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Alexandre Desplat To Compose "Godzilla" Score

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It has been announced that Zero Dark Thirty composer Alexandre Desplat will be composing the score for Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Godzilla . I am not familiar with any of his other work with the exception of  Zero Dark Thirty (the story of the nighttime raid to get Osama bin Laden).  But that was an excellent score.

"Dracula" May Be In Legendary's Future

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Above, Bela Lugosi in Universal's 1931 "Dracula." It appears that Legendary Pictures might be coming on board for Universal's Dracula project. Variety.com is reporting: The producer of monster movies like “Godzilla” and “Pacific Rim” is wasting no time in choosing which films he wants to make at Universal Pictures, with “ Dracula ” poised to become the first high-profile project his Legendary Entertainment will co-finance with the studio. The film, directed by Gary Shore and starring Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper, is already in production and slated for release Aug. 8, 2014.  Legendary is in discussions with U executives about coming aboard the project. For more, go here . 

Caroline Munro's New Horror Movie

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Caroline Munro and Armand at the 2012 Monsterpalooza. Actress Caroline Munro is making a new horror movie and the producers are inviting people to invest. According to Classic Horror Campaign : Sultry Hammer Horror star Caroline Munro has teamed up with London’s Misty Moon Gallery to make a brand new horror film to be premiered at the Misty Moon Gallery in time for Halloween! The Landlady is a portmanteau horror in the tradition of Amicus classics like Dr Terror’s House of Horrors ,  The Landlady is being shot with a professional cast and crew but needs your help with funding to make sure it’s completed in time for Halloween. Investors will be entitled to some "perks," according to the article. For details, go here .

10 Reasons Why Benjamin Sisko Is The Greatest Starfleet Captain

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Its a question as old as time…well about as old as 1999. Who is the best Starfleet captain? Are you a hardcore classic purist and always answer James T Kirk, despite all his many questionable actions? Or you all forward thinking and advocate for gender rights and consider Katherine Janeway the best? Perhaps it’s the diplomatic, Shakespearean, Earl Grey-drinking Jean Luc Picard? Or do you like Jonathan Archer because he was Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap? For me, Captain Benjamin Sisko is the best of the best, but against stiff competition it is going to be a hard case to sell. The single father / Emissary to Bajor / Starfleet captain / military strategist had so much going for him across his seven years in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine that I am confident I have a wealth of example to present. But in the interest of fairness (and because I feel Picard comes a close second), I’m also going to give me thoughts on what the other four Starfleet captains fared in similar situations. Because

5 Reasons Humans Should Never Become Machines

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Are humans doomed to a machine-like future of radically-enhanced lifespan and intelligence, but without the intangibles that have made our 200,000 year-old species so unique? Using technology to stave off Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other neurological maladies is easy to justify. But is it inevitable that humans and machines will meld into a Borg-like future? That is, something akin to the “Trekian” villains who appear to have all the personality of a side-by-side refrigerator. “I don’t think it’s inevitable, but there are powerful forces pushing us in that direction,” said Nicholas Agar, a philosopher at New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington and the author of the books, “Humanity’s End” and the forthcoming “Truly Human Ehancement.” “Whether we want that future is often presented as a simple picture,” he said. “But we need to practice defensive ethics and think about what could go wrong.” READ MORE

She-Creature Statue

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Really Cool Expensive Stuff Price: $299.99 She-Creature Statue: Hypnotized! Careful - She has a taste for blood! Sea monster from the classic horror film The She-Creature. Measuring 23-inches tall, this statue is unbelievable! This "mermaid" may be the find of a lifetime, but you'd best be careful. She has a taste for human blood! From the 1956 black-and-white horror film The She-Creature from American International Pictures, this astonishing She-Creature Statue brings you the prehistoric sea monster in all her green glory. Measuring 23-inches tall at 1:4 scale on an incredible themed base, this exceptionally detailed resin statue from Executive Replicas is unbelievable! Size: 23-inches tall SEARCH FOR MORE SCI FI COLLECTIBLES

A Brief History of Godzilla, Our Never-Ending Nuclear Nightmare

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Here's the thing about the original Godzilla movie: It's an unflinchingly bleak, deceptively powerful film about coping with and taking responsibility for incomprehensible, manmade tragedy. Specifically, nuclear tragedies. As such, Godzilla isn't just the best monster flick I've ever seen. It's arguably the best window into post-war attitudes towards nuclear power we've got—as seen from the perspective of its greatest victims. And it still rings brutally true today. There's a reason that, after the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daishi reactor, Google searches for 'godzilla' spiked in Asia. The world's most famous kaiju—Japanese for 'strange creature'—remains for many the cultural embodiment of nuclear hubris, and they returned to him perhaps to be reminded of what seemed at the time an unheeded warning. Because that's clearly what Godzilla was: A somber, cautionary tale about nukes. Let's clarify. I'm talking about Goji

How do you ask for jobs help in Klingon?

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Worf probably never needed the services of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, but if he did he wouldn’t need a translator. The “Star Trek” character could do almost everything from engineering to communications to security. He probably wouldn’t have much of a problem getting a job in Illinois or anywhere else in a real or fictional universe. However, if he did need to go to IDES, which helps with unemployment claims, benefits, job searches and more, he could get his questions answered in his native Klingon. The IDES website has offered a Klingon language translator since May. It was part of a promotion for the movie “Star Trek Into Darkness.” “The Klingon language translator was free. It drives people to the website and introduces them to our services,” said Greg Rivara, a spokesman for IDES. “It’s smart business to leave it up as long as people are talking about it.” Rivara said every once in a while a newspaper stumbles across the Klingon translator and deci

Tourists' shock as Morag of Loch Morar – Scotland's second most famous monster – makes a comeback after 20 years

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SHE has been quiet for more than two decades without even the hint of a recorded sighting… But now Scotland’s second most famous Loch monster – Morag of Loch Morar – has made a comeback. Holidaymaker Doug Christie, a recently retired oil industry engineer not given to flights of fancy, said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a solid 20ft black shape in the water. He and wife Charlotte say they saw the beast three times during a stay at Kisimuil B&B by the loch. Doug, 66, from Brechin, Angus, said: “I could not believe my eyes. “I am not the type to get excited unduly but this just couldn’t be explained. “It was a large black shape on the loch that looked just like a bit of a ­submarine and around the same size. Charlotte said: “I thought it was a whale. We saw it three times in the space of two days. “The ­longest sighting was about 10 minutes before it submerged again.” The couple were staying for a night at the B&B owned by Barra-born Michael MacNeil,

Could this finally be proof that Nessie exists? Amateur photographer snaps 'large black object' moving beneath the waters of Loch Ness

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An amateur photographer has captured an eerie photo from the shore of Loch Ness which could encourage those who believe in tales of a monster living beneath the surface of the lake. The image was taken by David Elder at Fort Augustus, at the south-west end of the 23-mile-long body of water in northern Scotland. It shows a long bow wave apparently caused by some sort of disturbance on the surface of the loch. The 50-year-old photography enthusiast insists the only thing that could have caused it is 'a solid black object under the water'. Mr Elder, from East Kilbride in Lanarkshire, was able to take still photos as well as filming a video of the mysterious scene. 'We were at the pier head at Fort Augustus and I was taking a picture of a swan at the time,' he said. 'Out of the corner of my right eye I caught site of a black area of water about 15ft long which developed into a kind of bow wave. READ MORE

Planet of the Apes General Ursus Pop! Vinyl Figure

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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: FU3145 Price: $9.99 Planet of the Apes General Ursus Pop! Vinyl Figure: Beneath the Planet of the Apes' General Ursus as a vinyl figure! Stands 3 3/4-inches tall. Features General Ursus as a Pop! Vinyl in his signature black helmet! Your gorilla general with 'tude from the classic movie series Planet of the Apes has been given the Pop! Vinyl treatment with the Planet of the Apes General Ursus Pop! Vinyl Figure! Standing 3 3/4-inches tall, the mad general looks true to form with his dark gear and large black metal. When you see just how cool the Planet of the Apes General Ursus Pop! Vinyl Figure looks you'll want to collect the rest in the Planet of the Apes line from Funko! Ages 5 and up. SEARCH FOR MORE TOYS

Canadian Superman Stamps

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by Armand Vaquer The Canada Post is issuing a run of Superman postage stamps in commemoration of the Man of Steel's 75th anniversary. The stamps depict the evolution of Superman through the years.  The reason Canada has gotten involved is that Superman co-creator Joseph Shuster was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His Superman artwork is represented in the stamps.   Other artists' work that are represented include Wayne Boring, Dick Giordano, Neal Adams, Kenneth Rocafort and Jim Lee. I do have one gripe about these stamps. The work of definitive Silver Age Superman artist, Curt Swan is not represented in this collection. That, to me, is a major omission on the part of the Canadian post office. At least Swan's work was represented in a stamp in the United States when the U.S. Postal Service issued some DC Comics super-hero stamps in 2006 (left). To order Superman stamps from Canada Post, go here .

Mars Attacks Stan Lee’s Comikaze

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Source: Stan Lee's Comikaze News  The Topps Company and Stan Lee’s Comikaze teaming up to bring MARS ATTACKS to Comikaze Expo this Nov 1-3! Topps - setting up shop at the Comikaze Expo for the first time - will bring an exclusive MARS ATTACKS trading card featuring Stan Lee himself facing off against their iconic Martian invader! Limited to just 2500 cards and painted by Joe Jusko, the card entitled "Stan Strikes!" will be given away FREE on a first-come, first-served basis and available ONLY at Comikaze! Topps will be on hand at this year’s Comikaze to promote the release of Mars Attacks: Invasion, the modern revival of the classic card series and the first all-new, story-based MARS ATTACK card series in more than half a century! A limited edition poster featuring Joe Jusko's stunning painting will also be available for sale at the Topps booth - signed by the artist - while supplies last!  For ticket information, go here .

"Shoot 'em in the back!" - The Addams Family Trivia

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From IMDB This show and its rival series, The Munsters, both debuted within a week of one another in September 1964. At the end of that year's TV season, The Munsters ranked #18 in the Nielsens, with a rating of 24.7, while this show came in at #23, with a 23.9 rating. At the time, Nielsens indicated what percentage of American TV households tuned in to any given program. By the end of the following year, both series were canceled. It took Carolyn Jones two hours every day to put on Morticia's make-up. Topping it all off, she wore a wig made of human hair. Cousin Itt's voice was done by producer Nat Perrin, who recited gibberish into a tape recorder and played it back at a higher speed. Charles Addams never named his characters, but he had to come up with names for the characters on the TV show (it was one of the few contributions he made to the series). Within a week he decided on all of them - except for Mr. Addams, who almost wound up being called Repelli (for

'Alien' gargoyle on ancient abbey

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A gargoyle on an historic 13th century abbey has caused a social media sensation with its resemblance to the monster from the Alien films. Reverend Alan Birss, minister at Paisley Abbey, said most of the gargoyles were replaced during a refurbishment in the early 1990s. He thinks that one of the stonemasons must have been having a bit of fun. READ MORE Gargoyles are decorative devices designed to take rainwater away from the building without the use of downpipes, the water is directed away ensuring that it doesn’t run down the walls, causing dampness. I use the word “decorative” very loosely here because there are thousands if not millions of designs, from ordinary human ones to mythical creatures such as griffins & dragons and as you can see from the photograph below also a Gargoyle sculpted by a German Stonemason in the early 80′s which is the exactly like the Alien from the aforementioned film. READ MORE READ MORE NEWS STORIES

Star Wars: Episode VII To Shoot On 35mm

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Jostling with Batman for our attention this morning is some very big news from the Star Wars-verse. J. J. Abrams' cinematographer of choice, Dan Mindel, has signed up to shoot Star Wars Episode VII. And Mindel confirmed at an Asc breakfast in Los Angeles that it will be filmed entirely in anamorphic 35mm.This marks a big step away from the high-def veneer of George Lucas's last two digitally-shot prequels, and a thrilling return to the scruffier, earthier look of the originals. Abrams is clearly looking to recapture the look and feel of A New Hope, a vinyl aesthetic in an MP3 age. It's a prospect that should have Star Wars fans nerding out. There was a clue or two earlier this year when Abrams told the Producers Guild conference that, "If film were to go away then the standard for the highest, best quality would go away. READ MORE READ MORE STORIES ABOUT STAR WARS EPISODE 7

Ben Affleck To Face Superman As Batman

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Above, Ben Affleck as George Reeves in "Hollywoodland." First, he was Daredevil.  Then he became George Reeves/Superman.  Now he's going to be Batman. Fox News is reporting: Ben Affleck will don Batman's cape and cowl.  Warner Bros. announced Thursday that the 41-year-old actor-director will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman and Superman together.  The studio said Affleck will star opposite 30-year-old Henry Cavill, who will reprise his role as Superman from "Man of Steel." Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/08/22/ben-affleck-will-play-batman-in-new-movie/?fb_action_ids=10151673342822772&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582#ixzz2ckwUX4Vb

Stomp Around and Breathe Blue Radioactive Lasers with Godzilla Sake

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Do you like to drink? Do you sometimes break things when you drink? Despite what a few of your, ahem, smaller critics might think, you’re no monster; just misunderstood. So why not share your miseries with the only person-lizard who could possibly feel your pain, over a few shots taken from this limited edition Godzilla-shaped bottle of sake? Designed by Japanese molding engineer Ito Shigeaki to look “beserk but good looking, yet friendly,” this commemorative 720 ml bottle is meant to help fans who grew up watching the king of monsters as children reminisce fondly about him as adults. From nubby silver toes to a broad scaly torso, the bottle comes filled with full scale wheat shochu (a Japanese distilled beverage similar to sake, though with not nearly the same search recognition, sorry ‘bout it*). READ MORE READ MORE STORIES ABOUT GODZILLA

Star Trek: 7 Reasons Families On A Starship Are A Bad Idea

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James T Kirk, was surely the very model of a 23rd-century progressive and understanding man of the future. He may have been a staunch advocate of maternity flexi-time and equal rights for women but, spreading intergalactic progeny throughout one’s starship, be it the Enterprise, Enterprise-D or Voyager, should not be accommodated in the Star Fleet Code of Conduct. To seek out new life, when digitally inscribed by Star Fleet Command, presumably implied that the new life would be found outside the ship, not popping left, right and centre inside the ship. There is a comments box if you dare to disagree. The following arguments are based on the logic of families on starships, please do not mistake flippancy for misogyny… this is my first article and I’d like to make it to a second! 7. Does No-one Remember The Titanic? Shall I compare these ships? Let me count the ways. A landmark voyage, on a state of the art vessel with a course set for a distant destination it would never reach

The Ten Best Giant Ape Movies

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Though he may have been but an animated model given life through primitive special effects, King Kong, with his doomed loved for the beautiful blonde, has become one of the most beloved of all movie characters, revived in remakes, sequels and knock-offs. But Kong wasn’t the only massive simian to grace the silver screen. Here’s a look at the ten best giant ape movies. HONORABLE MENTION: A*P*E The ad campaign for the 1976 Korean film A*P*E warned “Not to be confused with KING KONG”. A captive giant ape, after escapes from a freighter and sets his destructive sights on Seoul, Korea where he falls for an American actress (Joanna Kerns ) filming a movie there. A*P*E was originally filmed in 3-D so there are countless shots of a man in a moth-eaten ape suit throwing Styrofoam boulders at the camera. He also engages in a pitiful skirmish with an obviously dead shark, flips to the bird to his attackers, and in one scene, sports high-top tennis shoes. The same stock destruction footage

Mysterious 13-foot sea creature washes up on beach in Spain, baffles experts

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‘We have no idea what it can be, but it smelled bad,’ said Spanish official. Some experts who have seen photos believe it to be the remains of a shark. The ocean is filled with mysteries, and one of them has washed up on a beach in Spain. An unidentified creature discovered on the coast near Villaricos has experts scratching their heads — and holding their noses. “We have no idea what it can be, but it smelled bad, because it was so badly decomposed,” Civil Protection coordinator María Sánchez told the local media. Experts with the Program in Defense of Marine Animals are “trying to find out what it could be,” she added. READ MORE

FX Orders a Pilot for the Seth Rogen-Produced Animated Comedy 'Bigfoot'

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While James Franco's headed to cable channel Ovation with a docu-series about his acting career and many side projects, his "Freaks and Geeks"/"Pineapple Express"/"This is the End" co-star Seth Rogen is also looking back to the small screen. Rogen and his writing/producing partner Evan Goldberg have gotten a pilot order from FX for "Bigfoot," an animated comedy. According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Bigfoot" is based on Graham Roumieu's books "In Me Own Words," "Me Write Book" and "I Not Dead," which are filled with philosophical musings from the perspective of the elusive sasquatch: "Me once believe in good. Now, no. World go shit, just like Bigfoot screenwriting career." "This will be the greatest show about an animated Bigfoot ever made," Rogen said in the announcement. Matt McKenna ("American Dad") will write the project and executive produce alongside Rogen and

Star Trek Original Series Mr. Spock 1:6 Scale 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: WC9259 Really Cool Expensive Stuff Price: $199.99 Free Shipping on this Item! Check Out Our Awesome Spock Statue Diorama! You've seen Spock statues before, but have you ever seen one that comes with a giant chunk of the Enterprise? The Hollywood Collectibles Group decided to do us all a solid by creating the Star Trek Original Series Mr. Spock 1:6 Scale Statue, complete with a window out to space and a ton of instruments on his control panel. It's stupendous! You've just got to see this one! Star Trek Original Series Mr. Spock 1:6 Scale Statue: Spock and his Bridge Console! Authentic likeness to Leonard Nimoy! 12-inches tall in 1:6 scale! We are proud to present Mr. Spock, Science Officer of the Starship Enterprise, standing by the iconic USS Enterprise Bridge Console. Featuring an authentic likeness of Leonard Nimoy in charact

Godzilla 2014 VFX: WETA, MPC, Double Negative, CafeFX, Amalgamated Dynamics Inc., The Third Floor

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Godzilla 2014. Who’s responsible for special effects production as this movie, the hoped-for American improvement to that disaster of a so-called Godzilla movie of 1998, speeds toward a Summer 2014 release? Well, after some digging by this blogger, the Godzilla 2014 special effects team consists of: WETA, MPC, Double Negative, CafeFX, Amalgamated Dynamics Inc., and The Third Floor. WETA was involved early, and was responsible for the overall design of the Godzilla creature up to 2012, and before giving way to MPC, or Moving-Picture Company, later that year. (UPDATE: Now for those of you asking why WETA gave way to MPC, I do not know the answer to that question, and I’m reluctant to speculate without some kernal of information.) The question is, will WETA’s early involvement give way to an eventual listing in the movie’s credits? As of this writing, there’s no mention of WETA in the official Godzilla credits for Godzilla 2014 on the IMDB Database, either in WETA’s profile, or for

Will We Have Star Wars For Xmas?

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Star Wars Episode VII will be released in cinemas in December 2015, according to a new report. JJ Abrams's continuation of George Lucas's sci-fi saga, which begins production at London's Pinewood Studios early next year, will allegedly break with Star Wars May release tradition to debut at Christmas Badass Digest cites "multiple sources" claiming that Disney and Lucasfilm are targeting the middle of December to release the movie. The move would pull Episode VII out of the crowded summer of 2015, which already has The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Superman vs Batman and Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 penciled in for release. JJ Abrams is currently working on the script for Episode VII with writers Michael Arndt, Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg and producer Kathleen Kennedy. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are all expected to reprise their roles from the original trilogy, while Ewan McGregor and Ian McDiarmid have been linked with returns to the serie

The Monsters Are Back Together!

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Just in time for Halloween, General Mills Big G Monsters Cereals are returning to store shelves for a limited time — and cereal fans are already poised and ready to stock up. While Count Chocula®, Franken Berry® and Boo Berry® appear regularly around Halloween, their old friends Frute Brute™ and Yummy Mummy™ will join them this year for a monstrously delicious reunion. All five Monsters Cereals will be available at select retailers starting in late August with full nationwide distribution in early September — but only while supplies last. And, through an exclusive agreement, the cereals will be available in retro packaging at Target. Monsters Cereals have gained a faithful following over the years. Fans eagerly look forward to the seasonal release; collect monsters-inspired clothing, dolls and artwork; and dress as the characters for Halloween. "Boomers and gen-Xers grew up with the Monsters Cereals," says Ari Zainuddin, marketing manager with General Mills. "

Resurrecting H. P. Lovecraft on the Big and Small Screen

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Before Stephen King (and after Edgar Allan Poe), the master of American literary horror was H. P. Lovecraft. Born a decade before the turn of the century in Providence, Rhode Island, Lovecraft grew up a sickly kid who never left his house and read all the time. Adding to his circumstances, both of his parents died in insane asylums. Though Lovecraft was reportedly a prodigy – a poet by the age of six – he didn’t really get into writing full tilt until his mid-twenties, through the then burgeoning amateur press association scene of the early twentieth century. This would lead to a massive collection of correspondence with other amateur writers across the country, some of whom went on to become big names in genre fiction (including Pyscho author Robert Bloch and Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard). Lovecraft eventually parlayed this into a professional writing career (though financial success forever eluded him), selling short stories to fantasy and horror pulp magazines l

Pacific Rim Gipsy Danger and Knifehead 7-Inch Action Figure 2-Pack

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Godzilla Will Not Be Your Typical Monster Movie

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Now that Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston is done filming Breaking Bad, he can do pretty much any project he wants. One of those projects is Godzilla, which is a reboot of the classic monster film franchise of the same name. Some might wonder why this franchise is being rebooted, and why Cranston would choose to star in a film like Godzilla. Cranston told us there are many elements that will make this film unique. HEAR THE INTERVIEW HERE MORE NEWS STORIES ABOUT GODZILLA

THE LATEST ‘ULTRAMAN’ MANGA TAKES AN ARMORED APPROACH

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If you had to compare Tsuburaya’s Ultraman to a Western superhero concept, the closest comparison would probably be… Captain Marvel or a much friendlier version of Alan Moore’s Marvelman? Every incarnation of the longrunning Japanese tokusatsu and anime empire is different, but more often than not, the hero is the result of a nobel member of a kind of cosmic pantheon merging with a human host (or taking on a human form) to defend planet Earth from invading kaiju from space. In Japan’s Monthly Hero’s Magazine, however, manga creators Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi present a normal human donning a special high tech suit to protect the planet as Ultraman. As seen in a new motion comic video promoting the series’ third collected volume, ordinary teen Shinjiro Hayata dons a high tech “Ultra Suit” created by his father Shin Hayata — the original human host for Ultraman — to covertly combat threats as part of a secret organization. In this continuity, it’s been around 40 years si

UFOs Spotted Over India-China Border

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Indian Army troops have sighted mysterious unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in the Ladakh sector along the Line of Actual Control with China. On August 4, the UFO was sighted by Army troops in Lagan Khel area in Demchok in Ladakh area in the evening and a report has been sent to the Army headquarters by the local formation, sources said here. There have been over 100 sightings of UFOs along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the last several months but this sighting has come after some time-gap, they said. Asked about the UFO sightings by the Army troops in Ladakh sector, Defence Minister A K Antony had told Parliament that there is no conclusive proof of sighting of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) over the Sino-Indian border. The UFO sighting on August 4 comes after reports suggested that a top-level science research institute had found that the UFOs were actually planets Jupiter and Venus, which are clearly visible from the high altitude and thin atmosphere terrain o

Star Wars: Vader no fan of prequels

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Star of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi says the original films had 'more believable' stories The British actor who played the original Darth Vader in Star Wars has dismissed the more recent prequel trilogy as a series of "really bad movies". Dave Prowse, who portrayed the deadly Sith Lord onscreen for Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), said he was unimpressed by creator George Lucas's oft-maligned attempts to tell the story of how Jedi Anakin Skywalker was turned to the dark side. Prowse, whose voice was dubbed over with that of James Earl Jones in post-production, told the Hull Daily Mail: "I didn't like Star Wars I, II and III at all. I think the common opinion now is they were really bad movies." He added: "There's no comparison with the original movies. They had a much more believable story. READ MORE READ MORE NEWS STORIES

'Fantastic Four' reboot to exist in same universe as 'X-Men' movies

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Mark Millar has revealed that the new Fantastic Four movie will exist in the same cinematic universe as the X-Men series. The Kick-Ass creator and 20th Century Fox creative consultant claimed that the studio is planning to put characters from both franchises together on screen. "Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other's movies," Millar told SFX. "I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool - and I expect we will see more of that." Millar described Fox's previous Fantastic Four movies as "not very good", but confessed that he has a sentimental attachment to them because his daughter is a fan. "For the new one, all they have to do is make it great... READ MORE READ MORE NEWS STORIES

Star Wars 1978 Holiday Special Boba Fett Animated Maquette

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Coming in June 2014 Pre-Order now and we'll deliver in June 2014 (estimated date / subject to change). Item Number: GE80343 Price: $138.99 Free Shipping on this Item! Star Wars 1978 Holiday Special Boba Fett Animated Maquette: Relive The Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978! An animated version of bounty hunter Boba Fett in his first ever appearance on the planet Panna. Limited edition maquette is individually numbered! Only the truly hardcore Star Wars fans know that the malevolent Mandalorian bounty hunter's first appearance wasn't The Empire Strikes Back, but rather the equally infamous Star Wars Holiday Special! The master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd. have decided to celebrate that first appearance with the latest addition to their Animated Maquette line! Digitally sculpted using footage from the one of the few remaining intact copies of the Special as reference, this Star Wars 1978 Holiday Special Boba Fett Animated Maquette is a dramatic piece that f

Monster-film maker tackles other big menace

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Norman England is the world’s leading non-Japanese expert on all things Godzilla, if hours logged on the set are any measure. From 1999 to 2004, he spent, by his own estimate, 150 days at Toho Studios watching the king of kaiju (monsters) come to life in film after film, culminating with Ryuhei Kitamura’s “Godzilla: Final Wars” (2004). A former New Yorker who moved to Japan in 1993, England was then the Japan correspondent for Fangoria, a U.S. magazine devoted to horror, splatter and exploitation movies, but his going far beyond the call of journalistic duty by spending so much time on the set spoke of a larger obsession — and ambition. Besides writing for other publications, including a monthly column for the Eiga Hiho film magazine, England has since expanded his resume to include set photographer, subtitler, actor and filmmaker. His new short feature, the erotic shocker “New Neighbor,” has been selected for festivals in Hamburg and Montreal, and will screen at the Uplink thea

‘STAR WARS: EPISODE 7′ WILL FEATURE THE RETURN OF OBI-WAN KENOBI

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If you were wondering how closely ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ would be tied to the previous films in the franchise, the answer is it’s looking very much like “at the hip.” We’ve just learned that the evil Emperor Palpatine would be making a return in J.J. Abrams‘ long-awaited sequel, and now it looks like another supposedly dead character is set to show up. After all, it really wouldn’t be a ‘Star Wars‘ movie without some kind of appearance from Obi-Wan Kenobi, right? According to Latino Review, Ewan McGregor’s beloved Jedi master will play a role in the highly anticipated film despite the fact that he was struck down by Darth Vader all the way back in the original ‘Star Wars.’ Of course, he was played by the legendary Alec Guinness back then, and the character managed to appear in both ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ as a Force ghost, guiding Luke Skywalker from beyond the grave. We can safely assume that this will be the case in ‘Episode 7′ with McGregor as well, m

Spock 'n' Roll: Local Star Trek Band

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Five guys in Star Trek uniforms are hardly a surprising sight at Gen Con, which will bring more than 40,000 gamers and geeks downtown this month. But the Trekkies from Five Year Mission, an Indy-based band that will play the convention on August 17, are boldly going where no nerds have gone before: writing a song about each episode of the original, 1960s Star Trek series. That’s 80 episodes in all, which the band is dividing into five 16-track albums, including the already-released Year One and Year Two, plus an EP with seven tunes about the classic episode “The Trouble with Tribbles.” (Fans voted to determine which Tribbles track will appear on Year Three, scheduled to drop in November.) READ MORE

10 Sci-fi films you must see before you die

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Science-fiction films are somewhat out of fashion as of late, but with Gravity looking a serious Oscar contender, the much-maligned genre may be seeing a comeback. Here are just ten Sci-Fi films you need to see before you head on out of this world... 10. Moon (2009) Here at entertainment.ie, we think Sam Rockwell is just the bee's knees. If you've never seen Galaxy Quest or this year's Seven Psychopaths, stop what you're doing and go watch them. Not only is he a great comedic actor, however, he's done some serious roles. This little gem is directed by none other than David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones. It was made for a pittance compared to most sci-fi films nowadays - €5 million - and it's become a cult hit. READ MORE READ MORE NEWS STORIES

Top 5 (Well, 6) UFO Sightings in History

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The truth is out there. It’s just… you’d think with all the cellphone cameras out there someone would have figured it out by now. But despite some of the more bizarre life forms stalking the New York subways, no definitive proof of extraterrestrial life exists. Few people would think that we’re alone in the universe anymore. At the beginning of the 20th century, humanity was shocked to learn the Milky Way wasn’t the only galaxy in the universe. Today we know at minimum there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe. It’s hard to wrap our primitive primate brains around that one. But whether or not life is out there isn’t the question. It’s whether or not any them have been probing our humble little abode. If you look at the stories of alien encounters and UFO sightings, striking similarities begin to emerge. Why is it that even in remote parts of the world, isolated from popular media, the story of little grey men with the big heads and cold large eyes always turn up? That’s why

'Jurassic Park 4' director Colin Trevorrow: 'New dinosaur is badass'

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Jurassic Park 4 director Colin Trevorrow has shared that his favourite dinosaur is a new one fans have yet to see. Filmmaker Trevorrow teased the forthcoming sequel during a recent Jurassic Park podcast. Speaking with Jp Forever, Trevorrow was careful not to reveal too much about the upcoming 2015 release when asked what his favourite dinosaur was. "We have a new one that's pretty cool. I'm not going to tell you anything about it, but… it's pretty badass," he said. "I think Jack Horner said something about that too… I feel like, obviously, everyone's favourite is the T-Rex and there's just something so iconic about that animal." Trevorrow also addressed rumours that the fourth instalment will feature trained versions of the enormous animals. "I saw some of the rumours on the internet and I would have all kinds of red flags going off if I heard they were going to muzzle a T-Rex ... READ MORE READ MORE NEWS STORIES

Star Trek Talk Now Learn Klingon PC Program

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Coming in August 2013  Pre-Order now and we'll deliver in August 2013 (estimated date / subject to change). Item Number: TC52638 Price: $28.99 Learn Klingon! Speak Like Martok, Worf, and Gowron! Friday, August 16, 2013 We live in an increasingly global economy, and language is an important skill, as it lets you communicate around the whole world. But why settle for languages of this planet? Get ahead of the curve and learn an alien tongue with the Star Trek Talk Now Learn Klingon PC Program! It's a game… and it's educational. Instead of singing "happy birthday," shout out "qoSlIj DatIvjaj"! This is the best disc of future language since Von LMO, so order yours now! Star Trek Talk Now Learn Klingon PC Program: Learn Klingon with interactive language games! The tongue spoken by the legendary warriors of Star Trek. Test your knowledge with fun quizzes, and earn high scores. Upload the program's sound files to an iPod to learn on the

Good Morning Godzilla - More Chaos in Hawaii

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It's been awhile since last we had anything new for our Good Morning Godzilla segment so we are ready to make up for lost time! On tap right now is a new video from the Hawaiian set of the flick which is home to lots and lots of running. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Richard T. Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Patrick Sabongui, Yuki Morita, Brian Markinson, Juliette Binoche, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, C.J. Adams, and Ken Watanabe star. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES ABOUT GODZILLA

Last day. Capricorn 15's. Year of the city - 2274. Carousel begins.

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In light of Kevin Levine, creator of ‘Bioshock’, writing the script to the much talked about ‘Logan’s Run’ remake, I thought this would be a perfect time to talk about the original movie for Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great sci-fi of the past. I’ll never forget the first time I saw ‘Logan’s Run’, though sadly it was because I didn’t want to see it. After all, who wants to see an old sci-fi from 1976 when we have the special effects of ‘Avatar‘? The answer I had was unequivocally “not me!”. Of course, I was wrong. So wrong that even now I’m a little embarrassed that I was so against seeing it. When I say that ‘Logan’s Run’ is really, and truly great sci-fi, I want you to believe me when I say it. Based off a fantastic and fast-paced book of the same name, ‘Logan’s Run’ takes place in a society where people only live until the age of 30. The society is sorted by colors that indicate how close you are to your death, and everyone has a

Fire Maidens of Outer Space (Blu-ray)

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The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and its even better sequel, Quatermass II (1957) are among the best sci-fi movies ever made. Though low-budget British productions, both films have extremely intelligent scripts (adapted from Nigel Kneale's television serials) and are still effective, even scary, when seen today. But those movies were exceptions to the rule. Fifties sci-fi movies emanating from Britain were fairly rare to began with, and those that were made tend to be either dull (Spaceways, Satellite in the Sky) or uniquely bizarre (Devil-Girl from Mars). Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1956) is an anomaly among anomalies. Written, produced, and directed by Chicago-born Cy Roth and starring Nebraska native Anthony Dexter, the film deliberately (and pretty accurately) emulates the worst Hollywood-made low-budget sci-fi movies. Specifically, Fire Maidens of Outer Space is basically a British rehash of Cat-Women of the Moon (1953), the admittedly hilarious, naïve turkey starring Sonn

The Blob: a cut above the rest

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Cult classic was Steve McQueen’s first leading role The 1950s saw a sudden popularity surge in science-fiction movies, particularly the ones about aliens. Memorable classics like The Thing (1951), Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954), Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) and The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) only begin to skim the surface of the genre’s considerable sum of titles. As for The Blob (1958), recently out on Blu-ray, it stands in a science-fiction class of its own. Over the decades, The Blob has steadily increased in cult favourite status among audiences. The plot starts out with two teenagers (Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut) on a date in a small Pennsylvania town. They get startled when they see what looks like a shooting star slamming into earth. Soon it’s discovered that a meteorite (carrying the blob) made landfall. Without warning, the unstoppable and on-the-move monster, a shapeless, gooey mass of matter that grows at an alarming pace, creates havoc and t

Godzilla Giant Monsters All-Out Attack Version 12-Inch Vinyl Figure

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Coming in December 2013  Pre-Order now and we'll deliver in December 2013 (estimated date / subject to change). Item Number: DC00915 Price: $139.99 Free Shipping on this Item! Godzilla Giant Monsters All-Out Attack 12-Inch Vinyl Figure: From Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack comes this version of Godzilla, in movie form. The way Godzilla's dorsal fins vaguely glow as they wriggle in the sea appears to be the souls themselves. Godzilla is recreated in this threatening pose so that the battle between the monster which destroys and the holy monster which protects may be envisioned. Figure stands 16 5/8-inches long x 11 3/4-inches tall. MORE GODZILLA FIGURES AT SCIFI TOYS

EXCLUSIVE: DARTH VADER Designer Brian Muir Talks STAR WARS EPISODE 7

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Whilst at Dublin Comic-con over the weekend I was fortunate enough to talk to Brian Muir, the man who designed and sculpted Darth Vader’s iconic helmet based on Ralph McQuarrie’s famous illustrations. Here’s what he had to say regarding Episode VII and more: What do you think of STAR WARS EPISODE 7? Well as far as I know they’re going back to the original three films and trying to get the same feeling as that. It’s very early stages at the moment, but the design team are already working away at the studios. And do you want Darth Vader to return? I’d love to see Darth Vader come back but seeing that they killed him off I don’t see how, but it’s possible. READ MORE

UFO approaches International Space Station

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Scott Waring who edits UFO Sightings Daily has made the following discovery that he announced on 12 August 2013. He had been affiliated with the military while he was in the States. He now lives in Taiwan. I have now uncovered photos as of 12 August 2013 that were taken during the STS-122 mission back in February of 2008. This is an alien orb and similar orbs have been seen around the shuttle Atlantis before and broadcasted on live CNN around the world a few years ago. Notice the mist around this orb. If this was the moon it would be in total focus like the Earth, but you need to click on the large photo to see this fact. On Sept 20, 2006 the world had a treat...CNN announced live that the Shuttle Atlantis would be delayed for its landing due to a UFO following it...Unidentified Flying Object, which does not necessarily mean alien object. When CNN showed the live feed from the shuttle... the world saw not one, but 5-7 grey metallic orbs floating around behind and around the sh