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Monsterpalooza Presentation Promo

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by Armand Vaquer The Events page over at the official Monsterpalooza website now includes this promo for my presentation at the show in April (click the image to see it full size): The images are of the Wako Department Store in the Ginza section of Tokyo. The image on the left is from Godzilla (1954) and the one on the right was taken during my trip to Japan last December. The building was formerly known as the K. Hattori Building. This and other locations are covered in The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan . Kudos to Eliot Brodsky for an excellent job! To see the full Events page, go here .

Kaiju Location Presentation At Monsterpalooza

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Armand Vaquer at the Godzilla statue at Toho Studios. My presentation at Monsterpalooza will be Friday, April 8 at 8:00 PM, following Peter H. Brothers. If there are any changes, they will be posted at this blog. My presentation will consist of: Ever wanted to travel to Japan to see the landmarks Godzilla and friends demolished? Armand Vaquer, author of "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan," will give a one-hour presentation on giant monster (kaiju) locations fans can visit in Japan. He will discuss what movie(s) the locations appeared in and what attractions are nearby. A slide show of the locations will be shown during his presentation. Attendees of the presentation will be given the opportunity to ask questions. The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan will be available for sale before and after the presentation. For more information on Monsterpalooza, go to www.rubberroom101.com .

Rondo Awards Voting To March 27

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by Armand Vaquer Regarding the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards , voting continues up to March 27 . So if you haven't cast your vote on the Rondos, please take the time to do so. From the Rondo Awards website : The Rondos, now in their ninth year, are fandom's only classic horror award, decided by fans, for fans, and dedicated to preserving the undying spirit of monsters past. Every Rondo nominee below is being recognized for a significant achievement in the genre during the year of 2010. So please take a look at the ballot and let the nominees know how much we appreciate their work by voting. Be sure to read the directions on how to vote (it's really simple, just copy and paste the ballot onto an email, mark your votes with an 'x' and address it to taraco@aol.com ). Be sure you include your name so your ballot is counted! Above, the masthead for Monster Island News. Above, Miki Hayashi with "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan.&quo

Godzilla To Stomp On 70 Comic Book Stores This March

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Comic Book Resources Chris Mowry of IDW Publishing came up with one hell of a great idea to promote the upcoming release of "Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters" (formally Godzilla: Monster World), why not create a special variant cover for every comic book retailer who orders more than 500 copies showing their store being stepped on by the monster? Needless to say the suits at IDW thought Mowry's idea was fantastic and sent the word out to comic book shops around the globe expecting a dozen or so to take them up on their offer. What the publisher didn't expect, however, was that some 70 such retailers would want their comic shop immortalised under the weight of Godzilla's feet. This gave the art department just a mere two weeks to design the 70 unique covers, which they managed to do just in time to get the books shipped out. "Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters" will be IDW's biggest single issue launch ever and in all the

The Debut Of Celeste Cartier & Menage A Trois

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Written By: Celeste Cartier Hello My Friends! I know you won't read all this, but truly, there's some good stuff in here to know!! Be sure to repost this event to your friends on your Facebook pages. I know lots of people are looking to hook up for carpools so that can be discussed on the main event page!! I look forward to seeing you all and thank you very much for your support. I know it will be a lot of fun for all to be had!! The Line Up is as follows: 6:00pm Doors open -come visit our vendors, have dinner, take photos with the cuties, etc. 7:00pm In an ideal world we will be ready to have THE HOT ROD TRIO go on at this time, but it may be as late as 7:30pm since a lot of people may be in traffic. 9:00pm I will be hosting the PinUp Contest with my special panel of guest judges. This is a CLASSIC 40s-50s pageant open to all shapes, sizes, colors, types of women. Winners will be judged on personality, clothing, hair, makeup and overall look. 9:30pm Celeste Cartier (mo

Ultraman Attractions In Monster Japan Travel Guide

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Miki Hayashi. Photo by Armand Vaquer Fans of Japanese giant monster movies ( daikaiju eiga ) aren't the only beneficiaries of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan . There's also places of interest for fans of Ultraman contained in the travel guide. Ultraman, produced by special effects pioneer Eiji Tsuburaya's Tsuburaya Productions, is a popular character (in various incarnations) in Japan. Featured in several television shows and movies, Ultraman battled giant monsters to the delight of audiences over the past five decades. The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan has information on: Fukushima Airport, where a statue of Ultraman stands in the terminal building. Ultraman Shopping District in the Setagaya section of Tokyo where characters of the Ultraman Universe adorn storefronts and streetlamp posts. Kumamoto's Ultramanland, a small amusement park on the island of Kyushu. So if you are also an Ultraman fan, The Monster Mo

Happy Birthday Robert Scott Field!

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Rina and Megumi Odaka with Robert Scott Field at Los Angeles International Airport, July 2000. Photo by Armand Vaquer. Today's Robert Scott Field's birthday (although it is now February 21 in Japan, where Scott lives). Above, Scott translating for Haruo Nakajima at G-Fest in 2008 during the awarding of Nakajima's "Mangled Skyscraper Award." Photo by Armand Vaquer. He is best known amongst G-fans as android M-11 in 1991's Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah . He also has served ably as a celebrity guest as well as translator for G-Fest's Japanese guests over the years. Happy Birthday Scott!

Adrianne Palicki Is The New Wonder Woman

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN The young and rather obscure actress Adrianne Palicki has managed to do something that many actresses with bigger names and touted careers could not, land the coveted role of "Wonder Woman". Palicki (Friday Night Lights / Legion) will now be stepping into Lynda Carter's shoes and taking on a role that the actress made into a pop-culture icon in the late 1970s. The part, however, will not be for a major motion picture, which had been rumored for some time, but for a TV movie that will serve as a pilot for a television series. Warner Bros had been trying to get a big-budget "Wonder Woman" movie off the ground for several years but could never seem to be able to assemble the right creative team to make it work. Not, that the studio didn't have actresses lined up around the block jonesing for the part. Just about every femme fatal in Hollywood that remotely looked the part had their agents blazing up the Warner's switc

Simpsons Director's Edition Treehouse Of Horror Velvet Giclee

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Order Yours Here For $1,199.99 Source: Enteratainment Earth Only 100 pieces of this amazing Simpsons Director's Edition Treehouse Horror Velvet Giclee will be produced. It features 10 pencil sketches of Simpsons characters on the border, and centered around the "Treehouse of Horror" episodes, the gorgeous creation brings you some of the finest that The Simpsons has to offer. Don't miss out on this one, because Acme Archives isn't kidding when they call it a "limited edition"! Simpsons Director's Edition Treehouse Horror Velvet Giclee: The third piece in the Simpsons Director's Edition series! Unique artwork based on the popular "Treehouse of Horror" specials. Giclee features pencil sketches from 10 different The Simpsons directors! The print includes images of Homer, Marge, Bart, Maggie, and Lisa. Limited to a mere 100 pieces worldwide! The third piece in the Simpsons Director's Edition series, this fine giclee based on the p

MONSTER ISLAND NEWS Nominated For 2010 RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARD

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Imagine my delight when I learned that Monster Island News had been nominated in the category of "Best Blog" for the 9 th annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards! I feel great pride knowing that something I created was selected by you, the fans, for such a nomination. The site was also nominated last year as well as 2008 and 2006, but alas we here at MIN have never taken home the trophy. I feel this could be our year, though the competition is great and all the blogs nominated alongside us are excellent and well deserving of the coveted trophy that features the unmistakable mug of Rondo Hatton . Here is the list: BEST BLOG OF 2010 -- Cinema Suicide A celebration of cheap thrills -- Cinema Dave A journal of horror and film. -- Dollar Bin Horror For monster fans on a budget. -- The Drunken Severed Head Impeccable sense of the outre, an essential stop for monster weirdness. -- Final Girl Stacie Ponder survives to have the last, bloody but

FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND Reveal Issue 255 Cover Art

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Source: Famous Monsters Of Filmland The ORIGINAL monster magazine, with a publishing legacy spanning more than 50 years continues BI-MONTHLY! Dedicated to the world of horror, both classic and contemporary, Famous Monsters of Filmland #255 will be available at comic shops and newsstands April 5, 2011. Bound by the striking Harry Potter cover art by Jason Edmiston (Vincent Price 254), or if you choose, giant monster maestro Bob Eggleton's At the Mountains of Madness cover art, FM #255 goes behind the scenes of the magic and mythos of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and celebrates all the Lovecraftian mayhem you can stomach with a retrospective look at the fiction and films of master horror hovelist, H.P. Lovecraft. Watch as the heroes of the comic book world unite in DC Universe; author Jim Butcher gives FM the scoop on the eponymous antihero of The Dresden Files; an original Imagi-Movies production of Pickman's Model, and much more! Following tradition, Edmiston's

Your Invited To Frankenstein's Wedding

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Source: BBC Lacey Turner, Being Human and former EastEnders star, takes up the role of Elizabeth Lavenza in BBC Three's forthcoming live TV spectacular Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds. Lacey, who won the Best Serial Performance award at last month's National TV Awards, is joined on Saturday 19 March by Spotlight Prize winner and star of ITV's upcoming Monroe, Andrew Gower, appearing as Victor Frankenstein, and Mrs Mandela and Doctor Who star David Harewood as the Creature. For one night only, Leeds' Kirkstall Abbey plays host to a one-of-a-kind live TV event – the marriage of scientist Victor Frankenstein and his bride-to-be, Elizabeth Lavenza. Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds is a bold and ambitious project which explores Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece through live drama and contemporary music. Nine thousand free tickets will be made available to the public to come and watch the live event and ticket application will open on Friday 1

The Twilight Zone - Talky Tina Doll Replica

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Order Yours Here For Only $139.99! Source: Entertainment Earth If you like your collectibles big and a little creepy, the The Twilight Zone Talky Tina Doll Replica - EE Exclusive is just the thing for you! This giant talking doll is based on the designs from the original TV series, with a murderous gaze but minus the killer personality seen on the show. We still wouldn't suggest turning your back on her, but this limited edition collectible doll is well worth pre-ordering so you won't miss out! The Twilight Zone Talky Tina Doll Replica - EE Exclusive: "My name is Talky Tina, and I'm going to kill you." Exclusive 18-inch talking-doll replica from the iconic The Twilight Zone TV series. Based on the episode titled "Living Doll" that starred Telly Savalas. Speaks 5 phrases and features eyes that open and close. Talky Tina is back again… to stay! The buzz of Comic-Con is now available! Entertainment Earth Exclusive! One of the most talked about items

Joanne Siegel, Widow of Superman Co-Creator, Dies At 93

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by Armand Vaquer Above, a group photo from the Superman Week ceremony with Joanne Siegel and her daughter Laura at far right. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Sad news today in the world of Superman. Joanne Siegel, the widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and the model for Lois Lane (drawn by Joe Shuster) died today in California at the age of 93. Daughter Laura Siegel Larson is currently making funeral arrangements. It was my honor and privilege to meet Mrs. Siegel in July 2001 at the Superman Week ceremony at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. At that ceremony, Mrs. Siegel met actress Noel Neill for the first time. Neill played Lois Lane in to Sam Katzman Columbia serials and replaced Phyllis Coates in the role on the Adventures of Superman television show in 1953. Mrs. Siegel later joined us for a luncheon at Cafe Pinot following the ceremony. My condolences to the Siegel family.

Disney Jessica Rabbit Mini Bust

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Order Yours Here For Only $69.99! Source: Entertainment Earth Disney Jessica Rabbit Mini Bust: She's not bad... she's just sculpted that way! A striking mini bust featuring Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Almost 9-inches tall! She's not bad... she's just sculpted that way! The star attraction at the Ink and Paint Club, Jessica Rabbit has a talent for turning heads and stealing hearts. Now the sultry torch singer has been captured in all her curvaceous splendor in this character-authentic polystone mini bust designed and sculpted by Disney animator Rubén Procopio. Presented on an art deco base inspired by the very stage on which she performs, Jessica stands 8 3/4-inches tall and comes fully hand painted, ready to display. Order yours today! Age: 13+ Size: 8 3/4-inches tall

"The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" Garners Rondo Nomination

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Miki Hayashi with "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan." Photo by Armand Vaquer. It's that time of year again! The Ninth Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards ballot is now up and ready for your votes! The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan has been nominated in the Best Book of The Year category. (Note: It was on last year's ballot, but since it didn't get published (or "go live") until January 2010, I requested that it be removed from the ballot so that people can fairly judge it a year later.) It is an honor just to have it nominated! Also, Monster Island News has been nominated in the "Best Blog" category! What is the Rondo Award? According to the official Rondo Awards website: The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards were created by David Colton and Kerry Gammill at the Classic Horror Film Boards in 2002. The awards are fan-based, and have no connection to any commercial sponsor. Anyon

Ryan Gosling To Play Logan 5

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Variety Artwork By: Lauras Muse Variety is reporting that the Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Fracture) is in negotiations to step into the shoes of fellow British thespian Michael York to play Logan 5 in the upcoming "Logan's Run" remake. Reportedly Warner Bros is also in negotiations with Nicolas Winding Refn to direct the film which has been various stages of development for over a decade. Refn would join a long list of film makers that have been attached to "Logan's Run" throughout the years, a list that also includes Carl Erik Rinsch and Bryan Singer. Producers Joel Silver, Andrew Rona, Akiva Goldsman and Kerry Foster have already been in place for some time. Last year Silver revealed that "Logan's Run" was going to be produced in 3D, which should come as no surprise to anyone due to the fact that just about all upcoming fantasy film projects are slated to be produced in that format. Logan's Run

SyFy Begins Production On BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME

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Source: NBC / Universal Production has begun in Vancouver on Syfy’s highly anticipated 2-hour pilot, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, the all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga. Universal Cable Productions will produce the event with Syfy utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology. Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful Battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly find himself at odds with Coker (Ben Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though t

Joe Harris To Sink His Teeth Into VAMPIRELLA & THE SCARLET LEGION

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Source: Dynamite Entertainment Vampirella & the Scarlet Legion #1 is an ALL-NEW mini-series coming out in May written by Joe Harris! With the main Vampirella series seeing sell-out after sell-out with so many retailers, this new mini-series will serve to compliment this HOT ongoing series. For fans new and old, this series will re-introduce The Scarlet Legion to Vampirella's mythology! Keeping in mind that #1 main covers sold out from Dynamite, and Vampirella #2 close to a near sell out, there is no question that Dynamite's Vampirella title is a bonafide hit! Dynamite also recently announced that Vampirella Archives, Vol. 1 was #1 on Hardcover Graphic Books New York Times Bestseller List for the week of January 23rd! Dynamite plans on continuing Vampirella's amazing success with Vampirella & the Scarlet Legion! In May's Vampirella & the Scarlet Legion #1, The Crimson Chronicles, that foul bible of blood, foretells the coming of Chaos, the Destroyer a

Moore Girl (Raven) Polystone Statue Sculpture

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Order Your Statue Here For Only $124.99! Source: Entertainment Earth Moore Girl (Raven) Polystone Statue Sculpture: This item has features and themes that are for adults only. Ages 18 and up. Recommended for mature collectors. The Moore Girl… an animated classic! Raven Moore Girl Polystone Statue based on the work of artist Fred Moore. Stands over 9-inches tall. The bombshell centerpiece addition to any collection! Primarily known as a premiere animator for such studios as Disney and Walter Lantz, Fred Moore was equally famous for his drawings of alluring females. Based on his provocative sketches, this sensational Raven Moore Girl Polystone Statue is exquisitely sculpted by Kent Melton and will serve as a bombshell centerpiece addition to any collection! It stands approximately 9 1/4-inches tall. "Freddie Girls"-- pinup babes drawn by Fred Moore primarily in the 1940s-- were mostly nude, and they utilized all of Moore's talents for fluidity, charm, appeal, and gr

Univerasl Picks Up the Tab For PAUL Roadtrip

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN It's great when you get to go on a cross-country holiday ..... and it's even better when you can talk a major movie studio into paying the tab. That's exactly what actors Nick Frost and Simon Pegg did to prepare for their roles in the upcoming UFO comedy "Paul". The comedic duo decided that the best way to figure out how to approach their parts was to pack up a RV and head strait into America's UFO loving heartland. Much to their surprise, Universal was more than happy to fork over the money to cover the expenses. Pegg notes,"We did the road trip initially as a way of getting a free holiday out of Universal but it was an incredibly inspiring time and a lot of what happened on that trip, we fed into the script. It was a great adventure." Nick Frost adds, "It is work but you're also with your best mate, Sigourney Weaver's there and you're driving an Rv in the desert and it's beautiful and

It's Kirk And Spock vs Zombies in STAR TREK: INFESTATION

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: StarTrek .com It seems that zombies are everywhere these days and the comic book publisher IDW has let the undead critters run rampant through their titles for the month of February. They have even sent them into deep space to tangle with the beloved crew of the Starship Enterprise. Yes Kirk, Spock, Bones and the gang will be up to their tribbles in zombies in "Star Trek: Infestation" a two-part spin-off series. According to IDW "Infestation" will put the movie era Enterprise crew into a darker realm then they have ever been before, fighting off hordes of the undead. "Star Trek: Infestation" is written by David and Scott Tipton and features art by Casey Maloney . In true comic book marketing form, the first issue will feature four different covers by John K. Snyder III, Jason Wright, Casey Maloney , Gary Erskine, Luis Antonio Delgado, Gabriel Rodriguez and Gordon Purcell. The 32-page book is scheduled to be releas

More Giant Monster And Alien Mayhem From SyFy

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Source: NBC / Universal Now that mega pythons and gatoroids have been tamed, the survival of the planet is threatened by a murderous giant sculpture and rampaging escaped aliens in the February Syfy Saturday Original Movies. In Iron Invader, premiering Saturday, February 12, at 9PM (ET/PT), a meteorite crawling with space bacteria crash lands in a junkyard. The unusual combination of alien bugs and Earth garbage brings a huge metalwork to life. The ungrateful Iron Invader then goes on a killing spree. The movie stars Kavan Smith (Eureka, Red: Werewolf Hunter). Nicole de Boer (Dead Zone, Stargate: Atlantis) and Donnelly Rhodes (Battlestar Galactica, Tron: Legacy). Iron Invader is a production of Cinetel. Directed by Jason Connery -- Sean Connery’s son -- Area 51 premieres Saturday, February 26, at 9PM (ET/PT). In the movie, the Air Force decides to allow a few reporters into the most secretive base on the planet, Area 51, but the visit turns into violent mayhem when one

Bettie Page Extatique Fabric Poster Wall Hanging

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A Tribute To Tura Satana (1938 - 2011)

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: NY Times The cult movie genre lost one of it's most infamous icons on Friday when actress Tura Satana passed away from heart failure. The 73-year-old actress was the star of some of the most notable independent films of the 1960s and 70s including "The Astro Zombies", "The Doll Squad" and "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!". Satana's portrayal of Varla in the Russ Meyer film would forever establish the Japanese born Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi (Real Name) as a pop culture icon. To say that Satana lead a full and colorful life would be an understatement. As a young woman she had to endure the tribulation of being held in a Japanese internment camp in California. At thirteen she began a career as an exotic dancer after she developed the curvy figure that helped propel her to stardom. After that she became a nude model and then actress. At one point she even dated Elvis and turned down his marriage proposal. In later life