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Glitter News


The CW has released a few pictures from SMALLVILLE's two-hour Justice Society movie, revealing the looks of several superhero guest stars.
The two episodes, "Society" and "Legends," will feature, among other characters, DC Comics heroes Hawkman, Doctor Fate and Stargirl. We have already seen "Stargate's" Michael Shanks as Hawkman. Here is Brent Stait ("Andromeda") is under the helmet as Doctor Fate, and Britt Irvin ("V") is playing Stargirl. "Society" and "Legends" -- which are being packaged together as a movie titled "Absolute Justice" -- are set to air Feb. 5.

While most broadcast networks were in rerun and movie mode on the day after Thanksgiving, but as usual CBS finished the night on top.
CBS averaged 5.3 million viewers and a 3.5 rating/6 share in households in primetime. FOX (4.8 million, 2.6/5) finished second. ABC's 4.4 million viewers and 2.9/5 were good enough for third, topping NBC's 3.7 million and 2.4/4. The CW (1.2 million, 0.8/1) was in the back of the pack.
FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic, albeit with just a modest 1.4 rating. CBS took second with a 1.2, and ABC and NBC tie for third at 1.1. The CW came in at 0.5.

Variety reports that in its eighth day of release, Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" crossed the double-century mark making an estimated $206.1 million. The domestic B.O. for "New Moon" easily eclipsed that of the first "Twilight" which amassed $192.8 million in 20 weeks. In the first three days of the holiday frame beginning Wednesday, "New Moon" has grossed $41.4 million.
The record holder for the best Thanksgiving frame haul still belongs to the first "Harry Potter" which made $82.4 million from Wednesday through Sunday.
After Warner Bros.' football drama "The Blind Side" squeezed a few more bodies into the multiplex on Thanksgiving than "New Moon," the vampire sequel took the top spot back on Friday with $17.9 million at 4,042 theaters.
While that figure reps a 75% decline for "New Moon" from its first Friday, such steep drops aren’t uncommon for a record tentpole opener, i.e. "The Dark Knight" fell 67%; "Spider-Man 3," -71%; and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End," -70%.
Multiplex traffic picked up greatly yesterday for the top 10 which is typical on Black Friday as auds tend to sit back on Thanksgiving. Of note, "New Moon" saw a 95% surge in its Friday take over its Thanksgiving B.O., "Blind Side" shot up 71% as well as wide entries "Ninja Assassin," (+24%) and "Old Dogs" (+67%).
Though "Blind Side" slipped to second after its Thursday win, more people caught the Sandra Bullock film in its second Friday than on its opening day, with the film seeing a 47% uptick at 3,140 run for a B.O. of $16.2 million. Pic's domestic cume stands at $76.3 million.
Sony’s "2012" rose to third yesterday after placing fifth on Thanksgiving with $7 million off 3,444. Pic dipped just 14% in its third Friday from a week ago with a running estimated cume of $127.8 million.
A pair of Walt Disney PG titles took fourth and fifth respectively with "Old Dogs" making $6.85 million from 3,425 and "A Christmas Carol" taking $6.64 million from 3,013. In three days "Old Dogs" has generated $14.1 million while the domestic cume for "Christmas Carol" should cross $100 million this weekend; its B.O. currently standing at $96 million.
Warner Bros. R-rated actioner "Ninja Assassin" took sixth in its third day with $5.7 million from 2,503 and a three-day B.O. of $13.5 million.
Sony’s feature toon "Planet 51" counted $4.1 million in seventh from 3,035, up 29% from a week ago with an eight-day take of $22.4 million.
20th Century Fox’s "Fantastic Mr. Fox" doubled its domestic cume from Thursday, drawing $3 million from 2,029 in eighth yesterday for a new domestic total of $6 million.
Lionsgate’s "Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire" took in $2.8 million from 663 and a theater average of $4,175. Domestic B.O.: $27.1 million.
Overture Films’ "The Men Who Stare at Goats" generated an estimated $632,000 from 1,119 for a running cume in its fourth Friday of $29.3 million.
Weinstein Co.’s "The Road" raised its three-day cume to $1 million off 111 yesterday. Pic easily owned the no. 11 spot with a theater average of $5,045 or $560,000.
Disney’s exclusive run of its new hand-drawn animated feature "The Princess and the Frog," set to go wide on Dec. 11, drew an estimated $277,000 from two sites for a running three-day domestic take of $707,630.

ABC says the final season of "Lost" will begin in February with a night devoted to the drama. An hourlong special recounting the story line so far will air at 8 p.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 2, followed by the two-hour season premiere. "Lost" will move to its regular 9-10 p.m. EST time slot beginning the following week, on Feb. 9, the network said Thursday.
This past summer, many of the cast members of the hit TV show appeared at Comic-Con to talk about the upcoming season.
When we last saw the castaways, Ben (Michael Emerson) was coaxed by a fake version of Locke (Terry O'Quinn) to confront and kill the mysterious Jacob (Mark Pellegrino). Jack, Kate, Sawyer and some of the others remained stuck back in the 1970s in the middle of a conflict between the Dharma Initiative and the Others. Jack (Matthew Fox) suggests to his fellow castaways that they should try and change the future by igniting a bomb at the site of the original hatch from season one. The results of these events still remain a mystery as the 5th season ended with a cliffhanger.
The series about an airplane crash on a mysterious island and its aftermath is ending after six seasons. The stars of "Lost" include Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly.


Thanksgiving audiences chose football over vampires, making Warner Bros.’ THE BLIND SIDE the top film at the holiday box office with $9.5 million off 3,110. After posting double-digit grosses throughout the week, including a record Thanksgiving-eve gross of $14.3 million, the Thursday B.O. for Summit Entertainment’s TWILIGHT: THE NEW MOON SAGA eased to an estimated $9.2 million from 4,042, according to Variety.
A similar box office trend occurred last Thanksgiving, when a Warner Bros. release skewing to an older crowd, unseated the younger TWILIGHT demographic: Vince Vaughn-Reese Witherspoon comedy FOUR CHRISTMASES drew $8.9 million while the first installment of the vampire franchise took $5.2 million.
Yesterday’s gap between BLIND SIDE and NEW MOON is much slimmer, with industry estimates expecting NEW MOON to power back to the top spot throughout the weekend.
On Wednesday, the $14.3 million generated by NEW MOON exceeded the daily B.O. of BLIND SIDE by 81% with the Sandra Bullock football drama pulling in $7.9 million. Prior to NEW MOON, the biggest haul on Thanksgiving eve came from 2005’s HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE which made $14.1 million.
In its first week, NEW MOON generated $188.4 million. Summit will be reporting international tallies on Sunday. Overall, the top 10 films on Thanksgiving generated an estimated $39.4 million, a 20% gain over the holiday’s tally last year.
Warner Bros. also had another win in third place with its R-rated actioner NINJA ASSASSIN which pulled in $4.6 million from 2,503. Since its Wednesday bow, NINJA has collected $7.9 million.
Walt Disney’s PG comedy OLD DOGS starring John Travolta and Robin Williams took fourth with $4.1 million off 3,425 for a two-day gross of $7.2 million.
Sony’s 2012 filed fifth with an estimated $4.0 million off 3,444, up 27% from its Thursday B.O. a week ago. To date, 2012 counts a domestic total of $120.8 million.
DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL charted sixth with $3.8 million off 3,013, a near three fold surge over last Thursday’s take, with a running domestic cume of $89.4 million.
Sony’s animated feature PLANET 51 followed in seventh with $1.6 million from 3,035 and a first week take of $18.3 million.
Fox’s expansion of Wes Anderson’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX from four locales to 2,027 catapulted the stop-motion film into eighth with $1.35 million yesterday. Pic took in $1.1 million during its first day of going wide on Wednesday. Heading into its third frame, MR. FOX counts a domestic B.O. of $3 million.
Lionsgate’s PRECIOUS, based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire" slotted ninth with $1.29 million from 663, repping a two-fold plus surge from a week ago with a running domestic take at the end of its third week of $24.3 million.
Overture Films’ THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS drew an estimated $369,300 in tenth off 1,119, down 11% from a week ago, and a total B.O. going into its fourth frame of $28.7 million.
Weinstein Co.’s limited release of the big-screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD generated an estimated $481,000 in its first two days of release from 111 engagements. Exit surveys are looking good for the film.
Disney’s exclusive run of its hand-drawn animated THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG at the Ziegfeld in New York and the Walt Disney Studios main theater totaled $430,770 since its Wednesday bow.

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 CBS
A Dog Named Christmas (2009)
A mentally challenged man embarks on a mission to find homes for dogs during the holidays. Based on a novel by Greg Kincaid. Bruce Greenwood, Noel Fisher, Linda Emond, Peter Werner, Jenny Wingfield

9:00pm on Syfy
Anaconda 3: Offspring (2008)
A mercenary and a scientist join forces to stop a giant snake and its pregnant counterpart. David Hasselhoff, Crystal Allen, John Rhys-Davies, Anthony Green, Ryan McCluskey

9:00pm on SHowtime
Dexter - Lost Boys (New)


MGM is celebrating 85 years of legendary MGM filmmaking that produced all-time classics THE WIZARD OF OZ, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, GONE WITH THE WIND, and the beloved favorites POLTERGEIST, NORTH BY NORTHWEST and 2001 SPACE ODYSSEY.
In celebration of the MGM 85th Anniversary starting this week WB and MGM have combined their catalogs to present 100 iconic movies that were originally produced by MGM via TV through cable On Demand and on iTunes, PlayStation 3, Amazon On Demand via Digital Download services. MGM 85 Store on iTunes

MGM 85


Who watched the AMC remake of THE PRISONER? What did you think? Did it live up to the original?

Send in your comments to 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.


The long-awaited Asked & Answered Part 5, the fifth and final book of the Asked & Answered series, has arrived. Packed with 1,301 questions, Part 5 has the most questions asked (and answered) of any book in the 5 book series.
Picking up where Part 4 left off, Part 5's questions and answers are all related to the specifics of each episode and movie, starting with Season 2 (Season 1 was the final section of Part 4) and continuing through "The Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark."

Here's a glimpse, a hint, a peek, a preview of the info-nuggets you'll discover in Part 5's 1,301 answers:
J. Michael Straczynski's least favorite episode and which one took his breath away
How the story would have proceeded if Sinclair, Takashima, Kyle, Alexander and Sykes had remained in the cast
How JMS's childhood is part of the origin of Londo's recurring dream
How "Midnight on the Firing Line" and "The Coming of Shadows" are mirror-images of each other
The significance of the season two episode titles
How Sinclair's storyline is like a certain famous trilogy
How the change in commanding officers benefited the show
Why it's so difficult to write Kosh's dialogue
The basis of the techno-mage symbols
JMS's favorite quotes from "The Coming of Shadows"
The reason JMS drilled down on the Marcus and Lennier characters
Why we couldn't see the surface of Narn after the mass drivers
How the Earth/Minbari War actually began
What it was like on the set when Michael O'Hare returned in "War Without End"
How many years Valen lived
How Season 4 was different from the previous three seasons
Why Lyta isn't mentioned in "Sleeping in Light"
The final image JMS had in mind before a frame was ever shot on the series
Exactly what JMS was thinking during his "Sleeping in Light" cameo
And, at long last, how many Minbari it takes to screw in a lightbulb

For a complete listing of what is included in this book, go to


That was Peter Woodward on last week's episode "August" of FRINGE. Good to see Peter back on the screen here in the U.S.

B5 Podcast


Welcome to Show #180!

The crew chat a bit about whether Space Shuttle Atlantis’ November launch will or will not be the final Shuttle launch. And stay tuned to find out more about when Tim will join in on a discussion about the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 12 mission!
Hey, if you want to check out the live video stream of this show, head on over to the Babylon Podcast UStream page!!
Feedbackapalooza: It’s mondo feedback time again, with voicemails and emails a-plenty… complete with sake bombs and cartoon pajama pants.
But seriously, if anyone does know if any Book of G’Quan or Book of G’Kar prop replicas were made for the true die-hard collectors out there, or if anyone who has the original copies would be willing to take pictures for us, definitely let us know!
And remember, friends don’t let friends drive the big mixer board while under the influence of sake bombs.
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!
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:

Visit Deep Geeking, and if you want to contribute a geeking essay, send an email to Summer. To catch up on all the Babylon 5 podcasts, 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!

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.


Robert Foxworth - November 1
John Vickery - November 4
Damian London - November 12
Tracy Scoggins - November 13
Dwight Schultz - November 24
Louise Turenne - November 26
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. - November 30

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.


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 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

Men of a Certain Age


A new TV series, MEN ON A CERTAIN AGE, is coming December 7 on TNT. MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE explores the unique bonds of male friendship among three men experiencing the changes and challenges of mid-life. They have been best friends since college but now, in their 40s, are navigating through the second act of their lives. Joe (Ray Romano) is a friendly, slightly neurotic, recently separated father of two who had dreams of being a professional golfer. Now he owns and runs a party store. Terry (Scott Bakula, Enterprise, Quantum Leap) is a laid-back, handsome actor who seems to breeze through life (and women). Lately, he's spending more time working as a temp than as an actor. And Owen (Andre Braugher) is an overstressed husband and father of three who endures constant criticism from his father, for whom he works as a car salesman.

Here is a clip provided by Warners for the show:

New DVDs

Release date: November 24, 2009
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Your spirits will soar with this complete series set from the popular TV series! Portraying the man and hero as human while keeping the comic-book action at full speed, each animated adventure is a fast-paced spellbinder. Beginning with his arrival on Earth, Superman finds his place in his adopted home and accepts his role as its champion - facing mortal enemy Lex Luthor and countless other criminals like the Weather Wizard and the Toyman. High- flying excitement, boundless thrills and revealing Exclusive Extras collide in this superior collection about the dynamic hero that inspires us all to strive for truth and justice.

Available on DVD: November 3
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Cary Grant (as the ultimate man-on-the-run in his fourth Hitchcock teaming) gives a superlative performance while Eva Marie Saint (perfect Hitchcock heroine Eve Kendall) is at her sultry and sexy best in this heart-pounding thriller. Grant plays Manhattan adman Roger Thornhill, who is at once plunged into the world of spies and counterspies, abducted, framed for murder, chased, and (in the signature set-piece) crop-dusted. At the films’ end, he hangs on for dear life from the facial features of Mount Rushmore’s Presidents where he ultimately rescues Miss Saint.

New Special Features:
Documentary: The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature Style
Documentary: North by Northwest: One for the Ages
Additional Special Features:
Screenwriter commentary
Music only track
Cary Grant: A Class Apart [2003 TCM Documentary]
Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest hosted by Eva Marie Saint
Photo gallery
Trailer gallery

Release date: October 6, 2009

The boys are back, and while they may be older, they're still none the wiser. The crew discover a dimension-hopping leviathan, but Rimmer is threatened with replacement by the new, improved holograph Katrina. She is determined to guide Lister to his home planet, but no one is prepared for Earth 2009, where the hapless crew face death unless they can track down their creators.
-Cast commentary
-Director commentary
-All-new exclusive documentary The Making of Back to Earth
-Deleted scenes
-Smeg ups
-Web videos
-Photo gallery
-Easter egg

Here are some wonderful videos from the WB:
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Get Me Some Dirt:
Just Characters in a TV Series:
For fans of this series, they will probably find this DVD a welcome reminder of times past. At times, the comedy is brillant -- at other times, you wonder what may be going on behind the scenes.
BACK TO EARTH takes place after the supposed season 10 of Red Dwarf, and the crew find themselves thrown through a portal, at which time they realize that they’re all just characters from a TV show. Furthermore, they’re characters from a TV show who are going to all die in the final episode. The only solution? To track down both the actors that play them (including a trip to the set!), and the creators of Red Dwarf itself. This opens the door for plenty of postmodern gags and situations, but arguably it’s only when things get back into more familiar territory that they start to gel a little more.
The chemistry of the characters that kept this series on the tube for 10 years is still there. You can’t help but enjoy the fact that the crew are back together. Will this be the last voyage for Red Dwarf? Quite possibly. But it’s still a fun and entertaining send-off.
The extras include a look behind the production to see how it all came together. This is very interesting -- to see how they did a number of things with green screen that they could not have imagined in the original production.

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Legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer is back again in the nick of time with Eleventh Hour. This Complete 6-Disc, 18-Episode Series stars Rufus Sewell as a brilliant biophysicist and special science advisor to the government investigating scientific crises and oddities – everything from cloning to cryogenics. With absolute jurisdiction and a resolve to apprehend those abusing and misusing scientific discoveries and breakthroughs for their own gain, he’s called in as the last line of defense. Marley Shelton co-stars as the decorated FBI protection officer assigned to watch his back. Based on the British miniseries by acclaimed writer Stephen Gallagher, the suspenseful series follows the unlikely pair as they crusade to protect the substance of science from those with nefarious motives.

Release date: October 6, 2009
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GENESIS II, synopsis:
“My name is Dylan Hunt. My story begins the day on which I died.” Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, brings fans another enthralling tale of the future. Set in a time between now and the era of the starship Enterprise, Genesis II follows Hunt (Alex Cord), who awakes after 154 years of suspended animation into a post-apocalyptic world that’s torn between the peace-loving citizens of Pax and the militaristic, mutant Tyranians. Both want Hunt to join their cause. But the Tyranians have two cruel weapons to persuade Hunt: a device of torture called a stim. And an alluring mutant (Mariette Hartley) with two navels…and one ice-cold heart.

This was an interesting flash-from-the-past -- a series developed by Gene Roddenberry that gave us a glimpse of what the future might be. There are a number of very familiar faces in this pilot episode/movie. Mariette Harley plays a mutant with two navels; Percy Rodriguez is the leader -- many faces from STAR TREK are sprinkled throughout.
This seemed like a very familiar story -- a scientist wakes up 154 years after he is placed in suspended animation. He finds a world very different from what he left -- because of bomb has destroyed many of the major cities. Our hero, Dylan Hunt, is introduced to the new environment, first by the powerful Pax and then he sees the Tyranians. Two classes still in conflict.He must discover who are the good-guys.
Alex Cord and Mariette Hartley are wonderful in their roles. Given that this was made in 1973, many of the things we can do today had to be done with actual sets and models. Still, the story is a good one. The idea of a subterranian transit system is interesting; the idea of a device "stim" to stimulate pleasure and pain, etc.
This could have been an interesting TV series, but producers decided to go with the "Planet of the Apes" series instead. Roddenberrry came back with a second pilot, PLANET EARTH, that also fell by the wayside. Roddenberry used the name "Dylan Hunt" and a number of the ideas from this pilot on ANDROMEDA which starred Kevin Sorbo.

Release date: October 13, 2009
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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.

Release date: October 6, 2009
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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.

Release Date: October 13, 2009
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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 chases ever!

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.

Release date: September 29, 2009
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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.

Video clips:
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The BBC has released a number of DVDs that provide excellent opportunities to entertain the entire family. YELLOWSTONE: BATTLE FOR LIFE is no exception. This series is a year in the lives of several Yellowstone wildlife: bison, grizzly bears, foxes, wolves, beavers, and elk. The three 50 minute episodes, entitled "Winter", "Summer" and Autumn" look at the animals in each season. There is some amazing photography, colorful volcanic springs that are beautiful orange and blue -- colors you don't normally associate with volcanic activity.
Along with so much breathtaking photography, you will see things you've not seen before -- learn about these creatures in the wild that you were unaware of. All in all, a wonderful addition to anyone's DVD collection. Definitely one you will want to share with your kids.

Release date: October 6, 2009
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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!

Release Date: September 29, 2009
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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 for everyone.
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.

See the Variety review at:

Release date: September 22, 2009
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“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.


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 19, 2009

The whodunit format was a daring new frontier for an animated series, but the members of the Mystery Inc. team have grown to become authentic popular-culture icons.

Video Clips:
No Accident 1:35
Puppeteer 1:32
Mummy Catch 2:04

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.

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.

Special Features:
- 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 SUPERMAN Saga
- Menaces of Metropolis: Behind the Villains of SUPERMAN - The Origin and Evolution of Superman's Adventures
- 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 SUPERMAN.

New DVDs are coming out all the time. Please visit the DVD page for more information and reviews. DVD NEWS AND REVIEWS .


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 New DVDs

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

Comics Brave/Bold #29 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.

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?


December 4-6, 2009
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 .

January 23-24, 2010
Place: Westin St. Francis Hotel
City: San Francisco, CA
Guests: William Shatner and Patrick Stewart

For more information, go to

February 12-14, 2010
Place: Crowne Plaza Baltimore North
City: Timonium, Maryland (near Baltimore) Babylon 5 Guest: Mira Furlan
Other Guests: Felicia Day, Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog/The Guild/Dollhouse
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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Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
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