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Jonathan Bellés Discusses Godzilla & Hiroshima Documentary on Spanish Television

Producer/director Jonathan Bellés discusses his documentary on Godzilla and Hiroshima: The Dawn of the Kaiju Eiga on Spanish television.   Entrevista a Jonathan Bellés en TV CS from Producciones 451 on Vimeo .

Jonathan Bellés Discusses Godzilla Documentary At 2nd Cultural Cycle Japan In Spain

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by Armand Vaquer On November 24, producer/director Jonathan Bellés gave a presentation on "Godzilla and Hiroshima: The Dawn of the Kaiju Eiga" in Valencia, Spain. Posted below, is the video of his presentation. Here is the description of the video in Spanish: Dentro de las actividades del 2º Ciclo Cultural de Japón en Valencia, en el Centro Cultural La Petxina, Jonathan Bellés ofrece una conferencia sobre su documental "Godzilla & Hiroshima: Los Albores del Kaiju Eiga", además de responder a las preguntas del público asistente. And, a rough translation: Among the activities of the 2nd Cultural Cycle Japan in Valencia, at La Petxina Cultural Center , Jonathan Bellés gives a lecture on his documentary " Godzilla & Hiroshima : The Dawn of Kaiju Eiga " plus answer questions from the audience.   Note: Jonathan Bellés discusses a "certain travel guide" 42 minutes into the video. Here's a still from the pr

Superman Artist Al Plastino Dies At 91

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Al Plastino. One of the few remaining Golden Age and Silver Age comic book artists, Al Plastino, passed away yesterday at age 91 of prostate cancer. Recently, Plastino has been involved in litigation over artwork he drew for "Superman's Mission for President Kennedy" that was intended to be donated to the John F. Kennedy Library. Above, a Facebook message to me on the Superman-JFK artwork matter from Al Plastino from a few weeks ago. Somehow, those pages of art never made it to the Kennedy Library and were to be up for auction last week. When the controversy erupted last month, Heritage Auctions pulled the artwork pending investigation. While Curt Swan was my favorite Superman artist, Al Plastino was a good illustrator in his own right and I felt his work actually got better as the years went on. For more, go here . R.I.P., Al.

"The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" Holiday Sale

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The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan is now available at a holiday discount of 20% off the cover price. The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan is the world's first and only Japan travel guide tailored to fans of Japanese science-fiction and fantasy films. This holiday special offer is being offered directly from author Armand Vaquer. "To get into the "Santa spirit" and to even make your holiday dollars go even further, the $12.00 price also includes shipping & handling," said Vaquer. Orders postmarked now through Tuesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) are entitled to the discount. Vaquer added, " The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan makes the perfect stocking stuffer for that Japanese monster fan in your life or for yourself!" For the order form, go here .

Ten Years of "Godzilla x Mothra x Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

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by Armand Vaquer Next month (December 13, to be exact), will mark ten years since the release in Japan of Godzilla x Mothra x Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. , the 27th entry in Toho Co., Ltd.'s Godzilla series. Tokyo S.O.S. is the third Godzilla film directed by Masaaki Tezuka. The movie pretty much picks up where Godzilla x Mechagodzilla (2002) left off with Mechagodzilla undergoing repairs after its battle with Godzilla in the prior movie. My first screening of Tokyo S.O.S. was at the American Film Market (at Toho's invitation) in Santa Monica. At the time, I was a bit underwhelmed by it and found it to be disjointed at times. But, the movie has grown in (my) esteem over the years. It is a fun romp of monster action. The acting was so-so with the male lead having some rather boring personal issues. The stronger characters were the women in the movie: Miho Yoshioka as a fighter pilot and Masami Nagasawa & Chihiro Otsuka as Mothra's

Tribute Comics Honor George Reeves and Christopher Reeve

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by Armand Vaquer The word legendary is often too easily tossed about these days. Sometimes it is a fitting description of someone, and sometimes it isn't. In the cases of Superman actors George Reeves and Christopher Reeve, it is a fitting description. As such, Bluewater Productions is producing two comic books in tribute to Reeve and Reeves. Here's what the Superman Homepage says about the books: Bluewater Productions is releasing a new comic book biographies on two legendary men of steel, Christopher Reeve and George Reeves. Tribute: Christopher Reeve is released this week in conjunction with the release of the Man of Steel DVD.  In January is releasing another comic book on the life of another hero, Tribute: George Reeves written and drawn by M. Anthony Gerardo . The book can be pre-ordered on iTunes and Comic Flea Market today. To read the full story on the Tribute books, go here .

Who Did James Bond Look Like According To Ian Fleming?

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Ian Fleming. Ever since Sean Connery became super-secret agent James Bond 007 of Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1962, and through the ensuing years of Roger Moore to Daniel Craig, people have wondered how author Ian Fleming envisioned what Bond looked like. According to Wikipedia, Fleming envisioned that Bond should resemble American singer/songwriter Hoagy Carmichael and...himself. Their source? One source was the novel, Casino Royale in which Vesper Lynd is quoted, "Bond reminds me rather of Hoagy Carmichael, but there is something cold and ruthless." The second source was in the novel, Moonraker where Special Branch officer Gala Brand thought that Bond was "certainly good-looking ... Rather like Hoagy Carmichael in a way. That black hair falling down over the right eyebrow.  Much the same bones.  But there was something a bit cruel in the mouth, and the eyes were cold." Baby-boomers and later generations probably h

"City of Monsters" Video

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Tokyo Tower is just one of the landmarks spotlighted in a new video. Photo by Armand Vaquer. The SciFi Japan TV guys have produced a very good (about ten minutes long) video on seeing Tokyo "through the eyes of Godzilla" that was just posted yesterday on YouTube entitled, "City of Monsters." Here's what they say: SciFi Japan takes you on a tour of Tokyo through the eyes of Godzilla!  No other districts of Tokyo have felt Godzilla's wrath as much as Ginza, Nagatacho, Shinagawa, and Odaiba. Join us to see the sights and discover the history of Godzilla's favorite stomping grounds! Most of the places shown are spotlighted in The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan   with information on how to get to them. To view the video at YouTube, go here .

DC Comics Joining DC Entertainment In Burbank

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by Armand Vaquer Above, DC's characters are prominent on a sound stage at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.  Photo by Armand Vaquer. DC Comics has announced that it is moving its last publishing vestiges from New York to "Beautiful Downtown Burbank" in 2015. It will be joining DC Entertainment. According to the Hollywood Reporter : In 2015, DC Comics will leave its base of operations for more than three quarters of a century when the publishing arm of DC Entertainment moves across the country from New York to join its digital and administrative divisions in Burbank, Calif.  The move, initially reported as rumor this morning , was confirmed in an email sent by DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson to staff this afternoon. "The move is not imminent and we will have more than a year to work with the entire company on a smooth transition for all of us, personally and professionally," she wrote.  DC Entertainment initially moved its multimedia-re

The Comikaze Expo Session On "Godzilla" and "Pacific Rim"

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by Armand Vaquer Above, the panel on "Godzilla" and "Pacific Rim" before the start of the session.  It was  a good thing that we had a room that was double the size of last year's room for this year's panel on Godzilla (2014) and Pacific Rim (2013) at Stan Lee's Comickaze Expo.  All seats were taken and a dozen people had to stand in the back of the room. I was somewhat surprised as our session began an hour after the show's doors were opened to the public. I was wondering if they would make a beeline to the main hall instead. Above, a panel's eye view of the crowd still coming in.  Photo by Armand Vaquer. It was an appreciative and enthusiastic audience of giant monster and robot fans. The panel consisted of Jessica Tseang (moderator), Bill Janczewski, Frank Woodward, Tom Franck, Chris Eaton, Scott Zillner and myself. We began the session with our thoughts on Pacific Rim . Generally, all on the panel felt the movie "deli