News for Dec. 12, 2005

Naomi Watts Ascends in 'King Kong'

12/12/05, 2:03 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK Dec 12, 2005 One is a three-hour, $200 million-plus combination of digital effects, yearlong hype and the largest of monkeys. The other is a frantic $30,000 production depicting an actress desperate for cardboard-thin parts in the B-est of movies. The films couldn't be more different and neither could Naomi Watts' career from what it was five years ago. On Friday, Watts hits theaters worldwide with the famed ape in "King Kong." But her balance between blockbuster siren and indie shape-shifter is epitomized by the semi-autobiographical "Ellie Parker," released a month ago, featuring Watts in the Hollywood hell of a struggling actress. [More]