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Jonathan Frid, 1924-2012

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by Armand Vaquer Sad news has been reported over at Dark Shadows News: It is with tremendous sadness that we report that Dark Shadows legend Jonathan Frid has died. Jonathan passed away peacefully on April 13 at the age of 87.  Frid was the original Barnabas Collins on the ABC-TV soap Dark Shadows .  He has a cameo appearance in the upcoming Johnny Depp/Tim Burton feature film Dark Shadows .  He posted at his website that he was hoping to attend the movie's premiere.  It would have been interesting to read of his reaction to the film. I had the pleasure of meeting Frid at a convention in Los Angeles in 1984.  This news is almost like a punch to the gut.  Frid was as much a favorite to me as George Reeves.  Fortunately, Frid was blessed with a long and active life.  I have an autographed photo of Frid as Barnabas displayed on my bedroom wall. Strangely, I received a mailer Wednesday from the Dark Shadows Festival organizers.  Inside, it advertised that Frid

Monsterpalooza 2012

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Above, The Monster confronts Elizabeth in "Frankenstein" in Monsterpalooza's Museum. It was another fun Monsterpalooza in Burbank this year. I attended yesterday afternoon. The crowds waiting to get in were huge, despite an occasional downpour. The first person I recognized was Godzilla suit-maker Shinichi Wakasa. We chatted a bit over at The Daily Grill, the Burbank Marriott's restaurant. I introduced longtime G-FEST volunteer Barbara Weiler to him. While waiting to get in, a gent in a homemade Gill-man suit entertained people in line (below). Once inside, I made my way to Mondo Cult magazine's table and met with Jessie Lilley. Earlier, I had Don Glut snap this shot of actor/writer/film historian Ted Newsom and me (below). Wandering around, I found that the usual great exhibits one expects at Monsterpalooza were in abundance. Mike Hill's life-size sculptures (below) of Jack Pierce (with The Mummy ) and Rick Baker (with An Ameri

Walk MS - Greater Los Angeles Event

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 by Armand Vaquer The Greater Los Angeles Walk MS is this coming Sunday morning.  We need sponsors!  My roomie Jeska is participating (I'll be along for the walk, but please donate under her name): Please help by making a  donation to support my fundraising efforts. Money raised will support education, advocacy, research and local programs that enhance the quality of life for people with MS and their families.  Click  here to visit my personal web page to make a secure, online donation.  If you prefer, you can mail a check to the National MS Society, Walk MS, 2440 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 115, Los Angeles, CA 90064.  Please be sure to put my name in the memo portion of the check so it will be credited to my fundraising efforts. Please donate whatever you can!  We need you Monster Kids!  Thank you!

The Monstrous Movie Photo Of The Day: Heralding The Completion Of Harvey

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Written By: Ken Hulsey As you probably have guessed by now all of today's posts have something to do with bunnies in honor of it being Easter and all so I decided to pull a rabbit out of my hat, or to be more precise, pull a rabbit themed image out of my collection. This particular image was released by Universal to herald the completion of the 1950 film which starred one of my favorite actors Jimmy Stewart and actress Josephine Hull. This photo was published in movie trade magazines and was never released to the general public to promote the film. Here is some history: Harvey is a 1950 film based on Mary Chase's play of the same name, directed by Henry Koster, and starring James Stewart and Josephine Hull. The story is about a man whose best friend is a pooka named Harvey—in the form of a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall invisible rabbit. The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form

The Monstrous Movie Clip Of The Day: Wabbits Wabbits Wabbits!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Happy Easter Monster Maniacs! Everybody loves rabbits right? They are cute, cuddly and make great pets. I'm sure that many of you gave a rabbit as a gift to innocent child this Easter didn't you? Well you may want to rethink that gift after watching this clip from the classic (?) horror film "Night of the Lepus". It plainly illustrates just how vicious those cute little critters can become! One little science experiment goes awry and bingo ... you have a herd of giant mutant bunnies running around killing campers and chowing down on local cattle. "Zillions and twillions of wabbits! Where are they all coming from?" - Elmer Fudd Indeed there are "zillions and twillions" of real bunnies running around miniature sets in "Night of the Lepus" which was one of a group of "critter on the loose" films produced during the 1970s that included "Empire of the Ants", "Food of the Gods", "

The Monstrous Movie Quote Of The Day: Roger Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988)

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"Well, you see, I didn't know where your office was. So I asked the newsboy. He didn't know. So I asked the fireman, the green grocerer, the butcher, the baker, they didn't know! But the liquor store guy... he knew." - Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer)(Who Framed Roger Rabbit)(1988)

Voice Actor Steve Blum To Be Guest of Honor At Anime Expo

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Source: Anime Expo News Release Above ,  Steve Blum.  Photo courtesy Anime Expo. LOS ANGELES (April 6, 2012) – Anime Expo, North America’s largest anime, manga and Japanese pop culture celebration, today announced popular voice actor Steve Blum as an Official Guest of Honor.  One of anime’s most prolific voice actors, Blum will participate in a meet-and-greet, autograph signing and focus panel at Anime Expo when it returns to the LA Convention Center from June 29 – July 2, 2012, With literally hundreds of credits to his name, Steve Blum is well known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from “Cowboy Bebop,” “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show and X-Men Anime) and “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from “Naruto” -- to name a few.  His has also lent his distinctive deep voice to 7-11 television and radio ads, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characte

LiSA To Perform At Anime Expo

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Source: Anime Expo News Release LOS ANGELES (April 2, 2012) – Anime Expo, North America’s largest anime, manga and Japanese pop culture celebration, will present the U.S. debut concert of Japanese recording artist LiSA, whose chart-topping single “Oath Sign” is the theme song for the wildly popular anime series Fate/Zero. In addition, LiSA will be a Guest of Honor participating in a meet-and-greet, autograph signings and focus panels at Anime Expo, when it returns to the LA Convention Center from June 29 – July 2, 2012. LiSA burst onto the Japanese music scene with her role on the hit anime Angel Beats! as the singing voice for Yui, one of the vocalists in the in-show band “Girls Dead Monster.” Beyond being chosen as the theme song to Fate/Zero, her first single entered the Japanese Oricon weekly charts at #5, and went on to capture the #2 spot on the daily charts. In advance of her Anime Expo appearance, Aniplex of America will bring four of LISA’s releases to the US including h

Save Pickfair Studios! Update And Protest Info!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Today there will be a protest at Pickfair Studios. I encourage all who live in the vicinity to attend. All week I have been posting links as well as articles and even a blog article written by Kenneth Lee Hulsey and myself about the impending fate of this legendary and historically relevant movie studio. It is easy to discuss how much we all love movies, but with most things it is much harder to prove what they really mean to us. I realize we are spread all over the country as well as the world and most who would attend just cannot...but those who live in the vicinity....please, please attend! I would like to express my appreciation to all of those who signed the petition! Thank you very much! - Terri Pressley As Terri mentioned above earlier this week I posted an article about the impending destruction of Pickfair Studios one of Hollywood's earliest and most iconic movie studios where such classics as "Some Like It Hot", "Guys and Dolls&qu