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Kids stage their own ‘Civil War’ in this fun TV ad

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Like virtually everyone else, Target is gearing up for the premiere next month of Captain America: Civil War. But, as Target is a retail chain, its preparation takes the form of a TV commercial — a cute one at that.

Called “United We Play,” the new 30-second spot depicts kids on the world’s greatest playground (at “Target Academy,” no less) using their imaginations, and official Marvel costumes, toys and accessories, to stage their own Civil War. Naturally, that takes the form of a game of tag.

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Watch: Ben Affleck vs. Jimmy Fallon for a pile of super-puppies

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The rules of “Pup Quiz” are simple: Two players — in this case, Batman v Superman star Ben Affleck and The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon — are asked trivia “based on animal things.” If the player answers correctly, he’s receives a cute golden retriever puppy; if he responds incorrectly, the puppy goes to his opponent. We said “simple,” not “logical.”

To commemorate the opening of Dawn of Justice, the puppies in Thursday’s game were made even more adorable by costumes that transformed them into furry little Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Batgirl and Supergirl. (Awwwwww.)

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Latest Crocs ad spotlights a superhero family

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Crocs is jumping on the superhero craze with their latest ad, featuring an adorable cape-clad family spending the day at an amusement park.

While the Crocs in the spot aren’t specifically superhero-branded, there are indeed licensed Marvel, DC and Star Wars Crocs out there.

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How many people are still alive in the world of ‘The Walking Dead’?

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Although the creators of The Walking Dead comic and its hit television adaptation have kept the story fairly narrowly focused a ragtag group of survivors, questions about the state of the rest of the world gnaw at us like, well, ravenous walkers. How many other groups like Rick’s are there in the world? Heck, how many people are there?

Matt Lieberman at SourceFed takes a stab at the latter question, cautioning that there’s “a fair amount of assumption involved in my final number.” That said, he does some pretty impressive work in establishing a timeline for the zombie apocalypse, arguing that the outbreak began in January 2012.

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Limited-edition ‘He-Man’/’Adventure Time’ mashup figure manifests as ‘He-Finn The Human’

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Robotic Industries was clearly blessed By the Power of Grayskull when they came up with their latest action figure — an “Adventure Time”/”He-Man” mashup, combining Jake the Dog with Battle Cat and Fin the Human with He-Man, for a whole new hero dubbed “He-Finn the Human.”

James Freckingham of the U.K.’s Robotic Industries devised the figure, which is being sold on Fugi.me in a limited-edition run of 15 figures. So far, only the Finn figure is being sold, starting at 10am PT on March 11 over at Fugi’s website.

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‘Doctor Who’ meets ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in incredible fan-made trailer

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There has been an awakening, Doctor. Have you felt it?

One skilled YouTuber has mashed “Doctor Who” footage up to the music and style of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer. Starring Christopher Eccelston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, the “Star Wars”-flavored fan trailer captures the magic and adventure of “Doctor Who’s” return to the small screen, complete with high-flying space adventures, personal tragedy and an army of Daleks hidden in Dark Space.

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Make time for a ‘Doctor Who’ adult coloring book

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Rejoice, Whovians — Penguin/Random House is releasing a “Doctor Who” coloring book for adults. Finally, you can make the Tardis whatever color you want it to be.

Featuring quotes and designs from the hit BBC series, the “Doctor Who” coloring book clocks in at 96 pages. Check out a preview for the book, which goes on sale Feb. 23 for $9.29 USD, below:

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‘Pokémon’s’ Super Bowl spot tells fans to ‘train on’

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Ahead of the big game on Feb. 7, the Pokémon Company has unveiled the extended version of its first-ever Super Bowl spot.

The commercial, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, shows young trainers from across the globe (each of whom vows, “I can do that”), before settling on two players facing off in an arena with CG pocket creatures. It ends with what the company characterizes as a call to action: “Train on.”

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Watch Chris Hemsworth race Jimmy Fallon in a sleigh scooter

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Sure, Thor star Chris Hemsworth can lift Mjolnir, but when it comes to winning a sleigh scooter race, he may not be worthy.

Appearing last night on The Tonight Show to promote his new film In the Heart of the Sea, the actor was enlisted for a race against host Jimmy Fallon through the halls of 30 Rock, with the Hemsworth Cup at stake (hold your “Hemsworth cup” jokes, please).

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From ‘Gossip Phone’ to ‘Bat Ladder,’ this Twitter account collects every ‘Batman ’66’ label

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While we all knew “Batman ’66” was a glorious camp-fest, but not all of us were aware just how zany the labels were that appeared throughout the series.

Thanks to the Twitter account @Batman66labels, which has been collecting every label from the famed ’66 Batman series over the past two months, we can enjoy a collection of the ridiculous captions that appeared on the series.

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Hot Topic unveils ‘Doctor Who’ holiday clothing line

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Hot Topic is teaming up with the BBC for a limited-edition line of “Doctor Who”-inspired fashion, which includes dresses adapted from the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors’ costumes, a knit cardigan sporting Weeping Angels, a sweater inspired by the Fourth Doctor’s scarf, and tons of TARDIS apparel.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the nine-piece collection hits stores on Friday, exclusively at Hot Topic’s website. Prices for the clothing range from $48 to $90 USD, with plus sizes included. Check out some of the “Doctor Who” garb Hot Topic has to offer below:

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Jimmy Kimmel can’t stop calling Ben Affleck Batman

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For the premiere last night of the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, Jimmy Kimmel went all out, even building a Bat-Signal to call in the Caped Crusader. He needn’t have gone to the trouble, however, as star Ben Affleck was already sitting in the audience.

“I’ve been here for 20 minutes,” an exasperated Affleck said between bites of his snack. “I’ve been waiting. […] You just texted me yesterday, and you were like, ‘Hey come down to the show tomorrow,’ and I texted you back and said, ‘Sure.'”

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‘Supergirl’s’ Benoist offers classy response to Jeb Bush’s ‘hot’ comment

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Last week, presidential hopeful Jeb Bush weighed in on his favorite superhero, citing Batman before adding, “[Supergirl] looked pretty hot… I don’t know what channel it’s on, but I’m looking forward to that.” It wasn’t long before “Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist caught wind of that.

“I heard about it!” she revealed in a CBS interview. “I’m glad he’s excited to watch the show.”

“I think everyone would be able to take something from it, but I would really love to reach young girls, and to be a good role model for them,” she added.

She also weighed in on a scene from the pilot where her character dons a sexier costume, only to reject it on the grounds “that’s not her and that’s not what’s important about her.”

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‘Limitless’ brings comic book staple to life in awesome sight gag

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When you think about CBS’ TV spinoff of “Limitless,” comic books probably aren’t the first thing to come to mind. However, a scene from the latest episode may just change that.

During a scene where protagonist Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) speaks with FBI agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter), he reveals he “checked in” with everybody in the FBI field office that day by reading their lips. As he describes this to her, he flashes back to an earlier time; the audience sees the room from Brian’s perspective as he surveys the scene, and speech balloons pop up in front of everyone who’s talking. If you think it looks awesome in the photos here, you should check out the scene in motion, as the bubbles float and move with each person in the room.

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Artist imagines a ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ between DC’s decades of live-action adaptations

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The history of live-action adaptations of DC Comics characters goes back nearly as long as the comic books themselves, dating back to the 1943 “Batman” serial, debuting just four years after the Caped Crusader’s first comic book appearance. Of course, now there’s more live-action DC than ever, both on the big screen (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” hits theaters next spring) and on TV (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Gotham” and more on the way).

Thus the inspiration for an artist known by the Reddit username AshsEvilHand, who earlier this week posted an homage to DC Comics’ multiverse-melding “Crisis on Infinite Earths” storyline. Much like how that 1985-1986 miniseries by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez brought together the many Earths of the DC Universe at the time, this image imagines that the decades of DC Comics adaptations, ranging from the George Reeves Superman to the Tim Burton Batman to CBS’ upcoming “Supergirl” could somehow be tied together in the same greater fictional landscape.

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