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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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News & Views


"Monster Hunter " Starts Production

Paul W.S. Anderson’s Monster Hunter, as production on the video game adaptation has begun in South Africa. The movie will star Milla Jovovich and will also star Tony Jaa (Ong-bak franchise), Ron Perlman (Drive),T.I. Harris (Ant-Man and The Wasp) and Diego Boneta (Luis Miguel, Rock of Ages). The plot centers on the leader of a UN military team named Artemis, played by Jovovich, who is transported to another realm populated by monsters. There she meets the Hunter (Jaa), with the two teaming up to close a portal to prevent monsters from attacking earth.

The film is basedon a series of successful video games.


New Look for Rambo in 5th film

Sly Stallone is bringing back John Rambo for another instalment. And by the looks of things, this time the tortured Vietnam vet is now more of a lone cowboy living in a ranch in Arizona, deeply troubled and wrestling with PTSD as he picks up casual work wherever he can.

When long-time family friend and estate manager Maria informs Rambo that her grand-daughter has gone missing after crossing into Mexico for a party, he sets off with her to find the youngster andw2inds up facing off a drug cartel. What ensues is a violent descent into hell as Rambo uncovers a sex-trafficking ring. He teams up with a journalist whose half-sister has also been kidnapped and must deploy all his skills to save the girls and bring down a vicious crime lord.


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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