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'In Secret': Elizabeth Olsen on working with Oscar Isaac, making 'Godzilla' and 'Avengers' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Speaking to Elizabeth Olsen this time of year traditionally means you’re previewing Sundance. In recent years, beginning with Martha Marcy May Marlene in 2011, she’s been one of the indie festival’s biggest darlings. This year, unfortunately, she doesn’t have a film in the Sundance lineup — but on Feb. 21, she stars in In Secret, a period romantic thriller based on Émile Zola’s novel, Thérese Raquin. Olsen plays an unhappy wife trapped in a passionless marriage to her cousin (Tom Felton, in full-on creepy Alan Cumming mode). When sparks instead fly with her husband’s dashing artist friend (Oscar Isaac), they’re tempted to knock off the man keeping them apart, never mind the withering glares of her mother-in-law (Jessica Lange).

In Secret looks promising, but Olsen is also poised to go from the art-house to the multiplex in a huge way. The 25-year-old was an essential part of Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake earlier this fall, and next year, she stars in the wait-this-trailer-almost-looks-promising Godzilla. And while that monster movie opens in May, she’ll likely be rubbing elbows with Marvel superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America as the character Scarlet Witch, one of the two new members of Joss Whedon’s Avengers.

Rest assured, Olsen isn’t turning her back on the indie world. In fact, she’ll be at Sundance in January to support her boyfriend, Boyd Holbrook, who has two promising movies screening.

In addition to the exclusive new poster for In Secret, Olsen checked in with EW to discuss the movie and what promises to be a most exciting 2014.

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'Avengers 2': Tom Hiddleston confirms Loki is out

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Tom Hiddleston’s Loki had some of the best scenes in The Avengers, from bringing an entire crowd in Germany to their knees to getting whipped around like Raggedy Andy by the Hulk. And fans of the mischief-making villain should savor those moments — because Loki won’t be back for the sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. “He’s not in it,” Hiddleston confirms to EW. “Here’s the thing: I don’t think there’s anything else Loki could contribute to The Avengers, narratively. Joss gave me so many wonderful things to do in that first film that we’d only be trying to repeat ourselves, and probably less well in the second one.”

The actor, who earned a spot in EW’s New Hollywood issue (on stands now) for bringing Loki to life with such devilish charm, says there are no hard feelings — he truly believes it’s better for the series to move on without him. “When I think of all the things I loved as a child, for example, Hans Gruber wasn’t in Die Hard 2. And in Indiana Jones, by the time he moved from the Lost Ark to the Temple of Doom, there was a whole new bad guy. I think keeping it fresh and new is good for The Avengers even though it’s a shame for me. And let’s face it, there’s seven or eight of them as it is, and Joss is thinking about adding two more, so the screen’s gonna be a busy place. But I had the time of my life on that film. It was the most fun ever.”

But the character isn’t gone for good: READ FULL STORY

Loki is probably not in 'Avengers 2,' per Joss Whedon

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Just about everything regarding 2015′s superhero mega-spinoff-sequel The Avengers 2 is under wraps. But writer-director Joss Whedon has been slowly revealing the cast list for the movie. We know that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will appear; we know that Iron Man will probably appear, unless the Downey-Marvel contract negotiations go nuclear.

But in a new interview with Empire, Whedon strongly implies that one key character from Avengers 1 won’t be returning. At one point, the interviewers ask Whedon if he’ll come up with any funny random old English words to compare to Loki’s use of the term “mewling quim” in the first film. Whedon’s response, with the key line in bold:
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Joss Whedon: 'I'm not getting $100 million on 'Avengers 2'

Joss the Boss would like to clear something up.

Since the massive opening weekend release of Iron Man 3, there have been several reports surfacing around the web about the salaries of the talent behind Marvel’s movies. In a post on Whedonesque.com, Joss Whedon cleared up one rumor: “I’m not getting $100 mil[lion] on Avengers 2,” he wrote in a comment that his reps confirm is indeed Whedon-penned (or Whedon-typed, as it were).

The Avengers director continued, “I’m not making Downey money. I’m making A LOT, which is exciting. I’m not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts.” READ FULL STORY

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