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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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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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Comic Book Review - Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #10

Luke Owen reviews Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #10...

With many monsters now inhabiting a new home, peace seemingly descends on Earth. Little does humanity realize that the greatest danger now lurks under the waves! Lucy and the Kaiju Watchers will have to act fast to determine the nature of the new threat!

The War of the Gargantuas is a bit of a cult favourite among an already niche genre. And while it will never be as recognised as its Godzilla contemporaries, it's fair to say that it is a decent little movie that has two interesting kaiju - the siblings Gaira and Sanda. They may not be "officially" part of Godzilla cannon, but Chris Mowry and Matt Frank have once again delved deep into the Toho back catalogue of characters to give them a chance to shine. And guess what? They nailed it.

Godzilla seems a bit bruised and battered after
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #7: Ebirah, Horror Of The Deep (1966)

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 24 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Jun Fukuda

Starring: Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno, Chotaro Togin, Hideo Sunazuka, Toru Watanabe, Toru Ibuki, Akihito Hirada, Jun Tazaki

Plot: Fishermen are going missing. Inhabitants of Infant Island are being kidnapped. Behind it all is the Red Bamboo, a mysterious organisation. They have taken base on an island protected by a giant sea-creature known as Ebirah. If only somebody could stop it/them…

Godzilla returns in Ebirah, Horror Of The Deep (or Godzilla Versus The Sea Monster if you like things simple), a film that leaves behind the space travel, aliens, and other more far-out plot devices from the previous entry in the franchise. This wasn’t simply an intentional return to more Earth bound adventures for the big lizard,
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Nicolas Cage Talks Enthusiastically About His ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ Directors

Nicolas Cage Talks Enthusiastically About His ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ Directors
Nicolas Cage is doing press for his delayed film The Season of the Witch a month before it opens on January 7, presumably to avoid the holiday season crush. Inevitably, during a couple interviews he's talked about the sequel to Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which is currently in production with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank, Crank 2, Gamer) directing. Nic Cage said almost exactly the same thing in a couple interviews. To io9 [1] he explained the broad overview of this sequel: It is a completely different film. The first one, which I won't denigrate — I liked the first one, but it was almost like a fairy tale. Almost like a Disney fairy tale interpretation of Faust. This one is completely re-conceived, it's not even connected to the first one, it's a different origin sequence. But I think it will be a brand new experience. It has more
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Nicolas Cage Says 'Ghost Rider' Sequel Will Push Supernatural Angle & Mess With Audiences' Minds

The "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" news has been pounding the online community fast and furiously, thanks largely to the fact that directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are currently hard at work on the comic book adaptation's Romanian production set.

But it's leading man Nicolas Cage who is at the center of attention today, as the "Ghost Rider" star took some time out from his busy shooting schedule to discuss his goals, ideas and work on the superhero sequel during an interview with Collider.

"I have high hopes for it," Cage said of the sequel. "I’m very confident that something special is going to come out of this experience. You can just feel it on the set."

Cage also laid plenty of praise on top of his directors, describing the "Crank" filmmakers as unlike anybody he's ever worked with before.

"They’re total originals," he said. "Mark Neveldine
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Nic Cage Promises That ‘Ghost Rider 2′ Will Mess With Your Mind

There’s a solid chance that Ghost Rider 2 has already messed with your mind for simply existing. In the real world where things fall due to gravity, the sky is blue, and dogs definitely don’t live with cats, a movie failing as thoroughly as Ghost Rider did would ensure that it wouldn’t get a sequel. Not only is it getting one, it’s getting a reboot disguised as a sequel featuring the same main actor. Is your mind messed with yet? If not, please accept Nic Cage’s comments on the matter: I’m very excited about what we’re getting up to with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, they are very original in terms of their film making. Mark is doing things I’ve never seen a director do before — filming on roller blades, hanging on wires — it’s like a stunt man, camera operator and director all in one. Brian Taylor
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Exclusive: Nicolas Cage Talks Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance and Kick-ass

Earlier today, Collider got an exclusive interview with Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage, who’s promoting his upcoming supernatural drama Season of the Witch, opening on January 7, 2011. The film is about a 14th century Crusader, named Behman (Cage), and his closest friend, Felson (Ron Perlman), who return home after decades of fierce fighting, only to find their world destroyed by the Black Plague. Soon after their unexpected return, the local Cardinal (Christopher Lee) sends the men on a dangerous mission to accompany a young woman (Claire Foy) accused of being a witch to where she will stand trial, and Behman becomes convinced that she is merely a convenient scapegoat, destined to be condemned.

While we will be posting the portion of the interview where he talks about what it was like to live out his childhood fantasy of being a knight and working with the iconic Christopher Lee closer to the film’s release,
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