Scarlett Johansson blindsided by Black Widow trailer release

Scarlett Johansson had no idea Marvel executives were going to release the trailer for her Black Widow movie this week.The actress, who starred as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the Avengers films and now fronts her own standalone movie, was left blin…

Scarlett Johansson had no idea Marvel executives were going to release the trailer for her Black Widow movie this week.

The actress, who starred as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the Avengers films and now fronts her own standalone movie, was left blindsided when studio bosses dropped the first trailer on Monday without telling her first, and she only found out from Captain America star Chris Evans.

“Nobody told me it was coming out,” Scarlett said during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night. “I actually woke up and I got a text from Chris Evans and he was like, ‘The trailer looks great.’ I don’t know what he was doing up at 5am, that’s a whole other story, but I was as excited as everybody else. I had no idea it was coming out. They didn’t tell me, they keep everything from me.”

Scarlett also confirmed that the Black Widow movie will be set between 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

And while fans have been desperate for a standalone film about the mysterious character, the screen star insisted the timing wasn’t right for the project until recently.

“A lot of people told me the film should have happened before and they’re wondering if it’s too late for this movie now, but I could not have told this movie 10 years ago,” the 35-year-old said. “My journey with Natasha has informed this film… It has a complexity to it that’s just delicious. Not to say that it wouldn’t have been entertaining 10 years ago, but we get to do stuff now that’s just good… It’s a homecoming.”

Black Widow, also featuring David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and Rachel Weisz, is slated to hit U.S. cinemas on 1 May 2020.

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Shazam! sequel in the works with original screenwriter

A Shazam! sequel is in development with original screenplay writer Henry Gayden.The movie, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, hit cinemas in the U.S. last Friday (05Apr19), with the story following Billy Batson (Asher Angel) as a teenag…

A Shazam! sequel is in development with original screenplay writer Henry Gayden.

The movie, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, hit cinemas in the U.S. last Friday (05Apr19), with the story following Billy Batson (Asher Angel) as a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero, as played by Zachary Levi.

Shazam! has received a largely positive response from critics, and grossed a worldwide total of over $159 million (£121 million) at the box office, with editors at The Wrap now reporting that a follow-up is coming.

Film insiders have told the publication that Gayden has been tapped to write the script, while David F. Sandberg is also expected to return as director, with Peter Safran serving as producer.

Gayden previously penned the screenplay for 2014’s Earth to Echo and was most recently attached to write the script for Last Human, an upcoming sci-fi flick to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Little else is known about the sequel, though Levi has been busy with various projects in recent months, having landed the part of Benjamin in hit TV series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and the voice-acting part of Biff Tarkin in the TV show Star Wars: Detours.

However, the former Chuck actor indicated that he was confident that another Shazam! movie would be greenlit during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last Thursday, where he explained that he was determined to maintain the buff physique he had built for the role.

“I think I gained, like, 24 pounds (10 kilograms) in the first couple of months and I’ve stayed in the gym six days a week through all of it still, till this day. And I’m healthier and stronger than I’ve ever been and I’m so grateful for that,” the 38-year-old said. “I worked out today. I’m hoping for a sequel.”

Shazam! also features Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou, and is now showing in cinemas around the world.

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Lupita Nyong’o freaks out fans by wearing gold contact lenses for TV interview

Lupita Nyong’o has freaked out her fans by donning gold coloured contact lenses for a TV interview.The Oscar-winning actress made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night (18Mar19) to promote her new movie Us, a psychological…

Lupita Nyong’o has freaked out her fans by donning gold coloured contact lenses for a TV interview.

The Oscar-winning actress made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night (18Mar19) to promote her new movie Us, a psychological horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele, which follows a family who are confronted by a group of doppelgangers.

To pay homage to her Us character Adelaide Wilson and her double Red, Lupita showed up for the chat in a sparkly pink Bande Noir suit and bright gold contact lenses, with host Stephen immediately drawing viewers’ attention to her bold look.

“Just because I want the audience to have the same experience I’m having right now, I just want to let everybody know out there that talking to Lupita Nyong’o was always engrossing because you have beautiful eyes but they’re particularly arresting tonight. Can you show (the audience)?” he said, with his guest then glancing at the cameras and joking, “I could use some rest, you know?”

Lupita then went on to explain that the role had caused her to get in touch with her “dark” side.

“I’m going for the darkest things in life, right now. It’s good to get it out,” the 36-year-old laughed.

The star also uploaded a snap of her golden eyes on Instagram, with her followers amazed by the distracting choice, with one fan commenting, “Ehhh Lupita you almost made me drop my phone!” and another user writing, “Nearly had a heart attack mid-scrolling.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Stephen confessed that he was afraid to watch horror movies and asked Lupita if she found it hard to make such a terrifying flick. Yet, she explained that the story was more “challenging” than scary to shoot.

“Well, no. Not when the scary thing is you, you know, which was the case in this movie,” she responded. “I play Adelaide and she is traumatised by this thing that happened to her as a child… and she has this feeling that something bad is about to happen and it happens when her doppelganger shows up with her family to get her. And so, in this film, we were the monster, we never acted with ourselves, we never saw our scene partners, so that wasn’t particularly scary to shoot – it was definitely technically challenging.”

Us, also starring Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, opens in cinemas on Friday.

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