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Marvel Enterprises is working on at least 12 different feature films that will star some of Marvel's superheroes. Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Prime are in various stages of production, with an additional nine films in the works. Marvel is also developing an animated film with the character Thor.

Tom Cruise has signed to star in Paramount Pictures' DeathRace 3000, a remake of Roger Corman's 1975 cult classic science fiction film.

Paul Anderson is set to direct a new Dr. Who movie for the BBC.

UPN has announced they will add Secret Agent Man, starring Dondre Whitfield, Dina Meyer and Costas Mandylor, to its fall lineup.

The Syfy will start production in August on a two-hour pilot for a television series of The Invisible Man. The pilot will be directed by Breck Eisner, son of Disney executive Michael Eisner.

Longtime "Hollywood Heroes" columnist Andy Mangels has had his column discontinued by Mania Magazine. Mangels has been a driving force in the science fiction, comic book, and television world for many years and will be sorely missed in the interim until he begins somewhere else.

Syndicated television shows Highlander: The Raven, Mortal Kombat, and Nightman have all been canceled. There is a slim chance that Mortal Kombat may return as a cable series.

The Monster Rancher animated series on the Sony PlayStation video game by Tecmo, is now in production by TMS, Japan's largest animation house. The half-hour "cartoon will become part of the BKN Bulldog Network, which launches Aug. 29.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to star as superhero Dr. Clark Savage Jr. in the upcoming Warner Bros. film Doc Savage: The Man Of Bronze.

Elijah Wood has signed to play Frodo Baggins in the New Line film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings series.

George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford will appear on the Paramount Home Video rerelease of the Indiana Jones trilogy, to be released on October 26. The movies are part of the Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones promotion that also includes 12 Young Indiana Jones television movies.

Halle Berry and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos have joined Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Dougray Scott, and Anna Paquin in the live-action X-Men film. Berry will play Storm, while Romijn-Stamos will play the part of Mystique. Bryan Singer is set to direct the film.

Babylon 5 and Crusade series creator J. Michael Straczynski has confirmed that Crusade will not be airing on The Syfy. According to posts he has made on the Internet, Straczynski believes TNT will air the 13 episodes of Crusade that have been already made, although air dates are not certain.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 will end after its 11th season next year. The Syfy has decided to order no new programs after that.

The Sci Fi Channel has renewed Sliders for a fifth season.

Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict has been picked up for another two seasons.

Saban and Marvel are working together to develop a live-action Generation X series for Fox for Fall 1999.

Whoopi Goldberg is set to play the role of Death opposite Brendan Fraser in Fox Animation Studios upcoming film, Monkey Bone. The film features a combination of live-action photography and stop-motion animation.

The Fox Family Channel will premiere Back To Sherwood, a live-action syndicated series about a 16 year old girl named Robyn Hood who is related to Robin Hood and Maid Marian.

After years of legal battles, Sony Pictures and Marvel Enterprises have agreed to work together to bring Spider-Man to film and television. They will co-produce movies and television series based on the popular comic book character.

The initial film production on the live-action film version of The Lord Of The Rings has been delayed until August.

The live-action Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, directed by Ron Howard and starring Jim Carrey, has been set for a Thanksgiving 2000 release.

Sam Neill has signed to star opposite Robin Williams in Disney's science fiction film Bicentennial Man, based on the Isaac Asimov short story.

The judge in the Spider-Man movie rights case is considering granting a motion that would eliminate MGM from the case, which has been in litigation for six years. Once this case is settled, production of a Spider-Man film can finally begin.

Randy Quaid and Janeane Garofalo have joined the cast of the upcoming Rocky and Bullwinkle movie.

Tim Allen is set to star in Dreamworks' upcoming science fiction film Galaxy Quest later this year after his long-running television series ends later this year.

Steven Spielberg is considering directing a current version of the famous H.G. Wells book The Time Machine for Warner Bros. and Spielberg's company DreamWorks.

Dungeons & Dragons, the popular role-playing game and animated series from the '80s, is set to be made into a live-action film.

Disney's Fantasia 2000 will have an exclusive run in Imax theaters around the world from January 1 through April 30, 2000, following a five-city, live-orchestra backed tour of the film in December 1999.

Warner Bros. and DreamWorks are co-producing a live-action version of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine.

Fox has canceled its supernatural series Brimstone. There are four unaired episodes of Brimstone remaining and Fox will be running them this spring.

Wesley Snipes will be back in the sequel to last year's Blade, based on a Marvel comic book.

TNT may be abandoning the Babylon 5 sequel series Crusade. Series creator J. Michael Straczynski suggested that Crusade may be offered to the Syfy.

Director Brian De Palma is in talks to direct Disney's upcoming science fiction film, Mission To Mars.

In the latest on Warner Bros. Superman film, the hunt for a new director (after the departure of Tim Burton) had lead to Shekhar Kapur, Simon West, and Steve Norrington. Nicolas Cage is still attached to the movie.

Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict has been renewed for two more seasons.

ITEM A television series based on the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film Total Recall will premiere on Showtime in March 1999. The series is to be called Total Recall 2070 and will star Michael Eaton.

ITEM Jason Alexander has signed to play Boris Badenov in Rocky And Bullwinkle. The film is set to start shooting in January 1999 and will have a multitude of computer-generated graphics.

ITEM W.D. Richter and Earl Mac Rauch have been in talks to write a pilot for a Buckaroo Banzai television series. Show information, episode list, cast, and airdates.

ITEM Kane, creator of Batman, died at his home at the age of 83. Kane created the character for DC Comics in the 1930s and the character has appeared in comics, books, television, and film ever since.

ITEM Stephen Baldwin is set to play Barney in the prequel to the Flintstones, Mark Addy, who last appeared in The Full Monty, will play Fred.

ITEM George Lucas says the second and third films of the new Star Wars prequel series will be shot at the Fox studios in Australia. Episode II is scheduled for filming in 2000, and Episode III is supposed to shoot in 2003.

ITEM Anthony Michael Hall is set to play Bill Gates in a made-for-cable movie called Pirates Of Silicon Valley. Shooting is scheduled to begin this month and the film is scheduled to air early next year on TNT.

ITEM Steve Susco and John Weidner have agreed to write the screenplay for the comic book Ghosting for Miramax Films. The comic book, which will be released in fall 1999 by Platinum Studios, introduces a new horror character who takes the practice of fraternity hazing to the extreme.

ITEM Warner Bros. television has signed a deal with Germany's UFA Production Group to make animated and live-action television series. Show information, episode list, cast, and airdates. Their last joint venture was Fox Television's Terror In The Mall.

ITEM Two different cable networks will air a Richie Rich cartoon. The Cartoon Network will be re-running 32 episodes from the 1980 series and Fox Family Channel will show 13 episodes from the 1996 one.

ITEM 3rd Rock From The Sun star Kristen Johnson has signed to appear in the sequel to Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery.

ITEM Star Trek: Insurrection will work in conjunction with The Planetary Society to invite people from throughout the world to help in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Those interested in participating in the program can sign up at any of the following websites --,, or .

ITEM Kirsten Dunst has been signed to star in the third in the series of The Crow movies to be called The Crow: Salvation.

ITEM Producer Mace Neufeld has acquired the option to David Brin's award-winning science fiction novel Startide Rising to be produced for Paramount Pictures. He also has gotten the rights to the three sequels to the novel that make up the "The Uplift Series." Startide Rising is about the first starship manned by humans and sentient dolphins.

ITEM Monica Potter, has signed to star as a young FBI agent who works with the title characters in the feature Rocky And Bullwinkle. Des McAnuff is set to direct from Kenny Lonergan's screenplay. The film is set to begin filming in January 1999.

ITEM After only two episodes UPN has yanked the sci-fi medical drama Mercy Point from its lineup. The series will go on hiatus beginning October 27.

ITEM The Syfy Has announced it will produce 18 new episodes of Sliders, even though two of its stars two of its stars, Jerry O'Connell and his brother Charlie, are leaving the series.

ITEM Tim Burton has signed on to produce Lost In Oz, a syndicated TV series based upon the works of Wizard Of Oz author L. Frank Baum. The series is tentatively targeted to debut fall 1999.

ITEM DC Comics has signed an agreement with Jim Lee to acquire his comic book publishing company, WildStorm Productions. DC has agreed to keep Lee on to operate WildStorm as a creative unit of DC.

ITEM Universal Pictures is set to update Frankenstein, its 1931 classic, using only computer graphics to make a better monster. The film is planned for a release at Halloween, 2000.

ITEM Ron Howard is set to direct the Dr. Seuss classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas, with Jim Carrey set to star. There is currently a search underway to find the right people to write the screenplay.

ITEM Robert De Niro is in negotiations to play the Fearless Leader in a live-action film version of Rocky And Bullwinkle. De Niro's production company is set to begin shooting the movie in January.

ITEM David Spade is in development for a primetime cartoon for NBC. Spade will be doing the voices for the comedy, to be called Peewee, which is set to debut in January 2000. This would be NBC's first original primetime animated series since Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo in 1964.

ITEM A trailer can be downloaded for Star Trek: Insurrection from the Star Trek: Insurrection site. This one looks to be an action-filled film!

ITEM Showtime will be airing a new series called Total Recall 2070 (based on the Total Recall film) in early 1999, with Michael Easton from Ally McBeal in the lead role.

ITEM A new Babylon 5 spinoff, called Crusade, will be airing on TNT beginning in January. Gary Cole is set to star and Babylon 5's Tracy Scoggins will co-star.

ITEM The new Highlander series with Amanda (played by Elizabeth Gracen) is officially called Highlander: The Raven.

ITEM A new syndicated one-hour, live-action series will be beginning this fall called Mortal Kombat: Konquest.

ITEM Lorenzo Lamas, hot off the success of his Renegade series, will be starring in the new Air America syndicated series.

ITEM Beginning January 15, The Syfy will be showing a new series called Farscape. The show is from the Jim Henson Company and the creators of Alien Nation and Seaquest DSV. Farscape is an intergalactic adventure about an astronaut stranded in an alien galaxy trying to return home.

ITEM The Cartoon Network is rumored to have acquired the computer-generated cartoon ReBoot, which originally aired on ABC, to show on their network.

ITEM Fox is releasing Dr. Dolittle on home video on October 13, to be followed by the release of The X-Files: Fight The Future on November 24. Both videos will carry a suggested retail price of $19.98.

ITEM The Fox Channel will begin showing a new Casper series called Casper: A Spirited Beginning beginning October 18. The show willair at 8:00 pm Eastern and Pacific time.

ITEM The Fox Channel will begin showing a new Addams Family series beginning October 19. The show will air at 7:30 pm Eastern and Pacific time.

ITEM Casper Van Dien set to sign to star in in Tim Burton's film version of the classis Washington Irving novel Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. The film is set to start filming in November.

ITEM Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut looks to be finally nearing a release. Production began on the Warner Bros. film starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in 1996. The tentative release date is in early 1999.

ITEM Clint Eastwood is set to produce, direct, and star in Space Cowboys for Warner Bros. The film is about a group of retired Air Force pilots who are recruited to fly the Space Shuttle.

ITEM American Movie Classics will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Planet Of The Apes on September 6 and 7 by airing all five "Apes" movies and the premiere of a two-hour original special, Behind The Planet Of The Apes, hosted by "Apes" star Roddy McDowall. The special features exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, screen tests, photographs and home movies of the historic making of Hollywood's first cinematic sequels, as well as interviews with Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Linda Harrison, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy and the key players involved with creating the films.

ITEM Actors Tim Daly and Dana Delany, who do the voices of Superman and Lois Lane in the animated Superman series, and Jack Larsen, who played Jimmy Olsen in the 1950s The Adventures Of Superman television series, will be in Cleveland on September 10th for the unveiling of a new Superman postage stamp. Joanne Siegel, the widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, will be on hand for the ceremony as well. The new Superman stamp will feature the first drawing of Superman in costume from the 1938 first issue of "Action Comics". DC Comics, which has published Superman for 60 years, will sell a reprint of that first issue to commemorate the event.

ITEM CBS has delayed the premiere of its Saturday morning cartoon lineup from September 19 to October 3. This change was due to the fact that many CBS affiliate stations planned to preempt the cartoons in favor of sports programming.

ITEM Paramount has announced that this coming season will be the final one for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Joining the series for its seventh, and final, season will be Canadian actress Nicole de Boer who will play the role of Ensign Ezri Dax, the new host of the 300-year-old symbiont previously in the body of Jadzia Dax. Deep Space Nine's season premiere will air in syndication the week of September 28th.

ITEM New Line Cinema is ready to produce a live action trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels, The Lord of the Rings. New Line plans to make all three films over a one year period, filming them in New Zealand. with Peter Jackson set to direct. New Line Cinema has also gotten the rights to another Tolkien classic, The Hobbit.

ITEM The producers of Babylon 5 its spinoff series Crusade have formed a partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to provide the producers with the latest technology. NASA will also be available to help the producers use astronomy as accurately as possible in the series.

ITEM Christopher Doohan, son of Star Trek's James Doohan (Scotty), is opening a Sci-Fi Cafe theme restaurant in Seattle near Pike Street. The restaurant is planned to open in March 1999, with others expected to follow in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

ITEM The official release date for the first of the three Star Wars prequel films has been announced. 20th Century Fox announced the official date will be May 21, 1999.

ITEM The Mask director Chuck Russell has signed to direct the science fiction film Evermere.

ITEM New Line Cinema has officially announced a sequel to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The film is set to begin production on November 2.

ITEM Universal Pictures will begin production on a Dudley Do-Right live-action film based on the animated television series. Show information, episode list, cast, and airdates. Brendan Fraser will star as Dudley, with Sarah Jessica Parker starring as Dudley's sweetheart, Nell. Hugh Wilson is writing and directing the movie which is planned for a Thanksgiving 1999 release.

ITEM Mark Addy, who captured a lot of attention for starring in The Full Monty, will play Fred Flintstone in the Universal Pictures prequel to The Flintstones.

ITEM The Columbia Pictures science fiction film After The Visitation is set to begin production. Rob Cohen is set to direct with Neil Moritz and Tom Sternberg to produce.

ITEM Todd Alcott is set to write the script for Dead World, based on the 1980s comic book. Warner Bros. has signed Mark Pavia to direct the film.

ITEM NBC will air its first evening animated television series in thirty years beginning August 12. The series, called Stressful Eric, originally aired in England on BBC2. Hank Azaria will redub the lead character's voice for American television.

ITEM David Morse, William Sadler and Harry Dean Stanton have signed on to star with Tom Hanks in The Green Mile. The film is based on a Stephen King novel that was published in six installments.

ITEM Highlander: The Search For Connor is set to go into production. Gregory Widen will co-write and direct this fourth in the Highlander film series. The film will star both Adrian Paul, the star of the Highlander television show, and Christopher Lambert.

ITEM Hasbro has begun selling The Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Classic Trilogy Collector's Edition. The game is based on the first three Star Wars films and features more than 2,400 questions.

ITEM Netter Digital Entertainment, the company that creates the computer effects for the Babylon 5 series, will be making the 3-D effects for a new animated series. Voltron: The Third Dimension is a spin-off of the original 1984 series Voltron: Defender of the Universe.

ITEM Universal Pictures has begun casting Mystery Men, a film based on the Burden comic book. Geoffrey Rush will play Cassanova Frankensteain and Kinka Usher will direct the project.

ITEM Two of Isaac Asimov's novels, Caves Of Steel and The Naked Sun, are being made into mini-series for the Syfy.

ITEM HBO's 12-part miniseries From The Earth To The Moon received 17 Emmy nominations, more than any other program this year. The series was produced by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks.

ITEM Warner Home Video is releasing a Babylon 5 video set on August 25th. Included in the boxed set are the film "In The Beginning," the pilot, "The Gathering," and the first four episodes, "Midnight on the Firing Line," "Soul Hunter," "Born to the Purple," and "Infection."

ITEM Universal Pictures has announced there will be a Jurassic Park 3. The film is due out in summer 2000 and will be scripted by Michael Crichton.

ITEM Prey has not been renewed for next season due to low ratings. The season ended with the first of a two part episode and no plans have been made for a second part.

ITEM Tim Burton is in talks with Paramount to direct Sleepy Hollow. The film will be based on the classic story the Headless Horseman.

ITEM A new syndicated series is being readied for fall, from the same people who make the Conan series. The new series will be called Ramses and based in ancient Egypt.

ITEM The Crow: Stairway To Heaven, based on The Crow comic books, is in production as a television series. Show information, episode list, cast, and airdates. The show is expected to appear in syndication this fall.

ITEM Fox has plans to air the unaired episodes of Roar this summer. The show was dropped due to low ratings earlier this year.

ITEM The new spin-off series from Buffy The Vampire Slayer will begin in fall 1999. The new series will star David Boreanaz as Angel and will be based around that character.

ITEM The Real Inspector Gadget has been cast. Matthew Broderick will play Inspector Gadget, Rupert Everett will play Dr. Claw, and Joely Fisher will be in the film as well.

ITEM Gillian Anderson has signed to star in three more seasons of The X-Files. David Duchovny had already signed to star in two more seasons of the series. Series creator Chris Carter has only signed through the seventh season (two more seasons) as well.

ITEM The next Star Trek film, Star Trek: Insurrection, will premiere in November. Jonathan Frakes directed the latest in the Star Trek: The Next Generation films.

ITEM I Dream Of Jeannie will be coming to the big screen starring Lisa Kudrow as Jeannie. Barbara Eden, the original Jeannie from the television series, will have a role in the film.

ITEM There will be new episodes of Woody Woodpecker beginning this fall on Fox. Universal Cartoon Studios will produce forty episodes.

ITEM The Magnificent Seven television series may have been saved by an Internet campaign. CBS has agreed to bring the series back for the mid-season next year.

ITEM Basketball star Dennis Rodman will play a regular part on Rysher Entertainment's new syndicated television series Soldier Of Fortune (which will be renamed S.O.S. Special Ops Force this fall).

ITEM Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be on the air for a 10th season. The Syfy will be showing 13 new episodes of the show beginning early 1999.

ITEM The Syfy will begin airing all 61 of the 1975-79 Wonder Woman series on June 29.

ITEM Wizards Of The Coast will be restarting its Amazing Stories magazine in July. The first issue will feature a Star Trek: The Next Generation cover and two Star Trek short stories.

ITEM A new science fiction series has been ordered by ABC as a mid-season replacement next year. The series is to be titled Earth Scum and is being made by the Carsey-Werner production company.

ITEM Robin William is set to star in Bicentennial Man. The science fiction film is based on the Isaac Asimov short story.

ITEM The new Invasion America science fiction series from Steven Spielberg and Harve Bennet will debut on June 8 on WB, after several delays.

ITEM R.L. Stine, author of the popular Goosebumps books for children, has created an adult horro mini-series for ABC. The series is set to be called R.L. Stine's Night Terrors and revolves around patients in a medical clinic who have sleep disorders.

ITEM The upcoming DreamWorks' studio film Small Soldiers will feature the voices of Tommy Lee Jones, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean. The live action/animation film was directed by Joe Dante.

ITEM Elektra Records wil be releasing two different soundtracks for The X-Files movie. One will be a score for the film and the other will be a collection of songs specially commissioned for it.

ITEM The Nick Fury made-for-television film starring David Hasselhoff will air on Fox television May 26th at 8pm.

ITEM Matthew Broderick has been cast in the title role of the upcoming Inspector Gadget film. Disney is expecting to release the film in summer 1999.

ITEM Sony Pictures will be premiering a 24-hour satellite animation channel in Japan on June 1. The channel will be called Animax.

ITEM The first licensed models based based on the popular Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be released in June. The hand-cast model will feature all the characters on the bridge of their spacecraft.

ITEM The Micronauts syndicated animated series, based on the toy line, will be seen on television beginning this fall. A five-part mini-series will show, with the remaining 22 episodes to air in early 1999.

ITEM Zen Intergalactic Ninja will begin filming this summer in Canada. the film will be based on the comic of the same name.

ITEM Paramount Pictures is set to begin production on Tomb Raider, based on the popular adventure game.

ITEM The new Captain America cartoon, originally scheduled to premiere on FOX in the fall, has been delayed until February 1999.

ITEM When the new Batman Tomorrow cartoon debuts next fall on Saturdays on the WB network, it will feature a 17 year old Batman. Thirteen episodes are planned for the fall.

ITEM Will Smith has signed to star in yet another Devlin/Emmerich film (they made Independence Day together). The threesome are set to make The Mark for Universal Pictures, with shooting expected to begin in late 1998 for release in the year 2000.

ITEM Filming is set to start next week on the film version of the 70s television series, Mod Squad. Josh Brolin, Vlaire Danes, Dennis Farina, Omar Epps, and Giovanni Ribisi have been cast in the MGM film.

ITEM Jonathan Lipnicki has signed to star in The Little Vampire, based on Angela Sommer-Bodenburg's book about a boy who makes friends with a vampire his own age. Filming is expected to begin in the fall in Scotland.

ITEM Leonard Nimoy has stated he would like to appear in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the character he played in the original Star Trek episode Mirror, Mirror. He played a bearded, evil Spock in that episode.

ITEM Viacom Consumer Products will be issuing limited edition boxes of Quaker Oh!s with graphics and screen shots from the new Star Trek Game, Star Trek: Secret of Vulcan Fury.

ITEM Buena Vista Home Video will be releasing The Black Cauldron for the first time on video and re-releasing The Rescuers on video in the second half of 1998.

ITEM Filming of Superman Lives has been delayed so the script can be rewritten. Nicolas Cage will still star in the film when filming begins.

ITEM Lou Diamond Phillips has been signed to star in the science fiction film Supernova. The film is about a futuristic hospital spaceship and will be directed by Walter Hill.

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