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'Guardians of the Galaxy''s Groot Deserves Best Animated Character of the Year Award

5 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Visual Effects Society recognizes that it takes a village to create an animated character. As opposed to the Academy, whose Governors and voters are biased in favor of live action and on-screen actors. Well, one of the best animated characters I have ever seen--even better than the fabulous Andy Serkis's groundbreaking work with Weta Digital in everything from Gollum and King Kong to Caesar in the "Planet of the Apes" movies--is Groot in "Guardians of the Galaxy" (August 1). VFX house Framestore took the lead on Groot and his fab partner Rocket Raccoon (well-voiced by Bradley Cooper).  One reason: thanks to motion capture, you can feel the actor behind the animation--it's in the eyes. It's not just Vin Diesel's delivery of the phrase, "I am Groot," which provides comic relief. But this sentient tree is more than a formidable warrior. Groot is the power of nature, as well as its nurturing heart. »

- Anne Thompson

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Marvelous DA7E #57: DC Wins Con, Deadpool and Strings

7 hours ago | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Hello!

If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation to the detriment of no one. Because there are spoilers, maybe, but that’s part of the fun!

If You’Re A Returning Visitor! Hi again! What a week, huh? Did you see the thing I wrote about superhero movie audiences and white guys on The Guardian?

This Week: An argument for DC winning Comic-Con, New Taxonomy of Scoopage, got no strings on, and Wtf is there a Deadpool movie again?!

DC V. Marvel: Dawn of JustUsCaringAboutThis

San Diego Comic-Con. It’s the big one, or at least it is sometimes the big one. More and more this event is becoming something catered to the people who are physically there, which is fantastic. As someone who goes to press conferences for moves and someone who has attended Comic-Con, »

- Da7e

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Below-the-Line Bookings

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Gersh Agency has booked producer Jean Higgins (“Lost”) on Amazon Studios pilot “Man in the High Castle,” helmed by David Semel; production designer Michael Hanan (“The Bridge”) on Spike TV miniseries “King Tut”; and editor Joe Leonard (“Glee”) on Fox series “Empire.”

Innovative Artists bookings include visual effects producer Nikki Penny (“Clash of the Titans”) on Andy Serkis’ “Jungle Book”; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) on Roberto Orci’s “Star Trek 3”; and stunt coordinator/2nd unit director Jack Gill (“Fast & Furious 7”) on Tim Story’s “Ride Along 2.”

iTalent has placed editors Mark Livolsi (“Saving Mr. Banks”) on John Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” and Jeff Betancourt (“Get a Job”) on Woo-ping Yuen’s “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny.”)

Mirisch Agency bookings: visual effects producers Mike Chambers (“Transcendence”) on James Bobin’s “Through The Looking Glass” and Karen Murphy (“The Twilight Saga: »

- Peter Caranicas

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Below-the-Line Bookings

7 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Gersh Agency has booked producer Jean Higgins (“Lost”) on Amazon Studios pilot “Man in the High Castle,” helmed by David Semel; production designer Michael Hanan (“The Bridge”) on Spike TV miniseries “King Tut”; and editor Joe Leonard (“Glee”) on Fox series “Empire.”

Innovative Artists bookings include visual effects producer Nikki Penny (“Clash of the Titans”) on Andy Serkis’ “Jungle Book”; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) on Roberto Orci’s “Star Trek 3”; and stunt coordinator/2nd unit director Jack Gill (“Fast & Furious 7”) on Tim Story’s “Ride Along 2.”

iTalent has placed editors Mark Livolsi (“Saving Mr. Banks”) on John Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” and Jeff Betancourt (“Get a Job”) on Woo-ping Yuen’s “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny.”)

Mirisch Agency bookings: visual effects producers Mike Chambers (“Transcendence”) on James Bobin’s “Through The Looking Glass” and Karen Murphy (“The Twilight Saga: »

- Peter Caranicas

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[Reviews] - "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" (Matt Reeves)

8 hours ago | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Click here to read our french "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" movie review, directed by Matt Reeves with Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis.A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. »

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Simon Pegg hints at Star Wars Episode 7 voice role?

15 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Simon Pegg has fuelled speculation that he has a role in Star Wars Episode VII.

Comments by the Star Trek actor have led some fans to suggest that he could lend his voice to Jj Abrams's Disney film, or appear in it disguised by make-up.

Pegg was spotted on the Star Wars set in Abu Dhabi last month, while his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Benedict Cumberbatch seemingly hinted at San Diego Comic-Con that the Hot Fuzz actor might appear in Abrams's new film.

Asked about the rumours, Pegg told Vulture: "Well, Jj uses me in different roles, and we're good friends.

"I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don't want people to watch and go, 'Oh, there's Simon Pegg's face'.

"The film is cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors."

He went »

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'Ask Drew' deals with the Oculus Rift and Mad Max in a special Comic-Con episode

29 July 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you want to see what chaos looks like, try shooting something with both sound and video on the floor of the San Diego Comic-Con. Now add in the variables of answering questions you're not prepared to answer with people you know walking by and anxious security guards trying to move you and last-day anxiety from everyone around you and it gets to be pure madness, but the kind that can be an enormous amount of fun if you let it. I'll be honest… this is probably the first time in the entire history of me covering Comic-Con that you would be able to tape me on a Sunday afternoon and still get me smiling. Part of that is because they scheduled Comic-Con in a way this year that almost made it feel human, and part of it is because I've only recently started seeing someone new, someone who loves »

- Drew McWeeny

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Simon Pegg on the rumours of him appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII

29 July 2014 3:24 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite the fact that J.J. Abrams stated he wouldn’t be casting any Star Trek alumni in Star Wars: Episode VII, we’ve heard on a few occasions that Simon Pegg is set for a “secret role” in the hotly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s sequel trilogy.

Pegg was reported to have visited the Dubai set to film his scene(s), and over the weekend his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Benedict Cumberbatch apparently confirmed the Cornetto Trilogy star’s involvement during an interview at Comic-Con. Well, Pegg has now responded to those rumours during an interview with Vulture:

“J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film »

- Gary Collinson

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Benedict Cumberbatch explains what makes 'Hobbit' co-star Andy Serkis so brilliant

29 July 2014 3:16 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's safe to say that Benedict Cumberbatch is a big, big fan of his "Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" co-star Andy Serkis. "I learned a great deal by watching Andy's work, not least when Pete [Jackson] showed me a little unfinished clip of the riddle scene in an 'An Unexpected Journey.' And it was him as Gollum completely, and then it all faded away and it was him in the suit, and then after about three seconds you forgot that it was Andy acting in a suit, you just saw nothing but Gollum...it is the most phenomenally realized performance in the flesh," said the "Sherlock" star of how Serkis helped influence his motion-capture performance as Smaug the dragon in the "Hobbit" films. "Everything that you see...is all in the performance. It all comes from that." So now that the final installment in the Middle-earth franchise that »

- Chris Eggertsen

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[Media] - "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" International Teaser Trailer is Here!

29 July 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures have released the french teaser trailer for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies". Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on December 17, "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Christopher Lee, Martin Freeman, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Manu Bennett, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Aidan Turner and Andy Serkis are starring.Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarves are in Smaug's lair, but will they get their gold and return home safely? »

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Simon Pegg Addresses Star Wars Rumors, Gives a Clue?

29 July 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Actor Simon Pegg addressed rumors that he will be in Star Wars: Episode VII. Pegg is known to be a huge Star Wars fan, has worked on three films directed by J.J. Abrams, and has been seen on the Episode VII set by Benedict Cumberbatch

Vulture interviewed Pegg and reports:

Regarding Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent comments about you being on the set of Star Wars, are you in the next movie?

Yes, Benedict said something at Comic-Con and on MTV.

 

Yes ...

Well, J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film is cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors.

 

So, you’re not in the movie?

[Smiles.] Of course, »

- Free Reyes

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Watch Stephen Colbert's Heartwarming 'Lord of the Rings' Speech

29 July 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Stephen Colbert delivered a hilarious, heartwarming speech about his relationship with J.R.R. Tolkien's masterworks of Middle-earth and Peter Jackson's film adaptations of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit at Comic-Con this weekend. In classic Colbert fashion, he did it dressed as the Laketown Spy, his memorable, landmark cameo from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, bringing out his similarly dressed son to complete the adorable bit ahead of a panel on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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'The Battle Of The Five Armies' Teaser!

29 July 2014 8:17 AM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Smaug is out of the mountain and appears to be mad – fire-breathing mad!

The first trailer for director Peter Jackson's (most likely) final trip to Middle Earth has arrived online after first debuting last weekend at Comic-Con.

The adventure concludes for Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and his band of dwarves, Gandalf and elves Tauriel and Legolas.

Watch: Andy Serkis & Benedict Cumberbatch Bring ‘The Hobbit’ To Comic-Con

Ultimate "Lord of the Rings" villain Sauron makes an appearance in the teaser as do armies of orcs, which promises many epic battles, and we're guessing many tragic deaths, ...

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- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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Star Wars: Episode VII production underway in Ireland

29 July 2014 5:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A few days ago it was reported that Star Wars: Episode VII was heading to the stormy shores in the South West of Ireland, specifically the secluded island of Skellig Michael, approximately 12km off the coast of County Kerry. Rumours ran rampant – like every single thread of Episode VII news – about who or what was going to be filmed.

It’s thought to be a second unit but that doesn’t mean that some of the big names won’t be making an appearance. Last night a few images popped up online of the production crew setting up, take a look below.

 

And while there’s is no actual pictures of J.J.Abrams or any of the original trilogy cast, some of the Hamill family have been captures on camera. Below are Mark Hamill’s wife Marilou, daughter Chelsea and two sons Griffin and Nathan arriving at Portmagee harbour. »

- Gavin Logan

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Disney’s The Jungle Book Adds Giancarlo Esposito And Christopher Walken

28 July 2014 8:31 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Disney’s upcoming adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book has been ahead of a competing project set up at Warner Bros. for a very long time, and that’s not changing today. The Disney version, which Jon Favreau is directing, just added Breaking Bad alum Giancarlo Esposito and acting legend Christopher Walken to its already impressive voice cast (to compare, Andy Serkis’ WB adaptation doesn’t have a single actor cast yet).

Esposito, whose turn as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad earned him numerous accolades including a Critics’ Choice Award, will be voicing Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. Meanwhile, Walken, a prolific A-lister who won an Oscar for The Deer Hunter and has racked up many awards since, will be lending his iconic vocals to the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes.

The pair join a voice cast including »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Comic-Con: Footage from Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron Panel Featuring Robert Downey Jr. and the Cast, with Special Appearance by Josh Brolin

28 July 2014 6:13 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While I'd bet that you've already caught up on Matt's Avengers: Age of Ultron panel recap from Comic-Con, now you can watch the panel for yourself thanks to newly released footage.  Let me tell you up front that, no, you won't be getting a glimpse of the movie scenes we described for you in the recap, but you will get to see Chris Hardwick moderate a panel that included Kevin FeigeRobert Downey Jr.Jeremy RennerMark RuffaloChris HemsworthCobie SmuldersSamuel L. JacksonChris EvansAaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth OlsenPaul Bettany, and James Spader.  As if that weren't enough star-power on display, the voice of Thanos himself, Josh Brolin, stole the show at the very end. Also starring Scarlett JohanssonAndy SerkisHayley AtwellDon Cheadle, and Thomas Krestchmann, Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Hit the jump to watch the panel footage. Take a look at the »

- Dave Trumbore

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'The Hobbit' Comic-Con panel is now online: The top 5 highlights

28 July 2014 6:04 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The Comic-Con panel for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies went online today, making this Monday especially delightful for those unable to attend the madness in San Diego over the weekend. “Huzzah!” Tolkien fans everywhere shouted.

The panel saw numerous cast and crew—including Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis—dole out trivia, make shocking confessions, and laugh with a costumed Stephen Colbert (seriously). Here are the highlights:

1. Stephen Colbert as moderator: Colbert is a J.R.R. Tolkien super-fan (see: the full Hobbit costume he wore during the panel). The late-night »

- C. Molly Smith

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Christopher Walken in Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ May be the Next Great Jazz Orangutan

28 July 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The Jungle Book is seriously crushing the casting game right now. This morning, Deadline revealed that two new actors have come aboard the all-singing, all-dancing, all-cg wildlife pic directed by Jon Favreau (as opposed to the other one, coming from Andy Serkis). Giancarlo Esposito, best known for portraying a dark-universe Colonel Sanders on Breaking Bad, will play the wolf Akela. And Christopher Walken, best known for a lifetime of skeezing people out by being Christopher Walken, will play the orangutan King Louie. Those two extra-talented thespians join Ben Kingsley as the panther Bagheera (yes, splendid), Lupita Nyong’o as mother wolf Raksha (really, really great), Scarlett Johansson as the python Kaa (this is perfect) and Idris Elba as the film’s antagonist, the tiger Shere Khan (good god yes). Also, there’s some newcomer named Neel Sethi playing Mowgli, but  he is not a well-loved Hollywood star voicing an extremely appropriate animal character. Temper »

- Adam Bellotto

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Watch: First Official 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Trailer

28 July 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Warner Bros. has officially released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer, giving you the first look at the final chapter in Peter Jackson's long and laborious Hobbit trilogy. Arriving in theaters on December 17, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies begins as the dwarves may have reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, but Smaug reacts with fiery doom, meanwhile the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain and the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide - unite or be destroyed. The cast includes Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly and Orlando Bloom. »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Tmnt’ Director & Producer Say Andy Serkis Deserves an Oscar

28 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Following the success of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Hollywood is once again faced with a challenge: how to fairly reward motion capture performers and digital effects artists for the collaborative effort of bringing CGI characters to life. For years, movie fans have been pushing for the Academy (among other film organizations) to reward performers like Andy Serkis for their acting work. Still, most award shows do not recognize motion-capture in performance - with no category to celebrate the accomplishments of actors who do not appear as flesh and blood on screen.

Yet, as motion-capture performers have pushed the boundaries of what movie and TV viewers can expect from their characters (in ...

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- Ben Kendrick

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