#48-January 2003
Special Section: HELP WANTED
1.ALL GOOD THINGS . . . 
2.THE ICS FILES TEAM ASSEMBLES 
3.WANTED: AMATEUR WHORES! 
4.THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS 
5.THE DRAWBACKS 
6.THE GOOD STUFF 
7.WHAT THE ICS FILES NEEDS 
8.WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE DONE WITH THE ICS FILES: 
9.THE ICS FILES: ARE YOU A PART OF THE NEXT GENERATION?
CLUB NEWS
10.OUR DECEMBER MEETING BROKE RECORDS! 
11.NEWS OF OUR JANUARY MEETING: THE BASICS 
12.MITCH KLEIN AND CO. HAVE A LOT AT STAKES IN JANUARY 
13.HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ICS 
14.WELCOME TO THE CLUB LISA CASPAR! 
15.CONSTITUTION: THE CHARACTER OF ICS ELECTIONS 
16.CONSTITUTION: ELIGIBILITY 
17.CONSTITUTION: PROCESS OF BALLOTING 
18.OUR SLATE OF CANDIDATES 
19.AUDIT 
20.DUES NEWS 
21.NEW DUES LEVEL: THE FAMILY PLAN 
22.SNOW ALERTS 
TV NEWS
23.THE GLASS TEAT 
With news on A THOUSAND DAYS, NYPD 2069, the BUFFY animated series and PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT.
24.THE BRITS PICK THEIR FAVORITE SCI-FI CHARACTERS 
25.AMC MAY HEAR THE LION'S ROAR 
26.THE POWERS THAT BE TALK ABOUT ANGEL'S TIMESLOT MOVE 
27.MORE PROPHECIES OF BUFFY'S DOOM 
28.THE DEAD ZONE HAS A SECRET 
29.DINOTOPIA GOES EXTINCT 
30.FIREFLY IS DEAD 
31.MAKE ROOM FOR HEADROOM? 
32.ABC BELIEVES IN MIRACLES 
33.ODYSSEY 5 REACHES THE END OF THEIR ODYSSEY 
34.SUPERBOWL XXXVII COMMERCIAL ALERT 
35.THE PUBLIC'S TAKEN WITH TAKEN 
36.VERITAS: THE QUEST COMES TO ABC
EVENT NEWS
37.THINGS TO COME
With news on FARPOINT 2003, KATSUCON and JohnCon.
LITERARY NEWS
38.ROWLING BLESSES BARRY TROTTER 
39.ATTENTION BUDDING SCREENWRITERS: ENTER THE 555-SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST 
40.TOLKIEN'S 111TH BIRTHDAY DRAWS WORLD-WIDE CELEBRATIONS 
41.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES AND TELEVISION 
42.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS 
43.RECENT TITLES: OTHER BOOKS OF INTEREST
MOVIE NEWS
44.QUICK TAKES: 
45.STUDIOS LOOK TO THE FUTURE 
46.ALIEN AND 24 OTHERS ARE ADDED TO THE NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY 
47.A VIRTUAL LOVE FEST FOR GOLLUM 
48.OSCAR TOONS 
49.BROSNAN: LICENSED AND BONDED 
50.BERRY AND BUFFY BATTLE FOR BOND 
51.A JUDGE EXORCISED THE EXORCIST COURT BATTLE 
52.NICOLAS CAGE SCARES UP THE GHOST 
53.GLADIATOR II GETS SET TO SHOOT 
54.MCKELLEN WON'T BE DUMBLEDORE 
55.RICHARD HARRIS WON'T BE DUMBLEDORE EITHER 
56.I, WILL SMITH 
57.INDY GIRLS TO REUNITE 
58.TOLKIEN'S EOWYN 
59.ARWEN SAYS ELVISH HAS NOT LEFT THE BUILDING! 
60.AND THE OSCAR GOES TO GOLLUM? 
61.PETER JACKSON KICKS THE HOBBIT 
62.WEAVING RE-ENTERS THE MATRIX 
63.BEFORE YOU DIE, YOU SEE THE RING Ė AGAIN 
64.OF SINS AND CALAMARI 
65.TREK LOOKS LOW ON DILITHIUM CRYSTALS 
66.MOVIE REVIEWERS SET PHASERS ON KILL 
67.STAR WARS STAMPS RELEASED 
68.HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN GROWS INTO HIS ROLE 
69.CLONE WARS REVEALED 
70.WARNER BOSS TALKS SUPERMAN V 
71.X2 ENTERS THE HOME STRETCH 
72.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 
With news on DARKNESS FALLS, FINAL DESTINATION 2, THE RECRUIT and MAY.
VIDEO NEWS
73.VIEWERS SEE RED OVER DISNEY DVD 
74.IS STARSHIP TROOPERS 2 IN THE WORKS? 
75.CUT SCENES SHINE ON DVD 
IN REVIEW
76. JANUARY CALENDAR
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1.ALL GOOD THINGS . . . 
    As many of you know, my days of involvement as the engine and fuel for The ICS Files are drawing to a close. My new real estate career won't allow me to give it the time and attention that it demands. I don't want to give you a watered down half issue that was thrown together in spare time that I didn't actually have to spare. At this point I'm not sure just what, if any, involvement that I'll have with writing The ICS Files in the future. 
    It's my hope that, although my tenure with The ICS Files is drawing to a close, The ICS Files is not. Think of this special section as an extended want-ad. Or, if you're a certain age, think back to the Mary Martin PETER PAN production. Remember how you'd furiously clap your hands until your little palms were red when it looked like Tinkerbell was about to die? OK, let's break that down. Something (a glowy ball of light/The ICS Files) was about to die. You were asked to take action to save it (clap your hands/ see below). 
    Let's hope that your childhood reflexes are still in tact. What you're about to read is a plea for a fairy-saving hand clap.
2.THE ICS FILES TEAM ASSEMBLES 
    I'm including this here so that it doesn't get lost in the section below. You've read my request for help above. You'll see what it will take to do the job below. If you have even the faintest glimmer that you might like to be part of a new writing team that puts out The ICS Files, come to the church hall where we meet at 4:30 on the day of our next meeting (1/25). 
    There won't be any hard training there. This will be a time for folks to ask general questions, express concerns, come up with ideas and network back and forth. 
    If you'd like to see a future for The ICS Files, and if you have a vague suspicion that you could be a part of that future, be there. 
    More people might come forward to work on The ICS Files if they had a better idea of what the commitment to write it entailed. There may not be any real way to answer that question. My best advice is to throw yourself in the water and see if you can swim. I encourage anyone who even has the inkling that they might like to try it out to go for it.
    As I've stated elsewhere I'm offering you something that you'll seldom get in this life - the ignition keys to a rocket ship. The safest choice is to stay safe and warm in the familiar and just dream about adventure that may come your way one day. But the path to exploration and discovery and possible riches is in the ship idling in front of you. Zero hour's almost here. Don't let this rocket take off without you.
3.WANTED: AMATEUR WHORES! 

"Never write for nothing. If you do you're a whore. Not just a whore, but an amateur whore" 
Harlan Ellison
    All right, so it's a little crude. No, it's in-your-face nasty crude. No one ever accused Ellison of being tactful. 
    The ICS Files needs a small army of amateurs (we'll leave the "whore" part off). What is an amateur? They're people who do what they do for the pure love of doing it. 
    The ICS Files needs people who have thirsty minds and who like to share what they've discovered. If this sounds like you then almost every other obstacle (short of owning a computer with an Internet connection, which is an essential for the job) can be overcome.
4.THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS 
    You WILL need a computer at home. There's pretty much no way around that. 
    Very little technical expertise is required. You have to be able to work basic edit commands (highlight text, copy or cut and paste, and do links). I can teach all of that in a very, very brief e-mail. 
    You will have to be willing to improve your writing skills. Being able to write a pretty good letter, a nice report, a clever e-mail or if you're just simply good at words are all good foundations. You'll find that writing news items on a regular basis will sharpen your current abilities a lot. 
    One thing that's crucial, and you'll develop over time, is knowing what NOT to write. I mean that in two different senses. 
    You'll need to be able to look at a story, or cluster of stories on the same topic, cut through the fog of bad writing, publicity agent chatter and filler and extract the stuff that belongs in The ICS Files. This is a talent that, hopefully, is at least latent in any would-be ICS File writer. You will develop this ability as you write The ICS Files. 
    Secondly, there's a tremendous number of stories floating on credible sites that just don't need reporting. For example, you see a story of a cast member talking about their experiences shooting a very highly regarded film. Say Liv Tyler gets extensively interviewed about her experiences shooting THE LORD OF THE RINGS. You review the story and discover that she's just saying that everyone had a lovely time and "we all love each other so much." HOPEFULLY that triggers your WGAS alarm and you just pass the story by (the WGAS filtering system is one that will be installed in your head after writing The ICS Files for a little while - it stands for "Who Gives A Shit." It's amazing how many stories won't pass the WGAS test).
5.THE DRAWBACKS 
    It burns a lot of time. I've been asked just how much time. I can't say. How long does it take to eat a bowl of your favorite ice cream? How much time have you spent watching and re-watching your favorite movie? What about listening to your favorite music or spending time with your favorite person? It's impossible to say because while we're doing something we love time stops. Once you start writing The ICS Files I think you'll find that you're not glancing at you watch very often. 
    I never really tried to track it. It was always very uneven - there are slow news days and very busy stretches. The marathon sprint of having most of the parts assembled, needing to give them a final polish, do the last details, send it out via e-mail, subsequently transferring that same file to Word, having to reformat the file to fit on a Word document, copying it, collating it and mailing it to the non-e-mail members of the club is about as hard as it gets. 
    The other very important thing to remember is that I've always done this as a lone wolf. I have no idea how long it would take a team member to do this.
6.THE GOOD STUFF

Wherever you are as a writer, this will get you to the next rung. If you're not much of a writer, you'll become an okay one. If you're pretty good, you'll become very good. If you're very good then expect a call from the Nobel committee in a couple of years to fly to Stockholm to pick up your prize. 
You're first on the scene at a breaking story. 
You get to feel The ICS Files take shape in your hands. 
You get that satisfying "thuk" feeling resonating in your brain when a story that just seems to refuse to be written suddenly falls into place. It's like snapping in the final piece of a complex puzzle. 
You get to read what the club will never read - the stories that just don't quite fit into The ICS Files but are, nonetheless, fascinating. 
You get to perform a valuable service that is a vital support for a club you love. 
You'll be walking through a video store or gazing over cable movie lists, feeling a slight sense of deja vu about a title and, suddenly, remembering you wrote about it 18 months ago in The ICS Files and it sounded pretty good. 
You'll have the pleasure of watching that little gem (mentioned above) and discovering that it really was a good, and overlooked, treasure. 
You'll have a feeling of pride when you look back over all the issues that you've written. 
Writing on The ICS Files is potential resume' building material. A lot of jobs require some proficiency with written communication. The ICS Files provides a potential employer (or your present one if you have a shot at moving up in your current employer's ranks) that you've got the ability to write clearly and cleverly. 
You get to see the looks on peoples' faces when you're somewhere in public and someone casually mentions that they're looking forward to a movie coming out and you blurt out, "Oh yeah, that sounds good. Did you know they moved the release from the 18th of last month to the 28th of this month so they wouldn't conflict with that other film? And the original lead got sick three days into filming and they had to re-cast the part. And the director agreed to work at half his standard fee just to get a chance to work with this cast. And some of the effects were personally done by George Lucas. And the scene where the  . . . " 
As a result of the above your friends, family and the rest of the circle of people around you will look to you as "the go-to guy (or gal)" when it comes to movies, TV, books, etc. It's sort of like earning a Merit Badge in the eyes of people you care about and who care about you. 
Finally, just like the title of the sacred book that stunned the Young Frankenstein, you'll get to see "HOW I DID IT." You'll discover every trick that I've learned over the years of writing The ICS Files, every magazine, every Web site, every insight.
7.WHAT THE ICS FILES NEEDS 
    Generally The ICS Files needs a dedicated staff of fresh faces and new blood. It needs people willing to work and enjoy doing it. It needs people willing to improve themselves as writers. It needs fresh, innovative ideas. 
    Following are the positions that I foresee: 
    EDITOR: I see as not so much the boss as the anchor. The editor should work in a consultative manner to help writers who're hitting some rough spots and need someone objective to bounce off of. I see questions like, "Should I pursue this story?" "How do I do this?" and "Should we put this in this issue or wait?" as appropriate editor questions. 
    I also see the editor as the writer of the Club News section. This person can write whatever else they want, but Club News is the single most important piece of each issue. It's the part that speaks to, and is relevant to, each individual in the club. 
    The editor should also write the calendar at the end and the table of contents in the beginning. Those are both functions that get done as the issue nears completion and needs a sense of the issue in its entirety. 
    All completed stories should be sent to the editor. There they'll be collated and placed into the issue. 
    The editor should also have the inglorious task of copying and mailing The ICS Files to our non-computer members. We presently have 10 people who get The ICS Files by mail. Out of 65 members, that's pretty good. The club re-imburses all printing, copying and mailing costs. 
        WRITERS: I'll leave the dividing up of spheres of responsibility to my worthy successors. You can divide up by Website, by topic (e.g. "Movie News," "TV News," "Book News," "Obits," etc.) or some alchemy of both. Presently issues are divided between Club News, TV News, Event News, Literary News, Movie News, Internet News, Farewells (obituaries) and the calendar.
8.WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE DONE WITH THE ICS FILES: 
    I always wanted to develop original news sources. You see an interesting item about Kevin Smith or Lance Henriksen or a new production from Spielberg or a new TV show on Fox, contact them. Verify it. Get comments on it. 
    Perhaps, with a crew working on it, the "Videocy" column, a title-by-title review of coming video releases, could be re-instated. 
    It might be nice to investigate adding graphics - something that I've long considered. 
    I'd like to see more club news in there. Maybe, with an active staff, we could see more news items about our members in each issue.
9.THE ICS FILES: ARE YOU A PART OF THE NEXT GENERATION? 
    GET OFF YOUR ASS! Get outside of your comfort level. Test yourself. Challenge your writing abilities. See what you've got inside. 
    Why reach for the remote and another donut? That life will kill you. If you want to be interesting then do something interesting. Come to the church hall at 4:30 on Saturday, 1/25. Your rocket ship is ready for take-off. Don't miss it! 

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10.OUR DECEMBER MEETING BROKE RECORDS! 
    Our December 2002 meeting was a record breaker. We had the most people that we've ever had at a meeting (we had over 40 people!). We had the most people that we've ever had participating in the Yankee Swap. We probably had the most spirited Yankee Swap exchage that we've ever had - with more steels and more groans than ever. Apologies to everyone for also having the longest meeting ever - we ended the business meeting at nearly 11:30! 
    Thanks go to Mike Schilling for bringing in the John Carpenter movies (we watched 1979 classic, THE FOG). Thanks to everyone who brought in gifts and hooted and hollered through the Yankee Swap.
11.NEWS OF OUR JANUARY MEETING: THE BASICS 
    Our January meeting will be held on Saturday January 25 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.
12.MITCH KLEIN AND CO. HAVE A LOT AT STAKES IN JANUARY 
    Mitch Klein has arranged to have a special appearance by filmmaker Don Dohler, and some of his cast and crew, for a showing of his new movie, STAKES. Mitch has a special connection to the film - he was the f/x guru for it! It should be a lot of fun.
13.HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ICS 
    At our next meeting we'll be exactly four years and one day old! We've been the little club that thought-it-could and DID. Thanks to everyone, no matter if you've been there from the beginning or have joined us along the way, for making this a wonderful four years. Let's hope that we have many more to look forward to.
14.WELCOME TO THE CLUB LISA CASPAR! 
    Greetings go to Lisa Caspar. It's great to have you with us. Many of you remember Lisa from seeing her with Mike Schilling. Lisa decided to tie the knot (to the ICS that is!). Welcome aboard Lisa.
15.CONSTITUTION: THE CHARACTER OF ICS ELECTIONS 
    The following passages are quotations from our constitution on ICS elections. An important phrase to notice below is under "THE CHARACTER OF ICS ELECTIONS." It reads, "As a club whose main focus is fellowship, it's important that our elections don't become partisan or divisive." Unlike the outside world, our elections are not occasions for division and disunity. Everyone's had ample time to get to know their fellow members. We don't engage in speeches or electioneering. Elections are held in a quiet, respectful manner.
16.CONSTITUTION: ELIGIBILITY 
    According to our constitution, "Every member-in-good-standing will be eligible for to vote and to hold office." Since we're at the beginning of the year, "member-in-good-standing" is defined as anyone who either paid their dues for this year or has already paid up through the end of last year.
17.CONSTITUTION: PROCESS OF BALLOTING 
    Once again, according to our constitution, "Members are to vote for the five members that they deem to be the most capable in serving on the Board. Ballots of more than five or less than five will not be accepted." You'll be reminded of this at the meeting but, if you can't make it to the meeting, please remember this while casting an absentee ballot. 
    If you have an absentee ballot to cast you may either e-mail them to Regina Vallerani at Rvaller107@hotmail.com or mail it to her at 221 Ridgemede Rd #508/ Baltimore, MD 21210-3042 or call her at (410) 366-7093.
18.OUR SLATE OF CANDIDATES 
    The following people have submitted their names for election to the Board. We have to select five of the following seven names for our 2003 Board of Directors. 

BETSY CHILDS 
DAVE HENDERSON 
JOE PLEMPEL 
REGINA VALLERANI 
JOHN WARD 
DAVID WILLARD 
CHARLIE WITTIG 

19.AUDIT 
    John Ward, Charlie Wittig and John Clayton have all offered to assist with the annual audit. The audit will take place at our January meeting. As always, at anytime, any member is welcomed to check our books. If there are any doubts about handling of club money members are encouraged to ask questions.
20.DUES NEWS 
    Dues are due New Years day each year. We give members a three month grace period to renew. The renewals are $20 for an individual, $30 for a couple (see below for a new dues category). 
    What follows is a list of paid-up people for 2003. If you've paid, and find your name's missing, check with Regina Vallerani. 
JOE AUSLANDER 
BILL BEESE 
LISA CASPER 
JIM CHILDS 
BETSY CHILDS 
JOHN CLAYTON 
SUE FEDER 
LITA FREEMAN 
DAVE HENDERSON 
SCOTT HURD 
ANDREW KENT 
KELLY KLEIN 
MITCH KLEIN 
AMY PEARLMAN  (partial payment) 
SKIP PHILLIPS 
JOE PLEMPEL 
TOM PROVEAUX 
GARY ROBERSON 
RUTH ROBERSON 
MIKE SCHILLING 
JOHN TYDINGS 
REGINA VALLERANI 
BETH & STEVE VAUGHT 
NEIL WAGENFER 
JOHN WARD 
DAVID WILLARD
21.NEW DUES LEVEL: THE FAMILY PLAN 
    The following new dues policy is now in effect. We have a new strata of dues. Individuals are $20. Couples are $30, which is $20 for one and an additional $10 for the spouse. Family plans are an additional $10 for each family member. So a husband and wife with 3 kids who all wish to join would be $20 for the first membership and an additional $10 for each membership thereafter - which, in this example, would total $60 for the family. 
    To take advantage of this we ask that everyone applying reside at the same address. That way we can keep Barry Murphy from claiming to be a child of Tim and Heather Fleming.
22.SNOW ALERTS 
    We're in snow season. January and February are (generally) the two meetings each year where snow could force us to cancel. 
    Some of this is common sense. If you can't see your car because of snow drifts, chances are we won't have a meeting. If it has recently snowed, the main roads are cleared but either the parking lot or its entrance is buried or frozen over, we probably won't have a meeting. 
    If we need to cancel a meeting we'll do the following: 

Everyone will get an e-mail notice. 
A general alert will be posted on our site. 
If you're in doubt, and you don't have access to e-mail, call a Board member. This may change after this meeting, but at this writing the names and number of the Board members are: Dave Henderson - (410) 529-0726; JoePlempel - (410) 542-7240; Regina Vallerani - (410) 366-7093; David Willard - (410) 788-4086; Charlie Wittig - (410) 342-2835

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23.THE GLASS TEAT
Sci-Fi Develops 1,000 Days. The Sci-Fi Channel will adapt Marvel's "Strikeforce: Morituri" comic series into A THOUSAND DAYS, a miniseries set for 2003. Sci-Fi and Universal Television will produce the show in association with Marvel. A THOUSAND DAYS deals with a group of super soldiers who die 1,000 days after being engineered to fight evil. The Strikeforce comic appeared in the mid-1980s, but is not currently being published. Marvel will reintroduce the comic for the series' launch on Sci-Fi. . . . NYPD 2069 get's picked up by Fox. Steven Bochco's NYPD 2069 follows the exploits of a present-day cop who suddenly fast-forwards to the year 2069. Danny Pino (MEN WOMEN & DOGS, THE SHIELD) has become the first actor to join the cast. He'll play an officer partnered with the New York cop revived and put back to work after spending 66 years cryogenically frozen. . . . Is the animated BUFFY still a possibility? Despite earlier news to the contrary, Joss Whedon announced that his once dead BUFFY animated series could hit the airwaves soon. We had a story in the November ICS Files about the death of the series. At the time Whedon said, "We just couldn't find a home for it, which will baffle me to the grave." If reports are true (and that is a very, VERY big "if") Whedon can die at peace. Fox will premiere the show with BUFFY cast members Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz, Seth Green, Nicholas Brendon and Michelle Trachtenberg voicing characters. This is an Internet story from a usually reliable source. We'll see. . . . PENN & TELLER and their search for BULLSHIT: There's a new show on Showtime called PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT. The bad boys of magic use their knowledge of con artistry, magic and carnival tricks to unveil the scams behind such topics as TV psychics, alien abductions and fad religions. If you thought that the ALIEN AUTOPSY show was a documentary and that John Edwards can really chat with the dead, you might want to check it out. It premieres Friday, January 24. 
24.THE BRITS PICK THEIR FAVORITE SCI-FI CHARACTERS 
    Readers of the British magazine, SFX, have picked their top ten science fiction characters of all time. BUFFY dominated the list. Strangely, Buffy herself is not the highest ranked character from the show. She's beaten by the Spike (I suppose it doesn't hurt that Spike's an ultra-hip Brit). The BUFFY onslaught's followed by characters from FARSCAPE and STAR WARS. However, the top spot went to Dr. Who, the eccentric Brit who traveled through time and space in the guise of several actors over the course of 26 years from 1963 to '89. SFX editor Dave Golder said: "It just goes to prove that there is a certain magic to the character and the idea of the face-changing Doctor which strikes a chord with the public's imagination. Even more impressive is that the Doctor hasn't been on our screens for over five years now, and he still beat characters who have been in hugely popular films over the past 12 months." 
    The Top 10 Sci Fi Characters of All Time, in order, is as follows: 
1. Doctor Who (DOCTOR WHO) 
2. Spike (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER ) 
3. Buffy Summers (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER ) 
4. John Crichton (FARSCAPE) 
5. Aeryn Sun (FARSCAPE) 
6. Han Solo (the STAR WARS saga) 
7. Willow Rosenberg (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER ) 
8. Darth Vader (the STAR WARS saga) 
9. Angel (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER ) 
10.Gandalf (THE LORD OF THE RINGS)
25.AMC MAY HEAR THE LION'S ROAR 
    MGM Chairman Alex Yemenidjian has indicated that he's looking to buy a cable movie channel - in particular American Movie Classics (AMC). Yemenidjian said that AMC would be "a perfect fit for MGM." Cablevision Systems currently controls the channel and reportedly has engaged in discussions about a potential sale with CBS. However, Yemenidjian observed "It's very easy to understand why the channel will do better in the hands of somebody who owns a 4,000-film library. That's why it's so exciting and that's why it's our top choice." Currently, MGM owns a 20-percent stake in AMC.
26.THE POWERS THAT BE TALK ABOUT ANGEL'S TIMESLOT MOVE 
    There are those who think The WB is condemning ANGEL by moving it to Wednesday nights at 9 PM, a highly competitive hour of television. The network itself thinks it's the natural choice to replace BIRDS OF PREY. 
    Jordan Levin, entertainment president of The WB, observed, "What we saw with BIRDS OF PREY was, even though we felt we didn't do a good job of executing that series, that there was a core male audience there that was available for fantasy-type programming. With FASTLANE vacating that time slot, ANGEL becomes the only real male drama in the time slot. I have no doubt that ANGEL will improve year-to-year on that series, so that gives it a bit of breathing room" 
    Jeff Bell, executive producer of ANGEL, said that he's not worried about the latest timeslot change. "They've moved us each year. Every time they move us the same people show up. We were terrified of Sundays at 9, which I think is the hardest hour in TV," Bell said. "We were doing fine. So for whatever reason we're now going to be Wednesdays at 9." After the January move, ANGEL will have aired on four different nights in its three and a half years on the air. 
    The move will put the series up against UPN's THE TWILIGHT ZONE and NBC's THE WEST WING. But Bell believes the biggest competition will come from ABC. "The one that will really kill us is THE BACHELOR. That will kill us. That will kill everything. That will kill THE WEST WING. That will kill every living brain cell and zillions and zillions of people, mainly women, will watch it." 
    ANGEL hasn't been picked up for a fifth season yet, and The WB's option for the show expires this season. So, if it does return the network will have to negotiate a new deal - something that didn't go so well with BUFFY. However, Levin says that they're not burning off episodes by any means, rather they are giving it a chance to prove itself on Wednesdays instead of being the show that loses its CHARMED lead-in on Sundays. 
    "We're hopeful that it will perform and it will continue on The WB," Levin says. "I think Joss really found the show last season; I think it's improved creatively this season."
27.MORE PROPHECIES OF BUFFY'S DOOM 
    The BUFFY death-watches has become a favorite past time. The most recent prognosticator is the E! Online columnist, Wanda, who writes the "Watch With Wanda" column. She reported that it's unlikely that BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER will return for an eighth season next year. An anonymous source at the show said that no decision has been made on an eighth season, but it's highly doubtful that Sarah Michelle Gellar will sign. 
    "It's the general feeling around set that this will be the end of it," the source told Wanda. As for a spinoff, "The problem is the cast members who would work best aren't really that interested. I think they want to just move on. It's time."
28.THE DEAD ZONE HAS A SECRET 
    Shawn Piller, co-creator of THE DEAD ZONE, said that the second season of the series will raise storytelling and character arcs to a new level. "There's the big secret brewing," Piller. "I don't think that we handled it the way I think a traditional show would handle it." 
    Last season's cliffhanger complicated the lives of the main characters when Johnny Smith (Anthony Michael Hall) had a romantic encounter with his married ex-fiancée, Sarah (Nicole de Boer). "Everyone was a little nervous about it," Piller said. "I know the actors were. Chris Bruno [who plays Sarah's husband, Walt], in particular, didn't want to be perceived as the guy who would let that happen or take it, and he was just bummed out. We talked to him about what our plans were for his character, and then he got really excited and trusted us and went down the road. And the same with Nicole de Boer. Michael Hall is down for anything and loves a challenge, and I think it was a little bit easier for him." 
    Piller admitted they could have dragged out the romantic set up longer before Johnny and Sarah hit the sheets, but the writers didn't want to. "We didn't want to make it such a serialized, soap opera type thing," he said. "And although we could have milked it longer, I think what we're doing now will evolve the characters in a way that makes everybody stand on their own. I think we were a little worried that Sarah was becoming too much of a homemaker, and I know she wanted to be more proactive. When we talked to her originally about doing the show, we really wanted to find stuff for her to do that was challenging. We have, and I think we need to keep doing that." 
    The season two opener, "Valley of the Shadow," a story about a kidnapped child, touched on the "big secret," as well as the apocalyptic premonition Johnny had in the first-season finale, when he met Greg Stillson (Sean Patrick Flanery), a character who was prominent in the original Stephen King novel. "It's going to be a continuing Greg Stillson arc," Piller said. "We'll be getting more into what's going on with the guy who may or may not be responsible for the end of the world. He is an evil, evil guy, but at the same time, he doesn't think he's evil, which makes him really scary. He's addicted to fame, and he's addicted to power. He's just very angry, and he's just got some dark stuff going on."
29.DINOTOPIA GOES EXTINCT 
    ABC has pulled DINOTOPIA from its schedule after its Dec. 26 episode. The network plans to run movies in the Thursday 8-10 p.m. period. 
    DINOTOPIA has struggled in the ratings since its debut in November. It appears that competition with FRIENDS and SURVIVOR is the giant meteors that caused the show to die.
30.FIREFLY IS DEAD 
    Despite intense promotional efforts by Joss Whedon and the work of a cadre of devoted fans (which included buying an ad in Variety), Fox has decided to pull the plug on FIREFLY. The series two-hour pilot that aired on December 20 that may have been the series finale as well. Fans have organized a postcard-writing campaign, urging the continuation of their favorite show. 
    FIREFLY continued in production for its full order of 15 hours, but it is uncertain whether the three remaining unaired episodes will be seen on Fox. According to a 20th Century Fox spokesman, the three episodes will be put through post-production and completed. The spokesman also says that it's likely Whedon and his team at Mutant Enemy Productions will engage in talks to see if FIREFLY can find a new home. 
    In a post to the Buffistas bulletin board, Whedon wrote, "Don't think for a second that I have given up on this show. I think it has been mistreated shamefully, but the Fox network has indicated that they would not stand in the way (which they can) of my finding a new home for the show. That's no easy prospect. But I will do everything in my power, as always, to keep this bird in the air. Of course I'll post if there's any news." In the meantime, production of the show has shut down, Whedon added.
    On the Tim Minear.net Web site, meanwhile, Whedon's colleague and FIREFLY executive producer Tim Minear said that he directed the last episode to be shot. "Fox says they're going to somehow air all eps," Minear posted. "But we're not giving up yet. Please continue to check FIREFLY: Immediate Assistance for updates on the campaign to resurrect FIREFLY."
31.MAKE ROOM FOR HEADROOM? 
    Matt Frewer (seen recently on TAKEN) said that he's trying to resurrect his most famous character: Max Headroom. "We're putting together a deal on a new Max Headroom project," Frewer said. "Then I'm doing a film with my brother. The Headroom project is still in the deal-making process, so I can't say anything about it." 
    Frewer played the "computer-generated" character and his human counterpart, Edison Carter, in a British TV series, TV movie and subsequent American series set "22 minutes in the future." Frewer said that he's pleasantly surprised by the character's continuing popularity. "When we were making it, we knew it was way ahead of its time," he said. "I think if it was on the air [now] it would still look cutting-edge. I don't think the network was ready for it. It made a huge splash over a short time. It went as quickly as it came. That in a way was probably a plus. It never had time to go stale. Always leave 'em wanting more."
32.ABC BELIEVES IN MIRACLES 
    MIRACLES is a drama about a Vatican investigator of the paranormal who after spending years debunking supposed miracles begins to losing his faith. Producer Roger Birnbaum explains, "This is a show that will be watching this man, who's trying to find his faith again, exploring not just miracles, but all kinds of odd occurrences that are going around that we find are fueled by some sort of darkness, and the darkness is coming for him." 
    This project was a particular favorite of ABC Entertainment president Susan Lyne and her boss, ABC Entertainment chairman Lloyd Braun. But Disney chairman and chief executive Michael Eisner reportedly screened the pilot with president and chief operating officer Robert Iger, and both felt that the pilot was too dark and would never work as a series. The original pilot has been shelved and the series will launch with a new first episode. 
    It stars Skeet Ulrich (THE TOUCH), Angus MacFadyen (STILL BREATHING), Hector Elizondo (CHICAGO HOPE). Look for it on Mondays, 10 PM, beginning January 27.
33.ODYSSEY 5 REACHES THE END OF THEIR ODYSSEY 
    Showtime has canceled ODYSSEY 5. An unnamed member of the show's production staff said, "Alas, Showtime canceled ODYSSEY this week, despite our being their highest-rated original series! Apparently the powers that be want to get out of doing SF (they picked up JEREMIAH, as I understand it, because it's part of a long-standing deal with MGM). Sony/Columbia has approached the SCI FI Channel about picking it up, but we won't know anything until January. For now it's just a lump of coal in our Christmas stockings." 
    At this writing Showtime hasn't made an official announcement about the series' fate yet. Six original episodes remain to be aired in the series' first season.
34.SUPERBOWL XXXVII COMMERCIAL ALERT 
    I'm about to make a confession that will set me apart from many (most?) of my fellow Americans. I'm not a football fan. The sight of steroid-addicted monsters mauling each other on fields of plastic grass just doesn't float my boat. But I have been known to watch the occasional Superbowl. I suffer through those annoying football sequences to check out the hippest commercials in American culture. In this case, we get to scope the hottest (and most hyped) movies for 2003. 
    THE HULK: The Marvel Comics character will be fully unveiled during a 30-second teaser during the Super Bowl. Previously, the studio had released a teaser in May that only showed star Eric Bana transforming into The Hulk, but refrains from showing his alter ego. The picture seems to be following a strategy similar to SPIDER-MAN, although the image of that superhero was unveiled long before its own Super Bowl ad. The first official print image comes in the form of an oversized banner that features the Hulk reaching toward viewers that debuted in December, although it looks more like artwork than an actual shot of the character. 
    TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES: A 30-second advertising placement for the next installment of the TERMINATOR franchise will be unveiled here, and different from that currently in theaters. No further comment from the studio on what will be seen, but most likely more action shots. 
    THE MATRIX RELOADED: A 30-second teaser for the next installment of  THE MATRIX franchise will premiere at this yearís Super Bowl. When the original teaser debuted at the 1999 event, it was heralded as the break-out winner among the films competing - no one had heard of it before that time. Look for the teaser here to ratchet up awareness as well, and stroke a fervent fanbase. 
    THE RECRUIT: The Al Pacino/Colin Farrell picture opens five days later. Touchstone is making a dramatic attempt here to raise awareness of this film. 
    CHARLIEíS ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE: A 30-second teaser for the sequel to the 2000 film will make the men in attendance swoon and think twice about another helping of buffalo wings. Apparently they're looking to combine hot martial arts action with an old-fashioned, all-American jigglethon. 
    BRUCE ALMIGHTY: This is the new Jim Carrey where he finally finds a part to suit his ego - God. In addition to walking on water and giving his wife larger breasts, heís also used his power to convince studio execs to purchase for him a 30-second spot here so that he can further convey his message to a worldwide audience. This ad should be very similar to the trailer already in theaters. 
    These aren't necessarily all the movies to be pitched. We may see ads for DAREDEVIL (which opens on Valentine's Day), X2, DADDY DAY CARE, IDENTITY, BAD BOYS II, BASIC, TEARS OF THE SUN, and ANGER MANAGEMENT. 
    Some budget conscious advertisers may wait to run their ads until after the game. ABC will air a new episode of ALIAS in the very choice timeslot after the Super Bowl. We may see some interesting ads airing during that episode.
35.THE PUBLIC'S TAKEN WITH TAKEN 
    Airing over 10 nights from Dec. 2-13, TAKEN, the 20-hour mini propelled Sci-Fi to No. 1 in primetime among all basic-cable networks for two weeks in a row, averaging 4.97 million viewers. During the 10 days, Sci-Fi even beat the WB and UPN in household ratings. 
    Barry Diller, chairman-CEO of the channels' parent company Vivendi Universal Entertainment, said he doesn't think Sci-Fi should try to milk the achievement of TAKEN by producing a TAKEN 2 sequel or a TV series based on the mini-series. Extending the program "would be nothing more than exploiting a story we've already told," Diller said. "For my nickel, let's call it a great day and go on to the next thing." 
    Universal is hoping to launch new programs that will match the success seen this year by its cable networks with TAKEN, as well as MONK and THE DEAD ZONE on USA Network. USA and Sci Fi Channel together will spend a record $300 million-$400 million on original programming through 2005, according to Michael Jackson, chairman-CEO of Universal TV.
36.VERITAS: THE QUEST COMES TO ABC 
    This series follows a teen (Ryan Merriman) who joins his archaeologist father (Alex Carter) on journeys to investigate ancient texts and artifacts, while bad guys pursue them. Patrick Massett, the co-creator of the series, said that the show will explore various mythological stories grounded in the reality of archaeology. "Some things might touch upon the Holy Grail," Massett said. "Some will touch on Ponce de Leon, lost civilizations and fountains of youth. The rivers of Eden, which is a biblical reference to this life-giving fountain, ties into the Fountain of Youth. [There will be] storylines that deal with immortality, sort of a comparative mythology on all world cultures, all the similarities between creation stories. These are large arcs that we'll be touching on throughout the series and sort of unifying all the different mythological, spiritual, cultural identities of the world and distilling [them] into one truth, veritas." 
    Massett said the long-term structure of the series will resemble another popular genre show. "The show will be very much in structure like THE X-FILES, in that there will be stand-alone mysteries that they will be exploring and solving," Massett said. "As we go on, we'll find that several of these will connect into a larger storyline. There will be several arcs." 
    The cast includes Ryan Merriman (THE PRETENDER), Alex Carter (THE DAY REAGAN WAS SHOT), Eric Balfour (SIX FEET UNDER), Arnold Vosloo (THE MUMMY), Cobie Smulders. It's being made by Bryan Spicer (24), Patrick Massett & John Zinman (LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER), Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, (BRIAN'S SONG, LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND). Look fore its premiere on Mondays, 8 PM, beginning January 27 
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37.THINGS TO COME
    FARPOINT 2003 takes place on February 14, 15 & 16, 2003 at the Hunt Valley Inn located at 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, MD. The special guests include Armin Shimerman (DEEP SPACE NINE's Quark, BUFFY's Principal Snyder); Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint & Michele Scarabelli (all from ALIEN NATION); and Gil Gerard & Erin Gray (both from BUCK ROGERS). Also appearing are The Boogie Knights, TREK's Lolita Fatjo; writers Michael Jan Friedman, David R. George III and Bob Greenberger, scientists Inge Heyer and Marc Okrand; the Prometheus Radio Theatre; Susan Sackett; Howard Weinstein; And The Not Ready for Paramount Players. There'll be a Writers' Workshop led by David R. George III (who co-authored the STAR TREK novel The 34th Rule with Armin Shimerman). Armin has agreed to attend parts of the workshop as well (the final cost of the workshop has yet to be determined, but space will be LIMITED). Friday Evening at Seven, the Farpoint Committee invites you to join our special guests for a dinner of out-of-this-world delicacies (the Chef specializes in Klingon Cuisine!). Vicís Place! Friday night, join us for Karaoke with the Pack Rats. There'll be a masquerade Saturday night at 8 PM. Ten Forward! immediately follows the masquerade, where fellow fans and an occasional celebrity guest mingle on the dance floor in a casual, night club atmosphere. There'll also be a Farpoint Art Show & Auction, a Charity Auction, the Klingon Jail, and, of course, a large dealersí room, more panels than you can attend, and lots of fanzines. Price in advance for a full weekend is $45, Saturday only for $30, Sunday only for $25, and a child membership for $15. If you'd like to attend the Friday night banquet it requires a $35 deposit. The writer's workshop is a $45 deposit. For questions you can click the link above, e-mail trekcontact@comcast.net or drop a note to Farpoint Enterprises, Inc./ 6099 Hunt Club Road/ Elkridge, MD 21075. 

    KATSUCON takes place February 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, Virginia. This is a major Anime convention. Guests and activities will fit that theme. Registration is $45.00 for the weekend. Pre-registration must be post-marked by December 31st. After that everything's "at-the-door" registration. To pre-register click here. At the door registration is $45.00 for the weekend, $35 for Friday or Saturday only and $15 for Sunday only. For questions or to register send inquiries to Katsucon 9/ P.O. Box 222691/ Chantilly, Va. 22153-2691.

    JohnCon is an annual gaming convention held on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. They run 48 hours, non-stop, from 4 PM on February 28 to 4 PM March 2. they feature a dealer's room, games (from board games to LARP's), a B-movie theater, continuous anime and plenty of fellowship. Tickets are $9 if you're pre-registered by 2/14, $12 at the door. For more information either e-mail them at johncon@jhu.edu or drop them a note at JohnCon '03/ SAC Office, Mattin Center/ Johns Hopkins University/ 3400 N. Charles Street/ Baltimore, MD. 21218.

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38.ROWLING BLESSES BARRY TROTTER 
    J.K. Rowling and her publishers are, as you might imagine, very protective of their prodigal son. They've filed several law suits to protect Harry Potter. So some folks were surprised when a spokesman for Rowling announced that the author doesn't consider a best-selling parody to be in the same category as an unauthorized Russian series of books. Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody by American humorist Michael Gerber is selling out in Britain, the United States and countries from Estonia to Japan. 
    Rowling's agent is contemplating legal action against Russian author Dmitry Yemets for his unauthorized Tanya Grotter books, about a wizard orphan who wields magical powers and battles an enemy too terrible to be named. But asked to comment on Gerber's book, a spokesman for the Christopher Little literary agency said, "This is a genuine parody and a completely different kettle of fish from Tanya Grotter." 
    In Gerber's parody, a young wizard named Barry Trotter attends Hogwash School and fights to stop filming of BARRY TROTTER AND THE INEVITABLE ATTEMPT TO CASH-IN. The parody has shipped more than 50,000 copies in the United States, with editions in Japanese, Estonian and Chinese.
39.ATTENTION BUDDING SCREENWRITERS: ENTER THE 555-SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST 
    ROBOCOP writer Ed Neumeier will join the line-up of notable judges for the 1st Annual Urban Insider 555-SHORT Screenplay Contest. Neumeier joins a panel of five judges that includes director Joel Zwick (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING). They'll select the competitionís five winning screenplays. 
   The goal of this screenplay contest is to discover, promote, and recognize new, talented screenwriters. What makes this contest unique is that writers are challenged to write engaging screenplays in five pages or less. The contest is open to any individual who has not sold or optioned a screenplay or teleplay for more than $5,000. In addition to the winners being selected by high-profile industry judges, cash and prizes totaling more than $3,000 will be awarded. 
    The final deadline is Jan. 25. Entry forms and information may be downloaded from www.urbaninsider.com.
40.TOLKIEN'S 111TH BIRTHDAY DRAWS WORLD-WIDE CELEBRATIONS 
    Fans of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien observed the late writer's 111th birthday on Jan. 3. That's the same "eleventy-first" birthday celebrated by Bilbo Baggins at the beginning of Tolkien's epic work. In Hollywood and all over the world, fans will commemorated the day. 
    They included a "Toast to the Professor" endorsed by the Tolkien Society in the United Kingdom and administered by fan volunteers all over the world, like Tolkien Forever founder Kristi Fojtik and "J.R.R. Tolkien's 111th Birthday DVD Project" producer Josh Rubinstein of Los Angeles. Fans gathered at the Cat and Fiddle Pub in Hollywood to raise a glass at exactly 9 PM and utter the words "The Professor." Rubinstein is coordinating DVD coverage of the parties around the world for a half-hour documentary on the event. 
    Tolkien fell a little short of the 111 mark. He died in 1973 at the age of 81.
41.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES AND TELEVISION 
    American Film Institute Desk Reference: The Complete Guide to Everything You Need to Know about the Movies by Melinda Corey (Editor), George Ochoa, Clint Eastwood (Introduction); $40.00 
This book provides detailed information on the world of film, its history and its personalities. 

    THE LORD OF THE RINGS: The Making of the Movie Trilogy by Brian Sibley, $17.95 
This is the official story of the filming of the trilogy. 

    Strange TV: Innovative Television Series from THE TWILIGHT ZONE to THE X-FILES by M. Keith Booker, $64.95 
This book studies how THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE PRISONER, TWIN PEAKS, and THE X-FILES reflect American culture. 

    Uncharted Territory: An Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to FARSCAPE by Scott Andrews, $7.95 
Unchartered Territory comprises an in-depth, unofficial episode-by-episode guide, including categories such as Buck Rogers Redux, Nosferatu in Rubber, Alien Encounters and Get Frelled. Covering three seasons of the show, it also provides an indispensable look at the logic leaps, the spins the show puts on classic storylines, and behind-the-scenes information.
42.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS 
    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Once More, With Feeling, $12.99 
This is the original shooting script for the musical episode of BUFFY that aired last season. It also has other features such as a list of "Musical Terminology from the Script" that helpfully explains not only the basics such as melodies and verse, but also the pop culture references to Carmen Miranda's coconuts, Seventy-six (bloody) trombones and "Koombaya." Then we have "I've Got a Theory," where Joss Whedon explains about the genesis of this musical episode and offers insight on the role of music in the series (there is an especially interesting section that talks about "The Body"). Marti Noxon offers insights on the production problems and other behind the scenes personnel provide additional details, including the literary idea of nonstop dancing (i.e., "The Red Shoes"). "Something to sing about" provides a musical look at the episode, explaining the rational behind the various types of music. Of course, we already know that the strength of the songs were that they were so wonderfully character drive. "Where Do We Go From Here?" covers the rest of the season in answer to the musical question that closes the episode. It also offers color photographs taken mostly from the episode and then you get sheet music for all of the major songs (i.e., not for the bit pieces "Parking Ticket" and "They Got the Mustard Out"). 

    Captain Nemo by K. J. Anderson, $7.99 
This is a fictionalized biography of Jules Verne. It tells the story of two young men - Jules Verne and Andre Nemo. They pledged to experience a world of adventures together but fate set them on two different paths. Nemo becomes an adventurer, traveling to fantastic places and encountering hidden civilizations and mythical creatures, while Verne builds a reputation chronicling his friend's exploits. 

    DARKNESS FALLS by Keith R. A. Decandido, $6.99 
A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before. See below for details on this film's release this month.
43.RECENT TITLES: OTHER BOOKS OF INTEREST 
    Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy Television by Joseph Nazzaro, Joe Nazzaro, $16.95 
This book is a collection of interviews with the top writers of TV and Film.

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44.QUICK TAKES:
NOTHING CRUSHES THIS SPIDER. SPIDER-MAN helped Sony set a new record for worldwide box office in 2002, with $2.75 billion. That beats the previous record of $2.68 billion, set by 20th Century Fox in 1998, based on the success of TITANIC. 
45.STUDIOS LOOK TO THE FUTURE 
    Several Hollywood studios have announced release dates for their high-profile films as far into the future as 2005. The trend has been growing since last summer, when Sony set a release date for its SPIDER-MAN sequel on the first weekend of May 2004. Other studios have followed suit, claiming release dates throughout the summer. 
    Among the major films opening in May 2004 are Fox's TOMORROW  on May 28, Universal's vampire picture VAN HELSING on May 21, Paramount's MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3 on Memorial Day weekend and HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN in June. 
    Those looking to fill their calendars for 2005 can pencil in the weekend before Memorial Day for STAR WARS: EPISODE III and either June or July for INDIANA JONES 4. The summer will also see the releases of JURASSIC PARK IV, THE THREE STOOGES and Disney/Pixar's CARS. 
    Early date-grabbing is a form of squatter's rights to the best opening dates, increasingly important now that dominating the opening weekend is essential for a blockbuster to succeed. Other benefits of advance release dates include pressuring directors to finish projects on time and having more time to plan elaborate promotional campaigns. SPIDER-MAN's $115 million opening weekend set a new standard for franchises and demonstrated how a long lead date can elevate run-of-the-mill fare to a cultural event. 
46.ALIEN AND 24 OTHERS ARE ADDED TO THE NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY 
    ALIEN was one of 25 films newly added to the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress. This group of titles brings the total number of films  placed on the Registry to 350. 
    Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant motion pictures to the Registry. Dr. James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, observed that, "The films we choose are not necessarily either the 'best' American films ever made or the most famous. But they are films that continue to have cultural, historical or aesthetic significance - and in many cases represent countless other films also deserving of recognition. The selection of a film, I stress, is not an endorsement of its ideology or content, but rather a recognition of the film's importance to American film and cultural history and to history in general." 
    For each title named to the Registry, the Library of Congress works to ensure that the film is preserved for all time, either through the Library's massive motion picture preservation program or through collaborative ventures with other archives, motion picture studios, and independent filmmakers. The Library of Congress contains the largest collections of film and television in the world, from the earliest surviving copyrighted motion picture to the latest feature releases. For more information, consult the National Film Preservation Board Web site
1) ALIEN (1979) 
2) ALL MY BABIES (1953) 
3) THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952) 
4) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) 
5) THE BLACK STALLION (1979) 
6) BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991) 
7) THEODORE CASE SOUND TEST: GUS VISSER AND HIS SINGING DUCK (1925) 
8) THE ENDLESS SUMMER (1966) 
9) FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) 
10) FROM STUMP TO SHIP (1930) 
11) FUJI (1974) 
12) IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967) 
13) LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN (1925) 
14) MELODY RANCH (1940) 
15) THE PEARL (1948) 
16) PUNCH DRUNKS (1934) 
17) SABRINA (1954) 
18) STAR THEATRE (1901) 
19) STRANGER THAN PARADISE (1984) 
20) THIS IS CINERAMA (1952) 
21) THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984) 
22) THROUGH NAVAJO EYES (series) (1966) 
23) WHY MAN CREATES (1968) 
24) WILD AND WOOLY (1917) 
25) WILD RIVER (1960)
47.A VIRTUAL LOVE FEST FOR GOLLUM 
    The Broadcast Film Critics Association acknowledged computer-generated characters in its nominees for the Best Digital Acting Performance category of the eighth annual Critics' Choice Awards. The nominees included Dobby the house elf from HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, Gollum from THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS and Yoda from STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES. The winner in this new category was Gollum, the cursed villain/victim in THE TWO TOWERS. 
    With 187 members, the association is one of the largest critics' organizations in the United States. They announced winners Jan. 17, 2003.
48.OSCAR TOONS 
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors gave 17 movies the green light to compete for an Oscar in the 2002 animated feature film category. With 17 such films eligible, the Academy can announce anywhere from one to five nominees in that category. The animated feature film award screening committee will view all the films and vote by secret ballot to determine how many should garner nominations. 
    The 17 films are ADAM SANDLER'S EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS, ALIBABA & THE FORTY THIEVES, EDEN, EL BOSQUE ANIMADO (THE LIVING FOREST), HEY ARNOLD! THE MOVIE, ICE AGE, JONAH - A VEGGIE TALES MOVIE, LILO & STITCH, MUTANT ALIENS, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS MOVIE, THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA, RETURN TO NEVER LAND, SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON, SPIRITED AWAY, STUART LITTLE 2, TREASURE PLANET and THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE.
49.BROSNAN: LICENSED AND BONDED 
    James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli said that Pierce Brosnan will reprise his role as Agent 007 in the 21st Bond film. She bristled at the question of Brosnan's replacement. "It's like asking a bride as she's going up the aisle who her next husband is going to be," Broccoli said. "I mean, he is James Bond. He's our guy. And until he's no longer James Bond, we ain't looking anywhere." 
    The as-yet-untitled film will represent Brosnan's fifth outing as the British spy. The most recent Bond feature, DIE ANOTHER DAY, has been a box office winner, assuring Bond's future. 
50.BERRY AND BUFFY BATTLE FOR BOND 
   Both Halle Berry and Sarah Michelle Gellar have actively put their bids in to succeed Pierce Brosnan as the next Bond. Gellar said, "I want to see more women action stars. I don't see why James Bond has to be a man all the time. When Pierce Brosnan retires I'm going to be the next Bond." 
51.A JUDGE EXORCISED THE EXORCIST COURT BATTLE 
    THE EXORCIST director William Friedkin and author William Peter Blatty have lost their court battle to prevent movie executives at Warner Brothers from remaking the 1973 horror classic. Friedkin and Blatty claimed in their 2001 suit that they owned the copyright to the 2000 re-release, which featured 11 minutes of unseen footage, and that Warner Brothers bosses had no right to distribute the film. But a federal court dismissed the copyright case, with US District Court Judge Lourdes Baird claiming Friedkin and Blatty's interpretation of the Copyright Act "turned the statute on its head." Baird found that Friedkin had no copyright interest in either version of the film and that Warner Brothers and Blatty were co owners of the copyrights to both films and that Blatty had granted Warners the exclusive right to remake the film. Friedkin plans to appeal the decision.
52.NICOLAS CAGE SCARES UP THE GHOST 
   Nicolas Cage announced that Columbia may settle on a script for a proposed GHOST RIDER movie any time now. "They're going to be done with the script after the holidays, and I think the studio's very excited about it," Cage said. The project, based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name, originated at Dimension, but was put on hold, when Columbia picked it up. 
    The new script will aim for a PG-13 rating. Original writer David Goyer's (BLADE) draft was rejected for being too violent. Cage said that he was on board with that change. "The comic-book world is originally a world that was a fantasy place for children and younger people," he said. "By making it hard R, you'd alienate some of those younger people, who want to go to the movies and get lost in that world. So I can understand the argument for that." 
    As an actor, comic fan Cage was drawn to the film because of the hero's philosophical dilemma. "I always thought it was interesting: the concept of a character who's in the dilemma of making a deal with a negative force and then trying to do something positive with it," he said. 
53.GLADIATOR II GETS SET TO SHOOT 
    Best Picture Oscar winner GLADIATOR is set for a sequel. Screenwriter John Logan, who wrote the script for the original film, and director Ridley Scott are in development talks to discuss the idea of a second Roman-era project. Dreamworks is eager to green-light GLADIATOR II after banking more than $450 million at the worldwide box office and earning nine Academy Awards. Logan says, "It's in the story phase. I'm meeting with Ridley and talking about what it should be and sort of flushing it out. It's early days, trying to pick out a story. It does have something to do with the first one and I'm not calling it a sequel. It's going to be very exciting." Insiders suggest the plot may focus around the early years of the reign of Marcus Aurelius and the gladiatorial days of Antonius Proximo - the roles made famous in the film by veteran actors Oliver Reed and Richard Harris, both now deceased. Reed died in 1999 on the island of Malta while shooting the original blockbuster.
54.MCKELLEN WON'T BE DUMBLEDORE 
   THE LORD OF THE RINGS star Ian McKellen will not succeed the late Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore in the third HARRY POTTER film, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN. A British tabloid ran a news item under the headline: "New Potter Wizard Is ... Gandalf!" stating that Warner Brothers has cast McKellen as the headmaster of Hogwarts School after fellow RINGS cast member Christopher Lee turned it down. 
    According to McKellen's own Web site, the veteran actor has not been cast in the role and Lee was not even asked. While the story is untrue, McKellen has not ruled out appearing in a future POTTER film in some capacity.
55.RICHARD HARRIS WON'T BE DUMBLEDORE EITHER 
    A ghoulish little news piece ran in the London Sun. In the most twisted tradition of "the-show-must-go-on" it was reported that Richard Harris may play Dumbledore yet again in HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN despite his death on Oct. 25. The newspaper said that the producers intend to use digital technology to superimpose Harris's face over Harry Robinson, his stand-in for the first two films. An anonymous insider is quoted saying, "Many hours of footage [of Harris] are currently being scanned to see if the process is viable for the film." The newspaper did not indicate how Harris's voice could be retrieved from the grave. 
    The story had a life cycle of 24 hours. BBC's Web site, CBBC, shot it down. "Warner Brothers told CBBC Newsround this is completely false."
56.I, WILL SMITH 
    Will Smith has signed on to star in a movie based on the Isaac Asimov short story collection I, ROBOT. The movie involves a detective investigating a murder that may've been committed by a robot, even though the first law of robotics insists a robot must not injure a human or allow them to come to any harm. 
    Alex Proyas (THE CROW and DARK CITY) will direct the production, which is slated to go to production in April 2003. Smith will star as a  detective on the case of a crime possibly committed by a robot, despite the fact that robots must follow strict rules of behavior. 
    "The big idea here is that if the robots have found a way to violate the laws, there is nothing to stop them from taking over, even though that seems an impossibility given those three prevailing rules," Hutch Parker, president of 20th Century Fox's film division, said. Parker added that Smith makes for perfect casting. "Putting him in a film with a visualist like Proyas and one of the most indelible pre-awareness titles in SF makes this well worth the five or so years we've invested in the project."
57.INDY GIRLS TO REUNITE 
    Steven Spielberg has released several details about the new INDY IV. He said that the movie will have a supernatural element and that it will take place in the 1950s. Spielberg said. "We have a story. The story's wonderful, but Frank [Darabont's] writing the script right now. Frank and I and George spent weeks together pounding out the story. The story's all pounded out. Now Frank just has to labor through it." 
    Harrison Ford is on board for new movie. For his part, Ford has repeatedly said he would be willing to reprise the role only if the script met his approval. Spielberg said that the new script is written and has been approved, and that he will direct the project himself. 
    Commenting on his star's age Spielberg explained, "You have to understand that Harrison [Ford] is going to be 62 years old when the film [begins production in 2004], so [that's why] we had to push the years into the 1950s." 
    Spielberg also revealed that it was Ford himself who got the ball rolling on development of the sequel. Spielberg said that neither he nor producer George Lucas would otherwise have thought of making another Indy adventure. "Harrison's the one who got George and [me] to do it," the director said. "I was done with the INDIANA JONES series, and Harrison got very proactive with both George and [me] and said, 'I want to play INDY one more time.' So he started this. Blame him." 
   Spielberg said to expect cameo appearances by Indiana Jones' old girlfriends in the upcoming fourth installment in the INDY franchise. "I'd like to get Karen Allen back for one sound bite, and there are other INDY girls who had smaller roles who will come back," Spielberg said. 
    As for INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM's Kate Capshaw, who also happens to be Mrs. Spielberg? "Maybe or maybe not," Spielberg said. "Frank Darabont called me and said, 'I'm not sure we can work her into the script, too.'" 
    Spielberg added, "Sean Connery as Indy's pop will be back for a few scenes, and it's set in the early '50s. That's all I'm saying, and I've already said too much." INDY IV is set to begin shooting in 2004, with an eye to a July 2005 release.
58.TOLKIEN'S EOWYN 
   Miranda Otto, who plays Eowyn in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS said that filmmakers experimented with her character, but ultimately decided to keep her faithful to J.R.R. Tolkien's depiction. "There were a lot of changes made just before I arrived to shoot the main bulk of my stuff," Otto said. "There were different ideas of what they would do with the character. We shot some things that I thought at the time, 'Well, I'm not so sure.' Luckily, a lot of the things I wasn't sure about [director] Pete [Jackson] must have decided he wasn't sure about, too. We never went into [requited love versus unrequited love] with Eowyn and Aragorn [Viggo Mortensen]. I think we tried a few things that made her a little bit more vulnerable and, not comedic, but there were some lighter things for her. We were trying that out. They wanted to see if they could get more of that across from her, but I think in the end we all felt that, from the book, she's not really that sort of character. She's pretty much this headstrong, removed sort of character. I always felt it was important for her to be that way, and she is [now]."
59.ARWEN SAYS ELVISH HAS NOT LEFT THE BUILDING! 
    Liv Tyler, who returned as Arwen in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS said that there's much more Elvish to be heard in the new installment - and she has co-star Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) to thank for it. "A lot of that was so funny, because I would sort of see the scenes before I came down [to the set], and then I'd get there, and Viggo's favorite thing to do was to spring on me the night before that he'd had a long talk with [co-writers] Fran [Walsh] and Peter [Jackson], and he really wanted the whole scene to be in Elvish," Tyler said. "And I love to speak Elvish, but I was just like, 'Argh!' I wanted to kill him, because it always seemed that I had more Elvish to speak when we were doing the scenes than he did. I'm glad he did push that, because it's so great to hear, and it really adds a beautiful quality and depth to their relationship, and to the film in general."
60.AND THE OSCAR GOES TO GOLLUM? 
   The makers of the new THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS are campaigning for an Oscar for one of their stars - even though he's completely computer generated. THE TWO TOWERS producer, Barrie Osborne, and director, Peter Jackson, were so impressed with their animated character Gollum that they believe he deserves recognition in this year's Academy Awards. However, the filmmakers really know that actor Andy Serkis - who voices the skeletal figure - is the one who deserves the credit for making the computer generated role come to life on the big screen. Osborne says, "The performance is really driven by Andy. He deserves a nomination for a Supporting Actor Oscar and we are going to campaign for him to get one." Jackson adds, "Andy create the character. He says the dialogue, he plays the scenes and the computer captures his movement and translates that to the digital version of Gollum."
61.PETER JACKSON KICKS THE HOBBIT 
   Peter Jackson trashed claims that he plans to follow up the fantasy trilogy by making a movie of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel The Hobbit. After finishing work on the THE RETURN OF THE KING, next year many expected Jackson to turn to The Hobbit and make a prequel. Jackson insists he has no plans to return to Middle Earth when the trilogy is completed. He explained, "If I didn't make it, someone else would and I could just pay 12 dollars and  go to the cinema to watch it. I wouldn't have to do all the hard work."
62.WEAVING RE-ENTERS THE MATRIX 
    Hugo Weaving, who reprises his role as Agent Smith in the films THE MATRIX RELOADED and THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS said that the plots were supposed to be top secret. "I thought they were," Weaving said. "And then [producer] Joel Silver invited all of this press over to the set [in Australia] and gave away a few secrets." 
    Weaving, who also portrays Elrond in THE LORD OF THE RINGS, added, "Essentially, there is the journey of Neo [Keanu Reeves] into a greater understanding of himself and how this whole world came about. He has a very strong journey towards truth - his own truth and the truth of the Matrix and the creation of the Matrix. Then there is another strong storyline, which is the attack of Zion by the machines, Zion being the refuge for human beings. Those are the two very strong thrusts of the films, if you like. Smith has become liberated and is in some way pretty much the same character, except that his ego is expanded, and he is in the process of replicating himself. I think the idea was to move forward. There was a 20-minute compilation that we saw about halfway through the shoot of what we'd shot, and it was quite astounding what was put together. I think in terms of breaking new ground, technically certainly, it's moving ahead. The [Wachowski brothers] always thought, 'This is what we want. We can't achieve it. It's impossible to achieve it at this stage, so let's invent something so that we can achieve it.'" THE MATRIX RELOADED opens May 15, 2003. THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS opens Nov. 7, 2003.
63.BEFORE YOU DIE, YOU SEE THE RING Ė AGAIN 
    A sequel to THE RING, which has grossed more than $100 million dollars at the box office, is in the works according to the film's producer, Walter F. Parkes, who also produced MINORITY REPORT and ROAD TO PERDITION. Parkes said that the sequel will be both a prequel and a sequel, like the second GODFATHER film. "THE GODFATHER is the greatest movie ever made, and THE RING is not, but they are both about the creation of a fascinating monster," Parkes said. "You were fascinated at the creation of Michael [and Vito] Corleone, and I think you're fascinated by this little girl Samara and where she came from. For that reason, I thought, like [GODFATHERII], maybe we could look forward and look backwards. So we're trying to make arrangements with [director] Gore [Verbinski] and [writer] Ehren [Kruger], who worked on the first one. We just have to roll up our sleeves and get going on it quickly." 
    The Japanese film on which THE RING was based was followed by both a sequel and a prequel, upon which Parkes hopes to improve in the American counterpart. "They did a prequel and a sequel in Japan, and both of them are very narratively unsatisfying," Parkes said. "What was interesting about THE RING was that it was equal parts conventional Western horror movie and equal parts very particular ambiguous Japanese mystical spiritual experience. But it had enough of both to be very delicious. Now that people know the secret of Samara and know what the videotape does, it's going to be very hard to invent something which is as fresh as the first one, but [that] also carries forward that kind of duality. We're going to try, though." 
    As for whether THE RING breakout star Naomi Watts will return as Rachel Keller, Parkes says, ďI donít know. We have an option for her to do it and Iíd love her to do it, but the star of THE RING is the ring, though sheís also become a star as a result of it. First we have to get the story written.Ē 
    Parkes confessed that he was shocked by the success of the original horror flick and credits its to good old-fashion word of mouth. THE RING is a very interesting case. Ten days before opening, our tracking suggested that no one was going to come, so we not only changed our ad campaign and spent more, we screened the movie 900 times in the week before opening. I canít help but think thatís why [it did so well]. 
    ďIt was movie that people felt compelled to talk about. And the people who loved it adored it. There is a quality of a word-of-mouth movie like that. You canít create it; it has to happen by itself." 
    Parkes hopes to have THE RING 2 in theaters by Oct. 2004.
64.OF SINS AND CALAMARI 
  The supernatural film SIN EATER was puled, virtually at the last minute, from its original January 17 release date. It has been renamed THE ORDER and will move of an as-yet-undetermined later opening, possibly in the late summer. The new title refers to an ancient order of rogue priests who eat food off a corpse in order to take on unforgiven sins and absolve the deceased. Heath Ledger stars. 
    Fox bumped the Brian Helgeland-directed movie after the filmmaker and the studio agreed that the special visual effects needed work. The effects, originally handled by Mill Film in London, are now being done by Asylum in Santa Monica, Calif. The visual effects in question depict sins flying out of the human body. Post-production insiders, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Mill's effects were funny, rather than terrifying. One insider described the exiting sins as "looking like calamari."
65.TREK LOOKS LOW ON DILITHIUM CRYSTALS 
    STAR TREK: NEMESIS opened in a disappointing second place in the box-office rankings, with only about $18.8 million for the three-day period beginning Dec. 13. Paramount had hoped for at least $20 million for the 10th Trek movie's first weekend. Nemesis reportedly cost about $60 million to produce. It's taken in $41,614,360 in US box office five weeks after its release. By contrast, the last Trek movie, STAR TREK: INSURRECTION, opened to $22.1 million in December 1998, and STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT launched with $30.7 million in November 1996. 
    The ad campaign promoting STAR TREK: NEMESIS boldly goes where no other STAR TREK movie tagline has gone before, proclaiming, ďA Generationís Final Journey Begins.Ē Is this really the last weíll see of THE NEXT GENERATION? According to cast members, yes, no and maybe. 
    Patrick Stewart admits that Captain Jean-Luc Picard may well have issued his last order on the big screen. "Itís possible, yes," said Stewart. "But I feel very content. If NEMESIS is our farewell to this particular aspect of the franchise, itís really appropriate. I think the subject of the film and the resolutions are appropriate for bowing out. On the other hand, if itís not, thereís a sequel just waiting to be made." 
    Patrick Stewart said that whether or not Paramount decides to produce another STAR TREK movie, he will not return as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Stewart said, "You never want to outstay your welcome. Just like an athlete, it's horrible to go on when the best is over." Although the NEMESIS episode opened to mixed reviews, Stewart maintained that it was the best STAR TREK movie he had ever done. "I could think of no better way to bow out," he said. 
    Marina Sirtis says that the ad campaign speaks for itself. "Do I think this is the last one? Letís think: ĎA Generationís Final Journey.í Yeah, pretty much. Of course I would [do another movie]. Who is adverse to earning money? Itís the biggest check I get as an actor. We love playing these parts; I donít think any of us would say weíve had a momentís regret about doing this for the last 15 years.Ē She grinned and said, ďBut I was 12 when I started. I just want to add that.Ē 
    Brent Spiner, who plays android Lieutenant Data and also co-wrote NEMESIS, says that while writing the film, he assumed it was their last mission. ďI had that in mind,Ē Spiner nods. ďObviously we donít know - thatís Paramount Picturesí decision and itís based strictly on economics. If this movie does very well, itís likely youíll see us again. If it doesnít, Iím sure weíre done. But in the off chance that this movie doesnít do well, we said, ĎLetís write one that has a feeling of finality.íĒ
66.MOVIE REVIEWERS SET PHASERS ON KILL 
   Several critics appear to regard the 10th  STAR TREK movie as a kind of nemesis, and they're apparently determined to prove that the pen is mightier than the phaser. Many are calling for Paramount to finally pull the plug on the franchise. 
    Joel Siegel commented on Good Morning America: "The effects are so cheesy, the cartoons NASA sent out 30 years ago about space travel looked better than this computer generated animation. This is like early TV - CAPTAIN VIDEO, SPACE PATROL - when they'd shake the camera and throw boxes onto the set to make it look like a crash." 
    Jack Mathews in the New York Daily News carries the same complaint further: "There comes a time when the future looks old, and that's where STAR TREK finds itself on the time-space continuum. The Enterprise crew has been wearing uniforms imagined by designers in the 1960s, upgrading from patterns developed in the Flash Gordon era. Today, they look about as futuristic as Nehru jackets and bell-bottoms." 
    Stephen Hunter in the Washington Post complains about "the sparks." He writes: "For some reason, dating back to the TV years when special effects were hardly advanced and the budgets minuscule, the STAR TREK action sequences all involved sparks falling from pipes. That squalid tradition continues, so that in the oh-so-frequent space and phaser battles, rogue phaser blasts and other rays of destruction always bring showers of sparks raining down. It's like the worst kind of sensible suburban Fourth of July." 
    Still, STAR TREK continues to show that hard-boiled critics can be drawn to its cause. Michael Wilmington in the Chicago Tribune comments. "NEMESIS is a deep-space overachiever that tries to conquer the universe again on a diminished budget and ship-bound settings. It doesn't win every battle . . . [but] the moviemakers here attack us at our weak emotional spots with nostalgia, special effects, coruscating action and auld lang syne."
    Stephen Holden begins his review in the New York Times: "Let's have a small round of applause for good old reliable STAR TREK. Now deep into its fourth decade (if you count its television and screen incarnations) the science-fiction franchise . . .  keeps chugging along inside its own cheerfully nostalgic time warp." 
    Similarly, Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times concludes his review with these words: "Familiarity and continuity are what the success of this series has always been about. We've been here before, and we like the neighborhood."
67.STAR WARS STAMPS RELEASED 
   Australia is releasing a series of limited-edition stamps featuring vehicles and vessels from the STAR WARS saga. The print run will be limited to 10,000 sheets of stamps based on a nominated design. Each sheet comes in a presentation envelope along with 20 sheets of Star Wars letterhead and 10 envelopes. 
    The set is currently available for purchase from the Australia Post Web site. It retails for approximately $21.50 in US dollars.
68.HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN GROWS INTO HIS ROLE 
  STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES' star Hayden Christensen has been told to "beef up" for the next installment of the hit sci-fi franchise. Worried studio bosses fear Christensen, who will transform from Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader for the final episode in the STAR WARS series, is too slight of frame to be a convincingly fearsome part-human, part-robot. An insider says, "Hayden will change physically in this film. He'll be bigger."
69.CLONE WARS REVEALED
   Comic book writer John Ostrander said that upcoming issues of the Dark Horse series Star Wars: Republic will delve into the history of the legendary Clone Wars. "To my mind, this is a pivotal moment in Star Wars lore," Ostrander said. "It has been referred to since the very first STAR WARS  movie came out, suggesting mystery and backstory that has intrigued and fascinated STAR WARS  fans ever since. As we now can see, the Empire has its roots probably here, with the great military buildup." 
    The stories will cover the span between STAR WARS: EPISODE II and STAR WARS: EPISODE III, which begins with the end of the Clone Wars. The cycle will conclude shortly after EPISODE III is released and will lead directly into the comic adaptation of the film. 
    Familiar characters from the films, such as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, will make appearances in the comic, but George Lucas will have final approval on the storyline, Ostrander said. "The fates of certain characters certainly will be decided by George Lucas in the films and we're aware of that," Ostrander said. "It's not all that different from playing with an established franchise character such as Superman or Batman; you know you're never going to kill that character off so, instead, you focus on showing different sides of a given character."
70.WARNER BOSS TALKS SUPERMAN V 
   Alan Horn, president and chief operating officer of Warner Brothers, sought to allay fan fears about the upcoming fifth SUPERMAN movie. Horn responded to fan concerns based on an early draft of the SUPERMAN script that has hit the Web. 
    "I think it's very interesting," Horn said. "I don't think it's annoying. I find it annoying if an embryonic draft of a screenplay gets printed on the Web that only reflects the beginning part of a process. Dealing with the response to that, a lot of the letters and e-mails, is frustrating, because I know that's not the movie we're making. In many cases, the very things that the letter writers were objecting to or concerned about were the very same things that we're concerned about. We don't think Lex Luthor should be an alien, either. And my answer is - and it's all over the Web - we agree with you. He won't be. But I have to shake my head in wonderment that the fan base for these properties is so very large that people take the time to send a six-page e-mail on Superman. That means to me only good things. I can't imagine that the person who sends the six-page e-mail won't go to see the movie." 
    Horn also offered some details about the upcoming production and a proposed BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN film. "We're planning to do the J.J. Abrams screenplay for SUPERMAN, which is an origins story," Horn said. "We feel it's fresh, even though it covers ground that was originally covered by the Dick Donner movie. That was 20-some-odd years ago. We feel that this is fresh, hip, contemporary, moving, funny and loaded with action. [Director] Brett Ratner is extremely well qualified to handle the movie - not only did he handle the lightness and fun of RUSH HOUR, but also the drama and tension of RED DRAGON. He comes to SUPERMAN with this very strong filmography. We had a competing script, BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN. It's very, very good, written by Akiva Goldsman, and we will do it. But I prefer we start with SUPERMAN, the early years, and complement that with a BATMAN origins movie. And I'd like to think that each character will evolve so that when we have BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, the meeting of the two will feel more organic."
71.X2 ENTERS THE HOME STRETCH 
   Tom DeSanto, executive producer of the X-MEN sequel, X2, said that photography has wrapped and the crew is heavy into post-production. "Now, we go into the mad rush of post-production," DeSanto said while in Vancouver, B.C., where the movie was filmed. "We're doing everything from the music and effects to making sure the film kicks ass on May 3," 2003, when it opens. 
    DeSanto added that the sequel will have more action than the first movie. He said his experience on the sequel "was even better than I expected. And to finish the film in the spectacular Canadian Rockies is a great way to end this experience. It's not as cold as it was on the first film." As for a third installment in the Marvel Comics film franchise? "We'll know whether we'll make an X-MEN 3 or not on May 3, 2003," he said. "Hopefully, everyone who wants an X-MEN 3 will show up then."
72.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 
    JANUARY 24: DARKNESS FALLS is a feature based upon a 2001 short film called "The Tooth Fairy" written and directed by this film's screenwriter, Joe Harris. It's also obviously based upon the common myth/folktale about an imaginary being who rewards children who put teeth that fall out under their pillow (I got a quarter; what do kids today get, credit cards?). This is the story of a young man (Chaney Kley) considered "crazy" by most of the people in his small town who helps the little brother of his only friend, his childhood girlfriend (Emma Caulfield, aka "Anya" on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), when the boy is threatened by an evil that dates back centuries, an evil that is the original inspiration for the children's tale of the "tooth fairy." The movie's directed by Jonathan Liebesman (making his feature film debut; he got his start with a 2000 short film - "Genesis and Catastrophe") 
    If this film does even reasonably well (which probably doesn't have to be a huge number, considering the relatively low budget), it's expected that it would be the first in a series of DARKNESS FALLS horror movies. Revolution Studios hopes to license the rights to this movie in time for a video game for release in conjunction to the release, or shortly thereafter. 
    To make matters confusing, there's a Graham Joyce novel, The Tooth Fairy, which is also about a young boy struggling with an evil supernatural force. This movie is NOT based on that novel. That book has been optioned by Radar Pictures. It hasn't started to film yet, but it should be pretty close to this plot. 

    JANUARY 31: FINAL DESTINATION 2 is the story of a bunch of people who meet because of a traffic accident due to a premonition by a freshman in college. What transpires is a rush to save the life of an unborn child with the help of Clear Rivers (Ali Larter) from the first movie. The current movie and the events of the first movie unexpectedly coincide and intertwine to create a bunch of very interesting surprises and revelations about Death and its plans on Earth. The movie's directed by David Ellis (HOMEWARD BOUND II: LOST IN SAN FRANCISCO). The screenwriters are Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber (making their feature debuts; next up is THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, which they are also directing). 
    THE RECRUIT is set at the "secret" CIA training facility called the Farm at Camp Peary in Virginia. A young agent trainee (Colin Farrell) suspects his instructor (Al Pacino) (and others at the Farm) of being a double agent for the Chinese government. The director is Roger Donaldson (NO WAY OUT, COCKTAIL, THIRTEEN DAYS, DANTE'S PEAK, SPECIES). The screenwriter is Kurt Wimmer (EQUILIBRIUM; cowriter of THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, SPHERE). 
    MAY opens in limited release (you might find it at your nearest art house). May (Angela Bettis) is a strange and emotionally disturbed young woman. She was born with a lazy eye. She grew up wearing an eye patch, ostracized from the rest of the kids socially, with only a spooky doll kept in a glass and wood case to keep her company. Moving to Los Angeles, May takes a job working as a veterinary assistant at an animal hospital where she is befriended by the sexy (and lesbian) receptionist, Polly (Anna Faris), with whom she has a brief relationship after a dating experience with an aspiring filmmaker, Adam (Jeremy Sisto) goes darkly (and bloodily) wrong. As this more-than-slightly cracked woman finds her attempts at human connection failing, she becomes more frustrated and violent, lashing out at the world, in a blood-soaked effort to make the perfect friend: a doll made out of human parts. The movie was written and directed by Lucky McKee (co- director and co-writer of 1999's ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE).

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73.VIEWERS SEE RED OVER DISNEY DVD 
   The Walt Disney company has been slapped with the equivalent of a class action suit in Japan by buyers of the DVD version of the animated film SEN TO CHIHIRO NO KAMIKAKUSHI (known as SPIRITED AWAY in the U.S.) who claim that a heavy red tone that infuses the picture ruins it. The lawsuit demands that Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment, which has sold three million copies of the film since July, replace the faulty copies. The company has posted a message on its Japanese site denying that the DVD is defective.
74.IS STARSHIP TROOPERS 2 IN THE WORKS? 
   STARSHIP TROOPERS star Casper Van Dien told fans that a direct-to-video sequel may be in the works. "They may do a SST 2, with [the first film's creature visual effects supervisor Phil] Tippet set to direct," Van Dien said. The film would mark longtime F/X guru Tippett's directorial debut. 
    But Van Dien, who played Johnny Rico in the first movie, added that he hasn't been asked to return. The sequel would star Clancy Brown, who played Sgt. Zim in the first film, Van Dien said. "I talked with Ed Neumeier (the writer)," he added. "It is a confirmed maybe. So far I am not involved in that."
75.CUT SCENES SHINE ON DVD
    Mick Garris, who directed the 1997 ABC TV miniseries based on Stephen King's ghost story THE SHINING, said that we can expect 11 deleted scenes on the DVD version of the movie, including one featuring King himself. The DVD was released from Warner Brothers Home Video on Jan. 7. 
    "We've got 11 deleted scenes that we've put on as a supplement," Garris said. "Some of them are good, some of them are less than good. Probably most notable is a scene we cut out, where Stephen King, as the bandleader, melts down at the stroke of midnight. It's a big makeup-effects gag. So there's a lot of really fun stuff on it." 
    The DVD also features commentaries by King; Garris; star Steven Weber; Garris' wife, Cynthia, who played the Ghost of Room 217; visual-effects supervisor Boyd Shermis; and makeup artist Bill Corso. 
    The DVD will feature the original cut of the five-hour miniseries. "Frankly, if there was a director's cut, it would be a little shorter than it is," Garris said. "But because of television, it's very specific lengths you have to deal with. But I like the way it is now. I would rather have it this way. If anything, I'd shorten part one a little bit."
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76.JANUARY CALENDAR
FRI. 24: MOVIE - DARKNESS FALLS  premeires. 
            TV - PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT debuts on Showtime. 

SAT 25: ICS MEETING 

SUN 26: SUPERBOWL 

MON. 27: TV - VERITAS debuts on ABC. 
            TV - MIRACLES debuts on ABC. 

FRI. 31: MOVIE - FINAL DESTINATION 2 premeires. 
            MOVIE - THE RECRUIT  premeires. 
            MOVIE - MAY premeires.