Elizabeth Banks’ Thriller ‘Cocaine Bear’ Adds O’Shea Jackson, Ray Liotta And More To The Cast

Damn. Elizabeth Banks is putting together an incredible cast for her upcoming character-driven thriller, Cocaine Bear.

It was reported this week that Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson, Ray Liotta, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Alden Ehrenreich have joined the cast. Those are some pretty big names.

If you haven’t heard, this movie sounds pretty insane. It’s centered around a real-life 175-pound bear who died of an apparent cocaine overdose.

According to a 1985 New York Times article, the bear was found dead among 40 opened containers with traces of cocaine, apparently dropped from a plane by a convicted drug smuggler because he was carrying too heavy a load while parachuting.

The film is said to be “inspired by” the events, so we’re not exactly sure where they’re going with this, but since it’s described as a thriller, we can only imagine a cocaine-fueled bear terrorizing a group of hikers.

This will be Banks’ second film for Universal Pictures. She previously directed Pitch Perfect 2. She also directed Sony’s Charlie’s Angels reboot.

Production on this movie is set to begin next month (August) in Ireland, which means we’re likely looking at a 2022 release date. We’ll keep you posted.

Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

DAWN-OF-THE-PLANET-OF-THE-APES-Movie-Poster-Version1This is not the Planet of the Apes of your childhood.

four and a half stars

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Planet of the Apes movies. I just don’t get the premise. I mean, if the apes have evolved into talking and thinking, shouldn’t they have eventually just evolved into being humans? But I decided to set my skepticism aside and instead, focus on being entertained. After all, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is both a box office and critical success, so there has to be something there right?

Dawn picks up where the last movie left off, with Ceaser leading a growing band of genetically improved apes, to fight with the humans for supremacy of the planet. For the humans, a search for a cure for the virus has obliterated half the world. Humans are fighting to survive in primitive landscapes, while the apes struggle with things like class warfare and rebellious children.

This is not the Planet of the Apes of your childhood. In 1968, Charlton Hesston created the first version as a way to satire the problems in the world. For many, it became a cult hit simply for the ridiculous costumes, but people, aside from die hard movie buffs, rarely discussed the political implications of the movie.

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This new version is possibly the smartest version yet. The CGI is fantastic and realistic, and the apes now have a full range of facial expressions that make them more human and sympathetic. In fact, I wound up rooting for the apes for the majority of the movie.

The dialog is realistic and heavy, and the actors who gave voice to the characters do a great job of verbally expressing their emotions. They created a great humanity for the apes that made them more sympathetic than they’ve ever been before. This movie was very intelligently written.

My big gripe is that the movie has no release from the tension. It’s heavy, it’s depressing and it’s realistic, but there’s no humor to break it up. Instead, it’s a very grim look at the world and manages to be extremely depressing and hard hitting. I could have done with some kind of hope.

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Also, there was a major plot hole. There’s no indication that the apes have the knowledge to make weapons and after 10 years of warfare, they still seem to have an endless supply of both guns and bullets. Guns that never seem to jam, by the way. That didn’t really ring true. Jeez, on the Walking Dead after only a few months following the zombie apocalypse, they’re running low on guns and ammunition. How are the apes doing it after 10 years? Do they have a magic ammunition genie?

Plot holes and depression aside, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is intelligently written, acted and directed. The CGI is fantastic and realistic and the comparisons between the movie and our society are intelligent without being preachy. Currently performing at number 1 at the box office, this is a highly recommended watch. In fact, it might be the smartest movie you see all summer.

Watch the Trailer below!

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Scary Clip and last Trailer for ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’

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If you saw 2011’s ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ then you know things get real very quickly with these apes. Below is the latest trailer and a super crazy clip from the film.
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In the clip Toby Kebbell is playing Koba, who was previously played by Christopher Gordon. Kebbell was tapped for the role in the new film because Kobas role will be much more in this film. In the clip you it looks like monkey business and then things get serious, FAST. All I can think watching it is….wait for it….wait for it…..

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The trailer is most likely the last one that will be released in anticipation for the July 11th release. The Matt Reeves directed sequel will indeed be one of the most anticipated movies of the summer.

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