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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

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2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was many things, a critical and commercial hit being the most unexpected among them. It was a reboot for a historically successful franchise that was following in the wake of an attempted 2001 reboot that was a disaster in every respect, save for box office receipts. The sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is easier to define based on what it is not. It’s not a direct continuation of the first film’s story, or a dedicated prequel to the original films, though it fits into the franchise’s chronology nicely. It’s not a science fiction story, because the fact that it stars hyper-intelligent apes is beside the point. Most inspiringly, it’s not what you expect a summer blockbuster to be, which is why it’s the best one to come along in a very long time, and »

- Sam Woolf

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Sigourney Weaver Returns As Ripley For Alien: Isolation

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For years, fans have been rallying for a proper video game based on the Alien film franchise, which revolutionized the sci-fi genre and scared the pants off of generations of fans. While Aliens: Colonial Marines was a slap in the face with a thumbtack taped to the palm, us scorned fans have our hopes up for the upcoming Alien: Isolation. Following Ripley’s daughter Amanda, the game promises to deliver a survival-horror experience on par with the original film’s intensely terrifying game of cat-and-mouse.

As if developers Creative Assembly weren’t spoiling fans enough already, they’ve just announced that Sigourney Weaver will be reprising her role as Ellen Ripley for a Dlc chapter that follows the crew of the Nostromo during their first encounter with the Xenomorph.

Joining Weaver is a majority of the original cast, including Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton and Veronica Cartwright. »

- Christian Law

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Has Doctor Who Showrunner Stephen Moffat Been Offered A Star Wars Movie?

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J.J. Abrams may be currently working on bringing Star Wars: Episode VII to the big screen, but lately our sights have been set on the films that will come after its December 2015 release. Over the last few months, Disney and Lucasfilm have been signing multiple directors for the various forthcoming Star Wars sequels and spinoff films. They’ve nabbed some pretty great talent too, from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards to Chronicle director Josh Trank. Then there’s Looper helmer Rian Johnson, who will write and direct Episode VIII, and handle scripting duties on Episode IX as well.

According to JediNews, we may have another name to throw into the mix today, as they’re reporting that Doctor Who and Sherlock writer/showrunner Stephen Moffat may have been offered a Star Wars film, presumably Episode IX. 

JediNews isn’t sure whether he’ll write, direct, or produce the film, but it »

- James Garcia

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Robbie Amell Remains Super, Joins The Flash As Firestorm

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Fans were shocked when the CW cancelled The Tomorrow People after only one season, but they can take some consolation in knowing that Robbie Amell will be returning the the network’s line-up this fall anyways, as he’s just been cast in the upcoming Arrow spin-off, The Flash, in a major recurring role.

“I’m so excited to join forces with Greg Berlanti and The CW again on The Flash. Being brought into the DC Universe is a dream, I can’t wait to get started,” said the actor.

Amell will be playing Ronnie Raymond, one half of the Marvel superhero team Firestorm in the highly anticipated new series. His character is set to debut in the third episode. Besides living a double life, he is also the fiance of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), who fans met during the second of two Arrow/The Flash crossover episodes last spring. »

- Lindsay Sperling

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The Wolf Among Us: Episode 5 – Cry Wolf Review

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Please note that this review will contain some minor spoilers for previous episodes of The Wolf Among Us. 

With Cry Wolf, Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us finally reaches the conclusion it’s been heading for since the first episode launched all the way back in October of last year. And as big a fan as I’ve been of this episodic game since I first started playing it, I was a bit nervous going into the finale after the fourth episode, which was incredibly brief compared to previous installment and led to a less satisfying overall experience. I was concerned that, after doing such a good job with the series until that point, Telltale would somehow drop the ball again and give us a disappointing finale. The fact that people are naturally going to compare it to the well-done ending of the first season of The Walking Dead didn »

- John Fleury

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Don’t Miss Out On 16 Minutes Of Dragon Age: Inquisition Gameplay

8 hours ago

What we saw from Dragon Age: Inquisition at this year’s E3 did a good job of piquing our interest, but it also left us wanting more. Much more, in fact. So, it’s good news that I bring today, as BioWare has heard our calls and has thankfully answered, by providing us with a lengthy, sixteen minute-long gameplay demo that expands upon what we saw at last month’s event.

Dubbed “The Hinterlands,” this gorgeous walkthrough — which is narrated by Creative Director Mike Laidlaw — is essentially a longer take on the game’s E3 demo. Within it, a female mage leads a party of allies against heinous foes, including a majestic dragon. In-between the action, beautiful scenery is traversed and new features are showcased.

Arguably, the coolest new feature found within Dragon Age: Inquisition is its mounts system. Horses appear throughout the world, and can be used for more efficient travelling. »

- Chad Goodmurphy

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Grim Fandango Remaster Also Heading To Home Computers

9 hours ago

While it was definitely a wonderful surprise to hear the announcement of the forthcoming re-release of LucasArts’ classic Grim Fandango during Sony’s E3 conference last month, many gamers who loved the original PC version were dismayed to hear that the re-release would apparently be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and Ps Vita. As it turns out, those who would prefer to revisit the game on a computer are in luck, as the official Twitter account for Double Fine Productions, the studio that is currently working on the remastering, had this to say today:

Reap your heart out! We’re pleased to announce Grim Fandango will also be available on PC, Mac, and Linux alongside PlayStation 4 and Vita!

— Double Fine (@DoubleFine) July 9, 2014

It’s nice that Double Fine is taking the time to make the game available to PC devotees who may have gotten their start with the original 1997 release of the game, »

- John Fleury

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Lords Of The Fallen Will Begin Its Quest In Late October

9 hours ago

Lords of the Fallen will bring its dark fantasy setting and action-rpg gameplay to North American shores on October 28th, confirms text featured in the game’s latest press release. European gamers, on the other hand, will have to wait an extra three days, before starting their quests on October 31.

Developed by Ci Games, Lords of the Fallen is the story of Harkyn, a former criminal who is thrust into battle against attacking gods before being able to receive a pardon of sorts. It’s a narrative that focuses on conflict and alliance-building, in addition to redemption.

Read on for a full plot synopsis from the game’s latest presser:

In Lords of the Fallen, you are Harkyn, the best of the worst of humanity. A convicted criminal, Harkyn is given a chance for redemption. But just as the rulers of the world get close to finding a way to banish all evil from humans, »

- Chad Goodmurphy

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

10 hours ago

Update: 22 Jump Street star Jonah Hill is also in negotiations to join the cast. His role is currently unknown.

Original: She’ll be kicking ass and taking names in this summer’s action tentpole Lucy, but A-lister Scarlett Johansson may get the chance to prioritize dramatic pathos over karate chops for her next non-Marvel acting gig. Word has it that the actress is in early talks with the Coen Brothers to join the already-announced George Clooney and Josh Brolin in their comedy Hail, Caesar!

The Avengers star’s role is being kept under wraps, but Hail, Caesar!, set in 1950s Hollywood, focuses on a fixer to the stars by the name of Eddie Mannix (Clooney). Though he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty if need be, Eddie’s main job involves keeping gossip columnists from running with headlines about the most salacious scandals involving the era’s biggest stars. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Guillermo del Toro Reveals Plans For Black And White Project

11 hours ago

There must be something in the water down in Mexico, something that breeds incredible cinematic visionaries quite unmatched by their professional peers. Alongside filmmakers like Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro is one such talent – and it appears he has a lot on his plate.

Following the recent announcement that a sequel to Pacific Rim was hoped to be released in 2017, del Toro has also let slip that he intends to shoot a very small black and white picture before he sinks his teeth into another helping of kaiju/robot mayhem.

Considering his notoriety for being a director involved in certain projects that fail to get off the ground or result in his departure for varying reasons, it’d seem unsurprising that del Toro would remain relatively tight-lipped regarding his career choices – but with this double whammy of film news, I for one couldn’t be happier. »

- Dale Barham

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Alec Baldwin And Rebecca Ferguson In Talks For Mission: Impossible 5

11 hours ago

Public interest in the Tom Cruise-anchored Mission: Impossible franchise had started to wane after the lackluster second installment, but 2011′s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol did a tremendous job of breathing new life into the blockbuster series by bringing in The Incredibles director Brad Bird and introducing appealing characters played by Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton. So, now that casting for Mission: Impossible 5 is finally getting under way, we’re definitely interested in who’s joining Cruise’s super-spy Ethan Hunt for his next adventure.

Luckily for fans, the main cast of Ghost Protocol, including Renner, Patton and Simon Pegg, is returning, and today brings news that two more terrific actors have been brought into the fold. Deadline reports that 30 Rock alum Alec Baldwin, who previously played another iconic spook in Tom Clancy adaptation The Hunt for Red October, is circling a role in the film, while Variety is »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Ridley Scott Plotting Another Biblical Epic, About David

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Though Gladiator filmmaker Ridley Scott is still in post-production putting the final touches on his upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, the director is already planning to bring another fabled Biblical hero to the big screen. This time, Scott has set his sights on the story of David, said to have become the king of Israel after slaying the giant Goliath in his youth with a stone from his sling.

However, Scott (who is not signed to direct yet but has boarded as a producer) won’t be centering on the battle between David and Goliath – the film is reported to instead follow David through his post-Goliath years, during his reign as the king of Israel. Jonathan Stokes, who has written four Black List scripts in three years and had a record four scripts recognized on the Hit List for most-liked but unproduced spec scripts, will be penning the screenplay. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Check Out The First Image From Ron Howard’s Heart Of The Sea

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Following his surprisingly fresh and entertaining racing drama, Rush, Ron Howard has given his ever-faithful fans the first glimpse of his follow-up effort, Heart of the Sea.

Straight from his Twitter account, the Apollo 13 director shared an initial behind-the-scenes look at the post-production stage. The image, which can be seen above and in its original format below, shows the director working on a scene involving Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who also collaborated with the director on Rush:

Post prod duties for In the Heart of the Sea pic.twitter.com/klFnOeWeri

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 8, 2014

Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea, the movie follows the true account of a whaling ship stuck in the middle of the ocean for 90 days after a grizzly encounter with a sperm whale. Sound familiar? Well, it should – the incident inspired Herman Melville’s literary classic, Moby Dick – incidentally, »

- Dale Barham

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The Maze Runner Writer Will Script Divergent Threequel Allegiant – Part 1

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Though the second installment of Summit Entertainment’s Divergent series, titled Insurgent, is still shooting in Atlanta and isn’t due to hit theaters until next March, producers are already kicking threequel Allegiant – Part 1 into gear by recruiting Noah Oppenheim to script the entry, which will serve as the franchise’s penultimate installment.

It’s not too surprising that Summit is being aggressive with Allegiant – Part 1, which handles roughly half of Veronica Roth’s trilogy capper, considering that the dystopian action/adventure is due to open in 2016, just one year after Insurgent. What is a little odd is that scribe Akiva Goldsman (Winter’s Tale), who re-wrote Brian Duffield’s original script for the second installment, hasn’t been asked back, at least not yet. Perhaps producers feel that the franchise could use a fresh new voice, or maybe Goldsman just doesn’t have the time. He’s already plenty busy, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Robert Redford Will Play Dan Rather In Truth And Duty

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Ever since his All The President’s Men days – and probably before that – actor/director Robert Redford has been outspokenly political. It should therefore come as no surprise that his next acting project will involve politics, the media, and the complications that arise when the two combine.

Redford has just signed on to play newsman Dan Rather in Truth and Duty, based on 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes’ book Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power. Like the book, the film will follow the behind-the-scenes account of what happened before, during, and after Rather’s notorious report about how then-president George W. Bush managed to keep out of Vietnam.

The report alleged that Bush had received preferential treatment resulting in his acceptance in the Texas Air National Guard over the heads of other applicants, effectively keeping him out of the Vietnam War. Following the broadcast, CBS »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Amy Smart And Victoria Smurfit Talk Babies And Lost Love In Exclusive Among Ravens Clip

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Today, We Got This Covered is happy to bring you an exclusive look at Gravitas’ upcoming comedic drama Among Ravens, which will be releasing on-demand and in theaters on July 18th. In the clip, characters Wendy (Amy Smart) and Emma (Victoria Smurfit) examine an elusive art gallery piece and discuss Emma’s reaction to her husband Saul (Russell Friedenberg) suddenly wanting to have children. The scene seems a good indicator of Among Ravens as a whole, spicing a very serious and sad topic with some much-appreciated humor.

Though Among Ravens has flown under the radar, it looks like quite an interesting and enjoyable watch, especially when you consider the film’s impressive cast. In addition to Smart, Smurfit and Friedenberg, young Believe actress Johnny Sequoyah, Joshua Leonard, Will McCormack, Christian Campbell and Natalie Imbruglia have roles. The official synopsis reads as follows:

An annual 4th of July weekend hosted by »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Marvel’s Ant-Man Casts Its Net For A Young Hank Pym

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Now that we have (sort of) put the whole Ant-Man/Edgar Wright controversy behind us, we can turn our attention to the very important task of further Ant-Man rumors. The latest little tidbit swirling about the film is that Marvel has begun casting a net for a young Hank Pym, otherwise portrayed in his modern-day incarnation by Michael Douglas. The casting call asks for a “young Michael Douglas photo double,” but also does not call for an actor – it specifies the part as a Background or Extra role.

One of the major questions surrounding Ant-Man has been whether Michael Douglas will play both the elder Pym and his 60s-era persona, the latter presumably with the help of some de-aging CGI. With this casting call, we can begin to speculate that Douglas will be playing Pym through the ages, with a younger body double used and mapped with Douglas’s features. »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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CBS Signs Lucrative Netflix Pact For James Patterson Series Zoo

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With the buzzy sci-fi series Extant premiering tonight, high-rated returning fave Under the Dome on its way for later this summer, high-concept thriller Scorpion premiering this fall and James Patterson adaptation Zoo in the cards for the summer of 2015, CBS is in a pretty desirable spot right now. And the good news just keeps coming for the network, with word that CBS just inked a rich deal with streaming service Netflix so that the site can offer Zoo, adapted from the novel by Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, as soon as it finishes airing.

The pact is rumored to be even higher than the $900,000 Amazon is reportedly paying per episode of Under the Dome and Extant (which Netflix wanted as well). Intriguingly, whereas Amazon is able to put episodes of each of those series on its Prime Instant Video service four days after they air, Netflix has also agreed not to »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Microsoft Store Reveals Kinect 2.0 Release Date For PC

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A listing on Microsoft’s store has revealed that the second-generation of Kinect sensors will be released for Windows PCs on July 15th, with a price tag of $199/£159. And although the device’s managing director, Bob Heddle, previously confirmed the Kinect sensor and Sdk (software development kit) would be available for PC owners sometime this year, this is the first time that the release date and price tag have been clarified.

The release of Kinect on PC follows the controversy that arose when the peripheral originally came bundled with every Xbox One upon launch. Undoubtedly, Microsoft designed the device to be mandatory and a core function of the console itself, but later relaxed its stance in the wake of fan feedback.

As a result, Kinect usage is now entirely optional on the system, a choice Microsoft attributes to wanting to offer “a choice that would allow people to buy an »

- Daniel Faris

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When Aliens Invade: 8 Great Invasion Movies

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The alien invasion scenario is a common one in cinema – and for good reason. If movies are a mirror, reflecting social anxieties and regrets, then the alien invasion trope is one of the most adaptable allegories imaginable. For decades, filmmakers have used it to discuss military policies, fear of technology and concern over environmental abuses. Our scientific progress as a species, in conflict with the moral progress of our conscience, and our natural fear of change, are all to be found in the alien invasion movie. There are three main types of cinematic alien invasion – each serving a different purpose – although variations and combinations do occasionally appear. These are Occupation, Infiltration and Raid.

The Occupation alien invasion movie addresses two main concerns about the human condition. First, are the films featuring aliens that want our planet, and are entirely disinterested in us. We are inconsequential, and serve no purpose. We »

- Sarah Myles

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