Weekend News Round-up! Olympic Madness


Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.

Olympics! Over the weekend, the USA won 3 medals: 1 for shooting and 2 for swimming. Total medal count as of this morning: 12. This puts the US in joint first place with China, who also have 12 medals in total (6 gold medals) above everyone else. [London 2012]

Everyone is talking about Ryan Lochte, a 27-year-old swimmer from Daytona Beach, Florida. Lochte just won the gold medal for the 400-meter medley, beating his famous teammate, Michael Phelps, by over 4 seconds. This is not that surprising; Lochte won three gold medals during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and currently holds the world record for the 200-meter individual medley.  [ESPN]

In other news, Animal Collective released the first single, “Today’s Supernatural,” from the upcoming album, Centipede Hz., yesterday. You can listen to it here.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, aka Zack from Saved by the Bell, married hs longtime girlfriend on Saturday. [People]

The box office suffered this weekend, presumably because people were watching the Olympics on Television instead, but The Dark Knight still managed to pull in over 64 million dollars—nearly five times the amount of the number two film, Ice Age: Continental Drift. [BOM]

Experimental French film director and writer Chris Marker has died. Among his most famous films is the dystopian La Jetée [1962]. [NYM]