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Caesar himself, actor Andy Serkis, introduced an exclusive preview of roughly 20 minutes of Fox’s upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes recently before a small group from the press, revealing what looks to be a promising tentpole. Serkis said the July 11 release has upped the scale and scope of the first film while again focusing on the characters' struggles and themes including family, empathy and prejudice. The classic franchise had its successful reboot in 2011 with helmer Rupert Wyatt. The sequel is helmed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), whom Serkis called a "great actors' director' who "always went

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