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SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2008
All over the internet this morning, there are reports from the various panel discussions
at Comic-Con International taking place in San Diego, California this weekend. The
program schedule can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/.
Everyone here is interested in JMS' panel from Thursday and the other from today. I haven't
seen any reports from the Thursday panel as yet -- hopefully there will be something on-line
tomorrow about both. The San Diego Comic-Con has become an absolutely HUGE event with the
advent of comic book characters going to the big screen. There are tons of reports all over
the internet -- along with pictures. Some of the best can be found at:
Yesterday, writer/director Frank Miller showed off new footage from his upcoming
comic-book adaptation THE SPIRIT, including clips of the title hero (Gabriel Macht) \
with a couple of his signature women and in a fight scene, at San Diego Comic-Con.
The new footage featured the film's by-now-familiar stylized, saturated look, with
blacks, white, grays and a flash of red, though the movie is actually shot in color.
The clips featured Scarlett Johannsson's character, Silken Floss; Eva Mendes' Sand
Saref; the villainous Octopus, played by Samuel L. Jackson; and Sarah Paulson's Ellen Dolan.
One clip--an underwater scene--highlighted Miller's filmmaking technique, a la Zack Snyder's
300 and Robert Rodriguez's SIN CITY. "We found a phantom camera that was able to shoot
slower than death, and Eva Mendes was one of the first to work with it," Miller told the
audience. "All the scenes you are about to see were shot dry, so there wasn't an ounce
of water in them. And Eva was given the instruction to act like the Flash. So everything
she did that would take a minute was going by in a couple seconds. That's the remarkable
thing about her performance." In the clip, Eva's character is in the water and falls under
attack from the Octopus, dives under the water, swims toward a companion and tries to
retrieve two boxes on the bottom before being rescued by the Spirit. In another clip,
the Spirit gets romantic with Dolan in a hospital. "You're in love with every woman you
meet, Mr. Spirit," she says. "You say lovely things to all of us, and you mean every word,
every word you mean every time. But we don't even know your real name." In a final clip,
the Spirit and the Octopus fight in the mud and the rain. The fight ends with the Octopus
smashing the Spirit over the head with a toilet, then laughing as he grabs him: "Come on!
Toilets are always funny." THE SPIRIT opens Christmas Day. For more information and to see
the clips from Comic-Con, go to
Surprise guests Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro, stars of its upcoming THE WOLFMAN, were
introduced by Universal Pictures to a panel at San Diego Comic-Con and they unveiled the
first footage from the movie, a remake of the classic Universal monster movie. The footage
features a gruesome image of an eviscerated man, the unhappy victim of some kind of vicious
creature. It's a flashback by a man whose father found a body and who melted down silver
spoons to make bullets. The footage then features Anthony Hopkins in a stately home, who
talks to Del Toro's character: "Lo and behold, the prodigal son returns." Footage cuts to
Emily Blunt kissing Del Toro; later, she is seen hiding behind a tree in the forest from
some kind of creature. Subsequent scenes show Del Toro in a windowless room, where he
discovers a mauled body; a massacre at a fancy-dress ball, women lying dead on the floor
with blood on their clothes; a fire in a huge mansion; and a man running through a forest,
falling into a trap and being attacked by the wolfman. Hopkins then finds Del Toro in the
forest, looking dazed, clothes tattered, covered with blood. "You've done terrible things,"
he tells Del Toro. Then the film cuts to Del Toro in a rage, bound with leather straps: "I
will kill all of you!" and Del Toro, lying on the floor, whispering to Blunt: "I am what
they say. I'm a monster."
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20185191,00.html, you can see a picture of Benicio Del
Toro in make-up that took some 3 hours to put on. THE WOLFMAN is slated for release in
Zack Snyder, director of the upcoming Watchmen movie, screened new footage from the
adaptation of the classic graphic novel--including extended versions of scenes in the
current teaser trailer--to fans at Comic-Con yesterday. The new footage included the
first complete shots of Rorschach's (Jackie Earle Haley) morphing mask, the first clear
glimpses of the interior of the Comedian's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) apartment and weapons
closet, an image of Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre (Carla Gugino) and Edward Blake/the Comedian
at the 1940s meeting of the Minutemen, an extended version of Dr. Manhattan's (Billy Crudup)
attack in Vietnam, old Richard Nixon and an extended version of the scene in which the Comedian
is hurled out his window--the camera tracks him in slow motion going through the glass, out
and down toward the street as his blood-spattered smiley-face button twirls into the foreground.
The trailer also includes an extended version of the sequence in which Laurie Juspeczyk
(Malin Akerman) and Dr. Manhattan stand in the crystal palace on Mars, a scene of Laurie
pulling a canvas off the Owl Ship, Dan Dreiberg (Patrick Wilson) contemplating the Comedian's
smiley-face button in the Owl cave and a closeup of Laurie/Silk Specter II's kiss with Dreiberg
in his Nite Owl costume while a nuclear blast goes off in the background.
The footage even contained brief glimpses of Moloch (Matt Frewer) and a dead Dollar Bill.
The footage--which was screened twice to cheering fans--was the highlight of a panel that
featured Snyder, Akerman, Crudup, Matthew Goode, Gugino, Haley, Morgan, Wilson and original
Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons. "[This was] a labor of love to get as much of the graphic
novel into this movie as I could," Snyder told fans. WATCHMEN, based on the graphic novel
by Alan Moore and Gibbons, opens March 6, 2009. Go to
http://watchmenmovie.warnerbros.com/ to see some clips and get more information.
LEGEND OF THE SEEKER
Disney announced that the upcoming syndicated fantasy TV series formerly known as Wizard's
First Rule will officially launch as LEGEND OF THE SEEKER and will kick off with a two-hour
premiere on Nov. 1. You can catch a quick look at this Sam Raimi-produced project at
John Moore, the director of Fox's upcoming MAX PAYNE movie, told reporters that he
reached back to an earlier cinematic style when adapting the first-person-shooter
video game. "I was keen to work with [star] Mark [Wahlberg], to do something that
we would have looked at and thought, 'Wow, that was a cool movie in the '70s,'" Moore
said in a news conference at Comic-Con International on Thursday. Moore (The Omen)
added: "For me definitely there was a sense of Steve McQueen's better films, a sense
of Dirty Harry. But it was just about 'Could we build a character that people would,
like, reference? A character from previous-generation movies? Could we do something
that [was cool]? You know, cool has become such a sort of ineffective word; ... it
just covers everything. It's lost its zing. But, yeah, we were trying to make a character
that was cool insofar as his reactions were tempered, his anger was releasable, you know?
Like a real, full character, a Lee Marvin from ... Point Blank." MAX PAYNE centers on a
DEA agent (Wahlberg) whose family has been slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin
(Mila Kunis) out to avenge her sister's death. MAX PAYNE is slated to open Oct. 17.
AMC announced new cast members for its upcoming miniseries THE PRISONER, based on the
1960s cult classic TV series, who will join star Jim Caviezel in the title role of
Number Six. The new cast members include: Ruth Wilson as Number 313; Hayley Atwell
as Number 41-5; Lennie James (Jericho) as Number 147; and Jamie Campbell-Bower as
Number 11-12. The cast includes Ian McKellen as Number Two. The six-hour PRISONER
combines a wide range of genres, including espionage, thriller and SF. Patrick McGoohan
served as the creator, producer, writer and director of the 1960s series. AMC's
reinterpretation will reflect 21st-century concerns and anxieties, such as liberty,
security and surveillance.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Bryan Singer's Bad Hat Harry Prods. has joined
with Radical Pictures to create a live-action feature based on FREEDOM FORMULA, a
five-issue comicbook series by Edmund Shern. Radical Publishing is unveiling the
comicbook at Comic-Con, which won't be released in August. It's described as a
futuristic Top Gun in which racing exo-suits have replaced fighter jets. The story
focuses on a genetically engineered racer who learns that his bloodline has the power
to change society. Singer will produce with Radical's Barry Levine. Jesse Berger,
Edmund Shern, Alex Garcia and Michael Zoumas will be exec producers. "This is a
timeless story about young people struggling to break free of authority. That's what
ultimately appealed to me," Singer said. Radical's Levine said: "There are great
setpieces, but this is character-driven." No production date has been set.
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
The 4-minute Star Wars: The Clone Wars clip shown at the San Diego Comic-Con on
Friday is now online at
http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=41868. Opening August 15, the Warner Bros.
and Lucasfilm release was directed by David Filoni from a script by Henry Gilroy,
Steven Melching and Scott Murphy.
HEROES' third season premieres September 22. Here is a promo video for the upcoming
TOP SCIENCE FICTION NEWS STORIES:
To catch up on the latest news from around the world of science fiction, go to
News Page. You'll find
the highlights this week and this month here.
8:00pm on ABC
Peter and Tinker Bell take three children to Neverland to see the Lost Boys, Indians,
Captain Hook and his pirates. Animated.
9:00pm on ABC
Eli Stone - Heartbeat
Eli's flashbacks help him better understand his brother and give him a chance to
say goodbye to his father (Tom Cavanagh); Taylor handles a divorce in which the
parties cheated with each other.
9:00pm on SciFi
A billionaire hires a mercenary to capture a deadly snake. Credits: David Hasselhoff,
Crystal Allen, John Rhys-Davies, Zoltan Butuc
9:00pm on BBC America
Robin Hood - A Good Day to Die
Allan's true allegiance is tested when the Sheriff puts Robin and the gang in mortal
danger and prepares a trip to kill the King.
BABYLON PODCAST: SHOW 121
Welcome to Show #121!
Jeffrey has an upgraded studio at FarPoint Media Los Angeles, and boy does it make
him sound good. Are they really working on the FarPoint Media Hawaii location? We
shall soon see.
Tim had to attend family functions, but we’ve more than made up for it by having
Lejon from Chandler in studio, and Gary from Jacksonville joining it to discuss
some of the latest B5 news with us.
Discussion: We’ve already reposted JMS’ comments on moving forward with more Babylon 5,
and the fan reactions are still flying all over the Internet. So Summer, Jeffrey,
Gary, Michael and Brad discuss, in great detail and depth, with occassional comment
from the chat room.
Anyone want to investigate the possibility of low budget fan film projects in the
B5 universe? We already have fan-based audio projects, and archival projects… wonder
what the options are and the chances are of B5 movies coming from a studio other
than Warner Bros, or from a funded fan base, a la the many Star Trek and Star Wars
fan film projects that are already out there.
And no, we’re not going to re-record the Babylon Podcast Season 3 opening again!
Go check out Deep Geeking when you get a chance, and if you want to contribute a
geeking essay, get ahold of Summer.
To catch up on previous Babylon 5 Podcasts, go to
FULL SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SCHEDULE
For those of you lucky enough to go to the San Diego Comic-Con, July 23-27, there
will be more than enough to occupy your time -- and I hope that some of you will
remember us back here and send in some reports of what is going on.
Here is the schedule
Comic-Con 2008 with a couple of items of particular interest to Babylon 5 Fans:
Thursday, July 24
11:00-12:00 Professional Writing: Threat or Menace?—
Let's talk writing, creativity, and selling (and selling out), and what the world
of professional writing is like. Questions that you've always wanted to ask? Creative
blocks bugging you? Wondered what the H*O*L*L*Y*W*O*O*D life is really like? Show up
and get answers to those questions. This no-holds-barred talk is moderated by J.
Michael Straczynski. Room 5AB
Saturday, July 26
4:45-5:45 Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski—
Yes, it's him again. Somehow—we have no idea how—he's gone from writing comics and
TV to working with Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks,
the Wachowski Brothers, and Angelina Jolie. His long career (he's also known for Babylon 5,
Twilight Zone, and others) stands as proof positive that there is no such thing as a just
God. What's he up to now? What's coming next? What secrets remain yet untold? How did he
achieve this (well, okay, we know that and let's just say it has something to do with a
contract signed with Ba'al)? Come and ask the man responsible—J. Michael Straczynski—for
Thor, The Twelve, and such upcoming movies ass Changeling, World War Z, Proving Ground,
The Flickering Light, The Grays, and Lensman. Room 6B
In regards to Comic Con San Diego...it was touch-and-go there for a while, but I'll be
able to make it there after all. The schedule for the con is:
Writing seminar Thursday at 11. May or may not be able to swing by the Ninja Assassin
talk at 6.
Autographs Saturday 1-3 in the main signing area, and my spotlight at 4:45.
Nothing on Sunday because I have to get back early because of work.
Over the last several years, comic book themes have been BIG box office hits. Why
do you think that is? Is it because comics, or graphic novels, make it easier to
relate to a character? With the major success of THE DARK KNIGHT and SPIDER-MAN,
what comic would you like to see next as a major film project?
This one comes from Ranger Garybaldy:
If Warner Bros. would back a big budget BABYLON 5 film, but wanted other actors to play
the major roles, would you be in favor of the project? This would be similar to the
transition currently going on with STAR TREK as Christopher Pine takes on the role of
James T. Kirk -- the story is set in the earlier days of the STAR TREK universe.
What do you think?
Send in your thoughts and comments to
firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post them on the
Discussion Page for everyone to share and enjoy. There are some good ones so
far. Add yours! If you see an old topic you want to respond to, go right ahead.
We enjoy hearing from you.
OTHER VOICES - VOLUME 3
Babylon 5 Scripts: Other Voices
For more information and to order B5 Other Voices, go to
Volume 3 will never be offered at a discount again.
This limited edition run ends on September 30, 2008
Featuring these 6 scripts
• "The Long Dark" by Scott Frost
• "Soul Mates" by Peter David
• "There All the Honor Lies" Peter David
• "Gropos" by Larry DiTillio
• "Knives" by Larry DiTillio
• "Day of the Dead" by Neil Gaiman
All scripts include an introduction/commentary by the writers, written exclusively
for these volumes. A sample of what you’ll discover in Volume 3:
* What Scott Frost believes is less-than-perfect about Cirrus's character.
* Why Peter David wrote "Soul Mates" even though J. Michael Straczynski said "no."
* From on-the-set: Peter David details his perspective of the different acting styles
of Bruce Boxleitner and Andreas Katsulas.
* Find out which actor wore their make-up home on Halloween to answer the door for
* Why all the actors were barefoot in "Soul Mates"...and why it was specifically
written that G'Kar had his boots on.
* Revealed for the first time ever -- read all about the night that Bruce Boxleitner
referred to his character as Sinclair...and Peter David's inside theory on why he did.
* The story of the legendary Babylon 5 bear told in captivating detail including how
the bear war began, the alien race Strazyn, and how a final retribution was thwarted.
* Peter David's one, final regret about "There All the Honor Lies."
* Find out which line of dialogue Mira Furlan "despised with the fiery passion of a
thousand suns" and why this line might be the most important revelation of the episode
* What actor Jerry Doyle was miffed that Londo got to do that Garibaldi had not...
and how Jerry's real life past came back to the set in "Gropos."
* Who was originally cast as Dr. Franklin's father.
* What inspired "Knives" to open with Londo and Vir discussing opera.
* The tale behind the dramatic changes in Sheridan's story line in "Knives"...and
what was written out and the scenes not shot that later prompted writer Larry
DiTillio to ask himself "what was I thinking?"
* Find out what Larry DiTillio always bought 5 pounds of for the crew when shooting
* Discover why Andreas Katsulas refused to go to sci-fi conventions.
* Read the version of "Day of the Dead" with a talking Zooty.
* The line of dialogue that Neil Gaiman refers to as "astoundingly awful" which, to
his relief, was edited out as well as one of his "favorite TV moments."
Volume 3 also includes --
* A 47 page guide to the Alien Races of the League of Non-Aligned Worlds which
details as many as 21 characteristics and history including each race's homeworld,
height, weight, hair, limbs, reproductive methods, skin colors, special powers,
governments, religions, social structure, economics technology, military power,
recreation, art forms, alliances and enemies. This 13,000 word "bible" covers the
Abbai, Brakiri, Drazi, Grome, Hurr, Hyach, Llort, Markab, pak'ma'ra and Yolu and
also includes a short Centauri/Minbari/Narn glossary.
* A brief introduction by J. Michael Straczynski for Neil Gaiman's "Day of the Dead"
(Note: J. Michael Straczynski's introduction to "Day of the Dead" and Neil Gaiman's
script are reprinted from the 1998 "Day of the Dead: A Babylon 5 Script book")
Just like previous volumes, the scripts included in Volume 3 are early drafts.
Because there are so many differences, you also get the Script/DVD Variations
inventory, which catalogues all the changes, deletions, additions and extras
that were in the script but you never actually got to see in a handy, easy-to-
Volume 3 has a total of 81 entries detailing these B5 Script/DVD variations you
probably never knew.
KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW
A new trailer for DEAD AIR can be found at
http://www.joblo.com/arrow/index.php?id=12567.Directed by Corbin Bersen, written
by B5's Kenny Yakkel, stars Bill Moseley and Patricia Tallman.
IN MEMORY OF:
While Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar), Rick (Biggs) and Tim (Choate) are no longer with us,
we will not forget their wonderful personalities and talent. 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
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.
TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES
Official Release date: August 19, 2008
The series stars Lena Headey (300), Summer Glau ("The 4400", "The Unit", "Firefly"),
Thomas Dekker ("Heroes"), and Richard T. Jones (Vantage Point, "Judging Amy").
The mother of all destiny. Her son, the future leader of mankind. Their protector,
a terminator from the future. Together they must take back the future as Sarah Connor
(300's Lena Headey) prepares her son to fight the war against machines determined to
annihilate the human race. The clock is ticking. Can they stop Judgment Day? The
man-vs-machines tale that has thrilled millions gets a reboot with this popular series,
set after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Will John Connor (Dekker) seize his
destiny? Will a cell phone salesman's chess program evolve into Skynet? Can the sweet
but deadly cyborg (Glau) be trusted? Answers - and the fight for the future - are here
Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First Season DVD Special Features Include:
" "Creating the Chronicles" featurette - an all-encompassing look at the production
process involved with every aspect of bringing Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
" Commentaries - includes executive producers Josh Freidman & John Wirth, cast members
Summer Glau & Thomas Dekker, and more.
" Terminated Scenes (i.e. deleted scenes)
" Gag Reel
" Cast Audition Tapes - includes Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, and Richard T. Jones
" Storyboard Animatic - featuring the storyboard sequence of the school session where
Cromartie attacks and John narrowly escapes
" Summer Glau Dance Rehearsal
" Extended Director's Cut of Episode The Demon Hand
DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures
Official website http://www.DCSuperheroesfilmation.com
Release date: August 12, 2008
Episodes. Disc 1. The Atom Cartoons, Invasion Of The Beetle-Men (1967), The Plant
Master (1967), The House Of Doom (1967), The Flash Cartoons, The Chemo-Creature
(1967), Take a Giant Step (1967), To Catch a Blue Bolt (1967), Green Lantern
Cartoons, Evil is as Evil Does (1967), The Vanishing World (1967), Sirena, Empress
of Evil (1967), Disc 2. Hawkman Cartoons, Peril from Pluto (1967), A Visit To Venus
(1967), The Twenty Third Dimension (1967), Justice League Of America Cartoons, Between
Two Armies (1967), Target Earth (1967), Bad Day on Black Mountain (1967), Teen Titans
Cartoons, The Monster Machine (1967), The Space Beast Round-Up (1967), Operation:
Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!: The Complete First Season
Official website: www.kidswb.com/whv
Release Date: July 29, 2008
Cyber nerd Dexter Douglas surfs the web one fateful night, gets swept into a digital
techno-electro smash-up that bites him in the gigabytes and ? ZAP! ? goes from geek
to freak. To Freakazoid!, that is, a smart- mouthing, butt-kicking, mega-voltage
superhero with things to do (unless there?s something really good on TV). It's
Freaka-Me, Freaka-You fun. Episodes. 14 episodes; each 22 minutes, Disc 1. 1)
Five Day Forecast / Dance of Doom / Hand Man, 2) Candle Jack / Toby Danger in
Doomsday Bet / The Lobe, 3) Mo-Ron / The Sewer Rescue / The Big Question / The
Legends Who Lunch, 4) And Fan Boy Is His Name / Lawn Gnomes: Ch. IV - Fun in the
Sun / Freak's French Lesson, 5) Foamy the Freakadog / Office Visit / Ode to Leonard
Nimoy / Emergency Broadcast System, 6) The Cloud / Candle Jack (repeat). Disc 2 .
Side 1 7) The Chip (Acts I - III), 8) The Chip (Act IV) / Freakazoid is History,
9) Hot Rods From Heck / A Time for Evil, 10) Relax-O-Vision / Fatman and Boy Blubber
/ Limbo Lock-up / Terror Palace, 11) In Arms Way / The Cloud (repeat), 12) Next Time,
Phone Ahead / Nerdator. Side 2, 13) House of Freakazoid / Sewer or Later, 14) The Wrath
of Guitierrez, Plus EC.
Official website: www.bbcamerica.shop.com
Release date: August 5, 2008
An exotic fusion of natural history and Oriental adventure, "Wild China" is a series
of journeys through four startlingly different landscapes, each based around the travels
of a real historical character. With splendour, scale and romance, Wild China lifts the
veil on the world's most enigmatic and magnificent country, delving into its vibrant
habitats to reveal a land of unbelievable natural complexity. Journey across China
from the glittering peaks of the Himalayas to the barren steppe, the sub-Arctic to
the tropical islands, through deserts both searingly hot and mind-numbingly cold and
see, in pioneering images, a dazzling array of mysterious, beautiful, wild and rare
Video clips from Warner Bros.:
Chinese Pond Herring 1:07
Giant Salamander 1:28
SCOOBY-DOO AND THE GOBLIN KING
Release Date: September 23, 2008
What a predicament! The Amazing Krudsky, whose carnival tricks are anything but,
steals the light magic from Princess Fairy Willow and it’s up to Scooby-Doo and
Shaggy to stop him or everyone will be turned into horrible Halloween monsters!
Our heroes board the Grim Reaper Railroad bound for the fantastic world of Halloween
Land to retrieve the powerful Goblin Scepter from the Goblin King before Krudsky
can. Along the way, the Mystery Inc. crew encounters the infamous Headless Horseman,
the helpful Jack O’Lantern and a frisky broomstick that takes them on the ride of
their afterlife. Your house will shake with enchanted creatures and weird worlds in
this merry animated adventure where hobnobblin’ with a goblin is frightful fun!
An amazing cast including: Hayden Panettiere, Jay Leno, Lauren Bacall, Tim Curry,
Jim Belushi + more
Teen Titans: Season 5 & The Batman: Season 5
Release date: July 8, 2008
Official website: www.kidswb.com
The Emmy-winning animated series The Batman is an action-packed animation adventure
that currently airs on Saturdays on the Kids WB. In the fifth season, the Caped
Crusader works side by side with the likes of Superman, The Flash, Robin, Batgirl
and Green Arrow to protect the streets of Gotham City as they are infiltrated by
cunning criminal masterminds. The Joker, Lex Luthor, and Firefly are just a few
of the evil foes who give the heroes a run for their money with each one bringing
their own brand of chaos to the city. The Batman: The Complete Fifth Season 2-disc
collection contains 13 action-packed episodes and amazing bonus features including:
The Batman's Legendary Team-Ups - The producers and writers from the show have
taken a page from classic DC Comics titles to present a series of team-up tales.
Throughout the season, the Dark Knight joins forces with individual heroes from
the DC Universe to fend off a whole new batch of super villains.
The Batman: Justice League Profiles - This featurette covers the design and level
of authentic detail, stemming from the comics to the screen in an installment of
WHV will also release Teen Titans: The Complete Fifth Season which currently airs
on the Cartoon Network. Robin, Starfire and Raven square off with Brain, and his
ultimate team of villains in The Brotherhood of Evil. Some Titans will be lost
along the way as the vendetta escalates into a global war, and the teen phenoms
must rely on Beast Boy to bring them to victory as he performs his most amazing
transformation yet. This action packed 2-disc collection contains thirteen episodes
and special features highlighting a motley crew of scoundrels and crooks including:
Teen Titans: Friend and Foes - The fifth season of Teen Titans finds our heroes
in a worldwide membership drive recruiting new allies to combat the growing Brotherhood
of Evil. In order to prepare for the final battle, all new character files for the
Titans database have been created. The vignettes include:
1.) Control Freak
2.) Bob & The Source
3.) Billy Numerous
4.) Mother Mae-Eye
Some clips from Warner Bros:
The Batman S5 Joker Express:
WITCHBLADE: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Release date: July 29, 2008
Official Website: www.witchbladedvd.com
Witchblade: The Complete Series
In this adaptation of the Top Cow comic book, Witchblade is the story of a New York
detective, Sara "Pez" Pezzini, whose search for justice brings her into contact with
the Witchblade, an ancient, intelligent, living weapon so powerful it can battle
Earth's darkest evil forces. Week in and week out, "Pez" employs her skills as a
police detective to fight crime. She finds she must employ the Witchblade to combat
a much greater and frighteningly organized conspiracy of evil that threatens the
very soul of humanity. As Sara tries to keep the secret of the Witchblade, do her
job and have a personal life, she finds that her most formidable adversary may be
the Witchblade itself.
I remember this series when it was on TNT and thought it was absolutely awesome. The
special effects for a TV drama were just astounding. Yancy Butler was unbelievable as
Sarah Pezzini - in the title role. She was perfect to play this very conflicted person
who saw so much injustice around her and was trying to make a difference not only be
being a policeman -- but by being a good policeman.
This was one of the most under-rated TV series of its day. The cast was wonderful and
you couldn't wait for the next week to see what would happen next as Sarah learned more
about the Witchblade and why she was chosen to wear it.
Video clips from Warner Bros.
Murder Scene 1:41
Photo Shoot 1:52
Sara Pezzini 1:17
Release Date: July 8, 2008
Batman Begins: Limited Edition Gift Set
Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's
emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder,
disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale)travels the world
seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on
the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked
crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions
to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman,
Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Ken Watanabe, Morgan Freeman, Mark
Boone, Jr., Gus Lewis, Linus Roache, Rade Serbedzija
Blu-ray™ Hi-Def Limited Edition Gift Set extras include The Dark Knight Prologue,
a 32-Page Booklet featuring an exclusive comic adaptation of The Dark Knight Prologue,
a BATMAN BEGINS Motion Art Lenticular, 5 Collectible Batman Begins Postcards and
$7.50 "Movie Cash" to see The Dark Knight in theaters.
BIRDS OF PREY: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Release Date: July 15, 2008
Birds of Prey: The Complete Series
Who will stand up to villains now that a heartbroken Dark Knight has mysteriously
vanished? Never fear, New Gothamites, a trio of champions is ready to take wing -
and Helena, the daughter of Batman and Catwoman, is among them. She calls herself
Huntress and crime is her prey. Teenaged Dinah is the youngest of the group, learning
as she goes and gifted in clairvoyance. And overseeing the awesome threesome's high-
tech nerve center is Batgirl. Left wheelchair-bound by The Joker, she has reinvented
herself as Oracle, the team's cyber expert. Huntress, Dinah, Oracle: They are the
Birds of Prey. Fighting together. Living together. And soaring into adventure together
in 13 breathtaking live-action episodes.
A video clip from WB:
Connection with Cops - 1:43
THE CLOSER: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
Release Date: July 1, 2008
Official website: www.thecloserdvd.com
The Closer: The Complete Third Season
Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy Award nominee, Kyra Sedgwick portrays the role
of Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, a CIA-trained detective who has been
brought from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up the Priority Murder Squad, a special
unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Despite her
offbeat personality and tendency to step on people's toes, Brenda's tough-as-nails
approach and track record prove her to be one of the country's leading investigators.
Brenda is tapped to lead the team because she is a world-class interrogator, and
when it comes to obtaining confessions, she is a closer. But her quirky attitude
and hard-nosed approach to her job sometimes rub her colleagues the wrong way, as
does the fact that she is a tough-minded Southern woman in a department dominated
During season three, Brenda faces several challenges both personal and professional,
as she is assigned to some very complex cases. She investigates a retirement facility
where a man confesses to seven murders but refuses to give his name. She is put on
a case that involves the slaughter of an entire family in an upscale Los Angeles
neighborhood and has to deal with becoming the most downloaded video on YouTube
after she's assaulted by a bride whose wedding she stopped. Half-way through the
season, Brenda begins to feel ill until test results from the doctor reveal what's
going on. The series also stars J.K. Simmons (Juno), Corey Reynolds (The Guardian),
Robert Gossett (Passions), G.W. Bailey (The Jeff Foxworthy Show), Tony Denison
(Prison Break) and Jon Tenney (The Division).
Arresting Bonus Features on the DVD set include:
- The Art of Interrogation - A featurette that depicts law enforcement professionals
and criminal psychologists explaining the real-world art of interrogation and the
skills necessary to be a "closer." The show's producers, writers and creators discuss
the techniques used on the show and the advantages of using a female Deputy Police
Chief as the show's main character.
- Gag Reel
- Unaired Scened
Here are some clips from the WB for you:
I have posted a new interview with writer Greg Rucka. Drop over to
page for the latest on this new video.
BATMAN - GOTHAM KNIGHT
The Official Batman Gotham Knight website
Be sure to visit the official website at
www.batmangothamknight.com to see the new teaser for this video. It arrives in
stores July 8. Go to
Batman-Gotham for an interview with writer Alan Barnett. More information about
the video can be found below in the DVD section.
BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHT is a fresh and exciting new entry into the Batman mythos,
spinning out of a 40-year history in animation including the Emmy®-winning "Batman:
The Animated Series," widely considered a pivotal moment in American animation. A
cross section of distinguished creators, award winning producers, and acclaimed
writers weave six interlocking stories that reveal Bruce Wayne's journey to The Dark
Knight, each with stylish art from some of the world's most revered animation visionaries.
BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHT will arrive July 8, 2008 on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc, and
will also be available On Demand via digital cable and for download through broadband sites.
Below is the official trailer from Warner Bros:
Warner Bros. is pushing the limits on this one. The graphics and music are wonderful.
The Batman story is one I have enjoyed for years -- along with others in my family. I can't
wait to see this video. Go to
Gotham-Knight for more information.
For more information on other DVDs that have just been released and reviewed, go to
Cult Times Issue #154: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: James Callis talks about his
character, Dr Gaius Baltar and whether his character's luck is changing in the final
season. HEROES: Brand new Hero actress Dana Davis discusses why she avoided news
of Hurricane Katrina when she got the part, and what it's like having Star Trek's
Uhura as a grandmother! GHOST WHISPERER: Star Jennifer Love Hewitt relates tales
of the recent spooky happenings on set and gives some insight into Melinda Gordon's
far darker third season world.
Starburst Issue #364: MUMMY 3: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR: Actor Brendan Fraser
dusts the sand off his boots and discusses the second sequel to the 1999 action Fantasy
film. DOCTOR WHO: Director Graeme Harper provides details on the return of former
companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and the changing life of Donna (Catherine Tate).
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY - Director Guillermo del Toro provides a ring-side-seat
right in the middle of a night-shoot of this sequel near Budapest… THE INCREDIBLE
HULK - Director Louis Leterrier talks about his hopes for a hulking success with his
rebooted version of the big green giant.
TV Zone #230: DOCTOR WHO: Director Graeme Harper discuses the epic drama of
season finale Journey’s End - and casting a new Davros! STARGATE ATLANTIS: Actress
Rachel Luttrell returns to Atlantis following onscreen and real life maternity, to
take on a new guise as her character Teyla goes undercover as a Wraith Queen… BATTLESTAR
GALACTICA: As the Galactica nears Earth and the pressure comes to bear on President
Roslin, star Mary McDonnell reflects on the burdens of command. REAPER: Former
Invasion star Tyler Labine reveals how he knew the part of slacker Sock was made
for him when he spotted that the character indulged in the same ‘tape hand’ stunts
that he did in reality…
Be sure to drop over to Titan Magazine's
website for updates on magazines associated with specific shows like 24, ALIAS, ANGEL,
BUFFY, CHARMED, LOST, PRISON BREAK, SMALLVILLE and STARGATE SG-1.
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and cover by Olivier Coipel.
As the Asgardians returned to this life and Thor returned to Midgard, so came the
ills that have plagued the gods and man for millennia. Now for the first time since
their rebirth, Thor and his fellow hero-gods are venturing forth from the Shining
City to confront the growing evils that amass on their horizon...and within their
walls... 32 pages, $2.99.
INDIANA JONES AND THE TOMB OF THE GODS #1
Dark Horse Comics
Dr. Henry Jones, Jr. sets out on another globe-hopping adventure in Indiana Jones
and the Tomb of the Gods, the all-new mini-series filled with ancient treasures,
Nazis, and a spectacular cover by Tony Harris (Ex Machina)!
CIVIL WAR CHRONICLES #12
Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Paul Jenkins, penciled by Ron Garney and
Ramon Bachs, cover by Steve McNiven.
Experience Civil War and its major tie-ins in chronological order! In Captain
America #25, find out what happens next in the life of the Sentinel of Liberty!
The biggest Cap story that Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting have yet to tell, "Death
of a Dream" will stun readers and send shockwaves through the entire Marvel Universe
for the next year and it begins here! And in Civil War: The Confession, the team that
brought you the start of Civil War with the New Avengers: Illuminati special presents
a heart-wrenching finale. Two of the Marvel heroes most affected by the shocking
conclusion of the war get together one last time. What is said between them will
set the course of the Marvel Universe for years to come.
THE TWELVE #6
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, penciled by Chris Weston, cover by Paolo Rivera.
The Laughing Mask--behind bars! Secrets of the Black Widow--revealed! Dynamic Man
kicks ass! The Blue Blade bombs out! And the truth behind the origin of underground
secret agent Rockman!
DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS #1
by Pat Mills, Wagner & Gibbons
IDW Publishing is proud to kick off its Doctor Who line with monthly re-presentations
of classic Doctor Who comics, featuring some of the best talents in the business! Up
first, adventures featuring the fourth doctor courtesy of Pat Mills, John Wagner, and
Dave Gibbons (Watchmen). Each issue will feature all-new state-of-the-art coloring by
color artist Charlie Kirchoff, as well as an all-new cover by Joe Corroney (Star Trek).
Here's how IDW describes the issue:
"The legendary Doctor Who is back, with the first-ever stories created exclusively for
the U.S. market. The Doctor is the last of the Time Lords, survivors of a Great Time War
and, along with his loyal friend and companion Martha Jones from London, they stop
oppression, darkness and evil spreading throughout the galaxies. They're also on the
hunt for the best chocolate milkshakes in the cosmosŠ and while they track that down,
someone else has the Doctor in their sights. As the very last Time Lord out there, he's
highly collectable, to the right people..."
MARVEL ADVENTURES THE AVENGERS #17
Marvel Adventures The Avengers #17 will arrive in stores on Oct. 17 from Marvel
Comics. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art and cover by Joe
Quesada. Here's how Marvel describes the issue:
"Ok, you're a super hero. And you've got to fight a robot. But while the robot can
punch and blast you with lasers, you can't touch him. That's a problem, right? That's
what the Avengers are up against when they encounter The Vision!"
Marvel Adventures The Avengers #17 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.
SILVERS SURFER: REQUIEM #4
Silver Surfer: Reqiuem #4 will arrive in stores on August 29 from Marvel Comics.
The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art and cover by Esad Ribic.
Here's how Marvel describes the issue:
"For untold years, Norrin Radd surfed the galaxy, exploring the darkness between stars,
witnessing the rise and fall of vast civilizations. Now his ride comes to an end. Zenn-La,
the planet of his birth, the planet he saved through his own sacrifice -- the Silver Surfer
crossed the galaxy to draw his last breath here. He¹s home. What waits for him?"
Silver Surfer: Reqiuem #4 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.
THE SITE IS NOW COMPLETE! If you are a fan of old series, you just have to visit
www.hulu.com". While BABYLON 5 is not listed,
there are a lot of my old favorites, including IT TAKES A THIEF, IRONSIDE, AIRWOLF,
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (all of them), THE PRETENDER, REMINGTON STEELE, HART TO HART,
ROSWELL, MIAMI VICE, BIONIC WOMAN, THE SIXTH SENSE, JOHN DOE, 24 -- and many, many more.
The list of movies available is pretty good as well, including ALIEN (4 of them),
PLANET OF THE APES, X-FILES, X-MEN (2) and more. I can see that I'll be spending
a lot more time on-line in the very near future. Now that the first season of
BABYLON 5 has been made available, we can only wait to see what other favorites will
There are some great series for the kids, including FLIPPER and ASTRO BOY.
The best part -- IT IS FREE!
BABYLON 5/CRUSADE PHOTOSHOP PHOTOS
You do NOT have to pay the prices asked for over at e-bay! Here are photos of B5 and
Crusade cast members at fantastic prices. Check out
Photo Shop. Ordering is easy -- and you can't beat the prices! Just let me know
which photos you want and I'll check to make sure they are still in stock.
July 23-27, 2008
SAN DIEGO COMICON
City: San Diego, California
Place: San Diego Convention Center
B5 Guest: J. Michael Straczynski
Guests: Tons of people from the comic book realm
For more information, go to
July 26-27, 2008
STEEL CITY CON
Place: Monroeville, PA (near Pittsburgh)
Guests: Anthony Forrest, Star Wars, Vanessa Branch and Lauren Maher, Pirates of
the Caribbean, THE BATMOBILE - 1966 model
For more information, go to
August 6-10, 2008
STAR TREK CONVENTION
City: Las Vegas, Nevada
Place: Las Vegas Hilton Hotel
Guests: Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy and a huge guest list of Star Trek cast
For more information, go to
August 6-10, 2008
WORLDCON 2008 - DENVENTION 3
Place: Denver, Colorado
For more information, go to
August 22-24, 2008
City: Chicago, Illinois
Place: Wyndham O'Hare
Guests: Michael Shanks, Ben Browder, Don Davis, Alexis Cruz, Lexa Doig, David Kykl
For more information, go to
Sites are closed for these conventions. If you are holding tickets for any of these
conventions, please get in touch with convention organizers.
July 25-27, 2008
JUMPCON - Pittsburgh
Place: Westin Convention Center
City: Pittsburgh, PA
B5 Guest: Marjean Holden (Crusade), Dylan Neal (Legend of the Rangers)
Guests: Adrian Paul, Elizabeth Gracen, Spike Spencer, Paul Wingfield,JR Bourne,
Vic Mignogna, Colin Baker, Steve Bacic
For more information, go to
August 1-3, 2008
Place: Somerset, New Jersey
Babylon 5 Guest: Dylan Neal (Legend of the Rangers)
Guests: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, tons of people from Star Trek, Stargate
For more information, go to
August 8-10, 2008
Place: Washington, DC
B5 Guests: Jason Carter (cancelled), Bruce Boxleitner, Tracy Scoggins, Mira Furlan, Claudia
Christian, Peter Woodward, Walter Koenig, Ed Wasser, Maggie Egan, Peter Jurasik, William
Forsythe, Marjean Holden, Joshua Cox, Mary Kay Adams, Stephen Furst, Kitty Swink
Other Guests: Tons of people from Star Trek, Stargate and others
For more information, go to
August 15-17, 2008
Place: Cleveland, Ohio
B5 Guests: Kitty Swink
Other Guests: Adrian Paul, Tim Russ, Teryl Rothery, tons of people from Star
Trek, Stargate and others
For more information, go to
August 22-24, 2008
Place: Detroit, Michigan
Other Guests: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Adrian Paul, Teryl Rothery,
tons of people from Star Trek, Stargate and others
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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Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
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