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Brooks, Mel

Working name of US film-maker, writer (initially for Television) and actor Melvin James Kaminsky (1926-    ), who as an improvisational stand-up comedian in 1953 created the ongoing character of the 2000 Year Old Man, an Immortal who attended Christ's crucifixion and offers a skewed perspective on the modern world ("I have over forty-two thousand children, and not one comes to visit ...

Curse of the Aztec Mummy, The

Mexican film (1957); original title La Maldición de la Momia Azteca. Cinematográfica Calderón S.A. Directed by Rafel Portillo. Written by Guillermo Calderon and Alfredo Salazar. Cast includes Crox Alvarado, Rosita Arenas, Luis Aceves Castañeda, Ángel Di Stefani and Ramón Gay. 64 minutes. Black and white. / Following on from the events of The Aztec Mummy ...

Robot Jox

Film (1990). Empire. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Joe Haldeman and Dennis Paoli. Cast includes Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, Paul Koslo, Hilary Mason and Robert Sampson. 82 minutes. Colour. / In a decimated Near Future world, conflicts are now resolved by "jox", popular idols who pilot the Robot colossi (see Mecha) ...

Felix the Cat

US animated film shorts (1919-1930). Pat Sullivan studio. Created by Otto Messmer and Pat Sullivan. Directed and written by Otto Messmer. 180 episodes (4-11 minutes), all but 12 silent; 15 silent episodes were reissued with sound 1929-1930. Black and white. / Felix was the most popular animated character prior to the rise of Mickey Mouse, and an early example of the successful merchandising of film-related Toys and songs. There is some dispute over who ...

Wodehouse, P G

(1881-1975) UK author, mostly in the USA from long before World War Two, never again in England after his scurrilous treatment during that war; active from 1900; known mainly for his non-fantastic novels and story collections – all of them comic after about 1909 – which were published in a highly prolific, almost unbroken stream from The Pothunters (1902), a school story for boys, to the end of his life (see ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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