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Scientists Figure Out What Killed the Real King Kong

Gigantopithecus just couldn't adapt when its fruit ran out, says study

(Newser) - The world may not have had a King Kong as Hollywood imagined him to be, but the next best thing was a creature called Gigantopithecus that roamed 100,000 years ago. The largest ape known to man stood some 9 feet tall and weighed half a ton, gorging on fruit... More »

Dino De Laurentiis Dead at 91

Italian was last of the old-fashioned movie moguls

(Newser) - Dino De Laurentiis, the producer of Conan the Barbarian and Barbarella, among many other films, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 91. The cause of death wasn't revealed in the announcement of his death by his daughter Raffaella. De Laurentiis's first successful film, Bitter Rice, was released... More »

The '00s' Most Disappointing Movies

'Tropic Thunder' leads the way

(Newser) - The decade had lots of lousy movies, but 11Points rounds up the most disappointing—those that didn't live up to their promise:
  • Tropic Thunder (2008): Amazing cast, great premise. Slam dunk, right? Not when "your go-to bit is a retarded joke." Such a lazy waste.
  • Bruno (2009): Sacha
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Blowtorch Ignited Studio Fire

Universal Sudios reopen after blaze

(Newser) - The Universal Studios theme park reopened yesterday after a disastrous fire on the back lot destroyed sets, a video archive and the King Kong attraction. Investigators believe the blaze was caused by workmen using a blowtorch on a New York City street set, reports the Los Angeles Times. Low water... More »

Fire Ravages Universal Studios Backlot

King Kong exhibit burns, 2 outdoor sets also ablaze

(Newser) - Fire broke out early this morning in the Universal Studios backlot, destroying priceless movie memorabilia and damaging at least one sound stage and two outdoor sets, reports the Los Angeles Times. The blaze began during filming on the lot, and consumed the King Kong exhibit that has long been a... More »

I See Sex, Not Racism

The cover may be fraught with subtexts, but it is what it is

(Newser) - Last week's Vogue cover had "a lot of people, smart and dumb, losing their minds," writes Wesley Morris in Slate. Sure, Annie Leibovitz's shot may pander to the "ugliest racist tropes: black male as ape," with LeBron James as King Kong and Gisele Bundchen as the... More »

Hog Wild: Harley-Davidson Museum Will Open in 2008

The giant Milwaukee complex celebrates 105 years of motorcycle history

(Newser) - Elvis may have left the building, but his Harley will be there, along with a custom-built 13 footer dubbed "King Kong," when the Harley-Davidson hall of fame opens in hometown Milwaukee in 2008. The 20-acre museum hopes to draw 350,000 visitors a year, from bus loads of... More »

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