Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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James Franco was on the Rise. Jason Clarke was there at Dawn. Now, there will be War. Dawn director Matt Reeves says the third installment set to hit theaters in 2017 will be called War of the Planet of the Apes.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ended with Caesar preaching about a budding war between the apes and the humans. War of the Planet of the Apes could take place moments, days, months or years after Caesar’s final scene. Also, Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke were last seen with hopes of military support against the ravenous apes.

War will likely be the biggest Apes film yet, with Caesar leading the war cries with his furry followers. Reeves told Collider that Caesar’s journey “is about him becoming the seminal figure for ape history. It’s like myth ascension, him becoming the ape Moses.” Caesar will lead his apes through the rigors of the human world. But who will win?

Mark your calendars for the third, and probably most epic chapter in the Apes trilogy. The film opens July 14, 2017.

Read the official synopsis from the mouth of Matt Reeves here:

As this story continues, we know that war is not avoided by the end of Dawn. That is going to take us into the world of what he is grappling with. Where he is going to be thrust into circumstances that he never, ever wanted to deal with, and was hoping he could avoid. And now he is right in the middle of it. The things that happen in that story test him in huge ways, in the ways in which his relationship with Koba haunts him deeply. It’s going to be an epic story. I think you’ve probably read that I sort of described it where in the first film was very much about his rise from humble beginnings to being a revolutionary. The second movie was about having to rise to the challenge of being a great leader in the most difficult of times. This is going to be the story that is going to cement his status as a seminal figure in ape history, and sort of leads to an almost biblical status. He is going to become like a mythic ape figure, like Moses.

Source: /Film, Collider

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After receiving news that Keri Russell and House of Cards star Maheshala Ali were joining Matthew McConaughey in Free State of Jones, we now get our first look at McConaughey as a war weary Civil War soldier. McConaughey will play Newton Knight, a farmer turned Confederate soldier.

The image above shows Knight thrust into battle pulling on to a young soldier’s coat in hopes of saving his life. The treacherous sky behind them represents the nation’s unrelenting peril.

Filming on Free State of Jones is currently underway in Louisiana and will continue to shoot in Jones County, Mississippi. Keri Russell will star alongside of McConaughey as his wife while Mahershala Ali will play an escaped slave who runs with Knight as they distance themselves from the Confederacy. Knight becomes indifferent to the South’s plans and flees to find serenity in Jones County, Mississippi. While in hiding, Knight plots a rebellion with farmers, slaves and townspeople of Jones County to manufacture a massive armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Jones County, Mississippi was also a mixed community at the time, which was incredibly controversial.

All three actors have found success while filming in Louisiana. Russell’s role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes received high praise. Ali played alongside Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. And Matthew McConaughey’s career resurgence was shot almost entirely in Louisiana, with roles in Killer Joe, Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective.

The Hunger Games director Gary Ross will produce and direct from his own script. Gary Ross started the Hunger Games franchise before leaving to direct other more “serious” projects, including Free State of Jones. It will be interesting to watch Ross direct major battle scenes compared to the common one-on-one battles we see in The Hunger Games. The release of the film is set for March 11, 2016.

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Matthew McConaughey’s Civil War drama The Free State of Jones adds Keri Russell and House of Cards star Mahershala Ali. Gary Ross, director of The Hunger Games, will produce and direct from the script he wrote.

Free State of Jones is currently in production in Louisiana. Russell will play the wife of Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey). Mahershala Ali will play an escaped slave who befriends Knight’s rebellion against the Confederacy.

It will be very interesting how McConaughey and Ali play together on screen. McConaughey returns to Louisiana after his brilliant portrayal of Detective Rust Cohle in HBO’s True Detective. 

Ali and Russell have both had stints filming in New Orleans over their careers. Russell starred in the recent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Ali played alongside Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

There is currently no release date for The Free State of Jones.

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TEASER: Baton Rouge-Shot ‘Fantastic Four’

by Arthur Vandelay on January 27, 2015


Many have been wondering where our first look at Fox’s super reboot of Fantastic Four has been hiding. Wonder no more. The teaser is here, it looks great and really has us excited for the final product.

The new film stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic), House of Cards star Kate Mara as Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman), Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing). Toby Kebbell, who did an outstanding job voicing Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, will again play the villain, Victor Domachev. If you want to see him in human form, I suggest checking out the excellent British tv series Black Mirror.

Chronicle director Josh Trank led the band of four through filming in Baton Rouge, most of which took place at Celtic Studios. Rumor has it they are back for reshoots in early 2015. Although, this trailer looks so good, that’s no cause for concern.

The Fantastic Four is set for a late summer release on August 7.

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20th-Century-Fox-Logo-web20th Century Fox has announced it is the first studio to gross over $1 billion in domestic box office sales this year. They’ve also crossed over the $2 billion mark in international sales, bringing the major’s 2014 worldwide cume to over $3 billion.

Although, Fox is the fastest overall this year, the studio didn’t quite beat its own record in 2010, when it crossed the billion-dollar domestic milestone on June 30.

Fox’s release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes put the studio over the top, collecting $104-million globally and $72.6 million domestically in its first weekend. The film has stolen the No. 1 market share position in twenty-six countries,  grossing a total of $132 million going into its second weekend in theaters. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes shot circa 85% of its footage in Louisiana.

The run started off strong for the company’s specialty division Fox Searchlight Pictures with The Grand Budapest Hotel. Even though Wes Anderson’s newest was only released in a handful of theaters, it still raked in more than $168 million worldwide.

Fox appealed to families with animated sequels such as Blue Sky Studios’ Rio 2 ($490 million worldwide to date) and DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 ($366 million in global sales with more international releases scheduled). 20th Century Fox’s The Other Woman ($195 million globally so far) starring Cameron Diaz appealed to female audiences, along with Fox 2000’s The Fault In Our Stars ($243 million worldwide), a tearjerker that featured another female protagonist.

Additionally, X-Men: Days Of Future Past contributed to the company’s earnings, becoming the highest-grossing movie so far in the X-Men franchise. Since it’s release in May, the film has collected $735 million globally making it the ninth title in the studio’s history to gross over $700 million worldwide.

Source: Deadline

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