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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2009
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Timothy Hutton has joined the cast of The GHOST
for director Roman Polanski. The film is based off the novel by Robert Harris and
revolves around a ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) who is assigned to complete the memoirs
of an ex-British Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan) and, when he uncovers secrets about
his past, his life is in danger. Hutton will portray the American lawyer of the former
Prime Minister. Tom Wilkinson, James Belushi and Kim Cattrall have already signed on
as well. The film is set to start shooting this week in Berlin, where Hutton is
currently promoting three films that premiered at the Berlin International Film
Festival: Lymelife, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and The Killing Room.
DREAMWORKS/UNIVERSAL TALKS DISSOLVE
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has suddenly pulled out of talks with
DreamWorks to distribute their films. DreamWorks heads Steven Spielberg and Stacy
Snider are now in discussions with Walt Disney Studios for a distribution deal. It was
said that Fox was a potential studio for DreamWorks, but it appears that Disney is the
only studio in talks with DreamWorks as of now.
Universal issued the following statement on the talks breaking down:
"Universal Pictures has ended discussions with DreamWorks for a distribution agreement.
Over the past several weeks DreamWorks has demanded material changes to previously agreed
upon terms. It is clear that DreamWorks' needs and Universal's business interests are
no longer in alignment. We wish them luck in their pursuit of funding and distribution
of their future endeavors."
It was said that Disney might be in a position to release as many as eight films per
year from DreamWorks.
NEW YORK COMIC-CON
Over at Comingsoon.net you will
find reports from New York Comic-Con, including information about WATCHEMEN and TERMINATOR.
There are descriptions of the videos shown, so don't miss them.
Variety reports that Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke will star in indie action-thriller ST.
VINCENT, directed by Walter Hill for Occpuant Films and Secret Handshake Entertainment.
Production is slated to begin later this year.
ST. VINCENT, written by Cameron Young, centers on a hit man returning to his former New
York City neighborhood to finish off the botched killing of an informant. He's then forced
to masquerade as a priest and finds himself taking the confessions of his target.
Rourke and Hill worked together on 1989's JOHNNY HANDSOME.
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 The CW
Teen Wolf (1985)
8:00pm on BBC America
British Academy Film Awards
BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS - FEBRUARY 8
The British Academy Film
Awards take place the evening of February 8. (On the East coast - 8pm et with
an encore at 10:30pm; On the West coast - 5pm pt with an encore at 7:30pm.) Why
is this important? Our own J. Michael Straczynski is up for the Best Original
Screenplay for CHANGELING. In addition, CHANGELING was nominated for Best Director -
Clint Eastwood and Best Actress - Angelina Jolie.
Competition is very stiff and this is almost like a preview of the Academy Awards.
Good Luck, JMS!
NEW BABYLON 5 MOVIE BOOK AVAILABLE NOW
THE BABYLON 5 SCRIPTS OF
J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
THE TV MOVIES
Featuring these Scripts
• The River of Souls
• The Legend of the Rangers
• The Lost Tales
These TV Movie scripts are twice the length of a single episode of Babylon 5 and
are the page count equivalent of EIGHT episodic scripts making it the second biggest
book ever with more than 450 pages!
ALL THAT PLUS THESE SPECIAL BONUSES
* The included version of The Legend of the Rangers is an early draft that is
20 pages longer than the script that was filmed, which means you get to read
scenes and exchanges of dialogue that never made it to the screen.
* Exhumed from Joe's vault, a 3-page fragment of an outline detailing the
premise for a Psi Corps feature film . Focusing on The Telepath War, and
appropriately titled "Wars of the Mind," JMS' notes reveal the background
of the conflict -- teeps vs. teeps, the cast of characters -- including the
identity of the Interstellar Alliance's Vice President, and the explosive
deaths of two B5 regulars -- something hinted at, but never stated in an
official series document.
* J. Michael Straczynski's personal, behind-the-scenes photos taken on the set
of The Lost Tales and The Legend of the Rangers -- included in these 36 images
are the last pictures taken of Andreas Katsulas as G'Kar.
For more information about this book, go to
http://www.cafepress.com/thejoestore. The $10 discount is only good through
February 5. This book will only be available through April 30.
Welcome to Show #142!
Sorry this is so late… Summer came down with a bad case of “too many projects”-itis,
and completely forgot that she’d started to post this episode, but didn’t finish
posting it. Yeesh.
JMS’ scheduled appearance at NY Comicon (Feb 6-8) may have to be canceled since the
movie The Changeling has been nominated for several BAFTA Awards (the British
equivalent of the Oscars).
Jarsto joins us this episode… proof positive that he was NOT captured by Vorlons
for experimentation. He tells us about the upcoming new episodes of “Three-Edged
Sword”, the audio drama over at Voices of Babylon, and their planning for new B5-
based audio dramas, and the call for scripts and story ideas from other people.
Tim relates an anecdote from work that directly relates to our most recent episodes
of Babylon 5, especially the topic of tonight’s discussion.
Deep Geeking: Tim, Summer and special guest Jarsto delve into “Intersections in
Real Time”, definitely one of the most difficult episodes to watch the first time
The psychological abuse we see Sheridan being subjected to is also felt by the viewer
because of the structure of the episode… there is no cut away to a B story, no time
jumps in scene, and the relentless manipulation in pursuit of a truth they want to
use for their own purposes.
It’s also another wonderful example of the use of a stage play composition, both
in set design and writing/acting, to intensify the the emotional impact of the
interactions and the reasons for them.
How much JMS’ background in psychology played in crafting this episode would be a
fun thing to find out, and Summer wonders if JMS ever read Psychological Warfare
by Col. Paul M. A. Linebarger (aka Cordwainer Smith).
And Summer was mistaken about a few details: Linebarger didn’t write the book for
the Army… he was in the Army at the time, and it was published by Infantry Journal
Press while he was with the Institute for Advanced International Studies, but the
book was an examination of the topic from WWI and WWII. It’s also long long out
of print, and copies run $500 and higher these days, but she’d love to read it
Chat: Tim’s been geeking on the Apollo Moon Missions over at the
Apollo Talks podcast,
so check it out!
For more of these fabulous cartoons, go to
DISCUSSION TOPIC - TOP 10 SCI FI FILMS
I started thinking about conventions this morning and thought this might a a good discussion
topic -- one that everyone who has gone to a convention could share with readers here at
THE ZOCALO TODAY. What is your best, worst convention experience?
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 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.
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
Michael Beck - February 4
Ardwight Chamberlain - February 16
Karen Harrell - February 21
John Iacovelli - February 25
Bill Mumy - February 1
Matt Plummer - February 26
Majel Barrett Roddenberry - February 23 - she is greatly missed
John Schuck - February 4
Myriam Sirois – February 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.
SIMON SCHAMA THE AMERICAN FUTURE - A HISTORY
Release Date: January 20, 2009
Official website: http://www.bbcamericashop.com
Ever wonder how modern-day America appears to the rest of the world? Renowned historian
Simon Schama delves into American history to explain our present-day motivations,
expectations and crises. Taking the long perspective, Schama looks at four of the
critical issues facing our country: war, religion, immigration and the economic and
environmental crises we face. Turning to fascinating moments in American history to
understand the present, he connects such legendary presences as Thomas Jefferson,
Henry Ford and Mark Twain with today's soldiers, businessmen, truckers, school
teachers and politicians-especially Barack Obama. In the wake of the historic 2008
Presidential election, this series offers a timely and gripping vision of the United
States-past and present-as we face our moment of truth.
TOM AND JERRY TALES: VOLUME 6
Release date: February 3, 2009
Everyone's favorite cat and mouse duo Tom and Jerry return to DVD in an all-new set
of adventures on Tom and Jerry Tales Volume 6, which will be released by Warner Home
Video (WHV) February 3, 2009. The sixth volume of the hit Kids' WB TV series will
feature 15 action-packed cartoons showcasing Tom and Jerry's latest adventures.
In this volume of Tom and Jerry Tales, Tom and Jerry's unending pursuit takes them
around the world from Africa to Australia and on. The duo also learns some valuable
lessons about history, including an episode where Tom inadvertently turns the
Declaration of Independence into a paper airplane and an episode where Jerry has a
role in the Wright Brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk. Tom and Jerry are also
involved in a number of musical adventures that are anything but harmonious --
Jerry sabotages Tom's efforts to win a Flamenco dance contest and Tom tries to
avert his girlfriend's attention from Jerry by singing the blues. Three very cool
episodes on this DVD are entirely devoted to the theme of snow and ice. The duo
confronts each other on a frozen pond where Jerry wants to skate but Tom plans
to play hockey. Tom and Jerry also engage in an all-out snowball battle and later
on, find themselves face-to-face with the giant abominable snowmouse.
"Tom and Jerry is one of the greatest cartoons of all time," commented Amit Desai,
WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. He added, "The essence
of the show has remained unchanged and that's why it's as successful today as it
was decades ago. Tom and Jerry Tales maintains the same classic formula that has
made this cartoon a success but places the characters in a contemporary setting,
which is why the show continues to be a big hit with kids today."
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.
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
FARSCAPE: D'ARGO'S LAMENT #1>br>
Written by Keith R.A. DeCandido, art by Tommy Patterson, covers by Michael DiPascale
and Will Sliney.
Ka D'argo lives on -- only in this Farscape mini-series set in continuity during
Season 3 between episodes "Revenging Angel" and "Fractures!" Follow the adventures
of John Crichton's best friend D'argo as he's forced to not only save the day and
end planetary war, he's got to do it all with mouthy "princess" Jool along for the
ride. And that means trouble!
FARSCAPE: STRANGE DETRACTORS #2
Written by Rockne S. O'Bannon and Keith R.A. DeCandido, art by Will Sliney, covers
by Joe Corroney and Dennis Calero.
Farscape creator Rockne O'Bannon is back! Television's science fiction masterpiece
Farscape continues with the same hit writing team from the first sold out mini-series!
Crichton and crew are all here as it's friend vs. friend and ally vs. ally as a
mysterious wave of violence sweeps through the crew of Moya. And worse, an entire
Flash Gordon Volume 1: The Mercy Wars HC
by Brendan Deneen & Paul Green
Discover what all the buzz is about! This beautiful hardcover collects issues #1-6
of Ardden Entertainment’s critically acclaimed new Flash Gordon monthly series, and
includes the almost-impossible-to-find issue #0. In this first arc of the new series,
Flash, CIA Agent Dale Arden, and mad scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov rocket off to the planet
Mongo and find themselves in the middle of a deadly civil war with none other than Ming
the “Merciful” at the center of the conflict! Available in Regular and Remarked Signed
Torchwood: Rift War GN
by Williamson, Furman, Edginton, Grist, & D'Israeli
Torchwood is an action-packed sci-fi series spinning out of the BBC hit Doctor Who,
following the adventures of a secret team of investigators who use scavenged alien
technology to solve present day crimes — both alien and human. When Torchwood comes
under fire in an all-out attack by extra-dimensional shock troopers, the team is torn
in all directions. And with a deadly rift bleeding through into their own reality,
time itself could be destroyed if the Torchwood team can't stop it! Featuring story
and artwork by a whole host of top British comic creators, including Paul Grist
(Jack Staff), Ian Edginton and D'Israeli (Scarlet Traces), and Simon Furman
(Transformers), Torchwood: Rift War collects the comic strips from Titan
Publishing's best-selling Torchwood: The Official Magazine, based on BBC
America's highest-rated series ever.
Battlestar Galactica: The Manga
by Salzfass, Wellman, Hatch, Wu, Delk, & Schons
Culled from storylines that didn’t make it past the cutting room floor, the Battlestar
Galactica manga takes place in Season 3 of the popular television series. In "Teacher’s
Pet," teacher Laura Roslin struggles to educate and inspire her young students with a
"human-centric" curriculum on New Caprica, until she begins to suspect one of her own
students may be a Cylon informer. Back on board the Galactica after Adama’s daring
rescue of the human population in "Shelf Life," President Tom Zarek is determined to
root out and punish any human traitor suspected of collaborating with the Cylons
during the occupation by death. But will he be able to follow through when a long-
lost friend is on top of the target list? And in "Visitation," Starbuck is stunned
when she discovers the young girl Kacey living in squalor in the shantytown, so
stunned that in her attempt to help, she crosses a line that shocks even those
closest to her.
Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five #1
by Seamus Fahey, David Reed & Nigel Raynor
While the critically acclaimed series may be coming to an end, Dynamite Entertainment
enters 2009 with a series of new and exciting Battlestar Galactica comic book events
Beginning with The Final Five, a three-issue event tying directly into the events of
the final episodes of the series, Dynamite will continue to provide a home for great
Galactica stories in 2009 and beyond! The Final Five #1 (of 4) is overseen By Seamus
Kevin (Origins) Fahey and David Reed with the complete authorization of Sci Fi and
the producers and features the back story of the Cylons, man and their current
struggle against one another! Joining the writers is Galactica veteran Nigel
Raynor, who also provide one of the two incredible covers! And to top it all
off, Red Sonja and Super Zombies artist Mel Rubi is also providing an incredible
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.
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
Site: Orange County Convention Center
City: Orlando, Florida
For more information, go to http://www.megaconvention.com.
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, Cathy St. George, Orli Shoshan
For more information, go to http://www.steelcitycon.com
July 10-12, 2009
Place: Sheraton Parkway North Toronto Hotel
City: Richmond Hill, Canada
Description: We have over 300 hours of programming including special media guest Q&A's,
scientists, authors, discussion panels, anime & video, gaming, autographs & photo sessions,
masquerade contest, dances and art displays. They host a charity auction that raises money
for Gilda's Club of Greater Toronto -- and they have the 3rd Annual Constellation Awards.
For more information, go to TCON.
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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