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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.

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.
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.

Tops at the Box Office

1. Transformers Last Knight
2. Cars 3
3. Wonder Woman
4. 47 Meters Down
5. The Mummy

News & Views

Disney "Rocketeer" Reboot coming

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.

"Deadpool" Sequel Confirmed

Fox has confirmed there will be a Deadpool sequel.

Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role as the flippant superhero while director Tim Miller is returning to helm the project. The actor will suit up again following the success of the first film which has become the highest grossing R-rated film in box office history, netting almost $760 million.It is still unknown if Ryan's co-stars Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller and Karan Soni will return for the sequel. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are also on board to return and pen the new script. Director Tim Miller will also return.

It was previously speculated that the sequel will start filming later this year, with a release date of late 2017 or early 2018, but this has not yet been confirmed.

"Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human"

Several decades after the events in Blade Runner, replicant hunter Riock Deckard finds hiumself in yet another mission of intrigue and danger. So starts the long awaiuted sequel to the ground breaking science fiction film.

Robin Wright and Dave Bautista have joined the cast of Blade Runner 2. Harrison Ford will reprise his iconic role as Rick Deckard alongside Ryan Gosling. Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) is directing. Ridley Scott, who directed the iconic 1982 neo-noir sci-fi thriller, is on board to executive produce for Alcon Entertainment. Written by Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) and Michael Green (Prometheus 2), the sequel will take place several decades after the original film.

The plot picks up the story of “blade runner” Rick Deckard on the trail of a replicant, not knowing that it may be the most elusive and dangerous android of all.





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