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Godzilla 1998 - How it went so very wrong

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From Yahoo! Movies The 1998 Godzilla movie is no one’s favourite Godzilla movie. Battered by critics and achieving only the most modest financial success, sequels and a planned animated spin-off were abandoned in its wake. Directed by Roland Emmerich, its producer and writer Dean Devlin, who also made movies like Stargate and Independence Day, has now revealed what he reckons the issues were with the much derided movie. “There was enormous pressure,” he told Syfy Wire. “That was probably the biggest problem in making Godzilla, this assumption that it was going to be as big or as original or as strong as Independence Day. I don’t think it ever had that chance. “I think part of the biggest problem was that I pushed Roland into doing the movie because I was a huge Godzilla fan. “I grew up with Godzilla and it wasn’t something that Roland had grown up with. He didn’t have a giant passion about Godzilla. “He was able to find a story with me that he could get passionate ab

Get Up Off Your Butts And Go See "Solo: A Star Wars Story"!!!

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As I am preparing to see "Solo" a second time, it has come to my attention that almost all of you haven't seen it for the first time yet, which is a damn shame. Look I understand your desire to punish Disney for that whole "Last Jedi" fiasco, but trust me here "Solo" is a great movie and you will love it. From We Got This Covered As you surely know, Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s Alden Ehrenreich has made a deal with Lucasfilm to portray everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder in at least two more movies. Whether he gets the chance to do so or not though depends mostly on how the film performs at the box office, and in that regard, things aren’t going very well right now. We heard earlier today that the Anthology pic only managed to pull in $83.3 million on this side of the pond – not to mention it bombed in China, too – which is tremendously disappointing and way under expectations. It’s the first true flop for Lucasfilm and has no doubt t

Han Solo Eat Your Heart Out!

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Vanguard Illustrated #2, January 1984 Issue - Pacific Comics $5.99 Order this Comic Book at View Obscura Comics Cover by Dave Stevens. Stories by David Campiti, Cynthy J. Wood, Bob McLeod, Mike Baron, Steve Rude, Darren Auck, Peter Milligan, and Brendan McCarthy. The famous T & A Cover featured in the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide! 1st appearance of the Stargrazers The second issue of Vanguard Illustrated sports an amazing cover by industry legend Dave Stevens, and continues its tradition of pairing established professionals with new writers and artists.

The X-Force women break into the Camp Hayden research center

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X-Force #52 March 1996 Marvel Comics Grade NM $2.99 Order this Comic Book at View Obscura Comics Cover pencils by Adam Pollina, inks by Bud LaRosa. Bad Girls, script by Jeph Loeb, pencils by Adam Pollina, inks by Bud LaRosa. The X-Force women break into the Camp Hayden research center. The team consists of Domino, Meltdown and Siryn. As they enter the base they find a wall that has been spray-painted with the name "Onslaught", but cannot figure out what it means. Then, they feel an earthquake and soon find that it is not the ground that is shaking, but instead the Blob. They immediately attack and he shows that he has new enhanced powers since they last met. He takes out all of their attacks that they throw at him. Shatterstar and Warpath duel in the Danger Room. Warpath has been sparring with him for some time and he finally gets a hit in on Shatterstar. Warpath questions what happened and Shatterstar seems distracted. He tells him that he has been acting this way

Batman Died "And To Think ... I Killed Him!"

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Batman #291 (1937 1st Series) September 1977 DC Comics $21.99 Order this Comic Book at View Obscura Comics Cover art by Jim Aparo, script by David Vern (as David V. Reed), pencils by John Calnan, inks by Tex Blaisdell The first installment of the "Who Killed Batman?" "Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?: The Testimony of the Catwoman!": When word spreads throughout the underworld that Batman has been killed, several villains take credit for the deed; So the villain community sets up a trial to test the various claims, with Ra's al Ghul acting as judge and Two-Face acting as prosecutor; First up is the Catwoman; But Two-Face finds the technical error in Catwoman's story and she is dismissed. Letter from comics artist Adam Castro. Swamp Thing from the Beginning article by Jenette Kahn.

Solo: A Star Wars Story - A Quick Review

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By Ken Hulsey Disney is way better at making Star Wars prequels than sequels. Let's just cut to the chase, Solo is a really, really, really good movie. I absolutely loved it. It was just the thing I personally needed to wipe the awful memories of "The Last Jedi" from my dorky brain. It is an all-around solid movie with a great story, acting and effects. It also contains enough plot twists and a special cameo that I really want to talk at length about, but can't in fear of ruining the movie for you, to make the movie highly entertaining. Here is the bottom line, Alden Ehrenreich was really believable as Han Solo. This is of course the most important aspect that makes "Solo" as good a movie as it is. Ehrenreich owned the role and put his own unique take on it. He captured enough of Harrison Ford's mannerisms to effectively portray the character without making his performance an over exaggerated impression. It was very easy for me to accept Ehrenreic

Batman! Who's Making These Tiger Tracks?

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Batman #209 February 1969 DC Comics Order this Comic Book at View Obscura Comics Cover art by Irv Novick, script by Frank Robbins, pencils by Irv Novick, inks by Joe Giella "Jungle Jeopardy": The gang lords of Gotham hire Mr. Esper, alias "Brainwash", to defeat Batman and Robi; They lure the two heroes to a bank robbery in order to implant a subliminal device beneath the Batmobile; Esper forces the Dynamic Duo to return to the Batcave, where they are induced to see it as transformed into an African jungle with wild animals. Letter to the editor from comics historian Peter Sanderson Jr. One-page "Fact File" covers the Golden Age Green Lantern.

You'll Thrill To ... The Warlock's Tree!

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Forbidden Worlds #142 March 1967 ACG Comics $29.99 Order this Comic Book at View Obscura Comics Cover by Kurt Schaffenberger, credited as Lou Wahl. Edited by Richard E. Hughes. Stories by Richard Hughes, credited as Curt Carpenter, Kurato Osaki and Bob Standish. Art by Pete Costanza, Tom Hickey, Leo Morey and Gerald McCann. An anthology series featuring tales of fantasy and science fiction adventure from legendary early independent comics publisher ACG. WWII German soldiers run afoul of a tree that still bears the ancient curse of a warlock; A man is condemned for cowardice after his bride drowns, but there is more to the story. Cover by Superman and Lois Lane artist Kurt Schaffenberger, working under an assumed name at the request of DCs editor. The Warlocks Tree!; Those Ever-Lovin Space Shoes!; Turn Back the Clock!; Whats the Answer?

The Monster Who Waited A Million Years To Destroy The World

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Where Creatures Roam #3 November 1970 Marvel Comics $9.99 Order this Comic Book at View Obscura Comics Cover pencils by Jack Kirby and Marie Severin (alterations), inks by Steve Ditko and Marie Severin (alterations) pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Dick Ayers "Here Comes... Thorg the Unbelievable,": When Professor Linus mistakenly wakes up Thorg the Unbelievable he has to stop him from waking up his fellow warriors and taking over the world. Marvelmania ad. "I Am the Victim of the Sorcerer!", art by Steve Ditko; The story of the fate of one who betrayed a sorcerer. "Save Me From the Mole Men!", art by Paul Reinman; A fighter who is cruel and likes to hurt his opponents finds out that there are some creatures stronger than him, and they like to hurt their opponents also. "I Live Again!", art by Steve Ditko; The animated statue rises up from where it fell in the last story and decides to go to America so that it can conquer the world.

Harrison Ford Raves Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Harrison Ford Called Ron Howard After Watching ‘Solo’ to Rave About Alden Ehrenreich: ‘He Nailed It’ From Indie Wire Film critics have weighed in favorably on “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” but really the only opinion that matters is from Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford. Fortunately, the original Han Solo has nothing but raves to share about the new Han Solo. In Variety’s new “Solo” cover story, director Ron Howard reveals that Ford has seen the movie twice already and personally called him after a screening to share his love for the film. “I had never heard Harrison effusive about anything, and he was raving about it,” Howard says of Ford’s “Solo” reaction. “He said, ‘Alden nailed it. He made it his own.’” Howard famously stepped in to replace original “Solo” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller four months into production. The “Beautiful Mind” director ended up shooting 70% of the finished film, enough to give him sole director credit. Ford wasn’t involved in the creative deve

Get Your Kicks With Deja Thoris

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Dynamite Entertainment today announced the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign that will see the release of a full size Deja Thoris premium statue. Based on the art of acclaimed illustrator J. Scott Campbell (Gen13, Danger Girl), and inspired by his cover to the seminal 2010 Warlord of Mars #1. Supporters will be able to choose from one of three versions of this incredible new statue depicting the iconic Edgar Rice Burroughs creation aloft a ferocious - but gentle - Martian tiger: the standard color edition, a black and white variant edition, and an ultra-limited Bronze version. Limited reward levels offer deep discounts for supporters who back the project early, and pledges will also provide an opportunity for Burroughs fans to grab a mix of John Carter and Dejah Thoris graphic novels from Dynamite's extensive comic book catalog. The Dynamite Kickstarter campaign is live now, and can be found by visiting: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamiteent/dejah-thoris-sta

Toho To Relaunch Godzilla Movie Series In 2021

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Toho be rebooting their famed monster films in 2021 including new Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan movies connected in very much the same way as the Marvel superhero universe. Thankfully this won't include a sequel to the horrible "Shin-Godzilla"! From Geek Tyrant While talking to the Japanese outlet Nikkei Style, Keiji Ota, the “Chief Godzilla Officer” at Toho talked about the future of the franchise saying: "After 2021, we’re thinking of a potential strategy that [releases] Godzilla movies uninterrupted at a rate of every 2 years, although there is a preference for a yearly pace as well." He then went on to compare their plans to the MCU, because they actually managed to pull off the whole shared universe concept effectively. "The future of the series and its forwarding developments are very conscious of the method of 'shared universe'. Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, etc. could all share a single world view much like a Marvel movie where

Clash of the Titans: Harley Quinn vs. Poison Ivy

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From DC Comics In every relationship, there’s bound to be a few fights…and in the case of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, you know they’re going to be doozies. In today’s “Versus Live!”, we’re pitting our two sweet-and-sinister paramours against each other for some no-holds-barred Coney Island carnage! Geek & Sundry’s Amy Dallen drops in to defend Ivy, while her usual partner-in-crime Matt Key champions Harley. But which villainess emerges victorious is up to you. Will Ivy’s plants and poison prove too much for Harley and her hammer? Or will the sometime Suicide Squader cut Ivy off at the roots? Vote in our poll below and help us pick our winner!

President Trump Eats A Baby

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Internet Headlines Made Easy Okay everyone let's learn a few simple tips on how to construct a news headline for a story on Yahoo! or pretty much any other media news website. First you start of with a true statement. Here is an example: "President Trump Eats A Plate of Baby Back Ribs." Seems pretty innocent right? Okay, now we need to put a spin on this to make the President look bad. Let's remove a couple of words from that Headline ... Ah, lets remove "Plate", "of", "Back", and "Ribs." Let's see what we have left: "President Trump Eats A Baby." Okay now that's the kind of headline that will cause anger in your average Joe. It will also get a tone of people to click on it. See, it's not that hard. Now you know!

Obi-Wan Will Be The Overseer Of Young Skywalker In The Latest Star Wars Prequel

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From TMZ The next movie in the 'Star Wars Story' franchise will feature Obi-Wan Kenobi -- but it ain't an origin story ... far from it actually. According to a newly released production bulletin -- obtained by TMZ -- Disney's next foray into their spin-off series appears to be called "Obi-Wan: A Star Wars Story," with a working title of "Joshua Tree." "Return of the Jedi" also used a code name ... "Blue Harvest." The synopsis reads as follows ... Obi-Wan is on Tatooine being an elusive hermit and stuff, but secretly watches over an infant Luke Skywalker, whom he delivered to his uncle, Owen. Tensions between the local farmers and a tribe of Sand People -- headed by a ruthless war chief -- eventually brings Obi outta hiding ... and into Jedi kickass mode. Scene. The bulletin lists Stephen Daldry as the director -- he'd been rumored to be in talks for the film, and now it looks like he's attached. The movie's s

RUINWORLD FIRST LOOK – KABOOM!

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From BOOM! Studios BOOM! Studios is proud to continue KaBOOM! Summer Blast, a week-long spotlight on the best middle grade comic books and graphic novels from the award-winning imprint in the coming months with an extended first look at RUINWORLD #1, the debut issue of writer/artist Derek Laufman’s hit middle grade comics series. Intrepid adventurers Pogo and Rex are on a quest for fame and fortune. Their discovery of a special map leads them on an epic journey through dangers, demons and old enemies. There’s one tiny problem—they’ve already lost the map. Now they’ll have to survive the greatest dangers of a world where threats hide behind every corner…if they can find a way to first survive each other’s best intentions first! RUINWORLD #1 features a main cover by Derek Laufman (Adventure Time) and a variant cover by Sean Galloway (Teen Titans Go!). “If you’re a fan of adventure, comedy or being happier than you can imagine,RUINWORLD was made for you,” said Whitney Leopard, E

Vintage The Munsters Living Room 1:16 Diorama Model Kit by Polar Lights

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$39.99 Order This Model Kit at View Obscura Comics Get your glow-in-the-dark ghouls! Model kit of America's first monster TV family, The Munsters! Herman, Lily, Grandpa, Eddie, and Woof Woof. Create the Munsters' living room scene! Figures of Herman, Lily, Grandpa, Eddie, and Woof Woof the werewolf teddy bear are included with all the parts needed to create the Munsters' living room scene. Lily's casket-shaped chair, Herman's electric-chair recliner, the TV set with "rabbit-ears" antennae, rafters for Grandpa and his pet bat to hang from, and various rats are all here! Molded in glow-in-the-dark plastic to make it ghoulishly fun, this 1:16 scale model kit measures approximately 7-inches tall x 8-inches wide when fully assembled. Incredible! MIB! UNOPENED, FACTORY SEALED!

2018 Roswell UFO Festival News

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Here's the latest news from the organizers of the 2018 Roswell UFO Festival: New post on  Official UFO Festival Roswell Website Free movie fun at the 2018 UFO Festival! by  UFO Festival  In the epic adventure film `Independence Day,' strange phenomena surface around the globe. The skies ignite. Terror races through the world's major cities. As these extraordinary events unfold, it becomes increasingly clear that a force of incredible magnitude has arrived, its mission: total annihil ation over the Fourth of July weekend. The last hope to stop the destruction is an unlikely group of people united by fate and unimaginable circumstances. What a perfect movie to show at the official 2018 UFO Festival Independence Day weekend!  Join us at the  3rd St. Station pavilion  for a FREE showing of this critically acclaimed movie. Movie begins around 8:30 p.m.  The floor is concrete, so plan accordingly. Remember to bring your: Chairs Snacks Bug sp

Professor Godzilla Uses Monster Movies To Teach Politics

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Finally a class I would love to take! From Anime News Network Hiroshi Ito, a media studies professor at Wakayama Shin-ai Women's Junior College in Wakayama, is taking a different approach to teaching Japan's constitution and anti-war ideals this semester. Ito began teaching a class on April 26 that explains the constitution through the Godzilla film series. Ito said, "I want students to examine how Japanese society that surrounds the constitution has transformed, using images from the Godzilla series of films that spans more than 60 years." Since the original film debuted during Japan's early postwar period in 1954, TOHO has produced 29 live-action Godzilla films. The most recent, Shin Godzilla, debuted under the direction of Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi in 2016. The franchise is also inspiring an anime film trilogy, and the second film, Godzilla: Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi, will open in Japan on May 18. With Japanese politicians currently discussing

Solo Part Of A Trilogy? Is Lando Next?

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From The Playlist Kathleen Kennedy Says A Lando Calrissian ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Is “Next” Ron Howard has talked about sequels (it depends on how the audience reacts to ‘Solo’ and how much money it makes) and the entire cast is signed on for at least three movies). So what’s next for Lucasfilm? Well, there are rumors, unsubstantiated as of right now it should be said, that an ‘Obi-Wan‘ film shoots in the spring of 2019 (still unclear whether Ewan McGregor will star). And there’s been talk of the Simon Kinberg-penned and dormant ‘Boba Fett‘ movie coming back too. But Kathleen Kennedy herself has revealed what’s apparently “next,” and it’s a Lando Calrissian solo film that would star Donald Glover. “We think that the next spin-off will be dedicated to Lando Calrissian, ” Kennedy told Premiere France. ” Of course, there are still many stories to tell about Han and Chewbacca, but Lando will be next.” This would be pretty big news considering that (not a spoiler because we know the

The Forgotten Prisoner of Castle-Mare

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Vintage The Forgotten Prisoner of Castle-Mare 1/8 Scale Aurora Model Kits #422-100 $29.99 Order This Model Kit at View Obscura Comics The Forgotten Prisoner of Castle-Mare is one of the most sought after and harder to find of Aurora's first run of monster models, It was the only original design in the series, a collaboration between Aurora and the staff of the Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine, Warren Publishing Company. The box displays the logo for Warren's flagship book Famous Monsters of Filmland, in an attempt to cross-sell the product to young horror fans. The box lid also boasts wonderful painted art by Mort Kunstler. Original Kit Issued: 1966 - 68. Re-Issued: 1969-1972, 1992, 1994, 2001. Since the sales had been declining for the monster models, the last kit to be issued as a Long Box. MIB! UNOPENED, FACTORY SEALED! This is the 1992 reissue.

Discover Rod Serling’s Unproduced Script For Planet of the Apes Brought To Life For The First Time

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From Boom! Studios BOOM! Studios and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products present a first look at PLANET OF THE APES: VISIONARIES, a new Original Graphic Novel, releasing in August 2018 as part of the 20th Century Fox Uncovered collection. BOOM! Studios searched the 20th Century Fox film archives and unearthed the first screenplay for the original Planet of the Apes (1968) movie, written by Rod Serling, and adapted this radically different vision of the franchise into comic book format for the first time as a part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the film from acclaimed actor/comedian/writer Dana Gould (The Simpsons) and Chad Lewis (Avengers Origins). The first Planet of The Apes (1968) film is an adaptation of the French novel La Planète des Singes. On the road to making the landmark science-fiction classic, 20th Century Fox commissioned Rod Serling to adapt the source material. However, Serling’s first draft was drastically revised before filming the version of the film