Topic: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Watch Andy Serkis Experience the Full Range of Human Emotion as an Ape in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

Watch Andy Serkis Experience the Full Range of Human Emotion as an Ape in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

Andy Serkis is the master of performance capture. That’s what he calls it, not motion capture — because “performance” implies a more wholehearted effort on the actor’s part. And after seeing Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we’re inclined to give this nontraditional actor props. After all, he pioneered the technology when he played the terrifying Gollum in Lord of the Rings starting in 2001. But did you know that he worked with Peter Jackson again a few years later, when he starred in King Kong? That’s right, the 5’8″ actor played the magnificent Kong and actually made us feel sorry for the misunderstood gorilla. Now, he’s embodying a primate again, on a smaller scale and with even more creepily accurate human emotion on his digital face. More »

Podcast: Crushable Talks James Franco and Ape Makeup in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ at Picktainment

Podcast: Crushable Talks James Franco and Ape Makeup in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' at Picktainment

Last night I joined Picktainment’s usual movie bloggers in discussing Rise of the Planet of the Apes in a two-part movie podcast. (The other release we covered was The Change-Up.) Adam Spunberg, who you might recognize as the co-host of the weekly Hunger Games Fireside Chat, was my partner in analyzing whether Rise is a reboot, a prequel, or a reboot of a prequel — plus if James Franco can stand up to Andy Serkis, who deserves a nomination for playing uber-smart ape Caesar. More »

Why I Don’t Need to See ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ (Spoilers, Sort Of)

Why I Don't Need to See 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' (Spoilers, Sort Of)

I went to the movies a few days ago. This is not an unusual thing for me to do– I dig movies, and I dig writing about them– but I’m not about to write about the movie I saw. I’m going to write about a trailer I saw instead. It was a very bad trailer, but probably not for the reasons you’re thinking. The trailer was for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, for which we’ve been seeing trailers for a while now; but this one was one I hadn’t seen before, and to be honest, I still kind of wish I hadn’t seen it. Check out the trailer in question below:
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