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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 »
- Max Molinaro
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They’re the toughest of the tough, and although it may seem (and honestly be) unfair, they get more attention that any other weight class in the Ufc. The heavyweight division (225lbs to 265lbs, the only weight class that allows a range rather than an specific weight) is always a spectacle. Fans love to see big monsters clash in the cage. It’s a King Kong vs. Godzilla factor. It can be a bit of a freak show.
Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t some legitimately skilled mixed martial artists in the heavyweight ranks. There are a punch. The problem when you get that high up in weight, however, is that skill can often be usurped by a well timed – or just plain lucky – punch. When you’ve got fighters north of 250lbs, well, anyone can knock out anyone given the right circumstances. »
- Jay Anderson
Joe Cornish hasn't directed anything since Attack the Block, though he did co-write Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin with Edgar Wright and Steven Moffat and then went on to work with Wright on Ant-Man until the two stepped away from the project. He is said to be attached to Universal's Section 6, a film about the formation of MI6, but now another movie at Universal has caught his eye, the revealed King Kong: Skull Island movie Legendary has already dated for November 4, 2016. Deadline has the news saying Legendary has offered Cornish the gig, but no indication yet as to whether he'll take it, but the site does reveal Max Borenstein, who wrote the recent Godzilla remake, will pen the script. When the project was announced by Legendary they said previous King Kong films have touched on Skull Island but this new film will stay and explore the »
- Brad Brevet
Ah, the movie crossover, a fascinating prospect that still hasn’t really taken off huge with audiences yet. Sure, we’ve seen the likes of King Kong vs. Godzilla, Alien vs. Predator and Freddy vs. Jason, and we’re avidly anticipating Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the whole idea of a crossover can be a double-edged word, for it is almost always the novelty aspect that draws audiences in, even if the expectation is that logic may be cast aside for the sake of milking two disparate fanbases in one fell swoop.
Are most crossovers great films? Not really (The Avengers and X-Men: Days of Future Past aside, if they even really count), but they are mostly able to coast on the sheer bizarre spectacle of seeing two awesome properties standing toe-to-toe with one another, even if the owners of each respective property tend to become »
- Jack Pooley
Legendary Pictures is apparently all about the info bombs at this year's Comic Con, as they've just announced the return of King Kong in a Skull Island movie! Yes, the stars are already aligning for a King Kong/Godzilla rematch, aren't they?
Legendary previewed some ambiguous teaser footage at their Sdcc '14 panel, which wound up being a teaser for a Skull Island movie, set to showcase the return of King Kong.
While it doesn't take a genius to see what Legendary Pictures is planning to do with all these resurrected monster franchises, King Kong has always been near and dear to my heart. I've even got nostalgia for King Kong vs. Godzilla, as it was one of the first films in the Godzilla series that I saw. The prospect of another knock-down, drag-out brawl between these two cinematic titans makes me smile.
Of course, Godzilla was distributed by Warner Bros., »
- Matt Serafini
It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for the latest instalment of Fmtv’s Movie Myths! This week, Oliver Davis investigates whether there’s any truth in the rumours that two endings were shot for 1963′s King Kong vs. Godzilla – one for Western audiences with King Kong victorious, and one for Japanese cinemagoers with Godzilla coming out on top. Did the King of the Monsters really win in the Japanese version!? Find out in this week’s episode of Movie Myths…
Flickering Myth TV will return later this week with the latest Movie Newsgasm, and of course we’ll be back next Tuesday with another episode of Movie Myths. If you’ve not done so already, be sure to subscribe to Fmtv here.
- Gary Collinson
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 »
- Luke Owen
Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Release Date: 1955
Appearing Monsters: Godzilla, Anguirus
Also Released As: Gojira no Gyakushu (Japan), Gigantis, The Fire Monster (USA)
Often in film history there are movies that have productions that are more interesting that the movie itself. Freddy vs. Jason for example has a fascinating near-20 year history which is inherently more interesting than what we actually got in the end. In the case of the Godzilla franchise, the idea of an interesting production and sub-standard conclusion is never more apt than 1955′s Godzilla Raids Again.
Iwao Mori, the Toho executive producer who gave Tomoyuki Tanaka the green light for Gojira, was away in Italy when the movie became the biggest box office opening in Japan. Upon his return, he gave Tanaka one simple instruction – make a sequel. »
Most of us have heard them. We may even have believed them. Legends have a way of replacing the truth over time. However, many of the film urban legends we’ve all heard of are dead wrong. Here are five well-known film legends that are just not true.
Myth # 1: A Munchkin’s suicide was caught on film in The Wizard of Oz.
One of the longest standing and persistent rumors from tinsel town is the notorious Munchkin suicide story. For decades, many have insisted that one of the Munchkin actors committed suicide during the filming of the Wizard of Oz and his death was caught on camera, unnoticed by the director, editors and everyone else, and still remains there to be seen today.
The origin of this myth comes from the scene where Dorothy and the Scarecrow first meet the Tin Woodsman. After the Tin Man sings “If I only had a heart, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
1962 “King Kong vs. Godzilla” — the Japanese monster meets up with the iconic American ape in the most commercially successful of the Toho films
1998 Roland Emmerich’s Sony reboot is met with a harsh critical reception, grossing a less-than-anticipated $379 million worldwide »
- Pat Saperstein
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What's It About? Can Ron Burgundy and his team up their game to take on the 24-hour news cycle? Will they take a bite out of the Big Apple or choke? Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate return for more unclassy antics.
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- Jenni Miller
“It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.”
For most people nostalgia is just another way of packaging the point of view that, surprise, surprise, the times we lived in were less complicated, better when we were younger. Sometimes that sentiment gets woven into rosy remembrances of past glories or sociopolitical myths built around the alleged pre-Kennedy (or pre-whatever mid-century social upheaval you want to use to fill in the blank) innocence of America and how that innocence was inevitably lost when X, Y or Z happened. And often when we watch movies we loved as kids, when we return to them on our own or in the company of kids whom we hope will be as captivated as we once were, we want nostalgia to be active rather than »
- Dennis Cozzalio
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 »
- Sean Decker
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has revealed that both 1962′s King Kong vs. Godzilla and 1967′s King Kong Escapes will be making their way to Blu-ray. The titles will be released individually and are expected in stores by April 1st. No bonus features have been mentioned, but we’ll provide more details and the official cover art in the near future:
King Kong vs. Godzilla: “When an underhanded pharmaceutical company goes to a remote tropical island to steal King Kong for advertising purposes, they get more than they bargained for when the gigantic ape attacks an unsuspecting village and an enormous octopus. Meanwhile, far below the sea, a submarine crew unleashes reptilian terror when they melt a block of ice and release the ferocious Godzilla from his icy lair. When both destructive monsters descend on Tokyo, it’s a fight that holds the future of mankind in the balance in »
- Jonathan James
The headline says it all. Expect more and more classic Godzilla titles to find their way to Blu-ray in the coming months as the May release of the big budget American reboot approaches.
Even King Kong is getting some hi-def lovin’ thanks to the King of the Monsters' resurgence.
King Kong vs. Godzilla may not ever get critical respect, but it has more than earned its status as one of the all-time great b-movies. The forerunner to the Alien vs. Predator, Freddy vs. Jason, Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys, and Batman vs. Superman of today, the King of the Monsters and the 8th Wonder of the World squared off for the one and only time in this 1963 Toho monsterpiece.
When an underhanded pharmaceutical company goes to a remote tropical island to steal King Kong for advertising purposes, they get more than they bargained for when the gigantic ape attacks »
On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 16 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.
Director: Jun Fukuda
Starring: Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima, Akihiko Hirata, Hiromi Matsushita, Hiroshi Koizumi, Masao Imafuku, Beru-Bera Lin, Shin Kishida, Goro Mutsumi, Isao Zushi, Ise Mori, Kinichi Kusumi
Plot: A strange prophecy foretells the destruction of Earth by a monster, and that two fellow monsters will rise to stop this evil threat. However, could it be that Godzilla is the bringer of destruction and has turned back to his old ways?
The 20 year anniversary of everybody’s favourite monster (yeah I’m talking for you!) was met with an epic that not only retained all that the Godzilla franchise had become, but was also cause for a higher budget than previous films. This meant a lack of stock footage, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
16 items from 2014
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