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The Zocalo Today

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Glitter News


Walter Cronkite WALTER CRONKITE - DEAD AT 92
On the great, if not the greatest news journalists has died. Walter Cronkite, long time newsman and anchor for CBS, died yesterday at the age of 92. Cronkite, recruited by Edward R. Murrow from the United Press wire service, joined CBS News in 1950. He served as “Evening News” anchor and managing editor of CBS News from April 16, 1962, to March 6, 1981. Beginning in 1937, his career spanned more than six decades in radio, print and TV. He earned the accolade “the most trusted man in America” for his earnest and stalwart style as the anchorman of the “CBS Evening News” for nearly two decades.
Following his departure from CBS News, he served as the correspondent for CBS Reports’ “Child of Apartheid,” which won an Emmy and an Overseas Press Club Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding documentary. He also produced and hosted an eight-part Discovery Channel series “Cronkite Remembers,” which traced historical events of the 20th century. Cronkite closed each “Evening News” newscast with the line, “And that’s the way it is,” followed by the date. Here was a newsman whose vocabulary did NOT include the word "spin". His honest and insightful views on today's news is sorely missed.
President Obama commented on his passing by saying:
"He brought us all those stories large and small which would come to define the 20th century. That's why we love Walter, because in an era before blogs and e-mail cell phones and cable, he was the news. Walter invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down."

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Jorja Fox is returning to CSI for five episodes in season 10. She will reprise her character of Sara Sidle and executive producer/ showrunner Carol Mendelsohn says, "The viewers and longtime CSI fans will be excited to discover where life has taken Sara Sidle and what brings her back to the CSI team in Las Vegas in our premiere episode." What about Gil Grissom? No mention of William Peterson returning at this point. The series returns with new episodes Sept. 24.

According to Fangoria, Matthew Michael Carnahan has come aboard to rewrite WORLD WAR Z. Max Brooks, who penned the original graphic novel, revealed that Carnahan, brother of director Joe Carnahan, is taking on the project. J. Michael Straczynski was previously attached to write the film.
"He's one of Hollywood's hot A-list writers, so if they went after him and paid him a mountain of gold, it definitely shows their confidence in this project," Brooks revealed on the site's radio program.
Carnahan has written such political thrillers as THE KINGDOM, LIONS FOR LAMBS and this year's STATE OF PLAY.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced that it will release a Blu-ray version of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE PLAN on Oct. 27, the same day the one-off telefilm drops on DVD. THE PLAN is directed by and stars Edward James Olmos. Jane Espenson wrote the screenplay. It recaps the story of the destruction of the human Colonies from the point of view of the Cylons. The new discs will include the uncensored 90-minute feature film. The cast also includes Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas, Dean Stockwell, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Rick Worthy, Matthew Bennett, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Hogan and Rekha Sharma. Extras include:
My Scenes: Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movie.
Battlestar Galactica trivia game.
Deleted scenes .
"From Admiral to Director: Edward James Olmos and the Plan": A day in the life with Olmos as he tackles the most ambitious Battlestar production to date.
"The Cylons of the Plan": Features interviews with the actors who play the film's key Cylons, including Stockwell, Helfer, Park, Trucco, Worthy and Bennett.
"The Cylon Attack": This featurette takes viewers behind the scenes for the planning and execution of one of Battlestar Galactica: The Plan's major action sequences.
"Behind the Plan": An in-depth look at some stunning visual effects and the role post-production plays in bringing the world of Battlestar Galactica to life.
Filmmaker commentary.
A final program schedule is now posted at Check it out.

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

8:00pm on ABC
Castle - Episode: A Chill Goes Through Her Veins (First Aired: April 06, 2009)
The frozen body of a missing woman is discovered at a construction site; Beckett is forced to confront some difficult memories.

8:00pm on CBS
The Unit - Episode: Dancing Lessons (First Aired: October 26, 2008)
A nuclear scientist insists on making a deal with the team before revealing information about an imminent terrorist attack on a major U.S. city; Kim, Molly and Tiffy are asked to work undercover with Jonas.

8:00pm on NBC
Kings - Episode: The New King (NEW)
Silas imprisons Jack and David on charges of treason and continues with his plan to hand over Port Prosperity to Gath; Michelle tries to find a way to keep David alive.

8:00pm on BBC America
Primeval(First Aired: July 11, 2009)
The team enters a future world filled with predators while trying to rescue Abby's brother from a giant carnivorous insect.

9:00pm on CBS
NUMB3RS - Episode: Atomic No. 33 (First Aired: May 02, 2008)
A mass poisoning at a cult compound leads the team to a complex murder plot.

9:00pm on BBC America
Primeval - NEW
The team faces a herd of prehistoric rhinoceros-like beasts; Danny arrives with a mysterious woman from the future.

9:00pm on Syfy
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest(2006)
Capt. Jack Sparrow must find a way to avoid the clutches of ghostly pirate Davey Jones and his crew or be damned for all eternity. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush

Bill Engvall 9:00pm on TBS
The Bill Engvall Show
The family-friendly sitcom, which offers a humorous look at what it takes to be a parent in today’s world, stars Bill Engvall (Blue Collar Comedy Tour), Nancy Travis (Becker, The Jane Austen Book Club) and Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story). Here is a sneak peek at tonight's episode:,,179330|348524|,00.html?eref=sharethisUrl. Watch last season's episodes at: the-bill-engvall-show/full-episodes/.

Q&A Books Part 2


Part 2 (pages 387-778) includes more than 800 missives grouped into the following topics:


How the arc was structured, what the cast and crew really knew about where the characters and story were headed, specifically what JMS had mapped out and to what level of detail, who had seen the entire series outline (and who hadn't), which actor knew the most about the entire arc, why he wouldn't leak a fake 5 year arc, what would happen if anything happened to him during the series run, why he wrote the arc so that the fans could never know for sure what was going to happen next, how he wrote the show so fans would not be lost if they missed an episode, what one question he intended not to answer at the end of the 5 year arc, why he structured the show as a novel, how he balanced the characters over the 5 year run, why Babylon 5 was a 5 year story and why he could never extend it (even if he wanted to), what he meant by "accelerating the arc," how he compensated for cast changes, how the long wait to sell the show to the networks benefited the arc, specifics about how he adjusted the arc on the chance the show was canceled after the fourth season, how he wrote the arc so that nuances would surface for fans watching the series for a second, third or fourth time.


JMS recalls how the industry reacted to Babylon 5's novel-for-television structure, why he never considers himself an SF "superstar", the aspects of B5 that he is most proud of, what it's like to be the guy who created B5, how he reacts to others' interpretations of the show, the lessons he learned producing B5, his feelings on the set the last day of shooting, the truth behind the "cast turmoil" over the ending of the show, his reaction whenever SF shows are compared to Babylon 5 and what has to happen for there to ever be more Babylon 5 on the screen.

J. Michael Straczynski's interaction with fans in the online world is showcased in this section which focuses on the highs...and the lows of that ongoing conversation. With messages dating back to 1991, JMS addresses why he put himself in an Internet forum, his concerns about fans having too much information, his motivation for his exchanges with fandom, specifically how his online conversation with fans has been helpful to the writing process (and how it has not), the biggest benefit to his online presence, how he "waved" to the GEnie forums in the pilot, how he remained unaffected by what he read online, why fans couldn't post story ideas, what he really thinks of the online communities, his move to the moderated newsgroup, how he handles criticism, details of one of his worst experiences online and his thoughts at the 10 year mark of his online experiment.


Harlan Ellison's involvement kicks off this package of posts along with how much material was edited out of each episode, what JMS cut that he wishes he could put back, how the editing process works and how it impacts what the fans see, the varied shots used by directors to tell the story, how JMS learned not be upset by production glitches, what he would go back and rework if he could, how the B5 production model differs from most other shows, how he and the team handled revisions, step-by-step what happened from script to screen, how JMS got the most value from the budget, why there wasn't a bathroom scene in the pilot, what he would have done if he had had $1 million more per show, how the crew expressed their "feedback" to JMS and his policy for how opinions about the show were to be expressed and how directors maintained his vision for the show.

Read the entire description of this book at Be sure to order now and get the $10 off -- good through July 22 only.

B5 Podcast


Welcome to Show #163!

In-A-Kosha-Da-Vida has affected Jeffrey’s mind. There are so many “days” on July 1st and 2nd, it’s amazing people get anything done in early July.

Who knew there was a Ducktona 500 and a Kenducky Derby?

Feedbackapalooza: Tim and Summer try to burn through the buildup of voicemails, and we haven’t even gotten to the ones commenting on the JMS interview yet.

And yes, we’re going to start throwing in more voicemails during the regular shows from here on out… otherwise, we’d easily start running over an hour fifteen on Feedbackapalooza shows!

Babylon 5 Musical Project Suggestions: We need a B5 or Vorlon version of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, and a West Side Story parody with B5 themed modifications. Get your imaginations churning, and send ‘em in!

Second Life Info: FarPoint Media’s Second Life space is now part of the village that encompasses Third Life Books. You can find the village at

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.

Visit Deep Geeking, and if you want to contribute a geeking essay, send an email to Summer.

To catch up on all the Babylon 5 podcasts, go to



A number of news sources have picked up on the JMS interview on the Babylon Podcast this week. Everyone, along with Tim Callender, is excited at the prospect of a LENSMAN movie with JMS writing the adaptation.

Based on a series of sci-fi stories by Edward Elmer “Doc” Smith (1890 - 1965), LENSMAN will follow a struggle between two powerful races that visited our universe billions of years ago from outside of our time-space continuum. One came to rule the emerging life in our universe and the other attempting to protect it.

Here is an excerpt from SciFi Scoop:

A breeding program is instigated upon multiple planets (including Earth) by those trying to protect the universe. In time, a number of beings from these programs are selected to become guardians of the universe. In what might be paralleled (in concept at least) to the Green Lantern, these chosen few wear a ‘lens’ , a life-force power created by an elder race of our universe that gives the wearer a variety of super abilities. This group becomes a type of galactic police force, entrusted with the task of battling to save, well, everything.

It is no exaggeration to say that Smith’s stories are so epic they are difficult to summarise without going into great length and that my summary above hardly does the story justice at all. In any case, suffice it to say that the film offers nothing short of mega-potential and may be a film of such grand scale that, even in consideration of James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar, has the potential to be one of the biggest sci-fi films of all time.

A reader sent me this link - for those not familiar with the series.


Warner Bros. has opened up a wonderful movie archive -- with a ton of classics that are totally unknown treasures to most people. Got me to thinking about old movies in general. What are your favorite old movies -- not just from science fiction genre, but any that really are #1 and #2 for you -- movies that you can watch over and over again.
I grew up in an era of wonderful action flicks -- and I still love them. THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON will be on ENCORE channel, again this month. I love Erol Flynn and while this one doesn't rank up there with ROBIN HOOD, it is one you can sit through regardless of the length. How about you? Let's hear what your favorites are.

Send in your comments to I'll post your selections our discussion page for all readers to share. I'll post some of my comments in my blog -- see below.


Ranger Judy pointed us over to Claudia's Fan Newsletter:
Claudia just finished her new Showtime Series LOOK. Not sure when it will be seen here, but Showtime has ordered 8 episodes.

Ranger Anne passed along the following observation:
Former B5 guests Penn & Teller are in the seventh season of their Showtime series "Bulls***!" seen Thursday nights at 10pm ET. The series features the magicians debunking various unusual phenomena inculding the paranormal, sexual myths, creationism, astrology & self-help gurus. It combines interview and hidden camera segments with Penn & Teller's magic performances. Needless to say, "Bulls***!" is rated TV-MA for mature audiences only. It's certainly a far cry from Rebo & Zooty.
Ranger Lyta adds - If you miss it repeats air on Fri nights, Sat nights and Mon nights, on Showtime.

Ranger Anne noted that Gary Cole (Captain Gideon from Crusade) is a guest on the Season 2 premiere of A&E's THE CLEANER. The episode is called "Hello America" and Gary's character is a national news anchor & spokesman for recovery. He claims to have been clean for years... but it's all a lie. William Banks (played by Benjamin Bratt) and his team of extreme interventionists have to discreetly help the anchorman get clean... for real. Whoopi Goldberg also guest stars in the episode.
"The Cleaner" is based on a true story about a former addict who leads a team of interventionists who use any means necessary to help others kick their addictions.



I have just created ISN News Blog at This is an experiment for me -- and I hope you’ll join me by entering news you have to share. I’ll put in stuff that I think is interesting for others to read about and we’ll see how it goes. Join me.

While Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar), Rick (Biggs) and Tim (Choate) are no longer with us, we will not forget their wonderful personalities and talent -- as well as their significant contributions to the BABYLON 5 universe. Be sure to visit In Memory Of for more information about memorial efforts. Until we met again, in a place where no shadows fall.


Jerry Doyle - July 16
J. Michael Straczynski - July 17
David Warner - July 29

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.


LEVERAGE - Season Two Begins
LEVERAGE returns for Season 2 on Wednesday, July 15 at 9/8C on TNT:
LEVERAGE comes from blockbuster film producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day) and writer/producer John Rogers (Transformers, Blue Beetle) and Chris Downey. It is a fun, fast-paced caper drama series.
In the series, a renegade team of modern-day Robin Hoods operates outside the law to take revenge against those who use power and wealth to victimize others. Separately, they’re criminals with reputations for working alone. Together, they’re the perfect team to turn the tables on the corrupt and level the playing field for the little guy.
Starring: Timothy Hutton as Nate Ford (mastermind), Gina Bellman as Sophie Devereaux (grifter), Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer (muscles), Beth Riesgraf as Parker (thief), Aldis Hodge as Alec Hardison (hacker)

Leverage Video Clip:

DARK BLUE premieres Wednesday, July 15 at 10/9c on TNT.
The all-new series, Jerry Bruckheimer produced DARK BLUE follows undercover police officers as they infiltrate the dark side of Los Angeles. The officers have to skirt ethical lines to accomplish their jobs. Their morals and identities are challenged. How long can they pretend to be something before becoming it?
DARK BLUE stars Golden Globe winner Dylan McDermott.

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TNT is giving viewers more ways to enjoy these new shows with on-line games. In "Get Ready to Get Even" game at, Nate (Hutton) needs their help in an all-new promotional game. Nate's laptop, which contains valuable, extremely secret information about each person on the team, has been stolen. In the life of a con artist, information is the deadliest weapon. The Leverage team needs game players to recover the files, documents and photos on the laptop by completing a series of missions. Those who accomplish each task will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a multi-city trip to become an expert in the art of the con. One lucky winner will visit Paris, London and New York, sites of some of history's greatest capers. Last season's edition of the LeverageHQ promotional game was visited by more than half a million users, with two out of three respondents to a survey reporting that they watched all of LEVERAGE's first season episodes. This game was developed in collaboration with Lead Dog Marketing.

DARK BLUE: Undercover (
Viewers will learn there is a fine line between going under and crossing over as they engage in a new promotional online game for DARK BLUE. At, game players will become members of an elite undercover squad run by Carter Shaw (McDermott). Each player will get a false identity and weekly missions to bring down a gun-running ring. The challenges will force players to make some of the difficult decisions that undercover cops face. Based on these decisions, players will either get caught by the group they are trying to infiltrate; get "flipped" and become seduced by a life of crime; or go deeper undercover. At the end of 10 weeks, those who have taken the challenge will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a trip undercover in Los Angeles with VIP access to the hottest clubs and restaurants, a private helicopter tour of the Sunset strip and a ride with a former undercover LAPD officer. This game was developed in collaboration with Omelet.


Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and TT Games announced the debut of the highly anticipated GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS game app. Offering endless gameplay that showcases the powerful capabilities of the iPhone and iPod Touch, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS features 36 insanely fun digital game challenges based on real life world records. These digital competitions are as wacky and bizarre as they are challenging and fun. From crushing watermelons with the "player's head" and plucking feathers from a "turkey," to throwing a "washing machine" the farthest, all using the touch screen and motion sensing technologies of the iPhone and iPod Touch, the fun never stops. The "Guinness World Records" app is available now on the App Store for $4.99. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS features 36 of the most outrageously challenging games found on the iPhone/iPod Touch. They include:
* Cockroach Eating
* Watermelon Crushing
* Longest Burp
* Largest bubblegum bubble blown

Fans can view the games' global leader board by visiting The Guinness World Records app works with iPhone 3G, the original iPhone, and iPod Touch. To download the app, visit:

Green Lantern


From June 30 - August 11, 2009, Green Lantern Fans Can Enter to Win a PlayStation 3, 40" LCD HDTV, a Copy of Green Lantern: First Flight on Blu-ray and Much More

To promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of "Green Lantern: First Flight" on July 28, a sweepstakes has been created to get fans involved and give them a chance to win cool prizes. Green Lantern fans can enter the sweepstakes and learn more about the fifth entry in the popular DVD series of DC Universe Animated Originals through a Facebook Power Ring widget. Ring Once the Facebook Power Ring Widget has been added to a fan's page, they can "recharge their ring" continuously to keep it powered to 100% and automatically submit additional entries in the sweepstakes. Additional features of the widget include a Personality Quiz, Green Lantern IQ Test, Video, News and Updates, Downloads and Links.

Check it out now at


Artist Tye Bourdony has sent along links to some of his latest satires -- and they are animated. Tye has brought us many satires in the past. Be sure to visit his site:

Sevylon 5
For more of these fabulous cartoons, go to

SF Classics 17


Eureka Productions is pleased to announce the publication of SCIENCE FICTION CLASSICS: Graphic Classics Volume Seventeen. This is the first full-color volume in the GRAPHIC CLASSICS® series of comics adaptations of great literature.
SCIENCE FICTION CLASSICS presents comics adaptations of stories from the original creators of science fiction including "The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells and "A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley G. Weinbaum. Also featured are "In the Year 2889" a rare short story by Jules Verne, and "The Disintegration Machine", starring Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger. Plus E.M. Forster's only SF tale, the poignant "The Machine Stops", and shorts by Lord Dunsany and Hans Christian Anderson.
GRAPHIC CLASSICS are available in bookstores, comics shops, or direct from the publisher at



If you are like me, it is hard to keep up on what's new in the world of science fiction. has launched its inaugural weekly newsletter today. Pop over and sign up!


Titan has updated their website to include all of their wonderful magazines. Go to to sign up for their latest information.

SF TV Series


by Frank Garcia and Mark Phillips

Frank Garcia was interviewed a few weeks ago on the BABYLON PODCAST. He talked about his new book and here's a review

This book is the ultimate for a science fiction fan. It provides a wealth of information about series -- and many little known facts gathered through interviews and extensive research.


Available On Demand and iTunes

The box office hit HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU arrives today (June 2) for Download (on iTunes), On Demand (via cable and satellite) and on Blu-ray/DVD. Synopsis:
He loves me, he loves me not...find out when He’s Just Not That Into You is based on the wildly popular bestseller from Sex and the City scribes Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, He's Just Not That Into You tells the stories of a group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty- and thirty-somethings as they navigate their various relationships.

Here's the link to the official HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU storefront on iTunes. 1826& FviewMovie%253Fid%253D305114504%2526s%253D143441%2526uo%253D6%2526partner.

New DVDs

Official Release Date: July 21, 2009
Official website:

This forensic fairytale follows Ned, a young man with a very special gift. As a boy, Ned discovered that he could return the dead briefly back to life with just one touch. Now a pie maker, Ned puts his ability to good use, not only touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor, but working with a private investigator to crack murder cases by raising the dead and getting them to name their killers. But the tale gets complicated when Ned brings his childhood sweetheart, Chuck, back from the dead -- and keeps her alive. Chuck becomes the third partner in Ned and Emerson's private-investigation enterprise, encouraging them to use Ned's skills for good, not just for profit. Life would be perfect for Ned and Chuck, except for one cruel twist: If he ever touches her again, she'll go back to being dead, this time for good.

Video Clips:
Betty's Bees Episode 2:21 pds2b_bettys_bees_300.asx

Chuck's Father Episode 1:45 pds2cf_chucks_father_300.asx

ER - Season 11
Release date: July 14, 2009

Product Description
An aquarium worker with a live shark latched onto him…a blind woman and her guide companion (a miniature horse!)…a college boy with an arrow in his gut (his fraternity brothers were aiming for the apple on his head). Gunshot victims. Homeless children. Cardiac cases. So many patients, so little time. Year 11 of the fast-paced series brings challenges and changes to the ER. Corday and Chen weigh work and family. Abby finds that being a good doctor is as tough as being a good nurse. Ray Barnett – doctor by day, rock star by night – arrives. Carter decides to leave. He’s been there from the start, a student turned leader who picked up where Greene left off. He set the tone, provided the example. His impact will endure.

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This is one of those shows that has grown better over time. We've seen George Clooney launch his career on this show. Season 11 includes Ray Liotta's emmy winning episode "Time of Death", a real time episode following the final 43 minutes of his character's life. Also during this season, Alex Kingston, Ming Na and Noah Wyle exit County General. The show continues to have wonderful guest stars including Red Buttons, Danny Glover, Cynthia Nixon, Francis Fisher and Sharif Atkins.

While the staff holds many of the plots together, ER includes some of the most memorable patient storylines. New doc Ray Barnett (Shane West) juggles medicine and music, Sam and Luka continue their turbulent relationship, and Corday is punished for performing an illegal operation.

It is good to see that the series are now coming out more quickly. You have less time to wait to see this favorite series -- on your schedule.

Experience the best moments from this hugely popular Emmy-award winning series with the all-new BEST OF Collections, now available only on iTunes.

Including the best hand-picked Friends episodes, these collections feature the most memorable moments of the series, including the dramatic break-ups, the emotional make-ups, and of course, some of most hilarious scenes that ever aired on TV, capturing the unforgettable storylines that made Friends a smash hit.

The Complete Series is also now available for the first time on iTunes. Get the full seasons for the full experience.

Start enjoying the fun with your Friends at iTunes:

FRIENDS clips:

Release Date: July 7, 2009

Peanuts lovers rejoice. You now have only one DVD to buy to get all the most popular Peanuts TV specials. The PEANUTS 1960s COLLECTION willshowcase all six heartwarming TV specials in a two-disc set, as well as all-new enhanced content. These specials aired between 1965 and 1969, several earning Emmy Award nominations or wins. This is the first time all six specials are available to consumers in one set. Two of the specials, HE'S YOUR DOG, CHARLIE BROWN and IT WAS A SHORT SUMMER, CHARLIE BROWN make their DVD debut. All six specials have been re-mastered for beautiful picture and sound quality. Here is a list of all the specials included:
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Charlie Brown's All-Stars (1966)
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
You're in Love, Charlie Brown (1967)
He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown (1968)
It was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown (1969)

DVD Special Features include:
The Maestro of Menlo Park - Profiling Composer Vince Guaraldi - This short documentary film provides a glimpse into jazz musician Vince Guaraldi's life, and how his music was so much more than just the theme to Peanuts.

Release Date: July 7, 2009

The real heroes that keep New York City and its residents safe are back for their sophomore season. Working the 3-11 p.m. shift (known as the "third watch"), these ordinary people perform extraordinary feats of bravery on a daily basis. Featuring an all-star cast including Bobby Cannavale, Eddie Cibrian, Michael Beach, and Kim Raver, Third Watch portrays the best - and sometimes the worst - of "the city's finest." Nine years after the second season's TV debut, Warner Home Video is releasing the highly anticipated Third Watch: The Complete Second Season DVD on July 7, 2009.

Created by John Wells (ER, The West Wing) and Edward Allen Bernero (Criminal Minds), THIRD WATCH: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON is an Emmy® and Peabody® Award winning series that follows professional rescuers and first responders as they take on crime, medical emergencies, and blazing buildings in the largest city in America. Police, firefighters and paramedics all work together as the show explores the intricacies of their relationships on the streets, in the station, and back at home. Episodes include situations ranging from dangerous (tracking a sniper who targets cops) to playful (a football match between fire departments), to the mundane (a frequent 911 dialer). These heroes risk their lives every day so we can sleep soundly, knowing that we're protected by the "third watch."

"THIRD WATCH: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON contains 22 action-packed episodes that focus on the unsung heroes of New York City," said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV & Special Interest Marketing. "After the recent event on the Hudson, the world is increasingly fascinated by these first responders, and Warner Home Video is proud to present the second season on DVD."

Release date: June 23, 2009
Official website:

When Mo Folchart reads a story, the characters leap off the page. Literally. And that's a problem. Mo must somehow use his special powers to send the interlopers back to their world and save ours. If ever a task was easier read than done, this is it. Mo and his daughter Meggie, aided by friends real and fictional, plunge into a thrilling quest that pits them against diabolical villains, fantastic beasts and dangers at every turn. Brendan Fraser (The Mummy films, Journey to the Center of the Earth) leads a splendid cast (including Academy Award winners* Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent) in an all-fun, all-family film of Cornelia Funke's bestseller. Follow Mo and Meggie into adventure more exciting than any ever read. Because it's adventure they're going to live!

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Looking for a good film for "family night"? Here's a suggestion for you. There is enough action and suspense for everyone -- and a good tale as well. Follow Mo and his daughter Meggie in their quest to free Mo's wife. The special effects are good -- but the acting is first-rate. Helen Mirren is wonderful as Elinor, an elderly aunt who is obsessed with possessing books. Brendan Fraser (Mo) and Paul Bettany (Dustfinger)are marvelous and Eliza Hope Bennett is perfect as Meggie.
If you read to your children -- or enjoy reading stories to others -- this is a story for you. This what would happen if the characters in your latest book came alive -- not just in your imagination!

Friday 13th


Get ready to re-live the horror when Friday the 13th the extended Killer Cut with even more suspense, wild times, and more of the infamous killer Jason Voorhees arrives on iTunes, Playstation Store and Amazon Video On Demand.

$43 Million Opening Weekend Shatters Box Office Records. From the producers of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, comes a chilling reimagining of the classic horror film.
Searching for his missing sister, Clay Miller heads to the eerie woods of legendary Crystal Lake, where he stumbles on the creaky remains of rotting old cabins behind moss-covered trees. And that's not all. Against the advice from locals, Clay pursues what few leads he has with the help of Jenna and a group of college kids who are up for a getaway weekend. But little do they know, they've entered the domain of one of the most terrifying specters in American film history--the infamous killer who haunts Crystal Lake, armed with a razor-sharp machete...Jason Voorhees.

Friday the 13th - Killer Cut is available to own now on iTunes, Playstation Store and Amazon Video On Demand

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Release date: June 16, 2009

BURBANK, CA (April 6, 2009) - One of television's most beloved and touching dramas is back when Everwood: The Complete Second Season comes to DVD June 16, 2009 from Warner Home Video. The Emmy® nominated series created by Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money) stars Treat Williams, Gregory Smith and Vivien Cardone as a family building a new life in Everwood while tackling difficult real-life issues such as grief, drugs, unplanned pregnancy and relationships. The long-awaited six-disc collector's set of this critically acclaimed family drama includes all 22 episodes from the second season, along with almost 40 minutes of never-before-seen unaired scenes.


Release Date: June 16, 2009

It’s off to the races with more of a great team’s greatest!

It’s a well-known fact: cats chase mice. And it’s also well known that nobody aces the art of the animated chase than Tom and Jerry. This fast-paced collection serves up 14 more of their funniest faceoffs that the whole family will love. Tom throws a tantrum when a girl dresses him as a baby in Sufferin' Cats. Jerry can't stop laughing... but he gets into some Academy AwardÒ-winning* Mouse Trouble when Tom tries every trick from the book How to Trap a Mouse. Jerry’s cat problem disappears in The Invisible Mouse after he falls into a bottle of invisible ink. How to catch dinner while not making a sound – one that can wake up bulldog Spike – is Tom’s touchy dilemma in the OscarÒ winner* Quiet Please! Whosever side you’re on, you’re the winner when you join the pursuit of these timeless cartoon.

Tom-Jerry-Chuck Jones


Release date: June 23, 2009

Masters of the chase: Tom, Jerry…and Chuck.
34 hilarious animated shorts lovingly remastered!
The classic cartoon chase involving forever frustrated feline Tom and mightily mobile mouse Jerry got spun in new and deliciously inventive ways when animation legend Chuck Jones set up shop at the team’s home studio and produced the 34 wonderful shorts in this Deluxe 2-Disc Collection. Tom got furrier cheeks and thicker eyebrows. Jerry got larger eyes and ears and a more sweet-natured expression. But Jones and his collaborators put them through their hilarious misadventures with renewed personality and style and also cleverly parodied pop culture as well. The result – now viewable in widescreen format for the first time in decades as originally shown in theatres – is a meeting of animation icons that’s endlessly entertaining.


WALLENDER: Sidetracked/Firewall/One Step Behind

Release date: June 2, 2009

Product Description
Kenneth Branagh plays Swedish detective Kurt Wallander in three new crime dramas based on the best-selling books by Henning Mankell, an international publishing phenomenon with over 25 million copies sold worldwide. Sidetracked, Firewall, and One Step Behind follow Inspector Kurt Wallander - a disillusioned everyman - as he struggles against a rising tide of violence in the seemingly sleepy backwaters in and around Ystad in beautiful southern Sweden. Baffling crimes and apparently motiveless murders lead to surprising and shocking discoveries in these Swedish noir thrillers.

This is a wonderful BBC series starrring Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallender. These three 90-minute episodes are wonderfully written and acted. They present both a good police drama and provide you with a very human police detective not only trying to solve a very baffling case, but dealing with a number of emotional issues at home. Kenneth Branagh is awesome in this role and David Warner is absolutely memorable as his father -- suffering from alzheimer's. Here's a clip to give you a flavor of the show by Kenneth Branagh.
I would recommend this DVD to everyone who enjoys CSI and NCIS. It has that flavor to it, but is more personal than either of the two US shows, giving Branagh more meat to sink his acting teeth into.

The Mentalist


Release Date: September 22, 2009

THE MENTALIST: The Complete First Season will be released on DVD on September 22. This six-disc set will contain all 23 episodes of this first season and the set will be priced at $59.98 SRP. The series stars Simon Baker as celebrity psychic Patrick Jane.

The series is described below:
"A mentalist is a master manipulator of thought and behavior." The mentalist is Patrick Jane (Simon Baker in an acclaimed performance), a celebrity psychic whose wife and child are viciously murdered by an elusive serial killer called Red John. Devastated, Patrick admits his paranormal act is fake, renounces his earlier life and uses his astonishing skills of observation and analysis - talents that made him appear psychically gifted - to bring killers to justice. At crime scenes across California, Patrick now helps an elite team of detectives break their toughest cases. But no matter how many criminals he catches, Patrick never forgets his central goal: Find Red John. And bring him down.


Release date: June 3, 2009

The first 21 Episodes from 1985's `Season Two,' have been collected in this three-disc boxed set from Warner Home Video. Jetsons-Season 2 V01.
In addition, a special featurette, `Jetsons: Return to the Future,' is also included that focuses on the evolution of the series. Among those interviewed is animation expert Mark Evanier.
The 21 episodes in this DVD boxed set from `Season Two' are: Elroy Meets Orbitty; Rosie Come Home; Solar Snoops; Judy's Birthday Surprise; Super George; Family Fallout; S.M.A.S.H.; The Mirrormorph; Mother's Day for Rosie; Jetsons' Millions; Fugitive Fleas; Rip-Off Rosie; Far-Out Father; Astro's Big Moment; The Cosmic Courtship of George and Jane; Fantasy Planet; S'no Relative; Instant Replay; Haunted Halloween; Future Tense; and The Wrong Stuff.
Also includes a documentary featurette called, “The Jetsons Return to the Future,” which looks at the various ways that the second season was updated for a new audience, as well as how it distinguished itself from its predecessor. Interviews include animation historians, cast, crew and others.

Fringe-Season 1


Release date: September 8, 2009

"FRINGE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON features 20 episodes of the most exciting new show on television, including over six hours of never-before-seen bonus features and collectible lenticular packaging,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. “Warner Home Video is ecstatic to release this much- anticipated science-fiction hit on DVD and Blu-Ray.”

DVD Special Features Include:
Evolution: The Genesis of Fringe featurette - The creators of the show discuss how the series unfolded and the qualities that make it so unique
Behind the Real Science of Fringe featurette - From teleportation to re-animation, Fringe incorporates recent discoveries in science. Consulting experts and scientists who are the authorities in their field address the areas of science which are the inspiration for the show.
A Massive Undertaking: The Making of Fringe (on select episodes) - An in-depth exploration of how select episodes came to be made: from the frozen far reaches of shooting the pilot in Toronto, to the weekly challenges of bringing episodes to air
The Casting of Fringe- The story, as told by producers and cast, of how Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble and others came to be cast in the series.
Fringe Visual Effects featurette - Goes deep into the creation of the shared dream state with some of the biggest VFX shots of the show.
Dissected Files: Unaired Scenes
Unusual Side Effects: Gag Reel
Deciphering the Scene
Roberto Orci Production Diary
Gene the Cow montage
Three Full-Length Commentaries from writers/producers, including J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtman, J.R. Orci, David Goodman, Bryan Burk, Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner

I love this show and have enjoyed all the episodes in this first season. I am anxiously awaiting season two and SO happy that the DVD will be out with all those wonderful extras listed above -- and more.

Atlantis-Season 5


Release date: June 30, 2009

Stargate Atlantis: Season Five will be released on DVD on June 30. This five disc set will contain all 20 episodes of this final season and the set will be priced at $49.98 SRP. The series stars Robert Picardo, Joe Flanigan and Jason Momoa along with appearances from Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks and Paul McGillion.

In this action-packed fifth season, sparks fly when Woolsey becomes the new leader of the Atlantis team. Meanwhile, McKay faces difficult personal challenges; Teyla must balance her roles as mother and warrior; Ronan's past returns with a vengeance, and Keller finds peril, then help, from an unlikely source. A provisional relationship with the Wraith takes a shocking turn and new adversaries test the team's courage and resolve like never before.


Looking for movies you can watch with your children? I have moved many of the family-oriented DVDs to a Family DVDs page. Here you will find wonderful DVDs you can enjoy with your entire family -- no matter the age. You will find background information about the DVD, but there are clips as well from Warner Bros. Enjoy!

For more information on other DVDs that have just been released and reviewed, go to New DVDs


In shops: July 2009

At long last Doctor Who is an ongoing monthly series! Tony Lee (Doctor Who: The Forgotten), kicks off the time/space-faring series with the two-part “Silver Scream.” In chapter one, the Doctor travels to 1920s Hollywood where he befriends Charlie Chaplin and, of course, discovers an alien plot! Lee is joined by Al Davison (The Dreaming) on this first story arc. Covers by Paul Grist and Davison.

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


August 6-9, 2009
Place: Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, 3000 Paradise Rd.
Guests: Just about anyone you can think of that has been associated with the show

For more information, go to

August 27 - 29, 2009
Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

Place: The Clarion Hotel
City: Aberdeen, Maryland
Guests: Lee Meriwether (Star Trek guest, Time Tunnel, and Batman), Bob Hastings (McHale's Navy and The Munsters), James Best (Forbidden Planet and Dukes of Hazzard) and Celeste Holm (Academy Award winning actress) and more.
For more information, go to

DragonCon September 4-7, 2009
City: Atlanta, Georgia
B5 Guests: Stephen Furst, Tracey Scoggins, Bruce Boxleitner, Dwight Schultz
For more information, go to

Creation Entertainment has a large number of conventions planned for the next several months. They include stars from STARGATE, ENTERPRISE, FARSCAPE, XENA, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, etc. Check out their calendar to see if one will be in your neighborhood soon. Don't miss their Videos page as well. It is full of some priceless video from a number of conventions.

Be sure to visit the referenced sites to see if there have been changes in dates/guests attending. Visit our Convention Calendar for a full listing of upcoming conventions.


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