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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.

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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.
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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.


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2. American Assassin
3. Mother
4. Home Again
5. Hitman's Bodyguard

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Wonder Woman Sequel Gets Green Light

Patty Jenkins has finally closed a deal to direct the sequel to the summer hit “Wonder Woman.” Gal Gadot has already signed on to return in the title role. The film is slated for release on Dec. 13, 2019. Jenkins' negotiations for a second film began immediately after the success of the superhero flick's opening weekend, but they dragged on and proved "challenging," a source told The Hollywood Reporter.

Variety was first to report that Jenkins was already working on a script for the sequel with Geoff Johns, who oversees the DC film universe along with Jon Berg for Warner Bros. “Wonder Woman” has been a megahit for the studio, grossing $409 million at the domestic box office and $813 million worldwide. The

Jenkins' negotiations for a second film began immediately after the success of the superhero flick's opening weekend, but they dragged on and proved "challenging," a source told The Hollywood Reporter.


"Schwarzenagger, Hamilton Back for Tewrminator

Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are both returning for the sixth Terminator film. James Cameron, who made the first two films, is producing, with Tim Miller directing. he search is on for for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story which will still fold time. It will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters but Arnold and Linda’s characters will anchor it


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.


Lionsgate gets Bullock's "Vigilance"

Lionsgate has picked up domestic rights to the Sandra Bullock-starring action thriller Vigilance.
The pic is inspired by the 2004 French film Le Convoyeur and explores greed, revenge and the dark heart of human nature. Directed by Josef Wladyka (Narcos) from a screenplay by Ethan Erwin, Albert Hughes and John Hodge, the movie will be produced by Silver Pictures’ Joel Silver

 


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