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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)(20th Century Fox)

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Source: 20th Century Fox Powerful forces are converging on the streets of Bangkok. They are warriors, some of whom possess extraordinary abilities, all of whom are determined to see their side prevail. Some fight for us; the others for unlimited power. Now, they are preparing for the ultimate battle - of terror versus beauty, light versus darkness, and good versus evil. The forces of darkness are led by Bison (Neal McDonough), a crime boss of seemingly limitless power, and whose past holds a shocking secret. Bison's syndicate, Shadaloo, is taking over the slums of the Thai capital, a task overseen by Balrog (Michael Clarke Duncan), a massively built enforcer and killer. Also in Bison's employ is the assassin Vega (Taboo, of the group The Black Eyed Peas), a masked talon-wielding warrior, whose weapon is tailor-made for slashing and stabbing attacks. Bison's attache is the beautiful but deadly Cantana (Josie Ho). As Bison instigates a wave of violence in the slum distric

Tricia Helfer Talks Galactica And Burn Notice With The Media

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Source: Electric Artists This past week several members of the media were invited to participate in a special 'phone' interview with "Battlestar Galactica" and "Burn Notice" star Tricia Helfer. The interview was conducted in conjunction with the season finale of Burn Notice, which is set to air on the USA Network on March 5th. Here is the interview in it's entirety provided by the fine folks over at Electric Artists. Moderator Our first question comes from the line of Alan Blair. Please go ahead. A. Blair Will there be a conclusion to the number six? T. Helfer There definitely is, yes. For the first time I find out after five years of filming what that relationship is, so there will be a conclusion by the finale, yes. Moderator We have a question from the line of Jamie Steinberg. Please go ahead. J. Steinberg Hello, Tricia. It’s such a pleasure to speak with you. When you joined the cast of Burn Notice, was there instant chemistry when everyone c

The Trailer For Pat Cerrato's Giant Bug Film Pesticide

Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Pat Cerrato / Avery Guerra There is one thing that every movie buff should learn, what goes around, comes around. What I mean by that is, certain types of movies that are produced in a certain era will certainly be revisited in another. For the modern movie fan, he should look back to the early 1970s and see that many of the same types of films that were produced way back then, are being made today. Case in point, two of the films that have been written about here recently at Monster Island News feature either giant rats or giant insects. If you know your film history, than these should remind you of such early 70s classics as "Night of the Lepus" and "Food of the Gods." Even to further my point, I want to point out all the giant critter flicks that were produced in the late 1950s, including "Them", "Tarantula" and the "Deadly Mantis." As I said, what goes around, comes back around a decade or so later. T

Race To Witch Mountain - Creating That Sci Fi Look

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Source: Walt Disney Pictures For Sara and Seth's space craft, production designer David J. Bomba wanted to give the craft an original design yet stay within boundaries of what the public has come to recognize as a flying saucer. “While we wanted our landing craft to be a sort of flying saucer, I wanted to make it a new variation of what everyone has become accustomed to,” Bomba says. “Andy wanted specific light patterns and movements. I wanted to do away with the usual dials and levers inside the ship, so we went with what we thought a superior intelligence would use, like touch pads and screens. For the Siphon ship, we used a much more angular, stealthy design as would befit a warrior’s ship.” Another set to challenge the art department was the aliens’ underground lab, a futuristic Garden of Eden used by Seth and Sara’s parents years before to create new ways to grow and oxygenate plant life, a function vital to their parched, globally warmed home planet. The lab was accessed

Sci Fi Announces The Cast Of Stargate Universe

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Ming-Na (ER, Vanished) is Camile Wray, a human resources executive with the international oversight committee that governs the Stargate program. Source: NBC / Universal The SCI FI Channel has confirmed Lou Diamond Phillips, Ming-Na, Elyse Levesque and Alaina Huffman as cast members of the highly anticipated new original series SGU: Stargate Universe, which began production last week in Vancouver. They join the previously announced stars Robert Carlyle, Justin Louis, David Blue, Jamil Walker Smith and Brian J. Smith in the latest adventure of the Stargate franchise produced by MGM television. Edgier and younger in tone, SGU will take the franchise in a dynamic new direction, appealing to longtime Stargate fans and first-time viewers alike. The two-part premiere of Universe is being directed by Andy Mikita (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1) and lensed by Rohn Schmidt (The Shield, The Mist). The series is expected to premiere in October 2009. SGU follows a band of soldiers, scientist

Knights of Bloodsteel Is Four Hours Of Dragons And Heros For Sci Fi

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Source: NBC / Universal SCI FI will premiere the two-night movie event Knights of Bloodsteel (formerly titled Mirabilis) on Sunday, April 19 at 9pm ET with the second half of the four-hour fantasty adventure airing on Monday, April 20 at 9pm ET. David James Elliott (JAG), Natassia Malthe (Elektra) and three-time Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd (Taxi, Back to the Future) star in the movie event set against the backdrop of knights, sorcerers and dragons where heroes battle the forces of darkness. Knights of Bloodsteel is produced by Reunion Pictures (Lisa Richardson, Matthew O'Connor, Tom Rowe) with RHI Entertainment, (Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr.) distributing the project internationally. Reunion Pictures acquired the rights to the property from Industry Entertainment's Keith Addis and Andrew Deane. Emmy-nominated Sam Egan (Sanctuary, Jeremiah, The Outer Limits) wrote the script. Mirabilis is a world dependent upon the rare metal called "bloodsteel," a pre

Brett Kelly Resurrects 1940s Comic Book Hero Scarab For His Latest Film

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources Brett Kelly / Avery Guerra Director Brett Kelly is out of control. He is pumping out one movie after another. He doesn't even finish one film before he starts another one. Presently he is working on the remake of "Attack of the Giant Leeches", the sci fi based "Iron Soldier", the adventure film "Pirates: Quest for Snake Island" and now the superhero driven "The Scarab." You can't blame Kelly for wanting to get into the Superhero market. Just about everyone is doing it, and it is big business.....at the box office that is. Even the most 'hard-core' comic book fans may have trouble remembering the hero Kelly has chosen to make a film about. The Scarab first appeared in Neo Comics 'Startling Comics' series #34 way back in July of 1945. In fact the character fell into the public domain before Alan Moore revisited The Scarab in 2001 for the 12th issue of his "Tom Strong" series and

Watchmen - World Premiere - Photo Gallery

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Getty Images Malin Akerman and Carla Gugino pose for the mass of photographers located just off the symbolic 'yellow carpet'. (Above) Most fans never get a chance to go to a 'world premiere' for a movie. I'm lucky, I was invited to one once. So I thought it would be cool to feature some photos from the premiere of "Watchmen" which took place Monday night in London. Enjoy! Malin Akerman (Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II) arrives at the Watchmen, World Premiere at the Odeon, Leicester Square on February 23,2009 in London, England. Most of the actors took the time to sign a few autographs before entering the theater. The entire cast came together to pose outside the Watchmen, World Premiere Matthew Goode (Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias) looks surprised as he signs some autographs after arriving. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Edward Blake/The Comedian) on the Yellow Carpet. Paul Greengrass, who was originally was slated to direct the

Viz Makes Blue Dragon Available On iTunes

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Source: MediaLab VIZ Media has announced today the availability of its popular animated series BLUE DRAGON on the iTunes® Store ( www.iTunes.com ) in US and Canada. As a special launch promotion, the first episode of BLUE DRAGON will be available for download for free on the iTunes Store until March 10th and can be found at www.itunes.com/tv/bluedragon . BLUE DRAGON animated series, based on the popular Xbox 360 role playing game (RPG), is a classic adventure story of magical Shadow powers, flying air fortresses, and unbounded heroism! Brought together by fate, Seven Soldiers of Light must awaken the Shadow within themselves in time to overcome a despotic power and bring peace to their land. Their ensuing journey through a rich fantasy world is also an internal journey to awaken the great power within each of them. Journey with them into the world of BLUE DRAGON! The Xbox 360 game “BLUE DRAGON” was developed by Hironobu Sakaguchi (the creator of Final Fantasy). The game and animate

G-FEST XVI To Host Kenji Sahara

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Kenji Sahara To Guest At G-FEST XVI Actor Kenji Sahara, who appeared in many Godzilla movies for Toho Co., Ltd., will be this year's special guest at G-FEST XVI on Independence Day weekend in Rosemont, Illinois (outside of Chicago). Sahara appeared in several Godzilla movies including Godzilla (1954), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) and Destroy All Monsters (1968). His most recent Godzilla appearance was in Godzilla Final Wars (2004). He also appeared in Rodan (1956). From IMDB: Kenji Sahara (佐原 健二 Sahara Kenji) (born May 14, 1932) is a Japanese actor. He was born in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa. His real name is Masayoshi Kato (加藤 正好 Katō Masayoshi). Initially he used the name Tadashi Ishihara before changing it when he secured the lead role in Rodan (1956). Above, Kenji Sahara in his memorable role in "Rodan." For additional information on G-FEST XVI, go to www.g-fan.com .

Galactica Prequel Caprica To Premiere On DVD

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Source: NBC / Universal Caprica, the highly anticipated prequel to "Battlestar Galactica," will enjoy its world premiere exclusively on DVD on April 21, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In a groundbreaking move sure to delight fans of the long-running television phenomenon, the feature-length prequel will be available on DVD as a limited-edition uncut and unrated version before the series' broadcast premiere on the SCI FI Channel in 2010. Caprica is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick ("Battlestar Galactica") and Remi Aubuchon ("24"). Exclusive bonus features that take viewers behind the scenes of the creation of Caprica make this DVD a landmark event for any fan of "Battlestar Galactica." The film will also be available at selected online destinations for digital download transactions. As "Battlestar Galactica" wraps its gripping final season on SCI FI on March 20, 2009, Caprica begins a brand n

A Batch Of New Photos From Archangel Alpha

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Avery Guerra Okay, I have to admit that the more and more I see of the upcoming movie "Archangel Alpha" the more excited I become. I just looks like a awesome film. I mean, come on, there are giant, Anime inspired, robots, beautiful woman, post-apocalyptic war action and......giant robots....did I mention that?! Well, as you probably already know, I have been writing a lot about this one, and the folks over at Chance Studios have taken notice. As a reward for remaining faithful to their film, even when it looked like the money was going to run out, they have sent us a batch of exclusive images. Granted, there are no pics of the giant mechs in this batch, (fear not, they promise those are coming) there are some great images that illustrate the general feel of the film. That is the point, though, there is more to this movie than just giant robos. There is a really good story here. That is what has gotten me all geeked up about "Archangel

The Legend Of Boggy Creek (1972)(Charles B. Pierce)

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UPDATE : “The Legend of Boggy Creek” Director Charles B. Pierce Dead At Age 71 Written By: Ken Hulsey I was inspired to go into my DVD collection this weekend and pull out my copy of "The Legend of Boggy Creek" after I had watched the "Monster Quest" episode on the "Fouke Monster" or "The Swamp Stalker of Boggy Creek" as it was referred to on the program, earlier in the week. Monster Quest showed several scenes from Charles B. Pierce's movie during the episode, so I dusted off my copy a put it the DVD player for the family to enjoy. I always thought of the film a great scary movie, but after I went and did some research about it, I gained even more respect for Pierce and the movie he created. In 1972 Charles Pierce, an ad salesman from Texarkana, borrowed $160,000 from a friend who owned a car dealership, to make a movie about a local legend in Arkansas, that he had heard about growing up. Armed with a hand-held camera, and the local r