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.
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
J. Brad Staal
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
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
1. Black Panther
2. Peter Rabbit
Fifty Shades 3
4. Jumani: Welocme tot he Jungle
5. 15:17 to Paris
News & Views
Trek" Film Eyed by Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino is in talks with "Star Trek"
producer (and former director) J.J. Abrams to write
and direct a new Star Trek film, according to The Hollywood
Reporter. The duo reportedly plan to organize a writers
room to flesh out the project before formally pitching
it to Paramount Pictures.
Tarantino has previously stated his appreciation for
the Star Trek franchise, going back to the 1960s television
Quentin Tarantino’s “Star Trek” is
developing fast at Paramount. Deadline reported earlier
this week that Tarantino had successfully pitched an
idea for a new “Trek” film to producer J.J.
Abrams and Paramount, and now it has been revealed that
both parties have agreed to Tarantino’s request
that the movie be rated R. Tarantino met “for
hours” with writers Mark L. Smith, Lindsey Beer,
and Drew Pearce to kick around ideas.
One of the three writers will be chosen to craft the
screenplay, which Tarantino intends on directing. The
frontrunner is reportedly Smith, who has R-rated experience
having written “The Revenant.” The three
previous “Star Trek” films directed by Abrams
and Justin Lin have been rated PG-13.
The “Star Trek” film is currently Tarantino’s
second high profile project in development. He recently
announced he’ll be making his ninth feature with
Film Coming Soon
The Lionsgate film, starring David Harbour as the title
character, is filming at Wells Cathedral in Somerset,
England. The 900-year-old landmark. However, that decision
was not met without controversy. It was something the
officials in charge anticipated—but when they
researched the character, they realized “the superhero’s
true nature was that of a defender against the forces
of darkness, in an eternal battle of good against evil.”
After they realized that, they deemed it appropriate
to allow the film to shoot there.
Neil Marshall is directing the reboot of the Mike Mignola
comic book creation. Harbour is joined by Milla Jovovich,
Ian McShane and Daniel Dae Kim. It’s likely to
released sometime in 2018.
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
in Black 4" Coming Soon
Sony Pictures has reportedly fast-tracked a spinoff
of its billion-dollar alien franchise. The upcoming
Men in Black film is currently untitled, but has
already received a release date: May 17th, 2019.
The movie will focus on new characters instead
of the agents we know and love.
And while Smith and Jones aren’t expected
to reprise their roles, the writers intend to
acknowledge and build upon the world they inhabited.
Which makes sense, since technically Agents K
and J might be retired from the black-clad secret
organization at this point.
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