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					                     THE ICS FILES
   The Official Newsletter of The Imaginative Cinema Society
January/February***************************************************#49/50
                              Chief Editor – Betsy Childs
            Staff writers – Tim Fleming, Jeanne Matcovich, Joe Plempel,
                    Charlie Wittig, Regina Vallerani, John Ward
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                            IN THIS ISSUE
CLUB NEWS
1.THE STARS OUR DESTINATION
2.NEW STAFF TAKES OVER THE ICS FILES
3.REPORT ON JANUARY'S ELECTIONS
4.OUR FEBRUARY MEETING
5.NEWS OF OUR MARCH MEETING: THE BASICS
6.MORE AND MORE - JOHN CARPENTER
7.AND MAYBE CHARLIE WILL EXPLODE SOME PEEPS FOR US
8.LAST WILL BE A FIRST
9.OSCAR MADNESS
10.FOUR YEARS AND 50 MEETINGS AND STILL COUNTING!
11.AHEAD FOR THE ICS
12.WELCOME TO THE CLUB!
   TOM NOLL, BOB HYATT, and JOSHUA BLANKMAN
13.SPY MUSEUM FIELD TRIP
14.SON OF FANEX
15.DUES NEWS

16.ICS OSCAR PICKS
TV NEWS
17.BUFFY DEPARTS SHOW
18.BUFFY ENDS IN MAY
19.TREMORS PREMIER MARCH 28
20.SCI-FI CHANNEL TO AIR HERBERT’S CHILDREN OF DUNE
21.HOLY REUNION, BATMAN! WEST AND WARD REUNITE
22.TWO CATWOMEN BETTER THEN ONE
23.NETWORK RENEWS 24, ALIAS
24.G-FORCE TO HELP IN BATTLE OF THE PLANETS RETURN
25.STARBUCK IS NOT JUST FOR COFFEE ANYMORE
26.AH AHAHAH AH! TARZAN TO SWING AGAIN!
27.WE’RE TOO BUSY SINGING
28.THE NEXT STAR WARS . . . CARTOON
29.DOH!!!
30.LOWE IS STAKED OUT IN SALEM’S LOT
EVENT NEWS
31. CONS, FILM FESTS AND MONSTER FLICKS
TECHNICAL NEWS
32.UNDERSTANDING CYBER TALK
33.PLAYING ON THE WEB
34.FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH GETTNG CHEAPER
LITERARY NEWS
35.TO GET IN THE SPY MOOD
36.BARKER CREATES . . . VERY SCARY BOYS AND GIRLS
37.COME TO DRACULAND FOR A FUN FAMILY AFTERNOON
38.HARRY POTTER’S PHOENIX RISES AGAIN
39. THE DISAPPEARING ACT
MOVIE NEWS
40.ELEKTRA DOES RETURN
41.HEARTWRENCHING WEREWOLF BY NIGHT
42.MAN OF STEEL, NO, MAN OF IRON!
43.TROOPERS SEQUEL TO SHOOT
44.SUPER VILLIAN DOC OCK TAKES ON THE WEBSLINGER
45.FLYING IN TOMORROW
46.FREE ENTERPISE 2 OR MAYBE IT IS FREE WILLY (SHATNER)?
47.REDDICK ADDING IN DENCH AND FEORE
48.CRONENBERG TAKES PAINKILLERS
49.WE HAVE FOUND A DUMBLEDORE!!!
50.THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!!
51.3-D KIDS HAS DEPTH
52.RINGU DIRECTOR HELMING TAKES HELM OF TRUE BELIEVERS
53.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY/MARCH
WILLARD, AGENT CODY BANKS, THE HUNTED, DREAM CATCHER, THE CORE,
PHONE BOOTH, HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES
INTERNET NEWS
54.NETFLIX CELEBRATING 1 MILLIONTH CUSTOMER

DVD/VIDEO NEWS
55.XENA IS COMING OUT!
56.LUCAS TALKS ABOUT STAR WARS AND FUTURE OF DVDS
FAREWELLS
57.VIRGINIA HEINLEIN, ANTHONY EISLEY, KENNETH TOBEY

CLUB NEWS - CLUB NEWS - CLUB NEWS - CLUB NEWS
  1.THE STARS OUR DESTINATION
  By Dave Willard-
       As science fiction fans, as Americans, as human beings, our hearts go out to the
  seven families whose lives were forever changed by the sudden loss of the shuttle,
  Columbia. A calamity of this magnitude; coming at a time of economic uncertainty, a
  possible war, terrorist alerts and other chaotic situations that make the world seem to
  wobble drunkenly on its axis; make the grief and shock that we share all the more
  poignant.
      As a people we have always been defined by the outer limits of our abilities. As
   civilization was formed, and we took to the seas for commerce and exploration, we
   were a sea-faring people. A century ago, when a pair of bicycle mechanics from Ohio
   forever broke humanity's ties to the air, we became people of the air. Our sense of
   trade, travel and diplomacy has been shaped around this notion.
      Since Yuri Gagarin became the first man to escape the gravity well of Earth on
   April 12, 1961 we have become a space-faring people. To say our destiny is in the
   stars is not a prediction - it's inevitability.
      Our leaders have two choices - they can assist this evolution or they can get out of
   the way. There is no third option.
      The rich harvests of exploration have been watered with the blood of brave martyrs
   who had the vision to journey over far horizons. The deaths of the crew of the
   Columbia have contributed to this difficult historic process. If we use this demise to
   attempt to delay humanity's forward march into space their passing will no longer be
   simply sad – it will be tragic - a tragedy that could impact the lives of generations yet
   unborn.
2.NEW STAFF TAKES OVER THE ICS FILES
   We have a new staff of writers here at the ICS Files. It took seven of us to replace the
wondrous work that Dave W. did for this newsletter. We ask for patience in the next
couple months as we get this all together and working smoothly. The new staff is Joe
Plempel, Charlie Wittig, Jeanne Makovich, Tim Fleming, Regina Vallerani and John
Ward, and myself, Betsy Childs.
   We are also looking for more assistance, so if you are on the internet everyday anyway,
give me an email and let me know what your interest is – we can have more then one
person working on a section. After just a month, I am amazed at how the heck Dave did
this by himself for so long.
Feel free to email me at ICSfileseditor@yahoo.com. Thanks!
3.REPORT ON JANUARY'S ELECTIONS
        For only the second time since the ICS was formed we have the same members on
the Board. Our present Board consists of Dave Henderson, Joe Plempel, Regina
Vallerani, David Willard and Charlie Wittig. Even though they weren't elected, we thank
John Ward and Betsy Childs for running. It shows a deep level of care and commitment
to run for the Board. We strongly encourage everyone to consider running each year. The
more candidates we have to choose from the stronger the Board and the club will be. We
are blessed with an abundance of talent in this club. If we don't get to use you for the
Board we hope we'll find other ways to use your abilities for the good of the ICS (like
writing for The ICS Files!).
4.OUR FEBRUARY MEETING
    Our February 2003 meeting chronicled the adventures of Troy Murdoch and Co. Joe
Plempel, Tim Fleming, John Clayton and Dave Willard contributed tales of deathbed
confessions, noir cliffhangers and bad weather one-upmanship. Their stories were very
creative, and with much ado of Lily White and her long legs, they blended well together.
   Special thanks go to John Ward for bringing in the Ray Harryhausen movies (we
watched 1956 classic, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS). John provided us with a
great night of stop motion fun. From the action figures of Cyclops to a nice background
presentation on how Harry got started. With so many movie selections to choose from,
the members voted on a lesser-known film. I know I picked that one mainly because I
had not seen it before and wondered. I am glad, it was a gem.
Taylor spoke briefly about her fun at the anime con, Katsucon held in DC. She said that
the con went well and that most of these cons are primed more for the dealers’ room then
anything else. This con is a place to pick up rare treats that are not normally available in
the USA.
Betsy spoke briefly about Farpoint the Star Trek con held at Hunt Valley. It was a quiet
con because of the blizzard. The guests were very amicable –when they got snowed in
they came out of their rooms and joined the con. Farpoint opened the convention to any
hotel guests and extended the media room and game room hours so entertainment was
available.
5.NEWS OF OUR MARCH MEETING: THE BASICS
   Our March meeting will be held on Saturday March 29 at 5:30 P.M. at the church hall
behind the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church located at 8848 BelAir Road. Take Baltimore
Beltway exit 32 north on Belair Road. Turn left onto Joppa Road. Immediately past the
miniature golf course, turn left into the parking lot. If you miss it, there are ample turn-
around opportunities. If you get stuck call 443-570-6455. That's Dave Willard’s cell
phone. He'll talk you in.
6.MORE AND MORE - JOHN CARPENTER
    It will be an evening of “All you wanted to know about John Carpenter.” So please,
don’t be afraid to ask questions to Mike Schilling as he delivers part two of his
presentation on the films of John Carpenter. His part one presentation had us watching
THE FOG, a movie that made me worry about small town history and DJ’s in
lighthouses.
7.AND MAYBE CHARLIE WILL EXPLODE SOME PEEPS FOR US
    Bring in your favorite DVD Easter Eggs this month – whether it be deleted scenes,
bloopers or a behind the scenes look at your favorite film. We will vote on 3 Easter Eggs
to watch prior to the main feature. There is lots of interesting extra information to be
found in DVDs. The people that mix them all together may have as much fun as we do in
watching and finding them!
8.LAST WILL BE A FIRST
    Put on your detective hat! The movie for the March meeting will be THE LAST OF
SHEILA. Dave Henderson will stop the movie before the killer is revealed and club
members who have not seen this film before will make their best guess as to the killer’s
identify and motive. The person who guesses correctly will win a gift certificate.
9.OSCAR MADNESS
    John Ward is in charge of our 2nd annual Oscar poll. Twelve ICS members have
made their best guesses of which person or which film will be the winner in each Oscar
category. He has written a summary of the categories and a count of the ICS picks. An
interesting tally to check as you are watching the Academy Awards that night.
The winner will be announced at our March meeting. Good luck to all entered and
thanks for organizing it, John!
10.FOUR YEARS AND 50 MEETINGS AND STILL COUNTING!
   Our next meeting will be an anniversary of sorts – our 50th meeting. Thanks to
everyone for his or her support and participation. We couldn’t have made it without each
of you!
   On January 24, 1999 we formed the Imaginative Cinema Society. Since then, we've
spent four years gathered together on the last Saturday of every month watching movies.
It might be fun to look back and remember what we've seen. When you look at the titles
you might recall the meeting the title was shown at, how good or bad it was and if there
any memorable events of the evening. Here, for your viewing pleasure is a look at how
we've spent the last four years.

                                               CURSE OF THE DEMON
THE HEADLESS GHOST                             SABOTAGE
9 DEATHS OF THE NINJA                          DARK INTRUDER
ALL MONSTERS ATTACK                            SERIES 7: THE CONTENDERS
HORROR OF DRACULA                              THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD
BLOOD SIMPLE                                   STILL
I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE                         SHE DEMON
THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE                    DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING
THE IRON GIANT                                 THE SON OF DRACULA
THE CAR                                        FIST OF LEGEND
IT: THE TERROR FROM BEYOND                     STAKES
SPACE                                          THE FOG
THE CAT AND THE CANARY                         STING OF DEATH
KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER                       GENERIC MAN'S NOTEWORTHY
SPACE                                          EXCURSION
THE CAT PEOPLE                                 A STUDY IN TERROR
THE KILLER SHREWS                              GHOST BREAKERS
CASINO ROYALE (TV)                             THRILLER: YOURS TRULY, JACK
THE MAN FROM PLANET X                          THE RIPPER
COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT                   GHOST WORLD
THE MIRACLE MILE                               TREMORS
THE CORPSE VANISHES (MST3K)                    THE GIANT CLAW
MR. VAMPIRE                                    WORLD WITHOUT END
COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE                           GODZILLA 2000
THE MUMMY'S CURSE                              X-THE UNKNOWN
THE CRIMES OF DR. CRESPI                       THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD
THE NIGHT STALKER                              YOJIMBO
THE CRIMSON GHOST                              HARRY POTTER AND THE
THE PHANTOM SHIP                               SORCERER'S STONE
11.AHEAD FOR THE ICS
   On April 26 Inge Hyer from the Hubble Space Telescope will be showing us scenes
from Hubble and telling us about the latest discoveries in space. Mike Laird is doing
movies that night. He'll present "Great Movie Parodies."
   On May 31 we'll have another round of our trivia quiz show, ICS ACADEMIC.
Joe Plempel has movies that night. He'll offer "The Best of Science Fiction Cinema."
   We have a very special meeting for June 28. Author Tom Weaver will be holding us
spellbound with his stories of movies and the people who've made them.
   The project was originally a pilot for a series. Should the movie do well it could still
happen. However, Levin concedes that the network's options with the cast have expired
and producing a western on a regular basis is an extremely costly proposition.
12.WELCOME TO THE CLUB - TOM NOLL, BOB HYATT, JOSHUA BLANKMAN!
   Greetings go to Tom, Bob and Joshua. Tom checked out us last year and joined in
2003. Tom and Dave Willard have been buddies since childhood. So Tom, prepare the
anecdotes and prepare to be welcomed aboard!
   Bob Hyatt. Bob has a great film background – he used to run an art film house in
Pikesville. We look forward to getting to know you, Bob!
   Greetings go to Joshua Blankman, who is Bob Hyatt’s grandson. Welcome to the
club, Josh!
13.SPY MUSEUM FIELD TRIP
     On Saturday, March 15, we are taking a field trip to the Spy Museum in Washington
DC. We plan to start lining up early. The museum opens at 10:00 and really packs in a
crowd.
    If you really want to have some fun, check out the literary section for a great spy novel
to read on your way down to DC.
14.SON OF FANEX
    Fanex is scheduled to take place from Friday April 11 to Sunday April 13. Anyone
with an ICS badge gets in for free. This should be a fun time and we encourage everyone
to join us. We're going to need your help to pull this off.

    DEALER'S ROOM: We'll need your help staffing our information booth in the
dealer's room. All you need to do is tell people about about the club. It's fun, easy work.
We'll need people throughout the weekend helping out.
    MOVIE ROOM: This is an incredibly laid back job. All we need is to make sure that
movies are loaded into the appropriate player at the appropriate time, notify someone in
case there's any problems, and make sure that no one tampers with the equipment.
    We already have several volunteers, but are always looking for more support.! The
board members will generally be there throughout the entire convention.

Other volunteers are:
FRIDAY: Jim & Betsy Childs at the booth, 7-8 PM
        Dava Sentz in the video room, 5PM – MIDNIGHT
SATURDAY: Norman Prentiss at the booth, 11AM – 12 NOON
     Betsy Childs at the booth, 2-5 PM
     John Clayton in the video room, 12 - ?
     Andrew Kent in the video room 6PM and for as long as needed
SUNDAY Andrew Kent at the booth 1- 4 PM

15.DUES NEWS
   Dues are due New Years day each year. We give members a three-month grace period
to renew. The renewals are $20 for an individual and $30 for a couple. Family plans are
$20 for the first family member and an additional $10 for each additional member.
   What follows is a list of paid-up people for 2003. If you've paid, and find your name's
missing, check with Regina Vallerani.

JOE AUSLANDER                                    SKIP PHILLIPS
BILL BEESE                                       JOE PLEMPEL
JOSHUA BLANKMAN                                  NORMAN PRENTISS
LISA CASPER                                      TOM PROVEAUX
BETSY CHILDS                                     RICK RIEVE
JIM CHILDS                                       GARY ROBERSON
JOHN CLAYTON                                     RUTH ROBERSON
SUZANNE COOPER                                   MIKE SCHILLING
DAVID DELLMAN                                    DAVA SENTZ
SUE FEDER                                        DONNA SENTZ
HEATHER FLEMING                                  BLAKE SHERBLOM-WOODWARD
TIM FLEMING                                      TAYLOR SHERBLOM-WOODWARD
LITA FREEMAN                                     BRIAN SMITH
PEGGY GERVASIO                                   CINDY SMITH
RALPH GERVASIO                                   RICHARD SMITH
DAVE HENDERSON                                   COURTNEY SPIES
SCOTT HURD                                       JOHN TYDINGS
BOB HYATT                                        REGINA VALLERANI
ANDREW KENT                                      BETH VAUGHT
KELLY KLEIN                                      STEVE VAUGHT
MITCH KLEIN                                      NEIL WAGENFER
MIKE LAIRD                                       JOHN WARD
JEANNE MATCOVICH                                 DAVID WILLARD
BARRY MURPHY                                     CHARLIE WITTIG
TOM NOLL                                         TOM WOODWARD
AMY PEARLMAN
                           OSCAR PICKS BY THE ICS MEMBERS
                                 Written by John Ward

    Well, ICSers, after dipping a toe into the club's Oscar pool, I discovered several things. First,
we all have some very definite opinions about how this year's Academy Awards will shake down.
Second, there are several races that are too close to call (and our own club's tally supported this.)
And third, no one around here thinks Paul Simon has a rat's chance at winning Best Song.
Last year, Sue Feder took the club Oscar crown by voting her head, not her heart. Those of us with
our collective hearts pinned to Peter Jackson's bountiful sleeves were tossed into the flames of
Mount Doom. So this year, I vowed to vote my head. Listed below, you will find a brief handicap
of this year's race, the club's consensus pick for each category, and my own personal thoughts
and/or choices because, well, as the club's resident Oscar handicapper, it's the only perk I've got.
Enjoy, and I'll see you on March 29 with the announcement of the winner (or winners?)

BEST PICTURE
   CHICAGO was the club's clear favorite here with 9 votes, followed by GANGS OF NEW YORK
with 3 votes. No other film received a vote, including the one about the hobbits. I think this will
be Chicago's year; it has received the lion's share of press among the major nominees, although
there is some sentimental support for Scorsese and GANGS OF NEW YORK. It won't be enough.
BEST ACTOR
  Jack Nicholson was the early favorite among critics and the end-of-the-year lists, but Daniel
Day-Lewis has been gathering support. Day-Lewis is the club's choice, with 8 votes. I think he
will take it. I just don't see Nicholson winning so soon after winning for AS GOOD AS IT GETS.
BEST ACTRESS
  In the first of several surprises, the club voted a dead heat here between Nicole Kidman and
Renee Zellweger, with 5 votes each; Salma Hayek and Diane Lane garnered an additional vote
each, and Julianne Moore was shut out. I think that Nicole Kidman will win this; she will edge
Julianne Moore.
SUPPORTING ACTOR
  The club gave a slight edge here to Paul Newman (4 votes), but the votes were all over the map:
everyone got at least one vote. I think Chris Cooper will win; he won the Golden Globe, not to
mention 90% of the critics' awards.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
   Julianne Moore was the club's favorite with 4 votes, but again, everyone had at least one vote of
support. I voted for Kathy Bates, but this one is almost a toss-up. If CHICAGO turns out to be a
steamroller Mar. 23, then Queen Latifah or Zeta-Jones could sneak in. Then there's Meryl, who
won the Golden Globe, so who knows?
DIRECTOR
  Another dead heat: 6 club votes for Rob Marshall of Chicago, 6 for Martin Scorsese of GANGS
OF NEW YORK. Just the other day, Marshall won the Director's Guild award, and this award has
deviated from the Oscar only 5 times since 1949. I think this will be no. 6. I think there is just
enough support in Hollywood circles to reward Scorsese for his career (and not the movie, which
isn't even in the top 3 of his films). This support will just barely edge out Marshall and the
CHICAGO bandwagon. Hey, Marshall's a first-time movie director, and the only first-timers that
Oscar likes to recognize have acting pedigrees: Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, etc, etc. We shall
see; this has the potential to be the most interesting category of the night.
CINEMATOGRAPHY
   CHICAGO is the clear club favorite, with 6 votes. I would not be surprised if it won, although I
was the only club vote for ROAD TO PERDITION. I think that the late Conrad L. Hall will be
recognized for his last piece of film, even though he won for AMERICAN BEAUTY. (Yeah, I know
that goes against my reasoning for Best Actor, but hey, it's my handicap.)
ANIMATED FEATURE
   In a perfect world, SPIRITED AWAY would win this award, because it's a stunning piece of
anime by the acclaimed director of Princess Mononoke. Acclaimed in Japan, that is, not to mention
serious fans of anime around the world. Unfortunately, those folks don't vote. I wouldn't mind if
ICE AGE won, but I think many voters will see this as the last gasp of the Disney animation
studios. A slight edge to LILO & STITCH. Club pick: ICE AGE, with 4 votes.
EDITING
  I voted my head here, as did most of the club: CHICAGO, with 8 votes. I think this will be a
bandwagon vote that will roll right over LOR: THE TWO TOWERS.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
  The closest thing to unanimous: 11 of 12 clubbers voted for Michael Moore's BOWLING FOR
COLUMBINE. I think this will be a recognition award for Moore, long overdue. (Daughter from
Danang? Andrew, do you know something we don't?)
DOCUMENTARY SHORT
   TWIN TOWERS is the club's choice, with 7 votes. It might draw a lot of sentimental and/or
patriotic support. Many Academy members might look on it as a chance to show that they have
feelings and emotions!
LIVE ACTION SHORT
  A c-r-a-p shoot. The club edge goes to INJA with 4 votes, but who the heck knows? Who
watches these things, anyway?
ANIMATED SHORT
  Okay, clubbers, fess up how many of you voted for THE CHUBBCHUBBS! because the title
sounded cool? I voted for MIKE’S NEW CAR because it's a recognizable Pixar piece, and it might
be the most accessible of the bunch to Academy voters; after all, it's tacked onto the MONSTERS
INC. DVD.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
  Many folks out there think the best foreign films weren't even nominated by their respective
countries: Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN and TALK TO HER. So one was nominated for Best
Screenplay, the other for Best Director. What's left is another c-r-a-p shoot. Or maybe just c-r-a-p.
Club vote: a tie between HERO and ZUS & ZO. (4 votes) Hmmm, another funny title picks up
votes.
SOUND EDITING
  Ten out of 12 clubbers went with LOR: THE TWO TOWERS, including myself. I think this will
be the first of several techie awards the movie will win. But...
SOUND
...I could not swing the same for this category. I think this is a prime category for the musical
excesses of CHICAGO. But it's a dead club heat, 5 and 5, so Mr. Fleming, if LOR: THE TWO
TOWERS wins this, I'll gladly buy you a soda at the Double T.
COSTUME DESIGN
  Another clear club favorite for CHICAGO, and another bandwagon vote. The way some of these
early categories go is usually a good signal of how the rest of the evening will turn out (Remember
TITANIC?)
ORIGINAL SCORE
   No clear favorite here, either: 3 votes each for CATCH ME IF YOU CAN and THE HOURS, 2
each for the other three. John Williams is a perennial favorite here and might score another Oscar
for CATCH ME. Hey, at least Randy Newman's not up for anything this year.
ORIGINAL SONG
   The club favors “I Move On” from CHICAGO (7 votes), but there is strong support for U2's
“The Hands That Built America” (4 votes) from GANGS OF NEW YORK. I think this will be seen
as another chance for the Academy to look hip (Remember Springsteen and “Streets of
Philadelphia”?) Of course, the truly hip would vote for Eminem and “Lose Yourself”, as one
lonely soul in the club did. I can't remember who it was, and I'm too tired now to go back and
check my notes.
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
   A dead heat between GANGS OF NEW YORK and MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING (6 votes
each) This category is often seen as a small crumb to throw at a picture that would otherwise be
looking at a complete shut-out. (Movies like Dog Day Afternoon and Pulp Fiction come to mind,
although the latter might have won in the Adapted category. Following that line of thinking...it
could go either way. But since GANGS is up for a bunch of other stuff, I'll throw my support to
BIG FAT Liar. Whoops, sorry, wrong movie...
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
  Dead club heat (Again!!!) between CHICAGO and ADAPTATION (4 each). I tabbed
ADAPTATION on my own ballot, but I'm beginning to think CHICAGO might pull this out. How
do I know this? Well, it's late, and I'm tired...
ART DIRECTION
  Once again, I'm voting my head. Sorry, Mr. Fleming. And no, if LOR: THE TWO TOWERS
wins this, I am not buying you dinner to go along with the soda. The club favors CHICAGO, and
so do I. This category is the one that musicals were born to win. (6 votes for CHICAGO, 4 for
TWO TOWERS.)
VISUAL EFFECTS
   The closest thing to a bet-the-mortgage virtual lock for the entire night. 10 out of 12 clubbers
(including me...I'm not that tired) think that if LOR: THE TWO TOWERS doesn't win this for
Gollum, Helm's Deep, etc, etc, there's no justice. Sorry, SPIDEY. (But at least no one voted for the
CLONES.)
MAKEUP
  You know, the amazing thing about this category isn't that they couldn't find more movies to
nominate than FRIDA and THE TIME MACHINE. No, the truly amazing thing is that 5 of us
actually think the FRIDA makeup crew should get an award for finding a way to stitch Salma
Hayek's eyebrows together.
   If we count dead heats as two separate votes, then the ICS Virtuo-Club Member thinks that
CHICAGO will rule the evening with a whopping 10 awards. My own picks have CHICAGO
indeed ruling the evening, with a much more scaled-down 4 awards. I think this is a year to throw
it around to a bunch of movies. Thank you for your time. I'm going to bed now.
-John "Hire the Handicapper" Ward

TV NEWS – TV NEWS – TV NEWS – TV NEWS – TV NEWS
17.BUFFY DEPARTS SHOW
   Sarah Michelle Gellar is putting her marriage to Freddie Prinze Jr. first as she plans to quit
playing TV vampire slayer Buffy. She says, "I'm 26, I'm married and I never see my husband.
There have been times when it's difficult. The show, as we know it, is over. I need a rest.
Teachers get sabbaticals, actors don't." But Gellar admits she'd like to return to the role from time
to time in a possible spin-off: "I would love to come back. The moment I say all this, I'm going to
get the last script and go, 'Oh my God, this is so scary. I love this job, I love the fans. "But will it
all matter anyway, now that the show is ending. BUFFY will be missed on the small screen.
18.BUFFY ENDS IN MAY
   After seven memorable seasons as one of television's favorite and most critically lauded
programs, 20th Century Fox Television and UPN officially announced today that BUFFY THE
VAMPIRE SLAYER will end production in April and will broadcast its final original episode on
Tuesday, May 20 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on UPN.
   "It's hard to believe it's over," said Joss Whedon, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER executive
producer and creator. "I'm just glad I can say we did our best on every single episode. . . . I truly
believe that in years to come, people will look back and say 'that was a show that was on TV.'
Yessir. I truly do."
   "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER will go down in history as one of television's best shows
and an enduring testament to the vision and genius of its creator Joss Whedon," said Dana Walden,
President of 20th Century Fox Television. "For seven years, Joss, his team of writers led by Marti
Noxon and an extraordinary cast led by Sarah Michelle Gellar captured the cultural zeitgeist and
effortlessly combined drama, action and humor. Without question, BUFFY will live on for
generations to come."
   BUFFY premiered on UPN on Oct. 2, 2001, made its television debut on March 10, 1997. It
spawned a spinoff show, ANGEL, which launched in the fall of 1999. With its finale in May 2003,
the total number of episodes produced will be 144. Over the past seven seasons, BUFFY won two
Emmys. The American Film Institute also nominated the show in 2002 as Best Drama and star
Sarah Michelle Gellar received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in 2001.
   BUFFY has proven to be an international audience favorite and has become a successful
franchise dominating almost every element of media and entertainment. Discussions regarding the
future of the 'Buffy' franchise and a possible spin-off are ongoing.
  We are losing a good show here. However, it is going out before it goes down. Goodbye Buffy.
19.TREMORS PREMIER MARCH 28

   Sci-Fi Channel's TREMORS: THE SERIES premieres on March 28 2003. The weekly one-hour
series stars Michael Gross, who reprises his role as paranoid survivalist and monster-hunter
extraordinaire Burt Gummer from the acclaimed TREMORS film franchise. Gummer must keep
Perfection Valley safe from Graboids, Shriekers, AssBlasters and all the monsters he's sure the
government's been developing in their countless secret labs across the country. He and his handful
of neighbors share their sleepy desert town of Perfection with El Blanco, an albino male Graboid
that's protected by the government as an endangered species.
20.SCI-FI CHANNEL TO AIR HERBERT’S CHILDREN OF DUNE
   The Sci-Fi Channel will air the six-hour, three-night miniseries sequel FRANK HERBERT'S
CHILDREN OF DUNE on March 16th. The Plot: under Paul "Muad'Dib" Atreides' rule as Emperor,
the planet Arrakis has enjoyed a renaissance. However, the revolution that Muad'dib inspired has
transformed into a brutal jihad that has plunged all of humanity into a bitter, never-ending cycle of
interstellar war. With the rule of Arrakis and the freedom of all humanity hanging in the balance,
Leto must risk sacrificing his own humanity in order to save those who would see him destroyed.
This show stars Alec Newman and Julie Cox with appearances by Alice Krige (GHOST STORY)
and Susan Sarandon (THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW).
21.HOLY REUNION, BATMAN! WEST AND WARD REUNITE
   Thirty-seven years after Adam West and Burt Ward put on skintight suits to keep Gotham City
safe from the villainous Penguin, Joker and Riddler, the Dynamic Duo is back together for a peek
at what really happened behind the scenes. In the two-hour movie, RETURN TO THE
BATCAVE: THE MISADVENTURS OF ADAM AND BURT, West, 74, and Ward, 57, are forced
to relive their past to find clues to recovering the Batmobile after it's stolen from a Hollywood
charity event. West and Ward play off each other as well as they did during the swinging '60s in
the CBS which airs March 9th. The adventure reunites them with Frank Gorshin (Riddler), Julie
Newmar (Catwoman) and Lee Meriwether (Catwoman).
22.TWO CATWOMEN BETTER THEN ONE
   Former Catwoman Lee Meriwether told TV Guide Online that she would make an appearance in
the upcoming CBS movie RETURN TO THE BATCAVE, but not as Catwoman. "I was hoping
that I would get to play Catwoman along with Frank Gorshin as the Riddler," Mariwether told the
site. "But darn it, Julie Newmar was available. My daughter [stuntperson Lesley Aletter] got to be
her double, though, so that was cool."
   Meriwether will appear in a cameo role as a waitress in a Mexican restaurant. She told the site
that she has no hard feelings towards Newmar and that there was no animosity on the set. "Julie and
I actually get along just great," Meriwether said. "Besides, we worked on separate days.".
23.NETWORK RENEWS 24, ALIAS
   Fox has renewed the real-time cliffhanger thriller 24 for a third season, (YEAH!) and ABC has
ordered another run of the female spy adventure ALIAS that will also be in its third year. Despite
critical praise, both shows have remained only modest hits — although both saw a rise in viewers
this year.
24.G-FORCE TO HELP IN BATTLE OF THE PLANETS RETURN
 BATTLE OF THE PLANETS is in production for a fall 2003 return to American television in
BATTLE OF THE PLANETS : THE NEW EXPLOITS OF G FORCE.
  New animation will be combined with animation from the original 105 Gatchaman episodes to
produce 52 half-hour episodes. In addition, eight new BOP features will also launch. For many of
us who grew up in the late seventies BATTLE OF THE PLANETS represents our first exposure to
Japanese animation and science fiction. It was a great show and its return is welcome.
25.STARBUCK IS NOT JUST FOR COFFEE ANYMORE
  The SCI FI Channel has cast the key roles of Starbuck and Apollo for its upcoming original
miniseries BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, based on the 1978-'80 TV series. Oregon native Katee
Sackhoff (HALLOWEEN), 22, will play a female Starbuck in the series, SCI FI announced.
   Meanwhile, British actor Jamie Bamber (HBO's Band of Brothers), 29, will play Apollo. In the
original series Starbuck was a male character played by Dirk Benedict, while Richard Hatch played
Apollo.
  The four-hour BATTLESTAR GALACTICA miniseries is slated to debut later this year. This
could be interesting. The Format for GALACTICA offers many storytelling possibilities.
26.AH AHAHAH AH! TARZAN TO SWING AGAIN!
  Mitch Pileggi, who portrayed assistant director Walter Skinner on THE X-FILES, has joined The
WB's TARZAN pilot. He's has been cast as Tarzan's uncle, Richard Clayton, a key role in the
drama pilot.
  Clayton, a Gotham businessman, discovers his nephew in the jungle then becomes Tarzan's
caretaker in the Big Apple.
  Pileggi will next be seen in upcoming NBC miniseries FIRST TO DIE. Calvin Klein model
Travis Fimmel already has been cast as the new Tarzan.
27.WE’RE TOO BUSY SINGING

  Isn’t it just groovy! NBC has given the go ahead sign to a half-hour pilot reviving a 70’s classic,
THE MONKEES.
  The pilot is being produced at NBC Studios with Rhino Films as well as 19 Television. Josh
Elvis Weinstein and Bill Oakley wrote the script and are executive producers, as are Harold
Bronson and Simon Fuller. Josh’s writing credits include THE SIMPSONS, FUTURAMA, and
early episodes of MST3000. This should be interesting. Anyone out there remember the 80’s
remake of this show?

28.THE NEXT STAR WARS . . . CARTOON
  It could be very interesting. An animated twist to the Lucas industry. Cartoon Network's
upcoming slate of changes, notably including a series of 20 three-minute interstitial shorts titled
STAR WARS: CLONE WARS, backfilling the Clone Wars portion of the STAR WARS mythos.
The series is to be produced by Gennady Tartakovsky and the creative people behind SAMURAI
JACK.
  Other additions to the animation outlet include DUCK DODGERS, a new Daffy Duck series;
TEEN TITANS; and LOW BROW, in which an anime-rendered slacker and his robot defend the
world from Jersey City.
29.DOH!!!
  Harry Potter and Shakespeare take on the Simpsons! It is true J. K. Rowling and Ian McKellen
will be doing guest spots on an upcoming episode of THE SIMPSONS in which the yellow-skinned
family visits the United Kingdom.
  Rowling will meet the family at a bookstore, while Sir Ian McKellen's performance of
MACBETH will be jinxed as a result of a Simpson's saying the name of the play aloud. Oh this
one should be very interesting indeed!
30.LOWE IS STAKED OUT IN SALEM’S LOT
   Rob Lowe is set to star in a television remake of Stephen King's SALEM’S LOT for TNT, Lowe
will play Benjamin Mears, a journalist who returns to his New England hometown to find that it
has become infested with vampires.
   TNT will lay out more than $15 million for the four-hour miniseries, which begins production in
Australia in about two months. Peter Filardi (The Craft) wrote the new adaptation and Mikael
Salomon will direct. Lowe previously appeared in the 1994 miniseries THE STAND, which was
also based on a novel by King.


UPCOMING EVENTS – UPCOMING EVENTS – UPCOMING EVENTS
31.THINGS TO COME – CONS, FILM FESTS AND MONSTER FLICKS

         Son of FANEX is happening April 11-13, 2003 at the Days Hotel Timonium. Chase away
those winter blahs by making a trip to the Son of FANEX. GUESTS are Hammer leading man
Edward DeSouza (Kiss of the Vampire, Phantom of the Opera and The Spy Who Loved Me) in his
first trip to the states; Susan Gordon (Bert I. Gordon's daughter, who appeared in Attack of the
Puppet People, Picture Mommy Dead and Tormented, plus the Danny Kaye film The Five Pennies;
plus musician Sean Yseult of the group whose former name was Famous Monsters. Comic Artist
Neil Vokes will debut a new comic at the show. Also included in the 3 day weekend are panel
discussions, presentations, rare films and a dealer’s room. Room rates are $75 a night and include a
continental breakfast. Call the hotel at 410-560-1000 and ask for FANEX rates. ADMISSION
prices are DAILY $10 and WEEKEND $30. FANEX Dealers Tables are $125 for dealers who
attended and supported FANEX 16 $150 for all others.

Johns Hopkins Film Festival 2003 is happening Thursday, April 17 through
Sunday, April 20. Check out the site. A list of accepted film submissions will be posted online by
March 1. Submission deadlines for 2003 have passed.
Chiller Theatre Spring Expo 2003 is happening in the Swamps of New Jersey April 25 - 27,
2003. The huge guest list includes:

       Angus Scrimm                                           Larry Matthews
       Andrew Robinson                                        Leo Rossi
       Angela Cartwright                                      Linnea Quigley
       Barney Martin                                          Liz Sheridan
       Ben Chapman                                            Marc McClure
       Bill Mumy                                              Mark Goddard
       Carol Lynley                                           Marta Kristen
       Caroline Munro                                         Musetta Vander
       Cynthia Rothrock                                       Pamela Sue Martin
       David Carradine                                        Reggie Bannister
       David J. Schow                                         Rowdy Roddy Piper
       Dee Wallace Stone                                      Scott Wilson
       Frank Dietz                                            Soupy Sales
       Jeff East                                              Stella Stevens
       Jeremy Bulloch                                         Tony Todd
       John Saxon                                             Virginia Hey
       Jonathan Breck                                         Yvette Vickers
       Joseph M. Monks                                        Yvonne Craig
       Julie Adams                                            And last but not least:
       June Lockhart                                          Zacherley!
       Kane Hodder

    AT THE DOOR: General admission is $15 per day.
    PRE-ADVANCE: General admission is $12 per day, or $25 for all three days (VIP).
    PRE-ADVANCE Price good through 02/28/03. Orders postmarked after 03/31/03 will
    cost the at-the-door prices.


                 TECHNOLOGY NEWS – TECHNOLOGY NEWS
    32.UNDERSTANDING CYBER TALK
      TCP/IP has nothing to do with going to the bathroom, but did you ever wonder what
    that term meant? Well, if you have a burning desire to Trace route your ICP packets and
    PING your neighbor, go to: http://www.webopedia.com/
      It’s a technical site that allows you to look up almost any piece of that technical jargon
    you hear about, but are too afraid to ask about. Now you have the ability to sound as
    geeky as say . . . Charlie Wittig for instance.
    33.PLAYING ON THE WEB
      Infosay, Inc has announced the release of VisualHunt WebsitePlayerTM. This is a new
    way to get a lot more then the norm from your Internet connections. VisualHunt
    WebsitePlayer first introduced a player and recorder concept into Internet navigation. It is
a web browser software plug-in that turns your web browser into a website player and
recorder. So, it works kinda like a DVD player. You type in the URL, and it “plays” the
site for you.
  Two catches: Ya gotta have Internet Explorer 5.0 or better (not Netscape) and the trial
copy works for 30 days or 100 plays. Price: $37.95 (don’t ask me how they came up with
that figure)
  A free trial copy can be downloaded at http://www.infosay.com/websiteplayer.htm
34.FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH GETTNG CHEAPER
   Ok all you vanity buffs out there, I personally am not worried about wrinkles, though I
do still count the hairs clogging my tub drain on a daily basis. However, if you want a
facelift without the knife, listen up.
   LED technology for skin care, pioneered by NASA and the Russian Space programs,
may soon be affordable to the general public. The treatments, called Photo Rejuvenation,
promote the body's production of collagen and tissue repair. A series of 5 or 6 (laser)
treatments may cost as much as $3000 and are available only at dermatologists and spas.
Quantum Skincare hopes to market a device in 24 months that will offer a more
affordable alternative that can be used at home for under $1000. The device will use
LED’s instead of the more costly laser
   Quantum Skincare is currently seeking 1000 participants in a nationwide one year free
trial study of their prototype. Interested persons should go to web site
http://www.quantumskincare.com for more information on the study.
   Sounds like they got this idea from of a movie . . . which one was it – bring the answer
to the next ICS meeting.
LITERARY NEWS – LITERARY NEWS – LITERARY NEWS
35.TO GET IN THE SPY MOOD
   Pick this one up for the ride to DC and the SPY MUSEUM on March 15. Robert
Parker's new novel Back Story is intense. In 1974, a revolutionary group calling itself
The Dread Scott Brigade held up the Old Shawmut Bank in Boston's Audubon Circle. A
woman named Emily Gordon, a visitor in town cashing traveler's checks, was shot and
killed.
  The twist - no one saw who shot her. Despite security-camera photos and a letter from
the group claiming responsibility, the perpetrators have remained at large for nearly three
decades. The lack of clues and a missing FBI intelligence report force Spenser to reach
out in every direction including the mob. Here’s hoping that Hawk shows up to bail
Spenser out of trouble at the last minute!
36.BARKER CREATES . . . VERY SCARY BOYS AND GIRLS
   Clive Barker creates a magical world for young people. Barker presents the reader with
disturbing characters including deformed men created from mud, giant moths formed
from mummified corpses, and a powerful magician who comforts himself by literally
drinking in his insane thoughts.
  It starts with the character, Candy Quackenbush (any Marx brothers fans out there?)
who is attempting to escape the monotony of chicken-processing plants in Minnesota.
Candy walks out of school to an abandoned lighthouse. John Mischief, a thief, carries
Candy to another world called Abarat where an island represents a different hour of the
day. Candy’s role in the changing future of the islands will be greater than she could
have thought.
   Without encouraging too many nightmares, Barker tempers the horror factor with
elements of fantasy and adventure that will entertain and fascinate his readers. Barker
spent four years designing spectacular full-color paintings that completing to illuminate
his fantastic tale. The paintings are often integrated into the text, enhancing the
atmosphere of the story and drawing the reader further into the world they depict.
37.COME TO DRACULAND FOR A FUN FAMILY AFTERNOON
  Since its first publishing in 1897, Bram Stoker’s revolutionary supernatural novel
Dracula has since spurred hundreds of books, movies and even TV shows with the
vampire as its focal point.
  But come on, who would ever have thought…a theme park?
   It’s true, Romania will open a Dracula theme park at a lakeside resort near the burial
site of Vlad the Impaler, the real-life Romanian prince who inspired the vampire myth.
  After a year of wrangling between building the tourist attraction deep in the
Transylvania region or closer to Bucharest, officials announced the park will be built near
Snagov Lake, an upscale resort 25 miles north of the capital, the wire service reported.
  Estimated to cost $31.5 million, the parks planned attractions will include restaurants,
hotels, a zoo, a golf course and a Gothic castle with spooky effects. The park will be built
on government land and could cover up to 520 acres, said Tourism Minister Dan Matei
Agathon.
  The body of the sadistic count, who inspired Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, is said to be
buried in a monastery he built on a small island on the lake, the AP reported.
   Yes, there was a real Dracula, and he was a true prince of darkness. He was Prince
Vlad III Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes, meaning "Vlad the Impaler”. He was the
prince of Walachia, but, as legend suggests, he was born in Transylvania, which at that
time was ruled by Hungary.
  Vlad Tepes was born in November or December 1431, in the fortress of Sighisoara,
Romania. His father, Vlad Dracul, at that time appointed military governor of
Transylvania by the emperor Sigismund, had been inducted into the Order of the Dragon
about one year before. The main goals of such a secret fraternal order of knights was
mainly to protect the interests of Catholicism, and to crusade against the Turks.
  There are different reasons why this society is so important to us. First, it provides an
explanation for the name "Dracula;" "Dracul," in Romanian language, means "Dragon",
and the boyars of Romania, who knew of Vlad Tepes' father induction into the Order of
the Dragon, decided to call him "Dracul." "Dracula," a diminutive that means "the son of
Dracul," was a surname to be used ultimately by Vlad Tepes. A second major role of this
Order as a source of inspiration for Stoker's evil character is the Order's official dress - a
black cape over a red garment - to be worn only on Fridays or during the commemoration
of Christ's Passion.
  But his favorite method was impalement on stakes, hence the surname "Tepes" which
means "The Impaler" in the Romanian language. Even the Turks referred to him as
"Kaziglu Bey," meaning "The Impaler Prince."
   But it's Dracula's cruelty that most non-Romanians remember. After becoming prince,
Dracula supposedly invited many beggars and other old, sick and poor people to a
banquet at his castle. When his guests had finished eating their meal and drinking a toast
to him, Dracula asked them, "Would you like to be without cares, lacking nothing in this
world?"
  “Yes!” they said enthusiastically, never knowing what was in store for them.
So, Dracula had the castle boarded up and then it was set on fire. Nobody made it out
alive - and that was the end of their problems, as he had promised. "I did this so that no
one will be poor in my realm," he said.
   Despite all this, Dracula's subjects respected him for fighting the Turks and being a
strong ruler. He's remembered today as a patriotic hero who stood up to Turkey and
Hungary. He was so scornful of other nations that when two foreign ambassadors
refused to doff their hats to him, he had the hats nailed to their heads.
  Sounds like it could make a great addition to the Theme Park, right next to the Blood
Drive and the Stakes on a stick is the ‘guess how many nails it takes to keep your hat on’
booth.
38.HARRY POTTER’S PHOENIX RISES AGAIN
  Harry Potter is great fantasy for everyone. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
grossed $568.2 million being the third highest international release. J.K. Rowling will
add Harry Potter and the order of Phoenix (Book V) to the series on June 21, 2003.
Orders are currently being taken with free shipping.
   Harry Potter lives in a classical paradise. Government is weak while private industry
thrives. Hogwart accepts all students with magical talent from all backgrounds. Upon
graduation, wizards will barter for wages since there is no minimum wage even for
wizards.
  Harry Potter – Book V portrays a monetary system that resembles the British Civil
Service. Wizards use precious metals as currency rather than the English fiat. The
wizard’s power doesn’t prevent them from dealing with the private sector for basic needs.
Wizards trade items of more value than paper money such as gold galleons, silver sickles,
and copper knuts.
  Shareholders will continue to delight in their profit with the release of this new story in
June. It will in be in U.S. currency, not knuts.
  39.THE DISAPPEARING ACT
   Jeffery Deaver author of eighteen best-selling suspense novels has released The
Vanished Man. The scene takes place at a prestigious music school in New York. The
killer flees and locks himself in a classroom. The police surround him in minutes. The
door is broken down and a gunshot is fired. But the room is empty. Lincoln Rhyme and
Amelia Sachs are requested to assist with the investigation. Lincoln is a quadriplegic
who must rely on his protegee to investigate the crime area. Lincoln and Amelia prevent
an act of vengeance.
   The actual story was inspired by a performance of the Big Apple Circus. A clown
changed his costume quickly for the next act. Jeffery Deaver thought it would be scary if
a criminal could change his appearance and become whole different person in a matter of
seconds. Lincoln and Amelia are chasing a killer with the ability to transform into
various characters.
   Jeffrey has been nominated for four Edgar Awards from Mystery Writers of America.
Jeffrey’s latest novel is as enjoyable as The Bone Collector is.

MOVIE NEWS – MOVIE NEWS – MOVIE NEWS – MOVIE NEWS
40.ELEKTRA DOES RETURN
  It has been officially announced there will be a movie based on Elektra, 20th Century
Fox and Regency Enterprises have said. This is in addition to a DAREDEVIL sequel.
  The Elektras’story will be set after the events depicted in DAREDEVIL. Jennifer
Garner will reprise the role she brought to life in that film and script development will
begin immediately.
   Elektra first appeared in "Daredevil" comics in 1980 with words and art by comics
legend Frank Miller. The character is the daughter of powerful and rich Greek business
tycoon Nikolas Natchios and the girlfriend of Matt Murdock / Daredevil. Although she
possesses no superhuman abilities, Elektra is a consummate practitioner of the martial
arts, and wields a pair of three-pronged daggers, or sai.
41.HEARTWRENCHING WEREWOLF BY NIGHT
  Things are looking good for, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs – he
has been tapped by Dimension Films to write the script for the Marvel comic-book
adaptation “Werewolf by Night”.
  "It is our aim to bring the werewolf genre to mainstream audiences in the same
character-driven way we have done with our other superhero films," Marvel Studios' Avi
Arad said. "WEREWOLF BY NIGHT is at its core a beautiful love story reminiscent of
the great Shakespearean tragedies. It needs the meticulous heartfelt crafting that Robert
Nelson Jacobs is known for."
   Well folks, those are some of the more interesting stories making the genre rounds
these days. Please keep your hands inside of the boat; it is dangerous out there. What
often seems great in development can come out wrong, just wrong…horribly wrong.
42.MAN OF STEEL? NO, MAN OF IRON!
   There is an adaptation from New Line Cinema of Marvel Comics' “Iron Man” series
for the big screen. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, creators of The WB's SMALLVILLE,
will write the screenplay adaptation. New Line Cinema will team with Avi Arad's
Marvel Studios and Don Murphy's Angry Films on the project, which is slated for a 2005
release.
   “Iron Man” first appeared as a Marvel comic in 1962 and tells the story of Tony Stark.
He was an inventor and owner of Stark Enterprises, whose work in corporate espionage
and international terrorism leads to an accident that forces him to go on life support in the
form of a high-tech bodysuit – a suit that makes him almost invulnerable and able to fight
evil.
   Iron Man” becomes the latest Marvel superhero making the transition to the movies,
after “X-Men”, “Spider-Man”, “Daredevil” and the upcoming “The Hulk”. Interesting to
now see the heroes in the comics come to life.
  All together now “I am Iron Man!!!”
43.TROOPERS SEQUEL TO SHOOT
   A sequel to 1997's STARSHIP TROOPERS will begin filming in Los Angeles in May.
Phil Tippett, who supervised visual effects for the first STARSHIP TROOPERS, will
direct the sequel. Paul Verhoeven helmed the original movie, which was based on Robert
Heinlein's classic SF novel. Edward Neumeier will return to script the sequel, about a
small group of soldiers who find themselves taking refuge in an abandoned outpost as
they attempt to fight the bugs, not realizing that a much graver danger is infiltrating their
unit.
44.SUPER VILLIAN DOC OCK TAKES ON THE WEBSLINGER
   Alfred Molina will join Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco in Columbia
Pictures' highly anticipated sequel to SPIDERMAN.
   Molina will portray Spider-Man's new archenemy "Doc Ock" in the second installment
to Columbia Pictures' 2002 worldwide phenomenon SPIDERMAN that grossed more than
$820 million worldwide and became the fifth highest grossing movie in U.S. history.
SPIDERMAN is based on the classic Marvel Comic book series.
   The sequel will reunite the cast and filmmakers from the original blockbuster,
including Maguire, Dunst, and Franco along with director Sam Raimi, and producers
Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad. Raimi will begin principal photography in April and the new
film will be released in 2004.
   "Alfred Molina has a remarkable facility for everything from classic drama to
mainstream comedy and he is the ideal choice for 'Doc Ock,'" said Pascal. "We wanted an
actor that would bring irresistible depth and dimension to this role and we are all
tremendously excited to be working with Alfred."
45.FLYING IN TOMORROW
  Angelina Jolie will play an aviatrix in THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, an
independently financed SF movie that will also star Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Kerry Conran will make his directorial debut and also wrote the script. Jon Avnet is
producing with Marsha Oglesby, Law and his wife, Sadie Frost.
   Giovanni Ribisi and Bai Ling are also in talks to join the film, which is financed by
Italian-based producer Aurelio De Laurentiis, who is executive producing along with
Raffaella De Laurentiis and Bill Haber.
   The pre-World War II adventure tale stars Jolie as a pilot matched with a
swashbuckling colleague (Law) and a probing journalist (Paltrow) and has science-fiction
elements.
46.FREE ENTERPISE 2 OR MAYBE IT IS FREE WILLY (SHATNER)?
  Mark Altman said that he and Robert Meyer Burnett are developing a sequel to 1998's
FREE ENTERPRISE. Altman also said it's possible a TV series could happen based on
the movie.
  "Well, there is some truth to that [TV series possibility], although it's more likely that
we'll be doing a sequel first," Altman said. "I didn't really want to do a sequel, but Rob
and I came up with a great idea that we took to Shatner that he loved and proceeded to
make even better, and now it's taken on a life of its own.”
  The original film starred Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Rafer Weigel as two
Trekkers who happen to meet William Shatner in a bookstore and are shocked to discover
what their idol is truly like.
47.REDDICK ADDING IN DENCH AND FEORE
  Judi Dench is in final talks to star opposite Vin Diesel in Universal Pictures'
CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, the sequel to David Twohy's SF hit film PITCH BLACK.
Colm Feore, meanwhile, has come aboard to play the lead villain in the film. Twohy will
write and direct for Radar Pictures and One Race Productions. Production is to start in
April.
   In the sequel, Riddick (Diesel) is now a hunted man and finds himself in the middle of
two opposing forces in a major crusade. Feore will play Lord Marshal, a warrior priest
who is the leader of a sect that is waging the 10th and perhaps final crusade 500 years in
the future. Dench will play Aereon, an ambassador from the Elemental race. She is an
ethereal being who helps Riddick unearth his origins. This is perhaps the best SF news
this month.
48.CRONENBERG TAKES PAINKILLERS
   Director David Cronenberg (eXistenZ, The Dead Zone) said that his next film,
Painkillers, will find him once again tapping into the SF vein. "I've been saying that it's
about performance artists in the future, but in the near future," Cronenberg said in an
interview. "That's all I can really say, because I'm rewriting it, and it's sort of a deep
rewrite. I haven't looked at it in a while, and now I'm coming back to it."
   Cronenberg confirmed rumors that both Nicolas Cage and Ralph Fiennes (who appears
in the director's upcoming SPIDER) are considering playing the lead character in
PAINKILLERS.
   "No one is attached," he said. "No one has made a deal. But yes, Nicolas Cage has
read the first draft and liked it and said he was interested. And, yes, Ralph has read the
same script and said he would be interested in doing it. So that's good. Maybe I should
get them both in the movie. Now that would be interesting."
49.WE HAVE FOUND A DUMBLEDORE!!!
  Actor Michael Gambon will fill the wizard’s robes of Dumbledore in the upcoming
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN.
  Also cast is Gary Oldman, as the film's apparent nemesis, the prison escapee Sirius
Black.
50.THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!!
   Interesting note, former ER star Anthony Edwards has signed to star in the live-action
film version of the 1960s cult U.K. TV puppet show Thunderbirds for Working Title
Films and Universal Pictures.
  Edwards has signed up for the role of ‘Brains’, the man behind International Rescue's
machinery. The movie follows the Tracy family and its top-secret international rescue
organization that travels around the world carrying out covert missions deemed too
dangerous or difficult for local rescue outfits. This is largely due to their equipment, ‘the
Thunderbirds’, which is a set of five vehicles ranging from a rocket to a space station.

  Edwards joins Bill Paxton, who plays the Tracy family head Jeff, and Academy
Award-winner Ben Kingsley who is signed to play the evil international master criminal
The Hood.

  Kingsley and Paxton lead a cast of other largely unknowns, which sits with the
producers' aim to focus much of the movie's $50 million plus budget -- Working Title's
biggest ever -- on extensive special effects work.

51.3-D KIDS HAS DEPTH
   The Spy Kids expand their dimension according to director/writer Robert Rodriguez.
He is filming the next installment of the successful franchise in 3-D. America's favorite
sibling spies will literally come to life in the highly anticipated action film that promises
to be fun for kids of all ages. SPY KIDS 3D:GAME OVER will be released on over 2000
screens on July 25.
   "The story line takes the spy kids into a virtual-reality videogame," says Rodriguez,
"where anything is possible. In fact, Ricardo Montalban at 82 y.o. gets to lava surf and
ride an ultra-cool motorbike.” It should be interesting for filmgoers as Rodriguez adds,
“once the characters go into the video game, the audience will put on the glasses, and it's
in 3-D.” He said also "The technology has advanced significantly, thanks to the advent of
high-definition digital moviemaking."
  Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino are reprising their roles as Gregorio and Ingrid
Cortez. Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara will return as Carmen and Juni Cortez. Steve
Buscemi, Alan Cumming, Ricardo Montalban, Bill Paxton, Holland Taylor, and Danny
Trejo also make repeat appearances.
52.RINGU DIRECTOR HELMING TAKES HELM OF TRUE BELIEVERS
  Japanese director Hideo Nakata has been set by MGM and Cheyenne Enterprises to
make his English-language feature debut with the MGM supernatural thriller TRUE
BELIEVERS. Nakata directed RINGU and a sequel that inspired the Gore Verbinski-
directed DreamWorks film that is in the process of getting a sequel.
  "Believers" is an adaptation of the Doug Richardson novel about the intersecting paths
of a senator with White House aspirations, a woman who wants to have a child and a
death row inmate who thinks he is a messiah who must carry on his bloodline.

53.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA – NEW RELEASES
WILLARD –Release Date - March 14th
   This is a remake of an earlier movie, but brilliantly cast. His coworkers pester Willard,
a shy young man, to the point of abuse. Well he exacts a bloody revenge when one of his
pet rats, his only friends, is killed at work. Led by the unusually intelligent (and lethal)
rat, Ben, an army of rats descends on those who did Willard wrong, in a series of
writhing, creepy murders.
AGENT CODY BANKS – Release Date - March 14th
   The story goes like this - the U.S. government recruits Cody Banks to be a special
agent. One that they call upon when they're faced with a mission that can only be
accomplished by someone who wouldn't normally be old enough for such a mission for
another ten years or so. Make sense? Well we are talking about the logic of the U.S.
Government here. So, Cody gets training in spy gadgetry and lesson in the art of being a
teen spy. His parents are unsuspecting and Cody gets to have a lot of fun for a teenager.
THE HUNTED – Release Date - March 14th
   This is the story of an FBI "deep woods tracker" who captures an assassin who makes
a sport of hunting deer hunters in the forests outside Portland. When he escapes in the
city, the tracker must team up with a female FBI agent to hunt the assassin down before
he comes hunting for them . . . the assassin kills for fun.
DREAMCATCHER – Release Date - March 21st
   Four men in Derry, Maine, who have been friends since childhood reunite for a
hunting trip to a cabin deep in the northern Maine woods called "Hole in the Wall." They
are tied together through a telepathic bond they gained as children. It was gained while
saving a Down Syndrome child from bullies. The arrival of a strange man to their cabin
soon plunges the four friends into a fight against an invading alien force that takes control
of human beings like puppets.
As a side note, they will be releasing this film with a MATRIX 2 related 9-minute CGI
animated short attached to the beginning called "The Final Flight of Osiris."
THE CORE – Release Date - March 28th
   When something happens to cause the core of the planet to change in temperature,
threatening to stop the planet from revolving, a band of NASA "terranauts" is formed to
pilot an experimental deep-earth ship to try to fix it by setting off a nuclear detonation.
PHONE BOOTH – Release Date - on April 4th
   A movie for Hitchcock lovers for sure. One location like in REAR WINDOW, this
movie is set in a phone booth in New York. A slick New York publicist who picks up a
ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed . . . and the
little red light from an infrared rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding. The movie
is filmed in ‘real time’ which means that the adventure will be as long as the movie.

HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES – Release Date - April 11th (Limited release area)
   This movie is set in the 1970's, this is the tale of a group of two young couples looking
for a mysterious figure known as "Dr. Satan”. They are in rural Texas and after getting
completely lost, they seek refuge from a storm at a strange sort of "house of horrors"
which turns out to be a horror itself.

  There is an interesting music note - the soundtrack will be a combination of 1970's-era
songs and spooky horror


INTERNET NEWS – INTERNET NEWS – INTERNET NEWS
54.NETFLIX CELEBRATING 1 MILLIONTH CUSTOMER
   If you haven’t heard already, there is a great way to avoid ‘late fees’ at the local video
store. NetFlix is an online DVD rental service. For $19.95 per month, Netflix
subscribers can rent as many DVDs as they want (though only up to three at a time) out
of a library of 13,500 titles. The discs are delivered for free via the mail, with no dues
dates or late fees imposed. At year-end 2002, about 857,000 people had subscribed, up
from 456,000 at the end of 2001.
   Netflix Inc. has surpassed the 1 million-subscriber mark, the online DVD rental
service announced Thursday. The company believes the achievement validates its
business model. "Any service that gets to a million subscribers is becoming an enduring
part of the consumer landscape," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.
The rapid subscriber growth surprised even company insiders. "We thought it would be
more like AOL. It took six years for them to reach a million, from '88 to '94. So we
figured it would take us at least six years," Hastings noted. "We're stunned that it's taken
us three and a half years."
   Netflix's next mission is to hit the 5 million-subscriber mark, or 5% household
penetration, a threshold Hastings believes can be reached in the next four to seven years.
To that end, the company is continuing to open new distribution centers to increase the
percentage of Netflix customers who can receive their DVD rentals overnight via the
mail. It can take a few days for mail to get to those living in more remote areas or far
away from distribution centers.
   This service is interesting enough to look into if you are not happy about the video
store trek and fees, but read it all with thought. Has anyone tried it yet?

DVD/VIDEO NEWS - DVD/VIDEO NEWS - DVD/VIDEO NEWS
55.XENA IS FINALLY COMING OUT!
  Anchor Bay Entertainment will release XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - Season One
on DVD coming out on April 29 with its biggest marketing push in history.
  The seven-disc, first-season package of XENA, priced at $89.95, will include the 24
episodes from 1995. The rights were acquired by Anchor Bay in a deal with Davis-
Panzar Productions, whish also yielded fellow syndicated weekly action drama
HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS as well as episodes of the
HIGHLANDER series it didn't already own.
  Besides print, radio and TV advertising, the "multimillion-dollar" campaign will
include a "$100,000 Quest for the Golden Sword Sweepstakes," an entry-form based
promotion that will culminate with the winner receiving a life-sized regulation XENA
sword cast in solid gold at next summer's VSDA convention. The release will also
include bonus goodies, such as a commemorative XENA coin.
   The marketing push also covers the Hercules and Highlander titles. "We're not going
to be afraid to step up and spend some real money to market this thing," said Peter Davis,
head of Davis-Panzer.
   XENA, a spin-off of Hercules, was distributed by Studios USA Domestic Television
and was among the top-rated weekly syndicated shows when it went out of production at
the end of the 2000-01 season. The show and its escalating production costs succumbed
to TV's weak advertising market rather than a decline in popularity. The show did have a
strong cult following and several conventions were held with a XENA theme.
  Anchor Bay already distributes THE EVIL DEAD, the landmark camp-horror feature
and a favorite with this group, was created by XENA executive producers Rob Tapert
and Sam Raimi. Neither Tapert nor Raimi--or star Lucy Lawless, for that matter--lend
commentary for the first-season DVD release, but Anchor Bay officials said they hope to
secure their services for future full-season releases. The next is due in September.
56.LUCAS TALKS ABOUT STAR WARS AND FUTURE OF DVDS
  George Lucas told fans not to expect DVDs of the original versions of the first three
Star Wars films. Speaking at a tribute to his Industrial Light & Magic visual-effects
house and Skywalker Sound in Hollywood, Calif., Lucas said that upcoming DVDs will
contain only the updated special editions of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and
Return of the Jedi, the site reported.
  The special editions are what Lucas said he wanted the films to be originally, but time
and money restraints did not allow him to make them at the time.

57. FAREWELLS – FAREWELLS – FAREWELLS - FAREWELLS
TO SAIL BEYOND THE SUNSET
   Some think it was because of her red hair and athleticism as a young woman, that
Virginia Heinlein, who died January 18, 2003 at age 86, was by many considered to be
the template for a number of the female characters in science fiction writer Robert A.
Heinlein books. She was the third wife of the author, she is said to have given him the
original idea for his most popular novel,“ Stranger In A Strange Land”.
   Many fans also believe Heinlein put both her and himself in various stages of age in
the many of his later novels. She was a support and an inspiration for a grand master of
science fiction.
WASP WOMAN B MOVIE STAR ANTHONY EISLEY
  When Warner Brothers cast Anthony Eisley as Tracy Steele on HAWAIIAN EYE with
Robert Conrad and Connie Stevens, that was the show that blossomed his career.
Frederick Glendinning Eisley was better known to his fans as ANTHONY EISLEY, the
1950s TV star, died January 29, 2003. Out of Warner Brothers stable of stars, he showed
up all over TV in the 50s, 60s,and 70s.
   He studied drama in college, once saying, “I took the easy way out to get a degree”.
After appearances on a number of shows in the early 50’s such as THE REAL MCCOYS
and PERRY MASON, he finally got his big break and for the next 20 years he guested on
a myriad of TV series including THE OUTER LIMITS, THE WILD,WILD WEST,
DRAGNET, THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, and even THE DUKES OF
HAZARD.
   In 1959 he starred in the genre film THE WASP WOMAN and soon after developed a
reputation as a suave B-picture leading man.
   He made a number of exploitation, horror and sci-fi movies after that such as THE NAKED
KISS (for director Sam Fuller), THE NAVY vs.THE NIGHT MONSTERS, JOURNEY TO THE
CENTER OF TIME, THE WITCHMAKER, THE MIGHTY GORGA, DRACULA vs.
FRANKENSTEIN, and MONSTER.
   "Eisley's science-fiction pictures turned out to be truly outlandish ones.” Tom Weaver said after
his death. "He even played a monster himself in a picture that went unreleased for decades
because it was so awful, THE MUMMY AND THE CURSE OF THE JACKALS. But with all the
stage training and then all the experience he got in front of a camera in his TV days, he invariably
looked and acted more professional than everyone and everything around him in those pictures,
he was sometimes the best thing about them.”
   In an interview after he retired he told Weaver he had no regrets, “The business was good to
me, in the sense that overall I had a good time and I made a living and my kids, none of ‘em
starved.”
   Anthony Eisley was born January 19, 1925 in Philadelphia, PA and though he never achieved
true stardom he leaves a legacy as a more than competent actor and an icon of the Golden Age of
Television. He was 78 years old.
HEADS UP FOR KENNETH TOBEY
   Heads up (“KeepWatching the Skies”) and hats off to Capt. Patrick Hendry, our fearless leader
in “THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD”.
  Yes, sorry to report that one of our all time favorites from 50s sci-fi movies, Kenneth Tobey
has passed away. He died on Dec. 22, 2002 in Rancho Mirage, Ca. of natural causes.
His role in “THE THING” as the no nonsense, quick thinking military hero was one of his best on
film and became a guide for other genre films to follow.
  The Ken Tobey type character part showed up later in such films as “NOT OF THIS EARTH”
(Morgan Jones),“20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH” (William Hopper), “THE DEADLY MANTIS”(Craig
Stevens) and of course “THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS” where it is played oddly enough by
Kenneth Tobey.
  Once asked by interviewer MARK FRANK, who directed “THE THING”? Tobey said, “Howard
Hawks” and added “Technically, of course, Chris Nyby directed it and is given screen credit for
it… He was new at directing and Mr. Hawks maintained kind of overseeing on the picture”
According to a TOM WEAVER interview he said, “Hawks directed it all except for one scene. Nyby
was learning to direct from Hawks but Hawks didn’t let him learn by doing”
He was born in Oakland, Ca. April 21, 1914 and after briefly studying for a career in law
he got into acting at the University of California Little Theater. After working on
Broadway and in stock he made his Hollywood film debut in a Hopalong Cassidy
western.
  Working steadily in film mostly in small parts throughout the 40s, he got the role of
Capt. Hendry, his first Science Fiction part in 1951. He was to work in this genre again
and again, in films such as “IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA”, “THE VAMPIRE” and
“STRANGE INVADERS”. He also worked extensively in other types of films that included
“THE MAN IN THE GREY FLANNEL SUIT”, “GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL” (as Bat
Masterson), “MARLOW”, “MACARTHUR”, and “AIRPLANE”.
  Tobey also has a long list of TV credits including his own series in 1957,
“WHIRLYBIRDS”, a sort of “SEA HUNT” in the air. Other TV credits include appearances
on “DRAGNET”, “SCIENCE FICTION THEATER”, “GUNSMOKE”, “KUNG FU”, “ROCKFORD
FILES”, “NIGHT COURT”, and “STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE” as well as numerous made
for TV movies. This is just a small list of Kenneth Tobey’s work over six decades.
  He will always be remembered fondly by myself (and at least one or two others that I
know of) and will be sorely missed by the film community and film fandom in general.
Kenneth Tobey was 83 years old. Thank you Capt. Hendry.

				
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