The "Planet of the Apes" series, especially the classic 1968 film starring Charlton Heston, was a cautionary tale about the unthinkable consequences of man playing God. That main thesis is highlighted in the new "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" which shows the evolution of the apes revolution.
Set in present day San Francisco, James Franco as scientist Will Rodman is the one playing God. He works for Gen-Sys, a large pharmaceutical corporation conducting genetic research to develop a benign virus that restores damaged human brain tissue. Read More...
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It was a nail-biting box-office drama over the weekend. The big question was, would the under-performing "Cowboys & Aliens" outshine the over-performing "The Smurfs" at the box-office?
("Cowboys & Aliens" Movie Review)
Then Sunday morning, it was a draw.
Both Sony Pictures ("The Smurfs") and Universal ("Cowboys & Aliens") each projected that their respective movies would earn $36.2 million, a tie for No. 1. The final results on Monday would decide whether movie audiences favored the western sci-fi over the little blue creatures.
And now this.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Cowboys & Aliens" starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, "appears to have pulled narrowly ahead of dark horse 'The Smurfs' to win the weekend box office race."
"Cowboys" is expected to claim the top spot with $35.7 million to $36 million, while "Smurfs" settled for No. 2 with $35.6 million.
Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Captain America: The First Avenger" slipped to No. 3 with $24.9 million.
"Captain America: The First Avenger" movie review
Watch my fun one-on-one interview with Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America) right here, with Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter) right here, with Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes) right here, and with director Joe Johnston right here
The other new entry to the box-office race was Steve Carell's "Crazy, Stupid, Love" co-starring Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon, and Emma Stone. The romantic dramedy which earned the Critics' Choice Seal of Approval from the Broadcast Film Critics Association earned a respectable $19.3 million to enter at No. 5.
("Crazy, Stupid,Love" Movie Review)
Meanwhile, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" continued to make box-office history. The final film of the "Harry Potter" franchise now ranks as the highest grossing title ever released overseas by distributor Warner Bros.
("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Movie Review)
"Deathly Hallows 2" also has now grossed $1.01 billion worldwide, but "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is about to enter the $1 billion club very soon. The third "Transformers" movie has generated worldwide total of $983 million over the weekend.
("Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Movie Review)
"Cowboys & Aliens" was expected to open in the $42 million to $45 million range, while "The Smurfs" was projected to debut between $25 million to $30 million. "Cowboys" cost $163 million to produce while "Smurfs" cost $110 million.
Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Movies for weekend of July 29th:
1 "Cowboys & Aliens," $36 million
2 "The Smurfs," $35.6
3. "Captain America: The First Avenger," $24.9 million
4. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," $21.9 million
5. "Crazy, Stupid, Love," $19.3 million
6. "Friends with Benefits," $9.3 million
7. "Horrible Bosses," $7.1 million
8. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," $6 million
9. "Zookeeper," $4.2 million
10. "Cars 2," $2.3 million
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For this week's MANNY'S MOVIE WEEKEND GIVEAWAY, we have exclusive fun prizes! First, CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE from Warner Bros. One lucky winner will get:
*** 3 T-SHIRTS (ONE SAYS CRAZY, ONE SAYS STUPID, ONE SAYS LOVE)
*** 1 BALL CAP
For COWBOYS AND ALIENS courtesy of UNIVERSAL PICTURES:
*** 2 different T-shirts
*** 3 fan thingimajiggie (I really have no idea what it is but it's beautiful and practical and a fan of some sort!)
Just "like" my facebook page right here, then like this post on Facebook! It's that simple!
One lucky winner will win all these prizes next Friday, Aug. 5th! Oh, and international friends, I'm sorry but this is limited to U.S. residents only
HAVE FUN AND GOOD LUCK! Watch the video of this contest announcement below:
Here's more info on "Crazy, Stupid, Love" from Yahoo:
At forty-something, straight-laced Cal Weaver is living the dream--good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily, has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his "perfect" life quickly unravels. Worse, in today's single world, Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirty-something player Jacob Palmer. In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal's eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can't be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal and Emily aren't the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal's 13-year-old son, Robbie, is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica, who harbors a crush on Cal. And despite Cal's makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can't be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began.
Genres: Comedy, Drama and Romance
Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.
Release Date: July 29th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for for coarse humor, sexual content and language.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Production Co.: Carousel Productions, Di Novi Pictures
Studios: Warner Bros. Pictures
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Produced in: United States
Steve Carell Cal
Ryan Gosling Jacob
Julianne Moore Emily
Emma Stone Hannah
Analeigh Tipton Jessica
Jonah Bobo Robbie
Joey King Molly
Marisa Tomei Kate
Beth Littleford Claire
John Carroll Lynch Bernie
Kevin Bacon David Lindhagen
Liza LaPira Liz
John Requa Director
Glenn Ficarra Director
And here's more info on "Cowboys & Aliens":
1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It's a town that lives in fear.
But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.
Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella, he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents - townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors - all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller, Western and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 58 min.
Release Date: July 29th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference.
Distributors: Universal Pictures
Production Co.: Platinum Studios, Imagine Entertainment, Kurtzman/Orci
Studios: DreamWorks Studios, Universal Pictures
Filming Locations: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Produced in: United States
Daniel Craig Jake Lonergan
Harrison Ford Colonel Dolarhyde
Olivia Wilde Ella Swenson
Sam Rockwell Doc
Adam Beach Nat Colorado
Paul Dano Percy Dolarhyde
Noah Ringer Emmett Taggart
Clancy Brown Meecham
Keith Carradine Sheriff Kyle Taggart
Clancy Brown Meacham
Ana De La Reguera Maria
Abigail Spencer Alice
Walton Goggins Hunt
Director: Jon Favreau
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New at the box-office this weekend, "Crazy, Stupid, Love" starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, and Emma Stone, and "Cowboys & Aliens" featuring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Paul Dano, and OLivia Wilde.
Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look by clicking here!
If you want to read my movie reviews, click here for "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and here for "Cowboys & Aliens."
Have fun and have a super-fabulous weekend!
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I love, love, love "Precious'" Gabourey Sidibe and it's fun to see her in another acting vehicle. I don't know about "Tower Heist" though, it's from Brett Ratner (!!!) who really hasn't done a good movie in my book unless you call "Rush Hour 3" and "X-Men: The Last Stand" visionary!
But the plot seems fun enough, it's a revenge heist kind of thing, here's the official synopsis:
After the workers at a luxury Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them.
Okay, so the workers unite against Bernie Madoff (HA!). That should be fun no?
This one's from Universal Pictures and they're releasing "Tower Heist" on November 4th. Here's the full cast info from Yahoo:
Ben Stiller ....... Josh Kovacs
Eddie Murphy ...... Slide
Casey Affleck ..... Cole Howard
Alan Alda ......... Arthur Shaw
Matthew Broderick . Chase Fitzhugh
Téa Leoni ......... Gertie Fiansen
Michael Peña ...... Rick Malloy
Gabourey Sidibe ....Odessa Montero
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