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What's New Today

Tuesday, July 15:

IRON MAN: Miles Millar and partner Alfred Gough (executive producers for SMALLVILLE) have been commissioned to write a script for a proposed IRON MAN movie. Millar told SCI FI Wire that he expects to deliver a completed screenplay by September. "We're about halfway through the script. We spent, I guess, seven months developing the story. So we're happy. ... It's faithful [to the Marvel Comics series], but it's also very different from the original. And it's updated." Millar and Gough said that the proposed New Line Cinema film will center on billionaire Tony Stark, who in this case will be portrayed as a man with an alcohol problem who needs the high-tech suit to survive. "Tony Stark, I think, ... [is] a really interesting character," Millar said. "That's what I think really drew us to the character in the first place. It's that he had a depth and an originality that you hadn't seen in a superhero before. There's no character like this currently in superhero movies." There is no word on who will portray Tony Stark in the movie.

STURGEON AWARD FOR SCIFI: Lucius Shepard's "Over Yonder" first appeared on SCIFI.COM's Sci Fiction site and has won the prestigious Theodore Sturgeon Award for best SF short story. Second place was awarded to "Bronte's Egg" by Richard Chwedyk, published in Fantasy and Science Fiction; third place went to "Singleton" by Australian Greg Egan, published in the British Interzone.

CAMPBELL AWARD: Author Nancy Kress, a previous Sturgeon Award winner, has won the John W. Campbell Award for best SF novel of the year for her novel Probability Space. Second place in the Campbell Awards went to David Brin's Kiln People; third place went to Robert J. Sawyer's Hominids.

THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK: Science fiction author and movie novelist Alan Dean Foster will be adapting THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK now filming into novel form. Foster, who has done numerous movie adaptations in the past, surprisingly hasn't adapted a film into prose for a decade; the last adaptation he worked on was for ALIEN 3. Foster said at his website, "One reason I decided to do it was because the writer-director of the original film, David Twohy, is also involved in the follow-up. The deal also involves my bringing several film projects directly to Universal, and to working on several properties they already own. For the usual reasons, I can't go into detail about any of these right now."

BIG SIR: Amid speculation about Arnold Schwarzenegger entering political life, there are indications that he may not be ready to give up acting yet. When Schwarzenegger was asked about his possible bid for Governor of California, he replied "I can tell you that within the next month." While not clear on the political front, Schwarzenegger indicated he was in negotiations to star in the family comedy "Big Sir" for New Line Cinema and was set to star in the sci-fi classic remake of "Westworld" for Warner Bros. "Westworld" is being produced by Schwarzenegger and Jerry Weintraub ("Ocean's Eleven") and written by "T3" scribes Michael Ferris and John Brancato. .

JAMES BOND: Pierce Brosnan (James Bond) was bestowed an honorary Order of the British Empire award by Queen Elizabeth for his outstanding contributions to drama and the British film industry.

TARZAN: The WB is coming out with TARZAN this fall. Originally entitled TARZAN AND JANE, the powers that be have dropped Jane from the title, indicating they felt it was a bit misleading. Tarzan and Jane don't get together immediately, and they don't. The show is a modern retelling of the classic tale of a man raised in the wild encountering civilization for the first time. Tarzan (Travis Fimmel) is brought to New York buy his uncle (Mitch Pileggi), head of Greystroke Industries. Jane is a New York cop investigating why the uncle keeps Tarzan locked away.

TIME OFF: I'll be off to the wilds of Pennsylvania for about a week, so the page may not be updated over that period. The Z should be back into full operation on the 23rd.

Monday, July 14:
RATINGS: Top 10 SCIFI Channel Programs: Stargate SG-1 1.8; Wishmaster 2 1.2; Wishmaster 4 1.1; Dog Soldiers 1.1; Tremors: The Series 1.1; Scare Tactics 1.1; Wishmaster 3 1.1; UFOs: 50 Years of Denial 1.0; Hackers 1.0, and Wishmaster 1.0. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 6/16/03 - 6/22/03.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Buena Vista's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" seized the top spot with an estimated $46.4 million and a stellar $70.4 million since opening Wednesday. 20th Century Fox's "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" conjured up an estimated $23.3 million despite negative reviews. Warner Bros. Pictures' "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," slipped to third with an estimated $19.6 million, marking a 55% drop from its debut weekend. It did, however, cross the $100 million mark. MGM's "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" pulled in an estimated $12 million to take the fourth slot. The comedy slipped 46% from a week ago and has collected an estimated $62.9 million after 11 days in release. Buena Vista's "Finding Nemo" from Pixar was in the fifth slot generating an estimated $8.2 million in its seventh weekend -- down a measly 26%. The animated G-rated comedy should be passing the $300 million mark soon as its cume swam up to an estimated $290.8 million. Sony's "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" was down 48% on its third session, grossing an estimated $7.3 million to place sixth, bringing it's total revenue to an estimated $81.7 million to date.

BLADE 3: Vancouver, B.C., is the site for the third and final BLADE production. On September 22, David Goyer, who wrote all three installments, is taking the helm on Blade III. This will be his first time directing. The film is set for a 2004 release. Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson will be returning and casting is currently underway for the villain leads roles.

KING SOLOMON'S MINES: Hallmark Entertainment has given the green light for a two-hour mini-series remake of King Solomon's Mines, starring Patrick Swayze. Pre-production has been completed for King Solomon's Mines, based on the H. Rider Haggard novel and shooting starts later this month in South Africa. Steve Boyum is the director.

FRANKENSTEIN: Another project from Hallmark will be a remake of FRANKENSTEIN. The two-hour mini-series will be directed by Kevin Connor and star Alec Newman (Dune), Luke Goss (Blade 2) and Julie Delpy. Location shoots include Austria and Slovakia. It is based on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley novel. The goal of Connor's remake is to stick as close as possible to the original novel.

THE WOODS: Sigourney Weaver has joined the cast of director M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming thriller THE WOODS, from Walt Disney Pictures. Weaver joins Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard and William Hurt. Set in 1897, the film revolves around a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. Shyamalan also wrote the script for the project.

CONTROL: Production begins August 10 in Bulgaria on CONTROL. Willem Dafoe and Matt Dillon will star in the film directed by Tim Hunter. Control is the story of a sociopath (Dillon) taken into an experimental medical program. The doctor in charge (Dafoe) must take drastic measures when his patient's violent past comes back to haunt them both. Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer wrote the film.

MATRIX RELOADED: Warner Home Video will release THE MATRIX RELOADED on DVD this October 14, three weeks before the third and final chapter in the trilogy, THE MATRIX REVELUTIONS, is released in theaters. The initial two-disc DVD will be loaded with extra features. The marketing for the "Reloaded" DVD will cross-promote the "Revolutions" theatrical release and Warner will promote the DVD in theaters showing "Revolutions."

Sunday, July 13:
NO NEWS: It's Sunday and not much new has been posted. The What's on TV Tonight section is pretty big again. Lots to watch. I know ZORRO isn't exactly science fiction, but I love this movie. For all of us that grew up with Guy Williams as Zorro, this movie brings back a lot of good memories.

DEAD LIKE ME One reader is particularly excited about Showtime's new series DEAD LIKE ME. She wanted me to mention it in the listings -- and I'm sorry I didn't know about the marathon last night so that everyone could catch up on the shows they have missed so far. I hope Showtime does that again soon.

JMS UPDATE: JMS gave us an update on his projects last week, but yesterday posted a note about SUPREME POWER coming out next month. Deadline for ordering issues is July 17, so be sure your local dealer has ordered enough copies! JMS thinks everyone is going to enjoy this series quite a lot and Issue #1 will be very important. You can read his comments in the COMICS section below.

E-MAIL NEWSLETTER: The electronic version of The Zocalo Today was sent out yesterday -- along with the TV Listing generously created by Ranger Fredrica. If you didn't get a copy, just drop me a note at sgbruckner@aol.com and have your address added to the mailing.

Saturday, July 12:
SCOOBY DO - 2: Production of SCOOBY-DO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED will be completed soon in Vancouver. Sarah Michelle Gellar, who returns to her role as Daphne told SCI FI Wire that her character goes through a process of discovery that sounds almost like her own. "I think the first story sort of revolved around Daphne finding her place, that same in-between [place] that I think a lot of teenagers and young adults find [themselves in], which is: Where do I fit in? What's my place? What's my purpose? What am I good at? Because everything to her was, she was the pretty one, she never really fit in." Gellar co-stars with Freddie Prinze Jr. (Gellar's real-life husband, who plays Fred), Linda Cardellini (Velma) and Matthew Lillard (Shaggy). The new adventure take on a mystery in their hometown of Coolsville, which will feature the return of several well-known monsters from the classic Scooby-Doo animated TV series. Mystery, Inc.'s adversaries this time around will include the Black Knight Ghost, the Pterodactyl Ghost, the Tar Monster, the 10,000-Volt Ghost and others in an adventure that also marks the return of Jeremiah Wickles (Peter Boyle) and new characters played by Alicia Silverstone and Seth Green. The projected release date for the movie is March 26, 2004.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Owen and Luke Wilson are the latest to sign onto Walden Media's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. They will make a cameo appearance playing the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur. The project stars Jackie Chan (Passepartout), Steve Coogan (Phileas Fogg) and Jim Broadbent -- and will feature other cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathy Bates, Johnny Knoxville and Rob Schneider. Frank Coraci is directing the film; Hal Lieberman and Bill Badalato are producing.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: This looks like a good weekend for the movies -- there is something for everyone. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN looks like a winner -- and LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN looks interesting, but reviews are mixed (at best).

CLONE WARS: The Cartoon Network has announced an upcoming STAR WARS cartoon short series, CLONE WARS. The shorts are a follow-up to EPISODE II, and centers on Anakin and Obi-Wan leading forces against Count Dooku. Mace Windu, Padme, and Yoda will also be featured. Twenty shorts have been ordered: the first ten shorts will begin airing November 7 at 8 PM and run weekdays through November 21. The second ten will air sometime in spring 2004.

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF THE ESCAPIST: Pulitzer-prize winning author Michael Chabon has signed on with Dark Horse Comics to publish Michael Chabon Presents…The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist. The quarterly comic anthology will feature characters created by Chabon in his critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

Friday, July 11:

RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Shows: Futurama 2.8; Charmed 2.1; Charmed encore 2.0; Smallville 2.0; Smallville encore 1.5; Smallville encore 1.4; Enterprise 1.3, and The Twilight Zone 1.2. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 6/9/03 - 6/15/03.

DR. WHO: A new animated DR. WHO is set to air on the British internet service BBCi to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the original Doctor Who series. Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park) will lend his voice to the new adventure and become the ninth actor to take on the role of the Doctor, who travels through space and time in a ship disguised as an old-fashioned police box. Grant's interpretation of the character is something of a "Sherlock Holmes in space," and said he immensely enjoyed recording the story. The script was written by Paul Cornell, who has some experience with the franchise, having authored several well-received Doctor Who novels. "Just wait until you hear Richard," Cornell told the BBC. "He is the Doctor."

THE WOODS: The cast is building for M. Night Shyamalan's next project, THE WOODS. William Hurt joins Joaquin Phoenix and Bryce Dallas Howard in the Disney thriller set in 1897. WOODS revolves around a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. Shyamalan, who penned the "Woods" script, is also producing along with Scott Rudin and Sam Mercer.

MUTANT X: Thursday night, Tribune Entertainment confirmed with Comics Continuum that Karen Cliche has joined the cast of MUTANT X. Cliche, last seen on Adventure, Inc. as Mackenzie Previn, will play Lexa Pierce, an "intriguing new character with a shadowy past." Lexa's special powers allow her to manipulate light in amazing ways. According to Tribune, Victor Webster (Brennan), Victoria Pratt (Shalimar) and Forbes March (Jesse) are returning for the third season. Tribune has not indicated if John Shea, who plays Adam, will be back. Season Three begins in syndication the week of Sept. 29.

X-FILES: The TV Guide reports that the X-FILES David Duchovny has landed a plum guest stint on the top-rating “Sex and the City”, with rumours he’ll be playing Carrie’s [Sarah Jessica Parker] new love interest. No official word on this from HBO though.

Thursday, July 10:
NEW SCIFI ORIGINAL FILMS SLATE: Buoyed by the success of it's original films, the SCIFI Channel is increasing it's production of original films for 2004-05, putting into production 22 originals per year, with about two premiering each month. SCIFI describes the films as "a blend of special effects, bone-crunching fight scenes and out-of-this-world creatures." The SCI FI Saturday Action movies are a ratings success story for the channel: Since SCI FI introduced them in 2002, they have averaged a household rating of 1.4, 40 percent higher than the channel's average. Here are some of particular interest:
•Dead Rail. A detective on board a bullet train on its inaugural run to Las Vegas must overcome his haunted past to destroy hostile aliens. Written by Brian Smith, founder of SCIFI.COM's Seeing Ear Theatre, and produced by Glow Worm.
•Darklight. Lilith, a superhuman warrior cursed with immortality, must battle an escaped genetically engineered creature carrying a deadly virus. Directed by Bill Platt, former development executive for the SCI FI Channel's Exposure. Production begins in Sofia, Bulgaria, with UFO Films in July.
•Chupacabra. The mythical beast is captured and smuggled aboard a cruise ship en route to America, but escapes, and Navy SEALs are brought in to destroy the monster. Produced by Regent Films.
•Raptor Island. Raptors are discovered on a remote island when an elite team journeys deep into the jungle to rescue a kidnapped scientist. Produced by 100% Entertainment.
•Mansquito. A scientist trying to find a cure for the West Nile Virus accidentally transforms herself and a junkie into mutant mosquito creatures. Produced by Nu Image.
•Alien Blood. An alien army invades Earth, demanding the sacrifice of 1 million humans, and a small band of human prisoners rebels. Produced by UFO Films.
•Larva. A dirty meat-packing company sells meat contaminated with larvae, and the larvae begin to growing inside the customers. Produced by Nu Image.
•Hammerhead. While working on stem-cell research, a scientist transforms his subject into a mutant shark-beast. Produced by Nu Image.

TWELVE: SCIFI has attracted some of the bigger names in the industry to produce miniseries. Steven Spielberg's TAKEN set new records at the network. This coming year, Martin Scorsese has signed on to executive produce a Sci Fi Channel miniseries titled "THE TWELVE." The miniseries chronicles an FBI agent's confrontation with a bizarre series of events he suspects to be signs of an impending apocalypse timed for the Twelfth Day of Christmas. "Twelve" will run at least six hours, with its exact scheduling yet to be determined.

INDIANA JONES 4: There has been a lot of speculation regarding a fourth installment of the INDIANA JONES saga. Entertainment Weekly talked to Frank Marshall, producer of the upcoming fourth Indiana Jones film, and he said that Harrison Ford, 61, doesn't need a younger sidekick. "We're sticking with Indy on his own. He still gets around pretty good." Writer Frank Daramont (The Green Mile) was also praised by Marshall, saying "Frank understands who the characters are." Darabont told the magazine, "I'm the world's biggest Indiana Jones fan. I'll trip all over myself to work for Spielberg." Shooting on the fourth Indy starts in mid-2004 for a 2005 release.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: At the recent TV Critics Association press tour, Edward James Olmos, who plays Commander Adama on the new SCIFI miniseries BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, had a message for die-hard "Battlestar Galactica" fans of the 1970 series: "A person who really has a strict belief in the original, I would advise them not to watch this program. It'll hurt them." The tone of the series is different.

STAN LEE: Stan Lee is co-creator of Marvel's biggest superheroes -- Spider-Man, The Hulk, The X-Men and The Fantastic Four. He has just forged an agreement with childrens entertainment company DIC Entertainment to develop a host of new shows under the banner of "The Stan Lee Universe". The first property to be greenlighted is STAN LEE'S THE SECRET OF THE SUPER SIX, an animated superhero series that will feature Lee himself as one of the characters on the show. Entertainment will produce the series for DIC.

Wednesday, July 9:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Shows: The X-Files 2.6; Stargate SG-1 2.2; Buffy 2.1; Mutant X 2.0; Andromeda 1.9; 3rd Rock 1.8; Adventure, Inc. 1.7; Beastmaster 1.6; John Edward 1.6, and Sabrina 1.3. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 6/9/03 - 6/15/03.

SAN DIEGO COMICON: San Diego ComiCon will have some great guests again this year! Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman, will be among the many stars appearing in San Diego, July 17-20. July 18 will feature panels with Stan Lee and Chase Masterson, Rob Zombie, cast members from Farscape, Edward James Olmos and other stars from SCI FI's Battlestar Galactica. On July 19, Halle Berry will talk about her upcoming supernatural horror film Gothika. Angelina Jolie will preview Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, and Robert Englund will discuss Freddy vs. Jason. Director Sam Raimi will take part in a session about his upcoming sequel film Spider-Man 2. Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman and director Len Wiseman will preview their upcoming vampire vs. werewolf film Underworld. Beckinsale will then join co-star Hugh Jackman and director Stephen Sommers to sneak peek their upcoming monster mash Van Helsing. J. Michael Straczynski will, I'm sure, draw another huge crowd to hear about Amazing Spiderman, Supreme Power and Jeremiah. I see JMS on several panels on Saturday. The schedule can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/Pages/CCI03-SatProg.html.

BEST SELLING SF BOOKS: 1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; 2. The Da Vinci Code; 3. Potter paper box set; 4. D&D Player's Handbook, Core Rulebook 3.5; 5. Angels & Demons; 6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; 7. D&D Monster Manual, Edition 3.5; 8. The Lovely Bones; 9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and 10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Source: Amazon.com, 7/4/03.

THE PUNISHER: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos will play Joan, a character that originally appeared in Garth Ennis' relaunch of the Marvel Comics series THE PUNISHER. Described as an alluring woman who lives next door to Frank Castle (a.k.a. The Punisher), she helped the anti-hero clean up her block in Ennis' run. In a press release from Marvel's Avi Arad, he said, "She is no stranger to the Marvel Universe on screen and will have a chance to showcase her talents in a much different role."

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: With the film's release this week, the press is full of stories surrounding this production. Over at SciFi.Com Peta Wilson and Shane West talk about reported clashes between star Sean Connery and director Stephen Norrington. Over at Comics2Film, producer Don Murphy talks about that situation and more in a two-part interview.

SPIDERMAN: MTV's animated SPIDERMAN series premieres July 11 at 10pm. You can get a glimpse of the series over at http://www.mtv.com/onair/spider-man/. The site is complete with music video and behind-the-scenes photos of the making of the animated series, starring the voices of Neil Patrick Harris (Peter Parker), Lisa Loeb (MJ) and Ian Ziering as Harry Osborn.

TOUCHING EVIL: USA Network has given a greenlight to filmmakers Allen and Albert Hughes and Bruce Willis for a series entitled TOUCHING EVIL. Set to join the network's primetime schedule early next year, the show is described as a thriller about an elite FBI squad. The pilot for "Evil" was directed by Allen Hughes (From Hell) and written by Bruno Heller. The Hughes brothers will executive produce the project along with Willis and Arnold Rifkin for their Cheyenne Enterprises production banner. USA has ordered 13 episodes of the series, which stars Jeffrey Donovan as a detective who survives a gunshot to the head and then returns to work with a fearless attitude and a relentless pursuit of justice. The project is based on a British series from British Granada Television.

KING ARTHUR: http://www.thezreview.co.uk/news/news1086.htm has some of the first set pictures from Jerry Bruckheimer's KING ARTHUR. The film, starring Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane and Keira Knightley, is currently shooting in Ireland.


"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" on the UPN, 9:00pm - 10:00pm ET
The starting time of 9pm is odd, but accurate. There's a big gig for recording star Ashanti tonight. She plays Xander's (Nicholas Brendon) beautiful, but mysterious, date who has special reasons for going out with Buffy's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) pal.

9:00 PM on WB
Jonathan is unknowingly poisoned by the pollen of a stolen plant that was created with the DNA of an extinct flower, and he begins to act erratically as he becomes increasingly ill. Meanwhile, the scientist who created the plant tries to recover the purloined posy.

On SciFi Tonight:

8:00 PM
Ghost Stories
People discuss encounters with spirits.

9-11:00 PM
Beyond Bizarre
A series exploring unusual phenomena and people.

11:00 PM
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley's classic novel is strikingly brought to life in this compelling 1998 TV-drama about a hedonistic future society. The story takes place in a technological state where sexual promiscuity is encouraged, and pain and emotion have been genetically eliminated. People are bred to do specific tasks and most are addicted to the numbing drug Soma. Peter Gallagher and Rya Kihlstedt play citizens who introduce a Shakespeare-quoting “savage” (Tim Guinee) into their civilization. It's an experiment that challenges basic tenets of the world order. Mustapha Mond: Leonard Nimoy.


Here's a note from JMS on his participation at San Diego ComiCon this weekend:

Just to let folks know...I'll be doing panels and presentations only Saturday and Sunday, and my main one-person presentation will be Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30. My only scheduled autograph session is Saturday at 3:30, and that may well be it for the whole convention. (This will also be the last time that the Sleeping in Light scripts, with deleted material, will be available at a convention, to celebrate our 10 year anniversary.)


Here's the latest from JMS on his on-going projects:

Polaris is still making the rounds, so we'll see what happens on that front. "World on Fire" is not do-able anymore because the events of the world caught up with the story. (Essentially, it was about the events leading up and following America getting into its next war, starting with an attack on New York. Very eerily, nearly everything that was in the script and the planned series has now happened, so the show is now a moot issue.)

I've put my play "Among the Ruins" on a back burner for now, because it got too clever for its own good, too slick, almost self-consciously so...it needs time to season and develop the right kind of maturity.

Comics: the first issue of Supreme Power comes out August 6th, and it's going to be a terrific book. And Spidey continues apace, I'm just about to start writing issue 500, a 38 page monster that culminates a three-issue arc that encompasses much of Spidey's history and some things that should be real surprises for people.

TV: I'm making the network rounds with the people at Marvel Productions, pitching a new series, but that's all I can say about it for the moment.

Audio: I've finished the 20 short scripts for "The Adventures of Apocalypse Al" for a company that will be distributing them either late fall or early Spring 2004. It's a very, very funny series.

Other than that, working on a novel, making the pitch rounds for Midnight Nation as a feature, and taking some down time after finishing season two of Jeremiah last month.


JMS has pointed everyone over to http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/?column=13 for an answer to the burning question, Where is Rising Stars?

While JMS' note above listed a particular column at Comic Book Resources, that page reference has changed. To read what is going on between JMS and Top Cow, go to http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=litg&article=1670..

A number of readers have asked about JMS' comic book series, RISING STARS. It has been quite a while since the last issue came out and they were wondering when they might expect to see the next one. JMS was asked this question in the B5 moderated newsgroup not long ago. His response was:

June 3: That depends entirely on a situation with Top Cow that is in need of resolution. The delay in writing has not been a delay in writing; it's been working through some problems with Top Cow for the last...almost year now. The final issues won't be turned in until those issues are resolved.


Here is the blurb from the MGM Newsletter that arrived this morning. Not a lot of information in it, but it's good to see it finally arrive.

Jeremiah returns this summer for its second season on Showtime.
Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner star as two drifters living in a post-apocalyptic world. Joining the cast for the new season is Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings) playing Mr. Smith, a man with a very unique gift.

Fans of this JMS show have been wondering when it will return to the Showtime line-up. JMS responded to a question in the B5 moderated newsgroup that gives a bit more information than previously available:

"The season finale aired July 19, 2002, so it's less than one year since the season ended. Last I heard the show was going to run starting the first week in September so that it could conclude with the last four shows in November sweeps."

There are a couple of places where you can find information on JEREMIAH. Monica has a very up-to-date site at http://abyss.hubbe.net/jeremiah/. She has a newsletter that you can sign up for as well so that information comes into your mailbox on a regular basis. The "official" website is located at http://sho.com/jeremiah/. It isn't terribly timely, but it does have background about the show if you need it.


B5 Season Three DVC Thanks to everyone who have sent along their suggestions for extras on the upcoming DVDs. So far, some good items have been mentioned.

Warners is SO happy with sales of Babylon 5 DVDs they are pushing up the release of Season Three. The release projected date is August 12. You can put in orders now at Amazon.com.

Season 3 Details

Warner Brothers has announced August 12th as the street date for Babylon 5: The Complete Third Season. Subtitled "Point of No Return", it will be another 6-disc extravaganza featuring all 22 episodes of the third season. In addition, Warner is again working with producer/creator J. Michael Straczynski to bring you the very best in the way of supplements:

Introduction from series creator J. Michael Straczynski
Commentaries on 3 key episodes by series creator and stars
Documentary: Behind the Mask: Creating the Aliens of Babylon 5
Documentary: Designing a Better Narn
Documentary: Designing Tomorrow: The Look of Babylon 5
Data and Personnel Files

Once again this will by brought to you in 16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen, and with sound remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1...all for a list price of $99.98.

DVD BARGAIN ALERT: Ranger Gary reports that CostCo has some great deals on DVDs. They have the STARGATE SG-1 SEASON THREE DVD for $39.99. That is well below what I've seen on e-bay and about $30.00 less than Suncoast Video Stores. Gary also reports that they have a huge supply of the latest BUFFY DVD.

Ranger Donita has a tip for those wanting to purchase DVDs here in the U.S.
The cheapest place to get B5 Season 1 and 2 is Playcentric. I paid $59 for season 1 and $60 for season 2. Also to get the cheapest price on all DVDs I recommend using Bargainflix.com, for those of us in the US. All you have to do is to type in the name of the DVD, or actor, or director, and they will show you the price comparison. Great for those of us who like to support our favorite sci-fi shows and movies by buying the DVD.

Ranger Dave sent along this report on purchasing the Season Two DVD in the UK: " I picked up the Season 2 DVD of B5 at MVC for £5 less than most other people are selling it - including Amazon.co.UK or Play.com. If you become a card member (it is free, hardly a hassle and takes a moment) you can get the set for £37.99 where as most others are selling it at £42.99 - just a handy saving tip."

Ranger Manuela has a bargain to match Dave's -- in Germany. Here is here report:

Got one like that for German readers: avides.com (despite the url, they're located in Lower-Saxony here) are selling season two for 39,95 Eur. It's got English and German on the dvds, so perfectly fine. :-)

B5 Season Two DVC


With the new DVD for Season Three of Babylon 5 coming out on August 12, let's talk Season Three. What do you think was the most significant episode of the season? What was the best episode?

Send in your comments to sgbruckner@aol.com and I'll start posting them on the Discussion Page for everyone to share.


Another segment of the Babylon 5 Chronology from Terry Jones is up for your reading pleasure. This segment begins with 2263. Go to 2263 and enjoy.

THANKS TERRY for all your hard work on this.!


Ranger Mary-Kaye reports that Mary Kay Adams (N'Toth, second season) is back on daytime in the form of a recurring role on All My Children. Her character is Diane Lacey, the owner of Pine Valley's major department store. Her character is caught between two rival cosmetic companies' vying for prime shelf space in her store. She is being coerced into spotlighting Fusion Cosmetics - the upstart company co-owned by Erica Kane's illegitimate daughter Kendall Hart. The company losing out to Fusion is Enchantment, owned by Erica Kane. Adams appears sporadically, but it might be fun to check out.

Ranger Tom reports that the May/June issue of "Audrey" magazine (a magazine aimed at the Asian American community) contains an interview with Daniel Dae Kim. The article also has several color photos of him modeling trendy outfits. Evidently he had a small role in "The Hulk" which due to editing is now a lot smaller.


PETER WOODWARD: I talked to Peter on Thursday and he is very excited about the second season of CONQUEST on the History Channel. New episodes begin July 6. Peter is writer, co-producer and host of this look at martial competition throughout history. It is a fun program and airs on Sunday at 10:30pm.

MELISSA GILBERT: After some speculation, Melissa Gilbert's name was placed before the SAG nomination committee Thursday with actor James Cromwell for the new position of secretary-treasurer. No other candidates have announced their intention to run. Gilbert was elected in 2001 and has been involved in several tough fights, including a push to adopt a new plan to regulate the relationship between actors and talent agents. Gilbert and SAG staff strongly backed the plan, which was overwhelmingly rejected by members. Gilbert also pushed a consolidation with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, a proposal that failed by a slim margin this week. Other candidates have until July 24 to submit nominating petitions. Ballots will be mailed to members Aug. 26 and are due Sept. 23.

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Ranger Margarets reports some very good news for Bruce Boxleitner fans. Bruce will have a recurring role in SHE SPIES, a new series coming to us from MGM. According to Bruce's Fan Club, he starts filming in July. SHE SPIES sounds like a Charlie's Angel-type show and you can get more information at http://www.mgm.com/shespies/main.html. I didn't see anything about Bruce on the page, so that may follow as the site is updated.

Ranger John reports that "She-Spies" has been on for a year. Claudia Christian was the principle guest star in one episode, playing roughly the role Demi Moore plays in the new "Charlie's Angels" movie. But it's not _exactly_ like "Charlie's Angels". It's more like the love child of "Charlie's Angels" and "The Monkees", about "three paroled former criminals who now work for a clandestine government organization dedicated to saving the world from evil on a nearly weekly basis".

MIRA FURLAN: Ranger Moya sends in this report on Mira's activities:
Mira is currently in Belgrade shooting a new movie called "Disi duboko" co-starring Bogdan Diklic, a charming actor who she's worked with in numerous other films. He was Pipo in "In the Jaws of Life" which is one of the few of Mira's movies available in North America *with* English subtitles. From there she's going back to Istria to reprise her Medea role of last summer for 5 performances July 11th through 15th.


SMK Anniversary
2003 marks the 20th anniversary of SCARECROW AND MRS. KING's debut on CBS. A very special event is being planned. On October 17-19th at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in Los Angeles, California, a celebration is being planned. A number of guests have already confirmed -- including Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland, Martha Smith, Paul Stout and Greg Morton. For more information on activities related to the anniversary, go to http://www.smk20thanniversary.com/.


Peter as Galen Peter is considering cruising the Caribbean in early 2005 and wants to invite his fans to join the fun. He would like to see if there is sufficient interest before going too far into planning, so if you would like to receive a brochure about Peter's upcoming cruise once the details are finalized please advise of your:

Postal Address, City, State, Zip:
E-mail address:
Phone number:
Total number of guests in your party:
Age range of the guests including yourself:

Send this information to pwoodwardinfo@yahoo.com. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully. This is not a commitment from you, just an indication of interest.


Jerry Doyle - July 16
J. Michael Straczynski - July 17
David Warner - July 29

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.


Sometimes you just can't find the e-mail address for someone you know you have -- it's someone who responded to a discussion topic or you met in one of the chat rooms. You'd like to send a personal note, but .... No address!!!!

We've started a White Pages of Zocalo Readers! It's a handy way of keeping track of people -- and putting together a birthday/greeting card list as well. If you would like to be part of the listing, just send me your name, state, e-mail address and (if you'd like to have it listed) birthday (without year) to sgbruckner@aol.com. Check out the Directory of Readers.

Name: Julie Bemment
State/ Country: England
Birthday: 8 July

Name: Peter Dougherty
State: New York
E-mail: ve3thx@canada.com
Birthday: July 5

Name: Christopher Moore
State: Florida
E-mail address: psycho_pcb@yahoo.com
Birthday: July 21

Name: Lauren Swinkey
State: Michigan
E-mail address:
Birthday: July 17


Ranger Tia sent along this note to share with B5 card collectors:

Don't know if you've heard of my card program yet or not, but I thought the other B5 card collectors might like to try it out. With having almost all of the B5 trading cards and CCG cards available and no program to keep track of them withm, I started writing my own. Here's the website for it. Go half way down and click on the small screen shot for a full size screen shot. I have the pic of Pat Tallman's card from the Profiles card set feautured in the shot.

Oh, and I also have a lot of the card lists already saved as files so people won't need to type in all the card names. Being written by a B5 fan, ALL the card lists have already been made and are downloadable. :)




Amazing Spiderman #55 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #55
Amazing Spider-Man #55 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski and Fiona Avery, with art by John Romita Jr. and Scott Hanna and a cover by Mike Deodator Jr.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:
"More secrets of the enigmatic Ezekiel are revealed in this first part of a 2-part story co-written by J. Michael Straczynski and his protege Fiona Avery."

Amazing Spider-Man #55 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25.

Supreme Power #2 SUPREME POWER #2
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and cover by Gary Frank.
I n a world with no heroes, what happens when powerful superhumans emerge? And now that the government knows that superbeings exist, what lengths will they go to use them for their own purposes? J. Michael Straczynski tells a hard-edged, mature and deeply personal saga that pushes the limits of the comics form into new, uncharted territory.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 3.

Supreme Power


Here's a new post from JMS on SUPREME POWER from the B5 moderated newsgroup:

I've previously mentioned my new book from Marvel, called Supreme Power. I just got a note from Marvel mentioning that the cutoff for orders is going to be this Thursday, July 17th (also my birthday). I genuinely think that Surpeme Power may be one of the best things I've done in the comics field, maybe the best to date, and I just want to put out the word to any Babylon 5 folks out there who don't normally read comics, and encourage them to check this one out. This is a great book for people who don't generally go for comics, a strong character story from end to end.

Anyway, once the orders for issue #1 are filled by the 17th, they won't be taking any additional orders, and Marvel doesn't do reprints anymore. If you miss issue 1, you'll have to wait for the trade, which could take six months or more. So I wanted to let everyone know that this is your last chance, 'cause this is almost certainly going to sell out and be impossible to find afterward.

As I've noted here before, I don't usually go to this length to promote something I'm doing -- I've really not spoken a lot about the Jeremiah series for Showtime, or the B5 quote book, or other projects -- but I'm making an exception for this one because I truly believe this is something extraordinary, in large measure thanks to the amazing artwork by Gary Frank, who also penciled Midnight Nation.

You can get more info on the book at:



And for a peek at issue 2:



So: long story made short, July 17th is the cutoff date for orders at comic shops. Just so's nobody can say later they didn't have fair warning on what Marvel thinks may end up being the book of the year for them.

From Previews magazine:
by J. Michael Straczynski & Gary Frank

Presenting a brand-new vision of a world about to give birth to its first generation of superheroes! This new MAX ongoing series follows the origins of these new heroes - from their birth through adulthood, and examines how their lives and abilities change and shape the world around them. A hard edged, mature, and deeply personal saga that pushes the limits of the comics form into new, uncharted territory.

FC, 32 pg ..........$2.99



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.

Histories, and Casts and Credits for 62 Prime Time Shows, 1959 Through 1989
by Mark Phillips and Frank Garcia

While this book has been out for a while (1996), there wasn't really a lot of advertising or promotion for this reference book and you could easily have missed it all together. However, copies show up on e-bay every so often, so you may want to give it a look-see. You can get more information on the book from the publisher's page at http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/XJ&sdn=scifi&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mcfarlandpub.com%2F and there is a review now posted at http://scifi.about.com/cs/newsinformation/fr/scifitvseries.htm.

Looks like a terrific addition to any science fiction lover's book shelf.


Ranger Jason has filed the following report that will be some interest to you:

Mongoose Publishing recently received the B5 Licence to do a d20 style game in the B5 Universe. The main book and supplements will start rolling out very soon (next 3 weeks).

They published a sneak peak booklet at http://www.vita.clara.net/b5preview.pdf which has tons of useful B5 stuff including a diagram of the station, and a near comprehensive map of the B5 Universe.

We need B5 Fans to support this because unless JMS releases another series or book, this will be the only new B5-feel product for some time.

Mongoose's site can be reached here http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/.


CFQ #35.4 CFQ 35.4: This issue promises a great deal for science fiction fans. There is a big 16-page spread on SMALLVILLE. Also included Joss Whedon looks back on BUFFY over it's seven-year run; Michael Shanks returns to STARGATE SG-1 and drops a few hints about the seventh season.

Cult Times Special #26 Cult Times Special #26: Immortals are the subject of this issue. There have been a number in science fiction history and whether they are people who just won't die -- or images that live on and on, it is an interesting premise to explore. Also in this issue, Richard Dean Anderson joins fellow producers Robert C. Cooper, Michael Greenburg and Brad Wright in discussing STARGATE SG-1; Ben Browder looks at the last days of FARSCAPE and JJ Abrams discusses the changes ahead for ALIAS.

TV Zone #164 TV Zone #164: The big attraction for this issue will be JMS's look at Season Two of Babylon 5. Also included are interviews with James Marsters (Spike), Carlos Bernard from 24, and a look at what TV Zone readers feel is The Best Cult Television Program Ever.

Expose Special#77 Expose Special #77: This special issue is a review of 2002. With Harry Potter #2, Lord of the Rings and Terminator 3, they also look at Star Trek: Nemesis, FIREFLY, Buffy and Dinotopia.

Starburst #298 Starburst #298: ANGEL's new season is the focus of the issue. David Boreanaz talks about what makes the show so special to him. Also in this issue, a behind the scenes look at MATRIX RELOADED. Another show with changes ahead is SMALLVILLE. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar talk about what is in store for the next season.














Charmed-Peter Peter as Galen

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.


I-SCI-FI will be re-broadcasting their interviews with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen cast and crew tonight from 7-9pm MDT (5-7pm EDT). These are pre-recorded so you will not be able to call in and be eligible for prizes. All of these people are special in different ways. You are sure to enjoy Dave Lea, fight choreographer and cool guy. He's been in several top flight movies and taught some of Hollywood's 'A' list of actors and actresses how to fight and look like they are fighting, including Sylvester Stallone, Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell and more. Check out his nearly one hour interview! We had so much fun talking we lost track of time! He was just here in Utah filming on the fourth Crow movie and you're going to want to listen to every word he has to say.

If for some reason you have trouble getting the audio stream at I-SCI-FI, try ufpgalaxy.org, cosmiclandscapes.com, and now at radiostarfleet.com. Cosmic Landscapes, Radio Starfleet and UFPGalaxy rebroadcast live Thursday nights from 7-9 pm MDT and Cosmic Redux rebroadcasts the previous week's shows.


Tony Tellado has been very busy gathering interviews from the cast and crew of MATRIX RELOADED. You can listen to interviews with Keanu Reaves, Carrie Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburn Jada Pinkett Smith, Monica Bellucci plus Producer Joe Silver and Efx Master John Gaeta daily at Sci-Fi Talk At Live365.Com. The Matrix Page will feature transcripts.

Be sure to check out Sci-Fi Talk's schedule on Broadcast Schedule - http://hometown.aol.com/scifitalk/broadcast.htm.

Home Page - http://www.scifitalk.com
Listen To Sci-Fi Talk:
For 56K Modem or less connection - http://www.live365.com/stations/211667
Cosmic Landscapes Radio - http://www.cosmiclanscapes.com
Broadcast Schedule - http://hometown.aol.com/scifitalk/broadcast.htm


John Cook has a wonderful collection of cartoons -- many are take-offs from Babylon 5. Here's just one of them.
What Do You Want?
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


XR Pick-Up Line I love science fiction related cartoons and Tye Bourdony is one of the most talented artists out there. He has done dozens of toons for Babylon 5. Here is his latest -- for FARSCAPE fans.



J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI: JMS will be at San Diego ComiCon this year -- July 17-20. From a post available in the B5 moderated newsgroup, JMS says he will be offering the last of the Sleeping in Light scripts with missing material that he had at Wondercon. This will be the last time they will be made available at a convention.

RICHARD BIGGS, JASON CARTER and ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES: You can catch up with these three at the GenCom Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana beginning July 24.

BILL MUMY: The folks at FarPoint are excited to announce that Bill Mumy will be joining them in February!


July 18-19, 2003
Place: Tampa, Florida
Tampa Airport Hilton
B5 Guest: Robin Atkin Downes
Other Guests: James Marsters, Mercedes Mcnab, Jeams C. Leary, Andy Hallett, Iyari Limon
For more information, visit their website at http://www.vulkon.com.

San Diego ComiCon
July 17-20, 2003
Place: San Diego Convention Center
B5 Guest: J. Michael Straczynski

For more information, visit their website at http://www.comic-con.org/.

GenCon Gaming Convention
July 24-26, 2003
Place: Indianapolis, Indiana
B5 Guest: Richard Biggs, Robin Atkin Downes, Jason Carter

For more information, visit their website at http://www.gencon.com/display.aspx?file=indy.

Official Star Trek Las Vegas Convention
August 1-3, 2003
Place: Las Vegas Hilton, 3000 Paradise Rd.
B5 Guest: Richard Biggs
Other Guests: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, Michael Dorn (a ton of ST stars)
For more information, visit their website at http://www.creationent.com/.

Bill Blair Birthday Celebrity Cruise
August 18-22, 2003
Ports of Call: Key West, Cozumel
Guest: Bill Blair, Peter "Chewbacca' Mayhew
For more information, visit Bill's website at http://www.BillBlairFanClub.com.

August 29-Sept. 1, 2003
Place: Atlanta, GA
B5 Guests: Stephen Furst, Peter David, Bruce Boxleitner, Mira Furlan, Walter Koenig, Peter Woodward, Brad Dourif, Julie Caitlin Brown, Bill Mumy
Other Guests: Luke Perry, Ray Bradbury, Christopher Judge, John Rhys-Davies, George Takei, Virginia Hey, Tony Amendola

For more information, visit their website at http://www.dragoncon.org.

Be sure to visit our Convention Calendar for a full listing of upcoming conventions featuring Babylon 5, Crusade and Legend of the Rangers cast members as guests.

If you would like to share your convention experience with your other Zocalo readers, send along a convention report. I will gladly post it for all to read. Got pictures? I'll post those as well.


Do you have extra copies of B5, Amazing Spiderman, Midnight Nation or Rising Stars comics you'd like to trade? How about those extra trading cards or B5 magazines? There are a lot of fans looking for these items -- and the Trading Post can help you buy or sell them. To see what's available, just use this link to the Trading Post. To have items included in The Trading Post, send a note to The Zocalo. Please put Trading Post in the subject line.


If you are looking for someone to talk about Babylon 5 and Crusade with, the Pen Pal section is for you! Check it out! Drop a note to someone who is feeling B5 withdrawal -- BIG TIME!

People thought a Pen Pal page was a good idea. If you would like to meet people who you could chat with or share your opinions of the show with, send along your e-mail or snail-mail address The Zocalo. It will be incorporated on the new Pen Page Page.


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.

JMS' mail can be sent to:

14431 Ventura Boulevard, PMB 260
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


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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Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Bruckner (sgbruckner@aol.com)
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