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With 'Thor: The Dark World,' Kat Dennings hammers out a new phase

With 'Thor: The Dark World,' Kat Dennings hammers out a new phase

Kat Dennings is having a moment -- it's just not the moment she might have predicted. On Monday night -- just as her television show "2 Broke Girls" was airing on CBS -- the actress walked the red carpet to promote her new movie "Thor: The Dark World." A few hours later, it was announced that she and her sitcom costar Beth Behrs will host the upcoming People's Choice Awards, that big barometer of the American mainstream. That Dennings, 27, has become a go-to girl in all kinds of broad entertainment is more than a little unexpected. Just five years ago she was viewed as an indie world reliable, one on a short list of Manic Pixie Dream Girls, as the old meme...

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