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August 2000

'Transmetropolitan' novel for 2001
Posted Thursday, August 31, 2000, 4:55PM CDT by Franklin Harris
From Comics Newsarama: Artist Tim Bradstreet recently announced some of his upcoming projects. On tap for summer 2001 is a 96-page "Transmetropolitan" illustrated hardcover book written by Warren Ellis. Bradstreet will provide about 50 new illustrations and cover art to accompany Ellis' prose.

Cartoon Network gets 'Batman' and 'Superman'
Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2000, 8:45PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Cartoon Network has been home to the early seasons of "Batman: The Animated Series" for several years, but starting in September, Cartoon Network will also be the exclusive home for the rest of "Batman: The Animated Series," "The Adventures of Batman & Robin," "The New Batman/Superman Adventures" and "Superman" as well. That gives CN all of the Warner Bros. superhero cartoons except for "Batman Beyond," which will continue to air on The WB.

Source: AnimeNation News

'Freakylinks' chaos
Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2000, 8:38PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Fox's upcoming series from the creators of "The Blair Witch project," "Freakylinks," hasn't hit TV screens yet, but it's already undergoing creative upheaval. Even the show's name has changed; it was originally to be called "Fearsum" (a much better title, I might add). For all the details, see the story at The Sci Fi Wire.

Joe Quesada new Marvel E-I-C
Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2000, 8:15PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Michael Doran of Newsarama is reporting that Marvel Comics has named artist/writer Joe Quesada, editor of Marvel Comics' successful Marvel Knights line of books, Editor-In-Chief, a position that gives him responsibility for Marvel's entire comic-book lineup. Quesada replaces Bob Harras.

'Ghost Rider' a go at Dimension Films
Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2000, 8:05PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to Variety, Dimension Films has given the green light to a film based on Marvel Comics' "Ghost Rider." Johnny Depp is rumored to be interested in playing the lead character, Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, in this $75 million production. David Norrington ("Blade") is confirmed as director, and Steven Paul, Avi Arad and actor Jon Voight are producing the film, with Voight possibly in line for a supporting role.

No Green Goblin for Cage
Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2000, 8:00PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to numerous reports, Nicholas Cage has dropped out of the running for the role of the Green Goblin in director Sam Raimi's upcoming film, "Spider-Man." A schedule conflict with another movie project is reportedly to blame.

Mark Waid joins CrossGen
Posted Thursday, August 24, 2000, 7:40PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Mark Waid, best known for his long stint as writer of "The Flash," is joining CrossGen Comics. He will take on the duties of Senior Writer, and, like all CrossGen creators, he will work out of the company's Tampa, Fla., office. Due to Waid's exclusive agreement with CrossGen, he will give up his writing assignments on Black Bull's "Gatecrasher," DC's "JLA" and his own Gorilla Comics title, "Empire." Waid begins work with CrossGen in January, but expect to see Waid's work for other companies published throughout most of 2001

Source: Comics Newsarama

'Farscape' on home video
Posted Thursday, August 24, 2000, 5:38PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Houston-based ADV Films, best known for its anime releases, has snagged the home video rights to the Sci-Fi Channel TV series, "Farscape," according to Fandom Daily Buzz.

Animated 'X-Men' coming to DVD
Posted Thursday, August 24, 2000, 7:12AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Universal is cashing in on the success of the live-action "X-Men" movie by releasing the animated "X-Men: The Phoenix Saga" on VHS and DVD. The release collects episodes of the Fox Kids animated TV series. Its running time is 120 minutes, and the DVD version will retail for $26.98. Other DVD features include a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. Look for it on Oct. 24.

'Deadman' on tap at TNT
Posted Tuesday, August 22, 2000, 7:10AM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to Variety, TNT is going forward with a TV movie and possible series based on the DC Comics character, Deadman.

"Deadman" tells the story of Boston Brand, a circus aerialist who is murdered but returns to earth to inhabit others' bodies and find his killer.

TNT may alter DC Comics' story, however, by putting Deadman in the body of a nerdy brother.

Harry Potter revealed at last
Posted Monday, August 21, 2000, 4:52PM CDT by Franklin Harris
British actor Daniel Radcliffe will play the role of Harry Potter in Chris Columbus' upcoming film, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Warner Bros. announced today.

Live action 'Batman Beyond' in works
Posted Monday, August 21, 2000, 4:49PM CDT by Franklin Harris
"Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker" may be going direct to VHS and DVD, but a live-action version of the popular WB cartoon, which revolves around the adventures of a new, young Batman and his elderly mentor, Bruce Wayne (the original Batman), may be heading to the big screen, according to "Batman Beyond" producer Paul Dini. His comments were made in an interview with Comics Continuum. Dini said Warner Bros. should make an announcement by week's end.

Powerpuff DVDs on the way
Posted Friday, August 18, 2000, 4:57PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Warner Bros. will release two "Powerpuff Girls" DVDs on Nov. 7. Each DVD will have a running time of 144 minutes.

'Transformers' DVD update
Posted Friday, August 18, 2000, 4:55PM CDT by Franklin Harris
DVD AniMania has good news and bad news about the upcoming release of "Transformers: The Movie" on DVD. The bad news: Rhino Video was unable to obtain a widescreen print of the film, so all we get is a cropped, full-screen version. The good news: Rhino is releasing the unedited cut (not the edited, kid-friendly cut it released on VHS) and the DVD will have a Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo soundtrack as well as a few other extras. The DVD's release date is Oct. 10, and it retails for $19.98.

Duchovny to be in 'Evolution'
Posted Friday, August 18, 2000, 4:43PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Presumably outgoing "X-Files" star David Duchovny is in negotiations to star in Ivan Reitman's sci-fi comedy, "Evolution," says The Hollywood Reporter. The DreamWorks SKG project tells the story of what happens when a meteor crashes into Earth and causes single-celled organisms to evolve rapidly.

So-called psychic gets renewed
Posted Friday, August 18, 2000, 4:39PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Proving there is no limit to some people's credulity, the Sci-Fi Channel has ordered an additional 65 episodes of its late-night series "Crossing Over With John Edward." The show, which airs Sunday-Thursday at 11 p.m. ET, features alleged psychic medium John Edward, who claims to put audience members in contact with their dead relatives.

Source: The Sci Fi Wire

Comics to TV and TV shows to comics
Posted Friday, August 18, 2000, 4:34PM CDT by Franklin Harris
The Sci-Fi Channel's sci-fi/adventure series, "First Wave," will soon become a comic book from Andromeda Entertainment. Meanwhile, Mainframe Entertainment is planning a computer-animated children's TV series based on the Black Bull comic book "Gatecrasher" by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Connor and Mark Waid.

'Scary Movie II' to start production
Posted Friday, August 18, 2000, 4:24PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to Cinescape Online, production will begin this fall on "Scary Movie II," the sequel to Keenen Ivory Wayans's "Scary Movie," which was a surprise blockbuster for Dimension Films this summer. "Scary Movie II" is scheduled for release sometime in May 2001.

'SWAT' back from the dead
Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2000, 1:39PM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to Variety, Columbia Pictures is reviving its stalled movie project, "SWAT," based on the '70s TV show of the same name. This time the project, originally conceived as a big-budget vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger, is taking shape as a youth-themed action movie.

MGM catches 'Rising Stars'
Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2000, 1:34PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Variety is reporting that MGM has purchased the rights to produce a feature film adaptation of J. Michael Straczynski's comic book, "Rising Stars," in a deal with more than $1 million. Straczynski, who is also the creator of the television series "Babylon 5," will write the script. "Rising Stars" is published by Top Cow, which recently saw its "Witchblade" comic book turned into a TV movie for TNT.

D&D by December?
Posted Monday, August 14, 2000, 6:18AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Dark Horizons, by way of USA Today, is reporting that the "Dungeons and Dragons" movie may be in U.S. theaters in time for Christmas. New Line Cinema has purchased the American distribution rights.

UPN's future in doubt
Posted Monday, August 14, 2000, 6:12AM CDT by Franklin Harris
According to numerous reports, News Corp., which owns the Fox network and 20th Century Fox, among other properties, will announce today that it is buying Chris-Craft, an American media company that, until recently, owned 50 percent of the UPN Network. Chris-Craft recently sold its half to Viacom, which owns Paramount Studios, but that half didn't include the TV stations on which Chris-Craft was broadcasting UPN programming. With News Corp. buying those 10 stations, it is all but certain that UPN will lose its presence in several major TV markets, as Fox will not want to help a rival network. This development may mean that Viacom will simply give up on UPN.

What this will mean for UPN lineup, which includes "WWF Smackdown!" and "Star Trek: Voyager," is anyone's guess. Those shows may find homes elsewhere, but the rest of the UPN lineup faces almost certain cancellation.

Michael Myers not dead yet
Posted Friday, August 11, 2000, 6:39PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Never mind that he was decapitated in "Halloween H2O," Michael Myers is returning for an eighth "Halloween" movie. Jamie Lee Curtis, star of three of the "Holloween" films, is in negotiations to make a cameo appearance in the feature, which is to open October 31, 2001.

Source: Popcorn UK

'Episode II' updates online
Posted Thursday, August 10, 2000, 9:17PM CDT by Franklin Harris
(PRNewswire/NEWSdesk) Building upon the success of the Star Wars: Episode I movie trailers, which recorded more than 35 million downloads, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Apple are teaming again to bring Star Wars: Episode II to the web exclusively in QuickTime, Apple's streaming media technology. Lucasfilm's www.starwars.com now offers viewers worldwide a series of updates direct from the set of Star Wars: Episode II, now in production at Fox Studios in Australia -- the first-ever, web-based, behind-the-scenes look at the making of a major motion picture as it happens. In addition to the regular updates, starwars.com will feature forthcoming Star Wars: Episode II documentaries produced exclusively for the web and streamed only in QuickTime. Both starwars.com and apple.com will feature Episode II movie trailers.

'Highlander' opens Sept. 1
Posted Thursday, August 10, 2000, 7:27PM CDT by Franklin Harris
"Highlander: Endgame," the fourth "Highlander" feature film and the first to star Adrian Paul (Ducan MacLeod, the Highlander of the TV series), will open on Sept. 1. The movie will also star the original Highlander, Christopher Lambert.

Cage to be Green Goblin?
Posted Thursday, August 10, 2000, 7:24PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Spidermanhype.com is quoting Sony's weekly newsletter to the effect that Nicholas Cage is close to signing on as Spider-Man's nemesis the Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's upcoming "Spider-Man" film.

Jackson: 'Episode II' will include Clone Wars
Posted Wednesday, August 9, 2000, 6:40PM CDT by Franklin Harris
From Sci Fi Wire: Samuel L. Jackson told Access Hollywood that the upcoming film "Star Wars: Episode II," in which he plays Jedi master Mace Windu, will include the Clone Wars, first mentioned in the original "Star Wars." Jackson said that the upcoming prequel will reveal the origins of the wars, which were mentioned by Obi-Wan Kenobi as played by Alec Guinness in "Star Wars: Episode IV."

Jackson added that "Episode II" will reveal more about the "Star Wars" mythology than "Episode I" did, but declined to give further details. "Episode II" is currently in production in Australia.

The Phantom, Kolchak comic books planned
Posted Wednesday, August 9, 2000, 6:28PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Newsarama is reporting that a 5-year-old Chicago-based publisher, Moonstone, is planning comic book series based on Lee Faulk's "The Phantom"; the '40s pulp superhero, "The Avenger"; and the cult TV show, "Kolchak: The Night Stalker." All of the comics series will be published quarterly in a squarebound, 48-page format. Other series will include "Robin Hood," an updated version of H.G. Wells' "The Invisible Man" and "Vampire: The Masquerade."

Sir Alec Guinness dies at 86
Posted Monday, August 7, 2000, 8:58AM CDT by Franklin Harris
Sir Alec Guinness, the acclaimed British actor who won an Academy Award for his role in "Bridge on the River Kwai" and appeared as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first three "Star Wars" films, died Saturday in Southern England. The cause of the 86-year-old actor's death was not announced.

Source: The Associated Press

'Hollow Man' tops weekend box office
Posted Sunday, August 6, 2000, 5:11PM CDT by Franklin Harris
Director Paul Verhoeven's latest effort, "Hollow Man," which stars Keven Bacon and Elisabeth Shue, topped the box office over the weekend, earning about $26.8 million, according to the earliest estimates. If the estimates stand, it would be the biggest August opening ever. Meanwhile, Eddie Murphy's comedy, "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," took second place despite a whopping 58 percent drop in business. It raked in about $18 million, bringing its 10-day total to $76.5 million. Actor/director Clint Eastwood's sci-fi movie, "Space Cowboys," came in third with $17.6 million (the best opening ever for an Eastwood film), and the PG-13 flick about sexy bartenders, "Coyote Ugly," came in fourth with $17 million.


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