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Nelson Shin And Ken Siu To Direct FUTURE FIGHTERS

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Undead Backbrain As expected Hong Kong based Agog Films Productions to advantage of all the media attention of the San Diego Comic Con to announce that they had chosen two directors for their giant robot epic, "Future Fighters". The multi-national production will now be under the direction of Korean film maker Nelson Shin, who served as director/producer of the 1986 animated "Transformers" movie, and Hong Kong director Ken Siu, who is best known for his work on "The Forbidden Kingdom", "Fearless" and "Rush Hour". Here is some background info on Nelson Shin from Wikipedia: Nelson Shin (b. 1939; Korean name: Shin Neung-kyun(신능균)) is the founder and president of Akom Production Co., Ltd., in Seoul, South Korea. He founded Akom in 1985. In the 1970s, Shin worked as an animator at the DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, where he worked on the Pink Panther films. He is also credited with creating the glowing ligh

The First Look At Road Runner And Wile E Coyote In 3D!

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Trouble ahead for Wile E. Coyote as his chase of the Road Runner has led to a tunnel of oncoming doom in "Coyote Falls," an all-new 3-D animated short produced by Warner Bros. Animation which will accompany the Warner Bros. theatrical release of "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore." LOONEY TUNES FAVORITES ROAD RUNNER AND WILE E. COYOTE RESUME THE CHASE IN 3D SHORTS Source: Warner Bros Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, two of the most popular Looney Tunes characters of all time, are returning to the big screen in three all-new animated 3D shorts. The studio will attach the cartoon shorts to three of its upcoming family features--all three features to be released this year in 3D. The first short will be seen with "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," on July 30th; the second with "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," on September 24th; and the third with "Yogi Bear," on December 17th. The announcement

Do Dinosaurs Inhabit The Waters Off The UK Coast?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: The Sun For centuries, strange creatures that resemble aquatic dinosaurs have, allegedly, been washing ashore in the UK. One of the most famous of these was the infamous "Gurock Beast" whose body washed shore during the second world war. Several eyewitnesses described the creature as having a long neck, wide body, short tail, and flippers, a description that strongly resembles a Plesiosaur, a species of aquatic dinosaur which went extinct millions of years ago. Unfortunately, the carcass of the "Gurock Beast" was quickly chopped up and disposed of by the British military, who were, rightfully so, more concerned about defending the island nation from the Nazis than proving that dinosaurs were still with us. Amazingly, it is a creature with a long neck, wide body, short tail, and flippers, that was reportedly seen by several witnesses off the coast of Devon just yesterday. Reportedly the mysterious creature was 'fishing' so

StarCrash Coming To DVD And Blu-Ray From Shout! Factory

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Source: Shout! Factory (Press Release) A couple of weeks back I broke the story that Shout! Factory was going to be releasing "StarCrash" on DVD and Blu-Ray as part of their "Roger Corman's Cult Classics" line. From the press release below, it really looks as if the video distributor has gone all-out on this one, which shout make the fans of this cult-classic, and the ultra-sexy Caroline Monro, absolutely ecstatic. STARCRASH Starring Caroline Munro, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer, Joe Spinell and Marjoe Gortner 2-DISC SPECIAL-EDITION BLU-RAY™ AND DVD Digitally Remastered and Presented in Widescreen for the First Time with a Galaxy’s Worth of Special Features! Crashing Home Entertainment Shelves Nationwide September 14, 2010 From Shout! Factory One of the most eagerly awaited inter-galactic science-fiction adventures, released by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, will finally be made available for the first time to the home entertainment shelves

Voltron Vehicle Robot Vinyl Collection Action Figure

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Source: Entertainment Earth Voltron Vehicle Robot Vinyl Collection Action Figure: Classic Voltron, in ultra-bright color! Articulated action figure from the Robot Vinyl Series. A must-have for the collection! This very cool and definitely colorful Voltron Vehicle comes from Toynami's Robot Vinyl Series. It stands an impressive 9-inches tall and features articulation. So, if you're a fan of Voltron, you're sure to be a fan of this! Please note that this figure does not transform. Coming In August 2010! Order Yours Today For Only $34.99! See Also: New Toy Tuesday! - Retro Frankenstein And Wolfman, The Fly, Classic Voltron, A Sexy Anime Girl And The Scent Of Captain Kirk / Privateer Press Announces Voltron: Defender of the Universe Game Contents / Privateer Press To Release "Voltron" Game This Summer / Privateer Press Adds Voltron To Monsterpocalypse / The Giant Monster Game Monsterpocalypse Sells Out! / Monsterpocalypse Set To Ravage The World October

A Limited Number Of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #251 Still Available!

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Source: Famous Monsters of Filmland (Press Release) Last Chance To Get The FM Convention Cover While Supplies Last After 2 successful (but ghouling) conventions, we have a limited supply of the Predator FM Convention cover by Vince Evans available at Captain Company. Only 3500 were printed and these collectible covers will sell out fast. Get yours now! IT'S ALIVE! Famous Monsters of Filmland Issue #251 is the triumphant return of fandom's #1 monster magazine. Go behind the scenes of this summer's upcoming Twentieth Century Fox release Predators and Resident Evil: Afterlife. Look inside the third season of HBO's fang-tastic hit show True Blood. Chat with science fiction author and legend Ray Bradbury in our exclusive interview... and enjoy a new, never-before-published Bradbury short story! Enjoy a unique retrospective look at the career of genre pioneer, cinematographer Karl Freund and celebrate the life of FM's beloved Forrest J Ackerman in a very special me

Scare The Crap Out Of Your Kids With Illustrations Of Creatures From Japanese Mythology

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Pink Tentacle The Japanese have always loved monsters, and why not, their pop culture has been littered with them for decades and their mythology for centuries. Today Japanese comic books, television series and movies are filled with all sorts of mysterious spectres and creatures. It is easy to see where this fascination with strange and mysterious beasts comes from, once you dig deep into Japan's rich folklore. It too is filled with tales of demons, monsters and even visitors from other worlds. These tales that have been passed down from generation to generation have had a profound effect on the Japanese, which today manifests itself in modern media and fuels the countries fascination with the strange and macabre. Japanese art also reflects this fascination as well, ancient clay statues called, "Dogu" (Dogoo) are said to represent alien visitors to the island nation (see photo above) around 14,000 BC. Likewise, ancient drawings and p

Battlestar Galactica - Galactica Model Kit

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Source: Entertainment Earth While no ship can really survive a trip through the sun, you can resurrect one of the most abused vessels in the galaxy with the Battlestar Galactica Model Kit! Just whip out some paint and tools, and you can bring back this proud reminder of a once-thriving civilization! It's coming soon, so remember the modelers in your life and order today. Battlestar Galactica Model Kit: Detailed Galactica! Movable hanger bays! It's large! This sweetly detailed 1:4105 scale Battlestar Galactica Model Kit measures approximately 14-inches long when assembled. And you can build it with hanger bays in the in or out position! You're going to love having this on your desk or shelf! Paint and glue are needed for final assembly. Coming In September 2010! Order Yours Today For $44.99! Battlestar Galactica Classic Three Character T-Shirt See Also: Alessandra Torresani's Caprica Add, The Sexiest Ever? / Battlestar Galactica: The Plan - Galactica Through

Del Toro Ready To Begin Makeup Tests For FRANKENSTEIN

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: MTV As it is, "Creature From The Black Lagoon" is on "pause" and the remake of "The Wolfman" didn't wow the fans, yet Universal and film maker Guillermo Del Toro are set to give another classic monster a go, this time "Frankenstein". Indeed Del Toro is gearing up for the film as we speak, and is set to do some makeup tests on actor Doug Jones. The film maker tells MTV, "We have been designing the creature, sculpting it. Bernie Wrightson designed the creature. That's the man, the go-to guy for 'Frankenstein.' My idea is to try to shoot that movie exactly as--" he paused, "Almost like an illustration [in] black & white. It would be done very differently than the other 'Frankenstein' movies. But it's in the future; we're doing tests in a couple weeks." Does that mean that the film will be in black and white, like the original and Mel Brooks homage, "Yo

Club Tokyo: A G-collectors' Database

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Above, a porcelain Godzilla figure (owned by yours truly). Is it listed at Club Tokyo? Club Tokyo: A G-collectors' Database by Armand Vaquer Fans of any subject, genre or person tend to collect items associated with that particular passion. Godzilla (and kaiju) fans are no exception. Some collect movie memorabilia such as posters, lobby cards and theater giveaways. Others will collect toys, action figures, VHS tapes, DVDs and other items. There is one place where all Godzilla and kaiju collectors can get information on virtually all collectibles: Club Tokyo. Club Tokyo is a website database in which all items are catalogued with a history of each item, including variants, are presented. It is overseen by Richard Cox, Mike Johnson and Bob Schneider. Club Tokyo has been around since July 28, 1998 and it is constantly updated by Cox, Johnson and Schneider with the help from fan contributors. I've contributed a few items. The site is broken down into different cate

Are You Ready For A Gun Toting Goldilocks? To Go Gaga Over Scarlet Salem?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Comic Book Divas / Scarlet Salem Photos: Tonic Dog Studios / Comic Book Divas For the past couple of months I have been reporting on how Comic Book Divas are about to turn the fictional world from some of the most beloved children's stories ever written on it's ear with their upcoming web comic, "Goldilocks In Zombieland". Well today the maker of female heroine driven comics has just released the first two 'official' images from the series. As you probably already know, this modern, zombie killing, Goldie is based on the likeness of model/actress Scarlet Salem, who has been featured often here at MIN. (See photo left) ...... (okay, eyes back on the article please!) Ahem, the story for "Goldilocks in Zombieland" is being penned by the multi-talented Jeff Hughes, and being illustrated by the equally talented Jason Dube. Along with the lovely miss Salem, "Goldilocks" will also feature the likenesses of Aas

Just In Case You Were Still Wondering? CLOVERFIELD 2 Still On Hold

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Sky.com This should come to no surprise to anyone who reads Monster Island News, but the sequel to J.J. Abrams 2008 monster film, "Cloverfield" is still expected to be made, but not anytime soon. Such has been the story for, well, two years now. For some reason, the entertainment media just won't stop hounding Abrams and director Matt Reeves about the proposed film, and every time they do, it makes the wire service. So to recap, once again, the film makers still want to do it, they have some ideas how to do it, but the whole creative team is busy on other films, namely "Super 8" and "Star Trek 2" for Abrams and the vampire film "Let The Right One In" for Reeves. Once those are out of the way, then, maybe, "Cloverfield 2" will go forward? Then again, that Abrams and Reeves are the sneaky ones. Maybe they are already working on it, or will be working on it soon? Only thing is, if that is happeni

It's GODZILLA Vs TUFFZILLA In Court

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Courthouse News Service Over the past couple of years the Japanese movie studio, Toho, has been more than willing to slap a lawsuit on anyone who creates anything that looks remotely like their iconic monster, "Godzilla". In 2008 the Japanese movie company sued Subway (the fast-food sandwich franchise .... not the underground rail system) for putting a giant dinosaur, and a Japanese girl, in one of their commercials. Then in 2009 the studio went after Comcast Cable for putting a giant monster, who honestly looked a lot like "Godzilla", in one of their adds. Now the target of Toho's monstrous lawyers is "Tuffzilla" a toy for dogs manufactured by VIP Products. Now, I'm no lawyer, but it looks like Toho may have something to bitch about this time. As you can see from the photo provided, good old "Tuff-Z" looks a lot like "Big G". But is it enough of a likeness for such a lawsuit? As can be exp

KISS - Gene Simmons - Mr. Potato Head

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Source: Entertainment Earth "You wanted the best, and you got the best. The hottest spuds in the world .... KISS!" Okay, the likenesses of the four original members of the band, KISS, have graced everything from comic books to condoms, but amazingly never a potato ..... until now. If you like Mr. Potato Head and the hits of the 1970s, might we turn you on to the KISS Gene Simmons Mr. Potato Head? One of a collection of four, this rockin' spud has exclusive facial pieces and a paint job you won't see anywhere else. Be sure to get him, as he's certain to rock and/or roll all night… plus possibly party every day! Gene Simmons Mr. Potato Head, ready to rock KISS-style! The Demon- Gene Simmons! Introduction for future fans of KISS! This KISS Gene Simmons Mr. Potato Head stands about 6-inches tall, the perfect size for playing or proudly displaying. The Gene Simmons Mr. Potato Head is packed in a colorful window display box and includes a variety of costumes, ins

BEING HUMAN - Lenora Crichlow, Russel Tovey And Aidan Turner At Comic Con 2010

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Photos By: April Hulsey This is part 3 of my San Diego Comic Con experience. Part 1 / Part 2 Well, actually this one was experienced by my wife April. You see, while I was in line to meet the cast of "Ghost Adventures", my darling wife became really excited after looking through the event's program book and said that she had to go and see something and that if she didn't go right now, she would miss it. Being a typical husband I asked, "What is it?" Being a typical wife she responded, "It's a surprise." If your married then you understand this type of communication (or lack off) all too well. Anyway, to make a long story short, my wife had discovered that a signing by the cast of the BBC series, "Being Human", was going on at that very moment just one floor below us. Such was the case with literally everything that happens at Comic Con, there is at least a dozen cool things happening at the same time,

It's Nuns With Guns In James Baack's THE SISTERS OF ST TOMMY GUN

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: James Baack / Avery Guerra If you were wondering what film maker James Baack, and the folks over at Great Lakes Artists Group, had up their sleeves as a follow-up to their psychological thriller, with Sasquatch in it, "The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot", then I have a treat for you. The answer is, "ass-kicking nuns". What happened to, "Orgy of the Damned", which was supposed to be Baack's next film? Well, that one still may be coming, but instead the Chicago area film maker has opted to do a film that looks like it came straight out of 70s grind house. Baack explains, "'The Sisters of St.Tommy Gun' is a story about a squadron of Elite Female Mercenaries. They are hired to go undercover (dressed as nuns) to over through a sinister plot by a Small group of super villains in a secret base in a jungle in Mexico." Like I said, pure grind house. But wait, we are talking about James Baack here, isn't ther

Noel Neil Fractures Hip

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Above, Jack Larson and Noel Neil in November 2005. Photo by Armand Vaquer. by Armand Vaquer Some distressing news arrived this morning. Actress Noel Neil, the original Lois Lane, broke her hip in a fall. Neill first played Lois Lane in the two Columbia Superman serials starring Kirk Alyn and in the Adventures of Superman television show (1953-57) starring George Reeves. She is 89. UPDATE (7/28/10): Noel Neill's manager/biographer Larry Ward gave the initial okay to post Noel's address, but has since had second thoughts. Accordingly, it has been removed. Perhaps a P.O. box may be set up.

Rodriguez Confirms PREDATORS Sequel Is On The Way

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Obsessed With Film It wasn't too long ago that only huge Hollywood blockbusters warranted sequels, now it seems that moderately successful ones do as well. Robert Rodriguez's monster reboot "Predators" hasn't done too bad at the box office, $46 million so far, then again it didn't reach the much coveted $100 million plateau in it's opening weekend either. So, one might wonder why Fox would be so inclined to shell out more money for a "Predators" sequel based on such average numbers? The answer is simple. True Rodriguez's film didn't blow people away, but it did turn a profit, making more than it's scaled back $35 million budget in returns. So, Fox is very willing to see if yet another Predator film would be able to generate a profit from a relatively small investment, in Hollywood movie terms. Rodriguez explains, “(FOX) said, ‘Let’s do some other ones. What other story ideas do you have? Becau