Ant-Man footage

All those production delays meant Ant-Man didn’t go in front of cameras early enough for Marvel to show us Paul Rudd or Michael Douglas in action at Comic-Con. But it wouldn’t be like Marvel to show up to Hall H completely empty-handed, and so they “filmed a little something to show you guys,” as Kevin Feige put it.

We were treated to a brief bit of Ant-Man footage, really an FX test with voiceover. Hit the jump to get our Ant-Man footage recap and reaction.

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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: At the end of the Marvel Studios presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Marvel head Kevin Feige played a video of Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and director James Gunn announcing that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released on July 28th 2017.

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During the Paramount Pictures panel at Comic Con, Tom Kenny, the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, shared the first look at the new film SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water. I haven’t really been paying attention because I’ve never really been interested in SpongeBob, but apparently the new movie is live action Spongebob Squarepants movie. And by that I mean as live-action as a Smurfs or Alvin and the Chipmunks films (live action location and human characters with computer animated CG Spongebob and friends).

Apparently Spongebob and friends escape the pineapple under the sea and their animated sea city of Bikini Bottom and enter the human world.  The movie starts in the usual animated world but the characters “transform to computer graphic superheroes to fight off a menace endangering beloved Bikini Bottom.”

The footage that was premiered in Hall H can only be described as weird. I’m not sure anyone was into it, but almost everyone was left with a look on their face which could be read only as “what the hell was that”. Wanna see what a live-action/CG animated hybrid spongebob squarepants movie looks like? Hit the jump to see the first SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water photo.

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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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Jungle Book

Director Jon Favreau has put together an insanely impressive cast for his live action Disney film, The Jungle Book. The cast includes Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlet Johansson to name a few. But those actors won’t be seen on screen. They’ll just be providing their voices. Only one human will appear for the majority of the movie. His name is Neel Sethi. The 10-year-old New Yorker has been cast as Mowgli in the film, which is scheduled for release October 6, 2015. See his photo and read the full release below. Read More »

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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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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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At Comic Con 2010, Guillermo del Toro surprised the crowd at Disney’s Hall H panel by publicly announcing that he would be producing (and probably directing) a new big screen adaptation of the classic Disneyland attraction The Haunted Mansion.  Its been almost four years since that announcement, and development is still on going. Del Toro offered a new update on the project during his Reddit AMA. Find out what the filmmaker said about the development of the Haunted Mansion movie adaptation including details of new screenwriters and Doug Jones Hat Box Ghost development art, after the jump.

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