Screen Junkies » Andy Serkis http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Meet the Star Wars Episode VII Cast (So Far) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/meet-the-new-star-wars-episode-vii-cast/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/meet-the-new-star-wars-episode-vii-cast/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:56:50 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264411 The list of cast members for the new Star Wars movie is ever-growing. Check out who's on board so far.

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Seems like every week, new cast info emerges — interesting or otherwise — on the upcoming Star Wars trilogy. The production is such nerd enchantment that it makes the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie look like a farming documentary. Most fanboys seem pretty content with their high priest J.J. Abrams at the helm, but as can be expected, there’s a boatload of scrutiny in the comments section of any article about the cast.

There’s a lot riding on Star Wars: Episode VII. Abrams and company can either bolster the legacy of the Holy Trilogy (and make folks forget about its far inferior prequel trilogy) or they could pull some Jar-Jar Binks s**t and forever sport the ire of grown men who finished undergrad before ever getting laid.

We’ll all find out next December. Meanwhile, here’s the lowdown on all the confirmed stars so far:

Lupita Nyong’o – Role Unannounced We at Screen Junkies are truly thrilled to see Lupita getting all the props she deserves from her Oscar-winning turn in 12 Years a Slave. But that means nothing if her as-yet-unannounced role is of Jar-Jar Binks’ long-lost offspring. Everyone will come after that Oscar with pitchforks faster than they came after Halle after Catwoman. 

Gwendoline Christie - Role Unannounced This is a fantastic hire, since Christie’s Brienne of Tarth is one of the best characters among a lot of great ones on the fantastic Game of Thrones. I hope they don’t douse her in a bunch of makeup for her role, because her face is a commanding presence. She’d be absolutely kick-ass in a lightsaber duel.

John Boyega – Role Unannounced Don’t know much about this guy or if that many people on this side of the pond caught him in any of his four roles to date. Presumably, he was tapped after his performance in British horror-comedy Attack the Block. Check out the funny fan-made scene above of Boyega wielding a lightsaber in place of a bat in a scene from that movie.

Daisy Ridley – Role Unannounced The rumor mill has Ridley, a British television star who could probably sit down in your living room and go unrecognized, as one of the lead characters in the entire trilogy. Daughter of Han and Leia, perhaps? To be plucked from relative obscurity to go to the front of the bus in the most anticipated franchise return in decades? No pressure, dear…

Adam DriverRole Unannounced Perhaps the only part of HBO’s Girls that doesn’t qualify as a hate-watch, Driver’s career has picked up substantially in the last year or so; word is he’s going to be somewhere on the Dark Side of things for Episode VII, which means there’s a decent chance he’ll be defeated by the film’s conclusion and not make it to the rest of the trilogy. Which would be a damn shame.

Oscar Isaac – Role Unannounced This guy came from out of nowhere and blew everyone away with his titular role in the Coen BrothersInside Llewyn Davis from last year. The Star Wars series is not exactly known for its dramatic heft or acting chops (the last trilogy did have Hayden Christensen in a lead role, after all), so I’m excited to see what Isaac brings to the table.

Andy SerkisRole Unannounced If Serkis is involved, that means there will be some serious motion capture work in the new movie. Since everything he touches turns to gold these days, the cred he adds to the series is invaluable.

Domhnall Gleeson – Role Unannounced I would be more excited if his horribly underrated dad Brendan were in the series, but Domhnall showed some interesting promise of a career to come in last year’s About Time. Listen to him explain in his Irish brogue how scared he is of talking about Star Wars at all.

On the next page: A bunch of grizzled veterans and another cute British girl you’ve never heard of.

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Trailer: This Movie Is About Apes Fighting A Bear http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-trailer-this-movie-is-about-apes-fighting-a-bear/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-trailer-this-movie-is-about-apes-fighting-a-bear/#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:34:32 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262110 Apes vs. bear. Who ya got?

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The latest TV spot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes shows the apes fighting a bear. Why they didn’t kick off the promo campaign with that is a mystery to me because I would watch a movie entirely about apes fighting bears. And I KNOW I’m not in the minority there.

Monkey Braveheart opens in theaters July 11, 2014.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picks up ten years after James Franco’s monkey and the other smart apes attacked San Francisco. In that time, they’ve watched a lot of Braveheart and learned all the tools needed to lead an organized assault of their very own. Thanks a lot, Mel Gibson. If they watch The Patriot and get their hands on some cannons, we are all doomed.

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Andy Serkis Coaching Mark Ruffalo Through Hulk Mo-Cap. Is He Also Playing Thanos? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/andy-serkis-coaching-mark-ruffalo-through-hulk-mo-cap-is-he-also-playing-thanos/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/andy-serkis-coaching-mark-ruffalo-through-hulk-mo-cap-is-he-also-playing-thanos/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 17:53:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261418 I can see it.

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Mark Ruffalo has enlisted Andy Serkis, the master of physicality and wearing ping pong balls, to help flesh out the motion capture aspects of his performance in The Avengers 2. Ruffalo recently tweeted the announcement with the assurance that the Hulk will be even better this time around.

It makes sense that Ruffalo and Marvel would want to lean on a heavyweight of the motion capture world as their films move more and more in this direction. It also makes sense seeing as Mark Ruffalo doesn’t seem to know how things work. Thank goodness he’s getting the help he needs. Now if he could bring in a coach to help him to SPEAK UP, RUFFALO! I shouldn’t need a listening cone to enjoy your films.

On a sidenote, it seems like a waste of a perfectly good Andy Serkis to have him around all that motion-capture equipment and not get a performance from him. Could he be playing Thanos?

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‘Jungle Book’ To Be Helmed By Chief-Chimp-In-Charge, Andy Serkis http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jungle-book-to-be-helmed-by-chief-chimp-in-charge-andy-serkis/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jungle-book-to-be-helmed-by-chief-chimp-in-charge-andy-serkis/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:03:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260414 Not a very experienced director but we've got high hopes.

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Lord of the Rings star and monkey enthusiast Andy Serkis has signed on to direct Warner Bros live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. Originally, directing duties were assigned to Babel‘s Alejandro González Iñárritu but he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. After that, talks with Ron Howard also fell through as he is deathly afraid of tigers although he did note he would love to get a canvas The Jungle Book baseball hat if at all possible.

Serkis, whose main experience is walking around hunched over with dots glued to him, previously worked as second unit director on The Hobbit films. The Jungle Book will mark his feature directing debut. It is unknown whether or not he will use his shape-shifting abilities to portray any animals in the film. (THR)

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Mankind Is Sick Of All These Warrior Monkeys In ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mankind-is-sick-of-all-these-warrior-monkeys-in-dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mankind-is-sick-of-all-these-warrior-monkeys-in-dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-trailer/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:00:16 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258413 They're not just throwing their own poop anymore.

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In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, primates tired of being persecuted and used for drug testing and hilarious birthday cards developed super-intelligence and rose up against their captors. The sequel picks up a decade later as a group of human rebels strive to find peace with the apes because apparently bullets still don’t work on them.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Judy Greer, and Andy Serkis as Caesar with Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves directing.

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Gary Oldman To Battle Super Smart Monkeys In ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gary-oldman-to-battle-super-smart-monkeys-in-dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gary-oldman-to-battle-super-smart-monkeys-in-dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes/#comments Fri, 01 Mar 2013 13:56:33 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253811 He'll lead man against those dirty apes.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes was as close to a perfect summer film as you can get. The effects spectacle didn’t lack heart and the story made you empathize with the apes even as they ran around mauling the citizens of San Francisco. There was one area, however, where the movie was lacking… what effect does all this apes rising have on Gary Oldman. Problem solved.

The Dark Knight Rises actor has joined on to play Dreyfus, the leader of the human resistance after the apes have taken over. He’ll join the recently cast Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee, as well as the returning chief chimp-in-charge, Andy Serkis. (Deadline)

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Peter Jackson On ‘The Hobbit’s Higher Frame Rate: The Audience Will ‘Get Used To It’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-on-the-hobbits-higher-frame-rate-the-audience-will-get-used-to-it/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-on-the-hobbits-higher-frame-rate-the-audience-will-get-used-to-it/#comments Sun, 15 Jul 2012 06:08:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249765 The higher frame rate will make everything look too...look too...too REAL, man.

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If you have to “get used to” something, then you probably don’t like it to begin with. And if I don’t like something immediately, I will never, ever, ever change my mind. Because I represent fickle American audiences that the studio’s lover and artists hate.

Unfortunately for Peter Jackson, director of the upcoming The Hobbit saga, the higher frame rate of the film’s 3D version might not be an instant hit with audiences. At a screening of a 12-minute, regular frame rate, non-3D clip, Jackson said about audiences’ reception of the innovation, “Like anything, you’ve got to get used to it.” Oh, and of course, because theater owners aren’t the most forward-thinking lot, audiences will be paying extra to see something they’ve gotta “get used to.”

He didn’t specify if the higher frame rate is something you get used to in ten minutes, or maybe after a hundred years of inundation, so who knows if audiences will view The Hobbit as a starter film, which will jump on the proverbial grenade of the learning curve associated with new technologies.

The new frame rate will represent a “hyper-realistic” approach, not unlike the way that higher refresh rates on LCD TVs make everything look like a British soap opera or porn. You know what I’m talking about.

The director showed up with Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Andy “Ping Pong Ball” Serkis, and Richard Armitage.

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21 Pics Of Andy Serkis Looking Like A Jagoff http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/21-pics-of-andy-serkis-looking-like-a-jagoff/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/21-pics-of-andy-serkis-looking-like-a-jagoff/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:00:56 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=243541 His amazing performances don't negate the fact that he looks ridiculous in those motion capture outfits.

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After yesterday’s release of the 2012 Oscar nominations, many felt that actor Andy Serkis was snubbed. His proponents feel that Serkis’ role in Rise of the Planet of the Apes was unjustly passed over by Academy members who don’t fully understand the nuance involved in a motion capture performance. However, some critics maintain that motion-capture roles should not be placed in the same category with traditional performances due to the heavy reliance on CGI technology.

Whichever camp you fall into, there is one thing on which we can all agree: While performing, Andy Serkis looks like a huge jagoff.

I get it. It comes with the territory. You can’t play a convincing ape without acting like a stupid monkey. And his results on screen speak for themselves. But it doesn’t change the fact that a man hopping around in a “Green Man” outfit with a bunch of pins stuck to his face looks like a fool. See for yourself by looking through this gallery of 21 pics of Andy Serkis looking like a jag off. Check out more funny pictures here.

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The Most Egregious Oscar Snubs Of 2012 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-most-egregious-oscar-snubs-of-2012/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-most-egregious-oscar-snubs-of-2012/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:15:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243436 ROBBED!

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The nominees for the 84th Academy Awards were announced this morning with pretty much all of the films and actors you’d expect making the cut. However, there were a few surprises. Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids, Nick Nolte for Warrior, and Jonah Hill for Moneyball for starters.

With every list of nominees, there are inevitable snubs. Here’s a rundown of the actors and films we feel should at least be considered by the dillhole Academy.

Uggie

Granted, The Artist has charm out the ass. But one can’t deny the contributions of George Valentin’s canine sidekick, played excellently by Uggie, who kept perfect pace with the film’s leads. He can do it all! Jump up and down, pull people out of quicksand, skateboard! And check out that pic! Dude is packing some serious Fassbender. Hell, is it too late to make him the Oscars host?

Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis got a ton of buzz for his work in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Deservedly so. The master of motion capture brought Caesar to life, giving the character more complex emotions than traditional animation could ever provide that really shaped the film’s more heartbreaking moments.

This snub doesn’t appear to be directly pointed at Serkis as an actor, but more so at the technique of motion-capture itself. Another HUGE snub goes to The Adventures of Tintin in the animated category. That movie is pure awesome and didn’t get a nod. Yet, Puss In Boots makes the list despite its animated style having been featured on screens in four other movies over the past 11 years.

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7 Motion Capture Performances Deserving Of A Razzie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-motion-capture-performances-deserving-of-a-razzie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-motion-capture-performances-deserving-of-a-razzie/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2011 17:07:57 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238400 You can't have a rainbow without the rain...unless it's a CGI rainbow, I suppose.

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Just in time for Tintin, there’s a considerable amount of Oscar buzz surrounding Andy Serkis and his performance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Fox is mounting a huge campaign to push for a nomination for the actor’s motion capture performance of Caesar the chimpanzee. While there is an argument as to whether or not a motion capture performance should be eligible for an “acting” award, there is one thing you can’t deny. Andy Serkis is really good at acting like a monkey.

Motion capture strips an actor of their identity and allows them to invent a character completely from scratch. Serkis knows this and has spent a good part of his career honing these abilities. He’s at least deserving of recognition for his accomplishments. These other guys, not so much.

Tom Hanks – The Polar Express

Tom Hanks finally shed his nice guy image with his performance in Robert Zemeckis‘s The Polar Express. Once regarded as the nicest man in Hollywood, the multiple Academy Award winner is now known as a dead-eyed, clammy-skinned abductor of children. Look at the stern, cold reserve in those eyes. You don’t want that climbing into your son’s room in the middle of the night.

Sam Worthington – Avatar

Though Avatar was a huge leap forward for 3D and motion capture technology, it was criticized for its weak plot and acting. A lot of the hate was directed at the film’s lead, Sam Worthington. I feel that this was unfair. He played a pretty convincing paraplegic turned giant cat person and he hardly even slipped back into an Australian accent. Still, the movie wasn’t exactly Ishtar.

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Andy Serkis Should Not Be Eligible For An Academy Award http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/andy-serkis-should-not-be-eligible-for-an-academy-award/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/andy-serkis-should-not-be-eligible-for-an-academy-award/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:00:54 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238288 Andy Serkis is the only person doing what he's doing. He doesn't need an award for that distinction.

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Most fans of cinema are familiar with the referenced-to-the-point-of-cliché adage that if an actor wants to get serious about an Academy Award, they should pick a role that allows them to play ugly, retarded, or gay. Hell, Charlize Theron got close to all three in her turn as Aileen Wuornos in Monster, a performance that garnered her an Oscar.

It’s not hard to determine why the Academy, critics, and audiences would respond to an actor immersing themselves in characters that are so disparate from their selves. And by that rationale, a performance via motion-capture in a CGI film could ostensibly be the pinnacle of acting as we know it. The actor is stripped of his or her identity, their affectations, language, and movement pulled from their body and placed on an entirely new creation, be it animal, human, or other. There exists no better way to lose yourself in a role than through motion-capture technology, but trying to compare a mo-cap performance to traditional ones begs a host of unpleasant and undesirable philosophical questions, such as “What is acting?”

Gross. Let’s not address those.

Rather, I’d take a more practical and quantifiable stance to determine whether a motion-capture actor like Andy Serkis, who has played Golum, King Kong, Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming The Adventures of Tintin, can put his performances side-by-side against a turn by Daniel Day-Lewis or Tom Hanks.

Discrepancies abound because, to varying degrees, Serkis’ performances are run through a filter, so we are not seeing the man at work. We are seeing the man’s work run through computer programs using technology that no one really need understand to enjoy his performance. But we certainly need to understand it if we are to allow it to compete against other actors’ for the title of Best Acting Performance of the Year..

It’s no stretch to say that Serkis is doing his job better than anyone else can do it. But so few have tried that we can’t really make heads or tails of what that means, at least not yet. There hasn’t been a deep enough well of performances from which we can draw to ascertain where Serkis stands, aside from the fact that he’s the best. And when that well does get deep enough, the argument could be made that these types of performances should be compared to each other, rather than against traditional live-action performances.

Assuming we get to that point, we will have a slate of other contentions to deal with, namely, the role of technology in comparing and judging one performance against another. A great actor can transcend a low-budget to offer a performance worthy of an Oscar nod, as Tom Wilkinson did for In the Bedroom. But finding a way to transcend crappy motion capture technology is unthinkable right now. Sure, this isn’t an issue in this era, considering most films that do mo-cap technology can afford to do it (reasonably) well, but in the future this would need to be taken into account, and if it’s to be examined in the future, it should be examined now.

Today, mo-cap technology is primitive; future critics will say the performances today aren’t adequately captured, and are just a vessel to display the latest and greatest in CGI and mo-cap technology. Further down the line, I’m certain that we’ll see technology that renders a character like Golum expressionless and quaint. People will look back on an Oscar nod to Serkis’ Caesar the chimp as a novelty offered by voters who had no sense of where these types of performances were and where they were going. While I don’t share the Academy’s high opinion of itself, I agree that a knee-jerk reaction to a phenomenon (regardless of its durability) does no one any good.

In this vein, supporters of the mo-cap-for-Oscars movement praise Serkis for his methods and accuracy. I have no doubt that Andy Serkis did more research into the movements and psychology of primates in his preparation for Rise of the Planet of the Apes than many actors did previously for their Oscar-worthy performances, but the Oscars are myopically focused on what ends up on the screen, rather than who did the most homework. Further, to task the Academy with rewarding this type of performance is to ask them to learn how a monkey moves, then critique Serkis’ methods. It’s a fine line, as audiences respond to foreign, unfamiliar roles all the time, but praising Daniel Day-Lewis for his role in My Left Foot is a far cry from praising him for playing a speechless animal. Perhaps the Academy would like to think they’re that avant-garde, but they’re not.

The easiest criticism of Fox’s effort to get Andy Serkis an Oscar for Apes is that people are conflating Serkis’ groundbreaking work (granted) with a “great performance” simply because we’ve never seen anything like what he’s done. When put up against Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Song of the South, sure, Serkis’ performance looks downright luminous. But what benchmarks do we have?

He’s been the only guy making a name for himself here, as performances in director Robert Zemeckis’ mo-cap fare such as The Polar ExpressA Christmas Carol, and Beowulf have been widely panned as “creepy” despite offering up turns by lauded actors such as Tom Hanks and Jim Carrey. Serkis stands alone, which is all the more reason he doesn’t need the validation of an Academy Award. Awards exist to praise a standout among a field of people doing comparable things. No other actor is doing what Serkis is doing. As such, there is no field from which to draw an award-winner.

To be fair, there are so many extenuating circumstances in his performance, like the novelty and technology, that comparing his turn, mired in scuba suits, ping-pong balls, and CGI, against a purer, more transparent performance by an actor in a non-CGI film seems like a fool’s errand. He’s a guy on a green screen wrapped in neoprene who plays animated characters. Let’s not compare that to Colin Firth in The King’s Speech. Not only is it not fair to either party, but it’s also remiss.

I have no doubt that, as I mentioned earlier, there will be an abundance of CGI performances that we can compare against one another once the technology becomes more accessible and standardized. And if we get the urge, let’s give them their own Academy Award, much as we did with Best Animated Feature. But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. In the meantime, let’s be very thankful that a great performer like Serkis can breathe life into these roles better than anyone else can without feeling the need to size him up against people that are doing something completely different.

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Comic-Con 2011: Andy Serkis Spoils ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sdcc-andy-serkis-spoils-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sdcc-andy-serkis-spoils-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:33:07 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221396 Uh...spoiler alert.

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Okay, maybe you think this isn’t news. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a prequel/reboot to a story we already know. Still, leading ape motion capture actor Andy Serkis got pretty specific at Comic-Con about exactly how Cesar gains intelligence and leads the apes to revolt. It’s not what we saw in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

“His journey covers this incredible path of being a very innocent young child,” Serkis said. “We talked about gifted children playing concertos at the age of four or being brilliant at math but are unaware of that kind of intelligence. It’s just natural to them. Cesar believes himself to be of that species.”

James Franco plays the scientist whose Alzheimer’s research creates Cesar’s enhanced intelligence. “Will (Franco) is a father figure,” Serkis continued. “He reaches a moment of self-awareness. He’s led a very sheltered existence. He confronts himself and realizes he’s a freak, a freak of nature. At that point it coincides with being taken away from his family and thrown to a prison, a hardcore prison, a sanctuary with other apes, his own species who he does not recognize.”

Got that so far? Sounds like act two, when Cesar realizes he’s not like the nice human scientists. We know where this is going. “He manages to bring these apes together and find a common ground and lead them to revolution. It was a challenge of getting inside the mind of a creature. Because of the look of the character – Caesar looks like a chimpanzee – we had to discover when he becomes more humanlike and when he becomes more primeval.”

Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens August 5.

 

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Caesar Is Unpopular With The Neighbors In Extended ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Clip http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/caesar-is-unpopular-with-the-neighbors-in-extended-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-clip/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/caesar-is-unpopular-with-the-neighbors-in-extended-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-clip/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:01:49 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=220876 I'd be ripsh*t too if I saw someone messing with John Lithgow.

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Tyler Labine tried to warn us that Rise of the Planet of the Apes would make us cry, but we didn’t listen. And now it’s too late. Andy Serkis presents the emotional clip above of Caesar the chimp protecting his Alzheimer’s suffering friend played by John Lithgow. Can’t says I blame him. I’d be ripshit too if I saw someone messing with John Lithgow.

It goes without saying that the CG work is breathtaking. It must have cost a fortune. So much so that they couldn’t afford to comb Andy Serkis’s hair. But that’s beside the point, the movie looks like it will be heartbreaking. But also awesome. Did you see that chimp parkour off that jerk neighbor’s face?! Also, he spends his free time building a model of the Statue Of Liberty. Also cool!

Bravo, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I’m definitely seeing this when it opens August 5th, even if every plot point has probably already been shown in the trailers. (Yahoo)

 

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New ‘Tintin’ Trailer Proves Mo-Cap Doesn’t Have To Suck http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-tintin-trailer-proves-mo-cap-doesnt-have-to-suck/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-tintin-trailer-proves-mo-cap-doesnt-have-to-suck/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:11:49 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=219581 Zemeckis, take notes.

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‘The Adventures of Tintin’ Teaser Has A Whole Mess Of Danger

A bloody good new full-length U.K. trailer for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn: Longest Title Ever has dropped on the Internets. It’s refreshing to see a movie done entirely in mo-cap that doesn’t send chills down my spine. Spielberg and Peter Jackson may have solved the “dead-eyes” problem that has plagued so many previous mo-cap films **touches nose with one finger, points as Robert Zemeckis with the other** I’m now officially excited to see what looks like an exciting adventure story. If nothing else, that dog, Snowy, is damn adorable.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn: Longest Title Ever opens in the U.K on October 26, and in the U.S. on December 23. Hey Brits, don’t yell spoilers across the pond to us Yanks.

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‘The Hobbit’ Confirms Additional Titles, Because ‘The Hobbit’ Isn’t Enough http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hobbit-confirms-additional-titles-because-the-hobbit-isnt-enough/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hobbit-confirms-additional-titles-because-the-hobbit-isnt-enough/#comments Mon, 30 May 2011 21:31:00 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214026 And no, one of them is not 'The Squeakquel"

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As previously rumored, the two Hobbit movies from director Peter Jackson now have official titles. The first one will have the title The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, while part 2 will be known as The Hobbit: There and Back Again. As for release dates, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to come out on December 14, 2012, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again has a release date of about a year later on December 13, 2013.

In case you’re a little rusty on your Tolkien, both of these titles come from chapters of the book (“An Unexpected Party” and “There and Back Again”).  Now, since I don’t have anything else to say about these confirmed titles, here’s a massive list of the cast:

See Video Of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ Being Made Before Your Very Eyes

Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas and Aidan Turner.

Whew! No wonder the movie is in two parts. (ComingSoon)

Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas and Aidan Turner

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Good Looking Monkeys In The ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/those-are-good-looking-monkeys-in-the-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/those-are-good-looking-monkeys-in-the-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-trailer/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:14:21 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=207046 You know what could really ruin your morning commute? Being bludgeoned to death by a pack of hyper-intelligent apes.

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You know what could really ruin your morning commute? Being bludgeoned to death by a pack of hyper-intelligent apes. And it looks like that’s exactly what’s going to happen in San Francisco.

The trailer for Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes shows a pre-Planet Of The Apes just as the simians figure out how to get out of their cages and force us to live in underground caves. And this is all thanks to James Franco and his science experiments. He couldn’t just leave it well enough alone. Not content with a successful Hollywood/soap opera/writing/art/teaching career, Franco had to delve into neuroscience. And now we’ll all have to live under ape rule. Congratulations, nerd.

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Serkis Slithers His Way Into Second Unit Director Gig On ‘The Hobbit’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/serkis-slithers-his-way-into-second-unit-director-gig-on-the-hobbit/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/serkis-slithers-his-way-into-second-unit-director-gig-on-the-hobbit/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 19:58:03 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205663 Do you think he'll take off the mo-cap suit while directing?

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Andy Serkis, best known as the wee creature Gollum from The Lord of the Rings trilogy must have made a real impression on Peter Jackson beyond just his ability to slink around in a green suit covered in golf balls, because he’s asked him to be the second unit director on his two new Hobbit movies. Jackson must want a family atmosphere on his set, because he’s inviting  more LOTR crew members to join the fold. Serkis told the Hollywood Reporter:

“I think I understand Peter’s sensibility and we have a common history of understanding Middle Earth. A lot of the crew from The Lord of the Rings was returning to work on The Hobbit. There is really  a sense of Peter wanting people around him who totally understand the material and the work ethic.”

Serkis also mentioned that performance capture will not be his only job responsibility on the second unit.

“It is wide ranging and encompasses a lot of directing aspects of filmmaking and story. Yes, there is some performance capture, but I will be very much on the live action sets and locations helping Peter to tell the story.”

When he finishes work on the Hobbit films, Serkis plans on directing his first live action feature and opening a performance capture training facility and studio called The Imaginarium. No word on whether Dr. Parnassus will take legal action over the name. (Hollywood Reporter)

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‘Rise of the Apes’ Will Make You Cry http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rise-of-the-apes-will-make-you-cry/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rise-of-the-apes-will-make-you-cry/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 22:17:54 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16951 Tyler Labine says the monkeys will get you all farklempt.

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Tyler Labine plays a character named Franklin in Rise of the Apes, the prequel to both the five part classic Planet of the Apes series and the memorably confusing 2001 reboot. Labine was at the Television Critics Association press tour to promote his new sitcom, “Mad Love,” so I went up to him after for some Apes scoop. He had a surprising perspective on the movie.

“It’s touching,” Labine said. “We have Andy Serkis at the helm. Basically the leading character is Cesar the Ape and he’s such a pioneer of motion capture craft and had people crying behind the monitors without saying a word, he’s so great. John Lithgow plays a very touching character in there and there’s a lot of humanity to juxtapose what’s about to happen. I think we need to see how humane we are in the beginning, in the prequel, so that there’s a bit of a rivalry between the humans and the apes by the time we get to Planet of the Apes.”

Franklin is a primatologist studying the apes when Cesar evolves into a speaking, emoting rebel leader. He’s a loving sympathizer for the apes too.

“I was kind of playing a bit of an ape myself, a guy who just loves apes, did all the schooling and everything but he’s sort of become like the bleeding heart of the clinic. He was a big sort of teddy bear who is thrust into these really heavy decisions early on in the movie that directly affect the outcome of what come to be with the apes. It was nice. There were some real dramatic turns in there and it also didn’t rely on just me being a smartass which I really liked.”

Of course, no real apes were harmed making the movie. Nor were they even employed. It was all Weta guys in motion capture suits. “Because I’m the primatologist of the clinic that the story is originating from, I did a lot of scenes talking with apes and carrying apes and doing surgery on apes and a couple big fight scenes with apes.”

Rise of the Apes is coming Jun 24.

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Ian McKellen & Andy Serkis Return For ‘The Hobbit’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/official-bidness-andy-serkis-returns-for-the-hobbit/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/official-bidness-andy-serkis-returns-for-the-hobbit/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:22:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15125 Andy Serkis should just live in his mo-cap suit from now on. The actor has agreed to once again put a ring on it to reprise the role of Gollum in The Hobbit.

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UPDATE: THR just confirmed that Ian McKellen will be reprising his role as Gandalf in The Hobbit. Everyone can breathe a sigh of asthmatic relief.

Andy Serkis should just live in his mo-cap suit from now on. The actor has agreed to once again put a ring on it to reprise the role of Gollum in The Hobbit, the two film prequel to The Lord Of The Rings.

It looks like Peter Jackson is trying to get most of the band back together. Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett have also officially returned, with the expectation that Sir Ian McKellan, Ian Holm, and Christopher Lee will also return to wearing funny hats for the films. I think I’m most excited about Serkis returning to play the slave to the ring. It’s the best news I’ve heard all day. This should finally give me all the footage I need to complete my Gollum / Beyonce mash-up of “Single Ladies.” (Deadline)

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Greengrass Could Get Gritty with Cleopatra http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cleopatra-pretty-close-to-getting-a-director-a-nations-knuckles-whiten/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cleopatra-pretty-close-to-getting-a-director-a-nations-knuckles-whiten/#comments Wed, 05 Jan 2011 21:50:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14364 With Angelina locked down to play the role that Liz Taylor made famous, Deadline reports that producer Scott Rudin is "pretty close" to locking someone down to helm this mighty, might vessel.

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Deadline reports that producer Scott Rudin is “pretty close” to locking someone down to helm this mighty, might vessel. Nothing has been announced (or even leaked, for that matter) but it’s being reported that those in power all “like the idea” of Paul Greengrass signing on. Whether that means they actually like Greengrass, only time will tell. It’s no surprise that Sony isn’t taking this decision lightly, as the previous iteration of Cleopatra in 1963 nearly shut the doors of 20th Century Fox with its runaway budget.

It is perhaps for this reason that the name of James Cameron as director hasn’t come up in recent musings. Though he has proven to carry the Midas touch with big-budget fare such as this, Greengrass’ name indicates that the powers that be might be more interested in a grittier, more story-driven (and cheaper) take, rather than one that relies on spectacle and blue people. His resume includes the two lauded Bourne installments, as well as the divisive United 93, and less-lauded Green Zone. The Greengrass rumors alone are enough to get many to declare that the 3-D novelty has worn off, and that even aspiring 3-D blockbusters will require a story as compelling as the effects. The source material for the project, the unfortunately named Cleopatra: The Life by Stacy Schiff, has already garnered a Pulitzer, so those in line for a Yogi Bear 3-D redux had best brace for disappointment.

That said, don’t think that this won’t be a tentpole release for Sony. With the time and effort they’ve put into this project, regardless of the director, they have every intention of making this appointment viewing for just about everyone in the world with functioning eyes. And just because this epic will have “grit,” don’t be surprised to hear a funny Jewish accent from a CGI snake. I think Andy Serkis is available.

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For Reals First Look at Spielberg and Jackson’s ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/for-reals-first-look-at-spielberg-and-jacksons-the-adventures-of-tintin/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/for-reals-first-look-at-spielberg-and-jacksons-the-adventures-of-tintin/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Over the weekend we got c*ck-teased with snippets of images from a first look at Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn: Longest Title Ever. Now Empire has officially unbuttoned its blouse and unleashed the goods. We have three honest-to-goodness official images. Jamie Bell plays Tintin and Snowy his dog is played by...not Andy Serkis! Haha! Gotchu! You totally thought that since it was a mo-cap animal it HAD to be Andy Serkis. He's not in every mo-cap movie, ya know? But he is in this one, as Captain Haddock. You couldn't keep that guy away from a unitard with diodes on it if you tried. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn: Longest Title Ever doesn't come out until next Christmas, so check out the pics after the jump to get a taste.

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Over the weekend we got c*ck-teased with snippets of images from a first look at Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn: Longest Title Ever. Now Empire has officially unbuttoned its blouse and unleashed the goods. We have three honest-to-goodness official images.

Jamie Bell plays Tintin and Snowy his dog is played by…not Andy Serkis! Haha! Gotchu! You totally thought that since it was a mo-cap animal it HAD to be Andy Serkis. He’s not in every mo-cap movie, ya know? But he is in this one, as Captain Haddock. You couldn’t keep that guy away from a unitard with diodes on it if you tried.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn: Longest Title Ever doesn’t come out until next Christmas, so check out the pics after the jump to get a taste.

 

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‘Burke And Hare’ Trailer Could Use Some Life http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/burke-and-hare-trailer-could-use-some-life/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/burke-and-hare-trailer-could-use-some-life/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 When did Maxim shoots get so old timey? I know that I work for the Internet and am supposed to automatically love everything Simon Pegg does by default, but this trailer for Burke and Hare really doesn't portray the film in a favorable light. Andy Serkis's motion capture looks really convincing. It's almost looks like he's real. The story is based on the true story of Irish serial killers in Edinburgh, Scotland who murder their victims to then sell them as medical cadavers. The trailer cites the desire to save enough money to bang Isla Fisher as the motive behind the slayings. I can't imagine a court where that defense wouldn't hold up. Check out the trailer after the jump...

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When did Maxim shoots get so old timey?

I know that I work for the Internet and am supposed to automatically love everything Simon Pegg does by default, but this trailer for Burke and Hare really doesn’t portray the film in a favorable light. Andy Serkis’s motion capture looks really convincing. It’s almost looks like he’s real.

The story is based on the true story of Irish serial killers in Edinburgh, Scotland who murder their victims to then sell them as medical cadavers. The trailer cites the desire to save enough money to bang Isla Fisher as the motive behind the slayings. I can’t imagine a court where that defense wouldn’t hold up.

Check out the trailer after the jump…

 


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First Look At Andy Serkis In ‘Rise Of The Apes’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-look-at-andy-serkis-in-rise-of-the-apes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-look-at-andy-serkis-in-rise-of-the-apes/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Little-known Hollywood funfact: Andy Serkis is 3-feet tall. The first set pic from Rise Of The Apes has made its way online showing James Franco and Freida Pinto walking along with Andy Serkis. Not entirely certain what is going on in this scene, but it seems that James Franco's character is trying to impress Pinto by taking his helmet-wearing brother to Chuck E. Cheese. Just kidding. Of course this is Serkis in a mo-cap suit for his performance as the chimp Caesar in the upcoming film. It really does look like a still from Rain Man or "How's Your News?" though. (JustJared) See the full pic after the jump....

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Little-known Hollywood funfact: Andy Serkis is 3-feet tall.

The first set pic from Rise Of The Apes has made its way online showing James Franco and Freida Pinto walking along with Andy Serkis. Not entirely certain what is going on in this scene, but it seems that James Franco’s character is trying to impress Pinto by taking his helmet-wearing brother to Chuck E. Cheese. Just kidding. Of course this is Serkis in a mo-cap suit for his performance as the chimp Caesar in the upcoming film. It really does look like a still from Rain Man or "How’s Your News?" though. (JustJared)

See the full pic after the jump….

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Andy Serkis Motion Captures Role of Caesar In ‘Rise of the Apes’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/andy-serkis-motion-captures-role-of-caesar-in-rise-of-the-apes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/andy-serkis-motion-captures-role-of-caesar-in-rise-of-the-apes/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Andy Serkis will be suiting up in weird, wirey crap once again to play Caesar, the chief chimp in charge of the Rise of the Apes. This should be a breeze for Serkis having worked extensively with motion capture to portray Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the 25-foot gorilla in King Kong, and Captain Haddock in Spielberg's Tintin.I'm really interested to see what WETA comes up with for this film. Now that I know it will be Serkis making raspberries and throwing his poop around (generally known as pulling a Kiefer Sutherland), I'm much more interested. But what of Hollywood's animal actors? It looks like they will be completely frozen out of this production. I just don't have the heart to tell Buckaroo. He's already blown his anticipated earnings on that lavish banana hill.Poor bastard. (via Cinema Blend)

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Andy Serkis will be suiting up in weird, wirey crap once again to play Caesar, the chief chimp in charge of the Rise of the Apes. This should be a breeze for Serkis having worked extensively with motion capture to portray Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the 25-foot gorilla in King Kong, and Captain Haddock in Spielberg’s Tintin.

I’m really interested to see what WETA comes up with for this film. Now that I know it will be Serkis making raspberries and throwing his poop around (generally known as pulling a Kiefer Sutherland), I’m much more interested. But what of Hollywood’s animal actors? It looks like they will be completely frozen out of this production. I just don’t have the heart to tell Buckaroo. He’s already blown his anticipated earnings on that lavish banana hill.

Poor bastard. (via Cinema Blend)

 

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