September 15, 2005 |
It took a small army to animate the puppets in Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride," a love story with a dark twist that opens in Los Angeles on Friday. But what does it take to make a puppet master? Animation supervisor Anthony Scott and animator Phil Dale both began their love affair with the stop-motion technique, employed in the film, when they were 11 years old -- albeit in different decades and on different continents. They are but two of the two-dozen animators who worked on "Corpse Bride."
December 7, 2005 |
The star of "King Kong" is very large. The premiere of Peter Jackson's new film was even larger. Universal Pictures filled no fewer than 38 Times Square movie theaters Monday night as it unveiled "King Kong" for nearly 8,000 people. Jackson introduced his $220-million film -- Screen 13 at the Loews E-Walk was the A-list auditorium -- while clutching the metal frame used to create Kong in the original 1933 film.
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May 20, 2009 |
King Kong is coming back to Universal Studios Hollywood in summer 2010 as part of a digitally upgraded studio tour, the park announced Tuesday. The ape and a New York street scene were destroyed during a fire last year that also burned part of the park's back lot. Fire officials said the blaze started after company employees used a blowtorch to apply roof shingles.
December 22, 1986 |
It's been more than a decade since King Kong took his big fall off New York's World Trade Center. But in sequel-crazed Hollywood, movie heroes never die--especially not the tallest, darkest and most brutishly handsome leading man of all. However, the challenge of "King Kong Lives" (citywide) isn't just bringing the Big Fella back from the dead.
July 24, 1996 |
In these dry days of post-Cold War coziness, it is comforting to know there is still somebody around to scare us. And how Alexander Karelin scares us. "He looks inhuman," said Amy Ghaffari. "In my mind, he is disproportionate," said Jila Ghaffari. To think that the United States' Matt Ghaffari--Amy's husband and Jila's son--lost to Karelin only 1-0, in overtime, in the Greco-Roman heavyweight wrestling final Tuesday. It wasn't as if Karelin carried him up seven flights of stairs or anything.
January 3, 2006 |
The end of the year played out with a resurgent "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" taking in $32.8 million on its fourth weekend to conquer "King Kong," which grossed an estimated $31.6 million over the four-day New Year's weekend. It does not come as news that Hollywood closed the year with box office down on the order of 5% and attendance off by about 7%, according to tracking service Exhibitor Relations Co. (See related story, E1).
January 6, 1987 |
"When I heard they were looking for a Fay Wray to ride on the King Kong float, I said nobody was going to play that part but me," croaked Suzanne Trimble, still hoarse from her New Year's Day exertions--screaming and squirming the five miles of the Rose Parade route in the clutches of the monster-size gorilla. "I've always been a fan of the movie.
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August 10, 2004 |
Fay Wray, who screamed her way into movie history as the apple of King Kong's eye, has died. She was 96. Wray died of natural causes Sunday night at her home in New York City, said Rick McKay, a close friend. "She was fairly active up until the end," said McKay, who directed the documentary "Broadway: The Golden Age," which included an interview with Wray. Her last public appearance was at the New York premiere of the film in June.
November 11, 1986 |
Some 45 miles northeast of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur is a 348-acre plot in an untamed area inhabited mostly by tigers, monkeys and a clan of elephants so surly that one reportedly trampled two men to death this year. Big plans await the tropical jungle. Soon the thick cluster of 100-foot-high, 1,000-year-old banyan trees will give way to a Western town, a stone castle seemingly out of 15th-Century Europe and one of the world's most modern roller coasters.
September 16, 1992 |
Marilee Canaga has a beastly night ahead of her. She's got 660 pounds of fur to shampoo, 32 teeth--the size of cinder blocks--to brush and a six-foot-long zipper to mend. "Literally, there's a lot of monkey business to tend to," says Canaga, staring up at a 30-foot model of King Kong. If, indeed, it was beauty--Fay Wray and later Jessica Lange--who killed the beast, then it is Canaga who grooms it.