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20th Century Fox Announces “50 Years of Planet Of The Apes” Celebration at USC, Including Screenings of All 9 Movies

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Planet of the Apes film franchise (which all started with Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel La Planète des singes), and 20th Century Fox will celebrate in style with with free "50 Years of Planet of the Apes" events at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, including a massive prop exhibit and retrospective screenings of all nine films in the franchise:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Jan 24, 2018 – Twentieth Century Fox Film today announced a year-long celebration of the iconic sci-fi franchise Planet Of The Apes.

The still-expanding series has to date produced nine films, two television series, novels, comics, games and other collectibles and merchandise and is arguably one of the key properties in establishing the modern template of successfully creating sequels, spinoffs, and merchandising from one original storyline through multiple media outlets.

The first film in the popular series was released in February 8, 1968 and is now considered a classic,
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Women Screenwriters and Animation Pros Open Up About Sexism in Hollywood

Animator/director Nora Twomey: Dylan Vaughan/Cartoon Saloon

In 2016 women represented only 13 percent of the writers on the top 250 films, and according to 2015 research, women comprise only 10 percent of animation directors and producers. Obviously Hollywood’s misogyny problem is no secret, but it’s hard to appreciate just how systemic it really is until you consider the data. Or hear from the women themselves.

In separate conversations, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with screenwriters Lindsey Beer (“Barbie”), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (the new “Tomb Raider,” “Captain Marvel”), and Amanda Silver (“Planet of the Apes” franchise), and with animation filmmakers Nora Twomey (director of “The Breadwinner”) and Lori Forte (producer of “Ferdinand”) about how women are treated in the industry. During their chats, the women revealed the difficulties of writing female characters while adhering to (male) executives’ notes, and discussed the importance of inclusivity and encouraging other women in their fields.

Here are
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Everything You Need to Know About Disney's Live-Action Adaptation​​ of Mulan

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If you're excited about Disney's live-action adaptation of Mulan, then hold onto your seat. Not only do we have the release date, but the studio has finally found its star. While the rest of the cast has yet to be revealed, we already have a few important details about the upcoming movie. Check them out below, then see which other Disney films are getting rebooted. Related25 Mulan Moments That Better Be in the Live-Action Movie The Cast Disney has confirmed that Chinese actress Liu Yifei, who is also known as Crystal Liu, will play the title role of Mulan. The casting decision comes after fans signed a petition earlier this year to make sure that the character wouldn't be "whitewashed." The Production Team Niki Caro will direct, making her Disney's second female director, following Ava DuVernay with A Wrinkle in Time. Jurassic World's Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are set to write the script,
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Powerhouse Scribes Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa Ink With Wme

Exclusive: Wme has signed Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, the screenwriting team that has penned some of Hollywood’s biggest recent tentpole hits including Jurassic World and the first in Fox’s Planet of the Apes trilogy, successfully rebooting both franchises. The husband-and-wife duo also is collaborating on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels now in production, writing Avatar 2. On the writing side, the duo most recently teamed to pen Disney’s live-action Mulan, which just…
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Mulan: Disney live action remake starts filming this month

Simon Brew Jan 4, 2018

Filming on the new Mulan movie is set to kick off in New Zealand later this month.

Progress, chums. Following the casting being locked down in November of last year (see below), the live action take on Disney's Mulan is set to go before the cameras this month. The shoot will be based in New Zealand, as per Omega Underground.

Casting news (November 2017)

Disney has been looking for a lead for its planned live action take on the animated hit, Mulan. The project has been in development for quite a while now, and the studio has settled on Liu Yifei to take the title role. She’s been seen in the likes of The Forbidden Kingdom, IP Man 3 and Outcast. But the bulk of her work to date has been in Chinese cinema, and this is her first major English language lead role.

Mulan is
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Liu Yifei to Star in Niki Caro’s Live-Action “Mulan”

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Mulan” has found its leading lady. Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, has booked the high-profile role, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” helmer Niki Caro is directing Disney’s live-action remake of the beloved animated film.

The worldwide search to find “Mulan’s” star took a year. “A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates for the role, which requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English, and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality,” THR writes. “In deference to cultural accuracy, the studio focused on locating an ethnically Chinese young woman to play Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to take her father’s army conscription in fifth-century China.”

Liu is well-known in China. Her English-language credits “The Forbidden Kingdom” and “Outcast.” “The Assassins,” “Never Gone” and “The Four” trilogy are among her other credits.
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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Casts Chinese Actress Liu Yifei In Title Role

Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Casts Chinese Actress Liu Yifei In Title Role
Chinese actress Liu Yifei (also known as Crystal Liu) has been tapped to star as the titular character in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated film Mulan. Niki Caro is attached to direct, with Jason Reed, Chris Bender, and Jake Weiner producing, and Bill Kong executive producing. The story from Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa’s screenplay follows the rise of Mulan during the Han Dynasty when this daughter of a legendary warrior impersonates a man to fight…
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‘Mulan’ Live-Action Disney Reboot Finds Its Star

‘Mulan’ Live-Action Disney Reboot Finds Its Star
Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is set to star in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the classic Chinese tale “Mulan.”

Niki Caro is directing and the pic is produced by Chris Bender, Jason Reed, and Jake Weiner.

The movie is eyeing a 2019 release. The English-language version of the original “Mulan” (1998) featured the voices of Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer, and Bd Wong, while Jackie Chan provided his voice for Chinese dubs of the movie. It grossed $304 million worldwide.

Jurassic World” and “Avatar” sequel scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver came on board in 2015 to rewrite the spec by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin.

In its search to find the film’s star, the studio was determined that the actress was ethnically Chinese young seeing thousands of individuals until finally selecting Liu. The newcomer will star as Hua Mulan, who who disguised herself as a man to take her father’s army conscription
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Win Summer Blockbuster ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ On DVD!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents War For The Planet Of The Apes which arrives on Digital Download on 10 November and on 4K Ultra HD™ 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on 27 November. To celebrate the release we have three copies of the film to give away on DVD!

Andy Serkis returns as Caesar in the thrilling and climatic chapter of the ‘Planet Of The Apes’ saga as Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). After suffering unimaginable losses, Caesar resolves to avenge his kind, pitting him against the Colonel for a final showdown that will determine the future of the planet!

Special features include exclusive deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by director Matt Reeves, behind-the-scenes featurettes, including “All About Caesar,” which focuses on Andy Serkis and his incredible performances through the three films as Caesar,
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Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels

Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels
With Avatar 2 and the rest of the Avatar sequels starting production just a few weeks ago, the cast continues to be rounded out, with the latest addition returning from the original blockbuster Avatar. Giovanni Ribisi has come aboard to reprise his role as Parker Selfridge from the original Avatar, joining returning stars such as Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine), Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch), Cch Pounder (Moat) and Matt Gerald (Corporal Lyle Wainfleet). This also comes a few weeks after the young Avatar 2 cast was announced, which make up the Sully family, members of the Metkayina Clan and a former Hell's Gate Adolescent.

Giovanni Ribisi also joins a slew of new cast members including Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the Pandora underwater reef clan known as the Metkayina Clan, Oona Chaplin as a new character named Varang and Kate Winslet,
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Kate Winslet to Reunite With James Cameron in ‘Avatar’ Sequels

Kate Winslet to Reunite With James Cameron in ‘Avatar’ Sequels
Kate Winslet has come on board James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels, reuniting with the director two decades after they collaborated on “Titanic.”

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on ‘Titanic,’ which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron said. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

The four sequels will hit theaters starting on Dec. 18, 2020 for “Avatar 2.” “Avatar 3” will open on Dec. 17, 2021, followed by a three-year break for “Avatar 4,” set for Dec. 20, 2024. “Avatar 5” will then debut on Dec. 19, 2025.

Cameron began filming the first of the four Fox movies last week in California. The creator of the original “Avatar” — the 2009 fantasy epic that remains the all-time worldwide box office champion with $2.8 billion — first announced plans for four pics in 2016. He had initially envisioned two sequels, but after meeting with the screenwriters, artists,
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‘Avatar’ Sequel: First Photos of New Cast Members Unveiled

‘Avatar’ Sequel: First Photos of New Cast Members Unveiled
20th Century Fox has revealed the newest cast members and images for the Avatar sequel, following Monday’s start of production in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Members of the Sully family include Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton, and Trinity Bliss. New cast members for the Metkayina clan include Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo and Duane Evans Jr. Jack Champion will portray Javier “Spider” Socorro, a human teenager born at Hell’s Gate. But he prefers his time in the rainforest of Pandora more than the asphalt of Hell’s Gate.

The four sequels will hit theaters starting on Dec. 18, 2020 for “Avatar 2.” “Avatar 3” will open on Dec. 17, 2021, followed by a three-year break for “Avatar 4,” set for Dec. 20, 2024. “Avatar 5” will then debut on Dec. 19, 2025.

James Cameron announced at CinemaCon in 2016 that he would make four sequels to “Avatar,” promising that the films would start hitting theaters in 2018. The creator of the original “Avatar” — the 2009 fantasy epic that remains
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War for Planet of the Apes and Apes Trilogy Come to Disc in Oct.

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Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 7, 2017) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents War For The Planet Of The Apes. Certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com and “one of the very best films of the year” (Kristopher Tapley, Variety) arrives on Digital October 10 and on Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD™ and DVD October 24. Andy Serkis returns as Caesar in the thrilling and climatic chapter of the Planet Of The Apes saga as Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). After suffering unimaginable losses, Caesar resolves to avenge his kind, pitting him against the Colonel for a final showdown that will determine the future of the planet!

Special features include exclusive deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by director Matt Reeves, behind-the-scenes featurettes, including “All About Caesar,” which focuses on Andy Serkis and his incredible performances through the three films as Caesar,
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The unmade Planet Of The Apes movies of the 1990s

Mark Harrison Aug 17, 2017

Anyone for monkey baseball? We examine the weird and wonderful unmade scripts of the Planet Of The Apes series

In 2006, screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were inspired by footage of domesticated chimpanzees who were unable to adjust to our lifestyles to write a sci-fi horror spec script that they called Genesis. Apparently, it was a while before the two of them realised that they were writing a Planet Of The Apes movie.

Their resultant pitch to 20th Century Fox led to 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, the excellent, emotional prequel/reboot of the franchise that led to 2014's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and recent trilogy topper, War For The Planet Of The Apes. Together, the three films take Caesar from domestication to domination and have been huge critical and financial hits for the studio.

The development hell that plagued Fox's
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CCH Pounder to Return for ‘Avatar’ Sequels

CCH Pounder to Return for ‘Avatar’ Sequels
CCH Pounder will reprise her role as the spiritual leader Moat in the four upcoming “Avatar” sequels.

Pounder currently portrays Dr. Loretta Wade on the CBS series “NCIS: New Orleans.” She’s also appeared in the TV shows “Sons of Anarchy,” “ER,” “The Shield,” and “Warehouse 13.” Aside from “Avatar,” her films include “Orphan,” “Postcards From the Edge,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Face/Off,” and “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”

The four “Avatar” sequels will hit theaters starting on Dec. 18, 2020, for “Avatar 2.” “Avatar 3” will open on Dec. 17, 2021, followed by a three-year break for “Avatar 4,” set for Dec. 20, 2024. “Avatar 5” will then debut on Dec. 19, 2025.

Cameron announced at CinemaCon in 2016 that he would make four “Avatar” sequels, promising that the films would start hitting theaters in 2018. The creator of the original “Avatar” — the 2009 fantasy epic that remains the all-time worldwide box office champion with $2.8 billion — said at the time that his vision for the story had
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Why 'Planet of the Apes' Writers Put Christmas Presents from Caesar Under Their Tree

A decade ago, the idea that a motion-capture ape would be bringing audiences to tears in the best-reviewed tentpole of the summer was a rather ridiculous notion. But it starts to sound almost like destiny when you hear the loving way husband and wife screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver speak about Caesar, the captivating character they created in 2006.

In their home, Caesar feels like a real person, and with War for the Planet of the Apes concluding a trilogy-long arc for the ape leader (played by Andy Serkis), the film feels like saying goodbye to a family...
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The Beautiful and the Damned Dirty Apes: A History of The Planet of The Apes

Author: Cai Ross

The original Planet of The Apes movies occupied a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.

However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the new post-Rise cycle) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.

Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they spawned
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43rd Annual Saturn Awards Winners Include The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln & Jeffrey Dean Morgan

A celebration of all things that go bump in the night (and the people who fight those bumps in the night) in the genre world, the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards took place last night in Burbank, and both sides of the "march to war" in The Walking Dead were well-represented.

In addition to winning Best Horror TV Series, The Walking Dead was rewarded with Best Actor on Television (Andrew Lincoln) and Best Guest Star on Television (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Read on for the full list of winners, which also include Millie Bobby Brown, Riverdale, Westworld, and many more:

Press Release: Burbank, Calif. – June 28, 2016 – The 43rd Annual Saturn Awards celebrated the best and the brightest in genre entertainment tonight, with Lucasfilm/Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story capturing three statuettes in the Film Category, tying with Paramount’s science fiction thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. One of the entertainment industry’s most highly-anticipated evenings,
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Avatar Producer Confirms Official Start Date For Shooting The Sequels

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The fact that Avatar has remained the highest grossing film in worldwide box office since its release in 2009 would indicate that the film has a vast number of fans – and those fans have been patiently waiting for news of long-discussed sequels ever since that first instalment arrived in theatres. But, this is a James Cameron endeavour, and he’s a filmmaker that has always done things differently and broken new ground. Avatar is clearly no exception, as Cameron and his team announced that they would make not one, but four sequels – and that they would be filmed back-to-back.

20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment previously announced that concurrent pre-production on the Avatar sequels was underway in New Zealand, and now, producer Jon Landau has officially confirmed that shooting will commence on September 25th 2017. He didn’t stop there, however, and went on to give some insight into what we might expect from these four new films.

“At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes… There’s no more relatable theme than family. At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family. Each sequel will play as a stand-alone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”

The announcement was made during the 20th Century Fox presentation at CineEurope – a gathering of exhibitors in Barcelona. During the session, Landau also presented a montage of designs depicting Pandora and its inhabitants, and shared the fact that Oona Chaplin (Game Of Thrones) has been added to the cast. Though the finer details of her character remain unclear for the time being, she’ll appear in all four of the sequels.

Chaplin joins cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, who are all returning from the original film. The Avatar sequels – written by James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno – are set for release on December 18th, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19th, 2025, respectively.
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War For The Planet Of The Apes VFX Featurette Shows Amazing Complexity

Over the course of three films, the Planet of the Apes franchise and Weta, the VFX company behind the magic of the films, have brought the apes to life in ways that have never been possible before. War for the Planet of the Apes and Weta have now released a featurette that showcases the effort behind that magic, and it’s a little crazy.

It may try to sell you on Andy Serkis as a great actor more than is really necessary, but it gives a great behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring the apes to the screen.

Just getting a good look at the rigs all of these actors are wearing as they try to go through a scene is pretty astonishing, and trying to imagine how challenging it must be to put yourself into the world you’re trying to create with all this stuff on you is mind-boggling.
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