Chris Pratt Guardians of the Galaxy

With Summer 2014 approaching its conclusion, its time to look back and inventory the blockbuster season. For the last few years, the Summer movie season has been filled with a lot of disappointment. This year, however, a lot of great films hit theaters. My top twelve best movies of Summer 2014 list is comprised of a mix of big Hollywood blockbusters and some smaller independent films which played Sundance and other film festivals earlier in the year. Some of these may have flown under your radar. Which films made my top ten movies of Summer 2014? Hit the jump and find out.
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Kermit The Frog Reviews Summer Movies

Our friends at MTV got a chance to sit down with The Muppets stars Kermit the Frog and Pepe the King Prawn about the 2014 Summer Movie Season. Kermit and Pepe talk about Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (including the end credits stringer, spoiler be warned) and Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes. They also chat about the trouble with computer generated characters, being typecast and Kermit reveals that he auditioned for The Avengers but was unable to win the role of The Incredible Hulk. Watch the whole interview embedded after the jump.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Concept Art
Updated: We have added more concept art at the end of this post, which originally appeared on July 14th 2014.

I love looking at concept art. Often the art created to inspire the movies is more incredible than the films themselves (for example, look at some of the beautiful concept art created for the Star Wars prequels). The Aaron Sims Company were hired to create some concept art for Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes, and have put some of their work online for all to admire.

ASC worked closely with Weta on both films to design all of the main and ancillary ape characters from the ground up. In the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they sculpted a bust for Caesar to ensure a hyper-realistic feel. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, ASC worked on aging the apes and creating the apes’ ceremonial look, which includes face paint and other ornamentation taken from nature.

While the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art features some shots of the Apes living and hunting in the wild, I was more taken by the portrait work focusing on the faces of Koba, Caesar, Cornelia, and Maurice. One big revelation is that the Apes almost wore primitive clothing. Check out the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art after the jump.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

After the jump:

  • Matt Reeves and Mark Bomback drop some Apes hints
  • Luc Besson says it’s “too late” for a The Professional sequel
  • 24 could still get a movie sequel, or another TV season
  • Mad Max: Fury Road reveals a few more images

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes photo

Dave, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the pleasures of Boyhood and pick their favorite Emmy nominees. Be sure to read Annalee Newitz’s Apes timeline, and learn more about Dave’s favorite moment in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dave’s review of Orange is the New Black,  as well as the special effects shot that took over 1030 iterations. Also, what’s the truth about Andy’s dad?

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Weeks before the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves decided to change the ending. They had shot a completely different alternate ending sequence, but he wanted to go for something different. Find out what happened in the deleted Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ending, and why it was changed only weeks before release, after the jump.

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Apehood

We usually put mash-up trailers in our link blog round-up Page 2,  but I think this one is worth a breakout because it combines the two best movies of 2014 (so far, at least in my opinion), Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Nelson Carvajal has edited the two movies into a trailer titled “Apehood” (which also includes footage from Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Both Dawn and Boyhood are in theaters now, make time to see both of these films on the big screen.

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One FX Shot In 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Took 1030 Iterations

One of my favorite shots in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes involves an ape taking control of a tank and running amuck in post apocalyptic San Francisco. Its great because of the way its presented — the sequence appears to be a single shot mounted from the back of the tank turret. During my conversation with director Matt Reeves, he talked a bit about the frustrating long process of waiting over a year to finally see the final vision realized through completely rendered visual effects. My favorite shot turns out was the most difficult shot to complete, taking a whopping 1030 iterations from the vfx wizards at WETA before Reeves signed off. Read about what went into a single “shot” of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, after the jump.

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