Exclusive DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Poster by Artist Janee Meadows

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With director Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opening July 11th, 20th Century Fox is letting us premiere a very cool new poster by artist Janee Meadows.  Filled with the characters and scenes from the film, the poster is very Mondo-esque and it’s the type of artwork I’d hang on my wall.

Also, like I said the other day in my Dawn mini-review, I’m beyond impressed by what Reeves managed to accomplish in a huge budget studio film.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes isn’t some empty spectacle designed to sell toys and popcorn; it’s a film about family and the choices you make when there is no easy decision.  It’s loaded with the kinds of things you almost never see in a summer movie.  Dawn is also the rare film that tells a complete story but also opens the door for another sequel.  As I said, Reeves has hit a massive home-run with this film and I truly hope audiences and critics embrace this special movie.  Hit the jump to check out our exclusive Dawn of the Planet of the Apes poster.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy SerkisJason ClarkeKeri RussellGary OldmanKodi Smit-McPhee, Toby KebbelKirk AcevedoEnrique Murciano, and Judy Greer.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Clip: Disturbing Ape Behavior Hints at a Much Darker Film

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It was always clear that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes would be darker than Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  Post-apocalyptic movies tend to be a bit of a downer.  However, a new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clip shows something that’s not just dark, but also flat-out disturbing.  The clip features the ape Koba (Toby Kebbell), who you may recall wasn’t quite as forgiving as Caesar when it came to humans in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (the character was first played by Chris Gordon, but Kebbell came on board for the sequel since Koba has a larger role).  As this clip shows, Koba’s attitude hasn’t changed, but he’s become far more devious.  I almost wish Fox had kept this clip under wraps, but since they already showed some of it in the recent trailer, I suppose there’s no reason to keep it in the bag.

Hit the jump to check out the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clip.  The film opens in 3D on July 11th, and also stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri RussellGary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPheeKirk AcevedoEnrique Murciano, and Judy Greer.

Final DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Trailer Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell

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20th Century Fox has released the final Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer less than a week after the previous trailer.  No matter—everything Fox has shown us from Dawn looks great.  The follow-up takes place 10 years after the events of 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.  I enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes and I am thrilled to see the sequel take a giant step forward and dive deep into a new world.  My only hesitation is the Gary Oldman character, who still looks like the obnoxious, militant villain who barrels over reasonable protagonists.  But I trust director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) hired Oldman for a reason and hope the role is more nuanced outside brief clips.

Jason Clarke, Keri RussellGary Oldman, Toby KebbellKodi Smit-McPheeKirk AcevedoEnrique Murciano, and Judy Greer also star in the July 11 release.  Watch the final Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer after the break.

New DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Poster Has Caesar Rallying the Troops

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It’s crazy that the simple image of apes riding horses is one of the reasons I’m excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but here we are.  We’re in the midst of the first wave of blockbusters, and Apes is sneaking under the radar even though everything we’ve seen thus far looks great.  20th Century Fox has released a new poster for the film featuring Caesar (Andy Serkis) leading the charge as the world crumbles behind them.  This is the most action-oriented poster Fox has released thus far, and although I’m excited to see those aspects of the movie, I’m far more interested in the burgeoning ape civilization since it will put more of an emphasis on the performances and the technological advancements WETA has made since Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Hit the jump to check out the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes poster.  The film opens in 3D on July 11th, and also stars Jason Clarke, Keri RussellGary Oldman, Toby KebbellKodi Smit-McPheeKirk AcevedoEnrique Murciano, and Judy Greer.

Collider Giveaway: Win a Copy of PLANET OF THE APES SAGA: THE POSTER COLLECTION

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With seven films in the franchise (and one forthcoming), there’s plenty to love about the Planet of the Apes series, but one thing that has stood out for each film is the fantastic poster art.  In anticipation of the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Insight Editions has put together a swell coffee table book filled with forty stunning removable posters from the entirety of the Planet of the Apes series.  Planet of the Apes Saga: The Poster Collection is a must-have for diehard Apes fans, and we’ve been provided with five copies of the book to give away to some of our readers.

Hit the jump to find out how you can enter to win the contest.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters on July 11th.

Scenic Value Drops in New Promos for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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After the Simian Flu wipes out most of the U.S. following Rise of the Planet of the Apes, humanity clearly put less emphasis on keeping its major cities clean.  20th Century Fox has released new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes promos showing the decay of San Francisco, New York City, and London.  I assume they considered including Detroit, but it would’ve just been a static image.

Hit the jump to check out the promos. If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, be sure to check out interviews with Andy SerkisToby Kebbell, Keri Russell and Gary OldmanReeves, and cinematographer Michael Seresin.  The film also stars Jason ClarkeKodi Smit-McPheeKirk Acevedo, and Enrique MurcianoDawn of the Planet of the Apes opens July 11th.  The new trailer premieres this week.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Teaser Trailer Offers a Glimpse at Apes, Horses, and New Trailer Coming Next Week

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Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes doesn’t debut until July 11th, but a new trailer is set to arrive in just one week.  Fox has released a teaser for that trailer that offers up new looks at the apes, humans, and the poor horses caught in the middle. (This isn’t their war. They are but simple beasts of burden.)

If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, be sure to check out interviews with Andy SerkisToby Kebbell, Keri Russell and Gary OldmanReeves, and cinematographer Michael Seresin.  Also starring Jason ClarkeKodi Smit-McPheeKirk Acevedo, and Enrique Murciano, the sequel opens July 11th.  Hit the jump to watch the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes teaser trailer.

Toby Kebbell Talks about His Character Koba, The Physicality of His Performance, and More on the Set of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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In director Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes, Toby Kebbell plays Koba, who is Caesar’s (Andy Serkis) trusted adviser.  While Rise of the Planet of the Apeshad Koba played by Christopher Gordon (one of the stunt team), due to Koba’s expanded role in the sequel the team decided to bring in an experienced actor to take over the role.

While on set, I participated in a group interview with Kebbell.  He talked about landing the role, what the auditioning process was like, the background of his character and where the apes are at in the sequel, how his character doesn’t trust humans, filming in 3D, how the production is mostly on location, working with Reeves, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Cinematographer Michael Seresin Talks Filming in 3D, the Look of the Film, GRAVITY, and More on the Set of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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While I love getting to talk to the actors and director on a film set, one of the people I always want to talk to, and rarely get the chance to do so, is the cinematographer.  The reason interviews with cinematographer is so rare is time.  While actors take a break in between shot set ups, the director of photography is constantly working.  The second the director gets the shot, the DP is moving his team to the next location, trying to figure out how to make it perfect.  Because of time constraints, I’ve rarely talked to a DP on a movie set.  But on the New Orleans set of Matt Reeves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last summer, I was able to participate in a group interview with cinematographer Michael Seresin.

During the interview Seresin talked about why they used the Alexa camera over the Sony F65 and the Red Epic, the decision to shoot in 3D instead of post-converting, what shooting in 3D adds to the schedule, how many rigs were they using, why he wanted to use new Leica lenses, if they were trying to match the look of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, working with the motion-capture actors, his work on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (he did additional photography on the film), and more.  It’s a great interview so check it out after the jump.

15 New DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Toy Images Show off Caesar, Maurice, and Koba

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We’ve got 15 new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes toy images to share with you today.  These articulated Neca Series 1 action figures show off great looks at Caesar, Maurice, and Koba in action.  Fans of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie should recognize those monkey monikers, since the characters played pivotal roles in defeating the initial human force.  Now it appears as if they’re once again ready for battle in the Matt Reeves sequel, due out July 11th.

Andy Serkis, Karin Konoval, and Toby Kebbell play Caesar, Maurice, and Koba respectively, with Jason ClarkeKeri RussellGary OldmanKodi Smit-McPheeKirk Acevedo, and Enrique Murciano also starring.  Be sure to check out Steve’s set visit report and interviews with Serkis, and Clarke.  Then, hit the jump to check out the new toy images.

Jason Clarke Talks Working with Andy Serkis, His Character’s Relationship to Caesar, and More on the Set of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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One of the interesting things about director Matt Reeves‘ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the way the film flips the switch on how animals and humans currently live.  When the film starts, the apes have built a flourishing society in the forest outside San Francisco with Caesar (Andy Serkis) as their leader.  On the other hand, the humans, being led by Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke, are living hand-to-mouth, struggling to survive.  After the events of the first film when the two societies eventually collided…Let’s just say neither side trusts the other and that dynamic plays into the rest of the film.

During a break in filming last year when the production was in New Orleans, I participated in a group interview with Clarke.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, the great script, working with Andy Serkis and the other motion capture actors, his charascter’s backstory and relationship with Caesar, what filming on location adds to a performance, and more.  Hit the jump for our Jason Clarke interview.

New Images from DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Feature Shotgun-Wielding Simians

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20th Century Fox has released 10 new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes images including some fresh details on the upcoming sequel.  The story takes place 10 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 small group of humans are struggling to come back from devastation, and the apes are fighting for survival,” director Matt Reeves tells USA Today. “The big question is, can they co-exist?”  Serkis also points out that in the new movie, “Caesar not only has a wife, but also an infant son and a teenage son,” adding, “This film centers around the notion of family — the survival of the family and what lengths you would go to protect them when life is extremely hard and tough.”  In another interesting note, Judy Greer plays Caesar’s wife Cornelia, and before she got the role, Terry Notary, a former Cirque du Soleil performer and the film’s stunt and movement coordinator, had to sign off.  I can only hope Greer responded, “You are not my supervisor!

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Jason Clarke, Keri RussellGary Oldman, Toby KebbellKodi Smit-McPheeKirk Acevedo, and Enrique MurcianoDawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 3D on July 11th.

Exclusive: Check Out an Awesome New Poster for Director Matt Reeves DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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A few days ago at CinemaCon, 20th Century Fox world premiered footage from a number of their upcoming films.  While I’m incredibly excited about their 2014 and 2015 slate, near the top of my list is director Matt Reeves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.   The story takes place 10 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 film also stars Jason Clarke, Keri RussellGary Oldman, Toby KebbellKodi Smit-McPheeKirk AcevedoEnrique Murciano, and Judy Greer.

With the film opening July 11th, Fox has started ramping up the promotion for the film.  Just a few minutes ago we posted the brand new TV spot (watch it here), and now I’m happy to offer our readers an exclusive new poster.  As you can see after the jump, the poster is clearly a nod to the emotion in the movie, like we saw in the last one.  Having seen the footage at CinemaCon, I can tell you there will be epic action and a great story.  I really can’t wait to see the finished film.  Check out the poster and let me know what you think of it in the comments.

First TV Spot for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell

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If you couldn’t get enough of the post-apocalypse during tonight’s season finale of The Walking Dead, the commercial breaks had you covered with the first TV spot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  The spot finally provided us with some new, finished FX footage of the apes, and they’re looking good.  I really like how director Matt Reeves is not only putting his own mark on the franchise, but trying to find subtle ways to show the apes as a growing force and a growing civilization.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot.  The film stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri RussellGary Oldman, Toby KebbellKodi Smit-McPheeKirk AcevedoEnrique Murciano, and Judy GreerDawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 3D on July 11th.

Mo-Cap Goes Ape in New Behind-the-Scenes Photos from DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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A few days ago, we got a new set photo from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and now three more have arrived.  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.  While Rise of the Planet of the Apes certainly had its fair share of apes, they’re presumably going to be an even bigger part of the sequel.  This means more mo-capping, and one of these photos show Serkis and his co-stars going ape while the other two focus on human characters played by Jason Clarke and Keri Russell and a close-up on director Matt Reeves.  But most importantly, Caesar’s going to be riding a horse.  Aw, yeah.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Gary OldmanKodi Smit-McPheeKirk AcevedoEnrique Murciano, Toby Kebbell, and Judy GreerDawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 3D on July 18th.

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