Hollywood vs. New York: Four Decades of Destruction

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Goodie Bag has created a fantastic video called “Hollywood vs. New York”, featuring four decades of celluloid New York annihilation distilled into one musical montage. Watch the destruction now after the jump.
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What if the popular time travelers of cinema and television history existed on the same timeline? David McCandless created this crazy visualization as part of his upcoming book The Visual Miscellaneum ($18 preorder on Amazon). The chart tracks all the action between 800 AD and 4000 AD, and the tracking is color-coded by method of time travel: Alien Technology, Force of Nature, Time Machine, Deep Freeze, or Unknown. McCandless also imagines what possible paradoxes might occur when multiple time travelers converge on the same date. Check out the full chart after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: Futuristic Movie Timeline


Dan Meth has created a movie timeline for futuristic movies, proving that the future presented in sci-fi classics are rooted in alternatie parrellel universes. Check out the full timeline after the jump.

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Peter, Devindra, and Adam weigh in on the Planet of the Apes prequel, discuss their lack of enthusiasm for Milk, and praise the latent talent of Keanu Reeves. Chris and Jimmy from the enormously popular Scene Unseen podcast join us to deliver their movie review stylings for Australia.

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Scott Frank’s Planet of the Apes Prequel

So what’s going on with the proposed Planet of the Apes sequel/prequel? 20th Century Fox has hired writer/director Scott Frank (The Lookout) to develop a new film based on the Planet of the Apes film property. At first it was rumored that the film would be a remake of Conquest of the Apes or a new film called Genesis: Apes, but according to Chud that is not the case.

The project is going under the working title “Caesar”. Fox’s Tom Rothman says that it is “a kind of prequel story before the first story, with a return to the social thematics that mark the first one, but with an entirely contemporary setting – Earth 2009.” The film won’t have talking monkeys and will not end with chimps taking over Earth. Instead the film will be a hard science fiction film about humans that use science to create hyper-intelligent chimpanzees.

I’m still not convinced that we need another Planet of the Apes reboot at this point. The general public is going to need more time to forget Tim Burton’s remake. And the original films still work.And lets face it, what’s the last good film project developed at Fox? But if you are going to reboot the Apes franchise at this point, Frank’s Caesar sounds like the best possible concept.

Another Planet of the Apes Reboot?

According to CHUD, Fox is considering (read: probably won’t happen) relaunching the Planet of the Apes series again with a remake of the prequel Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. Referred to internally as Genesis: Apes, the script written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver is set in modern times and tells the story of Caesar, the first talking intelligent ape who leads a campaign to unite the species and overthrow human society.

I agree that Tim Burton’s remake of the original film was a disaster, but I’m not sure going with a relaunch/prequel is a good idea either. I would rather them hire a visionary with a good sense of story to completely rewrite a film based solely on only the few core elements. I’d like to see it set only a few years in the future, just weeks after the Apes take control of our planet. I’m not really interested in seeing the uprising as much as the immediate aftermath, where the Apes and the humans are still trying to figure out this new world.

Discuss: Should Fox try rebooting Planet of the Apes? And if so, what approach should they take?

Cool Stuff: Hope For A Better Tomorrow T-Shirt

Cloxboy’s Hope For a Better tomorrow t-shirt is available on Dutch Southern. The shirt features three retro future heros, Mel Gibson from The Road Warrior, Charlton Heston from Planet of the Apes, and Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken from Escape From New York. Thanks to the mac addict from the Alamo Drafthouse, whose name I can’t remember, for the tip.

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20th Century Fox is releasing a 40th anniversary Planet of the Apes set on Blu-ray. The set titled, Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution will be available on November 4th 2008 for a suggested retail price of $158.98. The massive box set will include all five Planet Of The Apes films: The 1968 original Planet Of The Apes, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, Escape From The Planet Of The Apes, Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (unrated version, previously unreleased in the U.S.), and Battle For The Planet Of The Apes. Each film will be presented in 2:35:1 widescreen with a newly mastered DTS audio. New features include an Evolution of the Apes HD Featurette, new behind the scenes HD featurettes for each sequel and much more. But I think the highlight of the collection is the beautiful box set which houses a 200-page coffee table book with artwork and liner notes. Check out the photos from HDR.

Bonus features include:

  • NEW Science of the Apes BONUSVIEW – Scientists, anthropologists and sociologists discuss the facts and fiction of the first film
  • NEW “Beyond the Forbidden Zone” Adventure Game
  • NEW “A Public Service Announcement From ANSA” in HD – A mission report from the agency regarding their brave astronauts
  • NEW “Evolution of the Apes”- HD featurette tracing the apes story from the original novel to the screen
  • NEW “Impact of the Apes” – HD featurette on how to market a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. The story behind the marketing and merchandising of one of the first ever film franchises and the series’ lasting influence on pop culture through the years
  • NEW HD Making-of Featurette for Each Sequel:
    • Beneath the Planet of the Apes – “From Alpha to Omega: Building a Sequel”
    • Escape from the Planet of the Apes – “ The Secret Behind Escape”
    • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes – “ Riots and Revolutions: Confronting the Times”
    • Battle for the Planet of the Apes – “ End of an Epic: The Final Battle”
  • NEW Each Apes sequel will have an isolated score track in 5.1 DTS Master Audio
  • Commentary by Composer Jerry Goldsmith
  • Commentary by Actors Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy, Kim Hunter and Makeup Artist John Chambers
  • Text Commentary by Eric Greene and Author of “Planet of the Apes as American Myth”
  • Behind the Planet of the Apes Documentary – Includes all new interactivity and timeline
  • Behind the Planet of the Apes Promo (1988)
  • Planet of the Apes Makeup Test with Edward G. Robinson (1966)
  • Roddy McDowall On-set Footage
  • Planet of the Apes Dailies and Outtakes (No Audio)
  • Planet of the Apes NATO Presentation (1967)
  • Planet of the Apes Vintage Featurette (1968)
  • A Look Behind the Planet of the Apes (1972)
  • Don Taylor Directs Escape from the Planet of the Apes
  • J. Lee Thompson Directs Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Original Sketches by Costume Designer Morton Haack
  • Photo Gallery
  • Planet of the Apes Timeline
  • Interactive Pressbooks
  • Vintage Apes Newspaper Galleries
  • Advertising and Lobby Card Galleries
  • Behind-the-Scenes Galleries

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