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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

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' trailer: Caesar's one bad banana -- VIDEO

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Hey, remember Caesar from Rise of the Planet of the Apes — the hyper-intelligent, hyper-sympathetic superchimp who formed a touching friendship with James Franco?

Well, that Caesar is dead. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Andy Serkis’s proud primate has become the ruthless leader of an ape uprising — one that a ragtag group of human virus survivors led by a craggy Gary Oldman may be powerless to stop. Get a glimpse at the hard, cold new Caesar in this dark, atmospheric trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – which also features gunfire, pained facial expressions, and a group of killer mammals who will be very pissed off if you dare to call them monkeys. READ FULL STORY

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' lands 'Cloverfield' director Matt Reeves

If you think a single giant marauding alien monster or a child vampire are scary, what about an army of intelligent primates?

EW has confirmed that Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves is finalizing a deal to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which itself was a prequel-reboot of the original Planet of the Apes films from the 1960s and 70s. Reeves replaces Rise director Rupert Wyatt, who reportedly left the project due to concerns about Fox’s announced release date of May 23, 2014.

Andy Serkis will reprise his performance-capture role as lead intelli-ape Caesar. No word yet whether costars James Franco and Freida Pinto will also be returning.

Deadline first reported the story.

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'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Super 8,' 'Breaking Bad,' and 'Fringe' win big at the Saturn Awards

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 may have been skunked when it came time to hand out Academy Awards, but they cleaned up but good at the Saturn Awards, which honor the best in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. At a ceremony Thursday night in Burbank, Calif., Rise of the Planet of the Apes won Best Science Fiction Film, as well as Best Supporting Actor (for Andy Serkis’ motion capture performance as the sentient ape Caesar), and Best Visual Effects. Super 8‘s director (J.J. Abrams), composer (Michael Giacchino), and young star (Joel Courtney) all earned Saturn trophies. And the final Harry Potter film took home the Best Fantasy Film Award.

In the television category, Fringe won best network TV show, Breaking Bad best syndicated or cable TV show, and The Walking Dead best TV presentation (a category for anything lasting 10 episodes or less). Director and actor Frank Oz, and actor James Remar both won Life Career Awards; writer-director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) won the Filmmakers Showcase Award; and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman won the first ever Innovator Award. (Check out a full list of the awards at the end of this story.) READ FULL STORY

Release date shuffles for 'Robopocalypse,' 'Lone Ranger' and 'X-Men' prequel sequel

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Further confounding the Mayan calendar, the Robopocalypse has been postponed another year until summer 2014.

Steven Spielberg’s film about the epic collapse of our civilization at the mechanical hands of soulless automatons was originally due July 3, 2013, but 20th Century Fox (which is co-financing the film with DreamWorks, and Disney’s Touchstone distributing) announced today the movie has been shifted to April 25, 2014.

That will give Spielberg and Co. more time to develop the project, and hopefully persuade his Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis to cameo as a bloodthirsty, killer version of Disneyland’s “Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln” animatronic attraction. (Hey, we can dream.)

Disney announced soon after that Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer’s The Lone Ranger would move back about two months from May 13, 2013 into the July 3 spot vacated by Robopocalypse, while Thor 2 inched forward from Nov. 15 to Nov. 8.

Fox also announced that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to last summer’s acclaimed hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will debut roughly a month later on May 23, 2014, evolving just in time for Memorial Day weekend. And the studio laid out dates for a new X-Men prequel sequel, and a re-release of 1996′s Independence Day in 3-D. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: Turning Andy Serkis into Caesar in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

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Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.

If you want to pinpoint the specific moment when Rise of the Planet of the Apes stopped being a punchline, you can look right back to the very first teaser for the the sci-fi preboot, which ends with a striking close-up shot of primate protagonist Caesar. He’s not doing anything. He’s just… thinking. The combined efforts of performance-capture performer extraordinaire Andy Serkis and the visual effects team at Weta Digital turned Caesar into summer 2011′s most unexpected hero — and earned the film an Oscar nomination for Visual Effects. That striking shot was actually the first successful image completed by the effects team, and the story behind that shot provides an intriguing snapshot of the multilevel process that went into creating Caesar. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: Rupert Wyatt talks the real story behind 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' -- VIDEO

Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.

What would come next should humankind no longer exist? Who would roam the earth? That’s the heart of the story in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for its work in creating an army of apes that take over San Francisco. In an interview below, director Rupert Wyatt dives deeper into the humanistic aspect of the film, while James Franco examines the bond created between Caesar and Will Rodman. READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter,' 'Tree of Life,' 'Transformers' make Oscar VFX short list

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The final 10 contenders for the Oscar for Visual Effects were announced by the Academy today, winnowing the total films from the 15 semi-finalists announced last month.

Left off the short list: Cowboys & Aliens, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows; Sucker Punch; Super 8; and Thor.

Check out the ten films that made the cut below:  READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011: Top movie box office and DVD sales

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This year was all about a boy wizard, a Bumblebee, and a sparklevamp. Joining Harry, Sam, and Edward in 2011′s box office toppers were two groups of wedding-oriented train wrecks, several superheroes, and a bunch of upstart Southern domestics. Over in DVDs, a couple instances of horse power and some evil geniuses joined the fray. So which films topped the box-0ffice? Click through to see 2011′s most popular movies. READ FULL STORY

Academy announces visual effects semifinalists

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 films that will compete for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Check out the list below:

Captain America: The First Avenger
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Sucker Punch
Super 8
Thor
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
X-Men: First Class

This list will get narrowed down to 10 next month, and five will eventually be nominated for the Academy Award on Jan. 24. I don’t envy the people who have to choose the top five — as far as the effects are concerned, there’s not a clunker in the bunch. Will the visual effects branch just go for blockbusters like Harry Potter and X-Men, or will they make room for art-house entries like Hugo and Tree of Life? We’ll find out in the coming weeks.

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

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