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The Zocalo Today
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009
According to Variety, Columbia won an auction late Thursday for screen rights to
FOUNDATION, Isaac Asimov's ground breaking science fiction trilogy. The film will
be developed as a directing vehicle for Roland Emmerich.
Originally published as a series of eight short stories in Astounding Magazine
beginning in 1942, FOUNDATION is a complex saga about humans who are scattered
on planets throughout the galaxy, living under the rule of the Galactic Empire.
A psycho-historian who can scientifically read the future sees an imminent empire
collapse, and sets to work preparing to save the knowledge of mankind.
Variety writes that Emma Stone (Superbad) is heading to ZOMBILAND, signing on to
star alongside Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg in the horror/comedy for Columbia
Pictures. According to the trade, Ruben Fleischer will direct the film, which centers
on a band of survivors who team to fight the living dead in the post-apocalyptic
Southwest after a zombie plague ravages America. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese penned
the screenplay. Gavin Palone is producing the film, which begins shooting in Atlanta
Warner Bros. Pictures has launched the excellent new
website for director Zack Snyder's WATCHMEN, opening in conventional and IMAX
theaters on March 6th. The site features new bios on the characters along with
dialogue and soundtrack music by Tyler Bates. You can access the 'Menu' for more
about the movie, trailers, downloads, the gallery and the production diary.
JMS NOMINATED FOR BAFTA AWARD
From the B5 moderated news group:
Just found out I've been nominated for the BAFTA award for Best Original Screenplay
for CHANGELING. For those not familiar with BAFTA, it's the British equivalent of
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 - NEW
Crusoe - Hour 11 - The Hunting Party
After a mysterious warrior steals a lock of his hair, Crusoe realizes that he is the
target of a vicious manhunt.
8:00pm 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 CBS
Without a Trace - Closure
The team hunts for a man whose missing daughter was never found, wondering whether
his desire to help another couple find their missing son is somehow connected to his
9:00pm on BBC America
Doctor Who - Midnight
The Doctor is trapped, powerless and terrified, on the planet Midnight, as a knocking
on the wall begins.
9:00pm on SciFi
The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake(2009)
Pirates search for a mythical cure for a sultan's dying son.
JMS AT NEW YORK COMIC CON
With JMS having been nominated for the BAFTA, he may not be able to attend the
New York ComicCon. I'll post information as soon as I see it.
From the B5 moderated newsgroup, January 10, 2009:
I got an email from the convention saying that they were going to be
charging for autographs, and limiting it to 100 VIPs who bought
I emailed back to make it clear that that's now how I roll (as the
What was explained back to me was that the VIP guests generally don't
want to sign for too long, so they limit the tickets to 100 and charge
for the tickets. But again...that ain't how I work.
So after talking to the convention president, the answer is no, there
won't be tickets for my signings, they're free as always, to as many
folks who show up in line. When I'm at a convention, and I only do
one or two a year, I'm there in the service of the fans, not to get an
The only stipulation, as ever these last few years, is a maximum of
ten items at a time. The person can get back in line at the end of
the line again for the next batch, but it's just ten at a time.
Check out the interview at
MediumAtLarge.net with JMS.
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 email@example.com. 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
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.
YOU'RE A GOOD SPORT CHARLIE BROWN
Available on DVD: January 27, 2009
Official Site URL: www.kidswb.com
Start your engines! Its Motocross season and competing against the likes of Peppermint
Patty and the Masked Marvel – aka a certain daredevil beagle named Snoopy – can
intimidate anyone. But if Charlie Brown – tagged with unlucky number 13 – can keep
the pace slow and steady (as well as hold onto his helmet), he might just win the
race! It’s fast and furious fun right up through the finish line of this wonderful
Emmy Award® winner as Outstanding Children’s Special, rolling out in a spit-shined
re-mastered deluxe edition with improved picture and audio.
DVD Special Features Include:
You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown - A new-to-DVD bonus episode. Hard work and team
spirit are what Charlie Brown needs for decathlon victory but this junior Olympian
had better keep his eye on the track to win.
Dust Yourself Off and Pick Yourself Up, Charlie Brown - An original featurette that
tells the story of how Charles Schulz' son Craig and his life-long passion for dirt
biking, served as an inspiration for his dad to include it in his famous comic strip.
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
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.
January 24, 2009
Naruto Trek Events
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Hosted by Christopher Plummer (General Chang)
Time: 10:00pm - Cinema Paradiso
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
All seats $5
For more information, go to www.fliff.com
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
April 24-26, 2009
STEEL CITY CON
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Guests: Catherine Bach, Mick Foley, Sandra Taylor
For more information, go to http://www.steelcitycon.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.
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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