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The Zocalo Today
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2009
BABYLON 5 NUMBER 13?
I saw a note over in the B5 moderated newsgroup and just had to add this to today's
update. Babylon 5 was ranked #13 in the 20 Greatest Sci-Fi TV shows rated by
Weekly . While we would contend that #13 is much too low in the rankings, it
is good none-the-less to get the recognition, with such classics as Doctor Who,
Quantum Leap, Firefly (7), Lost (6), ST: Next Gen (5), X-Files (4), Battlestar
Galactica (3), Star Trek: The Original (2) and Twilight Zone (1). How Futurama, Max
Headroom can get ahead of Babylon 5 is a question. How The Prisoner can be rated 15
is also a mystery.
Syfy shot a very cool video with the women from STARGATE -- they discuss their
roles and how they view their roles and acting. Amanda Tapping talks about being
both an actor and producer on SANCTUARY.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that MGM has secured support from key lenders to allow
the studio enough cash to proceed with its participation in THE HOBBIT.
A recent proposal by MGM's new CEO Steve Cooper to defer interest payments on its
debt load for the next three months on Thursday won a crucial endorsement from J.P.
Morgan. The investment firm leads a lenders steering committee that has been agitating
for a dramatic restructuring of the Lion's operations and its ownership structure.
In exchange for an agreement to limited interest forbearance, J.P. Morgan secured
a few changes in existing debt terms.
Concern over MGM's hold on HOBBIT is at the heart of the activity. In a 50-50 rights
partnership with Warner Bros.' New Line unit, two HOBBIT pics are being developed.
The first HOBBIT aims for theatrical release in 2011, with Guillermo del Toro on
board to direct that and a sequel. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and
del Toro are writing scripts for both and are expected to deliver the first screenplay
by the end of November.
Warners will lead production and distribute at least domestically. For now, the
Burbank studio also is covering any immediate expenses.
MGM execs hope to corral at least $40 million for its HOBBIT activities. The requested
interest deferrals amount to more than $50 million.
THE FUTURE IS WILD
Variety writes that Warner Bros. has signed on to adapt the animated documentary
series THE FUTURE IS WILD into a feature film. The development deal was struck
between the studio and producer John H. Williams' Vanguard Films and series creator
John Adams as well as brand partners Gerhard Sieber and Ettore Botta.
The animated/live-action/animatronic project involves a group of scientists and
zoologists and their projections for what Earth could look like over the next 200
million years. "It's a freaky, fantastical interpretation but also a scientifically
based version of what the evolution of Earth looks like -- with or without us,"
Williams said. No production date has been set.
SHUTTER ISLAND TRAILER
A new trailer has been released for the upcoming film SHUTTER ISLAND, which is set
for release on February 19, 2010. This Martin Scorcese film stars Leonardo DiCaprio,
Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Jackie
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.
8:00pm on NBC
Mercy-Episode: I Believe You Conrad (First Aired: September 30, 2009)
Veronica and Mike move back in together but realize the house is as much of a
mess as their marriage; Sonia gets a hunky cop to help her find the identity of a
patient; Chloe helps a patient everyone else had written off.
8:00pm on CBS
CSI: NY-Episode: My Name Is Mac Taylor (First Aired: November 19, 2008)
Two victims named Mac Taylor are dead, and detective Mac Taylor and the team must
figure out the killer's motive before he strikes again.
8:00pm on BBC America
Robin Hood-Episode: Lost in Translation (First Aired: September 26, 2009)
The sheriff forces the abbot to accuse Robin of stealing from the church; Tuck
attempts to clear Robin's name.
9:00pm on NBC
Trauma-Episode: Pilot (First Aired: September 28, 2009)
Tragedy hits close to home for the trauma team at San Francisco City Hospital,
changing the lives of everyone in the group.
9:00pm on CBS
Criminal Minds-Episode: Zoe's Reprise (First Aired: February 18, 2009)
The team hunts for a copycat serial killer who is recreating the techniques used
by famous killers of the past.
9:00pm on BBC America
Robin HoodEpisode: Sins of the Father (NEW)
When Rufus, intent of revenge, kidnaps Allan and Kate, Robin retaliates by snatching
his son and racing to find Rufus's hiding place.
9:00pm on Syfy
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End(2007)
Deranged cannibals terrorize a group of contestants competing on a reality TV show
in the wilderness of West Virginia. Erica Leerhsen, Henry Rollins, Texas Battle,
Daniella Alonso, Aleksa Palladino
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.
ASKED & ANSWERED: PART 4 - NEW RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 14
The B5 Books Team is delaying the release of Part 4 of the "Asked & Answered" series
from this month to October 14. This is because of an unusually high number of fans
catching up with the releases they missed this summer while traveling and vacationing.
To let these folks catch up (and to accommodate demand), Part 4 will be released on
October 14. Part 5 will now be released November 18.
See the entire listing of books at
Welcome to Show #173 - The Ragged Edge!
Tim and Summer venture down the rabbit hole, and ponder the implications of the
vast lack of dental hygiene portrayed in science fiction television. Are SF TV
writers simply avoiding having to create new dental technology, or having to explain
the continuing use of bristles on a stick, or is it simply to save precious minutes
for real storytelling?
Deep Geeking: This week, we discuss “The Ragged Edge”, a pivotal episode in the growth
of both the Interstellar Alliance and G’Kar; and in the fall of both Centauri Prime
and Michael Garibaldi.
We talk about the hestitation of G’Kar to embrace his new role as spiritual guide
for the Narn, and Ta’lon’s role in helping him open up to the possibilities from
being a spiritual teacher; about Garibaldi’s slow fall back into the bottle having
dire consequences for his safety and his friend’s life during a mission; and the
revelation to the core group about the different Centauri factions at work in the
royal court, the probable connection of one of them to the raids on Alliance member
worlds and the likely threat level to Londo’s life should he find out and go asking
the wrong questions in the wrong places.
We also ask the question “Who killed Tafiq?” because of the uncertainty of whether
or not the same people who killed him were also the same ones who killed the pilot.
Feedback: In this week’s emails, we address the changing appearances of the Drakh,
and whether “Drakh” is a name for a collective of races instead of for a single race
of dark servants; some theories of the extent of Lyta’s enhanced abilities against
mundanes being stronger than they might be against a Psi Cop, and some speculative
casting for a B5 “reboot”; anecdote on the pulling of Zima from Austin Powers; and
a few more opinions on spirituality and religion and the vast grey area encompassing both.
Join me on the ISN News Blog at
http://isnnews.blogspot.com. 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!
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
Dylan Neal - October 8
Jeff Conaway - October 5
John Vulich - October 10
Tim Choate - October 11 - we miss you
John Copeland - October 13
Linda Huse - October 16
I love September. It has a number of birthdays for some of my FAVORITE Babylon 5
people, including Patty, Robin, Bear, Jason and Manny. 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.
REAL GOOD RADIO HOUR WITH BILL MUMY
Bill Mumy 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
"The Real Good Radio Hour" will air every Wednesday and Friday at 7 PM both Pacific
and Eastern time.
Some of the upcoming episodes will focus on:
Masters of the Blues
Pioneers of Folk
Architects of Rock n Roll
Heart of the Country
Bringing it Live
Rock Meets Folk
The Roots of Reggae
The Real Good Radio Hour debuts Wednesday, September 16th at 7 pm and can be heard
weekly on KSAV.org.
WIZARD OF OZ STARS
To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of THE WIZARD OF OZ, the Warner Archive Collection
bring you the stars of OZ in more classic movies. They include:
Everyone Sing with Judy Barland and Billie Burke; Flying High with Bert Lahr; George
White Scandals with Jack Haley and Margaret Hamilton and Rosalie with Ray Bolger and
Frank Morgan. The WIZARD OF OZ is now available on blu-ray and DVD.
To celebrate the release of the Natural Born Killers 15th Anniversary Director's
Cut, available on Blu-ray/DVD on October 13th, Warner Bros. has created an exciting
online trivia game. How well do you know your Natural Born Killers movie? Test
your knowledge by playing the game.
L.A. continues to be the land of plenty for the relocated plastic surgeons of McNamara/Troy.
An aspiring rapper wants more booty to shake, so would the docs please put some junk
in her trunk? Can would-be vampires have those nasty neck wounds concealed? Can a
yoga expert with a giant, uh, appendage have it shortened? Yes to all the above.
And maybe everyone, even the docs, should also have a check-up from the neck up.
Season 5 wraps with 8 episodes of envelope-pushing surgery, surprise, silliness and
seriousness. Yes, seriousness. Because Christian now battles the Big C. Sean copes
with the aftermath of the knife attack. And Liz says “I do” to the last person you’d
imagine. Time to stretch your imaginations, fans.
TOM AND JERRY GREATEST CHASES VOLUME 3
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Official website: www.kidswb.com
Everyone’s favorite cat and mouse are back with 14 shorts from the original popular
cartoon series. Volume 3 finds Tom and Jerry engaging in some of their greatest
This fast-paced collection serves up 14 more of this dynamic duo’s funniest faceoffs
that the whole family will love. Episodes include: Cat Napping, The Flying Cat, The
Two Mousketeers, Smitten Kitten, Baby Butch, Designs on Jerry, The Pecos Pest, Touche
Pussy Cat!, The Flying Sorceress, Blue Cat Blues, The Night Before Christmas, The
Bowling Alley-Cat, Fine Feathered Friend and Puttin’ on the Dog.
YELLOWSTONE: BATTLE FOR LIFE
Release date: September 29, 2009
Official website: www.bbcamerica.com
America’s first National Park, Yellowstone, is one of the most spectacular wildernesses
on Earth and home to some of the richest wildlife beyond the plains of Africa.
YELLOWSTONE: BATTLE FOR LIFE reveals the beauty and struggles of this amazing
natural treasure. A must-own documentary for nature enthusiasts everywhere, the
release contains three hour-long episodes that encompass nearly an entire year at
Yellowstone National Park, as well as 30 minutes of behind-the-scenes special features.
SCARE TACTICS SEASON 3 PART 1
Release date: October 6, 2009
Official website: www.wbshop.com
Comedy superstar Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) hosts Season Three of
the smash prankster show Scare Tactics! A psycho invades the home of a babysitter
and her charge. A mutant creature bursts from a lab’s oversized cocoon. A horror
film director silences his critics…permanently. From outlandish to ghoulish to
downright terrifying, these are just some of the elaborate scenarios into which
the victims (or prey!) are lured. Hidden cameras capture their always primal,
often hilarious reactions, with the results then edited and scored to create
“mini-movies” where the victim is the star and their acting is for real!
DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie Based on Acclaimed Jeph Loeb/Ed McGuinness
Comics; Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy & Clancy Brown Reprise Original Voices of Superman,
Batman & Lex Luthor
The World’s Greatest Super Heroes become America’s most wanted criminals – and are
hunted by friends and foes alike – in SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES, the sixth
entry in the popular DVD series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies. A
co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the full-
length animated film will be distributed by Warner Home Video on September 29, 2009.
SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES will be available as a Special Edition 2-disc version
on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def for $24.98 (SRP) and $29.99 (SRP), respectively, as well
as single disc DVD for $19.98 (SRP) and On Demand.
SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES is based on the popular Jeph Loeb/Ed McGuinness
comic series/graphic novel. Animation legend Bruce Timm (Superman Doomsday, Green
Lantern) is executive producer. Michael Goguen (Justice League: The New Frontier)
is supervising producer. Sam Liu (The Batman) is directing a script written by Stan
Berkowitz (Justice League: The New Frontier).
In the film, United States President Lex Luthor uses the oncoming trajectory of a
Kryptonite asteroid to frame Superman and declare a $1 billion bounty on the heads
of the Man of Steel and his “partner in crime,” Batman. Heroes and villains alike
launch a relentless pursuit of Superman and Batman, who must unite – and recruit
help – to stave off the action-packed onslaught, stop the asteroid, and uncover
Luthor’s devious plot to take command of far more than North America.
The movie reunites the lead voices of Superman, Batman and Lex Luthor from the
landmark Superman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Animated Series. Tim Daly
(Private Practice), Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and
Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) reprise their roles as Superman, Batman and
Lex Luthor, respectively.
The partnership of Batman and Superman is wonderful in this animated video. They stand
together against Lex Luthor, who has been elected President of the United States. Other
super heroes side with Lex and begin the process of bringing order to the chaos that
has been caused the a huge global economic crisis. Lex asks Superman to join him, but
Superman and Batman don't trust Lex. When a meteor threatens Earth, Lex tells the
military to use missiles -- despite their argument that they will not be effective.
Lex's ego kicks into high-gear and does not accept their findings. When the missiles
do fail, Superman and Batman try to save the Earth. It is an interesting adventure
The extras included with this 2-disc set are awesome. The conversations with writers
of the comics is intersting and informative. The extra animated videos are done very
well and you get additional information on the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE project.
For fans of Superman and Batman, this 2-disc set is a wonderful addition.
“A mentalist is a master manipulator of thought and behavior.” The mentalist is
Patrick Jane (Simon Baker in an acclaimed performance), a celebrity psychic whose
wife and child are viciously murdered by an elusive serial killer called Red John.
Devastated, Patrick admits his paranormal act is fake, renounces his earlier life
and uses his astonishing skills of observation and analysis – talents that made
him appear psychically gifted – to bring killers to justice. At crime scenes across
California, Patrick now helps an elite team of detectives break their toughest cases.
But no matter how many criminals he catches, Patrick never forgets his central goal:
Find Red John. And bring him down.
REVIEW OF DVD
I have to admit, I didn't watch this show much this year, but have always been interested
in it. Simon Baker is really easy on the eyes, and I loved him in THE GUARDIAN. He is
wonderful in the role of Patrick Jane, a consultant who helps the California Bureau of
Investigation with murder cases.
I love character based action/adventure shows and this one fills both bills. There is
enough action each week and the characters are rich and keep me coming back for more.
Thank heavens for the DVD! I started watching yesterday and 4 hours later wondered
why I hadn't stayed up to watch this program throughout the year. CBS has been great
at putting the show on at different times as well, but if you are like me, the DVD is
what you need. From the first story, the characters, work on a number of levels. As
you progress through the DVD, you see them grow and get better and closer. While Patrick
is the focus of nearly everything that goes on, the B stories are very good as well. I
love the growing love story between Rigsby and Van Pelt. Rigsby is a big football kind
of guy who is quite shy and madly in love with the new agent, Van Pelt -- but too shy
to tell her of his feelings. When a baddie comes after Jane, Rigsby is attacked and you
see there are feelings between the two, but now you have a situation -- on-the-job
love stories never work out.
Robin Tunney is very good as Agent Teresa Lisbon. As the series begins, she is the
foil for Jane, but as the series has progressed, you learn more about her troubled
childhood and you can appreciate her character a bit more.
If you love the show, you'll truly enjoy the DVD.
The new season premieres September 24 at 10:00pm ET.
Release date: September 8, 2009
"FRINGE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON features 20 episodes of the most exciting new show
on television, including over six hours of never-before-seen bonus features and
collectible lenticular packaging,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV
and Special Interest Marketing. “Warner Home Video is ecstatic to release this much-
anticipated science-fiction hit on DVD and Blu-Ray.”
DVD Special Features Include:
Evolution: The Genesis of Fringe featurette - The creators of the show discuss how
the series unfolded and the qualities that make it so unique
Behind the Real Science of Fringe featurette - From teleportation to re-animation,
Fringe incorporates recent discoveries in science. Consulting experts and scientists
who are the authorities in their field address the areas of science which are the
inspiration for the show.
A Massive Undertaking: The Making of Fringe (on select episodes) - An in-depth
exploration of how select episodes came to be made: from the frozen far reaches of
shooting the pilot in Toronto, to the weekly challenges of bringing episodes to air
The Casting of Fringe- The story, as told by producers and cast, of how Anna Torv,
Joshua Jackson, John Noble and others came to be cast in the series.
Fringe Visual Effects featurette - Goes deep into the creation of the shared dream
state with some of the biggest VFX shots of the show.
Dissected Files: Unaired Scenes
Unusual Side Effects: Gag Reel
Deciphering the Scene
Roberto Orci Production Diary
Gene the Cow montage
Three Full-Length Commentaries from writers/producers, including J.J. Abrams, Roberto
Orci, Alex Kurtman, J.R. Orci, David Goodman, Bryan Burk, Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner
I love this show and have enjoyed all the episodes in this first season. I am
anxiously awaiting season two and SO happy that the DVD will be out with all those
wonderful extras listed above -- and more.
I have loved this show from the very beginning. FRINGE is a very thought-provoking show that
has a definite grounding in real science. Perhaps that is why I like it so much. While I can
watch some "fantasy" programs, programs that have some basis in reality seem to work better for
me. While some of the stories are pretty much out there, the interaction with the characters
is just perfect. You have Olivia, an FBI agent now assigned to investigate strange occurances,
ala X-Files. You have Walter, somewhat of a mad scientist, but perhaps he is more of a visionary.
His son, Peter, acts as a guardian for Walter, who gets released from a mental institution to
help Olivia, is somewhat of a con-man, collaborator, partner to both Olivia and Walter. The
acting is just top-rate -- as is the writing. Created by J.J. Abrams, you see a tinge of
ALIAS, but only that. The chemistry for all of the characters is wonderful and I am anxious
to see what happens for the upcoming second season. This is like a melodrama that teases you
with clues each week. You don't have to watch each week to enjoy the show though -- but watching
each week increases the enjoyment -- at least it does for me.
The DVD is marvelous. There are extra features on each of the 7 discs included in the package.
You will hear from J.J. Abrams about how he created the series, you will hear from the writers
and special effects genuises who have brought this show to the small screen. This DVD is
definitely one you will enjoy watching on many levels.
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.
Warner Bros. has done it again. From the extensive archive comes an OUR GANG collection.
Alfalfa, Spanky, Buck Wheat and the rest of the gang arrive on today on the Warner
Archive in The Our Gang Collection that headlines a stellar line-up of new releases.
This new five-disc DVD set contains all 52 of the “Our Gang” shorts produced by MGM
between 1938 and 1944 in their original, uncut form as first seen in theaters at a
limited time special price of $34.99 only at
Among the episodes in the Collection are “Party Fever,” “The Little Ranger,” “Alfalfa’s
Aunt,” “Don’t Lie” and dozens more. Also seen in the cast are Froggy, Porky, and even
little Mickey Guibitosi, who soon changed his screen name to Bobby (Robert) Blake.
This collection marks the first ever home video release of the entire group of the
52 MGM shorts, news sure to be welcomed by the hordes of “Our Gang” fans out there.
The “Our Gang” comedies are the first in a series of monthly Warner Archive Collection
releases to be drawn from a library of classic theatrical short subjects originally
produced by both Warner Bros. and MGM.
Also coming to the Warner Archive in September are the “Dogville” shorts, Wrestling
Ernest Hemingway, Airbourne and many more. Please visit www.warnerarchive to view
the vast selection of wonderful classic titles including treasures from the silent
film era; rarely seen films starring Hollywood legends like Cary Grant, Clark Gable,
Bette Davis; and Sci-fi cult classics like Doc Savage, Countdown and others.
Scooby-Doo is one of the favorite cartoons for many kids around the country. My nephew's
kids will just sit around the tube and watch this goofy dog and his friends for hours!
How good is that? In this collection, you see Scooby-Doo and his friends do what they
do best -- solve mysteries! Heck, I liked watching them as well. Scooby-Doo is fun
for all ages and if you are a fan of this series -- you just have to have the final
release. This two-disc set has wonderful episodes like "Diamonds are a Ghouls Best Friend"
and of course, the Scooby-Doo Christmas - bonus episode. If you are looking for good
family fun, don't miss this one.
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.
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!
I have been a fan of SMALLVILLE since it began -- wow eight years ago! Where has the
time gone? It has been wonderful seeing the actors grow into their roles. While I miss
John Schneider and Michael Rosenbaum, Kristen Kreuk did come back for a brief period as
Lana Lang. However, Tess Mercer's addition (portrayed by Cassidy Freeman) has brought
new life to the Luther lab and this DVD series may be the best yet. There is plenty
of action and with Clark getting help from Oliver Queen (Justin Harley) as Green Arrow.
Allison Mack has always been wonderful as Chloe and she continues to light up the screen
whenver she is part of it. Can't say I'm a huge fan of Erica Durance. Her Lois Lane
leaves me wanting something more. In some episodes she is added more as an after
thought than as a plot staple.
All in all though, SMALLVILLE fans will have a lot to talk about and with the coming
new season, there are hopes for even greater adventures for Clark Kent.
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
There are so many DVDs to select from, I have moved some of the other selections
to the DVD page. Please go there for more DVD selections -- and reviews --
DVD NEWS AND REVIEWS .
NEW FAMILY DVDS
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.
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #29
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, art and cover by Jesus Saiz.
A thing that lives...and fights for its soul! The shambling walking doll that is
Brother Power, the Geek has been reborn in Gotham City without a home or purpose!
Could destiny have something in store for this seemingly lost relic? And why does
his appearance cut into Batman's.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Nov. 18.
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?
October 8-10, 2009 Twilight Convention
City: Anaheim, CA
Place: Sheraton Park Hotel
For more information, go to www.creationent.com
October 10-11, 2009
Hollywood Autograph Show
Place: Burbank, CA
B5 guests participating: Julie Caitlin Brown; Claudia Chrisitan; Mira Furlan; Stephen
Furst; Bill Mumy; Patricia Tallman, Andrea Thompson and Sarah Douglas (Deathwalker)
For more information, go to www.hollywoodshow.com
December 4-6, 2009 STEEL CITY CON
Place: Monroeville Convention Center
City: Monroeville (near Pittsbugh) Pa.
Guests include: Luciana Carro, Battlestar Galactica, Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters
I and II, Peter Mayhew
Recently added: C.J. Graham (Friday the 13th), Robb Demarest (Ghost Hunters Int'l)
For more information, go to http://www.steelcitycon.com .
January 23-24, 2010 STAR TREK CONVENTION
Place: Westin St. Francis Hotel
City: San Francisco, CA
Guests: William Shatner and Patrick Stewart
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS! 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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