Screen Junkies » rise of the planet of the apes http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:59:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Timeline: The Year In James Franco http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/timeline-the-year-in-james-franco/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/timeline-the-year-in-james-franco/#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2011 21:17:49 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240343 I feel like I just spent the last year chronicling the things James Franco did last year.

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Earlier this month, rumors surfaced that James Franco will be performing a brief cameo in the upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic, Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried. Franco will be playing Hugh Hefner, one of seemingly dozens of interesting roles that Franco had been considered and rumored for this year. Not content with just being in contention for every interesting role in Hollywood, in 2011 Franco spent the time most people would have spent sleeping pursuing bizarre “art” projects that seem to defy the grasp of us non-Franconian rubes.

2011 has demonstrated that Franco’s career isn’t so much a thing that can be talked about, like a baseball game or the weather, but rather that something that is understood and known in seemingly binary fashion, like the concepts of gravity or mortality. So if you don’t understand Franco now, this timeline will read as a list of roles and activities rather than what it is: James Franco’s metamorphosis from actor to some sort of entity that gives me a nosebleed if I think about it too hard.

January 3

- It becomes known that Franco is eying two films to possibly direct. Of course both potential projects will be written by Franco. Not one to shy away from a challenge, both projects would be based on books. One written by Faulkner and one by Cormac McCarthy. NBD.

January 14

- Franco lets it be known that one Franco alone cannot stand, so he tells MTV that he’s preparing a film for both him and his brother Dave to star in. It would be an extension of the Funny or Die videos that they created earlier in the year. One can only assume that he would write this in between the sentence breaks of his Faulkner adaptation.

January 17

- Realizing that he hadn’t announced any ambitious hyphenate projects over the weekend, Franco atones by announcing that he will act-direct in The Night Stalker, a true crime story based on serial killer Richard Ramirez. The film is/was being co-produced by Chris Cornell because it just is, ok?

January 20

- James Franco is announced as a star of The Iceman, a story about another serial killer, this time a mob hitman. Franco would not star as the Iceman, but rather some other character that is probably somehow more important to the story of the Iceman.

January 24

- James Franco is in talks to star as pornographer Chuck Traynor in a Linda Lovelace biopic. No, it’s not the same role as the one I mentioned in the introduction. Sometimes producers and Franco himself get confused and he accepts more than one part in the same film.

January 25

- One day later, James decides that he really should make a decision on those two adaptations he was working on. He thinks that the Faulkner adaptation is most deserving of his talents. He will direct and star in the film because doing only one thing is for terrible people.

January 31

- Looking back and realizing how slow of a month January has been for him, Franco steps up his motherfuckin’ game by teaching a class so postmodern and meta that I just took five minutes to look up what “postmodern” and “meta” meant. The Columbia College Hollywood is now offering a class that allows/forces students to “create a cinematic image of James Franco.” Of course, creating an image of Franco without the aid of Franco is comparable to owning a rainbow or clapping with one hand, so he will be teaching via Skype and…the best part…footage from the class will be footage in the students final project. What did you do for your film school project? A film about a kid and his dog? Fuck you. Franco’s is better.

February 4

- James Franco take a few minutes to himself, consumes his own arm, waits for the devoured arm to regenerate, then steps into a meeting to discuss playing The Wizard of Oz in Oz, The Great and Powerful. How does his desire to play Oz reflect on Franco himself? You wouldn’t understand the answer to that question.

February 7

- Remember that dumb TV show Three’s Company? Franco’s desire on Monday, February 7 is to immortalize that show through both film and stage. How did he reach this conclusion? He was in Park City, Utah for a multimedia installation entitled Three’s Company: The Drama, which is totally awesome. He dressed up like the blonde one. Click the link.

February 10

- James Franco is on the shortlist to star in Savages, a much-hyped literary adaptation by Oliver Stone. He tells the director that his availability is most of the afternoon on June 8th, then again between brunches on June 11. He does not get the part.

February 11

- Feeling lazy after his Savages meeting the previous day, gets into talks to play Kaneda, the protagonist in the heralded Japanese anime story Akira. He is offered the lead, but turns the role down with little fanfare. (Please note that the link to this story has its own lengthy timeline as well, going only so far as that present day. What can I say? Franco brings out the chronologer in me.)

February 12

- The past two days of blockbuster meetings make James feel too singularly focused on film. He opens an art exhibit to decompress. The exhibit opened in Berlin because of course it did, and it was entitled “The Dangerous Four Book Boys” because of course it was.

February 23

- Franco, undertaking a project that’s weird by even Franco standards, takes footage taken during the filming of Gus Van Sant‘s My Own Private Idaho focusing on River Phoenix and assembled it in a menagerie he chose to call My Own Private River with a score by Michael Stipe. Lest you think he only assembled one film for Van Sant’s art exhibition, I suggest you stop being an ass and turn yourself on to Franco’s second film, entitled Endless Idaho. It runs for twelve hours. For realsies.

February 25

- Ensuring that highbrow melds with lowbrow to keep the universe in harmony, all the while doing it in the oddest fashion possible, plays a character named The Franco on General Hospital. Hold on. That’s only 5% of the meta you’re about to receive. The Franco is gearing up to attend the Academy Awards, which James Franco the non-soap opera character is actually, really hosting in a few days.

February 27

- James Franco co-hosts the Academy Awards. It doesn’t go well, and he doesn’t seem to care.

February 28

- THE DAY AFTER he hosts the Academy Awards, James Franco announced that he is collaborating with director/nutjob Harmony Korine, not on a film, mind you, but a staged fight between two actual LA street gangs. If you’re asking yourself why these two men would do this, then you really don’t get art at all.

March 6

- James Franco drops out of While We’re Young, demonstrating that James Franco is capable of dropping out of films that he WASN’T EVEN A PART OF! Director Noah Baumbach is now saddled with the designation of being the 2011 director that made that Franco-less movies.

April 8

- James Franco’s film Your Highness premieres. He just acted in it, so it’s really not worth talking about that much.

April 9th to May 9th

- James Franco sleeps.

May 10th

- With sleep still in his eye following a month-long slumber, James Franco casts Val Lauren in the lead of the Sal Mineo biopic he’s directing, simply titled Sal. It’s worth nothing that Lauren looks like an extremely close relative of David Blaine.

August 5

- James Franco has a starring turn in the critically acclaimed and successful Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It will be the most normal thing Franco does all year.

August 12

- James Franco consults his New Year’s resolutions checklist and finds that, with the year half-over, he has completed not only most of his resolutions, but all the resolutions of the half-dozen art school dropouts huddled around him.

September 21

- The continuum of time, ceases to flex for James Franco, his work moving at a clip now only best described as “very busy.” In related news, acting becomes the world’s most lucrative profession now that James Franco isn’t hoarding all the roles. He picks up a role in the Apatow-riffic film Jay and Seth Vs. the Apocalypse.

September 21 to Today, December 20

- James Franco sheds his body to exist in a realm that he cautiously describes as “similar to time, but sort of furrier.” Everyone nods politely and waits for his next film.

December 31*

- In a performance art piece entitled simply “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” James Franco emerges from the dropped New Year’s Eve ball (just short of its midnight destination), covered in a viscous material that keeps him warm, despite the fact that he is totally nude. He will then manually drag the ball up to the top of the spire, resetting both calendars and time itself to 2011 again, so he can pick up a few of the roles he didn’t have time for. This will repeat for eternity.

*Probably

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In Honor Of ‘The Hobbit’: 4 Prequels That Work And 4 That Don’t http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-the-hobbit-4-prequels-that-work-and-4-that-dont/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-the-hobbit-4-prequels-that-work-and-4-that-dont/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2011 20:45:07 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240459 They can't all be winners.

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What did you think of that Hobbit trailer? Not too shabby. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Peter Jackson or The Lord of the Rings franchise, but it looks meticulously crafted and staged. It’s got me pretty excited for a kick-ass prequel that can tell its own tale yet still support the established films.

Not all film franchises are this successful. Of course, there are classic prequels that pull it off, there are others that just miss the mark entirely and wear their commercial ambitions on their sleeves. Here are examples from both camps.

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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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9 Unlucky Movie Losers Who Never Had A Chance http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/nine-unlucky-movie-losers-that-never-had-a-chance/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/nine-unlucky-movie-losers-that-never-had-a-chance/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:36:45 +0000 Archibald Bayou III http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227922 Wrong place, wrong time...

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In the long history of film losers, the most depressing are the unlucky bit characters. These folks get a few moments of screen time before getting screwed over, usually through no fault of their own, to advance the plot. Case in point: Rise of the Planet of the Apes beleaguered neighbor, Hunsiker. (Spoiler alert)We’re introduced to him when the chimp Ceaser accidentally scares his kids. Over the next ninety minutes, his car gets trashed, his finger gets bitten off, and he gets infected with a deadly disease and spreads the infection across the planet. (End Spoiler) This poor bastard should have stayed in the suburbs. In his honor, we’ve compiled this list of film history’s unlucky losers who should have probably just stayed in bed that day.

1. Pam Magnus – In the Line of Fire

Bank teller Pam Magnus got super excited when she recognized the Minnesota home town of her customer James Carney. Unfortunately there was no James Carney- he was really assassin Mitch Leary, and Pam had inadvertently threatened to blow his cover. Leary then visits Pam at her apartment and slaughters her and her equally unlucky roommate. True Minnesotans have better manners. For shame, Mr. Leary!

2. John Conners’ Foster Parents – Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Poor Todd and Janelle. They put up with bratty John Conner’s crap for years, and their reward (besides a modest government subsidy check) was a Terminator hook to the face. Even the dog bought it in this massacre. And that’s after a group of innocent bikers get beaten for their clothes by the other Terminator- the one that’s supposed to be a good guy!

3. The Nun – The Da Vinci Code

Was there any more innocent victim to Silas’ psychotic rampage than the old nun that let him into Saint-Sulpice? Perhaps the viewers who had to look at Tom Hank’s ridiculous haircut for two hours.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Apes’ Rise, ‘Change-Up’ Sinks http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-apes-rise-change-up-sinks/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-apes-rise-change-up-sinks/#comments Sun, 07 Aug 2011 21:38:45 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223844 Maybe Jason Bateman should have switched bodies with a monkey.

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In the deadly world of Hollywood, you either have to adapt or die. And looking at the weekend performance of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it would be reasonable to expect movies with all-ape casts by the end of the year. It managed to surprise analysts with a very healthy $54 million opening. For you stat-hounds, that places it as the 5th best August opening weekend of all time (if you don’t adjust for inflation). The fact that it’s actually a pretty good movie means that humans might be completely irrelevant soon. I can’t wait for Rise of the Planet of the Humans in a few years.

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The other big movie opening this weekend also managed to surprise, but not in a good way. It’s The Change-Up, which somehow managed to not wow moviegoers with its sparkling-new premise of two people (Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds) with different lives changing bodies. For its trouble, it has a $13.5 million opening weekend. Maybe the body-switching movie next year will do better. (Box Office Mojo)

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Review: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2011 23:26:34 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223560 Smarter than the Tim Burton 'Planet of the Apes', but even more one-dimensional.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is smarter than the Tim Burton Planet of the Apes, but even more one-dimensional. I mean, you can’t get any dumber than the Lincoln Memorial finale, but any insight to this story is sold out by embarrassing characterizations. It’s worth it for the ape rampage, but we’re making a devil’s bargain here. Thank you for the awesome ape action, and we’ll tolerate the script.

In this Apes, “Bright Eyes” is the nickname for Number 9, the test subject for ALZ-112. The Alzheimer’s cure has the side effect of adding green specks to her iris. Number 9 rampages, scientist Will Rodman’s (James Franco) experiment is shut down, but 9 had a baby so Will takes the baby home to his dad (John Lithgow) who has Alzheimer’s himself. Cesar (Andy Serkis) inherited Number 9’s super intelligence, so once he gets pissed, it’s rising time.

Monkey + AK-47 = 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Viral

Baby Cesar is adorable but we’re still very obviously looking at motion capture. We’ve only traded one technology for another. Instead of endearing top of the line makeup, we have soulless polished CGI. I know you can’t train a stunt ape to rampage on cue, but let’s not pretend this is like looking at a real simian. You can tell by the nature of how it moves that it’s not primal. It’s great performance work, but the goal was “real ape,” not “ape-like animation.”

When the apes finally rise, it is a really awesome climax. I will probably own the Blu-ray just to watch that sequence and there are plenty of cool scenes they have not given away in the trailers. I’m glad a movie exists where apes swing down suburban streets and city streets. Getting there is pretty laughable though.

There’s no worse character than the angry neighbor who is so over the top one-dimensional, I can’t believe they put him in several scenes. Jacobs (David Oyelowo) so blatantly cares only about money, it’s incomprehensible that he’d ever rise to CEO of a research corporation. Tom Felton will have a healthy career as an evil blonde bully as his Dodge Landon character shows. Caroline is the defining role for Freida Pinto, as in get used to thankless hot love interests, because it’s not all Slumdog Millionaire and Miral.

The story makes one bold move. Will actually tries ALZ-112 out on his dad! I can’t believe a Hollywood movie makes that morally ambiguous choice. For a while, Rise is one of those movies where the science is actually more interesting than the monster. In The Fly, I really wanted to see teleportation technology work. In Darkman, I really wanted him to make fake skin last in sunlight. Of course, it’s really just an excuse to make the apes smarter. The way Cesar shares ALZ with his buddies is just silly.

Cesar is the hero of this and the blatant evil of the humans makes that clear, intentionally or not. That’s a different take on the material. In the Heston Apes, the point was a metaphor for how we treat animals, but the apes were equally culpable for making the same mistakes. Rise is a pure revenge tale on the evil captors, which may be where society is today. We’ve gone too far so screw it, let the apes have it. Still, cool ape rampage!

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/rise-of-the-apes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/rise-of-the-apes/#comments Sat, 30 Jul 2011 22:15:13 +0000 Screen Junkies Director: Rupert WyattCast: TBDSynopsis: A reality-based cautionary tale, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.Release Date: June 24, 2011

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Director: Rupert Wyatt

Cast: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto

Synopsis: An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

Release Date: August 5, 2011

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‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’: Monkeys Making Mischief http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-clip-shows-monkeys-making-mischief/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-clip-shows-monkeys-making-mischief/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2011 18:08:51 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=221523 Those darn monkeys!

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The folks at 20th Century Fox are being mighty generous with the Rise of the Planet of the Apes clips at Comic-Con 2011. There was one a couple days ago, and now here’s another, this one featuring those crazy apes launching an assault on San Franciso. Presumably, they’re upset about a recent shortage of Rice-a-Roni. Sorry, I don’t have any other San Francisco jokes.

New Int'l 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Trailer Has Monkeys Getting All 'What! What!'

Anyway, the clip is chock-full of impressive CGI effects, so give it a watch, will you? And remember, be nice to the monkeys in your life, you never know when they might rise up and try to kill you. (Fandango)

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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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10 photos‘Immortals’ Actress Freida Pinto

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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Monkey + AK-47 = ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Viral http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/monkey-ak-47-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-viral/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/monkey-ak-47-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-viral/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 21:58:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=219164 I like the part where he shoots the gun.

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This group of soldiers in the Congo obviously aren’t familiar with Dunston Checks In or select episodes of Night Court. If they were, they’d be aware that primates are intelligent, precocious creatures capable of advanced learning and mimicry. And in the case of Dunston Checks In, they’re also adept at expertly surfing on hotel room service carts.

Anyway, this is an amusing little viral for Twentieth Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. My only regret is that they didn’t take the opportunity to dress the chimp in people clothes. See what a difference a stylish pair of overalls makes?(via Bloody Disgusting)

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The Rise Of The ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Trailers: Part 3 http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-rise-of-the-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-trailers-part-3/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-rise-of-the-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-trailers-part-3/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 19:44:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=217477 The monkeys are wreaking slightly more havoc in this one.

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‘Rise Of The Apes’ Looks Like Ape-Made Braveheart

“Baby monkeys may be cute pets when they’re little, but remember: They grow up.”

In this third trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we see monkey Caesar go from a baby to a family pet to an abused monkey to the general of a monkey army in this clip. They grow up so fast.

While this is an extended version of this international trailer we posted earlier, it shows a bit mor fighting and a bit more of Draco Malfoy being a total cock to him. (Side note: Tom Felton is my favorite for this generation’s “Billy Zabka Memorial ‘Typecast As A Dick’ Award.”)

We are privy in this trailer to more combat scenes, showing how exactly how the monkeys overtake the humans. In case it wasn’t obvious, they do it with monkey-strength and screeching.

If you watch all three trailers, you probably have a very good sense of the film, so feel free to just kick over your $14 ($17 if you were planning to see it in 3D) to Screen Junkies. We accept PayPal.

 

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Major Studios Not Attending This Year’s Comic-Con http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/major-studios-not-attending-this-years-comic-con/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/major-studios-not-attending-this-years-comic-con/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:18:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215836 It'll be far less Marvel-y.

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4 photos'Immortals' Is Looking Pretty, Pretty '300'-y

Many major studios are opting not to attend the San Diego Comic-Con this July. The failure of heavily-hyped films like Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Suckerpunch had studios scratching their brain-shells and lead them to the belief that the advance screenings and panels don’t help their box office whatsoever. Plus, actors get creeped out by the fans.

Disney, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, The Weinstein Co., and maybe Marvel won’t be making the trip this year, which means you won’t see any precious footage from The Dark Knight Rises or The Man Of Steel or The Avengers which seems like BULLshit. But don’t worry. You’ll be able to see scenes from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I and Shark Night 3D, so that should keep people from stabbing one another with pens, right?

Oh okay. Well, I guess you’ll also have a chance to see promotions for The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, Cowboys & Aliens, The Amazing Spider-man, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Hobbit, and The Immortals. And if all those panels are full, you can check out The Raven or “Terra Nova.” So don’t worry, there will be plenty of stuff to act nerdy toward. (NY Times)

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TV Spots Galore: ‘Super 8′, ‘Cowboys And Aliens’, ‘Apes’, ‘Captain America’, And ‘The Change-Up’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/clips-movie/tv-spots-galore-super-8-cowboys-and-aliens-apes-captain-america-and-the-change-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/clips-movie/tv-spots-galore-super-8-cowboys-and-aliens-apes-captain-america-and-the-change-up/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2011 22:47:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214654 Why watch TV at all when you can get all the movie commercials right here in this post?

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It’s the end of the week, which means that we get a respite from the dregs of the Friday news cycle courtesy of a whole slew of TV spots for upcoming films. We’ve got the first one for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the second one for The Change-Up, the third for Captain ‘merica, the fourth for Cowboys and Aliens, and the ninth for Super 8, despite the fact that we still don’t know what the hell is going on there. These spots come to us from Coming Soon, so we would like to apologize in advance for the poor quality. Just kidding. Those guys are all right.

Super 8:

Cowboys and Aliens:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes:

The Change-Up:

Captain America:

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See A Featurette On ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ And Try To Avoid Your Fate http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/see-a-story-featurette-on-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-and-try-to-avoid-your-fate/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/see-a-story-featurette-on-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-and-try-to-avoid-your-fate/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2011 19:55:40 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=209756 It's a madhouse!

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They say that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. So the folks at 20th Century Fox are doing humanity a huge solid by releasing a story featurette on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which details the future-history of how humanity (represented by star James Franco) was usurped by highly evolved and intelligent apes. Perhaps now even people who don’t pay to see the cumbersomely-titled movie will still be able to avoid getting replaced by a monkey.

So thank you, 20th Century Fox. The down-side here is that the video doesn’t actually give any tips on avoiding humanity’s overthrow at the hands and hand-like feet of the apes. In fact, it makes it sound like it’s inevitable. Is it too late for me to throw myself in with the apes? I know a winning team when I see one.

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There’s a space above the mantle. I’d love to fill it with a painting of an ape screaming at me on an escalator on my way to work.

The trailer has risen. Now the Rise of the Planet of the Apes concept art is rising too. I was gonna make a rise/dick joke, but it’d be kinda weird if any of these drawings gave you an erection. Fox has released a pack of wild concept arts for their upcoming film, directed by Rupert Wyatt, and starring James Franco as the visionary scientist who’s one of the folks responsible for turning earth over to a bunch of damn, also dirty apes. Thanks a lot, Franco.

You won’t see Franco’s character here, but you will see plenty o’ apes. Here they are hangin’ out, taking over cities, being super violent. Y’know – ape stuff. Oh, they’ll also be busting into movie theaters on August 5th, 2011. Just don’t tell them to stop talking on their cell phones, or they will beat you to death with them and steal your bananas. I’m assuming you bring bananas to the movies. (/Film)

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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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The Teaser Of The Trailer Of The ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-teaser-of-the-trailer-of-the-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-teaser-of-the-trailer-of-the-rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2011 02:05:57 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=207017 Get ready for of the's to take over the world. Oh, I mean apes. Get ready for apes to do that.

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Get ready for of the‘s to take over the world. Oh, I mean apes. Get ready for apes to do that. Apes who can turn doors very slowly.

The video above is Fox‘s official teaser trailer to get you excited for the actual trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which gets released tonight at midnight on Apple‘s site. Hopefully, the trailer will get you excited for the actual movie, and not just for another damn dirty preview. Sometimes, with all the trailers, on-set pics and preview clips for big budget action movies that leak out, I forget there’s a real-life movie going to be released. Maybe in the future, movies will be nothing but a series of trailers and ridiculous hype. So… every movie will be like Grindhouse? I keed, I keed.

Directed by Rupert WyattRise of the Planet of the Apes monkeys around in theaters on August 5. James Franco is set to star and be very much awake on camera.

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The Rise of the Planet of the Apes is so far notable for its comically long title and the involvement of James Franco, but it turns out they’ve got some pretty impressive special effects up their sleeves as well, thanks to the wonderful wizards at WETA. So next time you’ve got four seconds free, check out the video. You’ll notice that around the one-second mark, the ape starts turning his head to the side.

In seriousness, even though the video is ridiculously short, it’s still pretty impressive. I’ve watched it like 68 times and the ape seems weirdly human each time. Can’t wait until this shot shows up in the movie, so I can yell out “there it is!” in the theater and everyone will love me. (ComingSoon)

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Fox Adds Exciting New Words To ‘Rise Of The Apes’ Title http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-adds-exciting-new-words-to-rise-of-the-apes-title/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-adds-exciting-new-words-to-rise-of-the-apes-title/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 02:30:53 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205833 Twentieth Century Fox's marketing team knows: the more words you add to a title, the more money you will make. That is science fact.

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Twentieth Century Fox‘s marketing department knows: the more words you add to a title, the more money you will make. Long movie titles draw you in to a spiral of words, and the only way to get out is by purchasing a ticket on opening weekend. That is science fact.

So Fox took polls and crunched the numbers in their secret underground “entertainmentories” (entertainment laboratories). They found out that the title Rise of the Apes, for the upcoming James Franco-starring prequel to the Planet of the Apes series, needed more words to make more $$$. After testing a few titles on lab monkeys and humans alike, they decided on:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Needs more “of the”s. How about The Story of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Or The Movie of the Story of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Hopefully, they tested those out too, cause I think there’s even more cashola to be made.

The film shows us how the genetic experimentation of apes led to their eventual domination of our puny planet, and will be directed by Rupert Wyatt. (ComicBookMovie)

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