May 10, 2013 6:01pm EST
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) has tweeted a new photo from the set of the movie due out May 23, 2014. And if this isn't a doozy to quicken the hearts of all true fans of the Apes franchise, I don't know what is. It's a shot of Reeves talking to Andy Serkis in his motion-capture suit (on the right) riding a horse! That means apes will be riding horses in the movie, just like in Charlton Heston's original 1968 classic, Planet of the Apes.
But what could be going on here? In 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Serkis' Caesar was last seen fleeing into Marin County's Muir Woods with his cognitively-enhanced simian companions after a battle on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. He had violently rejected humanity after a series of gross misunderstandings and bid farewell to his former master James Franco and female tag-along (can't really call her a character) Freida Pinto. The final moments of Rise saw the plague Franco had engineered strickening all of humanity, presumably leading to our near-extinction. That means the apes can now make their conquest! Paging Roddy McDowall and Ricardo Montalban!
Except, if this photo is any indication, the apes still appear to be hiding out in the forest. Maybe they're just using Muir Woods — which movie fans will recognize immediately from Vertigo and Return of the Jedi — as their home base or staging area, because we do know that Gary Oldman has been cast as the leader of humanity's resistance to the ape threat. Oldman will be joined by Keri Russell (reuniting with her old Felicity exec producer Reeves), Judy Greer, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Zero Dark Thirty's Jason Clarke.
Does this photo make you excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes or what?
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May 02, 2013 5:27am EST
Screenwriter Rula Jebreal is heading down the aisle after becoming engaged to her boyfriend. The journalist, whose debut book Miral was adapted into a film starring Freida Pinto, has confirmed she is to marry investment entrepreneur Arthur Altschul, Jr. after he proposed last month (Apr13).
Altschul tells the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, "We are engaged. We're very much in love, and look forward to being married."
Jebreal dated filmmaker Julian Schnabel, who directed Miral, for five years, but they split in 2011 and he is now expecting a child with his fiancee, former Victoria's Secret model May Andersen.
October 12, 2012 5:00am EST
Malala Yousufzai is fighting for her life in hospital after a masked gunman shot her in the head as she made her way home from school.
The 14-year-old student, who writes a diary about life under the Taliban for Britain's BBC, was targeted by members of the militant group for campaigning for girls' rights to education.
Stars including Fonda and actress Mia Farrow have taken to Twitter.com to praise Yousufzai's courage, urging followers to keep the teen in their thoughts.
The Easy Rider actor writes, "Keep Malala in your hearts 2day (sic). Make this young woman a hero in the whole world... Keep the fight for justice alive... Think fighting injustice! Keep Malala alive!" while Farrow tweets, "Prayers for child hero who dared to speak out for girls education. Now fighting for life after Taliban gunned her down."
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto writes, "Heartbreaking! Please take a moment to recognise Malala's bravery. Praying that she has a quick recovery," and Avatar star Rodriguez offers, "My heart goes out to Malala Yousafzai. It's a shame human evolution has yet to reach a point of gender equality world wide. It's 2012."
Madonna used her sold-out concert in Los Angeles on Wednesday (10Oct12) to show her support for the teen, writing 'Malala' on her back and dedicating her hit Human Nature to the youngster.
She told the crowd, "This made me cry. The 14-year-old schoolgirl who wrote a blog about going to school. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her. Do you realise how sick that is?"
July 13, 2012 10:15am EST
The Slumdog Millionaire star has signed up as a global ambassador for Plan International USA's Because I am a Girl initiative, which aims to set up sustainable projects in developing countries giving young females access to facilities such as clean water, food and education.
Pinto visited Sierra Leone last month (Jun12), and is determined to help bring about change after the trip.
She says, "I have always been a true believer in the power of every individual, especially every girl. Last month, I had the amazing opportunity to travel with Plan (sic) to Sierra Leone and see firsthand how investing in a girl transforms an entire community.
"The treacherous web of barriers girls face worldwide is endless. But if we educate and empower girls, they will reach their fullest potential, pulling themselves and their families out of poverty.
"I am truly inspired by the determination and courage of the girls I've met. I'm so excited to be working with Plan (sic) to bring about real change for these for girls and their families. When you invest in a girl, you really can change the world."
July 12, 2012 1:15pm EST
The Indian actress admits rape scenes in the dark film about a young, naive country girl conned by a lover, left her drained and emotional and she insisted on a long Italian holiday after the project wrapped.
She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "The physical nudity doesn't really matter; what happens is the emotional rape... is more difficult to cope with for an actor.
"When you're in that scene, we (as actors) kind of give it our heart and our soul and everything, our body as well in a way... It took me a holiday in Florence to get over the film."
July 12, 2012 5:00am EST
"This is not the only life I lead. I have a life in pyjamas as well, reading scripts, going to see movies with friends. I still retain my old life. Maybe some of it has changed but I still retain the old me." Actress Freida Pinto is determined to maintain the lifestyle she followed before finding fame.
July 09, 2012 5:00am EST
The Slumdog Millionaire star completed the project in the state of Rajasthan, rising every morning to eat hand-pounded bread with a spicy chutney, which helped kill the bacteria in the water, and shoot all day in a crowded shack, which housed most of the crew.
And Pinto, who plays the titular character, a poor woman scraping by on a meagre living, admits the drama was a struggle to get through, telling the New York Daily News, "Sometimes I feel that this film has drained everything out of me. I had nothing left."
But the Mumbai-born actress insists she welcomed the challenge as an actress, adding, "When I shot 'Slumdog Millionaire,' I felt like I was shooting in my backyard. But when I was shooting in rural India, it felt like a different world. I learned a lot, I learned to milk a cow!"
May 24, 2012 5:00am EST
The young actor's career has really taken off since he appeared alongside Mickey Rourke and Freida Pinto in last year's (11) 3D blockbuster - but it has come at a cost.
He tells Nylon magazine, "I waited seven years to be an Arsenal season ticket holder and this year it finally came through, and it's the one year I've spent about five minutes in London.
"I get up at seven in the morning in Los Angeles to watch the matches at the Village Idiot pub (on Melrose Avenue). It's usually just me with a pint."
May 17, 2012 5:00am EST
Ageless beauties Jane Fonda, Eva Longoria and Freida Pinto turned the first day of the Cannes Film Festival into a paparazzi frenzy after they joined forces to pose together as L'Oreal brand ambassadors.
May 16, 2012 7:15am EST
The British funnyman has been attending a string of premieres and red carpet events as Admiral General Aladeen, the star's latest madcap creation from his upcoming movie.
Dressed in a white naval jacket and tiny shorts, and wearing a huge fake beard, Cohen laughed and smiled for the cameras as he roared into the the dock outside the lavish Eden Roc hotel on a small yacht while wildly waving a fake gun in the air.
He then frolicked with Italian model Canalis on deck, rubbing sun cream into her legs before pouring champagne into her mouth. The pair then acted out a fake fight, which ended with the beauty disappearing and one of the character's henchmen bringing out a 'body' in a black bag - which was then thrown overboard.
Cohen carried on his promo drive for a photo opportunity in front of the famous Carlton Hotel in Cannes, dressed in riding gear on the back of a camel, before falling backwards off the beast while surrounded by weapon-toting beauties in military uniform.
The funnyman famously caused a scene at the Oscars in February (12) when he dumped an urn of white powder on E! News host Ryan Seacrest's tuxedo.
The annual Cannes Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday evening, and has attracted a host of famous faces, including Diane Kruger, Eva Longoria and Freida Pinto.
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