Peter Jackson Talks New King Kong 3D Ride

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As you probably know by now, the Universal Studios backlots were set ablaze in June 2008, destroying sets and one of the park’s signature attractions — King Kong. The ride has been part of the park’s tram tour for over 20 years. But when the fire destroyed the attraction many speculated that Universal would replace it with a ride based on a more recent movie property.

Last year we got word that Universal would be teaming with Peter Jackson ro rebuild King Kong, and earlier this year we learned much more about the attraction along with a 44-second teaser trailer. Now Universal Studios has released a two minute featurette featuring director Peter Jackson talking about the attraction along with some concept images. Check it out after the jump.

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VW See Film Differently Ad

I admire Volkswagen for their support of independent film over the past decade. If you attend a regional or big time film festival, you’re likely to see them listed as a sponsor on the big screen before each film. In the past, we’ve featured some of their “See Film Differently” television spots which featured film fanatics sharing their vastly different interpretations of classic movies (if you haven’t seen those, check them out now). Last year we featured a series of “See Film Differently” ads directed by Seth Gordon, the filmmaker behind The King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters.

/Film reader James F recently sent over a couple of print ads that VW is running that “see films differently” by presenting them in police reports, Insurance Filings, and other forms. Check them out after the jump and try to figure out what movies each form represts.

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As you probably know by now, the Universal Studios backlots were set ablaze in June 2008, destroying sets and one of the park’s signature attractions — King Kong. The ride has been part of the park’s tram tour for over 20 years. But when the fire destroyed the attraction many speculated that Universal would replace it with a ride based on a more recent movie property. Last year we got word that Universal would be teaming with Peter Jackson ro rebuild King Kong. Last month we learned much more about the attraction. And now Universal has released a 44-second video/commercial/short promoting the upcoming ride.

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King Kong 360 3-D, Created by Peter Jackson

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The Universal Studios backlots were set ablaze in June 2008, destroying sets and one of the park’s signature attractions — King Kong. The ride has been part of the park’s tram tour for over 20 years. But when the fire destroyed the attraction many speculated that Universal would replace it with a ride based on a more recent movie property. Last year we got word that Universal would be teaming with Peter Jackson ro rebuild King Kong.

At the time we were told that the new attraction would involve guests wearing “special glasses as they enter a darkened sound stage” containing “the world’s largest 3D Surround Digital projection system” aboard the famous Studio Tour trams. The attraction would transport guests to Peter Jackson’s version of Skull Island where they’ll “survive a close encounter with a swarm of monstrous bats, only to be” put in the middle of “a ferocious showdown between” an “enormous, ravenous 35’ tall dinosaur” and King Kong.

We have finally gotten an update on the attraction, formally titled “King Kong 360 3-D, created by Peter Jackson“.

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Hollywood vs. New York: Four Decades of Destruction

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Goodie Bag has created a fantastic video called “Hollywood vs. New York”, featuring four decades of celluloid New York annihilation distilled into one musical montage. Watch the destruction now after the jump.
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VOTD: StopMo

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StopMo is a Stopmotion and 3D short film made by five students at Supinfocom Arles in 2008. The story follows an archaeologist who “gives life back to an FX cinema studio that was buried under the ground,” resulting in a battle between a stopmotion animated King Kong and a computer animated T-Rex from Jurassic Park. There are also a few obvious references to some of our favorite films. Watch the short film after the jump.
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King Kong To Invade Hollywood Again

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When the Universal Studios backlots were set ablaze in Hollywood last year, the fire destroyed sets and one of the park’s signature attractions — King Kong. The ride has been part of the park’s tram tour for over 20 years. But when the fire destroyed the attraction many speculated that Universal would replace it with a ride based on a more recent movie property. Fear not King Kong fans, Universal is rebuilding King Kong… kinda.

Universal is actually building a new version of the ride based on Peter Jackson‘s 2005 remake of the classic 1933 film, combining “visceral” effects with what Universal is calling “the world’s largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.”

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Big in Japan Stuff: Puma’s Japanese Monster Pack

Puma has released a limited-edition series of sneakers entitled, Japanese Monster Pack, as an unofficial tribute to Japanese monster movies like Godzilla that were released by Toho back in the day. Each signature shoe lists the “Skills” and “Attributes” of the monster on the inner tongues, while the outer materials are textured after the respective Rampage-ers’ armor and skin. Kids today, mercy. Clockwise: Moth King (Mothra), Lizoid King (Godzilla), N/A (Mechagodzilla), Terror King (Ghidorah), Ape King (King Kong) (not pictured). Check out detailed close-ups of the outer tongues after the jump.

via Planet Tampon / High Snobiety

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