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Zoe Saldana on her hero, 'strong female characters,' and playing real women (and aliens)

Zoe Saldana knows how to play ass-kicking, universe-saving, unusually colorful heroes like Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, Neytiri in Avatar, and Uhura in Star Trek. But for her new AOL web series, Saldana turned the camera on everyday people who play the role of the hero.

In My Hero, which debuted yesterday, Saldana and some of her fellow celebrities—including Julianne Hough, Nick Cannon and Maria Menounos—pay tribute to the people they cherish via short, touching vignettes. “People are generally very grateful to the people around them that keep them together, that supported them, that encouraged them to become what they are as artists,” the actress says. “So we thought, what a great opportunity to do a show about this and send a very positive message out there. Because I find it hard to believe that anybody makes it on their own. There’s always somebody that helped you in some way.”

In the interview below, Saldana tells EW about how her hero (spoiler: it’s her mom) inspired her to make a habit of playing rather… ethereal characters. The actress also talks about balancing the upcoming sequels to her three big franchises with motherhood (she’s pregnant with twins!), why movies need more real women—not strong ones—and why we should stop saying the word “ethnic.” READ FULL STORY

The new Dancing Baby Groot toy looks pretty disappointing

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After Guardians of the Galaxy all but won the summer—and Dancing Baby Groot won Guardians of the Galaxy—it was only a matter of time before someone created a Dancing Baby Groot toy. After all, there’s a high probability that the demand for a Dancing Baby Groot will be to holiday season 2014 what the demand for a Furby was to holiday season 1998.

It’s not terribly far-fetched, actually, to imagine that the adults who got a Furby in 1998 are probably the same people now getting Dancing Baby Groots. That is, until they see the lackluster toy.

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The race for 'The Black Vortex': Marvel Comics' next Guardians/X-Men event

This February, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men will be teaming up in Guardians of the Galaxy/X-Men: The Black Vortex, a cosmic comic-book adventure that will send the two teams into the far reaches of space on the hunt for The Black Vortex, an object of immense power.

So what is The Black Vortex? According to Sam Humphries, the crossover’s lead writer speaking in advance of his panel today at New York Comic Con, it is an immensely powerful object with the ability to unlock the cosmic potential that lies within anyone. “So if you play guitar,” says Humphries, “The Black Vortex can unlock the potential within you to play like Jimmy Page, and Jimmy Hendrix, and George Harrison all at the same time.” READ FULL STORY

'Guardians of the Galaxy' has a pretty awesome Chinese title

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Guardians of the Galaxy is already the highest-grossing movie of all time to feature both a talking tree and a talking raccoon. And it hasn’t even opened in China, the country where every week a billion people go see Hollywood movies–or at least, that’s what Hollywood tells itself in the mirror on those bad mornings when American ticket sales are in perpetual decline. According to Guardians director James Gunn, the film has received a rather entertaining title-translation:

In fairness, Interplanetary Unusual Attack Team is a fairly accurate way to describe the movie to people who don’t understand the concept of blue people fighting green people to get the purple stone, or whatever the actual plot of Guardians of the Galaxy was.

Predictably, the killjoys over at Reddit are insisting that Interplanetary Unusual Attack Team is actually the Taiwanese title for the movie, and also that the title on that poster involves the use of traditional characters and not simplified characters, which is an important distinction that would take awhile to explain–almost as long as it would take to explain Thanos’ nine-thousand-part plan for conquering the universe. (#2,347: Lose yet another Infinity Stone. #2,348: Hang out until the Dr. Strange cameo.) Some experts say that the translated title is closer to Interstellar Special Ability Team or Interstellar Different Commandos, and no one has yet stepped to admit that the actual title all along was Avengers 2: Star Wars.

Chris Pratt hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live' premiere: Talk about it here!

Saturday Night Live comes back tonight? Honestly, thanks to a hiatus filled with casting announcements and Update shakeups and meticulous analysis of the show’s history (not to mention Live from New York‘s rerelease), it sort of feels like it never left. (Just me?)

Which doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be champing at the bit for tonight’s 40th season premiere—a sure-to-be splashy episode featuring a leaner, meaner cast, an all-new pair at the Weekend Update desk, and a host with potential to immediately join the list of greats. Maybe it’d be best to go over topics of discussion point by point: READ FULL STORY

We texted Groot some of our burning pop-culture questions

You can now text Groot, and, as you could probably guess, the Guardians of the Galaxy tree does not have a very wide vocabulary. Still, we at EW decided to see if Groot could weigh in on some of our burning pop-culture questions.

Just how are we texting Groot? Well, anyone can reach him at (866) 740-4531. As TechCrunch reported, credit goes to developer Ricky Robinett, who created the chatbot. Groot is apparently quite popular: As Robinett tweeted this morning: “Groot had a busy night last night, he has now sent over 60,000 messages!”

But what does Groot have to say about Taylor Swift’s new album? Can he confirm who is playing Doctor Strange? Here’s our (somewhat one-sided) conversation. READ FULL STORY

Robert Downey Jr. says 'Guardians' is the best Marvel movie

According to Tony Stark, Tony Stark needs to step up his game.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, actor Robert Downey, Jr.—Iron Man himself—told the paper that Guardians of the Galaxy, “in some ways, is the best Marvel movie ever.” Surprised? Given the similarities between his portrayal of Tony Stark and his actual public persona, he doesn’t blame you. “It’s odd for someone with—on occasion—an ego the size of mine to actually say that,” said Downey. READ FULL STORY

Here's Chris Pratt rapping Eminem's part of 'Forgot About Dre'

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If Guardians of the Galaxy’s big climax ended with a rap battle for the fate of the universe, the galaxy would probably be in good hands as long as Chris Pratt was on the mic.

Stopping by DJ Whoo Kid’s The Whoolywood Shuffle, the actor proved his cred by flawlessly spitting Eminem’s verse from ‘Forgot About Dre’ off Dr. Dre’s The Chronic 2001. After thoroughly impressing DJ Whoo Kid with his delivery, Pratt pulls a classic rap-game follow-up by dissing Orlando Bloom on air. Since dropping bars and starting beefs are time-honored hip-hop traditions, Pratt’s off to a pretty promising start if he ever wants to moonlight as an MC. READ FULL STORY

So does it matter that 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is just 'The Avengers'?

Listen, fun is fun. Even fun that feels an awful lot like other fun—even fun that was specifically designed by a fleet of fun engineers to remind you at the microscopic level of fun you had two years and three months ago.

Thus: Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that is undeniably fun, is also undeniably The Avengers. And Thor, and Iron Man, and Captain America: For all the chatter over the last couple years that Guardians would mark a wild departure from the Marvel Studios superhero safe zone, James Gunn’s space (rock) opera looks an awful lot like the nine other Marvel films, if you scrape away the mixtape-soundtrack and all the pastel-skinned aliens.

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PopWatch planner: 'The Knick,' 'Garfunkel and Oates,' and more

The dog days of summer are rolling in, along with its fair share of chill-out programming. Excluding the gross-out period fare of The Knick (which you should definitely check out), our selections this week all subscribe to a more relaxed vibe. Spend some time early on with a couple of light comedies, and then prepare to get your heart pumping for the week ahead with Step Up and the imminent arrival of Shark Week.

Your pop culture schedule for the week is:

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