By Marshall Fine
Before John Hughes claimed the mantle of Hollywood's antichrist, that
title was firmly held by producer Dino De Laurentiis, whose middle name
may have been "hubris." He vowed that this remake of the 1933
horror classic would be a bigger hit than Jaws
and that his Kong would be more sympathetic than the shark. But for all
the money he spent on trying to make this monkey look real, the biggest
special effect was making Jeff Bridges look like a monkey--and nearly
destroying Jessica Lange's acting career before it started. The film was
noteworthy mostly for how cheesy the ape looks, though this was one of the
first films to be shot at the then-new World Trade Center. Even Charles
Grodin, as the villainous promoter, can't get laughs in this idiotic film.
Lord of the Kings
By Patrick Mondout
Reuters is reporting that Lord of the Rings producer Peter
Jackson will create yet another remake of King Kong to be released
in theatres in December, 2005. Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, whose
breakthrough role was as a struggling actress in David Lynch's Mulholland
Drive, will star in the role of Ann Darrow, a successful starlet whose
beauty melts the heart of beast. The role was played by Fay Wray in the
original and Jessica Lange in the 1976 remake.
Comedic actor Jack Black, recently featured in School of Rock,
has signed on to play Carl Denham, the documentary film maker and promoter
who brings Kong back to the Big Apple.
With the World Trade Center still a painful memory, it is believed Kong
and Darrow will moonlight atop the the same building as in the 1933
original: the Empire State Building. With the collapse of the Towers, the
structure is what it was in the 1933 - the tallest building in New York.
Shooting should begin this summer in New Zealand, where Jackson was
King Kong received an Academy
Award for Special Achievement Awards (Carlo Rambaldi - Visual Effects,
Glen Robinson - Visual Effects, Frank Van Der Veer - Visual Effects). King Kong
also received Academy Awards nominations
for Cinematography (Richard H. Kline) and Sound (Harry Warren Tetrick,
William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin, Jack Solomon).