The Heat, a female buddy-cop movie starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, made $40 million in its opening weekend, but is one of the few movies in recent history with female leads. Gemma La Mana/Twentieth Century Fox via AP hide caption

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Casting Call: Hollywood Needs More Women

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An ancient tablet contains records written in Linear B — a script that was discovered in the 19th century and remained undeciphered for decades. Sharon Mollerus/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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How One Woman Nearly Deciphered A Mysterious Script

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Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) are plenty difficult themselves on AMC's Breaking Bad, one of many cable shows Brett Martin discusses in his book. Frank Ockenfels/AMC hide caption

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A Deeper Dive Into Television's 'Difficult Men'

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A Hindu Goddess Arrives To Bless Embassy Row

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Exorcistic, a rock parody inspired by a certain 1971 novel and the William Friedkin film made from it, showcases Merlin as a rapping priest inspired by Max von Sydow's Father Merrin. Above, the show poster for the musical's Los Angeles fringe production. David Haverty /Hollywood Fringe hide caption

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For Hannibal & Co., A Horrifying New Stage

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Nelson Mandela, with his wife, Winnie, walks to freedom after 27 years in prison on Feb. 11, 1990, in Cape Town. AP hide caption

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The Man, The Myth, The Reading List: Nelson Mandela

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Cheese might take on a whole new flavor when you use a plastic utensil. Elizabeth Willing/Courtesy Flavour hide caption

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Your Choice In Utensils Can Change How Food Tastes

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Turn That Shrub Into Something Presidential

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Aerialist Lillian Leitzel came from a family of performers. In 1905, she toured Europe as part of the Leamy Ladies circus attraction, which included Leitzel (far left), her aunts Tina and Toni Pelikan, her mother Nellie Pelikan, and Lily Simpson. Dean Jensen's collection/Courtesy Crown Publishing Group hide caption

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Lillian Leitzel, The High-Flying 'Queen' Of The Circus

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There's a workshop, too, complete with some work on a chalkboard and a robot. Lego hide caption

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Girls' Legos Are A Hit, But Why Do Girls Need Special Legos?

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Carl Brisson stars as sideshow boxer "One Round Jack" in Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 film The Ring. That and eight more of the master's early silent features have restored by the British Film Institute. Rialto Pictures/BFI hide caption

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Rescued, Hitchcock's Silent Films Flicker Anew

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Steamy Novel An 'Education' In Youth, Love And Mistakes

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'Empire Falls' Author Richard Russo Gives E-Publishing A Try

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