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APRIL 2001


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04-30-01. The Panel at the Convention on "Six Seasons of Xena: What Went Right and What Went Wrong" has been set! We will have Jeff Lundrigan, scifi.ign.com Xena reviewer; Philip Tracy, freelance journalist (LA Weekly, Village Voice); Bret Ryan Rudnick, WHOOSH editor/interviewer; Beth Gaynor, webmaster of the Rate-A-Xena site; and deb7, a well-known and very erudite on-line Xena reviewer and critic. The panel discussion will happen 2-4pm on Saturday in the Fan Hall. Also, Friday 6-7pm, I will be in the Fan Hall to meet with whoever wants to drop by.

04-30-01. Joseph Lo Duca done won himself another award! This time it is the ASCAAP 16th annual Film and Television Awards. He won for Composers Of Most Performed TV Underscore and Top TV Series this week.

04-30-01. MUTANT X casts Canadians! And that means they can still be acting if and when the actors strike comes about. SOme food for thought there. And who are these Canadians. Well, one is Vicki Pratt. We already know about her. But who are the others YOU ASK???? The characters thus cast are: Brennan (Victor Webster), a guy who can conduct electricity; Emma (Lauren Lee Smith), a gal telepath; Shalimar (Vicki Pratt), a gal who is half human-half animal; and Jessie (Forbes March), a guy who can change his density (hmmm). Webster is 28 and is best known for playing Nicholas Alamain on Days Of Our Lives. March is 27 and played Scott Parker on All My Children. Pratt is 29, was on Cleopatra 2525 and also had a recurring role on Xena: Warrior Princess (you remember Cyane, dontcha?). Smith is 20 and has appeared in DARK ANGEL. For more information go to http://www.canoe.ca/TorontoShowbiz/ts.ts-04-27-0094.html

04-30-01. Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, has its first issue available on-line at http://www.cult-media.com/issue1/contents.htm. It's contents page goes like this:

Articles:
Annette Hill and Ian Calcutt, Vampire Hunters: the scheduling and reception of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel in the UK
Patricia MacCormack, Becoming Hu-Man: Deleuze and Guattari, Gender and 3rd Rock from the Sun
Alan McKee, Which is the best Doctor Who story?
Lynette Russell and Nathan Wolski, Beyond the Final Frontier: Star Trek, the Borg and the Post-colonial
Cult Media Reviews:
Will Brooker's Earth Two reviews
Mark McLelland, Why are Japanese Women's Comics Full of Boys Bonking?
Book Reviews:
Rebecca Bell-Metereau reviews Carnal Appetites: FoodSexIdentities by Elspeth Probyn
Anita Biressi reviews British Television Drama: Past, Present and Future edited by Jonathan Bignell, Stephen Lacey and Madeleine Macmurraugh-Kavanagh
Mark Bould reviews Histories of the Future: Studies in Fact, Fantasy and Science Fiction edited by Alan Sandison and Robert Dingley
Ken Gelder reviews The Vampire Lectures by Laurence A. Rickels
Deborah Jermyn reviews The Horror Reader edited by Ken Gelder. Ken Gelder's response to Deborah Jermyn
Alan McKee reviews Flaming Classics: Queering the Film Canon by Alexander Doty
Karen McNally reviews The American Thriller: Generic Innovation and Social Change in the 1970s by Paul Cobley
Jay McRoy reviews The Body's Perilous Pleasures: Dangerous Desires in Contemporary Culture edited by Michael Aaron
Heather Nunn reviews Freakshow: First Person Media and Factual Television by Jon Dovey
Steven Schneider reviews Psycho Paths: Tracking the Serial Killer through Contemporary American Film and Fiction by Philip L. Simpson
Graeme Turner reviews Haunted Media: Electronic Presence from Telegraphy to Television by Jeffrey Sconce

04-29-01. Not any XENA news, but fun nonetheless. The summer movie season is UPON us. Starts May 4th (next weekend campers!) and it coincides with the XENA Pasadena Con. To celebrate, on Saturday night in Pasadena, I will be leading anyone who wants to join me to a showing of THE MUMMY RETURNS (time to be announced later this week, probably Tuesday, along with information how to buy the tickets on-line so it won't be sold-out before you get there) and then have a discussion afterwards about the whole genre and the essence of the blockbuster summer movie! BE THERE OR BE SQUARE. What follows is a list of some of the movies being released this summer:

May 4
THE MUMMY RETURNS. This is it. The opening of the wild summer that awaits us. The long awaited sequel to THE MUMMY. Looks like they are determined to push it even further than the original. Universal Studios is opening a new act based upon the movie, and the suits when watching dailies from this movie, were so impressed by "The Rock" that they signed him up for a prequel to THE MUMMY RETURNS to cover the backstory on his character. This movie is of interest to Uber fans since there are theories that THE MUMMY was an example of an uberesque story. You can watch the flick and debate that idea with your Xenite friends!

TIME AND TIDE. A Hong Kong martial arts flick from Tsui Hark. See it on the big screen!

May 11
THE KING IS ALIVE. Not a blockbuster or a Hong Kong film, but it is one of those wild and woolly Danish Dogme flicks! A busload of people get stranded in an African desert. What do they do? Why, they put on a production of Shakespeare's King Lear! But wait...IT'S IN ENGLISH! If you have not caught one of these Dogme flicks, do this one. First, it is not in Danish (that always helps), and second, it's King Lear! Can't go wrong with that. Oh and it has Jennifer Jason Leigh in it.

A KNIGHT'S TALE. A medieval teenage angst flick! Teen goes on a quest to win honor and the hand of a fair maiden and does it through the Tournament circuit. But, there's more! The film has Heath Ledger, the boytoy in the making of the moment, and they use Queen songs in the fighting scenes! Yes, they use contemporary music like they do at basketball games. Eek. I have heard they even play Gary Glitter's Rock and Roll Part 1. Now that is scary.

SORDID LIVES. Olivia Newton-John lives! It's a black comedy "about white trash". I'd say if you can live missing a Newton-John flick, miss this one!

May 18

Angel Eyes. Another Jennifer Lopez flick.

Moulin Rouge. This movie gives me the creeps. I saw the trailer and it made my skin crawl. This is not the flick for me.

Shrek. Oooo, and talk about more skin scrawling. I saw the trailer for this one too and the animation rubbed me the wrong way. It was kind of unearthly. If you like that sort of thing, go for it! I guess the best thing going for it is that the bad guy looks like Mike Eisner, Jeff Katzenberg's old boss. Looks like it might have some good jokes, though.

May 25

Pearl Harbor. The blockbuster to top all blockbusters! It's already the most expensive greenlighted flick. It has some interesting and poetic images in the trailer and of course that scene where they follow the bomb right to the Arizona! I am going because my father was a G.I. in WWII so I was raised on all those stories. And they should get the old folks and their kids for the nostalgia and with the young cast (World War II was basically a war of guys in their teens or just out of their teens), it might catch on.

THE ROAD HOME. Zhang Ziyi did this film before Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (she played Jen, the desert robber-lovin' sword thief) but it is only now being released in the US. She plays the younger version of the lead female in a flashback.

June 8

Atlantis: The Lost Empire. A Disney animated flick without songs! Instead of songs they put in action sequences. Claudia Christian plays a voice part in this. It's gotten great buzz. It is in the action genre ala Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and is rated PG, so there's something going on in that movie.

EVOLUTION. Now this one I am waiting for! David Duchovny is in a SF satire about a group of under-paid, under-staffed, under-equipped humans trying to stop an alien invasion.

June 15

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. Not just a re-release BUT with new footage added. This movie has always had a soft place in heart. It was filmed around the Stirling Scotland area where I did some undergraduate work. I remember being on a hike and I went over a hill and saw a castle, and all I could say was, "Hey! It's the Trojan Bunny castle".

TOMB RAIDER. Yeah, I will be there. Sigh.

June 29

A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. Okay, I think it looks kind of stupid, but I am sure it will do very well. In fact, a quarter of my wealth on the Hollywood Stock Exchange (http://www.hsx.com), so I hope it does well.

July 4

CATS AND DOGS. Okay, this looks dumb too, but its from the Henson people and it does have an interesting premise. An antidote to dog allergies is discovered so suddenly pet owners start buying dogs and ignoring cats. The cats get mobilized to get back their hallowed place in petdom. SCARY MOVIE II. Yeah, I am going to this one. It does a parody of CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON. Gotta go for that.

July 18

JURASSIC PARK III. Dinosaurs. Big Dinosaurs. Yeah. I will be there.

July 27

PLANET OF THE APES. The new Planet of the Apes for the 21st century...can you STAND it?

August 3

ORIGINAL SIN. A remake of Truffaut's "Mississippi Mermaid", one of his best films. But instead of Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Paul Belmondo we get Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas!

RUSH HOUR II. I still cannot figure out what was so great about the first one. But hey! They have another one now, and even more amazing is the talks of Rush Hour III. Eek!

August 10

AMERICAN PIE II. Why is Chris Klein in so many movies?

JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK. I am still in shock over "Chasing Amy".

August 18

APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX. Re-release of Apocalypse Now with 53 added minutes. Yup...53!!! Now that's a lot of Apocalypse.

JASON X. Takes place in the future. 10th in the series. Sheesh.

ROLLERBALL. Why is Chris Klein in so many movies?

August 24

GHOSTS OF MARS. John Carpenter flick. Say no more.

SOUL SURVIVORS. With Eliza Dushku. She's making herself a film career.

04-26-01. At the PASADENA XENA CON on Saturday May 5, 2001, 2-4pm at the Fan Hall, WHOOSH will be sponsoring a panel discussion on the topic "Six Seasons of Xena: What Went Right and What Went Wrong". So far we have had two acceptances for our panel, and those are two journalists, Jeff Lundrigan, Xena reviewer for IGN Sci-Fi, and Philip Tracy, who used to be the editor for the LA Weekly but is now a free lance journalist. We will have three other panelists and will announce them as they are confirmed. We will take comments from the audience so come on down and check it out. The hall has a seating capacity of 300 which will be strictly adhered too. Somehow I doubt we will get 300, but just in case, if you want to attend, come early for a good seat.

Also booked for the Fan Hall that may be of interest to WHOOSH readers attending the convention, on Friday May 4, 2001, 6-7pm at the Fan Hall, will be an informal meet and greet for members of the WHOOSH mailing list and their friends. See what faces are attached to those spiffy handles.

And wait...there's more! On Saturday May 5, 2001, 5-6:30pm, Sword and Staff, the premiere XENA fan run charity clearinghouse, will have a mixer and discussion. This event will be a social one and everyone is invited to stop by and chat with friends and online acquaintances from around the world. Be there or be square.

04-26-01. LAURA SUE, OUR GAL IN THE KNOW, GETS THAT VITAL INFORMATION YOU ALL NEED...A special Melissa Etheridge concert was held at Oxygen studios in New York on the afternoon of Friday, April 19th. The attendees were only select staff at Oxygen plus a few special guests. Lucy Lawless (who said she was a huge fan of Melissa's) and Tipper Gore were two of the guests. There was a picture floating around of the three of them that caused GREAT consternation among many fans about both the length of Lucys' hair and that they managed to miss a Melissa Etheridge concert. Laura Sue Dean was there to ENSURE that all those perplexed fans that 1) Lucy is wearing a wig, and 2)the concert was a small, somewhat private affair. For those who want to see the concert, Oxygen will broadcast the concert in July. Lucy is a few rows back in the front.(look for the big fake hair).

Although our intrepid Whoosh reporter was not actually present at the blessed event, Laura Sue pumped like an offshore deregulated oil well for information...She got to see the tape of the concert (which is not available to the public). She was given updates via cell phone from an insider. She ALMOST had a ticket. She was hanging around clutching her cell phone waiting desperately for confirmation to get in a cab. As usual, always the bridesmaid and never the bride, Laura Sue could not get in. The concert was great, however (from looking at the tape), and well worth watching this summer. Stay tuned for details when the date is announced.

04-26-01. SHEENA has been renewed for a short 2nd season. It got an order for 13 episodes in anticipation of a writer's strike. If the strike does not happen, or if the strike is very very short, there is some expectation that another 9 episodes will be ordered for a full 22 episode season. Four of the 13 episodes will be FERAL KING, MELTDOWN IN MALTAKA, TREASURE OF THE SIENNA MENDE, and STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE. Ron Ely (TV's Tarzan) will be guest starring in the Missy Good penned FERAL KING. Muhhamad Ali's daughter Laila Ali will appear in MELTDOWN IN MALTAKA. Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite) and Mira Furlan (Babylon 5) will guest star in TREASURE OF THE SIENNA MENDE. Gary Graham (alien Nation) will be in STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE.

04-26-01. Xenaverse alum Vicki Pratt (XENA/CLEOPATRA 2525) has signed onto the MUTANT X live action tv series. XENA director TJ Scott (main squeeze of Ms. Pratt) has been signed to do directing duties as well along with Jon Cassar who has directed episodes of SHEENA and QUEEN OF SWORDS.

04-24-01. Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN has now officially become the XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS alumni movie. It will offer appearances by Lucy Lawless, Ted Raimi, and Bruce Campbell. All that is missing is Renee O'Connor and some Amazons. Who wil be next? STAY TUNED!

04-24-01. Remember that book that Bruce Campbell has been threatenng to write for what seems like DECADES??? Well, he did it, and he's kicking off his world tour to promote the book at Metro Comix in Santa Barbara, California on June 16, 2001. Be there or be square, Bruce fans! Tickets go on sale April 30th.

04-21-01. The movie that Lucy Lawless is in talks wit is called "A Sound of Thunder". It is based on a short story by Ray Bradbury of the same name. Here's a link discussing the movie, http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/36294p1.html. Lawless has also appeared recently in the New Zealand TV movie, "In Search of the Lonesome Yodel" (Bruce Permezel, 2000) and "I'll Make You Happy" (Athina Tsoulis, 1999), a New Zealand feature film. The short story was a bizarre precursor to the butterfly effect!

04-21-01. With the demise of the NetForum for JACK OF ALL TRADES, fans have created an alternative JackForum. It is located at http://www.xenite.org/forums/fantasy_tv/jack_of_all_trades/.

04-11-01. Okay! Here it is. For all you obsessive types, here it is...some definitive dates of when all the last filming was done with whom. Unit One wrapped on Friday, March 30, 2001. Renee O'Connor's last time in front of the camera for XENA was with the 2nd Unit on Tuesday, April 3, 2001 (it was wet and raining). As of yesterday, Lucy Lawless' last shot was with 2nd Unit on Thursday April 5, 2001. The 3rd Unit (which is the main unit without the actors) will wrap the night of Wednesday, April 11, 2001. 2nd Unit is scheduled to finish on Wednesday April 18, 2001. There are some doubts that they will make the deadline. If I find out anymore, I shall pass it on.

04-06-01. For those who keep such records, filming for Xena: Warrior Princess ended Friday, March 30, 2001 with a wild and woolly wrap party commencing on Saturday March 31, 2001.

04-06-01. Lucy Lawless is up for a part in the Pierce Brosnan's latest action flick (directed by Renny Harlin), which is slated to begin filming as soon as the strikes are over or settled. I forgot the name and I forgot to write it down. Duh. Anyways, it is based upon Ray Bradbury's reknown story about the hunter who goes back in time and steps on a bug or something when he should not have and by doing so radically changes his world of the future.



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