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Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film – Indiegogo Campaign

A fantastic Indiegogo campaign for all fans of Planet of the Apes. For over a century, Makeup Artists have dazzled audiences by creating extraordinary characters and creatures on screen. They make the impossible seem possible. 50 years ago, a group of ambitious artists led by JOHN CHAMBERS and TOM BURMAN ushered in a new era in cinema with their ground-breaking work on PLANET OF THE APES.
Now… MAKING APES: THE ARTISTS WHO CHANGED FILM is telling that incredible story!

Back the project HERE

MAKING APES: THE ARTISTS WHO CHANGED FILM is an upcoming feature length documentary about the Hollywood makeup artists who created the iconic makeups seen in the original 1968 classic Planet of the Apes and their impact on cinema.

Featuring interviews with makeup artists and actors from the original film franchise, modern makeup artists and filmmakers who were deeply influenced by the franchise and film historians who recognize Planet of the Apes as a breakthrough moment in cinema, this is a story 50 years in the making.

Many regard Planet of the Apes as a breakthrough moment for the motion picture industry. It is the film that proved anything could be done on screen. The impact was so great that makeup artist John Chambers was presented an Honorary Academy Award for Excellence in Makeup almost 12 years before The Oscars created a yearly category for the craft.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Concept Art

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Check out this incredible concept art for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by the Aaron Sims Company, you can see more of their work on the official website HERE including images and sculpt (Caesar below) from Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

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Coronation of Caesar – By Orlando Arocena

coronation_of_caesar-by-orlando-arocena_vector_2014Awesome new print for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by artist Orlando Arocena, available through Hero Complex Gallery HERE


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Final Trailer

“War has already begun.” Here is the final trailer for Fox‘s summer ape call. In the tentpole sequel to the 2011 reboot of the 1960s-bred film franchise!, a group of Homo sapiens who were able to dodge that nasty virus a decade earlier is threatening Caesar and his Earth-ruling primates. A fragile peace is struck, but don’t expect it to hold. Director Matt Reeves’ actioner Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano and Kirk Acevedo. Mark Bomback and Rich Jaffa & Amanda Silver wrote it. Have a look:


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.


Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – TV Spot

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Concept Art

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Gary OldmanGary Oldman is joining Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the Matt Reeves-directed sequel to Fox’s successful ape reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes. William Clarke and Kodi-Smit McPhee have already been set. Oldman will play Dreyfus, leader of the human resistance after the apes have taken power. Fox has set the film for release on May 23, 2014. Oldman seems to be everywhere at the moment, he most recently starred in Lawless and The Dark Knight Rises, and will next be seen in the Robocop remake for MGM.


David Warner

David Warner (born 29 July 1941) is an English actor who is known for playing both romantic leads and sinister or villainous characters, across a range of media, including film, animation, television, and video games. Over the course of his long career he is most famous for his roles in films such a Straw Dogs, From Beyond the Grave, The Omen, Time After Time, Time Bandits, Tron, The Company of Wolves, Star Trek V and VI, The Lost World, and Planet of the Apes. In 1981, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special for his portrayal of Pomponius Falco in the television miniseries Masada. 

Warner was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, the son of Doreen (née Hattersley) and Herbert Simon Warner. He was educated at Feldon School, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London.

Warner made his professional stage debut at the Royal Court Theatre in January 1962, playing Snout, a minor role in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Tony Richardson. He had a successful run of stage work for over a decade.

In 1963, he made his film debut as the villainous Blifil in Tom Jones, and in 1965, starred as Henry VI in the BBC television version of the RSC’s The Wars of the Roses. A major step in his career was the leading role in Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) opposite Vanessa Redgrave, which established his reputation for playing slightly off-the-wall characters. He also appeared as Konstantin Treplev in Sidney Lumet’s 1968 adaptation of The Sea Gull (1968) and appeared as Reverend Joshua Duncan Sloane inThe Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970); this was to be the first of his appearances for Sam Peckinpah. He was also cast against type as Henry Niles in Straw Dogs (1971). Warner’s sympathetic side had been evident in Peckinpah’s Cross of Iron (1977), where he portrayed Captain Kiesel. 

In horror films, he appeared in one of the stories of From Beyond the Grave (1974) and opposite Gregory Peck in The Omen (1976) as the ill-fated photojournalist Keith Jennings, and the 1979 thriller Nightwing. He also starred in cult classic Waxwork (1988), and featured alongside a young Viggo Mortensen in the 1990 film Tripwire. 

He has often played villains, in films such as The Thirty Nine Steps (1978), Time After Time (1979), Time Bandits (1981), Tron (1982), Hanna’s War (1988), and television series such as Batman: The Animated Series playing Ra’s al Ghul, and the anti-mutant scientist Herbert Landon in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. In addition, he played German SS General Reinhard Heydrich both in the film Hitler’s SS: Portrait of Evil, and the television miniseries Holocaust; as sinister millionaire recluse Amos Hackshaw in HBO’s 1991 film Cast a Deadly Spell, who plots to use the world’s most powerful spell book – the Necronomicon – to unleash the Lovecraftian ‘Old Ones’ from eternal imprisonment upon the Earth. Warner was also considered for the role of Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street after producers were impressed with his performance as Jack the Ripper in Time After Time but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts.

Other notable Sci-Fi and Fantasy roles include three episodes of the second season of Twin Peaks (1991), the charismatic “Aldous Gajic” in “Grail”, a first season (1994) episode of Babylon 5 and Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). In an episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, he played Superman’s deceased Kryptonian father Jor-El, who appeared to his son through holographic recordings. Warner has also played “ambiguous nice guys” such as Dr. Richard Madden in 1994’s Necronomicon: Book of the Dead. 

 


Tim Roth

Simon Timothy “Tim” Roth (born 14 May 1961) is an English film actor and director. He is best known for his roles in the films Made in Britain, Legend of 1900, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, Planet of the Apes, The Incredible Hulk and Rob Roy, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his scene-stealing role in the latter.

Roth was born in London, England, the son of Ann, a painter and teacher, and Ernie, a Fleet Street journalist, and painter. Roth’s father was born under the surname “Smith” in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, to a British immigrant family of Irish descent. He changed his surname to “Roth” after World War II “partly through solidarity with the victims of the Holocaust, partly because the British were far from welcome in some of the countries to which his job took him”. As a young man, he wanted to be a sculptor and studied at London’s Camberwell College of Art.

Roth made his acting debut at the age of 21 playing a racist skinhead in the Alan Clarke TV film Made in Britain (1982)In contrast to his Made in Britain role, Roth then played a desperately shy and introverted character in the Mike Leigh film Meantime (1983). In 1984 he co-starred with Terence Stamp and John Hurt in Stephen Frear’s The Hit, in which he played Myron (Tim Roth) a hot-blooded apprentice to John Hurts Braddock, a world weary veteran hit man. The role earned him an “Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer”.

In 1985, he appeared in the television film Murder with Mirrors opposite the legendary Bette Davis and John Mills. With that recognition, he appeared in several other films during the end of the decade. Roth starred in King of the Ghetto which was made by the BBC. This four-part drama was shown in 1986 on national television, based on a novel by Farukh Dhondy. Partly set in Brick Lane, the drama caused a sensation among the public, especially amongst the Bengali community.

In 1989, he had a memorable supporting role as the buffoonish lackey Mitchell in Peter Greenaway’s controversial, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. In 1990, Roth began to enjoy international attention with starring roles as Vincent van Gogh in Robert Altman’s Vincent & Theo and as Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Roth and other young British actors who were becoming established film actors such as Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Paul McGann were dubbed the Brit Pack, a nickname based on the US Brat Pack of the mid-80’s.

Roth impressed director Quentin Tarantino and was cast as Mr. Orange in his 1992 ensemble piece Reservoir Dogs (1992). This film paved the way for more work in Hollywood. In 1994, Tarantino cast him again as a robber in the acclaimed Pulp Fiction. and they worked again in the 1995 film Four Rooms, where Roth played the extremely physically animated role of Ted the Bellhop. Roth was very successful playing viciously evil English nobleman Archibald Cunningham in Rob Roy opposite Liam Neeson; for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe nomination and won a BAFTA.

In 1996, he went a different way, starring in Woody Allen’s musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You. He also starred as Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon 1900 (or just “1900”) in The Legend of 1900, and in the same year co-starred with Tupac Shakur in the drama Gridlock’d. He made a critically acclaimed debut as a director in 1999 with The War Zone, a bleak and uncompromising look at incest starring Ray Winstone and Tilda Swinton.

In 2001, he portrayed General Thade in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes reboot. Roth was the original choice for the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, but he turned it down for the Planet of the Apes job, although he was the best thing in the ‘Apes’ movie, you have to say that it was a bad choice. He was also considered for the part of Hannibal Lecter in the 2001 Ridley Scott film Hannibal before Anthony Hopkins returned to reclaim the role. Roth has more recently appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth and Michael Haneke’s remake of Funny Bones, before starring opposite Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk.

From 2009 to 2011, he starred in a series on Fox called Lie To Me, wherein he played Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert on body language who assists local and federal law organisations in the investigations of crimes. In early 2012, Roth was announced as the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.


Oscars – VFX Shortlist

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 84th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

Captain America: The First Avenger
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
“Hugo”
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
“Real Steel”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
X-Men: First Class

All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films on Thursday, January 19. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

If Doug Trumbull for Tree of Life and the guys from Rise of the Planet of the Apes aren’t on the shortlist, the Academy are as dumb and insular as ever…


Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American actor of film, theatre and television. Heston is known for heroic roles in films such as ‘El Cid’, ‘The Ten Commandments’, ‘Touch of Evil’ and ‘Ben-Hur’, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Heston was also known for his political activism. In the 1950s and 1960s he was one of a handful of Hollywood actors to speak openly against racism and was an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Initially a moderate Democrat, he later supported conservative Republican policies and was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003.

However, he is also known for dystopian movies ‘The Planet of the Apes’, ‘Soylent Green’ and ‘The Omega Man’. Three of the best darkly futuristic movies ever. Despite his position as the NRA poster boy, I love these three movies and always will.


Roddy McDowall

Roderick Andrew Anthony JudeRoddyMcDowall (17 September 1928 – 3 October 1998) was an English actor and photographer. His film roles included Cornelius and Caesar in the ‘Planet of the Apes’ film and television series. He began his long acting career as a child in How Green Was My Valley, My Friend Flicka and Lassie Come Home, and as an adult appeared most frequently as a character actor on stage and television. He served in several positions on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as well as contributed to various charities related to the motion picture industry and film preservation. He’ll always be Cornelius, Caesar and Galen to me…


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Excellent preamble by Andy Serkis for an extended clip from the forthcoming ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’. Check it out here. Look out for the arts and craft project that Caesar is working on… nice little in joke.