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Go Behind the Scenes for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The movie's director, Matt Reeves, and star, Gary Oldman, talk about their new film.

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Here’s an exclusive look at the just-released Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2011 blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

In this sneak peek, director Matt Reeves and star Gary Oldman discuss where the last film left off and the status of the apes when this film begins. Now that human civilization has been almost entirely wiped from the planet, the remaining humans struggle for survival as the apes become the dominant species. Oldman also discusses the films use of motion capture.

You can see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes starting Friday, July 11 in theaters nationwide.

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The Sharknado 2 Trailer Looks Awesomely Bad

Here are the best quotes

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The movie that took the Twitterverse by Great White storm last summer has a sequel. And that sequel — appropriately titled Sharknado 2: The Second One — has a trailer. And that trailer is everything we could ever dream it would be.

This time, the Sharknado has followed the cast from Los Angeles to New York City for Tara Reid’s book tour (stop laughing) to promote: How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters: Fight Back When Monsters and Mother Nature Attack. (Available for purchase).

SyFy’s epic, chainsaw-laden preview gives a hint at the cacophony of hokey dialogue we can look forward to for the film’s July 30 release. Get ready for instant classics like:

  • “Holy Shark”
  • “You know what you did, don’t you? You jumped the shark.”
  • “They’re sharks. They’re scary. No one wants to get eaten. But I’ve been eaten, and I’m here to tell ya, it takes a lot more than that to bring a good man down. It takes a lot more than that to bring a New Yorker down.” (Cue the muted cheers.)

Starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander, Andy Dick, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mark “Sugar Ray” McGrath, and a bunch of other people who couldn’t stop themselves from being in a movie with a tagline, “Forget the umbrella. Grab a chainsaw.”, Sharknado 2 is clearly an instant classic.

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Transformers Writer Will Pen Live-Action Dumbo Remake

Kevin Jonas Visits Disneyland
Kevin Jonas, eldest of the musical Jonas Brothers, took his wife Danielle for a ride on Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Disneyland Getty Images

Elephants. Will. Fly.

Get your Kleenex ready. Disney is planning to remake Dumbo into a live action feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But don’t expect a rerun of the quiet, 64-minute original. Ehren Kruger, who wrote Transformers, has signed on to do the animal flick’s screenplay. He will produce along with Justin Springer, who worked on Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

THR reports that CG developments might even allow the elephants to actually fly. Just when you think you’ve seen ’bout everything…

[THR]

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X-Men Director Teases Sneak Peek of X-Men: Apocalypse

James McAvoy portrays Charles Xavier in a scene from "X-Men: First Class." The “X-Men” franchise will get another boost in 2016 with the release of “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
James McAvoy portrays Charles Xavier in a scene from "X-Men: First Class." The “X-Men” franchise will get another boost in 2016 with the release of “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Murray Close—AP

The director of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' has posted an Instagram photo of the beginning of the next 'X-Men' film

Get excited, Marvel fans: The director of X-Men: Days of Future Past posted a photo of the treatment for X-Men: Apocalypse, the next film in the franchise.

Director Bryan Singer created a new Instagram account Tuesday to which he immediately posted the image. Singer’s picture shows part of the first page of the treatment for X-Men: Apocalypse. The treatment, which can be thought of as a detailed synopsis, seems to continue where the post-credits scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past left off.

The film opens in Ancient Egypt. We’re immediately confronted with the four horsemen — Pestilence, War, Death and Famine — who are the servants of Apocalypse, the film’s main villain.

The photo has done more than set fans’ pulses racing. The image, and a photo Singer tweeted last week of him and the film’s co-writers, indicate that the director will be working on the film, something which some observers doubted after allegations of sexual abuse emerged against the director in April and May.

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Watch: First 4D Theater Opens in the U.S.

You've probably heard of 3D movies - but a movie theater in California is currently offering a movie going experience called 4D

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The first 4D theater in the United States opened this week in Los Angeles with a late-night showing of Transformers: The Age of Extinction.

A “4D” experience means that a 3D movie is combined with features like sensor-equipped motion seats, wind, strobe, fog, rain and scents.

The company behind the innovative movie-going experience – South Korea’s CJ 4DPlex – is betting that 4D will be the next wave in the film industry.

Movies have to be adapted to be played in 4D – recent titles to be given the 4D treatment include Captain America: The Winter Soldier and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

4D systems are currently installed in about 23 countries, including Bulgaria, China, Chile, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer Reveals Shredder

And… Whoopi Goldberg

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The latest radical trailer for Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot dropped Tuesday, and it shows highly anticipated action sequences and new characters. This is the first spot to reveal super-villain Shredder. And there’s even a Whoopi Goldberg cameo.

In case you needed a closer look, here’s a screen grab of the TMNT’s antagonist:

He looks kind of familiar, no?

Oh, Michael Bay.

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Here Are the Haunting New Posters For The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

They look like government propaganda

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The next installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 might not be out until November 21, but Lionsgate is appeasing eager fans with an eerie set of new posters celebrating Panem’s district heroes.

Noticeably absent from the impacting visuals are heroes Katniss and Peeta, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, whose fates were left ambiguous at the end of the most recent film. Instead, the propaganda-like posters feature heroes from other districts.

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Santorum Film: American Believers Could Face Nazi Fate

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Rick Santorum is bringing the nationwide fight over religious liberty to the big screen, and it is chilling.

As the Supreme Court weighs the Hobby Lobby case and activists at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference denounce the war on Christianity in America, Christian movie company EchoLight Studios, of which Rich Santorum is CEO, is preparing to release One Generation Away: the Erosion of Religious Liberty. The trailer, above, shows just how seriously Santorum and many fellow conservatives are taking the issue: if the United States continues down a path that erodes religious freedom, the country could be headed toward Nazi Germany. (That punch comes around minute 1:41.)

One Generation Away is a documentary-style film slated to release September 1. The film focuses on seven ongoing cases studies of religious freedom across the country: Mt. Soledad in San Diego, wedding service providers in Oregon and Washington, Hobby Lobby, chaplaincy in the military, two education cases with a collegiate counseling program, and high school cheerleaders in Koontz, Texas. “The fight to protect our religious freedom is paramount to our country’s future prosperity,” Santorum says. “Taking that fight to the big screen and impacting the culture along the way allows us to inform on this critical subject in a meaningful and entertaining way.”

The film will include interviews with more than 40 political, business and religious leaders, including Steve and David Green of Hobby Lobby, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Jennifer Marshall of Heritage Foundation, Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas, and Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association. “The tone and message of One Generation is that freedom must be available for all to be effective,” Jeff Sheets, president of EchoLight Studios and founder of Abington Ridge Films, explains. “Our intended goal is to promote ongoing, civil dialogue that respects each other even while at times disagreeing.”

The trailer makes the film’s overall position clear: religious freedom in the U.S. is under attack. A famous Ronald Reagan quote frames the trailer: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” Reagan says in the trailer. “And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.” (The original quote comes from Reagan’s 1961 speech arguing to block the passage of Medicare. Sarah Palin revived the quote in her closing remarks in the 2008 vice-presidential debate.)

The comparison to Nazi Germany is bound to raise eyebrows, if not criticism. It is not an uncommon analogy for Santorum—as Dana Milbank wrote in 2012, “Santorum sees Nazis everywhere: in the Middle East, in doctor’s offices and medical labs, in the Democratic Party, and now in the White House.” Sheets explains the inclusion of the Nazi comparison this way: “This example was used to illustrate the extreme consequences that can occur when freedoms begin to erode unchecked. The ‘Church’ in Germany sat by as their freedoms and the freedoms of the Jews were restricted. By the time they woke up, it was too late. America is NOT Nazi Germany nor is there an inference in the movie that our government is taking that extremist position.”

One Generation Away will be shown in churches as the premier of EchoLight’s new plan to take advantage of their theater-like setup and built-in audiences.

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Straight Outta Compton: Where Are The Members of N.W.A. Now?

Checking in with the seminal rap group following the announcement of their biopic's release date and starring roles

Dr. Dre and Ice Cube—two of the founding members of legendary Los Angeles hip-hop group N.W.A.—on Wednesday tweeted both the release date of the group’s biopic (Aug. 14, 2015) and a photo of them and director F. Gary Gray with the three actors who will play Dre, Cube and Eazy-E in the movie.

Corey Hawkins (Non-Stop, Iron Man 3) will play Dre, relative unknown Jason Mitchell will play E and Cube will be played by real-life son O’Shea Jackson Jr. in his first role. Casting for DJ Yella and MC Ren has not yet been announced.

The film is still more than a year away, but it’s never too soon to check in on what the four surviving members of N.W.A. have been up to since their “Straight Outta Compton” days.

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Watch the Awesome But Also Terrifying New Trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Proving that apes wielding machine guns are, in fact, terrifying

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Wanna see an ape ride a horse through fire while maniacally brandishing a machine gun? Of course you do.

Twentieth Century Fox released its latest — and final — trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and it’s pretty awesome. But also terrifying due to, you know, said image above.

The movie is about a band of human survivors and multitudes of genetically advanced apes who have reached a fleeting peace arrangement. Stars include Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, and Jason Clarke. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters on July 11.

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