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To promote the final week of the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, director J.J. Abrams has released a video unveiling the Star Wars Episode 7 X-Wing. See the video now embedded after the jump to check out the Star Wars: Episode VII X-Wing design.
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In 2015, Marvel Studios will release Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. In 2016, the studio will release Captain America 3 and one other movie, probably Doctor Strange. Now, Marvel Studios has taken a giant leap into the future.

Marvel just announced release dates through Summer 2019.  No titles yet, but an official release has planted a flag on the following dates:

  • July 28, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • July 6, 2018
  • November 2, 2018
  • May 3, 2019

Read all about the new Marvel Studios release dates below.

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Weeks before the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves decided to change the ending. They had shot a completely different alternate ending sequence, but he wanted to go for something different. Find out what happened in the deleted Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ending, and why it was changed only weeks before release, after the jump.

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This was supposed to be the year, the San Diego Comic-Con that blew away all others. A quick look at the movie release schedule shows an epic spread of massive films that will be released in the next year, before the 2015 incarnation of the Con. That list includes Avengers: Age of Ultron, Interstellar, Jurassic World, The Fantastic Four, Terminator, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fast and Furious 7, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Tomorrowland, Big Hero 6, Pitch Perfect 2 and Dumb and Dumber To. Not to mention the two big films now in production that were rumored to come out before next year’s event, then moved: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars Episode VII.

The full schedule is now out and – barring any surprises or additions – only two of the above films are confirmed to appear: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max. Others (like Fantastic Four, Interstellar, Terminator, Jurassic World) could still appear because their studios have panels, but are unconfirmed. Most surprisingly though, is that studios which have regularly been at the event, such as Disney, Universal and Lionsgate, don’t even have panels. Comic Con 2014 went from one with the highest expectations to the opposite.

Below we’ll break down which of these massive films are confirmed, and which aren’t confirmed, could appear, won’t appear, and why it’s all happening this way. Read More »

One FX Shot In 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Took 1030 Iterations

One of my favorite shots in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes involves an ape taking control of a tank and running amuck in post apocalyptic San Francisco. Its great because of the way its presented — the sequence appears to be a single shot mounted from the back of the tank turret. During my conversation with director Matt Reeves, he talked a bit about the frustrating long process of waiting over a year to finally see the final vision realized through completely rendered visual effects. My favorite shot turns out was the most difficult shot to complete, taking a whopping 1030 iterations from the vfx wizards at WETA before Reeves signed off. Read about what went into a single “shot” of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, after the jump.

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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

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is out in theaters this weekend (click here to see our site’s coverage of it thus far), and you should go see it. It’s a tense, action-packed meditation on the intractability of tribalism, a summer blockbuster that actually has characters you care about and a story that will make you think. Beyond this, there were countless epic, transcendent moments throughout. Dawn may have been my favorite film of 2014 thus far.

But one moment in the film struck me as particularly powerful. Find out what it was after the jump. Very minor spoilers follow. Read More »

Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy

In September 2013, I visited the London-based set of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy. (You can find out more about what we learned and watch a video blog reaction here.) While on set, we are able to talk with many of the key cast and crew and will be posting transcripts from those roundtable interviews all this week.  You can read our on-set Zoe Saldana interview now after the jump.

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