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The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor - Creating An Epic Backdrop

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Source: Universal When production designer Nigel Phelps first met with director Rob Cohen, he knew they would be embarking on an immensely challenging creative journey. It was vital to Cohen that The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor have an epic look and feel to it, and that meant Phelps would need to give the production a unique and mythic visual canvas. A lifelong dream of the director’s—to share the fantastic culture and heritage of China in a film with the scope of this picture—the shoot was a challenge like nothing the two men had ever faced. And it all started with the design. “When you begin a project like this and everything has to look huge, you have to decide how much will be physically built and how much will be digital,” explains Phelps. “That’s the equation you work out with the director. Going to China completely opened up the world to do a lot more physical scenery than we could have done anywhere else. When you conceive sets like a mausoleum that contains the Terracot

Could The Japanese Anime Series Gundam Shape Our Future?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Japan Today It appears that when a lot of people in Japan try to envision what the future will look like, they see a world....or maybe a universe, that resembles the popular animated series " Gundam ". Hiroshima Animation Biennale has even gone as far as to form an academic society in Hiroshima to study " Gundam " to see if any ideas or concepts from the show can be used to shape our future. ‘‘The Gundam series presented the model of a futuristic society through insightful perspectives, which could become numerous academic research themes, such as futurology,’’ said Shinya Hashizume , professor at Osaka Prefecture University, who will chair the academic group. "Set in a future world where people emigrate to space because of overpopulation on Earth, Gundam , the popular televised animation series started in 1979, portrays struggles and growth among young people." You know, I can really envision a future that looks a lot l

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Lucas And Filoni Talk About The Film

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Source: Warner Bros EXPLORING THE GALAXY CLONE WARS Director Dave Filoni and Executive Producer George Lucas Discuss the Latest STAR WARS Adventure On Aug. 15, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Warner Bros. Pictures will release the first-ever animated STAR WARS feature film — STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. This expansive space adventure explores the galaxy-changing Clone Wars, a period of intense battle and grand adventure that takes place between STAR WARS: Episode II Attack of the Clones and STAR WARS: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. In this interview, STAR WARS creator George Lucas and CLONE WARS director Dave Filoni discuss this groundbreaking new movie from Lucasfilm Animation. How did the idea of an animated STAR WARS movie come about? GEORGE LUCAS: The interesting thing about the Clone Wars is that in the normal course of the six STAR WARS films that tell the Skywalker saga, that whole story of what happened during this time is not told – it’s skipped over. We have a little bit of the beginnin

Will Smith To Star In An I Am Legend Prequel

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Source: WENN Will Smith is to revive his role in futuristic action movie I Am Legend for a prequel. Director Francis Lawrence has confirmed he is working on a follow-up to the hit 2007 film and Smith's character Dr. Robert Neville will return to complete the beginning of the story. Lawrence says, "Absolutely (there will be a prequel), we're actually trying to crack that. We're trying to figure out some ideas for it, but yes, it would be a prequel." And the moviemaker insists that filming the follow-up will be much easier than working on the original, because the crew will not have to shut off large areas of New York City again - a move that sparked chaos among commuters and city workers. He adds, "The first time you go out there and shut down 6th Avenue, it's like, 'How are we going to do this day after day after day?' But by the end, it's just like you know how to do it. "You got the PAs (personal assistants) who know how to shut it dow

Busty Japanese Model Aki Hoshino Has A Hard Time In LA

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Japan Today Bust Japanese bikini-model Aki Hoshino, 31, told reporters at a press luncheon for her new DVD and photo book, “Lost Angel,” that sometimes there is no place like home. Hoshino revealed that during a shoot in Los Angeles several bad things happened, she said: “On the first day of production in LA in April, I suddenly felt unwell. Our staff called an ambulance and I was taken to hospital where several patients were handcuffed. They must have been prisoners from somewhere.” While at the Hospital Hoshino had an experience that most Californians know all to well. She reportedly spent eight hours at the hospital, adding cryptically, “I think my breasts got smaller after staying there.” Adding to her troubles, she said that on the last day of work in LA, DVDs were stolen from her car. “We had a lot of trouble there really.” I think it is safe to say that Aki Hoshino doesn't care too much for our messed up medical system. Sometimes it just bette

The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor - Battling The Undead

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Source: Universal It wouldn’t be a Mummy movie without intricate fight sequences. Any sequence involving master martial artist Jet Li raises the bar, but add to the film Brendan Fraser’s Krav Maga, Michelle Yeoh’s swordplay, Isabella Leong’s kung fu, Luke Ford’s martial arts-inspired street fighting and Maria Bello’s combination punches and you have a feast for fight fans. Jet Li commends what was impressive about his director’s grasp of staging an exciting fight: "Rob has a very good understanding of the timing and the fast pace that is so important in a fight sequence, and he uses very interesting angles." Key fights in the production include one set in the Foundation Chamber, the subterranean temple in which the Emperor attempts to raise his Terracotta Army. With ceilings formed from the bones of conquered enemies, the chamber is filled with flickering flames that line the walkway as the Emperor weaves his dark magic. In the sequence, Rick O’Connell confronts the Emperor

DVD News - Mystery Science Theater 3000 Special Collectors Edition

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Source: Click Communications Multiple Emmy®-nominated and Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) is a true cult classic. Its high-camp rendition of B-movies from every genre to the small screen makes it one of the most memorable pop culture shows of our time. Brimming with laugh-out-loud commentaries from caustically hilarious space travelers Joel Robinson, Mike Nelson and their robot pals Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, MST3K was a genuine phenomenon. Its popularity spawned an MST3K fan following that numbers over hundreds of thousands of fans world-wide. Celebrating 20 years after MST3K’s premiere on television, the entire creative team reunites for the first time when Shout! Factory proudly presents its MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition DVD box set on October 28, 2008. A sumptuous ode to this cult-classic series, the 20th Anniversary Edition DVD box set features four of the show’s most requested unreleased film episodes – First Spaceship on Ven

DiCaprio Wants To Enter The Twilight Zone

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Source: Reutgers Could the eerie music of "The Twilight Zone" soon be playing again at the movies? Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, are seeking material for a feature take on one or more episodes from the classic TV series. Appian Way is not known for sci-fi projects, but "Twilight Zone" is said to be DiCaprio's favorite show. The studio and production company are quietly putting out word that they're looking for pitches and script ideas based on the show for feature development. The companies don't aim to make an episodic movie like the 1983 "Twilight Zone," the only big-screen version of the series, but rather hope to build one continuing story line based on one or more episodes. Warners owns rights to the Rod Serling-penned episodes, which account for the bulk of its 1959-64 run. The Serling shows include such famous episodes as "To Serve Man," about giant aliens who land on Earth, and &quo

Battlestar Galactica Props Go On The Auction Block

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Source: NBC / Universal More Than 3000 One-of-a-Kind Items Including "Admiral Adama's" Uniform And "Starbuck's" Flight Suit Will Be Offered In Two Live Auctions and Several Online Auctions To Coincide With The Final Episodes of the Series NBC Universal Television, DVD, Music and Consumer Products Group and Propworx are teaming to auction off props, costumes and key memorabilia from Sci Fi Channel's hit series "Battlestar Galactica." The award-winning drama, currently in its fourth and final season, will present its remaining 10 episodes early next year and as the series draws to a close, fans will have a chance to bid on more than 3,000 items including costumes, props and set pieces that range from the uniform worn by "Admiral William Adama" (Edward James Olmos) to a life-sized Centurion costume. NBC Universal and Propworx will conduct two live auctions in Los Angeles, along with a series of Internet auctions at www.battlestarprops.c

The X-Files: I Want To Believe (2008)(20th Century Fox)

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Source: 20th Century Fox THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE is a new motion picture based on the phenomenally popular, award-winning series The X-Files. Long-anticipated, the film reunites series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson under the direction of series creator Chris Carter, who co-wrote the screenplay with Frank Spotnitz. In grand The X-Files tradition, the film's storyline is being kept under wraps, known only to top studio brass and the project's principal actors and filmmakers. This much can be revealed: The supernatural thriller is a stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the show's most acclaimed and beloved episodes, and takes the always-complicated relationship between Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth, and Scully, the passionate, ferociously intelligent physician, remains inextricably tied to Mulder's pursuits. Months after shooting had wrapped, Carter

Fox Gives Green Light To A Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Movie

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Twitch / Anime News Network / Avery Guerra It appears that Hollywood has finally run the gambit on American cartoons and comic books to steal ideas from and has moved on to Japanese Anime. Within the last few years several Anime features have been made into live-action films in their native Japan, including Yatterman and Cutie Honey, but now it seems Hollywood will be quick to follow suite. Last year it was announced that Tobey McGuire's production team had gotten the go-ahead to make a live-action version of the popular 1980s animated series, "Robotech" (Macross to those across the Pacific) and now that film producer Erwin Stoff (The Matrix, A Scanner Darkly) is developing a live-action adaptation of Sunrise's Cowboy Bebop for 20th Century Fox. Recently Stoff told IFMagazine.com that the project is "in the really early stages" since the parties "just signed it the other day." Shinichiro Watanabe's original anime

Would You Believe That Pamela Anderson Was Almost Cast As Dana Scully?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN Sci Fi fans have come to relish Gillian Anderson's portrayal of Dana Scully in the "X-Files" movies and TV series, but originally Fox executives had someone else in mind for the role. It appears that way back in the early 90s the producers of the show had envisioned Scully as a character with more boobs than brains. During a recent PR event for this weekend's theatrical release of "The X-Files: I Want To Believe", Gillian Anderson revealed that originally Fox had wanted former Playboy Playmate and "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson to play the ever-so logical counterpart to Fox Mulder. Anderson explains, "That was somebody (Pamela Anderson) who was more familiar to them in terms of what was on TV at the time. "They were looking for someone bustier, taller, leggier than me. They couldn't fathom how David and me could equal success... At the beginning, nobody trusted that I could do anything. I had n

Merlin Is Set To Perform His Magic On The BBC This Fall

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Source: BBC Merlin is a thrilling fantasy drama set to enchant family audiences in a brand new 13-part series on BBC One this September. Every Saturday night audiences are destined to experience a series of magical adventures, as they follow the unlikely friendship of a would-be wizard (Merlin) and the future King (Prince Arthur). The drama brings together a cast of acclaimed British actors (Richard Wilson as Gaius, Anthony Head as King Uther Pendragon) as well as exciting new faces. Colin Morgan is the young wizard Merlin, Bradley James is the arrogant but brave Prince Arthur, rising star Angel Coulby is Guinevere and newcomer Katie McGrath is Morgana. Multi-award-winning actor John Hurt has just been cast as the Voice of the Great Dragon. Enigmatic and powerful, he alone knows Merlin's true destiny. Julie Gardner, Head of Drama, BBC Wales, says: "In this new version, Merlin and Arthur are young contemporaries for the first time ever, bringing a much-loved tale to a whole ne

Ghost Hunters To Continue Their Paranormal Investigations For An Exciting 5th Season

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Source: NBC/Universal SCI FI's hit reality series Ghost Hunters will return to the Channel for an exciting fifth season, it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, SCI FI. America's favorite paranormal plumbers, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, will deliver 25 episodes of spine-tingling investigations when the show returns in 2009. In October 2004, SCI FI introduced Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson-plumbers by day, Ghost Hunters by night! Jason and Grant head up TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), a close-knit organization of volunteer paranormal researchers - ordinary people who investigate and attempt to debunk claims of otherworldly activity. Enjoying record-high ratings throughout its run, Ghost Hunters remains one of cable's hottest shows and is currently celebrating its best season ever. On April 9, an episode featuring a special investigation at a U.S. Air Force base attracted 1.8 million Adults 24-54, the best ever for a SCI

Viz Releases The Japanese Rock And Roll Filled Nana 2 On DVD

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Source: Media Lab VIZ Pictures has announced the release of NANA 2, the feature film sequel to the popular rock and roll drama NANA, which is based on Ai Yazawa’s best-selling manga (graphic novel) series. NANA 2 debuts on DVD on July 29, with an estimated retail price of $24.98. In support of the release, VIZ Pictures is holding a special NANA 2 poster giveaway promotion. Fans are encouraged to visit the film’s dedicated official website at http://www.nanathemovies.com and enter the contest before August 20 for a chance to win a full-color poster featuring the cast of the film. Ten random winners will be selected. NANA 2 continues to follow the highs and lows of two young beautiful women both named Nana. While they share the same name, they couldn't be more different. After meeting randomly on a commuter train, becoming close friends, and moving in together in the first film, NANA 2 focuses greatly on Nana "Hachi" Komatsu (played this time by Yui Ichikawa), who has be

Actress Profile - Gillian Anderson

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Source: 20th Century Fox GILLIAN ANDERSON (Dana Scully) was born in Chicago, Illinois. When she was two, her parents moved their family to London, England, where Anderson spent the next nine years of her childhood. Eventually they moved back to the United States and settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Anderson began acting in community theatre productions while in high school and then proceeded to study acting in college where she obtained her BFA degree from the prestigious Goodman Theater School at Chicago's DePaul University. Upon acquiring her degree at age 22, she headed off to New York to pursue an acting career. She performed in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Alan Ayckborne's Absent Friends, for which she won a Theatre World Award in 1991. In addition she also appeared in Christopher Hampton's The Philanthropist, at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT. It wasn't long before she finally decided to relocate to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film an

Warner Bros - Comic Con Preview - Watchmen And More!

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Source: Warner Bros Comic-Con 2008 San Diego Convention CenterJuly 24-27 Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. It is the largest convention of it's kind in the world. Last year's convention had over 104,000 attendees. This Special Preview features a special preview for titles scheduled to be highlighted by Warner Bros. Pictures at Comic-Con 2008. WATCHMEN March 6, 2009 Director: Zack Snyder Screenplay: David Hayter, Alex Tse Based on the Graphic Novel Illustrated by Dave Gibbonsand published by DC Comics Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder Executive Producers: Herbert W. Gains, Thomas Tull Cast: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Pa

G-FAN Special Update

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It's been a while since the last update, but things are still happening. The text for what we're tentatively calling the special, "G-FAN Guide To Kaiju Japan," had been delivered to G-FAN editor/publisher J. D. Lees at G-FEST XV two weeks ago and he has already begun the layout work. Today, I sent him a possible layout for the cover. A notice will be included in the upcoming G-FAN, including ordering information, etc. It will not be a part of the subscription issues as there may be some subscribers not interested in having a travel guide to Japanese monster locations in place of a regular issue. Those of you with kaiju-related businesses, who are interested in placing an ad in the special, contact me for ad rate info, etc. Also, if you wish to be a retailer for the special, you can contact J. D. at johnlees@mts.net. Eventually, we plan to have it available through Diamond Distributors. But other arrangements may be made for ordering before we get it to Diamond. We are

Warner Bros - Comic Con 2008 Sneak Previews

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TERMINATOR SALVATION May 22, 2009 Director: McG Writer: Michael Ferris, John Brancato Producers: Moritz Borman, Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek, Jeffrey Silver Executive Producers: Peter D. Graves, Bahman Naraghi, Mario F. Kassar, Andrew G. Vajna, Joel B. Michaels, Dan Lin, Jeanne Allgood Cast: Sam Worthington, Christian Bale, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anton Yelchin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Moon Bloodgood, Common, Jadagrace Action/Sci-Fi. In the highly anticipated new installment of The Terminator film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embar

Daily Distraction - Rachel Aziani

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Wow... my boobs look huge in this dress! Hmm, wonder why? Ha... because they are! Nothing like the real thing baby! :) I bought this super sexy black dress which made me feel so damn hot! My lips were looking so kissable, so pouty! Hehe! I was feeling downright flirtatious and so very naughty! - Rachel Aziani

Yuko Ogura Wins First Ever Japanese Gravure Idol Award

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Celebrity Yuko Ogura, 24, has been awarded the “1st Japan Gravure Idol Award” by Sankei newspaper’s online entertainment site “ZAKZAK.” The organizers said they chose Ogura by considering sales of her DVDs and photo albums, as well as exposure to media and appearances at public events. Ogura said, “I really appreciate my fans who support me all the time. When I started bikini modeling eight years ago, everybody thought models should have big breasts. But it’s different now. Diversified girls with different characters and shapes can succeed in modeling.” The ceremony and interview with her will be broadcast on satellite channel SkyPerfectTV! on Aug 17.

Dark Shadows Festival in Burbank - A Review

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Above, Lara "Angelique" Parker. This year's Dark Shadows Festival was held this weekend at the Burbank Marriott Hotel Convention Center. The theme was Dark Shadows Resurrected . The convention was not exactly a "resurrection." The last Dark Shadows Festival I attended was back around 1992 at the LAX Marriott Hotel. That convention was well-attended and the convention had a main session hall, banquets, a big dealers room, video room, art room and other things for attendees to occupy their time with. Plus, the attendees had easy access to the guests. It was an impressive convention with a lot of enthusiasm. Above, Kathryn Leigh "Maggie Evans/Josette" Scott. Unfortunately, the Dark Shadows Festival at the Burbank Marriott (next to the Bob Hope Airport) was sparsely-attended (maybe 400 tops), had a tiny dealers room (with not all tables occupied), a main hall and not much else. In the lobby area, there were some displays of photos, memorabilia and f