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News for May 24, 2007

New Kongcept Art

5/24/07, 10:48 pm EST - Xoanon

From wetanz.com: Says Weta Designer Christian Pearce, who elaborates on today's Kongcept artwork, affectionately titled "Fast Claw". Oh Bless. Christian elaborates on his love affair with the little monsters: "I love crabs. Little walking tanks! Jebus Almighty even saw fit to give me one as a star sign. Greg [Broadmore] and I tried all kinds of ways to get them into that film, including some pretty drastic script re-writes, and this was one of the few successful applicants. "This was kind of a final breakdown of how this guy would work in the film. He turned out pretty much like this, but I think they coloured him in." [More]

Massive Weta sale in London

5/24/07, 2:00 pm EST - Xoanon

To celebrate their return to Londonís biggest and baddest movie, comic and media convention, Weta Limited are selling 1,200 collectibles from their King Kong range at the bargain price of £1! Sounding a little too good to be true? Well, it isnít! [More]

Weta Rayguns Pre-Ordering Starts TOMORROW!

5/24/07, 1:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Rachel from WETA writes: A reminder that tomorrow (Fri 25 May) we will open our pre-ordering for the first of the three Weta Originals, the 'Goliathon 83 Infinity Beam Projector'. The Goliathon is the heaviest of the three, and if the press information is anything to go by, is "perfect for clubbing small seals or naughty children". The Goliathon 83 was featured alongside the Rayguns range in this month's WIRED Magazine. [More]

News for May 23, 2007

Devil set to be workshopped at Weta - website

5/23/07, 9:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop is in talks to create visual effects for an action adventure film telling the story behind the devil's fall from grace, an industry website has reported. The film Ė to be produced by Christine Iso's Los Angeles-based Pacifica International company Ė may also be shot in New Zealand to take advantage of local tax credits, screendaily.com said. The writer of Sleepless In Seattle, David Ward, is producing a script from a story by first-time director Ray Griggs, who has personally financed development of the project. The film, Lucifer, describes how the devil was once an angel whose pride caused him to be cast out of heaven and bring sin and death to mankind. [More]

New Kongcept Art

5/23/07, 9:02 pm EST - Xoanon

From wetanz.com: Today's Kongcept art comes from Designer Stephen Crowe, who will be blitzing our WetaNZ Forums tomorrow. Stephen explains: "Another giant bug for the ravine scene - I liked the grotesque aspect of an oversized, ambulating insect with tiny vestigial wings that vibrated and buzzed madly when it got excited. "This thing would wander around in the near dark at the bottom of the ravine, feeling around for soft bodied prey disabled by the fall from above, it's vaguely iridescent carapace glistening in patches of dim light." [More]

News for May 22, 2007

Look out! It's picnic-King Kong

5/22/07, 1:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Bokito, an 11-year-old male, leapt the ditch surrounding his enclosure and bit a woman day-tripper as he went on the rampage. Another woman fell and was injured as crowds fled in panic. The silverback beast got into the grounds of the busy zoo restaurant before being recaptured at Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. Experts said Bokito may have become unpredictable after reaching puberty. [More]

News for May 21, 2007

New Kongcept Art

5/21/07, 6:08 pm EST - Xoanon

From wetanz.com: Warning: today's Kongcept art from Designer Greg Broadmore "sounds disgusting but is absolutely no more crazy than many real behaviours in the insect kingdom". Intrigued? Read on! Greg elaborates: "This was one of a salvo of flying insect designs we did where the brief was to come up with over sized, terrifying super insects that would infest the island and add to the worlds intensity, detail and danger. We where always trying to make these things as gross as possible so this one has an idea that surfaced a few times of eggs on it's carapace. "The concept was that they were laid by the female on the male and they would in the end use Dad as a food source after hatching upon him. That sounds disgusting but is absolutely no more crazy than many real behaviours in the insect kingdom. From an artistic point of view, this was a real learning experience as I had to go from in reality, knowing very little about the actual physiological structure of an insect, to delivering a believable but fantastic insect design in no time flat. "We work pretty fast on creature design like this, maybe doing 3 to 5 designs in a day, so that was a real whirlwind of research, and rendering." [More]

DVD Tuesday: Apocalypto, Bond, John Wayne & More!

5/21/07, 12:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Take an early look on our 'DVD Tuesday' feature...every Monday! Check out some TV on DVD goodies like 'Mythbusters: Collection 1', 'Oc: Complete Fourth Season' & 'Scrubs - The Complete Fifth Season'. There are a few compilations out tomorrow including; 'War Giftset' & 'The Gary Cooper Giftset'. This week John Wayne would have turned 100 years old, to celebrate the studios are releasing a slew of his films on DVD sets and single set DVDs, 'The John Wayne Adventure Collection', 'The John Wayne Century Collection', 'The John Wayne Collection', 'The John Wayne Film Collection' & 'The John Wayne Western Collection'. The big releases of the week are 'Apocalypto' & 'Epic Movie'. The HD DVD and Blu-ray crowd are getting treated this week with 'Pirates of the Caribbean I & II', 'Mission: Impossible I & II', 'Letters from Iwo Jima', 'Flags of Our Fathers' and 'The Ultimate Matrix Collection' all getting the High Def treatment. Personally I'm interested in 'The Third Man - Criterion Collection (2-Disc Edition)' & 'Afro Samurai (Director's Cut)'! Check out the whole list here! [More]

News for May 20, 2007

New Kongcept Art

5/20/07, 5:32 pm EST - Xoanon

From wetanz.com: Today's Kongcept artwork comes from Greg Broadmore, who created a Mr "Angry at the World" Dino for Peter Jackson's King Kong. Greg explains how this illustration came about: "This illustration was relatively late in the design process and was actually for what ended up being the quadrupedal crocodile like reptile that attacks Anne in the log: 'Foetodon'. "At the time we had no idea of the nature of the scene that this creature would appear in, all we knew was that it had to be a new dinosaur. Although we quickly found out that this would be a quadruped, at this point anything was open. I did this guy as a medium to large sized therapod but with a slightly more upright and so 'classic' dinosaur posture. It has huge blades as it's front claws. "I really enjoyed getting to just make up a dinosaur, I do that anyway for fun, so this was just a great opportunity to have fun with design. I really got into the weight and texture of the skin, I love doing that stuff." [More]

News for May 19, 2007

Sideshow Collectibles Newsletter

5/19/07, 1:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Be sure to check out our weekly Sideshow Collectibles update! Each week we provide an update on your favorite Sideshow goodies, from busts to premium figures and more! Take a look! [More]

News for May 18, 2007

Weta Rayguns Pre-Ordering Open!

5/18/07, 1:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Rachel from WETA writes: Today Weta Limited opened the pre-ordering for the Goliathon 83 Raygun from the Weta Originals range to VIP members. They also announced that members of the public could pre-order this piece seven days from now (25 May). [More]

Little Ape Lures British Artist

5/18/07, 1:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Well that's what Concept Artist Robert Baldwin would have you believe. That and living three minutes away from the beach had Rob come to Weta Workshop. Although Robert had spent most of his creative career creating commercial sculptures, props and painting scenes for videos and public spaces in the UK, it was the appeal of living five minutes away from the beach that convinced him to make the move to New Zealand three years ago. That, and getting his hands dirty with a little ape named King Kong. Within a few weeks of sending in his portfolio to Weta Workshop, Robert was on a plane to Wellington to help sculpt the design maquettes for King Kong. [More]

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