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The Most Talked About Stories Of 2008

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Normally Monster Island News readers are a pretty tight lipped bunch. Generally they let the authors here do most of the talking. There were, however, a few articles that got the fans emotional enough to sit down to add in their two cents worth. The articles that they chose to write responses to say a lot about the readers here. They don't care about politics or social issues. Instead they care about giant robots, Batman, and crappy convention food. Here are the articles from 2008 that drew the most fan feedback: 10.Sex And Drugs In The New Harry Potter Movie!? When Daniel Radcliffe hinted that there may be some sex in drugs in the next Harry Potter movie fans voiced their scepticism. These movies are supposed to be for kids right? 9. October 14th Is Here....And Surprise! No Aliens! Author Blossom Goodchild said that aliens had informed her that they would appear in the skies over Alabama on October 14th. Amazing enough they didn't show. 8. When It Comes To The Presi

Surprise! More Strange Lights Over The UK

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Birmingham Mail Now when it comes to UFO sightings there are such things as non-credible witnesses, like a confused guy who calls in to an Air Force recruiting office looking for their "UFO Division", and a credible witness, like a 47 year old pilot. Andrew Freke, who is a 47 year old pilot, was out in his Ashbrook Crescent, Solihull, backyard on Christmas Eve, when he noticed some strange lights overhead. At first there was just one bright orange object, but shortly later five more similar objects joined the first and hovered above him. Freke explains, "“First of all I thought it was a star but then I saw it moving. It was going at about 150 miles per hour and was flying at about 2,000 feet.I knew it wasn’t a plane or a helicopter and that’s when I got a bit excited and shouted for my wife and kids who were indoors.There were three pairs of these things flying around for about 15 seconds.I have no idea what they were, it’s very weird.”

If You Spot A UFO Don't Contact Your Air Force Recruiter

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Myrtle Beach Online A man left a string of messages on a Myrtle Beach Air Force recruiting offices answering machine on Christmas Day to report that he had seen a UFO and its extraterrestrial occupants. The caller, who identified himself as the son of a US Army tank commander, said he was trying to reach the "Air Force UFO Division". On Monday a female recruitment officer discovered the numerous messages and contacted the Myrtle Beach police, who in turn contacted the man and instructed him not to harass the office anymore. The police report on the incident noted that the caller sounded confused and somewhat incoherent on the recorded messages. This is a lesson that everyone should learn. If you are mentally unstable or you have had a few, and you think that you are seeing something weird, then you should probably just go to bed and get some sleep. If you really have to tell someone, then contact your nearest Air Force base and ask for

Can A Werewolf, Vampire And Ghost Share A London Flat?

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Source: BBC Russell Tovey (Little Dorrit, Doctor Who, The History Boys), Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who, Kiss Of Death) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic) star as housemates trying to live normal lives despite very unusual afflictions in Being Human, a witty, sexy and thrilling six-part drama by Touchpaper Television for BBC Three. Following the lives of the twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives, as a werewolf, vampire and ghost, Being Human was first transmitted in February 2008 as a 60-minute special as a part of BBC Three's drama pilot season. Popular with viewers and critics alike, the pilot peaked at nearly 450,000 viewers whilst gaining rave reviews and online petitions begging for a series to be commissioned. Russell Tovey reprises his role as the lovable George, battling with his double identity as a mild-mannered and geeky hospital porter who for one night a month is transformed into a flesh-hungry, predatory werewolf. Aidan Turner plays the good-lookin

Beyonce To Become Marooned On Gilligan's Island?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN God, I really wish Hollywood would stop raping shows from my childhood! They've ruined "The Beverly Hillbillies", "The Flintstones", and now they are going to give it to "Gilligan's Island." Sherwood Schwartz has reportedly signed on to make a movie version of the 60s sitcom that featured a group of castaways marooned on a remote pacific island. According to TV Guide, Schwartz is eyeing Arrested Development star Michael Cera to play Gilligan and pop singer Beyonce to play Ginger. Oh God NOOOOOOOO ! Can somebody come up with an original idea for a change and leave classic TV alone?! Can anyone say "Bombs Away?" These movies always end up reeking like year old garbage. Why do they keep on insisting on making them?

Philip Seymour Hoffman As The Penguin Or Not

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: i09.com / Avery Guerra Will the Penguin be in the next Batman movie? Will Catwoman? How about The Riddler? It may be too early to know for sure, but that hasn't stopped people from spreading rumors like wild-fire has it? Case in point, now there is an image floating around that shows Philip Seymour Hoffman in a make-up test for the Penguin. Is it a real studio photo or has someone been playing with Photoshop again? No one knows for sure. If indeed we will be getting another Batman vs Catwoman and Penguin movie, then so be it, but do we need a remake of "Batman Returns?" Hold on to your seats. This rumor crap will keep going strong, I fear. See Also: Kate Beckinsale Wants The Catwoman Role For Herself / Murphy As The Riddler? Weisz As Catwoman? Labeouf As Robin? Here We Go Again! / The Dark Knight Returns To Theaters January 23rd / Batman To Be Killed By Dad / Is This The End Of Bruce Wayne...Or Is It Another Publicity Stunt? / C

The Top 20 Websites Of 2008

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Over the past year several websites have linked to articles and reviews here at Monster Island News. Now it is time to repay the favor and acknowledge them for the traffic and interest in the site. Here is a list of the top 20 referring sites who have linked to us. Unlike the other lists that I have been posting, I will not be putting in my two cents about the sites. Being a webmaster, I really hate to judge someone else's site whether good or bad. I will let you decide on that yourself. I happen to like all these sites....so take that for what it is. 20. Ain't It Cool 19. The Reel Gillman 18. The Good, The Bad, And Godzilla 17. Spawn.com 16. Democratic Underground 15. Giant Monsters Attack 14. Far East Monsters 13. Toho Kingdom 12. Unfiction 11. Twisted Kaiju Theater 10. IGN 9. Twitch Film 8. Club Tokyo 7. Atari Community 6. Bloody Disgusting 5. SuperHeroHype 4. Buzzfeed 3. IMDB 2. Monsterpocalypse 1. Kaijuphile Note: Some of these sites are message boards. I didn't di

The First Trailer For Deep Sea Monster Raiga

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Nippon Cinema / Avery Guerra Shinpei Hayashiya didn't waste any time in making a sequel to "Deep Sea Monster Reigo", which began production in 2003, was filmed in 2005, and released in August of this year. The film entitled, "Deep Sea Monster Raiga", is set 60 years after the events in "Reigo", which took place during WWII. This time, Global Warming is the catalyst for unleashing giant monsters on Japan. The melting of the southern polar ice causes a disruption in Earth's ecosystem that causes the migration of the monsters to the island nation. The largest of the sea monsters is a beast called "Raiga", which unleashes it's "Inconvenient Truth" on Tokyo just like Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra and Rodan have numerous times. The monster "Raiga" looks a lot like Godzilla, but hopefully not enough to get Toho's lawyers panties in a bunch. I think that is is great to see other Japanese

The Top Ten Hottest Monsters Of 2008

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Okay, here we go again! Another nutty "Best Of" list. This time we are going to have some fun though. Remember these results are based on your searches through Google and the Monster Island News internal search engine. Since this is primarily a monster movie website. I thought it would be fun to compile a list of the most popular monsters of 2008. Amazingly enough, with all the new monster films being made this year, the list is dominated by classic creatures. Here we go! The "Hottest Monsters of 2008!" 10. King Ghidorah The appearance of King Ghidorah on a "Best of 2008" list is a surprise to say the least. The last time our three-headed friend made a movie appearance was back in 2004. Yet here he is. I can only guess that the appearance of a three-headed dragon in "The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor" had something to do with new interest in good old King Ghidorah. See: Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster (1964) or search: King Ghidora

The Land Of The Lost Movie Poster

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Avery Guerra Avery Guerra just shot me an e-mail with a link to the brand new "Land of the Lost" movie poster. I have to admit that I am really torn about this one. Not, about the poster, it looks pretty cool. I mean the film itself. The fact that it is a comedy, really doesn't sit well with me. I really think that the 70s TV series could have been made into a great, straight-forward, sci fi film. I have been trying to keep an open mind.......but, it has been hard. See Also: Hold Onto Your Tenticles Sigmund And The Sea Monsters Is Coming To The Big Screen / The First Photo Of Enik From The New Land Of The Lost Movie / Surprise! The New Sleestaks Look Like The Old Ones! / Land of the Lost (TV 1974-1977)

G-FAN #86 Summary

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G-FAN #86 Summary This quarter, we have a "special guest summary"* of the new G-FAN #86 by Ryan Clark: Godzilla & Friends III review by Ryan Clark (yours truely). The Last Samurai interview with Hiroshi Fujioka by Brett Homenick. Racing for Megalon interview with Yutaka Hayashi by Brett Homenick. Cult Classic Commander interview with Robert Horton by Brett Homenick. Godzilla 1998: A Second Look by Mike Bogue. Lord Zedd Invades ACen by Brett Homenick and How I felt About ACen by Robert Axelrod. (Really enjoyed these artcles, being a Power Rangers fan.) Monster Music article about French band Gojira. Kaiju Singalong Time with original and translated lyrics to Miyarabi's Prayer and Get Mechagodzilla! G-Fan Retro Review: Attack of the Crab Monsters by Mike Bogue. 3D Kaiju Fun concerning Monster Planet of Godzilla. Centerfold of Gamera vs. Godzilla by John Belloti Jr. Godzilla Appears In Northern California featuring a suit made by

Top Ten Hottest Women Of 2008

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As you know 2008 is drawing to a close, so it is time to start composing those annoying "Best Of"" lists. Here at Monster Island News, however, we do it a little bit differently. I certainly could compose my own list, based on what I thought was the "hottest" of 2008, but that would just be my opinion. What I decided to do was let you the reader decide. Now, I could have posted a poll or something, but those normally turn out to be a mess. Instead I decided to compile the lists based on your searches through Google and our internal search engine. So if you don't like the lists, then you can blame yourselves. These are the things you searched for. So, let's get started. Here is a list guaranteed to melt the snow off your roof. The Hottest Women of 2008! 10. Natalie Martinez Natalie Martinez made quite a impression in 2008. The Cuban born actress turned many a mans head when she stared as Case in "Death Race". See: Natalie Martinez Adds S

Godzilla Rodan Ultraman And Mothra Invade The Miami Beach Art Scene

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: The Examiner / Art Center Of South Florida Anyone who doubts the influences of Japanese monster movies on popular culture should take a good look at a current exhibit at the Art Center of South Florida. The exhibit, entitled, "Kaiju Monster Invasion: Miami Beach" features vinyl figures, statues, toys, paintings and other various forms of art inspired by Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman and all their friends. The works on display were created by Pop Surrealists from around the globe, including Coop, Ron English, Mark Nagata and Skot Olsen. I have to admit that this one flew under my radar. The exhibit opened back on December 2nd, but fear not. There is still time to check it out. "Kaiju Monster Invasion: Miami Beach" (Curated by Harold Golen) runs until January 4th, 2009. Here is the official info: Kaiju Monster Invasion: Miami Beach Curated by Harold Golen Opens December 2, - January 4, 2008 Opening Reception, Wednesday, December

40 Years Since Apollo 8

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Above, the Earth as seen by the Apollo 8 astronauts in moon orbit. by Armand Vaquer It is hard to believe that forty years have passed since Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders were the first humans to leave Earth orbit and to travel to the moon in Apollo 8. Their mission in December 1968 was to test the Apollo spacecraft's systems in achieving moon orbit, which was crucial for a manned moon landing. Originally, they were going to test the Lunar Module (LM) in Earth orbit, but production delays prevented that plan. So NASA sent them to the moon instead. They orbited the moon ten times in 20 hours. The live televised broadcast from the moon was highlighted by Borman's reading from Genesis. The rocket engine that would break Apollo 8 from moon orbit and sending it back to earth was fired on Christmas Day. 1968 was a year of turmoil. It was marked by bitter civil unrest over the Viet Nam War, the assassinations of Sen. Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King

Merry Christmas From Monster Island

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Written By: Ken Hulsey I just wanted to break away from my own Christmas "gift fest" for a couple of minutes to wish everyone a merry Christmas. It has been a great year here at Monster Island News and I wanted to thank all of our loyal readers and the people who have contributed articles and content to the site. First off I want to acknowledge Brandon Waggle from Kaijuphile. Brandon was kind enough to add our news content to his site this year. Todd Tennant, has been a true friend, and he has been sending us great examples of his artwork throughout the year. Big things are going to be happening for Todd in the coming year....you just watch. I really want to give a shout out to Avery Guerra. His tireless work at digging up scoops for news articles here has been a real blessing. I want to personally thank Armand Vaquer for taking time out of his busy writing schedule to post articles on the site. They have all been top-notch. This list wouldn't be complete without

The Plot For New Remake Of The Thing Sounds Just Like Carpenter's

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Horror-Movies.ca / Bloody Disgusting / Avery Guerra I have to be honest, the plot for the latest remake of "The Thing" (aka: The Thing From Another World), sounds pretty damn lame. "The Thing", which was originally made in 1951 by Christian Nyby, was brilliantly remade in 1982 by John Carpenter. Film makers essentially have been remaking the film over and over. Lets be honest, "Alien", "Creature", "It! The Terror From Beyond Space" and countless others, are all remakes of "The Thing." The film's basic premise, a group of people marooned or isolated with a man-killing monster with no possible escape, is a great concept for a truly suspenseful movie, but lets face it, it has been done, and done very well. Yet, movie makers can't leave it alone. That brings us to this latest remake. This time it will be the exact same film as Carpenter's 1982 version, only told from the Norwegia

A Brand-New Trailer For Tim Burton's 9

Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Quiet Earth / Avery Guerra Tim Burton has lent his talents to yet another animated feature, which from the trailer, looks a lot like cross between "Nightmare Before Christmas" and "The Terminator." This, of course, should have Burton fans jumping up-and-down with ecstasy. The film, which is called "9", is a post-apocalyptic adventure directed by Shane Acker and produced by Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. "9" features a real all-star cast of "A" list actors who have signed on to voice the films characters. That list includes Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Elijah Wood, Crispin Glover, Christopher Plummer, and Martin Landau. Here the official synopsis: When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinct

UFO Cult Cancels Mass Orgy

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Y Net News Okay, I know that this is probably not an appropriate article to be writing on "Christmas Eve", and as a Christian I should be ashamed of myself, but, this story is just to weird to pass up. It seems that the UFO cult known as the "Raelian Movement" has caved in and canceled their scheduled mass orgy in Tel Aviv. The event, which was planned for "International Orgasm Day", received a massive amount of negative public outcry and the the owner of the venue where the "sex fest" was to be held received several death threats. The group's spokesman, Kobi Drori, explains that it was the cults hope to achieve world peace through multiple orgasms reached by masturbation or sex, by straights, gays, lesbians and bisexuals, all over 18. "The purpose of the event was to try and bring world peace through mass orgasm, this by experiencing consensual sex and natural, uninterrupted pleasure. It was importa

Kate Beckinsale Wants The Catwoman Role For Herself

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN Okay, before I get into this, I want to mention that this info comes from WENN, which I am starting to call "The Bureau of Miss-Information." From the second that "The Dark Knight" hit theaters this past summer, there has been a swell of rumors surrounding the next Batman movie. Just about all of these rumors have been in regards to the "Catwoman" character and the actress who could play her. For months Christopher Nolan denied that he was even going to make another movie. Regardless the names kept a coming. First there was Cher, then there was Angelina Jolie, and as of last week Rachel Weisz was supposed to have landed the coveted role. Well here we go, yet again. Now Kate Beckinsale is eying a date with a tight spandex cat suite. The actress, best known for the "Underworld" films wants to add more action roles to her resume a she thinks playing "Catwoman" in the upcoming "Gotham" film

Another UFO Photographed Over The UK

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Sunday Mercury (UK) Once again we find another example of why the UK has become the worlds number one hot-spot for seeing unexplained airborne phenomena. Robert Teuu took a set of photographs of the Cannock Town Centre to try out his brand-new camera. When he got home and downloaded the pictures to his computer he discovered something odd hovering above the LA Rock Cafe in one of the shots. At first he thought that his eyes were playing tricks on him. He was certain that the object had to be a plane or a bird. Then he zoomed in on the object, that's when it became clear that what was in the photo was something extraterrestrial. “It’s not an aircraft. It must be some kind of UFO. I know that sounds crazy, but I cannot think of it being anything else really.” Teuu told the Sunday Mercury. “I zoomed into the object and was even more puzzled. I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” It isn't surprising that someone could accidentally photogr

There Is No Need To Fear, Rosemary's Baby Has Been Aborted

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have decided to scrap their plans to remake the 1968 horror film "Rosemary's Baby ". The duo has been searching desperately for any fresh ideas that could put a modern spin on the classic film that was based on a 1967 novel by Ira Levin. Ultimately they failed at every attempt. Andrew Form explains, "We went down that road and we even talked to the best writers in town and it feels like it might not be do-able. We couldn't come up with something where it felt like it was relevant and we could add something to it other than what it was, so we're now not going to be doing that film." The original film, "Rosemary's Baby" was directed by Roman Polanski and starred Mia Farrow as a naive housewife who is raped by an evil presence and is forced to give birth to the spawn of the Devil.

Tannant Would Like To See The Doctor Sing And Dance

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN David Tennant has received rave reviews for his portrayal of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" during the recent London production and has received numerous accolades for his "Doctor Who" role on television. Now the British actor would like to put all his eggs in one basket. Recently Tennant made it very clear that believed that the long running sci fi series could easily be made into a musical. Before you start lining up for "Doctor Who" on Broadway, Tennant was quick to point out that such a production would be better suited for the small screen than a large scale stage show. Well, at least if they wanted Tennant to star in the lead, it would have to be produced for television. The actors schedule wouldn't allow for a long running "Doctor Who" production at this time. Tennant explains, "'Doctor Who: The Musical', has been mentioned. I would be up for it. I love a song and a dance. The thing abou

Hottest Women In Animation - Faye Valentine

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Not bad looking for a 77 year old! What is so alluring about a bad girl? Not that today's featured animated fantasy girl, Faye Valentine, is 100% bad. Yet she is definitely a "tough" girl, someone who could hold her own in a fight. She is a bounty hunter you know. Ultimately her grit and blase attitude only adds to her sex appeal. Physically Faye is a work of perfection. Designer, Toshihiro Kawamoto, pulled out all the stops with her design. The character is tall and chesty. A design that could have only come the pen of someone who has spent a great deal of time studying the female form. On screen Faye is sight to behold. She is a scene stealer for sure. Whether she is kicking ass, or using her charms to get the male members of the Bobop team to do it for her, she always exudes a natural sexuality. Across the globe both male a female fans have been captivated by her. Female fans want to be like her and male fans.....well....you get the idea. Overall Faye Valentine is