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Peter Jackson To Remake Dam Busters Film

7th May 2006

KING KONG director PETER JACKSON is set to make a spectacular remake of classic British war film THE DAM BUSTERS. The self-confessed war film fan will be handed a $175 million (GBP100 million) budget to...

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Mckellen: 'Tolkien Runs Rings Around Da Vinci Code'

5th May 2006

SIR IAN MCKELLEN insists JRR TOLKIEN's THE LORD OF THE RINGS still leaves THE DA VINCI CODE in the shade - despite the furore over DAN BROWN's bestseller. MCKellen stars in the movie adaptations of...

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Cruise Tops Hollywood Power List

5th May 2006

TOM CRUISE has been given great news as he launches MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III worldwide - he's Hollywood's most powerful star. The movie star has been crowned the cinema's top actor on Premiere magazine's 2006 Power...

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Star Wars To Be Released In 3-D

25th April 2006

Director GEORGE LUCAS will re-release the original STAR WARS in 3-D to coincide with the film's 30th anniversary next year (07). The decision to release a 3-D version of the film in cinemas was based...

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Mckellen: 'I Doubted Lord Of The Rings'

12th April 2006

British actor SIR IAN MCKELLEN was convinced THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy would flop spectacularly, because the movies seemed like nothing more than "an expensive home movie". MCKellen, who played wizard GANDALF in the...

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Jackson: 'Watts Deserved King Kong Oscar'

10th April 2006

Director PETER JACKSON is outraged NAOMI WATTS failed to bag an Oscar nomination for her performance in his KING KONG remake, because she had to work alongside an invisible co-star. Watts only had the giant...

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Jackson: 'I Wanted A Comic King Kong'

9th April 2006

Director PETER JACKSON almost made blockbuster remake KING KONG a comedy - but studio bosses snubbed the idea and shelved the project. The movie, which finally got made last year (05) after nine years gathering...

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Lange Has No Time For Latest King Kong

14th March 2006

Actress JESSICA LANGE, who starred as the damsel in distress in the 1976 remake of KING KONG, insists she has no desire to see the latest version of the classic ape movie. The latest incarnation...

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Kong Dominates Empire Awards

2nd March 2006

PETER JACKSON's Academy Award-shunned remake of KING KONG is leading the nominations for Empire Magazine's 2006 film awards. The New Zealand-shot epic has been named in five categories including Best Film. PRIDE + PREJUDICE, CRASH,...

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Clooney's Award Fiasco

11th February 2006

Oscar nominee GEORGE CLOONEY was left red-faced when an award he received fell apart during his acceptance speech last weekend (04FEB06). The SYRIANA star was at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to receive...

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Wood Wanted Kong Role

4th February 2006

Diminutive actor ELIJAH WOOD wanted to reprise his role as a hobbit in KING KONG, but had to shelve the idea because his fellow THE LORD OF THE RINGS stars were too busy. The...

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Jackson Promotes Gorilla Plight With Dvd Release

8th January 2006

KING KONG director PETER JACKSON has added a documentary film about the plight of gorillas to the blockbuster's forthcoming DVD release, in a bid to prevent the extinction of the endangered species. The film-maker...

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Jackson Used Original Kong Props In Remake

5th January 2006

Film-maker PETER JACKSON used props from the original KING KONG movie in his blockbuster remake. The Oscar-winning THE LORD OF THE RINGS director fell in love with the original 1933 film when he was...

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Narnia Takes Over At The Top Of The Us Box Office

2nd January 2006

Fantasy film THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH + THE WARDROBE has kicked off 2006 at the top of the US box office. After being toppled by KING KONG over Christmas (05),...

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King Kong Conquers Us Box Office

27th December 2005

KING KONG has conquered the US holiday season box office, beating off competition from THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. PETER JACKSON's epic remake grossed $31.4 million (GBP17.4 million)...

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Kong Climbs To Top Of UK Box Office Chart

20th December 2005

Monster movie KING KONG has hit the top of the UK box office chart during its first weekend of release (17-18DEC05). However, the PETER JACKSON directed remake of the 1933 classic took just GBP6...

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Fascinating Fact 690

20th December 2005

Movie-maker PETER JACKSON initially planned to sign up his entire LORD OF THE RINGS cast to star in his new epic KING KONG, but admits, "The characters on Kong didn't quite fit any of them."...

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Jackson Wanted Wray For King Kong Cameo

20th December 2005

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,...

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Brody Caught 'Smuggling' Mints For Jackson

19th December 2005

Oscar winner ADRIEN BRODY discovered knowing PETER JACKSON gets you out of all sorts of trouble in the director's native New Zealand after he was stopped at customs for 'smuggling' breath mints into the country....

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Wray Concerned About 'Skinny' Watts

19th December 2005

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...

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Jack Black Lives In Bilbo Baggins' Home

17th December 2005

LORD OF THE RINGS fan JACK BLACK enjoyed the ultimate treat during a break from filming KING KONG - he got the chance to stay in BILBO BAGGINS' home. Movie maker PETER JACKSON, who...

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Fascinating Fact 667

15th December 2005

Movie maker PETER JACKSON wanted original KING KONG damsel in distress FAY WRAY to utter the final line, "It was beauty killed the beast," in his new version, but the screen legend died before Jackson...

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King Kong Given Giant Launch

14th December 2005

Gorilla epic KING KONG is set to charge into cinema history when it is given one of the biggest film launches ever seen in America. Universal Pictures has revealed the movie will be shown...

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Serkis Has No Complaints Over King Kong Recognition

14th December 2005

Actor ANDY SERKIS refuses to worry about his input providing motion capture and facial expressions for the computer generated KING KONG going unnoticed by movie fans. Serkis instead preferred the challenge of generating the...

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Earthquake Hits King Kong Screening

14th December 2005

A special screening of PETER JACKSON's new blockbuster KING KONG was rocked by an earthquake yesterday (13DEC05) in Wellington, New Zealand. The quake, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, hit the New Zealand capital...

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The Things They Say 829

11th December 2005

"My acting is awesome so there better not be any bad robot acting." JACK BLACK warns KING KONG director PETER JACKSON not to upstage his talents with special effects....

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Watts Wary Of Action Movies

9th December 2005

Australian actress NAOMI WATTS has no intention of making another action movie, because she is still nursing a string of injuries sustained on the set of KING KONG. The 21 GRAMS beauty thought filming...

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Jackson Sheds Weight

8th December 2005

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...

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Lohan's No-show Sparks Controversy

7th December 2005

Teen star LINDSAY LOHAN has caused a storm of controversy after she pulled out of a US morning TV appearance, citing "food poisoning", before making a full recovery to appear on MTV just hours later....

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Watts Terrified By King Kong's Original Damsel In Distress

6th December 2005

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....

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