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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.

Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, & Imogen Poots Join 'The Blunderer'; Toby Kebbell & Nicholas Hoult Will Build A 'Sand Castle'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 9, 2014 6:02 PM
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Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Imogen Poots, Blunderer
It’s a casting-o-rama Friday. With Cannes around the corner and the entire industry getting together for their quarterly wheeling and dealing, it means a lot of pacts are being made. Perhaps the most interesting is the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel ‘The Blunderer.” She is obviously the writer of the Talented Mr. Ripley series and this non-Ripley-centered psychological thriller will star Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Toby Jones and Imogen Poots. Andy Goddard will direct.

Watch: Act Like A Primate In 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Featurette Plus Teaser For The Full Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2014 4:57 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Apes will rule the Earth ... at least at the multiplex this summer when "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" arrives, picking up years after "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," with humanity now at the mercy of the super smart simians. A lot of work went into creating the realistic looking simians, that goes far beyond the tremendous amount of CGI.

Toby Kebbell Lining Up To Play 'Fantastic Four' Villain Dr. Doom

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2014 6:35 PM
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Dr. Doom Toby Kebbell
A few weeks ago, it was down to four to play Dr. Doom in Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot, which they're pinning such high hopes on that they've already got a sequel date squared away. Sam Riley, Eddie Redmayne, Toby Kebbell and Domhnall Gleeson were in the running for the villain, but it looks one has come out on top.

Sam Riley, Eddie Redmayne & More In The Mix To Play Dr. Doom In 'Fantastic Four'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 12, 2014 9:22 AM
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Sam Riley, Eddie Redmayne, Toby Kebbell, Domhnall Gleeson Dr. Doom
Producer Matthew Vaughn and director Josh Trank have been doing everything in their power to distance their “Fantastic Four” reboot from the earlier goofy films. Not content with just casting great young actors as the famous superhero team, the filmmakers are looking to surprise with their villain choice too.

Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell & Rob Kazinsky Take Up 'Warcraft' For Duncan Jones

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 7:48 PM
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It was only a matter of time before Duncan Jones entered the blockbuster world. His debut "Moon" managed a huge amount with a fairly slim budget, he stepped up to a bigger canvas effectively with "Source Code," and he's been linked with big projects like "The Wolverine," "Man Of Steel" and "Catching Fire" over the last few years. But the helmer, a keen videogamer, was finally lured to the megabudget world by "Warcraft," Legendary's adaptation of the popular series of fantasy video games.

Jack Huston & Toby Kebbell Vying To Lurch As 'Frankenstein'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • June 27, 2013 11:48 AM
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The project’s been kicking around for a couple years now, but it looks like a new “Frankenstein” movie is moving closer towards reality. Daniel Radcliffe’s all set to play Igor and Fox has recently given the film an October 2014 release date. Now the studio, along with director Paul McGuigan (“Lucky Number Slevin”), is looking for someone to play Victor Von Frankenstein. The names being thrown around are quite intriguing.

Sundance Review: 'The East' Is A Divisive, But Stylish Thriller & Worthy Companion Piece To 'Sound Of My Voice'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 20, 2013 10:25 PM
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The first images in "The East" – the new thriller from Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, the team who made last year's underrated cult thriller "Sound Of My Voice" – are grainy footage of intruders breaking into someone's home juxtaposed with images of seagulls covered in oil. We are told through voiceover that this is the home of a CEO whose company was responsible for dumping millions of gallons of oil into the ocean.

Review: 'Wrath Of The Titans' A Barely Memorable, Lifeless Sequel

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 28, 2012 7:26 AM
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So a couple of years ago, they remade “Clash Of The Titans.” Do you remember that? No? Well, it was pretty successful. Box Office Mojo says it made about $500 million. There were some special effects. It was in 3D. Gods, monsters, that sort of thing. Seems like a can’t miss thing. Apparently Danny Huston was in it. Well, they’ve made a sequel, believe it or not. Does it match up to the last film? Not sure. It seems this has gone from a forgettable movie to a forgettable franchise.

'Akira' Contender Toby Kebbell Critical Of Proposed Remake, Says Tetsuo & Kaneda Would Have Been Brothers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2012 9:25 AM
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Make no mistake, there were more than a few concerned fans when last year Warner Bros. tried to put the pieces in place for their long-developing remake of the cult classic "Akira." The project went through two directors in one year (Albert Hughes and Jaume Collet-Serra) before being shut down this past January. From casting that rounded up a bunch of young, familiar and white faces to the setting, which was dropped into New Manhattan, to the concept of splitting the story into two movies, almost every idea being tossed around was met with harsh scrutiny. Even from actors trying out for the gig.

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