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Is 'Pacific Rim 2' Really A Good Idea?


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With a slew of epic monster movies hitting cinema screens in recent years it seems there is a genuine renaissance in the sub-genre of disaster movie that bestowed upon the world the likes of Godzilla and King Kong. Pacific Rim, drawn from the imagination of Guillermo Del Toro, is a thoroughly contemporary take on the monster movie blueprint- awash with a myriad of spectacular CGI that resembled nothing short of a visual banquet.

Pacific RimDel Toro's Pacific Rim was a huge international hit but underperformed in the US.

The epic nature of the film posited a grand departure for Del Toro, who made his name through taut and often fantastical horror flicks including the Oscar-winning Pan’s Labyrinth. Del Toro has recently revealed that a second film was being developed even before the release of the first, yet it has still to be officially given the go ahead by the film’s developers, Legendary Pictures. As such, it seems that Pacific Rim is heading in the direction of most blockbuster films that have hit the cinema as of late and being dragged out into a franchise.

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Guy Garvey To Write Music For King Kong Musical


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Elbow frontman Guy Garvey is heading to New York to write the music for a new King Kong stage show.

The British rocker has been hired to help create a new Broadway musical based on the famous movie monster along with Massive Attack star Robert Del Naja.

Garvey's band will take a six-month hiatus after they wrap up their U.K. tour in December (12) and the singer will then jet to the U.S. to begin work on the King Kong project.

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Andy Serkis Defends Apes Role


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Andy Serkis has defended his decision to play another motion-capture primate on the big screen, insisting his roles in King Kong and Planet Of The Apes are very different.

The British actor has found fame with a series of performances using motion-capture technology, playing Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films and the title character in 2005's King Kong remake.

He is embracing the technology again for his role as chief chimp Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the new re-telling of the Planet of the Apes story, but Serkis is adamant he has not been typecast.

During an appearance at the Comic-Con convention in California on Thursday (21Jul11), he tells the Associated Press, "People said to me, 'Why are you choosing another ape character, why are you playing another monkey?'

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Voice Actor Defends Jar Jar Binks


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Voice actor Ahmed Best has defended his most famous creation JAR-JAR BINKS, insisting the staggeringly unpopular Star Wars character is a "film pioneer".
The fully computer generated character was heavily criticised by Star Wars fans and film critics when he first appeared in 1999's THE PHANTOM MENACE, but Best believes he paved the way for future special effect characters like Gollum from Lord Of The Rings and King Kong.
He tells Empire magazine, "I have nothing but love for Jar-Jar. He was film history. He helped pave the way for Gollum and King King. I think in time Jar-Jar will be seen as a film pioneer."

Jackson Starts Own Video Game Studio


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LATEST: Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson and his screen writing partner Fran Walsh have started a new video game studio called Wingnut Interactive.
The pair have signed a long-term deal with Microsoft to make Xbox 360 games.
The first two include a new Halo game, (which is not tied to the Halo film Jackson is producing) and a game Jackson and Walsh will develop themselves.
Jackson has also worked with Microsoft to develop an HD DVD of King Kong that comes with the new $200 (GBP111) HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360 when it arrives in mid-November (06).

Black Admits Drug Rampage On King Kong Set


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Hollywood actor Jack Black has confessed to partaking in an alcohol and drug-fuelled "rampage" while filming blockbuster King Kong in New Zealand.
Black, whose wife Tanya Haden gave birth to the couple's first child in June (06), indulged his wild side during shooting last year (05).
He says, "I did ecstasy and went on a crazy rampage, running around, drinking and smoking like a chimney."
Black has previously admitted to dabbling with cocaine during his teenage years before kicking the habit with the help of therapy.
The star, whose parents divorced when he was 10, says, "I did some drugs and stuff but I was already into acting before that. I was doing cocaine and stuff but it was all just dying to fit in and be hardcore."

Wedding Crashers Storms Mtv Movie Awards


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Matrimony mayhem movie Wedding Crashers was the big winner at last night's (03JUN06) MTV Movie Awards - picking up three prizes, including the coveted best film trophy. Funnymen Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were lauded for their comic pairing in the film with a best On-screen Team award, while newcomer Isla Fisher was recognised with a Breakthrough Performance honour at the star-studded Los Angeles ceremony. Brokeback Mountain heart-throb Jake Gyllenhaal was a double winner when his role in the gay cowboy romance earned him a Best Performance accolade, as well as Best Kiss for his sizzling smooch with Heath Ledger in the epic. He told fans, "This is a real honour, not just for me and Heath but for all of you, that you picked this movie and this kiss over all the other ones." Meanwhile, the show's host Jessica Alba wowed the Sony Studios audience with mini-movie parodies of blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, MISSION: Impossible III and giant ape adventure King Kong. She later picked up Sexiest Performance for her sultry part in Sin City. Other winners included Spike Lee and Jim Carrey, who was awarded the MTV Generation Award for his impressive range and volume of movies. Presenting the award, Will Ferrell claimed, "This man's versatility makes THOMAS JEFFERSON look like a big fat idiot." The full list of winners is as follows: Best movie - WEDDING CRASHERS Performance - JAKE GYLLENHAAL (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) Comedic performance - Steve Carell (THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN) On-screen team - VINCE VAUGHN and OWEN WILSON (WEDDING CRASHERS) Villain - Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: EPISODE III-REVENGE OF THE SITH) Breakthrough performance - ISLA FISHER (WEDDING CRASHERS) Hero - Christian Bale (Batman BEGINS) Sexiest performance - JESSICA ALBA (SIN CITY) Fight - Angelina Jolie vs. Brad Pitt (MR + MRS SMITH) Kiss - JAKE GYLLENHAAL and HEATH LEDGER (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) Frightened performance - Jennifer Carpenter (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) mtvU student filmmaker award - JOSHUA CALDWELL (A BEAUTIFUL LIE) Silver Bucket of Excellence - SPIKE LEE (DO THE RIGHT THING) MTV Generation Award - JIM CARREY.

Depp And Brody Join The Airstream Club


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Johnny Depp and Adrien Brody have joined the ranks of the celebrity road warriors after buying top-of-the-range Airstream trailers. The pair were gripped by Matthew Mcconaughey's much-hyped adventures in his Airstream and splashed out $60,000 (GBP35,300) on popular 28-foot (8.5 meter) International models. But Airstream spokesman Tim Champ doesn't think the movie superstars are planning any massive roadtrips anytime soon. He says, "Johnny Depp just wanted one for his home in West Hollywood. "We then helped him design an awning for his Airstream because he was concerned about the eucalyptus resin that was falling off his trees and onto the roof of his trailer. "Adrien Brody was wrapping King Kong when he came to us. He just wanted a piece of 'casual architecture' for him to use on movie sets. "He has been a longtime fan - he was very enamoured with the space and style." And Brody has big plans for his new trailer. Champ adds, "He is tricking his trailer out, so it has the right kind of music system. I understand he's a big hip-hop fan, which explains why he's thinking about turning his trailer into a mobile home-cumstudio."

Black Admits Taking Ecstasy


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US funnyman Jack Black has raised concerns for his health, after admitting to enjoying an ecstasy-fuelled "rampage" in New Zealand.

The 26-year-old actor, who was taking a break from shooting scenes for new movie King Kong at the time, proudly admits his love for the drug.

He says, "I had a little extra time off. I did some ecstasy and me and another member of the cast - who shall remain nameless - went on a rampage."

Jackson Sheds Weight


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Director Peter Jackson has lost a staggering 32 kilograms (five stone/70 pounds) in weight in just 10 months.

The Lord Of The Rings director stunned journalists at promotional interviews for his new movie King Kong with a svelte new look, a million miles from the overweight film-maker made famous by the fantasy trilogy.

Jackson claims the gruelling editing process on King Kong, which saw him working 21-hour days, helped him slim.

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