With Labor Day behind us and school back in session, summer in the US is officially over, at least from a cultural perspective. So it’s time to tally the box-office receipts from what has been the biggest movie season over the past thirty years.
The good news? Revenue is up from last year. The bad news: revenue is up by less than one percent. More troubling: after taking into account that a good portion of the overall revenue came from inflated 3D prices, analysts reveal that attendance was actually down this year. about 543 million tickets were sold this summer, which is the lowest number since 1997’s famous summer of 540 million tickets. (OK, perhaps not so famous.) But wait, there’s more! 2011 is the fourth consecutive year f dwindling summer movie attendance. Read More »
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Now entering its third week of release, several things have contributed to making Rise of the Planet of the Apes one of the summer’s surprise hits. The general, overall positive buzz is one. An award-worthy, performance capture turn by Andy Serkis as Caesar is another. A smart, taut screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver has plenty to do with it too, as is an inspired sophomore directorial effort by Rupart Wyatt. Actors, writers and directors always gets the kudos though. Sometimes it’s the little people who are what truly makes a movie special. In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the sound is certainly one of those factors.
After the jump, watch the latest video from the SoundWorks Collection (who’ve previously tackled blockbusters like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Social Network and Tron: Legacy among others) and see what kind of work went into the sound design of the $130 million and counting hit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Read More »
As audiences walk out of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it’s impossible to not be thinking about where the story goes next. The script by married screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver ends on a pretty massive cliffhanger, and then does it again a few minutes into the credits. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I won’t get into specifics now but, it’s pretty obvious the story can continue and that’s exactly what the writers (along with director Rupert Wyatt) had in mind.
Jaffa and Silver spoke to Entertainment Weekly about this and though they were quick to say nothing is certain yet, they let it be known the film is specifically structured to – possibly – be the first in a brand new Apes trilogy. Read the quotes and some speculation after the break. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 by David Chen
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There’s a lot of minor news floating around today about possible sequels, so let’s run it all down. After the break, you’ll find:
- Comments from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt about a possible sequel to the Planet of the Apes prequel,
- The latest skinny on the 24 spin-off movie,
- Comments from J.J. Abrams about Star Trek 2,
- The latest Star Trek animated series talk,
- Confirmation that Ray Park will indeed return for G.I. Joe 2,
- and word on the shoot for Resident Evil: Retribution.
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Andy Serkis’ work in Rise of the Planet of the Apes locks his position amongst legendary ‘monster’ actors such as Lon Chaney, Sr, Lon Chaney, Jr. and Boris Karloff. That might not seem to be the greatest compliment at first; that roster of actors shouldn’t be marginalized so. I think all would bristle at being considered as performers we take seriously only when they work behind makeup and prosthetics or their digital equivalents.
The fact, however, is that Andy Serkis’ best work has been done in conjunction with groundbreaking washes of pixels. Beginning with his portrayal of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, continuing on through Peter Jackson’s King Kong and now culminating with Caesar, the ape at the center of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the partnership between the actor and effects house WETA has done far more than most to advance the idea of what the nature of screen acting really is.
Serkis and WETA lend Caesar a moving depth of personality that goes beyond the bounds we’re accustomed to seeing in non-human characters. And, as many of his interactions with the other simian characters are necessarily devoid of dialogue, the film displays a spirit that cuts closer to pure cinema than I expect from the seventh film in the 40-year old franchise. Read More »
Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens this Friday but it’s already begun screening and the buzz is big. Peter tweeted that “Rise of the Planet of the Apes vindicates this summer movie season.” George Roush of AMC echoed that by saying “Rise of The Planet of the Apes is hands down one of the best movies of the year.” Edward Douglas of Coming Soon says “Rise of the Apes was absolutely fantastic– one of the best franchise reboots since Batman Begins. Andy Serkis gives an inspired performance.” And Devin Faraci of Badass Digest added the following: “What’s great about APES: the apes. They work, completely and totally. They are the heart and life of the film.”
Which leads us to today’s video. It’s of how WETA used innovative motion capture technology to create the apes in the film. Check it out after the jump and read more Apes praise. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
20th Century Fox has been working hard to promote Rise of the Planet of the Apes, releasing trailers, clips, and even a series of viral videos. With just a couple weeks to go until the film’s opening, the studio has released another new clip, this time introduced by star Andy Serkis. The scene shows off main ape Caesar (Serkis) and his relationship to his caretaker Charles Rodman (John Lithgow) before all that “taking over the world” stuff happens. Watch the scene, which clocks in at just over three minutes, after the jump.
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Don’t sleep on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Touted as “the summer’s last blockbuster,” the August 5th release has slowly crept up on us, bobbing and weaving between the big boys like Optimus Prime, Harry Potter and Captain America, with marketing that is a lot more subtle and frightening than what those other movies offer. Each trailer shows off more of WETA’s impressive motion capture work and as well as the down to earth, relatable story that sees Will (James Franco) trying to cure his father (John Lithgow) and mistakenly creating a serum that makes apes intelligent and will eventually cause the end of the world.
As part of the Apes marketing, 20th Century Fox has released several short, viral clips, posing as actual footage, of apes doing incredible things. If the words “20th Century Fox” weren’t splashed all over these clips, people might get legitimately scared. Read More »