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Your Avengers marathon survival guide: When to pee, get a snack, and check in with Mom and Dad

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Braving AMC Theatres’ epic Avengers movie marathon today? We applaud your stamina — and your chutzpah. (Not just anyone has the stones to fake the flu so they can watch grown men run around in silly costumes for nearly 14 hours.) Contrary to some joyless jerk’s belief, watching six movies in a row isn’t easy; while the spirit is willing, the flesh requires multiple snack and bathroom breaks. Luckily, EW is here to help.

We’ve carefully examined all five Avengers prequels — Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America — to determine when it’s safe to duck out of the theater without having to worry about missing anything important. (Read: Fight scenes and shots of Scarlett Johansson.) Load up this page before the marathon starts at 11:30 — by the time midnight rolls around, you’ll be prepared to sit still for a full two hours and 22 minutes as Joss Whedon’s new epic plays.

You’re welcome, America.

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AMC Theatres to host six-film Marvel movie marathon, not so 'Incredible Hulk' included

AMC Theatres is encouraging a nation of young geeks to skip school on May 3 by hosting a Marvel movie marathon, leading up to a midnight screening of Joss Whedon’s hotly-anticipated Avengers (or, as it’s known in Anatolia: Super Spin-Off Battalion Squad, Part 6 — Battalion Squad Convene!!!). The fun starts at 11:30 with the beloved Iron Man, at which point fun will take a break for The Incredible Hulk (which is worse than you remember) and Iron Man 2 (which is better than you remember but still worse than it should’ve been.) READ FULL STORY

'Iron Man 2' tops list of movie blunders. Do stark errors affect your movie-going experience?

iron-man-2Image Credit: Industrial Light & Magic/MarvelOne reason I couldn’t be a film director (besides having no discernible talent for the craft): I never notice flubs during a film unless someone points them out to me. But I love when they do — it’s why I devoured books like Bill Givens’ Roman Soldiers Don’t Wear Watches (the title is a nod to a famous blunder in Ben-Hur) before sites like IMDB and MovieMistakes.com existed to share cinema’s most embarrassing slip-ups. And after reading MovieMistakes.com’s 2010 round-up, it looks like I’ll have to pop Iron Man 2 in the DVD again. Because, according to the site, Jon Favreau’s superhero sequel boasts a whopping 45 mistakes, topping The A-Team, which has 37 errors, and Shutter Island, which has 33.

Now, we should acknowledge that MovieMistakes.com prints user-submitted blunders, which means the website could just have an overwhelming number of Iron Man 2 fans. (Or that the film is picked apart far more than movies like Hot Tub Time Machine, which, for the record, has 11 errors, according to the site.) Among some of the film’s continuity problems (which I, of course, didn’t notice): Disappearing blood, hand placement, magically unbuttoning jackets, etc.

But do these blunders ever color your opinion of films, PopWatchers? I’m going to say no, since the errors are never significant enough for anyone besides hawk-eyed audience members to notice. (See: aforementioned Iron Man 2 mistakes.) And when they are noticeable (ex: The Room), well, that’s what makes for an enjoyable bad movie-going experience.

Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: Funnyladies Busy Philipps and Yvette Nicole Brown face off. Plus: 'American Idol' finalist battle!

EW’s Under-appreciated Entertainer … of … the … Year … is… Psych! No, not the TV show. Psych as in, do you really think I’d reveal the winner Ryan Seacrest-style now? After all, we’re only in round two of our Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year bracket game, which seeks to reward the unsung heroes of television, film, music, and reality TV. And, speaking of Seacrest, today’s round pits American Idol season 8 finalist Allison Iraheta against Idol season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin. The latter might seem to have the advantage, finishing in third place on the televised singing competition while Iraheta finished fourth, but I have a feeling EW’s Michael Slezak and other Idoloonies will cry, baby, if Iraheta doesn’t bag the win. The movies category boasts another tough battle: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World‘s Kieran Culkin vs. the world Iron Man 2‘s Sam Rockwell. When a graphic novel character takes on a comic book character, who reigns supreme?

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Over in TV, it’s all about the sassy scene-stealers: Cougar Town‘s Busy Philipps and Community‘s Yvette Nicole Brown will battle it out for the title — certainly Philipps’ ability to play Penny Can on a bottle of wine (or three) gives her an edge? (Not if Brown’s Twitter followers have anything to say about it.) And, finally, in the reality TV category, it’s the Chenbot vs. the bangs: Big Brother‘s Julie Chen fights The Rachel Zoe Project‘s Rodger Berman to see who will advance to round three. But first… you most vote! Click the jump to choose your favorite Under-Appreciated Entertainer of the Year, and click here to see all 64 contenders competing for the title!

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Under-Appreciated Entertainer of the Year: Khloe Kardashian? Sam Rockwell? Yvette Nicole Brown? The Avett Brothers?

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Sam Rockwell played Justin Hammer, kind of an evil version of Tony Stark, in Iron Man 2. Patrick Wilson was the gleefully sinister FBI Agent Lynch in The A-Team. Both actors were overshadowed by the all the summer-movie bombast. (Also not helping matters for Rockwell: there were an estimated fifty villains in Iron Man 2.) But EW readers (that’s you!) thought that both roles deserve more attention. Now we’re throwing them in the Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year Bracket Game. You know the rules, PopWatchers. It’s just like the Thunderdome. Two men enter. Only one man leaves.

As we cruise into the second week of this tournament of should-be-champions, we’re discovering that one of the easiest ways to be under-appreciated is to be stuck in the middle of other, louder performers. That’s especially true in today’s TV match-up. Yvette Nicole Brown plays middle-aged divorcée Shirley on Community. Eden Sher plays middle daughter Sue on a show appropriately named The Middle. Over in the world of music, Elliot Yamin came in third back in American Idol season 5 (the year that Taylor Freaking Hicks won!), while the Avett Brothers mix together a whole laundry list of genres — folk, indie rock, folk rock, indie folk — that are practically underrated by definition.

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But don’t forget about our beloved reality TV personalities. Rodger Berman tries to manage his wife’s company/insanity on The Rachel Zoe Project. Khloé Kardashian regularly has to set herself apart from her fellow sisters (you know, the pregnant one and the proud feminist).  Click here to check out our entire bracket of 64 reader-picked competitors, then cast your ballot on Round 1, Day 7′s match-ups after the jump.

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Um, Mr. Stark? About that rogue missile launch over California...

Funny, slightly disturbing, story: A helicopter cameraman for KCBS in Los Angeles shot footage of a mysterious “missile launch” near L.A. yesterday evening. All four branches of the military have denied they were involved, and the Pentagon continues to look into what it calls an “unexplained contrail.” Well, a Twitter user in Wales might have cracked the case while the Pentagon is still investigating: Iron Man director Jon Favreau just retweeted the user’s original tweet: “Unaccounted missile launch in California? Or billionaire industrialist testing newest armour?”

What say you, PopWatchers?

Marvel studio head says Black Widow spin-off a possibility: Would it be any good?

Iron-Scarlett-JohanssonImage Credit: Francois DuhamelOut promoting next Tuesday’s DVD release of this summer’s Iron Man 2, Marvel studio head Kevin Feige confirmed that they are throwing around the idea of a Black Widow spin-off movie. The character, which was introduced in the Iron Man sequel and played by Scarlett Johansson, was the Soviet femme fatale that kicked major tail by the movie’s end, for those of you not fluent in superhero. “We’ve already started discussions with Scarlett about the idea of a solo movie and have begun putting together concepts, but The Avengers comes first,” said Feige to SuperHeroHype.

In theory, it sounds like a great idea. But in the past, superhero spin-offs have not fared well at the box office. Remember Catwoman, Halle Berry’s 2004 bust where she played Batman’s bad kitty? And what about Jennifer Garner’s 2005 Daredevil spin-off Elektra? In both cases, award-winning actresses crashed and burned in superhero flicks. Could Johansson break the curse with Black Widow?

Tell me, PopWatchers: Do you think the home run hitters at Marvel would be able to guide the Black Widow to success?

'All-Star Superman' will get animated. Does this mean we're finally done with gritty superheroes?

dark-knight-supermanImage Credit: Stephen Vaughan; DC ComicsThe formula for superhero movies hasn’t really changed that much since Bryan Singer’s X-Men ten years ago. Make it grim and gritty. Remove all primary colors. Tell the actors to scowl. Don’t put anyone in a costume unless you have to. The post-Matrix vogue for bleakly dystopian action movies merged with the post-Frank Miller trend of “realism” in comic books, and the result was Batman’s Alec-Baldwin-with-strep-throat voice.

Friends, there is another way. Look no further than Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s epic All-Star Superman, a miniseries that supercharges all the hokiest elements of an unabashedly hokey character – Bizarro talking funny! Time-traveling Superman from the future! Kryptonite in every color! Jimmy Olsen! – and becomes a funny, sad, world-beating epic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, All-Star Superman is next in line for DC’s well-regarded series of direct-to-DVD animated movies. (Christina Hendricks is voicing Lois Lane, and I’m already sweating.) A DVD-movie intended for kids ain’t exactly a blockbuster, but could we be witnessing the end of the Grim Superhero era? READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon directing 'Avengers': A great choice, and a tall order

the-avengers-comicImage Credit: The Avengers: © Marvel ComicsI’ve always been wary of an Avengers movie, but I never could put my finger on exactly why. Then, last week, LeBron James took his “talents to South Beach” to form an unprecedented basketball superteam, and I now totally understand my original misgivings. James shouldn’t be in the same uniform as new teammates Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, soaring past, through, and over mere basketball mortals from New York, Cleveland, or Toronto. In sports, as in physics, heavenly bodies like superstars are supposed to attract their own satellites. Instead, James’ Jupiter is about to collide with Wade’s Saturn. It’s simply unnatural.

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Exclusive: 'Iron Man 2' DVD/Blu-ray special features focus on the future of the franchise

iron-man-2-labImage Credit: Francois DuhamelWhen fall rolls around this year, millions of people will stare in wonder at the little blurs of red and gold flying through the sky. I’m not talking about gently falling leaves – I’m talking about the home market release of Iron Man 2. Paramount will release the movie on DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 28, and they’ve given EW the exclusive first look at the featurettes. If you’re a superhero geek like me (and given Iron Man 2‘s $309 million gross, there’s a good chance you are), this is certainly reason for excitement. So, in an effort to unlock every bit of information I can about the Iron Man universe, I’ve spent a good while perusing the titles of these featurettes (listed below), and I’ve come to a few conclusions: READ FULL STORY

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