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Matt Singer is the managing editor and film critic of the website ScreenCrush.com. For five years, he was the on-air host of IFC News on the Independent Film Channel, hosting coverage of film festivals and red carpets around the world. He’s been a frequent contributor to the television shows CBS This Morning Saturday and Ebert Presents At the Movies, and his writing has also appeared in print and online at The Village Voice, The Dissolve, and Indiewire.
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A Brief History of Movies & TV Shows Aping the End of ‘Planet of the Apes’

War for the Planet of the Apes arrives in theaters this week about a year shy of the franchise’s 50th anniversary. Over half a century, Planet of the Apes has had an enormous impact on popular culture. The prosthetic masks for its ape characters set a new standard for Hollywood makeup effects .Several of its most quotable lines of dialogue became ingrained in the pop culture lexicon. Any time someone tells you to take their stinking paws of another person, Planet of the Apes is there.

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Watch Andy Serkis Read Trump Tweets as Gollum From ‘Lord of the Rings’

Performing President Trump’s tweets has become a cottage industry unto itself, particularly on and around the world of television comedy. Voice actor Billy West has recorded audio of his Futurama character Zapp Brannigan, and I thought that was the perfect blend of subject and target. But then I saw this clip from The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where Andy Serkis, motion-capture artist extraordinaire and star of War for the Planet of the Apes, read Trump tweets aloud as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. Now we may have a new Trump tweet champion supreme.

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Premiere Of Disney's "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" - Red Carpet
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Johnny Depp Almost Starred in ‘Face/Off’ Until He Realized It Wasn’t About Hockey

Movies are a mixture of talent, art, skill, business, and stupid luck. For a fascinating example of all of the above, I direct your attention to a great article at Shortlist (via The Playlist) about the history of Face/Off...

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Post-Credits Scenes Explained

Okay so you have now seen Spider-Man: Homecoming. You have witnessed Peter Parker’s triumphant return to the Marvel Universe, and his return to being a teenager instead of a hunky, moody 30-year-old who is still inexplicably in high school. And you have the post-credits scenes. (Fun fact: Everyone at Marvel Studios calls them “tags.”) So what do they mean for the future of Spidey and the MCU?

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Time to Roll Out the ‘Transformers’ Facts

You know the Transformers series, which unveils its fifth film, The Last Knight, later this week. But did you know that the franchise largely exists because of the war in Iraq? It’s true; producer Don Murphy originally pitched Hasbro on making a G.I. Joe film series, but because of the political climate in the early 2003 after 9/11, they were hesitant and suggested Murphy instead devote his energies to the Transformers. Hasbro did eventually make two big-budget G.I. Joes, but only after the Transformers became a massive success with Paramount and DreamWorks. That’s just one of the facts featured in the latest installment of You Think You Know Movies!

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Warners Finds No Misconduct on Set of ‘Bachelor in Paradise,’ Show Will Resume Production

This is big: TMZ reports that Warner Bros. has concluded its investigation into the allegations of “misconduct” on the set of Bachelor in Paradise earlier this month. Shooting was suspended after a producer supposedly refused to show to work and then “went on to sue” the production. Rumors suggested that an altercation between contestants Demario Jackson and Corrine Olympios may have gone too far, with Olympios possibly too intoxicated to consent to sexual activity with Jackson. “I am a victim,” Olympios later said in a statement.

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Vin Diesel’s ‘xXx’ Will Return Again

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage only made $44 million in the U.S. last January against a reported $85 million budget. But it also grossed an incredible $301 million overseas, where star Vin Diesel remains an even bigger draw than he is here in the States. Weird belly tattoos, it seems, are the international language of love.

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