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    From: "jmsatb5@aol.com" <jmsatb5@aol.com>
 Subject: Re: JMS project sighting
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 9/23/2007 2:36:33 AM  

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On Sep 22, 5:32 am, Kurt Ullman <kurtull...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> >From a general article on Clint Eastwood came the following:
>
> TOUR DE FORCE
>
> Next month, Eastwood starts filming "The Changeling" starring Angelina
> Jolie, about a woman whose child is kidnapped. When the child is
> returned, she suspects a swap has taken place.
>
> "It's a great tour de force for a woman ... with John Malkovich and a
> lot of very good actors," Eastwood said.
>
> http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070922/en_nm/eastwood_dc_1;_ylt=AlwJZnEM...
> eyb1LR4KAyoF1vAI
>
> http://tinyurl.com/32wdby

Here's the other part of it.

For the last year, very much under the radar, I've been working with
two film makers who have created some of the biggest SF movies in the
last twenty years on a television project. (I can't reveal their
identities, but pick any three of their movies and you have box office
of over two billion dollars.) We've been quietly writing and creating
the first three scripts for a new SF series that would pretty much
revolutionize the form, and which have gone out to the networks for
auction. Offers are coming in. Whether or not the offers are enough
to make the project work -- it's huge -- remains to be seen. Where
this goes will be determined in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

jms
    From: "jmsatb5@aol.com" <jmsatb5@aol.com>
 Subject: Re: JMS project sighting
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 9/25/2007 5:02:30 PM  

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On Sep 25, 10:02 am, Tom <nps...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Congrats again. Do you find that when it rains it pours in your
> profession? I know you told us before that you always had work to
> keep you busy and pay the bills, but it seems like you went from busy
> to "where the heck did the last year go" busy. Advanced busy one
> might say.- Hide quoted text -
>

For anybody working in the arts -- writer, director, actor, or any of
the other visual or musical arts -- it's always feast or famine. When
you're down, nobody wants you, when you're up, and can't take on any
other work, that's when everybody wants a piece of you. I've been
luckier than most because my slow periods are still pretty busy, but
there's still a visible arc.

Certainly the last 18 months have been not just busy, but insanely
busy...this is the most frantic period I've had work wise since the
end of B5 when we were finishing up one series, doing 4 TV movies and
launching Crusade and I was getting into the comics field, all at the
same time.

Changeling is less than three weeks from going into production, offers
to directors are going out on World War Z and as soon as someone says
yes it goes into production, Silver Surfer is two steps away from
being greenlit, I'm about two weeks shy of delivering the first draft
of They Marched into Sunlight to Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks,
another production entity has stepped in to pick up Apocalypse Al,
there's all the comics work (Thor, Silver Surfer Requiem, Spidey), the
script books, the top-secret TV project I've been working on...and
waiting in the wings are at least two more movie offers that I can
take as soon as I finish what's now on my plate.

To some degree, the rest of the year is being complicated by the
coming WGA strike, but honestly, I'm kind of looking forward to
it...it'll be a chance for the first real vacation I've had since
1986/7.

jms

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