Scarlett Johansson worried Marvel fans wouldn’t like her as Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson was worried Marvel fans wouldn’t like her interpretation of fictional superhero Black Widow.The 35-year-old actress made her debut as former Russian super spy Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2 back in 2010, but she was concerned that sh…

Scarlett Johansson was worried Marvel fans wouldn’t like her interpretation of fictional superhero Black Widow.

The 35-year-old actress made her debut as former Russian super spy Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2 back in 2010, but she was concerned that she didn’t fit the bill.

“When we did (Iron Man 2), I didn’t know if the audience would like my interpretation of the character,” she told Parade magazine, before noting that she wasn’t even the first choice to play the superhero.

After a “wonderful” meeting with Jon Favreau, who helmed Iron Man 2, the part went to Emily Blunt.

“I was really excited to work with him, so I said, ‘If this doesn’t work out, I’m an actor for hire, so call me anytime,'” Scarlett recalled, and after Emily had to bow out due to scheduling reasons, the role was hers.

“The best call you can receive is after you are rejected for something and then you get it. You appreciate it more. I’ve basically made a career out of being second choice,” she laughed.

And it was while filming one particular scene in The Avengers back in 2012, alongside Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, that she realised she was part of something really special.

“It’s the iconic hero shot,” she said of the scene which sees the six original Avengers ready for battle in New York. “We were all thinking, ‘This is crazy!’ because these worlds were coming together. We’re still processing how much of an impact these movies have had.”

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Avengers: Endgame passes Avatar to become biggest film of all time

Avengers: Endgame has topped Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.Marvel boss Kevin Feige made the news official at the studio’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego, California on Saturday, announcing the blockbuster would pass Avatar’s $2.7…

Avengers: Endgame has topped Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige made the news official at the studio’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego, California on Saturday, announcing the blockbuster would pass Avatar’s $2.78 billion global box office mark over the weekend, ending the James Cameron-directed movie’s nine-year reign.

“Thanks to you, Avengers: Endgame is the biggest film of all-time,” Feige told fans in Comic-Con’s fabled Hall H.

While Avengers: Endgame co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo took to Twitter to share a similar sentiment.

“To the greatest fans in the universe, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you…,” they commented.

Avengers: Endgame, featuring an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Brie Larson, follows the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies as they attempt to reverse the damage caused by Thanos, as played by Josh Brolin, in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

The blockbuster has passed Avatar’s record in just 13 weeks, and in a statement, Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer of Marvel’s parent company, The Walt Disney Studios, praised the cast and crew for their achievements.

“A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted Avengers: Endgame to these historic heights,” he commented. “Of course, even with the passage of a decade, the impact of James Cameron’s Avatar remains as powerful as ever, and the astonishing achievements of both of these films are ongoing proof of the power of movies to move people and bring them together in a shared experience. The talented filmmakers behind these worlds have much more in store, and we look forward to the future of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and (Avatar’s setting) Pandora.”

Bosses at Disney are also celebrating another record-breaking weekend in North America, as The Lion King has roared to the top of the box office to become the biggest July opening of all time.

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Jeremy Renner contributes songs to Arctic Dogs soundtrack

Jeremy Renner is preparing to show off his music skills once again after writing and recording songs for the soundtrack of his upcoming animated movie Arctic Dogs. The Avengers: Endgame star has dabbled in music in the past, and previously performed t…

Jeremy Renner is preparing to show off his music skills once again after writing and recording songs for the soundtrack of his upcoming animated movie Arctic Dogs.

The Avengers: Endgame star has dabbled in music in the past, and previously performed tunes on camera for his 2006 film Love Comes to the Executioner and 2007’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Renner has continued to pen his own songs as a hobby, but now he has offered up a number of compositions he created with his songwriter pal Walter Afanasieff for use with the release of Arctic Dogs, in which he voices main character Swifty.

“There’s two songs that I already had written that are in this kids’ animated movie where I did the lead voice on (sic),” he shared on actor Justin Long’s new podcast, Life is Short.

“It comes out in November, called Arctic Dogs, so we did the whole soundtrack for that movie, which was cool.”

Renner, who is a dad to six-year-old daughter Ava, admits he never wanted to pursue his passion for music as a career until more recently, because it has afforded him more time at home with his family.

“Music has really kind of become more serious to me, in a way, because I just started recording three years ago, and that was new,” he said. “And since I’ve been recording, it’s just been a lot of fun… Probably more (fulfilling than acting) because I can do it so quickly.

“Even the end result, or the writing process, is more gratifying, and also, I can just sit down at a piano and sing. I don’t need a camera, I don’t need a script, I don’t have to go anywhere… It’s still emotionally expressive and (there’s) certain challenges within it, and I can do it in my home, with my daughter.”

And it’s for this reason that Renner has no plans to expand his resume further by trying his hand at directing.

Asked if he is interested in stepping behind the camera, he declared, “No way man. That takes time. It’s like, three to six months for an actor on set, but think about the prep and then the post (production).

“Especially now, as a single father, there’s no way, man. I love the idea of it, but there’s no way, the practicality of time, it’s not gonna happen.”

Renner shares daughter Ava with his ex-wife Sonni Pacheco.

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Jeremy Renner turned down Hellboy after failing to understand character

Jeremy Renner declined the opportunity to work with acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro on his 2004 adaptation of Hellboy because he just didn’t “get” the character. The Avengers: Endgame star has revealed he was approached to bring the Dark Horse …

Jeremy Renner declined the opportunity to work with acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro on his 2004 adaptation of Hellboy because he just didn’t “get” the character.

The Avengers: Endgame star has revealed he was approached to bring the Dark Horse Comics superhero to life onscreen early on in his career, but he couldn’t figure out how he would play the titular half-demon.

Renner was seriously broke at the time, but even his dire financial situation couldn’t sway him to take on the lucrative gig, because he had always vowed never to sign up for a project just for the money.

“It happened with Guillermo del Toro,” he recalled on Justin Long’s Life is Short podcast. “Amazing director, but Hellboy was the movie that they offered me, and it was a lot of money – (more) than I’d ever heard in my life, and I still had to say no, because I didn’t know a way into that character in that movie…

“It was like, a quarter million dollars, and I had no electricity, just candlelight, (but) it never crossed my brain that, ‘Oh, it’d be great to have that money.’

“I was just reading the script and (thinking) like, ‘I don’t get this…’ I just couldn’t connect to it,” he continued. “I said, ‘I can’t find a way in (to this character), I don’t know what I’d be doing,’ so I had to say no.”

Ron Perlman went on to star in the lead role, and after viewing the finished movie, which has become a cult favourite among fans, Renner knew he had made the right choice, because the character just wasn’t a good fit for him.

“There’s zero regrets, zero,” he said. “Most of the time it’s like, ‘Oh, I’m glad I didn’t do it,’ and it made sense to me. Not just Hellboy or whatever it was, and I’m not saying that it’s a good or bad movie, it’s not about that… I just wouldn’t have fit there.”

However, it was a different story for Renner when he was offered the part of another comic book character in Marvel’s Hawkeye, aka Clint Barton, because his Avengers star doesn’t boast any actual superpowers.

He shared, “When they (studio bosses) showed me my character… it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s great, it’s just a guy with no superpower; he’s just got a high skill set. I can actually attach to that.’

“I’d have passed on (the role of) Thor all day long – not that I’d ever be cast in that, but like, that kind of thing. I’d be like, ‘I don’t know how to do that, I’m sorry.’ But Hawkeye, or Clint Barton, I’m like, ‘Oh great, high skill set, I can figure that out.'”

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Jeremy Renner thanks Paul Rudd for making tough Avengers press tour fun

Jeremy Renner has pal Paul Rudd to thank for making the Avengers: Endgame press tour a fun experience, because he kept coming up with hilarious ruses when reporters asked too many questions. The cast of the blockbuster was sworn to secrecy about the m…

Jeremy Renner has pal Paul Rudd to thank for making the Avengers: Endgame press tour a fun experience, because he kept coming up with hilarious ruses when reporters asked too many questions.

The cast of the blockbuster was sworn to secrecy about the movie’s plot and so when journalists started prying for spoilers, Rudd stepped in to change the subject with humour and made up film projects.

He even had posters mocked up, featuring himself and Renner, advertising a fictitious film, The 50 Year Old Virgins.

“I got to do a lot of press with Paul Rudd… and I think I have a six-pack (abs) because of laughing with him,” Renner tells Good Morning America. “He’s one of the funniest people I know. We made up the movie 50 Year Old Virgins, so we’d talk about that movie.

“We are always texting each other how much we love each other and how much fun we had on this (press tour), because the press can be really kind of daunting, especially with a movie you can’t speak about… We just had a good laugh.”

The pair met on the set of the last Avengers movie, 2018’s Infinity War, and became instant friends: “We went on vacation; we were playing ping-pong,” Jeremy adds.

Meanwhile, the actor, who plays sharp-shooting archer Hawkeye in the Avengers films, has hooked his six-year-old daughter on the bow and arrow arts, but she has no idea dad is a big screen superhero.

“She’s seen me in costume on set and she does have a bow and arrow but she has no idea (I’m Hawkeye)…,” Renner reveals, explaining she has never seen an Avengers film. “I actually teach her archery… but I don’t know what she thinks about me. She doesn’t know I’m an actor.

“But I’m on my daughter’s pyjamas. Winning!”

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Law Roach styles first runway for Bosideng

Law Roach styled his very first runway show for Bosideng during New York Fashion Week.The celebrity stylist has previously worked with A-listers including Ariana Grande, Zendaya and Celine Dion, but has never been responsible for a catwalk before. And …

Law Roach styled his very first runway show for Bosideng during New York Fashion Week.

The celebrity stylist has previously worked with A-listers including Ariana Grande, Zendaya and Celine Dion, but has never been responsible for a catwalk before.

And in an interview with WWD, Law explained that working with the sporty label was the perfect way to achieve a career milestone.

“I was super-excited that they did (choose me). It was my first time styling at a New York Fashion Week show. It was exciting,” he beamed. “I’m actually really flattered and honoured that this brand chose me. They could have easily used a stylist from Shanghai or somewhere else. The fact that they saw something in my work that made them want to collaborate with me was like, ‘Wow.’”

Bosideng launched in 1976 and is currently the largest down clothing company in China, with its headquarters is based in Shanghai. This meant that the American fashion expert’s first runway gig was a particularly memorable experience, as he had to navigate working alongside many non-English speakers, while he didn’t speak Mandarin.

“It was challenging but also amazing how the language of fashion is so universal — so many of the things that we were doing, we just understood each other,” he insisted, adding that even with the language barrier, he had an instant connection with Bosideng designer Zhu Lin. “It was so weird, because it was like we were the same person.”

The catwalk show took place at the Spring Studios in New York City on Tuesday (11Sep18). Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio opened the show while celebrity attendees included Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Renner and Olivia Palermo.

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Tom Cruise up for any stunt thrown his way

Tom Cruise never rejects ideas for stunts in the Mission: Impossible films. For the latest instalment Fallout, the sixth in the franchise, Tom has action scenes in a helicopter, on the edge of a cliff and a fight sequence in a men’s bathroom, with the …

Tom Cruise never rejects ideas for stunts in the Mission: Impossible films.

For the latest instalment Fallout, the sixth in the franchise, Tom has action scenes in a helicopter, on the edge of a cliff and a fight sequence in a men’s bathroom, with the 56-year-old action man performing his own stunts like usual.

Talking about how they up the action ante from film to film, producer Jake Myers exclusively told Cover Media: “It starts with Tom wants to do something, then it’s trying to figure out how to put it into the movie. Then there’s a little bit of gamesmanship, like, ‘Wait, what can we make him do that might be fun and he’s not going to say no to?’ Which he never does!”

Over the last 22 years, Mission: Impossible has become a Hollywood institution, with everyone from Thandie Newton to Jeremy Renner popping up in the movie series.

For the latest film, Tom is joined by core cast members Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, returning stars Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin, and newcomers Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett, among others.

Speaking about the tone of Fallout, Jake, who also worked on 2015’s Rogue Nation, said it was important to balance the humour with a more serious storyline.

“I think (the humour aspect) is huge. I mean the last film was very humour heavy and I think there was somewhat of a conscious effort to have a little bit more drama in this film,” he shared. “But if you lose the humour in Mission, you really lose the ability to tell the audience they can have fun and to reset. So I think the film can’t take itself too seriously, I think the humour is key.”

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Jeremy Renner and Jamie Foxx set for comic book adaptation Spawn

Avengers star Jeremy Renner is stepping back into the world of comic book adaptations to join Jamie Foxx in Spawn. Foxx was first attached to the project in May (18), when he was slated to portray the title role – a murdered former Central Intelligenc…

Avengers star Jeremy Renner is stepping back into the world of comic book adaptations to join Jamie Foxx in Spawn.

Foxx was first attached to the project in May (18), when he was slated to portray the title role – a murdered former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) black ops team member, who is double crossed in hell after he agrees to become a Hellspawn warrior, so he can be reunited with his wife.

Renner will star as Detective ‘Twitch’ Williams, whose unconventional crime solving methods prove to compliment Spawn’s demonic powers and aid him in his fight against those who wrong him.

The project will serve as the directorial debut of writer Todd McFarlane, who penned the film’s source material, while horror producer Jason Blum has also boarded the action film for his Blumhouse production company.

“As a first time director, I wanted to surround myself with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all fronts…,” McFarlane told Deadline.

Addressing Renner’s casting, he shared: “I’m a huge fan of his. The character doesn’t need to be a bodybuilder or GQ handsome. I was looking for somebody who’s a person you’ve met before; I needed someone who can pull off the grief of an average human being. I’ve seen Jeremy do that in more than a few of his movies. He was at the top of my list, just like Jamie.”

Production dates for Spawn have yet to be announced.

This will be the second Spawn movie to hit the big screen, following 1997’s film, starring Michael Jai White.

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Jeremy Renner teased Tag co-star relentlessly on-set

Actress Leslie Bibb wanted to “murder” her Tag co-star Jeremy Renner after he pranked her with a “trachea punch” as their characters were about to tie the knot. The stars play lovers in the new action comedy, based on a true story about a group of hig…

Actress Leslie Bibb wanted to “murder” her Tag co-star Jeremy Renner after he pranked her with a “trachea punch” as their characters were about to tie the knot.

The stars play lovers in the new action comedy, based on a true story about a group of highly-competitive old friends who dedicate one month a year to play a no-holds-barred game of tag.

Renner takes on the role of Jerry, the only member of the gang never to have been tagged, who announces he will be retiring from the game after his wedding.

Filming the romantic scene took more than a couple of takes, because Jeremy couldn’t resist teasing his longtime pal Leslie, who he treats like a sibling.

“I love this gal like a sister you wanna… love and kinda elbow sometimes,” he shared of their decade-long friendship, which began after Leslie began dating Jeremy’s pal Sam Rockwell in 2007.

However, his playful nature would throw off Leslie’s concentration as director Jeff Tomsic called, “Action!”.

“I’m in a wedding dress, I’m sweating from everything, and… and we’re about to say our vows and he (Renner) loves to go like, ‘Trachea punch!’, and I’m like, (shocked), and (seething), ‘I’m gonna murder you at this wedding! What are you doing?'” she recalled in a joint interview on breakfast show Good Morning America. “So that’s what he’s like, he picks on me constantly.”

Despite their love/hate relationship, Leslie has nothing but respect for Jeremy’s work ethic after he broke both of his arms in a stunt-gone-wrong – and went straight back to filming.

“That (kind of injury) would shut down a lot of movies,” she remarked. “Everyone was like, ‘Well, I’m out of a job!’ (when the accident happened), (but) this little nugget came back to work.”

Joking about the double injury, Renner said, “It took a comedy after all these action movies to break my arms, and it’s on the second day of shooting as well, which was quite unfortunate…!”

Luckily, Tomsic was able to make use of green screen technology in the editing process to complete the shoot on time, and the quirky movie, which also stars Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, and Isla Fisher, hits theatres on Friday (15Jun18).

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