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The Zocalo Today

Welcome! I am REALLY glad you dropped by. Take your shoes off, get comfortable and stay a while.

The Zocalo Today is an interactive newsletter. If you have suggestions, please send them along. The Zocalo Today is as much YOUR newsletter as it is mine! I'm just pulling together things for you! Join our weekly discussion topic. It is just one way you can interact with other Z readers. Send along letters, sightings of B5 cast and crew in other projects, convention reports, photos, etc. Don't miss our back issues. There is a LOT of information contained there and you'll not want to miss anything.

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June 23, 2001 04:24am

What's New

Enid-Raye Adams, who will portray Firell, a Minbari on the new "Legend of the Rangers" has opened up her own website at http://www.enid-rayeadams.com/. Don't miss the cast photo and other shots she has made available from the telemovie!

I will be posting new information to the B5 Cast page soon. Be sure to check it out.

The e-mail version of The Zocalo Today will be going out shortly. If you would like to be included on the mailing list, just send a blank note to thezocalo-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. If that doesn't work for you, drop me a note at sgbruckner@aol.com. I can add you manually.

I added a number of conventions to the calendar yesterday. Don't forget to see if there's something coming up near you!

Looks like Rising Stars #15 is out. I'll have to run out and get copies today!

The TV Guide has a nice article about the "Legend of the Rangers" over at http://www.tvguide.com/newsgossip/insider/010621c.asp. Check it out! Great picture of G'Kar.

Over at Cinescape.com, Tony Whitt has some very nice things to say about JMS. It's essentially a review of Rising Stars, but goes a bit further.

SCIFI has opened up a new B5 Ranger site! Be sure to drop over to www.scifi.com/b5rangers. There is also a link from the main SCIFI site.

Along with the new segment of the B5 chronology, Terry Jones sent an explanation of what changes he has made to the chronology since it was first published. Check out Redefining the Chronology.

Dennis Kristos has submitted a report from last week's "Gathering" in Vancouver. It was a superb event and I want to thank John, Dennis, Travers and others who organized the event.

I've updated the new page with information JMS has passed along regarding "The Legend of the Rangers".


June 23:
FARSCAPE: Every new writer is apprehensive the first time their work is shown. Ben Browder is doubly anxious as his first episode, "Green-Eyed Monster", of Farscape aired last night! "As an actor on a television show, you can always hide behind the script department if an episode fails to work. ... 'Hey, we tried but it just didn't work,'" Browder said in an interview. "As a writer, you could blame the actors for not understanding the deep intent behind the words. I'm so screwed. Acting and writing together leave no room for escape. If this thing sucks, it's my fault. If it works, thanks and credit belong to the director, Tony Tilse; the cast ... ; the crew, insert a hundred names; and the writers, who steered me through the arduous process of writing the script."

TOMB RAIDER: The movie has barely opened in theatres, yet TNT is trying to acquire rights to that -- and six other Paramount movies according to The Hollywood Reporter. The films include the genre titles Down to Earth and The Gift.

Ever wonder what it's like to score a movie? Cinescape.com talks to Graeme Revell about doing Tomb Raider. He has done an amazing 60 films scores since 1989, over one third can be considered either science fiction or fantastic horror thrillers.

SW EPISODE II: Episode II is far from complete -- indeed it's deep in post-production so that only George Lucas can tell you what the final product will be. However, Samuel L. Jackson, who reprises the role of Jedi knight Mace Windu in the upcoming film, told the Popcorn U.K. Web site that the story will focus on the developing love between Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Amidala (Natalie Portman) against the backdrop of the Clone Wars. "There's a lot of intrigue, there's a lot of back-fighting and back-biting," Jackson told the site.

June 22:
RATINGS: The Top 10 Network SF Programs for the Week were: Dark Angel 4.1; The X-Files 3.9; Futurama 2.8; Freakylinks 2.4; Charmed 2.3; Lone Gunmen 2.2; Charmed 1.9, and 7 Days 1.2.

A.I.: Though Stanley Kubrick isn't around to see the finished A.I. movie, Kathleen Kennedy, producer of the upcoming movie told SCI FI Wire that his influence was very much felt on the set. Kubrick worked for years on the story for A.I., and collaborated closely with Steven Spielberg before dying in 1999. Kubrick's vision and ideas have made it into the finished film, Kennedy said during press interviews to promote the film. "I really attribute that to Steven's incredible knowledge of movies," she said. "I mean, he has a photographic memory in terms of the way different techniques apply to different filmmakers. So he was extremely well schooled and familiar with what Stanley's style was. And I think that certain shot designs that we would set up were very much influenced by what Steven felt how Stanley might approach that shot. ... There's a great shot that's so obvious to me, which is when [star] Frances [O'Connor] turns and sees the kids go into the pool. The one that whips around. That's classic Kubrick." The movie opens at theaters on June 29.

DR. STRANGE: X-Men's success last year continues to spawn new projects based on comic book characters. According to Comics2Film, David Goyer is in talks with Dimension to direct a feature film based on Marvel Comic's Doctor Strange series. Will the project actually happen? A lot depends on the success of his current project, Murder Mysteries. Murder Mysteries is based on a short story by Neil Gaiman.

GHOST RIDER: Variety reports that Nicolas Cage is in early talks to star in Ghost Rider, a live-action movie based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name. The $75 million film is expected to be the most expensive film in the history of Dimension Films. The film tells the story of a motorcycle stuntman named Johnny Blaze, who sells his soul to a dark force to save the life of his girlfriend.

NINJA TURTLES: Variety reports that John Woo has decided to develop a computer generated version of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. "I've always loved the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. It's one of the greatest action-adventure properties ever.'' Woo’s vision is to return the TURTLES to their darker, edgier roots. Christmas 2002 is the tentative release date.

June 21:
ILLUSTRATED MAN: SCIFI will produce a two-hour television film based on Ray Bradbury's book The Illustrated Man. First published in 1951, the story centers on a carnival man whose body is covered with tattoos that depict the sto