This movie continues to look better than it has any right to be. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, and starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo and Andy Serkis as Caesar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on August 5. (via Coming Soon)
Were any of your guys Planet of the Apes fans as kids, like I was? (Am, I suppose.) What do you think?
Andrew Rossi’s documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times chronicles a year in the life of the New York Times in one of the most turbulent periods ever for the news industry. The film seems to track Times writers Brian Stelter, Tim Arango and David Carr in particular, and sets out to make a case for the continued relevance of more rigorous reporting the news industry offers in the age of the Internet.
As I mentioned a week ago,Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show (Book 1) is in Diamond Comics Distributors’ PREVIEWS “movie comics”-themed June catalog, which is out NOW. (It’s a Staff Pick, even!) Since I’m really excited about the potential to get the book out to my international readers who can’t afford the high cost of shipping, and to introduce the book â€” and Multiplex, in the process â€” to many, many new readers, I wanted to share the solicitation with you guys.
Also as I mentioned before: if you want to convince your local comics retailer to pick up the book, point them to page 258 of the June PREVIEWS, download this sell sheet (PDF, 308kb) or just give them the Order Code (JUN110987). That’s all the information they need to order the book from any comics shop in the world with a Diamond account. (Yes, that includes PREVIEWS UK shops!)
Orders through Diamond will hit shelves in August.
Kevin Chiou commissioned this sketch of the one, true Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) via the Multiplex Store, and I’m really happy with how it turned out, so (with his kind permission) I thought I’d share it with you! Nitpickers will note that I am using the Batman: The Animated Series version of the costume (and I probably didn’t even that that right).
Seth Gordon first got Hollywood’s attention with the incredibly true, hilarious documentary, King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. His next film, the Vince Vaughn/Reese Witherspoon stinker Four Christmases, did alright at the box office, but Gordon spent a few years of directing episodes for some of the best sitcoms on TV (Community, The Office, Parks & Recreation, and Modern Family) and a contribution to the documentary anthology Freakonomics before he could make another feature. (I guess he also co-created and directed a few episodes of Breaking In, the Christian Slater Leverage knock-off somewhere in there, too.)
Anyway, Horrible Bosses benefits from a great comedic cast (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx) and a goofy premise (three dumbasses conspire to kill their three horrible bosses), to be sure, but the trailer packs enough laughs in that it might be worth checking out on July 8. Or maybe on DVD, at least.
Is it just me, or does Jennifer Aniston look like she’s trying to channel Sandra Bullock in this? Or maybe it’s her hair-and-make-up crew.