"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Wins Humane Society's Genesis Awards 


"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" triumphed at the 26th Genesis Awards. The fantastic prequel took home the Outstanding Feature Film of the year "for its examination of the ethics of using chimpanzees in medical research."

"Born to Be Wild 3D" won the Feature Documentary prize for celebrating the folks behind the rehabilitation of baby elephants and orangutans orphaned by poaching. (Check out my fun interviews with narrator Morgan Freeman and the rest of the heroes behind "Born to Be Wild" right here)

The 26th Genesis Awards was hosted by "Dancing with the Stars'" Carrie Ann Inaba. Even Uggie, the scene-stealing terrier from the Oscar-winning "The Artist" made an appearance.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 26th Genesis Awards (The event will be shown as a one-hour special on Animal Planet on May 5):

FEATURE FILM
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Twentieth Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
BORN TO BE WILD 3D
Warner Bros. Pictures, Imax Corporation

SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
THE COLBERT REPORT
Comedy Central

DRAMATIC SERIES
HAWAII FIVE-0—“Lapa’au”
CBS

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
TEENNICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE —“Dangerous Crossroads: Human Animal vs. Wild Animal”
Nickelodeon

PRE-SCHOOL
SID THE SCIENCE KID — “Save the Stump!”
PBS KIDS

TV NEWSMAGAZINE
20/20
ABC

NATIONAL NEWS
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS

LOCAL NEWS
FEATURE

KTLA NEWS AT 10 (Los Angeles)

LOCAL NEWS
SERIES

WOIO-TV ACTION NEWS (Cleveland)

MORNING NEWS SHOW
TODAY
NBC

TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW

TV DOCUMENTARY
GORDON RAMSAY: SHARK BAIT
BBC AMERICA

REALITY SERIES
ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES—“Captive Hunting Exposed”
Animal Planet

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
THE MEDAN CONNECTION —“CARTE BLANCHE M-NET SOUTH AFRICA”

OUTSTANDING WRITTEN WORD
MAGAZINE
VANITY FAIR— “Agony and Ivory”

SERIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS

ONLINE AWARD
THE ATLANTIC.COM

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
THE INDEPENDENT (UK)

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE AWARD
PRISM—“A Call to Compassion”

THE WYLER AWARD
IAN SOMERHALDER

INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD
PRITISH NANDY

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Sorry Bella, Katniss Has More Box-Office Power Than You! "The Hunger Games" Scores Third Biggest Opening Ever! 


We all predicted that "The Hunger Games" would take the box-office crown this past weekend but I didn't think we knew just how much! Well, suffice it to say that Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games" was a bonafide box-office bonanza scoring the third-best debut of all time, and the best for any film opening outside of summer! ("The Hunger Games" movie review)

"The Hunger Games," starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Collins from the bestselling young-adult novel by Suzanne Collins," sold $155 million worth of box-office tickets, claiming the top spot and broke box-office records including having the biggest opening for a non-sequel.

The film now sits close to the top of the all-time box-office heap with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($169.2 million) at No. 1 and "The Dark Knight" ($158.4 million) at No. 2. "The Hunger Games" rightfully claimed the No. 3 all-time spot scoring a huge opening bigger than any of the "Twilight" films including the franchise's biggest opener, "New Moon" ($142.8 million). (Enter our fun "Hunger Games" contest right here)

"Hunger Games" also scored record-breaking Imax numbers ($10.6 million) giving it a best opening for a 2D Imax non-sequel.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "21 Jump Street," fell to No. 2. Starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, the big-screen adaptation of the Fox show starring featuring Johnny Depp fell 41 percent with $21.3 million box-office take. So far, the action comedy has a domestic total of $71.1 million. ("21 Jump Street" movie review)

At No. 3 was "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" which continued to shine with $13.1 million. So far, the Universal and Illumination's animated film featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, and Danny Devito has a domestic total of $177.3 million.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of March 23rd, thereby known as "The Hunger Games" weekend:

1. The Hunger Games, 1/4,137, Lionsgate, $155 million.
2. 21 Jump Street, 2/3,121, Sony/MGM, $21.3 million, $71.1 million.
3. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, 4/3,677, Universal/Illumination, $13.1 million, $177.3 million.
4. John Carter, 3/3,212, Disney, $5 million, $62.3 million.
5. Act of Valor, 5/2,216, Relativity/Bandito Brothers, $2.1 million, $65.9 million.
6. Project X, 4/2,068, Warner Bros., $1.95 million, $51.8 million.
7. A Thousand Words, 3/1,787, Paramount/DreamWorks, $1.93 million, $14.9 million.
8. October Baby, 1/390, Samuel Goldwyn Films, $1.7 million.
9. Safe House, 7/1,330, Universal, $1.39 million, $122.6 million.
10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 7/1,340, New Line/Warner Bros., $1.37 million, $97.2 million.

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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I'm Giving Six of My Facebook Friends Some "Hunger Games" Giveaway! The Odds Will Be Ever in Your Favor! 


Thanks to our friends at Lionsgate, six of my Facebook friends will receive this "Hunger Games" prize pack! It consists of mini-posters and a fun "Hunger Games" bag! All you have to do is like my Facebook page (click here to visit), like this post, and wait next Friday, March 30th, when we do our random drawing! We'll post the video of the drawing! It's fun, easy, and free! All you have to do is like me! :wink

By the way, sorry International friends, but this one's limited for our U.S. friends only okay? Sorry.

But have fun, good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor, always!

For my "Hunger Games" movie review, click here.

Here's more info on "Hunger Games" from Yahoo:

Here's more on "The Hunger Games" from Yahoo:

PRODUCTION DETAILS

IN THEATERS • MARCH 23, 2012

MPAA RATING PG-13 (FOR FOR INTENSE THEMATIC VIOLENT MATERIAL AND

DISTURBING IMAGES -- ALL INVOLVING TEENS)

GENRES ACTION/ADVENTURE, ADAPTATION, SCI-FI/FANTASY

DISTRIBUTORS LIONSGATE

RUN TIME 2 HOURS 22 MINUTES

FILMING LOCATIONS
• WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, USA
• GEORGIA, USA
• ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA
PRODUCED IN UNITED STATES

DIRECTORS

GARY ROSS -- DIRECTOR
STEVEN SODERBERGH -- DIRECTOR (2ND UNIT)

ACTORS
JENNIFER LAWRENCE -- KATNISS EVERDEEN
JOSH HUTCHERSON -- PEETA MELLARK
LIAM HEMSWORTH -- GALE HAWTHORNE
WOODY HARRELSON -- HAYMITCH ABERNATHY
ELIZABETH BANKS -- EFFIE TRINKET
LENNY KRAVITZ -- CINNA
WES BENTLEY -- SENECA CRANE
TOBY JONES -- CLAUDIUS TEMPESMITH
ALEXANDER LUDWIG -- CATO
ISABELLE FUHRMAN -- CLOVE
AMANDLA STENBERG -- RUE
STANLEY TUCCI -- CAESAR FLICKERMAN
DONALD SUTHERLAND -- PRESIDENT SNOW
DAYO OKENIYI -- THRESH
LEVEN RAMBIN -- GLIMMER
JACK QUAID -- MARVEL
WILLOW SHIELDS -- PRIMROSE EVERDEEN
PAULA MALCOMSON -- KATNISS’ MOTHER
AMBER CHANEY -- AVOX GIRL
SANDRA LAFFERTY -- HOB VENDOR
RHODA GRIFFIS -- REGISTRATION WOMAN
SANDINO MOYA-SMITH -- PROPAGANDA FILM TRIBUTE
RAIKO BOWMAN -- PEETA’S MOTHER DWAYNE BOYD -- PEACEKEEPER #1 ANTHONY REYNOLDS -- PEACEKEEPER #2

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Young Carrie Bradshaw! 
What do you think of AnnaSophia Robb channeling Carrie Bradshaw of "Sex and the City" for the CW show, "The Carrie Diaries." Robb stars as the young Bradshaw in the pilot based on Candace Bushnell's novel, which is of course, a prequel to 'Sex and the City." She's already very Carrie-ish, at least the hair and fashion, right? (Click here for my interview with AnnaSophia Robb for "Race to Witch Mountain." Guess who's with her? Alexander Ludwig, now starring in the big blockbuster "The Hunger Games" as Cato!)



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When Can You See "Hangover 3?" What About "300 Part 2?" 


Warner Bros. has announced release dates for two of its biggest properties. The studio also has moved "Pacific Rim." Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the film will now be seen on July 12, 2013 from May of the same year.

"The Hangover Part 3" will be released on May 24, 2013 facing tough competition such as Universal's "Fast & Furious 6." Fox's "Leafmen" will also open the same day.

The "300" sequel will ab crunch its way to theaters near you on August 2, 2013 but must duke it out with the "Red" sequel from Summit and "The Smurfs 2" from Sony.

So many sequels, so little time!

"Pacific Rim," the only original film in this slate, must fight with "Grown Ups 2" for box-office supremacy. Starring Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam, this is like "Cloverfield" meets "Independence Day," where monsters are threatening to destroy the earth and earthlings must fight the creatures. Where's Will Smith when you need him?

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