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News for Mar. 21, 2006

Catch 'Negadon' in Ithica, New York

3/21/06, 10:16 pm EST - Xoanon

From AICN: For those who haven't heard about NEGADON, it's a highly artistic, brilliantly directed and designed CGI piece - very similar in introspect and tone to the original Japanese edit of GODZILLA. Take these sensibilities, throw in some Mecha influence, and you get a twenty-something minute movie that is truly remarkable. [More] [negadonattacks.com]

News for Mar. 19, 2006

The son of King Kong and Gustave Doré Ray Harryhausen discusses his influences for creating some of film's most memorable animation

3/19/06, 2:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Ray Harryhausen's name is synonymous with stop-motion animation. From "Mighty Joe Young" (1949) through "Clash of the Titans" (1981), he created a menagerie of memorable monsters, aliens, dinosaurs and mythological creatures ranging from the Ymir in "20 Million Miles to Earth" (1957) and the Grand Lunar in "First Men in the Moon" (1964) to the living skeletons in "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963) and the title creature in "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" (1953). Stop-motion animation -- which involves photographing objects (often puppets) frame by frame in different positions, then combining them to create the illusion of movement -- is undergoing a renaissance, including the Oscar-winning "Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit," whose director, Nick Park, has paid tribute to Harryhausen's influence. After working in relative obscurity for decades, Harryhausen is clearly enjoying the belated accolades. [More]

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1983 KONG Party Pictures

3/19/06, 1:51 pm EST - Xoanon

1983 KONG Party Dan Fiebiger writes: Thought all you KONG-Peter-Jackson fans might maybe be interested in this: In March, 1983, at the Chinese Theater, there was a big 50th Anniversary KONG party, celebrating the release of the original 1933 film. Most everyone who worked on the film, or loved the film, or was related to someone who worked on the film, or worked in special effects, was there. I (now a retired efx animator) was there also, and shot many photos of the event, and shot the original KONG models (now owned by Peter Jackson) at Forre Ackerman's place later on. [More]

News for Mar. 18, 2006

Fay Wray Stamps Available in Canada

3/18/06, 12:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Fay Wray Stamps Available in Canada DGFisher writes: The cover of the new Details magazine -- the publication of Canada Post's philatelic division mailed out to stamp collectors -- features a stamp of Fay Wray with Kong ascending the ESB over her shoulder. The stamp is a nice lithographic design and will be officially issued to the public on May 26, 2006. [More]

Complete DVD Specs for Peter Jackson's King Kong - Menus Added!!!

3/18/06, 11:30 am EST - Xoanon

From moviesonline.ca: Universal has kindly provided us with a number of menu shots from both the Single Disc Edition and 2-Disc Special Editions of Peter Jackson's "King Kong (2005)", which stars Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody and Andy Serkis.

The disc will arrive in three editions- both seperate 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and Full Screen Single-Disc Editions and a 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. Each will carry an English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track and optional English SDH, along with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras on the single disc edition will include two featurettes. The 2-Disc editon will include over 3 hours of bonus footage. "King Kong" (2005) is yours to own when it hits store shelves March 28, 2006. [More]

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News for Mar. 17, 2006

Our Fan Art Gallery Now Has Over 1000 Works of Art

3/17/06, 5:55 pm EST - JPB

The movie has come, and the DVD is coming. But in the meantime, why not satisfy your lust for all things King Kong by checking our our Fan Art Gallery. With over one thousand works by over eighty artists, it is certainly the premier site for Kong Fan Art on the web, and some visitors have said it is one of the best sites for fan art of any type.

Check out what all the praise is about! [More]

News for Mar. 16, 2006

Catch Some of 'Guerrilla Distribution' Online!

3/16/06, 10:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Adrian writes: I was wondering if you could mention in your news section that the film "Guerrilla Distribution" is being made available to download from www.realkong.co.uk. Guerrilla Distribution is a mockumentary about two guerrilla filmmakers who have decided that they are going to rip off Peter Jackson by making King Kong and selling it pretending it to be his version.

Set in the summer of 2005, the documentary crew follow the pair as they desperately try to meet their deadline using every trick they know. Guerrilla Distribution features appearances from Brian Sibley, Ramon Rivero and Sir Ian Mckellen. It is aimed at fans of Peter Jackson, King Kong, and Lord of the Rings and so should be welcomed by those who visit your website. [More]

News for Mar. 14, 2006

Jack Black Elopes with Tanya Haden

3/14/06, 6:33 pm EST - Xoanon

KongisKing Red Carpet Photos Actor-musician Jack Black has eloped with girlfriend Tanya Haden, PEOPLE has learned exclusively. Black and Haden, who met at Crossroads, a private high school in Santa Monica, only recently started dating. "They love each other very much. We're thrilled," the bride's father, jazz bassist Charlie Haden, tells PEOPLE. [More]

King Kong: The Beast Meets the Legends of Sci-Fi!

3/14/06, 6:29 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks from Fangoria Entertainment have let us know about a great screening and Q&A in Hollywood. On March 21st be one of the first people to see “Skull Island”, A DVD bonus feature from the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of KING KONG. Following the DVD presentation, the evening will continue with a showing of "THE SCI-FI BOYS'. A feature documentary by Paul Davids. Then stay tuned for a panel discussion with Forrest J Ackerman, Basil Gogos, Steve Johnson & Paul Davids! [More]

Kong DVD Advert in New York City

3/14/06, 2:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Kong DVD Advert in New York City Ben writes: In November I sent you a picture from NYC of a bus stop ad with the King Kong lotto on it. Well, here is the latest ad on the bus stops and around NYC, this one for the upcoming DVD! Keep up the good work!

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King Kong (2005) 2-Disc Special Edition
King Kong (2005) 1-Disc Widescreen Edition
King Kong (2005) 1-Disc Fullscreen Edition

Lange Has no Time for Latest King Kong

3/14/06, 1:53 pm EST - Xoanon

From Contactmusic.com: Actress JESSICA LANGE, who starred as the damsel in distress in the 1976 remake of KING KONG, insists she has no desire to see the latest version of the classic ape movie. The latest incarnation of the film was released last year (05) by Oscar-winning director PETER JACKSON and starred NAOMI WATTS in the role once filled by Lange. She tells the New York Daily News, "It just doesn't interest me."

Happy Birthday Jamie Bell!

3/14/06, 1:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Today is Jamie Bell's Birthday! Jamie was born in Billingham, England on March 14th, 1986. That makes him the big 20 today! Happy Birthday Jamie!

King Kong conquers Empire Awards

3/14/06, 1:36 pm EST - Xoanon

King Kong has been voted the best movie of 2005 by film fans, earning it the top prize at the Empire Awards. The gorilla remake won best movie, beating Oscar winner Crash as well as fellow nominees Sin City, Star Wars Episode III and War of the Worlds. Crash star Thandie Newton was voted best actress, while fans named Johnny Depp best actor for his role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. [More]

Kong Blooper Reel

3/14/06, 12:43 pm EST - Xoanon

From AICN: Peter Jackson sent in a video acceptance to receive his Best Film gong at the 2006 Empire Awards and, after the usual pleasantries, Jackson included some never-before-seen footage from the film. There's a blooper reel, Andy Serkis 'original' vision for Kong, lightsaber action (seriously) and a brand new scene constructed especially for Empire that answers the biggest question of the film - how did they get Kong back to the States? [More] [Mirror 1] [Mirror 2] [Mirror 3 (torrent)]

Be wary of this download however, it will take a while, we will try to get a mirror up ASAP. Also, watch the language!

News for Mar. 13, 2006

TV Watch: King Kong Special on Sci-Fi

3/13/06, 10:30 am EST - Xoanon

Thanks to {8thWonder} & Nessa for this bit of info. The Sci-Fi Channel will be airing a special on King Kong called "King Kong's Skull Island: A Natural History", sounds interesting to me! The premiere is March 21st at 3:30PM with repeat airings on the 24th at 4PM and the 26th at 12AM. [scifi.com]

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