Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Love Practical Effects? Help This Werewolf Howl at the ‘Autumn Moon’


From Horror-Movies.ca

You may recognize Randy Fabert’s Autumn Moon from a few years back, as we first reported on this sucker way back in 2012, and since then it appears as if they have gone to town on the flick as it looks insanely awesome! If you love practical effects, creature features and yes, original horror, Autumn Moon is your hook-up!

However, times are tough and they need our help to finish this sucker. Now, I must say I will only post crowd sourcing projects here that one, I believe in, and two, that I have pledged myself, and Autumn Moon is one of those projects.

This one promises to be off the hook, in fact this one promises to be one of the most bloodiest films ever made, so if you would like to get on-board and be a part of what could be one of the greatest werewolf films ever made, make your way over to their Kickstarter page and see how you can help. As always a simple share is more than enough, so spread the word and lets get this sucker funded!

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Fox Bringing 'Flash Gordon' Back To The Big Screen


From The Playlist

It should come as no surprise in this current age of tentpole filmmaking, where studios are hoarding every pre-existing property they can get their hands on, that we’d eventually get to a point past diminished returns, where it makes no sense to repackage a film/TV show/what have you for modern audiences since the property is so obscure or dated that most audiences won’t care or even fail to recognize it. Yet here we are, at a point were there are serious plans to bring back “Flash Gordon” to the big screen.

THR reports 20th Century Fox has nabbed the rights to the original Alex Raymond-created pulpy science-fiction comic-strip series with “Star Trek 3” co-writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay set to write the hero’s newest silver-screen adventure based off a treatment from “The Adjustment Bureau” filmmaker George Nolfi. If you’re familiar with the hero’s name, chances are you’re more familiar with the campy 1980 Dino De Laurentiis-produced and Queen-scored film that boasted a cast that included Timothy Dalton and Max von Sydow, than from ever actually reading a single frame of the strip.

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'Robot Chicken' Creators Talk 'Star Wars,' Quentin Tarantino, and 'Big Trouble in Little China' at Hollywood Screening


From Indie Wire

When asked to choose a film as part of the Modern School of Film's Film Masters screening and discussion series, "Robot Chicken" co-creator Matthew Senreich didn't take long to choose. "I think I walked into Eric's [Towner] office, and I was like, 'We gotta pick a movie. How about "Big Trouble in Little China?"' And he threw out the other two, and I was like, 'Let's go with "Big Trouble in Little China."'

The "other two" to which Senreich was referring were "The Last Starfighter" and "The NeverEnding Story," but those were quickly dismissed in favor of the 1986 fantasy action flick starring Kurt Russell. After screening to a nearly packed house at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood, CA, Senreich, writer Zeb Wells, co-founder of Stoopid Buddy Studios Eric Towner, and co-head writer Doug Goldstein took part in a lengthy question and answer session regarding the film they just watched as well as the past and future of "Robot Chicken." Here are the highlights:

George R.R. Martin will guest with the nerd character on an upcoming episode of "Robot Chicken."

Technical difficulties prevented the premiere of an upcoming episode featuring the vocal talents of "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin and the nerd character, but the guests made up for the snafu with news on more upcoming guest stars, including Kate Mara, Billy Bob Thornton, and a politically-placed Calista Flockhart.

"We ask Harrison Ford every season [to guest on the show]," Senreich said. "He's said no so far. We'll keep asking." Wells then reminded him they got Flockhart, Ford's wife, to lend her voice to the show, and Senreich gave a knowing nod. "If her role came out right, she'll show Harrison and we'll see what happens."

"Big Trouble in Little China" did appear on "Robot Chicken" -- twice.

The first was in a brief channel surfing moment referencing a scene in the film where Egg says China is always with him. In the "Robot Chicken" version, he points to china dishes and says, "China is always in there." The clip was supposed to be shown, but the aforementioned technical difficulties prevented it from happening. The second reference to the film came in a show title from season five called "Big Trouble in Little Clerks 2."

"We picked one of the best movies we could think of and one of the not best movies," Senreich said.

They love Kurt Russell in "Big Trouble in Little China," but have a unique perspective on his character in "Overboard."

Moderator and Founder of the Modern School of Film Robert Milazzo asked the gang about a joke from the show about the Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn comedy "Overboard," saying, "there's not a lot of 'Overboard' jokes out there, so I'm glad you put that in there."

"One of the things we did in the first few seasons was get out of our system all of the things we noticed in movies growing up, one of which was in Kurt Russell's 'Overboard,' where he's basically spending the entire movie raping this poor woman, and we just kind of had to get it out of our system and say so," said Doug Goldstein.

It's not exactly how I remember the PG-rated family film, but the '80s were a weird time. Take a look at the clip and judge for yourself.

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Bigfoot Bobble Head


Bigfoot Bobble Head

$19.99 - Entertainment Earth

Yeti or not, here he comes! The illusive Bigfoot would look great as a desk decoration at work or another fine trophy in your cryptozoology collectible case! This Bigfoot Bobble Head features the fabled monster looking as he appeared in his most famous photo. Squatch out for him when you're out in Willow Creek - you might be able to catch him on film! Measures over 8-inches tall. Ages 13 and up. Made from ceramic.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MULDER & SCULLY UNCOVER THE PAST IN THE X-FILES: YEAR ZERO


From IDW

In its first year at IDW, The X-Files Season 10 has pitted FBI special agents Mulder and Scully against monsters, cults, conspiracies, and more, and now the duo will unravel a mystery that dates back to the very beginning of “the X-Files.” The brand-new five-issue miniseries,The X-Files: Year Zero, debuts this July with an original tale suited for both X-Files diehards and mystery fans alike!

In the 1940s, a shadowy informant known as “Mr. Xero” directed the FBI to a number of paranormal cases that would soon be classified as “X-Files,” which were reserved for the improbable and unexplainable. When faced with an eerily similar “Mr. Zero” in the present, Agent Mulder resolves to uncover the truth about who this mystery person is and their connection to these cases.

The multi-talented veteran Karl Kesel (FF, Superboy) makes his debut at IDW as the writer on the series. Vic Malhotra (The X-Files: Conspiracy: The Crow) andGreg Scott (The X-Files: Season 10) will be splitting art duties with Malhotra providing the art for the 1940s sequences and Scott drawing the present day storyline. Covers will be provided by Season 10’s Carlos Valenzuela, with pulp-novel-inspired subscription variants by Robert Hack (Doctor Who) and a retailer incentive cover by Eisner Award-winner Francesco Francavilla for the first installment.

“The origins of the X-Files unit of the FBI were only hinted at in the TV show, and we’re proud to present the story of how the precursors of our favorite paranormal agents established the division in the late 1940s,” says editor Denton J. Tipton. “I think Bing and Millie will become fan-favorites alongside Mulder, Scully, Reyes and Doggett.”

“I’ve always thought the 40s would be a wonderful setting for X-Files, with the Russian red menace, atomic mutations and flying saucers all lurking in the shadows— what I like to think of as ‘UFO Noir.’” said Kesel from an undisclosed location. “Of course, iconic characters like Mulder and Scully are a joy to write, and being given the opportunity to introduce their predecessors— Bing Ellinson and Millie Ohio— well, the truth is it’s all a little unbelievable to me. But the unbelievable is what X-Files is all about, isn’t it?”

With an upcoming board game from IDW Games, the ongoing Season 10 series, and now this new adventure into the past, IDW is the essential stop for fans of The X-Files! Stay up to date at facebook.com/idwpublishing!

Godzilla 2014 Movie: Director Said it Took a Year to Create Design for New Godzilla


From Epoch Times

A new Godzilla trailer and poster was unveiled for WonderCon in the past week, say reports.

Director Gareth Edwards appeared at the presentation Saturday to show footage from the remake of “Godzilla,” which is coming out in May.

Edwards spoke at the event, telling the Los Angeles Times about his influences.

“I grew up watching Spielberg movies,” he said, referring to director Steven Spielberg. “What they did so well — as well as having epic, fantastic spectacle — they made the characters feel real and human. We were trying to do the same thing here.”

According to the Times, the “Godzilla” clip appeared to pay homage to “Jaws” with the outline of Godzilla and an aircraft carrier.

Godzilla is also seen confronting a Mothra-type creature at an airport.

“I feel the best designs are strongest when they work in silhouette,” Edwards told the Times. “We built him in 3-D and designed him in black and rotated him. If you saw a sign warning ‘Godzilla crossing,’ you’d know right away it was not a deer or a bear.”

He said creating Godzilla–one that appears fresh and original–took about a year. “Forget the giant monsters,” he told them. “If this really happened, it would be a life-changing experience. You have to take it seriously.”

Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will appear in the movie.

“Bryan Cranston did all the motion capture for Godzilla,” Edwards joked, according to MTV.

Edwards also talked about the secrecy surrounding the movie.

“All good ideas in the marketing of this film are all down to me. All the mistakes, the things you don’t like was the marketing team,” Edwards quipped.

The film will be in theaters on May 16.

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Monster or Boat Wake? - 'Loch Ness Monster' Spotted On Apple Maps


From The Huffington Post

Apparently Loch Ness Monster hunters should've just asked Siri where to find the mythical beast.

A group of Loch Ness Monster enthusiasts say they've sighted the legendary Scottish beast via satellite images on Apple Maps. The creature, which purportedly is seen periodically in Scotland's Loch Ness, was spotted this time by members of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club using the Apple software. They have been puzzling over the dubious image for the past six months.

Excitable spotters say the low-resolution image can't be anything other than "Nessie," which looks to have large flippers and a long, ghostly white silhouette.

"We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is," said Gary Campbell, president of the club, to the Daily Mail. "It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. You can see some boats moored at the shore, but there isn’t one here."

Campbell told ABC News the group submitted the image to Scottish Canals, the government agency which manages the country's inland waterways. The agency couldn't identify it, either.

"Nobody has been able to explain what it is," Campbell told ABC. "It's pretty large, so it's not a seal or an otter. It's also not a whale or basking shark as some people claim, because they wouldn't go in fresh water."

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New Star Wars films won’t draw on expanded universe


From TotalFilm

Simon Kinberg is currently working on a script for one of the forthcoming Star Wars spin-offs, but according to the screenwriter, the main series of films will not draw upon the expanded universe.

“You know, it’s not off-limits, and it’s certainly inspiring,” says Kinberg of the expanded universe material. “I’m working on an animated show for [Lucasfilm] as well, Star Wars: Rebels, that will take inspiration from everywhere.”

“But…” he continues, “I know for the movies, the canon is the canon, and the canon is the six films that exist.”

Which isn’t to say that Lucasfilm isn’t keen to develop the expanded universe further, and indeed, Kinberg’s spin-off will do just that… it just won’t feed directly into the main series.

Directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Adam Driver, Star Wars: Episode VIIwill open in the UK on 18 December 2015.

Source: IGN

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Godzilla 2014 Movie Modern Series 1 Action Figure


Godzilla 2014 Movie Modern Series 1 Action Figure

$16.99 - Entertainment Earth

From the 2014 Godzilla remake!
Highly detailed and fully poseable action figure of the King of Monsters.
Measures 6-inches tall and over 12-inches long from head to tail!

The relaunch of the classic Godzilla film comes to life! This Godzilla Modern Series 1 Action Figure is highly detailed and fully articulated, measuring 6-inches tall and over 12-inches long from head to tail! Over 25 points of articulation are featured on this fantastic figure, including a bendable tail. This classic movie monster has never looked so good in toy form!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Night Of The Lepus (1972)(MGM)


Night of the Lepus, also known as Rabbits, is a 1972 American science fiction horror film based on the 1964 science fiction novel The Year of the Angry Rabbit. Released theatrically on October 4, 1972, it focuses on a group of people in a small Arizona town battling thousands of mutated, carnivorous killer rabbits. The film was the first science fiction work for both producer A.C. Lyles and director William F. Claxton, who both came from Western film backgrounds. Various character actors from Westerns the pair had worked on were brought in to star in the film, including Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, and DeForest Kelley. Shot in Arizona, Night of the Lepus used domestic rabbits filmed against miniature models and actors dressed in rabbit costumes for the various attack scenes.

Before its release, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) renamed the film from its original name of Rabbits, and avoided including rabbits in most promotional materials to try to keep the mutant creatures being featured a secret. However, the studio itself broke the secret by releasing rabbit foot themed promotional materials before the release. Widely panned by critics for its premise, bad directing, stilted acting, and laughable special effects, the film's biggest failure was considered to be the inability to make the rabbits seem scary. The film has gained cult status for its badness, and was released to home video for the first time in October 2005 when it was released to Region 1 DVD.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ryusei Ningen Zon (Zone Fighter)(1973)(Toho)


Zone Fighter, known in Japan as Ryƫsei Ningen Zone, is a tokusatsu science fiction superhero television series. Produced by Toho Company Ltd., the show aired on Nippon Television from April 2 to September 24, 1973, with a total of 26 episodes, it was cancelled due to the oil crisis of 1973. This was Toho's answer to not only the popular Ultra Series, but the Henshin Hero phenomenon started by shows like Kamen Rider and Android Kikaider. The previous year, Toho had just made their successful first superhero show, Rainbowman. The series was also notable for its guest appearance by Toho's own Godzilla, as well as two
other Toho monsters, King Ghidorah and Gigan.

Godzilla guest-stars in Episodes 4, 11, 15, 21 and 25. Gigan fights with Godzilla in Episode 11, and King Ghidorah appeared in a separate two episodes (5 & 6, a two-parter).

The last appearances of the original King Ghidorah and Gigan (who would return in updated form 31 years later in Godzilla: Final Wars).

Takes place in the same continuity as the original Godzilla series, according to Toho Co., Ltd.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

All Monsters Attack (aka Godzilla's Revenge)(1969)(Toho)


Ichiro is a highly imaginative, but lonely, boy growing up in urban Tokyo. Every day he comes home to the empty apartment he shares with his railroad worker father and his restaurant hostess mother. His only friends are a toy maker name Shinpei Inami and a little girl named Sachicko. The only other kids that are around is a gang of kids led by a bully named Gabara. To escape his loneliness, Ichiro imagines that he is on Monster Island where he befriends Minya, the son of Godzilla. It is through his daydreams that he watches Godzilla and Minya fight other monsters, including one also named Gabara who is just as bad a bully as the one that is tormenting Ichiro. It is through these daydreams that he learns that it is okay to fight back and face his fears. These lessons also help him to outwit a couple of bumbling bank robbers as well as finally have the guts to stand up to Gabara and his gang.

This was deliberately set out be a Godzilla film aimed at small children for release during the Christmas season. Among the more unusual aspects of the film was the casting of Hideyo Amamoto as a toy designer and friend to the little boy. Amamoto was normally cast in other films as the slimiest of criminals, gangsters and henchmen.

The "Monster March" theme song from the Japanese version is composed by Genta Kano, best known for composing the theme song to the Japanese classic, Tokyo Drifter (1966).

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Godzilla Celebration Screening In Little Tokyo With Koichi Kawakita

by Armand Vaquer

Above, special effects director Koichi Kawakita and Armand in 2000. 

A special Godzilla celebration will take place in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 3. Anime News Network reported:
Los Angeles, CA – April 16th, 2014 - In celebration of Godzilla's 60th anniversary, Anime Jungle presents two special screenings of GODZILLA at the Aratani Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 3rd. The 3:00pm screening will be dubbed. And the 6:00pm screening will be with the original Japanese audio with English subtitle. The screenings are planned as a part of Fiesta Matsuri by JACCC (Japanese American Cultural and Community Center) in Little Tokyo. 
They will invite two guest, Mr. Koichi Kawakita, director of Special effects and Mr. Norihiko Iwasaki, Marbling Fine Arts Co. Before each screening, Mr. Kawakita and Mr. Iwasaki will give a live demonstration of Special Effect with miniatures “Model and Camera Demonstration.”
Reading further down the article, it appears that the Godzilla movie will be 1989's Godzilla vs. Biollante, not 1954's Godzilla.

To read the full article, go here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" Pre-Vacation Season Discount Sale

by Armand Vaquer


Above, Yuu Asakura with The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan. Photo by Armand Vaquer.
It's that time again! The following news release will be hitting early tomorrow morning:
With vacation season only a few months away and the opening of Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. "Godzilla" coming May 16, Armand Vaquer, author of "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan," announced a pre-vacation season discount of 20% off the guide's cover price, making the cost of the book $12.00, plus $2.00 shipping and handling, for a total of $14.00 each. 

"As vacation season is fast approaching and with the high awaress of the new "Godzilla" movie, it is time to launch the pre-vacation season sale of "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan,"" stated Vaquer. "From Friday, April 25 to Monday, June 16, the travel guide will be available at a 20% discount directly from me." 
"The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" is the world's only Japan travel guide tailored to fans of Japanese science-fiction and fantasy films who want to see locations and landmarks from the movies. 
Orders postmarked Friday, April 25 through Monday, June 16 are entitled to the discount. 
To order, send your check or money order payable to Armand Vaquer at 18618 Collins Street, #105, Tarzana, California 91356.
Depending upon how many copies sell, this may be the last sale (it may be considered a clearance sale) of this edition as I am working on an updated/revised edition that will likely be ready later this year. Once the stock I have on hand on this edition is gone, it is gone!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014