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Keri Russell goes ape over her role in ‘Dawn’

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Actress Keri Russell attends a screening of "Dawn of The Planet of The Apes" on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

SAN FRANCISCO — Keri Russell has been working most of her life, but she can't remember a time when acting was more fun thanks to her work on the FX series "The Americans" and in the big summer blockbuster "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

"I am enjoying acting more now. I feel more comfortable now with acting than I ever have," Russell says. "It's really interesting. I love 'The Americans,' it's so bizarre and weird. And, it was so special to get to work with ('Apes' director Matt Reeves) again. I just feel like things are getting better. I hope things keep getting better with age."

Russell, who is 38, seems like she should be older because she started working when she 15 on "The All New Mickey Mouse Club." She made a huge splash at age 21 as star of the college drama "Felicity," which was co-created by Reeves and J.J. Abrams.

It wasn't the special effects and big battles that attracted Russell to "Dawn." She was more interested in the human drama that she knew Reeves would bring to the story, such as her character being a member of the medical community that couldn't stop the epidemic that wiped out most of the world's human population. Russell's character also deals the death of her daughter and trying to connect with the son of the man she loves.

"That's what I think is special about this movie. It's the combination of Matt's sensibility with an action movie like this," Russell says. "Matt told me he wanted to make a movie about these people and intimate moments. There are heavy-duty action scenes but the film also has a lot to say about our own tendencies and capacities for empathy for communities that are not our own."

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Russell is always happy to find stories that deal with family relationships.

"The loudest and most profound relationship you are in is usually with your family — either your parents or your kids. Both the cable show and the film have these strong relationships," Russell says.

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Sigourney Weaver reprises 'Alien' role in new game

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Sigourney Weaver and the cast of "Alien" are virtually returning to the starship Nostromo.

The actress who portrayed unflappable officer Ellen Ripley in the "Alien" film franchise is reprising her role in "Alien: Isolation," an upcoming video game set after the events of the original 1979 film. Weaver, who recorded new dialogue for the game, says she picked up right where she left off as tough-as-nails Ripley in filmmaker Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror masterpiece.

"It was eerie how quickly it happened," Weaver told The Associated Press during a recent interview. "Honestly. I had to start with this sort of sign-off, 'This is Lieutenant Ripley of the starship Nostromo.' You know, that paragraph. I felt like no time had passed. It was really strange, actually. If anything, it was more affecting to me to read it again 35 years later."

The bonus "Crew Expendable" and "Last Survivor" levels, which will be available to those who pre-order the game, will allow players to portray Nostromo crew members Ripley, Dallas (Tom Skerritt) or Parker (Yaphet Kotto) as they explore the doomed ship and coordinate their efforts with Lambert (Veronica Cartwright) and Ash (Ian Holm) to lure the menacing alien into the airlock.

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"We always hoped that somewhere down the line while working on this game that this reunion would happen," said Alistar Hope, the game's creative lead. "From working with Sigourney on the recordings, I really got a sense of how important this character is to her. The way that she worked on the lines and improvised unquestionably made them significantly better."

The central story of "Isolation" focuses on Ripley's daughter Amanda, who was briefly mentioned in a scene from the 1986 sequel "Aliens." In the game, created by British developer Creative Assembly, Amanda travels to a remote space station to find the Nostromo's flight recorder and encounters a creature similar to the one that terrorized her mother.

"I feel like they followed through," Weaver said of the game's plot. "Emotionally, what would Amanda want? She'd want to find her mother. She's drawn to the same line of work. There are a lot of things that were arresting to me. I have no idea what the game is like. I hope it's creepy and suspenseful and engaging in a way that other games are not — an experience."

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Kim Kardashian visits Jersey shore

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — Kim Kardashian is playing Jersey shore tourist.

Kardashian and her friend, Jonathan Cheban, went on rides on the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights and stopped for frozen custard on Tuesday.

Her rep told the Asbury Park Press they were taping segments for the series "Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons." Her sisters have been spending the summer in the exclusive Long Island enclave.

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Seaside Heights community improvements director Michael Graichen tells the newspaper he got a call from the producer and they want to tape Kardashian's sisters in August.

Police were called as more than 2,000 people gathered on the Seaside Heights boardwalk to catch a glimpse of Kardashian after she had dinner on Monday.

Seaside Heights was the setting for MTV's "Jersey Shore."

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FILE - In a Thursday, May 22, 2014 file photo, Kim Kardashian, front and Kourtney Kardashian, left, leave at a restaurant in Paris. Kardashian and her friend, Jonathan Cheban, went on rides on the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, and stopped by Kohr�s Frozen Custard. Her rep told the Asbury Park Press they were taping segments for the series �Kourtney & Khole Take the Hamptons.�(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

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