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Weekend Box Office: 'Apes' Dominates 'The Help'; One Franchise Reaches Its 'Final Destination'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 14, 2011 4:27 AM
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All is forgiven between the public and the “Planet Of The Apes” franchise. This relationship seemed on the outs as soon as Tim Burton gave us Apebraham Lincoln a decade ago, but “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” has healed all wounds. While not keeping pace with that last Apeventure, 'Rise' has still taken only two weekends to cross $100 million at a much lower cost, a total no one at Fox was expecting. When the dust settles, this offering, which held well-enough to suggest strong word-of-mouth, will have outdistanced many of its genre companions from this summer, particularly those benefiting from the 3D price bump.

In Theaters: 'The Help' Has '30 Minutes Or Less' To Get To The 'Final Destination'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 12, 2011 2:04 AM
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Lady love Kathleen Walsh is out for the weekend, so you lovely bunch are stuck with me! The dog days of summer are behind us, and it's time for the August roundup: scrappy flicks and throwaway fare, needless sequels enlivened by adequate 3D that will nevertheless clean up at the box office. We just don’t know any better.

Watch: Miles Fisher Puts Together Amusing 'New Romance' Viral For 'Final Destination 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2011 3:10 AM
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Plus 5 Clips From The Upcoming SequelMiles Fisher is no stranger to parody/viral videos. In fact, that's how he's made his name so far in Hollywood. The actor's uncanny physical resemblance to Tom Cruise served him well when he played the actor in "Superhero Movie" in a clip that hit the YouTube and made the rounds, and he earned further attention for his role in the Hollywood skewering "Pinkberry: The Movie" (you can watch both of those right here) Well, the actor will appear later his year in Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" but before that, he'll try and cheat death in "Final Destination 5" and no matter what you think about the latest flick in the horror franchise, you gotta admit, this is pretty funny.

Watch: Beware Bridges, Screws, Factories & More In New 'Final Destination 5' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 6:41 AM
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Here's an anecdote for you: We watched the first "Final Destination 5" trailer with an audience at a recent screening of "Horrible Bosses." At first, audience members were audibly saying "Another one?" and half-snickering at the trailer, but as it continued, even as spectacularly stupid as it looked, the theater was hooked. And by time the trailer ended they were fully on its side, ready for more cheap elaborate scares that they just couldn't look away from. As the filmmakers behind "Saw" learned over seven films, finding complicated ways to kill people will always sell lots and lots of tickets.

The Horror! New Pics From 'Cabin In The Woods,' 'Fright Night' & 'Shark Night 3D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2011 5:02 AM
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Plus 'Final Destination 5' Poster & '11-11-11' TrailerReady for updates on some scare movies coming up in the next little while? Well, ready or not, here we go.

Watch: Laser Eye Surgery & Acupuncture Are The Latest Ways To Die In Trailer For '5nal Destination'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 2:02 AM
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Yeah, yeah we know New Line changed their minds about calling this "5nal Destination" and are going with the much more safe "Final Destination 5" but it still makes us giggle and for the purposes of the character limit in the headline, it will work.

Which Summer Films Won't Make You Feel Like You've Been Lobotomized? The May-August Movies: Part 1

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2011 6:03 AM
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Something's in the air. The days are getting longer. The weather's getting warmer. Your IQ is dropping by the day. That's right, it's the start of the summer movie season! The critical darlings that get you through the winter moments are a thing of the past, replaced by CGI-packed blockbusters, comedies and the occasional kids' flick, designed principally as a way of tempting you into an air conditioned theater to spend money on ice cream and nachos.

Release Date Shuffle: 'Final Destination 5' Moves Up Two Weeks To Aug 12th, 'Apollo 18' Replaces It

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 28, 2011 1:39 AM
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'Our Idiot Brother' Likely Looking For A New SlotThe term "Release Date Shuffle" can refer to a number of things. For instance, there was the 1971 single by Nikki and the Noise, a Phil Spector-produced girl band whose lead singer bears a striking resemblance to a certain reclusive movie blogger. The song, in which the girls lamented the wait for their baby to be released from prison, is regarded as something of a lost classic by Spector aficionados, but it was swiftly buried when, in a cruel twist of fate, one of the group's members was murdered by their boyfriend on his release from jail. Further back, the Release Date Shuffle was also a Victorian medical practice, designed to induce late pregnancies.

If 'Final Destination 5' Opens At #1, They're Gonna Make Two More Of Those Things

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2011 11:07 AM
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No one understands it -- not even New Line themselves -- but for whatever reason people like those "Final Destination" movies. Then again, that "Saw" franchise went on for seven movies and made a bundle for Lionsgate so there's no accounting for taste or quality. It seems watching people get maimed in elaborately conceived mouse traps is an ingredient for a box office win.

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