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There was serious monkey business at movie theaters around the country this weekend.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes easily conquered all comers at box office, garnering $54 million and earning a spot as the fifth-best August opening ever. Guess our friends at Movie Fanatic weren't the only fans of this James Franco-anchored remake.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Movie Poster

A rundown of the top five:

  1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes: $54 million
  2. The Smurfs: $21 million
  3. Cowboys & Aliens: $15.7 million
  4. The Change-Up: $13.5 million
  5. Captain America: The First Avenger: $13 million

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which opens this weekend, takes us back to the dawn of a saga that first enthralled audiences with 1968's Planet of the Apes.

Five more films were made through 1973, and another in 2001. Now, director Rupert Wyatt is rebooting the franchise at the beginning of the apes' takeover.

Gone are actors in ape suits, replaced by special effects and a riveting performance by Andy Serkis, who portrayed Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films.

Stars James Franco, Freida Pinto and Tom Felton agreed that without Serkis’ turn as Caesar the chimpanzee, the film would feel empty. Here's the trailer:

The stars spoke with Movie Fanatic to discuss it this week. Follow the link to read their interview, then come back tomorrow for Movie Fanatic's official review!

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... Henry Cavill?!?

That was the reaction many DC Comic book readers had when this British actor was named as Superman in Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the iconic superhero franchise. It will be released on June 14, 2013.

But Warner Bros. hopes to change the minds of critics with the following promotional photo, released today. Does it make you more accepting of Cavill as Superman?

Man of Steel Promo Pic

The impressive cast also includes Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe and, most recently announced, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.

Are you excited for Man of Steel to take flight?

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A movie about two characters who switch bodies isn't exactly ground-breaking. It's been done many times before.

But two of the funniest men in Hollywood still jumped at the chance to star on The Change-Up and they explained why in a roundtable discussion this week: because the R rating opened up a world of dirty, fun possibilities.

"It was fun to see this kind of premise - which is usually a PG premise - executed in such a hard way, in such an edge," Ryan Reynolds said. "It was no-holds barred. It was the first script I've read in a long time where I cried laughing."

The Change-Up comes out on Friday. You can check out the official trailer above and read the full roundtable transcript at Movie Fanatic!

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Man of Steel has found its man in charge.

Laurence Fishburne, who exited CSI this summer after a relatively disappointing couple of seasons, has signed on to portray Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White in the upcoming reboot of the Superman franchise.

Laurence Fishburne on Lopez Tonight

Produced by Christopher Nolan and directed by Zack Snyder, Man of Steel features Henry Cavill in the main role, along with an impressive cast that includes: Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.

It will be released on June 14, 2013.

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As if her resume weren't impressive enough, she can now add an Academy Award to it. Oprah Winfrey will receive an honorary Oscar this fall.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said this week that Oprah, James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith will be honored.

Muppets Twilight Poster: Miss Piggy as Bella

The three will be given Oscars at the Governors Awards in November.

According to reports, Winfrey will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which honors philanthropic and humanitarian contributions.

The 57-year-old magnate, nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for 1985's The Color Purple, supports various charitable and educational causes, including her namesake foundation and Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Jones and Smith will receive honorary Oscars for their long and impressive careers spanning decades and dozens of memorable films.

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Miley Cyrus created quite the stir this week when she got a new tattoo, seemingly in defense of gay marriage, and then evoked God when defending her belief in equality.

But, give the singer/actress credit, she isn't backing down from this fight. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cyrus is attached to an untitled comedy written by Sam Brown and Jack Angelo. Not much is known about it, but the reliable publication describes the film's plot as involving "a broken promise to God."

Miley Cyrus in Brazil

Miley has a pair of other grown-up films in the way: So Undercover and LOL.

Boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, meanwhile, is also set to make it big: he will star in next March's big screen version of The Hunger Games as Gale.

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It was a strong weekend for unusual creatures this weekend: The Smurfs tied with Cowboys & Aliens for first at the box office. Both films earned $36.2 million.

Despite the deadlock, Cowboys & Aliens comes out as a loser. Considering the star power involved and the budget ($163 million), expectations were high for the Jon Favreu-directed thriller. Instead, it barely made half of what the top superhero-based flicks of the summer took home in their first weekend.

A look at the top five:

  1. The Smurfs: $36.2 million
  2. Cowboys & Aliens: $36.2 million
  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

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Even Angelina Jolie can't do it all.

Between acting, directing, raising six kids and saving the world, she's got a lot on her plate. As she gets older, the 36-year-old knows something has to give.

What she's likely to give up first is an easy call.

Angelina in Pakistan

The Oscar winner, whose directorial debut is in post-production, and who will be starring in a remake of the Elizabeth Taylor film Cleopatra, said:

"As Brad and I get older we're going to do fewer films. I've been working a long time, he's been working a long time. We've had a nice run and don't want to be doing this indefinitely, our whole lives. There are a lot of other things to do."

"You're drawn to certain roles because they question something about life, about love, about freedom. You ask these questions as you grow up: am I strong enough, am I sane enough? Do I understand love, do I understand myself?"

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The rumor of Selena Gomez portraying Charlotte York in a Sex and the City prequel evoked many responses earlier this month. So let's see what readers think of this intriguing follow-up story:

Sources say that Selena is still in the running for that character, while leading contenders have also emerged for the other key roles:

  • Elizabeth Olsen as Carrie Bradshaw.
  • Emma Roberts as Miranda Hobbs.
  • Blake Lively as Samantha Jones. 
  • Green Lantern Star
  • Photo of Selena
  • Elizabeth Olsen Picture

No deals are in place with any of these actresses, or even for the movie itself.

But Candace Bushnell has penned two novels about Carrie's early life - The Carrie Diaries and Summer And The City - and it seems unlikely a studio would pass on the possibility to create a new franchise based off a best-selling author.

What do you think of these casting choices?

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