Friday, February 15, 2013

Mad Monster Party News Release

by Armand Vaquer

The following news release has been sent out:

Armand Vaquer, author of "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan," will be  attending the Mad Monster Party convention March 22-24 at the Blake Hotel in  Charlotte, North Carolina.

Vaquer will be selling "The Monster Movie  Fan's Guide To Japan" in the vendors room. He will also moderate panels  featuring the original Godzilla suit-actor, Haruo Nakajima.

Nakajima  played the "King of the Monsters" from the original movie in 1954 to 1972's  "Godzilla vs. Gigan."

"Haruo Nakajima has been a great convention guest  in past years. He began his career as an actor and stuntman in samurai and war  movies and the producers of Godzilla movies took note of his stamina when they  were looking for someone to don the heavy rubber monster suits," said Vaquer.  "He and I will have adjoining tables in the vendors room where fans can obtain  autographed photos from him and get "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To  Japan.""

"The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" is the world's first  and only Japan travel guide to monster movie locations and landmarks.

For  additional information on the Mad Monster Party convention, go to the official  website at


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Burbank, CA – March 29, 2010 – Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years.

Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, video games and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a filmmaker to helm the film for an intended 2012 release. The film will fall under the company’s co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Toho will distribute the film in Japan."

"Godzilla" is coming back -- this time, with Legendary Pictures taking the lead, co-producing and co-financing with Warner Bros. for release in 2012.

Legendary announced Monday it had obtained rights to the iconic monster character from Japan's Toho Co., which has overseen more than 25 "Godzilla" films. Toho will release the pic in Japan.

Legendary said it's planning to announce a director shortly.

In addition to Legendary, producers on the new film will be Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Brian Rogers. Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira and Doug Davison will exec produce.

"Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise," said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. "Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has."

Legendary noted the film will fall under its co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Legendary's productions with Warners have included "The Dark Knight," "300" and "The Hangover."

Speculation about a new "Godzilla" has been active since last summer. The Bloody Disgusting web site reported in August that the project was in development.