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See 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Reviewed in Comic Strip Form

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Defying not only our expectations of what an effects-driven sci-fi movie can be, but also defying all odds as being a sequel to a reboot and still as worthy of praise as any film that's come out this year, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is quite a surprise. Our suggestion? Find a chimp to watch it with so you can talk about it afterward and let the healing begin.  Click Image To Enlarge     More From Around The Web: ZergNet (function() { var zergnet = document.createElement('script'); zergnet.type = 'text/javascript'; zergnet.async = true; zergnet.src = 'http://www.zergnet.com/zerg.js?id=15794'; var znscr...

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- John Gholson

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Best of the Week: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Set Visit, 'Gone Girl' and 'Exodus' Trailers, and More

11 July 2014 8:00 PM, PDT

The Important News Shane Black's '70s crime comedy Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling has found a home at Warner Bros. Mission: Impossible 5 has found its leading lady, whom you have probably never heard of. Meanwhile, Scarlett Joahansson and Jonah Hill have joined the cast of Hail Caesar! and Dwayne Johnson will headline The Janson Directive, based on a book from the writer of The Bourne Identity. Star Wars: Episode VII will be filming in IMAX, and it just cast two new fresh faces. Richard Linklater's remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet may star Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis. Oh, and J.K. Rowling published a new Harry Potter story online. Because nothing screams heartwarming family movie like the writer of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Disney...

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- Peter Hall

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Your Top Three: Coming-of-Age Movies

11 July 2014 7:00 PM, PDT

Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. Richard Linklater's Boyhood is not just one of the best coming-of-age movies in years, but it just might be the most genuinely qualified to exempify the genre. Not only does it depict the story of a boy coming of age, but because it was shot over the course of 12 years, it also documents the real-life coming of age of the actor playing that boy. Actual documentaries have done this in the past, but Boyhood one-ups those films by having the parallelling primary fiction narrative. There is, however, a series of classic French fiction films that's comparable to what Linklater did with his new movie. Francois Truffaut made five movies over 20 years centered on the...

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- Christopher Campbell

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

11 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT

Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week. Unbroken There’s a lot going on in this new trailer for Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, but the piece is so well composed you actually manage to absorb it all. The opening aerial battle is such a strong attention grabber that the moment the piece shifts back to Louis Zamperini’s childhood, you’re ready and eager to experience everything right along with him. The visuals are all well composed and telling, Jack O’Connell has an incredibly captivating on-screen presence and both elements wind up further enhancing what’s already an astonishing true story.   The Hunger Games: Mockingjay...

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- Perri Nemiroff

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The Schmoes Know Movie Show: The Top 5 Primates in Movies

11 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT

Who are the Schmoes, and what exactly do they know? The Schmoes are a couple of regular guys, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, who--like you--are the people for whom movies are made. Each week, we're posting brand new video from the Schmoes that'll give their spin on a given movie topic. On this week's episode, the guys go ape for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And in honor of that film, they present the top five primates in movies. Do you agree with their picks? Let us know in the comments below.     More From Around The Web: ZergNet (function() { var zergnet = document.createElement('script'); zergnet.type = 'text/javascript'; zergnet.async = true; zergnet.src...

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Your Complete Guide to Italian Cannibal Movies, Part 2

11 July 2014 4:00 PM, PDT

Read part one of our very thorough history of Italian cannibal movies here.   Warning: Some Of These Clips Are Nsfw    Not to be outdone by Deodato, Umberto Lenzi came back into the cannibal film fold in 1980 with his film Eaten Alive. The film opens with some really groovy disco music followed by several scenes of a Polynesian assassin killing white guys in major cities — with a blowgun! After taking out a target in NYC, our assassin finds himself on the wrong end of a human/truck encounter, and promptly dies. The police discover that he’s using poison darts dipped in cobra venom — and that he’s conveniently carrying a strip of film. The film shows some weird fertility rite with guys getting strung up by hooks. Unsure what the...

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- Mike Bracken

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Listen: Are These the Best Summer Movies from the Past 5 Years?

11 July 2014 3:00 PM, PDT

Welcome back to another episode of The Summer Movies Podcast, a podcast that will run from May through the end of August and cover all things related to summer movies past, present and future. On this week's episode hosts Erik Davis (Movies.com) and Sean O'Connell (CinemaBlend.com) review Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Additionally, with many calling Apes the best movie of the summer, the guys run down their picks for the best movie from each of the past five summers. As always, thanks so much for listening and please feel free to continue the conversation in our comments section or on Twitter, @erikdavis and @sean_oconnell. You can listen to this week's episode using the player below, and you can download it to iTunes using this link...

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- Movies.com

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Here's Awesome Proof That Every Movie Is Better with More Batman

11 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

We’re firm believers that a little Batman makes pretty much everything in life better – and now there’s a hilarious Tumblr blog reaffirming that belief on a regular basis. It’s Better with Batman takes famous images from TV and film and places the Dark Knight himself into them, showing how much more awesome everything would be with Bruce Wayne’s involvement. Don’t believe us? Check out some of these examples… In this first image, we see how Stanley Kubrick’s classic Vietnam film Full Metal Jacket would have looked if R. Lee Ermey spent the Paris Island segment screaming at Ben Affleck’s Batman instead of Private Pyle. Look how sad Batman is.   With all the catching criminals and handing out beatdowns, it’s...

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- Mike Bracken

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Movies That Never Happened: 'Alien' Designer H.R. Giger's Freaky Love Story About Self-Aware Limbs

11 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

Geeks around the world are still coming to terms with the passing of artist H.R. Giger – and while many will remember him for his fantastic artwork that helped make the Alien franchise a reality, Giger had countless other projects during the course of his career. The Mystery of San Gottardo was a science fiction film he’d been crafting since the 1970s, and it unfortunately never came to fruition. With Giger’s passing, it seems likely the project will never see the light of a film projector, but we can all marvel over the various concept-art pieces the visionary illustrator left behind. First conceived back in 1963, San Gottardo was set to be a “unique love story,” the kind only Giger could create. "It is about a man and his love for a...

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- Mike Bracken

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Read: 'Fast & Furious 7' Wraps Production with This Powerful, Heartfelt Letter to Fans

11 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

The film community was devastated after learning about the death of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, who was killed in an automobile accident last year. The seventh installment in the action franchise, directed by James Wan, was in the middle of shooting at the time of Walker’s passing. The studio decided to move forward with the production after consulting with Walker’s family, opting to rewrite his character’s final appearance (Brian O'Conner will “retire”). Walker’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, will appear in the film as stand-ins for his character. CGI will also play a role, as Walker’s voice and face will be transposed onto stunt-double bodies for certain scenes. The film is expected to hit theaters on April 3. In the...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Watch: What if 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' and 'Boyhood' Were the Same Movie

11 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boyhood arriving in theaters this weekend, we're looking at what's arguably the year's best weekend so far in terms of quality filmmaking. Both films are tremendously successful in delivering compelling entertainment that's emotionally powerful and most certainly memorable.  But what if they were the same movie? Here's a cheeky mash-up for Apehood, which combines the trailers for both movies into one pretty soulful story about the trials and tribulations of one ape over the course of 18 years of his life.   Bonus: Yeah, we know you're just as obsessed with that song from the Boyhood trailer as we are. To spare you the time in searching for it, here it is: "Hero" by Family of the Year...

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- Erik Davis

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Movie News: See Another 'Star Wars Rebels' Villain; First Trailer for Reese Witherspoon's 'Wild'

11 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Star Wars Rebels: We got our first look at the Inquisitor, the primary Star Wars Rebels villain, last year, and now Agent Kallus, his "right-hand man," has finally been revealed. David Oyelowo (Lincoln) will voice the character on the series, which debuts this fall on the Disney Channel and then will air regularly on the Disney Xd channel. [Los Angeles Times]   Nice Guys: Confirming a previous report, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling will star in Nice Guys, to be directed by Shane Black (Iron Man 3). The project now has the backing of Warner Bros.; it revolves around the possible suicide of a porn star in 1970s Los Angeles that escalates into a full-fledged conspiracy. The lead characters are a private detective and a "muscle for hire" who investigate...

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- Peter Martin

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Evangeline Lilly Talks About 'The Hobbit,' Working on Mystery Projects She Can't Talk About

11 July 2014

Thanks to consistently playing tough, independent, ass-kicking women, it's easy to imagine that Evangeline Lilly spends her down time climbing mountains or big-wave surfing, but the truth is she's actually a very gifted writer. She's written a truly delightful and sophisticated children's book called The Squickerwonkers, and the easiest way to pitch it is to say were it a movie, it'd be right at home alongside the likes of Coraline and ParaNorman. Lilly will be making several appearances at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con to promote her first book and ahead of that we had the pleasure of chatting with her about the creation of something that's been incubating inside her since she was a kid herself, and the need to give kids smart, stimulating material. If...

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- Peter Hall

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Poster-Crop Quiz: Can You Guess These Sci-fi Sequels?

10 July 2014 7:00 PM, PDT

Charge your hyperdrives and grab your lightsabers, readers, because it's time for another Poster-Crop Quiz. For this week's, in honor of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we decided to spotlight some science-fiction sequels. Prepare to boldly go where... well, all of these franchises' respective first films had gone before. We gathered posters for 10 sci-fi sequels and then foolishly walked them across the battlefields where apes and men were warring for the fate of the planet. See if you can identify the posters from their decimated shards. The first person to correctly name all the posters in the comment section below will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. It's pretty great, but we caution that it won't help you any better understand that Architect...

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- Brian Salisbury

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The Last Horror Blog: Your Complete Guide to Italian Cannibal Movies, Part 1

10 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT

If you somehow missed it, horror geeks were given a really cool treat last week: Cannibal Holocaust finally arrived on Blu-ray courtesy of the folks at Grindhouse Releasing. Ruggero Deodato’s film is the crown jewel of the Italian cannibal flicks – a notorious subgenre of Italian exploitation cinema that had a short shelf life, but spawned countless controversies while it was popular. While Deodato’s film is arguably the most well known example of the form, it was hardly the only Italian cannibal flick to emerge in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Italian filmmakers were quick to latch on to any subgenre that was making money, and the cannibal films were no exception. If you’re new to these kinds of films, today’s feature will help you...

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- Mike Bracken

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See What 3D Glasses Looked Like Back in 1924

10 July 2014 4:00 PM, PDT

As you prepare to watch the tremendous Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 3D this weekend with your fancy, modern 3D glasses, here's a fun look back at what those 3D glasses looked like when they first arrived in theaters almost 100 years ago.  This pair of 3D glasses currently for sale on eBay appears to have been used during a double feature of The Ten Commandments and The Covered Wagon all the way back in June of 1924 at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City, which was one of the first theaters to project 3D.  That wasn't the first audience to experience 3D, however, as you'd have to back up to 1915 and a series of test reels that were projected to an audience inside New York's Astor Theater. The first completed film to be projected in 3D was The Power...

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- Erik Davis

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You Rank the 'Planet of the Apes' Movies

10 July 2014 3:00 PM, PDT

Whenever a new film from an existing franchise hits theaters, it's always fun to examine how it fits in with the overall franchise. Of course, if you're a hard-core fan, the only way to do that properly is to rank all the movies from best to worst. With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in theaters this weekend, we thought it might be fun to get your definitive ranking of all eight big-screen Planet of the Apes movies. Will Dawn of the Planet of the Apes find itself at the top, or is there another Apes movie that still reigns supreme? Start your ranking below!   Film Lists on Rankervar Rnkrw = Rnkrw || {};Rnkrw.pref = {"list":{"fontcolor":"a12f2f"},"header":{"bgcolor":"873333"}};     More From Around The...

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- Movies.com

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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Shows a Neat New Way of Doing Motion Posters

10 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT

Movie studios have noticed that people love animated things on the Internet, so to cash in on the Gif craze they've taken to making what's been known as motion posters. In the past these have basically been the normal posters you'd see in a theater with the movie's title animated somehow. They can be amusing, but there's only so much you can bring alive within a poster. The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has found a way around that, though. Artists have created poster-sized YouTube videos [via Total Film] featuring character-centric footage for all four of the heroes in a half shell. And it's actually kind of a neat idea we could see other studios getting on board with. Granted, there's still nothing all that mind-blowing about the...

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- Peter Hall

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Watch: The Schmoes Review 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' and 'Boyhood'

10 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

The Schmoes, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, not only have their Schmoes Know Movie Show on Movies.com—they're reviewing movies for us too. You can watch more of their reviews here.   Dawn of the Planet of the Apes   Boyhood     More From Around The Web: ZergNet (function() { var zergnet = document.createElement('script'); zergnet.type = 'text/javascript'; zergnet.async = true; zergnet.src = 'http://www.zergnet.com/zerg.js?id=15794'; var znscr = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; znscr.parentNode.insertBefore(zergnet, znscr); })();

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Movies That Never Happened: Arnold Schwarzenegger's Insane 'Planet of the Apes' Reboot

10 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

Sometimes the stories of films that never got made are more interesting than the ones that actually did. Such is the case with Return of the Apes, a rebooting of the Planet of the Apes franchise that was set to have Oliver Stone direct and Arnold Schwarzenegger star in the lead role. In typical Hollywood fashion, the project fell apart once one executive was promoted and another took over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all look back at what Stone and Schwarzenegger were planning to do. Allow us to reassure you that, yes, it was totally insane. Topless Robot has put together a fascinatingly detailed piece about the film’s script and genesis that highlights all the kookiness Stone planned (he thought the original films were dumb and tossed out an off-the-cuff...

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- Mike Bracken

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