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New “The Avengers” stills, interviews and plot details hit the web

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Have you been feeling “The Avengers” deprived? Well you’re in luck, because Empire is coming to the rescue with a new issue devoted to the upcoming ensemble superhero flick.

There are five covers for the magazine issue (featured at the bottom of the post)– one of which is a group shot for subscribers only — but the four Avengers represented aren’t the ones we would have guessed. While Iron Man, Captain America and Thor have had their own films and thus deserve their time in the spotlight, Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow replaced Mark Ruffalo‘s The Hulk in the typical Avenging line-up.

Could it be that Black Widow gets more screentime that we previously thought? Probably not. Our guess is that Johansson just has a more marketable mug than Ruffalo for selling magazines.

Three new stills from the movie included in the mag were scanned to the Internet, thanks to ComingSoon.net. One features just Nick Fury, while another shows Fury talking weapons with Captain America. The last shows Black Widow and Hawkeye getting close in the S.H.I.E.L.D. base.

If you live in Asia, you should keep an eye out for the six “Avengers”-themed red envelopes that Marvel will be handing out for the Chinese New Year. The Borneo Post has a look at the “ang pow,” five of which feature a different one of the main Avengers, while the sixth is a heavily-Photoshopped ensemble picture.

The Empire issue also includes an interview with Marvel producer Kevin Feige, who addressed the villains in “The Avengers.” Let’s just say that they might not be ones that we’ve seen in previous Marvel flicks.

“It’s not Skrulls, I’ve been clear about that. Beyond that, we want to hide it,” he said. “The identity of the alien race is not impactful. It exists in the comic books, but we’re not setting up the Kree-Skrull war or anything like that.”

Feige also said that we won’t be seeing “Captain America” villain Red Skull in “The Avengers” either.

“Was Skull vaporized at the end of the movie, or thrust into another realm?” asks Feige. “That remains to be seen. It would be fun to see Skull in future, but he’s not in this one.”

Joss Whedon directed “The Avengers,” which is due out in theaters on May 4.

What do you think of these new “Avengers” promotions? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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