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As it prepares to ring in the 10th anniversary of its cinematic universe next year, Marvel Studios already has its eyes on infinity.

On Wednesday, Marvel released the first trailer for its next – and biggest – comic-book mash-up, “Avengers: Infinity War,” due in theaters in May.

The culmination of a number of storylines that have been building for nearly a decade, the film brings together every Marvel hero introduced to date – including Avengers newbies Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy – to battle against the cosmic supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin), whose plot to take over the galaxy was first teed up five years ago in the first “Avengers” film.

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Donald Trump found an unusual ally Tuesday night as Trevor Noah tackled the problematic Elizabeth Warren behavior that spawned the president’s “Pocahontas” nickname. 

On Monday, during a ceremony honoring Navajo code talkers, Trump again used his nickname for Warren in derogatory fashion.

“This whole beef between Donald Trump and Elizabeth Warren is a tricky one to process because all the other nicknames that he uses on other people are self-explanatory,” Noah explained on “The Daily Show.” 

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Matt Lauer is out at "Today."
Matt Lauer is out at "Today." (Neilson Barnard / Getty Images)

Matt Lauer’s firing from “Today” had social media hopping Wednesday morning after the show’s female anchors talked about still “trying to process” their colleague’s departure. 

“I'm heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear friend and my partner and he is beloved by many, many people here," Savannah Guthrie, near tears, said on the show. “And I'm heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story.”

Echoing Sarah Silverman talking about her friend Louis C.K., Hoda Kotb said it was “hard to reconcile what we are hearing with the man who we know who walks in this building every single day.” 

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The majority of scripts out there I don't believe are written for me, or written for my type. Without there being black writers and producers en masse out there, people are going to write about their perspective, from their points of view. It would be as if I were writing about a bar mitzvah.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: From Mouse to Rat Pack

It turns out new Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski has a hidden past: He used to moonlight as a Japanese comic book writer. No, not as a writer of Japanese comics.  

The Times has confirmed that Cebulski used to write for Marvel Comics under the name Akira Yoshida. 

“I stopped writing under the pseudonym Akira Yoshida after about a year. It wasn’t transparent, but it taught me a lot about writing, communication and pressure,” Cebulski told Bleeding Cool, which first reported the news. “I was young and naïve and had a lot to learn back then.”

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Meryl Streep, left, talks to director Steven Spielberg and costar Tom Hanks on the set of "The Post."
Meryl Streep, left, talks to director Steven Spielberg and costar Tom Hanks on the set of "The Post." (Niko Tavernise)

Steven Spielberg’s "The Post" received its first major honor of awards season on Tuesday, as the movie about the journalism industry was named the year's best picture by the National Board of Review.

The film, which will not be released in theaters until Dec. 22, documents how the Washington Post covered the Pentagon Papers. It stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, who were each recognized by the NBR as the best actor and actress of the year, respectively. 

Spielberg, however, missed out on the directing nod — that went to Greta Gerwig, the actress who wrote and directed the coming-of-age tale "Lady Bird." Jordan Peele was recognized for having the year's best directorial debut, "Get Out," which also was called one of the best 10 movies of the year. Other top acting awards went to Willem Dafoe ("The Florida Project"), Laurie Metcalf ("Lady Bird") and Timothée Chalamet ("Call Me by Your Name").

Unlike other awards groups, the NBR's taste does not always align with the majority of critics and prognosticators. The NBR — which was founded in 1909 and describes itself as a "select group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals and academics of varying ages and backgrounds" — last picked the same best picture as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2008, when "Slumdog Millionaire" won the Oscar.

This year's NBR honorees will receive their prizes at a New York City gala hosted by Willie Geist in January. 

Here’s the full list of nominees:

BEST FILM
“The Post”

BEST DIRECTOR
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

BEST CAST ENSEMBLE
“Get Out”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Coco” (Disney/Pixar)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“The Disaster Artist” (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Foxtrot” (Sony Classics, Israel)

TOP FOREIGN FILMS
“A Fantastic Woman”
“Frantz”
“Loveless”
“Summer 1993”
“The Square”

SPOTLIGHT AWARD
“Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION (tie)
John Ridley’s “Let it Fall: Los Angeles, 1982-1992”
Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“Jane” (Nat Geo)

TOP FIVE DOCUMENTARIES
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
“Brimstone & Glory”
“Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars”
“Faces Places”
“Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS”

TOP 10 MOVIES
“Baby Driver”
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Disaster Artist”
“Downsizing”
“Dunkirk”
“The Florida Project”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Logan”
“Phantom Thread”

TOP 10 INDEPENDENT MOVIES
“Beatriz at Dinner”
“Brigsby Bear”
“A Ghost Story”
“Lady Macbeth”
“Logan Lucky”
“Loving Vincent”
“Menashe”
“Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer”
“Patti Cake$”
“Wind River”

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Writer-director Greta Gerwig and co-stars Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Letts discuss the film "Lady Bird."

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, “Lady Bird,” has broken a Rotten Tomatoes record: It has accumulated the longest run of positive reviews ever recorded by the movie website. 

As of Tuesday morning, the film written by Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan found itself at 170 fresh reviews and counting, with an overall rating of 8.9 out of 10 from critics and no “rotten” reviews. About 87% of the audience rated it 3.5 stars or better. 

Here’s some perspective: Before “Lady Bird” earned its 164th consecutive positive review on Monday, the Rotten Tomatoes title was held by “Toy Story 2,” an animated crowd-pleaser released in 1999.

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The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place in May 2018, Kensington Palace announced Tuesday.

That puts the wedding festivities right behind the birth of royal baby No. 3, since Harry’s elder brother, Prince William, and his wife, Catherine, are expecting their third child in April. (That’s the one who will displace Harry as fifth in line to the British throne.)

The nuptials will be held at Windsor Castle in the 15th century St. George’s Chapel. The castle is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s main residences, which she had to grant her grandson permission to use. The location, west of London, is far more intimate than Westminster Abbey in London proper, where Prince William and the former Kate Middleton wed in 2011.

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Jordan Peele accepts the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award for “Get Out” at the 2017 Gotham Awards.
Jordan Peele accepts the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award for “Get Out” at the 2017 Gotham Awards. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

Tent-pole movies, get out — the 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards weren’t about you. But “Get Out”? You can come right on in. 

Jordan Peele’s horror thriller about a young black man going to meet his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time notched three wins from the Independent Filmmaker Project on Monday night in New York City, including the Gotham Audience Award. Peele, helming his first feature, took home the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and best screenplay honor. 

“Call Me by Your Name,” directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, was named best feature. Chalamet was named breakthrough actor for his work as an Italian teen who falls for an American graduate student who’s spending the summer assisting the 17-year-old’s professor father. 

“Lady Bird” star Saoirse Ronan accepts the Gotham Awards' best actress trophy.
“Lady Bird” star Saoirse Ronan accepts the Gotham Awards' best actress trophy. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)
Producer Kevin Feige at the “Thor: Ragnarok” world premiere in October.
Producer Kevin Feige at the “Thor: Ragnarok” world premiere in October. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)

The fourth “Avengers” movie will be a key inflection point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to producer Kevin Feige. Like, the end of the beginning. 

The still-untitled movie, due in May 2019, will “bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale,” Feige told Vanity Fair for its new holiday issue.

Of course, said finale — which theoretically could involve any number of dead superheroes — would only affect characters who make it through May 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” right? Small comfort, as the third “Avengers” installment includes just about every Marvel character we’ve seen so far