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News for May 01, 2006

TV Watch: Jack Black on 'Conan'

5/01/06, 9:14 am EST - Xoanon

a repeat airing of Jack Black on Conan O'Brien will air tonight on NBC. If you missed it the first time it's new to you, if you want to catch it before the show airs tonight follow this link! [More]

News for Apr. 30, 2006

Andy Serkis in Empire Magazine

4/30/06, 1:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Serkis in Empire Magazine Rosie writes: The latest issue of Empire features Andy in it's monthly "Pint of Milk" interview, where he reveals his 'criminal' past, nicking stuff from hotel rooms and how much he expects to pay for a pint of milk. [More]

At age 75, Empire State Building still stands tall

4/30/06, 1:47 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK - Born in the Great Depression, it has weathered economic hardship, world war, labor strikes, murder, terrorist fears, and even a plane crash. The Empire State Building, once the tallest building in the world and again the tallest in New York City, is turning 75 years old on Monday. A yearlong celebration is planned for the building, consisting mainly of monthly light shows, according to Lydia Ruth, spokeswoman for the corporation that runs the building. Like London's Crystal Palace and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Empire State Building represented in its time "what we were capable of," says Carol Willis, an architectural historian and founder-director of lower Manhattan's Skyscraper Museum. [More]

News for Apr. 25, 2006

Ape crusade

4/25/06, 10:28 am EST - Xoanon

If director Merian C. Cooper's "King Kong" was the Eighth Wonder of the World -- as the giant ape was billed in the original 1933 blockbuster -- it can be argued that Max Steiner's score for the film was the ninth. Prior to "Kong," there had been no major symphonic scores written specifically for motion pictures, only spliced-together collections of classical music -- or more likely, no music at all. But with the first downbeat of his mournful, foreboding score, Viennese composer Steiner heralded the age of classic motion picture music. As for the giant simian, throughout his various incarnations in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, the character Kong has remained a surprisingly strong source of inspiration for some of film's most vivid music. [More]

News for Apr. 24, 2006

Kong Nabs 2 MTV Movie Noms

4/24/06, 12:32 pm EST - Xoanon

The MTV 2005 Movie Award nominations were announced today, King Kong has been nominated for Best Film and Best Fight. The MTV Movie Awards airs on Thursday, June 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

News for Apr. 21, 2006

Coolidge Corner Theater Presents Big Monster Goodness!

4/21/06, 1:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Kyle writes: On wednesday, April 26, 2006, the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA, will be showing the original 1933 King Kong, followed by the 1954 Godzillla, and finally King Kong vs. Godzlla. For more information, vist coolidge.org, and check out their events section.

News for Apr. 20, 2006

Live in LA? Wanna Meet Ray Morton?

4/20/06, 7:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Ray Morton will be signing his book 'KING KONG: The History of a Movie Icon from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson' (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books) at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which is being held on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles on April 29 -- April 30, 2006. Ray will be appearing at the Dutton's Books booth (Booth 321 -- in front of the Powell Library) on Sunday, April 30, 2006 from 2 - 3 p.m. For information about the Festival (including schedules and directions), go to latimes.com

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Watts and Schreiber engaged?

4/20/06, 7:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Naomi Watts and Liev Shreiber have reportedly become the latest celebrity couple heading for the wedding chapel after the King Kong star accepted her actor beau's marriage proposal. The couple has been spotted shopping for engagement rings in Los Angeles. An insider at top store Antiquarius tells America's In Touch magazine the couple were shopping for GBP228,600 rings earlier this month. Meanwhile, another source tells tabloid the Star the couple bought an engagement ring from celebrity jeweller Neil Lane. [More]

Narnia & Kong DVDs Sell Well

4/20/06, 7:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Buena Vista Home Entertainment's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe remained the top-selling DVD for the second consecutive week, according to figures for the week ending April 16.

Universal Studios' King Kong, meanwhile, is showing surprisingly long legs. Three weeks after its release, the film held steady at No. 3 on First Alert and slipped one notch to No. 2 on the rental chart, earning another $5.9 million to boost its total rental take to nearly $20 million.

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WETA Attends London MCM Expo

4/20/06, 7:37 pm EST - Xoanon

WETA Attends London MCM Expo

Folks from the London MCM Expo write: WETA will be making an appearance at the upcoming London MCM Expo in the UK on the 27th & 28th May 2006, they will be showcasing their upcoming and current range of products to the European fans. This is a very rare appearance from the company its self rather than a licensee. Along with their appearance a lot more is happening with guests from film and TV, stage talks and much more. Updates will come when more comes clear, more information on the event can found at www.londonexpo.com

Happy Birthday Andy Serkis!

4/20/06, 9:55 am EST - Xoanon

Today is Andy Serkis' birthday! Andy was born on April 20th, 1964 in London, England. That makes him 42 years old today! Happy Birthday Andy!

In an odd coincidence, Andy Serkis shares his birthday with Bruce Cabot (Jack Driscoll in '33 King Kong) and Jessica Lange (Dwan in '76 King Kong).

News for Apr. 19, 2006

'Sci-Fi Boys' at Tribeca Film Festival

4/19/06, 9:11 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks behind THE SCI-FI BOYS send this in: The link below takes you to the official Tribeca Film Festival rave review of THE SCI-FI BOYS which will be playing four times at the very prestigious Tribeca festival the last week of April (one showing that week) and the first week in May (3 showings). It's an excellent one-paragraph review written by Kellen Quinn which describes the film as a "heartfelt homage to both the genre itself and the people who played a part in its development, from its humble beginnings in stop-motion animation to the multi-million dollar CGI projects." [More]

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