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Last Updated: 15 August 2004


Richard films episode of new ABC drama, "Desperate Housewives"

Richard and Garett Maggart a hit at Moonridge Zoo's July 24th Alpine Wildlife Celebration

Richard signs on for "Lights, Camera, Auction - Take 7" charity auction, October 22-24th

Official RBFC charity, the FSLMMC, gets new name -- Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC)

FOX drama pilot "Point Pleasant" still in the running for mid-season replacement order; Richard plays Ben Kramer

Sci Fi Channel to air Richard's 1998 TV movie I Married a Monster August 23rd

Cellular now slated for Sept 10th release; Richard plays Craig Martin

Sci Fi's Darklight to premiere Sept 18th; Richard plays William Shaw

Torn Apart premieres Sept 27th on Lifetime TV; Richard plays Billy Westin

Decoys DVD now available at Amazon. com, Amazon.ca; bloopers and deleted scenes are a hoot!

Welcome aboard, Capt. Vincent Hunter -- "The District" premieres on USA Network in syndication

Richard's "Judging Amy" episodes coming up on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime"

In Her Shoes slated for early 2005 release; Richard plays Jim Danvers

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation DVD now available in most markets. Richard plays Captain V.J. Dax, titular Hero of the film.

Starship Troopers 2 soundtrack CD from Varese Sarabande now available in stores and online

Starship Troopers 2 article summaries available in the News archive and in the Troopers 2 guide

"The Sentinel" once again on hiatus on the US SciFi Channel

Buy your official RBFC tee-shirt today!

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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Richard appears in new ABC drama Desperate Housewives [15 Aug 04] *** Richard guests on new ABC drama, "Desperate Housewives" *** -- Though a character or episode name have yet to be confirmed, Richard was working on "Desperate Housewives" during the week of August 2nd.

The Futon Critic website gave this description of the show:

"A primetime soap with a truly contemporary take on 'happily ever after,' 'Desperate Housewives' takes a darkly comedic look at suburbia, where the secret lives of housewives aren't always what they seem.

Looking down on her friends and family isn't a way of life for Mary Alice Young... it's a way of death. One day, in her perfect house, in the loveliest of suburbs, Mary Alice ended it all. Now she's taking us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbors, commenting from her elevated P.O.V."

We assume Richard's episode will be one of the earlier ones aired, as the show had only recently gone into production when he filmed his guest appearance. "Desperate Housewives" will premiere at 9:00pm ET/PT on Sunday, October 3rd.

To learn more about the show, visit the "Desperate Housewives" page at the ABC website.

(Thanks to Kat and Deborah for info on "Desperate Housewives")


Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart a hit at Moonridge [15 Aug 04] *** Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart a hit at July 24th fundraiser at the Moonridge Zoo *** -- Richard and Garett charmed and delighted those who attended  the Moonridge Zoo's fourth annual Alpine Wildlife Celebration, which took place at the Zoo in Big Bear, California. The event started at 10:00am and ran into the early evening, with Richard wrapping up the fundraising events with an auction of items from his own stock of memorabilia -- caps he wore in "The Sentinel," (one seen in photo at top left) as well as a script from Cellular, sides and a call sheet from Starship Troopers 2, a wrap-party tee shirt from "Point Pleasant," and several other items.

Richard arrived with his family at around 10:25am and was joined shortly thereafter by Garett. Both spent the day taking part in the Zoo's events, presenting several of the animals in the Animal Adoption Auction as well as signing autographs and posing with fans for photos. Both were unfailingly charming, friendly, and generous of time and spirit, leaving visitors and Moonridge staffers delighted and impressed.

The event was an unqualified success for Moonridge, with over $17,000 raised by the Friends of Garett Maggart, a group of fans who organized and ran a private auction several weeks in advance of the Wildlife Celebration.  That amount was further bolstered by donations made at the Zoo during the Celebration, most notably during the Animal Adoption Auction and the Live Auction Emcee'd by Richard (the two caps alone raised $1,250 for the Zoo).

Guests and attendees alike greatly enjoyed themselves at the Celebration, and it is likely that Richard will attend next year's event, schedule and prior commitments permitting.

For more information, contact Betsy Henke at (909) 584-9510 or email her at betsy17@charter.net or visit the Moonridge website at http://www.moonridgezoo.org/

(Thanks to MJ for the event info and to Kat for the news; photos by Bert Hayling)


Richard Burgi joins Garett Maggart at LCA 7 event [15 Aug 04] *** Richard to join Sentinel costar and friend Garett Maggart at "Lights, Camera, Auction, Take 7" charity auction *** -- Richard has been added to the list of celebrities slated to attend this year's Lights, Camera, Auction event, which will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel LAX in Los Angeles October 22-24 2004.

Staged by the non-profit Motion Picture Industry Charitable Alliance, the LCA event is the seventh annual charity auction and the first to be held in Los Angeles. (Previous LCA events were held in Canada). The MPICA website has this to say of the organization:

"The Motion Picture Industry Charitable Alliance is an entertainment industry-based non-profit organization that hosts charity auctions featuring items donated by studios, theatres, actors, directors, producers and crew members of popular movies, television series and stage productions. At these auctions, the fans of the shows are given the opportunity to collect special memorabilia while simultaneously generating funds for noteworthy causes. The selected charities benefit from both the generosity of the donations and from the enthusiasm and support of the fans. Each yearly event benefits one US and one Canadian charity, with different charities selected for each event."

Lights, Camera, Auction - Take 7 will benefit the Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Canada and Hollygrove Children and Family Services in Hollywood, California.

For information on attending the LCA event, visit the LCA 7 page at the MPICA website: http://www.mpica.org/LCA7/main.htm

(Thanks to Deborah and Kris for the info on LCA 7)


Richard visits a playful pinniped at the PMMC [15 Aug 04] *** The Official RBFC charity, the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center (FSLMMC), has chosen a new name -- the Pacific Marine Mammal Center ***  -- A recent letter from the MMC (excerpted below) details the name change:

"With the expansion of our responsibilities to include cetacean rehabilitation, as well as the expansion of our education programs to include a broader curriculum, we have made the decision to take a leap and give ourselves a name that more fully reflects what we do -- Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

We are excited about the new name, as it is more reflective of our work with all marine mammals, as well as of the ever-expanding scope of environmental education programs we offer. We have big plans for the next couple of years including a renovation of our upstairs education area and the reconstruction of our outdoor pools and pens to accommodate our steadily growing patient load and improve the water quality for the animals.

We are very proud of our history, founders, board members, staff, and volunteers, included. Who would have thought that the rescue of that first tiny harbor seal pup 33 years ago would have such an impact on the lives of the thousands of marine mammals that we have given a second chance at life? We are so grateful to those of you who are long-time donors and to those of you who are new friends. It is your support that has allowed us to build our solid foundation and to provide our quality animal care and education programs over the years. You can be assured that the core values and vision of our organization will always remain the same."

**RBFC News** -- A recent visit to the PMMC revealed that the RBFC had joined the ranks of supporters whose names appear on a handsome plaque outside the Center's gift shop. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who've joined us in supporting the PMMC in Richard's honor!

(Thanks to Deborah, Kat, and MJ for the info)


Point Pleasant moves closer to production [15 Aug 04] *** "Point Pleasant" may still make the FOX schedule *** -- Though not initially selected for the Fall 2004 FOX season, "Point Pleasant" is still a strong candidate for production as a mid-season replacement show.  FOX has commissioned additional scripts for the show, and has apparently renewed cast contracts, and the foxnow.com website appears to have updated their information on "Point Pleasant."

New -- to us, at least -- is a show logo, a different version of the cast photo (both at left), and a more detailed -- and tantalizing -- description of the show. 

"The quiet beach community of POINT PLEASANT is about to get much louder when a sudden, violent storm washes in more than the tide. Local lifeguard Jesse spies Christina [Elisabeth Harnois] floating in the sea and immediately dives in to save her life. He takes her to the home of Dr. Ben Kramer [Richard Burgi], whose daughter Judy and wife Meg take an immediate liking to Christina. For Christina, Point Pleasant offers both respite from her protected boarding-school existence in New York, and the opportunity to search for her mother, Ann - who, surprisingly, grew up in the area but has never been a part of Christina's life. Aside from the Kramers' fondness for her, and Jesse's budding attraction, it seems that secret desires, repressed feelings and heightened emotions inexplicably begin to flare when Christina is near. Christina never knew her mother, and doesn't realize that she's never truly known her father, either. Christina is the offspring of a mortal woman and the Devil - and although she doesn't know it, the battle for her soul has begun."

Richard spent part of March 2004 working on the pilot. Described as "a cross between 'Peyton Place' and The Omen," as well as "a gentler Rosemary's Baby on the Jersey shore," the supernatural series focuses on a mysterious girl (Christina,  played by Elisabeth Harnois), who washes ashore one day after a shipwreck. 

Cast breakdowns give the following description of Ben:  "A local physician who shares his seaside home with his wife and daughter, he feels uneasy about the young girl whom he's taken into his home. But, after seeing the growing bond his wife and daughter have with Christina, Ben decides not to push the matter - not just yet anyway. The role is listed in his late 40s and the doctor is described as intelligent and confident."

(Thanks to Kat and Deborah for info on "Point Pleasant")


Richard's first run-in with aliens in I Married a Monster [15 Aug 04] *** Sci Fi Channel to air I Married a Monster in August *** -- Catch Richard in UPN's 1998 remake of the 1950's cult classic, I Married a Monster (from Outer Space), at 11:00pm ET/PT on Monday, August 23rd.

Richard plays Nick Farrell, a likeable and goofy insurance agent who has a bizarre encounter with a UFO on the eve of his wedding to childhood sweetheart Kelly Drummond (played by Susan Walters).

Though Nick doesn't mention his encounter to anyone, his behavior and personality undergo strange and dismaying changes. Gone is the goofy, gentle man Kelly knows and loves. He is oddly cold and aloof, then intensely passionate, and this new Nick is one Kelly doesn't recognize... or trust.

Kelly grows increasingly alarmed as her new husband becomes more and more of a stranger to her, and when the rest of the young men of Blue Falls start behaving in eerily similar ways, Kelly decides to get some answers.

I Married a Monster was filmed in San Diego during the summer of 1998, in the midst of the upheaval and uncertainty surrounding Richard's UPN series, "The Sentinel." The movie itself was one of several commissioned by UPN, all of which featured lead actors from UPN shows. 

(Thanks to Kat and Deborah for info on "Point Pleasant")


Richard's summer thriller Cellular to premiere in September [15 Aug 04] *** Cellular Update *** -- The newly-updated Cellular website now lists September 10th as the film's premiere date.  In addition to the updated information, the site itself has been upgraded considerably with Macromedia Flash features -- images, sound files, and actor biographies, to name a few. 

The site is navigated by use of a satellite image of the Los Angeles Metro area. Hotspots are marked with red and white triangles, and these correspond to key locations in the movie -- the Martin's Brentwood home; the police station; LAX, where the bad guys grab Craig Martin (Richard Burgi); the Santa Monica pier; and, of course, the house in which Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger) is imprisoned by the kidnappers.

The LAX sub-page includes an image of Richard's Craig Martin being led away by Jason Statham's character, and the Brentwood sub-page plays Craig's voicemail message warning Jessica to get out of the house.

Official Cellular website: http://www.cellularthemovie.com/

Richard completed principal photography on the action-oriented thriller Cellular in late November '03, playing the supporting role of Craig Martin, husband of kidnap victim Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger).  Cellular was written by Larry Cohen and directed by David Ellis. Filming on the Los Angeles-based feature ran from September through November '03, with some additional filming done in early '04.

Cellular stars Kim Basinger as Jessica Martin, with Richard Burgi as Craig Martin, Chris Evans as Ryan Hewitt, William H. Macy as Bob Mooney, Jason Statham, and Jessica Biel as Chloe. The Cellular page at the Internet Movie Database -- http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0337921/ -- gives the following summary:

"A young man (Evans) receives a call on his cellular phone from a woman (Basinger) who says she's been kidnapped, and thinks she's going to be killed soon, along with her husband and son who the kidnappers have gone after next. The catch? She doesn't know where she is... and his cell phone battery might go dead soon."

E! Online conducted interviews with actors William H. Macy and Chris Evans on the Cellular set, which are available as a trailer of sorts at the moviebox website, along with a small selection of publicity photos. The Moviebox site can be found at: http://www.themoviebox.net/

(Thanks to Richard for the heads up, and to Kat and Deborah for the research)

Banner for Cellular website


Richard plays William Shaw in Sci Fi's Darklight [15 Aug 04] *** Sci Fi Channel announces Darklight premiere date *** -- Darklight will premiere Saturday, September 18th at 9:00pm ET/PT with an encore at 1:00am ET/PT that same night. An additional airing is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23rd at 9:00pm ET/PT. 

Richard headed off to Sofia, Bulgaria in late July '03 to join the cast of UFO Films' Darklight, a Sci Fi Channel Original Production for the 2004-05 broadcast season. Richard plays William Shaw and is joined by Shiri Appleby ("Roswell's" Liz) as Lilith. "Star Trek's" John de Lancie and "Stargate: Atlantis"' David Hewlett also star in Darklight. Principal photography began on July 28th and wrapped  the week of August 18th. 

The Sci Fi Channel's current listing for Darklight gives this description:

"A secret society fights evil with evil in this atmospheric original thriller.

Shiri Appleby (TV's Roswell), Richard Burgi (The Sentinel, SCI FI Pictures' Decoys), John de Lancie (Q from the Star Trek franchise) and David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis, SCi FI Pictures' Boa vs. Python, the indie hit Cube) star in this tale of an ancient demoness named Lilith, who has been captured by a secret society known as The Faith.

Her true nature concealed by a powerful spell, Lilith lives as a 24-year-old woman with no memory of her ageless past -- until William Shaw (Burgi) of The Faith recruits her to help him stop the Demonicos, a rampaging monster that is spreading a lethal plague across the Earth and whose only vulnerability is to Lilith's unique mystical power, known as Darklight.

As the duo race to slay the creature, they unwittingly expose a treacherous conspiracy within The Faith itself. Lilith has the power to set things right -- but now she has been reawakened to her true nature, will she resume her own evil ways? Trusting her is a life-or-death gamble for humanity, but it's one that William Shaw has no choice but to take."

According to the Sofia Sideshow, which chronicles the film production experience in Bulgaria, "Richard Burgi and Shiri Appleby were both a mass of good clean fun." 



To learn more about Darklight, visit the following websites:

The Sofia Sideshow -- http://www.sofiasideshow.com

The Sci Fi Channel -- http://www.scifi.com/darklight/

The IMDb site -- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395512/

(Thanks to Richard for the initial heads up, to Deborah for the research, and to Jeff for the photos and background information)


Richard appears in Torn Apart on Lifetime TV [15 Aug 04] *** Lifetime TV announces broadcast dates for Torn Apart *** -- Richard joined Tia Carrere and Dale Midkiff in New Orleans in May to work on Torn Apart, a new thriller from Wallet Size Pictures

Torn Apart is currently scheduled to premiere on Lifetime TV at 9:00pm ET/PT on Monday, September 27th, with an encore at 9:00pm Thursday, Sept 30th.

The film was written and directed by Stuart Alexander and produced by Mark Bacino, Jim Green, and Albert J. Salzer. Richard plays Billy Westin,  the husband of Carrere's Vicki Westin. Dale Midkiff plays Jerry Bender.

The Lifetime TV website gives the following description of Torn Apart:

"A doctor's [Carrere] life is turned upside down when the father [Midkiff] of a patient she couldn't save kidnaps her husband [Burgi] and daughter. The kidnapper forces her to choose which of the two hostages he should spare. Starring: Tia Carrere, Dale Midkiff, Richard Burgi, Zoe Gaber."

The IMDb listing for Torn Apart can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0413385/

(Thanks to Charli for the information, and to Debbie for the research)


DECOYS DVDs now available -- Richard plays Detective Kirk [15 Aug 04]*** US-market Decoys DVD joins pre-order roster at Amazon.com website; Canadian market version now available at Amazon.ca *** -- Burgi fans interested in owning a DVD of Decoys can pre-order the US-market, Region 1-encoded disc through Amazon.com or order the Canadian version (also Region 1, which was released on July 20th) through Amazon's Canadian subsidiary, Amazon.ca. (Amazon.com account holders can use their accounts at the amazon.ca site).  The US-market DVD is listed with a September 7th release date and a price of $17.47.

The ordering specifics and DVD details for each version can be found at the relevant websites --  www.amazon.ca for the Canadian release, and www.amazon.com for the US version.

European (Region 2) viewers can pre-order the Decoys DVD from the UK's www.play.com website, which lists an October 4th release date.

The SciFi Channel's broadcast of Decoys made the "What to Watch" listing in the June 25/July 2 issue of Entertainment Weekly, earning a C grade and the following review:

"Everyone always talks about how hot college chicks are, but what about the ones working the other side of the thermometer? You know, the ones from outer space. The ones who seduce young human males before freezing them from the inside out during sex. What about them?!? Well, they finally get their due in this goofy horror flick. Mild-mannered college student Luke (North Shore's Corey Sevier) meets two cool babes in the laundry room, but realizes something is amiss when he finds a Yanni CD in their room. His suspicions are confirmed when tentacles burst out of their chests. You may be the one who dies laughing."

Writer and director Matt Hastings is reported to be working on a sequel or sequels to Decoys. Such sequels would supposedly follow the men who successfully mated with the outer space sirens and gave birth to their own little bundles of tentacled joy. (Which would explain why poor Detective Kirk was constantly clearing his throat and pulling at his collar at the end of Decoys...)

(Thanks to Debbie for the heads up, to Chris for the images, and to Linda, JoAnn, and MJ for Amazon.com info)


Catch Richard in The District on USA Network [15 Aug 04] *** Welcome aboard, Captain Vincent Hunter ***  -- With CBS having dropped "The District"  from the Fall 2004 schedule, the USA Network has picked the show up for syndicated broadcast starting in September. USA will begin with a "District" marathon on Sept. 13th (7:00am - 7:00pm ET/PT) to introduce the show after which it will air weekdays (Mon-Fri) at 11:00am, 12:00noon, and 6:00pm ET/PT, with an additional airing at midnight on Saturdays.

The Sept 13th marathon will include two of Richard's episodes -- "Worst Block" from Season 1 and "Jack's Back" from Season 4.

Richard appeared in three of the show's four seasons in a total of twelve episodes, playing the recurring role of the prickly and suspicious Captain Vincent Hunter, head of the DC Police Department's Internal Affairs Division.

Unfortunately, the show did not take maximum advantage of the Hunter character, though they established an intriguing back-story for him in the first season episode "The DC Strangler." Ella Farmer (played by the late Lynn Thigpen) told Chief Mannion (Craig T. Nelson) a bit about Hunter. He was a highly-decorated officer with a relatively high solve rate while in Homicide, a department he left after discovering his wife -- also a police officer --  in bed with his partner.

The episode also paired Hunter with rookie detective Temple Page (Sean Patrick Thomas), which gave viewers insights into both characters. Temple's somewhat naive enthusiasm and belief in the inherent good nature of people contrasted sharply to Hunter's war-weary and beleaguered attitude and certainty that people were often corrupt and untrustworthy.

Hunter was brought back into prominence two seasons later when Page became obsessed with the apprehension and conviction of drug lord and murder suspect Lester Richards, skating on the razor's edge of legality and dipping over into what appeared to Hunter to be dangerous vigilantism. When Page killed Richards after a sting gone awry, Hunter headed an Internal Affairs investigation of Page's seemingly less than honorable behavior and testified against Page in the subsequent civil law case.

A complete listing of Richard's episodes of "The District" can be found on the Biography page, with an expanded listing and episode details on the  District Guide page.

(Thanks to Debbie for the USA info, Becky and Erin for the District screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)


Richard appears in six episodes of Judging Amy [15 Aug 04] *** Richard's episodes of Judging Amy air in August on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime" *** -- To date, Richard has appeared in six episodes of the hit CBS Primetime drama, playing Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Grey's ex-husband, Michael Cassidy. Though Michael has not been seen since "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary," he retains joint custody of their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren) and still has feelings for Amy, and will in all likelihood be back in later episodes.

Meanwhile, viewers have a chance to catch up on Richard's episodes on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime," where "Judging Amy" airs Monday - Friday at 12:00noon and 4:00pm ET/PT.  Richard's episodes, in original order, are:

  • "The Justice League of America"
  • "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition"
  • "Lost in the System"
  • "People of the Lie"
  • "The Best Interests of the Child"
  • "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary"
"The Justice League of America" aired Aug 11th; "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" airs Aug 23rd, and "Lost in the System" airs Aug 25th. Visit the TNT website for further information, and check your local listings, as well as the TVNow website.

TNT's website -- http://www.tnt.tv/

TVNow listing  -- www.tv-now.com/

(Thanks to Becky and Erin for the District screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)


Richard Burgi joins cast of In Her Shoes [15 Aug 04]*** Fox 2000's In Her Shoes now in post-production, aiming for early 2005 release *** -- With the remaining location scenes wrapped in Philadelphia, PA and South Florida, In Her Shoes has finished principal photography and is now in the post-production phase. Early reports have mentioned January 2005 as a possible premiere date for the film.

In Her Shoes stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine. Richard joined the cast in February and "wrapped out" in mid April with some location scenes in Philadelphia. Richard plays Jim Danvers, one of Rose's (Collette) love interests.  According to the character breakdown, Danvers is "a handsome, suave attorney at the law firm of Lewis, Dommel and Fenick. He's also a cold-hearted ladies man who dumps women without thinking twice."

Based on the Jennifer Weiner book of the same title, In Her Shoes was screenwritten by Susannah Grant and is directed by Curtis Hanson. Rebecca Klein, writing for The Action Insider, gives this brief description of the film's premise:

"This feature film from Fox 2000 will star Cameron Diaz as Maggie Feller, a free-spirited but immature party girl who dreams of stardom. She moves in with her career-oriented older sister Rose after getting evicted from her own apartment.

Sibling rivalry follows when Rose kicks Maggie out after she trashes the apartment and sleeps with Rose's boyfriend."

Shirley MacLaine plays Ella Hirsch, Maggie and Rose's grandmother. Mark Feuerstein plays Simon Stein, another love interest for Rose, while Ken Howard plays Michael Feller, Rose and Maggie's father.

To learn more about In Her Shoes, visit author Jennifer Weiner's website at http://www.jenniferweiner.com/

Production details on In Her Shoes can be found at the IMDb website at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388125/

(Thanks to Richard, Kat, and Deborah for the information and the subsequent sleuthing)


Starship Troopers 2 DVD featuring Richard as Captain Dax [15 Aug 04] *** Starship Troopers 2 DVD now available in various regions *** -- Starship Troopers 2  DVDs are now available for purchase in most markets (see list below). 

Region 1 (USA & Canada) -- June 1st
Region 2 (Europe, Middle East & Japan) -- May
   - Netherlands -- May 3rd
   - United Kingdom -- May 10th
   - Poland -- June 29th
Region 4 (Australia) -- May 19th

At far left, in the image at left, can be seen the original DVD cover artwork, with the updated cover art beside it. The "special edition" design is the version that graced the Region 1 DVDs when they were released in early June.

Trivia note: With more scenes remaining that studio time allowed, the producers decided to get a least one critical scene "in the can" by producing it in CGI (think of Gollum in "Lord of The Rings.") The shot of Dax armed with a pair of Morita rifles, backlit by the transport ship's engines, was generated entirely in the Tippett Studio computers. (Richard spent some time working at the Tippett Studio in Berkeley, CA, where the digital filming, motion capture, and careful facial scanning necessary for the incredible degree of realism was done). 

The final  image is from the "making of" featurette included in the Starship Troopers 2 DVD, which includes interviews with Richard and his castmates, as well as behind the scenes footage.

* NOTE: The Region 1 DVD is available for order at Amazon.com! Amazon's price is $17.47, a 30% discount off the list price of $24.96. The film has been given an R rating by the MPAA. 

* Theatrical Release Updates:
ST2 was released in theaters in Japan where it was very well received by eager audiences. ST2 was also to show South Korea, according to the latest news received by starshiptroopers2.net

(Thanks to starshiptroopers2.net for the information, and to Danny for the screengrabs)


Starship Troopers 2 soundtrack CD available from Varese Sarabande [15 Aug 04] *** Starship Troopers 2 Soundtrack CD now available from Varese Sarabande *** -- The Starship Troopers 2  soundtrack is now available for purchase in retail stores and online through the Varese Sarabande website or Amazon.com

Varese shows an initial list price of $17.98 in their ST2 listing at www.varesesarabande.com

The soundtrack consists of the following tracks: 

1. Fed Net (1:47); 2. Battle at Z.A.* (3:54); 3. Retreat to Devil's Anvil (:33); 4. Storm (2:16); 5. The Fortress (1:26); 6. Red River Mercy (:43); 7. Fortress Search (2:57); 8. Attack! (3:53); 9. Dax Released / Perimeter Burn (2:41); 10. DMZ (1:20); 11. Bug Zapper (1:08); 12. Reunion (2:36); 13. Sniff Factor (1:31); 14. Psychic Shakedown (2:46); 15. Kitchen Scene (1:07); 16. Soda Wakes (1:21); 17. Door Jam (2:15); 18. Reappearing Cream (Flirtation) (1:20); 19. Soda's Tongue (1:38); 20. Joe's Smile (:45); 21. Sahara and Dax/Taps (2:12); 22. Finger Food (1:16); 23. Vision Dream (1:23); 24. Spying on the General (1:00); 25. Tail O' the Bug (1:27); 26. Transition (:51); 27. Meeting with Dill (1:52); 28. Lieutenant Dill's Death (2:19); 29. Dax Arrested (1:03); 30. The Rape of Rake (2:18); 31. Vengeance (4:43); 32. Rake's Sacrifice (1:26); 33. Soda Fizzles (1:16); 34. The General Explains (1:09); 35. Kill Them All! (1:33); 36. Dax's Last Stand (2:41); 37. Fed Net / Epilogue (1:46); 38. End Credits* (4:44)
 



[15 Aug 04] ** Starship Troopers 2 articles, print and online ** -- With the film's release on DVD well underway, and its Cable premiere on the Encore Action Channel several months behind us, most of the expected magazine articles have been published and mentioned in our listings. With the exception of Cinescape, the roll call of North American scifi genre publications is essentially complete.

Our listing of Troopers 2 articles, with images and highlights, can be found in both previous News pages and in our Troopers 2 guide. Any new articles will, of course, be highlighted here on the News page.

Visit our Starship Troopers 2 guide page to see previous News items.


Richard Burgi as Captain Dax in Starship Troopers 2 Richard worked from May 14th through June 20th on the long-awaited Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, filming at Manhattan Beach Studios and on location in the Santa Clarita "canyon country" north of Los Angeles. He also made several follow-up visits to the Berkeley, California headquarters of Tippett Studio for additional post-production work during the final quarter of 2003. Richard plays Captain V.J. Dax, the hero mentioned in the film's title.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation is produced by Jon Davison, with Phil Tippett directing. Tippett shot from a screenplay by Ed Neumeier, who also wrote the screenplay for the original Starship Troopers film. (All three worked on the first Starship Troopers, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Tippett's Tippett Studio produced the visual special effects for the first film, and is once again providing special effects for ST2).

When we -- and the besieged troopers -- first meet Captain Dax, he is the last man at an otherwise abandoned and desolate outpost on planet Zulu Angel. Disgraced and imprisoned in the outpost's incinerator for killing his commanding officer, he is somewhat the worse for wear -- dirty, torn, unshaven, and more than a little war-weary. When the rapacious arachnids threaten to once again overrun the makeshift defenses of the old outpost, Dax is called upon to rally the rag-tag band of Troopers to fend off the marauding Bugs. Unfortunately for Dax and the Troopers, the arachnids have other things in mind for the unsuspecting humans...

Additional information on "Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation" can be found at the Starship Troopers 2.net  website at http://www.starshiptroopers2.net. Starship Troopers 2.net works in association with Moviehole and Tippett Studio to provide the most up-to-date news and information on the project in general and with the RBFC to provide the latest news on Richard Burgi's involvement with the film.

Tippett Studio, Special Effects house responsible for the incredible special effects of the StarshipTroopers films, can be found at http://www.tippettstudio.com.

(Thanks to Kat and MJ for the heads up, to Richard for the confirmation, to Starship Troopers 2.net for the production information, and to Danny for the screengrabs).

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[15 Aug 04]*** The Sentinel currently on summer hiatus at US Sci-Fi Channel***  -- The Sentinel ended its most recent run on the Sci Fi Channel with the June 25th episode. At present, we are assuming the show is on broadcast hiatus with Sci Fi, which has happened in the past. The Sentinel has aired almost continuously on Sci Fi since joining the network's roster in 1999. Remember to check the Sci Fi Channel's Sentinel page for news of the show's return.
Richard Burgi as Jim Ellison in The Sentinel
Current Sentinel schedule on SciFi:
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on hiatus on hiatus
Visit the Sci-Fi Channel     website for further details ( http://www.scifi.com/sentinel ) and remember to check your local listings to confirm times and dates.
Richard Burgi as The Sentinel, Jim Ellison
(To review earlier, possibly outdated International scheduling information for The Sentinel, refer to our previous News pages, which are available through the Archive Page listings).

(Thanks to Deborah for the Sci-Fi info, and to Steffi and Starfox for the images)


RBFC pelican logo [15 Aug 04]*** Buy your Official Richard Burgi Fan Club tee-shirt today! *** -- Featuring the official RBFC logo seen at left  on the upper left chest, these tee-shirts are heavy-duty cotton. The shirts are short-sleeved, cream-colored, with the logo silk-screened in black, and are available in Adult Extra Large size. The shirts can be paid for by check, or by credit card through PayPal, with the prices as follows:

Continental USA -- $10 ($12 PayPal) -- includes S&H
International -- $15 ($18 PayPal) -- includes S&H

If paying by check, please make the check payable (in US funds) to Kathleen Cole, not to the RBFC, and mail the check to the address below:

The RBFC
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
U.S.A.

PayPal logoPayPal transactions are processed through their website at http://www.paypal.com, using wbkat852@aol.com as the RBFC payment address / account.  The process is fairly simple -- new PayPal customers must first register with PayPal, which takes about five minutes.  (Instructions are provided on the PayPal website).



[15 Aug 04] *** Write to Richard care of the RBFC! *** -- Richard has asked us to encourage anyone interested in sending cards or letters to him to use the RBFC mailing address, which is listed below.  This allows Richard to better handle his incoming mail, which he certainly enjoys receiving, provided it comes through appropriate channels.

Mr. Richard Burgi
RBFC
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
USA

We cannot emphasize strongly enough that mail should not be sent to Richard's home address!  Receiving fan mail through his home address is a disquieting experience and cause for concern, especially from the standpoint of privacy and safety.  If you have come across what you believe may be his home address, please, do NOT use it! We -- and Richard -- would greatly appreciate it if you would let us know where you came across the address by using this e-mail link to the RBFC.

While postcards, letters, and cards will be promptly forwarded to Richard, we cannot forward packages; he has asked that no gifts be sent to him.  Though Richard appreciates the goodwill and generosity those gifts represent, he finds them a little overwhelming.  Richard would be honored if, instead, wellwishers made a donation in his name to a local children's shelter or literacy program, or to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center .


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