Black Widow release postponed amid coronavirus pandemic

Marvel bosses have indefinitely postponed the release of Black Widow due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.The hotly-anticipated standalone superhero movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and David Harbour, was due to be r…

Marvel bosses have indefinitely postponed the release of Black Widow due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

The hotly-anticipated standalone superhero movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and David Harbour, was due to be released on 1 May, but now has been pulled from the upcoming calendar by executives at Marvel Studios and Disney.

Many movie multiplexes across the U.S. have closed since the outbreak hit the country, with thousands of residents in cities including New York and Los Angeles going into self-isolation to avoid spreading the virus.

The events of Black Widow take place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, and follow Johansson’s character Natasha Romanoff, a highly trained former-KGB assassin, who must confront the demons of her past to take down an evil new villain, the Taskmaster.

Dev Patel’s The Personal History of David Copperfield has also been pulled from schedules, along with The Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams.

Producers at Disney have already been forced to delay the release of Niki Caro’s live-action Mulan, as well as The New Mutants and Antlers.

It’s not yet known how delaying Black Widow will affect the release of other Marvel movies, with The Eternals set to hit cinemas in November.

Multiple studios have pulled movies in wake of the coronavirus crisis, including Fast & Furious 9, No Time to Die, and A Quiet Place II.

More than 199,000 people have been infected with Covid-19, with almost 8,000 deaths, since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December.

Italy, Spain, Iran, and the U.S. are some of the worst affected countries outside of China.

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Louis Vuitton contemplates time travel with fall 20 show

Louis Vuitton has pondered the concept of time travel with its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere unveiled his latest line at the Louvre’s Cour Carree as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing…

Louis Vuitton has pondered the concept of time travel with its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere unveiled his latest line at the Louvre’s Cour Carree as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing in the likes of Alicia Vikander, Lea Seydoux, Laura Harrier, Lupita Nyong’o, and Florence Pugh.

Titled Time Clash, the French designer had a cast of 200 characters or “live tableau” kitted out in period dress extending from the 15th century to 1950 standing in a gallery as a backdrop, with Milena Canonero, known for creating costumes for Stanley Kubrick and Wes Anderson’s films, creating the outfits.

“What if all of the innumerable eras that nourish fashion could come together in the here and now?” he wrote in the show notes. “This collection is like a sartorial tune-up in which personality takes precedence: Everyone can pen their own history.”

As with previous collections, Ghesquiere opted to merge Baroque flourishes and much more futuristic influences, with the spectacle opening with model Michelle Laff donning a sporty vest with a ruffled layered black leather miniskirt. The outfit was topped off with striped leather booties and a Louis Vuitton monogram tote.

Elsewhere, the fashion star juxtaposed petticoat-like dresses with sporty parkas, motocross-inspired vests with oversized skirts, and three-piece pinstripe suits with leather gloves and edgy cube-like bags.

Other highlights included an embroidered leather two-piece outfit with the words “I still breathe the past” written on the front of the jacket, a tiger print dress with black leather detailing, as well as a heavily beaded emerald green bolero jacket worn over a simple white shift dress.

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Scarlett Johansson leads wave of colour in pink Versace dress at BAFTAs

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stu…

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stunned as she arrived at the star-studded bash held at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Scarlett showed off her trim figure and numerous tattoos in the plunging custom pink gown, which was covered in sequins and finished off with a flourish of baby pink feathers on the skirt.

The mesh sections of the gown gave fans a glimpse of the ink on her rib cage, in addition to the string of roses and a goat exposed on her back.

She completed her show-stopping look with blush pink Jimmy Choo sandals and drop earrings, and styled her blonde hair in a chic updo.

Scarlett, who was nominated for both Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, was just one of the famous faces opting for colour on the chilly red carpet.

Renee Zellweger, who won the Best Actress gong for her portrayal of Hollywood legend Judy Garland in the biopic Judy, wore an off-the-shoulder pale pink column gown by Prada with matching Jimmy Choo heels.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Florence Pugh chose a dramatic black and pink Dries Van Noten gown for the ceremony, which featured a short skirt in the front and a huge hot pink train in the back.

Charlize Theron also wowed with her pleated floor-length purple Dior dress, while Zoe Kravitz wore an eye-catching metallic gold gown designed by Saint Laurent.

Laura Dern, who continued her successful streak by winning Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story, also channelled the colourful theme on the red carpet with a bright pink Valentino gown that featured an embellished bodice and full skirt.

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Florence Pugh did most of her own stunts on Black Widow

Florence Pugh did most of her own stunts while filming Black Widow.The Little Women actress got her first taste for stunt work while filming the 2019 wrestling drama Fighting with my Family, but had to take her skills to a whole new level to play a sup…

Florence Pugh did most of her own stunts while filming Black Widow.

The Little Women actress got her first taste for stunt work while filming the 2019 wrestling drama Fighting with my Family, but had to take her skills to a whole new level to play a superhero alongside Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow’s first solo movie.

And according to director Cate Shortland, Pugh did most of the stunts herself, even though she had a stunt double.

“She is b**ody scary. Steely. Absolutely will not back down. She has a healthy amount of anger in her as a person, at the injustices she sees around her,” she told Vogue magazine.

As soon as she got to the set, the 24-year-old approached the stunt department to do further training for the role, with her adding, “Learning from them was my favourite part.”

“I didn’t quite know what it was to be involved in one of these films,” Pugh explained. “Obviously you have to be physically able because the whole point is that you’re a superhero.”

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Pugh shared that it “deals with some really hard things”.

“It’s rough and painful and emotional and funny, and not in any way. . . girly. It’s about broken women picking up the pieces,” she described, while Shortland added that Pugh, Johansson, and their co-star Rachel Weisz “wanted to make something intimate within the massive Marvel universe. We created female relationships with flesh and blood. They didn’t have to play nice.”

Black Widow, the second Marvel film to have a female lead, hits cinemas in May.

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Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh disappointed by Greta Gerwig’s Oscars snub

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are disappointed about their Little Women director Greta Gerwig being snubbed by the Academy Awards.The period drama, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, scooped six Oscar nominations on Monday, including Bes…

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are disappointed about their Little Women director Greta Gerwig being snubbed by the Academy Awards.

The period drama, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, scooped six Oscar nominations on Monday, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Actress for Ronan, and Best Supporting Actress for Pugh.

While the actresses were thrilled with their nominations, they were shocked to learn Gerwig hadn’t been recognised for Best Director, a category which compromised of all-male nominees.

Ronan told Deadline she was “scratching (her) head a bit” over the filmmaker’s surprising exclusion.

“I’m really happy that the Academy recognised her for Adapted Screenplay and Picture, and I feel like if you’ve been nominated for Best Picture, you have essentially been nominated for Best Director,” the 25-year-old said in a statement. “But to me, Greta, since she started, has made two perfect films, and I hope when she makes her next perfect movie, she gets recognised for everything, because I think she’s one of the most important filmmakers of our time.”

British star Pugh, who earned her first-ever Oscar nomination for playing spoiled sister Amy March, said Greta’s absence was a “big blow”.

“Especially because she created a film that is so her and so unique and it’s just come out of her, and it’s been a story she’s wanted to do for so long,” she shared. “I think everybody’s angry and quite rightly so. I can’t believe it’s happened again, but I don’t really know how to solve it. I don’t know what the answer is, other than we’re talking about it.”

She added that the snub highlights the importance of the story in Little Women.

“Greta made a film about women and their relationship with money, and their relationship with men in a man’s working world. And it’s just highlighting the point. It’s just completely underlining how important this film is, and how the themes are still apparent now,” she said.

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Zendaya stuns in metallic breastplate at 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

Zendaya stole the spotlight in a hot pink breastplate and matching skirt by Tom Ford at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.The 23-year-old, who was nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Rue in the HBO dra…

Zendaya stole the spotlight in a hot pink breastplate and matching skirt by Tom Ford at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.

The 23-year-old, who was nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Rue in the HBO drama Euphoria, stunned as she hit the red carpet wearing the $15,000 (£11,500) bespoke piece from the designer’s spring 2020 collection.

Zendaya complemented the unique creation with a floor-length fuchsia skirt, Mateo New York earrings, Djula rings, and satin pumps by Christian Louboutin. Her stylist, Law Roach, later pointed out that the breastplate was a homage to the vintage pieces by Issey Miyake and Yves Saint Laurent, and called the Spider-Man: Far From Home star a “Warrior Woman” in a post on Instagram.

The piece was also recently worn by Gwyneth Paltrow for the cover of the latest issue of U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and the Oscar winner took to social media to lavish praise on the young star.

“Thank God I can say I have something in common with Zendaya,” she commented on a picture of the actress wearing the breastplate.

Other famous faces who also rocked bright colours on the red carpet included Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein, who wore a two-tone pastel pink and red dress with open-toe velvet Jimmy Choo platform heels.

Kristen Bell made a bold statement with her neon green caped jumpsuit by Cong Tri, paired with matching heels, while Awkwafina wowed in a bright yellow Ellie Saab gown, which featured a flowing skirt and sleeves, and Stuart Weitzman platform shoes.

Renee Zellweger, who scooped the Best Actress prize at the ceremony for her role in Judy, bucked the colourful trend by wearing a black strapless Dior gown, and Best Actress in a Comedy Series winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge rocked a one-shouldered sheer dress also created by designers at the French fashion house.

Little Women star Florence Pugh was among those who embraced show-stopping glittering gowns for the annual ceremony, wearing a silver sequinned column-style dress by Prada, while Jennifer Lopez opted for an elegant cream cut-out gown with embellishment by Georges Hobeika.

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Greta Gerwig was ‘terrified’ to direct Meryl Streep

Greta Gerwig was “terrified” to direct three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep in her new movie adaptation of Little Women.The filmmaker was beginning to put together her cast for the period drama when Streep reached out and expressed her interest in the …

Greta Gerwig was “terrified” to direct three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep in her new movie adaptation of Little Women.

The filmmaker was beginning to put together her cast for the period drama when Streep reached out and expressed her interest in the project, based on the literary classic by Louisa May Alcott, and bagged the role of Aunt March.

However, Greta has now admitted that it was a daunting experience making a movie with the acting legend, as she was intimidated by her excellence on set.

“I was terrified as a director, because what am I going to say to her? She’s so smart and she knows more about how films are made than anyone,” the 36-year-old told Elle UK. “There were a couple of lines I wrote to get a character from A to B, inelegantly, and you know when Meryl asks, ‘Now why do I say that?’ you’d better have a f**king good answer.”

Revealing her fear of looking silly in front of the movie icon, she added: “It’s intimidating, but it forces you to be better. Unfortunately, it’s uncomfortable to get better, because it means you have to look like an idiot in front of her. But she’s fabulous.”

Despite her apprehensiveness in front of Streep, Gerwig seems to have built a rapport with her cast, which also includes Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, and Timothee Chalamet.

Praising the director, Chalamet commented to the publication: “She has a way of talking with actors that is uniquely insightful. That’s perhaps because she’s an actress herself, but also because she has this intuitive way of speaking about movies, about acting and about the direction of a story.”

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Florence Pugh: ‘Nude scenes helped boost my confidence’

Florence Pugh loved her nude scenes in 2016 film Lady Macbeth as they left “no room for me to feel insecure”.The actress reflected on her breakout role during a recent interview for Britain’s ES Magazine and admitted the part “changed everything” for h…

Florence Pugh loved her nude scenes in 2016 film Lady Macbeth as they left “no room for me to feel insecure”.

The actress reflected on her breakout role during a recent interview for Britain’s ES Magazine and admitted the part “changed everything” for her.

“I loved the fact she was naked all the time,” she said. “At that point in my life, I had been made to feel s**t about what I looked like and that film was perfect, there was no room for me to feel insecure.”

Florence went on to urge young actresses not to give into Hollywood’s demands and instead stay true to themselves in their attempts to make it big.

“When you go out there (Los Angeles) as a baby-face, fresh thing who is eager to please, they will make you into whatever they need to make you sell, essentially,” the 23-year-old commented. “You need to know exactly what you are representing when you go into meetings so if someone says, ‘That’s really cool you don’t pluck your eyebrows,’ that you don’t f**king, like, die and whimper.

“No, I don’t want you to cut my hair. No, I don’t want you to wax my upper lip. I have a face and hair grows out of it. Please leave me alone.”

And the Midsommar star, who is reportedly dating Scrubs star Zach Braff, said it was working on the U.S. pilot Studio City with Heather Graham and Eric McCormack in 2015 that made her never want to work in Hollywood again.

“I went from being on this little feature where women were praised for looking the way they were and not knowing or caring about our best angles. Suddenly everything I was – my looks, who I am as a person – was getting ripped apart,” she fired.

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Florence Pugh loved working with ‘magical’ Scarlett Johansson on Black Widow

Florence Pugh loved every second of working with “magical” Scarlett Johansson on the Black Widow spin-off movie.The 23-year-old British actress plays spy Yelena Belova in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, which also stars David Harbour and Rachel Weisz….

Florence Pugh loved every second of working with “magical” Scarlett Johansson on the Black Widow spin-off movie.

The 23-year-old British actress plays spy Yelena Belova in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, which also stars David Harbour and Rachel Weisz.

She opened up about the role in a Variety’s Actors on Actors chat with fellow actress, Beanie Feldstein.

“It was the most bizarre, nuts, extravaganza experience,” Florence shared. “I mean, the fact that I got to do a film with Scarlett was really magical. And the most beautiful and warm director, Cate Shortland, made it a unique and special experience.”

Marvel fans will have already seen Natasha Romanoff and her alter-ego Black Widow come to an untimely demise in Avengers: Endgame, which sees her sacrifice herself in an effort to save the world.

Florence is excited to see the reaction the spin-off movie receives when it’s released next year, and she told Beanie that the film will surprise audiences.

“I think we’ve made something very raw and very painful and very beautiful. I think people are going to be really surprised by the outcome of a big action film and it having that much heart,” she gushed. “It was special learning from Scarlett. And I know lots of people will obviously be emotional about her, because her character had such a horrid ending.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Florence sweetly revealed that she and her Little Women co-stars Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen would have sleepovers with Emma Watson while filming the period drama.

“I got to be best friends with the coolest girls,” she said. “Saoirse, Eliza and I were all living in a mews, and Emma was just down the road, and we’d do dinners and sleepovers and all that.”

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Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan rock all-black outfits to Little Women premiere

Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan both opted to wear black outfits to the recent premiere of their new movie, Little Women.The Hollywood stars appear alongside Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep in director Greta …

Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan both opted to wear black outfits to the recent premiere of their new movie, Little Women.

The Hollywood stars appear alongside Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep in director Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel.

Ahead of the movie’s release on 25 December, the star-studded cast gathered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Saturday to celebrate the world premiere of the hotly anticipated film.

Emma, who plays eldest sibling Meg March, wore a black Balenciaga silk gown with a rough lace trim and thigh-high black velvet boots, while she accessorised with a clamshell-shaped purse and Fred Leighton jewellery, including an ear cuff.

The Harry Potter star kept her brunette hair off her face in a loose bun, while she chose to keep the Gothic theme going with her full dark brows and crimson lips.

Three-time Oscar nominee Saoirse, who portrays headstrong Jo March in the movie, channelled prairie chic with her embellished high-neck Gucci dress, which featured sheer sleeves and a thigh-high split.

Meanwhile, her former Lady Bird co-star Timothee rocked an Alexander McQueen suit and Cartier bling, with Laura, who plays the March family matriarch Marmee, wowing the red carpet in a sparkling navy blue Ralph Lauren Collection crystal-embroidered gown.

Hollywood newcomer Florence, who plays youngest March sister Amy, wore an off-the-shoulder turquoise Valentino gown, teamed with drop earrings and strappy gold sandals, while Sharp Objects star Eliza, who takes on the part of studious Beth March, wore an eye-catching white Khaite gown with high neck and puffed sleeves.

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