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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Deserves to Win the VFX Oscar

The time has come for the Academy to finally give the VFX Oscar to “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Twice denied for “Rise” and “Dawn,” Weta Digital’s remarkable work on Caesar (Andy Serkis) culminated with a Shakespearean finale. It’s undeniably the best of the field. And coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the […]

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‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Trailer: John Boyega Is War Ready

John Boyega has spent a lot of time lately running around in cumbersome costumes. Of course, he’s rotated through a few guises in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and in “Pacific Rim Uprising” he finds himself decked out in mech pilot gear. And he’ll be the first to tell […]

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Art Director Joins ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

I’ll leave the debate about the merits of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to others, but J.J. Abrams‘ franchise re-introduction looked good, but also familiar. Part of the mandate of that film was leading audiences back into the galaxy far, far away without too much disruption. Rian Johnson was more free to toss out the […]

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Oscar Isaac Filmed ‘Annihilation’ and ‘Star Wars’ Simultaneously at the Same Studio: ‘It Was Pretty Wild’

Oscar Isaac may not have the biggest role in Alex Garland’s new science-fiction thriller “Annihilation,” but he certainly has one of the most important. Playing the mysteriously ill husband of Natalie Portman’s lead character presented its own unique challenges, but filming “Annihilation” was even crazier for Isaac since he was also shooting “Star Wars: The […]

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