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News for Nov. 09, 2006

Kong EE Review & Trailer!

11/09/06, 4:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Barry writes: "The Critic" has the standard King Kong Extended preview but with a difference, the extended dvd trailer as well! [More]

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News for Nov. 06, 2006

Kong 'Mitchell camera' Up for Auction at Christie's!

11/06/06, 7:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Samdodge writes: The camera that shot the 1933 King Kong and Son of Kong is up for auction at Christie's Auction House on Old Brompton Rd, London. The auction is November 22, 2006.

From christies.com: Our sale on 22 November will feature a unique Leica M3 camera no. 873000 from 1957 specially made by Leitz; several important single-owner collections such as a Leica collection of models including the Compur, Reporter and black-paint cameras; and the Samuleson Brothers Collection of motion picture cameras. Of special note is the Mitchell camera used to film the classic 1933 film King Kong. [More]

Estimate: 40,000-60,000
To be sold:
November 2006
London, South Kensington

DVD Tuesday: Cars, Carson, Who!

11/06/06, 10:52 am EST - Xoanon

A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our 'DVD Tuesday' feature...every Monday! Check out some TV goodies like the 'The Best of Carson, Volume 1', 'Beverly Hills, 90210 - S1' & 'Doctor Who - S1 V1 & V2'. Some great animation out today as well, 'The Transformers - The Movie' & 'Harvey Toons - The Complete Collection'. The big release of the week is Disney/Pixar's 'Cars', but also be on the lookout for some great box-sets like 'West Wing - The Complete Series Collection', 'Men Behaving Badly - Complete Collection', 'Mash: Martinis & Medicine Collection', 'James Bond Ultimate Collection - Vol. 1 & 2'. Personally I'm interested in 'Doctor Who: Mark of the Rani' & 'Hand of Fear'! Check out the whole list here! [More]

News for Nov. 05, 2006

King Kong Pinball slams onto mobile

11/05/06, 9:54 am EST - Xoanon

So in terms of narrative relevance, King Kong Pinball is a shameless tie-in. There never was a pinball scene in the movie although we may be proved wrong when Peter Jackson's 18-hour director's cut is inevitably released. Nevertheless, Gameloft has decided to follow up its well-received King Kong action game with a pinball sim. And it's looking pretty good, as you can see from these screenshots. [More]

News for Nov. 02, 2006

Five minutes with: Andy Serkis

11/02/06, 4:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Get ready for the Andy Serkis Film Festival. The man who snatched the brass ring voicing Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" movies and the big ape in "King Kong" has three new flicks unreeling in theaters.

He's Mr. Grin in "Alex Rider: Stormbreaker," an assistant to scientist Nikola Tesla (David Bowie) in "The Prestige" and Spike, a henchman of the villainous Toad (Ian McKellen) in the animated "Flushed Away," opening Friday.

A collaboration between Aardman Animation ("Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit") and DreamWorks ("Shrek"), "Flushed Away" follows the story of Roddy St. James (Hugh Jackman), a pampered pet mouse who accidentally takes a dip in the toilet only to be sucked down into a bustling underworld populated with street-smart rats (Serkis, Bill Nighy) and potential gal-pals (Kate Winslet). [More]

News for Oct. 31, 2006

TV Watch: Giganto: The Real King Kong

10/31/06, 8:26 pm EST - Xoanon

An episode of 'Decoding the Past' on The History Channel will have a look at the Gigantopithecus, on November 17th. Check out the blurb here: An exploration of the Giganto (King Kong) legend using modern science, technology, and historic eyewitness accounts. Gigantopithecus (the Latin term for "Giant Ape") is believed to have existed 9 to 5-million years ago and supposedly was around 10-feet tall. Some fossil evidence shows that it may have lived in China or India. Scientists of varying fields will attempt to genetically connect Giganto to modern-day creatures from around the world. Could Bigfoot be a relative? Forensic testing, extensive scientific research, 3-D animation, and body reconstruction will help determine the true mystery behind this prehistoric ape. [The History Channel]

Happy Birthday Peter Jackson!

10/31/06, 1:39 pm EST - Xoanon


In happier news, today is Peter Jackson's Birthday! Peter was born on October 31st, 1961 in Pukerua Bay, North Island, New Zealand. That makes him 45 years old today! Happy Birthday Peter!

Press Pause: Halo on Hold

10/31/06, 1:29 pm EST - Xoanon

As many of you may have heard, the PJ produced live action Halo film has been put on the back burner. Here is the press release from Wingnut Films:

As was previously confirmed, we deeply regret that both Universal and Fox did not choose to move forward with financing the Halo film under the original terms of the agreement. At this time Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, along with their partner, Microsoft, have mutually agreed to postpone making a feature film based on the Halo video game universe until we can fulfill the promise we made to millions of Halo fans throughout the world that we would settle for no less than bringing a first class film to the big screen... [More]

Jack Black Speaks on Green Lantern

10/31/06, 1:23 pm EST - Xoanon

The "Nacho Libre" star claims he won't be playing the DC comics hero on the big screen. At an interview today during the "Tenacious D: Pick of Destiny" junket actor Jack Black (King Kong), finally confirmed the status of a long rumored film based on the DC comics character Green Lantern in which he was reported to be starring. "Well yeah it was true that uh yes someone wrote a script for me, but I don't think it's going to happen. Too many people were mad at the idea of me being Green Lantern." [More]

News for Oct. 30, 2006

DVD Tuesday: Mission Impossible III, C.S.I. Miami & More!

10/30/06, 12:14 pm EST - Xoanon

A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our 'DVD Tuesday' feature...every Monday! You can actually pick up some DVDs today in most stores, it is Mission: Monday with 'Mission: Impossible II' out on DVD, as well as a collector three pack. A 'Baywatch Collection' is also available today. Check out some other TV goodies like the 'Benny Hill Collection', 'C.S.I. Miami - S4' & 'Ghost Whisperer - S1'. Some great animation out today as well, 'Ghost in the Shell SAC Complete 1st Season Box Set' & 'Speed Racer 5'. Some Blu-Ray & HD DVD offerings include; 'Mission Impossible 3', 'Excalibur' & 'Under Siege'. Personally I'm interested in 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawntreader' & 'The Kids in the Hall Megaset'! Check out the whole list here! [More]

News for Oct. 28, 2006

Peter Jackson hopes biography will inspire new film-makers

10/28/06, 11:43 am EST - Xoanon

Top movie maker Peter Jackson is just about to launch the first book to explore behind the scenes of his films and his life. Rebecca Quilliam chats to one of Hollywood's most influential men, who warns film-making is not for the faint hearted. Peter Jackson was six-years-old when he watched a Batman movie and first heard the words "special effects". He says it was a moment he will never forget. The words are now synonymous with the man who started his career in Wellington's Pukerua Bay filming splatter movies with his friends and grew to direct top-grossing box office hits such as Lord of the Rings and King Kong. [More]

FAST CHAT Andy Serkis

10/28/06, 11:36 am EST - Xoanon

England's Andy Serkis is best known for playing the creepy or the colossal - he was Gollum, the whiny, covetous blue guy in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy; he was also the tall, dark and not-so-handsome leading ape in Peter Jackson's "King Kong." With a lengthy resume in British theater, Serkis has had notable screen roles playing bona fide humans - the choreographer in Mike Leigh's "Topsy Turvy," for instance - and is currently appearing in the movie "The Prestige." He is maintaining his creature franchise, however: Serkis will be voicing Spike the Rat in the upcoming animated feature "Flushed Away." John Anderson caught up with him in Los Angeles. [More]

Live in NYC? Wanna See 1933 King Kong on the Big Screen?

10/28/06, 11:21 am EST - Xoanon

Damien Farley, General Manager of the Landmark's Sunshine Cinema writes: From the mid-1970s until the mid-1980s, NYC's WOR-TV annually featured KING KONG as part of a Thanksgiving Day Monster Movie Marathon. In an effort to recall my own youth, and that of tens of thousands of other New Yorkers, I petitioned my film booker to bring me KONG. And, I was successful! This year, NYers will once again have the opportunity to indulge their love of KONG during Thanksgiving weekend. [More]

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