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10 Movie Prequels That Are Actually Good

They're not all 'Oz'

(Newser) - You hear a beloved film is getting a prequel, and you inevitably groan. (See: Oz the Great and Powerful .) But not all origin stories are bad: Time rounds up 10 that are actually quite satisfying:
  • Star Trek: Longtime fans were likely "delightfully astonished and even shocked by JJ
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Spoilers Don't Actually Spoil

People like known surprise twists early, says study

(Newser) - Next time you inadvertently spoil the end of a TV show or movie for someone who hasn't seen it yet, bust out this study in defense: Spoilers don't spoil anything, say researchers at UC San Diego. In fact, they say people enjoy a story better if they know... More »

Apes Finds Winning Formula

$54M opening rises far past expectations

(Newser) - Apes did not just take over our fictional world, they conquered our box office, too. Thanks to strong word-of-mouth and great reviews , Rise of the Planet of the Apes scored an unexpectedly strong opening weekend of $54 million—nearly $20 million better than the best forecast, says the Hollywood Reporter... More »

Apes Doesn't Just Rise, It Soars

Andy Serkis steals the show as Caesar in surprisingly good prequel

(Newser) - Critics are cheering on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, promising that Andy Serkis' CG performance is so good, you'll root for humanity to fall. Here's a taste of what they're saying:
  • Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal is breathless with praise, saying the movie
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100 Top Sci-Fi Flicks

(Newser) - Science fiction movies run the gamut from cerebral to "joyful space opera." The writers at Total Sci-Fi run down the 100 best; here's the top 10:
  1. Blade Runner: This "masterpiece," with standout performances from Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, is "backed up by a real
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Charlton Heston Dead at 84

Longtime leading man, former NRA president, had Alzheimer's

(Newser) - Charlton Heston, the longtime Hollywood leading man who portrayed everyone from Moses to Michelangelo and won an Oscar for his chariot-driving performance in Ben Hur, has died at age 84, the AP reports. Heston, who announced in 2002 that he had Alzheimer's, became the unapologetic head of the NRA in... More »

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