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News for Apr. 06, 2006

Sci Fi Boys on DVD

4/06/06, 6:50 pm EST - Xoanon

D.J. writes: Universal Studios Home Entertainment is distributing the latest Paul Davids Film on DVD, from Paul and Hollace Davids' Yellow Hat Productions Inc. Says KING KONG director Peter Jackson: "This film chart the evolution of fantastic cinema, to put on record, for all time, the influence that the pioneers of special effects had on my generation. Peter Jackson hosts this film which is a celebration of sci-fi and special effects, from the wild and funny days of B-movies to the blockbusters of today including Peter Jackson's KING KONG. Best Buy has an Exclusive arrangement with Universal as the only venue selling THE SCI-FI BOYS, in their stores, where it is found in the KING KONG standup displays, and on their website: www.bestbuy.com. It will not be available at other venues for about six months after March 28, 2006. The DVD has the 80 minute feature documentary, plus over one hour of bonus features of rare sci-fi treasures. [More]

News for Apr. 05, 2006

King Kong Goes Big in Madrid

4/05/06, 8:45 pm EST - Xoanon

King Kong Goes Big in Madrid Javier writes: On Tuesday the 4th of April, the King Kong DVD was introduced to the Spanish market with a presentation in the centre of Madrid. A 1 hour editing with the best sequences of the movie was projected on the huge 900 m2 facade of a department store in Paseo de la Castellana, together with an 8000 watt sound system. The parking lot of the department store was decorated like a 'jungle'. It had plants and props, ambient sounds and many King Kong posters. It was very promising since it was supposed to be the biggest projection area in Europe, but the quality of the projection was quite disappointing. They didn't cover the facade with a white screen, so you could see the beams and the tile unions of the building through the movie, and the intensity of the projector's light was not strong enough for an outdoor show of these characteristics. It was great fun anyway and a different way of seeing the movie. [Photos]

News for Apr. 04, 2006

go2 Gets the Attention of Mobile Gamers with Successful Ad Campaign For Gameloft's King Kong: The Official Mobile Game of the Movie

4/04/06, 10:05 pm EST - Xoanon

LAS VEGAS, April 4, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- go2(R) Directory Systems (http://www.go2.com), a leading provider of local search and directory information over mobile devices in the U.S., teamed with Mobile Phone Applications, Inc. (MoPhap) and Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of games for mobile phones, to execute a successful mobile advertising campaign for Gameloft's King Kong, the official mobile game of the movie. [More]

Catch 'Guerrilla Distribution' on the Big Screen

4/04/06, 9:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Adrian from the folks at Guerrilla Distribution writes: We are pleased to announce the premiere for Guerrilla Distribution will be at The Ritzy (in Brixton, London) on April 13th 2006 at 21:30.

The film will include the still unseen sixth part containing cameo's from Sir Ian McKellen, Brian Sibley and Ramon Rivero. All other parts have also been reedited and remixed.

Tickets can be purched from sales.picturehouses.org.uk. Viewing is recommended for over 15's. The sixth and concluding part of Guerrilla Distribution will be available online after the premiere, along with the full cut available on DVD. For more information please visit www.realkong.co.uk

'Gorgo' Brings The 'King Kong' Legacy To London

4/04/06, 9:44 pm EST - Xoanon

"Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Before!" declared a theatrical poster for the 1961 monster-on-the-loose movie "Gorgo." Even then it wasn't true. Movies about a monster that lays waste to one of the world's major cities were never more popular than in the 1950s. "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" demolished New York in 1953. "Godzilla" attacked Tokyo in 1954. In 1955 the tentacles of a giant octopus took a swipe at San Francisco in "It Came From Beneath the Sea." And after travelling "20 Million Miles to Earth" in 1957 the Venusian Ymir tore up Rome. Despite relying on a tried and tested formula, though, "Gorgo" was a huge hit in its day and can now be seen again on DVD. [More]

Pre Order 'Gorgo' on Amazon.com today! [CA]

News for Apr. 03, 2006

Kong Sized Sales: 6.5 million DVDs Sold

4/03/06, 1:07 pm EST - Xoanon

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- "King Kong" ascended to extraordinary heights in its first six days in release, selling more than 6.5 million DVDs, the largest six-day performance in Universal Studios history. Fans snatched the blockbuster adventure film off shelves, generating $100 million in consumer spending for the Universal Studios Home Entertainment release. The spectacular first-week DVD sales continue "King Kong's" astonishing commercial success as the studio's fourth-highest grossing film in the studio's 94-year history. To date, the film has amassed approximately $550 million in ticket sales worldwide, following on the heels of "Jurassic Park," "E.T." and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." [More]

Kong Wrapped in Velvet!

4/03/06, 1:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Mats writes: I just wanted to tell you that a numbered edition of the King Kong DVD will start selling in a limited quantity of 10,000 for all Nordic countries on Wednesday. This special box set well be in velvet (!) and inside: the regular 2-disc. [More]

News for Apr. 02, 2006

Serkis goes ape over King Kong

4/02/06, 8:55 pm EST - Xoanon

He had the biggest role in the movies last year, but Andy Serkis doesn't have to worry about fans and paparazzi. Serkis, as you well know, created the title character in King Kong, Peter Jackson's giant movie. Before that, Serkis -- wearing a motion-capture suit, as he did for Kong -- played and voiced Gollum, the twisted creature in Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. But Serkis isn't entirely unrecognizable. "It's funny -- with Gollum and now Kong, I always thought that I'd be completely anonymous," says the 41-year-old British actor, "but because of DVDs and behind-the-scenes stuff and Kong Diaries, yeah, people do recognize me, not to an unhealthy extent. I have a certain amount of anonymity, and certainly professionally I'm not typecast. Well, it's not that you can be typecast, because there aren't that many roles for 25-foot gorillas." [More]

Kong Storms The Dish Network

4/02/06, 11:16 am EST - Xoanon

Doug writes: King Kong Arcade Game now on Dish Network through 'PlayinTV' an interactive game network...$4.99 month subscription or play demo free. [More]

Game Developer April Issue Pits Kong Against Wright

4/02/06, 11:15 am EST - Xoanon

From gamasutra.com: The latest issue of Game Developer magazine, the sister print publication to Gamasutra.com, and the leading U.S. trade publication for the video game industry, is in the process of shipping to subscribers and is available from the Game Developer Digital service in both subscription and a new single-issue formats. The cover feature for the April 2006 issue is an exclusive postmortem of Ubisoft's multi-format title Peter Jackson's King Kong. The game, to many, marks a potential turning point in licensed games a big name director, Peter Jackson, and a big name developer, Michel Ancel, collaborated and shared design ideas and assets to create it. In this postmortem, game producer Xavier Poix shares the ups and downs of this unique relationship on the $15 million game title, and how it affected the biggest simultaneous launch in Ubisoft's history. [More]

News for Mar. 31, 2006

Live in San Rafael? Wanna Meet Ray Harryhausen?

3/31/06, 11:15 am EST - Xoanon

Celebriel sends a reminder to Northern California fans that Ray Harryhausen is appearing at the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael on Saturday, April 8 at 7PM. Mr. Harryhausen will give an illustrated talk about his fantasy creature designs,screen a beautifully restored print of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and sign his new book, which features a forward by Peter Jackson. He will be joined on stage by special effects wizard Phil Tippett, Craig Barron and Arnold Kunert. [More]

News for Mar. 29, 2006

Kong Sculpt Auction

3/29/06, 10:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Kong Sculpt Auction The folks at Clars Auction Gallery write: Clars Auction Gallery will offer the following during its live auction on Sunday, April 2, 2006, at approximately 12-1pm PST: MTV model of the Empire State Building with King Kong,in painted plywood, plastic, and steel, the King Kong model being an electric moving toy, signed by Peter Jackson and the major actors of the 2005 King Kong movie- Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks 30''w x 30''d x 67''h with accompanied DVD showing game show TRL where consignor won it. Estimate: $2,000-4,000. [Ebay Listing]

Forget The Jack Black You Know: He's Strong, Swift, Smart

3/29/06, 6:37 pm EST - Xoanon

A comedian, actor, Tenacious D rocker and self-described fleet-footed track star, Jack Black will be scampering alongside fans to pick up a copy of "King Kong" as it roars onto DVD this week. We caught up with the bombastic star to get some random thoughts on director Peter Jackson and why millions of his fans might want to log on to an Internet word game. [More]

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