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SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009
G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
Brendan Fraser has confirmed that he will play a small role in Steven Sommers'
upcoming G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, reuniting with his MUMMY helmer.
"I was there for a morning," Fraser said during a recent interview promoting his
latest project, INKHEART. "It was a cameo."
G.I. Joe reunites Fraser and Sommers for the third time: The duo previously
collaborated on the first and second MUMMY films. Fraser said that he begged to be
enlisted after Sommers' co-producer Bob Ducsay revealed that the film was going
According to MTV.com, Batman/Simpsons composer Danny Elfman will be composing music
for McG's TERMINATOR SALVATION, the first installment in an envisioned prequel trilogy
"I just started yesterday," Elfman said. The Oscar-nominated composer added that
he hasn't made use of the classic TERMINATOR theme by composer Brad Fiedel, nor is
there a mandate to incorporate the hook, but he left the door open for its appearance.
MTV earlier reported that the SALVATION soundtrack will also include a track by cast
member and hip-hop artist Common. The rapper plays the role of Barnes, a freedom
fighter who battles Skynet alongside John Connor (Christian Bale).
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
Nickelodeon has greenlit 26 additional episodes of the CG animated comedy series
THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR. The pick-up brings the total order to 52 new episodes
of the show, which will premiere on Nickelodeon following Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual
Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, March 28 at 9:30 PM (ET/PT). The series will then
move to its regular timeslot on Saturdays at 10:00 AM (ET/PT) beginning April 4.
THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, based on the beloved penguin brothers in DreamWorks
Animation's hit feature films MADAGASCAR and MADAGASCAR 2: ESCAPE TO AFRICA, tells
the story of a group of penguins who believes it leads an elite strike force with
top-tier commando skills from its Central Park Zoo headquarters. The series is being
produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.
"Our partnership with DreamWorks Animation has yielded a true gem in THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR,"
said Zarghami. "We're excited to be bringing these characters to our audience with
the same level of excellence they have come to expect from the hit Madagascar feature
Nickelodeon's recent "sneak peeks" of the new series, which premiered over Thanksgiving
weekend, drew an average of 14 million viewers (persons 2+, Nov. 28-30), including 7.2
million Kids 2-11. The series features the all-new adventures of Skipper, Kowalski,
Rico and Private, four penguins who rule the roost at their Central Park Zoo home.
While the brothers have their flippers full keeping their multi-species zoo neighborhood
happy, at times their secret missions beckon them to venture out to New York City's busy
subways and sewer systems. Just as the team thinks it has its urban acreage under control,
a new neighbor moves in next door: Julien, a party animal and self-proclaimed "King of
the Lemurs," with an entourage and overactive ego. Throughout the season, new animals
will be introduced as well as old friends from the "Madagascar" theatrical films.
THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR is executive produced by Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley,
(Disney's "Kim Possible" and "Hercules, Sky High") and reprises the voices of Tom
McGrath as Skipper and Andy Richter ("Late Night with Conan O' Brien") as Mort.
Additional voices include Jeff Bennett (Enchanted) as Kowalski, James Patrick
Stuart ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation") as Private, John DiMaggio ("Futurama")
as Rico, Nicole Sullivan ("Mad TV") as Marlene, and Danny Jacobs ("Futurama")
stars as Julien, King of the Lemurs.
TOP SCIENCE FICTION NEWS STORIES:
To catch up on the latest news from around the world of science fiction, go to
News Page. You'll find
the highlights this week and this month here.
8:00pm on NBC
Crusoe - Hour 10 - Smoke and Mirrors
Crusoe is reunited with Susannah when she appears on the island; while searching
for Friday, Crusoe and Susannah learn that someone else is alive on the island.
8:00pm on BBC America
Doctor Who - Silence in the Library
The Doctor and Donna must uncover the truth behind the Nodes and the Data Ghost
to uncover the library's secret.
9:00pm on CBS
Criminal Minds - The Angel Maker
A series of murders is linked to a serial killer executed a year earlier, and the
BAU team must find the link between the dead killer and the new spate of crimes.
9:00pm on BBC America
Doctor Who - Forest of the Dead
As the shadows rise, the Doctor forges an alliance with the mysterious River Song.
9:00pm on SciFi
Ginger Snaps: Unleashed(2004)
A patient at a rehabilitation center tries to prevent a young woman from transforming
into a werewolf.
NEW JMS UPDATE
From the B5 moderated newsgroup, January 2, 2009:
Meanwhile, just some other updates for folks who've been asking about
one thing or another....
On the public appearance front, I'm slated to appear as Guest of Honor
at the New York Comic Con in February, and I've been invited to speak
at MIT on May 22nd as part of the Julie Schwartz Lecture Series.
To correct one piece of misinformation out there...I'm not involved
with the Thor movie in any way. There seems to be this notion that I
rewrote the previous scripts for Marvel. Totally not true.
Finally, later this month, in addition to continuing to turn in
screenplay assignments, I'll be turning in the pilot script for Last
Words, an hour dramatic series with a paranormal thrust, being written
for TNT and Dreamworks.
(It's a new crowd at TNT these days.)
IMDB has no info on this show
No, they generally don't list every pilot that's being written...it
would just get ridiculous afte a while. There can't be a staff until
there's a show, but should we get the green light to go into
production, yes, I'd be EP/showrunner.
DISCUSSION TOPIC - TOP 10 SCI FI FILMS
It will soon be Oscar time and I started thinking about the best movies I have enjoyed
from the science fiction genre. What are your favorites? Would it start with STAR
WARS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, BLADERUNNER and go on? Or would it be different?
Send in your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll post your selections our discussion page
for all readers to share. I'll post some of my comments in my blog -- see below.
I don't get to watch much TV during the week, but thanks to hulu.com and some of the
networks, I don't miss a lot.
BABYLON 5 MUSIC VIDEOS AND TRIBUTES
I found this message on the Babylon 5 moderated newsgroup this morning and just
had to post it so that others might enjoy the marvelous music videos created by
As some of you may know, I was hired by Joe Straczynski back in the
day to create Babylon 5 music videos for him to use at science fiction
conventions, and later to promote the show to networks. Eight were
produced over the run of the series, not including the memorial videos
I did later for Rick Biggs and Andreas Katsulas.
For the longest time, the only way to see these was if Joe or I showed
them at a convention, but now, after numerous requests from fans over
the years, Joe has given me permission me to post these online.
I Need a Hero:
Welcome to the Third Age:
Keep Yourself Alive:
The Phantom B5 Video:
Third Age 2K:
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
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.
For more of these fabulous cartoons, go to
I have just created ISN News Blog at
http://isnnews.blogspot.com. This is an experiment for me -- and I hope
you’ll join me by entering news you have to share. I’ll put in stuff that I think
is interesting for others to read about and we’ll see how it goes. Join me.
KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW
Ranger Michael conducted an interview with Julie Caitlin Brown on December 28.
Here is a link to the interview -- in German and English:
Julie Caitlin Brown interview. PS: It's Julie's birthday on January 27!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIE!
While you are there, don't miss the other Babylon 5 interviews with Claudia Christian
and Bill Mumy.
BABYLON 5 QUOTE STORE
CafePress has a number of items to offer. TheJoeStore, only now it's the Babylon
5 Quote store -- and everything in it is NEW. Head over to see how your favorite
quote can be that special gift for your favorite B5 fan.
While Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar), Rick (Biggs) and Tim (Choate) 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
BABYLON 5 BIRTHDAYS
January 9 - David Allen Brooks
January 24 - Peter Woodward
January 27 - Julie Caitlin Brown
January 27 - Tamilyn Tomita
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.
Release Date: January 20, 2009
Any private eye knows a lot about other people?s secrets. L.A. private eye Mick St.
John (Alex O'Loughlin) has a secret of his own. He's a vampire, dwelling in a covert
netherworld complicated by friendship with an undead finance honcho (Jason Dohring),
memories of the alluring ex- wife (Shannyn Sossamon) who turned him into a vampire,
and a relationship with a human (Sophia Myles) he feels drawn to protect -- and
maybe to love. But no matter how tempting, Mick knows a vampire-human romance is
eternally dangerous. This 16-episode, 4-disc set of the series voted the 2008
People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama is a sure entertainment bet for all
who like their vampire stories sleek, intense and passionate.
Release date: November 25, 2008
Official website: thedarkknight.com
The follow-up to BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT reunites director Christopher Nolan
and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing
war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman
sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective,
but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who
thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between
hero and vigilante. Heath Ledger stars as archvillain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart
plays Dent. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning from BATMAN BEGINS
are Gary Oldman as Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.
Some clips from the WB
Business Deal put on hold (1:02)
Die hero live long enough become villan (1:10)
Do you know who you are stelling from (1:03)
We're tonight's sent entertainment (1:00)
If ever there was a movie made for the BIG screen, it is THE DARK KNIGHT. If you thought
you had seen some fantastic visual effects in BATMAN BEGINS, just wait until you see
what they do in this movie!!!! It is awesome.
I have loved Batman since I was a kid. The thought of a regular guy fighting crime is
very appealing. Unlike Superman, he has no special powers, only his intelligence and wit.
That usually is enough to outsmart or outwit his adversaries. The Joker (masterfully played
by the late Heath Ledger) is a different kind of criminal. He wants to control everything
There are many characters to absolutely love in this series. Gary Oldman is perfect
as Lt. Gordon, but I absolutely adore Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as
Lucas Fox. They steal every scene they are in.
There is no doubt this saga will continue. As long as there are criminals that need
to be brought to justice, there needs to be a Batman somewhere out there to help the
NEW FAMILY DVDS
Looking for movies you can watch with your children? I have moved many of the
family-oriented DVDs to a
Family DVDs page. Here you will find wonderful DVDs you can enjoy with your entire
family -- no matter the age. You will find background information about the DVD, but there
are clips as well from Warner Bros. Enjoy!
For more information on other DVDs that have just been released and reviewed, go to
RISING STARS COMPENDIUM HARDCOVER
(W) J. Michael Straczynski, Fiona Avery (A) Brent Anderson,
Keu Cha, David Finch, Karl Moline
When Rising Stars first debuted in 1999, people hailed its fresh take on the superhero
mythos, grounding the fantastic in reality. The groundbreaking series by acclaimed
writer J. Michael Straczynski (Amazing Spider-Man, Babylon 5, Squadron Supreme, Thor,
Ultimate Power) spawned three spin-off mini-series and has influenced successful TV
shows like The 4400 and Heroes.
Now, for the first time ever, every issue of Rising Stars, from the #0 to the last
issue of the last mini-series, is collected into one comprehensive deluxe hardcover.
Collects Rising Stars #1-24, #0 issue, #1/2 issue, Prelude issue, Rising Stars: Bright,
Rising Stars: Voices of the Dead and Rising Stars: Untouchable.
Full Color 1,008 pages $99.99 hardcover
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and cover by Olivier Coipel.
As the Asgardians returned to this life and Thor returned to Midgard, so came the
ills that have plagued the gods and man for millennia. Now for the first time since
their rebirth, Thor and his fellow hero-gods are venturing forth from the Shining
City to confront the growing evils that amass on their horizon...and within their
walls... 32 pages, $2.99.
CIVIL WAR CHRONICLES #12
Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Paul Jenkins, penciled by Ron Garney and
Ramon Bachs, cover by Steve McNiven.
Experience Civil War and its major tie-ins in chronological order! In Captain
America #25, find out what happens next in the life of the Sentinel of Liberty!
The biggest Cap story that Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting have yet to tell, "Death
of a Dream" will stun readers and send shockwaves through the entire Marvel Universe
for the next year and it begins here! And in Civil War: The Confession, the team that
brought you the start of Civil War with the New Avengers: Illuminati special presents
a heart-wrenching finale. Two of the Marvel heroes most affected by the shocking
conclusion of the war get together one last time. What is said between them will
set the course of the Marvel Universe for years to come.
THE TWELVE #6
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, penciled by Chris Weston, cover by Paolo Rivera.
The Laughing Mask--behind bars! Secrets of the Black Widow--revealed! Dynamic Man
kicks ass! The Blue Blade bombs out! And the truth behind the origin of underground
secret agent Rockman!
MARVEL ADVENTURES THE AVENGERS #17
Marvel Adventures The Avengers #17 will arrive in stores on Oct. 17 from Marvel
Comics. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art and cover by Joe
Quesada. Here's how Marvel describes the issue:
"Ok, you're a super hero. And you've got to fight a robot. But while the robot can
punch and blast you with lasers, you can't touch him. That's a problem, right? That's
what the Avengers are up against when they encounter The Vision!"
Marvel Adventures The Avengers #17 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.
SILVERS SURFER: REQUIEM #4
Silver Surfer: Reqiuem #4 will arrive in stores on August 29 from Marvel Comics.
The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art and cover by Esad Ribic.
Here's how Marvel describes the issue:
"For untold years, Norrin Radd surfed the galaxy, exploring the darkness between stars,
witnessing the rise and fall of vast civilizations. Now his ride comes to an end. Zenn-La,
the planet of his birth, the planet he saved through his own sacrifice -- the Silver Surfer
crossed the galaxy to draw his last breath here. He¹s home. What waits for him?"
Silver Surfer: Reqiuem #4 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.
February 13-15, 2009
Place: Crowne Plaza Hotel
City: Timonium, Maryland
Guests: Alan Tudyk (Serenity), Harve Bennett (Star Trek producer), Phil Weyland
(actor, dialogue coach)
For more information, go to http://www.farpointcon.com/.
February 27-March 1, 2009
Place: Orange County Convention Center
For more information, go to
March 27-29, 2009
Place: Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek
City: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Guests: Walter Koenig, Denise Crosby and more
For more information, go to http://www.narutotrek.com
Creation Entertainment has a large number of
conventions planned for the next several months. They include stars from STARGATE,
ENTERPRISE, FARSCAPE, XENA, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, 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.
Sites are closed for these conventions. If you are holding tickets for any of these
conventions, please get in touch with convention organizers.
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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