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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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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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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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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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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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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