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September 12 - 14, 2005: John will be at The Toronto Film Festival, and will record a segment for the popular and long-running TVOntario program "Saturday Night at the Movies." He'll also be reporting on the Festival.
September 8, 2005: At the invitation of the Union County Literacy Council, to celebrate International Literacy Day, John reads from his books at the Monroe Library at 12:15 pm.
September 6, 2005: John records an eight-minute segment with hosts Wes Richards and the legendary Joe Franklin for Bloomberg Radio's "On the Weekend." The subject: John's new book from Applause Theatre and Cinema Books: Singing a New Tune: The Re-Birth of the Modern Film Musical from Evita to De-Lovely and Beyond.
September 1, 2005: John's new book from Applause Theatre and Cinema Books is published: Singing a New Tune: The Re-Birth of the Modern Film Musical from Evita to De-Lovely and Beyond.
July 23, 2005: John was a special guest speaker at FantaSci at the Chesapeake Central Library in Chesapeake, where he presented his seminar, Space:1970s: SF TV in the Disco Decade.He was on a panel from 2:30 to 3:30 called "Gone But Not Forgotten: Classic Sci-Fi Film and Television." Between shows and beforehand, John sold copies of his books, including Exploring Space:1999.
July 21, 2005: John was a special guest speaker at the Williamsburg Library to present a lecture on 50 years of Superhero movies and books. He sold copies of The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television and other books before and after the show, which started at 7:00 pm.
July 8, 2005: The new issue of Scary Monster Magazine (#55) hits news-stands, replete with a piece on John's appearance at Monsterfest last October. The piece calls John "a genre expert," who has written "some excellent books on horror films and television," and notes that his seminar was "well received. Authors Paul S. Knight and Deborah Painter continue: "Muir brought up a great point about every decade having a certain theme relating to the social and political climate of the time, said theme manifesting itself in science fiction and horror genres." Buy the mag now, because it also features a great retrospective of Dark Shadows.
July 1, 2005: John will be the guest speaker at Fantasmo, the Chesapeake Library's Cult Movie Night. He'll be introducing two films by Texas Chain Saw Massacre director Tobe Hooper: The Funhouse (1981) and Invaders from Mars (1986). He will be mingling with guests and selling and signing copies of his book Eaten Alive at a Chainsaw Massacre: The Films of Tobe Hooper.
April 29th, 2005: Destinies: The Voice of Science Fiction celebrates its 22nd anniversary of great genre radio programming. John (a guest on the show six times) salutes Destinies on this momentous occasion, as well as its one-of-a kind host, the "Larry King of Sci-Fi," Dr. Howard Margolin, for producing a quality broadcast week after week, year after year. Happy B-Day, Destinies!
April 29th, 2005: The New York Public Library announces that John Kenneth Muir's Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television (McFarland) has been selected as a "Best of Reference" book for 2005! It is a great honor to be included on this prestigious and select list! Read about the "Best Reference" choices (and see the announcement) here, at the NYPL site.
April 25, 2005: John's 2001 book An Analytical Guide to TV's One Step Beyond receives nice coverage (and a positive) review in this month's issue (#106) of Filmfax Plus, courtesy of journalist Deborah Painter. She writes: "John Kenneth Muir has written what has to be the definitive episode guide to this unusual television series." The magazine is on sale now!
April 23, 2005: John begins his own blog, his "Reflections on Film and Television." Read his blog here.
March 20, 2005: Dr. Howard Margolin's interview with John from April, 2003 on the radio show Destinies is posted here. The subject is his original Space:1999 novel, The Forsaken. Also, Media Whack posts John's turn-of-the-millennium essays abou Space:1999 "Heroes At Large" and "1999 is Not An Expiration Date."
March 13, 2005: The Enquirer-Journal features John on the front page of the Sunday Community Section, catching up with him about his recent, current, and upcoming books.
March 8, 2005: John is a guest on Talk Radio on "Good Morning Charlotte" on WXNC to talk about his writing career and current projects.
February 27, 2005: John's Oscar handicapping skills are put to the test in Mike Ward's article "Oscar Soothsaying on Richmond.com. (He got about half right!)
February 24, 2005: News arrives that John's acclaimed Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television went into a second printing by Christmas, 2004. Just ten months after initial release.
February 19, 2005: John signs book for two hours, at Borders in Charlotte, at the Rea Road location, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
February 1, 2005: John is profiled at Charlotte Magazine by writer Mike Jones regarding his writing career in "Film Buff." Read it here!
January 20, 2005: John is interviewed at Richmond.com by writer Mike Ward regarding Best in Show: The Films of Christopher Guest & Company. Click here to read Mike's article "Guest Work."
January-Feb '05: John is interviewed in issue #608 of Amazing Stories, on stands now. In an article by journalist Paul Hughes, he discusses the relaunch of Battlestar Galactica. In a sidebar, John's choices for the three best and three worst hours of Galactica are described. On sale now, here.
December 18, 2004: John autographs books for two hours at WaldenBooks in the Monroe Mall to publicize the release of Best in Show: The Films of Christopher Guest and Company.
October 23, 2004: John is the special guest speaker at the first annual Monsterfest in Chesapeake, VA. He presented a seminar about the "cutthroat" horrors of the savage seventies!
October 11, 2004: At the Union County Library in Monroe, NC, John presents a history of movie/TV superheroes as a tie-in to his book, The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television.
In October 2004: John Kenneth Muir is listed on the Land of the Lost Complete Second Season DVD credits under the category "special thanks." To read John's Retro TV File on Land of the Lost click here.
In August 2004: John appears as a guest on NiteShift, hosted by Mike Sargent, on Monday, August 2, to discuss The Unseen Force: the Films of Sam Raimi.
In August 2004: John's July 16th appearance on Howard Margolin's Destinies: the Voice of Science Fiction is now being run on Cosmic Landscapes at Comic Book Radi. Click here to listen in on the two-hour discussion about Spider-Man 2, Sam Raimi, and 50 years of superhero TV and film.
In July 2004: John's latest book, The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi is released to a slew of positive reviews from the likes of Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, Within the Woods, Sci-Fi Magazine, Rue Morgue, Fangoria and others. Read the raves here.
In July '04: Animation Magazine features John's The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and TV in the section "BOOKS WE LOVE." The rave review is excerpted here.
In July 2004: On the Retro-Files page, John added a page devoted to the 1959-1961 paranormal anthology One Step Beyond.
In June, 2004: John taped a segment for The E! True Hollywood Story, to be used in an upcoming two-hour program on The Exorcist. The episode airs Sunday at 8:00 pm, 8/15/04 (est).
In May 2004: John writes for Media Whack. offering his own editorials and insights, and contributing many interviews and other materials to this growing site devoted to "retro" TV programs and movies.
In February 2004: Filmfax Plus publishes John's interview with One Step Beyond host and director John Newland.
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