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Godzilla Star-Power In Ginza

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by Armand Vaquer Source: Clawmark Toys Above, past Toho Godzilla stars join Tom and Diane Dougherty at the Godzilla Fan Club's event in Ginza. Left to right: Kenji Sahara, Hiroshi Koizumi, Diane, Tom and Akira Takarada. Photo courtesy of Clawmark Toys. The Santa & Mrs. Claus of Japan, Tom & Diane Dougherty, attended a Godzilla Fan Club event on Christmas Day that was held in Ginza, Tokyo. The event was held in a building across Ginza Crossing from the Wako Department Store. Says Tom Dougherty: We were lucky enough to get invited to a Godzilla Fan Club function on Christmas day. Check out our site for the full story and all the photos. Lots of Godzilla star power. The event was held right across from the Wako Dept. Store (how fitting). I am attaching a couple of photos you might enjoy. Anyway check our site under "Monster Happenings In Tokyo." Above, with Godzilla in the foreground, the Wako Department Store clock tower can be seen from the party

A Look Around Godzilla's Old Stomping Ground

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by Armand Vaquer The print edition of The Daily Yomiuri article, "A Look Around Godzilla's Old Stomping Ground" showed up (faster than I expected) in the mailbox today. I scanned the article and here it is below (click on image to view larger): The interview for the article and photo were done on December 7th in Hibiya and published in the December 24 edition. In case you haven't read the article or the image isn't clear enough, here's the full text: A look around Godzilla's old stomping ground Tom Baker / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer Godzilla was the embodiment of war in his eponymous 1954 debut film, but he saved the Earth from ecological doom in Godzilla vs the Smog Monster in 1971. The giant reptilian monster has meant many things to many people. But did you ever imagine him as a tourist? According to The Monster Movie Fan's Guide to Japan (51 pp, 15 dollars, available via www.comixpress.com ), Godzilla has ranged as far north as Sapp

The Top Monster / Sci Fi Stories Of 2010

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Compiled By: Ken Hulsey Here we are with 2011 about to begin within the next few hours, so I thought this would be the perfect time to post about the top stories published during 2010 here at MIN. How do I know what are the top stories of the year are? Well, I am a control freak, so I constantly keep track of the number of hits that each article gets. Based on those hits, here are the stories that got the most visits and were linked to by the most "outside" news sources and web sites. If you are a fan of giant monster movies, either with or without 80s pop stars in them, namely "Godzilla", then 2010 was your year. Fans all over the world went loco when Legendary pictures announced that they were going to produce a brand-new "G" film in 2012. Also the numerous monster epics produced by The Asylum for the SyFy channel were very popular. The top story, however, did not involve a giant lizard, but a group of popular paranormal investigators, who have

Indie Film Maker Sets The Record Straight On His Werewolf Epic

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Source: Jeremiah Sayys Independent Filmmaker Jeremiah Sayys, who made is directorial debut with the psychological horror film “Of Silence” (www.ofsilencefilm.com) due to begin hitting film festivals next year, is being linked to many projects that’s being developed by his independent production company, WorldsLastHero Productions. Sayys’ next project seems to be the werewolf film “WULF”, but with many rumors floating around and misinformation being spread, Sayys’ has decided to clear up the rumors and misinformation. Sayys, “My next official project is “WULF”, a werewolf horror film that we will go into production on in April. Any rumors regarding me doing any other film project other than “WULF” is simply not true. I’m very excited about the project. It’s a very tragic, intense story and it’s going to be an amazing experience. However, at the very beginning of this year we were set to go into pre-production on the film “DeadLands Cry”, but because of budget reasons we had to push t

Its Debbie Gibson vs Tiffany (Oops) I Mean Mega Python Vs Gatoroid On SyFy

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Source: NBC / Universal In what promises to be the television movie event of 2011, 1980s singing sensations Debbie Gibson and Tiffany get down and dirty in their long-awaited pop princess smackdown when they co-star in the ripped-from-the-headlines Syfy Saturday Original Movie, Mega Python Vs Gatoroid, which will premiere Saturday, January 29, at 9PM (ET/PT). A production of The Asylum, Mega Python Vs Gatoroid takes an up-close-and-personal look at the crisis in the Florida Everglades where invasive Burmese pythons are threatening the indigenous alligator population. Gibson portrays a fanatical animal rights advocate who spends her evenings “liberating” illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores and setting them free in the Everglades, where the pythons grow and thrive. Tiffany plays an over-zealous park ranger worried about the growing ecological damage. To save her beloved alligators, she’s willing to employ dubious methods, overdosing them with steroids so they grow mega,

Vampirella Goes Toe-To-Toe With Dracula

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Source: Dynamite Comics Vampirella #5 will be a "5 Star" issue written by Eric Trautmann (Action Comics co-written with Greg Rucka), illustrated by Wagner Reis and Fabiano Neves and will arrive at comic shops next March 2011 with amazing covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Paul Renaud, Ale Garza, and Stephen Segovia! Carving a bloody swath through Dracula's forces, facing down the Lord of the Vampires himself, Vampirella is now face to face with an ancient, unknowable evil, a terrifying force that plans to make Vampirella its eternal queen. "Sometimes, I really love my job," says writer Eric Trautmann. "It's not everyday you get to create a Lovecraftian horror, begin codifying an ancient religion, and pit Vampirella against Dracula himself. And working with talented co-creators -- pencillers Wagner Reis and some beautiful dream sequences by Fabiano Neves -- well, that's just the icing on the cake." Dynamite also has several other Vampirella p

"Monster Japan Travel Guide vs. The Japanese Media"

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PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release "Monster Japan Travel Guide vs. The Japanese Media" The world's first travel guide tailored to fans of Japanese science-fiction and fantasy movies, "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan," has made a big splash in the Japanese media. Author Armand Vaquer of Tarzana, California recently visited Japan and was interviewed by "Japan Today," "The Daily Yomiuri" and "Metropolis" magazine on the travel guide. "I was kept pretty busy during my trip to Japan, " said Vaquer. "During the Tokyo portion of the trip, I was interviewed by several publications and even had my photo taken with the Godzilla statue in Hibiya, Tokyo. The questions ran the gamut of monster movie locations in the travel guide to who would really win a fight between King Kong and Godzilla." While the interviews did take up much of Vaquer's time in Tokyo, he did manage to tour around Tokyo

Wako Dept. Store Spotlight

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Above, the Wako Dept. Store in November 2001. Photo by Armand Vaquer. by Armand Vaquer The Wako Department Store building in the Ginza district of Tokyo is one of the most iconic locations used in Godzilla movies. It first appeared in Godzilla (1954) when Godzilla (above), during his nighttime rampage through Tokyo, is angered by the gonging clock on top of the building. Godzilla then proceeds to demolish the clock along with the rest of the building. Later, the Wako Dept. Store building appears in the U.S. version of King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) via inserted stock footage. Once again, the building appears in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) during the exploding Godzilla scenario sequence. Above, the Wako Dept. Store in December 2010. Photo by Armand Vaquer. According to Wikipedia: From 1894 to 1921, the Hattori Clock Tower stood on the site that Wako occupies today. In 1921, the Hattori Clock Tower was demolished to rebuild a new one. The reconstruction was delayed

The 100 Greatest Monsters From Movies And Television #11 - #20

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20. The Klingons Klingons (Klingon: tlhIngan, pronounced [ˈt͡ɬɪŋɑn]) are a fictional warrior race in the Star Trek universe. They are recurring villains in the 1960s television show Star Trek: The Original Series, and have appeared in all five spin-off series and eight feature films. Initially intended to be antagonists for the crew of the USS Enterprise, the Klingons ended up a close ally of humanity and the United Federation of Planets in later television series. As originally developed by screenwriter Gene L. Coon, Klingons were darkly colored humanoids with little honor, intended as an allegory to the then-current Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, though Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry did not aspire to any political parallels. With a greatly expanded budget for makeup and effects, the Klingons were completely redesigned in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), gaining ridged foreheads that created a continuity error not explained by canon unti

Daily Yomiuri Article On "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan"

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by Armand Vaquer The Daily Yomiuri has its article on The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan posted at its online site. As mentioned earlier, it was scheduled to be published/posted on Christmas Eve. Since Japan is 17 hours ahead of Los Angeles, it is already Christmas Eve in Japan. So they're right on schedule! The article starts out with: Godzilla was the embodiment of war in his eponymous 1954 debut film, but he saved the Earth from ecological doom in Godzilla vs the Smog Monster in 1971. The giant reptilian monster has meant many things to many people. But did you ever imagine him as a tourist? According to The Monster Movie Fan's Guide to Japan (51 pp, 15 dollars, available via www.comixpress.com ), Godzilla has ranged as far north as Sapporo, where he destroyed the TV Tower in one of his many films, and as far south as the Sakurajima volcano in Kyushu, near which he came ashore in another. One place he hasn't visited is New York. Or perhaps that point

"The Show Will Go On!" CINEMA INSOMNIA'S 10th Season Fully Funded!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Mr. Lobo When the host of the nationally syndicated late-night horror showcase "Cinema Insomnia" decided to make the 10th season something special he knew that he would have to get a little help to raise the funds necessary to make his vision become a reality. As most of you already know, independent productions sometimes don't rake in the kind of cash that say.....oh I don't know..... films like "Avatar" do, so finding the resources to get things rolling can be a bit tight. Lobo decided to put his pride on the shelf for a bit and go directly to his fans, via Kickstarter, to ask for their donations to get the $10,000 he would need to produce his shows 10th season. It was a big risk for the Sacramento, Ca based production. A big risk that payed off in a big way. In late November the campaign to launch the 10th season of CI went into full effect, and early on things didn't look good. Money began to trickle in slowly and a

Israeli Air Force Shoots Down UFO Over Dimona Nuclear Plant

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Shalom Life Did the Israeli Air Force really shoot down an alien space craft Negev Desert on Friday? Well, that is what is being reported out of the Middle East. Details are, of course sketchy at best, but from what we know for sure is that the Israeli Air Force scrambled several fighter jets after a " unidentified " object was reported in the sky in the area of the Dimona Nuclear Power Plant. After the fighters came into range of the craft they opened fire on it, and shot it down. Only question now is, what was it? As of this moment, no one knows ........ and no debris has been found of whatever it was that the Israeli Air Force shot down. As to be expected, the Israeli government is reporting that the object may have been a "weather or party balloon". They always say UFOs are balloons, don't they. I think that anyone with half a mind would have a hard time believing that one of the best trained Air Forces in the world