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King Kong Lives
_KING KONG LIVES_ (released as _KING KONG 2_ in some countries) is a 1986 American monster film directed by John Guillermin
John Guillermin
. Produced by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group and featuring special effects by Carlo Rambaldi , the film stars Linda Hamilton and Brian Kerwin . The film was a sequel to the 1976 remake of _King Kong_ . CONTENTS * 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Reception * 4 Home Media * 5 Video games * 6 References * 7 External links PLOTKing Kong, after being shot down from the World Trade Center , is kept alive in a coma for about 10 years at the Atlanta Institute, under the care of surgeon Dr. Amy Franklin ( Linda Hamilton ). In order to save Kong's life, Dr. Franklin must perform a heart transplant and give Kong
Kong
a computer-monitored artificial heart . However, he lost so much blood that a transfusion is badly needed, and to complicate matters, Franklin says there is no species of ape or other animal whose blood type matches Kong's. Enter adventurer, and eventual love interest, Hank "Mitch" Mitchell ( Brian Kerwin ), who goes to Borneo (Mitchell theorizes that Borneo
Borneo
and the island from the first movie were once part of the same landmass) and captures a giant female gorilla who is dubbed "Lady Kong." Mitchell brings her to the Institute so her blood can be used for King Kong's operation
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John Guillermin
JOHN GUILLERMIN (11 November 1925 – 27 September 2015) was a British film director, writer and producer who was most active in big budget, action adventure films throughout his lengthy career. His more well-known films include _I Was Monty\'s Double _ (1958), _Tarzan\'s Greatest Adventure _ (1959), _ Never Let Go _ (1960), _ Tarzan Goes to India _ (1962), _Waltz of the Toreadors _ (1962), _The Blue Max _ (1966), _ The Bridge at Remagen _ (1969), _The Towering Inferno _ (1974), _King Kong _ (1976), _Death on the Nile _ (1978), _Sheena _ (1984) and _ King Kong Lives _ (1986). From the 1980s he worked on much less prestigious projects, and his final films consisted of lower budgeted theatrical releases and made-for-TV films. According to one obituary, "Regardless of whether he was directing a light comedy, war epic or crime drama, Mr. Guillermin had a reputation as an intense, temperamental perfectionist, notorious for screaming at cast and crew alike. His domineering manner often alienated producers and actors... But Mr
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Martha Schumacher
MARTHA DE LAURENTIIS (born 1954 as Martha Schumacher) is an American film producer. She was credited as MARTHA SCHUMACHER until 1995. She is known for producing films such as Breakdown , Hannibal and Red Dragon with her late husband Dino De Laurentiis , and TV series Hannibal . In 1980, she and Dino De Laurentiis founded the production company the Dino De Laurentiis Company , and she is currently the company's chairman. With her husband Dino, whom she married in 1990, she had two daughters, Carolyna and Dina. De Laurentiis was a jury member at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival . REFERENCES * ^ "Martha De Laurentiis". NBC. * ^ "Berlin Film Festival Reveals International Jury Members, Includes Matthew Weiner". Variety
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Ronald Shusett
RONALD SHUSETT (June 1935) is an American motion picture screenwriter and producer, usually in the science fiction genre. He wrote the original story for Alien (1979) with Dan O\'Bannon and later Alien vs. Predator (2004). In 1974, he was the first to option the Philip K. Dick short story, " We Can Remember It for You Wholesale ", that became the basis of the film Total Recall
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Steven Pressfield
STEVEN PRESSFIELD (born September 1943) is an American author, of historical fiction and non-fiction, and screenplays. CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Fiction * 3 Non-Fiction * 4 Film
Film
work * 5 References * 5.1 Sources * 6 External links BIOGRAPHYHe was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad , in 1943, while his father was stationed there, in the Navy . He graduated from Duke University in 1965 and in 1966 joined the Marine Corps . In the years following, he worked as an advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tractor-trailer driver, bartender, oilfield roustabout , attendant in a mental hospital, fruit-picker in Washington state, and screenwriter. His struggles to make a living as an author, including the period when he was homeless and living out of the back of his car, are detailed in his book The War of Art . Pressfield's first book, The Legend of Bagger Vance , was published in 1995, and was made into a 2000 film of the same name directed by Robert Redford and starring Will Smith , Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
, and Matt Damon . His second novel, Gates of Fire (1998), is about the Spartans and the battle at Thermopylae . It is taught at the U.S. Military Academy , the United States Naval Academy , and the Marine Corps Basic School at Quantico
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King Kong
KING KONG is a giant movie monster , resembling a giant ape , that has appeared in various media since 1933. The character first appeared in the 1933 film _King Kong
Kong
_ from RKO Pictures , which received universal acclaim upon its initial release and re-releases. A sequel quickly followed that same year with _ Son of Kong _, featuring a Little Kong. In the 1960s, Toho produced _ King Kong vs. Godzilla
King Kong vs. Godzilla
_ (1962), pitting a much larger Kong
Kong
against Toho's own Godzilla , and _ King Kong Escapes _ (1967), based on _ The King Kong Show _ (1966–1969) from Rankin/Bass Productions . In 1976, Dino De Laurentiis produced a modern remake of the original film directed by John Guillermin
John Guillermin
. A sequel, _ King Kong Lives
King Kong Lives
_, followed a decade later featuring a Lady Kong. Another remake of the original , this time set in 1933, was released in 2005 from filmmaker Peter Jackson . The most recent film, _Kong: Skull Island _ (2017), set in 1973, is part of Legendary Entertainment 's MonsterVerse , which began with Legendary's reboot of _ Godzilla _ in 2014. A crossover sequel, _ Godzilla vs. Kong_, once again pitting the characters against one another, is currently planned for 2020
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Merian C. Cooper
MERIAN CALDWELL COOPER (October 24, 1893 – April 21, 1973) was an American aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director, and producer. Cooper was the founder of the Kościuszko Squadron during the Polish–Soviet War and was a Soviet prisoner of war for a time. He was a notable movie producer, and got his start with film as part of the Explorers Club , traveling the world and documenting adventures. He was a member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways, but his love of film always took priority. During his film career, he worked for companies such as Pioneer Pictures , RKO Pictures , and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer . He is also credited as co-inventor of the Cinerama film projection process. Cooper's most famous film was the 1933 movie _King Kong _. He was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1952 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960
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Edgar Wallace
RICHARD HORATIO EDGAR WALLACE (1 April 1875 – 10 February
10 February
1932) was an English writer. Born into poverty as an illegitimate London child, Wallace left school at age 12. He joined the army at age 21 and was a war correspondent during the Second Boer War, for Reuters
Reuters
and the _Daily Mail _. Struggling with debt, he left South Africa, returned to London, and began writing thrillers to raise income, publishing books including _The Four Just Men _ (1905). Drawing on his time as a reporter in the Congo, covering the Belgian atrocities , Wallace serialised short stories in magazines such as _The Windsor Magazine_ and later published collections such as _Sanders of the River_ (1911). He signed with Hodder and Stoughton
Hodder and Stoughton
in 1921 and became an internationally recognised author. After an unsuccessful bid to stand as Liberal MP for Blackpool (as one of David Lloyd George
David Lloyd George
's Independent Liberals ) in the 1931 general election , Wallace moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a script writer for RKO
RKO
studios. He died suddenly from undiagnosed diabetes, during the initial drafting of _ King Kong
King Kong
_ (1933). Wallace was such a prolific writer that one of his publishers claimed that a quarter of all books in England were written by him
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Brian Kerwin
BRIAN KERWIN (born October 25, 1949) is an American actor who has starred in feature films, on Broadway, and done extensive work in television series and movies. CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Family * 3 Awards * 4 References * 5 External links CAREER This section NEEDS ADDITIONAL CITATIONS FOR VERIFICATION . Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources . Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. ( August
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2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message )Born in Chicago
Chicago
and raised in Flossmoor, Illinois , Kerwin won the Theatre World Award in 1988 for the off-Broadway play Emily. His Broadway theatre credits include the 1997 revival of The Little Foxes and the Elaine May comedy After the Night and the Music in 2005. That same year he starred in Edward Albee 's The Goat or Who is Sylvia? at the Mark Taper Forum
Mark Taper Forum
. In 1989 he had played Nick in a revival of Albee's Who\'s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Doolittle Theatre (now the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre ) in Los Angeles. The production, directed by the playwright, starred Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
and John Lithgow , with Cynthia Nixon as Kerwin's character's wife, Honey. The production was not well received
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Linda Hamilton
LINDA CARROLL HAMILTON (born September 26, 1956) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Sarah Connor in _The Terminator _ film series and Catherine Chandler in the 1987–1990 television series _Beauty and the Beast _, for which she was nominated for two Golden Globes and an Emmy . She also starred as Vicky in the cult classic horror film _Children of the Corn _. Hamilton had a recurring role as Mary Elizabeth Bartowski on NBC's _Chuck _. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 TV and filmography * 5 Awards and nominations * 6 References * 7 External links EARLY LIFEHamilton was born in Salisbury, Maryland . Hamilton's father, Carroll Stanford Hamilton, a physician, died when she was five, and her mother later married a police chief. Hamilton has an identical twin sister (Leslie Hamilton Gearren), one older sister and one younger brother. She has said that she was raised in a "very boring, white Anglo-Saxon " family, and “voraciously read books” during her spare time. Hamilton went to Wicomico Junior High (now Wicomico Middle School ) and Wicomico High School in Salisbury, with Leslie, her twin. She studied for two years at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland , before moving on to acting studies in New York City
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John Ashton (actor)
JOHN DAVID ASHTON (born February 22, 1948) is an American actor, best known for his roles in the films Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Midnight Run (1988). CONTENTS* 1 Life and career * 1.1 Personal life * 2 References * 3 External links LIFE AND CAREERBorn in Springfield, Massachusetts , Ashton attended Defiance College in Ohio and is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Theatre. He attended Enfield High School in Enfield, Connecticut . Ashton has made numerous appearances in both television and feature films. He played Willie Joe Garr on several episodes of Dallas . Ashton also appeared in an episode of Columbo: Negative Reaction and in episode 5 of Police Squad! , "Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)", as one of the henchmen who attacked the locksmith shop. His early film credits included roles in An Eye for an Eye (1973), Breaking Away (1979), Borderline (1980), Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), Last Resort (1986) and King Kong Lives (1986)
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John Scott (composer)
JOHN SCOTT (born PATRICK JOHN O\'HARA SCOTT, 1 November 1930), also known as JOHNNY SCOTT and PATRICK JOHN SCOTT, is an English film composer and music conductor . Scott has collaborated with well-known directors and producers, including Mark Damon , Richard Donner
Richard Donner
, Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
, Mike Hodges , Hugh Hudson , Norman Jewison
Norman Jewison
, Irvin Kershner , Daniel Petrie , Roger Spottiswoode , and Norman J. Warren , among others. CONTENTS * 1 Life and career * 2 Selected filmography * 3 References * 4 External links LIFE AND CAREERScott was born in Bishopston , Bristol
Bristol
, England. His father, a musician in the Bristol
Bristol
Police Band , gave him his first music lessons. At the age of 14, he enrolled in the British Army (in the Royal Artillery Band , Woolwich ) as a Boy Musician in order to continue his musical studies of the clarinet , harp and saxophone . Later, Scott toured with some of the best-known British bands of the era. He was hired by EMI to arrange and conduct some of its most popular artists and, during this time, worked with Beatles producer George Martin
George Martin
(playing flute in the band's 1965 recording "You\'ve Got To Hide Your Love Away ")
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De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
DE LAURENTIIS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (DEG) was an entertainment production company and distribution unit founded by Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis . The company is notable for producing _Manhunter_ , _Blue Velvet _, the horror films _ Near Dark _ and _ Evil Dead II _, _ King Kong Lives
King Kong Lives
_ (the sequel to De Laurentiis' remake of _King Kong _), and _Bill "> * ^ Friendly, David T. (16 November 1985). "De Laurentiis Rejoins The Ranks--at Embassy". Retrieved 24 April 2015. * ^ Hammer, Joshua (8 March 1992). "Total Free Fall". _ Newsweek _. Retrieved 24 April 2015. Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=De_Laurentiis_Entertainment_Group additional terms may apply. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy .® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc
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Monster Film
A MONSTER MOVIE, a CREATURE FEATURE, or a GIANT MONSTER FILM, is a disaster film which revolves around military personnel , innocent civilians and emergency services struggling to stay alive in assaults against animals - often abnormally large ones - or other types of monsters. The film may also belong to the horror , comedy , fantasy or science fiction genre. Monster movies originated with adaptations of horror folklore and literature. Typically, movie monsters differ from more traditional antagonists in that many exist due to circumstances beyond their control; their actions are not entirely based on choice, potentially making them objects of empathy to film viewers. CONTENTS * 1 Traditional concepts * 2 History * 3 See also * 4 References TRADITIONAL CONCEPTSThe most common aspect of a monster movie is the struggle between a human collective of protagonists against one or more monsters, who serve as the antagonistic force. In Japanese cinema
Japanese cinema
, giant monsters known as kaiju often take up this role. The monster is created by a folly of mankind - an experiment gone wrong, the effects of radiation or the destruction of habitat . Or usually the monster is from outer space, has been on Earth for a long time with no one ever seeing it, or released (or awakened) from a prison of some sort where it was being held
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Carlo Rambaldi
CARLO RAMBALDI (September 15, 1925 – August 10, 2012) was an Italian special effects artist, winner of three Oscars : one Special Achievement Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 1977 for the 1976 version of King Kong and two Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects in 1980 and 1983 for, respectively, Alien (1979) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). He is most famous for his work in those two last mentioned films, that is for the mechanical head-effects for the creature in Alien and the design of the title character of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life and death * 4 Academy Awards * 4.1 One Special Achievement Academy Award * 4.2 Two Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects * 5 Other awards * 5.1 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards * 5.2 Saturn Awards * 5.3 MystFest Awards * 5.4 Los Angeles Italian Film Awards * 5.5 David di Donatello Awards * 6 Notes * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY LIFE Carlo Rambaldi
Carlo Rambaldi
was born September 15, 1925 in Vigarano Mainarda , Emilia-Romagna . He studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna , where he developed a passion for electromechanics and the skeleton and musculature of the human body
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King Kong (1976 Film)
KING KONG is a 1976 American monster film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Guillermin . It is a modern remake of the 1933 classic film of the same name , about a giant ape that is captured and imported to New York City for exhibition. Featuring special effects by Carlo Rambaldi , it stars Jeff Bridges , Charles Grodin , and Jessica Lange in her first film role. The remake's screenplay was written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. , based on the 1933 screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose , from the original idea by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace . The film was the fifth highest grossing film of 1977 according to box office statistics compiled during its release by Variety , Box Office Mojo published a list indicating it was the 7th highest grossing film of 1976 in North America. It won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects , and was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Sound . It is the only King Kong film to feature the World Trade Center instead of the Empire State Building . A sequel titled King Kong Lives was released in 1986
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