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POLL: Is James Spader the Right Choice for The Avengers' Villain?

James Spader Cast as Ultron in The Avengers Sequel

Originally posted 08/30/2013 09:30AM

James Spader as a maniacal robot?

The Emmy-winning actor, 53, has just been cast as the ultimate villain in the The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the upcoming sequel to the blockbuster, Marvel.com reports.

In Ultron, Spader will play a criminally insane robot with an array of abilities, like super-strength, flight and mind control, who is bent on destroying the human race, starting with the Avengers.

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PEOPLE Review: The Avengers Saves the Day!

PEOPLE Review: The Avengers Saves the Day!

Originally posted 05/05/2012 09:45AM

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Superheroes have it easy: We only expect them to save the planet every now and again. Superhero movies, though, have the daunting task of illuminating our souls.

Dazzling effects, strong stories and bold heroes mean bubkes unless they inspire us. Thank the gods, The Avengers is just what it ought to be – inspired.

After five recent films about the solo exploits of Marvel heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, outclassing Edward Norton), The Avengers weaves its narrative threads into a vibrant display of effects wizardry with characters to love and wit to spare.

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Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man Is Avengers Fans' Favorite

Robert Downey Jr. Wins Over the Most Avengers Fans as Iron Man

Originally posted 05/01/2012 10:00AM

In real-life, Robert Downey Jr. doesn't possess superhuman strength, genius intellect or that famed power suit.

But Iron Man, his on-screen Avengers alter-ego gifted with his body, brains and superhero wardrobe, isn't lacking – and fans of the franchise agree.

According to data collected on the movie's Facebook page, 37 percent of fans polled would most like to be Iron Man (identity: Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark) if they could transform into any Marvel superhero.

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FIRST LOOK: Captain America and Thor Land in New York

Captain America and Thor Land in New York

Originally posted 04/26/2012 08:45AM

You can't keep a good superhero down.

A full week before The Avengers opens in IMAX and on movie screens across the nation on May 4, Captain America, as portrayed by Chris Evans, and Thor, as played by Chris Hemsworth, will be debuting in Times Square – joining forces with The Hulk and Iron Man.

With Captain America and Thor as the new arrivals, the quintet will appear as of Thursday at Madame Tussauds New York, in a new, multi-level, interactive exhibit, along with the film short Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience.

According to Bret Pidgeon, General Manager of Madame Tussauds New York. "Marvel fans young and old alike will now have the opportunity to see, interact with and stand alongside their favorite characters."

Just don't stand too close to the Gamma Radiation Lab.

Scarlett Johansson: I Worry About My Body | Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson: I Worry About My Body, Too

Originally posted 04/24/2012 10:45AM

Reprising her role as the butt-kicking Black Widow in The Avengers, Scarlett Johansson had her own butt to worry about. Namely, how it looked in her skin-tight, curve-hugging costume.

"First of all, every woman has body worries. I'm not exempt from that," she tells ITV1's Daybreak morning show in the U.K. on Tuesday.

"But beyond part of the by-product of spending that much time in the gym is that you can fit into a cat suit."

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Scarlett Johansson and Her Avengers Costars Dig Into Pasta in Rome | Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson Digs Into Pasta with Avengers Costars in Rome

Originally posted 04/22/2012 12:30PM

While in Rome to promote their movie, the cast of The Avengers stopped into Antica Pesa, a restaurant that has been family-owned for three generations, to enjoy a meal together.

Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston dined on buffalo mozzarella, homemade prosciutto, breadsticks and grilled zucchini with goat cheese, before digging into two types of homemade pasta – one with tomato and bacon and one with cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper).

After that, they shared a course of grilled beef with spinach and rosemary potatoes.

Finally, for dessert, the movie stars indulged in – what else? – Italian cheesecake.
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Meow! Scarlett Johansson Struts with a Big Cat

Meow! Scarlett Johansson Struts with a Big Cat

Originally posted 04/12/2012 06:00PM

After a rough year, Scarlett Johansson is ready to step forward confidently with beau Nate Naylor – and a leopard on a leash, just for kicks.

The actress, exuding a purring glamour, was shot with a big cat and her Avengers costar Mark Ruffalo for the May 2012 issue of Vogue by photographer Mario Testino.

Leopards, movies, new love – what more could a girl ask for? "Yeah, everything's been really great right now," she says of her life. "It's been a good time."

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Chris Evans Likes a Woman to Keep Him on His Toes | Chris Evans

Chris Evans Likes a Woman Who Can Keep Him on His Toes

Originally posted 04/11/2012 12:45PM

Chris Evans isn't looking for a woman who always agrees with him.

The upcoming Avengers star, 30, says he'd much rather date someone who occasionally pushes his buttons.

"I like ... girls who give me a hard time [and] bust my chops a little," Evans tells Details magazine in their latest cover story.

"I like girls who aren't so la-di-da. L.A. is so la-di-da."

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