Entertainment Link-Off: Go Ape!

So there was a lot of doubt with regards to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but given the certified fresh status on Rotten Tomatoes right now, it might just be better than what the trailers were revealing. Kicking off this ELO is one of the stars of the film Freida Pinto.

After the jump, a small explanation of keep you up on Planet of the Apes, Harrison Ford takes on Papa Smurf, find out what the rest of the world thinks of Captain America, Final Destination 5 meets Saved by the Bell and a tribute to Harry Potter in song.

In celebration of the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, here’s a timeline of the films and an explanation to keep you up with this 40 year old franchise. (io9)

Whodathunkit? PETA approves of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. (Next Movie)

Harrison Ford got beef with Chewbacca last week… and it looks like he doesn’t get along with Smurfs either. (Team Coco)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon has joined the $1 billion club… yet the box office is still in a slump. (Moviefone)

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the heartbreaker flick Like Crazy after it took Sundance by storm. Finally a trailer has been released and director Drake Doremus talks about the film in a recent interview. (Slashfilm)

Someone at Sony is eager to extend the Spider-Man reboot franchise. It appears that the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man already locked up a spot in 2014. (Deadline)

First look at Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. (Just Jared)

While we’re on first looks, here’s Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. (LA Times)

Here’s a funny gallery of Captain America posters found around the world. Yes, you get to see what Canadians think of this superhero as well. (College Humor)

Trailer alert: Alien invasion flick The Darkest Hour. Here’s the twist… the aliens are more like ‘lethal energy waves’. (Coming Soon)

Curious to see what a Lord of the Rings tour would be like? Have a look for yourself. (Slashfilm)

If only Game of Thrones could be turned into an RPG game like this. (College Humor)

New CW head honcho Mark Pedowitz talks about the network and its upcoming slate of shows. There might be hope after all? (Collider)

The executive producers of How I Met Your Mother talks about season 7. Keep your eyes peeled for a special blink-and-you’ll-miss cameo from Conan O’Brien! (TV Line)

Not happy to leave it the way it is huh? Friday Night Lights movie is in the works. (Entertainment Weekly)

I’m sure here’s a mashup we’ve never seen coming. Looks like the folks behind Final Destination 5 have created a new promo using the characters from Saved by the Bell… except they’re all killed in various different horrifying ways while playing along to a peppy song called New Romance.

Mila Kunis defends Justin Timberlake from a reporter in Russian. I don’t know what’s more fascinating. Watching Mila give the reporter a verbal beatdown or seeing Justin’s clueless look throughout the entire process.

Been meaning to share this for a while, but kept forgetting to include it in the ELO. Here’s Jimmy with his tribute song to the Harry Potter franchise called It All Ends. Be on the lookout for fellow Youtuber freddiew on bass!

Korean pop artist Hyuna’s track Bubble Pop has been banned by the Korean Broadcasting and Communications Review Committee (KCC) because the choreography and outfits were considered to be too ‘sexually aggressive’. I don’t really see a problem… and to be honest, it’s milder than her previous solo music video. Anyway, she can take comfort with the fact that the video has surpassed 11 million views on Youtube. Agree with the KCC? Have a look for yourself.

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