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June 2006  #89

 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CLUB NEWS 
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TV NEWS

ICS MEMORIAL DAY 
PICNIC PICS

MOVIE NEWS
Due to Andrews injuries there’s no movie news. 
Keep an eye open for the weekly movie news coming back soon.

MUST SEE MOVIES

FAREWELLS
 

THE LAST WARD
 

ICS CALENDER OF EVENTS


Editor-Betsy Childs

Staff Writers:
Regina Vallerani, Andrew Kent John Ward
Dava Sentz, Mike Laird, Joe Plempel, Jim Childs

 
 
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HOLIDAY GRILLING
 Saturday’s Memorial Day cook-out was a huge success!  Many members showed up early to start the festivities.  And people contributed lots of great food, like hot dogs, burgers, veggie patties, salads, slaw, cookies, pies, brownies and chocolate covered pretzels.  People mingled indoors and outside to chat and feast.  It was a perfect weather day for cooking out.  Several members wore their ICS tee shirts and we have pics on the photo gallery page to prove it.  Take a peek.
 Thanks to Steve Vaught who proudly wore his cow-print apron and worked his meat thermometer to produce dozens of grilled goodies!  And thanks to everyone who brought in food and supplies for this event!

IF YOU HAVE A PICNIC, YOU HAVE TO EXPECT SOME ANTS
 … and not just any ants… the Big and Deadly Ants of THEM!  Jim Childs gave us a choice of 6 Big and Deadly films – from Iguanazilla to Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and the 1954 giant bug movie was the winner.
 THEM! is the story of giant mutant ants created by nuclear tests in the desert.  A team of investigators and the army search for a way to control their spread in this Cold War-era monster film. 
 Some Trivia from IMDB:  The film was originally supposed to be filmed in color and 3-D.  Two days before shooting began, a nervous studio cut the budget, and the film had to be made in black and white. 
         However, in the opening credits, the title is shown in bright red against a black-and-white background.  Some elements of the 3-D effects, such as the ants having extreme close-ups and the flame throwers shooting straight into the camera, were used in the film.  The flamethrowers used in the movie were standard World War 2 weapons and were loaned by the US Army. The actors handling the weapons were WW2 combat veterans who had actually used them in battle.
 And from the wacky overseas re-titling file - when this movie was first released in Sweden, it was strangely named 'The Spiders'.
 Thanks for bringing in the monster flick, Jim!  It was just right for a lazy May evening.

AS SEEN ON COMEDY CENTRAL
 Because our meeting ended early, the club voted to have an impromptu second feature.  The legendary HK film, THE STORY OF RICKY, was screened.  The 1991 film takes place in the ‘future’ of 2001.  Good-guy Ricky is imprisoned after murdering a couple of drug dealers.  While in prison, he uncovers corruption, prisoner mistreatment and an opium drug ring supported by the warden.  Kung-fu revenge follows. 
 But, where can one begin to describe all of the weirdness that is RICKY?  The f/x are either blatantly fake or excessively gory or both.  Ricky is beaten and slashed beyond belief in several scenes and perfectly healed in the next. 
        Of course maybe that’s due to his superhuman strength.  The warden can turn into an Incredible Hulk-ish creature when threatened (after all – the warden of any prison must be the best at kung fu).  Most oddly, the assistant warden has a false eye in which he keeps mints.   It was Steve Vaught that provided this gem for our screening – thanks Steve!

MOVIE GOODS NEEDED
  We will be accepting items for the June auction at next month’s meeting as well as the upcoming September con.  We need your VHS, DVDs, and other movie related items.  So clean out your collection and donate to ICS.  You never know if that movie that’s been gathering dust in your basement could be on someone else’s To-See list.
JUNE – The Minimum Bid Kid teams up with Jim Childs for an auction action 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.

JUNE AUCTION
  The Minimum Bid Kid is back - with Jim Childs in tow as the Auction Master!  Be prepared for dollar bargains, dueling bids and plenty of action as our donated goods go up on the auction block.  Payments accepted – greenbacks and checks made out to the ICS.  And remember – if you end up with add-on items that you do not want, they can be immediately re-donated for the Convention in September.

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 dealer’s 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.

NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING (*ALWAYS* THE LAST SATURDAY)
 Our next meeting will be held on Saturday June 24th 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 torn-down 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. 

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD
  The board contacted many famous directors and actors requesting their top 5 favorite genre movies.  Who wrote us back?  Who snubbed us?  Does Conrad Brooks have any favorite films in which he is not an actor?  We’ll know all of the details of this interesting experiment in June – and get to choose from the results. 
 
 

 LOOK AHEAD - 2006 SCHEDULE
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 Werewolf films presented by Betsy Childs
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

JET LI’S SWAN SONG 
  Once again, prepare to stay late in June … because it’s a double feature night.   The film for the evening will be Jet Li’s final martial arts movie, FEARLESS brought to us by Andrew Kent.  FEARLESS is loosely based on the real martial artist Huo Yuan Jia, who in 1910 founded one of the first major martial arts schools in China, the Jing Wu Athletic Association.  Huo Yuan Jia was a master of the My Jhong style of kung-fu, the lineage of which can be traced back to the Shaolin temple of the Tang Dynasty era (618-907 AD.)  The fight choreography is by the legendary Yuen Wo-Ping and the film is directed by Ronny Yu, who made a name for himself directing Hong Kong films in the 80's and 90's.  His most well known HK film is probably THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR.  He then went to Hollywood in 1998 and made BRIDE OF CHUCKY, FORMULA 51, and FREDDY VS. JASON.  Like all HK film types, he made good money in the States, but questionable films.  He has now returned to HK for the first time since going Hollywood to reunite with Jet Li on FEARLESS. 
 With tons of CGI and wirework, FEARLESS is a kung-fu film for folks who unabashedly love kung-fu films.  This film is scheduled to open in the US in August, so see it first at ICS! 
 
 

ICS Memorial Day Picnic Fun!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ICS POWER! 
 
 

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RODAY PSYCHED FOR PSYCH
   James Roday, who stars in USA Network's upcoming series Psych, said that he plas Shawn Spencer, a police consultant who helps solve crimes using razor-sharp powers of observation, which he uses to pretend that he's psychic. Or is he? 
   "I don't know if we're going to find out that he has any real psychic abilities anytime soon," Roday said during a conference call. "For the most part he's just going to be using his sort of keen powers of observation that have been imbedded in him by his father [Corbin Bernsen, who plays Henry, a cop]. He's basically a brilliant detective. That's what he is. He just didn't have the drive to become a brilliant detective, and now he's sort of back-doored his way into something that he's always had a gift at. He's just put a silly little spin on it to get himself out of trouble." 
   Roday, whose credits include the SF comedy Repli-Kate, added: "Who knows, though? Way down the line we might figure out that he's got some real abilities. But for now I think it's mostly a production for everybody who's watching." Psych, which also stars Dule Hill as Shawn's best friend, Gus, will premiere with a 90-minute episode on July 7. 

NBC TO AIR 4400 SPECIAL
    NBC will air a one-hour clip show of sister cable network USA's SF drama The 4400 on June 3, a week before the show's third-season premiere. The 4400: Unlocking the Secrets will recap the past two seasons' events, aiming to draw new viewers to the show's third-season premiere on June 11. 
    The special is available for viewing now on SCIFI.COM's SCI FI Pulse video player, under the "Featured" section. 
     NBC has previously aired promotional runs of SCI FI Channel's Battlestar Galactica and Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but this is a first for USA. All are owned by NBC Universal, which also owns SCIFI.COM. 
     The 4400: Unlocking the Secrets will repeat June 4 on USA and later in the week on SCI FI Channel and Bravo. The 4400's third season will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Sundays. 

NEXT SEASON’S LOST SNEAKED 
   Producers of ABC's hit series Lost, which aired its surprising second-season finale on May 24, said that it sets up the upcoming third season, which will focus more on romance—and on the mysterious Others. "The Others are an important part of season three, and there's a lot of mysteries and a lot of questions about the Others that the audience is going to be curious about going into season three," said executive producer Carlton Cus. "And those are the things we're going to explore." 
   Cuse added: "There will definitely be some new characters on the show next year. ... Obviously, Michael Emerson, who plays Henry Gale, he's someone who's going to be very prominent in the show next year." Fans were also introduced to a new character who promises to figure in next season's storylines: Penelope Widmore, played by Sonya Walger. 
   "I'm excited about love in season three," said executive producer Bryan Burk, adding: "Don't forget now the people have been on the island for 60-plus days. They're now obviously more familiar with each other. ... The concept of love is there, and ... it weaves its way through all of our characters. It's going to be much more prevalent in season three." 
   Now that Lost has finished shooting, the season-three writers met recently for a "boot camp" in Hawaii, where they broke the main story arcs for next year. "It's fun, because we're still kind of following on a macro level the same trajectory that we talked about years ago," Burk said. "The details are changing on this, and new characters that we hadn't thought about are here, ... but what's fun is kind of the whole big journey is still kind of where we had originally talked about it. And it feels as I had always said from day one, when I was doing interviews in season one, I kept saying that the show doesn't really start kicking in for me until seasons two and three. 
    Somebody smarter than me recently said in a TV Guide letter, ... 'If you think you're still watching a show about people who crashed on an island, you're watching another show.' There's a lot going on, and as we move forward, ... we're getting deeper into the center of the onion." 

SG-1's SHANKS TALKS ROMANCE
   Michael Shanks, who plays Daniel Jackson in SCI FI Channel's original series Stargate SG-1, said that the series will play down the potential romance between his character and Claudia Black's Vala as the series kicks off its 10th season this July. Last season, former Farscape star Black played Vala in half a dozen episodes, which came on the heels of an eighth-season guest shot that introduced her wily thief character. 
   In the upcoming season, Black joins the cast as a regular, and Vala, who has been impregnated by the villainous Ori, will give birth to a rapidly maturing child named Adria, who will be played by several actresses, including ex-Firefly star Morena Baccarin. 
   "In order to justify Vala there in a regular capacity this season, we've had to tone that down a little bit," Shanks said, referring to the characters' sexual tension. "We're doing a lot of balancing right now. We're trying to find the fun of it, and we're trying to find the push-pull in a more practical, kind of friendship situation. There's an episode where Daniel and Vala go out to dinner to talk about her personal growth, so to speak, and there's all the innuendo and misconception that can happen in that kind of situation." 
   Shanks added: "So there's a lot of fun in that. What we're doing is trying to keep the joke alive without killing it. And it's always fun when you work with somebody like Claudia, who's so good at playing with you and playing off you and who just gives you so much all the time. It's been a lot of fun doing that." 
 
 

IMAGINATIVE CINEMA - COMING SOON to a Theater near you!

June 28th     SUPERMAN Returns!!
Cast: Brandon Routh (Clark Kent/Superman), Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane), Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor), Frank Langella, James Marsden, Sam Huntington 
Premise:  Look, up in the sky!! This will be a continuation of the storyline established in the first two Christopher Reeve 'Superman' movies. At the outset, Superman returns from a 6-year mysterious absence, where he will have to face not only Lex Luthor but the public perception that Metropolis was better off without him (Superman).

July 7th     Pirates of the Caribbean 2 
Cast: Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow), Orlando Bloom (Will Turner), 
Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann), Geoffrey Rush (Captain Barbossa), Stellan 
Skarsgard ('Bootstrap' Bill Turner)
Premise:  Jack Sparrow must contend with Davey Jones (he of the famous 
locker), to whom he owes a debt.

July 14th    Pulse 
Cast: Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian
Premise: Imagine our wireless technologies made a connection to a world beyond our own. Imagine that world used that technology as a doorway into ours. Now, imagine that the connection we made can't be shut down. When you turn on your cell phone or log on to your e-mail, they'll get in, you'll be infected and they'll be able to take from you what they don’t have anymore - life.

July 21st     My Super Ex-Girlfirend 
Cast: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson,  Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard
Premise: Everyone's had a painful parting of the ways with a romantic partner. We pick up the pieces and move on. But for one New York guy, it's not going to be so easy. When he breaks up with his girlfriend, he discovers his ex is actually the reluctant superhero, G-Girl. A scorned woman, she unleashes her super powers to humiliate and torment him.

July 21st        Lady in the Water 
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard
Premise: Directed by M Night Shyamalan,  This is the story of a 
superintendent of an apartment complex in Philadelphia who discovers a sea 
nymph living in the building's swimming pool 

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Henry Bumstead, the veteran Hollywood production designer who won Academy Awards for his work on To Kill a Mockingbird and The Sting and whose longtime association with actor-director Clint Eastwood kept him on the job into his 90s, has died.
His nearly 70-year career began when he was a draftsman in the art department at RKO in the late 1930s and his first picture as an art director was the 1948 Paramount drama Saigon, starring Alan Ladd. 
Bumstead who was affectionately known as Bummy had more than 100 films to his credit, including Come Back, Little Sheba, Cinderfella, The Great Waldo Pepper, Slap Shot, The Front Page, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, Martin Scorsese's 1991 version of  Cape Fear, Mystic River and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. He also was art director on ICS favorite - I married a monster from outer space.
Bumstead recently completed work on his last project, Eastwood's companion movies Flags of Our Fathers and Red Sun, Black Sand, the last of a 13-film collaboration. He was 91.
 
 

Val Guest, the versatile British director and screenwriter, whose film career spanned more than 50 years and began in the 1930s by writing British comedies, has died. After becoming a director in the 1940s, he made movies in a variety of genres — including broad comedies, detective thrillers and period musicals — but was best known in the United States for his science-fiction works. He wrote and directed the quatermass xperiment, quatermass 2, the abominable snowman, the day the earth caught fire and when dinosaurs ruled the earth. 
His other films included murder at the windmill, men of sherwood forest, life with the lyons, it’s a wonderful world, penny princess, the weapon, the camp on blood island, expresso bongo and 80,000 suspects. Guest also was one of the five credited directors on the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale. 
He was married to actress Yolande Donlan from 1954 until his death. He was 94.
 
 
 

ROBERT STERLING & ANNE JEFFERYS

Robert Sterling, the dashingly handsome actor who is best remembered co-starring with his wife Anne Jeffreys as a stylish pair of fun-seeking ghosts in the 1950s TV sitcom Topper, has died. Sterling and Jefferys played George and Marion Kerby in the series, a married couple killed in an avalanche while on a European skiing vacation. The Kerbys, along with their would-be rescuer — a brandy-swilling St. Bernard named Neil — returned as ghosts to their former home, since occupied by dignified banker Cosmo Topper (Leo G. Carroll) and his wife, Henrietta (Lee Patrick). The situation comedy, which was based on a novel by Thorne Smith and a 1937 film starring Cary Grant and Constance Bennett, aired on CBS from 1953 to 1955, followed by a year of evening reruns on ABC and NBC.
His films include only angels have wings, the gay caballero, ringside masie, johnny eager, Somewhere I'll Find You, the sundowners, show boat, return to peyton place and ICS favorite voyage to the bottom of the sea. He was 88.

Arthur Widmer, a pioneer in film special-effects technology who received a lifetime achievement award last year from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has died. He was 92.
In presenting the award to Widmer on Feb. 12, 2005, the academy noted his significant contributions to the development of the Ultra Violet and "blue screen" compositing processes.
In the late 1940s, Widmer helped introduce Eastman Color Negative and Color Positive film to the motion picture industry. From the 1950s on, he worked primarily for Warner Bros., where some of his key work involved the Ultra Violet Traveling Matte process. He also worked to refine technologies for 3-D and wide-screen processes.
In 1964, he went to work for Universal Studios, where he designed and built the optical department. He also continued his development of "blue screen" technology used in special effects and optical printing.
"Art's pioneering work has had a profound impact on the film industry," Richard Edlund, chair of the Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, said when the award was announced. "In fact, many of the films we hold dear would not have been possible without his contributions to image compositing technology."
                                            THE LAST WARD
By John Ward
 

 Once again, ladies and gentlemen, for your reading pleasure, the staff of the ICSFiles (well, one of us, anyway) is pleased to bring you… the MAGIC ELLIPSIS!!
For the recently initiated among you, or just the occasionally forgetful, the Magic Ellipsis column occurs whenever the writer (ahem) is so brain-fried that he can’t come up with a decent column idea…so he just vents about a lot of little things…with no real rhyme or reason…and they’re all separated by these funny little dots…and trust me, if you’re a teacher, brain-frying usually occurs about this time of year…
 The only reason 24 is no longer the best show on television is because its season is over…but I believe you can catch non-stop reruns on one of the cable channels…was it FX?…The recently completed Season 5 was the best season so far in the series’ run, the first season to end in a cliffhanger…already looking forward to the box set in the fall…
 As long as we’re talking about TV, here’s my annual Top Reasons to Watch TV…I no longer call it “Top 10 Reasons” because the chances of finding 10 reasons are slim…24, LOST, SUPERNATURAL, PRISON BREAK, MY NAME IS EARL, TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES, LAW AND ORDER: SVU, THE OFFICE…
 I’d sooner eat ground glass than sing the praises of American Movie Classics, but I admit I’m intrigued about their upcoming initial venture into TV-movies…Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church are starring in a Walter Hill-directed western, BROKEN TRAIL…In an interview, Duvall called it “the completion of my western trilogy” that started with LONESOME DOVE and continued with OPEN RANGE…It premieres on AMC around the end of this month…check the listings…
 Without further ado, my more-or-less-annual “If I Could Only See One Movie a Month”…June: SUPERMAN RETURNS…July: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2: DEAD MAN’S CHEST…August: SNAKES ON A PLANE…September: ALL THE KING’S MEN…October: FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS in a close race over THE PRESTIGE…November: CASINO ROYALE edging out ZODIAC…December: THE GOOD SHEPHERD…A few notes on the titles…FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS is Clint Eastwood directing Paul Haggis’ script about the men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima… THE PRESTIGE stars Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as two professional magicians at war with each other, and it’s directed by Christopher Nolan, so there’s a good chance that nothing in the film will be quite as it seems…ZODIAC is director David Fincher’s new film about the real-life hunt for the Zodiac Killer in San Francisco several decades ago… THE GOOD SHEPHERD is Robert De Niro’s second directing job, with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie in a story about the development of the CIA…
 True confessions time…after five seasons, our family was finally sucked into the all-consuming maelstrom that is AMERICAN IDOL…we watched the last half-dozen weeks or so…I thought the bald guy who sang mostly hard rock had the best voice…too bad he got knocked out…does this mean I’ve finally gone over to the dark side of Reality Television?… I hope not…because I think my family has gone with me…
 

 Currently on my reading table: The Death Collectors by Jack Kersey… Tripwire by Lee Child… Casino Royale by Ian Fleming…not to mention the other 13 James Bond novels written by Fleming…which I plan to read in their order of publication…thanks once again to Gary Roberson for picking up the box set of Fleming books at BJ’s for $20…what a deal…
 Highly recommended CD – We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions by Bruce Springsteen and the “Seeger Sessions” Band…not quite the E Street Band, but equally full of fire…it’s Springsteen’s tribute to the legacy of folk music great Pete Seeger…Springsteen’s first album of “cover songs,” pulled from the last 150 (!!) years of musical Americana…everything from gospel to spirituals to hootenanny to pedal steel…like visiting the Smithsonian music shop…a recent concert appearance at Nissan Pavilion promoting the album was spectacular…and Nissan Pavilion is a great venue…it easily trumps Merriwether Post…preliminary concerns about the parking situation were unfounded… but I think we might have been lucky…would love to go back someday…
 Speaking of music…I was talking to a certain club member recently about what songs would go on our “all-time rock-n-roll songs list”…I sat down and managed to come up with 15 titles…these would be the must-have songs on my jukebox…one of these days, I’ll have to burn them on a CD…here they are…
 Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen…Rosalita (Come Out Tonight), Bruce Springsteen…Dancing in the Street, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas…Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival…Jumping Jack Flash, Rolling Stones…Satisfaction, Rolling Stones…Pride (In the Name of Love), U2…Jailhouse Rock, Elvis Presley…I Saw Her Standing There, The Beatles…Back in the USSR, The Beatles…Walk This Way, Aerosmith…The Entertainer, Billy Joel…Understanding, Bob Seger…Urgent, Foreigner…Stand by Me, Ben E. King…and I can honestly say that I have been lucky enough to hear 10 of these songs performed live by the original artists…I’ll leave it to you to guess which songs…
 Recent DVD pickups: TOWERING INFERNO 2-disc Special Edition…HOUSE OF WAX (The original)…THE GUMBALL RALLY/CANNONBALL RUN II…I’m not kidding about that last one…I picked it up for $9.99 at Best Buy, pretty much for the RALLY movie, one of my favorite guilty pleasures of the ‘70s…
 A sign that my son’s tastes in cinema are definitely maturing – he recently watched SEVEN SAMURAI from start to finish…John had been asking me for weeks if he could watch it…I think he wanted to see if it would be like the Japanese manga he likes to read…He really enjoyed it, especially Toshiro Mifune’s character…now if I can only get him to watch THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN with me…
 No long trips this summer…Still recovering from last year’s trip to London and Paris…But planning to drive John’s troop to summer camp in North Carolina…then spending a few days on the Blue Ridge Parkway while camp is in session…anyone ever been to the Biltmore Estate, Blowing Rock, or Grandfather Mountain?…all on our itinerary…Then we  might do an amusement park or two, searching for the perfect roller coaster…My all-time favorite coaster – the Thunderbolt at Kennywood Park, outside Pittsburgh…wooden, rickety, and nasty…I figure I better get out there and look for something more before my back gets too old for the experience…
 

 How not to spend free time on a Wednesday night:  going to the AMC White Marsh on the spur of the moment…  I had a few hours of free time and decided to blow them on the new remake of THE OMEN…Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard all the naysayers (I think I was one of them), but I figured, what the hell…No pun intended…I walked up to the counter with a smile on my face and discovered that, for the second time in my last four visits, the theater has lost power and one whole side of the place is shut down...naturally, the side showing THE OMEN…which I figure is God telling me, You putz!  I TOLD you not to bother seeing this piece of crap… just so the evening wouldn’t be a total loss, I walked over to Barnes and Noble and browsed…and I discovered that horror writer Jack Ketchum has brought out an “uncut, unedited” version of his classic cannibal thriller, Off Season…I read this book over twenty years ago, and I remember being shocked by the storyline…so I’m debating whether to read it again…
 Here’s one more plea for all your ICSers out there to get with the program and get with the Forum…the ICS Forum, that is…still the best online meeting place in town…Johndalf, Mr. Klaatu, the Undead Hillbilly, Edgar Allan Hendoe, Chazmonious, and J. Ben-Hur are looking for fresh meat…try it, you just might like it…
 And now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s nearly 1 A.M. and I still have a few more writing projects to grade…
 See you next month!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ICS CALENDER OF EVENTS
 
 
 

June 24th   ICS MEETING – It’s AUCTION NIGHT. 
Come see The Minimum Bid Kid and sidekick That Big Kid Jim for a wild and wacky time at the ICS Auction!
 
 

June 28th     SUPERMAN Returns!!
Cast: Brandon Routh (Clark Kent/Superman), Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane), Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor), Frank Langella, James Marsden, Sam Huntington 
Premise:  Look, up in the sky!! This will be a continuation of the storyline established in the first two Christopher Reeve 'Superman' movies. At the outset, Superman returns from a 6-year mysterious absence, where he will have to face not only Lex Luthor but the public perception that Metropolis was better off without him (Superman).