Skull Island

Saturday afternoon at the end of Legendary Pictures’ Hall H presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Studio head Thomas Tull left the crowd with one last surprise — an announcement teaser for a King Kong prequel Skull Island. Instead of surprise and excitement, the crowd was left confused. That was definitely not the reaction that Legendary had intended. Why did the packed Hall H crowd have that reaction? I have a theory about the Skull Island confusion which you can read, after the jump.

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Skull Island Movie

At the end of the Legendary panel, studio head Thomas Tull returned to the stage to thank the fans and show off one last thing. The surprise is the announcement of a new King Kong movie titled Skull Island. Thomas Tull announced that they had “been tinkering around with one thing” and showed us some footage for a project that may be a long way out.

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Destroying New York in movies has become so cliché. Many major disaster movies — from King Kong to The Avengers –  features some kind of massive, cataclysmic event taking place in the city. For some people around the world, these big screen visions of the Big Apple are all they know about NYC. That cultural disconnect is the idea behind the latest pop culture art show at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY

The Popular Face of New York is a solo show by UK artist Chris Thornley aka Raid71. He’s created a wide range of screenprints inspired by New York movies, from the destructive (Independence Day, King Kong, Ghostbusters) to the romantic (Woody Allen) and the criminal (Martin Scorsese, The King of New York). It’s a though-provoking, and fun, glimpse at an outsiders perspective on one of the most filmed cites in the world.

The show opens March 15 and runs through March 29. Check out some images below. Read More »

Class is in session. Put away your cell phones, sit up straight, and watch this video that’ll teach you the history of computer generated characters in movies. Beginning with the stop motion animation in the original King Kong and the films of Ray Harryhausen, to how those films influenced massive jumps like Young Sherlock Holmes, The Abyss, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, let Professor Inrdshelby (a Vimeo username) take you on a tour. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

King Kong To Be Animated And Updated By Fox

The original 1933 King Kong has been remade with almost every different film technology imaginable. The 1976 Jeff Bridges film used mechanical creature effects intercut with a man in a suit. In 2005, Peter Jackson created the gorilla with motion capture computer graphics. Now, the character goes back to the drawing board in more ways than one. Fox Animation has hired Christian Magalhaes and Bob Snow to write “a modern day twist” on the King Kong story that will be fully animated and told from the gorilla’s point of view. Read More »

Watch A Brief History of Movie Title Designs

As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.

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The Making of King Kong 360 3D Part 1

Universal Studios Hollywood have released a five minute making of featurette for Peter Jackson‘s King Kong 360 3-D, which opens next week at the California-based studio/theme park. The video is actually part one of four, and we’ll post the upcoming segments as they are released. This segment shows the history of the King Kong attraction, and gives us a glimpse of Peter Jackson testing out the massive 360 degree 3D screen which will surround the studio tram for the ride.

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As you probably know by now, Universal has teamed with Peter Jackson ro rebuild a 3D 360-degree King Kong attraction at Universal Studios. Universal has been hyping the upcoming ride, King Kong 360 3-D, by staging Kong’s footprints/destruction in real life locations around Los Angeles, including Dodger Stadium and the beach at the Santa Monica Pier. Check out video and photos, after the jump.

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