Andy Serkis

During my marathon interview with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, I asked if he had exchanged advice with his childhood friend JJ Abrams on Star Wars, or taken any advice from him for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Reeves admitted that he might be part of the reason Andy Serkis was cast in Star Wars Episode VII.

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Dawn of Apes Art Book

More so than pretty much any movie this summer, you’re going to walk out of Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes and think, “How the HECK did they do that?” The combination of technical expertise mixed with dramatic artistry is absolutely magnificent and, somehow, a huge step up from the already-impressive Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Mix those elements with a complex, emotional story of acceptance, family and prejudice, add in a ton of huge action, and you’ve got one of the best films of the summer.

As for that question of “How,” author Matt Hurwitz has your answers in the new book Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films. Out July 8, it’s filled with concept art and behind the scenes images from both films and, below, we’ve got some exclusive early glimpses. Check out the Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art below. Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes illustrated poster premiere

20th Century Fox has given us an web-exclusive illustrated ”Hail Caesar” poster for Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes to premiere this morning. The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes illustrated poster was created by UK artist Matt Needle, putting the spotlight on Caesar, the leader of the apes played by Andy Serkis in the film via performance capture. Its nice that big movie studios are starting to release their own Mondo-style illustrated posters, if only for online promotion. Hit the jump to see the poster in full.

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Andy Serkis Age of Ultron

Over the weekend we heard a bit from Andy Serkis about his work for Star Wars Episode VII. The actor is also doing work with Joss Whedon and crew, however, for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Serkis is a principal in The Imaginarium, a company he founded to be the world’s premiere performance-capture outfit. Now Serkis says he’s helping out on Age of Ultron, working with Mark Ruffalo, and that he plays a role in the film, too. Read More »

Andy Serkis

When you’ve hired a person who is the best in the world at doing something, can you actually ask him not to do it? That’s the question raised with respect to Star Wars Episode VII.  In a new interview, actor Andy Serkis spoke about the use of motion- and performance-capture in J.J. Abrams‘ sequel. He confirmed his company, The Imaginarium, would indeed be doing all the mo-cap for the film, adding “and I myself am playing a character in it.” Does that mean he’s a character in the Imaginarium’s work or just a character in the movie?

It would certainly make sense for Serkis to play a performance capture role as he’s the industry’s top performer. He helped define the new art form with his work in in The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But he’s a fantastic actor with or without the computer. So what’s the deal? Read the full Andy Serkis Star Wars quote below. Read More »

Breaking Bad - Jesse

Sorry, Breaking Bad fans: Aaron Paul says he won’t appear in Better Call Saul after all. Also after the jump:

  • The next Beverly Hills Cop will head to Michigan
  • Mission: Impossible 5 might film in the Houses of Parliament
  • Benjamin Bratt hops on for Ride Along 2
  • Pitch Perfect 2 adds Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
  • A top GM designer has a cameo in Transformers 4
  • Mark Wahlberg promises Ted is as lovably awful as ever
  • Stanley Tucci is glad Mockingjay was split in two
  • David Duchovny wants more X-Files movies
  • Watch another Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clip

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John Boyega in Attack the Block

Some very intriguing, potentially revealing Star Wars Episode VII rumors have just surfaced about the plot and character. Read about those, and a bunch of other cool stuff, in this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum will be built in Chicago.
  • A general plot overview of Star Wars Episode VII may have been revealed.
  • New rumors about John Boyega and Daisy Ridley‘s roles in Episode VII have surfaced.
  • Are there a lot more roles to be cast in Episode VII?
  • Watch Andy Serkis talk about the secrecy surrounding Episode VII.
  • Home of Star Wars Episode VII, Pinewood Studios is set to expand.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi appears in a new teaser for Star Wars Rebels.
  • Check out a cool new fan made poster for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Wil Wheaton poked fun at J.J. Abrams‘ dual allegiance to Star Trek and Star Wars.
  • See an amazing Star Wars exclusive available at San Diego Comic-Con.

Note: The plot and character stuff is whited out for anyone scared of spoilers. Feel free to proceed. Read More »

Final Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer

It’s less than a month until we return to an Earth that has been dramatically reshaped into a place that could soon be called a planet of the apes, and Fox has released one last big look at its latest chapter in the long-running saga. Half of this final Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is all about brewing conflict and watching humanity further lose hold on the planet.

And then things just explode, and that war that Caesar talks about in his steadily-improving speech just explodes. A lot of the footage here is stuff we’ve seen before, but that’s OK; it’s good to save the best stuff for the final film. And Matt Reeves’ sequel to the surprise hit from 2011 looks like it firmly takes the reins of the story in a way that could be very satisfying for Apes fans, indeed.  Read More »

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