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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These days, teen romances are as likely as not to involve vampires, werewolves, zombies, aliens, and/or hellish dystopian landscapes. At their heart, though, so many of them are about forbidden love of one kind or another. In other words, they’re essentially Romeo & Juliet with supernatural bells and whistles.

Now along comes the original Romeo & Juliet to (hopefully) show us all how it’s done. Carlo Carlei‘s apparently faithful adaptation stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth as the iconic star-crossed lovers. Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Ed Westwick, Stellan Skarsgard, and Kodi Smit-McPhee also star. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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We’ve been waiting for The Congress, the new film from Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman, for what feels like a very long time. (In reality, only since 2009.) The film is loosely based upon a story by science fiction grandmaster Stanislaw Lem, but has been adapted to very specifically suit cinema.

The live-action/animated hybrid features Robin Wright as an actress — actually as Robin Wright — whose career is being pronounced dead. And so she sells her likeness to a firm that uses her as a sample source. Wright playing a version of herself is already fairly strange, but then there are the ways that filmmakers use her likeness, which are really out there.

We’ve seen glimpses of the film’s animation before, but what we see here is far beyond what we’ve had a look at in the past. The animation is beautiful, but it’s the combination of everything that makes this look like one of the most visually commanding movies of the year. Will the script be as compelling? Get a taste in the trailer below. Read More »

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Since her Oscar-nominated breakthrough performance in 2010′s True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld has mostly kept out of the limelight. In fact, she hasn’t appeared in a single movie since then. But with half a dozen releases planned for the next couple of years (including Ender’s Game, Can a Song Save Your Life, and Three Days to Kill) she now looks ready to make up for lost time.

Among the many projects on her slate is the Carlo Carlei-directed, Julian Fellowes-scripted Romeo and Juliet. Steinfeld and rising star Douglas Booth play the iconic star-crossed lovers, surrounded by a talented if somewhat random cast that also includes Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natasha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPheeStellan Skarsgård, and Lesley Manville. Check out the new trailer after the jump. Read More »

Director Matt Reeves is turning to his previous filmography to round out the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. A few weeks back, he cast his Let Me In star Kodi Smit-McPhee in a major role, and now he’s tapped his former Felicity star Keri Russell to take the female lead. Russell is the first actress to board the project, joining actors Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Gary Oldman. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Director Matt Reeves is going back to his last film to fill a key role in his next one. Let Me In star Kodi Smit-McPhee has just been cast as one of the leads in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He joins Andy Serkis and Jason Clarke in the sequel to the prequel of 1967′s Planet of the Apes which takes place 15 years after Caesar (Serkis) began his ape vs. man revolution.  Read More »

Halloween’s still a couple months off, but Laika’s getting the spooky season started early this weekend with ParaNorman. Focus Features has just unveiled the final trailer for the 3D stop-motion animation, which features tiny bits of scenes under some unsettling percussion and an entertainingly creepy voiceover by John Goodman.

Directed by Sam Fell and Chris ButlerParaNorman centers around a boy (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) who can speak to the dead. When an old witch’s curse puts his entire town in jeopardy, however, he becomes the only person who can save the day. Anna KendrickCasey AffleckChristopher Mintz-Plasse, and Tucker Albrizzi also lend their voices to the cast. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Movie studios release b-roll footage for tv producers to splice in between their 30 second junket interview clip on the local morning show (or other such productions). We often post this unedited footage on the site because we love the brief glimpses it gives us at the creation of a movie.

After the jump you’ll fine 18 minutes of behind the scenes b-roll footage from LAIKA’s new stop-motion animated feature film ParaNorman. This includes a look at all aspects of the production, including how Laika used color 3D printers to create the facial animations. Stop-Motion Animation is the most intimately handcrafted flavor of filmmaking. Even after knowing how these movies get made, you probably have no idea of just how much time it takes to create the puppets, the costumes, the sets, never-mind animate each scene by hand. Be warned that some of the footage contains no sound. Enjoy!

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