[Kik_announce] KongisKing.net Newsletter (08/06/2006)

Michael Regina (Xoanon) xoanon at theonering.net
Sun Aug 6 14:06:12 EDT 2006

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KONG #76 - 2006

August 6th, 2006

Here is the weekly newsletter! Enjoy!

Kong Roundup (Top headlines of major interest)

Iran, King Kong and Paradise Lost
In the latter years of his long successful life, Merian C. Cooper - the
creator of the epic film "King Kong" - developed an inconsolable longing to
return to the Zagros Mountains of Iran and live out his remaining days among
the Bakhtiari nomads of the region. The idea haunted him periodically. All
he needed, he used to tell his old friend Ernest Schoedsack, was to "buy
horses, a few flocks of sheep", and (because of his growing frailness) "get
a couple of good Persian doctors". But the dream with all its endless
possibilities was never realized.

VFX Specialists to Speak at Tate CGI Event
Joe Letteri, visual effects supervisor on 'King Kong', will be among several
high-profile guests speaking at The Tate Modern as part of a series of
lectures on digital art taking place in September and October 2006. Hosted
by Supernatural Studios and sponsored by Autodesk and Escape Studios, the
lectures will examine the development of visual effects and computer
animation over the last 20 years and explore their future potential.

Comic-Con 2006: King Kong Extended Edition
August 1, 2006 - On Friday, July 21, 2006, Universal Studios Home
Entertainment offered a preview of the forthcoming King Kong (Deluxe
Extended Edition) at the San Diego Comic-Con in southern California. The
clip was introduced by none other than Peter Jackson himself, who spoke to
fans via a pre-recorded message. Included below is a transcript of Jackson's
comments: "Much as I would love to come over to California for the summer
but unfortunately I've just got so many things to do out here that I can't
do what I really want to be able to go shopping at Comic-Con one day -
that's what I want to do, shopping, buying toys..."

King Kong Extended Edition DVD Details
The folks at thedigitalbits.com have some cool details on the King Kong
Extended Edition DVD. Take a look at the awesome figure you'll get when you
buy the DVD!

Iran dubbing Peter Jackson's "King Kong"
LONDON, July 24 (IranMania) - Veteran dubber Jalal Maqami and co are making
the acclaimed director Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” ready for the summertime
airing of the blockbuster in Iran, MNA reported. King Kong is the 2005
Academy Award-winning remake of the original 1933 King Kong. The remake is
about an overly ambitious movie producer who coerces his cast and hired ship
crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a
giant ape. Produced by Jackson and Fran Walsh, written by Jackson, Walsh and
Philippa Boyens, the film stars Naomi Watts in the role of Ann Darrow, Jack
Black as Carl Denham, Adrien Brody as Jack Driscoll, and through performance
capture, Andy Serkis as Kong.

Searching Skull Island (Breakdown of our various sections)

KONG 2005 - This section is specifically dedicated to Peter Jackson's
remake. Take a look at cast bios and video production diaries!
GOTO: http://www.kongisking.net/kong2005/

SCRAPBOOK - (Coming Soon): Currently we are linking to the King Kong section
of TheOneRing.net's scrapbook. It has over 300 images from the sets, the
actors and the press conference held just before start of production in
September of 2004.
GOTO: http://www.kongisking.net/scrapbook/

KONG FILES - Kong Files are a bi-monthly feature written by John Michlig.
Michlig's online article KING KONG: LOST AND FOUND can be seen at
http://www.skullisland.net/KongBoomer.html. He's currently working with
filmmaker James Mansfield on a documentary entitled EIGHTH WONDER: THE
startling details of which he promises to share in the very near future.
GOTO: http://www.kongisking.net/kongfiles/

KONG GAMING - A section devoted to everyone Kong Game related! From Chess
sets to console and PC games, this is the place you want to be!
GOTO: http://www.kongisking.net/gaming/

MESSAGE BOARDS - A great place to chat about Kong, PJ, or filmmaking in
GOTO: http://boards.kongisking.net/perl/gforum.cgi

LIVE CHAT - A java chatroom where you can login, meet Kong fans from around
the world, and get chatting!
GOTO: http://www.kongisking.net/chat/

KONG HISTORY: King Kong is back. In 2005, writer/director Peter Jackson, the
man responsible for "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy, will direct a new,
large-scale remake featuring a monstrous computer generated ape to be
created by Jackson's special effects company, WETA Digital. However, Kong's
origins lay long ago, towards the beginning of the last century in fact.
What follows is a history of the great ape's adventures, on both the large
and small screen. This history's films and TV series are the one's that were
widely released.
GOTO: http://www.kongisking.net/history/

CONTACT - Do you have a scoop about the upcoming Kong film? Maybe you found
some cool news related to King Kong online? Whatever it is, if you think its
worthy of the KongisKing.net homepage, then send it in! The process is
really easy...simply email us at spymaster at kongisking.net.
GOTO: http://www.kongisking.net/contact/

KIKN INFO: Whether it is to submit a spy report or to yell at us, we'd love
to hear from you! This is a community for Kong fans worldwide and you are a
valuable asset to making it work. Please email us your news, comments,
complaints, events, etc.
GOTO: http://www.kongisking.net/kikn/

FAQ: Everything you ever wanted to know about KongisKing.net, Peter
Jackson's film, and more!
GOTO: http://www.kongisking.net/faq/

That's all for now, keep clicking, have fun and keep sending in those
letters! We love to hear from you!

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Editor in Chief/Segment Producer
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