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News for Jun. 26, 2005

TV Watch: King Kong 'Making Of' Report!

6/26/05, 11:59 am EST - Xoanon

Now with screenshots!

Thanks to Kim for the report (via peter s who wrote it!): Today channel four presented the return of the king-the story of the making of Peter Jackson's King Kong. The first thing that Andy the presenter announced is that he had seen Kong! The sound track was the well cheesy 70's funk track King Kong of the jungle. !!!MAJOR SPOILERS!!! [More]

New Kong Wallpapers Added

6/26/05, 10:48 am EST - Xoanon

We've added a few more King Kong wallpapers for you to download, take a look! [More]

News for Jun. 25, 2005

Trailer Promo: TEASERsaurus Rex!!

6/25/05, 11:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Ok so, there is no new footage in this little fan-made super-teaser, but Kikn regulars bawpcwpn and {TheWonders} have put together this great TEASERsaurus Rex for you all to enjoy...take a look! !!!SPOILERS!!! [TEASERsaurus Rex]

Kong Promo Screencaps!

6/25/05, 4:29 pm EST - Xoanon

Kong Promo Screencaps!

Kong Spy Michiel sends along these screencaps from the 3 released King Kong Promos. Be sure to check back here on Monday for a complete breakdown of every shot of the full trailer! !!!SPOILERS!!! [More]

PJ Comments on Lucas' AFI Tribute

6/25/05, 4:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Roheryn writes: During the American Film Institute's salute to George Lucas this evening on the USA cable network, there was a segment in which prominent filmmakers paid tribute to Lucas, acknowledging how he had blazed a trail for them with cutting edge special effects. The slimmer Peter Jackson made a brief comment about how motion capture and digital effects have made nothing impossible in film now, thanks in no small part to Lucas' work. As he spoke, they showed a clip of Gollum, as well as of Legolas bringing down the mumak. [AFI.com]

TV Watch: 'Kong' Making Of Special on UK's Channel 4

6/25/05, 4:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Wayne writes: There will a making of special on UK TV called ' T4 Presents: The Return of the King' (not to confused with Lord of the Rings) on Sunday. 'Anthony Crank goes behind the scenes on the forthcoming remake of King Kong, talking to director Peter Jackson'. It will on the uk channel Channel 4 sunday 26th June, 3.35pm. [channel4.com]

PJ To Adapt 'Wolf Totem'?

6/25/05, 3:44 pm EST - Xoanon

According to a June 13, 2005 article on xinhuanet.com, Beijing's Forbidden City Film Company and Peter Jackson's Weta Digital have signed a framework agreement to produce film based on Chinese novelist, Jiang Rong's, "The Wolf Totem. Peter Jackson read an outline of the book that mixes history and legend about the people of the Mongolian prairies and their feelings toward wolves. Zhang Qiang, managing director of Forbidden City Films, said they'd be using real wolves as well as CGIs created by Weta Digital. Forbidden City estimates the movie will cost 48 million US dollars and the pre-production will take three years to complete. [More]

NEW Kong Promo Online Now! UPDATED

6/25/05, 12:00 am EST - Xoanon

The folks at themoviebox.net have scored a SECOND longer teaser for Monday night's trailer debut. It shows a bit more footage, including Denham, Driscol, Ann and the shot seen in the first teaser. Take a look if you dare! !!!SPOILERS!!! [themoviebox.net] [Kikn Mirror]

themoviebox.net scored a THIRD commercial for the King Kong TV Trailer premiere on NBC this Monday, take a look! !!!SPOILERS!!! [Promo III]

News for Jun. 24, 2005

Check out THESE Screen Grabs

6/24/05, 10:38 pm EST - Celeborn

KongisKing.net SKIIP, Chazcron, has managed to capture some amazing screen grabs that I guarantee you haven't seen yet! Check it out on the KongisKing.net messageboards! !!! SPOILER !!! [Click Here]

'King Kong' looks like a monster hit

6/24/05, 9:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Several months ago, Ubisoft announced it was working with director Peter Jackson to create the official video game of his upcoming film, "King Kong." "Peter Jackson's King Kong" is primarily a first-person shooter starring Jack Driscoll, the character played by Adrien Brody in the film. The E3 demo emphasized cooperation between the player and two AI characters, who would perform actions like opening gates while Jack protected from angry natives and tossing the player spears during a frantic whitewater river chase. [More]

Kong following Godzilla's sad claw prints?

6/24/05, 8:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter Howell writes: I'm prepared to extend Peter Jackson a reasonable amount of slack for his upcoming King Kong remake, because he did such a fine job with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. If anyone can pull off a successful retelling of a classic, Jackson can even if no one was really clamouring for yet another version of the 1933 original. But the hype for Jackson's King Kong, scheduled for a Dec. 14 release, is starting to take on the bilious shades of another monstrous project: the 1998 Godzilla travesty. Remember all the "Size Matters" hoo-ha that preceded that disaster? For about a year before the film opened, we were inundated with billboard, poster and bus-shelter ads suggesting that the new Godzilla was going to be not just big in stature, but also in impact. [More]

Post Production Diary - 25 Weeks To Go

6/24/05, 11:28 am EST - Xoanon

Post Production Diary - 25 Weeks To Go

WETA Digital should sell tickets, they should setup a theme park type queue that winds through Wellington and allows eager geeks the chance to view some cool computer animation goodness. A robotic animatronic version of Richard Taylor should welcome the crowd as they enter the magical goodness that is WETA Digital...they should sell tickets at 2 thousand bucks a pop and make more money in one day than ever imagined. There should be a sign saying 'You must be THIS much of a geek to appreciate this tour'. The floors of the WETA Digital offices should be covered in foam to help break the fall of super-geeks passing out over the abundance of coolness coming out of that place at every corner...have I said enough? Have I whet you appetite for some of the amazing geeky goodness contained in this PPD? If so...take a look! [QT6 240x132px 8Mb] [QT4 320x176px 14Mb] [QT6 480x264px 18Mb] [Bit Torrents!]

Email us your questions and PJ may answer them in a future Post Production Diary!

Like what you see? Discuss it in our Chat Room! [Click Here] Or the Message Boards? [Click Here]

Scanning for the stars

6/24/05, 11:00 am EST - Xoanon

Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, including the summer smash Batman Begins, come to Ottawa for help with their animation and special effects. It's 10 a.m. and Helmut Kungl is inside his new west-end Ottawa office, stumbling for the light switch. "I just got in," he said. "We are in the middle of a slow time right now. We are actually waiting for a bunch of things to come in. It should pick up again soon." From their tiny offices, Kungl and his crew have just finished work for three of this year's most anticipated blockbuster movies: King Kong, Aeon Flux and this week's big release Batman Begins. [More]

Media Watch: Entertainment Weekly's Must List

6/24/05, 4:27 am EST - Celeborn

King Kong No. 27 on Entertainment Weekly's MUST LIST

The June 24/July 1 issue of Entertainment Weekly lists King Kong as number 27 on it's "Must List". Thanks to Kong Spy AtomicMutant for the scan!

News for Jun. 23, 2005

Kong Edges Out LoTR

6/23/05, 5:02 pm EST - Corvar

The original King Kong beats Peter Jackson's The Two Tower by a position in the AFI 100 Most Memorable Film Quotes. At number 84, "Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast." and at number 85, "My precious." Maybe if AFI redoes the list in a couple of years, PJ can get another entry. [More]

King Kong E3 2005 Hands-On

6/23/05, 4:52 pm EST - Corvar

Sevenhelmets wrote to let us know that Gamespot has an article up about the E3 Demo of King Kong the game. [More]

German TV Trailer Details

6/23/05, 10:40 am EST - Celeborn

Kikn helper Darth Gore sends along this tidbit for German Kong Fans:

I just wanna inform you that the German TV Channel "RTL" will show the King Kong trailer on June 28 at 12:35 pm right after the news magazine "Nacht Journal". Pretty good news for all the German speaking Kong fans from Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland (or whereever they live...)

Even Better Version of the Two Seconds of Bliss

6/23/05, 7:32 am EST - Celeborn

KongisKing.net board member Set points us to TheMovieBox.net for a much better quality version of the NBC promo for the KING KONG trailer. !!!SPOILER!!! [QT 2 MB]

News for Jun. 22, 2005

Kong Promo Online Now!

6/22/05, 2:40 pm EST - Celeborn

I've just managed to export it into some quicktime format:
Large - Quicktime 7 Required [Click Here]
Med - Quicktime 6 Required [Click Here]

So its out there! Thanks to the heads up from Perian on our boards, MovieNewz.com has it on their blog in Windows Media Format - follow the link to see it now. [Click Here] !!! SPOILER WARNING !!!

Promo for Trailer Description

6/22/05, 1:03 pm EST - Celeborn

Kong fan RShow sends us this description of the clip being shown to promote the trailer release on Tuesday. Since its has minor spoilers, please highlight to read.

" Just wanted to let you know that I caught a preview of the King Kong clip. It was while I was at work,and I was in the break room at around 2:40am on 6-21-05. It showed a few long neck dino`s walking through the jungle and then it went to a woman standing in the jungle looking at a T-rex then out of nowhere these two hairy arms came down as though they were standing over top of the woman and I saw her turn around and looked up with a scared look on her face and not saying anything. At that time then it went off. From what I saw, it looks as though it may be a good movie. Just thought you would like to know. Take care & God Bless."

Trailer for the Trailer on NBC?

6/22/05, 9:56 am EST - Celeborn

The KongisKing.net Boards are confirming that a trailer for the trailer does exist on NBC. As described by Board member Denham:

'...its only a few seconds. shows a long shot of the v rex and ann. then kongs arms come down. cut to close up of anns scared face. if ruled!!!!!..'

If you see it, please email us at spymaster@kongisking.net with the exact date and time so we can share the love. And if you want the up to the second updates on this 'trailer for the trailer' hang out on the KongisKing.net boards! [Click Here]

NYC Licensing Show Report from AICN

6/22/05, 9:47 am EST - Celeborn

KongisKing.net board member Windfola posted a summar of an AICN (AintitCool.com) story on the NYC Licensing Show and the King Kong related stuff there. [Click Here] [Full AICN Story]

KONG SONG: Max Steiner's 1933 King Kong Score

6/22/05, 9:42 am EST - Celeborn

1933 Steiner SoundtrackAfter viewing the music video link below, I did a quick search on the iTunes music store for more King Kong songs. Call be ignorant, but little did I realize how many actual King Kong related songs exist! So consider this the beginning of a new feature on KongisKing.net called 'Kong Songs' - we hope to update you with a new song weekly.

First up is William T. Stromberg and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra's recording of the 1933 original score composed by Max Steiner. It is available for 99 a song (22 songs) or, conveniently, $10 for the entire soundtrack. (iTunes required) [Click Here]

FAN VIDEO: Music Video and Teaser

6/22/05, 8:52 am EST - Celeborn

Looking for some entertainment before work today? We have two more Kong fan video submissions that might help you out. The first is a pretty catchy music video from G. Krieger who took the song 'King Kong (Your Song),' by Bobby Pickett and Peter Ferrara, and set it to scenes from the original 'King Kong' film. [Music Video (WMV 4.8MB)] The second is a small teaser trailer from our Italian friend Pgi. [Teaser (MPG 9.2MB)]

Kong Chat Times!

6/22/05, 8:34 am EST - Celeborn

It is time to come together and talk Kong! While Xoanon is out on his honeymoon, we'd like to invite everyone to come in and enjoy the discussion. Some people have been popping in at odd hours when there is no one to chat with so we've devised a KONG Chat time, a set time and day of the week for all Kong chatters to meet and have fun! The bi-weekly Kong Chats will be Thursday nights at 8:30PM Eastern Standard Time (a new Saturday chat has been added click here for more info). World times are below, if you need more help click here. [Kong Java Chat Room] [irc chat settings: SERVER www.theonering.net ROOM: #kongisking.net]

8:30PM (Thursday) EST in New York, Montreal
5:30PM (Thursday) PST in Los Angeles, Seattle
1:30AM (Friday) in GMT (UK)
2:30AM (Friday) (Central European Time)
10:30PM (Friday) in Sydney, Australia
12:30PM (Friday) in Auckland, Wellington, New Zealand

5:30PM (Saturday) EST in New York, Montreal
2:30PM (Saturday) PST in Los Angeles, Seattle
11:30PM (Saturday) (Central European Time)
7:30AM (Sunday) in Sydney
9:30AM (Sunday) in Auckland, Wellington

News for Jun. 21, 2005

Kong Crew Hats

6/21/05, 2:21 pm EST - Corvar

We just received some images of what the WETA Workshop King Kong crew hats look like, check them out:

News for Jun. 20, 2005

UK Channel 4 to air Kong Special

6/20/05, 1:43 pm EST - Corvar

Wayne writes: There will a making of special on UK TV called 'T4 Presents: The Return of the King' (not to confused with Lord of the Rings) on Sunday. Anthony Crank goes behind the scenes on the forthcoming remake of King Kong, talking to director Peter Jackson. (Press release) It will be on Channel 4 in the UK on Sunday 26th June, 3.35pm.

KONG FILES: King Kong Lives - Part 1

6/20/05, 10:51 am EST - Celeborn

John Michlig checks in with another rousing edition of The Kong Files. The latest installment is 'KING KONG LIVES, BUT NOT ON SKULL ISLAND: Part 1 - Self Indulgent Digressions While Circling the Topic At Hand.' Check out the complete article and discuss it on our message boards today!

"This is a column written on the basis of a dare, a personal challenge issued to me, keeper of the Kong Files. "If your mission is to write about all things Kong," wrote the anonymous petitioner, "let's see you do a piece of King Kong Lives. An interesting piece."

[Complete Article] [ Message Board]

One Week to Trailer Bliss!

6/20/05, 10:42 am EST - Celeborn

Just in case you were sleeping under a rock — the two minute and thirty second 'King Kong' teaser trailer will be shown on all NBC affiliated networks Monday, June 27, from 8:59:30-9:02 PM ET.

NBC -- immediately following "Fear Factor"
USA Network -- immediately following "Law & Order: SVU
SCI FI Channel -- immediately following "Stargate-SG1"
Bravo -- immediately following "West Wing"
Universal HD -- immediately following "Airport '77"
MSNBC -- immediately following "Countdown with Keith Olberman"
CNBC -- immediately following "Cover to Cover"
Telemundo -- immediately following "La Mujer en el Espejo"
Mun2 -- teaser trailer will premiere during the two-hour block of "The Roof."

And if you are online during that time (Uh, who won't be?), we get to preview the teaser trailer early on the Volkswagen Website:

Volkswagen, the exclusive automotive promotional partner of "King Kong," has been granted the exclusive online debut window for the teaser trailer. Beginning at 8:44 PM ET (15 minutes prior to the NBC Universal primetime roadblock), the teaser trailer may be viewed exclusively on the Volkswagen website (www.volkswagen.com), encoded in Apple's QuickTime technology, which offers the highest quality visual image available online. This Volkswagen online exclusive will continue for 48 hours.

Join us at KongisKing.net as we celebrate the release with a LIVE CHAT and of course, an analysis from our team as soon as humanly possible!

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