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"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Trailer a Cautionary Tale About Playing God

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    James Franco stars in this prequel to the original classic that takes us back to a simpler time, when Man ruled the Earth. Sadly, this era appears doomed. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" opens Aug. 5. (Published Thursday, Apr 14, 2011)

    It's not until you see it with your own eyes that you realize how absurd it is cast James Franco as a world-class scientist.

    Franco stars Will Rodman, a San Francisco-based researcher who discovers a drug that "allows the brain to cure itself. We call it (dramatic pause) The Cure." Naturally, he tests it on apes, the apes get smart and then they get pissed. It's a story as old as time itself.

    "127 Hours"

    [NATL] "127 Hours"
    From director Danny Boyle comes James Franco as Aron Ralston, a real-life mountain climber who in 2003 had his right arm pinned beneath a boulder, leaving him ultimately with no choice but the hack off his own arm. (Published Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010)

    Obviously there's plenty about the plot to be revealed, but we always got the impression that it was humans that destroyed their own world, now we find out it was an ape uprising? This changes everything.

    Let's just say we found the four-second teaser a lot more affecting.

    First Look: "Your Highness"

    [NATL] First Look: "Your Highness"
    James Franco, Danny McBride, and Natalie Portman take a romp through the sword and sorcery genre. (Published Thursday, Mar 24, 2011)

    "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes," co-starring Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, Andy Serkis and John Lithgow, opens Aug. 5.