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    THE ZOCALO TODAY – NOVEMBER 8, 2003 A CALL TO PENS! JEREMIAH IS IN TROUBLE: Over at Cinescape.com, you ll find a front-page article on JEREMIAH, indicating
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      THE ZOCALO TODAY – NOVEMBER 8, 2003

      A CALL TO PENS!

      JEREMIAH IS IN TROUBLE:

      Over at Cinescape.com, you'll find a front-page article on JEREMIAH,
      indicating that Showtime is calling last night's episodes the "season
      finale", after airing only 7 of the 15 episodes ordered -- and
      produced. When will you see those yet unaired episodes? Only Showtime
      will be able to tell us. Showtime doesn't release viewer numbers but
      multiple tracking services have confirmed that the ratings for the
      long-delayed second season have increased with each new episode and
      are higher than those for the first season. See details below for
      adding your voice to tell Showtime you support JEREMIAH and want to
      see the rest of season two.

      To show your support of the show and to let Showtime know we are
      behind the series, drop over to
      <http://abyss.hubbe.net/jeremiah/excl/buzz.html>. You will find
      sample letters and all the information you need to write Showtime in
      support of JEREMIAH.

      The B5 community knows all about letter-writing campaigns, so sharpen
      your pencils and get writing.

      KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW:

      ALEXANDER ZAHARA: Alex has been very busy since the close of LEGEND
      OF THE RANGERS. He turns up every so often on STARGATE or JEREMIAH.
      He just opened a new website at http://www.alexzahara.com/. He's got
      a contest going -- he's offering up t-shirts from LEGEND. You'll note
      that he has just finished a number of projects -- including OPEN
      RANGE -- in which he gets to shoot Kevin Costner and a recurring role
      in Stephen King's KINGDOM HOSPITAL.

      STEPHEN AUSTIN: I got a wonderful note from the Pa'Ka'Ma Ambassador,
      saying that he will be appearing at UNITED FAN CON, this weekend --
      November 7-9 at the Sheraton Hotel, Springfield, Mass. (For more
      information on the convention, go to http://www.unitedfancon.com/. In
      addition, he's been quite busy with a number of projects. He has has
      completed work on two CDs and is putting the finishing touches on a
      DVD/Video -- a compelation of several of his stand-up comedy
      performances. Another CD is a work done by an ensemble group of
      comedians including Stephen, Vic Dunlop and The Unknown Comic
      titiled "Lunatics and Losers" a lampoon about our war on terrorism.

      BABYLON 5 BIRTHDAYS:

      Robert Foxworth - November 1
      John Vickery - November 4
      Damian London - November 12
      Tracy Scoggins - November 13
      Dwight Schultz - November 24
      Louise Turenne - November 26
      Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. - November 30

      DISCUSSION TOPIC:

      In this crazy world we live in, it's always fun to share everyday
      items that make us think of Babylon 5. For example, there's a new
      book on shelves entitled BABYLON RISING by Tim Lahaye. What did you
      think of when you first saw the title?

      Send your comments and observations to sgbruckner@... and I'll
      post them on the Discussion Page for everyone to share.

      NEW SCI-FI PUBLICATIONS:

      ALIAS: Previews Exclusive Cover Edition! In this issue we de-classify
      some scorching season three secrets, as well as re-visiting some
      favorite episodes from Seasons past — as voted for by the readers.
      Alias creator J.J. Abrams will be on hand to answer your questions.
      Available in Newsstand and Previews Exclusive cover editions! (Titan)

      Dreamwatch: In stark contrast to what we know the future to hold, Lex
      and Clark have forged a close friendship on Smallville. This month we
      chat with archenemy in waiting, actor Michael Rosenbaum. Nicole
      deBoer, a.k.a. The Dead Zone's Sarah Bannerman, discusses the taut
      psychological thriller and reveals visions of the show¹s future.
      Plus, new season news from Angel, Alias and Stargate SG-1. (Titan)
      Magazine, 84pg,

      Cult Times #98: Everyone is a-buzz about the revival of DOCTOR WHO.
      Who will portray the good doctor? When will it actually go into
      production? Also in this issue, writer/producers Alex Kurtzman-
      Counter and Roberto Orci talk about the coming season of ALIAS. Lisa
      Ryder talks about the new season of ANDROMEDA and Mandy Patinkin and
      Jasmine Guy provide some information on their show, DEAD LIKE ME.
      TV Zone #169: In this issue, J. Michael Straczynski continues to
      reminise about the final days of the fourth season of BABYLON 5.
      Conner Trinneer from ENTERPRISE talks about his job as chief engineer
      Trip Tucker and they look at the departure of Rob Lowe from THE WEST
      WING.

      TV SCHEDULE ON SCIFI CHANNEL

      BABYLON 5

      10-NOV-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) BABYLON SQUARED
      12-NOV-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) THE QUALITY OF MERCY
      13-NOV-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) CHRYALIS
      14-NOV-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) POINTS OF DEPARTURE
      17-NOV-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) REVELATIONS
      18-NOV-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) THE GEOMETRY OF SHADOWS
      19-NOV-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) A DISTANT STAR
      20-NOV-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) THE LONG DARK
      21-NOV-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) SPIDER IN THE WEB
      23-NOV-03 3:00 AM MOVIE BABYLON 5: IN THE BEGINNING (LBX)
      24-NOV-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) SOUL MATES
      25-NOV-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) A RACE THROUGH DARK PLACES
      26-NOV-03 9:00 AM BABYLON 5 (LBX) THE COMING OF SHADOWS
      29-NOV-03 3:00 AM MOVIE MARATHON BABYLON 5: A CALL TO ARMS (LBX)

      CRUSADE:

      09-NOV-03 2:00 AM CRUSADE WAR ZONE
      16-NOV-03 2:00 AM CRUSADE APPEARANCES AND OTHER DECEITS
      20-NOV-03 11:00 AM DAYTIME ROTATION - CRUSADE
      23-NOV-03 2:00 AM CRUSADE RACING THE NIGHT
      30-NOV-03 2:00 AM CRUSADE THE NEEDS OF EARTH

      STARGATE SCHEDULE:

      10-NOV-03 6:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 THE TOMB
      10-NOV-03 7:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 POLITICS
      10-NOV-03 8:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 WITHIN THE SERPENT'S GRASP
      10-NOV-03 9:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 THE SERPENT'S LAIR
      10-NOV-03 10:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 IN THE LINE OF DUTY
      11-NOV-03 6:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 BETWEEN TWO FIRES
      12-NOV-03 6:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 2001
      13-NOV-03 6:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 DESPERATE MEASURES
      14-NOV-03 6:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 WORMHOLE X-TREME!
      14-NOV-03 7:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 ENEMY MINE
      14-NOV-03 9:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 AVENGER 2.0
      14-NOV-03 11:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 AVENGER 2.0

      FARSCAPE SCHEDULE:

      10-NOV-03 11:00 AM DAYTIME ROTATION - FARSCAPE PICTURE IF YOU WILL
      10-NOV-03 12:00 PM DAYTIME ROTATION - FARSCAPE HOME ON THE REMAINS
      10-NOV-03 1:00 PM DAYTIME ROTATION - FARSCAPE OUT OF THEIR MINDS
      10-NOV-03 2:00 PM DAYTIME ROTATION - FARSCAPE BEWARE OF DOG
      10-NOV-03 3:00 PM DAYTIME ROTATION - FARSCAPE WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN

      EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT

      12-NOV-03 11:00 AM DAYTIME ROTATION - EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT
      14-NOV-03 5:00 AM EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT
      21-NOV-03 5:00 AM EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT

      WHAT'S ON TONIGHT

      5:00pm on HBO
      Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
      An orphan attends a school of witchcraft and wizardry. Based on a
      book by J.K. Rowling.

      7:30 on FX
      Alien 3
      Lone woman finds thugs, zealots and horror on prison planet.

      8:00pm on HBO
      Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
      For Harry Potter and his friends, life at Hogwarts School of
      Witchcraft and Wizardry is about to get even more thrilling -- and
      dangerous! Young Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is back at Hogwarts for his
      second year of training and it's an education he'll never forget,
      especially when he and his pals Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma
      Watson) discover that someone has opened the school's much-feared
      Chamber of Secrets. It's up to the young wizard to get to the bottom
      of an eerie mystery that leaves him hearing voices and some of his
      fellow students literally petrified.

      8:00pm on UPN
      Star Trek: Enterprise (repeat)
      Twilight
      After an accident on the Enterprise, Archer loses his short-term
      memory.

      On SCIFI Tonight:

      7:00pm
      Boa
      In the future a giant snake terrorizes inmates and workers at an
      Antarctic prison.
      9:00pm
      Python
      A massive snake stalks the residents of a small town.

      11:00pm
      Pythons 2
      Genetically enhanced snakes go on a killing spree inside a Russian
      military base.

      On Syndicated TV This Weekend:

      Andromeda
      Soon the Nearing Vortex
      Capt. Dylan Hunt comes up against former crew member Tyr for
      possession of a map.

      Angel
      Offspring
      Darla (Julie Benz) arrives on Angel's doorstep, inexplicably
      pregnant.

      Angel
      The Bachelor Party
      Doyle's estranged wife comes to town to divorce him so she can marry
      another man.

      BeastMaster
      The Last Unicorns
      Dar and Tao set out to protect the last unicorns from Terrons who
      seek magic in their horns.

      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World
      Paradise Found
      The adventurers follow a map to a paradise that feeds off the lives
      of others.

      Mutant X
      Shadows of Darkness
      The team investigates strange activities occurring at a local
      hospital.

      The Outer Limits
      Final Exam
      A college student blackmails the government with a cold-fusion bomb.

      INSIDE SCI-FI TODAY:

      RATINGS: Top SF Network Shows:
      Joan of Arcadia 7.2
      Alias 5.7
      Smallville 4.4
      Angel 3.6
      Charmed 3.3
      Star Trek Enterprise 2.9
      Tarzan 2.7
      Jake 2.0 1.8
      Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/6/03 - 10/12/03.

      RIDING THE BULLET: Production starts this month in Vancouver on the
      film adaptation of Stephen King's RIDING THE BULLET. Jonathan
      Jackson, David Arquette, Barbara Hershey and Erika Christensen will
      head the cast to be helmed by writer-director Mick Garris (The
      Stand). The story takes place on Halloween in 1969, when college
      student Alan Parker (Jackson), distraught over a breakup with his
      girlfriend (Christensen), fails a suicide attempt and is then picked
      up by a mysterious driver (Arquette) while hitchhiking through rural
      Maine to visit his ailing mother (Hershey).

      HARRY POTTER: A teaser trailer for the upcoming HARRY POTTER AND THE
      PRISONER OF AZKBAN will be attached to prints of LOONEY TUNES: BACK
      IN ACTION, on Nov. 14.

      CSI: The Hollywood Reporter indicates that Thursday night's episode
      of CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION propelled the network to a virtual
      tie for the night with NBC in the key adults 18-49 demo. "Friends"
      opened up the night for NBC with an average of 20.3 million viewers
      and 9.2 rating/25 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary
      estimates from Nielsen Media Research. CBS' 8 p.m. entry "Survivor:
      Pearl Islands" (21.3 million, 8.0/21) had another strong night,
      topping "Friends" in viewers and running a solid second in adults 18-
      49. NBC's momentum slipped at 8:30 p.m. with a "Friends" rerun (18.2
      million, 8.2/21) allowing the second half of "Survivor" to take the
      demo lead.

      RETURN OF THE KING: Over at Dark Horizons you can get a glimpse of
      the awesome new poster for the upcoming LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF
      THE KING.

      PEACEMAKERS: USA has decided not to renew PEACEMAKERS starring Tom
      Berenger. The Western's 90-minute premiere on July 30 earned a 4.0
      rating in USA homes (5.2 million viewers). However, a relatively
      small portion of that audience came from the key 18 to 49 group (1.4
      million viewers), and the show's ratings ultimately petered off while
      continuing to draw the bulk of its audience from older demos. Guess
      this goes to show who counts and who doesn't! I liked this show.

      WEEKEND MOVIE OFFERINGS: There is quite a range to choose from this
      weekend. The highly-anticipated conclusion of THE MATRIX series
      opened this week and has been setting records around the globe. Will
      Ferrell's ELF starts today. The ensemble romantic comedy LOVE
      ACTUALLY opens in select cities. For reviews, go to
      http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/458/458573p1.html or
      http://www.hollywood.com/movies/reviewsroundup/id/1732641.

      TOP SELLING SF DVD TITLES:
      1. Finding Nemo
      2. The Two Towers extended edition
      3. Adventures of Indiana Jones
      4. Pirates of the Caribbean
      5. Looney Tunes golden collection
      6. The Matrix Reloaded
      7. T3: Rise of the Machines
      8. Lion King platinum edition
      9. Hulk
      10. X2
      Source: Amazon.com, top-selling genre DVDs, 10/31/03

      5 DAYS TO MIDNIGHT: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael
      Caton-Jones has been tapped to direct the upcoming Sci Fi Channel
      limited series "5 Days to Midnight." A five-part thriller set to
      begin production next month in Vancouver, "Midnight" will be produced
      by Lion's Gate Television in association with David Kirschner Prods.
      and Hallmark Entertainment Distribution, which has worldwide rights
      to the project. Caton-Jones, whose credits include "City by the Sea"
      and "This Boy's Life," is the latest in a string of behind-the-camera
      talent Sci Fi has recruited from the movie world, including Martin
      Scorsese, Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin.

      TARZAN: The WB's TARZAN has been put on a production hiatus. The show
      will air three more episodes throughout November sweeps. Five
      episodes have already aired and eight have been produced. The ratings
      have been disappointing. It is averaging a 1.7/4 in adults 18 to 49,
      a 1.7/5 in persons 12 to 34 and 3.9 million total viewers. The WB
      will continue to evaluate the show's ratings before deciding if the
      show will return.

      RATINGS: Top 10 Syndicated Shows:
      Mutant X 2.1
      Andromeda 2.0
      Stargate SG-1 2.0
      She Spies 1.7
      Beastmaster 1.5
      3rd Rock 1.4
      Angel 1.4
      Buffy 1.4
      The X-Files 1.4
      The Outer Limits 1.1
      Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/6/03 - 10/12/03

      THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW: Roland Emmerich's latest, the post-
      apocalyptic film THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW has a new trailer at
      http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/dayaftertomorrow/. The film,
      starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sela Ward and Emmy Rossum,
      opens in theaters on May 28, 2004.

      LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS Now here is a perfect Christmas
      gift for that special someone. Available November 18, this Four-Disc
      Platinum Series Special Extended Edition of Peter Jackson's stunning,
      Academy Award-winning THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS features
      40 minutes of extra footage woven into the theatrical release of the
      film and new music by Howard Shore. The movie is presented on two
      DVDs in Widescreen (2.35:1) format with Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround
      Sound, DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound, and Stereo Surround Sound. Discs 1
      and 2 titled, "The Feature", include the film itself along with four
      audio commentaries from Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin,
      Orlando Bloom and Academy Awardr winners Richard Taylor, Howard
      Shore, Randy Cook.and many more. The remaining discs are titled, "The
      Appendices". These two discs contain hours of original content
      including multiple documentaries and design/photo galleries with
      thousands of images to give viewers an in-depth behind-the-scenes
      look at The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Disc 3 includes
      features on adapting the book into a screenplay, planning the film,
      design and inspiration for locations in Middle-earth, storyboards to
      pre-visualization, a Weta Workshop visit, an Atlas of Middle-earth,
      an interactive map of New Zealand highlighting the location scouting
      process, galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the
      artists, and much more! Disc 4 consists of sending actors to battle-
      preparation for sword fighting, Principal photography: Stories from
      the set, digital effects including motion capture and "Massive" (a
      program to create armies of Orcs), "Bigatures"-A close-up look at the
      detailed miniatures used in the film, galleries of behind-the-scenes
      photographs and personal cast photos, post-production, sound design
      demonstration, and much more!

      THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner
      Bros. Pictures' "The Matrix Revolutions" plugged into theaters around
      the world Wednesday in the largest day-and-date hour-to-hour feature
      film release in history. "Revolutions," the final film in
      the "Matrix" trilogy, went out worldwide with a record 18,013 prints
      in 96 countries. "The worldwide day-and-date openings look to be a
      huge success," said an upbeat Dan Fellman, president of domestic
      distribution at Warners. Internationally, "Revolutions" was in a
      record 94 countries, or 107 territories, on Wednesday, and there were
      10,013 prints in 43 languages, including 14 dubs. The international
      print count includes 18 Imax prints. Before the release
      of "Revolutions," the biggest international rollout was 20th Century
      Fox's "X2: X-Men United," which was in 80 countries and 93 markets,
      with 7,585 prints, in May. At the end of "X2's" first weekend, that
      film had collected $69.3 million internationally.

      JAKE 2.0: The Hollywood Reporter says that despite a shaky start, UPN
      has given JAKE 2.0 a full-season pickup. The show has struggled in
      the post-"Enterprise" slot, but the critically praised show has been
      on a rebound lately, following a dip during the baseball postseason.

      FINDING NEMO: Disney and Pixar reported today that a record 8 million
      DVDs and Videos were sold in FINDING NEMO's first day (Tuesday) in
      North American retail stores. This surpasses the studios' own
      previous record of 5 million DVDs and Videos sold for "Monsters,
      Inc." It also swims past the previous overall record set by Sony
      Pictures last November 3rd with Spider-Man. Spidey sold 7 million
      DVDs and Videos that Friday.

      TOP 10 BESTSELLING SF BOOKS:
      1. The Da Vinci Code
      2. Wolves of the Calla
      3. Angels & Demons
      4. Blood Canticle (Vampire Chronicles)
      5. Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1)
      6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
      7. The Slippery Slope (Lemony Snicket)
      8. Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 1)
      9. The Lone Drow (Forgotten Realms)
      10. Dark Melody
      Source: Amazon.com, 10/31/03

      THE DA VINCI CODE: Dan Brown's best selling thriller has been on the
      Top 10 List for quite a while. Now Oscar-winning director Ron Howard
      is set to helm a film adaptation of THE DA VINCI CODE. Howard will
      begin once he has finished his next project, CINDERELLA MAN. THE DA
      VINCI CODE tells the story of a cryptographer and a symbologist
      investigating a murder in the Louvre. The clues lead to secrets of
      Western history, including the Holy Grail.

      CARNIVALE: It has been a while since anyone talked about a story arc.
      Ronald D. Moore, co-executive producer of HBO's supernatural drama
      series CARNIVALE told SCI FI Wire that the upcoming final first-
      season episodes will answer some questions raised —but not all of
      them. "By the end of the first season you're going to understand a
      lot more about 'Management,'" Moore said. "You'll know who's running
      the carnival." Moore added, "People aren't in the carnivale by
      accident. You'll start to go, 'Oh my God, that guy is connected to
      the backstory, and that guy isn't.' You'll start to see that Brother
      Justin (Clancy Brown)) is on an arc, on a climb to power, and that
      Ben (Nick Stahl) is trying to grapple with a role he didn't want, but
      was born into. That's where you'll be by the end of the first season.
      You'll start to understand where it's all going. But it's not really
      going to answer every single question." Carnivale airs Sunday nights
      at 9 ET/PT on HBO.

      ALONE IN THE DARK: Here is the first official images of the remaining
      main characters from the ALONE IN THE DARK movie due out sometime
      next year. Directed by Uwe Boll (HOUSE OF THE DEAD) and starring
      Christian Slater as paranormal investigator Edward Carnby, the
      horror/action movie is based on the popular series of computer video
      games released by Atari. Tara Reid (AMERICAN PIE) also stars in the
      film as Carnby's partner, Aline Cedrac, and Stephen Dorff (BLADE) is
      Commander Richards.

      WOLVES OF THE CALLA: The long-awaited fifth novel in Stephen King's
      DARK TOWER series arrives in hardcover in bookstores today. WOLVES OF
      THE CALLA reunites readers with Roland the Gunslinger and his troupe
      of four comrades as they make their way ever toward the Dark Tower
      for their showdown with the Crimson King. At stake are entire worlds,
      if not all of reality. King continues to connect the dots between his
      other stand-alone novels and the Dark Tower, further proving that all
      of his stories are interconnected. Roland and his friends find
      themselves called to the farming community of Calla Bryn Sturgis, a
      town where all the women give birth to twins...and every twenty
      years, a group of frightening beings come into the town and take one
      twin away from the parents, only to return and present the child in a
      horrifying condition. This time, as Calla prepares for the visitation
      of the "Wolves", the town's leader asks the Gunslinger for assistance
      in protecting the innocent. What Roland doesn't realize is that
      Calla's problem is connected to events unfolding in our world,
      specifically for a New York City land owner who is being pressured by
      petty criminals to sell off a lot of vacant land he owns...and where
      a rose that connects our world to the Dark Tower, and thus our
      world's very existance, grows. Fans of King's early vampire
      novel 'SALEM'S LOT will discover there's a highly surprising
      connection at play in WOLVES OF THE CALLA. To say more would ruin the
      surprise...

      PETER PAN: You can catch a glimpse of the new PETER PAN movie,
      starring Jason Isaacs, at http://www.peterpanmovie.net/index.html.
      The movie opens Christmas Day.

      SUPERMAN: There have been a number of names rumored as in the running
      for the upcoming SUPERMAN movie. Brendan Fraser, who is out and about
      promoting his latest LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION, said, "I'm
      interested. I have been approached about it. It is a possibility. It
      really comes down to, I think, decisions made [at the] studio level
      way up on high." Fraser said that he is also taking into
      consideration the drawbacks of playing the iconic superhero. "Whoever
      it is who plays that role is historically forever more known as that
      character," he said. "I mean, that's a superhero who isn't masked,
      and he's also of a duplicitous nature. It's Clark Kent and Superman.
      So I've read the script for it. It's very good. We'll see. Stay
      tuned. No pun intended."

      NEW RELEASES: Besides the surprise favorite of the summer, FINDING
      NEMO, there are a ton of new releases coming out today. FINDING NEMO
      from Buena Vista offers a two-disc THX-certified edition with Making-
      Of, galleries, a Cousteau documentary, special virtual aquarium,
      Pixar short "Knick Knack", games, studio tour, etc. Includes both
      widescreen and fullscreen formats. Here are some others that may be
      of interest:
      FRIENDS: Complete Seasons 1-5 (Warner Bros.) The one with the first
      five sets all collected together with extras.
      THE LOST WORLD: Complete First Season (Navarre) TV series based on
      the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Includes Doyle bio, galleries, and
      bloopers from the third season.
      ROBOCOP: PRIME DIRECTIVE: The fourth disc of ROBOCOP: PRIME
      DIRECTIVES is now out on DVD. © Lions Gate Crash & Burn (Lions Gate)
      Part three of the made-for-cable miniseries.
      ROBOCOP: PRIME DIRECTIVE: Resurrection (Lions Gate) Part four of the
      made-for-cable miniseries.
      STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE Complete - STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
      season six. © Paramount Home Video. Sixth Season (Paramount) Seven-
      disc box set includes all 26 episodes in which Captain Sisko guards
      his wormhole. Includes featurettes and "hidden files".
      X-FILES Season 8 (Fox) Sci-fi TV classic with commentraks, deleted
      scenes, international clips and DVD-ROM game.

      HELLBOY: The special effects company that creates the digital effects
      for ENTERPRISE, Eden FX, has been hired to create 125 visual effects
      shots for HELLBOY. Eden will provide a range of shots from enhancing
      backgrounds to touching up characters and making the impossible look
      believable. The company states that several of their shots will be
      seen in the HELLBOY trailer, slated for release later this month.

      TOP 10 SCIFI CHANNEL PROGRAMS:
      Stargate SG-1 1.5
      Terminator 2 1.3
      Death Machine 1.1
      Total Recall 1.1
      Running Man 1.1
      Red Planet 1.0
      Hercules 1.0
      Conan the Destroyer 1.0
      Tremors: The Series 0.9
      Taken: Part 3 0.9
      Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 10/6/03 - 10/12/03

      WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Dimension Films' SCARY MOVIE 3 held onto the
      number one spot at the box office. In its second weekend of release,
      the sequel scored $21.1 million dollars, bringing its total take to
      over $78 M in just ten days. The second sequel has now earned more
      money than SCARY MOVIE 2 did during its entire theatrical run.
      Despite the lack of a traditional Friday night opening, Disney's new
      animated film BROTHER BEAR had a terrific opening weekend. With a
      gross of $18.5 M over just two days, Disney execs have nothing to
      frown over. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE managed to capitalize on
      Halloween, netting nearly $11 M more. With holidays approaching,
      movie grosses should start to climb. On Wednesda, we have the release
      of THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS. Will the third MATRIX movie come close or
      break the $91 M opening weekend of THE MATRIX RELOADED last May? Here
      are the estimated box office receipts of the top ten films from
      October 31 to November 2, their weekend gross and the film's total
      domestic gross to date:
      1. SCARY MOVIE 3 $21,100,000 $78,600,000
      2. BROTHER BEAR $18,500,000 $18,900,000
      3. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE $10,900,000 $66,129,000
      4. RADIO $10,200,000 $26,800,000
      5. RUNAWAY JURY $6,800,000 $33,600,000
      6. MYSTIC RIVER $6,270,000 $33,590,000
      7. KILL BILL VOLUME 1 $4,700,000 $60,980,000
      8. SCHOOL OF ROCK $4,400,000 $69,122,000
      9. INTOLERABLE CRUELTY $2,658,000 $32,055,000
      10. GOOD BOY! $2,500,000 $35,246,000

      STRANGE DETECTIVE: Daniel Baldwin has signed with Tribune
      Entertainment for a cop series with a supernatural twist. Tentatively
      titled "The Strange Detective," the miniseries centers on a San
      Francisco detective who, during a car chase on the Golden Gate
      bridge, plunges into the ocean. He survives, but begins to
      experience "rips in time," having visions of events that have
      occurred in the places he visits, which are sometimes related to the
      cases he is working on. The project was originally developed for
      syndication, but because the subject matter and the tone of the show
      are much closer to a primetime cable offering than the typical
      weekend afternoon syndicated fare, it is now targeted for cable
      distribution.

      CONSTANTINE: Keanu Reeves is interviewed in the latest issue of
      Entertainment Weekly, for which he is on the cover for "The Matrix
      Revolutions". Reeves talks a little about his role in CONSTANTINE,
      among other things. In Constantine, he plays a bloke who's on barely
      speaking terms with both heaven and hell. 'And he hates them both,'
      Reeves reports with great satisfaction. 'I think that was actually
      always the attractive thing about Batman--he had some kind of inner
      demon.' He contemplates this for a second, then grins wistfully. 'But
      I didn't get to play that guy. Now I'm too old.'"

      HARRY POTTER: A new trailer for Warner Bros.' HARRY POTTER AND THE
      PRISONER OF AZKABAN is set to hit theaters with the studio's own
      LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION on November 14. The trailer is
      reportedly around 1 minute and 26 seconds long and a description of
      the clip can be found at
      http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/h/harrypotter3.php.

      CONVENTION CALENDAR

      United Fan Con
      November 7-9, 2003
      Place: Marriott Hotel, Springfield, MA
      B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
      Other guests: Michael Shanks, Mercedes McNab, Peter Davison, Gary
      Graham, Katy Manning, Matthew Waterhouse
      For more information, visit their website at
      http://www.unitedfancon.com/.

      Montreal Science Fiction Expo 2003
      November 14-16, 2003
      Place: Palais des Congres, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
      Other Guests: Marina Sirtis, Ethan Phillips, Peter Mayhew, Lou
      Ferrigno, Kirby Morrow
      For more information, visit their website at
      http://www.hobbystar.com/montreal-eng/index.html.

      Alternate Universe POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 23-25, 2004
      November 14-16, 2003
      Place: London, UK
      Site: Thistle London Heathrow
      B5 Guests: Andrea Thompson, Sarah Douglas
      Other Guests: Kent McCord, JRBourne, Peter Stebbings, Marc Cass,
      Brian Aldiss
      For more information, visit their website at
      http://www.l3conventions.co.uk/alternateuni.htm.

      Vulkon Orlando
      November 14-16, 2003
      Place: ORLANDO HILTON NORTH
      Orlando, FL
      B5 Guests: Julie Caitlin Brown, Jeffrey Combs
      Other Guests: William Shatner, John Billingsley, Chase Masterson,
      Lolita Fatjo, Walt Cunningham, Boby Clark, Arne Starr
      For more information, visit their website at http://www.vulkon.com.

      Farscape Convention
      November 14-16, 2003
      Location: Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center
      Place: Burbank, CA
      Guests: Most of the Farscape Cast
      For more information, visit their website at " TARGET="_new">
      http://www.creationent.com"> .

      Slanted Fedora Convention
      November 28-30, 2003
      Location: Indianapolis Marriott
      Place: Indianapolis, IN
      B5 Guests: Richard Biggs, Jason Carter
      Other Guests: Tony Amendola, Julie Benz, Teryl Rothery, Robert Duncan
      Mcneill
      For more information, visit their website at " TARGET="_new">
      http://www.sfedora.com"> .

      Be sure to check the referenced websites to make sure there have been
      no changes in dates, locations or guests attending.

      I guess that is about it for now. Have a terrific weekend.
      Take care.
      Sandy

      Sandra Bruckner
      Editor/Publisher
      ISN News: The Zocalo Today
      http://www.isnnews.net
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