Matt Reeves Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, More Sequels, Whether James Franco Appears in the Movie, Directing with Pneumonia, 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 WonderCon, I landed a great video interview with Reeves.  He talked about the film’s concept of shying away from traditional villains, directing while he had pneumonia, whether or not James Franco is in the movie, future sequels, if the next sequel could have a shorter title, what he learned from  friends-and-family screenings and the challenge of having people watch the film when it’s not close to done, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the video and full transcript.

TOP 5: WonderCon Coverage, BOYHOOD Trailer, Orci Lobbying to Direct STAR TREK 3, Ray Fisher to Play Cyborg in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, STAR WARS News

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I’d like to apologize in advance for today’s opening paragraph lacking the fascinating insight and ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 gushing that you’ve come to expect. I’m writing from the press lounge of the 5th Annual Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (also known as C2E2) where a majority of my time will be spent on the convention floor taking Cosplay pictures and searching for heavily discounted hardback comics. It’s not a complete loss, though, as I should be posting an image recap from the convention in the coming days much like I’ve done the last two years.

All dreams of hardback treasure hunting aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights our extensive WonderCon Anaheim coverage, the first trailer for Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, word that Roberto Orci is looking to direct Star Trek 3, Ray Fisher landing the role of Cyborg in Batman vs. Superman, and several new pieces of Star Wars info. Resting on the other side of the jump is a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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.

Bill Paxton Talks EDGE OF TOMORROW, Working with Tom Cruise and Doug Liman, ALIENS, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., Future Projects, and More

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One of my favorite movies is James Cameron’s Aliens.  While the term masterpiece gets used to describe many things that are unworthy of the moniker, when you’re talking about Aliens, you’re talking about perfection.  Loaded with incredible visuals, a great script, and effects that still hold up, Aliens is a great example of what’s possible in cinema.  Knowing how I feel about the movie, you can imagine how excited I was when I found out I’d get a chance to speak with Bill Paxton at WonderCon.  Thankfully, while you usually only get a few minutes on a red carpet, Paxton spoke with me for a long time before Warner Bros.’ Edge of Tomorrow panel.

During our conversation, he talked about Aliens, people quoting lines to him, what it was like working with director Doug Liman and Tom Cruise on Edge of Tomorrow, the premise of the film, being part of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., future projects, and a lot more.  If you’re a fan of Paxton, I promise you’ll enjoy this interview.

Jay Baruchel and Dean DeBlois Talk HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, New Characters and Dragons, Plans for the Franchise, and More

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In How to Train Your Dragon 2, it’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk, and the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds.  When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a home to hundreds of new wild dragons, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace because only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.  For more on the film, watch the first five minutes of the movie.

While at WonderCon to promote the upcoming release of the sequel, actor Jay Baruchel, who voices Hiccup in both the films and the TV show, and writer/director Dean DeBlois talked about how things have changed since the first movie, how the voice recording works for these films, how many different types of new dragons there will be, the characters new to this film, and the plan for the franchise, going forward.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Sean Bean, Ali Larter, Showrunner David Wilcox, and More Talk New TNT Spy Series LEGENDS, Deviations from the Books, and More at WonderCon

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This August, TNT will premiere an intense new series from the producers of Homeland, centered around the FBI’s elite Deep Cover Operations (DCO) division.  Based on the book by spy novelist Robert Little, Legends stars Sean Bean as FBI agent Martin Odum, a specialist who can transform himself into anyone he needs to be.  His alternate identities, called “legends,” are so complex and thoroughly established that they almost take on lives of their own.  The show also stars Ali Larter as a fellow operative who has a history with Martin, Tina Majorino as technical expert Maggie Pool, and Morris Chestnut as another agent investigating Martin’s involvement in a murder case.

The cast made an appearance at WonderCon last weekend, along with showrunner David Wilcox (Fringe), to talk about what audiences can expect from the show and, naturally, whether the infamously death-prone (on screen, at least) Bean will actually make it to the end of the first season.  Hit the jump to read the full interview, and click here for our recap of the show’s WonderCon panel.

THE LAST SHIP Cast and Crew Visit WonderCon to Talk About Heroism, Michael Bay and filming on a Real Navy Ship

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As the crew of the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James prepares to return from a training mission in the arctic, they discover that while they were gone a deadly virus has devastated the world’s population and the only hope for a cure may be in the hands of a scientist on board their ship.  That’s the premise that sets off the events in the first episode of The Last Ship, a new series from Michael Bay, airing this June on TNT.

The series stars Eric Dane as Capt. Tom Chandler, Adam Baldwin as Executive Officer Slattery, Rhona Mitra as Dr. Rachel Scott, Charles Parnell as Master Chief Russell Jeter and Travis Van Winkle as Navy S.E.A.L. Lt. Danny Green. Parnell and Van Winkle joined executive producers Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane at WonderCon to preview the first episode and talk about where we might see the show take us in upcoming episodes.

Director Luc Besson Talks LUCY, a Possible Sequel, His Approach to Female Characters, and More; Says TAKEN 3 Has Nothing to Do with Liam Neeson’s Family

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From writer/director Luc Besson, the action-thriller Lucy is about a woman (Scarlett Johansson) who is accidentally caught in a dark deal, and then turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.  For more on the film, watch the trailer and read our WonderCon panel recap.

While at WonderCon to promote the film’s August 8th release, filmmaker Luc Besson spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about who Lucy is, how he’d been thinking about and working on this project for 10 years, that he doesn’t like to cut a lot of scenes, but he likes to allow himself a bit of room during editing, and how, if the film is huge, he would think about a possible sequel.  He also talked about the sci-fi trilogy he will probably do next, how no one will actually get taken in Taken 3, which is currently filming, and where he sees the Transporter movies going next.  Check out what he had to say 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.

Simon Kinberg Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Budget and Opening Scene; Says Opening Introduces Refugee Mutants

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The superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past is certainly one of the more ambitious undertakings of the past few years.  Not only does the film mix the original X-Men cast with the younger X-Men: First Class cast, but it also introduces the long-awaited Sentinels for the first time, takes place in two time periods, and essentially chronicles a mutant apocalypse.  As such, it wasn’t a huge shock when reports surfaced that Days of Future Past might have the largest budget of any Fox film except for Avatar.

When Steve recently sat down with Days of Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg, he addressed the film’s budget and also talked about the scope of the pic, specifically describing the opening scene of the movie.  The pic begins in the future as the mutants face extinction, and Kinberg talked about their approach to the cold open of the movie, which introduces a band of refugee mutants (watch the opening here).  Read on after the jump.

Director Steven Quale Talks INTO THE STORM, Mixing Big Visual Effects with the Grounded Human Element, and More at WonderCon

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Over the weekend, shortly before Into the Storm director Steven Quale hit the WonderCon stage to talk about his movie, I landed a few minutes with him backstage on the red carpet.  He talked about how the film mixes big visual effects with a grounded human element, how real-life tornadic events influenced what they decided to portray, if the science in the movie is real, how they never considered making it in 3D, how the film was shot, upcoming projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch and click here to read our recap of the Into the Storm WonderCon panel.  The film stars Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Max Deacon, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, and Scott Lawrence.

Jerry Bruckheimer Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, the Summer Release Date, BAD BOYS 3, NATIONAL TREASURE 3, TOP GUN 2, and More at WonderCon

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From filmmaker Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Deliver Us From Evil tells the story of the real-life series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes that police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) began investigating in New York.  As frightening events occur around the city, Sarchie teams up with an unconventional priest (Édgar Ramírez) who is schooled in the rituals of exorcism.

While at WonderCon to promote the film’s July 2nd theatrical release, producer Jerry Bruckheimer spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about being attracted to the procedural aspect of this story, why he responded to the true story of the book when he bought it 10 years ago, how even though the film tested very high, it’s all about the second weekend of release for him, how important the casting was, and what Scott Derrickson brings to this genre.  He also talked about what it will take for Bad Boys 3 to get done, that they just got a first act in for the National Treasure 3 script last week, how close they are to getting Beverly Hills Cop 4 into production, why they’re looking to do Top Gun 2, why they’re moving into the cyber crimes area for a possible CSI spin-off CSI: Cyber, and how he’s developing a show for TNT.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Director Gareth Edwards Talks GODZILLA’s Roar and Designing the Monster at WonderCon

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Over the weekend, shortly before Godzilla director Gareth Edwards hit the WonderCon stage to talk about his movie, I landed a few minutes with him backstage on the red carpet.  While the interview was brief, he talked about designing the sound of Godzilla, how they came up with the new roar, his look, and more.  Hit the jump to watch and click here to read our recap of the Godzilla WonderCon panel.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan CranstonElizabeth Olsen, Ken WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Wes Ball, and James Dashner Talk THE MAZE RUNNER, the Dangerous Filming Locations, Rattlesnakes, the Visuals, and More

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Over the weekend, shortly after Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, director Wes Ball, and screenwriter James Dashner took the WonderCon stage to promote The Maze Runner, I landed a great video with them interview backstage.  The film centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up.  The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers.  Only one of the teens, Thomas (O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape.  The Maze Runner also stars Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson.  For more on the film, watch the teaser trailer.

During the interview the group talked about the dangerous filming locations, rattlesnakes, how filming on location added to the experience, the visuals of the film, how fans of the book will react to the movie, the glade set and how upset they were when it was torn down, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Elizabeth Mitchell Talks REVOLUTION, What’s Coming up this Season, Optioning the Rights for DOLLS BEHAVING BADLY, and More at WonderCon

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Over the weekend, right before Elizabeth Mitchell took the WonderCon stage to promote NBC’s Revolution, I was able to participate in a group interview backstage.  She talked about what fans can look forward to on the last four episodes of Revolution, what she’d like to happen in season 3 if they get renewed, the experience of going to WonderCon and Comic-Con, being a life-long fan of sci-fi and fantasy, how the fanbases for Revolution and Lost compare, optioning the rights to the book Dolls Behaving Badly, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.

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