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The Silver Age Batman Next For Hardcover Treatment

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From IDW IDW And The Library Of American Comics Next Team-Up! Renowned for its Eisner and Harvey Award-winning archival work, IDW's The Library of American Comics will continue its collaboration with DC Entertainment by collecting the Batman 's Silver Age newspaper strips in a matching format to the Silver Age Superman series! Hot on the heels of the successful hit Batman television show starring Adam West and Burt Ward that resulted in what can only be described as "Batmania," the Batman newspaper strips debuted in 1966. Written by longtime Batman editor Whitney Ellsworth, with art by DC Comics giants Shelly Moldoff, Joe Giella, and Carmine Infantino, the newspaper strip was a huge success. The first volume, reprinting all B&W dailies and color Sundays from 1966 and 1967, features an all-star list of Batman and Robin characters, including Catwoman, the Penguin, the Joker , Poison Ivy , and Batgirl ! The 11 x 8.5" hardcover designed and edited

Monster Worship exhibits kaiju art at F.O.E. Gallery in Northampton

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From Mass Live Everyone knows Godzilla . But if you want to meet some of his weirder friends and extended family, visit F.OE. Gallery in Northampton. That's where an exhibit feature the kaiju artwork of Chad Rugola is now on display. Kaiju is the Japanese word meaning "strange creature" (or "monster") and is how beasts such as Godzilla and Mothra are described. Rugola's company, Monster Worship, produces kaiju art in several formats, from vinyl toys to prints to apparel. Monster Worship is now in its fifth year of operation and has produced 12 unique vinyl toys in over 100 unique colorways. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5. Check out www.monsterworship.com for additional information. F.O.E is at 114 Main St. Rugola recently answered a few questions about his craft and interest in this form of art. READ MORE

How Man Of Steel Stopped The Shazam! Movie

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From Cinemablend It was all the way back in 2006 that director Peter Segal became attached to direct the DC Comics movie Shazam!, a superhero film about the character best known as Captain Marvel. The project made a good amount of progress building towards production, landing John August to pen the script and Dwayne Johnson to play the villainous Black Adam, but despite its efforts the film wound up falling in Hollywood's dreaded development hell anyway. Given how popular comic book movies are nowadays, it's strange to think that a project as high profile as Shazam! could fall apart, but now the director has revealed to Coming Soon exactly what happened behind the scenes. While Black Adam may have been Captain Marvel's big screen foe, the character's biggest enemy behind the scenes of Hollywood is Superman . According to Segal, Captain Marvel has always had a problem co-existing with the Man of Steel, as the two characters have very similar powers. As a result, an

Has It Really Come To This? Gal Gadot Defends Breast Size For Wonder Woman Role In 'Batman Vs. Superman'

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From The Playlist From Jennifer Lawrence sharing her stories about producers telling her she needs to lose weight, to websites seemingly devoted to nothing but shots of sideboobs or actresses or musicians parting their legs as they step out of a car, being a woman in the biz brings with it a whole bizarre set of baggage. But in case you need a bit more evidence of how surreal it can all get, let's turn to Israeli entertainment show, "Good Evening with Guy Pines." Gal Gadot, the "Fast & Furious" star who is suiting up to play Wonder Woman in " Batman Vs. Superman ," was recently interviewed on 'Pines' and of course, the conversation turned to the superhero sequel. But the questions weren't about trying to dig up plot points, or how much of a factor the character will be in the highly anticipated "Man Of Steel" followup, rather it focused on Gadot's chest. Here's the excerpt READ MORE

The Gross Secret Behind Star Trek's Old Costumes

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From Fast Company Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was nothing if not utopian. In his original vision for the science-fiction series, Roddenberry imagined a future in which a generation of space hippies went forth as explorers into a strangely psychedelic cosmos to bring peace, brotherhood, and free love to all. In this future, there would be no war, no money, and everyone could get as drunk as they wanted with no consequence. But by the time Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted on TV in 1985, Roddenberry's vision of the future encompassed more than peace, love, and harmony. It also included Spandex. In this archived interview with the BBC, Bob Blackman, the costume designer behind the show's iconic uniforms, talked about the problems that Spandex caused the cast and crew and how he used design to fix it. Joining the show in the third season, Blackman found the costume department of The Next Generation to be a smelly and unpleasant place. When Roddenberry launched

Have a superhero New Year’s

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From Japan Times Here’s an opportunity to have an ultra-special time this holiday season. The popular Ultraman superheroes, including the superhero himself and new hero Ultraman Ginga, will be in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, from Dec. 27 until Jan. 5 for the Oshogatsu Dayo! Ultraman Zenin Shugo (It’s the New Year! with All of the Ultraman Heroes) event. The Ultraman series, featuring epic battles between heroes and giant monsters, first appeared on television in July 1966 and quickly became hugely popular, with fans mimicking the heroes’ unique energy-beam gestures. READ MORE

Singled Out: Varga Tell Story Behind Gamera

From Antimusic Veteran Canadian metallers Varga recently released "Enter the Metal", their first new album after a long absence. To celebrate we asked Adam Alex to tell us about the song "Gamera" from the new album. Here is the story: Gamera is an eight minute song in which we try to lay down a soundscape to the images of the legendary science fiction monster causing havoc and chaos across the Japanese countryside. The numerous parts and grooves we laid down are meant to represent different aspects of the story and provide the listener a soundtrack for the destruction that ensues . Read more at http://www.antimusic.com/news/13/December/23Singled_Out-_Varga_Tell_Story_Behind_Gamera.shtml#FRm2Og53HcYwePXj.99

MONSTER PORN: Amazon Cracks Down On America’s Latest Sex Fantasy

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From Business Insider Author Virginia Wade's fiction debut follows a group of women who embark on a week-long camping trip to Mt. Hood National Forest. There, in the shadow of Oregon’s highest mountain, they are kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a mysterious woodland creature. "What the hell is that thing?" asks one protagonist. “‘It's f---ing Bigfoot,’ hissed Shelly. ‘He's real, for f---'s sake.’ Horror filled her eyes. ‘With a huge c---.’” The book, with the decidedly un-PG title "Cum For Bigfoot," is just the first of 16 fiction ebooks that Wade (a pen name) has written about the legendary beast sometimes known as Sasquatch, each detailing a series of graphic and often violent sexual encounters between the apelike creature and his female human lovers. Wade has made an exceptional living writing these stories. It began in December of 2011. A stay-at-home mother from Parker, Colo., Wade had no ambition to be a published author and no rea

A Star Wars Christmas Bonanza

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Star Wars Trivia:   George Lucas had planned the character of Han Solo to be a huge green-skinned monster with no nose and gills. Then Lucas changed the idea of Han Solo to a black human. He auditioned several black actors and even musicians (including Billy Dee Williams) until finally settling on Glynn Turman. But after this he decided to make the role white. Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Christopher Walken, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Robert Englund, Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta and Perry King were all candidates for the role of Han Solo. George Lucas also wanted to stay away from any actors he had previously used in his films. James Caan, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Burt Reynolds turned down the role. Harrison Ford (who had played Bob Falfa in Lucas's American Graffiti) read the part of Han Solo for screen tests of other characters but wasn't originally considered for the part. During these tests Lucas realized F

Japanese "Godzilla" Site Game

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Have you ever imagined yourself as Godzilla and set about destroying cities and killing other monsters? The Japanese website for the Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Godzilla has an arcade game where you can do just that, along with sound effects! To give it a try, go here .

50 Years of Marvel's The Avengers

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By Matthew Luke Photo By: Ken Hulsey It was 50 years ago that Marvel Comics' The Avengers made its first appearance at newsstands, candy stores, and pharmacies -- the comic book stores of the 1960s. Today The Avengers is Walt Disney 's ( NYSE: DIS     ) $1.5 billion dollar box office hit movie, with an equally promising sequel on the horizon. In 1963, however, The Avengers comic book was a desperate attempt by Marvel to prevent a huge financial mistake. A deal with the devil The year 1963 was a year of many firsts for Marvel Comics. Spider-Man -- introduced seven months earlier -- received his first comic book series  The Amazing Spider-Man in March, while Iron Man made his first public appearance in the pages of Tales of Suspense issue No. 39 that same month. Marvel's newest comic book team, The X-Men, was also introduced for the first time in Uncanny X-Men issue No. 1. The year 1963 was also supposed to include the first appearance of yet

The Doctor returns for a Christmas Special on BBC One

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Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars - and amongst them, the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe. Read Interviews With Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Orla Brady at: Doctor Who - The Time Of The Doctor

Eleven Days Until "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" Holiday Sale Ends

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Yuu Asakura with "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan." Photo by Armand Vaquer. The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan print edition will be available at a 20% holiday discount for another eleven (11) days. To get "that perfect stocking-stuffer" for that kaiju fan in your life (or for yourself), just go to the order form here , print it out and mail it up to and including December 24 (Christmas Eve). $12.00 is all it takes to get the travel guide to Japan's monster movie locations and landmarks, and that includes shipping and handling thrown in! Don't delay, order today!

"Godzilla" Japanese Trailer

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Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. have released the Japanese Godzilla trailer and website. The trailer is slightly different than the American version and it seems to be much clearer. It will be released in Japan through Toho Co., Ltd. on July 25, 2014. To view it, go here . 

"Godzilla" Website and Teaser Trailer Now Available

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What everyone's been waiting for, the official Godzilla (2014) teaser trailer and website are now available for your viewing pleasure! To view both, go here .

Tsuburaya Productions Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Eiji Tsuburaya during the filming of "King Kong vs. Godzilla." Photo: Toho Co., Ltd. The production company that Japanese special effects pioneer Eiji Tsuburaya founded is celebrating a milestone. An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Tsuburaya Productions is opening Thursday in Yokohama. According to the Asahi Shimbun : An exhibition devoted to Ultra superheroes and live-action “tokusatsu” special effects will be held in Yokohama to mark the 50th anniversary of Tsuburaya Productions Co.  The event, from Dec. 12 to Feb. 16 at the Broadcast Library, will look at the history of the nation’s leading special effects studio, best known for the live-action “Ultraman” gigantic superhero shows and movies.  Visitors will be greeted at the entrance by a statue of Ultraman Mebius and photographs of about 30 Ultra heroes and 50 “kaiju” monsters from the franchise. To read the full article, go here . 

"Godzilla" Trailer Premieres Tomorrow

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Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures. The first Godzilla (2014) trailer will be premiering tomorrow. According to USA Today : The first Godzilla trailer premieres online Tuesday (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT) and is attached to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug starting this weekend.  Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the atomic-powered mega-beast laying waste to Japan in Toho's 1954 Godzilla , and the new movie harks back to the roots of the original in both look and theme. To read the article, go here .