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The Planet of the Apes franchise has a deep lineage of interesting writers penning different chapters about our future simian overlords. With the latest installment of the franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hitting theaters this Friday, we've decided to put the spotlight on the scribes that have brought the ape-ocalypse to life throughout the years.
Rod SterlingFilm: Planet of the ApesNotable Works: The Twilight ZoneRod Sterling was the creator of the legendary sci-fi anthology TV series The Twilight Zone, whose influences continue to touch every inch of modern sci-fi storytelling. Besides The Twilight Zone, Sterling has also written a number of films, including thrillers like The Yellow Canary and Seven Days in March. He also created another anthology series, Night Gallery, which featured stories focusing on horror, supernatural, and macabre elements.
Michael WilsonFilm: Planet of the ApesNotable Works: Lawrence of Arabia, It's a Wonderful Life, The Bridge on the River KwaiBesides co-writing the first entry of the Planet of the Apes franchise, Michael Wilson wrote an astounding number of cinematic classics, including Lawrence of Arabia, It's a Wonderful Life, and The Bridge on the River Kwai. If Wilson's credits weren't interesting enough, the writer was blacklisted from the Hollywood studio system after being accused of being a communist. During this time, he wrote a number of films overseas. One of which was Salt of the Earth, a film written, produced, and directed by filmmakers blacklisted by Hollywood during the McCarthy era.
Paul DehnFilms: Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the ApesNotable Works: Goldfinger, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Murder on the Orient ExpressPaul Dehn is the most prolific screenwriter of the franchise, penning scripts for four out of the five original films in the series. Outside of the Planet of the Apes franchise, Dehn has written several spy thrillers including the James Bond film Goldfinger and a film adaptation of John le Carre's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. He also wrote the screenplay for Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.
John William Corrington and Joyce Hooper CorringtonFilm: Battle for the Planet of the ApesNotable Works: The Omega Man, Boxcar Bertha, General HospitalThis married couple and screenwriting duo has lent its talents to five films over the years. Besides Battle for the Planet of the Apes, they also wrote the screenplay for Omega Man, another apocalyptic film starring Charlton Heston in the lead role, and Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha. The writing team is also known for their work on soap operas, having written for long-running soap staples like General Hospital and One Life to Live.
Lawrence Konner and Mark RosenthallFilm: Planet of the Apes (2001)Notable Works: Mona Lisa Smile, The Sorcerer ApprenticeLawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthall have worked together on a diverse number of projects including Mona Lisa Smile, Star Trek VI, and The Sorcerer Apprentice. They also, funnily enough, penned the script for Mighty Joe Young, another film about primates, but one with far fewer apocalyptic overtones. Lawrence Konner has also written for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire though without his writing partner.
William Broyles Jr.Film: Planet of the Apes (2001)Notable Works: Entrapment, Apollo 13, The Polar Express, Cast AwayWilliam Broyles Jr. is a bona fide A-list Hollywood screenwriter with numerous films under his belt including Jarhead, Unfaithful, The Polar Express, and Cast Away. His script for for Apollo 13 was nominated for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver Film: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the ApesNotable Works: Avatar 3, Jurassic WorldMarried screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver had a handful of films under their belt, but the duo really broke out with their script for 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which revitalized the franchise and earned them a Saturn Award nomination for writing. Ever since, the pair have become a hot commodity for sci-fi blockbusters. Jaffa and Silver were hired to write the upcoming tent-pole films Jurassic World and Avatar 3.
Sir Paul McCartney has recruited actor/musician Johnny Depp to co-star in his new music video.
The promo for Early Days begins with the Beatles legend playing his acoustic guitar in a room alone, before more and more blues musicians, including Depp, appear alongside him.
Director Vincent Haycock claims the short film is a tribute to the beginnings of McCartney's relationship with his late songwriting partner and bandmate John Lennon. He says, "Their story at its core is a universal one, two young kids who bond over their passion for music and form a band and friendship. This video is about them, and every band, and every kid who has suffered the ups and downs of starting a band, whether or not they became successful."
Haycock reveals McCartney and Depp weren't the only big stars onset - rocker Patti Smith dropped by during filming, too. He adds, "Paul's scene was incredibly fun to create. It was just him, some blues players and Johnny Depp jamming on set all day. Patti Smith also turned up on set and hung out, which made the crew very happy!"
The son of former Bond movie mastermind Michael Apted has lost his battle with colon cancer at the age of 47. Sound editor Paul Apted died in Los Angeles on Friday (04Jul14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He followed his director father into Hollywood and enjoyed a career spanning over two decades.
His recent projects included Bruce Willis' A Good Day to Die Hard, Hugh Jackman films The Wolverine and Prisoners, and the big screen adaptation of hit novel The Fault in Our Stars.
Paul had also worked with his British dad on a handful of movies, including Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman's Extreme Measures in 1996 and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010.
A memorial service is due to take place at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills next Sunday (13Jul14), while a funeral service will follow in the U.K. at a later date.
You might not realize that you're looking for a new favorite movie, but you are. And we've got just the movie to fill that spot: They Came Together, the latest project from Wet Hot American Summer and Role Models director David Wain. A send-up of the romantic comedy genre, the film stars Amy Poehler as the owner of a small candy shop, whose business is threatened by a major franchise that just happens to be run by Paul Rudd. Needless to say, love eventually conquers all, but there are plenty of hilarious missteps along the way. Are you on board yet? Yeah, we thought so.
Just in case the combination of Poehler, Rudd, and Wain wasn't enough to win you over, the trailer features a star-studded cast and every single rom com rope that you could possibly think of. Seriously, in the trailer alone, there's...
1. There's a montage of them falling in love that includes a stroll through Central Park, making dinner together, and goofing off in a public
2. Rudd hits Poehler in the face with a football
3. They have a confrontation in a public place
4. They bond over a general character trait they have in common
5. Their kisses are so passionate that it distracts them from the fact that they're destroying the house
6. Rudd notices a little thing about Poehler, and it's a touching moment
7. There's another, sexier woman competing for Rudd, who will break or has already broken his heart
8. Poehler goes on a terrible date with an obnoxious loser
9. Rudd gets relationship advice from his gross, sex-obsessed friend
10. Rudd's token black friend gives sensible advice
11. The whole conversation takes place during a pickup basketball game
12. Rudd has an insane, tempermental boss
13. People assume Rudd and Poehler are a couple, even though they're not
14. Two people accidentally wear matching outfits to a party
15. Poehler throws her drink in Rudd's face
16. A taxi sprays Rudd with water from a puddle, presumably while he's on his way to something important
17. A window gets broken
18. Because two adults are doing something they shouldn't be
18. Rudd does magic to impress a small child
19. Poehler wears a ridiculous outfit, presumably either for a costume party or as part of a makeover montage
20. Poehler is adorably clumsy
21. Poehler high-fives strangers on the street in celebration
22. Rudd starts a sentence with "You're pretty adorable when you..."
23. Their friends are charmed by their adorable, heartwarming totally unique relationship.
You can catch They Came Together in theaters or on VOD on June 27. We reccommend re-watching all of the Bobby Newport episodes of Parks and Recreation to tide you over in the meantime.
50 Cent's movie career has been given a boost - the rapper will join Melissa Mccarthy in her upcoming action comedy Spy. The In Da Club hitmaker will play himself in the Paul Feig film about a female James Bond-type character, played by McCarthy.
The project reunites the director with his break-out Bridesmaids star.
Jude Law, Jason Statham, Nia Long and real-life couple Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale have previously signed on for the film, which is slated for release in May, 2015.
Actor Bobby Cannavale and his girlfriend Rose Byrne are teaming up for their third film together in the upcoming comedy, Spy. The Blue Jasmine star has been cast in Bridesmaids director Paul Feig's new movie about a female James Bond-type character, according to TheWrap.com.
Cannavale and Byrne, who have been dating since 2012, first acted alongside each other in the remake of movie musical Annie, due in cinemas in December (14). They recently wrapped indie comedy Brother's Keeper, also set to be released later this year (14).
The project reunites Byrne with her Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy, who will play the lead role.
Jude Law and Jason Statham have previously been cast in the film, which is slated for release in May, 2015.
Actor Vin Diesel has written a new tribute to his tragic Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker. Walker died in a fiery car crash in November (13) and Diesel has spoken of the bond he and his co-star shared both professionally and personally.
On Saturday (22Mar14) the actor revealed how close Walker had become to his own family in a new message about the loss of his friend and colleague on Facebook.com.
Alongside a picture of Walker with Diesel's brother, also called Paul, the actor writes, "Pablo (Walker) and my mother would have deep conversations... she claimed, that it was no accident that this on-screen duo has come to define brotherhood in Our millennium. You see... the other guy in the photo is also named Paul... and although they look more alike, he is actually my twin brother."
Diesel also thanked fans for their support as Fast & Furious bosses prepare to resume work on the seventh instalment in the film franchise later this month (Mar14).
He adds, "God knows we will need all of you to complete this intense experience called SEVEN. Though this may be one of the hardest things I have had to do in my career, I can't help but to think... that it will also be the most significant."
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Beneath the many tiers of convoluted sci-fi world building that make up the skin of Divergent, there is what might pass for a simple and humane heart: the message that a person should be more than "just one thing." That the truly worthwhile among us won't fit so snugly into the rigid compartments instituted by society — both ours and that of Future Chicago — because "not fitting in," as it turns out, is actually a better gig. That in Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), we — the silent majority of outcasts — have a new idol to vocalize the values in being different. But it's really difficult to attach yourself to a character like Tris with writing this terrible.
Although the parameters of her role would logically allow for enough personality, imagination, and good old fashioned chutzpah to make Tris a relatable human being, there is almost no personality to be found in the script's version of the hero. The entire Divergent world is lacking in this area, in fact. From the onset of her introductory voice-over (almost forgivable, because there might actually be no other way to introduce a society so cluelessly complicated), we can feel something lacking in the construction of the film's hero. Tris explains the nature of the five societal factions that exist in Future Chicago — Dauntless (the brave), Abnegation (the selfless), Erudite (the intelligent), and two others that don't really come into play, mentioning with a foreboding tone that those who don't belong to any faction are shunned by the world and cast to desolation (that's her, if you don't already know). But in these crucial opening minutes, Tris' exposition is as lifeless as it is brainless. Starting with Erudite, Tris fawns like an empty-headed child, "They know everything." A regrettably imbecilic line, but probably the peak of the character's nuance. From there, we get very little out of Tris, or any other of Divergent's citizens, that isn't cold, bloodless exposition and the action necessary to courier it to a sating box office end game.
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No one in this story about "being yourself" feels at all like he or she has a self to be. Run through the gears of a world too insistently mechanical to evoke anything real (despite the generosity of its central "fitting in" conceit), the people end up flat, thin, and dry, never once uttering a line of dialogue that is in any way personal... or in any small way not tailored to the larger game of misguided set-up at play. Against this backdrop, a pronounced Tris Prior might have been doubly effective. But it's not some grand schematic on the part of director Neil Burger and screenwriters Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor to paint a gray world behind a glimmering hero. It's just an ostensible inability to draw anything human.
There are a couple of reasons why we hesitate to call Tris a truly terrible character. The first is Woodley. With so little to work with, she is, admittedly, good. Her action carries weight, her tears beget ours, and we do actually root for her to come out okay. All of the charm we're accrediting to Tris is Woodley's doing, and we know from past turns that with a better script in her hands this rising star could do wonders. The second is that, in outline form, Tris might be the best YA heroine we've gotten lately. Her decisions stem from a drive for independence and personal fulfillment. True, her primarily relationship is with a brooding jock, the unfortunately named Four (Theo James), to whom she plays the eager therapist more than anything else. But she also has a somewhat empowering bond with her mother (Ashley Judd) and an admittedly under cooked but at the very least occasionally present rapport with faction-mate Christina (Zoe Kravitz). So... something.
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Without a real character in which to root these small victories, though, they amount to very little. Just additional slices of the soulless, joyless, mindless deep dish pie that is this movies. But Chicago's dystopian fiction fails the same way that its pizza does: over stuffed with empty calories and lacking any recognizable flavor.
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SLASH, Jason Mraz, Richard E. Grant and Terry Gilliam have added music and memories to Johnny Depp's new movie about artist Ralph Steadman. Depp signed on to narrate documentary For No Good Reason about the life and work of the British cartoonist last year (13), and the finished film also features many other famous friends.
Created over 15 years by filmmaker Charlie Paul, For No Good Reason includes footage of Steadman at work and anecdotes from late writer Hunter S. Thompson, who formed a bond with the Brit in the 1970s and used his illustrations in books like Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, which was adapted for the big screen and starred Depp.
Gilliam, who directed the 1998 film, and Grant offer tributes, while Steadman fans Slash, All American Rejects, Mraz, James Blake, Ed Harcourt and Crystal Castles created music for the film's soundtrack.
For No Good Reason opens in limited release in America later this month (Mar14).
Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro have urged producers of the Bond movie franchise to let them record the next film's theme tune. Frontman Simon Neil has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of stars including Sir Tom Jones, Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney by recording a song for a 007 film.
The Mountains singer hopes his band will be tapped to work on the follow-up to 2012's Skyfall, which featured an Oscar-winning song by Adele.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "Biffy for Bond, yes - I will follow you to the ends of the earth, sir. I'd love that. I think we've got a couple of songs in our back catalogue that could have suited but that is most songwriters' dream, isn't it, to write for Bond? You get given the key it has to be in, I believe, and certain motifs. It's such a dramatic theme that I think it would really suit us."