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With the release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer many people will have noticed that actor Andy Serkis appears in it in a live0action role. This makes a change from his usual body of work, having played the Ceaser in Planet of the Apes and Gollum in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It was revealed a few months ago that Serkis had come on board to help Mark Ruffalo with doing motion capture work for the Hulk. During the San Diego Comic-Con footage in July it was confirmed that Serkis had a live action role and after the arrival of the trailer we can all see that this is the case. So who will Serkis be playing?
- Thomas Roach
Last year Mark Wahlberg was on a roll. He showed he hadn’t lost any of his comedic chops from I Heart Huckabees in his comically sincere work in Pain & Gain and he delivered a refreshingly unshowy performance in Lone Survivor. What followed those two performances, which displayed what a wide-range he has, was Transformers: Age of Extinction, where Wahlberg played a Texan with a slippery Boston accent. After recently trying to revisit that film — which I gave up on 20 minutes into its 20 hour hour running time — it became noticeably clear that, strangely, Wahlberg isn’t really an action star. He undoubtably has the presence for those roles, but when you look at his track record in the genre — Max Payne, Planet of the Apes, and more — he never delivers the caliber of performances we know he’s capable of. Of course that kind of material generally doesn’t offer the juiciest of characters, but »
- Jack Giroux
Did seeing Mark Wahlberg as a (pretty lame ass) inventor running around with robots and his over sexualized underage daughter in Transformers: Age of Extinction leave a bad taste in your mouth? You can either cleanse that palette by grabbing a bite at Wahlburgers, or you can watch this intense teaser trailer for the actor’s new film The Gambler. The red band teaser sets up a really promising, high-stakes drama. Director Rupert Wyatt looks to have done an amazing job on his first feature since walking away from the Planet of the Apes franchise he successfully rebooted with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Paramount Pictures is placing their bets on this new film, and hoping to walk away with some Oscars. They’ve got some pretty good odds too. The script for the remake of the 1974 James Caan film comes from screenwriter William Monahan, who took home »
- Eli Reyes
Sporting an air of clammy tension and an Elmore Leonard-y vibe, crime drama The Gambler wants your attention for a couple of minutes. It has a new trailer that Empire is pleased to debut. Click below to watch it in full.Rupert ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Wyatt’s latest is a return to the jittery thrills of The Escapist. It draws a bead on literary professor Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), whose weakness for the cards tables lands him in deep with all kinds of people you really don’t want to be in deep with. As gangsters and John Goodman's loan shark circle, and his girlfriend and family wonder how to tackle the crisis, Bennett looks likely to resort to extreme measures. The Departed’s William Monahan turned out the script, which reworked James Toback’s version for the James Caan-starring 1974 original. “This is »
Final Update, 1:32 Pm: Fury ended the weekend at $23.7M for Sony and Qed, so it underperformed all the tracking (gee what a surprise), social media metrics, and expectations just a little. But it will likely still make money all in after its domestic, international and home entertainment run. I understand that there were significant profit participations on this one. Fox and Reel FX’s The Book Of Life closed the weekend on the high end of our estimate with $17M and will have some playtime again over the next two weekends as no new offerings are in the family zone until Big Hero 6 bows from Disney on November 7. The other newbie, Relativity’s The Best Of Me, was soft with $10M. Gone Girl is now sitting pretty at $106.7M after three weeks in release for Fox and New Regency.
The more exciting news was really in the specialty »
- Anita Busch
This weekend saw the winter edition of London Film and Comic Con. Guests at the event included Carrie Fisher, Ralph Macchio, Katee Sackhoff and Billy Boyd. Fans flocked in their droves to meet their heroes but for us the true heroes of the show were those that had dressed up for the occasion. The Cosplayers were out in force over the weekend, hours of painstaking hard work, blood, sweat and tears were pumped into some truly magnificent pieces. Here is a round-up of some of our favourites:
The authenticity on these costumes is ridiculous, so good in fact that we’re not 100% sure they weren’t real. These fans are clearly showing their allegiance to the original Planet Of The Apes films, sorry Andy. »
- Kat Smith
Box office sales in Q3 were weaker than most in the industry had expected. But the average outlay for tickets was up, according to data just out from the National Association of Theater Owners, because theaters had more premium priced 3-D and large format (including IMAX) releases than they did in the same period in 2013. This year’s roster included Guardians Of The Galaxy, Planet Of the Apes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Maze Runner, and Lucy – an adult skewing film, where ticket prices typically are higher than they are for kids films. By contrast, two of the top grossing 3-D films in last year’s Q3 targeted kids: Despicable Me 2 and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.
The $8.08 average in Q3 compares with $7.84 in the period last year, and $8.33 in the three months ending in June. Ticket prices typically fall from Q2 to Q3.
- David Lieberman
20th Century Fox
2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes smashed all pre-cinema expectations. As with most reboots, many questioned why. Why take something revered as a science-fiction classic and attempt to recreate it, when the previous attempt was received so abysmally?
Well the answer was because they could create something equally compelling, but monumentally different whilst somehow staying true to the narrative of both the original film, 1968’s Planet of the Apes, and the book on which is is based, La Planète des Singes.
Its 2014 sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes somehow managed to exceed its predecessor, and generated a substantial $673.3million worldwide. A second sequel was announced before the first even reached cinemas.
Thus far the new franchise has told the story of an ape-dominated world from the opposite direction than that of the original five films. As such, we know that surely the Planet of the Apes is coming, »
- Barry Quinn
Have modern movies increased our ability to accept outlandish heroes like the Ninja Turtles? Yes, and it's a good thing, James writes...
There's a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie out. It's a franchise reboot, bringing the iconic brand back to the big-screen in a fresh live-action feature. You're probably familiar with Tmnt having consumed the Turtletastic mythos in some format - comics, cartoons, older movies, videogames, action figures, Lego and/or Vanilla Ice music videos.
Don't worry if you're not clued up on this cowabunga business, though, because I'm going to break it down and run over the basics on which this mighty multimedia property is built. Here's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a nutshell - or rather, in a turtle shell - as conceived by comics creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird way back in 1984.
The basic story - or at least, the high concept - goes like »
There have been some unforgettable movie lines throughout cinematic history. There are delicious selections to choose from, some of the most famous including Clark Gable’s blunt remark in Gone with the Wind, Marlon Brando’s nasally offer that the bandleader couldn’t refuse in The Godfather, and the beginning of a beautiful friendship in Casablanca. Nothing beats a great movie line. When you look back over your list of favourite films of all time, there’ll often be one trait they all have in common – and that will be a slick and unique script, packed with fresh and exciting dialogue. Many moments from the best movie scripts have been incorporated into common culture; being used for advice, support, and comic effect. Everyone has their own personal favorite movie line, along with many others that they consider to be truly memorable.
But just because something is memorable doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. »
- Gaz Lloyd
Automata begins with foreshadowing text:
Millions of robots witness the decay of the human civilization.
Millions of robots ruled by two security protocols:
First protocol: prevents the robot from harming any form of
Second protocol: prevents the robot from altering itself or other robots.
This thought provoking science-fiction film tells the story of an insurance agent of Roc robotics corporation who routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
Read Travis Keune’s review Here.
For fans of the genre, I can’t emphasize enough how much you need to see this stunning film.
For Ibáñez, his own fascination about the theory of technological singularity, »
- Michelle McCue
Fox has snapped up a pitch from Neighbors scribes Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien called Thrill Ride. The pair are set to direct the flick, which Deadline reports will be a “comedy-horror in the vein of This Is The End and Scream.” Consider our interest officially piqued!
With the deal having only just struck, it’s a surprise that we’ve actually got a lot of information about the story already. With horror, and in particular horror comedies, continuing to draw in audiences at the box office it’ll be nifty to see how production on this rolls out.
Here’s the initial synopsis:
[Thrill Ride] takes place at a particularly cruel high school where bullying has become the norm. At Senior Night, the school rents out an amusement park for the entire senior class where everyone rides the rides and plays the games as much as they want with no lines and no rules. »
- Gem Seddon
Remember Rupert Wyattc He made Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Okay, now you remember him. Good, because he has a new movie coming out, a remake of 1974's The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters. Paramount is bringing the film to theaters on December 19 and they've finally decided to give us a first look via three new pictures courtesy of USA Today. The film is obviously being groomed as an Oscar contender and the USA Today piece is doing everything in its power to set the stage starting the article off saying: For months before showing up on set, Wahlberg pored over the script, became versed in every literary mention and sat through university lectures for inspiration. He is ready to show his Jim Bennett to the world. The Gambler is slotted for an awards season-friendly limited release Dec. »
- Brad Brevet
"My character is in every scene, but during the 12-hour days over six months, I was on fire," Mark Wahlberg tells USA Today about his role in the upcoming "The Gambler." "You prepare your whole life for a part like this. I was living on adrenaline." Confident words from the actor, regarding a movie that could be a late player in the Oscar race. Directed by Rupert Wyatt ("Rise Of The Planet Of The Planet Of The Apes"), this remake of a 1974 drama follows a professor whose gambling addiction sends him on a downward spiral. Not only did Wahlberg lose 60 pounds for the part, but he committed to playing a teacher, which is not the kind of role he's known for. "Comments we've been getting from the test screenings include 'I never thought I would see Mark Wahlberg as a professor, but I believed it and went along for the ride, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
- Sasha Stone
This was a good weekend for Fox, at home and abroad. The studio had the No. 1 movie in North America and overseas with Gone Girl earning an estimated combined $62.6M. On the international side, Fox International Productions has a pair of home grown No. 1 hits on its hands in two very competitive local markets: India and Korea. Bollywood title Bang Bang earned $19.6M at home, and with additional markets, took its debut cume to $25.4M worldwide. In Korea, Fip’s Slow Video is estimated at $5.2M.
Local language in overseas markets continues to be a lucrative and important component of studio business. On a weekly basis, there are more and more titles that pop into my international box office round-up in which the studios are involved. Both of this weekend’s Fip No. 1s were financed, produced and distributed by Fox (Fox Star Studios in India). I understand that the last (and first-ever) time Fip, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Sunday Update: Click over to read Hillary Busis' full recap of Sarah Silverman's episode as SNL host. Original Post: The perfect way to wind down after Yom Kippur? By watching an episode of SNL that features two famous Members of the Tribe, of course. (And, you know, the other guys in Maroon 5.) Count on host Sarah Silverman to bring up her Jewish heritage early and often when she takes the stage for the first time as host tonight. You can also expect her to focus her monologue on two facts: One, that Silverman was a writer and featured »
- Hillary Busis
Los Angeles, Calif. (September 30, 2014) – Get ready for worlds to collide like never before! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you to the center of the battle between apes and humans with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 2 and on Digital HD™ November 11. The film quickly became the highest grossing film in the franchise, netting nearly $680 million at the box office*, and the most critically acclaimed blockbuster of the summer**.
Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell star in this thrilling next chapter of The Planet of the Apes. It is 2026, and humanity has been pushed to near extinction by a deadly virus. When a group of survivors desperate to find a new source of power travel into the woods near San Francisco, they discover a highly evolved community of intelligent apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). The two species form »
- ComicMix Staff
By Anjelica Oswald
The 87th Academy Awards could see a collection of familiar names in the costume design category, from Oscar winner and 10-time nominee Colleen Atwood to one-time nominee Michael Wilkinson. When It comes down to securing nominations for costumes, it doesn’t matter how well the film has fared in other Oscar categories. Films such as Jane Eyre (2011), Mirror Mirror (2012) and The Invisible Woman (2013) were only nominated for costume design.
Atwood could receive nominations for Disney’s Into the Woods and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes during the upcoming awards cycle. Of her 10 nominations to date, she’s won three: best picture winner Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010). Atwood has designed the costumes for nine of Burton’s films: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland »
- Anjelica Oswald
Hollywood is infatuated with franchises; that is where the money is. However, every now and then the studios feel that the safest way to create a franchise is to update a pre-existing one. This does not always work; look at Tim Burton’s flawed 2001 reboot of Planet of the Apes. Some of these reboots occur within years of the original. Others have rebooted much loved franchises that could never have been topped.
Some of the biggest films this year have been reboots; Godzilla, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Rebooting is not always negative, and some of these films have been spectacular. Despite this, it is impossible not to think that some of these reboots have occurred slightly too soon.
Occasionally Hollywood studios reboot a movie to atone for previously poorly received films. Although in some cases these result in great films, »
- Samuel Clements
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