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Graham And Pharoah Bring Bonekickers To The BBC

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Source: BBC From the multi-award-winning co-creators of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes comes a new BBC One drama that is groundbreaking in every sense. Bonekickers is a highly original six-part series about a dynamic team of archaeologists, led by Professor Gillian Magwilde (Julie Graham) and featuring Dr Ben Ergha (Adrian Lester), Professor Gregory Parton (Hugh Bonneville), Viv Davis (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Professor Daniel Mastiff (Michael Maloney). Set against the backdrop of Bath, a city steeped in 3,000 years of history, each week the team uncovers a compelling mystery from the past that tells viewers something profound and revelatory about the present. Archaeology has never been so dramatic. Julie Graham (Dalziel & Pascoe, William And Mary) is Gillian, a feisty Celt who heads up a team of archaeologists, working out of Wessex University. Adrian Lester (Hustle, Ballet Shoes) is Dr Ben Ergha, a forensic expert who brings an objective understanding to the team, Hugh Bonneville (

Tarantino Wants Patrick To Go From Porn To Pussycat

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN Director Quentin Tarantino is really jonesing hardcore to get big breasted adult film star, Tera Patrick, cast in his remake of the 1966 cult classic "Faster, Pussycat, Kill! Kill!". Sources close to Tarantino have been quoted as saying, "Quentin loves her, and she's a dead ringer for original star Tura Satana." Indeed Patrick doe resemble Santana, and a film about three busty women on a cross-country murder spree, would seem to be right up her alley. The only real question would be, "can she act?" It is obvious that her ample proportions are perfect for the part, but can she deliver lines? Time will tell. It will appear that Tarantino won't have to try too hard to get Patrick excited about the part, apparently she has already learned of his interest. The chesty miss Patrick had this to say on the subject, "It would be the hottest remake ever, and I'm honoured to be considered. I was built for this part

Heading Off To G-FEST XV!

I'll be heading off to G-FEST XV in Chicago (actually Rosemont, Illinois next to O'Hare International Airport) this coming Wednesday. I don't expect to get there until around 7:00 PM local time. It will be interesting to fly during this energy crisis. What charges the airline (American Airlines) will be charging me for? How many check-in bags are allowed without charge? Any charge for carry-on? What's the charge for food and drinks? This'll be very interesting. Wednesday will be generally free, although we'll be having the mini-film festival that day starting with Matango at 1:30, followed by Destroy All Monsters at 3:00. Then, a break for a few hours before Godzilla vs. Gigan at 7:00, which will be followed by Orochi, The Eight-Headed Dragon at 8:30. The only film I am particularly interested in seeing is Orochi, so maybe this time I will spend the day down in downtown Chicago. I've been to every G-FEST in Chicago since 2002 and never visited

Rose McGowan Goes From Barbarella To Red Sonja

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Grindhouse star Rose McGowan and her director boyfriend are set to revive Brigitte Nielsen's Red Sonja in a new movie. The actress and Robert Rodriguez have confirmed they're planning a major remake of the 1985 big screen adaptation of the comic book series, in which Nielsen played a bikini-clad, sword-wielding barbarian vixen. And even McGowan, who played a one-legged zombie killer in Rodriguez's Planet Terror Grindhouse film, admits she's surprised the Red Sonja role is hers. The script was sent to her and she admits she had no idea why she had been selected to play the new Sonja. She tells USA Today newspaper, "I thought it was funny. I do have a body made for sitting on a veranda with mint juleps and a parasol. I don't know why I always have to save the planet." But Rodriguez insists his partner is perfect for the role: "Rose is a pistol. She's whip-smart, has attitude to burn, is sexy, extremely strong, yet has a vulnerable side that would su

Wall-E (2008)(Disney/Pixar)

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Source: Disney What if mankind had to leave Earth and somebody forgot to turn off the last robot? That’s the intriguing and whimsical premise posed by Disney•Pixar’s extraordinary new computer-animated comedy set in space, “WALL•E.” Filled with humor, heart, fantasy, and emotion, “WALL•E” takes moviegoers on a remarkable journey across the galaxy and once again demonstrates Pixar’s ability to create entire worlds and set new standards for storytelling, character development, out-of-this-world music composition, and state-of-the-art CG animation. Set in a galaxy not so very far away, “WALL•E” is an original and exciting comedy about a determined robot. After hundreds of lonely years doing what he was built for, WALL•E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knickknacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator). EVE comes to realize that WALL•E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to th

G-FAN #84

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G-FAN #84 Summer 2008 Issue Summary by Armand Vaquer G-FAN #84 is hitting mailboxes and newsstand shelves around the world. Here is a summary of some of the treats the issue contains: News: Several items are noteworthy in the world of kaiju, including the passing of Akemi Negishi, the young mother from "King Kong vs. Godzilla." G-Mail: Several pages of readers' comments are presented. Roland Emmerich is put under Brett Homenick's interview microscope as Emmerich remembers his work on the TriStar "Godzilla" (1998). Brett also interviews actor and voice-actor James Hong, superhero anime singer Ichiro Mizuki, actor Rhodes Reason (part two from G-FEST XIV), director and screenwriter Ib Melchior and gaijin actor Andy Smith. A photo collection of director Jorg Buttgereit's visit to Japan while working on his latest monster documentary, "Monsterland." Buttgereit will continue filming this documentary at G-FEST XV this summer. Friends

Batman: The Dark Knight - Have Bat-Pod, Will Travel

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Source: Warner Bros "Will you be wanting the Bat-Pod, Sir?" "In the middle of the day, Alfred? Not very subtle." On the screen, Lucius Fox gets credit for providing Batman with his state-of-the-art crime-fighting accoutrement, from his new and improved Batsuit to his weapons and his different modes of transportation. In real life, however, credit goes to Chris Nolan and his behind-the-scenes design teams, led by production designer Nathan Crowley and costume designer Lindy Hemming, as well as special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and his crew, who turn design into function. Nolan remarks, "With 'Batman Begins,' we got to show how things like the Batmobile and the Batsuit were developed. At the same time, we didn't fully explore all of the gadgetry, so in continuing the story, what we get to do is show how he becomes even more high-tech, but still in a credible way. What I love about Batman is that he has no super powers except for his extraordi

Cobra Returns To Television To Celebrate 30th Anniversary

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Japan Today It was announced today that the popular 80s anime series, "Cobra" will return to Japanese television this fall. The series, which first aired in 1983, was spawned from the hugely popular manga that was first published in 1978, and has sold over 30 million copies to date. The comic book series was so popular that it was also turned into a full-length animated film in 1982. The television series then followed a year later. In celebration of the comics 30 th anniversary, a brand new series of “Cobra” will be released on DVD Aug 29 th , to be followed by the start of the “Cobra” TV series soon after. That's right, you can buy it on DVD before it even airs on television. The new series will feature both hand-drawn and computer generated animation, but fans of the original comics and TV series won't have to worry about the CG overshadowing the traditional anime . Buichi Terasawa , the author and director, explains, “Animati

A New Promotional Banner For The Day The Earth Stood Still

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source JoBlo This brand new promotional banner for the remake of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" mades its' debut recently at Cinema EXPO in Amsterdam. According to sources, the teaser trailer for the film is set to screen before "Hancock" , which opens in theaters July 4th. This remake of the classic 1950 sci fi film stars Jennifer Connelly and Keanu Reeves as Klaatu. I think that casting of Reeves as Klaatu will present the same kind of problems the prevented Fox from casting Spencer Tracey in the role back in the 50s. You really need an unknown to emerge from the spacecraft to give the film a sense of mystery. As you may remember British actor, Michael Rennie played the alien visitor in the original film. The fact that he was an unknown to American audiences really added something to film. Even though Reeves looks a lot like Rennie, I don't think his appearence will have the same kind of impact. Oh...and before I forget....if Gort

Metropolis Will Be Coming To Blu-ray Disc In 2009

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Studio Briefing Fritz Lang's classic 1927 sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis, has been painstakingly restored frame by frame and is due to be released on high-definition Blu-ray disc in 2009, according to Kino International. The film was restored to mark the 75th anniversary in 2002 of the silent movie's original release and included a new soundtrack based on the original score created for the movie. Up until now fans have been only able to watch a very poor quality print of the film that has been released both on VHS and DVD. Over the decades the original masters have deteriorated badly. It is estimated that about 25% of the original film has been lost forever. From time-to-time reels of previously undiscovered footage have surfaced, either from studio vaults or private collections, even so, it is believed that the film will never be complete again.

Logan's Run (1976)(MGM)

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Logan's Run (1976) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Directed By: Michael Anderson Written By: William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson & David Zelag Goodman Cast: Michael York as Logan 5 Richard Jordan as Francis 7 Jenny Agutter as Jessica 6 Roscoe Lee Browne as Box Farrah Fawcett as Holly Michael Anderson Jr. as Doc Peter Ustinov as The Old Man Randolph Roberts as 2 nd Sanctuary Man Lara Lindsay as The Woman Runner / Computer Voice Gary Morgan as Billy Michelle Stacy as Mary 2 Laura Hippe as Woman Customer David Westberg as Sandman Camilla Carr as Sanctuary Woman Greg Lewis as Cub Ashley Cox as Timid Girl Bill Couch as Sandman Glenn R. Wilder as Runner Runtime : 120 Minutes Country: USA Language: English Color: Color Released: June 23, 1976 In 1976 Michael Anderson would take liberties with the novel Logan's Run written by George Johnson and William Nolan (Logan's Run and Logan's World) to produce what may arguably be one of the most memorable sci- fi films eve

Monsterpocalypse: Cataclysm Event And CMG Launch At Gen Con Indy

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Source: Privateer Press The Monsterpocalypse is upon us! Join Privateer Press (booth 1201) and celebrate the world premiere of the Monsterpocalypse collectible miniatures game. A limited amount of sneak preview starters and boosters will go on sale for the first time ever onThursday , August 14 th . The sneak preview contains a sampling of the figures in Series 1: Rise. The figures are not limited edition and are identical in all respects to the figures in Rise due out October 2008. Be among the very first to play Monsterpocalypse in its debut event at Gen Con Indy! Purchase your product at the Privateer Press booth, grab a ticket to play, bring a desire to level cities, and join us in rooms 105/106 for this participation event! This is not a sealed box event, so boosters are allowed and encouraged. You can participate in as many of the approximately hour-long matches as you like during this all-day event. Players who participate in TWO or more games will walk away with a limited

Check Out The Official Trailer, Poster and Website For Serpent Lake

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Avery Guerra Our very own, Avery Guerra, has struck up quite a friendship with "Serpent Lake" director Joel Trujillo. Earlier today Trujillo sent him a copy of the films' movie poster and let him know that the official website was now up and running. On the site fans will be able to view the third full-length trailer for "Serpent Lake", which Avery tells me features a rockin soundtrack performed by Joel himself. Monster movie fans should head straight over to: http://jftproductions.com/films/serpentlake/trailers.htm

The Slapstick Comedy Maiko Haaaan!! Comes To US DVD

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Source: Media Lab VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, has announced the DVD release on June 24 of MAIKO HAAAAN!!!, a zany romantic slapstick comedy, directed by Nobuo Mizuta, about a nerdy Japanese office worker and his obsession with the little-seen Maiko (apprentice Geisha) world. MAIKO HAAAAN!!! features English subtitles, and will be distributed by VIZ Media with an anticipated retail price of $24.98. A dedicated web site is also available at www.maikothemovie.com . VIZ Pictures has also announced a special giveaway promotion to coincide with the DVD release. Fans are encouraged to go to www.maikothemovie.com and enter the contest before June 24. Ten random winners will be selected to receive a special MAIKO HAAAAN!!! movie package that includes the DVD, poster, Japanese style geisha fan and a wallet keychain. From acclaimed screenwriter Kankuro Kudo of PING PONG, Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims and Takashi Miike's Zebraman, MAIKO HAAAAN!!! is a slapstick comedy with

Get Smart (2008)(Warner Bros)

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Source:Warner Bros The action comedy "Get Smart" sends CONTROL agent Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) on his most dangerous and important mission: to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. It also happens to be his very first mission. When the headquarters of secret U.S. spy agency CONTROL is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief (Alan Arkin) has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside his idol, stalwart superstar Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson). Smart is partnered instead with the only other agent whose identity has not been compromised: the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). As Smart and 99 get closer to unraveling KAOS' master plan--and each other--they discover that key KAOS operative Siegfried (Terence Stamp) and his sidekick, Shtarker (Ken Davitian), are scheming to cash in with their network of terror. Wit

Journey To The Center Of The Earth - Storytelling In Digital 3D

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Source: Warner Bros What puts "Journey to the Center of the Earth" on a new cinematic plateau for feature-length narrative films is the process in which it was photographed. During the initial phases of development, the decision to shoot "Journey to the Center of the Earth" entirely in high definition 3D was based on the filmmakers' desire to give audiences the most compelling visual experience, at once taking a classic tale to a new level and staying true to the heart and soul of the source material. "The environments detailed in Jules Verne's novel lend themselves to an inherently immersive experience," says Huggins. "Shooting this film in 3D was a perfect match for bringing the wonder and adventure to life." "Having a long history of working on 3D films for theme parks and an even longer history in the visual effects world, I felt very comfortable shooting this film completely in 3D," says Brevig. "At the same time, I

Actress Profile - Grace Park

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Source: Electric Artists Grace Park co-stars on the critically acclaimed sci-fi series “Battlestar Galactica,” now in its fourth season, playing not one but two leading roles. Her performance in the season one cliffhanger garnered her a place in TV Guide’s “100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History.” The series received a Peabody Award in 2006 and has remained a critic’s darling since its inception, rated one of television’s best shows by Rolling Stone, TV Guide, The New York Times Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and Newsday. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Canada, Park received a degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia before turning her attention to film and television. She was almost immediately cast in the memorable Jet Li film Romeo Must Die, quickly following that role with appearances in “The Dead Zone,” “The Outer Limits,” and, notably, the CBC series “Edgemont.” She would play the pivotal role of Shannon Ng on that series for five years while also guest-s

Nude Japanese Hotties Aplenty In Spy Girls Mission Cord #005

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Avery Guerra / Tars Tarkas Is 2008 the year of the Asian action movie hotties or what? Here is yet another example of a Japanese movie featuring sexy young ladies kicking ass and loosing their clothes. This latest epic, which is written and directed by Eitoku Kawamura , is entitled "Spy Girl's Mission Cord #005" (Shin Spy Girl Daisakusen : Wakusei Kara no Shinryakusha ) and from the trailer it looks a lot like "Super Ninja Doll" meets "The Mysterians ." Honestly I have no idea what "Mission Cord #005" means, then again this is a Japanese film that features four sexy ladies, so I guess it doesn't really matter. "Spy Girls" stars popular Japanese model and adult film star Akiho Yoshizawa as the mysterious gold clad alien seductress, who can be seen in the films trailer running around in all forms of undress battling the three "Spy Girls". As I have mentioned in past articles, it