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GODZILLA vs HEDORAH 40th Anniversary Poster, Lobby Card And Photo Bonanza!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey This past weekend I posted an article that was very well received about classic monster movie posters so I have decided to turn the subject into a series of features here at Monster Island News. The only problem is .... where do I start? There are so many awesome sci fi, horror and monster movie posters out there it is hard to pinpoint just where to begin. That's when it hit me. As our very own Armand Vaquer noted in a couple of great pieces a few of weeks back this month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of " Godzilla vs Hedorah " in Japan so I figured this was as good a place to start as any. To the left is one of the original Japanese adds for the film. As you probably have noticed the poster is rather tall and narrow. These "skinny" posters were displayed in Japanese theaters alongside standard sized ones to promote the film. As is typical of these posters this one contains giant sized lettering and a small graphic of t

FUTURAMA Wants You To Put Your Head In A Jar

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Source: Comedy Central Matt Groening , creator of the Emmy®-Award-winning series “ Futurama ,” today announced the launch of the “Futurama Head-In-A-Jar Creator” App during the show’s panel at Comic-Con . The free App – developed in a collaboration between COMEDY CENTRAL , the producers of “Futurama” and Rough Draft Studios – allows fans to design their own Head-In-A-Jar, a popular recurring feature of the show. The “Futurama” App was released simultaneously with Groening’s announcement and is now available for download on iPhone and iPod Touch. “The ‘Head-In-A-Jar’ App is an interactive playground for fans,” said Michele Ganeless, president, COMEDY CENTRAL. “The new App truly celebrates the show and gives fans a great place to enter and experience the world of ‘Futurama.’” "In the future, we'll all be heads in jars," said Groening. "But right now we can live this utopian fantasy in cartoon form." The new App is loaded with a wealth of features. The “Head-I

Comic Con 2011 Torchwood Panel Clips

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Source:3HeadedMonkey / Youtube Am I pissed that I missed this? ...... Oh f$%# yeh! But I'm glad someone recorded it.

Star Wars Blu-ray Deleted Scenes Trailer

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Lisa Dullard / Youtube Many years ago I wrote an article for the original Monster Island News about the infamous deleted scenes from "Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope ". At that time the footage that was allocated to the cutting room floor had been seen very rarely and was mysteriously absent from both DVD and VHS releases of the original Star Wars trilogy. Likewise similar content from "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" had also been left out. These scenes included, but were not limited to, Biggs talking with Luke in Anchorhead, Wampas running amok in the Rebel Base on Hoth, and a Tatooine sandstorm in Jedi. Now, after so many years, Lucasfilm has changed their mind about keeping these lost treasures ... well, "lost" .... and will include them in the upcoming Blu-ray release of the trilogy. As a precursor to that Lucasfilm has put together a sweet little teaser with some of the scenes I me

Okay All You Trekkies At Comic Con! It's Time To Rage Against The Federation!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Music and Lyrics By: Warp 11 Hey all my Trek loving brothers and sisters at Comic Con! This one goes out to you! Have fun, geek it up and have some blood wine on me! Oh .... and may the Force be with all the Star Wars fans as well! Now ... let's rock. This is for every die-hard nerd-bot in San Diego: RAGE AGAINST THE FEDERATION To boldly go - don’t you see? Is just a ploy - it’s a f****** conspiracy The final frontier Is just a lie that kills thousands every year ‘Cause you and me - don’t you see Brainwashed at the f****** academy This red shirt - I’ll say it loud It ain’t nothing but a f****** death shroud The Red Shirts are dying The Red Shirts are dying The Red Shirts are dying The Red Shirts are dying We beam down, but not back Before the break we were under attack “Forward!” Captain cried from the rear and the front rank died We get the orders - we make it so We live fast but we don’t die slow Our bones are crushed - our blood is spilled The prim

Revealed! Guillermo Del Toro's PACIFIC RIM Uniform Logo

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Legendary Pictures Something from Comic Con for us giant monster fans .... finally. The first teaser image from Guillermo Del Toro's " Pacific Rim ". Info: Acclaimed writer, producer and director Guillermo del Toro's new film PACIFIC RIM features cast members including Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, and Rinko Kikuchi. Now the logo featured on uniforms from the film is revealed here.

New Promo Images From THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Warner Bros Comic Con time is upon us again and all the studios out there are going ape-shit crazy releasing new images and trailers for their upcoming projects. The latest entity to send some thing our way, Warner Bros who supplied these great promotional images for " The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey " Above - RICHARD ARMITAGE as Thorin Oakenshield in New Line Cinema's and MGM's fantasy adventure "THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by James Fisher KEN STOTT as Balin and GRAHAM McTAVISH as Dwalin in New Line Cinema's and MGM's fantasy adventure "THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by James Fisher STEPHEN HUNTER as Bombur, JAMES NESBITT as Bofur and WILLIAM KIRCHER as Bifur in New Line Cinema's and MGM's fantasy adventure "THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Jame

Godzilla 6 1/2-Inch Bandai Action Figure Assortment Case

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Source: Entertainment Earth Godzilla 6 1/2-Inch Action Figure Assortment Case: Collectible Godzilla! Godzilla with articulation! Godzilla invades your collection! This Godzilla 6 1/2-inch tall action figure case contains 12 individually packaged figures (subject to change): 4x Godzilla 2001 5x Space Godzilla 3x Gigan Final Wars This Item Is For Sale At Entertainment Earth For $129.99 (Click Here)

Analeigh Tipton - Hot Actress Profile!

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Source: Warner Bros ANALEIGH TIPTON stars in the highly anticipated, soon-to-be-released Whit Stillman-directed feature film "Violet Wister's Damsels in Distress." She most recently co-starred with Seth Rogen in Michael Gondry's action/adventure "The Green Hornet," playing the title character's girlfriend. She will soon be seen in a multi-episode arc on "Hung" for HBO, to air in Fall 2011, and just wrapped filming yet another lead role, in "Samaritan," executive produced by Daniel Dubiecki. Tipton, originally from Minnesota, was raised in Central California. She grew up as a competitive ice skater, competing twice in the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships. After moving to Hollywood, Tipton was a runner-up on cycle 11 of America's Next Top Model. Also an accomplished artist and writer, she is currently in the process of writing her own screenplay.

Frank Miller's HOLY TERROR Teaser Video

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Source: Legendary Comics Here is your sneak peek at the trailer for Frank Miller's Holy Terror in advance of the official unveiling at the beginning of the Legendary Comics Panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Frank Miller - the iconic writer/artist of Sin City and 300 brings you a no-holds-barred action thriller for the modern era. Join The Fixer, a brand new, hard-edged hero as he battles terror in the inaugural release from Legendary Comics: Frank Miller’s Holy Terror – coming September.

Sigourney Weaver Believes Ripley Has Unfinished Business With ALIENS

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: WENN Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year or so you undoubtedly know that there is a new " Alien " prequel in the works and that Sigourney Weaver will not be reprising her role as Ripley in it. That being said the 61-year-old actress still feels that her infamous character still has a place in at least one future film in the long-running sci fi/horror series. She believes that the only hurdle that could stand in the way of that happening is her age, "I could definitely kick that alien's ass again. While I can't speak for them, I think for Fox, once you're 60, you're not going to be starring in an action movie. "I think it's too bad that that's the case. I would have liked to do one last story where we go back to the planet, where Ripley's history is resolved. But I do feel like her story is unfinished." This is without a doubt one of the coolest quotes I have ever heard! The

DARK SHADOWS To Return To Comics Just In Time For Halloween

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Source: Dynamite Entertainment Television's original reluctant vampire is back! Barnabas Collins is re-adjusting to life under his vampiric curse. Haunted by terrifying dreams of his age-old lover and nemesis, Angelique, and fighting his bloodlust, Barnabas fears that danger lies ahead for all who live at Collinwood. Meanwhile, Barnabas's ally and trusted friend Dr. Julia Hoffman is harboring secrets of her own. Written by Stuart Manning and drawn by Aaron Campbell, with covers by Campbell and superstar artist Francesco (Black: Panther: Man Without Fear, Swamp Thing) make sure to get the horrifying Dark Shadows #1! Collinwood, an ancestral mansion on the remote Maine coastline, is home to the Collins family, a dynasty haunted by secrets and a supernatural curse spanning two centuries. Barnabas Collins is facing an uncertain future and new threats. Cursed in 1795 by the witch Angelique, Barnabas has lived as a vampire for almost two centuries. Out of his own time and now a sel

Problems Plague DRACULA'S ORGY OF THE DAMNED But James Baack Pushes On

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: James Baack Have you ever had dreams of being an independent film maker? Is there a movie idea inside of you just screaming to to be made? Do you think you have what it takes to make it happen? Think again. Working on a movie isn't as easy as you may think. The questions I should have asked were:"Do you like ulcers?" "Do you like pulling out your own hair?" "Do you believe that the entire universe is conspiring against you?" A great example of just how many problems a film maker can encounter can be found in the words of indie film maker James Baack in regards to his latest project " Dracula's Orgy of the Damned ". Here is how Baack explains it: "This movie has had more problems taking off than the production of Alien 3. I have more angry actors, schedule conflicts, script rewrites, and MIA's than you can shake a garlic necklace at. First off, we WERE able to get footage of the Carpathian Mo

"Island of Lost Souls" To Be Released In October!

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by Armand Vaquer Island of Lost Souls is coming to DVD and Blu-ray from Criterion! The release date is October 25 (just in time for Halloween). Finally, after years of fan clamoring over a DVD release, the 1932 classic Paramount picture is getting released. Island of Lost Souls was directed by Erle C. Kenton and starred Charles Laughton and featured Bela Lugosi as the "Sayer of the Law" (left). According to the Criterion website : SYNOPSIS: A twisted treasure from Hollywood’s pre-Code horror heyday, Island of Lost Souls is a cautionary tale of science run amok adapted from H. G. Wells’s novel The Island of Dr. Moreau . In one of his first major movie roles, Charles Laughton is a mad doctor conducting ghastly genetic experiments on a remote island in the South Seas, much to the fear and disgust of the shipwrecked sailor (Richard Arlen) who finds himself trapped there. Erle C. Kenton’s touchstone of movie terror is elegantly shot by Karl Struss, features gro

Simon Pegg Says No To Sequels ..... Except For PAUL .... Possibly

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Simon Pegg via Twitter It would be fair to say that Simon Pegg believes that Hollywood has gone a little sequel crazy over the past decade or so, and who could argue with that honestly? In regards to his own films he feels that they speak for themselves and really don't need a follow-up story .... with the exception of possibly one. Here is what Pegg posted on Twitter about a sequel to " Hot Fuzz ": "Does this mean Sgt. Nicholas Angel can come back to London? Because he doesn't want to. He's happy with Danny in Sandford Didn't mean to fuel rumours of a Hot Fuzz sequel. A high ranking MET police officer resigned, thus the comment about Angel returning to LDN." Then he posted about sequels in general: "Where does this sequel obsession come from? Has our lust for the new been blunted by repeated pandering to childish desires for familiarity?" Then to set the record straight: "Didn't say sequels

Despite Some King-Sized Confusion KONG: KING OF SKULL ISLAND Still Moving Forward

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Avery Guerra / Robert Hood Some of you may recall way back in 2009 when I first reported that Spirit Pictures was working on a "King Kong" prequel/sequel called " Kong: King of Skull Island " based on the graphic novel by the same name created by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland. Prior to that story hitting the web the film had been suffering in development hell at another studio Fantastic Films. Shortly after the news broke that Spirit had taken over the project all related info and images pertaining to it were pulled from Fantastic's web site only to replaced sometime later by a listing for something called “King Kong: The Beginning". It was naturally assumed that the DeVito /Strickland project had been replaced by yet another similar film. Eventually the second project was also removed from the website. Recently it was announced the Fox Animation was going to tackle a "King Kong" project of their own aimed at

SyFy To Go Behind The Scenes Of B Movie Effects In MONSTER MAN

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Source: NBC / Universal Syfy is expanding its slate of original reality programming by greenlighting Monster Man, a docuseries about a quirky Hollywood creature-making family, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. Six one-hour episodes have been ordered from Gurney Productions, the team behind Syfy’s exciting new series Haunted Collector. Monster Man goes behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s most respected monster prop building workshops. For more than thirty years, when studios want a bizarre creature or out-of-this world alien, they’ve turned to Cleve Hall and his very unique family business. Only the horrifying monsters they build match the craziness of this highly dysfunctional, extremely talented family. “We are entering the creative world of a very eccentric, artistic family,” said Mark Stern. “Cleve and his team will give our viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at what it takes

Bigfoot Returns To Comics In Dynamite's CURSE OF THE WENDIGO

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Source: Dynamite Entertainment The Walking Dead's acclaimed artist, Charlie Adlard is teaming up with Dynamite Entertainment on a new horrific tale that will be adored by his fans! Teaming up with French TV and comic book writer Mathieu Missoffe comes Curse of the Wendigo! Curse of the Wendigo mixes true historical facts with fiction to create an unexpected story and distinctive atmosphere, beautifully rendered by Charlie Adlard's immense talent and enhanced by his innovative use of old war pictures within his artwork. Set in France during WWI, Curse of the Wendigo follows a desperate alliance between isolated French and German soldiers, who must temporarily stop slaughtering each other to fight a new terrifying threat : the Wendigo, a creature preying on soldiers from both sides. Joining the search and destroy party is one of the very few Native Americans enrolled in the US Army at the time, who followed the evil trail of the once human Wendigo from his tribe's land up

The Time Is Now To Save SPACE WARRIORS 2000 And Bring It To DVD!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Richard Gladman Do you love Ultraman? Do you love giant Japanese monster movies? Do you love really weird obscure movies? Well odds are if you are reading Monster Island News the answer is pretty obvious isn't it! Let me tell you about a a very cool little film that you probably have never heard of called "Space Warriors 2000" which is a mish-mash of clips from old "Ultraman" episodes, and from the looks of it other Japanese monster movies, combined with new footage to create a stand alone movie. Think of it like "Power Rangers", "Gamera Super Monster" or how Turkish sci fi films are made. Anyway the film was produced in the mid 1980s and released to TV here in the United States. After the movie aired it disappeared into obscurity never to be seen again. That is, until now. It seems that a distributor called Spectrum Ventures has gotten a hold of a print of "Space Warriors 2000" and has plans to

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (Warner Bros)(2011)

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Source: Warner Bros Ten years ago, those four words signified the beginning of the extraordinary cinematic journey of a boy whose name became synonymous with magic: Harry Potter. Over the next decade, the film franchise that bears his name changed movie history while also changing the lives of its multi-generational ensemble cast and the filmmakers who devoted themselves to bringing J.K. Rowling's seven-volume literary masterpiece to the screen. Commencing with 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and culminating with the two-part adaptation of the final title, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the films have become the top-grossing franchise of all time, capturing the imagination of audiences around the world. Additionally, both the books and the movies have been woven into our culture, adding words like Muggle, Quidditch, Hogwarts and even Expelliarmus! to the global lexicon. David Heyman, who, in 1997, discovered the as-yet-unpubli