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There was a battle for the weekend box office and it looks like the Apes have won...the box office as well as the planet.

War for the Planet of the Apes is the No. 1 movie in North America this weekend after earning $56.5 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is Spider-Man: Homecoming with $45.2 million, Despicable Me 3 at No. 3 with $18.9 million, Baby Driver at No. 4 with $8.8 million and The Big Sick at No. 5 with $7.6 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Wonder Woman at No. 6 with $6.9 million, Wish Upon at No. 7 with $5.6 million, Cars 3 at No. 8 with $3.2 million, Transformers: The Last Knight at No. 9 with $2.8 million and The House at No. 10 with $1.8 million.

I'm going to check out 'War for the Planet of the Apes' on Thursday. I'll have my take on this highly-anticipated movie soon after.

Be Well,
Steve


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Filmmaker George Romero dead at 77; Hollywood reacts
Horror master George Romero has died at the age of 77.

"Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero passed away on Sunday July 16, listening to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero at his side," his manager Chris Roe said in a Facebook post. "He died peacefully in his sleep, following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer, and leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time. The family asks for their privacy to be respected at this time."

Among the Pittsburgh filmmaker's credits were Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.

"Romero has passed away. Hard to find words right now. The loss is so enormous," Guillermo del Toro tweeted.

"Here's to the great George Romero, the man who started it all! A true legend and a huge inspiration. Rest In Peace," Robert Rodriguez said in his post.

"RIP George Romero. Zombies, yes. But...go watch MARTIN. Teenage isolation mutated into vampirism. Online culture as plague," offered Patton Oswalt.

"Goodbye old bean. It was great to know you. Come back- any way you can," said Ted Raimi.

"Sad to hear my favorite collaborator--and good old friend--George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you," Stephen King added.


'Ed Wood' star Martin Landau dies at 89
North by Northwest and Ed Wood actor Martin Landau has died at the age of 89.

TMZ said the Golden Globe winner -- who appeared in nearly 200 films and TV shows in his decades-long career -- died Saturday at California's UCLA Medical Center after a short hospitalization during which he suffered unexpected complications.

The former newspaper cartoonist famously turned down the role of Mr. Spock on Star Trek, but found success in the films Pork Chop Hill, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Crimes and Misdemeanors, City Hall and Rounders, as well as in the TV show, Mission: Impossible, The Hollywood Reporter noted.


LOOSE LIPS:
"It feels like you're going to die. It feels like you need to leave the stage."
--Amanda Seyfried, on experiencing panic attacks while performing in an off-Broadway show, on Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy Podcast



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Stuntman dies after fall on 'The Walking Dead' set
A stuntman injured on the set of AMC show The Walking Dead this week has died.

The coroner of Georgia's Coweta County said John Bernecker died Wednesday night at Atlanta Medical Center, Variety reported.

Bernecker died from blunt force trauma, according to the coroner Richard Hawk's office. Bernecker injured his head Wednesday when he fell 25 feet from a balcony onto concrete on the show's set in Georgia.

AMC has said that they temporarily shut down production on the show's eighth season.

The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have launched investigations into Bernecker's death, Deadline has reported.

Bernecker has worked on productions that include Green Lantern, Battleship, Olympus Has Fallen, This is the End and 22 Jump Street, according to IMDB.


Gwen Stefani goes fishing with Blake Shelton, her sons
Gwen Stefani went fishing with boyfriend Blake Shelton and two of her sons over the weekend.

The 47-year-old singer shared posts Sunday on Snapchat from her outing with Shelton, 11-year-old Kingston, 8-year-old Zuma and another friend, including a photo of Shelton sitting in the boat and a clip of Zuma catching a small fish.

"I can see him!" Stefani can be heard saying as her son reels in the fish, with Shelton encouraging, "Catch that sucker!"

Stefani shares Kingston, Zuma and 3-year-old son Apollo with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale, from whom she split in 2015 after nearly 13 years of marriage. She discussed her approach to parenting in an interview with People this month.

"I was in a band and free my whole life, so I always thought I would be really free with [my kids] and do whatever I wanted, like, 'Oh, I'll take them out of school,'" Stefani told the magazine. "But you learn that when they have boundaries is when they feel the safest."

"The hardest thing to do is having a discipline chat and follow up on all those things," she confessed. "It's work, you know? But that's where you get the results."

"I see a constant fear of 'How am I gonna make sure these kids are good people?'" the star said. "I love when they still play and you're like, 'Oh good. They're still doing that.'"

Stefani and Shelton confirmed their relationship in November 2015 following their respective splits from Rossdale and Miranda Lambert. Lambert is now dating Anderson East, and discussed the singer in the August issue of Cosmopolitan.


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Which 'Broadchurch' actress is the new star of 'Doctor Who'?

Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker will play the 13th incarnation of the Doctor on the BBC's sci-fi series Doctor Who.

The new Doctor's identity was revealed Sunday. This is the first time the character will be played by a woman.

The BBC on Sunday released a minute-long video of a cloaked figure walking through a forest towards the Doctor's signature blue telephone box spaceship, the Tardis.

At the last moment, the person takes down its hood to reveal the smiling actress.

The video was captioned, "Meet the Thirteenth Doctor."

Whittaker is replacing Peter Capaldi, who is leaving the show after three seasons.

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