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'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Review: Brilliant, Breathtaking And The Best Of The Franchise

July 13th, 2014 4:16am EDT
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Rarely is a sequel better than the original. Of course, there are exceptions, such as 'Godfather 2' and now 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.'

This film is absolutely fantastic on every level, starting with Andy Serkis as Caesar, the soulful, emotional, kind and fair ape that we met in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' which starred, James Franco.

Right off the bat, I have to say that Serkis is amazing. He gives such a beautiful, nuanced performance that we, as an audience, are able to feel everything that Caesar feels and thinks. The film, shot in 3D, is brilliantly directed by Matt Reeve...
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Official Cast Announced For 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

April 29th, 2014 7:01pm EDT
Star Wars Episode VII Cast
A day after reports that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill all happened to be in London, England, where Star Wars: Episode VII just happens to be filming, the official casting announcement for the film was released on StarWars.com. And, indeed, the three stars will be returning for at least the first film in the new trilogy.

Ford, Fisher and Hamill will also be joined by Peter Mayhew, who returns to the saga as the Wookiee Chewbacca and Anthony Daniels, who will once again don the gold outfit of droid C-3PO.

Ford prompted speculation earlier this month when he was photographed ...
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New & Old 'Star Wars' Cast Members Dine With Director JJ Abrams In London

April 29th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
New & Old 'Star Wars' Cast Members Dine With Director JJ Abrams
Several members from the original "Star Wars" films joined cast members from the upcoming film for dinner in London, England, over the weekend. Director J.J. Abrams organized the event at 34 restaurant in Mayfair.

A source told Britain's The Sun, "The cast are being flown out to various locations to film. Bosses want to capitalize on them all being in London by booking in a get-together. It was a top secret mission, nobody was allowed to let on they'd be meeting up."

It's been confirmed that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will reprise their roles from the original series. Al...
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The Most Anticipated Films Of 2014, Part One

January 1st, 2014 9:03am EST
Dumb and Dumber
No more new films will be released in 2013 - but there's no need to fret! Check out why we're hyped (and why we're worried) for these highly-anticipated 2014 films:

Dumb And Dumber To

Why We’re Hyped: The Farrelly Brothers, Jim Carey, and Jeff Daniels would only do the film if everyone was involved.

Why We’re Worried: When’s the last time the Farrelly Brothers made a good movie? Will Jim Carrey alienate half of his audience on Twitter – again?

The Expendables 3

Why We’re Hyped: Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Kelsey Grammer join the ridiculous cast for another go at...
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Andy Serkis Helped Peter Jackson Direct 'The Hobbit'

December 11th, 2012 9:54am EST
Andy Serkis
Actor Andy Serkis not only played the role of Gollum in Peter Jackson's upcoming The Hobbit trilogy, he also directed a handful of action scenes.

The British star is set to make his filmmaking debut in an upcoming adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel Animal Farm, and to give Serkis some practice, Jackson made him the fantasy franchise's second unit director.

He tells New York Magazine, "Directing was my main job this time - more than playing Gollum. I worked 200 days with a huge team shooting battle sequences, aerials. It was an amazing experience and one which I was very, very t...
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Gary Oldman Triumphs At 2012 Empire Awards

March 26th, 2012 8:47am EDT
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was the big winner at this year's Jameson Empire Awards, scooping Best British Film and the Best Actor prize for Gary Oldman.

The hit spy movie also took home Best Thriller at the London ceremony on Sunday after winning the majority of votes from readers of Empire magazine.

The film saw off competition from Attack The Block, The Inbetweeners Movie, Submarine and Tyrannosaur to land the Best British Film honor.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was named Best Film, ahead of Drive, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, wh...
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Check Out Spielberg's 'The Adventures Of Tintin' On Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD March 13

March 12th, 2012 7:12am EDT
The Adventures of Tintin
Director Steven Spielberg kicks off the big-screen Tintin trilogy with "The Adventures Of Tintin," a computer-animated, motion-capture adaptation of Herge's beloved Tintin comic strip.

Produced by Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Kathleen Kennedy, the first installment in the series finds adventure-seeking Belgian reporter Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell) and surly Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) racing to recover a treasure that was lost at sea four centuries ago. Meanwhile, the malevolent Red Rackham (Daniel Craig) is determined to beat them to it.

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Toby Jones pr...
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'Drive' And 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Lead 2012 Empire Awards Nominations

March 5th, 2012 11:25am EST
Drive
Ryan Gosling's thriller Drive and the final Harry Potter installment lead the nominations for the 2012 Empire Awards.

Drive has landed five nods, with Gosling and his co-star Carey Mulligan both vying for Best Actor/Actress awards, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 also scored five nominations.

Both movies will compete for the Best Film prize, along with the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Daniel Radcliffe will compete with Gosling for the Best Actor Prize, along with Daniel Craig (The ...
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'Rango' Sweeps The 2012 VES Awards

February 8th, 2012 8:05am EST
Rango
Johnny Depp's animated Western Rango was the runaway winner at the 10th annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards on Tuesday after scooping four trophies.

The film, in which Depp voiced a chameleon stranded in the Mojave Desert, was honored for its outstanding visual effects, animated character (Rango), created environment and virtual cinematography.

Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese's Oscar contender Hugo nabbed two awards including outstanding supporting visual effects and virtual cinematography.

Other big winners included Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Rise of the Planet of the Apes,...
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James Franco Believes 'Apes' Co-Star Andy Serkis Deserves An Oscar

December 31st, 2011 9:30am EST
Andy Serkis
Former Oscars host James Franco has urged Academy Awards voters to seriously consider his "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" co-star Andy Serkis for a Best Actor prize because the work the Brit is doing with motion capture animation is amazing.

Serkis shot to fame when he was transformed into the creepy Gollum in the "Lord of The Rings" trilogy and he has since given King Kong and "Planet of The Apes'" Caesar a face - and Franco insists his pioneering work will revolutionize Hollywood.

Franco says, "To me, it seems like such a shame that Andy doesn't get recognized now, because this is the ...
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Return To Middle Earth With The First Trailer For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (Watch It!)

December 21st, 2011 12:50am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
It's almost time to return to Middle Earth! On Tuesday Warner Bros. Pictures released the first official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and you can check it out right here!

An Unexpected Journey follows the adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins that took place before the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bilbo joins 13 dwarves, led by the warrior Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim a lost dwarf kingdom since taken over by the dragon Smaug. Along the way Bilbo encounters Goblins, Spiders, Trolls and Elves; and he finds the precious ring that once belonged to the evil Sauron ...
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'The Artist' And 'Hugo' Lead Critic Choice Awards Nominations

December 13th, 2011 2:31pm EST
Hugo
The Artist and Hugo have both been given major Oscars boosts after landing 11 nominations apiece for the 2012 Critics' Choice Awards.

The two films, which have already picked up early awards, will compete for the Best Picture at the 17th annual Critics' Choice Awards, as selected by the Broadcast Film Critics Association in America.

They will be up against Midnight in Paris, Drive, The Help, Moneyball, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Tree of Life and War Horse.

George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Michael F...
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Check Out 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' On DVD & Blu-ray

December 13th, 2011 6:30am EST
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" centers on genetically engineered chimp Caesar (Andy Serkis), who was created in a San Francisco lab by an ambitious scientist (James Franco), and who uses his powerful intellect to lead an ape uprising against all of humankind.

What makes the movie so unique is that it's the first live-action film to be told from the point of view of a sentient animal - a chimpanzee named Caesar. The chimp is brilliantly portrayed by Serkis, the world's foremost performance capture actor. Andy infuses Caesar with nuance, wisdom and, most importantly, heart.

The film i...
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December Movie Preview

December 3rd, 2011 9:00am EST
December Movie Preview
Well, we’ve made it. December is finally here and with it, as always, comes the biggest push for awards season glory. This December is packed with films that are vying for Oscar attention, some of which are the most anticipated films of the year.

December 9

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

There is so much to be excited about for “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy” that it’s hard to list everything. For starters, the cast is amazing: Gary Oldman (in the role that will most likely finally win him an Oscar), Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Toby Jones and John Hurt. Aside from a group of some of the ...
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Andy Serkis Slammed By Movie Animators

December 2nd, 2011 12:44pm EST
Andy Serkis
Actor Andy Serkis has been "bombarded" with letters from several movie animators accusing him of taking too much credit for his characters in motion-capture films.

The Brit has found fame with a series of motion-capture performances, playing Gollum in the Lord of the Rings series and the title character in 2005's King Kong remake. He embraced the technology again this year with roles in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin.

However, Serkis reveals he has fallen foul of some experts who combined visual effects with his movements and facial expres...
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'Planet Of The Apes' Once Again Wins Weekend Box Office

August 15th, 2011 8:54am EDT
Planet of the Apes
Sci-fi blockbuster "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" has taken over the box office chart to score a second consecutive week at number one.

The "Planet of the Apes" prequel, directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring James Franco and Andy Serkis, stunned film experts last week when it debuted with takings of $54 million.

And the ape epic is still swinging from the top of the chart, racking up another $27.5 million in ticket sales. Its 10-day total now stands at a healthy $104.9 million.

New drama "The Help," based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett, opened in second place with $25.5 m...
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'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Kills 'The Change-Up' At Box Office

August 8th, 2011 9:54am EDT
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The "Planet Of The Apes" prequel has stunned film experts by opening with an impressive $54 million at the box office.

Ticket sales for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," starring James Franco and Andy Serkis, far exceeded industry expectations over the weekend, according to studio estimates.

The film appears to have taken much of the buzz from Ryan Reynolds' new comedy "The Change-Up," which opened with a disappointing $13.5 million.
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Top 10 Body Swap Movies

August 5th, 2011 8:33am EDT
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This weekend, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds will add their names to the long and distinguished list of actors who have tackled the “body swap” movie. In “The Change-Up,” Bateman and Reynolds play friends with drastically different lifestyles: Bateman is the devoted husband and father, Reynolds is the philandering playboy. After a night of drinking, the two wake up in each other’s bodies, something neither of them really wanted.

Body swap movies have been around for a long time and are usually quite entertaining, if formulaic and predictable. Here’s our list of the Top Ten Body Swap Movi...
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'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Review: 'Two Jews On Film' Applaud This SciFi Cautionary Tale (Video)

August 4th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
What makes 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' so unique is that it's the first live-action film to be told from the point of view of a sentient animal -- A chimpanzee--named Caesar...brilliantly portrayed by Andy Serkis, the world's foremost performance capture actor. Andy infuses Caesar with nuance, wisdom and most importantly... heart.

'Rise Of The Planets Of The Apes' is an origin story, in the truest sense of the word. It shows us what happens, when experiments in genetic engineering, leads scientists to produce an intelligent ape. The film is a cautionary tale that blends scifi wi...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,' 'The Change-Up,' & More

August 1st, 2011 9:39am EDT
Planet of the Apes
I was anxiously anticipating last week’s “Cowboys & Aliens,” hoping that it would effectively mix action and humor in the same way as director Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man” films. Favreau takes a more serious approach though, creating a stiff western that happens to include science fiction elements. While his idea is admirable, the movie is marred by poorly written dialogue and slow pacing. For more of my thoughts, check out my review.

Coming to theaters this week are the sci-fi prequel “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” the body swapping comedy “The Change-Up,” the international drama “The ...
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Peter Jackson Surprises Comic-Con Fans

July 23rd, 2011 10:00am EDT
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Moviemaker Peter Jackson received a standing ovation at Comic-Con in San Diego, California on Friday during a packed preview for Steven Spielberg's new movie Tin Tin.

More than 6,000 people packed into the annual convention's fabled Hall H to listen to Spielberg talk about his latest film and future ventures - but no one expected Jackson to make an appearance after the Lord of the Rings director told fans he would not be part of the 2011 Comic-Con in posts on his blog.

Spielberg introduced what appeared to be a clip of Jackson auditioning for the part of Captain Haddock in Tin Tin. As fil...
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Evangeline Lilly Cast In 'The Hobbit'

June 20th, 2011 1:54pm EDT
Evangeline Lily | Photo Credits: Marcia Campbell Photography/Fil
Lost's Evangeline Lilly has joined The Hobbit.

"Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character—the Woodland Elf, Tauriel," director Peter Jackson announced on Facebook. "Her name means 'daughter of Mirkwood' and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life."

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Tom Felton To Star In 'Planet Of The Apes' Prequel

November 18th, 2010 2:39pm EST
Tom Felton
Harry Potter villain Tom Felton is heading for another major movie franchise after confirming he's signed on for the Planet Of The Apes prequel.

However, the Brit won't be aping it up on screen in the film - he'll play a human in the film.

He tells WENN, "It's called Rise of The Apes and it is a fantastic story and explanation of how the apes from Planet of the Apes came to power. It's definitely one of the best scripts I've ever read. The first question my friends asked was, 'Are you playing a human?' and when I said yes they were quite disappointed - because they wanted to see me as a...
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Andy Serkis Pleased 'The Hobbit' Will Remain In New Zealand

October 28th, 2010 2:41pm EDT
Andy Serkis
Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis is "delighted" The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand after a union's dispute was resolved - because a move would have been devastating for the country's film industry.

All three of Peter Jackson's previous fantasy epics were filmed in the country, but plans to shoot the upcoming prequel there were thrown into jeopardy when local actors' unions instigated a boycott of the movie. Studio bosses threatened to relocate the picture to another country in a bid to avoid any further trouble, sparking mass demonstrations from supporters in New Zealand who want...
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Check Out 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy' On Blu-ray April 6

April 3rd, 2010 7:43am EDT
Lord OF The Rings trilogy
All three original theatrical films together for the first time on Blu-ray! Assisted by a Fellowship of heroes, Frodo Baggins plunges into a perilous trek to take the mystical One Ring to Mount Doom so that it and its magical powers can be destroyed and never possessed by evil Lord Sauron.

The astonishing journey begins in the first film of director/co-writer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy that redefined fantasy filmmaking. This imaginative foray into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth won four Academy Awards and earned 13 total nominations including Best Picture.

"The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy...
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'The Hurt Locker' Wins Big At BAFTAs; Kristen Stewart Wins Popularity Prize

February 22nd, 2010 8:42am EST
Kristen Stewart Looking hot At BAFTAs
The Hurt Locker stole the show at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday night - scooping six trophies including Best Film and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow. The war thriller also won prizes for original screenplay, cinematography, editing, and sound during the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.

Accepting her award for Best Director, Bigelow said, "What an honor, especially to be in this room filled with so many incredibly talented people that I've admired and been inspired by for decades."

Colin Firth saw off Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Ge...
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Novel Roots: Best & Worst Films Based Off Of Books

May 20th, 2008 11:17am EDT
The Bourne Ultimatum
Many filmmakers are taking on the challenge of turning classic novels into feature films. It's a challenge because many people have fallen in love with the books and don't want directors messing with them. There are many books that were translated poorly on the big screen, but there are films that are just as good as the book, if not better.

In no particular order, here is a look at some of the best and worst films that are based off books:

THE BEST

Atonement

Joe Wright directed the 2007 film "Atonement," which is based off of Ian McEwan's critically acclaimed novel. James...
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Golden Globes Ceremony May Be Cancelled But We Still Have Our Predictions

January 8th, 2008 3:17pm EST
Juno
The writers' strike has officially infiltrated awards season. The Golden Globes have been reduced to a lackluster news conference. That means no best and worst dressed list. No boozy celebrities making a fool of themselves. All that remains is an hour-long meeting at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with angry WGA picketers surrounding the premises.

So, until the Hollywood powers-that-be finally buckle down and give the writers what they want and deserve, we here at Starpulse are going to call the winners and losers. We looked at reviews, other expert predictions, viewer attitudes and who we ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 20

April 20th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Carmen Electra
Happy Birthday To actor Joey Lawrence (1976), actress/model Carmen Electra (1976), "King Kong" actor Andy Serkis (1964), "Willard" star Crispin Glover (1964), New York Yankees legend Don Mattingly (1961), R&B legend Luther Vandross (1951; d. 2005), "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" actress Veronica Cartwright (1950), "Broken Flowers" actress Jessica Lange (1949), model/actress Edie Sedgwick (1943), actor Ryan O'Neal (1941), "Star Trek" actor George Takei (1940), Latin jazz musician Tito Puente (1925; d. 2000), "Diamonds are Forever" actor Bruce Cabot (1904), Spanish painter Joan Miro (1893; ...
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Nintendo DS Equals Spy Gadget In 'Stormbreaker'

June 27th, 2006 1:45pm EDT
Nintendo DS
The hot-selling Nintendo DS will make its motion picture debut in the upcoming teen spy thriller Stormbreaker. Nintendo has signed an agreement with the film's producers that will turn the Nintendo DS into the ultimate spy gadget. Stormbreaker is based on the first in the popular Alex Rider series of books by Anthony Horowitz, which have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

After the murder of his uncle and guardian, the MI6 British spy agency recruits the reluctant 14-year-old Alex Rider to take over his uncle's mission. Like any good spy, during training he receives his key p...
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