• Cinematographer on 'The Batman' says the movie pivots on Bruce Wayne and Alfred
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    Cinematographer on 'The Batman' says the movie pivots on Bruce Wayne and Alfred

    There might be a host of villains lining up for The Batman – the Penguin and the Riddler among them – but the movie reportedly has a different relationship at its core.

  • Andy Serkis was told not to play Gollum in 'Lord Of The Rings'
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    Andy Serkis was told not to play Gollum in 'Lord Of The Rings'

    Andy Serkis almost turned down the role of Gollum in Lord Of The Rings, after one of his co-stars told him it wouldn’t be worth his time. 

  • New 'Planet of the Apes' movie could move into 'virtual production' soon, says director Wes Ball
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    New 'Planet of the Apes' movie could move into 'virtual production' soon, says director Wes Ball

    Wes Ball has taken over the keys to the rebooted 'Planet of the Apes' franchise following the Disney-Fox merger.

  • Andy Serkis says 'The Batman' is going to be the darkest incarnation yet
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    Andy Serkis says 'The Batman' is going to be the darkest incarnation yet

    Andy Serkis says the upcoming Batman film will be darker and broodier than the previous cinematic incarnations.

  • How to watch Andy Serkis reading 'The Hobbit' online
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    How to watch Andy Serkis reading 'The Hobbit' online

    Andy Serkis is taking part in the ambitious 12-hour challenge to raise money for a pair of charities during the coronavirus lockdown.

  • 'The Batman': The hidden clues you might have missed in the Batsuit reveal
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    'The Batman': The hidden clues you might have missed in the Batsuit reveal

    The first look at Robert Pattinson's Batsuit raises some interesting questions about Matt Reeves' 'The Batman'.

  • Bafta to honour Andy Serkis with Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award
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    Bafta to honour Andy Serkis with Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award

    Andy Serkis will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the 73rd EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony.

  • The best Easter eggs and cameos to watch out for in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' (SPOILERS)
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    The best Easter eggs and cameos to watch out for in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' (SPOILERS)

    J.J. Abrams has smuggled in plenty of nods and cameos from the history of the 'Star Wars' franchise into this final installment.

  • ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Actually Makes ‘The Last Jedi’ and ‘The Force Awakens’ Worse
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    ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Actually Makes ‘The Last Jedi’ and ‘The Force Awakens’ Worse

    (Major spoilers ahead for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”)“The Rise of Skywalker” is weird film that does many dubious things, but its most notable accomplishment is a rare feat indeed: storytelling so haphazard and random that it actually makes the other movies in its trilogy worse.That’s not easy to do. But “The Rise of Skywalker” has managed to pulled off this feat, and it’s thanks in large part to the crazy reveal that Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) was behind everything all along.From the moment last summer that it was announced, I had a feeling bringing back Palpatine was probably a bad idea. We’ve seen that story before, in the old “Dark Empire” comics from the early ’90s, and that certainly didn’t go well. And there were no hints whatsoever in “The Force Awakens” or “The Last Jedi” that there was some secret other power out there. But I figured it would all depend on how JJ Abrams and friends handled it. Maybe they could make this scenario complement the other movies, and add some extra layers to future viewings of this new trilogy. Hell, the original trilogy managed to make “from a certain point of view” not sound like an insult to your intelligence.Also Read: 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' - We Need to Talk About This Rose Tico SituationUnfortunately, that’s not how it went at all.Palpatine’s presence, as it turns out, is super jarring, and makes so much of what happened in the previous two movies either meaningless or nonsensical. Watching the first two movies in this trilogy after seeing “The Rise of Skywalker” is a bizarre experience now. I’m not sure the “Star Wars” movies have ever been this much of a mess — the prequels are terribly made movies, but at least they have an over-arching plot that more or less makes sense. This new trilogy is pure madness.A lot of that is just due to the sheer scale of what the Emperor does in “The Rise of Skywalker.” We’re told that Palpatine orchestrated the rise of the First Order after the Empire’s defeat at the end of “Return of the Jedi,” and that he literally created Snoke (Andy Serkis) to lead it. Created, as in physically made him — in the that big temple on Exogol we see a big tube with a half-made Snoke body in it. So we can, in theory, say that everything Snoke ever did was because Emperor Palpatine told him to do it. I don’t see any other way to interpret this turn of events with the minimal explanations we’re given in this movie.Not only that, but as it turns out, while the First Order was out there building an army and a big fleet, Palpatine was hanging out on Exogol with a huge fleet of his own buried in the ice, each equipped with a planet-killing Death Star superlaser. The Emperor has had a thousand Death Stars, basically. And none of them were ever even used until one of them blew up a planet in “The Rise of Skywalker.”Also Read: Nothing About Emperor Palpatine's Return in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Makes SenseThis basic premise really messes up basically everything from “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.” The entire conflict between the Resistance and the First Order becomes weirdly kinda low stakes with the Emperor lurking out there with his thousand Death Stars. Why would the First Order do all that work to hollow out a planet and build Starkiller Base, their own new and improved Death Star, when Palpatine could have just given them a few of the Death Stars he already had?Maybe more problematic is the issue of Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) lineage. It’s not necessarily a problem that she’s Palpatine’s granddaughter. It is extremely an issue that, as we’re told practically as an afterthought, Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) knew about it. That little tidbit makes everything Luke has done in this trilogy seem extra bizarre and stupid.Let’s break it down real quick. When Lando shows up in “The Rise of Skywalker” on the desert planet Pasaana, he tells the gang that he originally came there more than a decade before with Luke. The two of them were searching for Exogol, which that snow planet where Palpatine is hanging out in the movie.They came to Pasaana because they were chasing an old Jedi hunter from the before times. But they just found an empty ship and no clues. Now, the reason this Jedi hunter was on Pasaana was because he had been pursuing Rey on Palpatine’s behalf. But the hunter only found her parents, because they had left her on Jakku. So he killed the parents and bailed before Luke and Lando got there. And I guess Luke and Lando gave up on the search since Lando is still there many years later.Also Read: Whose Voices Were Those at the End of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'?Left unsaid is why Luke and Lando were trying to find Exogol, but there are a couple easy guesses I could make. The option that looks best for “The Rise of Skywalker” is that Luke knew there was a Sith temple there and wanted to check it out, but didn’t know that anything further was going on. But that doesn’t seem like a likely story, because they aren’t looking for clues — they’re looking for people who are alive and know things about Exogol. And since Luke in the present knew about Rey’s family, then this whole adventure looking for Exogol has to be where he learned about her.So Luke knew about Exogol, and he knew that a Jedi hunter came out of retirement to actively hunt some folks. He probably, given his knowledge of Rey’s family in the present, knew that Palpatine had had a family and at least one grandkid, and that that family was running around the galaxy to get away from Palpatine’s agents, even though Palpatine was already long dead by then. The only possible takeaway from that collection of evidence is that something weird and probably bad is happening. Something that Luke, as the only Jedi at the time, would need to be wary of.So fast forward to Luke was training Ben Solo (Adam Driver) and a bunch of others to become Jedi a few years before “The Force Awakens,” he and Leia both sensed the existence of Snoke (Andy Serkis). And they knew that Snoke was trying to turn Ben to the dark side by some means — the how of that situation has not been made clear in any movies or books thus far. But a new comic released this week, “The Rise of Kylo Ren 1,” appears to reveal that not only did Luke know about Snoke by that time, but they actually had fought before and Luke was responsible for Snoke looking all messed up in the movies.It always felt like kind of a stretch that Luke would exile himself and cut himself off from the Force — let alone be cool with doing extrajudicial murder on his nephew — as explained in “The Last Jedi,” but when I’m in a generous mood I can allow for the idea that Luke thought he would do more harm than good after the stuff with Ben happen. But this new information makes that impossible to justify, unless you wanna argue that Luke is too dumb to put these pieces together. He had to have known, for decades before the emergence of the First Order, that there was some big shadowy threat out there.Hopefully, when we eventually get a novel or comic book that tells the story of this little adventure he had with Lando, this will make more sense. But right now, it does not.That’s the consequence of this weird, completely random addition of Emperor Palpatine to this trilogy. The fact that he was out there, orchestrating the creation of the First Order and hoarding a bunch of Death Stars, really alters the plot of the previous two movies in ways that those movies simply cannot support. This retcon just does not work.Read original story ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Actually Makes ‘The Last Jedi’ and ‘The Force Awakens’ Worse At TheWrap

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    'Venom 2' might be R-rated

    Venom producer Matt Tolmach opens up about its upcoming sequel and admits that it might actually be R-rated.

  • Tom Hardy and Andy Serkis are really bonding on 'Venom 2'
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    Tom Hardy and Andy Serkis are really bonding on 'Venom 2'

    Venom 2 producer Matt Tolmach reveals that director Andy Serkis and star Tom Hardy have really bonded on the blockbuster.

  • Colin Farrell in talks to play Penguin in 'The Batman' and Andy Serkis in line for Alfred
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    Colin Farrell in talks to play Penguin in 'The Batman' and Andy Serkis in line for Alfred

    Colin Farrell is in talks to play The Penguin in Matt Reeves' 'The Batman', according to reports.

  • 'Peaky Blinders' creator debuts dark and frightening 'A Christmas Carol' trailer
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    'Peaky Blinders' creator debuts dark and frightening 'A Christmas Carol' trailer

    Steven Knight, the creator of Peaky Blinders, has helmed the BBC's new take on Charles Dickens' cautionary tale, and it's dark, gritty and pretty terrifying, by the looks of it.

  • Future Venom and Spider-Man films leading to crossover movie, confirms Ruben Fleischer
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    Future Venom and Spider-Man films leading to crossover movie, confirms Ruben Fleischer

    Fleischer will be passing over the Venom reins to Andy Serkis.

  • Andy Serkis to direct Tom Hardy in 'Venom' sequel
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    Andy Serkis to direct Tom Hardy in 'Venom' sequel

    Andy Serkis to direct Tom Hardy in 'Venom' sequel

  • BAFTAs 2019: Andy Serkis insults Queen with Freddie Mercury dig
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    BAFTAs 2019: Andy Serkis insults Queen with Freddie Mercury dig

    The actor-director was presenting the Original Music award at the 2019 ceremony with Danai Gurira.

  • Andy Serkis revives Gollum for scathing anti-Brexit video mocking Theresa May
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    Andy Serkis revives Gollum for scathing anti-Brexit video mocking Theresa May

    Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis has revived Gollum in a withering takedown of Theresa May over her proposed Brexit deal.

  • New 'Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle' trailer lands, Netflix announces cinema release date
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    New 'Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle' trailer lands, Netflix announces cinema release date

    Netflix will bring Andy Serkis’ film to cinemas.

  • 'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle' to premiere globally on Netflix on 7 Dec
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    'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle' to premiere globally on Netflix on 7 Dec

    The Andy Serkis-directed big-budget fantasy flick that’s been three years in the making will finally get its release.

  • 'Dark and savage' trailer for Andy Serkis's Mowgli lands
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    'Dark and savage' trailer for Andy Serkis's Mowgli lands

    The first trailer for Andy Serkis's brooding take on Rudyard Kipling has landed.

  • Black Panther stars on what Trump's America will get from the latest Marvel movie
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    Black Panther stars on what Trump's America will get from the latest Marvel movie

    This week sees the release of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. This is a big move from the people behind the most successful movie franchise and it arrives at the right moment for an increasingly divided America. Set in the fictional African country of Wakanda, Black Panther is a celebration of a black world outside of America, portraying Africa in a way we don’t often see from mainstream Hollywood.

  • 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and its unexpected examination of toxic masculinity (spoilers)
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    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and its unexpected examination of toxic masculinity (spoilers)

    Of all the things we expected from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', an enlightening examination of the harm caused by toxic masculinity was not one of them.

  • Tom Hardy's Venom is a performance capture role, reveals Andy Serkis (exclusive)
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    Tom Hardy's Venom is a performance capture role, reveals Andy Serkis (exclusive)

    Tom Hardy's Venom will be a CGI character achieved using performance capture, reveals 'Breathe' director Andy Serkis.

  • Black Panther explains who will be the film’s real villain
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    Black Panther explains who will be the film’s real villain

    It looks as though Erik Killmonger isn't the main villain in Black Panther after all...