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Charlize Theron, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy: Who Will Be This Summer’s Most Badass Movie Villain?

Sorry, Snow White. Nothing personal, Thor. Of course we still love you, the Batman. We always will. It’s just that when it comes to summer movies, we love a glowering villain as much as we love a virtuous hero. Maybe a little more. Maybe … a lot more.

Luckily for us (and you!), this summer’s films are jam-packed with some of the most malevolent evil characters imaginable, ready to face off against the hottest heroes and heroines from May to August. Tom Hiddleston reprises his Thor role as power-hungry extraterrestrial Loki in this week’s The Avengers, while Flight of the Concords’ Jemaine Clement breaks Will Smith‘s stride as an easy-riding alien by the name of Boris in Men in Black III. Closer to home (and to your childhood nightmares), Queen Charlize Theron goes after Kristen Stewart‘s heart (not in the romantic way) in Snow White and the Huntsman, while Eva Green does the same to Johnny Depp (in both the romantic and evil way?) as smitten witch Angelique Bouchard in Dark Shadows.

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Of course, not every memorable villain has to be from another planet or or the fairy-tale realm. Some of them can be regular ol’ criminal masterminds, like Salma Hayek‘s drug kingpin Elena in Savages, Faran Tahir‘s Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Bryan Cranston‘s Vilos Cohaagen in the Total Recall remake and Edward Norton‘s Byer in The Bourne Legacy. We are especially psyched to see Tom Hardy‘s Bane grapple the Caped Crusader in The Dark Knight Rises while Rhys Ifans takes on Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man. Because what’s an epic battle scene with out an epic villain? A 15-second slap fight?

Not that every villain has to be locked in life-or-death combat, mind you. Some of them are just maniacally vain. Sacha Baron Cohen‘s General Aladeen in The Dictator, anyone? Catherine Zeta-Jones‘ high-strung Patricia Whitmore will also be inflicting all the damage she can against the demon that is rock in Rock of Ages, while Adam Sandler only accidentally ruins his son Andy Samberg‘s wedding/marriage/life. That being said, if you somehow get your only child to throw up on his fiance’s wedding dress … yeah, you’re the bad guy.

Finally, we have to give props to those villains who don’t even come in a humanoid package. We are dying to see what the surprisingly awesome-looking Battleship aliens look like under their masks (Weird eyes? Check! Four-fingered hand? Check!), and we’re all ready to take our hats off to the Piranhas 3DD piranhas. Not only are they blood-thirsty, they are also responsible for Ving Rhames‘ character having machine gun legs. What aren’t villains good for? Which big bad has your ticket-buying hands shaking with anticipation this summer? Check out our gallery of villainy, and cast your vote. Just remember: When it comes to picking a favorite archnemesis, there is no wrong choice.


“30 Rock,” “Mad Men” Get More Emmy Love

It looks like “30 Rock” will clean up again at this year’s Emmy Awards. Tina Fey‘s beloved sitcom, which won outstanding comedy series last year, snagged 22 Emmy nominations today. In the drama department, the ’60s flashback masterpiece “Mad Men” raked in 16 nominations, including a nod for the second consecutive year for its lead actor Jon Hamm. Considering that Hamm also guest stars on “30 Rock,” he and Tina Fey have a shot at ruling this year’s show, to be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris (also a nominee) and broadcast live on Sept. 20 from L.A.’s Nokia Theatre. Other highlights …

  • Farrah Fawcett, who never won an Emmy, may win one posthumously for “Farrah’s Story,” her documentary chronicling her battle against cancer. (Expect tears when the award is accepted on her behalf.)
  • “Big Love” was nominated for outstanding drama series, but its actors weren’t nominated for anything. (Does that make sense?)
  • “Gossip Girl” was snubbed. (Appalling, xoxo)
  • “Family Guy” was nominated for best comedy series, making it the only animated show since “The Flintstones” to land in that category. (Woot!)
  • Jemaine Clement of “Flight of the Conchords” is up for lead actor in a comedy. (Hipsters rejoice.)
  • Sarah Silverman was nominated for lead actress in a comedy series for the “Sarah Silverman Program” on Comedy Central. (We think her show sucks. Are we the only ones?)
  • Highly-rated “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ was snubbed from the reality competition category. (Shock! Not really.)
  • “ER” and “Desperate Housewives” didn’t receive any nominations in any major categories. (Where do old shows go to die?)
  • “True Blood” was shut out of all major categories even though its star Anna Paquin won a Golden Globe earlier this year. (Dear TV Academy, quit being so snobby.)
  • “Grey Gardens” stars Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange are both up for lead actress in a miniseries or movie.
  • “Breaking Bad” and “Dexter” scored nominations for outstanding drama series and for its lead actors. (Duh.)
  • Once again, HBO dominated with 99 Emmy Award nominations. Showtime got 29 and NBC led the major networks with 67. After the jump, read a list of the nominees in major categories for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.

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