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Wordle Welcome and thank you for dropping by. Babylon 5 brought many of us together -- and it remains with us, despite the fact that is no longer in production. The good thing is that the internet gives a LOT of ways to stay in touch. Don't be shy. Join in the discussion today or drop by Facebook or Twitter.

If you have questions or items for the news, drop me a line at sgbruckner@aol.com.

Latest LATEST SCIENCE FICTION NEWS:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Lucifer LUCIFER
Because there aren't enough DC superhero shows on TV -- this fall's premieres bring that total up to four on-air, not to mention a few more in various stages of development -- FOX is developing a show on the company's comic book property "Lucifer."

According to Deadline, the network has ordered a pilot that would see the character Lucifer Morningstar, who was first introduced in "The Sandman" series, leaving his post as the Lord of Hell and opening a piano bar in Los Angeles (maybe not that much of a change after all).

The show, from "Californication" creator and executive producer Tom Kapinos and Warner Bros. TV, has been given a put pilot commitment, which means the network will have to pay some stiff penalties if the project doesn't air.

ARROW - BLOOPER REEL
With the eagerly anticipated release of Arrow's second season on DVD and Blu-ray today comes a funny (and cool) blooper reel.

And now the video has found its way online, and we have it here to share with you!

As you guys may already know, we do love ourselves a good gag reel, and this one has all the hits: goofs, mistakes, mishaps and lots of swearing. Heck, even Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) gives us a little song and dance. Minus the song. Can't have it all.

Season three of Arrow will premiere on The CW on Oct. 8.

Tom Hiddleston SKULL ISLAND
Legendary's King Kong origin story, Skull Island, will be led by an actor who's already got a massive genre fan base.

The announcement that Legendary Pictures -- a studio that's already handling the successful reboot of the Godzilla franchise -- would also be returning to King Kong with the 2016 prequel Skull Island was one of the biggest surprises of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. No one expected the announcement, and we still don't quite know what the film will be about, but we now know who'll direct the flick that will explore "the cinematic origins" of Kong, and we also know who will star.

Legendary announced today that Thor, The Avengers and Crimson Peak star Tom Hiddleston has joined the film as its lead. We still don't know the name of Hiddleston's character, or anything else about his role in the plot, but right away, this lends serious intrigue to the still-mysterious project. Robert Downey Jr. is the big fish of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to be sure, but after winning over audiences (and pretty much all of Tumblr) in The Avengers and two Thor films, Hiddleston is inarguably its biggest breakout star, and acclaimed roles in films like Only Lovers Left Alive have endeared him to genre fans even more. Quite a few fans will flock to Skull Island just to see him as part of the adventure.

Legendary also announced that the film will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, a filmmaker best known for his coming-of-age drama The Kings of Summer (one of the breakout hits of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival) and for TV work on shows like MTV's monster-hunting mockumentary Death Valley, the Comedy Central series Mash Up and the new FX comedy You're the Worst. This will be his first big-budget film effort, but don't forget, Godzilla was Gareth Edwards' first big-budget film effort, and look how that turned out.

Skull Island, featuring a script by Godzilla writer Max Borenstein, is slated to hit theaters in November 2016.

Powers POWERS
Here's another comic-book property for your TV schedule. If you're a fan of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's Powers, check out the PlayStation Network's adaptation. The series is headlined by Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward, who play Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim.

USA Today published the first photo of the duo together. Bendis, who serves as executive producer, spoke about what viewers can expect from the show. If you want a play-by-play of the comic, don't hold your breath. He explained that this version of Powers is a "different experience."

When Copley auditioned for Walker, he was nothing like the character on the page. Fellow producer Charlie Huston says his first impression was, "I don't know what kind of Walker that is, but I totally want to see it." As for Deena, he had an easier time casting Heyward.

"She is this amazing fireball," Huston says. "You do 12-hour days and it's getting into 10 p.m. and you're in a parking garage and all you can smell is gas fumes and you're eating stale pizza, and Susan is down at the end of the ramp doing jujitsu kicks, spinning around and ready to go."

This isn't the first attempt to bring Powers to the small screen. Back in 2009, FX greenlit a pilot that featured Jason Patric and Lucy Punch as the leads. Powers is currently shooting in Atlanta for a 10-episode season. The first two episodes are directed by David Slade. The series is expected to debut sometime in December.

HELIX - SEASON 2
The first season of Syfy’s Helix was a taut sci-fi thriller with some positively insane ideas, all thrown together in a (slightly too) ambitious mixed bag. Well, good news — season two looks even crazier.

The network debuted the first teaser trailer for Helix’s return during the debut of the new zombie series Z Nation last week, and that footage has finally made its way online. What do we learn? The days of freezing our tails off in the Arctic are long, long gone. Oh, Ronald D. Moore, what are you up to this time?

Season one ended with a positively insane cliffhanger, and season two looks to dive right back into the crazy. In a good way. It’s admittedly brief, but we get a whole lot of info packed into a small package. There seem to be some “vectors” on a small boat that is being investigated, and part of the action seemingly takes place in a warm, jungle-like environment. Hey, what better way to change things up from Arctic Biosystems?

We also get to see much of the principal cast back in action, and we’re happy to say the talented Neil Napier’s Dr. Peter Farragut will apparently have a lot more to do than menace the team this time around. Yay!

Interstellar INTERSTELLAR
The official U.S. one-sheet for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar has been released, and for those looking for clues about the movie’s still-mysterious plot — well, it might involve snow and upside-down mountains. Or maybe not.

The image was premiered by British movie magazine Empire, and it shows Matthew McConaughey’s character wandering around in a spacesuit on rocky terrain, with snow falling around him and, curiously, what appears to be a mountain range floating in the sky above his head.

The tagline “The End of Earth Will Not Be the End of Us” appears above the title, although whether this means that McConaughey is wandering around on an alien planet or just particularly inhospitable terrain on a dead Earth is far from clear — precisely as director Nolan intended it, no doubt. For now, all that is clear is that McConaughey will get a cool-looking spacesuit in the movie, and there will be something that looks like snow. Which, admittedly, is still arguably more than we learned from the last trailer.

Interstellar will be released Nov. 7.

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Did you miss the news from yesterday -- or earlier in the week. Catch up by going to the September News Archive. I have broken up the huge file into months to make it easier to scan through. It will bring you up to date for all that has been going on in the world of science fiction. Go to:
August News.
July News.
June News.
May News.

Tube ON THE TUBE TONIGHT

7:00pm on FX
The Amazing Spider-Man
Abandoned by his parents and raised by an aunt and uncle, teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), AKA Spider-Man, is trying to sort out who he is and exactly what his feelings are for his first crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). When Peter finds a mysterious briefcase that was his father's, he pursues a quest to solve his parents' disappearance. His search takes him to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), setting him on a collision course with Connors' alter ego, the Lizard.

8:00pm on AMC
Men in Black
They are the best-kept secret in the universe. Working for a highly funded yet unofficial government agency, Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith) are the Men in Black, providers of immigration services and regulators of all things alien on Earth. While investigating a series of unregistered close encounters, the MIB agents uncover the deadly plot of an intergalactic terrorist who is on a mission to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies currently in residence in New York City.

9:00pm on CBS
Criminal Minds
Season 9, Episode 24: Demons
The investigation in Texas reveals a deep web of corruption; Garcia must save a friend.

9:00pm on The CW
The 100
Season 1, Episode 13: We Are Grounders -- Part II
Clarke tries to persuade Bellamy to do the right thing; Octavia faces a tough decision.

9:00pm on Syfy
Friday the 13th, Part 2
The second entry in the long-running horror series focuses on a group of teenage would-be counselors converging on Camp Crystal Lake for training under the tutelage of head counselor Paul (John Furey). Inevitably, Paul relates the story of Jason Voorhees (Warrington Gillette), a boy who ostensibly drowned at the camp and whose mother murdered a group of counselors in revenge. No one takes the tale seriously until a very much alive Jason begins gruesomely eliminating people.

10:00pm on CBS
Extant
Season 1, Episode 13: Ascension
In hope of protecting Earth from deadly spores, Molly returns to space.

KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW

ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES - THE STRAIN
Ranger Anne has informed me that Robin is providing the voice of The Master, physically played by former WWE wrestler Robert Maillet. The horror series, co-created by Guillermo del Toro (from the novels he co-wrote), deals with a CDC team investigating a viral outbreak in NYC, which have the markings of vampirism, and trying to stop it from destroying humanity. "The Strain" is on FX Sunday nights at 10pm ET (repeats at 11pm ET), and rated TV-MA.

SPECIAL EFFECTS FROM BABYLON 5
Leo Laporte's "Triangulation" video podcast this week has a very interesting interview with Jeoffrey Mark, who got his CGI start on Babylon 5, and has gone on to major motion pictures including Spiderman and Serenity, among many others. They talk about his experience on B5, including numerous clips from his B5 demo reel, throughout the interview, and of course also talk about his other projects. This would be of great interest to the B5 community. He even lets slip that he still has digital models of many of the B5 ships backed up at home, and then jokingly tries to backtrack, as if he's not supposed to have them. Pretty funny. The link to the video is http://twit.tv/show/triangulation/165.

TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FINAL BATTLE #9
The killer Thomas Parnell's control over the Terminator army has brought both Skynet and the human resistance to their knees. With all of John Connor's other allies fallen or displaced in time, only he and the resurrected Marcus Wright remain to stand against this psychotic oppressor!

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE
Just released: the cover for Superman: Earth One volume 3, which comes out February/March. This volume ties both of the previous books together, answering such questions as who pulled the trigger on Krypton, how the aliens who attacked him in book one were recruited, and deals with the consequences of his decision to knock over (for the greater good) a tyrant running a small island nation. In my admittedly subjective view, this volume is the best of the three.





Here is a quote from J. Michael Straczynski about emotions.
I had this theory that the more important and intimate the emotion, the fewer words are required to express it.

First it's in dating: "Will you go out with me?" Six words.
"Honey, I care for you." Five words.
"You matter to me." Four words.
"I love you." Three words.
"Marry me." Two words.
But what's left? What's the one most important and intimate word you can ever say to somebody? It's "goodbye."

While Michael O'Hare (Sinclair), Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar), Rick Biggs (Dr. Franklin), Tim Choate (Zathras) and Jeff Conoway (Zach Allen) are no longer with us, we will not forget their wonderful personalities and talent -- as well as their significant contributions to the BABYLON 5 universe. Be sure to visit In Memory Of for more information about memorial efforts.
Until we met again, in a place where no shadows fall.

BABYLON 5 BIRTHDAYS

SEPTEMBER
Judy Levitt (Mrs. Walter Koenig) - September 1 (Unnamed Psi Cop in "A Race Through Dark Places" and "Dust to Dust")
Pat Tallman - September 4
Cinzia Zanetti - September 5
Robin Atkin Downes - September 6
Mira Furlan - September 7
Jeffrey Combs - September 9 (Harrison Gray in 'Eyes')
Julia Nickson - September 11 (Sinclair's girl friend/fiance Catherine Sakai)
Christopher Neame - September 12 (Knight Two in "And the Sky Full of Stars")
Clyde Kusatsu - September 13 (Dr. Bill Morishi in Thirdspace)
Walter Koenig - September 14
Henry Darrow - September 15 (Dr. William Indiri in "Illustration of Truth")
Paul Williams - September 19
Robert Rusler - September 20
Gary Cole - September 20
Bear Burge - September 23
Jason Carter - September 23
Manny Case - September 23

Have I missed anyone? If you know the birthday of someone connected with Babylon 5, pass the information along. We want to include everyone in our Happy Birthday Wishes.


Hollywood Museum THE HOLLYWOOD SCI-FI MUSEUM
Here's a project you may want to get involved with!
About the Project:
New Starship Foundation, the nonprofit behind the Enterprise-D Bridge Restoration, with board members including the greatest talents in science fiction, presents THE HOLLYWOOD SCIENCE FICTION MUSEUM. This will be the first museum in the world to exclusively show the history of sci-fi films, TV, art and literature through props, sets and costumes, as well as show advancements in space travel and teach Real Science through Science Fiction. It will be an interactive museum with fully immersive environments and touch screens that will incorporate old and new footage from actors, filmmakers and NASA astronauts and scientists, and will present both the fact and fiction of sci-fi. This will eventually teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based education in a fun new way to all ages. The museum will include exhibits from: Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, 2001, Alien, Metropolis, Thunderbirds, Firefly, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Blake's 7, Ghostbusters, Farscape, The Time Machine, Godzilla, X-Men, Avengers, Superman, Planet of the Apes, Back to the Future, Day the Earth Stood Still, V, Batman, Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, as well as Fantasy like Lord of the Rings, Labyrinth, Legend, Munsters, Herbie the Love Bug, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dark Crystal, Game of Thrones, Anime like Akira and Speed Racer, and anything else we can fit within our walls.

This Kickstarter is to acquire the funds to develop our 2015 Hollywood Sci Fi Museum, which will be smaller than the future museum, but still significant and unique. This "concept art" of the giant Millennium Falcon and Enterprise-D is for our 2018 Hollywood Sci Fi Museum.

Go to http://www.hollywoodscifi.org/ for more information.

BABYLON 5 MUSIC VIDEOS AND TRIBUTES

John Hudgens has created many Babylon 5 videos, but I believe this is the most moving. It was first shown at the Phoenix Comic Con 20th Anniversary and honors many of the Babylon 5 family who have passed on.

Here is a link to John's Babylon 5 videos:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Babylon5MusicVideos?feature=watch

Richard Biggs memorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyD4L8yNtsA

Andreas Katsulas memorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2UQ2l9NPIg

- This is the extended version that I did for Andreas' widow ater the original cut was released on the net. It's never been seen online until now.

For those of you who've never seen these, I hope you enjoy them - and for those that have (and emailed me many times over the years about releasing them), I hope they're as good as you remember. Working with Joe on these videos was one of the highlights of my career, and I'll be forever grateful to him for the doors these have opened for me. I'm proud to have them on my resume.

John Hudgens
www.zteamproductions.com


Calendar




HAWAII CON
Dates: September 12-14, 2014
Place: Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Hawaii
Babylon 5 Guests: Pat Tallman, Claudia Christian, Walter Koenig
Other Guests from Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Games of Thrones and more
For more information, go to www.hawaiicon.com.

CRYSTAL COAST CON
Date: October 18, 2014
Place: Mac Daddys Family Entertainment Facility, Cape Carteret, NC
B5 Guests: Pat Tallman and Bill Blair
Pat will be a media signing guest. The facility located at 130 Golfin Dolphin Dr., Cape Carteret, NC 28584
For more information, go to http://www.crystalcoastcon.com/.

LONDON FILM AND COMIC CON WINTER
Dates: October 18-19, 2014
Place: Earls Court 2, Old Brompton Road, SW5 9TA
Guests: Katee Sackhoff, Nicola Bryant, Ralph Macchio, Christopher Cousins, Colin Baker, David Prowse and many more
For more information, go to http://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com/

Spooky's Ultimate Horror Weekend
Dates: Oct. 24-26, 2014
Place: Doubletree Universal Studios, Orlando, FL 32819
Guests:
Michael Rooker - Walking Dead & Jeremiah; Stephen Pearcy - Ratt; Dee Wallace Stone - ET & Cuju; Tyler Mane - Halloween & X Men, and Tobin Bell - Dexter
For more information, go to http://www.spookyempire.com/.

MALTA COMIC EXPO
Dates: October 31-November 2, 2014
Place: Mediterranean Conference Center, Valletta, Malta
Guests: Richard Piccardo, Dirk Benedict,Silvester McCoy and many more
For more information, go to http://maltacomicsexpo.com/.

MAGIC CITY COMIC CON
Dates: January 16-18, 2015 Place: Miami Airport Convention Center
Comic Guests: John Romita, Jr., Allen Bellman, Adelso Corona, Greg Kirkpatrick, Dan Scott
For more information, go to http://www.magiccitycomiccon.com/.

STEEL CITY CON
Dates: December 5-7, 2014
Place: Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, PA
Guests: Linda Blair, Henry Winkler, Michael Dorn, Peter Mayhew, Terry Farrell, John Wesley Shippe, and more.
For more information, go to http://www.steelcitycon.com/.

FED-CON 24
Dates: May 21-24, 2015
Place: Maritim Hotel, Dusseldorf, Germany
Guests: Sam Jones, Aaron Douglas, Grant Bowler and more to come
For more information, go to http://www.fedcon.de/en/.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS!
Wizard World Conventions has a large number of events planned for the year. Be sure to visit the page to see if there is a convention of interest near you.

Creation Entertainment has a large number of conventions planned for the next several months. They include stars from TWILIGHT, SUPERNATURAL, STARGATE, FARSCAPE, XENA, SERENITY, STAR TREK, etc. Check out their calendar to see if one will be in your neighborhood soon. Don't miss their Videos page as well. It is full of some priceless video from a number of conventions.

Be sure to visit the referenced sites to see if there have been changes in dates/guests attending. Visit our Convention Calendar for a full listing of upcoming conventions.

BACK ISSUES OF THE ZOCALO TODAY

The front page of the The Zocalo Today changes daily, so be sure to check the back issues to make sure that you haven't missed anything IMPORTANT! I hope you will become a regular visitor to The Zocalo Today!


Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Bruckner (sgbruckner@aol.com)
Editor/Publisher
ISN News: The Zocalo Today

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