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The Zocalo Today

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What's New Today

Saturday, August 31:

WEBSITE PROBLEMS: Well, it's been a while since we had to use the back-up site here at Tripod. I hope you all found your way over here. Don't know what's up yet from David or Doron, but when I hear something, I'll let you know.

E-MAIL NEWSLETTER: I got the newsletter out this morning though. At least e-groups is still running. If you didn't get your copy of The Zocalo Today via e-mail, and you signed up to the group, let me know and I'll check to make sure your e-mail is in our mailing list. If you just want to check out what's there, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thezocalo/.

THE EXORCIST: Liam Neeson will not be starring in the next installment of THE EXORCIST. He has been forced to drop out due to scheduling difficulties. However, Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard will replace Neeson as the project begins shooting in November in Morocco before moving to England. Paul Schrader is directing the prequel; Gabriel Mann and Billy Crawford continue to be attached to the project, which traces the story of Father Merrin (Skarsgard) and his first encounter with the devil while doing missionary work in post-World War II Africa. While there, Merrin suffers from the horrors of war and loses his faith. When he meets the devil, he has to fight to save his beliefs.

BUFFY: There are some great new pictures from the season opener of BUFFY at < a href="http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0208/31/index.htm"> http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0208/31/index.htm. Yes, Giles is back and ready to help Willow. MUTANT X: http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0208/31/index.htm ComicsContinuum has more pictures from the second episode of MUTANT X "Time Squared". There are a number of changes ahead for our mutant friends, increased powers, new ones! John Shea recently said at San Diego ComiCon that the show will have a more real feel in terms of its set. "We're on location much more this season."


Friday, August 30:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Shows: Alias 2.5; Futurama 2.2; Smallville 2.0; Sabrina 1.9; The X-Files 1.7; Enterprise 1.7; Buffy 1.4; Charmed 1.3; Touched by an Angel 1.1, and Angel 0.9. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 7/29/02 - 8/4/02.

SMALLVILLE/JUSTICE LEAGUE: A lot of people are talking about what we can expect from SMALLVILLE this year. What about Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum)? We know he eventually becomes evil, but when will we see that in the young Lex? Michael Rosenbaum told SCI FI Wire that "Lex Luthor's taking baby steps to becoming evil. Ot's going to take some time, but Clark [Tom Welling] and Lex's relationship built up, and there's something that goes on with the spaceship. That's all I'm going to tell you." Michael continues his work on the animated Cartoon Network series JUSTICE LEAGUE, but says the two DC Comics properties never overlap. "It's two totally different things," he said. "It's nice. I like Justice League, because of the anonymity. It's sitting down with a whole bunch of great actors. You don't have to dress up. You just come in with a five o'clock shadow, feeling like crap, and you sit in front a microphone. You read, you laugh, you just drink some water and do these characters. It's fun." Smallville returns to its Tuesday 9 p.m. timeslot on Sept. 24.

HARRY POTTER: There is some speculation about Richard Harris being replaced as Prof. Albus Dumbledore in the third Harry Potter film. Harris was recently admitted to a London hospital suffering from pneumonia. Harris has completed filming of the second Harry Potter film, The Chamber of Secrets, but a double was needed for some scenes. A decision will be made by Warner Brothers next month regarding the next movie, The Prisoner of Azkaban. Shooting begins in January.

ANGEL: The folks at Comics Continuum have obtained some photos from the first episode of ANGEL. "Deep Down" will kick off the season on Sunday, Oct. 6 in Angel's 9 p.m. (ET/PT) time period.

FIREFLY: Have you all been over to http://www.fox.com/firefly/about.htm yet? There are some terrific clips from the show and, I have to admit, I'm very curious about the show.

X-FILES: Moore Action Collectibles announced that it is canceling its anticipated line of The X-Files action figures, because the company does not believe the market remains strong enough to support the line in light of the show's cancellation.

SECTION 31: One of the biggest and most successful Trek web sites, SECTION 31, has announced they are shutting down due to lack of funds. Section 31 has been running since 1998 and has been providing STAR TREK fans with many exclusives as wellas finding some of the hottest gossip first.

Thursday, August 29:
ALIAS: Alias kicks off its second season Sept. 29 in its regular 9 p.m. Sunday timeslot. New this year will be more gadgets and guest stars, according to co-star Kevin Weisman. Rock star David Bowie may make an appearance this year, joining a list of stellar guests from last season that included Quentin Tarantino. "In this last episode, we've created a luge that Sydney [Jennifer Garner] has to ride through a kind of ... ice field. It's a luge that goes over 150 mph, and that's pretty cool. And some retinal scanners we just used. There's a lot of good stuff coming up."

CONJOSE: Patrick Stewart will make an appearance at ConJose on Aug. 30 at 7:30 PM. Stewart's appearance, sponsored by Paramount Pictures, is open to full attending and Friday-only members of this year's Worldcon. Stewart will preview his upcoming films X2, the sequel to last year's X-Men, and the next Trek movie, Star Trek: Nemesis, which opens Dec. 13.

SPIDER-MAN 2: Rumors are afloat about the coming sequel to SPIDERMAN. Superman Hype reported today that Spider-Man 2 starts filming in January, in California, New York and France. Doc Ock will be featured as the villain. Curt Connors will appear but not as the Lizard. And, they have approached Stellan Skarsgard (Good Will Hunting, Deep Blue Sea) to play Doc Ock.

SWAT: This remake of a TV series is building steam. Renner Clark Johnson (TV’s THE WIRE, THE SHIELD) has been added to the cast, along with Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell (MINORITY REPORT) and Jeremy Renner (now out in DAHMER). The movie tells the story of a S.W.A.T. team who is transporting a drug runner who has posted $100 million to anyone who can break him out of police custody. Jackson, Farrell and now Renner will play officers on the team which gets attacked. Farrell and Renner will play friends who become enemies.

BUFFY: Everyone has been speculating as to whether Faith would return to BUFFY and/or ANGEL again. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Eliza Dushku has signed on for five episodes of "Buffy" and three episodes of the WB Network's spinoff "Angel."

ENTERPRISE: Over at TrekWeb, you can find new pictures from season two's premiere episode SHOCKWAVE, PART II. There are also interviews with John Billingsley, who talks about what season two will bring for Dr. Phlox. Anthony Montgomery also in on board to talk about MINEFIELD, an episode that will test Mayweather's piloting skills.

CODY BANKS: Remember the site of "The Gathering" -- where JMS showed the first clips from LEGEND OF THE RANGERS in Vancouver? I do. Simon Fraser University was a perfect setting and this summer, portions of the University were transformed into CIA Headquarters for the MGM film, "Agent Cody Banks". The set was designed by Austin Powers production designer Rusty Smith. The MGM film stars Frankie Muniz, Cynthia Stevenson, Judge Reinhold, Martin Henderson, Ian McShane, Arnold Vosloo, Hilary Duff, and Angie Harmon and was directed by Harald Zwart. The entire set was created with friction fittings, and the new walls matched the original concrete so well that only the designer knew which was which at first glance. For pictures of the transformation, go to http://www.reg.sfu.ca/ps/codybanks.html.

BIRDS OF PREY: There are some gorgeous photos of the cast of BIRDS OF PREY at http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0208/29/index.htm.
John Shea MUTANT X: Production on season two is in full swing. Over at ComicContinuium, there are photos from the season two opener, "Past as Prologue." On Sept. 30, we'll pick up where last season left off. Michael Easton will return as Gabriel Ashlocke for three episodes, including the opener.

FREDDY VS JASON: Lauren Lee Smith from MUTANT X has joined the cast for the upcoming teen slasher epic, FREDDY VS. JASON. "I'm going to play a character named Gibb,” Smith said. “Gibb is a really fun character. She's sort of this tomboy, a party girl, really crazy and out there. And she doesn't quite make it. [My scenes] are actually at a rave. It should be a really, really fun part. I'm really excited about it.”

SMALLVILLE: Do you want to join SMALLVILLE High School? Well over at http://www.smallvillehighschoolstore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv? you can pick up school jackets, hats, bookbags, the works.

Wednesday, August 28:
Stargate SG-1 STARGATE: Good news for Bonnie Hammer and SCIFI. Their investment in STARGATE is showing some profit! The Aug. 23 summer finale of STARGATE SG-1 attained a 2.0 rating (1.6 million households), becoming the network's first original hour-long show to reach that benchmark. The finale beat all basic cable competition in its timeslot. STARGATE SG-1 has been pulling in solid numbers since it's debut on SCIFI on June 7. It has outperformed both UPN and The WB in several key demographics, including persons 18-49, persons 25-54, men 18-34, men 18-49, men 25-54 and women 25-54. SCI FI will begin airing episodes from the first five seasons of the series in a weekly four-hour block Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/PT, starting Sept. 30. All new episodes will resume in January.

RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Series: 3rd Rock 2.3; Buffy 2.3; Andromeda 2.1; The X-Files 2.1; Beastmaster 1.9; John Edward 1.9; Mutant X 1.9; Stargate SG-1 1.9; Relic Hunter 1.6, and Earth: Final Conflict 1.3. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 7/29/02 - 8/4/02.

ALIAS: With the cliffhanging conclusion of the first season of ALIAS, everyone is patiently awaiting the confrontation between Sydney and her long-lost Mom. This dynamic will change the course of the series. Lena Olin will join the series as Sydney's mother. Ron Rifkin, who plays Sydney's villainous boss and surrogate father, Arvin Sloane, said "I think that the character of the mother is a very complicated one, and her relationship with her daughter and her ex-husband is enormously complicated. And it's so exciting. It's so rich. And Lena Olin is so brilliant. She's really brilliant." Alias will air Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

THE SIN EATER: Heath Ledger, who you will remember from KNIGHT'S TALE and THE PATRIOT, was out promoting one of his upcoming films, THE SIN EATER. Ledger said in an interview, "A sin eater is usually a priest who has been excommunicated from the church for whatever reason, and they would go around and seek out people on their deathbeds." Since they have been refused entrance into heaven, "...the sin eaters would perform ceremonies on these people on their deathbeds and eat their sins for a certain price, for a small fortune, and gain them entrance to heaven. I play a priest who's in search of a sin eater I feel has killed my mentor. It's a dark movie. It's a supernatural thriller-tragedy."

SMALLVILLE: What is in store for Clark Kent and SMALLVILLE this coming year? Writer/creators/producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar promise we'll get a look at Clark Kent’s origins even more than season one. Said Millar, “I think next season opens many new areas for us which we can explore, and we're particularly interested in looking at Clark's origin and his continual journey of self- discovery. I think over the course of the season, he'll really begin to understand where he comes from and what part he plays in the universe, in the grand scheme of things.” When will we see the "real" Lex Luthor? Said Gough, "We know where Lex's destiny eventually ends, so I think that's something we're heading towards," Millar hinted, "his actual turn to full evilness will be a long way from now. There's definitely twists and turns. You're going to think he's turned, and he's not."

NEW COMIC BOOKS SOON: Avatar Press recently added TidalWave Studios’ titles to it roster and has acquired three MGM properties -- ROBOCOP, STARGATE SG-1 and SPECIES. The comics should reach stores next year, and Christensen says there will soon be preview artwork and more details.

VOYAGER: Kate Mulgrew's VOYAGER uniform brought $50,000 at a weekend auction to benefit husband Tim Hagan's Democratic campaign for governor. Unfortunately, $2,500 is the limit for candidate contributions in Ohio, but the fund-raiser Saturday netted $150,000 for Hagan's campaign against Republican incumbent Bob Taft. Most of the VOYAGER cast and William Shatner turned up to help Hagan's cause.

AMAZING SPIDERMAN: I believe the next issue of Amazing Spiderman is on news stands today!

Tuesday, August 27:
THRESHOLD: Teryl Rothery (Dr. Frasier on Stargate SG-1) recently took a break from the series and completed production in Toronto on a new movie for the SCI FI Channel called THRESHOLD. There are a number of familiar faces in the film, including Jamie Luner from Profiler, Nick Lea, Krycek from The X-Files, Steve Bacic from Andromeda and Stephen Cannell, a veteran TV writer, has a little cameo. Rothery added, "Basically, it's about astronauts working one of the space stations when a meteor shower hits. This one astronaut gets imbedded with some of the rocks, or so they think it is. And it ends up being this alien insect that incubates in a human and [then] takes over the human, and they feed on other people." SCIFI will air the movie sometime during 2003.

SPIDER-MAN 2: Writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have very successfully created a new Superman environment with SMALLVILLE. Now they are about to embark on a new adventure - SPIDER-MAN 2! What lies ahead for Peter Parker? Gough said, “That's really the story Sam wants to tell. You'll see him grow as a person, a superhero and in all his relationships.” Millar wanted to assure fans that they have indeed done their SPIDERMAN homework. "We've read a lot of comics now and we've also read the ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN books” he said. “We have definitely done our homework.”

THEN CAME JONES: Writer Chris Brancato (FIRST WAVE, X-FILES) has joined Bert Salke in providing ABC with a midseason pilot entitled THEN CAME JONES, The story centers in a 19th century frontier town and the imperfect man who, in a series of strange plot twists, becomes their sheriff. The show may also make use of gadgetry from the period.

CROSSING OVER WITH JOHN EDWARD: SCIFI's CROSSING OVER series will include a number of celebrities this coming year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Edward will conduct at-home group readings with the stars, their friends and family. Backstreet Boys A.J. McLean and Brian Littrell, Coolio and Jenny McCarthy have already taped their segments. ROSWELL's Katherine Heigl and Roma Downey of TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL. Next season, CROSSING OVER episodes will premiere in broadcast syndication before they air at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday on Sci Fi. The new season begins on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

MATRIX: Production has wrapped in Sydney on THE MATRIX: RELOADED and THE MATRIX: REVELATIONS. After more than 200 filming days, production will now pick up in San Francisco for a 70-day shoot for two major scenes. The Premier, Bob Carr, said yesterday that the "giant undertaking" involved 800 full-time and 2500 part-time jobs over 18 months. There was work for 60 actors and 10,000 days' work for extras. "The Matrix producers say the contribution to the New South Wales economy exceeds $200 million." Reloaded is set to release in the US next May with Revolutions following in November.

BIRDS OF PREY: Everyone is waiting to see what BIRDS OF PREY will be like as it premieres this year on The WB. Dina Meyer, who plays Oracle, talks to Prevue Magazine about the series, changes that are taking place and how she got up to speed on this comic book adventure.

Monday, August 26:
SMALLVILLE: There is a wonderful interview with Tom Welling over at SCIFI.COM today. You'll enjoy learning how Tom left a very lucrative career as a model and jumped into the world of acting.

RATINGS: Top 10 SCIFI Channel Shows: Stargate SG-1 1.7; Dante's Peak 1.2; Farscape 1.1; Ice 1.0; Dead Zone 1.0; Beyond Belief 1.0; Inferno 0.9; Vampires 0.9; Firestarter 0.8, and Center of the Earth, Pt. 2 0.7. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 7/29/02 - 8/4/02.

Macgyver MACGYVER: Over at New Line Cinemas, MACGYVER is being dusted off for a trip to the big screen. If you are like me, I loved Richard Dean Anderson (STARGATE) in that role. He hated guns, but came up with some of the most inventive ways to escape the bad guys using the principles of high school chemistry and physics. No word as to whether RDA will be involved with the project, but series creator Lee Zlotoff has been tapped to write, direct and produce the film.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Mel Gibson's SIGNS showed some staying power as it regained the #1 spot this weekend. Here are the remaining numbers: 1. SIGNS, $14.3 million this weekend, $173.2 million since opening; 2. XXX, $13.7 million this weekend, $106.7 million since opening; 3. SPY KIDS 2: ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS, $7.8 million this weekend, $58.5 million since opening; 4. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING , $7.6 million this weekend, $64.0 million since opening; 5. BLUE CRUSH, $6.4 million this weekend, $26.3 million since opening; 6. SERVING SARA, $6.1 million this weekend, $6.1 million since opening; 7. AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER, $5.6 million this weekend, $193.9 million since opening; 8. UNDISPUTED, $4.7 million this weekend; 9. SIMONE, $4.0 million this weekend, and 10. BLOOD WORK, $2.9 million this weekend, $20.2 million since opening.

SPIDERMAN: November 1 is the release date set for the collector's edition of the SPIDER-MAN DVD. The set will include a dual-disc presentation of the movie, complete with special featurettes on the film’s production, effects, and interviews with director Sam Raimi and co-stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. It will also include a reprint of AMAZING FANTASY #15, which recounted SPIDEY’s first appearance in comics, as well as collector’s art by John Romita, Sr. and Jr., along with a film cel from the film, along with the documentary STAN LEE'S MUTANTS, MONSTERS & MARVELS DVD. The whole package will be priced at $49.95.

JASON PRIESTLEY: Just two weeks after hitting a wall at 180 MPH at the Kentucky Speedway, JASON PRIESTLEY has been released from the hospital. The star of 90210 and guest star in a recent JEREMIAH, is expected to enter a physical rehabilitation facility soon. Priestley has already had operations on his feet, back and face and is expected to make a full recovery.

WITCHBLADE: Tonight WITCHBLADE has it's season finale from 9-10:00pm ET. Hope you didn't miss yesterday's marathon run of season two episodes! It was fantastic.

Sunday, August 25:
FORUMS: David is still busy working to repair damage done by a hacker to our forum section of The Zocalo Today. Repairs are nearly complete. Thanks David for your hard work.


Now that Babylon 5 has been gone from the regular airwaves for longer than we care to admit, what are you watching? Why?

Send in your responses to thezocalo@aol.com or b5@aol.com. I'll post them on the Discussion Page later this week.


B5 Season One DVC More site are beginning to carry information about the upcoming B5 DVD. This morning, there is an article in Cinescape about the upcoming Season One DVD. Over at DVDFile, you'll find a tad more information. They describe the offering as follows:
Also announced from Warner are details on the highly-anticipated Babylon 5: The Complete First Season - Signs and Portents. Look for 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers, introduction and audio commentary by the series creator J. Michael Straczynski (exact episodes not specified) and "The Making of Babylon 5: Season One" featurette. Retail is $99.96 for the set.

Warner Home Video (R1) released a Flash presentation for the "B5" Season 1 DVDs. In addition to the extras that JMS has already mentioned (2 episode commentaries, new cast and crew interviews as part of a new documentary, an on-camera interview and on-camera introduction with JMS) the set will include the "Making of" documentary produced for the Season 1 kick-off and hosted by Walter Koenig. Go to http://www.whvdirect.com/babylon5/index.html to read more!

Here's an update from JMS on the DVD special items:
The disk has an on-camera introduction by me (despite my warnings that this would undoubtedly drive down sales), a letter of introduction each by me and Doug Netter, and the half-hour piece features new interviews with Rick Biggs, Stephen Furst, me, Doug, efx maven Mitch Suskin, makeup whiz John Vulich, and others.

They're tentatively targeting next April for season 2, and the following November for season 3.

AWESOME! This is the cover artwork for the first season DVD for Babylon 5. I think it is outstanding and can't wait to see it distributed in the US. Word is that the UK will get it first -- as usual -- on October 14.

GREAT PRICE: You can pre-order the Season 1 DVD over at www.amazon.com for $74.99. The release date for North America is November 5.

JMS has said that "Season One will be out in a boxed set this Fall, and they're going to be including at minimum two commentaries from me, probably on Signs and Portents and Chrysalis (it's a matter of how much time and energy I can give to it given that there's no fees involved and I'm in the midst of Jeremiah), and if possible, Babylon Squared, maybe Sky Full of Stars. They'd also like to film an on-camera intro by me (but I guess folks will buy it anyway, even with that particular horror included).


This week's episode: City of Roses
Written by: Sam Egan
Directed By: James Head

A brutal assault on a young woman triggers memories for Jeremiah and Kurdy who then take separate paths: Jeremiah to find a mysterious vaccine and Kurdy to find his past.

Jeremiah: City Of Roses

Jeremiah: Firewall

Jeremiah: The Red Kiss

For more information about this episode and the entire series, be sure to visit www.sho.com/jeremiah.

For those of you who want to keep up on what is going on with Jeremiah, Ranger Monica has started up a Jeremiah newsletter. Please go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeremiah-news/ and subscribe. Monica also has a very nice Jeremiah site so don't forget to bookmark that as well.


TIM EARLS: Tim Earls is the production designer on the new FIREFLY series from Fox. Tim worked worked in the Art Department with John Iacovelli and created all the wonderful ship designs for Babylon 5 and Crusade. He then moved on to Voyager. I am looking forward to see what he will come up with on FIREFLY. The Serenity is a neat ship!

JOSHUA COXX: Watch JOSHUA COXX on STRANGE MEDICINE on Lifetime, Sundays at 9:00pm. Joshportrays Peter Riggs, R.N. -- a registered nurse, midwife, acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist. This is a long way from Lt. David Corwin on Babylon 5.

JEFF CONAWAY: Jeff Conaway (Zack Allen) was set to star with Mackenzie Phillips in a two-person comedy "Same Time, Next Year", in the role of George opposite Phillips' Doris at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven from Sept. 17-22. Jeff broke his arm and will be replaced in the limited tour by Adrian Zmed.

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: GODS AND GENERALS, Bruce's latest movie, is now scheduled to open in showcase engagements at the end of December 2002 and nation-wide late January '03. Bruce plays General Longstreet in this epic film that will run about 3 hours, 45 minutes. The original end-title song written and performed by Bob Dylan was just recorded in Los Angeles. For more information about the movie, go to http://www.ronmaxwell.com/ggenerals.html.

MELISSA GILBERT AND BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner will participate in The Chabad "L'Chaim-To Life!" telethon in Los Angeles on KCAL Channel 9; in New York on WLNY-55; in San Francisco on KKPX Channel 65; in Las Vegas on KFBT WB-33, and simulcast on http://www.AskMoses.com. For more information about the telethon, go to www.AskMoses.com.

Jenators BILL MUMY: Bill and his band, The Jenators (Bill Mumy, Miguel Ferrer, David Jolliffe, Gary Stockdale, Tom Hebenstreit & Chris Ross), continue to provide fans with entertainment on selected weekends in the Santa Monica/ LA area. Upcoming dates are:
Saturday - 9:00 pm - September 14,2002
Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier , Santa Monica, California

See Bill going solo Saturday - September 21, 2002 - 9:00 pm
Genghis Cohen - 740 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90046

Bill's latest CD, "After Dreams Come True" contains 15 songs all written and performed by Bill. "After Dreams Come True" is a largely acoustic album with a dreamy theme of acceptance and defiance. Photographs by Angela Cartwright. You can pick up a copy at Bill's website, http://www.billmumy.com/ .

CARRIE DOBRO: Carrie has just finished a huge project -- it's a 23-minute short film project entitled PICKETS. Starring Oscar Winner Ray McKinnon (The Accountant, O Brother Where Art Thou), John Short (Apollo 13, Diggstown) and Barry Lynch (Desert Hawk, Sleepstalker), the story takes place in "1864 - the last summer of the Civil War. A truce is called between three exhausted soldiers in the dead of night. Although wary of each other, an unlikely friendship forms, until the reality of war crashes in to rip their bond apart." Carrie has been working with her production company and the film is now being submitted to film festivals around the world.

JEFFREY WILLERTH: Jeffrey will be a writer/producer for a new HGTV series entitled GROUND RULES set to air in 2003. The series pits neighbors against each other in an eight-hour challenge to out-landscape their respective properties with $1000 worth of supplies, plants and decorations. Jeffrey has also signed on with former B5 First Assistant Director John Radulovic as visual effects coordinator on X-MEN 2. Work on this feature film will begin as soon as the HGTV show wraps.


Cast Picture Ten popular science fiction actors have donated their time, images and autographs for an exclusive photograph, the proceeds of which will go to charity. For sale through the actors themselves and at , the limited-edition photo is in color, edged in white and ready to place in an 11X14 frame, and handsigned. Each of the 1,000 limited edition photos comes embossed with a seal of authenticity and numbered. The photograph is now available for a pre-sale price of $100. After Sept 11, 2002, the price will go up to at least $125.00. Among the charities to benefit will be the Penny Lane home for abused children in Los Angeles, and various September 11 funds. The actors hope to raise more than $100,000 through the charity project. The Penny Lane Home is a residential facility for children who have been severely abused, physically, emotionally and sexually. Many have "fallen through the cracks" of the social service outreach programs, and Penny Lane is their last chance at escaping the abuse.

Actors in the photo include: Patricia Tallman, known best for her roles as Lyta Alexander in Babylon 5 and Barbara in Night of the Living Dead (1990) Vaughn Armstrong, who has portrayed more guest star aliens on Star Trek:TNG, DS9 and Voyager than any other actor in Star Trek history. Currently, he holds the recurring role of Admiral Maxwell Forrest on Enterprise, as well as at least eight other Guest Starring roles on board the new Trek series to date. Stephen Austin portrayed many bizarre alien creatures on Babylon 5. His most notable was the lovable Pak'ma'ra Ambassador. David Brooks is an accomplished artist as well as actor. He is best known to the sci fi community as Max Eilerson on the Babylon 5 spin off, Crusade. Jeffrey Willerth portrayed Ambassador Kosh and was Associate Producer of Babylon 5 Robin Atkin Downes, best known for his role of Byron in Babylon 5 Carrie Dobro, Dureena Nafeel in Crusade. Tim Choate was extremely popular on B5 as Zathras (and his brothers, all named Zathras). He also portrayed Pollack on Crusade. Beata Pozniak appeared as Babylon 5's Earth Alliance President Luchenko. Ed Wasser, the evil Mr. Morden on Babylon 5.

As a special promotion, the first 100 orders will receive a special gift: former Star Trek stunt coordinator, Dennis Madalone, has donated 100 copies of his single, "America, We Stand As One," to say thank you to the science fiction fans who purchase the charity photograph. To order the photo online, go to http://www.thegalacticgateway.com, click on shop, and search on the word charity.

NEW SCIENCE FICTION BOOKS Ranger Phil passed along information about new SPACE 1999 books coming out. The books are officially licensed by the copyright holder of Space 1999 Carlton Ltd. One novel has already been published (a sequel to one of the episodes) called Space 1999 Resurrection. The novel is well written by William Latham. There are more books in the pipeline.

The website for the books:

An interview with the author

Ordering information


Amazing Spiderman #44 AMAZING SPIDERMAN: Issue #44 is on news stands now. There are some page previews from the issue over at http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0208/23/marvelfirsts.htm.

RISING STARS: #19 The latest issue is on stands now. For reviews of the book, go to http://www.zentertainment.com/comicreviews.php?op=showcontent&id=470.

SPOILER INFORMATION BELOW: The government's come up with a Special weapon that eliminates our heroes' powers, forcing most of them into hiding. But as there's another three issues before this series concludes, it's doubtful they'll stay in hiding for long.

Speaking of RISING STARS, Volume #1 of the series has been out for a while. Volume #2 is now available. If you missed any of the single issues of the series, you'll want to pick up the graphic novels that include 8 issues in a single bound copy.


TV Zone #154 TV Zone #154: ALIAS is the cover story this month. You'll find a complete and comprehensive guide to season one inside. Also in this issue, hear executive producer Marti Noxon talk about season six and the upcoming season of BUFFY.

Starburst Special #53 Starburst Special #53: Special Slayer Issue! For Buffy and Angel fans, this is the issue you'll just have to own. Inside you'll find a season-by-season guide for both series -- plus an interview with Alexis Denisof (Wesley) as he looks back on Season Three and hints at what is head for this year.

Expose #71 Expose #71: You may recognize Nicole de Boer in her new role as Sarah Bannerman in the new series DEAD ZONE. Her previous credential include DEEP SPACE NINE - yes Dax. You'll also find an interview with Mel Gibson as he talks about his latest movie, SIGNS, and WITCHBLADE's David Chokachi looks at his character and where he could be headed.

Starburst #289 Starburst #289: What lies ahead for us as the new season approaches? What will Buffy & Angel have to offer? Will BIRDS OF PREY be a good representation of the comic book? Also the magazine looks at upcoming movies, like DAREDEVIL. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner should make an interesting match!

Cult Times Special #83 Cult Times #83: Majandra Delfino, Maria from ROSWELL, talks about her time on the show. Farscape's newcomer, Raelee Hill, joins the Moya crew as technical genius Sikozu and Gordon Michael Woolvett foreshadows what will be happening to Harper this year on ANDROMEDA.

TV Zone Special #46 TV Zone Special #46: It's about time Stargate SG-1 started getting some respect and the press it has deserved for quite some time! In this special issue, the magazine talks to all the cast members, looks at production design, make-up and stunts. There is also interviews with Tony Amendola, Carmen argenziano and Peter Stebbings (yes you know him from Jeremiah now!).


For all those who submitted quotes and experiences to the Babylon 5 Book of Quotes, word from JMS is that the book, plus emails and suggestions, is being compiled now, and they're targeting February, the 10th anniversary of B5, for the publication date.

Here's a note from JMS regarding an upcoming project:

It had to happen sooner or later...with so many message boards and posts asking "What's your favorite B5 quote?" a book of Babylon 5 quotes was inevitable.

So "But In Purple I'm Stunning: Quotations from Babylon 5" is coming out from an independent publisher later this year. The book will also contain sections dedicated to fan choices for best/favorite quote. Fans of Babylon 5 are invited to send in their favorite quote, and why it's a favorite. The best of these emails will be culled for the book, and along the way this will determine the #1 favorite quote.

In particular, the book will be looking for anecdotes/stories from fans about what a given quote, or what the show, meant to them in particular. There are a lot of people who have found comfort or meaning in the show, or found it helped them get through some of life's problems. (An example I sometimes cite at conventions was the young man dying of aids who asked his sister to put all of G'Kar's speeches about hope and never giving up on tape so he could listen to them at his bedside.)

It needn't be a heavy story, just one that has meaning for the person involved, can be a funny story, whatever. Basically the goal is to find the intersection where the show and its message and its words touched people.

All contributions will be considered free to use by virtue of being submitted for this project.

So if you have such an anecdote/story/message about a favorite quote or the show in general, send it to the following address (rather than replying to this, since I'll just have to forward it on in any event):



BABYLON 5's Schedule:








Starting September 6, two episodes of STARGATE will be shown on Friday nights. The first two are "Descent" and "Frozen". On September 13, we'll see "Nightwalker" and "Allegiance". On September 20, it will be "The Cure" and "Prometheus - Part 1". These are all season six episodes. On September 27, SCIFI will begin a Chain Reaction of Season Six episodes beginning at 6pm and running thru 3am.

On September 30, Season ONE episodes begin:



Ranger Stephen reports that Babylon 5 has moved to Bravo (Sky Digital channel 124, selected cable companies), where I think they'll be showing it at 8pm.


Zathras Stephen Austin

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


John Cook has a new cartoon contest going. Try your hand at a punch line.

Sci-Fi TV Cartoon Contest header
Sci-Fi TV Cartoon Contest. Copyright 2000 by John Cook.



After B5 Ranger Bill created this toon for his website www.wondertemp.com, but wanted to share it with readers here at the Zocalo. Thanks Bill.


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.


Here are some of our readers who are having birthdays this month:

Name: Michael Antol
State: Georgia
email: michaeljohn338@yahoo.com
Birthday: August 7

Name: Captain Average
E-mail address: captain.average@home.com
Birthday: August 18

Name: gkarfan (Tammy Smith)
State: California
E-Mail: gkarfan@webtv.net
Birthday: Aug. 30

Name: Colin White
State: North Carolina
E-mail: colinwhite@mymailstation.com
Birthday: Aug. 20


The Official Babylon 5 Magazine is indexed here as well. With the closure of the magazine in May, you'll want to see which magazines you have -- and which ones you will want to collect. The index may help you make a decision on which ones to choose. The Fan Club has many of the issues at thestation.com , making it very easy to complete your collection.

Universe Today -- the Babylon 5 Fan Club quarterly can also be found here. The index gives you a rundown of what articles were presented, what interviews published.

If you have magazines that have featured Babylon 5 or Crusade that are not listed, send along their issue number and a note to indicate what the article was about. It would be nice to have a fairly comprehensive listing of Babylon 5 publications here.

I have added a listing of all the Babylon 5 novels and now the B5 comic books to the reference page. If there are other items that you feel should be included, let me know.


REDEMPTION: Ranger Steve reports that a new discussion group has been created for the upcoming REDEMPTION convention. Redemption 03, 21-23 February 2003, Ashford, Kent, Celebrating 25 years of Blake's 7 and 10 years of Babylon 5. www.smof.com/redemption.


NW-B5 is a mailing list devoted to bringing critical information to the Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, and Northern Washington areas. More specifically, anyone north of Seattle. B5 is broadcast on SPACE:TIS in Canada, and Sci-Fi channel in the US. By subscribing to nw-b5, you'll be able to know info bringing you up to date on the current scheduling and events happening in the community related to B5. You'll also be subscribed to the list itself, which means that you'll receive email when there is a scheduling change or critical information needs to go out to you (for example, if we need to start another mailing campaign).

For further information, see http://www.nw-b5.com
John Francis
Webmaster, Listowner, and Co-Moderator

Reports of "The Gathering" are beginning to turn up on the list. John posted a mini-report, with photos, over at http://www.geocities.com/jnf.geo/nw-b5/gathered.htm#0501. You may want to check it out. It was a terrific event in which JMS showed clips from "Legend of the Rangers". Most of the cast was in attendance -- a great group of individuals.


The Babylon 5 discussion mailing list is for any and all discussions and/or news pertaining to or related to Babylon 5 and/or Crusade. The list has been in existence for the past three years now, and has recently moved. The new location is http://lists.apparition.org/cgi-bin/lyris.pl, and you can subscribe by sending a blank e-mail message to join-babylon_5-l@lists.apparition.org.


Here's a unique site for you! Jeffrey Willerth, Patricia Tallman, Mira Furlan, Claudia Christian, Robin Atkin Downes, Rick Biggs, Jerry Doyle, Bruce Boxleitner, Melissa Gilbert, Peter Jurasik, Bill Mumy and Carrie Dobro are under it's umbrella. Actors from other shows have joined the Gateway. Ted Raimi and Robert Trebor from Xena and Hercules are now at GG. To subscribe to a mailing list for GG, send a blank note to thegalacticgateway-subscribe@egroups.com.


There is never enough time to keep in touch with friends! To help out, a mailing list has been started for chatters over at the Galactic Gateway. If you are interested in joining, send a blank note to gateway-chatter-subscribe@egroups.com.


Are you looking for a particular Babylon 5 collectible? Do you have some items you'd like to trade? Then this is the list for you. To join, send a blank note to gateway-trader-subscribe@egroups.com.


The Art Gallery at The Zocalo Today is open. There are SO MANY talented people in our Babylon 5 community. We have enjoyed works by Todd Brugman and Tye Bourdony on our toons page, but there are a host of others who enjoy drawing, painting, sketching their favorite characters. Here are a few works that have been received. I have some others that will be added soon.

If you would like to share your work with us at The Zocalo Today, please send along a digital photo of your work and I'll begin putting the gallery together. If you do not have your work in digital format, drop me a note and we'll see what we can work out.


There are a number of fabulous Babylon 5/Crusade Clubs around the world. Visit the B5 Fan Club page to see if there is a club near you. If you have a club that you would like to have listed, drop the information about your Club to me at sgbruckner@aol.com or bruckner@isnnews.net. That information will be added to the new B5 Fan Club Listing.

Massimo has sent an update for the B5 Fan Club in Italy. Founded in 1995, the club now has 230 members! In Italy, they have just seen the last two episodes from season five! Membership in the club includes: the club card, a poster, a personalized pen and four number of ISN Network the fanzine published by the club. The cost is Euro 20 for an year in Italy. Interested? Contact Massimo at mmartini@italway.it.


Netter Digital filed for bankruptcy in July of 2000 and all their worldly posessions were auctioned off on December 7. The B5 Fan Club site, Thestation.com and it's store, the Emporium, has been closed.


If you have a newsletter you'd like to have listed at The Zocalo Today, send the information along. It will be posted on the B5 Fan Club/Newsletter page.

Ranger Shane in North Carolina sent in the following note about their "Jumpgate" newsletter.

Hey Sandy! Just wanted to give you an update on the NC B5 group's newsletter, Jumpgate. There's now a dedicated EMail address for submissions - jumpgatemag@bellsouth.net - and any submissions, solicited or un-, can be sent to this address. Also, issues are available for free download at the URL at the bottom of this message.

Jumpgate - The Newsletter of the North Carolina Babylon 5 Fan Club
Shane Killian, Editor


A new HELP WANTED section has been added to the Z. If you need help finding a comic book, getting a special item, etc. here's the place to post a note. Just send whatever help you need to thezocalo@aol.com.



August 30-Sept. 2, 2002
Place: Atlanta, GA
B5 Guests: Andreas Katsulas, Richard Biggs, Jason Carter, Andrea Thompson, Tracy Scoggins, Julie Caitlin Brown, Stephen Austin, Sarah Douglas, Julia Nickson, Peter Woodward and David Allen Brooks.
For more information, visit their website at http://www.dragoncon.org/.

August 29-Sept. 2, 2002
Place: McEnery Convention Center, San José, California

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

Maquis Gras 2002
October 4-6, 2002
Place: Ramada Inn, Portage, Indiana
B5 Guest: Bill Blair
For more information, visit their website at http://www.maquis.com/mfa/gras1.htm.

Point North
October 5-6, 2002
Place: Salem Civic Center
Salem, VA
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.point-north.com.

Slanted Fedora, Raleigh Area
October 11-13, 2002
Place: Durham Marriott
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.sfedora.com.

October 11-13, 2002
Place: Plaza 500 Hotel
Vancouver, British Columbia
B5 Guest: J. Michael Straczynski
For more information, visit their website at http://www3.telus.net/dh2/vconsociety/.

JVL-CON 2002
October 24-27, 2002
Jainesville, Wisconsin
Place: Ramada Inn
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at www.si-fi-nut.com .

October 26-27, 2002
Sydney, Australia
B5 Guests: Andreas Katsulas, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at www.bobw.com.au .

November 15-17, 2002
Orlando, Florida
B5 Guests: Bruce Boxleitner, Jerry Doyle
For more information, visit their website at http://www.vulkon.com/orlandonov/.

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.


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.

Pen Pals

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.


Claudia Christian - August 10
Stephen Austin - August 11
Tim Earls - August 15
Nancy Tarczynski - August 16
Skip Beaudine - August 26

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.


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


The front page of the The Zocalo Today changes daily, so be sure to check the back issues to make sure that you haven't missed anything IMPORTANT! I don't want the front page getting too long so I shift information periodically into the archives. So if you aren't a regular visitor to The Zocalo Today, be sure to check out the back issues. Just use the button above!

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

Copyright - SBruckner, 2002

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