The Helpers' Network GAZETTE - Online a monthly newsletter for friends of "Beauty and the Beast" __________________________________________________ September, 1995 This is the news roundup from Nan Dibble and Helpers' Network. Call the Central Hotline at 513-961-3317. Hard copies of the Gazette are $1.50 each to Helpers' Network, 379 Amazon Ave., Cincinnati OH 45220-1148. Ad rates are 1/2 page $5, 1 page $10, 2 full sides, $15. Classified FREE (and included in the online version, as well). __________________________________________________ MOVIE! MOVIE! MOVIE! MOVIE! (FOUR HOURS' WORTH!) Taking it from the top, Ron Perlman made a surprise appearance at A Distant Shore for about 5 minutes, on his way through to Britain. He said he was pleased at all the good that's been done in the name of Beauty and the Beast. (Nan got to shake his hand--the good news-- but failed to get a sound byte for the Hotline, the reason she accosted him in the first place-- the bad news. Proves that them as don't want, gets.) Other guests at the convention included Roy Dotrice, Edward Albert, David Schwartz, David Greenlee, Teri Hanaur (Jennie), Caitlin O'Heany (Brigit O'Donnell), Ren Woods (Edie), Ritch Brinkley (William), Ellen Geer (Mary), and Cory Danziger (Kipper). Jo Anderson (Diana) sent a telegram expressing her regrets at being unable to attend and her good wishes for the fandom. Also attending was Barbara Hambly, author of two of the B&B novelizations from Avon (now out of print), with whom Nan did a most enjoyable panel session. The Suits were represented by Robert Sigman, CEO of Republic, and Ron Castell, a VP at Blockbuster, and their assorted staffs. Ron Koslow also made an appearance and attended Saturday's Q&A session with the fans. Koslow said, and Robert Sigman confirmed, that a 4 hour Beauty and the Beast miniseries is in the first stages of being planned. The earliest it would actually begin filming would be next summer, that is, summer of 1996. Please remember, this is only the first step, not an announcement of definite things. But it's not a rumor. Koslow and Republic are saying they intend to do this--it's just a matter of getting all the parts together now. Koslow said that the first part of the miniseries would be reviving Catherine and explaining how she survived. The second part of the miniseries would continue into a story, just as the episodes did. So there well might be further miniseries beyond this first one. No word on Linda Hamilton's involvement, but Koslow has always made clear that he wants her to play Catherine. We'll see how that works out. Nan has always believed that a movie would come in some form, and that this year there was the best chance to get something started, since Republic is about over the confusions resulting from the mergers and reorganization under Viacom and Blockbuster that have occupied them for almost two years. That's now happened, and Republic has lots of plans for the series. These plans, incidentally, will not be affected, claims Sigman, by Viacom's recently announced plans to sell off Spelling Entertainment, formerly closely linked with Republic. Pat Jackson, reporting on several discussions she had with Sigman and other representatives of Republic, said that not only is the Of Love and Hope album to be reissued as a CD (manufactured but not distributed, as of Oct. 1), but a sequel album is planned as well. Again, it would be Ron Perlman reading poetry to music. No word on the release date on either album yet, but we'll keep you posted. With the new series of videos, episodes 13-16, now out (and very handsome they are, too!) it's clear that Republic is interested in promoting the series now and is looking for new licensees to produce B&B merchandise. Videos of episodes 17-20 are being developed for release, probably (a guess) early next year. In light of all these exciting developments, Nan is confident that there'll be a lot of news, all of it good, to come out of this in months to come. ____________________________________________ RON PERLMAN-NEW MOVIES AND AN AUDIOBOOK! Since August, Ron Perlman has been in Australia filming a remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau, starring Marlon Brando. RP expert Maxine Mayer reports that Brando is one of the actors Ron admires most. So in many ways, this shapes up as a remarkable project. The film is based on an H. G. Wells tale about mad scientist Moreau who, on his private tropical island, surgically--and painfully--transforms animals into humans (sort of), then tries to get them to behave like people. Do you hear BEAST implicit here? If you do, Nan thinks you're right. The tale has been filmed twice before: in 1933 (with Charles Laughton as Moreau) and 1977 (with Burt Lancaster as the lead). Both previous versions are critically well regarded. According to Darlene Sullivan, the movie's start date was pushed back because of star Brando's family tragedy, the suicide of his daughter. That left enough time for Val Kilmer to finish shooting on Batman Forever and be available for Island, playing what can be described as the "Michael York" role, the male ingenue, inasmuch as Michael York played that part in the last filming of Island, the one that starred Burt Lancaster. Ron Perlman's part is that of the humanized animal, "The Speaker of the Law," played by Bela Lugosi in the first version that starred Charles Laughton as Dr. Moreau. Although, as helper Marion Kozlowski reported to us, production on Island was briefly shut down while changing directors and coping (reportedly) with Val Kilmer's requests that scenes be frequently reshot, production has apparently resumed: Ron Perlman's agent's office recently told Nan that he's expected back in the states about mid-November. Darlene also tells us the cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, an actor nominated for an Oscar for Pulp Fiction, who played the nicer of the two computer experts in Jurassic Park: the one who had his arm torn off by a veloceraptor, and somebody neither of us knows, who rejoices in the name Marco Hofshneider. The movie begins shooting in Australia on August 15. Some RP movie miscellany: Fluke, in which Ron Perlman co-stars with Matthew Modine, is now out. Ron plays a live-action baddie, not a voice, and is billed immediately below the dog. Original Sins, an original TV movie whose cast included Ron Perlman, aired on April 12. Though it was a small part, it was without elaborate makeup, Ron wasn't the baddie, and he didn't get splatted at the end. So all in all, a pleasant change of pace. Apparently Ron went to Cannes for the premiere of City of Lost Children, the first movie he's ever been in that was in contention for a prize. It didn't win any, however. It's reportedly due in theaters in the US in November. Ron went to Cannes from Vancouver, where did The Adventures of Captain Zoom, a low-budget wonder in which he plays Ming the Merciless. Those of you who remember the Flash Gordon movie will understand when Nan says that if it's good enough for Max Von Sydow, it's probably good enough for Ron. The name of the character was later changed to Lord Vox. And thanks to Karen Morgia and the many others who called to our attention that Ron Perlman was featured, with a picture, in a small blurb in TV Guide in August, tied to the TV premiere (it never hit theaters) of Captain Zoom on the little-known STARZ cable network. A video of this charmer is available (see Notices & Factoids). Also pending is the movie Mr. Stitch, which Ron made last year while in France. No word yet on release date. Also pending is the so-called political satire, The Last Supper, a takeoff on Arsenic and Old Lace, in which Ron presumably has the Raymond Massey role as a Boris Karloff clone. And Ron's segment of the anthology series that first aired in Canada this spring, Picture Windows, is now airing Sunday evenings in October on Showtime. Ron's segment, of the six, is a western called "Lightning," directed by Joe Dante. A video of this is also available: see Notices & Factoids. Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow is all over the tube. You can catch it on a variety of cable channels. In it, Ron plays a Russian mobster who has a pet snake named "Skippee." And, we're told, Ron HATES snakes even worse than Indiana Jones does. With the upheaval in Russia during the shooting, this must really have been a fun movie for him to make. THAT VOICE! Ron has a new audiobook. It's called Superstitious (not Superstitions, Superstitious) by R. L. Stine, who's best known for his young adult horror fiction. This is his first horror novel for adults. By the report of helper Marion Kozlowski, who drove 40 miles through icy fog, over mountains, to get her copy, it's a horror/gothic in which a young college student becomes romantically involved with her Irish professor of Irish folklore, who is terribly superstitious...and, it proves, with good reason since when he doesn't do the avoidances that superstitious people have to perform, the horrible things really DO happen! The book is a two-tape set, abridged from the novel, and costs $17. It's from Time Warner Audio Book and is being sold, at this point, by Barnes and Noble, which encouraged the publisher to release it about a month early, according to my informants who have access to B&N's little publication describing their new and coming books. This publication said that it was expected to do well since B&N, as a chain, had sold out of Caliban's Hour, Ron P's previous audiobook, FOUR times. And the only connection between Caliban's Hour and this book is not the author, not the genre, not the publisher...just that RP is reading it. And on the basis of that, B&N apparently judges it will sell very well indeed. And what do you think of that??? Unlike Caliban's Hour, this is not a monologue but a straight narrative, and Ron does all the voices, including the ill-starred Irish-brogued professor. And Marion tells us that when Ron's voice goes quiet, which is a fair amount of the time, it's absolutely Vincent. You don't want to miss this one. Again, it's available now, though in limited supply, at B&N; other chains, such as Waldenbook, should have it soon, but phone first to check if it would be a long trip for you. ____________________________________________ LINDA HAMILTON The first week of August, TV Guide carried a substantial interview with Linda Hamilton, pegged to the fact that Linda's TV movie, A Mother's Prayer, officially premiered after a sneak preview in late May. In the article, Linda comments that in retrospect she regrets making the second Terminator movie and hopes to choose less hard-edged roles in the future. Other live interviews were on Regis & Cathie Lee, and on Conan O'Brien. A tape including these interviews is available (see Notices & Factoids). Helper Darlene Sullivan commented astutely that the early May midnight showing was so that the movie would qualify for this year's Emmy awards. (Nominations will be made in 1996). August would have been too late. Linda's movie Silent Fall, starring Richard Dreyfuss and John Lithgow, is now out on video. And her self-described "erotic thriller," Separate Lives, hit theaters on September 8. Darlene tells us that according to the trades, Linda has a new movie filming in Washington. Other locations are Richmond VA and Baltimore. It's called The Shadow Conspiracy, an action thriller featuring, besides Linda, Charlie Sheen and Donald Sutherland. It's about the president's right-hand man stumbling on an assassination plot. Linda plays a reporter for the Washington Herald. ___________________________________________ ROY DOTRICE Thanks to Lyn Musacchio for relaying Roy Dotrice's current doings. In September, Roy did a play, a two-character British ghost story, The Woman in Black, at the Westport Country Playhouse, in Westport CT. Roy appeared with Maxwell Caulfield. According to helper Roz Levinson, who (with other NJ friends) spent an enjoyable evening with Roy and Kay Dotrice after the play, Roy's plans for new projects are open at this point. His movie The Scarlet Letter, in which he plays a nasty vicar, is due in theaters Oct. 13. He was killed off on Picket Fences at the conclusion of last season, and Earth 2, where he played a tunnelish patriarch a couple of times, has been cancelled. So new TV projects for Roy are still to be determined. _________________________________________ CINEMAKER (BOO, HISS!) The big disappointment of A Distant Shore (for Nan, at least) was that despite his previous promises relayed here, Ed Gross didn't show up. None of the promised books were there, either. Now, in October, Nan knows no more about what's going on with Ed than she did before, but feels it's safe to say that Ed has gotten out of the B&B business and is no longer a licensee. Nan's view is that Ed isn't dishonest--only dishonorable, in not providing either explanation or refunds for the many he (and Nan, on Ed's assurances) had encouraged to preorder the Cinemaker books. Those orders, with one possible exception, must now be considered down the drain. You're free to try to contact Cinemaker (262 First Ave., Massapequa Park NY 11762) for all the good that will do you: Ed doesn't answer Nan's calls or letters either...never has and evidently never will. He's the worst businessman Nan has ever encountered but she's certain Ed never meant things to turn out like this. But it's cowardly, now that they have, that he's refused to face the fans he ended up defrauding, much less offer any sort of explanation, to say nothing of offering refunds (Nan's also certain that the money just isn't there anymore: Ed's a small time operator who, in this instance, got in way over his head and didn't know how to get out again, except by hiding. We'd all have better luck squeezing water out of the proverbial stone). Nan doesn't know when, if ever, The Official Annotated B&B Guidebook will be published. The author, Jana Ondrechen, was very disappointed that her book hadn't been published. Rhonda Collins, author of the Cinemaker-promised Legacy of Love, was even more discouraged (this would have been her first pro book) and has issued it as a zine, complete with Kevin Barnes color cover ($20 US to Rhonda Collins, 4511 Allegheny, San Antonio TX 78229). Nan believes Perlman and the Beast will eventually be published, but that's just an assumption on her part. But all the work had been done, the market is still there, and Ed paid Ron Perlman a tidy chunk of change for doing the interviews on which the book is based and for the right to publish it. Nor is that book in any way dependent on Ed's holding the right to publish B&B material: Ron's memoirs are his own property, and not subject to licensing. However, if and when Ed publishes this book, he'd presumably have to finally fulfill all those preorders, and Nan don't know if he's either willing or able to do that. Nan's holding onto her records, and if Ed needs to know who preordered, she'll most gladly supply him with all the information about that she was sent over the past two years or so. So Perlman and the Beast is iffy, but still possible. We'll see. Given Cinemaker's abysmal track record, don't hold your breath...but don't give up entirely, either. Is there such a thing as hopeful skepticism? If so, try to practice it. As for Nan, she's publishing Bright Spirit Descending herself, with Barb Gipson's interior illustrations and Kevin Barnes' cover (B&W). The book is exactly as it would have been published by Cinemaker, except that it's 8 1/2 x 11 and spiral bound. A big book, 250,000 words, it's a novelization of "The Alchemist" and "To Reign in Hell" together with an original story of the founding of the tunnel community (about 1/2 the book). Although Nan didn't keep the preorder money for books ordered through her, she feels very bad both about Cinemaker in general and about promoting the books that never were published, although she did so in good faith. She's trying to make what amends she can in the way Bright Spirit is being offered. Anybody with a paid order either for Bright Spirit Descending or "the first four novels," from Cinemaker, meaning that their check was cashed (to the best of their knowledge), can have a copy of Bright Spirit Descending for $5 (slightly below Nan's cost to print and mail it.) You don't have to prove anything--no special paperwork or documentation required: just tell Nan. For anybody else, the price is $15--still low by zine standards, though higher than an ordinary paperback. Nan's intention is for everyone who wanted a copy of Bright Spirit to get one. The same price applies in the US and abroad. Send orders to Nan Dibble, 379 Amazon Ave., Cincinnati OH 45220-1148. _________________________________________ A DISTANT SHORE VIDEOS (AND OTHER MERCHANDISE) D'vora Pariente gave us information about the official con tapes for that very exciting and dramatic convention, A Distant Shore. There are two tapes, the first of which is convention highlights, (which DOES include the footage of Ron Perlman's surprise appearance); the second is the play "Great Expectations" that was put on at the convention and highlights of the bus tour the following Monday. You can have both tapes, or either. Any single tape is $30; the set of two is $55, postage and handling included. They should be ready for release in another week or two. (NOTE: This may be temporarily delayed, I will notify you as soon as I get a definite date - BeastFan) Make check or money order payable to Serendipity and send to Serendipity, Box 9287, Anaheim CA 92812. D'vora adds that Serendipity is the marketing arm of the Carousels and Caverns community and is a licensed dealer in B&B merchandise. So the special crew jackets, tee shirts, and other merchandise produced for the convention, as well as the re-release of the CD and tape of the Of Love and Hope recording, available soon, will continue to be available through Serendipity while supplies last. This includes the new episodes 13-16, as well. If you're interested in this merchandise, send SASE to D'vora for a flyer and price list. _________________________________________ 1995 FAN-Q AWARDS Helpers' Network congratulates the nominees and winners of this year's Fan Q awards. This year, any zine was eligible, no matter when it was written or published, so long as it had never won an award before. So don't be surprised that some of these are older zines. Winners are indicated by the numbers preceding the listing. Best newsletter: 1 The Helper's Network Gazette by yours truly 2 Soulmates, a Never-Ending Dream by Barbara Hill and Teri Milliman 3 Classic Connection by Joyce Fuller Kleikamp The B&B Newsletter by Pat Jackson Chatterbox by Rita Davies The Helper's Network UK newsletter by Gwen Lord and Jacqui Clarke Best short story: 1 "It Lasts for Always" by Lynette Combs 2 "Sweet Surrender" by Linda Barth 3 "The First Time" by Michele Sayles "Matchmaker" by Jesse Gurner and Linda Barth "To Bee or Not to Bee" by Lynette Combs Best Poem: 1 "Dream Seeker" by Lynette Combs 2 "Chamber Child" by Lynette Combs 3 "Tis Such a Sweet Pain" by Peggy Garvin "Below" by Peggy McNabb "Clothes Minded" by Peggy McNabb Best Anthology: 1 BondStories 8 ed. by Joyce Fuller Kleikamp and Leslie Hunten 2 Embrace the Night ed. by Debbie Ristick and Anita Hooson 3 Huntress 2 ed. by Roxanne Shearer Koogler O Sweetest Song Verse 1 ed. by Lynette Combs Sensual Candlelight ed. by Anita Bowles Best Novella: 1 "Down in the Dark" by Roxanne Shearer Koogler 2 "Someone to Watch Over Me" by Adele Turner 3 "Your Pain Is My Pain" by Teresa Teppe "Soulmates, Part IV" by Barbara Hill and Teri Milliman "Checkmate" by Teresa Teppe Best Novel: 1 One Day, a Rapture by Pamela Garrett 2 Beyond Beginnings by Linda Barth 3 When the Phoenix Sings by Sue Glasgow Beginnings by Pauline Marshall Circles by Adele Turner Detours by M. Sue Waugh and Teri Milliman Parallel Worlds Within the City by Peggy Garvin Best Cover Art: 1 Rosemarie Hauer for Sensual Candlelight (also nominated for White Cover) 2 Teri Milliman for Soulmates, a Never-Ending Dream 4 (also nominated for Demons at the Gate) 3 Jan Durr for Huntress 2 Lawrence Walker for Beyond Dreams Inez Brown for Beyond Beginnings I and II, A Heart to Hold, and Passion Mary Ellen Nicosia for O Sweetest Song (the one ed. by Carolyn Kleinsorge) Michelle Scott for Parallel Worlds Within the City Lynette Combs for Promises Fulfilled Anna Deavers Kelley for TunnelCon III Pam Tuck for Vincent's World 10 Lynette Combs for What Light Through Yonder Window _________________________________________ A KINGDOM IN VIRGINIA According to Lyn Musacchio, the principal organizer, A Kingdom By The Sea will be held July 12-14, 1996, at the Norfolk Riverside Omni hotel in Norfolk VA. Room rates are $74 single/double, $84 for a triple, and $94 for a quad. Registration is $85. For dealers, table rates are $75. Make all checks and money orders payable to "A Kingdom By The Sea." For the conzine, guidelines have already been mailed to many writers and artists, and anyone is free to submit. Stories are to be Classic, with a romantic focus, up to an R rating. If you'd like a copy of the guidelines, want to register now, or want further information, write to Lyn Musacchio, 36 Norwich Dr., Dalton MA 01226. The art room and dealers' room, however, have as the only restriction that the material be B&B related: it need not be Classic to be displayed. And panels and other activities are planned for those of us who enjoy 3rd season, although the con's overall theme and orientation (like those of all other previous cons) is Classic. This, Nan has on the authority of Trisha Kehoe, in charge of the conzine and the dealers' room, and of Lyn herself. Pay no attention to any hurtful rumors to the contrary. _________________________________________ EDITORIAL Nan Dibble This is the first issue of the Gazette since March, and I think a few words of explanation are due you all. When I began the Gazette two years ago, I had an invaluable helper on hand--Maxine Mayer, who chipped in on everything from the filing to the keyboarding to the mailing. After Maxine returned to New York and "real life," I stumbled along for another year because I was working as an office temp and I'd get a day or two (sometimes, disastrously, a month or two) of unemployment between assignments. Then, I'd catch up on B&B things. This May, I took on a full-time position--good for my undernourished finances but very bad for my spare time. No catch-up periods of unemployment. As of October 1st, this temp position turned permanent: I've become the secretary and all-around go-fer for the Occupational Health Department of Christ Hospital here in Cincinnati. (One reason I couldn't find such non-temp work before: few people are interested in hiring a first-rate word processor with a Ph.D.; my current boss, Dr. Mary Jo Wakeman, a sharp lady indeed, doesn't care so long as the work gets done.) I've kept up with all the other things I do: making tapes, updating the hotline, answering questions, checking on news and rumors, writing/publishing/mailing zines, sending out Newcomer packets. But the Gazette has come to take more time and energy than I have when working full-time. Another problem is that the Gazette had gotten grandiose. Most issues had pictures, requiring a 20 mile round trip scooter journey to reproduce); many had material excerpted from other places, which meant extra keyboarding, formatting, and proofing. It was all good material, and I wanted to use it. But it increased the prep time by about half, as compared to just using my Hotline scripts, that just had to be combined, edited, and reorganized to be ready to go. I have to get simpler. Though I have several articles about Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman and things B&B that people have most kindly sent me, I'm not going to use them...at least any time soon. The prospect of that much keyboarding, etc., is so daunting that nothing at all gets done. Getting off work, trying to make tapes and fill zine orders, I just can't make myself take on that extra stuff besides. Better to do what I can, and stay simple, than take on more than I can handle and end up not producing the Gazette at all, as has been the case, these past months. There's also the fact that once, I was a writer. I haven't written anything but a couple short stories and a novelette in two years. That time has to be created from something. I can't not write. Books are talking to me, and I have to answer or they won't talk to me anymore. Those of you who are writers will know what I mean. This Gazette wraps up all the still pertinent news since April 1. But you're still missing issues you legitimately paid for. So don't renew your Gazette. I'll continue sending you issues at least through next June, which should satisfy everybody's current subscriptions, no matter when they were due to end. Then, come the convention next year (if not before), I'll decide whether I can continue doing the Gazette on top of everything else I've taken on, paid or unpaid. The Hotline, I'll continue. I'm preparing the Fall Q-fer, which will be published the end of this month. I'll continue to make tapes and publish/mail zines and answer questions. Only the Gazette is in flux. I'll keep it going as long as I can, and at least until next summer, until all current subscriptions will have been fulfilled. Each issue will be available at the B&B website online, as it was before. The Q-fer is also posted there, free for the downloading. I intend to continue trying, in every way I can, to be a relay point for information to the Beauty and the Beast fandom, which has rewarded me so richly with their friendship and warm Beast wishes. I am not going away, quitting, or otherwise regaining my sanity. I'm just cutting back to what's possible for me, working with much encouragement but without any steady, on-the-spot help, as things now stand. The Gazette will go back to being what it started out as: a wrap-up of news that's been on the Hotline, week by week, month by month. I hope it continues to be useful to you on that basis. Other fine newsletters are available. I particularly recommend the fine monthly put out by Pat Jackson. It's called The Beauty and the Beast Newsletter and it's $16 a year to the Southeast Texas B&B Network, 611 Main St., La Marque TX 77568. _________________________________________ POSTCARDS FOR REPUBLIC Nan's organizing a postcard campaign for Samhain (Halloween, to the rest of the world). She asks that everybody, but particularly those who have rarely or never written before, collect ten postcards by the end of October. On each, write one of the following: that you want (1) a movie with Linda Hamilton or no movie at all (2) you want a movie with Catherine, even if the part has to be recast (3) you want a movie with Diana (4) you want a B&B movie, no strings attached, no conditions. Wait until the end of the month to send them, as a celebration of Samhain, when we all know Vincent comes visiting the world Above in fellowship and safety. Here's the address now, to use then: Republic Pictures, Attention: Barbara Bridges 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 525 Los Angeles CA 90036 Keep it postcards, please, to distinguish this campaign from any of the others running, and keep the message short and simple. And DO WRITE! Especially if you've written rarely or never before. In general, up to now, the only people who'd write letters were those who absolutely DIDN'T want one thing or another or who had absolute conditions on what they'd accept. The moderates, the people willing to accept any of several alternatives, had no particular motivation to write, since one thing or another was OK by them. Those are the people Nan particularly wants to encourage to write this time: to give the full spectrum of opinion within this fandom. Stand up, lick stamps, and make a difference this time so Republic can get a true sense of what the fandom as a whole really wants, rather than hearing just from extremists of whatever flavor. --SIGHTINGS-- Richard Roundtree is hosting the new show Cops Live. Season of Change, co-starring Jo Anderson, came out on video in late May. She's the gloomy, Bible thumping spouse of a troubled returning veteran, sure the whole family is going to hell. How right she is. Darlene Sullivan tells us that Cliff de Young, the voodoo professor from "Dark Spirit," has a recurring role in an otherwise undistinguished new series, Courthouse. Del Roy Lindo is in Clockers, a new theatrical movie. Lyn Kramer spotted Lance Henriksen in House III, also known as The Horror Show, playing a good guy who lives to the end of the movie and actually smiles! There were sightings in the very odd TV movie or pilot (or whatever it was), White Dwarf. The immortal Lady X was played by Katie Boyer, who played Lena in "God Bless the Child;" the King of the Dark was played by Robert Cornthwaite, who discussed a potbellied stove with Steven Bass in "Down to a Sunless Sea" and told Brian in "Labyrinths" that he'd committed a great crime, growing old. He also plays the mayor on Picket Fences. Armin Shimerman continues to be a featured character on DS9; during the series' hiatus, he played Richard III on stage and has a supporting role in an upcoming Sally Field movie. In early May Jay Acovone appeared on ABC in Columbo: Strange Bedfellows, playing a mobster type named Bruno Romano, and began filming on a movie called Crosscut, in which he has about sixth billing--in other words, a good-sized supporting role. Ron Perlman's gruesome but striking role in When The Bough Breaks has aired on cable; Tony Longo (Howie in "No Way Down") is in Angels in the Outfield on pay-per-view/video. Other sightings, contributed by helper Maxine Mayer, include the appearance of Robert Armstrong, who played Elliot Burch's father in "A Kingdom By the Sea," in a short role at the beginning of the newish movie Payback, on pay-per-view. Maxine also reports that Lance Henriksen (Snow) stars opposite a female martial arts expert in pay-per-view Spitfire. (He is also in the newly released Powder - BeastFan) Maxine also found Suzie Plakson (Diana's sister Susan in "In the Forests of the Night") in the current movie, Disclosure. And Nan found Stanley Kamel, who played Elliot's lawyer in "Beggar's Comet," in an interesting film, Automatic, a futuristic take on the Frankenstein story featuring cyborgs. Robert Pastorelli, the nasty gypsy in "Everything Is Everything" briefly starred in the short-lived CBS series Double Rush. Stephen McHattie (Gabriel) was in Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14 on FOX and, in October, in Deadly Love, a vampire TV movie with Susan Dey, on Showtime. David Graf (Gregory Coyle in "The Reckoning" and "Legacies" and RP's companion in Police Academy 7) was in an episode of Star Trek Voyager, playing Amelia Earhart's surly navigator. Lewis Smith (Diana's boyfriend Mark) is in In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco, airing on HBO. John Diehl (the pimp from "The Hollow Men") has a major supporting role in new-to-video Stargate with Kurt Russell. In the Mouth of Madness, out on video, has Julie Carmen (Luz Corrales in "Ozymandius") in it. Ren Woods (Edie, 1st season) was sighted in the movie 9 to 5. Promos for PBS series Buccaneers uses the "Catherine comes back" theme from "A Happy Life" though the series itself doesn't use B&B music. Deadly Games, a LIF original movie, has Stephen McHattie in it. B&B people associated with certain TV series have vanished, almost completely. Jo Anderson is no longer with Sisters; Roy Dotrice's character was killed off on Picket Fences; Tony Jay is no longer on Lois and Clark. However James Avery continues as a regular on Fresh Prince, Armin Shimerman continues as Quark on the syndicated DS9, and Adrian Paul (Dimitri in "Ashes Ashes") continues in the syndicated Highlander which startled its fans by killing off its female lead not long ago. Deja vu, all over again. New CBS series Almost Perfect features David Clennon, (Cullen). The star of the new Steven Bochco series, Murder One, Daniel Benzali, is the one who played Brian's unsympathetic father in "Labyrinths." Ron Perlman does the voice of a villainous wizard on the animated show Fantastic Four, according to Donna Koich (who put Nan onto the gorgeous animated series Gargoyles, on which most of the STNG cast are now doing voices). Donna says Tony Jay sometimes also does a voice on Fantastic Four, as well. --NOTICES & FACTOIDS-- Jack Nicholson's makeup for Wolf was done by Rick Baker, who designed the makeup for Vincent. _________________________________________ Relayed by Karen Morgia comes some sad news: Pam Sondag, who publishes Faces of Perlman, has suffered a loss. Her step-son died in early August as the result of a suicide attempt that claimed his life a couple of days afterward. That Pam's stepson was a grown man with a family of his own doesn't change the shock and sense of loss few of us can truly imagine but all of us can sympathize with. We all wish Pam the best in her family tragedy. _________________________________________ Trisha Kehoe (of Vincent's World Press) reports that husband Ray is recovering well from heart bypass surgery performed on October 7. Send get wells and good wishes to the Kehoes at 108 Columbus Ave., Apt. #2, Waltham MA 02154. _________________________________________ Gwen Lord, of Helpers' Network UK, is selling B&B birthday cards drawn and produced by well-known fan artist Rosemarie Hauer. There are six assorted Classic cards per $5 pack (postage included). Send cash to Gwen Lord, 6 Meadow Lane, Leasingham, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 8LL England. _________________________________________ From Darlene Sullivan comes news of some Emmy nominations and awards of interest. Don Davis was again nominated for doing the background music for Seaquest DSV (HE WON!), and Margaret Beserra, who applied the Vincent makeup, was nominated for doing the makeup for the series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Darlene also told us that Lee Holdridge, who composed the B&B theme, did the music for an original HBO TV movie, Tuskeegee Airmen, a story of the black air corps with an all star cast. It aired in late August. _________________________________________ Thanks to Mary Foster, Larry Collins, Marion Kozlowski, Liz and Sally Perkins, Sandra Orr, Lisa Howard (Nan hopes she hasn't forgotten anybody), who have provided portions of the miscellaneous video Nan's now offering, as well as some additional movies. The miscellaneous tape includes footage of Ron Perlman's appearance at the convention; convention footage from SF Buzz; Ron Perlman in the half hour drama "Lightning" from the series Picture Windows, Linda Hamilton's interview with Regis and Kathie Lee and with Conan O'Brien, and Linda Hamilton's A Mother's Prayer. Also on the tape is Ron Perlman in Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow. For the single tapes, you can have any two of the following: Ron P in either Captain Zoom or Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow or Linda Hamilton in A Mother's Prayer. In other words, Nan can get any two of these movies on a single tape. Or any one will fit at SP (2 hour) speed. Any tape is $8.50 to Helpers' Network, 379 Amazon Ave., Cincinnati OH 45220-1148. This is a true example of helpers working together for the benefit of everyone and again Nan thanks the contributors most warmly because they provided things she couldn't have gotten for herself so she could offer them to others. _________________________________________ From D'vora Pariente comes the word that the total going to various charities, from A Distant Shore, was approximately $10,000, including the proceeds of the auctions, the Bruce Abbott charity bike ride, and donations to Laguna Shanti by individuals during the convention. _________________________________________ The June issue of a special edition of Starlog, Starlog Explorer, focused on music for fantasy and science fiction series. There was a whole article on OUR B&B, with comments about Don Davis and Lee Holdridge, several photos of Ron Perlman, Linda Hamilton, other cast members, and the composers. _________________________________________ Edward Albert also has an audiobook, we learn. It's been out awhile, but it's still in print. Titled Flight into Danger, it's by Arthur Haley and John Castle--an airplane disaster story. We think it may be published by EMI, but we're not positive. Check your source of audiobooks for info, including price. _________________________________________ The end of June, Gloria Handley's get-together was held in Iowa, and Jo Anderson was present and hosted both writing panels and a Q&A. Thanks to the dedication of Sally Newman and the transportation of helper Mary Reilly, the B&B quilt was at the mini-con, and Jo signed it. Jo reported that she left the series Sisters on purpose to devote more time to her play and poetry writing. A book of hers is coming out soon. However, Gloria assures us that Jo's withdrawal from Sisters indicates a withdrawal from acting only until the next good part comes along. _________________________________________ Some news, via Sally Newman, about Caitlin O'Heany (Brigit O'Donnell in "Masks"). Caitlin was recently bitten up pretty severely getting her dog out of a dogfight, and things are a bit thin for her right now. (She will need surgery to have the scars removed - BeastFan) To help make ends meet, she's become a commissioned rep of LCI International, an international long-distance carrier, formerly exclusively a business phone company, which is now signing up people's private phones. Some of the inducements to sign up include 6 second billing (rather than rounding the time off to the nearest minute), a free 800 number, no monthly fees, no calling circle, no minimums, 1+ dialing (no long, long numbers), free travel cards, 24-hour operator, 1 cent a minute on holidays on out of state calls up to 30 minutes. It all comes with your local phone bill. Savings are reportedly generally 35% and up for individuals, more for businesses. Non-profit organizations and businesses get special breaks you can find out about; if you're interested in that, ask about that specifically. Any non-commercial signups done through Caitlin, she'll benefit from. If you're interested in basic information, send SASE to Sally Newman 10714 Anita Dr., Mason Neck VA 22079-3523. _________________________________________ CLASSIFIED Classified ads printed FREE for anything that can be written on a 3 x 5 card. Ads run once unless renewed. A NEW, ACCURATE B&B DIRECTORY! Lovingly compiled, scrupulously checked, with all current listings, this directory is your guide to B&B fandom. 225 pages, $20 to Peg McNabb, 8074 Regency Dr., Nashville TN 37221. From Therion Press: Once Upon a Winterfest, a digest zine, contains 3 Classic Winterfest stories plus "In a Dark Time," a story of the first Winterfest after Catherine's death, all by Nan Dibble. Once Upon a Winterfest is $6. It's rated PG. Phoenix 6, a full-sized fourth-season anthology, has two novelettes, ten short stories, and lots of art and poetry by the usual gang. One novelette and 2 stories are Nan's. 150 packed pages, the longer pieces in columns. Phoenix 6 is $20 and is rated PG-13. Order from Therion Press, 379 Amazon Ave., Cincinnati OH 45220-1148. Award winning fan artist Sandy Chandler Shelton is offering 2 1996 B&B calendars. Both are Classic. The first, A Distant Shore, is romantic; the second, Wave of Passion, has fewer clothes but no frontal nudity. Either calendar is $18 US, $19 CAN, $23 EUR to Sandy C. Shelton, 6851 Woodlea W., Oscoda MI 48750. Send business-sized SASE for her small booklet on other products and artwork, including two very charming young Vincent dolls. B&B 1996 Calendars from famed fan artist Rosemarie Hauer. Large format with a dozen pieces of original artwork by Hauer. Specify Classic or Vincent/Diana. $15 US (air; cash only), ATS 140.00 or £8.00 or $12.00 or DM 20.00 from Europe to: Rosemarie Hauer Muhlgasse 20/5 A-2560 Berndorf AUSTRIA Is there a Vincent in the stars for you? B&B fan, helper, and professional astrologer Eleanor Scheetz offers elaborate full-scale, personalized life readings at a reasonable cost. For info and bio sheet for you to fill out, write Eleanor Scheetz, PO Box 142721, Gainesville FL 32614-2721; E-mail email@example.com "We are all a part of one another: sometimes, we forget that." --Father This inspiring motto of togetherness, illustrated by Kevin Barnes' handsome gathering of major B&B characters from all seasons, on a custom white T-shirt. Say phooey to phactions in this vivid and appealing way. Specify size: S, M, L, XL, XXL. $18.00. Flyer displaying picture available for SASE. Send to Rhonda Collins, 4511 Allegheny, San Antonio TX 78229. ONLINE ADS - E-mail BeastFan@aol.com to place an online ad. 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST UK CHAMBER' - the first UK based fan club for the TV series. Club magazine (The Chronicle) 40+ pages of member input - stories, articles, reviews, letters, poetry, art, quizzes & information - March, June, Sept & Dec. Also produce 'The Journal', 16 pages, April, July, Oct, Jan between Chronicles to keep members up to date. Voted best club magazine for 2 years since inception of the British Annual Awards. US Membership $22 (US dollars, cash please). Send to: Sheila Waters, 14 Judith Road, Kettering, Northants NN16 0NX, UK. MASK: TALES FROM THE UNDERGROUND is a zine exploring the worlds of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Phantom of the Opera". We alternate issues between each universe. There are also zines in this series featuring all "Beauty and the Beast". Our emphasis is on well-plotted stories emphasizing Catherine and Vincent's relationship against the backdrops of the worlds Above and Below. For detailed flyers send email Kathleener@aol.com or send SASE to Kathleen Resch, PO Box 1766, Temple City, CA, 91780. JO ANDERSON FAN CLUB - You are invited to join the Jo Anderson Fan Club, celebrating the career and accomplishments of Miss Jo Anderson. Your $15 ($20 overseas) membership includes an 8 X 10 photo of Miss Anderson, a membership card and a one year subscription to the quarterly newsletter, Jo's Journal. Jo's Journal includes reviews of Miss Anderson's work, both past and present, artwork by well known fan artists, news items, poetry, letters of comment, etc. (submissions accepted). Updates of Miss Anderson's current projects will be sent via postcard as warranted. Jo Anderson Fan Club, c/o Gloria Handley, 4195 Rolling Hills, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722. (Checks payable to Gloria Handley). FLAME AND SHADOW - Flame and Shadow Press Presents: Flame and Shadows Volumes I - VIII. A collection of all season and alternative Beauty and the Beast stories and poems featuring artists and authors from America as well as Scotland, England and Austria. Submissions are welcome. Send legal size SASE for flyers and info to: Flame and Shadow Press, c/o Gloria Handley, 4195 Rolling Hills, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722. BRUCE ABBOTT INTERNATIONAL FAN ASSOCIATION (BAIFA) was founded in 1994 to honor the actor best known for his roles as Judge Nicholas Marshall in "Dark Justice", Devin in TV's "Beauty and the Beast", and the hapless Dr. Dan Cain in the "Re-Animator" series of movies. The club, fully sanctioned by Bruce Abbott, keeps members up-to-date on his career through its quarterly newsletter, "Dark Prince", which features news, interviews, answers to members' questions, as well as reviews and rare archival photos. Annual membership--which also includes an autographed headshot, current biography, filmography, and more--is only $15 in the US ($18 Canada, $ 22 overseas.) Write: Bruce Abbott International Fan Association, P.O. Box 1892, Manhattan Beach, CA 90267-1892. (Checks payable to Robin Ann Schindler). BONDSTORIES IX...CLASSIC LOVE will be available in July 1995. Editors: Joyce Fuller Kleikamp, Leslie Hunten. Stories, poems and illustrations from the Bondstories team. Rated PG-13/R. E-mail JoyceAZ@aol.com for more information or to be placed on our snail-mail list or write Joyce Fuller Kleikamp, 3861 S. Thornton, Tucson, AZ 85735. "Ask anyone about Bondstories." $20 US First Class, $22 Can, $24 UK. Still available: BONDSTORIES VII and VIII. DENYING THE DARK - There are an infinite number of moments that make up a lifetime, or a story. Some of them are critical; after those moments, what follows is inevitable. But what if something, some relatively small thing, were different before one of those moments? Then everything after is changed..... Suppose for a moment that Joe Maxwell had worked with Diana Bennett before the moment when we saw them meet... Then the moment when Diana begins her search for Catherine Chandler is changed; Catherine is missing, and Joe wants Diana to help find her. Of course, Diana won't be the only one looking for Catherine... Before the Moment, written by Lynne Wexler, is an alternate universe novella featuring Diana and some third season elements. Denying the Dark is the latest in a series of classic zines brought to you by fan-writer Debbie Ristick. Along with the novella come vignettes, written to please all romantic hearts and illustrations by several noted fan artists. Rated PG-13. $16.00 USA, $18.00 Canada, $21.00 foreign, including postage. Checks payable to Debbie Ristick. Candlelight Publications, Debbie Ristick -- Lynne Wexler, 1237 W. North Shore #1-D, Chicago IL. 60626 USA, Telephone 312-743-3297 or E-mail DRistick@aol.com NEWS NOT IN THE GAZETTE Lyn Musacchio and her family will be moving on October 31, 1995 to Orlando, Florida. Her hotline number will be shutdown from October 26, 1995 until about November 30, and once she has a new number set up, she will let us know what it is. She says to keep using her old snail mail address until she has opened a P. O. box in Orlando. Ron Perlman's City of Lost Children opens in theaters on November 10. *************************************************** A MOMENT IN TIME - an open letter from the 1996 UK Beauty and the Beast Convention ------VERY URGENT------ Dear Friends Overseas, We have less than nine [seven] months to "A Moment in Time" the 1996 Beauty and the Beast convention. This may seem a long time, and the convention itself a long way off. However, if you're on the planning end, like me, it is NO time at all. If you remember we asked people to write in and let us know who they wanted invited as guests. From your letters we made up a list. To date, we have had a definite "yes" from the following (in the order you voted for them): Jamie Murray Roy (and Kay) Dotrice David Schwartz Jay Acovone (and Fonda) Ellen Geer (and Peter) Also interested in attending are David Greenlee and Ren Woods. To invite all of the above we need to raise between L1,000 and L1, 200 per person. This can only come through registrations and donations. Registration deposit is only $10 per person. Can we remind you that, come Christmas, we will be making our guest list up, in order to ensure air fares, etc. are booked. This will be done according to the numbers registered by then. It doesn't matter if 500 people register after January, it will NOT affect the number of guests we can invite... What a pity it would be if we missed the opportunity to meet someone like Jay for the first time, because registrations would not cover expenses, only to find that the numbers registering near to the convention would have made this a possibility. It's up to you....We have done our part....If you intend to come to "A Moment in Time" register NOW, and give us the numbers we need to turn this into a megga event. Amber James Convention Manager Registration and information packages can be obtained by sending an A4 addressed envelope and 2 IRC's (from your post office) to either: Sandra Deville Joy Faulkner 51 Howard Road 207 Callow Brook Lane Ashmore Park Rubery Wednesfield Worcestershire Wolverhampton B45 9TG WV11 2EY England England So please send in your deposit BEFORE Christmas and let them know you will be attending! End.