Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The comedy Let’s Be Cops opened on Wednesday, earning an estimated 5.2 million dollars after its first full day of release, according to Deadline.com.

On Friday, two more films make their debut at your local theater. Here’s a closer look:

The Expendables 3 — Virtually every big action star from the past 30 years is featured in this sequel, which pits The Expendables team against one of its co-founders — the evil Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson. Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Kellan Lutz and Ronda Rousey also star. Rated PG-13.

The Giver — Based on the Lois Lowry novel of the same name, Brenton Thwaites plays a young man in a post-apocalyptic world who discovers his society’s dark past from The Giver — the keeper of memories, played by Jeff Bridges. The cast also includes Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Swift. Rated PG-13.

And expanding to wide release:

Magic in the Moonlight — In Woody Allen’s latest film, Colin Firth plays a magician who tries to expose a psychic — Emma Stone’s character — as a fake in 1920s France. Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney and Jacki Weaver also star in the romantic comedy. Rated PG-13.

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Credit: Phil Bray/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — With enough gratuitous violence to make director Michael Bay blush, The Expendables are back in The Expendables 3.

This time around, Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his band of merry mercenaries have to take out a major arms dealer. Unbeknownst to them, that arms dealer turns out to be Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), Barney’s ruthless former “Brother” and co-founder of The Expendables, whom Barney also believed was dead.

The mission goes wrong, leaving Caesar (Terry Crews) near death and Barney at a crossroads. His new CIA contact, Drummer, played with typical casual cool by Harrison Ford, would like Barney to finish the job…with a younger team. So Barney fires his old friends — Christmas (Jason Statham), Gunner (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and new addition Doc (Wesley Snipes), an original Expendable they break out of an armored prison train at the beginning of the movie, but whose only real purpose here apparently is to deliver the movie’s funniest line, one that’s also a fantastic reference to Snipes’ recent personal life.

Barney now has to assemble a new team, so he turns to mercenary recruiter extraordinaire Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammer), and together they go on a ROAD TRIP! Bonaparte comes up with Kellan Lutz (the Twilight franchise, The Legend of Hercules), mixed martial arts champ Ronda Rousey, boxing champ Victor Ortiz, and relative big-screen newcomer Glen Powell. These young whippersnappers offer a completely different skill set than the “old guys” — namely, they’re all tech savvy and impossibly good-looking.

At the very least, The Expendables 3 is easily the most entertaining film of the franchise. The humor from the first movie was mostly derived from calling back scenes or lines from many of the action stars’ most famous films. Like the franchise itself, it was gimmicky but amusing. In the second movie, however, the gimmick got old fast. Here, we get the gift of Antonio Banderas, an unemployed, frustrated mercenary named Galgo who can’t get a gig because he talks too much. Banderas’ presence does the near-impossible: every scene he’s in briefly turns The Expendables 3 into an intelligent, funny and somewhat original film. That is, every scene Banderas is in that’s not jammed with over-the-top action (Dear MPAA: Seriously, what were you smoking when you decided to slap a PG-13 rating on this sucker?) Kelsey Grammer also has some moments, as does the maligned Mel Gibson, who’s very good in this role and, after Snipes, is responsible for the movie’s second-funniest line.

The Expendables 3, like the first two, is an action farce. It’s just a far more effective action farce than its predecessors, one we mostly laugh with instead of at.

Three out of five stars.

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Photo Courtesy: The Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) — Almost 20 years in the making, producer and star Jeff Bridges helps bring Lois Lowry’s popular young adult sci-fi novel The Giver to the big screen by hiring director Phillip Noyce (Salt, The Quiet American, Rabbit-Proof Fence) to navigate the novel’s post-apocalyptic, vanilla, idyllic and yet stringent vision.

Please note, this review isn’t coming from someone who’s read the book, but I know enough about it to highlight a couple of differences, chief among them that the main character, Jonas, is 12 years old in the novel. In the movie, he’s 17 and played by 25-year-old actor Brenton Thwaites. The movie also ends differently than the book does. I’m not going to tell you how, but I don’t think it’s a good thing.

Most of The Giver is shown in black and white, depicting a world with little nuance and no memories. Like some of our other favorite post-apocalyptic young adult stories (The Hunger Games, Insurgent) when teenagers reach a certain age, they’re assigned the task they will perform for the rest of their days as contributing members of society. That is, until they’re sent to “Elsewhere.”

Turns out, Jonas is special. The Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) recognizes he has certain attributes nobody else possesses, which would make him an ideal Keeper of Memories. That’s the one person who’s endowed with memories of the past, so the elders can call upon him or her for advice based on past experience. (Kind of like your crazy great uncle, only people actually listen to him). In order to assume the mantle, Jonas must train with the current Keeper of Memories, played by Jeff Bridges. That’s when Bridges goes from the Keeper of Memories, to the Giver of Memories, passing them on to Jonas through a physical, psychic bonding session.

At first, the lessons are exhilarating, but they soon become terrifying and heartbreaking as Jonas learns about murder, love, hate and war. For him, the world is no longer black and white. It’s full of texture, color and nuance (and so, at this point, is the movie). While one of the most important rules of this society is not to lie, Jonas — who discovers an awful truth about his “father” and what “Elsewhere” really is — realizes this society, filled with people who do not lie, is itself predicated on a lie.

More than anything else, though, The Giver is about love: the love Jonas feels for an infant considered not good enough to contribute to the world, and the love he feels for his best friend, Fiona (Odeya Rush). It’s that love that propels Jonas into action — and that’s when the movie falls apart.

Up until the last 20 minutes, director Noyce does a beautiful job weaving this story together, chronicling Jonas’ discovery of emotions and the world around him, and exploring his relationship with the Giver. But the ending? I can’t blame Noyce for that. The writing and plot becomes so trite and predictable that by the time it ends, The Giver is wrapped in a neatly-tied, feel-good bow. The only thing that could’ve made it more treacly is if it had ended with a Christmas carol. Oh, wait…

Three out of five stars.

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Jeff Neira/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — Actor Michael J. Fox was “stunned” to learn Robin Williams battled Parkinson’s disease.

Fox tweeted his response Thursday after Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement saying her husband was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Williams, 63, was found dead in his California home on Monday.

“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” read the statement from Schneider. “It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, according to his foundation. He disclosed his condition seven years later.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Parkinson’s is a movement disorder, which attacks the nerve cells in the brain, and results in trembling of the hands, arms, legs and face, eventually leading to slowness of movement, coordination problems and trouble walking or doing simple tasks. It is a progressive disease and only gets worse over time.

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease when he died of an apparent suicide, his wife has revealed.

In a statement Thursday, Susan Schneider said, in part, “Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.”

Schneider said elsewhere in her statement that she hopes her husband’s death encourages others who are struggling with depression and other issues to seek help.

“Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the front lines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid,” she writes. “Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.”

She added, “It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”

Williams was found dead in his home on Monday; he had apparently hung himself.

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Raymond Hall/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) — She may be only 13 months old, but Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter North West already knows how to strike a pose.

The toddler made her modeling debut in CR Fashion Book, draped in Chanel.

The black and white photo shows North looking to the side, wearing a sweater with a black flowered Chanel brooch and one of the designer’s signature quilted bags resting on her little legs.

Beside the photo is a quote from the fashion house’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld: “It is never too early to care about fashion.”

West is the youngest subject of CR’s story “Legends,” which celebrates fashion icons.

The magazine predicts “a bright fashion future for the already famed daughter of Kanye and past cover star, Kim.”

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ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) — Long before writer and producer Shonda Rhimes started in Hollywood, the creator of hit TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Private Practice had a very different career path.

“I was 16 and had been volunteering at the local hospital,” she reveals in Marie Claire.

Ultimately, it was her love of fashion that made Rhimes switch jobs.

“One day, I wanted a miniskirt and a hot-pink, off-the-shoulder top — it was the ’80s, and I wanted to look like Madonna,” Rhimes explains. “My mother told me that I could wear trashy clothes when I had my own money. So I got a job scooping ice cream at Baskin-Robbins.”

Rhimes eventually made her way from the ice cream counter to Hollywood. Her latest project is the new ABC drama, How to Get Away with Murder, starring Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis, who will play a law professor with a questionable moral compass. It premieres Sept. 25 at 10 p.m., right after the return of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

Despite her track record of hits, Rhimes admits she still gets nervous when she pitches a new TV show. She also admits that “having three shows from Shondaland air on one night on one network” is a career highlight.

“Owning Thursday night on ABC this fall is incredibly exciting!” she adds.

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Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — ABC is planning to air a one-hour special titled, The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic, on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The one-hour special will feature interviews with Frozen stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel as well directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Fans will also be treated to a sneak peek at the next chapter of Frozen as well as preview footage of Frozen characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of the ABC series, Once Upon A Time.

The Frozen special will also provide a sneak peek at Disney’s next animated film, Big Hero 6. It opens nationwide Nov. 7.

Disney is the parent company of ABC.

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CBS via Getty Images(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) — Actress Arlene Martel, who played the prospective bride of Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock in a classic episode of Star Trek, has died at 78.

Martel died Tuesday from complications of a heart attack at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, her son, Jod Kaftan told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of the Bronx who was frequently billed as Arline Sax, her birth name, Martel was an exotic beauty who often played diverse nationalities and ethnicities. She appeared on several episodes of The Twilight Zone, Hogan’s Heroes and Bewitched, as well as on Columbo, The Untouchables, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and My Favorite Martian, among others.

Martel is best known, however, for playing T’Pring, the Vulcan woman Spock was to marry on the famous Star Trek episode “Amok Time.” That’s the episode in which Spock returns to Vulcan for a mating ritual. While there, he and Captain Kirk are forced to fight to the death and, while Spock wins the battle, he’s crushed that he’s killed his captain. He then actually displays emotion — joy, to be specific — when he learns that Kirk is still alive.

Martel’s movie credits include 1961′s Hong Kong, 1964′s The Glass Cage and the 1968 flick Angels From Hell, in which she played a biker chick. More recently, she portrayed a choir singer in the 2002 film A Walk to Remember.

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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Allison Williams has started her transformation into becoming Peter Pan for NBC’s upcoming live musical production.

People magazine reports the Girls star has begun rehearsals for Peter Pan Live!, which NBC will air on Dec. 4.

“First day of flying lessons for Peter Pan,” Williams said in a statement. “Thinking about and missing a hero of mine who once did this and left big shoes to fill.”

Williams was referring to Robin Williams, who portrayed Peter Pan in the 1991 film, Hook. The comedian was found dead Monday.

Williams, who is the daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams, will star opposite Christopher Walken, who is portraying Captain Hook.

Peter Pan Live! is NBC’s follow-up to its hit production of The Sound of Music, which starred Carrie Underwood.

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