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News for Dec. 07, 2005

New Kong Stills

12/07/05, 10:25 pm EST - Xoanon

High Res Kong Stills Take a look at a ton of new King Kong stills sent to us by Universal, great shots from the film! [More]

Box-office beasts of burden?

12/07/05, 7:52 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES — With roughly three weeks left in Hollywood's mediocre movie year, it's up to a lion and an ape to save the day. Studio executives will be looking to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which opens Friday, and King Kong, which swings onto screens Dec. 14, to help erase the half-billion-dollar deficit between last year's ticket sales and this year's. And though it's unlikely that the animals will muster that much magic at the box office, they could get moviegoers excited again about coming to theaters and propel the industry to a strong start next year. [More]

Nation builds on hobbits' momentum

12/07/05, 7:48 pm EST - Xoanon

It's a snowbound land, full of mythical creatures, that is entered through the back of a wardrobe. But for New Zealand, Narnia is a lot more than just the setting for a new Hollywood movie. It's the chance to generate another big series of movies to follow the phenomenon that was The Lord of the Rings. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, based on a classic children's novel by C. S. Lewis, has been made by the director Andrew Adamson (who also made Shrek and Shrek 2) on a reported budget of $US150 million ($200 million). It centres on four children who accidently enter Narnia then join a battle between an evil witch and a god-like lion. [More]

Weta chief passionate about home and work

12/07/05, 7:44 pm EST - Xoanon

KongisKing Red Carpet Photos - Richard Taylor NEW YORK: Thirty five floors up in New York's Mandarin Hotel, overlooking snow-carpeted Central Park, Richard Taylor is talking about the ions in Wellington's air. The Weta Workshop chief is passionate about home and as a source of inspiration for his work. "This is humanity run amok," he says, glancing at the dizzying skyline of towering skyscrapers and traffic bustling far below. "It's amazing for a few days." Wellington's geography and climate may intimidate lesser souls, but it invigorates Taylor. It is the centre of his world. He cannot imagine being so productive in a smoggy centre such as Los Angeles. [More]

Te Papa strike unusual deal with Jackson

12/07/05, 7:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa has bumped a New Zealand art exhibition aside to make way for a money-spinning Lord of the Rings repeat, in a deal secured with a highly unusual payment. Filmmaker and aviation enthusiast Peter Jackson agreed to a second six-month exhibition on the condition the museum located and bought for him a vintage Sopwith Camel airplane engine. Te Papa spokesman Peter Brewer said a deal on an engine found somewhere in the northern hemisphere should be settled by Christmas. The engine cost "a fraction of the amount" the museum would otherwise have had to pay Jackson in licensing fees, he said. It is understood Te Papa paid trilogy backers New Line Cinemas up to $500,000 for the first Rings' exhibition in 2003. The studio had since signed over the licensing rights to Jackson. [More]

'The World of Kong' Website Update

12/07/05, 7:13 pm EST - Xoanon

WETA Artist extraodrinaire Daniel Falconer writes: I wanted to headsup you to an update on our Weta website. The Weta Publishing section has had an overhaul to celebrate the release of our book The World of Kong- A Natural History of Skull Island. We're going to have features running every few days to help build awareness out there for our book, with excerpts featuring some of the bizarre critters that lurk around the island. The first is up now for your viewing pleasure. [More]

KongIsKing kicks off Kong coverage countdown

12/07/05, 3:04 pm EST - Xoanon

KongisKing Red Carpet Photos

MrCere writes: NEW YORK - The world wide press is in a Kong frenzy as the giant gorilla moves in the pop-culture spotlight over the next week or so. We have a Venture-sized boat-load of Kong coverage gathered over the last week culminating in the Kong World Premiere in New York. Universal provided us great access and treated KiKn very well, fans and staff alike. We have interviews, stories, pictures and more to lead you up to the world wide release of Peter Jackson's King Kong. Here are some shots from premiere day and the red carpet to get things started! [More]

King Kong Is Back! Book Press Release

12/07/05, 2:42 pm EST - Xoanon

King Kong Is Back! King Kong—love story, horror film, exotic adventure tale—is back on the big screen after an almost thirty-year absence, just in time for the King of Skull Island to influence another generation. From the 1933 black-and-white Cooper/Schoedsack classic to the badly received 1976 De Laurentiis remake, to the new vision brought to life by Peter Jackson, the essayists in KING KONG IS BACK! explore the great ape’s unprecedented appeal and the film’s impact on our cultural imagination. Edited by bestselling author David Brin, KING KONG IS BACK! is sure to provoke provocative and oftentimes hilarious new insights on the legend of Kong, the evolution of film and the impact of one big ape on our society. [More]

Cine PREMIERE Talks Kong

12/07/05, 2:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Cine PREMIERE Talks Kong Carlos, editor in chief of Cine PREMIERE writes: I am happy to send you our King Size cover of our Special Edition Magazine all related to Kong. Of course we dedicate an entire article to the kongisking.net revolution in promote and discuss event films like PJ KK. [More]

Monkey business inspired a career

12/07/05, 2:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Compared with his work as an Oscar-winning director and the filmmaker behind the most popular trilogy in movie history, Peter Jackson's first attempt to remake "King Kong" was by any measure amateurish. Jackson painted the Manhattan skyline on an old bedsheet, constructed the Empire State Building out of cardboard and pinched his mother's shawl to craft the giant gorilla's fur. It didn't look like much, Jackson admits, but then again he was 13 years old. [More]

AEAF Sydney '05 - Day 1 report

12/07/05, 2:03 pm EST - Xoanon

From vfxblog.com: The annual Sydney Australian Effects and Animation Festival got off to another great start again this year, with Day 1 featuring presentations on King Kong, Pixar, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a Nickelodeon TV show and masterclasses on rigging and particle effects. The AEAF is being held on 6-8 December 2005 at Darling Harbour and is part of the Digital Media Festival run by Digital Media World magazine. Here are the highlights from Day 1. [More]

Jackson Defends Kong Length

12/07/05, 2:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson, director of the upcoming King Kong remake, defended the movie's length—three hours and seven minutes—and told SCI FI Wire that it could have been even longer. By contrast, the original 1933 film, which served as the template for Jackson's remake, ran only 100 minutes. "Three hours," Jackson said with a sigh during a news conference in New York last week. "Ah, the three-hour question. Yes, ... I know. I've got a problem. I feel like I have. No, we thought that movie would be about two hours 10 minutes, two hours 15 [minutes]. And after doing the Lord of the Rings films I really didn't feel that I wanted to make another three-hour film, because they're hard work. It gets to be very intense to have to do post-production on a film that long. And we thought with the original film being one hour 40 [minutes] that we would be okay." [More]

Million-dollar 'King Kong' ticket sold in Saugerties

12/07/05, 1:58 pm EST - Xoanon

SAUGERTIES - A $1 million second-prize ticket in New York's "King Kong Millions" lottery game was sold at the Stewart's Shop on state Route 212 in Saugerties. Lottery Division spokesman Bob Barber and a clerk at the store confirmed the win, though neither was able to provide the name of the person who bought the $2 ticket. [More]

Kong Review in The Hollywood Reporter

12/07/05, 1:55 pm EST - Xoanon

The gorilla is great, the girl terrific, sets are out of this world, creatures icky as hell, and the director clearly does not believe in the word "enough." The new "King Kong" from Peter Jackson is both the measure of what striking images the world's most imaginative filmmakers can now put onscreen with digital effects, motion capture, models and miniatures and the drawback to these very toys. [More]

Guests party on after Kong premiere

12/07/05, 1:49 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK: Up to 3000 guests packed fashionable Pier 92 in Manhattan after the King Kong movie world premiere and partied hard until at least 4am today. It was believed to be the biggest movie premiere party New York has ever seen. The Empire State Building also hosted entertainment and parties to celebrate the premiere. Meanwhile one lucky New Yorker has won $US55 million from the King Kong Lottery. The gorilla thriller was drawn yesterday on the proclaimed King Kong Day in New York. The announcement of the lottery winner was made from the Empire State Building's observation deck last night. Five other people won $US1 million, and 10 won $US100,000 apiece in the first New York state lottery drawings ever linked to a movie. [More]

'King Kong' premiere swings into Times Square

12/07/05, 1:48 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK — Bigger truly is better when it comes to King Kong. The supersized remake of the 1933 classic film, about an oversized ape who is taken from his home on Skull Island to Manhattan to become a sideshow attraction and is ultimately soothed by the love of blond actress Ann Darrow (in this case, Naomi Watts), had its world premiere in Times Square Monday night. Universal, the studio behind the film, erected a massive statue of Kong and screened the three-hour action/thriller/love story in two multiplexes. The revelry continued at the jungle-themed after-party on the Hudson River, where dogs performed in a canine burlesque and the VIPs frolicked in their own roped-off area away from the hoi polloi. [More]

DFGFI Charity King Kong Screening in Atlanta

12/07/05, 11:00 am EST - Xoanon

{ShineWonder} sends along the news: Atlanta King Kong Film Screening and Pre-Parties — Universal Pictures and Peter Jackson have granted DFGFI the opportunity to screen director Jackson's highly anticipated film, King Kong, before its worldwide theatrical release. The Benefit Screening tonight (December 7) in Atlanta is being co-chaired by The Honorable Andrew Young and Sigourney Weaver. [More]

TV Watch: Hanks on 'Conan'

12/07/05, 10:51 am EST - Xoanon

Colin Hanks is slated to be a guest on 'The Late Late Show with Conan O'Brien' tonight on NBC. He will no doubt talk King Kong! 'The Late Late Show' airs on NBC at 12:35AM, set those TiVos! [TV Listings Page]

News for Dec. 06, 2005

Kong is King of New York!

12/06/05, 11:55 pm EST - Xoanon

King Kong Premiere: New York, New York
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Xoanon here, the KongisKing.net crew and fans are slowly returning home from our get together in New York City these last few days. I am sure there will be plenty more photos and reports coming soon, and since sleep is calling me you will have to wait until tomorrow to read mine. However I have managed to post up quite a few photos from the Pre-Party at Stouts, Times Square Kong and more fan photos (thanks to Brian & Justin) as well as everything from Reuters, AP and Fashion Wire. Take a look at these! [More]

Richard Taylor Podcast

12/06/05, 10:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Bruce writes: Just a quick note that the second podcast featuring Richard Taylor is now available. This cast features Richard talking about the design and creation for the up and coming King Kong movie. [More]

Warren Lubich Performs Steiner's 1933 Kong Score in Oakland

12/06/05, 10:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Miron sends this along Internationally renown organist to perform music from Max Steiner's King Kong score. The historic Grand Lake Theater, Oakland, California, is now selling advance tickets to King Kong. This independently operated vaudeville era movie palace, in Willis O'Brien's hometown, offers a compelling theatrical setting which compliments King Kong. [More]

EXCLUSIVE: Hear Clips from the King Kong Score!

12/06/05, 9:32 pm EST - Xoanon

EXCLUSIVE: Hear Clips from the King Kong Score! KongisKing.net presents 3 select clips from James Newtown Howards King Kong Score! Take a listen to these!! 'Head Toward the Animals', 'The Empire State Building', 'A Fateful Meeting'. The score is set to hit the shelves on December 13th. Follow this link to pre-order on Amazon, order classic Kong scores too!. [More]

Penny Arcade Talks Kong

12/06/05, 9:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Penny Arcade Talks Kong Arctus64 writes: I don't know if you've heard of Penny Arcade, but they're a webcomic with a huge following. They mostly do videogames, but occasionally, they focus on movies too. The December 5th comic was about King Kong. In particular, it's a very funny piece about the ending. The comic is called "As Regards Spoilification". [More]

Official Site Updates

12/06/05, 8:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Stephen writes: I noticed last night that the official King Kong site has a section for TV Spots. There are 6 in all, 3 of which are a little older and I believe were already uploaded and posted on KiKN. But the last 3 are extremely interesting--brand new 30 second spots, complete with PG-13 rating, and some amazing new shots! !!!SPOILERS!!! [More]

Jackson's Kong finally unveiled

12/06/05, 8:49 pm EST - Xoanon

The world premiere of Peter Jackson's eagerly-awaited King Kong remake has taken place in New York. Jackson and stars Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Naomi Watts and Andy Serkis attended the event, while a 20ft King Kong model dominated Times Square. The director told reporters outside the premiere that he first tried to remake King Kong with a home movie camera when he was 12, but it "didn't work out". The director told reporters outside the premiere that he first tried to remake King Kong with a home movie camera when he was 12, but it "didn't work out". [More]

Jackson leaves Kong in fate's hands

12/06/05, 8:47 pm EST - Xoanon

On this New York early winter morning, the top of the Empire State Building is coated in heavy cloud, the Manhattan streets below are slippery with snow, and the temperature hovers around zero. A few blocks away inside a chintzy hotel room above Park Avenue, Peter Jackson's own observation deck is stuck in its own mental fog. Granted, he has been a bit busy at work. He nearly always is in December. Though this time last year was relatively light, a bit of a breather after the consecutive releases of the Lord of the Rings trilogy which became the cinematic grand finales of 2001-2003. [More]

Xoanon here, is it me or are all these interviews/articles sounding exactly the same? Yes he lost weight, yes he doesn't wear glasses anymore, yes he's tired from hard work, yes he did LOTR, sigh...am I bitter that I didn't even get to see him while in New York? Most likely...ah well

Peter Jackson Interview: Dark Horizons

12/06/05, 8:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Paul writes: New Zealand's Oscar winning Peter Jackson first fell in love with the 1933 King Kong when he was a mere 9 years old. Now, a few decades later and the gargantuan success of Lord of the Rings behind him, Jackson has fulfilled his life long ambition by bringing the mighty Kong to the screen as only this director can. Looking far more svelte than the last time we met and surprisingly more subdued, Paul Fischer caught up with the director in New York. [More]

Kong Premiere Review!

12/06/05, 8:40 pm EST - Xoanon

KINGLIZARD476 sends along this short review of Premiere Night last night in New York City..there were THOUSANDS of people in attendance, send along your review here! [More]

Dominion Post Talks King Kong

12/06/05, 8:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Gandalf sends along these scans from New Zealand's Dominion Post, they are certainly going Kong Krazy down there! [It's a first Viewing for Jackson Too] [New Zealand? It's Sweet as] [King Pete] [The Boy Who Dared To Dream]

The men behind the monster ape

12/06/05, 8:25 pm EST - Xoanon

King Kong's co-creators Merian C Cooper and Ernst B Schoedsack were larger-than-life characters - just like the ape they brought to cinema screens. Renowned film-maker and Kong aficionado Kevin Brownlow tells their stories. It's ridiculous. The very idea is absurd. But so convincingly did Merian C Cooper and Ernest B Schoedsack stage King Kong that you believe every frame. [More]

TV Watch: Brody on 'Conan O'Brien'

12/06/05, 8:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Adrien Brody (whom I was very happy to meet last night at the Kong Premiere afterparty -Xo) will be on 'The Late Late Show with Conan O'Brien' on NBC. He is there to talk King Kong! Watch this space for the video soon. 'The Late Late Show' airs on NBC at 12:35AM, set those TiVo's!

Peter Jackson Interview: Aftonbladet

12/06/05, 7:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Anders writes: Swedish magazine Aftonbladet has interviewed Peter Jackson. He talks about how he had to pay parts of the movie himself and how he's going to take at least a year off after the release of King Kong. The article is in Swedish. [More]

R2 1933 King DVD's Way Too Vanilla -UPDATE-

12/06/05, 7:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Tony from Scotland let me in on the fact that Warner's Region 2 (Europe, Japan, the Middle East, Egypt, South Africa, Greenland) 1933 King Kong Collector's Edition DVD set contains none of the wondrous extra features and documentaries available on the Region 1 release. The only suggestion we have is to let Warners Distributors in those countries know you WANT the extra features for the R2 release! Sadly the only alternative is to buy a region free DVD player.

UPDATE: Chris sends along a little more information about this. [More]

Want to know more about DVD Regions and what they mean? Click here.

Lost on Kong Set

12/06/05, 6:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Lost on Kong Set Ataahua writes: New Plymouth man Jay Rei talks about his time on the crew of the King Kong movie set – and how he got lost in the midst of the set. [More]

Oscars That Way!

12/06/05, 6:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Tom Scott Cartoon Ataahua writes: Cartoonist Tom Scott comments on the prospects of three New Zealand films: King Kong, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, and motorcycle movie The World’s Fastest Indian. [More]

Peter Jackson Interview: Chud.com

12/06/05, 6:27 pm EST - Xoanon

As we well know from Peter's most recent Production Diary, he was knee deep in reporters the past two weeks doing press junket interviews. Here is one of the first few to pop online from the dudes over at CHUD.com: Devin writes: I hope Peter Jackson gets some sleep. The guy just seems exhausted. The last time I interviewed him was for The Two Towers, which means that he was right in the middle of all the Lord of the Rings business, and he still didn't look as tired as he did last Thursday at New York City's Regency Hotel. [More]

"King Kong" launches another bid to conquer Manhattan, box office

12/06/05, 6:23 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK (AFP) - Peter Jackson, director of the blockbuster "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy, has chosen to follow up that mega-success with a remake of the movie classic "King Kong," the mammoth ape that terrorized Manhattan, debuting on screens around the world 14 December. The movie was to have its red carpet rollout in New York City Monday, appropriately enough, just blocks from the Empire State Building, the famed skyscraper that shares top billing in the movie with Hollywood Naomi Watts and Adrien Brody. [More]

New York mayor declares King Kong day

12/06/05, 6:18 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK: As the billboards in Times Square blazed with images from the movie, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared today King Kong Day. In front of a massive replica of King Kong in the heart of the city, Mr Bloomberg honoured the film. "Today, December 5, 2005, is King Kong Day," he said. As he spoke, he gave the 19-month-old son of actor Andy Serkis a high-five. [More]

The Man Who Would be King Kong

12/06/05, 6:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Andy Serkis, who has been hailed as the heart and soul of King Kong, put so much into his portrayal of the legendary giant gorilla that he wept tears of joy when he saw the full movie for the first time. The 41-year-old actor - who so memorably brought Gollum to the screen in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy - doubled for the computerised Kong in the epic movie, which also stars Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody and Jack Black. [More]

Jackson takes 'date' model to premiere

12/06/05, 6:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Film-maker Peter Jackson went to the New York premiere of his King Kong movie clutching the miniature model used to make the original Kong. He quipped that the model was his "date" for the night. As a child at his Pukerua Bay home, north of Wellington, Jackson spotted the model in a television screening of the original movie. The armature - the steel frame work of a gorilla with moveable limbs - was loaned to him by movie memorabilia collector Bob Burns, of California. [More]

Fangoria reviews King Kong

12/06/05, 3:52 pm EST - maegwen

#kongisking.net's Gatorade shared with me last night the link to Fangoria's 4-star review of Kong, which I am now remembering to post. The site wastes no time in christening the movie "a masterpiece, an astonishing work of cinematic art that can lay legitimate claim to the title of greatest monster movie ever made." [More]

Watts dodged Kong injury

12/06/05, 2:35 pm EST - maegwen

From SciFi.com: "Naomi Watts told SCI FI Wire that she felt a new pain or endured a new bump nearly every day while shooting the film in New Zealand, but added that one "near-major" accident left her fearing for her life." [More]

Big ape takes on the Big Apple

12/06/05, 2:25 pm EST - maegwen

John sends in this link to an interview with Peter Jackson from TV New Zealand. [Check it out]

Five stars for KONG from NZ Herald

12/06/05, 2:22 pm EST - maegwen

"It would be easy to dismiss King Kong as the encore. The cover version, the B-side, the grand indulgence, the (jungle) drum solo after the three-movement cinematic symphony that Peter Jackson conducted in the Lord of the Rings trilogy." [More]

N.Y. Daily News reviews King Kong

12/06/05, 2:02 pm EST - maegwen

New York's Daily News offers two enthusiastic reviews of Kong. Jami Bernard writes "It's everything people have ever wanted from the movies." Meanwhile, Jack Matthews states that "This ape rocks!" [Bernard] [Matthews ]

Pictures, we've got pictures!

12/06/05, 1:54 pm EST - maegwen

As I stumble across photo galleries with images from last night's festivities, I will post them. Monsters and Critics has some great candids here. BBC offers up some images from 'Kong Day,' including shots of the giant gorilla himself.

Empire Magazine reports on Kong premiere

12/06/05, 1:35 pm EST - maegwen

Empire offers "Kong In New York – Part 2" with premiere pictures and party report! "King Kong was the biggest premiere, in leading man terms at the very least, of the year, spilling across 38 screens on Times Square on 42nd Street, each playing the giant movie simultaneously. New York ground to a relative halt." [More] Read Part 1 here.

King Kong returns to New York

12/06/05, 1:30 pm EST - maegwen

Catching up on a backlog here, CNN reports on yesterday's 'King Kong Day' in New York City: "Not surprisingly, considering New York's long-held fascination with the big gorilla, the city went ape for King Kong Monday." [More]

Finnish Rating: K15

12/06/05, 1:20 pm EST - Celeborn

PaleViewer sends in this tidbit about the rating of KING KONG in Finland: Kong is about to get a K15 rating here in Finland.K15 means that no kids under 15 are allowed in the theatre unless they have someone over 18 with them. With an adult kids at the age of 13 can see the film. In comparison, latest Harry Potter flick got a K11 rating.

Kong soundtrack available on ITunes

12/06/05, 1:14 pm EST - maegwen

Hi Folks, please bear with me as I try to temporarily fill Xoanon's Kong-sized shoes while he recovers from all the excitement of last night's premiere! One tidbit in the mailbox, and forgive me if this is old, Erik writes: "Hopefully this is new to you. The King Kong soundtrack by James Newton Howard is available for download on ITunes." [Itunes Link] (Need iTunes installed)

Access Hollywood: Kong takes of NYC

12/06/05, 1:12 pm EST - Celeborn

Not surprisingly, considering New York's long-held fascination with the big gorilla, the city went ape for King Kong Monday. The supersized simian has captivated New Yorkers since he first stepped foot, a giant one at that, in the city in 1933, via the classic RKO film. His building-scaling, blonde-loving ways made him an instant legend. [Read More]

The men behind the monster ape

12/06/05, 1:12 pm EST - maegwen

From the BBC: King Kong's co-creators Merian C Cooper and Ernst B Schoedsack were larger-than-life characters - just like the ape they brought to cinema screens. Renowned film-maker and Kong aficionado Kevin Brownlow tells their stories. [More]

TotalFilm give KONG Five Stars

12/06/05, 1:11 pm EST - Celeborn

Where to go, when your shelves are creaking under the weight of 17 Oscars? When you’ve filmed the unfilmable, hushed the purists, herded in the punters, united the critics? When you’ve audaciously re-invented yourself from shabby schlock-jockey to master storyteller with the fantasy flair of Lucas, the cinematic dash of Spielberg and the grand designs of a David Lean or Ridley Scott?...[Read More]

KongisKing people?! Where ya been?!

12/06/05, 10:23 am EST - Celeborn

The entire KongisKing.net team, along with a large portion of the message board community, were at in NYC this weekend for the premiere of KING KONG. We'll be posting a slew of images and reports in the next few days. A lot of the board members are already posting now! As for the movie...WOW. Utterly amazing. Congratulations to the cast and crew for bringing KING KONG back to life - the movie will inspire emotions you have not felt in the theater for a really long time. Stay tuned as we all travel back home and start posting our reports.

News for Dec. 03, 2005

TV Watch: King Kong Special on Dateline

12/03/05, 5:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Friday night's episode of 'Dateline NBC' featured a look at the phenomenon of King Kong and its effect on Peter Jackson, as well as an interview with Jack Black. The King Kong segment was really in depth, with some great shots of PJ and his '33 collectible goodies, as well as insider clips of Andy Serkis (right from our production diaries) and Naomi Watts. The interview with Peter was very introspective..we even get to see him in Bad Taste! The highlight of the Dateline special however was the great Jack Black interview, where he even admits he wasn't expecting to get put in a PJ film. This video is 25 mins long and is a BIG download...any Torrent users please select the torrent option! (114MB MOV). [More] [Torrent]

Post Production Diary - 2 Weeks To Go

12/03/05, 12:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Post Production Diary - 2 Weeks To Go

Two weeks left to go with Peter Jackson and his crew now in New York for the big premiere. Peter is preparing for the media junkets next week, a sometimes grueling process of answering question after question for various media outlets around the world. He decides to answer some for us as practice! Take a look at his answers to some very interesting questions put forth by you guys...enjoy! [QT6 240x132px 7Mb] [QT4 320x176px 13Mb] [QT6 480x264px 16Mb] [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]

TV Watch: Peter Jackson on 'Access Hollywood'

12/03/05, 12:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Now this is something very rare and interesting, Access Hollywood's Friday show featured none other than Peter Jackson talking about Kong! PJ was in fine form commenting on the view from the 'top of the rock', and he even got a first look at the new Oscar posters for this years Oscars (oddly enough, they have a very 1930's feel to them...hrmm). Take a look! (15.3MB MOV) [More]

Kong US & UK Ratings: 12A

12/03/05, 11:53 am EST - Xoanon

Mark writes: Kong has now been passed by the British Board of Film Classification uncut, and has been given a 12A rating (the UK version of a PG-13). The entry also confirms the running time as 187 mins 20 seconds, and the 12A rating has been awarded as the film "contains frightening elements, moderate violence and frequent peril".

Meanwhile the North American rating is: Rated PG-13 for frightening adventure violence and some disturbing images.

TV Watch Update: Animal Planet & SNL

12/03/05, 11:35 am EST - Xoanon

Two new listings to update you on, Animal Planet will be airing a special on King Kong; 'Arguably the greatest monster movie of all time, King Kong set the industry standard for fantasy filmmaking more than 70 years ago. Interviews with actors Jeff Bridges, Fay Wray and Jeff Goldblum; directors Peter Jackson and John Landis.' Also, as predicted, Saturday Night Live will have Jack Black as their Host on December 17th. Take a look at our TV Listings Page for updated listings and clips from all the shows..updated by the hour! [TV Listings Page]

King Peter: Lord of the Flicks

12/03/05, 11:28 am EST - Xoanon

Lord of the Flicks Ruby sends along this scan from the December 2nd edition of the Wall Street Journal, it showcases Peter Jackson and his Hollwood clout, even though he's as far away from Hollywood as you can get! [More]

This gorilla of a film is blockbuster of the year

12/03/05, 11:24 am EST - Xoanon

Just over a year ago, Oscar-winning film-maker Peter Jackson stood on the mammoth Skull Island set he had built on a peninsula in New Zealand and told me why he loved King Kong. Speaking about Merian Cooper's classic 1933 movie, Jackson said: "The original Kong is a wonderful blend - probably the most perfect blend - of escapism and adventure, mystery and romance. It does everything an escapist movie should do: it takes you places you are never going to see and gives you experiences you are never going to have." [More]

More Kong Toons Coming?

12/03/05, 11:16 am EST - Xoanon

Bawpcwpn writes: I just found this article at Toon Zone, in a review for Kong: King of Atlantis, the traditionally animated DTV film continuation of Kong: The Animated Series, they note that a computer animated Kong DTV movie is reportedly on the way, in addition to a CGI television series. [More]

Kong's Black Aped Welles

12/03/05, 11:08 am EST - Xoanon

Jack Black, who stars as obsessive filmmaker Carl Denham in director Peter Jackson's upcoming King Kong remake, told SCI FI Wire that he modeled the character in large part on Orson Welles and even worked in a bit of Jackson. In the film, the larger-than-life Denham will risk anything and anyone in order to make a career-saving movie. Welles, of course, is the legendary maker of Citizen Kane. "I was playing the director in the movie, and so, of course, my first instinct that I thought was brilliant and no one would know—it'd be my secret—is I'd base it on Peter Jackson," Black said in an interview. "So I'm already heavy, and then he was skinny. 'Wait a second! I got to lose weight.'" [More]

NY set to cast critical eye over Kong

12/03/05, 11:07 am EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK: King Kong is a fantasy epic set in the metropolis of New York - but the movie was made in New Zealand. The classic 1933 movie holds a special place in New Yorkers' hearts, and they will be looking at Peter Jackson's 2005 film with critical eyes when it screens for the first time in the Big Apple this weekend. Jackson and his team won a staggering 11 Oscars for The Return of the King, the third instalment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It may be a hard act to follow, as remakes of classics have no guarantee of success. [More]

Kong Score Clips!!!!

12/03/05, 10:59 am EST - Xoanon

James Howard's website has some audio clips and the track running times for his King Kong score! Take a look!!! [More]

Jack Black's dramatic turn

12/03/05, 10:57 am EST - Xoanon

What kind of man would trick people into boarding a rusty old ship leaving New York, risking their lives and his own on a treacherous voyage in search of a lost island? What kind of actor could play such a man? "King Kong" director Peter Jackson says the choice was clear to him, even if it surprised everyone else, including the actor himself. [More]

Peter Jackson's labor of love

12/03/05, 10:56 am EST - Xoanon

Wellington, New Zealand: Peter Jackson been called the most powerful man in Hollywood and he doesn’t even work there. The Academy Award-winning director makes his movies a world away, in his native New Zealand. His new film, “King Kong” may be the most audacious film reprise Hollywood has ever seen. But for its 44-year-old director, this, more than any other film, was a labor of love. [More]

Kong Invades Egyptian Theatre

12/03/05, 10:52 am EST - Xoanon

Richard writes: 1933's King Kong is coming to the legendary Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Friday, Dec. 16th to Sunday Dec. 18th will be dedicated to Hollywood's first special effects/monster movie smash hit "King Kong" beginning with "The Son of Kong" and "I'm King Kong-The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper" on Dec 16th, followed by "Mighty Joe Young" and of course the grand-daddy that started it all, "King Kong" on Dec 17th, with two screenings at 8:00pm and 10:15pm. The 1933 King Kong Collectible DVD sets will also be available, Bob Burn's intro to the screenings, trivia and more! For more info, go to americancinematheque.com, click "Egyptian Theatre", click "Films by date" and scroll down "December". Hope to see y'all there!

Weekend Kong Chat

12/03/05, 10:50 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

News for Dec. 02, 2005

Sideshow Releases KING KONG Armature Replica

12/02/05, 6:24 pm EST - Celeborn

King Kong Armature ReplicaWell folks - we had the teaser last week - but now the real thing is on sale at SideshowCollectibles.com. If you didn't know, Sideshow Collectibles is making an exact replica of the 1933 Stop-Motion KING KONG Armature that is owned by Bob Burns, and featured in our Post Production Diary - 8 Weeks to Go (View PPD). This is the 'holy grail' of film props and now an exact replica can be yours (and mine!!). We've uploaded some hi-res imagery of the piece for your viewing pleasure. [Gallery] [Pre-Order]

Animal Planet - Animal Icons Show on KING KONG

12/02/05, 1:19 pm EST - Celeborn

KIKn fan Jacob leads us to Animal Planets upcoming show 'Animal Icons' : Arguably the greatest monster movie of all time, King Kong set the industry standard for fantasy filmmaking more than 70 years ago. Interviews with actors Jeff Bridges, Fay Wray and Jeff Goldblum; directors Peter Jackson and John Landis. [Click Here]

SPOOF: Kong on Oprah?

12/02/05, 1:15 pm EST - Celeborn

Charlie sends in this funny iFilm clip of 'Kong' on Oprah. [Click Here]

KONG is BIG news when Drudge snags it...

12/02/05, 11:03 am EST - Celeborn

KIKn fan Bronzhawk points us to DrudgeReport.com who is running the headline 'FIRST REVIEW: KING KONG 'JAW-DROPPINGLY BRILLIANT'' - with a link to the Daily Mail review. [Click Here]

USA Today KONG tidbit

12/02/05, 10:27 am EST - Celeborn

USA Today is reporting: Rob Alarcon of Cinema Confidential (www.cinecon.com) saw it Wednesday night. "I came in here thinking, 'No way in hell.' But I was really impressed with the quality across the board. It had everything you would be looking for" — emotion, story, acting and action. (thanks to KIKn fan Xolan for the heads up!) [Click Here]

The Star Review KING KONG

12/02/05, 10:24 am EST - Celeborn

AtomicMutant sends us this link to a review of KING KONG on The Star: Peter Jackson's King Kong looks to be as big a cultural behemoth in 2005 terms as its sainted 1933 ancestor was in its day. If moviegoers respond as positively to the film as the press did Wednesday night following its world-premiere screening here, the new, $207-million (U.S.) Kong could be the 500-lb. gorilla that wrests the year's box-office crown from Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia and all other challengers to the blockbuster throne. [Read More...]

CNN Showbiz Tonight KONG Review Transcript

12/02/05, 10:21 am EST - Celeborn

KIKn's own AtomicMutant sends in a textual transcript of the Showbiz Tonight King Kong review. Check out the entire transcript through the following link. [Click Here]

Naomi Screams on TODAY

12/02/05, 10:16 am EST - Celeborn

KIKn fan Jeff sends us this tidbit: Naomi was on the NYC based morning show "The Today Show". She and host Matt Lauer chatted on top of the Rockefeller Center which faced adjacent to the Empire State building. It was your standard fare until Matt asked her to segue out of the interview by giving her best scream! It was a bit embaraasing, but it was nice to see her take one for the team!

Daily Mail Raves about KING KONG

12/02/05, 10:15 am EST - Celeborn

Just over a year ago, Oscar-winning film-maker Peter Jackson stood on the mammoth Skull Island set he had built on a peninsula in New Zealand and told me why he loved King Kong...[Read More...]

Dave Grohl turns down role in KING KONG

12/02/05, 10:13 am EST - Celeborn

(SPOILER) KIKn fan Ryan sends us this from NME.com: Dave Grohl turns down devil role in 'King Kong' Pal Jack Black thought he'd rock as Satan. 'King Kong' star Jack Black says he begged his pal Dave Grohl to make a cameo as the devil in the forthcoming blockbuster movie. [Read More...]

News for Dec. 01, 2005

King Kong Flash Fun (PG-13)

12/01/05, 3:41 pm EST - Celeborn

KIKn fan Charlie sends us one of the most hilarious Kong related Flash games to date. (I'm not sure if regular news man Xoanon already posted it, but its worthy of reposting) Parents - please be warned, ths link is definitely PG-13 and some people might consider the antics of this particular hairy ape a little on the 'vulgar' side. Enjoy! [Click Here]

MEDIAWATCH: Datline NBC Interview PJ and Jack Black - Friday!

12/01/05, 1:28 pm EST - Celeborn

Don't miss Dateline NBC this coming Friday (10pm/ET) when Stone Phillips interviews both Peter Jackson and Jack Black. [Click Here]

Kong vs. T-Rex Vine Scene

12/01/05, 12:58 pm EST - Celeborn

KIKn fan Steve sends in this little nugget of joy from the Production Diary DVD set. Its the 3 minutes King Kong vs. T-Rex scene, but unlike other video we have seen this week, its the 'vine sequence.' Very cool stuff! Check it out. [AVI (45mb)] [MOV (16mb)]

TV Watch: Watts on 'Conan' Clip

12/01/05, 10:05 am EST - Xoanon

Rounding out her very busy day (but not before going to a screening of King Kong) Naomi Watts was a guest on 'The Late Late Show with Conan O'Brien' on NBC. Naomi seemed very relaxed and was having fun with Conan and his usual wacky antics. Before she arrived they aired a great clip that turns out to be a pre-multi T-Rex fight clip...looks very cool! Take a look! [More]

Access Hollywood KING KONG Coverage Continues

12/01/05, 9:51 am EST - Celeborn

If you haven't noticed, Access Hollywood is showcasing KING KONG all week. Check out their subsite at AccessHollywood.com for some clips, photos and features. [Click Here]

King Kong Reviewed!

12/01/05, 8:32 am EST - Xoanon

MrCere sends along his review from the King Kong screening last night!! NEW YORK - Peter Jackson's King Kong comes to the box office loaded with expectations by remaking one of the greatest movies of all time and also serving as Jackson's follow-up to his own "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy. From the inception, it has a monkey on its back if you will. !!!SPOILERS!!! [More]

TV Watch: Watts on 'Access Hollywood' Clip

12/01/05, 8:29 am EST - Xoanon

Yesterday's Watts TV Marathon continued later in the afternoon with her appearance on Access Hollywood, the show is covering King Kong from the 'Top of the Rock' (it looked cold). Nancy O'Dell and Billy Bush were on hand to greet Naomi. They aired a clip from the film with Ann and Kong. Click here to see the video! [More]

Wired: King Kong Game Gets Five Bananas

12/01/05, 8:19 am EST - Xoanon

Movie games aren't supposed to be this good. As my onscreen alter ego runs through a dense jungle, my real-life heart pounds. A great, shrieking dinosaur pops out of the brush as I realize that I ran out of ammo long ago. I dive for a pile of bones lying on the ground, pick one up and javelin-toss it into the beast's throat. How the hell is next month's King Kong movie going to compete with this? To create Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, the celebrated director teamed with talented game designer Michel Ancel, whose Beyond Good & Evil won critical acclaim for its cinematic presentation. Kong is an even better game than Ancel's last. [More]

Kong Chat Tonight

12/01/05, 8:16 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

News for Nov. 30, 2005

TV Watch: Watts on 'Regis' Clip

11/30/05, 7:05 pm EST - Xoanon

After screaming for the Today Show Naomi popped over to 'Regis & Kelly' to talk about Kong, they discussed Fay Wray and showed some great classic images of '33 (and yes '76' Kong). Take a look! [More]

TV Watch: Watts on 'Today Show' Clip

11/30/05, 7:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Naomi Watts started off her TV Marathon today by doing a live spot on 'The Today Show' with Matt Lauer, they were 'on top of the rock', looking over the Empire State Building. Naomi spoke about the emotion in King Kong and they showed a great clip with her and Jack Black in New York City pre Skull Island. She also gave out a classic 'Ann Scream' at the end. Watch the clip now! [More]

Fangoria Talks King Kong

11/30/05, 6:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Fangoria Talks King Kong Nessa sent along these scans from the latest issue of Fangoria Magazine, they feature a look into King Kong. [More]

Pemiere Magazine Kong's Coverage

11/30/05, 5:56 pm EST - Xoanon

December/January issue hits newsstands today featuring King Kong star Naomi Watts and Director Peter Jackson on the cover. In the cover story, PremiereR17;s Tom Roston treks to New Zealand to get an inside look at the upcoming highly anticipated film, where the award-winning director lives out his fantasy- to remake King Kong, using the cutting-edge techniques he pioneered on The Lord of the Rings. Roston was able to have an intimate interview with Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh as the dynamic duo were editing the film. Premiere's December/January issue also features a review of the new DVD of the 1933 original. [More]

Behind the curtain: 'Kong's' dueling scores

11/30/05, 5:34 pm EST - Xoanon

This should have a very dreamy quality, very mysterioso. Winds, just keep it very delicate. Violins and violas, come in at bar 18 but pianissimo. I need a warm, muted sound. ..." Composer James Newton Howard is addressing a 108-piece orchestra during rehearsals of "King Kong" cue 2M6B, for a part of the voyage to Skull Island in Universal's $200 million remake of the 1933 giant ape movie. It constitutes only a fraction of the two hours, 48 minutes of the music that would be recorded before scoring finished recently, just three weeks before the film's Dec. 14 opening. [More]

King Kong Tickets Are Now Available on Fandango

11/30/05, 5:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Los Angeles (PRWEB) November 30, 2005 -- Fans won’t have to ‘go ape’ searching for tickets to the highly-anticipated remake of the classic, King Kong. Fandango, the nation’s largest online, phone and mobile movie ticketing service, announced advance tickets for the Peter Jackson-helmed film are now on sale for select theaters at fandango.com and via wireless devices at mobile.fandango.com. “It’s been an exciting holiday season so far with advance tickets for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Chronicles of Narnia selling like gangbusters -- and we expect King Kong will be another monster at the box office,” says Fandango President and CEO, Art Levitt. Now more than ever, fans will want to take advantage of the opportunity to buy tickets in advance from the comfort of their home or office, skip the box office and avoid "sold out" signs at the theater. [More]

Monkey See DVD

11/30/05, 5:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Andy Klein: If you were me – and don’t try it, because there isn’t enough room in this identity for the both of us – the upcoming film that you’d be anticipating with the greatest hope and the greatest anxieties is Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong. For a number of obvious reasons, remaking Kong is a lousy idea. The 1933 original is quite perfectly what it is; very few film buffs would be interested in changing a frame. It’s not merely that it was great when it was first released – which it most certainly was. Or that it still works for almost everyone, except the “who wants to watch black-and-white films” crowd and those who are incapable of suspending their campy ironic distance for a second. [More]

NZ filmmakers generate a tourism boom

11/30/05, 5:21 pm EST - Xoanon

It is a snowbound land full of mythical creatures, and is visited through the back of a wardrobe. But, for New Zealand, Narnia is a lot more than just the setting for a huge Hollywood movie this Christmas. It is the chance to generate another big series of movies - a "franchise" in industry terms - to follow the phenomenon that was the Lord of the Rings trilogy. [More]

TV Watch: Colin Hanks on 'Letterman' Clip

11/30/05, 11:52 am EST - Xoanon

Colin Hanks was on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' last night (Nov 29) on CBS. He was decked out in fine attire and was hilarious recounting his high school days 'Don't do drugs, now watch us haki sack..'. His dad Tom Hanks was also there, albeit backstage, and was quite funny himself when the camera was on him. There was a clip shown from King Kong featuring Hanks and Jack Black in New York. There was also another clip from a funny B-Movie...a must see! View the clip now! (34MB MOV) [More]

Wellington pipped for premiere

11/30/05, 11:42 am EST - Xoanon

The New Zealand "premiere" of Peter Jackson's King Kong in Wellington on December 14 is fantasy. Kong will actually have its New Zealand premiere at the Village SkyCity in Auckland at 11.59pm on December 13. It will be followed by simultaneous screenings at theatres throughout the country at 12.01am on the 14th, 18 hours and 59 minutes before the official "first" screening at the Embassy. Kat Sprowell, manager of Brooklyn's Penthouse theatre, said yesterday that the public screenings had been approved by New Zealand distributors United International Pictures. The Penthouse will show the $292 million film on a new wall-to-wall screen to a $20-a-head audience. Hoyts and and Reading Cinemas also plan midnight screenings. [More]

Grohl asked to play Satan in King Kong

11/30/05, 11:40 am EST - Xoanon

Odd news story of the day: King Kong star Jack Black begged rock pal Dave Grohl to make a cameo as the devil in the forthcoming Peter Jackson blockbuster. Satan appears in the movie - although Black won't reveal the nature of the part - and the actor was convinced the Foo Fighters frontman would be perfect for the role. [More]

Nestle Goes 'Ape' for King Kong

11/30/05, 11:31 am EST - Xoanon

GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 30, 2005--In conjunction with Universal Pictures' December 14 release of Peter Jackson's highly anticipated "King Kong," Nestle has introduced something new that fans of the cinematic ape will go bananas for: a limited-edition King Kong bar and special edition King bar. The King bar includes movie-themed packaging and offers consumers more than 1,000 instant win prizes including a grand prize trip to New York City to follow in King Kong's footsteps and unleash their inner beast. King bars are available in Nestle's most popular brands: NESTLE® CRUNCH®, NESTLE® CRUNCH® with Caramel, NESTLE® BABY RUTH®, NESTLE® BUTTERFINGER® and NESTLE® 100 GRAND®. [More]

Cinefex Talks King Kong!

11/30/05, 11:30 am EST - Xoanon

The Cinefex journey to Skull Island began with a 6,700-mile trip, 24 interviews with 30 interviewees in four days, a dozen tapes' worth of conversations with artisans at Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, miniature effects and physical effects teams involved with the production of Universal Pictures' remake of King Kong. The climax of the trip included a powwow with filmmaker Peter Jackson – the man whose face greets arrivals at Wellington International Airport in a giant mural built, in typically quirky and creative 'Kiwi' style, out of slices of toast. Interviewed at the height of postproduction of the $207-million Hollywood epic, Jackson – a self-confessed movie enthusiast and lover of the nuts-and-bolts of cinematic illusions – lit up at the opportunity to reminisce about the experience of bringing his dream project to theater screens for a new generation of filmgoers. [More]

King Kong is ready to run

11/30/05, 11:25 am EST - Xoanon

From Sun Online: Here is your chance to see exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the set of King Kong. Sexy Australian actress Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Oscar-winner Adrien Brody and director Peter Jackson talk to you about the making of the eagerly-anticipated movie. !!!SPOILERS!!! [More]

Colin Hanks Closeup

11/30/05, 11:23 am EST - Xoanon

Elizabeth writes: I ran across this interview with Colin Hanks. He talks about working with PJ and being in New Zealand. Thought you guys might wanna post it on KongIsKing.net! (Windows Media Needed) [More]

The Big APE-LE

11/30/05, 11:19 am EST - Xoanon

START spreading the news - Giant ape on the loose! In New York City! Subway delays expected! And you thought your commute was annoying? Try having your train flung around by a homesick 50-foot gorilla after a bad breakup. Go ahead, hail a yellow cab and watch it get flattened by a size 246 furry foot. That's bound to happen when director Peter Jackson unleashes his "Eighth Wonder of the World" in the Crossroads of the World - premiering the spectacular "King Kong" in Times Square on Monday night with a citywide opening on Dec. 14. (registration needed)[More]

Turning Up The Wattage

11/30/05, 12:40 am EST - Xoanon

Naomi Watts will be on four different TV programs today. First you can catch her on 'The Today Show' on NBC, then she hops over to 'Regis & Kelly', we'll next see her on 'Access Hollywood' on NBC again and later on tonight she will be a guest on 'The Late Late Show with Conan O'brien'. Get some sleep Naomi..you'll need it! [TV Listings Page]

News for Nov. 29, 2005

TV Watch: Andy Serkis on 'Access Hollywood'

11/29/05, 11:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Andy Serkis was on Access Hollywood tonight (Nov. 29th) to talk..what else..King Kong! He was interviewed by Billy Bush right in the heart of the Big Apple, they showed the Multi-Rex Fight and some behind-the-scenes goodies of Andy and Naomi working together. Access Hollywood promises to have Naomi Watts on the show tomorrow! View the clip now! (Thanks to Michael for this clip! (13.4MB MOV) [More]

Access Hollywood Goes Kong Krazy

11/29/05, 6:15 pm EST - Xoanon

ACCESS HOLLYWOOD will continue their special coverage of KING KONG with an in-studio appearance by Andy Serkis at 7:30PM on NBC. Access Hollywood will host the show in New York from the "Top of the Rock," which features The Empire State Building in the background, from Monday, November 28 to Tuesday, December 6th. [TV Listings Page]

NYC Premiere Press Release

11/29/05, 2:46 pm EST - Xoanon

The world premiere of UNIVERSAL PICTURES' KING KONG with KING KONG producer/director/writer Peter Jackson, producer/writer Fran Walsh; writer Philippa Boyens; producers Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham; cast members Jamie Bell, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Lobo Chan, Kyle Chandler, Colin Hanks, Thomas Kretschmann, Evan Parke, Andy Serkis and Naomi Watts. [More]

DVD Tuesday: Jurassic Park Adventure Pack with Kong Tickets

11/29/05, 1:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Those folks interested in another big dino film can pick up the Jurassic Park Adventure Pack. It comes complete with all 3 Jurassic Park films in a nifty case and loads of features. However the most interesting feature is the free King Kong theatre tickets!

Order 'Jurassic Park Adventure Pack' on Amazon.com Today!

DVD Tuesday: PJ's Frighteners Gets Directors Cut Redux

11/29/05, 1:41 pm EST - Xoanon

From Amazon: One movie lover's nightmare is another's raucous joyride, and this special effects-laden horror comedy is bound to split both camps right down the middle. (Or, as Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide puts it, "definitely not for all tastes but a wild time for those who get into it.") Michael J. Fox plays a psychic investigator who can actually see ghosts, and lives with a trio of undead spirits who scare people to promote Fox's ghost-busting business. [More]

Order 'The Frighteners (Unrated Director's Cut)' on Amazon.com Today!

Kong Tones = King Kong Ringtones

11/29/05, 1:28 pm EST - Xoanon

MUSIC ROOM PRODUCTIONS ® www.MusicRoomOnline.com, one of the premier sound designers for interactive games & toys, has created KONG TONES tm, as RINGTONES for cell phones. These KONG TONES represent the AWESOME ROARS and sounds of KING KONG along with the deadly V-REX’s, RAPTORS, NATIVES and JUNGLE DRUMS that were created by producer John Reed for consumer products licensed by UNIVERSAL PICTURES. [More]

TV Listings Update

11/29/05, 1:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Kong TV Domination continues! New listings have been added to the TV page, be sure to catch a 'Behind the Scenes' look at King Kong on various incarnations of HBO on Thursday Dec 8th. The Scifi Channel is also getting into the fray with a special on King Kong on Dec 13th. I also added quick links to the 4 minute preview and Adrien Brody on 'The Daily Show' (Watts' on Leno should be coming soon). [TV Listing Page]

TV Watch: Colin Hanks on 'Letterman'

11/29/05, 12:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Colin Hanks is slated to be a guest tonight on 'The Late Show with David Letterman'. He is there to promote King Kong! (Mind you an update on anything related to a Roswell movie would be cool too! -Xo) The younger Hanks will be on tonight at 11:35PM on CBS. Set those TiVo's!

For a complete list of Kong related TV mania follow this link. [TV Listings Page]

TV watch: Brody on 'The Daily Show' Clip

11/29/05, 9:49 am EST - Xoanon

Adrien Brody was on 'The Daily Show' last night talking about King Kong. They featured a clip with (highlight to read!) the SS Venture trying to avoid massive rocks just off Skull Island, the ship veers left and right as the crew look on and hope they don't hit any rocks!. He spoke about PJ's April Fools joke (no there won't be any Kong sequels with Nazis), Adrien also mentions KongisKing! Click on this link to view his segment. (25.7MB MOV File). [More]

TV Watch: Watts on 'Jay Leno' Clip

11/29/05, 12:30 am EST - Xoanon

Naomi Watts appeared on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' tonight (November 28th). The interview was light hearted and began with Naomi's embarrassing admission that her undergarments were causing a problem with a new dress she planned on wearing, she had to switch to an alternate dress. When she finally began talking Kong she mentioned her accident (previously reported) where she fell down a small hole on the set and thought she had injured herself. She mentioned that filming the many scenes she was in was vigorous and often left her with bumps and bruises. !!!SPOILERS!!! [More]

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