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    THE ZOCALO TODAY – November 24, 2007 JOE S COMICS It looks like THOR is doing very well. Issue #4 sold out at Diamond. This is the Odinson s fourth
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      THE ZOCALO TODAY – November 24, 2007

      JOE'S COMICS
      It looks like THOR is doing very well. Issue #4 sold out at Diamond.
      This is the Odinson's fourth consecutive sell-out since JMS and
      Oliver Coipel re-launched the series in July. Due to the overwhelming
      demand for the issue, Marvel is going back to press with Thor #4
      Second Printing Variant, featuring Oliver Coipel's interior page of
      Volstagg, Fandral and Hogun -- The Warrior's Three -- as the cover!

      BABYLON 5 ABROAD
      Warner Bros To Launch Branded Vod Channels Globally (Fri, 23 Nov 2007)
      Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has
      announced it will launch a number of branded, video-on-demand,
      non-linear channels on a subscription- and advertiser-supported basis
      over a variety of delivery platforms.

      The aim of this new initiative is to create Warner Bros-branded
      entertainment destinations that will provide consumers with on-demand
      access to some of the studio's top-quality programming in a number of
      territories.

      The on-demand and broadband models make financial sense, says Jeffrey
      Schlesinger, WBITD's president. "The costs here are much lower than
      creating a linear channel. You don't have as much on-air promotion
      that you have to do. You don't have as much scheduling or advertising
      sales infrastructure. You don't have to worry about commercial
      insertion."

      In the UK, Warner TV is on Virgin Media's digital cable platform and
      on BT's IPTV television platform. This service is available to all
      on-demand subscribers.

      Warner TV in the U.K. features episodes of several series, including:
      The West Wing, Nip/Tuck, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The O.C., Joey,
      Babylon 5; Close to Home and All of Us.

      Warner Bros. had also announced a deal with Japan's USEN Corporation
      for a Warner TV channel on USEN's ad-supported broadband broadcasting
      service, GyaO. Another Warner TV service, a combination of feature
      films and television series, was launched in France on the Free IPTV
      platform on a subscription basis. A second deal has also been
      concluded with Orange in France and a series-based Warner TV zone will
      be launched on Orange's IPTV television on-demand serviceshortly.
      Commentators say that WBITD should be placed on your "watch list" of
      companies pioneering how distribution will work in the broadband era.

      Source: Variety and World Screen

      NEW ITEMS FROM JOE'S STORE
      Looking for something different for your office/home/car? Cafe Press
      has something you can proudly display and show your support of your
      favorite candidates. Go to
      http://www.cafepress.com/thejoestore/3950485 to find signs, mugs,
      magnet, t-shirts and sweatshirts for your favorite candidates. Your
      choices are London/G'Kar or Zathras and Zathras.
      While you are over at Joe's Store, be sure to check out the new 2008
      calendars. The 2008 Babylon 5 Concept Art Calendar - contains images
      from the private collection of creator, J. Michael Straczynski. The
      2008 Babylon 5 Quotes Calendar - Fresh quotes for 2008 hand-picked by JMS.

      BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
      The much awaited BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: RAZOR premieres tonight at
      9:00pm EST. Watch as Adama witnesses the rise of a new Cylon threat
      and gets news from Galactica. Go to http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/
      to catch up on all the segments leading up to the RAZOR premiere tonight.

      PENNY LANE AND BE A SANTA PROGRAM
      If you missed the notice in the last issue, here is a repeat of Pat
      Tallman's request for help with Penny Lane this year!
      We kicked off the Be A Santa program at Penny Lane's fundraising gala
      last week. It's official! We are looking for donations of trees &
      decorations, and a truck! We are planning the parties. Everyone is
      getting excited.

      We need your help!

      This is a very small & personal program. We need everyone to help to
      make it work. Anything you can give is greatly appreciated!
      How you can help...

      Who are the Penny Lane kids?
      Penny Lane is a family treatment center that cares for the most
      difficult to manage children with the highest quality care. These kids
      have been so sexually, emotionally and physically abused, they cannot
      be placed in regular foster care. We have children from all over
      California, Nevada and Arizona. The Be A Santa program focuses on the
      104 teens in residence in the North Hills main facility and 9
      satellite houses.

      The Be A Santa program will bring the magic of the Holidays to the
      Children of the Penny Lane Home for abused Children who would not have
      a holiday otherwise. We will bring your personal message of caring to
      these special children. Your much needed Tax Deductible gift or
      donation will allow us to give or purchase requested Holiday Gifts to
      the kids, reminding them that people do care about them. Thank you for
      your support!

      Penny Lane is a non profit 501© organization dedicated to those
      youngsters commonly known as the hard-to-place children, providing a
      safe and congenial, nurturing atmosphere for them as well as
      transitioning them when ready to the most appropriate environment and
      integrating them into the community.

      Your tax deductible donation will help us provide decorations & a
      holiday dinner, a gift bag of goodies including a gift card to the
      Westfield Mall for as much $ as I can give them. We divide what we
      take in amongst the 104 kids. Last year we were able to give each
      child a $65 dollar card! Thanks to you!

      All Angels, Santas and Elves are needed and greatly appreciated!
      Because of you, these kids have a real Holiday!!!

      Sincerely,
      Patricia Tallman
      Be A Santa

      For more information about the Be A Santa program, send messages to
      beasantaelf@... or visit their website at http://www.beasanta.org

      Send checks made to Penny Lane , with Be A Santa in the memo to:
      Be A Santa
      6433 Topanga Canyon Blvd. #207
      Canoga Park, CA 91303
      Thank you!!!

      BABYLON PODCAST #91
      Tim, Summer and Jeffrey chat about Thanksgiving, turkeys, turducken,
      and holiday recording schedules. And for some reason, the tangents
      ruled this open.

      B5 Audio Drama: The Three-Edged Sword Episode 19: "The Die is Cast"
      (TS: 9:00-14:58) What you're hearing here on The Babylon Podcast is
      just a small part of the story… the full audio drama can be heard at
      Voices of Babylon, so what are you waiting for? Head over and check
      them out!

      Deep Geeking: "Severed Dreams". All Geeking, All the Time.
      Apologies ahead of time for the audio quality for the Deep Geeking…
      there was a studio malfunction, resulting in the loss of ALL of the
      discussion about "Severed Dreams" (and you thought we were kidding
      about the helpful donations).

      Jeffrey actually sticks around for the geeking on this episode, and
      adds some anecdotes from his time on the set during the filming.
      Between witnessing hostilities between EAS forces, seeing the B5
      command staff take stand and pick a side in the battle that's been
      building around them for well over a year, discovering how fine a line
      ISN has been standing on since the first rumors that Clark was
      involved with Santiago's death, Delenn's confrontation and dissolution
      of the Grey Council, and the heated battle between the station and
      Clark's forces and the intervention by the Minbari, the show truly
      embodies what's built up since the end of Season 1: "Nothing's the
      same anymore."

      Jeffrey taunts us by letting us know that he still has Hugo screeners
      for this episode.

      To catch up on all the previous Babylon Podcasts, go to
      http://www.babylonpodcast.com

      KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW

      JEFFREY WILLERTH, PATRICIA TALLMAN, ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES
      FOR PETE'S WAKE
      "For Pete's Wake," a film starring Patricia Tallman and Robin Atkin
      Downes, directed by Downes, and produced by Jeffrey Willerth, is
      screening December 9th, 2007 at the Two Roads Theatre in Studio City.
      Tickets are available exclusively through Goldstar.com. Some of the
      cast will be in attendance. If you are in the California area and
      interested, here is the link for tickets -
      http://www.goldstar.com/events/studio-city-ca/for-petes-wake.html.
      Hurry, there is only a limited number of tickets available.

      BILL BLAIR
      The man who played more aliens on Babylon 5 than any other actor (as
      well as other shows like Alien Nation, Sliders, X-Files, etc.) is
      getting together another cruise for the coming year. Dates are August
      17-24, 2008. The 7 day cruise begins in Tampa, Florida aboard the
      Carnival Legend with ports of call in Grand Cayman Islands, Cozumel,
      Mexico, Belize, Roatan Island, Honduras. Not only is this a beautiful
      cruise, but there will be a make-up demonstration, autograph sessions
      and much more. For all the details, go to http://www.billblairfanclub.com

      DISCUSSION TOPIC:
      What do you think the holiday season would be like on Babylon 5? Do
      you think the major races on the station would participate in the
      celebrations? If so, how?

      Send in your thoughts and comments to sgbruckner@.... I'll post
      them so that your fellow readers can share your opinion and I hope
      they will join in the discussion as well.

      NEW STARGATE NOVELS

      Stargate Atlantis: Blood Ties (Stargate Atlantis)
      Sonny Whitelaw
      Release Date: 27 November 2007
      Synopsis - When a series of gruesome murders are uncovered around the
      world, the trail leads back to the SGC - and far beyond...Recalled to
      Stargate Command, Dr. Elizabeth Weir, Colonel John Shepard, and Dr.
      Rodney McKay are shown shocking video footage - a Wraith attack,
      taking place on Earth. While McKay, Teyla, and Ronon investigate the
      disturbing possibility that humans may harbor Wraith DNA, Colonel
      Sheppard is teamed with SG-1's Dr. Daniel Jackson. Together, they
      follow the murderers' trail from Colorado Springs to the war-torn
      streets of Iraq, and there, uncover a terrifying truth...As an ancient
      cult prepares to unleash its deadly plot against humankind, Sheppard's
      survival depends on his questioning of everything believed about the
      Wraith...

      Stargate SG-1: Relativity
      By James Swallow
      Availability: Published 1 November 2007
      Future Imperfect...
      When SG-1 encounter the Pack - a nomadic space-faring people who have
      fled Goa'uld domination for generations - it seems as though a trade
      of technologies will benefit both sides.
      But someone is determined to derail the deal. With the SGC under
      attack, and Vice President Kinsey breathing down their necks, it's up
      to Colonel Jack O'Neill and his team to uncover the saboteur and save
      the fledgling alliance. But unbeknownst to SG-1 there are far greater
      forces at work - a calculating revenge that spans decades, and a
      desperate gambit to prevent a cataclysm of epic proportions.
      When the identity of the saboteur is revealed, O'Neill is faced with a
      horrifying truth and is forced into an unlikely alliance in order to
      fight for Earth's future...

      For all the latest STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS novels, go to
      http://www.stargatenovels.com/bookshop.php to order. They are also
      available through http://www.amazon.com

      NEW DVDS ON THE WAY

      Doctor Who: The Complete Third Series
      Release Date: November 6, 2007
      For more information, go to http://warnervideo.com/doctorwho/

      Synopsis:
      The third installment of Doctor Who is full of new thrills, new
      laughs, new heartbreak and some terrifying new monsters. From the
      moment the Doctor walks into the life of medical student Martha Jones
      he changes it forever. In Elizabethan London, they meet William
      Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre while back in present day London,
      76-year-old Professor Lazarus recaptures his youth with consequences
      that threaten Martha's entire family. And, the Doctor's sworn enemies,
      the Daleks, who have been hiding in 1930's New York, return with a
      terrifying plan for humanity. Disc 1: Christmas Special: The Runaway
      Bride Disc 2: Smith and Jones The Shakespeare Code Gridlock Disc 3:
      Daleks in Manhattan Evolution of the Daleks The Lazarus Experiment 42
      Disc 4: Human Nature The Family of Blood Blink Disc 5: Utopia The
      Sound of Drums Last of the Time Lords Disc 6: Doctor Who Confidential.

      NEW SCI-FI PUBLICATIONS

      Cult Times #147: DOCTOR WHO Doctor Who (2000s)There's always plenty
      going on in the Who world. Take a look at this year's Christmas Voyage
      of the Damned, and scout ahead to the fourth season… HEROES: Jimmy
      Jean-Louis messes with our minds and talks about playing the
      mysterious Haitian, who can erase memories and has a connection with
      the mysterious Company… ATLANTIS: After 10 years as a member of SG-1,
      Sam Carter has a new role as leader of the Atlantis expedition. Amanda
      Tapping talks about continuing in the role. SMALLVILLE: Laura
      Vandervoort has a new role in Season 7, Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl.
      JOURNEYMAN - Dan Vasser isn't the only one being sent on missions
      through Time. Moon Bloodgood tries to unravel the mysteries that
      surround her character, Livia Beale.

      Heroes Issue #1: Issue Spotlight - MEET THE CAST - The cheerleader,
      the politician, the painter, the single mom. Many would agree that
      it's the characters that make Heroes the show that it is – and names
      like Hiro Nakamura and Peter Petrelli are now on everybody's lips.
      Read profiles of the Heroes, with a little help from the actors who
      play them, in this red-hot premiere issue! Along with all the
      interviews, you'll fine a SEASON ONE EPISODE GUIDE - Remember when
      indestructible cheerleader Claire proved she was hot by rescuing a man
      from a burning train, the Petrelli brothers defied the laws of
      gravity, and Japanese office drone Hiro took a trip to America using
      only the power of his mind? A group of normal people began to discover
      strange powers – and things got really interesting when they – and
      their enemies – started to interconnect! From Genesis to the thrilling
      climax, this issue will guide you through the entire first season of
      the hit show, with an unmissable guide to all the episodes!

      Supernatural Issue #1: If you enjoy the exploits of the Winchester
      brothers, this will be a must-have for you. This is the official
      magazine companion to one of television's hottest shows. It has cast
      and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes features in each issue, to
      give you the kind of access to the weird and wonderful world of
      Supernatural that no true fan can afford to miss! Jared Padalecki and
      Jensen Ackles discuss their alter egos' alliances with the dark side,
      and reveal how they were born to play Sam and Dean. Supernatural
      creator Eric Kripke introduces this premiere issue of the official
      magazine – and then talks all things Supernatural in a comprehensive
      interview. There is also input from producer Kim Manners and the
      show's FX team!

      CONVENTION CALENDAR

      DECEMBER 1-2, 2007
      Steel City Con
      Guests: Richard LeParmentier, Corin Nemic, Mark Goddard, Bob May,
      Cathy St. George, Mark Sparacio, Blly Tan and others
      Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
      Place: Pittsburgh Expomart - Monroeville
      For more information visit www.steelcitycon.com

      DECEMBER 1-2, 2007
      Light Speed Fine Art Charity Benefit
      Place: Lakeforest Sun and Sail Club
      City: Lake Forest, California
      B5 Guests: Bruce Boxleitner, Jeffrey Willerth, Pat Tallman, Claudia
      Christian and Bill Mumy.
      For more information, go to
      http://www.lightspeedfineart.com/celebritycharitybenefit2007.html.

      FEBRUARY 15 ~ 17, 2008
      Farpoint
      Place: Hunt Valley, Maryland (Baltimore area)
      B5 guest: Mira Furlan
      Other Guests: James Callis, Harve Bennett
      For more information, go to http://www.farpointcon.com

      TOP STORIES FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE FICTION

      DARK KNIGHT
      IMAX has released a new featurette on The Dark Knight! The clip
      features director Christopher Nolan and director of photography Wally
      Pfister talking about shooting scenes in IMAX for the anticipated
      Batman Begins follow-up hitting theaters on July 18, 2008. See the
      clip here
      http://www.imax.com/ImaxWeb/xtras/?dl=beo/screeningroom/btn1/dk/dk_prologue.

      SHREK THE THIRD
      The Hollywood Reporter writes that DreamWorks Animation's SHREK THE
      THIRD topped the national DVD sales and rental charts the week ending
      Nov. 18, with first-week sales so strong that the Paramount Home
      Entertainment release is already among the year's top 10 DVD sellers.
      The previous week's top seller, Disney/Pixar's RATATOUILLE, hung
      strong and finished second, while Warner Bros.' OCEAN'S THIRTEEN
      debuted at No. 3. On Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the
      week, SHREK THE THIRD handily won the top slot with estimated rental
      revenues of $11 million. OCEAN'S THIRTEEN bowed at No 2, with
      estimated earnings of $7.9 million. The previous week's top renter,
      Universal Studios' I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY, slipped to No.
      3, generating an additional $7.7 million its second week, down just
      17% from the previous week. On the high-definition disc front, SHREK
      THE THIRD was the hands-down winner on the HD DVD chart, outselling
      fellow debutante OCEAN'S THIRTEEN by a 3-to-1 margin. On the Blu-ray
      chart, RATATOUILLE remained at No. 1, while OCEAN'S THIRTEEN bowed at
      No. 2.

      BOLD and MADAGASCAR
      Animated News has posted this first promo poster for Disney's 2008
      animated feature, Bolt, while the first image from DreamWorks
      Animation's Madagascar: The Crate Escape, coming November 7, 2008, is
      here as well. BOLT, featuring the voices of John Travolta, Thomas
      Haden Church, Woody Harrelson, Bernie Mac and Bruce Greenwood, opens
      November 26, 2008. The MADAGASCAR sequel is voiced by Ben Stiller,
      Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen,
      Cedric the Entertainer and Andy Richter.

      TIN MAN
      As the premiere of SciFi's TIN MAN approaches (December 2 at 9:00pm),
      Neal McDonough, who plays the title character in the miniseries said
      during a recent interview that his co-stars were "incredibly perfect"
      for their respective roles. Based on L. Frank Baum's THE WONDERFUL
      WIZARD OF OZ, the six-hour TIN MAN stars McDonough as ex-cop Wyatt
      Cain (known as a Tin Man) opposite Zooey Deschanel as DG, Alan Cumming
      as Glitch (who's missing half his brain) and Raoul Trujillo as Raw (a
      nervous wolverine-like creature). "Zooey is so terrific in the
      character," McDonough said. "She's that angst-ridden,
      20-something-year-old girl who's just perfect in this really different
      ride. And it's a different ride from what you'd expect with The Wizard
      of Oz, and it's an amazing emotional ride. Alan, if there's ever a
      dull moment, he'll do something to make everyone laugh, and he'll do
      it without even knowing it. He's such a great, funny, charming,
      wonderful guy to have on a set. You always have to have an Alan
      Cumming on every set." As for Trujillo, McDonough said that he enjoyed
      working with the actor and felt tremendous compassion for him. "Raoul,
      my God, what this poor guy had to go through," McDonough said. "Every
      day, he spent hours in a chair getting the makeup put on, and he never
      complained. I'm telling you, he never complained. I wouldn't be able
      to take it. I always have two rules when I'm choosing roles, and they
      are two things I can't have: tights and prosthetics. Raoul would go
      through that every day for hours. I was like, 'Man, how do you do it?'
      I'm just claustrophobic, I guess. He's so perfect as Raw."

      G-FORCE
      The Hollywood Reporter writes that Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi and
      Tracy Morgan will be three of the lead voices in the SF action movie
      G-FORCE for Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Bill
      Nighy and Will Arnett also have joined the ranks of the human actors
      in the live-action/computer-generated film, which marks the
      directorial debut of Oscar-winning visual-effects innovator Hoyt
      Yeatman. The story follows a group of ultra-intelligent animal
      commandoes who work for a government agency trying to prevent an evil
      billionaire from taking over the world. Cage will play Speckles, a
      mole; Buscemi will portray Bucky, a hamster; and Morgan will voice
      Blaster, a guinea pig. Nighy will portray an industrialist, and Arnett
      will play an FBI agent. The live-action leads also include Zach
      Galifianakis, Kelli Garner, Gabriel Casseus and Jack Conley.
      Production is currently under way in Los Angeles. Jerry Bruckheimer is
      producing.

      STAR TREK - SAREK
      STARTREK.COM reports that Ben Cross has been cast as Sarek, the Vulcan
      father of Spock, in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek feature film. He
      will be paired with Winona Ryder, portraying Spock's human mother,
      Amanda Grayson. (Variety had earlier incorrectly reported that Ryder
      would play a Vulcan.) The young Spock will be played by HEROES Zachary
      Quinto. Sarek was first played by Mark Lenard in the original series
      and subsequent movies. The film, currently in production under the
      direction of J.J. Abrams, is scheduled for release on Christmas Day 2008.

      X-FILES
      While out promoting THE MIST, Laurie Holden, who played the mysterious
      Marita Covarrubias on The X-Files, said that she'd welcome the
      opportunity to reprise her role in the upcoming sequel film. "I knew
      it was coming, because I ran into David [Duchovny] recently, and he
      said that it was going ahead," Holden said. "So I was excited to hear
      that. I hope we're all back, but you never know with these things."
      For several seasons on the Fox TV show, Holden played the blonde
      informant to Duchovny's FBI agent Fox Mulder. Since the show ended in
      2002, Holden hasn't been in touch with series creator Chris Carter,
      who is set to direct THE X-FILES 2. (It's slated to begin production
      in Vancouver, Canada, next month). "I have not," Holden said. "People
      get busy, and they move on. But good for him [that he's going to
      direct the film]." If Carter should call, Holden said that she's ready
      to return to the fold. "I would love to," she said. "Maybe he'll read
      about it in one of your articles and be like, 'Oh, yeah, let's put her
      in the movie.'" Covarrubias was last glimpsed in the series finale,
      "The Truth," when she arrived in court to testify on Mulder's behalf.

      SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES
      Paramount has released a trailer for their upcoming adaptation of THE
      SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. The film is based on the best-selling fantasy
      series and stars Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte,
      Joan Plowright, David Strathairn, Seth Rogen and Martin Short. Mark
      Waters handled the directing from a screenplay written by John Sayles.
      Use this link to see the trailer at Yahoo's trailer page,
      http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809761950/video/5096404.
      Plot Concept: From the beloved best-selling series of books comes "The
      Spiderwick Chronicles," a fantasy adventure for the child in all of
      us. Peculiar things start to happen the moment the Grace family
      (Jared, his twin brother Simon, sister Mallory and their mom) leave
      New York and move into the secluded old house owned by their great,
      great uncle Arthur Spiderwick. Unable to explain the strange
      disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily
      basis, the family blames Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate
      what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the
      Spiderwick estate and of the creatures that inhabit it. SPIDERWICK
      CHRONICLES hits standard and IMAX theaters Feb 15, 2008.

      FINAL DESTINATION 4
      According to reports in the Hollywood Reporter, a fourth FINAL
      DESTINATION—in 3-D— is developing at New Line, to be helmed by David
      R. Ellis, who directed the second installment. Plot details for Final
      Destination 4 are being kept under wraps, but the movie will stand
      alone and will feature new teens facing new forms of death. The script
      was written by Eric Bress, who co-wrote FINAL DESTINATION 2. Veteran
      horror filmmakers James Wong and Glen Morgan created the franchise,
      and Wong helmed the most recent installment. Ellis directed SNAKES ON
      A PLANE and has worked as a second-unit helmer on such movies as HARRY
      POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE.

      KNIGHT RIDER
      According to the Hollywood Reporter, David Hasselhoff is in
      negotiations to star in the upcoming two hour movie/backdoor pilot of
      KNIGHT RIDER. The lead character for this new concept will be Mike
      Tracer (Justin Bruening), the son of Michael Knight (Hasselhoff). Also
      joining the cast is fellow soap star Deanna Russo (Young & the
      Restless) set to play the lead female character in the show. The trade
      also mentions what the pilot's story will center on:
      Burned by his love for childhood best friend and one-time girlfriend
      Sarah Kamen (Russo), Mike is wasting away in Las Vegas when Sarah
      reappears and is willing to pay off Mike's gambling debt in exchange
      for help. Sarah is the brilliant estranged daughter of KITT inventor
      Charles Kamen, who works as an assistant professor in the engineering
      department at Stanford. When she receives word from talking-car KITT
      (Knight Industries Three Thousand) that her father is missing, she and
      KITT set out to find and recruit Mike.

      CORALINE
      In a recent interview, Neil Gaiman said that he's been previewing a
      bit of his upcoming animated film CORALINE, based on his own ghost
      story and directed by Henry Selick. "I've seen about 10 minutes of
      it," Gaiman said. "They were talking it to audiences as a special
      bonus at festivals. The audience went absolutely nuts. It's the best
      stop-motion thing I've ever seen shot in 3-D." CORALINE: An Animated
      Love Story is about a bored girl who finds out that there's a
      bricked-up door behind a wall in her room. When she travels through
      the door, she discovers a different set of parents. The film stars the
      voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Keith David and Jennifer
      Saunders. Selick credits include directing MONEYBONE, JAMES AND THE
      GIANT PEACH and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. "People are so
      surprised when they find out that Henry directed Tim Burton's
      Nightmare before Christmas, partly because of the name," Gaiman said.
      "But, it was all Henry, and he's doing something that is going to be
      revolutionary with Coraline." CORALINE is expected to be released next
      year.

      CITY OF EMBER
      Toby Jones plays the tyrannical character Barton Snode in CITY OF
      EMBER, director Gil Kenan's upcoming adaptation of the fantasy novel
      by Jeanne DuPrau. The film follows two youngsters who seem to be the
      only people in Ember genuinely concerned about the growing lack of
      food and the increasingly frequent blackouts. The latter issue is
      particularly problematic, because Ember provides the only light in a
      dark world. Jones—whose credits include THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF
      JOAN OF ARC and HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (as the voice
      of Dobby)—said that several elements compelled him to sign on for CITY
      OF EMBER. "[There was] the opportunity to work with Bill Murray [and]
      to play someone who looks innocuous and turns out to be a tyrant,"
      Jones said in an interview while promoting his new film, THE MIST.
      "There's a big theme in that book about totalitarianism and climate
      change and all that sort of stuff. There's a big theme about
      tyrannical regimes, and I get to play one of those guys." Jones added
      that he was impressed by the film's scope. "They built Ember," he
      said. "In the hall where they built the Titanic in Northern Ireland
      they have built the City of Ember. When I went there, it was just
      amazing. This guy, Gil Keenan [Monster House], who's directing it, is
      just fantastic." CITY OF EMBER, which also stars Tim Robbins, Martin
      Landau and Saorise Ronan, will open in October 2008.

      THE FLASH
      MTV has learned that director David Dobkin has signed on as the helmer
      for THE FLASH. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) and David Goyer
      ("Blade" films) were previously attached to direct. Dobkin (Wedding
      Crashers) says his adaptation won't be the character's first
      appearance in theaters, with the Flash a major part of George Miller's
      Justice League movie. Dobkin confirmed that his movie will be set in
      the same universe as Justice League as a direct spin-off. He added
      that the Flash they will use is "Wally West." Created by writer
      Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, THE FLASH has the ability to run
      and move extremely fast, use superhuman reflexes and violate certain
      laws of physics, like time travel.

      IRON MAN
      Paramount Pictures has updated the official website for director Jon
      Favreau's highly- anticipated Iron Man movie, coming to theaters on
      May 2 and starging Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow
      and Jeff Bridges. At the new site, you can read about the story, watch
      the teaser trailer, view images, learn about the cast and even submit
      fan art. Follow this link http://www.ironmanmovie.com/ for more on the
      upcoming movie.

      HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
      Warner Bros. has announced that casting has been completed on the
      upcoming sixth Harry Potter movie, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD
      PRINCE. David Yates, who directed this year's ORDER OF THE PHOENIX,
      returns to helm the next installment, based on J.K. Rowling's book.
      Among the new cast members are Jim Broadbent, who will play potions
      professor Horace Slughorn, and Helen McCrory, who will play Narcissa
      Malfoy, mother to Draco Malfoy and sister to the evil Bellatrix
      Lestrange. Also new to the franchise are Jessie Cave as Lavender
      Brown, Hero Fiennes Tiffin as young Tom Riddle and Frank Dillane as
      the teenage Riddle. The returning cast includes stars Daniel Radcliffe
      (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron) and Emma Watson (Hermione), who will be
      reunited with Helena Bonham Carter, David Bradley, Robbie Coltrane,
      Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith,
      Natalia Tena, Julie Walters and David Thewlis, as well as Evanna
      Lynch, Matthew Lewis and Bonnie Wright. Steve Kloves, who wrote the
      first four installments of the film franchise, is adapting the
      screenplay. In HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, Lord Voldemort
      is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizard worlds, and
      Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that
      dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore (Gambon) is
      more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is
      fast approaching. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE will be
      released on Nov. 21, 2008.

      TWILIGHT
      According to Variety, Kristen Stewart has signed on to star in Summit
      Entertainment's vampire romance TWILIGHT, based on the first of
      Stephenie Meyer's young-adult novels.

      ANGELS AND DEMONS
      Variety reports that Sony has pushed their Da Vinci Code prequel
      ANGELS & DEMONS back to May 15, 2009. The trade says that screenwriter
      Akiva Goldsman came into some problems with the script by having to
      rush before the WGA November 1st deadline. Also adding to the troubles
      is the fact that nobody has been cast except Tom Hanks. Rather than
      rush the project further, Sony is deciding to wait for the strike to
      resolve, polish the script and fill the cast before entering
      production. Originally, it was set for a Dec 2008 release. Ron Howard
      plans to direct the project. "While the filmmakers and the studio feel
      the screenplay is very strong, we do not believe it is the fully
      realized production draft required of this ambitious project," a Sony
      spokesperson said. "At this time, there is no new start date for
      'Angels & Demons,' but we are setting a release date of May 15, 2009,
      and are hopeful to deliver the movie worldwide to theaters on that
      date. We do not expect any other film on our 2008 slate to be
      affected." ANGELS & DEMONS hits theaters May 15, 2009.

      TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FUTURE BEGINS
      Moviehole reported that McG will direct Warner Brothers' TERMINATOR
      SALVATION: THE FUTURE BEGINSs, the fourth installment in the popular
      franchise, which is expected to hit theaters in the summer of 2009.

      FRIDAY THE 13TH
      New Line has set a release date for their upcoming FRIDAY THE 13TH
      re-imagining and that day is Friday, February 13, 2009. This day also
      happens to be the release date for the Universal remake of THE
      WOLFMAN, starring Benicio Del Toro with make-up effects done by Rick
      Baker. Universal has already moved the release of their Wolfman
      project once. Perhaps, this means it will get moved again. If not,
      both horror remakes will be going up against each other on that
      Valentines holiday... It was announced earlier in the week that Marcus
      Nispel (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) is now set to direct this project
      from a screenplay written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Freddy vs.
      Jason).

      That's it for now. I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving
      holiday and were able to share your good fortune with family and
      friends. Please visit the website and drop a note if you read an
      interesting book or see one of the B5 regulars on a TV show or in a
      movie. It is wonderful to see the cast in other roles.

      Until next time, take care.
      Sandy

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