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This gigantic LEGO American flag will give you all the patriotic feels — Measuring 9½ feet tall and 14 feet wide, the ginormous, 546-pound red, white and blue monster - the largest LEGO American flag ever, by the way - was built Wednesday by more than 15,000 visitors at Washington's National Museum of American History using 100,000-plus LEGO bricks.

Here’s your exclusive primer on what makes ‘Ant-Man’ so freaking cool — A year ago, most of civilization didn't have any clue who the Guardians of the Galaxy were, and by Labor Day we had all fell in love with a talking raccoon and a tree.

Watch Martin Sheen embrace his inner lion king in exclusive ‘Creatures’ clip — If people had a choice in the 2016 election, most folks probably would vote for Martin Sheen's winning West Wing president Jed Bartlett. But the venerable actor takes on another ruling role, albeit a very different one, for the family-friendly animated adventure All Creatures Big and Small (available digitally via Google Play on Wednesday).

‘X-Men’ star Anna Paquin sees loads more action in ‘Rogue Cut’ deleted scene — Fans of Anna Paquin's movie character Rogue pretty much flipped out when they watched X-Men: Days of Future Past last summer. Why? BECAUSE THERE WAS NO DAMN ROGUE IN IT! Paquin was only in a little 30-second blink-and-you'll-miss-it-unless-you've-got-crazy-good-Wolverine-senses bit at the end of the time-traveling superhero adventure. Well, now comes a little vindication.

Watch: Charlize Theron joins The Kill Club in exclusive ‘Dark Places’ clip — This is the summer for Charlize Theron playing characters haunted by their pasts apparently. First, of course, there was Imperator Furiosa, the coolest action heroine in forever from Mad Max: Fury Road, and here comes Libby Day, the protagonist of the mystery thriller Dark Places (on DirecTV now and in theaters and on video-on-demand Aug.

Watch: ‘Chappie’ star Sigourney Weaver just as much a sci-fi goddess as ever — It was a match made in sci-fi nerd heaven: Sigourney Weaver is an icon in the genre with her role as Ripley in the Alien movies (plus Avatar and Ghostbusters, of course), and director Neill Blomkamp looooooooves Alien. So naturally the filmmaker had to cast her in his robot flick Chappie, out on Blu-ray/DVD Tuesday.

'Jurassic World' chomps off $204.6M — "Jurassic World" isn't just prehistoric, it's historic: Dinosaurs are romping and stomping all over the box office like it's 1993 again. The latest installment in the franchise started by "Jurassic Park" 22 years ago chomped down on the competition in epic fashion.

Here’s what makes the ‘Jurassic World’ Velociraptors so awesome — Jurassic Park not only gave us cool Jeff Goldblum and a neato John Williams score, but it also unleashed Velociraptors as memorable movie villains of the 1990s. They're back in the new blockbuster Jurassic World but with a twist: Instead of being all computer-generated creations or animatronic, they're actually played by actors in motion-capture outfits.

‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ pays homemade homage to ‘Jurassic Park’ — Two good and very different movies are out today: blockbuster-in-waiting Jurassic World on pretty much a gazillion screens, and indie flick Me and Earl and the Dying Girl in 15 theaters (with a wider opening next week).

Watch: Anna Camp is a pitch-perfect schemer in exclusive ‘Caught’ teaser — You thought Anna Camp was intense as the high-strung leader of the Barden Bellas in Pitch Perfect? Well, get a load of her as a ticked-off wife in this exclusive first teaser for the thriller Caught, directed by actress-turned-filmmaker Maggie Kiley. The film has its premiere Friday at the LA Film Festival.
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