The memorable monster at the center of Stranger Things’ first season was the Silent Hill-inspired Demogorgon, a lanky humanoid figure with flower-like open mandibles in place of a face. Sometimes the monster was a CGI splice-in, but other times it was really there, in the form of a man in a suit wearing an animatronic head. If the Duffers were to nail the 80’s feel, they couldn’t rely on much CG.
In November, I reached out to actress and dancer Galyn Görg about an interview. Galyn Görg is a versatile talent as both an actress and a dancer, and she had achieved fame on two continents. In America, she appeared in music videos for talents like Lionel Richie, ZZ Top and The Jacksons, and has made memorable appearances in movies like RoboCop 2 and Point Break. In Italy, she became well-known as a dancer and television host. On December 13th, I interviewed Galyn about all those things and more, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know this wonderful talent.
I’m beginning to wonder if all the good horror movie titles have already been taken. It would explain why we got a film in 2016 called “The Disappointments Room” and why we’re getting one in 2017 called “The Bye Bye Man.”
Back when touchscreens were a new novelty and the Wii was the hottest technology around, Atlus put out a series of surgery simulators called Trauma Team. Among all the “gimmick” games with special controls released during this period, Trauma Team was one of the better and more well-received. But if Atlus’s proposed TV series based on the games had ever gotten off the ground, people might have turned on the brand pretty quickly.
I say without irony that Gremlins 2 is my favorite movie. Other movies may be plotted better, there may be movies with better writers and actors, I fully acknowledge all this. But with Gremlins 2, I had more FUN watching it than I’ve had with any other picture. It was just constantly surprising me with where it would go next, and I think it explored the concept of gremlins better than its predecessor. I had a blast watching it for the first time, and I still do.
Carrie Fisher was royalty both on and off screen. She was the progeny of two 1950’s celebrities and one of the most successful actresses of the time period: her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Debbie passed today hours after her daughter’s own death.
It was announced on December 27th, 2016 that Carrie Fisher had passed away. Whether they loved her work in the Star Wars movies or her talents as a writer, many have mourned and will continue to mourn her passing. Many have celebrated her memory, including our very own Peter Paltridge, who penned a lovely tribute.
If you’re reading this, you likely know by now Carrie Fisher did not win her battle against the severe heart attack she suffered on that plane earlier this week. Unfortunately there are several different kinds of cardiac episodes ranging in severity, and the odds of surviving that kind of episode she had lie around 8 to 20 percent depending on how soon medical care can be administered. However, this is Fisher we’re talking about and she hung on longer than victims usually do.
It was another good Christmas for that time long ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Box Office Mojo has Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a new prequel to the 1977 original, reaching over $64 million for the holiday weekend. It easily topped the box office against all the competition for the holiday season. Plus, it earned $96 million for the four-day weekend. This brings Rogue One’s total domestic take to $318 million worldwide.
One of the formative TV shows of my youth was Muppet Babies. The show’s mixture of animation and live-action created an imprint on me that has lasted a long time. To this day, I’m amazed at the depth and breadth of the show’s references. Another program I enjoyed watching in my youth was Dumbo’s Circus, a Disney Channel puppet-and-costume program based around the classic Disney movie of the same name. What’s the common link between these two? That would be my newest interview subject, Katie Leigh. Ms. Leigh voiced Rowlf on Muppet Babies and Dumbo on Dumbo’s Circus, and that’s just for starters. Ms. Leigh began voice-acting in the early 80s, and continues to be an active talent to this day as she can currently be heard on the Sprout series Space Racers. On Monday, December 12th, she took time out of her schedule to speak to me, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know this legendary voice-over talent.
After some early teases, 20th Century Fox finally dropped the first trailer for the installment of the Alien franchise, which is Alien: Covenant. You can check out the debut trailer for the new Ridley Scott movie in the player below. Alien: Covenant marks a sequel to Prometheus and a prequel to the original 1979 Alien film.
Acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve might finally be able to live out his dream to director a new movie based on Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel, Dune. Variety reports that Villeneuve is currently in talks with Legendary Pictures to potentially helm a cinematic reboot of Herbert’s Dune for the company. Legendary hasn’t commented yet on the news, but Villeneuve has been enthusiastic about the property int he past.