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Sexy Female Ghostbusters Chase Sigourney Weaver Out Of Sequel

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN It's looks like Dan Aykroyd's vision of an all sexy female Ghostbuster team wasn't something actress Sigourney Weaver wanted to be a part of. Just under a month after the actress had been signed on to reprise her role as Dana Barrett in "Ghostbusters 3" she surprisingly backed out. TVSquad.com caught up with Weaver who explains, "I think they're trying to create something new completely with the Ghostbusters, although I know Bill is in it. I don't expect to have anything to do with it, although I wish them well." I believe that it is safe to assume, that since Weaver had signed on to be in the film at about the same time that Aykroyd began talking about his all female "Ghostbusters", that she didn't quite know what she was signing on for. It looks as if the actress didn't agree with the direction that the movie series is about to take. If indeed Sigourney Weaver backed out of "Ghost

Sean And Bryan Furst To Helm Werewolf Remake

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Variety Sean and Bryan Furst are set to produce a remake of "An American Werewolf in London" for Dimenson Films. The film is in the earliest stages of development with both a writer and a director yet to be named. In the original 1981 film, which was directed by John Landis and starred David Naughton, Griffin Dunne and Jenny Agutter, won an Oscar for it's groundbreaking make-up effects. Plot: An American college student goes on a murderous rampage in London after he is bitten by a mysterious wolf-like creature. (TV guide eat your heart out) More on this one as it develops.

Satantha Cuts Through The News - The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: James Back / Avery Guerra You know, some celebrities just don't know how to handle the paparazzi. They are always getting in fights with them or trying to run away from them. Well, the character Satantha ( aka Demonfoot) in James Baack's upcoming horror film, "The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot", knows just how to handle a nosy reporter. She simply cuts him up into little pieces with a jigsaw. It's not a very passive way to handle a unwanted visitor, but someone needed to start putting the press in check. For those of you who don't know much about Satantha, well what can you say, she is just your typical Witch who likes to wear a pig mask and a guerrilla costume and dabbles in serial killing. Sounds pretty whack, I know, but underneath the swine mask and fur is the lovely actress Andrea Hutchison who is very easy on the eyes. Thanks to James Baack for sending along this very first still from his film, "The Bloody Rage of Bigfo

Michael Jackson's Last Two Photos

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: AEG / Getty Images Don't worry, Monster Island News isn't turning into TMZ or anything like that, but I found a link to these two photos in my e-mail this morning and I thought it was important to post them. Yes, these are two of the last photos ever taken of the legendary entertainer Michael Jackson. These images were snapped at the dress rehearsal for Jackson's upcoming farewell shows in London. Kevin Mazur took the photos at the Staple Center in Los Angeles on June 23rd, just two days before Jackson's tragic death surprised the world. I find it very chilling to look at Jackson posed in front of the words "This Is It", it's honestly hard not to associate the phrase with the words "This Is The End." Very eerie! AEG has just released this statement about the now cancelled shows: AEG Live (UK) Ltd, concert promoters, announced that full refunds will be available to fans who purchased tickets through authorised

New Photos And Interviews From The Premiere Of Deep Sea Monster Raiga

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Deep Sea Monster Raiga Website / Forest Plus Many Japanese monster movie fans that have been following my reports on on Shinpei Hayashiya's latest film, "Deep Sea Monster Raiga", know that the film made it's world premiere this past Saturday at the “Tokusatsu Kaiju Tengoku” (SFX Monster Heaven) film festival. The premiere was the main event of the all-night festival that also featured a screening of Hayashiya's "Deep Sea Monster Reigo", Masaaki Tezuka‘s, "Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.", and Keita Amemiya‘s film "Zeiram. According to Hayashiya's blog , the film was well received and the people who were in attendance laughed at the right parts. After the screening, there was a Q&A session with the directors of the four featured films. Again, this was reportedly a very light-hearted event, with all three film makers taking jovial punches at their own films and their counterparts films as well. Overall

New Posters And Photos From John Lechago's Bio Slime

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: John Lechago / Avery Guerra I have to admit that it will be hard to root for the human characters in John Lechago's new sci fi/horror film "Bio Slime." The group of heroes/victims that the director has assembled for the film are not exactly the people who most viewers will want to see win out in the end. They are drug dealers, porn film makers, and a distraught drunken artist, not exactly societies finest. It is easy to assume most people will be on the side of the monster in this one. From the synopsis "Bio Slime" kinda sounds like "The Blob" meets "Alien" meets Ishiro Honda's "The H-Man." Here is a snippet: The story opens on a starry sky underneath which a drug deal of sorts is taking place. In a remote abandoned industrial area, under the cover of night, a drug dealer and his sexy companion Donna, wait for a stranger. When he arrives, the stranger offers a large bag of drugs in exchange f

Moon Wins Best New Feature Award At Edinburgh Film Festival

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Variety Duncan Jones new sci fi film, "Moon", won the Michael Powell Award for a new British feature at the 63rd Annual Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film, which stars Sam Rockwell, was the fastest screening at the festival to sell out, due mostly to Internet buzz. Fans and critics alike, gave the film high marks, adding to the speculation the film will become a cult hit when it is released later this year. I got on the "Moon" bandwagon a couple of months back after I stumbled upon the trailer. To me the film looks like a throw-back to the sci fi films of the late 1960s and early 1970s, like "2001", and most notably "Silent Running." In fact I would go out on a limb and call "Moon" a modern "Silent Running" with a twist. In the trailer Rockwell looks like mirror image of "Running" star Bruce Dern, in fact just about all the elements of seen in the film look heavily '

Schedule Conflict Knocks Out Godzilla Film Fest

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by Armand Vaquer Godzilla is indestructible. Planes can't stop him. Bombs explode off his hide with no effect. But scheduling conflicts can knock him out! San Francisco's "Godzilla and the Monsters of Mass Destruction" film festival featuring the original Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima, has been postponed. According to event organizer August Ragone: JUNE 27, 2009: Due to unforeseeable scheduling conflicts, the GODZILLA & THE MASTERS OF MASS DESTRUCTION event slated for the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on August 21-23, has been postponed until further notice. When the event can be rescheduled, we will break the announcement here, and on our official website: shock-it-to-me.com . So, stay tuned! We thank you for your interest and consideration and hope to see you in 2010! Best Regards, August Ragone Organizer & Producer

Ultraman: The Next (2005)(Tsuburaya)

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Source: Brad Warner (Tsuburaya) The second in a series of modern movie classics presented by Monster Island News Shunichi Maki is a fighter pilot with the Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF) on what he intends to be his final day with the JSDF. His young son has been diagnosed with a deadly illness. The doctors say he may have only a precious few more months to live. Maki has decided to give up his love for flying high powered jets in order to devote more time to his family. But just as he is about to turn in his uniform for the last time the order comes to scramble. A strange UFO has been sighted on a direct course for Tokyo. The government suspects this may be a missile launched from an unfriendly military power in the area. Maki’s orders are to identify the object or destroy it. But as the jets near the UFO all of the other jets in the squadron find their engines mysteriously disabled. They have no choice but to break off. Yet Maki’s jet remains unaffected. He alone continues on c

Exclusive Pics From Transmorphers: Fall Of Man

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Paul Bales / Avery Guerra I know most of you out there just can't wait to see "Transformers 2", but I really don't have any interest in seeing the movie. I thought the first one was awful, and from what I'm reading online, the sequel sounds like more of the same Micheal Bay crap. I know, I'm in the minority here. Well, if you are part of the small group that I belong to, or you just really love giant robot flicks, there is an alternative to the main-stream "Transformers" CGI cluster f**k out there. The Asylum is releasing their own giant transforming robot film, called "Transmorphers: Fall of Man". I know what your thinking, "Transmorphers?, oh please". True, the name does make you think that this is just a cheap rip-off film, and the fact that it features transforming robots just about seals the deal, but the plot is very different from "Transformers." Yes, "Transformers" h

Robert Beaucage Puts New Spin On Beauty And The Beast In Spike

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Spike Official Website / Avery Guerra Throughout the history of monster films and literature there has been one constant, the monster always falls in love with some beautiful girl. Indeed the "Beauty and the Beast" scenario has been played out on the movie screen zillions of times in such films as, "King Kong", "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Creature From The Black Lagoon." If we wanted to, we could spend the rest of the day discussing the psychological reason behind this attraction between woman and monster and how they relate to society, but this is an article about a movie not a thesis. I think we all pretty much get it. Director Robert Beaucage has once again tapped into this timeless formula for his latest film entitled "Spike." Indeed the film is yet another monster with human passions tale, but this time Beaucage has added elements of classic fairy tales to put his own unique spin on it, leavi

Actress Profile: Sarah Virginia Brock

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Written By: Ken Hulsey / Sarah Virginia Brock There are lots of up and coming "Scream Queens" out there and here at Monster Island News we try to provide exposure for actresses who may not be known to 'main-stream' audiences. Such is the case with Louisiana native Sarah Virginia Brock, an up and comer with classic features and a resume of film roles that have been steadily increasing since 2006. Here is Sarah's bio: Sarah Virginia Brock began acting at the age of 16 when she auditioned for the old school Nickelodeon TV show, ALL THAT. She got a call back and after that, she starting going on more auditions. At the age of 19, she finally got something, a role as an extra in the indie film, LOUNGE ACT. Hey, it's a start! Later that year, Sarah got the lead female role in the indie film PRETTY VACANTS. During filming, Sarah was involved in a scene where they used real knives and she was stabbed in the leg and had to get three stitches. No worries, they paid

Monster Mash 06/26/09

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Avery Guerra / Various When you are writer with you own blog or website, you sometimes get inundated with tons of info on new films and other forms of media. Sometimes the pile can get kinda high and it can be hard to sort through and let's be realistic, there just isn't time to write about everything. This fact has been troubling me for some time. There are tons of cool things that I have had to pass over due to time. Well, I think that I have figured out a solution. Today I am launching a new Friday feature called "Monster Mash." Essentially it will serve as a collection of stories from other sources that I just couldn't get a chance to write about myself. Here we go....... Haunted House The Movie Here is a pretty interesting looking indie horror movie about eleven employees of Hellsgate, a popular Haunted House, who went missing in 1992. "This is the real story of the last person to see them." Check out: http://

The First Trailer From Koichi Sakamoto‘s Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends - The Movie

Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Nippon Cinema / Avery Guerra Tsuburaya is teaming up Warner Bros for the release of the 38th instalment of the Japanese superhero franchise "Ultraman." The film, entitled "Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends - The Movie", is a major step above past efforts, with state of the art CGI effects and a story that incorporates the past incarnations of "Ultraman" for a battle royal. Just listen to this synopsis: The evil Ultraman Belial was imprisoned by the Ultraman King tens of thousands of years ago. When he finally escapes, he attempts to use the Giga-Battlenizer to control 100 giant monsters and conquer the galaxy. On the Ultraman homeworld, where there is no 3-minute time restriction, a team of 50 Ultramen including Ultraman, Ultra Seven, and Ultraman Mebius among many others mobilize to put a stop to Ultraman Belial’s plans and face off against his monsters. The first trailer for the film has just been released and

It's Giant Korean Pigs Run Amok In Chaw

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Dread Central / Avery Guerra For a couple weeks now I have been hinting at a couple of films that feature giant killer pigs, and now I've finally gotten a chance to write about one of them. Over the past decade film makers in Korea have really begun to make some first class horror and monster films. Westerners first started to take notice with the 1999 release of "The Ring Virus", which is a remake of the Japanese horror film "Ringu," which you probably know from the American remake, "The Ring." Many critics view the Korean version as the best of the bunch. Then, of course, there is Bong Joon-ho's giant monster film, "The Host", which again was praised by critics and fans alike. The Korean giant monster film, "D-War", didn't gain as much praise, but it did feature state of the art effects and it was a huge box office success in Asian countries. Now there is yet another film from Korea tha

The Death Of An American Icon - Farrah Fawcett - 1947-2009

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Various I just couldn't let the death of Farrah Fawcett pass without writing something. I don't want to talk about her battle with cancer, or her troubled son, I want to talk about her importance as an American icon. The above image of Farrah probably stands as the most iconic image of the 1970s. That smile, was everywhere in the seventies. Now, many of you probably aren't as old as I am, and the decade that I'm referring to was most likely before your time. Yet, I'm certain that you have seen this image. You may not understand, but Farrah Fawcett was a phenomena, she was beyond hot, she was the 70s premiere sex symbol. Farrah was a marketing man's dream come true. There were Farrah dolls, Farrah posters, Farrah magazines, Farrah t-shirts and even a little faucet shaped charm called "Farrah's Fawcett" or something like that. Farrah was almost as big as "Star Wars." To call the actress a sex symbol in

The New Harry Potter Makes Its North American Premiere July 9th

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Source: Warner Bros WHAT: North American Premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince WHEN: Thursday, July 9, 2009 Crew Arrivals: 4:45 pm Celebrity Arrivals: 6:00 pm Screening: 7:00 pm WHERE: Ziegfeld Theatre 141 West 54th Street New York, NY 10019 WHO: From the film: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Bonnie Wright, Tom Felton, director David Yates and producers David Heyman and David Barron. Other celebrity guests to be announced shortly. In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that new dangers may lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort's defenses--critical information known only to Hogwarts' former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn. Meanwh

Are There Four Monsters In Deep Sea Monster Raiga?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Deep Sea Monster Raiga Website / Avery Guerra So far we have only seen the image of one monster from director Shinpei Hayashiya's latest film, "Deep Sea Monster Raiga" , but in a blog post yesterday the film maker revealed that there are actually four monsters in the film. The above image, which was posted along with the blog article shows two of the monsters face to face. This should come as no surprise to readers of Monster Island News, remember this except from an article I posted last December?: ...... 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. Don't feel ba

Why The Funny Face? Behind The Scenes With Shannon McDonough

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Shannon McDonough Just about everyone has had dreams of becoming an actor. A desire to leave their hard working lives to bask in "the good life", "the easy life." How hard could it be right? Well as actress, Shannon McDonough can attest, it can sometimes be very hard and uncomfortable, and sometimes very very cold. Shannon was kind enough to let us into her world to get an idea just what it was like to be on the set of two of her latest films. Now, I'm not trying to say that acting in a movie is anything like digging a ditch for living, but being on a film set can have its hard moments to. For example, try remembering your lines while being tied to a chair in a freezing cold room, such was the case on the set of "Thieves Like Us." Shannon tells us a little about the film, "Thieves is about 2- well -thieves, Toby and Mark. Mark is a plumber by day, scoping out houses for them to rob later and then sell the stolen