The great Scott Mantz (one of the most pop culturally enthusiastic people we've ever met) conducts a career retrospective interview with actor Andy Serkis for the Screen Actors Guild. Scott, of course, is a commentator for Access Hollywood.
Filmsketchr.blogspot.com has uncovered a lost ending for 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, featuring production art of Brian Cunningham. That ending, which in some ways harkens back to the ending of the original 1968 version of Planet of the Apes, is broken down in the following way:
1. "That image is from a proposed end sequence that was cut from "Rise Of The Apes". In that shot Caesar is going up the staircase inside a large building...
From CineFix: Planet of the Apes is a movie that spans decades (as well as the whole next stage of primate evolution). But even if you've seen every movie from 1968 to Dawn of Planet of the Apes, here are some things you (probably) didn't know. These 7 facts will arm you with lots of trivia to show off about the films, from monkey makeup to mo-cap suits (yes, we know apes aren't monkeys. But "monkey" is a much funnier word). What did you think of these bits of Apes trivia? Did you know any of them already? Are you going to show off some of this trivia to your friends in line to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? What's your favorite movie in the Planet of the Apes franchise?" Feel free to answer any of those questions below.
The 1980s television series The Equalizer is being turned into a feature film by Sony starring Denzel Washington in the role originally played by Edward Woodard. Now according to The Hollywood Reporter, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt (who also helmed The Escapist) is likely to direct. Says THR, "Setting a director on Equalizer hasn’t been easy. After an initial search, Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) was set to be the man behind the camera but split when he didn’t see eye to eye with Washington. In the last few weeks names such as Pete Berg were on the short list.
Washington is playing Robert McCall, the retired intelligence officer who helps the powerless. In the movie version, he is living a quiet life while working at a Home Depot, when one of his acts of kindness gets him embroiled with the Russian mob."
Adds Deadline.com, "The film is a smartly budgeted thriller based on the TV series that will come in around $50 million and is designed to launch the first franchise for Washington, who’ll be paid his customary $20 million.
The film is loosely based on the TV series that starred Edward Woodward as a mysterious former covert operations officer who helps people in trouble, and was created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. The film has that basic premise but takes off in its own way, tailored to Washington’s skills. He’ll play a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized."
Filmsketchr.blogspot.com scored a nice coup from Rise of the Planet of the Apes storyboard artist Warren Drummond who reveals that the opening of the film was actually a little different. This video put together by the site showcases those storyboards.
There's no question that the success of Rise of the Planet of the Apes took 20th Century Fox by surprise, which is why there was virtually no merchandise tied in to the film. Now, however, that seems to be changing and the first example of that comes in July with the release of the new action figured based on the Rise version of Caesar. According to Big Bad Toy Store.com, this 5" figure "comes with two different head sculpts, three pairs of hands and accessories." To pre-order, click HERE.