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The Beautiful and the Damned Dirty Apes: A History of The Planet of The Apes

Author: Cai Ross

The original Planet of The Apes movies occupied a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.

However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the new post-Rise cycle) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.

Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they spawned
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Movie Review – Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman, 2017

Directed by Patty Jenkins

Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewan Bremner, Lucy Davis, Eugene Brave Rock, Emily Carey, Lilly Aspell, and Saïd Taghmaoui.


Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

There’s a popular phrase used in football analysis here in the UK (or soccer for our American friends), which is to describe a match as “a game of two halves”. It’s used when one side plays very poorly in the first half, allowing several goals to be put past them, but then pull it back in the second to either draw or win the game. The Dceu’s
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Famous Primates in Film: A Brief History

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Later this month, the mighty Kong returns to the big screen! To celebrate, we’re looking back at all the major primate appearances in film.

For as long as films were being made, humans have starred alongside primates. Unlike other animals, their human-like qualities can lend a sense of comedy or horror. Throughout the history of film, primates have been used to fulfill certain roles. In the early days, they were often a form of antagonist, carrying out dastardly deeds or causing mayhem. More common is the primate cast in a role of mischief, causing all sorts of comedic hijincks. While most primate roles were portrayed by live animals, it was not uncommon for men to dress up in ape suits for roles where the primates needed to carry out specific actions. Later, the advent of CGI has led to men mimicking primates in real time to create a motion-capture performance.
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Gear Up For Spring With All of the Exciting New Movies Coming to HBO Now in April

Just in time for Spring, HBO Now and HBO Go are gifting us with some brand-new titles for April that will blow through your living room like a breath of fresh air. From the nonstop laughs of Amy Schumer's Trainwreck to the terrifying dinos of Jurassic World, there are plenty of incredible titles to choose from, so don't miss your opportunity to watch them while you can. Also make sure you check out March's selection before they disappear, plus Hulu's new April movies! Theatrical premieres: April 2: Trainwreck Unrated April 9: Lucy April 11: Inherent Vice April 18: We Are Your Friends April 23: Jurassic World April 27: Dracula Untold April 30: Paper Towns Original programming highlights: April 1: El Hipnotizador April 4: Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures April 7: Animals. April 9: Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper April 10: Togetherness April 14: HBO First Look:
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The Brain That Wouldn’T Die Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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"Her brain kept alive by experimental science." The folks at Scream Factory will take viewers back to the mad doctor's lab with their upcoming Blu-ray debut of Joseph Green's The Brain That Wouldn't Die. Ahead of the Blu-ray's December 22nd release, we have a look at the cover art and list of special features.

Press Release: Medical science leaps light years into the future in the 1962 sci-fi cult classic The Brain That Wouldn’T Die, starring Herb Evers (Escape from the Planet of the Apes, 1971), Virginia Leith (Stanley Kubrick’s Fear and Desire) and Leslie Daniel (Johnny Yuma). Directed by Joseph Green, this campy sci-fi/horror classic explores the strange world of transplants, cloning and mutant regeneration. On December 22, 2015, Scream Factory™ will release the special Blu-ray™ edition of The Brain That Wouldn’T Die on home entertainment shelves. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this definitive home entertainment
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“Found Footage with Style”: Cinematographer Maryse Alberti on M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit

As a teenager in the south of France, Maryse Alberti’s first two trips to the cinema led her impressionable eyes to Duel and Harold and Maude. If she’d instead began her cinematic journey with The Barefoot Executive and Escape From the Planet of the Apes, maybe she wouldn’t have become the cinematographer of The Wrestler, Happiness, When We Were Kings and Crumb. But the combined spell cast by Steven Spielberg and Hal Ashby – the great populist entertainer and the iconoclastic humanist – set Albert on a path that has led to a four-decade career pivoting between documentary and fiction. Alberti’s latest straddles […]
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"Planet Of The Apes" Festival At Mahoning Drive-in, Leighton, Pa Tonight Through July 26

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Sorry for the late notice but we were just made aware of this. The Mahoning Drive-In Theatre in Leighton, Pa will be screening Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes,  Escape From the Planet of the Apes,  Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes tonight through Sunday- all in original 35mm. See image for show times/dates. Click here for more info. 
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David Watson, Who Played Cornelius in 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes,' Dies at 74

David Watson, who stepped in for Roddy McDowall to portray the chimpanzee archeologist Cornelius in the 1970 film Beneath the Planet of the Apes, has died. He was 74. The British actor died on Oct. 5 following a heart attack in New York, where he had been attending the opening night of the Broadway play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the U.K. newspaper The Stage reported. McDowall played Cornelius in the original Planet of the Apes (1969) as well as in Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) and Battle for the Planet

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‘Planet of the Apes 3′: Where Should the Series Go Next?

Circulating the Internet today are details on how Dawn of the Planet of the Apes nearly ended. There was a battleship involved, and there’s actually a shot of it in the trailer. The image, combined with the fact that it was a kind of cliffhanger moment reminds me of the conclusion of Resident Evil: Afterlife (that’s part 4) where the heroes have just arrived on an aircraft carrier and then are attacked from above as the credits begin. That franchise is all about the serialization. The Planet of the Apes movies are not. Although the original sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, takes place right after the first movie and the next installment, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, starts with a return-from-cliffhanger type twist, afterward each movie was set years apart from its predecessor. And that’s how the new series is so far, too. The next one, due
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“By the Slave’s Right”: Looking Back at Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes

[With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opening on Friday, July 11th, I'm taking a look back at the Planet of the Apes movie franchise. These reviews contain spoilers.] Even though the film mostly has an upbeat tone, Escape from the Planet of the Apes ends on a tragic note. Zira (Kim Hunter) and Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) are dead, and although their orphaned son Milo has survived, he now lives in hiding. Furthermore, his mere existence signals the end of humanity. "It is the unalterable will of God," Armando says. Rather than show a slow side towards our species' demise, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is a powder-keg. The political commentary of the first film has been reactivated with a vengeance, and the vengeance belongs to the apes. We're back inside the madhouse, and although the humans are the wardens, the uprising isn't only inevitable; it's imminent. Picking up about twenty years after the events Escape, the pre-history we learned in that film has mostly come to pass: a plague wiped out dogs and cats in 1983 (there's
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“How Much Time Has the World Got?”: Looking Back at Escape From The Planet Of The Apes

[With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opening on Friday, July 11th, I'm taking a look back at the Planet of the Apes movie franchise. These reviews contain spoilers.] After Beneath the Planet of the Apes destroyed the planet, the only way to continue the franchise was to leave not only time and space, but also tone. Escape from the Planet of the Apes is a dramatically different film in all the best ways. It's intentionally comic, heartwarming, and empathetic while still remaining true to the thoughtfulness and ultimately darkness of the previous two movies. The third entry in the franchise is a mirror, an inverse, and a necessary evolution that brought the apes to a fresh start but also a doomed conclusion. A spaceship has crashed into the Pacific Ocean, and when the military goes to open it, they discover three astronauts inside. But the soldiers are shocked when the astronauts remove their helmets and reveal not humans but apes. Specifically, it's Zira (Kim Hunter), Cornelius (Roddy McDowall), and new character Dr. Milo (Sal Mineo). But instead of
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Human See, Human Do: A Complete History of 'Planet of the Apes'

Human See, Human Do: A Complete History of 'Planet of the Apes'
A pop-culture touchstone, a nearly all-purpose metaphor and one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of the Seventies and beyond, the Planet of the Apes films do what all good what-if fantasies should do: hold up a mirror to humanity and reflect our own conflicts, issues and failings back to us through a wildly outrageous premise. The original 1968 movie mixes satire, social commentary, action and suspense, capped by a first-rate twist at the end. ("Damn you, damn you all to hell!")

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
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Deals! 'Planet of the Apes' Legacy Collection, 'Brilliance', 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'Hunger Games' & More

Are you planning on seeing Dawn of the Planet of the Apesc Well, then I have a deal for you. Best Buy is having a sale on the Planet of the Apes: Legacy Collection for only $19.99 and with it you get up to $8 off a ticket to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. No, the set doesn't include Rise of the Planet of the Apes, what you're getting are the original Planet of the Apes films -- Planet of the Apes, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes. I have this set and it's excellent, click here to pick it up on sale. If you want to add Rise to the order, bb url="
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Chilling New Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Featurette

20th Century Fox has released a new featurette for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes that’s very unnerving. Beginning with Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, the video connects the two movies and shows what happened to mankind after the 2011 film finished. It ain’t good folks.

Video: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ exclusive featurette

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Plus, via the film’s Facebook page, a new photo of “Caesar’s loving partner” Cornelia, along with their baby, was unveiled.

The pair in the original Apes franchise were Zira and Cornelius. Their chimpanzee baby born in the third film, Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971), is hidden by Armando (Ricardo Montalbán) and grows up to become Caesar in the fourth film, Conquest Of Planet Of The Apes (1972).

The screenwriters from Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, hid easter egg names throughout the film.
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New Apes Trailer Proves that Human Beings Are a Mortal Danger to Other Earthlings

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ trailer: New trailer for 2014 ‘Planet of the Apes’ film shows humans are the most dangerous apes of them all (image: Caesar in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’) The new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is out. Caesar and his fellow genetically modified apes enjoy a peaceful existence until created-in-God’s-image apes — that’s self-delusional humans — discover the Gmo apes’ hiding place in a lush forest. Much like gays were blamed for the AIDS virus a few decades ago, the virtuous and righteous humans (Gary Oldman among them) blame the Gmo apes for a virus that all but wiped out humankind. Enter the military, ever eager to save the world for peace and happiness by way of some heavy-duty weaponry. Needless to say, I’m ardently rooting for Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow Gmo apes. Check out the
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Super-8 Time Travel Movie Madness May 6th at The Way Out Club

Jump in the Way Back machine Tuesday night, May 6th at The Way Out Club! It’s Super-8 Time Travel Movie Madness featuring a slate of films on Super-8 Sound film, projected on a large screen with the science fiction theme and plot device of time travel.

The lineup includes the Planet of the Apes Pentalogy: Planet Of The Apes, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, Escape From The Planet Of The Apes, Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes, and Battle For The Planet Of The Apes. Also in keeping with the theme we’ll show The Land That Time Forgot, Dr. Who And The Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., and a special 3-reel 50-minute edition of the 1960 time travel classic The Time Machine starring Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimeaux.

Films we’ll show May 6th that have nothing to do with time travel are: Marijuana – Weed With Its Roots In Hell,
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The HeyUGuys Summer Preview: Dawn of The Planet of The Apes

The Apes movies practically defined the law of diminishing returns. Franklin J Schaffner’s seminal science-fiction, Planet of The Apes was one of the biggest hits of 1968. An ingenious adaptation of Pierre Boule’s novel, it won an Oscar for John Chambers’ iconic make-up effects and took the ‘Twist Ending’ to a new level, possibly never surpassed.

Despite the colossal box office returns of its predecessor, Beneath The Planet of The Apes had its budget halved – a penny-pinching exercise that would continue throughout the series. By the time of Conquest of The Planet of The Apes, allegory had taken over spectacle, and the films became a running commentary on racial oppression and the contemporary 1970s actions of the Black Panther movement. Cleverly, the five original Ape movies form a long circular narrative, with the time-travelling chimpanzees of Escape From The Planet of The Apes, giving birth to a son whose
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The Apes Are Mad as Hell and They're Not Going to Take It Anymore: 'Dawn' Teaser Released

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ trailer: 2014 ‘Apes’ movie pits Gmo apes against Gmo-eating apes (photo: Simmering Caesar means business in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ teaser trailer) The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer — or rather, teaser trailer — has been unleashed. Caesar and his fellow genetically modified apes find themselves threatened by a bunch of genetically modified food-eating apes (i.e., humans) who survived the pandemic of the previous decade. Whereas throughout their existence humans used to do battle with one another because of their different nationalities, ethnicities, soccer teams, and/or favorite god(s), they’ve now banded together to face off against the hairier apes. Check out the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes below. "I want you to know, it’s not just about power," a disembodied voice explains in the trailer. "It’s about giving us the hope to rebuild,
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Argo – review

Ben Affleck's latest film as a director is a memorable dramatisation of the CIA's rescue of six diplomats from Iran

In the early 20th century Baroness Orczy created Sir Percy Blakeney, the British aristocrat who, as that intrepid master of disguise the Scarlet Pimpernel, whisked noble folk away from the guillotine during the French revolution. The 1934 film version was a big success for Leslie Howard, who seven years later updated the story to the outbreak of the second world war as Pimpernel Smith, with himself as a mild-mannered Cambridge archaeologist rescuing anti-Nazi intellectuals from Hitler's Germany.

The film made him a personal target of Joseph Goebbels, and shortly thereafter the young diplomat Raoul Wallenberg saw the film at the British embassy in Stockholm and was inspired to save thousands of Hungarian Jews from Adolf Eichmann by issuing them with Swedish documents. In 1945 he was arrested by the Soviet army
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Top 10 Mind-Bending Time Travel Movies

In Looper, writer-director Rian Johnson's (Brick) new time-tripping action thriller opening this Friday, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jgl) plays a hitman ("looper") tasked with terminating his own future self (Bruce Willis), who is sent back in time so that there will be no trace of the crime in the future. Talk about a head trip! This plot has "time paradox" written all over it. If Jgl kills Willis, wouldn't he remember that happening and try to prevent it from happening when he grows up to be Willis? And, if Willis kills Jgl, wouldn't he simply cease to exist?

Looper isn't the first movie to delve into the complex moral and metaphysical conundrums inherent in time travel. In The Terminator, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is sent back in time by John Connor, the future leader of the resistance against the machines, and ends up becoming Connor's dad. And in Back to the Future,
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