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Marvel Is finally committing to a movie focused on Black Widow

Marvel Is finally committing to a movie focused on Black Widow

After making superhero movie after superhero movie without a female lead, Marvel Studios is finally committing to more female super hero leads. Earlier this year Marvel announced it would release Captain Marvel and now President Kevin Feige says a solo Black Widow movie could be coming soon.

The film has not been completely confirmed yet, but Feige told Deadline: “I would say certainly the one [movie] creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow.” This would of course not happen until as early as 2019 as a slew of Marvel films are already lined up, none of which have female leads.

The part of Black Widow a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff is played by Scarlett Johansson and has made bad ass appearances all across the Marvel universe. She’s been in films like Iron Man 2, the Captain America movies, and The Avengers series, where audiences got a look at her controversial origin story: a killer ballerina who undergoes forced sterilization and eventually falls for the Hulk despite zero buildup to that realization in past films.

The later plot point had many fans complaining the character’s story was anti-feminist. With Black Widow being one of the few female heroes in the comic universe and even Johansson’s cast mates calling her character a slut and whore, the outrage was not misplaced.

But what does Johansson have to say about this potential step up for her character? “The character has a really rich origin story,” she told Collider. “In my mind, there’s room for plenty more Black Widow and certainly more-I think I could see her in a standalone film.”

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A Black Widow Movie Is a ‘No-Brainer’

A Black Widow Movie Is a 'No-Brainer'

Collider recently spoke with Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo and they chatted about doing a standalone Black Widow film. They both endorse it, with Anthony saying, “It’s a no-brainer, right?” and Joe adding, “I don’t think [it’ll take] much. I think it’s just a function of where on the slate it goes. She’s a badass.”

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow first arrived in theaters in Iron Man 2 and since then has become a mainstay of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yet, despite other Avengers stars like Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and even Ant-Man getting time to shine, it appears Black Widow will get a decade of Marvel movies under her belt without ever getting her own spotlight. And she’s helped save the world, like, four times.

In Tales From the Script, X-Men writer David Hayter said he was working on a Black Widow movie, set into motion during a successful run of female action flicks like Kill Bill, Tomb Raider, and Resident Evil.

But when the studios followed this trend with a run of awful films, including Aeon Flux, they decided to pull the plug on a Black Widow film. Imagine if they stopped making male action hero films just because of Green Lantern or X-Men Origins: Wolverine?

A Black Widow Movie Is a 'No-Brainer'

Besides, Scarlett Johansson is a big moneymaker. Other than Samuel L. Jackson, she has by the far the best box-office totals of any other Avengers star. And she has already proven that she can headline an action film by herself — Lucy opened on the same day in 2014 as Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules and earned $15 million more, despite being R-rated. Moviegoers have proven they are happy to see a good action movie with a female lead — Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Sicario, and Spy are just a few recent examples. And The Hunger Games franchise has made more than $2 billion.

Putting aside the business of moviemaking, there are artistic reasons to make a Black Widow film, not least of all: She’s an interesting character. There are various origin stories, but basically she was trained to be an assassin and is a villainous character before she finds redemption through the Avengers — a story that would be a nice addition to Marvel’s slate.

We’re going to have to wait until 2018 to get a movie with a female hero in the title, and even then the Wasp is sharing it with Ant-Man. It won’t be until 2019 that we get our first true female lead, Captain Marvel. Yet a character we all know and like played by a huge movie star who has already stated interest in giving it a go, only gets to be a supporting character.

There is a wild gender imbalance in comic book movies, and while one Black Widow movie won’t solve this problem, it’s a step in the right direction.

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Scarlett Johansson begins filming in New Zealand

Scarlett Johansson begins filming in New ZealandScarlett Johansson is spotted on the set of her brand new film Ghost in the Shell on Monday (February 1, 2016) in Wellington, New Zealand.

The 31-year-old actress has reportedly been in town for weeks preparing for her role in the movie about “the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime,” (via Variety).

Scarlett Johansson has also been seen working out at the gym with her personal trainer, as well as hubby Romain Dauriac. They’ve also been hanging out with their young daughter Rose.

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Scarlett Johansson Career Milestones

Scarlett Johansson Career Milestones

Birth Name: Born:Scarlett Ingrid Johansson
Birth Date: November 22, 1984
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA

Scarlett Johansson is a four-time Golden Globe nominee and BAFTA winner. Recently, she won critical acclaim and a Tony for her Broadway debut in the Arthur Miller play A View from a Bridge, opposite Liev Schreiber. Johansson was seen in the box office hit Iron Man 2 playing the role of Black Widow, and will reprise that role with The Avengers, opening in May 2012. She has started production on the independent film Under the Skin for director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast); Johansson plays the lead role.

Johansson received rave reviews and a Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for her starring role opposite Bill Murray in Lost in Translation, the critically-acclaimed second film by director Sofia Coppola. She was recently seen in the box office hit He’s Just Not That Into You. Prior she starred in the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona and played Mary Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl.

In 2009, Johansson released her second studio album of duets with Pete Yorn, called Break Up, which received multi-platinum status. Before that, she released the album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, a collection of Tom Waits covers featuring one original song.

At the age of 12, Johansson attained worldwide recognition for her performance as Grace Maclean, a teen traumatized by a riding accident, in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer. She went on to star in Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, garnering a Best Supporting Actress award from the Toronto Film Critics Circle. Johansson was also featured in the Coen Brothers’ dark drama The Man Who Wasn’t There, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand.

Her other film credits include the critically acclaimed Weitz brothers film, In Good Company, as well as a role opposite John Travolta in A Love Song for Bobby Long, which garnered her a Golden Globe nomination (her third in two years.) and Woody Allen’s Match Point, which garnered her fourth consecutive Golden Globe nominee in three years. Other film credits include The Spirit, Girl with a Pearl Earring opposite Colin Firth, The Island opposite Ewan McGregor, Brian DePalma’s The Black Dahlia, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, and The Nanny Diaries.

Johansson’s additional credits include Rob Reiner’s comedy North, the thriller Just Cause, with Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne, and a breakthrough role at the age of 10 in the critically-praised Manny & Lo, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead.

A New York native, Johansson made her professional acting debut at the age of eight in the off-Broadway production of Sophistry, with Ethan Hawke, at New York’s Playwright’s Horizons.

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Turning Lucy into a Merciless Warrior

Lucy Movie - Scarlett Johansson

It was supposed to be a simple job. All Lucy had to do was deliver a mysterious briefcase to Mr. Jang. But immediately Lucy is caught up in a nightmarish deal where she is captured and turned into a drug mule for a new and powerful synthetic drug. When the bag she is carrying inside of her stomach leaks, Lucy’s body undergoes unimaginable changes that unlocks her mind’s full potential 100%. With her new-found powers, Lucy turns into a merciless warrior intent on getting back at her captors. She receives invaluable help from Professor Norman, the leading authority on the human mind, and French police captain Pierre Del Rio.

Lucy is an English-language French science fiction action film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Silla for his company Europacorp. The film was shot in Taipei, Paris and New York City. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked and Choi Min-sik. Johansson portrays the title character, a woman who gains psychokinetic abilities when a nootropic drug is absorbed into her bloodstream.

The film was released on July 25, 2014, and became a box office success,[6] grossing over $463 million against a budget of $40 million. It received mainly positive, but also polarized, critical reviews, with praise for Johansson’s performance, entertaining or intriguing themes and visuals, and criticism for having a nonsensical plot, especially its focus on the ten percent of the brain myth and resulting abilities.

Lucy Movie - Scarlett Johansson

About the Story

Lucy is a 24-year-old American woman living and studying in Taipei, Taiwan. She is tricked into working as a drug mule by her new boyfriend, whose employer, Mr. Jang, is a Korean mob boss and drug lord. Lucy delivers a briefcase to Mr. Jang containing a highly valuable synthetic drug called CPH4. After seeing her boyfriend shot and killed, she is captured.

A bag of the drug is forcibly sewn into her abdomen and that of three other drug mules who will also transport the drug for sale in Europe. While Lucy is in captivity, one of her captors kicks her in the abdomen, breaking the bag and releasing a large quantity of the drug into her system. As a result, she begins acquiring increasingly enhanced physical and mental capabilities, such as telepathy, telekinesis, mental time travel, and the ability not to feel pain or other discomforts. She kills off her captors and escapes.

Lucy travels to the nearby Tri-Service General Hospital to get the bag of drugs removed from her abdomen. The bag is successfully removed, and Lucy is told by the operating doctor of the volatile nature of the drug, based on a substance given to fetuses during prenatal development, and its destructive side-effects. Sensing her growing physical and mental abilities, Lucy returns to Mr. Jang’s hotel, kills his bodyguards, assaults Mr. Jang, and telepathically extracts the locations of the three remaining drug mules from his brain.

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At her shared apartment, Lucy begins researching her condition and contacts a well-known scientist and doctor, Professor Samuel Norman, whose research may be the key to saving her. After Lucy speaks with the professor and provides proof of her developed abilities, she flies to Paris and contacts a local police captain, Pierre Del Rio, to help her find the remaining three packets of the drug. During the plane ride, she starts to disintegrate as her cells destabilize from consuming a sip of champagne, which made her body inhospitable for cellular reproduction.

Only by consuming more CPH4 is she able to prevent her total disintegration. Her powers continue to grow, leaving her able to telepathically incapacitate armed police and members from the Korean drug gang. With the help of Del Rio, Lucy recovers the drug and hurries to meet Professor Norman, with whom she agrees to share everything she now knows, after he points out that the main point of life is to pass on knowledge, something for which she now possesses an infinite capacity. Jang and the mob also want the drug and a gunfight ensues with the French police.

Lucy Movie - Scarlett Johansson

In the professor’s lab, Lucy discusses the nature of time and life and how people’s humanity distorts their perceptions. At her urging, she is intravenously injected with the contents of all three remaining bags of CPH4. Her body begins to metamorphose into a bizarre black substance which behaves like nanites, spreading over computers and other objects in the lab, as she transforms these into an unconventionally shaped, next-generation supercomputer that will contain all of her enhanced knowledge of the universe.

She then begins a spacetime journey into the past, eventually reaching the oldest discovered ancestor of mankind, implied to be Lucy, and touches fingertips with her. Meanwhile, back in the lab, after an M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon destroys the door, Jang enters and points a gun at Lucy’s head from behind. He shoots, but in the instant before the bullet strikes, Lucy reaches 100% of her cerebral capacity and disappears within the spacetime continuum, where she explains that everything is connected and existence is only proven through time. Only her clothes and the black supercomputer are left behind.

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Lucy

Directed by: Luc Besson
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked
Screenplay by: Luc Besson
Production Design by: Hugues Tissandier
Cinematography by: Thierry Arbogast
Costume Design by: Olivier Bériot
Set Decoration by: Evelyne Tissandier
Music by: Eric Serra
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: July 25th, 2014

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We Bought a Zoo and visual palette

We Bought a Zoo and Visual Palette

Russell Crowe reunites with several key regular members of his behind the scenes team, including production designer Clay Griffith and editor Mark Livolsi, A.C.E. New to Cameron’s team are director of photography Rodrigo Prieto, ASC/AMC and costume designer Deborah L. Scott.

Griffith notes that Crowe’s visual palette for WE BOUGHT A ZOO was inspired by the Neil Young Harvest album, the 2007 Sigur Rós documentary, Heima, and the aforementioned Bill Forsythe film, Local Hero. “The connective tissue between those three works is that they have soul,” notes Griffith. “Cameron always likes to find the poetry in things.”

Over the years, Crowe and Griffith have developed a close working relationship and design shorthand. Griffith recalls that he would show Crowe images that would evoke thoughts and feelings they could bring into the set. “Cameron would counter with another photograph, so we had this kind of visual and verbal dialogue.”

We Bought A Zoo also marks the first collaboration between Crowe and costume designer Deborah L. Scott, whose many credits include E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Back to the Future, Titanic and Avatar. Scott notes that Benjamin is an “everyman figure, so with him there’s nothing that’s too fashionable. It’s just basic, functional ‘man clothes’ – he’s a real guy’s guy.”

For Scarlett Johansson’s Kelly Foster, Scott went for a modern day extension of legendary animal researchers and naturalists Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. “Those women brought enormous sensitivity and femininity and warmth to the environment. When I looked at pictures of Jane Goodall and how beautiful she was, it just struck a chord.”

We Bought a Zoo and Visual Palette

Scott also designed clothing for Crystal, the capuchin monkey and sidekick to zookeeper Robin Jones. “I might have done something for a dog or cat on a movie, but never for a monkey,” she laughs. “It came as a little bit of a surprise. Crystal was pretty amazing. Once I got the basic pattern down, she would stand there and you’d hold the little pants out and she’d step in just like a small child. It was easy. And no backtalk!”

WE BOUGHT A ZOO was filmed on locations around Los Angeles before moving 30 miles north to Greenfield Ranch in Thousand Oaks, where the Rosemoor Animal Park set was constructed. The completed zoo contained animal enclosures, walking paths, water features, diverse flora and fauna, an observation tower, a sculpture garden, and an amphitheater.

The Rosemoor Animal Park sets took nine months to design and build. The excavation and construction occurred over a four-month period, taking the combined efforts of over 140 carpenters, painters, prop makers, plasterers, sculptors, sign makers, and landscapers, along with the art department staff of art directors, set designers, and set decorators.

The Mee Family home, a 4,000 square foot, two-story, American Colonial farmhouse, painted in Cape Cod Gray, was the only residential structure built from scratch at the Greenfield Ranch location. Griffith says that aside from building the zoo, the farmhouse was the most enjoyable part of his job. “There’s something viscerally exciting about building a house from the ground up,” he relates. “What I really found interesting what the house’s size, its relation to its setting, the age of the trees, and the big, pastoral landscape behind it. You’re definitely in another world.”

Finding the spot on the sprawling property to erect the eight-acre zoo was a challenge. When the property was first scouted there was no road leading to the eventual site. (Griffith recalls it was just “five foot tall grass and rattlesnakes.”) But from a specific perspective, the area looked like Dartmoor Zoo, the real-life zoo purchased by Benjamin Mee.

Once Griffith began his design work for the zoo, he and his art directors met with animal coordinator Mark Forbes to determine and coordinate the placement of the animal enclosures. He recalls Forbes telling him, “Don’t put the tigers near the bears. Don’t let the lions and the tigers see each other. And don’t ever, ever, ever let the lion, tigers and bears see any of the hoofed animals. “I told Mark, ‘Great, you just spread the zoo out everywhere,” Griffith laughs. ‘I can’t have anything that’s even remotely near each other.’ But it worked out really well, although we spent an exorbitant amount of time plotting out where each specific enclosure would go.”

Griffith and his team did extensive research on what each enclosure would need to house its respective animal. “We looked at small zoos and large zoos,” he says. “We talked to people from the LA County Zoo, the Orange County Zoo, and the Tucson Zoo, where my art director spent a week looking at their operations. Part of what Cameron wanted to do was show what it’s really like to be behind the scenes at a zoo.”

Overseeing the exotic and domesticated animals featured in the film, is veteran animal coordinator, Mark Forbes, whose company Birds & Animals Unlimited has provided and trained animals for many productions. Forbes and a team of 30 specialized animal trainers worked with the nearly 75 animals featured in the film, including an African Lion, Bengal Tigers, North American Grizzly Bears, White-Backed Vultures, White-Faced Capuchins, Hamadryas Baboons, Eurasian Eagle-Owls, Crested Porcupines, Asian Small-Clawed Otters, a Binturong, Grevy’s Zebras, Ostriches, Chilean Flamingos, Indian Blue Peacocks, Peahens, a Zebu, Dromedary Camels, Alpacas, a Kangaroo, a Leopard, a Red Fox, and a Scarlet Macaw.

During production, the zoo animals were not kept in the enclosures at the zoo set. Instead, they were brought in on a daily basis as needed. The animals were all housed with their respective owners and trainers and various animal compounds in the Southern California area.

Read full production notes for We Bought a Zoo >>

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Scarlett Johansson comes clean about hacked pics

Scarlett Johansson comes clean about hacked pics

Scarlett Johansson makes a surprising admission about racy photos of her that surfaced online.

Scarlett Johansson is speaking out about her nude photo scandal in a surprisingly candid — and good-humored — interview with Vanity Fair. “I know my best angles,” says Johansson, who graces the magazine’s December cover. “They were sent to my husband (Ryan Reynolds). There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno.” She adds: “Although there’s nothing wrong with that either.”

Last month, the FBI arrested the guy who leaked those private photos after hacking into Johansson’s phone. (The guy, 35-year-old Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, Florida, also targeted Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and Vanessa Hudgens, among dozens of other starlets.)

After little more than two years of marriage, Johansson and Reynolds — aka “ScarJo and RyRy” — split up in November 2010. “I didn’t really know what to do with myself,” she says of the breakup. “It was such a strange time. There was nothing that was interesting to me. I had a very public separation. It was difficult. I felt very uncomfortable.”

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Scarlett Johansson becomes an alien in Under the Skin

Scarlett Johansson becomes an alien in Under the Skin

Production recently started on the sci-fi project Under the Skin, which is slated for release sometime next year. Scarlett Johansson will star as a woman who is not of this Earth in the new sci-fi alien project Under the Skin.

Scarlett Johansson plays an alien on earth, disguised as the perfect aesthetic form of a mesmerizing woman. She scours remote highways and desolate scenery looking to use her greatest weapon to snare human prey — her voracious sexuality. She is deadly efficient, but over time becomes drawn to and changed by the complexity of life on earth. With this new found humanity and weakening alien resolve, she finds herself on a collision course with her own kind. Taking her point of view throughout, the film presents a unique look at our world through alien eyes.

Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) is directing Under the Skin from a script he co-wrote with Walter Campbell, which is based on the novel of the same name written by Michael Faber. Under the Skin comes to theaters in 2012.

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Scarlett Johansson is a killing machine on The Avengers

Scarlett Johansson is a killing machine on The Avengers

A highly trained spy working for the international peacekeeping organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. Whedon confirmed that Johansson’s Romanoff would be the only female member of the Avengers, but not the only female character in the film.

The Avengers is an American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures1, based upon the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which crosses over several Marvel superhero films including Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.

Scarlett Johansson is a killing machine on The Avengers

Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Scarlett Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay that was originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, in August and New York City in September.

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow)

A highly trained spy working for the international peacekeeping organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. Whedon confirmed that Johansson’s Romanoff would be the only female member of the Avengers, but not the only female character in the film. Regarding the character’s abilities to measure up to her teammates Johansson recounted, “The other day we were doing this big reveal shot of all the Avengers.

Thor has got his hammer, Cap’s got his shield, Hawkeye has his bow and arrow, and Hulk is huge. Then it pans over to me and I’ve got guns. Iron Man’s like, hovering above all of us, ready to go… I was like, ‘Joss… um… do I look okay holding these guns?’ and he responded ‘She’s a total badass. She’s a killing machine.'”

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Rihanna named ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

Rihanna named 'Sexiest Woman Alive'

Rihanna joins Halle Berry and Jessica Biel as a recipient of Esquire magazine’s yearly honor.

Rihanna is hot — and not just when it comes to her career. In addition to Billboard’s recent announcement that she just bested Madonna to become the fastest solo artist to chart 20 songs in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart, the 23-year-old pop star has been named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive.

Joining the ranks of such Hollywood hotties as Minka Kelly, Jessica Biel, Halle Berry, and Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna reveals in the magazine that she doesn’t think of herself as sexy — even after she struts her stuff at one of her racy shows.

“At the end of a concert, I don’t feel like I’ve been this sexy thing,” Rihanna admits. “Really, I don’t even think about it.”

RiRi swears that most of the time, she’s not trying to be provocative … even during those, uh, provocative dances onstage. “Unless it’s a song that really calls for it, like ‘Skin’ or ‘S&M,’ or when I cover [Prince’s] ‘Darling Nikki.’ There’s a section that’s called ‘Sex’ in the show, which is the obvious section for sexuality.”

The “Rude Boy” songstress even opens up to the magazine about her feelings toward Chris Brown, the ex-boyfriend who physically abused her. “It’s incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know?” Rihanna tells the mag. “I really like the music he’s putting out. I’m a fan of his stuff. I’ve always been a fan. Obviously, I had some resentment toward him for a while, for obvious reasons. But I’ve put that behind me. It was taking up too much of my time. It was too much anger. I’m really excited to see the breakthrough he’s had in his career. I would never wish anything horrible for him. Never. I never have.”

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