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Andy Serkis at the 2018 Empire Film Awards held at the Roundhouse in London. Among this year's winners were 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', 'Logan' and 'Get Out'. Mark Hamill was honoured with the Empire Icon Award while Steven Spielberg took home the Empire Legend of our Lifetime Award - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 18th March 2018
Andy Serkis will be directing and starring as Baloo in the flick.
It's been a long time coming, but Andy Serkis' Jungle Book movie, 'Mowgli' is now just a few months away from being released. Starring Serkis in the role of Baloo, alongside Rohan Chand as Mowgli, Christian Bale as Bagheera, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, and Cate Blanchett as Kaa, the film looks to be a darker take on Rudyard Kipling's book than we've ever seen on screen before.
Andy Serkis directs and stars as Baloo in 'Mowgli'
First announced back in 2012 by Warner Bros. Pictures, a number of names were attached to the project before the picture eventually went to Serkis. Best known for his work in the 'Lord of the Rings' movie trilogy as Sméagol, aka Gollum, 'Mowgli' will be just the second time Serkis has served as director on a film, following his directorial debut on last year's 'Breathe'.
Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne on the red carpet at the 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) 2018 held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The big winners this year were 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' and 'The Shape of Water' - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 18th February 2018
Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne at the Newport Beach Film Festival's Honours, ahead of the annual event itself which is held in April and May - Manchester, United Kingdom - Friday 16th February 2018
The actor took on the role of Gollum in the Peter Jackson-directed trilogy of 'LOTR' films.
The 'Lord of the Rings' television series is something that's being worked on by Warner Bros., and not much information regarding the plot, who'll be leading the show, or exactly what we'll see in the episodes has been revealed. One actor in particular however seems to be ruling himself out of making a comeback.
Andy Serkis brought Gollum to life in the original 'LOTR' film trilogy
When Peter Jackson took on the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, adapting the novels for the big screen, the world was in awe at the incredible job he did. With that in mind, it's obvious that whoever's going to front the TV series is going to have to go above and beyond if they're to live up to the legacy he's left behind.
Andy Serkis at the European premiere of Marvel's 'Black Panther' held at the Eventim Apollo in London. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the movie follows T'Challa's adventures after the events of 'Captain America: Civil War' - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 8th February 2018
The film will now be called 'Mowgli' and is set for release in 2018.
'The Jungle Book' is without a doubt one of the best known stories on the planet, but for many, especially in the Western world, it's something that's renowned because of its place in Disney. The classic story that was told through animation was in 2016 brought to live-action by Jon Favreau, but he's not the only filmmaker to become enamoured by Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book' story.
Andy Serkis is bringing the 'Jungle Book' story to the big screen once more
For some time, Andy Serkis - best known for his role as Gollum in the 'Lord of the Rings' film series - has also been working on a live-action film adaptation of the 'Jungle Book' story, with a movie now officially scheduled to come out in 2018.
Continue reading: Andy Serkis' 'Jungle Book' Movie Gets New Title And Synopsis
After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago, writer-director Rian Johnson had a lot to live up to with Episode VIII. And he delivers more than anyone expected: a lucid, entertaining film that operates on four distinct planes, deepens all of its characters, enriches the mythology and constantly surprises the audience with twists and turns. It's a little overwhelming, a nonstop two and a half hours of action and intensity without any time to catch your breath. But there's also a steady stream of sharp humour to help keep things in perspective.
The story picks up straight away, as the First Order led by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) presses its advantage to wipe out the rebellion for good. Snoke is playing his apprentice Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) off against General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) for maximum effect as they launch an attack. Rebel General Leia (Carrie Fisher) is trying to protect her scrappy army, with pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) trying against the odds to find a way to get them to safety. He sends rebel hero Finn (John Boyega) and mechanic Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) on a mission to track down a hacker who can give them a chance against the First Order. Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley) has tracked down Leia's brother, jaded Jedi master Luke (Mark Hamill), who is trying to teach her hard truths about the Force.
Each of these characters finds a surprising connection to others, derailing plans and sending each person on an unexpected journey. The way Johnson orchestrates all of this is remarkable because it's both coherent and compelling. And the actors beautifully inhabit the characters, offering telling glimpses beneath the surface. Driver has the strongest role, grappling with three other main characters to understand his destiny. It's dark and complex, and unnervingly moving. Ridley and Hamill also have powerfully gripping moments, while Isaac gets to make good on his scallywag promise in the previous film. And in her final role, the late Fisher brings a wonderfully knowing, sassy edge to Leia.
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War For The Planet of the Apes fends of the competition of Marvel's Spider-Man to take the no.1 spot in the US Box Office
It was a busier weekend than usual at the box office with two monumental blockbusters going head-to-head. This weekend was dominated by 'War for the Planet of the Apes' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', with the former taking the no.1 spot.
The latest installment in the Apes franchise still underachieved compared to early predictions with the film grossing $56.5m from 4,022 locations, after being predicted to be around the $60m mark. This puts the film at the same level of 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', but below the intermitting 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' which scored a huge $72.6m domestic opening.
Continue reading: War For The Planet Of The Apes Beats Of Competition At Box Office
After pioneering motion-capture performance as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Andy Serkis has pushed the art further with his Planet of the Apes trilogy
The Planet Of The Apes series of films concludes with War for the Planet of the Apes, which is told through the eyes of his character Caesar. Serkis has consistently said that this kind of performance is "no different" than any other kind of acting. "An actor in a performance-capture role receives a script, works on psychology, emotions, motivation, and goes on set to be shot in exactly the same way as any other character," he says. "That performance is used to cut the movie, and it's that performance that creates emotion, pace and drama. The visual effects render the character, just like putting on makeup, except here it happens after the fact. It's digital makeup if you will."
Serkis agrees that it's a collaboration between the actor and the visual effects team. "Of course there's this whole grey area," he says. "Who takes ultimate responsibility for the characters? But without question these characters are authored by what we do on set. They are not authored by animators. Animators do amazing work translating and interpolating the characters, the facial performances. But what we're creating on set, the emotional content of the scene and the acting choices in front of the camera, if they are not there on the day, they will never be in the movie."
Continue reading: Andy Serkis Thinks Planet Of The Apes Actors Should Be Up For Oscars
The surprisingly thoughtful prequel trilogy comes to a powerful conclusion with this robust, dramatic thriller, which avoids most of the annoying cliches of action blockbusters to offer something much deeper. As before, the film is anchored by a startlingly realistic motion-capture performance from Andy Serkis that fills the screen with complex emotions.
As the lab-created virus continues to sweep across the world, killing humans and giving sentient abilities to apes, a tenacious Colonel (Woody Harrelson) is making one last stand for mankind. While raiding a nearby ape village, he kills ape leader Ceasar's (Serkis) family, which finally convinces Caesar that peace with humans won't be possible. With revenge in mind, Caesar takes his faithful orangutan advisor Maurice (Karin Konoval) on a mission to track down the Colonel while arranging for the colony to make its escape. Along the way, Caesar reluctantly rescues an abandoned little girl (Amiah Miller) and a chatty orphaned ape (Steve Zahn). Meanwhile, the Colonel has holed up in a military base awaiting reinforcements from the north to wipe out the apes for good.
Unlike most action movies, this film plays out patiently, with long scenes that reveal internal motivations, deepening the characters and situations profoundly. Director Matt Reeves never rushes through a set-piece, allowing them to evolve organically, even if there are a couple of oddly convenient plot points later on. The point is that the film centres on the internalised thoughts and feelings of the characters, rather than their physicality in the big action moments. Which of course draws us into the complexities of the story and forces us to consider the bigger ideas swirling around. This also means that scenes never play out in predictable ways, constantly surprising the audience with refreshing twists that undermine and redefine the genre.
Continue reading: War For The Planet Of The Apes Review
Serkis was 'Lord of the Rings' super-fan Stephen Colbert's guest on 'The Late Show' on Tuesday.
The 53 year old English actor, whose work in the field of motion-capture technology is legendary and who used it to portray Smeagol / Gollum, stopped by ‘The Late Show’ on Tuesday night (July 11th) to discuss his new project, War For the Planet of the Apes.
However, as Colbert is wont to do, discussion inevitably turned to the president Donald Trump. A regular feature of late night shows, particularly Jimmy Kimmel’s, is reading out mean tweets, so Colbert launched his own variant of this and asked his guest if he would reprise his memorable character of Gollum in order to read out some of Trump’s infamous tweets.
Robin Cavendish seems to have everything. He is handsome, educated, extraordinarily intelligent and has a loyal wife named Diana and a baby son named Jonathan. But disaster strikes during a trip to Kenya in 1958 and he is struck down with polio, rendering him unable to move any of his limbs or even breathe by himself. At just 28, he believes his life to be over as he is flown back to England only to lie in another hospital bed on a respirator. But it is his wife who encourages him to keep on living.
She removes him from hospital and returns him to the comfort of his own home, while his Oxford graduate friend Teddy Hall begins work on a special wheelchair with a mobile respirator which would allow Robin to travel. His long-term survival exceeds all doctors' expectations, and far from his life being over, he becomes a staunch activist for disabled people and helps in the development of numerous devices that would go on to improve the quality of life of responauts (as such people as him are dubbed) a thousand-fold.
'Breathe' is a romantic biopic based on the life of the real Robin Cavendish - a man who did extraordinary things with a diagnosis that would have killed most people within a few years - and his fiercely faithful wife Diana who nursed and encouraged him. It has been directed by accomplished actor Andy Serkis (star of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and 'Lord of the Rings') in his directorial debut, and written by the Academy Award nominated William Nicholson ('Gladiator', 'Les Miserables'). Serkis has lately been directing his second film, 'Jungle Book', which is due out in 2018.
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The film is doing incredibly well with the critics.
Andy Serkis returns to the role of Caesar in upcoming film 'War For The Planet Of The Apes'; the sequel to the 2014 release 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'. Starring opposite Woody Harrelson as a Colonel intent on taking Caesar and his band of apes down in order to survive, the pair quickly come to realise that it's either human or ape who will come out of the chaos with the upper hand.
'War For The Planet Of The Apes' has made an incredible impression so far...
Matt Reeves directs the film with a screenplay from Mark Bomback and Rick Jaffa, whilst the likes of Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer and Amiah Miller star alongside Serkis and Harrelson.
Continue reading: What Do The Critics Think Of 'War For The Planet Of The Apes'?
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