A taste of
the kind of Star Wars fever that will grip cinemas worldwide
in a few months occurred in the US on November 17 with the first
screenings of the official trailer for Episode One: The Phantom
Menace (confirmed as the title at the end of the two-minute
early viewer was journalist Jeffrey Wells, of the
website. It definitely gets your blood racing, he
enthused. Light-sabre duels, that awesome John Williams music, a
shaggy-haired Liam Neeson, painterly CGI vistas, Ewan McGregor as a
young Obi-Wan Kenobi, speeding air-buggies, new Space creatures,
Natalie Portman as the new Carrie Fisher, celestial dog-fights... its
an eyeful. Viewers also seem to have been mostly delighted by
the trailer according to the deluge of reports that followed. The
two-minute teaser became an attraction in itself with many satisfied
customers reportedly leaving cinemas before the main feature theyd
supposedly paid to see!
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We thought they already were a parody,
but the Scream movies along with recent cash-ins
are to be sent-up by the writers of Spy Hard in Scream if
You Know What I Did Last Summer. Even more bizarrely, the script
has been bought by Dimension, the studio that made Scream...
Only in Hollywood. Still with Dimension, two more Horror comic
adaptations may be on the way: Ghosting (a college-set story
where kids have to spend time in a haunted house as part of their fraternity
pledges) and the best-selling Dead of Night.
of the End
It looks like The
X-Files will end after seven seasons. Thats what I
anticipate, said creator Chris Carter to the Associated Press,
though he did admit, if it goes past that it will be great.
The Beginning, the much-publicized season première
episode of The X-Files managed to pay off for Fox by being the
networks top show that week (when it aired on November 8) and
12th overall. However, year-on-year the ratings had dropped by 26
percent. Press reports are concluding that, while still popular, the
show has probably peaked with the US domestic audience now
succumbing the global erosion of The X-Files ratings.
Perhaps the viewers were abducted by UFOs...
These are the
Majel Barrett Roddenberry has been
rummaging through her late husbands filing cabinet again and has
discovered the inventively-titled Starship. It will now be
developed into a computer-generated animation series by Barrett
Roddenberry along with Mainframe Entertainment, the Canadian makers of
ReBoot. The premise involves a massive spaceship constructed
especially to explore the outer edges of the galaxy. Sound familiar?
Yes, but at least the animation will be more lively than the Star
Trek TV cartoon.