Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Crossover

Boom Studios has announced a Star Trek Planet of the Apes crossover at 2014 Comic Con. The comic book crossover will pair the original U.S.S. Enterprise crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apes film. As for the plot, here is a quick tease:

“With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius’ orangutans”

Read the full press release after the jump and check out the full cover for the Star Trek Planet of the Apes crossover comic book.

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Earlier today we ran early reactions from the first screening of The Maze Runner, all of which were overwhelmingly positive. At today’s 20th Century Fox panel Wes Ball talked about wanting to make a sequel and continue the story of The Maze Runner book adaptations on the big screen. That of course all depends on how well the film does when it hits theaters on September 19th, 2014. But if all goes as planned, Ball says they want to start shooting on the followup in Fall 2014. He even released the first piece of concept art from the potential sequel. Hit the jump to check out The Maze Runner sequel concept art which was revealed in Hall H.
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The MAze Runner
Wes Ball‘s big-screen adaptation of The Maze Runner had a secret fan screening on Thursday night at Comic-Con. No press or critics were in attendance, but we can take a look at the early buzz coming from the fan tweets. As you probably know, The Maze Runner is based on a young adult book about a group of teenagers who are stuck in the Glade, a living space that lies in the middle of a maze. This maze opens up during the daytime and closes at night, and the walls periodically shift into new configurations. The first “glader” emerged into the Glade and maze three years ago, and a new glader has appeared once a month since then. After the jump we have collected a bunch of The Maze Runner fan reactions from twitter.

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Fox World Malaysia

Today in Theme Park Bits, we look at the following:

  • 20th Century Fox might build a Fox World Theme Park in South Korea.
  • Syfy will have a Face Off scare zone and maze at the 2014 Universal Halloween Horror Nights
  • Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration to Begin Spring 2015

Read about all of these things after the jump.

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Simpsons character dies

Last year, Simpsons executive producer Al Jean told fans they’d be killing off a character in the upcoming season. He even gave a tease of who it may be, hinting the person voicing that character won an Emmy for voicing that character. At the time, we tried to narrow it down but the season came and went without that death. The reason was the tragic passing of voice actor Marcia Wallace, who voiced Ms. Krabapple. The Simpsons team thought gracefully killing that character as a tribute to Wallace was enough death for one year.

That was last year. This year, Jean promises the previously hinted character will still die, and even added to his initial hint. Read the quotes about the Simpsons character death below. Read More »

Drew Pearce long run

Drew Pearce had a pretty amazing 2013. He co-wrote the biggest film of the year, Iron Man 3, directed the Marvel One Shot All Hail The King, and signed on to write Mission: Impossible 5. That’s a pretty great set of resume items. Pearce’s reward? He’s getting to direct his own spec script. It’s called The Long Run and while the plot is being kept under wraps, it’s described as an “original crime action comedy.”  Read More »

Michael B Jordan

Director Josh Trank and the Fantastic Four have been quietly filming their big Marvel movie in Louisiana for the past few months. I say “quietly” for two reasons. One, we haven’t seen a lot of set photos of the stars in costume or anything. And two, co-star Michael B. Jordan agrees. In a new interview with MTV, the actor talked about filming the movie as being in “our own world.” He also talked about how Trank is changing the movie on the fly and that it’s less about superheroes and more about people learning to live with their disabilities.

As for that quiet, it’s probably going to end next week. The new Entertainment Weekly strongly suggests the full Fantastic Four cast will be at Comic-Con. Below, read the Michael B Jordan Fantastic Four quotes. Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Concept Art

Updated: We have added more concept art at the end of this post from July 14th 2014.

I love looking at concept art. Often the art created to inspire the movies is more incredible than the films themselves (for example, look at some of the beautiful concept art created for the Star Wars prequels). The Aaron Sims Company were hired to create some concept art for Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes, and have put some of their work online for all to admire.

ASC worked closely with Weta on both films to design all of the main and ancillary ape characters from the ground up. In the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they sculpted a bust for Caesar to ensure a hyper-realistic feel. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, ASC worked on aging the apes and creating the apes’ ceremonial look, which includes face paint and other ornamentation taken from nature.

While the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art features some shots of the Apes living and hunting in the wild, I was more taken by the portrait work focusing on the faces of Koba, Caesar, Cornelia, and Maurice. One big revelation is that the Apes almost wore primitive clothing. Check out the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art after the jump.
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