So we all saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Seriously, we all saw it.) And we’ve all had a good, long, thoughtful conversation about the deeper themes lingering under the surface of the paranoia-inducing, wiki-leaking, surveillance-state-exploding superhero sequel. But there’s a more obvious thing we need to address — a question hovering over the whole movie that remains unanswered. Captain America. Black Widow. Question mark? READ FULL STORY
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You’re in my world, now I’m in yours. Crossing over among movies in the world of Marvel seems to be as easy as slicing through a jet plane with your super strong shield.
The much-anticipated premiere of Captain America: The Winter Solider in Hollywood Thursday at the El Captain Theatre came with the blocking of streets, the screaming of fans and a nearly complete turn out of the cast. (Only Robert Redford was absent) But we’re hoping we’ll see him again, in another Marvel franchise, and until then, here are five crossover flashes direct from the red carpet.
When news broke Monday that Avengers star Scarlett Johansson was expecting her first child, movie fans wondered: What’s going to happen to Avengers: Age of Ultron? More importantly, what’s going to happen to Black Widow in Age of Ultron? With principal photography set to start in the next month and Johansson reportedly due in August, it seems as though the actress’ pregnancy will align directly with the film’s shooting window.
In other words: that signature outfit and a baby bump won’t exactly mix.
So what’s a franchise to do? We’re pretty confident they wouldn’t write Black Widow out of a film that the character will supposedly be a significant part of. Not to mention, the actress is very high-profile right now, what with the speculated news of a potential Black Widow film and the upcoming press tour for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which Johansson herself has said her role is “integral.”
But however normal it is for movies to be thrown wrenches like this, it’s no doubt going to have some effect on filming — and this early in the game, it’s still unclear what those effects will be. What are some ways Marvel could potentially deal with this news? Let’s examine them below: READ FULL STORY
To be clear, Marvel is probably planning about 50 different spin-offs right now, ballpark. “Planning” is a vague term in Hollywood, all the more so when you’re talking about the Marvel Studios franchise factory. But if you’re a fan of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow — or just a fan of the idea of a female superhero movie — then take heart! The new issue of Total Film takes a close look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and in the process reveals that Marvel has big plans going forward for the ginger-haired spy. READ FULL STORY
The following ad might as well be a Jerry Springer joint — because Fox has decided it’s too hot for TV.
Well, sort of. Though the clip features Scarlett shimmying out of a bathrobe and seductively sipping to a “bow-chicka-wow-wooow” bassline, that’s not what reportedly raised the network’s hackles. (Compared to the antics on, say, a GoDaddy Super Bowl spot or Fox’s own Temptation Island, ScarJo’s sultriness seems downright tame.) Instead, SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum tells USA Today that Fox declined to air this version of the commercial because of Johansson’s closing line: “Sorry, Coke and Pepsi.”
In the current era of The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman, it’s impossible to be a fan of the comic-book genre and not have a well-considered argument to the question, “Who’s the Most Powerful Superhero?” Superman, of course, is the most obvious answer in any superpower battle-royale debate, but there are strong and more interesting claims to be made for the others, too. (Except Hawkeye. Sorry, guy.)
In Hollywood offices, there are similar conversations going on all the time about their own legion of superheroes, those famous actors and actresses who can open a movie in New York, Nebraska, and Nepal, whether it be a romance, an action-adventure, or a raunchy comedy. But with more and more of the industry now tilted towards Comic-Con-approved tent-pole pictures, the pecking order for actors today is heavily weighted by his or her ability to land a major role in a superhero franchise. It is the lifeblood of a long and prosperous career. For example, playing Batman not only elevated Christian Bale to the Hollywood A-list — positioning the indie actor for other major studio movie roles — but his enhanced financial security allowed him to continue to gamble on the eclectic roles he preferred in the first place, in movies like The Fighter and Rescue Dawn.
When the right actor gets the right superhero role, it becomes virtually impossible to separate the artist from the character. The cape becomes part of their public persona, one that can help or hinder their other on-screen roles. But what happens when Hollywood’s heroes are stripped of their superpowers? That is to say, what is Robert Downey Jr. without Tony Stark’s armor? What is Hugh Jackman when his Wolverine claws are clipped? Do we still pay to see their movies, or do we give them the cold-shoulder, like old-school Lois Lane used to give old-school Clark Kent? Who is the most powerful superstar when they’re nothing more or less than their Hollywood alter ego?
After looking at the actors and actresses who are major players in current comic-book franchises, we examined their recent box-office and critical reputation when they’re not in costume, and then ranked them in order to see who really flies the highest and has the biggest muscles in the movie universe. READ FULL STORY
Ladies, gents, sentient people of earth: do you want to be in a movie with Scarlett Johansson?
Temper those hopes a little bit, though — this collaboration will be less Don Jon and more Her. In other words, Johansson has already recorded her voice part. It’s also animated. But the “cool little cartoon for grownups” looks pretty fun. Titled “Two Player Game,” it was co-written by Gordon-Levitt and his 50/50 screenwriter Will Reiser and director Jonathan Levine and will appear in an upcoming episode of “HitRECord On TV!”
Gordon-Levitt explains how to audition below.
Seven years after being named Esquire magazine’s sexiest woman alive, Scarlett Johansson has earned the title for a second time.
Johansson, who also won in 2006, is the first woman to get the honor twice. Last year’s winner was Mila Kunis. READ FULL STORY
Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jesse Eisenberg, Jon Cryer, and Martha Plimpton will present at this year’s Tony Awards, the American Theatre Wing announced today. Hanks, et al. join host Neil Patrick Harris (returning for the fourth time) and each has a connection to the Great White Way.
Rodham, an upcoming film about Hillary Clinton’s younger years, basically has “Oscar” written all over it. The movie’s screenplay won the number 4 spot on last year’s Black List of best unproduced scripts, an annual roundup that has cited future Best Picture winners like Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech in the past. It’s a period biopic about a complicated political figure, which is a long way of saying “Academy catnip.” And it’s stuffed with meaty roles — future president Bill Clinton, future Massachusetts governor William Weld, Hillary herself — that are sure to attract a plethora of big-name stars.
Speak of which, four celebrated actresses are already rumored to be in contention for the film’s starring role: Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain, and Amanda Seyfried, according to the UK’s Sunday Times. READ FULL STORY
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