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Watch: Exclusive ‘The Flash’ feature shows Barry Allen’s journey to being a superhero

entertainthis.usatoday.com — In comic books (and their various screen adaptations), superheroes being born out of childhood tragedy is a consistent trope. Superman is sent from Krypton as a baby before it explodes and kills his parents. Young Bruce Wayne was inspired to become Batman after his mom and dad were gunned down in front of him.

NERD ALERT: Avengers come home in the fall with neato ‘Age of Ultron’ extras

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Your fall is about to get a whole bunch more super, nerds. The blockbuster sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron was a big ol' hit that spawned killer robots, S cience Bros and various thinkpieces about Black Widow.
Jul 24, 2015

NERD ALERT: Avengers come home in the fall with neato 'Age of Ultron' extras (+ trailer and exclusive clip!) usat.ly/1CYC4DG

James Bond’s life shaken and stirred in new ‘Spectre’ trailer

entertainthis.usatoday.com — James Bond is in a whole heap of globe-trotting trouble again in the new trailer for the 24th 007 film Spectre (out Nov. 6), and he's even rethinking his career as a secret agent. GASP!
Jul 22, 2015

ICYMI: Explosions, cars, explosions, kissing, bad guys & explosions in new #Spectre trailer usat.ly/1g3GLlQ pic.twitter.com/TEbv6EyEhW

Jul 22, 2015

Plans: Nov. 6 Wings at TOR/Nov. 7 this movie/Nov. 9 HHoF ceremony ... who's with me? 'Spectre' trailer usat.ly/1g3GLlQ

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Léa Seydoux hints at Christoph Waltz’s ‘mean’ new Bond villain in ‘Spectre’

entertainthis.usatoday.com — The women of the upcoming James Bond film Spectre are not only lovely and talented but they also hold up really well under interrogation - for example, Stephanie Sigman wouldn't tell us any secrets about her mysterious Estrella for our sneak peek. (And we tried, folks. Boy, did we try.)

It’s a Jurassic world of feels with Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ trailer

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Pixar is known for getting emotional - see: pretty much all of Inside Out - but they're just daring folks not to cry with the first trailer for The Good Dinosaur (in theaters Nov. 25).

Vampires poke around social media in exclusive ‘Shadows’ deleted scene

entertainthis.usatoday.com — What Spinal Tap did for dim heavy-metal rockers, What We Do in the Shadows (on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday) does for the bloodsucking contingent. Written and directed by stars Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords fame) the mockumentary follows vampire flatmates in New Zealand and how they get by in the world - in the case of Clement's ornery Vladislav, that means 862 years of rockin' it fang style.

Watch: Michael Fassbender on ‘going Ron Burgundy’ in exclusive ‘X-Men’ clip

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy have recently taken the movie franchise into the 1960s with X-Men: First Class, and next year go to the '80s in X-Men: Apocalypse. Yet, for those love disco, bell bottoms and collars that defy the laws of gravity - much like Fassbender's Magneto, who also doesn't mind a good ascot - their most stylish outing yet was in the 1970s-set X-Men: Days of Future Past last year.

You’re going to want to watch this ‘Heroes Reborn’ trailer from Comic-Con

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Remember when Zachary Levi was a nerd-turned-spy who tried to avoid dangerous situations on the late-2000s NBC series Chuck? Well, that ain't the guy he's playing in Heroes Reborn, the continuation of the late-2000s series Heroes that gave us Zachary Quinto, Hayden Panettiere and the catchphrase "Save the cheerleader, save the world."

Check out the new ‘Batman v Superman’ trailer that just dropped at Comic-Con

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Angry Batfleck! Lots of destruction! Lex Luthor and Kryptonite! Wonder Woman in action! Superman throwing shade! More destruction! The new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just premiered at Comic-Con, but you can check it out here:

J.J. Abrams just invited Comic-Con to a ‘Star Wars’ concert!

entertainthis.usatoday.com — After bringing down the house in a Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel at San Diego Comic-Con, director J.J. Abrams surprised all 6,500 fans attending and invited them to a secret Star Wars concert where the San Diego Symphony is performing classic John Williams music at the Embarcadero Marina Park.
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Jul 29, 2015

RT @jchutchins: "The Incredibles" is the greatest Fantastic 4 move ever made.

Jul 28, 2015

RT @scottderrickson: If any film from last year was made by an auteur, it was Guardians of the Galaxy.

Jul 28, 2015

@geektrooper It's not that bad. Maybe should have kept its October opening however.

Jul 28, 2015

Long lines, airborne almonds and four-letter words — a day on the Atlanta set of #Vacation usat.ly/1S8IRBV pic.twitter.com/Np3YPbxydT

Jul 27, 2015

Superman's new reality? No secret identity - exclusive preview & talk w/ @geneluenyang & JRJR usat.ly/1S8XS6A pic.twitter.com/RsThh1h4AF

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