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Will Japan's Travel Industry Get The Hint?

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Haruo Nakajima. Could he and his alter ego be the ones who revives Japan's tourism industry? It is amazing how things can go viral over the Internet. A few days ago, I posted a blog "Can Godzilla Save The Japanese Tourism Industry?" at Monster Island News, Godzilla 2012 and Armand's Rancho Del Cielo blogs. I posed the question in this way: Getting up this evening from much-needed sleep (I have to work the graveyard shift in Burbank again tonight), I found an email about a Twitter Tweet from Tom Baker of The Daily Yomiuri : Can Godzilla help save Japan's tourism industry? Monster expert @ArmandV comments on an editorial from @DailyYomiuri. I think Godzilla would be a great help in saving Japan's tourism industry. He's as internationally recognizable as Mickey Mouse. Of course, the tourism industry would need the cooperation from Godzilla's owner, Toho Co., Ltd., but ads featuring the King of the Monsters promoting J

THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD Worm On Girl Promo Pics

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Okay here is another topic that I had been talking about on Facebook. Is it my imagination or do all the promo photos from the 1957 movie "The Monster That Challenged The World" look like worm on woman intercourse? Really! Look at the photo on the left and tell me what comes to mind? Be honest! If that doesn't look like monster rape I don't know what does? Then again .... maybe she consented? Anyway .... pretty racy stuff for the 1950s. Actually I had never seen the movie until last week and I honestly thought it was one of the better monster movies from that era. I'll post a better review in the next few weeks .... I promise. Here is the info: The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) is a science-fiction monster movie, about an army of giant mollusks that emerge from the Salton Sea, California. Directed by Arnold Laven, the film starred Tim Holt and Audrey Dalton. It was produced by Gramercy Pictures (not related to the forme

Real Or Hoax? Youtube Videos From The Other Side (05/28/2011)

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Written By: Ken Hulsey I think that everyone has probably seen the popular series "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files" on the SyFy Channel by now. To make a long story short (in case you haven't seen the show) the series revolves around a group of investigators who find UFO, paranormal and crytozoology based videos online then go out and try to stage the events depicted in them to prove if they are real or BS. Over the past couple of days I have been posting videos from Youtube on my Facebook page and asking my friends to rate them as "Fact or Faked?" Most of these get a lot of "faked" votes, but there have been a few that left people scratching their heads. Either people really captured the "real deal" or they have a future in the movie industry. I thought it would be fun to move the subject off of Facebook to Monster Island News where more people could enjoy these videos and respond with their own two cents about whether the videos contain

Celebrate The 100th Birthday Of Vincent Price With HOUSE OF WAX in 3D!

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Source: Downtown Independent I just wanted to quickly pass along this information on a special screening of the Vincent Price classic "House of Wax" at the Downtown Independent cinema her in Los Angeles on June 11th. Here are the details: The Board of the Vincent Price Art Museum Foundation and the Family of Vincent Price invite you to celebrate THE ONE HUNDREDTH BIRTHDAY OF VINCENT PRICE and THE GRAND OPENING OF THE VINCENT PRICE ART MUSEUM. Join us for a 3-D screening of 1953's HOUSE OF WAX starring Vincent Price PLUS "THE LIFE AND ART OF VINCENT PRICE" slide show and talk by Vincent's daughter, Victoria Price. Proceeds raised will benefit THE VINCENT PRICE ART MUSEUM. Everyone will receive a set of commemorative 3-D glasses! TICKET INFORMATION: $85 VIP tickets or $150 for 2 tickets: ($50 per person is tax-deductible) includes 6:30PM rooftop pre-screening celebration. Beer, wine, and culinary selections from A Treasury of Great Recipes by Mary &

Bryan Singer Begins Production On 3D Remake Of JACK THE GIANT KILLER

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Source: Warner Bros Principal photography is underway in London on acclaimed filmmaker Bryan Singer's 3D epic action adventure "Jack the Giant Killer," with Nicholas Hoult in the title role of Jack, for New Line Cinema and Legendary Pictures. "Jack the Giant Killer" tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend himself. Hoult and Singer recently collaborated on the Singer-produced "X-Men: First Class," for release later this year. "Jack the Giant Killer

New Guest Stars Announced For TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY

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Source: Starz Imagine a day when 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. This is the extraordinary premise of the highly-anticipated STARZ original drama series, "Torchwood: Miracle Day," produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for STARZ, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide. The series will premiere on STARZ July 8 at 10 pm ET/PT. Today, the network announced that in addition to Torchwood alumni, John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen and new headliners, Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman and Alexa Havins, that the 10-episode, hour-long series will also feature an impressive list of guest stars: Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld,” Jurassic Park ), C. Thomas Howell (“Southland,” The Outsiders ), Ernie Hudson (“OZ,” Ghostbusters ), Nana Visitor (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), John DeLancie (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Mare Winningham (Mildred Pierce, Ge

Dracula (Bela Lugosi) Film Cell

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Source: Entertainment Earth Order Your Dracula (Bela Lugosi) Film Cell For Only $54.99 Dracula Bela Lugosi Film Cell Dracula Bela Lugosi Film Cell. Bela Lugosi vants to be on your wall! This is an 8-inch by 10-inch print of Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula alongside a series of 35mm film clips. This item comes in a beautiful black ash effect frame with a stunning sublimated plaque and certificate stating authenticity. After a harrowing ride through the Carpathian mountains in eastern Europe Renfield enters castle Dracula to finalize the transferral of Carfax Abbey in London to Count Dracula who is in actuality a vampire. Renfield is drugged by the eerily hypnotic count and turned into one of his thralls protecting him during his sea voyage to London. After sucking the blood and turning the young Lucy Weston into a vampire Dracula turns his attention to her friend Mina Seward daughter of Dr. Seward who then calls in a specialist Dr. Va

It's Official: Media Blasters To Release "Godzilla vs. Megalon" and "Destroy All Monsters"

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by Armand Vaquer Above, the U.S. poster of "Godzilla vs. Megalon." After weeks of speculation and rumors, it is now official: Media Blasters has Godzilla vs. Megalon and, also, Destroy All Monsters . According to their Facebook page: Talking about Godzilla we can make it official now, we have DAM and Godzilla vs. Megalon . DAM is scheduled for October and will be both Blu-Ray and DVD releases. Do not know all the details about the extras yet. We will post with it later as they become available. Now for the funny part, we were not looking at Godzilla vs. Megalon till everyone said we have it so we asked they said ok so we picked it up. There is no word as yet on the release date of Godzilla vs. Megalon , but it will likely be in 2012. The last sentence from Media Blasters' announcement is interesting: Now for the funny part, we were not looking at Godzilla vs. Megalon till everyone said we have it so we asked they said ok so we picked it up. As mentioned prev

Can Godzilla Save The Japanese Tourism Industry?

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Haruo Nakajima (right) during his Godzilla days. Can Godzilla and Nakajima help save the Japanese tourism industry? Getting up this evening from much-needed sleep (I have to work the graveyard shift in Burbank again tonight), I found an email about a Twitter Tweet from Tom Baker of The Daily Yomiuri : Can Godzilla help save Japan's tourism industry? Monster expert @ArmandV comments on an editorial from @DailyYomiuri. I think Godzilla would be a great help in saving Japan's tourism industry. He's as internationally recognizable as Mickey Mouse. Of course, the tourism industry would need the cooperation from Godzilla's owner, Toho Co., Ltd., but ads featuring the King of the Monsters promoting Japan tourism could do the trick. Also, taking on Haruo Nakajima, the original Godzilla suit actor, as a goodwill ambassador in a advertising campaign for Japan tourism would be a plus. Given his age (he's 82), his participation would have

5 Years Since "Gamera The Brave"

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by Armand Vaquer Above, the Tokyo premiere of "Gamera The Brave." I am in the center waiting to get into the theater. This is a screen capture from the Region 2 DVD. Following the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, my concern and concentration was on Matsushima Bay and Sendai, which were hit hard by the quake and tsunami. Despite my focus on Sendai and Matsushima, it dawned on me recently that it was five years ago last month that I visited both Sendai and Matsushima Bay in Tohoku. The visit was a highlight of that trip. Above, at the premiere of "Gamera The Brave," I am at the souvenir table in this screen capture from the Region 2 DVD. The other highlight of that April 2006 trip to Japan was attending the premiere of Gamera The Brave at the Piccadilly Theaters in the Yurakucho Mullion Building in Tokyo. The Japanese Region 2 DVD has a separate disc containing extras, including the Tokyo premiere. I am in a couple of shots in the premiere footage.

Godzilla (Haruo Nakajima) Takes Hollywood! Take 2

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Haruo Nakajima and his daughter Sonoe pose at the Godzilla star on Hollywood Blvd. Mr. Nakajima played a major role in the popularity of the Godzilla character which led to the Walk of Fame honor. Photo courtesy of Sonoe Nakajima. The original Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima, conquered Hollywood while he was in Southern California as a special guest at this year's Monsterpalooza in Burbank. Above, ever the performer, Haruo Nakajima poses with the Godzilla star for the tourists. Photo courtesy of Sonoe Nakajima. While he was here, and during some free time, he was taken to Hollywood Blvd. and posed with the Godzilla star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater. Sonoe sent several of their personal photos of their visit and these are some of them. Above, back home in Japan, Mr. Nakajima poses with his Certificate of Welcome from the Mayor of Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Sonoe Nakajima.

Godzilla (Haruo Nakajima) Takes Hollywood!

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Haruo Nakajima gives his famous "Godzilla attack" pose at Godzilla's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo courtesy of Sonoe Nakajima. After getting home from work tonight, I found an email from Sonoe Nakajima in Japan with photographs of her and her dad's visit to Hollywood. The photos accompanying this blog post are just part of what she sent of their personal collection. Above, Haruo and Sonoe Nakajima pose at the Hollywood Sign. Photo courtesy of Sonoe Nakajima. Back in early April, the original Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima and his daughter Sonoe, attended Monsterpalooza at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Mr. Nakajima was a special guest of Monsterpalooza . Mr. Nakajima was a big hit at the show, and that's an understatement! While in Los Angeles, the Nakajimas were taken around Los Angeles by August Ragone, David Chapple and others. Their stops included the Hollywood Sign up Beachwood Canyon and Godzilla'

New Yowie Sighting Sparks Interest In Australian Bigfoot

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Oh yes there are all kinds of alleged creatures wandering around out in the Australian wilderness. There are dinosaurs, the once believed extinct Thylacine, giant spiders, reptiles of shapes and sizes and of course Bigfoot. Not as well known around the globe as the Yeti of Tibet, the Sasquatch of Canada or the Bigfoot from here in the good old US of A the Yowie has been a staple in folklore from the land down under for centuries. As a matter of fact the Yowie doesn't get seen too often, due mostly to the fact that Australia has hundreds of miles of wilderness where man seldom ventures to hind in, so likewise he normally doesn't get much press. A recent sighting, however has sparked new interest in the wild man of the outback .... no not Yahoo Serious .... what? Never heard of him? .... "Young Einstein"? .... it's a film. Anyway, a motorist, who wanted to only be identified as Dean, was busy Tuesday morning at about 2:30 am on his usual

Bonsai Kitten - Monster Music Profile

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Bonsai Kitten With the impending Rapture and the following Zombie Apocalypse on our doorstep I thought that it would be a great public service to turn MIN readers on to another great rockabilly band that actually took the time to search me out. The band that I think everyone should ride out the end of the world listening to is the German band Bonsai Kitten who combine punk and bass rattling tracks with modern pop to form a unique sound that will definitely cause some sort of cataclysm. Here is their bio: When there is a genre for the own musical creations missing, one either has to weirdly name it "a mixture of..." or just come up with a new trademark for the own style of music. The Berlin combo BONSAI KITTEN did just that by labeling their mixture of NEWPUNK and ROCKABILLY simply as " KILLBILLY ". It contains explosive own compositions next to well-known, yet energetically shagged songs from the 80is and 90 ies . Founded

Filming Begins On Tim Burton's Dark Shadows

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Source: Warner Bros Filming begins this week on Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' "Dark Shadows," which brings the cult classic television series to the big screen under the direction of Tim Burton. The film's all-star ensemble cast includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, and newcomer Gulliver McGrath. In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet—or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in

Celluloid Philosophers - Shaun And Ed

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Ed : Any zombies out there? Shaun : Don't say that! Ed : What? Shaun : That! Ed : What? Shaun : The zed-word. Don't say it! Ed : Why not? Shaun : Because it's ridiculous! Ed : All right... are there any out there, though? [ looking out of the letter-box, he sees an empty street ] Shaun : I can't see any. Maybe it's not as bad as all that. [ he turns his head and sees a pack of zombies ] Shaun : Oh, no, there they are. - Shaun (Simon Pegg) / Ed (Nick Frost) - Shaun of the Dead (2004) Bonus: Ed : What's the plan then? Shaun : Right. [ cuts to dream sequence ] Shaun : We take Pete's car, we drive over to Mum's, we go in, take care of Philip - "I'm so sorry, Philip" - then we grab Mum, we go over to Liz's place, hole up, have a cup of tea and wait for this whole thing to blow over. Ed : Why have we got to go to Liz's? Shaun : Because we do. Ed : But she dumped you! Shaun : I have to know if she's all right! Ed : Why? Shaun

Shaun of the Dead Uniform T-Shirt

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Order Your Shaun of the Dead T-Shirt Here For Only $17.99! Source: Entertainment Earth Shaun of the Dead Uniform T-Shirt Ever felt like you were surrounded by zombies? High-quality t-shirt based on Shaun of the Dead . Wear your favorite movies! Ever felt like you were surrounded by zombies? Then you'll definitely need this 100% cotton, high-quality white Shaun of the Dead Uniform T-Shirt. Styled to look just like Shaun's work uniform (complete with printed-on tie!). Machine washable. Order yours today! See Also: Shaun of the Dead 12-Inch Talking Action Figure / PAUL DVD News And Simon Pegg Book Signings / SHAUN OF THE DEAD In 60 Seconds Scott Pilgrim Style / Paul (2011)(Universal) / Univerasl Picks Up the Tab For PAUL Roadtrip / Shaun of the Dead - Bash 'Em In The Head - T-Shirt / Celluloid Philosophers - Shaun / Hot Fuzz (2007)(Rogue Pictures) / Star Trek (2009)(Paramount) / Pegg Makes His Portrayal Of Scotty A Tribute

Shaun of the Dead 12-Inch Talking Action Figure

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Order Your Shaun of the Dead Figure Here For Only $37.99! Source: Entertainment Earth Shaun of the Dead 12-Inch Talking Action Figure "How's that for a slice of fried gold?" Shaun speaks key phrases from the movie. Stop the zombie uprising and have some flesh-eating fun! Relive the adventure with this 12-inch tall Shaun of the Dead Talking Figure. Shaun really gets the deluxe treatment in this 1:6 scale. He comes with his cricket bat and base, an interchangeable left hand with a flower bouquet, and speaks key phrases from the movie. So, c'mon. Have some good old-fashioned, flesh-eating fun! "How's that for a slice of fried gold?" Shaun also voices the following: "We need to be somewhere more secure, somewhere on the ground, somewhere we can stay alive." "If you get cornered, bash them in the head. That seems to work." "I don't think I've got it

The Flintstones Say "Smoke Em If Ya Got Em Kids"

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Cartoon characters smoking? WTF! It is hard to fathom that a cigarette company would use cartoon characters to sell it's product to children, but that is exactly what Winston Cigarettes did back in the early 1960's. During the original run of The Flinstones the show was sponsored by several different companies, one of them Winston Cigarettes. To showcase the sponsor's products Hanna-Barbera (the animation company that produced The Flintstones) produced several add spots featuring their beloved characters using the products ..... even smoking cigarettes. Today such a advertising campaign would be strictly taboo .... but back in 1961 nobody thought twice about it and the adds aired on prime-time television for the whole family, including youngsters, to see. It is pretty damn obvious that these adds, though made for adults (The Flintstones, though animated, was considered adult viewing), were really designed to get kids to take up smoking. Screw yo

Does A New Video From Alaska Show Bigfoot?

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Cryptomundo I'm sorry that I haven't posted very many stories from the world of Cryptozoology lately, but my time to concentrate on the topic has been limited due to all the new movie news coming out lately. This one really grabbed my attention though, and I really wanted to spend a couple of minutes on it. The video above seems to show what looks like a Bigfoot moving very quickly through the woods. We don't get a very good look at the object that moves from left to right in the sequence, but it appears to be walking on two legs and covered with brown shaggy fur. If you look real close, the animal, or whatever it is, kinda looks like the Sasquatch from the infamous Roger Patterson film, but then again that is a stretch. I think that my mind may be filling in the gaps here. The voices that we here during the clip do sound genuinely scared/freaked out by the encounter so that may add some credibility to the clip but it's hard to say

The Space Shuttle Program: In The Beginning

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by Armand Vaquer Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the flying brick Enterprise ... Above, Armand with the shuttle prototype "Enterprise." The winding down of the U.S. Space Shuttle program caused me to look back at the beginnings of the program back in the 1970s. I've always been a fan of the U.S. Space Program, beginning with Project Mercury. It has been my contention that the space program is the only worthwhile U.S. government program. In the beginning, the shuttle program started out at the NASA's Dryden test center at Edwards Air Force Base out in the Mojave Desert. In 1977, a friend of mine, Mitch Geriminsky was in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Edwards. Talk about being at the right place and at the right time! One weekend, I paid a visit and Mitch took me over to the space shuttle facilities at Edwards. Luckily for me, I had my camera with me when we visited the shuttle facilities. The photographs are in black & white a