Even though the Universal Pictures origin story of King Kong from Legendary Pictures recently lost Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons, the studio is still moving full steam ahead with Kong: Skull Island by looking for replacements, and adding some new talent as well.
Samuel L. Jackson is reportedly in early talks to take the role that was vacation by Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, and John C. Reilly is at the top of a list of actors being considered to replace Keaton, who left the project due to scheduling. In addition, Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins) is also up for another lead role in the movie. Find out more about the Kong Skull Island cast after the jump! Read More »
Today, technology allows for some extremely astounding special effects. However, it wasn’t always so easy to produce fantastical elements, sci-fi creatures and plane crashes.
A new supercut has collected some of the worst special effects ever seen on the big screen, and they’re pretty embarrassing to look at. Some of them are bad simply because of when they were created and they just haven’t aged well over time. Meanwhile, others seem to be have been created with little to no budget whatsover.
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Friday brings the release of a bunch of very cool pop culture posters. Mondo has two different posters for Mad Max: Fury Road, one by Killian Eng and the other by Boneface. Then over at Dark Hall Mansion, they have a stunning poster for King Kong by Nicolas Delort. Check them all out below. Read More »
After years of rumors, Universal Studios has finally confirmed and announced the upcoming Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride for Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Universal Orlando has released concept art of the new attraction alongside the first Skull Island: Reign of Kong trailer, teasing Kong’s return to Florida.
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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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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 »
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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 »
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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