James Franco On-Set Interview RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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It’s hard to believe but when James Franco was shooting his upcoming starring role in the summer blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes, he wasn’t James Franco as you think of him now. We had yet to see his Oscar-nominated performance in 127 Hours, he had yet to awkwardly host that same show and he wasn’t attached to virtually every single major film in pre-production. He was just a solid, well-known actor set to play Will Rodman, a scientist who mistakenly raises and creates the ape that will eventually destroy all humans. While on the set of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Franco was predictably busy, so he was only able to give us a few minutes of his time. Read what he had to say about the role, the legacy of the series and the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition DVDs after the jump.

Andy Serkis and Terry Notary On-Set Interview RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Hearing two men talk about seriously about acting as apes is a bit weird. It’s something kids do in their backyard but Andy Serkis and Terry Notary are not only getting paid to pretend they are apes, they’re doing it in a Planet of the Apes movie. Rise of the Planet of the Apes stars Serkis, best known for his work as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, as Caesar, an ape with hyper intelligence who becomes aware of the cruelties bestowed on his kind and decides to rise up against the offending humans eventually resulting in apes taking over the world. Notary is both the ape movement coach on set and also portrays several different main primate characters. The two sat down with us last August while on the set of Rise of the Planet of the Apes to talk about the performance capture, the film’s message and much much more.

Collider Visits The Set of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES; Plus Video Blog

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Today is not a good day at the GenSys Labs. The company has been performing tests on apes and today those apes are retaliating. Sparks shoot from every angle, lights flicker on and off, doors slam open and closed and a tray of oranges crashes, spilling everywhere. This would make sense if there were actually apes running around, but all of it is happening as if manipulated by ghosts. We’re on the Vancouver set of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox’s summer blockbuster set for release August 5. The film, directed by Rupert Wyatt, stars James Franco, John Lithgow, Frieda Pinto, Bryan Cox, Tom Felton and Andy Serkis as Caesar, a hyper-intelligent ape who just might be the 21st century reason why Charlton Heston finds the Statue of Liberty on the beach in the 1968 classic Planet of the Apes.

We visited the Vancouver set of Rise of the Planet of the Apes in August 2010 for days 33 and 34 of a scheduled 58 day shoot and not only did we get to walk through many of the sets before, during and after they were shot, but went on location and talked to the filmmakers and stars of this compelling modern story with global implications fueled by both character and a brand new performance capture technology.  After the jump, you can take the trip along with us in an epic diary style write up of Collider’s trip to the set of Rise of the Planet of the Apes along with a video blog.


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When you see the same people at the same place everyday for a week, you become family. And the final day of Fantastic Fest 2010 was our family reunion. As the audience of film nuts all made our final trip to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, the discussion turned backwards on a fantastic week of films. It was difficult to admit that day eight was the end, but the programmers certainly outdid themselves, featuring films and events that were the perfect way to end a perfect week. Hit the jump to read about the awesome sci-fi flick Transfer, the epic Hong Kong blockbuster Woochi and the live Edgar Allen Poe performance Nevermore.


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On the seventh day, there was levity. And it was good. After a brutal sixth day at Fantastic Fest 2010, the penultimate seventy day finally held a few films to break up the constant barrage of disturbing images. Of course, those lighter films were sandwiched others featuring mass gay rape and immigrant torture, plus the so-called “lighter films” did contain self castration as well as a barrage of bullets. It’s still Fantastic Fest after all, it’ll never be puppy dogs and ice cream. Hit the jump to read about The Life and Death of a Porno Gang, Red, Fatso, Undocumented, and Karl Urban talks Dredd.

Fantastic Fest 2010: RED Movie Review

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Somewhere, there’s hours of footage of Bruce Wills, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren laughing their asses off. There has to be. The four award winning actors are having so much fun in their action comedy Red that there’s no way they kept a straight face after director Robert Schwentke called cut. Their obvious joy for the material comes across in every scene and that energy, combined with some cool action, makes Red a lot of fun to watch, even if the narrative is a bit thin. Hit the jump for more.


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Day 6 of Fantastic Fest 2010 beat me up and made me want my mommy. Kidnapped, Mutant Girls Squad and Cold Fish each elicited such an unpleasant emotional response that afterwards, the only answer was to run away from the Drafthouse and hang out with friends. That’s probably a valid response to what Fantastic Fest is all about, though, films that rock you to your core and portray brutality. Still, despite their graphic nature, two of the films were actually pretty incredible. The other? Not so much. Hit the jump to read about three movies that took me to Hell and back.

FANTASTIC FEST Diary Day 5: GOLDEN SLUMBER, STAKE LAND, Fantastic Feud, and the Awards

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Days tend to blend together at a film festival. Thursdays feel like Mondays, a Saturday can feel like a Wednesday and so on. So the fact that Day Five of Fantastic Fest 2010 fell on a Monday only mattered when battling school buses in traffic. It still meant getting up early to secure tickets, a late morning nap, and then movies, movies, movies. In reality, though, Monday only brought two films: Yoshihiro Nakamura’s Golden Slumber and Jim Mickle’s Stake Land, before it was time to award the best films of the fest and feud it up. Hit the jump for all the details.


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On Sundays, while some people go to church, the film crazies in Austin, Texas go to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. For us, there’s really no better way to spend a Sunday than the 4th day of Fantastic Fest 2010. Unfortunately, I only saw three movies on day four because I also had to make a pilgrimage to the football gods but one of them turned out to be my new favorite of the festival. Was it Eugenio Mira’s Agnosia, Jang Cheol-so’s Bedevilled or Mamoru Hosoda’s Summer Wars? Hit the jump to find out.

Collider’s FANTASTIC FEST Diary Day 3: SOUND OF NOISE, LEGEND OF THE FIST, DRONES and a Special Surprise

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Mama said there’d be days like this at a film festival. Days where you go to the movies multiple times but nothing really explodes off the screen. The three movies I caught on Saturday were all entertaining in their own way. Some even had audiences grooving to the sweet beats of the city or the sweet beatdowns of Shanghai. None of them, though, stood out from the crowd the way films on day one and day two did. But, in true Fantastic Fest 2010 fashion, day three had a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it cherry on top that made it all worth while. Hit the jump to see a video of that moment and also read about Johannes Stärne Nilsson and Ola Simonsson’s Sound of Noise, Wai-keung Lau’s Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen and Amber Benson and Adam Busch’s Drones.


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Friday at Fantastic Fest 2010 featured a movie about a tire that makes people’s heads explode. Then, two other movies almost made MY head explode: one out of sheer awesomeness and the other out of bored frustration. And that’s just part of how day two at the world’s largest genre film festival based in Austin, Texas went. Click here to read about day one, then hit the jump to find out which film did what out of Clement Sze-Kit Cheng & Chi-kin Kwok’s Gallants, Dante Lam’s Fire of Conscience, Quentin Dupleux’s Rubber and Mark Hartley’s Machete Maidens Unleashed.


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Day one of Fantastic Fest 2010 began with a hiccup in the ticketing system and ended with milk and cookies. The 6th annual genre film festival in Austin, Texas began on Thursday and took a first timer like myself through an out of body experience with Gaspar Noe’s Enter The Void, to a remake of a modern classic with Matt Reeves’ Let Me In and finally home with a severely demented family in Darren Lynn Bousman’s Mother’s Day. Hit the jump to read about Fantastic Fest day one.

ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY: The ‘Rich Mahogany’ Edition Blu-ray Review

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There are two kinds of people in this world: people who are fans of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and people who aren’t. Either you totally get someone’s “Milk was a bad choice” tattoo or you blankly stare at the 2004 film starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate. Those who are fans probably already own the DVD, have probably burned it out and only need to know one thing about the Blu-ray. Buy or not to buy? Well, the answer is buy. There’s plenty of new stuff to warrant a hilarious upgrade. Hit the jump for details.

Paul Thomas Anderson Interviews Philip Seymour Hoffman About JACK GOES BOATING

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Monday Night in Los Angeles, Paul Thomas Anderson moderated a Q&A with Philip Seymour Hoffman after a special screening of Hoffman’s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating. The film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, is about a lonely limo driver named Jack (Hoffman) and a relationship he forms with a funeral saleswoman named Connie, played by Amy Ryan. The film is a very subtle and effective character study about relationships, love, friendship and much more. Hit the jump to read what these frequent collaborates had to say about the film, which opens in limited release September 23.

STARDUST Blu-ray Review

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With the upcoming X-Men: First Class, Kick Ass and his memorable directorial debut Layer Cake, it’s no wonder people forget Matthew Vaughn’s sophomore directorial effort, Stardust. It’s just your average $70 million Hollywood adventure fairy tale starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Claire Danes. Oh, and it has Mark Strong, Ricky Gervais, Sienna Miller, Rupert Everett and Peter O’Toole in it too. Yeah, who would remember a movie like that? And did we mention that it’s based on an award-winning novel by none other than legendary writer Neil Gaiman?

Stardust is an entertaining and imaginative film that’s criminally underrated. Maybe this brand new Blu-ray will change that. Hit the jump for more.

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