Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

10 Popcorn Kernels

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

10 Popcorn Kernels

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1. Welcome to summer. It arrives at 12:01 a.m. Friday with the earliest showings of "Marvel's The Avengers."

2. "The Dark Knight Rises" is just 77 days away, and Christopher Nolan promises more than an hour's worth of IMAX footage.

3. It will be a summer of vampires too, with Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" and Jonathan Frid, the original bloodsucker who died April 13, in cameo. Director Timur Bekmambetov has described "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" as a superhero movie with the 16th president doubling as history's greatest hunter of the undead.

4. Did someone at Pixar finally bring a daughter to work? The studio made "Brave" about a girl -- she's headstrong, skilled at archery, has wild red hair and (gasp) two parents.

5. Other animated movies return familiar characters and voices. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" on June 8 and "Ice Age: Continental Drift," July 13.

6. Will Smith yields the King of July Fourth title to Spider-Man and takes over Memorial Day. …

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