digital actors

As technology advances and digitally de-aged actors begin to look less shiny and more human in big blockbuster movies, it’s becoming an exciting or a disheartening time for cinema, depending on who you ask. Are fully CG characters, like the digital recreations of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a touching homage to their legacies or cinematic sacrilege? Or is this just the future that Hollywood is heading toward?

Those are questions that are too tough to answer right away, but one that pioneering motion-capture performer Andy Serkis is attempting to draw more attention to. And, despite the technological innovations he himself has made as a digital actor, Serkis does think that the topic raises more “serious issues” than we may realize.

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Michelle Williams in Venom

Hot on the heels of news that Andy Serkis will be stepping behind the camera for the sequel to the surprise comic book movie hit Venom, we have word on at least one returning cast member joining Tom Hardy for another round of symbiote action.

Michelle Williams, who was a perplexing but welcome addition to the first Venom movie, has confirmed that she will be back for the sequel. Does that mean Venom 2 will end up having She-Venom come back for some more smooching with Eddie Brock? We can only hope that’s the case, if only to give the internet more weird things to think about for a little while. Read More »

Venom Honest Trailer

Last week, the director search for Venom 2 was narrowed down to three. Andy Serkis was prematurely announced by star Tom Hardy on Instagram. Now it’s official: Andy Serkis will direct the Venom sequel. Serkis was on a Television Critics Association panel for FX’s miniseries A Christmas Carol, so reporters were able to ask Serkis about directing Venom 2.

Since Serkis just signed on to direct this week, it’s not surprising that his answers at this point are a tad vague. He did answer several questions before moving on to A Christmas Carol, so let’s dive into his visual plans, his history with Tom Hardy, and his approach to directing, as well as Serkis’ thoughts on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings streaming series.

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venom 2 director

Update: It’s official – Andy Serkis will direct Venom 2 for Sony, via The Hollywood Reporter. Beyond the news that he’s locked down the gig, no other details are available at this time.

Sony Pictures is on the hunt for a Venom 2 director, and the studio recently met with three high-profile contenders for the job.

Rupert Wyatt, who directed the surprisingly great Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is in talks, and he’s competing with Bumblebee helmer Travis Knight as well as Andy Serkis, the actor who portrayed the villainous Ulysses Klaue in Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here’s what we know.

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venom 2 director update

There have been rumors swirling that Andy Serkis was on the verge of landing the Venom 2 director gig, and we might have just gotten confirmation. Quickly deleted confirmation, that is. Venom himself, Tom Hardy, posted a pic of Serkis on his Instagram last night – and then immediately took it down. Was this Hardy accidentally letting the symbiote out of the bag too soon? Or is he just a really big fan of Andy Serkis pictures?

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Mouse Guard Movie Cast

Andy Serkis is best known for his incredible contributions to cinema by way of impressive motion capture performances in films like War for the Planet of the Apes and Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Now he’ll be strapping on a leotard with balls all over it yet again for 20th Century Fox’s forthcoming adaptation of the New York Times bestselling comic book series Mouse Guard.
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Mowgli Motion Capture

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out why Disney has consistently killed plans for a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Plus, Andy Serkis breaks down a motion capture performance from his Netflix movie Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, and one frequent Disneyland attendee celebrates his 10,750th ride on the Cars attraction Radiator Springs Racers. Read More »

Creating the Millennium Falcon

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, dive into the making of the Millennium Falcon by Industrial Light and Magic for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Plus, learn about hidden digital visual effects you never noticed in movies like Gone Girl and Brokeback Mountain, and watch as Andy Serkis breaks down his most memorable characters from his career so far. Read More »

mowgli trailer

When Disney’s live-action Jungle Book came out, it had already been announced that Andy Serkis was directing another adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic. The film, which is now called Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, was going to be a darker take on Kipling, using the performance capture technology Serkis pioneered with Gollum, King Kong and the Planet of the Apes films. After theatrical standees and trailers were in theaters, Netflix decided to buy Mowgli from Warner Brothers.

Rohan Chand plays Mowgli, the boy raised by animals in the jungle. The cast of animal characters includes Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Serkis himself, and more. Legend of the Jungle puts more emphasis on Mowgli being torn between the worlds of animal and man, at one point even contemplating leaving the jungle behind.

Serkis spoke with /Film in Los Angeles last week after returning from Mumbai for the premiere of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. Mowgli is now in select theaters and premieres on Netflix on Friday, December 7.

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mowgli trailer

Andy Serkis has been working on his adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for several years, and was unable to head-off Disney’s own big budget, live-action remake of their animated film. Now, Serkis’ take on the material – titled Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle – is headed to a limited theatrical run before arriving on Netflix. Serkis has assembled an impressive line-up of voice talent to bring his animal characters to life, including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and more. But will audiences take to this adaptation the way they did Disney’s? Watch the Mowgli trailer below and decide for yourself.

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