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News for Nov. 28, 2005

TV Watch: Brody on Comedy Central...RIGHT NOW!

11/28/05, 11:23 pm EST - Xoanon

This may be useless but fans close to a TV can catch Adrien Brody on Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' which airs TONIGHT..in fact, it started about 20 minutes ago! Go watch!

(I'm reminded of a Douglas Adams quote from 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' about this sudden news on Comedy Central's website "Thanks for going out of your way, like actually telling anybody or anything..." -Xo)

TV Listings Update

11/28/05, 11:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Elliott writes: I was reading the Kong on TV dates at "Kong is King", and thought you might want to add that in the USA Friday Dec. 2, 2005 NBC will feature Kong on their show "Dateline" at 10PM Eastern/ 9PM Central. Their promo featured interviews with Jack Black (as unlikely leading man), and Peter Jackson. [TV Listings Page]

Invention and Technology Magazine

11/28/05, 11:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Invention and Technology Magazine David sends along this scan from the latest issue of Invention and Technology Magazine. It features this great photo of the classic Kong! [More]

King Kong: An Interview with Evan Parke

11/28/05, 10:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Wilson Morales writes: According to the bio sent to me, Evan Parke is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's most versatile and commanding actors. Most recently, Parke was seen in Warner Bros.' Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, opposite Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer; the film was from producer Joel Silver and directed by Shane Black. He has also been seen in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes; The Replacements with Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman; and Lasse Hallström's Oscar®-nominated The Cider House Rules. [More]

Peter Jackson takes the helm at Total Film

11/28/05, 10:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Director Peter Jackson turns his hands to magazine editing later this week, when he takes the helm at the UK’s Total Film magazine for a special collectors’ issue. In a world exclusive by the UK film magazine, Jackson helps Total Film commemorate the eagerly-awaited launch of his newest movie, King Kong. Setting the editorial agenda for Total Film’s Christmas Issue, the director suggested feature ideas and wrote across all sections of the magazine. From his special editor’s welcome onwards, Jackson enjoyed putting his thumbprint on the movie magazine that was the first anywhere to feature on-set photography from his follow-up to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. [More]

American Cinematographer Talks Kong

11/28/05, 10:44 pm EST - Xoanon

American Cinematographer KewlKR sends along this scan of the latest issue of American Cinematographer, featuring King Kong. [More]

King Kong re-make 'set to be a hit'

11/28/05, 10:19 pm EST - Xoanon

King Kong director Peter Jackson's latest blockbuster, is a smash hit, according to the film's first review. Newsweek critic Devin Gordon said the remake of the 1933 classic was "surprisingly tender, even heartbreaking" and a "tragic tale" of beauty and the beast. "Jackson has honoured his favourite film in the best possible way: by recapturing its heart-pounding, escapist glee," Gordon wrote. The epic film is three hours long and cost £120 million (207 million dollars) to make. [More]

4 Minutes of Kong Online

11/28/05, 10:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Yesterday NBC aired a great 4 minute scene from King Kong. The scene featured Naomi Watts and the big guy himself on Skull Island. Take a look for yourself! The scene has little in the way of spoilers...unless you count an Ann/Kong 'quiet moment' scene a spoiler! (50.5MB AVI File) Please Right-Click and select 'Save As' [More]


11/28/05, 3:31 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW WINNERS POSTEDWe have chosen two new winners! (unfortunately some of our first rounders couldn't make it to the show and were kind enough to let us know.

The time has come! Here our the lucky KING KONG fans who have won themselves 2 tickest to the WORLD PREMIERE OF KING KONG! All winners will be contacted via email with details. (please note: winners will need to present the email address they used at entry as an additional form of identification on the day of the premiere). [See if you won!]

TV Watch: Watts on 'Jay Leno'

11/28/05, 8:02 am EST - Xoanon

Naomi Watts is slated to be a guest tonight on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno', she is there to talk about...what else? King Kong! 'The Tonight Show' airs on NBC at 11:35PM.

Follow this link for a full list of Kong related TV goodness leading up to the worldwide premiere! [More]

News for Nov. 27, 2005

Nurture of the beast

11/27/05, 10:47 pm EST - Xoanon

The Lord of the Rings bought him acclaim beyond measure. But only now has Peter Jackson fulfilled his lifetime ambition: remaking King Kong. In this exclusive interview, Giles Hattersley hears how he captured Hollywood in the palm of his hand You want to find King Kong? I'll tell you how to find King Kong. Take the red-eye from London via Singapore via Melbourne to Wellington, New Zealand, and your taxi driver will give you the lowdown before you can say '$207m! It's the goddamn most expensive movie ever made!' 'Kong?' says the driver. 'We used to see him all the time but not any more. I'd like to see more of him. Say hello or whatever. We all would.' He looks put out on the part of a nation. 'I mean, here I am, a kiwi, and here's you from the other side of the world. Do you think it's right that you see him and I don't... Oh, hang on, mate, look up there, it's Skull Island.' [More]

Serkis.com Updates 'Lumpy' Images

11/27/05, 10:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Keith writes: Andy Serkis has added some behind-the-scenes photos of "Lumpy the Cook" in KING KONG. [More]

Show Us Your 'Kong' DVD!

11/27/05, 11:34 am EST - Xoanon

Show Us Your 'Kong' DVD!
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Last week I asked Kong fans to send along images of themselves with their new 1933 King Kong DVD. I did get a few photos, but not nearly as many as I wanted! Send along your photos with your King Kong goodies! [Email Photos Here]

Order the new King Kong DVDs from Amazon.com today!

Toshiba King Kong Ad

11/27/05, 11:11 am EST - Xoanon

Toshiba King Kong Ad Sonny B writes: I came across this King Kong advertisement in this week's Entertainment Weekly magazine. [More]

King Kong's Queen

11/27/05, 10:55 am EST - Xoanon

Gorgeous Naomi Watts still bears the scars of filming alongside the world's biggest gorilla. The blonde beauty was left battered and bruised as she re-enacted some of the most iconic scenes in cinema. Starring as the feisty heroine in the new £95million King Kong movie was physically demanding... and downright painful. And when she tumbled 6ft down a ditch, landing heavily on her back and unable to move, she feared she had already come to a sticky end. [More]

PSM Magazine Talks King Kong Game

11/27/05, 10:52 am EST - Xoanon

PSM Magazine Talks King Kong Game Masood writes: I just wanted to let you know that the latest issue of PSM Magazine (Issue #105, Holiday 2005) will be featuring King Kong the game. Here is the front page picture. [More]

Access Hollywood Goes Kong Krazy

11/27/05, 10:48 am EST - Xoanon

John writes: Access Hollywood claims it is going to begin a 'Countdown to King Kong' by looking at things through King Kong's eyes this week. [accesshollywood.com]

Newsweek: Capturing Kong

11/27/05, 10:46 am EST - Xoanon

Hobbits made Peter Jackson a titan. How's the view from the top? Judging from an exclu sive screening of his new movie, 'King Kong,' it's thrilling. Like any classic film worth its salt, the original 1933 "King Kong" has its little unsolved mysteries. Most notorious is the missing spider-pit sequence. Co-directors Merian Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack's first cut of "Kong" featured a scene on Skull Island—the famous ape's jungle pied-a-terror—in which several men tumble into a chasm and get devoured by giant arachnids. It was screened for an audience only once. Cooper later said that he dropped the scene for "pacing" reasons; no one crucial to the plot falls into the pit and the directors wanted to get on with his story. According to legend, though, there was another reason: the scene made several people barf. In any case, Cooper dumped it, and no one has seen it since. [More]

News for Nov. 26, 2005

Post Production Diary - 3 Weeks To Go

11/26/05, 1:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Post Production Diary - 3 Weeks To Go

With 3 weeks left until the film opens Peter and his crews are left with not much to do, Peter has decided to take a 2 and 1/2 week break and go scuba diving while he gives his entire crew time off to sleep and drink tequila...NOT! The crew are working DOUBLE-TIME to get the final 3 reels of film ready for mass production in facilities around the globe. The sound and SFX teams are close to the goal-line as the film slowly comes together. We get to see the final penultimate reels being sent off to copy companies worldwide, and the process that is involved in making sure what is being sent off is the EXACT version of the film PJ intends to public to see. This very weekend is the deadline the production team has to meet to get the film out, after that Peter and the gang are off to NYC (so are many of us fans!) to do press and answer some of YOUR questions for us on this very space. Stay Tuned! [QT6 240x132px 8Mb] [QT4 320x176px 15Mb] [QT6 480x264px 19Mb] [Bit Torrents!]

And don't miss our latest addition to the Kong History section, a 360 turnaround of the Kong Model! [Kong History]

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]

KIKN Premiere Ticket Giveaway!!!

11/26/05, 11:00 am EST - Xoanon

It doesn't get any better than this folks! Universal Studios has kindly given KongisKing.net 70 tickets to the New York City, Times Square, Premiere of Peter Jackson's KING KONG! And what better way to give them away, than by simply randomly choosing our lucky winners!

The idea is so easy, even a hairy ape could do it.

Fill out the form below between November 20th 2005 and November 27th 2005 (eastern time zone) for your chance to win 2 Tickets. We will be posting the winners first initial and last name on this page on, or around, November 27th. Winners will be contacted via the email address they entered with, and will have 48 hours to claim their tickets! Only two tickets are awarded per entry.

So what are you waiting for? Enter today!

Game Informer Kong Review

11/26/05, 10:59 am EST - Xoanon

Game Informer Kong Review Sonny B writes: I found this Kong article in this month's Game Informer magazine which I just recieved in the mail yesterday. Thought you guys might be interested...enjoy! [More]

Kong TV Domination Update

11/26/05, 10:50 am EST - Xoanon

John sends along a small update to our 'Kong TV Domination' Page. Naomi Watts is going for the chat show hat trick on November 30th by appearing on 3 shows in one day. As reported earlier you can catch her on 'Regis & Kelly' in the morning and 'The Late Late Show with Conan O'Brien' at 12:35AM. You can now also see her on 'The Today Show' on NBC in the early morning...that is plenty of TV coverage in one day! [TV Listings Page]

Why Kong Is King

11/26/05, 10:45 am EST - Xoanon

Long before Peter Jackson made King Kong his mission, three other visionaries brought the tragic tale to life for the first time. In 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression, codirectors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack imagined a cinematic fantasy unlike any other, one Jackson calls “the absolute beginning of the big spectacle effects film, in which visual effects were used to create the main character, to drive the story, and to create not just spectacle but emotion.” The short, fast-talking Cooper (whose rollicking life is the subject of a new biography by Mark Cotta Vaz) and the towering, quiet Schoedsack were WWI veterans, mercenaries for just causes, and documentarians whose motto was “The Three Ds: Keep it Distant, Difficult, and Dangerous.” Their fascination with exotic cultures and creatures helped create a believable backstory for a spectacle about a giant ape from the dinosaur-infested jungle of Skull Island transplanted to the humanity-infested jungle of New York City. [More]

Toys R Us in Times Square Displays Kong

11/26/05, 10:32 am EST - Xoanon

Toys R Us in Times Square Displays Kong Ben writes: I stopped by the giant 'Toys R Us' in Times Square and was greeted by this Kong size display of toys complete with flying insects, dinosaurs, vines, and Kong wallpaper. Check it out! [More]

Americans sniffing around Weta Digital animators

11/26/05, 10:15 am EST - Xoanon

Some giant American studios are trying to fill a shortage of movie animators by poaching from New Zealand special effects companies, including Weta Digital. The commercial success of New Zealand director Adam Adamson's Shrek movies, and other animated features such as Finding Nemo has created huge demand for staff skilled at computer graphics. Recruiters at Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation - which produced the Shrek films - recently returned from a trip to New Zealand to woo workers away from Weta Digital, the computer effects operation co-owned by director Peter Jackson, the Los Angeles Times reports. [More]

King Kong breaks out of film vault in grand style

11/26/05, 10:09 am EST - Xoanon

Of all the things for which we owe film-loving "The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson thanks, "King Kong" may be the most momentous. Not Jackson's remake, to be released Dec. 14. Judgment is still to come on that. No, it's that the new "Kong" finally moved Warner Bros., which owns the RKO catalog, to release the original film on DVD. Which it has, in grand style: "King Kong — Special Edition." [More]

Black Gets Excited About Rock Film

11/26/05, 10:01 am EST - Xoanon

Funnyman Jack Black insists the forthcoming movie based on his band Tenacious D, will be the best music film ever. The School Of Rock actor, who formed the band in 1994 with actor friend Kyle Gass, wants to cast a host of rock veterans to play lead roles in Tenacious D In: The Pick Of Destiny. He tells movie magazine Hotdog, "Man it's going to be awesome. It's going to be the Lord Of The Rings of rock." [More]

On the trail of the original `King Kong'

11/26/05, 9:56 am EST - Xoanon

Most people remember the sad, spectacular conclusion of "King Kong," when the iconic ape comes tumbling down from the top of the Empire State Building, landing tragically on the streets of New York. "'Twas beauty killed the beast!" But stop animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen, revered for his subsequent Sinbad and mythology films, knows what really happened to King Kong. [More]

I went ape for Kong

11/26/05, 9:53 am EST - Xoanon

James Mottram writes: Andy Serkis is sitting just a few feet away from me in a London hotel suite. If he wanted, he could leap on his seat, beat his chest and charge towards me. I wouldn't stand a chance. Such behaviour might seem bizarre for a 41-year-old father of three, but it would come as no surprise. For the past 18 months, Serkis has gone gorilla, preparing for the title role in the mother of all monster movies, Peter Jackson's much-anticipated remake of King Kong. With Serkis providing the movements and facial expressions for the digitally rendered great ape, just as he did for the malevolent sprite Gollum in Jackson's celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy, things have come a long way since actors donned hirsute suits for the opening sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey. [More]

Serkis makes King Kong as real as possible

11/26/05, 9:50 am EST - Xoanon

King Kong actor Andy Serkis painlessly researched the way the terrifying beast should kill his victims - because he wanted his character to be as realistic as possible. Serkis provides motion capture and facial expressions for the computer generated King Kong in the new movie - and was determined his Kong should behave like a real animal. [More]

Best Buy Goes Geek with Kong DVDs?

11/26/05, 9:44 am EST - Xoanon

Jim writes: Run, don't walk to your local Best Buy and get their "Exclusive Box Set." Their version contains the Collector's Edition of King Kong (two-disc Special Edition DVD, reproduction of the premiere program book, 5 mini poster/lobby reproductions, and a mail-in offer for a free King Kong poster reproduction, all packaged in a color collectible tin), plus Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Young. But that's not all, you also get 5 additional mini poster/lobby cards exclusive to this box set (the package looks like a wooden crate). And best of all, the price for this exclusive box set is only $33.99! The Collector's Edition in the tin sales for $29.99-$39.99 by itself at most places, so this is an unbelievable deal! If you don't see it in the "New Release" section, look in the "Drama" section. Merian C. Cooper completist will also want to pick up the Last Days of Pompeii DVD also located in the "Drama" section. GET YOUR COPY NOW!

Weekend Kong Chat

11/26/05, 9:39 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

News for Nov. 25, 2005

Kong Badges for Cancer Research in the UK

11/25/05, 12:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Tom writes: Cancer Research UK has released four "King Kong Badges" in the hope of raising £130,000 to further their research. Here's a page about them. [More]

Kong Scratch Card in Georgia

11/25/05, 12:08 pm EST - Xoanon

prophecygirl writes: Georgia Lottery has a King Kong scratch card. It's only $5 to play. Take a look! [More]

Restored 'King Kong' maintains emotion

11/25/05, 12:04 pm EST - Xoanon

The original black-and-white "King Kong," a mix of live action and stop-motion animation, still maintains remarkable power and emotion after more than 70 years. Sure, the gigantic Kong has an outrageous affection for a tiny female human, and he does destroy half of Manhattan while trying to get her back in his grip. But in the end — especially when those planes shoot him down from the top of the Empire State Building — your heart goes out to the big ape. When a film can make you care as much — or more — about an overgrown monkey as its human characters, well, that's moviemaking at its best. [More]

SHOP: Sideshow Collectibles Announces KING KONG 1933 STOP MOTION ARMATURE!

11/25/05, 7:23 am EST - Celeborn

King Kong Armature
Big news from Sideshow Collectibles today! They have teamed with Bob Burns (see Post Prod Diary 8) to make musuem quality replicas of the 1933 KING KONG Armature! Follow the link for complete details! [Click Here]

News for Nov. 24, 2005

King Kong Day at Every Picture Tells A Story

11/24/05, 1:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Lee writes: The Every Picture Tells A Story gallery in Santa Monica California presents a stellar King Kong panel featuring author and illustrator JOE DE VITO (Kong, King of Skull Island and King Kong, a Novel); MARK COTTA VAZ (author of the New York Times best-seller, Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong); and film historians RUDY BEHLMER and ARNOLD KUNERT on Sat., Dec. 3 at 5 PM. [More]

i-D Magazine Talks Naomi Watts

11/24/05, 1:28 pm EST - Xoanon

i-D Magazine Talks Watts Richard writes: Naomi Watts is on the cover of the latest issue (#260) of the UK 'i-D Magazine'. She talked briefly about King Kong and was seen having some fun with a gorilla in the inside pages. All photos were taken by her brother Ben Watts (and a sexier picture of Naomi Watts, I have never seen -Xo). [More]

Kong Comic Preview!

11/24/05, 1:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Sigge: I found these 4 preview pages of the King Kong movie adaption comic book on the Dark Horse site. Click the Preview link on under the cover image. The King Kong movie adaption comic book is in 3 parts and is released on December 21st. [More]

PJ Petitioning DGA for 'Animation Directed By' Credit

11/24/05, 1:13 pm EST - Xoanon

"Peter Jackson has petitioned the Directors Guild of America to give an “Animation Directed By” credit on KING KONG to the supervisors who helped bring Kong to life, reports David Poland of MOVIE CITY NEWS. However, the animators are not identified by Poland. Joe Letteri and Ben Snow served as visual effects supervisors and Christian Rivers directed the MoCap sessions with Andy Serkis. The DGA has never allowed such a credit before." (requires registration) [More]

Stay Tuned to NBC!

11/24/05, 8:51 am EST - Xoanon

Americans enjoying a nice holiday should keep their TV sets tuned into NBC all day today, the station will be airing select scenes from King Kong! I'm sure the rest of us will be able to view these clips online shortly..happy turkey day!

Kong Chat Tonight

11/24/05, 8:49 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, San Francisco
1:30am (Friday) in GMT (UK)
2:30am (Friday) CET in Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam
12:30pm (Friday) in Sydney
2:30pm (Friday) in Auckland and Wellington

Happy Birthday Colin Hanks!

11/24/05, 8:48 am EST - Xoanon

Today is Colin Hanks' Birthday! Colin was born on November 24th, 1977 in Sacramento, California. That makes him 28 years old today! Happy Birthday Colin!

News for Nov. 23, 2005

You Ready for 'Ray Harryhausen Day'?

11/23/05, 10:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Tane writes: Sky Cinema 1 (a UK film channel) is holding a Ray Harryhausen day this coming Sunday, complete with a new, exclusive interview with Harryhausen. Here's a link to the tv-listing, sadly I can't find a more informative web page. [More]

Kong TV Domination Update

11/23/05, 10:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Kong TV domination continues with updates from a few choice websites and my new good pal Eddie, these updates include DVD and soundtrack release dates and world premieres, take a look! [More]

Monkeying around for King Kong

11/23/05, 10:29 pm EST - Xoanon

Kong Sized Stunt in Wellywood Kelly writes: I just wanted to supply you with a bit more information and some pictures about the crushed car stunt that took place in Wellington and appeared on Kongisking on the 9th November. [More]

Capital welcomes King Kong Red Carpet Screening

11/23/05, 10:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Since receiving the green light last week Wellington is abuzz with preparations for the Red Carpet Screening of King Kong at the Embassy Theatre on Wednesday 14 December. “It’s very exciting,” says Mayor Kerry Prendergast. “We’re expecting thousands of people to flock to Courtenay Place when the red carpet is rolled out for the cast and crew of King Kong. “It’s a privilege to host another red carpet event for Peter Jackson, Peter is a home-town hero and we consider this a home-town film because so much filming was done locally.” [More]

KIKN Premiere Ticket Giveaway!!!

11/23/05, 1:44 pm EST - Xoanon

It doesn't get any better than this folks! Universal Studios has kindly given KongisKing.net 70 tickets to the New York City, Times Square, Premiere of Peter Jackson's KING KONG! And what better way to give them away, than by simply randomly choosing our lucky winners!

The idea is so easy, even a hairy ape could do it.

Fill out the form below between November 20th 2005 and November 27th 2005 (eastern time zone) for your chance to win 2 Tickets. We will be posting the winners first initial and last name on this page on, or around, November 27th. Winners will be contacted via the email address they entered with, and will have 48 hours to claim their tickets! Only two tickets are awarded per entry.

So what are you waiting for? Enter today!

He just loves that big gorilla

11/23/05, 1:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Fay Wray may have been the first person who had trouble escaping King Kong, but she was far from the last. The 1933 movie starring Wray as the girl in the hairy paw launched the towering ape into the front rank of American folklore. This is true more than ever now, with Tuesday's ballyhooed first-ever DVD release of the 1933 "King Kong" (with a dazzling array of add-ons) and next month's premiere of an extravagant remake of the movie by "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson. [More]

Game Review on Gamespot

11/23/05, 1:29 pm EST - Xoanon

The first-person action adventure/third-person gorilla beat-'em-up combo genre has been born in Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie. As the long-winded title suggests, this is the game based on the upcoming retelling of the 1933 film by the Academy Award-winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. King Kong feels more like a stand-alone product than a handy cash-in for the license, however. This game blends the aforementioned first-person action sequences with its third-person (or should it be third-gorilla?) components remarkably well, as you traverse the perils of Skull Island as both screenwriter Jack Driscoll and the 800-pound gorilla himself, King Kong. More]

News for Nov. 22, 2005

Maxx Theatre in Munich

11/22/05, 2:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Maxx Theatre in Munich Sebastian writes: I'm an employee at the Maxx in Munich, Germany. I thought you might be interested in posting some of our decoration pix. We are participating in an competition for best King Kong decoration hosted by UIP to win some tickets to either the NY premiere or the Berlin premiere. That's why did a little bit more than just putting up a few posters and the standee. If you have any questiobs feel free to write and ask. [More]

King Kong Takes A Chance

11/22/05, 2:34 pm EST - Xoanon

November 21, 2005 - Chance Thomas is no stranger to the world of videogame composition. As early as 1996 his musical scores were accompanying the digitized images of games such as The Realm. Over the course of the past nine years Thomas has leant his sonic talents to a variety of videogame projects ranging from SWAT II to Quest For Glory V: Dragon Fire, Bunny Luv, The Haunted Mansion, Unreal II, Earth And Beyond, and Vivendi/Universal's games based on the books of J.R.R. Tolkein including Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of The Rings: War of the Ring, and The Hobbit. [More]

TCM Airs '33 King Kong Tonight

11/22/05, 2:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Don't have the new DVD's? Catch the 1933 King Kong on your screen tonight on Turner Classic Movies! [More]

'The World of Kong : A Natural History of Skull Island' Book Out Today

11/22/05, 2:18 pm EST - Xoanon

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of 'The World of Kong : A Natural History of Skull Island' from Pocket Publishing last week, and before it was safely packed away for my move I leafed through the beautifully hard covered book with eager anticipation. This book treats Skull Island as if it actually existed, and all the wild creatures on it are real. It is a great coffee table book and a really good reference book for PJ's film. Pick it up when you can! [Order Online]

Vs. Standee in Austria

11/22/05, 2:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Klaus writes: Austria also goes King Kong, at least the "Hollywood Megaplex" in Pasching, where I was lucky to find the impressive 3d-standee. [More]

The guy who went ape

11/22/05, 2:05 pm EST - Xoanon


"King Kong" is the greatest movie ever made, says science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, and even if you don't entirely buy that premise, the story of the man who put Mr. Kong on film, Merian C. Cooper, is well worth revisiting. "Kong" fans actually know more of Cooper's story than they might realize, since he put a thinly disguised version of himself into "Kong" - as Carl Denham, the hustler director who discovers Kong and brings him to New York, where all kinds of bad things happen. [More]

Ubisoft's King Kong Game Released!

11/22/05, 2:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Ubisoft's 'Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie' is now out on all platforms across North America! From Amazon: Live the epic action of Peter Jackson's movie King Kong. Play as Jack or Kong in unique, dual-style gameplay. Play in first-person Survival mode as Jack Driscoll: shoot, evade, fight using Skull Island's hostile environment to your advantage. Launch your destructive power as the iconic ape-monster Kong in third person, from the savage perils of Skull Island to the skyscrapers of New York. [More]

Wood delights Jackson with NZ visit

11/22/05, 1:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Elijah Wood has revealed how he made a secret visit to New Zealand to surprise Peter Jackson on the set of King Kong. Wood planned the trip for a bit of fun, but the actor who played hobbit Frodo Baggins in Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy was surprised just how emotional he was when he arrived at the Kiwi director's film studio in Wellington. The studio was the same facility where Lord of the Rings was shot and Jackson had recruited most of the Rings crew for King Kong, many who were close to Wood after his 18 months in New Zealand. [More]

Official Site Updates

11/22/05, 1:44 pm EST - Xoanon

kingkong.com has updated thier site with some TV spots previously seen on themoviebox.net and comingsoon.net! Take a look! King Kong goodness!!! [More]

King Kong in top form on DVD

11/22/05, 1:42 pm EST - Xoanon

"We're millionaires, boys. I'll share it with all of you!" That's what showman Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) exclaims after he fells King Kong with gas bombs and prepares to bring the lovestruck ape to New York. And that's how fans of 1933's King Kong will react as they find unexpected bits of cinema treasure in the DVD, out today, of the 72-year-old classic, which many believe is the greatest adventure movie ever made. The DVD is so full of extras and commentaries that they rival the movie's long-awaited digital restoration. [More]

Premiere Talks King Kong

11/22/05, 1:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Premiere Talks King Kong Richard writes: Peter Jackson and Naomi Watts are on the cover of the Premiere Special Holiday review issue, it's awesome! [More]

'33 Kong DVD Sets out Today!

11/22/05, 6:42 am EST - Xoanon

The original 1933 King Kong film has been restored to prestine quality and is available on DVD today! Along with tons of other goodies, including a restored 'spider-pit sequence'! From Amazon: "Now you see it. You're amazed. You can't believe it. Your eyes open wider. It's horrible, but you can't look away. There's no chance for you. No escape. You're helpless, helpless. There's just one chance, if you can scream. Throw your arms across your eyes and scream, scream for your life!" And scream Fay Wray does most famously in this monster classic, one of the greatest adventure films of all time, which even in an era of computer-generated wizardry remains a marvel of stop-motion animation. Robert Armstrong stars as famed adventurer Carl Denham, who is leading a "crazy voyage" to a mysterious, uncharted island to photograph "something monstrous ... neither beast nor man." Also aboard is waif Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and Bruce Cabot as big lug John Driscoll, the ship's first mate. King Kong's first half-hour is steady going, with engagingly corny dialogue ("Some big, hard-boiled egg gets a look at a pretty face and bang, he cracks up and goes sappy") and ominous portent that sets the stage for the horror to come. Once our heroes reach Skull Island, the movie comes to roaring, chest-thumping, T. rex-slamming, snake-throttling, pterodactyl-tearing, native-stomping life. King Kong was ranked by the American Film Institute as among the 50 best films of the 20th century. Kong making his last stand atop the Empire State Building is one of the movies' most indelible and iconic images. [Order Yours Today!]

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