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Weekend Box Office: 'Apes' Rise With Massive $54 Million, Audiences Rise Against Ryan Reynolds

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 7, 2011 4:33 AM
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“The Planet Of The Apes” saga is one of the healthier franchises in movie history. All the sequels occurred within a reasonable time frame, and while they were of varied quality, each one had their own separate reason to exist, and none were truly embarrassing. By comparison, the remake in 2001 was so far removed from the series’ original ethos that most won’t even acknowledge it as part of any continuity. Nevertheless, that atrocity opened to $68 million, which nears $100 million when adjusted for inflation. So while some may have been burned by the series thanks to Tim Burton, ten years might have been the appropriate time to reboot and still retain a base that remains aware of “The Planet of The Apes” as a sketchy form of “cinema history.”

Bryan Cranston Drafted For 'World War Z'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2011 3:44 AM
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Update: despite a Vulture report that said Matthew Fox had dropped out of "World War Z", recent snaps of the actor on set suggest otherwise.

Watch: Matt Damon Is Highly Infectious In 2 New TV Spots For Steven Soderbergh's 'Contagion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2011 1:48 AM
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The infection is spreading...

Watch: Green Band Trailer For 'The Sitter' Drops The F-Bombs, Adds Poop Jokes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 12:53 PM
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So, the red band trailer for David Gordon Green's R-rated "The Sitter" hit yesterday and it was...underwhelming. Well, the cleaned up version has arrived so they can show it in front of non R-rated movies and guess what? It's underwhelming as well.

Watch: 3 Clips From Sarah Polley's 'Take This Waltz' With Michelle Williams & Seth Rogen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 12:09 PM
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As far as breakout directorial efforts by young actors go, Sarah Polley's moving and beautiful "Away From Her" is about as good they get. Based on a short story by Alice Munro, the film chronicled the effects of Alzheimer's on the relationship of an elderly couple with the maturity and grace of a director far beyond the (at the time) 27-year-old Polley. Now five years later, and into her early 30s, Polley returns behind the camera this time for a story about characters her own age.

Stacy Keach Joins 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 10:32 AM
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Well, here's a bit of random/awesome casting to the already stellar lineup being assembled for "The Bourne Legacy."

Catwoman Rides A Wild Hog In First Official Look At Anne Hathaway In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2011 9:53 AM
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As is usually the case with Christopher Nolan productions (let's not forget, almost nothing was known about "Inception" until a week or two before release), a deep veil of secrecy hangs over the production of "The Dark Knight Rises" -- we know who most of the actors are playing, but little beyond that, and even then it's generally thought that both Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's characters have more to them than the official descriptions. Unfortunately for Nolan, he's been shooting a huge battle scene in public in Pittsburgh this week, and spoilery set photos have been all over the Bat-fan-sites in recent days.

First Look At A Gun-Wielding Rihanna In 'Battleship'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 9:43 AM
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Dwayne Johnson Tweets Early Look (Sort Of, Not Really) At His Role In 'G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation'So, the first trailer for the $200 million "Battleship" arrived last week and yes, it was awful. For a movie that is supposed to be about an alien invasion or something, it starts off with a shot of Brooklyn Decker's boobs and gets into some kind of bad boy/good girl romance tale before getting to Captain Liam Neeson telling his crew to fire all their weapons at the incoming creatures. But missing in all this was any real face time with Rihanna, the pop star who is making her movie debut in the blockbuster film.

Matthew McConaughey & Reese Witherspoon Will Get Dirty In 'Mud' For Director Jeff Nichols

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 8:53 AM
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Are we witnessing the renaissance of Matthew McConaughey? That would certainly appear to be the case. The actor seemed to be stuck in a rut of terrible rom-coms (see every movie he did with Kate Hudson) and failed tentpoles ("Sahara"), and we wondered what happened to the actor who charmed us in "Dazed & Confused" and impressed in "A Time To Kill." Well, the actor woke up one morning and decided to line up an array of solid film projects. This year has already seen "The Lincoln Lawyer" become a sleeper hit and favorite with critics and he's been busy lining up auteur-driven projects with Richard Linklater's "Bernie," William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" and Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" all coming. And now he's throwing his weight behind one of the best young American directors working right now.

Watch: 3 Powerful Clips & New Photos From Werner Herzog's Death Row Documentary 'Into The Abyss'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 8:16 AM
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Werner Herzog is a veteran documentarian, but for the most part, his films have either been explorations of nature or chronicles of oddball tales and people (sometimes all three), and usually imbued with his own fabrications/ecstatic truth (see the albino alligator at the end of "The Cave of Forgotten Dreams"). However, his next effort, the prison documentary "Into The Abyss," looks like it will find the filmmaker at his most straight-faced and sober in years.

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