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R. Allen Leider

R. Allen Leider began his career in 1970 at CBS news as copy boy for The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. In 1973, he became features writer for The Monster Times and went on to work at Show, Celebrity and Glitter Magazines and other international publications In 1984, created the original story and screenplay for The Oracle (1985), and hosted his own radio show Cinemascene on WWFM, for five years. He is the author of Wicca Girl Trilogy,…and the Hellfire Lounge anthology series.

Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson has been a film critic for over forty years. Now retired, he taught film and film criticim in the N.Y.C. school system and was a professor at St. John's University. He has also acted in and directed off-Broadway and community theatre productions.
J. Brad Staal
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J. Brad Staal hails from Grand Rapids, MI. He spent four years in the U. S. A. F. at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, WA. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, MI with a major in Advertising and Public Relations. Brad is a lifelong student of cinema history and filmmaking, a soon-to-be published author and local MI cable TV personality.

Monis Rose
Monis grew up in three cities: Nice, Manila, and Montreal. I've been a published and syndicated film critic since the age of 11 writing for my local Ma and Pa video store, Razor and Teen Ink Magazine, The Phoenix New Times, and The Arizona Republic Newspaper. I have reported on air for KTVK Channel 3 in Phoenix, AZ and News/Radio KTAR 620. I went to Arizona State University on an football scholarship for doing the team's laundry and the Writer's Program at UCLA.

Tops at the Box Office

1. Dunkirk
2. Girls Trip
3. Spiderman Homecoming
4. War for the Planet of Apes
5. Valerian

News & Views

Disney "Rocketeer" Reboot coming

Walt Disney Studios is developing a reboot of the 1991 action adventure movie, hiring Max Winkler and Matt Spicer to pen the script, which is being titled The Rocketeers.The project, in the early development stages, is considered a sequel-reboot and, in a modern-day twist, will be headlined by a black female character.

Brigham Taylor, who produced The Jungle Book with Jon Favreau, is producing

Rocketeer was based on the popular 1980s indie comic by Dave Stevens and, like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, was a loving homage to the serials of the 1930s and 1940s. The first film was a box office disappointment but since has become iconic, so..reboot time.

The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.

Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing the project for Disney.

"Dr. Doom"

Villainous Doctor Doom first appeared on the big screen more than 10 years ago in Fantastic Four, portrayed by Julian McMahon (above). McMahon reprised the role in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer two years later. The character returned for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four in 2015, known simply as Doom and played by Toby Kebbell. Now he'll finally star in his own movie, apparently. Noah Hawley (TV's Fargo and Legion) appeared at Comic-Con and announced, per Birth Movies Death: "I'm developing a movie at Fox, and I'll just say two words to you guys: Doctor. Doom."

"Hathaway in Sci-Fi Thriller"

Anne Hathaway (Interstellar, above) will star in O2. It's described as "a contained thriller with sci-fi elements." Hathaway will play a woman trapped inside a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got there; she must escape before her oxygen runs out. Christie LeBlanc wrote the original screenplay; production is aiming to get underway this fall

"The Purge 4 is Coming"

Indie filmmaker Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands) will direct The Purge 4. James DeMonaco (The Purge: Election Year, above), who wrote and directed the first three installments in the horror series, wrote the script for the upcoming movie and consulted on the selection of a director. The series imagines a near-future world in which all crime is legal for a 12-hour period each year. The Purge 4 has been scheduled for release on July 4, 201

Law Gets Dumbledore in "Fantastic Beats 2"

Jude Law has been tapped to play a young Dumbledore in the upcoming sequel to 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rowling, who is penning the script for the film, has teased that Law's character will be "a younger man and quite a troubled man.

Albus Dumbledore is one of the most iconic characters in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Richard Harris made the role famous in the first two “Harry Potter” pics. Michael Gambon later took over the part after Harris’ death in 2002.

Set decades before the original “Harry Potter” films and books, Dumbledore is still serving as the wizarding school’s transfiguration professor in “Fantastic Beasts 2.”

Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” has also written the script for the second installment, which is set in an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt Scamander and company have to decide on their allegiances.


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