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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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Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

“Thor 2″ star Jaimie Alexander wants Sif and Thor’s relationship to “progress”

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With all the rumors swirling that Natalie Portman might not end up wanting to return for “Thor 2,” could it be that he has another love interest still in the mix? In the comic books, one of Thor’s lady loves was the Norse goddess Sif, played by Jaimie Alexander in the 2011 film. It turns out that Alexander would be very interested in seeing the upcoming sequel, “Thor 2,” head that route.

“I’m a comic book nerd at heart, so I’d like to see the relationship between Thor and Sif progress,” she told MTV News in a recent interview. “Whether or not they do that, we’re not sure yet. We’ll see. I think that element will be in there, but I don’t know how much.”

As for whether or not she’ll make an appearance in “The Avengers,” Alexander said it’s doubtful. But, that being said, she’s not going to count it out as a possibility until “The Avengers” hits theaters on May 4.

“Sometimes you never know. It’ll be funny – they’ll call you and they’ll do a post-credits scene and you go, ‘Oh, so everything I said in interviews is completely wrong.’ So you never know!” she teased.

Also, it seems like “Thor 2″ is going through yet another change-up behind the scenes. Deadline has learned that the flick’s screenplay will undergo a rewrite by “Saving Private Ryan” scribe Robert Rodat. Don Payne wrote the original “Thor 2″ screenplay, as well as the first film.

That delay still should have the movie lined up for a summer production start date like Tom Hiddleston said earlier this week.

“Thor 2″ is slated for a November 15, 2013 release date. It is directed by Alan Taylor and is lined up to star Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Hiddleston.

Would you like to see a romance bloom between Thor and Sif? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

New “Prometheus,” “The Avengers,” “The Hobbit” pictures hit the web

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Today you can thank USA Today for officially getting you stoked for the film slate in 2012. The newspaper got their hands on a ton of new stills from some of the 12 movies they think fans should be most excited for in the new year. Fortunately, we couldn’t agree with them more.

Arguably the coolest picture is for “The Bourne Legacy,” which offers a first look at Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross in the continuation of Matt Damon’s “Bourne” trilogy. Other than looking angry and severe in the image, there’s not too much we can gather from it about the movie. Still, we’re glad just to have something to start hyping the film’s August 3 release date.

The media gallery also includes new images for “The Avengers,” “Prometheus,” “The Hobbit,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Brave.” The “Prometheus” one offers a clear look at Noomi Rapace in the film. And just was is it that she’s holding in her hand?

“The Avengers” image is a variation on the many shots we’ve seen of Captain American and Thor released over the past few months. The superhero duo are in the middle of a big battle in New York City, though we can’t help but wonder where Iron Man and Hulk are during all of this.

Rounding out the big new releases, “The Hobbit” still features Martin Freeman looking, well, like a hobbit. His hairy feet and pointed ears might not be the most flattering aspects of his new look, but at least we can give him props for his sense of style. Seriously, can it be December 14 already? The next 11 months can’t fly by fast enough.

The still from “Snow White and the Huntsman” continues to showcase Charlize Theron as the real reason to be excited for this film. She looks fantastically evil here on her throne as the appropriately titled Evil Queen. And the “Brave” image is similar to the shot we’ve seen in the trailer of Merida and her family discussing some of their favorite Scottish legends.

Which of these new pictures is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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