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Next week, Hobbit fans can head to theaters to see brand new footage from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. On November 4, Warner Bros. is hosting a worldwide theatrical fan event to celebrate the upcoming sequel, which will include a Q&A with several of the film’s stars. While the event will take place in cities all over the world, the four host cities – New York, Los Angeles, London and Wellington – will have stars in attendance, all linked by satellite, answering your questions.

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Fox doesn’t have a YA series to match, say, The Hunger Games, even if it does have something better in the X-Men series. That hasn’t stopped the studio from trying to develop potential new franchises, however, and there’s a new one in the works with Andy Serkis as producer.

The Bone Season is the first of seven novels by young author Samantha Shannon, and now Fox has paired with The Imaginarium, in which Serkis is a principal, to develop a film based on the book. Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is still filming, but that didn’t stop director Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Kerri Russell from coming to San Diego to give the Comic Con audience an early preview of the movie. The film was shooting this morning until 5am, which by that time already had thousands of people sleeping in line to get into Hall H for today’s big movie day. The cast and crew hopped on a plane and brought along an early teaser trailer.

Reeves warned that it takes ten to twelve weeks for weta to create a shot featuring fully realized apes, and since they’re still in production, the teaser only featured one such shot. After the jump you can read about what we saw in the teaser trailer, our thoughts, and what else was said during the panel.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

When San Diego Comic-Con announced their 2013 schedules last week, there was one big, glaring blank spot. It read “20th Century Fox – TBD – Hall.” Fans all wondered what the studio could be bringing. Their upcoming X-Men movies, The Wolverine and X-Men Days of Future Past? The teen sequel Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters? Next summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Matthew Vaughn’s next film The Secret Service? Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four? The questions were endless and now we have a partial answers.

Fox will bring stars and presentations for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine, Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and one unannounced “major” surprise. Read More »

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Pictured above is the new logo for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Its more or less what you’d expect to see.

Pictured below is a new photo from the film, released by director Matt Reeves. It is, I think, exactly what you might hope to see from this film. Three words: apes on horses. (And Jason Clarke confronting them.) See the pic below. Read More »

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So far, director Matt Reeves has had no problem casting humans in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He’s got Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Gary Oldman all set to oppose a rising power in Caeser (Andy Serkis) and his ape friends who are slowly but surely gaining control of the planet. Now we know one of the simian additions to the prequel sequel: character actress Judy Greer.

Greer, best known for her work in Arrested Development, The Descendants, and a slew of romantic comedies, will be playing the ape Cornelia. She’ll be a possible love interest for Caesar, based on a character that was introduced in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and who will have a much bigger part this time out. Read Greer’s geeking out over the opportunity below.

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Director Matt Reeves is turning to his previous filmography to round out the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. A few weeks back, he cast his Let Me In star Kodi Smit-McPhee in a major role, and now he’s tapped his former Felicity star Keri Russell to take the female lead. Russell is the first actress to board the project, joining actors Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Gary Oldman. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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If Sequel Bits has a mascot, it’s gotta be Bruce Willis. Guy has four sequels due out this year, and in this edition he talks about two of them, A Good Day to Die Hard and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Also after the jump:

  • Dirk the Daring and Angry Birds could be in Wreck-It Ralph 2
  • James Wan continues casting for Insidious Chapter 2
  • Hasbro will bring Jurassic Park 4 toys to shelves in 2014
  • Nicholas McCarthy‘s indie horror The Pact is getting a sequel
  • Andy Serkis is excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Star Trek production designer discusses his biggest challenge
  • Jai Courtney explains why the McClanes don’t get along

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