Mowgli trailer

Andy Serkis is best known for his work in front of the camera in franchises like The Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes, but now Serkis is stepping behind the camera to direct his version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. This one’s called Mowgli, and it has a much more tactile feel to it than Jon Favreau’s largely CG Disney version from 2016. But will that be enough to convince audiences to see this film?
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Tintin 2

If you’re a fan of Steven Spielberg‘s animated adventure The Adventures of Tintin, and have longed for a sequel, here’s some good news. Spielberg says the long-awaited sequel is still happening, and that Peter Jackson will direct. Great snakes! More on Tintin 2 below.

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last jedi behind-the-scenes

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits Blu-ray and digital this month. In anticipation of that release, some new behind-the-scenes footage has arrived revealing Andy Serkis‘ Snoke performance before visual effects were applied. The curtain is peeled back to reveal the work Serkis does before computers turn him into a giant old man.

Also: the actor provides some insight into his character’s backstory.

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snoke return

Andy Serkis is happy to stoke the speculation of a Snoke return in Star Wars Episode 9.

The ominous figure at the top of the First Order, Snoke and his mysterious backstory was one of the most anticipated parts of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But Johnson’s radical Star Wars movie left many Snoke fans dissatisfied — and unfortunately, they will likely stay that way. Unless Serkis’ many interviews needling for Snoke’s return can garner the attention of J.J. Abrams.

Minor spoilers for The Last Jedi follow.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Visual Effects Featurettes

Most of the hype for the Oscars, as usual, surrounds the nominees for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, but the technical awards deserve some attention too. Case in point: Industrial Light and Magic has been showing off all the hard work they put into Star Wars: The Last Jedi with its impressive array of visual effects.

A few new Star Wars The Last Jedi VFX featurettes have surfaced online showing how Andy Serkis was turned into Supreme Leader Snoke, how the climactic Battle of Crait was created, and the immense amount of detail that went into one massive digital set extension. Read More »

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mowgli movie rating

For a movie that takes place in an untamed jungle filled with ravenous bears, snakes, and tigers, you would think The Jungle Book would have more bloodshed. But both the Disney animated version and its live-action remake are surprisingly bloodless, with the few scary moments punctuated by cheery songs.

Andy Serkis‘ Mowgli will be different. Serkis’ adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s book will hew more closely to reality, complete with a “dark Baloo,” and “bloody imagery.” That bloody imagery is how the film earned a PG-13 from the MPAA.

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Andy Serkis interview

A couple of weeks ago, I trekked over to Beverly Hills to attend the press junket for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and had the chance to sit down with actor Andy Serkis, who reprises his role as the villainous Ulysses Klaue in Ryan Coogler’s new movie. Klaue is funnier (and deadlier) this time around than he was in his brief appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I spoke with Serkis about the character’s motivations, being involved in some of the movie’s biggest action scenes, a fascinating tease about the future of his Star Wars character, and his interest in returning to Fox’s Planet of the Apes franchise.

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Black Panther clip

Another day, another exciting Black Panther clip. At this point, it’s almost like Marvel is teasing us. We get it: this movie looks amazing. Just release it now, we’re tired of waiting and need this movie in our lives. In this new Black Panther clip, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o engage in some banter while taking part in a car chase. Did I mention it looks great?

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Black Panther junket

Yesterday, I had the chance to attend Marvel Studios’ Black Panther junket in Beverly Hills. We’ve already featured one article from one of the interviews I conducted while I was there, and more are on the way, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some of the highlights from the press conference that featured all of the key cast members, producer Kevin Feige, and writer/director Ryan Coogler.

Traditionally, press conferences like these can feel pretty by-the-numbers. The questions from the assembled reporters tend to be boring things like “If you could play any other Marvel superhero, who would it be?” But this one was notable for the way Coogler and his cast spoke about the female perspective and impact on this film, and I thought what they said was worth sharing.
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Snoke Episode 9

Andy Serkis isn’t fully convinced we’ve seen the last of Supreme Leader Snoke in the Star Wars films.

I spoke with the actor yesterday about his work in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, in which he reprises his role as the villainous Ulysses Klaue, and I couldn’t resist asking him a quick question about the recent events in a galaxy far, far away – specifically, how he reacted when he first read about Snoke’s ultimate fate in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But his answer implied that perhaps that memorable scene wasn’t quite as final as it appeared.
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