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Andy Serkis And 'Apes' Director Rupert Wyatt Want To Make Performance-Capture Take On 'Animal Farm'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 2:30 AM
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We're about a month from release, and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is still perhaps the biggest question mark of the summer. It's got a high-caliber cast, led by freshly-minted Oscar nominee James Franco and performance capture pioneer Andy Serkis as lead ape Caesar, a promising director, in Rupert Wyatt, who debuted with the little-seen-but-superb "The Escapist," and a script more effective than most tentpole flicks. But at the same time, we haven't really been feeling the trailers to date (the last was the best of them), the "Deep Blue Sea"-esque premise could risk looking silly, and the shunting of release dates (summer, then November, then summer again) has sent mixed messages.

Christopher Nolan Producing Supernatural Thriller For Terminally Underrated Director Keith Gordon

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 2:00 AM
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Becoming a true titan of cinema, of which there are few, the kind who can get anything greenlit, who take critical plaudits and giant box office success in equal measure, isn't easy. Even Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick relied on studio patronage to get their films out, leaving... let's say Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron at the top of the list. And, by following up billion-dollar success "The Dark Knight" with "Inception," a difficult passion project that made a ton of money and got a Best Picture nomination, Christopher Nolan joined them.

Sweet Baby Jesus: 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' Adds Anna Kendrick & Chris Rock

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 1, 2011 1:30 AM
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James Cameron memorably imparted a distasteful analogy when he was doing the press rounds for “Avatar” and journalists would ask what the filmmaker-cum-megalomaniac’s next project would be. “You don't ask a woman if she wants to have more kids when she's crowning.” snapped the tousled-haired millionaire. As unpleasant as the image of Jim Cameron splayed on a doctor’s table waiting for his gold-plated “baby” to drop from his loins undoubtedly is, it’s an appropriate metaphor for another trend that’s crowning for real: bland self-help non-fiction books nonsensically translated into fiction films. To wit: “He’s Just Not That Into You”, “Marley & Me”, “Yes Man” and now the stupidest one yet, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, a fictional adaptation of the perennially popular series of books penned by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel that guide men and women who are -- duh -- expecting to bring a child into the world in the near future.

Is Ben Foster Part Of The Cast For Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 1:00 AM
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Regardless of whether that plot synopsis from last night is legit or not (and Fox have denied it), we're more excited for "Prometheus," the sci-fi tale that seems to be set in the same universe as the "Alien" films, and that marks director Ridley Scott's first science fiction movie since "Blade Runner," than we thought we'd be, considering it started off as that most redundant of movie phenomenons, a prequel. Scott and writer Damon Lindelof have been talking a good talk about the originality of the film, and they've assembled quite the cast, with Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Guy Pearce and Logan Marshall-Green. And now it's being alleged that another top actor has joined the cast.

Five Directors Who Could Replace Kenneth Branagh On 'Thor 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 11:52 AM
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So, Marvel are done with Kenneth Branagh, or possibly Kenneth Branagh is done with Marvel: if you missed it earlier, "Thor 2" has been officially announced for a July 26, 2013 release date, with star Chris Hemsworth returning (which people seem to think is news: like all the superhero leads, the Australian actor signed an expansive multi-film contract that makes him Marvel's bitch for the next decade or so), but Branagh not sitting in the director's chair, although he may stay on a producing role of some kind.

D.J. Caruso Might Take 'A Walk Among The Tombstones'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 11:20 AM
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D.J. Caruso has had an interesting career thus far. He started doing moodier fare like "The Salton Sea" and less notably the Angelina Jolie thriller "Taking Lives." He detoured into the sports gambling movie "Two for the Money" before dropping the Hitchock-ripping "Disturbia," the actioner "Eagle Eye" and then this year's "I Am Number Four." The curious thing is that all of his movies have been middling. Not terrible, but not really that good either, and he's profitable and enthusiastic enough to still get his name on pictures. He already has the comic adaptation "Preacher" on his table, but a decidedly different sort of movie might come first.

Did The Plot For Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Just Get Spoiled? Nope, Fox Drops Official Synopsis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 10:28 AM
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Update: That was fast. Responding to the rumors which they have said are "way off," Fox has dropped an official synopsis/logline for the film. Here it is:

Francis Ford Coppola Coming To Comic-Con With 'Twixt Now and Sunrise'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 30, 2011 9:55 AM
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Now Just Called, 'Twixt,' Also Sorry, 'Hunger Games' Won't Be ThereMarvel, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Disney, The Weinstein Company and possibly other major studios may have bowed out of the Comic-Con game this year, so while that's sadface time for the fanboys, it's good news for anyone who wants to see something a little left of center. One already odd choice is Steven Soderbergh, who will be in attendance for the first time with Gina Carano for his action spy thriller, "Haywire." Now you can add a way bigger wtf: Francis Ford Coppola will be there, according to a press release.

Drew Barrymore Reteams With 'Whip It' Writer Shauna Cross For 'Heist Society'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 9:44 AM
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Yep, Drew Barrymore is steadily embarking on a directing career and we're actually pretty glad that she is. Her roller derby league coming-of-age tale "Whip It" was a lot better than the reception it received. A warm, funny story that also found a unique setting in which to spin a familiar tale, Barrymore got solid turns from her extensive cast, showed a keen ear for music with the extensive soundtrack and moreover, she had a pretty strong hand behind the camera.

Watch: Get All Kinds Of Goosebumps With Outstanding Teaser Trailer For 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 9:41 AM
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Wow. Maybe it's just the way our brains are wired, but we just saw more fireworks from 70-odd seconds of middle-aged British character actors than we got across two-and-a-half-hours of empty spectacle in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." The Guardian just debuted the first international teaser trailer for one of our most anticipated films of the rest of the year, Working Title's adaptation of John Le Carre's spy classic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," the English-language debut of "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson, and it's easily one of the best trailers we've seen in an age.

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