Rise of the Planet of the Apes

  New director for ‘Planet of the Apes’ sequel

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Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves is finalizing a deal to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which itself was a prequel-reboot of the original Planet of the Apes films from the 1960s and 70s. Reeves replaces Rise director Rupert Wyatt, who reportedly left the project due to concerns about Fox’s announced release date of May 23, 2014. Andy Serkis will, however, reprise his performance-capture role as lead intelli-ape Caesar. No word yet whether costars James Franco and Freida Pinto will also be returning. Stay posted for more.


  ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ HD Captures + Clips

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I have added HD screen captures from the Blu-ray edition of Rise of the Planet of the Apes to the gallery. One of the last year’s biggest movies stars Freida Pinto, James Franco and Andy Serkis in a multi-award nominated performance as the ape Caesar. Simply click on the previews below to see all the captures.

Video clips from a few key scenes with Freida’s character Caroline have been added to the video archive, as well!


  ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Nominations

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The nominees for the 2011 International Press Academy Satellite Awards were unveiled on Thursday, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes got nominated twice! Not only did Andy Serkis get a much-deserved Actor in a Supporting Role-nomination for his portrayal of Caesar, but the movie got nominated (rightfully so) for Visual Effects as well. Huge congratulations to Andy and the effects team from WETA for their nominations. The winners will be presented with their awards on December 18.


  Andy Serkis Signs on for ‘Apes’ Sequel

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According to Deadline Hollywood (via MovieWeb), 20th Century Fox has come to terms with actor Andy Serkis to return for a Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel. The actor had only signed on for the first movie in his original deal, but it isn’t known how many sequels this new seven-figure deal includes.

Andy Serkis delivered a critically-acclaimed performance as the ape Caesar, which he portrayed via motion-capture. It isn’t known if James Franco or Freida Pinto will return, since the sequel is still in the early stages of development. Director Rupert Wyatt and screenwriters/producers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver will also return for the sequel.

It is also said that 20th Century Fox plans to wage an Oscar campaign for Andy Serkis’ performance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences haven’t recognized motion-capture work in the past, despite many fans clamoring for the actor to be recognized for his work in The Lord of the Rings and King Kong. We’ll have to wait and see if the Academy is more receptive to a motion-capture performance this time around.

Fingers crossed for more Freida in the next movie, too!


  Blu-ray & DVD ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

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Great news! One of this summer’s biggest movies (and surprises!) – Rise of the Planet of the Apes – is set to be released on Blu-ray and DVD on December 13 (and December 7th Internationally). From the Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and The Lord of the Rings came revolutionary new ground – a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate.

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray is loaded with bonus material including deleted scenes, making-of featurettes commentaries and more.

  • Feature Film
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alpha Gets Shot
  • Will’s Meeting with Lab Assistants
  • Will Discovers Caesar Has Solved Puzzles
  • Caesar Plays with Bicycle
  • Caesar Questions His Identity
  • Caesar Bites Off Neighbor’s Finger
  • Will Ignores the Risks of an Airborne Mutated Virus
  • Rodney Gives Caesar a Cookie
  • Rocket Gets Hosed by Dodge
  • Caesar Destroys the Lab and Koba’s Attempted Revenge on Jacobs
  • Caesar Pushes Helicopter
  • Koba with Shotgun
  • Pre-vis for The Future
  • Capturing Caesar – Script to Screen
  • Studying the Genius of Andy Serkis
  • Multi-Angle: Rocket Cookie Scene
  • A New Generation of Apes
  • Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries
  • Breaking New Sound Barriers: The Music and Sound Design of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Ape Facts
  • Chimpanzee
  • Gorilla
  • Orangutan
  • Audio Commentary by Director Rupert Wyatt
  • Audio Commentary by Writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
  • Character Concept Art Gallery
  • Three Theatrical Trailers

  ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Opens to $54 Million!

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Fantastic news! 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened to $54 million at the domestic box office—$20 million more than the best forecast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The pic easily placed No. 1. Overseas, the prequel also exceeded expectations, grossing a stellar $23.4 million from 25 territories, including only four major markets, Australia, Spain, Russia and Taiwan, where it came in No. 1. The worldwide total is already $77.4 million after just one weekend in theatres!

Rise of the Apes is particularly drawing notice for its photo-realistic apes, which were created by Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital using advanced performance capture technology. Andy Serkis plays the ape Caesar, and is the movie’s lead character.

“The combination of never-before-seen special effects combined with a powerful, emotional story made for a supremely satisfying epxerience at the movies,” Fox senior vice president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson said.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt, Rise of the Apes successfully relaunches the cult sci-fi franchise, and is a big win for the filmmakers and Fox’s marketing operation. Heading into the weekend, tracking suggested that the movie—also starring James Franco, Frida Pinto and John Lithgow–would open to $30 million to $35 million, tops. But the movie took on a life of its own when receiving an A- CinemaScore, in addition to rave reviews. Exit polls showed the movie appealing to all age groups, including younger audience members who don’t remember the franchise. More women than expected turned out, making up 46 percent of the audience. The origins pic was down 2% from Friday to Saturday, pointing to the pic’s growing buzz.

Rise of the Apes also is a big win for Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark’s Chernin Entertainment, since it’s the company’s first title. “We’re thrilled to launch Chernin Entertainment with a film that so positively resonated with audiences We’re proud of the artistic achievement of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as it is a testament to a smart script, great direction by Rupert Wyatt, stellar actor performances, the amazing visual effects created by the Weta team and the passion and dedication of the entire crew and our partners at 20th Century Fox,” Chernin and Clark said in a statement.

Huge congratulations to the cast and crew for, first of all, making a great movie, but also the huge success!


  ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ : $53 Million Opening

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According to the always-reliable The Hollywood Reporter, moviegoers continued to flock to 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes on Saturday, guaranteeing a better-than-expected opening of $53 million at the domestic box office!

The origins pic — headlining Andy Serkis as the ape Caesar — was down only 3% from Friday for a gross of $19.2 million, indicating strong word of mouth.

Rise of the Apes is exceeding all expectations, and breathes new life into the cult sci-fi franchise. Heading into the weekend, tracking suggested that the movie would open to $30 million to $35 million, tops. But the movie received an A- CinemaScore, in addition to garnering rave reviews, and is appealing to all age groups. More women than expected turned out, making up 44 percent of the audience, according to exit polls.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt and also starring James Franco, Freida Pinto and John Lithgow, Apes is especially whipping up buzz for the photo-realistic apes, which were created by Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital using advanced performance capture technology. The film, made for $93 million, was co-financed by Fox, Dune Entertainment and Ingenious.

The weekend’s other new offering, Universal’s R-rated Ryan Reynods-Jason Bateman comedy The Change-Up, isn’t faring as well, and looks to gross a soft $14 million for the weekend, notably less than the summer’s other raunchy comedies.


  ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Box Office Report

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Awesome news, everyone! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was on course to gross $18 million on Friday in a sizeable start for the origins pic. The opening day performance means the movie — headlining Andy Serkis as the ape Casesar — should open in the mid $40 million (!) range at the domestic box office, successfully relaunching the classic sci-fi franchise.

Rise of the Apes was playing well across the country, including among various ethnic groups.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt and also starring James Franco, Freida Pinto and John Lithgow is drawing rave reviews, particularly for the photo-realistic apes, which were created by Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital using advanced performance capture technology.

Moviegoers agreed with critics in liking the movie, and gave it an A- CinemaScore, according to Friday night exit polls. Tracking had been soft among women, but interest picked up noticeably late this week. It showed at Friday’s box office, with females making up 44% of the audience. The movie skewed older, with 59% of the audience over the age of 25.

The film, made for $93 million, was produced by Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark’s Chernin Enertainment and co-financed by Fox, Dune Entertainment and Ingenious.

Rise of the Apes earned $1.3 million in midnight runs, nearly double the $700,000 earned in midnight grosses last week by Cowboys & Aliens.

Elsewhere at the domestic box office, Universal’s R-rated body switching comedy The Change-Up, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, underperformed, grossing around $4.5 million. Directed by David Dobkin, the comedy is expected to only open in the low to mid teens for the weekend.

Return later for more box office reports for this exciting opening weekend!


  ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ in Theatres Today!

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It’s finally here: Rise of the Planet of the Apes is unleashed in US theatres today! The movie, directed by Rupert Wyatt, stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, Tom Felton, John Lithgow, Brian Cox and Andy Serkis as Caesar. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

The movie has been given rave reviews so far, with a certified fresh-rating of 81% on RottenTomatoes.com! I’ve included a few reviews from various magazines below.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to see this movie! Not only for Freida Pinto, but it actually seems to be such an interesting and great film. And the fact that it’s been praised by the critics doesn’t get me less psyched to see it! So be sure to visit your local cinema this weekend and watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes! It seems to be way worth your time – and money.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes does it right. Smart, fun and thoroughly enjoyable, it’s a model summer diversion that entertains without insulting your intelligence.”
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Strong action, special effects and by far the most credible ape “performances” yet seen will spell box office to inspire chest-thumping in all markets.”
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

“This movie is a worthy claimant to the simian throne and the rare summer blockbuster that gets more, not less, fun as it goes along.”
Dana Stevens, Slate

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes is this summer’s best popcorn flick.”
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

“Rises above its dramatic deficits, boosts the collective IQ of this summer’s movies and swings into flights of kinetic fantasy that blow the collective mind.”
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes is first-class entertainment, packed with clever, unsettling and even inspired ideas.”
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune


  ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

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Here are the screen captures of Freida Pinto on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that I promised to add! They’re all in HD (is there a better way to view a photo of Freida!?) for your viewing pleasure. I absolutely love this interview, Freida’s awesome talking about Small Wonders, the “heat wave” (really? said Freida) in New York and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Click on the previews below to see all the captures in HD.

Speaking of talk shows, Freida Pinto will appear on The View along with James Franco and Andy Serkis today! Check back to Freida Pinto Fan later for coverage.