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New "Flash Gordon" on 'Mongo'

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According to reports, a popular 'genre' director is still interested in developing a fresh update of "Flash Gordon", based on the 1934 newspaper comic strip hero by Alex Raymond, that inspired the creation of "Star Wars" by George Lucas.

Director Matthew Vaughn ("Kingsman: The Secret Service") has been approached by Fox to kick-off the new film series.

"Flash Gordon" debuted January 7, 1934, inspired by the 1932 CBS Radio, space adventures of "Buck Rogers".

"...'Flash Gordon', a polo player and Yale University graduate, with his companion 'Dale Arden' and 'Dr. Hans Zarkov' start their journey into space as Earth is bombarded by fiery meteors, with Zarkov inventing a rocket ship to locate their place of origin.

"Half mad, Zarkov kidnaps Flash and Dale and the three travel to the planet 'Mongo', where they discover the meteors are weapons devised by 'Ming the Merciless', the planet's evil ruler.

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Flash Gordon 4K

Flash Gordon 4K
Arrow jumps into the 4K Ultra HD bracket with a knockout 40th anniversary presentation of this campy, music-filled and incredibly colorful Dino De Laurentiis spectacle. The impressive package has an endless catalog of extras, plus a second Blu-ray disc with a full-length feature about the film’s one-hit-wonder star Sam J. Jones. Buyers beware — no backup Blu-ray disc of the feature is included. In every other respect, “Go! Flash! Go!”

Flash Gordon

4K Ultra HD with Hdr

Arrow Video

1980 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 112 min. / Street Date August 18, 2020 / 40.26 (Amazon)

Starring: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed, Peter Wyngarde, Mariangela Melato, Deep Roy.

Cinematography: Gilbert Taylor

Production Designer: Danilo Donati

Film Editor: Malcolm Cooke

Original Music: Howard Blake

Written by Michael Allin & Lorenzo Semple Jr. from characters by Alex Raymond

Produced by Dino De Laurentiis

Directed by Mike Hodges

First things first: a lot
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‘Flash Gordon: 40th Anniversary Collection’ Blu-ray Review

‘Flash Gordon: 40th Anniversary Collection’ Blu-ray Review
Stars: Sam J. Jones, Topol, Max von Sydow, Melody Anderson, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed, Peter Wyngarde, Mariangela Melato, Richard O’Brien | Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. | Directed by Mike Hodges

If you are a movie geek, just knowing that a movie is produced by Dino De Laurentiis is a sign that the movie is usually worth your attention. Flash Gordon though is also a film that doesn’t just need that association, it instead stands on its own; and while it may not be Star Wars, it definitely has a place in the hearts of science fiction fans.

Finding himself kidnapped by Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol), Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones) and friend Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) find themselves travelling to the planed Mongo. When arriving they find themselves fighting the tyrannical Emporer Ming (Max von Sydow) not only to save Earth, but maybe even the entire universe.

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How Flash Gordon Caught Lightning in a Bottle

How Flash Gordon Caught Lightning in a Bottle
Flash Gordon still stands alone in the pantheon of comic book movies 40 years on. Colorful, vibrant, kinky, and often absurd, Mike Hodges’ gaudy tale of an all-American boy defeating a powerful villain from space and saving the Earth in the process had until recently felt far removed from the predominantly safe and CG-heavy comic book fare of the last few decades, despite its familiar themes and due in large part to its distinct refusal to take itself seriously. But the film we know and love is a world away from how it began.

Back in the 1970s, wealthy businessman and film producer Dino De Laurentiis held on to the Flash Gordon rights after George Lucas’ attempts to extricate them. A much-less-minted Lucas was forced to make his own space adventure movie instead, a little project called Star Wars. Its success indisputable, De Laurentiis was more determined than ever to make
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Flash Gordon review – bizarre expressionist superhero panto

Flash Gordon review – bizarre expressionist superhero panto
With echoes of The Wizard of Oz and Carry On movies, Mike Hodges’ vintage intergalactic fable delivers mayhem, madness and eye-frazzling colour

‘This place is a lunatic asylum!” says the square-jawed, peroxide-blond hero of Mike Hodges’ bizarre LSD pantomime Flash Gordon, adapted by Lorenzo Semple Jr and Michael Allin from the 1930s comic-strip serial – now rereleased on streaming platforms for its 40th anniversary. It now looks even madder and more expressionist than ever, with an operatic theme from Queen, bizarre 2D studio sets for alien planets and the kind of eyeball-frazzling colour scheme that generally only existed on old TVs of the era before you had to thump them.

Sam J Jones plays the Earthling American football star Flash Gordon who finds himself caught up in an intergalactic war when the evil Ming the Merciless launches an attack on Planet Earth. Swept along for this titanic battle is comely Dale Arden
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Exclusive: Sam Jones & Melody Anderson on 40 years of Flash Gordon, deleted scenes and more

Exclusive: Sam Jones & Melody Anderson on 40 years of Flash Gordon, deleted scenes and more
To celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of Flash Gordon, one of the most iconic sci-fi/comic-book adaptations in history, we sat down with stars Sam Jones & Melody Anderson – who played Flash Gordon and Dale Arden in the film – to chat about its enduring legacy and why nothing has matched it just yet.

Hoping to have come to the UK to celebrate before Covid-19 lockdown, Anderson says its the fan response and the film’s long-lasting legacy that keeps her excited and says the film was very ahead of its time for many reasons. At the time, many flocked to see Star Wars and Superman: The Movie and its campy, funnier tone may have put some people off but that over time, people have continuously flocked to it for those reasons. She also spoke to us about the difficult shoot, the sadly never-produced sequels, her memories of Max von Sydow and
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"Flash Gordon" - 4K Restoration

Take a look at a new trailer supporting the StudioCanal, 4K restoration of  'Flash Gordon' (1980), directed by Mike Hodges, starring Sam J. Jones, Max Von Sydow, Brian Blessed and Timothy Dalton, available as a Uhd, DVD and Blu-Ray release:

"...to relieve his boredom, 'Emperor Ming the Merciless' of the planet 'Mongo' declares that he will play with and destroy Earth by remotely causing natural disasters. On Earth, 'New York Jets' football star 'Flash Gordon' boards a small plane, where he meets travel agent 'Dale Arden'. Mid-flight, the cockpit is hit by a meteorite. Flash takes control and manages to crash land into a greenhouse owned by 'Dr. Hans Zarkov'. 

"Zarkov believes the disasters are being caused by an extraterrestrial source and has secretly constructed a spacecraft that he plans to use to investigate. 

"Zarkov's assistant refuses to go, so Zarkov lures Flash and Dale aboard.
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"Flash Gordon"

Director Matthew Vaughn ("Kick-Ass") is still interested in an 'adult' update of "Flash Gordon", based on the 1930's newspaper comic strip hero by Alex Raymond, that inspired the creation of "Star Wars" by George Lucas:

Vaughn ("Kingsman: The Secret Service") was approached by 20th Century, before their Disney acquisition...

...to kick-off a new film series, that would be more 'adult' oriented than family fare "Star Wars".

"Flash Gordon" debuted January 7, 1934, inspired by space adventurer "Buck Rogers".

'Flash Gordon', polo player and Yale University graduate, with his companions 'Dale Arden' and 'Dr. Hans Zarkov' start their journey together as Earth is bombarded by fiery meteors and Zarkov invents a rocket ship to locate their place of origin in outer space.

Zarkov kidnaps Flash and Dale and the three travel to the planet 'Mongo', where they discover the meteors are weapons devised by 'Ming the Merciless', that planet's evil ruler.
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"Flash Gordon" Animated Feature

"Thor: Ragnarok" director Taika Waititi will write and direct a CG-animated, theatrical feature, adapting Alex Raymond's 1930's sci-fi newspaper comic strip "Flash Gordon":

"Flash Gordon" debuted January 7, 1934, inspired by newspaper comic strip "Buck Rogers".

'Flash Gordon', a polo player and Yale University graduate and his companions 'Dale Arden' and 'Dr. Hans Zarkov'...

...start their journey together as Earth is bombarded by fiery meteors. 

Zarkov invents a rocket ship to locate their place of origin in outer space.

Half mad, Zarkov kidnaps Flash and Dale and the three travel to the planet 'Mongo'...

...where they discover the meteors are weapons...

...devised by 'Ming the Merciless'...

...that planet's evil ruler.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Flash Gordon"...

"Flash Gordon" Comic Books
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Taika Waititi Attached to Animated ‘Flash Gordon’ Movie From Disney-Fox

Taika Waititi Attached to Animated ‘Flash Gordon’ Movie From Disney-Fox
Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi has signed onto “Flash Gordon,” as an animated feature film project from Disney-Fox. It is not known yet whether he will write, direct, or both. Deadline first broke the news.

Waititi is currently in post-production on his sure-to-be-controversial Adolf Hitler satire “Jojo Rabbit,” adapted from the novel by Christine Leunens. The story follows a Hitler youth who discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic, prompting him to address his nationalistic ideals through his friendship with an imaginary Hitler, played by Waititi. Starring Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson, the Fox Searchlight dark comedy hits theaters on October 18.

Last fall, Deadline reported that Fox had hired “Overlord” director Julius Avery to write and direct a “Flash Gordon” movie, after having previously negotiated in 2015 with “Kingsman” director Matthew Vaughn. That was before the Disney-Fox merger, however, and the project now
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Taika Waititi is Going To Help Develop an Animated Flash Gordon Film For Fox/Disney!

I’ve got some super exciting Flash Gordon movie news to share with you! Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is said to be taking “a crack” at a Flash Gordon animated film!

Deadline says that Waititi is signing on to write and direct the film, but at this point his reps are saying that “it’s too early to gauge exactly what his role would be.” But, this is a project that he is helping develop and I would love it if he actually came on board to write and direct it!

I’ve always thought that Flash Gordon would make for an awesome sci-fi fantasy animated film, so the fact that this is the direction that Fox/Disney is looking to take the project is exciting! The film has been in development for years and Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn and Overlord director Julius Avery have been the most recent
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"Flash Gordon" - Sex and Violence On 'Mongo'

Director Matthew Vaughn ("Kick-Ass") is attached to develop a sex/violence update of "Flash Gordon", based on the 1930's newspaper comic strip hero by Alex Raymond, that inspired the creation of "Star Wars" by George Lucas:

Vaughn ("Kingsman: The Secret Service") was approached by Fox, before their Disney acquisition, to kick-off the new sci-fi series.

According to actor Sam Jones, who played 'Flash Gordon' in a 1980 feature, "Matthew Reilly, VP of production at Fox Studios, acquired the screenplay rights to 'Flash Gordon' last year, and he hired John Davis and his staff to write the script. They’re looking to bring out a sequel...

"I met with Matt and we are in talks about that. I’m very excited. A lot of people over the years, including Stephen Sommers and Neil H Moritz, have acquired the screenplay rights, but for whatever reason they did not
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365Flicks & Nerdly heading to Comic Con Scotland: “For The Love of 80s”

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That is right, the 80’s are heading to Scotland for Comic Con Scotland and into the heart of its capital city Edinburgh for Monopoly Events convention For The Love of 80s, and they are bringing some of the biggest if not the biggest talents of Film, TV and even some sports faces you will be able to lose your nostalgic mind to.

Here is the best part. Myself (Kevin – the talent) and my co-host Chris (the Scottish one) are making our way up to do some coverage of this awesome event. I mean, when we saw some of the names that were going to be only 40 minutes away from our sleepy little hermit town, it seemed rude of us not to attend this event. So if you are heading there keep an eye out for us, as we would love to chat to people who are fans of all things the 80’s had to offer.
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"Flash Gordon" - Sex and Violence On 'Mongo'

A 'genre' writer/director has signed to take on a potential feature film franchise showcasing outer space hero "Flash Gordon", based on the 1930's comic strip character by Alex Raymond, inspiring the creation of George Lucas' "Star Wars":

Julius Avery ("Overlord") has been signed by Fox to kick-off a new "Flash Gordon" film, to be produced by  Matthew Vaughn ("Kick-Ass") and John Davis.

"Flash Gordon" debuted January 7, 1934, as a polo player and Yale graduate, who together with 'Dale Arden' and rocket ship inventor 'Dr. Hans Zarkov'...

...are rendered helpless as the Earth is bombarded by fiery meteors. 

Zarkov kidnaps Flash and Dale, as the three rocket to the planet 'Mongo', where they discover the meteors are weapons devised by 'Ming the Merciless', Mongo's evil ruler.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Flash Gordon"...
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The Flash Gordon Movie Will Be Helmed By Overlord Director Julius Avery

20th Century Fox is moving forward with their Flash Gordon movie and they hired Overlord director Julius Avery to helm it! Obviously the studio likes what he did with Overlord, which has yet to be released in theaters, but it looks bat-shit crazy!

At one point Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn was looking to direct the Flash Gordon movie, but it looks like he’s just going to produce it now. With all of the Kingsman films that he’s got in development, I guess he just doesn’t have the time.

Flash Gordon was created in 1934 by iconic artist Alex Raymond, and the story follows Dale Arden and the mad scientist Hans Zasrkov, as they end up on the planet Mongo fighting a tyrannical ruler named Ming the Merciless.

I'm a huge fan of Flash Gordon, and I'm pretty excited about what how this new film turns out, especially with
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'Overlord' Filmmaker Julius Avery to Direct 'Flash Gordon'

'Overlord' Filmmaker Julius Avery to Direct 'Flash Gordon'
Flash Gordon is flying again.

Julius Avery, the filmmaker behind Paramount and Bad Robot's upcoming World War II zombie project Overlord, is in talks to write and direct a Flash Gordon movie for Fox, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Artist Alex Raymond introduced Flash Gordon in 1934 as a hero who ends up on the planet Mongo fighting the tyrant ruler Ming the Merciless. The comic book strip also featured characters such as Dale Arden and mad scientist Hans Zasrkov, and went on to spawn serials starring Buster Crabbe and a 1980 movie featuring a Queen soundtrack. It also influenced George ...
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Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Movies And References Behind Science Fiction Double Feature

Tony Sokol Sep 26, 2019

"Science Fiction Double Feature" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show references lots of movies. We unpack it all...

I have watched, well, not exactly watched, but experienced The Rocky Horror Picture Show over 100 times. I’ve only watched it about 30 times. I saw it in the movies and on HBO about five times before I couldn’t take it anymore and troweled makeup on, ripped up some fishnet stockings and took to a stage myself. Figured I was a natch, had the same hair as Tim Curry and did his voice in a passable mimic, not that I'd need it.

I performed in a Friday night cast 72 times from when I was 15 to when I was 17. I started as Dr. Frank N. Furter and when I was replaced by a woman in lingerie, as opposed to a guy in drag, I played Janet for a while. The
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