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Robert Rodriguez, 'Kong: Skull Island' Writer Team for Sci-Fi Thriller 'Hypnotic' (Exclusive)

Robert Rodriguez, 'Kong: Skull Island' Writer Team for Sci-Fi Thriller 'Hypnotic' (Exclusive)
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has teamed with creature feature writer Max Borenstein for Hypnotic, a sci-fi thriller for Studio 8.

Borenstein, whose credits include Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island and the upcoming Godzilla: King of Monsters, will rewrite an original script by Rodriguez, the filmmaker behind the Sin City movies. Rodriguez is attached to direct and produce the project.

Details are being kept secret, but Hypnotic is being described as a grounded cop thriller with sci-fi elements. Studio 8 sees franchise potential with the project.

Studio 8 is prepping its first two releases for later this year: Drama White Boy Rick, starring...
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Paramount and Hasbro to reboot Transformers after Bumblebee movie, Transformers 6 pulled from slate

Back in 2015, Paramount and Hasbro recruited a star studded writers room to plot out the future of the Transformers movie franchise, resulting in last year’s Transformers: The Last KnightMichael Bay’s fifth instalment – as well as the upcoming spinoff Bumblebee: The Movie, directed by Travis Knight, and up to 14 other potential projects.

Well, it seems that Bumblebee will mark the end of the current Transformers Bay-verse, as Hasbro has revealed at Toy Fair that the as-yet-untitled Transformers 6 has been pulled from the upcoming slate, and the franchise will be rebooted, with no further Transformers movies planned for release between now and 2021 at the earliest.

The news is perhaps not too surprising; despite the five movies grossing almost $4.4 billion between them, the films have been mauled by critics, while Transformers: The Last Knight hit a box office low for the series with $605.4 million worldwide – a far cry from the
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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Deserves to Win the VFX Oscar

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Deserves to Win the VFX Oscar
The time has come for the Academy to finally give the VFX Oscar to “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Twice denied for “Rise” and “Dawn,” Weta Digital’s remarkable work on Caesar (Andy Serkis) culminated with a Shakespearean finale. It’s undeniably the best of the field. And coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the original “Planet of the Apes” would make it even sweeter. The Visual Effects Society obviously got the importance of the work, honoring the entire Caesar trilogy, now we’ll see if the Academy makes amends with “War.”

However, “Apes” has been denied before (with the acting branch, in particular, having a bias against Serkis and performance capture) and there is other noteworthy character animation to choose from, including the stunning CG Rachael from “Blade Runner 2049,” the creepy Snoke (Serkis) from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ego and the de-aged Kurt Russell from
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The Ascent of 'Black Panther' Director Ryan Coogler

The Ascent of 'Black Panther' Director Ryan Coogler
There was once a time when a low-budget independent production, the kind that makes waves at Sundance, wouldn’t immediately lead its director to the world of big-budget blockbusters. Within the last decade, however, a fair number of helmers of some massively budgeted genre fare were only a couple years removed from bare-bones affairs. There’s Jon Watts, who jumped from the $5 million Cop Car to Spider-Man: Homecoming; Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who went from The Kings of Summer to Kong: Skull Island; and Colin Trevorrow, who transitioned from Safety Not Guaranteed to Jurassic World. This weekend marks the peak of a slightly...
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Why don’t Oscar voters go bananas for ‘Planet of the Apes’ movies like Visual Effects Society does?

The Visual Effects Society just awarded its third trophy to the “Planet of the Apes” franchise in the prestige category of Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture, this time for “War for the Planet of the Apes.” That follows recent victories for both “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014). Many of the 3,300 members of this guild, which consists of visual effects wizards, animators and artists, also belong to the film academy so overlap between Ves Awards champs and Oscar winners is commonplace. But when it comes to “Planet of the Apes,” Oscar voters just haven’t gone bananas.

This year’s Oscars could change all of that, as Gold Derby’s combined odds predict that Best Visual Effects will be awarded to “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Directed by Matt Reeves, this third film in 20th Century Fox
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Visual Effects Oscar Nominees on Their Top Digital Secrets

Visual Effects Oscar Nominees on Their Top Digital Secrets
This year’s visual-effects category displays so much expertise that each nominated film had at least one Oscar winner or nominee on its team.

John Nelson, who won for “Gladiator” and led the group behind “Blade Runner 2049,” says, “I was lucky that everybody wanted to work on this movie.”

Nelson adds, “It’s hard to live up to a classic, and in science fiction, visual effects rules are important because they define jeopardy. Jeopardy needs to be real or audiences won’t care.”

The movie depicts one possible future, Nelson notes, adding: “There were no traffic jams in the sky.”

There were, however, 17 distinctive environments that extended Roger Deakins’ cinematography by mixing models, miniatures and CG extensions. Nelson even used Google Earth to initially “fly through” locales that were later photographed.

His team also delivered tour-de-force compositing, merging two different actors to create an eerie third person — including creating a CG doppleganger of one of the
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2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ wins on way to Oscars

2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ wins on way to Oscars
War for the Planets of the Apes”, which is predicted to win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, defeated its four rivals — “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — at the Ves Awards on Feb. 13. All five were in the running for the Visual Effects Society equivalent of the Best Picture race: Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture.

“War of the Planet of the Apes” and “Blade Runner 2049” each reaped a leading seven bids at the 16th annual edition of these awards. The final film in the “Planet of the Apes” reboot won the most awards here (4), including that top prize while the long-awaited “Blade Runner” sequel took two.

“War of the Planet of the Apes” also prevailed for Best Character in a Photoreal Feature, Compositing and Effects Simulation.

In the 15-year history of the Ves Awards,
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‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Top Visual Effects Awards

‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Top Visual Effects Awards
War for the Planet of the Apes” was the big winner at the Visual Effects Society’s 16th Annual Ves Awards on Tuesday night in Beverly Hills. The film won four awards, including a victory in the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars VFX race, Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. In that category, “Planet of the Apes” was nominated alongside the same four films it will go up against at the Oscars: “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The Matt Reeves feature also won for the...
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Dwayne Johnson Returns In Thrilling New Rampage Trailer

Further solidifying himself as one of the most bankable men in all of Hollywood, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns with Rampage, a big screen adaptation of the classic arcade game that’s seen a few sequels in the time since its original release. Granted, it’ll see some stiff competition in a year chock full of other blockbusters, but it does look like a lot of fun and stands a very good chance of attracting a fair amount of moviegoers.

Evidencing this is yet another trailer that follows hot on the heels of one that wowed us just last month. To be honest, I had to separate myself from thinking that a fan had mashed up footage from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Kong: Skull Island for a moment, but ended up enjoying the footage for what it is.

Of course, making
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‘Rampage’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Deals With Ape Anarchy

It might not sound like rocket science, but in monster movies, audiences want to see the monster. The most recent big screen version of “Godzilla” mostly keep the giant lizard shrouded in the rain. “Kong: Skull Island” mostly improved things by tossing the big ape into a jungle where precipitation didn’t appear to be a problem. Now, “Rampage” places in its primate into the middle of bustling metropolis.
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2018 Visual Effects Society Awards preview: Oscar frontrunner ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ v. ‘Blade Runner 2049’

2018 Visual Effects Society Awards preview: Oscar frontrunner ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ v. ‘Blade Runner 2049’
“War for the Planets of the Apes”, which is predicted to win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, will face off first against its four rivals — “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — at the Ves Awards on Feb. 13. All five are in the running for the Visual Effects Society equivalent of the Best Picture race: Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture.

“War of the Planet of the Apes” and “Blade Runner 2049” each reaped a leading seven bids for the 16th annual edition of these kudos. We are predicting that the final film in the “Planet of the Apes” reboot will win the most awards here, including that top prize.

We are predicting that “Dunkirk” will take home the supporting visual effects award over “Darkest Hour,” “Downsizing,” “Mother!” and “Only the Brave.”

And we expect that “Coco
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Film Review: ‘Basmati Blues’

Film Review: ‘Basmati Blues’
If you’re wondering why Brie Larson, after winning the Oscar for “Room” and then proving her franchise bona fides in last year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” is now starring in “Basmati Blues,” an ultra-cutesy micro-indie cross-cultural comedy that opened last Friday on a tiny sprinkling of screens, the answer is: The movie has been sitting on the shelf for so long — most of it was filmed in 2013, before a monsoon shut it down — that Larson, when it was made, hadn’t even appeared on the radar yet with her splendid performance in “Short Term 12.” Then again, if you’re wondering why a movie as unimportant as “Basmati Blues” has become the subject of a mini controversy, the answer is: Because there is something a tad patronizing about it — but also because the international trailer for the picture that appeared in November provoked a bit of a misunderstanding.

Larson, you see, plays
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Netflix's Highwaymen Begins Shooting with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson

Netflix announced today that The Highwaymen from director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks, The Founder) commenced principal photography in Louisiana. The cast is led by Academy Award winner Kevin Costner (Molly's Game, Hidden Figures), Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Hunger Games series), Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (Disjointed, The Blind Side), John Carroll Lynch (The Founder, American Horror Story), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, Fear the Walking Dead (tv series)), Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Kong: Skull Island), and William Sadler (Power (tv series), The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist).

Based on true events, this story follows Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and ex-partner Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson), who are drawn out of retirement in a last-ditch effort to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde. The project had been in development for several years, with Paul Newman and
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Kathy Bates and Kim Dickens Join Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson in ‘Highwaymen’

Kathy Bates and Kim Dickens Join Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson in ‘Highwaymen’
Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch, Kim Dickens, Thomas Mann, and William Sadler have rounded out the cast of Netflix and John Lee Hancock’s crime drama film “Highwaymen” starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson.

Hancock is directing from a script by John Fusco. Casey Silver is producing through his Casey Silver Productions. Costner, Harrelson, Michael Malone, and Rod Lake are exec producers.

The story is based on the true events of Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and ex-partner Maney Gault, who are drawn out of retirement in a last-ditch effort to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde. Production is currently underway in Louisiana.

The pic is slated for release sometime in 2018.

Bates can currently be seen in the Netflix comedy series “Disjointed,” while Dickens will continue to star in AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” when it returns for its third season. Lynch was most recently seen in “White Orchid,” and Sadler is best known for his work on
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‘Ball Street’: Regina Hall & Paul Scheer Join Showtime Comedy Pilot

Girls Trip star Regina Hall and Paul Scheer (The Disaster Artist) have been cast opposite Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells in Showtime’s half-hour Wall Street comedy pilot Ball Street. Also joining the cast are Kurt Braunohler (The Big Sick), and Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island), and former Happy Endings and Marry Me star Casey Wilson in a guest role. Ball Street, which hails from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, Black List writer Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend's Girl)…
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Best Visual Effects Oscar predictions: A vote for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ would honor the whole trilogy

Best Visual Effects Oscar predictions: A vote for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ would honor the whole trilogy
War for the Planet of the Apes” is nominated at the Oscars for Best Visual Effects, following nominations in the same category for 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Neither “Rise” nor “Dawn” won Visual Effects in their respective years, despite showcasing some of the most realistic effects in film today. “War” is Oscar voters’ final shot at rewarding the film franchise’s groundbreaking visual effects, but much like in previous years, it could be an uphill battle.

War” is the latest nomination in the “Planet of the Apes” film series for VFX supervisors Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett and Dan Lemmon, earning nominations for the first two films as well, with Joel Whist earning his first nom alongside them. Letteri is the director of the innovative VFX company Weta Digital, which has won six Oscars, for all three “Lord of the Rings” films,
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Review: Brie Larson Gives it Her All, But ‘Basmati Blues’ Doesn’t Rise Above Inoffensive Trifle

The trailer for Basmati Blues fell perilously from the sky in November 2017, dropping like a radioactive sludge onto Twitter and beyond. What was this dated anachronism of offensive jokes and stale plot lines? Who is the audience for such blatant and unfunny India bashing? And how in god’s name did they get Room Oscar winner Brie Larson to star? It led to an explanation from the filmmakers that this international trailer “the wrong impression of the film’s message and heart,” and it was quickly scrubbed from existence.

That explanation was not inaccurate. Basmati Blues is an inoffensive trifle. It does not warrant outrage; it’s not bold enough to risk it. Yet there is some heart, and undoubtedly, some ambition. Danny Baron’s film is a musical, and for a first-time filmmaker, that takes some chutzpah. Above all else, there is Brie Larson, a performer likable enough to
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Among the Classic Monster Movie Landscsape, King Kong Remains an unflappable hero

There's a wealth of "King Kong" related films available on streaming services these days. I only mention this because, in general, they are awesome. A lover of classic Monster Movies that my father had recorded off of TV station broadcasts (black and white and gray and worn to the nub), I came of age on these types of films while waiting in the summer afternoons of my adolescence for my mother to prepare my lunch. The more modern takes on these films, while imperfect, can certainly prove to be undeniably interesting. Particularly, I am referring to 2017's "Kong: Skull Island" and "King Kong" from 2005.   If there is a contrast to be found between the poignant and otherwise wordless death of The Mighty Kong...

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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Darkest Hour’ and More Show Oscar’s Favor for Period Films in Craft Categories

Oscars are like time capsules, offering examples of the movies that film-industry workers admire during any given year.

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards, announced Jan. 23, show that voters in the 10 artisan categories are often in sync with the Academy’s other branches. For example, Fox Searchlight’s “The Shape of Water” led overall Oscar nominations, with 13; it was also the easy leader in below-the-line races, with seven bids in the 10 categories.

The artisan nominations — don’t call them tech categories, please! — also gave six noms to “Dunkirk,” and “Darkest Hour” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” received four apiece.

But artisan voters also showed an admirable willingness to consider films that were ignored elsewhere in Oscar voting. Films such as “Wonder,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “Baby Driver,” “Blade Runner 2049” and “The Last Jedi” earned their only nominations in the artisan races (“Blade Runner 2049” scored five artisan noms; “Last Jedi,” four). And behind-the-camera
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Epic Fan Trailer Will Make You Extra Excited for ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

Epic Fan Trailer Will Make You Extra Excited for ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’
Teased in the post-credits scene for Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla: King of the Monsters will feature a host of giant monsters: not just the titular King himself, but also Mothra, Rodan, and G’s ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah! The Michael Dougherty-directed film promises to be pretty epic, with star O’Shea Jackson Jr. recently teasing that we’ll “never […]
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