Planet of the Apes

Oct. 13, 2014 | 7:23 a.m.

‘Planet of the Apes: Evolution of the Legend': Exclusive first look

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (2014) concept art of the apes hunting wildlife in the forest. (TM & © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved)
Fans of “Planet of the Apes” can get a behind-the-scenes look at the series’ production in “Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend,” out Tuesday from Titan Books. The 256-page tome, from authors Joe Fordham of Cinefex and Jeff Bond (“Danse Macabre: 25 years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton,” “The Music of Star Trek”), features production art, costume designs, makeup tests, posters, interviews with key crew members, and rare photos from the Charlton Heston-starring 1968 adaptation of Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel “La Planète des Singes” all the way through this year’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which starred Andy Serkis as ape leader Caesar. The book also features a foreword by “An American Werewolf in London” director John Landis, who portrayed a friend of Jake (Michael Stearns) in 1973’s “Battle for the Planet of the […]
July 26, 2014 | 11:23 a.m.

Comic-Con: IDW announces ‘Star Trek to the Planet of the Apes,’ more

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Capt. Kirk, meet Col. Taylor. IDW Publishing is boldly going there, with “Star Trek to the Planet of the Apes,” an intercompany crossover with Boom Studios. It’s landing in January, IDW announced Friday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego during its “Rock This Town” panel. “It’s a madhouse! It seems like David and I get the fun phone calls,” Scott Tipton said of himself and his writing partner brother, who have teamed on “Star Trek” and “Doctor Who” titles at the company, adding that they worked to find a space within the “Planet of the Apes” movies’ chronology to work in a visit from the Starship Enterprise. He made clear that the cosmically weird crossover will be based on the franchises’ original casts: “Classic ‘Apes’ to me means Heston,” he said. The art will be by Rachel Stott. The […]
July 09, 2014 | 6:40 a.m.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ video: No villains allowed

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In the new film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” it can be a bit confusing whom to root for. Or, more accurately, there’s no one to clearly root against. Audiences come to sympathize with both the small band of humans struggling to survive in what’s left of San Francisco some 10 years after a worldwide plague plunged civilization into a new dark age, and also with the colony of apes, led by the chimpanzee Caesar, who have built up a society of their own. When the two cultures clash, there are bound to be only losers, no winners. After a recent Hero Complex screening of the film, director Matt Reeves sat down with stars Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman to discuss the highly anticipated sequel. A longtime fan of the “Apes” series going back to its original incarnation, […]
July 08, 2014 | 6:45 a.m.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ video: Apes riding horses and more

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At the recent Hero Complex screening of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” director Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman were on hand for a conversation after the film. Picking up the story 10 years after the end of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” the new film concerns a small band of human survivors stumbling upon a colony of apes whose civilization has grown more sophisticated. After attempting to peacefully coexist, tensions build between the two groups and escalates to all-out war. Despite being a summer popcorn blockbuster, the film also plays as a strong character drama, with thematic parallels between the humans, including characters played by Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell, and the apes, portrayed by Serkis, Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer and others using performance-capture technology. Even when the film gets to […]
July 07, 2014 | 1:54 p.m.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ video: Serkis on being ‘in the moment’

Caesar on screen. (Los Angeles Times)
With a series of roles that includes Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” series, the title role in “King Kong” and now Caesar the chimpanzee in the two most recent “Planet of the Apes” films,  Andy Serkis has been redefining screen acting. Exploring what is now called performance-capture technology, in which an actor will perform with other actors and then be replaced with digitally created imagery based upon that performance, Serkis has given the process an unexpected legitimacy. Instead of limiting his range, he’s found a way to interface with the technology in an emotionally resonant way. In the new “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Serkis reprises his role as Caesar. As the new film opens some 10 years after the end of the previous film, Caesar has led a colony of apes to new levels of […]
July 04, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': ‘Godfather’ inspires Serkis’ Caesar

Before Francis Ford Coppola shot “The Godfather,” he gathered his cast for a meal during which the actors all reflexively began deferring to Marlon Brando, establishing a crucial dynamic of the film. Last April in a forest in British Columbia, when director Matt Reeves wanted to inaugurate another feared and respected screen leader, Andy Serkis’ simian ruler, Caesar, in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” he remembered that story, which Coppola had shared with him at a film class. “I had imagined that Caesar was the Don Corleone of the apes,” Reeves said. Reeves sent his cast of ape actors through improvisations to help establish Serkis’ character as the alpha. “The emotional life of the apes was the thing I was desperate to explore.” And just as Brando relied on a quiet virility to communicate Corleone’s authority, Serkis built […]
June 18, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': See it early, free, with Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman and Matt Reeves

Excited to see “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”? How about watching it with stars Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman and director Matt Reeves? Hero Complex will host a free screening of the new Fox film, presented in Dolby Atmos, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 30, at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. Following the screening, Serkis, Oldman and Reeves will take the stage for an extended Q&A about the making of the movie, which is due to arrive in theaters July 11. Set 10 years after 2011’s breakout hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” posits a world where apes have developed their own civilization and human sightings are rare. When a group of survivors — including Jason Clarke’s Malcolm, a single father and former architect; Keri Russell’s Ellie, a […]
June 06, 2014 | 2:52 p.m.

‘2001’ and beyond: Neil deGrasse Tyson names his top 10 sci-fi films

Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson will host the new documentary series, "Cosmos." (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)
Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken television audiences on a tour through the universe with his series, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” which concludes its 13-episode run on Fox Sunday and on National Geographic Monday, before arriving on Blu-ray Tuesday. But when the acclaimed astrophysicist turns to the skies for entertainment, what does he like to watch? Hero Complex reached out to the man himself to find out. Find his picks for his 10 favorite sci-fi films — and one distinguished runner-up, in his own words below. I like big-budget science fiction films. My list, with two exceptions, bears this out. I want science fiction films to stretch the talent and imagination of visual effects experts. And the film above all else should create a vision of the future we either know that we don’t want, or know that we do. The […]
May 20, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

Exclusive: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ prequel book’s 1st chapter

The cover of the prequel novel, "Firestorm."
The July 11 release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” can’t come soon enough. In the meantime, get your fill of ape-on-human warfare with “Firestorm,” the official “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” prequel novel written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Hero Complex has an exclusive excerpt of the book’s first chapter, in full below. “Firestorm,” due out from Titan on May 27, promises to bridge the gap between the upcoming sequel and the 2011 hit film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” directed by Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield,” “Let Me In”), is set 10 years after the earlier movie, a reboot of the sci-fi franchise inspired by Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel that brought in more than $480 million at the worldwide box office. The new film from Warner Bros. posits […]
May 08, 2014 | 8:13 a.m.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ trailer showcases ape community, brewing war

The new trailer for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has arrived, showcasing the film’s apocalyptic vistas and the ape civilization that has taken hold. Set 10 years after the earlier movie, a reboot of the sci-fi franchise inspired by Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel that brought in more than $480 million at the worldwide box office, the new film posits a world where apes have developed their own community and human sightings are rare. When a group of survivors — including Jason Clarke’s Malcolm, a single father and former architect; Keri Russell’s Ellie, a nurse; and Gary Oldman’s Dreyfus, the leader of the human colony in the ruins of San Francisco — seeks to restore electrical power to San Francisco, it comes into conflict with the rapidly expanding tribe of apes, led by Andy Serkis’ Caesar. The orphaned offspring […]
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