‘Planet of the Apes’ swings in at $73M
The monkey business is a good business to be in at the box office.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” roared to $73 million on its opening weekend, one of the summer’s best debuts, according to studio estimates Sunday.
After two weeks on top, the Michael Bay action sequel “Transformers: Age of Extinction” slid to second with $16.5 million.
The Melissa McCarthy comedy “Tammy” came in third with $12.9 million.
Rounding out the top five were “22 Jump Street” in fourth place with $6.7 million and “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” fifth, $5.9 million.
Conductor Maazel dies at Va. home at 84
Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel has died at his home in Virginia while preparing for the annual Castleton Festival. He was 84.
The festival says Maazel died Sunday at Castleton Farms in Rapphannock County from complications following pneumonia. The festival announced Maazel’s death in a statement posted on its website and Maazel’s website.
Maazel founded the festival with his wife, Dietlinde Turban Maazel, in 2009.
It’s a girl for JWoww
JWoww from “Jersey Shore” is a mom.
MTV officials say Jenni Farley welcomed her first child, daughter Meilani Alexandra Mathews, early Sunday afternoon in New Jersey. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces.
A representative for Farley says she and her daughter are doing well.
The child’s father is Farley’s fiance, Roger Mathews.
The 28-year-old Farley rose to fame on the MTV reality series “Jersey Shore,” which followed the boozy exploits of hard-partying 20-somethings at a shore house.
New Cosby show could debut next summer
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.
Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer.
The series, described as a “classic, extended-family sitcom” with Cosby as the patriarch, is in the writing stage, NBC executives said at Sunday’s session of the summer TV critics’ tour. It was first announced in January.
Cosby, 77, has a long history with NBC, including his seminal “The Cosby Show,” which became a smash hit 30 years ago and helped rescue a network then at the bottom of the ratings. It ran for eight seasons.