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News for Jun. 18, 2005

Peter Jackson #30 On Forbes' Most Powerful List

6/18/05, 6:51 am EST - Demosthenes

From Forbes Magazine: Peter Jackson lands at Number 30 on their list of the most powerful celebs. Interestingly, the have Pay Rank, Web Rank, Press Rank and TV Rank in addition to the Power Rank. Thanks to Rebecca for the link. [More]

Edit: Richard adds that Naomi Watts also comes in at #75!

News for Jun. 17, 2005

June 27th Kong Trailer and Website Info

6/17/05, 2:17 pm EST - Corvar

Cheryl911 just pointed out a press release from Universal with specifics on the trailer, it will be airing on network TV during the evening of June 27th. You will be able to see the trailer on Volkswagen's website a couple of hours before it airs on TV. Additionally, the official Kong website will debut that day. The Media blitz is beginning. [More]

Bottomline: See the 2 min, 30 second teaser Monday, June 27, from 8:59:30-9:02 PM ET on one of these networks: NBC, SCI FI, USA Network, Bravo, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, Mun2 and Universal HD

Post Production Diary - 26 Weeks To Go

6/17/05, 2:03 pm EST - Celeborn

Post Production Diary - 26 Weeks To Go

With 26 weeks to go we hang out with Richard Taylor of WETA Workshop as we explore the steps to creating the amazing miniatures used for KING KONG. From the first stages of conceptual design to Peter Jackson's final approval, Richard shows us the entire process. And I bet you didn't know this: Each rock has a unique musician name...don't miss meeting the James Brown rock (named for having lots of 'grooves') and, of course, the Louie Armstrong formation (smooth with gravelly undertones). Check it out as we have only 26 weeks to go! [QT6 240x132px 6Mb] [QT4 320x176px 12Mb] [QT6 480x264px 15Mb] [Bit Torrents!]

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News for Jun. 16, 2005

UPDATE: The 'Spider Pit' Scene Is still Lost

6/16/05, 10:54 pm EST - Corvar

Metaluna brought our attention to yesterdays "Disc News" at DVDFile.com which claims that the lost 'Spider Pit' scene from the 1933 movie may have been found in France, and could be included the DVD release this fall. [More]

Unfortunately its not true! The folks at AICN (AintitCool.com) dug a little deeper and got some official word on the rumor. Basically - an uncensored print of Kong has been recently uncovered in France, which is cause for celebration in itself. [Full Story]

FAN VIDEO: Teaser and Kong Animation

6/16/05, 7:12 pm EST - Celeborn

We've got two Fan Videos to share with you today! To start off with, Tim K sends in this textual teaser for Peter Jackson's KING KONG. [Click Here - KongTeaser.mov] And Second, we have Gregor from the Ukraine with this short animation of everyone's favorite Ape. [Click Here - GorillaWalk.avi] If you have short videos you would like to share, feel free to send them to us at spymaster@kongisking.net

Kong Wallpaper

6/16/05, 11:13 am EST - Corvar

Kong Artist Edwin has come through with yet another cool wallpaper for your computer.


News for Jun. 15, 2005

New Book: Merian C. Cooper's KING KONG

6/15/05, 11:42 am EST - Xoanon

Merian C. Cooper's KING KONG COVER In Progress Joe DeVito writes: There will be a new addition to the Kong mythos following on the heels of KONG: King of Skull Island. Brad Strickland and I have teamed up to do an extensive rewrite of the original KING KONG novel, titled Merian C. Cooper's KING KONG. It was completed months ago and will be published soon by St. Martin's Press: ISBN-13:978-0-312-34915-8. It will be a 5.5" x 8.25" formatted softcover of about 192 pages (over 63,000 words), with a painted cover and several b&w interior illustrations. [More]

News for Jun. 14, 2005

New Kids On The Blog

6/14/05, 10:11 pm EST - Demosthenes

The LA Times indulges in some speculation on how they think sites such as KongisKing work (thanks to Justin for the link): The latest smart marketing tool, film directors' 'making-of' weblogs stoke fans' zeal by drawing them into what feels like an inner circle. [More]

PJ Selects 2 '48 hour' Films

6/14/05, 9:09 pm EST - Xoanon

48 Hours is officially New Zealands largest film competition. Teams have just 48 hours to create an entire short film - this means writing, shooting and editing - or die trying. 48 Hours started in 2003 with 44 teams in Auckland only. The following year it grew to 80 teams in Auckland and 45 teams in Wellington. In 2005, it became a truly national competition with Christchurch and Dunedin joining the chaos. In total 270 teams entered this year! The best short from each city (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) has been selected and will compete in a live TV National Final on C4 - Sunday June 12 at 9pm - alongside two wildcard entries selected by none other than Peter Jackson! [More]

Exhibition: 'Kong: King Of Skull Island'

6/14/05, 10:17 am EST - Demosthenes

Paul (check out his Kong-influenced art for the Village Voice) writes: Thought you might be interested that the Society of Illustrators in New York is currently showing a gallery of 50 illustrations from illustrator Joe DeVito. The illustrations were done for an all-new, illustrated novel that acts as both prequel and sequel to the classic fantasy tale, King Kong. [More]

News for Jun. 13, 2005

'Illegal Smeagol'

6/13/05, 8:47 am EST - Demosthenes

ScoutB sent in this EW tidbit. "Gollum may direct Johnny Depp in Addict. Speed-addict-turned-writer Stephen Smith says Andy Serkis will direct the film version of his memoir, and that Depp is in talks to star. [More]

Congratulations To Xoanon and Kathy On Their Wedding!

6/13/05, 8:40 am EST - Demosthenes

If things have seemed a little quiet here over the weekend, it's because our chief news editor Xoanon (Mike) has just gotten married! So, on behalf of all staff here at Kong is King - congratulations and best wishes to both Kathy and Mike!

Kong Trailer May Arrive Online Early

6/13/05, 8:07 am EST - Demosthenes

Deena sends this interesting snippet from Stuff. King Kong's New Zealand distributor, United International Pictures, confirms the Kong trailer date of June 29 - but more interestingly, they tell us it may appear online even before that! [More]

News for Jun. 10, 2005

Post Production Diary - 27 Weeks To Go

6/10/05, 10:48 am EST - Xoanon

Post Production Diary - 27 Weeks To Go

With 27 weeks to go we meet Brian Van't Hul, the 'jack of all trades' on the King Kong Production. Peter quickly realized that the miniature shoot will take almost twice as long as the actual production time allowed, so Brian swooped in and lent a helping hand. There are some great VFX setup and element shots in this PD, see the green smoke! and the 'splash machine'! We also get to see what type of character Brian is (hahaha...you're fired) and we learn a little more about the very secret 'Cocktail Napkin Technology' or CNT for short. Take a look! [QT6 240x132px 6Mb] [QT4 320x176px 12Mb] [QT6 480x264px 15Mb] [Bit Torrents!]

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