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Weekend Box Office: 'Planet of the Apes' Rides Off With No. 1 Spot, Big Opening Weekend

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New York (AP) - "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" thumped its chest at the box office with a $73 million opening weekend.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Fox's "Planet of the Apes" sequel rode excellent reviews and high anticipation to one of the summer's best debuts. It easily surpassed the $54.8 million opening to 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the reboot of the 1970s chimp franchise.

The big opening helped give the summer box office a shot in the arm, but it wasn't enough to stop an overall downward trend. The weekend's box office was down nearly 24 percent from the corresponding weekend last year.

After two weeks on top, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" slid to second with $16.5 million. The Melissa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" came in third with $12.9 million.

Top 10 at the Weekend Box Office

1. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" - $73 M

2. "Transformers: Age of Extinction »

- The Associated Press

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These Are the Only Original Real Housewives Who've Avoided the Ax

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In the world of reality TV, nothing stays the same for long. The stakes need to be raised, drama heightened, and fresh sources of conflict added to the mix. Nowhere is this spirit of reinvention more alive than in Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise. And when we say reinvention, we of course mean recasting -- because sometimes the only way to fix a flailing show is to infuse it with new, claws-out, drama-queen blood. But then there are the precious few who stay, season after season, either because Bravo has anointed them the chosen ones or fans just can't get enough.

The list of original Housewives still on their respective shows is a short yet complicated one, some stars leaving, some leaving then returning, and some being demoted to "friend of the Housewives" status. And while it seems that Housewives come and go every time the wind blows, we did do »

- Tim Hayne

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Gary Oldman's 10 Most Transformative Roles (Photos)

12 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Recently, Gary Oldman has been making headlines for the wrong reasons, but his talent and passion are undeniable.

Oldman is one of very few actors that can truly transform himself into a role, camouflaging himself so completely that you won't even recognize the British actor. With his voice and appearance changing dramatically from one part to the next, you might need a friend to remind you that it's Oldman. Roles like the explosive Sex Pistol Sid Vicious in "Sid and Nancy" (1986) and the volatile pimp Drexl Spivey in "True Romance" (1993) only scratch the surface of what the actor is capable of.

Which performance do you think is the most shocking? Tell us in the comments below.

Article photo courtesy of Warner Bros. »

- Jonny Black

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14 Spooky Horror TV Shows Worth Getting Scared By (Video)

11 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

TV has a grand tradition of churning out scary shows that rival even the most scream-worthy horror flick. There has been a steady flow of small screen thrillers, mysteries, and supernatural stories since the 1950s, and it doesn't look like the trend is letting up any time soon.

Netflix even got into the game with their series, "Hemlock Grove" -- a small town murder mystery brought to viewers by horror guru Eli Roth. The show's second season began streaming July 11th.

And if you want more shows in a similarly chilling genre, don't disregard some of the classic series that made horror happen on TV. There are also a few hidden gems or forgotten favorites that are worth checking out, too.

So, go ahead -- spook yourself! Here are 14 horror TV shows worth getting scared by:

Gavin Bond for Netflix »

- Alana Altmann

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Brace Yourself for Benedict Cumberbatch's Comic-Con Debut

11 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

In what's surely a genius marketing move, DreamWorks Animation has wrangled Benedict Cumberbatch into appearing at San Diego Comic-Con this year to promote "The Penguins of Madagascar." Let's be honest -- how many Sdcc attendees would otherwise wait in line for hours outside of Hall H just to see a preview of yet another "Madagascar" spin-off? Now Hall H will be packed to the gills with fans dying to see the "Sherlock" star in person.

It will be the slinky star's first trip to Sdcc, so we hope he's girding his loins for what's a truly unique experience. There was a "Sherlock" panel last year, but Cumberbatch and his co-star Martin Freeman were unable to attend.

There's also the matter of Peter Jackson's Hall H takeover for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" two days later. If Cumby's already hanging out in San Diego, why not make a weekend of it? »

- Jenni Miller

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This Week in TV: Rosie O'Donnell's Return to 'The View' Amps Up the Drama

11 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

After 17 seasons and the recent departure of founding matriarch Barbara Walters, why do we still care about "The View"? Maybe because the drama never ends, even when the cameras stop rolling. Case in point: the long-rumored re-hiring of former "View" panelist Rosie O'Donnell -- confirmed Thursday in a tweet -- which not only will do nothing to calm the troubled waters at the daytime talk show, but in fact seems meant to stir up even more drama.

O'Donnell, of course, was at the center of the notoriously turbulent 2006-07 season, one highlighted by the former Queen of Nice's many verbal battles with ideological opposite Elisabeth Hasselbeck. After one particularly bitter political argument, O'Donnell stormed off, never to return, having asked to be let out of her contract early. It was a season that was painful to watch but also undeniably exciting, in an imminent-train-wreck way. Seven years later, you'd think »

- Gary Susman

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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Season 5 Recap, as Told Through GIFs

11 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

The dramatic reality TV event we've been waiting for will soon arrive: the sixth season of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" premieres on Bravo this Sunday, July 13. It appears to be quite the doozy -- full of everything from legal issues to identical twins to intense family cat fights and gossip. Plus, the return of original housewife, Dina Manzo.

Season 5 was all sorts of crazy, so if you're not caught up on the show you should probably do so now. But first we'll provide a little help outlining the highlights of the season for you. Through gifs, of course!

-One thing that did not let up last season: The tension insane fighting between the Giudices and the Gorgas. Teresa and her brother Joe continued to butt heads. Even Caroline Manzo tried to get involve in their troubled relationship. And Melissa was so fed up with the drama that she »

- Alana Altmann

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'Apehood' Is a 'Boyhood'/'Apes' Mashup Guaranteed to Make You Feel Things (Video)

11 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

This weekend, two of the year's very best movies are hitting theaters. One is Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," a sensitive, down-to-earth drama that took twelve years to film; the other is "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," a 3D studio extravaganza that features a whole platoon of anthropomorphic apes. Still, they're both very much worth watching, both examples of the seemingly limitless possibilities of cinema, both visually and emotionally. And now, they've been brought together in a super clever mash-up video.

Below you'll find "Apehood," a video made by our buddy Nelson Carvajal, that combines footage from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and this week's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," with the basic structure and heart-tugging music from the "Boyhood" trailer. It is, in a word, genius -- and every bit worthy of the two amazing it is (pardon the pun) aping.

Any more explanation would ruin the fun, »

- Drew Taylor

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Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch Eye 'True Detective' Season 2

11 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

In the dog days of summer, we sometimes feel very, very thirsty -- and not for a cool, refreshing beverage, but for any information about the upcoming second season of HBO's peerless mystery series "True Detective." So far we know that there will be four lead characters, that at least one of them will be a woman (here's hoping) and that the central mystery concerns the "secret occult history of the United States transportation system" (ohmygodsocool). But today we got our biggest bit of information yet, as it looks like HBO is zeroing in on two of the new season's leads. And yes, they are very impressive.

According to The Wrap, Colin Farrell is negotiating for the lead role in "True Detective" Season 2. According to the site, "HBO was intent on landing a true movie star," and apparently Farrell fills that role although god only knows when he had a true hit movie, »

- Drew Taylor

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'Boyhood' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Seeing the One-of-a-Kind Drama

11 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

Yes, the current cinematic landscape is filled with giant, towering transformers that can handily destroy large swaths of both Chicago and China, super-intelligent apes leading a revolt against humanity, and dueling, computer-generated dragons. But the most epic film of the summer, maybe the entire year, is entering into limited release this weekend, available only in boutique cinemas or art house theaters. And that movie is "Boyhood."

This is a movie that has literally been filming for 12 years. Writer/director Richard Linklater, previously responsible for "Dazed and Confused" and "School of Rock," would gather his actors once a year and film for a few days, with the ultimate goal of chronicling how a young boy grows up. But this isn't some stodgy documentary; this is a fictionalized account of adolescence that is full of very dramatic moments.

But is this something that impenetrably artsy? Or something that is worth leaving the multiplex for? »

- Drew Taylor

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Star Dave Bautista Is a Hulking and Humble Drax the Destroyer

11 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT

Disney and Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," directed by James Gunn and out August 1, is full of colorful characters. This is a movie, after all, anchored by a human thief (Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt), who is joined by a green-skinned alien warrior (Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana), an anthropomorphic, trigger-happy raccoon (Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper), and a towering, bizarre tree creature (Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel). But the most amazing member of the Guardians, at least from a visual standpoint, is Drax the Destroyer, a mountain-sized man hellbent on revenge, and played, with the imposing physicality of a dinosaur or maybe an industrial machine used to level buildings, by wrestler Dave Bautista.

When we visited the set of "Guardians of the Galaxy" last year, Bautista had been filming, and so we got to see him in real life: his skin was the color of old olives and every »

- Drew Taylor

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Gary Oldman Facts: 27 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the British Actor

11 July 2014 4:45 AM, PDT

Whether or not you agree with his recent comments in Playboy, there's no denying Gary Oldman is one of the great actors of our time.

Ever since breaking out in 1986's "Sid and Nancy" as the self-destructing Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, Oldman has transformed himself from one role to the next. A true chameleon, the actor changes his voice for every part and is nearly unrecognizable in films like "True Romance" (1993) and "The Contender" (2000). Despite his enormous influence among fellow actors, Oldman shuns the spotlight and has only once been nominated for an Oscar. Oldman turns in yet another stirring performance (despite limited screen time) in this summer's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes".

From his famous ex-wife to his rejection from a prestigious drama school, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Gary Oldman.

1. Gary Oldman was born on March 21, 1958 in London, England to Kathleen Cheriton and Leonard Bertram Oldman. »

- Jonny Black

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'Boyhood' Director Richard Linklater Never Doubted His Ambitious, 12-Year Production

11 July 2014 2:00 AM, PDT

While Richard Linklater was making "School of Rock," "Bad News Bears," "Before Sunset" and "Bernie," he was also quietly making "Boyhood," a film that's production spanned 12 years. It's an unprecedented experiment, one that's met with unqualified raves as Linklater follows one boy, Mason (newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from age 5 to 18.

Much of the film is inspired by Linklater's own life and he cast Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's divorced parents, and his own daughter, Lorelei, as Mason's sister. All agreed to the unconventional project, which Linklater had mapped out but was never sure exactly where it would go.

The director sat down with Moviefone (while an exhausted Coltrane took a nap in the same room) at the film's Los Angeles junket to discuss how his own daughter wanted to bail on the film, forcing Ethan Hawke to wear Dockers, and waiting to see what kind of kid Mason was »

- Sharon Knolle

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Dana Carvey's Wheel of Impressions and Michael Douglas's 'Ant-Man' Talk Lead Our Late Night Roundup (Video)

11 July 2014 2:00 AM, PDT

Didn't stay up for Thursday night's late night talk shows? Moviefone's got you covered. Here's some of what you might have missed:

"SNL" alum Dana Carvey was a guest on "The Tonight Show" and naturally his amazing celebrity impressions came up in conversation. Jimmy Fallon, another "SNL" vet with memorable miming talents, asked him to play a game of "Wheel of Impressions," where two wheels determined which star they'd be imitating and what topic they would have to discuss. Things took a hilarious turn when Dana landed on Al Pacino and magic.

The game continued and the pair had to tackle the task of doing Arnold Schwarzenegger talking about medical marijuana. And even when they stopped playing, Dana couldn't help breaking into more impressions.

On "The Late Show," Michael Douglas was on hand to chat and talked a little bit about his "Ant-Man" role with David Letterman. One revelation: he's not a "comic guy. »

- Alana Altmann

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'True Detective' Season 2 Cast to Be Announced Soon

10 July 2014 2:30 PM, PDT

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo revealed a bunch of information about the network's beloved shows during a Television Critics Association summer press tour appearance Thursday, including the news that casting information for the second season of "True Detective" is expected imminently.

Lombardo wouldn't say much, but hinted that some major casting announcements can be expected within the next week -- and audiences would already be familiar with the new leads.

"I think we decided early on to free ourselves from the idea of 'star' and lean into the idea of 'great acting,'" Lombardo told reporters. "I think the people we will cast will be well-known names, but that wasn't our ambition and I don't use that as a challenge."

The exec added that HBO didn't set out to cast stars, nor did it intend to use big names to hold up weak storytelling, but rather the success of "True Detective »

- Katie Roberts

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'Fast & Furious 7' Ends Filming With Tear-Inducing Thank-You Note

10 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT

Filming has wrapped on "Fast & Furious 7," and filmmakers thanked fans for their support in a heartfelt Facebook post Thursday.

Announcing that the movie had filmed its last shot, the note expressed gratitude for the millions of fans who have stuck with the franchise since its humble beginnings, and offered their support throughout the difficult road to completing "Fast 7" in the wake of series star Paul Walker's sudden death last year.

"There was a time when we didn't know how we could go on, or even if we should. But we listened to you, and you inspired us not only to keep going but to try and make the best Fast & Furious movie yet," the post said.

Noting that cast members had become as close as family throughout the 15-year history of the franchise, filmmakers said that despite the loss of Walker, the help of his brothers, Cody and Caleb, »

- Katie Roberts

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First Look: Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston in Lifetime Biopic

10 July 2014 1:30 PM, PDT

Whitney Houston fans may have to do a double-take after seeing the first image of actress Yaya DaCosta as the late singer in Lifetime's upcoming biopic.

DaCosta, who was once a finalist on "America's Next Top Model," recreated the cover of Houston's 1987 album, "Whitney," which went on to sell over 9 million copies and spawn the hit single "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)." That modeling background came in handy, as the 31-year-old mimicked Houston's hair, smile, and body language to a T.

DaCosta told Entertainment Weekly, which premiered the image, that she "just looked at the [album] picture and did the pose!" If her portrayal of Houston throughout the entire film is this effortless, audience expectations should be high.

The biopic, tentatively titled simply "Whitney Houston," is directed by Houston's "Waiting to Exhale" co-star Angela Bassett. It's set to air sometime in early 2015.

[via: EW, h/t TheWrap]

Photo courtesy Entertainment Weekly »

- Katie Roberts

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Gregg Sulkin's #5WorthWatching: The 'Affluenza' Star Reveals His Five Favorite Coming-of-Age Movies

10 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

Everyone loves a good coming-of-age story, which is why we asked Gregg Sulkin, one of the stars of the upcoming coming-of-age movie "Affluenza," to pick five of his favorites.

You may know Sulkin from his stint on Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place," or maybe you saw him on MTV's "Faking It," in any case, the actor has a keen grasp on teen angst and he goes one step further in showcasing that in "Affluenza." The movie, which centers on a group of privileged teens living it up in suburban, pre-recession 2008, is in theaters July 11.

With that, we'll let the expert take it away. Here are Gregg Sulkin's five favorite coming-of-age movies. »

- Moviefone Staff

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Here Are Fox's 2014 Fall TV Premiere Dates

10 July 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

Fox announced its lineup of fall premiere dates Tuesday, and it includes some answers about just when we'll see beloved programs return, as well as the debuts of new series.

Among the highlights is the premiere of the highly-anticipated crossover episode between "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" -- dubbed "The Simpsons Guy" -- which will drop in a special one-hour block on September 28. Sundays are seeing a bit of a shakeup this year, with sophomore sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" moving over to the night from Tuesdays; new sitcom "Mulaney" will also find its home on Sundays, when it makes its series debut on October 5.

Experimental reality show "Utopia" will have a three-part premiere, set to air on September 7, 9, and 12 before switching to its normal timeslot on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Another notable facet of the schedule is one glaring omission: "Glee," which just had its episode order slashed from 22 to 13 episodes. It's now being saved for midseason, »

- Katie Roberts

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Michael Douglas Is Bummed About Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' Exit, Too

10 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

You're not the only one upset that Edgar Wright is no longer directing "Ant-Man": Star Michael Douglas is pretty bummed, too.

The actor expressed his remorse at seeing Wright go during a recent roundtable discussion, in which Douglas opened up about shooting such a high-profile Marvel project.

"Yeah, he's a wonderful talent. It was very disappointing, yeah," Douglas told Collider of Wright's abrupt departure earlier this year from the quirky superhero project, which the director had shepherded from the beginning.

"It was a big disappointment and more so for him because he had a lot of years invested and he was really the one initially who got them to even consider it, you know, the screenplay that he wrote," Douglas continued. "I'm not the producer on it and I'm an actor for hire, and, you know, Marvel certainly has a pretty amazing track record, rightly or wrongly, so I »

- Katie Roberts

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