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Andy Serkis Becomes Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes Preview

30 June 2017 9:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

20th Century Fox have released a new clip promoting War for the Planet of the Apes that shows Andy Serkis preparing to play Caesar in a before and after video courtesy of Weta Digital transformation. The third installment of the trilogy is still a few weeks a way, but critics and fans who have seen the movie through early screenings are heaping praise upon Matt Reeve's War for the Planet of the Apes. Some are even claiming that it's the best movie out of the trilogy while also praising the acting chops of Woody Harrelson and Andy Serkis.

In addition to the acclaim for the acting and the movie overall, the special effects have also been receiving accolades. Weta Digital, founded by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, and Jaime Selkirk in New Zealand is behind the jaw dropping special effects and 20th Century Fox has released a video detailing Andy Serkis' transformation into Caesar. »

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'Cleverman' season 2 ‘bolder, bigger', says Blight

20 June 2017 9:06 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Hunter Page Lochard in 'Cleverman' season two..

When Goalpost Pictures. Rosemary Blight visited Weta Worksop in Wellington to discuss ideas for the new world in Cleverman season 2, the firm.s founder Sir Richard Taylor had an inspired suggestion.

.Let.s create an iconic Hairy that no one will ever forget,. Taylor said. To play the character named Jarli the Bindawu warrior, the producers cast Clarence Ryan, who first worked for Goalpost as a teenager in the children.s series Lockie Leonard 10 years ago. He played Egg, Lockie.s best friend.

Jarli is one of several new characters which make the sequel .bolder, even bigger and better and more compelling as we put the characters under even more pressure,. Blight told If.

Directed by Wayne Blair and Leah Purcell, the six-part futuristic sci-fi drama co-produced by Goalpost and New Zealand.s Pukeko Pictures premieres at 9.30 pm on June 29 on the ABC and at 10 pm on June 28 on Sundance TV in the Us..

The story picks up with the destruction of the Zone and the Hairy people splitting up as they hide around the city in fear for their lives. Koen (Hunter Page-Lochard), the chosen Cleverman, sets out to harness his powers in hopes of bringing all the cultures together..

His half-brother Waruu (Rob Collins) shares the same vision but his methods are dubious. For Koen to realize his mission, he must defeat Waruu and the full force of the government..

The writers are Jane Allen, Stuart Page, Justine Juel Gillmer, the series creator Ryan Griffen and Jada Alberts.

Among the new characters, Luke Ford plays Dolan, who forms a relationship with Nerida (Alberts), while Taylor Ferguson (Strangerland) is Audie. Blight predicts Ferguson is destined to become a star in the Us.

The ensemble cast includes Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Frances O.Connor (The Missing), Deborah Mailman (Offspring) and Rachael Blake (Rake). Weta created all the Hairies in the new world and the props they use.

For viewers who missed the first series, it is now screening on ABC iview and the sequel will include a recap..

ABC head of scripted production Sally Riley said, .The Cleverman world expands in this thrilling second season introducing new characters and deepening relationships with our established characters. It.s an exciting ride for new and returning audiences..

Blight is happy with the 9.30 timeslot, noting that the target audience is rather younger than traditional ABC viewers, who often watch shows on their mobile phones, tablets and on catch-up.

BBC3 and Tvnz are on board again and the international distributor Red Arrow International has sold the series to a raft of other territories including Germany, Canada and South Africa. Now there are 12 episodes it will be easier to sell to the remaining markets.

The producers screened the first two episodes at the Sydney Film Festival and were gratified when audience members said they wanted to see more.

Will there be a Cleverman 3? Blight said: .We are heading into the writers. room for early development of season 3 in the next couple of weeks. We are going into the room to discover what the underlying theme would be.. »

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Hellboy Spin-Off Canceled Because of Reboot

29 May 2017 11:41 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A new Hellboy movie is finally coming to theaters next year, but it is going to be a reboot and not a continuation of the Guillermo Del Toro movies. There are mixed feelings about that, since Del Toro never got to make Hellboy 3. But it turns out that isn't the only movie this newly announced Neil Marshall directed reboot has killed. Writer Peter Briggs has revealed that he had been working on an Abe Sapien spin-off movie since 2010, but the project is officially dead in the water now.

Peter Briggs wrote the original Hellboy movie and, after the news of the reboot broke, he took to his Facebook page to talk about the Abe Sapien movie, which would have been centered on Doug Jones' character. Universal actually had the idea for the movie and contacted him to work on it back in 2010. That turned out to be the beginning »

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MythBusters’ Adam Savage Goes Deeper Into Ghost in the Shell

15 March 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

You might remember a post we ran that featured Adam Savage going to the Weta Workshop to see how they made the Thermoptic suit from Ghost in the Shell.   Now the Mythbusters star is going even deeper into the complex world of props contained in Ghost in the Shell.   Savage visits Weta Workshop to get up close with some of the practical props the effects studio made for the film. Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor shows Adam the mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets his team created, and how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props

MythBustersAdam Savage Goes Deeper Into Ghost in the Shell »

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Great Job, Internet!: Adam Savage gets a behind-the-scenes look at Ghost In The Shell’s geisha robots

28 February 2017 2:03 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

In his role as emcee of all things geeky, former Mythbuster/current Tested host Adam Savage released a new video of his visit to the props department of the upcoming Ghost In The Shell live action adaptation. The film’s impressive props were created by Weta Workshop, the New Zealand company famous for its work on the Lord Of The Rings franchise. And Weta founder/creative director Richard Taylor is on hand to talk Savage through the creation of the film’s robotic geishas, which were featured in the most recent trailer.

What comes through most clearly during the tour is just how much attention Weta pays to detail. That includes both the aesthetics of the designs as well as their functionality. For instance, the rigid, robotic geisha masks were designed to be as comfortable as possible for the actors wearing them. They can be taken off easily so the »

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Adam Savage Gets a Close Look at The Robotic Geisha From Ghost In The Shell

28 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

In the latest video from Adam Savage’s Youtube channel “Tested,” he goes behind the scenes of the upcoming movie Ghost in the Shell.  He paid another visit to the Weta Workshop where the minds behind the Robotic Geisha from Ghost in the Shell work.  Savage gets up close with some of the practical props the effects studio made for the upcoming film. Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor shows Adam the mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets his team created, and how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props possible. Of all the props that Savage takes

Adam Savage Gets a Close Look at The Robotic Geisha From Ghost In The Shell »

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Watch: Adam Savage Visits Weta to Show Us 'Ghost in the Shell' Props

28 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

"This may not look like a great deal of complexity to your viewers..." Weta Workshop is one of the coolest places, along with Ilm. As a preview for the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, Tested host Adam Savage went down to New Zealand for a personal tour of the Weta Workshop to get a closer look at the various props and practical effects and other toys used to make the movie. This video focuses entirely on the robot geisha seen in the trailers, with the face that opens up. Savage talks with Weta's Richard Taylor about creating the robot geisha and the various development processes. I wish there was more in this video about other props and pieces from the movie, but hopefully we'll see more of them later. Take a look below. Here's the video from Adam Savage's Tested going behind-the-scenes of Ghost in the Shell, »

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