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News for Aug. 15, 2006

3D LOTR Rises Again

8/15/06, 7:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Pauline writes: This is from an interview with James Cameron in the September issue of Empire (UK): Added good news for film fans is that a process called dimensionalisation enables classics to be re-released in 3-D, starting with The Nightmare Before Christmas in December. "Peter Jackson is a 3-D freak like me and he's been experimenting with footage from King Kong. He and I also talked about the feasibility of doing the three LOTR films" revealed Cameron.

It also mentions that this will NOT only be in Imax Cinemas.

From California to King Kong

8/15/06, 6:50 pm EST - Xoanon

NO BIG HAIRY APE - FROM CALIFORNIA TO KING KONG John Dybvig writes: I've totally rewritten Gullible's Travels and have added new material and completely new chapters and naturally I've come up with a new catchy title. 'NO BIG HAIRY APE - FROM CALIFORNIA TO KING KONG'. I'm now looking for a publisher or literary agent to represent me, I've enlisted the help of an out of this world talanted illustrator and Kong fan William Johnson. William has done several illustrations for me already including the books cover. [More]

News for Aug. 14, 2006

DVD Tuesday: Memento Blu-Ray, Simpsons Season 8, Scary Movie 4 & More!

8/14/06, 11:36 am EST - Xoanon

A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our 'DVD Tuesday' feature...every Monday! Check out some goodies like '3rd Rock From the Sun: Season 5' and Animal House on HD DVD. Some new collection DVD sets featuring the work of Clark Gable, James Stewart & Ronald Reagan. Be sure to also check out 'Memento' in Blu-Ray and one of the best new cable shows of last year 'Rome: The Complete First Season'. [More]

News for Aug. 12, 2006

Jack Black to host 2006 MTV awards

8/12/06, 12:27 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK - The MTV Music Video Awards are about to get a dose of Jack Black. The actor-slash-rocker will host this year's version of the anything-can-happen extravaganza, set for Aug. 31, MTV announced Thursday. "Prepare yourself for a rip snortin' humdinger," Black said. "I am Jables, hear me roar." The awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York. Performers include Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Panic! at the Disco and Ludacris. Black, 34, is the "perfect mix of comedy, rock, irreverence and star power," MTV President Christina Norman said in a statement. Black's films include "Nacho Libre," "King Kong" and "School of Rock." He'll next be seen with his Tenacious D bandmate, Kyle Gass, in the semi-autographical comedy "Tenacious D in `The Pick of Destiny,'" slated for release Nov. 17.

King Kong brought down by vandals

8/12/06, 12:17 pm EST - Xoanon

A sand sculpture built on Weston-super-Mare's beach was destroyed by vandals on Wednesday night. The 20-tonne King Kong sculpture, was built by contributors from around the world as part of the North Somerset town's first sand sculpture event. Councillor Alan Hockridge said this "was an act of mindless vandalism." "If the sand sculptors do return to Weston next year, we will need to increase security after this thoughtless and stupid act," she added. Anyone who saw the incident, or has any information, has been urged to contact the police. [More]

News for Aug. 09, 2006

King Kong game gets most nominations for Canada's first video game awards

8/09/06, 4:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Canadian Press: VANCOUVER (CP) - A video game based on the movie King Kong has won the most nominations for Canada's first video game and animation awards. The game, produced by Obi Soft[SIC] in Montreal, got seven nominations in the games category of the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts. Vancouver-based animation company Studio B dominated the animation categories, with 18 nominations. There are 37 awards categories in total, including Game of the Year, Best Animated Production and Student Game of the Year. Actor William Shatner will host the awards in Vancouver on Sept. 14. The video game industry makes over US $30 billion in worldwide sales, surpassing the movie business.

HALO has a director!!!

8/09/06, 3:09 pm EST - Xoanon

From AICN: Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I know a lot of you are HALO geeks like me and like me you've probably been wanting to hear about the status of the HALO movie being produced at Universal and 20th Century Fox, Weta Workshop and Digital signed on to bring the special effects, and Peter Jackson onboard as executive producer. Well, the wait's over. A director has been chosen, according to Microsoft, a man by the name of Neill Blomkamp. Before you start getting too worried that an untested director has been chosen to direct such a high profile movie, you should see his short film ALIVE IN JOBURG. [More]

News for Aug. 07, 2006

Jackson's story to be told in biography

8/07/06, 5:22 pm EST - Xoanon

The story of how a boy from Pukerua Bay, north of Wellington, beat Hollywood at its own game is to be told in an authorised biography of New Zealand film-maker Peter Jackson. 'Peter Jackson: A Film-maker's Journey' will be published by HarperCollins New Zealand on November 10, just in time for the Christmas market. Following numerous approaches, Jackson chose to work on the biography with Brian Sibley, a writer and the producer of the acclaimed BBC radio dramatisation of the Lord of the Rings. The biography, written over several years, tells the story of Jackson's life through his own words, as well as drawing on the memories of friends, family and associates. [More]

TV Watch: Pop Collectibles in Oz

8/07/06, 4:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Producer Darryl writes: I would like to advice LOTR fans in Australia of a new collectors TV show that has just visited Weta in NZ and features an extensive interview with Richard Taylor. The show screens Saturday night at 8 pm and re-runs Sundays at 9 am and 2 pm on the cable TV provider FOXTEL Australia-wide. The six part series features Weta in shows 1 and 5. And episode 3 is a complete Weta Special with Richard discussing his companies, childhood, creative challenges and goals. LOTR statues and busts make up a huge proportion of the show and two never-before seen unreleased statues are shown. For those outside Australia, DVD sales of the show will come online shortly. Fans can email popcollectables@yahoo.com or visit popcollectables.blogspot.com

DVD Tuesday: Inside Man, Prison Break, Ultimate Avengers 2 & More!

8/07/06, 11:28 am EST - Xoanon

A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our 'DVD Tuesday' feature...every Monday! Check out 'Inside Man' Spike Lee's heist thriller, one of the best new shows of last season, the prison drama 'Prison Break: Season One' and for you comic book fans we have 'Ultimate Avengers 2' [More]

News for Aug. 06, 2006

Iran, King Kong and Paradise Lost

8/06/06, 1:53 pm EST - Xoanon

In the latter years of his long successful life, Merian C. Cooper - the creator of the epic film "King Kong" - developed an inconsolable longing to return to the Zagros Mountains of Iran and live out his remaining days among the Bakhtiari nomads of the region. The idea haunted him periodically. All he needed, he used to tell his old friend Ernest Schoedsack, was to "buy horses, a few flocks of sheep", and (because of his growing frailness) "get a couple of good Persian doctors". But the dream with all its endless possibilities was never realized. [More]

News for Aug. 05, 2006

VFX Specialists to Speak at Tate CGI Event

8/05/06, 10:26 am EST - Xoanon

Joe Letteri, visual effects supervisor on 'King Kong', will be among several high-profile guests speaking at The Tate Modern as part of a series of lectures on digital art taking place in September and October 2006. Hosted by Supernatural Studios and sponsored by Autodesk and Escape Studios, the lectures will examine the development of visual effects and computer animation over the last 20 years and explore their future potential. [More]

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