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Is There A Battletech...Okay, MechWarrior, Movie On The Horizon?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: 411 Mania It would figure with a big robot movie like "Robotech" in development, somebody would tap the "MechWarrior" video game franchise for another film idea. Former Disney boss Michael Eisner's production house, The Tornate Company, has just purchased the rights to "MechWarrior" and are planning to develop it into a big screen CGI cluster f**k. (I'm sure). But, hold on. There are plenty of legal issues that need to worked out before this one go get rolling. Smith and Tinker and Piranha studios were planning to reboot the "MechWarrior" video game franchise, then Harmony Gold sent them cease-and-desist letters because the bots in their promo trailer looked like those featured in the animated series "Robotech". Harmony Gold may have a legit claim here. If you know your big 80s and 90s robot history, like me, then you know that there is way more than meets the eye involved here. Try to follow

John Simm Promises That Tennant's Doctor Will Get A 'Brilliant Send-Off'

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: BBC News Actor John Simm, who plays the Doctor's long-time nemesis, The Master, in the upcoming two-part Christmas special, reports that the episodes are now completed. The holiday airing of "Doctor Who" will mark the end of David Tennant's run as the iconic sci fi character. Tennant, who replaced Christopher Eccleston after just one season as the Doctor, has become a fan favorite and has virtually made the character his own. But worry not fans, Simm promises that Tennant's "Who" will get a "brilliant send-off". Simm recently told BBC news, "It's all done. I've just spoken to David (Tennant) and he hasn't seen it either. We're doing some dubbing and we go in and do the voice-overs. "Hopefully we'll see a bit of it then. I'm looking forward to seeing it. It was a great script and we had such fun doing it. "It'll be a brilliant send-off for Mr Tennant. Last time I did

Scarlet Salem Heats Up The Autumn Air With New Photos And A New Website!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Scarlet Salem Photo Credit(s): Scott Miron Since the temperatures around the country are starting to cool off, I figured that I would heat things right back up again with some brand new photos of Scarlet Salem. If these shots to make you all warm and toasty on a cold Autumn night, well you must not have a pulse. In many recent posts about Scarlet I have sung the praises of photographer H Morgen and her great work with the actress/model in creating some of the best horror related images I've ever seen. In doing so, however, I have failed to mention the equally terrific work of photographer Scott Miron, who, as you can see here, has really created some very sexy images of Ms. Salem. I have also mentioned over-and-over-again about how Scarlet has been working on Jason Stephenson's naughty little horror movie "Strip Club Slasher", so I won't bother you with any more details about that. By the way, Scarlet has been taking a break fro

Defying Gravity (2009)(Fox/Omni Film Productions)

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: BBC (Press Material) The BBC and Fox television, take prime-time television back to where it always belonged, outer-space. Ron Livingston (Sex And The City, Band Of Brothers) stars in Defying Gravity, a new adventure drama series from creator and executive producer James Parriott (Grey's Anatomy) and executive producer Michael Edelstein (Desperate Housewives). The 13-part series will broadcast on BBC Two in October 2009. Set in the near future, Defying Gravity revolves around the exploits of eight astronauts from five countries (four men and four women) who undertake a mysterious six-year international space mission through the solar system. With the eyes of the world upon them (everything they do is monitored and every emotion they feel scrutinised) they soon discover that their real assignment is not at all what they thought... The series' international ensemble cast is led by Ron Livingston (Sex And The City) as flight engineer Maddux Donn

'Where The Wild Things Are' - Creating A Mythical World To Match The Book

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Source: Warner Bros When it came to design, what mattered most about the Wild Things' big-screen debut was that they had the depth of feeling, humor, ferocity and tenderness the story required. They had to be alive. Author, and producer on the film, Maurice Sendak was offered "the last word on what they looked like and how they moved. Yet, at the same time, I didn't want to lock them into place so that they were stuck rather than creatively excited by the prospect of what the monsters looked like," the author said. "When I was doing the book, nobody bugged me. Nobody said the monsters should look like this or that, because nobody knew what they should look like." Directer Spike Jonze and producer Vincent Landay first delved into the world of creature movies, the history of suit performances and animatronics, to see what they liked or didn't like, and why. It was hard to find a direct parallel. Research with designers and effects companies turned up o

Famous Monsters Of Filmland Is Reborn On The World Wide Web

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Sources: Famous Monsters of Filmland / Kristen Snyder (Press Release) Famous Monsters of Filmland is back! Created in 1958 by sci-fi and horror aficionado Forrest J Ackerman, the magazine that captured the imaginations of legions of fans, including some of today's most iconic storytellers and entertainers launches its newly redesigned website, famousmonsters.com . USA TODAY's David Colton reports that "[Ackerman] was affectionately known as ‘Uncle Forry' by a generation of Hollywood creators such as Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Peter Jackson, Tim Burton and Stephen King, who credited Ackerman's pun-filled Famous Monsters magazine with sparking their careers." Harry Knowles of 'Ain't It Cool News' says, "Ackerman is one of the founders of my love of cinema . . . and I'm the geek I am because of his magazine." Legendary sci-fi author Ray Bradbury once said of Forrest, "He changed my life . . . I'm a writer because of hi

'Primeval' Survives Extinction!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Dark Horizons / Avery Guerra This past June, ITV announced that it was scaling back many of it's productions to cut costs during the bad world-wide economic crisis. One of the victims of the ax was the very popular sci fi series, "Primeval", which features a great deal of high end, and expensive, computer generated effects. Though the series had gained a following both in the UK and here in the United States, the network felt that the series costs out-weighed it's profits. Immediately after the shows cancellation the makers of the series vowed to keep it alive, and irate fans went to the Internet to make their voices heard through message board posts and various websites. Apparently ITV, took notice, because the series has been brought back from the dead. A new deal has been forged between ITV, BBC Worldwide, BBC America and Germany's Pro7 to produce thirteen new episodes for 2010 and 2011. Actually to be more accurate, thirte

It's 'Voltron', 'Ultraman' and 'The Power Rangers' Thrown In A Blender For 5432 Film's "Megabot"

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Geek To Me / Megabot Website I really think that most people really under appreciate the amount of influence Japanese sci fi series like, "Ultraman", "Gundam", "Voltron", "The Power Rangers" (actually 'Super Sentai' in Japan), Gamera, and of course, the Godzilla films have had on American pop-culture. Film makers these days are making their own homages to these often underground, and often misunderstood, Japanese characters hand over fist as of late. One has to look no further than 5432 Films latest production, "Megabot", to see just how much all this Japanese entertainment has permeated our very soul. Well, all you have to do is look at my office wall, with all the Bandai figures and Godzilla movie posters, to see just how much it has had an impact on me anyway. "Megabot" is the brainchild of writer Micah Fitzerman-Blue, directers Nathan Kitada, Aaron Umetani and producer Jonako Don

Surrogates (2009)(Touchstone Pictures)

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Source: Touchstone Pictures People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogate, sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It’s an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don’t exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer (BRUCE WILLIS) discovers a vast conspiracy behind the surrogate phenomenon and must abandon his own surrogate, risking his life to unravel the mystery. First the computer. Then email, tiny cell phones and the Internet. Today, sexy robotic surrogates fill in for their less attractive human counterparts, regular people who no longer have to venture out into the real world themselves. In the world of “SURROGATES,” has technology gone too far? “The premise of the movie is that surrogacy has taken over the world like cell phones and computers,” says director Jonathan Mostow. “Surrogates are new devices that offer users the opportunity to experience life vicario

Hunting For Monsters And Other Unexplained Mysteries In My Own Backyard

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Written By: Ken Hulsey In various articles about strange phenomena and mysterious creatures I have mentioned how my family and I are huge fans of such television programs as "Ghost Hunters", "Monster Quest" and "Destination Truth". Now as luck would have it, I stumbled upon a very interesting book at my local Barnes and Noble called "Weird California" written by Greg Bishop, Joe Oesterle and many others. Come to find out, while Josh Gates of "Destination Truth" regularly jets off from Los Angeles to points across the globe to search for the Yeti, or ghosts in King Tut's tomb, there are about a zillion such mysteries here in his (our)(I also reside in CA) very own backyard. Now, this is not going to be a shameless plug for the "Weird California" book, though I do recommend you pick up a copy, especially if you reside here in Wackyfornia, and I am providing a link from Amazon where you can purchase it. I will, however,

'Savage' To Premiere At Horrorfind Weekend In Maryland

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Fearmakers / Avery Guerra Ah, here is a film that I have wanted to talk about for some time, but for various reasons, haven't had a chance to get to.....until now...... Trust me, it really feels good to talk about a straight-up Bigfoot horror movie for a change, and not an absolutely gonzo one, like, "The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot", or one that is supposed to have the monster in it, and doesn't, like "Boggy Creek." Fearmakers studios, under the direction of Jordan Blum, have produced just such a film, called "Savage", which is set to make it's debut the weekend of September 25th at the Horrorfind Weekend in Hunt Valley, Maryland. "Savage" stars veteran television and movie actor, Marty Kove (The Karate Kid, 2 & 3), Tony Becker (Little House on the Prairie), renowned fantastic films star, Lisa Wilcox (Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Star Trek: The Next Generation), soap opera star, Anna Enger and small

Megan Fox vs Godzilla On Saturday Night Live?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: The Weekly World News Okay, right out of the gate I know what your gonna say, "The Weekly World News, Ken, are you kidding me?" I know, I know, but on this one it is hard to tell if this is one of their usual stories, which is total 'bull biscuits', or if they actually have a scoop? Of course, I think its all made up, but regardless, it sure is funny. According to sources, Weekly World News sources, actress Megan Fox has filmed a special digital short for the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live", which is set to air this weekend.The clip is reportedly a spoof of her current film, "Jennifer's Body", and her upcoming role as Mother Theresa in the comedy, "How To Lose Friends and Alienate People." Now, here is an except from an early draft of the script: Megan Fox dressed as a nun walking through the streets of New York, set to the song Sadness by Enigma. In a slow motion shot, Fox recreates her

The Doll Squad Moves In To Protect Florida From An Astro Zombie Attack

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Gary Lester / Melanie Robel Way back in July I first reported that veteran cult movie directer, Ted V. Mikels, was in the process of making a third "Astro Zombies" movie. What was not known at the time, was that the film was also going to be a sequel to his 1973 movie, "Doll Squad" as well. This past weekend, second unit director Gary Lester and his team began filming the first scenes for, "Astro-Zombies M3: Cloned", all around Volusia County, Florida. The production, almost quite literally, ran amok throughout the region, filming at the Athens Theatre in DeLand, the Bookstore Cafe in Ormond Beach, and the Carlson Movie Ranch in rural New Smyrna Beach. Lester, who was hand-picked by Mikels to direct the Florida filming, explains, "We had a crew of five, a cast of 35, and shot for a total of 18 hours this past weekend in three different locations. Our footage includes some exciting martial arts footage, especially b

Charlize Theron And Ashley Judd Also Want To Be Catwoman

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN I almost made it a entire month without mentioning another actress linked to playing Catwoman. I almost made it. Isn't it fun sitting back watching actresses clawing each others eyes out for a part, that reportedly doesn't exist, in a movie movie that reportedly doesn't even have a script yet? Such is the case with the role of Catwoman, which, like I just mentioned, hasn't even been confirmed as a villain in Christopher Nolan's upcoming sequel to "The Dark Knight". Let's do, yet, another role call of feline wannabes: Megan Fox, Cher, Kate Beckinsale, Angelina Jolie, Rachel Weisz and even the actress who played the character in the 1992 film "Batman Returns", Michelle Pfeiffer. Okay, now let's add two more names to the pile, Charlize Theron and Ashley Judd. According to sources, Theron is 'desperate' to play the part, quipping, "I think what has happened to that franchise is amazing. (

"King Crabs Attack!" Being Made Into A Short Feature

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Undead Backbrain / Avery Guerra Originally "King Crabs Attack!" started off as a college assignment produced by Grégoire Sivan at La Fémis in Paris. Sivan's little fake movie trailer was so good, that the film maker decided to expand it into a seven minute short film, which is now scheduled to appear at several movie festivals around Europe. Sivan seems to have drawn inspiration from Roger Corman's 1957 film, "Attack of the Crab Monsters", Nathan Juran's 1957 film, "Attack of the 50 ft Woman", and just about every Godzilla, and Godzilla-like, monster movie ever produced. Since the movie is in French, and just about everything written about it is in French, Robert Hood from Undead Backbrain was able to come up with a very loose translation of the film's plot: Trouville-sur-Mer, a Lower Normandy resort, is an uneventful place. However, Basile, of the Coast Guard, has witnessed many strange events. Are th