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Marvel's 'Avengers' S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit: We took the tour (and chatted with Stan Lee)

Maybe you can’t visit Tony’s mansion, or the Avengers Tower, or the Triskelion (R.I.P.). But Marvel’s The Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (that’s Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network to you) exhibit, which opens today in New York, might be the next best thing. Actually, scratch that: It’s definitely the next best thing.

Conceived in conjunction with NASA, Discovery Times Square and Victory Hill Exhibitions, the interactive deep-dive into the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and the science behind all your favorite characters — is an exhibit more than worthy of its $27.00 admission price (or $19.50, if you’re a child age 3-11). Rich with real costumes and props, artifacts, and up-to-date technological, hands-on, interactive science, the entire walk-through is a delight. But don’t take my word for it: “It’s absolutely unbelievable,” comic legend Stan Lee told EW exclusively after seeing the exhibit for the first time. “I thought of them as simple fictional characters that could have great adventures, and people could enjoy reading them — but now I realize, unintentionally, I was one of the world’s scientists. [laughs] And what they have done with these characters, this building, and this display is indescribably wonderful and creative. I think that it’ll make any young people that walk through it leave saying, ‘I’ve gotta be a scientist. It’s the most exciting thing in the world!'” READ FULL STORY

New 'Big Trouble in Little China' comic book: Read the first six pages -- EXCLUSIVE

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John Carpenter’s 1986 kung fu fantasy masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China was a flop when it was first released, but a long life on home video helped foster a retroactive appreciation for star Kurt Russell’s fast-talking Jack Burton and the style with which Carpenter delivers his crazy tale. It is now a bona fide cult classic, and it is getting resurrected in comic book form. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'The Normal Heart' premiere, 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' in theaters, and more

If you aren’t traveling or lying on a beach somewhere for your Memorial Day weekend, you should know that your TV is calling your name, because HBO’s The Normal Heart is finally premiering, not to mention Mad Men’s half-season finale. And as for the rest of your week? Well, you’ve got new music, Angelina Jolie in theaters, the return of reality TV favorite So You Think You Can Dance, and more.

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This Week's Cover: Danny McBride grills the Black Keys in our Summer Music Preview issue

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We here at Entertainment Weekly like to think of our jobs as highly specialized. (Not just anyone can push that little voice-recorder button while simultaneously asking questions and nodding, wisely, you know.) But when the Black Keys said they wanted to be interviewed by Danny McBride, how could we refuse? After all, the platinum-selling, Grammy awards-collecting rock duo just released their eighth studio album, Turn Blue, and will be dominating festivals and headlining arena shows from Croatia to Cleveland this summer. We asked McBride, 37 — so memorable as egomaniacal pitcher Kenny Powers on HBO’s late, lamented Eastbound & Down and as himself in last year’s star-packed apocalyptic meta-comedy This Is the End — to kick off our Summer Music Preview issue by manning the tiny microphone. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Cristina leaves 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Godzilla' takes over theaters, a new Black Keys album, and more

Too many finales, too little time! That seems to be the theme of the week, with eight finales on the agenda in eight days. But don’t think that’s all this week has to offer. Thanks to Godzilla, your summer blockbuster tour can continue. Plus, there’s a new Black Keys album to keep you company in all of your post-finale mood swings.

Here’s what your week looks like:

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Power Rangers are heading back to the big screen

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Go, go Power Rangers — and get ready to head to the movie theater.

Lionsgate and Saban Brands announced Wednesday that they’re teaming up to make a live action Power Rangers film.

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Met Gala's six most polarizing dresses -- POLL

An unscientific sampling of Twitter comments has led EW’s Fashion Elves to conclude that the following dresses from the Fash-indig known as the Met Gala have caused a divide among the masses. And if these differences of opinion are not resolved, we’re pretty sure lives will be lost, families will be split up, and the country will crumble. Well, all that OR life will go on as normal. But why risk it?

Help settle the debate by voting on six of the most polarizing dresses in our polls below. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'Mindy Project,' 'Revenge' finales, 'Neighbors,' 'Chef' in theaters, and more

April showers bring May finales! OK, so that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but it is true. May is a month full of memorable goodbyes, and for this week, that includes The Tomorrow People, The Mindy Project, and Revenge. However, with Neighbors and Chef in theaters, there will be very little time for mourning.

Here’s how your week is looking: READ FULL STORY

The first ever 'Road House' fight chart! (Pain don't hurt?)

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I wrote about Road House’s upcoming 25th anniversary in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly for one simple reason — Road House is awesome. Possibly the finest piece of cinematic work put forth in the entire twentieth century. And I’m not just saying that because I share the same name as Patrick Swayze’s shirtless and mulleted bar bouncer.

There are many extraordinary things about this movie — the extraordinary amount of times Swayze gets shirtless for no apparent reason. The extraordinarily confusing pieces of Yoda-like philosophy that Swayze dispenses that sound cool but really don’t make a lick of sense. And, above all, the extraordinary amount of violence on display. And not, like, building exploding type violence — although, yes, two buildings do explode in Road House — but rather old-school fist-on-face violence. Or kick-in-chest violence. Or pretty much any combination of body part violence you can think of. READ FULL STORY

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Jurassic Park'

More than two decades later, and we still can’t look at a cup of water the same.

Just as the rippling water in that now iconic scene signaled the T. rex’s grand entrance, so did Jurassic Park usher in a new era of cinematic innovation. Making a reality of so many childhood dreams, it marries moviemaking wizardry and emotional complexity to electrifying effect. Park also straddles a number of genres (action-adventure, family, thriller, and sci-fi, to name a few) on top of its ready-made merchandising and theme-park ride potential, ultimately offering something for everyone. But the leaps and bounds made by director Steven Spielberg and Oscar-winning special affects artist Stan Winston aren’t solely accountable for the film becoming a global phenomenon.

At its core, Spielberg told EW’s Tim Stack and Keith Staskiewicz, Park is also “a helluva yarn.” Screenwriter David Koepp improved on Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel about the foolhardy hubris of eccentric mogul John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), who built a theme park after recreating dinosaurs from DNA extracted from an amber-preserved mosquito. During the first — and last — tour of Jurassic Park, a bit of corporate espionage by a crusty computer programmer (Seinfeld‘s Wayne Knight) causes the power to go out, which allows the prehistoric predators to run amok and terrorize the park’s inaugural guests: child-averse paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and his paleobotanist girlfriend Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), snarky- yet-stylish math wonk Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), and Hammond’s grandkids Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello).

Without further ado, let’s continue EW’s Summer Blockbuster Month with a start-to-finish thrill ride and an undeniable game-changer. Open the gates to the utterly dino-mite (sorry, couldn’t resist) Jurassic Park!

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