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The Spectacular Spider-Man™: The Complete First Season DEBUTS ON DVD JULY 28

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22, 2009 by blog4tsotsm
“If you are a Spidey fan you will not want to miss this!”
– Matt Sernaker,

Experience all of Peter Parker’s Web-Slinging Adventures In…

The Spectacular Spider-Man™:
The Complete First Season

Includes All 13 Episodes from the Hit First Season,
Two All-New Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes
and a “Play All” Function for Uninterrupted Action

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (May 18, 2009) – The web-slinging Marvel Super Hero returns to DVD July 28 with the release of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete First Season. This collection contains all 13 episodes from the first season of the hit television show that was executive produced by Stan Lee, Craig Kyle, Eric S. Rollman and produced by Greg Weisman, Victor Cook and Diane A. Crea. The animated network series is relaunching in 2009 on Disney’s XD network, after its successful run on CW network drawing more than 1.8 millions viewers weekly. This two-disc DVD set contains nearly five hours of exciting content, includes two all-new “spectacular” behind-the-scenes featurettes and a “Play All Episodes” function for a seamless Spidey viewing experience. The DVD set will be available for $28.96 SRP.

Helping to make these hip and exciting adventures come to life are the voices of Josh Keaton (TV’s “Ben 10”); Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls); Josh LeBar (TV’s “Entourage”); Vanessa Marshall (TV’s “Underfist: Halloween Bash”); Deborah Strang (Eagle Eye); Alanna Ubach (Still Waiting); James Arnold Taylor (TV’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”); Daran Norris (Bolt); and Grey Delisle (TV’s “The Replacements”).

The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete First Season
Witness the Spider-Man mythology from the beginning. Peter Parker is not your typical high school junior. This 16-year-old returns to school after an exciting summer of nabbing common criminals with his new found powers as “Spider-Man”. Now Peter Parker must conceal his real identity and deal with the multi-leveled pressures of teenage life, while, at the same time, battling bigger, badder super villians in the real world!

Broadcast Year: 2008 (CW – KidsWB!), 2009 (Disney XD)

Episodes Included in this Volume:
* Episode 101: “Survival of the Fittest”
* Episode 102: “Interactions”
* Episode 103: “Natural Selections”
* Episode 104: “Market Forces”
* Episode 105: “Competition”
* Episode 106: “The Invisible Hand”
* Episode 107: “Catalysts”
* Episode 108: “Reaction”
* Episode 109: “The Uncertainty Principle”
* Episode 110: “Persona”
* Episode 111: “Group Therapy”
* Episode 112: “Intervention”
* Episode 113: “Nature vs. Nurture”

DVD Special Features Include:
* All-New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette: Stylizing Spidey –A look at the creative decisions made in creating the show, stylizing the look and storylines.
* All-New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette: Spider-Man Re-Animated – A behind the scenes look at making the animated series, featuring interviews with the cast and crew.
* “Play All Episodes” Option

Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete First Season
DVD Catalog: # 23724
UPC Code: 0-43396-23724-7
Order Date: 6/25/09
SLP: $28.96

Previously released volumes include:
* The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 1
* The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 2
* The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 3
* The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 4

The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete First Season has a run time of 287 minutes and is rated TV Y7. Artwork and digital clips are available for download at Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. SPE is a division of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in more than 100 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at For more info on Blu-ray Disc™, visit

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Roddenberry Productions To Buy Unreleased Footage of Star Trek Cast And Crew

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2009 by blog4tsotsm



LOS ANGELES, CA, May 18, 2009 – Roddenberry Productions, Inc. is currently in negotiations with Toolbox Productions to purchase the entire high-def library of Star Trek interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and special material filmed by Toolbox over the past 20 years. Making the announcement were Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, CEO of Roddenberry Productions, and Donald R. Beck, President/CEO of Toolbox Productions. The final purchase price is estimated to be in the $2,000,000 range.

Once the deal is finalized, the respective parties plan to produce the definitive Star Trek video omnipedia, an interactive “A to Z” guide through the iconic series’ facts, mythology and characters. Ideal for legions of fans and collectors worldwide, the first-of-its-kind Star Trek video omnipedia will be hosted by Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek’s legendary creator, Gene Roddenberry. Presented in high-def, the multi-part set will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from four Star Trek TV series spin-offs, starting with “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and progressing through subsequent shows.

The principals are currently in negotiations with distributors for the product. A release date has not been established.

“Never before have Star Trek fans had the opportunity to own such a thorough, fun collection that will be as all-out entertaining as it is informative,” said Beck, who will serve as online producer.

Roddenberry stated, “This footage is a gold mine. With the enormous success of the new movie, now is the perfect time for us to share what made Star Trek so special with the legions of new and old fans world-wide.”

About Roddenberry Productions

Roddenberry Productions is a science-fiction leader with a tradition of groundbreaking entertainment and quality merchandise. Originally founded in 1967 by Gene Roddenberry, the company has since led a steady stable of science fiction successes including Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and, most notably, the Star Trek brand. Roddenberry Productions continues to produce entertainment for all audiences, employing a viewer-centric creative process and resulting in insightful visions of humanity. Its merchandising business is based on quality and authenticity providing memorabilia for fans in today’s new multimedia generation. Roddenberry Productions has set itself apart by creating content that surpasses mere entertainment; it acknowledges the intelligence of audiences by challenging them to think, question and explore the world, and those potentially beyond.

About Toolbox Productions

For over 20 years, Toolbox Productions, Inc. has produced dozens of award-winning DVD projects and TV specials, as well as on-air promotion, advertising and main titles for some of television’s biggest brands. Founded by Donald R. Beck, who also serves as creative director, Toolbox Productions continues to lead the television industry with its insightful, thought-provoking and unique style. Toolbox Productions’ latest endeavor, a teaming with Roddenberry Productions, marks a milestone in television production.

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Juliet Landau On Her Sultry Role In Green Lantern

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2009 by blog4tsotsm

Actress Juliet Landau, a fanboy favorite from her devious appearances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, easily glides into the voice of sultry alien Labella in Green Lantern: First Flight, the next DC Universe animated original PG-13 movie coming to DVD on July 28, 2009.

Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation are set to release the all-new Green Lantern: First Flight in a Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def edition, a special edition 2-disc DVD, and a single disc DVD. Warner Home Video will distribute the action-packed movie, which will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View as well as available for download day and date, July 28, 2009.

Landau is best known for her portrayal of vampire Drusilla in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. She initially turned heads with standout performances in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood and opposite Whoopi Goldberg in Theodore Rex; she has done oodles of voiceover work, including recurring roles on Justice League Unlimited and Ben 10: Alien Force; and she has three upcoming films in various stages of production.

Turning her attention behind the camera, Landau has received notable praise for her initial pair of directing gigs. She helmed Take Flight, a documentary centering on the creative process of actor/director Gary Oldman, which drew rave reviews at a recent advance screening. Her co-direction of the Godhead music video, Hero, is garnering widespread Internet acclaim. She also has been busy at the keyboard, co-writing the Drusilla story line for the Angel comic books as well as scripting It’s Raining Cats and Cats, a short film in which she intends to play seven different roles.

Christopher Meloni provides the voice of Hal Jordan, the alter ego of the title character in Green Lantern: First Flight. The cast includes Victor Garber, Tricia Helfer and Michael Madsen. Landau offers a Cajun-style vocal performance for Labella, a mistress of the seedier side of the universe in which the Green Lantern Corps patrol.

Labella fears the power of the purple sphere – and what Sinestro intends to do with it – in a telling scene from Green Lantern: First Flight, an all-new DC Universe animated original movie set for distribution July 28, 2009 by Warner Home Video. Actress Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) provides the voice of Labella.

Landau and Meloni have worked closely together in the past, starring as brother and sister in the 1999 award-winning independent film Carlo’s Wake. Landau is also another member of the growing legion of Whedonverse actors to figure prominently in a DC Universe film. Among Whedon/DCU alums are Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, James Marsters and David Boreanaz, with a few more on the DCU horizon.

Fortunately for the masses, Landau carved a few minutes out of her busy schedule to chat about voiceover work, the development of her Green Lantern: First Flight character, and the ability to grow and create in the entertainment business. So sit back and enjoy an intriguing Q&A with Juliet Landau …

What is the enticement of voiceover for animation?

It is so much fun! You get to sit with a bunch of actors and play. Really play! There’s no hair and make-up, no primping – just absolute, uninhibited creativity. That’s the real joy of acting. And it doesn’t get any better than working with Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano.

Do you have a preference for the type of characters you play?

I like playing all different kinds of characters. Each one is it’s own little puzzle. Aliens are fun because you have a lot of freedom. The voice of Labella just came to me when I read the pages in a kind of organic in a way. I immediately felt like she had to sound the way I played her. When I came in for looping (pick up sound work) Andrea Romano described my Labella sound as “honey-voiced.” I think that really captures it.

Tell us about Labella?

Labella (left) attempts to dissuade Sinestro from pursuing additional, potentially harmful interrogation during Green Lantern: First Flight, an all-new DC Universe animated original movie set for distribution July 28, 2009 by Warner Home Video. Actress Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) performs the voice of Labella.

There was a lot of room for invention in this character, especially with the device they use with her. I don’t want to give it away, but she does go through a bit of torture and it causes a rift between Sinestro and Hal. I really liked the sexuality and the flirtatiousness of the character. She’s very different from any of the characters I’ve voiced on Justice League Unlimited or Ben 10: Alien Force – she’s a completely unique character.

QUESTION: You spent some time acting alongside Christopher Meloni as brother and sister in Carlo’s Wake. Do you have any good tales to tell about our Hal Jordan?

Carlo’s Wake revolved around a big Italian family gathering together at the patriarch’s funeral. The immediate “Torello” family rehearsed at my house prior to shooting. I remember working on this funny scene where (Chris Meloni’s character) Benny tells me about his existential crisis while out on the fishing boats catching tuna. With despondency, he asks something like, “What is it all for?” And my character Anna, who was not the sharpest tool in the shed, says something akin to .”I thought it was so’s we could have tuna salad sandwiches …”

Chris was flown to New York while we were shooting to meet with Garry Marshall about Runaway Bride. Upon returning, he came into the make-up room and told us about the meeting and we were all saying, “It sounds like you’re gonna get this!” And indeed, he did.

When did you start comics writing, and what’s the attraction of the written word?

My first foray into comics is a two-issue arc about Drusilla for Angel: After the Fall.
I am co-writing with Brian Lynch and enjoying it immensely. The first issue will be out in July, the second in August. I have been working with 3 different artists on some of the imagery and cover art as well. I also wrote a short film called, It’s Raining Cats and Cats, which I will co-direct. Exploring these different facets of creativity has been truly inspiring. As an actor, you’re a component; but when you’re writing and directing, it is your vision of the whole project, which is very appealing. Take Flight has been an amazing experience. Gary Oldman directed a music video shot entirely on Nokia cell phones. Initially he asked me to direct the “Making Of.” But what started out solely as a behind-the-scenes “Making Of,” bloomed into a short documentary film about Gary’s creative process. He loves the movie because it shows him in a light he’s never been seen.

For more information, images and updates, please visit the film’s official website at

Trademark information for the images: GREEN LANTERN © Warner Bros. Ent Inc. “Wonder Woman” and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Special Thanks to Gary Miereanu

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Interview excerpts with Malcolm Shabazz:

Posted in Uncategorized on May 19, 2009 by blog4tsotsm

Malcolm X’s Grandson Breaks Silence!

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By News One May 18, 2009 10:00 pm

Malcolm Shabazz

To commemorate Malcolm X’s birthday, an icon who many consider to be the greatest Black leader who has ever lived, NewsOne presents this exclusive investigative story, photo gallery and video that, for the first time, speaks to Malcolm X’s first male heir, MALCOLM SHABAZZ



His grandmother, Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, was killed in a fire he started 11 years ago. He was 12 years old. He had been shuttled in and out of correctional institutions until his release from Attica Prison in February 2007. Now MALCOLM SHABAZZ, 24, is on a mission: to clear his name, stay out of jail and rise from the ashes of his past.

During the course of a long-standing exclusive correspondence with Aliya S. King for NewsOne and GIANT magazine, Malcolm spoke candidly and introspectively about a checkered childhood, an unstable family life, and the burden of being the sole male heir to an icon whose life and legacy have transformed millions of lives.

The following are woven excerpts from hours of conversation with Shabazz:

People often describe me as troubled. I’m not going to say that I’m not. But I’m not crazy. I have troubles. A lot of us do. But you need to understand where I’m coming from and why I am the way I am. Considering what I’ve been through, it’s a miracle that I’ve been able to hold it together. I’m just trying to find my way. [I’ve read newspaper stories about me that] say, “Experts testify [that boy] is psychotic.” The way they describe me is wrong — bi-polar, depression, pyro, whatever. I know I’m not at all. Some of the things I’ve been through, the average person would have cracked.

All my life, I’ve had [moments where] I’ve lived in the lap of luxury in the Trump Towers and not wanted for a single thing. And the very next day I’m [living in] a slum in a gang-infested Philly neighborhood, eating fried dough three times a day. One minute, I’m in a situation with structure and discipline. The next minute I’m running the streets with no supervision at all. One of my aunts has a friend who is very devoted to his children. I was hanging out with them one day and all he talked about was [their] schedule and sports and taking his kids here and there. I wish I had that. I wish I had someone whose purpose in life was to take care of me. That’s how white people do it. They plan for [their] kids. We don’t. That’s cause we don’t plan our kids. I wasn’t planned.

Malcolm Lateef Shabazz was born in Paris, France in 1984. His mother is Qubilah Shabazz, the second of Malcolm X’s six daughters. She was only four years old when her father was killed right in front of her at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. According to her son, Qubilah grew up loving nature and being by herself. When she was still a young girl, she chose to become a Quaker. She later attended Princeton University, but left before graduating. As she told the Minneapolis Star Tribune in a 1995 interview: “I was under a lot of social pressure, largely due to who I was. I did not fit the view of who I was supposed to be. I didn’t arrive on campus with combat boots and a beret, and I didn’t speak Swahili.” After leaving Princeton, Qubilah traveled to Paris, where she began studying at the Sorbonne. It was here that she met Malcolm’s father, an Algerian. To this day, her son says he has never met his biological father.

I am [my grandfather’s] first male heir, his first grandson. [I’ve read and been told that] he always wanted a son. No boys in the Shabazz family until me. I used to think [Malcolm X] was my father. My mother told me that. I would ask and she would show me pictures of her father and tell me it was my father. I can’t talk to her about him. Nothing in-depth. She acts like she doesn’t know about him. She was there. She was four years old and sitting right there [when he was killed]. I don’t think she’s ever recovered from that.


Qubilah left Paris when Malcolm was still very young and moved back to the U.S. He remembers them moving around a lot, living in such places as Los Angeles and Brooklyn. His mother reportedly took odd jobs at places like Denny’s to earn enough to get by.

How do you [fill out an application at] Denny’s and put down Princeton and the Sorbonne as your education? I felt like she was better than that. And I didn’t like seeing [her work those kinds of jobs.] When I was 3 or 4, we lived in California. I used to run away from home. My mother drank and she would be asleep and I would be unsupervised. [According to various news reports, Qubilah Shabazz has had issues with alcohol and mental illness in the past.] I was very adventurous [so] I would walk up [and down] the street. It would end with the police bringing me home. One day I walked to my day care center [which was] miles away. One day I got on the bus and just hung out away from home and no one said a word. Whole day goes by before anyone stopped me. [My mom] loves me. I’m sure of that. Everyone is not meant to be a parent. She didn’t hug me. She’s just not that kind of person. It used to make me upset and angry [when I was younger].

After California, Malcolm moved to Philadelphia where he lived with his great-grandmother, Madeline Sandlin, the stepmother of his grandmother Betty Shabazz.

She’s a very strong woman. Native American—very strong and stern and strict. She [lived] in North Philly. [Her neighborhood] was so rough. It was so bad, I couldn’t go outside [and] play. It was like being behind bars. I started school at [a private school outside of Philadelphia]. I went to kindergarten and first grade. These kids were rich. [The bus] wouldn’t go to my house. [It] would go to the corner. [The kids] would say, “You live here?” This [white] girl called me a nigger [one time on the school bus]. I didn’t even know what it meant. I [just] knew it was something bad. I wanted to be white. They seemed happy, like they had everything they needed. White was equal to happy and rich. And black [was] just the opposite.

My aunt Attallah was visiting [in Philly] one day. I was looking at a magazine and [there was a picture] of a white boy in a suit. [I took the magazine to my aunt] and I said “I wish I was white like this white boy right here.” She said, “Why would you say that?”

My great-grandmother couldn’t take care of me forever. I ended up in [upstate] New York living with my teacher for second grade [at the school I was enrolled in]. I liked her–I was calling her “Mom.” She had a 16-year-old daughter. I had a pet hamster [and] a bike. I [was] on the Little League team, I [went to] church every Sunday. I had a crush on a white girl named Heidi. I had stability, something I never had before and I liked it a lot. I was the only black kid in the entire school but [I had] a lot of kids to play with. [My aunt] came to pick me up for the summer and I think she didn’t like [the situation]. I was happy and taken care of, but I don’t think she liked it. She [took me] for the summer [and] as it got closer to September I [kept] asking [if I was going back to Kingston]. She kept saying yeah, but I never went back.

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“Society of the Secret Mau”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 13, 2009 by blog4tsotsm

Some historical background is being added to the novel. This historical background will bring everything together and the reader will see the complete picture. The who, what, why, where and when of it all.

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