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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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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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Nicole Kidman, Mark Ruffalo Among Indie Spirit Presenters | Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman, Mark Ruffalo Among Indie Spirit Presenters

Originally posted 02/14/2011 03:15PM

Nominated actors Nicole Kidman and Mark Ruffalo are among presenters at the Feb. 26 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Other presenters include the show's 2008 host Rainn Wilson and fellow actor Diego Luna.

The ceremony, hosted by Joel McHale, will air on IFC at 10 p.m. ET.

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Traces of Drugs Found in Scott Ruffalo's Body

Traces of Drugs Found in Scott Ruffalo's Body

Originally posted 02/02/2009 02:00PM

Scott Ruffalo had "very slight" traces of cocaine, morphine and alcohol in his system at the time of his death, L.A. County Coroner spokesman Ed Winter confirms to PEOPLE.

"Ruffalo's toxicology results showed a very slight trace of cocaine and alcohol," Winter says. "He also had slight traces of morphine which could've been due to prescription medication.

"All we can conclude from this is that he was not under the influence of drugs when he was shot due to the small amount," says Winter, who adds that coroners still maintain Ruffalo's death was a homicide.

Ruffalo, 39, the younger brother of actor Mark Ruffalo, was found shot in the head Dec. 1 at his Beverly Hills condominium and died a week later.

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Scott Ruffalo's Death Ruled a Homicide

Scott Ruffalo's Death Ruled a Homicide

Originally posted 12/18/2008 07:30AM

It's official: The death of Mark Ruffalo's brother has been ruled a homicide.

The L.A. County Coroner's Office has determined that someone else shot Scott Ruffalo in the head, spokesman Craig Harvey told the Associated Press.

Beverly Hills police arrested, but later released, Shaha Mishaal Adham, 26. At the time, the woman's attorney claimed that Scott shot himself during a game of Russian roulette.

Scott, 39, was shot Dec. 1 and died a week later. Police have not revealed a motive in the case.
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Mark Ruffalo Drops Out of Movie Role

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Mark Ruffalo Drops Out of Movie Role

Originally posted 12/11/2008 08:20AM

Mark Ruffalo – who's still reeling from this week's tragic death of his brother, Scott – has dropped out of the indie drama Greenburg, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

He will likely be replaced by Ben Stiller in the film, written and directed by Noah Baumbach, says the trade paper.

No reason was given for the casting shakeup. But the news comes just three days after Scott Ruffalo succumbed to a gunshot wound he sustained Dec. 1.

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Mark Ruffalo Responds to Brother's Death

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Mark Ruffalo Responds to Brother's Death

Originally posted 12/10/2008 08:15AM

Mark Ruffalo is speaking out about the tragic death of his brother.

"Mark Ruffalo and his family deeply appreciate the outpouring of prayers and support during this most difficult time of the passing of Scott Ruffalo, beloved son, brother and husband," a rep for the actor said in a statement. "The funeral service will be private."

Scott Ruffalo, 39, died Monday night, one week after he was shot in the head inside his Beverly Hills apartment.

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Scott Ruffalo Dies from Gunshot Wound

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Scott Ruffalo Dies from Gunshot Wound

Originally posted 12/09/2008 10:05AM

Scott Ruffalo, the brother of actor Mark Ruffalo, died late Monday night after being shot in the head Dec. 1 – the same day the suspect in the shooting was placed in police custody in Beverly Hills.

"We are releasing very little information at this time, because it is an intense ongoing investigation," Lt. Tony Lee tells PEOPLE. "Our first priority is in gaining a conviction."

Beverly Hills Police Sgt. Renato Moreno told the Associated Press that Ruffalo, 39, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, one week after Ruffalo was shot inside his Beverly Hills condo.

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