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It started simply: a YouTube request for video shot by amateurs on July 24, 2010. About 80,000 submissions poured in from around the globe. Director Kevin Macdonald and his team spent seven months editing more than 4,500 hours' worth of footage into Life in a Day--the big screen's first crowdsourced film.
When Is an Ape More Than an Ape?
The new Planet of the Apes flick features an anti-animal-testing theme in keeping with a series that thrives on subtext:
Planet of the Apes (1968) Race relations
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) Antiwar; anti--nuclear weapons
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) Women's rights
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) Equal rights
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Um ... culture clash?
Planet of the Apes (2001) Nothing; it was a terrible movie
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
'To understand that a person is not good for you or that that person is not treating you in the right way ... I love myself enough to walk away from that now.'
JENNIFER LOPEZ, opening up to Vanity Fair on her decision to divorce husband Marc Anthony after seven years of marriage
The 1979 flick The Champ will make you cry. Science says so! Researchers looking for a surefire way to elicit sad feelings in lab experiments spent years analyzing tearjerker movies until they found the most downbeat scene ever: boxing champ Jon Voight dies while his son (Ricky Schroder) looks on. Excuse us, we've got something in our eye.
4 THINGS YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THIS WEEK
1. A lack of comic-book diversity. Marvel's new (though alternate-universe) Spider-Man is half black, half Hispanic.
2. The death of the music video. Master of the form Spike Jonze is still in the game; he will direct one for the new Jay-Z and Kanye West song "Otis."
3. Your age. Helen Mirren--who at 67 was just voted Body of the Year in a U.K. poll--proves it ain't nothing but a number.
4. Samuel L. Jackson's appetite for scenery. It's as healthy as ever, judging by the hilariously bad trailer for The Arena.