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Space: 1999 (1975-1977)(Gerry Anderson)(ITV)

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Episode One: "Breakaway" (From the original ITC Press Release.) Suspected radiation from nuclear waste containers provides (sic) a deep space probe from Earth's space research centre on the Moon. It is a prologue to disaster and mankind's most fantastic adventure. Preparations are well advanced for the most important space journey in the history of man: a probe into deep space to explore the rogue planet Meta which has broken away from a distant galaxy and is now closer to Earth's solar system. Already, identifiable signals have come from the planet, indicating a high form of life. John Koenig (MARTIN LANDAU) is commander of the mission to be launched from Earth's Space Research Centre at Moonbase Alpha. He has just returned to the Moon to oversee the momentous adventure, but the probe is already in jeopardy. Two of the deep space astronauts have been stricken with a mystery illness which has already claimed nine lives. All, but the astronauts, have

"Freethinking, sexy broad with a dirty mouth, who pretty much does what she wants."

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Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominee, Joan Collins, possesses a star quality that circles the globe. In five decades, she has come to define what it means to be a living legend. As an accomplished actor, author, producer, humanitarian and entrepreneur, Joan Collins has built a career that places her in the unrivaled ranks of international superstar and icon. In recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the arts, culture and charitable causes, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II honored Joan Collins with an O.B.E. title in 1997, making her an Officer of the British Empire. This Article Has Moved To - "Freethinking, sexy broad with a dirty mouth, who pretty much does what she wants." at Monster Island News Now With More Sexy Photos Of Joan  Collins!

"Pacific Rim": Breaking News Teaser Trailer

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by Armand Vaquer The marketing campaign for next year's Pacific Rim has started by Legendary Pictures.  The image above is from the "breaking news" teaser trailer that has gone viral today over the Internet.  Something obviously huge rests on an aircraft carrier.  The full video is below:   Looks like people outside of Godzilla fandom will know the word kaiju and what it means after this movie.

PROOF! There are giant creatures living at the edge of our civilization.

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The Mysterious Monsters (1976) was one of the first theatrical releases produced by Sunn Classic Pictures. It was narrated by actor Peter Graves. The film investigated not only the possibility of Bigfoot's existence but also of the Loch Ness Monster and the Yeti (the Abominable Snowman). It featured dramatic reenactments of various reported Bigfoot sightings. The film showed one witness being given a lie detector test, another being placed under hypnosis. The Mysterious Monsters was the first movie to feature the home movie taken by Roger Patterson in 1967 reported to show a Bigfoot. Anthropologist Grover Krantz was interviewed and said he believed the film to be authentic. Famed Bigfoot hunter Peter Byrne was also featured and gave insights on the hunt. In discussing the Loch Ness Monster, the film showed a 1934 photograph that was said to be of the creature. In 1994, however, this photo was proven to be a hoax.

The Screwiest Comedy of the Year!

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Although it's still unclear exactly what it means, Mamie Van Doren's baffling sign-off line in 'Three Nuts in Search of a Bolt' (1964), "It sure don't taste like tomato juice!", is a take-off on a popular TV commercial for V-8 tomato juice of the same era. As most people know V-8 Juice is red and has the same consistency as tomato juice, so the line from the commercial is "It looks like tomato juice, but it sure doesn't taste like tomato juice." - IMDB "I Used To Be a Stripper Down on Main - Now I'm the Main Attraction on the Strip"

In Search Of ...

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'Lost civilizations, extraterrestrials, myths and monsters, missing persons, magic and witchcraft, unexplained phenomena. "In Search Of..." cameras are traveling the world, seeking out these great mysteries. This program was the result of the work of scientists, researchers and a group of highly-skilled technicians.' - Leonard Nimoy In Search of... is a documentary television series that was broadcast weekly from 1976 to 1982 devoted to mysteries and phenomena. It was created after three successful one-hour TV documentaries, In Search of Ancient Astronauts in 1973 (based on the book Chariots of the Gods? by Erich von Däniken), and In Search of Ancient Mysteries and The Outer Space Connection (both of which were written into popular paperbacks by series-creator Alan Landsburg) in 1975. All three feature narration by Rod Serling, who was the initial choice to host the series. After the death of Serling, Leonard Nimoy was chosen to be the host of the spin-off series.

Superman's Japanese Voice

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David Stewart posted this at The Adventures Continue Facebook page: JUL 19 1959 Toru Ohira, the Japanese voice of "Superman," watches the late George Reeves as he supplies the Japanese dialogue. Credit: AP Newsfeatures Photo . The Adventures of Superman was said to be the number one television show in Japan at the time.  Emperor Hirohito was a fan and sent George Reeves a fan letter. Kudos to David Stewart for the find!

Project U.F.O.

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Ezekiel saw the wheel. This is the wheel he said he saw. These are unidentified flying objects that people say they are seeing now. Are they proof that we are being visited by civilizations from other stars? Or just what are they? The United States Air Force began an investigation of this high strangeness in a search for the truth. What you are about to see is part of that 20-year search. 'Project U.F.O.' features two U.S. Air Force investigators charged with investigating UFO sightings. The first season starred William Jordan (as "Maj. Jake Gatlin") and Caskey Swaim (as "Staff Sgt. Harry Fitz"). Jordan was a rather nondescript leading man, while Swaim (who had never had any significant acting experience before landing the role) added diversity as a Southerner with a pronounced accent. In season two, Jordan was replaced by Edward Winter (as "Capt. Ben Ryan"). Aldine King ("Libby") was another regular. Dr. Joyce Brothers appeared in tw

Once more a frantic pilot radios in a report on a UFO. A bird. A bird as big as a Battleship!

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With Thanksgiving Day upon us I have decided to serve up a little cinematic turkey of my own. I would be willing to bet that no one reading this could find a better 'turkey' than Fred Sears 1957 dud entitled 'The Giant Claw.' Over the decades 'Claw' has reached a unique place in cinematic lore thanks in most part to its laughable monster, a monster so ridiculous looking that it never once appeared in any of the films advertising, a monster so lame that even the movies cast never saw the design during filming, a monster so goofy looking that the audience broke out in laughter every time it appeared on screen. In other words monster so cheesy that Ed Wood must have stayed awake at night wishing he had thought of it first. Yes boys and girls the monster in this film is a puppet. I know that throughout the history of monster films puppets have been used very effectively as a cheap alternative to expensive and time consuming stop-motion models in such films a

Even mightier than 'King Kong'!

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Daikyojū Gappa (1967) was produced by Nikkatsu Corporation, and was their only foray into the giant monster genre. The foreign sales title for the film was Gappa: The Triphibian Monster, and was dubbed into English (considered the "International Version"). The film was picked up by American International Pictures and released directly to television in the US under their American International Television banner, and retitled Monster from a Prehistoric Planet. This version was one of many films syndicated to broadcasters nationwide by AIP-TV, and became a staple for Horror Hosts on television stations from San Francisco to New York City from the late 1960s through early 1980s. Did You Know? There was an urban legend that Nikkatsu's international English prints originally had a racist line, "The monsters are attacking Tokyo. Fortunately they are attacking the Negro section of town." (and that the line was changed). This was untrue. This film was intended as a

Relic of an ancient terror born a billion years ago!

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The demented archaeologist Dr. Andrew Forbes (George Zucco) discovers a living, breathing serpent creature known to the Aztecs as Quetzalcoatl (the Killer Bird God) and accidentally kills his wife by giving her one of the beast's feathers, causing the creature to track her down and slaughter her. Now Dr. Forbes uses this twisted knowledge to extract revenge upon his enemies by placing one of the serpent's feathers on his intended victim and letting the beast loose to wreak havoc. - Jeremy Lunt (IMDB)

Thundering out of unknown skies--The super-sonic hell-creature no weapon could destroy!

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The King Brothers attempted to add footage to the American version of "Rodan" (1956) of American Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ships firing their main guns and anti-aircraft batteries at the Rodans (the Kings had switched the city from Fukuoka, which had no naval facilities, to Sasebo, which had them). The brothers wanted footage of joint American-Japanese naval gunfire exercises, but the Pentagon refused, to avoid the Soviets seeing training techniques. Ironically, a year later, in 1957 with "The Mysterians," the Pentagon would freely offer stock footage for public relations purposes. The King Brothers were reportedly concerned that their dubbing actors would sorely mispronounce the word "Fukuoka" at inappropriate moments. - IMDB What the Fukuoka?

We are already dead. We are Robot Jox!

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In the age of 'Robotech', 'Tranzor Z', and the lasting appeal of Mattel's 'Shogun Warriors' came 'Robot Jox' a movie about giant robots and the men (and women) who love them. Well, in actuality it was a movie about the men (and women) who were forced to pilot giant mechs in combat against each other in order to solve the worlds conflicts. On the outside 'Robot Jox' sounded like it would be one super cool movie. Giant robots locked in combat in the fashion of the popular 'Battletech' board game played out in full cinematic glory. This is going to be great! Uh-Oh SpaghettiOs! What is this? A film so boring that you wished you were back at home watching 'Tranzor Z.' How can a movie with giant robots fighting each other be such a snoozer? How can you screw that up? It's 'Rocky' with robots for crying out loud! The makers of 'Real Steel' ... I'm looking out of the corner of my eye at you. Somehow

First International Comic Festa To Include Foreign Comics Creators

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Spider-Man scales a Harajuku building.  His parent company is participating in the Int. Comic Festa.  Photo by Armand Vaquer. If you are a comic book creator (artist, writer, publisher, etc.) and have a "yen" to visit Japan, here's your opportunity to visit the land of Godzilla! The Asahi Shimbun reported: The executive committee of the first International Comic Festa revealed details of the Nov. 18 event in Tokyo, including speeches by internationally acclaimed artists.  The event, which will be held at Tokyo's Big Sight convention center, will bring together comic books from Europe, East Asia and North America, including "bande dessinee" (BD) comics for French and Belgian readers. It will be the first event of its kind in Japan.  Four major BD publishers from France and Belgium will join the event, as well as the largest U.S. comic publisher, Marvel Entertainment LLC. In addition, Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions C

Hey, sheriff, you forgot your pants.

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The movie 'Rio Bravo' (1959) had an interesting preview trailer. In the trailer, Ricky Nelson finishes playing his guitar, then he turns to the camera and talks about the exciting nature of the film. After some clips are shown, they cut back to Nelson who lists the cast members. When he does not mention his own name, we hear the voice of Dean Martin say off camera "What about Rick Nelson"? On May 8th 1958, just one week into shooting Ricky Nelson celebrated his 18th birthday. As a gift, John Wayne and Dean Martin gave him a 300 lb. sack of steer manure, which they then threw Nelson into as a rite of passage. Quentin Tarantino has said that before he enters into a relationship with a girl, he always shows her 'Rio Bravo' and if she doesn't like it, there is no relationship. When Chance (John Wayne) wants to deputize Colorado he asks Stumpy (who is off camera) where he keeps the deputies' badges. While Chance is looking for the badges, Stumpy (Wa

Mudhoney ...leaves a taste of evil!

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Maggie Marie: 'Don't pay her no mind, young fella. Eula, that's the child's name. She can't talk. Can't hear, neither. They do say she makes some right pretty sounds once you get to know her.' It's 1933, in the midst of the Depression and Prohibition. Calif, a stranger with a past walks into Spooner, Missouri on his way from Michigan to California. He hires on with Lute Wade to earn some travelling money, but gets entangled in a bad family situation: Lute's daughter is married to Sidney, a good-for-nothing drunk that frequents the rural equivalent of a whorehouse and beats his wife and is just waiting for Lute to kick the bucket to get his money. When Sidney and a local wacko preacher begin orchestrating a smear campaign against Calif, he finds it difficult to conceal his past and his growing affection for Sidney's wife. Written by Ed Sutton

Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2013

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by Armand Vaquer A hair under a year from now, Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Next year's show will take place on November 1-3, 2013. Above, comic book great Neal Adams and Armand at the 2012 show. This year's show was a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.  It has everything: comics, anime, science-fiction, horror, fantasy, celebrities, writers, artists and more. For more information on Comikaze Expo, go here .

It isn't faith that makes good science, Mr. Klaatu, it's curiosity.

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Whether the makers of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' intended it or not, there is a striking resemblance between Klaatu (Michael Rennie) and the head of the Manhattan Project, Robert Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer was known to make corrections on the blackboards of theoreticians at the Project, similar to the scene where Klaatu corrects the work of Professor Barnhardt (Sam Jaffe). Oppenheimer's other-worldly brilliance and association with destructive power that could threaten the existence of the world seem like more than a coincidence. Of course it should be noted that Professor Barnhardt's character was inspired by famed physicist Albert Einstein who's world famous equation "e = mc2" unlocked mysteries of the Universe theretofore unknown. It should also be noted that the first actor to whom the role of Klaatu was actually offered was Claude Rains, who wanted to accept it but had to decline because of a prior commitment on Broadway. 20th Century Fox execu

Release the boy... Shoot the father!

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The character of the German Colonel in the movie 'Battle of the Bulge'(1965) was first intended to be the real life Panzer officer Joachim Peiper, the youngest man in the Nazi Army to be make the rank of full colonel (SS-Standartenführer, the direct SS equivalent to an Oberst or full colonel in the German army). However, since Peiper, a protégé of 'Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler' , the head of the Schutzstaffel (SS) and the second most powerful man in Germany after Adolf Hitler, was promoted to the ran at the age of 29. However, as he was still living at the time the film was produced and was still a committed Nazi, his character was quickly changed to a fictitious Regular German Army officer, so as not to give Peiper any connection to the film or risk a libel suit. It was Peiper's unit of the Waffen-SS, Kampfgruppe Peiper of the 1st SS Division, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (German for "Adolf Hitler's Bodyguard Regiment") that was responsible fo

Godzilla Turns 58

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by Armand Vaquer Above, the King of the Monsters stands guard at the main gate of Toho Studios.  Photo by Armand Vaquer. In movie history... On November 3, 1954, Godzilla was unleashed in theaters throughout Japan, thus inaugurating a whole new genre of science-fiction movies: daikaiju eiga. The genre has had its ups and downs over the span of 58 years.  It has seen good movies and bad movies.  But it has managed to weather them all.  Hollywood is currently in the process of producing a new Godzilla movie under the wings of Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers.  Hopefully, it will be true to the spirit of the Japanese version and not the abomination that was released in 1998 by Sony/Tri-Star. Above, the Godzilla statue in Hibiya, Tokyo.  Photo by Armand Vaquer. Toho Co., Ltd., citing dwindling box-office returns for its third series of Godzilla movies, had decided to stop producing them eight years ago.  There are no plans to resurrect their most famous character.

Where did he do it? Not here, I hope.

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It is given fact that some the greatest comedies of all time have come from the creative genius of film maker Mel Brooks. 'Blazing Saddles', 'Young Frankenstein', 'History of the World: Part 1' are just a couple of examples of this comedic genius and each is a true cinematic classic in their own right. That being said in 1991 Brooks asked the question 'What is funny about being pour and homeless?' and the answer turned out to be 'nothing.' After such a long string of hits the man behind 'Sheriff Bart' and 'Hedley Lamarr' dropped a bomb onto the cinematic landscape known as "Life Stinks" a film which unlike any of his prior efforts failed to garnish many laughs or connect with his numerous fans. It would seem that the only people who may have identified with the theme of the film unfortunately couldn't afford a ticket and it failed. That last bit was a joke .... Here is the plot: A rich businessman makes a bet

No one was sure. No one except the natives, and they were positive. They said it was….Godzilla!

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GODZILLA IS DEAD! City Saved By Scientist's Secret Invention Tokyo, Japan - Steve Martin - United World News - Chicago (Fiction) Our tale begins dramatically amidst the smouldering ruins of what was once a great city. Twisted girders, cracked, blistering sidewalks and the skeletal frames of demolished buildings paint a grim portrait of this smouldering memorial to the unknown. Tokyo, once a proud metropolis of six million people, is now a graveyard. The mind is a curious thing. It takes so much for granted! Freedom, happiness, security....these are things we've lived with and accepted, but rarely appreciated. As I look across the crimson, still-smoking horizon, these ideals seem very far away, for what I see, and smell, and sense...is death. Perhaps I myself am dead, and this fiery, lifeless landscape is actually Hell! I don't know..I don't know anything anymore, except that I, as a man, as a member of the human race, have been dwarfed by a living nightmare. It

Oh, Gwendoline, making love to a man is much easier than fighting five guards with your hands tied behind your back!

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Today we are continuing on with our list of cinematic 'turkeys' in honor of Thanksgiving with a little film that even a hundred naked women couldn't save 'The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak'. Yes this movie which rolled onto the scene way back in 1984 has everything that this spry young teenage boy would want to see in a movie, action, bondage, Tawny Kitaen, hundreds of women in tight leather outfits, topless cat fights, and boobs boobs and more boobs. Alas, none of these things could save this movie. I can still remember thinking to myself, 'Oh my God, why did she have to take her top off?'. You really never want a fourteen-year-old perpetually horny male to be so bored by a movie that he doesn't even want to see breasts  anymore. Yet that is exactly what happened. Even my best friend who was a bigger perv than me got tired of the endless parade of jiggling flesh. NOW THAT'S REALLY SAYING SOMETHING! Here is your plot ... yes

Bond ... Lilian Bond

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An attractive, wavy-haired brunette Londoner, Lilian Bond graduated from Brompton Oratory School and began her show business career in pantomimes and revues as a teenager. She travelled to America in 1926 to appear on Broadway in the 'Ziegfeld Follies' and for Earl Carroll's 'Vanities', as well as playing Rosamanda in 'Fioretta' with Fanny Brice. One of her subsequent roles was in 'Stepping Out' (1929) with Lionel Atwill, a part she later reprised on screen. Her film roles generally saw her as the 'other woman', except for a notable performance as Gladys DuCane, one of the temporary lodgers at The Old Dark House (1932) and, of course, Lily Langtry in The Westerner (1940). A beauty in her time, once photographed in the nude by Alfred Cheney Johnston and later romantically linked to Howard Hughes, she retired from films at the age of 50. - I.S.Mowis

Ohh, maxi big da Force. Well dat smells stinkowiff.

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Since November is 'turkey month' we have decided to celebrate some of cinema's most infamous turkey's and since 'Star Wars' has been in the news a lot lately why not start with George Lucas' biggest misstep since have Greedo shoot first 'Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace.' 'Episode 3' was okay, 'Episode 2' was decent, but 'Episode 1' is almost unwatchable. From horrible acting, mostly from Jake Lloyd, terrible dialogue, a plot that drags on and on, and the ridiculously unfunny Jar Jar Binks this film is a mess from the get go. In fact if it wasn't for the climatic duel between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Maul there would be almost no reason to ever watch this one at all. Here's your trivia: The words chanted during the "Duel of the Fates" are from Robert Graves' poem "The White Goddess". "The White Goddess" is a translation of the original version, "Cad