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Worst to First: Ranking the Planet of the Apes movies

The ninth movie in the Planet of the Apes saga opens in theaters today.   That can only mean one thing.  It’s time to rank some Apes.  The first movie, released in 1968, was an adaptation of a French science-fiction novel (La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle).  That movie was followed by four sequels released annually from 1970-1973, a live-action TV series, a cartoon series and waves of Apes-related merchandise.  After a twenty-eight year absence from the big screen, Fox attempted to reboot the series, but their first effort was a misfire.  Then in 2011, they successfully launched a trilogy of prequels of which War for the Planet of the Apes is the most recent.

We won’t be ranking the latest movie because most of us (myself included) haven’t seen it yet.  But we will go ape (had to be done) ranking the rest of the movies in the series.

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November 12: Happy Birthday Anne Hathaway and Grace Kelly


Of our two headliners today, one first became well-known by playing a girl who learns she is a princess.  The other became a princess.

Anne Hathaway celebrates her 34th birthday today.  Her career started with a bang—after appearing in a short-lived Fox series, Get Real, she was cast as Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries.  The success of that film has meant that she has never really wanted for decent roles.  For a while she seemed typecast in family films, but by 2005-06 she was decisively moving into adult roles in films like Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada.

Since then, Hathaway’s roles have included playing Jane Austen in the biopic/period piece Becoming Jane, Agent 99 in the film adaptation of Get Smart, a recovering drug user in Rachel Getting Married, and the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland.  2012 was a big year for Hathaway, as she played Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises, one of the year’s blockbusters, and then swept most of the major Best Supporting Actress awards (including winning an Oscar) as Fantine in Les Misérables:

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