First Trailer for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Gary Oldman

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for director Matt Reeves’ (Let Me In) sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  The story takes place 15 years after the first film and finds Caesar (Andy Serkis) attempting to assert his dominance over the apes while a small human colony struggles to survive in San Francisco.  The trailer doesn’t really go into all of that, but instead establishes a much darker tone than Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and rightly so.  This is a post-apocalypse, and the teaser gives a good sense of what Reeves is going for.  If you’re looking for a lot of Caesar, you won’t find it because there’s still plenty of effects work left to do.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jason ClarkeKeri RussellGary OldmanKodi Smit-McPheeKirk AcevedoToby KebbellEnrique Murciano, and Judy Greer.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 3D on July 18, 2014.

Production Begins on Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Starring Adam Sandler and Rosemarie Dewitt; Full Cast Revealed

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Though writer/director Jason Reitman’s latest feature Labor Day doesn’t open in theaters until later this month, production is already underway on his follow-up film Men, Women & Children.  Based on the novel of the same name by Chad Kultgen, the film “follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.”  Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary), and the ensemble cast includes Adam Sandler, Rosemarie Dewitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Ansel Elgort, and Emma Thompson.

Filming is currently underway in Austin, Texas, with Paramount onboard to distribute.  No word on when the film might hit theaters, but one imagines Reitman could make the fall festival circuit with the finished pic next year.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the cast list and extended synopsis.

Casting Call: Weaver Joins CHAPPIE; Greer in Talks for MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN; McGregor and Saldana Might KILL THE TRUMPET PLAYER

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We’ve got a few brief casting stories for you this afternoon.  First up, Sigourney Weaver has joined the cast of Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi comedy, Chappie.  The film tells the story of a robot (voiced by Sharlto Copley) imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.  The movie stars Hugh Jackman and Dev PatelVariety has no details on Weaver’s character, but she’s a welcome addition to any cast.  Weaver is currently busy re-teaming with Ridley Scott for the biblical epic, Exodus.

Hit the jump for Judy Greer being in talks to join Jason Reitman‘s next film, Men, Women & Childen; and Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana looking to Kill the Trumpet Player in Don Cheadle‘s Miles Davis movie.

TOP 5: CARRIE, First Trailer for THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, STAR WARS Editorial, THE FIFTH ESTATE

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With director James Wan‘s The Conjuring hitting Blu-ray/DVD this coming Tuesday, I can’t encourage those who missed the film in theaters to give it a watch from the comfort of their own homes enough. As I’ve said before, I think it’s fantastic (one of my favorites so far this year, in fact) and I can’t wait to see how it holds up on multiple viewings outside of the theater. While the wife and I take great pride in our movie collection, there aren’t many new releases that I consider “must haves” on day one. The Conjuring is the exception to that rule and an instant classic that any horror fan can be proud to own.

My ringing endorsement aside, this week’s installment of the Top 5 includes Carrie interviews with Chloe Grace Moretz and more, the first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Kill Your Darlings interviews with the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, a Star Wars editorial that argues against four rules being the key to making the franchise great again, and The Fifth Estate interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and more. Like all the times before, a brief recap and link to each of the above resides after the jump.

Judy Greer Talks CARRIE, What Changed During Production, Her Emotional Reaction to Reading the TOMORROWLAND Script, and More

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If you’re looking for a horror fix this October, then MGM and Screen Gems has you covered with Kimberly Peirce’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novelCarrie.  For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers that she has telekinetic powers and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore).  For more on the film, watch the first clip, check out a bunch of new images with a cool viral video, and read Adam’s 25 things to know from his set visit and his interviews with MoretzPeirce, and Judy Greer.

A few days ago, I got to speak with Judy Greer in Los Angeles.  She talked about what  her friends and family thought when she told them she’d be remaking Carrie, the challenge of making a movie where the lead actress is under eighteen, whether anything change during production, deleted scenes, and more.  In addition, Greer told a great story about reading the script for Tomorrowland for the first time and her emotional reaction.  Hit the jump to watch.

CARRIE Review

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Director Kimberley Peirce wants her remake of Carrie to mean something, but she can’t seem to figure out what.  Brian De Palma‘s original adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel is a classic, but Peirce’s attempt to distinguish her new movie is as scattershot as it gets.  While she does manage to slightly tap into the tragic element of the story, all of the characters and themes are far too underdeveloped to have any meaning.  We may know where the Carrie White (played by a miscast Chloe Grace Moretz) is going, but the director is too busy speeding through to truly take stock of the darkness that surrounds the troubled protagonist.

14 New High-Resolution Images and “Viral Video” for CARRIE Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, and Judy Greer

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Screen Gems has released a batch of new high-resolution images from director Kimberly Peirce’s upcoming new adaptation of Carrie.  For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers, and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore).  These images give a nice overview of Peirce’s take on the material, including a tease of the famous “blood dump” scene.

Hit the jump to see the high-resolution images, and if you missed any of my set visit coverage be sure to check out 25 things to know and my interviews with MoretzPeirce, and Judy Greer.  The film also stars Ansel ElgortPortia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde, and Alex Russell.  Carrie opens in theaters on October 18th. [Update: Screen Gems has also released a "viral video" in which they staged a telekinetic breakdown at a NYC coffee shop and filmed the reactions of the unsuspecting bystanders.]

New TV Spot for CARRIE Reveals R-Rating

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From an outsider’s perspective, Carrie was on the bubble as far as an MPAA rating was concerned.  The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a tormented young girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers and a desire for retribution.  From what we’ve seen so far, it looked like the rating could go either way.  However, a new TV spot has confirmed that October’s only wide-release horror film will be Rated-R.  That could mean slightly lower box office, but as we saw this summer with The Conjuring, a modestly-budgeted R-rated horror film can make a huge splash if the timing is right and the buzz is positive.  I haven’t heard anything regarding the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel, but I hope director Kimberly Peirce has found a way to have her remake stand apart from Brian De Palma‘s classic original.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot.  Carrie also stars Julianne Moore and Judy Greer.  Carrie opens October 18th.

New Featurette and Images for CARRIE Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore

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Sony Pictures has released a new featurette and three new images for Kimberley Peirce‘s new adaptation of Carrie.  For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers, and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore).  The featurette highlights the psychological horror at the center of the movie, and that by going through the story most people know (Brian De Palma‘s 1976 adaptation is a classic), it can provide a more tragic and disturbing undertone.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette and the images.  Carrie opens October 18th.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR Interviews with Lucas Neff, Judy Greer, and Co-Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream at D23

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Let’s be honest: Pixar has lost a bit of its luster.  While I still love the company and will see everything they release, they’ve moved from being a studio that releases home-run after home-run to a company that has to answer to Disney shareholders and sell merchandizing.  And I’m fine with that.  The fact is, I’m cool with Pixar making sequels because it then allows them to make films that take chances like RatatouilleWALLEUp, and next summer’s The Good Dinosaur.

For those unfamiliar, The Good Dinosaur takes place on an Earth where the asteroid never killed the dinosaurs and the creatures now live happily alongside humans.  The lead character, a dinosaur named Arlo, will be voiced by Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), while Bill HaderNeil Patrick Harris, and Judy Greer voice his siblings.  At D23, I was able to talk with Neff, Greer, and co-director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream on the red carpet.  Hit the jump what they had to say.

Pixar Announces Voice Casts and Reveals Concept Art for THE GOOD DINOSAUR and INSIDE OUT; Voice Actors Include Bill Hader & Amy Poehler [UPDATED]

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Pixar has announced the voice casts for two of its upcoming films during the D23 convention today.  Director Bob Peterson’s The Good Dinosaur, which opens next summer, takes place on an Earth where the asteroid never killed the dinosaurs and the creatures now live happily alongside humans.  The lead character, a dinosaur named Arlo, will be voiced by Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), while Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, and Judy Greer voice his siblings.  The dinosaur mother and father will be voiced by John Lithgow and Frances McDormandThe Good Dinosaur opens in theaters on May 30, 2014.

Pixar’s next film, Up director Peter Docter’s Inside Out, takes place within an 11-year-old girl’s mind as she is forced to move to San Francisco.  The fantastic voice cast—playing the girl’s emotions—includes Amy Poehler as the lead character, Joy, Bill Hader (there’s no such thing as too much Bill Hader) as Fear, Lewis Black as Anger, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, and The Office’s Phyllis Smith as Sadness.  Inside Out opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.  Look for Dave’s full recaps of the D23 Pixar panels later today. [Update: We've added new concept art images and the official synopsis for both films after the jump.]

FAST & FURIOUS 7 Gets Fighter Ronda Rousey; Judy Greer Eyed for TOMORROWLAND; Penn Badgley Lands CYMBELINE & Mimi Rogers Takes to THE SURFACE

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Here’s today’s casting announcements:

Hit the jump for more on each film.

Judy Greer Talks Paying Homage to the Original, Being Heartbroken by Chloe Moretz’s Performance, and More on the Set of CARRIE

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When you think of a modern day take on Stephen King’s classic horror novel Carrie, the actress Judy Greer doesn’t immediately come to mind.  The actress is best known for her scene-stealing comedic work on Arrested Development and Archer and in films like 13 Going on 30 and Elizabethtown, but she’s also stretched her dramatic chops to great effect, most recently in 2011’s The Descendants.  For director Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie, Greer plays the role of the sympathetic gym teacher Miss Desjardin, a character who goes out of her way to try and aid the shy and bullied Carrie, played by Chloe Grace Moretz.  Of course, things don’t exactly go smoothly.

Last summer I visited the set Toronto set of Carrie along with a handful of other journalists, and Greer sat down with us to discuss her work on the project.  The actress talked about her unlikely casting, how she altered her performance after seeing Moretz’s portrayal of Carrie, how the new film differs in tone and focus from De Palma’s adaptation, what Peirce brings to the pic as a female director, arguing to change her character’s fate, and more.  Hit the jump to read on.

First Full Trailer for CARRIE Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore

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Screen Gems has released the first full trailer for director Kimberly Peirce’s (Boys Don’t Cry) upcoming remake Carrie.  Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, the film revolves around a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers and who is abused at home by her ultra-religious mother (Julianne Moore) and tormented at school by her peers.  This full trailer gives us a much better idea of what Peirce’s vision for the story looks like (it’s almost too revealing), and it’s clear that this Carrie is going to be quite intense.  There’s a bit of a superhero bent to the scenes in which Carrie is discovering her powers, and Peirce doesn’t look to be holding back when it comes to the more violent aspects of the story.  The highlight, though, is the scenes between Moretz and Moore, which promise to be sufficiently disturbing.  Matching the quality of Brian De Palma‘s masterful 1976 adaptation is a tall order, but hopefully Peirce brings an intriguing angle to her iteration of the King classic.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell, and Gabriella WildeCarrie opens on October 18th.

Judy Greer Set as Female Ape Lead in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Director Matt Reeves (Let Me In) has added yet another cast member to his sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but this time it’s on the side of the apes.  Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Keri Russell are already set as the human leads in the follow-up, which takes place 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but now Judy Greer (The Descendants) has been tapped to play the female ape lead opposite Andy Serkis’ Caesar.  Greer’s character, Cornelia, was briefly introduced in the first film as a potential love interest for Caesar, but it’s been expanded for the follow-up where Greer will handle the performance capture duties.  Hit the jump for more.

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