Hamilton; $14.99 
This book captures big names doing little embarrassing movies. We get to read about Kevin Costner as a wealthy rancher with a midget sidekick in SIZZLE BEACH U.S.A. Shannen Doherty would rather you never discovered the role in which she left both her clothes and her talent at home in BLINDFOLD: ACTS OF OBSESSION. And when you think of Harrison Ford you probably don't associate him hugging a Wookiee named Itchy in THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL. This book, from the creators of the B-movie Website "Stomp Tokyo," collects the most embarrassing moments of more than a hundred Hollywood celebrities. It has several appendices, including reference information on every film mentioned in the book with capsule reviews, a recommended reading section, and a list of B-movie web sites. 

    Spielberg: The Man, the Movies, the Mythology by Frank Sanello, $17.95 
This book offers an in-depth biography which probes both Spielberg's career, film contributions, and personal life. Sanello exposes the personal influences which helped form Spielberg's films and unique style. 

    Uncharted Territory: An Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to FARSCAPE by Scott Andrews, $7.95 
This book comprises an in-depth, unofficial episode-by-episode guide, including categories such as "Buck Rogers Redux", "Nosferatu in Rubber", "Alien Encounters" and "Get Frelled". It covers the first three seasons of the show. It also provides a look at the logic leaps, the spins the show puts on classic storylines, and behind-the-scenes information.
43. RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS 
    The Crow by James O'Barr, $16.95 
This is the novel from which the original movie (and its many spawns) have sprung. Following is a random selection of quotes from various readers who've experienced the novel. "The Crow is the only book that will undoubtedly bring tears to my eyes and an aching to my heart every time I read it; which is close to everyday. . . . I can't sit here and tell you this is the best book out there today, because the writer literally poured his heart and soul into it, you must find that out for yourself, but it is true. In all, read the damn thing!!!!! You will NOT regret it." . . . "The Crow is without a doubt . . .THE BEST Novel or story line I have ever seen or read or even heard about." . . . "Nothing I can write here will really convey how incredibly, intensely moving this book is. I read this book because of my love for the movie - but the movie is NOTHING compared to the book." 

    DOCTOR WHO: Ghost Ship by Keith Topping, $17.95 
The Doctor arrives in the most haunted place on Earth: the ship, the Queen Mary. There, in introspective mood, he discovers death and horror surrounds him. As the hauntings increase in intensity, the Doctor starts to realize that he may be the only person who can rid the ship of its unearthly inhabitants. 

    STAR TREK: Starfleet Survival Guide by David Mack, $14.00 
Standard issue for all Starfleet Officers, this vital tool for space survival covers everything from space suit leaks and hotwiring a tri-corder to hostile alien encounters. Paying particular attention to the importance of initiative in situations where available technology is malfunctioning, The Survival Guide is broadly divided into understanding alien technology; dealing with alien wildlife; modifying federation technology; and encountering temporal anomalies. There is information on essential Federation emergency equipment, and various extreme escape and survival scenarios are accompanied by actual accounts by legendary Starfleet heroes of their own dramatic improvisations. The whole is illustrated throughout with explanatory black & white line art illustrations, easy to follow in a crisis - especially valuable when a reader is stranded on a downed shuttlecraft with only a com-badge and a self-sealing stem-bolt. 

    STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE - Mission Gamma, Book One: Twilight by David R. George III, $6.99 
The Defiant embarks on a three-month voyage of exploration into unknown space, where both cosmic mysteries and inner truths await the crew. Meanwhile those who remain on Deep Space Nine face incredible changes in their lives as the planet Bajor moves a major step closer to joining the Federation. 

    STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE - Mission Gamma, Book Two: This Gray Spirit  by Heather Jarman, $6.99 
An alien species whose unique biology holds the key to another race's survival is torn by internal strife, and the Defiant crew is caught in the middle of a genocidal civil war. Meanwhile, back on Deep Space Nine, the political intrigue intensifies as Colonel Kira finds herself compelled to help the warlike Cardassians who ravaged her planet, and against whom she has fought almost her entire life.
44. RECENT TITLES: OTHER BOOKS OF INTEREST 
    The Book of Were-Wolves by Sabine Baring-Gould, $19.95 
The Book of Were-Wolves, was written in 1865. Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) was a parson in the Church of England, an archaeologist, historian and a prolific author. This is considered to be THE master reference in all things pertaining to werewolves. If you're reading this Online, and you'd like to get some idea what this book's about, click here. This book was long out-of-print. If you want it, buy it now. When it goes back out-of-print it's usually tough to find. 

    Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards: Exploring the Wonders and Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien's the Lord of the Rings by Michael N. Stanton, $12.95 
This book is packed with data on all aspects of Tolkien's fantasy creations. This one-volume guide to the creatures, kingdoms, and historical timelines will prove indispensable for fans of Tolkien's novels. 

    Science Fiction After 1900: From the Steam Man to the Stars by Brooks Landon, $18.95 
This ambitious book analyzes the field of science fiction throughout the twentieth century. It encompasses a wide range of science fiction writing in the United States, England, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, with a special focus on the development of sub-genres. He treats science fiction as "a tool to help you think."  The author traces its development from the dime store novel through the New Wave of the '60s, the cyberpunk '80s, and soft agenda SF of the '90s. The writers he examines range for E. M. Forster and John W. Campbell to Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin. He also examines the large body of criticism now devoted to the genre and includes a bibliographic essay and a list of recommended titles. 

    Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture: What Becomes a Legend Most by William Patrick Day, $29.95 
While vampire stories have been part of popular culture since the beginning of the nineteenth century, it has been in recent decades that they have become a central part of American culture. This book examines how vampire stories - from BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA to BLACULA, from Bela Lugosi to LOVE AT FIRST BITE - have become part of our ongoing debate about what it means to be human. William Patrick Day looks at how writers and filmmakers as diverse as Anne Rice and Andy Warhol present the vampire as an archetype of human identity, as well as how many post-modern vampire stories reflect our fear and attraction to stories of addiction and violence. He argues that contemporary stories use the character of Dracula to explore modern values, and that stories of vampire slayers, such as the popular television series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, integrate both current feminist ideas and the image of the Vietnam veteran into a new heroic version of the vampire story.

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45. QUICK TAKES 
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. MAMET. David Mamet recently completed directing DIARY OF A YOUNG LONDON PHYSICIAN, based on his own adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Warner Brothers and Franchise. Jude Law and Penelope Cruz star. . . . BUGS REDUX. In last month's ICS Files I mentioned that J. T. Petty has signed on to write and direct the MIMIC sequel, MIMIC SENTINEL (the story was "The Bugs Are Back In Town"). I've got some more news on that. Amanda Plummer, John Kapelos and Lance Henriksen will star in the sequel. Production has recently begun in Romania. . . . SO WHAT HAVE YOU GOT IN A FAT MIDDLE-AGED WHITE GUY? I usually shy away from rumors, but this one is too good. Rumor has it that director Jay Roach (of, among other things, the AUSTIN POWERS series) is looking at USED GUYS, a sci-fi comedy with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. It's set in a near-future Los Angeles in which women buy and trade men like used cars. The film was originally written in 1998 and recently put into turnaround at Columbia. . . . SAMURAI JACK IS COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU. Brett Ratner said he will still direct a live-action feature film based on the Cartoon Network animated series, SAMURAI JACK. Don't get in line yet, though. We won't see it until after 2004, when he wraps his next two projects. "I'm a young man," Ratner explained. "I'll do it after SUPERMAN and RUSH HOUR 3.". . . ARE YOU PLANNING ON CATCHING CABIN FEVER NEXT SUMMER? CABIN FEVER is a new horror film that left audiences screaming in the aisles at the Toronto Film Festival. In this EVIL DEAD-like plot five college friends, vacationing in a remote cabin in the woods, face true horror when one of them contracts a deadly flesh-eating virus and it spreads amongst them. Lions Gate picked the movie up for theatrical distribution. They're planning on releasing it theatrically next summer. . . . HELLRAISER IV IS ABOUT TO GO TO PRODUCTION. Production is slated to start Oct. 21 in Romania on HELLRAISER IV: DEADER, the seventh installment in the franchise. The film is likely headed for a straight-to-video release. Rick Bota is directing. Neal Marshall Stevens (THIRTEEN GHOSTS) and Tim Day (HELLRAISER: HELLSEEKER) wrote the script. Doug Bradley will reprise the role of Pinhead. The story revolves around Amy Klein, a London reporter who receives a tape showing a person being killed and brought back to life, and Amy travels to Bucharest to investigate. . . . GLADIATOR II. Screenwriter John Logan, who cowrote the original GLADIATOR script, was hired to write GLADIATOR II, which will pick up 15 years after the end of the first installment. Since his character died in the original, Russell Crowe is not expected to return for the sequel. . . . LOOKING FOR ZORRO. If the intended sequel to the 1998 THE MASK OF ZORRO is going to happen in won't be with its former lead. Antonio Banderas has refused to reprise his role. He was offered $20 million to co-star opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones in a follow-up movie, but snubbed the offer to concentrate on "other things." Antonio says, "I could have been rich. It would have been $20 million for each sequel. But I would prefer to concentrate on other things, theatre maybe." . . . TOM HANKS - LADYKILLER. Tom Hanks is joining the Coen brothers' remake of the classic 1955 Alec Guinness-Peter Sellers comedy LADYKILLERS. It's about a group of thieves who try to kill  a seemingly harmless old lady. . . . A SINGING, DANCING KONG? British theatrical producers are working on bringing the 1933 KING KONG to the stage in a lavish production that will employ an animatronic Kong and other prehistoric monsters depicted in the movie. Debbie Isitt, the writer of the current London hit "The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband" is working on the stage adaptation. . . . THE O.E.D. LEARNS ICS-SPEAK. The newest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary now includes "Jedi" "Klingon" and "warp drive" among the new entries. Not making the cut, however: "Muggles." . . . PROJECT TERMINATED? A couple issues back we ran a piece about how the folks in Schwarzenegger's hometown of Graz, Austria were going to put up a statue of their favorite son, as "the Terminator" to co-incide with the release of the latest film. Ahnuld sent a letter to the group back home, requesting they not build the 82-foot Terminator statue in the city's park. The figure, holding a globe over its head, would have towered over more traditional statues. The Grazians said, "[Arnold] was flattered but that he thought it would be better to spend the money on social projects and the Special Olympics."
46. CAGE GETS BACK UP 
    Nicolas Cage is attached to star in BACK UP. It's a science fiction thriller described as MEMENTO meets FACE/OFF. It will star Cage as a cop who is brought back to life to investigate his own murder. 
    BACK UP is set in the near future, when technology allows for the resuscitation of humans and the "backing up" of their memories onto a computer. Cage plays a cop who gets "backed-up" and wakes up 90 days later with a gap in his memory. Learning that he was murdered and his wife has left him, Cage's character is intent on hunting down his murderer and figuring out what he did during the missing days that ruined his life.
47. PARAMOUNT GETS ITS BAD GUY 
    Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to pick up feature film rights to "Bad Guy", an independently published comic book, that has, at this writing, only produced one issue! Barry Josephson and screenwriter David Hayter will produce. The comic's creators, Jason Harris and Zack Morrissette, will write the screenplay, which will be supervised by Hayter, writer of X-MEN and THE SCORPION KING. 
    "Bad Guy" is set in a world in which those who wish to be superheroes can interview at the Oden Co., which then puts candidates through various genetic, physical and mental tests. Oden then decides on an appropriate superpower, costume and city in which the chosen ones will be based to fight crime. When the superheroes get bored on the job and begin abusing their powers - using them for evil rather than good - a mortal named John takes it upon himself to fight the villains via contract killings.
48. JESSICA ALBA WANTS TO BE A BEAUTIFUL KILLER 
    Jessica Alba is set to become a big screen super-hero with an adaptation of Black Bull's comic BEAUTIFUL KILLER. Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment are developing the concept for the former DARK ANGEL star. 
    The BEAUTIFUL KILLER comics focus on a young girl out to avenge the murders of her spy parents. The movie will not keep the comics title. 
    "This is very cool, dark material that at its core is about a girl who loses her family to mysterious killers, flees and ultimately chooses to exact revenge," Alba said. "The chance to shape a character and story from inception is a luxury for an actress. I had the opportunity to collaborate that way with James Cameron and Chic Eglee from the very beginning (on DARK ANGEL), and it is an experience I hope to repeat." 
    Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing for Strike while Alba and Chris Henze will get executive producer creds. No writer is signed yet, but they hope to have one on board in time to roll when Alba next becomes available. 
49. PIERCE BROSNAN MIGHT QUIT BOND AND BECOME AN ACTOR 
    Pierce Brosnan admits that being a movie star is "boring." Despite the fact that he's making movies on a regular basis, "I haven't done much acting for awhile." 
    While he was promoting his new film, EVELYN, he explained his concerns. "I love doing James Bond, but it's not what I call real acting. Aside from this film [EVELYN], I think the last movie I really acted in was THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR. Other than that, there really isn't much effort from my part." 
    When asked how long his stint as James Bond will last, he said "One more, and then we'll see." 
    As to the slew of Bond wannabes out there like Vin Diesel and Mike Myers, he smiled, "Let them try. I think Bond is a tradition that goes back several generations and when audiences go see a Bond movie, they know what to expect. I'm not threatened."
50. THE DEVIL IS DEAD 
    Anthony Hopkins said that the new film version of Stephen Vincent Benet's short story "The Devil and Daniel Webster" will never be finished. "They pulled the money out, apparently, so it'll never be seen," Hopkins said. "The producers have no money to finish it." 
    This version was set in our era, in New York City's literary world. A struggling writer makes a deal with the Devil to become a hot New York Times best-selling author in exchange for his soul in ten years. Those ten years go by like hours and soon, the author must implore the help of Daniel Webster, an ace lawyer and the head of the most powerful publishing firm in the City, to get him out of the deal. This results in a rousing, climactic battle of wits and words as the Devil and Daniel Webster go to trial over the author's soul. 
    Hopkins played Webster. Alec Baldwin made his directoral debut and co-starred in the film as the writer, Jabez Stone. Jennifer Love Hewitt starred as the Devil. Hopkins was positive about Baldwin's take on the short story, which was previously made into a play and a 1941 film. But he added that even Baldwin has abandoned the project. "He's good, a fine director," Hopkins said. "He's good to work with, but I don't know if Alec is even interested in [completing] it. We finished filming it a long time ago." 
    Filming wrapped in March 2001. Baldwin refused to start postproduction for fear that there wasn't enough money to complete the process. He stated that he and others were not paid during the last four weeks of production. The production company, Cutting Edge seemed to have no idea what he was talking about. They stated that they racked up so many good sales at Cannes that there was "more than enough money to cover what's outstanding, which is why Alec's comments are so shocking." 
    Both sides later wound up in court. It looks as though this film, though completed, will rust in peace.
51. FRANCE - IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT JERRY LEWIS ANYMORE! 
    The French government honored Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg (eXistenZ, THE FLY, THE DEAD ZONE, SCANNERS) with the National Order of the Arts and Letters during a presentation of the director's latest film, SPIDER, at the Toronto International Film Festival. The award will bump the director from French Chevalier to the rank of officer. 
    The order is given out twice annually to a few hundred people worldwide. The recipient receives a certificate and is entitled to wear an insignia, a medal suspended from a ribbon of white stripes against a green background.
52. FREDDY VS. JASON VS. RENFRO 
    Brad Renfro has left the FREDDY VS. JASON. He's being replaced by Jason Ritter (SWIMFAN). Monica Keena and Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland also star in the movie. 
    Ritter and Keena will play members of a group of friends who team up to spark a battle between Freddy and Jason. Renfro's exit was attributed to creative differences. Ritter is the son of actor John Ritter.
53. IS DANIEL RADCLIFFE OUTGROWING POTTER? 
    There are reports that HARRY POTTER star Daniel Radcliffe is getting too big for his robes. A recent photograph of the13-year-old Radcliffe, who is reported to be 5 feet 3 inches tall, shows him easily towering over his mother, Marcia Gresham. Radcliffe appears to have grown at least six inches in the last year. The sequel movie HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS was rushed into production to avoid a growth spurt on the part of Radcliffe and his co-stars, Rupert Grint (Ron) and Emma Watson (Hermione). 
    The person most aware of the changes is Radcliffe himself. He says, "In a couple of years, I might have changes so much that I look wrong for the part - even though Harry grows with the books. So I'm enjoying the fame while I can - after all, I might do these films and then disappear or something might go horribly wrong and I'll never act again." 
    So what happens when a young wizard ages? Does his wand get hair on it? Does he spend a lot of time working on x-ray vision spells while standing around the girl's locker room? I guess we'll all get to find out.
54. HITCHHIKER FINALLY GETS A GREENLIGHT 
    After more than a decade of waffling, lapsed commitments and false starts, THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY may finally be coming to the screen. Screenwriter Karey Kirkpatrick (CHICKEN RUN) has been hired to co-adapt the Douglas Adams' screenplay. Adams wrote his own feature adaptation before he died last May and will receive a posthumous producing credit on the proposed film. Jay Roach (the AUSTIN POWERS franchise) is attached to direct. 
    HITCHHIKER has already had an outrageous number of lives. It started out as a BBC radio series. It was adapted as a novel, then a TV series and a video game. It centers on Arthur Dent, who starts his morning off by finding out his cozy English home is being immediately demolished to make way for a new highway bypass. By the time brunch is being served, Arthur's morning goes from bleak to miserable as he finds out his cozy blue-green planet is being immediately demolished to make way for a new interstellar hyperspace bypass. He's whisked away by a friend who turns out to be a visiting alien from Betelgeuse, and then his life begins to get very strange.
55. PROYAS WORKS ON ASIMOV AND ELLISON 
    Director Alex Proyas (DARK  CITY) is trying to adapt Isaac Asimov's classic I, ROBOT for the screen. Proyas said that he's not sure a movie version of the book is feasible. "The visual effects are really, really challenging, and I just want to know if I go into it, that I can actually pull this stuff off with total believability," Proyas said. "We're trying to push the envelope a little bit technically. It looks very positive at this point." 
    Proyas also said his production company just got a draft for a script called DRIVE, a sci-fi film based on Harlan Ellison's short story "Along the Scenic Route," which is "basically about futuristic road rage," the director said. That project is still in early stages.
56. ARAGORN: THE LADY'S MAN? 
    The next installment of THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy will involve a love triangle between three central character that does not appear in the book. Tolkien purists already enraged by the passion between Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn and Arwen, played by Liv Tyler, are set to be further upset by the introduction of Miranda Otto's Lady Eowyn. The character will spice up the clandestine relationship by diverting Aragon's attention from the Elvish princess. 
    Someone connected with the production said, "There's going to be a romantic triangle in the next one. We sexed it up a bit. No, you won't get to see Viggo's butt. But there will be plenty of tension between the three."
57. NEW WRITERS FOR THE OUTER LIMITS 
    MGM has hired Douglas Cook and David Weisberg (THE ROCK) to rewrite the film adaptation of THE OUTER LIMITS. MGM hopes to put the adaptation of the 1960s TV series into production as quickly as it can, with Rupert Wainwright  (STIGMATA) directing. 
    MGM originally hired Gerald Di Pego (PHENOMENON) and his sons Justin and Zachary to write the screenplay earlier this year. Mark Victor and Michael Grais of Victor/Grais are producing THE OUTER LIMITS, along with Trilogy Entertainment's Pen Densham (UPN's THE TWILIGHT ZONE), Guy McElwaine and John Watson. 
    The hope is to make THE OUTER LIMITS a movie franchise. Franchises have become the new "buffalo" for movie studios. When they perform well they'll feed the tribe forever.
58. RAMBO REDUX? 
    It was once a big event when Sylvester Stallone released a new movie. He ROCKY'ed and RAMBO'ed his way to the top. Despite obvious lemons like his arm wrestling movie, OVER THE TOP (1987), his country-western movie RHINESTONE (1984) and the indescribably awful STOP OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT (1992) his career still chugged along. Then something happened that Hollywood finds unforgivable - his movies started loosing money. JUDGE DREDD cost $90 million to make and earned just $35 million. GET CARTER cost $40 million and earned $15 million. DRIVEN cost $72 million and earned $33 million. 
    Perhaps he's craving a taste of little of the old days. Stallone, who last appeared as Rambo in 1988, announced at a press conference at the Deauville Film Festival in France that he may be bringing the character back to life in a new movie. "We're talking about doing another Rambo because I think it's time to combine action with politics," he said. 
    That should work. Just ask Tom Laughlin about BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON. I think I saw him working the counter of a 7-11 recently.
59. INDIA - THE LAND OF DOGS AND SNAKES 
    The Hindu activist group Shiv Sena has vowed to mount a protest against the screening of a Bollywood version of Quentin Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS. The movie, titled KAANTE features a number of song-and-dance numbers. It's due to be released across India soon. 
    Shiv Sena has denounced the American cultural values that it says are displayed in the film (the film was shot entirely in L.A.). The group has already begun destroying posters for the movie and has threatened to unleash venomous snakes in any theater showing it. That threat was denounced by animal-rights activists. 
    One question - where were these guys when BATTLEFIELD EARTH came out? Dodging cobras and black mambas would have been more fun than watching Rastafarian aliens and Hollywood cavemen mix it up.
60. SHYAMALAN THINKS HALEY WAS ROBBED OF AN OSCAR 
    M. Night Shyamalan is convinced his THE SIXTH SENSE star Haley Joel Osment was robbed of an Oscar at the 2000 Academy Awards bash. He was deeply disappointed when Haley missed out on the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor to Sir Michael Caine. 
    Shyamalan says, "Movies become what they're eventually gonna be over a period of time, you never really know straight away. Neither THE SIXTH SENSE nor AMERICAN BEAUTY were the films that people think they are now when they first opened. If I said to you, 'Gosh Michael Caine gave one of the greatest performances ever in CIDER HOUSE RULES,' you know I'd be lying. I don't think you'd ever hear anybody say that. But you could easily hear somebody say, perhaps ten years from now, that Haley Joel Osment gave the best child performance ever, in (my) film."
61. KUNG-FU FAIRY TALE 
    Disney is in talks with the famed Chinese choreographer Yuen Wo Ping. They want him to direct a live-action martial-arts version of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Instead of the dwarfs, however, Snow White will team with seven Shaolin monks. The film was at first titled SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN SHAOLIN. The deal would mark Yuen's English-language-film directing debut. 
    Written by Josh Harman and Scott Elder, the SNOW WHITE update is set in the 1890's. It follows a woman who returns home to Hong Kong to attend her father's funeral, only to discover that her stepmother is plotting against her. She escapes to mainland China, where she seeks solace with seven Shaolin monks who, in turn, come to believe the woman holds the fate of the world in her hands.
62. SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN  - DOES WHATEVER A PULITZER PRIZE WINNING WRITER SAYS HE CAN 
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon has been hired for a rewrite on SPIDER-MAN 2, now referred to as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Chabon is well-known as the author of the comic book-themed, Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and the novel upon which the movie WONDER BOYS was based. 
    Chabon was approached by Fox in 1996, when the studio was still seeking a writer to crack THE X-MEN. Although the author wrote an impassioned letter outlining his take on the story, he ultimately wasn't selected for that project. 
    Chabon is said to be getting paid a mid-seven figures for the work. Previous authors on the screenplay include Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (SMALLVILLE) and the first film's writer David Koepp. It sounds like the studio will pay and do anything to get this movie right. 
    THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is slated for production early next year. It's due out May 7, 2004.
63. RICK BERMAN AND FURTHER GENERATIONS OF TNG 
    Rick Berman said that the latest NEXT GENERATION film may, or may not, live up to its billing as "a generation's final journey."  He explained, "There may be [truth to that]. We'll see. It's coming from the powers that be. I mean, it's not coincidental. . .  . This is not happening behind my back. The film is being promoted as 'The final journey is about to begin.' Now there are a lot of ways that one can interpret that, and I'm not about to help you interpret that. You'll have to wait and see." 
    It's been speculated that NEMESIS could mark the final film for the cast of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, though various cast members have previously said they think Paramount would make another one if NEMESIS does well at the box office. 
    As for the film's progress, Berman said, "We've screened it for Paramount. They're crazy about it. We're going to be having some test screenings soon. But the picture's pretty much done." 
    You'll soon be able to judge for yourself. NEMESIS will be in theaters on Dec. 13.
64. BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN VS. SUPERMAN 
    If you've been anxiously waiting to see the Man of Steel tangle with the Dark Knight you may been in for a very long stretch. Warner's has put BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN on the backburner in favor of a new SUPERMAN movie. 
    The film with the two heroes tangling was deemed too dark by studio execs. They were wowed by the upbeat optimistic SUPERMAN script by J.J. Abrams, the creator of ALIAS and THE GILMORE GIRLS (see more on that below). 
    After a shake-up with directors (McG's out, Brett Ratner's in) the new SUPERMAN movie's in very early pre-production right now. This film looks to re-invent the entire franchise and to be the first of a trilogy (once again, see below). 
    The only announced casting at the moment is Anthony Hopkins as Superman's Kryptonian father, Jor-El. Brett Ratner's talking about possibly using an unknown to play Superman. He said, "To be honest, I want a total unknown in the tights. I'm going to do a massive hunt for my Superman first. I also have no idea who would be good for Lois Lane." Maybe they can get Marlon Brando to play Krypton.
65. ANGRY FANS PROTEST WARNER'S SUPER-TAMPERING 
    Warner studio execs have glowed over J.J. Abrams' "upbeat" script for SUPERMAN. It's new director gushed, "It will be the origins story with a fantastic script that explains more than you've ever seen before." 
    The screenplay was leaked to "Ain't It Cool News." A review and synopsis, along with hundreds of hurt, puzzled and enraged fan reactions, were posted Online. The well-known Superman mythos, as easily to recite as the pledge of allegiance (and for some, as sacred), has been substantially altered. What follows is a distillation of some of that. 
    Before beginning keep in mind that the script that was reviewed was a first draft. Abrams is said to already be deep into a second draft. Some of the story elements that fans likely found offensive may already be out. Nevertheless, this is the screenplay that got greenlighted and drew such exuberant reactions from studio execs (and got BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN jettisoned). 
    KRYPTON doesn't explode. Jor-El has already visited Earth and deliberately picked the Kents to be Kal-El’s new parents. The movie shifts between Earth and Krypton. 
    SUPERMAN doesn't just rely on super strength to win battles. He's also a high-flying martial arts master. His uniform seems to have a mind of its own (throwing in elements of THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO). One somewhat unusual thing that Superman does in this first of three movies is die. We get to witness lots of artificial grief and a lengthy, pointless funeral sequence. Lois gets to cry. Everyone gets to be very solemn. We KNOW he can't die, because he's a flagship character for DC Comics and this is the beginning of a trilogy. There's no way he’s staying dead. They decide to bring him back with New Age voodoo. Jor-El “senses” the death of his son all the way from Krypton, so he slices his own stomach open and goes to Heaven. Jor-El actually argues his son out of being dead. 
    LEX LUTHOR is CIA Special Agent Dr. Lex Luthor. He’s described as being in his 50s with closely cropped hair. At first they make him sound like Fox Mulder. He’s the Director of the Special Operations Division of the CIA, which means he chases UFO activity and tries to either verify or debunk it. He gets fired over his insistence that Congress connect Superman with a strange space pod that the government's found. We later discover he's got a few surprises under the hood. He's not only an evil ex-CIA Director - he's a super-villain. That pod that got him fired was his. Lex and Superman fly through the air in a prolonged super-battle. 
    SPEAKING OF BATTLES, in one battle with a gang of evil Kryptonians waged over Washington much of the city is destroyed (the public turns on Superman, blaming him for the bad guys ever coming to Earth). The question arises how much entertainment value audiences are going to find post 9/11 in watching beloved Washington landmarks being destroyed. 
    JIMMY OLSEN's a little younger. He's described as “Brooklyn-born and somewhat effeminate.” Perry White makes jokes about Jimmy’s boyfriend later in the scene. 
    Abrams has said that the third-act revelation about the true nature of Lex Luthor has been discarded. He said that Jimmy Olsen is not portrayed as a gay character, although Abrams said he never intended that. The line of dialogue in the movie that suggested the character was gay was merely a joke intended to underscore how good-looking Olsen is (don't forget, Jon Peters is involved with this project - that's the same Jon Peters that insisted earlier that Superman be given a robot-dog companion - a gay robot dog companion). The changes involving Krypton might stay. Abrams would only say, "We'll see."
66. T3 AND TOILET TRAINING 
    Arnold Schwarzenegger talked about details of a key fight between his cyborg character and a new female Terminator, played by Kristanna Loken, in T3: THE RISE OF THE MACHINES. Schwarzenegger and Loken shot the fight scene, which takes place mainly in a modern public bathroom, over the course of a week at studios in downtown L.A., just before film production wrapped in September. 
    "Everything has gone extraordinarily well, except we took a little bit more time, I think, than anyone expected, because there were so many visual-effects shots," Schwarzenegger said. "But it's going to be a real spectacle, because we've never really seen a fight scene of two people who are actually machines. One weighs two thousand pounds and one a thousand pounds. So every move you make, towards any piece of wall or door or anything, [it] immediately breaks. So everything has to be rigged. . . . Like, for instance, there's a scene where I grab her by the jaw, lift her up in the air and then just throw her down on the ground. So as soon as I throw her down into the ground, the tiles on the ground just break. And then I lift my foot up really high and just step down on her head. And that then makes her whole head crush into below the floor of the bathroom. You have to rig all that stuff, and then you have to cut, and then you have to put the dummy down, because I can't step on her head, otherwise it breaks her nose. It's very extraordinary to see the effect it has when two of those machines start letting loose in small quarters like the bathroom area - what happens to the walls, to the ceilings, to the pipes. There's one scene where I throw her against the toilet bowl, and the whole thing just explodes and water shoots out everywhere. Whenever you cause some damage, you have to show also the effects of it. The water coming out, the gas from the gas pipes, water pipes, and all that stuff, sparks flying and all this. It takes a lot of setup and work." 
    Don't look for a lot of Hong Kong style kicks in this. "In general we stay away from all martial arts-type of movements because it would be ridiculous that a terminator would have a block - block for what? He's made of steel! So why would he be blocking? If she hits him in the head he can stand there smile and then pick her up and throw her against the wall," Schwarzenegger explained. 
    The 5-foot-11-inch Loken, said that it was sobering taking on Schwarzenegger at first. "At first, it was a bit out-of-body in the sense that I am supposed to be overpowering him, and I'm like, 'Yeah, but it's Arnold.,' But then after a while, you just start believing it, and he's been extremely accommodating and really great to work with, and just such a powerful, wonderful presence. [He's] so skilled in what he does, and it's just been a really wonderful learning experience." 
    As for the fight, Loken said, "This whole sequence is pretty much the culmination of the big fight. It takes place on three different sets, and the majority of it happens in the bathroom. . . . It's different in the fact that you haven't seen anything like it, because it's just sheer force. With the weight of the Terminators and everything, it's a lot of really violent, large-scale things." 
    When T2 came out 11 years ago its quantity and quality of special effects shots stunned the world. It had a total of 47 visual-effects shots. T3 will have between 350 and 500. New technology is being pioneered to accomplish the look they're going after. 
    Unfortunately you'll have to wait to see the dueling Terminators abuse the plumbing and the other magic box of effects. The movie's set for a July 2, 2003, release.
67. JACKIE CHAN FINDS THE TUXEDO A BAD FIT 
    Recently a room full of aggressively loud reporters fell into stunned silence at an announcement by Jackie Chan. While on a press junket, publicizing his latest, THE TUXEDO, he proclaimed, "I don't like THE TUXEDO, I don't like the story. I only think I like Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks - that's all." 
    He went on to commit the ultimate faux pas at the round table - he started asking the journalists interviewing him if they liked the film. Only one reporter dared to say "No." 
    "See! That's my old fan, you watch all my Hong Kong films, right?" he asked the reporter. 
    It appears that Chan's fans aren't the only ones who think his American films don't compare to his Chinese ones. 
    "So many scripts they give me are like RUSH HOUR. No! I don't like that movie. Two cops? Not interested. But they say, 'Jackie, please try. You have to try," he explains. "But the action, compared to my Hong Kong films is terrible, right? The dialogue - I don't understand it. I'm right - why? Because RUSH HOUR is a big success in America, but in the Asian market, nobody is going to see it." 
    He refers to his African-American co-star and some of the funniest lines in RUSH HOUR and adds, "In the [Asian] theater, 'What up n---a?' - the whole theater didn't understand what n---a meant. Nobody was smiling." 
    "I realize that I'm making American films, that I'm learning American culture, I'm learning what American audiences like - but I have to go back to make Asian films." 
    Before you jump to the conclusion that Jackie Chan is moving back to Hong Kong, let it be known that he just finished filming SHANGHAI DAWN, the sequel to SHANGHAI NOON with Owen Wilson, and next he starts filming a remake of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS for Paramount. Plus, he's already attached to another RUSH HOUR sequel, RUSH HOUR 3 with Chris Tucker. He's definitely still Hollywood-based, yet with all the sequels and franchises, he says he's itching to do something different. 
    "All these years I've been looking for some other new things, even like I'm tired of myself doing DRUNKEN MASTER 1, 2…I'm tired, RUSH HOUR 1,'" he emphatically says. "I want to do something new, something with real action, something with special effects, something pure drama. That's what I'm looking for right now." 
    "I always tell my manager, please tell the studios to give me something like SPY GAME or KRAMER VS. KRAMER - some drama," he adds, also citing the film GLADIATOR. 
    But while Asian audiences may be open to seeing him do something other than risky stunts or Chan's famous blend of action-comedy films, American audiences are still being introduced to who he is and what he can do. 
    "It's really not fair to me; Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro - they only have one kind of audience, I have two kinds of audience, the ones that have been watching me for 20 years and the new audience who like RUSH HOUR" Chan says. 
    Spending a little time to please his old fans, Chan is also planning a return to Hong Kong film - he is expected to shoot the film TITANIUM RING shortly and is currently writing ARMOR OF GOD PART III." 
    Perhaps not helping Chan's lack of enthusiasm for the film is the fact that many of the fight scenes were shortened in order to keep the film's rating a PG-13. 
    "I'm just a little bit disappointed; at the end we have a lot of fights, at the beginning we have a lot of fight," he says, describing how a rope scene where he ties up to bad guys was severely shortened. "I don't understand. Probably the studio decided that it’s a family movie and that they can not do so many fights, we're too long at the end, we must shorten. Sometimes we can not have the final cut - it really makes me frustrated." 
    But at the end of the day, he says he's still open to doing a sequel to THE TUXEDO. 
    "DreamWorks is talking to me about part 2. I said, 'No, let's wait. If the box office is good, I get more money," he smiles. "I want to gamble. We both gamble. If it's no good, then it's good for you [that I don't sign], if it's good, then it's good for me, then I get a high pay."
68. LOOK FOR MORE IMAX MOVIES 
    IMAX is about to explode. They've limped along for three decades on a steady ration of documentaries with "gee-whiz" visuals and an occasional Hollywood bone in the form of an adapted feature tossed their way. They've been trying to draw folks in by showing blockbusters like GLADIATOR and LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. The problem is that they've been showing 35-milimeter prints projected on the giant IMAX screen. The pictures got bigger and grainier. The folks at IMAX have solved that problem. 
    They've developed a process that can convert 35 millimeter to the IMAX 70-milimeter. It's called Digital Remastering (or DMR). First, each frame of the film's original 35-milimeter print is scanned at the highest-possible resolution into digital images. Then, with the filmmaker looking over their shoulders, IMAX technicians enhance and clean up each frame, removing grain, correcting color and sharpening the image where necessary. Finally these digital frames are put back onto IMAX's 70-millimeter film. 
    The first film that gets the new treatment is the 1995 Ron Howard movie, APOLLO 13. Both Ron Howard and Tom Hanks were deeply skeptical. Hanks said, "When I first heard the idea I thought, 'Well, yeah, O.K., that might work for the big action sequences.'  But what about the close-ups and the dialogue scenes? Are they going to be able to see every hair and pimple on my face?" 
    It didn't take long to win him over. "To me the clincher was when I saw the close-up of Kathleen Quinlan," who plays the wife of Mr. Hanks's character, an astronaut, "during the launch sequence," Mr. Howard said. "It was already a great performance, but somehow seeing it that big made it even better, even more emotional." 
    The system's still not perfect. The biggest flaw is running time. IMAX projectors can accommodate movies of two hours or less. So a film like APOLLO 13, which is longer than two hours, must be trimmed. Ron Howard cut his from 2 hours and 19 minutes to just under 2 hours. 
    We'll be seeing several movies hitting IMAX screens soon. STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES will screen in 70 of their theaters, starting Nov. 1. Fox plans to play EPISODE II in about 50 IMAX commercial venues in the U.S. and Canada and another 20-30 IMAX theaters in science museums and other institutions for about seven weeks. It will be shortened by 23 minutes to fit the 2-hour limit. 
    The new Ben Affleck superhero film, DAREDEVIL and Steven Spielberg's MINORITY REPORT might be headed for the very, very big screen too.
69. MOVIEGOERS TOP TEN COMPLAINTS 
    A new survey of moviegoers by Zagat, the restaurant guide people, lists their top complaints. They are: 

1. People talking 
2. High ticket costs 
3. Cell phones 
4. Bad seats 
6. Crowds 
7. Dirty theaters 
8. Ticket lines 
9. Unending trailers 
10. Ads 
    I'd place on the list wasting time and money Hollywood's fetish for over-hyped lifeless blockbusters, brain-dead teen movies, movies that seem to have been patched together by committee and any movie where, every time the main character moves his arms for anything, you hear a "whoosh" sound (if you need an example check out THE SCORPION KING) .
70. IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 
    OCTOBER 4: RED DRAGON stars Anthony Hopkins as everyone's favorite monster, Hannibal Lecter. This is based on the 1981 novel of the same title by Thomas Harris, which was originally brought to the screen as the breathtaking 1986 thriller, MANHUNTER. In that film Hannibal Lecter was played by Brian Cox and William Petersen was Will Graham. This time Edward Norton is FBI Agent Will Graham, the agent nearly killed by Hannibal Lecter. This time around we'll see Graham's capture of Lecter. He finds himself asking the imprisoned killer for help in solving a new serial killer, Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes). The cast also features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Harvey Keitel, Mary Louise Parker and Emily Watson. The director is Brett Ratner (THE FAMILY MAN, RUSH HOUR and its sequel). The screenplay's by Ted Tally (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES). 

    OCTOBER 11: BELOW is a haunted house story set in the confines of a World War II submarine under attack. An American sub, the USS Manta, is in desperate trouble with Nazi U-boats above. The Manta rescues three survivors, including a nurse (Olivia Williams) from a sunken British hospital ship. The crew begins to wonder if the Nazis are their only threat. They slowly realize that not everyone aboard the Manta is still alive. The dead are feeding on the living. The cast also features Matt Davis as the captain and Bruce Greenwood as his first officer. The director is David Twohy (PITCH BLACK, THE ARRIVAL and a pair of interesting films in development - RIDDICK: PITCH BLACK 2 and a movie version of the classic OUTER LIMITS episode, DEMON WITH A GLASS HAND). The screenwriters are Darren Aronofsky (PI, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM - he was once in talks to direct this film), Lucas Sussman (making his debut) and David Twohy. 
    KNOCKAROUND GUYS is about four sons of major Brooklyn mobsters (Vin Diesel, Seth Green, Barry Pepper, Andrew Davoli). When one of them goes on a job to deliver the money out West for his mob father (Dennis Hopper) on the advice of his uncle (John Malkovich) things go disastrously wrong. They have to team up to retrieve a bag of cash in a small Montana town ruled by a hard-as-nails corrupt sheriff (Tom Noonan). The movie was written and directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (they're the writing team of ROUNDERS and a coming film THE RUNAWAY JURY - KNOCKAROUND GUYS marks their debut as directors). 
    THE TRANSPORTER was supposed to come out on September 13 (as it was reported in last month's ICS Files). You might recall that I said that September movies tend to be the runts of every studio's litter. Fox Studios did some test screenings of this film just prior to its intended release and, to their astonishment, people actually liked it! So did they decide to give theater owners and patrons a break for September with a film that might actually have some merit? No. They decided to hold the movie for October. 
    To refresh your memory, this 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. 
    TUCK EVERLASTING is about a 15-year-old girl (Alexis Bledel) who discovers that her next-door neighbors, the Tucks, have a spring that bubbles with water that prevents people from ever growing older. In the process of trying to protect the spring, the girl learns lessons about "life, death, and the cycle of nature." Ben Kingsley plays a greedy stranger hoping to take advantage of the spring. Amy Irving plays the girl's mother. William Hurt and Sissy Spacek play Mr. and Mrs. Tuck. The director is Jay Russell (MY DOG SKIP). The screenwriters are Jeffrey Lieber (also has TANGLED coming soon) and James V. Hart (BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, co-writer of CONTACT). 
    This was based upon a novel of the same title by Natalie Babbitt, which was also previously adapted as a 1980 movie. The movie was filmed in and around Baltimore. 

    OCTOBER 18: ABANDON is a psychological thriller about Katie Burke (Katie Holmes), a senior at a prestigious university. Under pressure to complete her thesis and earn a top job at a very competitive consulting firm, she's still coping with the sudden unexplained disappearance of her first love, Embry Langan (Charlie Hunnam) two years before. A police detective (with plenty of his own inner-demons, played by Benjamin Bratt) is called in to investigate. His investigation uncovers facts so disconcerting that it threatens to destroy both the student and the cop. The movie was written and directed by Stephen Gaghan. Gaghan has previously written RULES OF ENGAGEMENT and TRAFFIC. This movie marks his debut as a director. The film's based on the novel Adam's Fall, by Sean Desmond. 
    FORMULA 51 is an  unusual film. An illegal drug chemist (Samuel L. Jackson) travels to Liverpool hoping to find a market for his new product, for his "last big deal" before he retires. Things go awry when the Brit he "hooks up" with as a guide to the Liverpool "rave scene" turns out to be an adamant anti-Yank. Emily Mortimer plays an assassin hired to stop Jackson from making his sale. The cast also features Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans and Meat Loaf. The unusual aspect of this film is its writer - Stel Pavlou. He's making his debut with this film. Prior to this he was a clerk in a British liquor store. He wrote this script with Samuel Jackson in mind. He mailed it to Jackson, and was understandably stunned when Jackson replied, agreeing to produce and star. The film was directed by Ronny Yu (BRIDE OF CHUCKY, THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR and currently filming FREDDY VS. JASON). 
    THE RING is about a "killer" video. A journalist (Naomi Watts) discovers a disturbing videotape with a bizarre history. Everyone who's seen its contents has died within seven days. Is she next? The cast also features Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Rachael Bella and Daveigh Chase. The director is Gore Verbinski (THE MEXICAN, MOUSE HUNT, currently shooting PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN). Makeup effects were done by Rick Baker (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, MEN IN BLACK, ED WOOD). The screenwriter's Ehren Kruger (SCREAM 3, ARLINGTON ROAD, REINDEER GAMES). 
    This film is an English- language remake of the 1998 Japanese film, RINGU, which was based upon the first novel of a trilogy by Suzuki Koji. It has already been followed by the sequel, RINGU2, and the third film, RINGU 0, a prequel. There was also a Korean version, RING VIRUS. If this American remake is successful, we can probably also expect the other two books to be adapted. A central element to the film is itself based upon a true person, possibly psychic Mifune Chizuko. 

    OCTOBER 25: GHOST SHIP is about a salvage crew that discovers a long-lost 1953 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea. Once they begin towing the ghost ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre occurrences happen and the group becomes trapped inside the ship, which they soon learn is inhabited by a demonic creature. The movie stars Gabriel Byrne, Alex Dimitriades, Ron Eldard, Desmond Harrington, Julianna Margulies, Karl Urban and Isaiah Washington. It was directed by Steve Beck (13 GHOSTS - prior to his directing career he was the effects supervisor for INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, THE ABYSS and HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER). The screenwriter is Mark Hanlon (BUDDY BOY). This film is a remake of a 1952 British movie of the same name that starred Hazel Court and Dermot Walsh. 
    The movie comes to us from Dark Castle Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. You might remember that Dark Castle is the production company owned by Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis, Gil Adler and Richard Mirisch. It was created to produce high-budget remakes of William Castle's pictures. So far they've released HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL and 13 GHOSTS. GHOST SHIP is their first non-Castle remake.

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71. MOVIES ONLINE TAKE A LEAP FORWARD 
    IBM announced that it has signed a deal with Movielink, a joint venture of all the major studios except Disney, to provide the technical equipment for the Online video-on-demand service. Movielink has been on hold for the past year, as the studios attempted to find a secure method for delivering a huge library of films to broadband users. Users who download a film will have 30 days in which they can watch it. Once they do, the film "disappears" within 24 hours. Pricing for the new service has not been set. 
    The announcement came as Warner Bros. announced that it plans to put HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE Online via a similar video-on-demand Internet service called CinemaNow.com, which plans to charge $3.99 to view the film. It will take approximately 2 hours on a broadband connection to download it.
72. WHO'S THE FASTEST VIDEO ON DEMAND SERVICE?  THE U.S. POST OFFICE 
    Despite claims by the motion picture industry about rampant piracy of DVDs over the Internet, the New York Times pointed out that it would take a week for the average PC user equipped with a 56K modem to download all of the data on a single DVD movie disc. 
    On the other hand, a DVD ordered over the Internet from companies like Netflix, CafeDVD, QwickFlicks or DVD Avenue, would likely take a couple of days to reach a customer. That makes the U.S. Postal Service the fastest video-on-demand carrier. 
    Experts don't anticipate a change soon. David Farber of the University of Pennsylvania, who was an early architect of the Internet, told the Times, "It's going to be years before we get the bandwidth," Mr. Farber said. "When I sit back, I want the quality that comes with a DVD; I don't want to look at a 2-by-2 hole, which is what you get with [movies on] the Internet." 
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73. ANTIMATTER HAS MOVED TO "SCI" FROM "FI" 
    Anyone who's ever read much science fiction, or ever seen an episode of STAR TREK, knows about antimatter. It's the juice that makes all those futuristic gimcracks go. It's just moved from "science fiction" to "science fact." 
    Physicists working at CERN (the particle physics laboratory outside Geneva) announced in September that they had passed through nature's looking glass and had created atoms made of antimatter, or antiatoms, opening up the possibility of experiments in a realm once reserved for science fiction writers. Such experiments, theorists say, could test some of the basic tenets of modern physics and light the way to a deeper understanding of nature. 
    Matter and antimatter are like the good and evil twins of nature; they are endowed with equal and opposite characteristics like charge and spin, so if they meet they obliterate each other, releasing a flash of energy upon contact. Weird as it sounds, antimatter is a normal feature of the real, unfictional universe. Scientists see the creation of antihydrogen atoms is the first step toward testing some physicists' deepest notions about nature, which hold that antimatter should look and behave identically to ordinary matter. 
    In science fiction, antimatter, with its perfect convertibility to energy, is the ultimate rocket fuel, but the CERN scientists see their antihydrogen atoms as a ticket not across the galaxy but in effect to a different mathematical universe, in which positive is negative and left is right. 
    According to the standard theories of physics, the antimatter universe should look identical to our own. Antihydrogen and 
hydrogen atoms should have the same properties, emitting the exact same frequencies of light, for example. But some theorists have speculated that the symmetry between matter and antimatter might be violated in some versions of theories that seek to unite Einstein's theories on gravity with the weird rules of quantum mechanics. The most ambitious such "theory of everything," which portrays particles as strings wriggling in 10-dimensional space-time, seems to preserve the matter-antimatter symmetry, but theorists do not really understand why. 
    As for me, I'm not worrying about such things. Instead I'm putting my wish list together. I'd like a small Starship, my own replicator and, most importantly, my own holodeck - one engineered so that the holodeck safetys never fail!
74. RECORDABLE DVD'S INCH AHEAD 
    The two industry groups fighting to set a rewritable DVD standard are showing no interest in working together. Until they resolve their differences the rewritable DVD drive market will be limping along. Companies are butting heads over establishing their respective formats as the industry standard for rewriting and recording content to DVD discs. The dispute is causing customer confusion over what discs work with which drives. There are several types of DVD drives, and at least four versions of media, none of which is completely compatible with the other. Technology tricks and behind-the-scenes talks could inch the sides toward a compromise. 
    The DVD+RW Alliance, an industry group promoting one of the chief DVD recording formats, came away from a quarterly meeting in September resolved to hold its ground in the standards fight. The DVD Forum, which promotes the DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM formats, doesn't appear to be budging either. 
    A number of companies, though, are working on products to get around the format showdown. Sony Electronics announced two new drives that will be able to read and write to both DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs. Intel is also interested in standards, and plans to speak with both groups to work out a possible compromise. 
    Intel has a vested interest in brokering a DVD peace. As part of its plans to promote the "extended PC"- a scheme in which TVs, stereos and other devices would be linked - Intel needs consumer electronics companies to hammer out conventions and standards. 
    Sony, Intel and Microsoft, for instance, are now working together to ensure new devices can talk to PCs. The three companies will soon announce their plans. 
    Still, a complete breakthrough may still be a ways off. Representatives from the DVD+RW Alliance said that Sony's solution of an all-in-one drive is simply short term. The group includes Hewlett Packard, Dell Computer and Philips, all advocates of the DVD+RW format. The DVD Forum, whose members include Apple Computer, Hitachi, NEC, Pioneer, Samsung and Sharp - promote and develop the DVD-RAM, DVD-R and DVD-RW formats. The group also frowns on Sony's early efforts. 
    A compromise isn't impossible, however. Intel intervened in the first DVD standards wars in the late 1990s. At the time, Sony and Philips struggled with Panasonic and Toshiba over whether to allow PCs to read DVD discs. Intel apparently stepped in to broker a deal.
75. WARNING: YOUR TV MAY BE OBSOLETE BY 2007 
    A draft bill is being circulated by a group of bipartisan Congressional lawmakers that would force TV broadcasters to end analog transmissions by 2007. It's encountering massive opposition from consumer groups even before it is introduced in committee. The deadline exists under current rules; however, many analysts until now have predicted that it will be extended. The new bill would preclude such an extension. It is designed to light a fire under broadcasters to redouble their efforts to offer more HDTV and other digital programming. In a statement Louisiana Congressman Billy Tauzin, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said: "While we prefer marketplace solutions, clearly it is time for us to provide leadership in this area. By doing so, we hope to ensure that consumers benefit in a meaningful way from this exciting transition."
76. 3D TV IN YOUR LIVING ROOM 
    Sharp Corp. has exhibited a new type of television monitor that will give viewers the illusion of 3D without their having to wear special glasses, the company announced Friday. The monitor, which was developed at Sharp's laboratories in Oxford, England, employs a "parallax barrier" that helps keep right-eye and left-eye images separate. However, viewers are able to see the 3D images if they sit in front of a "visual point indicator" that is displayed at the bottom of the monitor. For that reason, the screens will initially be produced in relatively small sizes, 15-, 8-, and 4 inches. (It is expected that they'll be quickly incorporated into video game devices.) The first sets using the 3D displays are expected to hit retail outlets in the second quarter of next year.
77. MICROSOFT'S PC FOR COUCH POTATOES 
    Microsoft is teaming with several computer manufacturers to develop an operating system that will give personal computers the ability to operate as an efficient home entertainment center, with everything from digital video recording technology to DVD playing to Dolby quality audio. "Every digital media enthusiast, every college student, every teenager, every apartment dweller will love this technology," according to Microsoft VP Jim Allchin. "It's an example of how innovation continues to make the PC even more central to people's lives." 
    The Windows XP Media Center Edition has been sent to computer manufacturers, including Hewlett-Packard and Samsung, with the notion that they will incorporate the operating system into computers that will be available this holiday season. The Media Center computers will look like any other PC, except they will have a larger screen and an additional connection slot for cable or satellite set-top boxes for either TV viewing or high-speed Internet access. Prices for HP's version of the equipment is expected to be in the $1,500-$2,000 range. 
    These puppies will come loaded with a package of features from corporate giants. 

The HP version will come with a DVD RW/R drive and a CD RW drive. 
ATI and Nvidia, the maker of the video chip for Microsoft's Xbox game console, developed the technology for video performance. In addition, Nvidia, CyberLink and InterVideo will support the Media Center Edition with DVD and MPEG-2 video decoders for both DVD viewing and the playback of material from digital video recording. Microsoft said its DVR can fast-forward, rewind and pause live TV. 
Dolby's audio technology will be incorporated so that it will launched as part of the DVD playback experience. The customer will use a Dolby-branded control panel to change the setting. 
TV viewing will be enhanced via a program guide provided by EPG and Tribune Media Services. The guide will be free and work in tandem with the DVR services. It will have a search feature and 14 days worth of TV listings. 
A remote control will be provided by Royal Philips Electronics. 
Connectivity software for the cable and satellite set-top box will be developed by Universal Electronics. 
Advanced Micro Devices and Intel will provide a Pentium 4 processor platform that has been tweaked to handle the demands of running all these media services on a computer. 
    Microsoft said copyright issues have been taken into account in the development of the technology. The Media Center edition operating system will be sold only through manufacturers, not directly to the public, to prevent piracy of its tools. 
    Recorded TV shows and DVR content can be played only within the Media Center. Music can be transferred to other devices so users can take their tunes with them. 
    Microsoft has long dabbled in the home entertainment sphere, first with WebTV, the TV-enabled Internet service, then with UltimateTV, a hybrid interactive TV/DVR set-top box. 
    The real gold at the end of this rainbow is the ability to zero in on demographics and target specific ads to specific users. If Microsoft is successful this ol' cash cow will be giving milk forever.
78. THREE BIG RETAILERS ARE PLUGGING IN D-VHS 
    Best Buy, Circuit City and Sears will begin selling JVC's high definition-capable D-VHS player-recorders in October. According to JVC officials, all Best Buy and Circuit City stores, as well as 600 Sears locations, will stock JVC's D-VHS VCR featuring D-Theater early next month. 
    The high-definition VCR had only been available at high-end consumer electronics specialty stores. Its suggested retail price is $1,299.95. 
    This is a huge step in the proliferation of this new format. D-VHS has a long way before it catches DVD or analog VHS. I'll keep you posted on the horse race.

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79. BLOCKBUSTER WINS OVER RENTERS 
    Fifty-two percent of Americans who rent DVDs prefer Blockbuster Video, with Hollywood Video far behind in second place with just 13 percent of the rental market, according to a recent survey conducted by Video Store magazine. The study also indicated that households with DVD players rented 4.3 DVDs and 3.1 videocassettes during an average four-week period. That compares with just 2.7 cassettes for the average VHS-only household.
80. E.T. DROPS IN, THEN GOES HOME 
    Universal will release E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL on DVD Oct. 22, but for only 10 weeks. Universal Studios Home Video will release both original and 20th-anniversary versions of the 1982 film. After the 10 weeks, the title will go on moratorium indefinitely. 
    Universal will release the E.T. Limited Collector's Edition DVD, a two-disc set featuring the 2002 version of the movie in either letterbox or full-frame formats for $22.95. The E.T. Ultimate Collector's Gift Set will include the original theatrical version, the 2002 theatrical version, a CD soundtrack, a script from the original feature and a collectible senitype for $69.98. A VHS full-frame version of the movie will be priced at $14.95. 
    The two-disc set will also contain a track with John Williams' live orchestral performance of his score, which accompanied the 20th-anniversary premiere of the movie in Los Angeles earlier this year. Other DVD highlights include a new interview with director Steven Spielberg, a reunion of the cast and crew, the evolution of the E.T. character and Universal Studios Total Axess, a DVD-ROM feature.
81. COMING TO HOME VIDEO BY NOV. 1 - SPIDER-MAN
    Sony has set Nov. 1 for the release of the SPIDER-MAN video. They're expecting it to surpass sales of the original MEN IN BLACK and to become the best-selling DVD to date. Sony is giving the video a rare Friday release date in order to capitalize on Halloween-night retail events. The two-disc DVD will include a collection of drawings from the Marvel comic book archives.
82. STAR WARS: THE SEARCH FOR THE METAL BIKINI 
    STAR WARS producer Rick McCallum denied a long-running rumor that scenes were shot with Natalie Portman to be inserted into some future release of RETURN OF THE JEDI. "No," McCallum said in response to a fan question. "There would be no reason to do that. . . . Unless maybe we could find that metal bikini!"
83. EHH, WHAT'S UP, DOCUMENTARY? 
    On Oct. 22, Warner Bros. Home Video is releasing an all-new DVD edition of CHUCK JONES: EXTREMES AND IN-BETWEENS, A LIFE IN ANIMATION. Produced and directed by Emmy and Peabody Award winner Margaret Selby, the retrospective brings together the late animator’s most famous characters and the celebrities who love them. 
    CHUCK JONES: EXTREMES AND IN-BETWEENS features original pencil sketches from Jones’ personal archive, as well as clips from such classic cartoons as “The Rabbit of Seville,” “Duck Amuck” and “What’s Opera, Doc?” Famous fans such as Matt Groening, Steven Spielberg and Robin Williams pay posthumous homage the wonderful warden of Warner’s “Looney” bin, whose cartoons struck a hilarious, precarious balance between visual slapstick and verbal wit. 
    But wait. Th-th-th-th-that’s not all, folks! The new DVD edition also features two classic Looney Tunes shorts directed by Jones: “Feed the Kitty” and “Duck Dodgers and the 24 ½ Century.” 
    “Warner Home Video is delighted to remember one of the true pioneers of animation with the first-time DVD release of this retrospective celebration,” says Ewa Martinoff, Warner Bros.’ vice president of family entertainment marketing. 
    Jones, who died on Feb. 22, 2002, of congestive heart failure, helped create over 300 animated films during the course of a career that spanned eight decades. Three of his films -- “For Scent-Imental Reasons,” “So Much for So Little” and “The Dot and the Line” - won Oscars. Jones himself was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1996. 
    “Animation isn’t the illusion of life,” Jones once said. “It is life.” 
    CHUCK JONES: EXTREMES AND IN-BETWEENS shows viewers just how correct that statement was. Animated characters such as Marvin the Martian, Pepé le Pew, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote live on beyond their creator’s death and will doubtless keep audiences laughing for generations to come.
84.   THE AUSTIN POWERS DVD ENCOURAGES VIEWER PARTICIPATION 
    The new GOLDMEMBER DVD has the usual bells and whistles - and one new and very interesting feature. 
    It has the Infinifilm's signature pop-up navigation menus throughout the film with supplemental materials, including information on characters, stunts and more. The DVD also has commentary with writers Jay Roach and Mike Myers, deleted and alternative scenes with commentary, music videos, featurettes and trailers. But wait, there's more! 
    It also has a DVD-ROM feature, "Austin Powers Re-Voice Studio." It will let viewers record and listen to their own voices doing dialogue in scenes from the film! 
    New Line's AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER hits store shelves on Dec. 3. The VHS will be $22.94 and the Infinifilm DVD goes for $26.98.
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85.  OCTOBER CALENDAR
THUR. 3 TV - THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1945) TCM 8 PM 
            TV - THE HAUNTING (1963) TCM 9:30 PM 
            TV - THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1959) TCM 11:30 PM 

FRI. 4: MOVIE - RED DRAGON premieres. 
            TV - THE WOMAN IN WHITE (1948) TCM 1 AM 
            TV - HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970) TCM 3 AM 
            TV - NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS (1971) TCM 4:45 AM 

SAT. 5: TV - BLACK SUNDAY (1960) TCM 2 AM 

SUN 6: TV - ANGEL season premiere 

MON. 7: TV - EYES OF THE MUMMY (1918) TCM 12 MID 

TUE. 8: TV - KING KONG (1933) TCM 3:30 AM 
            TV - DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1932) TCM 6AM 

WED 9: TV - BIRDS OF PREY series premiere 

THUR. 10: TV - DINOTOPIA series premiere 
            TV - THE MYSTERIOUS MR. WONG (1935) TCM 6:30 AM 
           TV - MR. WONG, DETECTIVE (1938) TCM 7:45 AM 
            TV - MR. WONG IN CHINATOWN (1939) TCM 9 AM 
            TV - THE CAT PEOPLE (1942) TCM 8PM 
            TV - THE LEOPARD MAN (1943) TCM 9:15 PM 
            TV - THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943) TCM 10:30 PM 
            TV - THE GHOST SHIP (1943) TCM 11:45 PM 

FRI. 11: MOVIE - BELOW, KNOCKAROUND GUYS, 
        THE TRANSPORTER and TUCK EVERLASTING premiere. 
            TV - IN SEARCH OF . . . series premiere 
            TV - THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (1944) TCM 1 AM 
            TV - ISLE OF THE DEAD (1945) TCM 2:15 AM 
            TV - BEDLAM (1946) TCM 3:30 AM 
            TV - THE INVISIBLE MENACE 10/11 TCM 5 AM 

SAT. 12: TV - THE EVIL EYE (1963) TCM 2 AM 
            TV - KONGO (1932) TCM 4:30 AM 
            TV - KING KONG (1933) TCM 4:15 PM 
            TV - HARVEY (1950) TCM 8 PM 

SUN. 13: TV - INCUBUS has its television premiere on the Sci-Fi Channel 

MON. 14: TV - DER GOLEM (1920) TCM 12 MID 
            TV - THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) TCM 3 PM 
            TV - THE UNKNOWN (1927) TCM 11:30 PM 

WED. 16: TV - CLONE HIGH series premiere 

THUR. 17: TV - FREAKS (1932) TCM 8 PM 
            TV - THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1945) TCM 9:30 PM 

FRI. 18 - SUN. 20 - EVENT: CAPCLAVE 2002 in Silver Spring, MD 

FRI. 18: MOVIE -  ABANDON, FORMULA 51 and THE RING premiere. 
            TV -  THE NANNY (1965) TCM 12:30 AM 
            TV - THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (1932) TCM 2:30 AM 
            TV - WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) TCM 3:45 AM 
            TV - THE MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR (1943) TCM 5 AM 
            TV - SOYLENT GREEN (1973) 10/18 TCM 10 PM 

SAT. 19: TV - BLACK SABBATH (1963) TCM 2 AM 

SUN. 20: TV - THE CANTERVILLE GHOST (1944) TCM 12:15 AM 
            TV - THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973) TCM 8PM 

MON. 21: TV - THE HAUNTED CASTLE (1922) 12 MID 
            TV - PHARAOH'S CURSE (1957) TCM 1:30 AM 
            TV - VOODOO ISLAND (1957) TCM 3AM 

TUE. 22: TV - SUSPICION (1941) TCM 6 PM 

WED. 23: TV - THE PHANTOM OF CHINATOWN (1940) TCM 7:30 AM 

THUR. 24 - TV - A GUY NAMED JOE (1943) 10/24 TCM 2 PM 
            TV - THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE (1945) TCM 4 PM 
            TV - AUDREY ROSE (1977) TCM 8 PM 
            TV - POLTERGEIST (1982) TCM 10PM 

FRI. 25 - SUN. 27 - CHILLER THEATER in E. Rutherford, NJ 

FRI. 25: MOVIE - GHOST SHIP premieres. 
            TV - MONSTERS WANTED premieres on AMC 
            TV - VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960) TCM 12 MID 
            TV - THE EXORCIST (1973) TCM 1:30 AM 
            TV - CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED (1964) 4AM 
            TV - RED PLANET MARS (1952) TCM 12 NOON 

SAT 26: ICS MEETING 
            TV - KILL, BABY, KILL (1966) TCM 2 AM 
            TV - THE WILD, WILD PLANET (1965) TCM 4 AM 

TUE. 27: TV - JAWS (1975) TCM 6 PM 

MON. 28: TV - NOSFERATU (1922) TCM 12 MID 
            TV - THE INDIAN TOMB (1921) TCM 1:30 AM 
            TV - REBECCA (1940) TCM 10 PM 

TUE. 29: TV - 24 season premiere 
            TV - SPELLBOUND (1945) TCM 12:30 AM 
            TV - THE PARADINE CASE (1947) TCM 2:30 AM 

THUR. 31: TV - PORTRAIT OF JENNIE (1949) TCM 1:30 AM 
            TV - TOWER OF LONDON (1962) TCM 6AM 
            TV - LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT (1927) TCM 8 PM 
            TV - MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935) TCM 9 PM 
            TV - VAMPYR (1932) TCM 10:15 PM 
            TV - NOSFERATU (1922) TCM 11:30 PM 

FRI. 1: TV - ISLE OF THE DEAD (1945) TCM 1 AM 
            TV - THE VAMPIRE (1957) TCM 2:15 AM 
           TV - THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, OR PARDON 
            ME BUT YOUR TEETH ARE IN MY NECK(1967) 
            TCM 3:30 AM