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New “The Avengers” stills capture Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson in action

New “The Avengers” stills capture Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson in action (photo)

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In a little over seven months, “The Avengers” are going to be flying, smashing and rampaging their way to the big screen. The ensemble Marvel flick is one of the most hyped movies in 2012, and yesterday we brought you the news that Entertainment Weekly had selected the movie to be the focus of the magazine’s cover story this week. Fortunately, the excitement didn’t end with that.

Yesterday EW released a series of behind-the-scenes photos from the issue (on newsstands today), and today ComingSoon.net got their hands on scans of even more photos from the magazine. They’re fully realized stills from “The Avengers” movie versus being behind-the-scenes photos, and are definitely a bit juicier than what was released yesterday.

There’s a great shot of Loki, the villain in “The Avengers,” being walked through what looks like a military facility by a group of blue-clad soldiers. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Tom Hiddleston in costume for this film, but the new scan shows a scene that hasn’t been previously revealed.

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“I think [Thor’s] motivation is much more of a personal one, in the sense that it’s his brother that is stirring things up. Whereas everyone else, it’s some bad guy who they’ve gotta take down,” said “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth of his onscreen brother in a new excerpt from the EW story. “It’s a different approach for me, or for Thor. He’s constantly having to battle the greater good and what he should do vs. … it’s his little brother there.”

Also included in the new images is a shot of Chris Evans looking at a case that holds his Captain America uniform, labeled “Cpt Steve Rogers.” Evans shared with EW that his character will have a bit of a tough time adjusting to the present day.

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“He was a soldier, obviously, everybody he went to battle with, all of his brothers in arms, they’re all dead. He’s just lonely,” Evans said. “I think in the beginning it’s a fish out of water scene, and it’s tough. It’s a tough pill for him to swallow. Then comes trying to find a balance with the modern world.”

Then there’s Scarlett Johansson, looking her usual sultry self as the Black Widow. This photo looks to be from the same action sequence as the one revealed yesterday that featured her and her fellow human Avenger, Hawkeye. Apparently Johansson was a bit insecure when shooting her head shot for the EW cover.

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“The other day we were doing this big reveal shot of all the Avengers. Thor has got his hammer, Cap’s got his shield, Hawkeye has his bow and arrow, and Hulk is huge. Then it pans over to me and I’ve got guns. Iron Man’s like, hovering above all of us, ready to go,” she said. “I was like, ‘[director] Joss [Whedon]… um… do I look okay holding these guns?'” His response helped reassure her: “She’s a total badass. She’s a killing machine.”

Apparently there will be a kinship evident between Johansson’s Black Widow and Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye because they are the only two humans in the superhero line-up. But, according to Mark Ruffalo, there also will be an unlikely friendship between his character, the Hulk, and Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man.

“No one wants to set him off except for Iron Man, except for Downey, who just wants to see him pop,” Ruffalo said. “It’s funny, there’s a really cool dynamic between Tony Stark and Banner. Banner actually enjoys it, and finds it really refreshing. They’re a lot alike in a strange way. They’re both these kind of scientists who are mavericks, kind of renegades.”

Also included in the new photos was a picture of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury firing gun like a total badass. “The Avengers” hits theaters on May 4, 2012.

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What do you think of this deluge of new stills from “The Avengers”? Is this a movie you’re looking forward to? Tell us below in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

Underworld

Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

“The Avengers” behind-the-scenes set photos hit the web

“The Avengers” behind-the-scenes set photos hit the web (photo)

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Did our earlier story about “The AvengersEntertainment Weekly cover – which hits newsstands this Friday — get you really psyched about the movie? Then you’re in luck, because the magazine has released an early look at some of the behind-the-scenes set photos that will be included in the movie’s cover story. And yes, they do look a heck of a lot better than the heavily photoshopped image that’s being used for this week’s cover.

Since the movie is the culmination of the five previously released Marvel superhero movies, the photos all show the flick’s ensemble cast interacting with one another. Up first, we have Chris Evans as Captain America (in his new suit, nonetheless) and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark looking off into the distance with displeased looks on their faces. There’s sure to be some tension between these two characters, as Captain America was friends with Stark’s father, Howard Stark, during their World War II days.

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Up next, there’s an action-packed shot of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in the middle of one of the film’s fight scenes. Judging by the taxi cab in the picture, I’m guessing that this shot will be a part of the big action sequence that has been filming recently, though the green screen shows that this was shot on a set.

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There’s also a neat behind-the-scenes photo of director Joss Whedon chatting with stars Downey, Evans and Chris Hemsworth. Judging by the happy looks on their faces, it looks like Whedon wasn’t kidding when he said his cast were actually really good friends.

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EW also posted the individual headshots of each of “The Avengers” stars that they used to create the ensemble cover image. They’re worth checking out, if only because they look so much better on their own than pasted together.

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When talking about his cast in the cover story, Whedon said that “The Avengers'” A-list actors get along well on set, unlike their big screen counterparts. “I was like, well, if they hate each other, I guess we can use that,” he said. “But they don’t.”

What do you think of these latest behind-the-scenes photos? Do you like the individual headshots better than EW‘s cover image? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

“The Avengers” get covered, as director Joss Whedon reflects on his burgeoning superhero family

“The Avengers” get covered, as director Joss Whedon reflects on his burgeoning superhero family (photo)

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It’s not a stretch to say that “The Avengers” is one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of 2012. In a year jam-packed with blockbuster comic book flicks — such as “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” — Marvel’s attempt to bring together their film franchise in one ensemble collaboration is a gamble that could change the way Hollywood makes movie series.

That last statement might be getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but seriously, people are excited for this movie. That’s why Entertainment Weekly dedicated their Sept. 30 issue to “The Avengers,” replete with a heavily photoshopped cover featuring the film’s six main stars. The magazine released a tease of the cover story and set visit report today featuring interviews with Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner and director Joss Whedon.

Apparently Downey took his notorious habit of “pushing for heat-of-the-moment script punch-ups” with him from the set of “Iron Man” to “The Avengers.” That’s why, for much of the time EW was on set, Whedon could be seen off in a corner obsessively rewriting and adding new pages of dialogue.

“There is a weird element of: they handed me one of the biggest movies of all time, and I’m making it up as I go,” he said.

It turns out that Whedon was a bit caught off by the fact that his ensemble cast filled with big name stars — Downey, Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth — got along so well. In fact, he was counting on a bit of friction. “I was like, well, if they hate each other, I guess we can use that,” he said with a shrug. “But they don’t.”

But just because they get together on set doesn’t mean their characters are going to get along as amicably in the film. “Just because they’re super heroes doesn’t mean they’re super friends,” Renner said.

Fans got a tease of that tension in the “Avengers” teaser at the end of “Captain America: The First Avenger.” In an interview with Samuel L. Jackson in August, he said he got a kick out of seeing all the Marvel actors together in one room.

“We’re all really good friends,” he said, “It’s kind of funny to stand around in a room and see everybody. Thor is standing there in his costume. Captain America. Sometime’s he’s dressed and sometimes he’s not. Scarlett [Johansson] is there as Black Widow. Robert Downey is there. He very seldom has his Iron Man costume on when he’s just hanging around with his buds.”

“It’s just amazing to look around the room and see all of those guys there and go, ‘Okay. This is cool,'” he added.

“The Avengers” hits theaters May 4, 2012.

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