Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Set

On June 3rd 2013, I flew to New Orleans, LA to visit the set of Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes follow-up Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. There, I learned a great deal about the Matt Reeves-directed sequel.  After the jump, read about my Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit and discover the secrets behind the next chapter in the Planet of the Apes series.

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Lots of blockbuster sequels are headed our way in the next few months and the one we probably know least about is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Matt Reeves‘ sequel to the surprise 2011 hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes takes places several years later as humanity is attempting to put itself back together after a deadly virus wiped out much of the world. Meanwhile, the leader of the apes, Caesar, has also been building up his superhuman race of animals. What will happen as the two sides clash? Get a glimpse in ten new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes photos that’ve now come online. Read More »


Don’t expect Andy SerkisJungle Book adaptation to be all friendly singing bears and idyllic jungle landscapes. While few specifics have been revealed about the plot so far, Serkis has teased that his take “doesn’t shy away” from the “darkness” of Rudyard Kipling‘s source material.

Seems like a pretty sharp contrast from the best-known cinematic interpretation of the stories, Disney’s 1967 animated classic. Hit the jump to see what Serkis had to say.

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andy serkis jungle book

Andy Serkis is going to go from playing CG animals to directing them. The acclaimed mo-cap actor is set to helm Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling‘s classic tales about an orphan boy raised in the jungle.

Although Serkis has served as a second unit director on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, The Jungle Book marks his feature directorial debut. Get all the details after the jump.

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Today’s been a decent day for new shots of 2014 movies, thanks to Empire’s new preview of the upcoming year. Below is a behind the scenes shot of Andy Serkis in his mo-cap gear from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Serkis reprises the role of Ceasar, the first “evolved” ape, and this is another in a long series of photos of the actor encased in a grey suit, but seeing as Serkis remains the pre-eminent mo-cap artist, they never get old. I’m looking forward to seeing some making-of footage from this one, to see how Serkis works his arm extensions into his physical performance. Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes ended with humanity in dire straits, and based on the first trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes things haven’t improved much for our kind since then. The film picks up about eight years later, when the struggle against the virus and the infighting among the humans have destroyed civilization as we know it.

But the few humans who are left are eager to pick up the pieces and put themselves back together, and it seems that starts with a conversation with the apes, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). Think it’s going to go well? Watch the first trailer after the jump and make your guesses.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has several human characters, including those played by Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. But if these four new posters are any indication, the real stars of the show will be the apes.

Andy Serkis‘ Caesar and his fellow simians take center stage in this batch of one-sheets, which show them with war paint smeared across their glowering faces. As for what the purpose is of those lovely facial decorations, well, perhaps we’ll find out when the trailer hits next week. Check out the posters and get the trailer release details after the jump.

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A motion-capture adaptation of George Orwell‘s Animal Farm seems like one of those concepts that could easily go awry, but if anyone should be able to pull it off it’s Lord of the Rings and Rise of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis.

After putting in time as a second unit director on the Hobbit trilogy, Serkis set the fable as his feature directorial debut last year. He’s been plugging away at it ever since, and now says he plans to shoot the “fairly unique” project sometime next year. Hit the jump for more details, along with a minor update on the Serkis-produced The Bone Season.

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