It’s hard for Andy Serkis to top his work as Gollum in director Peter Jackson’sLord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, but he’s reached similar creative heights as sheltered ape turned leader Caesar in the latest Planet of the Apes films. War for the Planet of the Apes puts a cinematic exclamation point on the trilogy as it’s the finest film of the lot.
Part of the franchise’s success comes from director Matt Reeves who helmed War and 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
“He was very willing to take it as far as he could,” said Serkis. “And we completely connected. He’s all about discovering the scenes and properly rehearsing the scene with apes as actors and finding the beat and rehearsing scenes with the crew standing around waiting to shoot. He would always wait until the moment was right and . . . that everybody (understood) what that scene was about.”
Click on the media bar to hear Serkis talks about the incredible use of CGI in the film, especially when it comes to capturing the apes’ eyes.
War for the Planet of the Apes, co-starring Woody Harrelson, opens July 14.
When Lady Gaga broke out with Just Dance and Poker Face in the fall of 2008, she appeared to be an overnight sensation. That wasn’t the case, though. Her rapid rise came only after a series of setbacks and a lot of hard work. When we talked to her, she remembered those early days, and some of the trials and tribulations she went through before becoming a superstar. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lady Gaga)
Lady Gaga, who is currently filming a remake of A Star Is Born with Bradley Cooper, also has a new single climbing the charts. Check out the video for The Cure here.
Spider-Man: Homecoming brings us a superhero reunion of sorts: The film features both Robert Downey Jr., reprising his regular Marvel role as Iron Man/Tony Stark, and Michael Keaton, who starred in Batman and Batman Begins. Both Downey and Keaton redefined the way superheroes were played for their generation, and Downey says that, in hindsight, he feels like they made the right artistic choices, and he can see how they’ve helped influence the new generation of superheroes.
Spider-Man: Homecoming spins its way into theaters on July 7.
If you’ve seen a promo teasing some of the acts on a new episode of America’s Got Talent, you’ve already seen more than the judges have when they start taping. Yes, Simon Cowell says that when each new act takes the stage, they’ve got to be ready for anything. Because, like the famous line in Forrest Gump, they never know what they’re going to get. (Click on the media bar below to hear Simon Cowell)
Find out what surprises America’s Got Talent has in store every Tuesday night at 8/7c on NBC.
Robert Pattinson’sTwilight days are way behind him, as evidenced by his work in such character driven work in Maps to the Stars, The Rover, and most recently The Lost City of Z. With Good Time, however, Pattinson may have taken his acting chops up another notch as a bank robber who’s determined to save his mentally disabled brother (Benny Safdie) from harm. The feature received a standing ovation during its premiere at Cannes, and it’s safe to say Pattinson may be remembered come Oscar nominations time.
The second trailer to Good Time, directed by the Safdie Brothers, has just been released, and while glimpses Pattinson’s charismatic and heart wrenching performance is sprinkled throughout the video, the biggest eye catcher are the visuals. Even in the darkest of New York nights (Queens to be exact), the diverse colors pop amidst the inevitable shadows that will descend upon these hapless siblings. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!