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"Lucy" Outmuscles "Hercules" to Take Top Spot at Box Office


Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Scarlett Johansson's Lucy topped the box office this past weekend, fending off Dwayne Johnson's Hercules for the top spot.Johansson's character is able to manipulate time and matter by accessing 100 percent of her brain -- way above the normal 10 percent that the movie posits humans can access. Lucy may not have taken 100 percent of the box office, but did manage to hold off Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Hercules reboot.Last week's top film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes finished in third place.Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:1. Lucy: $44.025 million2. Hercules (2014): $29 million3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: $16.4 million4. The Purge: Anarchy: $9.896 million5. Planes: Fire & Rescue: $9.303 million6. Sex Tape: $5.975 million7. Transformers: Age of Extinction: $4.6 million8. And So It Goes: $4.552 million9. Tammy: $3.4 million10. A Most Wanted Man: $2.717 millionFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Prince George Learns to Swim


JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) --  It's the biggest little secret and now it can be revealed: Everyone's favorite prince is learning to swim.Like his father and grandfather before him, Prince George is experiencing the royal splash-about with his mother at the world's most exclusive gym, the Buckingham Palace pool. Kate was seen driving in to the grounds of Buckingham Palace with George and a nanny in tow on his birthday Tuesday.Many assumed she had brought him to visit his grandfather, but the Duchess of Cambridge has been teaching the future king how to swim.Both William and Kate are avid water sports buffs. Prince William captained his water polo team and Kate is understood to do laps at the Palace pool to stay fit.Princess Diana took William and Harry to Buckingham Palace as young boys. She too was an avid swimmer, and wanted her sons to benefit from all the enjoyment that water sports bring.The pool is located in the rear of the Palace in a stunning conservatory-type area adjacent to the beautiful back gardens. Generations of royal children have enjoyed the pool and now Prince George is among them.At a recent event at the British Sub-Aqua Club, Prince Charles passed the presidency to his son Prince William and reminisced how he too taught his son to love the water."I threw him in the pool on occasions. Instead of putting him off, it enthused him," Charles said."I hope one day my son George might follow in our footsteps," added William. "At the moment, bath time is quite painful but hopefully donning a snorkel and mask might calm him down "Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Warner Bros. Shows First Footage from "Batman vs. Superman" Film at Comic-Con


Clay Enos/Warner Bros.(SAN DIEGO) -- Warner Bros. opened its two-hour panel at Comic-Con International with a video featuring the first footage from the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film.Director Zach Snyder introduced the footage, after which Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill were brought out, along with Wonder Woman Gal Gadot. In the video, Batman responds to the call of the bat signal atop a building, where Superman hovers above him. The Man of Steel's eyes glow red, while the Caped Crusader's glow blue.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Susan Sarandon Reveals Past Tryst with David Bowie


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  Like most people, Susan Sarandon went through a wild period.The actress once had a tryst with "a rock star": David Bowie."In terms of hooking up with movie stars, I got married really young [to actor Chris Sarandon], which knocked out most of my 20s to be f***ing around," she told the Daily Beast. "There have been a couple of famous, pretty interesting ones. One rock star [Bowie]."Sarandon, 67, didn't specify when it happened, though she clearly enjoyed spending time with the singer."He’s worth idolizing. He’s extraordinary," she gushed. "Bowie's just a really interesting person and so bright. He's a talent and a painter and he's great."However, she eventually settled down, which came as a surprise to her. After dating director Louis Malle, who was 14 years her senior, she had a relationship with Franco Amurri, who fathered her daughter, Eva, 29. Then, she met Tim Robbins, with whom she was involved for 23 years. They had two sons, Jack, 25, and Miles, 22."I wasn’t supposed to have kids," she said. "I’m the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn’t ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family, so that definitely changes the gene pool you’re dipping into."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

HBO Confirms Newest "Game of Thrones" Cast Members


Photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO(SAN DIEGO) -- HBO confirmed the newest cast members for its hit show Game of Thrones at Comic-Con International on Friday.Many of the newest additions appeared in a video unveiled at the annual event in San Diego. Among the newest inhabitants of Westeros are Alexander Siddig of 24 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Jonathan Pryce from the Pirates of the Caribbean series.The series appears likely to delve into at least one region of Westeros that viewers haven't seen much of, the southern kingdom of Dorne. Dorne, home to fan-favorite Oberyn Martell, is ruled by Siddig's character, Doran Martell. Also confirmed to appear in season five are Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers and Keisha Castle-Hughes, of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Whale Rider, as Oberyn's daughters, known as the dangerous "sand snakes."The fifth season of Game of Thrones is scheduled to begin sometime in 2015.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Inside the University of Virginia's "Game of Thrones" English Course


Helen Sloan/HBO (CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Games of Thrones fans at the University of Virginia were given the opportunity to take the class of a lifetime.An English class, which met five days each week for 2 hours and 15 minutes, focused on the George R.R. Martin series. It was offered as a four-week summer course."This class will use the work of Martin (one novel and many episodes of the HBO series) to explore the notions of literary and visual representation (How does a character in the text come to life on screen?), racialism (Is Martin’s view of race and region indebted to Tolkien’s or does it exceed it?), fan fiction (Why were so many viewers outraged by The Red Wedding? Why does the series prompt such loyalty?), and gendered dimensions of power (How do women in the series exert control over their own lives and the lives of others?)," the class syllabus read. "This course will carefully assess one of Martin’s written works, while paying close attention to the strategies HBO uses to bring it to a mass audience."Twenty-four "serious and engaged" students took the seminar and did well, associate professor Lisa Woolfork, who taught the course, told ABC News.She provided them with a chart to ensure that they read the episodes carefully, "using similar protocols for studying literature," and at the end of the four-week course, she challenged them do complete group projects analyzing the series and its rabid audience."We were engaged with the questions generated by carefully reading the first book, then using that as a basis for exploring the connections between the first three seasons of the TV series," she said."We spent a lot of time discussing the ways that Martin's narrative broke genre limitations and the phenomena that Game of Thrones has been become within and beyond its book and TV depictions. We also considered the motivations and consequences for significant changes made on TV show."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio




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