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Alba explores role’s dark side

Jessica Alba told the crowd at Comic-Con that she got in touch with the dark side for her return to “Sin City.”

The “Fantastic Four” and “Dark Angel” star is reprising her role as exotic dancer and revenge seeker Nancy Callahan in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” a prequel to the 2005 graphic novel adaptation “Sin City.”

“I just really connected with the dark side of Nancy,” Alba told fans. “It was hard to detach from that until the movie was over.”

Alba was joined at the San Diego Convention Center panel with “Sin City” co-stars Josh Brolin and Rosario Dawson, as well as co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez.

‘Lucy’ opens with $44 million

Luc Besson’s “Lucy” proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of “Hercules” by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend.

The Universal Pictures-released movie starring Scarlett Johansson took in $44 million in North American movie theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

“Hercules” brought down an estimated $29 million.

1. “Lucy,” $44 million.

2. “Hercules,” $29 million ($28.7 million).

3. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” $16.4 million ($54.4 million).

4. “Purge: Anarchy,” $9.9 million.

5. “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” $9.3 million.

6. “Sex Tape,” $6 million.

7. “Transformers: Age of Extinction,”$4.6 million ($37.5 million).

8. “And So It Goes,” $4.6 million.

9. “Tammy,” $3.4 million.

10. “A Most Wanted Man,” $2.7 million.

Radcliffe’s Comic-Con disguise

That guy in the Spider-Man suit you posed with at Comic-Con? It might have actually been Harry Potter.

Daniel Radcliffe donned a Spidey mask to covertly mingle with fans on the floor at the pop-culture convention.

“I did an American accent for the whole time,” the British actor said. “I even took a rucksack, so I look like I’m just coming to Comic-Con. I had a whole look. But it was great ... I took lots of pictures with people who did not know that it was me.”

Australian band surprises fans

The rising pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer gave its feverish female fans the surprise of a lifetime by personally selling tickets last week for an upcoming concert in Inglewood, Calif.

Many fans, including Trina Umana, 13, camped out overnight at the Forum to get seats for the Australian group’s first U.S. headlining concert on Nov. 15.

“I can’t speak right now. I’m too overwhelmed,” she sobbed after purchasing her tickets from guitarist Michael Clifford, 18.

Before heading into the box office, drummer Ashton Irwin, 20, said his only concern was the group’s math skills.

“We might lose track of a lot of coins and stuff like that. But we’ll work it out. We’ll get through it,” Irwin joked.