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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Counts Down His Top Ten Sci-Fi Movies

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Live Long & ProsperNeil deGrasse Tyson is the closest thing modern science has to a rock star. To call him this generation’s Carl Sagan isn’t too far off. The Harvard-trained astrophysicist has a unique ability to take complex theoretical concepts and make them accessible to a wide audience, and be totally engaging at the same time. Hell, he even helped reboot Sagan’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which wraps up its 13-episode run this Sunday on various Fox channels.

Over the years, Tyson has also taken it upon himself to chime in on various movies that may not be using science in the proper way, or that have blatantly ignored the laws of physics. He absolutely eviscerated that scene J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness where the Enterprise hides underwater. So you have to assume that, given his penchant for pointing out scientific flaws in movies, he must watch a fair amount of them. Hero Complex took it upon themselves to get in touch with him and inquire about his tastes in the genre. What follows are Neil deGrasse Tyson’s top ten favorite sci-fi movies, in chronological order, with one honorable mention. You may find some of them surprising.

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Star Wars, Planet Of The Apes, And Forbidden Planet Costume Test Images

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ApesIn this digital age, it’s easy to take for granted how simple it is to dig into the behind-the-scenes stories of pretty much any project you can think of. Special edition sets come packed with insightful commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, and photo galleries. Websites and forums are often able to show you far more about any upcoming film than the filmmakers would ever prefer. So there’s something cool about making-of material from earlier decades when the wall between creator and consumer was a lot more daunting. These images from various sci-fi movie costume tests are pretty straightforward, but there’s still something charming about getting a look into a past when, for the most part, nobody outside the production would get to see this stuff until it was done. Especially when, as in the picture up top, they look like a mug shot from a DUI bust on the Planet of the Apes.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer Starts A War Between Man And Ape

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After some viral teasing and action-packed TV spots, mankind now has the first full look at what could be the hairiest thriller of the summer, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. (I guess simian-kind also has their first look at the film, assuming they’re as capable of using digital equipment as Caesar is.) With this sequel, director Matt Reeves has opened up the somewhat insular world of Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and he has filled the world with tension, survivalists, and apes on horseback. It could possibly get better, but it won’t. Not today.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Teases Next Trailer On Instagram

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You might not believe it based on the news cycle this week, but there are actually things happening that don’t involve Star Wars, Godzilla, or Syfy announcing more new series than they have run collectively during the entire existence of the network. As if to emphasize that point, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has taken to Instagram to remind us that 1) there are damn dirty apes in our not-too-distant future, and 2) they look really pissed off. Check out all those hairy eyeballs up top.

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Gary Oldman Spills More Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Plot Details

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humansREAD WITH CAUTION. MINOR SPOILERS FOR DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES BELOW!

The second installment in the rebooted Planet of the Apes film series is one of our most anticipated movies of the year. With new director Matt Reeves at the helm, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should expand and deepen what director Rupert Wyatt had built with the first film. Although the titular apes are the film’s main attraction, the human cast should provide some narrative strings that will directly tie into the original Planet of the Apes movie from 1968, or at least that’s the plan.

In an interview with MTV, Gary Oldman, while promoting the new RoboCop remake, spilled some more details about the Planet of the Apes sequel. The 55-year-old British actor revealed how the humans come into contact with the apes after 10 years of civil war. Oldman’s character is Dreyfus and it seems that he’s a leader among the humans. Oldman said:

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LEGO Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer

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“I Need To Speak To Caesar!” While Dawn of the Planet of the Apes doesn’t come out in theaters for another five months, the new LEGO Movie will hit theaters tomorrow. Although the apes Caesar, Rocket, and Koba aren’t featured in the new animated film, it seems that the country is caught up in LEGO fever with a new fan-made Lego re-creation of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes teaser trailer.

The fan-made trailer is a well-made shot-for-shot re-creation of the teaser trailer that was released back in December 2013. It even features Jason Clarke’s Malcolm character’s monologue urging the human survivors of the Simian Flu to band together. Check out the original teaser trailer below for comparison.