#58 November 2003
JUST READ ALL THE CLUB NEWS
A Letter to the Editor
MONTHLY ICS PRESENTATION
POTTERS PARTS AUCTIONED
STAR WARS FANS TO HOPE –VII- IX?
SHRINKING GROWS IN MARCH
WHO IS THAT SUPERMAN?
|OCTOBER MEETING BEGINS WITH A FEAST
Our meeting began with the fourth annual ICS Halloween Potluck. The counters were overflowing with salads, warm entrees and desserts. Thanks to all who contributed – we appreciate the time and effort you took in preparing and sharing with the club!
OCTOBER MEETING PART 2 – OTAKU-STANDING PRESENTATION
OCTOBER MEETING PART 3 – AN ALL NIGHT RECORD
WELCOME TERRI WARD
WELCOME PATRICIA SMITH
HISTORICAL TAPES – GOT ANY? WANNA BE IN ONE?
CALENDARS ARE HERE
NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING – EARLY START AND 2ND TO LAST SATURDAY
Please note that we are meeting on the 22nd, which is not the last Saturday of the month – it is the weekend before Thanksgiving. And we are starting at 5 p.m. for the auction.
AUCTION GOODS NEEDED FOR NOVEMBER!
NOVEMBER PRESENTATION – THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR GIALLO
YANKEE SWAP ON THE HORIZON
ICS ANNIVERSARY BASH AT THE SENATOR
The attendance list is:
This is just a reminder that dues expire on New Year's Day. It will be time to pony up for the coming year. Individuals are $25. Couples are $40. Extra family members who reside at the same address are $15 each added the primary membership. We hope that you decide to join us for an exciting year ahead.
The following list of people have renewed for 2004. If you are not listed, please see Regina.
ELECTIONS ARE COMING
And a new addition to the ICSfiles-
Subj: The (not so last) Ward...
I only just now read John Ward's recent
article about Star Trek, and I must admit that I was impressed with its
sincerity. Here I was expecting a no-holds-barred tirade against all things
Trek, for which I was duty-bound to refute, but instead I read about a
man who had this great love for Star Trek...and then the feeling went away.
OCTOBER MOVIE PRESENTATION: UNDERSTANDING ANIME
In understanding anime, it helps to understand Japanese
concepts of art and entertainment. One of the most important concepts
is that the picture extends beyond the frame. In a painting, we may
only see the house and the garden, but that doesn’t mean the homeowner
has no neighbors. This concept is reflected throughout Japanese film--
anyone familiar with Japanese movies notices that occasionally weird stuff
happens with no explanation whatever.
And from the fiendish mind of Barry Murphy - Movie Ad Lines
The Terror Of The Monster Rabbits - Out To Destroy Everything In Their
Path . . Dynamite Won't Stop The Hopping Of These Giants.
The Cats Are Hungry . . . .Run For Your Lives!
It's Roots Reaching Down To The Dead!
|ANGEL GETS CORDELIA BACK?
Joss Whedon, co-creator of The WB's vampire series ANGEL, said that he hopes to bring back former regular cast member Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) sometime this season, even if it's just to wrap up her character's story. Carpenter left the show at the end of last season, the show's fourth, and her character was left lying in a coma.
"We definitely want to see Charisma again," Whedon says "She has an important part to play this season to bring some closure." If things work out, there's a chance viewers could see Cordelia around the midway point of the season.
Whedon was less sanguine about a guest appearance by Sarah Michelle Gellar, the former star of BUFFY, which spawned ANGEL. "I'm not banking on it," Whedon said.
Meanwhile, ANGEL co-star Alexis Denisof (Wesley) said that he's hopeful that his new wife, Alyson Hannigan, will appear on the show as Willow. "I hope they can talk her into it," Denisof said. "I'll certainly be trying to talk her into it."
WB GETS LOST
FIREFLY FINDS A NEW HOME ON DVD
TEEN WOLF TO HOWL ON UPN
TAKEN TEAM REUNITES
ELECTRA TOPS MONSTER ISLAND
"I bring you a warning . . . .
|UCSC GETS HEINLEIN BEQUEST
The University of California, Santa Cruz's archive of science fiction writer Robert Heinlein received a gift of materials and cash from the estate of Heinlein's late widow valued at $300,000. The latest acquisition includes all of his honors and tributes, including his four Hugo awards, plus artwork and other memorabilia, as well as his extensive working and personal libraries, the site reported.
The donation was accompanied by a grant to establish the position of a Heinlein Scholar at the campus, who will work to organize, document and promote the scholarly use of the archive, housed in the University Library's Special Collections since 1968, the site reported.
William H. Patterson Jr. has been selected by UC Santa Cruz as the campus Heinlein Scholar for 2003-'04. He is founder of the Heinlein Society, a nonprofit educational charity that is dedicated to promoting Heinlein's social legacy, the site reported. Patterson is also the editor/publisher of The Heinlein Journal and co-author of The Martian Named Smith, a critical study of Heinlein's novel Stranger in a Strange Land.
JEDI TRIAL FILLS IN THE GAP
PHENOMENA IS LAUNCHED
Book review by Jeanne Garden -
Hacker Cracker by Ejovi Nuwhere
This book is divided into 3 parts and you don't have to
be a computer geek to understand most of it. The first 100 pages or so
is dedicated to a poor black boy growing up near the projects in Brooklyn.
How dangerous it can be. Also comparing himself to how poor they have in
the projects and that at least he has a loving extended family. Through
the book, it talks about his depression because of his lack of a father
and his mother’s battle with AIDS.
And a Book review by Betsy Childs
SCREAM QUEEN by Edo Van Belkom
This was a book made to be a movie if ever there was one.
A great plot with some odd twists building up and then plummeted three
quarters of the way into it to finish with a kind of blaise ending.
The book follows the making of a horror reality show. Spend one night
in a haunted house. Really haunted. And the vengeful spirits
of tortured victims that are ready for human interaction. Ha ha,
If any ICS members would like to share their view on a recent book that they’ve read – fiction or non-fiction, please email it attn betsy at ICSBETSPOTS@aol.com.
|PUNISHER WRAPS IT UP
On Oct. 15 came the wrap of principal photography on THE PUNISHER, a feature-film adaptation of the Marvel Comics series about a vigilante. The film shot for 11 weeks on location in Tampa, Fla.
THE PUNISHER stars Thomas Jane, John Travolta and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, with a supporting cast that includes Roy Scheider, Samantha Mathis, Laura Harring, Will Patton, Ben Foster, and James Carpinello. In the comic, The Punisher is known for the skull logo on his chest. He became a vigilante against crime when he lost his family to the mob. This movie marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh (Armageddon) and will be released in on April 16, 2004.
ARENT YOU SPECIAL? GOT LOTR MARATHON TICKETS?
LUCAS FIRES UP STEALTH
GAYE EXPANDS MATRIX ROLE
BRITISH HEARTTHROB TO REIGN AS ARTHUR
POTTERS PARTS AUCTIONED
STAR WARS FANS TO HOPE –VII- IX?
SHRINKING GROWS IN MARCH
WHO IS THAT SUPERMAN?
|COLLECTIBLES CORNER by Gary Psyched about the New season
of 24 Roberson
From the Here We Go Again Department
- In the DVD section of the I.C.S. Film Forum, I had mentioned a set available
containing 8 of the classic Universal Monster films, since they're almost
impossible to find anymore, but if you don't read the forum, you may have
missed out on a really good deal, from www.diabolikdvd.com . It's
the UNIVERSAL MONSTERS COFFIN BOX SET.
From the Back to the Shire Department.
From the You, Too, Can Have More Fun than Billy
Bob Thornton! Department. How would you like to have
a set of 6 1/2" Angelina Jolies on your shelf? From www.monstersdirect.com
there's the action figures from LARA CROFT AND THE CRADLE OF LIFE!
From the Speaking of Cheesy Science Fiction
|SOMEDAY’S DREAMERS volume 1, released by Geneon, 11/11/03. SRP 29.98,
special edition (with collector’s box) 39.98
It’s seems like a slice-of-life anime, except some people can use magic. But in this world, magic users are not too uncommon. Yume is one of these people, and she has reached the age of apprenticeship, so off she goes to Tokyo to live with the wizard Oyamada. It’s basically meant to be just a sweet simple show that follows a young girl as she learns new things and grows up.
This originally had a different Japanese title- MAHOU TSUKAI NO TAISETSUNA
NA KOTO, which seems to translate to “things that are important to magicians”, but even in the Japanese logo the words “Someday’s Dreamers” can be seen. Perhaps the influence of American licensers is getting stronger? Anyway, it’s only 12 episodes long, so it will be released on 3 discs.
LAST EXILE volume 1, released by Geneon, 11/18/03. SRP 29.98 (disc only),
39.98 (with box), 49.98 (Special limited edition)
LICENSCED BY ROYALTY (L/R) volume 1, released by Geneon, 11/25/03. SRP
29.98, 35.98 (with box)
|Veteran actress Florence Stanley, who was
probably best known for playing Det. Phil
Fish's wife, Bernice on BARNEY MILLER and FISH, died Oct. 3 in Los Angeles. She
Born in Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University, the gravely voiced Stanley began her career on Broadway. Her films include OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE, THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVE. and ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE. She also appeared as a regular or guest on many other television series including as the voice of Sobbing Josette on DARK SHADOWS.
Bernard Schwartz, film producer, has died
at age 85. Schwartz was best known for his biopic of country singing star
Loretta Lynn in the 1980 COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER.
Jack Elam, a character actor and favorite
Western bad-guy who menaced the good-guy cowboys with his crazy grin, wild
eyes and malevolent gunslinging, has died.
Janice Rule, dancer-turned-actress who appeared
in Broadway plays, movies and as a guest star on popular television series
through the 1950s and '60s, has died. She was 72.
Guy Rolfe, actor, gaunt leading man in the
heyday of the British screen who later became a star of cult horror movies
has died, he was 91 years old.
Harry Clement Stubbs, better known to science
fiction readers as Hal Clement, has died at age 81. He was born in
Somerville, Massachusetts and grew up in the Boston area. He received degrees
from Harvard, Boston University and Simmons College.
by John Ward
It is a commonly held belief that 1939 was the greatest year in
movie history, in terms of overall quality. A quick look back at
the titles, and one is hard-pressed to dispute the claim: MR. SMITH
GOES TO WASHINGTON, GONE WITH THE WIND, THE WIZARD OF OZ, STAGECOACH, NINOTCHKA,
DESTRY RIDES AGAIN, GOODBYE MR. CHIPS… The list goes on and on.
We’ll begin with the big guns. The classic genre product
of 1939, and arguably the greatest fantasy film ever made (until short
stumpy guys with hairy feet started popping up around New Zealand), had
to be THE WIZARD OF OZ. The tale of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, et al.
remains burned into our collective consciousness. The film was such
an annual event in my house growing up that, to this day, whenever I see
it on tape or DVD, I know instantly when the commercial breaks would fall.
The first one, for example, comes just when Dorothy leaves Professor Marvel’s
campfire as the winds start to pick up, and the old guy goes, “Poor kid,
I hope she makes it home all right…”
|ICS CALENDER –the Month in review
Nov 22nd – the ICS meeting.
Come early and be prepared for ICS auction.
TCM MOVIE SCHEDULE FOR ICS MEMBERS
(movies of our favorite genres)