TOP 5: GONE GIRL Trailer, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Set Visit, TRANSCENDENCE, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Set Visit, Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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I’ve used this space on a few occasions to profess my love for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary series and today’s opening paragraph will get a similar treatment. Director Zak Levitt‘s aptly titled Bad Boys debuted this past Thursday night and, even as someone who grew up adoring the Chicago Bulls, I loved almost every second of it (even with his Detroit roots, I could have lived without the Kid Rock narration). The film focuses on the years of Detroit Pistons basketball known as “The Bad Boys Era”, which included back-to-back NBA Championships for the franchise in ’89 and ’90. As is often the case with 30 for 30 films, Levitt does a nice job of framing the Pistons’ iconic run within a societal context; in this case, the 1967 Detroit riot. In doing this, the pic not only offers a fascinating perspective of the team itself but also great insight into what their trademark physical style of play meant to a city still reeling from the effects of the riot. Less important, but an added plus nonetheless, is the fact that I’m now buzzing with nostalgia for the SNES game Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball.

My broken record praise of 30 for 30 aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, Steve’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit, Transcendence interviews and Matt’s review, Steve’s The Expendables 3 set visit, and Zack Snyder discussing Batman vs. Superman costumes and more. Do the right thing and keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

45 Things to Know about DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES from Our Set Visit

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a great movie.  In a summer filled with explosions and spectacle, Apes used motion capture and other modern technology to help tell its story and audiences embraced the film.  By the time the movie finished it’s theatrical run, it had made close to $500 million worldwide.  Based on the box office and reviews, it was no surprise when Fox moved forward with the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  The 2011 film set up a world and story that people wanted to see more of, so this felt like a sequel that was being made for the right reasons.

Last summer, when director Matt Reeves was filming in New Orleans, I got to visit the set with a few other online reporters.  While on set I watched some filming, participated in group interviews with some of the cast and filmmakers, and learned a lot of cool stuff about one of my most anticipated films of 2014.  If you’re looking forward to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hit the jump for 45 things to know about the film.

Andy Serkis Talks Working with Matt Reeves, Advances in Motion-Capture Technology, and More on the Set of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Quite possibly the best (and definitely the most surprising) popcorn movie of the summer of 2011 was Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  Most audiences were expecting a generic retread of well-worn material, but director Rupert Wyatt gave us a smart, thoughtful and fairly tragic sci-fi adventure.  Andy Serkis stole the show as the motion-captured ape Caesar, and his amazing performance led many to say he should be nominated for an Oscar.  Following the success of the film around the world, it was no surprise Fox moved forward with a sequel, and last summer when the production was shooting in New Orleans, I got to participate in a group interview with Serkis during a break in filming.

During the interview, Serkis talked about where the film picks up, Caesar’s relationship with his tribe and the human survivors, Caesar’s family life, advances in motion-capture technology, the apes language, working with Matt Reeve’s, his involvement in casting the other actors portraying apes, filming on location, and so much more.  If you’re looking forward to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, you’re going to love this 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.

Andy Serkis Talks Directing THE JUNGLE BOOK and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES; Reveals First 20 Minutes Is Just the Apes

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A little while before picking up his CinemaCon Vanguard Award, I landed an exclusive video interview with Andy Serkis.  During the interview, Serkis talked about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and directing The Jungle Book for Warner Bros.  For fans of the Apes franchise, Serkis says the sequel is completely different than the first movie and reveals that the first 20 minutes of the movie focuses on just the apes.  In addition, he’s seen a rough cut and think it’s a very powerful film about identity and tribalism, and 90% of the film is shot on location because of advancement in motion-capture technology.   He also revealed that seeds are planted for a third movie, which already has Matt Reeves set to return as director.

Regarding his directorial debut, The Jungle Book, Serkis praised the dark script and how developing Animal Farm gave him the tools to create the motion-capture animals in The Jungle Book.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

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.

Andy Serkis to Direct THE JUNGLE BOOK for Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. and Disney are developing competing live-action adaptations of The Jungle Book.  When director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) departed the WB project and Idris Elba signed on to voice Shere Khan in the Jon Faverau edition, Disney took the early lead.  But Warner Bros. is not ready to throw in the towel just yet.  After sending out feelers to Ron Howard, WB found their director in Andy Serkis.  Serkis is best known as the godfather of motion-capture acting, the man behind Gollum of Lord of the Rings and Caesar of Rise of the Planet of the ApesThe Jungle Book will be Serkis’ feature directorial debut (depending on the status of his Animal Farm adaptation), but he served as the second unit director for The Hobbit movies—no walk in the park.

In Rudyard Kipling’s short stories, the orphaned boy Mowgli is raised by wolves, befriends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther, and fights the tiger Shere Khan, so there are plenty of CG/mo-cap characters for Serkis to curate.  More after the jump.

New Behind-the-Scenes Images from DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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20th Century Fox has released new behind-the-scenes images from their upcoming 2014 tentpoles Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The Apes image is just Andy Serkis (who plays Caesar) doing his motion-capture thing.  The real magic will come with the side-by-side comparisons of how his performance aligns with the finished visual effects.  It’s exciting to think that with the advancements in technology, this should look even better than Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  As for X-Men, I no longer care about time-travel or sentinels after looking at this photo. I just want a Magneto/Wolverine 70s buddy-cop TV series.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 3D on July 18th.

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.

Four Posters for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES; Trailer Set for Next Wednesday

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20th Century Fox has released the first posters for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Details on the plot are still scarce, but we know that it will continue building to the original 1968 film, there will be more ape talking, and an attempt to balance Caesar’s story wit the story of the surviving humans.  But people don’t show up to a Planet of the Apes movie for the homo sapiens.  They want the apes, and these posters give Caesar and his compatriots a close-up.  The war paint is interesting because it raises the question of why they paint their faces at all.  Are they at war with other apes and/or the humans?  Is it an attempt to find an identity and display individuality?  I really enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes, so I’m eager to find out what director Matt Reeves has in store.

Hit the jump to check out the posters along with a PSA from the “The Office of Public Health Awareness” about how to protect yourself from Simian Flu.  Reeves tweeted that we can expect to see the first trailer on December 18th at 6:00am PST.  In addition to Andy Serkis reprising his role as Caesar, the film also stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Judy Greer, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Toby KebbellDawn of the Planet of the Apes opens July 11, 2014.

Andy Serkis Says Motion-Capture ANIMAL FARM Will Begin Filming Next Year

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While Andy Serkis first rose to prominence as the actor who brought The Lord of the Rings’ Gollum to life by way of motion-capture, he’s been dabbling a bit more behind-the-scenes as of late.  Serkis acted as the second-unit director on a good deal of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and he’s poised to make his feature directorial debut on a motion-capture adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm.  The project was first announced over a year ago, but now Serkis has provided an update on the film, revealing that filming is slated to get underway in 2014.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG; Plus Peter Jackson and Cast Discuss the Film During Fan Q&A Event

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Earlier today, director Peter Jackson and a good chunk of his The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug cast took part in a worldwide Q&A with fans that was simulcast across the globe.  Those in attendance included Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, and Andy Serkis, who not only reprised his role as Gollum in the first film but acted as the second unit director of the entire trilogy.  The discussion covered a variety of Hobbit-related subjects, including the 10 weeks of additional shooting this summer, what classic fiction character inspired Lilly’s performance, when we’ll see The Lord of the Rings trilogy blooper reels, and more.  Additionally, a new trailer was unveiled that has now been released online.

Hit the jump for a recap of the highlights from the event, a video of the event itself, and the new Laketown-heavy trailer.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Fan Event Set for November 4th, Featuring Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis and More

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The second installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy may not hit theaters until December 13th, but fans around the world will be able to see the cast, crew and new footage from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug during a fan event on November 4th.  In addition to the debut of some first-look footage, the event will include a Q&A with Jackson and stars Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and, of course, Andy Serkis.  CNN’s Anderson Cooper will host the event kicking off Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm EST in New York, with live satellite feeds from Los Angeles, London and Wellington, along with an online stream accessible to fans around the world.  Check out all the details after the jump.

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