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Review: Planet of the Apes
  • Planet of the Apes (Grade: B+) — Taking full advantage of technological and costume advances, director Tim Burton creates an original, but respectful, "reimagining" of "Planet of the Apes." Reviewed by Brian Orndorf.
    Posted: 07/27/01

  • Planet of the Apes Update: Monkey Pictures!
      Candid monkey pictures from Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes" have surfaced over the last few weeks. You can now see Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Estella Warren, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Kris Kristofferson dolled up as their characters. Those playing apes (Duncan, Carter, Roth) appear to have spent ungodly amounts of time with the costume and make-up crews. The results could fool Jane Goodall (from a distance at least).

    To see for yourself visit for "Apes" scans from the most recent edition of "Vanity Fair." After those whet your appetite, check out Coming Attractions' cornucopia of storyboards, set pictures and promotional materials.
    Posted: 02/09/01

    "Planet of the Apes" Update
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    Coming Attractions has three "Planet of the Apes" tidbits of note. The first is a rumor that Spike Jonze, director of "Being John Malkovich," will don a monkey mask in a small "Apes" role. Jonze is an excellent choice for two reasons: 1. He displayed deft monkey knowledge in "Malkovich," offering insight into the thoughts of a cornered chimp, and 2. He's frickin' weird.

    Secondly, reports of a title change for this production have been refuted. For a while it appeared that the title would be "The Visitor," but now a variety of sources say the film is, and always will be, "The Planet of the Apes." Confusion over this title nonsense was fueled by signs on the Sony lot that referred to the production as "The Visitor." Fandom has pictures of the nefarious signs and an interesting status report on the production. With that out of the way, we can move on to the far-more-interesting third item:

    The third "Apes" tidbit is brought to you by Benetton. In an effort to show the exceptional diversity within the monkey world, Burton will expand his simian ensemble to include a plethora of species. The original "Planet of the Apes" only focused on three species—gorillas, orangutans, and chimpanzees—but the remake will be a monkey melting pot. According to Coming Attractions, the following species will be represented in the film: baboons, orangutans, howler monkeys, mangabeys, gorillas, spider monkeys, lervet monkeys, mandrills, loris monkeys, and the rare Wahlberg monkey.
    Posted: 10/06/00

    Duncan Checks In: "Green Mile" Star Joins "Apes" Remake
      Michael Clarke Duncan, the behemoth Academy Award nominee from "The Green Mile," has joined the cast of Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes" remake. According to IGN Movies, Duncan will play an ape warrior, who, given his size, probably flings humans like lesser-monkeys fling feces. Also joining the production is Tim Roth ("Resevoir Dogs," "Rob Roy"), who turned down a plum role in the "Harry Potter" movie so he could lead an evil ape army as supreme simian commander. It's a gutsy move since "Potter" will undoubtedly blossom into a friendly franchise while "Apes" could falter under Burton's weird direction. Speaking of weirdness, IGN Movies is also reporting that Helena Bonham Carter ("Fight Club") is in talks to join this ape-fest as a monkey love interest for human star Mark Wahlberg. With supermodel Estella Warren already cast as an alluring human, Burton may be creating cinema's first Darwinian love triangle. Just what we need—human-monkey freak babies.
    Posted: 8/01/00

    Supermodel to Sport Fashionable Loin Cloth in "Apes" Remake
      Contrary to popular belief, I do NOT have a fascination with apes. Now that we've got that out of the way I'll pass on another casting item from the "Planet of the Apes" remake. The always-quoteable Hollywood Reporter says supermodel Estella Warren is in negotiations to star in Tim Burton's monkey movie. Warren will probably be cast as Nova, a shapely, almost-mute character who introduces Col. George Taylor to the exciting world of prehistoric nookie. Nova is the perfect role for a model-actress because it emphasizes her marketable assets and pays no heed to that whole "acting" thing.
    Posted: 7/12/00

    Pee-wee as Cornelius?
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    Depending on your opinion of Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens, the following rumor will either delight or disgust you. Dark Horizons has a scoop suggesting that Mr. Pee Wee will be donning a fake monkey mask to play Cornelius in Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes" remake. I tried to think of a witty joke combining monkeys and porn theaters, but it's late and my muse has left me. In place of a smartass comment, I offer this tidbit: Burton caught a big break earlier in his career when he directed Reubens in "Pee-wee's Big Adventure."
    Posted: 7/10/00

    Wahlberg to Join Pack of "Damn Dirty Apes"
      What kind of other-worldly prognosticator could have predicted that one day, the man formerly known as Marky Mark would team with director Tim Burton for a remake of "Planet of the Apes?" Stranger things have happened, but I'm hard pressed to think of any. Nonetheless, official word of Mark Wahlberg's casting in the "Apes" remake has come through the Hollywood Reporter and IGN Movies. Wahlberg will step into the NRA-endorsed footprints of Charlton Heston, who starred as Col. George Taylor in the original 1968 cult classic. 20th Century Fox is hoping to unleash this merry band of simians July 4, 2001.
    Posted: 6/29/00