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News for Oct. 31, 2005

Want To Visit WETA Workshops in New Zealand?

10/31/05, 6:53 pm EST - Xoanon

The awesome folks at Ubisoft are about to launch a contest to get your knees shaking, your heart a-pumping and your mouth drooling! Pick up 'Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie' and you could win an all expense paid trip to Wellington to visit WETA WORKSHOP!! That's right! You heard it here first folks! Swing on over to kingkonggame.com for full contest rules and details.

Pre-Order on Amazon.com
PC (Windows XP)
Xbox 360

Jack Black Says No to Corporate Earth Killers

10/31/05, 6:48 pm EST - Xoanon

To promote the TBS global warming awareness show, Earth to America, LA-based agency/production company Stun Creative has produced Earth to America, a 2-minute short starring Jack Black and directed by Jay Roach. It also features the Six Feet Under dead dad guy. [More]

More Stardust Magazine Scans

10/31/05, 2:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Stardust Magazine Talks Kong 2 The folks from Stardust Magazine writes: Here are some additional pics of the Stardust Magazine KING KONG and Peter Jackson special issue. The second last image in this mail actually contains a smaller article about the Production diaries (that the staff of Stardust faithfully have followed and are released in Sweden on dvd in december - at the same date as it's released worldwide) and your KongisKing website. I thought you'd like to see that even though I guess you can't understand the articles as they are written in Swedish. Even so, it might be a pleasure for you to know about it. [More]

Men's Monthly Magazine Talks Kong

10/31/05, 1:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Men's Monthly Magazine Talks Kong Gandalf writes: The November issue of M2 Magazine (Men's Monthly Magazine) is out in New Zealand and features two articles, "Kong is King" about the movie and "Taming the Beast" about Adrien Brody including an interview. [More]

Happy Birthday PJ!

10/31/05, 9:18 am EST - Xoanon

Today is Peter Jackson's Birthday! Peter was born on October 31st, 1961 in Pukerua Bay, North Island, New Zealand. That makes him 44 today! Happy Birthday Peter!

News for Oct. 30, 2005

Stardust Magazine Talks Kong

10/30/05, 8:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Stardust Magazine Talks Kong The people from Stardust Magazine write: As one of the editors of Scandinavias biggest film magazine I'm happy to announce that the new issue of Swedish outlet STARDUST MAGAZINE is dedicated to KING KONG and its director Peter Jackson. The issue contains a 15 page special tribute to KING KONG that covers an article about the new feature film and its actors, an article about the 1933 original, a special about Peter Jackson and a quiz were you can win prizes worth over 400 US dollars, including tickets to the premiere of KING KONG and a Special Edition dvd of the 1933 original. We thought we'd send you an image of the cover of the issue that was released on october 26, in hope that you find our common interest in the KING KONG movie and Peter Jackson pleasing. The best of luck to you and your fine work on the KongisKing.net website! [More]

Jackson makes lost scene

10/30/05, 8:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson has been re-creating a lost scene from the original 1933 King Kong while working on his $292 million remake. The result – a six-minute scene in which a dinosaur chases men on to a log, then Kong throws them into a pit where they are attacked by giant spiders and crabs – will appear in a restored version of the 1933 film to be released on DVD in three weeks. The scene was filmed in 1933, but cut because director Merian Cooper thought it slowed the film's pace. Other than two pre-production sketches and one photograph, no remnant of the legendary "missing spider pit sequence" has ever been found. [More]

Kong Score Cover Revealed?

10/30/05, 10:20 am EST - Xoanon

King Kong Score Cover Art Aakash writes: Here is the King Kong Score cover as featured on the Decca Website. [More]

News for Oct. 29, 2005

Post Production Diary - 7 Weeks To Go

10/29/05, 12:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Post Production Diary - 7 Weeks To Go

With 7 weeks to go we are shown 'The Mix' Part 1 featuring Chris Boyes, Ethan Van der Ryn, Michael Hedges & Michael Semanick. These 4 men are in charge of mixing Kong's sound together, the special effects, dialog and music all have to weave in and out to form a cohesive mix of sound that is both pleasing to the audience, and effective enough to work alongside with the visuals in the film. We get to see some great footage in all stages here, from finished work to blue-screen shots...and some great T-rex footage too! Take a look! [QT6 240x132px 6Mb] [QT4 320x176px 11Mb] [QT6 480x264px 14Mb] [Bit Torrents!]

Email us your questions and PJ may answer them in a future Post Production Diary!

Like what you see? Discuss it in our Chat Room! [Click Here] Or the Message Boards? [Click Here]

Please Note: Universal and Peter are still working hard to get 'PPD 8 Weeks' back online for us...stay tuned!

Access Hollywood Trailer Preview Framegrabs

10/29/05, 12:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Access Hollywood Trailer Preview Framegrabs Thanks to James Mansfield, Atomicmutant and A. Nonny Moose for these framegrabs from the Access Hollywood preview of next Thrusday's trailer premiere! Among the new images are Kong pounding his chest and charging the V.rex (with Kong, of course, going directly for the latter's jaws) and the first shots to show Kong's last stand atop the Empire State Building, as he batters away at one of his attackers (the early dawn light on the city and clouds is quite beautiful). !!!BIG SPOILERS!!! [More]

Rod Stewart sued over logo use

10/29/05, 11:56 am EST - Xoanon

ONCE-GRAND Hollywood movie studio RKO Pictures is suing British rocker Rod Stewart for allegedly using its famous logo to promote his new record. RKO, which no longer operates as a film production studio, filed a federal trademark infringement suit to protect its classic logo that depicts a radio mast with lightning bolt-like radio signals emerging from its tip. RKO's logo opened the studio's classic 1930s and 40s films above the words "An RKO Radio Picture" or "RKO" in a lightning-bolt style font. In the suit filed in Los Angeles, RKO accused Stewart of violating copyright in a 2004 tour logo in which the name "Rod" appears in capital letters, centred around a radio tower with lines at its tip that make it appear to be emitting a signal. [More]

Weekend Kong Chat

10/29/05, 11:50 am EST - Xoanon

It is time to come together and talk Kong! The chatroom has been a great success, however some people have been popping in at odd hours when there is no one to chat with. To that end we've devised 2 KONG Chat times, a set time and day of the week for all Kong chatters to meet and have fun! Tonight's chat will be at 5:30PM Eastern Standard Time (click here for more info). World times are below, if you need more help click here.

5:30PM (Saturday) EST in New York, Montreal
2:30PM (Saturday) PST in Los Angeles, Seattle
11:30PM (Saturday) (Central European Time)
7:30AM (Sunday) in Sydney
9:30AM (Sunday) in Auckland, Wellington

Wellywood Kong Premiere to Stream Online

10/29/05, 11:49 am EST - Xoanon

ShineWonder writes: I was checking out what had happened to my online streaming link for NZ tv stations at R2 and I noticed they have listed a new upcoming live event "14 December - King Kong Premiere, Wellington". [More]

NZ Post Kong Stamps

10/29/05, 11:36 am EST - Xoanon

NZ Post Kong Stamps Gandalf writes: NZ Post recently released their range of King Kong stamps including the Collectors Pack which roars when you open it. Along with TV ads, they're also running print ads including this one that featured in the Dominion Post this morning (Sat 29 Oct). If you're curious as to the sound the pack makes when you open it, check out this MP3. [More]

News for Oct. 28, 2005

New Kong Trailer This THURSDAY

10/28/05, 8:42 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks at Access Hollywood send this in: We wanted to let you know that on Thursday, November 3rd, Access Hollywood will be the first ones to show the new, full King Kong preview. Thought you might want to let the fans know about it. We've seen parts and it looks amazing! In addition, after it airs on the show on Thursday, fans will be able to visit accesshollywood.com and view the trailer in its entirety. Have a great weekend!

Official US Kong Teaser Poster Hits And...

10/28/05, 8:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Official Kong US One Sheet Kong Teaser Poster

It basically looks like the one we posted online last week, with slight variations on shading and color. The blue King Kong logo is also removed and the official poster is not as tight on the big guys face. All in all I was seriously hoping for the ESB image or a variation on the Kong/T-Rex UK quad. What do you guys think?

DVD producer saddled with 'Kong'-size task

10/28/05, 12:41 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - There has been no rest for the weary on the Wellywood set of "King Kong." Award-winning DVD producer Michael Pellerin and his team have been running as fast as they can to keep up with Oscar-winning "Lord of the Rings" producer-writer-director Peter Jackson. Somehow, while Jackson was in the throes of creating his three-hour, $207 million epic remake of his favorite childhood classic, the tireless filmmaker also was supplying commentary not only for the eventual "King Kong" DVD but also for a video set diary posted twice-weekly on the Internet, as well as a documentary for the long-awaited DVD of the 1933 "King Kong." [More]

Kong Poster Finally Revealed?

10/28/05, 12:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Official King Kong Poster? From AICN (via someone attending SHOWEAST): Thought I would drop you a tasty bit regarding the new Kong trailer. I had the honor of being one of the 1st to see the long awaited full trailer for King Kong at this past weeks ShowEast event held at the AMC Pleasure Island 24 Theatre in Orlando, Fl. Universal unveiled the 3 minute trailer, literally fresh from the cutting room floor in New Zealand and screened it before Wednesday morning’s presentation of The Producers. [More]

News for Oct. 27, 2005

Mad Goes Ape for Kong

10/27/05, 8:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Mad Goes Ape for Kong Tom sends along the latest issue of Mad Magazine featuring a goof on Peter Jackson and King Kong. [More]

Jackson pays monster fine for taking 'King Kong' over budget

10/27/05, 8:04 pm EST - Xoanon

The film director Peter Jackson has been forced to pay a fine running into millions of dollars for going massively over budget on his latest project, King Kong. Jackson, the man who set Hollywood alight with his epic cinematic trilogy of The Lord of the Rings, has included an array of blockbusting special effects in the film, which alone are estimated to cost as much as $32m (Ł18m). The fine for reaching an extraordinary total budget of $207m is expected to be split between Mr Jackson himself and his production company. The News of King Kong's extra weight and girth - the running time, originally intended to be about two-and-a-half hours, has shot past the three-hour mark - seems to have been greeted, however, with nothing but excitement and pleasure among executives at Universal Pictures. [More]

Ubisoft Announces Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Has Gone Gold

10/27/05, 7:47 pm EST - Xoanon

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 27, 2005--Today Ubisoft announced that Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, based on Universal Pictures' December 14 release, King Kong, from three-time Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), has officially gone "Gold" on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM) system and Windows® PC. The title will launch in North America November 22 at the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $49.99 and is rated "T" for Teen. [More]

Kong Chat Tonight

10/27/05, 8:51 am EST - Xoanon

It is time to come together and talk Kong! The chatroom has been a great success, however some people have been popping in at odd hours when there is no one to chat with. To that end I've devised a KONG Chat time, a set time and day of the week for all Kong chatters to meet and have fun! The bi-weekly Kong Chats will be Thursday nights at 8:30PM Eastern Standard Time (a new Saturday chat has been added click here for more info). World times are below, if you need more help click here. [Kong Java Chat Room] [irc chat settings: SERVER www.theonering.net ROOM: #kongisking.net]

8:30PM (Thursday) EST in New York, Montreal
5:30PM (Thursday) PST in Los Angeles, Seattle
1:30AM (Friday) in GMT (UK)
2:30AM (Friday) (Central European Time)
10:30AM (Friday) in Sydney, Australia
12:30PM (Friday) in Auckland, Wellington, New Zealand

A Big Gorilla Weighs In

10/27/05, 8:50 am EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 - In hiring Peter Jackson, the Oscar-winning director of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, to remake the monster classic "King Kong," Universal Pictures took a daring leap, paying him $20 million to direct, produce and be the co-writer of the film. With seven weeks to go before the movie's release, the risks are becoming clearer. After seeing a version of the film in late September at Mr. Jackson's studio in New Zealand, Universal executives agreed to release "King Kong" at a length of three hours. The film is substantially longer than Universal had anticipated and presents dual obstacles: the extra length has helped increase the budget by a third, to $207 million, while requiring the studio, owned by General Electric, to reach for the kind of long-term audience interest that made hits out of three-hour movies like "Titanic" and the films in Mr. Jackson's "Rings" trilogy. [More]

News for Oct. 26, 2005

Kong Files: The Greatest Teaser Poster of All Time

10/26/05, 4:42 pm EST - Xoanon

John Michlig writes: This past month has given us our first peek at what could be considered a “teaser poster” for Peter Jackson’s King Kong, an evocative image that has predictably spurred discussion and debate on the boards. It’s a fairly unconventional composition that creates a sense of tension; Ann Darrow trapped between cold, reptilian savagery and the more ambiguous, for-now-quiet ferocity of Kong. A rock and a hard place, to be sure. [KONG FILES]

Slightly New Kong Trailer Spotted

10/26/05, 2:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Kevin (as well as many others) have been sending us emails about a slightly *tweaked* trailer for King Kong spotted mainly in the UK these past few days: I saw The Corpse Bride in the cinema here in the UK last night and they showed the new Kong trailer. Its pretty much all the same footage as the first except for 3 shots of Kong fighting Rex including (highlight for spoilers!) Rex tangled in vines and dangling in a canyon while Kong swings around him. Pretty impressive stuff!

Kong Score Pre-Order

10/26/05, 2:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Even though James Howard has yet to finish the Kong score, it is available on Pre-Order at Amazon (thanks Gnomeo!). How's that pressure for you James! Follow these links to pre-order the CD!

King Kong (2005) Score

Ubisoft Presentation in NYC: Ubisoft and the Art of Games

10/26/05, 2:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Grace writes: I couldn't find a mention of this on TORN, so I thought I'd mention the launch of the King Kong game and Ubisoft presentation at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Global video game company Ubisoft publishes some of the game industry's smartest and most successful games, including Myst, Prince of Persia, Beyond Good and Evil, Far Cry, And 1 Streetball, Brothers in Arms, and the blockbuster Tom Clancy troika: Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and Rainbow Six. Upcoming releases include Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, inspired by Universal Pictures December 14th release of King Kong. [More]

Turner Classic Movies Tells Story Behind King Kong

10/26/05, 1:49 pm EST - Xoanon

ATLANTA, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- As movie fans everywhere await the arrival of the latest big-screen version of King Kong, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is taking a special look back at the man who first concocted the idea of a giant gorilla on the rampage in New York: producer Merian C. Cooper. Filmmaker and cinema historian Kevin Brownlow, who has created documentary portraits of such screen icons as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, D.W. Griffith and Greta Garbo, tells the story of Cooper's adventure- filled life and creative endeavors in "I'm KING KONG! The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper," a new TCM original documentary narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Alec Baldwin (The Cooler) and slated to premiere Tuesday, Nov. 22. Along with the new documentary, TCM will also present the original 1933 classic King Kong and the 1949 adventure Mighty Joe Young. [More]

King Kong Game Cube and GameBoy Hands-On

10/26/05, 1:44 pm EST - Xoanon

From: kotaku.com: What can I say? King Kong for the GameCube is spectacular. The game features some amazing graphics, the kind that you actually stop in mid-game to walk around and marvel at…giant scorpions be damned, and voice work by what sounds like the original actors. But most importantly it’s one of those genre-shifting titles that manage to blend the best of all types, creating more an experience than a game. [More]

Kong Restoration Interview

10/26/05, 1:40 pm EST - Xoanon

oneders63 writes: From THE DIGITAL BITS, here is a fascinating interview with some of the men who were directly involved with the new restoration of "King Kong". The interview was conducted by Robert A. Harris, who supervised the restorations of "Lawrence Of Arabia", "My Fair Lady", and "Vertigo". [More]

News for Oct. 25, 2005

Spike TV Sets Awards Show Noms

10/25/05, 9:35 pm EST - Xoanon

From gamespot.com: Spike TV's Video Game Awards show is returning this year, and it's bringing some actors, rappers, and rockers with it. The 2005 edition of the awards show will take place Friday, November 18 in Los Angeles. The show praises the best in the business, as voted on by industry vets, and is accompanied by celebrities and musicians. As for the games, Ubisoft's not-yet-released Peter Jackson's King Kong thumped its chest by leading all nominees with seven nods, including Best Action Game, Best Graphics, Best Designer (Michel Ancel), Best Cast, Best Performance by a Human - Female (Naomi Watts), Best Performance by a Human - Male (Jack Black), Best Game Based on a Movie. [More]

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