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February 2000

Cartoon Network expands lineup
Posted Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 12:27PM CST by Franklin Harris
The ink is barely dry in Cartoon Network's latest "Toonami" lineup, but the cable channel is already announcing upcoming changes, expected to take effect through 2001. "Gundam Wing" joins "Toonami" on Monday, and, as expected, "Tenchi Muyo" (probably the "Tenchi Universe" version) will be added later. Additionally, an all-new series, "Centipede," will join the "Toonami" block. Cartoon Network has ordered 26 episodes of "Centipede," which is part of a licensing deal with toy manufacturer Hasbro.

Source: Variety

'Sleepy Hollow' on DVD
Posted Saturday, February 26, 2000, 11:05AM CST by Franklin Harris
This is somewhat old news that I just ran across this morning: Tim Burton's film "Sleepy Hollow," starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, is slated for a May 23 release on DVD. Extras will include a commentary track featuring Burton and at least two deleted scenes. The film will be 16x9 enhanced.

Source: DVD Nightmare and DVD Review

WB renews 'Buffy' and 'Angel'
Posted Friday, February 25, 2000, 1:41PM CST by Franklin Harris
Both "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and its spin-off series, "Angel," will be returning to the WB next year. The network announced that it has placed a complete 22-episode order for each show.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter and AnotherUniverse.com

'Mononoke' video release update
Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 1:37PM CST by Franklin Harris
The following has shown up on several Web sites and is reported to be based on an official release from Miramax:

"The 'Princess Mononoke' VHS and DVD will be released on June 13, 2000. The DVD will have Japanese and English language tracks. English closed captions are also available. The VHS will be the English dubbed version. The bonus materials include the theatrical trailer and a featurette. The correct run time is approx. 133 minutes. BVHE is still developing the advertising/PR campaign. I have no information on the DVD rights of the other Studio Ghibli titles."

Source: Studio Ghiblink mailing list

Steven Hughes, 'Lady Death' artist, dies
Posted Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 7:49PM CST by Franklin Harris
Steven Hughes, best known as the artist for Chaos Comics' "Lady Death" series, died Friday after a long illness. In 1999, Hughes was recognized during Black History Month at the Words and Pictures Museum in Massachusetts.

Source: The Comic Wire

'Toonami' line-up announced
Posted Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 6:53PM CST by Franklin Harris
"Toonami" is shaking up its line-up starting March 7 with the addition of "Gundam Wing." For all the details, see the Toonami Inner Circle Web site at http://cnxtoonami.cjb.net.

Stan Lee biography in 2001
Posted Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 1:05PM CST by Franklin Harris
Fireside/Simon & Schuster plans to publish "Stan Lee: Master of Imagination," a biography of the Marvel Comics founding father. Lee will be teaming with George Mair, who has previously written biographies of the Judds, Barry Diller, Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities. The book will be published in the spring of 2001.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Burton to direct 'Planet of the Apes' remake?
Posted Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 12:59PM CST by Franklin Harris
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Tim Burton, director of "Sleepy Hollow" and the first two "Batman" films, is in final negotiations to direct a remake of the 1968 film, "Planet of the Apes." 20th Century Fox plans to release the film on July 4, 2001.

IGN Sci-Fi: New 'Trek' series to be prequel
Posted Monday, February 21, 2000, 10:11AM CST by Franklin Harris
The IGN Sci-Fi Web site is reporting that Paramount has decided on a new series to replace the soon-departing "Star Trek: Voyager." According to IGN, the new series will be a prequel set in a time period before the original "Star Trek." IGN's unnamed source dismissed the idea that the new series would feature younger versions of characters like Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock. Earlier rumors indicate that the prequel series may be set before the founding of the United Federation of Planets.

Jhonen Vasquez does Nicktoons
Posted Sunday, February 20, 2000, 8:21AM CST by Franklin Harris
Jhonen Vasquez, creator of the comic book, "Johnny the Homicidal Manic," published by Slave Labor Graphics, is making the move to TV animation. From the PR Newswire: "Invader Zim -- Created by comic book writer/artist Jhonen Vasquez, and executive produced by Mary Harrington, this original Nicktoon tells the silly, twisted tale of an alien named Zim who's spying on earth by attending an elementary school; a kid named Dib who's onto Zim and dead set on exposing him; and Dib's kid sister, Gaz, who thinks they're both idiots. Like Superman, Zim has a secret identity to protect. Unlike the famed super hero, however, his disguise leaves a lot to be desired. He goes to school wearing an Elvis-style pompadour wig and colored contact lenses. (He also seems to have forgotten about his green skin.)"

For news about other new Nickelodeon original cartoons, click here.

Horror and sleaze from Synapse
Posted Friday, February 18, 2000, 4:53PM CST by Franklin Harris
Synapse, the company that gave us the wonderfully sleazy Jess Franco flick, "Vampyros Lesbos," on DVD, is back. On June 6 it will release "The Beast From The Haunted Cave," "Evil Dead Trap" and Franco's "She Killed In Ecstasy."

Source: dvdfile.com

DVDs just like the drive-in
Posted Friday, February 18, 2000, 4:49PM CST by Franklin Harris
On May 16 Elite Entertainment is releasing the first of its Drive-in Discs series, featuring "Screaming Skulls" and "Giant Leeches." Each feature is in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio, and, "To recreate the drive-in experience, each volume includes cartoons, countdown clock, concession stand ads, coming attractions, intermission and 'Distort-O' low-fidelity", while a second audio track "replicates the horrific quality of the drive-in window speaker by delivering the audio signal only to the left speaker". The disc will retail for $29.95.

Source: dvdfile.com

'Mononoke' DVD update
Posted Friday, February 18, 2000, 12:27PM CST by Franklin Harris
Several online sources are reporting that the "Princess Mononoke" DVD, to be released by Disney on June 13, will not have a Japanese-language audio track with English subtitles. So far there has been no definitive word from Disney that the DVD won't have a Japanese track, but pre-release information does not indicate either an alternate audio track or subtitles as among the DVD's features.

Source: DVD Animania and Anime News Service

'Secret Agent Man' debut set
Posted Friday, February 18, 2000, 12:18PM CST by Franklin Harris
UPN will add "Secret Agent Man" to its Tuesday night line-up beginning March 7. The hour-long adventure series will occupy "I Dare You: The Ultimate Challenge’s" old 8pm Eastern time slot. That show will move to 9pm for two weeks and then be replaced by "The Beat."

Source: Variety and AnotherUniverse.com

'Clerks' cartoon gets air date
Posted Friday, February 18, 2000, 12:14PM CST by Franklin Harris
The cartoon series "Clerks," based on the Kevin Smith film of the same name, is scheduled to debut at 9:30 Eastern on May 31 on ABC.

Source: Variety

Casting call for 'Mists of Avalon'
Posted Friday, February 18, 2000, 12:11PM CST by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that Julianna Margulies and Anjelica Huston are negotiating to star in a TNT miniseries based on Marion Zimmer Bradley’s "The Mists of Avalon." The four-hour miniseries will adapt Bradley’s "femme-centric take" on the legend of Camelot. Huston is said to be up for the role of Viviane, the Lady of the Lake, and Margulies is negotiating to portray King Arthur’s sister Morgaine. Filming is scheduled to start in Prague in late April with a projected airdate sometime in 2001.

Source: Variety and AnotherUniverse.com

'Hannibal' start date announced
Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000, 7:25PM CST by Franklin Harris
Filming of the "Silence of the Lambs" sequel, "Hannibal," is scheduled to begin on June 7. Julianne Moore is almost certain to take on the role of FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling opposite Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter.

Source: EW Online and Cinescape

"Heavy Metal" sequel renamed
Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000, 7:17PM CST by Franklin Harris
The "Heavy Metal" sequel, "Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2" has been renamed "Heavy Metal 2000" and is scheduled for release this summer through Sony Entertainment/Columbia Tri-Star. If earlier rumors still hold, the film will be released on home video rather than in theaters.

Dragonball Z to get CCG
Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000, 12:46PM CST by Franklin Harris
Playoff Cards has announced that it will be marketing a collectable card game based on the popular anime, "Dragonball Z." The CCG will go on sale in April and will consist of 250 cards. Cards will be sold in booster packs and in 53-card starter decks. Expansion sets will be released quarterly, and Playoff Cards plans a tie-in with an undisclosed fast-food restaurant. You can learn more about the game at www.dbzcardgame.com. Previously, "Dragonball Z" had been included as the second expansion set to the now discontinued AniMayhem CCG.

Source: AnotherUniverse.com

SF Age magazine calls it quits
Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 11:11AM CST by Franklin Harris
SF Age magazine, founded in November 1992 and edited by Scott Edelman for its entire run, is folding after publication of the May 2000 issue. The magazine's publisher, Sovereign Media, blames lagging subscriptions. Edelman, who also edits Sovereign Media's Sci-Fi magazine (the official magazine of the Sci-Fi cable channel), is leaving Sovereign to edit Satellite Orbit magazine. He formerlly edited the now-defunct SF Universe magazine after Sovereign purchased it and ousted editor Mark A. Altman. Sovereign has yet to announce a new editor for Sci-Fi.

Source: AnotherUniverse.com

'Galaxy Quest' comes to home video
Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 6:06AM CST by Franklin Harris
The DVD File reports that "Galaxy Quest," DreamWorks' sci-fi spoof starring Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver, will come to home video on May 2. The DVD will feature an anamorphic transfer, a commentary track, theatrical trailers and a making-of feature.

Toy Fair report
Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 9:48PM CST by Franklin Harris
ToyFare magazine is posting day-by-day reports from the American International Toy Fair in New York, which runs through Thursday. You can find ToyFare's daily reports here.

Highlights from the first two days include the long-awaited unveiling of the Sid and Marty Krofft action-figure line (Living Toyz), new "Macross" toys (Toycom), "Gundam Wing" action figures and models (Bandai), and assorted "Princess Mononoke" and "Neon Genesis Evangelion" items (Animetrix).

'Mononoke' video/DVD release date set
Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 6:16AM CST by Franklin Harris
Disney has set a May 9 release date for 'Princess Mononoke' on home video and DVD. The DVD is listed as anamorphic widescreen.


'Toonami' to get new Web site
Posted Monday, February 14, 2000, 8:28PM CST by Franklin Harris
"Toonami," Cartoon Network's top-rated program, made up mostly of English-dubbed anime series, is getting its own Web site, www.toonami.com. From the Cartoon Network Web site: "Yo! Your favorite action show is about to get hooked up with its very own Web site. We kid you not! A brand new Web site entirely devoted to 'Toonami' is coming soon and it's gonna be something special. We got all kinda crazy things planned!" We can probably expect the new site to go online in time to promote "Gundam Wing," which is joining the "Toonami" line-up in March.

McFarlane Toys does anime figures
Posted Monday, February 14, 2000, 5:21PM CST by Franklin Harris
McFarlane Toys is producing a series of action figures based on various anime series, including "Akira" and "Tenchi Muyo." Get a sneak peek here.

Gundam toys are coming to the U.S.
Posted Monday, February 14, 2000, 12:55PM CST by Franklin Harris
Bandai's "Gundam Wing" line of toys will be available on toy shelves nationwide by fall. That's the news coming out of the American International Toy Fair. The Gundam toy launch roughly coincides with the American TV debut of "Gundam Wing," one of the many Gundam-based cartoons created for Japanese TV and home video over the past 20 years. "Gundam Wing" will debut on Cartoon Network in March and will come to home video (both VHS and DVD) in April. In addition to the Gundam snap-together model kits currently available at Californa Toys 'R Us stores (and online at www.toyrus.com), Bandai will be marketing more traditional 4.5-ince action figures of the Gundam mobile suits. (For more on "Gundam Wing," see www.gundamofficial.com.)

Source: www.action-figure.com

Find your perfect Valentine
Posted Sunday, February 13, 2000, 8:13PM CST by Franklin Harris
Here is a fun Web site for you on Valentine's Day: "Who is your anime Valentine?" at www.centralparkmedia.com/aol/question.cfm. (I took the test, and my perfect Valentine is Lina Inverse from "Slayers." Not bad. It could have matched me up with Sailor Moon, after all.)

For a more mainstream variation, you can play the same game at E! Online, choosing your favorites from among E!'s celebrity pairings at www.eonline.com/Fun/Games/Whodo2000/index.html.

Stan Lee goes insane, backs 'Backstreet Boys' comic
Posted Sunday, February 13, 2000, 2:16PM CST by Franklin Harris
The Backstreet Boys will soon find themselves rendered as comic-book superheroes, thanks to former Marvel Comics guru Stan Lee. The comic books will be available at Backstreet Boys concerts and online. (Thanks, Stan. We weren't sure you were a has been, but now you've confirmed it.)

Source: E! Entertainment

'The Beach' no 'Titanic' at box office
Posted Sunday, February 13, 2000, 2:10PM CST by Franklin Harris
"The Beach," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, failed to garner "Titanic"-sized box office this weekend. It opened in second place, taking in about $15 million to "Scream 3's" take of $16.4 million. "Scream 3" retained the No. 1 spot for the second week in a row. Opening in third was the Nickelodeon comedy, "Snow Day," with $14.8 million. Meanwhile, the latest from Disney, "The Tigger Movie," opened in fourth with $9.2 million.

Source: Reuters

ADV to produce anime soudtrack CDs
Posted Sunday, February 13, 2000, 11:05AM CST by Franklin Harris
ADV Films has announced that it will release soundtrack CDs from various anime television series, home video releases and films. The first four releases from ADV Music will be "The Akira Symphonic Soundtrack," "Macross II," and two volumes from "Macross Plus."

Source: Anime News Service

'Peanuts' Creator Schulz Dies at 77
Posted Sunday, February 13, 2000, 8:16AM CST by Franklin Harris
Charles Schulz, 77, creator of the comic strip, "Peanuts," died Saturday at his home in Santa Rosa, Calf. He was diagnosed with colon cancer and suffered a series of small strokes during emergency abdominal surgery in November 1999, and announced his retirement a few weeks afterward. The final Sunday "Peanuts" strip appears in newspapers today. Like the final daily strip published in January, it is a farewell message to Schulz's millions of fans.(See earlier column.)

Source: The Associated Press

Lucasfilm denies 'PC' casting rumor
Posted Friday, February 11, 2000, 6:10PM CST by Franklin Harris
Lucasfilm Communications Director Lynne Hale has denied earlier reports (from Variety) that George Lucas was looking for a "politically correct" cast for "Star Wars: Episode II." The denial is available at www.starwars.com.

Julianne Moore Joining 'Hannibal?'
Posted Friday, February 11, 2000, 6:04PM CST by Franklin Harris
Variety reports that Julianne Moore is ready to sign up as FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling in "Hannibal," the sequel to "Silence of the Lambs."

French film director Vadim dies
Posted Friday, February 11, 2000, 11:13AM CST by Franklin Harris
Director Roger Vadim, best known to sci-fi and gothic horror fans for "Barbarella" and "Blood and Roses," died today after a long struggle with cancer. He was 72.

Source: The Associated Press

More Pokemon cards are on the way
Posted Thursday, February 10, 2000, 6:49PM CST by Franklin Harris
Wizards of the Coast has announced the launch of its Basic Set 2 expansion to it's Pokemon collectible card game. The release comes on the one-year anniversary of the initial trading card game release. Basic Set 2 contains a mix of cards from the original Basic set and the Jungle expansion. Each of the 130 cards in the new deck will feature a Base Set 2 symbol.

Source: Anime News Service

South Park Too Rude for UK School
Posted Thursday, February 10, 2000, 6:40PM CST by Franklin Harris
LONDON (Reuters) - A British school headmistress has asked parents to stop children watching the hit TV show ``South Park'' after pupils complained it was to blame for lowering the tone of playground behavior, it was reported on Thursday.

See full story

Cartoonists are weirdos
Posted Thursday, February 10, 2000, 6:28PM CST by Franklin Harris
Aaron McGruder, creator of "The Boondocks" says of his fellow cartoonists, "[W]e are weirdos. Charles Schulz has this really dark streak that comes out in Peanuts. ... Lynn Johnston [of "For Better or for Worse"] talks about dealing with depression. ... And I have my own head stuff." See the full article from The Baltimore City Paper here.

Source: Jim Romenesko's MediaNews

Jack and Cleo debut strong
Posted Thursday, February 10, 2000, 6:19PM CST by Franklin Harris
There is no accounting for taste. The two new -- and awful -- half-hour series from the creators of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" are doing well in the ratings. The "Back 2 Back Action" hour, featuring "Jack of All Trades" and "Cleopatra 2525," averaged 3.2 million viewers on 234 stations during the week ending Jan. 30. Ugh.

Source: AnotherUniverse.com and The Hollywood Reporter

'The Exorcist' to be re-released
Posted Thursday, February 10, 2000, 6:14PM CST by Franklin Harris
On March 17, Warner Bros. will re-release the 1973 horror film "The Exorcist." The new edition will feature 11 minutes of previously unseen footage.

Source: AnotherUniverse.com and The Hollywood Reporter

Hopkins a go for 'Hannibal'
Posted Thursday, February 10, 2000, 6:11PM CST by Franklin Harris
Sir Anthony Hopkins has finally signed (officially) to reprise the role of Hannibal Lecter in the "Silence of the Lambs" sequel, "Hannibal." A search for a co-star to replace Jodie Foster continues. Candidates include Angelina Jolie and Julianne Moore.

Source: Cinescape

Harry Potter toys are coming
Posted Thursday, February 10, 2000, 5:59PM CST by Franklin Harris
Mattel has won the worldwide licence to produce toys based on the "Harry Potter" series of children's books by J.K. Rowling. The toys will be available next fall and will first appear only in Warner Bros. Studio Stores.

Source: AnotherUniverse.com

Jim Varney, a.k.a. Ernest, dies at 50
Posted Thursday, February 10, 2000, 3:30PM CST by Franklin Harris
Jim Varney, who is best known for his portrayal of the bumbling Ernest P. Worrell in several films, a Saturday-morning TV show and a series of TV commercials, died today of lung cancer. He was 50. Burial will be in his home town of Lexington, Ky. There will be a public memorial service in Nashville, Tenn. Those of us who live in or around Tennessee first encountered Varney's TV alter-ego and his trademark, "Hey, Verne!" in numerous television commercials.

Source: AnotherUniverse.com

WB pulls plug on 'Batman Beyond'
Posted Wednesday, February 9, 2000, 7:12PM CST by Franklin Harris
With a straight-to-video movie due out on Nov. 7 and even some talk of a live-action version, The WB has decided to pull the plug on its popular animated series, "Batman Beyond." Speculation is that the series' high production costs are to blame for The WB's move.

Source: IGN Sci-Fi

Long tails and ears for hats
Posted Wednesday, February 9, 2000, 2:48PM CST by Franklin Harris
Rachel Leigh Cook ("She's All That") has signed to play Josie in an upcoming, live-action film based on the cartoon, "Josie and the Pussycats." While the role may not require Cook to sing, there is no word yet on whether or not it will require the actress to stand -- wearing only her underwear -- in a kitchen and use a frying pan to smash everything in sight.

Source: Cinescape and The Hollywood Reporter

'Fearsum' pilot on the way
Posted Wednesday, February 9, 2000, 2:44PM CST by Franklin Harris
Fox has formally ordered a pilot for "Fearsum," the television series being created by the team responsible for "The Blair Witch Project."

Source: Cinescape and The Hollywood Reporter

Next 'Star Wars' to be politically correct
Posted Wednesday, February 9, 2000, 9:55AM CST by Franklin Harris
Stung by criticism that some of the aliens in "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" seemed to be based on racial stereotypes, Lucasfilm is looking to have a racially diverse cast in "Episode II." Lucasfilm representatives have met with talent agencies in an effort to cast a Native American character, a Hispanic or Indian character and an Asian character. Variety reports that the Native American character will have a "forceful, spiritual nature," and that the Asian character might possibly be trained in the martial arts. (Yep. No racial stereotypes there. I feel a disturbance in the Force.)

Source: Variety

Asian hipsters say Japan is hot, America is not
Posted Wednesday, February 9, 2000, 8:48AM CST by Franklin Harris
An Associated Press story reports that Japanese pop culture is catching on in Asia and displacing American cultural icons. Hello Kitty is in; Mickey Mouse is out. It seems that old World War II resentments against Japan are fading throughout Asia, including even in South Korea, which, until recently, banned Japanese comics and movies. See the full story here.

Hammer has risen from the grave!
Posted Monday, February 7, 2000, 8:28PM CST by Franklin Harris
Hammer Films, the independent, British film studio responsible for the Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee "Dracula" films, is back. The revived company will return to horror production, combining its old-style gore with digital production values and Internet ventures. Films in the Hammer library include "Quatermass and the Pit," "The Devil Rides Out" and "One Million Years B.C." Additionally, Hammer produced a series of "Frankenstein" films, most starring Cushing. In the studio's dying years, it resorted to such fare as lesbian vampire films in order to attract audiences.

Source: Reuters

'Scream 3' tops weekend box office
Posted Monday, February 7, 2000, 6:14AM CST by Franklin Harris
"Scream 3" had a strong opening this weekend, taking in an estimated $35.2 million. The third installment in director Wes Craven's slasher spoof series set a record for an opening by a Miramax/Dimension film. In second place was "The Hurricane," which earned $4.9 million in its sixth week of release. "Stuart Little" continued to rake in the cash in third place. It grossed an estimated $4.8 million and is headed for $140 million in total North American box office.

Source: Hollywood.com

More 'Lone Gunmen' news
Posted Friday, February 4, 2000, 7:38PM CST by Franklin Harris
Numerous sources, including Hollywood.com and Cinescape Online, have confirmed that Fox has offcially ordered the "Lone Gunmen" pilot. So, if this season really is the last for "The X-Files," there is a good chance for a spin-off. Maybe it'll last longer than "Harsh Realm" did.

Trekkers want Capt. Sulu
Posted Friday, February 4, 2000, 11:16AM CST by Franklin Harris
Some "Star Trek" fans who want the next Trek TV series to revolve around Capt. Sulu and the USS Excelsior are calling on their fellow Trekkers to march in full costume on Paramount. It it comes off, the march is scheduled for March 18.

Source: AnotherUniverse.com and TV Guide

'Lone Gunmen' series in works?
Posted Friday, February 4, 2000, 8:25AM CST by Franklin Harris
One "X-Files"-related rumor just got another boost. "X-Files" creator Chris Carter is reportedly working with fellow "X-Files" vets Frank Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan and John Shiban on a spin-off series focused on the adventures (or misadventures) of the "Lone Gunmen," Fox Mulder's trio of conspiracy-obsessed sidekicks. The proposed series will add an attractive, female cast member to the mix. (No doubt Carter has realized the obvious: The Lone Gunmen work better as Scully's sidekicks than as Mulder's.)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Warren Ellis and Image Comics announcement
Posted Wednesday, February 2, 2000, 9:05PM CST by Franklin Harris
Warren Ellis ("Transmetropolitan," "Planetary") will be writing a three-issue miniseries for Image Comics. The series, "City of Silence," was originally produced in the mid '90s, but is only now seeing daylight. Image will publish the first issue in May. Gary Erkskine is providing the art.

Source: Newsarama and AnotherUniverse.com

'Sheena' is coming to TV
Posted Wednesday, February 2, 2000, 7:35PM CST by Franklin Harris
The "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle" TV series mentioned in my Pulp Culture column last year is finally a go. It stars former "Baywatch" babe Gena Lee Nolin as the jungle queen. So far the syndicated series has cleared 92 percent of the country, which means there is a good chance it will be on a TV station near you.

Source: Comics 2 Film

Mark Waid exits 'The Flash'
Posted Wednesday, February 2, 2000, 7:21PM CST by Franklin Harris
Mark Waid, long-time scribe on DC Comics' "The Flash," has announced he will be leaving that title effective issue No. 159. (Readers tired of endless time-travel stories are no doubt rejoicing at this news. -- FH)

Source: AnotherUniverse.com

'Witchblade' casting confirmed
Posted Wednesday, February 2, 2000, 7:15PM CST by Franklin Harris
Yancy Butler, probably best known for starring in the short-lived sci-fi series "Mann and Machine," will be taking on the lead role in TNT's "Witchblade" TV movie pilot. The film is based on the popular comic book from Top Cow/Image. Filming will begin in a few weeks. If the pilot is a success, expect a regular series to follow.

Source: AnotherUniverse.com

Krofft action figures
Posted Wednesday, February 2, 2000, 12:50PM CST by Franklin Harris
Living Toys is releasing in April a line of action figures based on characters from the Sid and Marty Krofft children's TV programs of the 1970s. Figures will include H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund the Sea Monster and Electra Woman.

Source: Raving Toy Maniac

Think of them as 'sex toys'
Posted Tuesday, February 1, 2000, 5:58PM CST by Franklin Harris
This month, Full Moon Toys will be releasing an adult-oriented action figure based on the main character of the direct-to-video favorite, "Femalien." The video, which stars Jerry Springer's girlfriend, Vanesa Talor, as an alien who comes to Earth to learn about sex, is one of Surrender Cinema's line of erotic sci-fi flicks. It's heavy on the erotic and light on the sci-fi. Sales of the figure, available only via the Surrender Cinema Web site, will be restricted to customers 18 and older.

Source: ToyFare magazine

'Family Guy' to return to Fox
Posted Tuesday, February 1, 2000, 12:48PM CST by Franklin Harris
The Fox animated series "The Family Guy" will return to the Fox lineup on Tuesday, March 7, at 8:30PM EST.

Source: Variety


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