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It's Time To CRAWL WITH THE DEAD So Cal

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Hey all you Monster Maniacs! I just got turned on to a cool event that is going to take place here locally in the Inland Empire ...... The 1st Annual Redlands Zombie Walk. As you probably already guessed it is a bunch of people getting together to dress up like zombies and wander through the streets of Redlands. Kinda like a marathon for the undead ....... and how cool is that? Here is the info: CALLING ALL ZOMBIES!! Come lurch with us on Feb 12, 2011 at The first Annual Redlands Zombie Walk. Lets make Redlands Zombie Walk the best and the biggest in San Bernardino! http://www.crawlofthedead.com/crawls/info/1st_annual_redlands_zombie_walk/

New DOCTOR WHO Online Fan Group Launches

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Lisa Dullard SciFi superfan Lisa Dullard has just created "All Of Time And Space; A Doctor Who Fan Group" for both the casual and the die hard fan of the long running UK television series. In her words: A friend of mine recently started a SciFi/Fantasy/Horror forum over at http://outerlimits.apsense.org/home.php - and that forum hosts my DW group as well. You're welcome to join us! We're still new, so we could use all the members we can get. http:// outerlimits.apsense.org/group/doctorwhofans Doctor Who fan group, for both Classic Who and New Who.  The rather obvious purpose of this group is to share our love for the Doctor, in all of his incarnations.  Discussion of the various branches of the world of Doctor Who(Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures, books, comics, music etc.) are also encouraged.

Kinokuniya Bookstores-L.A. Re-Orders Monster Japan Travel Guide

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by Armand Vaquer Above, "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" in the travel section at the Little Tokyo store of Kinokuniya Bookstores. Good news was received this afternoon. I received a voice mail message from Kinokuniya Bookstores' Little Tokyo (Los Angeles) store stating they have one copy of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan left and they wanted to re-order more. Accordingly, I called them back and completed the sale. So, a new supply of the travel guide will be on their travel section bookshelf this coming week. Above, Kinokuniya Bookstores' Little Tokyo store entrance. Kinokuniya Bookstores' Little Tokyo store is located in Weller Court at 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka #205, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Telephone: (213) 687-4480. Besides books, Kinokuniya also carries Japanese CDs, DVDs, toys and calendars.

New Photos From Toxic Avenger 5

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Source: Suzi Lorraine Here are a set of brand new photos from the set of "Toxic Avenger 5". Just imagine what it would be like to have toxic twins running around your house? What is it about Suzi Lorraine and movies about monster children? First came "Won Ton Baby" and now this. posted from Bloggeroid

Hibiya Chanter Square, Japan's Walk of Fame

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Text and Photos by Armand Vaquer Above, Godzilla stands guard at the entrance to Hibiya Chanter Square. Near the Godzilla statue at the Hibiya Chanter Square in Tokyo are metal hand casts of Japanese celebrities. This is Japan's version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Among them are a couple of names Americans are familiar with: Tom Cruise and Jackie Chan. Cruise's hand cast was added at about the time The Last Samurai was released. While I am not a fan of Tom Cruise by any stretch of the imagination, there are some Cruise fans out there who would be interested in seeing his hand cast along with Jackie Chan's. Above, Tom Cruise. Above, Jackie Chan.

Two Godzillas? Rubbish!

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by Armand Vaquer There's an article that appeared in the Pittsburgh Film Industry Examiner website alleging that there may be two Godzilla movies in 2012, one from Toho and the other from Legendary Pictures/Warner Brothers. This article came to me last night courtesy of Google. It was written by Fiore Mastracci and it contains so many factual errors that I was just going to ignore it and not post anything here about it. I did post the link to a couple of Godzilla fan forums and the reaction was predictable: universally panned. The article claimed that Toho "announced" their plan to end Godzilla's "forced retirement" early (i.e., 2012). There's been no such announcement, otherwise we'd have been discussing it for months. Believe me, if there were such an announcement, fans would have been on top of it immediately. Toho and Legendary Pictures came to an agreement on a new American Godzilla film last year (they had been in negotiations at least

Is There Going To Be A New "Japanese" Godzilla Movie In 2012?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: The Examiner (Pittsburgh) Is Toho planning to release a brand-new "Godzilla" movie in Japan at the same time that the new Legendary Pictures "Godzilla 3D" is released here in America? Well, according to a Pittsburgh film industry reporter ........ yes, that is exactly what Toho is planning to do and actually has been planning to do for some time. According to Fiore Mastracci of Examiner.com Toho had originally wanted to produce a new "Godzilla" movie for a 2012 release, but due to issues with the script and other aspects of the film the studio was having trouble getting things moving. When the Japanese movie company was approached by Legendary Pictures about making another "American" Godzilla movie they viewed it as a way to get the monster back into theaters without having to produce a film themselves. Now, however, the studio may be looking to go forward with their own Godzilla movie after all. According to t

Lenora Crichlow Talks About The Third Season Of BEING HUMAN

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Source: BBC How do viewers meet Annie in the new series, as she was left in purgatory in the series two? When we see her in episode one she is in a bad way – she is still in purgatory and frantic about what will happen to her. She is crying out for help and you get a sense of her desperation. It doesn't look good for her at the beginning of the series. How does Annie feel about the move to Barry? To say she is less than excited would probably be the right thing. I don't think Annie is great with change. She likes her routine, she likes familiar surroundings. The fact that they've moved puts her out a little bit and then she surveys Barry and is even more unenthused. But she gets used to it pretty quickly and it does become her home. She's a good homemaker, Annie, so she can cope. Do you think she'll miss Bristol? I think there is an element of that, but also a really nice sense of starting again and a fresh start – which I think they all want and need – and,

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE Remake (Finally) Moving Forward

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Source: Darkstone Entertainment After the long plotting and preparing from the creators of Plan 9 (The Plan 9 From Outer Space Remake) it is now full steam ahead! Production is slotted to begin March 20th! And as for recent updates to the production… John Johnson (The Director) searched Youtube as a talent base and kidnapped a few of its finest! Ryan Higa (Best Known as Nigahiga), James Rolfe (Best Known as the Angry Video Game Nerd), and Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda (Best known for the Chad Vader videos) to name a few! Also, with the production gearing up, a film competition is being unleashed! The Plan 9 Film Competition Starting Friday, January 7th through Sunday March 20th is the Plan 9 film competition. This is a challenge for filmmakers to join in the Plan 9 explosion and create films to coincide with the motion picture itself! THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE! Here is how it works… Filmmakers have from the 7th till the 20th to make a 60 second to 3 minute short on their take of the ori

Alice Braga - Hot Actress Profile

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Source: Warner Bros ALICE BRAGA received critical acclaim and international recognition, including a Cinema Brazil Grand Prize nomination, for her stirring performance in the Oscar®-nominated 2002 drama "City of God," under the direction of Fernando Meirelles. She received another Cinema Brazil Grand Prize nomination when she reunited with Meirelles to star in the mystery drama "Blindness," with Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal. Upcoming, Braga will be seen in "On the Road," an independent drama based on the book by Jack Kerouac, also starring Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund. Most recently, she starred in Robert Rodriguez-produced sci-fi actioner "Predators," with Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne and Topher Grace, and opposite Jude Law and Forest Whitaker in "Repo Men." In 2007, Braga starred opposite Will Smith in Francis Lawrence's worldwide blockbuster "I Am

Indiana Jones on Horseback Statue

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Source: Entertainment Earth Order Yours Here! Only $89.10 Indiana Jones on Horseback Statue: Adventure is his middle name! From Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this impressive, action-filled sculpture presents the adventurous hero galloping to the rescue on his horse, with gun drawn and an intense expression on his face. The marvelous resin piece is wonderfully crafted by Gentle Giant and stands 11-inches tall. It's a limited edition that comes with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Get personally involved in this escapade and join the quest for the Holy Grail by adding this to your Indiana Jones anthology! Limited edition to 1,750 pieces! Indiana Jones, famed adventurer and archaeologist, acquires a diary that holds clues and a map with no names to find the mysterious Holy Grail. It was sent by his father, Dr. Henry Jones, in Italy. Upon hearing the mission for the Holy Grail went astray with the disappearance of his father, Indiana Jones ventures to Italy in s

James Bond Will Return, In 2012!

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Above, Daniel Craig will return as 007 for his third outing. Good news, Bond fans! The Hollywood Reporter's "Heat Vision" is reporting that the next adventure of MI6's James Bond 007 will be released next year: MGM and longtime James Bond stewards Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions have announced the date for the next installment of the franchise: November 9, 2012. Currently just called Bond 23 , the movie will go into production in late 2011. To read the full article, go here .

Reflections On The Hiring Of Gareth Edwards As The Director of Godzilla

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Written By: Ken Hulsey By now your probably aware that Legendary Pictures has hired the British film maker Gareth Edwards to helm their upcoming 3D "Godzilla" film. As the news broke on Tuesday I was caught off guard by the hire. As I’m sure many of you out probably felt, the news was sort of a disappointment. Not to knock Edwards too much, but I had hoped for a more prominent director to take on "the king of monsters". Though, I had high hopes, things transpired much as I knew deep down in my heart as the would, Legendary Pictures would opt to go with somebody ‘trendy’ instead of somebody with a long pedigree. Again, I really don’t want to take this time to bash on Edwards, for all we know he may indeed be the right man for the job and after all is said and done all of us "G" fans may be singing his praises for producing an excellent monster film. Only time will tell on that one. In preparing this little piece I took some time to do some research on Ed

Digital Effects House Turns To Columbia Professor For "Rise Of The Apes"

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Techeye It seems that Peter Jackson’s effects studio is having fits trying to make realistic computer generated hair for the stars of Fox’s upcoming "Planet of the Apes" prequel "Rise of the Apes." In fact Weta Studios is having so much trouble trying to get it right that they have turned to Columbia University’s Eitan Grinspun, who created brand-new state of the art animation software for the Disney animated feature "Tangled", to work on two of their upcoming projects. The other being Steven Spielberg's "Tintin", where the title characters dog Snowy apparently needed a shampoo and a clip as well. I would like to go into all the details of how Grinspun has used geometry and advanced mathematics to create a program that can simulate "real" human, or in this case, simian / canine, hair, but after reading the professor’s remarks about it, I have to admit, I know probably less now then when I started. Th

A New Bigfoot Movie In 3D From China?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: 24 Frames Per Second / Avery Guerra No country outside of the US has embraced the digital movie revolution like China. Proof of this new found desire to produce fantasy films in line with their western counterparts seem to be popping up on a regular basis now as the willingness of Chinese film makers take on bigger, and more expensive projects has taken fire. Over the past couple of years we here at MIN have reported on two ambitious CGI effect laden sci fi epics from China, namely the undersea creature feature “Empires of the Deep” and the giant robo film “Future Fighters.” Now the Chinese have caught on to yet another American movie trend, which they now want to mold into their own image. I am, of course, talking about the Sasquatch movie craze. Oh sure, they have Bigfoot over there too, in fact, if you follow cryptozoology at all then you probably already know that the big harry guy has distant relatives that once roamed China a couple of million y

100 Most Popular (Sexiest) Women In Movies, TV, SciFi And Fantasy #61- #70

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70. Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie is an American actress. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. Jolie promotes humanitarian causes, and is noted for her work with refugees as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has been cited as one of the world's most attractive people, as well as the world's "most beautiful" woman, titles for which she has received substantial media attention. Though she made her screen debut as a child alongside her father Jon Voight in the 1982 film Lookin' to Get Out, Jolie's acting career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993). Her first leading role in a major film was in Hackers (1995). She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupte

Monster Japan Travel Guide Featured In "Metropolis" Magazine

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by Armand Vaquer It's now out! Metropolis magazine, the number one English-language magazine in Japan (circulation: 30,000), has posted the interview article on The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan at the magazine's website. The article starts with: Tell us about your book. The Monster Movie Fan’s Guide To Japan is a travel guide with fans of Japanese science fiction and fantasy movies in mind. It describes locations and their history, what movie(s) they were in, where to stay, and what other attractions are nearby. The book can be used by vacationers or tour companies to tailor tours for monster fans. The print edition has the article sharing two pages with singer Christina Aguilera. If you are currently in Japan, head out to your local newsstand and grab a copy! To view the article, go here .

Gareth Edwards To Direct Legendary's Godzilla

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Legendary's "Godzilla" now has a director, according to The Hollywood Reporter : Godzilla has a director. Gareth Edwards , the British filmmaker who wrote and directed indie sci-fi movie Monsters , is closing a deal to develop and direct the creature feature for Legendary Pictures, the company that co-produced blockbusters such as Inception and The Dark Knight . Warner Bros. will co-produce, co-finance and distribute per its deal with Legendary. Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing along with Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Brian Rogers. To read the full story, go here .

A Tribute To Anne Francis (1930 - 2011)

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Written By: Ken Hulsey The death of the iconic movie and television actress Anne Francis has shaken me to the core. It's not just the fact that I was a huge fan of the actress who is known for her roles in the classic sci fi film "Forbidden Planet", the lesser known TV series "Honey West", the legendary series "Twilight Zone" and numerous other roles spanning five decades. No, it not just the fact that Hollywood has lost one of it's true beauties that has me "shaken", it is the time and date of her death. Call it some kind of cosmic connection, call it a coincidence, but on the same day that Francis passed my wife and I were watching an old VHS tape of "Twilight Zone" episodes that included "Jess-Belle". You may remember that in that episode of the sci fi anthology Francis played the title character, a hillbilly girl who sold her soul to a back woods witch to win the heart of a young man who was betrothed to another