Watch the Producers from INTERSTELLAR, BOYHOOD, BIRDMAN and More Talk the Studio Culture, China, and More in 40-Minute Roundtable Discussion

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The folks at THR have released yet another roundtable interview, this time focusing on producers.  Emma Thomas (Interstellar), Cathleen Sutherland (Boyhood), Eric Fellner (The Theory of Everything), John Lesher (Birdman, Fury), Marc Platt (Into the Woods), and Peter Chernin (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Exodus: Gods and Kings, St. Vincent) take part in the 40-minute roundtable discussion, which touches on a number of topics from their unique perspective.  Two of the participants used to be studio heads, which leads to some interesting discussion about the current state of the movie studio culture (note: this was filmed before The Interview debacle).  The producers talk about everything from being fired, working with big directors, dealing with budgets, how China figures into the planning equation nowadays, and much more.  It’s a fascinating talk from a unique perspective on the filmmaking process.

Check out the roundtable discussion after the jump, and if you’ve missed the previous ones be sure to check out the directors, actresses, actors, cinematographers, and writers.

79 Original Songs and 114 Original Scores in Contention for Oscar Race

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled lists of the eligible contenders in the Oscar races for Best Original Song and Best Original Score.  In the former category I’d have to say “Everything Is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie is an early favorite, and I would love to see Tegan & Sara and The Lonely Island perform on the Oscar stage.  Other standouts include two songs from Boyhood, both co-written by Ethan Hawke, and the beautiful “For the Dancing and the Dreaming” from How to Train Your Dragon 2.  On the Best Original Score side of things, it’s kind of an embarrassment of riches.  How to choose between John Powell’s Dragon 2 score, Alexandre Desplat’s incredible work on The Imitation Game, Hans Zimmer’s astounding Interstellar score, James Newton Howard‘s propulsive work on Nightcrawler, etc.?

Check out the full lists of eligible contenders in both categories (79 songs and 114 scores) after the jump, along with a bit more analysis.  Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards will be announced on January 15, 2015.

Oscar Beat: The Best Supporting Actor Race at a Glance

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By the time the Academy Awards nominations are announced every year, there’s already been so much prognosticating and discussion about the race itself that in actuality, there aren’t a great deal of surprises.  Sure, every now and then you’ll have something like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting into the Best Picture race or Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow being left off the Best Director shortlist (that one still baffles me), but by and large, things mostly seem to fall into place as expected.  Where you can find many of the true surprises, though, is in the Supporting Actor and Actress categories.  This is where beloved character actors can finally get their due, or burgeoning newcomers can find themselves nominated alongside acting veterans; and these kinds of nominees actually have good shots at winning.  This year, the bench for the Best Supporting Actor category is yet again deep with talent, offering plenty of opportunities for some pleasant surprises.

After the jump, I run down the current state of the Best Supporting Actor race in this week’s edition of Oscar Beat.

Best Visual Effects Oscar Shortlist Includes GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and INTERSTELLAR

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 films that will advance in the race for the Best Visual Effects Oscar for the upcoming 87th Academy Awards.  Standard franchise fare like Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies make the cut, as do two Marvel movies—Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier—as well as Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar.  The only noticeable absence here is Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah, which didn’t make the cut, nor did Ridley Scott’s own Biblical adaptation Exodus: Gods and Kings.  No surprise, though, that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes appears to be the standout.

Check out the full Best Visual Effects Oscar shortlist after the jump, along with a bit of analysis.

New to Blu-ray: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, THE STRAIN, LEGEND OF KORRA Book Three, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include an ape-tastic sequel, the first season of Guillermo del Toro’s foray into television, the third season of a beloved animated series, and more.  Briefly:

Andy Serkis Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, STAR WARS, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, THE JUNGLE BOOK, and More

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With Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes arriving on DVD and Blu-ray  December 2nd, I got the opportunity to sit down with Andy Serkis to talk about the film.  As I’ve said again and again, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is easily one of my favorite films of 2014.  It’s the rare commercial movie that’s deep and thoughtful and it’s also atypical in that it tells a complete story while keeping the door open for another sequel.

During the interview Serkis talked about the reception of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the challenges of performance capture, the status of the next sequel, the surprise of being included in the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, what it was like working for J.J. Abrams on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, his version of The Jungle Book, and more.  Hit the jump to check out what he said and click here to pre-order the Blu-ray on Amazon.

Toby Kebbell Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Duncan Jones’ WARCRAFT, His Version of Doctor Doom in FANTASTIC FOUR, and More

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With Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes arriving on DVD and Blu-ray December 2nd, I got the opportunity to sit down with Toby Kebbell to talk about the film.  As I’ve said again and again, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is easily one of my favorite films of 2014.  It’s the rare commercial movie that’s deep and thoughtful and it’s also atypical in that it tells a complete story while keeping the door open for another sequel.

During the interview Kebbell talked about developing his character with Andy Serkis, what it was like playing an ape, his motion-capture experience, what it was like working with Duncan Jones on Warcraft, his version of Doctor Doom in director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say and click here to pre-order the Blu-ray on Amazon.

Director Matt Reeves Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Blu-ray, The Next Sequel, and More

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With Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes arriving on Blu-ray/DVD December 2, I was recently able to sit down with the busy director to talk about the film.  As I’ve said again and again, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is easily one of my favorite films of 2014 and the rare commercial movie that’s also deep and thoughtful.  Dawn is also atypical in that tells a complete story, but also opens the door for another sequel.

During the interview Reeves talked about the reception to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, what fans can look forward to on the Blu-ray, the status of the next Apes sequel, how they’re currently outlining the story, teases that the title may be “one word shorter,” and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say and click here to pre-order the Blu-ray on Amazon.

Andy Serkis Suggests the PLANET OF THE APES Prequel Series May Span Four or Five Films

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Back in 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened with $54.8 million and went on to accumulate $481.8 million at the worldwide box office.  It made sense that Fox would want to move forward with two more films.  However, after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes kicked off its run with $72.6 million and took in a whopping $708 million worldwide, it seems as though a trilogy might not be enough anymore.

During a recent interview, Andy Serkis suggested that there’s a chance the series might not be capped at three films.  How many could there be?  Hit the jump to find out more.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Director Rupert Wyatt Reveals How He Would Have Approached DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathed fresh life into the franchise by making the reboot easily accessible to newcomers, placing an emphasis on characters, and even though the story scaled back the social commentaries featured in the original saga, the film was still engrossing and fun.  Wyatt didn’t return for the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but director Matt Reeves took the foundation of Rise and built it into one of the best movies of 2014.

Wyatt wanted to do Dawn, but he felt Fox’s summer 2014 release date didn’t give him enough time, so he stepped down, and decided to do the drama The Gambler instead.  At that film’s press day, Steve asked Wyatt for his thoughts on Reeves’ movie and what he would have done differently.  Hit the jump for more.

Jason Clarke Talks THE BETTER ANGELS, TERMINATOR: GENESYS, the DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Sequel, Kathryn Bigelow and More

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Opening this weekend in limited release and expanding to select theaters nationwide on 11/14 and 11/21 is director A.J. Edwards’ drama The Better Angels.  The film spans three years of young Abraham Lincoln’s (Braydon Denney) childhood as it explores how his family and hardships shaped him into the man he would become.  It marks the feature debut of Edwards, who previously worked as an editor and second-unit director on some of Terrence Malick’s films.  The Better Angels also stars Jason Clarke as Tom Lincoln, Diane Kruger as Sarah Lincoln, Brit Marling as Nancy Lincoln, and Wes Bentley as Mr. Crawford.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

A few days ago I landed an extended video interview with Jason Clarke.  He talked about what it’s like winning the “actors lottery,” how he got involved in The Better Angels and what it was like to shoot with A.J. Edwards, how he researched the role, what it was like making Matt Reeves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and what he knows about the sequel, the experience of shooting director Alan Taylor’s Terminator Genisys, what it was like working with Kathryn Bigelow, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: LUCY Shines with $44 Million; HERCULES Takes Second with $29 Million

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2014’s summer box office got a rare ray of sunshine this weekend thanks to Lucy.  The sci-fi/action pic easily claimed first place with an estimated $44 million from 3,173 locations – the highest debut for star Scarlett Johansson outside of her Marvel Universe appearances.   Hercules had to settle for a second place, though the action/adventure’s estimated $29 million from 3,595 locations also beat expectations.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Lucy $44,025,000 $44
2.  Hercules $29,000,000 $29
3.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $16,400,000 $172
4.  The Purge: Anarchy $9,896,000 $51.2
5.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $9,303,000 $35.1
6.  Sex Tape $5,975,000 $26.8
7.  Transformers: Age of Extinction $4,600,000 $236.3
8.  And So It Goes $4,552,000 $4.5
9.  Tammy $3,400,000 $78.1
10.  A Most Wanted Man $2,717,000 $2.7

 

Full story after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Repeats in First; THE PURGE: Anarchy in Second with $28.3 Million

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The Purge: Anarchy may have come in first on Friday but, as expected, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes won the weekend box office race.  In its second frame, the sequel earned an estimated $36 million, down just 50% from its debut.  Among this summer’s franchise pics only 22 Jump Street had a comparable sophomore hold (-52%), while Transformers 4, Spider-Man, X-Men and Godzilla all fell by 60% or more.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $36,000,000 $138.9
2.  The Purge: Anarchy $28,369,000 $28.3
3.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $18,000,000 $18
4.  Sex Tape $15,000,000 $15
5.  Transformers: Age of Extinction $10,000,000 $227.1
6.  Tammy $7,605,000 $71.2
7.  22 Jump Street $4,700,000 $180.5
8.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $3,800,000 $160.6
9.  Maleficent $3,302,000 $228.3
10.  Earth to Echo $3,260,000 $31.9

 

More after the jump.

Friday Box Office: THE PURGE: ANARCHY Edges Out APES Sequel; SEX TAPE Struggles

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If the Friday box office is any indication, it’s going to be another meh weekend at the movies.  After pulling in an impressive $72.6 million in its debut, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should remain on top for a second frame – although it was surpassed on Friday by newcomer The Purge: Anarchy.  The successor to last summer’s R-rated thriller earned an estimated $13 million and took first place on Friday.  For its first weekend, however, the sequel is expected to earn $28 million, and that means Apes 2 should overtake it in the three-day race.  In its sophomore frame, Apes is expected to bring in about $34 million, which would give it one of the best holds among this summer’s major releases.

Details on Sex Tape, Planes: Fire & Rescue and Friday’s top five are after the jump.

THE COLLISION: Episode 97 – The PLANET OF THE APES Franchise

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This week on The Collision, we look back at all of the Planet of the Apes movies.  We talk about the flexibility of the series, its core themes, the best and weakest films in the franchise, and much more.  All of this leads up to our discussion of the latest entry in the series, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations. [Note: at one point I say there will be spoilers, but then we quickly decided that this should be a spoiler-free podcast.  There are no spoilers for any of the Apes films aside from the classic ending of the 1968 original and the infamous ending of the 2001 remake]

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Looking Back and Looking Ahead for 2014″), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

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