The Planet Of The Apes remains the top banana at the U.S. box office after picking up $36 million (GBP21.2 million) in its second week on release. The film swung into first place last weekend (13Jul14) and it has managed to stave off a charge from thriller The Purge: Anarchy to stay on top.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has racked up $139 million (GBP81.2 million) at the U.S. box office.
The Purge: Anarchy kicked off the weekend as America's top film but lost ground to the apes, and had to settle for second place with a $28.4 million (GBP16.7 million) opening weekend take.
Animated comedy Planes: Fire & Rescue debuts at three, while Cameron Diaz's new film Sex Tape disappoints at four and Transformers: Age of Extinction rounds out the new top five.
Opera composer Seymour Barab has died at the age of 93. The Chicago, Illinois-born musician passed away in New York on 28 June (14).
He began his career as a cellist before becoming a composer, and was a founding member of the Composers String Quartet in the 1960s.
He went on to write music for texts by poets W.B. Yeats and John Dryden and author Kurt Vonnegut, before moving on to composing operas, such as Philip Marshall, A Piece of String, Passion in the Principal's Office and the satire La Pizza Con Funghi.
Barab also penned shows for children, including adaptations of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Snow White.
A court in Italy has overturned Silvio Berlusconi's conviction for paying a teenage girl for sex in 2010. The former Italian Prime Minister won his appeal against the conviction on Friday (18Jul14). The charge related to allegations he slept with 17-year-old nightclub dancer Karima El-Mahroug, also known as 'Ruby the Heartstealer', and then used his political influence to cover it up.
Berlusconi, 77, had been handed seven years in prison relating to the underage sex charge and was given a lifetime ban on holding political office.
The media mogul is currently serving a community service sentence relating to a separate conviction on tax fraud charges.
Bosses at the BBC have apologised for the leak of Peter Capaldi's debut as Doctor Who, branding the incident a "damaging mistake". The Oscar winner's highly-anticipated debut as the Time Lord was slated to be broadcast next month (Aug14), but six weeks before the full episode is set to air, a rough copy of the show as well as five scripts and six more episodes from the season were posted on the Internet earlier this week (begs14Jul14).
Writer Steven Moffat urged Doctor Who fans to resist the temptation to watch the leaked copy, and now executives at the network have said sorry for the incident.
A statement from company bosses reads, "We would like to thank Doctor Who fans everywhere for their amazing efforts in helping us contain the recent leaks. The mistake was damaging and resulted in the exposure of five scripts and the first six unfinished episodes from Series 8 on a publicly accessible FTP site.
"While there is still a risk that this leak will result in more of this content emerging, so far the impact has been contained to a limited amount of this material through a combination of fans efforts and the plan that we put in place using new technology and internal manpower to limit any illegal activity.
"We would particularly like to thank the fansite moderators and Doctor Who devotees who have actively protected the programme. BBC Worldwide has taken this issue extremely seriously and disciplinary action has been implemented as a result of the incident.
"Our sincere apologies again to Steven Moffat, the cast and production team who toil long hours to make the show in Cardiff, the BBC, and of course the fans who expect so much better."
According to BBC.co.uk, the leaked video and scripts are believed to have been stolen from a BBC Worldwide office in the U.S.
The Cloud. It's the data storage solution of the future. But is it evil? Sure, it's useful for storing documents and pictures, but what exactly is the Cloud in the first place? Is it dangerous? Am I breathing it in right now? Isn't it disturbing how little the average person knows about the technologies we use every day? The new Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz film Sex Tape might looks like just another raunchy rom-com, but it's really a sobering warning about the dangers of computers and technology. Look down. You're probably reading this on a computer right now. That's how far they've gotten. They're right under our noses! Filmmakers have been warning us for years about the dangers of computers, and how with just a few mouse clicks, our lives can be ruined forever. Before we all retreat to our luddite caves, let's take a look at all the ways computers have screwed things up in movies.
Sex Tape The Technology: An iPad/the CloudWhat It Did: Synched a couple's embarrassing sex tape to multiple iPads given out as gifts to all their friends Fallout: The couple feels the appropriate amount of embarrassment at having your friends seeing you bump uglies in a crappy tablet video. Also, ridiculous hijinks ensue while they try to get the video deleted. In terms of technology screwing things up, this one isn't bad at all.
Her The Technology: Samantha, a sentient operating system What It Did: Fell head over heels in love with the hapless Theodore Twombly, then broke his heart after the OS race decides to fly away to another plane or universe or something. Fallout: Mr. Twombly (how is that an actual name?) loved and lost, but at least he became a better person because of it.
Office SpaceThe Technology: The Initech computer virusWhat It Did: Office drones Peter, Michael, and Samir, in an attempt to get back at their bosses for years of mistreatment, decide to infect their company's accounting system with a virus that would steal fractions of pennies over time from Initech. The amount stolen would be so small that no one would notice. Unfortunately, a missing decimal point caused the virus to steal thousands of dollars over just a few days.Fallout: Before the trio could get into any trouble, Initech is mysteriously (though not that mysteriously) burned to the ground, along with all of the evidence pointing Peter to the crime. The situation resolves itself, but being caught could have meant years of jail time.
American PieThe Technology: Jim Levenstein's PC What It Did: Jim hooks up a webcam and unwittingly shares his embarrassing sexual encounter with Nadia, a foreign exchange student from Slovakia, with his entire school.Fallout: Jim blows it for all of the internet to see and Nadia's foster parents send her back home, leaving him dateless and sexless for the prom. Happily, he does hook up with Michelle before the end credits roll.
Back to the Future The Technology: The DeLorean, a car-shaped time machine What It Did: It sent Marty McFly to the year 1955, where he unwittingly meddles into his parents' past and almost prevents his own birth. Fallout: Marty is able to get his parents back together at the end, but has to forever live with the idea that his mother tried to get into his Calvin Kleins. Yuck!
Captain America: The Winter SoldierThe Technology: Arnim Zola, a HYDRA supercomputer What It Did: Zola helps HYDRA infiltrate the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. and leads the team of scientists that turn Bucky Barnes into the Winter Solder. He then tries to kill Captain America and Black Widow, but the heroes survive in the end. Fallout: Cap's best friend, Bucky is turned into a brainwashed HYDRA spy and the terrorist organization nearly takes over the entire world after infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D.
WarGamesThe Technology: Joshua the WOPR, a supercomputer at NORADWhat It Did: After hacker wunderkind David Lightman hacks into NORAD and plays a mock game of "Global Thermonuclear War," Joshua stages a real Soviet nuclear attack to win the "game." After that fails, Joshua tries to launch the missiles himself, and nearly plunges the world into World War III.Fallout: After playing a couple rounds of tic-tac-toe, Joshua learns that nuclear war has no real winner except the cockroaches and settles for a game of chess instead. The day is saved, but the world came dangerously close to ending.
Terminator The Technology: Skynet, a self-aware intelligence system What It Did: Skynet, given command of the U.S.’s computerized defense programs, becomes self-aware and starts a nuclear war with Russia, leading to the near genocide of humanity. The intelligence system then sends Terminators to kill what’s left of the population Fallout: The initial nuclear attack kills three billion people and locks humanity in a war with machines. Skynet then sends a Terminator into the past to kill John Connor, the leader of the human resistance. This is certainly a far cry from your sex tape getting leaked onto the internet. It's a slippery slope.
Former child star Tami Erin is facing fresh legal troubles after her ex-boyfriend applied for a restraining order against her. The actress, who played the title role in 1988 movie The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, is accused of repeatedly calling her former partner David Young at his office and leaving nasty messages, according to TMZ.com.
The website's editors report Young, who split from Erin almost two years ago, has gone to court to apply for a restraining order against Erin.
The news is a fresh blow to Erin, who has faced a number of legal troubles in recent months after she was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving late last year (13).
Anna Gunn's off-Broadway show Sex With Strangers was cut short on Tuesday (15Jul14) after castmember Billy Magnussen was reportedly struck down with food poisoning. The show was delayed after the interval and eventually called off due to the Boardwalk Empire star's illness, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Attendees who missed out on half the show have been urged to contact the box office for tickets to another performance.
Japanese officials in London lobbied BBC bosses to censor harrowing World War II drama Tenko over fears it portrayed their native country in a bad light. The British/Australian TV hit caused a sensation when it was first broadcast in the 1980s with its brutal depiction of life in a Japanese-run female prison camp in Singapore.
The drama featured scenes of women inmates being mistreated and abused by guards, and it has now emerged the show caused a furore at the Japanese embassy in London and staff tried to get BBC bosses to edit the programme.
They were even joined in their campaign by a Member of Parliament, Sir Julian Ridsdale, and bosses from the British government's Foreign Office.
Newly-released Foreign Office documents show Ridsdale met with the head of the BBC and demanded "certain cuts in the future to remove some of the more brutal scenes".
Another Foreign Office memo from the early 1980s states the show creates a "danger that the association of past Japanese violence... would create a bad impression".
There is no suggestion BBC bosses bowed to pressure and the show is believed to have been broadcast uncensored.
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If you never got to New York City to see Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson, HBO is on your side. HBO Films recently acquired the rights to the Tony Award-winning play All The Way, with playwrite Robert Schenkkan signing on to adapt his script.
According to Variety the play follows Johnson's "tumultuous first year in office," beginning with his entry into the presidency (after the JFK assassination), and of course dealing with his efforts during the Vietnam War and the historic Civil Rights Act.
For his performance, Cranston took home the Tony Award for Best Actor earlier this year. We can all expect powerful good things when the movie comes to HBO.
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Godzilla star Bryan Cranston is set take his portrayal of U.S. leader Lyndon B. Johnson from the stage to the screen after signing on to reprise his role as the president in Steven Spielberg's TV adaptation of All The Way. The Breaking Bad star won a Tony Award for his Broadway debut and now bosses at U.S. cable network HBO have acquired rights to the play adaptation, which Spielberg is executive producing.
Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan will pen the screenplay.
All the Way chronicles LBJ's first year in office after taking the oath following President Kennedy's assassination.