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Kong: Skull Island

Back in the mid-fifties, the American distributor of Godzilla (Gojira) attached “King of the Monsters” as a subtitle. A bold claim, sure, but more importantly, a slap in the face of the giant gorilla, Kong, crowned King two decades earlier. Kong might have been born and bred on fictional Skull Island, but he was for all intents and purposes, an American creation. A potent, if unintentional, riff on American slavery, racism, and lonely, misunderstood outsider, albeit an outsider with a thing for screaming blondes and deadly skyscrapers (they reminded him of home), King Kong hit the zeitgeist mother lode, entering pop culture where he’s remained for the better part of a century. A sequel followed, Son of Kong, a couple of low-rent, embarrassing appearances on the Japanese side of the Pacific Ocean, a lightly regarded remake (1976), a sequel, another remake directed by Peter Jackson 12 years ago and now, finally an all-new origin story, a Kong for the 21st century, but still a part of the late 20th century. (more…)

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Remember that time when Jack Black starred in a King Kong movie and delivered the most poignant line in the entire movie? That was almost 12 years ago. And in Hollywood, that the amount of time needed for a reboot. Kong: Skull Island is another telling of an age-old classic about a giant ape and his girl. Of course, as of right now, it’s hard to tell if there will be any romance between the two, but the latest trailer from Japan does spill the beans on all the action. Check it out after the jump.

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The second trailer for Kong: Skull Island has hit the Internet and it’s action packed and delivers a big wallop as John Goodman proves that monsters do exist. The cast is slammed packed with fan favorites including Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, and John C Riley in a role that he seems born to play. If you thought you were done with childhood giant monster movies, you were mistaken. (more…)

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With the hype train going strong for Kong: Skull Island, March sure does feel like a long way away. It is bound to be packed all sorts of mythical monsters, dinosaurs and of course, the main attraction himself: King Kong. If you’re like us, you simply cannot wait to get your taste of all the chest-beating, Sam-Jackson-yelling action that awaits you. Fortunately, for those of you looking to get a taste of the action before it hits the big screen, you can get an incredible appetizer on the all-new Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure.

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The Warner Bros panel at SDCC is still going strong. After sizzling trailers for Wonder Woman, Justice League, and LEGO Batman, it’s now off to Warner Bros less interesting but just as popular properties  starting with Kong: Skull Island. Much like the rest of the Warner Bros panel, the trailer for this just dropped too.  Watch it below and discover discover how Kong became King.  (more…)

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Remember when Tom Hiddleston crashed the 2013 San Diego Comic Con and the Thor: The Dark World panel as Loki? That was awesome. Interesting that production is currently underway on the next Thor film, which will see the actor return to his famous role, but for those hoping for a reprise you maybe disappointed because Hiddleston will be on the left coast for new business. Yes, when Hiddleston arrives for this year’s SDCC, it’s doubtful that he’ll appear dressed as the Marvel Studios villain, but the good news for fans is that you now know he’s coming, and he’s coming to promote the upcoming franchise jump-starter Kong: Skull Island. (more…)

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The major movie story of the summer of 2015 is “Look at all the money Jurassic World made!” It zoomed past almost all the box office records in the book and has only Titanic and Avatar to take down for the all-time box office crown. Although that seems exceeding unlikely, the billion and a half made by the dinosaur movie has had the side effect of making the major players involved all hot commodities. So if you’re working on a movie about a mysterious tropical island filled with monsters and you need a writer… Well, you know the drill. So in the case of the trouble production of the King Kong spin-off Kong: Skull Island, they’ve decided to bring in a ringer. (more…)

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Michael Keaton is riding on a wave of strong awards-season buzz for his turn in Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu’s Birdman; where he pulls off an amazing performance portraying a washed-up actor who is perpetually tormented by his alter ego/nemesis. It’s great to see Keaton having somewhat of an acting renaissance, finally gaining recognition for his acting prowess with appearances in Robocop and Need for Speed in 2014, and upcoming roles in Illumination Entertainment’s animated Minions and a starring role in Thomas McCarthy’s Catholic Church child-abuse drama Spotlight. Now it appears that Keaton might be heading off to Skull Island to join Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor, Only Lovers Left Alive), and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash), in Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island. (more…)

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