Tuesday, September 30, 2008

At the movies: THOR, LONE RANGER

Apparently, Marvel Studios is talking to Kenneth Branagh about directing the big screen debut of The Mighty Thor, and George Clooney has expressed interest in playing Lone Ranger to Johnny Depp's Tonto.

Related links:
Movie and DVD news 18 Sep 08
Tobey Maguire up for more Spider-Man?
Updates: Godzilla, Frankenstein, Ghostbusters

Monday, September 29, 2008

Hollywood legends do sci-fi, horror comics

Bluewater Productions has nabbed some strategic partnerships for new comic book series bearing the names of genre luminaries Ray Harryhausen, Vincent Price, Roger Corman, and, most recently, William Shatner.

Under the header "Ray Harryhausen Presents," Bluewater has already launched spin-offs and sequels to many of Harryhausen's classic films, including nine titles that debuted in 2008. (Link: Bluewater Comics Expands Ray Harryhausen Line in 2008)

Vincent Price Presents is an ongoing anthology series showcasing classic gothic horror, mystery, and suspense, with Price in "a myriad of roles including host, muse, background player, and protagonist." (Link: Vincent Price Comics)

The banner "Roger Corman Presents" will cover comics where Bluewater and Corman readapt and re-imagine some of the filmmakers's popular work. "Comic books have given me so much over the years," Corman said, "that it's time I gave something back to the medium." (Link: Roger Corman and Bluewater make a Splash!)

Shatner signed on for four titles under "William Shatner Presents" -- TekWar Chronicles, Quest for Tomorrow, Man O' War, and an exclusive title Shatner will create. "Working with Bluewater is a great opportunity to bring these novels to a whole new audience," Shatner said. (Link: Bluewater Inks Comic Book Deal with William Shatner)

Several previews are online:
Vincent Price Presents
Ray Harryhausen Presents: 20 Million Miles More
Ray Harryhausen Presents: Back to Mysterious Island
Ray Harryhausen Presents: Flying Saucers VS. the Earth
Ray Harryhausen Presents: It Came From Beneath the Sea...Again
RHP: Jason and the Argonauts - Kingdom of Hades
Ray Harryhausen Presents: Sinbad, Rogue of Mars
Ray Harryhausen Presents: War of the Elementals
Ray Harryhausen Presents: Wrath of the Titans

Related links:
ROBOT-13: Tech Vs. Myth
Alan Moore on the new "League"
Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein
ICONIC: The Life and Death of Talos the Bronze
Honoring the father of manga
KAIJU comic!
Free Comics Online

'Giant Monster Movies' updated 29 Sep 08

Thanks to some of the many monster movie lists at Undead Backbrain, I was reminded of some more titles missing from our (nearly) exhaustive list of Giant Monster Movies. Now added:

The Relic (1997)
Mimic (1997)
Deep Rising (1998)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Santa Claus vs. Frankenstein

Reported by Comic Book Resources: Veteran comics, animation, and television writer/producer Paul Dini (Tiny Toon Adventures, Justice League Unlimited, Lost) is partnering with Top Cow Press to launch a new comic book imprint, Dinicartoons -- and the first title out of the gate this fall is Jingle Belle: Santa Claus vs. Frankenstein. Dini explains to CBR why the crossover is not so far-fetched ...

Also on the way is the eponymous anthology series Dinicartoons, planned to showcase popular Dini characters, and provide a platform for other artists/animators. See the whole interview here.

Always one to keep busy, Dini is also scripting an upcoming Science Ninja Team Gatchaman movie.

Related links:
Free Comics Online
I'm a Marvel, I'm a DC
ICONIC: The Life and Death of Talos the Bronze
Honoring the Father of Manga
Robot-13: Tech Vs. Myth

Friday, September 26, 2008

Double Vision: SCHOOL vs. SCHOOL

On DVD October 21 ...

Two competing groups of high school students must rally together and enter a song and dance competition in order to save their church from closing.
Official site

In theaters October 24 ...

Seniors at East High face the prospect of being separated after graduation, and stage an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hopes and fears about the future.
Official site

The Day The Earth Stood Still: SE

The SF classic The Day The Earth Stood Still debuts Dec 2 as a two-disc DVD and Blu-ray disc, just in time for the 2008 remake starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly.

The 1951 classic, helmed by Academy Award-winning director Robert Wise (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, West Side Story), is widely acclaimed as one of the most influential and thought-provoking science-fiction films of all time: An alien emissary lands in Washington D.C., but he refuses to reveal his mission to any single government -- leaving the military, the politicians, and millions of ordinary people to wait in fear. Soon distrust turns to calls for violence. But one young woman and her son soon realize they may be all that stands between the human race and total destruction ...

The two-disc DVD sports a host of "out of this world" bonus features, including commentary by director Wise and Nicolas Meyer, a separate commentary by several film and music historians, an isolated music score, assorted featurettes, trailers, galleries, blueprints, a shooting script, and much more.

The Blu-ray disc includes all of the above, plus two exclusives: "Interactive Thermin: Create Your Own Score," and "Gort Command: Interactive Game."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Del Toro vampire thrillers, DC cancels Minx

Variety announced that ultra-busy director Guillermo del Toro and co-writer Chuck Hogan are collaborating on a vampire trilogy where they "trace the roots of the vampiric race back to its Old Testament origins." Volume one, The Strain, published by William Morrow next summer, details an invasion of New York City by a vampiric virus. Variety notes here and also here just how busy del Toro is between now and 2017, what with helming the two-film The Hobbit adaptation, remaking Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Slaughterhouse-Five, and adapting the Dan Simmons novel Drood.

Meanwhile, Comic Book Resources reports that DC Comics canceled its Minx graphic novel imprint. Some solicited or greenlit projects will still see publication, while others will not -- but may resurface at sister imprint Vertigo.

Related link: Updates: Godzilla, Frankenstein, Ghostbusters

Monday, September 22, 2008

Updated list of "Giant Monster Movies"

Our (almost) exhaustive list of Giant Monster Movies has seen some additions, thanks to the recommendations of our new friend Enshohma / Raf. Specifically, we've added:

Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century (1977)
Legend of the Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977)
The Last Dinosaur (1977)
The Adventures of Galgameth (1996)
Big Man Japan (Dai-Nipponjin) (2007)
Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers (2008)

Sometime soon, we'll start highlighting specific films with individual blog entries.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

How Hollywood Ruins Asian Horror

This just in: E! Online explains "How Hollywood Ruins Asian Horror." (And why they are cautiously optimistic about the upcoming remake 100 Feet with Famke Janssen.)

Powerpuff Girls anniversary set

Home Media Magazine reports that Warner Home Video and the Cartoon Network are gearing up to celebrate 10 years of the Powerpuff Girls in January 2009. The hullabaloo includes the six-DVD collection The Complete Powerpuff Girls Anniversary Collector’s Set, with all 78 episodes, a documentary, commentaries, and more. Cartoon Network also plans a day-long tribute to the series.

UPDATE: Final Content, Package Art for Complete Series

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Movie and DVD news 18 Sep 08

A cavalcade o' movie and DVD links ...

FRIGHT NIGHT screening/reunion in LA
THE THING now to be prequelized
Meet THE WOLF MAN at Universal’s Horror Nights

Robo Japan
Two Great New Video Clips Of Robot Taekwon V
Can You Watch 120-Plus Hours Of Movies? Netflix Wants You!
Sigmund And The Sea Monsters Is Coming To The Big Screen

Flintstones New Package Art Pics for The Complete Series
Night Gallery Sneak Peek at Menu Screens for 2nd Season
Doctor Who First Who DVDs of 2009 Announces War, Doomsday
Duckman Update About Seasons 3 & 4 DVD Release
Real Ghostbusters Exclusive Sample Screens from Complete Series
Steve Canyon 50th Anniversary 'Complete' Steve Canyon
Power Rangers Jungle Fury Disney Announces Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
Real Ghostbusters SteelBook™ Release, Bonus Materials

DVD Town
The Godfather Collection reviewed and more
The X-Files: Fight The Future on Blu-ray
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951): SE on DVD (Dec 2)
Ultimate Collector's Edition of "I Am Legend" (Dec 9)
Watch Trailer 2 from the latest Bond - Quantum of Solace

DVD Talk
Charlie Chan Volume 5

DVD release dates
September 23
Peanuts Holiday Collection (It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / A Charlie Brown Christmas)
Friday The 13th - The Series: The First Season
L.A. Confidential (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Sundown-Vampire in Retreat

September 30
Iron Man (Two-Disc Special Collectors' Edition)
Case Closed: Season 2 Set
Rocket Ship - Deluxe Widescreen Color Toned Edition
The Starlost: Complete Series
Beauty and the Beast The Complete Series
Sports Night: The Complete Series 10th Anniversary Edition

October 7
The Munsters: The Complete Series
The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 4: 1943-1945
Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
Mission Impossible - The Fifth TV Season
Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius No. 84
Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord - Episode 144-147
Rear Window
The Simpsons - The Complete Eleventh Season
Speed Racer Complete Classic Series Collection

October 14
Ultraman Box Set
Alien - Predator Total Destruction Collection
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Two-Disc)
Icons of Horror: Hammer Films (Curse of the Mummy's Tomb / The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll / Scream of Fear / The Gorgon)
Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection (Lifeboat / Spellbound / Notorious / The Paradine Case / Sabotage / Young and Innocent / Rebecca / The Lodger)
Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie (Widescreen)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4: 4 Film Favorites
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5-8: 4 Film Favorites
Superman: 4 Film Favorites
Giant 600 Cartoons: Special Collectors Edition

October 21
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Fifth Season
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series
The Incredible Hulk (Three-Disc Special Edition)
Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Vol. 6
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - The Complete Series
Anaconda 3: Offspring
Ben 10 Alien Force: Season One V.1
Knight Rider: The Complete Series

October 28
The 4400: The Complete Series
Abbott & Costello: Complete Universal Pictures Collection
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Little Rascals: The Complete Collection
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition
NewsRadio: The Complete Series

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Which Godzilla movie monster are you?

There is an online quiz for you to determine "Which Godzilla movie monster are you?"

Having taken the test myself, I am proud to announce that I am, in fact, Godzilla: "You are strong and independent. You are also always ready to take on any challenge and never leave things unfinished. You fight for your beliefs and don't put up with crap from anybody!"

Monday, September 8, 2008

Tobey Maguire up for more Spider-Man?

The folks at Robo Japan pass along the possibility that Tobey Maguire could be donning the webbed mask again for Spider-Man 4 And 5 ...

Updates: Godzilla, Frankenstein, Ghostbusters

Some monster movie info from Fangoria, including an interview with the director of the new Godzilla documentary "Bringing Godzilla Down to Size," breaking news about remaking classic Universal monsters, and a possible Ghostbusters reunion ...

Director talks new GODZILLA documentary
The key special feature on Classic Media's two-DVD release of RODAN and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS is the 68-minute feature BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE. "The producers/writers wanted a documentary focusing on the miniature sets and art direction of the Godzilla series, which has been maligned by Western media and the ignorant for decades," says director Norman England. "I thought this was a fresh angle, and signed up as quickly as I could." (Whole story here.)

Del Toro to remake FRANKENSTEIN and JEKYLL
Guillermo del Toro, busy with J.R.R. Tolkien's THE HOBBIT, has signed a multifilm deal with Universal that will see him helm new versions of FRANKENSTEIN and DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE ... (Whole story here.)

Studio makes the call for new GHOSTBUSTERS
Columbia Pictures is embarking on a new GHOSTBUSTERS movie, and has signed THE OFFICE writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg to write the script. (Whole story here.)

Related links:
Giant Monster Movies
Giant Monsters Attack!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Giant Monster Movies

The King Kong Collection (King Kong Two-Disc Special Edition/Son of Kong/Mighty Joe Young)If only for my own reference, here are all the movies about irradiated monsters, giant robots, and killer dinosaurs you could want.

The Mechanical Man (1921) See: Giant Monster Movies: Robots
The Lost World (1925) See: Giant Monster Movies: Dinosaurs
The Mysterious Island (1929)
King Kong (1933) See: Giant Monster Movies: King Kong
Son of Kong (1933)
The Secret of the Loch (1934)
Unknown Island (1948)
Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Two Lost Worlds (1950)
The Lost Continent (1951)
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Mesa of Lost Women (1953)
Gojira (Godzilla) (1954) See: Giant Monster Movies: Godzilla
Monster from the Ocean Floor (1954)
Them! (1954)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Half Human (1955)
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
Godzilla, King Of The Monsters (1956)
Rodan (1956)
The Amazing Colossal Man 1957
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
Beginning of the End (1957)
The Black Scorpion (1957)
The Giant Claw (1957)
Kronos (1957)
The Monolith Monsters (1957)
The Monster That Challenged The World (1957)
The Mysterians (1957)
Varan the Unbelievable (1958)
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
The Colossus of New York (1958)
War of the Colossal Beast (1958)
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
Behemoth, the Sea Monster 1959
Caltiki the Immortal Monster (1959)

The Lost World (1960) See: Giant Monster Movies: Dinosaurs
Gorgo (1961)
Mothra (1961) See: Giant Monster Movies: Mothra
The Mysterious Island (1961)
Reptilicus (1961)
Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
Jason and the Argonauts (1962) See: Giant Monster Movies: Colossi
King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) See: Giant Monster Movies: King Kong
Konga (1962)
Captain Sinbad (1963)
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Dogora (1964)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
Gamera: The Giant Monster / a.k.a. Gammera: The Invincible (1965) (See: Giant Monster Movies: Gamera)
Invasion of Astro-Monster / a.k.a. Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero (1965)
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster (1966)
Gamera vs. Barugon / a.k.a. War of The Monsters (1966)
The Magic Serpent (1966)
War of the Gargantuas (1966)
Daimajin / a.k.a. Majin, Monster of Terror (1966)
Return of Daimajin (1966)
Wrath of Daimajin / a.k.a. The Return of Giant Majin (1966)
King Kong Escapes (1967)
Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Gappa the Triphibian Monster / a.k.a. Monster From A Prehistoric Planet (1967)
Yongary, Monster from the Deep (1967)
The X from Outer Space (1967)
Gamera vs. Viras (1968)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)
All Monsters Attack / a.k.a. Godzilla's Revenge (1969)

Gamera vs. Jiger (1970)
Space Amoeba 1970
Voyage Into Space 1970 (See: Giant Monster Movies: Robots)
Gamera vs. Zigra (1971)
Godzilla vs. Hedorah / a.k.a. Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971)
Daigoro vs. Goliath 1972
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
The Land That Time Forgot (1975) (See: Giant Monster Movies: Dinosaurs)
Super Inframan (1975)
King Kong 1976 (See: Giant Monster Movies: King Kong)
A*P*E 1976
Queen Kong 1976
The Mighty Peking Man 1976
The People That Time Forgot (1977)
Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century 1977
Legend of the Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977)
The Last Dinosaur 1977
Warlords of Atlantis (1978)
The Bermuda Depths (1978)
Gamera: Super Monster (1980)
Alligator 1980
Ultraman: The Adventure Begins (AKA Ultraman USA) 1981
Q The Winged Serpent 1982
The Return of Godzilla 1984 (See: Giant Monster Movies: Godzilla)
Pulgasari 1985
Eight-Headed Giant Serpent's Counterattack 1985
King Kong Lives 1986
Thunder of the Gigantic Serpent 1986
Alien from the Deep (aka Alien Degli Abissi) 1989
Godzilla vs. Biollante 1989
Tremors 1990
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 1991
Godzilla vs. Mothra 1992
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II 1993
Jurassic Park 1993
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla 1994
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah 1995
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe 1995 (See: Giant Monster Movies: Gamera)
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion 1996
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1996
Rebirth of Mothra 1996 (See: Giant Monster Movies: Mothra)
Tremors 2: Aftershocks 1996
The Adventures of Galgameth 1996
Rebirth of Mothra II 1997
The Relic 1997
Mimic 1997
Godzilla (US) 1998
Mighty Joe Young 1998
The Mighty Kong 1998
Rebirth of Mothra III 1998
Deep Rising 1998
Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys 1999

Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999) (See: Giant Monster Movies: Godzilla)
Reptilian 1999
The Iron Giant 1999
Ultraman Gaia: The Battle in Hyperspace 1999
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
The Attack of the Giant Moussaka 2000
Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey 2000
GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
Jurassic Park III 2001
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection 2001
Evil Alien Conquerors 2002
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins 2004
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004
Dinocroc (2004)
The Fallen Ones 2005
King of the Lost World 2005
King Kong (2005) (See: Giant Monster Movies: King Kong)
Negadon: The Monster from Mars 2005
The Call of Cthulhu 2005
Gamera the Brave 2006 (See: Giant Monster Movies: Gamera)
Ultraman Mebius and the Ultraman Brothers 2006
The Host (2006)
Mammoth 2006 (See: Giant Monster Movies: Prehistoric)
Dragon Wars: D-War 2007
Transmorphers 2007 (See: Giant Monster Movies: Robots)
Transformers 2007
Big Man Japan 2007
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007)
20th Century Boys 2008
100 Million B.C. 2008
Cloverfield 2008
The Day the Earth Stopped 2008
Deep Sea Monster Reigo 2008
Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers 2008
The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon 2008
Merlin and the War of the Dragons 2008
Monster 2008
The Monster X Strikes Back/Attack the G8 Summit 2008
Dragonquest 2009
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus 2009
Monsters Vs. Aliens 2009
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009
Transmorphers 2 2009
Yatterman 2009
Clash of the Titans 2010
Death Kappa 2010
Dinoshark (2010)
Megapiranha (2010) 
Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus (2010)
Sharktopus (2010)

Announced/In Production:
Transformers 3 (2011)
The Host 2 (2011)
Godzilla reboot
King Kong prequel
Cloverfield sequel

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Giant Monster Movies: Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures
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Giant Monster Movies: Mothra

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This blog is for fans of classic giant monsters and monster-fighters from the movies, TV, and comics -- including King Kong, Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, Dogora, Johnny Sokko and Giant Robot, Ultraman, Fin Fang Foom, Titano, The Host, and more. We also salute the classic genre and special effects films of Toho Studios Universal Studios, Hammer Films, not to mention the Frankenstein Monster, Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, giant robots, sci-fi, manga, and anime.