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Today has a few interesting marathons you may want to catch: 1. BBC America has a interesting collection of movies for their marathon -- kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET with "Star Trek Generations" and continues with "Die Hard with a Vengeance," "Superman II" and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."

2. If you missed an episode -- or never started -- AMC's dense conspiracy thriller "Rubicon," you're in luck. The network has scheduled the first six episodes to run back-to-back, starting at 9 a.m. ET. And because holiday weekends mean nothing to AMC, catch an all new episode at 9 p.m. ET.

3. Comedy Central is taking advantage of its new batch of "Futurama" episodes by repeating the second half of the most recent season all Sunday evening. It's a late one though, running from 9 p.m. ET to Midnight. p> Tomorrow you can watch:
1. Fans anxious for the Sept. 23 premiere of "Bones" can get in to mood on TNT. The mecca for syndicated Booth and Brennan has eight episodes starting at 12 p.m. ET.
Variety writes that Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor is still interested in pulling together a HALO movie. The trade says that Microsoft is still developing scripts by Alex Garland, Stuart Beattie, D.B. Weiss and Josh Olson as potential blueprints.
"We're still interested in making an excellent 'Halo' movie," O'Connor said. "We've created an awful lot of documentation and materials to support a feature film. We have a good idea of what kind of story we want to tell, but won't move on it until there's a great reason to do it. We're in no particular hurry."
The film would likely be a standalone story and not "a verbatim retelling of the game," O'Connor added.
Microsoft is also "intently watching" the TV landscape as a potential outlet for a "Halo" series.
The next game in the franchise, "Halo Reach," hits stores on September 14.

Zhang Ziyi HUA MULAN
According to Variety reports, Jan de Bont (Speed, Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) will direct Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi in an independently-produced, English-language co-production of the classic tale of HUA MULAN, the legendary young heroine soldier who joins an all-male army.
MULAN is set to start shooting this fall at the gargantuan lots of the Hengdian World Studios, a three-hour drive from Shanghai in Zhejiang province. Mulan is expected to wrap in January.
The script was written by John Blickstead. The story was popularized in the 1998 Walt Disney animated film of the same name.
Zhang's credits include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2046, Hero and Memoirs of a Geisha.
MULAN will be co-produced by Movie Plus Productions of Canada, Global Film Finance of the U.K., Beijing-based Bona International Film Group and SIMF Pictures, with Zhang, Ling Lucas and Beaver Kwei, the producers who brought China Zhang's 2009 Sophie's Revenge to theaters.
Executive producers are Paul Edwards, Jeffrey Chan of Bona International, Fred Wang of Salon Films, and Jeff Kranzdorf. Individual Mulan producers include Mark Phillips, Ron Lynch, Steve Waterman (Stuart Little) and Movie Plus President Christopher Brough.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Oren Peli and Michael R. Perry are developing a television series called "The River" for ABC and DreamWorks TV.
The series will again use a "found footage" format and will deal with the disappearance of someone along the Amazon river, presumably with supernatural overtones.
Peli wrote and directed the first Paranormal Activity and is currently working on his follow-up film, Area 51. Perry was responsible for the screenplay to the upcoming Paranormal Activity 2, set to hit theaters on October 22nd.

According to Variety, the new Fox pic "Machete" edged out George Clooney's "The American" to take the top spot at the Friday B.O. The two films ran neck and neck, but it was "Machete" that ultimately sliced the Fox pic, earning about $3.89 million on Friday in 2,670 runs. Clooney's film took the No. 2 position, getting roughly $3.769 in 2,721 engagements.
Sony's "Takers" took the No. 3 position on Friday, grabbing about $3 million in 2,206 engagements. Lionsgate horror "The Last Exorcism" earned about $2.3 million in 2,874 runs. Drew Barrymore's latest, "Going the Distance," rounds out the top five; the Warner Bros. pic collected about $2.2 million in 3,030 engagements.
Lionsgate action pic "The Expendables" earned about $1.7 million in 3,398 runs, while Sony's "The Other Guys" took the No. 7 spot with about $1.4 million in 2,607 engagements.
Sony's "Eat, Pray, Love" earned about $1.3 million in 2,663 engagements, while Warner Bros.'"Inception" got roughly $1.2 million in 1,704 runs.
Universal's "Nanny McPhee Returns" was the No. 10 pic, with about $867,000 in 2,708 engagements.


20th Century Fox has released this new clip from Oliver Stone's WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS featuring Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) taking Bretton Woods (Josh Brolin) to task for his business practices.
Hitting theaters on September 24, the follow-up also stars Shia LaBeouf, Frank Langella, Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon and Vanessa Ferlito.

A new clip from director Mark Romanek's NEVER LET ME GO has turned up online. The drama, opening September 15th, stars Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield (upcoming Spider-Man reboot), Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough.
The film is based on the highly acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro ("The Remains of the Day"). In it he posed the fundamental question: What makes us human? Kathy (Mulligan), Tommy (Garfield) and Ruth (Knightley) live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.

A second clip from Universal Pictures' DEVIL is now online. Opening on September 17, the Dowdle brothers' supernatural thriller stars Chris Messina, Geoffrey Arend, Logan Marshall-Green, Bojana Novakovic, Jenny O'Hara, Bokeem Woodbine and Jacob Vargas.

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

9:00pm on AMC
Rubicon-Episode: The Truth Will Out (NEW)
The FBI puts API on lock down; Katherine realizes she is not safe in her own home.

9:00pm on FX
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
Musical but mischievous chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore wreak havoc in the life of songwriter Dave Seville. Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson, Jane Lynch, Justin Long

9:00pm on TNT
Leverage=Episode: The Morning After Job (NEW)
The team tries to get a violent hedge fund manager to reveal information that could lead to Damien Moreau.

10:00pm on A&E
The Glades-Episode: Honey (NEW)
A suspicious death at a tribal casino leads Jim to a beautiful police officer.

10:00pm on CBS
CSI: Miami-Episode: Count Me Out (First Aired: December 07, 2009)
The case of a dead census worker sends the team into a high-speed chase and an explosion that threatens investigators' lives.


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Allan Quatermain, Capt. Nemo, Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekyll, Tom Sawyer and others unite to stop a mad bomber. Sean Connery, Shane West, Stuart Townsend, Richard Roxburgh, Peta Wilson.

HELL-Volume 1

Release Date: August 25, 2010

Here is the book CRUSADE fans have been waiting for! Released on August 25, 2010, the covers are white and the design matches CRUSADE: BEHIND THE SCENES. The series includes all twelve of J. Michael Straczynski’s CRUSADE scripts (including two episodes that were never produced)–plus the TV movie A CALL TO ARMS.

Read the entire press release over at Hell-Crusade-1.


Saw a note from Ranger Jan on Facebook about JumpGate pins being available again. Elana created the pins years ago as a way of honoring Babylon 5. Now you can help Elana in her fight against cancer by purchasing one of these beautiful pins. They are quite beautiful -- and become quite a conversation piece when worn. For more information, go to



Join me on the ISN News Blog at I’ll put in stuff that I think is interesting for others to read about and I hope you will join in to discuss of the issues -- related to science fiction or not!


Pat Tallman (Lyta) is now appearing in the short horror video "Firsts."
This 6 minute YouTube film description:
"A young girl contemplates losing her virginity.... but her overbearing and overly devout Aunt has other ideas. Starring Alyson Daniel, Patricia Tallman, Damian Daly, and Kristen Holloway. This script was the winner of the "Write a short script for Fewdio" contest!"
Patricia Tallman play the Aunt. See the video at

J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI: JMS writes on his FaceBook page:ngest yet for Dian This coming week marks the next issue of Wonder Woman, which is the stroa in terms of action and character. I'd asked folks to give us two issues to make our case, and I think this does the job nicely. It's also quite beautiful in terms of the art. I'd noted a while back that when the jacket comes off, you know someone's about to get their ass kicked. Here's a sample of what that looks like in 602.

: Bill has a new music CD out GLORIOUS IN DEFEAT. He writes on facebook:
My brand new cd, "Glorious in Defeat" is on a small indie label out of San Francisco, GRA, and they do their very best to promote it, but... it's a hard business... SO, I'...m hoping with the help of all you facebook pals, we can spread the word. I do hope you'll pick it up, and I'd very much like to hear your thoughts on this project as it's brand new and of course, the songs are personal and important to me. I played everything on the album and I hope you'll check it out. You can order it here.


Marc N. Kleinhenz has begun a series of interviews of the cast of BABYLON 5, one of the landmark television shows in American history. Look back with them as they discuss their characters, their emotional evolution, and their participation in television history.

Maggie Egan the ISN Reporter at

Pat Tallman at:

Me, Sandra Bruckner:

August 30th 2010
" Hello Dear Friends, Elves, Santas and Angels,
Over 20 years ago now, I met the kids of Penny Lane. These kids were one step away from lock up. They were so abused they couldn't be placed in regular foster care. Penny Lane helps the kids that no one else can. They make the world a better place by saving our kids, giving them hope and a future. Please join me in supporting Penny Lane and the Be A Santa program, where we make sure each of these kids has a warm holiday to remember! Thanks so much for being YOU!

How can you help? You can share this link via email and Facebook:

You can donate via this link $20 or whatever you can afford! No donation too small!

You can send a check made out to Penny Lane, to P.Tallman 6433 Topanga Canyon Blvd. #207 Canoga Park, CA 91303
Check back with us in a month and we'll start asking for other items to help us make the holidays special for an abused child!

I need $10,000 a year to make this program work. The total in the Facebook Causes page reflects donations over the past 2 years. This year's total will be updated on the
Thanks again! Here we GO!!!!!

I know a lot of you are already on FaceBook. However, I don't know if you knew how many other Babylon 5 folks have taken the plunge and opened FaceBook accounts. In fact, Pat Tallman has reopened her Fan Club using FaceBook at the site. For a peek, go to Claudia Christian has been really active -- sharing pictures of her recent trips and letting us know about upcoming convention activities. J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) has a FaceBook page as well as a new "Fans of J. Michael Straczynski" page. So check it out!


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


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

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

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

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

Here is a quote from J. Michael Straczynski about emotions.
I had this theory that the more important and intimate the emotion, the fewer words are required to express it.

First it's in dating: "Will you go out with me?" Six words.
"Honey, I care for you." Five words.
"You matter to me." Four words.
"I love you." Three words.
"Marry me." Two words.
But what's left? What's the one most important and intimate word you can ever say to somebody? It's "goodbye."

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


Pat Tallman - September 4
Cinzia Zanetti - September 5
Robin Atkin Downes - September 6
Mira Furlan - September 7
Walter Koenig - September 14
Paul Williams - September 19
Robert Rusler - September 20
Gary Cole - September 20
Bear Burge - September 23
Jason Carter - September 23
Manny Case - September 23

Have I missed anyone? If you know the birthday of someone connected with Babylon 5, pass the information along. We want to include everyone in our Happy Birthday Wishes.

Babylon 5 Podcast


Welcome to Show #209

Last week, our heroes risked breaching the fabric of the space-time continuum by trying to follow alternate Babylon 5 storylines to parallel universes where they might have been fully played out…
Discussion: Tim, Summer and John from Jersey continue the discussion about alternate story possibilities within the original 5-year arc. We’re not sure where Bret ran off to… hopefully, he didn’t run afoul of emopaths and spaced himself out of self-preservation.

Submitting your own Feedback: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know! Call 206-338-2259, or just email us a comment you’ve recorded yourself!
Lurker’s Guide 2.0: Summer is starting a push to get Lurker’s Guide 2.0 completed and finished, including missing collectibles, photos of magazine covers and toys, and all sorts of other B5 goodies that didn’t get included in the original guide during the years after Crusade. Let her know if you want to lend a hand.
More Parody/Filk Songs Wanted: If you know of any more B5-related fan songs out there, definitely let us know, so we can let other B5 fans know where to buy them! And if those CDs are out of print, let’s brainstorm on ways to get those songs back out there for fans!
Second Life Info: FarPoint Media’s Second Life space can be found on the Third Life Books island in the Wind River Territory. Find the island here:
Babylon 5 Information Gathering: If you know of a dead or abandoned B5 related website that may be in need of a new home, let Summer know! Maybe we can mirror it here or house it on a sister site.
If you can, Please Donate to the show!
To catch up on all the previous Babylon 5 podcasts, go to


Kevin Sorbo fans! Here is some news for you.
WHAT IF stars KEVIN SORBO (Hercules, the Legendary Journeys, Gene Roddenberry’s, Andromeda), DEBBY RYAN (Bailey Pickett on the Disney Channel hit show, The Suite Life on Deck, and the upcoming Disney Channel movie, Sixteen Wishes), JOHN RATZENBERGER (Cheers. voice in every one of Pixar’s films) and KRISTY SWANSON (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). WHAT IF is directed and produced by Dallas Jenkins (son of famed Jerry Jenkins, co-author of the Left Behind series).
FILM OVERVIEW: WHAT IF tells the story of Ben Walker (Kevin Sorbo), fifteen years after leaving his college sweetheart Wendy (Kristy Swanson) and his calling to be a preacher in order to pursue a business opportunity. Now with a high-paying executive gig, a trophy fiancé and a new Mercedes, he hasn't even considered a family nor felt the need to set foot in a church in fifteen years.
While on a thrill ride outside the city, his new car mysteriously breaks down, and he's visited by a tow truck driver named Mike (John Ratzenberger) who claims to be an angel sent to show Ben what his life would look like had he followed his true calling. Suddenly Ben wakes up in the middle of domestic chaos as his wife Wendy and daughters (including Debby Ryan) are getting ready for church, where Ben is the new pastor.
Before he can get back to his old life, Ben must first embrace this reality and discover the value of faith and family, and perhaps restore his love for those who were heartbroken fifteen years ago: Wendy and God. In the tradition of Its a Wonderful Life and The Family Man, What If is a story of finding your true purpose in life.
For more information, go to
To see if your city will be getting to see WHAT IF, go to

To tell you the truth, I never liked Kevin Sorbo in Andromeda. There was just something about him I didn't care for. Perhaps it was an arrogance about the character that just rubbed me the wrong way. That said, I have to say that I really enjoyed WHAT IF. He was very good in the title role of Ben Walker. He showed great range as an actor and the entire cast, especially John Ratzenberger as the angel, were awesome. While the plot was familiar, very much like the classic, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, there were some new twists and turns in WHAT IF that I think you'll enjoy. It was also nice not having to listen to all the foul language and seeing people getting blown away every three seconds. This was just a good, down-to-Earth movie that you could sit and watch with anyone, Mom, Dad, kids - anyone. I hope that it will be available on DVD soon so that many others will have an opportunity to watch it.


On The Tube DVD TO BLU
Starting today, through TV on DVD2BLU, consumers can now experience their favorite television series again for the very first time in stunning 1080p picture quality and crisp, superior sound that only comes from a Blu-ray Disc. Titles such as “Smallville”, “The Sopranos”, “Fringe”, “Supernatural” and more can be upgraded for as low as $14.95 plus shipping. Consumers who place orders of over $35 will receive free shipping.
The process to upgrade is simple. Consumers select the titles they want to upgrade on, mail in their standard DVDs with pre-paid postage and a short time later receive copies of the same title and complete season on Blu-ray. See below for a complete list of TV titles available for upgrade with
Smallville Season 8
Supernatural Season 1
Supernatural Season 4
Chuck Season 2
Fringe S1
The Sopranos S1

Smallville Season 6
Smallville Season 7
Supernatural Season 3
Chuck Season 1
Pushing Daisies S1
Pushing Daisies S2
Terminator SCC S1
Terminator SCC S2
Nip/Tuck S4

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MTV is teaming up with Eventful to experiment with a social media campaign that will allow folks to vote if they want to see the indie horror film, SAVAGE COUNTRY, on MTV2. Directed by up-and-coming filmmaker David Harris, SAVAGE COUNTRY follows a group of teens that collide with their towns dark past when a prank gone wrong makes them the target of a family of bloodthirsty killers.
Use this link to watch the trailer and then vote if they want to see it premiere on MTV2. If 100,000 fans demand it, MTV2 will air it.


Warner Home Video, and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the bi-coastal World Premieres of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the highly anticipated next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies, in Los Angeles on September 21 and New York on September 23. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend both events for red carpet media interviews and post-screening panel discussions.
In SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE, a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor -- leading Batman and Superman to encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as those of the Man of Steel. The Kryptonian is soon revealed to be Kara, cousin of Superman, who takes her under his wing to educate her about the ways of Earth. However, the villainous Darkseid has other plans. Seeing an opportunity to finally defeat Superman, Darkseid abducts and gains control of Kara, utilizing the powerful Kryptonian to do his bidding. It’s up to Batman and Superman to save Kara, but they’ll have to take the fight to Darkseid within his hostile world – where unknown, deadly threats lurk around every corner, including a brainwashed Kryptonian able to match Superman blow-for-blow.

For more information about the premiere event, go to Apocalpyse. The SUPERMAN/BATMAN APOLALYPSE will be available on DVD September 28, 2010.

DC SHOWCASE: Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam
On November 9, 2010, Warner Home Video will distribute the DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection, the first quartet of animated adventures featuring the never-before-seen Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam. DC Showcase is a series of animated shorts featuring characters from the celebrated DC Comics vault. To read more about this new collection of animated original movies, go to WB Press Release.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents an enthralling examination of the creative forces behind the World’s Greatest Super Heroes in Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, an all-new documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of the iconic company with unprecedented access to the Warner Bros. and DC Comics archives.
Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics will be distributed by Warner Home Video on November 9, 2010 on DVD for $24.98 (SRP). Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics will also be available On Demand and for Download.
For more information, go to Secret Origin page.

New DVDs

Release date: August 31, 2010
Official website: Synopsis:
Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Frankie Heck is a superhero. Well, no, not an actual superhero - but sometimes it seems to Frankie as though getting her kids out the door for school every morning is a superheroic act. Middle aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country, this harried wife and working mother of three uses her wry wit and sense of humor to try to get her family through each day intact.

THE MIDDLE is definitely in the same category of such great comedies as EVERYONE LOVES RAYMOND, FRAZIER and SEINFELD. ABC's THE MIDDLE gives us a look at the American family and you see your family on screen. With the same distribution of kids in the same ages and genders. THE MIDDLE gives you an honest look at life today, something no regular studio audience sitcom could convey.
The show depicts how children actually behave and the realities of middle class life without being sarcastic, mean, or condescending. It's as though real people sneaked into Hollywood and produced this show. The cast is spot on and Patricia Heaton shows she can easily lead a series all on her own.
It is rare when you get a show that you can watch through several showings -- and not be bored to tears. With THE MIDDLE, you see something a little different each time. You may have missed something because you were laughing too loudly or caught up in the moment the first time through.

The best selling young adult book series is now a hit CW show. Two vampire brothers -- one good, one evil -- are at war for 17-year-old Elena Gilbert's soul and for the sourls of her friends & family. Contains all 22 episodes and over 8 hours of bonus material including featurettes, unaired scenes, gag reel, webisodes, and a downloadable audio book.
Pre-order your copy now by going to
Be sure to check out all the swag at,default,sc.html.

Release date: July 27, 2010
I-tunes download site:

Audiences will love Emmy® Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld) as Christine Campbell in the third season of this hilarious ensemble comedy.
Life gets even more complicated for Christine in season three when she recognizes that her ex-husband, Richard (Clark Gregg - Ironman), has moved on with his life and his impossible-to-hate new girlfriend, aptly named New Christine (Emily Rutherford - Van Wilder). While successfully juggling the daily stresses of motherhood and owning a woman's gym with her best friend, Barb (Wanda Sykes - The Wanda Sykes Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm), "Old" Christine realizes it may be time to move on with her love life as well. Things get steamy for Christine as she embraces a romantic relationship with Mr. Harris (recurring guest star Blair Underwood - Dirty Sexy Money, Something New, L.A. Law), a teacher at her son Ritchie's school. Will Old Christine finally find new love?

Video clip from the WB:
Clash of the Titans CLASH OF THE TITANS
Release date: July 27, 2010
Official website:

In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, Perseus and his warriors will only survive if Perseus accepts his power as a god, defies fate and creates his own destiny.

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I really didn't know what to expect from this movie. The reviews were mixed and like most remakes, CLASH OF THE TITANS will always be compared to the one before -- in this case the 1981 version starring Harry Hamlin as Perseus. This version is a more realistic Bronze age world, but the story hasn`t changed all that much. The citizens of Argos have become disenchanted with the rule of the Gods. The Gods have caused too much chaos and ruin to their lives so they've decided to take their destinies into their own hands, and destroy the temples and statues of the Gods. In doing so, Perseus'(Sam Worthington) family is killed by a falling statue of Zeus. When Zeus (Liam Neeson) learns of the desecration urged on by Hades (Ralph Fiennes), he decides to destroy the city in four days or they can offer the sacrifice of the King of Argos' daughter Andromeda (Alexa Davalos). In a visit to the throne room of Argos, Hades tells Perseus he is a son of Zeus, a demi-god. Being told of his near divinity, Perseus and a group of soldiers go off on their quest to save the city.
The advances in special effects are very evident in this movie. They are great! The monsters look real and the characters realistically interact with them. The giant scorpions look deadly, Medusa is creepy, and the Kraken is HUGE. I sort of had a flashback to STAR WARS as I watched the heroes riding the scorpions with the help of a tribe of warriors made of stone. The photography is awesome. The special features are wonderful as well. You follow the crew as they build the ships and sets. This project became a labor of love for everyone. This is a good adventure movie everyone should enjoy.

Release date: July 20, 2010

Available for the first time since its debut in 1973, this highly-anticipated deluxe two-disc collector’s set features eight exciting one-hour episodes starring the most recognizable DC Comics super heroes and villains of all time.
Super Friends! Season 1 Volume 2 follows the adventures of Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman as they join forces to save the world from unthinkable disasters. This crime-stopping squad, along with heroes in training Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog, combine their special superhuman skills to defeat the evil villains at hand. The collection also features DC Comics favorites Plastic Man, The Flash and Green Arrow. Each hour is packed with timeless adventures of the universe’s greatest heroes as they pave the way for a brighter future.

ER: The Complete 13th Season ER: THE COMPLETE 13th SEASON
Release date: July 6, 2010

Shaking things up: Former paramedic, now intern Dr. Tony Gates arrives with a straightforward attitude and a complicated personal life. Except for his devotion to healing, he’s Gallant’s opposite: brash, cocksure, with a bad-boy past – and maybe he’s the right prescription for Neela’s broken heart. Really shaking things up: Contentious Weaver leaves County General for a career move you wouldn’t expect. And the profound dramas of the outside world continue to make their way to the ER, including a hostile patient whose real condition is a secret even to himself, homeless children who escape to a magic world of their own making, and a Christmas miracle. Then again, miracles happen every day at County General.

This series just keeps going and going. This season opens with trama in the ER -- both patients and doctors are affected. The drama builds as Abby has her baby and Sam is kidnapped by her ex-husband. Each episode of the series is filled not only with your usual hospital drama, but deep charcterizations that have made this series a favorite for years. Even if you haven't been following the series for years, you can enjoy the well-written episodes that involve some very good segments showing surgery and trama medicine, but you'll quickly get caught up in the personal lives of the staff at County General. This season includes guest appearances from Forrest Whitaker, who received an emmy nomination for his role as Curtis Ames, a former patient of Dr. Kovac who sues him for malpractice.

Release date: July 6, 2010 exclusively online at and

DARK BLUE (from iconic producer Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Golden Globe® winner Dylan McDermott) is the story of Lt. Carter Shaw (McDermott) and his special undercover task force that tread the line between right and wrong to bring down a criminal underworld.
Experience each heart-stopping moment again or for the first time with the release of SEASON 1 on DVD before the start of the all-new DARK BLUE Season 2, August 4 only on TNT.

If you are looking for a good, tight, gritty police drama, look no further than DARK BLUE. From the pilot onward, you get a little information on each of the main characters -- just enough to keep you watching! Dylan McDermott is an awesome actor and he fits the persona outlined for Lt. Carter Shaw. In the pilot, one of the main characters says, he will do anthing to protect you and anything to get the bad guy. It's just hard figuring out which one comes first."
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, you get that feel of realism and you are on the edge of your seat with each episode. There is a good bit of violence, so it may be a bit much for some. But the violence fits the feel of this cable TV show -- dark and hard. I can't wait to see what season two brings.

Release date: June 29, 2010
Official website:

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

Here's a video clip from this outstanding series:

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

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

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

Release date: June 15, 2010
Official website:

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

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


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

Babylon 5


I found this message on the Babylon 5 moderated newsgroup this morning and just had to post it so that others might enjoy the marvelous music videos created by John Hudgens.

As some of you may know, I was hired by Joe Straczynski back in the day to create Babylon 5 music videos for him to use at science fiction conventions, and later to promote the show to networks. Eight were produced over the run of the series, not including the memorial videos I did later for Rick Biggs and Andreas Katsulas.

For the longest time, the only way to see these was if Joe or I showed them at a convention, but now, after numerous requests from fans over the years, Joe has given me permission me to post these online.

Danger Zone:

I Need a Hero:


Nobody's Side:

Welcome to the Third Age:

Keep Yourself Alive:

The Phantom B5 Video:

Third Age 2K:

Richard Biggs memorial:

Andreas Katsulas memorial:

- This is the extended version that I did for Andreas' widow ater the original cut was released on the net. It's never been seen online until now.

For those of you who've never seen these, I hope you enjoy them - and for those that have (and emailed me many times over the years about releasing them), I hope they're as good as you remember. Working with Joe on these videos was one of the highlights of my career, and I'll be forever grateful to him for the doors these have opened for me. I'm proud to have them on my resume.

John Hudgens


Wonder Woman #601 WONDER WOMAN #601
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI Art and cover by DON KRAMER & MICHAEL BABINSKI Best-selling comics writer J. Michael Straczynski (THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, Thor) smashes all your expectations of Wonder Woman by lauching an all-new era for the Amazon Princess! Spinning out of the mind-bending events of WONDER WOMAN #600, Diana must face the biggest mystery of all - who destroyed Paradise Island? On sale JULY 28 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Dates: August 27-29, 2010
Place: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Guests: Stan "The Man" Lee, artists Andy Kubert, Adam Kubert, Dan Didio, Tim Bradstreet, actors Dean Stockwell, Lance Henrikson, James Marsters, William Shatner, Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Summer Glau, Michael Dorn, William Forsythe, Ernest Borgnine, directors David Cronenberg, Ken Russell - and more
For more information, go to

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

Date: September 3-6, 2010
City: Atlanta, GA
Babylon 5 Guests: Claudia Christian, Jason Carter
Other Guests: There are tons of guests shows like Farscape, Battlestar Galactica and movies as well.
For more information, go to

Date: October 1-3, 2010
City: New York City - Penn Plaza Pavilion
Guests: Lee Majors, Jake Lloyd
For more information, go to"

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

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


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