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What The Fans Want To See In An American Godzilla

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What The Fans Want To See In An American Godzilla Opinion by Armand Vaquer The late George Putnam used to have his "one reporter's opinion" pieces on current events and politics. Well, here's mine on Legendary Pictures' Godzilla. After settling down from taking care of some banking and buying a new microwave oven, I sat down and perused the news reports on Legendary Pictures' announcement of their planned Godzilla co-production (with Warner Bros.) that is slated for a 2012 release. The wire service Reuters carried the story and this quote was included: "Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise," said Thomas Tull, chairman and CEO of Legendary. "Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character t

Godzilla 2012 - Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros (Fan Group)

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Written By: Ken Hulsey With all the buzz generated yesterday, when it was announced that Legendary Pictures, in conjunction with Warner Bros studios, were going to make a new "Godzilla" movie for release in 2012 , I thought that it was the right time to start an online fan page for it. So, I logged on to Facebook this morning and created " Godzilla 2012 - Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros (Fan Group) " for fans of the "Godzilla" movie series to be able to post their thoughts about the project and also post rumors about the films plot and potential monster(s) designs. Just about every media outlet ran a story about the film, which has created a great deal of interest in this new American made "Godzilla" movie. I think that it is important that we, the fans, show our support for the film, and let our voices be heard, when it comes to what we would like to see (expect) from such a film. With any luck, the folks of at Legendary/Warner Bros,

Chihuanhas - They're Not Just Ankle Biters Anymore

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Jim Clark / Avery Guerra What do you get, when you breed a Chihuahua with a man-eating Piranha? Anyone? Anyone? Answer: A school of ultra pissed-off man-eating little mutts....who can swim.......who want more meat than Taco Bell can supply them. In other words, Chihuahuas, the mutated creation of Oregon based film maker Jim Clark and his HIVE-FX production company. Through word-of-mouth, and Internet postings, Clark has been able to generate a great deal of interest in his horror/comedy, which you would figure, would enable him to get a studio to back the film. Alas, no, that is not the case. For the past month, the film maker has been pounding the Hollywood pavement armed with production sketches and a slew of fan support. Unfortunately, everyone has shallow pockets these days, and lets face it, Clark's film isn't based on a comic book or toy line, so he was shown the door. Not wanting to abandon the project, Clark has now decided to make

The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot - Behind The Scenes Shots

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: James Baack / Avery Guerra James Baack has finally sent us some good shots of the Bigfoot from his movie, "The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot". Although, from these photos, it looks like he may be a bit of a wussy. Let's see in one shot Bigfoot is running from a witch in a pig mask. In another he seems to be in a fight to the death with said piggy and in yet another he seems to be being robbed in his own kitchen by a girl with a gun. It looks like good old Sasquatch isn't having a good week. Oh, and nice lightning effects in that battle pic! Where is Steve Austin when you need him? Another highlight is a witch beating the crap out of some guy with a stick. Is it my imagination, or does "The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot" kinda look like a female domination flick? Hey, the photo evidence doesn't lie, and from what we see here, the guys are getting dealt all the pain. God knows what happened to that pour guy laying on the floor, b

New Toy Tuesday! Gremlins, Marvel Meets Anime, Death Never Looked So Good! & More

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Source: Entertainment Earth Gremlins Stripe Craft Label Statue Somebody's a little gluttonous! Must-have Stripe Statue for any Gremlins fan. Don't feed him after midnight! This Stripe Craft Label Statue portrays him wreaking havoc at the candy store. The mischievous one stands approximatly 11 3/4-inches tall, is constructed of polyresin and imitation fur, and comes on a themed display base. Bring him home, but don't feed him after midnight! In Stock Now! Price: $87.99 X-Men Phoenix Bishoujo Statue If you like Marvel superheroes and anime, the X-Men Phoenix Bishoujo Statue is a top-notch interpretation of Jean Grey's intergalactic alter ego, complete with gravity-defying hair and a swell display base. Clad in her trademark green almost-a-costume, this sexy space girl is sure to light up your desk. If you'd rather she darken your desk, we suggest the X-Men Dark Phoenix Bishoujo Statue. Based on the same great sculpt, this figure features her alternate costume

It's Official! A New Godzilla Movie Is Coming In 2012!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Variety / Avery Guerra Rumors that Legendary Pictures were in the process of making a new, American, "Godzilla" film first surfaced last August, and now they have been officially confirmed. Yes, my friends, the studio has just announced that they have struck a deal with the famed Toho studios in Japan to produce a brand-new "Godzilla" movie, which will be released through Warner Bros in 2012. According to the deal, Warner Bros will co-produce the film, and pony up some of the cash for it, while Toho will release the film in Japan. There isn't a director yet, but the studio has announced that Dan Lin, Roy Lee Brian Rogers, Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira and Doug Davison will all serve as producers. Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures, commented, "Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long

The Ancient Dogoo Girl (2009)(Mainichi Broadcasting System)

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Every once in a great while, you catch a small break in life. Sometimes the scales tip in your favor, you win a few bucks at a slot machine or the cashier at the super market gives you a dollar extra change. In the case of my wife and I, one time the girl at the Del Taco drive-through window gave us our food without taking any money. Why am I bringing this up? Well, this past weekend I caught a break at a local Asian video store. I was walking through it with my son, when my eyes fixed upon a DVD copy of the Japanese television series "The Ancient Dogoo Girl". I picked it up an gave it good look over, no price. The sign above it was written in Japanese, but the part I could understand read "DVD-9 $30". I looked on the back of my DVD. Alas it read "DVD-9". Okay, that's cool, I'll pay 30 bones to get the whole series. No problem. Not being "100%" sure of the price, I asked the girl behind the register, who was pa

The Tragically Funny Story Of 'The Lizard Boy'

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Undead Backbrain / Avery Guerra I know that the title for this article looks like it was taken straight off of the Weekly World News or some other grocery store rag, but I assure you that it pertains to a movie. No, really, a horror movie. Surprised? Well, it looks like another independent film director, in this case, Paul Della, has chosen to explore what kind of mayhem can happen when man tries to play God. And what generally happens when someone tries to play God? um.......bad stuff? Correct! To be persice, a government funded scientist creates a half-man-half-lizard who goes on the warpath in a small town. Here is the synopsis: A small mountain town is terrorized by a half-man, half-reptile creature when renowned geneticist, Dr. Gino Conti, contracted by the Defense Sciences Office to develop a top-secret hybrid animal, pursues personal experiments in an effort to reconcile his tragic past. An entertaining sci-fi thriller with plenty of ac

Karen Gillan Talks About Playing Amy Pond On Doctor Who

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Source: BBC The regenerations of the Doctor are a staple part of the mythology of Doctor Who, but across the past five decades there has been another constant in the series; the changing faces of his Companion. Now, as Inverness-born Karen Gillan becomes the latest actress to join the Doctor in the TARDIS, we find out her thoughts on landing one of the most enviable roles in British television and making her mum cry... "It was one of the strangest experiences ever; it was a really weird feeling!" exclaims Karen Gillan about her casting as Amy Pond. "I found out on the day of my second audition with Matt, so at least I didn't have a really long wait. It just didn't feel real, and I couldn't believe it!" But auditioning for Doctor Who is unlike any other audition for the excitable, down-to-earth actress: "I knew that the audition was for the part of the Companion, but I wasn't allowed to tell anyone about it. They even had a code name for the

'First Men In The Moon' Remake Coming Soon To BBC Four

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Source: BBC Sci-fi comes to BBC Four! In a move to bring more modern literatary adaptations to the channel, BBC Four will be showing HG Wells's The First Men In The Moon, adapted by and starring Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) as the Edwardian scientist Professor Cavor. It's July 1969 and the Apollo 11 astronauts are about to make their historic Moon landing. But they are in for a surprise, somebody has beaten them to it. Mark Gatiss (The League Of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) takes the lead role as Edwardian scientist Professor Cavor in his own adaptation of HG Wells's science fiction classic, The First Men In The Moon, which is produced in HD. As the world waits for news of Apollo 11, a young boy meets 90-year-old Julius Bedford (Rory Kinnear) who tells him an extraordinary story. As a young man back in 1909, Bedford happens across Professor Cavor, who has developed an amazing invention, Cavorite, which makes anything to which it is applied immune to gr

Monster Uber Geekdome- Ultraman Collages, Playing Cards & Alien vs Pooh

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: io9 / Bangkok Post / Dread Central I had so much fun doing yesterday's article, ' Japanese Uber Geekdome - Godzilla Related Cosplay & The Return Of The Life-Sized Gundam ', that I thought that I would give it another shot by combining some interesting stories from around the net. It seems that something unearthly has landed in the "Hundred Acre Wood" in G.H. Burger's online creation, "AVP: Alien vs. Pooh". No, its not a story about "Alien" vs feces, though, with all the weirdness on the Internet, you could honestly assume that. It is actually about what would happen if a Xenomorph from the movies was interjected into the world of A. A. Milne's "Winnie-the-Pooh" children's stories. As you know, good ol' Pooh is the curious type, so he ends up with a 'face-hugger' alien attached to his snout, then it just gets weirder from there. Actually, I should say that it gets 

Japanese Uber Geekdome - Godzilla Related Cosplay & The Return Of The Life-Sized Gundam

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Technabob / Kotaku If you are anywhere near the big Japanese sci fi buff that I am, these two stories from 'the land of the rising sun' will have you all geeked up. Now, I imagine that just about everyone knows what Cosplay is by now....you know, a bunch of Anime fans running around dressed like their favorite characters. Well, have you ever heard of a Godzilla related Cosplay costume before? Neither had I, until now. At the Wonder Festival, which was recently held in Japan, one young lady did just that, dressing as Miki Fujimiya from "Godzilla vs Hedorah" (aka Godzilla vs The Smog Monster). If you recall, Miki was the psychedelic singer from that bar where everyone was trying to forget that their country was being destroyed by a monster that feeds on pollution. You may also remember that the scene resembled a bizarre acid trip, and in the end, everyone wound up with fish heads. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the

'Dinosaurs Unleashed' - An Indie 'Jurassic' Horror Run Amok

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Dread Central / Avery Guerra It looks as if the independent film company, Poison Apple Films, has beaten Spielberg, Marshall and Kennedy to the punch by producing their own prehistoric horror entitled, "Dinosaurs Unleashed." Indeed, Steven Spielberg is presently developing "Terra Nova" for fox television and producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy are gearing up to begin work on "Jurassic Parks 4 through 6", so dinosaur flicks and TV series are about to come back in a big way. Luckily for Poison Apple, they have gotten the jump on these upcoming dinosaur related projects. Phil Nichols, who also starred in the studio's "Vampire Diaries Renfield", who is pulling double-duty as the writer and director of "Dinosaurs Unleashed", describes the film this way, "It's a horror/sci-fi pic along the lines of Sssssss and the Carnosaur franchise and is about a mad scientist conducting DNA expe

New Toy Tuesday! - The Creature, The Wolfman, Lovecraft Dragons And More!

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Source: Entertainment Earth Universal Monsters Select Creature from Black Lagoon Figure Here's Gill-Man, applying lotion to those hard-to-reach areas! Figure of The Creature and his swim-suited human crush. Give the last of the great Universal Monsters a home! Sculpted by Rudy Garcia with a base by Jean St. Jean. Universal Monsters Select debuts with the renowned last of the great Universal Monsters, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Sculpted by Rudy Garcia with a base by Jean St. Jean, this 7-inch scale depiction of the infamous Gill-Man shows the legend in perhaps its most screen-accurate detail ever! Perfect for display, the Select version includes an exclusive paint scheme, as well as a detailed base featuring a full figure of the Creature's swim-suited human crush! Coming in August 2010! Preorder Today - Only $17.99 Nightmares of H.P. Lovecraft Dagon Statue H.P. Lovecraft's frightening work, brought to life… sort of. Utterly horrific Dagon sculpture!