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Kong: Skull Island Director Likely Won’t Return For Another Film

24 April 2017 12:57 PM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Earlier this year, Kong: Skull Island hit theaters, and while it didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, it did well enough to at least outperform Peter Jackson’s 2005 outing, in addition to continuing the mythology of the MonsterVerse that began with Godzilla back in 2014.

With this in mind, can we expect Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to return back to the director’s chair for another outing with the oversized ape? Not likely. Speaking with Screen Junkies, the director stated:

“I think I'm done with giant monsters for a little bit...I'm really proud of how weird this movie is and I'm really proud of how much people embraced that stuff and actually called out like how strange the movie is. And I wanted it to have a voice and I'm so proud of what we did and how I think it is, like, a nontraditional »

- Joseph Medina

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Chasing Kong

25 March 2017 6:03 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Is this the moving picture ship?"—Opening line of King Kong (1933)You can get close to madness trying to fit the entire cultural legacy of the original King Kong into a single box. Even setting aside the two Hollywood remakes, you're still left with hastily made or quickly buried sequels, follow-ups like Mighty Joe Young (1949), a Universal Studios ride, a direct-to-video cartoon, a children’s TV series, and a set of 1960s Japanese-American co-productions—Kingu Kongu!—which saw the big ape square off against Godzilla and "Mechani-Kong" in showdowns with worse special effects than the film that preceded them by thirty years. Apologies for anything I've left out, because by this point King Kong is a cottage industry unto itself, an old-fashioned self-perpetuating Hollywood myth that's morphed in meaning and presentation but never entirely gone away. The sight of King Kong atop the Empire State Building, with its a mixture »

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Kong: Skull Island Post-Credit Scene Almost Got the Axe

12 March 2017 4:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, it was confirmed that there is a post-credit scene attached to Warner Bros.' Kong: Skull Island, which sets up the highly-anticipated Godzilla: King of Monsters in 2019, which will in turn set up Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020. As it turns out, it seems that scene was almost cut by the studio, according to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in a recent interview about why it almost got the axe.

"We shot that during production, and it was actually one of those things that they had taken off the movie at one point. For some reason, there was concern about it, and I was really happy when everyone decided let's bring this back. I think that's what people want to know is happening."

During his interview with Cinema Blend, the filmmaker did not say why the scene was almost removed, but the scene made the final cut anyway. »

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Kong: Skull Island Pummels Logan with $61M Win at the Box Office

12 March 2017 3:22 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After 20th Century Fox's Logan came away with an easy box office win last weekend, many were expecting the superhero movie to take the top spot at the box office this weekend as well. While Logan didn't suffer a tremendously drastic second weekend drop (57.2%), it did drop to second place, with Warner Bros. Kong: Skull Island overperforming, taking in an impressive $61 million while Logan earned a decent $37.8 million. While it was originally expected to be a close weekend at the box office, Kong: Skull Island had no trouble running away with the box office crown.

Box Office Mojo reports that Kong: Skull Island opened with an impressive $15,865 per-screen average from 3,846 theaters. While the debut was impressive, it does fall quite short of 2014's Godzilla, which opened huge with $93.1 million in 2014, but dropped a massive 66.8% in its second weekend and 61.2% in its third weekend, closing its domestic run with $200.6 million with a worldwide tally of $529 million, »

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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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Box Office: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Roars With $142.6 Million Globally

12 March 2017 9:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kong: Skull Island” bestrode the globe in its opening weekend.

The monster movie opened to a hefty $81.6 million in 65 foreign markets, pushing its global haul to $142.6 million globally. “Kong: Skull Island” is the latest attempt to revive King Kong. Cinema’s most famous gorilla first hit screens in the 1933 classic “King Kong,” a stop-motion touchstone that is considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made. Other versions have been less successful. Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake divided critics, but went on to make $550 million worldwide. It was more warmly received than the 1976 Dino De Laurentiis version that was so maligned it almost sunk star Jessica Lange’s career.


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Reviewers generally like this version, handing it a 78% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”) makes his major studio debut behind the camera, guiding an ensemble cast that includes Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. »

- Brent Lang

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Movie Review – Kong: Skull Island (2017)

11 March 2017 2:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kong: Skull Island, 2017

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John GoodmanJohn C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, and Will Brittain.


A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

At once passably entertaining and undeniably disappointing, the latest attempt to re-imagine King Kong – this time ahead of a planned cinematic scuffle with Godzilla in 2020 – misses almost as much as it hits, but propelled by the titular beast’s sheer mythic power, it just barely scrapes a pass regardless.

Government agent Bill Randa (John Goodman) leads an expedition of explorers and soldiers to an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean known as Skull Island, and upon  arriving, their explosive experiments immediately rouse the over-sized, ill-pleased ape resident himself, »

- Shaun Munro

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Watch Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Kong: Skull Island

10 March 2017 3:29 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Whether you saw it in theaters on opening night or you're gearing up to see it this weekend, you can get an intriguing look at the making of Kong: Skull Island and its gorgeous shooting locations in behind-the-scenes footage.

You can watch the behind-the-scenes videos below, and in case you missed it, check out our previous coverage of Kong: Skull Island.

"“Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Trainwreck”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”) and John C. Reilly (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Step Brothers”). The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing (“Police Story: Lockdown”), Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”), John Ortiz (“Steve Jobs”), Thomas Mann (“Beautiful Creatures”), Shea Whigham (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Toby Kebbell (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Soundtrack Is Now on Spotify, and Is Indeed Fit for a King

10 March 2017 1:44 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While Legendary is providing excellent opportunities for indie filmmakers with its new Monster Universe, the studio has also shown a knack for recruiting top musical talent for the franchise. This continues to hold true with “Kong: Skull Island,” which was composed by Henry Jackman, and its score is now available to listen to on Spotify. The film, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer“) hits theaters today, so if you want to pump yourself up before you see it, or if you already want to revisit the movie by listening to the score, you can listen to the soundtrack here.

Read More: ‘Kong: Skull Island’: Why Legendary Trusted Indie Filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Expand Their MonsterVerse

Jackman is known best for scoring the second and third installments of Marvel’s “Captain America” movies, as well as his frequent collaborations with Matthew Vaughn, most recently with his electrifying score for “Kingsman: The Secret Service. »

- Michael Gonzalez

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‘Kong: Skull Island’: Why Legendary Trusted Indie Filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Expand Their MonsterVerse

10 March 2017 7:11 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Indie filmmakers have been good to Legendary Entertainment. In 2014, Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla” earned $529 million worldwide; his previous film, 2010’s “Monsters,” earned around $4 million on a budget of well under $1 million. For the second film in their burgeoning new cinematic universe, they went with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (best known for his Sundance favorite, “The Kings of Summer”), who’s expected to create another blockbuster with “Kong: Skull Island.”

“I did get a lot of offers, and they were big and small and all sorts of things,” the filmmaker said. “I have a love of Kong and I have a love of creature features and monster movies. ‘Kong’ was the first movie that was going into production that I felt like I could actually do my thing with.”

At this point, it’s a familiar story. An arthouse star, a fan of the franchise, a white dude. Edwards went from “Godzilla” to “Rogue One. »

- Kate Erbland

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What Are You Watching?: Why did I watch Yes, Giorgio?

10 March 2017 5:00 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club’s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old.

First things first: Jordan Vogt-RobertsThe Kings Of Summer left me unimpressed back in the day, so I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I liked the splashy first hour of Kong: Skull Island. As A.A. Dowd notes in his review, Vogt-Roberts somehow succeeds in turning what is usually the worst part of any King Kong movie into the best. From the pre-credits sequence of two fighter planes crashing into the beach through the heist-style supporting character hiring process and Kong’s initial attack on the helicopters, the movie tears through period references (it’s set in 1973) and visual ideas: super-saturated color schemes; close-ups of Ektachrome slides, Nixon bobbleheads, and spinning nine-track computer tapes; gag cuts, composites ...


- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Kong: Skull Island Review – Not Bad, But Not Nearly As Awesome As We Hoped

9 March 2017 2:36 PM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Legendary Pictures, the company who revived Godzilla a few years back, is now trying to do the same for the classic Universal movie monster King Kong with the intentions of bringing the two together sometime in the future. If nothing else, they seem to have learned a lesson from Godzilla in terms of making sure to show the star of the movie as much as possible rather than hiding or teasing him.

After a prologue showing two downed WWII pilots encountering Kong, we cut forward to 1973 as the Vietnam War is coming to an end, and a group of scientists have discovered a new island in the Pacific with plans to send an exploratory mission. Spearheaded by John Goodman’s Bill Randa, they request a military escort, and as luck would have it, a group of soldiers led by Samuel L. Jackson’s Col. Packard, have just finished their actions »

- Edward Douglas

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Will Battle ‘Logan’ To Be King of the Box Office

9 March 2017 7:49 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With $88 million last weekend, “Logan” (20th Century Fox) made the case for a March box office rebound. “Kong: Skull Island” (Universal) should maintain that momentum, though not at quite the same level.

With a production cost of $190 million (double the “Logan” pricetag), “Kong” will need major worldwide appeal to justify the expense. Produced by the now-Chinese-owned Legendary Pictures, who are coming off the shaky “The Great Wall,” the new film ticks all the boxes for a hit.

It’s a massive production, familiar enough for traction but still fresh (particularly for foreign viewers), and sufficiently similar to other hits (see: “Jurassic Park” franchise). And, there’s enough intelligence in the directing and acting talent to suggest a good critical reaction. The director is Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who made his debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with “The Kings of Summer;” the cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Oscar-winner Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Movie Review – Kong: Skull Island (2017)

9 March 2017 7:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kong: Skull Island, 2017

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John GoodmanJohn C. Reilly, Thomas Mann, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Eugene Cordero, Will Brittain, and Richard Jenkins.


A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

By now, it’s a given that Kong: Skull Island is an explosive stop on the road to the hugely tantalizing future prospect of King Kong squaring off against Godzilla in a showdown of metaphorical and literal epic proportions. However, what may surprise some is that this early slice of 2017 blockbuster fare is not some half-assed, get the movie shot and in the can solely to tease the real main event, lifeless exercise in big-budget studio filmmaking. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts »

- Robert Kojder

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Review: Jordan Vogt-Roberts' New 'Kong: Skull Island' Reigns Supreme

8 March 2017 4:54 PM, PST | | See recent news »

In the entire history of cinema, only a few select films are so influential, so ingrained in our popular culture, that they become a modern myth. 1933's King Kong, directed by Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, is one of those films. As the original effects-driven blockbuster and monster movie milestone, Kong has been re-imagined, parodied, and referenced countless times since first being unleashed more than eight decades ago. Each one of us has, at some point in our lives, encountered The Eighth Wonder of the World. Whether it's a remake, like John Guillermin's 1976 film, or Peter Jackson's in 2005, or a reference made in The Simpsons, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or Jurassic Park, the legend of the colossal ape endures. With Kong: Skull Island, the eighth movie to feature the titular beast, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (of the Sundance breakout The Kings of Summer previously) delivers a fresh, »

- Adam Frazier

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Jordan Vogt-Roberts Says A Low-Budget Indie May Be Next, Talks ‘Metal Gear Solid’ & Video Game Movies

8 March 2017 11:26 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has spent the last two-and-a-half years of his life bringing “Kong: Skull Island” to the big screen and joked that the movie “took off 10 years of my life. This cough you’re hearing: I didn’t just smoke weed. That’s, like, shit I have to fix in my body.” The filmmaker, who made a remarkable leap from indie breakout “The Kings Of Summer” to a massive tentpole, hasn’t missed a step in the process.

Continue reading Jordan Vogt-Roberts Says A Low-Budget Indie May Be Next, Talks ‘Metal Gear Solid’ & Video Game Movies at The Playlist. »

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Exclusive Interview: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Talks Kong: Skull Island

8 March 2017 8:57 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) takes his indie sensibilities and translates it into blockbuster movie magic with this week’s Kong: Skull Island.

Set in the 1970s, just after the Vietnam War, the action adventure flick follows a group of scientists (John Goodman, Corey Hawkins), a war photographer (Brie Larson), a British Sas tracker (Tom Hiddleston) and a military squadron (lead by Samuel L. Jackson) who set out to discover an uncharted island and all the mysteries it holds. Little do they realize, though, that those mysteries include the mythical Kong, a giant ape who rules over his dominion with a heavy hand.

In his glowing review of the film, our very own Matt Donato had this to say:

This is a grand cinematic adventure powered by furry fury, as the horrors of war blend with chest-beating creature confidence.

At the recent press day for Kong: Skull Island, »

- Kit Bowen

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The Weekend Warrior 3/10/17: Kong: Skull Island, Brimstone, Canners

8 March 2017 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out….but mostly movies. 

This Past Weekend:

It was absolutely no surprise that Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie Logan would top the box office, but it actually ended up doing even better than my prediction when actual numbers came in, grossing $88.3 million over the weekend. That makes it the fourth highest X-Movie opening (including Deadpool) but also the biggest R-rated opening for March, defeating 300’s once-impressive $70 million opening. It’s also the fourth highest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool, The Matrix Reloaded and American Sniper.

The bigger surprise was how well Jordan Peele’s thriller Get Out held up in its second weekend, not only because it was going up against Logan, but also because high-profile horror films tend »

- Edward Douglas

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Kong Storms a California Beach, More Skull Island Footage Surfaces

7 March 2017 11:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It seems that Warner Bros. is going the extra mile to promote their highly-anticipated Kong: Skull Island, with a new aerial video from a Los Angeles news station that shows some massive King Kong footprints that have mysteriously surfaced on a local beach. The video reveals that these footprints span 25-feet long by 12 feet wide, which were created in conjunction with the Los Angeles premiere at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood tomorrow, Wednesday, March 8. If that wasn't enough, we also have new TV spots, along with a few videos where star Tom Hiddleston explains why this movie is not a remake, sequel or a prequel.

Fox La debuted this new aerial video high above Dockweiler State Beach near the Los Angeles International Airport (Lax), with the reporter hinting that there may be a few more footprint sightings around L.A. between now and the premiere. Warner Bros. has also debuted »

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Will Kong: Skull Island Demolish Logan at the Box Office?

7 March 2017 9:42 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

20th Century Fox's Logan proved to be a lucrative swan song for Hugh Jackman's title character, as the final Wolverine movie became a box office hit with a huge $88.4 million opening weekend, which is actually $3.1 million more than the $85.3. million estimate posted on Sunday. This weekend, it only has one new competitor, Warner Bros.' Kong: Skull Island, which is shaping up to give Logan a run for its money in what could be a very close brawl at the box office. We're predicting that Logan holds onto the crown for one more weekend, taking in $42.6 million, with Kong: Skull Island not too far behind.

Box Office Mojo doesn't have any data regarding how many theaters Kong: Skull Island will open in, but it's already shaping up to be a critical hit. Early reviews have put this King Kong adventure at an impressive 82% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 42 positive reviews »

- MovieWeb

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