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
Sources: Daily Variety and
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
The Lathe Of Heaven (1980 PBS movie and the original
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.
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