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Box Office: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Zooms to $65 Million Debut

Late Friday, Box Office Mojo was pretty down on the chances "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" had for a $70 million debut. What a difference 12 hours makes. Thanks to lingering goodwill from 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," terrific reviews (I'm a fan), and no real competition. "Dawn" could land somewhere in the vicinity of $65 million by Monday morning. Jul 12, 2014 7:54 AM PT

Tommy Ramone, Last of the Original Ramones, Dead at 62

Drummer Tommy Ramone, the last surviving member of the four founding Ramones, died of cancer Friday at age 62 (some outlets place his age at 65). Born Thomas Erdelyi in 1952, in the band's early formative years, Tommy also served as record producer and manager. Tommy was responsible for writing "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" and co-writing "Blitzkrieg Bob," two songs that helped put the Ramones on the map and forever change the future of music. Jul 12, 2014 6:57 AM PT

Will 'Apes' End the Box Office Summer Slump -- Probably Not

There had been some artificial excitement being ginned up in the media over the potential box office for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," which hit theatres Thursday night (and is very good). After grossing a moderately impressive $4.1 million Thursday night, though, the kind of over-performance Hollywood needs to break the Summer Slump now appears unlikely. Jul 11, 2014 12:51 PM PT

Poll: Women Evenly Split on Hobby Lobby Decision

Though we have been assured the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a winning War on Women issue for Democrats just 4 months out from the midterm elections, the poll shows that in reality women are split on the issue, with only 46% disapproving of the Court decision, while 43% approve. Jul 11, 2014 12:06 PM PT

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Review: Exciting, Tense & Pro-Human

Whereas "Rise" was a highly political (but still very good) film that took a dim view of the human species as a whole, the pharmaceutical industry, greedy businessmen, and the competency of San Francisco law enforcement officers, "Dawn" is the exact opposite. The story chooses theme over politics and those themes will surprise fans of a series that has tended to skew left. Jul 11, 2014 7:44 AM PT

'Planet of the Apes' Flicks Ranked Best to Worst

Although three years have passed, I'm still embarrassed and apologizing to 20th Century-Fox for my strident assumptions regarding the 2011 reboot of my beloved "Planet of the Apes" franchise. I was certain it would all collapse in a pile of hyper-CGI'd fail and made no secret of my prediction. Was I ever wrong. Jul 10, 2014 1:13 PM PT

'Unbroken' Trailer: Director Angelina Jolie Delivers Faith, Patriotism

The second trailer for director Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" just dropped and it smells like a winner. The film is based on a best-selling book about the real-life Louis Zamperini, an American Olympian, WWII Japanese POW, devout Christian and inspirational speaker. Jul 10, 2014 10:01 AM PT

Redford Will Use 'Truth' to Resurrect Dan Rather's Reputation

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-winner Robert Redford has agreed to portray disgraced newsman Dan Rather in an adaptation of the 2005 memoir "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power." The book was written by Mary Mapes, the producer Dan Rather was working with in 2004 when the two of them tried to make John Kerry president peddling blatantly forged documents against then-President George W. Bush. Jul 10, 2014 8:59 AM PT

Border Crisis: What Glenn Beck Did Wrong

Beck's desire to help kids caught in a geopolitical crossfire through no fault of their own is laudable. We all want to help. I've yet to hear anyone argue that it's wrong to use American taxpayer dollars to feed, house, and offer medical care to these children. No one opposes that. The problem isn't what Beck did. The problem is how he did it. Jul 10, 2014 8:15 AM PT

Journalist Groups Protest Obama's 'Suppression of the News'

Battered wife media syndrome returned to the spotlight this week when 38 journalism groups, led by the Society of Professional Journalists, complained to the Obama White House about numerous offenses that were summed up as the "politically-driven suppression of news." Jul 9, 2014 12:02 PM PT

Media Preps Battlefield To Attack GOP On Border Crisis

According to Wednesday's edition of NBC's First Read and MSNBC's "Daily Countdown," it seems pretty clear that Chuck Todd, NBC's Chief White House Correspondent, and his colleagues are busying themselves in laying the groundwork to take some of the border crisis heat off of Obama and turn it on the GOP. Jul 9, 2014 9:57 AM PT

'The View': Mean, Dumb Rosie Returns?

If Rosie O'Donnell does return to ABC's "The View," it will certainly mark the beginning of the end of a long-running show that is obviously desperate and out of ideas. Jul 9, 2014 8:59 AM PT

Christopher Nolan: People Will Always Go To the Movies

In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, the world's greatest working director argues that as hard as the corporations who run Hollywood will try, technology will not kill films as an art form or the love of going to the movies. Jul 9, 2014 8:49 AM PT

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