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News for Jul. 18, 2005

Comic-Con 2005: More King Kong Goodies!

7/18/05, 9:02 pm EST - Xoanon

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Randy from darkchylde.com sends along these GREAT images from this past weekend's Comic-Con 2005. Take a look!! [More]

Kong Previewed At Comic-Con

7/18/05, 8:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Jack Black, Adrien Brody and Naomi Watts, the core cast of Peter Jackson's upcoming King Kong remake, appeared at Comic-Con International on July 16 in San Diego and screened previously unseen footage of a climactic effects sequence to an enthusiastic audience. Director Peter Jackson opened the panel with a videotaped message talking about how the original 1933 King Kong film influenced his career. Jackson then teased the crowd about wanting to see some footage from his film, then introduced an exclusive clip to a raucous crowd of more than 6,000 fans. [More]

'Kong' Delights Comic Fans

7/18/05, 8:10 pm EST - Xoanon

As expected, Universal's remake of the 1933 horror classic "King Kong" also proved a big hit at the (Comic-Con) convention. Peter Jackson, who is halfway through postproduction on a complex FX epic that is due for delivery in November, opted to stay on active duty 6,700 miles away in New Zealand, and sent a charmingly chatty reel to the convention accompanied by the trailer, which has already hit theaters and the Internet. [More]

News for Jul. 17, 2005

Comic-Kong Reports!

7/17/05, 10:28 am EST - Xoanon

Comic-Con 2005: King Kong Panel Mr. Grooism & Gg send along very detailed reports from Universal's KONG panel! Take a look!! 'By the time I got in there were easily 8,000-10,000 fans in Hall H, with many thousands more behind me waiting in vain to get in. Naomi, Adrian and Jack were there and fielding questions...' [More]

News for Jul. 16, 2005

Get The KongisKing.net Newsletter Today!

7/16/05, 10:05 am EST - Xoanon

The latest newsletter is ready to go! Do you want to receive our free weekly newsletter? Packed with tons of info to keep you up to date on the latest? Plus filled with exclusives from time to time! Join the crowd of over 2280 mailing list members! Sign up now! [More]

Weekend Kong Chat

7/16/05, 9:57 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

Comic-Kong: Friday Report

7/16/05, 9:51 am EST - Xoanon

Mr. Grooism writes: I forgot to mention during last night's Comic Kong report that Weta Design Supervisor Ben Wootten "ranted on endlessly" while being interviewed. Hee hee, actually, he insisted I say that, he really was an enthusiastic and friendly contact, a helluva guy! [More]

Universal Studios Consumer Products and Playmates Toys to Unveil Highly Anticipated 'King Kong' Toy Line at Comic-Con International

7/16/05, 9:47 am EST - Xoanon

COSTA MESA, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- After months of eager anticipation, Universal Studios Consumer Products Group and Playmates Toys will unveil the complete line of "King Kong" toys, based on Universal Pictures' December 14th release, "King Kong," from three-time Academy AwardŽ winner Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy), at Comic-Con International this weekend in San Diego. Following the worldwide trailer debut of the film last month, the toy line premiere allows fans another sneak peak at the new world of "King Kong." [More]

Comic-Kong: Thursday Report

7/16/05, 9:26 am EST - Xoanon

Mr. Grooism writes: The San Diego Comic KONG International is a sensory overload and a ton of fun! The Weta booth was overwhelming, there is a giant Kong teaser poster hanging, they're playing the King Kong and Narnia trailers, plus a new PD that seems to be a Comic Kong exclusive! [More]

News for Jul. 15, 2005

Post Production Diary - 22 Weeks To Go

7/15/05, 11:14 am EST - Xoanon

Post Production Diary - 22 Weeks To Go

Elementary my dear Watson (or Jackson)! Marc Ashton, Main Unit 2nd Assistant Director, takes us on a tour of the WETA Digital soundstage being used to film elements for King Kong...what is an element? Watch the PPD and find out! Who needs 100% CGI when you can smash wood, rocks, dirt, plants and other items with cricket bats, golf clubs and more! Take a look! And listen closely at the very end of this PPD for some exciting news about...pick up shooting! [QT6 240x132px 5Mb] [QT4 320x176px 9Mb] [QT6 480x264px 11Mb] [Bit Torrents!]

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

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News for Jul. 14, 2005

Comic-Con 2005: Day One

7/14/05, 10:13 am EST - Xoanon

Comic-Con 2005: King Kong Busts Here are a collection of WETA/Kong images from Comic-Con's opening day..tons of goodness to follow!! !!!SPOILERS!!! [More]

Kong Chat Tonight

7/14/05, 10:06 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)
10:30AM (Friday) in Sydney, Australia
12:30PM (Friday) in Auckland, Wellington, New Zealand

WETA Goodies from Comic-Con!

7/14/05, 8:55 am EST - Xoanon

Aintitcoolnews.com has some great pictures from WETA's booth at Comic-Con, one of the largest Sci-Fi/Fantasy Conventions in the world. Take a look at some Kong, Dino's and even a small Lumpy sculpture! !!!SPOILERS!!! [More]

News for Jul. 13, 2005

Grant Major to Receive Hollywood Film Festival Award

7/13/05, 8:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Grant Major LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 13, 2005--Academy Award-winning Production Designer Grant Major, whose latest production designs will be seen later this year in Universal Pictures' "King Kong," will receive the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Production Designer of the Year Award at the Festival's October 24 awards ceremony. His selection was determined for his "distinguished body of work" by a recommendation of the Council of the Art Directors Guild (ADG). Major won his OscarŽ in 2004 for his work in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." He was also nominated for two additional Art Direction Academy Awards: for "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2003) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2002). [More]

News for Jul. 12, 2005

'Billy Elliot' Star Enlists for Eastwood's War

7/12/05, 8:44 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com)- Jamie Bell, who shot to stardom in the title role in "Billy Elliot," has signed to join Clint Eastwood's World War II drama "Flags of Our Fathers." Production on "Flags" will begin in August on the DreamWorks-Warner Bros. co-production, which will be Eastwood's first film since capturing multiple Oscars for "Million Dollar Baby." [More]

Industry quiet after King Kong

7/12/05, 8:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Wellington's film industry faces a lull as King Kong wraps up, but film bosses say it is too soon to panic with more big movies likely. Peter Jackson's King Kong - the largest project since his Lord of the Rings trilogy - has employed hundreds in the Wellington region during the past year. But aside from three television projects due to wrap within months, there is little on the horizon. It was a "wait and see" time, said Ken Saville, of the Wellington branch of the New Zealand film and video technicians guild. [More]

King Kong Diet

7/12/05, 8:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Need to lose 70 pounds? Try the Peter Jackson method. The director known almost as much for his slovenly look as for his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy lost the weight while working on "King Kong." "I was cutting during the day, shooting during the night and getting about three hours' sleep. I thought I was some kind of Superman, but it knackered me," the New Zealand native told Entertainment Weekly. In plain English, he spent 21 hours a day directing and editing for several months. [More]

Kiwi, Kiwi, You're the One

7/12/05, 10:12 am EST - Xoanon

Leo Lucky and the dudes over at Chud.com have an interesting article on PJ and King Kong: 'There's a drumbeat out there. Past the trees. You can barely hear it but it's there, and it gets a little louder every day. It's name is King Kong...' [More]

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