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Week of April 2, 2001


Obituary: John Alonzo, 1934-2001. Cinematographer John Alonzo, whose work spanned everything from local TV news to Star Trek: Generations, died on March 13th at the age of 66. Alonzo was nominated for his camera work in 1975's Chinatown, and his work has graced other high-profile films like Blue Thunder, Navy SEALs, Steel Magnolias, Cool World, Harold and Maude, and last year's TV remake of Failsafe. Sources: Daily Variety and IMDb


Red Dwarf composer honored. The composer of music for such British comedy series as Rowan Atkinson's Thin Blue Line and the cult SF comedy Red Dwarf has received one of this year's prestigious Peabody Awards - though not for his work on the small rouge one. Howard Goodall won the Peabody Award for "Howard Goodall's Big Bangs," a program about the progression of western classical music. Other winners of this year's awards include Malcolm In The Middle, The West Wing, HBO's The Sopranos, and the acclaimed BBC/Discovery Channel co-production Walking With Dinosaurs. The Peabody Awards are given annually to programs which are judged by the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia to exemplify excellence in broadcasting. Past winners include Mystery Science Theater 3000. Source: Associated Press


Lathe to be resculpted. The classic Ursula K. LeGuin novel The Lathe Of Heaven is about to be filmed again, this time for a 2002 TV movie set to air on A&E. According to a report in Variety, this new version of Lathe will star James Caan, Lukas Haas and Lisa Bonet. (Lathe has already been translated for the screen before, in a well-regarded 1980 TV movie which aired on PBS and was recently released for the first time on home video and DVD.) A&E has said that, despite this new production of The Lathe Of Heaven, it does not mark an increased emphasis on science fiction for the network.

The Lathe Of Heaven (1980 PBS movie and the original novel)


Buffy to air on Fox...sort of. Fox has announced at an animated version of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer is being created by Joss Whedon for the networks' cartoon schedule, with an eye on an early 2002 premiere. The animated series will shift its focus from slaying to battling demons of another kind: the trials and tribulations of high school life. There's no word on whether Sarah Michelle Gellar will be voicing her character from the live-action series. And with the WB network having given up on 20th Century Fox's demands for a bigger chunk of money per episode, there is still no word on where the live action Buffy will land. Source: Daily Variety

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