Fact: Tony Award-winning director John Rando has dropped out of plans to take a musical version of King Kong to Broadway due to timing issues. Producer Carmen Pavlovic is aiming to stage the production, which enjoyed a premiere run in Australia last year (13), on the Great White Way in 2015. Rando, who won acclaim for Urinetown: The Musical in 2002, is already due to take charge of another big musical, The Honeymooners, next year (15).
Fact: Thor star Tom Hiddleston has landed the lead role in King Kong prequel Skull Island. The Brit will team up with filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who made his directorial debut last year (13) with indie hit The Kings of Summer, for the project.
Fact: The original PSYCHO and King Kong have been chosen among the Best Reviewed Horror Movies in a new online poll. The films join Rosemary's Baby, Shaun Of The Dead and The Devil's Backbone in the top five of the RottenTomatoes.com survey.
Quote: "I'm King Kong. Kanye is human. Humans run when they see King Kong, because they're scared." 50 Cent is convinced he'll win the upcoming rap chart battle with Kanye West. Both release new albums next Tuesday (11Sep07).
Fact: <p>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." </p>
Fact: <p>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 got the chance to record her voice. </p>
Quote: <p>"I've realised that whenever I get up from sitting down, I use my knuckles now. I've got a big taste for bananas." Andy Serkis, who provides motion capture and facial expressions for the computer generated King Kong in the new remake, reveals it took time for him to get out of character. </p>
Quote: <p>"I must say I never imagined my first romantic lead would be playing a giant ape, no. I suppose I did want to be able to say I've played King Kong. Not bad eh - I've played IAGO in OTHELLO and I've played King Kong!" British actor Andy Serkis on his impressive character list. </p>
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