Ethan Anderton Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

The first weekend of theatrical releases in 2017 arrives in just a couple days, but since it’s January, we’re still getting rollover from awards season mixed with garbage that doesn’t deserve a release date at any other time. So we’re already looking forward to some of the more exciting movie releases coming this year, and the movies that I’m looking forward to the most range from blockbuster sequels to movies from filmmakers who haven’t delivered a new film in a few years.

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war for the planet of the apes

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 »

Girl in War for the Planet of the Apes

There haven’t been too many overt nods to the original Planet of the Apes franchise in the new films. Caesar himself and the brief mention of the Icarus disappearing in Rise of the Planet of the Apes are the most obvious connections to the past, but Matt Reeves‘ upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes features one of the most prominent ties yet to the original series.

Below, find out which character is appearing in the sequel after the jump.

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war for the planet of the apes

Last week brought us our first trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, which sees Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes two years into a bitter war against the humans, led by the Colonel (Woody Harrelson). But I’ve been lucky enough to see a whole lot more than that, thanks to some incomplete footage screened at New York Comic-Con and at the Fox footage presentation last week. While at Comic-Con, I had the chance to sit down with director Matt Reeves and producer Dylan Clark to talk shooting in 65mm, working with Andy Serkis, the Western influence on the movie, the unexpected humor of it, and where the franchise might be headed next.

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Earlier this morning, 20th Century Fox released the first trailer for Matt ReevesWar for the Planet of the Apes. Let’s take a look at the trailer frame by frame and hopefully add some insight from our visit to the set. Hit the jump for the War for the Planet of the Apes trailer breakdown.

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war for the planet of the apes

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 »

war for the planet of the apes

While on the set of War for the Planet of the Apes, we chatted with Andy Serkis and Terry Notary, who play the performance capture Ape lead characters Caesar and Rocket. We learn about the set-up of this third Apes film, how the Apes have evolved through the series leading to this new confrontation, the struggle to get the Academy to recognize motion capture performances, the introduction of Steve Zahn as a Chimpanzee, the difference in the approach of acting for live-action vs. performance capture, and much more. Hit the jump to read our Terry Notary and Andy Serkis War For The Planet of the Apes interview.

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war for the planet of the apes

While on the set of War for the Planet of the Apes, we had an extensive sit-down interview with Planet of the Apes series producer Dylan Clark. Clark is the mastermind behind the last three Ape films and has a lot of information and insight to share about the franchise and the upcoming film. Hit the jump to read our Dylan Clark War for the Planet of the Apes interview.

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On January 13th, 2016, I traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia Canada to visit the set of Matt ReevesWar for the Planet of the Apes. After the jump you’ll be able to read a round-up of everything I learned while on the War for the Planet of the Apes set visit. Elsewhere on this site you can read interviews with some of the producers and stars of the film.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer

It’s all been leading up to this. Rise of the Planet of the Apes showed us the unusual origins of Caesar (Andy Serkis), while Dawn of the Planet of the Apes chronicled his rise as a leader — and his struggle to keep the peace. Now the conflict between man and ape comes to a head in War for the Planet of the Apes, as Caesar faces off against an army of humans led by the Colonel (Woody Harrelson).

Meanwhile, Caesar is fighting another, more internal battle against his own darker instincts. And, well, it’s no spoiler to say this is probably going to turn out very, very badly for us humans. Watch the first War for the Planet of the Apes trailer below.  Read More »