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TV’s “Felicity,” Keri Russell, and series writer/director Matt Reeves (Let Me In) have re-teamed for 20th Century Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Variety is reporting that the actress has been added to the cast as the lead for the sequel to 2011′s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Set more than a decade after Rise, things aren’t looking good for the humans and the apes are running the place.
Part of the film’s focus is said to be on a small group of San Francisco-based scientists that are forming a resistance against the apes and part follows Serkis’ Caesar as he, like his namesake, tries to maintain order and power within his new civilization. (Coming Soon)
- Michelle McCue
As a sci-fi-loving child of the 60s and 70s, I believed that you could learn everything you needed to know about politics from watching the Planet of the Apes movies. Now, several decades later, it turns out that idea wasn't so crazy after all; indeed, on the evidence of Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning thriller Argo (2012, Warner, 15) it seems that the creators of rubbery fantasy flicks were at the cutting edge of international diplomacy and espionage all along.
Based on the once-secret, now declassified accounts of the CIA's response to the 1979 storming of the Us embassy in Iran, this stranger-than-fiction tale is a terrific hybrid of factual drama and fanciful invention, which slips nimbly between nail-biting Middle Eastern action and Player-style Hollywood satire. At the centre of it all is CIA agent Tony Mendez, played with beardy conviction by producer/director/star Affleck as the mastermind »
- Mark Kermode
With the Oscars only hours away, many of the categories look pretty much sewn up, and no doubt in La right now, sure-thing winners are putting final touches to their speeches for the big night.
Chris Terrio: I had a meeting with Paul Greengrass, I’m working on this film that Clooney’s going to be in that Paul and I are doing, so we’d planned to get together and talk, and then with the delay everything got pushed back.
HeyUGuys: Was that in the UK you were meeting Paul Greengrass? »
- Ben Mortimer
It's brilliantly tense and exciting, but despite a lot of authentic touches this film doesn't hold true to the real events of 1979
• Read Reel History's analysis of other Oscar contenders: Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Mis and The Impossible
Director: Ben Affleck
Entertainment grade: A–
History grade: C
On 4 November 1979, Iranian revolutionaries occupied the Us embassy in Tehran and took more than 50 hostages. Six diplomats escaped. Canadian officials and the CIA launched a secret joint operation to get them out.
In 1953, the CIA and MI6 engineered a coup to overthrow Mohammad Mosaddegh, the democratically elected president of Iran, and replace him with a military-backed absolute monarchy. By 1979, opposition to the shah hardened into revolutionary fervour and democrats found themselves, fatefully, on the same side as Islamic fundamentalism. Argo presents this context imaginatively, though fleetingly and perhaps too vaguely. The sequence in which revolutionaries storm the Us embassy is brilliantly realised, »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
In the Oscar-nominated film "Argo," there is a line repeated throughout the story for comedic relief. Turns out, it provided a few laughs in real life, too.
On HuffPost Live Wednesday, "Argo" screenwriter Chris Terrio said the line -- "Argo F*ck Yourself" -- was actually a phrase used by real-life Hollywood makeup artist John Chambers as he worked on the phony film plan.
The screenwriter said including it in the film was one way to bring Chambers to life on screen.
"In the process of writing the film, you get these little gifts, these posthumous gifts from John Chambers, that his sense of humor finds its way into the film," Terrio said.
Chambers, who won »
- The Huffington Post
Anybody who has ever been to a high school reunion (and I’ve been to my share) will tell you that the calendar and the clock can be incredibly cruel (particularly when combined with the long-term effects of gravity, but let’s not go there).
Time punishes creative works as well. Some work grows dated, stale, stiff. Time and the evolving form of the given art leaves a once vibrant and exciting work behind looking dead and obsolete.
More cruel, perhaps, is work that is simply…forgotten. Not for any good reason. Good as it was, maybe it was simply not successful enough to lodge very deeply in the popular consciousness; working well enough in its day, but soon lost among the ever-growing detritus of a lot of other pieces of yesterday.
Movie music is particularly vulnerable to the cruelties of time. Outside of the form’s devotees, it rarely »
- Bill Mesce
Our daily countdown of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made continues with part 11 out of 30. These are numbers 200-191.
194) Tootsie (1982) Stanley Pollack USA
film cultureClassicslist300 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
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