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‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Sets Box Office Record

In somewhat surprising news (to the critics at least), 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes dominated this weekend’s box office with a total of $54.8 million in sales.  The film, starring James Franco, Slumdog Millionaire’s Frieda Pinto and Andy Serkis as “Ceasar,” was made with a budget of $93 million.

The film has is now the fourth largest August opening ever.  The three films ahead of it are The Bourne Ultimatum (69.3 million), Rush Hour 2 (67.4 million) and Signs (60.1 million).

This film is a must see!!!!


Video: James Franco Describes ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Special Effects

The Ivy League educated and multi-talented James Franco is on the promotional trail for his new flick The Rise of the Planet of the Apes and last night he sat down with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  

Franco describes the special effects in the film as:

“This movie could only have been made today. You couldn’t have made it 10 years ago…If you look at the original Planet of the Apes, you had actors in masks. This was made with Andy Serkis, the incredible performer who did Gollum for Lord of the Rings and King Kong. He is the master of this. And the Weta special effects company who did the effects for Lord of the Rings and Avatar created the chimpanzees.”

“You’d think it’s all done on a blue screen stage, but we’ve advanced to the point where we do it on regular sets. Andy shows up in a gray kind of pajamas outfit with wires all over it,” says Franco, “and he has a camera on his arm pointed on his face that captures all his expressions, and his behavior is so realistic that you immediately see beyond it. Your imagination takes over. It’s like acting with a chimpanzee with the best acting instincts.”

Simply incredible.  Just imagine how movies will look 10 years from today! Watch the interview segment and trailer for ROTPOTA below.  It opens today:





Emma Watson Talks Love, Harry Potter and James Franco with Vogue

Emma Watson looks super grown up and sophisticated in this month’s Vogue issue.  Besides posing for fabulous photos, Emma talked about a wide variety of subjects; one of them being Harry Potter of course:

On her idol Patti Smith’s 2010 memoir ‘Just Kids’: “I want to live like Patti. I want to write like Patti … The book was so honest and brave. I loved the way she sees the world. I really felt that life was more beautiful after I read it, and I felt more hopeful.”

On the “bubble” that ‘Harry Potter’ created for her: “I have had no control over my life … I have lived in a complete bubble. They found me and picked me for the part. And now I’m desperately trying to find my way through it.”

On her co-star Daniel Radcliffe: “He understood what his role was … not just as an actor but as the leading man in this enormous franchise. And I think that was almost more important in a way. He held it all together. I am very grateful for him.”

On getting advice from fellow notorious multitasker James Franco: “It was such a relief to speak to someone who is trying to do the same thing I’m doing. I talked to him about juggling studying and making films and going backward and forward. He’s not afraid or limited by what he fears people will say about it.”

On love: “I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love — and it being more important and special than anything and everything else … I would love to not date someone in the same industry as me. Otherwise it becomes what it means to everyone else.”

On life after Hermione Granger: “Hermione is so close to who I am as a person that I’ve never really had to research a role … I’m literally rediscovering what it means to be an actress. … I’ve probably earned the right to screw up a few times … I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.”

Emma is extremely well-spoken and seems to have a good head on her shoulders. I can’t wait to see her in other roles besides Hermione.


2011 Academy Awards Winners


The 83rd annual Academy Awards aired last night on ABC and it was quite the snoozefest in my opinion.  If you’re a movie expert, everyone you predicted would win this awards season did.  Anne Hathaway and James Franco did an ok job of hosting-I’m convinced that James either smoked it up, ate some shrooms, or didn’t get enough sleep, because he just wasn’t there.  However, he’s still great eye candy.  This year was also one of the whitest years at the Oscars.  Besides Jennifer Hudson and Halle Berry, there was no pretty brown to be found.  Not cool.  Check out the winners list below:

Best Picture: The King’s Speech
Best Director: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King’s Speech
Best Art Direction: Robert Stromberg and Karen O’Hara, Alice in Wonderland
Best Cinematography: Wally Pfister, Inception
Best Editing: Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter, The Social Network
Best Original Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Best Sound Mixing: Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, Ed Novick, Inception
Best Sound Editing: Richard King, Inception
Best Makeup: Rick Baker and Dave Elsey, The Wolfman
Best Costume Design: Colleen Atwood, Alice in Wonderland
Best Visual Effects: Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb, Inception
Best Original Song: “We Belong Together,” Randy Newman, Toy Story 3
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Best Foreign Language Film: In a Better World
Best Documentary: Inside Job
Best Documentary Short Subject: Strangers No More
Best Live Action Short Film: God of Love
Best Animated Short: The Lost Thing

Movie Preview: "Your Highness"

Check out the movie trailer for Your Highness coming to theatres in April.  It stars James Franco and Danny McBride, who were also costars in Pineapple Express. This movie also has the same director so I’m sure it will be hilarious.  Also starring Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel….all great actors.


Movie Preview: “Your Highness”

Check out the movie trailer for Your Highness coming to theatres in April.  It stars James Franco and Danny McBride, who were also costars in Pineapple Express. This movie also has the same director so I’m sure it will be hilarious.  Also starring Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel….all great actors.


James Franco and Anne Hathaway to Host Oscars


Ok, I don’t like this…I LOVE this!!

My boo James Franco and the lovely Anne Hathaway have been named hosts for the 2011 Academy Awards.  This should be a great night for James, who is expected to be a front-runner winner for his movie, 127 Hours.  Last year, the show was hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, who did a great job.  I can’t wait to see how this turns out!!