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Gets Better Every Time: 'It's so fluffy I'm gonna diiiiie!' -- VIDEO

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With Despicable Me 2 now in theaters, those highlighter-yellow, pill-shaped leetle minions — who have their own spinoff in the works — are poised to suck up all the attention. Good for them. They earned it (and were named by EW as some the 15 Biggest Animated Scene-Stealers of all time). But, credit where credit’s due, we shouldn’t let this day pass without remembering the unsung hero of the franchise: Agnes. With her unicorn obsession and spiky sprig of hair, the scrappy orphan expresses the innocent ebullience of childhood better than anyone. To wit, there’s one moment from the first film that shows how sometimes glee simply cannot be contained. Check your frown at the door, click through, and soak up the giddy goodness:
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'Playboy' interview: How Tom Cruise tuned up for 'Rock of Ages'

Tom Cruise has done it all: Danced in his underwear, flew a jet plane, suffered a PR meltdown, and scaled the tallest building in the world. But there’s one mission he’s yet to complete: Singing seriously on film. (Bar-room bet serenades don’t count.)

That all changes with June’s Rock of Ages where he’ll play Stacee Jaxx, a rock star that belts out classic ’80s hair metal such as “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Listen here). The actor talked with Playboy about the role, a new start, and singing for Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott. Some of the juiciest excerpts are below:

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Avengers Files: Getting a bead on Hawkeye

Unsure who Black Widow is? Having trouble deciphering the Hulk’s roar? Can’t tell the difference between Iron Man and the Iron Giant? In anticipation of the release of The Avengers on May 4, EW’s team of super geeks is here to help guide you through the mythos with our seven-part series of superhero primers, the recently declassified “Avengers Files.” It doesn’t matter if you’re a comic book connoisseur or a Nick Fury newbie — follow along this week as we deconstruct Earth’s mightiest heroes and pose the question: Which Avenger is the mightiest?

Name: Hawkeye/Clint Barton

First comic appearance: Tales of Suspense #57 (September, 1964), written by Stan Lee, penciled and inked by Don Heck.

First appearance in The Avengers (comic): Issue 16 (May, 1965), written by Lee, penciled by Jack Kirby.

First movie appearance: To set the stage for Hawkeye’s bigger role in The Avengers and to cultivate greater continuity among its movies, Marvel squeezed the the bow-twanging lone wolf agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (that’s Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division in Marvel movie lingo) into last summer’s Thor (gross $449 million worldwide), where he came thisclose to giving Thor the shaft in his brief cameo. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly's guide to this summer's geekiest blockbusters

On this week’s episode of our podcast Entertainment Geekly, Jeff Jensen and I examine every major nerd-baiting Hollywood blockbuster hitting theaters between May and August. Whether you’re a camp-TV cultist, a comic book obsessive, a three-breasted mutant-prostitute enthusiast, or just someone who has ever played a board game, there’s something for you. The source material comes from every corner of the ComicCon-verse: There’s the Total Recall remake, and the Dark Shadows remake-spoof, and Ridley Scott’s long-awaited Prometheus, which is a prequel or a remake or…well, a something of his sci-fi classic Alien. There’s also a holy trifecta of superhero films — The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Dark Knight Rises — which form a handy state-of-the-genre examination of the whole notion of comic book movies. Oh, and Battleship. READ FULL STORY

Ask Libby: EW's proudly shallow columnist wants to talk summer movies

In her most recent column for Entertainment Weekly, columnist Libby Gelman-Waxner tackled the year’s first blockbuster, The Hunger Games, and the year’s most notorious bomb, John Carter: Taylor Kitsch’s nipples were simply no match for Jennifer Lawrence’s curves.

But these two spring tentpoles are just the beginning of the studios’ blockbuster season. The summer is loaded with comic-book heroes, and Libby is eager for more of your burning questions for her next “Ask Libby” column here in PopWatch. A few talking points: (1) Avengers or Dark Knight? (Or Spider-Man?) (2) Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows: Do you like your Johnny handsome or heavily made-up? (3) Lastly, spoilers and the veil of secrecy around filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott. Patience is a virtue or get-over-yourself?

Plus any other movie matter that’s been rattling around that head of yours. As always, if you don’t have something nice to say about an actor or a movie, though… come sit next to Libby. Just tap the “Ask Libby!” button to submit, then check back soon for her next column.

Read more:
‘Ask Libby': On theater etiquette
‘Ask Libby': Michael Fassbender, ‘Hugo,’ and ‘The Artist’
Libby Gelman-Waxner: Look, I’m Back!

This Week's Cover: 'The Dark Knight Rises' headlines our 2012 Summer Movie Preview issue

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Christopher Nolan knows that The Dark Knight Rises, his third and final film starring Christian Bale as Batman, is one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year. But the spoiler-averse director is reluctant to reveal too much about his work before its July 20 release. “So what can I not tell you about my film,” he says by way of the greeting during a break from editing Rises in Los Angeles.

Even so, Nolan did expand upon our first preview of Rises (which took you to the set and offered some insight into the movie’s story and themes) and shared some intel about Batman’s latest cinematic adversaries. First, there’s Bane (played by Inception alum Tom Hardy), a cunning, hulking terrorist with a menacing respirator-mask and a small army bent on sacking Gotham City. “He represents formidable physical strength, combined with absolute evil of intention,” says Nolan. READ FULL STORY

Watch the 'Thor' premiere here, hosted by Isaiah Mustafa!

Thor brought the hammer down tonight for the film’s red carpet premiere tonight in Hollywood, and you can watch what went down here on EW via Marvel.com, with host Isaiah “Old Spice Guy” Mustafa and stars Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg, and director Kenneth Branagh, as well as Hemsworth’s brother Liam, and his future costar in The Avengers Jeremy Renner — who also appears in Thor in a quick cameo as Marvel hero HawkeyeREAD FULL STORY

'Tree of Life': What is Terrence Malick's summer opus really about?

Nestled in between the summer superhero films and action sequels is Terrence Malick’s mysterious Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. Its trailer is gorgeous but perplexing, like all of Malick’s movies (The New World, The Thin Red Line), and it only made me hungrier for any details about the May 27 release. So what is it about? According to Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter films), who may or may not have a significant role in the film, “I can’t tell you entirely what it’s about because it’s about everything — it’s about a family and it’s about time and space.” READ FULL STORY

'Thor': Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston storm their way through the 'Thor: God of Thunder' videogame -- EXCLUSIVE

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Thor — the latest Marvel Studios superhero opus starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins — opens May 6 and holds the distinction of being the summer movie season’s first major release. But Sega’s official videogame tie-in — Thor: God of Thunder — hits stores three days earlier, and instead of being a traditional adaptation of the film, it tells an original story that has the hammer-wielding mythic hero battling trolls, frost giants, and fire gods in a number of mystical realms. In an intriguing twist, the story requires that Thor partner with a character that often serves as his arch-enemy in the comics, mischief-making god Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston in the movie. Might the game serve as a kind of prologue to the film? Methinks we’ll have to play it to find out! Hemsworth and Hiddleston voiced their characters in the game; check out this exclusive behind the scenes video of the actors at work. WARNING! Prepared to have the phrase “FEEL THE BITE OF WINTER!” thundering in your head all day. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Harry Potter's Final Act

Potter fans, take heart: The top-grossing movie franchise of all time will not end with a whimper. “The new film is just a relentless action movie,” says Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. “It Just. Does. Not. Stop.” In this week’s cover story, we visit the stars and filmmakers on the set and learn secrets of the final, climactic installment, which hits theaters July 15. Such as? Well, for one thing, the final showdown between Harry and evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in a wand duel at Hogwarts will be a little different from what author J.K. Rowling described in her 2007 novel. This time, the chase leads through Hogwarts and culminates in a very physical brawl as the two foes “apparate” (i.e., teleport) toward and away from each other.  READ FULL STORY

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