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By Annie Linskey | January 6, 2005
We can't choose. And you don't have to, either. Giant-creature classics King Kong and Godzilla are playing at different theaters this week. Go bananas and see both. What: Godzilla (1954) Where: Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. When: Noon Sunday Tickets: $6 Information: Call 410-727-FILM or visit www.the charles.com. What: King Kong (1933) Where: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. When: 8 p.m. Wednesday. The bar opens at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 Information: Call 410-276-1651 or visit www.creati vealliance.
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By Michael Sragow | May 16, 2008
When The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, opened for Christmas 2005, it faced off with an actual 800-pound gorilla: Peter Jackson's King Kong. Jackson, coming off one of the most imaginative and audacious of all escapist movie classics -- his beloved and hugely profitable Lord of the Rings trilogy -- was tackling a remake of his and many other fans' favorite fantasy adventure. The creative stakes were as high as movie-lovers' hopes, with casting choices that veered between the brave (Jack Black, Adrien Brody)
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By Los Angeles Times | November 25, 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 6-foot-long zipper to mend."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | March 4, 2008
Jessica Lange recently became an empty-nester. She insists she is not handling it well. "It's not a relief at all," says the 58-year-old actress, who lives in New York with her longtime partner, playwright Sam Shepard, but not with their two children, who are both now on their own. "In fact, I'm totally lost. It has not been an easy transition for me." But could what is bad for Lange prove good news for film fans? Now that she doesn't have a family to raise anymore, will the two-time Oscar-winning actress accelerate the one-film-a-year pace she's been maintaining for much of the past two decades?
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By Chris Kaltenback | September 13, 1992
Even though King Kong was never really welcome in New York City, even though he was chained inside a huge theater, shot at by planes and had the only woman he ever loved taken away, there was one thing the big ape never had to worry about.He was never denigrated to the lowly status of advertising sign.Fortunately for all of us, the good folks roaming the government halls of Anne Arundel County know better. They know an ape when they see one, they know a sign when they see one, and they know an ape that's really a sign when they see one.And that's why the ape that stood for years outside a Ritchie Highway car wash has been declared illegal.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH | November 20, 2005
THE KING KONG COLLECTION / / Warner Home Video / $39.95 More than 70 years have passed since that big ape took a liking to that lissome blond, and still, monster movies don't come any better than the original King Kong -- heck, movies don't come any better than the original King Kong, but that's just this critic's opinion. Safe to say that few American films have gained such an iconic status, or influenced more future filmmakers (including Peter Jackson, whose own take on Kong opens Dec. 14)
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | November 25, 2005
Which is stronger, a messianic lion or a 25-foot gorilla? Audiences will strike the final blow in that battle, as Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong goes up against Disney's screen adaptation of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in a battle for America's filmgoing dollar. With a little luck, the winner will help pull Hollywood out of its year-long box-office doldrums. The major studios have a lot more than usual riding on this Christmas. As always, they'll be rolling out their prestige pictures, the ones they hope will serve as Oscar bait and help them land a bunch of the golden statues when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands them out March 5. But this year, studio heads are praying for some big-time dollar signs to go with the glowing reviews, as Hollywood hopes to end with a financial flourish big enough to partially offset a 6 percent drop in box-office receipts compared to last year.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 14, 2005
When it comes to what's great about King Kong, it's not the harum-scarum. It's the girl. That's not to put the title character down. Peter Jackson's King Kong resembles a DC Comics super ape. He boasts the brainpan of Gorilla Grodd and a scrambled version of Superman's power menu: He's faster than a locomotive, more powerful than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall jungle walls in a single bound. As the fearsome monarch of Skull Island, he can dispatch several dinosaurs at once with body-slamming wrestling moves, while holding a human in one hand.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 16, 2005
Her predecessor was promised the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood and got him, in the form of a 35-foot gorilla given to beating his chest and roaring lustily. Seventy-two years later, Naomi Watts had to make do with Andy Serkis, a native Londoner of average height and build, albeit with a decidedly jollier disposition. Not that Watts has any complaints about her co-star, whose human-scale performance was translated through 21st-century movie technology into the oversized ape that appears onscreen.
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December 26, 2005
"You don't really scream in real life. ... if there's a mouse nearby, you'd squeal: `Aaiiee!'" Naomi Watts, commenting on why there are fewer screams in her version of King Kong to the Associated Press.
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August 27, 2006
Carol Jorgensen of Two Left Feet Dance will teach Latin and ballroom dances that can be done solo in a six-session program at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Classes will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 13. Participants should wear leather or smooth-soled shoes; sneakers are not allowed. Registration is due by Sept. 8. Information or to register: 410-313-7213.
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August 20, 2006
Slayton House Theatre in the Wilde Lake Village Center will begin its new season of "Marvelous Movies and More" with the 1933 classic film, King Kong, starring Fay Wray, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Film critic Mike Giuliano will lead a short discussion after the film. Dessert and coffee will be provided. The cost is $7; $6 for senior citizens and students. Seating is limited. Information: 410-730-3987. Performing arts classes start Sept. 11 Judy Templeton and Shari Grue of the new Imagine Foundation will present performing arts classes for children, youth and adults at Slayton House, starting Sept.
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By NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH, EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO. AND BILLBOARD MAGAZINE | May 4, 2006
TELEVISION 1.American Idol - Tuesday, Fox 2.American Idol - Wednesday, Fox 3.House, Fox 4.CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS 5.Without a Trace, CBS FILMS 1.RV, Columbia 2.United 93 , Universal 3.Stick It, Disney 4.Silent Hill, Sony 5.Scary Movie 4, Dimension SINGLES 1.Bad Day, Daniel Powter 2.Temperature, Sean Paul 3.What You Know, T.I. 4.Ridin', Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone 5.Unwritten, Natasha Bedingfield ALBUMS 1.Me and...
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By ANDREW RATNER and ANDREW RATNER,SUN REPORTER | April 9, 2006
NEW YORK-- --Two visitors were scrutinizing a painting at the Museum of Modern Art and pondered aloud the artist's thought process. On another evening, they might have been studying the museum's signature pieces - Van Gogh's luminous Starry Night, Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell's soup pop art and Picasso's early cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, which is said to be reproduced in more art history texts than any other 20th-century work. But those creations were all several floors above them.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 6, 2006
King Kong [Universal] $40 Even before his The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King swept the Academy Awards two years ago, director Peter Jackson had announced his next project, a remake of the 1933 classic King Kong. Although critics were divided on King Kong, which is an enjoyable two-disc set, there's a lot to admire about the film, especially the touching relationship between the romantic simian (Andy Serkis) and the young actress Ann (Naomi Watts). The film, which grossed more than $500 million internationally, also stars Jack Black and Adrien Brody.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 24, 2006
Next week should make monkeys out of movie lovers everywhere. On Tuesday, Peter Jackson's passionate, utterly satisfying remake of King Kong gets released on DVD - cause for celebration all by itself. On that same day, however, a scaled-down DVD of the classic original King Kong will also be released. Although this edition lacks the many extras included on the film's original DVD release back in November, it's priced at $14.95, meaning it'll be available for under $10 at many retailers - perfect for budget-conscious cinephiles everywhere.
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October 17, 2001
He said it "We stand in their way of winning a championship. And they stand in our way of winning another one." Derek Jeter, Yankees shortstop, on the American League Championship Series against the Mariners. He said it "Someone might say, `Is this a monkey off your back?' This is more like a gorilla - King Kong." Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks pitcher, on ending his seven-game postseason losing streak.
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By Pat van den Beemt Edited by Catherine Cook | September 13, 1990
Talbots at Lake Falls Village hopes to attract the fastest-growing segment of the women's wear market -- petites -- when it opens its new store, Talbots' Petites Sept. 28 with a day of informal modeling and refreshments. Come back a week later to sample Talbots' new perfume, "Talbot," a white floral fragrance that's being launched in October.Since the Baltimore Talbots happens to be one of the chain's strongest performers in the country, a children's store is also being considered for the area for next spring.
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February 3, 2006
THE QUESTION The Pink Panther, When a Stranger Calls, The Hills Have Eyes, The Shaggy Dog ... all remakes due by the middle of March. And with The Fog - yeesh - still too fresh in our memory, we wonder, when was the last time you enjoyed a remake more than the original? WHAT YOU SAY There are three remakes I think are unquestionably better than the originals - Gone in 60 Seconds, Ocean's Eleven and The Italian Job. It's not that the originals aren't good and entertaining in their own way, but the remakes are far more imaginative and well done, and thus hold up better even after multiple viewings.
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