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Weekend Box Office: Good Word Propels Rise of the Planet of the Apes to $54 Million, Change-Up Soft

Weekend Box Office: Good Word Propels Rise of the Planet of the Apes to $54 Million, Change-Up Soft
Truth is, Fox did not know what a powerful box office contender it had in prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, waiting to screen the film until the last minute when the film's astonishing VFX were final. Then the good word exploded, and the movie scored a rousing $54 million opening weekend. Anthony D'Alessandro digs into the numbers. Fox executives had every reason to beat their chests this morning as Rise of the Planet of the Apes greatly exceeded expectations with $54 million. Meanwhile Universal suits saw yet another summer entry disappoint, as R-rated guy comedy The Change-Up followed last weekend's Cowboys & Aliens with a dispiriting $13.5 million opening.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 7, 2011 4:35 AM
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Banksy Rips Murdoch Hacking Scandal

Exit to the Gift Shop's Banksy has a go at the News of the world Murdoch hacking scandal.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2011 12:22 PM
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Video: Doc The Mindscape of Alan Moore

You may or may not be fans of the movie versions of Alan Moore's great graphic novels, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Watchmen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2011 11:47 AM
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Torchwood: Miracle Day, Episode 5, “The Categories of Life,” Recap and Review

David Chute reviews and recaps Episode Five of Torchwood: Miracle Day, "the loopiest of all TV shows," he writes (SPOILERS): Both Rupert Sheldrake’s morphic fields and that most overused and probably least understood of futurist concepts, The Singularity, continue to get an affectionate squeeze from time to time on Torchwood: Miracle Day. It seems increasingly likely that both of these oxygen-deprived egghead ideas will turn out to be the explanation for something on this loopiest of all TV shows. The suspense is killing me.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 6, 2011 7:10 AM
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More: Reviews, TV

Video: Hitler Reacts to Hollywood Reporter Film School Rankings

The gift that keeps on giving. It works every time. See the newly subtitled Downfall video. This time Hitler reacts to the news that The Hollywood Reporter has placed AFI ahead of USC in its Top 25 film school rankings.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2011 5:05 AM
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Sex and the City Prequel: Less Evolved?

Last week Brit tabloid The Daily Mail reported that we'd soon be seeing a third Sex and the City movie, this one a prequel that would show us the fearsome foursome's background and include new talent such as Blake Lively, Selena Gomez, Emma Roberts and Elizabeth Olsen.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 5, 2011 12:58 PM
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In the Works: Dark Knight Photos, Eisenberg in Demand, Gleeson vs. IMDb, Soderbergh on Hunger Games

Just when we thought the super-secret Nolan crew on the Pittsburgh set of The Dark Knight Rises were going to succeed at keeping the lid on the production, new stills from the set have leaked out that show Catwoman tearing through some kind of riot on the Bat-pod. These photos come (literally) on the heels of the first official Warner Bros.-sanctioned still of Anne Hathaway as the new character, which was released this morning. And Total Film got Tom Hardy to open up about his masked role as Bane.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 5, 2011 7:55 AM
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Media Watch: Stock Market Hits Hollywood Hard

U.S. stocks rose Friday after some optimistic news from Europe following this week's steep stock market slide. Not surprisingly, this week's dizziness-inducing economic slingshot has been felt in cities all around the world, not least of which is Hollywood.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 5, 2011 7:01 AM
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Academy Announces Technology Interns

The Academy announced today that its Science and Technology Council had selected as its 2011 interns five students who will have the opportunity to participate in 10-12 week internships providing the opportunity to experience advanced movie-making technology.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 5, 2011 6:36 AM
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Review: Rookie Neal Dhand's Hardboiled Crime Drama Second-Story Man

At least as filmmakers have imagined it, this country’s northernmost climes lay somewhere in the hinterlands between city and farmland, an exurban wilderness of barred windows and black snow. These are towns you pass through on a road trip without slowing down, because you wouldn’t want to stay the night. In fact, these are towns where you’re apt to be robbed at gunpoint by a girl hidden in heavy coats, sidling up to empty your wallet and then running back to the car —a salt-flecked Impala the same gray as the surrounds, as though it were trying to disappear. This is land pioneered by Sam Raimi in A Simple Plan and the Coen brothers in Fargo, an icy frontier so devoid of activity it drives otherwise reasonable people to commit unthinkable crimes.
  • By Matthew Brennan
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  • August 5, 2011 6:12 AM
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