BEAST LEGENDS: New SyFy Series To Explore The Science Behind The Monsters

Godzillavs_biollante01Movies with giant monsters are making a comeback in a big way. But what would a real-life Kraken look like? That’s the basis behind the new SyFy series BEAST LEGENDS, a show that takes a look at the real-world science and implications of such monsters. Check out the official press release below:

New York, New York – August 17, 2010 – Syfy will premiere Beast Legends, a new six-part series which journeys around the world using scientific data to reconstruct what mythological monsters, from Krakens and Griffins to Fire Dragons, would have looked like.
The debut of Beast Legends on Thursday, September 9, at 10PM (ET/PT) follows the fourth season return of Destination Truth at 9PM (ET/PT).
In each of the hour-long episodes, Beast Legends uncovers historical and eyewitness accounts by zeroing in on archaeological and other physical evidence to assemble the most accurate picture possible of these monsters, from where they might have lived to how they would have behaved.
Beast Legends then moves to the ‘Beast Lab’ to build the creature, first as initial sculpts and wire-frame forms, before finally bringing it to life in stunning 3D CGI.
The investigations are conducted by the “Beast Seekers,” an expert team of specialists:
Stephen Leonard: Adventurer and Veterinary Surgeon based in Bristol, England
Kathryn Denning: Myth expert, anthropologist, archaeologist and professor at Toronto’s York University.
Scott Edwards: Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Ornithology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.
Francis Manapul: Philippine-born, now Toronto-based, renowned comic book artist.
This season, Beast Legends will explore:
The Kraken – Thursday, September 9, at 10PM (ET/PT)
The Beast Seekers investigate the sailor’s legend of the Kraken, a terrifying multi-tentacled sea monster that snatches men from ships’ decks and crushes entire vessels, sending them to the ocean bottom.
Fire Dragon – Thursday, September 16, at 10PM (ET/PT)
The Beast Seekers venture deep into the primeval forests of Poland in search of the truth behind ancient legends of a terrifying, fire-breathing dragon called Smok.
Megajaws – Thursday, September 23, at 10PM (ET/PT)
The Beast Seekers travel to Fiji to learn about Dakuwaqa, an all-seeing, all-knowing Shark God – a huge beast that can change shape at will.
Winged Lion – Thursday, September 30, at 10PM (ET/PT)
The Beast Seekers explore Mongolia’s Altai (Golden) Mountains in search of a massive, legendary creature with the head of an eagle, razor-sharp talons and the body of a gigantic lion – the vicious beast known as the Griffin.
Wildman of Vietnam – Thursday, October 7, at 10PM (ET/PT)
The Beast Seekers explore the remote, unexplored jungles of Vietnam in search of the Wildman, a giant, hairy, bloodthirsty beast similar to North America’s Bigfoot or Sasquatch.
Bird Monster – Thursday, October 14, at 10PM (ET/PT)
In the ancestral Navajo lands of New Mexico, the Beast Seekers investigate the legend of a giant bird predator the size of a small airplane.
Executive Producers of Beast Legends are Pauline Duffy and Elliott Halpern. Series Director is Robin Bicknell. For Canwest: Production Executive Nick Crowe and V-P, Factual Content, Michael Kot. Beast Legends is produced by yap films in association with Canwest, Syfy and BBC Worldwide, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and Rogers Cable Network Fund, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.
Yap films, founded by Elliott Halpern and Pauline Duffy, is a highly respected independent production company with production offices in Toronto, Canada and Leeds, U.K. Along with Beast Legends, the company’s current and upcoming projects include Fire Jammers; Ancients Behaving Badly; Dive Detectives; Storm Planets, and the animated feature March of the Dinosaurs.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

GHOST SHARK 2 – Need We Say More? (NSFW)

Sure, we all like our sea monsters. But what do we do when those monsters some how find their way onto our turf? That (appears) to be the question posed by the New Zealand film GHOST SHARK 2!

When Ghost Shark escapes from his extradimensional prison to terrorize Auckland, Mayor Broody calls in an expert ghost shark hunter to protect the citizens and finally defeat the creature. This first release from Mad Fox Films is a horror/action/drama spectacular, shot on location in Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand, by award-winning directors Andrew Todd and Johnny Hall.

Honestly, there is not much more to say that the trailer can’t show you. Enjoy!

Check Out 2010: MOBY DICK

Did SHARKTOPUS miss the mark? PIRANHA 3D left you wanting more? Fear not…Asylum Entertainment has brought back a classic to sate your sea-monster thirst! 2010: MOBY DICK is a Direct-To-Video production starring Barry Bostwick (ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW) as the obsessed Capt. Ahab. But the titular whale isn’t the only one getting a modern make-over in this film…it seems that Ahab’s obsession has led him to hunt the underwater beast in a submarine! The film won’t be coming out until November 23rd, but you can pass the time by checking out some stills from the production below!


Jason Flemyng To Take On Azazel In X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

1zgz61iAccording to, character actor Jason Flemyng – known for his many character parts in LAYER CAKE, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, and most recently a bit part in KICK-ASS – has announced that he will be playing the character of Azazel, father of Nightcrawler, in the upcoming X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. For those unfamiliar with the character:

The character first appeared in “Uncanny X-Men” #428 in a storyline called “The Draco” where we finally learned that Kurt Wagner a.k.a Nightcrawler was the son of the lead of an ancient race of mutants, from biblical times no less, who looked like demons and who could teleport by opening portals into other dimensions. In the comics, Azazel had been banished to the “Brimstone dimension” by angels, but left that dimension to father children, one of them being Nightcrawler.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is set to be released June 3rd, 2011


By now you’ve no doubt heard of the upcoming film BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, starring Aaron Eckhart as one of a platoon of Marines fighting an alien invasion in the City of Angels. Just today, new teaser posters have been released showing that this war may not be as new as we think it is. BATTLE: LOS ANGELES will hit theaters March 11th, 2011.


Mark Millar Talks KICK-ASS 2

shut_up_kick-ass_posterIn an interview with, Comic book writer Mark Millar (KICK-ASS, WANTED, ULTIMATE AVENGERS) sat down to discuss the upcoming KICK ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL comic and film, sequel to this past April’s surprise hit. During the interview he reveals possible plot points, including parallels to Western films & new evil wrought by Red Mist:

“The film and the comic book are very closely tied together. There are only a few minor changes towards the end. It does led directly into a sequel, and I am writing the sequel as I always planned it to be. The actors may be a little bit older, or bigger. They can address that in the movie. But I am not changing anything for the comic book. We left things off with her being adopted by this extremely nice man. He is a cop. And she has to stop killing people, you know? That seems like an interesting starting point in the next one in regards to her character. She is going to be like Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven, where she hasn’t picked up a gun in years. It’s that type of thing. I like the idea of doing that with an eleven year old girl. She was part of this massive cacophony of violence. But she’s not allowed to kill people anymore. She is consumed with anger, and forced to watch TV shows instead. Halfway through the movie, or the comic, we will follow her as she picks up a gun again. It is going to be awesome.”

Red Mist becomes like Charles Manson. He goes on-line and influences a bunch of young villains to go against Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. The whole thing ends up as a big gang fight like you’d see in The Warriors. There is going to be a big gang fight in the middle of Times Square between all of these costumed heroes. And at the head will be the Red Mist and Hit Girl.

Millar also suggests a re-teaming with KICK-ASS and X-Men: FIRST CLASS director Matthew Vaughn, which brings hope of more of the gleeful carnage seen in the first one. The KICK-ASS 2 comic is currently in production, with the script and movie soon to follow.

THOR Comic Con Trailer Now Online!

Are you a big fan of THOR but weren’t able to attend the eye-candy store that is Comic Con? Fear not – just today, the 5 minute extended trailer for the upcoming THOR movie that was shown at Comic Con has finally made it’s way onto the internet! The Kenneth Branagh directed superhero film will be released into theaters May 6th, 2011. Until then feast your eyes on what is to come.

Damon Lindelof To Rewrite ALIEN Prequel

Damon-LindelofAccording to Deadline, a late night deal has been reached for LOST writer Damon Lindelof to re-write Ridley Scott’s upcoming prequel to the sci-fi classic ALIEN. According to Deadline:

In a development as vexing as a Lost plotline, studio insiders said that while Lindelof indeed met with Scott and the studio for that rewrite job, the exchange of ideas between them sparked a take that could well turn out to be a free-standing science fiction film. The studio will decide when Lindelof turns it in. Scott Free is producing and Lindelof’s CAA reps closed his deal last night.

For fans of the series, the choice can be seen as a good one considering the mass appeal of LOST as well as the fact that Mr. Lindelof is also writing & producing the STAR TREK sequel. He is definitely a man who knows his sci-fi. It seems as if the beloved ALIEN is indeed in good hands.

First Pic Of Penelope Cruz in Pirates 4

Penelope Cruz in PIRATES 4Reaction to the announcement that the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise would get a 4th film has been met with great fanfare from the hardcore “Sparrowheads”, and a more shoulder-shrug reaction from the rest. But despite which of these camps you fit into, the buzz machine keeps on rolling as today saw the release of the first on-set picture of Johnny Depp’s co-star Penelope Cruz. Cruz is just one more addition to a cast already chock full of amazing actors including Geoffrey Rush reprising his role as Barbossa, and Ian McShane making his debut as the infamous Blackbeard.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES is currently filming and is slated to be released May 20th, 2011.

Nick Cave To Help Pen THE CROW Remake

Nick CaveThere are few things that get a fan boy’s ire up like the word “remake” (see all YouTube comments on the upcoming film LET ME IN). But for fans of THE CROW, the 1994 film starring Brandon Lee in his last role, there finally comes some good news in regards to its upcoming revamp. According to, Musician/Writer Nick Cave has been officially signed on to help rewrite the script originally written by the film’s director Stephen Norrington (BLADE, LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN). From

The last we heard about Relativity Media’s remake of “The Crow,” producer Ed Pressman told MTV that an offer was out to a “major actor” and director Stephen Norrington (“Blade”) had finished a “terrific” screenplay that would be set in two locations: “the southwest — the Mexico/Arizona area — and an urban [setting] — Detroit or Pittsburgh or something like that.”
Well apparently Norrington’s take wasn’t quite “terrific” enough, as Pressman recently told TheWrap that none other than iconic musician and acclaimed screenwriter Nick Cave has come on to rewrite the script.
Hiring Cave to rewrite Norrington’s script is a bold move, but it may prove to be worth it in the long run, as Cave may be the perfect choice to help resurrect the fading franchise.

For those unfamiliar with Nick Cave’s writing work, it is best on display in the 2005 Aussie-Western THE PROPOSITION, starring Ray Winstone & Guy Pierce – a definite must-see! This may be enough to put some minds at ease, though for the rest only time will tell. For those in the latter category, put Cave’s RED RIGHT HAND on your iPod…if the movie is half as cool as that song, then we’re all in for a treat!