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Straczynski Dreams On SCIFI.COM
Babylon 5's "great maker" J. Michael Straczynski has created a new online audio series, City of Dreams, for SCIFI.COM's Seeing Ear Theatre. Steve Buscemi (Fargo) stars in the first episode, "The Damned Are Playing At Godzilla's Tonight," which will premiere on July 10.
The second installment of the 13-episode weekly drama will feature Frequency star Andre Braugher and Braugher's real-life wife, Ami Brabson, in an episode called "Rolling Thunder." Kevin Conway, the voice of the storyteller in The Outer Limits and the star of the PBS television movie The Lathe of Heaven, will narrate the entire series.
City of Dreams comprises new audio stories written for SCIFI.COM, ranging from the dark and ominous to the supernatural and hopeful.
"It's 13 half-hour audio episodes, first on scifi.com starting July 10th, then afterward on Dove audio. I'm writing all 13 installments of The City of Dreams, and it's kind of a Twilight Zone approach, but made modern and given some new teeth.
The first one, "The Damned Are Playing at Godzilla's Tonight" stars Steve Buscemi, with Andre Braugher set for the next one."
For FarScape fans: the Rittenhouse folks have moved the release date for Farscape Season One trading cards back to 7/5. You can order them at www.scifihobby.com.
Bonnie Hammer, Executive VP and General Manager of the Sci-Fi Channel, held a chat last night with a few hundred fans of Sliders, Quantum Leap, The Sentinel, Babylon 5, Crusade -- and other shows I've forgetten. SFC seems to be going in a lot of new directions and they are looking at doing new things -- like the DUNE mini-series. I can't wait to read the transcript, since I wasn't available for the entire chat.
She did say, however, that they will be watching Babylon 5 very closely to see how well it does come September 25! That could be translated into a -- CALL TO WATCH!
Marjean will be chatting over at Pat Tallman and Jeffrey Willerth's site www.starglaziers.com on Friday, June 23 at 6pm PT; 9pm ET.
The transcripts of chats with Jerry and Marjean are now up at the TNT site. You
should drop over and read what was said.
Even if you are not collecting the entire set, I hope you'll add your name to the petition, since I it would be wonderful to have the whole set available -- just in case you want the very one that is NOT in the collection, so far. Can you imagine NOT having a copy of SLEEPING IN LIGHT!!!!
To add your name to the petition, drop me your name and city/state to email@example.com. The petition can be found at Video Petition.
In order to get the petition on it's way, I will end collection of names on June 30. So if you have not yet signed up, do so now.
Over on www.cinescape.com the crew of Andromeda talks about the show and the characters they portray. The ship sounds interesting!
There is a special mailing list to keep individuals abreast of Jerry's activities. It carries information regarding press releases upcoming personal appearances. To subscribe to Jerry's mailing list, simply send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org. That is all that is necessary. If you have trouble subscribing to the group, drop a note to email@example.com and you can be added directly to the listing.
I'm giving two or three presentations plus showing the bloopers. Those are always very enjoyable. My behind-the-scenes presentation is starting to look like some old home movies! Should be fun!
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.
From the LA Times: David Boreanaz, who stars in the series "Angel" on the WB network, has bought a Sunset Strip-area home from actress Claudia Christian, who played Cmdr. Susan Ivanova in the syndicated sci-fi series "Babylon 5."
Marjean Holden is currently in Australia filming the second season of "Beastmaster". She won the role of Atrina, a new character added to the cast for this second season. Marjean has completed a movie that will air on UPO in September. More details to follow.
Peter Woodward is in Egypt where he is hosting a documentary for a cable network.
Bruce Boxleitner's episode of "Outer Limits" will air on June 30.
Claudia Christian will be doing a special signing at JumpGate, a science fiction store in Portsmouth, NH July 6-7. The signing benefits victims of domestic violence. For more information, visit Jumpgate's website at www.jumpgatelink.com. Hector Diaz is the owner and a great guy.
Pat Tallman, Wayne Alexander, Robin Atkin Downes and Maggie Egan star in: BABYLON PARK: GRUDGEMATCH.
The animated parody makes it's US Premier at DragonCon in Atlanta on June 30 and the Canadian Premier at TorontoTrek in Toronto on July 15.
GRUDGEMATCH is the second in a series of hysterical spoofs on some of the great science fiction shows of our time.
For more information, check out www.babylonpark.com or www.kosh.org.
Here's a recent not from JMS on the subject:
As an aside to folks in general...mail to the cast should these days be sent via their respective fan clubs. As folks have scattered to the four winds, it's become increasingly difficult for the B5 fan club to track people down and get mail to them, and there are often long delays. And we don't really have the staff to handle a lot of this stuff.
JMS' mail can be sent to:
14431 Ventura Boulevard, PMB 260
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
The Fan Club has most of the back issues of the magazine over at
www.thestation.com in The Emporium. Issues #22 and #23 have been added to the listing of available issues. They also have the much sought
after Issue #1, Volume #1. So be sure to check out ISN and see what magazines you still need to complete your set.
There are a couple of regular chats that you might want to take advantage. One is over at About.com. Mike Helba has organized a weekly chat on Wednesdays at 10pm EST. http://babylon5.about.com/entertainment/babylon5/mpchat.htm.
On the first Sunday of the month, there is a chat at Groucho's Babylon 5 Calvalcade beginning at 5:30pm ET. Groucho's is a good place to drop over and chat anytime.
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.
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.
OFFICIAL BABYLON 5 MAGAZINE - Issue #24 A truly SAD day has arrived. The very last issue of the Official Babylon 5 magazine has hit the streets in the UK. Yes, Issue #24 is out. My hat is off to Nick Landau, Brian Robb, John Freeman, and others like Lou Anders who brought us this wonderful publication. It has been THE ABSOLUTE BEST!
OFFICIAL BABYLON 5 MAGAZINE - Issue #23 . Claudia Christian talks about her current projects and her life as Susan Ivanova. Fiona Avery has an original short story entitled "True Seeker" and Joe Nazzaro continues his "Making of Babylon 5" -- looking at season four! Endgame is the episode included in this month's Station Log and Lou Anders finishes up the JPL Connection. Don't forget the wonderful Babylon 5 Chronology. There are another 15 pages in this issue!
Send in your responses to either TheZocalo@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.. You can also post your comments on the message board at www.isnnews.net/board. To see what other readers have posted on this and other topics, follow this link to Current Discussion Topic page.
Jeffrey Willerth - June 5
Donovan Brown (Optic Nerve) - June 6
Ann Bruice Aling - June 8
Mark Walters - June 10
Susan Norkin (Post) - June 10
June 11 - Adrienne Barbeau (Amanda Carter)
Mike Vejar - June 25
To follow Babylon 5/Crusade history, visit the new
History Page for all significant dates in June! This is an extract from Terry Jones' wonderful
Babylon 5 Chronology.
The Antioch Calendar for 1999 is awesome. Yes, we know that it’s a 1999 calendar, but it carries a serial number – making it a collectible! The pictures are perfect for framing once you have the autograph in place! You can use this link for the Antioch Calendar or go the 'collectibles' portion of the Emporium.
Order any of the four sets of Autoghraphed Magazines and receive the calendar FREE!
Second – Season 5 Cast Poster. The Club made available to members a wonderful poster for season 5. The poster , signed by the cast members, would make a wonderful remembrance of the show – not to mention a fantastic collector’s item. It is located in the 'merchandise' portion of the Emporium.
Third – Season 5 Fan Club Photo & "Season 4 Fan Club Photo – These marvelous photos created for members of the Club are available for your enjoyment. They are $4.99 each with the purchase of $10.00 or more. Available in the 'merchandise' portion on the Emporium.
Babylon 5 Bible -- The original Season One Babylon 5 Writer's Bible. This massive tome weighs in at over 60 pages with comprehensive backgrounds on all characters and story arc; as well as guidelines for writing SF for TV. This document is peppered with original (color and B&W) illustrations by Peter Ledger. Use this link to place an order Babylon 5 Writer's Bible.
Babylon 5 Series Treatment -- This beautifully bound original Babylon 5 Series Treatment written in September 1988, was used to sell the series. It contains different characters than were ever seen in the show. This treatment was ONLY given to Network/Studio heads. This document is peppered with original color illustrations by Peter Ledger. Use this link to order your copy from the Emporium Babylon 5 Series Treatment.
Ordering Information: There are a number of ways to order merchandise from the Club:
Credit card purchases can be made on-line, by mail, or by fax. The Fax number is 1-818-771-1677.
FOR PHONE ORDERS: Here are the numbers to use: 1-888-777-8517 or 1-818-623-1198 . Phone lines are open Monday thru Friday, 10-6pm PST. If no one answers the phone, please leave your credit card information on the voicemail. Val and Tony do process orders based on the time-stamped voicemail messages. Be sure to leave your phone number as well, just in case they have any questions.
You can send a check or money order for merchandise -- made payable to Babylon 5 Fan Club -- to Official Babylon 5 Fan Club, P.O. Box 856, North Hollywood, CA 91603.
** For all orders done by mail, it's best to send in an order form with your check or money order. Use this link to get a copy of the Order Form. There is a new reference list as well, so that you can check to see what merchandise is still available. Ref List.
I'm moving some cartoons from Todd and Tye over to a new page so that you can enjoy them longer than just a week. Check out the new Toons Page!
Artist John Cook has some interesting toons at ToonZone . Do you have a punchline for the Cartagia toon? Visit Toon Zone and submit your ideas.
Got toons? Want to share them? Drop me a line at email@example.com and let's chat!
So far, we have clubs listed from France, Germany and Italy! That's fantastic. Let's hear from others -- even those in the U.S.!!!
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If you have a newsletter you'd like to have listed at The Zocalo Today, send the information along.
Going to the convention and have an extra day or so to spend in the area? Jeff Miller (Agamemcon programming & webmaster) is wondering who would like to go out to Disney in a group!!! If you are interested, contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you attending one of the conventions on the calendar? Or another one perhaps? Do you want to see who else might be there? Drop your e-mail address to TheZocalo@aol.com. We've begun an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .
Robin Atkin Downes sent along a couple of photos from FedCon.
There are some great shots of Jerry Doyle and Jeff Conaway at the Star Trek Grand Slam convention in Pasadena, March 31-April 2 on the Creation Entertainment web site.
New photos of Peter Woodward at the Pittsburgh ComiCon! Thanks Ranger Mac for sending them along.
Ranger Teri has sent along some photos of Claudia at the Vulkon convention in Florida. Pop over to the Photo Gallery and have a look-see.
If you have experiences you'd like to share -- or photos -- send them along. We'd love to see/read them.
June 23-25, 2000; Burbank CA
Place: Hilton Burbank Airport
Guest: Tracy Scoggins, Stephen Furst, Jeff, Conaway, Maggie Egan, Bear Burge, Alan Kobayashi, Chris Nagle, Lisa Getto, Jerry Doyle, Peter Woodward, Evan Chen, Tim Earls, Michael Colbert, Scott MacDonald, J. Gregory Keyes, Bill Blair
For more information, visit their web site at: http://www.agamemcon.org.
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.
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Gropos
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - All Alone in the Night
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Acts of Sacrifice
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Hunter Prey
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - There All the Honor Lies
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - And Now for a Word
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - In the Shadow of Z'Ha'Dum
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Knives
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Confessions and Lamentations
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Divided Loyalties
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - The Long Twilight Struggle
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - Comes the Inquisitor
6:00am TNT Babylon 5 - The Fall of Night
Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
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