Benedict Cumberbatch

Disney and Warner Bros. are both making Jungle Book movies. Disney’s will be out October 2015, and the Warner Bros. one comes out October 2016. Disney has Jon Favreau directing, Warner Bros. has Andy Serkis. Disney has Idris Elba voicing the villainous Shere Khan and now Warner Bros. has cast Benedict Cumberbatch in the same role in Jungle Book: Origins. Read more about the Benedict Cumberbatch Jungle Book casting below. Read More »


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Well, it looks like Disney’s going to be winning the Jungle Book race. As the Mouse House prepares to release its Jungle Book adaptation in October 2015, Warner Bros. has just set its own Jungle Book adaptation, Andy SerkisJungle Book: Origins, to open one year later in 3D. Hit the jump for more details.

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Peter Jackson Skull Island Movie

During Legendary’s confusing Skull Island announcement at Comic-Con, a rumor went around that Guillermo del Toro was involved with the project. While that doesn’t really seem to be the case — the latest word is Joe Cornish has been offered the gig — there are at least a couple of guys who wouldn’t mind if it were.

Peter Jackson, who directed 2005’s King Kong, has said that it’d be “fantastic” if del Toro really did take over the franchise, while Andy Serkis, who actually played King Kong, concurs. Hit the jump to read their comments.

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Andy Serkis Digital Make-up Comments

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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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes skype

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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Inquisitor TIE Starfighter

Rumors, confirmations, Rebels and more are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. After the jump, read about the following:

  • A new rumor connects Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat to Star Wars.
  • Andy Serkis hasn’t started shooting his Star Wars Episode VII role yet.
  • Watch some viral “leaked Star Wars Episode VII” footage.
  • Original Star Wars sculptor Brian Muir is working on Episode VII.
  • Watch an hour long, pre-Star Wars interview with George Lucas.
  • Read some potential spoilers about the first two episodes of Star Wars Rebels.
  • John Boyega reflects on the job he’s currently doing.
  • Has The Inquisitor‘s custom TIE Fighter been revealed?
  • Gizmodo report on the worst Star Wars exhibit ever.

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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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