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    Andy Serkis Planning Directorial Debut, Described As "The English Patient Up A Mountain"

    Andy Serkis may be best known for his work in blue spandex suits with ping pong balls taped to him ("Lord of the Rings," King Kong," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "The Adventures of Tintin") but it's becoming increasingly clear that he's a man of many talents. Not only had there been calls for S...

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    Review: 'The Adventures of Tintin' Is All Hollow Spectacle & No Joy

    Tintin is a terrible journalist. It has to be said -- his walls are covered with framed news stories about his exploits rather than work published under his byline, he takes not one note (pity his poor fact-checker) and not even by the laxest of Fox News standards could he be considered objective, g...

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    Will Apes Speak In 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Sequel?

    One of the big questions when entering this summer's surprisingly entertaining "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was whether or not the apes, led by fuzzy rebel commander Caesar (played by Andy Serkis), would end up speaking in the movie. Most of the apes remained mute. But that could change, accord...

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    Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri Talks Creating Caesar In 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' & Andy Serkis' Oscar Chances

    Although he isn't talked about in the usual dialogue about top ten lists or awards consideration, Joe Letteri is one of the hardest working and most influential people in movies in 2011. As a visual effects supervisor at Peter Jackson's WETA Digital, he had a hand in two of this year's most discusse...

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    "Keyhole" Takes Best Canadian Film Award at Whistler Film Festival

    Guy Maddin's "Keyhole" has been announced as the winner of the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Film at the Whistler Film Festival.

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    Oscars for Animals? Rise of the Uggie the Dog and Andy Serkis Campaigns

    Continuing both my story on the great animal characters of 2011 and my story from August on Andy Serkis's Academy Award chances/worthiness, yesterday I wrote a Conversation roundup piece about the growing fan-based campaign for Uggie, the dog from "The Artist," and Fox's offic...

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    Andy Serkis Promises 'Hobbit' Teaser By Christmas

    Since the first teaser for Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" debuted about a hear ahead of its December 2001 bow, speculation has been high that we'd get our first glimpse at Jackson's 3D-ified "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" sometime thi...

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    Andy Serkis Takes Big Payday For Multiple Sequels To 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

    Director Rupert Wyatt Locked In To Return, Fox Launching Oscars Campaign For SerkisFrom sneered-at needless sequel to a dead franchise to the lone summer blockbuster that managed to pick up both good reviews and a storming box office (it's closing in on $500 million worldwide), "Rise of the Planet o...

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    Review: Steven Spielberg's 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Is A Gloriously Enjoyable Mo-Cap Marvel

    Across his 40 year career as Hollywood's most beloved filmmaker, Steven Spielberg has tried his hand at many different things -- the blockbuster thrill ride, the family film, the comedy, the war film, hardcore science-fiction, serious dramas and whatever it was that "The Terminal" was, a diverse range of pictures united by that certain Spielberg je-ne-sais-quoi. But there's something he's never tackled directly himself; the animated film. Sure, he's produced TV cartoons like "Animaniacs," and even the occasional big-screen one, like "An American Tail" and "We're Back," but for the most part, the Bearded One has always preferred live action to...

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    LFF '11 Review: 'Wild Bill' Is An Immensely Likable Directorial Debut From Dexter Fletcher

    For whatever reason, directorial debuts by British character actors tend to lean towards the gritty kitchen-sink drama; Tim Roth, Gary Oldman and, more recently, Paddy Considine have all broken their filmmaking cherry with uncompromisingly tough, bleak subject matter. Considering that it involves abandonment, council estates and the risk of being taken into care, one might be forgiven for expecting the same from Dexter Fletcher's first film, "Wild Bill." But then, Fletcher's best known for being one of the central quartet, alongside Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng and Nick Moran, in Guy Ritchie's debut "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," and ...

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