War for the Planet of the Apes Clip

This week brings War for the Planet of the Apes to theaters, the third installment of the prequel trilogy that sets the stage for the 1968 classic starring Charlton Heston. The praise for this film has been off the charts, including my own review, where I called the film astounding and easily “one of the most significant blockbusters of the decade.”

For those who just can’t wait another day before the nationwide sneak preview screenings of War for the Planet of the Apes begin tomorrow evening, 20th Century Fox has a released a new clip from the movie. There’s a new character named Bad Ape in the movie (played perfectly by Steve Zahn), and in this clip, we see that he’s not exactly a fan of putting himself in harm’s way during a key moment in the film with Caesar’s ape ally Maurice (Karin Konoval).

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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why an otherwise very good movie like War For the Planet of the Apes suffers from being indebted to other movies.)

War For the Planet of the Apes is a stunning capper to one of the greatest blockbuster trilogies ever. The reviews have flowed in praising the sci-fi film’s emotional heft and mind-blowing use of technology — our own review on /Film gave it a rare 10 out of 10 — and I can agree that it’s an example of the best of its genre.

And like many sci-fi genre films these days, War For the Planet of the Apes relied heavily on homages and parallels to popular genres of the past, from Westerns to Biblical epics. It seems to be a signifier of any intellectual blockbuster nowadays — how nimbly can they transform an established movie genre and appeal to the audiences’ esteem of the genre to which they’re paying homage? War For the Planet of the Apes is not the first nor the last to do this, and it does it marvelously. But are sci-fi blockblusters limiting themselves by giving deference to other genres before them?

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War for the Planet of the Apes clip

The war between the apes and the humans can’t get here fast enough. If you’re also eagerly awaiting Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes, there are free early screenings next week (and there may even be tickets available still!). Most of us won’t see the movie until exactly one month from today, but the marketing ramp-up has revealed more footage – including a three-minute clip introducing Bad Ape (Steve Zahn).

Below, watch the War for the Planet of the Apes clip.

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That Thing You Do Reunion

Anyone who lived through the 1960s might remember a little band called The Wonders. Formerly known as The Oneders, the group from Erie, Pennsylvania skyrocketed to fame when their song “That Thing You Do!” became an instant hit. However, their fame was short-lived, and The Wonders became nothing more than a one-hit wonder.

If you don’t remember this band from decades ago, don’t worry, because they were a fictional band. So while you may not be losing your memory, this means that you didn’t see the movie That Thing You Do! from 1996. Directed by Tom Hanks, the film chronicles the formation, rise and fall of a 1960s rock band that quickly becomes a nation-wide sensation and fades away just as quickly. Now, 21 years later, The Wonders have reunited for a little performance of their hit song.

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Although the human characters change from installment to installment of the Planet of the Apes prequel series, the core ape group has remained somewhat consistent. There’s Caesar, of course (played by Andy Serkis), and his pals Maurice (Karin Konoval) and Rocket (Terry Notary). But War for the Planet of the Apes brings on one intriguing new addition, a lonely zoo chimpanzee named Bad Ape.

The day after I got to see some War for the Planet of the Apes footage introducing Bad Ape, I got the chance to talk to Bad Ape himself, Steve Zahn. He told me a little bit about his character, how he got involved with the film, the experience of doing motion capture for the very first time, and more.  Read More »

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By now, you’ve already seen the first trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, the next chapter in the prequel saga. But yesterday at a footage presentation in New York, we were treated to a little bit more than that. We got to check out a few lengthy clips from the film, albeit in unfinished form. One was the very first scene of the film, which establishes the ongoing conflict between humans and apes and introduces the human character played by Gabriel Chavarria. And the other introduces a new ape character, played by Steve Zahn. Click through for our detailed War for the Planet of the Apes footage recap.  Read More »

captain fantastic

Captain Fantastic didn’t make our best of Sundance list earlier this year, but both Peter and Ethan enjoyed the film. Overall, the reviews were slightly mixed, and now having seen the trailer, it’s easy to see why. Captain Fantastic, which stars Viggo Mortensen (The Road), looks like a potentially overly quirky family drama, the kind of film we see a little too often, but maybe that’s not the case. Plenty of critics suggested the film is far more than that, and the trailer isn’t without promise.

Watch the Captain Fantastic trailer below.

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Good Dinosaur images

With Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away, we don’t have much time before we get our second Pixar Animation film of the year, The Good Dinosaur. Everything we’ve seen from the prehistoric adventure looks like it packs another fantastic adventure with an unlikely friendship that will make tears come out of our faces.

Now we have a new The Good Dinosaur clip that doesn’t get the waterworks flowing, but does show off what an asset Sam Elliott‘s voice can be. The Big Lebowski and Prancer star plays the tyrannosaurus rex Butch, the patriarch of a family who has seem some scary things in his time, and he tells Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) around a campfire of just how he got that big scar on his face. Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes has enlisted two new human characters in recent months, to be played by Woody Harrelson and Gabriel Chavarria. So it seems only fair to bring another ape in as well. Steve Zahn has boarded the next installment of the sci-fi franchise as an ape, joining Andy Serkis as Caesar.

Get more details on the Planet of the Apes Steve Zahn casting after the jump.  Read More »

Good Dinosaur images

A new trailer for The Good Dinosaur just arrived this week, giving us an even better look at Pixar Animation‘s latest original tale, focusing on a lost dinosaur named Arlo and his feral young human friend he meets along the way. It teases exactly the kind of high quality storytelling and animation we’ve come to expect from Pixar.

And now you can marvel at just how gorgeous the animation truly is as some high resolution The Good Dinosaur images have surfaced online. Pixar has certainly come a long way since Toy Story hit the big screen 20 years ago. Read More »