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Friday, August 8:THUNDERBIRDS: I must admit to being a bit curious about the upcoming THUNDERBIRDS movie. Slated for a 2004 release,
the film is being directed by Jonathan Frakes and stars Bill Paxton as Jeff Tracy, patriarch of the Tracy family, an International Rescue
team. Paxton says that the big-screen version of the '60s British TV series is much more than a live-action makeover. "I think this is ultimately going to become this kind of great, quintessential British import to the world. It's going to celebrate the style, the charm,
of England in the '60s—but it's not your parents' Thunderbirds."
STAR TREK EXPERIENCE: The Las Vegas Hilton's STAR TREK EXPERIENCE is opening a new Borg-themed 3-D attraction in the
spring of 2004. Paramount Parks announced the new Borg Invasion 4D ride on Aug. 1. The immersive entertainment will feature stars
from Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: First Contact, as well as sensory effects choreographed with a 3-D film, including "atmospheric
and hydraulic effects, physical probes, pneumatic actuators and an array of audio transducers."
STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE: Yes, according to SyFyPortal, we will soon be seeing STAR TREK in the title along with ENTERPRISE.
The new season begins on September 10.
MOVIES THIS WEEKEND: SWAT: This big-screen flick based on the 1970's TV series is reviewed over at http://www.comingsoon.net/news/reviewsnews.php?id=987. Looks like a good one for the action oriented!
FREAKY FRIDAY: Another remake, this time of a Disney film from 1976. The TV spots have been great and there is a review
over at http://www.comingsoon.net/news/reviewsnews.php?id=742. With strong word of mouth and good reviews, Freaky Friday debuted
in the top spot on Wednesday earning $6 million from 2,710 theaters.
INDIANA JONES: Paramount Home Entertainment has moved up the release date of its long-awaited "The Adventures of Indiana Jones -- The Complete DVD Movie Collection" to October 21. "We're ready to go with it now," Paramount said, adding the title will have "a stronger retail presence" on the new date.
CRUSADE REMINDER: The SCIFI Channel is running five episodes of CRUSADE today -- beginning at 11:00am.
INSIDE SCI-FI THIS WEEK: Thursday, August 7: HELLBOY: Variety reports that Revolution Studios has moved up the release of Hellboy to a less-competitive April 2, 2004.
Originally set to launch on Memorial Day weekend, the supernatural action film, based on Mike Mignola's cult comic series, is being
directed by Guillermo del Toro (Blade II). Tom Sherak, a Revolution Studios executive, said, "We figured we'd be much better off coming
out earlier with a movie that we think will be the next big comic book movie. Whenever you can be the first, be the first."
GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER?: Arnold Schwarzenegger announced last night on the Jay Leno show that he will run for governor of California in the upcoming recall election of Gov. Gray Davis. "The politicians are fiddling, fumbling and failing. The man that is failing the people more than anyone is Gray Davis. He is failing them terribly, and this is why he needs to be recalled, and this is why I'm going to run for governor."
TREMORS CANCELLED: Rumor has it that the Sci-Fi Channel has decided NOT to produce further episodes of TREMORS. The last original episode will air August 8th at 8pm. Tremors was produced by USA Cable Entertainment and Big Productions.
DAREDEVIL: According to the the Hollywood Reporter, DAREDEVIL, released last Tuesday on DVD, is averaging more than $11 million
a day in gross rental and sell-through revenue during its first five days in release on VHS and DVD. DAREDEVIL, starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Colin Farrell, has grossed more than $55 million since its July 29 home video release.
DEEP SPACE NINE DVD: On August 5, you will be able to pick up the Fourth Season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The latest edition is a 7-disc collector's box set containing all 25 first-run episodes from Season 4, plus new and exclusive never-before-seen featurettes. The fourth season kicked off with the re-introduction of Worf into the world of Star Trek in "The Way of the Warrior," and also includes the episodes "Broken Link" and "The Visitor," which TV Guide included in its Top 35 Star Trek episodes ever story (April 20-26, 2002). "The Visitor" was listed as the #4 favorite. Other features for this set include: Four retrospective featurettes: "Charting New Territory: Deep Space Nine Season Four," "Crew Dossier: Worf," "Michael Westmore's Aliens: Season Four," "Deep Space Nine Sketchbook: John Eaves".
Wednesday, August 6: JEREMIAH: Showtime has finally posted a premiere date for Season Two. It is October 10 at 10pm ET/PT.
SUPREME POWER: I believe Issue #1 hits stands today! For a quick preview, go to http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=2653.
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Shows: Buffy 2.1; Mutant X 2.1; Adventure, Inc. 2.0; The X-Files 2.0; Stargate SG-1 1.9;
3rd Rock 1.7; Andromeda 1.7; Beastmaster 1.4; John Edward 1.2, and The Lost World 1.2. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 7/7/03 -
CRUSADE: Just a reminder. SCIFI has CRUSADE on this Friday for several hours. Beginning at 11:00AM, you can catch five
episodes of this Babylon 5 spin-off series. The episodes to be shown are in the TV listing below.
STAR WARS or LUKE SKYWALKER ON BROADWAY: Jedi master Luke Skywalker, aka Mark Hamill, is set to join Polly Bergen in the Gotham production of "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks". The lighthearted comedy tells the story of a Florida retiree's unlikely friendship
with a dance instructor. Production begins October 7 at the Belasco Theater.
ANGEL: ANGEL's Charisma Carpenter has landed a guest spot on NBC's MISS MATCH. Carpenter plays a high school pal of series
star Alicia Silverstone's character in an episode set to air on October 10.
THE PUNISHER: Filming began this week on the production in Tampa, Florida. Over at http://www.superherohype.com/ you'll find several article, including a recent press conference and an interview with Thomas Jane
who has the title role.
Tuesday, August 5: LOST WORLD: Fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s THE LOST WORLD will sponsor a fan convention to raise money for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Long Beach, Calif., Aug. 22-24. Guests include Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, executive creative consultants; Jeffrey Hayes of Coote/Hayes Productions; and stars Jennifer O’Dell (Veronica Leyton), Will Snow (Lord John Roxton) and David Orth (Ned Malone). The convention will feature an auction of autographed scripts, costumes and other items, as well as a raffle for a costume worn by Rachel Blakely and a signed script. Tickets are available at the door for $35 per day. For more information, go to http://www.angelfire.com/tv2/tlwcon//.
THE DEMOLISHED MAN: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Andrew Dominik, director of the Australian hit "Chopper," will make his American feature debut helming Paramount Pictures' THE DEMOLISHED MAN. Based on the Hugo Award-winning science fiction novel of the same name by Alfred Bester, the story centers around a businessman who, in a future society that is policed by telepaths who can detect possible crimes before they can happen, decides to commit murder. Although he bribes a high-ranking telepath to help him cover his tracks, a telepathic policeman figures out the businessman is guilty of killing his rival, but can't prove it.
ANGEL: There are rumors of new cast members on the ANGEL set. Sarah Thompson and Mercedes McNab have been added for the fifth season. Thompson plays an assistant at Angel (David Boreanaz)'s law firm and a possible love interest, while McNab hooks up with James Marsters' character Spike.
Monday, August 4: RATINGS: Top 10 SCIFI Channel Shows: Stargate SG-1 1.5; The Arrival 1.2; The Second Arrival 1.2; Scare Tactics 1.1;
Target Earth 1.1; Tremors: The Series 1.0; Pitch Black 0.8; Webs 0.8; Arachnid 0.8, and Groom Lake 0.8. Source: Nielsen Galaxy
Report, 7/7/03 - 7/13/03.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal's "American Wedding" brought in an an estimated
$34.3 million as the third film in the "American Pie" franchise easily took the top spot. Sony's "Gigli" tied for seventh, bringing in a bleak $3.8 million. In the #2 spot, Dimension's "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" scored an estimated $20.1 million, demonstrating a solid hold with a relatively modest drop of 40% from its debut. Buena Vista's swashbuckling "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" has turned into this summer's surprise blockbuster as the Johnny Depp starrer dug up an estimated $19.1 million on its fourth weekend -- down a minuscule 17% from a week earlier. The film crossed the $200 million mark Saturday and has taken in roughly $209.8 million to date. Universal's "Seabiscuit" is turning into another audience favorite as the little horse with the big heart moved up into the fourth slot with an estimated $17.5 million on its sophomore frame. The Tobey Maguire-Jeff Bridges-Chris Cooper starrer, produced along with Spyglass Entertainment and DreamWorks, was down a meager 16% from its debut as it added 432 more theaters than a week ago,
bringing the count to 2,421. Even with the increased theater count, the per-theater average for "Seabiscuit" was the second highest,
after "American Wedding," among the top dozen films. The 10-day total for the Gary Ross-helmed feature is an estimated $49.1 million.
Sony's "Bad Boys II" dropped into the fifth slot with an estimated $12.7 million, down 42% in its third weekend. The Will Smith-Martin Lawrence actioner has picked up an estimated $111.3 million so far. Paramount's "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" tumbled a harsh 48% as the Angelina Jolie starrer garnered an estimated $11.3 million to place sixth, taking its total to around $42.6 million in 10 days. Fox Searchlight expanded the theatrical run of the well-received "Bend It Like Beckham" by 883 venues, bringing the total to 1,002. The results were mixed, however, as the cross-cultural coming-of-age soccer drama took in an estimated $1.8 million and averaged a discouraging $1,797 per theater, raising its cume to an estimated $28.3 million.
LORD OF THE RINGS:RETURN OF THE KING In an update to the Lord of the Rings official fan magazine, Director Peter Jackson commented on how the final film is coming - "We're shooting, we're cutting, the visual effects still have a long way to go before they are done, we haven't started recording the music yet - so for me there may be light at the end of the tunnel, but the premiere in December
still seems a long, long way away from where I am at the moment. I have experienced my last day of shooting Elijah Wood as Frodo and
my last day of shooting Viggo (Mortensen) as Aragorn. Those to me are more profound than what my personal last day is going to be".
He also has some hopes about this final entry - "It is the movie that I want to be most proud of, so I am working very hard to make sure that happens. I think when people look back at the three films, I want Return of the King to be the one that really lingers with them in terms of the emotional experience. I want it to be the reason why we made the other two films".
SMALLVILLE: According to the KryptonSite, we will get to see Perry White in an upcoming episode of SMALLVILLE. The episode,
entitled "Perry", will picture White somewhere between 30 and 45 years old and running a small town newspaper in Smallville. This could
be a recurring role, but nothing has been set as yet. The director of "Perry" is Jeannot Szwarc, who directed "Supergirl" and the Christopher Reeve movie "Somewhere In Time."
LETTERS: I've opened up a new section here at The Zocalo -- giving folks a chance to speak out on issues they are most
concerned about. The Letters page will be a place where you can voice your opinion and see
if others agree with you.
DISCUSSION TOPIC: Thanks to everyone who took the time to send in a discussion topic response. There are some
wonderful ideas here for Babylon 5 novels. I hope that DelRey is listening!
Sunday, August 3: SUPREME POWER: Over at Comics
Continuum you will find the first seven-page preview of SUPREME POWER> Marvel Comics released the
preview on Friday. This first issue will be a full 22-page story from the standard edition, the 88-page
volume ($4.99 cover price) also includes:
* A variant cover by Joe Quesada.
* Fifteen pages of character sketches, and concept and design art by Gary Frank.
* The first-ever full-color reprints of Avengers Vol. 1, #85-86, featuring the original appearance of
the Squadron Supreme, the classic Marvel team that inspired Supreme Powers.
* An introduction by Ralph Macchio, editor of Mark Gruenwald's Squadron Supreme maxi-series.
This first issue will be on stands shortly -- and will probably sell out quickly.
HISTORICAL AUCTION: Hollywood Auction 16 a tremendous success!! Superman’s 48-year-old legendary
costume for the 1955 TV series “The Adventures of Superman” that starred George Reeves in the title role,
was sold at auction for $129,800.00
- Derelict ship from Alien and Aliens – $47,200.00
- Jim Carrey Riddler costume from Batman Forever – $10,620.00
- Harrison Ford pistol from Blade Runner – $20,060.00
- Clint Eastwood blank-firing pistol from The Outlaw Josey Wales – $11,800.00
- Dr. Zaius costume and display from Planet of the Apes – $56,050.00
- Dr. Milo Ape-o-naut suit from Escape from the Planet of the Apes – $64,900.00
- Mel Brooks’ handwritten lyrics for “Springtime for Hitler” from The Producers – $26,550.00
- USS Enterprise bridge railing segment from Star Trek – $26,550.00
- USS Enterprise bridge chair from Star Trek – $26,550.00
- Nichelle Nichols’ personal scripts from Star Trek – $35,400.00
-Collection of storyboard drawings from The Ten Commandments – $21,240.00
THe next auction will be in December and will feature "Black Beauty" the car driven by Bruce Lee as
"Kato" in the hit 1966 TV series The Green Hornet, fully operational and restored to its original
condition by automobile designer Dean Jeffries.
TO DREAM IN THE CITY OF SORROWS: Have you picked up your copy of Babylon 5 Novel #9 yet? I know it's a
reprint of the original, but it has a new cover and we want to make sure that DelRey knows there are still some
Babylon 5 fans out there. AND this is, in my opinion, the best of the Babylon 5 novels. Get out there and
support the book, the series!
Saturday, August 2: EMMY AWARDS: Congratulations for the SCIFI Channel for 10 Emmy Award nominations. Steven Spielberg's TAKEN
received six; Frank Herbert's DUNE received four nominations. BUFFY, ENTERPRISE, ALIAS and FIREFLY also received nominations
in special effects categories.
TRU CALLING: Production has begun on Fox's TRU CALLING, a SF series producer Neil Moritz characterizes as "our version
of what Touched by an Angel should be." "It's much hipper. It's got a great feel to it." Eliza Dushku from BUFFY plays Tru Davies, a young morgue worker who receives messages from the dead, then zaps back in time to prevent their deaths. Moritz said in a recent interview, "Obviously we're dealing with death, and there are some horrific images, but it's not over the top by any means." Fox has ordered 13 episodes, but that he hopes to produce a lot more. Tru Calling will air Thursdays at 8 p.m., starting in the fall.
DEAD OF NIGHT: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Oliver Hudson's Workshed Entertainment has optioned the rights
to remake Bob Clark's 1972 zombie thriller. The original DEAD OF NIGHT tells the story of a soldier who returns from the Vietnam
War as a bloodthirsty zombie. The remake will be updated, having the young man return from a war in the Middle East. After a series of murders occur in his town, the people realize he has been brought back from the dead. Eli Roth (Cabin Fever) will direct.
SMALLVILLE: Rutger Hauer will make several appearances on SMALLVILLE this coming season as Morgan Edge, a shady media mogul from the Superman comics. Hauer described his experience in working on the series at his website .
Speaking of SMALLVILLE, there's a trailer for Tom Welling's new movie CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN at http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/cheaperbythedozen/. This is a remake of a classic film starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt.
PEACEMAKERS: Described as a Western CSI, I kind of liked this new USA Network series that premiered last Wednesday
evening. Seems a few other folks watched as well. According to the Hollywood Reporter, PEACEMAKERS ranked as basic cable's most-watched series debut of the year to date and the second-highest original series premiere in basic cable history. PEACEMAKERS wrangled an average of 5.2 million viewers in its 10 p.m. debut. That was strong enough to make it basic cable's second best-ever original series debut, behind only USA's "The Dead Zone," which opened last year with 6.4 million viewers. The debut even outrated the return of the ABC reality series "The Family," which averaged 4.7 million viewers in its 9-11 p.m. slot and nearly caught up with NBC's "The West Wing" rerun (5.5 million).
WHAT'S ON TONIGHT
10:00pm on CBS
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
High and Low
The team investigates a fatal paragliding accident.
9:30 on HBO
S.W.A.T.: HBO First Look
Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell star in the action movie.
"Dead Like Me" ("Reaper Madness") on Showtime, 10:00pm - 11:00pm ET
Newly dead reaper apprentice George (Ellen Muth) finds herself drawn to a soul that she was supposed to harvest. Unfortunately, the dude associated with it is a doomed schizophrenic who is not worth the lip-lock that George delivers. Tygh Runyan guest stars as the cute one who shares saliva with George.
"Monk" ("Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect") on USA Network, 10:00pm - 11:00pm ET
The title of tonight's episode says it all. Someone is sending mail bombs all over San Francisco. Monk (Tony Shalhoub) has trouble convincing anybody that his main suspect is guilty because the crafty criminal would have had to do the dastardly deeds while in a coma. We fear (non phobic version) Monk might be wrong this time.
On SciFi Tonight:
Tremors: The Series
Shriek and Destroy
The government enlists Burt and Tyler to rid Juniper, Ariz., of an infestation of shriekers.
A newly invented viral weapon backfires when Stargate Command uses it against the Goa'uld and Ba'al.
An escaped maniac commandeers a vehicle; a predator hunts warehouse employees.
A job-seeker is suspected of being a serial killer; a baby sitter gets trapped in a haunted house.
BABYLON 5 SEASON THREE DVD - COMING AUGUST 12
BABYLON 5: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
DVD Order Date: 7/15/03 Street Date: 8/12/03
Catalog #: 24243
WB Synopsis: The long-running Emmy Award-winning television series Babylon 5 takes place in the year 2257 A.D. on an immense spaces station
floating in a stationary orbit in a neutral corner of a distant galaxy. Staffed by a crew of peaceful Earthmen and women, Babylon 5 serves as
a non-political economic and social hub for the four alien races - the Narn, Centauri, Vorlon and Minbari - who fight to control the galaxy.
Starring Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, and Bill Mumy.
Special Features and Specifications:
o Six-disc DVD collector's set
o Introduction from series creator J. Michael Straczynski,
o Commentary on three key episodes by series creator and stars,
o"Behind the Mask: Creating the Aliens of Babylon 5" Documentary
o"Designing a Better Narn" Documentary
o"Designing Tomorrow: The Look of Babylon 5" Documentary
o Data and Personnel Files
o 16X19 Anamorphic Widescreen
o Dolby Digital 5.1
o English, French Spanish subtitles
o Running Time: 968 minutes
For a look at Season Three, go to Season Three. Here you will find individual synopses of
each episode and a graphic provided by Warner Bros.
SEASON ONE AND TWO OF BABYLON 5:
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. :-)
SEASON TWO BEGINS OCTOBER 10. Previously posted as as September 19, Showtime has put the actual premiere
date for JEREMIAH out on the website www.sho.com/jeremiah as October 10.
Here is the opening statement on the show from their website:
"JEREMIAH" QUEST CONTINUES FOR SHOWTIME/MGM AS POPULAR SCI-FI SERIES IS RENEWED FOR 2003
SERIES STARS LUKE PERRY, MALCOLM-JAMAL WARNER AND SEAN ASTIN AND WILL NOW BE DELIVERED IN HDTV
NEW YORK, NY (Oct. 2, 2002)-- Showtime Networks has renewed JEREMIAH for a second season with 15 additional episodes and has added Sean Astin ("The Lord of the Rings" "Staying Together") to the show, which stars Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210) as "Jeremiah" and Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Malcolm & Eddie) as "Kurdy." The Sci-Fi series from MGM is created for television by sci-fi icon J. Michael Straczynski, creator & executive producer of Babylon 5. It has been an important part of Sci-Fridays on SHOWTIME along with the network's other new series ODYSSEY 5. The show will go into production October 23, 2002 and will now be produced and aired in high definition television - HDTV.
In the new season, Sean Astin, known for his role as Samwise Gamgee in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, will play a quirky colorful character named "Mr. Smith" who will partner with Warner's character, "Kurdy." Together they will go out on the road to help forge new alliances that will help in the rebuilding of their nation.
The series is set in a future post-apocalyptic world where, almost a decade before, a deadly virus wiped out the world's adult population sparing only those who hadn't reached puberty. Now, the oldest survivors of the "Big Death" are trying to survive and create a civilization out of the chaos that ensued after the adults died, and with them much of society's collective wisdom.
During the first season, Jeremiah was hoping to locate a mysterious place called Valhalla, which his father claimed might hold some hope for the survivors, but this personal quest was redirected when he met up with Kurdy and they discovered a group of highly organized survivors at Thunder Mountain who wanted to enlist them to orchestrate peace among the warring factions and to try and prevent the killer virus from returning. As the second season opens, Jeremiah has been separated from Kurdy in the aftermath of a struggle with forces from the Valhalla Sector. He is being held in captivity and is about to be reunited with his father - a mysterious figure who holds the answers to many secrets about Jeremiah's world.
JEREMIAH is based on Platinum Studios' comic book-to-film adaptation based on the award-winning comic book by Belgian author Hermann Huppen. The series is being produced by Jeremiah Productions Inc. in association with Lion's Gate Television and Platinum Studios and will be distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.
Straczynski will serve as showrunner and executive producer, alongside Grant Rosenberg who has produced and written for "The Outer Limits" and "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." The executive producers also include, Luke Perry, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg who developed the hit film Men In Black and Ervin Rustemagic. Showtime creative executive is John Vasey. For MGM the creative executive is Craig Roessler.
JEREMIAH AND JMS FOR SEASON THREE
Here is a note from the B5 moderated newsgroup related to JMS continuing with JEREMIAH into season three:
"There was a lot in that article on the Pulse that was really badly reported,
things were misphrased, two different sentences were put into one, sections are
wholly incomprehensible...it's just a train wreck of a piece.
However, even though the article totally misstated the sentence so it didn't
make any sense, the last phrase is correct, in that I have zero desire to
return to a third season of Jeremiah. Showtime was great, no mistake, but MGM
has overall been the most heinous, difficult and intrusive studio I've ever
worked for. I've worked for, and had great relations with, Viacom, Universal,
Warner Bros., and a bunch more. But I will never, ever, work for the present
administration at MGM.
I didn't know why so many other writers had a problem there and never wanted to
go back. Now I do."
In another posting, he mentioned:
I read on the net -- was never informed by MGM -- that Jeremiah will be coming to DVD in January or February of next year, and season 2 begins September 19th on Showtime.
** The Pulse article referred to can be found at http://www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/pulse.cgi?http%3A//www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi%3Fubb%3Dget_topic%26f%3D36%26t%3D001223.
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.
Here's a discussion topic suggested by Ranger Helen:
Now that we've had a question regarding books made into movies, how about
reversing the idea? What Babylon 5 episodes, or arc of episodes, would you
like to see written up as a novel, or series of novels?
Send in your comments to email@example.com and I'll start posting them on the Discussion
Page for everyone to share.
BABYLON 5 CHRONOLOGY
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.!
KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW
FIONA AVERY: Fiona Avery has a number of irons in the fire -- including a new TV series for Showtime based on her
NO HONOR comic book series. The folks at Silver Bullet Comics recently interviewed Fiona and the transcript can be found at
JERRY DOYLE: For those of you in the Chicago area, here's a bulletin. Jerry Doyle will be sitting in with MANCOW next
Thursday/Friday, August 15 and 16, at Q101. This is a morning drive format, 5:30A - 10:00A, CST.
MARJEAN HOLDEN: You'll find Marjean's name a couple of times on today's TV Listing. She had a recurring role on
BEASTMASTER for a couple of years and SCIFI presents CODE RED: THE RUBICON CONSPIRACY tonight at 9:00pm. Marjean stars
with Brian McNamara in this drama. Both roles are quite a bit different from Dr. Sarah Chambers in CRUSADE.
PETER WOODWARD: I talked to Peter recently and he is very excited about the second season of CONQUEST on the History Channel. New episodes began July 6 so check your local listings to see when the episodes air in your location. 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.
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".
SPECIAL B5 CAST ACTIVITIES
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/.
CRUISE WITH PETER WOODWARD
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:
Total number of guests in your party:
Age range of the guests including yourself:
Send this information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully. This is not a commitment from you, just an indication of interest.
BABYLON 5 BIRTHDAYS
Daneil Dae Kim - August 4
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
Check out the Directory of Readers.
Name: Michael Antol
Birthday: August 7
Name: Captain Average
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Birthday: August 18
Name: gkarfan (Tammy Smith)
Birthday: Aug. 30
Name: Colin White
State: North Carolina
Birthday: Aug. 20
TRADING CARD HELP
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 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
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.
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
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.
BABYLON 5 NOVEL - ON BOOK SHELVES NOW
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.
SCIENCE FICTION TELEVISION SERIES: EPISODE GUIDES
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.
NEW BABYLON 5 RPG
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).
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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
08-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) NO COMPROMISES
11-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) THE VERY LONG NIGHT OF LONDO MOLLARI
12-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) THE PARAGON OF ANIMALS
13-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) A VIEW FROM THE GALLERY
14-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) LEARNING CURVE
15-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) STRANGE RELATIONS
18-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) SECRET OF THE SOUL
19-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) IN THE KINGDOM OF THE BLIND
20-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) A TRAGEDY OF TELEPATHS
21-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) PHOENIX RISING
22-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) DAY OF THE DEAD
25-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) THE RAGGED EDGE
26-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) THE CORPS IS MOTHER, THE CORPS IS FATHER
27-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) MEDIATIONS ON THE ABYSS
28-AUG-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) DARKNESS ASCENDING
08-AUG-03 11:00 AM CRUSADE THE MEMORY OF WAR
08-AUG-03 12:00 PM CRUSADE THE LONG ROAD
08-AUG-03 1:00 PM CRUSADE VISITORS FROM DOWN THE STREET
08-AUG-03 2:00 PM CRUSADE THE WELL OF FOREVER
08-AUG-03 3:00 PM CRUSADE EACH NIGHT I DREAM OF HOME
08-AUG-03 9:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 (LBX) AVENGER 2.0
08-AUG-03 11:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 (LBX) AVENGER 2.0
11-AUG-03 7:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 THE CURSE
11-AUG-03 8:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 SERPENT'S VENOM
11-AUG-03 9:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 CHAIN REACTION
11-AUG-03 10:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 2010
15-AUG-03 9:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 (LBX) BIRTHRIGHT
15-AUG-03 11:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 (LBX) BIRTHRIGHT
18-AUG-03 7:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 ABSOLUTE POWER
18-AUG-03 8:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 THE LIGHT
18-AUG-03 9:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 PRODIGY
18-AUG-03 10:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 ENTITY
22-AUG-03 9:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 (LBX) EVOLUTION -PT 1
22-AUG-03 11:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 (LBX) EVOLUTION -PT 1
25-AUG-03 7:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 DOUBLE JEOPARDY
25-AUG-03 8:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 EXODUS -PT 1
25-AUG-03 9:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 TBD
25-AUG-03 10:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 TBD
10-AUG-03 12:00 AM FARSCAPE LAVA'S A MANY SPLENDORED THING
17-AUG-03 12:00 AM FARSCAPE PROMISES
24-AUG-03 12:00 AM FARSCAPE NATURAL ELECTION
BABYLON 5/CRUSADE PHOTOSHOP PHOTOS
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
BABYLON 5 TOONS
John Cook has a wonderful collection of cartoons -- many are take-offs from Babylon 5. Here's just
one of them.
He has a cartoon caption contest going on as well. Try your hand at a punch line.
Tye Bourdony will have several cartoons published in the upcoming Cracked Magazine that hits newstands on the 29th. The issue will feature satire for Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars) and Grace Lee Whitney, BarBara Luna, & Celeste Yarnall (Star Trek). Theese folks are all signing satires and Tye will be auctioning off one signed by Mr. Bulloch and one signed by the three Star Trek celebs for one of their favorite charities. More information on the auctions and
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.
BABYLON 5/CRUSADE CONVENTIONS
ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES: Robin has been added to the list of Babylon 5 people attending DragonCon this year.
BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Bruce has had to cancel his appearance at DragonCon this year. Virginia Hey has also cancelled.
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
August 29-Sept. 1, 2003
Place: Atlanta, GA
B5 Guests: Stephen Furst, Peter David, 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, Tony Amendola
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.
ZOCALO TRADING POST
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.
MAIL FOR CAST AND CREW
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
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
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
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
Bonnie Hammer, President
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY. 10020-1513
Mr. Thomas Vitale
Senior VP of Acquisitions, Scheduling & Program-Planning
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