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.
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News & Views
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.
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:
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
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
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
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