James Franco hugged his costar Freida Pinto as he arrived at last night's LA premiere of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. James flew back to California from Detroit, where he's currently shooting Oz: The Great and Powerful, for the debut of the science-fiction film. The actor also brought a date to the event and left with his arm around the leggy redhead after completing his red-carpet duties. James announced his split from Ahna O'Reilly, his girlfriend of five years, in a new interview with Playboy. Freida, his onscreen leading lady, looked stunning in an electric green Juan Carlos Obando gown and Brian Atwood pumps. She was without her longtime boyfriend, Dev Patel, on the red carpet, but Tom Felton had two of his loved ones on hand to support his latest film — his girlfriend, Jade Gordon, and his Harry Potter costar Rupert Grint. Rupert even arrived to the premiere wearing a shirt that read "I ♥ Tom Felton"! Stay tuned for today's PopSugar Rush for even more from the premiere.
Since it's May, I've kicked off my Summer movie preview series. After talking about the comedies, it's time to focus on what are usually the biggest blockbusters of the season: the action films. From superheroes to sci-fi to fantasy, I have the scoop on the action movies that you'll most want to check out in the next couple of months.
We saw some behind-the-scenes footage of Rise of the Planet of the Apes yesterday, but today brings the full trailer in all its glory. In the next brand-new chapter of the franchise, James Franco stars as Will, a scientist who's on the verge of changing the world by inventing "the cure": a drug that can cause the brain to repair itself. But, as his girlfriend (Freida Pinto) ominously points out, "some things aren't meant to be changed." When the drug is tested on an ape named Caesar (Andy Serkis), Will and his colleagues quickly learn they're dealing with more than just a cure for Alzheimer's. Caesar begins to display some seriously human-like qualities and starts a revolution with his fellow apes.
I wasn't expecting much from this film, but I have to admit the preview gave me goosebumps. The franchise is definitely getting a much-needed boost from modern technology (and it certainly doesn't hurt that the special effects are done by the same team that worked on Avatar). As with all of Planet of the Apes films, it raises the question of animal intelligence and cruelty while still packing in action sequences. We'll know more when the movie opens Aug. 5, but take a look at the preview when you read more