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There is quite an uproar in the DVD community right now over the Decss utility and the rights we have as consumers. There is now a great website out there known as OpenDVD.org, which I highly encourage you visit, it is packed with many facts, files, and articles on the whole thing. Grab a copy of the Linux DVD sourcecode

In Depth Look: The Others

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Disparate Souls blessed - and cursed - with paranormal powers make up The Others, a supernatural thriller from DreamWorks Television, in association with NBC Studios.Premieres Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, 10-11 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The group includes empathic medical intern Mark Gabriel (Gabriel Macht); mentally unstable seer Warren Day (Kevin J. O’Connor); Satori (Melissa Crider), a New Age "sensitive" and Albert Taylor (John Aylward), a vision-impaired grouch with a heightened "sense." Famed medium Elmer Greentree (Bill Cobbs) is their spiritual leader and a mentor figure for Marian, whose potential to see "all of the light" is strong. - to read more


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Koontz's great skill, as he demonstrates so well in this novel, is creating believable characters and thrusting them into seemingly impossible but--for the period of the story--completely plausible situations. The plot is as carefully layered as the most intricate orchestral compositions, and Koontz conducts the proceedings with almost unbearable tension. One of his greatest abilities as a writer, however, is tapping into the dark paranoia of society. As we approach the Millennium, and an age in which we are becoming increasingly desensitized to death and violence, Martie's fear of herself, known as autophobia, seems a terrifying warning that soon the only thing we will have left to fear is ourselves.
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Final Fantasy fans will be interested in reading this interview with Andy Jones who was one of the many animators that worked on the digital images you saw in Godzilla and Titanic. His current project is animation producer for the Final Fantasy movie from Square pictures, and he speaks a bit about his role and some of the techniques used in the making of the film in this interview from the Animation Foundation.

Is Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) directing Spider-Man? Or are we all doing a little too much wishful thinking? Today, Ain't It Cool News has a report claiming that Raimi has indeed signed on. While we'll wait for official confirmation before we start shouting it from the rooftops, it certainly is an interesting idea -- Raimi, about as close as you can get to a God in the realm of geekdom, made a big splash with Plan, but stumbled with Game (for the record, we blame Kevin Costner). His take on Spider-Man would certainly be...unique. Meanwhile, if Raimi does sign on, there's that wild casting rumor that's just bound to pop up...Bruce Campbell as Spider-Man. While we love Bruce, we don't quite see this happening... In any case, hopefully we'll hear something solid within the next few days. And apparently, you shouldn't count that crazy Jan de Bont (Speed, The Haunting) out just yet. This article is from SpiderManhype.com they have the best information on this huge project.

Well it looks as if Jodie Foster has ruined everything, she has officially turned down her re-appearance in the sequel to Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal. Sources say that Universal Studios is now deciding if they should just scrap the whole picture, which seems pretty likely at this point. A spokesperson for the movie company said that all other casting rumors for the part of Clarice Starling, are pure speculation and that Universal will be making their decision in the next two to three weeks. Rumors have been saying that Gillian Anderson may be asked to step into the role and in his latest Variety column, reporter Michael Fleming has also heard speculation that actresses Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted), Cate Blanchett (The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Hillary Swank (Boys Don't Cry) might also be under consideration by Universal, along with a possible attempt from the studio to get Foster to re-consider her decision.

Gladiator which is already getting rave reviews for its brilliant and powerful script as well as test screenings, hits theatres May 05, 2000 A.D. This Ridley Scott directed film features a violent story of slavery and freedom during the Roman empire. Visit the official site for the full story, and be sure to download the trailer which will get you ready for this epic rumble in the pits.

Dominion 2000 got a big tip on "Hellraiser 5:Inferno which recently wrapped up filming in Los Angeles and has now entered the post-production phase. The film concerns a good cop (Craig Sheffer) who finds himself in the dark labyrinth of Hell, but has no idea how or when he got there. Knowing that he doesn't belong in the unholy place, he searches for an answer to his fate and a way to escape the clutches of the evil Cenobites. Their informer also mentioned that there will be plenty more Cenobites this time around, including several that audiences have never seen before. Doug Bradley reprises his role as Pinhead, but only in a short cameo. The film is scheduled for a mid-late 2000 release. "

Joe Berlinger, the director of the great documentaries 'Paradise Lost' and 'Brother's Keeper', has been named to direct the Blair Witch sequel. While most people do not seem to be very interested in the idea of a second Witch film, Berlinger should be able to produce a unique take on the modern myhtology aspect of the film.

Our partners over at dndmovie.com got their hands on 8 new images from the Dungeons and Dragons film. These pictures really give you an idea of what the characters will look like in the film, and I have to admit that the costumes appear to be pretty darn nice, but from what I have been hearing about the script, it may not be enough to save the movie.

"1974's The Exorcist will be reappearing in theaters this April in a special director's cut, which may feature up to twelve minutes of new footage. New footage to be included may be the infamous "spider-walk" scene, but it's probable that all we'll get is a bunch of new dialogue and some enhanced FX." - Dominion 2000

Madeline Kahn has passed away at the age of 57. Kahn will perhaps best be remembered for her work in Mel Brooks films like 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Young Frankenstein'. A truly unique actress whose quirky song and dance attitude will sorley be missed. Her last role was a gypsy moth in a 'Bug's Life'.

Keanu Reeves is committed to a supporting role of a vicious, wife-beating murder suspect in the the new Sam Raimi movie entitled “The Gift." Giovanni Ribisi has also been set for the film, which stars Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes and Ron Eldard. Scripted by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson, "The Gift" concerns a clairvoyant woman from a small Southern town who becomes enmeshed in a murder investigation. Reeves will play a redneck who becomes the prime suspect in that murder and who threatens the psychic’s life after she counsels his battered wife. Ribisi will play a troubled youth with a scarred past who turns to the clairvoyant for support and proves an important ally to her as well. Filming begins Feb. 7th.

Alex Proyas, (The Crow and Dark City), will soon be directing a film version of the Edgar Allan Poe tale, The Masque of Red Death. No cast or crew has been named yet, but we will definetly keep our eyes on this one.


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