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News for Sep. 11, 2006

TV Watch: Adrien Brody on 'The View'

9/11/06, 8:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Adrien Brody was a guest on the newly revamped 'The View' on ABC. He was there to promote his latest film 'Hollywoodland'. (28.8MB MOV) [More]

Super Cool IBC Report with Pics & Video!

9/11/06, 7:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Kris writes: But not everything has settled down. This weekend I attended IBC, a super large conference by and for the media industry. The whole topic is the creation and delivery of content, be it television, websites or film! One of the biggest stands was Apple, that talked about their Final Cut Pro software packet, including Shake. They showed a heap of movie posters of recent films that used Apple Shake, and one of them was Kong, next to Star Wars and others. [More]

Water Horse Set Photos Update

9/11/06, 6:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Taniwha writes: Hey there, Xoanon - just been looking at the Waterhorse story & photos (located here), and I can pretty conclusively say that what you're seeing in this photo is the back of Gollum's head from the Embassy Theatre - hence the hand next to it, as well. Just look at the wispy bits of hair, and the scar on top. It's this image on this website from the back.

DVD Tuesday: Original Star Wars, Smallville, Lucky Number Slevin & More!

9/11/06, 1:25 pm 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 'The Office: Season 2', 'Smallville: Season 5'. Be sure to check out the original un-messed-with editions of 'Star Wars - The Original Trilogy', plus a whole lot more! [More]

News for Sep. 09, 2006

The Water Horse Set?

9/09/06, 11:34 pm EST - Xoanon

'The Water Horse' Set? One of our new men out in NZ, John, sends these photos from Stone Street Studios in Wellington. This is a studio located about 2 minutes away from the coolest place on earth, also known as WETA Workshop & WETA Digital, and in between that is Park Road Post, where some LOTR work, and most of the work on King Kong was done..basically this neighborhood is the trifecta of movie-geek heaven.

When I was down in Wellington last April I caught up with LOTR producer Barrie Osbourne, we was hard at work on his next film 'The Water Horse'. I also had a chance to meet the director Jay Russell. At the time they were just about ready to begin shooting, this looks like they may be in re-shoot phase, the shoot in Scotland may or may not have happened yet, who knows. As you can see in the photos they seem to be planning something quite BIG to be on the blue screen...anyone who has read 'The Water Horse' already knows the answer to what that 'something' may be. Take a look at the photos and what John has to say! [More]

News for Sep. 08, 2006

Happy Birthday Thomas Kretschmann!

9/08/06, 2:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Today is Thomas Kretschmann's Birthday. Thomas was born on September 8th, 1962 in Dessau, Germany. That makes him 44 today, happy birthday Thomas!

News for Sep. 05, 2006

TV Watch: Adrien Brody on 'The View'

9/05/06, 7:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Adrien Brody will be a guest on 'The View' tomorrow (September 6th) on ABC. He is there to promote his latest film, 'Hollywoodland'. Be sure to check him out tomorrow! check local listings.

Universal Delivers Marquee HD-DVDs to Combat Playstation 3 Release

9/05/06, 7:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced 'King Kong,' 'The Hulk' and 'Waterworld' will released on HD-DVD November 14, three days before Sony's Playstation 3 gaming console hits stores with an embedded Blu-ray Disc player. 'King Kong' will carry a higher SRP of $39.98, despite no mention it is a Combo Format disc, and be presented in widescreen 2.35:1 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio. Extra features, if any, have yet to be revealed. [More]

News for Sep. 04, 2006

Jack Coming for D

9/04/06, 5:31 pm EST - Xoanon

From dailyrecord.co.uk: Jack Black is coming to Scotland with his rock star alter-ego. The Hollywood actor, as frontman of crazy band Tenacious D, will play the SECC on December 11. Jack - star of box office hits Rock School, King Kong and Nacho Libre - and bandmate Kyle Gass will play the Scots date as part of their UK tour. The gigs will come hot on the heals of the release of their film Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny, which also stars Meat Loaf. Tickets, £25, are available at gigsinscotland.com or by calling 0870 169 0100.

DVD Tuesday: Lost S2, United 93, Old School Doctor Who & More!

9/04/06, 2:59 pm 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 'LOST: Season 2', 'Supernatural: Season 1', and two great episodes of classic Doctor Who 'The web Planet' & 'Inferno'. Be sure to check out the Criterion Collection edition of 'Seven Samurai', Blu-Ray edition of 'Full Metal Jacket' and the 9/11 film 'United 93', plus a whole lot more! [More]

News for Sep. 03, 2006

Ray Harryhausen Returns to Bradford Today

9/03/06, 11:39 am 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]

News for Sep. 02, 2006

Book Review: King Kong - From Fay Wray to Peter Jackon by Ray Morton

9/02/06, 6:09 pm EST - Xoanon

While it's easy to assume Ray Morton's 'King King - From Fay Wray to Peter Jackson' is a quick cash-in on the second big screen update of the giant ape's romp, to do so would be missing out on what is easily the most complete collection of Kong-related trivia assembled. Morton digs into them all, including the much maligned King Kong Lives. This is information that's never been featured anywhere.

In chronological order, Morton begins the cinematic history of the oversized simian where he should: the 1933 classic that set a standard for special effects. With exhaustive text, Morton pulls out no stops to deliver the story behind the film, the people who made it, and how each individual effects shot was accomplished. Behind-the-scenes photos are uncommon, scattered throughout the book. For most of these films, the material simply isn't available. [More]

Order 'King King - From Fay Wray to Peter Jackson' on Amazon.com today!

Adrien Brody: The best bumbling gumshoe he can be

9/02/06, 6:03 pm EST - Xoanon

When Adrien Brody says the character he plays in "Hollywoodland" is among the greatest roles he's ever tackled, it gets your attention. This is a man who won a best actor Oscar for "The Pianist" -- could he be engaging in a little promotional hype for the film noir mystery, which opens Friday? He insisted he was not. "This is one of the better scripts I've ever read," he said. "The dialogue is so sharp. The writing is smart. And it deals with a fascinating time, Hollywood in the 1950s." [More]

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