Monday, August 30, 2010

Doctor Who in 2011: 'Game-changing' event

The next round of Doctor Who will actually be two rounds: The BBC and Steven Moffat say the 2011 season will be split into two blocks -- Easter and Autumn -- with a "game-changing" cliffhanger in the middle. "The split series is hugely exciting," Moffat told the Edinburgh International Television Festival. "Because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who! Easter, Autumn, Christmas!!"

Watch Moffat make the announcement.

By the way, this year's Christmas special reportedly involves Yeti.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Coming Sep 14: The Mighty Peking Man

The Mighty Peking Man (Dub)Coming to DVD and Blu-ray in a new edition is King Kong knock-off The Mighty Peking Man (or, as the Blu-ray is labeled, Sword Masters: The Mighty Peking Man):
King Kong goes Hong Kong in this unique Shaw Brothers spin on the ageless theme of beauty and the beast. The beast, seven stories high and hailing from the Himalayas, loves Swiss beauty Evelyn Kraft, a sexy blonde Tarzanette who is also the object of lust from a sleazy show-biz promoter. Will the handsome young explorer save her from what was then Hong Kong s highest building? The action, Indian locations, and inter-racial romance made Variety reach this verdict: High camp, Chinese style. An outrageous adventure that never takes itself too seriously -- treat yourself to a guilty pleasure that has entertained critics and late-night movie audiences everywhere!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Coming Sep 7: Full Metal Panic! Season One

Hitting shelves September 7 is a new package for the first season of Full Metal Panic!
Full Metal Panic! Season One
Kaname Chidori’s one of the most popular girls at her high school – unfortunately, it’s her growing popularity off campus she should be worrying about. Unbeknownst to Kaname, terrorists are plotting her abduction, believing she possesses the rare and coveted abilities of “the Whispered.”

That’s where Sousuke Sagara enters the picture. He’s a hotshot soldier from the clandestine counter-terrorist organization known as Mithril – and he’s going undercover at Kaname’s school to try and keep her safe. He may be an ace in the cockpit of an Arm Slave mech, but there’s no training in the world that could prepare him for the warzone of high school ...

Friday, August 6, 2010

The legacy of Sinbad

There's a trailer making the rounds for the upcoming movie Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage -- with a voiceover from Patrick Stewart and what looks to be old-school stop-motion animation. The plot: When the Sultan's first born is taken by an evil sorcerer, Sinbad is tasked with traveling to a desert of magic and creatures to save her.



And I don't know how I missed this, but last spring The Asylum released The 7 Adventures of Sinbad. Which, of course, is drenched in CGI SFX:



Related links:
Giant Monster Movies: Ray Harryhausen
CAPTAIN SINBAD (1963)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

ROBOT 13 hits 100K downloads

Without any help from a publisher or outside money, indie comics creators Thom Hall and Daniel Bradford have pushed past 100,000 downloads for their steampunk robot-vs-giant monsters epic Robot 13.

Available free on iTunes and Android, Robot 13 is the first comic on either platform to combine frame-by-frame animation, a wide-range of transition effects, and vibration into a single package. "We decided R13 was the perfect vehicle to debut our latest technology," notes Dave Baxter of the comic's e-distributor, Robot Comics. "On top of the comic’s own creative merits, we wanted the mobile reading experience to be, appropriately, just as exceptional."

"When they started telling us what they had in mind, we were both blown away," Hall says. "We didn't know of anyone who was pushing mobile comics so far. This was more than just viewing a PDF -- it was a totally new hybrid comics experience."

"We’ve since gone even further with our Scott Pilgrim app," Baxter adds. "But Robot 13 was and is a ground-breaking beginning for pushing the boundaries on what a mobile comic can be. And I think readers are responding to that, as well as the incredible quality of Tom and Daniel’s craftsmanship."

Watch the preview video to see Robot 13 in motion:


Related links:
MTV names ROBOT-13 among best comics of 2009
The Return of Robot-13
ROBOT-13: Tech Vs. Myth
WRATH OF THE TITANS: The Movie Based on the Comic Based on the Movie
Dream Project: SHOGUN WARRIORS
Giant Hands!

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Coming Aug 17: The Lost Skeleton Returns Again

The Lost Skeleton Returns AgainComing to DVD in a couple weeks: From the same minds that brought us the 1950s sci-fi/horror send-up The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra comes the sequel ... THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN!

It's two years later, and the action shifts to the Amazon Jungle, as old friends and new enemies schlep into the dreaded Valley of the Monsters in search of yet another rare element ...

Here's the trailer:



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GIANT MONSTERS ON THE LOOSE!

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.