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Friday, July 29, 2005:
TOP SF&F NETWORK SHOWS:
Desperate Housewives 3.8
Battlestar Galactica 1.7
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 7/4/05 - 7/10/05.
THE NIGHT STALKER:
The Night Stalker premieres Thursday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Stuart Townsend, who stars in the ABC series, says that
creator Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) hasn't told him much about the mythology behind the new show. "Frank's been very
evasive," Townsend said. In an interview at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., Townsend
said, "He explained the concept minimally. And that really excited me, and I wanted to know more, but in a way I want to
respect that he's still formulating in his mind." Townsend (Queen of the Damned, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
plays Carl Kolchak, a character originated by Darren McGavin in a string of television movies and a short-lived series in the
1970s. Kolchak is a newspaper reporter who specializes in stories of the unexplained. The new series will delve into investigations
of various phenomena, with a backdrop of a grander mystery to be slowly unraveled. Townsend added, "I hope he's written that
he can be quite ruthless when necessary, because I like that," he said. "I want him to have an edge. Every week I hope that
sometimes you'll really like Kolchak and sometimes you're not sure about him. And I like that ambiguity in a protagonist. As
Frank said, I don't think you've seen that much in TV. And I look forward to maybe being the bad guy or the good guy and
kind of osculating between them."
Creator of the new ABC SF series INVASION, Shaun Cassidy, says that the show will be grounded in reality. "I like dealing in sort
of a heightened reality. It's fun. I like it to be grounded. I like it to have plausible deniability, and that's what I strive for. I don't
want people to go, 'Oh, no, that couldn't happen.' There might be a moment or two where they go, 'I don't quite buy that,' but if
you can actually support it and explain it, in time people might come around if you give them enough truth." In an interview
at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., Cassidy acknowledged that the success of LOST helped
him get the show on the air, but the only thing they will have in common is the serialized nature of the storylines. "Studio men
are salesmen, and they want to sell what they can sell," he said. "If the cop show is the order of the day, they'll go to who's
written the cop shows. I've worked in this kind of stuff before, and I like it. Charles Dickens is my favorite writer, and he did
serialized work. He'd send a little installment to the paper or to the magazine once a month and people would hang in because
they like the characters. I get invested with characters." One of the challenges Cassidy has found is balancing those serialized
stories with more episodic ones to give the audience a sense of satisfaction at the end of each episode. "It's the biggest challenge,
because you never know how much to give and how much to withhold," he said. "And we go through the script. Sometimes we throw
everything in the script and we pare away, pare away. And again, you have to give room for the actors and the characters to have
the moments. You can't just be doing plot things, following plot points. And the breathing room scenes can sometimes be the most
interesting, especially if you have interesting characters and good actors, and we do." INVASION will follow LOST this season on
Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. It premieres Sept. 21.
Variety reports that MTV Films will produce a film adaptation of Andy Cosby's Dark Horse comic DAMN NATION, about a vampire
invasion of the United States. The comic is a three-issue miniseries which takes place after the country is evacuated due to a
devastating attack by vampires. As scientists search for a cure, the government is forced to relocate to London. Cosby will write
the screenplay and executive produce with Ross Richie. Paramount will distribute.
There are a bundle of guests waiting to make their way onto THE SIMPSONS. This new season will find Bart Simpson's nemesis
returning and Homer will find a new foe as well, in the voice of Alec Baldwin. Baldwin, Kelsey "Sideshow Bob" Grammer, Oscar
winner Frances McDormand and Richard Dean "MacGyver" Anderson, will be among the guest voices on "The Simpsons" for
2005-06, FOX says. William H. Macy, Lily Tomlin, Terry Bradshaw and Dennis Rodman and "The Office" star Ricky Gervais, who
also wrote his episode, will also appear. The show's 17th season will open with Baldwin -- who previously played himself on
the show -- playing a marine biologist named Caleb Thorn who woos Marge (Julie Kavner) when she leaves Homer (Dan
Castellaneta) after he lets Fat Tony (Joe Mantegna) film an adult movie in their living room to pay off a gambling debt.
The Sideshow Bob episode hasn't been scheduled yet. When we last saw the homicidal former Krusty sidekick, he was
helping Homer solve a murder plot against him and found he couldn't kill Bart (Nancy Cartwright), having grown accustomed
to his face. Rodman and Bradshaw will both lend their voices to the annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode, which, despite
the fact that the season begins in September, will again air after Halloween. It's set for Sunday, Nov. 6.
For those looking for some good family entertainment, you may want to consider SKY HIGH -- opening this weekend. For
a full review, go to comingsoon.netHere's a
snippet: Sky High is the latest Disney teen comedy about the pitfalls of adolescent life, but is much, much better than it seems like
it should be in large part due to its strong cast and assured direction. It is, by far, the finest piece of family entertainment so
far this year.
Sky High is rated PG for action violence and some mild language.
Nicole Kidman is set to star in the lead role of German Director Oliver Hirschbiegel's IMVASOPM. the big budget US remake of
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS being scripted by Dave Kajhanich reports Production Weekly. The story centers on Carol
(Kidman), who uncovers a conspiracy in a small town where the inhabitants' personalities seem to be changing. Shooting
begins October in Baltimore.
Thursday, July 28, 2005: TOP 10 SF&F DVD SALES:
Lost season one
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Dead Like Me season two
Star Wars trilogy
Cinderella platinum edition
Charmed season two
Source: Amazon.com, top-selling genre DVDs, 7/22/05
MEMORABILIA WARS AUCTION - JULY 29:
On July 29, you will have a chance to purchase some STAR WARS history. Original Star Wars
producer Gary Kurtz will put props from his private collection up for sale in an auction
July 29 in what is being called the biggest auction of Star Wars items ever, Joe Maddalena,
president of the Profiles in History auction house. "This is the largest auction of screen-used
[Star Wars] memorabilia by a long shot," Maddalena said in an interview. "There's never been
an auction like this before." There is Luke Skywalker's lightsaber from the first Star Wars
movie and Darth Vader's lightsaber from Empire. "This is the only Luke Skywalker lightsaber
for sale," Maddalena said. "George Lucas must have others, but there never will be another
one for sale." "Kurtz wants to get his archive out for people to see, but he needs to raise
money to fund the conservation, preservation and exhibition [of his memorabilia]," Maddalena
said. "And this [auction] is the only way he can fund the archive." Kurtz will be holding on
to hundreds of other items, including never-seen footage and behind-the-scenes photographs.
Kurtz's items are part of a larger auction of Hollywood props and memorabilia, including the
original Yoda latex mask, script pages with George Lucas' handwritten notes, Luke Skywalker's
orange X-wing flight suit and a Chewbacca mask worn by actor Peter Mayhew.
Other items up for auction include non-STAR WARS items include Star Trek costumes worn by Jane
Wyatt and Mark Lenard as Amanda and Sarek, an amulet from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a leather
jacket worn by Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
This is movie history going to the highest bidder -- and there is something for everyone --
even a sports jacket worn by Christopher Reeve and SOMEWHERE IN TIME. The movie listing of
items goes on and on. So be sure to drop over to
Profiles in History auction and have a look.
Just about everyone knows that Jennifer Garner is pregnant! How will the star -- and the ALIAS series -- cope? In a recent
interview during a press tour, Stephen McPherson, president of ABC entertainment, told reporters that the pregnancy will
be written into the show next season. "We are going to embrace the fact that she's pregnant," he said. "We're adding
some characters to give her some new dynamics and some relationships to play off of. In terms of the actual creative [side],
the show runners this year and [creator J.J. Abrams] are really focused on how to do that and how to make it realistic and
not campy. There are certainly some fun examples of how she can embrace that in the line of work she does. But we also
don't want to put her in situations where she's endangering herself and the baby, so there's this suspension of disbelief
that, I think, won't take place then." McPherson also said that there will be "some very, very big changes" coming to
the show early in the season which are tangentially related to the pregnancy. Since Garner will be limited in the kinds of
action scenes she can do, the show will be adding a younger character who will become Sydney Bristow's protege. "Some
of [the changes] we will get from characters that we're adding," McPherson said. "She's going to get to be mentoring a
younger agent and you'll be able to get some of that maybe sex appeal, if you will, in different places. But I think you're
going to see a really interesting and dynamic Jennifer in that role." ALIAS will return in the fall in a new timeslot on
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Peter Coyote, currently in Fox's THE INSIDE, will be moving over to ABC's COMMANDER IN CHIEF, playing the vice presidential
nominee chosen by Geena Davis' President Mackenzie Allen. Jason Wiles ("Third Watch") has also been added to the cast in a
recurring role as the first female president's deputy press secretary. The casting of Coyote and Wiles follows on the recent
addition of Natasha Henstridge as President Allen's main political rival's (Donald Sutherland) chief of staff. Created by
writer/director Rob Lurie ("The Contender") the cast also features Kyle Secor, Ever Carradine and Leslie Hope.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Constantine DVDs topped last week's charts. Warner Home Video's CONSTANTINE has
become the latest comic book-based movie to top the sales charts, entering VideoScan's First Alert chart at No. 1 its first week in
stores. CONSTANTINE, which grossed $75.5 million in theaters, proved so popular at retail that while the regular DVD was ranked
No. 1, the deluxe edition, which includes a comic book-and a heftier price tag-clocked in at No. 4.
Filming begins next week in Vancouver on X-MEN 3. Ellen Page will play the role of Kitty Pryde in Brett Ratner's X-MEN 3, already
slated for a May 26, 2006 release. In addition, IGN.com reports that In other news, XMenFilms.net reports that X3 has added
several key crew members, beginning with editor Mark Helfrich (Red Dragon, Predator).
ABC reports that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Oz) is set to join the cast of LOST for the second season. LOST will have its
season premiere Wednesday, September 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) and will air Wednesdays at this time in the 2005-06 season.
Adewale will play Emeka, a mysterious man whose presence on the island - and intentions - will be revealed in one of the
early episodes in the upcoming second season. LOST, which is filmed entirely on location in Hawaii, is from Touchstone
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TOP SCIENCE FICTION NEWS STORIES:
To catch up on the latest news from this week -- and last month, go to News Page.
You'll find the everything from our front page -- but over a longer period of time.
This could turn into a summer project!
With the start of a new SciFi Friday schedule, the SciFi Channel has included FIREFLY into the mix. It has 13 episodes to
show -- and then they will probably re-run them, as they do the other SciFi Friday episodes of STARGATE, ATLANTIS and
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they included BABYLON 5 into the SciFi Friday mix? It would help
with the repeats and bring back an old favorite -- and introduce some new sci-fi fans to a drama that we all know and
love. What do you think?
Send in your thoughts and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post them on the
Discussion Page for everyone to
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want to respond to, go right ahead. We enjoy hearing from you.
KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW
Fans of Fiona Avery's work on B5, Cruasde, comics and elsewhere, -- check this out. She has a big signing for her
first novel on Wednesday July 27th at Golden Apple LA. Here's a link for more information: http://www.goldenapplecomics.com/crownrose.html
Pat has a few items up on e-bay! Right now she has some kid stuff and some sci fi mags...She will be adding
more each week. Her seller name is SCIFIMOGUL. Check it out.
Gary Cole, Capt. Gideon on CRUSADE, has a new series set to premiere on TNT July 31 at 10pm ET/PT
It's produced for TNT by Spelling Television with Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent and series creator Jorge
Zamacona as Executive Producers. The basic premise is about a specialized team of law enforcement
officers tracking down Los Angeles' 100 most wanted criminals. Gary's character is Lt. Conrad Rose, the unit's
organizer & a former LA Metro SWAT officer ("considered the moral center of the unit") going through an
impending divorce (the couple has 2 children). Also of interest is Ryan Hurst, son of character actor Rick
Hurst (Dukes of Hazzard), as ATF agent Jimmy McGloin, the team's firearms expert & most conservative member.
Rick was seen in the Steven Spielberg sci-fi miniseries Taken. For more information, go to the series website at
Jeffrey Willerth, Ambassador Kosh, has been produced a number of special programs that will air on the History
Channel soon. Here is information so that you can mark your calendars:
Airs on Monday, August 1 at 8:00pm ET
They look to the stars, to Earth, and within the human body. They are the UFO research elite that seeks answers
to the mysteries of the UFO phenomenon. Their determination, attitude, and methodologies stand strong
against ridicule and disbelief. In the end, UFO hunters exhibit scientific evidence that pushes the boundary of
modern-day thinking. At annual conferences, they share findings and are often stunned by the commonality
of their cases. Follow UFO hunters as they search for UFOs and investigate crash sites. Their hunts for physical
evidence of UFOs and alien life forms sometimes end up as global wild goose chases, but there are other times,
when what they find is just too intriguing....and might just prove that it is possible that we are not alone in the
"UFOs and the White House"
Airs on Monday, August 22 at 8:00pm ET
Did you know that the office of President of the United States has had a direct involvement with UFOs for over 50 years?
Since WWII, every Chief Executive has publicly discussed, issued, or received documents from the White House pertaining
to "Unidentified Flying Objects". Many of these documents have never been seen on television before and some of the
stories surrounding these UFO-presidential encounters are broadcast for the first time. Find out which administrations
had to defend our country from unidentified objects...who was sitting in the Oval Office during the biggest UFO sightings...
and how the government's UFO files are handled, depending on political affiliations. We'll gather the facts and glean
information from presidential libraries that reveal startling insight on UFOs and the White House. TVPG
Pat, who we all know and love as Lyta on Babylon 5, also has an extensive history in horror films -- NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, etc. She
was recently interviewed by the Icons of Fright website and you can read more about this side of Pat's career at
Icons of Fright. Pat sent along this note for horror fans out there. LAND OF THE DEAD will premiere shortly and you won't want to
miss a thing. Pat writes:
" Dear Horror Fans!
Last night I was invited to see the Los Angeles premiere of George A. Romero's LAND OF THE DEAD. It stars Simon Baker ( a Penny Lane
supporter and star of the tv show "The Guardian") , John Legiuzamo, Dennis Hopper and more. It was great! I am very squeamish when it
comes to horror movies, ironically, and I have to say I missed a lot of KNB's incredible effects burying my face during the worst of it. They
were so REAL! The acting was great, we even laughed a lot ( intentional on George's part!) , the evening was a huge success. He got great
reviews in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. George hasn't made a film in a while as you may know. He is the best when it comes to
these kinds of movies. He started the zombie craze!! It's so wild because he is the warmest and kindest guy. AND he needs our help.
Universal hasn't put very much money into advertisement. What a film makes in it's opening weekend determines the studio's future
decisions about what films will be made and filmmakers will make them! It is imperative we go out and see LAND OF THE DEAD this
weekend and cast our vote! If you want to see more sci fi and horror films made, make sure you see the ones that come out on the
opening weekend! Please take a friend and go be entertained this weekend by seeing Land Of The Dead! Cast that vote!
SPECIAL CAST ACTIVITIES: To learn more about what cast members are doing away from the tube,
go to CAST ACTIVITIES page.
IN MEMORY OF: While Rick (Biggs) and Tim (Choate) are no longer with us, we will not forget their wonderful personalities
and talent. Be sure to visit In Memory Of for more information
about memorial efforts. Until we met again, in a place where no shadows fall.
BABYLON 5 BIRTHDAYS
Jerry Doyle - July 16
J. Michael Straczynski - July 17
David Warner - July 29
If there is anyone we have missed, be sure to drop me a note so that I can add them to our Cast and Crew Birthday Listing.
We want to include everyone in our Happy Birthday Wishes.
SPACE STATION: WARNER HOME VIDEO BLASTS OFF WITH THE
MOST SUCCESSFUL IMAX® SPACE FILM OF ALL TIME
NARRATED BY TOM CRUISE
Launching onto DVD for the First Time June 7
Space Station follows two separate space shuttles that leave from Florida's Kennedy Space Center and Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome to
rendezvous with their new home in orbit 220 miles above Earth. Now people of every age and language can work side by side with their
space-walking crewmates, building and inhabiting this unprecedented structure in space.
For video clips from the DVD, go to Space Station page.
Now that the shuttle is back in space, this is a very timely video. Learn what the astronauts are going through with weightlessness.
BATMAN DVDs COMING
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Home Video will release a series of two-disc special editions of the four original
BATMAN movies from the late 1980s and '90s. BATMAN, BATMAN RETURNS, BATMAN FOREVER and BATMAN & ROBIN will
be released October 18. They will be available individually and as a gift set, "Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997."
Each special-edition DVD features a new digital transfer of the movie. Bonus features include director commentaries by Joel
Schumacher and Tim Burton, cast and crew interviews, several new documentaries, "making of" featurettes and nine music
videos from Prince, Seal and the Smashing Pumpkins.
EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH
November 1st has been set as the release date for EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH. The explosive and emotional finale to the
saga, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, arrives on DVD and "Star Wars Battlefront II," the sequel to the most successful
"Star Wars" game ever, arrives on Xbox, Playstation 2, Windows PC and Sony PSP formats.
Lucasfilm and Fox Home Entertainment present a two-disc set for the "Revenge of the Sith" DVD, with uncompromising picture and
sound mastered directly from the original digital source material. The DVD will include a brand-new full-length documentary produced
by Lucasfilm Ltd. as well as two new featurettes -- one that explores the prophecy of Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One, and the
other that looks at the movie's amazing stunts. A 15-part collection of Lucasfilm's groundbreaking web documentary series, Making
Episode III, will also be included in the set. A two-level playable demo of Star Wars Battlefront II is also included on the DVD.
"'Revenge of the Sith' gave audiences an extraordinary experience, and we want this DVD to do the same," said Jim Ward, Vice
President of Marketing and Distribution for Lucasfilm Ltd. "From the beginning of production, George wanted to be sure we
chronicled everything that went into the making of 'Episode III' specifically to create an incredible DVD experience. This DVD
has literally been three years in the making, and it's going to be a fantastic way to complete the Star Wars saga at home."
In addition to its November 1st debut in the U.S. and Canada, "Revenge of the Sith" debuts on DVD in most major territories
around the world on or about the same day.
ELEKTRA: DIRECTOR'S CUT
Fox Home Entertainment has released details for the Elektra: Director's Cut DVD. The unrated, two-disc set will be in stores on
Oct. 18. The first disc will contain:
* Widescreen feature.
* Commenary with Rob Bowman and Kevin Stitt.
* Theatrical teaser.
* Theatrical trailer.
The second disc will contain:
* Relentless: The Making of Elektra -- Part 1: Production.
* Relentless: The Making of Elektra -- Part 2: Post-Production.
* Showdown at the Well: Multi-angle Dailies: Take 3, Take 5, Take 7 and Take 9.
* Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary by Bowman and Stitt): Sai Approach, Come Back to Me, Rounding Up the
* Alternate/Extended Scenes, Alternate Opening (with optional commentary by Bowman and Still): Young Elektra Throws
Coin into Wishing Well; Young Elektra Buries Sais; Sais Out of Ground; Alternate Elektra and Abby; Go Game.
* Galleries: Costumes, Production Desing, Weapons, Unit Photography.
* Storyboards: Elektra in Pool; Mark's House; Alley/Hawk; Abby in the Woods; In the Maze; Kirigi's Death; Natchios Eastate.
The DVD will carry a suggested price of $26.98.
SMALLVILLE -- SEASON FOUR
Warner Home Video has released the back cover art for Smallville: The Complete Fourth Season,
which arrives on DVD on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
All 22 episodes from season 4 will be included in this 6 disc set (990 mins). In addition to
the episodes, Warner Bros has included some exciting bonus material. You can expect to find
25 minutes of deleted scenes (21 scenes total), episodes commentaries by Alfred Gough, Miles
Millar and others, "Inside the Writers Room" documentary, and "Being Lois Lane" featuring
interviews with Noel Neill, Margot Kidder, Dana Delaney and Erica Durance. The set is part
of Warner Television's 50th Anniversary, and a bonus DVD featuring an episode of The Flash
has been included.
DEAD LIKE ME: SEASON TWO
Proving that "reapers are anything but grim company" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), this "deliciously dark comedy about the afterlife"
(Newsday) returns for "a second season as strong as its first" (Philadelphia Daily News). Thanks to breakout star Ellen Muth's prickly
charm, Dead Like Me has "an amusingly odd and touching energy all its own" (Detroit News and Free Press After more than a year as
a grim reaper, George (Muth) has realized that being a teenager in the afterlife is as complex as in real life. There are still unrequited
crushes, agonizing dilemmas and the occasional bad attitude. Along with her kooky "co-reapers" Mason, Daisy, Roxy and Rube, George
struggles to collect souls while managing her own awkward development... into an adult reaper!
Includes Special Features:
"Dead Like Me... Again" Featurette
Putting Life Into Death
If you are like me, DVDs present a new challenge! Which ones are worth the expense -- and which ones are a necessity! For
Babylon 5 fans, the entire series is a MUST HAVE!!! But there are tons of videos now available and we'll try to look at as many as
we can -- and with the help of Warner Bros. look at what they have to offer as well.
Starburst #327: DOCTOR WHO: A new DOCTOR WHO is set to take on the second season of the BBC’s
smash hit. In this issue, you will find a world exclusive first interview with David Tennant - the Tenth Doctor! You
will also find an interview with Nick Briggs -- the man who gave voice to the Daleks talks to us about the challenges of
recreating the monsters’ original menace in three action-packed episodes of the last series and The Mill-- The last part
of an extensive look behind the scenes at the special effects and CG magic created by The Mill as they helped bring the
series into the new millennium. Natalie Portman (STAR WARS) speaks along with producer Joel Silver and director James
McTeigue about this dark screen adaptation of V for Vendetta.
TV Zone #192: STARGATE SG-1: Ben Browder has crossed the gulf of Space in Farscape, and now he’s exploring
Avalon with the SG-1 team, as the squad’s latest member Lt Col Cameron Mitchell. Go on set with TV Zone to find out what’s
in store for him in Season Nine. Also inside, an interview with the new Doctor – David Tennant's version of the Time Lord is
revealed as shooting begins on the new series of Doctor Who.
Cult Times #119: LOST: With the series becoming a huge hit in the U.S., Matthew Fox talks about filming in Hawaii and about
his character and the survivors of a plane crash on a mysterious island. Also in this issue, ENTERPRISE's Rick Berman looks back on
the final season and gives his thoughts on the last episode and the future of Trek and MEDIUM's Medium Glenn Gordon Caron, the
show's creator, explains what he hoped to accomplish through the tale of a woman who attempts to live a normal family life despite
being frequently visited by spirits who want her help.
Expose Special #29: HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: Get a review of the latest installment of the Harry
Potter adventure -- and talk with fantasy authors James Patterson, Juliet E. McKenna, Francis Hardinge and Ian Ogilvy on
the resurgence of fantasy fiction.
TV Zone Special #64: NEW SEASON PREVIEWS: STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS. In this issue, you will find
previews of the new seasons, with cast changes, new plotlines and new foes ahead. Cast interviews with Ben Browder, Joe Flanigan,
Amanda Tapping, Chris Judge, Michael Shanks, Beau Bridges, Cliff Simon, Mitch Pileggi, Paul McGillion and Jason Momoa. Also
inside, preparing for the 10th Doctor Who and a look at the end of the past season.
Cult Times Special #34: DOCTOR WHO: This issue can be a primer for Doctor Who fans. After a nine-year absence, 2005
marked the return of Doctor Who, bigger and better than ever before. Under the guidance of Russell T Davies, it's moved from being
a fondly-remembered piece of kitsch to a vital, ratings-grabbing part of the BBC's schedule. You get an in-depth look at the past,
present and future of the galaxy's best-loved Time Lord. New to DOCTOR WHO? This issue will give you a look at the 26 years of
DOCTOR WHO. This guide features the high points of the series so far and the facts you need to know to fully immerse yourself in the
Whoniverse! Also included in this issue, SMALLVILLE's executive producer Alfred Gough looks back on the fourth season of this
pre-Superman Clark Kent and tells us why he thinks it's the best year yet! Paul McGillion talks about his role as Dr. Beckett in
STARGATE ATLANTIS and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's Edward James Olmos looks at the series cliffhanger.
Expose #94: HARRY POTTER: In this issue, you'll learn more about the weird and wonderful world of
unlicensed fan fiction as it pushes back the boundaries of JK Rowling’s fictional world… and, in some cases, the
boundaries of taste. HERCULES: NBC’s new mini-series explores the darker side of the Greek hero. Meet star
Paul Telfer as he talks about taking the character back to his murderously gory origins, and how he pushed to
play the character with an English accent.
Starburst Special #69: STAR WARS SPECIAL: This issue contains: The Complete History -- From
The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, we look at the complete six-chapter epic; Dark Influences -- 10
ways the Star Wars trilogy has influenced Revenge of the Sith, and Archive Interviews -- Original Starburst
interviews with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kirshner and
Return of the Jedi director Richard Marquand.
FANTASTIC FOUR #532
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and cover by Mike McKone.
JMS and McKone's galactic first story arc concludes, as the Entity leads Reed Richards on a voyage of discovery ranging back
to the dawn of the universe itself! But will any of this give the FF the key to defeating the invading swarm of alien
annihilators? Part 6 (of 6).
32 page, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26.
SUPREME POWER: HYPERION #2
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, penciled by Dan Jurgens, cover by Mike Deodato.
"Hunting the Alien." Now that the world knows his dark secret, Hyperion suddenly finds himself both alone and hunted.
Four new super-powered individuals -- each based on a character from the original Squadron Supreme -- are after his hide,
and they've got the will and means to take him down!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 19.
THE BOOK OF LOST SOULS #1
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and cover by Colleen Doran.
The destinies of most people are defined early on. Then there are the others -- the lost. Those whose numbers aren't in yet,
who could go toward the light or toward the darkness -- indeed, who could be tipped one direction or another. And everything
starts with the book. That's what Jonathan is about to discover. When he took a suicide plunge off the London Bridge more
than a century ago, the last place he expected to land was on his feet, in the present, standing at the entrance to a tunnel
into a world of mysteries beyond his wildest imagination. A world of powers and principalities and, above all, rules that
he'd best learn quickly. Or he'll have to deal with the Dark Man. And what the Dark Man can't turn, he devours.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 26
FANTASTIC FOUR #529
Fantastic Four #529 will arrive in stores on July 27 from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski,
with art and cover by Mike McKone.
Here's how Marvel describes the issue:
"'Appointment Overdue!' Reed's got a rendezvous to keep at the edge of space‹but in order to reach it, he's going to have to work his
way through a battalion of America's best-trained fighting men!"
Fantastic Four #529 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.50.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #523
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, penciled by Mike Deodato, cover by Terry Dodson.
"Moving Up." It's the sensational Spider-Man versus the horrendous hordes of Hydra as the villainous organization makes
its final push to seize control of the country! Standing in the way? Everyone's favorite wall-crawler. But will Spidey have
enough left in the tank to take out the group of terrorists and save the day? Part 5 of 6.
32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Aug. 3.
FANTASTIC FOUR #530
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and cover by Mike McKone.
It's a reunion with destiny as the Fantastic Four once more brave the hazards of outer space for a rendezvous with a fateful
cosmic storm And the secret that lies therein!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 24.
SUPREME POWER #18
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and cover by Gary Frank.
"Exhibit R: The Statement of Mark Milton." Hyperion's world is turned upside down when his dark secret is exposed to the entire world.
But the worst is yet to come... Next month's news will blow you away!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Aug. 31.
STRANGE: BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS TPB
Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Sara "Samm" Barnes, penciled by Brandon Peterson, cover by Peterson.
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 heartŠand the outer reaches of the cosmos! Masters of the comic-book medium J. Michael
Straczynski, Samm Barnes and Brandon Peterson chronicle the adventures of the Master of the Mystic Arts in the year's
most highly anticipated origin story! Collects Strange #1-6.
144 pages, $17.99.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #522
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, penciled by Mike Deodato, cover by Kaare Andrews.
It's an action-packed extravaganza as the hordes of Hydra make a final push to take over the United States!!
And it's up to everyone's favorite red, white, and blue web-slinger to make sure that "Hail Hydra" isn't the new
COMIC BOOKS: For a listing of current comic books written by J. Michael Straczynski, go to
JMS COMIC BOOKS page. There is a brief synopsis of the
book and a date when publication is expected. Issued covered are AMAZING SPIDERMAN, FANTASTIC FOUR, STRANGE,
RISING STARS, and others.
For other comic book titles for such shows as STARGATE, SERENITY, CSI, ANGEL, etc., go to
COMIC BOOKS - OTHER TITLES.
Tye Bourdony has sent along his latest satires for your enjoyment.
07/29/2005 08:00 AM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (1970S) BATTLESTAR GALACTICA PART 1
07/29/2005 09:00 AM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (1970S) BATTLESTAR GALACTICA PART 2
07/29/2005 10:00 AM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (1970S) BATTLESTAR GALACTICA PART 3
07/29/2005 11:00 AM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (1970S) LOST PLANET OF THE GODS PART 1
07/29/2005 12:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (1970S) LOST PLANET OF THE GODS PART 2
07/29/2005 01:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (1970S) THE LONG PATROL
07/29/2005 02:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (1970S) THE GUN ON ICE PLANET ZERO PART 1
07/29/2005 03:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (1970S) THE GUN ON ICE PLANET ZERO PART 2
07/29/2005 10:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) FRAGGED
07/29/2005 01:00 AM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) FRAGGED
08/01/2005 11:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) FRAGGED
08/05/2005 10:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) RESISTANCE
08/05/2005 01:00 AM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) RESISTANCE
08/08/2005 11:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) RESISTANCE
08/12/2005 10:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) THE FARM
08/12/2005 01:00 AM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) THE FARM
08/15/2005 11:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) THE FARM
08/16/2005 07:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) SCATTERED
08/16/2005 08:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) VALLEY OF DARKNESS
08/16/2005 09:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) FRAGGED
08/16/2005 10:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) RESISTANCE
08/16/2005 11:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 2) THE FARM
BABYLON 5/CRUSADE PHOTOSHOP PHOTOS
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
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July 25-August 1, 2005
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Guests: Gary Jones, Dan Shea, Colin Cunningham, Alex Zahara, Jason Schombing, Steve Bacic, Dan Payne, Kevin Durand, Andrew Jackson, Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett, Andrew Kavadas, John Novak, David Winning, Lorena Gale, Alonso Oyarzun
For more information, go to: http://www.gatecon.com/
July 30-31, 2005
Pittsburgh Toy Show
City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Place: Pittsburgh Expomart - Monroeville
For more information visit www.pittsburghtoyshow.com
August 5-7, 2005
OFFICIAL STARGATE SG-1 CONVENTION TOUR
Location: Secaucus, New Jersey
Guests: Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks, Don S. Davis, Peter Williams, Alexis Cruz
For more information, go to: http://www.fansofstargate.com/
August 19-21, 2005
OFFICIAL STARGATE SG-1 CONVENTION TOUR
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Guests: Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks, Don S. Davis, Teryl Rothery, Peter Williams
For more information, go to: http://www.fansofstargate.com/
August 26-28, 2005
OFFICIAL STARGATE SG-1 CONVENTION TOUR
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Guests: Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks, Don S. Davis, Teryl Rothery, Tony Amendola, Peter Williams
For more information, go to: http://www.fansofstargate.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.
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