SF in film and TV
§ Salon October 18
Jonathan Lethem picks good books overshadowed by their mediocre film adaptations. Among them: Walter Tevis' The Hustler and The Man Who Fell to Earth (the latter just reprinted by Del Rey Impact).
(Mon 1 Nov 1999)
§ Salon October 29
A lengthy article by Robert Wilonsky is about the history and future of the Star Trek franchise. Principal villain: Rick Berman.
Los Angeles Times October 29
The LAT reports that TNT has announced plans to make a four-hour miniseries from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. The project has no script or cast.
§ Time November 1, 1999
Article about how The Omega Code, a movie about Biblical prophecy and the Millennium, has become a minor hit through marketing directly to the Evangelical Christian community. Here's a Reuters/MSNBC article about it.
§ Reuters/MSNBC, October 24
Report that Philip Glass's score for Tod Browning's 1931 film Dracula is a big hit, both in video stores and on concert stages, where the Kronos Quartet performs the score live behind screenings of the film. Glass has offerred to score two other famous Universal horror films, Frankenstein and The Mummy. The soundtrack CD for Dracula was released in August; the videotape (no DVD) of the newly-scored film is now available.
Entertainment Weekly October 29, 1999
The ''101 Most Powerful People in Entertainment'' include George Lucas in 4th place, Steven Spielberg 5th, James Cameron 27th, Stephen King 41st, Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos 69th, Chris Carter 70th, Michael Crichton 85th, and in 101st place -- Harry Potter.
(Sat 30 Oct 1999)