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Julianne Moore stars as the only sighted person in Fernando Meirelles' SF movie BLINDNESS, set for release on September 26. She said in a recent interview that she was daunted by the role, which tells the story from her character's point of view. Literally. "It's told through her eyes in the book--it's all from her point of view--so there were times when it reads like 'She thought she would do this' or 'She decided not to do that,' and I wondered how to play that." The story, based on the book by Portuguese author José Saramagoa, deals with a mysterious infection that sweeps the population of an unidentified city, leaving all but a few without sight, including Moore's character, a doctor's wife. When victims are first placed in an abandoned asylum, they become victims of other inmates and guards. "What's amazing about Fernando is that he tells these big stories in great sweeping detail and huge cinematic gestures, where you see this swath of humanity, but he does it small brush," Moore said. The oddly futuristic story gives no hint as to the film's setting or time, and Moore said that's on purpose. "I always say movies don't predict the future; they merely reflect the culture," she said. "In the last decade, there's been so much happening politically and socially in terms of natural disasters and man-made disasters that it's kind of overwhelming for us. There's this huge sense of anxiety in our global culture. This film definitely reflects that." BLINDNESS also stars Danny Glover, Mark Ruffalo, Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga.

Variety reports that Universal Pictures and Focus Features have boarded Oldboy director Park Chan-wook's in-production vampire movie THIRST. It's the first time a Korean film has received U.S. studio financing and a stateside distribution commitment before its local release. Universal and Focus will invest in and co-produce the movie, which has so far been steered by Korean studio CJ Entertainment. Focus will premiere the film in North America, with CJ handling the remaining international sales rights. CJ also will distribute the film in South Korea. THIRST stars Song Kang-ho (The Host), Shin Ha-kyun (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) and Kim Ok-bi as the leading lady. The movie deals with a priest who participates in a medical experiment to find a cure for a deadly disease, with traumatic repercussions. It is slated to be completed in time for a festival bow in mid-2009.

Katee Sackhoff LOST AND FOUND
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA star Katee Sackhoff has signed on to Dick Wolf's NBC pilot LOST AND FOUND. She'll play an LAPD detective who is banished to working John and Jane Doe cases after clashing with department brass. According to the Hollywood Reporter, her signing lifts a casting contingency on the pilot and gives it a formal green light.

Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog) stars in CASTLE, scheduled for the 2009 season. Fillion plays Nick Castle, a successful murder-mystery writer who has just killed off his main character. However, it seems one of his fans liked his books just a bit too much when a copycat murderer starts running around killing people as described in Castle's books. The weary writer is called in by the NYPD homicide department to help them catch the killer. The show is produced by ABC.

The first trailer for JMS' THE CHANGELING is now online at The film, based on a true story, stars Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan and Michael Kelly. The events follow the plight of a woman (Jolie) that has her kidnapped son returned, only to find out that he is not really her son after all.
Angelina Jolie is a powerful actress and this role truly showcases her acting ability. We all know JMS can spin a wonderful story -- Clint Eastwood has brought it to the big screen.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has picked up DOOMSDAY PROTOCOL, an original story by Shane Salerno. The plot details are being kept under wraps, but it is known to be an epic science fiction adventure in the vein of "The Seven Samurai" involving a group of aliens and humans with various abilities who are brought together to save Earth. No word on when production will begin.

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.

On The Tube

8:00pm on CBS
NCIS - Identity Crisis
Gibbs and the team realize that a cadaver mistakenly tagged as a John Doe is actually that of a career felon with ties to a criminal mastermind.

8:00pm on BBC America
Nick is trapped with Claudia while investigating the arrival of a prehistoric winged reptile.

9:00pm on BBC America
Helen claims a predator from the future is behind disappearances and she joins her estranged husband to stop further attacks.


Ba'al: The Storm God
An archaeologist unleashes a violent storm after he releases an ancient god from captivity. Credits: Jeremy London, Lexa Doig, Stefanie von Pfetten


Ranger Anne reports that Gary Cole is making a guest appearance tonight on PSYCH at 10:00pm ET on USA.
The episode, "Gus Walks Into a Bank," deals with Shawn Spencer (played by James Roday) trying to find a way to help his buddy Burton "Gus" Guster (Dule' Hill)... who's being held hostage duing a bank robbery. Shawn has to figure out how to sneak into the bank & become the negotiator for the robbers.
Along with tonight's airing, this episode will be repeated at the following days/times (all ET):
September 13 1:01am, 1pm, 11pm
September 14 10am
September 16 12:05am

Thanks for sending along the information, Anne. Chronologies


For the first time ever available in print and authorized by J. Michael Straczynski
Across Time and Space:
The Chronologies of Babylon 5

* Contains two complete chronologies: Terry Jones' Babylon 5 Historical Database (parts of which were previously published in the now-defunct Official Babylon 5 magazine) and I. Marc Carlson's "Time Line of the Babylon 5/Crusade Universe."

For more details, go to to see some sample pages of the work. To place your order, go to

B5 Other Voices


Sale of The Babylon 5 Scripts: Other Voices ends September 30. Don't miss your opportunity to have scripts written by Larry D'Tillio, DC Fontana, Scott Frost and Neil Gaiman. Go to for more details and ordering.

B5 Podcast B5 Podcast


This week’s show was slightly delayed because of Dragon*Con. Thank Brad for imbibing in the Red Bull to speed his post-con recovery and get the editing done.

Vorlons and political tangents do not mix. The puns are too much, it’s too late for the sane ones to vote. That, and the smoke machines. Let’s hear it for the Hollywood Wafters Guild!

Deep Geeking: This week, Tim and Summer talk about “Atonement”, and we pick nits about the pacing and some aspects of the execution in this episode… notably on why Delenn’s clan waited so long before taking issue with her relationship with John Sheridan, and what exactly is the purpose of the assistant in The Dreaming, anyway? Was Lennier’s guidance colored by his feelings for her, and his subconscious hopes of separating Sheridan and Delenn?

Tim doesn’t care for the “genie in the bottle” element of The Dreaming as a plot device to reframe some badly needed exposition and back story. For the weight and potential impact of what was revealed in this episode, could it have been pieced out to viewers differently? The mandate of summoning Delenn home for this questioning was mostly a surprise, and some breadcrumbs about this being a looming issue might have taken care of some of that.

Go check out Deep Geeking when you get a chance, and if you want to contribute a geeking essay, send a note to Summer.

Discussion: In an email for Jeffrey, Gene from Greenville wants to get his opinion on the real impact of JMS’ statement on current or future collaborations with WB; James in Tallahassee agrees that BSG’s Vipers would indeed wipe the floors with B5’s Starfuries and Thunderbolts (warning… serious geeky tangent approaching!); Rod in Nashville sent in a voicemail in praising JMS’ out-of-the-box resolution to the Shadow War, a victory of wills and philosophies, rather than resorting to a shoot-out in space.

To catch up on previous Babylon 5 Podcasts, go to

It's that time of year again -- new shows are on the horizon. Are there any that interest you? I am waiting to see what THE MENTALIST and FRINGE are like. And then there are the returning favorites - HEROES, LOST, 24, NCIS and others. With Bruce Boxleitner being added to HEROES, there is an added incentive to watch this season to see how other changes will affect the story.

Send in your thoughts and comments to 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.

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 BABYLON 5. 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.

Sevylon 5
For more of these fabulous cartoons, go to


SF Book 1 Here are a couple of books that would make any science fiction fan's library complete. Science Fiction Television Series: Episode Guides, Histories, and Casts and Credits for 62 Prime Time Shows, 1959 - 1989. Written by Mark Phillips & Frank Garcia, the book looks at science fiction series, providing excerpts, trivia and much, much more.

SF Book 2 Science Fiction Television Series: Histories, Casts and Credits for 58 Prime Time Shows, 1990 - 2004
By Frank Garcia and Mark Phillips - with a foreward by Stargate's Brad Wright.
This books covers more recent shows, including BABYLON 5, THE DEAD ZONE, QUANTUM LEAP, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and THE X-FILES. Go to for more information and a link for ordering.

If you enjoy science fiction and have followed a number of TV series over the years, you'll love these books.

New DVDs

Release date: September 16, 2008
Official website:

Torchwood follows the adventures of a team of investigators, led by the enigmatic Captain Jack. Set in the UK in the present day, the team use scavenged alien technology in a very real world to solve crime; both alien and human. Separate from the government. Outside the police. Beyond the United Nations. Everyone who works for Torchwood is young, under 35. Some say that's because it's a new science. Others say it's because they die young...

Starring: John Barrowman , Eve Myles , Burn Gorman , Naoko Mori , Gareth David-Lloyd
Produced by: Russell T Davies , Julie Gardner
Written by: Chris Chibnall

With fearsome new aliens, compelling new storylines, and amazing guest stars the second season of Torchwood takes the close-knit team through dare-devil action, temptation, heartache, and a life changing event for one of them.

Release Date: September 16, 2008
Official website:

Every not-so-often, along comes a show that?s different. Wonderfully different. Pushing Daisies, TV Guide's Matt Roush writes, "restores my faith in TV's ability to amuse, enchant and entertain." It's the story of Ned, a lonely pie maker whose touch can reanimate the dead. Cool, but there's a hitch. If Ned touches the person again, the miracle is reversed. If he doesn't, a bystander goes toes up. What to do? Easy: Team with a private eye, bring murder victims back just long enough to discover whodunit, and collect the rewards. Things go well until Ned's boyhood sweetie is the next dear departed, and he can't resist bringing her back for keeps! Dig the wit, style and quirky romance: If you?re not laughing, you may need a visit from Ned.

Videos from the WB:
Windows - Beaver Boy Ft. 1:51 pushingdaisies_s1_tfif_beaver_boy_300.asx

Smallville S7 Smallville Season 7
Release date: September 9, 2008
Official website:

When Clark's cousin Kara (Supergirl) arrives on the scene, Clark advises her to keep a low profile and master her powers, but Kara has other ideas and becomes the focus of Lex Luthor's powerlust. Does Lana Lang prefer Bizarro to the real deal? Lois Lane makes a career leap and Chloe Sullivan finds that balancing a meteor power with a personal life isn't easy. New characters and complications abound, along with new secrets and lore, new thrills and special effects. Power up to Season 7!

Supernatural S3 Supernatural S3
Release date: September 2, 2008
Official website:

The yellow-eyed demon is vanquished, but at a terrible price. The battle that brought him down released hundreds of demons from Hell into an unsuspecting world. And it cost Sam his life. But a grief-stricken Dean made a deal with the Crossroad Demon --his soul for Sam's resurrection. Now Dean has just one year to live. One year to fight the unholy, the twisted, the ghoulish. One year to say farewell to Sam. And one year for Sam to search desperately for some way to save his brother. Mind-bending adventure awaits as the Winchester brothers continue their astonishing odyssey into the supernatural...and their personal odyssey into destiny.

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

SF Publications

CT #156 Cult Times Issue #156: Special Issue - only $2.99. HEROES: Hiro and Ando start a new quest; a look at Elle - Kristen Bell and DOCTOR WHO's Director Douglas MacKinnon takes you behind the scenes on the two-part story that brought the Sontarans back to the series.


Doctor Who Magazine, the official publication of the hit BBC TV series, reaches its 400th issue — and celebrates in style! Packed with exclusive photos and interviews, this very special publication features actor David Tennant talking candidly about being the Doctor — and his plans for the future; showrunner Russell T. Davies reveals secrets about his years working on Doctor Who; a new era for the full-color comic strip begins as the Doctor discovers "The Secrets of the Space Gulag"; the Time Team concludes their epic viewing of "The Trial of a Time Lord" in a surprising way; and all of the latest books, audios and DVDs are previewed and reviewed! Plus much, much more — including a massive free double-sided poster! (Panini Publishing Ltd) (C: 0-1-2) Magazine, 68pgs, FC SRP: $7.99


The chase is on as we count down Indy’s Top Ten chases! Featuring an exclusive interview with Ray Winstone ("Mac" in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) as he talks about working for both sides! Then, learn the "50 Things You Never Knew" about The Last Crusade! Plus, meet the guy who whips Harrison Ford into shape. Available in Newsstand and PREVIEWS Exclusive editions. (Titan) (C: 1-1-2) NOTE: Not available in the U.K. (May Purchase from U.K. Vendor) NEWSSTAND—Magazine, 100pgs, FC SRP: $9.99

Starburst #364 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 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.

Comic Books

by Jim Krueger & Mike Lilly

This original story is set in The New York Times-bestselling world of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, and is scripted by Butcher himself! When the supernatural world goes out of control, there's only one man to call: Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard in the Chicago phonebook. Collecting the mini-series in its entirety, this PREVIEWS Exclusive trade paperback is limited to a print run of 2,500!

by Will Eisner

On the dead body of a police officer the Spirit discovers a note with the name "Sand Saref," his lost childhood sweetheart. Saref has come to Central City peddling a deadly Nazi virus on the black market, but plans go awry when she is double-crossed by a scoundrel bent on destruction. In a twisted tale of betrayal, the remorseful Spirit must bring his long-lost love to justice and find the virus before it's too late! Born from shadow and mystery, Will Eisner's deathless hero returns in a recreation of The Spirit's final two issues. Coinciding with Frank Miller's upcoming film, Will Eisner's The Spirit: A Pop-Up Graphic Novel spins a noir tale of blackmail, murder, and espionage innovatively crafted into seven full-color pop-up spreads. Reborn, The Spirit breaks out of the conventional comic book frame, animating the vigor and dynamism of Eisner's original vision. Designed by renowned paper engineer Bruce Foster, Will Eisner's The Spirit: A Pop-Up Graphic Novel comes alive with expansive panoramic cityscapes, three-dimensional action sequence pop-outs, frame-by-frame expanding mini-booklets, and scene change pullouts. From the noir aficionado to the comic zealot, fans will celebrate this renaissance of Eisner's masterpiece, heralding the interactive ingenuity of a new format for sequential art. (C: 0-1-2) $34.95

Thor #10 THOR #10
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.

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)!

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 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!

Dr. Who Classics #1 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 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.

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". 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 follow.
There are some great series for the kids, including FLIPPER and ASTRO BOY. The best part -- IT IS FREE!


Charles has updated his merchandise list in our TRADING POST. Be sure to wander over to see if there is something to your liking.

If you have items you would like to get rid of, drop me a line and I'll post a note in our Trading Post. You never know who might be looking for the very thing you no longer have room to store.


September 18-20, 2008
Place: The Clarion Hotel
City: Aberdeen, Maryland
Guests: Edd Byrnes, Patty McCormack, Jon Provost, Kathleen Hughes, Larry Storch, Margaret Kerry -- and more to come
For more information, go to Last year the convention raised over $4,900 for the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer Center.

October 24-26, 2008
Place: Pittsburgh, PA
Guests: Chuck Norris, Lou Ferrigno, CJ Graham, Richard Kiel
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.

Sites are closed for these conventions. If you are holding tickets for any of these conventions, please get in touch with convention organizers.

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.


The front page of the The Zocalo Today changes daily, so be sure to check the back issues to make sure that you haven't missed anything IMPORTANT! We had a system crash recently, so many of the back issues are not available. I hope that you find this newsletter of interest and come back often.

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
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