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Crypt of Curiosities: Mechagodzilla in the ’70s

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Even before I’d seen a single Godzilla movie, I knew Mechagodzilla was my favorite damn thing in the entire franchise. Because really, how could it not be? Regardless of its incarnation, Mechagodzilla is still a giant robot shaped like a monster. There are few things in entertainment that are quite that perfect, and it seems that pop culture agrees. Mechagodzilla has become something of a series icon, up there with King Ghidorah and Mothra as one of the most recognizable non-Godzilla kaiju in the franchise. Yet all legends have to start somewhere, and for Mechagodzilla, it was in the fourteenth film of the franchise, Jun Fukuda’s aptly titled Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974).

Taking place presumably sometime after the previous year’s Godzilla vs. Megalon (although continuity was never the Showa series’ high point), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla takes place in a Japan already rocked by monster attacks, with a
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Original Godzilla Man-In-Suit Actor Haruo Nakajima Dies at 88

Original Godzilla Man-In-Suit Actor Haruo Nakajima Dies at 88
Fans of monster movies, and cinema in general, have to say goodbye to an absolute legend today. Haruo Nakajima, the actor who portrayed Godzilla in the suit in the original 1954 classic, has passed away at the age of 88. The exact cause of the actor's death has not yet been revealed.

As reported by Bloody Disgusting, Haruo Nakajima died at the age of 88 but leaves behind an absolutely tremendous and unforgettable legacy. Long before CGI could create just about anything one can dream up on screen, monsters were portrayed by actors in elaborate suits and the humans inside those suits had to bring them to life. Haruo Nakajima was tasked with bringing Godzilla to life for the first time in 1954 and thus created the most famous movie monster of all time. Even though he spent all of his time on screen in a costume, it is a performance that will never be forgotten.
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Godzilla Star Haruo Nakajima, Man in the Suit ... Dead at 88

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Godzilla will never be the same ... Haruo Nakajima, the man who brought the Japanese monster to life, has died. Nakajima wore the Godzilla bodysuit -- which was originally made out of cement -- for nearly 20 years of movies, starting in 1954. Dude had range though -- he also played Mothra and King Kong in the 60s. He started his career in samurai and World War II films before scoring the fire-breathing role in "Godzilla, King of the Monsters.
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Haruo Nakajima, Man Inside Godzilla Suit, Dies at 88

Haruo Nakajima, Man Inside Godzilla Suit, Dies at 88
The man behind the monster has died: Haruo Nakajima, who wore the Godzilla bodysuit for every “Godzilla” film from the original to 1972’s “Godzilla vs. Gigan,” has died at 88.

The International Business Times was among several media outlets reporting his death.

Nakajima’s career began in samurai and war films, notably “Seven Samurai” by Akira Kurosawa and “Eagle of the Pacific.” He landed the “Godzilla” role starting with 1954’s “Godzilla, King of the Monsters,” directed by Ishiro Honda.
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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Post-Credits Scene: How It Will Shape Legendary’s MonsterVerse

‘Kong: Skull Island’ Post-Credits Scene: How It Will Shape Legendary’s MonsterVerse
In an industry increasingly fueled by franchises, it came as little surprise when Legendary Entertainment used their splashy Comic-Con 2014 appearance to confirm their intentions to develop their so-called “MonsterVerse.” Hot on the heels of the release of Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla,” Legendary announced they had picked up the rights to other classic Toho beasts Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah, teasing the audience with a title card that read “Conflict: inevitable. Let them fight.”

But before those inevitable battles can hit the big screen, there was a necessary amount of groundwork to lay. Enter Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ “Kong: Skull Island,” this weekend’s big release and the second entry in the burgeoning MonsterVerse. While Vogt-Roberts’ Vietnam War era-set adventure drama works well enough on its own, the film also introduces a slew of new monsters that make it clear that there are all kinds of M.U.T.O. (MonsterVerse for “Massive Unidentified
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Kong: Skull Island's producer on Godzilla, monsters and more

Ryan Lambie Mar 7, 2017

Producer Alex Garcia talks to us about Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla and Legendary's growing kaiju movie universe...

Alex Garcia knows a thing or two about giant monsters. He was the executive producer on Bryan Singer's 2013 fantasy Jack The Giant Slayer and 2014's Godzilla, and now he's the producer of this year's Kong: Skull Island. The movie not only represents the giant ape's return to cinema screens for the first time since 2005's King Kong remake, directed by Peter Jackson, but also the next step in a larger series of giant monster flicks from Legendary Entertainment.

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After Skull Island, Godzilla's set to rise again in 2019's King Of Monsters, due to start filming this summer, while further ahead, there's Godzilla Vs Kong - which will, as its title implies,
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Yumi Ito – One of the Twin Fairies Who Sang to Mothra Dead at 75

Kaiju fans are in mourning today. Yumi Ito may not be a household name but anyone who grew up watching the Godzilla movies on television remembers the two magical fairies who would sing those lovely lullabies to Mothra, the giant moth. The identical twins were perhaps the most memorable human characters in the Godzilla series, and Emi and Yumi Ito were the two actresses who played the roles. They recorded hit albums in Japan going by the name “The Peanuts” and were one of that country’s first pop sensations, one of the few that became well known internationally.

The sisters Emi and Yumi Ito, were born Hideyo and Tsukiko Ito on April 1, 1941 in Aichi prefecture. They were discovered by Watanabe Pro founder Sho Watanabe, a music impresario who first saw them performing at a club in Nagoya as the Ito Sisters. In 1958 brought them to Tokyo, where they were dubbed The Peanuts.
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Brace For Impact With The First Teaser For Godzilla: Resurgence

Now, don’t get me wrong – I greatly enjoyed Gareth Edwards’ 2014 re-boot of the Hollywood Godzilla franchise. While it was most certainly not perfect, it captured enough of the essence of the history of the pop culture icon to be moving and compelling. However, anyone that truly wants to experience the phenomenon of Godzilla has to have an appreciation of the original Toho movies, and the Japanese studio has now released a teaser trailer for its first Godzilla movie in a decade – Godzilla: Resurgence.

Godzilla first appeared in Ishiro Honda’s movie, Godzilla, in 1954, and has since gone on to star in 28 films for Toho. Godzilla: Resurgence will be the 29th instalment in the fan favourite franchise, which is built around this enormous, misunderstood, prehistoric creature that appears from the sea having been awakened by nuclear radiation. He has been the bad guy, and he has been the hero,
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Round-Up: New York Haunted Hayride, Tales From Beyond The Pale at Fantasia, Kaiju Movie Marathon

Now expanding to the Big Apple, the New York Haunted Hayride will take place on October 2nd. Also: details on both Tales from Beyond the Pale at Fantasia International Film Festival and a kaiju marathon of Godzilla-sized proportions on Shout! Factory TV.

New York City Haunted Hayride: Press Release: "Ten Thirty One Productions (Tto), the worldwide leader in producing live horror attractions, will expand the most popular Halloween attraction in the country, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, to New York City this October for the first time ever. The wildly popular attraction, annually held in Los Angeles, led Mark Cuban to make the largest investment in “Shark Tank” history as well as a second investment by Live Nation. Tto will now be bringing its biggest and best scares from seven years of haunting the west coast to the east coast for the most horrifying experience in town.

“This expansion to
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Directors Announced for Toho’s New Godzilla Movie

Since the radioactive reptile made his debut in Ishiro Honda's 1954 film, Godzilla, Japan's Toho has distributed nearly 30 films featuring the gargantuan creature, but they haven't released one in the last decade. Spurred on by the international success of Warner Bros. and Legendary's 2014 Godzilla movie, Toho late last year announced a new Godzilla movie and now they've attached two directors to the film.

The Good, The Bad, and Godzilla reports that Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi will co-helm Toho's new Godzilla film, the first franchise entry from the company since 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars. In addition to co-directing, Anno will pen the screenplay, while Higuchi will supervise the film's VFX.

Plot details for the new Godzilla movie are unknown at this time, but the project is expected to begin filming this fall with an eye on a summer 2016 release in Japan.

Anno and Higuchi have worked together before, having collaborated on the 2012 animated short,
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New Godzilla Movie Coming from Toho in 2016

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Since the radioactive reptile made his debut in Ishiro Honda’s 1954 film, Godzilla, Japan’s Toho has distributed nearly 30 films featuring the gargantuan creature, but they haven’t released one in the last decade. Spurred on by the international success of Warner Bros. and Legendary’s 2014 Godzilla movie, that drought should end come 2016, as Toho has announced they are developing a new Godzilla movie.

According to The Good, The Bad, and Godzilla, the folks at Toho plan to shoot the new, yet-to-be-titled Godzilla movie next summer and have set their eyes on a 2016 release date. No names have been announced for either side of the camera, but the screenplay is currently being worked on.

To promote Godzilla via film and other means in the wake of Warner Bros. and Legendary’s smash-hit Godzilla film that was released in May and brought in over $500 million worldwide, Toho has assembled a team
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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

**Massive spoilers for every Godzilla movie, with the exception of the 2014 reboot, and Mothra follow**

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and
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‘Godzilla’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn | Written by Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham | Directed by Gareth Edwards

Godzilla is a movie that everyone has heard about, even if they have never seen it. There have been so many manifestations of Godzilla in cinema, from the original 1954 version, to his battles with Mothra, Mechagodzilla and Hedorah, to the terrible 1998 Roland Emmerich version, to this one, 2014’s Godzilla, directed by Monsters director Gareth Edwards.

I was excited about this film since first hearing about it last year, and have been following its progression over the past few months as casting and further details were announced. When the first trailer arrived on the scene a few months ago I was further intrigued, and by the time the film was released this week, I was thoroughly anticipating the re-emergence of one of cinemas most famous monsters.
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Monster Movie Mondays – King Kong Escapes (1967)

Monster Movie Mondays looks at King Kong Escapes

Director: Ishiro Honda

Release date: 1967

Also released as: King Kong, Frankenstein’s Son (Germany)

Appearing kaiju: King Kong, Mechani-Kong, Gorosaurus

In the early 1960s, Toho struck a deal with American producer John Beck (who was representing Willis O’Brian) to make a movie based on the King Kong character which would end up being 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla. The film was one of the most successful entries in the Godzilla franchise and is a beloved movie by fans of the King of the Monsters. Toho were keen to produce another Kong movie while they still had the rights and the character was set to star in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep only to be replaced with Godzilla as the movie rolled into production. He would return to screens though in the 1967 movie, King Kong Escapes.

King Kong Escapes brought together the
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‘Godzilla’ (2014) Review #1

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn | Written by Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham | Directed by Gareth Edwards

Godzilla is a movie that everyone has heard about, even if they have never seen it. There have been so many manifestations of Godzilla in cinema, from the original 1954 version, to his battles with Mothra, Mechagodzilla and Hedorah, to the terrible 1998 Roland Emmerich version, to this one, 2014’s Godzilla, directed by Monsters director Gareth Edwards.

I was excited about this film since first hearing about it last year, and have been following its progression over the past few months as casting and further details were announced. When the first trailer arrived on the scene a few months ago I was further intrigued, and by the time the film was released this week, I was thoroughly anticipating the re-emergence of one of cinemas most famous monsters.
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Re-Viewed: Ishirō Honda's original 1954 monster classic Godzilla

Re-Viewed: Ishirō Honda's original 1954 monster classic Godzilla
Forget 1998's ridiculous Roland Emmerich reboot. Forget the Godzooky-marred Hanna Barbera cartoon. Forget even 1968's ultimate creature feature Destroy All Monsters, great though it is. The real yardstick against which Gareth Edwards's forthcoming Godzilla movie should be judged is the 60-year-old original.

Even then, it's worth noting that there are really two incarnations of Ishirō Honda's 1954 film. For years, the better-known version was the Hollywood re-edit, Godzilla, King Of The Monsters! which added new scenes starring Raymond Burr to cater for American audiences. But today the unaltered Japanese version, Gojira, finds greater support.

Whichever version you favour, the star of the show is the oversized lizard unleashed by a nuclear explosion. The monster's native name, Gojira, is a portmanteau of two Japanese words, gorira and kujira which, when combined, mean 'gorilla whale.' That description freed the imagination of art director Akira Watanabe, who also threw in elements of
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #29: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

On 15th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 1 week to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Ryuhei Kitamura

Starring: Masahiro Matsuoka, Rei Kikukawa, Don Frye, Maki Mizuno, Kazuki Kitamura, Kane Kosugi, Kumi Mizuno, Akira Takarada, Kenji Sahara, Masakatsu Funaki

Plot: The world is attacked by giant monsters in what seems like a simultaneous attack. Could the recent aliens that have arrived on Earth have anything to do with these events? If they do, then it looks like our only hope is the only monster on Earth not under their control…Godzilla!

And so it was decided that Godzilla was to come to an end, for at least 10 years anyway. Toho decided their biggest beast needed some time off, probably in order to create scarcity for future offerings. Sort of like those “Limited Edition” flavours of crisps.
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #28: Godzilla: Tokyo Sos (2003)

On 15th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 2 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Masaaki Tezuka

Starring: Noboru Kaneko, Miho Yoshioka, Mitsuki Koga, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akira Nakao, Koichi Ueda, Ko Takasugi, Masami Nagasawa, Chihiro Ohtsuka, Yumiko Shaku, Yusuke Tomoi, Kenta Suga

Plot: Japan fixes MechaGodzilla in case Godzilla ever returns, but Mothra threatens to destroy Earth if MechGodzilla’s bones are not laid to rest. Can Mothra and humanity find a way to make everybody happy?

Finally the Millenium series decided they would produce a direct sequel to one of their films. For a first in this sequence of films, the events directly follow those of the previous film. Although it’s another strong offering from Tezuka, it’s almost too similar to the previous instalment, with only Mothra being added for some variety.
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Set Visit Coverage: Actor Bryan Cranston Talks Godzilla from the Set!

Last June we sat down on the Vancouver set of the then-shooting Godzilla with actor Bryan ‘Walter White’ Cranston to chat about the titular irradiated lizard, his lead character of ‘Joe Brody’ and more; and with the film’s embargo now lifted, here it is: Heisenberg talks the ‘Big G.’

Part reboot and part direct sequel to director Ishiro Honda’s 1954 original of the same name, the 2014 Gareth Edwards-helmed Godzilla features actors Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, in a script by Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham and Frank Darabont, which pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent and Brian Rogers produce, alongside executive producers Alex Garcia, Patricia Whitcher, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

(Writer’s Note: Spoilers ahead,
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Set Visit Coverage: Director Gareth Edwards Talks Godzilla from the Set!

With Legendary Picture’s upcoming feature Godzilla releasing wide on May 16, 2014, here’s the first part of our extensive coverage from the set: a lengthy interview with director Gareth Edwards.

Beware - this coverage is as full of spoilers as ‘the Big G’ is radioactive (oops, there’s your first one there), so if you’d rather remain in the dark, not unlike San Francisco after Godzilla rolls over it (oh, there’s number two!), stop right here. Otherwise, suit up and Halo drop with us into gargantuan mayhem.

Part reboot and part direct sequel to director Ishiro Honda’s 1954 original of the same name, the 2014 Edwards-helmed Godzilla features actors Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, in a script by Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham and Frank Darabont, which pits the world’s most
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