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King Kong Spotted at Santa Monica Pier?

Surfers, tourists, and local Los Angelenos alike were stunned yesterday morning by a rather HUGE mystery: the discovery of 15 foot long footprints in the sand at Santa Monica Pier!

A local fisherman was perhaps the only person who caught a glimpse of the creature responsible. “Everything started shaking,” he said. “Then I saw this thing. Bigger than any whale…eyes dark and menacing, teeth as big as the poles under the pier here.” Police are cautioning people not to panic, and to be careful not to fall into the deep footprints on the beach. Residents and tourists are wondering what kind of monster could be responsible for footprints so massive.

Some people are suggesting that the footprints belong to none other than King Kong, who has been making his way through Los Angeles en route to his new home at Universal Studios Hollywood. Last week, Kong wreaked havoc at Dodgers Stadium by marking up the baseball field with his gigantic footprints, similar to the ones found at Santa Monica Pier. King Kong will be headlining King Kong 360 3-D, the brand new, revolutionarily interactive attraction designed by esteemed director Peter Jackson, and it’s possible that Santa Monica Pier was just his latest stop on his journey to Universal Studios Hollywood.



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International Café brings healthy food choices to Universal Studios Hollywood

Part of NBC Universal’s Company-wide Health Initiative

Universal City CA, June 16, 2010 — Universal Studios Hollywood has opened the new International Café to provide theme park guests with healthy food choices in a casual, unhurried European bistro-style atmosphere. The new café is part of NBC Universal’s “Healthy At NBCU” initiative, which aims to connect consumers, marketers and employees with the company’s health and wellness content.

The menu of food choices includes creative salads, cheese plates, and healthy artisanal sandwiches, along with juices, mineral waters and many other food options suitable for a relaxed, sit-down meal or an on-the-go meal for hungry theme park guests.

Located just adjacent to the theme park’s “Streets of the World” film locations, which re-create European streets and plazas, The International Café offers indoor and outdoor seating.

Sample menu choices at the International Café include a shrimp cobb and Greek salads, a grilled vegetable sandwich with gorgonzola cheese, a turkey with muenster cheese and arugula sandwich and a “caprese-style” plate featuring heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella and basil.

Consistent with Universal Studios Hollywood policies for all of the theme park’s restaurants, all foods at the International Café are trans-fat free.

Universal Studios Hollywood is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Announces Expanded Halloween Horror Nights 2010 Schedule!


Universal City, California, June 17, 2010—The Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Studios Hollywood SM will expand in 2010, growing to a 17-night schedule, offering spine-chilling new mazes based upon the horror genre’s most compelling characters, all created in collaboration with top filmmakers and artists. This year’s event will also include a tram ride through the world’s largest and most intense 3D experience, King Kong 360 3D, created by Peter Jackson.

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First Look: King Kong 360 – 3D

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“Phoenix Project” – The Story of the Backlot Fire

See how Universal Studios Hollywood recreated sets lost from the infamous backlot fire on June 1, 2008.

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Premiere of Universal’s New Backlot – Universal Studios Hollywood

On June 1, 2008, a three alarm fire broke out at Universal Studios Hollywood, destroying New York Street, the King Kong theme park attraction and a video vault. In response, the entertainment community rallied together and assembled a world-renowned creative team to rebuild what had been lost. Jim Watters, President & General Manager of NBC Universal Operations Group, and Dave Beanes, Senior Vice-President of NBC Universal Production Services were joined by esteemed film legend Steven Spielberg, production designers, and Rick Carter (Academy Award winner for Avatar) to be a part of the design process. The team quickly expanded to a list of twenty-five award-winning production designers and graphic artists that collaborated, designed and rebuilt the legendary Hollywood fixture.

The finished product, which will be completed on June 30 and includes a New York block with a glass and steel look, Paris Square, London Square and Central Park, will usher in a new era for the Universal Studio Hollywood Studio Tour. The upgraded Studio Tour has been upgraded with high-definition TV monitors in each tram car, new video content and high-grade digital audio systems and will provide guests with a more in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the film and television industry than ever before.

As for King Kong, the attraction was moved to expand the location and provide additional production parking. The new King Kong 360-3D attraction created by award-winning director Peter Jackson will open this summer and will be the world’s largest and most intense 3D interactive theme park experience!

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Catastrophe at Dodger Stadium – King Kong 360 | 3D

Catastrophe stuck at Dodger stadium early yesterday morning, when giant ape footprints were found lining the baseball field, tracking from home plate through to center field. Further investigations revealed that the footprints belonged to none other than King Kong, who had decided to monkey around in the famous stadium on his way to headlining a new attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, King Kong 360 3-D.

Kong will be making his way through various parts of Los Angeles in the next few weeks as he makes his way back to his new home at the theme park.

The ape will star in King Kong 360 3-D, a next-generation, interactive theme park experience designed by Peter Jackson, director of the award-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film on which the attraction is based. It is scheduled to open by the Fourth of July holiday.

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