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Interview: Director Matt Reeves Explores The "Anatomy Of Violence" In ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 14, 2014 1:03 PM
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Dawn of the Planet Of the Apes
Tribalism, the rise and fall of civilizations, broken brotherhoods and the tragic failure to coexist: these are not the familiar ingredients for a summer tentpole movie. And yet here they are in Matt Reeves’ well-considered, thoughtful and morally complex, “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” a summer blockbuster that considers a lot of ambitious ideas, successfully arranges them and yet never at the expense of scope, spectacle and drama. We could probably see hundreds of blockbusters like these and not get tired of them. They are every reason we go to the movies: for escapism, but also to have a piece of art reflect back a little piece of humanity back at us. And Reeves' movie does that in spades.

Best To Worst: Ranking The 'Planet Of The Apes' Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 10, 2014 2:55 PM
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Ranked: Planet Of The Apes Movies
By now, unless you're totally deaf to advance buzz or have been living on a Luddite commune for the last few weeks, you’ll be aware that Friday’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” will open wide with a great groundswell of critical approval behind it (you can read our own extremely positive review here). Whether that will translate into box office is anyone’s guess, but the omens are in its favor: ‘Dawn’ seems destined to benefit from strong word of mouth, especially around Andy Serkis’ motion-capture performance, the trailers have been playing like gangbusters (even if their violence sparked complaints during the World Cup) and most importantly, it’s the sequel to the remarkably successful “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” which itself took nearly half a billion dollars worldwide.

Review: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke & Gary Oldman

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 9, 2014 10:25 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
In the new cynical, cash-grabbing sweepstakes to manufacture polished, all-appealing four quadrant blockbusters— specifically engineered to reap hundreds of millions of dollars, of course— 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” sequel is of a rare, rare breed. It’s the genuine article, an engrossing tentpole with serious themes, complex moral conflicts and emotional stakes, and one that doesn’t feel as if it was written by committee or structured around big and familiar action set pieces. And it’s one that executes on all its lofty ambitions from minute one with nary a false note. In truth, the deeply absorbing and thematically rich ‘Apes’ sequel is more akin to a drama than an action film, but it's one that still satisfies the desires and demands of big, blockbuster filmmaking.

Andy Serkis Lands Role In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2014 5:26 PM
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All it takes is one quote for fanboys to start adding up things that aren't there. "The Imaginarium is the performance capture consultant, and I’m playing a role [in both 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron']. On ‘The Avengers,’ I’ve been working closely with Mark Ruffalo," Andy Serkis told Variety recently. "I’m not at liberty to mention [the role]. But it’s all the same to me. I’ve never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It’s just basically what you wear to the set that’s different." And somehow from that, some sites start speculating that Serkis was playing The Hulk in Joss Whedon's super sequel or doing all the performance capture. Um, not quite.

'Star Wars: Episode 7': Carrie Fisher's Daughter & Andy Serkis Lead Latest Updates & Rumors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 9:01 AM
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Another week begins, which means more "Star Wars: Episode 7" morsels to hopefully help manage your patience as you await December 2015, which is still the release date for the sequel, despite the protestations of director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy. And these latest updates involve casting, with one rumored name joining the ensemble, and another sharing early details about his role.

Watch: Primates Go Bear Hunting In New 'Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes' TV Spot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 6:13 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
All told, it's been a pretty good summer so far, but perhaps our most anticipated tentpole is still to come: "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes." The 2011 reboot of the long-running franchise, "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," was one of the most pleasant blockbuster surprises in years, and all the evidence we've seen of the follow-up, "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," suggests it could build on that, from the top-notch helmer in "Let Me In" director Matt Reeves to the excellent cast, including Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman.

Watch: See Mo-Cap Work & Finished VFX Side-By-Side In 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2014 6:17 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
"Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" is coming and the filmmakers really want you to know how hard they worked on it. It wasn't long ago we got a featurette looking at the training the actors went through to act like primates, and now another peek behind the curtain via EW reveals the complex work that went into creating the apes.

Watch: New Full Length Trailer For 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Unleashed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2014 8:56 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Next weekend sees the biggest lizard of them all, "Godzilla," stomping into theatres, but he won't be the only creature providing a sizzling summer. Primates will be everywhere in July with "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," and the latest trailer is here for the anticipated sequel to the surprise franchise starting hit, "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes."

Lou Ferrigno Claims Solo 'Hulk' Movie To Follow 'Avengers 2'; Andy Serkis Helping With Mo-Cap On 'Ultron'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 2, 2014 9:04 AM
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Despite the successful run on TV screens in the late '70s and early '80s, the Hulk has proven to be a tough sell on the big screen, with no less than three actors playing Bruce Banner in less than a decade and Marvel itself at the helm of the last two iterations. While last spring came word from the lastest Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo, that there were “no plans for a stand alone,” leave it to the most iconic Hulk of them all to start the rumor mill anew.

The 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Official Cast Explored

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 30, 2014 2:27 PM
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Just when we think we're out, they pull us back in. With many of us here a little jaded about the prospect, not so much of the film itself, but of the months of speculation and debate and wringing wild meaning from the tiddiest of bits that lie between us and the premiere of "Star Wars: Episode VII" in December 2015, we were adopting a firm wait-and-see attitude toward casting rumors, and toward what those rumors might mean for the story. Well, we waited and saw, and yesterday's casting confirmation kind of had the effect of vaudeville-yanking us off the stage of our indifference: it's an intriguing, and we have to say, not obvious, lineup.

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