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A flashback for a guy with a small role in a Godzilla movie

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Over the years the T-Rex-looking monster Godzilla has wreaked terrible havoc on Tokyo and other parts of the Japanese isles. A scary dude, I thought when I was a kid. Adults could laugh at the huge, cranky reptile but Godzilla could give nightmares to kids. My fear was heightened by the fact that the pronouncements of the Japanese actors in the film didn’t match their lip movements. I thought as a kid that Godzilla was so scary that he made his victims blubber instead of talk. I didn’t realize that the actors’ Japanese had been dubbed over in English. Hell, I thought everyone spoke English. I had a Godzilla flashback the other day. It wasn’t a scary memory from childhood, though. I must admit reluctantly that when I was a journalist in Japan, I had a small part in a production called “Godzilla 1985.” I say “reluctantly” because American film critics called it the worst movie of the year. The flashback came in the form of a photo that my daughter Angie in Portland, Orego

Original Chewbacca actor plans comeback for Star Wars Episode VII

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The British actor who starred as Chewbacca, Han Solo's furry sidekick, in the original Star Wars films, has said he hopes to reprise the role in JJ Abrams' forthcoming Episode VII. Peter Mayhew's announcement came after a casting call from the film's studio, Disney, and Abrams' production company for a seven-foot tall actor sparked suggestions that wookiees would play a part in the new film. Mayhew, who stood 2.13m (7ft 3 in) tall in his youth, says he is the man for the job. "I intend to pursue the role of Chewbacca for Episode VII," he told Bleedingcool.com, via a message from film-maker W Ryan Ziegler, who is making a documentary about the actor. Mayhew, 69, has played Chewbacca in four Star Wars films – the original trilogy that ran between 1977 and 1983, and 2005 prequel Revenge of the Sith. It is not known whether Abrams has lined up a return for Chewbacca, but there have been persistent reports that Harrison Ford's Solo will make an appear

Harvard, MIT Scientists Create Real Lightsaber

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Modern physics has taught us quite a lot about light and how it behaves, but some of what we thought we knew might not be entirely accurate. A team of scientists from MIT and Harvard have been herding photons through a cloud of super-cold atoms in an attempt to get them to do something that was once considered impossible — bind together. According to a new paper, they may have succeeded in creating a new form of matter entirely from photons, which is basically a lightsaber. Conventional wisdom holds that photons are massless particles that don’t interact with each other, so how can they form molecules? The key was to create a special medium in which photons can interact strongly enough that they attract one another as if they have mass. This so-called “photonic matter” has been theorized for some time in scientific circles, but only in the abstract. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

Shining' sequel centers on a different breed of monster

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DOCTOR SLEEP By Stephen King Scribner (544 pages, $30) Mrs. Massey, the decomposing woman from Room 217, shows up on page five. Tony, the little boy who lives inside Danny Torrance's mouth, appears soon afterwards. And REDRUM is just around the corner. Stephen King's eagerly awaited sequel to his seminal 1977 novel "The Shining -- his most popular work and one of his best -- picks up immediately after the end of the first book. The young Danny and his mother Wendy received a large settlement from the corporate owners of the Overlook Hotel and wound up living in Tampa. The Overlook's former head chef, Dick Halloran, lives in Key West and drops in on them from time to time. The memories of that horrible winter -- when Danny's alcoholic dad Jack lost his mind and went after his wife and son with a croquet mallet -- are still fresh. And some of the ghosts and monsters that terrorized the family at the Colorado resort have followed them to the East Coast. An

The Ghosts of Fort Brown

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Editor's note: This first-person account of Linda Flores encountering ghosts at Fort Brown is based on two actual testimonies, and has been partially fictionalized by the author David Bowles. Not long after moving into her dorm at the Village at Fort Brown, Linda Flores was surprised to hear her roommate, Claudia Romero, dismiss the stories of ghosts with a laugh. “That’s just a bunch of nonsense, Linda. There’s no such thing as ghosts. People just want to make university life sound cooler than it is.” “But, Claudia, think of all the thousands of people who died here: the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, the cholera epidemic….” “So?” her friend shrugged. “People die all the time, everywhere. Doesn’t mean their spirits are haunting every square inch of the planet.” “No,” Linda said, trying to be patient, “but here they dug up the bodies and moved them 100 years ago. Or so they said. Then one summer three hurricanes hit one after the other, and they found coffins and

THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US

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The Universal Monsters are almost as ubiquitous today as they were 70 years ago when they first appeared on the silver screen. Built on the stirring performances of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney Jr the Universal Monsters are now cultural icons. The Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Invisible Man, The Mummy, Dracula and The Creature from the Black Lagoon all appear regularly in pop culture. The monsters are more beloved now than they’ve ever been. Most people Remember the big three Dracula, Wolf Man and Frankenstein’s Monster. They’re without a doubt the majors. They’re the big guns. However, the B-list of the Universal Monsters are just as impressive. Mummy, Invisible Man, and Creature From the Black Lagoon all had their own feature film franchises. The last of the monsters to appear was the Creature in his 1954 first appearance The Creature from the Black Lagoon. This film, originally filmed in 3-D was a massive success. It captured the imagination of the entire

The Big Bang Theory Sheldon with Vintage Batman T-Shirt 8-Inch Action Figure

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In Stock Usually leaves our warehouse in 1 full business day. Item Number: BBP17049 Price: $24.99 Double Your Bazinga! - Two New Big Bang Theory Episodes Tonight Thursday, September 26, 2013 Double your funny! The Big Bang Theory's season premiere is tonight, with a whopping two episodes of the hit comedy. As an added bonus, there's a double-dose of the show next week, too! Show your love for Sheldon at work by bringing along a Bang Theory Sheldon 8-Inch Figure - Convention Exclusive g Bang Theory Sheldon 8-Inch Figure - Convention Exclusive. It's stupendously cool, as Sheldon has a Batman T-shirt and an awesome mini-tote, and he's styled like the 8-inch action figures that were popular in the 1970s. You're gonna love him! Big Bang Theory Sheldon 8-Inch Figure - Convention Exclusive: Prepare to shout Bazinga! That fussy physicist from The Big Bang Theory is here! 8-inch scale articulated EMCE action figure spotlights Sheldon Cooper. This exclusive

Godzilla (2014): Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen Character Details Become Known

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From Comic Book News Godzilla character details become known from a newly surfaced video coming out of this past summer's Comic-Con with Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston. Elizabeth Olsen lets it be known that her character in Godzilla is named Elle Brody and is wife to Aaron Taylor-Johnson's character; that they have a child together and she is a nurse. Olsen also offers details about the direction of the movie. "This Godzilla brings it back to the route of the original reason why the Japanese made this film," Olsens said. "It's about attempting to control nature and it's not ultimately working out in the end. There is an awesome grittiness to this film and a nice reality and a nice storyline to hold on to, as well as amazing special effects." Bryan Cranston also talks about the new Godzilla, offering it's a different take than past versions and will pay off for the movie goer as it's very relatable. "We think that you will

Are some of Star Wars's most beloved aliens returning for Episode VII?

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While a few general casting calls for extras have surface, we now have one that actually suggests information somewhat beyond the very basic fact that people will appear in this film (although if George Lucas was still in charge, I guess we couldn’t necessarily take even that for granted). Anyway, the casting call asks for the following: "Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Not too worked out or too 'thick set' especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus." The reaction that most everyone has had to this news is, “Well, that sounds like Wookies.” So then, Wookies might be set to appear in the new film… maybe. For his part, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew has responded to this news by declaring he has every intention of reprising the role in the new film. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

Serpent, mermaid or submarine in Grand River?

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Strange creatures lurking in area bayous and waterways have made headlines in the Grand Haven Tribune since the latter half of the 1800s. In the 1890s, Tribune Publisher Horace Nichols wrote that having a sea serpent somewhere near a hotel or resort was actually good for business, as it drew in tourists. The most famous of unidentified serpents or water creatures was the monster of Stearns Bayou, which made a few appearances out front of the old Gun Club near the bridge in August 1909. Several credible witnesses saw the large, glowing, turtle-like creature with a long neck and hippopotamus-like head. The Tribune published four articles concerning it. What it was — if it ever was — remains a mystery. It never reappeared. Most sightings of water creatures remain unidentified mysteries. However, one appearance 114 years ago caused quite a stir — until the mystery was solved, of course. On July 12, 1899, just before noon, Pete Donnally looked out the window of the Grand Haven Tan

Where did Ogopogo go?

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Ogopogo sightings were once a regular feature of our long hot Okanagan summers. The elusive creature was usually seen in July or August, especially during the now-defunct, Kelowna International Regatta. Sightings were often near Rattlesnake Island across from Peachland, or around Bear Creek Provincial Park, on the west side of Okanagan Lake, or even in the vicinity of the regatta itself. Residents may recall film crews arriving from Japan, and Germany and The History Channel, as well as the BBC, who said Prince Charles was among the curious. Some arrived with elaborate viewing platforms, expensive sonar devices, high-powered lighting, submersibles, divers, and elaborate camera equipment in an attempt to capture or even photograph the elusive creature. Most made good television viewing but there was little, if any, scientific merit to their findings. And then, there was the time when a million-dollar reward was offered for the capture of it. was it a mammal? a prehistoric rem

Star Trek’s Capt Kirk turns down Branson’s space flight invitation because he’s scared of flying

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As Captain James T Kirk he was ready to boldly go where no man has gone before. But it's been claimed that William Shatner turned down the chance to travel into space aboard Virgin Galactic's Spaceship Two because he's scared of flying. Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson said he offered the original Star Trek star the opportunity to be among the first extraterrestrial tourists because of his links with space. But the billionaire said the 82-year-old Canadian actor turned down the offer because he's scared to take to the skies. 'He actually said he's frightened of airline travel - which is slightly disillusioning. Captain Kirk is scared of flying,' the Sun quoted Sir Richard as saying. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

'Ultraman' flies into Guinness World Records for most spinoffs

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After nearly a half-century of battling monsters and aliens in every shape, size and form, the beloved "Ultraman" TV series has been certified by Guinness World Records as having the most spinoffs in the world, Tsuburaya Productions Co. announced Sept. 12. A total of 27 spinoffs of the "tokusatsu" science fiction series, known for its special effects, has been aired since the first series “Ultraman” premiered in 1966, Guinness World Records said. The 27 spinoffs include “Ultra Seven” (1967), the anime version “The Ultraman” (1979) and “Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle” (2007), in which monsters play leading roles, and the latest “Ultraman Galaxy,” which started in July. Tsuburaya Productions sent related materials about its long-running series and spinoffs this spring at the request of Guinness World Records, a company official said. The award gives the production company another reason to celebrate since this year also marks its 50th anniversary. READ M

10 Classic Sci-Fi Movies With Better Effects Than Modern Films

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While moviemaking has made leaps and bounds in the realm of visual effects, there remain plenty of “classic” (at least 20 years old) movies with special effects that rival or even surpass what we can accomplish today. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) The greatest science fiction film of all time, with visual effects that are some of the most realistic and stunning representations of space travel ever to graced the screen. That such extravagant effects were possible in 1966-1968 is hard to fathom. The images as a shuttle docks at the revolving space station remain one of the finest sci-fi visual sequences ever created. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

Bigfoot Sightings Map: See 92 Years Of Sasquatch In The U.S.

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Bigfoot is legendary in the Pacific Northwest, but he has also taken a liking to Florida over the past century. At least according to a project by Josh Stevens, who mapped out every Bigfoot sighting compiled by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization from 1921 to 2012. The Pennsylvania State University doctoral candidate admits that the rise in 'Squatch sightings since the 1970s could have had more to do with the release of Bigfoot B-movies at the time, but he says the distinct regions where sightings occur are interesting. READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES

12th annual Mothman Festival

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Walking through the streets of Point Pleasant, W.Va., is like strolling the archives of American history. Beneath the asphalt lies the earth where the first battle of the American Revolution was fought. Virginians and Native Americans bled and died on that land. Theirs are the bones on which America was built. However, the most notable period in Point Pleasant's history was far more recent. The sudden appearance of the Mothman was alarming enough, but not as much as the tragic event that coincided with its disappearance. Hundreds of people crowded the streets of downtown Point Pleasant on Sept. 21 and 22 to eat, listen to music and browse the Mothman related products offered by more than 40 vendors at the annual Mothman Festival. The most popular attraction was the Mothman Museum, which houses historical documents and artifacts concerning the creature and other strange events that occurred in that time. It also contains an extensive collection of items and props from 2002’s

"Space Battleship Yamato" To Be Shown In Theaters In October

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by Armand Vaquer Eleven Arts has announced that Space Battleship Yamato (2010) will have a limited theatrical engagement starting in October. The movie will begin playing in Los Angeles and will make its way around the country in selected theaters.  I saw Space Battleship Yamato in December 2010 at the Toho Cinemas Nichigeki Theaters in the Yurakucho Mullion Building in Tokyo and have a subtitled copy on DVD. Above, "Space Battleship Yamato" poster at the Yurakucho   Mullion Building in Tokyo.  Photo by Armand Vaquer. About Eleven Arts: ELEVEN ARTS, Inc. is a company dedicated to the sales and distribution of high quality films. Specializing in Japanese and Asian films, we serve as a bridge connecting films to audiences around the world. ELEVEN ARTS is expanding into the field of production, a move that will allow us to be more active in the pursuit of our goal of bringing great films to our audiences. We are based in Los Angeles. If you haven't

July 2000 "Godzilla Week" Photo Surfaces

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by Armand Vaquer Above, gathering in the Hall of Administration before the "Godzilla Week"  ceremony are (left to right) Armand Vaquer, Masaharu Ina of  Toho L.A., Andrew Wong and J. D. Lees.  Photo courtesy of Andrew Wong. Back in July 2000, the second G-Fest in Southern California was about to be held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  A month later, Godzilla 2000 , the first Japanese Godzilla movie to be released nationwide in theaters since Godzilla 1985 . To garner some publicity for both, the idea was to have the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors declare the week of G-Fest "Godzilla Week." Toho Co., Ltd. was enthusiastic over this idea and even shipped over (at their expense) a Godzilla 2000 event suit for the ceremony to be held at the Hall of Administration. Unfortunately, Jaime Geller, a publicist at Sony Entertainment, horned in and thinking she knew better than anyone about what constitutes good publicity, nixed the appeara

New Items At Monster Island News 9/22/13

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These are just a few of the new items added to the Monster Island News website: Little Minxies Sinful Suzie Pinup Girl Statue : Stunning and sexy Little Minxies statue! A super curvy and ultra gorgeous pinup interpretation of your favorite character, Sinful Suzi. Measures 8-inches tall and leaves almost nothing to the imagination! Robby the Robot Black and White Version Die-Cast Figure Werewolf - I Was a Teenage Werewolf Bust: How exactly do you make a monster? Werewolf Monster Bust measures 23-inches tall! Limited edition of just 200 pieces. Expand your classic horror film collection! Bettie Page Girl of Our Dreams Mini-Statue Sculpture: Pinup princess, pretty in pink. Could this be the girl of your dreams? The playful and lovable Bettie Page! Gorgeous mini-sculpture based on art of Dave Stevens. Is it any wonder she was the iconic pinup girl of the 1960s?

Yabukaiou Sake Godzilla

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by Armand Vaquer Source: Konishi Sake Brewery. Suppose you are a Godzilla fan and, also, have a taste for sake. How can you combine the two? Tokyo's Metropolis magazine has just the answer for you! According to an article in their website, there's a sake that is bottled (if that's the right word) in a Godzilla-shaped ceramic decanter. It's called  Yabukaiou Sake Godzilla  from Konishi Sake Brewery. There's one catch: they're only making 3,000 bottles and they are priced at ¥10,500 (roughly $105.00). To see the article with a link to order, go here .  

The Legend Of Boggy Creek

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In 1972 Charles Pierce, an ad salesman from Texarkana, borrowed $160,000 from a friend who owned a car dealership, to make a movie about a local legend in Arkansas, that he had heard about growing up. Armed with a hand-held camera, and the local residents, who played themselves, Pierce set out to create a pseudo-documentary about recent encounters with a Bigfoot-like creature in and around the small town of Fouke. Amazingly enough, Pierce, with no experience at making movies, was able to create a very believable and scary movie. His amateur actors, who obviously drew inspiration from their real-life encounters, display such fear, that the viewer really gets taken in by their raw emotion. Pierce's camera work and editing really creates a genuine feeling of terror. His wisdom in only showing the monster from a distance, and in the shadows, adds to the mystery and the overall eerie feeling of the film. READ MORE

Godzilla's Back and More Low-Budget Than Ever

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The Dark Room Theater definitely has its niche. The tiny black-box theater in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District hosts standup comedy, variety shows, and weekly Bad Movie Nights with heckling de rigueur. But with some regularity it also offers up campy stage adaptations of cult movies and TV shows, from Twilight Zone and Star Trek to Dirty Dancing and The Princess Bride. Recently there was even a play based on the videogame Asteroids. Upcoming shows include a live episode of Firefly in October and one of a dozen theatrical versions of It's a Wonderful Life in December, although theater owner Jim Fourniadis promises that it will be more loving parody than straight-up adaptation. "We make fun of things here at the Dark Room Theater, but only because we love them," Fourniadis says in his preshow speech for the newest show. Right now the Dark Room is taking on a much bigger target than usual with Godzilla Live, adapted and directed by Fourniadis. How one o

It's Time to Bring Back 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'

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With Star Trek Into Darkness hitting DVD this month and a third film in the rebooted series roughly slated for 2016, it's pretty safe to say the Star Trek movie franchise is in the best shape it's been in years, possibly all the way back to the days of The Wrath of Khan and The Voyage Home. Prior to these recent J.J. Abrams movies, there were never even two great Star Trek movies released back-to-back, and Paramount is obviously thrilled by the box office results. But the success has come at a cost. The new movies completely destroyed any chance of more Star Trek: The Next Generation films. Granted, they have only themselves to blame after releasing the horrid Insurrection in 1998 and the even more horrid Nemesis in 2002. Those two bombs ensured that Star Trek was out of the multiplex for seven years, and J.J. Abrams was forced to reboot the entire Star Trek universe in order to get things flowing again. Unfortunately, no Abrams-like figure came around to save the Star

Meet Fanny, the world's largest robot who's a fire-breathing walking DRAGON

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Looking like a creature straight out of the Game of Thrones TV series, Fanny is a 30-foot high, fire-breathing mechanical dragon that can flap its 40-foot wings and walk on all fours. Designed by German electronic firm, Zollner Elektronik AG, the creature is powered by four remote controls, a two-litre turbo diesel engine and a series of hydraulic valves. The beast was created as part of the Tradinno project - a portmanteau of 'tradition' and 'innovation' - set up to build the dragon that features in German folk play Drachenstich. Fanny was awarded the largest walking robot accolade in the 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records book. The Drachenstich play, which means Spearing the Dragon or more literally, dragon stab, has been performed in the town of Furth im Wald for the past 500 years. Its story is a take on the legend of Saint George and was adapted during the early 1950s to symbolise the threat of communism from the East. READ MORE READ MORE N

Bigfoots: It’s time to believe

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The human race has learned to accept many things that are hard to swallow at first — the earth is indeed round, we revolve around the sun and, now, it is time to accept that bigfoot is an undeniable reality. First, the basics. You may be wondering just what this bigfoot creature is other than a giant fuzzy masterpiece. Well, what science can tell us is that the males are roughly 9 feet tall, with females standing closer to a dainty 7. They weigh around 800 pounds and have feet twice the size of an average man, or the same size as your average circus clown. The creature also appears to have a lot in common with the typical hipster — found mainly along the West Coast, they are nocturnal and eat mainly plants and berries, according to National Geographic. While these creatures were once the purview of myths and haphazard speculation, science has now taken a definitive stance on the issue. While some opponents of the creature claim that with modern technology it’s unlikely there are any

Is This the Largest Star Wars Action Figure Ever?

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At a whopping 72-inches (6-feet) tall, the Star Wars Stormtrooper Life-Size Kenner Action Figure will tower over every action figure (and probably, every item) in your entire collection! This ginormous figure is articulated like the 1978 original, and it includes a blaster. You really don't have anything like it, so if you've got the space, please note that pre-orders open today! Price: $2,299.99 Star Wars Stormtrooper Life-Size Kenner Action Figure: A Star Wars fan's dream come true! Life-Size reproduction of the original Kenner Stormtrooper action figure. Comes with a scale replica blaster accessory. Measures 6-feet tall! The Kenner action figure of the Stormtrooper from Star Wars that you know and love and grew up with now comes to you in full life-size form! This amazing monument has been digitally scanned from an authentic and mint-condition 3 3/4-inch original Kenner Star Wars Stormtrooper Action Figure, and then reproduced to a staggering 6-feet tall! Th

A Word With "Godzilla & Hiroshima" Producer/Director Jonathan Bellés

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by Armand Vaquer Above,  Jonathan Bellés. My grandfather (on my dad's side) came from the island of Mallorca (Majorca), Spain. Spain is also where Godzilla & Hiroshima: The Dawn of the Kaiju Eiga producer and director Jonathan Bellés comes from. Specifically, he was born in Castellón, which is on the Spanish mainland near the island of Mallorca. Now Bellés is based in Valencia, Spain where his production company,  Producciones 451 is headquartered. I asked him if there are many kaiju fans in Spain and he says there are. "In Spain, there many kaiju fans. In fact, I am the co-founder of the website  www.godzillaencastellano.com .  It was founded in February 2003," he says. Many people remembered the 50th anniversary of Godzilla events in Hollywood back in 2004. Fans in Spain also commemorated the anniversary in 2004. "In 2004, Angel Sala, the Catalonian director of The International Fantasy Film Festival (in Sitges, Barcelona), screened seve

Monster Island News - Ultimate Halloween Store!

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Our ultimate Halloween store is now open for business! Items just added include: Pacific Rim (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Combo Pack - $24.99 Pacific Rim (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack - $29.99 Steve Ditko's Monsters Volume 2: Konga - $27.99 Universal Monster Collector's Edition Creature from the Black Lagoon mask - $47.99 Gorgo [Blu-ray] - $11.99 Star Trek Original Series Gorn 1:6 Scale Statue - $159.99 Heavy Metal Magazine Cybercop 1:4 Scale Statue - $329.99 Batman Dark Knight Rises Adult Cape and Mask Set - $14.99 Star Wars Episode III Darth Vader Supreme Edition Costume - $776.99 Steampunk Engineer Corset - $117.99 More items are being added daily so be sure to check back with us for all your Halloween needs! ENTER THE MONSTER ISLAND NEWS ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN STORE

"Godzilla & Hiroshima: The Dawn of the Kaiju Eiga" In Production

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by Armand Vaquer Above, the a-bomb mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. A new Godzilla documentary is currently in production in Spain. The documentary, Godzilla & Hiroshima: The Dawn of the Kaiju Eiga is being  produced and directed by  Jonathan Bellés. The production years are 2013-2014 with a release in Summer 2014. The planned running time is 90 minutes. Film historians, critics and others from Spain, France, Belgium, United States, Canada and Japan will be interviewed for the documentary, which will take a look at the influence and connection between the daikaiju eiga genre and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nakasaki. The website for the documentary is here .  Here's the teaser trailer for the documentary:  

Redesigning 'Star Trek': the original series brought to life in 80 pulp posters

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For 30 days in 2011, Juan Ortiz gave himself a task: create a new poster every day, each one illustrating a single episode of the original Star Trek series. "I had little sleep during that time," he says. When he was finished, some friends convinced him to reach out to CBS directly. The posters were a hit, and with CBS' blessing, Ortiz ultimately managed to make one for each of the original series' 80 episodes. The results have been collected in a new book called Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz, which for the artist is something of a love letter to the show. "The original series is ingrained in my head," he explains. The designs feature a vintage style, with some reminiscent of classic movie posters and others harking back to the covers of pulp sci-fi novels. According to Ortiz, what makes them work — and fun to work on — is the sheer diversity of the episodes he illustrated. "Each episode is its own story," he says. "A court drama, a mon

Creature Feature: The Big Bird

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For the next two months, The Monitor will be running a nine-part series entitled "Creature Feature." Published each Thursday, this series will feature creepy tales of ghosts, ghouls and cucuys from deep South Texas by author David Bowles, with illustrations by a variety of local artists. For two months in early 1976, the Rio Grande Valley was plagued by a massive flying beast known only as the Big Bird. On the evening of January 7, San Benito policemen Arturo Padilla and Homero Galván separately spotted a strange winged form as they patrolled. That same night, Alvérico Guajardo caught sight of the same creature in Brownsville: he described it as a giant bat. A week later an airborne monster with leathery skin and simian features attacked Armando Grimaldo of Raymondville. After that incident, there came an avalanche of reports. A group of teachers driving to San Antonio witnessed what they swore was a prehistoric pteranodon. National media picked up the story. Johnny Ca

The 9 Most Shameless 'Alien' Ripoffs

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A distress signal from deep space. A blue-collar crew of astronauts discover a derelict space craft. A star beast of unknown origin chases them through dark pipe-lined corridors until there's only a few (if one) left. After the blockbuster success of Ridley Scott's sci-fi tinged haunted house movie "Alien" busted some blocks in 1979, it was only a matter of time before the low-budget copycats followed suit. Not only were many of these knockoff movies kinda cool, but they turned out to be a proving ground of ideas and talent for future entries in the "Alien" franchise, including "Aliens," "Alien 3" and "Prometheus" … for realsimo. The first "Alien" was in itself a shameless "homage" to classic B-movies "Planet of the Vampires" and "It! The Terror from Beyond Space," so it's only fair that flicks like this week's Vin Diesel monster mash "Riddick" should take a page or

Batman Classics 1966 TV Series Batman Action Figure

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Coming in September 2013 Pre-Order now and we'll deliver in September 2013 (estimated date / subject to change). Item Number: MTY9634 Price: $17.99 Batman Classics 1966 TV Series Batman Action Figure: From the classic 1966 Batman TV series! This Batman Classics 1966 TV Series Batman Action Figure features the Caped Crusader as he looked during the campy show, and features a realistic head sculpt of the iconic actor who played him, Adam West. Measuring approximately 6-inches tall, this action figure of the original live-action version of Batman is a great item for young and old collectors alike! Celebrities: Adam West SEARCH MORE TOYS

Escale à Nanarland N°82 - "Gamera et les 3 Super Women"

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Stopover Nanarland No. 82 - "Gamera 3 and Super Women" Contents: The movie of the week: "Gamera 3 and Super Women" - Section "Corny Show": a selection of the most cheesy monsters kaiju eiga - extract excess "Pistol Whipped" or Au sommaire : Le film de la semaine : "Gamera et les 3 Super Women" - Rubrique "Bébête Show" : une sélection des monstres les plus ringards du kaiju eiga - L'extrait en trop : "Jeu fatal" Escale à Nanarland READ MORE MORE NEWS STORIES ABOUT GAMERA

Five Myths About The ‘Frankenstein’ Monster

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Conceived during the summer of 1816, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is lauded as one of the earliest examples of science-fiction literature. Telling the story of the talented but misguided Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the hideous monster he creates, Shelley’s novel is recognized as one of the most engaging horror stories ever written. The creation myth within the book has served as inspiration for modern films, graphic novels, songs and even horror-themed episodes of numerous television shows. But with creative license also comes the blurring of fact and fiction about the book’s iconic creature, known simply as the monster. From his green complexion to his lack of intelligence, we’ve gathered five untrue myths below about the Frankenstein monster. 1. His Name Is “Frankenstein” Although many mistakenly believe the monster’s name to be Frankenstein, he is actually never referred to by any name in the book. Dr. Frankenstein does call him other hateful names such as “devil” and “fien

Rubber-Suit Monsters Fade. Tiny Tokyos Relax.

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CHOFU, Japan — Daisuke Terai plays one of the best-known characters in the history of science fiction, but few fans have ever seen the actor’s face. That is because Mr. Terai puts on a bright silver and red rubber suit before stepping onto a set made of miniature trees and buildings to do battle as the cosmic superhero Ultraman. On a recent afternoon, Mr. Terai’s character was locked in mortal combat to defend the Earth from a giant extraterrestrial dinosaur with glowing eyes and forked spikes called Grand King. When the cameras paused, a sweating Mr. Terai, 36, peeled off the top of his Ultraman suit, while stagehands removed Grand King’s foam spikes to reveal a zipper down the back of the 65-pound costume. For decades, Japanese studios dazzled, terrified and tickled global audiences with monster movies and television shows featuring actors in rubber suits laying waste to scaled-down Tokyos, or dueling atop miniaturized Mt. Fujis. The genre, known here as “tokusatsu,” or “speci

Don’t Open That Door! #54: 'Creature with the Atom Brain' (1955)

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Police investigator Dr Chet—you can tell he’s a scientist because he smokes a pipe—is called in to investigate the murder of a casino owner by a guy who looks suspiciously like Mr Grant from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Chet thinks there just may be a clue in the day-glo foot- and fingerprints found at the crime scene—yeah, that Dr Chet is a sharp guy—though not half as sharp as Teutonic Dr Steigg, the brains behind it all. Steigg is in cahoots with a mafioso named Buchanan (an Irish mafioso, apparently) who’s concocted a dastardly plan to take revenge against those who’ve done him wrong… and then, possibly, take over the world, one radioactive footprint at a time. Investigator Chet is the kind of guy who really throws himself into his work—maybe because the alternative is staying home with his incredibly vapid wife Joyce, she of the platinum hair and inability to perform simple tasks such as opening doors. Chet and his police buddy Captain Dave soon discover that the murderer was a

Scarlett Johansson Stands Out In Under The Skin Teaser

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Jonathan Glazer is the man who brought the world Sexy Beast, the surfing horses Guinness advert and music video for Thom Yorke and Unkle's 'Rabbit In Your Headlights'. He's also the man currently in Venice showing his new film, Under The Skin, and in celebration of that fact, here is a teaser clip where you can see Scarlett Johansson doing something slightly different to her work in, say, The Avengers. brightcove.createExperiences();Based on the sci-fi of the same name by Michel Faber, it sees Johansson as a human-like alien sent to earth to prey on hitchhikers in Scotland. Her job is to take them back to other aliens so that they can be fattened up and feasted upon, though in the film version it may not be as simple as that. It is not, it's safe to say, the feel-good hit of the autumn. In fact, you're best off ... READ MORE

Benedict Cumberbatch Rumored for Potential Vader-Type Role in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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Yes, it's time for our regular installment of rumors from around the globe concerning Star Wars: Episode VII and this one has Benedict Cumberbatch re-teaming with his Star Trek Into Darkness director, J.J. Abrams, in what Film Chronicles calls a key role, though they don't have any further information regarding his character. Of course, this is something we would typically expect when it comes to casting rumors as the idea a director would cherry pick from his/her previous projects to cast their latest film, but on top of that, Cumberbatch's recemt departure from Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak is another item giving this rumor a little more weight as the two films do have overlapping production schedules. Bleeding Cool adds to the rumor saying a big official announcement concerning the film is expected soon with rumors of a big name being attached. How big Well, along with Cumberbatch... READ MORE MORE NEWS FOR STAR WARS EPISODE VII

Futurama Bender Shogun Warriors 24-Inch 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: TN4130 Price: $149.99 From Futurama - Biggest Bender Ever! You've seen a lot of toys, but rarely do they come as large as the Futurama Bender Shogun Warriors 24-Inch Vinyl Figure! Modeled after the classic jumbo Shogun Warriors toys, Bender stands a whopping 2-feet tall and has that most important of action features… launching fists! What's more, this item enjoys Free Shipping. It's quite a deal and limited to only 500 pieces, so pre-order yours now! Futurama Bender Shogun Warriors 24-Inch Vinyl Figure: Spring-loaded arms for fist-firing action! Jumbo figure measures 2-feet tall! Limited edition of 500 pieces. A limited edition of 500 pieces featuring awesome fist-firing action that will take you back to the old Shogun Warrior days, it's the Futurama Bender Shogun Warriors 24-Inch Vinyl Figure! This amazing, 2-foot tall figu