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The surprisingly thoughtful prequel trilogy comes to a powerful conclusion with this robust, dramatic thriller, which avoids most of the annoying cliches of action blockbusters to offer something much deeper. As before, the film is anchored by a startlingly realistic motion-capture performance from Andy Serkis that fills the screen with complex emotions.
As the lab-created virus continues to sweep across the world, killing humans and giving sentient abilities to apes, a tenacious Colonel (Woody Harrelson) is making one last stand for mankind. While raiding a nearby ape village, he kills ape leader Ceasar's (Serkis) family, which finally convinces Caesar that peace with humans won't be possible. With revenge in mind, Caesar takes his faithful orangutan advisor Maurice (Karin Konoval) on a mission to track down the Colonel while arranging for the colony to make its escape. Along the way, Caesar reluctantly rescues an abandoned little girl (Amiah Miller) and a chatty orphaned ape (Steve Zahn). Meanwhile, the Colonel has holed up in a military base awaiting reinforcements from the north to wipe out the apes for good.
Unlike most action movies, this film plays out patiently, with long scenes that reveal internal motivations, deepening the characters and situations profoundly. Director Matt Reeves never rushes through a set-piece, allowing them to evolve organically, even if there are a couple of oddly convenient plot points later on. The point is that the film centres on the internalised thoughts and feelings of the characters, rather than their physicality in the big action moments. Which of course draws us into the complexities of the story and forces us to consider the bigger ideas swirling around. This also means that scenes never play out in predictable ways, constantly surprising the audience with refreshing twists that undermine and redefine the genre.
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Serkis was 'Lord of the Rings' super-fan Stephen Colbert's guest on 'The Late Show' on Tuesday.
The 53 year old English actor, whose work in the field of motion-capture technology is legendary and who used it to portray Smeagol / Gollum, stopped by ‘The Late Show’ on Tuesday night (July 11th) to discuss his new project, War For the Planet of the Apes.
However, as Colbert is wont to do, discussion inevitably turned to the president Donald Trump. A regular feature of late night shows, particularly Jimmy Kimmel’s, is reading out mean tweets, so Colbert launched his own variant of this and asked his guest if he would reprise his memorable character of Gollum in order to read out some of Trump’s infamous tweets.
Robin Cavendish seems to have everything. He is handsome, educated, extraordinarily intelligent and has a loyal wife named Diana and a baby son named Jonathan. But disaster strikes during a trip to Kenya in 1958 and he is struck down with polio, rendering him unable to move any of his limbs or even breathe by himself. At just 28, he believes his life to be over as he is flown back to England only to lie in another hospital bed on a respirator. But it is his wife who encourages him to keep on living.
She removes him from hospital and returns him to the comfort of his own home, while his Oxford graduate friend Teddy Hall begins work on a special wheelchair with a mobile respirator which would allow Robin to travel. His long-term survival exceeds all doctors' expectations, and far from his life being over, he becomes a staunch activist for disabled people and helps in the development of numerous devices that would go on to improve the quality of life of responauts (as such people as him are dubbed) a thousand-fold.
'Breathe' is a romantic biopic based on the life of the real Robin Cavendish - a man who did extraordinary things with a diagnosis that would have killed most people within a few years - and his fiercely faithful wife Diana who nursed and encouraged him. It has been directed by accomplished actor Andy Serkis (star of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and 'Lord of the Rings') in his directorial debut, and written by the Academy Award nominated William Nicholson ('Gladiator', 'Les Miserables'). Serkis has lately been directing his second film, 'Jungle Book', which is due out in 2018.
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The film is doing incredibly well with the critics.
Andy Serkis returns to the role of Caesar in upcoming film 'War For The Planet Of The Apes'; the sequel to the 2014 release 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'. Starring opposite Woody Harrelson as a Colonel intent on taking Caesar and his band of apes down in order to survive, the pair quickly come to realise that it's either human or ape who will come out of the chaos with the upper hand.
'War For The Planet Of The Apes' has made an incredible impression so far...
Matt Reeves directs the film with a screenplay from Mark Bomback and Rick Jaffa, whilst the likes of Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer and Amiah Miller star alongside Serkis and Harrelson.
Continue reading: What Do The Critics Think Of 'War For The Planet Of The Apes'?
Warner Bros. Pictures chief Toby Emmerich teases the upcoming flick.
Despite being brought to fans as an animated Disney classic and, more recently as a live-action adaptation that gained huge critical acclaim, there will be yet another 'Jungle Book' movie coming to fans soon, based once again on the original material by author Rudyard Kipling.
Toby Emmerich teases the new 'Jungle Book' movie
Though it's not set for release until October in 2018, talk and rumours surrounding the film are now beginning to boil to the surface. We know that Serkis will be using motion capture to bring the animals to life on the big screen, but aside from that we've been low on details. This week, some more have crept out.
Continue reading: Andy Serkis Has Major Differences In His 'Jungle Book' Movie
Get your first look at the upcoming Marvel flick.
There have been whispers of a live action 'Black Panther' adaptation since the 90s, and now it's finally on its way with Chadwick Boseman in the lead role of T'Challa the leader of the fictitious and mysterious African nation Wakanda. It's the Marvel Cinematic Universe's eighteenth film.
Chadwick Boseman plays the Black Panther
In the first teaser trailer for the forthcoming Marvel film we get our first glimpse of Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis in their respective roles of the Joint Counter Terrorism Center's Everett K. Ross and South African gangster (and the Black Panther's nemesis) Ulysses Klaue or Klaw.
It's been thirty years since the Rebel Alliance; led by the noble Luke Skywalker, the intrepid Princess Leia and the lionhearted Han Solo; finally defeated Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire, alongside his redeemed assistant Darth Vader. The second Death Star was reduced to rubble, and the galaxy was free from a tyrannous evil once more. If only that were true. For there can never be good without evil, and sure enough another Dark Lord, Supreme Leader Snoke, has arisen to take the Emperor's place, with even more brutal plans for the civilians across the stars. But this time there are also new heroes, better equipped to deal with the ever looming terror thanks to an example set by the now ageing former Han, Luke and Leia. They are now preparing to help a vindicated former stormtrooper named Finn, an independent scavenger called Rey, and Poe Dameron who is a Resistance X-Wing pilot.
Continue: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
The 'Sherlock' star and Sophie Hunter have welcomed their first child after marrying earlier this year.
Benedict Cumberbatch is celebrating parenthood
In a statement, a spokesman for the 'Sherlock' star said: "Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful son.
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30 years ago, the Rebel Alliance struck their killing blow against the Galactic Empire. The Emperor has been defeated, and his right hand man, Darth Vader, is dead. The second Death Star has been destroyed, and celebration reigned across the galaxy. But it was not the victory we once thought it was. With Imperial soldiers scattered across the galaxy, the Storm Troopers have rallied behind a new leader, a new Dark Lord of the Sith. But old heroes will rise once again, and come out of retirement, to once again wage war across the stars. The Force has awakened once more.
Continue: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
They've fought private military corporations, Nazi splinter-groups and a Norse god. Now, The Avengers assemble once again to celebrate their success. But when a new project from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reveals itself to be sentient and ready to bring the world to its knees, The Avengers are ready to fight amongst themselves while the threat of Ultron (James Spader) grows his strength, and gains allegiance from Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Meanwhile, Stark is seeing hostility from Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) while Captain America (Chris Evans) desperately tries to bring the team back together to stop the Age of Ultron.
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20th Century Fox wants Andy Serkis to be Oscar nominated.
British actor Andy Serkis, the man behind one of the year's best movies - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - as launched his Oscars campaign for the sci-fi drama. Serkis plays King Ape Caesar in the gripping movie and 20th Century Fox wants the Academy to recognise his role when the nominations are announced in January.
Andy Serkis [R] shooting Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
It is likely that, should Serkis be nominated, it would be in the category of Best Supporting Actor. That would probably see him up against JK Simmons (the big favourite for Whiplash), Mark Ruffalo, Edward Norton and Ethan Hawke.
It turns out, still not very much
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out one year today. This is huge news for the legions of fans that are eagerly awaiting J. J. Abrams’ take on the epic Episode VII. But does anyone know anything about what this new enterprise will entail?
The countdown to Star Wars: The Force Awakens has begun
One person who certainly has more than a bit of a clue is Andy Serkis who has cryptically admitted that he plays one character in the film.
Continue reading: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Has A Year To Go. But What Do We Know?
Set three decades after the devastating events of 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi', the latest instalment sees a whole new adventure for Luke Skywalker and company, as both the light and dark of the universe clash once again. Episode VII, entitled 'Star Wars:
A lot has happened since the Battle of New York. The world was attacked by Norse God, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), causing a united force of tech super-hero Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reanimated World War Two super soldier Captain America (Chris Evans) and Loki's brother - the Norse God of thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Two years on, the Avengers have worked to defeat evil in Godly realm of Asgard, on planet Earth, and within S.H.I.E.L.D., the organisation that brought them together in the first place. Now, with Iron Man in retirement and S.H.I.E.L.D. in disarray, the world is suddenly threatened by Ultron (James Spader), a robot who seeks to destroy the Avengers now that he has been unshackled.
Continue: Avengers: Age Of Ultron - Teaser Trailer
Andy Serkis has unveiled an impressive cast list for his upcoming Jungle Book remake for Warner Bros.
Hot on the heels of Disney announcing their star filled Jungle Book cast, Warner Brothers have unveiled an equally impressive list of names for their 2016 adaptation. Jungle Book: Origins will mark the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, who has put together an enticing list of well known names to help bring Rudyard Kipling’s famous characters to life. So let’s find out who’s playing who so far in the much anticipated Jungle Book: Origins.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan
Scroll down for a look at the sombre trailer, further for some great pictures from the upcoming movie and further still for the brand new poster!
As promised by the release of Smaug from Eribor, war has descended upon Middle Earth and threatens to strip landscape of peace, serenity and beauty. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies finally has its first full trailer.
Martin Freeman looks on with dispair in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies
In this trailer, a despondent Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) speaks solemnly of what he’ll remember of his incredible journey to Eribor and the consequences of his actions. "One day I'll remember. Remember everything that happened here - the good, the bad, those who survived and those that did not.”
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' has zoomed past its production budget to establish itself as a true hit of 2014.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes confirmed itself as one of the biggest cinematic success stories of 2014 this weekend, holding off three new releases to top the box office for a second successive week with £36 million. The critically acclaimed movie swatted away competition from all corners, with horror The Purge: Anarchy, children's animation Planes: Fire and Rescue and comedy Sex Tape all failing to land significant blows.
Andt Serkis [R] shoots 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
Following on from 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 'Dawn' benefitted from hugely positive reviews to take around half of its opening weekend haul of $72.6 million. The movie has grossed $138.9 million so far.
The critically acclaimed sci-fi sequel has pushed the art of motion capture even further
Motion-capture technology has come a long way since it was first used in a major release for the 2001 sci-fi adventure Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. But in that movie as well as Robert Zemeckis' three performance-capture animated films - The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007) and A Christmas Carol (2009) - there was a severe "dead eye" problem, as the figures didn't look properly alive.
On set with Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
James Cameron overcame this with Avatar (also 2009). But it was the collaboration between filmmaker Peter Jackson and actor Andy Serkis that pushed the technology even further in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, as well as King Kong. Now Serkis has become the go-to guy for performance-capture, from working with Steven Spielberg on The Adventures of Tintin (2011) to coaching Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk on the set of The Avengers (2012).
Continue reading: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Redfines Motion Capture
Will the Academy recognise Andy Serkis' stunning performance in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'?
Gary Oldman says he has doubts over Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Oscars chances - specifically those of Andy Serkis, who plays ape leader Caesar. The movie is comfortably one of the most critically acclaimed cinematic offerings of the year, though Serkis' co-star Oldman is wary of the O-word.
Andy Serkis [R] on the set of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
"There isn't a review that hasn't said how wonderful he [Serkis] is," Oldman told Digital Spy, "The audiences and critics acknowledge the work but I just don't know if it's the sort of thing that the Academy will accept."
Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) ramps up this reboot franchise with a strikingly well-written action-drama, which takes an unusually complex route through the story. By refusing to have any simplistic villains, the film encourages viewers to see all sides of the conflict, which draws out vivid emotions and some unusually relevant political themes. It's also a technical triumph, obliterating the line between animation and actors.
It's been 10 years since the events of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Caesar (Andy Serkis) has built a thriving ape community in the woods north of San Francisco. They haven't seen any humans in years, since the simian flu has killed all but one in every 500 people. But there's a tenacious group of human survivors in the city, and when Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and his team venture out to search for a source of hydroelectric power, they run into the ape community. Both Caesar and Malcolm are willing to talk about cooperating, but Caesar's second in command Koba (Toby Kebbell) finds it impossible to trust men after they so viciously tortured him as a young chimp. And Malcolm's sidekick Carver (Acevedo) is more than a little trigger happy, as is the community's leader Dreyfus (Oldman) back in the city.
Instead of concentrating on the conflict between apes and men, the film's perspective is through their family units. Caesar's mate Cornelia (Judy Greer) has just given birth to a son, while their older son Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) struggles to make sense of the clash between humans and apes. Meanwhile, Malcolm's scientist partner Ellie (Keri Russell) and his observant teen son Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee) offer similar emotions from the human side. The script's clear suggestion is that the next generation may offer more hope for understanding, which makes the stakes startlingly high as violence threatens to break out. Indeed, the film is a bracing exploration of how our decisions today will affect our future.
Continue reading: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Review
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