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Glitter News

SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony's ensemble comedy GROWN UPS rung up an estimated $14.5 million in domestic boxoffice on Friday to kick off a likely $40 million-plus opening weekend. Starring Adam Sander, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider, the pic about a reunion of high school basketball players took second place on the day and likely will grab the weekend silver medal.
Disney's 3D threequel TOY STORY 3 is virtually guaranteed to repeat at No. 1 in its sophomore session after fetching $18 million on Friday and topping the daily rankings. The Pixar-produced pic totes $175.5 million in cumulative boxoffice through its first eight days and surely will cross $200 million during its ninth day, thanks to fat Saturday matinee grosses.
The week's other wide opener – Fox/New Regency's KNIGHT AND DAY starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, rallied on Friday after a soft first two days, with its $6.4 million performance good for third place among the daily rankings. KNIGHT boasts a $13.6 million cume since unspooling Wednesday amid hopes of posting of at least $25 million. The film was touted as a potential career-reviver for Cruise and Diaz. The slow start a five-day bow to its opening session won't buff the duo's marquee luster, but a leggy run for "Knight" would convey that sense that older-skewing hits simply take some time to find their market strike.
The session's other second-week pic -- Warner Bros.' comic book-inspired actioner JONAH HEX – took in just $500,000 in 10th place on Friday. Cume for the Legendary Pictures co-prod limps to $8 million. 'Grown Ups' holds off Friday 'Knight' rally'Toy Story 3' still No. 1, approaches $200 million mark.

Producer Christopher Meledandri has confirmed that the rumored animated version of THE ADDAMS FAMILY is moving forward, with Tim Burton involved, hopefully to direct.
Though he stressed that the project is in the very early stages, he did confirm that the film is planned for stop motion and not for computer animation. He added that the project will be based on the original Charles Addams comics that ran in The New Yorker and not the subsequent television series or the film adaptations thereof.
Additionally, it has not been determined whether or not the film would be released in black and white, though it is certainly something being considered.
"It's all very, very early, but we are developing with [Tim Burton directing] in mind," said Meledadrin, "...We're now at the story phase. Stuff has been written as though we are doing it in black and white, but that's not correct. It's not incorrect, but it's not correct. We haven't gotten to that point."

Fred Ward has joined the cast of ZOMBIELAND director Ruben Fleischer's action comedy "30 Minutes or Less" reports Reuters.
Matthew Sullivan's script revolves around a junior high history teacher (Aziz Ansari) and a pizza-delivery man forced to pull off a bank heist when one of them is strapped to a bomb vest.
Ward will play 'The Mayor', father of Danny McBride's character. Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Pena and Nick Swardson also star.
Ben Stiller, Jeremy Kramer and Stuart Cornfeld will produce. Shooting kicks off late next month in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


The Hollywood Reporter writes that Peter Jackson might direct the two "Hobbit" movies after all.
Jackson is in negotiations to helm the films, which were left without a captain after Guillermo del Toro parted ways on May 30. Obstacles to a deal remain, including agreeing on a schedule that will allow Jackson to fast-track the films for release in 2012 and 2013, but insiders are cautiously optimistic that a pact can be worked out.
Talks have been going on for a week or two between Warner Bros./New Line and Jackson's team. Complications include the shaky financial situation of partner MGM, which owns the "Hobbit" rights and could hold up the production timetable. A significant delay would be a dealbreaker for Jackson.
Del Toro left the project over similar timing concerns. His move caught observers by surprise because the filmmaker had devoted so much time to work with Jackson drawing up plans for the movies, and working on the script with Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillippa Boyens. He moved his family to New Zealand. Casting was even in the early stages.
Warners/New Line, which runs point on the production over partner MGM, never did a full-on search for a director, even as some names surfaced as possible contenders. Warners/New Line was trying to woo Jackson back to Middle-earth.
Jackson has other commitments -- the director has been working on secret projects -- and wasn't sure he wanted to devote another chunk of his life to the tales of J.R.R. Tolkien. But because of the complicated nature and the advanced stage of the undertaking -- Middle-earth was being built from the ground up when del Toro left so unexpectedly -- it wasn't simply filling a chair with a warm body.
To Warners/New Line, Jackson is the most logical choice not only because he made the "Lord of the Rings" movies but also because he is deeply involved as a producer on the "Hobbit" films.
Insiders say the next few days will be crucial in the negotiating process between Jackson's camp and the Warners/New Line side.

Michael Fassbender X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
According to reports in the Hollywood Reporter, Michael Fassbender is officially on board to play Magneto in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
Fassbender was being courted for villain roles in Fox's relaunch of the X-MEN franchise, directed by Matthew Vaughn, and Columbia's relaunch of SPIDER-MAN. He entered talks with Fox two weeks ago.
Fassbender will join James McAvoy, who is playing Professor Xavier in the pic, which focuses on Marvel's superpowered team X-Men in a younger incarnation than the previous trilogy.
While deals for Fassbender and McAvoy are done, the fate of other mutants may be up in the air. Fox had been in full-blown casting mode as it geared up for an August start in London, but earlier this week casting director Mindy Marin -- whose credits run from "L.A. Story" to "The Book of Eli" -- left the project. She has been replaced by Joseph Middleton ("Donnie Darko").
Fassbender's big Hollywood break came with a key turn in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, in which he played Canadian spy Archie Hicox. The actor stars in Neil Marshall's Roman action movie CENTURION, which opens in August.

Primeval Season Four Cast PRIMEVAL SEASON FOUR
PRIMEVAL, the UK TV series about a group of scientists, cops and soldiers who investigate temporal rifts around England that allow prehistoric creatures such as mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dodos and flesh-eating fungus to terrorize contemporary humanity, has started filming its fifth season, and digitalspy has gotten its hands on the first official photo of the new cast.
From left to right you can see Abby (Hannah Spearritt), Connor (Andrew-Lee Potts), Matt (Ciarán McMenamin), Becker (Ben Mansfield) and Jess (Ruth Kearney). McMenamin and Kearney are new additions to the cast.
They'll be joined by former STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE star Alexander Siddig in the role of scientist Philip Burton.
Series 4, which has recently wrapped, is set to air in the UK in January 2011 and will be comprised of seven episodes, while the 5th series will be made up of six episodes.

Columbia Pictures has revealed the teaser trailer for director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin's THE SOCIAL NETWORK, opening in theaters on October 1st. In the film, Jesse Eisenberg will play Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Justin Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became Facebook's founding president; and Andrew Garfield will play Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who fell out with Zuckerberg over money.

The Star Trek Auction featuring the estate of Gene Roddenberry will be taking place this Sunday, June 27th, 2010. This special event will be taking place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas: online bidding is also available. All proceeds will be going to charity. You can flip through the virtual catalog or even order your own limited print edition using the link below. Be sure to check out this video with "Rod" Roddenberry giving you a personal tour of many of the items up for auction.

NCIS - Seventh Season FlashForward COMING SOON TO DVD
If you are like me, you miss a lot of TV because you are working or sleeping or otherwise committed to everyday tasks. You wait for re-runs to come along so you can see what you missed -- because you have also forgotten to record your favorite show on disk and it isn't available on-demand -- but now some channels aren't offering re-runs! Drat - what's that about? Well, the wait for some of my favorites is nearly over. Hopefully, these are some of your favorites as well:
NCIS: The Seventh Season, Release Date August 24, 2010
FlashForward: The Complete Series - Release Date: August 31, 2010
Criminial Minds: Fifth Season - Release date: September 7, 2010
Doctor Who: The King's Demons - Release date: September 7, 2010
Human Target: The Complete First Season Comes to DVD and Blu-ray on September 21st
The Mentalist: The Complete Second Second Season to DVD on September 21, 2010

News from yesterday and the last couple of months can be found in the News Archive. Check it out to catch up on all that has been going on in the world of science fiction.

On The Tube

6:00pm on TNT
Transformers (2007)
Humanity's fate rests in the hands of a youth when two races of warring robots make Earth their final battleground. Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson, Megan Fox

7:00pm on ABC Family
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
A poor boy and four spoiled children win a tour through the incredible factory of an odd confectioner. Based on the book by Roald Dahl. Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor

9:00 on HBO
True Blood -Episode: It Hurts Me Too (NEW)
Sookie heads to Jackson in the company of a werewolf; Jason is distracted from his police exams; Arlene copes with unexpected news; Franklin charms Tara; Eric gives Lafayette a gift; Bill is haunted by his past.

9:00pm on TNT
Leverage -Episode: The Inside Job (NEW)
When Parker is trapped in an unknown location while working a theft for her mentor, the team must race the clock to find and free her.

9:00pm on USA
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Jason Bourne continues his international quest to uncover his true identity while staying one step ahead of those who want to kill him. Based on the novel by Robert Ludlum. Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn

10:00pm on ABC
The Gates-Episode: What Lies Beneath (NEW)
What Nick starts to discover about the Gates disturbs him; Claire deals with the repercussions from her recent transgression; Andie struggles to sort out her blossoming feelings for Charlie.

10:00pm on TNT
Leverage-Episode: The Scheherazade Job (First Aired: June 27, 2010)
In order to rob a Boston vault, the team must time their heist to a nearby symphony concert.


Wrong Turn 2: Dead End(2007)
Deranged cannibals terrorize a group of contestants competing on a reality TV show in the wilderness of West Virginia. Erica Leerhsen, Henry Rollins, Texas Battle, Daniella Alonso, Aleksa Palladino



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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.

Pat Tallman at:

Me, Sandra Bruckner:

Over at the Babylon 5 newsgroup, JMS writes about his participation at upcoming conventions:
Quick update: I'll be appearing at the San Diego Comic Con (July 22-25) and the Toronto Expo (August 27-29), though the latter is tentative depending on work schedules. These also correspond to the release of my work on Superman (with issue 700 and the first regular issue thereafter) and Wonder Woman (ditto but 600 and the next thereafter). No other conventions scheduled at this time, buried under too much work.

JMS recently had a speaking engagement at the Orange County Screenwriters Association. For more on the event, go to

Bill has a new place on FaceBook as well There you will find information about some of his new projects, including a graphic novel LOST IN SPACE and a Star Trek novel with Peter David, "The Return of the Worthy."

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 Claudia Christian has been really active -- sharing pictures of her recent trips and letting us know about upcoming convention activities. J. Michael Straczynski has a FaceBook presence as well. So check it out!


I've taken the leap and started a group over on Facebook. There is a discussion page where we can talk about Babylon 5 and all things science fiction. Be sure to check it out.!/group.php?gid=132854680067759


Bill Mumy has a new CD out. Check it out at:

Also, listen to Bill Mumy's interview on ON SCREEN & BEYOND at

Bill is inviting you to check out his brand new weekly radio show, "THE REAL GOOD RADIO HOUR with your host Bill Mumy". We'll be listening to many different styles of music and learning about those who pioneered them. "The Real Good Radio Hour" will air every Wednesday and Friday at 7 PM both Pacific and Eastern time and can be heard weekly on

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? It's "goodbye."

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 shadows fall.


Jeffrey Willerth - June 5
Donovan Brown (Optic Nerve) - June 6
Ann Bruice Aling - June 8
Mark Walters - June 10
Susan Norkin (Post) - June 10
Adrienne Barbeau (Amanda Carter) - June 11
Mike Vejar - June 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.

Babylon 5 Podcast


Welcome to Show #202!

Summer wishes that we’d had more of a heads-up about Amazon’s $100 sale on all 5 seasons of Babylon 5, so that we could encourage a buying frenzy and start an entirely new round of Deep Geeking on the series. Anything we can do to keep the podcast going.
At a recent Orange County Screenwriters event, JMS stated that both he and WB are interested in doing a 20th anniversary story for 2013… so let the feeding frenzy begin.
Tim gripes yet again about the lack of forward motion on the Lensman project, and Summer would sign an NDA in blood if it’d get her a copy of the B5 shooting script once production starts, and starts the ball rolling on trying to come up with an Earth Alliance ship name to be used in the movie.
Deep Geeking: Tim and Summer discuss the TNT Movie “River of Souls”. They talk about the pacing of the story, watching the character quirks slide seamlessly back into place, and humanity’s ever-present search for immortality and the unwise choices it seems to lead us to doing.
Listener Emails: Michael Johnston daydreams that we had some advertisements from Adobe; puts forth his theories on the “magic chalk” that Tim has so many problems with, and some alternate pairings; Gary Henderson throws out theories on who Dr Franklin might have seen had he been part of the Day of the Dead; Frank believes that Morden was subsconsciously called in by Lennier’s repressed feelings and self-denial; Kevin gives us his “B5 viewing while ill” story, and he didn’t watch a B5 marathon, but instead listened to about 50 episodes of this podcast; Frank in Baltimore lets us know that the writing on the artifact in “Thirdspace” was just basic advertising.
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 starting a push to get Lurker’s Guide 2.0 completed and finished, including missing 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 video stream of our live feed at our FarPoint Media Page (and leave a review for our show while you’re there!).
Second Life Info: FarPoint Media’s Second Life space can be found on the Third Life Books island in the Wind River Territory. Find the island here:
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.
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To catch up on all the previous Babylon 5 podcasts, go to


Release date: May 18, 2010

Cult icon John Saxon (Enter the Dragon) battles clones, barbarians, beasts and more in this startling sci-fi adventure based on concepts developed by Gene Roddenberry, the visionary creator of Star Trek. After 180 years in a cryogenic freeze, a trio of astronauts returns to Earth, only to find giant asteroids have devastated the planet. Roaming across America’s vast wastelands, they encounter weird new cities, strange civilizations and bizarre descendants of Earth’s distant past. Co-written by Academy Award® winner* Walon Green (The Wild Bunch), Strange New World features foxy film femmes Martine Beswick (Thunderball), Catherine Bach (The Dukes of Hazzard) and 1974 Playmate of the Year Cynthia Wood (Apocalypse Now) in an otherworldly thriller where Earth itself is the final frontier.

Director: Robert Butler
Cast: Ford Rainey, James Olson, John Saxon, Kathleen Miller, Keene Curtis, Martine Beswick, Reb Brown
Important Note: This film has been manufactured from the best-quality video master currently available and has not been remastered or restored specifically for this DVD and Digital Download release.

Release Date: May 19, 2010

Western lovers! Have I got a deal for you. Warner Bros. has three classics to fill out your Western collection. The Louis L'Amour Collection: THE SACKETTS, CONAGHER and CATLOW. Featuring Acclaimed Actors Including Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, and Yul Brynner.

"Known as 'America's Storyteller,' Louis L'Amour brought the American Frontier to life through his novels and we are proud to share his work through these terrific films," said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. "Following our successful Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott Western collections and just in time for Father's Day, The Louis L'Amour Collection is one we are confident Western fans will treasure and enjoy."

THE SACKETTS - Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott and Jeff Osterhage play brothers who migrate west to make their fortunes in cattle-herding and gold prospecting. Each aims to make it on his own - but each also stands up for the other when the going gets tough. And their guns blaze a name for themselves in untamed New Mexico territory.

CONAGHER - He conquered the range. She conquered his heart. Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross star as a cowhand and a widowed ranch owner who are drawn to each other when ruthless rustlers threaten his livelihood and her homestead.

CATLOW - A renegade outlaw wants to pull off a gold heist but finds it hard because he's such a wanted man - by the Mexican Army, his hellcat girlfriend, an Indian war party, a vengeful killer and several hotheaded cowpokes from his former gang. Yul Brynner, Richard Crenna and Leonard Nimoy star.

I love a good Western and here you have a number of them. Babylon 5 fans will recognize the name of Doug Netter on the production side of the Sackett videos. These videos harken back to another time when Westerns were all over the TV. THe stories were rich and full; the scenery was marvelous and rustic. It was easy to identify to good guys -- they didn't necessarily wear white hats, but they talked and shot straight. Having grown up with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, The VIrginian and others, these movies brought back good memories and a yearning for something similar today. Where have all the westerns gone?

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO - 45th Anniversary Edition

Release Date: May 4, 2010
Official Site URL:

The 1965 film captures the essence of Boris Pasternak’s Russian novel of remarkable passion and sweeping grandeur, presenting an intimate and deeply emotional story against the enormous backdrop of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution.

Omar Sharif stars in the title role of Doctor Zhivago, portraying the surgeon-poet over a half-century period. Zhivago, who is married to Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin), an aristocratic girl with whom he raises a family, is also in love with Lara (Julie Christie), a nurse whose life has been destroyed by tragedy. Repeatedly brought together and separated from each woman by war and revolution, Zhivago is torn apart by conflict. He loves Tonya deeply but his poetic soul belongs to Lara. Much like his beloved country, Zhivago’s spirit becomes battered by the devastation of war as he struggles to maintain his individualism in the face of overwhelming odds.
Special Features:
Doctor Zhivago: A Celebration Part 1 & 2 (all-new production)
Additional Special Features:
Commentary by Omar Sharif, Rod Steiger and Lady Sandra Lean Iwife of David Lean) Part 1 & 2
Introduction by Omar Sharif
Doctor Zhivago: The Making of a Russian Epic
11 Vintage Featurettes
Zhivago: Behind the Camera with David Lean
David Lean's Film of Doctor Zhivago
Chaplin in New York

The 40th Anniversary release of Doctor Zhivago on DVD/Blu-ray and will also be made available On Demand and For Download (via iTunes) starting next Tuesday May 4th.
The official Doctor Zhivago Movie homepage is found at where you can obtain more information on the release and where to purchase the film on their preferred format (Blu-Ray, DVD, On Demand and For Download).
See a clip from the classic film, here:

This anniversary edition of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is truly awesome. The extras features put the story into perspective and illustrates the painstaking care taken to bring this story to film. Author Boris Pasternak witnessed the savagry of Russia's history and while he was admired for telling his story, Russia refused to publish the novel. First published in Italy, it soon was published in many languages and became a true classic.
When I was a kid, I had a crush on Omar Sharif. What a tremendous actor, not only in Doctor Zhivago, but in Lawrence of Arabia and others.
David Lean's concentration to detail is amazing. Listening to the costume director talk about making the costumes and dealing with the tremendous changes throughout the movie, going from winter to summer throughout the course of making the film.
THis movie is a wonderful addition to anyone's movie collection. It not only is a movie classic, but it is a piece of history that everyone should watch.

New DVDs

Release date: June 29, 2010
Official website:

At work, L.A. Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson is a woman in charge. Got a suspect to grill, a case to crack, a murderer about to walk? Call Brenda in and watch the fireworks. But at home...well, that's another story. Kyra Sedgwick headlines a sizzling 4-disc, 15-episode Season 5 of the series that combines heart, humor and homicide into a show that's equally compelling as a police procedural and a personal drama. As a cop, Brenda takes on everything from a corpse that comes COD to a serial killer to Sharon Raydor, an internal affairs officer as tough as she is. As a civilian, Brenda loses one family member (bye, Kitty) and gains another: her surly niece Charlie. Brenda can outsmart, outmaneuver and out a killer. But can she handle a teenager?

Here's a video clip from this outstanding series:

How the Earth Changed History HOW THE EARTH CHANGED HISTORY
Release: June 29, 2010

Product Description:
The traditional interpretation of history has focused largely on human factors. Yet the natural environment has also shaped history since the dawn of time. This series reveals for the first time on television how geology, geography and climate have had a far more powerful influence on mankind than has previously been acknowledged. With passionate storytelling and extraordinary HD camerawork, this series combines bold ideas with a new science, geo-determinism, to form an original version of human history. Discover why societies have succeeded or failed, and how the environment has influenced every aspect of our history from art to industry, religion to war, world domination or collapse. This series overturns preconceptions about our nations and our cultures to offer a new perspective on who we are today.

Iain Stewart takes you on a journey to some of the most remote parts on the Earth. The journey is divided into water, deep earth, wind and fire. Each segment will show how these elements have affected history on Earth. Water, or the lack of it in places like the Sahara Desert, has shifted the balance of power. He traces how ancient people tried to manage water and how water affected the economy as well as culture of civilization.
BBC has done an awesome job on this DVD. The photography is amaing. You follow Stewart as he ventures underwater to see where caves lead; down caverns and caves to see how ancient civilizations built tunnels to manage water. Ever wonder about the faults of the Earth? You will learn all about them and see how they have been dealt with from ancient times. A very educational -- and entertaining -- DVD.

Release date: June 15, 2010
Official website:

This season, love is in the clear mountain air of Everwood. Back from a troubled summer at Juilliard, Ephram commits himself to his music and to Amy. Andy is drawn to a patient’s wife – and into an ethical dilemma. Dr. Jake Hartman moves to town and starts eating a lot of pancakes, as long as Nina’s serving ’em up. And mousey Hannah Rogers flips over Bright. But don’t expect love to conquer all, especially when the secret Andy kept from Ephram last season comes spilling out. Suddenly, trust is destroyed, lives are turned upside down and the bonds of love – romantic and father-son – are stretched to the breaking point. Andy wanted Everwood to be his family’s home. Now it may be just another place they used to live.

I loved this series from the very first episode. When we got to Season Three, there were moments of "soap opera" stories, but because the characters were so well developed, you wanted to see how things would work out. When new characters were introduced, like Jake Hartman, you want Nina to be happy, but you know she loves Andy and hope he realizes his feelings for her before it is too late!

Release date: June 8, 2010
19 episodes on five discs
Featurette: Tell Me What You Don't Like About Yourself--The Psychology

Sex. Seduction. Liposuction. Find them all in the fearless Nip/Tuck, the award-winning series that's the scalpel's edge of entertainment...and the spark for debate about what cosmetic surgery can or cannot bring to a patient's life. Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon play plastic surgeons/best friends whose glamorous South Beach practice is a revolving door for Season 4's hot-button issues (including a terrifying story arc about an organ-harvest ring) and human foibles (a ventriloquist wants to look like his dummy). Guest stars include Jacqueline Bissett, Larry Hagman, Alanis Morissette, Mo'Nique, Rosie O'Donnell, Brooke Shields and more. Thrills, surprises, shocks, stars abound in this 5-disc set. And all it takes is a little Nip/Tuck.

Release date: May 31, 2010
An outlaw of Sherwood Forest and his partners, Marion, Friar Tuck and Little John, use magic, sorcery and courage to fight royal soldiers, evil Knights and whoever else tries to oppress the impoverished people of 12th Century England. Actors: Matthew Porretta, Anna Galvin, Richard Ashton, Martyn Ellis

On Tuesday, Robin Hood comes to the WBShop via the exclusive DVD release of the television series THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD Season 1 (Available Online Only at Following the successful release last year of the TV series ELEVENTH HOUR, the will present several exclusive TV releases this summer commencing with TNT’s THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD that first aired in 1997.

About the Blu-ray:
Four years in the making, filmed over 3000 days, across every continent and in every habitat, with a production budget of £14 million ($22 million) Life is the latest wildlife blockbuster from the BBC’s award-winning Natural History Unit, the producers of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet.
Packed with excitement, revelation, entertainment, and stunning screen firsts, this breathtaking ten-part blockbuster presents 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world. Discover the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive, individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment, pushing the boundaries of behavior.

About the Book:
Life, the spectacular companion volume to the new Discovery Channel/BBC series, tells a majestic and compelling story of survival and of the amazing behaviors animals and plants adopt to stay alive and pass their genes to a new generation. Beautifully written and illustrated with more than 300 high-definition color photographs, Life focuses on the most exciting examples of the millions of species to demonstrate the harrowing and very different challenges that all living things must overcome to prevail and to procreate. In 60 concise and captivating vignettes, intriguingly grouped in categories like Extraordinary Sea Creatures, Fabulous Fish, Irrepressible Plants, Hot- blooded Hunters, and Intellectual Primates, the authors provide the most up-to-date science. Each chapter parallels an episode of the television series, making the book a must-have addition to any interested viewer's library. From the familiar to the rare--polar bears, Japanese snow macaques, monarch butterflies, and fish- catching bats, a mega-roost of 10 million fruit bats in Zambia, capuchin monkeys that use stone tools, marine life beneath and upon the ice of Antarctica, and tiny goby fish that climb Hawaiian waterfalls--this sumptuous volume brims with information and unforgettable images of the spectacular, the dangerous, and the bizarre.

Be My Valentine Charlie Brown / You're a Good Sport / It's Arbor Day / What a Nightmare / It's Your First Kiss / You're the Greatest)
Release Date: June 1, 2010

Peanuts specials are timeless classics with wonderful moral lessons and clean/clever humor that you can't find presented the same way nowadays. Peanuts will always have a more adult sense of awareness but still never lose their innocence. This 1970's Volume 2 Collection contains the following six remaining specials from the later half of the 1970's on 2 discs:
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (aired 1/28/1975)
You're A Good Sport Charlie Brown (aired 10/28/1975)
It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (aired 3/16/1976)
It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown (aired 10/24/1977)
What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown! (aired 2/23/1978)
You're The Greatest, Charlie Brown (3/19/1979)

One of the hardest things to do these days is find movies for the whole family! You need not look further. These specials are all classics and perfect for parents looking for suitable programming for their children or for adults who grew up watching them and want a chance to reminisce on past days and simpler times. Now fans can start looking forward to Peanuts: 1980's Collection 1 (which should contain She's A Good Skate, Charlie Brown through to at least the one hour special, A Charlie Brown Celebration).
These stories are perfect for children of all ages - and parents too! Many haven't been seen on TV for quite some time, so take this opportunity to introduce (or re-introduce) these wonderful Peanuts characters to your family.

Release date: May 18, 2010
Official website

What does Nelson Mandela do after becoming president of South Africa? He rejects revenge, forgives oppressors who jailed him 27 years for his fight against apartheid and finds hope of national unity in an unlikely place: the rugby field. Clint Eastwood (named 2009's Best Director by the National Board of Review) directs an uplifting film about a team and a people inspired to greatness. Morgan Freeman (NBR's Best Actor Award winner and Oscar nominee for this role) is Mandela, who asks the national rugby team captain (Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Matt Damon) and his squad.

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You have to see this movie!!!! It is truly outstanding.
This film brings together two top-notch actors -- Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. They have been in countless features from Driving Miss Daisy to Robin Hood; from Goodwill Hunting to the Bourne series. How can you make it better? Have Clint Eastwood there to tell the story -- directing the action as no other director can.
Nominated for two Academy Awards -- Best Actor - Morgan Freeman; Best Supporting Actor - Matt Damon.
While this is primarily a sports movie, the over-arching story is about overcoming obstacles within South Africa after apartheid. A rugby team that had been the laughing stock of the country, becomes a winner and has the entire country rooting for it during the World Cup -- both black and white.
This movie is masterfully told, bringing you into the lives of South Africans, showing the apprehension to the new government and obstacles Mandela faced as he took over the government. The pictures of the shanty towns in Cape Town are real (I saw them during my visit there) and you wonder how people can live under those conditions. The message of hope and forgiveness is strong.
Nelson Mandela: I thank whatever gods may be / For my unconquerable soul. / I am the master of my fate / I am the captain of my soul.

Edge of Darkness EDGE OF DARKNESS
Release date: May 11, 2010
Official website:

The bullet that killed his daughter was meant for Boston cop Thomas Craven. That's what police brass and Craven himself think, but that's not what the investigation finds. Clue after clue and witness after witness, the search leads him into a shadowy realm where money and political intrigue intersect. If Craven wasn't a target before, he and anyone linked to his inquiry now is. Mel Gibson stars in his first screen lead in eight years, making Craven's grief palpable and his quest for payback stone-cold and relentless. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) directs from a screenplay co-written by The Departed's William Monahan. Gibson is back, taking us to the edge and into the sinister darkness.

If you are looking for a tight, suspenseful thriller, EDGE OF DARKNESS may be for you. While there is a good bit of violence, there is also a good story supporting all actions taken. Gibson is right on as the vengeful father seeing justice for his slain daughter. You see him struggle with his desire for vengence while trying to honor the sense of justice he has lived by all his life. You feel his anger, rage, sorrow and you hope that in the end the bad guys get their due.
Director Martin Campbell keeps things moving through the Boston locale, with a nice mix of action and introspective moments between Craven and his daughter. The flashbacks add depth to the drama, and more meaning to the relationship between father and daughter.

Available on DVD: May 4th
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David Tennant and Patrick Stewart star in this critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece from Britain’s renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. No recent stage production in Britain has attracted the excitement and nearly unanimous critical praise as this Hamlet. Tennant's interpretation was recognized as defining the role for a generation, and Stewart’s complex Claudius won the Olivier award, Britain’s highest stage honor. In this specially-shot screen version, filmed on location rather than in the theater, Tennant and Stewart reprise their roles. Dynamic, exciting and contemporary, it breathes new life into Shakespeare's greatest play.

Featured Actors: David Tennant (Doctor Who), Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Oliver Ford Davis (Waking the Dead), Penny Downie, Mariah Gale

This is a modern production of the play by Shakespeare. I can't remember if I have ever really sat through the play before, but I did yesterday. THe Royal Shakespeare Company is marvelous, and I kept thinking of what we have done to the English language over the years. Patric Stewart is marvelous as Claudius and the ghost; David Tennant shows tremendous range as he runs the emotional gamut of love, pain, comedy, sorry and shock. While we have seen this plot played out in many different ways over the years, this production has it all. Prince Hamlet of Denmark learns that his father's death was not an accident, but murder so that his uncle could marry his mother and become King. The ghost of his father tells Hamlet of this as he wanders the dark halls of the castle at midnight. Poor Hamlet is torn in his indecision about how to handle the situation.
This is indeed a memorable production. With this cast and modern dress, it could be just the one you will sit through.


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!

Babylon 5


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 John Hudgens.

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.

Danger Zone:

I Need a Hero:


Nobody's Side:

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 until now.

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.

John Hudgens

Comics Brave/Bold #29 THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #29
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, art and cover by Jesus Saiz.

A thing that lives...and fights for its soul! The shambling walking doll that is Brother Power, the Geek has been reborn in Gotham City without a home or purpose! Could destiny have something in store for this seemingly lost relic? And why does his appearance cut into Batman's.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 18.

Written by J. Michael Straczynski; Art by Tom Derenick and Bill Sienkiewicz; Cover by Jesus Saiz.
J. Michael Straczynski dives into the DC Universe, bringing four of the finest heroes of the Golden and Silver Ages with him! Completely reimagined for the modern world from their original appearances in Archie/MLJ publications, these four heroes will show you a side of the DC Universe you've never seen before! The Civil War claimed many lives…but one of those lives still hasn't ended! Union doctor Robert Dickering found himself on the wrong side of the battle lines, and despite his heroic treatment of a fallen enemy soldier, he also found himself on the wrong end of a noose! But a shadowy power stepped forth in the twilight moments between life and death and offered him a deal he couldn't refuse: to forever roam the Earth, saving the lives of innocents condemned like himself – or hastening the deaths of the guilty! But in taking the seemingly righteous mission of the Hangman, has he accepted God's work? Or has he become the vengeful fist of the Devil himself?


Place: Baltimore, MD
Time: July 9-11, 2010
Site: Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn
Guests: Edward James Olmos, Katee Sackhoff, Torri Higginson, Kevin Sorbo, Catherine Hicks, Dominic Keating, Bill Dow
For more information, go to

Place: Monroeville Convention Center (near Pittsburgh, PA)
August 6, 7 and 8, 2010
Guests: Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker), Micky Dolenz (Monkees), David Faustino (Married With Children), more guests to follow
For more information, go to

Place: Melbourne, Australia
Date: September 2-6, 2010
Guests: Kim Stanely Robinson, Shaun Tan and Robin Johnson
For more information, go to

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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