'Knight' again king of U.S. box office
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- "The Dark Knight Rises" reigned atop the U.S. box office for a third straight weekend, hauling in $36.44 million.
The film stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway, among others.
"Total Recall (2012)," starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel, raked in $26 million for second place.
All studio estimates of U.S. gross box office receipts are via Box Office Mojo.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" was third with $14.7 million; "Ice Age: Continental Drift" fourth with $8.4 million; "The Watch" fifth with $6.35 million; "Ted" sixth with $5.479 million; "Step Up Revolution" seventh with $5.3 million; "The Amazing Spider-Man" eighth with $4.3 million; and "Brave" ninth with $2.89 million.
"Magic Mike" rounded out the top 10 with $1.38 million.
Bodybuilding worried Schwarzenegger's mom
HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger said his mother worried about the pictures on his "bedroom wall of naked men oiled up" he used as bodybuilding inspiration as a teen.
The actor and former California governor told The Hollywood Reporter his father thought he was overdoing it in his ambition to become a bodybuilder and his mother was worried.
"She saw the pictures on my bedroom wall of naked men oiled up," he said. "She called the house doctor and said, 'Is there something wrong? Is my son turning south here?' "
The story of Schwarzenegger's past as Mr. Universe is being told as part of ESPN Films' 30 for 30 Shorts digital series, the entertainment industry publication reported.
Co-director Michael Zimbalist said he decided to focus on the actor's earlier years because his life then was both "inspirational" and "relatable."
"When Arnold was 18 ... he had everyone around him telling him that his aspirations were silly," Zimbalist said. But Schwarzenegger was able to turn "lemons into lemonade."
Police investigating Page Twitter threats
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Los Angeles police sent a search warrant to Twitter seeking information about two accounts that allegedly sent threatening messages to actress Ellen Page.
The "Juno" actress reached out the Los Angeles Police Department after receiving multiple death threats through Twitter in June, TMZ reported.
One message read, "I'm going to murder Ellen Page. She's dead." Another threatened to kill her in public for dating "True Blood" actor Alexander Skarsgard.
"Be it in a club, at a game, in a restaurant, or when you're signing autographs," the message said.
The messages have since been deleted from Twitter, TMZ reported.
The Los Angeles Police Department said the messages coincided with a phone call to organizers of the LA Film Festival where Page's new movie "To Rome with Love" premiered June 14. Police said the caller promised to attend the festival and "kill Page."
Battery charges against Gooding dropped
NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The New Orleans city attorney's office has dropped battery charges against actor Cuba Gooding Jr., who was accused of shoving a bartender, officials said.
A female bartender at the Old Absinthe House told police the "Jerry Maguire" star shoved her twice after she asked him to calm down or leave when patrons at the Bourbon Street watering hole where she works snapped his picture early Tuesday.
The bartender dropped the charges against Gooding, prompting the city attorney's office to do the same, a City Hall spokesman told The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune Friday.
Gooding is in New Orleans filming "The Butler," a film about the life of Eugene Allen, an African-American butler who served eight presidents in the White House, the newspaper said.
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