DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES unleashes new poster!

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A few days ago at CinemaCon, 20th Century Fox world premiered footage from a number of their upcoming films. While I’m incredibly excited about their 2014 and 2015 slate, near the top of my list is director Matt Reeves’ DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. The story takes place 10 years after the first film and finds Caesar (Andy Serkis) attempting to assert his dominance over the apes while a small human colony struggles to survive in San Francisco. The film also stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Enrique Murciano, and Judy Greer.

With the film opening July 11th, Fox has started ramping up the promotion for the film. Just yesterday ago I posted the brand new TV spot, and now I’m happy to reveal a new poster. As you can see, the poster is clearly a nod to the emotion in the movie, like we saw in the last one. Having hearing about the footage at CinemaCon, I can tell you there will be epic action and a great story. I really can’t wait to see the finished film.

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New TV spot for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES with new footage!

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20th Century Fox aired the first TV spot for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES during the season finale of “The Walking Dead” tonight and you can now watch it below!

Opening in theaters on July 11, the Matt Reeves-directed sequel stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo and Judy Greer.

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.

Box Office: NOAH rides the flood, SABOTAGE sinks!

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This weekend was not a wash for Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH. The controversial biblical epic opened with $44 million from 3,500 locations yesterday, including $1.6 million from Thursday pm previews. That puts NOAH well above the $33 million Paramount said it was expecting. This makes NOAH the biggest opening of Russell Crowe’s career (outside of his supporting turn in MAN OF STEEL).

The weekend’s second major release should also mark a career milestone for star Arnold Schwarzenegger, though not the kind stars typically strive for. SABOTAGE – Arnie’s third major release since January 2013 – could end up as his worst debut since RED SONJA, in 1985. From its 2,486 locations, Sabotage brought in only $5.33 million this weekend. Finally, after two weeks in limited release, director Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL expanded to almost 1,000 locations on Friday, making it into the domestic top six $8.825 million.

1 Noah $44M
2 Divergent $26.5M
3 Muppets Most Wanted $11.37M
4 Mr. Peabody & Sherman $9.5M
5 God’s Not Dead $9.07M
6 The Grand Budapest Hotel $8.82M
7 Sabotage (2014) $5.33M
8 Need for Speed $4.33M
9 300: Rise of An Empire $4.3M
10 Non-Stop $4.08M

New poster for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION!

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Paramount Pictures has released a new poster for director Michael Bay’s sure-to-be-explosive sequel TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, and it pits Mark Wahlberg in great peril. Wahlberg plays a burgeoning inventor and family man who runs into trouble when he accidentally discovers a beat-up Transformer. AGE OF EXTINCTION takes place a considerable time after the events of Dark of the Moon, and the U.S. Government now feels that there is no use for Transformers here on Earth.

As can be gleaned in this new poster, Wahlberg and his daughter (played by Nicola Peltz) find themselves in a dire situation when a ginormous ship appears above their home. Don’t you just hate it when a giant robot spaceship hovers over your nice farmhouse and ruins the rest of your day?

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 27, 2014!

Peter Dinklage in PIXELS, Dayo Okeniyi in TERMINATOR: GENESIS, Tom Wilkinson in SELMA!

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Peter Dinklage is in final negotiations to join Chris Columbus’ PIXELS, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad. The picture is a feature-length adaptation of Patrick Jean’s short film which depicted popular 1980s video game characters attacking New York City. In the movie, the heroes are a group of video game experts recruited by the government to combat the threat. Tim Herlihy wrote the first draft of the script, which was then rewritten by Tim Dowling. Sandler and Herlihy are currently polishing a final draft.

THE HUNGER GAMES’ Dayo Okeniyi has landed the role of Miles Dyson’s son in Alan Taylor’s TERMINATOR: GENESIS starring Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke. Joe Morton starred as the elder Dyson in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, a character employed by Cyberdyne Systems who developed the initial neural-net processor that eventually evolved into Skynet. (DeVaughn Nixon played a young Danny in that film.) It’s unknown exactly how the young Dyson will factor into the plot at this point. As our own Adam Chitwood pointed out, John Boyega was previously being eyed for this role, but now that Okeniyi is reported as having the role, perhaps Boyega made progress on the STAR WARS: EPISODE VII casting front.

Tom Wilkinson is being eyed to play President Lyndon B. Johnson in Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. movie, SELMA. The drama centers on MLK’s landmark 1965 voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement. Johnson gave an eloquent speech addressing the Voting Rights Act one week after deadly racial violence erupted in Selma, Alabama in March of 1965.

Box Office: NOAH to storm theaters, beat DIVERGENT!

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Following months of talk, audiences will finally get a chance to make their own assessment of NOAH this weekend to the tune of over $35 million. SABOTAGE and CESAR CHAVEZ also open, though both should be under $10 million.

Here’s the forecast from Box Office Mojo:

Forecast (March 28-30)
1. Noah – $36.2 million
2. Divergent – $22.9 million
3. Muppets – $10 million
4. Sabotage – $7.8 million
5. Peabody – $7.7 million
6. Grand Budapest – $7 million
7. God’s Not Dead – $6.7 million
8. Cesar Chavez – $6.5 million

New trailer for THE PURGE: ANARCHY arrives! Film due July 18, 2014!

A new trailer for the horror sequel THE PURGE: ANARCHY has landed online. The film follows the same premise as the first pic—one day a year, all crime (including murder) is legal in the United States—but this time leaves the “home invasion” conceit behind and takes the action to the streets.

The first trailer focused on a couple who finds themselves stranded when their car breaks down, but this trailer gives us a look at a character played by Frank Grillo who willingly goes out seeking revenge. Grillo drives a car perfectly suited for a MAD MAX movie, so one imagines he’ll fare pretty well during this Purge. The premise offers plenty of opportunity, so I’m interested to see how it’s expanded in this follow-up. The film also stars Zach Gilford and Michael Kenneth Williams.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY opens in theaters July 18, 2014!