TAKE TWO WEEKEND FIRST : Weekly Movie Comings, Goings

by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (c) Fox
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (c) Fox
HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – August tends to have numerous cinematic offerings, but, the month also includes those films that either did not want to compete with blockbuster /tent-poles (i.e. “Harry Potter,” “Transformers,” “Fast Five”) or questionable films that studios want to slip into summer playing time.

Thus far, only five pictures have crossed the $200 million dollar plateau: Transformers Dark of the Moon ($333 million); Harry Potter ($303 million); Hangover Part II($253 million); Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides ($238 million) and Fast Five ($209 million). Both “Thor” and “Cars II” are in the $180 million dollar bracket and could cross the magic $200 million financial finish line.

“Captain America: The First Avenger” has amassed $180 million worldwide since its July 22 release. Both “Harry Potter” ($690 million) and “Transformers” ($648 million) have passed or will pass the one billion dollar world-wide gross. Kung Fu Panda II has about $447 million from international venues (and $161 million in the US) , while, Cars II has posted an added $217 million from international showings.

(Editor’s Note: Tabulations courtesy of http://www.boxofficemojo.com )

As summer heroics wrap, I , by  browsing, found some scenes from what will be an awards contender and yet a controversal production. "Extremely Close Extremely Loud" stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in an adaptation of the post-9/11 novel. A youngster loses his father (Hanks) in the terrorist attack. Feeling increasingly  distant from his mother (Bullock), the boy has found a key. What lock in NYC will be opened by the key left by Hanks? His nine-year-old son (a tambourine player, amateur inventor, jewelry designer and pacifist), the boy searches from the East Side to the West Side for clues.

Sandra Bullock caught on the NYC set of "Extremely Loud Extremely Close"
Sandra Bullock caught on the NYC set of "Extremely Loud Extremely Close"

Films surrounding the terrorists have an intensely mixed response both from viewers, reviewers and financial success. Oliver Stone's "WTC" and "United 93" launched in 2006. Neither achieved blockbuster status, although both films were historic treasures. In addition, "conspiracy" so-called documentaries have surfaced, such as "Loose Change," as well as documentaries of the twin towers themselves.

The first Spiderman released six months after the attacks contained a scene in which the Marvel hero has spun a web between the structures to catch bad guys. In respect for the survivors, the scene was removed from the production and the trailer. (Click here for a link to the scene. Scroll down to Spiderman, http://wtcinmovies.tripod.com/chrono.html#2000 )

"Extremely Loud" produced by Warner Bros. will have a Christmas limited release for Oscar qualification and open across the country in mid-January.

Snapped in Pittsburgh, a scene from the new "Dark Knight Rising" production.
Snapped in Pittsburgh, a scene from the new "Dark Knight Rising" production.

Finally, a web site specializing in photography of "on the set" scenes has nailed this shot from "Dark Knight Rises" shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa.  The steel city has almost become Hollywood East similar to North Carolina's reign prior to the recession. Word of mouth: Some of those southern sound stages are re-lighting.

MAINSTREAM: The Change Up; Rise of the Planet of the Apes

LIMITED: Moonlight in Paris

ON DECK: Glee The 3D Concert Movie; 30 Minutes or Less; Final Destination 5; The Help


The Change Up
The Change Up
MARQUEE PULLMAN SQUARE: (all digital, all stadium, Real D, 3D), Change-Up, 11:20-2:00-4:40-7:20-10:00; Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 11:20-1:50-4:20-7:00-9:40; CONTINUING: Cowboys & Aliens, 11:45-12:45-1:45-2:30-3:30-4:30-5:15-6:30-7:15-8:00-9:15-10:00; Crazy Stupid Love, 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:45;; CONTINUING IN 3D: Smurfs 3D, 11:15-1:40-4:10-6:40-9:10; Captain America 3D, 12:50-3:50-6:50-9:50; Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part II 3D, 12:45-3:45-6:45-9:40; TIME CHANGES: Bad Teacher, 7:30-9:45; Cars II, 1:15-4:15; Harry Potter (2D), 3:00-6:15; Friends with Benefits, 12:20-1:20-4:20-7:20-9:10-10:00; ENDS THURSDAY: Larry Crowne; Winnie the Pooh; TUES/WED KIDS SUMMER MOVIE SERIES (930 a.m.),  Yogi Bear, Legend of Guardians (Aug. 2-3); For full schedule and on line sales, click: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26187

DOWNTOWN DISCOUNT CINEMA: (Cinema Exclusive), Midnight in Paris, 1:20-3:20-7:20; Green Lantern, 1:20-4:20-7:05-9:25; Super 8, 1:25-4:25-7:15-9:30; Hangover Part Two, 5:15-9:35;  Bridesmaids, 1:30-4:30-7:00-9:30; ENDS THURSDAY: Kung Fu Panda; FLASHBACK: Aug. 14-15, Dark Knight; August 28-29, Wizard of Oz; Sept. 25-26, Barry Lyndon; ENDS THURSDAY JULY 14: None; FREE KIDS SUMMER FILM SERIES, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.  (Aug. 3) Shrek Final Chapter; ; For full schedule and on line ticket sales:, http://www.ourshowtimes.com/cinema/index.html

James Franco & Freida Pinto on the Golden Gate Bridge in a scene from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (c) Fox
James Franco & Freida Pinto on the Golden Gate Bridge in a scene from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (c) Fox

MARQUEE SOUTHRIDGE: (all digital; stadium seating; Real D 3D): Change Up, 11:25-2:00-4:40-7:20-10:00; Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 11:20-1:50-4:20-7:10-9:45; CONTINUING IN 3D: Smurfs 3D, 11:15-1:40-4:10-6:40-9:10; : Captain America, 12:50-3:50-6:50-9:40; Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part Two 3D, 12:45-3:45-6:45-9:40; TIME CHANGES: Zookeeper 11:50 a.m. only; Bad Teacher, 9:50 only; ENDS THURSDAY: Cars II; Larry Crowne; Winnie the Pooh; MARQUEE FREE KIDS TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY SUMMER SERIES 9:30 a.m., (Aug 2-3), Megamind; Last Airbinder; (Aug 9-10), Cloudy Chance Meatballs, Gulliver’s Travels;  For full schedule and online ticket sales, click: http://www.marqueecinemas.com

PARK PLACE STADIUM CINEMAS: ( all stadium; digital; Real D 3D), Change Up, 12:35-2:50-5:10-7:30-9:40; Rise of the Planet of Apes, 12:40-2:55-5:10-7:25-9:40; TIME CHANGES: Harry Potter 3D, 3:30-9:35, (2D), 12:50-6:50; Horrible Bosses, 7:30-9:40 only; Cars II, 12:35-2:50-5:10; Captain America 3D, 4:00-9:40 (2D), 1:00-7:00; ENDS THURSDAY: Transformers; Winnie the Pooh; For full showtimes, click: https://ghtc.tstickets.com/ghtc.aspx?theatreid=2



The Change Up
The Change Up

MARQUEE GALLERIA 14 (All stadium, all digital, Real D 3D), Change Up, 1:00-4:00-6:45-9:25; Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 11:45-2:15-4:45-7:15-9:45; CONTINUING IN 3D, Smurfs 3D, 11:30-2:00-4:30-7:00-9:30; Captain America, 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:50; Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part II, 12:45-6:45; TIME CHANGES: Bad Teacher 9:50 only; 2D Harry, 3:45-9:40 only; ENDS THURSDAY: Winnie the Pooh; Cars II; FREE KIDS TUESDAY WEDNESDAY FILM SERIES, 9:30 A.M., (Aug 2-3), Cloudy with Chance Meatballs; Gulliver’s Travels; (Aug. 9-10), Last Airbender; Megamind; For Full times , online and Advance Tickets, Visit,


Final Destination V, Coming Aug 12
Final Destination V, Coming Aug 12


TEAYS VALLEY CINEMA: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 10:45-1:15-4:15-7:00-9:30: Change Up, 10:30-1:00-4:00-7:15-9:45; CONTINUING IN 3D: 3D Smurfs, 11:15-3:15-7:15; 3D Captain America, 10:45-1:15-7:15-9:45; 3D Harry Potter, 1:00-7:00; TIME CHANGES: Friends with Benefits, 5:10-7:20-9:40; Zookeeper, 10:30-12:50-3:00; 2D Harry, 10:30-4:00-9:40; Horrible Bosses, 7:30-9:50 ; Winnie the Pooh, 10:20-1:00-3:00-5:00 only; Cars II, 4:15 only; ENDS THURSDAY: Transformers; For full times , click: http://www.franktheatres.com



FOUNTAIN PLACE: Change Up, 12:00-2:15-4:35-7:00-9:30; Rise of Planet of Apes, 12:30-2:40-4:50-7:25-9:40; TIME CHANGES: Captain American 3D, 12:55-9:30, 2D 4:00-7:00; Harry Potter 3D, 12:50-9:35, 2D, 3:30-6:50; Smurfs 3D, 2:50-9:25, 2D, 12:40-5:00-7:05; ENDS THURSDAY: Horrible Bosses; Cars II; Zookeeper; Transformers Dark of Moon; For full schedule, https://ghtc.tstickets.com/ghtc.aspx?theatreid=3

The Change Up
The Change Up

KYOVA 10: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 1:20-4:00-6:55-9:35; Change Up, 1:25-4:05-7:15-10:00; TIME CHANGES: Horrible Bosses, 4:15-10:05 only; Winnie the Pooh, 12:55-2:55 only; 3D Harry Potter, 12:30-9:45, 2D Harry Potter, 3:30-6:45; 2D Captain America, 1:15-7:00 only; Friends with Benefits, 4:45-7:25-10:10 only; For Full Showtimes, http://www.kyova10.com


CINEMARK HUNTINGTON MALL: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 11:40-12:55-2:10-3:25-4:40-5:55-7:10-8:30 -9:40; The Change Up, 11:55-2:30-5:05-7:40-10:15; TIME CHANGES: Zookeeper, 12:40-3:20 only; Horrible Bosses, 9:55 only; Transformers Dark of Moon, 9:30 only;  For full times, http://www.cinemark.com

Rise of the Planet of Apes
Rise of the Planet of Apes


MARQUEE WYTHVILLE  : Change Up, 12:50-3:55-7:05-9:50; Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 1:20-4:10-7:10-9:40; CONTINUING IN 3D: Captain America 3D, 1:10-4:00-6:45-9:35; Smufs 3D, 11:50-4:30-6:50; ENDS THURSDAY: Friends with Benefits; Zookeeper;
For full showtimes and online ticket sales, click: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26204



MARQUEE SENECA SHOWPLACE: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 4:00-7:00-9:30, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:00; Cowboys & Aliens, 3:45-6:45-9:30, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:45; ENDS THURSDAY: Harry Potter; For on line tickets , click: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26222


MARQUEE NICHOLAS SHOWPLACE: Rise of Planet of Apes, 4:10-7:10-9:45, S/Sun Mat. 1:20; Cowboys & Aliens, 4:05-7:10-9:50, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:10; Smurfs 2D, 9:35, S/S Mat. 1:30, 3D, 4:15-7:00; Captain America, 4:00-6:50-9:40, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:00; ENDS THURSDAY: Harry Potter; For on line sales click: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26220

30 Minutes or Less Coming Aug. 12
30 Minutes or Less Coming Aug. 12

MARQUEE McDOWELL 3: Rise of the Planet of Apes, 4:30-7:00-9:30, S/S Mat. 1:50; Cowboys & Aliens, 4:20-7:10-9:50, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:50; The Smurfs, 4:10-6:50-9:50, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:40; ENDS THURSDAY: Captain America; For full times and ticket sales, click: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26221


MARQUEE HIGHLANDS 14, (All stadium, all digital, Real D 3D), Change Up, 1:00-4:00-7:15-9:45; Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 12:45-1:15-3:15-3:45-6:30-7:00-9:10-9:40; CONTINUING IN 3D: Smurfs 3D, 11:30-2:00-4:30-7:00-9:25; Captain America, 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:50; Deathly Hallows 3d, 12:45-3:45-6:45-9:40; TIME CHANGES: None ; ENDS THURSDAY: Super 8; Larry Crowne; Bad Teacher; COMING IN AUGUST: The Doughboys (made in Wheeling); For full schedule/on line tickets: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26189

"Shark Night" opens its jaws Sept 2
"Shark Night" opens its jaws Sept 2


Horrible Bosses: Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day have bosses from Hades. They decide the only way to happiness is to waste their superior. Their murderous plan soon snowballs into chaos. Directed by Seth (“Four Christmases”) Gordon, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston (as a foul mouthed dentist) have supporting roles. IMDB suggests a dude’s version of “Nine to Five.” Boxoffice Magazine believes this could be “one of the summer’s biggest sleepers” due to the excellent cast and high concept premise.

Zookeeper: Griffin (Kevin James) is more comfortable with the king of beasts than a member of the opposite sex. And the feeling is mutual, women leave him due to his unglamorous job which bodes no future nestegg. When he decides to quit, his animals start talking to teach him about courtship. James has a solid track record for family comedy, having toplined “Paul Blart” and “Grown Ups.”

Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows (Part 2 in 3D): A decade after it began, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) go back to Hogwarts for the fight to the death duel between Harry and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). David (“Order of the Phoenix,” “Half Blood Prince” “Part One Deathly Hallows”) Yates has a challenge faced by few directors --- Bringing a mega-tentpole franchise to a noteworthy close. Or, will J.K. Rowling give in and pen another Potter novel?

Captain America the First Avenger: One of the first characters upon which Marvel built its universe, Chris Evans stars as a meek World War II soldier who gains powers beyond most mortals after consuming an experimental serum. Hugo Weaving plays the Captain’s nemeses, the dreaded Red Skull.

Friends with Benefits: Headhunter (Mila Kunis) persuades recruit (Justin Timberlake) to forsake his job in San Francisco and move to the Big Apple. Both have been avoiding relationships and they both realize their chemistry is bubbling. Instead of hooking up, they decide to be best friends with nighttime benefits. Will no strings attached solve their sexual and personal issues?



AUGUST 12: Thirty Minutes or Less; Final Destination V;  Glee Live 3D; The Help;

AUGUST 19: Conan the Barbarian; Fright Night (3D); Due Day; Spy Kids IV: All the Time in the World (3D); Doughboy



AUGUST 26: Our Idiot Brother; Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark; Columbiana

"Shark Night" opens its jaws Sept. 2
"Shark Night" opens its jaws Sept. 2

SEPTEMBER 2: The Debt (Wed. Aug 31); Colombiana; Shark Night 3D; Apollo 18;

SEPTEMBER 9: Bucky Larson Born to Be a Star; Contagion; Warrior;




," a family-friendly film that pays tribute to America's men and women in service, opens Friday, Aug. 19, at Marquee Cinemas in Wheeling (Triadelphia), Charleston, Huntington, and Beckley.  The film shot exclusively on location in Wheeling earlier this year and is directed by J.W. Myers and written by Ty DeMartino. It explores the issues of freedom and patriotism and how they are perceived by today's young people. Flyover Films and Route 40 Films produced "Doughboy" and was executive produced by Wheeling's Kristin Seibert. It stars newcomers Barrett Carnahan, Emily Capehart and Michael Allen and features veteran film and TV actor Terry Kiser ("Weekend at Bernie's"). For complete details and to watch a couple teaser trailers, visit http://doughboythemovie.com.
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