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News for Jul. 03, 2005

Ubisoft's King Kong Game Site Opens

7/03/05, 11:56 am EST - Xoanon

Take a look at Ubisoft's King Kong Game site, filled with screenshots, links, registration for latest updates and more! [More]

Will Comic-Con Become Comic-Kong?

7/03/05, 11:50 am EST - Xoanon

Ken writes: There will be a program at San Diego Comic-Con for King Kong movie on 7/16. The program schedule on the comic con web site says this:

5:15-6:15 Universal Presents: King Kong—INFO TBA. Hall H

I'm guessing one or two of the main characters will be on hand for this presentation. [Comic-Con 2005]

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News for Jul. 02, 2005

Naomi Watts at Live 8

7/02/05, 5:35 pm EST - Celeborn

Naomi Watts (Ann Darrow) took the stage in Philadelphia, PA USA to introduce Keith Urban at Live 8 - The international effort to bring awareness to suffering in Africa and the world. [Click Here]

Post Production Diary - 24 Weeks To Go

7/02/05, 11:57 am EST - Xoanon

Post Production Diary - 24 Weeks To Go

24 Weeks to go and the team are in overdrive getting the trailer out for the fans! PJ and his crews give us a little behind the scenes footage about the making of the trailer, the SFX needed, the miniatures, sound and more! A lot of folks write in with questions about the trailer, who cuts it together, what about the music? What about the shots? What to show (and what not to show?). Keep an eye out for our frame-by-frame analysis to make a brief cameo in this PPD as well! [QT6 240x132px 6Mb] [QT4 320x176px 12Mb] [QT6 480x264px 16Mb] [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]

Dominion Post Talks King Kong

7/02/05, 11:12 am EST - Xoanon

Dominion Post Talks King Kong Kong Spy Gandalf writes: Wellingtonians found a feast of Kong in the Dominion Post this past week. The front page featured the New York Premiere story, with a 3/4 spread on page 5 containing photos and a small blurb about the trailer and the Wellington region. The keen eyed may also spot the first movie blooper in the bustling New York street photo... a pair of right-hand drive vehicles (as noted first by KiKn regular 'mikrokong'). I'm sure this will be fixed for the final cut! [More]

Gamespy Previews King Kong Game!

7/02/05, 10:58 am EST - Xoanon

Baz writes: Here is a link to the Gamespy Preview for the King Kong game on PC. So far, its looking pretty impressive, and lots of hype is starting to surround this game on a wide variety of platforms: PC, XBox, PS2, Gamecube, PSP and next Gen Consoles too. Enjoy the article! [More]

Weekend Kong Chat

7/02/05, 10:39 am EST - Xoanon

It is time to come together and talk Kong! The chatroom has been a great success, however some people have been popping in at odd hours when there is no one to chat with. To that end we've devised 2 KONG Chat times, a set time and day of the week for all Kong chatters to meet and have fun! Tonight's chat will be at 5:30PM Eastern Standard Time (click here for more info). World times are below, if you need more help click here.

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

Peter Jackson in Polystone

7/02/05, 12:38 am EST - Celeborn

Sideshow / Weta Collectibles is paying homage to King Kong director Peter Jackson, by creating a polystone statue of his cameo appearance in The Return of the King. Peter Jackson appeared in the film as a Corsair, sailing up the Anduin River to join the Battle of the Pelennor Fields (until he had a run in with Aragorn). The preview image is posted, and we expect the piece to start pre-ordering before Comic-Con. [Click Here]

News for Jul. 01, 2005

Who Do You Trust?

7/01/05, 11:10 am EST - Xoanon

Sir Edmund Hillary is the most trustworthy New Zealander, according to a poll of Kiwi attitudes. But National leader Don Brash and broadcaster Paul Holmes are languishing among the least trusted. The Readers Digest annual survey reveals the professions and brands New Zealanders are happy to rely on. Director Peter Jackson, currently inspiring King Kong mania, was third, but he was an exception, with most television and film personalities getting the thumbs down. Rachel Hunter was 45th, followed by Suzanne Paul, Russell Crowe and Paul Holmes. [More]

Premiere Magazine Talks "Hollywood's 50 Most Powerful"

7/01/05, 11:02 am EST - Xoanon

The latest issue of Premiere Magazine features an article called "Hollywood's 50 Most Powerful" with Peter Jackson in the number one spot! Take a look! [More]

News for Jun. 30, 2005

Kong Chat Tonight

6/30/05, 8:47 am EST - Xoanon

It is time to come together and talk Kong! The chatroom has been a great success, however some people have been popping in at odd hours when there is no one to chat with. To that end I'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

News for Jun. 29, 2005

King Kong Trailer Attached with 'Worlds'

6/29/05, 8:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Unless you've spent some serious time in a cave, you know 'War of the Worlds' is out today. By all accounts it seems like a massive blockbuster. You may also be lucky enough to catch the theatre-sized trailer for King Kong. [Showtimes USA] [Showtimes CAN] [Showtimes UK]

Happy Birthday Ray Harryhausen!

6/29/05, 7:53 pm EST - Xoanon

From Atomicmutant: A Very Happy 85th Birthday to Ray Harryhausen, master of stop motion animation and builder of dreams for an entire generation. Ray is the spiritual and physical heir to Willis O'Brien's legacy. Inspired by King Kong in 1933, he became one of the great storytellers of the era with his films, Jason and the Argonauts, Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, Valley of Gwangi, and many others. Ray worked with Willis O'Brien bringing the original Mighty Joe Young to life in 1949.

Jackson Inspired Undead Helmers

6/29/05, 7:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Twin Australian filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig told SCI FI Wire that they were inspired to make their zombie thriller film Undead by audience reaction to some of New Zealand director Peter Jackson's early schlock horror movies. "One of [my] best movie experiences was seeing Braindead [aka Dead Alive] in Brisbane," Peter Spierig said in an interview (he and his brother, Michael, both attended Brisbane's Queensland College of Art). "The audience had never seen anything like that, and it was so good. The audience went nuts." [More]

New York wins King Kong premiere

6/29/05, 7:36 pm EST - Xoanon

The world premiere of Peter Jackson's King Kong will be in New York. Wellington is being considered for the Australasian debut. After months of speculation, Kong's Hollywood backers have confirmed the New York event. Other decisions, including whether Wellington will host a premiere for the $200 million movie, have still to be made. Universal Pictures vice-chairman Marc Shmuger is in Wellington for meetings with Jackson. The world premiere was an opportunity for New York "to welcome Kong back . . . New York is very excited about the opportunity and the city is one of our partners on the film. They are lending extensive resources to really make the return of Kong to New York City an official event," he said. [More]

FEATURE: The Dinosaurs Of Skull Island -- A Special Trailer Report: The V. rex

6/29/05, 8:30 am EST - Celeborn

KongisKing.net Forum Guru 8thWonder has written a very informative article on the subject of the T. rex/V. rex to familiarize us with the creature created by WETA Digital. Read it through the following link! [Click Here]

News for Jun. 28, 2005

PJ Interview on TVNZ

6/28/05, 10:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Thanks to {TheWonders} & Gandalf for the video and transcript! PJ: King Kong is important to me, I think for the most fundamental reason, which is if I hadn’t seen it I don’t think I’d have become a film maker. I think it’s that important. The moment when I decided that film making was what I wanted to do with my life was when I was nine years old and I saw King Kong on TV. It had such a profound impression on my, you know, my nine year old self. [More]

King Kong glimpse more than enough to weta the appetite

6/28/05, 10:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Jackson's gorilla monster looks at first sight like a heavyweight contender for next year's special-effects Oscar. The giant ape of Peter Jackson's childhood imaginings has been shown to the world. The trailer to Jackson's remake of King Kong was seen by a worldwide audience of more than 100 million yesterday. What's unusual about the trailer and yesterday's release of stills of the film is how much has been revealed so early, including much footage of the titan ape itself. [More]

King Kong's fur length yet to be decided - Jackson

6/28/05, 10:17 pm EST - Xoanon

King Kong's fur length is still to be decided, film-maker Peter Jackson says. "We are deciding on the length of his fur, how tangled it should be, how much gray to work around the eyes," he says. Jackson is due to release its first "trailer" on the internet today. Photos of silverback gorillas had been superimposed on Kong's image, and tweaks were made, Jackson told the USA Today newspaper. [More]

Trailer for King Kong well received by first viewers

6/28/05, 10:07 pm EST - Xoanon

The first trailer for director Peter Jackson's King Kong film, released today for viewing by more than 109 million people, was reported to be well received by the premiere audience. Audiences at the International Cinema Expo in Amsterdam were told they were the first audience in the world to see it. [More]

Millions watch King Kong trailer

6/28/05, 10:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Over 109 million people were predicted to watch the first few minutes of film released today from Peter Jackson's re-make of King Kong. The trailer starts in 1930s New York, filmed in the Wellington suburb of Seaview. Jack Black's character Carl Denham looks for his leading lady "a woman who will journey into the heart of the unknown towards a fateful meeting that changes everything" who turns out to be Ann Darrow, played by Australian actress Naomi Watts. [More]

'Kong' apes the original

6/28/05, 10:02 pm EST - Xoanon

The weight of King Kong is bearing down on its creator. "We are in the middle of cutting," says Peter Jackson, 43, his voice raw and weary on the phone last week. "We won't have a movie you can sit down and watch until the middle of July. We are battling on all fronts at the moment." Everyone is waiting to see the $150 million follow-up to the Kiwi director's Oscar-sweeping triumph The Return of the King, the finale to his Lord of the Rings trilogy. The effects crew, the miniatures department, the world. [More]

Kong Poster Spotted at International Cinema Expo

6/28/05, 9:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Kong Poster Spotted at International Cinema Expo Kong Spy GJ sends along this poster last seen at the International Cinema Expo. It seems to be a simple placeholder poster until the official one gets released. [More]

Jackson's Kong - ugly, old and needs a dentist

6/28/05, 9:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson has finally revealed the real star of King Kong – and he is not only big, he has a snaggletooth and is at least 120 years old. The face of Kong – who is 7.6 metres (25ft) tall – was one of several scenes from Jackson's $200 million movie unveiled in its first trailer yesterday. Jackson's backers, Universal Pictures, coordinated a marketing blitz by releasing the trailer on television, cinema screens and the internet, as the director met the studio's top executives in Wellington. [More]

News for Jun. 27, 2005

Frame by Frame Trailer Goodness!

6/27/05, 10:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Click for Larger Version

Calisuri has done magic in creating this frame-by-frame breakdown of the entire new King Kong trailer. Remember this is a work in progress Take a look! [More]


6/27/05, 9:11 pm EST - Celeborn

Jump on over to Volkswagen.com to see the KING KONG trailer now! [ Click Here] Then jump on over to the OFFICIAL WEBSITE at KingKongMovie.com. Be sure to take a look at more great content on Volkswagen.com. [More]

Seen the trailer? Comment about it on our message board. Or chat about it in our chatroom!

Kong Trailer Description!

6/27/05, 4:27 pm EST - Xoanon

GooDy writes: Attendees of the International Cinema Expo in Amsterdam got there first glimpse at the King Kong trailer today. They were told they were the very first audience in the world to see it. The trailer begins with... !!!MAJOR SPOILERS!!! [More]

First Kong Image Online!

6/27/05, 12:53 pm EST - Xoanon

USA Today ran an image of King Kong in the morning edition today. Take a look! !!!SPOILERS!!! [Image] [Article]

Tonight is the Night! Trailer Bliss!

6/27/05, 8:08 am EST - Celeborn

Join us tonight in the KongisKing.net chatroom as the KING KONG trailer is revealed on the Volkswagen website, as well as on the NBC Networks. For complete details on stations and times, Click Here. To participate in our chat, simply click on the 'LIVE CHAT' icon on the left. Our chatroom is IRC, and we strongly suggest that you download an IRC client to participate -- as we all know, Java can be a little buggy. [Live Chat]

Media Watch: Channel4 Video Clips

6/27/05, 7:51 am EST - Celeborn

Runaway Blues reports from the KongisKing.net forum that Channel 4 TV in the UK has posted some amazing in-depth interviews with Jamie Bell, Alex Funke and Peter Jackson. Some amazingly juicy tidbits of information come from these clips, so check them out! [Click Here] Also, the SPOILER forum is on fire with discussion about the screen caps from the Chan 4 Show, and one amazingly talented member, AtomicMutant, has even photoshop'd a screen cap to give us a fully realized King Kong image! !!!SPOILER!!! [Kong Revealed]

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