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'Kong' scales boxoffice ranks

20 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The highly anticipated boxoffice debut of Universal's King Kong was unleashed in 3,568 theaters in North America this weekend and captured $50.1 million, and $66.2 million since its Wednesday release. The big-budget remake, helmed by director Peter Jackson and starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody, went day-and-date internationally, grossing a company-best $80.1 million overseas, bringing the worldwide cume to $146.3 million. Among domestic December debuts, the 187-minute Kong, which carries a PG-13 rating, proved to be the fourth-largest wonder on record. Three other pictures have grossed more -- Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films The Return of the King ($72.6 million) and The Two Towers ($62 million), from New Line Cinema, and Buena Vista's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe ($65.6 million). »

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Major tapped production designer of year

14 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Academy Award-winning production designer Grant Major, whose work will be seen later this year in Universal Pictures' King Kong, will receive the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Production Designer of the Year Award. Major was selected for his "distinguished body of work" by a recommendation of the Council of the Art Directors Guild (ADG). Major won an Oscar in 2004 for his work in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. He was also nominated for two additional Oscars for 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The award will be presented at the Hollywood Film Festival's October 24 awards ceremony. »

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Lucas To "Cameo" in New 'Star Wars' Movie

18 February 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars director George Lucas will make a cameo appearance in the upcoming final film in the sci-fi series. Lucas is set to follow in the footsteps of Lord Of The Rings film-maker Peter Jackson by briefly appearing before cameras in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith, playing Baron Papanoida in an opera house scene. Jackson has immortalized himself on screen in all three Lord Of The Rings films, playing hobbit Albert Dreary, an uncredited Rohirrim Warrior and an unnamed Mercenary On Boat in The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers and Return Of The King, respectively. »

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