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Entries in King Kong (13)

Friday
Aug092019

De Laurentiis Pt 4: T'was beauty that... ooh, look King Kong

This week at TFE we're celebrating the centennial of one of cinema’s most prolific and legendary producers, Dino De Laurentiis.  Here's Nathaniel R with a film that made the producer even more globally famous.

Dino de Laurentiis with "a new star" Jessica Lange

It's easy to see the retro but continuing appeal of King Kong to filmmakers. The legendary Beauty & Beast story is always about the movies themselves. An actress is the damsel in distress, the plot catalyst character is a movie director, the supersized monster is the myth being made. Along the way the story intending to be told by the showbiz cast of characters radically changes but the movie still manages to be about putting on a show. It's just another kind of show altogether after they meet Kong. The story, or, more accurately, the need to reboot it over and over again, is a great metaphor for the amoral churning of Hollywood as Capitalistic Machine. In most versions of King Kong, you dispose of the talent just as the show ends. Death to Kong! (Long live New Kong!)

While De Laurentiis was not actually a director, he was enough of a character in showbiz to often feel like the man behind the curtain instead of the man calling the shots on set (Directed by who?). Such was the case with his remake of King Kong (1976)...

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Wednesday
Jun122019

Once more into the link

/ Film Russian Doll renewed for Season 2 "but we have questions"
Movie City News AMPAS elected some new Borad of Governors members (they begin work on July 1st) including freshly minted Oscar winner Ruth Carter in Costume Design, and Ellen Kuras in Cinematography
TFE What was happening on this day (June 12th) in film history including the glitzy premiere of Cleopatra in 1963
Forbes How Godzilla vs Kong can avoid a disastrous reception (given Godzilla's plummeting box office)

More after the jump including Aubrey Plaza and creepy dolls, new animated features, an NSFW sex scene, and the aftermath of The Cher Show's Tony for Best Actress...

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Thursday
Apr252019

Outer Critics & Drama Desk Nominations

by Nathaniel R

Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney star in the wildly acclaimed "Hadestown"

Two big theater awards to cover at the moment, the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk Nominations. Like the Drama League, previously covered, they're Tony precursors of a sort, the difference being that the Tony Awards only cover Broadway and all of the theater precursors also cover Off-Broadway. Among the musicals Hadestown led the Outer Critics nominations with 12 while at the Drama Desk Oklahoma! led the pack with 12 nominations. The stage adaptation of Tootsie did very well with both groups in runner-up position in terms of most nominations.

Complete honors for each awards group are listed after the jump...

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Saturday
May052018

'just link a prayer, your click can take me there... 🎵

Guardian has a really fascinating interview with Sean Penn about his novel (yes he wrote one), his ex-wives, his humanitarian work, the Me Too movement and more
AV Club Netflix suggests it's going to back away a bit from its war against the movies... or at least from competing on the awards battlefield. Does this mean they're abandoning their Oscar campaigns? This statement is quite vague.
Boy Culture connects two of my favorite things of all time: Madonna's "Like a Prayer" phase and... Natalie Wood?
Time Can Oceans 8 bring back the glamourous caper?

EW Uma Thurman willing to work with Quentin Tarantino again
W interviews Grace Jone about her fierceness "I pack a good wallop"
Variety YES! A24 is planting the seeds for an Oscar campaign for Toni Collette in the horror film Hereditary
Coming Soon For some reason Monty Python's Spamalot is going to become a movie
Variety Olivia de Havilland talks about being Cannes very first female jury president decades ago
Electric Literature "storytelling" in WestWorld and how literary it actually is
Awards Daily Academy votes to expel Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby
AV Club Steve Martin and Martin Short are actual best friends
i09 beautiful posters for King Kong's Broadway musical debut
Playboy "Hollywood's pansexual moment" - interesting points in this article but I'm really quite annoyed that we've jumped from gay rights to "let not define ourselves and let's explore fluidity" and are acting like homophobia is solved / gays are accepted. There are literally still laws being pushed in the US to discriminate against queer people - even this very week

Click to enlargeAvengers Mania
<-- This Captain Marvel poster going around looked so official I thought it was. Apparently it's actually fan art by a Brazilian illustrator Fabio Rodrigues

Vulture Infinity War facial hair rankings
Monkey See Glen Weldon coins a genius term for the ending of Avengers: Infinity War. Well worth a close read.
Crooked Marquee Eric D Snider wins the award for "best headline to an Avengers Infinity War review"
/Film Black Widow's solo film actively looking for a director (even though no screenplay is written yet. Hmmm)
AV Film how are we supposed to care about Ant-Man and the Wasp post the brutal ending of Infinity War
Coming Soon Infinity War has been out just one week and it's already nearly at a billion dollars globally. Jesus.
Express a very elaborate theory on how Captain Marvel and Ant Man could save the day in Infinity Wars Part 2

Monday
May082017

Beauty vs Beast: The Charm About You

Jason from MNPP here with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" - this Wednesday marks 118 years since the birth of the dancing legend Fred Astaire, light as air, and so let's tackle (with as much grace as we can muster) his greatest film opposite his greatest co-star, 1935's Top Hat with Ginger Rogers. The story, as much as is there one is a case of mistaken identities - Jerry (Astaire) tap dances his way into the heart of Dale (Rogers) while she thinks he's somebody else, yadda yadda, they bicker and they dance and they make eternal movie magic.

PREVIOUSLY The monkey won! Last week's King Kong competition ping-ponged between the ape and the blonde but in the end twas the Beast that finally killed the Beauty this go-round with 55% of your vote. Said Edward L:

"I call this a tie. Kong is the mightiest film character...but all he wants is Ann, so she's got to have something too."

Monday
May012017

Beauty vs Beast: Monkey Business

Jason from MNPP here for another round of "Beauty vs Beast" - today is the 86th anniversary of the grand opening of the Empire State Building, aka the most famous building in the world. And so in its honor we're finally tackling the movie that not only birthed its legend but also gave this series its name...

"It was beauty killed the beast."

The Empire State Building was opened on May 1st 1931. President Hoover pushed a button in the White House in DC and the lights to the tower in NYC flicked on for the first time. Just under two years later the movie King Kong would be released (director Merian Cooper supposedly came up with the idea of the plane battle at its top), immediately branding the iconic skyscraper and its most famous big monkey occupant - and his little blonde friend (Fay Wray) - onto every human brain, and forever thereafter.

PREVIOUSLY Last week's contest faced down the mother-daughter duo of Postcards From the Edge and once again proved you should never bet against Meryl Streep - she stomped right over birthday gal Shirley MacLaine with 61% of your vote. Although forever1267 really summed up my own thoughts on the question:

"Where is the "Both" button?"