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SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2009
A new trailer, titled "Philosophical," for SCI FI Channel's upcoming STARGATE UNIVERSE,
debuted last night during the airing of Stargate Continuum. Go to
http://scifiwire.com/index.php to see
it and a trailer from MUTANT CHRONICLES. STARGATE UNIVERSE is a spinoff of STARGATE
SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS and follows the adventures of explorers who start off on
a reconnaissance mission to the Destiny, a ship built by the Ancients, only to wind
up on a never-ending mission when the crew learns the ship can't return to Earth.
It debuts later this year on SCI FI.
This morning the Hollywood Reporter writes that Christian Bale has attached himself
to PRISONERS, joining Mark Wahlberg that Bryan Singer has indicated he would like to
direct. There is no official confirmation on this. Plot description: After his
6-year-old daughter and her friend are kidnapped, a small-town carpenter butts
heads with a young, brash detective in charge of the investigation. The father
is a Bible-reading, deer-hunting survivalist. The cop, meanwhile, can’t wait to
get to the city. Feeling failed by the law, the father captures the man he believes
responsible and begins to torture him in a desperate attempt to find out what he
did with the girls, whom he’s convinced are still alive.
NEW FREDDY KREUGER
Jackie Earle Haley is the new Freddy Krueger. The actor will star as the iconic
screen villain in New Line's redo of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, taking over the
role that was played by Robert Englund. The original NIGHTMARE, released in 1984,
helped establish New Line and spawned a slew of movies. Krueger is a serial child
killer murdered by angry parents who returns to terrorize teens in their dreams.
His burned face, his razor glove and his red-and-green sweater became instantly
recognizable images as well as popular Halloween costumes.
Haley made a splash in the 1970s as a child star in movies like THE BAD NEWS BEARS
then faded in the early 1990s. He left the business, and wound up working odd jobs
in Texas. Haley burst back on the scene in 2006 playing a pedophile in Todd Field's
LITTLE CHILDREN. He was praised for his portrayal of Rorschach in the recent WATCHMEN
and next appears in Martin Scorsese’s SHUTTER ISLAND.
SLUMDOG MEETS 24
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE co-star Anil Kapoor has joined Fox's drama "24" as a regular
on the show's upcoming eighth season. He will play a Middle Eastern leader who
comes to the U.S. on a peacemaking mission. A Bollywood icon who has appeared in
more than 100 films in his native India, Kapoor received a worldwide recognition
for playing game show host Prem Kumar in the Oscar-winning SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.
STAR TREK PG-13
Paramount is releasing new images from J.J. Abrams' upcoming STAR TREK. They are from
scenes we've seen in the trailers already released. Paramount announced that the film
has received a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America for "sci-fi
action and violence and brief sexual content."
IRON MAN 2
Robert Downey, Jr. recently talked with Entertainment Tonight while promoting his
upcoming film THE SOLOIST. He revealed some new details on his upcoming sequel,
IRON MAN 2. Here's the excerpt:
"The film is almost entirely about character, and yet we still have twice as much
action as we did last time, so it's going to be nuts." "Essentially IRON MAN 2 is
about looking behind the armor, or the armature, of a superhero. It's one thing to
say you're Iron Man, it's another thing to be fully ready to do that."
Robert says he's no longer on his strict SHERLOCK HOLMES diet and has returned to
some serious iron to once again portray Tony Stark: "I'm on Beefcake Charlie status,"
he jokes. "I've got to not be the skinny Brit anymore. I have to be the Tony that you
know and may have loved."
As for co-star Scarlett Johansson, who plays the femme fatale Black Widow in the
sequel, Robert says, "We've been rehearsing and she's in insane shape. She's getting
lean and mean."
IRON MAN 2 is said to go before cameras shortly and is set for a May 7, 2010 release.
TOP SCIENCE FICTION NEWS STORIES:
News from this week and the last couple of months has been moved to the
News Archive Page. Check it out
to catch up on all that has been going on in the world of science fiction.
8:00pm on NBC
ER - Episode: Series Finale (First Aired: April 02, 2009)
Gates treats a young teen with alcohol poisoning; old friends come to show their
support when Dr. Carter opens a medical facility for the underprivileged; Sam gets
a special birthday gift.
8:00pm on AMC
Following the death of his parents, young heir Bruce Wayne becomes a masked avenger
who fights the forces of evil in Gotham City. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam
Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman
8:00pm on BBC America
Torchwood - Episode: Everything Changes (First Aired: September 08, 2007)
Gwen Cooper witnesses the resurrection of a murder victim, beginning her journey
into a dangerous underworld.
9:00pm on SyFy
A detective investigates supernatural killings at a maximum-security prison.
Michael Paré, Ja Rule, Jenny McShane, Danny Trejo, Kelly Stables
Welcome to Show #150!
Jeffrey pokes fun at Tim and Summer’s consternation at not having a larger pool
of contest entries to choose a winner from… or even someone who’s gotten all of
the voices guessed correctly. (this was recorded on March 18th, so the contest
is already over)
We also hit a tangent about the death of the SciFi Channel. Summer rants. And she’s
not the only one who’s a tad annoyed. Not by a long shot. Now she wants to implement
a plan to create her owned damned spec-fic channel. Not a Cylon plan, but a plan
Interview: Stephen Furst joins us to reminisce about directing “The Deconstruction
of Falling Stars”… at least, that was the initial plan.
And as we all know, the most entertaining shows always veer off their intended
courses… “Babylon 5: The Musical”… ’nuff said!
Stay tuned next week for a super-sized Feedbackapalooza!
Discussion: In honor of Show #150, Jeffrey wonders how in the world we’ve done
more podcast episodes than actual show episodes in existence, and Mike wonders how
this tiny show grew to have a gravity well strong enough to pull him and Brad in
for keeps. And then the talk wanders into the realm of space junk, and completely
hijacks the intended topic of discussion… again!
Second Life Info: FarPoint Media’s Second Life space is now the penthouse suite of
Third Life Books. You can find the castle at http://slurl.com/secondlife/beraudes/203/151/49.
Come see the castle roof pool, and more!
Babylon 5 Information Gathering: If you know of a dead or abandoned B5 related
website that may be in need of a new home, let Summer know! Maybe we can mirror it
here or house it on a sister site.
THE BIRTH OF THE BABYLON 5 STORY
In 1999, J. Michael Straczynski allowed his original notes on Babylon 5 to be released
via his Last Word column in the Babylon 5 Magazine (Vol. 2, Issue 9). These notes were
the first written record of Babylon 5, made moments after he had his inspiration for
the series while taking a shower.
Though the magazine is long gone, on this, the 10th anniversary of this column's
publication, he wanted to share the origins of Babylon 5 again. While many fans
saw them when they were originally published, he realizes that many more have not.
I bet you are like me -- having a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers. I love
the excitement leading up to the edge when you can't wait to see what will happen
next. I hate when this is done as the series comes to an end. Will you ever know
how it all comes together -- does it come together? One of my favorite shows, Kyle XY
ended in a cliffhanger last night. Great show -- but with the series having been
cancelled by ABC Family, we may never know what happens to Kyle or Jessi or Latnock.
There were always so many stories twirling around this very well-made series, there
was something to bring you back each week. I will truly miss Kyle XY and hope that
the final curtain hasn't been drawn on this one. How about you? Do you like
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.
WARNER ARCHIVE OPENS
Everyone who watches movies knows that Warner Bros. has been producing top-notch movies
for decades. Now they have opened an archive, with a selection of rare films that can
be yours on DVD. Videos are divided up by genre, making it easy for you to find that
old film you have been searching for. Some of the titles that caught my eye:
Captain Sinbad with Guy Williams; Countdown with James Caan and Brainstorm with
Anne Francis, Dana Andrews and Jeffrey Hunter. If you like old flicks, Warner Archives
is your place.
WBSHOP.COM GRAND OPENING
The all-new www.WBshop.com is now open featuring
the largest collection of Warner Bros products including WATCHMEN exclusive collections.
During the Grand Opening receive 20% Off and Free Shipping on all orders including
Blu-ray, Toys, Apparel and more.
Be sure to check out all the BABYLON 5 and CRUSADE items. Each episode is sold
separately for $1.95. It is a great way to get your favorite episode without having
to spend a lot of money.
You will also find DOCTOR WHO, RED DWARF, SUPERNATURAL, V and many other TV science
fiction favorites. Check out the lithographs, calendars, stationery, toys and photo
KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, a new musical based on the beloved Laura Ingals Wilder
series of classic American books, will launch a nationala tour in October at The
Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, following a five-week engagement beginning
September 10 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, N.J. Melissa Gilbert, who rose
to fame as a child playing 'Laura' in the hugely successful NBC television series
"Little House on the Prairie" during the 1970's, now continues her legacy 'on the
prairie' by taking on the role of Ma. LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE will also star
Steve Blanchard as Pa and Kara Lindsay as Laura.
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, with Gilbert and Blanchard and Lindsay, had its world
premiere production in August, 2008 at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, where it
shattered all box-office records and sold-out for 12 consecutive weeks.
Following the Paper Mill Playhouse engagement, LITTLE HOUSE will begin an extensive
national tour at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul. After a two-week engagement there,
the show will continue on to more than 30 additional cities throughout the U.S. and
Canada in 2009 and 2010, including Denver, Toronto, Houston, Tempe and Sacramento.
BABYLON 5 fans will remember Melissa as Anna Sheridan -- and the wife of Captain
Sheridan, Bruce Boxleitner.
NEW BABYLON 5 MOVIE BOOK UNTIL APRIL 30
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.
There is another Babylon 5 podcast available for your enjoyment. It was started
recently over at
http://theb5station.mypodcast.com. Two friends discuss Babylon 5, one episode at
a time, starting from the beginning.
There are 6 episodes currently posted. I'll be going over to listen. Thanks Mitch
for sending along the information.
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.
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 SHIP MODELS
I received a note from Ranger Glenn this morning about a company he discovered. See
his note below:
For years I have seen companies like Entertainment Earth sell figurines and ship models for
practically every science fiction, fantasy, horror or anime that you can imagine. One big
missing product line is Babylon 5. I never understood this as there is a large fan base.
I have always wanted a good model of a Whitestar.
Recently on eBay I found a company, www.eModelAirplanes.com selling high quality wooden models
of aircraft, spacecraft and science fiction starships. They have a large collection of Babylon 5
spacecraft from Shadow ships to Babylon 5 itself. I bought a Whitestar model. It is gorgeous and
is of the high quality expected of professionally crafted aircraft models. My photo doesn’t do
Thanks Glenn for sending along the note -- and the picture.
Ranger John passed along a note about more Babylon 5 models:
If you are interested in B5 models, check out
Federationmodels.com and look in the Warp Models section for some good B5 ships.
BABYLON 5 BIRTHDAYS
Christopher Franke - April 6
Maggie Egan - April 11
Tony Dow - April 13
Warren Takeuchi - April 19
Peter Jurasik - April 25
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.
STAR WARS CLONE WARS: A GALAXY DIVIDED
Release Date: March 24, 2009
Official website: www.kidswb.com
The “Clone Wars” goes back to the original Star Wars film when Obi-Wan Kenobi tells
Luke Skywalker that he was once a Jedi knight the same as your father and that they
fought together in the Clone Wars. Since that moment fans have been obsessed with
what the clone wars were. This new TV series takes place immediately after the
events of Star Wars-Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The series follows Obi-Wan
Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker and introduces us to some new characters
such as Ahsoka Tano a girl Jedi knight as well as characters we already know. This
series is different from the existing Clone Wars DVD released by Fox.
Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood
Release date: March 24, 2009
Theyre in the book. And on this disc. From the director of Watchmen and 300 come two
tales from the celebrated graphic novel that do not appear in the extraordinary Watchmen
Theatrical Feature. Tales of the Black Freighter (featuring the voice of 300s Gerard
Butler) brings to strikingly animated life the novels richly layered story-within-a-
story, a daring pirate saga whose turbulent events may mirror those in the Watchmens
world. Stars from the Watchmen movie team in the amazing live-action/CGI Under the
Hood, based on Nite Owls powerful first-hand account of how the hooded adventurers
came into existence. Two fan-essential stories. One place to watch the excitement.
Watching the Watchmen begins here.
ER - 10th Seaston
Release date: March 3, 2009
Healing is teamwork and science. Instant decisions and best guesses. Joy one moment,
tragedy the next, 24/7 readiness. It is learning, always learning. County General is
a teaching hospital. And each day it presents its weary students and dedicated doctors
with an unexpected instructor called experience.The ambulances are ready to unload
more compulsively watchable tales of drama and triumph. Carter and Kovac return from
Africa: one with a new love and both lucky to be alive. Romano, at the ER, is not so
lucky. Med student Neela Rasgotra arrives from India by way of London. Med student
Abby Lockhart arrives by way of the ER nurses station. Do they have what it takes?
Old Man Experience awaits them.
THE ZETA PROJECT SEASON 1
Release date: March 17, 2009
In this spin-off from the animated series, Batman Beyond, Zeta is an experimental
infiltration robot equipped with weaponry and a holographic self-projector that
allows it to assume any identity. Unfortunately, his programming also evolves to
the point where he acquires both feelings and a conscience. He flees the U.S.
government, who believe he has been re-programmed by a foreign power.
A PUP NAMED SCOOBY DOO SEASONS 2-4
Release date: March 17, 2009
This series is about a pup named Scooby-Doo, with his friends, Daphne, Velma, Fred
and his best pal, Shaggy. They always have adventures, try to fight evil villains,
and then all along it is just a person in a rubber mask. Unlike the previous Scooby-Doo
series, this one is more cartoonish.
GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT
Release Date: july 28, 2009
Synopsis: The fabric of intergalactic justice is threatened - until Hal Jordan
arrives for his initial mission - in the animated GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT,
the fifth entry in the popular DVD series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13
Movies. A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation,
the illuminated hero's first-ever full-length animated film is set for release by
Warner Home Video on July 28, 2009. GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT will be available
as a special edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def .
Acclaimed actor Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) fills the
lead voice of Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern. Meloni is joined by fellow Emmy Award
nominee Victor Garber (Milk, Titanic) as the villainous Sinestro, Tricia Helfer
(Battlestar Galactica) as the voice of Boodikka, and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs)
Produced by animation legend Bruce Timm, Green Lantern: First Flight is helmed by
heralded director Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Superman Doomsday) and scripted
by four-time Emmy Award-winning writer Alan Burnett (The Batman).
GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT finds Hal Jordan recruited to join the Green Lantern
Corps and placed under the supervision of respected senior Lantern Sinestro. The
earthling soon discovers his mentor is actually the central figure in a secret
conspiracy that threatens the philosophies, traditions and hierarchy of the entire
Green Lantern Corps. Hal must quickly hone his newfound powers and combat the
treasonous Lanterns within the ranks to maintain order in the universe.
SMURFS: VOLUME 1
Release date: March 3, 2009
The Smurfs are a group of over 100 bluish, three-apple tall creatures who live in
the mushroom homes of Smurf Village. They are led by 543-year-old Papa Smurf (who
doesn't look a day over 530). Their lives would be perfect were it not for the
villainous Gargamel, a wizard who spends his days trying to capture them to eat,
turn into gold, or for other evil reason. Gargamel's cat Azrael adds to the menace,
always looking for a smurfalicious snack.. Its Season Two, Vol. 1 of Smurf Adventures,
the Emmy-winning animated series [Outstanding Childrens Entertainment Series 1982-83]
that delighted Saturday morning cartoon fans for nearly a decade.
Watched any great books lately? Now you can. The most celebrated graphic novel of
all time that broke the conventional mold continues to break new ground WATCHMEN
illustrator Dave Gibbons oversees this digital version of the graphic novel that
adds limited motion, voice and sound to the books strikingly drawn panels. All 12
chapters of the story are here nearly 5 hours spanning everything from the mysterious
demise of the Comedian to the crisscrossed destinies of loosely allied superheroes
to their fateful impact on the world. Be in the know. Be watching. With Watchmen:
The Complete Motion Comic.
THE REAL ADVENTURES OF JONNY QUEST, Season 1, Volume 1
Release date: February 17, 2009
Jonny and his pal Hadji are once again headed for action-packed fun and excitement
in The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest: Season 1, Volume 1, available for the first
time on DVD from Warner Home Video on February 17, 2009. A remake of the classic
science-fiction/adventure animated television series Jonny Quest, The Real
Adventures of Jonny Quest: Season 1, Volume 1 chronicles the all new adventures
of our hero and his friends Hadji and Jessie in 13 episodes guaranteed to keep
fans on the edge of their seats.
"Jonny Quest is truly a classic character beloved by kids of all ages," said Amit
Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. "We are very
happy to add The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest: Season 1, Volume 1 to our library
of animated offerings for kids, their parents and fans of animation."
The sequel to one of TV's first animated science fiction action-adventure series
is about to take viewers on a breathless ride. The first 13 year-one episodes
charting the fantastic exploits of brave and brainy Jonathan Quest come in a
deluxe multi-disc set featuring exciting new and vintage bonus materials from
Hanna-Barbera. Jonny Quest drew on science and detective-style logic to solve
mysteries and apprehend sophisticated villains. Viewers are transported to exotic
locales as Jonny and the Indian boy Hadji, along with new characters such as Jessie,
tackle each government assignment.
On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons
have raised a daughter of untold beauty, grace and strength Princess Diana. When
an Army fighter pilot, Steve Trevor, crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and
headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization.
Meanwhile, Ares (the god of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the
Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge - intending to start a world war
that will not only last for centuries but will wipe out every living being on the
planet, starting with the Amazons! It is up to Princess Diana to save her people
and the world by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman!
How do you fight an extraterrestrial invasion … when you can’t tell who is friend
From Raw Feed, creators of the Rest Stop and Otis shockers, comes the sci-fi/horror
tale ALIEN RAIDERS, a nerve-shredding battle for human survival against aliens that
invade our world by invading our bodies. Be alert. Beware. Be afraid. The creatures’
next host could be your neighbor. Your kid brother. No – it’s you!
Produced by Dan Myrick (co-director of The Blair Witch Project, co-writer of BOOK OF
SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2, director of Solstice, The Believers, and The Objective) and
directed by Ben Rock (Shadow of the Blair Witch, Conversations), Alien Raiders is
WHV’s sixth acquired title from the successful “Raw Feed” film franchise. “Alien
Raiders explores the mystery, suspense, fear and tension behind mankind's fight
for survival against alien invasion,” said producer Dan Myrick. “It takes the
ingredients of horror and suspense from previous Raw Feed installments and adds
a science fiction element to increase the anxiety factor.”
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.
I am a big fan of Charlie Brown -- have been for years. There seems to be something
for everyone in any Charlie Brown story. In this one, Charlie Brown hopes to win the
motocross race, despite being "Unlucky Number 13". While there is always a great story,
each person can take away something different -- whether it be the virtue of being a
good sport, whether you win or not -- or just the spirit of participation. It is a good
way to introduce little folks to good sporstsmanship as well. It is always great when the
gang gets together -- Charlie, Snoopy, Pepermint Patty.
Also included on this the special, YOU'RE THE GREATEST, CHARLIE BROWN. Charlie is
recruited to represent his school by competing in the decathlon for the Junior Olympics.
Peppermint Patty trains Chuck in all ten events. Charlie Brown wins several events and
has a chance to win the entire Junior Olympics for his school.
Both of the Peanuts specials on the disc have been remastered and cleaned up. They
look and sound spectacular.
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 #4 will arrive in stores on April 1 from BOOM! Studios. The issue is written
by Keith DeCandido and Rockne S. O¹Bannon, with art by Tommy Patterson. Here's how
BOOM! describes the issue:
"The battle for Hyneria comes to its shocking conclusion! This is a game-changer
for the Farscape mythology!"
Farscape #4 will be 24 pages and will cost $3.99.
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art and cover by Marko Djurdjevic
The cataclysmic, catastrophic events of Thor #600 have rocked Asgard. What unexpected
way do his true friends figure out to help him? And what could possibly be the next
step in the devious Loki's sinister schemes and machinations?
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.
- 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.
March 27-29, 2009 Narutotrek 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 3-5, 2009
Place: Brentwood, Long Island
Guests: Sean Astin, Tory Belleci, and many more
For more information, go to http://www.iconsf.org/
for more information.
April 17-19, 2009
Place: Orange County Convention Center
City: Orlando, Florida
For more information, go to http://www.fxshow.com
April 17-19, 2009
CHILLER THEATRE Convention
Place: Hilton Parsippany
City: Parsippany, New Jersey
B5 Guest: Tracy Scoggins, Walter Koenig
Other Guests: Peter Graves, Eric Roberts, Michael Dorn, Lou Ferrigno, Rene Auberjonois,
Dean Hagland, John Wesley Shipp -- and many, many more
Go to http://www.chillertheatre.com/main.htm
for more information.
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
April 24-26, 2009
Place: Hilton Birmingham Metropole
Guests: Summer Glau, Zachary Levi, Adam Baldwin, Amy Acker, Jonathan Woodward,
Felicia Day, Georges Jeanty, Dominic Keating, Clare Kramer
For more information, go to http://www.starfury.co.uk/
May 16-17, 2009
Place: Louisville, Kentucky
Guests: Veronica Cartwright, Angela Cartwright, Tom Woodruff, Jr., and many more
For more information, go to www.wonderfest.com
for more information.
July 10-12, 2009
Place: Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn
City: Baltimore, Maryland
Guests: Jason Momoa, Rachel Luttrell, Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips, Christopher
Heyerdahl, Michael Welch, Kevin Soro, Jasika Nicole -- and many more
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.
August 6-9, 2009 OFFICIAL STAR TREK CONVENTION
Place: Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, 3000 Paradise Rd.
Guests: Just about anyone you can think of that has been associated with the show
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS! 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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