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News for Oct. 22, 2004

Movie spies right out of a Hollywood script

10/22/04, 4:17 pm EST - Xoanon

It has the makings of a rollicking script for a Revenge of the Nerds sequel: geeks give themselves cool codenames, create a website for movie spy reports, develop the power to make or break big-budget projects, and then launch careers as scriptwriters. [More]

Skull Island Shooting: Days 2 & 3

10/22/04, 11:54 am EST - Xoanon

Skull Island Shooting: Days 2 & 3 Gandalf writes: After brief rain on Wednesday for the start of shooting, the cast & crew have been blessed with fine weather yesterday and today (Fri 22). Since my photos two days ago, the crew have erected large screens around the portion of the set with the skeleton statue to continue filming away from public view (as you'll see in the first photo). Work has continued on the bank near the fixed blue screen, which is now covered in moss and vines and looking very realistic. The last two photos are a little different and show the set in relation to its local surroundings. Across the road, you can see the catering marquee and a few of the caravans for cast & crew. The final shot from the beach shows the proximity of the set and support operation to the sea and neighboring houses (everything left of the house with the red roof is for the movie).

More Cast Updates

10/22/04, 11:44 am EST - Xoanon

Thanks to all those that helped us update and add to our growing King Kong cast list. We how have new bios and images for Greg Smith, Peter Ford, Roussel Dubois (Venture Crew Members), John Clarke (unknown), Will Wallace (unknown), Craig Hall (Mike) & Pip Mushin (unknown). [Cast Section]

News for Oct. 21, 2004

Production Diary: Day 33

10/21/04, 9:57 am EST - Xoanon

Production Diary: Day 33

The cast and crew finally make it to the Skull Island outdoor set we've been photographing for a few weeks. After 32 days indoors they are happy to be outside in the lovely early summer conditions...until it starts to rain of course. Shooting outdoors always carries with it the threat of mother nature, but this crew is undaunted and carry on! Watch Adrien Brody scoot across the set in an action shot, a very up-close view of that skeleton statue we've seen, and Jack Black hugs a man under an umbrella! [QT6 240x132px 6.3Mb] [QT4 320x176px 12Mb] [QT6 480x264px 15Mb] [Bit Torrents!]

Like what you see? Discuss it in our new Chat Room! [CHAT]

News for Oct. 20, 2004

Kong Cast Section Update

10/20/04, 4:51 pm EST - Xoanon

New images and bios have been added for Stephen Hall, Jason Whyte, David Dengelo, Richard Kavanagh, Louis Sutherland (Venture Crew), John Sumner (Herb), Geraldine Brophy (unkown) & Joe Folau (unknown). Some of the details are sadly lacking, if you have any details about these or any other actors, send it along!

'Godzilla' to Get Star on Fame Walk

10/20/04, 11:30 am EST - Xoanon

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TOKYO - Godzilla, the fire-breathing movie monster born in a nuclear accident, is joining Hollywood royalty with a star on the Walk of Fame. A ceremony will honor the giant lizard in front of Hollywood Boulevard's famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Nov. 29, the world premiere of "Godzilla Final Wars," Toho Pictures Inc. President Shogo Tomiyama said Wednesday. [More]

TCM To Air Original Kong

10/20/04, 9:45 am EST - Xoanon

Nessa from our KONG Boards sent this in: For those of us who don't already have the 1933 King Kong as part of our video or DVD collection (or are waiting for the forthcoming special DVD release), TCM (Turner Classic Movies) in the U.S. will be showing the 1933 King Kong on the following dates and times:

Thursday 10/21/2004 10:30 AM ET
Friday 11/05/2004 10:30 PM ET
Wednesday 12/01/2004 03:15 PM ET

You can view the 1933 trailer online by going to this link

News for Oct. 19, 2004

Shooting Begins at Skull Island Set

10/19/04, 10:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Skull Island: Shooting Begins Gandalf writes: Shooting began on the outdoor set of Skull Island this morning, after a small fleet of caravans arrived on location last evening (I expect for the cast members to use). Today I watched Peter Jackson direct a scene where Carl Denham (Jack Black) creeps up and begins filming on the island (presumably when he starts filming the ceremony being conducted by the natives in the village). The photos today (Wed 20 in NZ) show the extra booms, cameras and screens on set, and you can also see Peter talking to Jack during a break in filming. Soon after this I also spied Richard Taylor (from Weta Workshop) stroll onto the set. The last image is a better shot of the statue from yesterday's photos. Interestingly, during filming of this scene, traffic was still using the neighboring road - the sound wizards can obviously strip this background noise out easily enough.

Skull Island Images

10/19/04, 8:15 pm EST - Xoanon

More Skull Island Set Pics Gandalf writes: With shooting now imminent, finishing touches are being applied to the set before the cameras roll. Today, the rocky terrain in front of the blue screen was getting more paint applied, as vegetation was being "planted" on the large section of wall opposite. A couple of the photos today show more detail including the skull-like ruins at the base of the wall mentioned in the newspaper this morning. A statue appears in another section of the set, and the ground in front of the long blue screen was also getting some attention this afternoon. I must say the transformation of the set has been impressive to watch.

News for Oct. 18, 2004

Production Diary: Day 31

10/18/04, 10:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Production Diary: Day 31

Dan Hennah takes us on a tour of Skull Island. As we've all seen from various images , preparations have been moving along very quickly on the Skull Island outdoor set. Dan shows us the procedure of making the rock floor, the rock walls, and something completely new to me, 'Stunt Rock'! [QT6 240x132px 6.3Mb] [QT4 320x176px 12Mb] [QT6 480x264px 15Mb] [Bit Torrents!]

Like what you see? Discuss it in our new Chat Room! [CHAT]

King Kong: Don't Mess with the Monkey

10/18/04, 10:43 pm EST - Calisuri

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All King Kong fans should check out the fan-film masterpiece 'King Kong: Don't Mess with the Monkey.' In what is surely one of the best fan films made in recent times, this Kong and Peter Jackson project, is a MUST see. Thanks to the message board SKIIPs for bringing this to our attention! Check it out at KongMovie.com. [Click Here]

Kong's lair turns up in Lyall Bay

10/18/04, 2:26 pm EST - Xoanon

In the original King Kong, the uncharted Skull Island may have been somewhere in the Indian Ocean, but now part of it has sprung up on Wellington's south coast. For the past few weeks, passers-by have seen at least 20 shipping containers transformed into an ancient-looking stone wall on a vacant site in Lyall Bay. In recent days, mysterious and eroded-looking statues have been added. [More]

Happy Birthday Howard Shore!

10/18/04, 11:00 am EST - Xoanon

Today is Howard Shore's Birthday! Howard was born on October 18th, 1946 in Toronto, Canada. That makes him 58 today! Happy Birthday Howard!

News for Oct. 17, 2004

Stars give thumbs up to Maori film

10/17/04, 10:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Film stars Samantha Morton and Naomi Watts have given top billing to a short film by one of New Zealand's most promising film-makers. At the film's world premiere in Wellington last night, both said they were moved by the acting talent in Tama Tu by Taika Waititi, which they agreed had universal appeal. [More]

OSH check King Kong film set

10/17/04, 11:38 am EST - Xoanon

Occupational Safety and Health confirm it's investigating accident at set of Peter Jackson's latest film King Kong. Little information is being disclosed of an accident which has injured two of the crew working on Peter Jackson's latest film, King Kong. The story of the giant gorilla that terrorised New York is being remade in New Zealand. OSH inspectors were called to the Miramar studios in Wellington about midday on Friday. [More]

Castle home for Jackson

10/17/04, 11:33 am EST - Xoanon

Lord Of The Rings director and multi-millionaire Peter Jackson is creating a $4.5-million wonderland at his Wairarapa, New Zealand property. He is plans to build a 22 million-litre ornamental lake to go along with the three-storey fairytale mansion, two villas and Lord Of The Rings set pieces, including Frodo's home Bag End, which are already on the property. [More]

News for Oct. 16, 2004

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10/16/04, 11:20 am EST - Xoanon

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Skull Island Nears Completion

10/16/04, 11:04 am EST - Xoanon

Skull Island Nears Completion Gandalf writes: Over the last couple of days another marquee has been erected across the road from the site as preparation for filming continues. With what appears to be final coats of paint in places, some parts of the set look finished, or close to it, while other sections clearly have more work to be done yet. In these photos, you can see paint being added to the bank on the right of the blue screen, while the next two shots show the rocky terrain in front of and up the middle of the blue screen itself (Kongs lookout near his cave perhaps?) Just across from the screen, the rock wall here looks as if painting is complete, while the other side of that section of the set is still under construction. Lastly, the long blue screen now has rocky detail on the ground all the way along in front of it (now partly hidden by the black windbreak cloth) as well as some rocky outcrops poking up. The black windbreak cloth has been hung on the surrounding fence at both the northern and southern ends of the set. Needless to say that pedestrian traffic has incresed over the last few days as interest in proceedings grows!

PJ the Powerbroker

10/16/04, 10:55 am EST - Xoanon

Roheryn writes: The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly features a rundown of who the most powerful people are in the entertainment industry today. "Movie Creatives" lead the pack, and Peter Jackson is listed very high, second only to the "passion"-ate Mel Gibson. [More]

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