Shia LaBeouf, Kate Mara and Gary Oldman Sign Up for MAN DOWN

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While some filmmakers are busy debuting their work at the Toronto International Film Festival, others are using the event to try and get their projects off the ground, like Dito Montiel and his next feature, Man Down.  Montiel is just coming off his fifth feature, Boulevard, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

The Solution Entertainment Group is busy handling the international rights to Man Down up at Toronto and with Shia LaBeouf, Kate Mara and Gary Oldman on board to star in the film, they’ve got quite the package to sell.  Hit the jump for more on the project.

Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Jason Clarke Talk DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Their Reaction to Seeing the Finished Film, Changes During Production & More

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Let me be very clear: Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best films of the year and a huge step forward for what can be accomplished with motion capture technology, as Andy Serkis has again delivered one of the year’s best performances.  Loaded with incredible performances all around and a great script, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is 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.  Reeves has hit a massive home-run with this film, and I truly hope audiences and critics embrace this special movie.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review.

At the San Francisco press day I landed a video interview with Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Jason Clarke.  They talked about their reaction to the finished film, advances in motion capture and what it was like working with the new technology, how much changed for their characters and the film during production, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Review

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Now having watched all of the Planet of the Apes movies, it’s fascinating how the series views not only history, but trying to understand why civilizations rise and fall.  While there are always the broad strokes of good (Caesar, Cornelius, Zira) and bad (Hasslein, Breck, Aldo), there’s always a concern of how these figures are followed or abandoned.  History will always have charismatic leaders and people who are motivated by fear, so how to these people guide the evolution or dissolution of a society?  Matt Reeves‘  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes perfectly captures this question by creating a microcosm of two civilizations reaching an inevitable clash and how their futures are both conflicting and intertwined.  The movie manages to take almost all the best aspects of its predecessors to create a summer blockbuster that is heartfelt, exhilarating, tragic, and profound.

Watch 5 DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Clips Plus 10 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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This summer has actually been pretty solid as far as quality blockbusters go (Transformers: Age of Extinction notwithstanding), and the streak is likely to continue with the impending Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel.  20th Century Fox has now released five Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clips plus 10 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from director Matt Reeves’ (Let Me In) follow-up, which takes place 10 years after the events of the first film and finds Caesar’s (Andy Serkis) apes colliding with a band of human survivors in San Francisco.  Early reaction has been highly positive, and I can’t wait to see the full film in just a few weeks.

Hit the jump to watch the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film opens in 3D on July 11th and also stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary OldmanKodi Smit-McPheeToby KebbelKirk 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 Trailer for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES [Updated]

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20th Century Fox has released a new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer for director Matt Reeves’ (Let Me In) sequel.  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.  This is a great trailer.  Not only do the visual effects continue to look terrific, but it also seems like the movie has a lot of heart.  Every Ape prequel is basically a tragedy since we know the humans ultimately lose, and Dawn looks like it’s using the fragile relationship between species as the core of the story.  I’m now even more excited for this flick.

Hit the jump to watch the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer.  If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, be sure to check out interviews with Andy SerkisToby KebbellKeri Russell and Gary Oldman, Matt Reeves, and cinematographer Michael Seresin.  The film also stars Jason Clarke, Judy GreerKodi Smit-McPheeKirk Acevedo, and Enrique Murciano.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens July 11th. [Update: We've added the U.S. trailer, which is slightly different than the U.K. one]

Keri Russell and Gary Oldman Talk DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Filming in New Orleans, the TINKER TAILOR Sequel, and More

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve posted an enormous amount of coverage on director Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  We had our set visit (with 45 things to know about the movie), on set interviews with Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and cinematographer Michael Seresin, new toy images, new movie images and posters, a TV spot, and more.  Based on everything I’ve seen and learned, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is going to be a great sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and it’s going to show how motion capture technology has advanced over the past few years.  I really believe Reeves is going to hit a home-run with this film.

At last weekend’s WonderCon, I landed a great video interview with Keri Russell and Gary Oldman.  Unlike some interviews that are formal, I was their last interview of the day and they just wanted to have some fun.  You’ll understand as you watch the video.  They talked about how the film shows both the apes and humans perspectives, what it was like filming in New Orleans, working with Reeves while he was seriously ill with pneumonia, the morality of Oldman’s character, the performance capture technology and shooting in 3D, what happened with the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sequel Smiley’s People, The Americans season 2 finale, and you can even watch Oldman talking with his son on the phone.  It’s a fun interview so check it out after the jump.

Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman and Director Matt Reeves Talk DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the Original Film, the Sequel, and More at WonderCon

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Out in theaters on July 11th, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues the story of a growing nation of genetically evolved apes, led by Caesar (brought to life by Andy Serkis) and now threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus that was unleashed a decade earlier.

While at WonderCon to hype the upcoming release of the film, co-stars Andy Serkis, Keri Russell and Gary Oldman were joined by director Matt Reeves to talk about the first time they saw the original Planet of the Apes movie with Charlton Heston, why performance capture needs to be understood as just another form of acting, the challenges of taking this film on, the human colony, shooting in New Orleans, and how the third film will be expanded even further.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

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.

TOP 5: ROBOCOP, TRANSCENDENCE, Paramount to Release Darren Aronofsky’s Cut of NOAH, TAMMY, JODOROWSKY’S DUNE Trailer

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The best thing I can say about director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake is that, for better or worse, it tries to do its own thing. It makes an honest attempt at updating the scathing social critique of the original to fit within our immediate corporate and political landscape and I respect it for that. The most condemning thing I can say about the film is that I found it painfully boring. Aside from the original music playing over the opening title card and watching Samuel L. Jackson‘s spot-on depiction of the pure theater that cable television sells as honest political discourse, I rarely mustered so much as a grin throughout the film’s 108 minutes. To be fair, I don’t envy anyone who is tasked with making a PG-13 reimagining of Paul Verhoeven‘s subversive classic. It’s like Verhoeven was allowed to work with a sledgehammer and Padilha was asked to make due with a Q-tip. It was never a fair fight to begin with.

Opening thoughts aside, we’ll talk more about the RoboCop remake in this week’s Top 5 including an official review and interviews for the film. We’ll also cover the new trailer for Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut Transcendence, Paramount’s decision to release Darren Aronofsky‘s cut of Noah to theaters, the first trailer for Melissa McCarthy‘s Tammy, and a trailer for the excellent looking doc Jodorowsky’s Dune. As is so often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Gary Oldman Talks ROBOCOP, How He Got Involved, How Soon Could Robocop be Real, Working with Michael Keaton, and More

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Opening this week in theaters and IMAX is director Jose Padilha’s new take on RoboCop.  For those unfamiliar with the film, it takes place in the near future where a company called OmniCorp has pushed drone technology to new levels, and they now want to mix the technology with a human operator.  When police officer Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is gravely injured, OmniCorp takes the opportunity to use him as their prototype cyborg police officer.   The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city.  The film also stars Abbie CornishGary OldmanMichael KeatonJackie Earle HaleyMichael K. WilliamsJennifer EhleJay BaruchelMarianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Oldman.  He talked about how the film has a strong social and political point of view, how he got involved in the project, what it was like to work with Michael Keaton, how soon a “Robocop” could become a reality, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

ROBOCOP Review

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Trying to do a beat-by-beat remake of a classic film is usually a recipe for disaster, and to his credit, director Jose Padilha doesn’t do that with the new iteration of RoboCopPaul Verhoeven‘s 1987 original is a mix of biting satire and ridiculously gratuitous violence, but Padilha turns RoboCop into a blend of familial bonds and social commentary.  Unfortunately, both efforts never reach their full potential as the emphasis on the family relationship lacks depth, and the story casts too wide of a net on its commentary, so it never really finds fresh insight into any particular issue.  Although it ditches the extreme violence of Verhoeven’s film, the new RoboCop manages to be at least a serviceable action movie with admirable goals.

Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman Talk ROBOCOP, Challenges of Acting in a Suit, Joining the Picture, Finding Their Characters, and More

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From director José Padilha, this re-imagining of RoboCop is set in 2028, with OmniCorp as the world’s leader in robot technology.  When loving husband, father and honest cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) nearly dies, OmniCorp sees an opportunity to build a part-man, part-robot police officer that will not only stop crime and corruption in Detroit, but reap billions for their company.  The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Samuel L. Jackson.

During a press conference at the film’s press day, actor Joel Kinnaman talked about the challenges of acting through such a heavy suit, what sold him on this particular remake, what it was like to get to say some of the lines from the original film, and working with The Wire’s Michael K. Williams, while Gary Oldman talked about how he found his character, and Michael Keaton talked about his own experience acting through a suit for Tim Burton’s Batman.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Gary Oldman and Zac Efron Say They’ve Had Meetings for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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As we’ve reported in the past, just about everyone in Hollywood has auditioned or been contacted about Star Wars: Episode VII.  That may seem like a bit of an exaggerating, but the production also put out an open casting call for people living in the United States and the United Kingdom, so they’re casting a pretty wide net.  But among the Hollywood crowd, we can add two more names who have gone on record about talking to the producers of the highly-anticipated sequel.

“I just went and met with [producers],” Zac Efron said to MTV. “So I don’t know. It would be cool. I love [the Star Wars movies], I love them, but … who knows?” and Gary Oldman told Sky Movies, “They’ve called. You know, I’m more cynical about it now. I’ll believe it when I’m on the plane home. The deal isn’t done, but yeah, they’ve inquired.”  Oldman also pointed out that he’s no stranger to gigantic franchises: “I mean Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, Batman, and Star Wars… bloody hell!”  So if you want to have a successful franchise, you need some of that Oldman magic.  Hit the jump to check out video of the stars talking about their meetings.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens in 3D on December 18, 2015.

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