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by Yifat Shaik

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Movies

For this year’s Oscar ceremony on Feb 29th 2004, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was the big winner - winning 11 Oscars (a record shared only by the movies Titanic and Ben-Hur) including: Best Picture, Best Director (Peter Jackson), Best-Adapted Screenplay and many more. Finding Nemo won the Oscar for Best Animated feature.

Probably one of the more interesting movie projects in the works currently is the new Batman movie. The movie is called Batman Begins, focusing on Batman’s earlier years, and will be released in the summer of 2005. It is directed by Christopher Nolan, who directed the brilliant Memento, and stars Christian Bale (American Psycho, Equilibrium) as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred the butler, Katie Holmes as Wayne's childhood friend Rachel, Liam Neeson as Wayne's mentor, Morgan Freeman as a former Wayne Enterprises board member Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) as the villain and Gary Oldman as Lt. James Gordon.

Bryan Singer (X-Men) is now sign to direct a remake of the 1976 sci-fi movie Logan's Run. For more information about the original film, you may visit IMDB

Universal Pictures had green-lighted Serenity, a film based on Joss Whedon’s (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) short-lived T.V series Firefly.

Another movie that is now (finally) in production is Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The known cast right now are: Bill Nighy (Love Actually) as Slartibartfast, Martin Freeman (The Office) as Arthur Dent and Sam Rockwell (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) as Zaphod Beeblebrox. For more info visit IMDB.

Television

Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer sister show) was cancelled by the W.B Network. The show aired for five seasons.

The casting for the new Stargate series: Stargate Atlantis is now complete. The series will premiere in July on the Scifi Channel in America. For more information check www.scifi.com/atlantis

Books:
The 2003 Nebula Award nominees were announced, and here they are:

Novels
•Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold
•The Mount by Carol Emshwiller
•Light Music by Kathleen Ann Goonan
•The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson
•Chindi by Jack McDevitt
•The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

Novellas
•"The Potter of Bones" by Eleanor Arnason
•"The Empress of Mars" by Kage Baker
•"Coraline" by Neil Gaiman
•"Stories for Men" by John Kessel
•"Breathmoss" by Ian MacLeod

Novelettes
•"The Mask of the Rex" by Richard Bowes
•"Of a Sweet Slow Dance in the Wake of Temporary Dogs" by Adam-Troy Castro
•"0wnz0red" by Cory Doctorow
•"The Empire of Ice Cream" by Jeffrey Ford
•"The Wages of Syntax" by Ray Vukcevich

Short Stories
•"Knapsack Poems" by Eleanor Arnason
•"The Brief History of the Dead" by Kevin Brockmeier
•"Goodbye to All That" by Harlan Ellison
•"Grandma" by Carol Emshwiller
•"What I Didn't See" by Karen Joy Fowler
•"Lambing Season" by Molly Gloss

Scripts
•Finding Nemo
•Minority Report
•"Where No Fan Has Gone Before," Futurama
•Spirited Away
•The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Miscellaneous

The First Jury Submissions for this year DragonCon is now over. The 2nd ends on June 1st, 2004. For more information check www.dragoncon.org

Epilogue launched the first issue of their new e-zine Epitome. Check out this art e-zine over at www.gatheringofartists.com/epitome/content/.



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