Scarlett Johansson: ‘There is huge pressure to stay thin in Hollywood’

Scarlett Johansson shared her frustration over being put under “huge pressure” to stay thin in Hollywood.The Avengers: Endgame actress discussed the unfair expectations placed on women in the public eye to be slim, and the mother-of-one said that the i…

Scarlett Johansson shared her frustration over being put under “huge pressure” to stay thin in Hollywood.

The Avengers: Endgame actress discussed the unfair expectations placed on women in the public eye to be slim, and the mother-of-one said that the issue has got “much worse” over the years.

“There has always been pressure on actors to stay thin,” the 35-year-old told Candis magazine. “There’s a scene in one of my favourite movies, All About Eve, where Bette Davis is circling around the room, horribly upset about something, and she picks up a chocolate… puts it down… picks it up again… puts it down again… finally, she gives in and eats it, but only after a huge struggle!

“So even back then, there was the pressure going on. And now, it’s much worse”

Elsewhere in the interview, she touched upon her own approach to staying in shape, and said that while she follows a natural diet, she’s still paranoid over her own health.

“There’s a weight I like to maintain, which is slim but healthy. But there’s a healthy way to keep to that weight and there’s an unhealthy way,” the Black Widow star shared. “I don’t have any comment on how other people choose to live their lives – but for me, I am far too paranoid about my own health to take the road of eating disorders. I’d rather just stay in shape the natural way.”

Scarlett also discussed her personal life, and said she prefers to keep her young daughter Rose, who she shares with ex-husband Romain Dauriac, out of the spotlight in a “classy way”.

“There’s an aggressive way to do it, and there’s a quieter way, and because I am not an aggressive person, I choose just to lie low, which is not that hard to do,” she explained.

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Pete Davidson and Colin Jost to lead comedy Worst Man

Pete Davidson is teaming up with his Saturday Night Live co-star Colin Jost for a new wedding comedy.The 26-year-old will appear alongside Jost for the first time on the big-screen in Universal’s upcoming comedy Worst Man. Davidson will reportedly play…

Pete Davidson is teaming up with his Saturday Night Live co-star Colin Jost for a new wedding comedy.

The 26-year-old will appear alongside Jost for the first time on the big-screen in Universal’s upcoming comedy Worst Man.

Davidson will reportedly play the best man of Jost’s groom, as a soon-to-be-married couple and their families prepare for the big day, according to Variety.

Worst Man is based on an original idea from the 37-year-old comedian, as well as writers Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman.

Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Live, is also producing the film, and the hunt is still on for a director to helm the project.

There have been rumours that Davidson and Jost, who co-hosts Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment with Michael Che, are set to depart the sketch show later this year, with The King of Staten Island star unlikely to return when it begins production in the autumn.

Jost, who is currently engaged to Scarlett Johansson, is expected to depart after the 2020 presidential election in the U.S. in November.

Davidson has been gradually building a successful Hollywood career, with a recent critically-acclaimed performance in Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island, which was released earlier this month, and an upcoming role in James Gunn’s DC Comics movie, The Suicide Squad, which will be released next year.

Meanwhile, Jost will next be seen on the big screen in Warner Bros.’ live-action Tom & Jerry movie.

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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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Florence Pugh wanted to ‘call the shots’ with Black Widow training

Florence Pugh was determined to “call the shots” with her physical preparation for Black Widow. The Little Women actress stars as Yelena Belova, a Russian spy and sister figure to Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic…

Florence Pugh was determined to “call the shots” with her physical preparation for Black Widow.

The Little Women actress stars as Yelena Belova, a Russian spy and sister figure to Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) blockbuster.

Many stars have embarked on gruelling workouts, intense training plans, and strict diets to prepare for a Marvel role, but one of the first conversations Pugh had when she landed the part was to make it clear she didn’t want people checking up on her to ensure she was getting into the “right shape”.

“When I got the job, I wanted to know what the regime was,” she explained to Elle U.K. magazine. “I wanted to know whether it was them or me calling the shots. That was a big deal for me. I didn’t want to be part of something where I was constantly checked on. And people making sure I was in the ‘right’ shape. That’s not me at all.”

The Oscar nominee, who is also known for her cookery videos on Instagram, made her own meals before every shoot day and brought them into work because she finds cooking helps her unwind.

“Scarlett had this amazing guy who cooked beautiful things for her and her team. I thought that was clever because you’re doing fitness all the time and you need to have someone who’s on top of what you’re eating and the nutrients you’re getting,” the 24-year-old recalled. “I remember her asking, ‘Why are you cooking for yourself? Just let us feed you!’ And I was like, ‘Nope’… Genuinely, my therapeutic thing is chopping and cooking and stirring and tasting.”

Black Widow is scheduled to hit cinemas in November.

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Billy Porter opens up about playing ‘genderless’ Fairy Godmother in Cinderella remake

Billy Porter has opened up about his decision to play the Fairy Godmother as “genderless” in the upcoming Cinderella remake.The Emmy-winning actor plays the iconic character in the live-action musical version of the fairytale, which stars Camila Cabell…

Billy Porter has opened up about his decision to play the Fairy Godmother as “genderless” in the upcoming Cinderella remake.

The Emmy-winning actor plays the iconic character in the live-action musical version of the fairytale, which stars Camila Cabello, Minnie Driver, Missy Elliott, Pierce Brosnan, and James Corden.

In a new interview with Variety Live, the 50-year-old star described his portrayal of the Fairy Godmother as “non-conforming” and explained his decision to play the character gender-free.

“Magic is genderless. We have all these sort of genders that we’ve put on things and it doesn’t actually matter,” Porter stated. “It’s not about sex. It’s not about sexuality. It’s not about gender. It’s about magic. It’s about being somebody’s fairy godmother, father, person, whatever you want to call it. That’s what it’s about.”

Production on the movie at Pinewood Studios near London was shut down last month due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the Pose star had already completed his work on the film.

Despite remaining secretive over what musical numbers he’s involved in, he did tease fans with small details about his character’s glamorous costume.

“It’s gold and there are pants, there are skirts, there are heels, there are cowl necks and wands and things,” he shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, Porter opened up about his upcoming role as the voice of man-eating plant Audrey II in the Little Shop of Horrors remake, which is also rumoured to be starring Scarlett Johansson as the meek and vulnerable Audrey.

“She’s a fantastic actress and her energy is right,” he gushed. “You need that kind of strong but vulnerable. It’s the dichotomy of that.”

Chris Evans has also reportedly signed up to play Audrey’s abusive dentist boyfriend Orin Scrivello, which Porter believes is a great casting decision.

“He’ll be hot, which is sort of what it needs to be. You need to understand why she stays in that abusive relationship,” he stated.

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Disney sets new release date for Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be relea…

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November.

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be released on 1 May, but was shelved back in March and delayed indefinitely.

However, on Friday, Disney bosses released an extensive revision of their 2020-2021 schedule and announced Black Widow would open in cinemas on 6 November, replacing Eternals. All other MCU projects in the pipeline have been pushed back, with Eternals now opening on 12 February 2021, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a project which has been temporarily halted mid-production, on 7 May 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on 5 November 2021, and then Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2 in 2022.

Outside of Marvel films, Disney executives have also delayed the release of Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, and Indiana Jones 5, featuring Harrison Ford, by almost a year later than expected. Ryan Reynolds’s action-comedy Free Guy has been pushed back from July to December and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch has shifted from July to October.

In a surprising move, they announced sci-fi fantasy film Artemis Fowl, which was due to have a theatrical run from 29 May, will now premiere on Disney+, making it the studio’s first film to skip its cinema release entirely.

Other Disney properties such as The New Mutants, The Woman in the Window, Antlers, and The Personal History of David Copperfield remain without release dates.

However, Disney officials are yet to shift the release of their Pixar animation Soul, with it still being set to open on 19 June, although this is expected to change. They have also kept the release dates for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake on 18 December and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel on 25 December.

Most big studio releases have vacated their summer slot. One of the last holdouts, the Candyman reboot, was also moved from June to September by MGM/Universal bosses over the weekend, and film experts are now waiting for Warner Bros. officials to shift Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is still set for release on 17 July.

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Scarlett Johansson: ‘Black Widow is big tonal shift from other Marvel films’

Scarlett Johansson has praised Kevin Feige for giving fans what they least expected and making her Black Widow movie a family drama.The Marriage Story actress joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow for Iron Man 2 in …

Scarlett Johansson has praised Kevin Feige for giving fans what they least expected and making her Black Widow movie a family drama.

The Marriage Story actress joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow for Iron Man 2 in 2010 and has been one of the mainstays of the franchise, with her appearing in all the Avengers movies until Natasha’s demise in last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

After many years of speculation, Johansson was finally given her own standalone Black Widow movie, which is set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Unlike most other MCU instalments, the film is a family drama, focusing on her relationship with sister figure Yelena, played by Florence Pugh, and parent figures played by David Harbour and Rachel Weisz.

In an interview with Total Film magazine, Johansson praised Marvel boss Feige for subverting expectations and coming up with the family drama angle.

“I think part of Kevin Feige’s genius is that he always thinks about what fans expect out of these films and then gives them something that they never could’ve dreamed of,” she gushed. “The idea of Natasha Romanoff in a family drama is the least expected thing, and I had to wrap my head around what that was going to be because there’s such a big tonal shift.”

The 35-year-old shared that she wanted to make sure there was an emotional story to tell before agreeing to do a standalone film.

“I think from the very beginning when we first started talking about doing this standalone film, there was no reason to do it unless we could really dig deep and be brave and go there,” Johansson explained. “Having played this character for a decade, I wanted to make sure that it would feel artistically and creatively rewarding for me as well as the fans.”

Black Widow was due to be released in May, but is currently delayed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Film Music Reporter, Marvel bosses have used the delay to replace composer Alexandre Desplat with Lorne Balfe.

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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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Ever Anderson to play Wendy in live-action Peter Pan

Ever Anderson is to play Wendy in Disney’s upcoming live-action Peter Pan movie.Editors at Variety reported on Tuesday that Ever, the 12-year-old daughter of Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich and her filmmaker husband Paul W. S. Anderson, had been c…

Ever Anderson is to play Wendy in Disney’s upcoming live-action Peter Pan movie.

Editors at Variety reported on Tuesday that Ever, the 12-year-old daughter of Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich and her filmmaker husband Paul W. S. Anderson, had been cast in one of the lead roles in the project, titled Peter Pan & Wendy.

According to the publication, the new adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic novel, which tells the story of a mischievous young boy who can fly and never grows up, will be directed by Pete’s Dragon helmer David Lowery, who co-wrote the script alongside Toby Halbrooks. Fellow newcomer Alexander Molony has been attached to portray Peter Pan.

In addition, it was reported that Ever will also play the younger version of Scarlett Johansson’s character Natasha Romanoff in the new Marvel movie, Black Widow.

In light of the news, Milla took to Instagram on Wednesday morning to confirm her eldest child’s casting in both roles.

“Everyone, get ready to meet young Black Widow. So We can finally talk about @evergaboanderson’s secret projects. It was just announced in @variety that Ever plays the young Natasha Romanoff in Marvel’s @black.widow movie in theaters this May 1st and also, after a worldwide search, she’s been cast as Wendy in @disney’s new live-action Peter and Wendy movie!! We’re so proud of our baby!” the 44-year-old wrote in the caption. “Ever has been wanting to act since she was five and she’s put the time, focus and energy into making her dream come true! Congratulations Ever!!”

Previously, Ever played a younger version of her mum in 2016 sci-fi thriller Resident Evil: Final Chapter.

Black Widow is set to hit cinemas around the world from 29 April. A potential release date for Peter Pan & Wendy has not yet been announced.

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Chris Evans in talks to play dentist in Little Shop of Horrors remake

Chris Evans is in talks to play crazed dentist Orin Scrivello in the upcoming remake of musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.The 38-year-old is reportedly set to star as the sadistic character, made famous by Steve Martin in the 1986 adaptation of the…

Chris Evans is in talks to play crazed dentist Orin Scrivello in the upcoming remake of musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.

The 38-year-old is reportedly set to star as the sadistic character, made famous by Steve Martin in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musical, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, and Billy Porter are also circling the project, which will be directed by Greg Berlanti, and production is set to begin this summer.

The Captain America star seemingly confirmed his upcoming role on Twitter on Monday, as he shared a link to The Hollywood Reporter article and captioned it with a tooth emoji.

Back in March, the actor told the outlet he was desperate to star in a musical and said his dream role would be the maniacal dentist in Little Shop of Horrors.

“I want to do a musical so badly, man. Someone told me they’re (remaking) Little Shop of Horrors and I was like, ‘Oh, can I be down? Please? Can I be the dentist?'” he said at the time.

Little Shop of Horrors follows the story of florist shop worker Seymour, who discovers his Venus flytrap can speak and sing. He names it after his co-worker Audrey, who is in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, dentist Orin. But as Audrey II begins to grow rapidly, Seymour begins feeding the killer plant human victims.

Negotiations are still ongoing for Rocketman star Egerton, who is up for the role of Seymour, and Johansson, who will reportedly play Audrey, but Porter has already signed a deal to lend his vocal talents to the Venus flytrap, according to the outlet.

The movie would serve as a reunion for Evans and his Avengers co-star Johansson, who last appeared together in last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

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