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Wordle Welcome and thank you for dropping by. Babylon 5 brought many of us together -- and it remains with us, despite the fact that is no longer in production. The good thing is that the internet gives a LOT of ways to stay in touch. Don't be shy. Join in the discussion today or drop by Facebook or Twitter.

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Move over Extant and Falling Skies; Steven Spielberg has another TV series in the works. This time, he's shifting focus to one of his past projects: 2002's Minority Report. Spielberg has plans to bring the Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell starrer to the small screen.

Minority Report was based on a story by author Philip K. Dick that featured Cruise as "The head of 'PreCrime,' a special police unit that uses three psychics (i.e. 'precogs') to identify and arrest murderers before they commit their crimes." Unfortunately for his character, things go awry when he's indentified as a future murderer. The film is a classic case of the hunter becoming the hunted.

A source claims that Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein will pen the series, which will probably be a star-vehicle for a name actor much as Extant has been for Halle Berry.

When Minority Report was released in theaters, it grossed over $358 million worldwide. We hope that success can crossover to television. There's already a sci-fi series with a similar premise on air called Person of Interest, but there's enough difference that we're sure there's room for both.

There isn't a whole lot of horror on tap for movie screens this coming Halloween, but the producers of The Conjuring are trying to rectify that.

Just unleashed is a new trailer for Annabelle, which serves as a prequel to last year's horror blockbuster by chronicling the back history of the creepy little doll that was a key element of the original James Wan-directed movie.

To be honest, the explanation for just how Annabelle becomes haunted seems kind of contrived, and I have to question why any woman would accept such a hideous doll as a gift from her husband in the first place. But if you just go with it, then you might find that the movie offers up some of the same kinds of scares that its predecessor did. I have to admit that the final running-through-the-door shot -- which sort of references a similar effect from an obscure Mario Bava film called Shock -- made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

Starring no one from The Conjuring, Annabelle opens October 3 and features Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton and Alfre Woodard, with direction by John R. Leonetti, who was the cinematographer on The Conjuring. So at least someone who was on the set of the last one is working on this one as well.

Synopsis: John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia -- a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now...Annabelle.

Expanse Expanse Cast THE EXPANSE
The cast of Syfy’s upcoming space opera The Expanse is finally coming together, and along with former Punisher star Thomas Jane, they’ve made some high-profile hires ... some of which seem to indicate early deviation from the source material.

The biggest? Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Saddam, 24, House of Sand and Fog). She might not be the most familiar name, but she’s one heck of an actress. She brings some solid credentials to the cast, having nabbed an Emmy and scored an Oscar nomination before heading into deep space. Aghdashloo will play Chrisjen Avasarala, a "smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks of Earth’s governing body without once standing for election." WARNING: MILD BOOK SPOILERS FOLLOW. Readers of the The Expanse series will recognize Avasarala as a key player in the second book, Caliban's War. Her appearance this early in the show's run could indicate that some significant changes are in store for the order of events in the show. END SPOILERS.

While Aghdashloo is a big name, it's arguably bigger news that the producers have also signed Steven Strait (Magic City, 10,000 BC) as water-miner-turned-ship's-captain James Holden. According to Entertainment Weekly, the character is described as “a natural leader who’s not sure he wants responsibility, but who will soon have no choice when he is drawn into a dangerous plot.” MORE MILD BOOK SPOILERS ZOMG Holden is sort of the main protagonist of the book series, and while Thomas Jane's Miller is just as big a player in the first book, it's Holden and his crew who are the anchor throughout the existing entries. That being the case, Strait is sort of set to be the face of the franchise should The Expanse succeed beyond its first season. END SPOILERS

The series is set 200 years in the future and is framed around the story of a missing young woman. The case brings a detective (Jane) together with a ship captain (Strait) in “a race across the solar system to expose a conspiracy.” Yeah, we’re intrigued. With both Jane and Aghdashloo on board, we’re definitely anxious to see more.

The 10-episode series is set to launch in 2015.

Get the Kleenex ready — footage from The Vampire Diaries' sixth season is here.

The CW's vampire drama debuted a brief 20-second teaser of the new season on Thursday with scenes from the premiere picking up after May's emotional finale.

With Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) gone, Elena (Nina Dobrev) is stuck picking up the pieces. As the promo reveals, that journey won't be easy. When Stefan (Paul Wesley) asks Elena to "say goodbye" to Damon, Elena demands to see Damon one last time.

"Elena, move on," Damon (ghost Damon?) tells a teary-eyed Elena. Easier said than done. Season six will open with a significant time jump, with Elena and Co. forced outside of Mystic Falls, currently under a "no-magic" spell.

"The way we look at it, season six is a beautiful and organic reset. The theme of the season is everybody gets to start over. That's what we're going to do," executive producer Julie Plec told THR in May. "We're trying to take the show away from the massive genre extravaganza, where each season we try to top each other with the bigger, bad, more exciting mythologies and boil it back down to the beginning."

New additions to the season include Eureka's Colin Ferguson and will return fan favorites Michael Malarkey and Matt Davis.

The Vampire Diaries premieres on Oct. 2 on The CW.

Just when he thought he was out, David Yates is back in the world of Harry Potter.

Yates, who directed four of the eight Harry Potter movies for Warner Bros., is in negotiations with the studio to direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the new Potter-based franchise the studio is hoping to launch with author J.K. Rowling.

Rowling is writing the screenplay for the movie, which is set 70 years before the events of the Potter series, and centers on a fictitious author named Newton Artemis Fido Scamander. In Potter lore, Scamander compiled a reference guide to magical beasts, and the movies will follow his adventures after he is commissioned to write the tome. Unlike the Potter stories, which kicked off in London, Fantastic Beasts will begin in New York.

Fantastic Beasts is a massive undertaking for Warners, which is keen on keeping the magic of Potter alive beyond the initial eight-movie franchise, which grossed more than $7.6 billion worldwide. When announcing the Fantastic Beasts partnership with Rowling in September 2013, Warners said the property was being developed across video game, consumer product and digital initiative businesses.

Warner Bros. had no comment.

Yates directed the acclaimed British miniseries State of Play (later turned into an American movie starring Russell Crowe) and several TV movies before making his feature debut helming 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Half-Blood Prince and parts 1 and 2 of Deathly Hallows followed.

Rowling was heavily involved with the movies and developed a strong relationship with the director, so he is a natural choice to take the reins on Fantastic Beasts.

Yates is currently shooting Tarzan, with Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie, for Warners. He is repped by CAA.

Brian Patrick Wade AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
ABC’s Agents of SHIELD is adding a new foe for Coulson.

Brian Patrick Wade (Teen Wolf) has been cast as super-villain Carl “Crusher” Creel, aka the Absorbing Man, Marvel announced Thursday.

The character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby first debuted during the Silver Age and has appeared in various Marvel comics for more than four decades. The character will debut in the season two premiere, set for Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. on ABC. Per Marvel, Creel has the ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches and will serve as a foil for Coulson and company.

Wade joins a rapidly growing roster of season two guest stars. He joins Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki as comics favorite Mockingbird; Kyle MacLachlan as Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) father; Lucy Lawless as SHIELD veteran Isabelle Hartly; Reed Diamond as Hydra villain Daniel Whitehall (aka Kraken); Nick Blood as a mercenary Coulson reaches out to for help; Henry Simmons as agent Alphonso “Mac” Mackenzie; and Simon Kassianides as Bakshi.

Wade’s credits include episodes of The Mentalist, Hello Ladies and Arrested Development. He’s repped by Pakula/King & Associates, Authentic Talent and Hirsch Wallerstein.


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Did you miss the news from yesterday -- or earlier in the week. Catch up by going to the August News Archive. I have broken up the huge file into months to make it easier to scan through. It will bring you up to date for all that has been going on in the world of science fiction. Go to:
July News.
June News.
May News.
April News.
March News.
February News
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December News
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October News.


8:00pm on AMC
Jurassic Park III
After being persuaded by a wealthy businessman to conduct an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen's second site for a failed Jurassic Park experiment, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) discovers the true reason for his invitation. A tragic accident maroons the party of seven, and they must attempt to escape with their lives.

8:00pm on BBC America
Doctor Who
Season 6, Episode 13: The Wedding of River Song
Time and space hang in the balance by Lake Silencio on the day the Doctor dies.

8:00pm on TNT
The Island
In 2019 a mercenary (Djimon Hounsou) pursues two clones (Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson) who escaped from a research facility after learning their true fate.

9:00pm on Fox
Season 9, Episode 17: The Repo Man in the Septic Tank
When the remains of a repo man are found in a septic tank, the team learns he had a troubled past.

9:00pm on BBC America
Doctor Who: Earth Conquest

10:00pm on BBC America
Doctor Who
Season 0, Episode 0: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
After being evacuated to an old house in Dorset, a woman and her children encounter the Doctor.

10:00pm on Syfy
Wizard Wars
Season 1, Episode 1: Spam-Tastic!
Illiusionists and magic creators try to turn everyday objects into amazing tricks.


There was a fabulous panel at San Diego Comic Con to celebrate the art of Babylon 5. Follow this link to see the video and enjoy the exchange with John Iacovelli, Mark Walters, Tim Earls, Alan Kobayashi, Dark Hoffman and John Copeland.

Claudia Christian has a number of wonderful B5 and other goodies at her store on her website. Please check them out to see if you would like to help Claudia complete her documentary. Follow the link below for more information.

All new goodies have landed in the Official Claudia Christian Store, including more autographed photos, postcards, scripts, magazines, and books! Remember, all proceeds go to support the C Three Foundation as we head in to the final lengths of the "One Little Pill" documentary post-production process. ~ Admin Kelly

Pat is talking to you straight! Facebook has made it harder than ever for you to see the posts from your favorite Pages. If you follow Pat on FB, you know her brand of snarky sexy humor. Well now it's no holds barred! Sign up for Pat's newsletter on her site and get it unsensored.The newsletter has content that will not be on the Facebook page or the site.
In this first issue, there is a special offer only available to those on the newsletter. Sign up by March 31st and be in the know.

Here is a quote from J. Michael Straczynski about emotions.
I had this theory that the more important and intimate the emotion, the fewer words are required to express it.

First it's in dating: "Will you go out with me?" Six words.
"Honey, I care for you." Five words.
"You matter to me." Four words.
"I love you." Three words.
"Marry me." Two words.
But what's left? What's the one most important and intimate word you can ever say to somebody? It's "goodbye."

While Michael O'Hare (Sinclair), Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar), Rick Biggs (Dr. Franklin), Tim Choate (Zathras) and Jeff Conoway (Zach Allen) are no longer with us, we will not forget their wonderful personalities and talent -- as well as their significant contributions to the BABYLON 5 universe. Be sure to visit In Memory Of for more information about memorial efforts.
Until we met again, in a place where no shadows fall.


Martin Sheen - August 3
Daneil Dae Kim - August 4
Claudia Christian - August 10
Stephen Austin - August 11
Tim Earls - August 15
Nancy Tarczynski - August 16
Skip Beaudine - August 26

Have I missed anyone? If you know the birthday of someone connected with Babylon 5, pass the information along. We want to include everyone in our Happy Birthday Wishes.

Here's a project you may want to get involved with!
About the Project:
New Starship Foundation, the nonprofit behind the Enterprise-D Bridge Restoration, with board members including the greatest talents in science fiction, presents THE HOLLYWOOD SCIENCE FICTION MUSEUM. This will be the first museum in the world to exclusively show the history of sci-fi films, TV, art and literature through props, sets and costumes, as well as show advancements in space travel and teach Real Science through Science Fiction. It will be an interactive museum with fully immersive environments and touch screens that will incorporate old and new footage from actors, filmmakers and NASA astronauts and scientists, and will present both the fact and fiction of sci-fi. This will eventually teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based education in a fun new way to all ages. The museum will include exhibits from: Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, 2001, Alien, Metropolis, Thunderbirds, Firefly, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Blake's 7, Ghostbusters, Farscape, The Time Machine, Godzilla, X-Men, Avengers, Superman, Planet of the Apes, Back to the Future, Day the Earth Stood Still, V, Batman, Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, as well as Fantasy like Lord of the Rings, Labyrinth, Legend, Munsters, Herbie the Love Bug, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dark Crystal, Game of Thrones, Anime like Akira and Speed Racer, and anything else we can fit within our walls.

This Kickstarter is to acquire the funds to develop our 2015 Hollywood Sci Fi Museum, which will be smaller than the future museum, but still significant and unique. This "concept art" of the giant Millennium Falcon and Enterprise-D is for our 2018 Hollywood Sci Fi Museum.

Go to for more information.


John Hudgens has created many Babylon 5 videos, but I believe this is the most moving. It was first shown at the Phoenix Comic Con 20th Anniversary and honors many of the Babylon 5 family who have passed on.

Here is a link to John's Babylon 5 videos:

Richard Biggs memorial:

Andreas Katsulas memorial:

- This is the extended version that I did for Andreas' widow ater the original cut was released on the net. It's never been seen online until now.

For those of you who've never seen these, I hope you enjoy them - and for those that have (and emailed me many times over the years about releasing them), I hope they're as good as you remember. Working with Joe on these videos was one of the highlights of my career, and I'll be forever grateful to him for the doors these have opened for me. I'm proud to have them on my resume.

John Hudgens


Worldcon, LONCON3
Dates: August 17-20, 2014
Place: London, England
For more information, go to

Dates: August 29-September 1, 2014
Place: Atlanta, GA
Guests: Patrick Stewart, Peter Weller, Peter Williams, Richard Hatch, Wesley Eure - and many more
For more information, go to

Dates: September 12-14, 2014
Place: Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Hawaii
Babylon 5 Guests: Pat Tallman, Claudia Christian, Walter Koenig
Other Guests from Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Games of Thrones and more
For more information, go to

Dates: October 18-19, 2014
Place: Earls Court 2, Old Brompton Road, SW5 9TA
Guests: Katee Sackhoff, Nicola Bryant, Ralph Macchio, Christopher Cousins, Colin Baker, David Prowse and many more
For more information, go to

Spooky's Ultimate Horror Weekend
Dates: Oct. 24-26, 2014
Place: Doubletree Universal Studios, Orlando, FL 32819
Michael Rooker - Walking Dead & Jeremiah; Stephen Pearcy - Ratt; Dee Wallace Stone - ET & Cuju; Tyler Mane - Halloween & X Men, and Tobin Bell - Dexter
For more information, go to

Dates: October 31-November 2, 2014
Place: Mediterranean Conference Center, Valletta, Malta
Guests: Richard Piccardo, Dirk Benedict,Silvester McCoy and many more
For more information, go to

Dates: January 16-18, 2015 Place: Miami Airport Convention Center
Comic Guests: John Romita, Jr., Allen Bellman, Adelso Corona, Greg Kirkpatrick, Dan Scott
For more information, go to

Dates: May 21-24, 2015
Place: Maritim Hotel, Dusseldorf, Germany
Guests: Sam Jones, Aaron Douglas, Grant Bowler and more to come
For more information, go to

Wizard World Conventions has a large number of events planned for the year. Be sure to visit the page to see if there is a convention of interest near you.

Creation Entertainment has a large number of conventions planned for the next several months. They include stars from TWILIGHT, SUPERNATURAL, STARGATE, FARSCAPE, XENA, SERENITY, STAR TREK, etc. Check out their calendar to see if one will be in your neighborhood soon. Don't miss their Videos page as well. It is full of some priceless video from a number of conventions.

Be sure to visit the referenced sites to see if there have been changes in dates/guests attending. Visit our Convention Calendar for a full listing of upcoming conventions.


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Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
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