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Here's what's happening today in pop culture:

• Joss Whedon will return to "The Avengers" franchise, as he signs to write and direct the sequel. Presumably for a boatload of money. [The Hollywood Reporter]

• Warner Bros. will be screening Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" in its high-resolution 48 frames-per-second format only in a few theaters – because the audience isn't quite ready for it. [The Huffington Post]

• Judith Crist, a trailblazer in the world of movie criticism – as the first female film critic for a major U.S. newspaper (The New York Herald Tribune), the first movie critic at New York magazine and the "Today" show, and as one of the most-read critics in America when she wrote for TV Guide – has died at the age of 90. [Vulture]

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