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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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Walking Dead COBALT
It’s been more than a year since we heard AMC was developing a spinoff series for undead hit The Walking Dead, and now we finally have some details about the mystery project.

The world of The Walking Dead is a big one, though for five seasons the action has been largely relegated to Atlanta and some surrounding towns in Georgia. That hyper-focus is a big part of what makes the series so good, but it has left fans wondering what’s going on in the rest of the world.

Now we’ll finally get a chance to find out. The crew behind the series are putting the companion show together, which’ll dig into a whole new corner of the Dead-verse. Though the series hasn’t actually gotten a season pickup yet (it’s currently in the pilot phase), it’s considered a virtual lock, considering that the mothership series often beats network shows in the TV ratings race.

From the setting to main characters, here is everything we know about the currently untitled Walking Dead companion series (codenamed Cobalt).

The twisty clone drama Orphan Black introduced a seismic shift to its plot in the season-two finale, and one of the first pics from year three offers up a major payoff to that twist.

Entertainment Weekly has debuted a new pic from the BBC America sci-fi series, showing Tatiana Maslany’s Sarah Manning having a legit face-to-face with one of the new male Project Castor clones played by Ari Millen. Worlds collide, literally.

The series’ co-creator Graeme Manson offered up some intel on the image, along with what we can expect from the new season. First up, it seems the new season will pick up almost immediately after the season-two finale, so don’t worry about a wacky time jump. Manson also confirmed there will be "a few" Castor clones, though they’re in no hurry to introduce any "redshirts." Not surprisingly, he was cagey on the odds of a new Maslany clone.

Check out some excerpts from the interview below in which he opens up about how the new clones will affect the relationship between all the various Maslanays, and how it’ll change the flow of the series:

“Are these guys going to break the bonds of our sisters? Because this does remain Sarah Manning and her sisters—this does remain their story. So is the threat that these guys pose—will it bring them together or will it break the bonds? They are definite pressure, and within the season again, Sarah is the lynchpin. So whatever more she understands about these Castor boys, she understands more about herself and her sisters and their origin story…

We want that audience to be taking that journey with Sarah, throughout the whole series. She’s going to be leading her sisters and protecting her family. And that’s the drive. She’s the one that the audience roots for, so when these guys show up, it’s fantastic that we’ve got this new diverse villain in the form of clones—villains or whatever they may turn out to be. Because now we get to exercise with Ari Millen, who is doing a fantastic job with these guys. But it’s always been important to us and it’s always been [co-creator] John [Fawcett] and my focus that this is a story about Sarah tracking down her own story.”

Orphan Black season three is set to air in spring of 2015.

Loadout: Going in Hot is the latest live-action short film adapted from a videogame by Wayside Creations, with Battlestar Galactica's Richard Hatch on board to star. Hatch plays Captain Gaz, leader of a ragtag crew of "space merchant marines" who deal in antiquities and curios -- but find themselves constantly competing with other local haulers to get their hands on the goods. The short builds upon the third-person shooter published by Edge of Reality and paves the way for a potential new space-opera series.

Hatch, of course, is best known to sci-fi fans as Captain Apollo on the original 1978 Battlestar, and as Tom Zarek in the 2003 remake, as well as for penning several Galactica novels. But Hatch is no stranger to the new and evolving worlds of online content: In addition to doing Loadout, he also played the Klingon commander Kharn in the crowdfunded Star Trek short Prelude to Axanar, which has been so successful that a full-length feature called Star Trek: Axanar -- with Hatch returning as Kharn -- is now in preproduction. He's also ventured into steampunk alongside Malcolm McDowell and Walter Koenig in the short film Cowboys and Engines.

Following a first clip back in October and a full trailer earlier this month, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, and DC Entertainment have released a new clip from their upcoming Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.

In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind’s only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

Matt Lanter will provide the voice for Arthur Curry in the animated feature. He’s joined by Jason O’Mara as Batman, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Christopher Gorham as The Flash, Sean Astin as Shazam, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Sam Witwer as Aquaman’s devious brother Orm, and Sumalee Montano as his future bride Mera.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will debut digitally on January 13, and on Blu-ray and DVD on January 27, 2015.

DW is asking fans of David Cronenberg’s 1986 masterpiece The Fly to once again be afraid. Be very afraid. In March, the publisher will release the first issue of “The Fly: Outbreak,” a new five-issue miniseries that continues the world of the original film. Written by Brandon Seifert (“Hellraiser,” “Witch Doctor”), the series will feature with painted interior and cover art by menton3 (“Silent Hill,” “Monocyte”).

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly-invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well…

“To be totally honest, ‘The Fly’ is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen!” said Seifert. “It was really resonant for its time. And in the last 20 years or so, with all the advances in Genetically Modified Organisms, the film has taken on a lot of meaning it didn’t originally have. It’s really exciting to explore those elements in this miniseries — and great to have an amazing, super-distinctive artist like menton3 on the visuals!”

“Equal parts gory allegory and tragic love story, The Fly was perhaps David Cronenberg’s crowning achievement,” editor Denton J. Tipton said. “That’s a lot to live up to, but I believe Brandon and Menton are equal to the task. The script is sharp and poignant, and the art is visceral and haunting. No one is safe!”

It remains to be seen whether or not “The Fly: Outbreak” will include the continuity of the 1989 big screen sequel, The Fly II.

Hitting in March, issue one of “The Fly: Outbreak” boasts variant covers by Jason Edmiston and Lukas Ketner.

Touchstone Pictures and Lucasfilm have debuted the first poster for their upcoming animated film Strange Magic!

Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011′s Academy Award-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer Mars Attacks!) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King) and Rydstrom.

The voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare.

Strange Magic will open in theaters on January 23, 2015.

Following yesterday's big announcement of Marvel Studios' slate of Phase Three films from "Captain America: Civil War" opening May 2016 through to "Avengers: Infinity War Part II" opening May 2019, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige sat down for a fairly extensive Q&A and answered a bunch of lingering questions about the line-up.

First up, Feige admits the plan was originally to do this big announcement at Comic Con in July but they weren't able to lock down various elements in time:

"We wanted to do this at Comic Con this year. Things were not set. Things for Civil War were not set yet, Guardians hadn't come out yet, the comfort with dating a few of the other movies wasn't set yet.

So the plan has been, since a few weeks before Comic Con when we realized we weren't going to be able to do everything we wanted to do, is to decide 'let's do either something we haven't done in a long time, or something we've never done.' Which is a singular event, just to announce what we have when it's ready.

I thought that might be early August, or mid-September, it ended up being today."

Asked about the Benedict Cumberbatch cast in "Doctor Strange" reports earlier this week and why no announcement was made yesterday, Feige says:

"I can say that if it were confirmed, we would have introduced him. I like that Chadwick [Boseman], for the most part - I think there's always been speculation on lots of different actors for Black Panther - but I'm glad that didn't leak in earnest, the way every single other actor in human history that is of a certain age has been for Doctor Strange.

So like everything else, [Doctor Strange] will be announced maybe this afternoon? Next week? Next month? Sometime before the release of the movie. With Black Pather, what our little song and dance at the end was meant to signifiy, and I'll just clarify it for you: he is definitively a big part of Civil War. We will meet him for the first time in Civil War, in costume."

Asked about the casting of an actress for Captain Marvel, Feige says they want to lock down a writer and director first:

"My guess is rumors will start flying this second. The initial announcements, in terms of attachments for that film, will probably be writer and director announcements, which I do actually expect will be quite soon. In terms of the actress, I think there's more time."

No mention of a fourth "Iron Man"?

"Not yet... if there are more years after 2019, there'll be more possibilities after 2019."

In terms of the 'Civil War' storyline, he advises that don't expect this to be utterly faithful to the comic storyline:

"Make no mistake, this is the 'Civil War' of the cinematic universe which will be greatly inspired by the 'Civil War' of the comic universe, but we have very different continuity going now. So this will be 'Civil War' based off of all the other films you've seen up to this point, particularly 'Winter Soldier' and particularly 'Age of Ultron'. The generalities of the act are the same, something happens, perhaps it's culmulative from the events of all of the movies leading up to this point, that's made the Governments of the world say we need some oversight of these guys. They need to report to somebody.

So it falls under that umbrella versus take off your mask, it's not about the secret identity thing as much as it is overall who reports to who, and who can agree to an oversight committee. Because as of 'Avengers 2' there is no more world security council obviously, there is no more SHIELD obviously. Stark is paying for it, Captain America is running it, and things occur that make Governments begin to question that."

The notable absence of a standalone Hulk film?

"Hulk is going to appear in many of those [Phase 3] movies, particularly all those 'Avengers' movies leading up to 2019. Mark Ruffalo is onboard for all those films, and we're excited to bring you all those films. What happens with a standalone 'Hulk' film? We'll see... We'd love to do it, we'd love to find a place to put it, but right now Hulk will be appearing with his friends in the other films."

Asked about Phase Four films, Feige says they won't go into details about the third Phase films due to potential spoilers:

"We're not going to talk specifically about the storyline of any of those films, the plot lines of any of those films, what happens to those characters in any of those films, and frankly to even talk about who will be in what movies is a bit of a spoiler as to what may or may not happen to them in earlier movies."

Asked how the "Inhumans" fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he says the groundwork may be layed sooner than you think:

"Where they fit into the universe? You may find out sooner than you're expecting frankly. I already mentioned in the presentation that there are seeds leading to "Black Panther" and Wakanda starting very very soon in things you've already seen and will see soon. Likewise with Inhumans, there may be easter eggs starting before you know it."

Asked about the potential over saturation of the market with superhero films, Feige says as long as the movies are of good quality - people will come:

"Our plan has never been altered based on what anyone else is doing. In any genre, frankly, particularly in any other superhero film. In terms of the dating, that's why we plant flags as early as we do, to mark some territory, so that you can hopefully have some room. But the truth is there are always going to be big movies on almost every weekend. What we've found so far is that if the movie delivers, the movie will do well. That's what we focus on: what we can control, which is the quality of the pictures."

Asked about the lack of a "Black Widow" solo film, he gives a similar answer as to what he gave about Hulk:

"It's about bringing new characters to the screen. Black Widow couldn't be more important as an Avenger herself, and like Hulk, the Avengers films will be the films where they play a primary role.

Her part in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is very very big, and further develops and further enhances her character. The plans that we have for her throughout the rest of the 'Avengers' saga is very very big and lynchpin in fact to those films. So instead of taking her out there, or instead of doing a prequel which we haven't done yet, continuing the forward momentum of the continuity of the cinematic universe of which Widow is a key key part."

Asked about his involvement with the Marvel TV properties, Feige says he's exclusively involved with the movies but did offer some input regarding ABC's upcoming "Agent Carter" limited series. Finally, asked about members of "The Defenders" (the heroes of the four Netflix shows) showing up on the big screen, Feige says:

"There are a lot of people from the movies in 'Infinity War', a lot of it is about space, and a lot of it is about what happens between now and then. But all of those things inhabit, however far on the outskirts, the same continuity so certainly that opportunity exists."


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Did you miss the news from yesterday -- or earlier in the week. Catch up by going to the December 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:
November News.
October News.
September News.
August News.
July News.
June News.
May News.


8:00pm on Fox
Big in the Philippines; The Drama in the Queen
The team investigates the death of a country singer whose remains were found in a shallow grave.

8:30pm on ABC Family
Fred Claus
Of the two Claus brothers, Fred (Vince Vaughn) is the troublemaker and polar opposite of his saintly sibling, Nicholas (Paul Giamatti). When Fred's criminal ways finally land him in big trouble, Nicholas bails him out and brings him to the North Pole to work off the debt by making toys. The headaches mount for St. Nick, who not only must deal with his troublemaking brother, but also an efficiency expert who has come to evaluate Santa's operation.

9:00pm on Syfy
The Cabin in the Woods
When five college friends (Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams) arrive at a remote forest cabin for a little vacation, little do they expect the horrors that await them. One by one, the youths fall victim to backwoods zombies, but there is another factor at play. Two scientists (Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford) are manipulating the ghoulish goings-on, but even as the body count rises, there is yet more at work than meets the eye.

10:00pm on CBS
Season 3, Episode 8: End of Watch
Sherlock and Joan team up with the NYPD to investigate the murder of a police officer.
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Another ‪#‎FreeBabylon5‬ campaign will begin in 7 days!

With thanks to Gabriela Kioupakis for this idea:
B5 Fans! It's a new day and and new month and the start of a new campaign!
We've had some marvelous success so far - the show is currently rerunning on the UK’s Watch Channel and a few other European countries— it's time to get loud again and repeat that success here, in the USA!

Q - What do I have to do?
A - Head over to MeTV’s Facebook page ( ), like it, and leave your location… For example: “Hello, MeTV. Boulder, Colorado likes you. Please add Babylon 5 to your lineup. ! #freebabylon5

Q - What if I’m not on Facebook?
A - No problem. Head over to (when I go, it seems to know what area I am) and take a look around. Once you’re comfortable, use the ‘contact’ tab to share your thoughts and information… Like this (use your own words): “Hello, MeTV. He-man and the Masters of the Universe was one of my favorite cartoons growing up. Finding it again on KTVD, Denver has been a joy; the power of Greyskull, Get Smart, Night Gallery, The Twilight Zone, and many others, legends I now share with my children via MeTV’s stellar programing. Please consider adding Babylon 5 to your line-up. #freebabylon5”

Their list of shows can be found here:
Q - I've heard that real, stamped letters help most. What about that?
A - Yes, indeed! send your letter to:
Me-TV Network
26 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60661
Q - Ok, when should I do these things?
A - December 21st, 2014. As soon as you get up. Sunday, First day of winter. Shortest day of the year. Remember that, December 21.

Q - Anything else?
A - Yes, spread the word, far and wide. Tell *everyone* you know, even if you don’t like them all that much. We need to flood MeTV’s website with valuable information and increase its Facebook ‘likes’ in a big, big way in order to get the kind of attention we’re after. Our strength is in our numbers. Collectively, we represent an untapped demographic, one capable of increasing MeTV’s viewership across all markets, nationally and around the globe. All we need to do is prove it.

Q - Does that mean I should forward this missive to my friends in Dubai?
A - Yes, absolutely. MeTV has a number of streaming partnerships and is looking for an excuse to expand its catalog. All are welcome to participate.

Q - What about Twitter? Tumblr? Pinterest? Google+? Instagram?
A - Yes, of course! December 21st is the day we Free Babylon5!

Let's get organized and loud (but polite, of course) and show MeTV that we're an audience that they really want!

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.


Tony Todd - December 4. He played Captain Leonard Anderson in the TV movie "A Call to Arms."
Mary Woronov (Kka'Dath) - December 8
Sarah Douglas (Jha'Dur) - December 12
Kim Holly - December 25
Dark Hoffman - December 28
John C. Flinn III - December 2

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.


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 familywho 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

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

Dates: May 28-31, 2015 Place: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona
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.


The front page of the The Zocalo Today changes daily, so be sure to check the back issues to make sure that you haven't missed anything IMPORTANT! I hope you will become a regular visitor to The Zocalo Today!

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
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