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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/4/1996 5:56:00 PM  

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"If or when the video's are released, will they be letter boxed and
suround It just
seems that if they are filmed in wide screen, they would be nice to see
them that
way."

We're still discussing this; nothing's set yet.


jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 3/31/2003 10:49:00 PM  

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>Will there be more Babylon 5 and what are your new projects?

To part one of your question, one never knows.

To part two...season 2 of Jeremiah is just about finished in terms of
production, and will go on the air sometime probably early or mid August.

Spidey continues to come out regularly.

My new comic, Supreme Power, also from Marvel, debuts July 16, with art by Gary
Frank.

Now that Jeremiah is done, I'll be turning my attention to finishing off Rising
Stars.

I have a new television series currently in development, we finalized the
contract with the company last week, and we'll see where it goes.

The director of Daredevil has said he wants to make Midnight Nation his next
film, so we're taking meetings over the next few weeks to see if we can make
that happen.

Just finished the commentaries and interviews for the B5 Year 3 DVD set, and I
think it's a bit better than the year 2 commentary I did, which I think kinda
sucked. Year 2 comes out in April.

I'm doing a new audio drama series which I can talk about more later. We
should go into production as soon as I've finished the last of the scripts over
the next week or so.

I know there's some other stuff, but I've just forgotten it. (There may also
be some strong interest in Polaris from another studio.)

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/1/2003 11:31:00 AM  

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>How many installments is the column you've written/are writing for TVZone,
>JMS?

Five in total, one per season.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/1/2003 2:05:00 PM  

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>I'll second that one Joe.
>
>Getting O'Hare involved would make most fans I know very happy indeed.
>For a guy who was only the lead in one season his popularity has endured.

He was asked if he wanted to participate in the DVDs in general, not just for
season one, and declined. WB isn't going to keep bugging him if he doesn't
want to do it.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/1/2003 2:06:00 PM  

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>So which year 3 episodes have you done the commentaries for?

Severed Dreams and Z'ha'dum.

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/2/2003 11:32:00 AM  

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>Maybe if there's a way of contacting him through his website he could then
>contact whoever originally asked him?
>
>I'd love to have him participate, too.
>

The window's closed, unfortunately, in terms of getting anything filmed for
this set. I barely made it under the wire with the commentaries.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/2/2003 11:44:00 AM  

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>Can you tell us who is doing commentary for Season 3 besides you??
>

I'm trying to remember which episode they did, if it was Interludes and
Examinations or Ceremonies of Light and Dark, but the three who did the
commentary were (I believe) Bruce, Jerry and Jason.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/3/2003 2:22:00 PM  

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>Hrm. Does this mean we have to wait for season 4 for Andreas and Peter?
>

Andreas and (I believe) Peter have thus far declined to be interviewed or to do
a commentary because they would like to be compensated for their participation,
and WB isn't able to do that for any of the cast. I could probably intervene
and push this with them, but I don't think it's right or fair to get between an
actor and a chance to get paid. I think they *should* get paid for doing this.
I think *anyone* who does a commentary or the like should get paid, but the
budget just isn't there for it, and I don't feel comfortable telling somebody
that it's okay not to get paid for doing a day's work.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/3/2003 9:49:00 PM  

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>Out of curiosity, about how much time has been required on average, of an
>actor
>volunteering to provide commentary for the B5 DVD season boxed sets?

Commentaries or interviews? The commentaries are all done real-time, so it's
about 45 minutes; the interviews take about one hour per actor per season.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/4/2003 12:36:00 AM  

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>Now, for the potentially-stupid question: do they know that no one else
>is getting paid for interviews/commentary? I'd assume that this would
>be the first point WB would trot out in their wheedling of actors for
>commentary, but one should never assume (especially with regard to suits).
>

Yep, that's pretty generally known. It's really a matter of conscience, and as
such as far as I'm concerned off-limits.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/4/2003 12:37:00 AM  

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>An impractical and naive suggestion:
>I for one would be willing to pay an extra dollar or two (retail) per season
>set to compensate the actors and/or producers for their time.

Not workable, and especially not in advance of sales.
jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/4/2003 12:37:00 AM  

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>Does that mean there is rarely any need for retakes? I'd have thought it
>would take at least 2-3 times the length of the actual episode to do a
>commentary.

No, you allow for a few extra minutes at the end so that you can edit tightly,
but that's about it.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Attention JMS
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/6/2003 5:25:00 PM  

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>Oh. She's talking about my Photoshopped parody of the Swim Fan movie
>poster, Jan. I know you've seen that one...right? Sigh. I know I'm
>going to regret this, but...
>
>http://www.fjordstone.com/scifan.html
>

And another entry goes into the B5 scrapbook....

jms

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