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Versus: The Rock Vs. Dwayne Johnson

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One used to take us for a wild ride down Know Your Role Boulevard and Jabroni Drive before he checked us in at the Smackdown Hotel. The other is cast in Susan Sarandon movies.

One had his own theme music that strangers sang along to as he entered various American arenas. The other pretends to race cars with Vin Diesel.

One frequently knocked out his scantily-clad colleagues by landing on them with his elbow. The other has probably never done that ... at least not in any kind of official capacity. Get More »

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Versus: Old Jason Bateman Vs. Young Jason Bateman

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Young Jason Bateman was born on January 14, 1969, and soon thereafter arrived on the scene as a child actor in "Little House on the Prairie" in the early '80s. He went on to star in other relatively nondescript TV movies and shows before ultimately landing the role of Michael Bluth, the everyman trapped by the absurdity of his ridiculous family in Fox's (now Netflix's) cherished "Arrested Development." Get More »

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Dermot Mulroney Vs. Dylan McDermott

Dermot Mulroney vs. Dylan McDermott
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They're practically the same age, with names so similar they give dyslexics seizures, and both have played love interests of Julia Roberts. But Dermot Mulroney and Dylan McDermott are not the same person. We swear.

The two actors have both had steady careers, with Mulroney sticking mostly to character roles on the big screen ("Zodiac," "J. Edgar") while McDermott found fame on the boob tube starring in hit shows like "The Practice," "Dark Blue" and Ryan Murphy's current FX series "American Horror Story." Get More »

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Zac Efron vs. Zach Galifianakis (As Moderated by Zack Morris)

Zac Efron vs. Zach Galifianakis
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There's been a long line of distinguished, accomplished men named "Zechariah" (Zac, Zach or Zack, for short) throughout the course of American history: 12th U.S. President Zachary Taylor, Most Popular Student at Bayside High Zack Morris, um…

OK, so there haven't actually been that many. But today Zac/h/ks are changing history everywhere in Hollywood. Just look at Zach Galifianakis and Zac Efron, two of the biggest stars on the planet. Get More »

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Iron Man Vs. Iron Lady

Iron Man vs Iron Lady
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When the Soviet media first branded Margaret Thatcher "Iron Lady" in 1976, she was delighted. It's a name that perfectly encapsulates the raw nerve and verve of one of the most powerful women in history, who served as England's Prime Minister for three terms and stood her ground during the Falklands War. She is played to uncanny effect by Oscar winner Meryl Streep in the biopic "The Iron Lady" (on DVD and Blu-ray today).

Iron Man, aka Tony Stark, was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck in 1963 for Marvel Comics, and in 2008 became a movie franchise to be reckoned with. Robert Downey Jr. portrays the superhero as a healthy mix of Howard Hughes, James Bond and, well, Robert Downey Jr., and will continue doing so in this summer's team-up extravaganza "The Avengers." Get More »

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Liam Neeson Vs. Ralph Fiennes

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It’s been a couple years since they battled on screen in what became a huge blockbuster, 2010's "Clash of the Titans." Now, real-life friends Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes are reprising their roles as Greek gods in "Wrath of the Titans." Neeson plays Zeus, king of the gods; Fiennes is Hades, his brother and god of the underworld.

These two acting giants first matched wits (and handsomeness) in "Schindler’s List," which scored them a ream of awards nominations and established both as leading men to be reckoned with.

Both were born citizens of the British Empire. Each has taken a different path in film stardom of late, with Neeson known for his recent man-on-a-mission roles and Fiennes renowned for his villainous turn as Lord Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" series.

You might think the 6'4" Neeson would come out on top in a matchup with the 6-foot Fiennes. But you might be surprised. Get More »

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John Carter of Mars Vs. John Carter of 'ER'

John Carter Vs. John Carter

It took a full century since Edgar Rice Burroughs created the character in 1912, but "John Carter" is finally slicing, dicing and leaping his way through Martian bad guys to a theater near you via the magic (and deep pockets) of Walt Disney Pictures.

But wait, what's that you say? "John Carter isn't a soldier transported to Mars, he's an emergency room doctor in Chicago!" Them's fightin' words.

To clear up confusion and dishonor, we're pitting Taylor Kitsch's John Carter against Noah Wyle's John Carter from the long-running NBC show "ER." These two had better draw their swords/scalpels and get ready for one serious showdown. Get More »

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Meryl Streep Vs. Glenn Close

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There are five contenders for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Actress, but only two that could ever be mistaken for one another: Glenn Close and Meryl Streep. And while the roles that they play -- Close for a woman disguised as a man in "Albert Nobbs" and Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady" -- are as different as servants and their masters, the two actresses have much in common.

The last time they went head to head was in 1989, with Streep for the baby-killing drama "A Cry in the Dark" and Close for her delicious role as Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil in "Dangerous Liaisons." (Neither won. That honor went to Jodie Foster for "The Accused.") Get More »

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Ethan Hunt Vs. Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hunt vs Ethan Hawke
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While several characters in the "Mission: Impossible" films are taken from the original 1960s TV show, Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt was created specifically for America's movie star extraordinaire. Hunt's M.O. is that he doesn't stop ... ever. The unflappable IMF super-agent will do whatever it takes to stop a madman from unleashing warfare, be it chemical, nuclear, or other.

Who could possibly go head-to-head with such a deadly adversary? We chose New York-based actor, writer and Gen-X slacker icon Ethan Hawke, not so much because he has the necessary skills to beat someone of Hunt's caliber, but because their names are kinda similar.

On the eve of the "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" release, find out who comes out on top in this battle of monumental proportions. Get More »

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Ben Stiller Vs. Eddie Murphy

Tower Heist - Ben Stiller vs Eddie Murphy

There are no two comedic stars who are as serious about comedy as Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, and no two actors who have starred in such a bounty of diverse blockbusters. Murphy, his mouth spouting jokes at breakneck speed, is a natural foil for Stiller, who's at his best when shown struggling to comprehend the intentions of a stronger willed costar.

Lucky for us, the yin-and-yang pair (no, not because one's white and one's black -- we mean in temperament!) is about to collide in "Tower Heist." And, as a pre-game show, we're throwing this vertically challenged duo in the ring to battle it out. So let's get ready to rumble ... and/or read quietly to ourselves!

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