The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana on November 29, 1984 · Page 48
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The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana · Page 48

Alexandria, Louisiana
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Thursday, November 29, 1984
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rr D-12 Town Talk, Alexandria-PineviUe, La., Thursday, November W. 1!W4 Godzilla Returns in New Movie The Town Talk's daily crossword puzzle is a fun thing for the entire family. Crossword Fun By Terril Jones Associated Press Writer TOKYO (AP) - Japan's best-known movie monster is back in a new blockbuster, breathing fire and tearing Tokyo apart just in time for Christmas. It's been 30 years since the giant lizard-like Godzilla first lurched across the silver screen, tearing up the Ginza and crushing commuter trains in his scaly paws. It's been nine years since his last appearance, when he was cast as a friendly monster fighting on mankind's side. Not only is the newest Godzilla a monster" among monsters appearing through the screen's magic to be 264 feet high, 99 feet taller than before but he's also a villain again. This $10 million creature feature, which opens Dec. 15 with a cast of thousands, will pit East against West and bring the world to the brink of nuclear conflict In the first film, Godzilla was aroused from the ocean deep by a hydrogen bomb test. This time, according to Masaru Yabe, a film producer for Toho Co. Ltd., the 110 million-year-old lizard is awakened from his antediluvian slumber by a volcanic eruption. He wades ashore and attacks a nuclear power station where, by feeding on plutonium, he becomes (yikes! ) more powerful Later he wreaks havoc on Tokyo, leveling the newest department stores in the downtown Ginza district and then zeroing in on skyscrapers in the Shinjuku entertainment area where many cinema houses doubtless will be showing the film. Godzilla also finds the opportunity to attack both U.S. and Soviet nuclear submarines, and advance publicity shots show the thunder-lizard batting down surface-to-air missiles and making confetti out of U.S. Air Force F-16 jets. "A bad Godzilla is stronger," Yabe said. "Anyway, Godzilla's so big he'd crush everything wherever he went, whether he was good or not." The monster which the Japanese call "Gojira," a combination of "gorilla' and "kujira," or whale first appeared in 1954 in the movie bearing his name. According to the movie company, some 65 million Japanese have seen the 15 Godzilla films, including "Godzilla Strikes Back," "Son of Godzilla" and "Godzilla vs. Megalo." "We have about 35,000 members," says Sayuri Takano, director of the movie company's Godzilla fan club. "But we expect 50,000 before the end of the year." "Godzilla is truly, deeply rooted in Japan," says Shuichi Goto, 32, who works for a handbag sales company and has been an avowed Godzilla nut since age two. "There haven't been enough chances for children to see Godzilla, and Japan's youth need to get in touch with this part of their heritage." The new movie has a cast of 2,300 people, but the real star is a $420,000 computerized "Cybot Godzilla" standing nearly 17 feet tall and weighing 1.2 tons. Made of urethane rubber and containing 3,000 parts, the robot is a technological tour de force, rolling its eyes, baring its fangs and belching flames. Some scenes are done, as in previous films, with a man in a Godzilla suit, and there also is a scaly foot that is 15 yards long. The new film's advance hoopla already has generated a spinoff market worth an estimated $230 million, with at least 129 products including Godzilla models, video games, chewing gum and inflatable plastic Godzilla coat hangers. One elaborate statue sells for $200. Toho is noncommital about Godzilla's future, but leaves open the possiblity of the monster going international. ft BIIV AUV DI77A Aim I GET THE NEXT SMALLER j SAME STYLE PIZZA WITH ! EQUAL NUMBER OF TOPPINGS l ! FREE! i - .... ...... ... i rresenr mis coupon wim guest j check. 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Then we will set up a convenient rent-to-own plan that fits your payday. also rent VCR's 99c a day -..SET When you rent or buy o Primetime VCR you get o free membership to our Primetime movie club. orto m km it2 ptr attk I RENT LEASE - OR BUY PRE-RENTED SPECIALS- Stereo's At IOW At Cemoto Po"obl Color TV's At IOW At Weitgate Shopping Center Suite 301-A i Ph. 473-90C0 iijjj 995 VCR's 29 95 OPEN MONDAY-SATURDAY 9 am to 9 pm DfUVRT AND UlVia IMCUJHO prepare ityim nmm, Anb lwiUicn anb nature tmv Jl t's o very special time, this 79th Christmas in Central Louisiana for Louisiana College. Many things have changed since the college opened her doors in 1 906. But some things, thankfully, remain the same. Like the warm traditions we cherish during this holy holiday season. And the supportive friends we've made through the years. 1 iU ith trodition and friends at the forefront this Yuletide, Louisiona College invites you to threp celebrations of the season. The first, our annual Gala Christmas Evening, will take place tomorrow (Nov. 30). The festivities begin with a dessert reception at 6:30 p.m. at the home of President and Mrs. Robert 1. Lynn, 1 1 27 College Drive. A Christmas concert featuring the Louisiana College Cho- ruie, Louisiana v.onege dingers, waarigai Dingers ana a Dross ensemble, under the direction of r. Bradley Logan, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Guinn Auditorium. Lighting of the LC Christmas tree, caroling, a presentation by the Handbell Choir from First Baptist Church in Pineville and refreshments are part of the Hanging of the Green ceremony in Alexandria Hall following the concert. A J 4 17 Mou're also invited to chapel services on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 10:50 a.m. in Guinn Auditorium for a presentation of traditional Christmas music by a variety of campus groups. And make reservations now for the fifth annual Madrigal Dinner in Morgan W. Walker Student Center on Dec. 7-8. This spectacular celebration of Christmas as it might have been among 1 6th-century English royolty features a 1 6-member ensemble clothed in Elizabethan-era costumes and a feast appropriate for the occasion. To make reservations for this unique and popular event call the Department of Music at 487-7336. Proceeds from the Madrigal Dinner support music scholarships. lease join for us for these observances of the Christmas season. Other Dates to Remember . Nov. 30 Last day to apply for scholarships for the 1 985-86 college year. Contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for more information. Dec. 15 Christmas holiday begins. Jan. 2 Offices reopen at 8 a.m. . Jan. 6 Dormitories reopen at 2 p.m. Jan. 7 Registration for evenina classes at 7 P.m. Jan. 89 Registration for day classes. Jan. 9 Evening closses begin. Jan. 10 Day classes begin. - l'!SiS!:fI 1? he students, faculty and staff ! I " '''''''''''''' "'''' ' ' ' ' ''''''' ' "'' '' " , ' " ' ' ' S' ' '

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