The Top 10 Sci Fi Stories Of 2014!


10. The First Look At GRENDIZER - Some Bad Ass Giant Robot Action

Here we are at the end of yet another year and as everyone expects it is time for annual list of top stories posted here at Monster Island News. There are several things that we can all learn from this collection of the most read stories from the past year. For starters Godzilla is the undisputed "King of the Monsters", yet there was another giant Japanese monster who got more hits. Star Wars is just as popular as ever, but neither Darth Vader or Boba Fett made our top ten! You can never count out a good old giant robot movie, bikini's and dinosaurs do mix, and your a wonder Wonder Woman ... wherever you are.

"After roughly 35 years this legendary anime, which transcended cultural and political borders as well as inspiring millions of people around the world, has had virtually no modern treatment or material of any sort. There have been numerous fan projects and trailers over the past decade which unfortunately have not blossomed into full productions . Being a Grendizer fan myself and a professional visual effects artist/producer I also created a modern version of Grendizer which a lot of fans around the world seem to enjoy. Upon completing the latest trailer I wanted to somehow give the fans a chance to see the continuation of this work into a full feature. I contacted Dynamic (the owners of Grendizer) and inquired about doing a fan-funded film with no commercial release. Luckily they don’t have an objection to that and hence this site! As I am from Eastern Europe where a lot of Hollywood movies are done due to lower production costs and high quality of work, a Grendizer film is entirely possible here. My aimis to produce a live action/cgi Grendizer movie which will be available online for free."

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9. Watch Them Wiggle, See Them Jiggle: Bikini Girls vs Dinosaurs


Okay, I know the idea of beautiful ladies bouncing around being chased by big bad reptiles is nothing new or original. If you want to see what I mean check out "One Million Years B.C" with Raquel Welch, "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth" with Victoria Vetri (and her jiggling cavegirl friends) or "The People that Time Forgot" with the ample Dana Gillespie.

Now I have visited the website, Facebook page and seen the trailer for "Bikini Girls vs Dinosaurs" and I have come to a couple of conclusions, one this movie is not as good as any of those movies I just mentioned. Two, the special effects are pretty bad, not Ed Wood bad, but bad enough to make you wish you still had your Colecovision (it's am 80s video game system ... look it up). Three, I don't think there are really any dinosaurs in it ... wait...let me see that trailer again. Oh, okay there is one.

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8. 1983 Star Wars Swimsuit Edition


Princess Leia – heroine of George Lucas' continuing cosmic saga! And it is only fitting that Carrie Fisher stand in as the embodiment of high-tech royalty, bringing, as she does, the resonance of her earthly showbiz lineage. How does she feel about fame, feminism, dressing for space? Recently in New York to endure the opening of the most recent Lucas epic, Return of the Jedi, Carrie Fisher spoke with me in her Manhattan hotel room. She was, as might be expected, radiant; she was also remarkably forthright about her involvement with Bruno Bettelheim.

There are a lot of people who don't like my character in these movies; they think I'm some kind of space bitch.

Meet Princess Leia Organa, nee Skywalker: Space Bitch.
She has no friends, no family; her planet was blown up in seconds – along with her hairdresser – so all she has is a cause. From the first film [Star Wars], she was just a soldier, front line and center. The only way they knew to make the character strong was to make her angry. In Return of the Jedi, she gets to be more feminine, more supportive, more affectionate. But let's not forget that these movies are basically boys' fantasies. So the other way they made her more female in this one was to have her take off her clothes.

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7. 2014 Godzilla Will Also Be Set In 1954


Some details from an interview back in October come to light revealing that the new Godzilla movie will be in part set in 1954.

As fans will note, the first Godzilla movie came out in 1954, and now cinematographer on the new film, Seamus McGarvey, lets it be known they will be going back to the franchise roots for the Gareth Edwards version.

"On Godzilla I used the old C series anamorphic lenses, and for the section in 1954 I used really old vintage lenses from the early 1960s," McGarvey told Pushing-Pixels.org. "They took the edge off of the very vivid, sharp sensors, and gave it a distant period feel. That’s exciting as glass is coming back in terms of lending difference to each project that we do. It’s nice to be able to interfere with image, to sort of mess it up a bit."

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6. ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Signs Three-Picture Deal with Warner Bros.

Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress who was recently cast as Wonder Woman, has signed a three-picture deal with Warner Bros., Variety has confirmed.

We’re told Gadot will play the role in not only the upcoming “Batman-Superman” flick, but in a Justice League movie and a Wonder Woman standalone film.

The Israeli entertainment show “Good Evening with Gai Pines” reported that Gadot will earn $300,000 per film.

The untitled “Batman-Superman” film was originally scheduled to open next year, but has been pushed back to May 6, 2016.

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


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 specialists in sound, movement and performance, all unified through Edwards’ vision for the character.

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4. Katee Sackhoff Playfully Lobbies J.J. Abrams For A Star Wars Audition


Everybody wants to be in the Star Wars: Episode VII. Strike that. Let me clarify. If you are a working actor, you likely would trade an immediate family member for the opportunity to audition before J.J. Abrams and the LucasFilm team for a role in the upcoming sequel. It isn’t news to say that someone wants to be in the movie, but we’re shining a light on this particular person because we tend to agree she’d be an excellent fit.

Katee Sackhoff wants Abrams’ attention. In an interview with Total Film (shared via ComingSoon), the badass Battlestar Galactica star used her time with a reporter to state how much she adores the Star Wars universe, how important her voice work on The Clone Wars was, and how she’d do anything to once again be part of that world (sung in the best Little Mermaid voice we could muster). Sackhoff said:

"Star Wars meant everything to me growing up. Star Wars was, I mean, it was the first time I remember seeing three movies that all kind of went together. It was just an amazing final understanding of what a trilogy was...I was absolutely obsessed, I mean I wanted to be... The sad thing is, I never wanted to be Princess Leia, I always wanted to be Han Solo! [laughs] I've never really been drawn to these female roles, but I think that The Clone Wars was so much fun for me to play, I mean a warrior... If J.J. would listen, I would play a rock in the Star Wars movies. I think that they're fantastic, I think that he's a great choice, and I'm excited to see what happens in that world."

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3. GODZILLA MAKES LANDFALL


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 cavernous structure transformed into both the Honolulu and Tokyo International Airports.

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2. Kadokawa Working On 50th Anniversary Gamera Movie!

While Legendary Pictures is finishing up on their production of a 60th anniversary Godzilla film here in the states back in Japan Kadokawa studios is in the early stages of production on a 50th anniversary Gamera movie. The plans for this new film were revealed recently when the Japanese retailer Amiami listed an advertisement for the upcoming Summer issue of Newtype magazine that has the exclusive scoop on the details. The issue will reportedly contain storyboard images and other pre-production art. Until now a 50th anniversary Gamera film had been speculated but not confirmed.

In recent years Kadokawa has shown a great interest in resurrecting the fantasy film franchises' of Daiei starting with 2010's 'Daimajin Kanon, a television drama based on the studio's Daimajin trilogy produced in the late 1960s.

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1. Star Wars Episode 7: Carrie Fisher 'confirms' return


The three iconic actors at the centre of the original Star Wars trilogy will begin shooting JJ Abrams' Episode VII in April, according to Carrie Fisher.

Fisher, who played Princess Leia in 1977's Star Wars and its two sequels, told TV Guide not only that the key leads would return, but that filming was due to start later this spring. She added that she was looking forward to getting back into character. "I'd like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again – but with white hair," the Press Association reported her as saying. "I think that would be funny."

Mark Hamill, who portrayed Luke Skywalker, yesterday refused to be drawn on rumours he will return to his best known role. In a Q&A session on Reddit, he wrote: "The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn't stopped beeping about it." Hamill added: "I'm not being coy, really. When I find something out, I'll let everybody know. But nothing has been decided yet."

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