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'Skeleton Twins' director: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader really are like siblings

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Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play a pair of estranged siblings who are reconnected at a particularly dark moment for both in the Sundance drama The Skeleton Twins. And, when a depressed Milo (Hader) leaves Los Angeles to live with a similarly depressed Maggie (Wiig) and her earnest, goofy husband (Luke Wilson), it’s not exactly a seamless homecoming, with fights, lies, and past traumas weighing on the once-inseparable twins throughout.

But writer-director Craig Johnson didn’t cast two of today’s most likable comedians to just destroy them with melodrama. There are moments of pure joy, too, including a standout sequence, teased in the trailer, where Milo and Maggie break into a cheesy ’80s classic to ease a particularly tense moment. As Owen Gleiberman wrote after the film’s Sundance premiere, “This is a tenderly sincere, and smart, and beguiling, and penetrating movie about the way that ordinary messed-up people can wind up stumbling through their lives.”

EW spoke to Johnson about directing Hader and Wiig and how that whole Starship sequence came together.

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Box office report: 'Apes' conquers, 'Boyhood' starts strong

If this weekend’s number one movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — the second entry in the rebooted Apes franchise — has a spiritual sibling in the original series of films, it is 1972′s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. While Conquest was the fourth movie in the franchise to arrive in cinemas it is, like Dawn, the second according to the interior timeline of its series and, again like director Matt Reeves’ new film, features an apocalyptic showdown between apes and humans. Thus, it seems appropriate that this weekend Dawn of the Planet of the Apes comprehensively conquered the domestic box office by earning an estimated $73 million, exceeding both expectations and the $54.8 million opening weekend of its predecessor, 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

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Box office update: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' climbs to the top of the box office

You maniacs! You made Dawn of the Planet of the Apes the most popular movie in America! Ah, damn you! Goddamn you all to hell!

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Casting Net: 'Game of Thrones' vet Rose Leslie joins Vin Diesel project

Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie is set to join Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter, a supernatural thriller about a “semi-immortal” witch hunter (Diesel) who teams up with a witch (Leslie) to take down a more evil witch. And, despite being mortal enemies, the witch and the witch hunter also flirt with romance. Breck Eisner is directing the Summit pic, which recently got a polish from Dallas Buyers Club writer Melisa Wallack. [THR]

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Video: World record-seeking 720-hour movie now has a 72-minute trailer

The words “teaser trailer” are generally associated with the familiar notion of a video advertisement for an upcoming film that lasts for a minute or less. For example, the first teaser trailer for The Dark Knight was one minute in length and featured nothing but the voices of the stars.

But for Swedish filmmaker Anders Weberg, one minute isn’t nearly enough to tease his upcoming film Ambiancé. Ambiancé, a 720-hour film, is Weberg’s attempt to break the world record for the longest film ever made, and the first teaser trailer for Ambiancé is 72 minutes long.

The record currently belongs to by Modern Times Forever, a 2011 film that lasted for 240 hours (or 10 days). Ambiancé, on the other hand, would require audiences to sit in a theater for 30 days. So perhaps, proportionally, 72 minutes really isn’t that long of a tease.

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'Ghostbusters' gets a retro 30th anniversary release trailer

Sometimes it’s best not to mess with the classics. So, in honor of the 30th anniversary theatrical re-release of a restored and remastered Ghostbusters—coming this Labor Day weekend—Sony has released a fittingly retro trailer.

Ghostbusters is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises,” Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, told EW’s Jeff Labrecque. “I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it’s a real thrill for me to see that it’s still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, this is a great movie to experience again and again.”

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Box office preview: Can 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' save the summer?

Poor Caesar already has a lot on his plate between defending his family and community and helping the humans restore power in San Francisco. Now, he has to step up, squash the Transformers, and save the summer box office as well, which is down nearly 20 percent from last year’s record-smashing season.

It’s a good thing everyone so far seems to really like Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes—the second installment in their rebooted franchise, which picks up in the world of 2011′s Rise 10 years later. As of Thursday afternoon, it had the distinction of being one of the best-reviewed blockbusters of the year with a phenomenal 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But, while Dawn should do better than the first film, saving the season might be a bit too much to ask of the Apes.

Rentrak’s senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian put things into perspective a bit, too. “This is a more normal summer. If we weren’t comparing to the record-breaking summer of last year, it would seem like a normal type of summer with some hits and some misses,” he told EW. “But when week after week, we’re compared to the massive results from a year ago that propelled a record summer, then no question we’re going to be lagging behind.” He added: “Fast forward to next year, and this will all be a thing of the past. It’s cyclical.”

As for this weekend, here’s how things might play out:

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Video: Young-at-heart retirees party in Iceland in 'Land Ho!' clip

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Just because you’ve hit retirement age doesn’t mean you can’t still have adventures. In the utterly charming Land Ho!, two ex-brothers-in-law decide to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Iceland—and, of course, in the vein of all the classic buddy comedies, they’re polar opposites.

Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) is a soft-spoken man still reeling from a recent loss while Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) is a bawdy, larger-than-life character who’s always ready for a good time, whether it’s bathing in a glacial spa or partying in a Reykjavik nightclub. “We wanted to make a comedy that was sort of an ode to comedies that we loved growing up, like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Uncle Buck,” co-director Martha Stephens told EW after the film’s premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Though both characters are nearing retirement, don’t make the mistake of thinking that the movie is just about age. “What’s happened to us also happens to every age group. You have a person who dies. You get fired from your job, you get divorced, you have financial problems. Hell, I’m 71 years old and I’m not ashamed of that,” Nelson (Stephens’ cousin) added. Land Ho!, he said, is “much more than two old farts having to be put out to pasture.”

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Casting Net: Dwayne Johnson in early talks for 'The Janson Directive,' more

• Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6) is in early talks to star in the Robert Ludlum adaptation The Janson Directive for Universal. The book, published after Ludlum’s death, follows an ex-Navy Seal who is forced on the run when a rescue mission goes bad. There is no writer or director attached at this early stage, but according to the report, it could be a potential franchise. [THR] READ FULL STORY

Video: Screenwriter Mike White explains his creative process

Mike White, the screenwriter behind School of Rock and Nacho Libre, has a very specific creative process. For starters, he’s up at 6 a.m. to start writing, and unlike a lot of writers, by 5 p.m., he’s said goodbye to his laptop for the day.

In an episode of the YouTube series Academy Originals from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, White explains why it is that he doesn’t write at night, and how he prepares for his morning bursts of creativity. (Hint: It involves sleep and yoga.) READ FULL STORY

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