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Andy Serkis definitely knows the meaning of monkey business. He revealed that while doing research for King Kong, one of the gorillas he studied for the part ended up developing something of an affection for him. "It was a beautiful thing at a time, but we haven't texted in a while," the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star told Seth Meyers. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Earlier, Taye Diggs talked about his recent divorce from Idina Menzel, "It's crazy. I am an emotional wreck, and I can stub my toe and then cry 'and I'm divorced!" Earlier
- Aaron Couch, Debbie Emery
In an interview back in March, io9 asked Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis about the advancements in Weta's digital work when it comes to turning his performance capture work into characters such as King Kong, Gollum and now Caesar in Apes. "It's a given that they absolutely copy the performance to the letter, to the point in effect what they are doing is painting digital makeup onto actors' performances." Serkis said. Of course, with yet another masterful turn in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the chanting for an Oscar nomination for Serkis is bound to begin sooner rather than later, only this time around it may have been stopped in its tracks. Speaking with The Wrap, Weta's Joe Letteri, visual effects supervisor on Dawn of the Apes, addressed this idea of "digital makeup" head on saying, "I know that Andy has used that metaphor of digital makeup before, »
- Brad Brevet
In "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," Caesar (Andy Serkis) led his fellow imprisoned apes to freedom. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," set 10 years later, finds Caesar the leader of an evolving community of apes while the human population is in ruins thanks to the devastating "Simian Flu." A chance encounter between humans and apes threatens to destroy the peace for both species in this sequel, which opens Friday.
Moviefone traveled to San Francisco to chat with Serkis about why acting in a unitard is no different from any other costume, his role model for Caesar, and which of his films scarred his children for life.
Andy Serkis: I don't think I am, actually. I'm just an actor who's around at a time when performance capture is evolving. »
- Sharon Knolle
Motion-capture acting is a relatively new art form; after all, it's only in recent years that we've had computer-generated imagery good enough that it can transform the movement of a performer wearing a rubber suit covered with sensors into a digital character that moves and behaves like an actual human being. Or like an animal with a human-like intelligence, as in this weekend's release "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
In that film, as in 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the simian leader Caesar is a digital creation based on the movements of Andy Serkis, universally recognized as the king of motion-capture acting for his work in Peter Jackson's movies (from his Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" movies to his King Kong in Jackson's 2005 remake). Many critics have praised Serkis for proving that viewers can be moved by digital performances as much as by live-action ones, »
- Gary Susman
Though an accomplished actor without the megabytes of digital assists he’s most famous for wearing, Serkis may have reached a pinnacle of performance-capture acting with Caesar, which is quite a thing to say about the guy who broughtThe Lord of the Rings’ Gollum and King Kong’s big ape to life.
His most anticipated project, however, may be yet to come. Serkis is currently working in an undisclosed capacity on the next Star Wars movie — as of press time we don’t even know if his role will be digital or in the flesh.
The 50-year-old was on the phone from New York when we spoke about going ape for a film that’s expected to be »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
Andy Serkis is a marvel. No other actor has managed to create such indelible characters with the help of motion capture. Whether it is Gollum in The Lord Of The Rings or the iconic King Kong, he continues to offer wonderful and nuanced work as the effects improve. In Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, the actor began his journey as Caesar. With the sequel, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, he once again gives a remarkable performance which may stand out as one of the best of the year. When I »
While attending the Bizarre AC II in Atlantic City, we had a chance to chat three-on-one with Killer Klowns from Outer Space creators, the Chiodo Brothers, and the subjects ranged from their most famous film to contemporary genre cinema and lots more.
Settle in because the three of them, Stephen, Edward and Charlie, covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. They have thick Bronx accents and talk very fast with great excitement and enthusiasm but without the hand gesticulation you would expect from a bunch of New Yorkers. Or perhaps the space in the booth was too tight to really see that kind of display in action.
Each brother built upon the other’s remarks, fast from topic to topic. Stephen added pointed conversation when necessary, but he, much like me, sat back while Edward and Charlie took center stage. Along with Killer Clowns from Outer Space of course, »
- Heather Buckley
Andy Serkis is the undeniable master of motion and performance-capture. His roles in films like The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin and Rise of the Planet of the Apes helped define the new art form, and his company, The Imaginarium, is the world’s premiere performance-capture studio. So, when he was announced as part of Star Wars: Episode VII‘s new cast, we wondered immediately if he would be taking his mo-cap talents to a galaxy far, far away.
In a new interview with Sci-Fi Now, Serkis spoke up about the motion-capture that will be used in Episode VII, and briefly mentioned his role in the highly anticipated film:
“It’s extraordinary. I grew up with Star Wars and was a massive fan of the original films. I never imagined in a million years that I’d be engaging with this. It’s just come about so organically. »
- James Garcia
Andy Serkis has appeared in some of recent history's biggest films, though audiences rarely get to see his face. He turned in an iconic performance as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films, is stealing scenes as Caesar in the new Planet of the Apes films, and even took on one of cinema's biggest monsters in Peter Jackson's King Kong remake. If that wasn't good enough, Serkis is now working on a pair of highly anticipated films: Star Wars: Episode VII and Avengers: Age of Ultron. While we don't know exactly what roles he'll be performing in either film just yet, Serkis recently commented on the type of work he'll be doing. Hit the jump to see what he had to say. In an interview with Variety, Serkis addressed his work in Avengers: Age of Ultron through his performance-capture studio and consulting company, The Imaginarium. Here's the pertinent news: »
- Dave Trumbore
Everything gets a sequel in today.s Hollywood. Not just horror movies or superhero tentpoles. Pacific Rim 2 is coming, only because that movie made money overseas. The animated Planes cranks out Fire and Rescue by keeping costs down. Where, then, is the planned follow up to 2011.s The Adventures of Tintin, the Steven Spielberg thriller that was supposed to pass the torch to Peter Jackson? We asked Andy Serkis, and he filled us in. Serkis, as you may recall, lent his considerable motion-capture talents to Spielberg.s The Adventures of Tintin to play the drunken and bloated Captain Haddock. It was assumed that the King Kong co-star would assume the captain.s identity when the sequel got underway. And when we last reported on a possible Tintin 2, Serkis. longtime Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson still planned to slide into the director.s chair. Now that the Hobbit films »
When we learned that Andy Serkis had been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, many of us just assumed that he would be playing one of the many CGI characters that will be included in the movie. After all, he is the best and most well-known motion capture actor in the business. In a recent interview with Sci-Fi Now, Serkis confirmed that his company, The Imaginarium, will be doing all of the mo-cap work for the highly anticipated film. He then reveals that he will play a character in the story, but doesn't confirm whether or not it will be a live action role or a digital character. Either way is cool with me. I'm sure no matter what he does it will be great. Here's what he had to say in the interview:
"It’s extraordinary. I grew up with Star Wars and was a massive fan of the original films. »
- Joey Paur
Mark Ruffalo previously revealed that Andy Serkis, the man behind Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," King Kong in "King Kong" and Gollum in "Lord of the Rings," has been hired to help him with motion capture to bring the Hulk to the big screen in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." But in a new interview with Variety, Serkis confirmed that he'll also appear in the film. When asked what role he'll play, the actor replied: "I'm not at liberty to mention. But it.s all the same to me. I've never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It's just basically what you wear to the set that's different." If Serkis is playing a CG character, then there's plenty to choose from. Josh Brolin was hired to provide the voice of Thanos, so it's possible that »
When LucasFilm and Walt Disney Pictures announced the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII back in April, Andy Serkis was one of the actors mentioned in the announcement, although no character details were given. The actor is best known for his motion capture work as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the title character in King Kong and as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and next month's sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Many fans have wondered if Andy Serkis is playing a motion capture character, which the actor hints at in a new interview with Sci-Fi Now.
While he doesn't confirm that he is donning the motion capture suit once again, Andy Serkis did reveal that his company, The Imaginarium, will be involved in all of the performance capture aspects of Star Wars: Episode VII.
"The Imaginarium is now involved in »
The sound editing team of Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn had their work cut out for them on Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction with new characters including Dinobots, Protos and the bounty hunter Lockdown. The pair have been with the Transformers franchise since the first film. Van der Ryn, an Oscar winner for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and 2005's King Kong, was nominated for the first Transformers film and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The later nomination was shared with Aadahl. Photos: 'Transformers,' 'Battleship' and Barbie: The Highs and Lows of Toy-
- Carolyn Giardina
Andy Serkis is the gold standard for performance capture acting, having played Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Caesar in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and King Kong, among his many credits. With producer Jonathan Cavendish, he’s co-founded performance capture studio the Imaginarium, which serves as a consultant on films, including the recent “Godzilla.”
Will we actually see your face?
I’m not at liberty to mention. But it’s all the same to me. I’ve never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It’s just basically what you wear »
- David S. Cohen
How do you solve a problem like Gojira? How do you catch a beast and pin it down? How do you find a plot that means success? A flipping-big-beast! A monster-of-the-week! A flop!
There can be little doubting that for all it proved divisive among both the critics and the cheap seats, Gareth Edwards’ take on Godzilla proved an anti-climax. Hugely hyped on the back of a ferociously impressive trailer and the promise of a rendition more loyal to the origins of arguably cinema’s most famous destroyer of civilization, it arrived amidst fanfare and the emerged from the smoke as a three star tale of what could have been. Too little Heisenberg. Too much Kick Ass. Serious sensibilities but a silly story. As a corn popping exercise in excess it succeeded, but like Pacific Rim and King Kong before it, any resonant value was strictly aesthetic.
This is hardly new. »
- Scott Patterson
Starring Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron) “Stalingrad” is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there. The film is directed by acclaimed Russian filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk (9th Company), who was introduced to the world of cinema at an early age as the son of actress Irina Skobtseva and internationally acclaimed film actor and an Academy Award®-winning director Sergei Bondarchuk. The film stars an ensemble cast including Thomas Kretschmann, Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, »
- Dan Bullock
VH1′s latest wallow in very recent nostalgia is, by nature, a silly exercise: On Saturday, the five-night anthology will end by celebrating the long-ago year of 2009—you know, that dark age when The Simpsons was only in its 21st season, and commuters who wanted to play Angry Birds had no choice but to do it on the iPhone 3Gs. Those suckers didn’t even have iOS 7!
If it’s going to be done, though, it might as well be done right—which is why there was something vaguely disappointing about the pop-culture milestones celebrated in the miniseries’ fifth and sixth episodes, »
- Hillary Busis
They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?
In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.
This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).
In a rave article for The Dissolve last month, David Ehrlich praised Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla with the same bullet points the film’s detractors cited. Dubbing it the “first post-human blockbuster,” Ehrlich argues Godzilla’s amnesia about its human relationships is its greatest strength and that “the perspective through which this story unfolds undergoes a slow tectonic shift toward the omniscient.”
It’s mid-June now and Godzilla remains the best popcorn fare this summer has offered thus far, but Ehrlich’s point is a fun if not entirely convincing one. When facing cataclysmic global change (as the human characters in Godzilla do), the noble choice involves looking beyond ourselves. But Godzilla is very much interested in the human perspective, whether that perspective is facing giant monsters or an allegorical climate crisis. Just listen to Alexandre Desplat.
In a film full of monsters, Desplat might be the biggest one. The composer »
- David Klein
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