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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 lightsaber blade used by Jedi Knights in the first Star Wars movie released and other subsequent Star Wars films.
Much of the animation Shin's studio has produced has been for American television series. Some of Akom's credits are: The Simpsons, Batman: The Animated Series, X-Men, Invasion America and Arthur. Shin's most well-known accomplishment is his direction of the television series The Transformers and Transformers: The Movie. Akom's lead animator is Kim Jun-bok.
Beginning in 1999, Shin worked on the animated feature film Empress Chung. The film was largely animated in North Korea, and in August 2005 became the first movie ever to open simultaneously in North and South Korea.
In 2009 he was elected president of the International Animated Film Association, a post he is to hold until 2012.
It was also announced that Japanese action star Rina Takeda has joined the international cast along with Ray Park (The Phantom Menace), Eriko Satô (Cutie Honey), Lisa Sa (Lisa Cheng)(Chinese model, athlete and gymnast) and Yasaki “David” Kurata (Blood: The Last Vampire).
The 3D effects for "Future Fighters" will be handled by New Zealand based WETA Digital, who also handled the effects for Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "King Kong", "District 9", the Korean monster film "The Host", "Avatar" and the upcoming "Planet of the Apes" reboot "Rise of the Apes".
The film is heavily inspired by the two Japanese animated series "Macross" (Robotech) and "Patlabor" as producer Guy Orlebar explains, "This Macross story is basically a love‐triangle between the main three characters set against a war between humans and big green aliens who battle in these fantastic robotic fighters. The robots, or mecha — the Japanese word for mechanical designs — are treated as little more than part of the background, and instead it’s the human drama between the three characters that takes centre stage — something which is also very similar to the Japanese TV show, and two of Mamoru Oshii’s animated feature films, Patlabor, where the robots in that show are really nothing more than fancy police patrol cars but still looked so cool and made the show so distinctive."
Sounds like my kind of movie!
You can view a copy of the press release that Agog Films Productions let fly at Comic Con - Here
And here are a few stills along with some concept art from "Future Fighters":
LOONEY TUNES FAVORITES ROAD RUNNER AND WILE E. COYOTE RESUME THE CHASE IN 3D SHORTS
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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 was made today by Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution.
In the new cartoon shorts, each three minutes in length, Wile E. Coyote is as determined as ever to catch the elusive Road Runner, who continues to leave his hapless nemesis in the dust with a taunting "beep-beep." However, bringing the classic characters into the 21st century, the resourceful Wile E. will now be employing an arsenal of state-of-the-art ACME gadgets to snag his quarry--with all of the action in stereographic 3D.
In making the announcement, Fellman said, "Audiences have always delighted in Wile E. Coyote's dogged pursuit of the Road Runner, with hilarious, albeit predictable, results. We are thrilled to be presenting these characters for the first time in 3D, which will heighten the excitement and humor of the chase, not to mention the impact--at least for Wile E. We're sure these three new adventures will entertain a new generation of fans while reminding us all why these two characters have been beloved for so long."
"Coyote Falls "
Release with "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore": 07/30/10
Wile E. Coyote orders an ACME bungee cord in his eternal quest to capture the Road Runner, a "foolproof" plan that takes everything into consideration...except oncoming traffic.
"Fur of Flying"
Release with "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole": 09/24/10
With an assortment of mail order products, Wile E. Coyote fashions himself a homemade helicopter helmet. Soaring through the sky and over the cliffs, it's a surefire way to catch the Road Runner...assuming he stays out of the military testing grounds.
Release with "Yogi Bear": 12/17/10
Wile E. Coyote 's latest plan involves a state-of-the-art, two-wheeled, self-balancing, electric scooter. With the Road Runner in his sights, what could go wrong? Famous last words.
Wile E. Coyote plunges towards the always elusive Road Runner 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."
The Road Runner is always just a little out of reach for Wile E. Coyote 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."
"Coyote Falls" © 2010 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. "Road Runner & Coyote" and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and copyrighted by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
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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' some 30-yards off the coast when it was spotted by some local residents. At first, the group believed the animal to be a very large sea turtle, that was, until a long neck with a reptilian head came out of the water snapping at a school of fish.
Reportedly, when this happened, the fish scattered like mad, with some even trying to escape the creature by trying to come onto the sandy beach.
One of the witnesses, Gill Pearce, had the forethought to snap a quick photo of the animal before it swam away, and to file a report with the Marine Conservation Society.
Clare Fischer from the MCS describes what Ms. Gill saw:
"Gill Pearce spotted the creature about 20 metres from the bay at Saltern Cove, near Goodrington.
"It was observed at about 15.30 on 27 July but by the time she had got her camera it had moved further out.
"She spotted it following a shoal of fish which beached themselves in Saltern Cove.
"The creature remained in the sea, then went out again and followed the shoal - this indicates it's not a turtle as they only eat jellyfish.
"We would love to know if other people have seen anything like this in the same area and can help clear up the mystery."
Experts at the MCS are baffled by the reports coming out of Saltern Cove. The creature being described by witnesses doesn't match any marine life that is known to inhabit the waters off the British isles.
Did these witnesses see a young Plesiosaur?
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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.
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 as StarCrash, directed by Luigi Cozzi, will debut September 14, 2010 on 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD from Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation. An adventure like no other, the StarCrash 2-Disc Special Edition contains anamorphic widescreen presentation of the movie with DTS HD 5.1 surround sound (Blu-ray), a reversible cover featuring vintage art for original movie posters and a payload of bonus content including all-new interviews and commentaries with cast and crew, rare behind-the-scenes footage and much more! A must-have for loyal fans of Roger Corman and Luigi Cozzi, science fiction enthusiasts and collectors, StarCrash 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD mark the latest installments from the popular ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS home entertainment series from Shout! Factory. Each Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD is sold separately. Blu-ray is priced to own at $26.97; and DVD is available at $19.93.
Produced in Italy in the wake of Star Wars’ phenomenal success, StarCrash (also known as The Adventures of Stella Star in overseas territories) became an international blockbuster in its own right. This 1979 film became one of New World Pictures’ biggest box-office hits. Critics might have laughed, by so did audiences, who grooved to its campy humor, wildly imaginative special effects (some of them quite good!) and non-stop adventure. Where Star Wars dared not go, StarCrash went -- at warp speed!
The lasting peace of the galaxy is threatened by the diabolical and relentless Count Zarth Arn (cult icon Joe Spinell, Rocky, The Godfather and The Godfather - Part II), who is determined to take the universe for himself and make each planet his plaything, each inhabitant his slave. There is no question that the Count is evil, given his propensity for cackling at every opportunity.
Can anyone save the universe from this megalomaniacal madman? Indeed there is, and she’s quite a beauty.
Brave, bikini-clad star warrior Stella Star (Caroline Munro, The Spy Who Loved Me, At the Earth’s Core) and her co-pilot Akton (child evangelist-turned-actor Marjoe Gortner, Food of the Gods, Mausoleum) are pressed into service to thwart the evil Zarth Arn’s plot. If they succeed, galactic peace will be achieved. If they fail, the universe will fall into decay and destruction at the hands of its sadistic new overlord.
Have no fear, because Stella Star is here!
The film’s zesty, star-studded cast also includes People’s Choice Award winner David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider, Baywatch) in one of his first big-screen roles, noted screen tough guy Robert Tessier (The Longest Yard, The Cannonball Run) and legendary two-time Emmy® and Tony® Award winner, and Academy Award® nominee Christopher Plummer (The Last Station, Murder by Decree, The Sound of Music) as The Emperor.
StarCrash was written and directed by fan favorite Luigi Cozzi (AKA Lewis Coates), whose other cult masterworks include Alien Contamination (an “homage” to Alien) and the unforgettable Lou Ferrigno vehicle Hercules (an “homage” to Conan the Barbarian). The film also boasts a rousing score by five-time Academy Award® winner John Barry (Dances With Wolves, Out of Africa, 10 James Bond films).
Alas, StarCrash would prove to be the only big-screen Stella Star adventure ... but as its worldwide legion of fans will attest, it was one to remember!
STARCRASH 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY and DVD BONUS CONTENT
New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.85:1) and DTS HD 5.1 Surround Sound (Blu-ray), Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (DVD)
• Interview with writer/director Luigi Cozzi
• StarCrash: the music of John Barry, a detailed analysis of the score by
Mars of Deadhouse Music
• 2 feature-length commentaries by StarCrash historian Stephen Romano:
Commentary 1: the history of StarCrash, the making of the film and its importance in 1970s fantastic cinema.
Commentary 2: StarCrash scene-by-scene: production trivia, anecdotes and critical analysis.
• Behind-the-scenes image gallery, featuring storyboards, art, and rare, never-before-seen photos!
• Promotional art gallery, featuring photos, posters, lobby cards and early poster designs by Drew Struzan
• Fan art gallery, featuring an exclusive look at the all-new, sexy Stella Star art from fantasy illustrator Robin Greenville Evans
• Theatrical trailer with commentary by Eli Roth from Trailersfromhell.com and an all-new exclusive trailer commentary by filmmaker/editor Joe Dante!
• TV spots and radio Spots
• Interview with actress Caroline Munro (60 min.)
• 17 Deleted and alternate scenes
• The complete, original StarCrash screenplay, illustrated with original storyboards and early, full-color concept art
• Exclusive 20-minute behind-the-scenes footage reel, with commentary
• The making of the special effects of StarCrash by Armando Valcauda with exclusive, never-before-seen special-effects footage
Shout! Factory will continue to present ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS home entertainment releases on a monthly basis. Upcoming highlights include The Slumber Party Massacre collection, The Evil, Twice Dead, The Warrior and The Sorceress, Barbarian Queen, Not of This Earth, Terror Within, Streets, Angel in Red, Lady in Red, Crazy Mama, Big Bad Mama, among others.
Independent filmmaker-producer Roger Corman’s storied career ranks as one of Hollywood’s most amazing success stories. Having produced more than 350 films and directed 50 others, his influence on American film goes far beyond his own energetic, creative low-budget movies. He is arguably one of Hollywood’s most gifted and masterful filmmakers. In 2009 he was the recipient of an honorary Academy Award for his contribution to the medium of film.
Noted for his keen ability to spot young talent, Corman’s most lasting legacy will undoubtedly be the legion of producers, directors, writers and actors he has fostered, among them: Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Peter Fonda, Jonathan Demme, Gale Anne Hurd, Diane Ladd, Tommy Lee Jones, William Shatner, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Talia Shire, Charles Bronson, Joe Dante, Carl Franklin, Jonathan Kaplan, Bill Paxton, Dennis Hopper, Curtis Hanson, Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, David Carradine and Sally Kirkland.
Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated boxed sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. With its fingers on the pulse of pop culture, Shout! Factory continues to impact the entertainment media landscape through acquisition of top quality programming for home entertainment releases. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit http://www.shoutfactory.com/
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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!
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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 memorial.
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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 paintings depict such unearthly visitors along with dragons, demons, and strange beasts of every size and shape imaginable.
In the early 1970s, Japanese illustrator Gojin Ishihara did some wonderful artwork for series of children's books entitled, “Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters” (1972), "Illustrated Book of Hell" (1975), "The Complete Book of Demons" (1974), "Illustrated Book of World Monsters" (1973), and "Mysteries of the World" (1970). These images, which range from the macabre to disturbingly graphic, would have never been deemed suitable for children in the western world.
Ishihara also did work on other various sci fi and fantasy books aimed at young audiences before he made a name for himself in the field of Bara, which is a slang term for homosexual comics and art books made for men.
Here are few examples of Ishihara's eerily beautiful monster and sci fi artwork, along with some background info on the creatures from Wikipedia:
Kappa - Most depictions show kappa as child-sized humanoids, though their bodies are often more like those of monkeys or frogs than human beings. Some descriptions say their faces are apelike, while others show them with beaked visages more like those of tortoises or with duck beaks. Pictures usually show kappa with thick shells and scaly skin that ranges in color from green to yellow or blue
Kappa supposedly inhabit the ponds and rivers of Japan and have various features to aid them in this environment, such as webbed hands and feet. They are sometimes even said to smell like fish, and they can certainly swim like them. The expression kappa-no-kawa-nagare ("a kappa drowning in a river") conveys the idea that even experts make mistakes.
Kappa are usually seen as mischievous troublemakers. Their pranks range from the relatively innocent, such as loudly passing gas or looking up women's kimonos, to the more troublesome, such as stealing crops or kidnapping children. In fact, small children are one of the gluttonous kappa's favorite meals, though they will eat adults as well. They feed on these victims by sucking out their shirikodama (尻子玉?), a mythical ball inside the anus. Even today, signs warning about kappa appear by bodies of water in some Japanese towns and villages. Kappa are also said to be afraid of fire, and some villages hold fireworks festivals each year to scare the spirits away
Jorōgumo (Japanese Kanji: 絡新婦, Hiragana: じょろうぐも) is a type of Yōkai, a creature of Japanese folklore. According to stories, a Jorōgumo is a spider that can change its appearance into that of a seductive woman.
In Japanese Kanji, Jorōgumo is written as "絡新婦" (literally meaning: binding lady) or "女郎蜘蛛" (literally meaning: whore spider). Jorōgumo can also refer to some species of spiders. In casual use, it can refer to spiders of the genera Nephila and Argiope, while among Japanese-speaking entomologists, Jorōgumo is always written in katakana (as ジョロウグモ) and specifically refers to the species, Nephila clavata.
In the Edo period, a beautiful woman enticed a man into a quiet shack and began to play a Biwa. While the man was distracted by the sound of the instrument, she bound him in silk spider threads and ate him.
Tenjō-sagari (ceiling dweller) - The traditional Japanese spirit world is layered, with Yomi on one extreme, and the physical world on the other. In-between is a sort of purgatory, an uncertain and ambiguous waiting area where spirits languish before moving on. Ghosts in this in-between state who are very powerful from love, jealousy, hatred or sorrow can bridge the gap back to the physical plane where they can haunt and wreak havoc on their earthly tormentors
The Ogre of Rashomon - Long, long ago in Kyoto, the people of the city were terrified by accounts of a dreadful ogre, who, it was said, haunted the Gate of Rashomon at twilight and seized whoever passed by. The missing victims were never seen again, so it was whispered that the ogre was a horrible cannibal, who not only killed the unhappy victims but ate them also. Now everybody in the town and neighborhood was in great fear, and no one durst venture out after sunset near the Gate of Rashomon.
A nure-onna (濡女?, lit. "wet woman") is an amphibious creature with the head of a woman and the body of a snake. While the description of her appearance varies slightly from story to story, she has been described as being 300 m in length and has snake-like eyes, long claws, fangs and long, beautiful hair. She is typically spotted on a shore, washing her hair.
A nure-onna's intention are unknown. In some stories, she is a monstrous being who is powerful enough to crush trees with her tail and feeds on humans. She carries with her a small, child-like bundle, which she uses to attract potential victims. If a well-intentioned person offers to hold the baby for her, the nure-onna will let them. If they attempt to discard the bundle, however, it is revealed that it is not a child at all. Instead, the bundle becomes incredibly heavy and prevents the victim from fleeing. She then uses her long, snake-like tongue to suck all the blood from her victim’s body. In other stories, a nure-onna is simply seeking solitude as she washes her hair and reacts violently to those who bother her.
In Japanese mythology, Amatsu-Mikaboshi (ja:天津甕星, "August Star of Heaven"), also called Ame-no-kagaseo(ja:天香香背男, "Brilliant Male"), is the god of evil and of the stars, specifically the pole star.
A monster, that looks kinda like Yog, and the living fungus from "Green Slime", attacks a helpless victem in "Emergency Command" (1972)
The prophecies of Nostradamus come to life in this illustration from "Psychics of the World" 1974)
For more of these great works of art, go to Pink Tenticle.
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:
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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
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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, "Young Frankenstein"?
Not exactly, Del Toro explains, "I would hope that it would resemble it."
"Resemble it?" Okay, I have no idea what the director means by that.
Anyway the film maker made a big splash at Comic Con, when he announced that he was getting a 'do over' in the form of a new "Haunted Mansion" movie.
That's another new Hollywood trend that really irks me, after a film gets botched, the studio waits a few years and tries it again, like those two "Hulk" movies made a few years apart.
Del Toro also took time at the convention to squash the rumors that he was going to remake "Van Helsing" which reportedly was just an Internet rumor with no basis in fact.
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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 categories, such as figures, candy/capsule toys, theater exclusives, kits, prototypes, articles, paperwork, miscellaneous and reviews.
If there's been an item produced concerning Godzilla, Gamera or other kaiju, chances are it has been catalogued at Club Tokyo. If not, and you have the item, feel free to contribute the information on it!
So, if you are a collector of Godzilla and kaiju items, you will want to take a look at Club Tokyo. It is very easy to lose track of time while perusing it.
Their website is http://www.clubtokyo.org/
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 Aasa Hope, Tara Cardinal, Bianca Barnett and Dai Green for it's main characters.
Here is the synopsis:
When we were children we all read the classic storybook stories of Red Riding Hood, The Three Blind Mice, Jack and Jill, the Gingerbread Man and many other stories that taught many of us valuable lessons in life.
What if that world did not exist because of a unknown zombie virus that spread like wildfire throughout the storybook world and turned this lovable characters into brain loving flesh eating monsters!?
Welcome to StoryBook World 2012 one of many story book worlds in the storybook universe, but this storybook has been devastated by that unknown zombie virus, turning many storybook residents into flesh eating monsters.
Who can save them?!, Who can stop this madness?!, Who can kick major zombie butt plus have the fashion sense and look really hot doing it?!
That's when you call GOLDILOCKS!!!!
"Goldilocks In Zombie Land" tells the story of Goldilocks and her band of zombie hunting friends Bo Peep, The Woodsman, and Jack (From The Bean Stalk) as they fight, hack, slash, and shoot their way through a horde of fairy tale zombies in order to reach Castle Tower the last safe haven in StoryBook 2012 and the home of Queen Rapunzel.
Here are the first images, along with a couple of Scarlet Salem from her most recent model shoot:
Goldilocks is no longer sleeping with a stuffed animal, no she is curled up with her shotgun pistols and her ammo of choice 'Zombie Ammo', the contrast of Goldilocks sitting on 'Baby Bears' bed surrounded by objects of happier times while she keeps watch is a great scene as it shows past and present events.
Readers will see Goldilocks (Scarlet Salem) already about to meet an old friend, Baby Bear, but he has under gone some changes.
See Also: A Special Sneak Peek - Queen Rapunzel From "Goldilocks In Zombie Land" / The First Character Sketch From "Goldilocks In Zombie Land" / This Summer Sizzles With The Three Hottest Women In Horror / Goldilocks Is Through With Bears....Now She's Hunting Zombies / The Women Who Spend Their Lives Behind The Mask / Scarlet Bloody Scarlet / New Poster Art And Website Info For 'Strip Club Slasher' / Scarlet Salem Is Your Campfire Girl! / Bad Girls Burn In Hell - The Perils Of Filming A Horror Film In Rural America / Tales From Scarlet's Sanctuary - THE HALF-LIFE HORROR FROM HELL / Scarlet Salem Is A Graveyard Cowgirl / Scarlet Salem & H Morgen Go Psycho / Scarlet Salem In A Haunting Tribute To Vampira / Scarlet Salem Heats Up The Autumn Air With New Photos And A New Website! / Sexy Scarlet Salem Poses In A Cemetary For 'Women In Horror' / Hot & Sexy Photos From Jason Stephenson's 'Strip Club Slasher' / New Behind The Scenes Photos Of Scarlet Salem From The Movie 'Strip Club Slasher' / "Stripper Wanted!" For Strip Club Slasher Movie / A Crazed Scarlet Salem - Lizzy Borden Has Nothing On You / Horrifying New Photos Of Scarlet Salem By H Morgan / Scarlet Salem - Gothic Never Looked So Sexy / More Hot and Sexy Photos Of Scarlet Salem / David Byron Takes A Look At Modern Femme Fatales In Queens Of Scream: The New Blood / Strip Club Slasher Poster, Casting and Photos Of Scarlet Salem / A Different Kind Of 4th Of July Fireworks - Killer Biker Chicks / The Many Looks Of Scarlet Salem - Blond Or Redhead? / Heat Up Your Memorial Day Weekend With A Little Scarlet Salem / Terror Overload - Tales From Satan's Truck Stop Premiere Info And Pics / There Is Some True Grind House Being Made In Minnesota
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 happening, or is about to happen, they bloody well aren't about to go yapping to the press about it.
So, when it comes to a "Cloverfield" sequel, I would just sit back and wait until some strange videos or trailers with some giant monster start popping up, then you will now something is happening.
Oh, and that is a fan made "Cloverfield 2" poster, so don't start any rumors now.
See Also: Cloverfield 2 - Yes, Probably, But Not For Some Time / Cloverfield And Star Trek 2 Updates......Does Abrams Read MIN? / New 'Cloverfield 2' Viral Or More Crapola? / A New Fan Made Video Posing As 'Cloverfield 2' Clip...Or Vice Versa? / According To Abrams A Cloverfield Sequel Is In The Early Stages Of Production / The Top Ten Hottest Monsters Of 2008 / A Cloverfield Sequel Stalled By Writers Block? / The Cloverfield Action Figure...Will It Ever Get Released? / More Cloverfield Monster Clues / Cloverfield 2 In Production Or More Viral Marketing? / Will There Be A Cloverfield 2? Reeves Says...Well..Maybe? / Cloverfield - The Marketing Monster Has Reared Its Head Yet Again! /Cloverfield Sets A January Box Office Record / Cloverfield 2, A Done Deal? / Kishin's Fate, Tagruato's Corruption, And A Monster Rises In "Cloverfield: Kishin" / American News Coverage Of The Cloverfield Monsters First Attack / The Cloverfield Monster Finally Revealed? /Can Cloverfield Promote Healing In A Post 911 America? / Cloverfield - Exclusive Sneak Preview / Cloverfield Gets A PG-13 Rating/Photo On Ebay / The First Look At The Cloverfield Monster / New Cloverfield Trailer
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 expected Toho says "Yes" and they intend on seeking damages and blocking VIP from selling the toy.
Honestly, it's not as much the look of the toy that has Toho all worked up, it's the verbiage in the company's advertising that has added fuel to this fire.
Here is an example:
TuffZilla - For decades the legendary Tuffzilla has ravaged villages, towns and cities alike. This unstoppable force was known worldwide. No one has been able to tame this terrible beast, until now... See who will win the epic battle between man’s best friend and one of man’s most feared enemies.
Ummm ....... well that sounds like a description of "Godzilla" alright.
In the end Toho will probably make VIP change the name of the toy and reword the adds, which just goes to prove that if you make anything that resembles "Godzilla" in any way, you had better talk to Toho's lawyers before you try and sell it.
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"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, instruments, hairstyles, faces, and more.
Coming In October 2010! Order Yours Today For Only $14.99!
And of course they have Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley in potato form as well!
Thank you Idaho, we love you!
See Also: Kiss And Van Halen Provide The Wolfman's Howl / KISS Celebrates 35 Years In Music With A Sonic Boom / The Surprise Hit Detroit Metal City May Be Heading To The US
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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, and unless you are some kind of savant and can read through a hundred page program book, and retain the info, you are likely to miss something.
More on that in tomorrow's Comic Con recap.
Just before my son and I reached the front of the line for "Ghost Adventures", my wife appeared just outside the que, smiling that wonderful smile of hers with a signed card from the cast of "Being Human" in hand.
Granted, I was a little sad that I hadn't gotten to meet them, but at least she got to, and I was about to meet the "Ghost Adventures" cast and she wasn't going to be able to. Fair is fair.
April commented that the entire cast was just "unbelievably beautiful" and were "really friendly and easy to talk to".
Here are April's photos:
Above - Lenora Crichlow who plays Annie
Aidan Turner, who plays the vampire, Mitchell, and series creator Toby Whitehouse
Here we have the series two werewolves, Russell Tovey (George) and Sinead Keenan (Nina)
See Also: BEING HUMAN Season 2 To Debut On BBC America July 24th / The Second Season Of 'Being Human' A Huge Success For The BBC / Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow And Aidan Turner Return For The 3rd Season Of Being Human / Lenora Crichlow Talks About Being A Ghost And Being Human / Can A Werewolf, Vampire And Ghost Share A London Flat?
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 there going to be some kind of strange twist?
Oh yes there is my friends, and it's a real dozy.
It seems that Baack has figured out a way to add a little giant monster action to his bad-ass nun movie.
The film maker adds, "Due to the recent Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it has caused the “bloop” creature to arise from the depths and Wreak Havoc on a large city. (Godzilla Style.)"
"It will all come together in the end when the nuns also fight the giant monster armed with machine guns and jet packs."
Okay, now we have a classic James Baack style film on our hands.
Here is some background on the 'bloop' that Baack was talking about:
The Bloop is the name given to an ultra-low frequency and extremely powerful underwater sound detected by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) several times during 1997. The source of the sound remains unknown.
Thank you Wikipeadia.
Baack's two favorite leading ladies, Tina Boivin and Andrea Hutchison of "Bloody Rage" fame, will also be in "St. Tommy Gun", though this time around Boivin will be the main star, with Hutchison only appearing in a limited role.
Baack's "The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot" will be available soon on DVD via Amazon's 'On Demand' service.
See Also: THE BLOODY RAGE OF BIGFOOT - New DVD Deal And Website / The New Poster For James Baack's BLOODY RAGE OF BIGFOOT - Cast And Crew On MNBRT Radio / The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot - Preview Clips, Nasty Church Letters And Sequel News / The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot - Behind The Scenes Shots / And Yet....More Photos From 'The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot' / New Evidence Of The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot / James Baack Overcomes All Hurdles To Complete 'The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot' / The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot - Two Hot Girls On A Motorcycle / Baack's Hardcore Bigfoot Babes....With Guns! / The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot - Censored For Your Protection / Satantha And Loosey-Fur The Two Wicked Witches From The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot / Satantha Cuts Through The News - The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot / The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot (3D) - Beauty And The Beast....Well, More Like Beauty Is The Beast.. / The First Look At Demonfoot From The Bloody Rage Of Pigfoot...I Mean Bigfoot / The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot - New Trailer And Filming News / The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot - Bigfoot Revealed! / The First Image Of The Monster From The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot / The First Publicity Stills From The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot / The Bloody Rage Of Bigfoot Trailer And Teaser Poster / James Baack Is Conjuring Up A Bloody Bigfoot Movie In 3D<>
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.
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?
Because it was like, let’s test out the market with this one. They really wanted it to be pretty contained, pretty scaled-back. They didn’t want to put too many of the ideas into it that we could save for a second one. So we could see what the appetite was, because the bigger movie would actually be what comes following that. That kind of sets up a new storyline, new location and world, and then you can really go crazy from there.”
Though the director is optimistic that he will be given a bigger budget for a bigger film this time, I wouldn't bet on it myself. Fox learned long ago, with the "Planet of the Apes" movies, that once you have a successful movie series, with an iconic character, a huge profit can be generated by a film with a low-budget. In other words, fans will pay to see the product, whether you sink a lot of money into it or not.
Hopefully the film maker is right, and the studio will be more inclined to go with a larger scale production next time around. I think that the fans would rather see a really hard-core sci fi action film than a watered down one
See Also: Meet The (New) PREDATORS / Will The Fans Buy Adrien Brody As An Action Hero In Robert Rodriguez's "Predator"? / Robert Rodriguez To Give Predator A Reboot / Dark Horse Resurrecting Alien And Predator Comic Book Titles / Aliens vs Predator Requiem (2007)
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