The E Buzz for August 8, 2011
"Apes" Supasses Expectations
It was a huge weekend for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" at the box office. The prequel raked in $54-million, which was double expectations. "The Smurfs" did well again with $21-million followed by "Cowboys and Aliens" with $15.7-million. "The Change-Up" opened with a disappointing $13.5-million.
"Desperate Housewives" Is Ending This Season
The upcoming season of 'Desperate Housewives" will be the last. The creator of the show, Marc Cherry, made it official at the Television Critics Assocation press tour this weekend. Cherry said, "I've been working in television for 23 years. I'm very aware of people overstaying their welcome...I just didn't want that to happen to "Desperate Housewives.""
Wizards and Vampires Win Big at Teen Choice Awards
At last night's 2011 Teen Choice Awards, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" picked up seven awards. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" also won several awards as did "Vampire Diaries." On the music side Taylor Swift was a big winner as well as Selena Gomez.
"X Factor" Ups Prize
Take that, "American Idol!" Over the weekend at the Television Critics Association press conference, Simon Cowell announced the grand prize for his new show, "X Factor," is being changed. Originally it was a record contract worth $5-million. Now Cowell says the prize is $5-million cash and a record deal. Cowell also says he believes that "X Factor" can beat "American Idol." "X Factor" premieres Spetember 21st.
There's Confident. And Then There's Cocky
Coming out iin July of next year is "The Amazing Spider Man" with a new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield. Sony is apparently expecting it to be a big hit, because they've already set a date for the sequel. Yep, the sequel will be out May 2, 2014.