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Universal Studios previews 'King Kong 360 3-D'

June 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
"King Kong" is swinging his way into Southern California in a big way. Universal Studios Hollywood held a preview Tuesday for its newest attraction, "King Kong 360 3-D."King Kong is flexing his muscles again at Universal Studios, this time, thanks to director Peter Jackson. The man behind the 2005 re-make of the film "King Kong" is also the man who created "King Kong 360 3-D."

Beginning July 1, the new attraction will become part of Universal's popular behind-the-scenes studio tram tour.

Universal is calling its new adventure "the world's largest, most intense 3-D experience." Water and wind are part of the wild ride.

A special preview of "King Kong 360 3-D" is also a benefit for the Wildlife WayStation, which is located in the Angeles National Forest. For the past 35 years, the organization has housed and cared for hundreds of injured and abandoned exotic animals, including many primates -- just not as big as King Kong.

Stars came out to experience the event at Tuesday's preview.

"I love Peter Jackson. I love his stuff -- he's so visual and his material on paper is also so beautiful. He's just a wonderful, wonderful creator," said "Weeds" actor Hunter Parrish.

"Actually, Kong is so real in that Peter Jackson movie that I'm actually surprised that he doesn't really, really, really exist," said actress Kate Flannery, who stars in "The Office".

The original King Kong attraction was a victim of the 2008 Universal Backlot fire. The new "King Kong 360 3-D" attraction opens on Thursday.


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