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.

New AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Set Videos from Italy Provide First Look at Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Ultron [Updated]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently filming out in the open in Italy, and so unofficial videos and images are leaking out.  In addition to providing a look at Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the scene shows people fleeing in terror, which includes explosions and the requisite appearances of “Man with Briefcase” and “Woman Holding Baby”.  There’s also a metal humanoid, who is presumably the villain Ultron (James Spader) since you can see in one of the set photos they’re trying to cover him up with a black cloak in order to hide him until they’re ready for a proper unveiling.  Since these photos have leaked, that attempt isn’t going so well.  I’m also a little surprised there’s a practical Ultron on set since I assumed the entire character would be done entirely with motion capture and CGI.  [Update: Check out higher quality photos here.]

Hit the jump to check out the images and video.  The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, and Mark RuffaloAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

New Set Photo from DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Toby Kebbell

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Fox has released a new photo from the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Since the special effects work is still heavily underway, we probably shouldn’t expect to start seeing damn, dirty, CGI apes until later this spring, but this is still a nice tease for the post-apocalyptic sequel.  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.  This time around, Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans) will be throwing on a mo-cap suit, and it will be interesting to see how his work compares to the veteran Serkis.

Hit the jump to check out the set photo.  The film also stars Jason Clarke, Keri RussellGary OldmanKodi Smit-McPheeKirk AcevedoEnrique Murciano, and Judy GreerDawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 3D on July 18th.

First Look at Matt Ryan in Costume as Constantine from NBC’s CONSTANTINE Pilot [UPDATED]

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Production crews from around the world have posted photos to Slates for Sarah, a Facebook page devoted to Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who died in an accident on set in February.  It’s a cool tribute to raise awareness about safety on film sets.  Earlier today, the cast and crew of NBC’s Constantine pilot uploaded a photo from the Atlanta set.  The sweet gesture also gives us our first look at Matt Ryan in costume as Constantine, the “enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.”  Tie, trench coat, messy hair: he looks the part.

Neil Marshall (The Descent) is directing the pilot from a script by Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist).  Cerone developed the story with David S. Goyer (Man of Steel).  Check out two images after the jump. [Update: We've added an official promo image and press notes]

New Images from GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor Johnson and Bryan Craston; Plus a Size Chart Comparing Godzilla’s Incarnations

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New images have been released for Gareth EdwardsGodzilla.  Although we recently got a new trailer, plot details remain scarce beyond the eponymous monster running amok and helpless humans trying to figure out how to deal with him.  These new images don’t provide any more details, but I’m glad we’re not at a marketing overload point.  There’s just enough mystery here to keep it interesting without being gratingly coy about the whole affair.

Hit the jump to check out the images along with a size chart for how all of the various Godzillas stack up against each other.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-JohnsonBryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette BinocheSally HawkinsKen Watanabe, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

New Behind-the-Scenes Image from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Nicholas Hoult

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Bryan Singer has tweeted a new behind-the-scenes image from X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  Singer is currently shooting pickups in Montreal, and one of them must involve Beast (Nicholas Hoult) who is using good, old-fashioned TVs and monitors to do…something.  So very mysterious.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, and Patrick StewartX-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

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.

7 New Images from TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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Paramount has released new images and set photos from Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Few details are known about the upcoming sequel/reboot, and these photos don’t provide anything revealing other than Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor’s characters will be getting in presumably Bumblebee, and Michael Bay felt the need to attack Nicola Peltz with a giant green-screen claw.  I like to imagine he carries that thing around even when he’s not filming.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li BingbingTransformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters on June 27, 2014.

Christopher Nolan Straps an IMAX Camera to the Front of a Learjet for INTERSTELLAR

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Christopher Nolan loves using the IMAX camera, and we love him for using it.  It gets amazing footage, but it’s tough to wield.  The camera is bulky, noisy, and there aren’t many of them in the world, so you have to be careful.  Strapping an IMAX camera to the front of a Learjet may not be the most cautious use of the expensive equipment, but Nolan’s probably going to get some amazing footage out of it for his new movie, Interstellar.  Plot details are unsurprisingly scarce (“a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage”; the story might also involve corn), but it’s good to know that Nolan is finding new ways to utilize the IMAX camera.

Hit the jump to check out a couple images of the rig.  The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael CaineInterstellar opens November 7, 2014.

Four New Images from OUT OF THE FURNACE Starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, and Woody Harrelson

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Four new images have been released for Scott Cooper’s drama Out of the Furnace.  The film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring.  The pic seems to be flying under the radar when it comes to awards prognostication.  Perhaps that’s because of early buzz amongst Oscar bloggers (where’s Adam when you need him?!) or because the plot doesn’t reach for something as lofty as other contenders even thought it looks like a compelling character drama.  Perhaps its awards fortunes will change when it premieres at AFI Fest later this month.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, and Forest WhitakerOut of the Furnace opens in theaters December 6th.

Director David Ayer Releases New Set Photos from His World War II Film, FURY, Starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf

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A few weeks ago, director David Ayer shared some images from his upcoming tank movie, Fury.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury” that battles a desperate German army.  Even though these are just set photos, the composition on some of them is superb and highly encouraging for the visuals of the finished film.  This is clearly Ayer’s biggest feature to date, and it could be really impressive if he blends the scale of a World War II action film with the strong character work of his previous film, End of Watch.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena, and Jason IsaacsFury opens on November 14, 2014.

New Poster and 8 Images for RIDE ALONG Starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

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Universal has released the poster, four images, and four set photos for Tim Story‘s upcoming action-comedy, Ride Along.  The film stars Kevin Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-tempered cop (Ice Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband.  The studio is pretty hot on the film, and has already started work on a sequel.  Click here for the trailer.

Hit the jump to check out the poster and images, and click on the respective links for my set report, and interviews with Ice Cube and Hart.  The film also stars John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen, and Laurence FishburneRide Along opens January 17, 2014.

Ron Howard Shares Photos from the Set of IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

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Rush was one of Ron Howard‘s best films in decades, and hopefully this is the beginning of career resurgence when it comes to quality.  His next film, In the Heart of the Sea, certainly has the potential with its incredible true story.  In 1819, the whaling ship Essex was rammed by an angry sperm whale in the South Pacific.  The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism.  Howard has released a couple set photos of the production working on the last day of their interior tank work.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here for more photos from the set.  In the Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, and Benjamin Walker.

Vin Diesel Shares New Set Photo from FAST & FURIOUS 7 Featuring Dwayne Johnson

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Vin Diesel continues to roll out photos from the set of Fast & Furious 7.  After yesterday’s photo featuring Jason Statham, Diesel has now provided an image with Dwayne Johnson, who plays the badass Hobbs.  I’m interested to see where Hobbes goes in the sequel considering his betrayal in Fast & Furious 6.  A friend of mine pointed out that Hobbs never would have done that, but he did and now the character will have to face those consequences.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Paul Walker, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and John BrothertonFast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014. [Warning: Photo contains minor spoilers.]

Two New Set Photos from FAST & FURIOUS 7 Starring Vin Diesel and Jason Statham

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Vin Diesel has been very open with sharing photos from the set of Fast & Furious 7.  It’s a nice way to connect with fans, and proof that just because a movie is highly anticipated, that doesn’t mean the set has to be locked down like Fort Knox.  Of course, there’s nothing in here that will spoil the movie, but it’s fun to see Diesel and Jason Statham, who plays the film’s heavy, looking over the script. It’s also funny to see a glass of wine between them even though it’s a prop.

Hit the jump to check out the set photos.  The film also stars Paul Walker, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, John Brotherton, and Dwayne JohnsonFast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014.

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