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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The latest rumor to spring up in relation to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice says that Doomsday will make an appearance. Whether he would simply pop up in a cameo role (similar to the shot of Thanos in The Avengers) or play a more crucial story role is unknown. What little info we have on the Batman V Superman Doomsday rumor is below. Read More »
After the tragic death of star Paul Walker, the fate of Fast and Furious 7 was very much in doubt. Everyone knew Walker would want nothing more than the film to be finished, and the cast and crew pulled together to get the movie done. New cast members were added and a later release date was set. Finally, Fast and Furious 7 finished filming this week. It’s the same week, coincidentally, that the film was originally going to be released in theaters.
To mark the occasion, a note was put on the Fast and Furious Facebook page thanking fans for their kinds words and prayers. It’s a really nice tribute to Walker and the rest of the group. Read it below. Read More »
The news of a Pacific Rim sequel came with good and bad details. That it’s happening at all is the biggest bit of good news. Guillermo del Toro‘s film wasn’t a massive hit in the United States but did well enough internationally to warrant a sequel. The downside is that fans will have to wait about three years to see the film. Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled for release April 7, 2017.
In the meantime we’ll get two other del Toro movies as well as a nice, sizable appetizer in the Pacific Rim world. A Pacific Rim animated series is in the works. In a new interview, the producer/writer/director explained what the animated series might entail. He exampled how the story would be told and where it might air. Development is still in very early days, but the idea is to bridge the gap between the first and second movie in serialized form. The show is currently being shopped around. Read more about the Pacific Rim animated series below. Read More »
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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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 »
Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Divergent sequel Insurgent is still several months away from theaters. But with the franchise slated to churn out a new installment each year there’s no time to be wasted in prepping the sequels. So Allegiant – Part 1, which follows Insurgent, has just tapped Noah Oppenheim to write the script.
Interestingly, Oppenheim is coming fresh off of a rival YA adaptation, Fox’s The Maze Runner. At least we know he has experience with the genre. Hit the jump for more updates on Allegiant.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
UPDATE: We’ve heard from our good sources that the new Gremlins movie won’t be a remake, but a sequel-style reboot set 30 years after the original. Original post follows.
Chris Columbus may be going back to his roots. A new report indicates that he’s set to produce both the Gremlins remake and the Goonies sequel, having written the screenplays for the originals. Hit the jump for all the details.
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