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Scott's Recap of Star Wars Celebration 3: C3 ~ April 26, 2005
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The E3 art department seemed to roam the show as a gang going from one signing to the next. Iain McCaig was an incredible ball of energy no matter where he went. He led a funny and impressive session where the fans helped the art team create a Jedi and a Sith. McCaig also revealed that he’s leading the art department working on the upcoming film “John Carter of Mars”. . . .

'Tarzan and Jane' in 'natural' setting
Holiday treat now being shown at Safari Park - among the animals. A new twist - Jane saves Tarzan! Original author's family OK's feminist plot twist
YNet News - Israel
By ERBzine Correspondent Eli Eshed
Yael Bar-Zohar and Yehuda LevyRAMAT GAN - A new version of the successful Hannuka children’s musical, “Tarzan and Jane ,” is being shown throughout Pesach, as well at other holidays, in what may be the best place to show Tarzan’s adventures, the Safari Park of Ramat Gan, where real animals roam free in imitation of Africa’s wild areas.

The stars are Guy Arieli as Tarzan and Yael Duani (sister of well-known pop singer Roni “Superstar” Duani) as Jane. The original stars of “Tarzan and Jane” when it debuted last fall were two of the best known stars of Israel’s enterntaiment world, not least because of their good looks - actors Yehuda Levy and Yael Bar-Zohar .

Burroughs' family OK's plot twist
Yael (L), the new 'Jane,' and Roni Duani: sisters in pop stardom Photo: FabianBar-Zohar first appeared as Jane in a 1999 children’s TV program, a parody of the Tarzan story in which Jane was presented as the shrewish wife of a particularly stupid Tarzan who had to fightfighting for his attention against a beautiful woman explorer. That half-hour movie was filmed in the “Monkey Park ” of Ben Shemen Forest. The musical was written by well known humorist and playwright Ephraim Sidon, and directed by Hanoch Rosenne, both of whom had already collaborated on a hugely successful and prize-winning adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.”

'Tarzan and the Robot Wars' - Burroughs' character has long history in IsraelAs children’s musicals for a holiday go, this is a good one. It describes the first meeting of Tarzan and Jane in the jungle and their fight with two evil men who want to kidnap Tarzan for the circus. Part of the plot, which original “Tarzan of the Apes” author Edgar Rice Burroughs probably would not have recognized was having Jane defeat the two criminals by herself and save Tarzan. However, playwright Sidon says that a Burroughs family representative who looked closely at the story and the musical in development enjoyed it. It remains to be seen if the new group of actors will be inspired to do even a better job of adapting Tarzan’s adventures in its “natural” setting - the safari. 

'Tarzan and Jane' musical official website (Hebrew) 
Tarzan in Israel (English):

ERBzine Contributor, Eli Eshad's strip: 
The Golem: Adventures of an Isaeli superhero
is now available in English at:,7340,L-3139,00.html,7340,L-3039154,00.html

What's this? Culture has taken root here 
Pocatello Idaho State Journal ~ April 8, 2005
Nostalgia would have us believe that Pocatello writers at one time hid out in smoky bars, with their adherents enjoying not only the spoken prose but a few libations as well. That much may be true, but it fails to recognize the work of some newspaper writers of surpassing skills.

Not many remember Edgar Rice Burroughs, proprietor of a bookstore in Pocatello, who may have created some of his Tarzan epics here. But there were columnists whose work was as good as any in the state. The writings of G. Nicholas Ifft II, under the pseudonym of Ing, graced the editorial page of The Idaho State Journal for many years. Perry Swisher wrote and published the nationally-known Intermountain Enterprise, Bill Hall was learning his craft as a political columnist and editorial writer at the Journal, and ISU librarian Eli Oboler provided a weekly column that was not only entertaining, but a frontal attack on political humbugs and would-be censors. 

Frontseat, this Sunday 17th April, 10.30pm TV One NZ
New Zealand Scoop
Oliver Driver meets Nigel Cox, who's home from Berlin (where with fellow NZer Ken Gorbey he headed the team that created the Jewish Museum) to prepare for the launch of his next novel Responsibility at Auckland Writers & Readers Festival. But it's his last novel that's still attracting headlines. Cox met his match in Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc when the Tarzan creator's company caught up with his most recent novel Tarzan Presley. If you own a copy, you will be one of the few; legal action prevents it from being published outside New Zealand and beyond its first print-run within New Zealand.

See the review at ERBzine News Archive 1

Tarzan Returns to Morgan City, Louisiana
“Historical Snapshots of Morgan City and Louisiana,” the first in a series of spring film festivals for adult audiences in St. Mary Parish, will celebrate and recognize the history of a unique part of the state. 

The first film in the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities series, “Tarzan of the Apes,” will be shown free of charge at the Everett Street Gallery of the St. Mary Parish Cultural and Heritage Center on Everett Street in downtown Morgan City. The 1918 film, which lasts 55 minutes, will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

Other movies due to be aired during the series, all beginning at 6:30 p.m., are: 
* All the King’s Men, 1949, 109 minutes, April 26. 
* Thunder Bay, 1956, 82 minutes, May 3. 
* A Lesson Before Dying, 101 minutes, May 10. 
To make advance reservations, call 385-0700. Walk-ins also will be accepted until a capacity of 200 seats is filled. 

For more on the filming of Tarzan of the Apes in Morgan City see: ERBzine 0503
part of our ERBzine Silver Screen series

Grey shuffles exec suite at Paramount
Top players find new positions
Variety ~ April 14, 2005
Brad Grey's revamping of Paramount's executive suite went - once the town's most stable - has ramped up with Alli Shearmur tapped as co-president of production, production prexy Karen Rosenfelt ankling and studio co-president Tom Jacobson negotiating to segue into a producing deal.
The Latest On the New Tarzan II DVD
April 4, 2005
Disney has today announced a straight to video Tarzan II will be release this coming June. The film is described as the “untold chapter” of Tarzan’s youth. As a child, Tarzan feels like the worst ape ever. Kala (Glenn Close) reassures him that his differences will one day be his strengths, but these very differences cause an accident that leaves Kala injured, and Tarzan missing and presumed dead by the rest of the tribe. Convinced that everyone would be better off without him, Tarzan sets off to find his place in the world. The disc will be available to own from the 14th June, priced at around $29.99. The film itself will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen along with both DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Extras will include a Gorilla Grumble game, a Terk and Tantor's Jungle Guide and a Legacy of Tarzan: The Making of Tarzan II featurette which looks at how the original film influenced the sequel, and how Phil Collins developed new music for the film. Completing the package will be a Tiffany Evans music video, a Tarzan's Matter-of-Facts mode which pops up during the movie and looks at how the creator of Tarzan came up with an ape language (for instance, “Terk” means “ape.”) and more. 
Sherman Library presents brown bag lunch series 
ERB Among Four Great Authors Featured
The Herald Democrat ~ Sherman & Denison, Texas
The Sherman Public Library is gearing up for its annual "Authors in April" brown bag video series. However, this year's programs will be from a slightly different angle. The series will feature four well-known authors, but instead of viewing a biographical video of the authors and their works, the participants will watch videos about the states where they were born. The spotlight for April 5 will be on the state of North Carolina. Well-known short story author, O. Henry, was born in 1862 in Greensboro, N.C. Participants will see the video "Portrait of America: North Carolina" which will cover the farming, textile and furniture industries of that state. The video will also discuss the mountain people, the Cherokees and the "urban pioneers."

Featured on April 13 will be the state of Illinois. Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1875. He is remembered as the author of "Tarzan." Participants will see the video "Portrait of America: Illinois" which explores Chicago, Ill.

On April 20, attendees will view the video "Portrait of America" Missouri" in honor of Mark Twain. Twain was born in 1835 in Florida, Mo. but moved to Hannibal, Mo. when he was four years old. The video will explore the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and will look at their effects on the people and their lifestyle. The final video of the series will be "Portrait of America: Oklahoma." Well-known humorist Will Rogers was born in 1879 in Ologah, Okla. The final video of the series will cover the Oklahoma land rush, the dust bowl and the state's Native American population. For additional information, call the Sherman Public Library at (903) 892-7240 or come by the service desk to make reservations. 

Analysis: Paramount outsiders face an inside job
Hollywood Reporter By Anne Thompson   ~ March 31, 2005
By luring Fox Broadcasting Co. entertainment president Gail Berman to Paramount Pictures, Viacom co-president Tom Freston and Paramount's new chairman Brad Grey have sent a message to Hollywood. They want to change the way the movie business is done. And they are willing to bring in talent from outside the film industry to replace more experienced managers. . . . 
. . . Paramount's new top executives might be comfortable with the fast pace of television production, but they aren't delivering programming for the next television season. Instead, they will be filling a global distribution pipeline with 20 films a year in a range of genres: With movies like "Princess of Mars," an Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation from Alphaville producers Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks, or the possible summer tentpole "The Watchmen," which outgoing president Donald De Line was overseeing in London when he received word that Berman was being courted as his replacement. 
Workshop of the mind
ZA@Play ~ April 1, 2005
A new book collects the writing of South Africa’s literary lion, Es’kia Mphahlele. In this edited extract from one essay, he describes how reading books enriched him as a writer . . . I  was 15 when I began high school at St Peter's Secondary School, Rosettenville, one of Johannesburg's southern suburbs. This was January 1935. 
. . . during term time, the reading bug had already bitten me, so I spent hours of free time reading in the school library: Charles Dickens, RL Stevenson, Walter Scott, Edgar Rice Burroughs (I was once thrown out of class for reading Tarzan during a free period), Conan Doyle, Baroness Orcszy, Pearl Buck, Quiller Couch, John Buchan, and so on: from Tarzan and mystery thrillers to the sublime. 
Retired from acting, star chimp loves to paint 
Richard Guzmán ~ The Desert Sun ~ Palm Springs ~ April 2, 2005 
He's been an actor, a world record holder, a circus performer, recipient of a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and now a featured artist. Not a bad life for a 72-year-old retired Palm Springs resident. Even better considering his beginnings as an orphaned baby taken out of Liberia in the 1930s. And he's not human.

Cheeta, one of the original chimpanzee actors in the "Tarzan" flicks and oldest ape on record, will hold his first-ever art show to show of his "ape-stract" paintings at Studio One Eleven in Palm Springs Sunday.
The retired star will be there to meet his public, take pictures with his fans and sell his autographed art pieces. "It's his first show, but this is one of the capitals of the art world," says Dan Westfall, Cheeta's caretaker and the director of CHEETA, Committee to Help the Environment of Endangered and Threatened Apes, which will receive proceeds from the sale of Cheeta's artwork."I like it (artwork). It's got a very free, spontaneous brush work," says Bob Fisher, co-owner of Studio One Eleven. Fisher first purchased an original Cheeta piece last year at the Palm Springs Street Fair.

"Some have a childlike quality. Others look more sophisticated," he says.Cheeta's paintings will sell for $150 to $1,000, depending on the size. But whether people will buy the work for its quality or as a novelty item is a tossup. But that doesn't mean Cheeta's artistic abilities should be questioned. "Everything is art," Fisher says. Cheeta's life as an entertainer began when Westfall's uncle, Tony Gentry, an animal collector and trainer, brought the infant Cheeta from Liberia to the United States in 1931 and trained him as an animal star. Cheeta, who debuted in "Tarzan and His Mate" in 1934, was one of four chimps used for the original film series. He retired after a role in the 1967 movie, "Doctor Doolittle." 

He later went on to perform in theater and circus shows. Remnants of Cheeta's former career line Westfall's walls, along with the chimp's latest artwork. They include black-and-white shots of Cheeta as a youngster on the set of "Tarzan" with co-star Johnny Weissmuller, his Walk of Stars dedication and his Guinness World Record plaque for breaking the record as the oldest ape. Signed with his thumbprint, Cheeta's artwork, colorful and chaotic, with lines of paint splattered across the canvas, hangs next to the old photos.
Westfall picks the colors for the paintings and puts the brush in Cheeta's hands, but from there, the artist takes over.

"He paints, he's an artist," Westfall says with a smirk. "It's like therapy for him, mentally and physically."
For his age, Cheeta sports a few gray hairs but is otherwise rather youthful looking. He strolls from his private enclosure led on a small leash by Westfall and sits his 4-foot frame on a table in the back yard, surrounded by his artwork while his feet dangle in the air. "Sometimes he paints out here, sometimes inside," Westfall says. A plate of chips and a Diet Pepsi is waiting for Cheeta, which he promptly begins to devour as he sits for a photo shoot. As a veteran performer, he still knows how to play to the camera.
"Look up, look up," Westfall tells him. Cheeta looks up at the camera and pulls his upper lip over to bare an exited smile for a few seconds. He then closes his mouth and taps his head. "Yes, you're very smart," Westfall reassures him. Cheeta is also out of Pepsi, so he shakes his plastic cup and Westfall goes inside to get him another drink. While he waits, Cheeta finishes his chips and looks out over the pool, enjoying a sunny day in the desert. When he's not painting, Cheeta likes to watch TV, or go out for a drive with Westfall while making faces at people as he rides by. On Sunday, he will pose for pictures at his art show. A week later he will celebrate his 73rd birthday with his 16-year-old grandson Jeeter, who also lives with Westfall.
"It's very Palm Springs, retired movie star and all that," Fisher says


Coming June 14

Tarzan II
Visit the Official Homepage:
To View the Trailer

Experience the beginning of the legend with Disney's TARZAN II, a hilarious, all-new, animated motion picture. Terk, Tantor, and all your favorite characters are back, and they've brought along some new friends, in an action-packed adventure that's sure to delight the entire family. Before he was King of the Jungle, Tarzan was an awkward young kid just trying to fit in. When one of his missteps puts his family in jeopardy, Tarzan decides they would be better off without him. His thrilling new journey brings him face to face with the mysterious Zugor, the most powerful force in the land. Together, Tarzan and Zugor discover that being different is not a weakness and that friends and family are the greatest strength of all. Loaded with laughs, irresistible new songs by Phil Collins, and the inspired voice talents of Glenn Close, George Carlin, and Emmy Award winner Brad Garrett, you'll go ape over Disney's wild, new TARZAN II.
Advance Orders for this DVD may be purchased at:
Sci-fi and fantasy author Andre Norton dies
Andre Norton ~ 1999
CNN News ~ March 17, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Science fiction and fantasy author Andre Norton, who wrote the popular "Witch World" series, has died. She was 93. Norton requested before her death that she not have a funeral service, but instead asked to be cremated along with a copy of her first and last novels.

ERB Sites in the News
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Archive: – Edgar Rice Burroughs Official Website
Danton Burroughs, the son of Edgar Rice Burroughs's youngest son, John Coleman Burroughs, along with ERB, Inc. has developed this website 'designed to guide readers through the ever-expanding Burroughs Family online archive.'  Danton, reared 'in Tarzana, California, in a world created by his illustrious grandfather and talented parents - a magical world of jungles, distant planets, exotic lands, and inner earths in which heroes and villains larger than life leapt from books, comics, film, radio and movies,' is obviously the person to continue this legacy created by his family.  The visitor is able to explore the Tarzana Treasure Vaults, have access to all of the Burroughs Family Websites as well as witness the Burroughs creativity in the 'Craft, Words and Media' and the 'Art' sections.  There are hundreds of webpages covering almost a century of Burroughs contributions to entertainment.  As Danton explains, "My grandfather's boundless imagination created wildly popular fictional characters and fantasy worlds that have thrilled millions since 1911."  Come meet them all 'up close and personal!'

More Tarzana Flier News
Airship flight tests from Site 9 hangar 
L.A. Daily News ~ By Jim Skeen 

Friday, March 11, 2005 - PALMDALE -- A Tarzana company is using part of the former B-1B bomber assembly plant as a base for flight testing an airship that can be used for surveillance missions. Aeros is flight testing its 40B "Sky Dragon," a 143-foot-long lighter-than-air craft from Site 9, adjacent to Air Force Plant 42. Aeros is leasing one of the two massive hangars at Site 9 where the B-1B fleet was produced in the 1980s and has more recently been used as a soundstage for the filming of the movie "The Terminal" with Tom Hanks. "We're using Site 9 to carry out flight testing and pilot training for the airship," said company vice president Fred Edworthy. "We can't say a lot."

Company officials are planning an event on March 22 in which they will be able to disclose who their customer is for the project. The work, which involves a cadre of about 12 workers, is expected to wrap up in early April. The company will conduct about another 20 hours of flying with the airship. In general, the flights will be conducted in the morning before the afternoon winds pick up, Edworthy said. The craft is able to fly up to 7,500 feet in altitude at up to 51 mph and stay aloft for 24 hours. The company is operating out of Site 9 on a 90-day lease with Los Angeles World Airports, but there is a possibility of additional work in Palmdale.

The company is among those seeking contracts from the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency to develop technologies for an airship that would be capable of transporting personnel and equipment to battle areas. DAPRA envisions an airship able to transport 500 tons across intercontinental distances and would be capable of operating from unimproved landing sites. Site 9 would be an ideal place to conduct work on the program, Edworthy said. DAPRA is expected to award as many as three contracts in June under the first phase of the program, which is dubbed Walrus.

NATURE "Deep Jungle"
On PBS Sundays, April 17, 24 and May 1, 8 to 9 pm ET on PBS 
Exploring a world that Tarzan never could have imagined, this three-hour miniseries penetrates the mysteries of the world's rainforests. Capturedon film are the most exciting and innovative jungle explorationscurrently underway, featuring the experiences of more than a dozenleading scientists working in 14 nations around the world. Age-oldsecrets are revealed in expeditions utilizing technology that is changingthe nature of jungle exploration and providing intrepid scientists withinformation that will vastly enlarge our understanding of rainforests andthe role they play in planetary ecology. These projects are yieldingdata, insights -- and often startling revelations -- about the past, present and future of life on Earth.

A shove from Tarzan taught him how to swim 
Daily Bulletin dot com ~ S. Cal. ~ March 6, 2005
Pfc. Hoeck of the 6th Marine Division trained at several bases before shipping out to Hawaii. The last was in San Diego, where he finally learned to swim -- from Tarzan. "I got swimming lessons from Johnny Weissmuller," said Hoeck laughing, about the Olympic gold medal swimmer and actor who played in the "Tarzan" movies. "Being a farm kid, we didn't have swimming pools, just a stock tank, but that wasn't long enough to learn how to swim." So when it came time for Hoeck to be tested on his water ability, he climbed the 30-foot tower onto a platform where Weissmuller was standing over a large pool. Weissmuller's job during World War II was to train recruits to swim above and below the water. "I had a full backpack on," Hoeck said. "I told him, "I don't know how to swim.'  He said, "Don't worry about it,' and then he pushed me off the platform. I made it to the other end; I dog-paddled. I passed and was shipped out to Hawaii."

GATEWAY: Paul Edmund Norman's Monthly Story Magazine
This month's issue is jam packed with SF & Adventure stories and art -- as is every giant issue.
We are especially proud of Paul's lead-off feature ~ 
We hope our readers will check out this and all the other features:

ERBzine: An Appreciation
"In this month's issue: Dave Hoover's thrilling, fantastic images, discovered on a trip to the greatest and most comprehensive Edgar Rice Burroughs website anywhere in the world, ERBZine. Bill and Sue-On Hillman run this and a number of other ERB sites, and the amount of effort that goes into ERBZine Weekly makes Gateway look like a walk in the park! Anything, anything at all you ever wanted to know about ERB - just head across to by clicking on the logo below. You won't want to come away, I promise you! You can read all about ERBZine in this month's Gateway, just click on the Features button at the top."
See more at:
4,000 pages of archived material relating to the "Grandfather of American Science Fiction". That's the proud boast of the biggest and finest ERB-related site in the world, run by Bill and Sue-On Hillman; ErbZine is rapidly approaching its tenth birthday but already it's the "one-stop shop" for everything you could possibly want to know about the great man and the people he inspired and continues to inspire to this day, thirty years after he died. There's absolutely nothing I can tell you about ERB which you can't find out from ERBzine, and there is little point in my trying to write about him' far more learned and knowledgeable people have already done that. Think of ERBzine as the wheel. Bill and Sue-On invented the wheel nearly ten years ago. ERB is their speciality. ERBzine is their brainchild and contains, like I said, everything you need. My job is slightly different. I publish a story magazine which occasionally has feature articles, and always has image galleries. I'm not really an expert in anything. I think I know a little about Stephen King, in particular IT, THE STAND, and the DARK TOWER series, but as the days go by and I re-read the DRAWING OF THE THREE, I realise I know so little. Though I know where to find that knowledge I don't have about King. Similarly, I know where to go if I want to find out about ERB, his stories, his artists, his movies, his life, and his family. ERBzine - of course, as though you needed me to say it again. ERBzine is organized so well, it can only be described as "user-friendly". There are these departments: 

Life ~ Family 
Research ~ Academic 
Craft ~ Media 
Art ~ Artists 
Fandom ~ Meets 
Archives ~ ERBZines 
ERBZine ~ Every Friday 
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and each page is just groaning with information. Where else could I find everything I needed to know aboyt one of the greatest ERB artists ever - Russ Manning? True, I did find loads of images elsewhere on the web, but I found out about the man himself, and that was more interesting than finding the Russ Manning pics I needed for my forthcoming gallery. I cannot rate ERBzine highly enough. Click on the icon above and check it out. If you didn't believe me when I said that ERB started it all, then ERBzine will surely convince you! to be featured as the 
Good Housekeeping Site of the Day for March 9, 2005:
"Here is an archive of the sites which we have listed as Good Housekeeping's Site of the Day in 2005. We hope you find this listing useful." 
Week of March 7, 2005: 
7th: SnowDays 
8th: Hungry Girl 
9th: – Edgar Rice Burroughs Official Website 
10th: Organic Gardening From Down Under 
11th: Performing Medieval Narrative Today: A Video Showcase 

This follows the previous award for the site: on 
January 12, 2005: Bill and Sue-on Hillman's ERBzine 
(It was a great birthday present for the Editor/Webmaster)

We also happy with the attention that the Web Blogs
 around the world are starting to give to the ERB Sites.
ERBzine: Crime In Your Coffee Blog Site
 Edgar Rice Burroughs ist und bleibt einer der größten Abenteuer-Autoren, auch wenn seine Figur "Tarzan" im Laufe der Jahre durch eine mediale Total-Ausbeutung völlig verunstaltet wurde (schon die Johnny Weißmüller Filme waren eine Zumutung, auch wenn ich sie als Kind immer geliebt habe). Aber der Mann hat nicht nur Tarzan geschrieben, sondern eine Menge anderes Material, von dem auch etliches in Filmen und Comics verarbeitet wurde. 
The ERB Entry at the Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

 includes all our sites as references:
Previous oldest pre-human: LucyFossil find could be first bipedal human ancestor

Bones show it walked upright 4 million years ago

BBC News ~ March 6, 2005
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- A team of U.S. and Ethiopian scientists has discovered the fossilized remains of what they believe is humankind's first walking ancestor, a hominid that lived in the wooded grasslands of the Horn of Africa nearly 4 million years ago. . . .

Hobbit Brain"Hobbit" "Ant Man" was not a diseased human
BBC News ~ March 3, 2005
The famous skeleton from Indonesia nicknamed the "Hobbit" does not belong to a modern human pygmy with a brain disease, as some scientists argue. That is one of the main outcomes of a detailed examination of the creature's braincase, published in Science. The authors say their study of the Hobbit's brain supports the idea it is a new, dwarf species of human. 
 The 18,000-year-old bones were unearthed at a site called Liang Bua, one of numerous limestone caves on Flores, and were designated LB1 and assigned to a human species new to science: Homo floresiensis 
Tarzan II on DVD:

On sale 06-14-2005: To preorder this title call 1-800-723-4763. 
Experience the beginning of the legend with Disney's TARZAN II, a hilarious, all-new, animated motion picture. Terk, Tantor, and all your favorite characters are back, and they've brought along some new friends, in an action-packed adventure that's sure to delight the entire family. Before he was King of the Jungle, Tarzan was an awkward young kid just trying to fit in. When one of his missteps puts his family in jeopardy, Tarzan decides they would be better off without him. His thrilling new journey brings him face to face with the mysterious Zugor, the most powerful force in the land. Together, Tarzan and Zugor discover that being different is not a weakness and that friends and family are the greatest strength of all. Loaded with laughs, irresistible new songs by Phil Collins, and the inspired voice talents of Glenn Close, George Carlin, and Emmy Award winner Brad Garrett, you'll go ape over Disney's wild, new TARZAN II. 
Tarzana boy makes good: Foxx no drama fluke

LA Daily News
If you're still wondering how that wacky comedian Jamie Foxx landed the demanding role of the late Ray Charles in the musical biopic "Ray," you haven't been paying attention. . . .
The extremely approachable Foxx is one of the great party guys in the business. His Tarzana home has hosted many A-list celebrity guests ... and some not-so-classy ones, which has been known to cause him some embarrassment. 
"It wasn't me playing naked basketball!" he says of a particularly notorious backyard incident. "But I guess a couple of friends that were using my house had some girls over late at night, and they were scantily clad, or whatever. And my fence was torn down at the time. I got a call from my neighbor saying, 'Jamie, I know that you're not here. But we've been watching for hours. Could you please stop the nude basketball?' So I called (home) and said, 'What are you all doing at my house?' I had to send gift baskets to all my neighbors." 
Weekly sports trivia quiz - in honor of the Academy Awards

Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service ~ February 24, 2005
3.) When this football player wasn't playing linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams in the early 1960s, he was swinging on the movie vines in the role of "Tarzan." Who is he?
3.) Mike Henry. (His first "Tarzan" movie was released in 1966, with Nancy Kovack - a Marilyn Monroe type - as his co-star. Henry starred in three "Tarzan" films.)
12-year-old singer lives a fairy tale  ~ February 24, 2005
When Tiffany Evans captured CBS's new Star Search junior singer title and the $100,000 grand prize two years ago, her management team predicted that Hollywood would see a star rise. . . . makes her film debut in Tyler Perry's comedy-drama, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. . . ."It was wonderful, an amazing experience," Tiffany says via telephone from Los Angeles, where she is working on the soundtrack for Disney's new Tarzan DVD. 
Banned from thought: Public libraries protect citizens intellectual freedom 

For Bragg Advocate: February 24, 2005
While the First Amendment of the Constitution affirms every citizens right to hold beliefs and to express them, freedom of speech and freedom of the press provide the right to unrestricted access to the expressions and beliefs of others. The public library systems mandate, guided by the First Amendment, falls under the broad principles of promoting and preserving intellectual freedom by leveling the playing field with public resouces. . . Examples of successful challenges resulting in censorship by public libraries appear throughout the country throughout the times. In 1939 Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, was removed from the Los Angeles Public Library because Tarzan was allegedly living in sin with Jane. In 1981 Philip J. Farmers Image of the Beast was challenged at the Chapmanville, W. Va. Public Library, because the book puts mental pictures in the mind [that] have no place in the library. 
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More on the Frozen Seas of Mars:

Mars: Blue colours indicate water iceNew organism raises Mars questions ~ February 24, 2005
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A U.S. scientist claims to have thawed out a new life form, which he said raises questions about possible contemporary life on Mars.The organism froze on Earth some 30,000 years ago, and was apparently alive all that time and started swimming as soon as it thawed

NASA Researchers Claim Evidence of Present Life on Mars  ~ February 16, 2005
WASHINGTON -- A pair of NASA scientists told a group of space officials at a private meeting here Sunday that they have found strong evidence that life may exist today on Mars, hidden away in caves and sustained by pockets of water.  . . . .

Ancient life thrives in the deep 
BBC News ~ February 23, 2005
Our planet's murky deep sea sediments are a buzzing hotbed of life, according to a report in Nature magazine. Scientists suggest between 60 to 70% of all bacteria live deep beneath the surface of the Earth, far from the Sun's life-giving rays. Some of the new bacteria identified are about 16 million years old, surviving 400 metres below the sea bed. This hostile habitat might be where life first evolved more than 3.8 billion years ago, researchers believe. . . . 
 "These bacteria are growing very slowly in the subsurface," said Dr Parkes. "They could effectively be immortal." 

"Tarzan II gets Grate-ful for Terk" ~ February 15, 2005
The Internet Movie Database
has ended speculation as to whether or not Rosie O'Donnell will be reprising her role as 'Terk' in Tarzan II. Apparently, Brenda Grate (The Road to El Dorado, Disney Channel's 'Twas the Night) will be replacing the comedian as the voice of 'Terk' for the sequel. Tarzan II swings to video stores on June 14, 2005. 

Science Fiction Museum to Induct Its First Hall of Fame Class 
Home Business Wire - Seattle--Feb. 23, 2005--
On May 6, four new inductees will earn a place in history alongside giants such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Mary Shelley, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. 
The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFM) is the world's first science fiction museum, presenting visitors with thought-provoking, entertaining experiences that promote awareness and appreciation of science fiction while paying homage to notable SF creators and their creations. 
For information, please visit the Hall of Fame section of the SFM Web site,

Exploring Mars: A World of Wonders
A CNN Essay By L.D. Meagher ~ November 26, 1999
"In our time, we have sifted the sands of Mars, we have established a presence there, we have fulfilled a century of dreams!" -- Carl Sagan
. . . Isn't it more interesting for Valentine Michael Smith to be raised by a communal Martian society in Robert A. Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" (1962) than to be abandoned as a baby on a dead and desolate world? His life on Mars is an homage to, and reverse retelling of, the Edgar Rice Burroughs tales about John Carter, Warlord of Barsoom. . . .
Love Stories:

Tarzan & Jane
by Louis B. Parks ~ Houston Chronicle ~ Feb. 14, 2005
A spirited Baltimore girl marooned on the African coast. An English lord, violently orphaned as a baby and raised by a gorilla mom. Can this romance work? Fueled by exotic dangers, mutual respect and a hint of primal passion, it thrives through countless rescues, lost empires and seductive barbarian queens — not to mention 24 novels and countless movies and TV episodes. 
In the novels, Tarzan is smitten with Jane Porter on sight, but she takes some winning. Rescuing her from a lustful gorilla in Tarzan of the Apes makes a good start. Then Tarzan builds Jane a shelter, gives her his knife and sets out to protect her. Their passion is not consummated until they wed in The Return of Tarzan. 
"I know of no other place in which I should rather be married to my forest god than beneath the shade of his primeval forest," Jane declares. Author Edgar Rice Burroughs dealt in pulp stereotypes, so brave Jane is often left back on their vast estate (not a treehouse) while Tarzan adventures. But in later books she gets to be the hero, too. And she always tames the apeman's savage heart. Many an exotic priestess craves Tarzan's steely sinews, but he remains ever-faithful to his mate. 
Cupid’s arrow hits at heart of the matter
In the crazy jungle of love, our she-said columnist calls in the help of one of the first couples to make it on what Valentine’s is really all about
By Anne-Henley Beck ~ February 11, 2005
Collegiate Times
With the big “day of love” fast approaching us. . . I turned to one of my favorite couples, Tarzan and Jane. They admit themselves that the jungle can become a crazy, mixed up place, but following their happy, upbeat hearts may help you climb the tree that ends in the arrival of the most beautiful view. First things come first. When asked what each one expected for the big “day of love,” they at first became a little apprehensive, both fidgeting in their seats and dodging the question with undistinguishable sounds until finally, Jane just looked at me and reminded me that the day hadn’t arrived yet. There was no way they could give away their secret plan for the other.
I decided to talk to Jane first, then, and Tarzan busted out of the joint, jubilant to leave the ghastly situation and join his friends in a game of pick-up. After leaving, Jane announced her “big day” gift. “I got him the cutest boxers with hearts all over them and then a big teddy bear that is holding cologne I adore, and it even says, ‘I love you’ when you squeeze its paw. Ewww, he is going to love it!” Her enthusiasm oozed strongly, but its over abundance caused me concern. Cologne for Tarzan didn’t quite add up to me. Wouldn’t the smell of the cologne ruin his hunting game for his next prey? Maybe a pocketknife would fit his daily activities better, but, then again, I’m not the one dating Tarzan.
I decided not to mention this and moved on to the next question of what she expected from him. Her response was quite immediate. “Well, if I haven’t received flowers by noon, the day is ruined already. I couldn’t possibly call it Valentine’s Day knowing he didn’t give me flowers and, oh yes, chocolate too! I never actually EAT the chocolate, but that’s not the point.” So what is the point of it all? She looked at me bewildered, as if to say, “You should know this stuff, you even write a column about this stuff.” Being the friend she is, though, she simply replied, “Well you know, flowers, chocolates, they’re all to show you love the person.” Ah yes, love, that is the word I was looking to hear. But before she became too caught up in it all, she continued with what her jour d’amour would entail. An evening under the stars, a full picnic basket of nuts and berries and a moon lit dance, all ending with one more present: a large rock to place on her finger. Sounded like she had everything planned ahead, but did Tarzan know of these plans as well?
“I would sure hope so; I’ve only dropped a bajillion and one hints in the most conspicuous of ways. He really is a goon if he doesn’t pick up on any of them!” But a goon you love all the same, right? Please say right. “Oh of course, of course, I’ll like anything he gets me. We’re not into all that superficial junk.” 
Some confidence in the ideal that love really does conquer all was restored, so I plunged forward to ask my final question: what happens if he doesn’t do what is expected and surprises you with something completely different? And this is where she smiled coyly at me and said, “He’s my Tarzan. I’m his Jane. He’s supposed to do something unexpected that will go above and beyond any expectations I had. Just like when you find your Tarzan, he will do the same, and it won’t matter really because it is from him.” Phew, now all the confidence was restored. Until that Tarzan comes along though, a friendly valentine will do just fine. 
A Mission to the Earth’s Core

Analog Science Fiction & Fact Magazine: December 2003
by John G. Cramer
* * * Following Verne’s lead and doing considerably more violence to geology, paleontology, and physics, Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote seven novels beginning with At the Earth’s Core (1922) that were set in Pellucidar, a “land” occupying the inner surface of a vast spherical hole in the Earth’s hollow interior. Pellucidar had a sizable ocean and more land area than Earth’s outer surface, had its own internal sun and moon, and was populated by mastodons, dinosaurs, and an intelligent but rather nasty reptilian species called the Mahars. Burroughs’ various protagonists (including Tarzan) traveled to Pellucidar in a variety of ways, including a mechanical mole machine, arctic pirate expeditions, and a vacuum-filled magnesium dirigible. 
Unfortunately, Burroughs got the physics of hollow planets completely wrong. The Mahars, dinosaurs, and explorers would not be pulled to the inner surface of Pellucidar by inside-out gravity. As Isaac Newton first proved, because of the inverse-square law the pull of gravity anywhere in the cavity in a thick massive hollow sphere is zero, because the gravity pulls from below and above any point exactly cancel. Potential inhabitants of Pellucidar would find themselves floating around in free fall. *    *    *

The Tarzan Collection ~ (Warner)
The Best of Abbott and Costello (Vol. 1 – 3) ~ (Universal)
The Ultimate Matrix Collection ~ (Warner)
The Marx Brothers Silver Collection  ~ (Universal)
The Monster Legacy Collections ~ (Universal)
The Star Wars Trilogy ~ (Fox/Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow ~ (Paramount)
The Butterfly Effect ~ (New Line Cinema)
The Day After Tomorrow ~ 20th Century Fox)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ~ (Focus Features)
The Forgotten ~ (Sony Pictures)
I, Robot  ~ (20th Century Fox)

Disney to expand presence in broadband, net services in India   India
Hyderabad, Feb 10  Perhaps kids cannot take their eyes off from watching Mickey Mouse and his friends, or wait anxiously for the next scene from the Legend of Tarzan. But now, these comic characters will not be restricted to kids alone. They would soon appear on mobile handsets and their voices would be heard in the form of ringtones. Besides being a prominent player in the kids entertainment segment, the $30-billion Walt Disney Television International-India (WDTVI-I), known for its Disney brand of cartoon characters and other icons, is upbeat on new services. The company is working with internet service providers (ISPs) for offering customised broadband services in the country. . . . 
Tarzan returns to Broadway

Disney Plans More Platinum, DTV DVD Releases
Feb. 07, 2005
UltimateDisney reports that Disney has twenty CGI-feature projects in various stages of development and is vowing to make more films based on Pixar-created characters. It also plans to produce Broadway stage productions based on the animated films Tarzan and The Little Mermaid. 
Artists create storybook chairs for school fund-raiser
By WENDI WINTERS, For The Capital ~ February 8, 2005
Once upon a time there were 15 regular-sized chairs and four doll-sized chairs.
Now that the chairs have been magically transformed into storybook-inspired art for a Key School fund-raiser, any attempts to sit on them will be met with an icy glare. The fantasy chairs are being raffled to raise money for the Hillsmere Drive school's endowment fund and to underwrite its Annapolis Book Festival on April 16.
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One big, fat overstuffed chair has been painted with a ferocious great white whale - Moby Dick, actually. Another is festooned with a leafy palm tree and a loincloth. It belongs to Tarzan, from "Tarzan And The Ant Men." The four itty-bitty doll chairs were decorated by students in the Lower School and represent four of their favorite fairy tales. A teeny-tiny mermaid lounges atop one chair, reading a book upside down.
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. . .  As if the keepers of the Atmosphere Factory 

didn't already have enough work to do. . .

Global warming the key to life on Mars 
Tim Radford, science editor ~ February 7, 2005,,1407173,00.html
US scientists have thought up a new way to create a second home - by warming up the atmosphere of Mars. Mars - which used to be warm and wet - has an atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide. But because the red planet's atmosphere is so thin, the planet is now freezing cold. But Margarita Marinova, of Nasa Ames research centre in California, and colleagues report in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets that artificially created greenhouse gases could set the Martian climate simmering. "Bringing life to Mars and studying its growth would contribute to our understanding of evolution, and the ability of life to adapts and proliferate on other worlds," Dr Marinova said. "Since warming Mars effectively reverts it to its past, more habitable state, this would give any possibly dormant life on Mars the chance to be revived." She and her colleagues created a computer model of the Martian atmosphere, and tested it with a series of fluorine-based gases. They found that a gas called octafluoropropane could begin a process of global warming on Mars. This would take hundreds or even thousands of years. But since the raw materials already exist there, some future space mission could start to turn up the heat in a world frozen for at least 2bn years.

February 1, 2005
NASA: The Sands of Mars

Elephant Tramples Circus Worker to Death
Associated Press ~ Feb. 01, 2005 
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Elephants being loaded onto a truck trampled a circus animal trainer to death after the man fell down inside the trailer, authorities said. "Once he's on the floor, animal trainers will tell you, he's no longer the trainer. He's another object as if he were a basketball or whatever thrown in among the elephants' feet," coroner Brandenberger said. The coroner said the elephants likely began stepping on him out of curiosity, not out of aggressiveness. He said it is natural for elephants to kick and stomp on anything they cannot see. Larry Solheim, general manager of the Tarzan Zerbini Circus, said Tuesday that the trainer, from Plantersville, Texas, had been working with the elephants for 18 years. Captive elephants from 1990 to 2003 killed 65 people and injured 130, according to

NAME GAME- Bollywood's titles, Repetitions and more 
India FM News Bureau, February 1st, 2005 
Bollywood is a world of inspirations. . . . To our surprise there are film titles, which have been repeated as much as 5 times since the birth of Indian Cinema.… 
. . . Different versions of Tarzan can be found in movies like Junglee Tarzan (2001), Lady Tarzan (1990), Tarzan Mera Saathi (1974), Tarzan and Cobra (1978), Tarzan and Jalpari (1964), Tarzan and Kingkong (1965), Toofani Tarzan (1962), Tarzan ki Mehbooba (1966) & Tarzan aur Gorilla (1963). Tarzan's visit to Delhi and Fairyland have been on the screen in Tarzan comes to Delhi (1965) and Tarzan in Fairyland (1968). This year, we will see Tarzan's daughter in Tarzan Ki Beti (under production). And not to forget a very different Taarzan last year; Taarzan - The Wonder Car 
`Tarzan' quip judge headed back to bench ~ Tuesday, February 1, 2005
WASHINGTON - Boston Immigration Judge Thomas M. Ragno, who had been on administrative leave since mid-2003 after complaints he joked ``Me Tarzan'' to a Ugandan woman named Jane seeking asylum at a hearing, will return to the bench this month. 
The Jane Goodall exhibition will be at The Manitoba Museum June 29-Sep 23, 2005

Top DVD Sales in Canada this week:
1. Alien vs. Predator
2. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Top DVD Rentals in Canada this week:
1. Alien vs. Predator
2. The Forgotten
3. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 

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