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Did You Know: King Kong Almost Battled Frankenstein? (Plus See Original Concept Art)

30 December 2011 12:23 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Before Japan's Toho Film Studios pit their most famous movie monster Godzilla against giant gorilla King Kong in 1962, the planned storyline centered around horror's lumbering fiend, Frankenstein. Famed animator Willis O'Brien wrote the script treatment — originally imagined as a sequel to the 1933 classic King Kong, O'Brien's most famous contribution — that envisioned the beast battling the bolted behemoth in San Francisco. Producer John Beck snatched it up (without O'Brien's permission) to create a George Worthing Yates screenplay retitled King Kong vs. Prometheus. Beck sold it to Toho who replaced Frankenstein with their house creature, Godzilla.   Toho had Frank fever for some time before the story fell into their...

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'Jurassic Park' on Blu-ray: Steven Spielberg and the art of screaming in terror -- Exclusive Video

21 October 2011 9:53 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Can Jurassic Park really be 18 years old? I still remember the giddy anticipation of camping out on line in front of New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on opening night, June 11, 1993, as if it were yesterday. Those happy memories came roaring back when I received the new Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy on Blu-ray in the mail last week. The three chapters in the dino saga all look great in high-def (even the unfairly maligned Jurassic Park III). But the real selling point is the set’s slew of extras, including a new six-part documentary which does justice to Stan Winston’s »

- Chris Nashawaty

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Moverman, Stiller Team For Selznick Biopic

5 October 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

HBO is developing a film based on the life of legendary film producer David O. Selznick reports The Los Angeles Times.

"The Messenger" director Oren Moverman is re-writing an early draft from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies and could potentially direct (though that's not confirmed yet).

Ben Stiller is executive producing and has met several times with both the network and with Moverman to potentially star.

Based partly on Selznick's own correspondence, the film will follow the ladies man who worked in the studio system at MGM, Paramount and Rko in the 20's and 30's on such films as "King Kong" and "Dinner at Eight".

In 1935 he started his own company and was the creative force behind the epic "Gone with the Wind" along with "The Prisoner of Zenda," "A Star is Born" and Alfred Hitchcock's Oscar-winning first Hollywood film "Rebecca". He also produced "The Third Man" and "Duel in the Sun"

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- Garth Franklin

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Cinema’s 10 most underrated monsters

4 July 2011 5:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

They’re sometimes furry, sometimes scary, and always angry. Here’s our list of cinema’s 10 most underrated monsters…

King Kong. Godzilla. The terrifying creature out of Alien. They’re all household names. They’re the superstars of the monster world, hogging the limelight while their less charismatic brethren languish in obscurity.

To redress the balance a little, we’ve compiled a list of a few cinematic monsters that deserve more attention. And given that movie monsters are always being shot, stabbed and set on fire by square jawed heroes, it’s fair to say that even the rubberiest, most shambling ones deserve a little bit of love, so if there are any you think we’ve forgotten, feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.

Q: The Winged Serpent

Larry Cohen’s largely forgotten 1982 creature feature is a genuine trash classic, with some great stop-motion effects and memorable performances from Michael Moriarty, »

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Behind-the-Scenes Featurette of the Norwegian Indie Film The Troll Hunter

5 May 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

The Troll Hunter is due for Video On Demand release May 6th, 2011 through Magnet Releasing; a branch of Magnolia Pictures. It is written and directed by André Ovredal. Shot in the Cloverfield style of movie-making, a group of students tag along to film a man tasked with protecting Norway from trolls. "The Troll Hunter is one hell of a ride, with trolls the size of King Kong. André Ovredal has created a one-of-a-kind creature feature that's sure to entertain and wow audiences all over the world. We're extremely proud to add it to the Magnet slate," said Senior Vice President of Magnet Pictures Tom Quinn. Click Here to read Keven's review of The Troll Hunter »

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The Troll Hunter Domestic Trailer & Limited Release Venues

21 April 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

The Norwegian mockumentary film will be available through VOD May 6th, 2011, but a limited number of Us screenings have been revealed along with a new theatrical trailer. The Troll Hunter is due for Video On Demand release May 6th, 2011 through Magnet Releasing; a branch of Magnolia Pictures. It is written and directed by André Ovredal. Shot in the Cloverfield style of movie-making, a group of students tag along to film a man tasked with protecting Norway from trolls. "The Troll Hunter is one hell of a ride, with trolls the size of King Kong. André Ovredal has created a one-of-a-kind creature feature that's sure to entertain and wow audiences all over the world. We're extremely proud to add it to the Magnet slate," said Senior Vice President of Magnet Pictures Tom Quinn. 6/10/ »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Jessica Lange Does Genre And Television on 'American Horror Story'

13 April 2011 3:10 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange has joined the cast of American Horror Story, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy’s upcoming pilot for the FX Network. With Lange on board, this horror show looks very female-centric and pretty good to go to series. Now if we just knew what it was about.

Murphy, co-creator of Glee and sole creator of Nip/Tuck, has been oh so quiet about the premise of American Horror Story, but FX president John Landgraf calls it a "really complicated, interesting psychological horror show."

We might not know the plot, but we do know a bit about the characters and cast. Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) will play the gorgeous and vivacious, yet vulnerable Vivien Harmon. Her husband, Ben Harmon, is a therapist who, according to TVLine, is "sensitive as a woman" but is also a man's man and is still not cast. The Harmons will have two problem teens, »

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Tribeca 2011: New Troll Hunter Image Crashes Online

15 March 2011 5:30 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A new still has reared its head for one of our favorite films this year, Troll Hunter (review here), and we've got the goods ready and waiting to tease your ocular nerves!

Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced that it has acquired world rights (excluding Europe) to writer/director André Ovredal’s docu-style horror flick so expect to see it hopefully soon.

Shot in a vérité style, Troll Hunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, Hunter delivers truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore.

“Troll Hunter is one hell of a ride, with trolls the size of King Kong,” said Magnet Svp Tom Quinn. »

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New Website, Behind-the-Scenes Videos, and More - Troll Hunter

1 March 2011 11:17 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Excited about Troll Hunter (review here)? Lord knows you should be. The movie kicks ass in just about every conceivable way and we've got some new goodies to get you going!

That's right, kids! Get ready to dig on four behind-the-scenes videos, two clips and even the first English language video from this giant-sized monster hit!

Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced that it has acquired world rights (excluding Europe) to writer/director André Ovredal’s docu-style horror flick so expect to see it hopefully soon.

Shot in a vérité style, Troll Hunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, Hunter delivers truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny »

- Uncle Creepy

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DVD Releases: 'Morgan, A Suitable Case for Treatment'

17 January 2011 11:39 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

As a film that deals with themes of insanity, jealousy, romance and class division, whilst simultaneously skipping between madcap comedy and tragic love story, it is little wonder that Karel Reisz's Morgan, A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) achieves rather mixed results.

The film details the descent into madness of the already psychologically unstable Morgan (David Warner), as he is forced to deal with the break-up of his marriage to Leonie (Vanessa Redgrave) and her plans to marry her new lover Charles Napier (Robert Stephens). His inability to deal with the reality of his situation forces him into a world of Billy Liar-esque fantasy, whereupon he sees things and people as wild animals in the jungle, viewing himself always as a gorilla. This particular obsession with gorillas increase along with his plight, with the lines of reality and fantasy becoming blurred as he inexplicably mimics the creatures in public »

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Sundance 2011: The Troll Hunter - A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of a Monster

3 January 2011 3:56 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

With the fantastic looking The Troll Hunter set to make its debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival, some behind-the-scenes imagery of the making of the film's monster has just surfaced online. Imagery that offers the best look at the creature and what went into creating him that we've seen yet.

Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced that it has acquired world rights (excluding Europe) to writer/director André Ovredal’s docu-style horror flick so expect to see it hopefully soon.

Shot in a vérité style, Troll Hunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, Hunter is said to deliver truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore. »

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New Images for Sundance Film The Troll Hunter

2 January 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

New images have been released for the Norwegian mockumentary film The Troll Hunter. The film will be shown at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Shot in the Cloverfield style of movie-making, a group of students tag along to film a man tasked with protecting Norway from trolls. "The Troll Hunter is one hell of a ride, with trolls the size of King Kong. André Ovredal has created a one-of-a-kind creature feature that's sure to entertain and wow audiences all over the world. We're extremely proud to add it to the Magnet slate," said Senior Vice President of Magnet Tom Quinn. The Troll Hunter is due for release in 2011 and will be distributed by Magnet Releasing, which is a branch of Magnolia Pictures. It is written and directed by André Ovredal. To see more images from Sundance Film »

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