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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' teaser: Caesar sends in the cavalry -- VIDEO

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As a title, Rise of the Planet of the Planet of the Apes was a little premature. The 2011 reboot, starring James Franco and Andy Serkis’s magic, was a stealth blockbuster, but the movie doesn’t exactly end with ape global supremacy.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, on the other hand, might be ready to deliver. In a new TV teaser that premiered during last night’s Walking Dead, we get to see apes riding horses — a notable visual touchstone for those who remember Charlton Heston’s first dust-up with the filthy apes.

It looks like a man-versus-ape world, with the latter poised to take over following years of human disease and civil war. “You know the scary thing about ‘em?” says the voiceover in the new teaser. “They don’t need power, lights, heat, nothing. That’s their advantage. That’s what makes them stronger.”

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Andy Serkis will direct live-action 'The Jungle Book'

Andy Serkis — also known as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies and The Hobbit’s second unit director – is set to take a break from the Tolkien universe to direct the live-action The Jungle Book from Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This will be the actor’s feature directing debut. Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu was previously in the running to direct.

This The Jungle Book is one of two Jungle Book films in the works right now — the other is being made by Disney.

'The Hobbit': Weta's ongoing quest for the digital face of the future

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a tale of two risky quests. The first quest is the one on the screen, which sends Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and 12 compact compatriots off toward Lonely Mountain. The second is the filmmaking odyssey for the cast and crew led by director Peter Jackson, who won fame and glory in Middle-earth with the Lord of the Rings trilogy but found a different combination of challenges in adapting this earlier Tolkien epic.

A key figure in Jackson’s odyssey is senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri, the director of Weta Digital and a four-time Oscar winner (Avatar, King Kong, and the second and third Lord of the Rings films) who may add a fifth thanks to his latest Middle-earth nomination (which he shares with Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White). EW caught up with Letteri to talk about the changing face of digital effects and its unexpected journey toward the spiritual center of acting craft. Also, check out a new sizzle reel of The Hobbit, a film that racked up $956 million in worldwide box office, which among Tolkien adaptations bows only to Return of the King, the 2003 finale of the first trilogy that took in  $1.1 billion and won the Oscar for Best Picture.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The first Lord of the Rings film opened a little more than 11 years ago but it’s amazing how far digital effects have leaped in that span. For you, when you look back at your path, what do you see that’s unexpected?
JOE LETTERI:
The nature of it, the true nature of the work. We’re just in the early days of understanding what facial expression means of how people relate to each other. I know people focus on the technology, like the motion capture, but really when you look at a lot of this and you try to tease out what the meaning is, you figure out that it comes down to trying to understand expression and the way people relate to each other. That’s drama, that’s the heart of what actors do. We work with actors to distill that and to bring it to these new characters. With Hobbit we had a chance to do it with six characters with speaking lines — there was over 20 minutes of dialogue for these characters. READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit' behind-the-scenes diary: Comic-Con! Goblin-town! Yak hair! Legolas! -- VIDEO

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Fun fact! Over the 18 months of principal photography on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the production went through an estimated 450 miles of yak hair.

That’s but one of the many oddly illuminating details tucked inside director Peter Jackson’s latest video production diary from the New Zealand set. Though it mostly chronicles the final days of shooting, the video starts with a charming prologue at San Diego Comic-Con, capturing the whirlwind of interviews and signings for The Hobbit folk like Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis before their massive panel in Hall HREAD FULL STORY

'The Hobbit' Comic-Con panel: Peter Jackson gifts a bounty of footage upon Hall H

The Project: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again

The Panel: Director Peter Jackson, along with stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis (also second unit director), surprise guest Elijah Wood, and screenwriter Philippa Boyens. Moderated by the Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick

Footage Screened: The panel began with the latest behind-the-scenes video blog dispatch — which Peter Jackson has been posting regularly on The Hobbit‘s official Facebook page — on the final five days of production. We’ll post it on EW.com when it goes live, but there was a wealth of lovely moments, including interviews with Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, and Stephen Fry, all of whom seem to figure more prominently in the second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, which includes the climatic confrontation with the dragon Smaug. We also saw the final day of production on both the second unit — directed by Andy Serkis — and the main unit, including a scene between Bilbo (Freeman) and Gandalf (McKellan) with this dialogue (which was heard, but not seen):  READ FULL STORY

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