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Issue 51 Published March 1998
Universal Television has received a pilot order from Fox Broadcasting for Hollyweird, a potential Horror mystery series from executive producers Wes (Scream) Craven and Shaun (American Gothic) Cassidy targeted for the 1998 Autumn season. The show follows the lives of two friends from Ohio, a man and a woman in their early twenties, who develop a taste for the macabre after relocating to Los Angeles. They pair up to explore the dark side of Tinsel Town, both to help solve bizarre crimes and shoot a weekly travelogue for their local cable public-access channel back home.
As filming continues at a steady pace in Budapest on Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera (a Shivers set report soon), rumours are rampant that Warner Bros will be forging ahead with the long-in-gestation movie version of the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The composer himself has already confirmed that John Travolta is in talks about playing the lead role of Erik. According to Lloyd Webber it is important to ascertain up front that Travolta "is entirely confident that he can deliver it, because there can be no question of fiddling with this one"
British Fantasy pictures currently in the pipeline include Alien Blood starring Francesca Manning, Rebecca Sterling and Glyn Whiteside. Written and directed by Jon Sorenson, the West Coast Production is set at the turn of the millennium and tells the story of an alien being pursued by Government agents.
She was Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider duo of video games and now she's starring opposite Christopher Lambert in the big budget movie adaptation of the top video game Beowulf. 24- year-old actress Rhona Mitra was once best known in Britain for her role as a teenage nympho in the television series The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous. She's also had parts in The Bill, The Ghostbusters of East Finchley and is currently presenting the Pepsi Chart Show on Channel 5.