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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. Antman and Wasp
2. Incredibles 2
3. Sicario 2 Soldado
4. Jurassic Wolrd Fallen Kingdom
5. Firest Purge

News & Views

"Star 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 series.

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 Sony

New "Hellboy" 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.

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.

"Men 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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