Morning Watch  - Saturday Night Live

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, Andy Serkis breaks down his motion capture performance in War for the Planet of the Apes. Plus, take a sneak peek in the Saturday Night Live control room to see how a new episode is beig trimmed and prepared even as it airs on TV, and listen to Taika Waititi respond to snarky internet commenters talking about Thor: Ragnarok. Read More »

tom hardy venom

Tom Hardy has faced the hurdles of acting with masks covering his face and his eyes for many of his most famous roles — so motion-capture technology should be a piece of cake.

It’s not much of a surprise that Hardy will be portraying the alien symbiote in Venom in a mo-cap suit, considering the character’s shape-shifting abilities. It is a bit of a surprise that we would get confirmation of this through Andy Serkis‘ mouth, however.

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Breathe trailer 2

Andy Serkis is best known for his work in front of the camera, imbuing visual effects-driven characters like Gollum and Caesar with weight and inner life using performance capture technology. But he has some experience behind the camera as well, having directed the second unit of all three of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films.

Now the actor is making his official directorial debut with Breathe, an inspiring true story starring Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Claire Foy (The Crown) as a couple who must overcome incredible odds just to regain the semblance of a normal life together after one of them contracts polio. The movie’s second trailer has arrived, so check it out below and see what you think about Serkis’s potential as a director.
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War for the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray - Planet of the Apes Prequel Trilogy

If you’re lucky, you can still catch War for the Planet of the Apes in theaters right now. But if you happened to miss the conclusion to the Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy, or you just can’t wait to watch it again, you won’t have to wait long to make it part of your collection.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced War for the Planet of the Apes will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital download in October. Read below for details on the release, including all the special features coming with the movie. Read More »

Snoke Origin

Now that the dust has settled on Force Friday II, it’s clear that we don’t know much more about Star Wars: The Last Jedi than we did before all the merchandise for the movie hit shelves (though we did learn a bit more about Benicio del Toro’s character). But the good news is we’re getting closer and closer to the release of the next chapter in the sci-fi saga, and more and more details are hitting the web every day. In fact, there should be a new trailer within the next couple months to hold us over until the film arrives in December.

In the meantime, director Rian Johnson is talking a little bit about the mysteries that the sequel holds. One of the biggest question marks is Supreme Leader Snoke, played in motion capture by Andy Serkis. Who is he? Where did he come from? While Rian Johnson isn’t giving up any details, he does offer some insight into how the villain will be presented in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but fans were hoping for all the answers about his past may end up a little disappointed. Read More »

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War for the Planet of the Apes trailer

Another genre film is entering this year’s Oscar race. After the news that Warner Bros. is launching a massive Best Picture and Best Director campaign for its runaway hit of the summerWonder Woman, 20th Century Fox is gearing up for battle with its own War for the Planet of the Apes Oscar push for Best Picture.

Fox is planning to launch one of the biggest Oscar campaigns in the studio’s history, throwing its weight behind the beloved third film in the Planet of the Apes reboot series.

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Planet of the Apes Last Frontier

While ideas of more Planet of the Apes movies are still floating around the studio lot over at 20th Century Fox, a sequel to (or spin-off of) this summer’s spectacular War for the Planet of the Apes has not officially been given a green light yet. But fans of that world will have the opportunity to dive back into it with a new video game that comes out this year.

Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is set between the inexplicably-titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War, which are the two most recent films in the franchise. And here’s some more good news: Andy Serkis, who plays the ape leader Caesar in the new film trilogy, is involved in the game.
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Star Wars The Last Jedi Snoke Rumors

Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) is going to do a lot more than dish out insults from a big chair in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) will come face-to-face with his grumpy mentor in Rian Johnson‘s film. While there was speculation Snoke was going to be brought to life as a puppet this time around, that’s not the case. Serkis will still play the character via motion capture…but he’ll have some fancy new protectors in the form of the Praetorian Guard.

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Andy Serkis Star Wars Character

Andy Serkis‘ Jungle Book: Origins was originally scheduled to come out in October of last year, but it’s been postponed multiple times and is now scheduled for a 2018 release date. The two-year delay does give Serkis’ film more space from Jon Favreau‘s smash hit reimagining of the famous title. As for how the two adaptations differ, Serkis believes his take is more faithful to author Rudyard Kipling‘s original source material.

Below, the War for the Planet of the Apes star explains the differences between Jungle Book: Origins and The Jungle Book.

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Black Panther Movie Details

In exactly one week, the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con will be kicking off in Southern California, bringing us a slew of huge updates about the big comic book blockbusters on the way, as well as plenty more tentpoles and popular TV shows that audiences are soaking up in theaters and at home. But before that, Entertainment Weekly will be releasing their annual Comic-Con preview issue, and the first film to have new details released is none other than Marvel’s first 2018 release.

Black Panther will mark the first solo adventure for the African superhero introduced in Captain America: Civil War. The Marvel Comics character is played by Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up), and as we saw in the first teaser trailer released for the movie not too long ago, we’re going to dig deep into the mysterious country known as Wakanda. The nation holds many secrets, including one of the rarest metals on Earth, which Captain America fans should be familiar with, as well as a transfer of power, a disagreement with new leadership, and plenty new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read More »