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While 2015 is jam-packed with planned blockbuster releases (even after the Batman/Superman push back to 2016) this year isn’t quite as loaded. But there are some big tentpoles set to hit this spring and summer, and one with more potential than others is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and prequel to the original Apes films is directed by Matt Reeves, and features human actors such as Jason ClarkeKeri RussellGary OldmanJudy GreerKodi Smit-McPhee, and Toby Kebbell in addition to the mo-cap cast led by Andy Serkis.

A few new images from the film’s recently-launched website show some new details of the film’s production design. Read More »

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While there was some confusion many months ago over who would direct the sequel to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox is removing all doubt for a potential third installment.

Matt Reeves, the director of this year’s sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, has signed to direct an untitled, undated third prequel to the 1968 film. Reeves, the director of Cloverfield and Let Me In, will pen the screenplay with Mark Bomback. He’ll move right onto it after finishing the current installment, which is due in theaters on July 11.  Read More »

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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 »

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Keanu Reeves is the star of this edition of Sequel Bits, talking about the latest in regards to Bill and Ted 3 and dismissing another film he was never involved in in the first place. Below, read about the following:

  • Jon M. Chu hopes G.I. Joe 3 will shoot in 2014 and says Channing Tatum‘s return isn’t likely.
  • Keanu Reeves says they’re looking for funding for Bill and Ted 3.
  • Reeves also said he won’t appear in a Point Break remake.
  • Check out three new character shots from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
  • Mark Wahlberg gives some details on his character in Transformers: Age of Extinction.

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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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Briefly: There’s still rampant speculation about what Universal will do with the seventh Fast and the Furious film, which is on hiatus while all involved figure out how to move the series forward in the wake of Paul Walker’s tragic death.

The assumption is that the movie will be significantly delayed, and that’s likely part of the reason Fox has pulled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes up to FF7‘s July 11, 2014 release date. The Apes sequel was originally set to arrive a week later, on July 18. While Rise of the Planet of the Apes did far better than expected in 2011, and Fox has every reason to think that this sequel will find an audience as well, it wouldn’t deliberately go head to head with a Fast/Furious sequel if it didn’t have to. This move is therefore the biggest indicator of prevailing belief that Universal will need a lot more time to figure out a plan for Fast 7.

Outside of Comic Con there has been no footage release from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but the film features Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis, with Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) directing. [Variety]

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The food puns keep on coming in a new batch of posters from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Also after the jump:

  • Director Scott Derrickson will return for Sinister 2 in some capacity
  • Keri Russell offers more Dawn of the Planet of the Apes plot details
  • The Conjuring 2 won’t be about Amityville, unless Patrick Wilson is lying
  • Vin Diesel and David Twohy consider where the Riddick series will go next
  • The Farrelly Bros. announce a contest for a Dumb and Dumber To role
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies up one week on Fox’s release calendar
  • Food puns abound on new Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 posters

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