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The Zocalo Today

Welcome to The Zocalo Today! Take your shoes off, get comfortable and stay a while. There is a LOT of information here and you won't want to miss any of it.

The Zocalo Today was begun in 1999 as a way of keeping Babylon 5 fans informed of what was going on within the B5 community. It still does that -- but it has expanded to include science fiction in general. You will find items on STARGATE SG-1, ANDROMEDA, MUTANT X as well as movies and books. We encourage interaction with readers through discussion topics and the general sharing of information. You'll see listings from various rangers around the world -- dropping hints about DVD deals, places where you can see B5 cast members in other roles, etc. We also have a convention calendar so you can see if there is an event coming up in your neighborhood.

Please feel free to send along suggestions for things you would like The Zocalo to include. The Zocalo Today is as much YOUR newsletter as it is mine! I'm just pulling together things for you!

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Saturday, June 19, 2004:

WHAT'S NEW IN THE ZOCALO TODAY: There is a lot of information in this issue for you today. Don't miss the JMS comments about ENTERPRISE, new magazines, comics and books that look interesting -- as well as our current discussion topic. Remember, all the new stuff is in some flavor of green!

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES: Paramount Home Entertainment has officially released the details on what will be included on the first season of STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES when it arrives on DVD this August 31. All 29 first season episodes from the show will be included in an 8-disc collectible box set along with additional bonus features exclusive to the set's release. Each of the episodes will be presented in full-screen format and in Dolby Digital English 5.1 and English Dolby Surround, with English subtitles and a closed-captioned feature for the hearing-impaired. There are a ton of extras, including interviews with cast members and "Sci-Fi Visionaries": A look at Star Trek's famous writers, featuring interviews with Gene Coon, Harlan Ellison, George Clayton Thomas, Richard Matheson, D.C. Fontana, Gene Roddenberry, Bob Justman and John D.F. Black.

SPIDER-MAN 2: Like many movies these days, there are a ton of spin-off products. Just check out your Cheerio box -- SHREK is on it along with glowing stickers. As SPIDER-MAN 2's June 30 premiere approaches, we'll see more of the stars on media programs. Kirsten Dunst, who returns as Mary Jane Watson in SPIDER-MAN 2, will be a guest on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, June 28. Alfred Molina (Dock- Ock) will be on Jimmy Kimmell Live on Monday, 6/21 and Tobey Maguire will appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday, June 22. The premiere will also take place in Los Angeles on the 22nd. E!'s Behind the Scenes special will air on July 1 at 4:30 p.m.; July 2 at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; July 4 at 3 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and July 5 at 3:30 a.m. And product tie-ins! Here arejust a few:
*Kellogg's tie-in campaign with the film is well underway, including Spider-Man cereal and Pop-Tarts.
* Crayola's tie-ins are now in stores, including Character Maker, Spider Writers, Color Wonder Limited Edition Art Set, Window Makers and Velvet Visions.

THE CRAZIES: Paramount has hired horror specialist Scott Kosar to write THE CRAZIES, a remake of George Romero's horror-thriller set up at Paramount-based Penn Station. Variety reports the film will update the storyline of the 1972 original, in which inhabitants of a small Pennsylvania town are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply.

UFOs: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Platinum Studios, the comic book company that moved into film production with Men in Black and the upcoming Cowboys and Aliens, has entered into an exclusive deal with UFO Magazine to develop the publication's extensive library for feature films, video games and comic books. The deal encompasses more than two decades' worth of content related to UFOs and unexplained phenomena. The first two projects in the deal include ESCAPE VELOCITY, a present-day action-adventure about a reporter and a pilot who steal an alien spacecraft from the Air Force, and HIVE, which centers around a woman trying to escape from a mysterious cult. Both projects will be produced as feature films and graphic novels. Platinum has also struck deals with Fog Studios, which will develop interactive games based on the properties and Copyright Licensing Associates, which will handle the licensing of the characters.



8:00pm on The WB
My Science Project
A teen and his girlfriend raid a military junkyard and find a time-travel contraption from a UFO.


Village of the Damned
A doctor battles mind-controlling children. Directed by John Carpenter.

Final Destination
A teen and his friends try to thwart death.

Jeepers Creepers
A cloaked figure terrorizes two siblings in the country.

On Syndicated TV This Weekend:

Double or Nothingness
Dylan responds to the destruction of a ship but soon realizes that scenarios are computer-generated.

Inside Out
Angel forces a demon (David Denman) to tell him why Cordelia has turned to the dark side.

Angel and his reunited crew target a vampire cult leader.

Dar sneaks into Xinca to rescue an extraordinary horse, despite a fortuneteller's warning.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
End of Days
Buffy rejoins the fray wielding a mystical new weapon; Angel fights at the slayer's side.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World
Fire in the Sky
Roxton and Marguerite travel upriver to save their friends from Roxton's former mentor.

Mutant X
A Normal Life
The team tracks down a rogue scientist, while Shalimar and Adam try to uncover the real villain.

Stargate SG-1
The Cure
A flawed miracle drug threatens Pangeran civilization, leading SG-1 to a discovery about the Tok'ra. The Outer Limits
A sheriff investigates the disappearance of several elderly women.

Unexplained Mysteries
This Strange Planet
Bizarre and terrifying forces at work on planet Earth.


Here are some exceprts from the B5 moderated newsgroup I think you'll enjoy:

When JMS was asked if he were going to work on ENTERPRISE, his response was:
A: No, just to clarify, though I got a call last year about coming onto Enterprise, offering an EP position, and declined, the series I mentioned has nothing to do with any current series, it's a new show. As for Manny, he's a good writer, and left to his own devices, I think he could be a big help over there without the other powers that be impeding the process.

Amusingly enough, on the Trek front, Bryce Zabel (the creator of Dark Skies) and I got together and wrote a treatment earlier this year that specified how to save ST and develop a series that would restore the series in a big way. I actually think it could be a hell of a show. Whether that ever goes anywhere with Paramount, who knows?

The newsgroup is also a great way to get help. Here's an example:
JMS writes: I just got a request from Tracy Scoggins, who inquires if there's anybody out there who's done web site creation and design who can come in and volunteer to help her out in creating a very simple site on fairly short notice...nothing terribly elaborate, just a simple informational kind of thing. Emails are fine to avoid plugging up the newsgroup. Thanks.

Talk about response!
Well, it's like 16 hours later and I've had about 300 emails from volunteers to help out Tracy, so I think we've got it covered. Many thanks to all those who volunteered, I've passed on the information to Tracy and she'll be in touch with whoever's work seems most in line with what she wants to do.


Friday, June 18, 2004:
Joan of Arcadia 4.5
Enterprise 2.6
Angel 1.2
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 5/24/04 - 5/30/04.

Amazing Spiderman #508 NEW JMS COMIC BOOKS: I picked up the latest issues of AMAZING SPIDERMAN and SUPREME POWER last night at my local comic shop. Both issues look fantastic.

SUPERMAN: Variety had some news regarding Warner Bros. SUPERMAN movie project. The trade magazine indicated that, S.W.A.T. and FAST AND THE FURIOUS producer Neal Moritz and Gilbert Adler (CONSTANTINE, GHOST SHIP) are in talks to come serve as producers on SUPERMAN. Reports also say that screen tests were held for half-a-dozen possible SUPERMAN actors last week. Variety confirms the tests did go down and that actors Jason Behr (ROSWELL), Henry Cavill (THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO), Jared Padalecki (NEW YORK MINUTE) and Michael Cassidy were among the actors that tried out for the part. Director McG (CHARLIE'S ANGELS) remains involved with the production. And if everything and everyone can gel together nicely, filming could be underway before the end of the year.

ELEKTRA: Jason Isaacs (PETER PAN, PATRIOT, HARRY POTTER) has a cameo role in 20th Century Fox's ELEKTRA movie, starring Jennifer Garner in the title role. Isaacs will play the character McCabe, an agent who works with Elektra. Story Description of ELEKTRA: Assassin-for-hire Elektra Natchios (Garner) is revived by the Order of the Hand, a group of assassins who helped train her. Assigned by the Hand's current leader, Kirigi (Yun Lee), to kill a man, Mark Miller (Visnjic), and his 13-year-old daughter, Abby (Prout), Elektra soon befriends them and decides to stand up to her ninja peers.

MR. FIX IT: ANGEL star David Boreanaz is set to star in a romantic comedy feature MR. FIX IT, written by Darin Ferrilola, who also will direct. Variety says the film, about a lovelorn Casanova who tricks women into returning to their ex-boyfriends and finds himself falling for one of his marks, begins production this summer in Southern California. Boreanaz also stars in Dimension's upcoming The Crow: Wicked Prayer with Edward Furlong, Tara Reid, and Dennis Hopper.

THE AMITYVILLE HORROR: Variety reports that Ryan Reynolds (BLADE 3) is poised to take the lead in the remake of "The Amityville Horror". Set to begin this summer, "Amityville" is about a man who moves his family into a dream house only to discover it is haunted by an evil presence from a past tragedy. Music video and commercials helmer Andrew Douglas is making his feature directorial debut. The script was written by Scott Kosar ["The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"].

MUTANT X: ADV Films has announced an August 17 release date for MUTANT X: Season 2, Discs 5-6, a two-disc DVD release from the second season of the syndicated television series. The episodes include: "Understudy", "The Grift", "At Destiny's End" and "Within These Walls". The DVD-only release in English 2.0 audio, closed captioned. It includes four complete episodes and is presented in anamorphic widescreen format. Extras include: interview with Victor Webster (Brennan Mulwray); behind the scenes with producer Jonathon Hackett; original TV promos; image gallery; behind the scenes: make-up, behind the scenes: hair and ADV previews.

Thursday, June 17, 2004:
1. The Return of the King
2. Star Wars trilogy
3. Buffy season six
4. Passion of the Christ
5. Lord of the Rings trilogy
6. Big Fish
7. Triplets of Belleville
8. Pirates of the Caribbean
9. Bubba Ho-Tep
10. The Two Towers
Source: Amazon.com, top-selling genre DVDs, 6/15/04

NEW JMS COMIC: Discovered a new JMS comic coming out in September -- STRANGE. All the information is below in the NEW COMIC BOOKS AHEAD section.

SMALLVILLE: We have seen various people turn up in young Clark Kent's life. This year it was Perry White -- now a casting call has gone out for the role of Lois Lane, Clark Kent's future love interest, who will reportedly appear in four episodes of SMALLVILLE this coming season. As SMALLVILLE gets ready to begin filming on its fourth season in Vancouver, the Kryptonsite.com reported that a twenty-something Lois Lane will travel to Smallville in search of her cousin, Chloe Sullivan (series regular Allison Mack). Lois is described in the casting breakdown as "Caucasian, smart, beautiful, urban, headstrong, and no-nonsense. She is also described as being tough as nails due to her upbringing by her U.S. Army father. " Producers are also looking for a young actor to play a new character named Jason Teague, a college student at Metropolis University who will become a regular cast member. There is no word yet on which actors or actresses are being considered for the two roles.

HUMANITAS: According to the Hollywood Reporter, writers on the feature films "Dirty Pretty Things," "Finding Nemo" and "Seabiscuit" and TV series "Joan of Arcadia" and "The Bernie Mac Show" were among the finalists announced Wednesday for the 2004 Humanitas Prize. The prize, now in its 30th year, honors writers whose work "honestly explores the complexities of the human experience and sheds light on the positive values of life." The award has become "all the more important since television has taken a dehumanizing turn with some of the so-called reality shows," Humanitas Prize president Frank Desiderio remarked as he announced the finalists.

NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: REAL NIGHTMARES: CBS and New Line Television have ordered six episodes of "Nightmare on Elm Street: Real Nightmares," an hourlong unscripted skein in which viewers will be given the chance to confront their worst fears head-on. Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) has signed on to host the show, sans scary makeup..."

Wednesday, June 16, 2004:
JMS UPDATE: The big news this morning is the update JMS delivered to the moderated newsgroup yesterday. He talks about a new series of BABYLON 5 NOVELS!!!! He also brings us up to date on other projects, like RISING STARS and JMS Unplugged. See the whole posting below.

She Spies 1.9
Stargate SG-1 1.9
Mutant X 1.5
Andromeda 1.4
3rd Rock 1.3
Buffy 1.2
The X-Files 1.2
The Outer Limits 1.1
Angel 1.0
Beastmaster 0.9
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 5/24/04 - 5/30/04

THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW: Variety reports that a Harvard professor is suing DAY AFTER TOMORROW director Roland Emmerich, charging that he plagiarized plot elements from the professor's novel for the SF disaster film. Ubaldo DiBenedetto filed a lawsuit in Germany against the German-born director and the movie's local distributor, 20th Century Fox Deutschland, for an as-yet-undetermined amount of damages. A Cologne state court will review the complaint on June 16.

STAR WARS: Director George Lucas told USA Today that although fans have already guessed the upcoming prequel's title—he won't announce it until November. This is when the first trailer are to hit theaters.

Spider-man 2 SPIDER-MAN 2: With the June 30 release date coming closer, more and more information is coming out for SPIDER-MAN 2. The official website at http://spiderman.sonypictures.com has been updated with new pictures and there is even a new Ana music video at http://spiderman.sonypictures.com/soundtrack/ana_weare_video.html.

THE CHRONICLE OF NARNIA: Production will begin soon as Disney and Walden Media bring an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE to the big screen. Filming will begin on June 28 in Auckland, New Zealand, where 2/3 of the film will be shot. The production is tentatively scheduled to move to South Island in mid-October where lensing will wrap. THE LION, THE WTICH, AND THE WARDROBE is the first book (the second chronologically) in the seven-part Narnia series. The story follows four children who are sent to live with an old professor during the WWII air raids in London. While exploring the professor's mysterious old house, they discover a wardrobe that is actually a gateway to the magical land of Narnia, a once-peaceful place that is filled with all manner of mythic and fantasy creatures. The children soon learn that Narnia is frozen in a state of perpetual winter, under the spell of the evil White Witch. But when they meet Aslan, the Great Lion, their lives, and the lives of every inhabitant of Narnia, are changed forever. Andrew Anderson (SHREK) is set to direct. Peter Jackson's WETA Digital will be creating the visual effects.

Tuesday, June 16, 2004:
1. The Da Vinci Code
2. Song of Susannah (Dark Tower 6)
3. Angels & Demons
4. A Feast for Crows
5. The Time Traveler's Wife
6. Potter paperback box set
7. Wicked
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
9. 1984
10. Wolves of the Calla (Dark Tower 5)
Source: Amazon.com, 6/14/04

STARGATE SG-1: Amanda Tapping, who plays Maj. Samantha Carter on STARGATE SG-1 is eager to sit in the director's chair again in the upcoming eighth season. Tapping directed the season-seven episode "Resurrection" that was actually an episode based on an idea by cast member Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson). Tapping was recently nominated for a Leo Award honoring film and television work in British Columbia, for directing "Resurrection." It's an experience that Tapping recalls with fondness. "I loved it," she said. "I still get a huge grin on my face when I think about it. I was in the episode more than I wanted to be. I kind of didn't want to be in the episode I was directing. ... And I didn't have as much prep [time] as I would have hoped, because we were shooting our season finale prior to my shooting my episode. But having said all that, it was a fantastic experience." Stargate SG-1 airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Season eight begins on July 9.

THE MARTIAN CHILD: Variety reports that Director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) and John Cusack are set for New Line's SF movie THE MARTIAN CHILD, which will shoot this fall. Adapted by Jonathan Tolins and Seth Bass from a short story by SF author David Gerrold (B5 episode BELIEVERS), MARTIAN CHILD tells the story of an unusual father-son relationship. Cusack will play an SF writer who, shattered by the death of his fiancee, adopts a 6-year-old, because he wants to be a dad. His kid is a little different than most -- he is convinced he is an alien from Mars. The studio wants filming on THE MARTIAN CHILD to begin sometime this fall.

THE 4400: USA Network has launched the official website for their upcoming science fiction drama series THE 4400 . Scheduled to premiere on Sunday, July 11 at 9:00 PM, the show follows the aftermath of 4,400 abductees after a mysterious ball of light returns them back to Earth. With no memory of what happened to them or where they've been, none of the abductees have aged a single day even though some of them have been gone for decades. As the returned individuals try to pick up the pieces of their former lives, two FBI agents (Joel Gretsch and Jacqueline McKenzie), each with their own personal connection to an abductee, are assigned to the investigation of the phenomena. As the two agents unravel the enigma behind the 4,400, they soon discover that the abductees may change the human race forever. The website has overviews of three of the show's main characters and the show's premise; a gallery of images; a bulletin board and trailers can be downloaded. Don't miss the sweepstakes going on right now where you can win an Apple iPod and 4,400 song downloads.

THE MAN WHO LOVED GRIZZLIES: Variety reports that Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way has teamed with Columbia Pictures to produce the biopic The Man Who Loved Grizzlies. The project will be developed with an eye toward DiCaprio starring as Tim Treadwell, an environmentalist who was fatally mauled by the bears he wanted to protect. Based on Ned Zeman's article published in the May issue of Vanity Fair, Zeman will adapt the film script with Daniel Barnz. Treadwell was a controversial and charismatic figure, one Zeman described as the bears' self-appointed goodwill ambassador who looked like a Malibu surfer. Spending months at a time in the wilds of Alaska, he took the anti-poaching cause as his own -- even appearing on David Letterman's show -- but had no training beyond his talents as a photographer and naturalist. When Treadwell and his partner, Amie Huguenard, were killed in October, they came under criticism for what some viewed as willful naivete, an insistence on viewing the bears as a natural friend rather than potential predator.

GAY SECRET AGENT: According to Variety, Revolution Studios will begin production on the comedy GAY SECRET AGENT. Brendan Fraser is in talks to play the title character, with Brad Hall and Andrew Gottlieb writing the script. The film, whose tone will be equal parts Our Man Flint, 007 and "Austin Powers," will be produced by the Revolution-based team of Suzanne and Jennifer Todd, producers of the "Powers" films.

CHASING VERMEER: Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired Scholastic's best-selling children's' book CHASING VERMEER for Plan B to produce and has tapped writer Matt Nix to adapt. Described as a "Da Vinci Code" for tweens, VERMEER is a mystery adventure that revolves around a boy and girl who attend the University of Chicago's Laboratory Schools, a school for the gifted. The two sixth graders team up to solve the theft of a painting by 17th century painter Johannes Vermeer.

Monday, June 15, 2004:
Deep Shock 1.3
Stargate SG-1 1.2
Shark Attack 2 1.1
Shark Attack 3 1.1
Sabretooth 1.0
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1.0
Boa vs. Python 1.0
Lake Placid 1.0
Dinocroc 0.9
Andromeda 0.9
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 5/24/04 - 5/30/04

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: HARRY POTTER still rules at the box office this weekend. The kid with glasses kicked the ex-con with goggles this weekend, taking the #1 spot with an estimated $35 million dollars from Friday to Sunday. That's about a 62% drop in receipts from the picture's opening weekend, but still more than enough to eclipse THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK. Universal's space opera actioner opened with an estimated $24.6 M. With a reported budget of around $200 M, the film made only one-eighth of its budget so far. In third spot was DreamWorks' SHREK 2 which added another $24 M to its take, bringing its total to $354 M and counting. On Saturday the movie pushed past FINDING NEMO's total domestic box office earnings ($339.8 M), making the SHREK sequel now the highest-grossing animated picture of all time -- in just 25 days. Fourth and fifth spot are held by another two new films, THE STEPFORD WIVES and GARFIELD: THE MOVIE. The amount separating the two films is about half-a-million dollars, so they might switch places when the final tallies are released on Monday. Here are the estimated box office receipts of the top ten films from June 11 through to June 13:
1. HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN $35,069,000 -- $158,134,000
2. THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK $24,606,000 -- $24,606,000
3. SHREK 2 $24,000,000 -- $354,016,000
4. THE STEPFORD WIVES $22,200,000 -- $22,200,000
5. GARFIELD: THE MOVIE $21,675,000 -- $21,675,000
6. THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW $14,550,000 -- $153,156,000
7. RAISING HELEN $3,821,000 -- $31,400,000
8. TROY $3,465,000 -- $125,652,000
9. SAVED! $2,550,000 -- $3,732,000
10. MEAN GIRLS $1,500,000 -- $81,318,000

5 DAYS TO MIDNIGHT: According to The Hollywood Reporter, this SCIFI miniseries averaged a meager 1.69 total viewers in its premiere window at 9 p.m. over four consecutive nights last week beginning June 7. The average viewership was less than half that of Sci Fi's previous big-budget miniseries, including "Battlestar Galactica" and "Steven Spielberg Presents Taken." Though heavily promoted, Bonnie Hammer, president of Sci Fi and USA Network had this to say, "I would be lying if I said we weren't disappointed and really surprised. But we've been so fortunate that at some point something had to be lower than expectations."

Sunday, June 13:
STAR WARS CLONE WARS: The Cartoon Network has announced five nights of a brand-new STAR WARS: CLONE WARS mini-series from animator Genndy Tartakovsky beginning March 21. While the original episodes of STAR WARS: CLONE WARS were just three minutes long, each installment of the new Clone Wars animated mini-series, which has yet to be titled, will be 12 minutes as they lead into the long-awaited Star Wars: Episode III, which is scheduled for release in theaters on May 19.

CSI: NEW YORK: This fall, New York City joins Las Vegas and Miami in the line-up of CSI teams on CBS television. IDW Publishing, which has released comic books and graphic novels based on both previous series, will join in with its first CSI: New York release, written by Max Allan Collins. IDW Editor-in-Chief Jeff Mariotte said, "CSI: New York looks like a terrific addition to the line-up, and we look forward to telling new adventures of Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise), Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) and their team."

DEADWOOD: Two BABYLON 5 guest stars (William Sanderson and Ian McShane) are featured heavily in tonight's season finale of DEADWOOD. See TV listings below for more detail.


June 15, 2004:
Okay, let's try this again. Best to break the ice by just sort of doing a round-up of what's going on and what's coming and suchlike.

I'll try to address some of the questions that have come up about what's coming up.

On the movies DVDs, and what's inside: the main thing is that we've got commentaries on literally every one of them. Mike Vejar and I did a commentary on In the Beginning, I did one with John Iacovelli on The Gathering, and another with Janet Greek and Tracy Scoggins on River of Souls. I can't remember now if I solo'd on A Call to Arms or if Mike was there as well (it all blurs after a while...I've done something like fifteen of these things by now).

There's a separate cast commentary on Thirdspace with, I think, Pat, Jeff, Jesus Trevino, and one or two others.

On the Crusade DVDs, there's one commentary I did on the original pilot (once WB and I came to a meeting of minds, to wit, "I'm gonna say what happened to the show, what *really* happened...you got a problem with that?"). There's a second commentary track with Fiona, Janet, Peter Woodward and Carrie Dobro.

(We interrupt this message with a coded message for our friends in England and Australia: keep your eyes on the horizon.)

One oddity...constant readers will remember a while back when I was asked what TMoS was, and I provided a list of things it *wasn't*. The aforementioned oddity is...one of those things has come up as an adjunct to TMoS.

Also, expect word fairly soon-ish about a new series of B5 novels.

Elsewhere on the prose front...Straczynski Unplugged is out now, and Tribulations will be coming out in December.

I've turned in all three final Rising Stars scripts, and the first issue of the last arc comes out in October, I hear.

Next week a new arc and a new artist starts on Amazing Spider-Man, and it's a stinking cool issue. You can read a preview of the whole issue for free at:


On other projects...I'm making sudden progress with the medieval play I've been twiddling with for the last few years, and may have it done in the next couple of months. Once that happens, my plan is to do a limited, small production for two weeks or so here in LA, just to see how the text works with an audience, then take it away for another few months, twiddle with it some more, then go for a larger venue. I may do something similar in London, since I may be spending a bit amount of time there fairly soon.

And for those who've asked, I won't be in attendence at San Diego Comic Con this year due to a variety of commitments.

Oh...and I've been offered an EP position on a network series, and while I don't usually do that on shows I don't create or develop, when I heard what this project was, I had to get on board. We still have to negotiate a deal, and work out how that will interface with the stuff that'll be going on later in the year, but fortunately the start date for the series should work out, at least at this point.


Patricia Tallman is looking for any recordings of her speaking appearances at conventions. She will reimburse anyone who can send in a video or DVD of Pat telling stories at a convention. She will also send along a new autographed photo (one that no one has yet) and will pay postage and the cost of the vide tape. Here is an address you can use to contact Pat:
Patricia Tallman
6433 Topanga Canyon Blvd. #207
Canoga Park, CA 91303


CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN: Ranger Dave reports that he "saw HALF PAST DEAD today on HBO. Claudia Christian has a fairly good part in it. It will appear on HBO2 and HBO2W on June 18, 24, & 26.


About 20 people had a wonderful time passing along stories of Richard Biggs and talking about shows we like to watch on TV (thanks Lyndonbarry for bringing in the UK interests like Red Dwarf). Since we all seemed to enjoy the company, we decided to do it once a month at 8:00pm EDT. Go to http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/thegalacticgateway/chat to join the chat. The next chat will be on July 7 (since a month from now would be the 4th of July weekend and the following week is Shore Leave's convention.) So we'll meet on Wednesday, July 7 at 8:00pm EDT. Hope to see you there.


Material related to the passing of Richard Biggs has been moved to several pages devoted to him inside The Zocalo Today. Please visit now, and often, to see what has been added. RICHARD BIGGS. We will not forget Richard and let you know as new efforts are put forth in his memory.

Ranger Jan has passed along an update on her auction efforts for Richard's children. She is sending the first check for $2500 off to the family shortly. She will be posting more items for auction soon. For more information, go to:
Auctions to benefit a Richard Biggs Memorial fund: http://tinyurl.com/2az5w
PayPal Account: RBiggsMemorial@aol.com
Personal auctions: http://tinyurl.com/b36t


Babylon 5 movies Ranger Neil O. sent along the following item from http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=1539 No word yet on CRUSADE or the LEGEND OF THE RANGERS.

Warner Bros Home Video will continue the popular Babylon 5 DVD releases with "Babylon 5: The Movies," news we brought you back in November, 2003. This 5 disc set will contain all 5 movies as well as special features. The set will carry a $59.98 SRP and will be available in stores and online August 17th. "The Gathering" will be presented in 4:3 (original aspect ratio) while the other movies will be 16:9 anamorphic widescreen; all movies will feature Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. The sets will be closed captioned and be subtitled in English, Spanish and French.

Each movie will contain commentary from the creator (J. Michael Straczynski), cast and crew, as well as an introduction for each movie by JMS. Rounding out the special features is the featurette, "Creating the Future - How Science Fiction and the show influenced each other."

The Gathering (1993): Alien envoys come to the giant space station in the pilot that launched the five-year TV series.

In the Beginning (1998): The B5 prequel! It's humans vs. aliens in the battle that led to the station's creation.

Thirdspace (1998): Is there a realm beyond hyperspace? Discovery of a million-years-old gateway technology may hold the answer...and more.

River of Souls (1998): After death, then what? Questions of eternity arise when a supposedly infallible harvester of souls proves to be very fallible.

A Call to Arms (1999): The torch is passed. A race against time to save Earth links the B5 mission with the Rangers' new interstellar efforts.

For more information on Babylon 5 DVDs, go to Babylon 5 DVDs.


If you came into a LOT of money and could hold the BEST convention money could buy, who would you invite -- and where would you hold the event?

Send in your thoughts and ideas to sgbruckner@aol.com. I post them on the Discussion Page for everyone to share and enjoy. See what has come in so far. If you see an old topic you want to respond to, go right ahead. We enjoy hearing from you.


Stargate SG-1 Season 6 DVD


Season six of STARGATE SG-1 is now available. Amazon has had this DVD on their top 10 list for weeks. The DVD boasts incredible special effects sequences, rapid-fire pacing and awesome scenes of alien warfare, this all-new five-disc set of Stargate SG-1 is your gateway to pulse-pounding sci-fi action!

Special features include audio commentary for each episode and twelve "SG-1 Directors Series" featurettes!

Stargate SG-1 Season 6 DVD

For more details and to watch the trailer, go to http://www.mgm.com/title_title.do?title_star=XXXSETSTARGAT6.


TAMLYN TOMITA: Ranger Michael reports that Tamlyn Tomita, who played Lt. Cmdr. Laurel Takashima so wonderfully in the "Babylon 5: The Gathering", has a big part in the new movie "The Day After Tomorrow", which May 28. She is listed about 15th in the credits and doesn't even have her bio up on the movie's website. She plays a NASA scientist who believes the forecast may be right and works with Dennis Quaid's character.

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Bruce's movie SNAKEHEAD TERROR will be shown again on SCIFI June 27 and on July 22 at 9:00pm ET. Bruce portrays Sheriff Patrick James.

ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES: Robin dropped by an update and I'm sure you'll want to check out a couple of his current projects. He is currently working post production for an independent film he directed entitled "For Pete's Wake." Some production stills can be seen at http://babylon5.jeffcushen.com/sighcorps.php?id=peteswake-onset&keyword=various&pg=1. Be sure to look for familiar faces -- like Pat Tallman! Robin is also in the process of completing an animated film called "Geppettos Secret ." Starring with Eric Roberts, Rene Aubergenois and Tom Bosley... For more information, go to http://www.geppettossecret.com/actors%20and%20characters2.htm


STEPHEN AUSTIN - Here is a vacation idea you may enjoy. Vic Dunlop, Bruce Baum, Stephen Austin's 2005 Comedy Circus Cruise. Sailing March 6-13, 2005 on the Carnival Valor, from Miami, Florida visiting Belize, Isla Roatan, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Visit: www.cruiseevents.net/Dunlop,%20Baum,%20Austi/index.htm for all the info!
Peter as Galen Peter Woodward is cruising the Eastern Caribbean on Jan. 9-16, 2005 and wants YOU to join the fun!!! Sailing January 9-16, 2005, on Holland America's Westerdam, the roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will visit Nassau, St. Marteen, Tortola, & Half Moon Cay. Experience a week in the Caribbean sharing laughs and fun with your new friends. Peter's cruise is unique! The group consists of friendly, people looking to have fun and share experiences. For more information, go to http://www.cruiseevents.net/celebrity.htm and then press Peter's photo. Space is limited! Don't delay, call today! 800-695- 5253 or e-mail: Susan@CruiseEvents.net.


Jerry Doyle Here's the latest from Jerry:
For the radio show, Talk Radio Network is building a new site and will have jerrydoyle.com up and running soon. It will tie into the talkradionetwork.com site as well.

The M-F show launches this coming Monday(5th), 7-10P PST. The call in number is 800/449-8255. Spread the word and give a call if you've got something to plug. I'll still be doing the Saturday show, 8-11P PST. Same phone number for that too. All the best.

All the best.

For more information on Jerry Doyle, Talk Radio Show Host, you may visit www.talkradionetwork.com

Ranger Brian reports that:
Bruce Boxleitner was on Jerry Doyle's Radio Show on Saturday night for about half an hour reflecting on the life of Ronald Reagan and how he impacted their lives. It was an enlightening discussion with Bruce relaying his experience on a visit to the White House during the Reagan administration and how Ronald Reagan inspired him to become a Republican.


Jeffrey Willerth - June 5
Donovan Brown (Optic Nerve) - June 6
Ann Bruice Aling - June 8
Mark Walters - June 10
Susan Norkin (Post) - June 10
Adrienne Barbeau (Amanda Carter) - June 11
Mike Vejar - June 25

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.


Intergalactic Consortium

To anyone who lives in and or in the area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada I would like to invite you to attend or Join the Intergalactic Consortium. The I.C. is a new science fiction / fantasy group. We generally meet on the last Saturday of every month and generally do not collect any dues. WE are always looking for new members. If you have any questions, need more information or anything else please feel free to e-mail torsf@yahoo.ca or visit our yahoo group at http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/Intergalactic-Consortium/ Hope to hear from some of you.

United Federated Planets

Ranger Anne reports that in January, another chapter was added to the fold... EAS Winter Wolf (in Texas). For more information, go to their site at http://www.ufphq.com/chain_of_command.htm. You will find a great deal of interest in Babylon 5 -- with position currently available on the sector staff--EarthDome, EarthForce and the Alliance. Check it out.

United Federated Planets (UFP) has a Rick Biggs memorial page set up at the following address:


Ranger Andres dropped a note to say that a new club has been formed -- Star Trek Club Venezuela. It is small right now, but they are ready for recomendations, opinions, and/or any other comments. They are plannig our first expocon at the end of the year, into the facilities of Humboldt Planetarium in Caracas. Visit their site at www.trekvenezuela.net.

We have a number of Fan Clubs listed here at the Zocalo. They are those associated with a particular actor -- and there are those devoted to Babylon 5 or science fiction. Be sure to check out the Clubs Page to see if there is an organization near you.


Are you looking for Babylon 5 merchandise? Would you like to possess some of the wonderful patches or pins sold by the B5 Fan Club? Do you want to put in an order for the latest DVD? Bruce at Uncomyn Gifts still has one of the best collections around. Check out www.uncomyngifts.com. You may just find the magazine or t-shirt or patch you are looking for.


Cult Times #106 Cult Times #106: With season eight poised to begin in about 2 weeks, producers Robert C Cooper and Andy Mikita talk about the many changes ahead. Also in the issue, more about 24 and SHE SPIES.

Cult Times Special #30 Cult Times Special #30: This special issue lists the current 50 Feisty Fantasy Females. This issue finds interviews with Allison Mack and Kristin Kreuk from SMALLVILLE, Amanda Tapping from STARGATE SG-1, Torri Higginson from the new STARGATE ATLANTIS series, Lexa Doig from ANDROMEDA, Victoria Prat from MUTANT X and Jasmine Guy from DEAD LIKE ME.

Starburst #312 Starburst #312: Joss Whedon, creator of BUFFY and ANGEL, talks about what the future holds. Also in this issue - The Top 20 Angel Events: Take a trip back over the last five years and revisit some classic moments from one of television’s darkest dramas. SEE! Angel attack Wesley in Forgiving! HEAR! The hilarious quotes from Epiphany! THRILL! As Spike takes a beating in Damage! The magazine also looks at HARRY POTTER and THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW.

TV Zone #177 TV Zone #177: The stars of STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS adorn this month's issue. The magazine talks to co-producer and director Martin Wood about what we can expect from the highly-anticipated spin-off series - ATLANTIS. Also inside, ANGEL's James Marsters talks to us about his character Spike’s sacrifice and redemption, his ongoing conflict with Angel, and the fang gang’s.

Expose #86 Expose #86: As the latest HARRY POTTER film takes center stage, Director Alfonso Cuarón and Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe talk about their work on THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, and the relationship between actors and directors. We also get a look at all the new characters and creatures introduced in The Prisoner of Azkaban. Also inside this issues, ALIAS' Jennifer Garner chats us about her latest big-screen outing, 13 GOING ON 30.

Angel Yearbook The 100-page Angel Yearbook serves up a feast of Angel goodies for you to enjoy! There are exclusive chats with the entire cast and a complete guide to Season Five — the last season. Following Angel’s transformation into a puppet in Season Five’s "Smile Time," we take an in-depth look at creating an Angel Muppet! Plus the A-Z of Angel — everything you ever wanted to know… and more!

Cult Times #104 Cult Times #104: SMALLVILLE star Tom Welling is the focus of this issue. The interview focuses on the latest changes in the life of Clark Kent and how it may affect the relationship with Lex Luthor. Also in this issue -- Amy Acker, J. August Richards and Andy Hallett talk about the cancellation of ANGEL.

Expose #25 Expose Special #25: CHARMED is the focus of attention in this issue. Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Paige McGowan look ahead to a seventh season. Others featured in the issue include co-star Dorian Gregory and producer Brad Kern



by Various
This volume contains four complete stories of TV's first paranormal investigator, Carl Kolchak (played to the hilt by Darren McGavin in the 1970s)! Thrill again to the story of a vampire in Las Vegas, based on the TV movie that still has one of the highest ratings of all time! This comic story was adapted from the screen by Kolchak's very own creator, writer Jeff Rice! Then, experience the terror of a small mining town that has unexplained murders, in an adaptation of an unfilmed script from the TV show! Then, get the chills from horror/mystery novelist extraordinaire Stuart Kaminsky's original Kolchak tale of experiencing your worst fears! And finally, thrill to an all-new, never-before-seen original Kolchak tale from X-Files comics scribe, Stefan Petrucha! Stories illustrated by Artists Gordon Purcell, Christopher Jones, and Doug Klauba (who also provides the cover image)!

SC, 7x10, 160pg, FC..........$17.95

Smallville #1 The new magazine to bring you all the latest news, interviews and behind-the-scenes secrets from Smallville is here! The first issue of the monthly Smallville magazine includes an interview with the star of the show Tom Welling, talking about life as the teenage Clark Kent. Series creators Al Gough and Miles Millar discuss the re-imagining of the Superman legend and we examine Clark¹s increasing powers! Plus, a fantastic free Tom Welling poster! (Titan Publishing Group)

NEWSSTAND-Magazine, 68pg, FC..........$5.99
EXCLUSIVE-Magazine, 68pg, FC..........$5.99

by Paul Simpson

Packed with exclusive interviews, unseen photos, behind-the-scenes secrets, and a complete episode guide, plus insights into the world of Smallville, with excerpts from the town newspaper and even a look at the mysterious LexCorp, this authorized companion tells fans everything they need to know about the first season of the hit WB television series, Smallville. (133/1-84023-795-3) (CAUT: 4)

SC, 6x9, 176pg, PC..........$14.95

Writers on Comics Screenwriting Writers On Comics Scriptwriting Volume 2 tp
by Tom Root & Andrew Kardon

Packed with fascinating behind-the-scenes information, anecdotes, and stories from the hottest writers working in comics today, this second volume of Writers on Comics Scriptwriting offers insider insight into every aspect of the creative process from the likes of Kevin Smith, Mike Mignola, Mark Millar, Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Bruce Jones, Greg Rucka, and Bill Willingham, among other notable comics luminaries.

Stargate Scripts Stargate SG-1: The Essential Scripts TP
by Sharon Gosling

Far more than a script book, this essential Stargate SG-1 series guide is packed with bonus material including an in-depth introduction about writing for the show, deleted scenes, commentary and background, plus exclusive interviews with the writers, directors, and cast members. The following original Stargate SG-1 shooting scripts — complete with annotations — were specially selected for this volume: "2010," "Abyss," "The Fifth Race," "The Torment of Tantalus," "Window of Opportunity," and "Wormhole Xtreme."
(133/1-84023-887-9) (CAUT: 4)
SC, 6x9, 352pg, b&w..........$17.95


Ranger Dave writes that books by Bruce Boxleitner, John DE Lancie(Q), and William Shatner are available on Bookcloseouts.com in hard cover. They also now have a paperback listing and book prices are greatly reduced. Check it out.


To Dream In the City of Sorrows DelRey is reprinting the original Babylon 5 novels. They started with #7 - Jeanne Cavelos' THE SHADOW WITHIN. Here's one I've been waiting for -- Kathryn Drennan's TO DREAM IN THE CITY OF SORROWS. The release date is scheduled for July 29, 2003. I love the new cover art! It can be pre-ordered from www.amazon.com. For those of you who love Babylon 5, this one reads just like an episode from the series. You just can't put it down.


Here is a new feature for your enjoyment. I received some new book reviews that I've posted on a separate Book Review Page. Let me know if you enjoy this new feature -- and we'll continue to offer them as they are received. Agree with the review? Disagree? We can post those as well.

Other science fiction material, outside of the B5 environment can be found on the Materials Page.


Ranger Dan sends along the following information about a free, online library:

There is a free online library of Sci Fi books at www.baen.com . I have the paperbacks and hardcovers of several of the books (notably 1632 and 1633 by Eric Flint) and they are very good multi arc stories. To access the books click on Free Library then Authors. (I am not affiliated in any way with baen just happened to be a reader and looked their site up after enjoying several of their publications).


The Hubble project is in jeopardy. Please visit http://www.savethehubble.org/petition.jsp and sign the petition to have NASA reconsider funding for the project.




Strange #1 Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Samm Barnes, penciled by Brandon Peterson, cardstock cover by Brandon Peterson.

The master of the mystic arts is back -- as only J. Michael Straczynski and artist Brandon Peterson could envision him. Brash young surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange is on a collision course with destiny -- a journey that will force him to search the deepest corners of his own heart...and the outer reaches of the cosmos.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Sept. 15.


Amazing Spiderman #512 Written by J. Michael Straczynski, art and cover by Mike Deodato.

"Sins Past," part 4 of 5. The worst defeat that Peter Parker ever endured -- a moment frozen in the minds of Spider-Man fans everywhere -- was supposed to be far in his past. But now, two villains -- ripped, perhaps, directly from that very moment -- have emerged and they threaten to destroy everything that he holds dear.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Sept. 29.


Amazing Fantasy #4 Written by Fiona Avery, art and cover by Mark Brooks.

Part 4 of 6. Being a freshman in high school is bad enough -- now Marvel's newest hero has to survive her first week of training at her new after-school "job" with a shadowy organization. It's out of the frying pan and into the fire -- but will she get burned by a jealous peer before she gets a chance to prove herself? Also, time for a makeover: A brand-new costume debuts for summer's hottest debut title.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 29.


Madrox #1 Written by Peter David, penciled by Pablo Raimondi, cover by David Lloyd.

Jamie Madrox, stabbed, staggering off a bus. Jamie Madrox, setting up a detective agency in the heart of Mutant Town. Jamie Madrox, a peaceful Shaolin priest. Which is the real Jamie Madrox? In this noir-esque thriller of a limited series, it's possible that even Madrox doesn't know anymore. Peter David, acclaimed for his run on X-Factor, reunites several of that title's most popular and whimsical characters--Jamie Madrox, Wolfsbane, and the aptly named Strong Guy -- and sends them on an adventure of light and darkness. Featuring the incredibly moody pencils of Pablo Raimondi.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 15.


Written by Joss Whedon, art and cover by John Cassady.

"Gifted," part 5 of 6. As demand for the "mutant cure" reaches near-riot levels, the X-Men finally go head-to-head with Ord, with an unexpected ally -- and some unexpected adversaries -- tipping the scales.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 22.


Amazing Spiderman #508 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #509

Amazing Spider-Man #509 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art and cover by John Romita Jr.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:
"The enigmatic Ezekiel returns to Peter's life. But is he the same man who stood by Spider-Man's side in his hour of need, or will he prove to be something much deadlier?"

Amazing Spider-Man #508 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25.

For a preview of the issue, go to http://www.milehighcomics.com/firstlook/marvel/spidey509/.


Supreme Power #9 SUPREME POWER #9

Written by J. Michael Straczynski, cover and pencils by Gary Frank.
The world is still shaking from the titanic battle of Hyperion and Dr. Spectrum. Is Earth big enough for two such powerful beings? And who is Power Princess? Find out here!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 7.


Stargate Comic #2 STARGATE SG-1 Comic Issue #2 now in stores
MARCH 31, 2004

The second installment of the new Stargate SG-1 comic book series is now available at retailers worldwide. "P.O.W." #2 tells part two of a 3-issue story, in which Colonel Jack O'Neill finds himself a captive of the Goa'uld. "This is meant to be our introduction to the Stargate world for new comic fans and a fun treat for the hardcore fans," said author James Anthony Kuhoric. The issue features a recounting of the events of the original "Stargate" film, as well as the beginning of the TV series. "In addition to establishing the background as a starting point for future comic book series, this feature amalgams the two universes [of the film and the TV series] into SG-1 continuity. We get to see Richard Dean Anderson as O'Neill during the first Abydos mission!"

With a story by Kuhoric and art by Renato Guedes, "P.O.W." #2 carries a $3.50 price tag and is available in several different covers. Fans who can't find the issue can order it from the publisher's online store, at ComicCavalcade.com.

"P.O.W." #3 is currently on stands, followed by a brand new 3-part series, "Fall of Rome," which will introduce new characters and expand the Stargate universe.


BABYLON 5 and CRUSADE are not currently listed on any SCIFI schedule.


25-JUN-04 7:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 2001
25-JUN-04 10:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 (LBX) HEROES - PT 1




Crusade Poster - TNT Stephen & Bill Mumy Peter Woodward on Charmed

Peter Woodward has sent along a new photo -- a rather dreadful one -- from his appearance on CHARMED. It will be added to the collection of photos available from Peter, including additional copies of the Crusade poster in photo format. Both are autographed by Peter.

You do NOT have to pay the prices asked for over at e-bay! Here are photos of B5 and Crusade cast members at fantastic prices. Check out Photo Shop. Ordering is easy -- and you can't beat the prices! Just let me know which photos you want and I'll check to make sure they are still in stock.


John Cook has a wonderful collection of cartoons -- many are take-offs from Babylon 5. Here's just one of them.
Rebulding Stations?
He has a cartoon caption contest going on as well. Try your hand at a punch line.

Go to http://contests.sev.com.au/index.php?contestid=1


Pinky & B5 Brain While catching up on my e-mail yesterday morning, I got an instant message from LFMOA along with a nice goodie that I can share with readers. Thanks for sending along your version of Pinky and the B5 Brain.

Sex and the Jedi Tye Bourdony's latest Lighter Side of Sci-Fi satire can be seen here and at Tye's website www.thelightersideofscifi.com.


Trek Expo 2004
Date: June 18-20, 2004
Location: Tulsa, OK
Site: Exposition Square
B5 Guest: Jeffrey Combs
Other Guests: Other Guests: Brent Spiner, Michael Shanks, Lexa Doig, John Billingsley, Teryl Rothery, John Glover, Katee Sackoff, Jennifer Lein, Mark Alamo, Casey Biggs, Vaughn Armstrong
For more information, visit their website at http://www.starbase21ok.com/.

June 24-27, 2004
For more information, visit their website at http://www.originsgames.com/ .

June 24-27, 2004
Escapade Convention
Location: Radisson Hotel
City: Boston, Massachusetts
Guest: Virginia Hey (Farscape)
For more information, visit their website at http://www.escapadeboston.com/guests.

July 2-4, 2004
Location: Double Tree International Hotel
City: Toronto, Canada
B5 Guest: Walter Koenig
Other Guests: Christopher Judge, Lani John Tupu (Farscape), George Hertzberg (Buffy)
For more information, visit their website at http://www.tcon.icomm.ca/tt18 .

Toronto Trek will have a number of activities to honour the memory of Richard Biggs at this year's convention. There will be a book of condolences where fans can sign and leave messages to Richard's family. We will also accept any photos or artwork (of reasonable size) and this will be mailed to the family. In addition, we have received a number of donations from various Babylon 5 actors to be sold at the Charity Auction (Sunday Morning - FREE Event - No membership required) with the money raised from these items going to the education trust fund for Richard's children.

There will also be a general Donation Jar at the convention for the trust fund. In addition, we have been granted permission to show the Babylon 5 tribute video.

July 2-4, 2004
Location: Indianapolis Sheraton Hotel and Suites
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
B5 Guest: Jason Carter
Other Guests: Author Eric Flint; director David Winning
For more information, visit their website at http://www.inconjunction.org.

July 2-4, 2004
Alias Rendevous
Location: Radisson Edwardian Hotel
City: Heathrow, London, UK
Guests: Bradley Cooper, David Anders, Merrin Dungey
For more information, visit their website at http://www.wolfevents.com .

July 2-4, 2004
Location: Louisville, KY
Guests: Brian Downey (Lexx), Dick Durock (Swamp Thing), Jackson Bostwick (Captain Marvel) & Ellen Dubin (Giggerota)
For more information, visit their website at http://www.heroicon.com/.

July 9-11, 2004
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Guests: Cirroc Lofton, Teryl Rothery, Nicole deBoer, Brian Thompson, Michael Welch, Thom Christopher, Mercedes McNab, Clint Howard, Greg Evigan, Chase Masterson
For more information, visit their website at http://www.shore-leave.com/ .

July 10-11, 2004
Location: Burbank Airport Hilton & Towers
City: Burbank, California
For more information, visit their website at http://www.fansofstargate.com .

July 14-19, 2004
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
Guests: Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Corin Nemec, Teryl Rothery, Colin Cunningham, Jr Bourne, Douglas Arthurs
For more information, visit their website at http://www.gatecon.com/ .

July 22-25, 2004
Location: San Diego, California (USA)
Guests: To be announced
For more information, visit their website at http://www.comic-con.org .

July 23-25, 2004
Location: Thistle Heathrow Hotel - London
Guests: John Rhys-Davis, Colin Cunningham, J.R. Bourne, Andrea Thompson, Sarah Douglas, Peter Stebbings, Marc Cass
For more information, visit their website at http://www.l3conventions.co.uk/alternateuni.htm .

July 29-Aug 1, 2004
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Guests William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Tim Russ, Ethan Phillips, Nana Visitor, Robert Picardo, Walter Koenig, David Gerrold
For more information, visit their website at http://www.creationent.com/ .

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.


Here's a recent note from JMS on the subject:

Just an FYI to those who've been using the Ventura Blvd. mail drop for fan mail to actors....

As mentioned before, we're phasing out the forwarding of fan mail because we a) don't have the resources, complicated by b) the actors have scattered to the four winds, and it makes it very difficult to get everything to everybody in a timely fashion.

So, having provided prior notice...fan mail to actors coming to the Ventura Blvd. mail drop will be sent back. Mail to actors should be sent via their official fan clubs. I will still be taking mail there, since it's my mailbox, but that's it.

Just so's y'all know and save a few bucks on postage and returns.


Warner Bros. Address:

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Warner Home Video:

Mr. Douglas Wadleigh
VP for Marketing and Special Features
Warner Bros.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Bonnie Hammer, President
Sci-Fi Channel
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY. 10020-1513

Mr. Thomas Vitale
Senior VP of Acquisitions, Scheduling & Program-Planning


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