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2nd "Godzilla" International Trailer Released

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have released the second international trailer to Godzilla . It is action-packed with some flying footage of Godzilla's foe, MUTO.  

Freddy vs. Jason - Freddy Krueger Bishoujo Statue

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Freddy vs. Jason: Freddy Krueger Bishoujo Statue $69.99 - Entertainment Earth You've never seen your favorite horror movie icon like this! Kotobukiya brings a bold direction to their popular series of Bishoujo statues with the Freddy vs. Jasonseries, and up first based on a character interpretation by master illustrator Shunya Yamashita is Freddy Krueger! This rendition of Freddy may wear the same iconic striped sweater, hat, and bladed glove, but that's where the similarities end! A blonde vixen, this Freddy Krueger is a beauty with torn clothing, mismatched stockings, and even lacy undergarments peeking out from under her sweater! Freddy leans forward seductively, one hand on her hip and her iconic glove raised next to her face. Whether in your dreams or your nightmares, this Bishoujo statue is sure to make a big impression with her great looks and blood pool base. Sculpted by Takaboku Busujima (Busujimax), Freddy stands just over 7-inches tall (1:7 scale) making for a

GODZILLA - THE LEGACY OF GODZILLA

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WARNING MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! From Warner Bros “The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control, and not the other way around.” —Dr. Serizawa In 1954, Japan’s Toho Co., Ltd., released Ishiro Honda’s groundbreaking monster movie “Godzilla” in a country still reeling from the devastation of World War II. The film became a massive hit in Japan, and, 60 years later, continues to resonate around the world for distilling the fears and horrors of the atomic age into an awe-inspiring force of nature...Godzilla. “‘Godzilla’ is the benchmark of monster movies,” says Gareth Edwards, the British director at the helm of the epic new vision for Toho’s iconic creation. Edwards grew up on Japanese monster movies before discovering Honda’s 1954 masterpiece on DVD and was fascinated by its stark allegorical subtext and continuing relevance in contemporary times. “If you went around the world with the silhouette of a giant dinosaur looming over a city, everyone would know exactly who

GODZILLA - THE STORY AND CHARACTERS

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WARNING MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!! From Warner Bros “Godzilla” unfolds across multiple continents and spans several decades, tracing the impact of a series of mysterious and catastrophic events through the eyes of a handful of people caught at the epicenter. “Our film doesn’t tell this story from an omnipotent perspective,” Tull explains. “In the midst of this crisis are people whose lives are irrevocably changed by it. These aren’t super heroes, but regular human beings caught in extreme circumstances, which made casting such a vital component of our film.” In this spirit, Edwards wanted to populate the film with actors who could deliver a level of performance that brought truth to the characters’ extraordinary journeys. “In a film like this, you get one buy, which is that there are giant monsters in the world,” he says. “The rest has to be as believable as possible, which is one reason I feel incredibly lucky with this cast. They were able to take what was on the page, bring it

GODZILLA - CAPTURING A CHANGED WORLD

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MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! From Warner Bros With a background in DIY filmmaking, Gareth Edwards plunged into the mammoth production with the same level of inspiration and resourcefulness he brought to his indie film “Monsters.” Gathering together artists whose work he’s long admired, the director found a team of inspired collaborators that both shared and enhanced his vision. “When you get to make a movie like this, you can write a wish list of the best people in the world whom you’d like to work with, and I’ve been really lucky in that I got everybody at the top of my list,” he says. “All our department heads have changed cinema in their own way, and were all committed to making a profound, emotional, epic cinematic experience in the tradition of the films we grew up with. Those films are the reasons that we got into filmmaking in the first place. Everyone has been brilliant and incredibly supportive. This is my first big movie, and I kept asking, ‘Is this normal?’ It’s just been fa

GODZILLA MAKES LANDFALL

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WARNING MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!! From Warner Bros Like the title character, the story told in the film begins in Japan. “That’s the birthplace of Godzilla, so we thought it would be an appropriate place to begin our story, which takes us half-way around the world, ultimately reaching San Francisco, where the big battle plays out,” Tull says. The film was shot on location on the Hawaiian island of Oahu; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Vancouver, B.C., in Canada, with additional shooting in San Diego, California, and Tokyo, Japan. Paterson and his art department—led by supervising art director Grant Van Der Slagt, along with art directors Dan Hermansen, Ross Dempster and Kristen Franson, and set decorator Elizabeth Wilcox—designed and created complex, detailed interior and exterior sets on soundstages and backlot space at the Canadian Motion Picture Park (CMPP), in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby. One of the first sequences to be shot was at the Vancouver Convention Center, with the cavern

GODZILLA - BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO A 60-YEAR-OLD LEGEND

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MAJOR SPOILER WARNING! From Warner Bros For the filmmakers overseeing such a complex operation, there was perhaps nothing more challenging or exhilarating than the creation of its main event. “Toho had given us their blessing to re-envision the character, but it was equally important to us as well as Toho that Godzilla look like Godzilla,” Tull says. “We wanted to bring him into contemporary reality while not steering too far from the classic silhouette that so many of us grew up with, and Gareth and the entire team walked that line with passion and inspiration.” The effort to make Godzilla live onscreen with as much detail and realism as possible engendered a broad coalition of creative minds, incorporating the talents of lead creature and concept designer Matt Allsopp, and Weta Workshop, Ltd.’s creature designers Andrew Baker, Christian Pearce and Greg Broadmore, as well as storyboard illustrators, keyframe animation and texture artists at Moving Picture Company (MPC), and sp

Huffington Post: "Godzilla's Secret History"

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by Armand Vaquer Poster: Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Back in 1998, the TriStar Godzilla (commonly referred to by fans as G.I.N.O. (Godzilla In Name Only)) was released to much-deserved bad reviews by critics and fans. At that time, before the movie was released in May of that year, very little, if anything, was mentioned about the backstory of the Godzilla character in Japan. This year, with Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Godzilla will hit theaters on May 16 and the media is paying more attention as that release date nears. The media is also taking a look at what led to Godzilla as a stand-in for the atomic bomb. This is very gratifying to see. I don't remember any articles even discussing this aspect 16 years ago. The Huffington Post has a good article on "Godzilla's Secret History" which fans should take a look at and steer non-fans over to read it. They acknowledge that the Gareth Edwards-directed film will be getting Godzilla back to his roo

Godzilla Is The Cover Monster For Fangoria and Screem Magazines

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Sources: Avery Guerra, Fangoria, Screem FANGORIA #333 doesn’t hit the shelves or arrive in your mailbox for another few weeks, but we’ve got the first peek at the full contents and the cover—with a very big subject flashing back to our very first issue. Way back in 1979, FANGORIA #1 put Godzilla up front, and we’re doing the same, spotlighting the updated monster from Gareth Edwards’ much-anticipated megabudget take on the Japanese classic. We’ve got a set visit and exclusive words from Edwards, along with a trip to the Aussie location of Greg McLean’s WOLF CREEK 2; Jim Jarmusch and Tilda Swinton talking their cool new vampire movie ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE; Ti West on his religious chiller THE SACRAMENT; Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson explaining why ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE; ex-cop turned film guy Randy Jurgenson revealing the true facts behind William Friedkin’s shocking CRUISING; director Jeremy Saulnier discussing his knockout revenge pic BLUE RUIN; and much more. Head down past

The Real Rodan? - Ancestor of giant flying reptiles found in China

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From The Times of India Scientists have discovered fossil of the earliest and most primitive reptile, the largest known flying creature to have ever existed that lived some 163 million years ago. Working on a fossil discovered in northwest China, scientists named the new pterosaur species Kryptodrakon progenitor. The team led by University of South Florida (USF) paleontologist Brian Andres, James Clark of the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and Xu Xing of the Chinese Academy of Sciences established it as the first pterosaur to bear the characteristics of the Pterodactyloidea, which would become the dominant winged creatures of the prehistoric world. "This finding represents the earliest and most primitive pterodactyloid pterosaur, a flying reptile in a highly specialised group that includes the largest flying organisms," said Chris Liu, programme director in the National Science Foundation's Division of Earth Sciences. "The research has extende

X-Men Favorite Wolverine To Be Killed By Marvel Comics

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From MTV Wolverine may be one of the most famous faces in Marvel's X-Men, but he's not going to survive the experience. In September, the comic book publisher will be killing off everyone's favorite angry mutant in a four-issue mini-series appropriately titled "Death of Wolverine." As just revealed over at Entertainment Weekly, the series follows up on recent events in the character's life: he's lost his mutant healing factor, and over the summer will get involved in an arc called "3 Months To Die." The logical conclusion of that arc? Death. The series will be written by Charles Soule, who currently works on a number of titles for the publisher including "She-Hulk" and the recently launched "Inhuman." It'll be drawn by Steve McNiven, who previously took on a decidedly different end for the Canuck when he worked with writer Mark Miller ("Kick-Ass") on "Old Man Logan." That series posited a futur

Back to the Future II DeLorean Vehicle

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Back to the Future II DeLorean Vehicle $49.99 - Entertainment Earth "You built a time machine... out of a DeLorean!" Exclusive, limited edition car vehicle based on the Back to the Future II movie. Electronic lights and sounds. Gull-wing doors swing open. Wheels pop out for "flight mode"! Entertainment Earth Exclusive! The toy you always wanted is finally here. Based on the 1989 Back to the Future II movie, this is the best toy DeLorean money can buy. Not only does it feature classic DMC engineering (like the gull-wing doors) and Doc Brown's own special modifications, but our version of the DeLorean automobile also has the 2015 hover conversion kit. That's right, our exclusive vehicle has wheels that pop out for "flight mode"! The wheels spin, the doors open, and its plastic construction feels just like the toy you always wished you had. Don't miss your chance at owning one of America's finest motorcars ... with a special futur

"Godzilla" Roars In Early Tracking

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Above, the new Godzilla IMAX poster. It is starting to look like Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Godzilla is a blockbuster in the making in early tracking. The Hollywood Reporter reported: May tentpole Godzilla came on tracking Thursday with impressive strength and should stomp past $60 million in its North American debut. More bullish box-office observers believe it could clear $70 million.  The movie, hoping to finally launch a Hollywood studio franchise headlined by the giant lizard, could be a defining moment for Legendary Pictures, which spearheaded the $160 million reboot. Legendary co-financed 75 percent of Godzilla , with Warner Bros. putting up the rest of the money.  Godzilla opens in North American theaters on May 16. It makes its international assault at the same time. Box-office observers believe Godzilla will have even more strength overseas. To read more, go here . 

Travel Guide Pre-Vacation Season Sale Begins Today!

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Today's the day that the pre-vacation season sale of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan begins. Here are the details: With vacation season only a few months away and the opening of Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. "Godzilla" coming May 16, Armand Vaquer, author of "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan," announced a pre-vacation season discount of 20% off the guide's cover price, making the cost of the book $12.00, plus $2.00 shipping and handling, for a total of $14.00 each.  "As vacation season is fast approaching and with the high awaress of the new "Godzilla" movie, it is time to launch the pre-vacation season sale of "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan," stated Vaquer. "From Friday, April 25 to Monday, June 16, the travel guide will be available at a 20% discount directly from me."  "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" is the world's only Japan travel guide tail

"Godzilla" Bus Shelter: The Other Side

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When I shot two pictures of the bus shelter in Burbank last night, I didn't walk around to see what poster was on the other side. This morning, on my way home, I passed it and saw that it was another and different  Godzilla poster. I took a picture of it this evening and here it is along with one of my photos from the night before for comparison.  Here they are:

"Godzilla" Now At A Bus Shelter Near You

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by Armand Vaquer As we get closer to May 16, which is opening day for Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Godzilla , the advertising machine is either in high gear or getting very close to it. I have seen television advertisements, billboards and, now, bus shelter ads. Tonight, while on my way to work in Burbank, California (which is also home to Warner Bros. Studios), I spotted this bus bench shelter with a Godzilla poster and took a couple shots of it with my cell phone. Here they are: This brought to mind how disappointing the ad campaign, or lack thereof, of Godzilla 2000 back in the summer of 2000. There were no bus shelter or any other kinds of advertising that I saw at the time. Small wonder why the movie only earned $10 million at the box office. And, in Chicago... Above, Lenell Bridges poses with a Godzilla poster at a Chicago bus shelter. Photo courtesy of Lenell Bridges.

Fox Bringing 'Flash Gordon' Back To The Big Screen

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From The Playlist It should come as no surprise in this current age of tentpole filmmaking, where studios are hoarding every pre-existing property they can get their hands on, that we’d eventually get to a point past diminished returns, where it makes no sense to repackage a film/TV show/what have you for modern audiences since the property is so obscure or dated that most audiences won’t care or even fail to recognize it. Yet here we are, at a point were there are serious plans to bring back “Flash Gordon” to the big screen. THR reports 20th Century Fox has nabbed the rights to the original Alex Raymond-created pulpy science-fiction comic-strip series with “Star Trek 3” co-writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay set to write the hero’s newest silver-screen adventure based off a treatment from “The Adjustment Bureau” filmmaker George Nolfi. If you’re familiar with the hero’s name, chances are you’re more familiar with the campy 1980 Dino De Laurentiis-produced and Queen-scored film

'Robot Chicken' Creators Talk 'Star Wars,' Quentin Tarantino, and 'Big Trouble in Little China' at Hollywood Screening

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From Indie Wire When asked to choose a film as part of the Modern School of Film's Film Masters screening and discussion series, "Robot Chicken" co-creator Matthew Senreich didn't take long to choose. "I think I walked into Eric's [Towner] office, and I was like, 'We gotta pick a movie. How about "Big Trouble in Little China?"' And he threw out the other two, and I was like, 'Let's go with "Big Trouble in Little China."' The "other two" to which Senreich was referring were "The Last Starfighter" and "The NeverEnding Story," but those were quickly dismissed in favor of the 1986 fantasy action flick starring Kurt Russell. After screening to a nearly packed house at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood, CA, Senreich, writer Zeb Wells, co-founder of Stoopid Buddy Studios Eric Towner, and co-head writer Doug Goldstein took part in a lengthy question and answer session regarding the film they

Bigfoot Bobble Head

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Bigfoot Bobble Head $19.99 - Entertainment Earth Yeti or not, here he comes! The illusive Bigfoot would look great as a desk decoration at work or another fine trophy in your cryptozoology collectible case! This Bigfoot Bobble Head features the fabled monster looking as he appeared in his most famous photo. Squatch out for him when you're out in Willow Creek - you might be able to catch him on film! Measures over 8-inches tall. Ages 13 and up. Made from ceramic.

MULDER & SCULLY UNCOVER THE PAST IN THE X-FILES: YEAR ZERO

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From IDW In its first year at IDW, The X-Files Season 10 has pitted FBI special agents Mulder and Scully against monsters, cults, conspiracies, and more, and now the duo will unravel a mystery that dates back to the very beginning of “the X-Files.” The brand-new five-issue miniseries,The X-Files: Year Zero, debuts this July with an original tale suited for both X-Files diehards and mystery fans alike! In the 1940s, a shadowy informant known as “Mr. Xero” directed the FBI to a number of paranormal cases that would soon be classified as “X-Files,” which were reserved for the improbable and unexplainable. When faced with an eerily similar “Mr. Zero” in the present, Agent Mulder resolves to uncover the truth about who this mystery person is and their connection to these cases. The multi-talented veteran Karl Kesel (FF, Superboy) makes his debut at IDW as the writer on the series. Vic Malhotra (The X-Files: Conspiracy: The Crow) andGreg Scott (The X-Files: Season 10) will be splitti

Godzilla 2014 Movie: Director Said it Took a Year to Create Design for New Godzilla

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From Epoch Times A new Godzilla trailer and poster was unveiled for WonderCon in the past week, say reports. Director Gareth Edwards appeared at the presentation Saturday to show footage from the remake of “Godzilla,” which is coming out in May. Edwards spoke at the event, telling the Los Angeles Times about his influences. “I grew up watching Spielberg movies,” he said, referring to director Steven Spielberg. “What they did so well — as well as having epic, fantastic spectacle — they made the characters feel real and human. We were trying to do the same thing here.” According to the Times, the “Godzilla” clip appeared to pay homage to “Jaws” with the outline of Godzilla and an aircraft carrier. Godzilla is also seen confronting a Mothra-type creature at an airport. “I feel the best designs are strongest when they work in silhouette,” Edwards told the Times. “We built him in 3-D and designed him in black and rotated him. If you saw a sign warning ‘Godzilla crossing,’ y