Godzilla News – Filming Has Begun

27 03 2013

Godzilla 2014 (Legendary Pictures - 2014)

It has been some time since I last posted up some news on the upcoming Legendary Pictures Godzilla Film. Well now I bring Great News, Filming has started.

The cast for the film is looking very strong with stars such as Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and David Strathairn. The first person I heard who was hired to star in the film was Elizabeth Olsen who announced it at the 2013 Bafta’s. Also joining the mix is Ken Watanabe. The introduction of Watanabe to the cast brings some Japanese acting to the film, something that was missing from the 1998 film. But Watanabe may not be the only person from Japan to star in the upcoming film as Godzilla veteran Akira Takarada is apparently interested. Takarada has starred alongside the big lizard on 6 occasions including the most recent film Godzilla Final Wars as well as the original 1954 Godzilla Film. A Facebook group has been setup to show their support for this possibility and while I would like to see Akira Nakao make an appearance, the inclusion of Takarada would be a Great Tribute to the series, the Original 1954 film and possibly for the many actors who have appeared in the series.

Akira Takarada and Akira Nakao

The filming schedule is apparently supposed to last from March to June, which for a film of its scale is not bad and that gives the production team 11 months to get it ready from the film’s end of filming until the films release in May 2014. Filming for the film has begun in Vancouver around Nanaimo. Apparently the filming is pumping about $100,000 into the local economy every day.

It also looks like that most/all of the extras will be real and not CGI which brings added realism to the film. It too has been reported that there will be 2 monsters alongside Godzilla in this film which sounds like a possible Monster Fight or two. While there could be some speculation over who could appear alongside the main star. I saw a poster recently which suggests the possibility that Biollante may appear, however the source does state that the poster is fan made; so whoever will be staring alongside Godzilla in the film is still up for speculation.

Biollante 2014

Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) is doing the script for the film and wants to return the creature to its roots as a terrifying creature. “What we’re trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy. We’re kind of taking a cool new look at it. But with a lot of tradition in the first film. We want this to be a terrifying force of nature. And what was really cool, for me, is there was a very compelling human drama that I got to weave into it. It’s not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever. It’s different, it’s a different set of circumstances than you’re used to seeing. And that’s tremendously exciting as a writer when you’re asked to do something else” – Frank Darabont (information gathered from SKREEONK!).

Bronze Godzilla

The film is now just about 14 months away from release and the news on the film is probably going to grow from here and while there are some holes that we still need to find out, don’t forget, it is only about a year to go until the film’s release and provided that everything comes together, it will be well worth the wait.


My Blog In 2012

31 12 2012

2012 Blog

Another year has passed and as many people prepare for a new year I am looking into the past and looking back at my blog highlights of this past year. It has been a big year for my blog this year. I have a new record for most views in a day (201 views), I reached a major milestone as I reached an overall viewing figure of 25,000 views and One of my posts reached a major milestone as it became the first post I have done to reach 1000 views. In terms of my blogs I have also written both my 150th and 200th posts. It has been a Great Blogging Year and I would like to thank everyone who comes here to read my posts and continue to support my blog, Thank You.

Now, just like I did last year I will once again  be showing  you my Top 5 Blog Posts (My Personal Favourites that I have written) from this past year. Also I will be telling you my favourite blogs and blog posts this year from all around the World Wide Web. So firstly here are my Top 5 Personal Favourite Blog Posts from this past year:

Virgin vs FirstGroup (Pendolino and Networker Express)

5: Virgin vs FirstGroup – I wrote this one back in September during the whole fiasco between Virgin Trains and FirstGroup. I enjoyed writing this one a lot because it is about trains which is something I like and use quite a lot but also because I wanted to point out what the real issue was about this whole issue, The Trains. A train Company is not a train company without trains and so I did some analysis work and suggested some ideas for FirstGroup about what trains they could/should use. I don’t know if anyone at FirstGroup or Virgin read the post but I enjoyed writing it anyway.

Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla (Toho Co., Ltd. - 1994)

4: Space Impression From Space – Don’t be confused by the title, this was a Film review I did for a Godzilla FIlm. This post was for the film Godzilla VS SpaceGodzilla in which Godzilla fights a space mutation of himself. Even though the idea was a bit silly and parts of the film were a bit silly too, it was a very enjoyable film and writing the post was enjoyable too. while this was not the only Godzilla film I reviewed this year, this is the one I enjoyed doing the most.


3: My Top 10 Favourite (NON-GODZILLA) Films – Yes, Because I am a massive Godzilla fan I need to Top 10 lists for films. My Actual Top 10 Favourite Films and My top 10 Favourite Non-Godzilla Films (For everything else). Making this list was a lot of fun as I had a look through all my favourite films to get 10 films (if you want to know where they may appear after my actual top 10 list, add roughly 20-29 to the number they are). While I will recommend films that are not on the list that is because it was quite hard coming up with 10 films overall. So after a lot of hard work I managed it and there are 10 films that are all Fantastic, I Guarantee it.

The Hunger Games (Lionsgate - 2012)

2: A Nice Film That Will Be Hard To Beat – In March I saw one of the most Amazing films in the history of Cinema. After a stressful couple of months I was able to wind back by watching a film at the cinema that I both had not seen coming or had any idea what it was about, that film was The Hunger Games. After seeing this I went to the University Library and wrote up the review for the film in just over an hour. The following day I posted it online as well as went into town and bought the book (and then the other two 5 days later). Because of both How much I enjoyed the film and writing the review I didn’t want this to be a standard review. So this became the first film to use the current format for film reviews that I do (Paragraphs with pictures and a trailer). I like this new format so much that I actually want to re-review some films I have previously done. This was also the first time that I did my links in Bold Black Italic Writing so it blends more into the text. Both a Fantastic Film and an Enjoyable post to write.

Seven Samurai (Toho Co., Ltd. - 1954)

1: Akira Kurosawa’s Masterpiece – The Hunger Games was not the only Fantastic Film tha I saw this year. In May I saw one of the greatest masterpieces in cinema history and as a result of that it introduced me to one of the Greatest Directors in the history of Cinema. The director was Akira Kurosawa and the film was Seven Samurai. Since then I have been buying and watching many more of his great films but to me this is his masterpiece and one of the best films I have seen to date. The post was incredibly enjoyable to write and I both hope that people enjoyed reading it and have since gone on to buy and watch the film. An Incredible, Enjoyable Experience and that is a reason more than any to why this is my Favourite Post this year.

Now that I have said what My personal favourites are here is my Top 5 favourite Blog posts from other people (this will be in a brief format, just so that I won’t spoil the post for you):


5: Pathfinding – For the second year in a row my former tutor is in this list. Here he shows us how to make a little AI piece with pathfinding. It kind of reminds me of something he was going to do in our class where everyone was going to be represented by blobs and then would fight each other (Yes Ant, I have not forgotten).

Battle Proof

4: Battle of the Battle-Proof Thingies – An interesting post from Matt while answering a question from Tim. I wonder if he read my last comment?


3: “Godzilla vs. Biollante” Coming December 4 – One of many posts announcing the arrival of Godzilla vs Biollante on Blu-ray. This announcement was massive news.


2: Nagoya Castle To Be Destroyed Again? – A very interesting post talking about the history of one of Japan’s most amazing buildings as well as recent ideas to knock it down and rebuild it as it should be.

Sam's Fault

1: This Is All Sam’s Fault – Another post from my friend Matt as he shows that on three occasions I have recommended films to him and he has liked all three. So, when I say a film is Good and tell you to buy it, BUY IT AND WATCH IT HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU TO WATCH A FILM BEFORE YOU GO AND WATCH IT. Thank’s Matt (Best Blog Post this year)

So, now we move onto the Best Blog Award (apart from mine obviously). Here are the Top 5 Best Blogs I have read this year (once again in a brief format):

Ant's Blog

5: Ant’s Blog – Ant’s blog this year has still been very interesting with many little pieces of flash work to try for yourself, unfortunately I do not have flash so I cannot participate.

Tim's Blog

4: Tim’s Blog – A blog from a friend of my friend Matt. I first found out about this blog as part of the FIrst 12 of 2012 challenge (Where I came second). Some very interesting posts all year round. Thanks Tim.


3: The Jimquisition – More like a video series on the Escapist. I discovered this a few months ago and have enjoyed it quite a lot. I sometimes look it up just listen to the Fantastic Opening Theme.

Sam's Fault

2: Matt’s Blog – Matt has produced more and more fantastic Posts this year with subjects including his new Animation series Papercuts as well as points of general Interest. Keep up the Excellent work Matt (We need to do another blogging challenge soon) – Second Place two years in a row.

Godzilla Blog

1: Godzilla 2012 – Once again this blog takes the top spot. An interesting blog and my usual first source on Godzilla news. Congratulations (Best Blog Overall this year).

Well that was my blogging year for 2012. I hope you have all enjoyed visiting, viewing, watching and reading my blog as much as I have enjoyed writing, producing and publishing it. I hope you all have a had a Great Year and have a Fantastic New Year and I hope that you will come back soon for more High quality blog posts. Thankyou.

GENEPOOL (This is the end of Postaweek2012. Let Postaweek2013 Begin)

Godzilla News – Unveiling, Release and Giant Plants

24 10 2012

It has been almost a year since we heard any Major News regarding the Legendary Pictures Godzilla Film. Well recently there has been a lot major News and I have finally got round to writing it up. Firstly at this past years San Diego Comic-Con International during a session by Legendary Pictures a trailer for the film was unveiled. The trailer (which once again is not available on YouTube) apparently depicts Godzilla as the original TOHO Monster and in no way as the 1998 Zilla.

“The teaser trailer included a depiction of Godzilla faithful to the Toho monster, including its roar, and a “gigantic centipede-like monster.”” – Wikipedia

“A city decimated. Completely destroyed. The camera pans by the wreckage of a train, A distant voice is heard reading from the Book of Revelations. The voice sounds very familiar. Dust everywhere. Cars crushed. Holes in skyscrapers. It becomes obvious that the voice belongs to Raymond Burr from the original. We then see a giant centipede-like creature with many arms and legs smoldering. (You know what that means? Monster battles!) The city appears dead as a doornail. Then blackness. THE ROAR. As in THE roar. Huge bass drop. Raymond Burr finishes his famous speech. Dust…then an arm… a hand… with claws. Pan up… the fins. The head. Godzilla. As we know him. The real Godzilla. He roars again”. – Dread Central (Edited for Swear Words).

So the Good news is that it is THE JAPANESE GODZILLA. As I said before I am unable to get hold of the trailer, but here is something that is not far off, possibly even better.

So we have confirmation that it is coming but when. Well, a couple of months later a release date had been announced for the films release. The planned release date is MAY 16th 2014 (there is also the possibility that the film will be in 3D, however if a 2D version comes out too I strongly suggest that you go and see it in that format). Now 2014 is already going to be a big year for cinema with some major films being released that year. However there are 3 other reasons why it is an important year for cinema, Firstly it is the 60th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa‘s Masterpiece – Seven Samurai, Secondly it is the 60th anniversary of the original 1954 Japanese Godzilla Film, Thirdly it is the end of the 10 year hiatus Godzilla has been on since 2004, so within that there is the possibility of 2 Godzilla Films in 2014. So what a way to celebrate the 60th anniversary, 2 Godzilla Films (potentially).

Finally, this not related to the 2014 film but is Godzilla Related as well as BIG NEWS. For many years two Godzilla Films have been involved in a piece of DVD Controversy. Godzilla 1985 (one of my favourite films) and Godzilla vs Biollante (one of three Godzilla films I have not seen, and by far out of those 3 the one I want to see the most) have been available in many countries as well as on Video. However the DVD release has not been satisfactory with people in both America and The UK complaining about this. Well it looks like someone has taken notice and cares. Godzilla vs Biollante is getting released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 4th by Echo Bridge.  Hopefully it won’t be too long until Godzilla 1985 gets the same treatment. Really looking forward to that being released.

With the release of Godzilla vs Biollante onto DVD and Blu-ray soon as well as more news on the Legendary Pictures Godzilla Film, It is an exciting time to be a Godzilla Fan.

GENEPOOL (Someone on TV recently said that James Bond is the longest running Film Series in Cinema History. WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG, They were WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG).

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