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Andy Serkis Suggests the Planet Of The Apes Series May Span Four of Five Films

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Back in 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened with $54.8 million and went on to accumulate $481.8 million at the worldwide box office.  It made sense that Fox would want to move forward with two more films.  However, after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes kicked off its run with $72.6 million and took in a whopping $708 million worldwide, it seems as though a trilogy might not be enough anymore. During a recent interview, Andy Serkis suggested that there’s a chance the series might not be capped at three films.  How many could there be?  Hit the jump to find out more. Here’s what Serkis told MTV about the third installment while promoting the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray release: “To be honest, it’s very, very early in where we choose to drop our anchor in the next film, so it could be five years after the event. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies: Check Out the Music Video for Billy Boyd’s The Last Goodbye

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Billy Boyd may not be getting any face time in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but a music video for his end credits song “The Last Goodbye” just hit the web and not only does it include Boyd’s performance, but select clips from all six Middle-earth films as well.  Even as someone who hasn’t been particularly enthusiastic about the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, the piece is still a beautiful send off that makes me look back and appreciate the time I got to spend with these characters. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies doesn’t hit theaters until December 17th, but the soundtrack with “The Last Goodbye” will be available on December 9th. Here’s what Boyd told EW about working on “The Last Goodbye:” “We had to get the song just right, to send the audience out of »

- Perri Nemiroff

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New Fifty Shades Of Grey TV Spot Continues to Promise Sweet, Kinky Love

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Universal has released a new Fifty Shades of Grey TV spot.  Based on novel by E.L. James (which began as Twilight fan fiction), the story revolves around Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and her introduction to a whole new world of sexual discovery and risqué activities in the hands of billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).  The ads for this movie are so bizarre in how they seem to be selling the film as "Come watch softcore porn this Valentine's Day in a public theater, but you don't have to feel guilty because really it's about love."  I've heard far more than I wanted to about book (link not-safe-for-work or life), but the word "love" has never come up.  It's erotica.  It's best-selling erotica, but erotica nonetheless. Hit the jump to watch the new Fifty Shades of Grey TV spot.  The film opens February 14, 2015, and also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Warren Ellis’ Comic Series Global Frequency to Get another Shot at TV with Fox Ordering a Pilot from Producer Jerry Bruckheimer

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Warren Ellis is one of my favorite comic book authors, and his short-lived WildStorm comic series Global Frequency could make for a great TV series.  The title refers to 1,001 people working for an independent, covert organization.  Each of these members has a highly specialized skill, a special phone, and in a time of crisis, the organization's leader Miranda Zero and dispatcher Aleph will call and send this person on a mission.  You have two interesting female characters as the regulars and from there you can cast guest stars to essentially be a weekly lead.  That's not to say an adaptation is an easy slam dunk.  Producer Mark Burnett (Survivor) prepped a pilot in 2005 with John Rogers (Leverage) spearheading creative development, and it leaked online.  Warner Bros. was unhappy with the leak and canceled the project as a result. Now Global Frequency is getting another shot at television with Fox ordering »

- Matt Goldberg

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Scandal Recap: “Where the Sun Don’t Shine”

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Last week on Twitter, Kerry Washington promised that Scandal's holiday-break finale would be "bananas."  "Where the Sun Don't Shine," though, was also a kind of recap of the entire season so far, boiled down into one hour.  There were some twists and turns and some dancing, and a good set up for the next half of this season, but was it completely bananas?  Hit the jump for why "I'm marrying a whore, but at least I know what I'm paying for." Mama's back!  And meaner than ever.  As I mentioned last week, if you think your family is crazy when you go home for Thanksgiving, think again.  The Pope's have you beat every. day. of. the. week.  Yet after all was said and done, Olivia finally broke free, seemingly, by taking the step to actually kill her father (who, oddly, was walking around with an unloaded weapon), causing him to really leave this time. »

- Allison Keene

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Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks The Imitation Game, Coming to the Project Late, Finding Continuity in His Scores, His Love of Conducting, and More

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Six-time Academy Award Nominee Alexandre Desplat is a remarkably versatile composer with a distinct voice who has collaborated with some of the world’s top filmmakers.  His films this year range from Wes Anderson’s The Grand Hotel Budapest, to George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, the blockbuster action thriller Godzilla, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game.  Desplat’s compelling score for the Alan Turing biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch features lots of keyboards, clarinets, and fast arpeggios which support the pacing of the film and capture the story’s thrilling intensity and the humanity of characters who are racing against time to crack the Nazi’s Enigma code during WWII. In an exclusive interview, Desplat discussed his collaboration with Tyldum, the tight schedule he was under to deliver the film, how he created themes that resonated with the storyline of a film that has an »

- Sheila Roberts

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Pifff Day 1: Three Promising Debuts in Time Lapse, Housebound, and Nightcrawler

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The first day of the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival kicked off with a cult classic and three first-time feature films that are a promising debut for their respective directors: Time Lapse, Housebound and Nightcrawler kept the audience on the edge of their seats, while Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street, programmed in the Retro category, still manages to scare us witless for 90 minutes some 30 years after its release. Hit the jump for my reviews. Bradley King’s Time Lapse, the first film in competition, could be an extended episode of The Twilight Zone.  The banal existence of three roommates -- a young couple, Callie (Danielle Panabaker) and Finn (Matt O’Leary), and their friend Jasper (George Finn) -- changes when they discover a photographic time machine in their missing neighbor's apartment, located right across their home.  The mysterious machine, invented by their missing scientist neighbor, photographs events 24 hours in advance. »

- Talia Soghomonian

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Gracepoint Recap: “Episode Eight”

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Hmmm.  In my enthusiasm over "Episode Seven's" big departure from Broadchurch, I might have overestimated Gracepoint's decision to really strike out on its own.  "Episode Eight" was more or less a kind of reset, and the kind that made "Episode Seven" look largely like wheel-spinning.  Nothing much was revealed in this new episode, either, which seems to suggest that the two-episode expansion from the original series may not ultimately yield any different results.  Hit the jump for why I'm running hot and cold about this series. Tom has proved an interesting subject on Gracepoint, but somehow the least interesting thing he did was disappear and reappear (because, as we learned in this hour, he was doing his own investigation).  That whole storyline petered out early, with Tom's excursion not shedding any particular light on the crime.  What was far more intriguing was the circling back to Tom's deletion of emails »

- Allison Keene

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Martin Freeman Joins The Taliban Shuffle; Bryce Dallas Howard in Talks for Pete’S Dragon; Matt Smith to Star in Patient Zero

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A few pieces of casting to report: Martin Freeman is in talks to join Tina Fey and Margot Robbie in The Taliban Shuffle, a black comedy set in Kabul.  Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love) will direct the adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir. Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to join the cast of Pete's DragonOakes Fegley, Oona Lawrence, and Robert Redford also star in the picture directed by David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints). Matt Smith will star opposite Natalie Dormer in pandemic thriller Patient Zero, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall). More on each project after the jump. According to THR, Freeman will play a Scottish photojournalist, a love interest for Fey's protagonist.  Here's the synopsis for Barker's book: When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Director Francis Lawrence Talks The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Deleted Scenes, the Lack of IMAX, the Batman vs. Superman Logo in I Am Legend, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.  In the next installment, we find Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  Unlike the last two films which focused on surviving the games, Mockingjay – Part 1 is about the rebellion spreading throughout Panem and the way both sides play the media to gain the upper hand.  It’s an extremely well done movie and fans of the franchise will not be disappointed.  Joining the cast are Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham) alongside Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth BanksSam Claflin, and Donald Sutherland. A few days ago in New York City I landed a great video interview with Francis Lawrence.  During »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Josh Boone Now Says The Stand Will Be Four Movies With a Cast The Will “Blow People’s Minds”

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Wow.  Sometimes I hate the way films are tailored for the global marketplace (i.e. Transformers: Age of Extinction), and sometimes I'm okay with it.  Today is one of the days I'm okay with it. Writer/director Josh Boone (The Fault in our Stars) has announced that his adaptation of The Stand will now be four movies.  Why?  Because Warner Bros. wanted to have a product with enough set pieces to satisfy the international market without skimping on character. While there's still no cast in place, this is incredibly exciting news for anyone in favor of bold, creative decisions.  This isn't a plug-and-play scenario like The Hobbit, it's a little bit risker than that.  But damn do I hope it pays off.  Hit the jump for more on The Stand turning into four movies. Boone told Kevin Smith's Hollywood Babble-On Podcast (via Slashfilm) about his initial version of the script, »

- Evan Dickson

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New Pitch Perfect 2 Images Feature Familiar Faces and New Additions

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Earlier this morning, Universal released the first trailer for the upcoming musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2 and it was kind of fantastic.  The follow-up looks to be every bit as fun and surprising as the first film, and it has Elizabeth Banks in the director’s chair to boot.  Continuing on with today’s festivities, Universal has released a batch of new Pitch Perfect 2 images from the film, which reveal what Adam Devine’s Bumper has been up to since the first movie (hanging with Joe Lo Truglio, of course) and also give us a look at the Barden Bellas’ new addition Hailee Steinfeld.  I’d go so far as to say that the first movie was the most entertaining movie I saw in theaters in 2012, so I’m fairly excited for this one. Check out the new Pitch Perfect 2 images after the jump.  The film also stars Anna Kendrick, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Watch the Game Of Thrones Telltale Game Trailer

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The folks over at Telltale Games first came to my attention when I saw people raving about their The Walking Dead game, as many were saying it expertly blended an emotional, character-driven story with solid gameplay.  They may indeed get the same results with their upcoming take on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and the first Game of Thrones Telltale Game trailer has been released online to give fans a brief tease of what we might expect (complete with Lena Headey voiceover).  The game series is being touted as a six-part episodic adventure, with the story revolving around a noble family from the north of Westeros called House Forrester.  They are caught up in the events surrounding the War of Five Kings, and the player will take on the role of different House Forrester members and determine their fate based on the choices he or she makes. Check out the »

- Adam Chitwood

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Not Dead Yet: Bond 24 and Twin Peaks Season 3 Will Be Shot on Film

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The number of wide releases this year that were shot on film amounts to but a handful, and despite heavy advocacy from filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams, the format has become an outlier in contrast to the near-universal use of digital.  Digital is not inherently a bad format, and some filmmakers like David Fincher are able to take full advantage of the opportunities it provides, but the fear is that the choice over whether a director can shoot on film or digital may be disappearing.  That could very well be the case in the near future, but today some relief arrived in the form of news that two highly anticipated upcoming projects will be shooting on film, keeping the format alive for a bit longer: Bond 24 and the new season of Twin Peaks.  More after the jump. We’ll start with Bond 24, which marks a curious »

- Adam Chitwood

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Following Freak Show Video Podcast: Episode 7 – “Test of Strength”

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Welcome to episode 7 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In "Test of Strength" Stanley (Denis O'Hare) blackmails Dell (Michael Chiklis) into killing a freak for him so that he can ship one off to the Morbidity Museum.  Meanwhile, Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson) are back and they're hell-bent on getting the upper hand at Elsa's Cabinet of Curiosities. You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast. Here’s the synopsis for American Horror Story: Freak Show episode »

- Perri Nemiroff

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The Wedding Ringer Red Band Trailer Not Nearly as Funny as The Wedding Ringer Green Band Trailer

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I actually like raunchy R-rated comedies quite a bit, so please don't take this criticism as coming from someone who's offended.  I'm not.  I'm just not laughing.  I'd still go see The Wedding Ringer when it comes out in January, but it won't be based off this trailer that's for sure.  When I started this post, I hadn't actually seen anything from the film yet (including the earlier trailer) and this red band trailer on its own had me almost ready to write the whole thing off.  But then I went back and watched the green band trailer and actually laughed.  There, I saw a movie that had some jokes and a sense of character.  Here, all I see is every possible use of "fuck" at the marketing team's disposal, dumped into a trailer with little or no context. So I'm almost posting this as an experiment.  I'm including the »

- Evan Dickson

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Penguins Of Madagascar Mockumentary Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich and Ken Jeong

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Want to see Benedict Cumberbatch perfect his wolf bark, Ken Jeong perform as a Navy Seal instead of a baby seal and John Malkovich get into octopus form?  It’s all in the brand new Penguins of Madagascar mockumentary that DreamWorks Animation debuted and just like the large majority of the promotional material released for the film thus far, it’s pretty amusing and well worth a watch. In the upcoming film, Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John Dimaggio) and Private (Patrick Stuart) have to stop an old acquaintance from taking over the world, Malkovich’s Dr. Octavius Brine, aka Dave the Octopus.  But the penguins can’t do it alone so they team up with a spy organization lead by Cumberbatch’s Agent Classified called the North Wind.  Hit the jump to check out that Penguins of Madagascar mockumentary and keep an eye out for the full feature, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Nicole Beharie Talks Sleepy Hollow, Abbie’s Backstory, Whether or Not She’ll Find Love, Abbie vs. Katrina, Returning to Biblical Storytelling and More

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In Season 2 of the Fox series Sleepy Hollow, the heroic duo of Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) is still fending off the forces of evil to save not only their town, but the world.  With Henry Parish (John Noble) manipulating the wheels of a mysterious plan and everybody a bit more worse for wear, Sleepy Hollow has never been so close to destruction. During this recent interview with press to discuss where things are headed with the show, actress Nicole Beharie talked about learning more of her character’s backstory, shifting back to the biblical storytelling, that she thinks Abbie would take Henry out even without Ichabod’s support, that she would like to see Abbie and Katrina unite, whether Abbie might ever find love, and how she feels about ‘shippers.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. Question:  What was the toughest »

- Christina Radish

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Wednesday TV Ratings: Arrow Holds Steady While Modern Family Surges

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TV ratings for Wednesday, November 19th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown: The CW’s Arrow (read Dave's recap here) matched last week’s 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.63 million viewers, while The 100 rose a tenth to a 0.6 rating and garnered 1.66 million viewers. ABC’s Modern Family was both the highest-rated and most-watched program of the night with a 3.7 rating and 10.9 million viewers, which is up half a ratings point from last week’s 3.2 rating.  The Middle, meanwhile, rose three tenths to a 2.2 rating and 8.32 million viewers, The Goldbergs also rose three tenths to a 2.4 rating and scored 7.7 million viewers, black-ish ticked up a tenth to a 2.6 rating and 7.95 million viewers, and Nashville was up a tenth to a 1.5 rating and scored 5.51 million viewers. CBS’ Criminal Minds matched last week’s 2.3 rating and scored 10.61 million viewers, while Stalker was up three tenths to a 1.7 rating and garnered 7.98 million viewres. »

- Adam Chitwood

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New Inside Out Character Videos Introducing Fear, Disgust and Anger

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We got a brief introduction to Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith) a few days ago and now it’s time to meet Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black) as well.  Those four plus Joy (Amy Poehler) make up young Riley’s emotions and it’s up to them to help her adjust when she moves to San Francisco in Pixar’s latest, Inside Out. The promo material for Inside Out hasn’t been as mind-blowing as one might expect and these new character videos are no different.  There’s nothing wrong with them, but there’s also nothing about them to suggest Inside Out will be worth the two-year wait since Pixar’s last release, Monsters University.  Hit the jump to check out the new Inside Out character videos for yourself.  The film is set to open in 3D on June 19, 2015. Here’s the official synopsis »

- Perri Nemiroff

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