Although the film will not be released until May 2014, we’ve got a first look at the production of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The sequel to 2011’s surprise hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes should be one of the most anticipated movies of summer 2014. The leaked location images below show off the production’s multiple motion-capture ape actors in the forests of Vancouver, Canada, including Andy Serkis as Caesar. Keri Russell and Jason Clarke were also spotted, playing some of the film’s human characters.
There are certain things that need to happen to make a proper Star Wars movie: an opening title card that reads “A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away,” lightsabers, and C-3PO & R2-D2. While the first two are locks to be featured in the new Star Wars: Episode VII, it’s unclear whether or not Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker (played by C-3PO & R2-D2, respectively, in all of the Star Wars movies) will return to the new Star Wars trilogy. No casting choices have been made official yet, but it appears Anthony Daniels isn’t worried about being featured in the new movie.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Daniels talked briefly about reprising his role as C-3PO in Star Wars: Episode VII. It wouldn’t feel like a Star Wars movie without the line, “I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations,” featured somewhere in the film. Daniels says:
It’s all very early days and I don’t want to wear anybody out by speculating or letting you waste your energy by saying ‘What do you think?’ I’m certainly not sitting by the phone, but it’s always nice when it rings. Do you know what I mean? It never occurred to me that it would happen. Everybody’s really happy that Disney have taken over the mantle. Kathy Kennedy is so well loved and she is carrying George Lucas’s torch so much further.
While Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker were physically inside of the C-3PO and R2-D2 costumes in the original Star Wars trilogy, their roles might be limited in the new sequel trilogy. Considering that CGI versions of C-3PO and R2-D2 played heavily in the prequel trilogy, it’s most likely that the actors would be replaced on J.J. Abrams’ new film. That’s not to say Anthony Daniels wouldn’t voice the gold-plated droid, but he might get to skip the long hours in a sweaty, metal costume.
Star Wars: Episode VII is expected in theaters sometime in 2015.
Science fiction has toyed with the idea of organic spacecraft for decades, with quite a few varieties gracing the big and small screens over the years. There was Farscape’s Moya, Babylon 5’s Vorlon ships, even Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “Tin Man.” But what if all of the spaceships out there were organic? It’s one of those bizarre questions that might flit through your mind on a lazy Tuesday afternoon, but then most of us would get distracted and move on. Not artist Josh Ln, however. He peeled back the hulls of numerous famous fictional starships and gave us a look at the bones that hold them together. Just don’t ask me where the crew is supposed to fit, because there are some things it’s better not to think about.
It’s be something of an understatement to say that Star Wars is back in the public eye these days in a way it hadn’t been for a long time. The prequels left many die-hard Star Wars fans disenchanted or downright infuriated. We’ve at least had plenty of cool Expanded Universe stuff to scratch our itch for the galaxy far, far away, but now our near future includes an entire new trilogy, possible spin-off movies, and who knows what else. While the future of Star Wars is filled with potential, in the meantime it’s worth looking back at the things we loved most about Lucas’ original trilogy. Your guide through nostalgia: that rather awesome retrospective video up above.
With The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s first teaser trailer set to premiere during the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday April 14th, Lionsgate released a new image from The Hunger Games sequel. The image features Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) reunited with her sister, Primrose (Willow Shields). If you recall, Katniss volunteered to be the female District 12 Tribute in place of her sister for the 74th Hunger Games in the first movie, so this reunion was long in the making.
Lionsgate also launched the website TheHungerGamesExplorer.com, which appears to feature a countdown clock to when the first teaser trailer will be released, as well as six new images that will also be unlocked periodically. At the moment, only two of the six images are viewable. The website also features various social media tools and locations such as Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire follows Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) as they return to District 12 as newly crowned champions of the 74th Hunger Games. Their homecoming is short-lived, because the pair soon sets out on a Victory Tour of the other Districts of Panem. While on the Victory Tour, Katniss begins to understand the budding rebellion against the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Katniss and Peeta later participate in the Third Quarter Quell, or 75th Hunger Games, which is comprised of the past winners of the last 25 Hunger Games.
It’s well established that the Internet is composed of twenty-five percent cat pictures and seventy-four percent pornography, and God help you if you stumble into the middle of that Venn diagram. But the collective hive-mind of the world-wide webs is a strange and surreal place, and its fixations — planking, for instance, or girls taking pictures of themselves while making ugly faces — are frequently random, surreal, or just plain ridiculous. Sometimes, however, somebody still manages to have a Really Good Idea. For instance, taking a picture that makes it appear like you’re choking the crap out of somebody with the Force. Allow us to introduce the meme known as “Vadering.”