News: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES teams up with the Jane Goodall Institute

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES movie poster | © 2017 20th Century Fox

While they both focus on chimpanzees, the PLANET OF THE APES film series and real-world primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall aren’t generally thought of together. However,20th Century Fox has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees in honor of the latest installment of the film franchise, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, due out July 14. Chimpanzees are hunted by humans in some areas for food, they are losing enormous amounts of habitat and some are unwisely kept as pets (great apes are very powerful and can, even unintentionally, inflict great bodily harm). Spread out […]Read On »

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THE EXORCIST: Director Rupert Wyatt gives the scoop on new Fox horror series – Exclusive Interview

THE EXORCIST TV Series logo | ©2016 Fox

Rupert Wyatt is primarily known as a feature film director for THE ESCAPIST, THE GAMBLER and the franchise reboot RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. However, when he read Jeremy Slater’s pilot script for Fox Network’s new series THE EXORCIST, the British filmmaker says it grabbed him. Indeed, Wyatt was so impressed that he not only directed the pilot, but also became one of THE EXORCIST’s executive producers. In the series THE EXORCIST, forty years have passed since the events that we saw in the 1973 film, based on William Peter Blatty’s novel (we see a news clipping that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES movie poster | ©2014 20th Century Fox

Stars: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer Writers: Mark Bomback and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Paul Dehn, based on the book PLANET OF THE APES by Pierre Boulle Director: Matt Reeves Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: July 11, 2014 By certain standards, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT is one of the most profitable films ever made. No, it didn’t have the worldwide box office grosses of, say, TITANIC, […]Read On »

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Interview: BRAVE composer Patrick Doyle bears the highlands

Patrick Doyle | ©2012 Patrick Doyle

If there’s one picture that Patrick Doyle was fated to be the composer of, then it’s no contest that movie is BRAVE, Pixar’s animated salute to all things Scottish in the form of a feisty lass named Merida. Like all modern, high-born Disney heroines, this red hair rebels against the chauvinist-conformist path set by her well-meaning royal parents, with her archery skills representing the sharply pointed spirit of her determination. Not only does Merida’s shooting skill outrage her highland clansmen and intended suitors, but her unbreakable will also ends up incurring a witch’s ursine curse- the rampaging results of which […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Michael Clarke Duncan locates THE FINDER

Michael Clarke Duncan in THE FINDER - Season 1| ©2012 Fox/Patrick Ecclesine

On Fox’s THE FINDER, which has its series finale tonight at 8 PM, Geoff Stults plays Walter Sherman, an Iraq war veteran who has survived a traumatic brain injury and is able to find anything or anyone. Developed from Richard Greener’s THE LOCATOR series of novels by Hart Hanson, who also brought BONES to television, THE FINDER was introduced on BONES as a backdoor pilot, with Walter as an old frenemy of the older show’s Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). In THE FINDER, Walter’s best friend/lawyer/protector is Florida bar owner Leo Knox, who is played by Michael Clarke Duncan. Duncan, who […]Read On »

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CD Review: The Best Scores of 2011

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS- PART TWO soundtrack | ©2011 Water Tower Music

THE BEST SCORES OF 2011 THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (Thomas Newman / Relativity) There’s always been something ethereal, if not downright unearthly about the dreamy, often rhythmic sound that’s allowed Thomas Newman to become the first alt. rocker to make it big as a film composer. It’s a sound that’s particularly well-suited to the spiritual, conveying a universe behind the walls of reality in such scores as THE RAPTURE, OSCAR AND LUCINDA and PHENOMENON. Now Newman’s on the side of the angels with hats for this moving, faith-based Phillip K. Dick adaptation. His mesmerizing mix employs strings and acoustic guitar, suspenseful […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES | © 2011 Fox Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES – If you can get past the flaws in the film that teeter on actually ruining it completely, then RISE is actually worth a watch and enjoyably so even without anyone screaming about “Damn dirty apes.” In essence, RISE is […]Read On »

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CD Review: RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES soundtrack | ©2011 Varese Sarabande Records

For a movie that’s about evolution, it’s fitting that Patrick Doyle, a composer once renowned for the classical orchestral sound of HENRY IV and DEAD AGAIN, would essentially turn himself into a master primate of the new Hollywood action sound- a similar jump up the blockbuster studio ladder that he took earlier this summer with THOR. But as with that thoroughly entertaining film and superhero score, the transfiguration of Doyle’s trademarked sound with pulsing electronic and orchestral rhythms is very much a good, if not pretty great thing, especially for the command and conquer goals of Caesar in RISE OF […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES movie poster | ©2011 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Frieda Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Tyler Labine Writers: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, suggested by the novel PLANET OF THE APES (LA PLANETE DE SINGES) by Pierre Boulle Director: Rupert Wyatt Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: Aug. 5, 2011 The original 1968 PLANET OF THE APES, based on Pierre Boulle’s novel, has been referenced, ripped off and used as a touchstone for so many different things in so many ways that, for many people, the movie is like a word that gets repeated so often it loses […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos From the Los Angeles Premiere of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

James Franco and Freida Pinto at the premiere of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES | ©2011 Sue Schneider

20TH Century Fox held the Los Angeles Premiere of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES on July 28th at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Fans lined the street, which was not closed off. So when the stars walked across the street to sign autographs they had to stop the traffic. The fans screamed very loudly for James Franco, Tom Felton and Rupert Grint. In the film, a single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other, and to the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. The CGI ape is from the Oscar-winning […]Read On »

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