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The Pop is the Word: Masterpeice PBS, Spider-Man, & the Avengers in the House.

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It’s trailer madness Wednesday! Let’s dive right in, shall we?

*Time has the new trailer for Masterpiece: Great Expectations. Between Downton Abbey to NOVA and Ming Tsai, PBS has never been so popular and magical, nor has it ever received such rave reviews. In this particular adaptation in honor of Dickens’ 200th birthday Gillian Anderson will be taking on the role of Miss Havisham. [Time]

* The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore is an animated short that is up for an Academy Award. Like so many of Oscar worthy shorts, this is both beautifully done and heartwarming. Watch it below.

*Speaking of the Academy Awards, here’s a cynical, cranky chef making their Oscar picks. Wait…I don’t remember making this list. Oh! It’s Anthony Bourdain. I get it. We so similar in our cranky personalities that I got confused there for a minute. As usual, his responses to the questions are witty, comical, and make for a very enjoyable read. [NYT]

*The Amazing Spider-Man trailer is out. It’s all very teenage angsty, but Emma Stone was so good in SNL, maybe she’ll be awesome as Gwen Stacy in this, too. [MoviesWithButter]

* In light of MIA behaving like a child, BBC News has posted an article on the history of the middle finger. I love things like this. There’s nothing I enjoy more than studying the rude and crude of history. I’m not kidding. [BBCNews]

* And, finally, The Avengers trailer hit on Sunday night during the Super Fun Time Sports Dish thing there. Captain America looked downright plastic in it, and Scarlet Johannson looked pretty blase compared to the rest of the crew. Also, this is the third person to play the hulk since – what? – 2002 or whatever, so I’m not even sure which actor is portraying him this time. But, hey, I’m sure plenty of people will see it. And then want their money back. The extended addition trailer is below.

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The Missing Super Bowl Ad

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Will Ferrel starred in an ad for the Super Bowl!

Don’t remember it?

That’s probably because you didn’t watch the game in Nebraska, which was the only place the ad ran.

It was a commercial for Old Milkwaukee. Me, I wasn’t blown away by any of the ads yesterday. And I thought the Half Time Show was good, though I’m not really a fan of any of the participants. And MIA giving the bird to everyone? What the hell is that? It was like a 6 year old spoiled brat crying for attention. “I’m above the fakeness of the Super Bowl, but will gladly take a pay check”? Uh-huh, sister. You sold out well before your stage rose with Nikki Minaj.

So, anyway, for some reason Ferrel’s ad only showed up in Nebraska, even though the whole nation tends to like him.

Never fear: you can catch it here!…though the quality is just….not very good.