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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Extended TV Spot Rides Through Fire

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Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is about to take over the known theatrical world, but 20th Century Fox doesn’t want you to forget about their biggest movie release of the summer, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. They’re planning to unveil a new, and final, trailer tomorrow, but that’s not going to keep them from pumping up their film today. Earlier, they released the first clip from the movie, but now we’ve got an extended TV spot to add to that, as well as a brief teaser to remind you about the full trailer tomorrow.

After watching this video, it’s hard to imagine what more they want out of a full trailer. This teases your appetite for the action, lays out the basic story and conflict, and has both Gary Oldman firing a rocket launcher and apes on horseback riding through flames. Anything else they want to tell us about their movie is just icing on the cake at this point.

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Jared Leto May Replace Will Smith In Superpowered Adventure Brilliance

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jared letoLet’s all go back in time to the year 1995, when pre-production began on Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day, the film that would turn popular rapper Will Smith into an international superstar. Can you possibly imagine what kind of madness would have occurred if he had dropped out of that film, only to be replaced by Jared Leto, who had just wrapped his run as heartthrob Jared Catalano on the short-lived MTV drama My So-Called Life? (Alternately, what if Will Smith was in Requiem for a Dream?) In any case, that particular actor substitution is currently in the works for Legendary Pictures’ big-budget thriller Brilliance, as Leto is currently in talks to take over the role vacated by Smith at the end of last month.

Leto is not the go-to name when it comes to genre flicks, especially after the massive success he has enjoyed following his superb return to acting in Jean-Marc Vallée’s AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club. Considering he took home the Best Supporting Actor award at the Academy Awards earlier this year for his role as the transgendered Rayon, one would normally assume that his next project would be soaked in prestige and awards buzz. Now, I’m not saying there’s a complete lack of critical depth for a Heroes-ish novel adaptation about superpowers gone wrong, but I’m thinking it loudly.

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Godzilla Is The Box Office King In China

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godzillaTasks don’t get more impossible than trying to stop a 350-foot monster from taking over the world, and Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla has done a fine job of proving that when it comes to raking in the moolah at the box office. In the ever expanding, Hollywood-loving market of China, Godzilla opened to a robust $36 million weekend, marking the largest ever Chinese debut of a Warner Bros. film. We assume that’s only because Veronica Mars didn’t open there, as everyone knows China loves snarky blonde detectives, right?

This is yet another big boost for America’s latest creature feature, as China raised Godzilla‘s global box office total to over $440 million, with less than half of that, $191 million, coming from U.S. ticket sales. Though China’s was the only opening, the blockbuster still took in over $38 million this weekend from 63 international markets. Even though the production budget was estimated at $160 million, with untold millions thrown into that massive marketing campaign, it’s safe to call Godzilla a profitable motion picture.

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Even More Reports Surface Refuting Those Star Wars: Episode VII Villain Rumors

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In perhaps the least surprising turn of events today, those rumors about potential villains in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII that made the rounds yesterday are being totally refuted today. Shocker, I know, that unsubstantiated hearsay based on the word of an unnamed source could turn out to be false. Weird. Then again, the rebuttal is also unsubstantiated hearsay based on the word of an unnamed source, so make of this what you will.

Just know that there are potential SPOILERS to follow, maybe, who can even tell at this point, we certainly can’t. But if you’re trying not to hear anything about the new adventure to that far, far away galaxy, you should probably stop reading at this juncture.

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Licensing Expo Provides New Looks At Jurassic World, Terminator, And Many More

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The annual Licensing Expo is underway in Las Vegas. This is traditionally where we get our first look at the potential marketing materials, logos, and whatnot for tons of upcoming films and TV shows. As far as genres go, they run the gamut, but there is always a rather strong sci-fi showing in the house, and this year is no exception.

These images, from Coming Soon, feature things that are coming up on the schedule shortly, even a few movies and shows that we’ll actually see this summer, as well as things that are barely in the planning stages and that we won’t lay eyes on for years to come. But when has it ever been too early to get excited for an exciting science fiction project, or a new adaptation of a beloved property?

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The Rover TV Spot Leaves You For Dead

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While Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is easily the next big sci-fi movie on the agenda, before that spectacle explodes all over the world in a little less than two weeks, there’s one more that we’re rather excited for: David Michod’s (Animal Kingdom) The Rover. This bleak post-apocalyptic tale makes movies like Mad Max look downright festive when held up in comparison, and it’s also the latest addition to my running list of favorite movies of the year. This new short spot paints a grim, desolate picture, but one that is an accurate depiction of the film.

The one possible bit of misrepresentation in this video from the film’s Facebook page, is that you get the distinct impression that this is an action movie, or at least action heavy. It isn’t. There are shootouts and scenes that are best described as car chases, but instead of playing them as straight action, Michod, who also wrote the screenplay, stages everything for tension, not frantic movement. Every single element is designed to create an atmosphere full of tight pressure. This is not a lighting fast movie. The Rover is a deliberate, gradual burn, methodical in every detail, especially when it comes to pace.