|Weird Politics! |
Fluffy Rex, Corn Genome,
Dr. Cosby, Brain Power,
Star Trek Enterprise & More!
|[Well, maybe not that weird, but there are a few political stories slipping through the cracks as mainstream media tries hard to appear to be unbiased and impartial during the last weeks of the US presidential election race. We gathered some of them for you here, along with our usual weekly collection of probably more important news stories that you may never see on TV. By the way, in case you're wondering, sure we're biased here at eXoNews! We think anyone who would want to be president of the USA must be certifiable. Enjoy! Ed.] |
Elvis Sighted At Bush Headquarters!
A recent Pew Internet and American Life Project found more than two million Americans have their own blog. Most have few readers but some garner thousands of hits daily as the American public becomes increasingly distrustful of mainstream media.
Self-styled Internet commentators scored a victory recently when they questioned the authenticity of documents used by television network CBS to challenge Bush's military service in the National Guard during the Vietnam era. CBS admitted it had been duped into using questionable documents for the report.
Many bloggers have been so partisan that they have even raised money for the candidate of their choice -- something that has led most media watchers to take much of what appears on the sites with more than a grain of salt. (Additional reporting by Michele Gershberg in New York and Adam Entous in Washington)
|16 Million Tune Out Debates|
|LOS ANGELES October 11, 2004 (AP) - The second Bush-Kerry presidential debate drew a smaller audience than the first but viewer interest remained high, according to ratings figures released Monday. |
An estimated 46.7 million viewers watched last Friday's contest between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry, compared to the 62.5 million who viewed the Sept. 30 debate.
By comparison, the second debate in 2000 between Bush and former Vice President Al Gore drew 37.6 million viewers.
NBC, with 12.3 million viewers, was the most-watched network, followed by ABC with an audience of 10.3 million, CBS with 8.1 million and Fox with 3.8 million.
Fox News Channel led among cable channels with 7.1 million viewers, while CNN had 3.4 million and MSNBC had 1.7 million.
A third and final debate between Bush and Kerry, focusing on domestic issues, is scheduled Wednesday. CBS newsman Bob Schieffer will moderate.
The sole debate between Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. John Edwards drew 43.6 million viewers.
|Fluffy Rex Found in China|
|Beijing October 8, 2004 (BBC) - Chinese scientists have unearthed the earliest known relative of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. What is more, the creature, which lived 60 to 70 million years before T. rex, had fluffy feathers covering its body. |
Xing Xu and colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing found their tyrannosauroid in the famous fossil beds of Liaoning Province.
Xu told Nature magazine the discovery would help us understand how some early dinosaurs controlled their body heat.
The dinosaur called Dilong paradoxus was about 1.5 meters long and lived between 128 and 139 million years ago. The researchers found a partial skeleton with a nearly complete skull, together with fragments from other individuals.
The team describes the animal as "small and gracile" with "relatively long arms with three-fingered hands".
The dinosaur is said to show the distinctively square-snouted profile of its much larger and more famous Late Cretaceous (70-65-million-year-old) cousin.
|Probe of Anti-Kerry Broadcast|
|By Brooks Boliek |
WASHINGTON October 12, 2004 (Hollywood Reporter) - The Democratic Party and 18 senators are seeking a pair of federal investigations into Sinclair Broadcast Group's plans to preempt network primetime programming on its 62 TV stations nationwide later this month to air a documentary critical of Sen. John Kerry's antiwar activities.
The Democratic National Committee plans to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission that alleges that the documentary "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal" is an illegal in-kind contribution to President Bush's campaign. Many of the stations the Baltimore-based company owns are in critical "battleground states."
Meanwhile, the Democratic senators have asked the FCC to investigate whether Sinclair's plan was an improper use of public airwaves.
The documentary by Pennsylvania-based Carlton Sherwood, a former journalist and Vietnam veteran, chronicles Kerry's 1971 testimony before Congress and links him to activist and actress Jane Fonda. It includes interviews with Vietnam prisoners of war and their wives who claim that Kerry's testimony -- filled with "lurid fantasies of butchery in Vietnam" on the part of U.S. troops -- demeaned them and led their captors to hold them longer.
DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe said the company was acting as a mouthpiece for the Republican Party rather than a legitimate news outlet.
"In this election cycle, they have put their money where their right-wing mouths are," he said. "Sinclair's owners aren't interested in news; they're interested in pro-Bush propaganda."
Sinclair executives have given thousands to the Bush campaign, and the company refused to air the April 30 "Nightline" episode in which hundreds of names of American troops killed in Iraq were read by ABC anchor Ted Koppel.
Democratic FCC commissioner Michael Copps called Sinclair's decision "an abuse of the public trust."
"It is proof positive of media consolidation run amok when one owner can use the public airwaves to blanket the country with its political ideology -- whether liberal or conservative," he said. "This is the same corporation that refused to air "Nightline's" reading of our war dead in Iraq. It is the same corporation that short shrifts local communities and local jobs by distance-casting news and weather from hundreds of miles away."
Mark Hyman, vp corporate relations at Sinclair and also a conservative commentator for the company, said Monday that the show would contain some or all of the 42-minute film as well as a panel discussion of some sort. He said final details had not been worked out but defended it as a legitimate news.
"Would they suggest that our reporting a car bomb in Iraq is an in-kind contribution to the Kerry campaign?" Hyman told the Associated Press. "Would they suggest that our reporting on job losses is an in-kind contribution to the Kerry campaign? It's the news. It is what it is. We're reporting the news."
The specifics of when Sinclair plans to run "Stolen Honor" in its various markets remained unclear Monday. Sinclair owns stations reaching nearly 23% of the nation's TV households. The majority of its stations are affiliated with Fox, the WB Network and UPN, but it also owns ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates.
One source familiar with Sinclair's plans said the group wants to air the program on different nights depending on the station's affiliation. The source said that Sinclair was targeting an Oct. 22 airdate for the film on its 21 Fox affiliates to avoid having to preempt any of the network's highly rated baseball league championship and World Series games.
A Fox spokesman declined to comment on the prospect of the preemption, as did representatives for other broadcasters. A source at one of the Big Four networks said Sinclair was within the rights of its affiliation contracts to do the preemption under clauses that allow station owners flexibility to bump network programming for local news or other programs deemed in the interest of the community served by the station.
|The Corn Genome - Twice as Many Genes as Humans|
|Rutgers University News Release |
NEW BRUNSWICK/ PISCATAWAY October 12, 2004 – Rutgers researchers, with the support of the National Science Foundation, have pushed back the frontiers on the genetic nature and history one of the world's most important crops – corn. This crop dominates agriculture in the United States, where approximately 9 billion bushels are produced annually at a value of $30 billion. Maize (or corn) is also an important dietary staple in much of the third world.
Rutgers' Joachim Messing and his colleagues announced this month discoveries about the inner workings of corn, its origins and evolution, with implications for breeding, genetic engineering and future genomic studies.
"This latest research, conducted with worldwide collaborations, led us to a new understanding of maize that will help enable scientists and farmers to make major improvements in one of the world's most significant crops and gain new and important insights in plant genomic studies," said Messing, director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The findings are presented in three papers in the journal Genome Research and one in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The scientists conducted the most comprehensive survey of the maize genome ever performed and established for the first time the genome's magnitude – approximately 59,000 genes – and the relative position of the genes. This is twice as many as the human genome and the highest number of genes of any genome sequenced to date. Messing emphasized that this survey is only a first step and conducting a whole genome sequence is a priority dictated by nutritional, economic and societal needs.
The research further established that in addition to its immense size, the corn genome is extremely complex due, in part, to positional instability as well as its genetic history. Messing and his colleagues concluded that maize genes are scrambled, having moved around to different locations throughout the genome – an occurrence unheard of in other species, including the human genome. This has important implications for genetic engineering.
"An argument often cited against the introduction of external genes, a common practice in genetic engineering, suggests that it would create an unnatural instability in the genome," said Messing. "With all the maize genes moving around by themselves in nature, perhaps conveying some selective advantage in doing so, this argument is unfounded."
Through sophisticated computational analysis, the researchers concluded that today's corn is the product of two very closely related ancestral species that no longer exist. About 5 million years ago the species crossed and, in doing so, doubled the number of genes. Through mechanisms not yet revealed, many of these genes were shed and then others duplicated through gene amplification as this process is termed.
When compared to closely related species today, the researchers found that as much as 22 percent of the maize genes could be identified as being different. This was surprising, considering that other close relatives – such as chimpanzees and humans – differ in less than one percent of their genes.
|Giant Pumpkin Wins Prize|
|HALF MOON BAY CA October 11, 2004 (AP) - A retired Washington state firefighter who grows giant pumpkins in his spare time produced the winning pumpkin Monday at the 31st annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. |
The pumpkin, grown by 55-year old Joel Holland of Puyallup, Wash., tipped the scales at 1,229 pounds — 49 pounds heavier than last year's winner. Its circumference was 13 feet, 7 inches.
Holland, whose prodigious pumpkins won the contest three years in a row, from 1992 through 1994, planted this year's winning pumpkin plant in May. He transported the giant gourd to California on a huge flatbed pickup truck, covering it with towels and blankets to protect its skin from dehydration.
Contest spokesman Tim Beeman said 80 pumpkins competed for the top prize, and eight weighed more than 1,000 pounds.
"It's our deepest field yet," Beeman said.
Holland wins $5 for each winning pound of pumpkin — a total of $6,145 — and both he and the pumpkin will be the lead attractions at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival this weekend.
The Safeway Pumpkin Weigh-Off is one of the oldest such competitions in the country and is considered by many pumpkin aficionados to be the most prestigious.
|Chat with Big Brother|
|TROY NY October 11, 2004 (AP) — Amid the torrent of jabber in Internet chat rooms flirting by QTpie and BoogieBoy, arguments about politics and horror flicks are terrorists plotting their next move? |
The government certainly isn't discounting the possibility. It taking the idea seriously enough to fund a yearlong study on chat room surveillance under an anti-terrorism program.
A Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute computer science professor hopes to develop mathematical models that can uncover structure within the scattershot traffic of online public forums.
Chat rooms are the highly popular and freewheeling areas on the Internet where people with self-created nicknames discuss just about anything: teachers, Kafka, cute boys, politics, love, root canal. They are also places where malicious hackers have been known to trade software tools, stolen passwords and credit card numbers. The Pew Internet & American Life Project estimates that 28 million Americans have visited Internet chat rooms.
Trying to monitor the sea of traffic on all the chat channels would be like assigning a police officer to listen in on every conversation on the sidewalk virtually impossible.
Instead of rummaging through megabytes of messages, RPI professor Bulent Yener will use mathematical models in search of patterns in the chatter. Downloading data from selected chat rooms, Yener will track the times that messages were sent, creating a statistical profile of the traffic.
If, for instance, RatBoi and bowler1 consistently send messages within seconds of each other in a crowded chat room, you could infer that they were speaking to one another amid the "noise" of the chat room.
"For us, the challenge is to be able to determine, without reading the messages, who is talking to whom," Yener said.
In search of "hidden communities," Yener also wants to check messages for certain keywords that could reveal something about what's being discussed in groups.
The $157,673 grant comes from the National Science Foundation's Approaches to Combat Terrorism program. It was selected in coordination with the nation's intelligence agencies.
The NSF's Leland Jameson said the foundation judged the proposal strictly on its broader scientific merit, leaving it to the intelligence community to determine its national security value. Neither the CIA nor the FBI would comment on the grant, with a CIA spokeswoman citing the confidentiality of sources and methods.
Security officials know al-Qaida and other terrorist groups use the Internet for everything from propaganda to offering tips on kidnapping. But it's not clear if terrorists rely much on chat rooms for planning and coordination.
Michael Vatis, founding director of the National Infrastructure Protection Center and now a consultant, said he had heard of terrorists using chat rooms, which he said offer some security as long as code phrases are used. Other cybersecurity experts doubted chat rooms' usefulness to terrorists given the other current options, from Web mail to hiding messages on designated Web pages that can only be seen by those who know where to look.
|Dr. Cosby Talks to Kids|
|By BOB LEWIS |
Associated Press Writer
RICHMOND VA October 12, 2004 (AP) - Bill Cosby spoke bluntly to students at Richmond's mostly black public schools Monday, urging them to dedicate themselves to graduation, not gangs, and to control anger that threatens to derail their dreams.
Cosby toured four schools with former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, who is running for mayor.
But instead of talking politics, Cosby stuck to his no-nonsense message to inner-city black children that at times has made him the target of criticism.
"There are still old people who drink, do drugs — who will stop and take the time to tell you don't be like them. Have you heard them? Pay attention to them."
|Democrats Say Something Fishy About Federal Salmon Study|
|By Erica Werner, |
WASHINGTON October 12, 2004 (AP) — House Democrats recently called for an investigation into a report that federal biologists rewrote an analysis that said a water transfer plan could hurt endangered salmon in northern California.
In a letter to the inspectors general of the Interior Department and the Commerce Department, the lawmakers said the report suggested a "catastrophic failure of oversight."
At issue is a recent report in the Sacramento Bee that said federal biologists evaluating the effects of shifting millions of gallons of water to Southern California from rivers in the north were ordered by their superiors to revise a conclusion that the plan would hurt endangered salmon.
Biologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initially found that the water project would harm fish in many rivers in northern California, including salmon in the American River.
But NOAA administrators overruled the findings and supervised a rewriting of the analysis, according to documents obtained by the Bee. An updated version, dated Sept. 27, no longer concluded that winter-run salmon or other fish could face extinction by the extra water diversions.
The reported actions "may further undermine public confidence in the Bureau of Reclamation's and NOAA fisheries' ability to appropriately manage the resources that the public has entrusted to them," the Democrats wrote.
The letter was signed by 19 House members led by Rep. George Miller, D-California, and including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Rep. Nick Rahall, D-West Virginia, top Democrat on the House Resources Committee.
NOAA officials, including the assistant regional administrator who supervised the rewriting, contended the revisions were justified.
"This was just supervisor-employee stuff. I received a draft document that had some errors in it, and when those were corrected it changed the conclusion," said James Lecky, assistant regional administrator for the southwest region for NOAA.
He said he was confident that the conclusion that fish would not be harmed was accurate but noted that a final version of the report still has not been issued.
"What got leaked was a very preliminary draft, and then a subsequent more developed draft that had some different conclusions in it," he said.
|Mexico City October 12, 2004 (SAPA/DPA) - A team of international archaeologists have set sail from Mexico to seek a sunken city that has been dubbed the "Mayan Atlantis", press reports said on Monday. |
Quoted by the Mexican newspaper Milenio, team leader Paulina Zelintzky, a Russian archaeologist, said sonar equipment had given indications there could be ancient structures on the ocean floor between Mexico's Yucatan peninsula and Cuba.
According to Milenio, resonances showed geometric images similar to pyramids and round structures. The archaeologists will search the area using a mini-submarine known as "Deep Worker".
Signs there could be Mayan remains on the seabed first surfaced in 2000 when the area next to Cuba's westernmost tip was being explored for petroleum.
Before beginning their project, the archaeologists had to raise $2-million (about R13-million). They set sail from the port of Progreso in eastern Mexico on the Yucatan peninsula.
Nuytco Research Ltd - http://www.nuytco.com/deepworker.html
|Bad Technology Kept Front Line US Commanders in the Dark?|
|WASHINGTON October 12, 2004 (Reuters) - Front-line U.S. troops often lacked access to surveillance and intelligence data during the invasion of Iraq because of computer glitches, Technology Review magazine reported on Tuesday, citing a classified report by Rand Corp. |
One battalion commander told the magazine he had almost no information on the strength and position of Iraqi forces after his division took control of a key bridge south of Baghdad on April 2, 2003.
Lt. Col. Ernest Marcone said he was told to expect one Iraqi brigade advancing south from the Baghdad airport, but instead was forced to battle three separate Iraqi brigades advancing from three directions, the magazine reported.
What ensued was the largest counterattack of the Iraq war. U.S. troops won because of their superior weapons, greater firepower and air support, but not because they had any real insight into enemy positions through new technology, the magazine said.
"Next to the fall of Baghdad, that bridge was the most important piece of terrain in the theater, and no one can tell me what's defending it," Marcone told the magazine. "Not how many troops, what units, what tanks, anything. There's zero information getting to me."
Marcone's experience was typical, according to a largely classified report being prepared for the Pentagon by the Rand Corp, which concludes that front-line commanders often did not benefit from cutting-edge technologies. These were aimed at moving toward a smaller, smarter fighting force connected by advanced communications systems.
Walter Perry, a senior Rand researcher, told the magazine the report uncovered a "digital divide" that allowed division commanders to get a good view of the battlefield, but left front-line commanders basically in the dark.
The problems preventing effective relaying of crucial data included lengthy download times, software failures and lack of access to high-bandwidth communications.
Pentagon officials highlighted the success of networked forces during the Iraq war, including the case of a U.S. radar plane detecting Iraqi troops during a blinding sandstorm and ordering in bombers using satellite-guided bombs.
But the report found that ground forces had serious problems getting access to vital intelligence and surveillance data. In three cases, U.S. vehicles were attacked when they stopped to receive data on enemy positions, it said.
|Using 80% of Our Brain Power|
|University of Rochester News Release |
October 6, 2004 - There’s an old myth that we only use 10 percent of our brains, but researchers at the University of Rochester have found in reality that roughly 80 percent of our cognitive power may be cranking away on tasks completely unknown to us.
Curiously, this clandestine activity does not exist in the youngest brains, leading scientists to believe that the mysterious goings-on that absorb the majority of our minds are dedicated to subconsciously reprocessing our initial thoughts and experiences. The research, which has possible profound implications for our very basis of understanding reality, appears in this week’s issue of the journal Nature.
"We found neural activity that frankly surprised us," says Michael Weliky, associate professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester. "Adult ferrets had neural patterns in their visual cortex that correlated very well with images they viewed, but that correlation didn’t exist at all in very young ferrets, suggesting the very basis of comprehending vision may be a very different task for young brains versus old brains."
A second surprise was in store for Weliky. Placing the ferrets in a darkened room revealed that older ferrets’ brains were still humming along at 80 percent as if they were processing visual information. Since this activity was absent in the youngsters, Weliky and his colleagues were left to wonder: What is the visual cortex so busy processing when there’s no image to process?
Initially, Weliky’s research was aimed at studying whether visual processing bore any resemblance to the way real-world images appear. This finding may help lead to a better understanding of how neurons decode our world and how our perception of reality is shaped.
Weliky, in a bit of irony, set 12 ferrets watching the reality-stretching film The Matrix. He recorded how their brains responded to the film, as well as to a null pattern like enlarged television static, and a darkened room. Movies capture the visual elements that are present in the real world. For instance, as Keanu’s hand moves across the screen for a karate chop, the image of the hand and all the lines and color it represents moves across a viewer’s visual realm essentially the same way it would in real life. By contrast, the enlarged static—blocks of random black and white—has no such motion. Weliky was able to graph the movie-motion statistically, showing essentially how objects move in the visual field.
Weliky found two surprises. First, while the neurons of adult ferrets statistically seemed to respond similarly to the statistics of the film itself, younger ferrets had almost no relationship. This suggests that though the young ferrets are taking in and processing visual stimuli, they’re not processing the stimuli in a way that reflects reality.
|Genre News: Enterprise, Chris Reeve, The Grudge, Geldof, The Dandy, Arsenio Hall & More!|
|Storm Front Part 1: Enterprise Season 4 Premiere |
Review by FLAtRich
October 10, 2004 (eXoNews) - After a season chasing interplanetary terrorists, you'd think the producers of Star Trek Enterprise would want to lighten up a little. I thought that might be what was happening at the end of last season when Producer Rick Berman slid us into an alternate Earth featuring alien Nazis fighting WW II battles in the USA.
I thought a premise so worn that it eclipsed modern science fiction could only be intended as self-parody, maybe relating to the classic Star Trek series episode Patterns of Force?
In that TOS show, Kirk and his crew encountered a Nazi regime on the planet Ekos, readying for war against neighboring planet Zeon. This was during Star Trek's second season and pretty cool at the time. The Germany versus the Jews analogy (Zeon = Zion) was a little dated, but the episode was still apt in light of the runaway Viet Nam war and growing peace movements in February 1968.
In the end of Patterns of Force, Kirk and company defeat the baddies and leave the two sister planets working for peace. It was the perfect Roddenberry ending.
So maybe that Nazi guy at the end of Enterprise Season Three was just a joke, right? Maybe it was some kind of Sliders Meets Quantum Leap It's All A Dream deal and the Franchise would laugh it off and finally let us get back to the business of saving the Alpha Quadrant from the Romulans?
Sorry, fans. Enterprise Season Four's opener, Storm Front, was still more frowning lock-jawed big yawn serious Enterprise melodrama.
The Enterprise Nazi bit is suspiciously similar to what avid science fiction fans already saw plenty of in Sliders Season Four.
The Sliders Nazis were dimension-hopping, superior technology-toting Kromaggs. I guess Berman never watched Sliders. In any case, Storm Front was certainly not as pertinent as the good old TOS Nazi episode or anywhere as exciting as the 1998 Voyager two-parter The Killing Game.
But these new temporal bad-guys are apparently not related to the temporal bad-guys who were manipulating Time to get the Xindi to build their superweapon and blow up Earth. No, Mr. Wells, those were different temporal aliens ignoring the Temporal Prime Directive. These new Nazi temporal aliens are, however, being guided by bad-guy Temporal Cold War agents from the future.
Unless, of course, UPN just says the hell with it before then and cancels Enterprise. Ratings for the first show of the season dropped again from last year, not that UPN seemed to care much. UPN pre-empted the Enterprise October 8 premiere in some places with a baseball game.
Enterprise has good actors and directors but Trek lost all of its seasoned writers by the time Voyager ended. Most notably writer-creator-producer Michael Piller, who went on to helm The Dead Zone for USA Network and ace writers like Joe Menosky and Ronald D. Moore (Roswell and Battlestar Galactica.)
Forget the Xindi and the Nazis! We want Klingons and Romulans and Vulcans and Bajorans! Forget prequels! We want a DS9 movie and a Voyager reunion mini-series!
Star Trek - http://www.startrek.com
[Not surprisingly, the Franchise is defending Enterprise rather than changing it. A recent story on the Trek Today site quotes Scott Bakula as saying he is tired of Enterprise critics. "Why are you spending energy and time on 'Enterprise'? Move on to other shows," Bakula said. Unfortunately, a quarter of last year's Enterprise audience appear to have done just that. Mediaweek reports a 26% drop in fan attendance for the premiere. My final advice on the subject goes back to my very first criticism of Enterprise: lose that awful theme song! Ed.]
Christopher Reeve Feature Will Continue
LOS ANGELES October 12, 2004 (Hollywood Reporter) - A computer-animated feature film that paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve had been directing at the time of his death last weekend will remain in production, its producer said Monday.
Hollywood October 12, 2004 (eXoNews) - In an interview with Paul Fischer posted on the Dark Horizons site yesterday, Sarah Michelle Gellar talked about her upcoming horror film The Grudge and added another nail in Buffy's coffin - sort of.
The former slayer said she would consider a Grudge sequel (the original Japanese version had one) but wouldn't consider a Buffy movie - this year, at least. It might not be the right time, she said, and she didn't want to do her Buffy fans wrong.
Speaking on the final day of a meeting of the Africa Commission, Geldof said Friday that increased aid, debt relief and fairer trade weren't enough to end the woes of the world's poorest continent.
LONDON October 11, 2004 (Reuters) - The world's longest-running comic - The Dandy - relaunched itself on Thursday with a cast of 21st century characters joining old pre-war favorites like Desperate Dan in a bid to halt sliding circulation.
Dreadlock Holmes made his Dandy debut on Thursday as the comic's first mainline black character.
LOS ANGELES October 9, 2004 (Reuters) - Filmmaker Michael Moore and the distributors behind "Fahrenheit 9/11" are in talks to bring his anti-Bush documentary to pay-per-view television on the eve of the U.S. presidential election, a source in Moore's camp said on Friday.
Sony reported first-day DVD sales of 2 million copies, a healthy figure on par with the studio's expectations.
LOS ANGELES October 9, 2004 (Zap2it.com) With a live action adaptation of Marvel Enterprises' "Fantastic Four" heading for movie screens in 2005, the company is also close to a deal to bring the franchise back to the small screen in animated form.
In the feature, set to be directed by Tim Story, the parts will be played by Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans.
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Arsenio Hall is adding the title documentary filmmaker to his resume.
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