‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Retains Box Office Throne With $64.1 Million

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If you thought The Dark Knight Rises would fall against the likes of The Watch and Step Up Revolution, then you were kidding yourself, as Christopher Nolan’s final Batman outing easily bested all comers, taking in $64.1 million.

The Watch, which will never be confused as a Billy Wilder film, scared up $13 million in business, placing third, while Step Up Revolution didn’t live up to its moniker (Step Down Failed Insurrection is fitting), squeezing $11.8 million in business.

Here’s the top 10:

1.  The Dark Knight RisesChristopher Nolan’s star continues to rise, as his final exploration of the Caped Crusader makes $64.1 million and retains the #1 spot.

2.  Ice Age: Continental Drift – Nothing to see here except $$$: every Ice Age installment is a guaranteed success.  $13.3 million

3.  The Watch – The trailer is as funny as going raw dog (sans anesthesia) during a root canal.  $13 million is good enough for third place, not good enough if you’re a movie headlined by Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill.

4.  Step Up Revolution – The revolution will not be televised, or ignite a box office frenzy.  The movie limply dances to a #4 finish with $11.8 million.

5.  TedSeth MacFarlane is having a great summer.  This weekend’s haul: $7.4 million

6.  The Amazing Spider-Man – With over $240 million earned domestically, Sony’s decision to reboot the franchise was a creative home run.  This weekend, the picture made $6.3 million.

7.  Brave – This Pixar film may not have been one of the company’s best written films, but that really doesn’t matter when the brand is synonymous with quality movie making.  The feature took in $4.1 million over the weekend.

8.  Magic Mike – Director Steven Soderbergh’s stripped down drama (horrible pun intended) collected $2.4 million, and it’s over $100 million domestically.  In case you’re counting, that equals out to thousands of lap dances from Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum.

9.  Savages – Director Oliver Stone’s violent drug film has been a box office disappointment, as it made just $1.6 million and has totaled up just $44 million domestically.  Speaking of bombs, the movie also stars Taylor Kitsch.

10.  Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection – The comedy made $1.3 million, running up its total to $63 million.

*   Anne Hathaway discusses training for The Dark Knight Rises:

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David Boreanaz: Bones Ready To Tear Hearts In Season Eight

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The eighth season of Bones premieres September 17 on Fox.  To accommodate Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy, last season’s episode order was shortened. The pregnancy was written into the series, as Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) are now parents.

Although it is known for its humor, Bones may get a little darker this season.  Bones star David Boreanaz, gave a brief preview on the upcoming season. (Click on the media bar below to hear David Boreanaz)

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JJ Abrams Prepares For An Earthquake

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According to Deadline.com, JJ Abrams will produce the Universal Pictures movie Earthquake.  Rumors claim that this is not a remake of the hit 1974 feature which starred Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner. Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar winning writer behind the 2009 biopic Milk, has been enlisted to pen the screenplay.  Abrams is adept at high concept far, as he’s directed Star Trek (and its upcoming sequel), MI: 3, and last summer’s coming of age/alien project Super 8.

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Bristol Palin: ‘I Am Not Homophobic’

1The Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars were announced today at the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills, CA. One of the all-stars is Bristol Palin, who was a contestant on the eleventh season of the show. Depending on your perspective, Palin was either a hero on the show, or someone you couldn’t wait to get rid of. Palin was asked why she would want to do the show again, due to the intense criticism she took from the media. Palin says the press will be critical of her. (Click on the media bar below to hear Bristol Palin)

Bristol Palin has been an outspoken critic on her views of homosexuals and gay marriage. Palin was asked how she would feel if she was paired up with a gay dancer. Palin responds that she is not homophobic. (Click on the media bar below to hear Bristol Palin)

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Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars will premiere Monday, September 24, 2012 on ABC.

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Reba McEntire & Taylor Swift The Inspiration for ABC’s Nashville?

137 This Fall, ABC seems to have one of the best new shows coming to television. The drama/musical Nashville is winning critics over. The series is about an iconic country music star played by Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights & American Horror Story), whose career is in a downward spiral. Her producers offer her a joint tour with an  up-and-comer played by Hayden Panettiere (Heroes), the young and sexy future of country music. Both singers are going after the ultimate goal of being the top star.

Both Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton sing in the series, and many infer that Panetierre’s inspiration for her character is country music superstar Taylor Swift, while Britton based her character on Reba McEntire.

Today at the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills, CA, both actresses were asked if they actually based their characters on those two music superstars.

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Nashville premieres October 10, 2012 on ABC

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