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Jim Childs took center stage in his custom made toga and laurel
wreath and discussed the history of the toga. The toga is a simple
garment, which can be draped over the shoulder, but was also an item that
demanded honor and respect. The color of the toga denoted a Roman
citizen’s social status. The most coveted toga colors were the green
and red striped “Gucci” pattern. Women were not allowed to wear togas.
The popularity of the toga faded when the armored mini-skirt/helmet fad
swept the fashion world.
Following the presentation, Jim gave out door prizes – movie
T-shirts, hats, posters and laurel wreaths.
Thanks for the show, Jim! It was lots of fun!!
Hope you are feeling better!
LIFE OF BWIAN
Once again, the movie vote was tied, but one vote was all it
took to push LIFE OF BRIAN in the lead ahead of HISTORY OF THE WORLD, VOL
1. This Monty Python film was about a lad named Brian who grew up
the same as Jesus Christ did. Of course, the Pythons, irreverent
as ever, skewered Romans, prophets and space aliens. Those
who had seen the film several times laughed along with those who were viewing
this cult classic for the first time.
NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING
*** NOT THE LAST SATURDAY!!! NOT THE LAST SATURDAY!!!***
Our next meeting will be held on Saturday March 19th 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 Dave Willard’s cell phone. He'll
talk you in.
While we’re hailing Caesar, how about one
for John Ward, who’s served as food coordinator for the past 4 months and
another hail for Barry Murphy who will be filling John’s shoes, taking
names and kicking butt as the new food co-ordinator.
Thanks for handling this thankless job for so long, John! And
thanks Barry for stepping up to help the club with this new responsibility!
TSUNAMI RELIEF - UPDATE
The ICS is having a pledge drive from now until May to collect funds
to donate to the Save The Children Tsunami relief charity. There
will be a cigar box at the March, April and May meetings where donations
may be dropped. We are accepting checks made out to “Save the Children”
(put "Tsunami Relief" in the memo line). Your cancelled check is
your receipt if you want to include it as a 2005 charitable donation.
Save the Children told us that they will also try to send individual receipts
to those who send checks. We are also accepting cash in the cigar
box and paypal over the net (to ICSFILM@HOTMAIL.COM). Regina can
provide a receipt for any cash or paypal donations, but we do not know
if the IRS will accept an ICS receipt as proof of a charitable donation.
If you’d like to donate, but cannot attend a meeting, please send checks
payable to “Save the Children”/memo line “Tsunami Relief” to:
1 E Chase St Apt 405
Baltimore, MD 21202
We will hold all donations until after the May meeting. Then,
we will bundle your individual checks and write a check from the ICS checking
acct for cash/paypal donations and send them to Save the Children on behalf
Joe Plempel has generously agreed to match up to $1000 of funds donated
by club members. Thanks, Joe!
BONE MARROW DONATIONS – ANOTHER REMINDER
Sue Feder spoke to us about a new initiative
for bone marrow donation sponsored by John Hopkins. You may have finally
come to terms with your childhood fantasy - your dream of becoming a superhero
may never come to pass. But, that doesn't mean that you can't be
a real-life hero. A little discomfort on your part might mean someone
gets to spend a lifetime with their family that otherwise would have been
denied to them.
The Fifth Annual Type for Life Marrow Registration Drive
Monday, March 8. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Broadway
Tuesday, March 9. School of Nursing, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Carpenter Room
Wednesday, March 10. School of Public Health, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Anna
Thursday, March 11. School of Medicine, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 113 Preclinical
Friday, March 12. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Broadway
Registration requires a driver's license and the addresses and phone
numbers of two contacts not living with registrant. Those typed previously
may update contact information at 410-955-6347.
For more information, e-mail LeonC@jhu.edu, call 410-502-7716 or go
It looks like we're going to be participating in the Horrorfind
convention from August 19-21. We'll need folks to staff the table. We will
be passing out a list to see who’s interested in helping out and who can
confirm to a time.
We will also be collecting movies to sell at Horrorfind.
No books or collectible figures or toys, please. Those items are
harder to sell and take up more space. Again, movies only please.
MONTH OF THREE WILL BRING QT
Donna Burke, who last shared her life-long love for Christopher
Lee with us, turns to director Quentin Tarantino for her March presentation
and movie. WARNING: whichever film we choose to watch is bound to
be a hard ‘R’ rated film. Please use discretion in bringing any impressionable
youngsters or easily offended adults as guests to this meeting.
2006 CALENDAR NEWS
For 2006, we are trying a new approach with the Calendar theme
– call it Pot Luck. The months and front and back covers are for
sale to members for a fee. If you decide to purchase a month, you
must provide a movie still by the August meeting (nothing objectionable
please – some calendars are kept in places where young, impressionable
children can see them). You will get credit on the calendar for that
month. The Front Cover, and months March, June, September and December
are $15 and are color months. The back cover and remaining months
are $10 each and will be printed in black and white. Here is the
current month status:
JANUARY Dave Willard
FEBRUARY John Ward
MARCH Steve Vaught
JUNE Lisa Schilling
SEPTEMBER Andrew Kent
NOVEMBER Jim & Betsy Childs
DECEMBER Masked Auctioneer & Minimum Bid Kid
BACK COVER Sue Feder
2005 Calendars are still available for those who have reserved
them. See Regina at the next meeting to pick up yours.
CALENDARS FOR 2007:
We caught a lucky break for 2007. The very talented
artist, FRANK DIETZ, has allowed us to use his images for our 2007 calendar,
gratis (as long as they don't wind up on e-Bay). If you'd like to see a
sample of his amazing art go to http://www.sketchythings.com/
It’s time to renew your dues. The Cost is $25 per person
or $40 per couple. Family memberships are available at $25 for the
initial family member and $15 each for the second to nth family member.
Dues can be paid in one of the following 3 ways:
Cash or Check to Regina at a meeting
Mail a check to Regina at:
1 E CHASE ST APT 405
BALTIMORE, MD 21202
Via Paypal to ICSFILM@HOTMAIL.COM. There is a Paypal link from
the ICS Website (WWW.ICSFILM.NET).
This is the list of people who have paid their dues. If
you have paid your dues, but are not on this list, please contact Regina
at RVALLER107@HOTMAIL.COM to correct the omission.
Sue Ellen Sherblom
John Ward (son)
SO YOU WANT MORE ICS? BE A PART OF THE ICS MESSAGE BOARD!
What a wonderful club we have, meeting people that are
interested in some of the same things you are – movies, TV shows and then
willing to talk about them ad nauseaum!
Well, it doesn’t have to be just once a month either!
Come to the ICS message board and join up, then you can
stop in, read and comment on the threads or create your own – the ICS message
boards can be a fun daily addiction.
The Message board is a great way to talk about movies
you have just seen or tv shows that are on or DVD’s you have picked up
and want to share with others and just can’t wait until the meeting to
It is divided into sections for TV & Movie talk, DVD
talk and then just General discussion where we can bring up anything. We
have a lot of laughs and want to encourage our members to join up- the
more the merrier!
Charlie was even nice enough to write up some instructions
on ‘how to join up’ for anyone slightly befuddled. It is pretty easy
and once you are a member there you can log in at any time and read the
message board and share your views.
ICS Forum Registration Instructions
1. Go to our website, www.icsfilm.net and then up at the top, click
on ICS forum box. This takes you right to the forum page. On the ICS Forum
page, look for the link in the upper right under the picture that says:
Register Your Free Account (Required). Click it.
2. Choose Global Account if you want to use other Ezboard forums.
Choose Local Account if you just plan to use the ICS Forum. You will
probably have a better chance to pick the user name you want using the
Local Account option.
3. Type in the desired user name, password, and retype the password.
Pick a “secret question” which will help if you forget your password.
Fill out the rest of the profile information then submit the application.
4. If you get a page that has “Free Sponsors” with check boxes, click
the “No thanks” link on the bottom right side of the page. You will be
5. Check your email for a validation message that reads something like
Your ezboard User Account is ready!
To validate your free ezboard.com account, please click
on the URL below. You will also receive a second email
with your User Name and Password once you are validated.
6. Follow the instructions for the validation link and you will be
registered. You’ll also get another email with information like your
user name and password. Just remember, that if you have a GLOBAL
account, you only have to type in the user name. If you have a LOCAL
account, you have to type in the user name followed by @theicsmessageboard
If you need help, email Charlie Wittig at firstname.lastname@example.org
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MCMAHON’S RETURN IS CHARMED
Julian McMahon, who will reprise the role of Cole in an upcoming episode
of The WB's CHARMED, told SCI FI Wire that his reappearance bookends his
involvement with the show. "I loved working on the show," McMahon (Fantastic
Four) said. "And I love playing that character. And the show and the show
runners and that character really kind of gave me a lot as far as an actor
is concerned. And I feel like where I'm at now is really attributed to
what they allowed me to do on CHARMED. ... And so for me going [back] is
McMahon returns as Cole Turner, the half-human/half-demon
ex-husband of Phoebe Halliwell (Alyssa Milano). Though Cole died in an
earlier episode, his spirit will meet Piper's (Holly Marie Combs) in the
cosmic space between life and death, where he will help reunite her with
Leo (Brian Krause.
Since leaving CHARMED, McMahon has gained fame as one
of the stars of F/X's NIP/TUCK and will soon appear as the villainous Dr.
Doom in the upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR movie.
But there is a certain symmetry to his guest appearance
on the show where he first got noticed, he said. "It's their 150th episode,"
he said. "I was killed in the 100th, and I come back in the 150th. I'll
go back for the 200th if they have one. And if I was asked. But, you know,
it was just ... a great character to play. It was great fun going back
and [filling] those shoes again. It really was." The 150th episode, "The
Seven Year Witch," is slated to air in April.
4400 GEARS UP FOR YEAR 2
USA Network's highly rated SF series THE 4400 will begin
production on its second season soon and returns to the cable network in
June. The show, about 4,400 people presumed missing or dead who return
to Earth looking exactly as they did when they disappeared, is scheduled
to premiere June 5.
When it comes back, THE 4400 will pick up six months after
the events of the first season, with Homeland Security agent Tom Baldwin
(Joel Gretsch) having been reinstated to his job and continuing to investigate
the returnees with partner Diana Skouris (Jacqueline McKenzie).
Other cast members returning for the show's second season
include Patrick Flueger (Shawn Farrell), Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (Richard
Tyler), Laura Allen (Lily Moore), Chad Faust (Kyle) and Conchita Campbell
SCIENCE MADE DRAGONS REAL
Charlie Foley, creator of the upcoming Animal Planet documentary
DRAGONS: A FANTASY MADE REAL, said that the program applies scientific
fact to suggest how the mythological beasts might have lived throughout
history. "This is something that the special definitely tries to honor,
rather than just being [a] pure flight of fancy," Foley said. "Everything
that we imagine in each of the dragons is inspired by something that is
real biology or real behavior or real natural history."
Foley said the biggest obstacle was understanding how
dragons might have survived the Cretaceous Tertiary extinction, or "KT
event," that wiped out almost all life on Earth 65 million years ago. "In
the KT event, the big animals that actually made it out alive were the
ones that were marine or aquatic or otherwise escaped through the sea,"
Foley said. "So we're telling the story of dragons who were contemporaries
of the dinosaurs. That's really the only way that they would have made
it out, and so nature kind of led us along the way all the way."
Foley said that the producers of the show approached the
animals from a biological, rather than fictional, perspective. "Even though
we're telling one of humankind's oldest stories, the way that we are doing
it is that we are imagining them as real animals, and our guide throughout
the process has been real natural history.
“Kevin [Mohs] and I have worked at Animal Planet for a
while and have worked on natural history documentaries before that, so
we have a lot of interest [in] that area of the natural world, and we brought
in scientific advisors as well who helped us come to a vision of what these
animals would be like, how they would have to have behaved, and then, really,
actually it gave a real identity to each of the animals, because we knew
we had to honor that nature that we wanted to incorporate into it."
TREK FANS CLAIM BIG PLEDGE
Fans of UPN's soon-to-be-canceled STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE formally announced
that three anonymous contributors have pledged $3 million to a fund to
finance a proposed fifth season of the show. The TrekUnited.com Web site
reported that the promised contribution will come from "investors" in "the
commercial space flight industry."
The fan group also published a statement from the prospective
donors, which read in part: "We ... would like to testify that at least
one out of two of all the actual entrepreneurs involved in this industry
has been inspired by STAR TREK, and we are not only good at watching TV
sci-fi , we are also good at writing checks. Big checks. "
TrekUnited said that money raised will be used for "anything
that will guarantee a fifth season of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE." Fans have
previously estimated that it would cost about $36 million to outright finance
a fifth season of the show.
GALACTICA RETURNS THIS SUMMER
SCI FI Channel announced that the second season of its hit original
series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA will premiere this summer, with 20 new episodes.
The channel added that the entire ensemble cast will return for season
two, including Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie
Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park. Also resuming their
roles are executive producer and writer Ronald D. Moore and executive producer
GALACTICA will resume production in Vancouver, B.C., in
March and will again anchor the channel's SCI FI Friday block of prime-time
The series, which premiered on Jan. 14, has been averaging
over 3 million viewers per episode and has quickly become SCI FI's highest-rated
original series and has received unprecedented critical acclaim. GALACTICA
airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET, part of the channel's successful SCI FI Friday
lineup, which also includes STARGATE SG-1 ATLANTIS. GALACTICA ends
its first season with a finale episode on April 1.
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Babylon 5 Movie Has Dead Ended
In December, there were reports that Steven Beck was going to
direct a big screen adaptation of the popular sci-fi TV series Babylon
5 starting in April. The movie, titled The Memory of Shadows, was intended
for theatrical release and was written by series creator J. Michael Straczynski.
Now, Straczynski has revealed that the project won't be happening. Here’s
a portion of his statement on the matter:
“In the end, however, the deal could [not] be put together, and
it did not look as if that was going to change at any point in the foreseeable
future. So the option has reverted, and to all intents and purposes, the
project has dead ended. Nor do I think this particular incarnation will
arise again at any point in the future, though prognostication has always
been a tricky art, especially if you have to do it without the benefit
Mike Werb on Tekken & Face/Off 2
Screenwriter Mike Werb recently confirmed that footballer Brian
White is in talks for a lead role in the big screen adaptation of video
"You can't go too far off the map when you're working with a
film that’s source material is a computer game. The idea here is to make
a realistic movie out of an unrealistic stencil," says Werb. "You get guys
like White, and whoever else, and suddenly you've got people that look
like they belong in the world...What we hope to do with Tekken is to entertain
both those who have played the game, and those that haven't - there's got
to be more than effects and skirmishes on screen to hold an audience".
Werb has also had talks with director John Woo about writing
a follow-up to 1997's hit action-thriller Face/Off, which starred John
Travolta and Nicolas Cage. "Initially, it was just a similar idea, then
we decided we might as well make it a sequel, not a direct sequel, but
a sequel all the same. Imagine two females in the Nic and John roles and
we're bound for a good time". Werb said he's already suggested Angelina
Jolie, as "There's no going past her".
Werb added that he has written a treatment for a new version
of Double Dragon as well.
Russell & Kretschmann Head to Butterfly
Former Felicity star Keri Russell will star in Butterfly, a Grimm
Love Story, an independent horror feature based on the “Internet cannibal
movement.” Russell will play an American student who is in Germany researching
the life of a cannibal killer (played by Thomas Kretschmann) for her graduate
thesis. She becomes obsessed with him and plunges into a deeply alienated
The film will be shot in Germany with production beginning in
March. It will be directed by Martin Weisz, who is best known for shooting
music videos for Korn and Sean Combs.
Paramount Pictures Turns Invincible
Paramount Pictures has bought film rights to Robert Kirkman's
teen-superhero comic Invincible and set up the potential franchise starter
with Paramount-based Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Circle of Confusion.
Kirkman will write the film's story, based on the bestselling
Image Comics series about the coming of age of teen Mark Grayson, son of
the world's most powerful superhero. The story will focus on the father/son
dynamic during the time that the son, who appears to be a normal teen,
begins to exhibit his father's powers.
Di Bonaventura is a producer on Warner Bros.' Constantine and
Universal's Doom, due out this summer. Circle of Confusion is producing
Magic Kingdom for Sale and Jinx at Universal and Awful End at Warner Bros.
Stefen Fangmeier Directing Eragon
Visual effects supervisor Stefen Fangmeier will make his directorial
debut this summer on Eragon, based on the Christopher Paolini-penned bestselling
fantasy novel about a youth whose discovery of a dragon egg leads him to
become a knight and battle an evil king. The medieval-set tale revolves
around a farm boy who learns he is the last of a breed of benevolent Dragon
Riders, whose magical powers derived from their bond with the beasts.
Peter Buchman (Jurassic Park III) adapted the Fox 2000 feature.
Fangmeier, who most recently supervised the effects of Lemony Snicket's
A Series of Unfortunate Events, will shoot on location in Europe in July.
Hampton Makes a Strange Deal
New Line Cinema has set Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons)
to adapt Susanna Clarke's novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. The
story concerns a magician and his apprentice who use their powers in the
war against Napoleon but are eventually pitted against each other. The
project is one of several epic-sized fantasy book adaptations being mobilized
by a studio looking to reload after The Lord of the Rings.
New Line is further ahead on The Golden Compass, the first installment
of the Philip Pullman fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. A director will
be named soon to replace Chris Weitz, who wrote the last draft of the script.
New Line will get a first draft adaptation of the Cornelia Funke novel
Inkheart from screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire in May.
Sossamon and Pink Enter the Catacombs
Twisted Pictures, the genre division of Evolution Entertainment,
and Lions Gate Films, the motion picture acquisition, production and distribution
arm of Lions Gate Entertainment, announced that Catacombs will be the first
picture in their new nine-picture financing and distribution deal together.
Starring Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight's Tale) and Alecia Moore aka “Pink“,
the film is co-written and co-directed by David Elliot and Tomm Coker and
will begin principal photography in Bucharest, Romania on March 7th.
Catacombs is the story of a young woman on her first visit out
of the country. While in Paris, she is taken to an underground party in
the Catacombs, a labyrinth of over 200 miles of 14th Century limestone
tunnels under the Left Bank of the city, lined with the remains of 7 million
people. When she is separated from her friends and becomes convinced that
someone or something is chasing her, her vacation becomes a terrifying
"The stories we are attracted to tend to deal with universal
fears -- being trapped, being lost, claustrophobia, etc.," said Twisted's
Burg, Koules and Hoffman. "Coker and Elliot's Catacombs script deals with
them all, and is set in a location that is truly one of the most terrifying
Making his feature film directorial and writing debut with Catacombs,
Tomm Coker previously wrote and directed the short A Day Between. In addition,
Coker is a prolific illustrator in the comic book and graphic novel world,
having drawn such characters as Wolverine from the X-Men series and Batman.
He also co-created the comic-book series Blood and Water.
Nicolas Cage's Next is The Wicker Man
Nicolas Cage's next picture will be director Neil LaBute's remake
of 1973 thriller The Wicker Man, with Millennium Films, Equity Pictures
and Emmett/Furla Films producing. LaBute adapted the screenplay, in which
a sheriff investigates the disappearance of a young girl on a remote island
off the coast of Maine. His hopes of unraveling the girl's disappearance
become increasingly uncertain when he discovers evidence of pagan rituals.
The movie will begin production July 15 in Vancouver. Cage is
currently shooting comic book adaptation Ghost Rider in Melbourne.
Stephen Rea Aboard V For Vendetta
Stephen Rea (Interview With the Vampire, The Crying Game) has
joined Natalie Portman and James Purefoy in the action thriller V For Vendetta,
which has launched production in Berlin, Germany. Produced by Joel Silver,
Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, V For Vendetta is directed by James
McTeigue, who served as the First Assistant Director on the Wachowski brothers'
Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain,
V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey
(Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked vigilante
(Purefoy) known only as "V." Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled
in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he detonates
two London landmarks and takes over the government-controlled airwaves,
urging his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As
Evey uncovers the truth about V's mysterious background, she also discovers
the truth about herself -- and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination
of his plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with
cruelty and corruption.
The screenplay by Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski is based
on the acclaimed graphic novel V For Vendetta by Alan Moore (Watchmen,
From Hell) and illustrator David Lloyd. Originally published by DC Comics
as a ten-part series in 1988, V For Vendetta has been praised for its vision,
potency and eloquence. Moore is widely considered to be one of the finest
comic writers of all time, and has been credited with single-handedly expanding
the potential of the comic book medium with his work.
A UK-German co-production between Warner Bros. Productions Ltd.
and Funfte Babelsberg Film GmbH, V For Vendetta will be filmed on location
in Berlin and London. V For Vendetta is supported by the local subsidy
fund Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. V For Vendetta will be released on
November 4, 2005, by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Brad Anderson in Talks for The Crazies
Scott Kosar, screenwriter of Paramount's The Crazies, says that
the studio is in talks with Brad Anderson to direct the remake of George
Romero's horror-thriller. Anderson and Kosar last teamed-up for The Machinist,
which starred Christian Bale.
"I don't know if it's going to happen just yet, but they're talking
about it," said Kosar, "My producers really loved The Machinist and Brad
is super-talented, and they think we have good creative energy together,
which we do."
The film will update the storyline of the 1972 original, in which
inhabitants of a small Pennsylvania town are beset by death and insanity
after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water
supply. Kosar's credits include New Line's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
and MGM/Dimension's upcoming remake of The Amityville Horror.
RESULTS OF THE ICS OSCAR POOL
And now, without further ado, the 2005 ICS Oscars Pool Outcome – a drum
5. Dave Hendo (8 picks)
4. (Tie) Barry Murphy
Regina (9 picks)
3. (Tie) Mike Schilling
Dave Willard (12 picks)
2. Mitch (14 picks)
And the winner...
1. John Ward(15 picks)
It was a nail-biter right down to the last two awards.
John Ward can chalk his second straight Oscars pool win up to four simple
words: Clint Eastwood -- Best Director!!
Out of eight participants, he was the only Eastwood backer against
7 Scorsese fans. So here's a tip, folks: Never bet against the Director's
And weren’t we all happy that there were no hobbits involved this year...
IMAGINATIVE CINEMA COMING SOON
MUST SEE MOVIES FOR ICS MEMBERS LIKEYOU!
MARCH 11th ROBOTS
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Mel Brooks.
Premise: Set on a world populated entirely by robots, this is the story
of a young genius, Rodney (Ewan McGregor), who wants to make robots capable
of making the world a better place, but he finds his dream challenged by
a corporate tyrant and a master inventor, Big Weld (Mel Brooks), while
also being seduced by a sexy corporate robot, Cappy (Halle Berry).
MARCH 18th THE RING
Cast: Naomi Watts (Rachel Keller), Simon Baker (Max Rourke), David
(Aidan Keller), Sissy Spacek
Premise: Investigative reporter Rachel Keller (Watts) and her son
Aidon (Dorfman) move away from the big city life of Seattle to the
town of Asheville, Oregon. Soon enough, however, Rachel discovers a
which those pesky tapes seem to be up to their seven-days-later-you-will-die
shenanigans, even as developments arise which threaten her relationship
her son. Returning to Seattle to investigate the case of Samara Morgan
ghost girl from the first movie), Rachel begins to uncover secrets
the entire phenomenon.
APRIL 1st SIN CITY
Cast: Josh Hartnett (Employee), Marley Shelton (Customer), Mickey Rourke
(Marv), Jamie King (Wendy/Goldie), Bruce Willis (John Hartigan), Jessica
Alba (Nancy), Elijah Wood (Kevin)
Premise: Sin City is a violent city where the police department is
corrupt as the streets are deadly. In this movie, we follow three stories,
the central of which is Marv, a tough-as-nails and nearly impossible
street fighter who goes on a rampage of vengeance when a beautiful
Goldie (King), he sleeps with for only one night is killed while lying
bed with him. Based on a comic/graphic novel.
APRIL 8th THE CAVE
Cast: Morris Chestnut (Buchanan), Eddie Cibrian (Tyler), Kieran Darcy-Smith
(Vince Strode), Cole Hauser (Jack), Brian Steele (Creature)
Premise: A rescue team is sent down into the world's largest cave system
try to find the spelunkers who first explored its depths. But when
group's escape route is cut off, they are hunted by the monstrous creatures
that live down below
DVD DVD WHAT IS NEW AND OUT AND ABOUT DVD DVD
They got Jerry Ordway to draw the covers of the Superman:
The Man of Steel trade paperbacks featuring the John Byrne-led Superman
revamp era stories (Byrne was doing both Superman and Action, while Ordway
was working with writer Marv Wolfman on Adventures). It's great to have
these stories finally being collected in chronological order incorporating
all 3 titles, as it really was the high-water mark of Superman's post-Crisis
run. Volume 3 (DC Comics, $19.95 SRP – Titan Books, £12.99 SRP) is
currently on the shelves, featuring Superman #'s 4-6, Adventures #'s 247-249,
and Action #'s 587-589. For a more recent stab at the Man of Steel, Byrne
teamed up with his X-Men collaborator Chris Claremont (yes, pigs flew and
an eclipse darkened the sky) for a multi-issue arc in the Justice League
of America (#'s 94-99) that served as the launching point for Byrne's relaunch
of the Doom Patrol, and is collected in the JLA: The Tenth Circle TPB (DC
SCTV AT ITS BEST
It was during the 3rd cycle of SCTV's Network 90 NBC shows
that Martin Short joined the cast. In addition, it was also the swan song
for Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, who would be moving on to better and
better things, taking their massive character list (plus Bob & Doug
MacKenzie) with them. Those cycle 3 shows are featured, appropriately enough,
in SCTV Network 90: Volume 3 (Shout! Factory, Not Rated, DVD-$89.95 SRP).
The 9 episodes featured in the 5-disc set also contain the first appearance
of the polka-riffic Shmenge Brothers, Bob & Doug's "Great White North
Palace" special, and Hall & Oates in "Chariots of Eggs." Bonus materials
include a pair of audio commentaries, the Museum of Television & Radio
panel discussion with the cast, a John Candy photo retrospective, and a
discussion with the writers.
THE LOCH NESS OF SCOTLAND
Incident at Loch Ness (Fox, Rated PG-13, DVD-$27.95 SRP) is a documentary
about director Werner Herzog's quest to make a film about the mystery –
or lack thereof – of the infamous Loch Ness Monster. Or maybe it's a documentary
about producer Zak Penn's destruction of that film. Or maybe it's really
a documentary about how Herzog and Penn found something out in the Loch.
Or maybe it's none of those things. That's the fun little riddle of Incident,
a nesting doll of a flick that can be enjoyed on many levels – some that
aren't even evident at first. The disc features an audio commentary with
Herzog and Penn, deleted scenes, outtakes, featurettes, testimonials, clips,
photos, and more.
LOST IN SPACE
A certain "something" was lost when the various TV series
that had begun their run in the 1960's made their transition to color.
The Andy Griffith Show, Gilligan's Island, Bewitched… There's just some
kind of intangible quality missing. Another show that went through that
transition is Lost in Space, and you can see the differences for yourself
in the previously available black & white first season and the two
volumes comprising Season 2's transition to overwhelming color. The ride
is almost over with the first volume of the shows third and final season
(Fox, Not Rated, DVD-$39.95 SRP), which contains the first 15 episodes,
as well as a video clip retrospective featuring reminiscences from the
The countdown to the relaunch of Doctor Who marches on,
but you can keep yourself busy catching up on some of the good Doctor's
past adventures – The Visitation, from the Peter Davison years, and The
Green Death, from Jon Pertwee's tenure (BBC, Not Rated, DVD-$24.95 SRP
each). Both releases are packed to the gills in bonus features, as we've
come to expect from these Doctor Who discs, including commentaries, documentaries,
interviews, and much more.
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Jack L. Chalker, who wrote more than 60 science-fiction and fantasy
novels has died at age 60.
He was born December 17, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland. He grew up in
Baltimore and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson State College
and graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University.
His career began in his early teens with a literary magazine,
Mirage that he produced on a mimeograph machine and assembled with friends
on the dining-room table of his family's home.
He was nominated at 14 for the Hugo Award for his work on this magazine,
and later founded The Mirage Press Ltd.
Some of Chalker’s work includes A Jungle of Stars, The Web of Chozen,
A War of Shadows,
The Four Lords of The Diamond, and such series as The Dancing God,
Flux and Anchor, Changewind, The Rings of The Master, G.O.D., Inc and The
Well of Souls.
“He was one of the greats in our field,” said Catherine Asaro, president
of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Inc. “He always had something
provocative to say”.
Daniel O'Herlihy, the Irish-born actor whose six-decade career included
an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Luis Bunuel's 1952 film The
Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, has died. British director Carol Reed spotted
him in a small role at the Abbey Theater and cast him in the 1947 political
thriller Odd Man Out, starring James Mason.
After moving to Hollywood, O'Herlihy worked with Orson Welles and the
Mercury Theatre Company. He appeared in such other films as macbeth, soldiers
three, at swords point, invasion usa, the black shield of falworth, imitation
of life, fail safe, the carey treatment and macarthur. He was in genre
favorites halloween iii, The last starfighter, robocop I & ii and the
dead. He also took roles in numerous American stage productions and television.
He was 85.
Sandra Dee, the blond all-American girl next door whose star turns as
Gidget and Tammy made her a teen idol in the 1960s, has died at age 62.
She met Bobby Darin in 1960 when they were both cast in Come September.
They were married in 1960 and divorced in 1967, Darin died in 1973. She
appeared in such other films as the reluctant debutante, imitation of life,
gidget, a summer place, tammy tell me true, if a man answers, take her
she’s mine, that funny feeling and ICS favorite the dunwich horror.