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‘The Batman’: How VFX Powered the Gotham Skylines and Rainy Batmobile Freeway Chase

Having already explored the vast photoreal toolsets of Ilm for “Cloverfield” and Weta Digital for “Planet of the Apes,” director Matt Reeves eagerly implemented their latest advancements for his vision of “The Batman” as a grungy, neo-noir detective thriller. He principally utilized Ilm’s fledgling StageCraft LED-wall volume system developed for “The Mandalorian” to add unfinished […]

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Peter Jackson sells special effects studio Weta Digital for $1.63bn

The Wellington-based studio built characters and scenes for films including Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Wonder Woman and Planet of the ApesThe special effects studio co-founded by Sir Peter Jackson, which has brought blockbusters including Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones to life, has been sold for more than $1.6bn, in the latest […]

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Hear me out: why Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes isn’t a bad movie

The latest in our series of writers standing up for loathed films is an impassioned defence of the 2001 take on the 60s classicTim Burton’s Planet of the Apes is a remake that has the forward momentum and expansive qualities of a sequel; a love letter assuming a familiarity with the 1968 sci-fi classic, counting […]

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‘Star Trek’ Composer Michael Giacchino Heads Back Into Space for a Sci-Fi-Themed Solo Album

Composer Michael Giacchino has finally managed to realize a long-held dream: his first solo album, released Friday, which combines science-fiction storytelling with lounge music and an overall theme that is unexpectedly relevant to our times.It’s called simply “Travelogue, Volume 1,” and is credited to “Michael Giacchino and his Nouvelle Modernica Orchestra.” Mondo is releasing it […]

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The New ‘Planet of the Apes’ Movie Won’t Be a Reboot, So Please Don’t Go Bananas

There’s a new Planet of the Apes movie in the works, but if you’ve read reports stating it’s another remake/reboot, you’ve been misinformed. Maze Runner director Wes Ball has been tasked with tackling the franchise next, and he was also nice enough to jump on Twitter and confirm that whatever he’s making, it’s not a […]

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Andy Serkis to receive Bafta for outstanding contribution to cinema

Actor and filmmaker to receive honour at the 2020 Baftas.Actor and filmmaker Andy Serkis is to receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the 2020 Bafta film awards.Serkis is best known for his pioneering performance capture work, portraying Gollum in The Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit films as well as the lead […]

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