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"Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" hit theaters this week, and it probably comes as no surprise that the film is filled with nods to the classic Transformers cartoon, animated movie, and comic books. Of course, if you're as much of a nerd for giant robots as I am, you'll definitely want to keep watch for every call-out you can find.

Just like I did with "Green Lantern," "Thor," and "X-Men: First Class" this year, I've collected a list of five things to look for in "Dark Of The Moon" that will add a little extra fun — and Transformers savvy — to the movie-watching experience. Oh, and don't worry: I've kept it all spoiler-free, so you can watch the video before you head to the theater.

And just in case you aren't able to watch the video, I've compiled a quick breakdown of all of the elements to keep an eye out for below. Read More...

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Back in April, we got word that Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel "American Gods" was being developed as an HBO television series by Tom Hanks' production studio Playtone — the same production house that developed "Band of Brothers" for the network.

This week marked the ten-year anniversary of "American Gods" hitting shelves, so when Gaiman dropped by the newsroom to talk about the new, "author's preferred text" edition of the book, we also managed to get in a few questions about the much-anticipated HBO series.

"From my perspective, I'm worrying about it one episode at a time, one season at a time," said Gaiman when asked about a recent report that suggested "American Gods" will be a six-season series, with 10-12 hour-long episodes each season and a $35-40 million budget.

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TransformersIt's not all fun and games around MTV News HQ... except when it is. And never is that more true than when a box of movie tie-in toys shows up in the newsroom, and we all suddenly regress to our 11-year-old selves on Christmas morning.

Today was one of those days, made so by the arrival of a big box of "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" swag from the good folks at Hasbro. Like many of the packages they've sent us over the years, even the box was a work of geek-friendly design, created to look like Optimus Prime's trailer and containing a cornucopia of Transformers toys, including a Bumblebee mask that doubles as 3-D theater glasses.

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AvengersFROM MTV SPLASH PAGE: We've heard from several of the "Avengers" stars recently about seeing the whole team in costume, but we're another step closer to seeing Earth's Mightiest Heroes assemble with today's debut of a new promotional image for the film.

During the Licensing Expo 2011 convention in Las Vegas, an eagle-eyed attendee snapped a photo of an image advertising the upcoming line of "Avengers" movie-licensed merchandise. And while it's not an official movie promo image, it does give us our first decent look at Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and the new costume Captain America dons in the modern era.

The photo was snapped by Twitter user theonlyesq, and shows Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, Thor, Black Widow, and Iron Man leaping — and smashing and flying and jump-kicking — into action.

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Earlier this week, Jim Carrey teased his appearance on tonight's MTV Movie Awards by telling us about the very special suit he had made for the show — a suit featuring "the latest in nanotechnology."

Well, as in Movie Awards past, the fan-favorite actor didn't disappoint when he took the stage in a green-screen suit on which was broadcast clips of explosions, musical soundscapes, and a pair of dogs, well... getting intimate.

MTV News spoke with Carrey back stage and got some more information on the suit, including the comedian's plans to auction it off to charity.

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FROM MTV SPLASH PAGE: "X-Men: First Class" hits theaters this weekend, introducing a new group of Marvel mutants to the live-action "X-Men" universe. While you're probably familiar with the heavy-hitters of the mutant world like Professor X and Magneto, there are one or two members of this teenage team that might require an introduction.

In order to bring everyone up to speed, MTV News asked the "X-Men: First Class" cast to explain their characters' powers and place in the live-action X-Men movie universe.

"Professor Charles Xavier when we meet him is actually Dr. Charles Xavier but he becomes a professor during the course of the movie," revealed James McAvoy.

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FROM MTV SPLASH PAGE: Christopher Nolan's first two Batman movies were not only great films, but they also set a new standard for viral marketing campaigns. With today's launch of "The Dark Knight Rises" website, it appears that they've moved the bar even higher, and revealed the first look at the character everyone's wondering about: Tom Hardy as Bane.

Like all good marketing campaigns, the big payoff was revealed only after fans conducted some sleuthing worthy of the Dark Knight himself, and it all started with the launch of an official website at TheDarkKnightRises.com.

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: After numerous clips, previews, and sneak peeks, the new "Captain America: The First Avenger" trailer has arrived!

While there's not exactly a lot of new footage to be seen in the trailer — given how much of it we've seen already — now you can see the whole package in one cool place.

Head over to MTV Splash Page for the full scoop on the "Captain America" trailer!

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: Sony announced the official title for the upcoming reboot of the "Spider-Man" movie franchise today. The film will be titled "The Amazing Spider-Man," and will hit theaters July 3, 2012.

Along with revealing the official title for the film, Sony provided a brand new image of lead actor Andrew Garfield in costume as Spider-Man. The press release announcing the title also directed fans to the project's new website: theamazingspiderman-movie.com.

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Marion CotillardFROM SPLASH PAGE: It's beginning to seem like Christopher Nolan was so happy with the cast of "Inception," he's putting the band back together for his next film, "The Dark Knight Rises." It was reported this weekend that "Inception" actress Marion Cotillard was joining the cast of Nolan's third Batman film, and now a new report indicates that while it's not a done deal, the actress is indeed in talks for a mystery role.

Cotillard's involvement was originally reported by French newspaper Le Figaro, which announced that the casting was not only official but the pregnant actress would join the production this summer after her baby is born. A rep for Cotillard later told The Hollywood Reporter that the actress is "in discussions, but nothing has been confirmed yet."

There's been no official word from Warner Bros. at this point.

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