Movie News

'The Planet of the Apes' Series Could Be More Than Three Films, According to Andy Serkis

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by Britt Hayes 14 hours ago
Fox
We are living in the franchise-heavy film era, which can sometimes feel exhausting (see: ‘Transformers’) or can sometimes be very enjoyable, depending on the product. In television, having a clear endpoint in mind is a good thing (see: ‘Breaking Bad’); meanwhile, studios are now planning their franchises out years in advance. Again, this can be good (Marvel), or, as our own Matt Singer bemoaned, it leads to what he finds to be an unnecessary splitting of the final chapter to extend the life of a franchise. It’s refreshing, then, to know that some studios are playing things a little looser with their franchises, like hearing Andy Serkis say that he just isn’t sure how many ‘Planet of the Apes’ movies there will be.

Channing Tatum Is Making His Directorial Debut with 'Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock'

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by Britt Hayes 15 hours ago
Getty Images
Acting, writing, producing, dancing, parenting, stripping, and now directing—Channing Tatum does everything. He’s like the living male version of a Barbie. Maybe he’ll go to space and become a veterinarian next. But first things first: Tatum has set his first directing project with producing and writing partner Reid Carolin, based on the YA novel ‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock’ by ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ author Matthew Quick.

Amy Adams' Janis Joplin Biopic Gets a 'Wild' Director

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by Britt Hayes 16 hours ago
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The Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams is still alive and very much kicking: the currently titled and long-gestating ‘Get It While You Can’ was previously set to be directed by Lee Daniels (of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’), but it looks like Daniels has been replaced by Jean-Marc Vallee, director of ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and the upcoming film ‘Wild.’

Listen to Jennifer Lawrence Sing “The Hanging Tree” From ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’

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by Matt Singer 19 hours ago
Lionsgate
As she recently told David Letterman, Jennifer Lawrence’s biggest fear is singing in public. Not death, not small, enclosed spaces, not tracker-jacker venom; singing in public. This posed a particular problem for the young star in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’ because the script called for Katniss Everdeen to singing a song to her fellow rebels. And Lawrence had to actually sing it in front of the rest of the cast, a capella, with no voice double. The song, “The Hanging Tree,” is important to the movie. It becomes a rallying cry for the growing movement against the tyrannical President Snow and the rest of the Capitol. It needed to be real and heartfelt. And it needed to come from Lawrence.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Casts Brenton Thwaites as Captain Jack's Sidekick

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by Jacob Hall 19 hours ago
Disney
It's been three years since ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ was unleashed upon an unsuspecting populace, convincing even the most die hard fans of Disney's lucrative franchise that Captain Jack Sparrow needed to take a break. Maybe forever. And yet, these past years have been filled with rumors and casting and almost-casting for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ Like it or not, this film is coming and now it has the young up-and-comer Brenton Thwaites in its drunken, slurred, overlong clutches.

‘Strange Magic’ Trailer: George Lucas’ Crazy Animated Fairy Tale

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by Matt Singer a day ago
Lucasfilm
The trailer for ‘Strange Magic’ boasts that the film comes “from the mind of George Lucas.” That great big brain has dreamed up some of the greatest movies of all time. But it’s also produced its fair share of clunkers as well. (Apologies, ‘Radioland Murders’ devotees.) It’s unfair to write off a movie based on a 150-second trailer, but so far, ‘Strange Magic’ looks a lot closer to the latter than the former. Whoa, this looks insane.

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’: 16 Biggest Differences Between the Book and the Movie

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by Kate Erbland a day ago
Lionsgate
The penultimate entry into the sprawling and blood-stained 'Hunger Games' franchise takes a decidedly hip and totally en vogue approach to its final two movies—splitting one (relatively slim) novel into two feature films, all the better to dive deeper into the burning revolution headed up by a reluctant Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), further explore the various districts that make up Panem, and just make piles of cash in the process. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I’ might be half a story (and our review says as much), but it's pretty remarkable that screenwriters Danny Strong and Peter Craig were able to squeeze out an entire 123-minute feature film from 187 pages of a single novel (yes, we counted).

WookieeLeaks: Some Pretty Major ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ Spoilers Have Hit the Web

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by Jacob Hall a day ago
LucasFilm
ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars’! From ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer inspires a bunch of rumors, a few huge spoilers appear online, and details about this year’s ‘Star Wars’ Celebration are revealed.

Split Decision: How Breaking Movies In Half is Ruining Hollywood Blockbusters

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by Matt Singer a day ago
Lionsgate
‘Mockingjay’ is the latest example of perhaps the single most frustrating trend in modern Hollywood: The part-ification of franchise finales. It’s no longer enough to make a successful movie, or even a successful series of movies; Hollywood now extends—or dilutes, really—these cash cows even further, by breaking their concluding installments in half. You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you absolutely can judge a movie by its title, at least when that title includes the phrase “Part 1.” If it does, get ready for a languid, uneventful film full of set-up and absolutely zero payoff.