If you’ve seen either version of Planet of the Apes, the overall outcome of Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise of the Planet of the Apes shouldn’t have come as a huge shock — the end result is spelled out right there in the title, after all. But there was one key element of the ending that nearly turned out very differently, until a very late reshoot shifted the fate of one of its major characters. And given that the film ultimately wound up grossing $409 million worldwide, essentially guaranteeing a sequel or two, it was probably a pretty wise move on the part of the filmmakers. Read more about the alternate ending after the jump. (Spoilers for Rise of the Planet of the Apes follow, obviously.)

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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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We can thank the MTV Movie Awards for the bounty of new videos today — in addition to that new Breaking Dawn trailer, which I’m sure you all loved, we also have brand-new clips from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Help. See them all after the jump.

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It looks like 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes prequel/reboot is getting retitled, yet again. When the project was first announced the script was titled Ceasar, a reference to the character in the fourth Apes movie, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, who perpetrates the Ape revolt. The project was later named Caesar: Rise of the Apes, and then more simply, Rise of the Apes, in the early marketing/publicity materials. But apparently Fox wanted to keep the title more in line with the previous installments to the francise.

The new title of the movie is Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Expect to see the title on the first movie trailer, which is expected to hit theaters on April 15th 2011. CBM was the first to report the new title, which I have confirmed with Fox. I actually saw fans in early comments and talkbacks for the film complaining that the title didn’t match the rest of the titles in the franchise. Now it will. Its a bit too wordy for my tastes, but it accomplishes the marketing tasks at hand. Your thoughts?

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Cinema Con, formerly known as ShoWest, is currently going down in Las Vegas and in addition to screening a ton of footage from upcoming movies, many studios are premiering photos and posters from their upcoming films. 20th Century Fox, for example, created a calendar for the event and it provides our first look at several of their upcoming movies including Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, Alexander Payne’s The Descandants, Andrew Niccol’s Now, David Gordon Green’s The Sitter, David Frankel’s The Big Year and more. Plus, though we’ve already seen one image from Rise of the Apes, we now have our first official look at one of the title characters. Check all these images out below. Read More »

20th Century Fox continues to play release date roulette with its Planet of the Apes prequel, Caesar: Rise of the Apes. Originally scheduled for a June release, Fox first moved the film out of that busy month to Thanksgiving. But as other movies began to stack up against it there too, the studio has now decided to move the prequel back into the summer. Rise of the Apes, starring James Franco and directed by Rupert Wyatt, will now be released on August 5 where it will go up against The Smurfs, The Darkest Hour and The Change-Up. Fox previously had a film scheduled for that date, David Gordon Green‘s comedy The Sitter, with Jonah Hill and Sam Rockwell, but that’s now bumped till December 9. Read more about the this change after the break. Read More »

First Look: James Franco in ‘Rise of the Apes’

With all that’s going on in the wonderful world of James Franco – including hosting the Oscars and editing 12 hour movies – it’s easy to forget that the guy has a few huge movies on the horizon. Paramount among those, even if it’s being released by Fox, is Rise of the Apes, the modern-day prequel to Planet of the Apes which stars Franco as a scientist who single-handedly plants the seed for the end of the world when he helps to create Caesar, the world’s first intelligent ape, played in full motion-capture by Andy Serkis.

The film, directed by relative newcomer Rupert Wyatt, was originally scheduled to be released in the crowded month of June but has now been pushed back to the slightly less-crowded Thanksgiving weekend. Though we’d seen some unauthorized images from production, today we get our first official glimpse from the film. Check out the full photo after the break. Read More »

With nary a photo, poster or trailer in sight for Rupert Wyatt‘s Planet of the Apes prequel, Caesar: Rise of the Apes, word has come down that 20th Century Fox has moved the release date out of the super-crowded summer back to November 23.

So you’ll have to wait to Thanksgiving to watch the beginning of the end of the world with Andy Serkis as a CGI ape and humans James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox and Tom Felton.

Fox has shifted a lot of their other release dates too. Hit the jump for those changes. Read More »

Audiences love the summer because it’s the home of the blockbuster but, in terms of memorable films, the summer of 2010 was a major disappointment. Outside of Toy Story 3 and Inception, the rest of the top 10 films at the box office were a mixed bag of mediocre sequels and remakes. Thankfully, next summer will more than make up for it, at least in terms of blockbuster potential.

The summer of 2011 is absolutely loaded with massive, big budget films including huge sequels Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and The Hangover 2, new superhero films like Green Lantern, Thor and Captain America: The Last Avenger, kids fare such as Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom and Smurfs 3D and don’t forget Super 8, Rise of the Apes, X-Men: First Class and more.

Jon Favreau, director of one of the summer’s wildcards, Cowboys and Aliens, is potentially nervous about the box office back up and feels like many films are going to suffer surprising casualties. Hit the jump for more. Read More »

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Just Jared (via: BleedingCool) has the first set photo of James Franco, Freida Pinto, and Andy Serkis in The Escapist helmer Rupert Wyatt‘s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. The photo is interesting because you can see Serkis in his performance capture suit, complete with head camera (which captures facial movements).

As you probably recall, the Apes in the movie are being created using CGI by the wonderful tram at WETA Digital, rather than the costumed actors we’ve seen in past installments of the franchise. WETA will employ “certain of the groundbreaking technologies developed for AVATAR” and “will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors.”

Check out the full image after the jump.

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