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Box office update: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' climbs to the top of the box office

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You maniacs! You made Dawn of the Planet of the Apes the most popular movie in America! Ah, damn you! Goddamn you all to hell!

Actually, director Matt Reeves’ apocalyptic sequel — which banked an estimated $27.7 million on opening day — is one of the season’s most deserved chart-toppers, at least according to its A- Cinema Score and slew of positive reviews. EW’s Chris Nashawaty, for example, hailed Andy Serkis’ performance as Caesar as “his most soulful motion-capture creation yet” and claimed Reeves’ film “easily tops” its predecessor, 2011′s James Franco-starring Rise of the Planet of the Apes. That »

- Clark Collis

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Casting Net: 'Game of Thrones' vet Rose Leslie joins Vin Diesel project

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Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie is set to join Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter, a supernatural thriller about a “semi-immortal” witch hunter (Diesel) who teams up with a witch (Leslie) to take down a more evil witch. And, despite being mortal enemies, the witch and the witch hunter also flirt with romance. Breck Eisner is directing the Summit pic, which recently got a polish from Dallas Buyers Club writer Melisa Wallack. [THR]

Gary Oldman, who’s currently starring in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is in talks to star alongside Kevin Costner in Criminal. The movie »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' writers talk Caesar, 'Jurassic World,' ...and Shakespeare

11 July 2014 12:54 PM, PDT

Before 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, married screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s last screenplay credit was 1997′s The Relic. What a difference a few years make. Today, Rise sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters, with a screenplay that Jaffa and Silver co-penned with Mark Bomback. But Dawn is just the tip of the iceberg. Jaffa and Silver are currently hard at work on Avatar 2 alongside director James Cameron. The writers also worked on next year’s dino-reboot Jurassic World. And they’re credited as screenwriters on Ron Howard’s upcoming Heart of the Sea. »

- Darren Franich

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Video: New 'Housebound' trailer depicts haunted house arrest

11 July 2014 12:33 PM, PDT

Fans of Peter Jackson’s early, gory output should definitely check out the trailer for the forthcoming horror film Housebound—a film which has apparently received the stamp of approval from Sir Peter himself.

Written and directed by New Zealand filmmaker Gerard Johnstone, the film stars Morgana O’Reilly as a woman who is placed on home detention and has to live with her mother. Mom believes her house is haunted. Is she right? Find out on October 17, when the film arrives in theatres as well as on VOD and iTunes.

But you can also watch an exclusive trailer for Housebound below. »

- Clark Collis

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Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe team up for Shane Black's 'Nice Guys'

11 July 2014 10:41 AM, PDT

Shane Black, who made his reputation writing Lethal Weapon for producer Joel Silver and Warner Bros., has decided that he’s not too old for this shit.

After striking it big again as a director of last summer’s Iron Man 3, Black has re-partnered with Silver and Warner Bros. for a project he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi titled The Nice Guys. And he’s landed some pretty nice guys to play the two L.A. detectives investigating the mysterious suicide of a 1970s porn star: Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

In June, the Wrap initially reported that the long-in-development project was falling into place, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Critical Mass: Hail, Caesar and 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

11 July 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

There’s a lot at stake with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: human supremacy on a post-apocalyptic Earth, the well-being of a 45-year-old franchise property… the summer box office.

With ticket sales down across the board, Dawn finds itself in the once unlikely position of summer savior. The 2011 reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which starred James Franco and Andy Serkis as the motion-capture Prometheus ape, Caesar, was a solid critical and popular hit, grossing $176.7 million.

Expectation are much higher for Dawn, which is set 10 years after the events of Rise. Humanity has been devastated by the simian flu, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Video: World record-seeking 720-hour movie now has a 72-minute trailer

11 July 2014 7:36 AM, PDT

The words “teaser trailer” are generally associated with the familiar notion of a video advertisement for an upcoming film that lasts for a minute or less. For example, the first teaser trailer for The Dark Knight was one minute in length and featured nothing but the voices of the stars.

But for Swedish filmmaker Anders Weberg, one minute isn’t nearly enough to tease his upcoming film Ambiancé. Ambiancé, a 720-hour film, is Weberg’s attempt to break the world record for the longest film ever made, and the first teaser trailer for Ambiancé is 72 minutes long.

The record currently »

- Samantha Highfill

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Video: Ryan Reynolds is a tortured dad in 'The Captive' trailer

11 July 2014 7:07 AM, PDT

On a snowy day in Ontario, Matthew’s (Ryan Reynolds) daughter disappears. Eight years later, evidence of her existence begins to reappear. That’s the basic conceit of Atom Egoyan’s The Captive, which turns into a psychological thriller involving Matthew’s wife (Mireille Enos) and the two detectives on the case (Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson).

If the film’s structure sounds vaguely familiar—that is, like many other prestige dramas—then you’re not wrong. The Captive premiered at Cannes earlier this year, to resounding boos and reviews that damned the film for its lack of innovation.

Egoyan, »

- Jackson McHenry

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Capsule Movie Reviews (July 11): 'A Long Way Down' and two more

11 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT

A Long Way Down

R, 1 Hr., 36 Mins.

A bright cast spackles this uneven Nick Hornby adaptation about a quartet of suicidal strangers (Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots) who meet on a London rooftop one New Year’s Eve and quickly become a fractured family. With an ace troupe like that, there are affecting moments, to be sure. But the movie criminally wastes Sam Neill and Rosamund Pike in barely there supporting roles, and the picture has exactly two tones: grim and gooey. They do not coexist harmoniously. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) C  –Jason Clark


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- EW staff

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Ethan Hawke interviews his 'Boyhood' co-star Ellar Coltrane

11 July 2014 4:54 AM, PDT

It all came down to a 6-year-old Texan named Ellar Coltrane. When the blue-eyed lad auditioned for Richard Linklater in 2002, the writer/director made a risky bet that the unknown child actor was the right kid for Boyhood—a daring, unprecedented project that would film the same people as they aged, in real time, over 12 years. “Child actors have this adult-pleasing personality,” Linklater says. “They are cute kids who are trying to have an effect on you, make you laugh. Ellar wasn’t like that at all. He didn’t give a shit what you thought of him, which was refreshing. »

- Nicole Sperling

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'Ghostbusters' gets a retro 30th anniversary release trailer

10 July 2014 5:42 PM, PDT

Sometimes it’s best not to mess with the classics. So, in honor of the 30th anniversary theatrical re-release of a restored and remastered Ghostbusters—coming this Labor Day weekend—Sony has released a fittingly retro trailer.

“Ghostbusters is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises,” Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, told EW’s Jeff Labrecque. “I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it’s a real thrill for me to see that it’s still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Box office preview: Can 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' save the summer?

10 July 2014 3:58 PM, PDT

Poor Caesar already has a lot on his plate between defending his family and community and helping the humans restore power in San Francisco. Now, he has to step up, squash the Transformers, and save the summer box office as well, which is down nearly 20 percent from last year’s record-smashing season.

It’s a good thing everyone so far seems to really like Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes—the second installment in their rebooted franchise, which picks up in the world of 2011′s Rise 10 years later. As of Thursday afternoon, it had the distinction of »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Casting Net: Rachel Weisz may join Michael Fassbender in period drama

10 July 2014 3:54 PM, PDT

• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]

• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »

- Jake Perlman

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Video: Young-at-heart retirees party in Iceland in 'Land Ho!' clip

10 July 2014 1:50 PM, PDT

Just because you’ve hit retirement age doesn’t mean you can’t still have adventures. In the utterly charming Land Ho!, two ex-brothers-in-law decide to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Iceland—and, of course, in the vein of all the classic buddy comedies, they’re polar opposites.

Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) is a soft-spoken man still reeling from a recent loss while Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) is a bawdy, larger-than-life character who’s always ready for a good time, whether it’s bathing in a glacial spa or partying in a Reykjavik nightclub. “We wanted to make a comedy that »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' TV clip draws complaints in the U.K.

10 July 2014 1:08 PM, PDT

Like the Super Bowl in the United States, World Cup soccer is an enormous showcase for advertisers abroad—and Hollywood often pays millions to showcase upcoming big movies in front of huge television audiences. In Britain, where the games air live in primetime, 20th Century Fox secured a halftime slot for a clip of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which opens there on July 17.

Though it was later in the evening, younger viewers presumably staying up late to watch the Argentina/Netherlands semifinal on ITV Wednesday night were treated to a violent sequence where a devious ape tricks »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Video: Reese Witherspoon wanders in 'Wild' trailer

10 July 2014 12:39 PM, PDT

Reese Witherspoon’s looking to find herself—and maybe a little awards recognition along the way.

The just-released trailer for Wild finds Witherspoon playing real-life author Cheryl Strayed, who decided to take a 1,000-mile-plus hike along the Pacific Crest Trail alone to atone for years of addictive and destructive behavior. The film is based on the book Strayed wrote about the experience.

Given the upcoming slate of films starring the Oscar-winner (including Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice), it looks like Witherspoon is prepping for a possible Matthew McConaughey-like career resurgence. And it’s worth noting that Witherspoon starred in Mud, »

- Jackson McHenry

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Video: Christoph Waltz is bald and angsty in zany 'Zero Theorem' trailer

10 July 2014 12:07 PM, PDT

Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, which stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen, an eccentric and reclusive computer hacker who is “plagued with existential angst,” will finally arrive in the United States in limited theatrical release in September. This week, a new U.S. trailer debuted online.

As the trailer indicates, Qohen spends most of his time in isolation; that’s because he’s hard at work on a mysterious project assigned to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at finding the meaning of life (or lack thereof). Mélanie ThierryDavid Thewlis, and Tilda Swinton also star.

The film debuted in »

- Chancellor Agard

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Video: A champion becomes a survivor in new 'Unbroken' trailer

10 July 2014 8:52 AM, PDT

This is almost three biopics in one: the story of a racing champion, the story of a man lost at sea, and the story of a survivor in an internment camp.

But while it might seem incredible, Unbroken’s all based on the story of one man: Louis “Louie” Zamperini, who survived it all until he died last week at 97. Played by Jack O’Connell, and as directed by Angelina Jolie, Zamperini’s story is the subject of Unbroken, which hits theaters on Christmas Day.

The Christmas Day release primes Unbroken for Oscar contention, and it doesn’t hurt that »

- Jackson McHenry

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North Korea complains to U.N. about Seth Rogen comedy 'The Interview'

10 July 2014 8:07 AM, PDT

North Korea continues to unintentionally raise awareness for The Interview, the movie where Seth Rogen and James Franco plan to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

According to Reuters, North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying that the movie is an “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war.” The full letter didn’t actually name The Interview, but says that the movie in question “involves insulting and assassinating the supreme leadership.”

In The Interview, Rogen and Franco play a TV anchor and producer, respectively, who find out »

- Jacob Shamsian

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Inarritu's 'Birdman,' starring Michael Keaton, will open Venice Film Fest

10 July 2014 7:09 AM, PDT

Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, will open this year’s Venice Film Festival. The movie stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor famous for having played an iconic superhero as he tries a Broadway play and restore his reputation. The movie also stars Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Ryan.

Birdman’s Venice premiere dovetails nicely with last year’s opening movie, Gravity—which Alfonso Cuaron, a good friend of Iñárritu’s, directed. And both Gravity and Birdman were shot by Emmanuel Lubezki. However, while Gravity did not compete in the festival’s competition, »

- Jacob Shamsian

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