Notes from the Underground

April 2008

Table of Contents

Meeting Announcements

The April meeting will be held at Ed and Karen Wilson's house (Map of 12106 Laguna Pointe Ln). The Video Party will be held at Jamie Ritchey’s house (Map of 4729 Kinglet, Houston TX 77035).

April Birthdays

Club News

Prez Mez April 2008 - Dee Beetem


Fannish Summer Party

Our reasons for throwing a Summer Party are:

Let’s make this a major discussion topic for the April meeting. Before making reservations we need to settle what we want to do. Let’s discuss and decide who is willing to work on party prep? What are you willing to do? We need:


Don’t forget the Yahoo Group for Several Unlimited!

If you find something interesting to do or talk about, you don’t have to wait for the newsletter or a meeting. Post it on the Several Unlimited Yahoo Group at

If you’re not a member of the group, it’s free to join, and you get to select how you want the messages delivered to you!

Delta H Con, May 16-18, 2008
Gaming & anime con

University of Houston, University Center
4800 Calhoun Rd., Houston, Texas 77004

Dealers Room, Artist's Alley, Art Auction, Art Show, Anime&DVD Screening Room, Anime Music Video (AMV) Contest (Rules), CosPlay [Graciously put on by Anime No Kai of UH], Manga Reading Room, Live Action Role Playing events (LARP's), Speaker Panels, Workshops, Bubble Room (Kid geared area), Collectable Card Games, PC Game Room, Role Playing events (RPG's), Terrain or Miniture Games (Mini's), & Board Games.

Sponsored by Stardust Entertainment, LLC

Denvention 3, August 6-10, 2008
66th World Science Fiction Convention, Denver CO

Five days of programming on hundreds of topics from books to media, from art to costuming, from movies to television to anime, from science fiction to science fact, as well as an art show, masquerades, the Hugo Awards ceremony, dealer's rooms, and much more!

News and Reviews

Exclusive: The Force Is with Deal or No Deal

Two Deal or No Deal contestants will need the Force to help them in a special, Star Wars-themed, winner-take-all edition. Deal will be transformed into a Mecca of Star Wars characters and themes, complete with models dressed as Imperial storm troopers and Princess Leia for the two-hour event. Contestant Elyse McCrillis will also get some help from none other than Carrie Fisher — the original Princess Leia, who will make a special cameo. Other faves from the franchise — Chewbacca and R2D2 — will also be on hand for some surprise arrivals. Of course, no Star Wars scene would be complete without Darth Vader: The bad-guy steps in as the show's villainous banker.

Ready to tune in to your inner, space-savvy dealmaker? The show airs Monday, April 28 (NBC, 8 pm/ET).

Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures

The fourth season of Doctor Who starts in April, both in England and on the SciFi channel. April 11 is a marathon showing of the third season; April 18 is the beginning of the fourth season.

The Sarah Jane Adventures starts on SciFi on April 11. Check your TV listings for time.

Warner To Split Last Potter Film


Warner Brothers announced on March 13 that the screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling's seventh and final Harry Potter book will be released in two parts and that director David Yates will return to helm both installments. Part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will open during the holiday season of 2010, with part two to be released in quick succession in summer 2011, Warner said.

"We recognized that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is packed with vital plot points that complete the story arcs of all of its beloved characters," Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Brothers Pictures Group, said in a statement. "That said, we feel that the best way to do the book and its many fans justice is to expand the screen adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and release the film in two parts.

The newspaper said that the films will be titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II and that they would be filmed concurrently.

"I think it's the only way you can do it without cutting out a huge portion of the book," star Daniel Radcliffe, 18, told the Times on the set of Half-Blood Prince, which is due in theaters on Nov. 21. "There have been compartmentalized subplots in the other books that have made them easier to cut--although those cuts were still to the horror of some fans--but the seventh book doesn't really have any subplots. It's one driving, pounding story from the word go."

Heyman told the newspaper that Rowling had signed off on the idea. "I went to Jo, and she was cool with it," Heyman said, "and that was quite a relief."


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