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Triad Toys and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Join Forces 
To Bring The John Carter of Mars Saga To Yet Another Generation
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars Saga is hailed as one of the most influential works to define modern sci-fi and fantasy literature. Written almost a century ago, the epic 11 volume series chronicling John Carter’s adventures have thrilled many, many generations of readers. Triad Toys is proud to announce that it has entered into a two-year licensing agreement with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. to produce a range of collectibles, including 12-inch action figures and statues of all the central characters from the beloved novels. The collectibles will consist of both modernized concepts developed by Triad Toys as well as the classic Burroughs vision of the Mars saga with the first series of figures releasing early 2009.


JOHN CARTER OF MARS and A PRINCESS OF MARS™ & © 2008 Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. ® All Rights Reserved. 

About Triad Toys, Inc.
Since its inception in 2005, Triad Toys, Inc. has been a specialty manufacturer of 12 inch action figures and collectible products. Formed by a group of artists, Triad Toys’ dedication to innovation and quality quickly earned its credibility among fans and collectors alike.  Its products reflect a passion for creating unique, well thought designs with a quality unsurpassed by many. Triad Toys is headquartered in San Jose, California, and remains one of the few toy and collectible companies that continue to manufacture quality pieces in the United States. Triad Toys products are available online at www.triadtoys.com and through select specialty retailers worldwide.

American Musical Theatre of San Jose folds
San Francisco Chronicle ~  December 6, 2008
Monday, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, the South Bay's longtime primary presenter of Broadway-style musicals, announced that it was going out of business - immediately - in the middle of its 74th season. All future ticket sales ceased. Thirty full-time staff members were laid off, and its extensive outreach programs in the schools were closed. The company was filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, chief executive and Executive Producer Michael Miller said, and the remaining two of its shows were canceled, though he was making arrangements for two touring productions - "Chicago" and "Avenue Q" - to play their dates in January and March. The news sent shock waves throughout the theater community. With a $9.8 million budget and 16,500 subscribers, the theater was one of the region's larger arts organizations and the primary tenant at the 2,600-seat San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, along with Ballet San Jose.

. . . Atlanta's Theater of the Stars, canceled their forthcoming three-way co-production (with Dallas Summer Musicals) of "Tarzan set to open in San Jose in February, This production was more than the anchor of the San Jose company's season. It also represented one of its bigger hopes for the future. "When Disney licensed the show to us, the idea was for us to completely remake it into something new," Miller says. "Disney was going to take a look at what we came up with and potentially purchase our version for a national tour." With more than 15,000 tickets already sold, the loss of "Tarzan" meant $800,000 in ticket revenues had suddenly become an outstanding debt for the theater, along with $225,000 invested with the Atlanta company for the show and other expenses adding up to a combined loss of $1.7 million. Miller says a lawsuit against Theater of the Stars is pending. More>>>

 
Sci-fi's grand old man, Forrest J Ackerman, dies
(1916-2008)
Forrest J. Ackerman in his memorabilia-crammed Ackermansion home in Los Angeles in 1990. (Alan Light)Associated Press ~ December 5, 2008
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forrest J Ackerman, the sometime actor, literary agent, magazine editor and full-time bon vivant who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with coining the term "sci-fi," has died. He was 92. Ackerman died Thursday of heart failure at his Los Angeles home, said Kevin Burns, head of Prometheus Entertainment and a trustee of Ackerman's estate.

Although only marginally known to readers of mainstream literature, Ackerman was legendary in science-fiction circles as the founding editor of the pulp magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. He was also the owner of a huge private collection of science-fiction movie and literary memorabilia that for years filled every nook and cranny of a hillside mansion overlooking Los Angeles. "He became the Pied Piper, the spiritual leader, of everything science fiction, fantasy and horror," Burns said Friday.

Every Saturday morning that he was home, Ackerman would open up the house to anyone who wanted to view his treasures. He sold some pieces and gave others away when he moved to a smaller house in 2002, but he continued to let people visit him every Saturday for as long as his health permitted. "My wife used to say, 'How can you let strangers into our home?' But what's the point of having a collection like this if you can't let people enjoy it?" an exuberant Ackerman told The Associated Press as he conducted a spirited tour of the mansion on his 85th birthday.

His collection once included more than 50,000 books, thousands of science-fiction magazines and such items as Bela Lugosi's cape from the 1931 film "Dracula." His greatest achievement, however, was likely discovering Bradbury, author of the literary classics "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles." Ackerman had placed a flyer in a Los Angeles bookstore for a science-fiction club he was founding and a teenage Bradbury showed up.

Later, Ackerman gave Bradbury the money to start his own science-fiction magazine, Futuria Fantasia, and paid the author's way to New York for an authors meeting that Bradbury said helped launch his career. "I hadn't published yet, and I met a lot of these people who encouraged me and helped me get my career started, and that was all because of Forry Ackerman," the author told the AP in 2005.

Later, as a literary agent, Ackerman represented Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and numerous other science-fiction writers. He said the term "sci-fi" came to him in 1954 when he was listening to a car radio and heard an announcer mention the word "hi-fi." "My dear wife said, 'Forget it, Forry, it will never catch on,'" he recalled. Soon he was using it in Famous Monsters of Filmland, the magazine he helped found in 1958 and edited for 25 years. 

Ackerman himself appeared in numerous films over the years, usually in bit parts. His credits include "Queen of Blood," "Dracula vs. Frankenstein," "Amazon Women on the Moon," "Vampirella," "Transylvania Twist," "The Howling" and the Michael Jackson "Thriller" video. More recently, he appeared in 2007's "The Dead Undead" and 2006's "The Boneyard Collection." Ackerman returned briefly to Famous Monsters of Filmland in the 1990s, but he quickly fell out with the publisher over creative differences. He sued and was awarded a judgment of more than $375,000. 

Forrest James Ackerman was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 1916. He fell in love with science-fiction, he once said, when he was 9 years old and saw a magazine called Amazing Stories. He would hold onto that publication for the rest of his life. Ackerman, who had no children, was preceded in death by his wife, Wendayne.


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Forrest J Ackerman, writer-editor who coined 'sci-fi,' dies at 92
Los Angeles Times ~ December 6, 2008 ~ By Dennis McLellan
The Los Angeles native influenced young fans with his Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and 
spent a lifetime amassing a vast collection of science fiction and fantasy memorabilia.

Forrest J Ackerman, who influenced a generation of young horror-movie fans with Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and spent a lifetime amassing what has been called the world's largest personal collection of science-fiction and fantasy memorabilia, has died. He was 92. Ackerman, a writer, editor and literary agent who has been credited with coining the term "sci-fi" in the 1950s, died Thursday of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles, said John Sasser, a friend who is making a documentary on Ackerman. As editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, Ackerman wrote most of the articles in the photo-laden magazine launched in 1958 as a forum for past and present horror films. 

"It was the first movie-monster magazine," Tony Timpone, editor of horror-movie magazine Fangoria, told The Times in 2002. Timpone, who began reading Famous Monsters as a young boy in the early '70s, remembered it as "a black-and-white magazine with cheap paper but great painted [color] covers. It really turned people on to the magic of horror movies." Primarily targeted to late pre-adolescents and young teenagers, Famous Monsters of Filmland featured synopses of horror films; interviews with actors such as Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price; and articles about makeup and special effects. The magazine reflected Ackerman's penchant for puns, with features such as "The Printed Weird" and "Fang Mail." Ackerman referred to himself as Dr. Acula. "He put a lot of his personality into the magazine," said Timpone, who became friends with Ackerman. "It was a pretty juvenile approach to genre journalism, but as kids that's all we had." Among those who grew up reading Famous Monsters of Filmland was author Stephen King. Other childhood readers included movie directors Joe Dante, John Landis and Steven Spielberg, who once autographed a poster of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" for Ackerman, saying, "A generation of fantasy lovers thank you for raising us so well."

Ackerman was a celebrity in his own right, once signing 10,000 autographs during a three-day monster-movie convention in New York City. This, after all, was the man who created and wrote the comic book characters Vampirella and Jeanie of Questar and was the ultimate fan's fan: a man who actually had known Lugosi and Karloff and whose priceless collection of science-fiction, horror and fantasy artifacts ran to some 300,000 items. For years, Ackerman housed his enormous cache of books, movie stills, posters, paintings, movie props, masks and assorted memorabilia in his 18-room home in Los Feliz. He dubbed the house the Ackermansion. The jam-packed repository included everything from a Dracula cape worn by Lugosi to Mr. Spock's pointy ears and from Lon Chaney Sr.'s makeup kit to the paper-plate flying saucer used by director Ed Wood in "Plan 9 From Outer Space."

For Ackerman, a native Angeleno born Nov. 24, 1916, it all began at age 9. That's when he stopped at a drugstore on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Western Avenue in Hollywood and bought his first copy of the science-fiction magazine Amazing Stories. Ackerman was helplessly hooked. By his late teens, he had mastered Esperanto, the invented international language. In 1929, he founded the Boys Scientifiction Club. In 1932, he joined a group of other young fans in launching the Time Traveler, which is considered the first fan magazine devoted exclusively to science fiction and for which Ackerman was "contributing editor." Ackerman also joined with other local fans in starting a chapter of the Science Fiction Society -- meetings were held in Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown L.A. -- and as editor of the group's fan publication Imagination!, he published in 1938 a young Ray Bradbury's first short story.

During World War II, Ackerman edited a military newspaper published at Ft. MacArthur in San Pedro. After the war, he worked as a literary agent. His agency represented scores of science-fiction writers, including L. Ron Hubbard, Isaac Asimov, A.E. van Vogt, H.L. Gold, Ray Cummings and Hugo Gernsback. In 1954, Ackerman coined the term that would become part of the popular lexicon -- a term said to make some fans cringe. "My wife and I were listening to the radio, and when someone said 'hi-fi' the word 'sci-fi' suddenly hit me," Ackerman explained to The Times in 1982. "If my interest had been soap operas, I guess it would have been 'cry-fi,' or James Bond, 'spy-fi.' " 

At the time, Ackerman already was well-known among science-fiction and horror aficionados for his massive collection. After a couple from Texas showed up on his doorstep in 1951 asking to view the collection, Ackerman began opening up his home for regular, informal tours on Saturdays. Over the years, thousands of people made the pilgrimage to the Ackermansion. The Dracula/Frankenstein room featured a casket as a "coffin table" and the cape Lugosi wore in the stage version of "Dracula." A case displayed one of the horror film legend's bow ties, which, Ackerman would gleefully note, contained a drop of blood. Among the collection's other highlights: the ring worn by Lugosi in "Dracula," the giant-winged pterodactyl that swooped down for Fay Wray in "King Kong," Lon Chaney's cape from "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Metropolis" director Fritz Lang's monocle. The affable Ackerman would escort his visitors through the priceless warren of books, posters and memorabilia, settling into a chair in each room and answering questions. "He was always just a big kid," said Fangoria's Timpone. "I really cherished all the times I've been with him."

Ackerman wrote more than 2,000 articles and short stories for magazines and anthologies, sometimes under the pseudonyms Dr. Acula, Weaver Wright and Claire Voyant. He also wrote what has been reported to be the first lesbian science-fiction story ever published, "World of Loneliness." And under the pen name Laurajean Ermayne, he wrote lesbian romances in the late 1940s for the lesbian magazine Vice Versa. Ackerman edited or co-edited numerous books, including "A Book of Weird Tales" and "365 Science Fiction Short Stories." Over the years, he made numerous cameo appearances in films, including Dante's "The Howling" and Landis' "Innocent Blood." Landis also had Ackerman eating popcorn behind Michael Jackson in the movie theater scene in his "Thriller" video. 

Famous Monsters of Filmland ceased publication in 1983, but returned a decade later with Ray Ferry as publisher and Ackerman as editor. Ackerman, however, reportedly had a falling out with Ferry and left the magazine. Years of litigation followed. In 2000, after a civil trial, Ackerman won a trademark infringement and breach-of-contract lawsuit against Ferry, though he said a year later that he had not yet collected a penny of the judgment. 

In recent decades, according to a 2003 Times story, Ackerman slowly sold pieces of his massive collection in order to survive. Because of health problems and his still-unresolved legal battle, he put up all but about 100 of his favorite objects for sale in 2002. The same year, he moved out of the Ackermansion and into a bungalow in the flats of Los Feliz. But he continued to make what was left of his collection available for fans to view on Saturday mornings. "I call it the Acker Mini-Mansion," he said. 

Ackerman's wife, Wendayne, died in 1990; he has no surviving family members. 


Sci-Fi's No. 1 Fanboy, Forrest J Ackerman, Dies at 92
TIME Magazine ~ December 6, 2008

Jim Cawthorn (1929-2008)
Jim Cawthorn, died on Tuesday, 2 December, shortly before his 79th birthday. Born on 21 December 1929, Cawthorn was a fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs which led to meetings with other fans and contributions to SF fanzine Satellite in 1953/4 and to ERB fanzines, Pete Ogden's ERBANIA and Burroughsiana in the mid-1950s. The latter was edited by Mike Moorcock, ten years Cawthorn's junior but already about to find his way into publishing. After collaborating with Cawthorn on various fanzines (Ergo Ego, Flail, Eustace), Moorcock took over the editorship of Tarzan Adventures in 1957 and began writing his own series of sword & sorcery adventures featuring Sojan, which Cawthorn illustrated. Another Cawthorn contribution was the brief (4-part) comic strip "Planet Peril" (1958) as well as a handful of his stories featuring Handar the Red (actually, Cawthorn would later point out, a single story published in parts).

Jim collaborating with Mike Moorcock on a full-length Blake novel, Caribbean Crisis (Sexton Blake Library 501, June 1962) published under the house name Desmond Reid. Cawthorn became a cover and spot illustrator for New Worlds when Moorcock became editor in 1964 and continued his collaboration with Mike in a number of different magazines, ranging from Frendz, where he drew "The Sonic Assassins" (Nov 1971), based around the adventures of Hawkwind, and an Elric strip and poster which was never published as Frendz folded.

Cawthorn produced many unpublished strips, including numerous adaptations of Burroughs; amongst them was The Land That Time Forgot, which led to work on the Kevin Connor-directed movie, filmed in 1974, which he co-scripted with Moorcock. Another collaboration was The Distant Suns (Llanfynydd, Unicorn Bookshop, 1975) for which Cawthorn used the pen-name Philip James.

Over the years, Cawthorn illustrated many books, including editions of Lord of the Rings, and children's science fiction anthologies for Armada, although his most successful work was with Savoy Books in the 1970s and 1980s, including graphic novel editions of Stormbringer (1976), The Jewel In The Skull (1979) and The Crystal And The Amulet (1986) and Savoy's reprints of Henry Treece. His fascination with Fantasy as a genre can be seen in Fantasy: The 100 Best Books (London, Xanadu, 1988).

In the late 1940s, Cawthorn had discovered Milton Caniff and Burne Hogarth through the pages of Star Weekly, the Canadian newspaper supplement. Hogarth was later to write of Cawthorn's Jewel In The Skull:

"There is a quality here that is most compelling and fascinating. He has gone far beyond any of the existing fantasy interpretations of the cartoon heroics one finds in most book material today. He has reached a point of the unpredictable in his characterisations, his mood, his strange atmosphere and gross, brutal intensity ... He has an authentic talent." 
Burne Hogarth

“Jim Cawthorn and I have been inseparable for over twenty-five years, sometimes to the point where I can’t remember which came first—the drawing or the story. It is his drawings of my characters which remain for me the most accurate, both in detail and in atmosphere. His interpretations in strip form will always be, for me, the best.”
Michael Moorcock. 

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JIM CAWTHORN ART
Chuck Pogue Remembers

I was really sorry to hear about Jim Cawthorn.  I first became aware of his work through AMRA and was always an admirer of it.  Very original and unimitative. 

Years later, when I was beginning my research for my PRINCESS OF MARS script and I was re-connecting with many of the giants (at least I thought they were) of Burroughs fandom from the sixties, Jim and I made contact.  I don't know whether through some circuitious route (maybe through Pete Ogden) I got in touch with him or he with me, but contact was made.  He was very helpful with some of my inquiries and a sporadic, but lovely correspondence started up.   For several years (I think until I moved back to Kentucky), we exchanged Christmas cards ... Jim's cards, like his letters, were always embellished with original artwork.  They were on various subjects ... sometimes Princess of Mars or my film Dragonheart ... always delightful and witty, and all perserved.

The last I heard from Jim I was trying to find out some background on Henry Treece, of whom I'm a big fan...Jim had illustrated some Savoy paperbacks of Treece's work.  Unfortunately, he knew little more than I did at the time.

But it was always great to see an envelope in the mail with Jim's distinctive, immediately recognizable, handwriting.  He  was to me a "giant" in Burroughs' fandom and a terrifically talented artist.

Chuck Pogue



Tarzan preps big-screen return, 'Pirates of the Caribbean' style
Entertainment Weekly ~ December 3, 2008
Tarzan is getting another makeover. The action-adventure icon will trash his loincloth and throw on a pair of khakis for the next big screen take on Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic character, who first appeared way back in the Stone Age -- er, 1912. Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) and screenwriter Stuart Beattie (Australia) are ditching the boy-raised-by-apes origin story for a 1930's-set romp with a hefty helping of romance: Think Pirates of the Caribbean with buffed-and-tanned actors flying through the jungle and sprinting up trees, parkour-style. In recent years, the lord of the jungle has been reincarnated as a Broadway headliner, an animated Disney hero, and even a prime-time TV star -- in 2003 the WB produced a modern-day take starring Calvin Klein model (and first-time actor) Travis Fimmel that flopped. This version seems like a safer bet, especially considering Beattie penned one of the earliest drafts of Pirates, which became a worldwide blockbuster.


 American Musical Theatre of San Jose Ceases Operation After Tarzan Cancellation
Theater Mania ~  Dec 3, 2008  - San Francisco Bay Area
The American Musical Theatre of San Jose has announced that it has ceased operations after the cancellation of the musical Tarzan by its co-producer Atlanta's Theater of the Stars. The theater is planning to still present the national tour of Chicago next month and hopes to present the national tour of Avenue Q in March, but will put on no other productions.

In a statement, AMSTJ chief financial officer Robert Nazarenus stated that the theater was counting on two million dollars from Tarzan, and also alleged that a six-figure sum given to Theater of the Stars for that production had been spent by the Atlanta theater on a different show. The theater intends to pursue legal action.

Without responding to the specific allegation, Theater of the Stars issued a release saying that the current "economic turmoil" had affected its cash flow and made it impossible to continue with Tarzan and the show would be indefinitely postponed. In addition, the theater's president, Mark Manos, said it would work with the affected theaters on repayment plans for any preproduction advances.



Touring Musical "Tarzan" Canceled
Dallas-Fort Worth ~ December 3, 2008
Atlanta's Theater of the Stars' touring production of Disney's "Tarzan" has been canceled, meaning Dallas -- which had it on it's slate of Dallas Summer Musicals -- won't get to see the show. San Jose, North Carolina, Dallas, and Atlanta had put in for the show, with Dallas reportedly putting in $250,000 dollars.


For "Wall-E" director, art mixes well with commerce
John Lasseter (L) and Andrew Stanton ~ REUTERS/Fred ProuserReuters ~ November 18, 2008
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If there ever was a person meant to make a movie about a U.S. Civil War soldier from the Confederate States of America stranded on the planet Mars, it just may be Andrew Stanton, director of animated hit "Wall-E." Why?

A soldier of the confederacy was a "rebel" in the 1860s when the United States fought its war between the states, and Stanton also comes from a pack of rebels -- the filmmakers at Disney-Pixar -- whose movies like "Wall-E" have time and again defied conventional Hollywood wisdom and become smash hits. . . .

. . . "John Carter of Mars" is Stanton's next animated feature project. It is based on a story written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, best known for his "Tarzan" books. Stanton said he read "John Carter" as a boy and has been in love with it ever since. It is based on a simple idea, he said: "an ordinary person in an extraordinary world." But audiences wanting to go there will have to wait several years before the movie hits theaters. But when it does, the betting is that like "Wall-E", it, too, will be a hit. More>>>


BOBBIE M. RUCKER (1923-2008)
Bobbie M. Rucker (1923-2008) passed away on November 12 from heart stroke, after which she declined life support treatments.
She was a dedicated Burroughs Bibliophile, contributing articles to the BUROUGHS BULLETIN and attending many Dum-Dums, including the memorable visit to Greystoke Castle in 1988. Pictured below is a photo of her hand-crafted miniature of Tarzan's birth cabin, carefully researched from her reading of Tarzan of the Apes. Her sense of humor was refreshing, and she referred to Edgar Rice Burroughs as "the sole remaining prop of my declining years." May she rest in peace.


OBITUARY

RUCKER, BOBBIE MARKENDORF, born March 14, 1923, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, surrounded by family members. Bobbie was the widow of Jefferson County Police Sergeant, Charles O. Rucker. She was a medical records supervisor for the Veteran's Administration Medical Center until her retirement in 1983. She was a violist in several local chamber music groups, and was also an active member of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Bibliophiles, Louisville Miniature Club, and the Church of the Ascension. Bobbie is survived by her two sons, Marc A. Rucker (Linda) and Lance M. Rucker (Bianca); grandchildren, Charles, Michael, Jason, Meg, Alex, Lon, and Adam; and seven great-grandchildren. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, Church of the Ascension, 4600 Lynnbrook Drive, with burial to follow in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society, The Arthritis Foundation, the Lion's Eye Research Institute or Church of the Ascension.


Tarzan the Musical Opening Night in Hamburg, Germany
First on Broadway
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Forrest Ackerman is slipping away...
November 3, 2008 ~ Ain't It Cool site: www.aintitcool.com/node/38960
I spoke briefly with Forrest J Ackerman earlier today, he wasn't sounding very strong, it hurt to hear his voice knowing that it wouldn't be here with us much longer. But at the same time, it was nice to say goodbye to one another. Ackerman is one of the founders of my love of cinema. My father is the geek he is, because of his magazine - and I'm the geek I am because of his magazine as well as the influence it had on my father. That magazine was, of course, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND. In speaking with Uncle Forry's caretaker, an amazing gentleman named Joe Moe, I was told that Forry was lucid, peaceful and not even on pain medication, but that he was progressively getting worse - and was ready to move on. However, he was wanting to say his goodbyes to as many of his neice and nephews that he has created in his almost 92 years on this Earth. His 92nd Birthday is this November 22nd.

Many friends of Forry have visited his bedside, hearing one last story, one last pun and to say one last goodbye. Ray Bradbury even flew to his bedside. We here at AICN are preparing a fitting memorial - and something, most likely, permanent to AICN. In the meanwhile - there is a chance for you to say your final goodbye, here's how...

I talked to Joe Moe, Forry's caregiver and best friend. He told me to spread the word about Forry. Forry is leaving us quickly. If you're going to write or call, do it now before it's too late. He's in good spirits and not in any pain or taking any meds. He did not have any heart attack or stroke. He is home resting comfortably, but his body is starting to shut down and he's sleeping alot now, hes very weak.
Even if you do what I did, just write "I love you" on a piece of paper and mail it, please do something if he touched your life in some way ~ .Joey OBrien:

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L. Ron Hubbard Pulp Fiction YouTube Video Channel Launched
The L. Ron Hubbard Pulp Fiction Series Launches Its Own YouTube Video Channel with a Swashbuckling Pirate Tale Video and "the Making Of" behind the Scenes Featurette from Galaxy Press 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov 14, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Galaxy Press has launched a video channel on YouTube ( www.youtube.com/goldenagestories) containing entertaining, original content dedicated to the newly-released 150-story, 80-plus novel pulp fiction series, "Stories from the Golden Age," all authored by master storyteller L. Ron Hubbard during the 1930s and 40s.

"It's designed to enchant and captivate a whole new generation of reader and listener to Mr. Hubbard's amazing range and realism," said John Goodwin, Galaxy Press president, in making the announcement. "Our Goldenagestories channel complements the recent launch of the www.GoldenAgeStories.com website with unique content that lets viewers get into the fun and excitement of the original stories." The new channel contains the first two video podcasts, the audiobook trailer for "Under the Black Ensign" and "The Making of the Stories from the Golden Age Audiobook."

The first video podcast of "Under the Black Ensign" tells the story of Captain Tom Bristol, who is first forced into the British navy, then turns pirate, and ends up seeking revenge from his former captors. The channel also showcases a promotional trailer for the book that features the full cast of the actual Golden Age Stories. For more information on the story, go to www.goldenagestories.com/html/seaadventure/under-the-black-ensign

The second podcast featurette ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOtwOYBL1Zs) documents several of the Hollywood actors recording the Golden Age Stories audiobooks. The feature takes viewers through each of the steps involved in the meticulous production - voice recording, sound effects, genre-specific music, and final audio mix of the entire audiobook.

"It's a fascinating look into how to create a unique listening experience," Goodwin said. "Its roots are from the old radio theater begun in the 1930s but done in a 21st century style. Hollywood has long since recognized the pure entertainment that jumps from the pages of these stories and has turned many such tales into blockbuster movies," says science fiction phenom, author Kevin J. Anderson. "The sheer volume of tales released during this wondrous golden age remains unmatched in any other period of literary history - hundreds of thousands of published stories in over nine hundred different magazines.

"The most popular pulp fiction artists of the time read like a who's who of acknowledged masters of their genres - H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, Max Brand, Louis L'Amour, Elmore Leonard, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner, John D. McDonald, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein - and of course, L. Ron Hubbard."

For more information on the Stories from the Golden Age, go to www.goldenagestories.com.
SOURCE: Galaxy Press
Galaxy Press
John Goodwin, 323-466-7815
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ON TARZAN by Alex Vernon

CONWAY, Ark. (Nov. 12, 2008) – Alex Vernon, an Associate Professor of English at Hendrix College, will be signing copies of his newest book – On Tarzan – from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Wordsworth Books and Co. (located on R Street in The Heights) in Little Rock.  Vernon, also the author of the books The Eyes of Orion, Soldiers Once and Still, Arms and the Self, and Most Succinctly Bred, released On Tarzan through the University of Georgia Press last month.

On Tarzan is a sometimes playful, sometimes serious, and always provocative consideration of the 20th century's best-known fictional character. It is also the first book-length investigation of a century’s worth of Tarzan’s incarnations and society’s varied imaginative responses to them. As Vernon looks at how and why society has accorded mythical, archetypal status to Tarzan, he takes stock of the Tarzan books, films, and comics as well as some of the many faux- and femme-Tarzan rip-offs, the toys and other tie-in products, the fanzines, and the appropriation of Tarzan's image in the media.

Tarzan first appeared in 1912. To ponder his journey from jungle lord then to Disney boy-toy now is, as Vernon writes, to touch on “childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, especially for the male of the species; on colonialism and nationhood; on Hollywood and commerce, race and gender, sex and death, Darwin and Freud. On nature--is Tarzan friend or foe? On imagination and identity." Vernon exposes the contradictions, ambiguities, and coincidences of the Tarzan phenomenon. Midwest Book Review calls On Tarzan “a work of seminal and impressive scholarship.”

Hendrix, founded in 1876, is a selective, residential, undergraduate liberal art college emphasizing experiential learning in a demanding yet supportive environment. The college is among 165 colleges featured in the 2008 edition of the Princeton Review America’s Best Value Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.

More information on the ON TARZAN release is featured in this month’s Gridley Wave – the Burroughs Bibliophiles monthly newsletter.


Tarzan Licence Secured by Developer TWELVE
TWELVE is currently looking for a publishing partner for TARZAN
Press Release PROVIDED BY GAMES PRESS ~ CROTONE, ITALY - October 09, 2008

World-renowned character, TARZAN®, is set to swing into the world of fast moving, high powered next-gen console action, on Wii, PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360 and PC, thanks to the recent licensing agreement between TWELVE, a leading European console game developer, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company which holds all rights to the work of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers.

"Developing TARZAN, one of the most enduringly popular characters of all time, for the videogame market, will be TWELVE's biggest challenge to date," comments Giuseppe Crugliano, founder and Managing Director of TWELVE. "We are extremely happy that our vision of TARZAN for this millennium met with the same enthusiasm from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc..It will be a huge but inspiring task, a timeless character, timeless ideals, further enhanced by the sheer quality of next-gen technology. TARZAN has been a hero for generations, irrespective of age, and we can't wait to get to work on what we're sure will be truly captivating gameplay."

James J. Sullos, Jr., President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., says, "Over the years, TARZAN has represented human survival against all odds, rugged individualism, and a protector of the natural habitat - he is the First Conservationist. His physical prowess and complex personality lends itself to a myriad of possibilities in developing high powered next-gen console games, and we are pleased that TWELVE shares our enthusiasm. We look forward to collaborating with TWELVE as it develops exciting TARZAN console games.

TWELVE has chosen the Gamebryo game engine, from Emergent Game Technologies, to develop the cross-platform TARZAN title. Gamebryo's powerful and flexible capabilities will allow TWELVE to exploit the full potential of next-gen consoles to capture the true essence of TARZAN.

TWELVE is currently looking for a publishing partner for TARZAN, the video game.. For further information please contact:

Giuseppe Crugliano
Managing Director of Twelve
info@twelvegames.com
Tel.: +39 (0)962 29656

About Twelve:
 Twelve http://www.twelvegames.com is a leading European game development company founded in 2003 by Giuseppe Crugliano. In just a few years the company has become one of the most important console game developers in Europe, thanks to CID The Dummy (previously Crash Dummy), an action platformer for Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PSP., PlayStation®2 and PC, out in February 2009, published by Oxygen. The team is currently working on Martial Arts: Capoeira, a stunning fight game, to be released on Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PSP., PlayStation®2 and PC by Graffiti and Party Crashers, a 25 mini game compilation and Spin-Off to CID The Dummy, to be released exclusively on Nintendo Wii, by Detn8 Games in April 2009. The company is a Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation®2, PSP. and PLAYSTATION®3 developer, and the staff is made up of 20 full-time employees, plus external contractors.

About Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.:
 Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., headquartered in Tarzana, California, owns all the literary creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs, one of the 20th Century's most prolific writers. He wrote over 70 novels and over 35 short stories that have been made into 48 live action movies, 133 live action television episodes, 3 animated movies and 35 animated television episodes. From Tarzan of the Apes to John Carter of Mars to Carson Napier of Venus, Edgar Rice Burroughs created many imaginary worlds. Through worldwide ownership of copyrights and trademarks, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., still owned by Burroughs' heirs, licenses Tarzan and other literary creations for worldwide distribution of movies, television, novels, comic books, interactive video games, and all types of merchandise.

For further information please contact:

James J. Sullos, Jr.
President
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
P.O. Box 570277
Tarzana, CA 91357
818-344-0181 Phone
www.erburroughs.com

Emergent Game Technologies provides flexible technologies and services that give developers an unmatched range of integrated capabilities for building, testing and managing games. The award-winning Gamebryo game engine is used to create hit next-generation games for the Wii, PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360 and PC. To date, Gamebryo has been used in more than 200 shipped games from massively multiplayer online games to high-end retail games across multiple genres to casual games. Gamebryo is the development platform for Civilization Revolution by Firaxis, Splatterhouse by BottleRocket and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning by EA-Mythic.

Derek Asato/Luis Levy
The Bohle Company for Emergent Game Technologies
(310) 785-0515 ext. 201/204
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New Look For Carter Of Mars?
Sci Fi Wire  | SciFiLog.com
Andrew Stanton, who is writing and directing John Carter of Mars, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' books, told SCI FI Wire that he and co-writer Mark Andrews will be putting their own spin on the iconic story, and a Pixar manager added that the film will have a unique look as well. "I'm going to do what I remember more than what they exactly do" in the books, Stanton said cryptically in a group interview at the Emeryville, Calif., headquarters of Pixar on Sept. 25.

Stanton (WALL*E) added that he is currently deep in writing with partner Andrews, a storyboard artist at Pixar, on the script for Carter. "John Carter of Mars is what I'm writing right now with Mark Andrews," Stanton said. "Writing, it's all about writing this year."

Jim Morris, general manager at Pixar Animation, promised that the movie will not look like previous attempts to adapt the franchise for the screen. "Everything that's been out there has been an attempt to kind of capture this Deco-esque [Frank] Frazetta vision of John Carter, which I think feels old and stale," he said. "And where Stanton is going--from what we've seen so far--is very different than that. And I think that the people who really love the essence of the books will really dig it, but so will audiences in general."

Asked whether the film would be in 3-D, Morris added, "I hope not!"  It's been reported that Carter may incorporate live-action elements amid animation. Stanton's WALL*E was the first Pixar production to incorporate live action. Morris declined to discuss the matter.

"John Carter is in its very early stages, and there is much to figure out about that, so we'd be premature," Morris said. "We are looking at a variety of different approaches and techniques for that ... We're kind of a bit early in the development of that."

Morris added: "I'm sure I speak for all of the science fiction geeks, fans and aficionados when I say it's finally time to see that movie. And I, for one, am delighted that Andrew Stanton is the guy that's making the movie, because he's a story-driven guy."


Jon Favreau ~ LA Times Interview excerpt
Quote:
"Not involved with John Carter of Mars. Visited [Andrew] Stanton at Pixar. He's doing a great job. He will do a better job with it than I would have at that point in my career. Most importantly, after 100 years, it's finally getting made."
Banned Books Week shows many classics targeted
Times Herald-Record ~ October 02, 2008
MIDDLETOWN — This is the 27th annual Banned Books Week. Robert Hubsher, executive director of the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS), in Middletown, says most people would be surprised at the books that have come under fire from groups or individuals for sexual or political content.
They include such recognized classics as the "Harry Potter" books; Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer"; John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"; J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye"; Alice Walker's "Color Purple"; Shel Silversein's "A Light in the Attic"; Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five"; Stephen King's "Cujo," "Carrie" and "The Dead Zone"; Richard Wright's "Native Son"; Salman Rushdie's "Satanic Verses"; Joseph Heller's "Catch-22"; Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"; and Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
These classics were challenged in parts of this country by people who wished to have them removed from library shelves for various reasons. Last year, there were 420 known attempts to remove books from library shelves. Challenges are defined as formal, written complaints filed with a library or school requesting that books be removed because of content or appropriateness. A display at the Ramapo Catskill Library System cites these "far-fetched, silly, irrational, illogical reasons to challenge or ban books." The quotes are from the complaints:
•  The "Tarzan" books by Edgar Rice Burroughs: "Tarzan was living in sin with Jane." (Actually, Tarzan and Jane were married by Jane's father, an ordained minister.)
•  "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll: "Animals should not use human language," and "It is disastrous to put animals and human beings on the same level."
•  "The Diary of Anne Frank": "A real downer."
•  "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl: "The book espouses a poor philosophy of life."
•  "A Light in the Attic" by Shel Silverstein: "The book encourages children to break dishes so they won't have to dry them."
•  "The Rabbits' Wedding" by Garth Williams: "One bunny is white and the other is black and this brainwashes readers into accepting miscegenation."
•  "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain: Excluded from the children's room of the Brooklyn Public Library on the grounds that "Huck not only itched but scratched, and that he said sweat when he should have said perspiration."
•  "My Friend Flicka" by Mary O'Hara: "A female dog is called a bitch
Of interest to fans of ERB and Mars fiction:
Martianthology
Compiled by Forrest J Ackerman and edited by Anne Hardin
http://www.rockpublishing.com/martianthology.htm
Martianthology (2005) is a collection of fourteen Martian stories “dedicated to the beloved memory of Edgar Rice Burroughs, who transported us via the ether to the wonderful world of the 4th planet, Barsoom, in 1912.”
"Years ago, when these stories were composed, life on Barsoom resided solely in the imaginations of certain special inhabitants of Jasoom (E. R. Burroughs-speak for Mars and Earth). This anthology captures the spirit of that "exploration" -- long before a rocket from Earth had actually visited the fourth planet. These writers gave us heroes and villains, adventure and mis-adventure accompanied by the thrills of conquest and redemption. Martianthology offers something for all readers of “scientifiction” (as it was called during the early years of pulp writing.)" Note: The cover of Martianthology is based on a painting by Frank R. Paul and features the anthologist, Forrest J Ackerman, as the spaceman.
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76 year old Cheeta the Chimp looks back on life with Tarzan
China.org.cn ~ September 6, 2008
http://www.china.org.cn/culture/2008-09/06/content_16400466.htm
He has outlived his co-stars, survived addiction to drink and cigars, and seen one of his grandsons follow him into show-business. Now Cheeta the chimpanzee, sidekick to Tarzan in the 1930s films starring Johnny Weismuller, has told his amazing in life story in an autobiography to be published by Harper Collins on October 1. Cheeta proudly shows off the Guinness Book of Records which lists him as the world's oldest Chimpanzee. Cheeta was captured in Liberia in 1932 by Henry Trefflich, a flamboyant adventurer and animal trader who, apart from supplying Hollywood, also provided NASA with monkeys to shoot into space. The chimp's first feature film was Tarzan the Ape Man which made Johnny Weismuller a superstar. In the 1934 sequel, Tarzan and his Mate, co-starring Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, Cheeta famously stole Jane's clothes while she was swimming. The accomplished ape continued his film career, including an appearance alongside future US President Ronald Reagan, until 1967 when he retired after biting Rex Harrison's finger during the shooting of Dr Dolittle. 
Barracuda vs. Tarzan et al
Time Magazine ~ September 2, 2008
http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1837918,00.html
. . . as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. "She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor. 
Bogus lists of "Palin's Banned Books" are circulating on the Web in a flood of Blogs: e.g.
World Prout Assembly ~ September 7, 2008
OSI Gazette ~ September 8, 2008
These blogs in their frenzy all display a list of 92 books that then-mayor, Sarah Palin tried to ban from Wasilla, Alaska library. Included are:"
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs plus other classics by authors including: Stephen King, Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, Chaucer, Aldous Huxley, John Steinback, J.K. Rowling, Robert Munsch, Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, D.H. Lawrence, Walt Whitman, William Golding, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, George Eliot, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., J.D. Salinger, Margaret Atwood, Harper Lee, Daniel Keyes, Anthony Burgess, etc.
The TIME Magazine article is authentic but for a balanced take on this check out the accuracy of "the banned list":
Snopes Urban Legend Site
and
LA Times Blog
Lists of books have been circulated in blog comments and via e-mail. They haven't been reported in papers like The Times because there is no evidence that they are accurate. The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, the local Wasilla newspaper, has reposted a 1996 article covering the censorship inquiries that Palin put to local librarian Mary Ellin Emmons. This piece clearly states that "Palin said Monday she had no particular books or other material in mind when she posed the questions to Emmons." That should put an end to the inaccurate lists that are circulating.

Here's what the Valley Frontiersman says: "Emmons said Palin asked her outright if she could live with censorship of library books. This was during a weak [sic] when Palin was requesting resignations from all the city's department heads as a way of expressing loyalty." The article continues: " 'This is different than a normal book-selection procedure or a book-challenge policy,' Emmons stressed Saturday. 'She was asking me how I would deal with her saying a book can't be in the library.'" . . .



Governor Sarah Palin addressing the graduating class of commission students at her one-time church, Wasilla Assembly of God:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG1vPYbRB7k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k84m2orSOaM


Hugging benefits fractious chimps
BBC News ~ September 8, 2008
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7603691.stm
If you have just had a big falling out with a colleague, there is nothing better than the comforting and consoling arm of a good friend. Chimps, it seems, feel the same way, according to a study at Chester Zoo. The research is said to provide the first evidence that consolation in primates, such as hugging and stroking, can reduce stress levels after a fight. The behaviour could indicate some level of empathy, Dr Orlaith Fraser told the British Association Science Festival. "We can't actually say what's going on in a chimpanzee's mind; we can only deduce from their behaviour what's going on," the Liverpool John Moores University researcher said. "Because this behaviour is actually reducing stress levels and it's being offered by a valuable partner, it seems likely that this is an expression of empathy." Dr Fraser and colleagues spent 18 months observing 22 adult chimps at Chester Zoo. More>>>
Frank Frazetta Top 100 artists that you should know
I Draw Girls Blog ~ September 6, 2008
http://idrawgirls.blogspot.com/2008/09/frank-frazetta-top-100-artists-that-you.html
Frank Frazetta: definitely this guy is also a machine and the god of fantasy illustration who inspired us for generations! Frank Frazetta (born February 9, 1928) is an American fantasy and science fiction artist, noted for his Buck Rogers comic book covers for Famous Funnies and paperback book cover paintings on series' such as Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard. His paintings gained added popularity in the 1970's, appearing in books, posters, prints, record covers, and various other merchandise. He is the subject of the 2003 nationally televised American film documentary Frank Frazetta, Painting with Fire.
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"Mummy" director unwraps new "Tarzan"
September 2, 2008 ~ Reuters/Hollywood Reporter
Stephen SommersStephen Sommers is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to bring a new version of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs creation "Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," to the big screen. The project was first announced two years ago with Guillermo del Toro attached to direct. But Sommers will get his shot now that Del Toro is committed to a four-year stint choreographing dwarves in New Zealand for the "Hobbit" movies.

Over the decades, Tarzan has come in for any number of epic treatments, from John Derek's 1981 Jane-driven "Tarzan, the Ape Man," to the 1984 drama "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," which famously earned pseudonymous screenwriter Robert Towne's dog, P.H. Vazak, an Oscar nomination. Disney released its take on the jungle king in 1999, replete with an incongruous (but Oscar-winning) Phil Collins soundtrack.

Sommers and the project's screenwriter, Stu Beattie ("Collateral"), are developing an entirely new approach, which will be inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan of the Apes" book rather than the Disney film or otherwise, but isn't specifically based on that or any other previously material.  With the "Mummy" movies, "The Scorpion King" and "Van Helsing," Sommers has become a connoisseur of the big-budget, effects-driven spectacle. More>>>


Sommers circles new 'Tarzan'
Director in negotiations for a reimagining of the classic
September 2, 2008 ~ Hollywood Reporter
He's already tackled Huckleberry Finn and Mowgli, so let's see what Stephen Sommers can do with Tarzan. The "Jungle Book" director is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to bring a new version of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs creation "Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," to the big screen. "Collateral" screenwriter Stu Beattie will write the project with Sommers. Jerry Weintraub ("Ocean's Eleven") is producing through his Jerry Weintraub Prods. Jessica Goodman and Jesse Ehrman will oversee for the studio. More>>>
Tarzan Returns: From Guillermo del Toro to Stephen Sommers 
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Sommers in talks to direct 'Tarzan'
Stuart Beattie to write script for WB, Weintraub
September 2, 2008 ~ Variety.com
Stephen Sommers is in negotiations to direct a bigscreen version of "Tarzan" for Warner Bros. and producer Jerry Weintraub. Sommers will also co-write the "Tarzan" script with Stuart Beattie. Warner Bros. and Weintraub have been developing "Tarzan" since 2003, when John August was hired to pen a new take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs-created character. Two years ago, the studio was negotiating with Guillermo del Toro to direct.

Burroughs’ "Tarzan of the Apes" was written in 1912. Onscreen, the ape-man character became strongly identified with Johnny Weissmuller during the 1930s in MGM’s series of features. Warner Bros. put the character back on the bigscreen with its 1984 pic "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," starring Christopher Lambert. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow also made 1998’s "Tarzan and the Lost City," starring Casper Van Dien. In 2003, Warner Bros. TV produced a short-lived "Tarzan" skein for the WB Network. Beattie’s other credits include "Collateral," the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise and Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming "Australia." More>>>

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Chantal "Jane" Janzen is pregnant! 
by Wilma Nanninga
Amsterdam - The 29 -year-old musical star would like to share her secret with Holland. "Many women become pregnant. But now I realize how wonderful it feels. Our child will come at the end of January. I am now three-and-a half-months pregnant. My partner Marco says that I never looked so happy. Not long ago we decided that we would have a baby and now it's happened already. Great! I realize that not everybody has such luck."

She plans to play the role of 'Jane' until her belly becomes visible.

Marco (37) and Chantal have been together for two years. But they've known each other since their childhood from the tiny town in Limburg where they grew up. Chantal: "After years we met again and fell in love. Marco and I were both single, so nothing could restrain our relationship. We had a wonderful life together and very soon we decided to live together. It is nice that Marco doesn't have anything to do with showbiz. It makes him very academic. I am very academic myself, too." She laughs: It is possible to be so in this profession." 

Marco and Chantal complement each other in their two different careers. "I stimulate him in his mercantile job and he in the choices I make. I can talk with Marco about what I want to do. Being a mother will not mean the end of my career. I have good examples like Sophia Wezer. She also plays in Tarzan now. While in "The Wiz" she easily could do a splits when she was in her sixth month of pregnancy."

Chantal is very happy that she is pregnant. "My parents were immediately very enthusiastic. While I was worried about how we would have to organize everything it didn't come to their attention. Their first grandchild is more than welcome. And my elder brother Roger has already noticed my pregnancy. He told me that he could see it in my looks: I was sparkling. Roger is married but does not have any children yet."

Marco is already a father. He was divorced five years ago when he met Chantal again. "We told my children of 17, 13 and 9 years right away. They are very happy for us and that counts most for me." Chantal chuckles: "For Marco it is not his first childbirth... for me it is. He can help me with mine. 

Erwin van Lambaart, managing director and producer of Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties, ordered the technical staff to go through the flying scenes in the musical to be sure that it is safe for his pregnant leading actress. "Chantal and I are going to sit around the table to discuss the situation," he told the press. "Her health and that of the child has the highest priority."


From Ron de Laat's Holland Meets ERB Website:
http://www.hollandmeetserb.nl
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ICH TARZAN, DU JANE!: FINALISTS
Tarzan and Jane are chosen for the German production of Tarzan the Musical
Tarzan in Europe News
Friday, May 2, was the last live television show of "Ich Tarzan, Du Jane!" from Stuttgart, Germany. The special guest was Phil Collins. There were six finalists, three Tarzans and three Janes and, in the opinion of Collins and the three-man jury, all were fine talents.  It was up to the viewers at home to vote for the ones they thought should be Tarzan and Jane. In the final selection, the winners were Anton Zetterholm, of Swedish extraction, with a great voice and a very athletic and acrobatic physique. Jane is Elisabeth Hübert from Germany and she's a very pretty blonde with a fantastic voice

All the lyrics of the musical have been translated into German. Both finalists can sing fluently in either English or German. The Tarzan Musical premiere is slated for October 18, 2008, in Hamburg. Eventually the show will move to Berlin.

The TV show may be accessed at www.sat1.at/comedy_show/tarzan

 Submitted by Walter Taucer ~ Austria

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The district court initially sanctioned ERB's adversaries and their counsel, though the court later vacated the sanctions on the condition that ERB be reimbursed for certain of its attorneys' fees that had been the subject of the sanctions motion.

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