#61 February 2004
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|FIFTH ANNIVERSARY GALA AT THE SENATOR
On January 24, 2004, 5 years to the day that ICS began at the Enoch Pratt Free library downtown, the club celebrated its fifth anniversary at the Balcony of the Senator Theater with food and favors. The club lucked out with both the weather (no snow!) and the film (RETURN OF THE KING). People mingled and snacked in the outer balcony area which overlooked the Senator’s foyer. And, we had two movie rooms on either side of the balcony level – one was designated “no talking” for serious film watchers and the other was a “talking room” which was relatively quiet save for jokes about the Spiegel catalog mixed with a group rendition of the Banana Splits theme song (you had to be there).
Each attendee also received a favor bag which consisted of an ICS refrigerator magnet, an ICS logo iron-on transfer, a copy of the first ICS files, a movie button and trinkets, and a certificate for the Fifth Anniversary Tribute Tape (see below).
Thanks to the board, Dave Henderson, Joe Plempel, Regina Vallerani, Dave Willard, and Charlie Wittig for organizing and catering! Also, special mention to Neil Wagenfer (and everyone else) who helped with setup and cleanup!
JANUARY MEETING ELECTION
OFFICIAL FIFTH ANNIVERSARY TAPE
WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?
MOVE OVER, JOHN CARPENTER
SOUNDS LIKE AN URBAN LEGEND, BUT IT’S NOT…
THE ANNUAL AUDIT
WELCOME JOHN WARD!
WELCOME JUSTIN PROVEAUX!
LOOK FOR DAVA’S MOVIE REVIEWS
FARPOINT PANEL VOLUNTEERS
ITEM! WE’VE DOUBLED OUR SPACE
SENATOR BALCONY – LET’S DO IT AGAIN!
YANKEE SWAP FALLOUT
ICS PR COMMITTEE
DUES ARE COMING
The following list of people have renewed for 2004.
CALENDARS ARE STILL HERE! PLEASE BUY ONE…
NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING
Due to a fluke of the scheduling calendar,
we actually have two meetings that fall between the Oscar nominations and
the Academy Awards.
|BORG ASSIMILATE VEGAS
Borg Invasion 4D, an interactive entertainment at the Las Vegas Hilton, will open March 18. The multimillion dollar attraction is being billed as the most ambitious 4-D-style ride ever, combining live actors and special effects to create a realistic Star Trek experience.
In Borg Invasion, visitors will tour a futuristic research facility when drones of the Borg Collective attempt to capture and assimilate them using 24th-century cybernetic technology. The attraction features sensory effects choreographed with a 3-D film and a live-action Steadicam stereo shot with real-time 3-D onscreen playback. Visitors will be able to access the attraction at the Hilton via the new Las Vegas monorail.
OLD FRIENDS VISIT ANGEL
FAMILY SQUABBLES ON JOAN
LOVE BOAT ENTERPRISE?
ALIAS’S SLOANE TO BE BUSY GAL
DOCTOR IN THE BUFF
CENTURY EYES NEAR FUTURE
GLOVER AND REEVE TOGETHER AGAIN
TREK MOVES TIME TO HELP SPACE
FURST HELMS DRAGON STORM
|February 13-15: Farpoint
is a Baltimore-based, Science Fiction Media Convention, held each February
Hunt Valley Inn.nbsp We're a Fan-Run, Fan-Friendly Con, with a lot
more to offer than your basic Autographs-And-A-Dealers-Room "
February 13-14: Katsucon is an annual festival of Japanese animation. For our tenth anniversary year, we will return to the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, where we will bring you the latest anime straight from Japan, plus great guests, panels, dealers, cosplay, gaming and much, much more!
February 27-29: Three Days of 3-D,
3-D Film Expo
March 12-14: Secaucus, NJ Super Mega Show - Sci fi toy, comics, collectibles
April of 2004: Johns Hopkins
Film Festival 2004.
May 28-31 2004: BALTICON 38 At
the Wyndham Inner Harbor Hotel.
June 4-6: Moonlight
Rising 2004: A Con for all you Buffy Fans
July 9-11: Shore Leave 26, Hunt Valley, MD
|WARNER BRINGS OUT THE DEAD
Warner Brothers has purchased feature-film rights to Kevin Brockmeier's story "The Brief History of the Dead," which Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn will adapt. Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) is attached to produce with an eye to direct.
"The Brief History of the Dead" ran in the Sept. 8 issue of the New Yorker magazine. The short story is about a blind man who arrives in a new city, telling a story of having traveled across a desert after his death. The other city-dwellers have their own elaborate and remarkable tales of crossing into this strange world, from which inhabitants depart as mysteriously as they entered.
OUR VERY OWN NORMAN
MANGA NEWS MANGA NEWS MANGA NEWS
MANGA NEWS MANGA NEWS
“Fruits Basket” volume 1, published by Tokyopop. Release date 02/10/04,
“Getbackers” volume 1, Release date 02/10/04, SRP 9.99
“Les Bijoux” volume 1, Release date 02/10/04, SRP 9.99
“Kill me Kiss me” volume 1, published by Tokyopop. Release date
02/03/04, SRP 9.99
“AI Love You”, volume 1, published by Tokyopop. Release date 02/03/04,
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.
|TALKING ABOUT SPIDEY 2
J.K. Simmons, who reprises the role of J. Jonah Jameson in the upcoming sequel film SPIDER-MAN 2, said that he gets a bit more to do in the second movie based on Marvel Comics' most famous superhero. "A little more than the first one, I think," Simmons said in an interview. "At least we shot a little more. ... More fun wacky stuff in the office, and I actually even get to step out of the office a couple of times in this one. ... And there's at least one very fun twist involving my character."
As in the first SPIDEY movie, Simmons plays the irritable flat-topped editor of the Daily Bugle and the only man in New York who thinks Spider-Man is a menace to society. "I yell, scream, belittle people," Simmons said. "Be generally curmudgeonly and unpleasant, although, as always, with a heart of gold, really, underneath it all. There's a lot of very funny stuff like we did with the first one. We had a good script to start with, but we also came up with a lot of it on our own, [director] Sam [Raimi] and [star] Tobey [Maguire] and I and the rest of the cast."
But Simmons remained coy about the sequel's top-secret story, which takes place a few years after the events of the first movie and introduces a new villain, Doctor Octopus, played by Alfred Molina. "He's the new bad guy, and he's great," Simmons said. "And Peter Parker's love life gets a little complicated."
EPISODE III HITS MILESTONE
THE BOX – A NEW HORROR
MORPHING IN BUTTERFLY
IS CAMERON RETURNING TO 3 –D SF?
TAKE NOT THE YODA STATUE, YES?
EPISODE III ENDS IT ALL
INDY IV ON IT WAY!
CAT SCRATCH FEVER?
STARS BONE UP FOR POTTER IV
KING CONQUERS GLOBES
"All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you."-Gandalf
"I am Gandalf the White and I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide."-Gandalf
"Your friends are with you, Aragorn."-Legolas
"There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And, it's worth fighting for."-Sam
"I am on nobody's side because nobody is on my side."-Treebeard.
DAVA’S MOVIE DELVINGS
There is almost nothing more refreshing, from a cinematic
standpoint, than having an old tale told with a new twist. Remakes are
almost never as good as the originals. However, it is always fun to see
the story laid out through someone else's view.
|February 6th THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA
Coloring: Black & White Watch the Trailer: Apple.com Sound: Mono (yes, really)
Cast: Larry Blamire (Dr. Paul Armstrong), Fay Masterson (Betty Armstrong), Brian Howe (Dr. Roger Fleming), Jennifer Blaire (Animala), Andrew Parks (Kro-Bar), Susan McConnell (Lattis), Dan Conroy (Ranger Brad), Darren Reed (The Mutant)
Premise: As an homage to the ultra-low-budget, drive-in-friendly, science fiction movies of the 1950s and early 1960s (think the sort of movies spoofed on MST3K), this is the unlikely story of a meteor shower that deposits an ore called "atmosphereum" in the hills outside Los Angeles in 1961.
It is attracting the scientific interest of a heroic scientist who hopes to use the scientific value of the ore for his science project (redundancy intended), and whose wife joins him on the expedition. What he soon finds out is that a pair of aliens (from the planet Marva in outer space!) that need the atmosphereum as fuel for their spaceship.
Also in the area is an evil scientist exploring the mysterious Cadavra Cave. Which reportedly is home to the legendary Lost Skeleton. He discovers he also needs the atmosphereum to revive the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra; and along the way, he uses the Marvan's transmutatron ray to meld four local animals into a beautiful mate for himself...
February 13th ROBOT STORIES
March 5th HILDAGO
Rated pg 13
March 12th SECRET GARDEN
|SOUNDS LIKE AN ICS DVD FOR SURE!!
Making a return engagement in 2004 is Universal Studios Home Video's highly-acclaimed Classic Monsters Collections, which will be reissued in new special repackaged versions.
These multi-flick packs will drop many of the extras found on the previous versions, but will include multiple titles and offer plenty of bang for the buck regardless. First up on April 27th will be the two-disc FRANKENSTEIN: The Legacy Collection, featuring the original Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Ghost of Frankenstein and House of Frankenstein. Each is presented in their original 4:3 full screen aspect ratios and Dolby mono, and no major extras. Retail will be $26.95.
DO THE REVOLUTION
BLOODY GOOD SHOW
COMIC BOOK THE MOVIE – ON DVD
MEMORIES, released by Columbia/tri-star entertainment, 02/24/04. SRP
KIDDY GRADE, volume 1/8. Released by Funimation, 02/10/04. SRP 24.98
YUKIKAZE, volume 1/2. Released by Bandai, 02/17/04. SRP 29.98
KINO’S JOURNEY, volume 1/4. Released by ADV Films, 02/24/04. SRP 29.98
HAPPY LESSON, volume 1. Released by ADV Films, 02/03/04. SRP 29.98
Other anime DVD releases for February- some of these may have limited edition pack-ins included. The companies do not usually provide these details prior to the release, (which is strange, because they could probably increase their pre-order numbers if they did). With Bandai releases, it’s hard to say, the pack-ins are never listed on the case of the DVD, but if they do exist, they are usually included with the entire first pressing. Geneon items are more scarce, but usually marked with a sticker on the outside indicating an LE’s presence. But that is no guarantee, as HAIBANE RENMEI volume 2 and most of the VANDREAD DVDs will prove. It’s hit or miss.
|Worried about getting “caught” up in the
music downloading controversy???
The court battles rage on in the between the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and several software companies that make Peer to Peer (P2P) software. P2P software is the stuff that allows users to download almost any kind of files from other participating users….files like music MP3s.
For those of you who have had your head in the sand for the past months, the RIAA had subpoenaed the server logs of ISPs like Verizon online to search for folks who’ve used services like Kazaa and Grokster to download copyrighted music from other online users. What the RIAA wants for now are the really large scale operators, people who download hundreds and thousands of copyrighted music. There is now a court order preventing the RIAA from doing this.
Now what can you do to protect yourself if you still want to download music? First of all, be forewarned that this is a huge legal gray area. The following is information to assist folks who do not like the idea of the RIAA snooping around in your computer. It is not meant to support the act of illegally downloading copyrighted material.
But there are ways that are available to limit the chances of getting hassled by the RIAA in the future. An important resource is The Electronic Frontier Foundation (http://www.eff.org/) which is a watchdog group protecting your rights on the internet. They also have an interesting article called “How not to get sued by the RIAA for file sharing”.
If you really want to protect yourself and still want to “share” files on the internet, there are several options available. One option is to use a version of Kazaa Lite called “Kazaa Lite K+ +”, which has several features that make your downloading experience better and safer by:
1. Eliminating spyware, adware, pop-ups, & banner ads (previous version had these)
2. Most important: Blocking of RIAA and other organizations (by using a list of 'bad' IP Ranges).
A second option to protect yourself : Block the RIAA
PeerGuardian is a free program that hides your file sharing from known RIAA informants. It’s not full proof, but if interested,
The best bet about file sharing services: if in doubt, do the reaseach and make an informed decision by looking at sites like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (http://www.eff.org/).
Hollywood loves DVD
the dancer famous for her long legs and tap-dancing speed, has died in
Los Angeles. She was 81.
Miller danced alongside legends Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in films in the late 1940s and early '50s, including EASTER PARADE, ON THE TOWN and KISS ME KATE.
Other of her movies included STAGE DOOR, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM, THE THRILL OF BRAZIL, THE KISSING BANDIT, LOVELY TO LOOK AT, SMALL TOWN GIRL, DEEP IN MY HEART, HIT THE DECK and THE OPPOSITE SEX.
the last surviving member of the Dead End Kids, the on-screen hooligans
featured in numerous films in the 1930s and '40s, has died.
leading lady and supporting player who played in films opposite Cary Grant,
Robert Taylor, Van Johnson and Dick Powell has died at 79.
renowned for her signature Broadway turn as Martha, in Edward Albee's classic
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, has died. She was also known as a legendary
teacher, who along with her second husband, Herbert Berghof nurtured dozens
of future stars at Manhattan's HB Studio. The school's alumni roster reads
like a thespian hall of fame, including Jack Lemmon, Jason Robards, Hal
Holbrook, Candice Bergen, Lily Tomlin, Geraldine Page, Stockard Channing,
Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Matthew Broderick. She was 84.
a stage and film actor who rode the wave of blaxploitation movies by starring
as Youngblood Priest, the long-haired, ultra-hip pusher in the 1972 hit
SUPERFLY, has died. O'Neal's time in the limelight was short-lived.
SUPERFLY T.N.T. the inevitable 1973 sequel that he starred
in and directed, fared poorly at the box office. By the late '70s, the
blaxploitation genre had faded and so had O'Neal's film career. Among O'NeaI's
post-SUPERFLY credits were THE MASTER GUNFIGHTER, WHEN A STRANGER CALLS,
A FORCE OF ONE, RED DAWN, HYPER SPACE and ORIGINAL GANGSTAS. He was 66.
legendary and influential Hollywood producer, literary and talent agent
has died at age 88. He was instrumental in bringing more than 250 motion
pictures to the screen over four decades. He produced 8 films for Herbert
Ross, 4 for John Houston,
Science Fiction author, Jack
Cady, has passed away at age 71. The winner
of the Nebula, Phillip K. Dick, World Fantasy and Bram Stoker awards, Cady
published 14 novels and short fiction collections. His best known works
included The Haunting of Hood Canal, The Night We Buried Road Dog, The
Off Season and Street: A Novel.
by John Ward
The Academy Awards have always been a particular passion of mine.
I can’t explain all of it, but I’m sure it has something to do with my
love for movies, my enjoyment of film history, and other connections to
lists, contests, and underdogs. I know it doesn’t have a thing to
do with what anyone’s wearing (or baring), unless you count J Lo in that
dress, and come to think of it, wasn’t that the Grammys?
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
ANIMATED SHORT FILM
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
If you go by my picks, then ROTK will win in a landslide, with
10 awards. Double-digit awards are almost unheard of, and I cringe
to think this film has the Academy support to reach TITANIC heights.
So there’s probably an upset or two lurking out there somewhere.
Who knows? One thing: I’m glad they shortened the Oscar campaign
season to a measly month, because I don’t think I could take the suspense
of waiting an extra four weeks.