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Last Updated: Tuesday December 06 2005 11:02 GMT

Fans go ape at King Kong premiere

King Kong invaded Times Square in New York

The stars were out and going ape on Monday night for the premiere of King Kong in New York.

Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Naomi Watts and Andy Serkis, who all act in the film, turned up to the event alongside a 20ft model of the giant gorilla.

The film was made by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson and is the second remake of the original King Kong film made in 1933.

The UK premiere of the film is on 8 December in London's Leicester Square.

Thousands of fans turned out to greet the stars at Times Square in New York.

Naomi Watts at King Kong premiere
This latest version is reported to have cost a whopping $207m (119m), with Jackson himself rumoured to have paid $31m (18m) of his own money to get it finished.

The film is about a giant gorilla that's accidentally let loose in New York City and becomes obsessed with a beautiful actress.

In the most famous scene from the film King Kong climbs up the outside of Manhattan's Empire State Building to try to escape police who are trying to recapture him.

Cinema bosses in the US are hoping the film will be a huge success and boost US ticket sales which have been struggling recently.

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