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News for Aug. 31, 2006

THE HOBBIT in 2007?!

8/31/06, 10:27 pm EST - Xoanon

The BIG news has finally hit. A Ringer Spy who was recently in the New York offices of New Line Cinema has reported that they clearly saw 'The Hobbit' on the film schedule for 2007. Here's what the spy had to say:

"Please leave my email anonymous as I have some very exciting news to report. I was in New Line's NY offices to discuss upcoming projects when I clearly saw something very intriguing on a year planner. 'The Hobbit' was clearly marked on what looked like July 2007. I couldn't exactly take a moment to investigate the calendar with my audience in the room, but it definitely said 'The Hobbit'. Lets hope this is a PJ project!"

Peter Jackson to film Dam Busters

8/31/06, 10:18 pm EST - Xoanon

The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is to remake classic British war film The Dam Busters, he has told film industry trade paper Screen Daily. Jackson will produce the movie, with King Kong animator Christian Rivers in the director's chair. Jackson said it would be "as authentic as possible and as close to the spirit of the original as possible". The 1954 film told the true story of how Britain developed bouncing bombs to destroy German dams in World War II. Mel Gibson was going to direct and possibly act in it Peter Jackson Jackson says he first saw the film as a child and "really loved it". [More]

Kong Ornaments

8/31/06, 10:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Kong Ornaments Zillaexpert writes: American Greetings has put out Christmas ornaments celebrating Peter Jackson's King Kong. One is a culpt of Kong fighting a Vrex, with their roars and Anne's screams when a button is pressed. The other is a lesser expensive kong hanging off the Empire state building with sound. Pretty cool! Nice sculpts! Check out the pics! They also have continued with there Godzilla offering-both have sound as well- see the pics! [More]

News for Aug. 28, 2006

DVD Tuesday: Arrested Development S3, Lonesome Jim, Romancing the Stone & More!

8/28/06, 11:57 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 TV goodies like 'Will & Grace: Season 5', 'Survivor Palau', 'Desperate Housewives: Season 2' and 'Arrested Development: Season 3' Series on DVD. Some animated goodies like 'Darkwing Duck', 'South Park: Season 8' and 'Talespin'. New movies out are 'Akeelah and the Bee', 'Lonesome Jim', 'Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World' and a TON more! [More]

Happy Birthday Jack Black!

8/28/06, 9:18 am EST - Xoanon

Today is Jack Black's Birthday! Jack was born on August 28th, 1969 in Hermosa Beach, California. That makes him 37 years old today! Happy Birthday Jack!

News for Aug. 27, 2006

Ray Harryhausen Returns to Bradford

8/27/06, 12:32 pm EST - Xoanon

LONDON, ENGLAND.- Tony Dalton, co–author of Ray Harryhausen, An Animated Life and The Art of Ray Harryhausen will deliver the 2006 Lumière Lecture. Tony will give a brief overview of the master stop-motion animator's 60-year career which will be followed by an illustrated on-stage interview with Ray Harryhausen himself. Ray Harryhausen is the renowned creator of special effects for films such as The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and Jason and the Argonauts . He is widely admired by filmmakers and audiences alike for his imaginative, groundbreaking animation work. The Museum's new exhibition looks at the imagination and research that went into conceiving the fantastic creatures that populate Harryhausen's films, and the sources of his inspiration, ranging from Willis O'Brien - the creator of King Kong - to the prehistoric animal paintings of Charles R Knight and the work of 18th and 19th century artists whose subjects were drawn from the Bible and the Classical world. [More]

Joe Letteri on King Kong at The Tate in London

8/27/06, 12:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Irascian writes: Joe Letteri, visual effects supervisor on King Kong, will be speaking in The Starr Auditorium at The Tate Modern in London (UK) as part of a series of lectures on digital art. Joe’s lecture will be at 6.30pm on Monday, 25th September. He will be discussing the creation of the Visual FX for Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Joe will show how Weta built 1933 New York City, grew the lush jungles of Skull Island, and brought King Kong to life. Joe has received two academy awards for the visual effects on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in 2002, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003. Tickets are £10 (£8 for children and senior citizens) and can be ordered from the Tate ticket office on 020 7887 8888 or online here.

News for Aug. 22, 2006

Presenting: Queen Kong!

8/22/06, 10:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Casey writes: We just wanted to let you know that we've made a King Kong parody called Queen Kong on our weekly SF/comedy video-podcast Galacticast. [More]

World Soundtrack Award nominations announced

8/22/06, 11:35 am EST - Xoanon

From cinescape.com: The nominees to the 2006 World Soundtrack Awards, to be handed out during the Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium, on October 14, were revealed today. Dario Marianelli, Alberto Iglesias, James Newton Howard and Gustavo Santaolalla all received two nominations each.

Nominees in the category ”Soundtrack Composer of the Year”:
- Danny Elfman – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Alberto Iglesias – The Constant Gardener
- Dario Marianelli – Pride and Prejudice
- James Newton Howard – King Kong
- John Powell – Ice Age: The Meltdown

”Best Original Soundtrack of the Year”
- Brokeback Mountain - Gustavo Santaolalla
- King Kong - James Newton Howard
- Munich - John Williams
- Pride & Prejudice - Dario Marianelli
- The Constant Gardener - Alberto Iglesias

News for Aug. 21, 2006

Jack Black tops best mate poll, Cruise comes in last

8/21/06, 3:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Sydney, Aug 21(ANI): While King Kong actor Jack Black has been voted the best mate, Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise has topped the poll - carried out to find the celebrity, people would most like to have as their best mate - from the bottom. Katie Holmes's other half and the father of their new baby Suri is less popular than the likes of Jack Nicholson, heart-throb Colin Farrell and Brad Pitt. [More]

NZ Film Industry Blog

8/21/06, 3:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Our pal Bruce Hopkins writes: Michael, I am sending this link to a blog I have started writing. I am going to keep a posting going on my version of whats happening here in NZ with the film industry etc. If you were able to let people know they can check it out that would be great! [More]

DVD Tuesday: House S2, Invasion, Poseidon & More!

8/21/06, 10:32 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 TV goodies like 'House: Season 2', 'Invasion' and 'Threshold' Series on DVD. New movies out are 'Poseidon', 'Just My Luck' & the classic 'The Wicker Man' [More]

News for Aug. 20, 2006

Fantastic stop-motion Kong clip created by fan

8/20/06, 9:35 pm EST - JPB

Kong fan and message board member KingKongKessler has created a self-authored two-minute stop motion clip of a scene with Kong on Skull Island. He utilized his custom-made King Kong model, whose dimensions were based on the original 1933 Kong armature. If you love the original King Kong movie, you must check out this clip in our Fan Art Gallery, located here.

Slayton House to open season with 'King Kong'

8/20/06, 11:36 am EST - Xoanon

Slayton House Theatre in the Wilde Lake Village Center will begin its new season of "Marvelous Movies and More" with the 1933 classic film, King Kong, starring Fay Wray, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Film critic Mike Giuliano will lead a short discussion after the film. Dessert and coffee will be provided. [More]

News for Aug. 16, 2006


8/16/06, 10:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Rumors about Peter Jackson directing Jakie Chan and Jet Li in a new movie are absolutely untrue. Sources close to the Jackson camp confirmed this earlier today. According to various websites Jackson has been signed to direct an untitled new film, which would star Li as the villain, and Chan as the hero.Chan recently spoke about the ambitious, high-action film, stating it "will be more American-style. It will be more suited to foreign audiences than Chinese audiences". Again, all of this is not true

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