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    Serkis and Weta Talk Photo-Real Performance Capture for 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

    From the outset, with that tight close-up of Caesar's face, it's clear that Andy Serkis and Weta Digital have taken performance capture to a whole new realm of photo-reality The detail and emotional intensity are extraordinary. We're not even aware that Caesar is CG anymore. We are totally immersed ...

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    Immersed in Movies: 'The Boxtrolls' Set Visit: Laika Embraces Victorian Steampunk

    With The Boxtrolls (Sept. 26), Laika tackles its first period piece -- Victorian Steampunk -- as well as its first creature-oriented tale about an orphan boy, Eggs, raised underground by cave-dwelling trash collectors. The result is a more stylized, theatrical look along with more ambitious storytel...

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    Seventeen Minutes of Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Previewed with a 'Cherry Bomb' on Top (VIDEO)

    After viewing 17 minutes of new footage Monday from "Guardians of the Galaxy" in IMAX 3D, it's now clear that Marvel has fashioned the ultimate "Star Wars" riff. the '70s sci-fi grunge, the rag-tag underdogs, the sarcastic chemistry, the serial action, the improbable success, all wrapped around the ...

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    Matt Reeves Brings a New 'Dawn' to 'Planet of the Apes'

    No "Apes" director has gone through the looking glass to explore the human condition as ambitiously as Matt Reeves. As a result, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is the smartest and most compelling kind of summer tentpole, with Andy Serkis delivering his most powerful performance as Caesar, and Weta...

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    Immersed in Movies: Alfred Gimeno Talks Directing Disney's New '7D' Series

    It's about time the Seven Dwarfs got their own wacky animated TV series, and if The 7D has an Animaniacs-like vibe that's because Tom Ruegger, Alfred Gimeno, and Sherri Stoner are involved as exec producer, director, and writer. I spoke with Gimeno about the show, premiering July 7th at 10:00 am o...

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    Why Mendes Brought Back Purvis & Wade for 'Bond 24' Polish

    Turnabout is fair play, as veteran James Bond scribes Neil Purvis & Robert Wade have been reinstated to add a bit of witty repartee to the upcoming "Bond 24," according to the reliable Baz Bamigboye of DailyMail. Purvis & Wade, franchise staples since Pierce Brosnan's "The World is Not Enough" (1999...

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    ILM Reanimates Badass Transformers for 'Age of Extinction'

    Keeping up with Marvel isn't easy, but Michael Bay and Industrial Light & Magic have brought new life to the badass Hasbro bots in "Transformers: Age of Extinction," introducing a sleek new sci-fi design and a new army of fire-breathing Dinobots. At the same time, Bay has smartly ventured into China...

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    PREVIEW: Pixar's 'Inside Out'

    Thursday night at the Directors Guild, Pixar provided the same sneak peek of Pete Docter's "Inside Out" that was presented at the Annecy festival last week, except we were also treated to the first screening of the short that will play in front of it (next year to the day): the lovely Hawaiian-theme...

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    Immersed in Movies: Pixar Provides Early Look at 'Inside Out' and Sneaks 'Lava' Short

    Pixar's Inside Out is a year away, but on Thursday at the DGA Pete Docter gave a sneak peek and we were also treated to the premier of the next short, Lava, a lovely Hawaiian-themed musical directed by animator James Murphy. They're a good match and will screen together on June 19, 2015, but I belie...

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    Mid-Year VFX Report: 'Godzilla' and Marvel Rule

    Without a "Gravity" this year, the wow factor might not be as strong but certainly the Oscar race is now wide open. Yet in surveying the first-half of 2014, only "Godzilla" looks like a potential nominee. But there are still plenty of bake-off contenders, with solid VFX work on display in "Captain A...

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