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Mystery Of The Wax Museum Review


Very Good
Bet ya didn't know that the "original" House of Wax was a remake! Here's the real original (in fact, it was a play even before this), a 1933 film that is strikingly similar to the Vincent Price horror film, but which also borrows heavily from then-popular vampire movies. Lionel Atwill plays the Price part, but Fay Wray is more memorable as the wannabe gumshoe who's on the case of the local wax museum and why its wax figures have an uncanny resemblance to the recently dead. Made in early, two-strip Technicolor.

Jackson Wanted Wray For King Kong Cameo


Peter Jackson Fay Wray Naomi Watts Jack Black

Director Peter Jackson wanted a mix of old and new in his remake of KING KONG - he tried to persuade original star Fay Wray to make a cameo appearance in his version.

Wray, who died in August 2004 at the age of 96, originally starred in the 1933 movie as ANN DARROW, a role which was taken on by Naomi Watts in the most recent remake.

And Wray's daughter VICTORIA RISKIN reveals that Jackson had hoped for her mother to put in an appearance in his film.

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Wray Concerned About 'Skinny' Watts


Fay Wray Naomi Watts Peter Jackson

Late actress Fay Wray was unsure about Naomi Watts taking on her character in the new movie remake of KING KONG - because she found her "a little too skinny".

Wray, who passed away last year (04), starred in the original 1933 giant ape movie as heroine ANN DARROW, and met briefly with Watts before filming began on the new Peter Jackson version.

But Wray's daughter VICTORIA RISKIN admits her mother was concerned about the star's weight.

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Watts Terrified By King Kong's Original Damsel In Distress


Naomi Watts Fay Wray King Kong Peter Jackson

Naomi Watts had a terrifying first encounter with veteran actress Fay Wray before the silent screen star died last year (04) - because the aged star insisted she wasn't good enough to romance King Kong.

Wray played ANN DARROW in the original 1933 movie and took exception to an Australian playing the part in Peter Jackson's new blockbuster.

Watts recalls, "She was quite fragile and I didn't want to overwhelm her with too many questions but then she'd pipe up and crack some good wisecrack.

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Off The Menu: The Last Days Of Chasen's Review


Very Good
No one outside of Hollywood has any business knowing anything about Chasen's. And yet, here's a movie about the restaurant that everyone enamored with the high life ought to see.

This Hollywood landmark closed in 1995 after nearly 60 years in business, and the stories inside are legion.

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King Kong (1933) Review


Essential
There are very few works of cinema that stand up to repeated viewings and decades of changing film mores and audience expectations. Most notable among these is the classic King Kong. While the special effects that really came to symbolize the film look a bit ragged and prehistoric today, they carry an emotional weight that remains unequaled by modern CGI trickery and model work. You can spout off all you like about the wonders of The Lord of the Rings' Gollum but for all his slimy verisimilitude the guy still looks 2-D. There is, of course, a reason for that: He is. Kong wasn't.

Everyone knows King Kong but few people can actually recount the plot of the film he starred in. Perhaps that is because in the ensuing years since the film's release, the plot has become so tried and true, almost hoary, that it no longer registers on the cultural radar. It is simply archetypal.

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Mystery Of The Wax Museum Review


Very Good
Bet ya didn't know that the "original" House of Wax was a remake! Here's the real original (in fact, it was a play even before this), a 1933 film that is strikingly similar to the Vincent Price horror film, but which also borrows heavily from then-popular vampire movies. Lionel Atwill plays the Price part, but Fay Wray is more memorable as the wannabe umshoe who's on the case of the local wax museum and why its wax figures have an uncanny resemblance to the recently dead. Made in early, two-strip Technicolor.

The Vampire Bat Review


Bad
Hollywood's answer to Nosferatu, and a lame one at that. Far Wray stars (and even she is unmemorable here) in a story that has the typical German village besieged by a neck-puncturing mystery. Vampires presumed. Very low in production values and with a forced script that can't hold a candle to even a bad Dracula movie.

The Most Dangerous Game Review


Excellent
Early talkie, starring Fay Wray as a damsel in distress, trapped on that infamous mad Russian's island, where humans (including shipwrecked Joel McCrea) are hunted for sport. You read it in high school, now see the original film version of the Richard Connell story, done with impressive effects, moody cinematography, and an unbeatable adventure tale. (Plus: only 62 minutes long!)

Watts Loves Monkeys


Naomi Watts Fay Wray Andy Serkis

Hollywood star Naomi Watts is elated to have landed a role in the upcoming remake of KING KONG - because she adores monkeys.

The British-born actress plays Fay Wray in the anticipated movie, with LORD OF THE RINGS star Andy Serkis taking on the role of the giant-sized ape, and her love of the creatures has added to the experience of shooting the film.

She says, "I've had a bit of a love affair with monkeys for years. A friend asked what I wanted to do on my birthday, and I said I wanted to see a monkey. That's pure joy for me."

28/01/2005 09:35
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