News for Jun. 19, 2004

Hollywood's new King Kong

6/19/04, 8:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Filmmaker Peter Jackson assiduously disheveled, frequently barefoot and barely 5-and-a-half feet tall is a giant in Hollywood. But in his native New Zealand he is something even bigger: its newest national hero. That much is clear from the moment you land at the airport in Wellington, where a red carpet is lined with giant golden replicas of the 11 Oscars awarded to Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and a massive model of the film's eerie Golum character peers over the roof of the main terminal. [More]