News for Dec. 02, 2005

Transcript of CNN Showbiz Tonight Kong Review

12/02/05, 10:17 am EST - Celeborn

HAMMER: Time now for a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT exclusive. Director Peter Jackson`s "King Kong" is going to be released in theaters on December 14, but SHOWBIZ TONIGHT producer Jenny D`Attoma has already seen it. She was at the very first screening. She`s joining me live to give us a little sneak peek.

All right, Jenny, you get all the good perks with this job, don`t you?


HAMMER: This has been in the works for nine years. Millions, literally tens of millions of people can`t wait to see this movie. What is your initial reaction to having seen it?

D`ATTOMA: My initial reaction is that Kong will be king at the box office. It really will. I mean, Peter Jackson did an amazing job in this movie. The effects, it just kept you at the edge of your seat for three hours

HAMMER: And is that what we`re going to be hearing people buzzing about? Because obviously, people are going to start writing about it over the course of the next week in the newspapers. What will be the biggest things that, you know, are going written about and buzzed about about this movie?

D`ATTOMA: I would say all the special effects, the scenery. He grew trees for Skull Island. I mean it was just unbelievable to see how much detail. The New York City streets in 1933, vintage cars, it was just -- it`s just extreme.

HAMMER: And certainly there are some surprise that, you know, I don`t want you to reveal because I don`t want any spoilers here, but let me in on something else, you know, since you got the inside track here?

D`ATTOMA: I just think seeing the enormity of "King Kong" on the screen and the way he looked so realistic and his empathy. And you see the way he plays off with Naomi Watts, you feel like he`s a person almost. You forget that he is this giant gorilla on screen.

HAMMER: And a lot of that comes down to special effects. As you said, those are spectacular. And Peter Jackson certainly was on the cutting edge of that with "The Lord of the Rings." He`s responsible for "The Lord of the Rings" movies, but he really even raised the bar with this film?

D`ATTOMA: Yes. He raised the bar, because he created New York City. He created Skull Island. He didn`t come to New York to do this. He did this in New Zealand on his own property, on his own lot. So it`s just amazing to me that all that was done on a stage.

HAMMER: All right. The original movie was done in 1933. The last remake was done in the 1970s. It was universally panned. This one will not be is what I`m sensing here.

D`ATTOMA: I don`t think so.

HAMMER: All right, Jenny. Well, good for you for having seen it. I look forward to it, as well. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT producer Jenny D`Attoma, thank you for joining us.

D`ATTOMA: Thank you.

HAMMER: And "King Kong" will arrive in theaters on December 14.