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Things You Didn't Know About "The Mysterians"

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Beware! Multi-colored aliens have come to Earth with a giant drill-nosed robot to mate with our women and buy up all of our real estate. The Mysterians  is a 1957 Japanese science fiction film directed by IshirĊ Honda and stars Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa and Takashi Shimura. The film begins with a giant fissure destroying an entire village. This leads to an investigation whereby the source is discovered to be Moguera, a giant robot, who is then destroyed by the military. The remains are analyzed and discovered to be of alien origin. Shortly after, an alien race known as the Mysterians arrive, declaring they have taken some Earth women captive and that they demand both land and the right to marry women of Earth. For The Mysterians, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka recruited Jojiro Okami, a science fiction writer, to develop the story. Honda later elaborated that he wanted the film to differ from both Godzilla and Rodan and to make it more of a "true science fiction film," one

The Rocketeer Reborn A Modern-Day Hero Dons the Iconic Helmet and Jetpack

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From IDW Comics The Rocketeer, the pulp-inspired hero immortalized by the late, great Dave Stevens, blasts off once more in December with the first issue of a brand-new five issue IDW series: Rocketeer Reborn! Writers Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet (collaborators on Star Wars Adventures and The Infinite Loop) and artist Javier Pulido (Human Target, Hawkeye) reintroduce an all-new jetpack wearing hero into the 21st century. In Rocketeer Reborn, eighty years have passed since Cliff Secord first found an experimental jetpack and soared through the skies as a high-flying hero. Now, decades later, The Rocketeer is all but forgotten to most people, a legend of a bygone era. When Cliff’s jetpack is found in a most unexpected way, it’s a race for those with good and evil intent to grab hold, strap on, and take off for adventure! “It’s an immense honor for us to contribute to Dave Steven’s legacy, and a big responsibility as well — making sure we stay true to the spirit of the c

Buffy The Vampire Slayer High School Is Hell

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From BOOM! Studios The Slayer Returns With New Comics, Graphic Novels and More at the Award-Winning Publisher BOOM! Studios today announced it has acquired the comic book and graphic novel publishing license to Joss Whedon’s BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon. BOOM! Studios will release new monthly comic book series, limited series, original graphic novels and more that officially expand the rich mythology created in television, novels and beyond, in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products. Created by visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers film franchise), Buffy The Vampire Slayer premiered on the WB Network on March 10th, 1997. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as “Buffy Summers.” Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with

Mankind Must Learn How To Coexist With Godzilla And Other Giant Monsters

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From Metro ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ is ‘about how humans coexist' with the battling creatures, explains Ken Watanabe The Japanese actor provides a brief update on the upcoming blockbuster Ken Watanabe has tantalizingly teased that Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, the upcoming sequel to the 2014 blockbuster in which he played Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, will revolve around humans coexisting with the monsters. I recently had the chance to talk to Watanabe about his performance in “Bel Canto.” But towards the end of our discussion I turned the conversation quickly to “Godzilla: King Of The Monsters,” asking Watanabe how the film is different to its predecessor. “It’s different because in ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters,’ the scientists play a central role, so rather than a story about how humans fight with the monsters, it is about how humans can coexist with them.” Vintage 1983 Bandai Characon Mechagodzilla Remote Control Figure Kaiju Mecha Godzilla That’s going to be

The Darker Side Of Ultraman The Baddest Of The Bad Showcased In Darkness Heels

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I'm always amazed at how Tsuburaya is able to reinvent their Ultraman franchise over and over again in new and creative ways. There is a new "Ultraman 3D" animated series coming to Netflix and now a new line of shows and merchandise centered on ultra colorful villains called "Ultraman: Darkness Heels". From Crunchyroll: The darker side of the Ultra Series is about to get its time in the spotlight, thanks to the new Darkness Heels franchise. The concept plays on the idea of "inviting whispers from the dark," uniting the more interesting and heavily characterized baddies of the Ultraman series — the "heels." The starting lineup consists of Ultraman Belial, Dark Zagi, Evil Tiga, Camearra, and Jugglus Juggler. The new line kicks off with DARKNESS HEELS WORLD, a live event taking place next month at Tokyo Solamachi. The venue will offer new goods, photo spots, exhibitions, and photo ops with the featured characters. Plus, starting Octo

Star Trek's Infamous Interracial Lip-Lock Between Kirk And Uhura Put Into Perspective

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Fifty years ago Star Trek used science fiction to kick down several social barriers by showing viewers a future where people of different races and genders were treated with equal importance. For actress Nichelle Nichols, the first black woman to have a continuing co-starring role on TV, it was the beginning of a lifelong career in activism. And then there was that kiss. The Smithsonian has published a great article about Nichelle Nichols and her groundbreaking role on Star Trek: On Nov. 22, 1968, an episode of “Star Trek” titled “Plato’s Stepchildren” broadcast the first interracial kiss on American television. The episode’s plot is bizarre: Aliens who worship the Greek philosopher Plato use telekinetic powers to force the Enterprise crew to sing, dance and kiss. At one point, the aliens compel Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Captain Kirk (William Shatner) to embrace. Each character tries to resist, but eventually Kirk tilts Uhura back and the two kiss as the ali

Star Wars Cast Member Accidentally Reveals The Return Of Luke Skywalker!

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Please don't mistake this post for any interest on my part in Star Wars Episode IX. I have no intent on seeing it but I'm posting this for all the wayward fans who may still be holding on to the hope that the last Star Wars sequels my somehow save what has so far been a horrible storyline. From Kotaku One would think that reading the script for a new Star Wars movie would be a thrilling privilege. But it might be more terrifying than exciting.  So thinks Domhnall Gleeson, anyway, who recently appeared on the Happy Sad Confused podcast and reflected on his feelings after he read the script, which include mostly dread. Not because of anything in the script, mind you, but because he’s afraid of spoiling it. “I made the terrible mistake of reading the script, I know everything,” he said. “The nightmare is falling asleep on public transport … The nightmare is you wake up on a plane and someone’s dictating. You wake up and your mouth is shaping words, you wake up and yo

New Ultraman Animated Series Coming To Netflix In 2019

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I only hope this one is better than the boring Godzilla anime ... From The Asahi Shimbun The full 3-D CG anime adaptation of the “Ultraman” manga series will be streamed worldwide on Netflix in spring 2019, it was revealed during the Anime Expo 2018 held in Los Angeles. A star-studded production team comprising anime creators working on a global scale has been assembled to create a “never-before-seen Ultraman” for the upcoming series. Kenji Kamiyama, whose previous works include the “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” series and feature film “Ancien and the Magic Tablet,” serves as co-director with Shinji Aramaki, who created the “Appleseed” film series and CG movie “Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars.” Boasting more than 2.8 million copies in print, the original comic series is currently running in the monthly Hero’s manga anthology. Penned by Eiichi Shimizu and illustrated by Tomohiro Shimoguchi, who together created the “Linebarrels of Iron” manga series, “Ultram