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15 items from 2011


Seth Gordon remaking his "King of Kong" as a mockumentary

11 July 2011 12:36 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

For some people, a serious look at the world of competitive "Donkey Kong" would already count as a mockumentary. Not so for Seth Gordon, the director of "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters," who has made public his intentions to direct a new mockumentary adaptation of his breakout hit.

The 2007 documentary followed "Donkey Kong" newcomer Steve Wiebe as he struggled to wrest the world record high score on the game from long-time champion Billy Mitchell. As you can probably imagine, 85% of the people in this movie are at least 75% nuts, so it makes for a pretty good time.

Rumors of some kind of follow-up to the film have circled for years, with Gordon having claimed at different times that it would be both a remake and a sequel. Now, the "Horrible Bosses" director appears to be taking the mockumentary route: "I've done some work on 'Modern Family' and »

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King of Kong being remade, will be a mockumentary

11 July 2011 2:53 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

We all know that Hollywood is in the habit of remaking anything and everything, but this one took me a little off guard. And here I thought I was immune to such things. You all remember The King Of Kong, the (sensationalized) documentary that pit Donkey Kong pro Steve Wiebe against video game god Billy Mitchell in a race to get the highest score possible for the game. It was an endearing little film, and a lot of fun, and so uh, what's happening with it now? It's being remade as a dramatic »

- Paul Tassi

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A Dramatic Remake Of ‘The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters’ On The Way

10 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Seth Gordon has quickly made a name for himself in the world of film. He started as a cameraman for the documentary, Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing and eventually produced and edited the documentary, New York Doll, which was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize in documentary at Sundance Film Festival in 2005. But most people know him best for his feature directing debut with the 2009 hit documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Since he has kept busy directing a video series focusing on the threat posed by cybercrime to Internet users, H*Commerce: The Business of Hacking You. He’s also directed various music videos and commercials, as well as an episode each of Modern Family and Community, two episodes of The Office, and multiple episodes of Parks and Recreation.

But the man behind the cameras of this weekend’s Horrible Bosses can’t escape »

- Kyle Reese

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Seth Gordon Says ‘King of Kong’ Remake Will Be a Mockumentary

8 July 2011 6:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Seth Gordon seems to have become a director of studio comedies like Horrible Bosses (and he's remaking WarGames) but don't forget that he first took the spotlight as the guy who made The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters back in 2007. The film really struck a chord with people, and New Line bought the rights to make a dramatic remake of the video game showdown between Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe. We haven't heard too much about the film in a while, but it hasn't died off. In fact, Seth Gordon is talking about it while doing the press rounds for Horrible Bosses, and he says that we might expect a mockumentary-style movie. Seth Gordon told The Playlist [1], I think it’s the thing that won’t ever die in a way because I think we all love the doc. And so we haven’t given up on it. »

- Russ Fischer

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'Horrible Bosses' Director Seth Gordon Says 'King Of Kong' Remake Will Be Done In Faux-Doc Style

8 July 2011 11:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Director Seth Gordon, the man behind the cameras of "Four Christmases" and this weekend's "Horrible Bosses" still has people talking about his debut feature, the documentary "The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters" four years since it hit theaters. The sleeper sensation was an unlikely hit, tracking Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe as they slugged out to wear the crown as the champion players of Donkey Kong. As funny and at times absurd as that story was, it was also unexpectedly tender and moving, and it's no surprise that New Line snapped up the rights to remake it into… »

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King of Kong Director Seth Gordon Ready to Restart the War Games

25 June 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It was hard not to love Seth Gordon’s documentary The King of Kong. Not only did it make watching a guy playing a decades old arcade game interesting but it constructed an excellent, if fairly biased, narrative between two very different personalities.

We are a month away from seeing Gordon’s Horrible Bosses and Deadline are breaking the news that Gordon will next take on the reigns of a new version of the 1983 movie War Games, which had Matthew Broderick playing Noughts & Crosses (or Tic-Tac-Toe if you absolutely insist) with a scary computer to prevent a nuclear planet punching.

Unless Gordon is planning on returning to his roots and having the world at risk due to a particularly tough game of Donkey Kong (and if he does then Billy Mitchell must surely have a cameo as Ming the Merciless) then it’s a fair bet that all manner of »

- Jon Lyus

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Make Believe

22 June 2011 3:27 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

When Seth Gordon directed The King of Kong, a story of two men battling for the title of master of a classic arcade game, gaming whiz Billy Mitchell came across as the moustache twirling villain to Steve Wiebe’s devoted and entirely sympathetic hero. Was the characterization entirely fair? No, but it made for an incredibly compelling and entertaining documentary. With Make Believe, the Gordon-produced documentary directed by J. Clay Tweel, the feature avoids vilifying any of its subjects while still managing to give us a great film about the battle of human wills and the admirable human desire to be the best. The fact that it’s six teenagers fighting for the title of best teen magician just makes it that much more entertaining.

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Exclusive: Krystyn Lambert Talks Make Believe

27 May 2011 3:22 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The producers are behind this fascinating new documentary that takes viewers into the world of magic!

Ardent fans of The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters have a new documentary to worship and obsess over. From the executive producers of that fan favorite comes the all-new masterpiece of fascination, Make Believe. This coming of age journey is set in the quirky subculture of magic, and it follows six of the world's best young magicians as they battle for the title of Teen World Champion.

Much as The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters pitted the heroic Steve Wiebe against douche supreme Billy Mitchell, Make Believe also find the perfect rivalry in lovable, self-taught magicianHiroki Hara, who hails from a small town in the middle of nowhere Japan. And his nemesis Krystyn Lambert, a seemingly privileged blonde haired beauty who is accused of coasting on her looks more than her skills as a magician. »

- MovieWeb

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Interview: "Doctor Kong" Documents Arcade Champ's Surgical Precision

8 April 2011 4:44 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

There's a reason certain arcade games never really leave the public consciousness. The twitchy panic of "Asteroids," the interminable march of the pixellated aliens of "Space Invaders" and the surge of revenge from eating a ghost in "Pac-Man" still make all those titles incredibly powerful experiences, long after the heyday of the arcade era.

"Donkey Kong" rates up there as well and the game enjoyed resurgent awareness after Seth Gordon's acclaimed 2007 documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" chronicled the high-score rivalry of Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell. That film inspired Dr. Hank Chien to try his scalpel-wielding hands at the Nintendo masterpiece. Chien went on to jump right over both Wiebe and Mitchell like so many rolling barrels and is now the current "Dk" champion. Filmmaker and actress Alexis Neophytides met Chien just as he was gearing up for his Dk journey and recorded him for a year, »

- Evan Narcisse

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Doctor Kong Trailer: Yet Another Arcade Game Documentary

24 March 2011 11:48 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

For obvious reasons, I am a pretty big fan of Seth Gordon's 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which captures the intense battle between Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe as they both try to attain the coveted title of Donkey Kong World Champion. One of the few unsatisfying things about the movie is the fact that the story never seems to end, because the title has continued to change hands ever since the release of the film. Things became even more complicated last year when a third contender entered the picture and stole the title away from both Mitchell and Wiebe: 35-year-old plastic surgeon Hank Chien. Chien's skills have earned him the nickname Doctor Kong, and now he is also getting a documentary of his own called Doctor Kong: Cutting Up the Competition. Directed by Alexis Neophytides, it's somewhat unclear if this is a feature-length doc or just a short. »

- Sean

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New 'Donkey Kong' Champ Gets His Own Documentary

17 March 2011 4:35 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Trailers and Clips, Movie News, Video, Cinematical

If you haven't seen Seth Gordon's amazing 2007 documentary, 'The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters,' about two star 'Donkey Kong' players whose stories play out like the ultimate tragic hero and villain, then you are seriously missing out. Algebra teacher Steve Wiebe and hot sauce salesman Billy Mitchell have both held the world record for highest score, but a New York plastic surgeon, Hank Chien, is a new contender on the scene and recently yanked the title away from Wiebe. Of course, that 1,090,400 score means he gets his own documentary, 'Doctor Kong: Cutting Up the Competition.'

Chien has a Natalie Portman laugh, but the dorky doctor can play some serious 'Kong.' Filming started in 2009 before Chien won the title and was created "as a character study of this odd guy who would show »

- Alison Nastasi

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New 'Donkey Kong' Champ Gets His Own Documentary

17 March 2011 4:35 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Trailers and Clips, Movie News, Video, Cinematical

If you haven't seen Seth Gordon's amazing 2007 documentary, 'The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters,' about two star 'Donkey Kong' players whose stories play out like the ultimate tragic hero and villain, then you are seriously missing out. Algebra teacher Steve Wiebe and hot sauce salesman Billy Mitchell have both held the world record for highest score, but a New York plastic surgeon, Hank Chien, is a new contender on the scene and recently yanked the title away from Wiebe. Of course, that 1,090,400 score means he gets his own documentary, 'Doctor Kong: Cutting Up the Competition.'

Chien has a Natalie Portman laugh, but the dorky doctor can play some serious 'Kong.' Filming started in 2009 before Chien won the title and was created "as a character study of this odd guy who would show »

- Alison Nastasi

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‘Doctor Kong’ Trailer – New Donkey Kong Champ Hank Chien Gets His Own Documentary

16 March 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Ever since The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters was released in 2007, we at /Film have watched [2] with [3] great [4] interest [5] as the documentary's two main subjects, Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe, took turns beating each other for the Donkey Kong world record. Last spring, however, a New York plastic surgeon named Hank Chien burst [6] onto the scene and stole the title from Mitchell, who'd held it for the previous three years. Mitchell then took the title back, only to be bested by Wiebe in September. And Wiebe, in turn, found himself unseated by Chien this past January. Point being: Chien's up there now with Mitchell and Wiebe as one of the top Donkey Kong players in the world, with a high score of 1,090,400. And he's about to catch up to Mitchell and Wiebe in another way, too, as the star of his own documentary, Doctor Kong: Cutting Up the Competition. »

- Angie Han

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Billy Mitchell Opens ‘King of Kong’ Arcade in Orlando Airport

16 February 2011 2:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Many of you probably have seen the 2007 documentary The King of Kong (and if you haven't, Netflix it now!). The movie follows the battle between Steve Wiebe and noted Donkey Kong/vintage video game champion Billy Mitchell, over the world record for Donkey Kong. Since the release of the film, it has been fun tracking the back and fourth battle between Wiebe and Mitchell for the world record (Steve Wiebe recently reclaimed the Donkey Kong World Record [2] from Billy Mitchell before losing the title [3] months later to Plastic Surgeon Hank Chien). Billy Mitchell makes a great villain, but everyone knows that there have been accusations of selective editing and what not [4]. From what I understand, Mitchell claims that he has still, to this day, not seen the movie. But that didn't stop him from opening a King of Kong-themed arcade inside the Orlando International Airport (n the main terminal near »

- Peter Sciretta

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Plastic Surgeon Hank Chien Beats Steve Wiebe’s Donkey Kong Record

11 January 2011 5:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Many of you probably have seen the 2007 documentary The King of Kong (and if you haven't, Netflix it now! [1]). The movie follows the battle between Steve Wiebe and noted Donkey Kong/vintage video game champion Billy Mitchell, over the world record for Donkey Kong. Since the release of the film, it has been fun tracking the back and fourth battle between Wiebe and Mitchell for the world record (we've even covered it on the site in the past). There has been a lot of action over the past few months. In August, Billy Mitchell beat the Donkey Kong high score with 1,062,800 points -- 1,100 points more than the previous record score. Mitchell reportedly quit his Donkey Kong game (still in progress). Asked why, Mitchell said: "Some say I'm being cocky. Some say I'm being lazy. I say, I'm being Billy Mitchell." Later that month, Steve Wiebe reclaimed [2] the Donkey Kong World »

- Peter Sciretta

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