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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.

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Discuss: What, no ballet slippers for Ultraman?

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Faux Update: A DeLorean was not seen exiting the premises mid-flight as the blaze began.

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Developing: Early this Sunday morning, a fire broke out across the back lot of Universal Studios in Los Angeles, torching several blocks of movie sets and tens of thousands of archived video tapes. Of note, the famous clock tower from Back to the Future (right) is said to have been damaged by the blaze, while the courthouse square set from the film has been reported destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation. From the AP

A large fire tore through a back lot at Universal Studios early Sunday, destroying a set from ”Back to the Future,” the King Kong exhibit and thousands of videos and reels in a vault. The blaze broke out on a sound stage at the theme park in a set featuring New York brownstones facades around 4:30 a.m. at the 400-acre property, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Michael Freeman said. The fire was contained to the lot but still burning several hours later.

Roughly 40,000 to 50,000 videos and reels were in the video vault, but there are duplicates stored in a different location, said Ron Meyer, NBC Universal president and chief operating officer. Firefighters managed to recover hundreds of those titles from the vault.

”Nothing is lost forever,” Meyer said.

Thankfully, no injuries have been reported at this time. Apparently, some Miami Vice tapes weren’t so lucky. At least three fireman have been reported injured, none critically. The park reopened today at noon. Click here to watch the epic blaze on YouTube.

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