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    Two New TV Spots for "Contagion" Starring Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow + Others

    Contagion, premiering at the Venice Film Festival later this month and opening in theaters on September 9th, has released two new TV spots.

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    Weekend Box Office: Good Word Propels Rise of the Planet of the Apes to $54 Million, Change-Up Soft

    Truth is, Fox did not know what a powerful box office contender it had in prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, waiting to screen the film until the last minute when the film's astonishing VFX were final. Then the good word exploded, and the movie scored a rousing $54 million opening weekend. Anth...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Apes' Rise With Massive $54 Million, Audiences Rise Against Ryan Reynolds

    “The Planet Of The Apes” saga is one of the healthier franchises in movie history. All the sequels occurred within a reasonable time frame, and while they were of varied quality, each one had their own separate reason to exist, and none were truly embarrassing. By comparison, the remake in 2001 was so far removed from the series’ original ethos that most won’t even acknowledge it as part of any continuity. Nevertheless, that atrocity opened to $68 million, which nears $100 million when adjusted for inflation. So while some may have been burned by the series thanks to Tim Burton, ten years might have been the appropriate time to reboot and sti...

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    Video: Hitler Reacts to Hollywood Reporter Film School Rankings

    The gift that keeps on giving. It works every time. See the newly subtitled Downfall video. This time Hitler reacts to the news that The Hollywood Reporter has placed AFI ahead of USC in its Top 25 film school rankings.

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    Updates On Smith Family "Annie" Project (Writer, Dates, Location)

    The last word on this, in June, was that Brit actress/writer Emma Thompson was "in contention" to pen the screenplay of the updated adaptation of the Broadway classic musical Annie, with Willow Smith in the title role, and poppa and momma Smith producing under their Overbrook Entertainment banner, i...

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    Bryan Cranston Drafted For 'World War Z'

    Update: despite a Vulture report that said Matthew Fox had dropped out of "World War Z", recent snaps of the actor on set suggest otherwise.

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    Samuel L. Jackson Buys $2000 In Tickets To His Films On Opening Weekend

    "If you can't contribute to your own box office, what can you do? Not only do I see it, I actually buy like $2,000 of tickets and give them to the church. So at least I can say the movie made at least $2,000 in the opening weekend."

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    Viola Davis Put On 25 Pounds For "The Help" And Still Had To Wear Padding... So Did Jill Scott

    "I had to gain 25 pounds during The Help and then I was padded. I gained weight by eating Mississippi food. They fry the butter before they put it on the bread and then they fry the bread!"

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    Happy 100th Birthday Lucy

    Today is Lucy's 100th birthday. While she wasn't the first groundbreaking female TV star (that honor goes to Gertrude Berg, and if you want to learn about her see Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg), she is the one most all of us have memories of because her show was constantly on in reruns. I remember watching Lucy all the time. And Lucy was the show that you could watch with your grandma and feel a connection with because she was remembering her and you were discovering her. Seeing Lucy on screen for the first time was revelatory. She just popped off the TV. She almost levitated. Her abundance of energy, smarts and zaniness was something I had ne...

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    Naturi Naughton "Playboy Club" Character Profile (VIDEO)

    In the club, they call her Brenda... Bunny Brenda:

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