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.

First Teaser for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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We’re only two days out from the first trailer for Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but someone in this new teaser trailer simply can’t wait that long.  You don’t have to worry about this teaser spoiling anything, because it doesn’t do much at all except to remind you that the trailer will debut on Wednesday, and that Caesar (Andy Serkis) is still the man ape in charge.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Judy Greer, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Toby Kebbell and opens July 11, 2014.

Comic-Con: Highlights from the DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Interview with Director Matt Reeves and Stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell

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If our panel recap of Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes didn’t satisfy your curiosity, we’ve got a few highlights from the sequel’s press conference for you.  Director Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell talked about the sequel’s level of action, balancing believability with fantasy, how this film fits into the franchise and why having a strong foundation of character makes even the most fantastical story feel grounded and realistic.

Also starring Gary Oldman, Judy Greer, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Toby Kebbell, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is due to debut on July 18, 2014.  Hit the jump to see what the filmmakers had to say during their visit to Comic-Con. 

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Director Matt Reeves Reveals Plot Points, the Tone and Scale of the Sequel, and What Fans Will See at Comic-Con

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Although the 20th Century Fox panel at this year’s Comic-Con doesn’t take place until Saturday afternoon, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves (Let Me In) is already spilling the beans on the much-anticipated sequel.  Not only did Reeves reveal what fans who attend the Hall H panel will see this weekend (here’s a hint: not a lot as far as footage and finished effects go), the director also talked about the sequel’s plot points, tone and scale, along with changes he made from an earlier draft.  If you’re hungry to know all of that information before it’s revealed to the world this Saturday, hit the jump.  Otherwise, avoid due to spoilers.

Starring Andy Serkis, Jason ClarkeKeri RussellGary OldmanKodi Smit-McPheeKirk AcevedoToby KebbellEnrique Murciano, and Judy Greer, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens on July 18, 2014.  Hit the jump to see what Reeves had to say.

Gary Oldman Joins DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has added another lead in Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises).  The Mark Bomback script takes place 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and finds humanity all but wiped out by the race of super-intelligent apes.  Part of the story centers on a group of scientists in San Francisco who are mounting a resistance against their new oppressors while Caesar (Andy Serkis) struggles to maintain dominance over his kingdom.  It’s looking like Oldman will play Dreyfus, the leader of a human colony in the sequel, due out May 23, 2014.  Hit the jump for more.

Kodi Smit-McPhee Joins DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) has been cast as a lead in Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  When the sequel added Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) just a few days ago, we learned that the plot would be set 15 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes and involve  “the group of human scientists who are struggling to survive alone in San Francisco.”  We still don’t know exactly how Clarke and Smit-McPhee fit into the story, but they’re both solid additions.  Also featuring the return of Andy Serkis in his phenomenal role of Caesar, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is due out May 23, 2014.  Hit the jump for more.

James Franco Probably Won’t Return for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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We previously reported that James Franco might reprise his role as Will in the upcoming Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  However, that was when Rise director Rupert Wyatt was still attached to the project.  Now that Wyatt has left and Matt Reeves (Let Me In) has come on board, it looks like Franco won’t be needed.

Hit the jump for more.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is due out May 23, 2014.

First Teaser Image for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES [Update: Not Official]

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The marketing campaign for the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel looks to be getting off to an incredibly early start.  The first teaser image/poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes popped up online earlier today over at the Facebook page for director Rupert Wyatt’s 2011 reboot.  Wyatt was originally set to helm Dawn but subsequently dropped out of the project due to concerns over meeting the film’s 2014 release date, but luckily the very talented Matt Reeves (Let Me In) quickly stepped in and is now set to helm the follow-up.  Hit the jump to take a look at the image.

[Update: It appears that someone was having a little fun with the official Facebook page, as the image released was not a promo image from the film but is in fact an existing piece of photography art.  The image has been removed from the Facebook page.]

Is Director Rupert Wyatt Leaving DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES?

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Although the release date is more than 18 months away, it looks like director Rupert Wyatt may be stepping away from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Wyatt directed the 2011 reboot/prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and was expected to return for multiple sequels along with star Andy Serkis.  Now, reports are coming out that Wyatt is exiting the production with the explanation that he doesn’t feel comfortable making the expected release date of May 23, 2014.  Hit the jump for much more, including what this move means for the future of the sequel and for Wyatt’s career.

Weekend Box Office – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Makes It Three in a Row; TOTAL RECALL Can’t Compete

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Going into this weekend, there were some people who believed Sony’s remake of Total Recall would give The Dark Knight Rises a run for its money. Those people were wrong. With an estimate of $36.4 million, TDKR claimed its third straight weekend at number one while Total Recall barely topped the debut of the Arnold Schwarzenegger original… back in 1990.

Title Weekend Total
1. The Dark Knight Rises $36,440,000 $354.6
2. Total Recall $26,000,000 $26
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 $14,700,000 $14.7
4. Ice Age 4 $8,400,000 $131.8
5. The Watch $6,350,000 $21.3
6. Ted $5,479,000 $203.4
7. Step Up Revolution $5,300,000 $21.3
8. The Amazing Spider-Man $4,300,000 $250.6
9. Brave $2,890,000 $233.3
10. Magic Mike $1,390,000 $110.8

Weekend Box Office – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Stays on Top with $64 Million as New Releases Stumble

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Reports that audiences were afraid to see The Dark Knight Rises on the weekend after the Aurora tragedy turned out to be not so true. Yes, the film had a steeper than usual drop on Friday but then rebounded nicely; taking first place with an estimated $64 million. It must have been the week’s two new releases that people were ‘hesitant’ to see. Neither The Watch nor Step Up Revolution made it out of the low teens on their opening frame.

Title Weekend Total
1. The Dark Knight Rises $64,075,000 $289
3. Ice Age 4 $13,300,000 $114.8
3. The Watch $13,000,000 $13
4. Step Up Revolution $11,800,000 $11.8
5. Ted $7,400,000 $193.6
6. The Amazing Spider-Man $6,800,000 $242
7. Brave $4,327,000 $217.2
8. Magic Mike $2,580,000 $107.5
9. Savages $1,800,000 $43.9
10. Madea’s Witness Protection $1,320,000 $62.7

38th Annual Saturn Award Winners Include RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, SUPER 8, BREAKING BAD and FRINGE as Frontrunners

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The 38th annual Saturn Awards were held last night in Burbank, California to honor the best films and television shows in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.  In the film category, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Super 8 led the pack while the lion’s share of television honors went to Breaking Bad and Fringe.  Stay tuned for a ton of interviews from the night’s event and hit the jump to check out the full list of winners.

Scott Z. Burns to Write RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Sequel

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes proved to be a sizable sleeper hit for Fox last summer. In an interview at CinemaCon, Fox CEO Tom Rothman told Steve that the studio was “pushing forward aggressively” on a sequel, in anticipation of a possible summer 2014 release date. Director Rupert Wyatt and star (no offense to James Franco) Andy Serkis were both already set to return; today comes news that Contagion and The Bourne Ultimatum scribe Scott. Z. Burns will write the script.

The first film saw a scientist (James Franco) experimenting on apes in search of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The result was super-intelligent chimp Caesar (Serkis), who, disgusted by the mistreatment he and his kind endure at the hands of man, leads an uprising. The sequel will, predictably, see Caesar and co. making use of their hard-won freedom to gain dominion over the planet (making it a sort of, “Planet of the Monkeys,” if you will). Hit the jump for more.

Fox CEO Tom Rothman Talks 48fps, THE WOLVERINE, PROMETHEUS, CHRONICLE 2, DIE HARD 5, Comic Book Movies, and a Lot More

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At this year’s CinemaCon, I was able to land an exclusive interview with Tom Rothman (Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment).  While we posted selected portions of the interview last week, after the jump you can read the entire conversation which covers a lot more than comic book movies.  I love getting to speak with actors and directors, but if you really want to find out which projects are moving forward and why certain decisions were made, a studio head has all the answers.

During the wide-ranging conversation we talked about 48 frames per second, the shift towards higher quality films on Fox’s slate, Prometheus (and it’s rating), Daredevil, Fantastic Four, the Chronicle sequel, The Wolverine, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, a New Mutants movie, A Good Day to Die Hard (Die Hard 5), and more.  Hit the jump to read what he had to say.

20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman Says They Hope to Release RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Sequel in Summer 2014

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Director Rupert Wyatt delivered a surprise hit with last summer’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  The franchise had been in cold storage since the atrocious Tim Burton remake but Fox decided to give the Apes another chance, and it paid off wonderfully (even though the film was flat-out robbed of the Best Visual Effects Oscar).  Although James Franco was the name on the marquee, the prequel made Caesar (Andy Serkis) the real star and Weta’s special effects geniuses helped bring the character to life.

Last November, we reported that 20th Century Fox was planning multiple sequels to the successful blockbuster with Wyatt and Serkis slated to return.  Steve recently interviewed the studio’s CEO, Tom Rothman, and learned that they’re hoping to get the next movie in theaters by summer 2014.  Hit the jump for more.

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