Here we go. The first is that Matt Reeves’ “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is picking up a lot of steam. Jason Clarke joined the anticipated sequel and Andy Serkis is of course returning as Caesar. Now news comes that Gary Oldman is joining the cast as well. He was last in “Lawless” and “The Dark Knight Rises”.

The other film to pick up steam lately is “Transcendence” from long time Christopher Nolan collaborator Wally Pfister. The film already will star Johnny Depp and now Paul Bettany is joining him. “Priest” aside, Bettany is a talented actor, appearing in films such as “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”, “A Beautiful Mind” and is the voice of Jarvis in the Iron Man films and “The Avengers”. Both projects sound very promising!

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