Babylon 5 ISN News: The Zocalo Today
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The Zocalo Today
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
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Joining Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer and the surviving members of TORCHWOOD is ... the fabulous John de Lancie.
TORCHWOOD writer Jane Espenson tweeted:
I just this minute got permission to tell about the TORCHWOOD guest star I was tweeting about. Two great Sci Fi
He's de licious. He's de lightful. He's de lovely...
Our friend Q from Star Trek: TNG, John De Lancie, is part of the #Torchwood family!
Great news, for fans of de Lancie, who snarked his way into our lives as Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation (not to
mention spinoffs Deep Space Nine and Voyager). He's made appearances in such shows as Stargate SG-1 and Charmed, among
others. But he's a moving target and never seems to stay in one place—including Next Generation—for very long.
Currently, there's no word on what role he's playing.
But as Espenson tweeted, "He's not playing Q!!! Let's be clear!"
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Matt Reeves is heading back to the world of vampires.
The thoughtful and intellectual director behind Let Me In, the remake of Swedish bloodsucker thriller LET THE RIGHT ONE IN,
has come aboard to develop and direct THE PASSAGE, Fox 2000’s adaptation of the novel by Justin Cronin. Ridley Scott is
Fox 2000 picked up the rights for the adaptation as well as two possible sequels in a reported seven-figure deal in 2007.
The novel was published in 2009.
The novel is set a hundred years in the future, where a government experiment to lengthen the human life span goes awry,
unleashing a virus that physically and psychologically transforms people into vampires.
John Logan wrote the script when Scott was considering the project as a directing vehicle. Reeves, who wrote Let Me In and
co-created Felicity with JJ Abrams, will oversee the rewrite when a new writer is brought in.
This is the second major project Reeves is involved with. Last week he signed on to write and direct an adaptation of the
sci-fi short story 8 O’Clock in the Morning, which was the inspiration of the 1980s John Carpenter film They Live. 8 O’Clock
is being made by Universal and Strike Entertainment.
SCIENCE FICTION NEWS STORIES:
If you don't see what you are looking for here, check out the
News Archive. Here you'll find items from yesterday
and last month -- all that has been going on in the world of science fiction.
ON THE TUBE TONIGHT
8:00pm on NBC
Chuck-Episode: Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner (NEW)
Chuck and Sarah turn to Sarah's father for help when they are conned out of their wedding money; Morgan pushes Casey to
face Alex's mother.
9:00pm on NBC
The Event-Episode: Cut Off the Head (NEW)
Vice President Jarvis agrees to meet with an adversary; Sen. Lewis reports the results of the staff's blood tests; Sophia
continues her search for the superweapon; Leila questions her place; Sean and Vicky find the person they've been seeking.
10:00pm on CBS
Hawaii Five-0-Episode: Ho'opa'i (NEW)
The team must stop a New York detective from retaliating against a crime boss who targeted his family.
Stargate Universe-Episode: The Hunt (First Aired: April 11, 2011)
A team is dispatched to rescue Lt. Johansen and Cpl. Reynolds.
Stargate Universe-Episode: Common Descent (NEW)
The crew gates to a nearby planet while Destiny tries to recharge.
Urban Legends-Episode: Best Laid Plans (NEW)
A small town mayor gets a delivery of terror; a jilted lover plots revenge.
Urban Legends-Episode: Mixed Up In Crime (First Aired: June 23, 2007)
A junkie shot at close range; a German loses a kidney; a gang leader ends up dead.
NEW BABYLON 5 BOOK AVAILABLE
A brand new CRUSADE adventure in a never-before-seen--or even known about--SECOND SEASON script (What second
season? That's our point!). This script was discovered in 2010, 11 years after it was written.
Oh, did we mentioned that said script was written by Peter Woodward--as in the fabulous British actor who
portrayed Galen the techno-mage? As many of you know, Peter is a successful screenwriter and this CRUSADE
story is a quirky adventure so good that JMS slated it for the second season.
For more details, go to http://www.cafepress.com/b5books
The poll is set to stay open for 30 days, and people can choose their 10 favorite Lyta episodes out of the 26 episodes/movies she
appeared in. Let the voting begin!
Be sure to follow Pat on Twitter @patriciatallman to get all the latest news (hint: something is coming up soon).
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution honors the legendary film director Oliver Stone with the release of ALEXANDER:
REVISITED for the first time On Demand and For Download in addition to other favorites he directed including
Natural Born Killers, Any Given Sunday, Heaven & Earth, and JFK.
The release also features films that Oliver Stone personally selected as his favorites including A Clockwork Orange,
The Departed, Casablanca, Gran Torino and more. On iTunes: http://bit.ly/WB_STONE
SUPERMAN: THE MOTION PICTURE ANTHOLOGY (1978-2006)
DEBUTS ON BLU-RAY™ JUNE 7 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO
Collection Includes All Five Films in the Theatrical Franchise, Two Alternate Versions and 20 Hours of Bonus Features
Burbank, Calif. March 31, 2011 –Superman, the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, is back in a big way. In a powerhouse
year marked by the theatrical releases of several major superhero films including Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern, his arrival
couldn’t be more perfectly timed. Warner Home Video (WHV) is celebrating the year of the superhero with the June 7 release
of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray. For the first time, fans will be able to own one super-
entertaining Blu-ray collection with all four original theatrical Superman films starring Christopher Reeve (available for
the first time in high def), Superman Returns, and the two alternate versions of Superman I and Superman II.
Available now in superb hi-def, with new digital/hi-def film masters, the must-own comprehensive Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray includes all six versions of the films in the original Superman theatrical franchise -- Superman: The Movie – Original Theatrical, Superman: The Movie – Expanded Edition, Superman II – Original Theatrical, Superman II – The Richard Donner Cut, Superman III – Original Theatrical, Superman IV – Original Theatrical, plus Superman Returns. The Collection also boasts 20 hours of bonus features including the never-before-seen original opening to Superman Returns. Also included are two documentaries in hi-def, Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman and The Science of Superman, as well as You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman, deleted scenes, and much more. Fan-boys and technophiles will especially appreciate that all of the Superman films are being released with English DTS-HD-MA soundtrack for superior sound quality. Also included is Movie Cash good up to $8 off one admission ticket to see the newest Warner Bros. superhero film, Green Lantern, at participating theaters between June 17, 2011 and July 3, 2011[i]. The eight-disc collection will be available for $129.95 SRP. Orders are due May 3, 2011.
Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology is also available On Demand and for download through online retailers including iTunes and Amazon on Demand.
Ranger Anne reports that Gary Cole will make a return guest appearance on the NBC series "Chuck" on Monday,
April 18th, at 8pm ET.
In "Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner," Cole returns as Jack Burton, Sarah Walker's (Yvonne Strahovski) con
artist father, a role he first played in Season 2's "Chuck Versus the DeLorean." This time, Sarah & Chuck
Bartowski (Zachary Levi) want Burton's help in recovering the wedding funds they lost, in advance of their
CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN AND BILL MUMY
Found a a great video of Claudia and Bill talking about BABYLON 5 and being exposed in the industry. Bill talks about
growing up in Hollywood. Great video.
Here is the word from JMS Facebook page:
The announcement is up...this was a huge sale to Dreamworks, and I'm also on as an Executive Producer on the
film as well as the writer. The search is on now for a director aand stars, nd the hope is to get this in front
of the camera asap.
DreamWorks Buys J. Michael Straczynski's Script About Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle - Heat Vision
Marc N. Kleinhenz has begun a series of interviews of the cast of BABYLON 5, one of the landmark television
shows in American history. Look back with them as they discuss their characters, their emotional evolution,
and their participation in television history.
Warner Bros. has provided me with video clips and interviews related to some of their upcoming comic book
features. ALL-STAR SUPERMAN is available now from Warner Home Video.
BABYLON 5 PRESENCE ON FACEBOOK
I know a lot of you are already on FaceBook. However, I don't know if you knew how many other Babylon 5
folks have taken the plunge and opened FaceBook accounts. In fact, Pat Tallman has reopened her Fan Club
using FaceBook at the site. For a peek, go to
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=45593318387. Claudia Christian has been really active -- sharing
pictures of her recent trips and letting us know about upcoming convention activities. J. Michael Straczynski
(JMS) has a FaceBook page as well as a new "Fans of J. Michael Straczynski" page. So check it out!
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?
While Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar), Rick Biggs (Dr. Franklin) and Tim Choate (Zathras) 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.
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.
DISCUSSION TOPIC AND ISN BLOG
OK, the new season has begun and we've had a taste of some of the new shows. What have you watched? What did you
like -- and not so much? A number of my favorites haven't premiered yet, but I thought FRINGE was awesome.
Join me on the ISN News Blog at
http://isnnews.blogspot.com. I’ll put in stuff that I think is interesting
for others to read about and I hope you will join in to discuss of the issues --
related to science fiction or not!
Welcome to Show #231!
Bret is AWOL, so Tim and Summer soldier on. Gary wonders if Shadows were involved in the ending of Bruce Boxleitner’s
and Melissa Gilbert’s marriage, and the Shadow puns devolve…
Tim throws it out there that he’d most want to talk with David Allen Brooks, based on his performance and portrayal of
Deep Geeking: Tim and Summer discuss “Patterns of the Soul”, an episode that gives us our first glimpse of conspiracies
and ulterior motives that may be exploiting opportunities brought about after the introduction of the plague to the
They discuss what types of patterns the episode title might refer to, and how the various secrets being guarded by each
party involved in this encounter are related, in how they color everyone’s actions.
Listener Emails: Julian laments catching up on the shows so quickly, and wonders if perhaps there were 3 different
triluminaries, each one with a different function; Joe C gives us his Top 5 episodes; Todd in NC informs us of Walter
Koenig’s cool statues that he displayed for William Shatner on the March 14th episode of “Raw Nerve”… we need to find
a clip of that segment.
Submitting your own Feedback: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know! Call 206-338-2259, or just
email us a comment you’ve recorded yourself!
Lurker’s Guide 2.0: Summer is expanding the documentation to be covered at Lurker’s Guide 2.0, the major change being
converting the episode guide into a full Wiki with cross-referenced topics, tidbits and everything you’d want in a
Wiki. She’s also still searching for pictures of rare collectibles, photos of magazine covers and toys, and all sorts
of other B5 goodies that didn’t get included in the original guide during the years after Crusade. Let her know if
you want to lend a hand.
More Parody/Filk Songs Wanted: If you know of any more B5-related fan songs out there, definitely let us know, so we
can let other B5 fans know where to buy them! And if those CDs are out of print, let’s brainstorm on ways to get those
songs back out there for fans!
Live Video Stream: Yes, the technology has progressed to the point where we can now play video voicemails into the video
live stream. Check out the live video stream of our show recordings on Wednesday nights:
* Babylon Podcast Live @ Ustream
Babylon Podcast Social Communities:
Forums: Babylon Podcast @ FarPoint Forums
Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Wind%20River%20Territory/50/129/22
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.
Catch up on all the podcasts at www.babylonpodcast.com.
VOTE FOR BABYLON 5
Ranger Regis sent along the following news:
The Jules Verne Festival 20th anniversary will occur in April 2012. For 20 years in Paris and Los Angeles, it
awards the best movies in the adventure, SciFi and Nature documentaries genres.
The festival is now proposing an international vote for these categories:
- Best Movie Star since 1992: Through movies, they have encouraged the spirit of adventure and audacity in the
tradition of Jules Verne.
- Best Earth Star since 1992: They have paved the way in bringing global awareness about our endangered planet
and inspired new generations to take action for conservation.
- Best adventure and SciFi motion picture since 1992: Selected for the recognition they received from audiences,
critics as well as for their artistic values and capacity to inspire new generations of moviegoers.
- Best adventure and SciFi TV series since 1992: Their exceptional creativity has inspired generations of fans
around the world.
This is an amazing opportunity to bring a new tribute to our Babylon 5.
Last but not least:
VOTE and WIN
The first and second Prizes will be awarded by drawing lots among all votes.
1st prize: Full VIP Access for two guests at the 2012 JVF, including Deluxe Hotel accommodation in Paris + 2 VIP
Passes to private events + 2 VIP gift bags.
2nd prize: 2 complimentary invitations to all events + 2 gift bags + 2 comp JVA memberships.
You can vote here:
You can watch Trailers and videos from previous festivals in Paris and L.A. here:
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
The origins of the ultimate intergalactic police force are revealed across six interlocking tales of the
legendary Green Lantern Corps in the all-new Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the next entry in the popular,
ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Building up to the release of the highly anticipated
live action film, Green Lantern, in theatres June 17, GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS arrives on Blu-Ray™,
DVD, On Demand and for Download June 7, 2011 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.
The full-length animated GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a
Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS weaves six legendary stories of the Green Lantern Corps’ rich mythology
around preparations for an attack by an ancient enemy. As the battle approaches, Hal Jordan mentors new
recruit Arisia in the history of the Green Lantern Corps, telling tales of Avra (the first Green Lantern)
and several of Hal’s comrades – including Abin Sur, Kilowog, Laira and Mogo. In the end, Arisia must rise
to the occasion to help Hal, Sinestro and the entire Green Lantern Corps save the universe from the
destructive forces of Krona.
Primetime television stars Nathan Fillion (Castle) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) lead a diverse array of
performers as the voices behind the Green Lantern Corps.
Fillion provides the voice of the animated film’s central character, Hal Jordan, the human Green Lantern
assigned to Sector 2814 (which includes Earth). Fillion has starred in several primetime television series
including his current hit Castle as well as Desperate Housewives, Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place and
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has also developed a popular cult following as a pair of Joss Whedon’s heroic
captains: Capt. Mal Reynolds in the space-western series Firefly and follow-up film, Serenity; and Captain
Hammer in Whedon’s internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Fillion returns to the DC Universe
after his successful turn as Steve Trevor in the animated film Wonder Woman, and has performed voice work
on the animated series Justice League, Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros., and several Halo video games.
Moss gives voice to Arisia, a young recruit forced into her first mission on just her third day as a Green
Lantern. Prior to starring as the ever-evolving Peggy Olson in AMC’s ground-breaking series Mad Men, Moss
was featured on The West Wing, Invasion and Picket Fences. Moss has been active in voiceovers for animation
with previous roles in Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs, Freakazoid! and It’s Spring Training, Charlie
The voice cast for GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS also features actor/spoken word artist Henry Rollins (Sons
of Anarchy, The Henry Rollins Show) as Kilowog, Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter films) as Sinestro, legendary
professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (They Live) as Bolphunga, Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) as Abin Sur,
Kelly Hu (The Vampire Diaries) as Laira and Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Deegan. Radio Hall of Fame
commentator/talk show host Michael Jackson voices the esteemed Guardian, Ganthet.
Bruce Timm is executive producer of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Directors are Lauren Montgomery, Jay
Oliva and Christopher Berkeley. The six interlocking tales are penned by comic book luminaries Geoff Johns,
Dave Gibbons, Peter J. Tomasi, Eddie Berganza, Alan Burnett, Todd Casey and Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim.
“GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS is filled with wonderful backstory and exposition on the Green Lantern Corps
going far beyond Hal Jordan, making this film a perfect complement to the live-action major motion picture,
Green Lantern,” said Hersin Magante, WHV Marketing Director, Family & Animation.
Breaking up can be a touch, but trying to reconcile in a city full of walking dead can really add complications
to an already difficult relationship. Filmmakers Marvin Kren and Benjamin Hessler have given us Germany's first
foray into the Zombie genre, RAMMBOCK, an unlikely tale of love, terror and survival set against the dystopic
backdrop of a zombie-infested Berlin.
Heartbroken and clueless, Michael (Michael Fuith) arrives in Berlin to win back the affections of brooding ex-girlfriend
Gabi (Anka Graczyk). But he's in for a little disappointment: she's not home and the city is rapidly overrun by
bloodthirsty hordes of zombiefied Berliners. His only companion? The plucky Harper (Theo Trebs, "The White Ribbon"),
a teenage plumber's apprentice at work in the apartment complex. From their overnight redoubt in Gabi's bedroom,
the unlikely duo must escape the infested building, outwit the undead and find her…before it's too late. Rammbock
is hide and seek…with zombies!
I am not usually one to watch zombie movies, but I thought I'd give this one a shot. It is subtitled, but after a few
minutes, you forget you are reading and just settle down to watch the movie. Unlike so many recent movies, there is not
a handsome leading man, but an ordinary looking fellow (Michael) pining away for a woman who has broken off their relationship.
Michael goes to his girlfriend's apartment only to find her young friend, Harper. As night falls, they hear commotion in
the courtyard. They see people attacking others, biting their necks, killing them. The undead try to get Michael & Harper
but they escape and evade the group.
The story gets interesting when Michael runs into Gabi - with another guy. They also meet another young girl and they
band together to escape.
There is an interesting ending, one you may expect, but maybe not.
The movie is entertaining, not too bloody (which I liked) and you will find yourself rooting for Michael and Harper
as they race from place to place looking for a way out of the city.
Vancouver based NeoClassics Home Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed film FAREWELL, (L’AFFAIRE FAREWELL) from
Academy Award nominated Director Christian Carion and starring Emir Kusturica and Guillaume Canet, on DVD in the US April
19, 2011. The film will be available on release from Amazon, Blockbuster, iTunes, Sonic, Sony, Verizon, and is scheduled to
be on Vudu and YouTube. DISH, In Demand and TVN have all picked up the film for video-on-demand (VOD) for April 12. br>
This French film has garnered significant acclaim and box office success since its US theatrical debut last July. It played
in dozens of cities over a period of five months, staying in release through November 2010. The film world-premiered at the
Telluride Film Festival and went on to the Toronto International Film Festival.
FAREWELL is the riveting true story of a KGB colonel who, disenchanted with what the Communist ideal has become under Leonid
Brezhnev, gives top-secret documents to a French businessman working in Russia, helping to hasten the end of the Cold War.
He didn’t do this for money, but rather that a new world might dawn for his fellow Russians, but especially for his son.
Based on the book Bonjour Farewell by Serguei Kostine, the film, directed by Christian Carion (Academy Award® nominated JOYEUX
NOEL), boasts a strong international cast starring two noted film directors who are also respected actors, Guillaume Canet (THE
BEACH; MERRY CHRISTMAS, TELL NO ONE) and Emir Kusturica (THE GOOD THIEF, UNDERGROUND, ARIZONA DREAM). The ensemble also includes
Alexandra Maria Lara, Ingeborda Dapkunaite, Diane Kruger, Willem Dafoe, Fred Ward and David Soul.
Thomas Reed, a former US Secretary of the Air Force and historian, wrote: “Please extend my heartiest congratulations to Fred Ward
for his portrayal of Reagan. I knew ‘RR’ as well as anyone, from sharing motel rooms in Modesto to coffee in the Governor's non-
mansion in Sacramento. Mr. Ward captured the mannerisms; the makeup people captured the face, the wardrobe people captured the
costumes exactly. Wow!”
It has been a while since I watched a movie with subtitles, but this one was worth the effort. A story right out of the history
books, you follow two men (one French; one Russian) as they fight for freedom in Russia. Both have families, both know what they
are doing will make a difference in the world. The lives of both families are forever changed by their actions, but they did it
for love of country, not money! That is perhaps why they succeeded.
The acting is marvelous -- you see the terror in the eyes of the family as they are taken in for interrogation. You hope that
there is enough time for the French businessman and his family to get across the border before word comes about his involvement
in the plot. In the end, the Russian gives his life for his cause -- and his French friend.
This is a powerful movie and you really have to wait until the closing minutes to see the intricacy of the entire affair. This is
a perfect movie for the thriller fan. It will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.
Batman wings into an exciting new era, teaming with a mighty honor roll of DC Comics Super Heroes in this action-packed
series. Through the show’s final 13 Animated Adventures in this 2-Disc Collection, the Dark Knight allies with Aquaman,
Plastic Man, Blue Beetle, Red Tornado, Green Arrow, Wildcat, Deadman, Bronze Tiger and Atom to take on an array of
evildoers ranging from mad scientists to intergalactic crooks, from power-mad dictators to out-of-control teenagers.
He even travels to a parallel world, becoming the villainous Owlman! In this cool, cutting-edge and often funny
series bringing back old-school comic-book styling and dry wit to crimefighting, Batman faces any peril – including
other heroes stealing the show – in his relentless pursuit of justice.
Renowned writer Grant Morrison discusses page-to-screen transition of his landmark ALL-STAR SUPERMAN. Use
this link to read through the whole interview.
Grant Morrison .
Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks fits childhood dreams into a busy mainstream schedule as the voice of
Lois Lane in ALL-STAR SUPERMAN.
Here are links to some special material:
Batman fans will love this DVD. The stories are cleverly written and with a very distinct sense of humor.
I thought Kevin Conroy was the only voice of Batman -- but this DVD introduces us to Diedrich Bader who does
an outstanding job.
This DVD pays homage to the Batman of the early to late 60s. You also are introduced to other superheroes
with each episode -- like the Blue Beetle, Red Tornado, Wildcat, Deadman. You also get adventures with some of
your favorites like Aquaman, Green Arrow, Atom.
I know my nephew and his children are going to love these new adventures. Brings back memories for some of us
older folks as well.
Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download 3/15! http://bit.ly/HereafterFB
George (Matt Damon) is a blue-collar American with a special connection to the afterlife dating from his childhood.
French journalist Marie (Cécile de France) has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when London
schoolboy Marcus (Frankie and George McLaren) loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each
seeking the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might – or must – exist in the
hereafter. Academy Award winner* Clint Eastwood directs this haunting original tale from a screenplay by two-time
Oscar nominee* Peter Morgan. Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallas Howard, Marthe Keller and Derek Jacobi also star.
Clint Eastwood is a master story teller. This movie starts with an awesome visual -- a tsaumi that nearly kills Marie.
You see twin brothers battling for their existence with a mother who is into drugs and alcohol. Matt Damon, one of the
best actors in the business today, portrays a man who can see the future. This "gift" has prevented him from having a
life, a real relationship, any emotional link to another individual. His brother can't understand why George (Damon)
won't return to using his gift to make a good living rather than working in a factory. All three are searching for
answers and eventually find each other. Their journeys are intertwined and their stories will keep you watching.
The imaginary world of the most popular fantasy role-playing game ever comes to life in this special-effects-filled
adventure. In the Empire of Izmer, magic is the key to power in both the supernatural and political realms. The Mages
are a sect who know the secrets of magic and use it to hold sway over the masses. The youthful Empress Savina wants
to use her powers to bring justice and prosperity to all, but Profion is an evil Mage who wants to use his knowledge
of magic to overthrow Savina and establish his own despotic rule. Through deceitful means, Profion wins away the
special scepter that allows him to control the nation’s Golden Dragons; Savina’s only hope to recover the scepter
and the rule of Izmer is to obtain the Rod of Savrille, a talisman that will give her powers over the Red Dragons,
even more powerful than their golden counterparts. As Savina sets out to gain control of the Red Dragons, she gains
a number of unlikely allies.
FELICITY: AN AMERICAN GIRL ADVENTURE
Available: February 15, 2011
Meet Felicity Merriman, a 10 year-old girl who’s as spirited and independent as the American colonies she lives
in. For the first time ever, Felicity comes to life on screen in Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, a full-
length live action movie based on American Girl’s best-selling books.
When Felicity meets Penny, a beautiful copper colored mare, she knows with all her heart that she must free Penny
from her cruel owner. Felicity desperately wishes for that same sureness of heart about the rumors of revolution
swirling through Williamsburg. Felicity’s father believes that the colonies should be free form England’s rule,
but her beloved grandfather and her best friend Elizabeth both support the king. With fiercely conflicting
loyalties dividing the colonists, something as simple as a cup of tea could divide Felicity from her best friend
forever. As Christmastide draws near, Felicity struggles to hold her family and friends close, and to find ways
for love and friendship to rise above the growing conflict.
This was a great movie! Yes, it has no special effects, it's about a girl during the pre-Revolutionary War period
but it has heart, a good story and a wonderful cast. What more can you ask for?
Felicity is a young 10 year old girl with lots of spirit, an independent spirit in a difficult time. She lives in
Williamsburg and her father (John Schneider from Smallville) is a storekeeper. Her family is reasonably well-off
because of the business, but her father is torn between loyalty to England and the independence of the colonies.
I loved the sequences of Felicity and her grandfather (who was a Loyalist to the core). He was a wise man who owned
a plantation and raised horses. Felicity acquired her love of horses from her grandfather -- along with wisdom
beyond her years. When she sees a horse being mistreated, she tries to save the animal -- that she names Penny
because of her copper color. The horses's owner will have none of it -- he is a cranky fellow who has recently lost
his wife and fallen into alcholism.
This story has something for everyone. You watch Felicity grow into a wonderful young lady, fighting to remain
independent in thought and manner.
I don't want to give away the story -- you should pick up this DVD to watch with your family. The lessons learned
by Felicity would best be learned by everyone! Nothing is stronger than friendship and family.
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT -- On Demand and For Download for Valentine’s Day!
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT is available now On Demand and For Download http://bit.ly/f0FI2q
After a distastrous first date for caterer Holly (Katherine Heigl) and network sports director Messer (Josh Duhamel),
all they have is common is a dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter Sophie. But when they suddenly
become all Sophie has in this world, Holly and Messer must set their differences aside. Juggling careers and social
calendars, they’ll have to find common ground while living under the same roof. Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks,
Hayes MacArthur and Jean Smart co-star in this tart and tender romantic comedy directed by Greg Berlanti (Brothers &
Sisters, Everwood). http://lifeasweknowitmovie.warnerbros.com/
While the plot of this movie seemed pretty familiar, it had a number of twists and turns. Katherine Heigl is wonderful
as Holly - a baker/caterer who must take on the responsibility of raising a young baby with a network sports director
(Josh Duhamel). Neither were ready for this kind of life, but they honored the request of their best friends, to raise
their daughter, Sophie if anything happened to them. Holly & Messer's first date was a total disaster, yet Sophie had
brought them together and they loved the child and were willing to give up quite a lot in each of their lives. Through
the dirty diapers, first steps, competing careers, Holly and Messer do develop feelings for each other. They realize
they complete each other -- with Sophie -- they are a family.
If you like love stories, this is a good Sunday evening flick. Girls -- Josh Duhamel is very easy on the eyes. This
is well worth the price -- and you'll want to share it with your friends.
TOM AND JERRY: FUR FLYING ADVENTURES
Available February 8, 2011
They’re at it again – hilariously – in a new and nutty 14-cartoon collection! In this corner, a perturbed pussycat.
In the other corner, a mischievous mouse. Let the comedic mayhem begin with this menagerie of 14 fur-flying dust-ups.
The tussling twosome travel through time (Guided Mouse-ille), to Europe (Neapolitan Mouse) and into space (O-Solar-Meow).
And it’s two against one when Tom’s scaredy-cat cousin George comes to town in Timid Tabby. But Jerry comes out on
top time and again in Pet Peeve, That’s My Mommy and Robin Hoodwinked. This collection’s classic cartoons starring
your family’s longstanding favorite cat and mouse duo again prove that as their rivalry is neverending, so are the
joy and the laughs they spark!
Hop in the van for Mystery Inc.’s new, cool series of spooky capers. Like, it’s an all-new Scooby-Doo TV series
for families who want their mysteries like Scooby-Doo and Shaggy want their pizza … spicy with extra sauce! Join
the gang in Crystal Cove – the most haunted place on Earth – to solve creepy cases packed with fearsome spooks
and frights, exciting chases, terrifying surprises and of course, Freddy’s ingenious traps. But the gang doesn’t
fall for that ghost stuff anymore. They know there’s always a bad guy behind the monster suit, until they receive
a cryptic clue from the mysterious Mr. E, who challenges them with their greatest mystery yet – to uncover the
secret behind the curse of Crystal Cove! Get trapped with Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Freddy, Daphne and Velma in four
action-packed adventures from the cool, new show that’s a lot of doggone fun!
I always love watching Scooby-Doo and Mystery Inc. as they wander about solving mysteries. In this DVD, the voices
are a little different, but the overall quality is very good. If you are a Scooby-Doo fan, you will love this one.
While adults could have a hard time sitting still, kids should enjoy some of the childish humor sprinkled throughout
Merlin is back with even more magic, adventure and romance as the young wizard struggles to protect Prince Arthur in
the perilous world of Camelot. While battling deadly assassins, mystical monsters and the most powerful sorcerers
Camelot has ever seen, Merlin must work harder than ever to conceal his unique abilities, as King Uther redoubles
his war against magic. And Merlin isn’t the only one whose destiny calls—Lady Morgana , Uther’s ward, discovers
dangerous secrets she dare not reveal; Lancelot returns, changing everything for both Gwen and Arthur; and King
Uther fall in love, little knowing that the charming Lady Catrina is secretly a hideous troll. And as Arthur
continues on his path from arrogant prince to the noble and just King Arthur of legend, we see the return of the
one prophesised to kill him—the mysterious druid boy, Mordred. Featuring exciting new villains, white-knuckle
stunt sequences, and spectacular CGI monsters, Merlin season two is more thrilling than ever.
I love BBC series! They have great stories, marvelous acting -- and in this case -- awesome special effects.
MERLIN is one of those shows you could sit and watch for a while and not get the least bit bored. You are always
looking for the next turn, the next magical moment. I absolutely love the dragon (voiced by John Hurt). Merlin
seeks help from the dragon reluctantly -- and must promise to free the dragon from his chains one day. Anthony
Head is very good as King Uther along with all the other cast members. This would be a good one to watch with
children. While there is some violence, there is also lessons to be learned about leading people (from Prince
Arthur) and service others (Merlin).
ER: THE COMPLETE FOURTEENTH SEASON
Available on DVD: January 11, 2011
At an ER party, Nurse Chuny Marquez recalls, “I still remember when Mark Green and Doug Ross were running the place.”
“Who?” asks a newcomer. So much has happened in 14 seasons, so many people have come and gone, but the chaos of saving
lives and the dedication of the people who make County General run remain. In this penultimate season of the powerful, award-winning series, personal tragedies threaten – and sometimes strengthen – relationships among the staff. And the
patients bring their own compelling stories. A boy genius diagnoses his mysterious illness, a cancer-ridden prison
doctor is haunted by the men he put to death, a woman arrives in the ER expecting her 13th baby. Triumph, loss,
SAMANTHA: AN AMERICAN GIRL HOLIDAY
Available on DVD: January 7, 2011
Synopsis: The American Girl collection of books, dolls, and accessories makes its film debut in this inaugural title featuring bestselling character Samantha, in a live-action holiday story set in 1904. AnnaSophia Robb plays Samantha Parkington, a poised yet playful 9-year-old who lives with her wealthy grandmother (Mia Farrow) in a country estate
after the untimely death of her parents. Still grieving her loss, Samantha takes comfort in her friendships with new pal
Nellie, a servant girl, and her dashing Uncle Gard (Jordan Bridges), a successful businessman. When Uncle Gard
marries Cornelia (Rebecca Mader), Samantha is reluctant to embrace this female "intruder" until she spends three
months with the newlyweds in New York City. In time, Samantha grows to trust and admire Cornelia, a spirited
suffragette. Emboldened by Cornelia's example, Samantha takes her own courageous risks to improve the plight
of some young orphans. This superbly produced film provides a glimpse into America during the Industrial Revolution,
while showcasing the promising talents of young Robb. (Ages 8 and older) --Lynn Gibson, Amazon.com
This is one of those movies all ages can watch -- and enjoy. While targeted at girls, with tons of merchandising to
go along with it (books, dolls, etc.), the story is a good one that sends a good message as well.
This is a wonderful period piece, showing people dealing with issues like Womens Sufferage, Child labor, and the lack of mandatory education. More movies of this sort need to be show -- to enlighten young people to conditions that were quite
different from today's society -- yet needed to make us appreciate the freedoms we enjoy today.
LOONEY TUNES SUPER STARS: FOGHORN LEGHORN & FRIENDS
and LOONEY TUNES SUPER STARS: TWEETY & SYLVESTER
Both available on DVD: November 30th
Looney Tunes Super Stars: Foghorn Leghorn & Friends
Foghorn Leghorn, the overgrown, adult rooster with the strong Virginia accent and a penchant for mischief, is
featured as the Super Star is these Looney Tunes cartoon shorts. Watch the diminutive Henery Hawk’s attempts
to catch and eat Foghorn, Foghorn’s gags on his canine nemesis Barnyard Dawg and finally the overgrown rooster’s
efforts to woo the widowed hen Miss Prissy in this collection of cartoon shorts. Additionally Foghorn is joined
on the disc by some other Looney Friends such as Elmer Fudd and Two Crows.
This second installment of the “Looney Tunes Super Star” series, prominently stars Foghorn Leghorn & some of his
Looney Tunes friends – Fans have been asking for more of Foghorn Leghorn so I Say I Say I Say Son here it is!
Looney Tunes Super Stars: Tweety & Sylvester
When Friz Freleng directed 1947's "Tweetie Pie," he may not have known he was making history. This, the first pairing
of Sylvester the sputtering cat and Tweetie (later Tweety) the wide-eyed canary, won an Academy Award and united a
duo that would appear in more than 40 Warner Brothers cartoon shorts by 1962. Sylvester and Tweety earned their
studio another Academy Award for 1957's "Birds Anonymous" and several other Oscar nominations through the years.
Generations of Americans have grown up watching Sylvester's classic, ever-thwarted attempts to catch Tweety. With
two of the most famous voices in cartoons, both supplied by Mel Blanc, Sylvester's sloppy "sufferin succotash"
and Tweety's baby-voiced "I tawt I taw a puddy tat," Sylvester and Tweety are two of the most quickly identified
characters in cartoons.
This second installment of the “Looney Tunes Super Star” series prominently stars one of the Looney Tunes franchise’s
most popular characters, Tweety!
I have to thank Warner Bros. for bringing these cartoons back. They are THE BEST of the best when talking about
Sylvester & Tweety and Foghorn Leghorn & Friends. These cartoons have been hand picked, starting with the first
Tweety Pie cartoon and going forward. These award-winning cartoons will make you laugh -- guaranteed.
The best part is that they have also been restored, so the colors are vivid and the animation still holds up after
all these years. While I enjoyed watching them, I'm sure the children in my family will enjoy them as well. Can't
wait to see what their reaction will be.
C.S. Lewis’s enchanting tale comes to life in this classic BBC adaptation from 1988. When young Second World War evacuee Lucy Pevensie hides in an old wardrobe during a game of hide and seek, she finds herself transported to the magical land of Narnia, locked in eternal winter by the evil White Witch. Her siblings do not believe her when she tells them of this strange new world, but they are soon in Narnia themselves, fighting alongside the noble lion Aslan to defeat the witch and her mighty army. This set includes the following complete stories from the book series: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair.
I have loved all the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA movies so far. However, this BBC production is equally as wonderful.
While done on a much smaller scale, the story still is magnificent. The actors, young and old, are terrific and
I find the episodic nature of the stories much easier to follow -- especially for younger viewers. This production
is a good introduction to the novels written by C.S. Lewis.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - Part 1
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) prepares you for HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 1
with the release of the first five Harry Potter films this month On Demand (cable & satellite) and through
digital Download on iTunes, Amazon Video On Demand, XBOX and PlayStation and other online digital retailers.
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) has announced that all seven seasons of THE WEST WING are now available
for the first time in high definition exclusively through digital download on iTunes, Amazon Video On Demand and
other online digital retailers. Winner of 30 Emmy Awards™ and two Golden Globes™, The West Wing aired between
1999 and 2006, giving viewers a fictionalized look inside life in the Oval Office.
WBDD is also giving fans of THE WEST WING an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with one of the show’s executive
producers, Thomas Schlamme. Now available at http://bit.ly/WBDD_WestWing,
fans can get a sneak peek and hear details about the show they love.
THE WEST WING offers a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the eclectic group of frenzied staffers in the Oval
Office. The sophisticated series starred Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John
Spencer, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen. Acclaimed dramatist Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The American President,
The Social Network) created the series and executive produced with Thomas Schlamme and John Wells. The West Wing
is from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Warner Home Video is proud to distribute two exciting DC Comics-based titles -- "The DC Showcase Animated
Shorts Collection" featuring the all-new short, "Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam"; and the 75-
year documentary celebration, "Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics."
I couldn't wait to see the Superman/Shazam DVD. The story of the origin of Shazam is wonderful. Many have read the
story of how Shazam came to be. Orphaned Billy Batson is a friend of Clark Kent and later they become an invinsible
team. Good story, especially for smaller children. The triumph of good over evil -- right over wrong.
Also on the DVD are stories featuring The Spectre (with voice of Gary Cole as The Spectre); Green Arrow and Jonah
Hex. While I enjoyed all four features, it seemed that they became increasingly violent as the DVD went on. So
parents will want to review the material (as they always should) before having smaller children watch the segmentrs.
GOING THE DISTANCE Synopsis:
When a six week romp through NYC inadvertently becomes meaningful, Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garret (Justin Long)
decide to see if they can go the distance in a coast-to-coast relationship.
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long
Supporting actors: Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate
I'm not much on romantic comedies. While this one had a decent story, I was turned off by the somewhat vulgar
and sophomoric dialog/situations.
SCOOBY-DOO! CURSE OF THE LAKE MONSTER
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Mystical moonstones, creepy creatures and unlikely romances are on the docket for Mystery Inc. in SCOOBY-DOO! CURSE
OF THE LAKE MONSTER, an all-new, live action movie featuring an exclusive extended cut of the film with never-before-
seen music sequences coming to Blu-Ray™ and DVD March 1, 2011 from Warner Premiere and Cartoon Network. A follow-up
to its smash-hit predecessor Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster will be available
from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and single disc DVD. Order due date is January 25, 2011. The film
will also be available On Demand and for Download.
SCOOBY-DOO! CURSE OF THE LAKE MONSTER finds the Mystery Inc. gang heading toward summer jobs at a country club owned
by Daphne's uncle, only to stumble onto strange happenings around the local lake - including an enormous Frog Monster terrorizing the locals. There's mystery afoot and romance in the air that only the fearful foursome-plus-one can
solve. Group leader Fred, drama queen Daphne, brainiac Velma, fun-loving Shaggy and the cowardly Scooby-Doo are on
SHERLOCK: SEASON ONE
Release date: November 9, 2010
A contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure
series set in present-day London. Co-created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock stars BAFTA-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Hawking, Amazing Grace) as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (The Office,
Love Actually), as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade. The iconic details
from Conan Doyle's original books remain ? they live at the same address, have the same names and, somewhere out
there, Moriarty is waiting for them. And so across three thrilling, scary, action-packed and highly modern-day
adventures, Sherlock and John navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth.
Like so many BBC series, SHERLOCK is very well done. SHERLOCK HOLMES is a wonderful combination of crisp writing,
subtle humor and engaging. With the recent big screen version of SHERLOCK HOLMES, more viewers should seek out this
BBC series. It is smart and fast paced, with original stories that make you want to see more. The fact that the
series is set in modern time does not detract from the original concept at all -- in fact it adds to the enjoyment
and makes it easier to relate to the current time period.
There are a number of DVDs coming out each month. I have divided them into two types -- regular entertainment
and family DVDs. Information about regular DVDs can be found at
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!
With the passing of the holidays, I have moved all the Christmas videos over to the Christmas DVD page.
NEW BOOKS TO CHECK OUT
STARGATE ATLANTIS: The Lost
by Jo Graham and Amy Griswold
Reeling from the terrible events of STARGATE ATLANTIS Homecoming, the expedition team are doing whatever it
takes to find Doctor Rodney McKay – even if it means turning to their enemies for help.
While Colonel Sheppard and Teyla seek information from Ladon Radim of the Genii – and pay a high price to secure
his reluctant cooperation – Ronon and Doctor Keller reopen tense negotiations with their sometime-ally, Todd.
But as the balance of power begins to shift among the Wraith, Ronon and Keller struggle to ensure that they
remain Todd’s allies and don’t become his hostages.
Meanwhile, far away, Rodney is facing a fate more terrifying than anyone on Atlantis could possibly imagine…
BABYLON 5 MUSIC VIDEOS AND TRIBUTES
I found a touching tribute to Johnny Sekka this morning. Johnny was Dr. Kyle in "The Gathering" - the original pilot for
Babylon 5. I met Johnny at a convention once. He was an awesome personality. He had vast experience in theater and a
resonent voice that was hard to forget. Johnny died in 2006 of lung cancer.
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.
Over the long summer break, Fringe has been quietly releasing comic books.
Tales from the Fringe has been revealing character backstories unrevealed on the show. Comic #1 followed Peter’s
exploits in Iraq, while #2 followed Broyles’ first encounter with the alien from “Earthling.” Astrid became the
focal point of issue #3, where we learned how she came to join the FBI, while the fate of Nina’s arm in the aftermath
of the events of “Peter” was seen in issue #4. Gene the Cow’s dreams will be the focus of #5, out later this month,
and Olivia’s “early days in the Fringe division” will be the subject matter of next month’s #6.
You can order back issues of each comic for only a couple of bucks from Amazon.com, and you can also get the
big paperback compilation of the six issues for only $10.11. Of course, you’ll have to wait a while for the
144-page volume: it’s not slated to land until January.
July 8-10, 2011
Place: Baltimore, Maryland
For more information, go to http://www.shore-leave.com/registration
The deadline for preregistration is June 15, 2011. Thereafter, registration (limited to 1500)
will be at the door only at a higher price.
Comiccon International, Moscone Center, San Francisco
July 21-24, 2011
Place: San Diego, California
For more information, go to http://www.comic-con.org
Steel City Con
July 29-31, 2011
Place: Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, PA
Guests: Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman), Margo Kidder (Lois Lane in 4 original Superman movies); Jeremy Bulloch, Star Wars
For more information, go to http://www.steelcitycon.com
ClaudiaCon in London
August 13-14, 2011
(it's a dream come true for any fan! "All access-all the time", dinner with Claudia in her house, go to her
birthday party, and more!)
For more information, go to http://www.claudiaconuk.com/
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS! 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.
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