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Google makes waves with cute Summer Solstice Doodle

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Celebrating the longest, brightest day of the year by… staying inside and staring at a collection of moving pixels? It’s the American way, damnit!

So please enjoy Google’s new, adorable, slightly hypnotic Doodle, which pictures five open-water swimmers in Google-colored caps being lazily buffeted up and down by an ocean wave. The animation commemorates the Summer Solstice, which we’re all currently in the thick of — it technically began today at 1:04 a.m. ET, when the sun rose directly over the Tropic of Cancer, above the Chinese Province of Yunnan (according to New York City’s Hayden Planetarium).

If you’re a Christian in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, or Russia, you’ll fete the occasion in a few days with Kupala Night, a celebration of St. John the Baptist that also incorporates some old-school pagan rituals. If you’re a straight-up pagan, get thee to Stonehenge, where there ain’t no party like a druid party (’cause a druid party has robes). And if you’re one of the Mapuche people of southern Chile and Argentina, the sun’s position means that it’s almost your New Year — though from where you’re standing, this is actually the Winter Solstice.

If you’re none of the above, just plan to drink a beer outside after work while staring at the horizon — and remembering that it’s all downhill from here, sunlight-wise. At least we’ve got one more celestial event to look forward to: there’s a sweet-sounding “supermoon” coming up this Sunday.

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This Week's Cover: 'The Wolverine' tops your Summer Must List

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Does Hugh Jackman ever slow down? From what we can report, the answer is a definitive no way, mate. For the cover story of our annual Summer Must List issue, EW visited the actor last year on the Sydney set of The Wolverine (in theaters July 26), where Jackman jumped and leapt and charmed his way through a series of seemingly back-breaking stunts that he made look as easy as pie. That’s entertainment — and who embodies the power and pop of summer in the cinema better than Jackman? READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' heads up your Summer Must List

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A lot of people will tell you that summer is the time to head outside and enjoy Mother Nature. We say, nonsense! Why would you want to mess with the heat and all those ants when you could be sitting in an air-conditioned IMAX theater on July 3, when The Amazing Spider-Man opens? Speaking of Spidey, Marvel’s web-slinging superhero swings his way to the top of our annual Summer Must List issue — your essential guide to all of the best movies, TV, music, and books of the season.

If you notice something different about the masked man on our cover, you’re not alone. Since we last saw him in 2007′s Spider-Man 3, Peter Parker & Co. have undergone some major changes. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and Sam Raimi are gone (thanks for the memories, guys!); Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Marc Webb are in (the pressure’s on, guys!). In our early look at one of this summer’s most feverishly anticipated tentpoles, we get all of the inside scoop from Garfield, Stone, Webb, and Rhys Ifans — who plays Spidey’s latest onscreen nemesis, Dr. Curt Connors, a.k.a. The Lizard. READ FULL STORY

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