Director Rupert Wyatt leaving “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”?


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Rupert Wyatt will likely not be returning for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the follow-up to 2011’s surprise summer hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

The news comes courtesy of Deadline, who learned that Wyatt is likely out. There’s no confirmation from Fox yet so there’s still a chance he might be involved, but things aren’t looking good. It will be interesting to see who Fox goes with for a new director on this project.

At least the reason Wyatt felt the need to exit the project is “similar to the same reason that Gary Ross stepped out of ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire.'” Fox wants “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” for a May 23, 2014 release date, and Wyatt didn’t feel comfortable making it. With that day so far off, there’s still plenty of time for Fox to find a replacement and have the movie ready in time.

Fortunately screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have already turned in their script for “Dawn,” so all the movie needs is a new director and a production start date. We don’t know much about the sequel, but our guess is that it will deal with the aftermath of the spread of the virus created in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Hopefully Caesar will still be the movie’s main character, since we all need more Andy Serkis in our lives.

Are you disappointed Wyatt won’t be involved in “Dawn”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.

15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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“Super 8,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” lead Saturn Award winners

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The annual Saturn Awards are around to celebrate everything we love about science fiction, fantasy and horror. During last night’s awards show, “Super 8″ and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” walked away the big winners in film, each receiving three Saturn Awards. Appropriately, “Breaking Bad” and “Fringe” were honored for the contributions they have given to television.

IFC had the pleasure of attending the red carpet for the awards show last night, and you’ll see our interview with the stars in attendance roll out over the next week (our interview with “Star Trek 2’s” Bruce Greenwood is already live). But for now, let’s celebrate the greats in last year’s sci-fi/fantasy/horror line-up who took home a Saturn Award.

Here is the full list of Saturn Award winners:

Best Science Fiction Film: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
Best Fantasy Film: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2″
Best Horror/Thriller Film: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Best Action/Adventure Film: “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”

Best Actor: Michael Shannon (“Take Shelter”)
Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst (“Melancholia”)
Best Supporting Actor: Andy Serkis (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”)
Best Supporting Actress: Emily Blunt (“The Adjustment Bureau”)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Joel Courtney (“Super 8″)

Best Director: J.J. Abrams (“Super 8″)
Best Writing: Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter”)
Best Music: Michael Giacchino (“Super 8″)
Best Editor: Paul Hirsch (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”)
Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti (“Hugo”)
Best Costume: Alexandra Byrne (“Thor”)
Best Make-Up: Dave Elsey, Fran Needham, Conor O’Sullivan (“X-Men: First Class”)
Best Special Effects: Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”)
Best International Film: “The Skin I Live In”
Best Animated Film: “Puss in Boots”

Best Network Television Series: “Fringe”
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: “Breaking Bad”
Best Television Presentation: “The Walking Dead”
Best Youth-Oriented Television Series: “Teen Wolf”

Best Actor on Television: Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”)
Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv (“Fringe”)
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”)
Best Supporting Actress on Television: Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”)
Best Guest Star on Television: Tom Skerritt (“Leverage”)

Best DVD/BD Release: (tie) “Atlas Shrugged, Part One” and “The Perfect Host”
Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release: “Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis”
Best DVD/BD Collection Release: “Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection”
Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena”


The Life Career Award: Frank Oz
The Life Career Award: James Remar
The Filmmakers Showcase Award: Drew Goddard
The Milestone Award: “The Simpsons ”
The Innovator Award: Robert Kirkman
The Appreciation Award: Jeffrey Ross (for hosting the Saturn Awards)

Do you think it’s good to have an awards show that honors all that’s great in science fiction, fantasy and horror? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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10 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Austin

Fred moves to Austin in an all-new Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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This week on Portlandia, co-star Fred Armisen does the unthinkable. Abandoning the very heart of the show and rendering its title geographically incorrect, he decides to move to Austin. Sure, the laid-back, artist-friendly atmosphere would be a painless transition, but there are a few things you should keep in mind before you move there.

Here are some facts about Austin you need to know. And check out Fred’s journey to Austin on an all-new Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area.)

1. It’s home to the largest urban bat colony in North America.


Accommodating 750,000 bats in the spring and summer — with population spikes to 1.5 million during the peak season — Austin is no place for chiroptophobics. (Yes, we had to look it up.) With this staggering bat to belfry ratio, it’s the perfect city for nocturnal crimefighters and goths really into “theme” funerals.

2. It’s the exact opposite of Portland (sun-wise).


The Pacific Northwest isn’t known for its overbearing sunlight, and with less than 40% of sunny days per year, Portland isn’t exactly home to scorching driveways you can fry an egg on. Compare that to Austin, whose 300 days of sun per year will clear that vitamin D deficiency right up.

3. It’s the birthplace of Whole Foods.

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Started in 1978 by two college dropouts and a $45,000 loan, Whole Foods is an organic gourmand’s American dream. Cuisine-focused Portlanders would find the transition easy to make, and those open to the whole squatting scene will be pleased to know Whole Foods’ founders briefly lived in their first shop and bathed in the dishwasher.

4. It’s also one of the healthiest cities in America.

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Whole Foods wasn’t an aberration. Healthy living’s a big priority in Austin and largely responsible for the 250 gyms, yoga studios, healthy restaurants, and health food stores throughout the city. But bear in mind, not every yoga partner’s going to have your best interests in mind.

5. It’s super dog-friendly.

Lovers of our four-legged friends will be pleased to discover that Austin holds our furry pals in the highest regard. Dog Fancy dubbed the city “DogTown USA,” and its many off-leash parks, swimming holes, and retailers catering to canines ought to keep the ankle-biters happy and Portland’s many animal activists from interrupting other people’s lunches.

6. It’s a haven for artists and musicians.


If you happen to be handy with a brush or a guitar pick in Texas, then chances are you’re an Austinite. The city has the highest number of artists and musicians per capita in the entire state, making it a huge draw for fiscally challenged creatives.

7. It’s officially the Live Music Capital of the World.

Adopting the name in 1991, Austin hosts nearly 200 live music venues around town, thereby earning it another “per capita” claim: most live music venues. In fact, if concert bookers aren’t careful, they run the risk of double-booking two different Flaming Lips.

8. It’s a city of dedicated bookworms.

Fans of the printed word are sure to meet fellow hardbackers in Austin. Residents frequent their local bookshops with such frequency, the city draws the highest annual bookstore sales in the country, at nearly $200 per household. Of course, it’s best to know what the store owners are like ahead of time.

9. The Alamo Drafthouse is the best place to catch a movie.


Heralded as the finest movie theater in the country, Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse is paradise for the discerning cinemagoer. With a strict “no talking or texting” policy and prohibitive access for unaccompanied minors, it’s a far cry from the distraction free-for-all that is your local multiplex.

10. It’s basically the Portland of the South.

Packed to the gills with artists, musicians, hipsters, freaks, and oddballs that continues to “Keep Austin Weird,” the city has almost all of the elements that makes Portland, Oregon just as eccentric. And we hear that its mayor bares a striking resemblance to Portland’s mayor, albeit with a sweet ‘stache.

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