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40 Years of "Godzilla vs. Hedorah": The Men Who Played Godzilla and Hedorah

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Kenpachiro Satsuma (Hedorah) and Haruo Nakajima (Godzilla) take a break during the filming of "Godzilla vs. Hedorah." This still was signed by both actors. From the personal collection of Armand Vaquer. As posted previously , July marks 40 years since the release of Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) in Japan. I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the two men who gave it their all in their portrayals of Godzilla and his foe, Hedorah. Above, Kenpachiro Satsuma (left) and Haruo Nakajima share a laugh in Hollywood 29 years after making "Godzilla vs. Hedorah." Photo by Armand Vaquer. I had the good fortune to first meet Kenpachiro Satsuma (Hedorah) and Haruo Nakajima (Godzilla) at G-FEST 2000 in Hollywood. Since then, I have gotten to know Mr. Nakajima well and attended a dinner party in the Nakano section of Tokyo with Mr. Satsuma in 2001, following the premiere of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack a

What's Next Up For The Mouse Factory? You Guessed It ... A Bigfoot Movie!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Collider.com It seems that the lure of the Bigfoot movie craze is just too much for any movie maker or movie studio to resist ..... even Disney. Move over Mickey, take a seat Jack Sparrow, there's a new property about to be exploited and thy name is Sasquatch ..... well The Yeti to be precise. Yes, since "Pirates of the Caribbean" has become such a huge movie franchise Disney has taken a good look around their theme park for another movie sensation and zeroed in on The Matterhorn. And what monster pops out at you on The Matterhorn ride? The Yeti. So what monster is going to be the antagonist in the movie based on the ride? Bingo! So far the film is in early development but what is known about the script sounds alot like "Escape to Witch Mountain" meets "The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas". A group of five kids are mysteriously drawn to the top of the mountain by a group of Yetis. What the monsters want with the

40 Years of "Godzilla vs. Hedorah"

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by Armand Vaquer Seven years ago, the 50th anniversary of Godzilla (1954) was celebrated. Part of that celebration included the DVD release by Columbia-TriStar Home Entertainment of Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), along with several other Godzilla movies. Suddenly, next month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Godzilla vs. Hedorah in Japan on July 24, 1971. It was released the following year in the United States as Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster . This is the famous (or infamous, depending upon one's point-of-view) movie in which Godzilla curls up his tail and uses his atomic breath as a rocket engine to fly (!) after Hedorah. Director Yoshimitsu Bannai added the flying scenes to "lighten up" an otherwise dark movie. This was Banno's message movie on pollution. Right, Yoshimitsu Banno at a dinner party in Roppongi, Tokyo in 2004. Photo by Armand Vaquer. The movie is quirky in other ways besides the flying sequences. It also contains animated sequence

About That Poster...

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by Armand Vaquer Avery Guerra, who has been a good source for "inside" information on the Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Godzilla movie project, has this to say about the Godzilla 2012 poster: I'll squash this before it get's any further. The poster and website are fake. They're just some elaborate prank, fan made, and nothing more. I've checked with a source close to the production and have now had this debunked. I'm sure we'll probably be seeing more such hoaxes up until the time L.P. decides to start releasing materials. I had my doubts on the poster, but I figured I'd put it out there for everyone to see. At least it got the message boards buzzing for a little while. Looks like we'll have to wait for the real thing.

New Japanese GODZILLA Video And Manga Bonanza!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Youtube / Godzilla Gao You really have to give these (unknown) Japanese Godzilla fans alot of credit. Not only have they built an exact replica of the Godzilla suit from "Mothra vs Godzilla" (Godzilla vs The Thing) but they also run a very cool G site called "Godzilla Gao" and ink a very cool G themed manga (comic) called "Monster's Territory". Wew! That's some real devotion to the "King of Monsters" there. Now their website is all in Japanese so I really couldn't find out very much about them, but from what English text the group posted along with their latest video, which is great by the way, I gather that they have been working on their Godzilla suit for 11 years. 11 years! Well from the video it looks like it's completed and it looks really spot on to the one worn by Haruo Nakajima in the film. The group has also created a really cool King Ghidorah puppet for Big G to interact with. My advi

113 Rare Star Wars Photos Posted Online

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Imgur.com A whole ton of rare "Star Wars" images have just been posted on the Imgur.com website. The images range from publicity images that were never used, screen grabs from scenes that never made it into the original trilogy, to candid behind the scenes shots. A New Hope, Empire and Jedi are all equally represented here although most of the shots seem to be of Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) who, from these shots, looks like she took every available moment to lay down on the set. A good deal of the photos have been published in magazines, online and even on trading cards but a few of them I have honestly never seen before. I wish that I could give credit to whoever put together this great collection of photographs but no name was listed with the gallery. I have posted 20 of my favorites here: To see the rest of the collection go HERE . See Also: Star Wars Episode IV - Imperial TIE Fighter Replica / Sexy

We Go From BLAIR WITCH To BIGFOOT In EXISTS

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Fangoria It's another brand new shiny day and guess what? There's another Bigfoot movie on the horizon. Yes ...... another one. I keep thinking that they are going to stop ..... but they don't. This time around it's "The Blair Witch Project" co-director Eduardo Sanchez who wants to reinvent Sasquatch in his new film project entitled "EXISTS" . Here's a quote, “The film is the first in a trilogy exploring and reinventing the Bigfoot myth,” Sanchez says. “We all remember the terror of watching such classics as THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK, and I look forward to making Bigfoot scary again.” According to Variety Haxan Films and Amber Entertainment will be ready to start work on "EXISTS" in October with filming to take place at Spiderwood Studios in Austin, Texas. Hellboy's Brian Steele will play the monster which will be designed by Weta Workshop and Spectral Motion. Yes .... a CGI Sasquatch .... Here

The Official Bettie Page Tribute Video Featuring Music By Bonsai Kitten

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Bonsai Kitten The members of the German rockabilly band Bonsai Kitten were thrilled to death when they learned that their song "Virgin Suicide" had been chosen for "The Official Bettie Page Tribute Video". Here's the scoop: Features a brief biography of the life of Bettie Page (the Queen of Pinups!), original clips from Teaserama and Betty Gets Dressed in Satin, quotes and photographs from her modeling career. Music used with permission by Bonsai Kitten ( http://www.bonsai-kitten.de/ ). And here's the video: See Also: Bettie Page Remember T-Shirt / Bettie Page Red Devil Fabric Poster Wall Hanging / Bettie Page Extatique Fabric Poster Wall Hanging / Bettie Page - Girl Of Our Dreams Statue / 100 Most Popular (Sexiest) Women In Movies, TV, SciFi And Fantasy #71- #80 / Jim Silke Bettie Page Portfolio Art Collection / EE Exclusive Bettie Page Red Lingerie 6-Inch Statue / Dark Horse Editor Shawna Gore Remembers Bettie Pa

Catching Up With Rachel Grubb - New Photos By Devon Devoor / Roberto Gamez

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Rachel Grubb Photo Credits: Devon Devoor / Roberto Gamez It has been way too long since we last checked in with one of our favorite actresses here at MIN the multitalented Rachel Grubb. Since Rachel moved from the frozen tundra of Minnesota to the ... well ..... less frozen tundra of Los Angeles she has been one busy kitten. It is for this reason that we will forgive her for not keeping us updated on all of her comings and goings. We know the girl has to work and work her ass off she does. Today we have a few photos that Rachel has released to the public by Devon Devoor and Roberto Gamez. In both cases Devoor and Gamez have been able to capture Rachel's raw beauty. Hats off to Devoor for the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" themed shot ..... it's really creeps When I say Rachel has been busy I mean it. Check out this list of projects "Scream Queen Campfire", "Bad Girls Burn In Hell", "The Wasteland Horror", &qu

NEW! Creature from the Black Lagoon - Bobble Head

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Source: Entertainment Earth / From Sci Fi Toys Creature from the Black Lagoon Bobble Head: Classic Creature from the Black Lagoon! Rotating arms! Detailed classic monster that's universally loved by many! Take home this 6-inch Creature from the Black Lagoon bobble head today as he stands atop his name display base. Creature also features rotating arms for additional poses along with his bobbles! For Sale At: Entertainment Earth - $12.99 - Order Here See Also: The 100 Greatest Monsters From Movies And Television #10 - #1 / Creature From The Black Lagoon - Model Kit - Universal Monsters - Moebius Models / MONSTERS IN THE MOVIES - Presented By THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES / Universal Monsters Select - Creature from Black Lagoon Figure / Creature From The Black Lagoon - Plush Doll - Hot New Toys! / Former Creature From The Black Lagoon Director Says Remake On Hold / Mark And Brian Gunn To Write MONSTER SQUAD Remake / Halcyon International Pictures

Godzilla 2012 Poster: Real or Fake?

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by Armand Vaquer Things have been quiet on the Legendary Pictures/Warner Brothers Godzilla project lately. I received this in an email today. This is the first I've seen of it, so I can't say if this is authentic or not.

Dean Devlin Finally Takes Credit For GODZILLA (GINO) Failure

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Bloody Disgusting I just wanted to quickly share these quotes from director Dean Devlin about Legendary's new "Godzilla 3D" film and why his G film failed. These come in response to questions posed by Bloody Disgusting's Chris Eggersten: First on "Godzilla 3D": "I'm happy. First of all, one of the people at Legendary involved with it is Bill Fay, who was one of the producers with me on the last version. You know, to get another shot at getting that one right, I understand why they want to do it, and I really hope...the best [for them]. I hope they get it right." Then on why "Godzilla 98" failed: "Listen, I think there's a lot of wonderful stuff in that movie, I really do," ( in the film's defense) "[But] I think the problem with that movie was the script I wrote. I think Roland did an amazing job directing it, I think the actors are great, I think when people look back now on

Kitty From KITTY IN A CASKET Explodes On Stage!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Imagine the horror when right in the middle of a live show one of the band members just simply blows up. Yes, explodes. Body parts go flying .... there is pandemonium ..... fans running for the doors ..... the week being trampled under foot as panic sets in. Sounds like your kind of concert right? Well, that is exactly what happened at a Kitty In A Casket show in Europe recently. One of the band members just blew up right in the middle of the song "Zombie Paradise". Then to make things worse ... Kitty (the lead singer) started to catch fire, as in spontaneously combust. Okay ....... none of that really happened. It's all just a part of a running joke between Kitty and myself on Facebook. I pointed out that if she were to blow up on stage that it would be one hell of a publicity stunt and that it would undoubtedly boost the sales of their latest CD "Back to Thrill". Kitty decided that it would be better if one of her band mates blew u

IDW Launches New GHOSTBUSTERS Series In September

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Source: IDW Publishing IDW Publishing and Sony Pictures Consumer Products are thrilled to announce the launch of an all-new, ongoing GHOSTBUSTERS comic book series. Spinning out of IDW’s hit Infestation event, and featuring Ghostbusters: Infestation scribe Erik Burham, the ghost hunters from New York City are back with exciting new adventures starting in September. Helping Burnham bring this zany story of the dead to life will be fan-favorite artist Dan Schoening (Ghostbusters: What in Samhain Just Happened?!) and popular IDW Ghostbusters cover artist Nick Runge. “My dream since I took over the editorial duties on IDW’s Ghostbusters comics license was to bring the boys in proton packs to monthly comics,” said series editor Tom Waltz. “We’ve had fantastic Ghostbusters one-shots and mini-series up to this point, but the incredible success of Ghostbusters: Infestation has proven that Ghostbusters fans, old and new alike, are still very hungry for ghostbusting tales. With the awesome cre

Because They Really Like You Dynamite Offers The Living Corpse Up For FREE!

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Source: Dynamite Entertainment In honor of the launch and upcoming release of the next - and newest - The Living Corpse series - Dynamite Entertainment is providing THE ENTIRE FIRST ISSUE OF THE ORIGINAL THE LIVING CORPSE SERIES ABSOLUTELY FOR FREE!!! In Living Corpse: Exhumed #1 (of 6) shipping in August 2011, it's hard enough to be The Living Corpse - the flies, the hunger for human brains and the unending task of holding off the hordes of darkness from creeping into the world of the living. But when a Nosferatu suddenly moves into his graveyard, all hell breaks loose! And what will happen when The Living Corpse's friend, Lilith, get's caught in the middle? It's a battle of the undead and only one will be left standing! (here's a hint... the name of the book ain't Nosferatu!) As well as serving as publisher of The Living Corpse comic, Dynamite is also branching out as producers on the brand new Living Corpse CGI animated movie, currently wrapping up produ

For Your Double D Viewing Pleasure Elvira's Movie Macabre: Night of Living Dead / I Eat Your Skin

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Sources: Elvira Mistress of the Dark Website / Amazon.com Like a specter rising from the grave, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is back – providing her signature, unflinching, tongue-in-cheek commentary of some of the “greatest” B-movies of all time! This double feature DVD set includes two all-time classics: Night of the Living Dead Just as Elvira’s television career rises once again, so do the ghouls on-screen in George A. Romero’s zombie masterpiece. I Eat Your Skin Elvira takes us on a trip to Voo Doo Island and gives us a few culinary tips along the way – bon appetit! Special Features Movie Macabre Behind-the-scenes Photo Shoot with Christopher Ameruso “Mistress of the Dark” Music Video by Ghoultown Making the Ghoultown Video Sneak Peek Previews ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK When you hear the name Elvira only one person comes to mind... Halloween icon and quintessential symbol of all things spooky, the one and only Mistress of the Dark. Back in 1981, who could have imagined