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Scarlett Johansson's ‘Lucy’ Blasts Past The Rock's ‘Hercules’ With $17 Million Friday Box Office

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Scarlett Johansson‘s amped-up brain in “Lucy” overpowered the brawn of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in “Hercules” at the box office with a powerful $17 million first day Friday. That put Universal's sci-fi thriller, written, produced and directed by Luc Besson, on pace for a three-day total in the $45 million range, about $10 million over the prerelease projections of analysts and the studio. Paramount and MGM's “Hercules,” directed by Brett Ratner, was second with $11 million Friday and is heading for a $30 million weekend, about $5 million ahead of projections. Both were beating “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” »


- Todd Cunningham

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‘Vikings’ Season 3 Trailer Promises More Violence and Conquests to Come (Video)

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There's a new king in town, and he's looking to expand his empire. It's almost guaranteed that Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), who just became King of the Danes, will seek to expand his new kingdom when “Vikings” kicks off its third season in 2015. History released a teaser trailer for the upcoming season, taking advantage of the show's creepy blind Seer character, portrayed by John Kavanagh, to foretell what is to come. See video: ‘Vikings’ Finale Tests the Limits of Young Love (Exclusive) One thing that is promised is that Fimmel and his band of bloodthirsty warriors will set their sites on France, »


- Jason Hughes

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‘Salem’ Star Shane West Talks of the First Season's Bloody End (Video)

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When last we saw Shane West as John Alden on “Salem,” all hell had broken loose and the body count appeared to be mounting by the second. West joined TheWrap's Greg Gilman to share a little insight on that bloody season finale, and discuss the show's first season. “I feel like a lot of television, especially on cable, has started this thing — with ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ — of a lot of major characters suddenly dying, and I think that's kind of upped the ante for a lot of shows to compete,” West says of “Salem's” first-season »


- Carly Milne

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‘The Last of Us’ Film Will Stay True to Game, May Star ‘Game of Thrones” Maisie Williams (Video)

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Naughty Dog's creative director, Neil Druckmann, joined Sam Raimi for a surprise presentation at San Diego Comic-Con on the film adaptation of Druckmann's 2013 Playstation game, “The Last of Us.” Raimi assured fans that the movie will stay true to the emotional core of the game. He had announced his involvement in the project back in March, and both men insisted that the film will have a “laser focus” on the relationship between lead characters Joel and Ellie. Also read: Sam Raimi Writing ‘Evil Dead’ TV Series That Will Include Bruce Campbell Raimi added, “It doesn't need to be different. »


- Jason Hughes

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Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon Spit Food All Over Each Other in Fake '80s TV Show (Video)

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Things got very messy when Jon Hamm dropped by “The Tonight Show.” In a live bit that was framed as clips from an old '80s TV show they did together, the two simply spat food all over one another's faces by saying lots of words that start with the letter “P.” They claimed their old show was called “Palisades Park Pet Patrol,” but they never did any patrolling. Instead, they put their uniforms on and ate crackers, pretzels, potato chips, peanuts, and pumpkin pie, all while guzzling Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and Hawaiian Punch. Also read: Jon Hamm Circling Richard Linklater's ‘Incredible. »


- Jason Hughes

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Kevin Smith's ‘Tusk’ Trailer: Michael Parks Wants to Turn Justin Long Into A Walrus (Video)

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What started as a joke on a podcast and a hashtag question to his viewers has become fully formed. Kevin Smith‘s “Tusk” is real and the first trailer was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con. The low-budget comedy-horror film stars Michael Parks as a reclusive old man who lures podcaster Justin Long to Canada to hear him tell stories. But someone to listen to isn't all that Parks wants. Also read: Kevin Smith Casts ‘Tusk’ Stars in Christmas-Themed Horror Movie ‘Anti-Claus’ While his friends and family search for him, Long is subjected to Parks’ obsession with walruses, and ultimately Parks’ desire to sew him. »


- Jason Hughes

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Sam Raimi Writing ‘Evil Dead’ TV Series That Will Include Bruce Campbell

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Sam Raimi announced at San Diego Comic-Con that he is writing, along with his brother Ivan, a television show based on the “Evil Dead” series of movies. Even better, it purportedly involves Bruce Campbell, though it's unclear if he'll appear on-screen or behind-the-scenes. Also read: ‘Spider-Man’ Director Sam Raimi to Produce ‘The Last of Us’ Movie for Screen Gems The original film trilogy (“The Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead II,” and “Army of Darkness”) ran from 1981 to 1992 and introduced the world to Campbell as Ash Williams. Cambell, most recently seen on “Burn Notice,” may be too old to play Ash these. »


- Jason Hughes

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BuzzFeed Fires Writer Over Multiple Instances of Plagiarism

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Benny Johnson has been fired from BuzzFeed after an internal investigation uncovered multiple instances of plagiarism in his work. Editor-in-chief Ben Smith wrote a post on the site Friday evening announcing the firing and apologizing to readers. Twitter users first brought attention to several instances of plagiarism on BuzzFeed's site, citing passages in articles written by Johnson which had been lifted word-for-word from other sites like Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers and U.S. News & World Report. Also read: Former BuzzFeed President & COO Jon Steinberg Joins Mailonline as CEO Gawker posted the first story about the then-alleged plagiarism. That lead BuzzFeed to begin an. »


- Jason Hughes

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Bradley Cooper Wanted Even More Suffering in ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale (Video)

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Bradley Cooper admitted to being a huge fan of HBO's “Game of Thrones” during an appeared on “The Late Late Show.” As Craig Ferguson is also an avid viewer, the two of them geeked out about the show for a few minutes, and they absolutely didn't worry about spoilers at all. See photos: Party Report in Pictures: Bradley Cooper, Mindy Kaling, Benicio del Toro, Charlie Hunnam Their conversation spoiled not only the shocking turn at the end of the first season, but it also touched on developments in the latest season as well. In other words, there be “GoT” spoilers ahead. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘Teen Wolf’ Mid-Season Trailer Promises Darkness and Possible Death

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“No one else dies,” Scott declares in the mid-season trailer for MTV's “Teen Wolf.” But it looks like it won't be so easy for team “Wolf” to live up to those words. Tyler Hoechlin's Derek, in particular, wasn't looking too good at the close of the trailer. Meanwhile, Tyler Posey‘s Scott must battle his own inner demons as he faces the man who made him. Also read: ‘Teen Wolf’ Renewed for Season 5 At least there were some brief moments of happiness between some of the characters. Posey and Arden Cho's Kira got cozy in one quick scene, »


- Jason Hughes

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Mike Tyson Channels Scooby-Doo in Adult Swim's ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’ Trailer (Video)

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For anyone who grew up on the various incarnations of Scooby-Doo over the years, Adult Swim's “Mike Tyson Mysteries may be just the solution. It features a similar visual style and the same mystery-solving adventures, but with an adult sense of humor about the whole thing. After all, his team includes a depressed ghost and a narcissistic pigeon. See video: Adult Swim's New Slate Features Mike Tyson, Jack McBrayer, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Jim Rash is well cast as the ghost, who somehow suffers from insomnia, while Norm MacDonald perfectly brings to life the foul-mouthed “Pigeon.” The gang is rounded out by. »


- Jason Hughes

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Fox at Comic-Con: James Bond Is Whack, We're Making Movies With Balls (and Jokes)

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Ian Fleming‘s James Bond books and a plethora of young adult novels have delivered billions of dollars at the box office for Hollywood, but filmmakers at Comic-Con think they can improve upon those meek film adaptations. “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” an adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book, is a “spy movie for people who find spy movies just a little bit boring,” Millar told the crowd in Hall H on Friday at the 20th Century Fox panel. Millar lamented the brooding, modern incarnation of Bond, as played by Daniel Craig. “When Bond kills a guy he cries in the shower about. »


- Lucas Shaw

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‘Originals’ Producers Tease Return of Claire Holt's Rebekah in Season 2

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It sounds like there is much family upheaval on the upcoming second season of The CW's “The Originals.” Why should things change for Season 2? Executive producers Michael Narducci and Julie Plec were joined by Leah Pipes, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Joseph Morgan, Charles Michael Davis and Danielle Campbell convened at Friday's San Diego Comic-Con to discuss the fallout of Season 1 and what to expect on Season 2. “I think we talked a lot about the sins of the past coming to haunt us in the present,” Narducci said of the season's theme. See video: ‘Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Originals’ Stars Pick. »


- Jethro Nededog

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‘Arrow’ Season 3 First Trailer Teases Brandon Routh And a Big First Date (Video)

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Stephen Amell's titular character Oliver Queen has been through a lot, but there's more ups and downs to come, judging by the first trailer teasing footage from the upcoming third season of The CW's “Arrow.” He's lost his mother but defeated Deathstroke, and new challenges immediately arise. Brandon Routh makes is first appearance as Ray Palmer, a rival bidder for Queen Consolidated. Comic book fans should also recognize that there's more to Palmer than first meets the eye, as he will (probably) eventually become the DC superhero Atom. See photo: Colton Haynes First Look as Superhero Alter Ego on ‘Arrow’ In terms. »


- Linda Ge

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Jenny McCarthy Pens Op-Ed, Regrets Hillary Clinton Lesbian Comment

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Jenny McCarthy took pen to paper, or better yet keyboard to computer screen, and wrote an op-ed response to her joke alleging that Hillary Clinton may be a lesbian. Upon reflection, she'd come to the conclusion that it was hypocritical of her to crack a joke like that on “The View” about Clinton, and then preach about female empowerment. Also read: Jenny McCarthy Implies Hillary Clinton Is a Lesbian During ‘The View’ “The topic was Bill Clinton and his alleged mistress nicknamed the ‘Energizer.’ An upcoming book claims this mistress would see Bill on a regular basis and I made the joke that. »


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‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ Co-Writer Nicole Perlman on the Film's Unique Twist (Video)

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With all the buzz surrounding the summer's highly anticipated film “Guardians of the Galaxy,” co-writer Nicole Perlman sat down with TheWrap‘s Lucas Shaw at this year's Comic-Con to talk all things Marvel — particularly what makes “Guardians” so unique.   “I think one of the things that Marvel does really well is take a genre that people have seen a lot, like a superhero movie, and twist it a little bit,” Perlman said. “With ‘Guardians,’ it's a science-fiction epic, but it's also funny, and it's irreverent, and it's tongue-and-cheek without being a spoof, and it has a lot of pop culture. »


- Lindsay Goldstein

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Scott Bernstein Exits Universal After 10 Years to Become a Producer

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After 10 years at Universal, executive VP of production Scott Bernstein is leaving the studio to launch a new career as an independent producer, TheWrap has learned. Bernstein recently approached Universal's co-presidents Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum about taking his career in a different direction and exploring other opportunities. Bernstein will serve as an executive producer on Universal's “Straight Outta Compton” and its sequels “Mama 2” and “Ride Along 2.” Also read: How Kevin Hart's ‘Ride Along’ and ‘About Last Night’ Are Double-Crushing the Box Office Bernstein has served as executive VP of production at Universal since Dec. 2009. Prior to that, »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Outlander’ Drives Claire into Jamie's Arms in New Trailer (Video)

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The repercussions of Clarie's (Caitriona Balfe) fall through time are explored more in depth in the newest trailer for Starz's highly anticipated “Outlander” adaptation. On her honeymoon with her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) in 1945, the adventurous Claire doesn't heed the ominous “be careful after dark” warning from a kindly old woman … and lo and behold, she somehow ends up in 18th Century Scotland. Things seem to be looking up, though, when she meets the swoon-worthy Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), who looks good even in a kilt. Also read: Starz to Debut ‘Outlander’ Premiere Free a Week Early, Show Gets »


- Linda Ge

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‘Game of Thrones’ Blooper Reel Reveals the Lighter Side of Westeros (Video)

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Game of Thrones” is one of the most intense shows on television, but don't try telling that to its stars. HBO released the series’ first-ever blooper real Friday, treating fans to a hilarious compilation of mishaps from season four — including Emilia Clarke cursing, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage singing, just about every cast-member forgetting their line, and someone falling off a horse. Also read: ‘Game of Thrones': 9 New Castmembers Revealed As TheWrap previously reported, this isn't the only “Game of Thrones” development to come out of Comic-Con. HBO also announced nine new cast members are joining in season five, »


- Travis Reilly

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‘Justice League’ Recruiting ‘Batman v Superman’ Writer Chris Terrio

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Having saved the day with his script for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Oscar winner Chris Terrio is in talks to write “Justice League” for Warner Bros., multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. While “Argo” scribe Terrio is eager to get his own directing career off the ground, insiders tell TheWrap that he is planning to write the all-star superhero team-up movie, as it's an opportunity that would be too cool to turn down. Also read: Zack Snyder to Direct ‘Justice League’ for Warner Bros. Zack Snyder is returning to direct the movie, which is the centerpiece of the. »


- Jeff Sneider

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