Celebrity Buzz: Rihanna rocks World Cup; 'Dawn' rules box-office

German players Lukas Podolski (left), Bastian Schweinsteiger and Rihanna. (Credit: Rihanna via Twitter)

RIHANNA: And the World Cup trophy, per Celebuzz!, “Congratulations Germany, on your win over Argentina to take home the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy.

“This morning, the world is also waking up to these amazing photos of Rihanna having the best time at the game. On Sunday, Rihanna joined thousands of spectators inside the Marcana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro to watch Germany’s Mario Gotze score the game’s only goal.”

MEANWHILE: Huge numbers, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Germany's dramatic extra-time victory over Argentina in the 2014 soccer World Cup was a ratings win for ESPN and ABC.

“The match averaged a 9.7 overnight rating on ABC and ESPN networks, the third-highest ever for any World Cup match. ESPN's coverage peaked with a 14.2 rating, the network said. Viewership for the Germany vs Argentina final were 13 percent up on the 8.6 overnight recorded for the 2010 final in South Africa between Spain and the Netherlands. Sunday's final will go done as the second-most watched World Cup match on ESPN not featuring the U.S. squad.”

WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE: “Dawn,” rules, per the Los Angeles Times, “It took a set of evolved primates to end the dominance of colossal transforming robots at the box office. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” became king of the multiplex after taking in $73 million over the weekend in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates.

'' "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the 3-D sequel to the 2011 blockbuster "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," took in an additional $31.1 from 26 international markets including Australia and South Korea, according to estimates.”

MEANWHILE: Of Caesar, per Rolling Stone, “On a London stage in 1992, a young Andy Serkis thought he was reaching the limits of actorly transformation. Playing Dogboy, "a bizarre, potentially quite violent street kid who thinks he's a dog," he'd strip naked each night, barking and biting, "much to my parents' shame.

“But that was just the beginning for Serkis, 50, who had planned to spend his career acting in Ken Loach-style social-realist dramas. Instead, he's become a maestro of monsters. Through motion-capture technology, paired with CGI, the actor has played Gollum, King Kong and Caesar, the leader of an ape revolution in 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes – a role he's reprising in the July 11th sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. "People assume that performance capture is about a lot of movement," Serkis says. "The thing I've learned is that it teaches you to use incredible stillness. You learn to trust yourself as if you were playing a conventional live-acting role." ’’

‘MASTERS OF SEX’: Steamy return, per the New York Times, “In the darkness of a nighttime downpour, Dr. William Masters tells his research partner Virginia Johnson: “I finally realize there is one thing I cannot live without. It’s you.”

“His arrival on her doorstep ended Showtime’s first season of “Masters of Sex,” and the start of the second returns us to that very scene. But once Virginia (Lizzy Caplan) opens her door and her bed to Bill (Michael Sheen), his words prove much simpler than finding a path for the legendary sex researchers to continue what had already become a complicated, co-dependent relationship.”

DEAD ARCHIE: At least in this version, per the Associated Press, “Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.

“The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday's installment of "Life with Archie" when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first openly gay character. Andrews' death, which was first announced in April, will mark the conclusion of the series that focuses on grown-up renditions of Andrews and his Riverdale pals.”

BETHANY FRANKEL: Um, what?, per People, “Matching mother-and-daughter outfits happen a lot in Hollywood. Kim and Kris. Beyoncé and Blue. But Bethenny Frankel, 43, has gone one step further. The star showed off some eyebrow-raising sleepwear on Instagram Sunday, wearing her 4-year-old daughter Bryn’s Hello Kitty pajamas. “This is my daughter’s nightgown and PJ shorts. Think we’re ready to start sharing clothes yet?” she captioned the shot, which highlights her slim physique in an itty-bitty T-shirt, boy shorts and fuzzy slippers.”

‘SAM & CAT’: Cancelled, per Deadline, “After being put on a “permanent hiatus” in April following some behind-the-scene drama, Nickelodeon hit comedy series Sam & Cat has been being officially cancelled, with promos for the last produced episode, No. 36, #Getting Wiggy, calling it a series finale. “Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat,” the network said in a statement. “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.” ’’

JENNY McCARTHY: And a new gig, per ABC, “Jenny McCarthy is already launching her comeback.The former co-host of “The View,” who left earlier this month amid controversy after just one season on the ABC talk show, will host a weekly SiriusXM satellite radio show, which will be titled ”Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy.”

“The rigorous intellectual broadcast will begin broadcasting on July 16, and will feature guests such as Chelsea Handler, Perez Hilton, Jenny's fiancé Donnie Wahlberg, along with “many others” yet to be named.”

KALEY CUOCO: Surprise!, per Us Weekly, “So sweet! Kaley Cuoco got romantic this past weekend, throwing a surprise birthday party for her husband Ryan Sweeting. The Big Bang Theory actress, 28, celebrated her tennis player love on Saturday, July 12 in honor of his 27th birthday on Monday, July 14.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood