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April 2001

Rosenberg to direct 'Poe'
Posted Monday, April 30, 2001, 6:27AM CDT by Franklin Harris
From the Sci Fi Wire: Screenwriter Craig Rosenberg (Jurassic Park III) will write and direct Nevermore: The Nightmares of Edgar Allan Poe, a thriller movie in which the famous writer plays the prime role in a murder mystery, Variety columnist Michael Fleming reported.

Nebula award winners announced
Posted Monday, April 30, 2001, 6:24AM CDT by Franklin Harris
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the 2000 Nebula Awards on April 28 at a ceremony at in Beverly Hills, Calif.:

  • Best Novel
    Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
  • Best Novella
    "Goddesses" by Linda Nagata
  • Best Novelette
    "Daddy's World" by Walter Jon Williams
  • Best Short Story
    "macs" by Terry Bisson
  • Best Script
    Galaxy Quest by Robert Gordon and David Howard

For other winners, see the story at Sci Fi Wire.

'Toonami' loses an hour, gets 'Card Captors'
Posted Monday, April 30, 2001, 6:15AM CDT by Franklin Harris
With the arrival of Cartoon Network's new boss -- Jamie Kellner, who is fresh from running the WB network -- come programming changes for CN's Toonami block. CN is cutting Toonami back to two hours (it is currently three hours) and is adding "Card Captors" in June. (This will no doubt be the same hacked-up version seen on the WB.) Also, for at least a while, a full hour of Toonami will be devoted to "Dragonball Z." What does this mean for all the new Toonami shows that haven't premiered yet ("Gundam 08th Team," "First Gundam," "Pilot Candidate," etc.)? Only Kellner knows for sure, but in related news, according to Anime News Service, Jerry Chu of Bandai Entertainment said that "Gundam 0079, 0080, 0083 and MS08 Team will start showing on Cartoon Network starting in June (tentatively). Pilot Canidate (Canidate for Goddess) is slated for October."

CNN goes through with Thompson hire
Posted Friday, April 27, 2001, 2:59PM CDT by Franklin Harris
The Industry Standard reports that CNN has hired former actress Andrea Thompson ("Babylon 5," "NYPD Blue") as an anchor and national correspondent. The decision follows uncertainty about the hire following CNN's discovery that Thompson has done nude scenes in movies and that screen captures from those scenes are available on the Internet. [See previous story.]

CNN backing away from Thompson hire over nudes?
Posted Friday, April 27, 2001, 8:25AM CDT by Franklin Harris
The Industry Standard [Note: This story seems to have been removed.] reports that CNN may be backing away from its decision to hire former "Babylon 5" and "NYPD Blue" actress Andrea Thompson after learning that nude photos of the actress are circulating on the Internet. (And what actress who has done nude scenes doesn't have nudes on the 'net, might I ask? CNN didn't know this? Some reporters they are.) The network is considering the actress as an anchor for its Headline News channel. For her part, Thompson says she doesn't regret her past nude scenes.

The Standard writes: "Most damning to CNN, it seems, were her nude scenes in a 1986 Italian erotic film called 'Manhattan Gigolo.'" The film includes two soft-core sex scenes with Thompson's character having (simulated) sex with multiple partners. (The movie doesn't appear to be available on video or DVD; I've checked.)


Fmr. B5, 'NYPD Blue' actress to become CNN anchor
Posted Thursday, April 26, 2001, 7:25AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Andrea Thompson, formerly of both "Babylon 5" and "NYPD Blue," is giving up acting to become a CNN Headline News anchor. Her only journalism experience is a brief stint as a reporter with KRQE-TV, Albuquerque. For the full story, click here.

New 'Fantastic Four' director chosen
Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2001, 10:05PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to Variety, Peyton Reed, director of "Bring It On," will be directing the "Fantastic Four" movie for 20th Century Fox. The film has no start date as yet, but Doctor Doom is expected to be the villain, facing off against the foursome of Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing.

Brando to leave role in 'Scary Movie 2'
Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2001, 7:00PM CDT by Franklin Harris
NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- We regret to announce that due to continued illness, Marlon Brando is unable to complete the filming of his cameo role in 'Scary Movie 2,' it was announced today by Elizabeth Clark, senior VP of publicity for Dimension Films.

"Unfortunately, due to his health issues and unavailability, we must now recast his role," said Clark. "We wish Mr. Brando a speedy recovery."

'Buffy' moves to UPN
Posted Saturday, April 21, 2001, 8:45AM CDT by Franklin Harris
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is moving from the WB to UPN this fall. The two-year, 44-episode deal will cost UPN $2.3-$2.4 million per episode.

Source: Zap2It

'Battle of the Planets' DVD details
Posted Friday, April 20, 2001, 4:50PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Thanks to Veronika at the Yahoo! Gatchaman Club for the heads up:

Hi all

The following information has been posted to the BotP mailing list by Jason and I thought it was worthwile being passed on. Apologies to those who already know this:

There will be two volumes on VHS and two volumes on DVD
released initially. The VHS and DVD editions will be released at the same time (day-and-date).

VHS editions - $9.95 each

Battle of the Planets - Volume One
- Attack of the Space Terrapin
- Rescue of the Astronauts

Battle of the Planets - Volume Two
- The Space Mummy
- The Space Serpent

DVD editions - $19.95 each

Battle of the Planets - Volume One
- Attack of the Space Terrapin
- Rescue of the Astronauts

Bonus Materials:
- Animated menus
- Gatchaman episode 1 (Gatchaman Vs. Turtleking)
- Gatchaman episode 2 (The Evil Ghostly Aircraft Carrier
- G-Force (one episode - to-be-determined)

Battle of the Planets - Volume Two
- The Space Mummy
- The Space Serpent

Bonus Materials:
- Animated menus
- Gatchaman episode 3 (The Giant Mummy That Calls in Storms)

- Gatchaman episode 4 (Revenge on the Iron Monster
- G-Force (one episode - to-be-determined)


All episodes should all be presented uncut. Gatchaman
episodes on the DVDs will be in Japanese, and the viewer will have the option of watching them with or without English subtitles. There are likely to be additional DVD
bonus features announced. There should also be some surprise
printed extras included with the videos!

The exact release dates are to-be-determined, but Rhino is
now looking at having the two VHS and DVD volumes available in July. Catalog numbers are also to-be-determined.

www.planetanime.com is taking pre-orders for the DVDs already now.

Just thought this was worth passing on.. :)

Kind regards

G.I. Joe returns!
Posted Wednesday, April 18, 2001, 7:43PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Image Comics will publish a new "G.I. Joe" comic book, picking up where the '80s series from Marvel Comics left off. The new series debuts in September and will be written by Josh Blaylock and drawn by Steven Kurth.

Source: Newsarama

'Witchblade' TV returns to TNT in June
Posted Thursday, April 12, 2001, 2:03PM CDT by Franklin Harris
From Comics Continuum:

TNT will rebroadcast the Witchblade television pilot movie on Tuesday, June 5 at 9 p.m. (ET) and will follow it with the series premiere on Tuesday, June 12 at 9 p.m. (ET).

The entire cast returns from the pilot movie, including Yancy Butler as Sara Pezzini, David Chokachi as Jake McCartey, Anthony Cistaro as Kenneth Irons, Eric Etebari as Ian Nottingham and Will Yun Lee as Danny Woo.

Brando signs for 'Scary Movie 2," gets sick
Posted Thursday, April 12, 2001, 1:50PM CDT by Franklin Harris
No sooner had Marlon Brando (yes, the Marlon Brando) signed on for a small role in "Scary Movie 2" (yes, the "Scary Movie 2") did the legendary actor come down with pneumonia, according to Variety columnist Michael Fleming. Brando will reportedly make $2 million for his role as a priest, who reportedly appears in a scene parodying "The Exorcist." The film's producers have said they will schedule the shoot around Brando's illness if necessary. According to other reports, Charlton Heston turned down the cameo, which producers then offered to Brando.

B5 'Rangers' movie set to start production
Posted Thursday, April 12, 2001, 1:44PM CDT by Franklin Harris
The Sci-Fi Channel's "Babylon 5" spin-off movie, "The Legend of the Rangers," is set to begin production on May 14. B5 veteran Michael Vejar will direct from the script by B5 creator J. Michael Straczynski.

Source: Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers

'Death' script finished, Gaiman says
Posted Thursday, April 12, 2001, 1:40PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Neil Gaiman announced in the journal secion of his American Gods Web site that he has finished the script for the film based on his "Death: The High Cost of Living" comics series. The film's production start date isn't set.

'Evangelion' movie DVDs due in Oct.
Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2001, 7:21PM CDT by Franklin Harris
The Right Stuf has announced release dates for the eagerly awaited "Neon Genesis Evangelion" movie DVDs from Manga Entertainment:

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth DVD
Publisher - Manga Entertainment
Date Available - Oct 30, 2001
Format - Hybrid
90 Minutes
Rating - 13+

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Movie DVD
Publisher - Manga Entertainment
Date Available - Oct 30, 2001
Format - Hybrid
90 Minutes
Rating - 13+

Marvel Comics press conference
Posted Thursday, April 5, 2001, 7:20AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Marvel Comics had another conference call with the media on Wednesday. You can read an edited transcript here: http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0104/05/marvelindex.htm.

'LEXX' hits DVD with scenes not seen on Sci-Fi
Posted Wednesday, April 4, 2001, 8:09PM CDT by Franklin Harris
WASHINGTON, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Acorn Media proudly announces the home video release of the boldest science fiction series on television, LEXX. A highly rated SCI FI Channel original program in the same vein as Farscape, LEXX combines outrageous humor with darkly sensual styling that sets it apart from the rest of the genre. Brought to life by "stunning digital effects" (TV Guide), this irreverent series is broadcast in 100 countries and has attracted a huge global fan base as well as national media attention -- particularly for the show's alluring female star, Xenia Seeberg. LEXX lets loose on home video with the May 29th day & date releases of S2-V1 (Series 2 Video Set 1) featuring the first four episodes from the second season and S2-V2 (Series 2 Video Set 2) featuring the next four episodes. Available as a VHS twin pack or DVD single, each title retails for $29.95 with a running time of 192 minutes.

Both formats feature scenes never seen by an American audience and exclusive interviews with the cast and crew. DVD bonus features include behind-the-scenes "making of" footage, "Rated LEXX" segments, cast and character bios, LEXX trivia and English and French language tracks.

This innovative series follows the adventures of a crew of misfits
exploring the heavens in a stolen spacecraft, the LEXX -- a genetically engineered and mechanically enhanced insect the size of Manhattan. The crew includes Stanley Tweedle (Brian Downey), a cowardly ex-security guard; Xev Bellringer (Xenia Seeberg), a half-human/half-lizard love slave; Kai (Michael McManus), an undead assassin; and 790 (Jeffrey Hirschfield), the head of a robotic drone.

'Robotech' comes to DVD in June
Posted Wednesday, April 4, 2001, 6:23AM CDT by Franklin Harris
HOUSTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- ADV Films is proud to announce the upcoming DVD release of Harmony Gold's Robotech The Macross Saga, the event of the millennium that millions of fans everywhere are waiting for!

This June, hold onto your seats as the premiere collections of the
original Robotech series hit the shelves with a giant robotic force never seen in the DVD retail industry! With 6 exciting episodes on each DVD and a suggested retail price of only $14.98 each, Robotech The Macross Saga: First Contact and Robotech The Macross Saga: Transformation will literally fly off the shelves, and you do not want to miss out on that action!

Macross Saga 1: The Robotech Legacy will also be available, which will include not only the DVDs for Robotech The Macross Saga: First Contact and Robotech The Macross Saga: Transformation, but also a special edition Extras disc. This bonus disc will contain the English version of Codename: Robotech (75min.), an audio commentary track by Carl Macek (Story Editor for Robotech) and abundant production sketches. It will also include an international clip featuring French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese audio tracks, and this Macross Saga 1: The Robotech Legacy carried the extraordinary suggested retail price of only $44.98.

Judd to star in Catwoman movie
Posted Monday, April 2, 2001, 9:45AM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to Cinescape Online, Variety is reporting that Ashley Judd has signed to play Catwoman in an upcoming feature film based on the DC Comics character. (This is April 2, isn't it? Because this sounds like an April Fools joke to me. Whatever.)

Fox animation highlights
Posted Sunday, April 1, 2001, 11:24AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Fox Kids has annouced some of the shows for its upcoming 2001-2002 line-up. Highlights include the long-delayed "Ripping Friends" from "Ren & Stimpey" creator John Kricfalusi, an animated version of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Evolution" (based on the upcoming DreamWorks SKG film), and the return of "The Transformers."

"The Transformers" will feature the return of the traditionally animated cars-that-transform-into-robots characters from the '80s cartoon series. No more crappy Zen "Beast Machines," and no more bad computer animation. This is Optimus Prime, not Optimus Primal (yuck!).

Source: Animation Magazine


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