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.”
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War for the Planet of the Apes, co-starring Woody Harrelson, opens July 14.
Later this year, The Hobbit trilogy will conclude with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Fans of the movies can’t help but feel tremendous anticipation for the film when they think back to its Middle Earth companion, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and how its finale was almost universally regarded as the best of the series.
Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t think those fans will be disappointed. He told us that Five Armies – directed once again by Academy Award winner Peter Jackson – is a natural progression that will bring the story to an emotionally satisfying climax. He admits he can’t wait to see the movie himself, since he doesn’t know how it will look with all of the special effects added in! (Click on the media bar below to hear Benedict Cumberbatch)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17.
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most in demand actors in films today. After his great performance as Kahn in Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch has been rumored to be landing major roles. Most recently, he is rumored to eventually be replacing Daniel Craig as James Bond, once Craig decides he is done playing the character.
Cumberbatch is currently playing a modern version of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC, and will next be seen in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He will also be playing Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in The Fifth Estate. Cumberbatch says the idea of playing “007” would be very exciting, and that it has been a perfect storm of iconic, great roles, which have been offered to him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Benedict Cumberbatch)
Although he’s gained his share of fans from BBC’s Sherlock and also turned in solid supporting work in War Horse and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Benedict Cumberbatch may find it hard to remain anonymous after his role as John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness.
Playing the main villain in the latest Star Trek film should is not the only highlight of Mr. Cumberbatch’s year, as he inhabits the role of the titular dragon in Peter Jackson’s next feature The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
While promoting Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch talked about working with Jackson on the film and doing motion capture for the feature.
Star Trek Into Darkness is now playing nationwide.
With another few days and several major releases to go, the Christmas Holiday Weekend is far from over and bound to change by Wednesday’s return to the office. But, early estimates are in and (for now) THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY sits high on the box office chart with a take of $36.7 m. In the #2 position, the pulpy TOM CRUISE crime drama, JACK REACHER, is a distant second with $15.6 m. Number 3 on the premature tally is JUDD APATOW’S domestic comedy THIS IS FORTY, with a take of $12 m. Rounding out the top five: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS ($5.9 M) and LINCOLN ($5.6 m). We re-watched THE HOBBIT over the weekend and have to admit that its lengthy running time was a bit of a problem (for us, anyway). It seems hard to imagine that there are two more films slated to tell this short story. At the recent press conference to promote the film, HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS star IAN McKELLEN spoke with entertainment reporters about filmmaker PETER JACKSON’S controversial decision to turn a single volume children’s book into an epic multi-feature franchise (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)