Andy Serkis Digital Make-up Comments

You will emerge from viewing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes amazed at the motion capture performance by Andy Serkis. Sure, you’ve seen him do Gollum in Lord of the Rings and even Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but Dawn takes the work to an entirely new level. Recently some people in the computer animation and effects space have gotten angry over comments from Serkis that WETA is just “painting digital makeup onto actors’ performances.” Many have felt that minimizes the work of many talented visual effects artists. I didn’t get a chance to talk to the actor, but I was able to chat with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves about the Andy Serkis digital make-up controversy.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes skype

While you’re watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, you won’t suspect anything unusual about the way the film was made. But some scenes were shot with actors performing their roles more than 1,000 miles away from each other while director Matt Reeves directed over Skype, from 6,328 miles away. Reeves reveals to me that he directed sequences using Skype video conferencing with Andy Serkis performing Caesar in his performance capture studio in London while Jason Clarke interacted with the ape from a hotel room in Rome. Find out more about the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes skype filming, after the jump.

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Matt Reeves Michael Giacchino Reddit AMA

When two popular filmmakers hop on Reddit together, anything can happen. And lots did happen Wednesday night when Matt Reeves and Michael Giacchino did a simultaneous AMA to promote the excellent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

First up, the director dropped some super-interesting information about the making of the film and how he plans on working toward the 1968 original. Later, he got Giacchino to confirm he’ll be back for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2, or whatever it’ll be called. Both said they’d love to do a Star Wars movie (as long as they could do it together), and talked about future projects like The Invisible Woman and Jurassic World, the work load possible for a composer and so much more. It was a lively, interactive AMA and we’ve got some of the highlights below. Read More »

Ridley Scott Planning Bible-Based Epic ‘David’

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Even as he puts the finishing touches on his Old Testament epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott is preparing to bring another Biblical hero to the big screen.

Scott is re-teaming with Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox for a project about King David in his post-Goliath years. Jonathan Stokes is writing the script. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings poster

The first teaser trailer for Ridley Scott‘s new film, Exodus: Gods And Kings, has just been released. The film stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Pharaoh Ramses, and “tetells the biblical story of Moses, who, according to the book of Exodus, suffered near death during infancy, was adopted into the Egyptian royal family, defied the Pharoah, freed the Hebrews and parted the Red Sea.”

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Exodus: Gods and Kings poster

The new movie from Ridley Scott, Exodus: Gods and Kings, is meant (I believe) to be a serious re-telling of the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. So why do these first Exodus posters make the movie look like an awkward cross between Batman Begins and 300? Why does Joel Edgerton, in particular, look as if he should be in the header photo from one of those Gawker stories about inappropriate Halloween costumes?

Choosing Christian Bale to play Moses and Edgerton for the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses has already inspired some discussion about casting these white dudes as figures who, in all probability, were not white. Perhaps the trailer, landing later today, will help inform that discussion somewhat. But the posters are leading the charge when it comes to establishing an identity for this movie, and they’re doing a terrible job.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes photo

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a big success, and 20th Century Fox wanted a sequel in theaters for May 2014. Rise director Rupert Wyatt didn’t feel that would give him enough time to make the film properly and dropped out late in the development process, only a couple months before shooting was scheduled to begin. Cloverfield/Let Me In director Matt Reeves was quickly hired to replace Wyatt. But before Reeves signed on, Fox was looking to make a much different film.

“When I first arrived, [Fox] pitched me the story they were gonna do and I thought I wasn’t gonna do the film,” Reeves told me in an exclusive interview. “I wasn’t gonna do the film because it was a story that I didn’t quite connect to.”

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was originally developed to be a very different movie, and production was set to begin in a matter of only a handful of weeks. Find out the story of how Matt Reeves completely reworked the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes story from the ground up, forming one of the greatest opening sequences you’ll see this year.

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The first full Gone Girl trailer is now online. Directed by David Fincher, the film stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the story of a perfect couple who find themselves on opposite sides of a massive mystery. When Amy (Pike) goes missing, Nick (Affleck) is accused of killing her. Nick, however, swears he’s innocent. As the story gets bigger and bigger, more clues reveal that all is not what it seems.

Co-starring Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson, Boyd Holbrook and Scoot McNairy, it opens October 3. Check out the second Gone Girl trailer below. Read More »

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