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Mad Monster Party: A Plus For "Team Nakajijma"

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Above, Haruo Nakajima with actress Lea Thompson.  Photo by Armand Vaquer. Mad Monster Party 2013 is now history.  I had a lot of fun and I met a lot of great people. First, I have to commend Eben McGarr and Joe Moe for putting on a great show.  I think they exceeded their attendance expectations by a few thousand. Above, the Nakajima panel.  Photo by Jeff Blanken. Next, I have to thank the members of "Team Nakajima" (translator Yoko Connelly and our volunteer stiff (staff) Jeff Blanken)  for their help in making everything involving the Nakajimas go smoothly. Above, Haruo Nakajima with a fan-made Godzilla suit.  Photo by Armand Vaquer. As this was the second convention, there were a few bugs that need to be ironed out.  But, learning from experience will greatly aid in making next year's convention even better. The day began at about one o'clock in the morning with the sound of police vehicle units pulling up to the Blake Hotel or driving nearby.

The King (of the Monsters) Is In The Building!

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Haruo Nakajima and his daughter Sonoe have arrived in Charlotte! Above, Sonoe Nakajima (far left) and her father Haruo "Mr. Godzilla" Nakajima chat with convention organizer Eben McGarr.

Mad Monster Party Schedule

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The Mad Monster Party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina will be held this week (March 22-24) at the Blake Hotel. The convention's official website now has the schedule up with a map of the convention (click on image to see larger): The panel discussion with Haruo Nakajima is set for Sunday, March 24 at 11:00 am in the Carolina Ballroom.  The discussion will be led by yours truly. To view the schedule page, go here .

"Godzilla" Cast Set

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The Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production of Godzilla has finalized its cast and principal photography has begun. The Fort Mill Times reported: BURBANK, Calif. --Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today the final principal cast for the upcoming tent pole “Godzilla.” Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche are starring in the film, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.  The companies also announced that principal photography began today on location in Vancouver. To read more, go here .

David Strathairn Joins "Godzilla" Cast

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Dread Central.com has posted latest casting news for Legendary Pictures' Godzilla : More casting news has come in for Legendary Pictures' upcoming remake of the Toho classic Godzilla as the great David Strathairn is in talks to help fend off the ginormous fire-breathing behemoth from Japan!  He joins the previously announced Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, and Bryan Cranston, who are also currently in talks, with Gareth Edwards attached to direct. To read the full article, go here .

Jurassic Park in 3D April 5, 2013 (IMAX and Wide Release)

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Source: Universal Universal Pictures will release Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking classic Jurassic Park in 3D on April 5, 2013. With his remastering of the epic into a state-of-the-art 3D format, Spielberg introduces the three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allows longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film's original release. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough, the film based on the novel by Michael Crichton is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. http://www.jurassicpark.com On Isla Nublar, a new park has just been built with genetic engineered dinosaurs. However, tragedy strikes when one of the workers is killed by a velociraptor. The founder of the park John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) requests Paleontologist Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neil) and his girlfriend Dr Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) to come to

Michael Dorn Says There is No Captain Worf TV Pilot in the Works

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From Huffington Post (Canada) All too often, TV actors who've played the same character for a long time grow resentful and dislike talking about their experiences in the role. Not so for Michael Dorn, who played the Klingon Worf on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" for 11 years. Amiable and incredibly friendly, Dorn's booming voice and imposing physical presence belie his gentle nature. HuffPost TV caught up with the sci-fi legend to talk about why "Star Trek: TNG" never seems to get old, and he finally clears the air regarding that online rumour about an impending Klingon "Star Trek" spin-off. So, all these years later and "Star Trek: TNG" is still huge. Are you surprised at its longevity? No, not really. The time thing is the interesting part. Like you said, it's been 25 years, but we didn't get the humongous amount of adulation until about 1994 or 1995. Then it was huge. We could

George Lucas Was Working On A New 'Star Wars' Trilogy Before Disney Purchased Lucasfilm

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From Business Insider When Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion last fall, one of the most exciting bits of news was that we would be getting a new "Star Wars" trilogy. And fans were even more excited about getting episodes VII, VIII, and IX because George Lucas wouldn't be behind the new movies. Instead, his title on the new projects is a vague "creative consultant" role. However, it turns out we may very well be seeing Lucas' visions (in some form) for the trilogy on the big screen. A new Bloomberg BusinessWeek article reveals Lucas was working on treatments for new films before inking a deal with Disney in October. Basically, Lucas laid the foundation for the future "Star Wars" films out for Disney before any negotiations. (More After The Break) Prior to Iger and Lucas discussing the Disney deal, Lucas already had talks with Kathleen Kennedy to head Lucasfilm, "The Empire Strikes Back" screenwriter Lawrence K

William Malone's Sexy ALIEN Clone CREATURE Comes To DVD

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Film maker William Malone is finally releasing his adult-themed 'Alien' inspired remake 'Creature' on DVD ! From Malone's Facebook page: A new Titan Find (better known as Creature here in the States) (1985) DVD hits the streets on March 16th. "This is a completely NEW high resolution transfer from the Camera Original Answer Print done in Widescreen Scope format (2:35 aspect ratio). This also [is] the original longer cut under its shooting title (and UK release title) TITAN FIND with never before seen footage and loaded with extras. It features Director's Commentary, Art Gallery with original pre-production art and on screen interviews with director and cast members. The initial release (Mar. 16) with be the SD version... Blu-ray to follow at a yet undetermined date. This is the first authorized DVD of this title and the only WIDESCREEN version ever available." Plot: A rag-tag group of explorers is sent to the planet Titan in an attempt to

Doctor Who 50th anniversary special ... Will the old Doctors be involved?

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From Radio Times Filming on the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special starts on Monday 18 March – and according to executive producer Caro Skinner, fans can rest assured that “It. Will. Be. Big.” “[Producer] Marcus Wilson and I spend most of our time saying to one another ‘Oh, good God, Steven Moffat’s imagination is AMBITIOUS,’" said Skinner of the Doctor Who showrunner's plans for the half-century-celebration episode. Other commonly used phrases apparently include "Wow, we’ve got a lot of work to do" and "How exactly are we going to do that? And that? And, oooh, that?!” she told Doctor Who Magazine. READ ARTICLE (More After The Break) Fifth Doctor Peter Davison doesn’t believe that Doctor Who's former stars will return to the BBC sci-fi drama for its celebratory 50th anniversary episode. “I don’t think it will involve the older Doctors, certainly in their present form, because of course we’re meant to look exactly as we did when we left th

Carrie Fisher confirms Princess Leia return

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From Radio Times The 56-year-old actress joked that Leia will wear her iconic gold bikini in the new film despite being "elderly" Carrie Fisher has confirmed that she will reprise the role of Princess Leia in Disney’s upcoming Star Wars films. Asked point blank in a recent interview whether she will appear in the new films as Leia, Fisher said: “Yes.” The 56-year-old actress joked that the returning Princess Leia will be “elderly” and said: “I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.” Fisher also laughingly told Palm Beach Illustrated that she’ll be sporting Leia’s iconic “bagel bun” hairstyle and the golden bikini from Return of the Jedi once shooting begins on the new Star Wars movies. “The bagel buns and the bikini, because probably [Leia] has sundowners syndrome,” Fisher said. “At sundown, she thinks that she’s 20-something. And she puts it on and gets institutionalized.” READ ARTICLE

Mazinger Z Super Robot Chogokin Action Figure

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Mazinger Z Super Robot Chogokin Action Figure: Order One Today For Only $39.99 Super Robot Chogokin action figure of the Mazinger Z! Giant robot from the Mazinger Z anime and manga series. From Bandai Tamashii Nations, it features real metal die-cast parts! With real metal die-cast parts, the Mazinger Z Super Robot Chogokin Action Figure stands over 5 1/2-inches tall. From Bandai Tamashii Nations, it features the powerful giant robot from the Mazinger Z anime and manga series as a Super Robot Chogokin action figure.

Trekkies Rejoice The Holodeck May Become A Reality In Your Lifetime!

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Kif - "The holo-shed's on the fritz again! The characters turned real!" Zap Brannigan -  "Damn! The last time that happened, I got slapped with three paternity suits!" From The Inquisitor A Star Trek-like holodeck might be as little as 10 to 15 years away, according to a report by Elizabeth Howell for Universe Today. As all true Trekkies already know, the holodeck is what the official Star Trek fan site describes as a “smart virtual reality” that allows users to feel as if they’re immersed in an actual world. Star Trek characters can program the illusion of being on vacation at the beach or they can step into the action of a suspense novel. They can also play games or simulate battles for training purposes. (Sorry, President Obama, but even the holodeck probably doesn’t allow anyone to perform a “Jedi mind meld.”) (More After The Break} It sounds great, but the Star Trek franchise predicted that the holodeck technology won’t be mature until aroun

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Coming This May From Dynamite

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From Dynamite Entertainment Dynamite announces the renewal of the classic 1978 Battlestar Galactica license with NBCUniversal, as the acclaimed writing duo of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning sign on to write an epic Battlestar Galactica series for Dynamite Entertainment in 2013! This classic Battlestar Galactica series is licensed by NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group. "I'm really looking forward to working with Dynamite on this Battlestar Galactica project," says writer Dan Abnett. "I've been a fan of Battlestar Galactica since I was a kid, and it's going to be great for Andy and I to get our cosmically-honed teeth into such a long-standing and beloved Science Fiction franchise." "Growing up in the seventies, I was hooked on sci-fi," adds writer Andy Lanning. "As a kid I couldn't get enough of it and grew up watching TV shows like ‘Lost in Space,' ‘Doctor Who,' ‘Space 1999' and ‘Land of the Giants' a

IDW and Fox Announce Creative Team and Direction for THE X-FILES

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Source IDW Publishing Fans of The X-FILES and the paranormal exploits of Special Agents Mulder and Scully are in for a treat! Today at Emerald City Comic-Con, IDW Publishing and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced the creative team for their upcoming comics based on the legendary television series. The entire project will be executive produced by THE X-FILES creator Chris Carter, who is returning in an active role to help steer his characters back to the forefront of popular culture once again. THE X-FILES: SEASON 10 will be written by Joe Harris, writer of the acclaimed series Great Pacific, with art and colors by theComeback team of artist Michael Walsh and colorist Jordie Bellaire. Issue #1 will feature covers by Dave Johnson, Joe Corroney, and Carlos Valenzuela, along with a classic photo image of Mulder and Scully. "It was already an incredibly exciting prospect to tell stories set after the second THE X-FILES movie, especially after Joe Harris worked up

Batman captures villain in the UK ... no really!

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From The Telegraph Yorkshire's Batman stuns officers in Bradford as he brings wanted man into police station On film, Batman’s rippling muscles and state-of-the-art weaponry strike fear into the hearts of Gotham City’s most terrifying villains. But in Bradford, a new incarnation of the caped crusader has been fighting crime despite a slightly less impressive physique. The mystery vigilante dragged a wanted man by the scruff of the neck into a city centre police station where he handed him over to officers and told them: “I’ve caught this one for you.” Dressed in a grey superhero outfit that was more joke shop than Hollywood, the “bizarre” incident was captured on CCTV last week. His paunch suggested a less rigorous exercise regime than the toned film stars who have lately taken on the role. READ ARTICLE

The first look at the Ice Warrior from the new Doctor Who

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From Radio Times See a full-length shot of one of the iconic Martians, who are making their TV comeback in the new series We got a tiny glimpse of the Ice Warriors with the release of a new promo pic for Doctor Who series 7b last week. But here's the first look at the returning classic Who monsters in all their glory. The design of this new Ice Warrior is pretty faithful to that of his '60s and '70s predecessors. In fact, the only major changes are an absence of fur on the creature's body, and the presence of real, multi-digit hands, rather than the Lego-style 'grippers' the Warriors used to employ. READ ARTICLE

Should Star Wars: Episode VII ‘use less CGI’?

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From Yahoo Ever since the original trilogy, 'Star Wars' has led the way when it comes to special effects. Whether it's landspeeders, lightsabers or Death Star trenches, those iconic scenes that we know and love have paved the way for modern visual effects. But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mark Hamill revealed that he thinks Episode VII should "use less CGI". And to be honest, I couldn't agree more. "I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and light-hearted and humorous - in my opinion, anyway… I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects." This has been the problem with Star Wars for a long while - at least since the start of the prequel trilogy. The balance was all wrong and they relied too heavily on ground-breaking new effects. 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace' felt more like a tech demo than a film - it pioneered new tech

Lost Doctor Who episodes to be animated for DVD

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From Radio Times The 1967 Second Doctor serial will be released on DVD this August featuring animated versions of its two missing episodes Classic Doctor Who adventure The Ice Warriors will be released on DVD this summer with animated versions of the serial's two missing episodes. Starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, The Ice Warriors was originally broadcast in 1967 and marked the titular Martian monsters’ first appearance in the BBC sci-fi drama. Unfortunately, two of the story’s episodes are missing from the BBC’s archives, but their audio tracks exist - so they will be recreated by award-winning animation studio Qurios for the new DVD release. Dan Hall, producer of BBC Worldwide’s classic Doctor Who range, said: “We’ve been discussing the various ways Qurios could reconstruct these episodes for over three years. So it’s really, really satisfying to finally see them animated. Qurios have a great track record in excellent and innovative animations.” READ

Christopher Nolan Taking Over Justice League, And Bringing Bale Back As Batman?

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From Cinema Blend We've gotten really worried about the Justice League movie lately, with news that Warner Bros. had thrown out Will Beall's script for the film, and a lot of us worried the movie-- like George Miller's attempt years ago-- would fall apart entirely. But of course, Justice League carries enormous potential for the studio, their version of the massively successful The Avengers, and they're not going to give up that fast. Especially if they've got an ace up their sleeve to make it happen with aplomb. Who's that ace? Christopher Nolan, of course. No, he hasn't been involved in any Justice League plans so far, stating over and over that his role as producer on this summer's Superman effort Man of Steel will be his last effort in superhero stories, and he's completely done with Batman. But according to Latino Review, the scrapping of Will Beall's script is a sign that has changed… and "Chris Nolan has completely taken over th

Meet Jenna-Louise Coleman The Doctor's Sexy New Companion

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Source BBC Twenty-five year old Jenna from Blackpool will star alongside the 11th Time Lord, Matt Smith, to mark the biggest year in the show’s history. This Article Has Moved To: The World's Most Beautiful Women You can read the article and check out the photos of Jenna there!

When Cute Monsters Attack! - Mememe no Kurage (Jellyfish Eyes)

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Robert Hood / Avery Guerra Everyone knows that the Japanese love cute little creatures and giant monsters that stomp cities into dust. Now film maker Takashi Murakami has combined both of these elements in his new fantasy movie series entitled 'Mememe no Kurage (Jellyfish Eyes)' which is set to make it's world premier April 8th (2013) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The monsters in Takashi's new film appear to be yôkai, mysterious creatures of Japanese folklore that are ghosts that can appear as cute little Pokemon-like beings, which are discovered by a group of school children. As in 'Gremlins' the little yôkai play nice until some catalyst causes them to unleash the giant monsters that live inside them and just like in every 'Godzilla' movie and Ultraman episode we all know and love these twenty-story-tall critters start smashing buildings and pummeling each other while helpless people run away in terror

Gorgo rises once again to terrorize a woefully unprepared populace! - DITKO MONSTERS VOL 1

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Source: IDW Publishing On March 19th, the world is set to come under vicious attack. As ocean waters tremble and churn, undersea volcanoes violently erupt, and the giant lizard monster Gorgo rises once again to terrorize a woefully unprepared populace! IDW Publishing and Yoe Books are thrilled to announce DITKO MONSTERS: GORGO! The first in a series, to be followed by DITKO MONSTERS: KONGA!, this volume collects the complete run of Ditko’s Gorgo: over 200 pages of explosive, destructive Gorgo action. This hardcover volume is absolutely packed with towering monster art by the inimitable comics legend STEVE DITKO! Drawn at the same time Ditko was doing landmark work on Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, Gorgo was ripped from the reels of its cinematic origins and thrust into the pulpy comics spotlight. Seemingly unstoppable, Gorgo takes all comers as he stomps across the globe in adventures penned by fan-favorite writer Joe Gill with book design and an introduction by Eisner Award-wi

Gail Simone To Wield Red Sonja's Sword

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Source: Dynamite Entertainment Dynamite is delighted to announce that the one and only Gail Simone is taking on RED SONJA with a brand-new #1 issue launching this July - in time for San Diego Comic Con! Gail Simone - one of the premiere writers in the comics industry, is best known for DC's Birds of Prey, Secret Six, and especially Batgirl! Walter Geovani will join her, as the interior artist. Covers will be drawn by some of the top female artists in comics today! We are extremely fortunate to have Nicola Scott, Colleen Doran, Jenny Frison, Stephanie Buscema, Fiona Staples on covers, with more high profile female cover artists to be announced! Fans will definitely want to pick up Gail Simone's RED SONJA #1 this July! To help kick off the celebration of Gail's take on The She-Devil with a Sword, Dynamite is proud to give away, to all Emerald City fans, limited edition prints featuring art from the upcoming Nicola Scott covers! These limited edition, high-end prints

Evil Dead 4 ... Not Dead Yet

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From NextMovie We've heard this before. But it's always nice to hear it. Sam Raimi can't go anywhere without being asked about if and when there's ever going to be a fourth "Evil Dead" movie. Now, 20 years after the release of the third installment, "Army of Darkness" (and mere weeks away from the release of the "Evil Dead" remake), it looks like there's at least the desire to go forward with such an endeavor. Raimi expressed his resurrected excitement for a fourth "Evil Dead" movie at the Meet the Filmmakers event at the London premiere of "Oz: The Great and Powerful." "I would love to make 'Evil Dead 4,'" said Raimi, as reported by Bleeding Cool. "My brother [Ivan Raimi] and I plan to work on the script this summer." Well, that's at least something, right? Now all we have to do is wait for the increasingly cranky Bruce Campbell to shoot it down. READ ARTICLE

A Truly Scary Movie You May Have Missed - THE BAY

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From The Journal Yet another addition to the found footage genre, The Bay had the potential to be a tiresome and predictable affair because of how overused the style has become in recent years. However, it’s actually a relatively well made and surprisingly enjoyable, icky little creature feature. Starting off with a news reporter speaking into a webcam, the film recounts the terrible events that took place in the small fictional bayside community of Claridge, Maryland. During the fourth of July celebrations people start to break out in boils and suffer from violent sickness which, as we soon find out, is the result of some sort of fast-spreading infection. The main problem with a lot of found footage movies is you’re constantly wondering why in the world the person holding the camera is still filming the events. Smart takes on the style get around that fact and The Bay is one of those. Instead of it following one set of camera footage throughout which has inexplicably been ed