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20 Million Miles To Earth (1957)

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20 Million Miles To Earth (1957) Aka: Twenty Million Miles To Earth, The Beast From Space, The Giant Ymir Columbia Pictures Directed By: Nathan Juran Written By: Charlotte Knight & Christopher Knopf Cast: William Hopper as Col. Robert Calder Joan Taylor as Marisa Leonardo Frank Puglia as Dr. Leonardo John Zaremba as Dr. Judson Uhl Thomas Browne Henry as Maj. Gen. A.D. McIntosh Tito Vuolo as Police Commissioner Charra Jan Arvan as Contino Arthur Space as Dr. Sharman Bart Braverman as Pepe Runtime: 82 minutes Country: USA Language: English Color: Black and White Sound: Mono Released: June 17, 1957 If “The Day The Earth Stood Still” was intended to showcase mankind’s preconceived idea that all things that are not immediately understood are inherently evil then “Twenty Million Miles to Earth” was destined to drive the point home. Very rarely has there been a more tragic figure portrayed on film as the Ymir. (Named for the first of the giants in Norse mythology) The poor creature

Wonder Woman - Photo Gallery

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Warner Bros / Fans Many of you probably came to this location expecting to find my original article on the Wonder Woman television series. Well, that article as been updated and moved - HERE . In the place of the old article, I decided to post many of the photos that I had on file that I didn't have enough space to fit in. Most of these images were sent to me by Warner Bros to promote the release of Wonder Woman on DVD back in 2006. Photos #5 and #6, however, were supplied to me by a fan who took them when they were filming the series on location in Los Angeles back in the 70s. Many of these photos are rare items, so I thought fans of Wonder Woman would enjoy seeing these.

Planet Of The Apes (1974)(TV)

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Planet of the Apes (1974)(TV) 20th Century Fox Television CBS Television Directed By: Alf Kjellin, Arnold Laven, Don McDougall, Bernard McEveety, John Meredyth Lucas, Ralph Senensky, Jack Starrett & Don Weis Written By: Walter Black, Pierre Boulle (Novel), Booker Bradshaw, Arthur Browne Jr., Richard Collins, Howard Dimsdale, Robert Hamner, Edward J. Lakso, Anthony Lawrence, Robert W. Lenski, Barry Oringer, Joe Ruby, Ken Spears, Art Wallace & Shimon Wincelberg Cast: Roddy McDowall as Galen Ron Harper as Alan Virdon James Naughton as Peter J. Burke Booth Colman as Councillor Zaius Mark Lenard as General Urko John Hoyt as Prefect Barlow Ron Stein as Gorilla Guard Eldon Burke as Trooper Martin E. Brooks as Leander / Konag John Milford as Sestus / Miller Wayne Foster as Gorilla Sergeant Runtime: 14 - 60 Minute Episodes Country: USA Language: English Color: Color Sound: Mono Air Date: September 13, 1974 Buy The Complete 'Planet of the Apes' Tv series from Amazon for $1

Interview - Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca Speaks!)

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By: Ken Hulsey KH - Your first Hollywood job was playing the Minotaur in Sinbad and the eye of the Tiger. Is it true you got the job because of a photoin a London newspaper? PM - Yes, actually, the article was about people with big feet. A reporter noticed me and a much smaller mate of mine when he visited his sick mom in the hospital where I was working and photographed us walking together and took some pictures of my feet. I didn't win the big feet contest, but that eventually led to my role in Sinbad. KH - Back when you were working on Star Wars: A New Hope did you get a sense that you were working on something special or did it just seem like the usual B-movie space opera? PM - I'm not sure what the usual B-movie space opera would have been. I don't think my thinking went that deep at the time, I really just thought it was a B-movie....period. I really don't think anybody knew what we were about to become a part of. KH - What was i

Interview - Richard Hatch

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From The Monster Island News Archives At the Grand Slam Summit I was invited by Battlestar Galactica star Richard Hatch (Apollo) to spend Saturday afternoon with him as he signed autographs and greeted fans. Here are the highlights of our conversation. KH - Ken Hulsey RH - Richard Hatch KH- Are you surprised that Battlestar Galactica is still so popular today? RH- No, because it seems to me that anything that is created by anyone who has done their job will effect people in a very powerful way. Great novels and great stories are timeless. Great art created 300 years , maybe earlier, may not have been successful, but hundreds of years later people would pay a million dollars for it. The truth is when an artist who is talented and gifted creates something, it never surprises me that people are impacted powerfully by that art, by that story, show, movie or whatever it may be. Battlestar had a great epic story and I think a lot of people related to it on a very deep level. I don't kno

Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979)

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Battlestar Galactica (TV 1978-1979) Directed By: Richard A. Colla & Alan J. Levi Written By: Glen A. Larson Cast: Richard Hatch as Captain Apollo Dirk Benedict as Lt. Starbuck Lorne Greene as Comander Adama Herb Jefferson Jr. as Lt. Boomer Maren Jensen as Athena Tony Swartz as Sgt. Jolly Noah Hathaway as Boxey Terry Carter as Col. Tigh Lew Ayres as President Adar Wilfred Hyde-White as Sire Anton John Colicos as Count Baltar Laurette Spang as Cassiopeia John Fink as Dr. Paye Jane Seymour as Serina Ray Milland as Sire Uri Anne Lockhart as Sheba Ed Begly Jr. as Ens. Greenbean Patrick Macnee as Imperious Leader (Voice) Jonathan Harris as Lucifer (Voice) Janet Julian as Lt. Brie Sarah Rush as Flight Cpl. Rigel No TV series that lasted only one season can boast a bigger fan base than Battlestar Galactica . The series that Newsweek Magazine dubbed "Son of Star Wars" still, 25 years later, hosts hoards of loyal die hard fans. What is the appeal for the series s

Hitomi Muto Talks About Her Grandfather Eiji Tsuburaya

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Source: The Guardian (UK) I was doing my usual search of the Internet this morning, when I stumbled upon this letter, submitted by Hitomi Muto , the granddaughter of famed Japanese special effects master Eiji Tsuburaya , to The Guardian (UK) website. I won't publish the whole letter here, but this is how it begins: I am a granddaughter of Eiji Tsuburaya , who was in charge of the special effects in Godzilla. It was fascinating to see your article about the film by Peter Bradshaw (A monster of a movie, April 18). It was a good occasion for me to think again of the theme behind Godzilla at my age of 35. In the wandering period after the fatal defeat in the war, what did Japanese people see in Godzilla? And what did my grandfather want to say? First, it reminded us of our sense of awe about nature. The Japanese worshipped kami (gods), seen as the sacred power within nature. This comes from the notion in Japanese culture that defines the proper place for the human being as

Catherine Tate Rejoins The Doctor For Partners In Crime

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Doctor Who - Partners in Crime Sci Fi Channel - 04/25/08 9:00 PM EST Source: BBC In the second episode of Doctor Who, Catherine Tate re-joins the award-winning series as The Doctor's brand new companion, Donna Noble. Award-winning actress Tate is reprising her role as Donna, the runaway bride, who was featured in the 2006 Doctor Who Christmas Special. Donna mysteriously vanished as she prepared to marry her boyfriend in a glittering ceremony on Christmas Eve. She reappeared, much to her astonishment, in the Tardis with the Doctor. As the Tardis raced to the church, it soon became apparent that Donna was the key to an ancient alien plan to destroy the Earth. The episode ended with The Doctor inviting Donna to travel with him – an invitation which, at the time, was declined… Catherine Tate was asked if she would like to become the Doctor's new companion at the press screening of The Runaway Bride back in 2006. She replied: "I would love to, but no-one has asked!&qu

Guilala Prepares To Stomp Its Way Into Cannes

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Sources: Avery Guerra / Quiet Earth Even though it hasn't officially been announced yet, news has leaked out that Minoru Kawasaki's monster of a political satire movie, ""Guilala-no Gyakushuu Touyaku Samitto Kiki Ippatsu" (Guilala's (Girara's)Counter Attack: The Lake Toya Summit Crisis), will screen at this years Cannes Film Festival . At this time there is no official schedule, and it is unknown exactly when the movie will be shown. Cannes promises to have a complete schedule up, with an official synopsis and photos, the first week of may. Here is what we know about the film so far: "In the summer of 2008, the G8 summit is being held at Lake Toya, a beautiful resort near the volcano in Hokkaido. At the same time, the Chinese rocket falls into Japan, causing the monster to be born from the spore attached to the rocket. The monster, Guilala, moves toward the summit conference site for the pursuit of volcanic energy. Now the world leaders have to

Sneak Preview - The Ghastly Love Of Johnny X

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Sources: Avery Guerra / Paul Bunnell Ever wonder what "Grease" would have been like if Danny and Sandy were both aliens? Well that is the kind of thing you find yourself thinking about after viewing the trailer for Paul Bunnell's musical homage to 1950's sci fi entitled "The Ghastly Love of Johnny X." "Johnny X" features an all-star cast that includes Will Keenan, (Tromeo and Juliet, Terror Firmer and Good Machine's Love God) De Anna Joy Brooks, (The Strand, Neighborhood Watch and Studio House) B movie and Sci Fi icons Reggie Bannister (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) and Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Twilight Zone) plus the multi-talented, award winning, actor and composer Paul Williams (Phantom of the Paradise, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and Smokey and the Bandit). With the type of cast and crew Bunnell has been able to assemble, this one will no doubt end up a hands-down fan favorite. Filming for "The Ghastly Love o