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  1. Here’s a Bunch of Deleted Scenes from the Marvel Phase 1 DVD Set

    Excelsior!

    Quick, before Disney takes them all down!

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  2. Check Out Industrial Light and Magic’s Oscar Effects Reel for The Avengers

    This is just like magic!

    It should come as no surprise that when ILM submitted a sample of their work on The Avengers to be considered for the Best Visual Effects Oscar, it would be focused on the Hulk more than any other element of the film. What you might not expect would be that they'd bookend the reel with some adorable old-timey stop motion recreations of scenes from the movie by their "stop motion guru." Yes, I said bookend. Hmm... what was the last scene of The Avengers, again? (via SuperheroHype.)

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  3. Buffy’s Xander Is Responsible For That Avengers Shawarma Scene. Also, Joss Whedon Is Obsessed With Shawarma.

    Not a Misprint

    Shawarma sales went through the roof after everyone in the world saw The Avengers but an interesting fact has just come to light thanks to one Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. Shawarma has been on Joss Whedon's mind for a while. In fact, it got Xander, Nicholas Brendon, his role. Read on for details! 

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Beauty and the Beast as Han and Leia

    Things We Saw Today

    It's like our childhoods conspired in a secret room about how to best make us go "HELL YES!" People, meet Belle as Princess Leia, and the Beast as Han. It's something we never knew we've always wanted. Thanks James Silvani! (via Silvani Art)

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  5. How The Avengers Should Have Ended (With More Shawarma) [Video]

    Excelsior!

    We all know that this is how The Avengers ended. But there are some silly creative types on the internet who like to come up with different endings to things. Oh, it’s true: The Avengers has officially gotten the “How It Should Have Ended” treatment! Video after the jump, and yes, there is shawarma.

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  6. Introducing The Braiser; Shawarma, Anyone?

    The Mary Sue

    Did you know that since the release of The Avengers, sales of shawarma have skyrocketed? Well, at least they have in Hollywood's Ro Ro's Chicken, which says its shawarma sales have risen 80% since the film debuted, and we wouldn't be at all surprised if it's happened elsewhere as well (if you don't know why, you'll have to find out for yourself, we won't spoil you). Such is the power of nerds and food. We've seen it here, with the Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook, settings we'd like to live in based on food alone, and the greatest of fictional candy, and uh... eating organs. And so we're proud to welcome a brand new website into our blogging network: The Braiser, edited by our own Verena von Pfetten. It's a blog all about food, and celebrity food, because "what we eat, where we eat, and how we eat it is a focal point of how we define community, family, and culture in this country and around the world. And the people who help us do that are going to get our attention — though some, obviously, much more than others." Not sure where to start with the site? Well, here's a list on the history of celebrity chefs (going all the way back to the Renaissance!), here's a very special Mothers' Day bed in breakfast, and here's The Braiser's raison d'etre in its own words.

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