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This Week's Cover: EW's EXCLUSIVE chat with the superhero cast of 'The Avengers' -- VIDEO

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Picture this: Iron Man, Thor, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Captain America, and The Hulk – all playing Dance Dance Revolution.

The entire point of The Avengers is seeing these comic book icons join forces, but when EW exclusively got Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo together for one big Q&A featured in this week’s issue, things got weird fast.

(Video snippets from the round table interview are embedded in the player below.)

“I was just trying to survive the after-hours part of this shoot,” says Johansson, who recalled cast and crew playing video games to pass the time while on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “I will say Dance Dance Revolution is so much fun when you play with all of the Avengers and also the stunt team.”

Downey raises an eyebrow: “So, just all of the Avengers aren’t enough man for you?”

“No!” Johansson says with a laugh. “I want their doubles as well!”

Well – this kind of talk would never pass the Comics Code Authority. READ FULL STORY

Fox 25 years later: How the network changed the world

Though it actually launched on Oct. 9, 1986, Fox is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend with a primetime extravaganza featuring such stars of yesteryear as Calista Flockhart, Gabrielle Carteris, Ian Ziering, and David Faustino. Before tomorrow night’s broadcast, we thought it appropriate to take a look back at how the network has changed the pop culture landscape in the last quarter century. READ FULL STORY

'The Avengers' world premiere: Watch the live-stream here!

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Will Tony Stark arrive in a limo, or fly in via jet pack? How will Steve Rogers handle the paparazzi? Can Thor live-tweet while holding his hammer? Will Nick Fury bedazzle his eye patch? Will Clint Barton bring the gun show to the red carpet? Can Natasha Romanoff answer the same inane questions from the press line without beating a poor journalist to a pulp? And what brave designer will create the likely-to-be-ripped-to-shreds outfit for Bruce Banner?

Sure, today’s world premiere of The Avengers at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood would be much cooler if Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Ruffalo all showed up as their respective characters. But it’s still going to be the most super-heroic red carpet of the year — and you can watch the live-stream of it right here on EW.com starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

HULK SAYS WATCH LIVE STREAM BELOW! HULK GOT MANI/PEDI JUST FOR OCCASION!  READ FULL STORY

'The Avengers' red carpet premiere: Watch the live-stream here tomorrow!

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Will Tony Stark arrive in a limo, or fly in via jet pack? How will Steve Rogers handle the paparazzi? And what brave designer will create the likely-to-be-ripped-to-shreds outfit for Bruce Banner?

Sure, tomorrow’s world premiere of The Avengers at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood would be much cooler if Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo all showed up as their respective characters. But it’s still going to be the most super-heroic red carpet of the year — and you can watch the live-stream of it right here on EW.com starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

HULK SAYS CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE-STREAM!

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'Dollhouse' star Fran Kranz talks 'The Cabin in the Woods,' 'Death of a Salesman' and Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing'

It is hard to think of two projects more different than the horror-comedy The Cabin in the Woods, which hits cinemas April 13, and the new Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman, which opened a couple of weeks back (to a rave review from EW’s Thom Geier). But they do have a couple things in common. Both productions have an impressive amount of behind-the-scenes talent: Cabin was cowritten by Buffy creator Joss Whedon while Salesman is directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. And both feature ex-Dollhouse actor Fran Kranz, who plays the role of Bernard in Salesman and that of a conspiracy-obsessed stoner named Marty in Cabin (FYI: that’s a giant bong he’s holding in the picture to the left).

Kranz recently visited the EW offices to talk about working with Whedon (three times) and being shouted at by his Salesman costar Philip Seymour Hoffman (pretty much all the time).

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Joss Whedon talks 'Dr. Horrible' sequel, gives it fake title. Let's make suggestions!

It’s time for another chapter of Joss Whedon and the art of Dangling the Carrot. Oh, sir, how you tease.

In a chat with The New York Times, Whedon talked about a project very close to the hearts of PopWatchers everywhere: The second installment of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. “We’ve got several songs near completion and we’ve got a very specific structure,” Whedon said. “We’ve just all got jobs. And it’s not like Neil [Patrick Harris], Nathan [Fillion] and Felicia [Day] ain’t busy either.” Whedon jokingly went on to say the installment would be called Dr. Horrible and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which wasn’t half bad. But we can do better — until the actual title is released. After which, all of our ideas will look like mere bugs of inadequacy in the Whedon-verse.

Until then, however, I invite your ideas. I’ll go first: Dr. Horrible and the Evil League of Evil Avenge the Unavenged Avengers. (I think it needs an Avengers reference — for Google traffic purposes, clearly.)

Your turn, PopWatchers. What would we want to see in a follow-up? Would you add anyone to the cast? And what is your title idea?

Follow Sandra on Twitter @EWSandraG

Read more:
‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog': An Oral History

'Firefly' debuts on Science Channel tonight. We'll be watching. Will you? (Plus: Exclusive video!)

fireflyImage Credit: 20th Century Fox/Everett Collection Firefly – about a tight-knit band of war-scarred smugglers, seekers and runaways eeking out a semi-honest living in the final frontier of newly colonized space — is remembered as one of the great shoulda-been/coulda-been TV tragedies of the young century. A quirky blend of sci-fi space saga and Western frontier adventure, the short-lived Fox series arrived in the fall of 2002 with great expectations from critics and geek pop fans alike thanks to the pedigree of its creator: Joss Whedon, the acclaimed mastermind behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, an ace dramatist with a distinctive voice renowned for telling stories great with wit, scope, heady themes and psychologically complex, emotionally accessible characters. Also? Much with the Whedon Speaky and cool pop culture references. Buffy and Angel had been youth-skewing niche hits for The WB (and, during Buffy’s last two seasons, UPN); the hope was that Firefly would appeal to bigger, broader audience on Fox. It didn’t. The show – airing on Friday nights – premiered with 6.3 million viewers and declined from there. Fox cancelled the series, airing only 11 of 14 episodes produced by Whedon. Those who had taken an instant liking to the show – a tribe of fans who called themselves Browncoats – were heartbroken, as was Whedon and his cast, led by its breakout star, Nathan Fillion. An attempt to pull a Star Trek and keep the Firefly creative world alive as a movie franchise failed to launch: Despite admiring reviews, the Whedon-helmed 2005 feature Serenity grossed just $38.8 million worldwide. The dream of more Firefly was finally extinguished. READ FULL STORY

'Avengers' casting: Who is Nick Fury's mysterious 'sidekick'? The Wasp? Sharon Carter? The Contessa?

Sharon-Carter-Wasp-Contessa-ValentinaImage Credit: Marvel EntertainmentSamuel L. Jackson dropped an Avengers bombshell on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night: After chatting about his cameo appearances in the upcoming Thor and Captain America movies, the actor told the host, “I’ve got to screen test like five actresses on Friday. They have this new character that’s, I guess, my sidekick who’s with me all the time.” Cue rumor mill explosion: Could this heretofore unknown S.H.I.E.L.D. agent be Sharon Carter, an occasional love interest for Captain America? Could she be the Wasp, a founding female Avenger who was surprisingly left off the cast list announced at last year’s Comic-Con? Or could it be some new character invented by Avengers director Joss Whedon? READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon reacts to new Buffy: 'I don't love the idea of my creation in other hands'

buffy-gellar-whedonImage Credit: Greg Gorman/The WB; Todd Williamson/WireImage.comJoss Whedon spoke out about the upcoming Buffy reboot that, yes, he has nothing to do with. It’s a tough spot for Buffy fans, and Whedon’s classy — and sassy! — statement to E! reminds why we love him so:

This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths — just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.

Bwahaha. READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' season finales are always awesome

mad-men-413Image Credit: Michael Yarish/AMCHow is it the Mad Men season finale already?! I’m not ready! It’s too soon. But at least I can comfort myself with one shred of hope: Tonight’s episode will be awesome, because Mad Men season finales are a thing of beauty.

Season 1’s finale, “The Wheel,” gave us what might be the single greatest pitch Don Draper ever delivered: His “it’s a time machine” monologue reduced Harry, and me, to tears. Lest we forget, that’s also the episode where Don officially made Peggy a junior copywriter, where Betty reached out to Glen through the car window, and oh yeah — where Peggy had her baby. A pretty packed episode! READ FULL STORY

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