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A Real Sweetheart: Christine Nguyen!

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Photo courtesy of Christine Nguyen. A Real Sweetheart: Christine Nguyen! by Armand Vaquer A funny thing happened the other night. I was about an hour and a half away from going off-duty in my "parachute" job as a security patrol officer when I stopped at the guard shack at one of the gated communities I patrol in Malibu. Inside, the guard had on television the Poorman's Bikini Beach show. The show was about ten minutes away from ending and they played a teaser (just before a commercial break) of their hotline segment with a panel of three bikini-clad lovelies who would answer callers' questions. One of them was very familiar to me, but I wasn't sure as the teaser whisked by. After the commercial break, segment came on and one of the panelists was Christine Nguyen! Hot damn! (Ahem.) It truly is a small world. I told the guard of Christine and he was very impressed with her. He hadn't heard of her before, and he comes from a show-biz family (his uncle

The Women Who Spend Their Lives Behind The Mask

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Jeff Hughes / Dennis Willman Just about everyone has a secret fantasy to be a superhero. As children we dream of being Batman or one of the Fantastic Four. For some of us, those dreams never go away. Now, Jeff Hughes, owner and writer of Comic Book Divas, along with artist Dennis Willman, are making that dream come true for a lucky group of young actresses and models. Okay....no, these two comic book guys aren't turning these ladies into real superheroes, they aren't locking them in a room full of strontium 90 until they turn into mutants or anything like that. What they are doing is using their likenesses to model their characters after. And I have to say, the results are stunning. For Hughes and Willman's latest creation, "A Life Behind The Mask", the duo has collected some of the loveliest faces in the modeling industry, plus independent cinema genre, to create an amazing collection of heroes, villains and Anti Heroes. The

Carl Erik Rinsch To Direct LOGAN'S RUN Remake

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Hollywood.com Just when you thought that the "Logan's Run" remakes Life Clock had turned black, it has reverted to clear. It looks like I need to become best friends with director Carl Erik Rinsch because he is about to remake two of my all-time favorite films, "Creature From The Black Lagoon", and now, "Logan's Run." The remake of the 1976 sci fi epic, which starred Michael York, Richard Jordan and Jenny Agutter , has been in the planning stages at Warner Bros since way back in the mid 90s. As a matter of fact, I was contacted by an potential director (who's name I can't divulge ) in 2003 about his plans for the remake. That film maker was soon ousted, and Bryan Singer (X-Men) was then signed to the project, who in turn, himself, left to direct " Superman Returns". Since that time, the film has been in a virtual holding pattern, with directors Robert Schwenke , Joseph Kosinski and James

Shinji Higuchi Bringing Monster Magnitude 9 To Television

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Nippon Cinema / Toho Kingdom / Avery Guerra Japanese special effects master, Shinji Higuchi (Heisei Gamera Series), has developed a brand new giant monster television series for late night television called, "MM9" (Monster Magnitude 9). The series will take place in an alternate universe, where Japan is constantly attacked by monsters. MM9 is a special unit of Japan Meteorological Agency who's job it is to predict the arrival of these monsters in very much the same way that the National Weather Service predicts rain and snow. When the monsters do show up, and you know that they will in every episode, a team of monster specialists called “Kitokutai” are dispatched to combat them. Only one problem, these specialists are not from the military, so they don't have any weapons. The group will have to rely on their skills, knowledge, and experience to prevent the monsters from reducing Japan to toothpicks. That's a new twist! You w

The First Look At Alexander Seyum's DARKMOON

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Alexander G. Seyum / Avery Guerra What do you do if you are a Ironworker who has found it hard to find work during these rough economic times? Why, you go to film school and make a werewolf movie of course. It may sound like a joke, but that is exactly what Alexander Seyum did after he got laid off from his job as a boilermaker, he bit the bullet and decided to follow his dreams. Seyum explains, "..I'm a student film maker currently at The Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood. But I wasn't always a film maker. I was a Union Boilermaker local#92 and an Ironworker for 5 years. During that part of my life I was writing short stories, poetry and recording music as my side projects. The recession hit and my Union lost a whole lot of work. So I had to make a hard decision at that time in my life. Wait for the work to come back or take a leap of faith and follow my dreams and become a film maker. So I decided...become a film maker! I grew up w

"The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" Slideshow

Four Brand New Images From FUTURAMA!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: The Hollywood Reporter / Comedy Central Just wanted to post a quick note about these four new photos from the upcoming season of "Futurama" on Comedy Central. One shows the Planet Express Ship under construction. It's a homage to the early images from J.J. Abrams "Star Trek" film that showed the Enterprise under construction. The second shows Fry, Amy, Bender, and the gang as bunch of wackos on a street corner with "Domesday" signs. The third shows Bender doing his best Tony Manero impression from "Saturday Night Fever". The fourth shows Leela and Zapp Brannigan as Adam and Eve. Hey, a little skin never hurts a shows ratings. Hard to tell what all this means yet, but you can bet it will be funnier than hell. Here's the skinny: "Futurama" - Season 6 Premiere Premieres Thursday, June 24 at 10:00 p.m. " Futurama " is back! Everybody’s favorite zany group from the future has r

It's Geek Pride Day So Don't Forget Your Towel

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Question: "What is the probability that two, loosely connected events would happen on the same day, in the same year?" Answer: "Not impossible, just highly improbable." or "42" Improbable or not, two, well actually three, such events have come together, on one day, in the same year. For you see, today is the rather improbable, "Geek Pride Day", and as a matter of coincidence, it is also "Towel Day", a day that marks the passing of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" author Douglas Adams in 2001. But wait, there is another improbable element to this equation. The growing number of, "Geek Girl Divas", young women who are fans of Japanese anime, comic books, video games, action figures and movies with big robots in them. How do all of these rather improbable, yet separate, items fit together? Okay, lets run them all through our "Infinite Improbability Drive" and see what happe

Robot 13 Co-Creators To Bring Exclusives To Phoenix Comicon

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Source: Blacklist Studios This Memorial Day weekend, comic creators Thomas Hall and Daniel Bradford (collectively known as Blacklist Studios) return to the site where their greatest creations were born. Appearing at Phoenix Comicon 10, the duo will offer two exclusive items for fans of R-13 (aka Robot 13) and KING! “KING! first debuted at the Phoenix Con, and we unveiled our plans to do Robot 13 there as well,” noted writer Hall. “Both the convention organizers as well as the Phoenix fans have been behind everything we do at Blacklist. Doing exclusives for the Phoenix Comic Con seems natural to us given that history of support.” The Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event in the Southwest. Started in 2002 as the “Cactus Con” with 432 attendees, it has since grown to boast more than 7,000 people in attendance. This year’s convention marks the first time the event will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center. For operating hours and directions fans are encouraged to visit

New Photos And DVD Release Info For “Deep Sea Monster Raiga"

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: J-Film2009 / JETRO-USA / Taito International Comedy Film Festival / Starchild / Raiga Blog / Avery Guerra It has been almost a year since Shinpei Hayashiya's film, "Deep Sea Monster Raiga", made it's debut at the “Tokusatsu Kaiju Tengoku” (SFX Monster Heaven) film festival in Tokyo last June. Since that time, things have been very, very, quite, with no new reports coming out of the "Raiga" camp. That is, until today. Indeed, it has just been announced that the film will, finally, be released on DVD, in Japan, on August 25th. Here is the scoop: ...... 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,

Superman and The Mummy's Kiss: Something Shared

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Above, the E. Clem Wilson Building, something that the "Adventures of Superman" and "The Mummy's Kiss: Second Dynasty" have in common. Superman and The Mummy's Kiss: Something Shared by Armand Vaquer After I posted my spotlight feature on actress/model/language instructor Yuu Asakura on Monster Island News, I was in the mood to watch Don Glut's The Mummy's Kiss Second Dynasty tonight. In the movie, Yuu Asakura had a bit part as Marie, the assistant to the tabloid editor. Christine Nguyen played the tabloid's ace reporter who gets wrapped up in the mummy story. For the first time, I watched the movie with the commentary track on and noted Don's comment that he wanted to use the E. Clem Wilson Building on Wilshire Blvd. at La Brea Ave. in the movie as the tabloid office so he could correct an error in the first (1951) season DVD set of the Adventures of Superman , starring George Reeves. Above, the E. Clem Wilson Building as the Daily

Focus On: Yuu Asakura

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Above, this shot of Yuu is my personal favorite. Focus On: Yuu Asakura By Armand Vaquer Some have wondered who the model is holding a copy of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan in several blog posts on the travel guide. Some thought she looked familiar, but couldn't quite place her. Her name is Yuu Asakura, and according to Wikipedia : Yuu Asakura (born in Kawanishi, Hyogo, Japan in 1976) is a Japanese actress, dancer and language instructor based out of Los Angeles, California, USA. She moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Tokyo University in 2000 with a B.A. in linguistics and area studies. She has worked as a translator for Hollywood production companies and tutored students at various stages in speaking Japanese, including a series of short clips released on the website expertvillage.com on basic spoken Japanese. She taught English in Japan for many years and views her work in language training as offering a "communication tool for better underst

Is It The Great Pumpkin? Or The MOMO Monster?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Avery Guerra It's Halloween night, Sally and Linus are waiting patiently in a pumpkin patch for the 'Great Pumpkin' to come along with his bag of toys and other goodies. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, this thing pops out of the ripe pumpkins. Sally screams, drops her sack of candy, throws both arms up into the air and runs for the hills. AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Linus, scared beyond words (and a little bit let down, because his beloved hero is a Bigfoot with a pumpkin head), just stands there, frozen. After a few seconds the statue that is Linus just falls to the ground. The pumpkin headed Bigfoot thing, stops, looks at Linus, then eats up all of Sally's candy and walks away into the crisp fall night. I don't know why I felt like ruining a beloved children's holiday special just now, but it's what came to me after seeing these brand-new poster images from Count Zee's 'Missouri Monster' inspired movie, &qu

Halcyon International Pictures Teams Up With Famous Monsters Of Filmland To Reboot Classic Universal Horrors

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Halcyon International Pictures Remember last Tuesday when I posted a rumor coming out of Cannes that "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazine was planning on getting into the movie making business? Well, now it's official. This morning, Halcyon International Pictures has announced that it has teamed up with "Famous Monsters" to reboot several of the classic movie monster franchises made by Universal Studios. The indie movie maker, that first broke into the business in 1985 with "Re-Animator", issued this brief statement through their website: "For decades, they roamed the cinemas, video stores and late night TV, haunting us, exciting us and inspiring us… Now, the Famous Monsters are back...in Five ALL NEW movies ready to entertain an all new generation." Here is the list: DRACULA: REBORN MUMMY: RESURRECTED FRANKENSTEIN: REGENERATED WEREWOLF: RELOADED CREATURE: RETURNS Along with this announcement came f