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This Week's Cover: Angelina Jolie is 'Maleficent'! An exclusive in-depth interview

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When someone says: You would be perfect to play one of the cruelest fantasy villains of all time — is that a compliment or an insult?

In the case of Disney’s Maleficent (out May 30), the whole world pretty much agreed Angelina Jolie should play the black-horned bad-girl. “It is really funny when people say you’d be obvious for a great villain,” she says with a laugh (not a cackle).

In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, the actress gives her first in-depth interview about Disney’s revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty, which retells the classic folk tale from the wicked point-of-view. “The exercise wasn’t how can we have fun with a villain?” Jolie says. “It was: What turns people evil and vile and aggressive and cruel? What could have possibly happened to her?” READ FULL STORY

How will 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' handle Scarlett Johansson's pregnancy?

When news broke Monday that Avengers star Scarlett Johansson was expecting her first child, movie fans wondered: What’s going to happen to Avengers: Age of Ultron? More importantly, what’s going to happen to Black Widow in Age of Ultron? With principal photography set to start in the next month and Johansson reportedly due in August, it seems as though the actress’ pregnancy will align directly with the film’s shooting window.

In other words: that signature outfit and a baby bump won’t exactly mix.

So what’s a franchise to do? We’re pretty confident they wouldn’t write Black Widow out of a film that the character will supposedly be a significant part of. Not to mention, the actress is very high-profile right now, what with the speculated news of a potential Black Widow film and the upcoming press tour for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which Johansson herself has said her role is “integral.”

But however normal it is for movies to be thrown wrenches like this, it’s no doubt going to have some effect on filming — and this early in the game, it’s still unclear what those effects will be. What are some ways Marvel could potentially deal with this news? Let’s examine them below: READ FULL STORY

'The Bridges of Madison County': Jason Robert Brown talks bringing the acclaimed book to the stage

Jason Robert Brown just might be one of the busiest individuals currently on the theater scene. The composer and lyricist, best known for his off-Broadway hit The Last Five Years, is currently preparing for the release of the musical’s film adaptation and is also on track to bring a new production to the stage: a musical comedy called Honeymoon in Vegas, based on the 1992 film of the same name starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicolas Cage. In addition, his newest Broadway offering, The Bridges of Madison County, just opened at the Schoenfeld Theatre.

EW talked to the talented composer and writer about the process of bringing Bridges to the stage, and also about his excitement about bringing one of his most popular musicals to the silver screen. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch PSA: You really need to watch Judith Light snort cocaine on 'Dallas' -- VIDEO

TNT’s Dallas is gunning for more watercooler moments in its third season, and scene-stealer Judith Light, who recurs as sharp-tongued matriarch Judith Ryland, certainly provided one in Monday’s episode (read our full recap). You’re going to want to watch it below.

The backstory for those who haven’t been tuning in: Judith Ryland made her triumphant return in the hour after her son, Harris (Mitch Pileggi) — the bastard ex-husband of Bobby Ewing’s wife Ann, with whom Harris shares a conniving daughter — pushed her down the stairs and locked her away in a “rehab” facility in season 2. She insisted upon taking back control of the family transport company, which she’d just learned was muling cocaine for a Mexican cartel. She also wanted to renegotiate the terms of that arrangement: “I made my bones dealing with psychopaths and criminals while you were still playing with your Easy Bake Oven,” she hissed to Harris. Together they went to Nuevo Laredo, where mama not only liked the idea of the cartel honcho frisking her for a wire but also the concept of product-testing.  READ FULL STORY

Aaron Paul hosts 'WWE Monday Night Raw,' and it is as glorious as you'd expect -- VIDEO

Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul, who is now promoting the March 14 big-screen release of his movie Need for Speed, guest-hosted WWE Monday Night Raw last night in Chicago. And honestly, he looked as happy as he did at his wedding — which is why we love him.

Watch the video below to see Paul make his entrance behind the wheel of his Need for Speed Mustang with WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler, stand on the ropes to hype the crowd, and then stand on the commentators’ table to taunt Ziggler’s opponent, Alberto Del Rio. (We assume if he’d called him “bitch!” it would have made the highlight reel.) READ FULL STORY

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God talks Sex Pistols and Will Smith movies, then sings some Pet Shop Boys

While making the rounds in support of As the Palaces Burn – the documentary, in theaters now, chronicling Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe’s legal ordeal and trial in the Czech Republic last year – Blythe and director Don Argott took a minute to sit down for a Pop Culture Personality Test. Unsurprising: Blythe loves the Sex Pistols and doesn’t see the point to writing love songs. Somewhat more surprising: He really likes the Pet Shop Boys, even though they are “the antithesis of everything that I stand for.” Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Selena Gomez is an 'elegant princess' in Justin Bieber's Oscar photo

Selena Gomez stepped out at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party last night looking pretty glamorous — and Hollywood gawkers weren’t the only ones who noticed. The pop star’s ex, Justin Bieber, tweeted a rather up close and personal picture of the starlet on his Instagram, calling her “the most elegant princess in the world.” Naturally, the photo prompted lots of attention from his fans, including comments such as, “he still loves her! Hope they can work things out!”

So what’s the deal? Are the two actually getting back together? Supposedly, they weren’t allowed to communicate during the 21-year-old’s stint in rehab, so maybe this was just Bieber giving a well-deserved compliment to his former sweetheart. Then again, given that several large pizzas magically showed up at the Dolby Theatre Sunday, the Oscars proved that anything could happen that night — so maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the thought. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Ranking the acceptance speeches! -- VIDEO

The Oscars honor the best performances on film, but the telecast is all about celebrating the best speeches. Here’s how we called it:  READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Ellen's selfie beats Obama pic for most re-tweeted

The record for most re-tweeted tweet — held by President Obama’s “Four More Years” message on the night of his re-election, has been beaten.

At the Oscars, host Ellen DeGeneres grabbed a bunch of A-Listers for the “best selfie ever,” and tweeted the pic — which now has over 900K  2 million re-tweets, to Obama’s 778k. See both tweets below. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Jennifer Lawrence trips on the red carpet this year -- VIDEO

Whether or not Jennifer Lawrence takes the stage to accept an Oscar for American Hustle, she’s already gotten her annual Academy Awards spill out of the way. The actress tripped over a cone at the start of the red carpet Sunday night. Watch it below courtesy of E!’s livestream. You see a cop try to help her up. (At last year’s ceremony, it was Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman.) What you don’t catch is how Lawrence laughed it off afterward. She was filmed telling more than one person about it. READ FULL STORY

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