Rebel Wilson wows in red at Jojo Rabbit premiere

Rebel Wilson pulled out all the stops for the premiere of Jojo Rabbit on Tuesday night.The Australian actress looked very glamorous as she walked the red carpet to promote Taika Waititi’s new movie at Post 43 in Los Angeles, ensuring to pose for photog…

Rebel Wilson pulled out all the stops for the premiere of Jojo Rabbit on Tuesday night.

The Australian actress looked very glamorous as she walked the red carpet to promote Taika Waititi’s new movie at Post 43 in Los Angeles, ensuring to pose for photographers in her custom Badgley Mischka gown.

Featuring silver beading and an off-the-shoulder neckline, Rebel’s crimson ensemble was matched with a Bienen Davis purse, while her blonde locks were styled into Old Hollywood-inspired waves.

“Getting ready for the JOJO RABBIT premiere in Hollywood tonight x Dress is custom @badgleymischka. Styled by the one and only @elizabethstewart1,” she posted on Instagram before the event.

In the satirical black comedy, Rebel portrays Fraulein Rahm, a brutish instructor in the Hitler Youth camp.

The film, which is set during World War II, follows a lonely German boy named Jojo ‘Rabbit’ Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis), who has his world turned upside down when he discovers that his single mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic.

Scarlett opted for a pink Miu Miu two-piece ensemble for the night, while Thomasin sported a lemongrass yellow gown from Jason Wu Collection and New Zealand-based filmmaker Taika wore a suit from Etro.

Other stars from the film in attendance included Sam Rockwell, Alfie Allen, and Stephen Merchant, while celebrities who showed their support for the project included Patton Oswalt, Minnie Driver, Blanca Blanco, and Aubrey Plaza.

Jojo Rabbit hits cinemas from 18 October.

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Rachel Weisz felt ‘liberated’ working with female director on Black Widow

Rachel Weisz found working with a female director on Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie “liberating”.The actress stars alongside leading lady Scarlett Johansson in the first female-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The flick is als…

Rachel Weisz found working with a female director on Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie “liberating”.

The actress stars alongside leading lady Scarlett Johansson in the first female-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The flick is also one of the studio’s first to be directed by a woman, and Rachel found working alongside Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland an eye-opening experience.

“There is something that happens in a scene when a woman is across from another woman,” she told T Magazine’s 2019 The Greats issue of working on the film. “It sounds really pompous, but you are free from the history of ownership – I really mean that. It’s liberating.”

While the studio is renowned for its impressive blockbuster flicks – including Avengers: Endgame, which recently became the highest-grossing movie of all time – Rachel confessed she was surprised by the passion and integrity of those involved behind the scenes.

“It doesn’t feel Hollywood to me, big budget – it feels like the people there are the stewards and guardians of this storytelling they care about,” the 49-year-old considered.

Filming has wrapped on the movie, which is currently in post-production, and Scarlett told Entertainment Tonight she can’t wait for fans to see the finished cut, enthusing: “I love it. I’m so proud of what we made. Now we get to sprinkle the magic all over it. Get it ready for audiences.”

Black Widow is slated to hit cinemas in May 2020.

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Scarlett Johansson ‘maybe’ interested in taking on Dolly Parton biopic

Scarlett Johansson would be interested in starring in a Dolly Parton movie, after the country singer suggested the actress play her in a biopic.When she was interviewed recently about a potential movie adaptation of her life, the country music legend w…

Scarlett Johansson would be interested in starring in a Dolly Parton movie, after the country singer suggested the actress play her in a biopic.

When she was interviewed recently about a potential movie adaptation of her life, the country music legend was asked who she’d want to see play her in the project, to which she replied either Scarlett or Reese Witherspoon.

The actress was asked about the prospect by Entertainment Tonight as she attended the Elle Women In Hollywood Awards on Monday, and admitted she wouldn’t rule it out.

“Those are big shoes to fill,” she replied. “Or, probably not. They are probably very tiny, dainty, sparkly fabulous shoes.”

While Scarlett has “never found a biopic that I felt compelled to try my hand at,” she added she’d be interested “just for the costumes alone!”

“She is quite a woman,” she said of the 9 to 5 star. “She’s a hard-working woman and she embodies everything that is fierce independence. So, I’m sure it would be a lot of work but it would be good work. So, maybe!”

The Avengers star is currently being kept busy in all aspects of her life, with work, motherhood and planning her wedding to Colin Jost. Of how she’s managing to balance it all, she smiled: “It’s very imbalanced. I think that is a rumour. There is no balance.”

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Scarlett Johansson drew from parents’ divorce for Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson drew from her parents’ divorce to prepare for the family drama Marriage Story.The actress appears opposite Adam Driver as a young mother coping with the breakup of her marriage in the film, and while the star has been divorced twice,…

Scarlett Johansson drew from her parents’ divorce to prepare for the family drama Marriage Story.

The actress appears opposite Adam Driver as a young mother coping with the breakup of her marriage in the film, and while the star has been divorced twice, she was directly influenced by what she had experienced growing up.

“It felt familiar somehow, but not because of what I’d been experiencing then,” Johansson, who was in the middle of her divorce from Romain Dauriac when preparing for the project, told Elle magazine. “But maybe because of how I grew up, and the dynamic between my parents – or maybe because I’ve known women who’ve dedicated themselves to their partner’s vision and then come out of this decade-long relationship feeling almost like a ghost.”

The Avengers: Endgame star was also previously married to Ryan Reynolds but is now setting out to find wedded bliss for a third time with Saturday Night Live star Colin Jost.

The 34-year-old also recalled how she set her own feelings of happiness aside in order to portray her character’s anguish.

“My ability to compartmentalise comes in handy when it’s time for things like that,” she added. “I’m certainly, obviously, very happy and fulfilled in my personal life, but I’m also a sum of many parts, and able to access different parts of my story and how I got here. It’s all valuable.”

Johansson was thrilled to play a mother on screen for the first time too.

“It’s funny, because I had never played a mother before, and now suddenly I have two films back to back where I have children who are, like, eight or nine years old,” Johansson, who shares five-year-old daughter Rose with Dauriac, added. “Actors get to wherever they need to go whether or not they’ve lived it, but (these roles) had a deeper resonance with me because of my own personal experience.”

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Scarlett Johansson ‘out of her element’ with awards season buzz

Scarlett Johansson is “out of her element” with awards season buzz because she hasn’t been touted as a contender for more than 10 years.The Avengers: Endgame stars has been earning rave reviews for her performance alongside Adam Driver in Noah Ba…

Scarlett Johansson is “out of her element” with awards season buzz because she hasn’t been touted as a contender for more than 10 years.

The Avengers: Endgame stars has been earning rave reviews for her performance alongside Adam Driver in Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama Marriage Story, while Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit has also been gaining momentum since its film festival debut.

But Johansson, who hasn’t been part of the awards season buzz since she was nominated for a Golden Globe for 2005’s Match Point, has now admitted the attention feels surreal to her.

“I haven’t really been involved in the mix of awards season for a long time, so I’m not sure how I feel exactly. Maybe a little out of my element?” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I am excited to celebrate both of these films with Noah and Taika. I feel like both movies are the movies that either filmmaker and I set out to make, and that’s an incredibly rare thing. When you work hard on something with someone for such a long time, it feels good to have that work acknowledged.”

The 34-year-old, who has previously won a BAFTA for Lost in Translation, also shared that she was relieved Jojo Rabbit, a satire starring Waititi as a parody of Adolf Hitler, even got released after its studio, Fox Searchlight, was acquired by Disney earlier this year.

“Searchlight’s made quite a lot of subversive films. It’s harder and harder to try to find a home for something that’s more off-colour or subversive and push the limit,” the star explained. “I thought, ‘There’s no way Disney would bring (Jojo) out. … This doesn’t belong to that (Disney) family.’

“Ultimately when Jojo Rabbit went over (to Disney), it didn’t make any difference, which was cool. Because I was worried that maybe it would.”

Marriage Story will stream on Netflix after a limited cinema release, while Jojo Rabbit hits cinemas in October.

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Scarlett Johansson shows off stunning $400,000 engagement ring

Scarlett Johansson has showed off her stunning engagement ring for the first time, two months after saying yes to Colin Jost.The actress displayed the huge 11-carat egg-shaped sparkler on Saturday during a Marvel event at Comic-Con in San Diego. As her…

Scarlett Johansson has showed off her stunning engagement ring for the first time, two months after saying yes to Colin Jost.

The actress displayed the huge 11-carat egg-shaped sparkler on Saturday during a Marvel event at Comic-Con in San Diego.

As her new Black Widow standalone movie was announced, Scarlett took to the stage in a black and white David Koma jumpsuit with sheer panelling, Gianvito Rossi heels, and her jaw-dropping engagement ring.

According to editors at Page Six Style, the stone is a yellow-brown tinted diamond, mounted on an unusual black band, and worth more than $400,000 (£320,000).

It is also reportedly the work of Taffin’s owner James de Givenchy, the nephew of legendary French fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy.

On 29 June, an employee of the New York-based jewellery company shared a photo of a ring very similar to Scarlett’s on Instagram, with the caption: “11 cts (carats) light brown diamond, type 2A.”

The 34-year-old and Colin first made their debut as a couple back in November 2017 and announced that they were engaged in May. The loved-up duo was spotted celebrating their happy news just one day later at the Blue Hill restaurant at Stone Barns in New York, according to reports.

Scarlett and her Saturday Night Live co-head writer beau were last seen on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of Avengers: Endgame, just weeks before Colin popped the question.

The blonde star was previously married to Ryan Reynolds from 2008 until 2010, and Romain Dauriac from 2014 to 2017, with whom she shares five-year-old daughter Rose.

This is the first marriage for the 37-year-old funnyman.

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Scarlett Johansson promises ‘complex’ Black Widow movie

Scarlett Johansson is certain her experiences with motherhood will make her Marvel superhero Black Widow “more complex”.The highly-anticipated standalone spin-off movie – also starring David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and Rachel Weisz – was announced at C…

Scarlett Johansson is certain her experiences with motherhood will make her Marvel superhero Black Widow “more complex”.

The highly-anticipated standalone spin-off movie – also starring David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and Rachel Weisz – was announced at Comic-Con during the Marvel Studios presentation on Saturday.

Following the big reveal, Scarlett told reporters at Variety she “felt like a weight has been lifted”, and shortly after the appearance with her new castmates at the huge event in San Diego, the star was back on a plane to London, where filming is already underway.

Marvel fans have been clamouring for the assassin Natasha Romanoff to have her own film, and Scarlett explained in the interview that she’s pleased the movie has taken so long to begin production.

“I think I could have made the film 10 years ago, but it would have been a very different film,” the 34-year-old shared. “I think it probably would have been much more of a caricature of a person. I feel after living an extra 10 years and becoming a mother and you know, life and how it happens to you, I feel much more in myself and able to explore all the kind of things that make me uncomfortable and then just lay it out for you guys.”

Scarlett, who shares five-year-old daughter Rose with her ex-husband Romain Dauriac, thinks her life experiences will only benefit her portrayal of her much-loved character.

“It feels like I’m a stronger person by the fact that I have embraced my vulnerability,” she continued. “And I think that will make this version of the character really, hopefully, complex.”

Black Widow is reportedly set after the events of Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Infinity War, and will be directed by Cate Shortland. It is set to be released in May next year.

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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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Scarlett Johansson clarifies her comments about ‘political correctness’

Scarlett Johansson has accused editors at a publication of altering her divisive comments on “political correctness” for “clickbait”.In a cover interview for AS IF magazine, the actress insisted she has the right to “play any person, or any tree, or an…

Scarlett Johansson has accused editors at a publication of altering her divisive comments on “political correctness” for “clickbait”.

In a cover interview for AS IF magazine, the actress insisted she has the right to “play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job”.

“I feel like it’s a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions,” she added.

Johansson’s comments drew huge criticism online, with movie fans pledging not to see her films anymore. In light of the backlash, she released a statement over the weekend claiming her comments in the interview had been “edited for clickbait” and “widely taken out of context”.

“The question I was answering in my conversation with the contemporary artist, David Salle, was about the confrontation between political correctness and art. I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness. That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way,” the 34-year-old said in her statement obtained by editors at Entertainment Tonight. “I recognise that in reality, there is a widespread discrepancy amongst my industry that favours Caucasian, cis gendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to. I continue to support, and always have, diversity in every industry and will continue to fight for projects where everyone is included.”

Last year, Johansson backed out of the role of a transgender character in the film Rub & Tug following widespread backlash from the LGBTQ community.

And in 2017, she came under fire when she took the starring role in the big-screen adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, the manga cartoon whose main character is Japanese.

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Taika Waititi did zero research on Adolf Hitler for Jojo Rabbit film

Taika Waititi made a conscious effort not to do any research on Adolf Hitler while making Jojo Rabbit.The New Zealand-born filmmaker recently wrapped production on the dark comedy-drama, which is inspired by Christine Leunens’ book Caging Skies and fol…

Taika Waititi made a conscious effort not to do any research on Adolf Hitler while making Jojo Rabbit.

The New Zealand-born filmmaker recently wrapped production on the dark comedy-drama, which is inspired by Christine Leunens’ book Caging Skies and follows lonely German boy Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) as he discovers that his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic during World War II.

Waititi portrays his imaginary friend Hitler, and in an interview for Deadline.com, the star explained that he did not investigate the Nazi leader before filming began.

“He’s like a 10-year-old kid’s version of Hitler. So, he doesn’t have to share anything with actual Hitler, because 10 year olds never meet Hitler,” he told the film publication. “I didn’t have to do any research, and I didn’t do any research. I didn’t base him on anything I’d seen about Hitler before. I just made him a version of myself that happened to have a bad haircut and a s**tty little moustache. And a mediocre German accent.

“It would just be too weird to play the actual Hitler, and I don’t think people would enjoy the character as much. Because he was such a f**king ****, and everyone knows that as well. I think people have got to relate to really enjoy the ride.”

Waititi went on to share that the film is more of a drama with a number of “light moments” sprinkled throughout.

In addition, he noted that he was careful to tackle the subject matter in a sensitive way, and was never tempted to include any shock comedy moments just for the sake of it.

“There’s no way I’d do anything just because it might be controversial and might seem like it’ll get people talking. (New Zealanders) find that kind of shock comedy act disingenuous and fake,” the 43-year-old stated.

Elsewhere in the chat, Waititi spoke about how he conveyed his signature sense of humour in his films Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows, and Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, and also confirmed that he is still looking to make an animated film about Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee Bubbles.

“It’s so cool to look at the idea of telling a story like this through the eyes of a chimpanzee,” he added.

Jojo Rabbit, also starring Rebel Wilson and Sam Rockwell, is set to hit cinemas from October.

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