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From Rocket Raccoon to Krypto the Super Dog: A Brief History of Animal Superheroes

Animal Superheroes
Marvel/DC

Rocket Raccoon may be one of the first animal superheroes to make it to the big screen, but he's certainly not alone in the pages of Marvel and DC comics. In fact, superhero comics have been introducing animal heroes for years, ranging from stand-alone heroes with unique origin stories to pets who simply share the same powers as their owners.

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Wait, The Director of ‘The Purge’ Wrote the Robin Williams Movie, ‘Jack’?

Purge Anarchy
Universal Pictures

In the mid ‘90s, Robin Williams was starting to take some risks. He had just filmed two crowd-pleasers in a row – ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ and ‘Jumanji’ – and it was apparent that he was looking for something, let’s say, meatier. And Williams would later find those roles with ‘The Birdcage’ and ‘Good Will Hunting’ (a movie that would win him an Academy Award). But, before that, Williams eyed a script that had been the subject of a bidding war between every major studio in town. After Disney won the rights, Williams convinced director Francis Ford Coppola to direct. On the surface, it appeared to be a prestige project. But that project turned out to be ‘Jack’ – a movie about a young boy who, by the age of 10, appears to be 40 -- a now almost legendary critical failure that was written by James DeMonaco … the man who also wrote and directed a movie nothing like 'Jack,' ‘The Purge’ and its upcoming sequel.

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Comic-Con 2014 Toy Exclusives: The 12 Hottest Items You’ll Absolutely Want to Own

Comic-Con 2014 Toy Preview
Lucasfilm/Square Enix/Diamond Selects/Hasbro

Comic-Con 2014 is just around the corner, and while we can't wait to get the lowdown on the most-anticipated movies and TV shows coming in the years ahead, we can't forget about all the exclusive toys and merchandise that'll be offered to attendees.

From those super-sweet Funko Pop! figures to 'Alien' in a box, there's arguably too much coolness to handle. But don't worry! We've taken the liberty and scoured through all the many Comic-Con 2014 toy offerings and hand picked some of our favorites. If you're one of those crazy kids making their way to San Diego in a couple weeks, be sure to keep these products on your radar.

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The Lost Episode Of ‘Seinfeld’ That No One Has Ever Seen (and Never Will)

seinbet

During the second season of ‘Seinfeld’ – on Wednesday, December 12, 1990, to be more exact – the cast sat down to read through the script for what would be the fourth episode of the season and only the ninth episode of a series that would go on to produce a total of 180 episodes. The episode was titled ‘The Bet.’ Sets for the episode had been built. Guest characters had been cast. ‘The Bet’ would never air.

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Diagon Alley: Everything You Need to Know About Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter Expansion

Diagon Alley Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando is now open for muggle business. The new attraction at the park (at a reported cost of over $250 million) brings two new rides, lots of shops, magic wands, restaurants and bars and a giant fire-breathing dragon. In advance of the Diagon Alley opening, we took a tour of the new attraction and tested out all the new features. Below is a quick guide to everything you'll need to know about Diagon Alley.

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TV Needs to Stop Lying to Us About Its One Season Wonders

Under the Dome
CBS

Don’t any of these people know what a miniseries is anymore? In today’s TV landscape there are anthology series, “event series,” reboots, and relaunches. There are shows that were meant as series, but then given endings because they’re never coming back, and series that give themselves an series finale only to be given a reprieve at the last minute a million times

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ IMAX Sneak Peek: What We Learned From Watching 17 Mins of Marvel’s Space Opera

Guardians of the Galaxy Sneak Peek
Marvel Studios

On Monday night, July 7, Marvel teamed with the folks at IMAX to screen 17 minutes of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' for fans ahead of the film's August 1 release. Tickets and seating were first come, first served, so you can imagine the turnout, but we were there to take in all the never-before-seen footage. And boy, was there a lot to take in.

Directed by James Gunn, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' stars Chris Pratt as the thief-turned-hero Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as assassin Gamora, Dave Bautista as the crazed Drax The Destroyer, Bradley Cooper as the trigger-happy Rocket and Vin Diesel as the tree of a few words Groot, as they band together to stop the villains plans of Thanos and Ronan The Accuser. It's one of Marvel's most ambitious films to date, taking the universe established with The Avengers into outer space, and here's everything we learned from the 17-minute 'Guardians of the Galaxy: An IMAX 3D First Look.'

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The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Alien Pals, Ranked

Alien Sidekicks
Universal/Relativity Media/Warner Bros.

Aliens are always en vogue when it come to blockbuster offerings -- after all, why else are audiences still clamoring to see another 'Independence Day' nearly twenty years after the original hit theaters, complete with one of cinema's best (and most misheard) line deliveries and an already embarrassingly dated take on how computer viruses work? -- but as much as we love to yell "welcome to Earf!" to nefarious alien intruders before a good old-fashioned face punching, there's one thing we love more: befriending them

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Filed Under: Category: Lists, Movie News, Original Features

The Only Fourth Of July Televison Episode You Ever Need To Watch

wyears

The only Fourth of July episode of anything worth mentioning is the series finale of ‘The Wonder Years.’ Airing on May 12, 1993, an epilogue set during a Fourth of July parade became one of the most memorable television moments of the last 25 years.

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Why the ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2 Finale Was Disappointing

Netflix
Netflix

Over the course of two seasons, 'Orange Is the New Black' has guided us through the lives of women whose stories are not often told, giving us a vibrant, complex look at vibrant, complex people of all colors, shapes and sizes. Creator Jenji Kohan has blended warmth and humor with drama to t

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