With strong reviews and an unexpectedly healthy box-office gross, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the surprise hits of 2011 — but it also ended just as the story was getting really good. Fortunately, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is coming this summer, and its depiction of the beginning of the war between apes and humans looks just as promising.
"I know why you're scared. It took us four years fighting that virus, but we are survivors," says Gary Oldman's Dreyfus in the new trailer. He's the de facto leader of a small band of surviving humans, and he blames the ever-growing ape population for the spread of the virus that killed off much of humanity. But other humans — including Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and Ellie (Keri Russell) — want to make peace with their simian neighbors before it's too late.
But despite the strong lineup of conventional actors, it's clear that the star of the show is motion-capture guru Andy Serkis, reprising his highly acclaimed performance as ape leader Caesar. "War has already begun," says Caesar at the end of the new trailer. Moviegoers can witness the what happens next when Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on July 11.
After four years of negotiations, the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group announced Wednesday in Cuba they have reached an agreement to end their 52-year armed conflict.
More than 220,000 Colombians died during the fighting, and almost seven million had to leave their homes. U.S. envoy to the peace talks, Bernard Aronson, called it "the final chapter of the Cold War in the hemisphere," while Colombia's lead negotiator, Humberto de la Calle, declared, "The war is over." While an agreement has been made, voters in Colombia still have to ratify the accord, and are expected to head to the polls in October. President Juan Manuel Santos is campaigning for the deal's approval, while his rival, former president Alvaro Uribe, wants it to fail, saying it goes too easy on FARC leaders.
If it is approved, the deal would become law, and FARC would start demobilizing 7,000 fighters and would have 180 days to fully disarm. The conflict between the government and FARC rebels is the longest-running in the Americas, but the government still has to worry about another group, the 1,500 member National Liberation Army, which is hoping to lure disillusioned FARC rebels to its ranks. Catherine Garcia
Sometimes, achievements are so big you honor them with a celebratory dinner. Sometimes, they're notable enough to garner an engraved statue or plaque. And sometimes, well, only a corn maze will do:
The Cleveland Cavaliers ended a 52-year championship drought in their city when they won the 2016 NBA title, defeating the favored Golden State Warriors in seven games — thus inspiring Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, Ohio, to dedicate its corn maze to the team. Aww, shucks! Kimberly Alters
Let it be known, hip-hop lovers, that in 2014 your top-secret, against-all-odds fantasy of being serenaded by Frank Ocean while also dating Chance the Rapper did in fact come true — at least, for one lucky lady.
The two hip-hop stars apparently had some good times during the six months Chance test-drove the shiny Los Angeles lifestyle, and although he quickly ditched the West Coast to return to his hometown of Chicago, the 23-year-old rapper did have some juicy Hollywood stories to spill in his new interview with GQ. Among them? The time one Frank Ocean popped by unannounced to help him impress a new flame.
At the time, Chance was living in a huge, decked-out house — think private pool, basketball court, recording studio, and movie theater — in the North Hollywood neighborhood of LA, and he'd racked up some impressive musician friends including Jeremih, J. Cole, and Frank Ocean, America's favorite recluse. The whole lot of them would hang around the house constantly, Chance told GQ. "It was like a big-a-- rapper mansion."
One night, Chance brought a date back to the pad to enjoy some — ahem — recreational substances, at a time when Ocean was apparently also lurking around the house. And while most people would be annoyed if a friend randomly crashed a date, the rules are probably a little different when your friend is Frank Ocean:
Frank just comes up and starts playing the piano and lightly singing in the background of our date. Obviously, that scored me a lot of points with this female. [Chance the Rapper, via GQ]
And so it happened: your dream date, lived in the flesh by some lucky L.A. lady. But until your wildest dreams of a personal Frank Ocean serenade come true, you can listen to the two new albums he unexpectedly dropped this month, and read the rest of the profile on his buddy Chance over at GQ. Kelly Gonsalves
Oh, and it's also a battle of whose celebrity supporters are hotter — at least, that's what Donald Trump implied at a Wednesday rally in Tampa, Florida:
Trump says "the only people enthusiastic about [Hillary] are Hollywood celebrities in many cases celebrities that aren't very hot anymore."
— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) August 24, 2016
So, America, forget your thoughts on health care, same-sex marriage, or the role of the federal government. Your choice this fall amounts to this: Who wore it better, Scott Baio and Omarosa Manigault, or Jessica Biel and Magic Johnson? Kimberly Alters
Getting old might not be as bad as it's cracked up to be. Though growing older inevitably comes with the aches and pains of an aging body, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry added further evidence to the theory that it also comes with increased levels of happiness. After surveying 1,546 San Diego residents between the ages of 21 to 99, researchers found that the older people were, the happier they seemed to be.
While the elderly suffered more physically and cognitively than younger individuals, it was people in their 20s and 30s who had "the highest levels of depression, anxiety, and stress, plus the lowest levels of happiness, satisfaction, and wellbeing," Time reported. "Contrary to the stereotype of old and grumpy, the study found older people to be happy and contented," Dilip Jeste, the study's lead author, told Live Science.
Studies have previously suggested that older people are happy, but happiness is usually cast in a bell-shaped curve, with a big dip during middle age. This study, however, found happiness peaking in old age. Researchers don't have an explanation for their findings, but they speculated it may be because with old age comes the wisdom and perspective to better deal with whatever comes your way. Becca Stanek
In the wake of renewed interest in her private email server and her family's non-profit organization, Hillary Clinton reportedly has a new strategy to win the White House this fall: "Run out the clock." Politico's Annie Karni says that's how Clinton confidants sum up their candidate's thinking, as she seeks to dance fleet-footedly through the latest minefield of controversies surrounding her presidential aspirations.
Earlier this week, the FBI announced it had uncovered nearly 15,000 more emails from Clinton's private server that were not disclosed by her legal team during the initial email dump in December 2014. The emails themselves reveal that many foreign donors to her family's organization, the Clinton Foundation, also received access to Clinton while she was serving as secretary of state under President Obama. While no smoking gun exists, the optics, as they say, aren't great.
That's got Team Clinton looking to run out the next 75 days until Election Day on Nov. 8, Karni reports. "Clinton's team thinks 'they can ride out' any negative reaction to [the emails]," Karni writes. "'That doesn't mean no response,' one Clinton team insider said, 'but a muted one rather than a five-alarm fire.'" This decision apparently stems from the candidate's staunch belief that the entire email conspiracy is nothing but an unfounded partisan attack, and is rooted her confidence that rival Donald Trump's "profound weaknesses" will sink him regardless — read more on Clinton's thoroughly uninspiring strategy at Politico. Kimberly Alters
America's newest national monument is situated in Maine's North Woods. On Wednesday, President Obama designated 87,500 acres of the forest as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, marking the 413th preserved area in the National Park Service, National Geographic reports, and Maine's second national monument.
The designation came at the request of Burt's Bees founder Roxanne Quimby, who donated the land valued at $60 million to the federal government this week in honor of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary. Quimby had been trying to make the area a national park for years, but her proposals had been met with resistance from Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine). The state's Republican Gov. Paul LePage opposed its creation as an "ego play" by "rich, out-of-state liberals," while residents worried it would invite a "federal government intrusion," The Associated Press reported.