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13 items from 2017


King Kong Is Heading To Broadway

17 May 2017 5:16 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Broadway musicals making the jump to the big screen is nothing new, with the likes of Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and Chicago all gracing the silver screen over the years. What you may not be aware of is the number of movies that have been turned into musicals. Rocky, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Aladdin, and, of course, The Lion King (amongst many, many others) have all graced the stages of Broadway. Now, something big is heading to The Great White Way, with the announcement of the King Kong musical. This adaption, which first ran in Australia in 2013, retells the tale of the 1933 classic, with a massive puppet of the Eight Wonder of the World needing 35 puppeteers to operate it.  While musicals may not be your cup of tea, you can’t deny that the prospect of seeing one of Cinema’s most iconic creatures brought to »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Scream Factory to Release The Manster and Timebomb on Blu-ray This August

5 May 2017 9:13 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory has just given horror and sci-fi fans another day to mark on their calendars this summer, as they've announced upcoming Blu-ray releases of The Manster (1959) and Timebomb (1991).

From Scream Factory: "If you’ve been enjoying some of our recent releases from the 50s (I Bury the Living, The Screaming Skull, etc.) then we have another fun one for you: The Manster!

American reporter Larry Stanford is assigned to a story on evolutionary theorist Dr. Suzuki and visits his secluded laboratory high in the mountains for Japan. Unwittingly injected with an experimental drug, Stanford becomes increasingly bitter and irritable towards his boss and his wife. Then one day, the appearance of a third eye on his shoulder hurls the reporter into a state of terror. The eye soon develops into a second head setting in motion a rampage of mayhem, madness and murder!

Official street date is August »

- Derek Anderson

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Kong sits on his throne in concept art from Kong: Skull Island

18 March 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A batch of concept art has arrived online for Kong: Skull Island from illustrator Eddie Del Rio, which features a few familiar scenes from Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ monster epic, along with an unused sequence of the Eighth Wonder of the World sitting on a throne, being worshipped by the island’s natives; take a look below…

See Also: Read our reviews for Kong: Skull Island here

When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.

Kong: Skull Island sees Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing a cast that includes Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise), Brie Larson (Room), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane), John C. Reilly (The Lobster), Thomas Mann (Me »

- Amie Cranswick

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Weekend Box Office: Viewers Go Ape Over ‘Skull Island’

12 March 2017 10:17 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The late winter North America box office continued to play like it is summer as Warner’s Kong: Skull Island became the new king of the box office jungle. Not to be outdone by the big monkey, Fox’s Logan and Universal’s Get Out also continued to be big draws. With three big films in the market –and more to come over the next few weeks-, the top ten rose a healthy 27% over last year at this time when Zootopia led with $51.3 million.

After a twelve-year absence from movie screens, the Eighth Wonder of the World is back in a big way with Kong: Skull Island. The $185 million Warner Brothers release scored a monster-sized $61 million from 3,846 screens in its debut, handily beating expectations that pegged the film to open in the mid $40 million range. The well-reviewed monster island epic from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) also scored $81.6 million from its international debut. »

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Eight Little-Known Facts About King Kong

10 March 2017 6:18 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The latest movie to bring the super-sized simian Kong to the big screen, Kong: Skull Island, comes out today. Kong is a very well-known movie monster, but there are some things you probably don’t know about the Eighth Wonder of the World. Here are seven bits of trivia about King Kong.

1. Despite popular belief, the name “Skull Island” was never used in the original King Kong. For decades, people have used that name to describe Kong’s island home. The new movie uses “Skull Island” in its title. But the fact is, that name was never used in the classic first version. When the characters in that version reach the island, they know they’ve come to the right place because they see “Skull Mountain”, so-named because it’s shaped like a skull. However, the island itself is never named—only Skull Mountain is.

2. The very first Japanese Kaiju movie was a little-known, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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The New 'Kong': The Secrets Behind Bringing The Big Ape Back to Life

10 March 2017 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Kong, the giant ape, is no stranger to the big screen, having made iconic appearances as a stop-motion "Eighth Wonder of the World" in Willis O’Brien’s 1933 version of the monster to a full-scale CG incarnation in Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake (which earned a visual effects Oscar). But that also presented a giant-size challenge for the VFX team as it approached re-animating the creature for the Jordan Vogt-Roberts-directed Kong: Skull Island, from Legendary and Warner Bros., opening today.

“That was the thing that kept us up the most going into this project. How do we arrive at a design that’s unique and new and serves the »

- Carolyn Giardina

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Kong: Skull Island Review

9 March 2017 10:00 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Ever since he tried to make Fray Wray his bride in 1933, King Kong has rightfully become a cinematic icon, and throughout the years there has been many an attempt to reboot the Eighth Wonder of the World on the big screen, the most recent being Peter Jackson’s incredibly faithful remake in 2005. Now, Warner Bros. are trying their hand at rebooting the world’s most famous giant ape with Kong: Skull Island, which also pulls double duty by further deepening the Monsterverse, the shared universe that began with Gareth Edward’s Godzilla reboot and will eventually lead to 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong. Whereas Jackson’s version of the classic story stayed incredibly faithful to the original, Kong: Skull Island takes the concept and spins a new, more action oriented narrative putting Monarch, the monster hunting organisation introduced in 2014’s Godzilla, front and centre. It’s 1973, at the tail end of the Vietnam war, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Kong: Skull Island tracking $135 million global opening

8 March 2017 2:04 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures unleashes the Eighth Wonder of the World this week as Kong: Skull Island rolls out in 65 markets, and Deadline is reporting that the second instalment of the MonsterVerse shared universe is tracking a global opening of between $110 and $135 million.

Domestically, projections for Skull Island place in the the $45 to $50 million range, and it’s thought that the film could miss out on top spot at the box office, with 20th Century Fox’s Logan expected to finish the weekend with around $48 million. The $185 million-budgeted monster movie will also face some stiff competition the following week as Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast hits cinemas.

See Also: Read our review of Kong: Skull Island here

Kong: Skull Island is the second chapter of Legendary and Warner Bros.’ MonsterVerse, following 2014’s Godzilla. It will be followed in 2018 by Godzilla: King of Monsters, leading to a showdown »

- Gary Collinson

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Kong: Skull Island gets an epic, action-packed new trailer

27 February 2017 12:14 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you’re already excited for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island, then the new (and presumably final) trailer is going to leave you desperate for March 10th. Check it out here for plenty of action-packed new footage as the Eighth Wonder of the World battles both the military and an assortment of the monstrous inhabitants of Skull Island; check it out here…

See Also: King Kong battles a Skull Crawler in Kong: Skull Island clip, new international posters released

When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.

See Also: All Hail the King with new Kong: Skull Island IMAX »

- Amie Cranswick

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Final Trailer For Kong: Skull Island

27 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Kong: Skull Island crashes onto our screen on March 10th, and one final trailer has come our way to give us our best taste yet of what is in store for us. And what is that exactly? Well, judging by this its a nice line in odd humour (mainly from that old hand himself John C. Rielly), intense action, and Kong going medieval on whatever is put in front of him. Seeing the titular Eighth Wonder of the World in action (especially when we get up close and personal with Mr. Kong early on, playing with our heroes helicopters) makes me absolutely giddy, and I seriously can’t wait for this to finally come our way. Released: March 10th  Synopsis: This compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”) tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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King Kong unleashed by StarWarp Concepts

20 February 2017 7:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of the Eighth Wonder of the World’s return to the big screen in next month’s Kong: Skull Island, StarWarp Concepts has announced the upcoming ebook reprint of the 1932 novelization of the original King Kong movie, which features six brand-new illustrations by pulp-comics artist Paul Tuma (Tales of the Green Hornet, Dan Turner: Hollywood Detective).

The novelization expands on the world inhabited by this famous monster of filmland and includes scenes that didn’t appear in the movie’s final cut, including the terrifying “spider pit” sequence in which a group of sailors in pursuit of Kong falls into a chasm infested with giant, man-eating arachnids.

In King Kong, Ann Darrow is a down-on-her-luck actress struggling to survive in Depression-era New York when she meets moviemaker Carl Denham. He offers her the starring role in his latest film: a documentary about a long-lost island—and the godlike »

- Gary Collinson

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HBO, WWE to Produce Andre the Giant Documentary

13 February 2017 10:05 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Andre the Giant is coming to the small screen one more time. HBO Sports, WWE and the Bill Simmons Media Group will produce a documentary film examining the life and career of one of the most beloved legends in WWE history, the companies announced Monday. “For more than 20 years, Andre the Giant‘s larger than life personality and unique charisma captured the imagination of fans around the world,” said WWE chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “I will always value our friendship, and am proud to tell the story of the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World.'” Also Read: Kurt Angle on WWE Hall. »

- Joe Otterson

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WWE, Bill Simmons Partner on Andre the Giant Doc for HBO

13 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bill Simmons will team with the WWE and HBO Sports to produce a documentary on wrestling legend Andre the Giant for the pay cabler.

The film will explore the wrestler’s upbringing in France as André René Roussimoff, his wrestling career, and his forays into Hollywood. Diagnosed in his 20s with acromegaly — gigantism — Roussimoff became one of the most celebrated professional wrestlers of his era and starred in the 1987 Rob Reiner movie “The Princess Bride.”

“For more than 20 years, Andre the Giant’s larger than life personality and unique charisma captured the imagination of fans around the world,” said WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.  “I will always value our friendship, and am proud to tell the story of the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’.”

Titled “Andre the Giant,” the documentary is also Simmons’ first project at HBO since his talk show “Any Given Wednesday” was canceled in November. Simmons signed a deal in 2015 to host the »

- Daniel Holloway

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