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The 10 Best “Credit Cookies” in Movie History

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Iron Man 3 is out in theaters tomorrow, and it should come as no surprise that those who are willing to sit through the end credits — and seriously, they run something like ten minutes and include more names than a small-town phone book — will be rewarded with an extra (and very funny) bonus scene. Some call these little bonuses “credit cookies,” others call them “stingers.” In Roger Ebert’s Little Movie Glossary, Serdor Yegulalp dubs them the “Monk’s Reward,” defined thus: “A surprising final line or image, tagged on after the credits have finished rolling… so named because it usually takes monk-like devotion to sit through the credits to get to it.” The previous Marvel movies made a regular habit of including credit cookies, mostly as preparation for The Avengers, but they’re not the only movies to throw in a little something extra for those who stick around to find out who the unit accountant was. (Warning: minor spoilers ahead, but all for movies that have been out for a year or more.)
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Exclusive: ‘Mad Men’ Characters As Muppets

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Sometimes you have an idea. Sometimes the result is terrifying. Sometimes you post the results on the Internet anyway. A few Mad Men seasons ago, we shared our roundup of Muppets and their Mad Men counterparts. Now, we’ve taken the concept one step further and illustrated a selection of (somewhat unintentionally) scary Mad… Menpets? Mupmen? Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready for the cast of Mad Men reimagined as creepy Muppets? Good — because it’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to scare our readers on the Mupmen Show tonight! One last thing: Don’t discriminate; Sesame Streeters are Muppets, too. Officially.
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10 Songs That Make You Cry

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Most movie audiences will be choosing between two big releases for the upcoming holiday weekend: Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables. If you don’t mind secretly sobbing in a dark theater, and your mom is tagging along (moms really love Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman), you’ll probably find yourself transported to 19th-century France for the adaptation of Victor Hugo’s famous novel. The trailer for Les Mis reveals footage of Anne Hathaway as the ill-fated prostitute Fantine performing a weepy, whispery rendition of the beloved “I Dreamed a Dream.” Whether you appreciate movie musicals or not, the song instantly turns on the waterworks for a lot of people. It’s a heartbreaking lament. This got us thinking about other tunes that call for Kleenex and a shoulder to cry on. For a song to tap into such emotion is an incredibly intimate thing, and not all of the reasons are sad ones. Sometimes the sheer magnificence of a piece of music elicits a few tears. We selected a group of tracks that tend to make people sob. What songs really bring out your cry face?
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