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  • Geburtstag 16.08.1961

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    Orlando, Florida, USA

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    People, animals, nature, Star Trek fans, Germans, American way of life,life!

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  1. Nice write up here: http://www.bondpix.com/SpyFest.htm
  2. WOW Tolayon!!! Great advice and I agree completely! How can you get the full effect of a movie's presentation if you are watching and hearing it on a computer? That's pretty stupid. :angry: Also, English version movies should be heard in English, even if you don't speak it well. Translations do not give you the full effect either.
  3. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen In this summer of sequels and more sequels, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is like the ultimate sequel. Not only do we have super heroes popping up all over the place but I’m a little fatigued at the amount of special effects I’ve seen this year alone. I’m afraid if I walk out of my front door, I’ll explode! But then I saw THE LEAGUE. This extraordinarily entertaining movie isn't a sequel at all. It's a film adaptation of the high-toned comic-book series by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. But the movie feels like a sequel because it continues the stories of such literary icons as African-adventurer Allan Quatermain and undersea-explorer Capt. Nemo as well as Dr. Jekyll and his hideous alter ego, Mr. Hyde. It's 1899, and these legendary figures, plus others, are brought together by the mysterious M, (a nod to Connery’s James Bond roles I guess) to help the British government avoid a world war. Moore and O'Neill's amusing conceit is that the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, as the charmingly antique group is called, is the forerunner of such contemporary superhero teams as the Justice League and the Fantastic Four. The heroic-but-bitter Quatermain, for example, is rather like Batman while Nemo, with his sensational gizmo-packed sub, the Nautilus, is like Reed Richards -- and maybe Aquaman. Jekyll/Hyde, meanwhile, comes off as an earlier version of the Hulk. He was my favorite. Also in the league are such X-Men-esque heroes as Mina Harker, a vampire with "blood" ties to Dracula, and an invisible man called Rodney Skinner. Dorian Gray, another recruit, is invulnerable because a magical painting of him absorbs all his injuries. "What are you?" asks an astonished attacker, as bullet holes instantly heal on Gray's torso. "I'm complicated," replies the enigmatic Gray -- a line that's worthy of his witty creator, Oscar Wilde. There's also an American on the team, a Secret Service agent who is also a rootin'-tootin', straight-shootin' cowboy. His name is Sawyer. Tom Sawyer. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (which opens today) contains an amazing amount of what Hollywood calls "backstory." And like Gray, the narrative is complicated. Director Stephen Norrington (Blade) and James Dale Robinson, a comic-book writer-turned-screenwriter, seem to assume that we have at least a nodding familiarity with most of these characters. And, really, who doesn't at least know something about vampire legends or Jekyll and Hyde or Tom Sawyer? The more you know about the league members, the more exciting it is to see them all assembled in the same movie. It makes perfect sense, for example, that the blood-sucking Harker and suave, debonair Gray might once have had an affair. And it's touching to watch Quatermain taking Sawyer under his mighty wing. Jekyll/Hyde, with his astonishing transformations, might have dominated the movie, but Norrington and Robinson are careful not to let that happen. Each icon gets his or her due, and the super-charged whole is often greater than the sum of its parts. If anyone does sometimes dominate, it's Quatermain, who becomes the group's de facto leader. Sean Connery brings his shaggy, rip-roaring presence to the part, and you can sense the former 007's physical delight in being back in a larger-than-life role. The Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah (Monsoon Wedding), with his turban and bushy black beard, brings an impressive dignity to the role of Nemo while Shane West (A Walk to Remember) is both sweet and cocky as Sawyer. Tony Curran is appropriately mysterious as the transparent Skinner, gimlet-eyed Peta Wilson is dangerously alluring as Harker, Jason Flemyng is heart-tuggingly tormented as Jekyll/Hyde, and Stuart Townsend (Queen of the Damned) is enticingly aloof as Gray. If you've seen the miserable trailers for this movie, please ignore them. Because the action often takes place at night, much of the film is visually dark. That makes for murky trailers. The backgrounds of 19th century Venice is stunning. And if this movie sounds too good for its own good, relax. It works wonderfully as a popcorn picture. It has its faults, slow points, unbelivability (cars, rockets, subs, etc.) but remember to let all that go and just enjoy the damn action! There are nicely choreographed fights, bone-rattling explosions and, again, those chilling Jekyll/Hyde transformations. Not only is this film a sort of honorary sequel, but it succeeds in a way that the summer's other action sequels -- and comic-book adaptations -- don't. I didn’t like the Germans being used as bad guys again. That’s gotten a little old but sense this is sort of a prelude to the future World War, it may or may not be appropriate. That’s a ruling for the historians, not us peace loving human beings of all colors, creeds, religions and sexual orientations. So go ahead. Join the club -- or, rather, the league. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is more fun than any smart movie this summer and smarter than any fun movie out there. I suspect 40% of you may not like it. The other 60% will just judge it as it is. My Score: 7.5 out of 10.
  4. This review will be posted tonight.
  5. I've been asked to host this convention next month. It's not exactly Star Trek but there will be a few guests from the 60 guests who have appeared in Trek episodes or movies. Check it out at: http://spyfest.org/star_appearances.htm
  6. PIRATES OF THE CARRIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL My Review Pirates, which opens in theaters today, is the only pirate movie, aside from Muppet Treasure Island, to deliver the "yo ho hos" since Errol Flynn last swashed his buckles. Depp's daft, drunken and delightfully playful Captain Jack Sparrow is a big reason why. But with every slurred word, every winking, gold-toothed grin, Depp shows that he had the right attitude toward this theme-park-ride-turned-major-motion-picture. "That's . . . intereshting," he says, mid-hiccup several times in this high seas romp. And so it is. This is Disney's big-budget blast of summer action delivered by Jerry "Pearl Harbor" Bruckheimer. It benefits from Bruckheimer's yen for big, expensive and detail-oriented sets and costumes, and from director Gore "Mouse Hunt" Verbinksi's malignant sense of fun. In Depp, Pirates has the perfect anti-hero, a winking, swaggering, treasure-coveting pirate who treats the whole enterprise as a lark. He isn't drunk, but he acts and talks so weird that the other characters comment on it. He's fun and so is Pirates. Capt. Jack Sparrow's lost his ship to a crew of ghouls. He wants it back. First, he has to avoid every pirate's fate, the hangman's noose -- a "short drop and a sudden stop" is how Port Royal's commodore (Jack Davenport) describes it. Will, the town swordsmith (Orlando Bloom) crosses blades with Jack. So does Geoffrey Rush as Capt. Barbossa, the guy who stole The Black Pearl from Capt. Jack. With his heartless, ruthless and at times skinless crew, Barbossa raids Port Royal. The governor's fetching daughter, Keira Knightley of Bend It Like Beckham, blunders into the mayhem. Will sets out to save her, and Capt. Jack is his best hope. Rush chews through the sets in the best Alan Rickman-villain tradition. And Knightley stakes a claim to movie stardom by showing that always-commercial blend of spunk and cleavage. Bloom manages to make us forget his elvish turn in Lord of the Rings by providing a good antagonist to both Depp’s character and Rush’s. Ships are stolen and fought, broadside to broadside, in amusing fashion. The violence can be a bit much, but the director has a light touch with it, and few directors are better at making special effects seamlessly blend into the action. There are splendid swordfights with skeletons that conjure up memories of Ray Harryhausen at his Jason and the Argonauts best, and weirdly beautiful underwater shots. The Black Pearl, almost always seen in a cloud of fog, with the tattered sails of a ship of the dead, is a stand-out image in a movie rife with fancy swordfights and jokes. The wise-cracking, theme-park-ride-referencing script's best element is in evoking a most credible pirate's curse and the means of lifting it. The guys who thought this up, doesn't bury the treasure with one-liners, which is a blessing. And through it all, Depp's Capt. Jack slashes his saber, scampers up the shrouds, pops corks on rum bottles and reacts, to slaps from irate wenches and encounters with the living dead with a cheerful confusion and cockiness. "That's . . . interesting." It's a lavish and modestly interesting entertainment until Depp shows up. But from the moment he sails into view, all dreadlocks and eye shadow and phony machismo, Pirates is a hoot. And with that, a theme park ride has been successfully transferred to the screen. In retrospect, this movie was very good. Not necessarily great but a good enjoyable summer movie with unexpected twists and excitement. A hint, the credits are very long, longer than I remember but listen carefully: DO NOT LEAVE THE THEATER!!!!! Stay until you see a blue screen! My Score: 8 out of 10.
  7. I was instructed by Dirk to say something: TERRY FARRELL will not be able to join us for FEDCON XI but will be able to join us for FEDCON XII. As with any actor at any convention, it is BEYOND OUR CONTROL if an actor has to cancel an appearance. In adddition, the British convention E-1 has had to cancel due to financial difficulties and poor management (we assume). Terry was scheduled for both events and her fee and airfare was to be shared by both FEDCON and E-1. Because of the untimely cancellation of E-1, Terry felt her contract was broken by E-1 thus making it "difficult" for her to attend FEDCON for this year. She WILL be at FEDCON XII and so will her understanding fans(we hope). In the past weeks, the staff of FEDCON have been doing things behind the scenes many of you would never believe. This is a difficult industry, a complicated effort and a nightmarish routine we go through every year to secure the best possible celebrities our loyal fans would like to see and the best possible production only FEDCON can do. As with everything in life, nothing is written until the goods are "finally" delivered. With Connor's cancellation, the war, my bad back and Florida being too damn hot, most of us are tired. We at FEDCON apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused any of you and hope that you will still support us in the years to come. We never do anything "intentionally" to harm our friends. On a brighter note, we are currently in negotiations to find a replacement for Terry and if things go well, you will be very happy at who "MAY" be taking Terry's place. Stay tuned..................... P.S. I hope someone translates this to be re-posted. Thank you in advance.
  8. Fedcon Stargast Denise Crosby plant nach dem Erfolg ihres Filmes "Trekkies" einen zweiten Teil. Dirk Bartholomä, Veranstalter der Fedcon teilte jetzt mit, dass Denise auf der Fedcon XI mit dem zweiten Teil von "Trekkies" beginnt. Somit können auch deutsche Fans bald auf der Kino-Leinwand zu sehen sein. (Michael Semrad) Denise has been trying to film FEDCON for the past 2 years now but has not been able to get Paramount's approval. Now it has happened!! She has said to me that she thought this was the best con to start her filming and she is very excited about filming FEDCON as the best convention in the world!!! You people should be excited and proud. This is a MAJOR EVENT for FEDCON and the European community as well as TREK FANS everywhere! Let's show the world what a quality STAR TREK convention is and that STAR TREK is NOT dead!!! "Dress to impress!"
  9. MARCBLEE

    New FEDCON Programming

    NEW PANEL DISCUSSION ENTRIES CLOSED!!!! No more will be accepted! I am now working on the rooms that each one of these panels will be assigned to. See you at FEDCON! Topic: STAR TREK: NEMESIS ~ The Bitter End of the Star Trek Vision? Host: Staff of TREKNEWS.de Topic: STAR TREK FANS - Fanaticism At It's Best Host: Staff of TREKNEWS.de Topic: STAR TREK VS. STAR WARS Host: Karin Schneider and Frank Muller Topic: YOUR FAVORITE SCI-FI MOVIES Host: Marc B. Lee and Throsten Stichweh Topic: UPCOMING SCI-FI MOVIES AND MORE Host: Marc B. Lee and Thorsten Stichweh Topic: THE EVOLUTION OF STARFLEET Host: (Moderator STILL NEEDED!!!!) Topic: TREKTIONARY: The Game Host: Marc B. Lee Topic: STAR TREK SCENES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN AND MORE Host: Joseph Greco and 1 other Topic: STAR TREK AT ITS BEST Host: Norbert Krautheim and 1 other Topic: ENTERPRISE Host: Peter Sattkowski and 1 other WEREWOLF: You may print this now.
  10. MARCBLEE

    New FEDCON Programming

    NEW PANEL DISCUSSION ADDED Topic: ENTERPRISE Host: Peter Sattkowski and 1 other A deadline has been set for the Fan Panel Discussion Series for FEDCON XI. March 1st shall be the last day we will be taking moderators for this series. If you or a friend is interested in hosting a Fan Panel, contact me immediately with the name of your discussion and the people involved. Here is a listed of scheduled panels: Topic: STAR TREK: NEMESIS ~ The Bitter End of the Star Trek Vision? Host: Staff of TREKNEWS.de Topic: STAR TREK FANS - Fanaticism At It's Best Host: Staff of TREKNEWS.de Topic: STAR TREK VS. STAR WARS Host: Karin Schneider and Frank Muller Topic: SHANSHU PROPHECY: A Buffy and Angel Discussion Host: Antje Lucke and Mariah Uzoetoh Topic: YOUR FAVORITE SCI-FI MOVIES Host: Marc B. Lee and Throsten Stichweh Topic: UPCOMING SCI-FI MOVIES AND MORE Host: Marc B. Lee and Thorsten Stichweh Topic: THE EVOLUTION OF STARFLEET Host: (Moderator Needed!) Topic: TREKTIONARY: The Game Host: Marc B. Lee Topic: STAR TREK SCENES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN AND MORE Host: Joseph Greco and 1 other Topic: STAR TREK AT ITS BEST Host: Norbert Krautheim and 1 other Topic: ENTERPRISE Host: Peter Sattkowski and 1 other If you would like to host a panel, review the rules above in past posts and email me at marc@fedcon.de
  11. MARCBLEE

    New FEDCON Programming

    NEW FEDCON PANEL DISCUSSION ADDED A deadline has been set for the Fan Panel Discussion Series for FEDCON XI. March 1st shall be the last day we will be taking moderators for this series. If you or a friend is interested in hosting a Fan Panel, contact me immediately with the name of your discussion and the people involved. Here is a listed of scheduled panels. FEDCON PANEL DISCUSSION SCHEDULE (Preliminary) Topic: STAR TREK: NEMESIS ~ The Bitter End of the Star Trek Vision? Host: Staff of TREKNEWS.de Topic: STAR TREK FANS - Fanaticism At It's Best Host: Staff of TREKNEWS.de Topic: STAR TREK VS. STAR WARS Host: Karin Schneider and Frank Muller Topic: SHANSHU PROPHECY: A Buffy and Angel Discussion Host: Antje Lucke and Mariah Uzoetoh Topic: YOUR FAVORITE SCI-FI MOVIES Host: Marc B. Lee and Throsten Stichweh Topic: UPCOMING SCI-FI MOVIES AND MORE Host: Marc B. Lee and Thorsten Stichweh Topic: THE EVOLUTION OF STARFLEET Host: (Moderator Needed!) Topic: TREKTIONARY: The Game Host: Marc B. Lee Topic: STAR TREK SCENES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN AND MORE Host: Joseph Greco and 1 other Topic: STAR TREK AT ITS BEST Host: Norbert Krautheim and 1 other DEADLINE APPROACHING!!!!!!! ONE WEEK BEFORE NEW MODERATOR REQUESTS ARE DENIED!!! :smash: :smash: :smash: :smash: If you would like to host a panel, review the rules above in past posts and email me at marc@fedcon.de
  12. MARCBLEE

    FedCon XI Guest Stars

    Yeah....a 5 knuckle indentation!!! But honestly, Reinhold can be a cool guy..................IF DROPPED OVER IRAQI TERRITORY!!!!!! No but seriously, we all love to have our fun with the KING OF THE WEB BOARDS. It keeps me sane. Love 'ya Reinee!! :dozey:
  13. MARCBLEE

    FedCon XI Guest Stars

    We will make sure that you are the last one in the autograph line Reinhold :smash: :smash:
  14. KINGPIN has been in a number of Marvel comics. Yes he is a bad guy but has been a bad guy to a number of heros. Played as a white guy in the comics, he is well done as performed by Michael Clark Duncan.
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