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James Franco Is In Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes -- Here's How

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Matt Reeves. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an unusual sequel, for this reason. It takes place 10 years after the movie that directly precedes it . Rupert Wyatt.s hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes -- but has no "human" actors carrying over from one film to the next. Yes, Andy Serkis continues his motion-capture wizardry to bring the powerful Caesar to life. But the recognizable cast of Rise doesn.t show face. Well, sort of. As we reported earlier, Rise of the Planet of the Apes lead James Franco has a cameo in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It was shown, briefly, in a few of the Dawn trailers. But now that we.ve been able to see the film, and the way that Matt Reeves uses Franco, it puts his character.s relationship with Caesar in an interesting new context. When we sat »

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Michael Keaton's Birdman Will Open Venice Film Festival

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In the late 1980s, Michael Keaton was Batman. Decades later, he's Birdman in a meta dark comedy that has us intensely intrigued. And it seems we're not alone as the Venice Film Festival has just announced Birdman will open their prestigious cinema celebration next month. Variety reports Birdman will make its world premiere on August 27th at the 71st Venice Film Festival. The movie's theatrical debut will follow on October 17th, when Birdman will land in the U.S. Though Stateside, Michael Keaton's bizarre new project has been called simply Birdman, its title for the comedy's Venice premier is longer and bit baffling. On the Venice Film Festival website, the film is listed as Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. Whatever its called, this movie stars Keaton as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who long ago played a iconic superhero called Birdman. Now he's struggling personally and professionally, »

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Doomsday May Appear In Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

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It.s going to be a long two years between now and the 2016 release of Zack Snyder.s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Not only because we are dying to finally see the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight go toe-to-toe. But also because we.re going to have to wade through a river of rumors regarding every possible hero, villain and supporting character who may show up in this movie because it.s believed that Batman v. Superman is building to a much bigger Justice League movie. This story very likely is untrue . unless it.s a brief cameo tease, which we.ll talk about in a second . but it.s worth reporting, in case it somehow turns out to be legit. But the folks over at BleedingCool are quoting sources as saying character designs for Doomsday have been spied, and the massive, hulking villain is "planned »

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Angelina Jolie's Inspiring Unbroken Trailer Will Electrify Your Day

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This Christmas, y'all are about to be Unbroken. This is Angelina Jolie's second directing effort, and it's attracting plenty of hot attention before its fourth quarter release this year. The new trailer is rousing, presenting the story of an Olympic hero who fought through impossible odds to represent his country. Based on the Laura Hillenbrand book, Unbroken tells the story of the late Louie Zamperini, which the trailer seems to illustrate pretty well. This plays pretty thoroughly for a clip showcasing a film a full five months away. We see the young Zamperini, played by Jack O'Connell, winning races and earning plaudits. Then he goes off to war, being shot down and forced to survive in a raft. And then, he is "rescued" by Japanese soldiers. Hey, did we mention this was happening in World War II? And so begins the story of a P.O.W. The trailer for, »

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Christoph Waltz Is Tense And Nude In Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem Trailer

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Christoph Waltz + Terry Gilliam = The Zero Theorem, also known as a movie we've been aching to see for nearly a year now! The latest from the deranged but brilliant mind behind 12 Monkeys, Brazil and Time Bandits is back with a movie that is sure to be as mind-bending as it is uniquely beautiful to behold. The latest trailer promises much weirdness, many character actors, and a bonkers adventure. Two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained) stars as Qohen Leth, a computer genius seeking to uncover the purpose for human existence. However his quest is again and again derailed by The Management, which sends a lusty teen girl (Melanie Thierry) to seduce him away from his search for meaning. The trailer up top is the first official trailer for the film's long-awaited U.S. release, brought to us by the new distributor Amplify. The Zero Theorem made its world »

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Jurassic World Velociraptor Photo Mystery Deepens

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The mystery surrounding those "leaked" dinosaur pictures from the set of Jurassic World continues to swirl. As we know, director Colin Trevorrow is hard at work on the latest sequel in the long-dormant Jurassic Park franchise. And he has made it known that he.d like to use practical effects where possible, going so far as to film in a dilapidated amusement park to add mood. Well, the photo of a muzzled velociraptor made its way around social media, creating a stir. Now, some interesting cards are starting to fall. We reached out to Universal Studios for confirmation when this photo made its way online. The studio has yet to respond. But the more that the photo made the rounds, the more it was confirmed by "multiple sources" (according to Yahoo Movies) that the pic shared on Instagram by user Garret Watzig was legit. The claim is seconded by JurassicWorld. »

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Elle Fanning To Front Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman's How To Talk To Girls At Parties

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The title "How to Talk To Girls At Parties" might read like some sort of dumb self-help book, unless you're a deep-cut Neil Gaiman fan. The celebrated sci-fi short story is getting a big screen adaptation, and that movie just got a whole lot more allure thanks to otherworldly ingénue Elle Fanning. THR reports Maleficent's Elle Fanning is now attached to star in How to Talk To Girls At Parties, which is being produced by Neil Gaiman, James Cameron Mitchell and Howard Gertler, the Academy Award-winning producer of the documentary How To Survive a Plague. Mitchell, who is best known for directing and starring in the outlandish and outstanding rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is directing the project, which he has been developing since 2010. The short story "How to Talk To Girls At Parties" is set in 1970s London, where two teen boys stumble into a party. »

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Ant-Man Seeking A Young Michael Douglas Lookalike For Flashback Sequences

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When Ant-Man cast Michael Douglas, the assumption was that the 69-year old actor was being used not only to represent the face of the current onscreen Marvel universe, but also its past. Unfortunately, Douglas is just too old to play a younger version of himself at this point, which means Marvel is going to need a ringer for Douglas for flashback sequences. Backstage , a site dedicated to casting calls, reports that Ant-Man is on the lookout for an actor that can play a 30-45 year old Douglas, specifically in the era "circa Wall Street, Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction." If this were a brief blink-and-miss-it bit, they could find a way to digitally alter Douglas' appearance to make him seem younger. But the fact that they're casting on Backstage and promising only "some pay" (classic Marvel!) suggests it's not entirely a minor part. Finding a Douglas lookalike is going to »

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Dan Rather's Sad Final Controversy Is Getting A Movie

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For twenty-four years, Dan Rather was the face of CBS News. During that time, he broke countless stories and reported on hundreds of world-changing events. Unfortunately, his career is remembered in some circles for only one: The Killian Documents Controversy. The broadcast was a complete fiasco, and now, it.s getting its own movie. According to Deadline, the film will be entitled Truth. More importantly, it will star industry legend Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as his doomed producer Mary Mapes. It.ll be helmed by screenwriter James Vanderbilt, who will make his directorial debut. He wrote The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down. Perhaps more importantly, he.s a descendent of railroad pioneer and visionary Cornelius Vanderbilt and a relative of The Silver Fox, Anderson Cooper. It.s unclear exactly how wide the scope of Truth might have, but it will focus primarily on the lead-up »

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Guillermo del Toro Just Added Another Movie To His Schedule

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Guillermo del Toro has got two big films on the horizon waiting for him. The first is next year's Crimson Peak , a gothic thriller that hits theaters on October 15th, 2015. The second is Pacific Rim 2 , which will once again tackle the kaiju-jaeger clash, this time on April 7th, 2017. That leaves a pretty sizable gap in time for the filmmaker. Maybe not enough to make a big film, but certainly something smaller, weirder. Fortunately, del Toro's intentions are just that. In an interview with Collider , Guillermo del Toro has revealed that he's looking to follow Crimson Peak with a smaller black-and-white film. "Right away, in February/March I should [start on] another very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre before starting.we start pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 in August, and then I interrupt it briefly to go into the first of next year to do this strange little movie, »

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Guillermo Del Toro Just Added Another Movie To His Schedule

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Guillermo Del Toro has got two big films on the horizon waiting for him. The first is next year's Crimson Peak , a gothic thriller that hits theaters on October 15th, 2015. The second is Pacific Rim 2 , which will once again tackle the kaiju-jaeger clash, this time on April 7th, 2017. That leaves a pretty sizable gap in time for the filmmaker. Maybe not enough to make a big film, but certainly something smaller, weirder. Fortunately, Del Toro's intentions are just that. In an interview with Collider , Guillermo Del Toro has revealed that he's looking to follow Crimson Peak with a smaller black-and-white film. "Right away, in February/March I should [start on] another very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre before starting.we start pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 in August, and then I interrupt it briefly to go into the first of next year to do this strange little movie, »

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New Guardians Of The Galaxy Images Finally Put The Spotlight On Michael Rooker

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One of the nicest things about indie director James Gunn taking hold of a big blockbuster like Guardians of the Galaxy is that it gave him the opportunity to work with his indie actor friends on a gigantic stage. We've already written at length about Sean Gunn, James' actor brother who filled in as Rocket Raccoon on set, and we know that Nathan Fillion has a mysterious cameo role in the movie, but now it's time to shine a spotlight on one of Gunn's other favorite performers: Michael Rooker. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Rooker stars as Yondu, a close associate of Star-Lord's, but only now is the marketing for the film finally paying attention to him. James Gunn gave us a silhouetted view of the character in late June, and the most recent extended trailer for the movie finally showed him in action, but now Marvel has released two »

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Scarlett Johansson And Jonah Hill In Talks To Join The Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar!

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Joel and Ethan Coen are in the process of putting together one of the best actor ensembles they've ever worked with for their upcoming film - and that's saying a lot given their history. George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes have all been named as being attached to the film, and now two more incredibly talented stars. Both The Wrap and Variety are reporting that Jonah Hill and Scarlett Johansson are now both in talks to join the cast of Hail, Caesar!, the new Coen brothers period comedy. Based on an original screenplay by the directors, the movie is set in the 1950s and follows Eddie Mannix, a behind the scenes Hollywood player who works to try and keep celebrity scandals away from the tabloids. Clooney will be playing Mannix, Tatum is playing a movie star, Fiennes is playing a director, and Swinton is playing »

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Gary Oldman Would Have Killed An Ape To Be In This Cult Classic

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The poster and advertising materials for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes list Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell as the stars of Matt Reeves sequel. And yet, these human actors would be the first ones to tell you that they share the spotlight with the brilliant Andy Serkis and the motion-capture wizards who helped create the ape co-stars in this Apes sequel. Earlier in the week, we spoke with Andy Serkis about the advancements in technology that have allowed him to perfect the art of portraying Caesar, the leader of the ape community trying to find its way in a post-viral society. But Jason Clarke and Keri Russell are newcomers to the art of acting alongside motion-capture artists, and I wanted to speak with them about the disconnect that might happen when you are performing in scenes with a human and, later, see it on screen as »

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Gary Oldman Wishes He Could've Been In A Blue Velvet, And More Dawn Of Apes Fun

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The poster and advertising materials for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes list Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell as the stars of Matt Reeves sequel. And yet, these human actors would be the first ones to tell you that they share the spotlight with the brilliant Andy Serkis and the motion-capture wizards who helped create the ape co-stars in this Apes sequel. Earlier in the week, we spoke with Andy Serkis about the advancements in technology that have allowed him to perfect the art of portraying Caesar, the leader of the ape community trying to find its way in a post-viral society. But Jason Clarke and Keri Russell are newcomers to the art of acting alongside motion-capture artists, and I wanted to speak with them about the disconnect that might happen when you are performing in scenes with a human and, later, see it on screen as »

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Mission: Impossible 5 Has Found Its New Female Lead

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Over the last 18 years, the Mission: Impossible franchise has lined up an impressive list of actresses to play opposite Tom Cruise' Ethan Hunt. On that list are Emmanuelle Béart, Thande Newton, Michelle Monaghan, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, and Paula Patton - and now the latest female lead has been found for Mission: Impossible 5. Word has come down that Rebecca Ferguson, the lead of the BBC series The White Queen, has taken a key role in the next chapter of the blockbuster franchise. Set to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie and based on a script by Iron Man 3's Drew Pearce, Mission: Impossible 5 doesn't currently have an official plot synopsis, but is expected to bring back the stars from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - including Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and the aforementioned Paula Patton (not to mention possibly Ving Rhames and Michelle Monaghan). Deadline »

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Alec Baldwin Joining Mission: Impossible 5

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If you've read the tabloids in the last year, you'd notice that Alec Baldwin has not been the media's sweetheart. And that's too bad, because the guy is constantly bringing it at a whole other level now that he's transitioned from leading man to character actor. And while he's likely not going to be a star who's name belongs above the title, Baldwin still kills just about every scene where he shows up. And he's bringing that level of awesome to two upcoming movies in a Baldwin-palooza that finds him jumping headfirst into his work. Deadline reports that Alec Baldwin is taking on two new jobs, the most significant being a role in Mission: Impossible 5. Baldwin will be playing the head of the CIA, who Variety claims is in charge of overseeing Ethan Hunt's (Tom Cruise) Imf operations from on-high. No plot details are being shared for the upcoming blockbuster, »

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Ant-Man Heading To Comic-Con

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Such a small hero. Such a large venue. Such a massive moment to introduce the world to the next major Marvel superstar (after months and months of turmoil). Michael Douglas confirmed that Marvel.s Ant-Man will have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con, likely during a splashy Hall H panel that will conclude the evening on Saturday . Marvel Studio.s traditional time slot. Speaking with Collider, Douglas said that he.s "even dragging my son," but then revealed far too much about the Douglas. personal calendar by talking about having to fly right home after the Ant-Man presentation on Saturday evening to get his kid to camp on time on Sunday. Because parenting comes before saving the world, kids. Even when you are Michael Douglas. The Hollywood icon might not be prepared for the range of emotions that will be running through Hall H at the Ant-Man presentation. It was »

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Get Your First Look At Ian McKellen As Sherlock Holmes

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Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he's 93 years old and it's my turn. #MrHolmes pic.twitter.com/B9HkUgfkCv. Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) July 9, 2014 Thanks to modern day small screen portrayals like Benedict Cumberbatch's in Sherlock and Jonny Lee Miller's in Elementary - not to mention big screen takes like Robert Downey Jr.'s in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes movies - we've gotten used to seeing younger versions of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective character. But next year director Bill Condon and Sir Ian McKellen will do their part to slice some more age variety into the mix. The director and actor are currently collaborating on a new film called Mr. Holmes, and, as you can see above, today we have our first look at McKellen in the titular role. Formerly known as A Slight Trick of the Mind and based on the »

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Laika Will Start Releasing One Movie A Year Very, Very Soon

9 July 2014 12:17 PM, PDT

If there.s one thing the stop-motion animation process is known for, it.s being painstakingly slow. Not only are the films put together one frame at a time with intense care and precision, there is an incredible amount of work that needs to go into development and construction long before the first shutter snap is even heard. The folks up at Laika, however - the studio that brought us Coraline and ParaNorman - are constantly making advances in their field and finding new ways to work at peak efficiency. Their model is so effective, in fact, that they will soon start releasing one movie every year. This impressive bit of news was dropped on us late last year on the set of the upcoming The Boxtrolls by Travis Knight, Laika.s chairman and CEO. Laying down details about the company.s plans over the next few years, Knight revealed »

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