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A New Retro Style Poster For DRACULA'S ORGY OF THE DAMNED

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: James Baack I just got an email from my buddy, Chicago area film maker, James Baack with a new retro style promo poster for his film "Dracula's Orgy of the Damned" attached. Baack also included an update on the production in which he reveals that Dracula is not the only classic monster who will be appearing in his homage to Hammer horror. "We have been doing alot of filming and are heading into the home strech at this point. We have 4 more scenes to shoot and that will be a wrap. We are planning a HUGE exorcism scene that will be chock full of special effects and way "over the top" visuals. Including a levitating bed and more vomit than a St. Patrick's Day party. Then we need to shoot our 'cat fight' scene where Dracula will host a bizarre circus "freak Show" where women will fight with baseball bats, chainsaws, and other weapons of mass destruction in a dirty pit while the audience cheers a

The First Image Of Caesar From RISE OF THE APES

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Obsessed With Film When 20 th Century Fox first announced way back in 2008 that they were planning to reboot the "Planet of the Apes" movie franchise using modern computer generated effects many in the fan community spoke out in objection. How would CGI Apes stand up against the legendary makeup effects created by John Chambers for the original films? Well today we have our first glimpse of what the main character, Caesar, in "Rise of the Apes" will look like. Fox revealed many images from their upcoming releases at the Las Vegas’ CinemaCon including the above image, albeit only the nose and eyes, of Andy Serkis as the genetically altered ape who will bring about the fall of mankind. The apes in "Rise" are being digitally created by Weta Studios with hair effects by Columbia University’s Eitan Grinspun , who created brand-new state of the art animation software for the Disney animated feature "Tangled&quo

"Credible" Creature Sighting On Road In Pennsylvania?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Examiner.com With the media hype surrounding the obviously fake Bigfoot video that has emerged from North Carolina it isn't too surprising that an eyewitness report of a strange creature crossing the highway in Pennsylvania would slip under the radar. Paranormal investigator and author Stan Gordon has come forward with the account of an unsuspecting motorist who witnessed a large creature crossing a rural road in Butler County, Pennsylvania, on March 18, 2011. The witness, at first, believed that the animal in question was a deer until he got closer to it and the animal stood up from being hunched over and walked across the road on two legs. According to said witness the creature was at least eight-feet-tall, covered in leathery skin, and walked in a very non-human manor. Over the decades some pretty crazy Bigfoot stories have come out of Pennsylvania, most of which involve the creatures emerging from UFOs or exhibiting magical powers. This cas

Godzilla: Kaiju World Wars Board Game

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Order Yours For Only $46.99 HERE! Source: Entertainment Earth Godzilla: Kaiju World Wars Board Game It's an all-out brawl of monstrous proportions and Earth is the battlefield! The Xiliens have pitted Godzilla, Rodan, Gigan and King Ghidorah against each other in a catastrophic battle and only one monster will emerge victorious! In this Godzilla: Kaiju World Wars board game, players pick a monster and a scenario, stomping over terrain and destroying buildings on their warpath - all while fending off aggressive military attacks, bombs, traps and, of course, other Kaiju! Special abilities are used to eliminate the competition or to tuck their tail between their legs and run away before they are taken out. The game is jam-packed with pieces sure to please any gamer. Along with the 4 fully-painted 2 3/8-inch plastic Kaiju figurines, the game also includes 90 stackable plastic tiles for building skyscrapers, 4 individual monster playma

"Gorgo," England's Answer To Godzilla

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by Armand Vaquer Today marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. release of the giant monster movie, Gorgo . It was on March 29, 1961 that "England's answer to Godzilla" was put into general release around the country. The story: A giant dinosaur-like monster is captured off the coast of Ireland. It is taken to Piccadilly Circus in London, England for exhibition as "Gorgo." What people weren't aware of, until it was too late, the monster was a baby. Gorgo's mother appears in Ireland and then follows its scent and attacks London to retrieve her offspring in Japanese-style suitmation and miniature work. Gorgo starred William Sylvester and Bill Travers. It was directed by Eugene Lourie. I remember seeing Gorgo at the Rio Theater (located at Western Ave. and Imperial Highway in Los Angeles) with my cousins. It was paired with Babes In Toyland (the Annette Funicello/Frankie Avalon version, not the classic Laurel and Hardy one).

26 New Episodes Of FUTURAMA On Deck For Comedy Central

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Source: Comedy Central The future is looking bright for Fry, Leela and Bender! COMEDY CENTRAL and Twentieth Century Fox Television have announced today the pick-up of 26 new episodes (Seasons "7- A" and "7-B") of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's brilliantly subversive animated sci-fi comedy, " Futurama. " The announcement was made today by Twentieth Century Fox Television Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden, and David Bernath, Executive Vice President, program strategy and multiplatform programming for COMEDY CENTRAL. The first installment of 13 new episodes will premiere in the summer of 2012, with the additional 13 new episodes to air the following summer of 2013 on COMEDY CENTRAL . Seven years after its last original episode aired on Fox, the sixth season premiere of "Futurama" last June led COMEDY CENTRAL to its best Thursday prime ever among young men. The animated sci-fi comedy continued its out-of-this-world winn

Amy Adams Is The New Lois Lane

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Source: Warner Bros Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Amy Adams will star in the coveted role of Lois Lane in the new Zack Snyder-directed feature film. Snyder remarked, "Second only to Superman himself, the question of who will play Lois Lane is arguably what fans have been most curious about. So we are excited to announce the casting of Amy Adams, one of the most versatile and respected actresses in films today. Amy has the talent to capture all of the qualities we love about Lois: smart, tough, funny, warm, ambitious and, of course, beautiful." Amy Adams will star opposite Henry Cavill, who plays the new Clark Kent/Superman in the film. The main cast also includes Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, as Martha and Jonathan Kent. Amy Adams was recently honored with her third Oscar® nomination in five years, for her performance in the true-life drama "The Fighter," with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. She previously

UK Students To Create New DOCTOR WHO Adventure

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Source: BBC To herald the new series of Doctor Who , BBC Learning and Doctor Who Confidential today announced Script To Screen , an exciting competition that will give one lucky team of school children the chance to write their own Doctor Who mini-adventure starring the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith . To win this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, school children aged 9 to 11 years will be encouraged to collaborate on a three-minute script that takes the resident Time Lord on a new quest travelling through space and time inside the TARDIS. The lucky winners will travel to the BBC's studios in Cardiff where they will see their script brought to life by the Doctor Who team and cast, including Matt Smith. Doctor Who Confidential will also be on hand to take viewers behind the scenes to show how the script gets developed from paper to television screen – from the first script meeting, a cast read-through, on-set filming... all

A New Supernatural Horror THE FADES Coming To The BBC

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Source: BBC Filming has begun on The Fades , a new supernatural horror made by BBC Drama Production for BBC Three by 2011 RTS Award-winning writer, Jack Thorne (This Is England '86, Skins, The Scouting Book For Boys, Cast Offs). Iain De Caestecker (River City, Coronation Street) is Paul, a young man who is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that neither his therapist or best friend, Mac, can provide answers for. Worse still, Paul is starting to see the Fades – the spirits of the dead – all around him. They're everywhere but they can't be seen, smelt, heard or touched by living beings. But now an embittered and vengeful Fade has found a way to break the barrier between the dead and the living and Paul, Mac and their friends and family are all right in the eye of the storm. But the most terrifying twist is yet to come – the fate of humanity rests in the hands of the two friends who already have enough trouble getting through a da

Star Wars Legacy - Darth Talon Statue Sculpture

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Order Yours For Only $224.99 HERE ! Source: Entertainment Earth Star Wars Legacy Darth Talon Statue Sculpture Hot (but evil) collectible 12-inch resin Sith Lord statue! From the Legacy comic series in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Darth Talon in tattoos and bikini armor with a unique lightsaber. She's evil, and yes, she'll go there! It's the return of Darth Talon, Sith Vixen! A fan favorite and popular character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Darth Talon is cold, dispassionate and unmerciful, yet has an unshakable loyalty to the dark side. Much like the infamous Darth Maul, Talon was styled with black Sith tattoos covering her body from head to toe, each having been earned in ritual combat and inscribed by her Sith mentor... whom she killed. This expertly crafted, 1:6 scale statue features Talon's unique lightsaber and hand-painted tattoos. Standing roughly 6-inches tall, the collectible comes

Joanne Siegel's Plea To Time-Warner

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by Armand Vaquer Above, former DC Comics President Paul Levitz and Joanne Siegel in 2001. Photo by Armand Vaquer. The fight over the rights to the Superman character has been ongoing for years. Joanne Siegel, the widow of Superman co-creator Jerome Siegel, died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital at age 93 on February 12. Last December 10, Mrs. Siegel wrote a letter to Jeffrey L. Bewkes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Inc. It is unclear if she actually sent it (the article says she "prepared" it). It is a very touching letter and it expressed hope that a resolution for all parties could be reached without further enriching the attorneys. To read Joanne Siegel's letter, go here . Right, an early-1960s issue of Superman.

Rondo Awards Vote Results To Be Revealed Wednesday Night

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by Armand Vaquer The voting for the 9th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards ended last night at midnight. Thanks to those of you who voted for The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan (Best Book) and Monster Island News (Best Blog). David Colton, the Rondo's man-in-charge, posted the following at the Classic Horror Film Board (CHFB) forum: The voting is over. More than 2,900 people voted this year, about the same as the last two years, in the NINTH ANNUAL RONDO HATTO CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS. Thanks to everyone, whether you voted in one category or many. Tallying the final results -- I still need to collate it all -- will take a little time, as will uploading photos and images, so the plan is: -- As is tradition, CHFB members will be the first to know as the results are revealed, category by category, in a live chat in the Blind Hermit's Hut here at the CHFB. Time: 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday night. -- An hour later, at 11 p.m. ET Wednesday night, full results a

The First Look At SNOW BEAST Coming Soon To SyFy

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Marie Wilcox / SunWorld Pictures Did any of you believe for one second that the Bigfoot movie craze was coming to a halt? Really? Well I've got great news. There is yet another Yeti movie ready to come charging out of the woods entitled "Snow Beast" which is slated to debut on the SyFy Channel in the near future. The film stars John Schneider (Them Dukes, them Dukes .... okay Dukes of Hazzard), Danielle Chuchran, Paul D. Hunt, Kari Hawker and Jason London who literally running for their lives from a really pissed off Wampa (watch the trailer .... the monster is the Wampa from Empire Strikes Back) who is on one hell of a blood-thirsty bender. When I say pissed off ..... I mean PISSED OFF. This Wookie (okay another Star Wars reference ... I'm on a role) is pulling snow bunnies out of cars and throwing guys against trees. Kinda makes the Fouke Monster from "Boggy Creek" look like a pansy. According to the folks ov

GODZILLA: KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #4 And GODZILLA: GANGSTERS AND GOLIATHS Coming In June

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: IDW Publishing A couple of weeks ago I was able to get a hold of some images from the upcoming issues of "Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters" from a fan in the Godzilla 2012 - Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros (Fan Group)on Facebook. Today I have a couple of images straight from the source, IDW Publishing that is, with a small synopsis of each. Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters # 4 Eric Powell & Tracy Marsh (w) • Phil Hester (a) • Eric Powell, Jeff Zornow (c) France is in danger when the mysterious egg that washes ashore begins to hatch, but should the military be worried about what's inside the egg or those creepy kids who found it? Also, a community of monks has a religious experience of the 3-headed variety. And all the while, Godzilla seems hell-bent on coming to America...but hasn't Anguirus already claimed it as his turf? Fight! Fight! Fight! FC • 32 pages • $3.99 Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #1 (of 5) John Layman (w) • Alber

CLASH OF THE TITANS 2 Begins Production

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Source: Warner Bros Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' epic action adventure sequel to "Clash of the Titans," being directed by Jonathan Liebesman ("Battle: Los Angeles"). Returning to star in the film are Sam Worthington ("Avatar") as Perseus, and Academy Award® nominees Ralph Fiennes ("The English Patient," the "Harry Potter" films) as Hades and Liam Neeson ("Schindler's List," "Unknown") as Zeus. A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus—the demigod son of Zeus—is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling b

Sucker Punch - Amber Statue Limited Edition Sculpture

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Order Yours Today For Only $249.99 HERE! Source: Entertainment Earth Sucker Punch Amber Statue Limited Edition Sculpture This Sucker Punch Amber Statue is hot, armed, and dangerous! Fantastic figure from the Sucker Punch movie by Zack Snyder. Limited edition sculpture of flight-pilot specialist Amber, played by actress Jamie Chung. 18-inches tall, with film-accurate details and authentic accessories. At last, a collectible that's as crazy hot as she is crazy! This Sucker Punch Amber Statue is hot, armed, and dangerous! You won’t believe your eyes when you see these girls kick some serious butt in Zack Snyder’s film Sucker Punch! Flight-pilot specialist Amber (played by actress Jamie Chung) is sculpted with precision details and hand painted by professional artisans. The expertly crafted, large-scale Sucker Punch Amber Statue stands an amazing 18-inches tall and features film-accurate details that include a realistic

1950s Sci-Fi Presentation Added To Monsterpalooza

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by Armand Vaquer A presentation on 1950s science-fiction movies has been added to the opening day (April 8) Friday night line-up of Monsterpalooza : (Click on image to view larger.) The presentation features Bill Warren, Ted Newsom and "Mr. Dino" himself, Donald F. Glut. Above, Don Glut and Armand in 2007. It will take place following my presentation on Japanese monster locations, but in the AFM room at 9:00 PM at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. For more information on Monsterpalooza , go here .

Rondo Awards Voting Extended

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The voting for the 9th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards has been extended one more day. David Colton has extended the voting to midnight tomorrow night (wherever you are). To vote, go here .

Monsterpalooza Two Weeks From Now

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by Armand Vaquer (Click on image to view larger.) The presentation of Japanese monster movie locations, "Scene To Seen" for Monsterpalooza is taking shape. I've assembled about 90% of the photographs I plan to use during the one-hour presentation on Friday, April 8 at 8:00 PM (exactly two weeks from tonight) . Mark your calendars! I was stuck at home waiting for a phone call on an insurance claim matter the other day, so I put the time to excellent use working on the presentation. The presentation is based on The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan , which will be available before and after the presentation. I will be assisted by model Miki Hayashi (below). I will be following Peter H. Brothers' presentation on Godzilla director Ishiro Honda. Monsterpalooza will be held on April 8-10 at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, which is located across the street from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank at 2500 Hollywood Way. There will be plenty

TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY To Premiere July 8th On Starz

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Doctor Who News Page Starz has just released the first teaser poster for the upcoming series "Torchwood: Miracle Day" which reveals that the show will debut on July 8th. The cable network secured the rights to the fourth season of the ground-breaking BBC sci fi drama last year adding it to their list of growing, and acclaimed, original dramas that also includes "Spartacus: Blood and Sand (now Spartacus: Gods of the Arena). Though not yet confirmed by the BBC, "Torchwood: Miracle Day" the series is set to debut in the UK on the very same evening. Synopsis: One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging -- they get hurt and sick -- but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month's time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural