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Original ‘Avengers’ ink their place in cinematic history

They’ve been there from the beginning, and now they have matching ink to make their connection in protecting the world, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, permanent. 

Five of the six Avengers took a page out of the “The Lord of the Rings” playbook and got matching tattoos. 

Robert Downey Jr. said it was all Scarlett Johansson’s idea.

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“She and (Chris) Evans did it in New York. Then their New York guy, Josh Lord, who is amazing, flew out to LA, he did me, did (Jeremy) Renner, and then we just bullied (Chris) Hemsworth into doing it, and he got it,” Downey told Entertainment Weekly.

The only one not to be part of the tattoo group was Mark Ruffalo. 

But the there was a sixth person in the tattoo chair -- the artist himself -- who had each of the five Avengers stars make a line on his version of the stylized Avengers symbol.

“Each of us contributed to giving the tattoo artist the sixth tattoo that he designed for us. By the way, he’s got another one on him that Scarlett did, which is beautiful, which is crazy, because the line she drew on him, which was supposed to be a straight line, looked like a lightning bolt. It was a mess,” Downey told Entertainment Weekly.

The “Avengers” cast isn’t the only one to get the same ink after filming was complete. The cast of “The Lord of the Rings” also got matching tattoos more than 10 years ago of the number nine written in elvish. Even Sir Ian McKellen and Sean Bean got into the act, to mark the end of the epic trilogy, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“Avengers: Infinity War” has made more than $1 billion in theaters so far, The Washington Post reported

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MoviePass brings back movie-a-day monthly plan

MoviePass, a subscription-based movie ticketing service, is bringing back its popular movie ticket per day subscription plan.

Wired reported that the company made the decision two weeks after the offer was removed from its website. The plan allows customers to see a movie a day each day for $9.95 a month.

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“We never planned to abandon the flagship product that everybody loves,” MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe said in an interview, according to Variety. “Any time we’ve done a promotional package, we’ve taken the monthly plan off our site.”

The promotional package that led to the removal of the plan was a $29.95 three-month plan that allowed viewers to see four movies a month. That promo began April 13. It also offered a free trial of an on-demand music streaming package.

“It’s marketing 101,” Lowe said. “We wanted to focus everybody on this partnership promotion. If people knew the (movie-a-day) plan was coming back, they might not be interested in the (music streaming) deal.”

Despite the plan’s popularity, the company has added some stipulations. It will no longer allow users to see the same movie twice under the plan. According to Lowe, the rule change is to prevent fraud among customers who share one card among family members or scalp tickets.

According to the MoviePass website, over 2 million people are subscribed to the service.

New ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ trailer, poster released

Hot on the heels of the record-breaking opening of “Avengers: Infinity War” the latest trailer and poster for “Ant-Man and The Wasp” have been released.

We last saw Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, on the big screen in “Captain America: Civil War.” In the sequel to the 2015 film “Ant-Man”, Lang teams up once again with Hope Van Dyne, played by Evangeline Lilly, but this time she joins him on their super hero adventures in a super suit of her own, with the name The Wasp.

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Her father, Dr. Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, is also back trying to find out what happened to his wife, Janet Van Dyne, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, NME reported.

“Avengers: Infinity War” had world-wide earnings of $640 million and $258 million domestically, Screen Rant reported.

“Ant-Man and The Wasp” hits theaters on July 6.

'Avengers: Infinity War' shatters box office records

It has been a record weekend for the Avengers.

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Disney and Marvel Studios' “Avengers: Infinity War” smashed box office records nationally and worldwide in its opening weekend, pulling in an estimated $250 million in North America and approximately $630 internationally, CNN reported.

The Avengers movie topped the domestic mark of $248 million set by the 2015 film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” while Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” was the previous global standard-bearer at $541.9 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Avengers: Infinity War” was helped by the biggest box office Saturday in North America with $83 million in ticket sales, the Reporter said.

With the success of the latest Avengers movie, Disney now holds nine of the top 10 biggest openings in North American history, CNN reported. The movie smashed the record books without the help of China -- the world’s second largest movie market -- which will not debut the movie until May 11, CNN reported.

“Avengers: Infinity Wars” also scored well with critics, earning an 84 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ stars become ‘Marvel Bunch’ thanks to Jimmy Fallon

They’re known for beating the bad guys and saving the world on the big screen, but the cast of the “Avengers: Infinity War” showed off their lesser-known group talents - singing.

On “The Tonight Show” Wednesday, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Pratt led their respective teams in their take on the classic “Brady Bunch” theme song, called “The Marvel Bunch.”

You’ll notice, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America) on Iron Man’s side. With Pratt (Star Lord) leading Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther).

Tom Hiddleston (Loki) takes the coveted center square, egging on Hemsworth.

“Avengers: Infinity War” officially hits theaters Friday. Some theaters are premiering the film Thursday evening.

'Avengers' stars raised $500,000 in charity while filming in Atlanta

“Avengers: Infinity War,” in wide release Friday, was filmed largely in Atlanta. While the Marvel stars were in town, they put their talents to use in a very special performance to raise $500,000 for a very worthy cause: hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

Proceeds from the November event at the Fox Theatre benefited the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund at the Center for Popular Democracy.

MORE: What Puerto Rico was like more than a month after Hurricane Maria struck

How much did “Avengers: Infinity War” spend in Georgia?

Scarlett Johansson came up with the idea to pull together a benefit event. Her colleagues Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. eagerly joined the effort. Atlanta’s Tony-winning director Kenny Leon served as director.

“Thank you for letting me call Atlanta home,” Leon said at the event, before turning the microphone over to Johansson.

“I knew I could count on you, Atlanta,” she said. “We love to shoot here. It’s a very inspiring city, an incredibly inspiring community.”

Leon joked early on that the audience should expect a live reading – not a full theatrical performance – saying “We had one rehearsal!”

Johansson was determined to take action after seeing the harrowing reports out of Puerto Rico, where electricity has yet to be restored on much of the island and where access to clean drinking water remains a challenge for many. When she called Leon, they kicked around some ideas before deciding a live reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic 1930s play “Our Town” was the perfect fit.

“‘Our Town’ is this kind of warrior cry to remind us of the fragility of life,” she said. “It reminds us to be present and live moment by moment. It’s really about people and connectivity.”

She was thrilled to report how successful the evening had been.

“Thank you for reaching into your wallets, into your hearts,” Johansson said.

Leon noted that none of the A-listers taking the stage took a paycheck.

“As artists we’re always looking in the mirror. It’s incumbent upon us to make our world the way we want to make it,” he said. “Most artists I work with are in it for a deeper reason. They want to make a difference in the world.”

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A movie, popcorn and a drink for $10? Tuesday AMC deal is making it happen

Going to the movies is an expensive night out for many.

But now, AMC is offering a special deal every Tuesday.

Its $5 Ticket Tuesday deal that was initially only supposed to last a limited time will now be permanent.

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So, how does it work?

  • AMC Stubs members can purchase a $5 movie ticket at any AMC, AMC CLASSIC or AMC DINE-IN location (or online) each Tuesday.
  • They can also indulge in the $5 Cameo Combo Tuesday deal: get a small popcorn and a small drink.

It’s free to join, and members get to enjoy other perks such as collecting points for discounts and free popcorn refills.

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New ‘Venom’ trailer shows Venom

Comic book movie fans have finally gotten a full look at the main character in “Venom.”

Sony Pictures dropped its latest trailer for the upcoming film and Tom Hardy’s take on reporter Eddie Brock.

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In the trailer, it shows Brock being taken over by the Symbiotes, protecting him from attack and giving him newfound strength.

While Venom is technically a Marvel character, it is not part of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film comes after “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in Sony’s take on the superhero genre, The Verge reported.

Venom” hits theaters Oct. 5. 

Dwayne Johnson answers girl's prom request, rents out theater for her

An 18-year-old Minnesota student isn’t going to the prom with “The Rock,” but the actor and former wrestling star gave her the next best thing.

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Katie Kelzenberg of Stillwater Area High School had tweeted a video to Johnson, asking him to be her date for her school’s senior prom on May 5.

Friday during the school’s morning announcements, Kelzenberg and her fellow classmates were startled to hear Johnson’s voice over the intercom, ABC News reported.

“All right, let’s start this Friday morning announcement off with a little bit of fun and a little bit of excitement ... You're probably thinking 'What is 'The Rock' doing on our intercom system!?” Johnson said. “Well, I'm sending a message to very special young lady.”

While acknowledging that Kelzenberg might have been embarrassed -- in the video, her face reddens as Johnson continues to speak -- he thanked her for being “cool and awesome” for the prom invitation. He told the students that he was unable to make the prom because he would be in Hawaii filming his new movie, “Jungle Cruise.”

Then Johnson dug into his wrestling repertoire and dropped the People’s Elbow on the unsuspecting class.

Johnson told Kelzenberg that he was renting out a local theater for her friends and family to see a screening of Johnson’s movie, “Rampage,” with drinks and popcorn on him, ABC News reported.

"I want you to go and have the greatest time! I rented out 232 seats!" he said. "Katie, have the best time. Thank you for being awesome!"

'Smallville' actress Allison Mack indicted for alleged role in sex trafficking case

Actress Allison Mack, who starred as Chloe Sullivan in the television series “Smallville,” was indicted Friday on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy, the Justice Department said in a statement.

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Mack, 35, who starred in the series from 2001 to 2011, allegedly was involved with an organization called Nxivm that claimed to be a female mentorship but instead was a scheme in which some recruits “were exploited both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit," U.S attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in the statement.

Nxivm's founder, Keith Raniere, known as Vanguard, was also indicted Friday, CNN reported.

According to court filings, Mack directly or implicitly required her slaves, identified as Jane Does 1 and 2, to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In exchange, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere. 

“Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere,” Donoghue said. “The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit.”

Raniere, 57, was arrested in March in Mexico by federal officials on sex-trafficking charges, The New York Times reported.

Mack was arraigned Friday afternoon and a plea of not guilty was entered on her behalf, the Times reported. She was held without bail, with a bail hearing set for Monday.

In addition to her role on “Smallville,” Mack was featured in the movies “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves” in 1997 and “The Ant Bully” in 2006.

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