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The Planet of the Apes franchise has a deep lineage of interesting writers penning different chapters about our future simian overlords. With the latest installment of the franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hitting theaters this Friday, we've decided to put the spotlight on the scribes that have brought the ape-ocalypse to life throughout the years.
Rod SterlingFilm: Planet of the ApesNotable Works: The Twilight ZoneRod Sterling was the creator of the legendary sci-fi anthology TV series The Twilight Zone, whose influences continue to touch every inch of modern sci-fi storytelling. Besides The Twilight Zone, Sterling has also written a number of films, including thrillers like The Yellow Canary and Seven Days in March. He also created another anthology series, Night Gallery, which featured stories focusing on horror, supernatural, and macabre elements.
Michael WilsonFilm: Planet of the ApesNotable Works: Lawrence of Arabia, It's a Wonderful Life, The Bridge on the River KwaiBesides co-writing the first entry of the Planet of the Apes franchise, Michael Wilson wrote an astounding number of cinematic classics, including Lawrence of Arabia, It's a Wonderful Life, and The Bridge on the River Kwai. If Wilson's credits weren't interesting enough, the writer was blacklisted from the Hollywood studio system after being accused of being a communist. During this time, he wrote a number of films overseas. One of which was Salt of the Earth, a film written, produced, and directed by filmmakers blacklisted by Hollywood during the McCarthy era.
Paul DehnFilms: Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the ApesNotable Works: Goldfinger, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Murder on the Orient ExpressPaul Dehn is the most prolific screenwriter of the franchise, penning scripts for four out of the five original films in the series. Outside of the Planet of the Apes franchise, Dehn has written several spy thrillers including the James Bond film Goldfinger and a film adaptation of John le Carre's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. He also wrote the screenplay for Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.
John William Corrington and Joyce Hooper CorringtonFilm: Battle for the Planet of the ApesNotable Works: The Omega Man, Boxcar Bertha, General HospitalThis married couple and screenwriting duo has lent its talents to five films over the years. Besides Battle for the Planet of the Apes, they also wrote the screenplay for Omega Man, another apocalyptic film starring Charlton Heston in the lead role, and Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha. The writing team is also known for their work on soap operas, having written for long-running soap staples like General Hospital and One Life to Live.
Lawrence Konner and Mark RosenthallFilm: Planet of the Apes (2001)Notable Works: Mona Lisa Smile, The Sorcerer ApprenticeLawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthall have worked together on a diverse number of projects including Mona Lisa Smile, Star Trek VI, and The Sorcerer Apprentice. They also, funnily enough, penned the script for Mighty Joe Young, another film about primates, but one with far fewer apocalyptic overtones. Lawrence Konner has also written for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire though without his writing partner.
William Broyles Jr.Film: Planet of the Apes (2001)Notable Works: Entrapment, Apollo 13, The Polar Express, Cast AwayWilliam Broyles Jr. is a bona fide A-list Hollywood screenwriter with numerous films under his belt including Jarhead, Unfaithful, The Polar Express, and Cast Away. His script for for Apollo 13 was nominated for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver Film: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the ApesNotable Works: Avatar 3, Jurassic WorldMarried screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver had a handful of films under their belt, but the duo really broke out with their script for 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which revitalized the franchise and earned them a Saturn Award nomination for writing. Ever since, the pair have become a hot commodity for sci-fi blockbusters. Jaffa and Silver were hired to write the upcoming tent-pole films Jurassic World and Avatar 3.
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Jennifer Lawrence has signed on for her third project with director David O. Russell in a film titled Joy.
The 23-year-old actress previously collaborated with the filmmaker on American Hustle and her Oscar-winning role in Silver Linings Playbook, and now she is teaming up with O. Russell yet again for the rags-to-riches tale about Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. Mangano, a single mother of three kids, became a millionaire after launching the cleaning product on American shopping network QVC, and her company has since grown exponentially with her additional inventions.
Lawrence first mentioned the project during a recent appearance on U.S. chat show Live! With Kelly and Michael, revealing the director already had her in mind for the unique role. She explained, "He recently texted me at, I think, 4 in the morning, and was like, 'I think I want to make a movie about the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. You want to do it?' And I was like, 'Yeah'."
British thespian Kenneth Branagh is the new darling of the New York theatre scene after winning rave reviews for his "epic" and "breathtaking" stage debut in the Big Apple. The actor/director took his production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth across the Atlantic after launching it in Manchester, England last summer (13), and the curtain went up at the Park Avenue Armory's Drill Hall on Thursday night (05Jun14).
Branagh, who co-directed the show with Rob Ashford and stars alongside Alex Kingston, has won rave reviews for his turn as the tragic Scottish king and for the immersive production. Peter Marks of the Washington Post calls the show "epic", adding, "Forget the pesky glasses. You want a movielike experience in 3D? Feast your eyes on Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford's breathtakingly visual new staging of Macbeth."
The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney praises the "sensational" stage set and describes the production as a "medieval, mystical blockbuster that combines superlative, fuss-free classical theatre acting with muscular storytelling, visceral physicality and propulsive rollercoaster pacing. Oh, and lots of mud."
Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News gave the show five stars out of five, writing, "Any Macbeth rises or falls on the actor in the title role. Silver-tongued, sexy and deft with a sword, Branagh oozes charisma and carnality as his Macbeth murders his way to the throne - and his undoing. It's about time Branagh graced New York audiences with a flesh-and-blood Shakespeare star turn. It was worth the wait."
The New York Times' Ben Brantley writes, "This is the summer blockbuster that we wait for every year and too seldom find at the multiplexes, one of those action-packed, spectacle-drenched shows that sweep you right into their fraught, churning worlds and refuse to release you until the lights come up - and maybe not even then."
Actress Jennifer Lawrence is in talks for another reunion with the director behind her two Oscar nominations after signing on to portray the inventor of the Miracle Mop in what looks like becoming David O. Russell's next movie.
O. Russell's leading lady in American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook wants to play Joy Mangano in the untitled new movie, which will chronicle the businesswoman's rise from struggling mother-of-three to multi-millionaire after selling her mop-making business Ingenious Designs, LLC to bosses at America's Home Shopping Network.
And the director is close to signing on to make the film Lawrence says, "He recently texted me at, like, four in the morning and was like, 'I think I want to make a movie about the woman who invented the Joy Mop, do you want to do it?' I was like, 'Yeah'. "I can just imagine David looking at someone mopping and being like, 'Yeah that's my next movie'."
Lawrence and Russell previously worked together on Silver Linings Playbook, which earned the 23 year old an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2013 and American Hustle, which landed her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod earlier this year 2014.
Michael Jackson's brother Jackie is adamant the King of Pop would have supported the hologram show at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (18May14). The star-studded crowd at the prizegiving in Las Vegas was wowed when virtual technology was used to make it appear as if the Thriller hitmaker, who died in 2009, was performing onstage.
The stunt, titled the Michael Jackson Xperience, included a hologram of the legendary superstar singing Slave to the Rhythm, a track from the newly released posthumous album, Xscape. After witnessing the spectacle, Jackie Jackson is convinced his brother would have been thrilled by the stunt.
He tells People.com, "I've been hearing about the hologram, and people were talking about it, but to see it with my own eyes was incredible, amazing. "When he got up and started walking around - oh, my God... When he started dancing, unbelievable. It took me back. If Michael were here he would say thumbs up!"
The performance almost didn't go ahead - businessman Alki David, who claims to control the rights to the hologram technology, filed suit against Jackson's estate executors and Billboard Music Awards producers in a bid to stop the stunt. However, a Las Vegas judge dismissed the complaint on Friday (16May14).
Michael Jackson returned from beyond the grave to wow fans at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (18May14) by performing onstage in hologram form, five years after his death. Producers of the Las Vegas prizegiving used virtual technology to make it appear as if the King of Pop had been brought back to life to sing and dance his way through new track Slave to the Rhythm.
Dressed in a white and gold jacket and red pants, he began the eerie appearance seated in a throne before joining a string of dancers to show off his fancy footwork, including his signature moonwalk, by strutting across the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as he appeared to belt out the tune. The stunt, titled the Michael Jackson Xperience, left the audience in awe and earned a standing ovation from everyone in attendance.
Stars also took to their Twitter.com accounts to share their feelings about the performance, with newlywed Kelly Rowland writing, "We miss you Michael!", while actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler tweeted, "I have chills watching michael Jackson performance. Makes u (sic) realize there will never be a performer like him", and rapper Nicki Minaj commented, "Dat (sic) was mike?"
The virtual performance almost didn't happen after Jackson estate executors and Billboard Music Awards producers were slapped with legal action in an effort to put a stop to the show. Businessman Alki David, who claims to control the rights to the hologram technology, filed suit in Nevada on Thursday (16May14), insisting the Billboard gig would likely violate his patent, but his motion was dismissed on Friday (17May14) due to a lack of evidence, allowing the show to go on.
The Michael Jackson Xperience, organised to celebrate the release of his new posthumous album Xscape, beared similarities to the resurrection of Tupac Shakur at the 2012 Coachella music festival in California, where the dead rapper appeared onstage alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in hologram form. The Thriller hitmaker died in 2009.
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Things may seem bleak now, but eventually you will recover from your favorite TV show being canceled, and you'll need a new program to become devoted to. Luckily, the networks are rolling out all of their new programming, and there's bound to be something in there that will, at the very least, help distract you from your broken heart.
Because we understand what you're going through, we've rounded up all of the new sitcoms, dramas and special TV events airing this fall on FOX, NBC, ABC, CBS and the CW, along with everything you need to know about each show in order to help you decide which new series will become your new favorite. And until then, there's always Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon to help you binge-watch your way through this difficult time.
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A pair of rhinestone earrings once worn by Marilyn Monroe has sold at auction for $185,000 (£115,625). The late movie star showed off the dangling silver earrings while attending the 1955 premiere of The Rose Tattoo, a film based on Tennessee Williams play of the same name, and it was snapped up by a collector as part of the Julien's Auctions Hollywood memorabilia sale in Beverly Hills, California this weekend (11-13Apr14).
Other sale highlights include a lighter used by Humphrey Bogart, which went under the hammer for $19,200 (£12,000), and a 1986 Pontiac Firebird formerly owned by Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, which was purchased for $152,600 (£95,375).
Another Hasselhoff item, a 14-foot (4.2 metre) tall model made in his likeness, had to be taken off the auction block last week (ends11Apr14) after the actor changed his mind about offloading it so he could keep it in his possession. The larger-than-life prop, which featured the TV star in his famous red swimming trunks, was created for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie in 2004 and had been estimated to sell for between $20,000 (£11,914) and $30,000 (£17,871).
Actor Joe Mantegna raced to Madonna's rescue when an eager fan jumped on stage during their Broadway play in 1988. The Tony Award winner shared the stage with actor Ron Silver and the Material Girl during her Broadway debut in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow.
Mantegna recalls a scary moment when an eager Madonna fan attempted to get close to his idol.
He explains, "We were doing the play one night, we'd been doing it quite a while at that point. It's a three character play. So I said a line to her, and all of a sudden I saw this look on her face and it looked like fright! I'm thinking, 'Well, she's making an odd choice tonight with how she's doing this line.'
"I notice she's looking over my shoulder and as I turned I saw a guy had come up out of the audience, jumped up on the stage and he's coming toward her. All I could think of was, 'This is a three character play, and you're not in it. We don't need a fourth.'"
He continues, "My instinct was to turn around, so I grabbed him, I pulled him over and threw him into the wings, because by now the stagehands (were) all waiting to see what he'd do. I came back up on stage and we got back into the play."
This past week in television has been absolutely devastating for fans of ABC's Scandal and CBS's The Good Wife. If you watch either show, you're probably still reeling from the most recent episodes, both of which included death sentences for beloved characters. And if you watch both shows, you're probably reading this from the glass case of emotion from which you cannot remove yourself.
First, let's discuss Scandal. Last Thursday, Gladiators everywhere tuned in to find out #WhoGotShot. Some of us were expecting the end of white hat-rocking David Rosen. Others thought James Novak should take the bullet, especially since he was flip-flopping (once again) over what to do about his political animal of a husband, Cyrus Beene. We were ready, weren't we? We were ready for someone to die because we'd been told in the previous week that someone was totally going to get shot!
But then it happened, and we were slapped in the face with the cold, hard reality of the end of James, lying face-down in the concrete. Really, truly, actually dead. Actually, even this wasn't so bad. But when Jake walked over to him at the end of the episode, and we had to watch him talk James through his final moments? And promise him that his daughter would be fine? And kind of, sort of, legitimately apologize for having to kill him, and having to make him suffer so the murder could look like a car-jacking and not a job done by a professional? The worst. The absolute worst.
Or was it?
Don't watch this video unless you're in a place where it's okay to start inexplicably crying:
Sunday night, fans of The Good Wife waited for an eternity for that ridiculously annoying show that shall remain nameless to finally roll credits so that we could see what was up in the land of Alicia and Will. And whaddayaknow? Out of nowhere — seriously, we were not warned, there were no hints in the previews — Will gets shot. He's moments away from winning the big case, but the kid he's defending (Hunter Parrish, who many of us know as Silas from Weeds) can't take it anymore and opens fire on an entire courtroom.
We might have been able to predict the death of James, but the death of Will was a horrifying, horrible, horror-inducing horror. Yes, that many variations on horror are necessary to explain the shock and awe of that character's final moments.
But every dark cloud has a silver lining (allegedly), so let's look on the bright side. We'll get to see more of James A.K.A. Dan Bucatinsky in an upcoming NBC series Marry Me. And he also has another project in the works with Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes. There's no word for sure on what's next for Josh Charles, but he did stop by The Late Show With David Letterman and made it clear that he's been wanting to move on for some time now. So here's hoping we get to see him in something new soon. Not that anything could assuage the loss of Will Gardner. Case in point:
How Alicia looks at the 1:27 mark? Yes. That's exactly how 99% of us feel right now. So basically... The Good Wife and Scandal writers? You are all the worst right now.
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