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March 2006  #86

 
 
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BRAIN K-ICS ICS ACADEMIC BUTT 
 The February meeting began with our home-grown movie trivia game, ICS Academic, featuring THE BRAINIAC ™.  Three teams battled for movie trivia mastery, but only one was triumphant – the Brains That Wouldn’t Die featuring Mike Laird, John Clayton and our two favorite Normans – Jones and Prentiss.  One could sense the tension in the air as the four players had to face off against each other in the sudden death round.  Trivia champ extraordinaire, John Weber, was under the weather and had to pass on the emcee position, which went to Dave Willard.  Dave bombarded the players with obscure trivia questions while they feverishly pressed THE BRAINIAC’s buttons trying to get that important first answer - and when all of the dust settled, John Clayton emerged triumphant.
 And all of those years of being a movie fan paid off – John is receiving a Best Buy gift certificate for answering the most questions correctly.
 Thanks to all who participated in ICS Academic, all who cheered the contestants on, all who planned this special event, and all who use THE BRAINIAC for good, not evil!!   

ICS ROCKS THE BOAT
 Mike Laird gave us a choice between surf and turf disaster movies for our February meeting.  Surf won.  We screened the 1972 high seas flick – THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE. 
 For any of you unfamiliar with this iconic film (being remade by Mr. Wolfgang dAS BOOT/PERFECT STORM Peterson), the plot is as follows.  The mighty Poseidon is on her last legs.  But before going to the scrap yard, her new owners decide to push her to her limits to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A mixed band of survivors must journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive.
 What makes the film special is its cast – a who’s who list of 1970’s B actors: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Carole Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelly Winters and Red Buttons.  The film won an Oscar for Best Original Song – “The Morning After” sung by Maureen McGovern.  
 The film has a big cult following and annual conventions.  It even inspired a campy spoof called THE PURSEIDON ADVENTURE in which the ship collided with a giant purse.
  Thanks for bringing in the film, Mike!

MORE GIRL POWER THAN 500 SPICE GIRLS!!   
 Not only does Norman Jones do well with movie trivia games, he also does well with introducing the club to exploitation titles.  Our February late night feature, courtesy of Mr. Jones was Russ Meyer’s FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!   
 If one has not seen this film before, one can safely assume that the main elements of the film are hour glass figures, bikinis, lesbians, and karate-choppin’ chicks.  But, there’s also a plot.  Varla, Rosie and Billie are thrill-seeking strippers who encounter a young couple in the desert.  After dispatching the boyfriend, they take the girl hostage and begin scheming on a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert, reputedly hiding a tidy sum of cash. They become houseguests of the old man and try and seduce the sons in an attempt to locate the money, not realizing that the old man has a few sinister intentions of his own.
   This flick is described by film maker John Waters as "beyond a doubt, the best movie ever made."  What more do you need to know?

MARCH – TSHIRTS, CALENDARS & THE OSCAR POOL WINNER!!!
 Need a reason to come to the March meeting?  Other than socializing, seeing movies and participating in the business meeting?  OK, I’ve got three!
1. ICS T-Shirts will be here for all who have ordered them!
2.  The OSCAR Pool winner will be announced!  
3.  2006 Calendars will finally be here!  Please know that, if anyone wants their calendars earlier than March, Dave Willard will personally deliver it to your home or place of business.  

POPCORN MACHINE
  Notice something new, something red, in the clubroom?  An enticing aroma?  A plethora of popcorn, perhaps?  
 That’s because we have a club popcorn maker!  New board member Jim Childs and ICS files editor Betsy Childs worked hard to get this for the club. Betsy even had it delivered to her place of work and had to fight off coworkers who wanted to ‘test’ it out for us. Butter-flavored popcorn, hot and fresh – a great addition to the movies.  Make that reason #4 to come to the March Meeting!

ON THE WRITE TRACK
  Once again, Norman Prentiss’s short stories are going to be published!
 Available Now - DAMNED NATION is published by Hellbound Books.  It an anthology of Hell on earth tales – “Dangerous visions of incarnate damnation visited upon our delicate world by some of today's most imaginative authors.”  Norman contributed the story “The Everywhere Man.”
 Coming Soon - SHIVERS IV is published by Cemetary Dance Publications.  IV is the fourth entry in an award-nominated and best selling anthology series.  It contains over twenty short stories, including (ta-daaa!) “In the Best Stories”.
 Congratulations, Norman!!

IT WOULD’VE WORKED TOO, IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU MEDDLING KIDS!
 Perry Hall Presbyterian does not allow us to store food items or utensils on their church property.  However, over the past few years, we have stored up 6 boxes of soda, chips and utensils in the spare room across from the restrooms.  In February, some caretakers of the church found our stash while going thru the items in that room.  Now, we will need to store monthly supplies at a club member’s home.  So, who arrives early to every meeting and usually stays late?  Which stand up members will take on this necessary but unglamorous task?
 Tom and Justin Proveaux will!  Thanks!  We appreciate this volunteer contribution to the club!

MEMORIAL WEEKEND PICNIC
 Our May meeting will have something new – a pre-meeting cookout.  We need to clear it through the church first, but be prepared to bring in picnic goodies and enjoy the outdoors with your ICS friends.  More info to come at the March meeting.  

MID-ATLANTIC NOSTALGIA CONVENTION 2006
  Need a convention fix?  The ICS will be participating in The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Aberdeen on September 14-17.  Guests will include David Hedison from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Marta Kristen from Lost in Space.  The convention is geared to fans of Old-Time TV and Radio and Antique Cars.  
 ICS will have 2 tables in the dealers room (so we will need donated movie goods – see below for details – and volunteers once the dates get closer).  This convention will be sponsored by one of our ICS files subscribers, Martin Grams.  More details on the con can be found online at WWW.MIDATLANTICNOSTALGIACONVENTION.COM.

MOVIE GOODS NEEDED
  So, what’s lying around in your basement?  Old VHS tapes that have been replaced with DVDs?  DVDs that were replaced by the deluxe director’s cut version?  As you do your spring cleaning, keep in mind that the ICS is looking for movie donations for two special events this year.  
JUNE – Masked Auctioneer and Minimum Bid Kid are back for an auction extravaganza!!!
SEPTEMBER – Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Con Dealer’s Table (VHS/DVD only).
 The board will be accepting donations for these events beginning at our next meeting, so if you have anything to donate, please bring it in.  Joe Plempel (Thanks Joe!!) will be storing them.  Movie Related goods only please.

NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING (*ALWAYS* THE LAST SATURDAY)
 Our next meeting will be held on Saturday March 25th 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.   

MARCH PRESENTATION - AGE BEFORE DANGER!
  You can always count on Norman Prentiss to add something unique to the club, be it poetry about amputated limbs, hopping Vampire night or stories about glue traps.  His March presentation is no different.  Be prepared – it’s Children in Peril movie month!!

MARCH LATE NIGHT FEATURE
  The late night time slot in March is set aside for social time.  There will be NO late movie.  However, if you have a film you’d like to show in April, be prepared to present it to the club because we will be voting for the April late night feature.
 
 

LOOK AHEAD - 2006 SCHEDULE
April 29 (*) Hammer Frankensteins presented by Skip Phillips
May 27 ICS Cookout 
 "It’s Big" presented by Jim Childs
June 24 (*) ICS Auction
July 29 The films of Val Lewton presented by John Clayton
August 26 (*)  Is it ICS-Worthy? Part 2 presented by Barry Murphy
September 30  A Betsy Childs Howling adventure night
October 28 (*)  Greg Mank Returns -- Lionel Atwill and  Murder at the Zoo
  Halloween Potluck Dinner
  All-Nighter
November 25  Jackie Chan Part 2 presented by Andrew Kent
December 30 (*)  Yankee Swap
  Revenge Movies presented by Regina Vallerani

(*) denotes Late Night Feature
 

DUES NEWS
    This is just a reminder that dues are still being collected for 2006.  Individuals are $25. Couples are $40. Extra family members who reside at the same address are $15 each added the primary membership.
 Dues can be paid at the meetings or sent via paypal to ICSFILM@HOTMAIL.COM.  Please remember to pay Andrew Kent by the March meeting in order to remain a member in good standing.
 If you cannot attend the meeting or do not have access to a PC, you can make your check payable to ICS and send it to:
 Andrew Kent
 5025 Green Mountain Circle Apt. 6
 Columbia, MD  21044

The following members have paid their 2006 dues – if you have paid and are not listed here, please contact a board member.

Rick Arnold
Donna Burke
Betsy Childs
Jim Childs
John Clayton
Suzanne Cooper
Sam DiBlasi
Vince DiLeonardi
Heather Fleming
Tim Fleming
Diane Gervasio
Peggy Gervasio
Ralph Gervasio
David Henderson
Andrew Kent
Norman Jones
Mike Laird
Jeanne Matcovich
Robert Ostrosky
Skip Phillips
Joe Plempel
Justin Proveaux
Tom Proveaux
Robin Richards
Rick Rieve
Lisa Schilling 
Mike Schilling
Dava Sentz
Sue Ellen Sherblom
Blake Sherblom-Woodward
Taylor Sherblom-Woodward
Richard Smith
Courtney Spies
Jack Tydings
Regina Vallerani
Teeka Vallerani
Neil Wagenfer
John Ward
John Ward (son)
John Weber  
Dave Willard
Charlie Wittig
Tom Woodward
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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GALACTICA FINALE GOES LONG
   SCI FI Channel will air a special expanded episode of its original series Battlestar Galactica as the March 10 season-two finale, starting at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 
   In the expanded finale cliffhanger, the outcome of the presidential campaign hinges upon a core debate: whether or not to abandon the search for Earth when the Galactica crew discovers a habitable planet. When the election begins to swing in favor of Baltar (James Callis), a man whom Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) is convinced is a Cylon collaborator, the incumbent president must decide whether or not to take drastic measures for the greater good. 
   The Galactica finale will follow the season finales of SCI FI's other hit original series, Stargate SG-1 at 8 p.m. and Stargate Atlantis at 9 p.m. 
 
ABC ORDERS MASTERS OF SF
   ABC has given a green light to the SF anthology TV series Masters of Science Fiction, which will present works of well-known authors such as Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. 
   IDT Entertainment and Industry Entertainment, which produced the 13-episode anthology Masters of Horror for Showtime, are behind the science fiction version as well. ABC has ordered four episodes, but IDT and Industry plan to go ahead and produce at least six episodes and as many as 13. 
   Writer Michael Tolkin (The Rapture) is already on board to adapt and direct an episode, while the producers are also in talks to produce works such as Harlan Ellison's "The Discarded" and Asimov's "The Last Question." IDT and Industry also hope to sign Bradbury to adapt his "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed." 
   Morris Berger, Steve Brown and John Hyde will executive-produce for IDT, as will Industry's Keith Addis, Brad Mendelsohn and Andrew Deane. 
   IDT and Industry hope to start production on Masters of Science Fiction in Vancouver this May. The producers said they can start delivering the series to ABC by the middle of June, making a summer launch a possibility. The project is targeted to air in the 2006-07 TV season. 
 
DINKLAGE JOINED IN ULTRA
   Peter Dinklage (Threshold) has joined the cast of a new CBS SF drama pilot, Ultra, based on the comic book of the same name. Dinklage will play The Scientist in the CBS Paramount TV show, which stars Lena Headey as a single, city-girl superhero. Dinklage was last seen in the network's short-lived alien-invasion series Threshold, in which he also played a scientist. 
   In other pilot casting news, Jonah Lotan and Rachel Stirling have come on board Fox's space drama Beyond. The 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV show is a thriller set in NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, chronicling the dawning of a new race to space. 

ALIAS BACK IN APRIL
   ABC ended speculation about the fate of its spy drama Alias on Feb. 28 by announcing that it would return to the prime-time schedule on April 19 with a two-hour episode, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT. ABC also released spoilers about the special episode, which will feature the birth of Sydney's (Jennifer Garner) baby and the reappearance of Michael Vaughn (Michael Vartan). Alias, which is in its final season, will move to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. 
   In further spoilers, ABC said that upcoming episodes will reveal the outcome of Sloane's unholy alliance in his search for the cure for daughter Nadia (Mia Maestro) and the endgame of the Rambaldi prophecy. 
   As reported earlier, the network confirmed that familiar faces from the past will crop up in Sydney's life, including Will Tippin (Bradley Cooper), Irina Derevko (Lena Olin) and nemeses Julian Sark (David Anders) and Anna Espinosa (Gina Torres). 
   TV Guide Online's "Ask Ausiello" column, meanwhile, confirmed a report on E! Online that the show has cut back its order of episodes: According to TV Guide's reckoning, the show will air six more episodes, including two-hour segments on April 19 and May 24, the series finale. 

COMMANDMENTS DUE IN APRIL 
   ABC announced that its four-hour miniseries The Ten Commandments will air in two parts, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on April 10 and at the same time the following night. 
   The Ten Commandments, from Hallmark Entertainment, is based on the biblical story and stars Dougray Scott as Moses, Naveen Andrews (Lost) as Menerith, Omar Sharif as Jethro, Linus Roache as Aaron, Mia Maestro (Alias) as Zipporah and Padma Lakshmi as Princess Bithia. 
   Shot on location in Ouarzazate, Morocco, The Ten Commandments was directed by Robert Dornhelm from a script by Ron Hutchinson (Traffic). Robert Halmi Sr. is the executive producer. 

GRUNBERG IS A HERO
   Greg Grunberg (Alias) stars in and Dave Semel is onboard to direct the NBC pilot Heroes, a drama about ordinary people who discover they have super powers. 
   Semel is directing the pilot for NBC Universal TV Studio through his overall deal there. Tim Kring is behind the project, which also stars Ali Larter (Final Destination) and Milo Ventimiglia. 
   Semel directed the American Dreams pilot at NBC, as well as the network's upcoming drama Windfall. 

GHOST COMING BACK
    It was announced on March 6 that CBS is renewing Ghost Whisperer for a second season, one of 14 series the network is picking up for the 2006-'07 season. 
   Ghost Whisperer—a supernatural series starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Aisha Tyler and David Conrad—helped vault CBS into a position of prime-time leadership on Fridays among adults aged 18-49 and 25-54, while widening the network's lead-in viewers from last season, CBS said. Ghost Whisperer wins its Friday timeslot among viewers and in demographics. Ghost Whisperer is produced by Sander/Moses Productions, in association with Touchstone Television and CBS Paramount Network Television. Ian Sander, Kim Moses and John Gray are executive producers. 
   SCI FI Channel will film an episode of its hit reality series Ghost Hunters at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining. This episode will air in the spring. 
   According to local legend, King witnessed a ghostly little boy wandering the halls of the hotel during his extended stay there in the early 1970s. And the Shining came from that experience. Hotel employees and visitors share similar tales of mysterious children in the hallways and guest rooms, as well as of lights flickering on and off and doors opening and closing seemingly by themselves. Like the Overlook Hotel in King's novel, the Stanley has been a popular vacation spot since opening its doors in 1909. 
   New episodes of Ghost Hunters will premiere on March 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. 
   
 
 

CHARMED TO END IN MAY
   As expected, Charmed will end its run with the current eighth season now that its current network, The WB, is merging with rival UPN to form The CW in the fall on March 3. 
   The supernatural series, which stars Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan and Holly Marie Combs, will end in May. 
   With 7th Heaven having already announced its exit, it means that two WB long-running series won't move to The CW. The WB and UPN will both shut down in September. The final episode of Charmed will air on May 21st. 
 
4400 CHANGES UNVEILED
   Ira Steven Behr, co-creator of USA Network's SF series The 4400, said for fans to expect a new direction in the show's upcoming third season that will focus more on the show's mythology and main characters. He added that a new actress will join the regular cast: Megalyn Echikunwoke. 
   "We are definitely using the last two episodes of last season, 'The Fifth Page' and 'Mommy's Bosses,' as the engine to drive this season," Behr said. "In other words, last year we kind of alternated kind of big mythology type of episodes ... [with episodes in which] we'd introduce the 4400, they would have a problem that either affected them or affected society in general, and we would deal with that problem. ... What we're going to be focusing on basically this season [is] bigger sweep. I call it playing big ball rather than little ball. ... I think every story this year will have an impact on our people." 
   In a spoiler for the upcoming season, Behr also said that Echikunwoke would join the cast, playing an adult version of baby Isabelle. 
   "Isabelle is no longer that cuddly kid you can hold in your arms, which is, I think, probably great for production," Behr said, referring to the difficulty of working with an infant actor. Echikunwoke will be "a very popular addition to the cast," he added. "The character herself, I think, is going to surprise people. I think people have been arguing about or trying to figure out Isabelle at the end of the miniseries, and I think ... a portion of the audience is going to expect a fastball down the middle with her character, and I think they're going to be surprised. It's going to be more of a ride, more of a discovery, and not so clear-cut where you can say, 'She's the angel' [or] 'She's the devil,' you know? And I think that makes for really nice storytelling." The 4400 returns with 13 new episodes, starting June 4. 

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 AMICUS REBORN
     British horror studio Amicus Entertainment, creators of '60s/'70s horror favorites like THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD and TALES FROM THE CRYPT (the 1972 movie, not the HBO series,) has been revived by producer Robert Katz, Amicus executive Julie Moldo and financier Jay Firestone. 
     The first two productions from the newly revived studio include a new film by Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR, DAGON) called STUCK, which the director wrote with John Strysik (DEATHBED). The story, based on a true incident, concerns a young woman who commits a hit-and-run and leaves the victim embedded in her windshield; production is scheduled to begin in mid-2006. The other project is CLOWN, to be directed by Mark Jones (LEPRECHAUN), in which an evil clown and his dwarf sidekick create mayhem at a traveling carnival, set to film this spring. Both films are budgeted at under $5 million.
     Katz, previously a longtime partner in Katz/Esparza Productions, plans to make up to six films a year under the Amicus banner, with most done on low budgets but two costing up to $20 million each. He said that remakes of some of the company's best-known titles are in the offing: "I'll be looking to do homages to classic titles, the ones that [Amicus co-founder] Max [J. Rosenberg] didn't sell off with long-term distribution and remake rights, like TALES FROM THE CRYPT. We have a catalog that includes THE BEAST MUST DIE, THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN and TORTURE GARDEN."

Henson Re-Ignites Dark Crystal
     The Jim Henson Co. has set Genndy Tartakovsky to direct Power of the Dark Crystal, sequel to the 1982 fantasy film The Dark Crystal. Tartakovsky created the animated TV series hits Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. His Orphanage Animation Studios will take the lead on the computer animation elements for the puppet-driven film. 
     The film becomes a co-production of Henson and the Orphanage. Lisa Henson, co-chief executive officer of the Jim Henson Co., will produce with Orphanage chairman Scott Stewart. Brian Froud has returned to design the new characters. 
     Set hundreds of years after the first movie, the sequel follows a mysterious girl made of fire who steals a shard of the crystal in hopes of re-igniting the dying sun.

WB Picks Up Emmerich's 10,000 B.C. 
     Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up Roland Emmerich's big-budget 10,000 B.C. after Sony Pictures dropped the project. The aggressive move gives Warners its first chance to work with Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow), with a summer 2007 release being eyed. Emmerich is set to begin shooting the prehistoric adventure in late April in South Africa.
     The film centers on a 21-year-old who lives among a primitive tribe that survives by hunting a mammoth each year as the herd migrates through the tribe's homeland. Emmerich wrote the original screenplay with composer Harald Kloser. John Orloff and Matthew Sand worked on revisions, while Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) is writing the current script. Kloser, Emmerich's composer on The Day After Tomorrow, also will compose the music for 10,000 B.C.

Killing Demons Develops
     Platinum Studios and Atmosphere Entertainment announced the development of a movie based on Killing Demons, its graphic novel about a man who hunts supernatural creatures. A screenwriter will be announced shortly. 
     The graphic novel Killing Demons, written by Peter Siegel and illustrated by Brent White, centers on a man whose family was slain by supernatural creatures when he was a child and who subsequently devotes his life to hunting down the demonic creatures that prey on humanity. 
     Atmosphere's current slate of films includes several graphic novel/comic-book adaptations, including 300, based on the best-selling graphic novel by Frank Miller, and Books of Magic, based on the ongoing comic book created by Neil Gaiman, as well as The Spiderwick Chronicles, based on the best-selling book series by Tony Deterlizzi and Holly Black.

Weinstein Co. Has Igor Hunch
     The Weinstein Co. has picked up North American rights to Exodus Film Group's upcoming computer-animated monster comedy Igor. Written by Chris McKenna, Igor is a twist on the monster genre, following a mad scientist's hunchbacked lab assistant, who has big dreams of winning the Evil Science Fair. The movie expands Exodus' upcoming animated short Igor: Unholy Frijoles. The short features such voice talent as Christian Slater, in the lead role, with Jay Leno, Steve Buscemi and John Cleese supporting. No cast or director is set for the feature-length Igor movie, which is in preproduction. 
     The Weinstein Co. has a number of other animated projects in its pipeline, including Doogal, Opus, The Cricket in Times Square and a new installment in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The company also recently unveiled plans for a sequel to its current toon hit Hoodwinked!, dubbed Hood vs. Evil, to be produced with Kanbar Entertainment.

Narnia: Caspian Moves Forward
     Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media are moving ahead with a sequel to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. Andrew Adamson is set to return to the director's chair once again, having just signed a deal to direct the sequel, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Adamson also will serve as a producer and co-writer, collaborating with returning writers Christopher Markus and Steve McFeeley. The principal cast is coming back, as is producer Mark Johnson. 
     A screenplay is not yet written, but production is scheduled to begin this year with an eye toward a Christmas 2007 release. Caspian finds the four Pevensie siblings pulled back into the land of Narnia, where 1,000 years have passed since they left. The children are again enlisted to join the colorful creatures of Narnia, who have been driven into the wild, unfriendly parts of the land. The Pevensies must struggle to overthrow a usurping king named Miraz and restore the rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian. 
     Prince Caspian, published in 1951, is one of the seven-book series written by C.S. Lewis.

David Arquette Directing The Tripper 
     David Arquette will make his directorial debut with the horror film The Tripper for Coquette Productions, the company he runs with wife Courteney Cox. Arquette wrote the screenplay with Joe Harris (DARKNESS FALLS).
     Cox and Arquette will make cameo appearances in the horror ensemble, which will star Jamie King (Sin City), Thomas Jane (THE PUNISHER), Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Lukas Haas, Paul Reubens (PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE) and Balthazar Getty.
     The film, which is set to begin shooting this month in Santa Cruz, revolves around a group of friends who escape to a modern-day Woodstock concert for a weekend of debauchery, only to be stalked by a fanatical killer determined to finish what he started years earlier.

Walden Mounts Water Horse
     Walden Media, Beacon Pictures and Revolution Studios are teaming to produce a Narnia-scale movie based on the children's fantasy novel The Water Horse by British author Dick King-Smith. Robert Nelson Jacobs will write the live-action/computer-animated film, and Jay Russell will direct. Production is expected to begin in May in New Zealand. 
     The Water Horse tells the story of a lonely boy in Scotland who finds a mysterious egg from which hatches a "water horse": a mythical sea monster of Scottish legend. Russell, who has been pursuing this project for five years, said that the tone and look of the film will be more realistic than fantastical. Visual effects will be handled by Weta Digital and Weta Workshop, which most recently created the visual effects in King Kong and Walden's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which was produced in association with Disney.

Resident Evil: Extinction to Start in 2006 
     Resident Evil: Extinction, the third installment in the popular game-to-film franchise, is set to begin production sometime in 2006. Russell Mulcahy (Highlander) will direct with Milla Jovovich reprising her starring role.
     It was previously believed that the third film, written by Paul W.S. Anderson, would be titled Resident Evil: Afterlife. Reports said the movie would be set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun with mutant zombies. The setting was the Nevada desert with the Aussie outback standing in for the American wasteland. In the final reel, the action would have shifted to Japan, setting up the fourth installment. It's unclear now if Resident Evil: Extinction will follow that same storyline or whether or not a fourth film is still planned.

FRIDAY THE 13TH Strikes Again
     New Line Cinema is moving forward with their FRIDAY THE 13TH remake (not a prequel or a sequel, but a remake), with an eye to release their return to Camp Crystal Lake on Friday, October 13, 2006. Series creator and director of the original FRIDAY THE 13TH Sean S. Cunningham said, “New Line is aggressively pursuing a new film.” As for who is slated to take the directorial reins, Cunningham said, “I’m flattered that [New Line] is interested, but I’m not really involved, at least not at this point.”
     Speaking on the popularity of the FRIDAY THE 13TH series, the director weighed in. “FRIDAY THE 13TH has been dependable blue-collar horror,” he said. “Jason is comfortable in his own skin, and the movies have been unapologetic. These elements taken together help explain its longevity.” Of course, Jason only had a bit part in the 1980 FRIDAY THE 13TH, leaving the carnage up to dear old Mom (Betsy Palmer). The remake will substantially expand on his character and back story.

The Wizard of Gore Performs Again 
     Beverly Hills-based production company Open Sky Entertainment has announced a remake of director Herschell Gordon Lewis' 1970 cult-schlock film The Wizard of Gore. The film is now shooting in L.A in “Sick-O-Scope.” Jeremy Kasten (All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos) is directing the horror film, about a master illusionist who is investigated for a string of gruesome murders. Crispin Glover (WILLARD), Kip Pardue, Bijou Phillips, Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) and Jeffrey Combs (RE-ANIMATOR) star. 
     In the original, a TV talk-show hostess and her boyfriend investigate a shady magician whom has the ability to hypnotize and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions using his powers of mind bending.

Next Is Biel's Next
     Jessica Biel (Stealth) is set to star with Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore in Next, a sci-fi action thriller based on the Philip K. Dick novel The Golden Man. Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day) is directing, from a Gary Goldman script. 
     Cage, who is also co-producing, will play a man who can see the future and alter its course. Biel will play his love interest, whom he has to save from terrorists. He's on the run from the FBI, which wants to use him to prevent a global terrorist threat.

STRANGER Director Checks Into VACANCY
     WHEN A STRANGER CALLS remake director Simon West will re-team with Screen Gems to direct another psychochiller, VACANCY. In the Mark L. Smith-scripted movie a young married couple become stranded at a remote motel and discover that the place is a front for snuff moviemakers, who ensure that guests don’t check out. Hal Lieberman (TERMINATOR 3) is producing the film, which is set to roll in June.

Superman, Batman Sequels Planned
     Warner Brothers is already planning sequels to Batman Begins and Superman Returns, with respective directors Christopher Nolan and Bryan Singer in line to return, though the latter film doesn't open until June 30. 
     Neither director's deal is closed yet. The studio has hired Jonah Nolan, Christopher's brother, to pen the screenplay for the as-yet-untitled Batman sequel. Warner has options on Batman Begins star Christian Bale and Superman Returns star Brandon Routh. The next installment in the Caped Crusader franchise is further along in the process, since Batman Begins was released last summer. The Batman sequel is eyed for 2008 and the Superman follow-up for 2009. 
     Legendary Pictures, which put up half the financing for both Batman Begins and Superman Returns, is expected to board the sequels and split the budgets 50-50 with Warner. In return, Legendary would split all profits. 
     One idea is for Singer to direct a Superman sequel soon after he finishes with Warner's remake of the sci-fi thriller Logan's Run, which he's also expected to direct. Logan's Run is tentatively slated to begin shooting this fall in Vancouver, Canada. If Singer did sign to direct the Superman sequel, it could be shot in Vancouver as well.
DAVA’S DELVINGS - Tristan & Isolde - A Movie Review by: Dava Sentz

    The holiday season always appears to be driven by fantasy epics. Consider, if you will, the stream of movies to come our way as 2005 drew to a close. Peter Jackson's KING KONG, HARRY POTTER, and who could forget THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA? 
    All of these were particularly enjoyable, worthy of our undivided attention and praise. Every so often, however, I like to take a break from the world of witches, wizards, and assorted fictional creatures in order to pursue a more traditional avenue, the romantic drama. 
     Everyone knows the story of Romeo & Juliet. But, what of Tristan & Isolde? Rumored to have inspired the legend of Lancelot & Guinevere, three accounts of this story have appeared throughout Medieval history. Two of these versions were brought about by a duo of French poets named Beroul & Thomas. 
     While both versions were similar in plot, each author chose to place his emphasis on opposite elements. Beroul's focus was on the romance and commitment shared between the two lovers. Thomas, on the other hand, geared his attention toward the tragedy resulting from their forbidden courtship. While each account brought a morbidly different angle to the tale, neither version was complete. But, by the end the 19th century, medieval scholar Joseph Bedier reconstructed both versions into one definitive tale, and it is his version that still survives today.
     According to Bedier, Tristan & Isolde is about an Irish Princess (Isolde) who unexpectedly nurses a soldier of Cornwall (Tristan) back to health after he is wounded in battle. Shortly after his return home, Tristan is sent back to Ireland to win Isolde's hand in marriage on behalf of his uncle King Marke. As a wedding gift, Isolde's mother creates a love potion, meant to be consumed by her daughter and the king upon their union. As she and Tristan sail back to Cornwall, however, they unknowingly consume the potion, believing it to be wine. The result? Tristan and Isolde fall madly in love, sparking a passionate affair that would continue long after Isolde’s wedding to Marke, so beginning one of the greatest romances ever told.        
      I studied this story in high school and was very excited about the film release. Though my memory of it was sketchy, I really loved the romance and intensity of the characters. Upon doing some research, I've come to remember that there several differences between the literature and the movie, though nothing that should ruin the overall theater experience. In general, this is a very enjoyable film. 
    What was lacking, however, was the heat. Unlike their Shakespearean counterparts, seemed TRISTAN & ISOLDE to spend more time talking about being together than they did actually being together. The resulting flaw? Too much talk and not enough action!
    Yet, to spite the absence of steamy love scenes, TRISTAN & ISOLDE had many positive endearments, including an intriguing script and a slew of talented actors to carry it out.  James Franco & Sophia Myles star as history's first pair of star crossed lovers, delivering emotions far superior to those expected of their age. Refus Sewell costars as the kind, unsuspecting King Marke. Though not the ideal suitor for our beautiful heroine, the nature of his affections are eloquently expressed, so much so that I pitied him. 
     Put all this together with an amazing Celtic setting and exciting battle sequences, TRISTAN & ISOLDE should succeed in delighting audiences from all walks of life. 

IMAGINATIVE CINEMA COMING SOON
MUST SEE MOVIES FOR YOU!

March 10th   The Hills Have Eyes
Premise: 

A suburban American Family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who lives in the desert, far away from the civilization. A remake of Wes Cravens movie from 1977.

March 17th     Killshot
Cast: Diane Lane (Carmen Colson), Thomas Jane (Wayne Colson), Mickey Rourke (Armand "Blackbird" Degas), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Richie Nix)
Premise: When a husband and wife witness a shakedown, they discover that the Witness Protection Program is no match for a pair of ruthless killers who want them dead.
 
March 17th    V for Vendetta 
Cast: Natalie Portman (Evey Hammond), Hugo Weaving (V), Stephen Rea (Lewis Pothrero), John Hurt (Bishop Lilliman), Tim Pigott-Smith (Edward Finch)
Premise: In an alternate timeline where Germany won World War II and Great Britain is now a facist state, a masked vigilante known only as "V" conducts guerrilla warfare against the government. When he rescues a normal young woman (Portman), she joins his struggle against the forces of oppression
 
March   31st  Basic Instinct 2
 Cast: Sharon Stone (Catherine Tramell), David Morrissey (Dr. Andrew Glass)
 Premise: A male psychiatrist finds himself being seduced by a beautiful woman that he's been hired by the police to analyze, as she's suspected of committing... murder.
 
APRIL  14th   Hard Candy
 Cast: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Jennifer Holmes
 Premise: A provocative drama about a 32 year-old man who takes home a 14 year-old girl he meets on the Internet, with suprising consequences.

APRIL   21st   Silent Hill
 Cast: Sean Bean (Christopher), Radha Mitchell (Rose), Deborah Kara Unger (Dahlia Gillespie), Laurie Holden (Cybil Bennet)
Premise: When Rose's (Mitchell) ill daughter becomes obsessed with a small town called Silent Hill, she takes her there to see a faith healer she hopes might be able to help, only to discover themselves trapped in a strange alternate reality that comes and goes over the town in a dark, forbidding mist. When they disappear, Rose's husband Christopher (Bean) heads to the town to try to rescue them, only to also find himself also drifting in-between the monster-filled nightmare world and reality. Rose continues to try to find her daughter in the fog-drenched town, following a shadowy, nearly imperceivable child-like figure in the mist...
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Don Knotts, the gifted comic actor best known for his roles as the high-strung small-town deputy Barney Fife on the The Andy Griffith Show and the leisure-suit-clad landlord Ralph Furley on Three's Company, has died. 
Jesse Donald Knotts was born in Morgantown, W.Va., on July 21, 1924 and left his dysfunctional family to enlist in the Army in 1943. During WWII he served in the Pacific and after the war, in 1948, he graduated from West Virginia University with an education degree. He soon moved to New York to pursue an acting career. One of his earliest TV roles was on the CBS soap opera Search for Tomorrow, where he played a neurotic young man so troubled he communicated only with his sister. It was the only non-comedic role he ever played.
Knotts received his first widespread attention when he appeared on Broadway in Ira Levin's 1955 comedy No Time for Sergeants, where he first met the then unknown Andy Griffith who had been picked to star in the play.
From 1956-60, Knotts further cemented his reputation as an emerging comic actor on NBC's The Steve Allen Show, where he would play a character dubbed the "the nervous man" in Allen’s “Man On The Street” interview segments. In October of 1960 he appeared as Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show and the rest was history. 
Don Knotts won five Emmy Awards for that role and became a comic giant and an influence on a generation of young comedians including Jim Carrey and Martin Short.
His film work includes the incredible mr. Limpet, the ghost and mr. Chicken, the reluctant astronaut, the apple dumpling gang, cats don’t dance and pleasantville. He was 81.

Dennis Weaver, the lanky actor with the gentle drawl who came to fame playing Marshal Matt Dillon's limping deputy, Chester, on Gunsmoke and later starred as a contemporary western deputy marshal who battled crime in the Big Apple on McCloud, has died.
His 50-year acting career included stage, screen and television. Weaver had supporting roles in films such as Orson Welles' 1958 film noir thriller Touch of Evil, war arrow, dragnet, the gallant hours, duel at diablo, what’s the matter with helen and centennial. His TV series included kentucky jones, gentle ben, stone and buck jones as well as Gunsmoke and mccloud. He also starred in dozens of TV movies, most notably Steven Spielberg's acclaimed 1971 psychological thriller Duel, in which Weaver memorably played a motorist menaced by the unseen driver of a large diesel truck.
Denis Weaver received an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Chester, was the president of the Screen Actors Guild and an active environmentalist. He was 81
 

Octavia E. Butler who earned the distinction of being the first lady of a small, tightknit circle of African American writers of speculative fiction — science fiction, horror and fantasy, has died. Her 12 stunning, thought-provoking novels of science fiction inspired new readers and writers to explore the genre. "She was an utter inspiration," said Steven Barnes, a longtime friend and science fiction author who was the first African American to write one of the novels based on Star Wars. "I don't know what would have happened to me had I not had her as an example."
Her novels included Kindred, parable of the sower, patternmaster, mind of my mind, survivor, wildseed, clay’s ark, dawn, adulthood rites, imago, parable of the talents and her last book, fledgling.
She was awarded the Hugo and Nebula Awards and a MacArthur Foundation Grant. She was 58.
 

Darren McGavin, an Emmy-winning actor who worked almost constantly in television for nearly 50 years has died at age 83. He made an enduring mark on popular culture as the grizzled has-been crime reporter in the 1970s TV movie and series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and is also remembered for portraying the curmudgeonly father in the 1983 film A Christmas Story. He starred in other series such as mike hammer, riverboat,  the outsider and small & frye. There were also TV movies which included the night strangler and the martian chronicles. He guested on many other TV series and won the Emmy in 1990 as the opinionated father of Candice Bergen on Murphy Brown.
McGavin’s filmography includes the man with the golden arm, the delicate delinquent, the natural and billy madison, with appearances in such genre movies as mission mars, the demon & the mummy, hanger 18, captain america and happy hell night.

 Robert "Buzz" Knudson, one of Hollywood's most respected sound re-recording mixers and a three-time Academy Award-winner for his work on Cabaret, The Exorcist and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, has died. He was 80.
Knudson spent most of his 50-year career at Todd-AO, an independent post-production sound company, which he joined in 1960 as a recording engineer doing optical transfers. He was president of the company from 1982 to 1990, then served as vice chairman and as a consultant until he retired in 2003.
As a sound re-recording mixer (who is responsible for the creation of the final soundtrack of a movie), Knudson amassed an impressive list credits including cabaret, save the tiger, shampoo, airport ’77, fm, hooper, 1941, the blues brothers, an officer and a gentleman, trading places, scarface, into the night, the color purple, who framed roger rabbit and major league. He also did the texAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, close encounters of the third kind and manhunter.

 
Phil Brown, the veteran actor best known for his brief role as Luke Skywalker's Uncle Owen in the 1977 hit film Star Wars, had died
The son of a doctor, Brown was born in Cambridge, Mass., graduated from Stanford University and was accepted in the Group Theatre in New York in 1938. His first job on Broadway was as a dancer in the play Everywhere I Roam. He was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and moved to London with his family in the early 1950s to continue his acting career. In the mid-1970s, George Lucas was filming interior scenes for Star Wars at a London sound stage and needed an actor with a strong American accent. Brown got the job. “It was”, he later told the Baltimore Sun, "a very small part by comparison to the roles I had previously played. To be quite frank, I never gave it a thought.”  He was 89.

Stu Linder, an Academy Award-winning film editor for grand prix in 1966 and who worked almost exclusively for Barry Levinson since cutting the director's 1982 debut movie, Diner, has died. Together Linder and Levinson crafted nearly 20 films that were rich in stylistic diversity and included The Natural, tin men, good morning viet nam, rain man, avalon, sleepers and wag the dog. There were also the genre movies young sherlock holmes and sphere. He was 74.

Michael G. Fitzgerald, author of a book on Universal Studios and co-author of two books on Western film actresses, has died at age 55.
A native of El Dorado, Ark who worked as an accountant in Shreveport, La., until retiring a couple of years ago, Fitzgerald was the author of Universal Pictures, a history of the studio published by Arlington House in 1977. He also was co-author of Westerns Women (1999) and Ladies of the Western (2002). The books, published by McFarland and co-written with Boyd Magers, contain dozens of interviews with actresses who appeared in Westerns from the silent era through the 1960s.

 Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, the irrepressible character actor and comedic entertainer who appeared in dozens of movies, has died. Gonzalez Gonzalez, a Texas native, first came to national public attention in 1953 when he appeared as a contestant on Groucho Marx's TV quiz show You Bet Your Life. 
The diminutive young man proved to be irresistible comic fodder for the quick-witted Marx.
"Pedro, we could do a great act together," Marx said after Gonzalez Gonzalez sang a bit of El Rancho Grande, did a wildly funny dance demonstration and out-mugged the great comedian.
"What would we call our act if we went out together, the Two Tamales?" Marx asked.
"No," a deadpan Gonzalez Gonzalez replied, "it would be Gonzalez Gonzalez and Marx."
"That's nice billing," Marx said to the laughing audience. "Two people in the act, and I get third place!"
John Wayne happened to see his show-stealing appearance and signed him to a seven-year contract with his production company. From then on, he appeared in Wayne films, including The High and the Mighty, Rio Bravo, McLintock, Hellfighters and Chisum. He became one of the era's few recognizable Mexican Americans on the big screen and television.
Over the years, he appeared in a string of movies, including Strange Lady in Town, The Sheepman, Support Your Local Gunfighter and The Love Bug. He was a guest star on such TV series as Wanted: Dead or Alive, Gunsmoke, and Burke's Law. He was 80.

THE LAST WARD
By John Ward
 

 Welcome to the mind of a typical Oscars junkie on Oscars Night.  It’s not a very pretty sight, but it can be amazingly illuminating.  Let me take you inside my thought processes, and all will be revealed.
 7:58 P.M.  I hate the pre-show.  Nothing but obnoxious talking heads, most of whom I don’t recognize and could care less about.  And I’m not even talking about Joan Rivers and her devilspawn Melissa; they’re on the TV Guide Channel.
 8 P.M.  Here’s the opening.  Oh God, CGI!!  Nonono… please, no…
 8:01 P.M.  Actually, it ain’t bad.  Interesting montage.
 8:02 P.M.  What an opening!  Billy Crystal and Chris Rock spoof BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, and then it’s a parade of former Oscar hosts refusing the gig.  Personal fave:  Whoopi Goldberg slamming the door in the guy’s face with a terse, “Oh, hell, no!”  Which finally brings us to newbie Jon Stewart, who does a nice dream sequence with Halle Berry and George Clooney.  Very funny.
 8:07 P.M.  Charlize Theron is gorgeous, but what’s that growth on her shoulder?  I know bupkis about fashion, and even I know that’s one ugly piece of fabric.
 8:10 P.M.  Stewart gets in a pretty good jibe:  “Bjork couldn’t be here tonight.  She was trying on her dress and Dick Cheney shot her.”  I guess you have to be a regular Oscar watcher to get that one.
 8:14 P.M.  “There’s nothing remotely gay about classic westerns.”  Hilarious montage.  I will never look at these movies in the same way again.  Especially Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston in THE BIG COUNTRY.  The clips made it look like Peck was carrying a bigger torch for Chuck than Stephen Boyd did in BEN-HUR.
 8:17 P.M.  Nicole Kidman gives Supporting Actor.  Paul Giamatti’s my upset pick, but he loses to favorite George Clooney.  My wife Terri remembers when Clooney used to be on that show about the girls’ boarding school, The Facts of Life.
 8:22 P.M.  Almost a half-hour in, and only one award so far.  It’s gonna be a looong night.
 8:25 P.M.  Tom Hanks gives tips on how to keep Oscar acceptance speeches short.  Tom must be a pretty good sport, because this guy with a trumpet practically drills him.
 8:27 P.M.  Ben Stiller presents Visual Effects in a green screen body stocking.  Ehhh – it’s a long way to go for a joke.  KING KONG wins the one Oscar it really, really earned, if you know what I mean.
 8:31 P.M.  Reese Witherspoon gives out Animated Feature.  It’s WALLACE AND GROMIT all the way – no contest.  But I take one look at the creators onstage and realize I’ve died and gone to Bow Tie Hell.
 8:35 P.M.  Dolly Parton sings her nominated song, “Travelin’ Thru,” from TRANSAMERICA.  How old is she, anyway?  Terri asks:  How can she be so busty, and so damn skinny everywhere else?
 8:39 P.M.  They show a tiny clip from MUNICH – the incredibly tense scene where the little girl answers the phone.  I mention this knowing it’ll probably be the only time I mention the movie tonight.
 8:42 P.M.  Damn – gotta hit the head, but I’m so busy taking notes, I’m almost out of commercial time.  Have to hold it for the next commercial.  Which will probably be in about three minutes.
 8:43 P.M.  Luke and Owen Wilson give out Live Action Short.  Six Shooter wins.  Outside of the winners’ families, nobody cares.
 8:45 P.M.  Chicken Little and a goofy-looking mallard duck  (Didn’t catch the name) hand out Animated Short Film.  THE MOON AND THE SON wins.  This idea of having animated creatures give out the Animated award is a tad tiresome.
 8:48 P.M.  Jennifer Aniston gives out Costume Design.  MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA wins.  Aniston looks like she’d rather be someplace else.
 8:52 P.M.  Russell Crowe shows up.  It takes me a moment to realize he’s not giving out an award, but instead introducing a clip montage.  This one’s about “real life” movie subjects.  I decide that Denzel Washington really does look like Malcolm X.
 8:55 P.M.  “78 Annual Academy Awards.”  This is the English teacher talking now:  is it too much to ask someone to put a “th” after the 78?
 8:58 P.M.  I don’t quite make it back in time from the head.  I walk in to find Will Ferrell and Steve Carell standing there in horrendous make-up.  I take it they’re giving out the Make-up Oscar.  CHRONICLES OF NARNIA wins.  I notice that the orchestra starts playing walk-off music before the winner starts talking!  How rude!
 9:02 P.M.  The review of Scientific and Technical Awards is mercifully short.  I love the way they always get some hot young starlet to host these techie awards; this year it’s Rachel McAdams from RED EYE.  The winners always look so grateful to be standing next to honest-to-God movie star flesh.  I get the impression these guys spend a lot of time with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
 9:03 P.M.  Morgan Freeman gives out Supporting Actress.  He flubs his lines.  Rachel Weisz wins for THE CONSTANT GARDENER.  I still think she did a terrible job as the police detective in CONSTANTINE.  
 9:12 P.M.  Lauren Bacall introduces a tribute to film noir, another clipfest.  She’s getting up there in age, and it becomes painfully obvious that she can’t read the cue cards.  Either that, or someone increased her medication without telling her.  The clips are OK, but if this show really runs long, they’ll probably blame the clips.
 9:20 P.M.  Terrence Howard gives out Documentary Short.  A NOTE OF TRIUMPH wins.  It’s the first category of the night to completely skunk the club’s Oscar Pool voters.
 9:22 P.M.  Charlize Theron gives out Documentary Feature.  It’s definitely the worst dress of the evening.  MARCH OF THE PENGUINS wins, and a whole lot of stuffed penguins storm the stage, some of them wearing tuxes and walking upright.
 9:25 P.M.  A stiff-looking Jennifer Lopez introduces the second nominated song, “In the Deep,” from CRASH.  The songwriter, Kathleen York, sings while scenes from the film are acted out behind her, including the uncomfortable moment when the black socialite wife gets groped by the white cop.  This is not a good year for songs.
9:30 P.M.  An hour and a half in, only ten Oscars down.  Let’s pick it up, guys!
 9:31 P.M.  Say, am I the only one who hates the ad where the giant robot and the dinosaur mate and give birth to a Hummer?
 

 9:33 P.M.  Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves give the award for Art Direction.  MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA wins a well-deserved award.
 9:37 P.M.  Samuel L. Jackson introduces yet another round of clips, this time for “issue” movies.  Why all the clips?  Although I did like the famous Jimmy Stewart quote about fighting for lost causes…
 9:41 P.M.  Sid Ganis, the president of the Academy, blathers on about “state of the heart” storytelling.  Spare me.  Except for the part where he knocks DVDs by saying, “There’s nothing like watching the images in a darkened movie theater…” I figure Sid hasn’t had to deal with cell phone idiots or movie commercials in quite a while.
 9:44 P.M.  Salma Hayek rocks the house (and gives Charlize a run for her “Woof!” money) by presenting the award for Musical Score.  Itzhak Perlman plays a mini-concerto of the five nominated scores on his trusty violin.  BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN wins.  Actually, it does sound like the best of them.
 9:57 P.M.  Jake Gyllenhaal introduces – yep, you guessed it – more clips, this time for “epic” movies.  I find out that these clip montages have been produced by Chuck Workman, the guy who did that 10-min. “History of the Movies” that plays occasionally on Turner Classic Movies.  Actually, these clip montages aren’t bad.  If the show runs long, what do you say we blame something else?  I vote we blame Sid Ganis.
 10:01 P.M.  Jessica Alba and Eric Bana give out the Sound Mixing award.  It’s no surprise when KING KONG wins, although after RAY’S win in this category last year, I wouldn’t have been surprised if WALK THE LINE had won.
 10:05 P.M.  Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin do a stand-up comedy routine that functions as an intro for a Robert Altman tribute.  More clips.  Altman gets the first and only standing ovation of the evening.
 10:15 P.M.  M. Night Shyamalan appears in what I think is another cute fake ad, but it turns out to be one of those Amex “My life is my card” ads.  It’s actually not bad.  In fact, it’s pretty good.  Which doesn’t mean I want to see it ad nauseum, though.
 10:19 P.M.  Ludacris introduces the third nominated song, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” from HUSTLE & FLOW.  The rap group Three 6 Mafia does the number.  It gets a rise out of the crowd.  I can’t believe this might have a chance to win.
 10:23 P.M.  Queen Latifah presents the Best Song award.  The winner is…the “Pimp” song!!  Holy $#%^&#!!  I have to admit, these guys from Three 6 Mafia really look happy.  I give them credit – at least they showed up, which is more than I can say for Eminem.  The camera shows Jon Stewart grinning from ear to ear.  He knows his material’s set for the rest of the evening.  It’s the same look Billy Crystal got after Jack Palance did all those one-armed push-ups.  
 10:28 P.M.  Jennifer Garner trips and almost goes down on her way out to present the Sound Editing award.  KING KONG wins another expected award.
 10:31 P.M.  George Clooney introduces the traditional “In Memoriam” montage.  It seems shorter this year.  Every year I see a few faces that I didn’t know had died; this year I missed John Fiedler – the killer from Star Trek’s classic Jack the Ripper episode.  The list wasn’t timely, because it didn’t include Don Knotts, Dennis Weaver, or Darren McGavin.  Maybe they were just “too TV” to include.
 
 

 10:38 P.M.  Will Smith presents the Foreign Language film award.  It goes to South Africa’s TSOTSI.  No big deal; it had received the most buzz, if that’s possible for a foreign film.
 10:41 P.M.  Jon Stewart notes candidly:  “Scorsese: O Oscars.  Three 6 Mafia: 1 Oscar.”  I still can’t believe it.
 10:42 P.M.  Ziyi Zhang, whom I consider the third prettiest woman here tonight after Charlize and Salma, presents the award for film editing.  CRASH finally wins an award.
 10:45 P.M.  Hilary Swank presents the Best Actor award.  To absolutely no one’s surprise, Philip Seymour Hoffman wins for CAPOTE.  I can’t wait to see his bad guy in M: I III.
 10:53 P.M.  I consider a second trip to the head.  The bladder and I decide to tough it out.
 10:55 P.M.  John Travolta, who I just read will play the Divine-inspired mother Edna Turnblad in the movie version of the HAIRSPRAY musical, gives the Oscar for Cinematography.  MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA wins in a slight upset; I really expected BROKEBACK to take this one.  Is it possible…could it be…?
 10:57 P.M.  Jamie Foxx presents the Best Actress award.  Reese Witherspoon wins for WALK THE LINE – again, no surprise.  I think this is the first time they’ve ever given out both of the major acting awards before the screenplay awards.
 11:08 P.M.  Jon Stewart:  “Man!  We are cruising tonight!”  He’s right.  This is turning out to be a fast show.
 11:09 P.M.  Dustin Hoffman presents Adapted Screenplay.  BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN wins.  Larry McMurtry, who wrote two great books – The Last Picture Show and Lonesome Dove – makes a fashion statement:  a tuxedo jacket with jeans.  Yikes!
 11:13 P.M.  Uma Thurman presents Original Screenplay.  I predict CRASH…and it wins.  That was almost a lock.
 11:19 P.M.  Tom Hanks presents Best Director.  Ang Lee wins for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.  I start to get nervous.
 11:23 P.M.  Jack Nicholson walks out to present Best Picture.  My ballot, completed before the show (with my wife as witness), picks CRASH.  I drum my fingers on the armrest.  CRASH WINS!!!  Holy Mother of Pearl!!  It’s the upset of the night!  Hell, it’s one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history!!
 11:28 P.M.  Stewart wraps up with, “Good night, and get home safe.”  Under 3 ½ hours – not bad.  Stewart wasn’t bad, either.  But next year, Hendo, it’s back in the pool for me!
 By the way, there is a clear winner for the annual Oscars Pool.  The winner will be announced at the March meeting.  See you then
 

ICS CALENDER OF EVENTS
 

March 10th   The Hills Have Eyes
 
 

March 17th     Killshot
 

 
March 17th    V for Vendetta 
 

March 25th  ICS MEETING - Saturday at 5:30 P.M.  

For the March Presentation - Norman Prentiss is presenting - Children in Peril movie night!

 
March   31st  Basic Instinct 2