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Fukushima's Tourism Rebounds 77% of Pre-Quake Levels

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Fukushima Airport's banner on their Ultraman exhibit. Considering the media misinformation about the nuclear power plant accident, tourism to the Fukushima region has risen. According to Kyodo News : The number of tourists to Fukushima Prefecture rose 26.3 percent in 2012 from the previous year to 44.46 million, rebounding to 77.8 percent of 2010, the year before the triple disaster -- an earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear meltdown -- struck, the prefectural government said Monday.  Tourism "steadily recovered due to restoration of tourist facilities and declining misinformation about the nuclear power plant accident," an official at the prefecture said. For kaiju fans, the only item of interest in the region is the Ultraman statue that stands in Fukushima Airport's terminal building. The statue is three meters tall and was erected to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the airport's opening. Combined with scenes depict

Gareth Edwards Teases 'Destroy All Monsters' for the 'Godzilla' Sequel

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Bring on the Monsters! One filmmaker we're happy to hear more from via Comic-Con is Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, who came in to tease some kick ass footage from his new take on the monster movie. We live blogged the footage during the Warner Bros panel, but also Edwards spoke to press after and dropped in some big teases/hints as to what we're in for. In one discussion via ScreenRant, Edwards actually mentioned a Godzilla classic - Destroy All Monsters from 1968 where the big lizard fought just about everyone in a monster army. "I think multiple creatures make better movies in terms of the image of Gojira," he says. Edwards at first spoke about the movie he's just wrapping shooting, and talks about the original design of the new Godzilla monster. "In a way we approached it was, imagine in 1954 (when the first Godzilla movie was made), that this creature really existed and someone saw him from Toho, the Japanese studio, and went running back to the s

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Will Be More 'Empire Strikes Back' Than 'Attack Of The Clones'

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Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says this time they're aiming for a character-driven film with 'complicated stories.' When Lucasfilm and Disney announced that they would team up to bring a new trilogy of "Star Wars" movie to the screen, what got the most hardcore fans excited wasn't the idea of seeing new films along the lines of "Attack of the Clones." The promise of more "Star Wars" movies — especially if they continue the story of Luke, Han, and Leia — came with the hope that things might go back to how they used to be, back when Yoda was a puppet and nobody knew what a midi-chlorian is. So it's hard not to get excited when Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy speaks at "Star Wars Celebration Europe" (via IGN) and says something like, "The story and characters are all we're talking about right now. We have an amazing team at ILM, who can create fantastic effects, but if we don't have a great story a

Netflix US removes Star Trek III due to missing Vulcan and Klingon dialogue

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Netflix US is to remove Star Trek III: The Search For Spock from its film listings until it is able to provide authentic subtitles for the Vulcan and Klingon diagloue. The on-demand service thinks it can do the tranlsation work in about a week – and credit to them for trying. It seems most DVDs have simply injected a lot of English dubbing to overcome the problem, hiding behind the suggestion that people don’t like subtitles. This is not a popular choice among fans – particularly those who’ve actually learnt the language (Netflix could do with finding these guys). But learning to speak Klingon and Vulcan in a week? That’s a tough challenge. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

Attn Ridley Scott: Katy Perry Would Like To Play Rachael In 'Blade Runner 2'

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While "Blade Runner 2" is still a worrisome spectre on the horizon for fans of the original, gaining "Green Lantern" writer Michael Green to pen the screenplay this past spring, it's still so far away (Ridley Scott's next film is the Moses flick "Exodus") that it's mostly rumor and speculation that's going to drive news of the movie for the next little while. It will also given budding actors and actresses a chance to openly campaign for roles in the movie, and one starlet isn't missing an opportunity. Thespian and pop star Katy Perry would like to go sci-fi for "Blade Runner 2," and she hopes that her performances in "The Smurfs" saga will open the door. Really. "With films, I hope to win you all over with animation and then do other films," Perry told Metro. "I am really interested in comedy, and I would really love to play Rachael... READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

John Williams Confirmed to Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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"Star Wars: Episode VII" might be flush with new talent behind the lens, but there's at least one constant coming forward from the previous six installments. Composer John Williams — yes, he who devised that infamous d-d-d-dah dah! theme — is officially back in the fold. Lucasfilm Prez Kathleen Kennedy hit up Germany's "Star Wars" Celebration Europe this weekend and confirmed the news that Williams would be back and presented a nice little prerecorded video of him speaking on the film. "Having worked on all of the six films, I'm just happy to be continuing to be a part of the of whole fun of doing it," Williams said. "I haven't seen the script, so the story is still unknown to me, the new story, but I can't imagine that there will not be some references to the existing stories that we know that would necessitate and make appropriate the use of some of the earlier themes. READ MORE

Godzilla: Returning to America

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It Came From Antenna TV!

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Antenna TV is bringing back the feel of the long forgotten afternoon movie for one week in August . Sci Fi fans who grew up in the 70s and 80s will remember the classic afternoon movie features that used to air on local TV channels. Every summer afternoon the youth of America would park their butts in front of the old boob tube and savour a seemingly endless parade of Godzilla movies, B horror flicks and sci fi epics with themes that truly had to be seen to be  believed. If you pine for the good old days like I do, then you should be on the edge of orgasm to learn that the cable network Antenna TV is about to attempt to recapture the feel of the afternoon movie feature, if only for one week (August 5 - 11). Included in this line up of B movie madness is the Ray Harryhausen classic "Mysterious Island", the Jurassic mash up "Dinosaurus", "Attack of the 50-foot Woman" clone "The 30-foot Bride of Candy Rock", The T

World War Kaiju - It's About Time That The World Settled It's Problems With Monsters

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From Kat Rocha WORLD WAR KAIJU! Atomic monsters come to Kickstarter in the form of a graphic novel that asks, “What if Doctor Strangelove created Godzilla?” World War Kaiju is the story of an alternate history, one in which the atom bomb was never created and the ultimate weapon of mass destruction is the kaiju—fifty foot tall radioactive beasts spawned from the mysterious KAI-235 isotope. Follow the journey of one journalist as he teams up with a retired CIA operative to uncover the truth about the conspiracy behind the monsters and the men who plan to use them to dominate the world. World War Kaiju is a tribute to the kaiju genre in all its forms (both high and low). The brainchild of sci-fi author Josh Finney, WWK is a love letter to the golden-age of kaiju cinema. It looks back to an era when the world loved atomic monsters, but feared the atomic bomb, and warps history in ways that only men in rubber suits can. THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN World War Kaiju is currently s

Superman Plaque Dedication

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Robert Shayne, John Hamilton and George Reeves in Tarzana. Jim Nolt has posted at The Adventures Continue website a notice on the Adventures of Superman plaque dedication celebrating "the one-hundredth birthdays of George Reeves, Jerry Siegel, and Joe Shuster; 60 years of the Adventures of Superman ; and twenty-five years of The Adventures Continue ." The dedication will take place on August 16, 2014 in Tarzana, California. The public is invited. Above, the plaque location.  Photo by Armand Vaquer. The location of the plaque was chosen as it was the only location shoot featuring all five stars of the show: George Reeves, Jack Larson, Noel Neill, John Hamilton and Robert Shayne.  I am handling the arrangements for the making of the plaque and its mounting. Actor Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen) has already confirmed his attendance at the dedication. The cost of the plaque and installation is $1,000. Donations are now being accepted

Ultraman Personal Appearances Auctioned Off for Charity

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If you’ve ever wanted to propose marriage, spice up a family gathering, or just hang out with Ultraman – Japan’s most famous monster-wrasslin’ superhero – you’re in luck. Bidding has begun on Yahoo Japan Auction for personal appearances by the silver and red giant from M-78. Bidding for this one week auction started at a measly one yen and are now hovering at the 92,000 mark (about US $920.00) with all the proceeds to be donated to the Ultraman Foundation charity which is currently supporting 3/11 earthquake related causes. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

Star Wars Celebration reunites Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Jedi cast

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The cast of Star Wars have reunited 30 years after the release of Return of the Jedi. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, who played Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, are among the seven major cast members in attendance at this weekend's Star Wars Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany. Chewbacca star Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) and Anthony Daniels (C-3Po) are also at the three-day event. Activities will include Star Wars press conferences, special screenings of Return of the Jedi and Attack of the Clones in 3D and a panel with Star Wars: Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy. Speaking at the Star Wars Celebration launch, Hamill talked enthusiastically about the importance of fans to the Star Wars universe. "It never ceases to amaze me, the passion of these fans," he said. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

Daydream Collection Rollermaid Statue

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Coming in October 2013  Pre-Order now and we'll deliver in October 2013 (estimated date / subject to change). Item Number: TM122695 Price: $179.99 Free Shipping on this Item! Daydream Collection Rollermaid Statue: This item has features and themes that are for adults only. Ages 18 and up. Recommended for mature collectors. Ultra-sexy statue of a Rollermaid with removable clothing! Gorgeous statue measures over 9 3/4-inches tall. She'll do anything to make sure you get only the best service! The Daydream Collection was created to try and materialize true-to-life daydreams and fantasies! With the Daydream Collection Rollermaid Statue you can fulfill your fantasy of being served by a glamorous and busty roller skate waitress in a sexy maid costume! Complete with a removable maid costume and underwear leaving almost nothing to the imagination, this fantastic statue is the answer to your dreams! Statue measures over 9 3/4-inches tall with base. SEARCH MORE TOYS

Giant Mega Monster Movies This Weekend! Mr. Lobo presents Godzilla and Mothra!

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Planning a PACIFIC RIM getaway “vacay”? Well, The ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE in WINCHESTER, VA–which presents great first run features such as “Pacific Rim”, is also celebrating the classic beasts and bots of Cinema and has asked MR. LOBO to come down from his secret base PA to host three amazing films that feature chaotic, cataclysmic creatures! GODZILLA at 5pm this Saturday, MOTHRA at Midnight, and on Sunday afternoon, the day after, for the Monster Kids “IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA!” The posters and fliers were eaten up at Monster Bash. Mr. Lobo looks forward to seeing many of you there! Make a weekend out of it if you can…there is a great Hotel in the same parking lot and wonderful restaurants–And of course, The Alamo serves great food and spirits in the theater. Every row of seats has it’s own table. When was the last time you had someone bring you beer and pizza in the dark? It’s damn spiffy! It reminds Mr. Lobo of the “Thrillville” shows we used to do back in California! To wet y

Comic-Con: Godzilla Experience offers early look at new monster design

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If the Godzilla Experience offers any indication of the scope and, well, sheer size of the upcoming Legendary Pictures’ movie directed by Gareth Edwards, then the film’s feature creature may be just as impressive as Guillermo del Toro’s kaiju in “Pacific Rim.” Add in a mix of nostalgia and who knows what kind of destruction Godzilla could wreak on the box office. We lined up outside of a nondescript (except for the picture of a huge creature painted on it and symbols in Japanese) building in the Gaslamp Quarter to await our guide. During what starts out to be a tour of Godzilla memorabilia inside the building on a small set, complete with a malt shop/diner, our group was suddenly whisked from the showroom to the behind-the-scenes headquarters where it seems scientists are tracking Godzilla’s movements and all heck has broken loose. It was also at this point that we were conveniently told to turn off our cameras and recording equipment. People are in a severe panic mode because, w

Fully restored Star Trek Galileo Spaceship to call Space Center Houston home July 31

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Space Center Houston will publicly unveil Galileo, the newly restored spaceship prop featured in the 1967 Star Trek episode “The Galileo Seven” after a yearlong restoration project lead by Adam Schnieder, a die-hard Star Trek fan and memorabilia collector. The life-size spaceship will be on permanent display inside Space Center Houston’s Zero-G Diner and will be one of only a few exhibitions in the world where visitors can see iconic sci-fi history that has influenced generations of innovators. “Science fiction, especially a series like Star Trek, has inspired many astronauts and engineers,” said Richard Allen, president and CEO of Space Center Houston. “This exciting new addition to our collection connects and aligns with our ongoing mission to motivate, stimulate and inspire young minds to consider careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).” Actors from the Star Trek television series, made possible by Space City Con will be part of the memorabl

HAZE: Some Malaysians are starting to blame ALIENS

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With this year's haze hitting a 16-year high, some Malaysian netizens are taking to humour to help them cope with their frustrations. A modified photograph has been making its rounds in social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and QQ showing a smoggy stretch of the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP) and what appears to be a tentacled creature partially obscured in the background. One of the captions that accompanied the photograph reads, "Oh crap, so it actually isn't Indonesia's fault," in an allusion to the post-apocalyptic alien-invasion genre that's currently popular in cinemas as well as television. The owner of the Facebook account who wrote the caption told Malaysia Chronicle that he decided to use this caption as an back-handed slap to the many racist and xenophobic comments that have arisen as a result of the haze, not just in private comments but also in both the mainstream and online media. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

Lucasfilm shoots down rumours that J.J. Abrams is leaving Star Wars: Episode VII

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“J.J. is having a great time working on the script” Over the last few weeks, a rumour has been steadily building that all may not be well behind the scenes of Star Wars: Episode VII. The problem as reported, has revolved around the fact that Abrams is unwilling to shoot the movie in the UK, as it would involve a lot of personal upheaval for a director who has only ever directed projects in the US. The issue had been thought to be so serious that claims have been emerging online that Abrams is set to walk away from the project entirely. However, Lucasfilm has released an official statement claiming that this is not the case. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

Star Wars Sandtrooper 1:10 Scale ArtFX Statue 2-Pack

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Coming in January 2014  Pre-Order now and we'll deliver in January 2014 (estimated date / subject to change). Item Number: KTSW85 Price: $84.99 Star Wars Sandtrooper 1:10 Scale ArtFX Statue 2-Pack: Distinct sculpt and weapons chosen as part of a fan poll at Star Wars Celebration VI! Each 1:10 scale statue stands 7-inches tall. Includes enough pieces for 3 alternate poses! A distinct sculpt with subtle differences in armor details from the standard Imperial Stormtrooper armor, including different weapons, it's the Star Wars Sandtrooper 1:10 Scale ArtFX Statue 2-Pack! Chosen as part of a fan poll at Star Wars Celebration VI, this 2-pack includes enough pieces for 3 alternate poses in addition to the pose of the original Sandtrooper ArtFX statue. Each statue in the Star Wars Sandtrooper 1:10 Scale ArtFX Statue 2-Pack stands 7-inches tall and includes magnets embedded in the feat for extra support on the display bases. Easy snap-fit assembly. Includes options for a wh

New Doctor likely be announced in August, according to sources

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In other news another Doctor rumoured to be joining Tennant for 50th anniversary special - possibly Paul McGann There are also signs that the new Doctor could be announced as early as next month. Serious consideration is being given to unveiling the new Doctor on a surprise Doctor Who Confidential as happened with Matt Smith’s unveiling in 2010, with some sources confirming that it will be in August. However timings are always a very relative thing when selecting Time Lords. Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary show will feature one of the five former doctors who wielded the Sonic Screwdriver before the Eccleston reboot, RadioTimes.com understands. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

Superman v Batman: A villainous turn

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Zack Snyder and David Goyer will have to tread carefully to keep fans hooked, but this could see the genre go stratospheric Make no mistake: Warner Bros has pulled off a huge coup with its announcement at this weekend's Comic-Con that the next Man of Steel movie will feature Superman battling Batman. Even with rival studio Marvel using San Diego's annual fanboy Mecca to reveal the title (and antagonist) of the next Avengers film, it is the news that Kal-El and the caped crusader will be squaring off that has caught the imagination of public and media alike. That's some feat when you consider that Marvel's comic book ensemble was by far the biggest film of 2012 at the global box office, while Man of Steel hasn't yet passed the haul taken by the fourth Spider-Man movie and got a lukewarm thumbs up from critics. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

Doctor Who at Comic-Con: 9 things we learned

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The Daleks will make an appearance in the 50th anniversary special – but what did we learn from the cast and crew? Representatives of the UK's biggest geek export, Doctor Who, were out in force at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. It had its own panel session, featuring Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and producer Marcus Wilson, and they showed a trailer for the long-awaited 50th celebrations (though it isn't online yet). As is often the way, they said a lot, but revealed very little. Here's what we now know. • At the panel discussion, Moffat admitted that that the special will resolve a lot of long-running storylines. • Let the fangasms begin! In what is surely just one of many riffs on the show's history, the 50th references the first multi-Doctor special, the 10th anniversary episode The Three Doctors. Ten tells Eleven on entering his Tardis: "Oh you've redecorated. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

Star Trek Select Spock Action Figure and Diorama

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It's always a good time to Spock out, so why wait for Spocktober? Order yourself the Star Trek Select Spock Action Figure and Diorama today! It includes alternate heads, alternate hands, and a swell diorama base based on the classic episode The Devil in the Dark. Our version of Mr. Spock gives you so many extra parts, you'll go out of your Vulcan mind! In Stock Usually leaves our warehouse in 1 full business day. Item Number: DC17851 Price: $22.99 Star Trek Select Spock Action Figure and Diorama: It's an excellent Star Trek action figure line designed especially for collectors! Packaged in display-friendly Select packaging, this 7-inch Star Trek Select Spock Action Figure and Diorama comes with a diorama-style accessory and interchangeable parts for a variety of display options. Featuring Commander Spock, first officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise, this excellent action figure comes with a cave backdrop and the Horta alien from the classic episode "The Devil in

NECA Licensed To Create "Godzilla" Tie-In Figures

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Godzilla at the 2004 Hollywood Walk of Fame.  This year's Comic Con marked Godzilla's biggest media splash in the U.S. since this event almost nine years ago. The hoopla over Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Godzilla during this year's Comic Con International was the biggest splash our favorite radioactive monster has made in the U.S. since his induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame (and the premiere of Godzilla Final Wars at Grauman's Chinese Theater, along with the Godzilla float in the 2004 Hollywood Christmas Parade) a few short months shy of nine years ago. As intended, the Godzilla panel and the Godzilla Encounter (set up at a warehouse in San Diego) generated a lot of publicity for the movie, set for release a year from now. One additional bit of news has come out of the Comic Con, it has been revealed that NECA has been granted a license to create movie tie-in figures next summer. This has been reported by Bloody Disgustin

Legendary Pictures Pushing "Godzilla" At Comic Con

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by Armand Vaquer Legendary Pictures' Godzilla push at this year's Comic Con has generated a lot of media buzz. The buzz continues at Forbes.com : With the Godzilla experience and a panel at Comic-Con’s giant Hall H, the studio is giving Godzilla the full court press. Legendary is now moving from Warner Bros. to Universal where it won’t have access to the DC Comics characters that have helped make Legendary so successful. Instead, Legendary head Thomas Tull will have to work on finding new material that he can translate into huge franchises. If Godzilla is a hit it will certainly turn into a franchise and one with lucrative merchandising and spin-off potential. It could even result in a real theme park ride akin to the Godzilla experience at Comic-Con. If the film is a flop, Tull will have to keep looking for the next big thing. The article laments the good word-of-mouth for Pacific Rim hasn't translated into more people flocking to theaters to see it. So f

Godzilla: "Massive" and "Majestic"

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by Armand Vaquer Above, a Gira-Goji prop at the Bandai Museum in 2005.  Photo by Armand Vaquer. Things are happening down in San Diego at the Comic Con International. Those who were able to attend the session caught a glimpse of Godzilla. The reactions, thus far, has been "majestic," "massive," "chills," "goosebumps" and "no mutant iguanas this time." Attendees say that the tone of the movie (from the footage they've been able to see) is much different than the 1998 Tri-Star version. According to the Denver Post : SAN DIEGO—Exploding airplanes, flattened trains, massive missiles and even more massive monsters greeted Comic-Con fans Saturday morning.  The footage showed Godzilla battling another giant monster, nearly decimating an airport and sending cities into chaos. From what I am gathering, Godzilla battles with a "giant insectioid" monster. The indicators (for days) are that Godzilla looks like

That blows! Sand dunes move in on famed 'Star Wars' set

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Scientists report that Anakin Skywalker's hometown is under attack -- not by Tusken Raiders but by the desert itself. The sands of time might soon bury the sands of Tatooine. Sand dunes blowing over the Tunisian desert are poised to cover a famous "Star Wars" film set that served as the backdrop for numerous scenes in "The Phantom Menace." More than a dozen buildings, real and mocked up, still stand on the site of the fictional Mos Espa, where the young Anakin Skywalker grew up. But a team of scientists reports that mounds of wind-swept sand have made contact with some of the Mos Espa buildings, threatening to damage a popular geek landmark and tourist destination. For the past several years, the scientists have used the fictional dwellings as a marker for measuring the migration of giant wind-blown, crescent-shaped sand ridges known as barchans, which are produced by wind moving predominantly from one direction. They visited the site located in the T

Star Trek: The Original Series - Origins (Blu-ray)

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Star Trek: The Original Series - Origins (Blu-ray) Paramount / 1966 / 265 Minutes / Unrated Street Date: September 10, 2013 This disc has not yet been reviewed. The following information has been provided by the distributor. Genres: Classic, Science Fiction, TV Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley Plot Synopsis: Here are the Origin episodes of the most significant characters from Star Trek: The Original Series introduced by Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry: • The Cage: the pilot that started it all and introduced Captain Pike and Spock. • Where No Man Has Gone Before: the first time Captain Kirk is seen at the helm of the Enterprise. • Space Seed: the debut of super villain, Khan. • Errand of Mercy: the crew's first encounter with the barbaric Klingons. • Trouble with Tribbles: the arrival of the cute, but catastrophic creatures. Now own and witness the first appearances of these captivating characters that graced

Dynamite Announces The Twilight Zone™ Comic Book Series, Signs Legendary Writer J. Michael Straczynski as Ongoing Writer

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From Dynamite Entertainment Dynamite signed a deal with CBS Consumer Products to create a comic book series based on one of the most captivating television shows of all time, The Twilight Zone, featuring all-new tales of science and superstition as written by acclaimed author and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, one of the privileged few celebrated as a Special Guest of San Diego Comic-Con International 2013. "One of the most deeply satisfying and creatively exciting experiences I've had in 25 years of writing for television and film was my stint on the new Twilight Zone television series," says Straczynski. "I've been a fan of the original series since I was tall enough to reach for the TV tuner. So I was profoundly excited when Nick Barrucci came to me with the possibility of doing the new Twilight Zone comic to come out from Dynamite." The Twilight Zone took millions of television viewers on a weekly journey to another dimension, starti

Robotech Returns In Crossover With Voltron! Dynamite Partners with DC Entertainment, World Events Productions, and Harmony Gold

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From Dynamite Entertainment Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces that they have acquired the rights to publish comic books based on the beloved science fiction anime, Robotech®. In a unique sub-licensing arrangement with DC Entertainment and with the Harmony Gold USA, Dynamite Entertainment will publish a new series beginning with a Robotech / Voltron crossover event. This crossover marks the first time uniting the popular Robotech cast with the five lions of Voltron, a fan-favorite World Events Production property. The Robotech series debuted in 1985, an adaptation combining concepts from three Japanese anime series (Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Genesis Climber Mospeada, and Super Dimension Century Southern Cross) into a new, cohesive narrative. It followed three generations of Earth soldiers who salvaged and repurposed alien technology in combat against consecutive extraterrestrial invasions, and was animated by the renowned animation studio Tatsunoko Production Co.

Pacific Rim 7-Inch Series 2 Action Figure Set

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Coming in November 2013  Pre-Order now and we'll deliver in November 2013 (estimated date / subject to change). Item Number: NC31940AA Price: $54.99 Preorder at Entertainment Earth Pacific Rim 7-Inch Series 2 Action Figure Set: Stop the Kaijus once and for all! Awesome action figures based on the Pacific Rim film! Series 2 case features 14 robots from the movie. Figures measure between 6-inches and 8-inches tall. Join the sci-fi action of Guillermo del Toro's epic Pacific Rim movie with these awesome poseable action figures based on the film! In 7-inch scale, each measures between 6-inches and 8-inches tall. Ages 8 and up. They'll put you right there in the theater! This Series 2 case contains 14 individually packaged robot action figures that includes the following (subject to change): 5x Battle Damage Gipsy Danger 5x Striker Eureka 4x Leatherback Kaiju

Legendary's Godzilla To Be Unveiled Today

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by Armand Vaquer According to this website , principal photography for Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Godzilla wrapped on Thursday. Also, according to the site, the design for their Godzilla will be unveiled today (it is now Saturday) at the San Diego Comic Con. I can't vouch for the accuracy of this, but I am putting this out for you anyway. I would have attended this year's convention, but I started a new job with a new company and couldn't get the time off on short notice. Legendary's presentation will be in Hall H between 10:45am and 1:15pm today.

Godzilla At Comic Con 2013 - Live Experience - Beyond The Trailer

'Star Trek' tricorder becomes the real McCoy

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You'll soon be able to embrace your inner Bones McCoy. Decades after "Star Trek" made the small device that could scan for vital signs famous, the medical tricorder is ready for prime time. The small handheld medical reader used by Dr. Leonard McCoy in "Star Trek" has been replaced by a smartphone. The real-life tricorder is a sleek, square device called a Scanadu Scout that works with your phone. The Scanadu can read your vitals in 10 seconds, measuring heart rate, temperature, respiratory rate, blood pleasure, ECG, and emotional stress. You hold it to your forehead and the information is wirelessly transmitted to your smartphone. It works on iOS and Android devices. Founder and CEO Walter De Brouwer explained the Scanadu Scout is not just for doctors. He's looking to enable patients with an informative, easy-to-use device so they can play a larger role in the healing process. "People need something cool, that they immediately understand and

Star Wars Episode 7 news update: Plot spoilers and rumors swirl

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Star Wars Episode 7 news continues to swirl as Jedi fans eagerly await updates on the film developments. In recent rumors a photo has been posted on Twitter allegedly showing the movie's screenplay, and that has sparked further rumors that some solid plot spoilers and leaks could soon be coming. The production company owned by J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot, recently posted a photo on Twitter without much explanation, but which show a number of apparent scripts on top of one another. The scripts are on black covers with red sides, and many fans have immediately begun speculating that the photo is showing the Star Wars completed screenplay. However, Bad Robot has continued to tease fans and has not confirmed what the picture they posted is of exactly. The company posted their teaser on Twitter: "Hot off the presses. Can you guess what's behind the cover? #FoundAtBR #MysteryScript." The image shows the pile of scripts with a Bad Robot logo on the front, and nothing

Star Trek Icon Leonard Nimoy Has “Lived Long and Prospered”

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Leonard Nimoy says there is a “strong strain of Judaism” in everything he does—including his famous on-screen hand gestures. Best known for his character Mr. Spock in the “Star Trek” television show and movies, most recently in his cameo as Spock Prime in this year’s blockbuster “Star Trek Into Darkness,” Nimoy’s Vulcan hand gesture comes from an experience he had at synagogue when he was 8 years old. Nimoy’s father told him not to look as worshippers averted their eyes during blessings recited by the kohanim. “The men were chanting, shouting and praying in an Orthodox service,” Nimoy, 82, says in an interview with JNS.org. “It was very passionate, very theatrical. I was chilled by the whole thing.” Years later, while on the set of the “Star Trek” television show, Nimoy suggested to the director that Vulcans like Spock should offer some gesture in greeting other Vulcans. “The director asked me what I had in mind and I suggested the gesture used by the kohanim,” Nimoy says.

A Silver Springs story: Ricou Browning was the Creature

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In the mid-1950s, a grotesque costume turned Ricou Browning from a soft-spoken family man into an ugly "gill man," also known as the "Creature from the Black Lagoon." Now remembered along with King Kong and Godzilla as one of the most horrific monsters of the silver screen, Browning had the underwater role of the amphibious monster in the Universal Studios black-and-white horror flick, originally shot in 3-D. Browning then continued filling that role in two sequels, "Revenge of the Creature" and "The Creature Walks Among Us." According to Browning, the underwater portions of the film were shot at Silver Springs, Wakulla Springs and in a tank at Marineland in St. Augustine. While professional actors played the creature on land, Browning donned the full-body suit for the underwater scenes. "It was cumbersome at first," Browning recalled. "When I first put it on, it seemed awkward and clumsy. But, once I got into the movie, I

Warner Bros: 'Wonder Woman is one of top three priorities'

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Warner Bros has promised that Wonder Woman is "one of the top three priorities" in its DC Comics project. DC Entertainment chief Diane Nelson has said that they are keen to get the character "right". "We have to get her right, we have to," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "She is such an icon for both genders and all ages and for people who love the original TV show and people who read the comics now. "I think one of the biggest challenges at the company is getting that right on any size screen. The reasons why are probably pretty subjective -she doesn't have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognises. "There are lots of facets to Wonder Woman, and I think the key is, how do you get the right facet for that right medium? "What you do in TV has to be different than what you do in features. READ MORE

New Amazing Spider-Man 2 Villain Revealed, And She Could Change Everything

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2, like nearly every other big movie coming out in the next year, is making its way to San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, and we're still trying to figure out what surprises just-wrapped superhero sequel might offers us. Turns out, though, that one of its stars might have already let the cat out of the bag.. but not the Black Cat. Talking to View London, Felicity Jones admitted "it's all quite shrouded in secrecy," but admitted that she plays "the Goblin's girlfriend. I'm in a relationship with him, and his accomplice. I'm on the dark side." If by "the Goblin" she means "the Green Goblin"-- and we can't imagine why she wouldn't-- that likely makes her character Lily Hollister, Harry Osborn's girlfriend who comes in contact with the Goblin serum that turns Harry's father into the original Green Goblin and becomes a villainess of her own... READ MORE

Another "Godzilla" Poster Released

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Another poster has been released by Legendary Pictures: They seem to be doing the right things, unlike the 1998 abomination.  From what I can see here, Godzilla looks like Godzilla.

The New Godzilla Revealed?

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The New Godzilla Revealed? Stuff from Legendary Pictures "Godzilla Encounter" from this years Comic Con is quickly leaking out all over the place. Of the items that have surfaced online is a photograph of a statue that very well may reveal the true look of the Godzilla we will see in the final film. Though many fans believe it is merely a concept design that was scrapped, you have to admit that the face looks a lot like Godzilla we saw in the films first teaser trailer released last year at this time .Fans should also feast their eyes on the concept art above wherein a massive set of Godzilla's fins have broken the water while the crew of an aircraft carrier braces for impact. ARE YOU EXCITED YET! I sure as hell am! MEET THE NEW GODZILLA!

James Bond Will Return...With Sam Mendes

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Daniel Craig as James Bond. Good news!  Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall , will return to helm James Bond 24. According to an article posted (of all places) in JapanToday : LONDON —Sam Mendes will direct Daniel Craig as 007 in the 24th installment of the blockbuster James Bond film franchise about the fictional British spy.  The film is set for release in the autumn of 2015 and follows on the success of Mendes-directed predecessor “Skyfall”, which earned $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide and was the highest-grossing film of all time in Britain, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement.  The screenplay for the Sony Pictures Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc film will be written by John Logan, who also worked on “Skyfall”.  “Following the extraordinary success of ‘Skyfall’, we’re really excited to be working once again with Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes and John Logan,” Wilson and Broccoli said. This definite

"Godzilla" Comic Con Poster

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"Something very big is coming to Comic Con!" is the word from Godzilla  director Gareth Edwards. Edwards is directing Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros.' version of our favorite radioactive kaiju. They have also released the poster (below) they will be unveiling at the convention.

Little Minxies Sinful Suzie Pinup Girl Statue

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How come this statue got sculpted without a shirt? The devil made them do it! Just the right size at 8-inches tall, the Little Minxies Sinful Suzie Pinup Girl Statue is coming soon... and she's dressed to kill! She has thigh-high latex boots, a pointy pitchfork, and a sensible blue hairdo. Oh, and horns. Big horns! We assume she's not safe for work, but then again, we don't know where you work. So, it might be cool to add her to your store right away! Read More

"The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" Ordering Update

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Yuu Asakura with "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan." Photo by Armand Vaquer. Outside of the dealers who are carrying the print edition of  The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan , the only other place to obtain a copy is through me. This was made necessary after ComiXpress.com decided to cease business back in May. I have updated this page with new ordering information, including a handy-dandy order form in .pdf format. Simple, eh? To order, all you have to do is print this order form , complete it and send it to the address as posted here in "Godzilla green." That's it! I have plenty of copies available as I ordered a big supply earlier this year.

"Land of Kaiju" Alphabet Book & Card Set

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Visitors at the upcoming Comic Con International in San Diego will be able to pick up the "Land of Kaiju" alphabet book and card set. This is a collection of Japanese-styled,  kaiju-flavored creatures that Chet Phillips created.  The creatures inhabit an alphabet book in alliteration form.  It is a hand-bound, limited edition book. The card set presents 24 of the creatures with additional biographical info on the reverse and packaged in a Japanese styled paper portfolio, signed with gold foil stamp. Book and card sets will be available next week at the San Diego Comic Con in the Small Press area - Booth O-1 (across from Oni Press.) For details on the "Land of Kaiju" alphabet book and card set, go here .

"Pacific Rim" Resurrects The Kaiju Film

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Above, a movie theater with the King of the Monsters on the marquee in 1956. JapanToday picked up an AP article, " Pacific Rim Resurrects The Kaiju Film."  In it, the article states: NEW YORK —The appeal of “Pacific Rim” isn’t complicated.  Like the kind of boyhood fantasy that delights in flying men and relishes dreams of dinosaurs, “Pacific Rim,” the latest film from director Guillermo Del Toro, is predicated on the simple, childlike thrill of seeing big ol’ robots and big ol’ monsters slug it out.  But while summer spectacles have grown ever larger in recent years, the monster movie - the original city-smashing genre - has mostly ceded the multiplexes to superheroes and more apocalyptic disaster films. But 14 years after Roland Emmerich’s forgettable “Godzilla” remake, Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” constitutes a large-scale attempt to bring Japan’s beloved Kaiju movies - their monster films, of which Ishiro Honda’s 1954 “Godzilla” is the most famous - to American