MARK CERULLI EXPLAINS IT ALL! The Veteran Television Writer and Documentary Producer on His Tinseltown Journey!

Mark Cerulli has enjoyed a varied and successful career in the entertainment industry. As a television writer, he wrote for some of Nickelodeon’s earliest original programming: Hey Dude (1989-91) and Clarissa Explains It All (1991-94). Mr. Cerulli has also produced documentaries about the James Bond franchise and the Halloween series. But this just scratches the … Continue reading MARK CERULLI EXPLAINS IT ALL! The Veteran Television Writer and Documentary Producer on His Tinseltown Journey!

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RECOLLECTIONS OF BODY OF THE PREY! Atsuko Rome Looks Back on Her Starring Role in Ed Wood’s Japanese Monster Movie!

Body of the Prey is a low-budget science fiction thriller that was produced in Japan in the late 1960s, but only recently has it received much attention in the West. Having been released on home video and/or written about under several different titles (such as The Revenge of Dr. X, Venus Flytrap, and The Devil Garden), research … Continue reading RECOLLECTIONS OF BODY OF THE PREY! Atsuko Rome Looks Back on Her Starring Role in Ed Wood’s Japanese Monster Movie!

IN THE GRASP OF GAIRA! An Interview with Toho Actress Wakako Tanabe!

Wakako Tanabe, born on January 7, 1941, began her acting career at Toho Studios in the early 1960s. During her career, she appeared in small but memorable roles in a number of the studio's monster films. Ms. Tanabe plays Torahata's companion while he speaks to Kumayama on the phone in Godzilla vs. The Thing (a.k.a. … Continue reading IN THE GRASP OF GAIRA! An Interview with Toho Actress Wakako Tanabe!

THE BRAINS BEHIND BRAIN 17! Michael Part on Americanizing a Japanese Cult Classic!

In the early 1980s, some Japanese TV tokusatsu from the ‘70s found its way to America in an unexpected way. Toei’s Message from Space: Galactic Wars (1978-79) spinoff TV series, as well as Daitetsujin 17 (1977), were edited and dubbed into feature-length movie versions  by 3B Productions for American consumption. These shortened versions were released … Continue reading THE BRAINS BEHIND BRAIN 17! Michael Part on Americanizing a Japanese Cult Classic!

A VIEW FROM THE FUTURE: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah’s Wilson on His Memorable Heisei Series Role

  Chuck Wilson, born in Boston, Massachusetts, and educated in Grand Rapids, Michigan, joined the U.S. Air Force in 1969 and came to Japan on January 10, 1970, to study judo. After spending three years in Kyoto, he moved to Tokyo and began working in the fitness industry. In 1991, Mr. Wilson landed the role … Continue reading A VIEW FROM THE FUTURE: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah’s Wilson on His Memorable Heisei Series Role

DO THE MARIO! Perry Martin on Scripting the Cartoon Adaptations of the Super Mario Bros.!

In September 1989, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! debuted nationwide, marking the first time the Super Mario Bros. franchise had ever been adapted into a cartoon show. For American children who had been growing up on a steady diet of Nintendo video games, it was one of the most highly anticipated TV programs of … Continue reading DO THE MARIO! Perry Martin on Scripting the Cartoon Adaptations of the Super Mario Bros.!

ULTRAMAN GETS A REWRITE! John Douglas on Scripting Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero!

Santa Clarita resident John Douglas has worked in the entertainment industry in various capacities, but it was on the American-produced Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (1993) where he arguably made his greatest contribution. Although his most obvious credit was penning two of the show’s episodes (“A Quartet of Creatures” and ”The DaDa Effect”), this interview reveals … Continue reading ULTRAMAN GETS A REWRITE! John Douglas on Scripting Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero!

THE GRENCHIKO TAPES! Actor Richard Berger Remembers Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah!

American Richard Berger became a part of Godzilla history quite by accident. As a journalist in Japan, his agent arranged for him to appear alongside Chuck Wilson as the diabolical Futurian Grenchiko in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991). In 2005, Mr. Berger discussed his memorable part in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah with Brett Homenick. Brett … Continue reading THE GRENCHIKO TAPES! Actor Richard Berger Remembers Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah!

FROM DRACULA TO DUBBING! Warwick Paul Evans on His Varied Career in Hong Kong Entertainment!

Warwick Paul Evans (born in 1954 in the UK) moved to Hong Kong in 1976 following his university studies and quickly became involved in its thriving entertainment industry. In 1981, Mr. Evans began a seven-year stint as the main news anchor at TVB Pearl following his work for Radio Television Hong Kong. Internationally, however, Mr. … Continue reading FROM DRACULA TO DUBBING! Warwick Paul Evans on His Varied Career in Hong Kong Entertainment!

DIVINE REFLECTIONS ON JAPAN! Ann Ault on Her Spiritual Journey through the East and West!

Ann Ault came to Japan in the mid-1960s with her father, Air Force Brigadier General Richard Ault (1917-2009), and it would be this experience that would launch a lifelong career in entertainment. It all started with a role as a nurse in the enduring cult classic The Green Slime (1968). From there, Ms. Ault embarked … Continue reading DIVINE REFLECTIONS ON JAPAN! Ann Ault on Her Spiritual Journey through the East and West!