HEROES CHEERLEADER TO TEST HERSELF
Hayden Panettiere, who plays
indestructible cheerleader Claire Bennet on NBC's Heroes, said that the
upcoming second season will find her character's pushing the limits of
her ability to heal herself.
"I think this season she's
really looking to figure out more about her powers, more about what she
can do, how far she can push it, what happens when she does it," Panettiere
said. "And there's still some unanswered questions for her about her ability,
how far her pain tolerance can go or if she can actually die if something
Following the events of the
season finale, in which the main characters came together to fend off the
villain Sylar (Zachary Quinto) and stop Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimigila)
from becoming a human bomb, Claire and her adoptive family will go into
But as Claire become
more used to her powers, she will start to use them unconsciously, which
leads to more of the kind of gore that was seen in early episodes of season
explained that she sees her character's struggles as a metaphor for the
issues many teenagers deal with as they test the limits of their freedom.
"[Teens] are constantly trying
to push their parents away," she said. "They're constantly trying to test
the limits of their freedom and how far they can push things. And that's
sort of the same thing with Claire. She's just doing it in a different
way, not to go to the mall with her friends [but] more to learn more about
herself and this ability and what she can do. I think in that way it's
definitely a teenage universal message. All teenagers will understand that
one. But I think that'll still continue to be a battle for her until she's
an adult, and even then, her dad's going to want to protect her."
Heroes returns on Sept. 24
and will air in the same timeslot, Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
SF's DENTON MEETS A MASTER
James Denton, the Desperate
Housewives star who appears in ABC's anthology series Masters of Science
Fiction, saids that he was excited to work with legendary SF writer Harlan
Ellison both in front of and behind the camera.
"I'm not really familiar
with the genre, but I knew who Harlan Ellison was," Denton said. Denton
not only talked to Ellison as the co-writer of the episode, but also dealt
with him as a fellow performer. "It was a real bonus to be in something
that he wrote and [to] hear him in the makeup trailer telling stories."
Ellison appears in the segment
of the series called "The Discarded" and plays one of the misfits who are
banished on a satellite in space. "It's very dark and very sad, about a
group of discarded people on a satellite shot up in outer space," Denton
said. "They were, I guess 'defective' is the term, with different kinds
of diseases. It was 'the Satellite of Misfit Toys.’... My character is
sent from Earth, healthy and normal for lack of a better term, and the
Earthlings need something from them."
BATTLESTAR’S MOORE SIGNS
Battlestar Galactica executive
producer Ronald D. Moore has signed a two-year deal with Universal Media
Under the deal, Moore will
continue on Battlestar, which will wrap its run on SCI FI Channel next
year. Moore will simultaneously begin developing projects for the studio,
with a fall 2008 series a possibility, the trade paper reported. Getting
a Moore-created series on SCI FI's sister broadcast network NBC is a top
Moore's feature work
will also include the sequel to me, Robot for 20th Century Fox and an update
of The Thing for Universal Studios.
EX-SUPERGIRL VISITING SMALLVILLE
Former Supergirl star
Helen Slater will appear in an episode of The CW's Smallville next season.
Slater is set to guest-star in the sixth episode of the season as the aunt
of the show's Supergirl, played by Laura Vandervoort.
Smallville has a history
of bringing in actors associated with other adaptations of the Superman
comic. Dean Cain, who starred in the television series Lois & Clark:
The New Adventures of Superman, will also appear as a villain in the fourth
episode of the season.
O'BANNON PENNING FARSCAPE WEBISODES
Brian Henson, executive
producer of the upcoming Farscape "mini-isodes" that will debut on SCI
FI.COM's SCI FI Pulse broadband network, revealed that series co-creator
Rockne S. O'Bannon will collaborate with him on the scripts for the revival.
"Rockne and I are back together
to work on the beginning of the next generation of Farscape," Henson said.
SCI FI has ordered 10 webisodes
of Farscape, to be produced by Brian Henson and Robert Halmi Jr. and produced
by The Jim Henson Co., in association with RHI Entertainment.
The series will expand the
Farscape universe. Henson was tight-lipped with details. "As for the project,
we're not allowed to actually tell you anything about it," Henson said.
"What we are doing with Farscape is having a lot of fun and in the experimental
media of webisodes; it takes Farscape to its next chapter. There's very
little we can say creatively, other than I'm sure there will be characters
there that you all know, and I'm sure there will be characters that will
Henson said that each
webisode will run between three and six minutes in length. "We are very
excited about it, and, as is tradition, we are very secretive about it,"
he said. "But it's also very early. We only just decided to do this very
recently, so it's still in its creation state." The Farscape series aired
on SCI FI Channel starting in 1999. No premiere date has been set for the
SKINWALKERS’ WEREWOLVES ARE HUMAN
Stan Winston, the special-effects
wizard who designed the werewolves in the upcoming horror thriller Skinwalkers,
said that it was important for him to create the creatures using makeup
effects rather than computer-generated images in order to let the performances
of the actors shine through. "When you take the performance away from an
actor, I think it's a mistake," Winston said, "So that was my big deal
with this. I wanted to give it all back to the actor. We wanted to cast
good actors who could create great performances, who would bring their
beast to the screen, and never hide them and never take it away from them."
Skinwalkers centers on two
clans of werewolves, one that embraces their blood lust and the other that
sees it as a curse. Jason Behr (Roswell) stars as Varek, the leader of
the more bestial clan, while Elias Koteas (Zodiac) plays Jonas, the protector
of a half-werewolf boy who may fulfill an ancient prophecy when he comes
of age. Rhona Mitra, Kim Coates, Natassia Malthe and Matthew Knight also
Winston, best known for his
work on the Terminator films, said that although the werewolves in the
film weren't wholly digital, that doesn't mean he didn't employ some effects
to enhance them. "That is not to say that the skinwalkers in this movie
don't have every trick in the book," he said. "Not to say that we have
not used state-of-the-art makeup effects, prosthetics, contacts, teeth,
everything. Not to say that we have not used digital effects. We have.
I've tweaked them. I've taken them further than we could just do with makeup
effects. But only so far as you couldn't tell. Only so far that you don't
know, that for you, it's just going to look cool."
Still, Winston wanted to
make the creatures in Skinwalkers different from others in recent films,
and that could only be achieved through the actors themselves. "You see
Jason, boy, when that guy is a werewolf he loves it, and that's obvious,"
he said. "And that's his character. And he truly could not wait to get
into that makeup. And he couldn't wait to be a werewolf. And it shows when
he is a werewolf. He's relishing it. Elias Koteas hated the idea of being
a werewolf, and his character doesn't want to be a werewolf, but he is.
And you can see the pain. You can see the conflict. And it comes through
because the guy's a wonderful actor. And you see that with all the characters,
they're all very specific. They're all delineated. The story is very clean
and simple. And I'm very proud of it. If you want to see Underworld, don't
go see this movie."
V OLTRON TO BE ON FILM
New Regency has partnered
with the Mark Gordon Co. to adapt Voltron: Defender of the Universe, the
1980s Japanese animated SF TV show, into a possible franchise.
Producer Mark Gordon has
been developing the movie, with Justin Marks writing the script. Interest
in the property hit a high after Transformers turned into a box-office
juggernaut, raking in nearly $300 million to date.
Marks' take is described
as a post-apocalyptic tale of survival set in New York City and Mexico.
In the animated series, five Galaxy Alliance pilots control vehicles shaped
like lions that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron robot
in order to battle an evil menace.
Marks is also adapting He-Man and
the Masters of the Universe for Joel Silver at Warner Brothers and the
DC Comics superhero Green Arrow for Supermax.
GUGINO IS WATCHMEN’S SPECTRE
Carla Gugino has joined the
cast of Watchmen; the upcoming film based on Alan Moore's seminal DC Comics
series, as Sally Jupiter aka The Silk Spectre. She joins Patrick Wilson,
Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and
Malin Akerman in the film, which is set in an alternate America that has
passed a law banning costumed crime fighters. When one is murdered, the
remaining members set out to solve the mystery.
Sally Jupiter is a
burlesque dancer turned costumed heroine and sex symbol who was once a
part of the Minutemen, a group of heroes who preceded the Watchmen. She
is also the mother of Laurie Juspeczyk (Akerman), who has reluctantly taken
on her mantle as The Silk Spectre II. Sources said Gugino will portray
Jupiter in varying eras, playing different ages throughout the movie.
MILLINNIUM AND CONAN
Millennium Films has
acquired the rights to make a new series of movies based on Robert E. Howard's
mythical conqueror Conan the Barbarian.
Paradox Entertainment president
and chief executive officer Fredrik Malmberg chose Millennium after extricating
the rights from Warner Brothers last spring.
Malmberg will produce, with
Millennium's Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Joe Gatta and George Furla. The
company's aim is to start production by next spring.The new version will
be more faithful to Howard's original creation than were a series of films
that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, the trade paper
VINCENT PRICE CELEBRATION
Fox and MGM Home Entertainment
are celebrating the work of Vincent Price with the DVD releases of nearly
a dozen classic films starring the horror legend. The list of releases,
all available on Sept. 11, includes The Fly Collection, MGM Movie Scream
Legends: Vincent Price and Witchfinder General.
I.C.S. TRIVIA QUIZ #3
by Carl Denham, Quizmeister
1. Which character is more annoying?
Jar Jar Binks in STAR WARS or Short Round in Indiana Jones & The Temple
2. Finish this line, "Save the
Cheerleader, ____ __ ____!" which comes from _______?
3. In comic book lore, which
character has shown to be faster in a race - Superman or The Flash?
4. Name this 70's disaster film,
where the lead actor, played by who, sacrifices his life to attempt to
save his wife, played by who, from drowning in the Los Angeles drainage
5. Who said this in what film?
"Bats frighten me. It's time my enemies share my dread."
6. A character named Stephen
says this in what film? "Were still pretty close to Johnstown. Those rednecks
are probably enjoying this whole thing"
7. "Goodnight you princes of
Maine. You kings of New England" was spoken by Michael Caine as Dr. Wilbur
Larch in what film
8. A man controlling a steam
shovel battles a T-Rex. What movie?
9. Why did the octopus in IT
CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA only have 5 tentacles?
10. Who plays the roles of Dracula
and the Frankenstein Monster in THE MONSTER SQUAD (1987) ?
GOOD LUCK, FOLKS!
MEMBERS JUST LIKE US
– ICS Members answer ‘5 in a Row’
There will be a brief, one page 5 question interview
each month with and ICS member.
This month’s Guest is Regina Vallerani.
1. Do you remember the movie that got you 'hooked'
on movies of an offbeat style?
When I was younger and lived at home, my family would
watch Channel 45 when they showed old 50's and 60's horror and sci-fi films.
Some of the films were televised more than once and there is one movie
that alternately terrified and amused me upon different showings.
I remember bits and pieces from it - I have not seen in about 30 years.
It involved something about injecting people and cows (?) with alcohol,
and in the ending, all of the teenagers formed a circle with their cars
and flashed their high beams at the aliens. One ICS'er was able to
identify it from my vague description as INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN, which
unfortunately I cannot find on any official DVD releases.
2. Who is your favorite director? (and why?)
I have two favorites - David Cronenberg and Dario Argento
(no surprise). Cronenberg's body of work has remained consistently
good during his career whereas I have been critical of Argento's work since
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in 1998. Argento's best films were a product
of the time. I feel certain nostalgia when I watch his 60's, 70's
and 80's movies, but as I watch them, I also see them as raw and original.
Many times I will watch them and imagine that I am seeing them for the
first time and try to let them unfold without anticipating what's coming
next (as best as I can), and I become enthralled by the story, the setting,
the actors, the wardrobes, even the old cars. His most current attempts
to reinvigorate his career were to bring back the giallo. I have
found these modern ones (SLEEPLESS and THE CARD PLAYER), while still good,
to be a little too pretty and polished and not original. Of course,
I am still going to see his newer films when possible, but I do not feel
an urgency to do so.
Cronenberg on the other hand has produced a very diverse
body of work - everything from straight horror (THE BROOD) to classic remakes
(THE FLY) to Broadway adaptations (M. BUTTERFLY) to modern mafia films
(A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE). What I like about Cronenberg is that I enjoy
his films on different levels. The basic level is the one where I
just enjoy how the plot develops and how the story progresses. He
tends to choose subjects and themes that I find interesting, perhaps because
many of them contain subversive elements. Another level is trying
to figure out on my own what Cronenberg elements, like duality and body
horror, were the in the film. When he strays from the horror genre,
the Cronenberg trademarks become less obvious and I have to look or research
deeper. In addition, another level of appreciating his films is reading
Cronenberg's views on what he tried to create in his film, which are always
fascinating - he is a very intelligent and articulate director.
3. If you had to pick 3 movies to take to the desert
island and would have to watch over and over, what would they be?
SCANNERS, TAXI DRIVER and CABIN BOY
4. Who would win in a battle, Mexican wrestler or Mall
Unless the battle was fixed ahead of time, my vote
is on the Zombie. All the Zombie would have to do is take a small
bite out of Santo, then he would turn into a Mall Zombie too and the odds
on a Zombie winning the fight would improve greatly.
5. What do you take in your coffee - and if you don't
drink coffee, what do you drink?
Milk, sugar, vanilla, and lots and lots of crushed
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Daniel
Craig, Jeremy Northam
Premise: The latest “Body Snatchers”
remake. Need we say more? A mysterious epidemic is sweeping
the world, but it takes one Washington DC psychiatrist to discover that
the disease is extraterrestrial in origin.
Cast: Jet Li, Jason Statham
Premise: Li is an infamous assassin
setting off a crime war, and Jason Statham is the obsessed FBI agent determined
to bring him down. The revenge as his world unravels into a vortex of guilt
Cast: Kevin Bacon, John Goodman,
Premise: Nick Hume is a mild-mannered
executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something
that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to
the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his
Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Brad
Dourif, Sheri Moon
Premise: A remake of the classic
horror film – one of the ones that started it all off in the 80’s. After
being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still
very dangerous, is mistakenly released from the mental institution (where
he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield,
where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his
path is in mortal danger. Sound familiar?
Ginger Diamond's Tasty
Tidbits and Leftovers
By Ginger Diamond
As usual - I Am Curious: Robin
I believe curiosity is the most important quality for
human beings to possess. Webster's Dictionary defines being curious
as having the desire to learn and know. From this one attribute,
all other character traits can evolve. The realization that there's
so much more to life beyond your backyard fence just stimulates the mind.
Muscling your way into the novelty of it all, and leaping into the unknown
with abandon is exhilarating!
So, with this grandiose introduction, what could this
column possibly be about today?
How about: Are you a FILM GEEK FILMGOER, or what?
True, Film Geeks have many qualities, but I'm zeroing in on the FGF's out
of the house, and into the other world experiences. What are their
theater habits and comments? And for quality assurance, I've interviewed
hundreds (OK, maybe about ten) fellow FGF's. Are you as curious as
I am? Check it out!
1. Do you avoid going to a movie's opening weekend,
because it's like being in Coach on a 747?
2. Are unisex restrooms okay - so women don't have
to wait in those loooong lines?
3. Should popcorn be pre-chewed and candy unwrapped
before patrons sit down?
4. Should crying babies be drawn and quartered on
5. Kan u reed (meaning - subtitles don't bug you)?
6. Do you miss the Orpheum Theatre in Fells Point?
7. Do you clap at the Senator's pre-screen recording
about cell phones?
8. Do you change your seat, at least once, before
the movie begins?
9. Have you ever thought about zombie entrails when
you're watching the concession goodies advertisement?
10. Have you ever waken a snoring patron during an
Ingmar Bergman film at the Charles?
11. Have you ever waken two snoring patrons during
an Ingmar Bergman film at the Charles?
12. Have you ever wondered what the hell you're doing
at an Ingmar Bergman film at the Charles?
13. Finally, do you sit in the front row so you can
kiss the screen?
If you answered a resounding "yes" to most of these
questions, congratulations! You're my doppelganger (scary stuff,
I know). Even if you answered "yes" to any of these questions - Say
it loud! I'm an FGF, and I'm proud!
Your prize knows you are not alone in your I.C.S. membership.
Good bye farewellsfarewellsfarewells
Ingmar Bergman, the master writer-director
who influenced several generations of filmmakers with films that showed
bleakness and despair as well as comedy and hope in his constant explorations
of the human condition, has died. He was widely considered one of the greatest
directors in motion picture history. For much of the second half of the
20th century, he stood with directors like Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa
at the pinnacle of serious filmmaking.
He made about 50 films over
more than 40 years. He centered his work on two great themes — the relationship
between the sexes and the relationship between mankind and God.
Some of them include CRISIS,
NIGHT IS MY FUTURE, TO JOY, SUMMER INTERLUDE, SAWDUST AND TINSEL, JOURNEY
INTO AUTUMN, THE SEVENTH SEAL, WILD STRAWBERRIES, CRIES AND WHISPERS, PERSONA,
HOUR OF THE WOLF, SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE, THE MAGIC FLUTE, THE SERPENT’S
EGG and THE BEST INTENTIONS. He won Academy Awards for THE VIRGIN SPRING,
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY and FANNY AND ALEXANDER (Best Foreign Film).
“Bergman was the first to bring
metaphysics — religion, death, existentialism — to the screen”, said French
director Bertrand Tavernier. Woody Allen, once said of Mr. Bergman that
he was “probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since
the invention of the motion picture camera”. He was 89.
Fred Saberhagen, the author of
over 65 historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy novels, including
such series at the DRACULA and BERSERKER series, has died.
His first published story was
VOLUME PAA-PYX, which appeared in the February 1961 issue of Galaxy, and
his first published novel was THE GOLDEN PEOPLE in 1964.
Before starting his writing
career, Saberhagen served in the US Air Force, worked as a civilian electronics
technician, and wrote and edited articles on science and technology for
the Encyclopedia Britannica. He was born and raised in Chicago, moving
to Albuquerque in 1975. He was 77.
Laszlo Kovacs, the Hungarian-born
cinematographer who found international fame after his acclaimed work on
the landmark 1969 movie EASY RIDER, has died. He was 74.
Kovacs, a former Budapest film
student, arrived in the United States as a political refugee of the Hungarian
Revolt in 1957.
He had been in America for a
decade and had shot a number of low-budget biker movies such as HELLS ANGELS
ON WHEELS and THE SAVAGE SEVEN when Dennis Hopper asked him to shoot his
film EASY RIDER, a portrait of America that starred Hopper, Peter Fonda
and Jack Nicholson. At first he didn’t want to do it since he had already
done biker movies, but after Hopper explained the film and he realized
he could make the landscape another character in the drama, he agreed.
He went on as cinematographer
or director of photography on such films as THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK,
FIVE EASY PIECES, POCKET MONEY, WHAT’S UP DOC?, THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS,
STEELYARD BLUES, PAPER MOON, SHAMPOO, INSIDE MOVES, FRANCES, THE TOY, MASK
and MY BEST FRIENDS WEDDING. His genre film included THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE
CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES, BLOOD OF DRACULA’S
CASTLE, SLITHER, GHOSTBUSTERS and JACK FROST.
THE LAST WARD . . .
THE TWELVE PACK
By John Ward
TWELVE MEMORABLE HUNCHBACKS
12. Tom Hulce as Quasimodo
in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, 1996
Yes, I know the damn thing’s
a Disney cartoon, and not an especially good one, at that. Plus,
it has talking gargoyles. But this whole coming-up-with-twelve thing
turned out to be a lot harder than I thought, so I had to start somewhere.
11. Ron Perlman as Salvatore,
THE NAME OF THE ROSE, 1986
Another one of Perlman’s
patented weirdo roles, up there with Hellboy and the Beast.
10. John Cater as Professor
Grost, CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER, 1974
Cater’s character was
the helpful sidekick to Horst Janson’s Kronos, always coming up with just
the right weapon, helpful hint, or witty remark.
9. Jane Adams as Nina,
HOUSE OF DRACULA, 1945
At the tail end of Universal’s
‘40s monster mash, along came Adams as the cinema’s only cute-but-tragic
hunchbacked nurse. She bravely donated her time and curative medicine
so Lon Chaney Jr. could kick his hairy habit, and wound up getting strangled
by her mad doctor boss for her trouble.
8. Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes,
This guy was the traitor
who gave up King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans, and according to historical
evidence (admittedly, I didn’t consult with Mr. Wittig), he wasn’t a hunchback.
But damn, he sure looked traitorous. It’s amazing what CGI can do
to a guy.
7. James Cagney as Lon
Chaney/Quasimodo, MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES, 1957
This one’s a bit of a
cheat, since it’s a biopic about the greatest actor of the silent movie
era, and Quasimodo was only one of Chaney’s most famous roles. Cagney
is under the makeup for a very brief time, but it’s perfectly hideous and
sufficiently frightening. Even if he didn’t do it himself.
6. J. Carrol Naish as
Daniel, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, 1945
Now we’re talking.
Naish played a great psycho, doing the bidding of Karloff’s mad doctor,
until he falls for gypsy Elena Verdugo and turns on his boss. He
had a great death scene, too: the Frankenstein Monster tosses him
through a skylight like he was back in gym class playing medicine ball.
5. Charles Laughton as
Quasimodo, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, 1939
One of Laughton’s most
memorable roles, even though he didn’t do it first, but he had a very young
Maureen O’Hara backing him up as Esmeralda the gypsy girl.
4. Bela Lugosi as Ygor,
SON OF FRANKENSTEIN and GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN 1939 and 1942
One of Lugosi’s last great
roles. He was so good in the first one, nearly upstaging Karloff
as the Monster, that they brought his character back for an encore, proving
you can’t keep a good man down.
3. Dwight Frye as Fritz,
After playing Renfield
in DRACULA, Frye became Universal’s go-to guy for creepy sidekick supporting
performances. He tortures Karloff’s Monster with a flaming torch
and ends up at the business end of a noose.
2. Lon Chaney as Quasimodo,
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, 1923
The first “Quas” is still
the best. Chaney filmed this two years before his masterpiece, THE
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, but Quasimodo put him on the map.
1. Marty Feldman as Igor,
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 1974
“Igor, would you give
me a hand with the bags?”
take the blonde, and I’ll take the one in the turban.”
“You know, at times like
these, I remember what my dear old Dad used to say to me: What are
you doing in that bathroom all day, anyway? Why don’t you get out
of there and give someone else a chance?”
“Igor, could you tell
me whose brain I did put in?”
almost sure that was the name.”
And, of course…
“What a dirty, filthy
“I dunno. Could
“How could it possibly
“Could be raining.”
I mean, come on!
You gotta love this guy!
CALENDER OF EVENTS