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  • Godzilla, Pinhead, the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man and the PredatorGodzilla, Pinhead, the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man and the Predator (Photo: Everett Collection)

    Movie monsters come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny Gremlins to the towering Godzilla. But it's a mistake to assume that just because they might be destructive, ugly, and extraordinarily grumpy, it would be a mistake to think they are all innately evil. Many are simply misunderstood.

    With Halloween approaching, we wanted to classify our favorite movie monsters in an infographic to plot out in a quadrant chart how big and how evil each one is in relation to each other. The sizes range from the bloodthirsty biters from "Piranha" (which measure under a foot), to the city-stomping Kaiju from this summer's "Pacific Rim" (they can grow to nearly 600').

    The other axis measures each monster's temperament, with the gentle Sasquatch of "Harry and the Hendersons" at one end, and the cackling wickedness of Freddy Kruger at the other extreme. Of course, just because someone (or something) is smaller and not intentionally sinister, it doesn't mean that they can't wreak havoc (take the

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  • Why Chris Hemsworth Didn’t Love Going Topless for ‘Thor’

    Shirtless Chris Hemsworth in "Thor"Chris Hemsworth in "Thor" (Credit: Everett Collection)

    Shouldn't such a sentiment be reserved for people who, you know, don't have the physique of a god?

    It was a no-brainer that Chris Hemsworth would appear topless at some point in "Thor: The Dark World." After all, Marvel knows that a good percentage of the audience will be highly pleased with the view. In fact, with Hemsworth's crazy diet and workout regimen ("I basically overfeed on protein and endless amounts of chicken breast and steak and fish and vegetables and brown rice," he recently told MTV), it would be something of a shame to not show off the fruits of all that labor (and eating).

    Still, Hemsworth was reluctant to go naked from the waist up in an early scene in the "Thor" sequel in which the Avenger stands gleaming in the Asgardian moonlight. The Guardian points out that it kind of resembles the random beefcake moment in "Casino Royale" in which Daniel Craig and his ridiculous body emerged from the sea ... and, oddly enough, the whole thing was apparently "Avengers" director

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  • ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer Is an Epic Two Minutes

    Promo Images from "X-Men: Days of Future Past"Promo Images from "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (Photo Credit: Fox/Marvel)

    Whoa. The trailer for 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" just posted and it is legitimately nothing short of epic. Narrated by Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart, of course), the preview seamlessly outlines the plot while stirring up some deep emotions -- no easy feat.

    The footage, which originally premiered at San Diego Comic-Con in July but now makes it online for the first time, confirms that this latest "X-Men" installment (the seventh altogether, counting the two "Wolverine spin-offs) is this franchise's "Avengers," bringing together the casts of the first four ensemble flicks for what promises to be an X-traordinary romp.

    ICYMI, the story is pretty straightforward: the X-Men brass send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to the past to change a historical event that could affect both human and mutants alike. The only catch? Wolverine has to find Xavier and convince him to turn away from an ambiguous-but-darker path. "Lead me," his present-day self explains. "Guide me. Be patient

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  • Lou Reed: 10 Notable Movie Moments

    Lou Reed, 'Trainspotting' 'Trainspotting' turned a whole new crop of fans onto Lou Reed's music (Photo: AP Photo/Mark Goff/Miramax Films)Lou Reed was more than just a prominent figure on the music scene. His music — and, sometimes, his visage — found its way onto the silver screen from time to time, making him almost as much a movie star as a rock legend. Here are some of the most notable movie moments of the singer-songwriter, including his unforgettable contribution to Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting" and his making music that moves angels in Wim Wenders' "Faraway, So Close!"

    1. "Blue in the Face" (1995)

    "Blue in the Face" was filmed over a five-day period in Brooklyn, New York as a follow-up to the more structured and scripted "Smoke," directed by Wayne Wang and written by Paul Auster. Several actors reprise their "Smoke" roles, including Harvey Keitel, Jared Harris and Giancarlo Esposito, but Lou Reed makes for a "Blue in the Face" exclusive, credited only as 'Man With Strange Glasses' as he delivers a multi-part monologue about living in NYC, the Dodgers, the horrors of Long Island, why smoking is better than downing

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  • The Voice of Bettie Page Leaps Out of The Shadows

    Bettie Page Reveals AllFrom 'Bettie Page Reveals All' (Photo: Music Box Films)

    Her look is universally known while she herself remains an enigma.

    When someone says "Bettie Page" nowadays they're more-often-than-not referring to a woman's fashion statement built around jet black hair with blunt bangs and fire engine red lipstick.

    Who the woman behind the look was, however, is a question that's been shrouded in mystery for decades. "It's sort of confusing whether she was a real person or not," says contemporary pinup icon, Dita Von Teese, herself a notable proponent of the Page style.

    Rockabilly ladies were rocking the look, and before Von Teese was even born, Bettie Page — the woman — was an infamous pinup model. The infamous pinup model.

    Yahoo Movies debuts the new trailer for the biographical documentary "Bettie Page Reveals All." which includes the voice of the late sex icon herself — no small feat as Page, who died in 2008 at the age of 85, spent most of her life hiding from the spotlight.

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    "They claim

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  • Emile Hirsch/John BelushiEmile Hirsch has been cast in the role of John Belushi (Photo: Getty Images/Everett Collection)

    John Belushi only appeared on four seasons on "Saturday Night Live" and in seven feature films before his untimely death at the age of 33, but he made an indelible impact on American comedy (and college life). Now more than 30 years after his death, a new movie about his life is in the works, and it was announced on Monday that an unlikely young actor has been cast in the lead role: Emile Hirsch.

    Hirsch is an odd choice for a number of reasons. The 28-year-old California native does not physically resemble Belushi (the offspring of Armenian immigrants) all that much. Which isn't always a problem for biopics, but can be an issue when the subject is so instantly recognizable like John Belushi.

    Belushi is known, of course, for his size, with his weight fluctuating between a reported 180 to 230 lbs. Hirsch, on the other hand, is svelte to the point of skinny. But while he lost over 40 pounds to play the emaciated lead role in "Into the Wild," he more recently put on 20 lbs. for the film

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  • Final Movie Scares: 9 Impossible-to-Forget GIFs

    WARNING: SPOILERS!

    You know how it goes: a horror movie is wrapping up, and you're starting to get that safe feeling — that mix of triumph and relief that you made it all the way to the end credits without too much psychological damage. And just when you're about to turn on the lights and commence with cleaning up all the popcorn crumbs from the couch, BOO! There's one final scare to keep you up all night.

    Here are nine of those instances — and in GIF form, just to make sure they're imprinted on your brain forever and ever.

    "The Blair Witch Project" (1999)

    The final moments of this DIY horror classic consist of poor Heather screaming and freaking out even more so than usual, stumbling around in the dark as she cries out for her pal, Michael the Map-Discarding Idiot. She finally catches up to him at the very end, only to find her fellow filmmaker standing completely still as he silently faces the wall ... an ominous image alluded to earlier in the film. This calls for more screaming

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  • ‘The Counselor’: 5 Things That Went Wrong

    Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in 'The Counselor'Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in 'The Counselor' (Photo: 20th Century Fox)"The Counselor" had everything going for it: Star power (including the holy grail of celebrity clout, Brad Pitt). Early buzz. Mega director Ridley Scott. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Cormac McCarthy. And powerhouse movie studio 20th Century Fox.

    But the cinematic tale about the seedy power players of the drug trafficking underworld failed miserably as it opened over the weekend, making only $9 million during its very wide release — playing in more than three thousand theaters (that amounts to just less than $3 thousand per theater, mere pocket change for a film that cost more than $25 million to make).

    Here is the breakdown of what went wrong.

    1. Audiences Don't Like Dark.

    Cameron Diaz — whose career has been built on being sunny and funny in the "Shrek" series and in romantic comedies dating all the way back to "There's Something About Mary" (1998) — was very much the opposite of that in "The Counselor." And yeah, everyone else — including Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Michael

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  • Keanu Reeves in '47 Ronin' Keanu Reeves in '47 Ronin' (Photo: Universal Pictures)

    It's been 10 years since the conclusion of "The Matrix" trilogy, and in the intervening decade, movie fans have been repeatedly asking themselves one question: "When is Keanu going to kick people again?"

    The good news is, martial arts fanatics are getting a big, shiny present this Christmas when Keanu Reeves returns in "47 Ronin." It's inspired by the legendary true story of a band of masterless samurai in early 18th century Japan, but the old tale has been given a fantastical new overhaul. Reeves plays Kai, an outcast who is recruited by the ronin to battle witches, giants, and dragons.

    Watch the Exclusive Trailer Premiere for '47 Ronin':

    Reeves is surrounded by a predominantly Japanese cast, including Hiroyuki Sanada (most recently in "The Wolverine"), Rinko Kikuchi ("Pacific Rim") and Tadanobu Asano ("Thor"). They're also joined by Dutch actor Yorik van Wageningen ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"), and Canadian artist/model Rick Genest (the guy with the skull tattoo on his face…

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  • 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' (Photo: Lionsgate)

    We're less than a month away from the return of Katniss Everdeen to the big screen, and if excitement weren't already at a fever pitch, the newest trailer for the next "Hunger Games" movie was unveiled during an appropriately huge sporting event: Game 4 of the World Series. Of course, the players for the Red Sox and the Cardinals didn't have to worry about getting shot with an arrow or speared by a trident in their competition.

    The new "Catching Fire" trailer is only a minute long, but it's still packed with thrilling, previously unseen footage, including the first real look at the action inside the arena as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) compete in the Quarter Quell against other hardened, deadly survivors of previous Hunger Games. Watch the preview below, then scroll down to get a closer look at some of the most intense moments.

    [Related: Jennifer Lawrence Shows Mad Range in Dueling Posters]

    Heavy stuff, huh? Here are the eight moments that stand out the most:

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