If you’re in trouble, who are you gonna call? International Rescue Team that’s who! Unless you’ve got Ghost problems, that’s those other guys. ITV is reviving the 1960’s Supermarionette Puppetry driven Thunderbirds television show that most of your parents probably never heard of, but your favorite uncle has the complete VHS, and DVD collection that he made you watch every Christmas afternoon. A brand new teaser is up and making the Internet rounds. (more…)


Prince Charles, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, is touring New Zealand with his wife Camilla. The Prince of Wales spent part of his 64th birthday visiting with The Lord Of The Rings director Sir Peter Jackson and touring Jackson’s WETA workshop.

What a fantastic way to spend your birthday. He was shown costumes, props of the film, and met with actors and special effects and props masters.

The Prince watched and chatted with actor Peter Hambleton, who plays the Dwarf Gloin in the new film, as he had his make-up applied.

Another great part of the prince’s visit was when actor Mark Hadlow, who plays Dori, one of the dwarfs in the film, drops to his knees and offers to be the Prince’s servant for the day.

“Your Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, I am Dori the dwarf and on this special day your birthday, I offer myself at the request of Sir Peter Jackson for you to command as you see fit, your servant Dori,”

I love that Dori mentions the dwarf beatings that Sir Peter Jackson has threatened and committed in the past. They all seem to be having a lot of fun amidst all the hard work of making the movie. With the amount of time they will be spending together during the next years of filming, it’s important they can all have a good time and get along.

Via: Ain’t It Cool News

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Above: Captured at GenCon last year, a wild Ood! This amazing recreation was made and is modeled by Lisa Lombardi. Photo thanks to Craig Hurle.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathes new life into a molding franchise and gives us what is the most refreshing spin on the tale of a future where apes rule since the original Planet of the Apes from1968. Let’s pause, I can hear the cries of outrage already, “Blasphemy! Sacrilege! Roddy McDowell is rolling over in his grave and spitting at you, you stupid harpy!” But believe me, believe me as fan whose writing this review with her Cornelius in a space suit action figure watching over, Rise of the Planet of the Apes will have you yearning for it’s inevitable sequel as well as the classic, campier flicks.

The films’ biggest buzz comes from it’s inventive and truly revolutionary use of motion capture techonology and digital animation. And it does not disappoint;  combining brilliant acting from all the “apes”, in particular Andy Serkis who turns in a stunning performance (and will totally be getting nominated this year, right, Academy?), with the incredible life-like animation from WETA.

Its awesome visual effects and a story that at times packs one hell of an emotional punch, Rise of the Planet of the Apes will thrill you with it’s action and have you questioning the meaning of ‘humanity.

Review continues beyond the cut, you are now entering, spoiler territory.


You’re a film nerd, you spend hours watching all the special features your DVDs and Blurays have to offer. I’m guessing you watched every featurette about the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, amirite? Well, duh, why else would you be here?

This featurette about the motion capture and WETA digitial effects work that went into making The Rise of the Planet of the Apes look so realistic, believable and just damn incredible is a must watch. Fascinating, even.

Andy Serkis is freakin’ fantastic. He’s a terribly under-appreciated actor, and his line of work even more so. All these new, fancy digital effects still require living, breathing actors and artists to make it look so jaw-droppingly incredible. And no one really does it better than Serkis, so yeah, rock on.

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens this Friday, August 5th and stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo and Andy Serkis.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

source: GeekTyrant

Two new trailers here for you, one for Rise of the Planet of the Apes which might show more of the film than you’d like, the second is a kick-ass Japanese trailer for robo-fighting movie, Real Steal.

This trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes comes from the UK, which is why there’s a confusing August 12th release date at the end, I promise it releases in the US on the 5th. It features a lot of new footage, some would say too much. If you were already sure you’d be checking out Rise then I’d say skip it. There isn’t anything too spoilery but it does give away quite a bit of the set-up.

Rise stars James Franco as the scientist who in a way creates the first smart ape, Caesar. Caesar is going to be the real star of this movie, you just know it. He looks incredible, very real, very believable. And from what we see in this trailer the emotion Andy Serkis and WETA wizards are capable of getting across is unbelievable. I’m expecting this movie to really make us humans look and feel like complete shit. Which in some cases, many involving the treatment of animals, we should feel like shit. I don’t understand how you can’t feel compassion for other living creature but really how you won’t be able to feel for the incredible WETA apes in this movie, I don’t know. You’d have to be some heartless asswipe. Check out the trailer below and give us your thoughts. Think this film will make you scream ‘Ape Power!’

source: /Film

For the new trailer for Real Steal click the jump!


Or what I should have titled this article, Watch a Four Second Clip of a Creepy Ape. WETA , probably best known for they’re mind-blowingly awesome effects for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has released this uber short clip of a CGI animated ape for the upcoming Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Like I said, it’s short, but really freakin’ creepy with the realistic and life-like ape. It’s a far, far departure from the apes of old with their plastic masks and Pac-man like mouths.

We know these apes won’t be talking but it’ll be fascinating to see how much expression and emotion they’ll be able to animate on their faces. Here’s hoping their fellow human actors will be able to emote just as convincingly.

source: Film School Rejects