Because I’m not just a cross-cultural meta-critic but also an assistant buyer in juniors’ activewear, I can explain precisely why The Avengers is such a terrific movie: It’s all about the accessories. Thor, who’s played by that Aussie Viking Chris Hemsworth, smashes bad guys with his magic hammer, as if it were a Birkin packed with bricks. Chris always looks the teensiest bit embarrassed by this, as if he’s holding his wife’s hammer while she’s browsing. Chris Evans, who’s the strong-jawed — in fact, the strong-everythinged — Captain America, has fiddled with his stars-and-stripes spandex for a patchwork, Etsy feeling, but he still protects himself with his round bulletproof shield, which looks like it could also be used to pass hors d’oeuvres at a Fourth of July barbecue. As Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. slips into the world’s most all-powerful outfit, as if it were a jet-propelled, rocket-launching Chanel suit, and the green-skinned Hulk, as played by the adorably dweeby Mark Ruffalo, is pure makeover, switching from rumpled khakis to what the Fashion Police on E! refer to as a pop of color. READ FULL STORY
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Marvel’s Avengers achieved a magnificent feat: injection of the “shared universe” notion into the world of blockbuster filmmaking. Now, high on victory fumes, Marvel has accomplished something almost as impressive by making their onscreen universe as confusing as the various strands of their comic book multiverse. A new infographic from The Art of Marvel’s The Avengers maps the chronologies of all six Avengers movies, beginning with the failed Frost Giant invasion of Norway, and including all the stuff that happened in ugly stepchild The Incredible Hulk. The most enjoyable revelation from the timeline is also cuckoo bananas: The events of Thor, Iron Man 2, and The Incredible Hulk all took place in the same seven-day period. READ FULL STORY
Rizzoli & Isles returns to TNT with its season 3 premiere on June 5, but star Angie Harmon is anti-spoilers, so the show wasn’t our main topic of conversation at a luncheon following Turner’s upfront presentation in New York on Wednesday. Instead, she wanted to talk about her love for The Avengers. As Harmon’s Twitter followers know, she wants to play She-Hulk. Badly. She recently tweeted a photo of herself “smashing” the sidewalk, and one of her “Twangels” tweeted it back to her color-corrected (pictured below). READ FULL STORY
No one could claim that The Avengers are an evenly matched team of superheroes. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) are more-or-less indestructible — Thor can even fly, for Odin’s sake — whereas Captain America (Chris Evans) is just the most fit human being ever with a seemingly shatterproof shield. And while Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are supremely talented, they are very much earthbound mortals. Then there’s Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), who can fly and shoot rockets and such, but is embodied by a highly flawed man who’s always just a hair away from death.
But what about the actors playing all of these roles — are they as lopsidedly matched? READ FULL STORY
Ask Libby...: Libby Gelman-Waxner answers your questions about the 'Citizen Kane' of male stripper movies
It may still be early May, but after The Avengers smashed the box-office last weekend, it’s officially summer at the movies. Marvel’s superhero mash-up has raised the bar, and there’s still plenty of enormous blockbusters on the way. The Dark Knight Rises. The Amazing Spider-Man. Prometheus. Magic Mike? Not surprisingly, EW’s Libby Gelman-Waxner is highest on Channing Tatum’s star-studded male stripper movie. She explains her excitement for the “Citizen Kane of male stripper movies,” and answers your pop-cultural questions below. READ FULL STORY
It’s a good thing Tony Stark is a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist — because New York City may need him to take off his super suit and pull out his checkbook. The Hollywood Reporter asked disaster assessment firm Kinetic Analysis Corp to estimate how much it would cost, theoretically, to repair the damage done to midtown Manhattan in The Avengers. The firm’s dedicated number-crunchers gleefully tented their fingers, put aside their real work, and came up with a hypothetical total: a staggering $160 billion.
Looks like Thor might have to break into Asgard’s treasury as well.
Today in Awesomeness: Joss Whedon thanks his 'peeps' for sticking with him... confirms 'Dr. Horrible' sequel
The Avengers director Joss Whedon took to official fansite Whedonesque today to thank his loyal fans just days after his comic-book epic smashed box-office records. “People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true,” Whedon wrote. “What doesn’t change is that I’ve had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of — I’m not even gonna say fans. I’m going with ‘peeps’ — that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all.”
“So this is me, saying thank you,” he continued. “All of you. You’ve taken as much guff for loving my work as I have for over-writing it, and you deserve, in this our time of streaming into the main, to crow. To glow. To crow and go ‘I told you so,’ to those Joe Blows not in the know. (LAST time I hire Dr. Seuss to punch my posts up. Yeesh!) Point being, you deserve some honor, AND you deserves some FAQs answered.”
There’s much, much more, including those promised FAQs answered — get excited Dr. Horrible fans — in a mock Q&A with reporter/flunky, Rutherford D. Actualperson. Click below or jump to Whedonesque for the entire heartfelt essay. READ FULL STORY
Celebrity Avengers, assemble! Dustin Hoffman and Mila Kunis join the ranks of Hollywood's real-life heroes
Is there something in the water in Hollywood… and also New Jersey? Because in the past five weeks, saving a civilian’s life has become the new Kabbalah — everyone who’s famous is doing it. In April, Ryan Gosling grabbed a woman who was this close to being flattened by a taxi. Newark mayor Cory Booker one-upped the Blue Valentine star by pulling a woman out of a burning building later that month. And Patrick Dempsey proved his own life-saving bona fides two weeks ago by prying a 17-year-old boy out of a wrecked car. (When the kid came to, he asked Dempsey if he was famous. McDreamy’s response? “Yeah, I’m a doctor.”)
But these three dreamy dudes aren’t the only boldfaced names getting into the superhero game. EW has confirmed that less than two weeks ago, 74-year-old Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman tended to a jogger who suffered a heart attack while running in London’s Hyde Park. As The Sun originally reported, the onetime Marathon Man quickly dashed over when he saw lawyer Sam Dempster collapse. Hoffman called paramedics and tended Dempster until they arrived, not leaving the stricken man until he was taken to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Afterwards, Hoffman soared into the sky — where he will stay, waiting and watching, until another exerciser is in need.
And then there’s Mila Kunis, who came running when a 50-year-old member of her household staff suffered a seizure Saturday. TMZ writes that Kunis quickly had a friend dial 911, then turned the man’s head to one side so he wouldn’t choke. She also allegedly volunteered to ride with the victim to the hospital. (Kunis’s rep didn’t immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.) Beauty, brains, and bravery — it’s all part of the celebrity hero package.
One of the great fallacies of the modern movie industry is the Beautiful Spin-Off Dream: The notion that you can pluck a supporting character out of a successful film, transplant them into new locales and situations where they can have sexy adventures against a colorful backdrop, and watch the money flow in. Marvel Studios flipped the playbook with their Avengers franchise, essentially creating three successful franchises (and also The Incredible Hulk) which only retroactively became spin-offs. Even before Avengers itself opened this past weekend, Marvel was already plotting their next wave of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America sequels. Now that Avengers has lit up the box office, though, the question becomes: Will the studio aim for another franchise? Or two? Or seven? READ FULL STORY
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