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Everybody apparently has watched the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer — A lot of people have watched the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. Like a bunch. A horde even. It's not surprising since the first Avengers film is one of the biggest movies of all time and this year is currently being ruled by a Marvel flick with a talking raccoon and a tree.

Listen: Admissions, 'Avengers' in new nerd podcast — With so much entertainment to consume nowadays, from movies to video games to TV shows to comic books to the black hole that is YouTube, it's hard to get around to it all! That's what our fearless crew - Brian Truitt (@briantruitt on Twitter), Brett Molina (@BrettMolina23), Kelly Lawler (@klawls) and Carly Mallenbaum (@ThatGirlCarly) come to grips with in Episode 6 of the official USA TODAY nerdcast.

Oh, the horror: Freddy Krueger is freaked out by Siamese twins — Tis the season for horror flicks, and GQ rounded up those that scare Hollywood's most notable scare-meisters. Robert Englund, the man who freaked out the 1980s generation as sweater-clad serial killer Freddy Krueger, is still weirded out by the 1973 Brian De Palma film Sisters: "There's a phenomenal mad doctor played by William Finley.

'The Graduate' influences female-laden 'Laggies' — Director Lynn Shelton feels a quarter-life crisis is rife for as much drama and comedy nowadays as it was in the 1960s when Benjamin Braddock was getting seduced by Mrs. Robinson.

Stewart sees clearly now in 'Camp X-Ray' — Hidden among the tabloid exposés, paparazzi stalking and everything else that goes with the Kristen Stewart Celebrity Experience is the fact that she's actually a pretty good actress.

Tiptoe through teenage nightmares with the scary new ‘Insidious 3′ trailer — The first lesson from the trailer for the upcoming horror flick Insidious 3: If you're a text-crazy teen girl and you're knocking playfully on the wall with the boy next door, make sure it's actually the boy next door and not, oh, say, some creeptastic spirit waiting to scare the emojis out of you.

One mean robot and other great moments from the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer — "I am going to show you something beautiful." James Spader's voiceover as a killer robot ain't kidding: The new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is really, really pretty. And explosive. Really, really explosive.

Marvel has pretty much the perfect response to ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer leak — Marvel Studios had grand plans for the reveal of its first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, placing it on next week's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a whole corporate synergy thing plus maybe a little goosing of the show's ratings. Getting Robert Downey Jr. somehow in that hour of TV?

'Best American' writing in comics, stories, more — Jennifer Egan, editor Mariner, 325 pp. *** out of four Perhaps it won't surprise a modern reader to discover that the world of the contemporary short story is a grim one. And yet the serious reader may even be cheered by this state of affairs. Who wants lollipops and puppies?

Neil Gaiman updates on ‘Sandman’ movie: Still a thing that is happening — One of the most high-profile projects not mentioned in last week's announcement/braindump of DC Comics-based movies was The Sandman, based on the long-running Neil Gaiman comic. The fantasy film based around the exploits of Morpheus - the Lord of Dreams, not Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix - was announced last December with David Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to produce.
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Fun fact: The Avengers trailer is still awesome on the 438th viewing — and also set to the sounds of Celine Dion

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