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Frozen Grosses More than $1 Billion

03/31/2014 at 07:15 PM EDT

Frozen is hot!

The film has made history at the box office as the top-grossing animated feature of all time, raking in over $1 billion worldwide.

The Oscar-winning Disney movie beat out Toy Story 3, which previously held the top spot for animated money-makers.

Frozen also earned a place on the list of biggest global blockbusters of all time, coming in tenth after The Dark Knight Rises. Avatar tops that list, earning more than $2.7 billion.

The digital release is also the fastest-selling ever, with over 3 million DVD and BluRay copies sold the first day of their release.

The celebrated soundtrack for the film, which features Idina Menzel singing “Let it Go,” has gone platinum.

The film’s stars – Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff – even made a behind-the-scenes music video about the hit movie at Disney’s animation studios.

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Batman Turns 75: 16 Amazing Vintage Batman Covers to Celebrate

03/30/2014 at 02:55 PM EDT

Batman made his first appearance on March 30, 1939, in Detective Comics #27, created and drawn by 22-year-old Bob Kane and written by Bill Finger. The character did so well that a year later, the first issue devoted exclusively to Batman hit the stands, featuring the Joker and Catwoman.

DC Entertainment is launching a year-long celebration of the Caped Crusader, and for The Dark Knight’s 75th birthday, we’ve gathered 16 vintage covers from their vault to share with you.

PEOPLE also spoke to DC Comics co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee about their preferred Batman artists, which Batman villain is their favorite, and Will Arnett’s performance as Batman in The LEGO Movie.

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Detective Comics #27, 1939, the first appearance of Batman, drawn by Bob Kane

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Which artist has drawn your favorite Batman?
Dan: “Since Jim’s doing Superman Unchained, I’m safe to name another Batman artist. We have a lot of great artists working on Batman these days, but I really love how Greg Capullo brings Scott Snyder‘s stories to life in our flagship Batman comic.”

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Batman #1, 1940, the first appearance of the Joker and Catwoman, drawn by Bob Kane

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Jim: “It’s really hard for me to choose one artist because I’ve been reading Batman comics my entire life, so many artists appeal to me for different reasons, depending on what was going on in my life at the time.”

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Batman #20, 1943, drawn by Dick Sprang

“For classic Batman in the 1940s I like Dick Sprang, during the 1960 & ’70s Neal Adams, and during the 1980s Frank Miller. At the time Miller’s take on Batman appealed to my just-turned-21 sensibilities. In the modern era, since Dan already said Capullo, I’ll say Lee Bermejo. His aesthetic and realistic take on Batman is just stunning.”

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Batman #65, 1951, drawn by J. Winslow Mortimer

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Which Batman storyline has been your favorite?
Dan: “I like any story that involves Ra’s al Ghul.”

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Detective Comics #31, 1939, drawn by Bob Kane

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Jim: “Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s Batman: Year One.”

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Batman #50, 1948, drawn by Bob Kane

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Who’s your favorite Batman villain?
Dan: “Two-Face is my favorite villain.”

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Batman #181, 1966, first appearance of Poison Ivy, dran by Carmine Infantino

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Jim: “I should say Hush, but my real favorite villain is also from that story. It’s Superman, when he was under Poison Ivy’s control, because at the end of the day there’s no greater villain than a friend gone bad.”

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Detective Comics #244, 1957, drawn by Sheldon Moldoff

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Which actor do you think has done the best Batman?
Dan: “Michael Keaton was the best Bruce Wayne and Christian Bale had the best Batman physique.”

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Detective Comics #69, 1942, drawn by Jerry Robinson

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Jim: “Most people say Christian Bale, but Val Kilmer’s performance is very underrated – he was both a good Bruce Wayne and Batman.”

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Batman #190, 1967, drawn by Carmine Infantino

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Did you see The Lego Movie? What did you think of Will Arnett’s performance as Batman?
Dan: “I thought Will Arnett ‘kept it together’ very nicely.”

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Batman #179, 1966, drawn by Gil Kane

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Jim: I loved the movie. Will Arnett was awesome. Frankly, ‘everything was awesome’.”

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Batman #121, 1958, first appearance of Mr. Freeze, drawn by Curt Swan

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How do you think Batman would celebrate his 75th birthday?
Dan: “Probably by prowling the streets of Gotham.”

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Batman #59, 1950, drawn by Lew Sayre Schwartz

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Jim: “Batman would celebrate at Arkham Asylum, I hear they throw crazy parties there.”

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Batman #37, 1946, drawn by Jerry Robinson

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DC Entertainment is also partnering with thousands of comic retailers, book stores and libraries for “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23. Each location will host a Batman 75th anniversary celebration and offer fans a free, special edition Batman comic.

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World’s Best Comics #1, 1941, drawn by Fred Ray

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2014 is also a banner year for Batman in Hollywood: Shooting begins this year on Zack Snyder’s untitled Batman/Superman film, which unites the famous characters on screen for the first time ever. Henry Cavill will be reprising his role as Superman, and Ben Affleck is donning the cape and cowl as Batman. The film will be released in 2016.

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Batman #16, 1943, drawn by Jerry Robinson

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So get ready, Bat-fans. It’s gonna be a long, amazing year.

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Kate Goes to Work on Interior Design Details for Country House

03/22/2014 at 09:00 AM EDT

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Anmer Hall, on the Sandringham estate, with Kate and William (inset)

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Preparing to take Prince George on his first royal tour next month is only part of the to-do list.

Also on tap for Kate: preparing her and Prince William‘s country house, the 10-bedroom Anmer Hall, for their move-in.

A sunlit garden room is now being added to one side of the house, and Kate, whose eye for design was honed during her years studying art history, is now sourcing all the interior details.

“The property is being decorated, ready for occupation,” Simon Knight, owner of Knights Oriental Rugs in Henley-on-Thames, tells PEOPLE.

“Instead of hiring a royal interior designer, she wants to furnish it in her own style, because she wants this to be her own family home.”

Knight spent time with the Duchess of Cambridge when she visited his antique rug store in January and purchased several Turkish kilims – a type of flat tapestry woven carpet.

“She was looking for things for bedrooms,” he said, “so she wanted softer pastel shades rather than strong colors.”

After first doing her research online, she came into the store armed with the specific stock codes.

“She knew exactly what she wanted to look at, as she had looked at my website,” said Knight. “She is very hands-on and down-to-earth, helping to get things out. She really wants to be involved.”

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Knights Oriental Rugs

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A Work in Progress

The home, which is surrounded by parkland on Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, required considerable renovation, including a complete re-tiling of the roof, which has just been completed.

On her nesting mission, the princess has also been spotted at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, a one-stop shop for home furnishings that offers 500 designer brands in a three-story, modern showroom.

“I think she likes to pop in every now and again to look for inspiration,” a source there tells PEOPLE. “She is always by herself and very low-key. She browses and stops for a coffee.”

On one recent trip, Kate looked at traditional lighting at Vaughan Designs, fabrics at Sanderson (the arts-and-crafts Morris and Co. range was a favorite), as well as fabric at Mulberry Home where she was particularly taken with a jade green and teal paisley stripe material.

A shop assistant at Ann Sacks, which specializes in luxury tile and stone products, tells PEOPLE, “She was looking at the sort of thing you would imagine for a period property – reclaimed terra-cotta flooring from France and a particular reclaimed stone used in French castles that she liked too.”

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The royal couple will likely go for another Natural Choice 4500 mattress from Healthbeds for their Norfolk home. Kate was so taken with the handmade pocket spring mattress in super king size – as was used for their four-poster frame at Kensington Palace – that she wrote a thank-you letter to the company saying “how pleased she was” with the bed.

Kate is still getting help from interior designer Anne Allen, who often calls in for products and offers advice. And, while Kate normally shops alone, she and William have reportedly hired Ben Pentreath, an architectural and interior designer.

“Her mother also has a very good eye for design – she has furnished a number of large country houses,” says Knight. “I think the Duchess of Cambridge has an interest in it, and it’s something that she really enjoys doing.”

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VH1′s 100 Greatest Kid Stars Of All Time

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A little over a year ago VH1 complied an epic and thorough list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars of all time. It’s chock full of nostalgia-inducing child stars, from Kimmie Gibbler (Andrea Barber) and Rudy Huxtable (Keshia Knight-Pulliam) to young movie stars, Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson to names that need no introduction, Drake and Justin Bieber. For the full look at which child stars landed on our list, check out then and now photos of all 100 Kid Stars.

Our gallery is ordered from 100 to 1, so you must click through to see who ranked #1. Hint: he set off pop culture’s biggest hair craze.

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