When previously asked about the lack of female superhero movies, Marvel chief Kevin Feige has remained diplomatic, yet non-committal. During the press tour for ‘Thor 2,’ Feige’s comments were “I’m not sure when that will be” and “we’ll see what happens.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement for a female-led Marvel movie. Apparently, things have changed over the past few months and now Feige, when asked specifically about Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow, said that they are actively developing her own solo movie.
Feige was speaking to Total Film about Captain America: The Winter Soldier and how that film gives us Black Widow’s biggest role yet and how the upcoming The Avengers: Age Of Ultron will give us details about her past. He then added:
We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.
Feige didn’t exactly make a big splashy announcement about a future film, but it’s good to hear that it’s something they want to do. The Black Widow character is almost perfect for a ‘Bourne Identity’ style spinoff and an easy transition to the first female-driven Marvel movie. Hopefully the success of that movie would open up even more doors for characters like Ms. Marvel and, even in the DC universe, Wonder Woman herself.
Considering the Phase 3 movies are all but set, we don’t see a Black Widow movie happening in the immediate future, but if Marvel really is looking at releasing four movies a year (one per quarter), they’re going to need to start thinking outside of the “Phase 3? box and scheduling some spinoffs.
Baby wants ice cream! While enjoying downtime at the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, France on Sunday, May 4, pregnant Scarlett Johansson was spotted noshing on an ice cream cone with fiancé Romain Dauriac.
The Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier star, 29, went casual in black leggings and tennis shoes with a tie-dyed top and army-green jacket. The New York native recently ended a press tour for the well-received Marvel sequel, and began filming The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters May 1, 2015.
Johansson’s journalist fiancé is French, which she recently joked to Vanity Fair was why he is “overly into his emotions.” Together the couple are preparing for the arrival of their first child, which came as a “welcome surprise,” a source told Us in March.
“There must exist a world in which I can balance those things, be able to raise a family and still make a film a year, or work on my own, develop things, do theater,” Johansson told WSJ magazine in April. “I want to be able to have it all. Selfishly.”
Taking a spin on the beloved animated film, Disney is working on an adaptation of “The Jungle Book” directed by Jon Favreau. And it appears the studio is eyeing some heavy hitters, as The Hollywood Reporter stated Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o are in the middle of negotiations to join confirmed cast member Idris Elba.
According to reports, the live-action/GC hybrid film will stars Nyong’o as Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, with Johansson portraying the voice of Kaa, the python who hypnotizes animals and eats them.
Idris is slated to portray Shere Khan, the villainous tiger.
“The Jungle Book” has a release date set for October 9, 2015. Stay linked to GossipCenter for more details on the film.
Scarlett is on the cover of the new WSJ magazine for April 2014, There are some great shoots as well as her talking on Motherhood.
IN THE SNOW, New York City becomes a fantasy version of itself. A blanket of winter weather slows this frantic city down, hushes the hurly-burly, covers it in a quiet beauty that turns a mundane walk into a romantic stroll. Snowy New York is the New York you dreamed of: old-fashioned, elegant, irresistible. Until a city bus plows by at 40 mph and sprays you with muddy, brown slush.
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I am going to meet Scarlett Johansson for lunch, and the midday snowfall somehow feels appropriate. By now it’s a thoroughly accepted premise that Johansson is herself a romantic throwback, a bit of an old-fashioned fantasy—a smoky-voiced reminder of a lush, more glamorous show-business era. I believe this makes me the 100,000th person to describe Johansson as “smoky-voiced,” for which I should have my computer keyboard stripped and tossed into the Hudson. But the cliché is true. So is the throwback part. Johansson’s choice of a meeting location today is not a sleek, modern aerie with angular furniture and Euro-disco, but the Carlyle Hotel, off Madison Avenue, a low-lit classic merrily frozen in time.
From big-budget blockbusters to acclaimed independent films, Scarlett Johansson’s path to success has been anything but obvious. Jason Gay spoke with Johannson for this month’s WSJ. Magazine cover story, and joins the News Hub to discuss what’s next for the actress. Photo: Alasdair McLellan for WSJ. Magazine.
In the snow, I am 20 minutes late. She is 25 minutes late. This is OK. It doesn’t feel like a day to rush. When she arrives, she’s dressed in a black goose-down coat, a thick striped sweater and black wool pants, and she is wearing a pair of tortoiseshell eyeglasses that would comfortably fit on the nose of a prep-school English teacher. There is quick chatter about the weather and the craziness and the way the taxis and buses were swerving all over the road. And of course how this city looks perfect through it all. “A lot of people have that thing in New York where they need to get out—they’re like, ‘Oh you have to get out in order to love it,’ ” Johansson says. “I never had that.”
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She hasn’t spoken about her pregnancy (said to be five months along), but Scarlett Johansson has assured fans that nothing with delay the production of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
The “In Good Company” cutie was busy promoting “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on Wednesday (March 12) when she was asked about any scheduling conflicts that may arise as a result of outside factors (such as her bun in the oven).
Johansson didn’t skip a beat, though she also never mentioned her pregnancy, and confidently stated that everything was moving along nicely.
Scarlett explained, “Everything for ‘Avengers 2’ — we’re full steam ahead. We start shooting in three weeks and I’m stunt training and we’re good to go. You know, I think it’s something that is [laughing] hard to talk about, exactly. You know, trying to skirt around your question exactly [laughs] — and, you know, doing a poor job of it. But, you know, like I said, everything is exactly on schedule… Everything is going just fine. The Black Widow always wins and will continue to.”
Though she failed to mention her little one, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige told Collider.com, “Well my first reaction was I was very happy for her and very excited for her.”
“My second reaction was we’ve got to move some pieces on the chess board around schedule-wise. But we didn’t change the script at all, which is sort of the most important things for us in terms of the storyline.”
Feige’s comments verify news that the 29-year-old actress is due to welcome her first child into the world with her fiancé Romain Dauriac.
Scarlett Johansson is going to be a mom! The 29-year-old Her actress is expecting her first child with fiance Romain Dauriac, a source confirms to Us Weekly.
Johansson’s pregnancy news comes six months after her rep confirmed to Us back in September that she was engaged to French journalist Dauriac. The couple first went public with their romance in November 2012.
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During a Jan. 15 appearance on Good Morning America, Johansson said their wedding was “far off.” “I’m not doing any wedding planning,” she said at the time.
The Don Jon actress, who was once married to Ryan Reynolds, revealed in the October 2013 issue of Esquire that Dauriac helped make her a less jealous person. “I didn’t think I was a jealous person until I started dating my current, my one-and-only,” she shared. “I think maybe in the past I didn’t have the same kind of investment. Not that I liked my partner less, I just wasn’t capable of it or caring that much.”
Scarlett Johansson is going to be a mom! The 29-year-old beauty is expecting her first child with fiancé Romain Dauriac, multiple sources confirm to E! News.
The pregnancy news comes just six months after it was announced that the Oscar-nominated actress is planning to tie the knot with her French journalist beau. E! News confirmed the couple was engaged in September after ScarJo flashed her vintage Art Deco ring on that finger at the Venice Film Festival, with her rep adding that the lovebirds are “very happy.”
The expectant couple went public with their relationship in November 2012, not long after Johansson ended a roughly year-long romance with Nate Naylor. She and Ryan Reynolds divorced in July 2011 after almost three years of marriage. He tied the knot with Blake Lively last September.
And despite her whirlwind romance with Dauriac, Johansson is in no rush to walk down the aisle.
“I’m not doing any wedding planning,” the Her star said with a smile during an appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday, Jan. 15, adding that swapping vows with her hunky man is “far off” from her mind at the moment.
But while her nuptials may not be her main focus, the Don Jon beauty admitted to wanting children.
“I would like to have my own family, that would be nice,” she told the Daily Mail in December 2013. “They say it’s never the right time and I am sure that’s true, but I think you have to plan it like anything else.”
“At some point it is something I look forward to,” she continued. “I am fortunate in that I have had a long career—20 years—that has been very diverse. So, you know, picking a time to plan a family feels like something that I could do and not feel as though I was missing out.”
Which is a far cry from what she told Elle U.K. in December 2012, admitting to the publication that she “never” thought about marriage.
“It’s really not important to me,” she said. “The only time I ever think about it is when people ask me, ‘Would I get married again?'”
“I’m not having kids anytime soon,” she added. “I’m in a nice relationship, I’m working a lot and, like I said, it’s not important to me.”
Oh, how times have changed.
It’s release date is over a year away, but details are already emerging about the sequel “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
In a recent interview with Parade magazine, Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow, hinted, “I think the script is dark and it’s dry. It’s got this amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor.”
However, it’s not going to be another unoriginal money-making attempt trying to capitalize on the success of the first film. She adds, “Obviously the script is very cerebral. It doesn’t lose that exciting comic book aspect that people enjoyed in the first film, but it’s smart and it feels like the next installment. It doesn’t feel like a rehashing, it feels like these characters are moving forward, plotlines are moving forward.” “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.
As Scarlett Johansson’s latest flick “Her” continues to gain Oscar-buzz, the blonde bombshell reveals there is one “person” that’s not a big fan.
During her interview with Parade magazine, the 29-year-old actress chats Siri’s distaste of Scarlett’s voice in the film and shares details about her upcoming wedding plans.
Highlights from Miss Johansson’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Parade!
“It’s great when people like the work that you do. The experience making this film was such a different challenge for me because I came in during the post-production process. The work that I did with Spike and Joaquin was such an intimate, heightened kind of experience. It was just a totally different way of working. I wasn’t a part of the months of prep and all that stuff, so I didn’t know what the film really looked like. When I saw it all put together, the fact that it was cohesive and quite poignant, I felt really moved by it, that the relationship works, and that people respond to it—that was a gift more than any rewards or praise. The fact that the audience is responding to the relationship, that they get it, that’s cool. It’s heart-lifting, it’s heart wrenching, it’s a real study of a full relationship that is life-changing and grows. I think everybody can kind of watch it and think, ‘oh, I’ve had that conversation, that’s the worst feeling’ or ‘that’s so embarrassing’ or ‘I loved that moment.’ But then when it’s with a computer, it’s a whole other added thing.”
On lending her voice for the film:
“More than anything, the difficult part was that I never thought about her being this operating system. And of course she feels different, she has a different sensibility, things have a different type of meaning to her. The depth of her relationship, how you can love somebody, or how that can exist is different for her. She says that to Theodore, she says to him, ‘I can love you this way and you might not be able to love me this way because we’re different.’ So it was hard to wrap your head around what that meant because it kind of transcends what you know. It has an otherworldly sentiment. The way that she thinks and how she evolves kind of transcends time and space and expands. And that was kind of hard to imagine, but of course the core of Samantha is her enthusiasm at that expansion and that enthusiasm for everything. She’s excited about herself, her ability, and that she’s separate. She’s her own being. Once she realizes these feelings are separate from feelings that are programmed, that she can have her own feelings, she discovers that independence, she’s unstoppable. So that’s what I mostly focused on. The ‘how can she see him? She doesn’t have eyes?’ That kind of stuff. People can go in a tailspin about that.”
On Siri’s jealousy towards Samantha:
“The other day Marcel [Pariseau, her rep] emailed me something ‘Siri doesn’t like Samantha’ or ‘Siri doesn’t like the movie’ or something, which is funny. I was like, ‘who programs it to be so topical?’ I thought about that. Did someone have to write that, how does that work? I don’t know. Do they have to come up with a strategy for how to answer that? Who’s the personality? I know the voice of the woman came out recently, but who’s the decision maker as to what kind of sass or whatever that Siri’s going to give you? I usually ask her things like, ‘do I look ok in this?’ She always responds, ‘you’re the fairest of them all,’ and I’m like, ‘I love you, Siri!’”
“Well it is a Super Bowl commercial, so it’s flashy and the product is fun. Of course it’s bubbly, so they wanted to kind of get that across. I’ve never done a Super Bowl commercial before and it’s a huge production. I think the idea is that it’s supposed to feel like a big, eye-catching moment. You want to make sure that people understand the environmental benefits, health benefits, lifestyle benefits in a 30 second spot. It’s a lot of information, plus the eye-catching part to capture.”
On her wedding:
“I’m busy planning ‘Avengers 2′ right now! That’s my main focus. I’ve never been a big planning kind of person. I’d never share it with anybody, but I think more than anything I feel really fortunate to have had this amazing year professionally. And I think when all that smoke settles I’ll be able to … I don’t feel like I need to rush that part of my life. I can let that happen organically. Right now it feels like a time to enjoy and be relaxed and that’s what works for us.”