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Original Man in Godzilla Suit Dies

Haruo Nakajima was 88

(Newser) - Haruo Nakajima, the actor who stomped in a rubber suit to portray the original 1954 Godzilla, helping to make the Japanese monster an iconic symbol of the nuclear era, has died. He was 88. Nakajima's daughter Sonoe Nakajima says he was hospitalized last month and died of pneumonia Monday,... More »

Godzilla: as Good as Jaws?

Mostly good reviews for this beast of a revival

(Newser) - The Godzilla franchise enters its seventh decade and there's plenty of building-smashing to go around. But does the beast also have a sensitive side? Director Gareth Edwards shows there's more to the monster in this latest Godzilla flick, starring Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen. How does he do?... More »

Worst Summer Blockbusters Ever

Sorry, Transformers fans

(Newser) - The summer blockbuster: proof that, when it comes to movies, budget is often inversely proportional to quality. In Time , Everett Rosenfeld and Gilbert Cruz reflect on the worst of the worst:
  1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Director Michael Bay’s only priority: explosions.
  2. Star Wars: Episode IThe Phantom Menace:
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50 Favorite Magazines

From popular to niche, selected for being fun and instructive

(Newser) - From US Weekly to a quarterly for Godzilla enthusiasts, the Chicago Tribune's list of 50 favorite magazines both entertain and take readers to new places. The list includes:
  • NME: A rock and roll crystal ball, this UK music mag forecasts tomorrow’s megastars
  • Seed: Science never looked so glossy or
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