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Batman To Be Killed By Dad

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Here we go again! Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne, is killed by a man claiming to be his late father, Thomas Wayne.

Thomas Wayne, along with his wife Martha, were gunned down by a small-time hood named Joe Chill in the comic books, but here it seems that Wayne faked his own death.

According to an article in Fox News.com:

The world's most famous comic book hero has breathed his last Bat breath.

Bruce Wayne — who by night is Batman — gets murdered by a man claiming to be the father he thought was dead.

In a highly controversial new comic book storyline, Bruce, who first appeared in 1939, is killed by Simon Hurt — the leader of the shady Black Glove organization.

Simon claims he is really Dr Thomas Wayne, saying he faked his own passing when Bruce was a child.

The superhero dies when he tries to stop his foe escaping by helicopter in the new comic Batman R.I.P.

Back in 1993, Superman was killed off in an epic battle with Doomsday. Recently, Captain America was killed by an assassin. Batman (B…

Onechanbara English Subtitled DVD

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OneChanbara The Movie (DVD) (English Subtitled) $16.99
Okay, I know all you girl crazy Japanese movie fans have been foaming at the mouth waiting for your chance to see Eri Otoguro running around in her little bikini and cowboy hat killing zombies and having sword fight with Chise Nakamura in her little school girl uniform. I'm right there with you.
Yesasia now has the Chinese DVD of the film for sale, and yes it comes with English subtitles. (click the link above)
I know "Onechanbara" isn't on the same plain as "Citizen Kane", but what could be cooler than a hot Asian girl, dressed in a red bikini and wearing a cowboy hat, killing zombies with a katana?

Plot:
Based on the popular PS2 game series, feature film OneChanbara (a.k.a. Chanbara Beauty) brings the adventures of sexy slayer Aya to the big screen in all its katakana-wielding, zombie-slicing glory. Written and directed by Fukada Yohei, OneChanbara stars three pin-up idols in the leading action heroine rol…

The Giant Claw (1957)(Columbia Pictures)

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Written By: Ken Hulsey

With Thanksgiving Day upon us, I decided to serve up a little cinematic turkey of my own. I would be willing to bet that no one reading this could find a better "turkey", than Fred Sears 1957 dud entitled, "The Giant Claw."

Over the decades "Claw" has reached a unique place in cinematic lore, thanks in most part to its laughable monster. A monster so ridiculous looking that it never once appeared in any advertising for the film. A monster so lame that even the movies cast never saw the design during filming. A monster so goofy looking that the audience broke out in laughter every time it appeared on screen.

A monster so cheesy, that Ed Wood must have stayed awake at night, wishing he had thought of it first.

Yes, boys and girls, the monster in this film is a puppet. I know that throughout the history of monster films, puppets have been used very effectively as a cheap alternative to expensive, and time consuming, stop-motion models. T…

Wizard Magazine Announces Their Best Of 2008 Winners

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Source: Wizard Entertainment

After considering every panel and word balloon printed in the comic book form for the past 12 months, Wizard magazine is pleased to announce their selections for their Best of 2008 list. The list, which makes its debut in the all-new Gold collectors’ issue, hitting comic shops November 26th, includes the best that comics had to offer in the previous year. Some of Wizard’s selections are:

Best Writer: Jason Aaron (Scalped, Ghost Rider, Wolverine)
Best Artist: Leinil Yu (Secret Invasion)
Best Book: Action Comics (DC Comics)
Best Event: “Secret Invasion” (Marvel Comics)
Best Single Issue: Y: The Last Man #60 (DC/Vertigo)
Best Indie of the Year: Kramers Ergot 7 (Buenaventura Press)
Best Hero: Captain America (Marvel Comics)
Best Villain: Norman Osborn (Marvel Comics)
Best Revamp: The Incredible Hercules (Marvel Comics)
Best All-Ages title: Tiny Titans (DC Comics)
Best R-rated book: The Boys (Dynamite Entertainment)
Best Horror writer: Joe Hill (Locke & Key)
Best Cover …

Its A King Komodo Cage Match

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Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Todd Tennant

Todd has sent me another sneak preview image from the next installment of his "King Komodo" comic series that will grace the pages of G-Fan #86.

This time King Komodo is getting a lashing from mScorpio during some sort of cage match. Hey, nothing could be better than combining wrestling and kaiju fighting.

Fans will have to wait til G-Fan #86 hits the stands to find out who will win this clash of the titans!

Stay tuned.....news at eleven....

See Also: The Cage A Special King Komodo Sneak Peak From Todd Tennant / G-FAN #85 / King Komodo's Next Opponent - Meet mScorpio / The Godzilla 94 Trailer - Now With Music And Sound Effects! / Is This The End Of King Komodo? / Todd Tennant's New Godzilla 94 Trailer / Yet Another Sneak Preview Of King Komodo From G-Fan #84 /You Can Be The Victim On The New King Komodo Poster / King Komodo - G-Fan #84 Sneak Peak / Godzilla vs The Gryphon - Jeff Farley's Godzilla Sculpt / An Exclusive! Godzi…

The Day The Earth Stood Still - About The Production

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Source: 20th Century Fox

Director Scott Derrickson's stylistic approach to the making of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL was informed by the example set by filmmaker Robert Wise, who directed the original film. "One of things I've always respected about Robert Wise is that there isn't really a 'Robert Wise style,'" Derrickson says. "He didn't impart his style on a film. He put the story first and then built a style out of that story. For this film, I tried to establish a process with the crew that would create a style that serves the story the best way possible."

This process was led by an intensive collaboration between Derrickson, production designer David Brisbin, director of photography David Tattersall and their talented teams of artists and artisans. Like the science and technology that powers the story, Derrickson and company grounded their design concepts in the real world. "We wanted to make a film that had a stylish look and a di…

Life Magazine Discovers Rare Publicity Photos From Creature From The Black Lagoon - Update!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey (Intro) & Cortlandt Hull
Sources: Ben Chapman / Ricou Browning / Julie Adams
Photo Credits: Cortlandt Hull / Ben Chapman

Above - close up shot, from Ben Chapman's collection of the special color publicity costume made at Universal, with touches of red & the red lips. Note also the stomach plates are darker than the film costume. - Cortlandt Hull

Yesterday I posted a set of rare photos that were taken for a never published article on the movie, "Creature From The Black Lagoon" by Life Magazine. I read an article on the origin of the photos that stated that the pictures had been taken on location during filming. After examining the photos I came to the conclusion that the images were probably publicity shots taken after the fact. (See The Photos Here)

I decided to try and get to the bottom of the true origin of the photos, so I contacted Cortlandt Hull, a documentary film maker and owner of the "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum&q…

Is This The End Of Bruce Wayne...Or Is It Another Publicity Stunt?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: BBC News

Will Bruce Wayne meet his fate at the hands of the Black Glove? Or will he narrowly escape certain death, only to retire into obscurity?

Sounds like the final words of a Batman television series episode.

I think that the real question is, "Will Bruce Wayne be back as Batman in a year or so as if this never happened?"

Honestly, when I read this morning that DC comics was either going kill off Bruce Wayne or have him retire, I thought it was a joke. Then I started seeing more articles popping up about the subject. That's when I thought to myself, "Oh crap!, Is DC doing this sort of stuff again? Are comic book sales so low that they have to resort to killing off or maiming their main characters again?"

Way back in the early 90s DC decided to boost comic book sales by killing off Superman and having Batman receive a spinal adjustment at the hands of the villain, Bane, that put him out of commission for a year. Well, if you rememb…

Star Trek's Big Bad Monster

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Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: Undead Backbrain / Avery Guerra / Todd Tennant

As we learned from the giant monster movie "Cloverfield", J.J. Abrams has a love for large, bizare looking monsters. Apparently he loves them so much that he has put one in his re-envisioning of "Star Trek." These photos, which come from Todd Tennant, via Avery Guerra and Undead Backbrain, show the unusual critter as it appears in the films trailer.

Hey....shouldn't the guy who is about to become lunch be wearing a red uniform? At least a red jacket?

See Also: The First Photos From Abrams Star Trek / Pegg Makes His Portrayal Of Scotty A Tribute To Doohan / Okay Trekkies Do You Think That You Can Outsmart 20Q? / Simon Pegg Reaches Out To Star Trek Fans / Actress Profile: Rachel Nichols / Shatner Beams Into The Los Angeles Comic Book & Sc Fi Convention / Sci Fi Acquires Ghost Whisperer, Star Trek TNG, Charmed And Mork & Mindy / Star Trek (1966-1969) / Interview - Chase Masterson

Terror From Beneath The Earth Filming Halted By Gallstones

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Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Sainteuphoria.com

Filming on Christopher Mihm's latest monster movie, "Terror from Beneath the Earth!", had to be cancelled when one the cast came down with a bad case of gallstones. Mike Cook, who plays scientist Dr. Vincent Edwards in the film, was diagnosed with Cholelithiasis prior to the weekend shoot, which was scheduled to include scenes that involved his character. According to Mihm the scenes will be rescheduled, and shouldn't effect the films late Spring/early Summer release.

As for Cook, he has been resting at home and is on the mend.

Fans who want to send their well-wishes to Mike Cook can do so through Saint Euphoria's website - HERE

See Also: A Special One Day Sneak Preview Of Terror From Beneath The Earth / Director Mihm Dealing With Mutant Bat-Like Creatures / Christopher Mihm Is About To Release The Terror From Beneath The Earth

Bloody Hell Nigel, I Think Our Sofa Is Haunted By Aliens

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Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: The Sun (UK) / Thaindian News

It isn't surprising that on the same day that it was published that more people in the UK believe in UFOs, Bigfoot and Ghosts than believe in God, that two utterly wacky reports like these would also make headlines.

First we have a couple in Bristol (UK) that believe that their family sofa is possessed by aliens, then secondly we have a report printed in The Sun about an Extra Terrestrial plot to abduct several of the newspapers sexy "Page 3 Girls."

Now, it is pretty obvious that the second article isn't meant to be taken seriously, but the first one is.

I would normally take the time to re-write these articles, but I honestly couldn't do them justice.

Okay, here we go:

Now, a Brit family that is scared of their alien haunted sofa!

A Brit family is scared that aliens may have chosen a new abode in their sofa!

While Christine Strange, from Bristol, is scared that their family sofa may be alien haunted, her hub…

Life Magazine Discovers Rare Publicity Photos From Creature From The Black Lagoon

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Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: Undead Backbrain / Life Magazine / Avery Guerra

New! - Life Magazine Discovers Rare Publicity Photos From Creature From The Black Lagoon - Update!

The folks over at Life Magazine recently dug up a set of publicity photos from the movie "Creature from the Black Lagoon" shot by photographer Edward Clark. Odds are these were shots taken for a feature article that never got published.

It has been reported that these shots were taken on the set during filming, but that is not the case.

One thing that indicates that these are publicity photos is revealed by the "Creature" costume itself. What we see here is a green costume with the infamous "red" lips. That is a tell-tale indication that these are publicity images. The costume that was used for filming was a grey-green color all over, including the lips.

Secondly the area in which the photos were taken looks very much like Southern California, not Florida, where many of the outdoor sc…

Bryony Matthewman Talks About Her Internet Zombie Movie

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Source: BBC

Twenty-five-year-old Bryony Matthewman lives in London, and for the last two years she has been making videos online.

Where did the idea for Bryony Makes A Zombie Movie come from?

I've been making videos on YouTube for over two years, with no prior film-making experience. During that time, I've done smalltime collaborations with other YouTubers from around the world, and it struck me that the many talents my e-friends have in writing, acting, filming and editing could be brought to a larger scale project than just a short YouTube video. I thought it would be a nice idea to try to create a feature film through the internet, and a zombie movie seemed like a good genre to try, as it's such a classic and is so open to interpretation.

Would you like to work in feature films as a career?

Possibly! I love the excitement and magic of making a film, but I do tend to get bored easily, so I think something like prop management, set design, or costume would be something I woul…

Nasa Photo Shows Human-like Figure On Mars

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Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Rightpundits.com

Is this the photo of a real Martian? Is a Bigfoot? Is it some other form of alien life? Is it a rock? Nobody knows!

According to NASA this photo was taken by the Intrepid Spirit Rover on the edge of Mars’ Gusev crater back in November of 2004. The image appears to show a human-like figure climbing down a rocky slope. NASA, however, hasn't made any comment on the image which was posted on their website Wednesday.

Apparently the British media went nuts when the image became public, suggesting that it was proof of life on Mars. A lot of people have been coming forward with their opinion of just what they think is in the image. Some say it's Bigfoot, some say a Wookiee, others see a naked green woman. I just happen to think it looks like a Tusken Raider.

Whatever it is, it makes for great conversation.

Hey, the next thing you know, Philip Morris will be on TV claiming that he made a "Neanderthal" costume for NASA.

See Also: Anoth…

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)(20th Century Fox)

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Written By: Ken Hulsey

Ted Post, Paul Dehn and Charlton Heston had thought that they had driven a steak through the heart of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise. The finale to "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" was designed to be just that, final. There was no way anyone could get around an ending that saw the Earth blown to bits......right?

What the creative minds behind the first two "Apes" films had failed to remember was the only true "golden rule" in Hollywood, "money talks", and when it came to this franchise it was talking very loudly.

Dehn was given the daunting task of writing another sequel. The only question was, how? An ingenuous plot was developed in which the apes from the future, Cornelius, Zira, and and a never before seen Dr. Milo, travel back in time to present day Earth. It was a brilliant idea. Not only would the film be a great platform for social commentary, the production could save money by not having to build futuri…

Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid

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Load Him Into Your X-Wing! $159.99 Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid Description:
Possess your very own rolling, beeping, game-playing droid!
In distinctive Star Wars 30th Anniversary packaging.
There's never been a more technologically advanced toy than this! Standing nearly 15-inches tall, R2-D2 is your plastic pal that's fun to be with and a handy aid to navigating your way around the universe. This easy-to-control, hyper-functional droid walks, talks, and responds to your command. Resourceful and adventurous, R2 is ready, willing, and able to serve. He: navigates, patrols, and finds you on his own; guards and protects your room with his sentry room alarm; plays multiple interactive games; remembers and reacts to key Star Wars characters; and more. There's never been a more technologically advanced toy than this one. He's incredible! Some assembly required. For indoor use only. Requires 4x "AA" and 4x "D" alkaline batteries, not included. …

Star Wars Exclusive Ecliptic Evader TIE Fighter With Hobbie

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Lock Your Tractor Beam On This One! $53.99

Star Wars Exclusive Ecliptic Evader TIE Fighter with Hobbie Description:

A Diamond/Previews Exclusive!
Based on the Star Wars: Empire comic book series.

Exclusive figure included! Hot from the pages of the Star Wars: Empire comic book series, this fantastic vehicle features massive blast-off panels, awesome Rebel wing decoration, and a 3 3/4-inch Hobbie Klivian in Imperial Pilot Outfit action figure you won't find anywhere else. Add this impressive ship to your growing fleet!
These Ecliptic Evader TIE Fighters were used by Biggs Darklighter and his mutineers to escape the Rand Ecliptic. Low on fuel, the group returned to the Ecliptic only to find it had been taken over by a Rebel cell led by Hobbie Klivian. The TIEs were then refitted with hyperdrives, astromech sockets, and ejection seats for a mission to steal X-wings from Incom. Finally, in a bold statement of defiance, these formerly Imperial fighters were emblazoned with the Rebel Allianc…

Outlander - A Brand New Bad Ass Clip

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Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: Undead Backbrain / Avery Guerra

Avery Guerra was cool enough to alert me about a brand new clip from the upcoming, Vikings vs A Space Monster, movie "Outlander" that has been posted over at Undead Backbrain.

Apparently the clip was up on the movies official website, but I just checked it and the clip was no longer up, so this may be the only way to see it. I strongly urge fans to check this one out. "Outlander" looks like it is going to be the "real-deal". If this clip doesn't get you excited about the film, nothing will."

You get to see plenty of the monster — known as the Moorwen — as two of the main characters, Kainan and Wulfric, venture beyond the Village walls and confront it.

You have to check this out - HERE

Don't know anything about, "Outlander"? Okay, here is the scoop:

Outlander has taken a long time to reach the screen. The original script for the film was written by director Howard McCain back…

Robert Pattinson Has Possessed All The Teen Girls And Now He Wants To Be The Doctor

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Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: io9.com / Avery Guerra

God, I'm really starting to feel old. I admit that I am way out of the loop on what's cool anymore. I'm totally oblivious to the whole "Hanna Montana/High School Musical" craze. I admit it. I'm lost when it comes to these things.

As I understand it, all the teen girls are mailing their panties to some guy named Robert Pattinson these days. I honestly didn't know a single thing about this guy, until about two weeks ago. I walked by the Hot Topic in the mall and this guys face was plastered all over the store. I remember thinking, "Who the f**k is that guy?"

Now, since then I have come to discover that Pattinson is the star of the upcoming teen romance/vampire film, "Twilight." Oh, and he was in a couple of "Harry Potter" movies. Besides that, all the teen girls in the world want to have his baby. Good for him.

Now that was fine, but now he has ventured into territory that makes…

Alien Grey: Zone-X Wrapping Up Filming

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Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Thomas R. Dickens

Yesterday I got an e-mail from Thomas Dickens stating that he was about to wrap up shooting his latest film, "Alien Grey: Zone-X". According to Thomas he has been very busy putting together the final shots for the film, "I only have 1 more shot to do in the giant Cyborg Spider Sequence, and I have two new shots done of the end giant monster sequence."
Thomas promises to get me some pics from those scenes very soon. As of yet no one has seen the finished effects shots for those scenes so, he may be sending me an exclusive.
In the e-mail he also mentioned that the film should be on IMDB.com very soon and within the next few weeks he should know whether the film will be picked up by Sundance.
Fans will be able to listen to an interview that Thomas did with Celebrity Spotlight Radio very soon. He is planning to provide a link to that on the http://www.agz-x.com/ site as soon as it becomes available.
He also had some nice thin…

Star Trek Retro Series 1 Kirk & Klingon Action Figure Set

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Beam Them Up! $34.99

Star Trek Retro Series 1 Kirk & Klingon Action Figure Set Description:

Kirk versus Klingon! Featuring the return of the retro 1970s-style cloth figures, this delectable release includes Captain Kirk and a Klingon from the classic Star Trek series. The set of 2 pieces contains: 1x James T. Kirk and 1x Klingon. (Subject to change.) Utilizing the original molds, these splendid figures stand a full 9-inches tall, feature authentic fabric uniforms and accessories, and come housed in appealing retro-design packaging. Too cool to pass up! This item has been repackaged into a set. Please refer to item DC17665 for this particular item.

Fredrik Bond Remaking The Host For Universal

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Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: Dread Central / Avery Guerra

Fredrik Bond has been hired by Universal to direct an American version of the Korean monster film, "The Host." Also joining the production, is the man behind the US version of the Japanese horror film, "The Ring", Gore Verbinski, who will serve as producer and screenwriter Mark Poirier. The film will serve as Bond's directorial debut.

The original film that was directed by Bong Joon-Ho was a huge hit in Korea, and has gained a following in the UK and US due to a limited theatrical release and brisk DVD sales.

Honestly, "The Host" is one of the better giant monster films to be produced in the past thirty or so years. Fans can only hope that Bond approaches the project with the maturity and sensibilities that Joon-Ho exhibited when making the original.

Hopefully it won't be Godzilla (98) all over again.......

Plot (Korean Version):

Gang-du (SONG Kang-ho) works at a food-stand on the banks of th…

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