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The Zocalo Today
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2009
SUPERNATURAL SEASON 5 PREVIEW
The Winchesters return to the CW in season five of Eric Kripke's hit show
SUPERNATURAL. Lucifer has been freed and the brothers are at odds. You will have to
wait until September 10th to find out what happens to Dean and Sam.
SUPERNATURAL returns with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester.
Other cast members include Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer, Misha Collins as Castiel, and
Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer. This is one season premiere you won't want to miss.
According to Bloody-Disgusting
Universal Pictures is going to reboot Anne Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles" and is
in talks with Robert Downey Jr. to play the vampire Lestat Du Lioncort!
Lestat was previously played by Tom Cruise in the 1994 adaptation of Rice's INTERVIEW
WITH THE VAMPIRE, which co-starred Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst.
Stuart Townsend later played Lestat in the 2002 film QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, which
co-starred Aaliyah and took elements from the author's "The Vampire Lestat" and
"The Queen of the Damned."
The series of novels also includes "The Tale of the Body Thief," "Memnoch the Devil,"
"The Vampire Armand," "Merrick," "Blood and Gold," "Blackwood Farm" and "Blood Canticle."
Downey Jr. recently wrapped IRON MAN 2 and has SHERLOCK HOLMES arriving on Christmas
Production Weekly says that director Nimrod Antal is scheduled to beging filming
PREDATORS on September 28 at Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios in Austin,
Texas. Produced by Rodriguez, the new film is said to involve a very intense
group of people stranded on a Predator planet discovering unspeakable horrors -
that are not always from outside their group.
20th Century Fox is releasing the sci-fi action-adventure, written by Alex Litvak
and Michael Finch, on July 7, 2010.
According to ComingSoon.net, Director Rod Lurie (The Contender, Nothing But the
Truth) is well into rehearsals on his version of Sam Peckinpah's STRAW DOGS, which
is scheduled for release on February 25, 2011.
James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard were announced as the principal
cast over the last few months and recently, Walton Goggins from "The Shield" was
announced as having joined the project.
Over the past month, Lurie has been posting random, somewhat vague updates on his
Facebook page about progress on the project, the most recent one revealing two more
of the cast: "Beginning stunt rehearsals today with James Woods and Dominic Purcell."
Dominic Purcell was the star of the popular Fox show PRISON BREAK and legendary
actor James Woods last appeared in David Zucker's controversial AN AMERICAN CAROL,
but hasn't been making too many live action movie appearances in recent years.
The first trailer for Roman Polanski's next film, THE GHOST, is here. From Summit
Entertainment comes a story that centers on a ghostwriter who is hired to complete
the memoirs of a former British prime minister. He uncovers secrets that put his
own life in jeopardy. Most of the story takes place in an oceanfront house during
the middle of winter.
The film is set for theaters in 2010 and stars Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall, Olivia
Williams, Jim Belushi, Robert Pugh, Tom Wilkinson and Pierce Brosnan.
SCIENCE FICTION NEWS STORIES:
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.
7:15pm on TMC
Actress Denise Crosby looks at how European fans show their love for ``Star Trek''
and revisits some American fans. Roger Nygard, Michael Leahy, Denise Crosby, Joel
8:00pm on CBS
Flashpoint-Episode: Attention Shoppers (First Aired: August 14, 2008)
Teen gang members seek revenge after a troubled classmate makes accusations of rape.
9:00pm on CBS
Criminal Minds-Episode: The Angel Maker (First Aired: October 01, 2008)
A series of murders is linked to a serial killer executed a year earlier, and the BAU team must find the link between the dead killer and the new spate of crimes.
9:00pm on BBC America
Being Human - NEW
Mitchell puts his secret identity at risk after becoming friends with a neighbor;
Annie lusts for revenge.
9:00pm on Syfy
A small-town lawman leads the fight for survival when a military defense network
sends its army of deadly cyborgs on a mission to wipe out humanity.
A Martinez, Jeremy London, Paul Logan, Lauren Walsh, Stephen Blackehart
ASKED & ANSWERED: PART 3
Rants, religion, money, sex and Star Trek...just a few of the topics covered in
the most volatile release of the entire Asked & Answered series.
Part 3 (pages 779-1,183) includes more than 1,100 missives grouped into the following –
often heated – topics:
RANTS - This is JMS unplugged. He shares his thoughts – unfiltered and often
exasperated – on a breadth of topics including: the sound in space issue, comparisons
of Babylon 5 to Shakespeare, Lord of the Rings, Dune and every other saga of any import,
atheism, language and culture, the idea that a five-year arc prohibits the organic
development of a story, the perils of being the topic of an online forum, religion
in Babylon 5, predictability of stories, why he almost quit the online community
forever, why the tone of his online posts changed over the years, and how he really
feels about people expressing an opinion that conflicts with his.
RELIGION REMUNERATION AND MONEY SEX SPECIAL EFFECTS SHIPS SOUND DESIGN SPECIES STAR TREK TECHNOLOGY
ALL THIS AS WELL AS SECTIONS COVERING: THE TITLE SEQUENCE, THE UNIVERSE OF
BABYLON 5 , THE SHOW’S VISUAL AESTHETIC, THE WARDROBE
If you had the means, would you pay $225,000 a bottle for tequila?
In July 2263, Garibaldi embarks on a secret project to reverse-engineer Minbari
and Vorlon technology in order to speed up construction of Destroyer Class White
Star ships. Did this lead to the construction of Excalibur, and the larger cruiser
we saw in Lost Tales?
Deep Geeking: Tim and Summer disagree on “Day of the Dead”, and boy, do we chat
about THAT difference of opinion! Written by Neil Gaiman, it’s the first produced
episode not written by JMS since Season 2 (since “Knives”?).
Tim thinks it’s a weak effort, and Summer thinks it’s one of the better episodes
of Season 5 (and everyone knows how Summer feels about most of Season 5). But
Summer still calls shenanigans on Tim’s refusal to accept quantum physics as a
way to explain how that section of B5 becomes linked to the Brakiri homeworld.
Would seeing Marcus have made more of an impact on Lennier than seeing Morden?
Would that appearance have co-opted the hope that Marcus was not dead, but in
suspended animation, awaiting a technological advance that could successfully
Feedback: Ask, and ye shall receive: Jarsto surfaces to lay the correction
Visit Deep Geeking, and if you want to contribute a geeking essay, send an email
It has been a while since we talked BABYLON 5 favorites. Let's see what we can come up
with! How about favorite line? I know, this is not easy, but is there one or two lines
that just scream BABYLON 5 for you? I think one of mine would be "Alone in the night."
When you hear that line, don't you hear Sinclair saying it? What is your favorite?
Send in your comments to email@example.com. I'll post your selections our
discussion page for all
readers to share. I'll post some of my comments in my blog -- see below.
I have just created ISN News Blog at
http://isnnews.blogspot.com. This is an experiment for me -- and I hope
you’ll join me by entering news you have to share. I’ll put in stuff that I think
is interesting for others to read about and we’ll see how it goes. Join me.
While Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar), Rick (Biggs) and Tim (Choate) are no longer with us,
we will not forget their wonderful personalities and talent -- as well as their
significant contributions to the BABYLON 5 universe. Be sure to visit
In Memory Of for more
information about memorial efforts. Until we met again, in a place where no
BABYLON 5 BIRTHDAYS
Daneil Dae Kim - August 4
Claudia Christian - August 10
Stephen Austin - August 11
Tim Earls - August 15
Nancy Tarczynski - August 16
Skip Beaudine - August 26
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.
17 AGAIN the movie is available ON DEMAND, Digital, Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday (8/11).
Here is the iTunes link: http://bit.ly/15yfF1.
WARNER ARCHIVES ADDS MORE TITLES
Warner Archives is huge and they are taking advantage of the wide collection to make
available some of the best of the best old movies ever made. New releases include
Sing Sing with Spencer Tracy; Bordertown with Paul Muni; Crime School with Humphrey
Bogart and Razorback with Gregory Harrison and Bill Kerr. Go to
http://www.wbshop.com/New-Releases/ARCHIVENEW,default,sc.html?adid=WACAugNTEml to see
all the movies available.
TCM SUMMER UNDER THE STARS
Old movie lovers rejoice! Here is some news that should light up your evenings.
TCM (Turner Classic Movies),starting Saturday August 1, is offering a one of a kind
film festival starring your most beloved film star and favorite films all from the
comfort of your home!!!
SUMMER UNDER THE STARS dedicates each of its 31 days to one of Hollywood’s most
enduring personalities. Assembled from the network’s library of more than 5,000
films, this one-of-a-kind festival is an opportunity for viewers to enjoy a varied
selection from each star’s body of work, uncut and commercial free.
The 17 memorable performers include six Oscar® winners: James Coburn (Aug. 4),
Gloria Grahame (Aug. 13), Yul Brynner (Aug. 26), two-time winners Gene Hackman
(Aug. 21) and Fredric March (Aug. 24), and honorary recipient Harold Lloyd (Aug. 5).
Other stars getting their first showcases include James Mason (Aug. 2), Marion
Davies (Aug. 3), Dirk Bogarde (Aug. 10), Red Skelton (Aug. 19), Miriam Hopkins
(Aug. 20), Sterling Hayden (Aug. 22), Merle Oberon (Aug. 25), Ida Lupino (Aug. 27),
Jean Arthur (Aug. 30) and Claire Bloom (Aug. 31).
This year's SUMMER UNDER THE STARS also features 42 feature films making their
premiere on TCM, nearly twice as many as last year. Movies making their first
appearance on TCM during the festival include The Grapes of Wrath (1940), An
Affair to Remember (1957), Les Miserables (1935), Mississippi Burning (1988)
and Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955).
TCM's popular franchises THE ESSENTIALS, co-hosted by TCM's Robert Osborne and
Emmy®-winning actor Alec Baldwin, and THE ESSENTIALS JR., hosted by Emmy winner
John Lithgow, will continue throughout SUMMER UNDER THE STARS. Saturdays at 8 p.m.
(ET), THE ESSENTIALS offerings include The Grapes of Wrath (Aug. 1), The Man Who
Came to Dinner (Aug. 8), An Affair to Remember (Aug. 15), The Asphalt Jungle (Aug. 22)
and Lolita (Aug. 29). Sundays at 8 p.m. (ET), THE ESSENTIALS JR. will feature Heaven
Can Wait (Aug. 2), Notorious (Aug. 9), It Happened at the World's Fair (Aug. 16),
Gaslight (Aug. 23) and You Can't Take It with You (Aug. 30).
Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution announced three new
additions to the best-selling Warner Premiere Motion Comics slate. Classic graphic
novels SUPERMAN: RED SON and BATGIRL: YEAR ONE, as well as graphic album BATMAN: BLACK
AND WHITE Collection 2 entered the digital age as Warner Premiere Motion Comics on
the iTunes Store www.itunes.com. Also announced,
for a limited time, you can download the first glorious episode of SUPERMAN: RED SON
for free and see how Stalin’s most powerful weapon swayed the balance of power during
the Cold War http://tinyurl.com/SmanRedSonPR.
Continuing to lead the motion comics experience, Warner Premiere’s Motion Comics
connect comic fans to authentic DC characters through short-form content. The
Motion Comics slate draws on a deep reservoir of source material to bring a visually
engaging experience to life through the use of subtle movements, voice-overs, sweeping
music scores and stunning comic book artwork.
“Last year we debuted our Motion Comics slate and saw the voracious appetite graphic
novel fans had for this digital content,” said Diane Nelson, president, Warner Premiere.
“One of the reasons for our success is Warner Premiere working closely with DC Comics
to determine if a story naturally lends itself to becoming a motion comic. Another
key is the process we use to select the studios that ultimately create these motion
comics. They are very passionate comic book fans so creating these motion comics
really are a labor of love. We’re very proud of our success and look forward to
bringing more titles to comic fans in the future.”
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Resurrection. After enduring unspeakable torture, Dean escapes from Hell, rescued
by an all-powerful creature he's never seen before 'an Angel', a warrior of God
who recruits Sam and Dean into Heaven?s battle against Hell. And there are whispers
that a certain fallen angel will soon be freed from his prison deep in Hell: Lucifer.
If Sam and Dean can't stop it -- if Lucifer walks free -- he'll bring on the Apocalypse.
Meanwhile, the Winchester Brothers reunite and hit the road, battling the supernatural
wherever they go. They encounter demons, spirits, Dracula himself and even a drunk,
heavily armed 7-foot-tall teddy bear. All the while, the ultimate war draws them into
its horror throughout this enthralling 6-Disc, 22-Episode Season Four. Caught between
Heaven and Hell, between God and the Devil, the Winchester brothers must battle for
the future of humankind.
The U.K.-based band "One Eskimo" and Warner Premiere have created an innovative
new musical experience for consumers that brings a musical album together with
groundbreaking animation and story to offer music fans a fully immersive musical
and visual storytelling experience. The brainchild of lead singer Kristian Leontiou,
"The Adventures of One Eskimo" is a visual album comprised of a series of animated
musical story episodes jointly developed and produced by the band and Warner Premiere,
and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD).
SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON
Release date: August 25, 2009
Official website: www.smallvilledvd.com
There is a new reporter at the Daily Planet: Clark Kent, who shares a workspace
with Lois Lane. There is a new hero in Metropolis, too. No one knows who he is.
But Jimmy Olsen was on the scene of one of the do-gooder's exploits, and he snapped
a blurred photo of the hero in superspeed action -- a hero everyone now calls the
Red-Blue Blur. Red-jacketed, blue-shirted Clark Kent draws closer to his Superman
destiny in the exciting 22-episode, 6-disc Season 8 of Smallville. Another Kryptonian
destiny also takes shape. Davis Bloome begins to realize he is Doomsday. His mission
on Earth: kill Clark Kent. So many new events (will Jimmy and Chloe's marriage last?),
so many new faces (Tess Mercer, Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy among them!), so many
state-of-the-art effects -- so don't miss a single thrill-packed moment!
SUPERMAN: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES
Release date: November 24, 2009
Are you or your kids a fan of the animated SUPERMAN series? Well now you can bring home
the animated adventures of the Man of Steel in its entirety on DVD this November. SUPERMAN:
The Complete Animated Series will be released on DVD on November 24. This seven-disc set
will contain all 54 episodes of this animated classic and the set will be priced at $53.82
SRP. You can take a look at all the special features below.
Follow the entire history of Superman from start to finish on this long-awaited DVD. Witness
his incredible arrival on Earth, how he finds his place in his adopted home and his realization
of what his powers can truly do for the forces of good. See CLARK KENT balance his roles as
a mild-mannered news reporter and superhuman crimefighter, facing mortal enemy LEX LUTHOR,
while still keeping his day job.
Fans of the comic books and the TV show alike will rejoice as every single episode can
finally be purchased together on this seven-disc collector's set. Additionally, the
exclusive extras deliver even more fun to this already superior DVD collection. Go
"Behind the Cape" with David Kaufman (the voice of JIMMY OLSEN) as he takes you behind
the scenes with the show's creative team, watch an excerpt from the new Bryan Singer and
Kevin Burns SUPERMAN documentary, listen to commentary with Bruce Timm on several episodes
and much more. This complete collection also includes a bonus disc featuring the all-new
documentary The Despot DARKSEID: A Villain Worthy of SUPERMAN. SUPERMAN: The Complete
Animated Series,with hours and hours of DVD entertainment, is the perfect holiday gift.
- Commentary by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, Dan Riba, Glen Murakami, Curt Geda,
Jason Hillhouse, James Tucker, and Butch Lukic on many episodes
- Selectable Pop-Up Trivia Tracks
- SUPERMAN: Learning to Fly - Explores the Creation of the Series
- Building the Mythology: Superman's Supporting Cast- Showcases the Supporting Players in the
- Menaces of Metropolis: Behind the Villains of SUPERMAN - The Origin and Evolution of
- SUPERMAN: Behind the Cape - David Kaufman (The Voice of JIMMY OLSEN) Takes You Behind
the Scenes with the Show's Creative Team
- Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of SUPERMAN - Excerpt From the New -- Documentary
Produced by Bryan Singer and Kevin Burns
- Bonus Disc Featuring the All-New Documentary The Despot DARKSEID: A Villain Worthy of
FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SERIES MEGASET
Release date: November 17, 2009
Just in time for its 10th anniversary, FARSCAPE: THE COMPLETE SERIES MEGASET will be
released on DVD on November 17. This huge 25-disc set will contain all 88 episodes of
the series along with 15 hours of bonus material and the set will be priced at $149.95 SRP.
The series stars Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey and Gigi Edgley.
This series was an imaginative mix of live action, state-of-the-art puppetry, prosthetics
and CGI. FARSCAPE, produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with RHI Entertainment,
featured mind-boggling alien life forms, dazzling special effects, edge-of-your-seat thrills,
irreverent humor and unforgettable characters -- all brought to rich life by the creative
minds at Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Strap in and hold on tight for the extraordinary
adventures of John Crichton, as he finds himself surrounded by hostile aliens and soaring
through the cosmos aboard Moya, a glorious living space ship. Hunted by the relentless
Peacekeepers, he allies himself with Moya's crew -- Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black), Luxan warrior
Ka D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), azure priestess Zhaan (Virginia Hey), spritely Nebari thief
Chiana (Gigi Edgley), Dominar Rygel, the deposed royal ruler of the Hynerian Empire and
Pilot - to search for a way out of this inconceivably alien world and return home.
- 29 Episode Commentaries, including "Premiere" with Rockne S. O'Bannon, Brian Henson and
Ben Browder; "Jeremiah Crichton" with Claudia Black, Producer/Writer David Kemper, Browder
and O'Bannon; "Bone to Be Wild" with Anthony Simcoe; "Relativity" with Lani Tupu (Crais/Voice
of Pilot) and Director Peter Andrikidis; and, "Bad Timing" which features Browder, Black
and Kemper discussing the series' final episode.
- Multiple featurettes and documentaries including "In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian
Henson"; "Making of a Space Opera" and "Inside Farscape: Save Farscape," on which fans, cast
and crew discuss the fate of their beloved series.
- Multiple video profiles featuring archival clips and cast/crew discussing their characters
and roles on Farscape.
- Over 90 minutes of deleted scenes.
- Slideshows and archival photo galleries, including character concepts and promo photos.
- Production design galleries featuring screenshots, rough drafts and concept slide shows.
- Behind-the-Scenes interviews with Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey,
Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) and more.
- Original TV promos and trailers.
TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH
Release date: July 28, 2009
In this new series, re-join Captain Jack, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones, who are still coming
to terms with the death of two of their closest friends, Tosh and Owen. This time the Torchwood
team are faced with their fiercest threat to date - one which throws the future of Torchwood
and the entire human race spiraling into danger. They battle against the odds but do they
stand a chance of saving mankind?
SUPERFRIENDS: THE LOST EPISODES
Release Date: August 11, 2009
Official websiste: www.dcbeyond.com
Synopsis: Powerful super heroes Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman,
Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna and their rascally blue space monkey Gleek battle evil, protect
humanity and save the world from unthinkable dangers in these 24 action-packed adventures.
These cool cartoon actionfests showcase a gallery of DC Comics heroes and fan-favorite
villains like Brainiac and Mr. Mxyzptlk, plus the Hanna-Barbera-originated hero El Dorado.
Produced after the Super Friends show ended its run, these treasures were ?lost? for more
than a decade until they were shown as part of The Superman/Batman Adventures series.
It's a Deluxe 2-Disc Collector's Set with Bonus Downloadables -- your own pieces of super
hero comic book history!
PRIMEVAL: VOLUME 2
Release date: September 15, 2009
Monster hit Primeval roars back onto the screens for an extended third series. Still
reeling from Stephen's death and with the depth of Helen's betrayal now revealed, Nick
Cutter must fight to re-focus his embattled team. Cutter's crew are joined by some new
recruits in the form of maverick policeman Danny Quinn, sparky Egyptologist Sarah Page,
and the new leader of the ARC's security forces Captain Becker. But as the anomalies
continue to present an unrelenting series of threats, the task in hand seems almost
insurmountable. It's not just deadly creatures the team has to contend with, they
also face a threat to the future of not just the ARC but of mankind itself. Prepare
for more explosive action as Primeval bares its newly sharpened teeth.
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.
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.
I got to see an advance copy of this DVD and was totally blown away by it. It tells the
story of GREEN LANTERN in an honest and exciting way. It takes you to the beginning, shows
you how Hal Jordan was selected by a dying Green Lantern and how he had to prove himself
to the others as Guardians of the Universe. The story is good and the animation is
wonderful. The voice actors are marvelous: Christopher Meloni is the voice of GREEN
LANTERN; Victor Garber is deliciously sly and evil as SINESTRO. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's
Tricia Helfer is BOODIKKA. I loved KILOWOG played by Michael Madsen.
If you love comic books, this version of GREEN LANTERN is sure to please.
There were a few words I wish had been left out of the script and at times there seemed to
be a lot of fighting, so parents might want to watch this one before showing it to more
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS CELEBRATES 15 YEARS
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.
"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.
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
BABYLON 5 MUSIC VIDEOS AND TRIBUTES
I found this message on the Babylon 5 moderated newsgroup this morning and just
had to post it so that others might enjoy the marvelous music videos created by
As some of you may know, I was hired by Joe Straczynski back in the
day to create Babylon 5 music videos for him to use at science fiction
conventions, and later to promote the show to networks. Eight were
produced over the run of the series, not including the memorial videos
I did later for Rick Biggs and Andreas Katsulas.
For the longest time, the only way to see these was if Joe or I showed
them at a convention, but now, after numerous requests from fans over
the years, Joe has given me permission me to post these online.
- This is the extended version that I did for Andreas' widow ater the
original cut was released on the net. It's never been seen online
For those of you who've never seen these, I hope you enjoy them - and
for those that have (and emailed me many times over the years about
releasing them), I hope they're as good as you remember. Working with
Joe on these videos was one of the highlights of my career, and I'll
be forever grateful to him for the doors these have opened for me. I'm
proud to have them on my resume.
RED CIRCLE: THE HANGMAN #1
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?
August 22-23, 2009MINI MEGACON
Place: Orange County Convention Center Hall E1
City: Orlando, Florida
Guests: Peter Facinelli, Twilight; Emma Caufield, Buffy; Charisma Carpenter,
Buffy, Angel; Amber Benson, Buffy; Sylvester McCoy, Doctor Who; Arne Starr, Star
Trek, and many more
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
September 4-7, 2009 Dragon-Con
City: Atlanta, Georgia
B5 Guests: Stephen Furst, Tracey Scoggins, Bruce Boxleitner, Dwight Schultz
For more information, go to www.dragoncon.org
December 4-6, 2009 STEEL CITY CON
Place: Monroeville Convention Center
City: Monroeville (near Pittsbugh) Pa.
Guests include: Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters I and II, Peter Mayhew
For more information, go to http://www.steelcitycon.com .
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS! Creation Entertainment has a large number of
conventions planned for the next several months. They include stars from STARGATE,
ENTERPRISE, FARSCAPE, XENA, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, etc. Check out their calendar to
see if one will be in your neighborhood soon. Don't miss their
Videos page as well. It is
full of some priceless video from a number of conventions.
Be sure to visit the referenced sites to see if there have been changes in
dates/guests attending. Visit our Convention Calendar
for a full listing of upcoming conventions.
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Take care and I look forward to hearing from you. Sandra Bruckner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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