JMS CIS Digest: 27-Jan-96 09:30:15 through 27-Jan-96 20:28:25 (8 msgs)

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        Military Questions
        B5 Action Fig. - 'ish!
        COS <-> MOH connection?
        Bruce B. on E.T

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Date: 27-Jan-96 09:30:15
From: Robert Miller <71501.3042 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #437833-#Military Questions
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.439333 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.437833 at>

> And Jack was speaking correctly; his contacts were not
> psi-corps in nature.

Will Jack be appearing again, or will he be mentioned again?


Date: 27-Jan-96 20:28:19
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Robert Miller <71501.3042 at>
Subject: Military Questions
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.439680 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.439333 at>

     He'll be mentioned again, yes, in the very next episode, in fact.



Date: 27-Jan-96 10:18:00
From: Antony Jackson <100025.2004 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #B5 Action Fig. - 'ish!
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.439355 at>

What is this I hear that Henry Unger Associates have been
licenced to produce Babylon 5 statuettes? :))

Can you tell me a bit more about what they will be doing, planned
release date etc.?

I understand that the same firm also do action figures for other
licences, if they were to ask (and you are happy with their work
on the statuettes) would you allow them to produce action figures?



Date: 27-Jan-96 20:28:20
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Antony Jackson <100025.2004 at>
Subject: B5 Action Fig. - 'ish!
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.439681 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.439355 at>

     I haven't heard about this yet, so can't comment.  If it does go
ahead, I'll be involved in consulting on it, so I'll have a better
sense of this at that time.



Date: 27-Jan-96 11:06:49
From: Cherns Major <75026.3723 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #437155-#COS <-> MOH connection?
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.439384 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.437155 at>

> You'll love it [_Seconds_].  You'll be creeped out by it, but
> you'll love it.  It's a great film.

I missed the first part of this conversation, but I will
certainly second (so to speak) your recommendation--it is a great
film.  I think that _Seconds_, like several other Frankenheimers,
is very striking visually--I know that James Wong Howe was the
cinematographer for _Seconds_, but I'm not sure (my Frankenheimer
book is out on loan) who besides else was responsible for the 
equally striking _Seven Days In May_, _The Manchurian Candidate_,
and _Grand Prix_ (striking in a different way--I saw it a couple
of times in three-projector Cinerama--wow!).

I post, however, not just to congratulate me and thee on our
excellent taste, but to post a almost-too-late alert for Big Apple
Siggies: The Museum of Modern Art is apparently holding a
Frankenheimer retrospective.  Let me post the times (NOTE: these
should be checked--I may well have made an error in transcription)
and gush a bit about one of my favourite (and IMHO greatly 
underappreciated) directors:

_The Manchurian Candidate_ Jan 25 at 2:30 and Jan 27 at 2: I
loved the novel, and I thought that Frankenheimer did a great job
with it (despite a minor but significant alteration of the ending,
presumably by screenwriter George Axelrod).  For one thing, it
made me respect Frank Sinatra as an actor, despite his apparent
failings as a human being and (IMHO only) singer. Laurence Harvey
really found his dream role as a brainwashed zombie; Angela 
Lansbury made it impossible for me to believe her later more
benign roles; and James Gregory was perfect as the buffoon
McCarthy.  This film had been unavailable for a very long time
(not, I believe I read someplace, because of political
repercussions or possible objections by the Kennedy family, but 
because of legal tangles about the soundtrack, which I remember
as being wonderful), and I haven't seen it for many years, but I
can almost bring every frame to my mind.

_Seconds_, Jan 25 at 6 and Jan 28 at 5: Creepy and
disturbing--actually, downright chilling.  My loaned-out
Frankenheimer book suggests (as I recall) that the studio
executives figured that American audiences would be bummed out by
it, but expected that the cynical Europeans would eat it up at
Cannes; turned out that the Europeans were bummed out too.  I
thought that the second act sagged at bit (not really surprising,
since it was supposed to convey ennui and failure), but the

_The Train_, Jan 25 at 8:15 and Jan 29 at 6: I thought it an
extremely workmanlike piece, with great performances, very taut. 
Not as much of a ground-breaker as some of Frankenheimer's others,
but still showing how well an action film can be done.

_The Fixer_, Jan 26 at 2:30 and Jan 28 at 2: never saw it myself.
What I heard about it agrees with _The New Yorker_'s
"...Frankenheimer's version crawls along on its exalted
intentions, and the Dalton Trumbo script, out of the
dignity-and-indomitable-spirit-of-man school of screen-writing,
is as flat as unleavened bread."

_Grand Prix_, Jan 26 at 6:30 and Jan 29 at 2:30: From the first
frame of the Saul Bass titles (solid black screen, ear-wrenching
whine; slight movement at the edges helps us realize that we are
looking down a tailpipe as the engine screms and the credits roll
by), I knew that this would be a feast for the eyes at least.  I
thought the plot and characters fairly predictable, but still
pretty good.

_Seven Days In May_, Jan 27 at 5: Another visual treat, with very
taut action and great performances from top to bottom.

_The Gypsy Moths_, Jan 30 at 2:30: Barnstorming skydivers.  Never
saw it myself.

_I Walk the Line_, Jan 30 at 6:  Gregory Peck as a Tennessee
sheriff. "This... picture has gone so far in deglamorizing
everything that it forgets to give you a reason for watching it." 
Personally, I never have.

These films do not, of course, make up the entire Frankenheimer
canon. Something--probably good judgment--suggested to MOMA that
they not include such works as _99 and 44/100% Dead_.

While I'm reading the film reviews in _The New Yorker_, I should
mention that _Children of Paradise_ is playing at Symphony Space
on Jan 30.  This is perhaps one of the films that everyone is
obligated to see at least once, perhaps the most romantic film
ever made by the hand of man.

Thanks for letting me carry on in your space, Joe.  Love the
show; *very* eager for new episodes; keep up the great work. 
Returning now to regular B5 programming in this section, --Howard


Date: 27-Jan-96 20:28:21
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Cherns Major <75026.3723 at>
Subject: COS <-> MOH connection?
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.439682 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.439384 at>

     Wow, what a great line-up; almost makes me wish I was in NY.



Date: 27-Jan-96 11:27:57
From: Michael Zitaglio <102545.641 at>
To: J. Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #Bruce B. on E.T
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.439404 at>

Hi Joe,

When I was in LA last week, I saw Bruce B on Entertainment
Tonight. He was in Las Vegas where all the networks were trying to
market their shows for syndication.  He was in his B5 dress
uniform and looking pretty good.  He had a lot of good things to
say.   Did you have any luck syndicating?


Date: 27-Jan-96 20:28:25
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Michael Zitaglio <102545.641 at>
Subject: Bruce B. on E.T
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.439683 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.439404 at>

     Bruce was on ET...?  Gotta check that.



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