Universal Pictures and Peter Jackson have said goodbye to composer Howard Shore and have replaced him with James Newton Howard as King Kong readies to hit shores this December. In a statement released by Jackson, the Lord of the Rings hero said, "I have greatly enjoyed my collaborations with Howard Shore, whose musical themes made immeasurable contributions to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. During the last few weeks, Howard and I came to realize that we had differing creative aspirations for the score of King Kong. Rather than waste time arguing with a friend and trying to unify our points of view, we decided amicably to let another composer score the film." Okay, seriously, no one is this nice in Hollywood. I'd like to know what the real story is behind this one. Was someone on a power trip? Regardless, both composers are excellent at what they do. Shore is behind the music for such films like The Aviator, A History of Violence and Gangs of New York, while Howard has found success with Batman Begins, Signs and Collateral, amongst others.