Marvel fans will love the action mayhem in this Avengers sequel, but everyone else will vividly feel the fatigue that has descended over this franchise. After the bright spark of originality in last summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, we're back to the same tired formula involving terrific actors battling for screen time in between gratuitous, brutal action sequences that are so digitally animated that they're technically cartoons.
The film opens in the middle of the action as Captain America (Chris Evans) leads Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner) to recapture an Asgardian sceptre. Tony then discovers that the sceptre could be useful for Ultron, his artificial intelligence project to create a global peacekeeping force. But this goes badly wrong as Ultron (James Spader) springs to life and decides instead to obliterate humanity to make space for his population of smart machines. So the team races from America to Africa, Korea and Eastern Europe, facing off against Ultron and his super-powered twin cohorts Pietro and Wanda (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen), who of course defect to the Avengers. They also get help from a human-computer entity called The Vision (Paul Bettany).
Yes, there are a lot of characters in this film, and writer-director Joss Whedon is exceptionally good at giving each of them something to do, both dramatically and in the thick of the action. These brief moments of humour and emotional depth are what make the movie enjoyable, giving the solid actors some meaty material to play with.
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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' stars Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo (who play Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner respectively) talk about relationships between not only the actors, but also their characters, particularly the romance between Black Widow and The Hulk, in a press interview.
MTV Movie Awards bring out the stars, as does the Avengers 2 premiere in Los Angeles. Matthias Schoenaerts is accompanied by costars Kate Winslet and Carey Mulligan at two London premieres. And we get further glimpses of a Western with Michael Fassbender, the next Terminator action romp and Paul Rudd as a tiny superhero in Ant-Man...
The MTV Movie Awards caught the headlines this week, not for their offbeat winners but for the usual antics of the stars who were in attendance. Those on hand to walk the blue carpet included multiple winner Shailene Woodley as well as Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson, Miles Teller, Mark Ruffalo, Michael B. Jordan, Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff.
Actually, all of the Marvel Avengers were at the awards, then reassembled two nights later for the Los Angeles premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens next week. This time the carpet was red, and attendees included Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Rudd and Paul Bettany.
Scarlett Johansson was seen leaving the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, on 21st February 2015. The ceremony served as the 30th to take place since the ceremonies conception in 1984.
The actress has released a statement explaining Travolta's Oscars greeting
Scarlett Johansson definitely looked happier to be with her husband, Romain, than Travolta
What we were actually witnessing, it turns out, was a "very sweet and totally welcome" gesture.
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Says John Travolta Is Not Creepy
This year it was Menzel's turn to pronounce Travolta's name incorrectly, in a humorous acknowledgment of his "Adele Dazeem" mistake last year.
Idina Menzel got her revenge on John Travolta at this year’s Oscars, twelve months after he pronounced her name totally incorrectly at last year’s ceremony. Speaking to the audience before they presented the trophy for Best Original Song together, she said “please welcome to the stage my very dear friend Glom Gazingo.”
One year ago, 60 year old Travolta caused one of the #epicfail moments of the evening after he introduced the Frozen singer to the stage as “Adele Dazeem”. Taking to the podium this time, the actor embraced her and said “I deserve that, but you, my darling, my beautiful, my wickedly talented Idina Menzel.”
Travolta arrives on the red carpet for another awkward Oscars night
Continue reading: Idina Menzel Gets Revenge On John Travolta For Last Year's Oscars Gaffe
The stars were out as designer Tom Ford presented a rare runway show, ahead of Sunday’s Oscars.
With the Oscars happening this Sunday Tinseltown is unsurprisingly even more awash than usual with A-list parties. But one event held precedence above them all this week, as designer Tom Ford presented his Autumn/Winter 2015 womenswear collection in Los Angeles on Friday.
A Tom Ford catwalk show is a rare occurrence, but one in L.A. is even more unlikely as the designer usually prefers to show during London fashion week. But this year the designer decided to present in his adopted home, ensuring the stars would be out in force on his FROW.
Paul Bettany, who plays The Vision in the upcoming 'Avengers' movie, has been overwhelmed by the size of 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' set and he's not the only one.
Paul Bettany was shocked with the size and scale of The Avengers: Age of Ultron set. The 43-year-old actor has previously had a role in The Avengers Assemble and the Iron Man trilogy as the voice of Iron Man's computer JARVIS but he plays the villain, The Vision, in the upcoming Avengers film.
Paul Bettany stars as The Vision in The Avengers: The Age of Ultron.
They've fought private military corporations, Nazi splinter-groups and a Norse god. Now, The Avengers assemble once again to celebrate their success. But when a new project from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reveals itself to be sentient and ready to bring the world to its knees, The Avengers are ready to fight amongst themselves while the threat of Ultron (James Spader) grows his strength, and gains allegiance from Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Meanwhile, Stark is seeing hostility from Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) while Captain America (Chris Evans) desperately tries to bring the team back together to stop the Age of Ultron.
Continue: Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer
Scarlett Johansson has accepted somewhere in the region of $10 million to star in 'Ghost in the Shell'.
Dreamworks executives will be high-fiving for the rest of the week after landing Scarlett Johansson for their forthcoming anime adaptation Ghost in the Shell. It was a huge year for Johansson with Lucy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier doing massive business and she's about to star in Age of Ultron and Civil War.
Scarlett Johansson is returning to Asia for 'Ghost in the Shell'
However, perhaps her most interesting project to date is Ghost - based on the Japanese anime created by Masamune Shirow and serialized in 1989. It tells the story of Motoko Kusanagi, a member of the covert counter cyber-terrorist organisation which specializes in fighting technological crime in the 21st century in Japan. It's basically awesome. The series was previously adapted into a movie in 1995, which spawned a sequel in 2004.
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Gets $10 Million For 'Ghost In The Shell'
While being interviewed on the ABC annual special, Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating of 2014, the 30-year-old actress couldn't help but gush about being a mother.
Scarlett Johansson welcomed her first child, a baby daughter called Rose Dorothy, with then-fiancé Romain Dauriac this past September, and although she is still getting used to motherhood, the 30 year-old actress recently admitted she is finding it "exhausting."
Johansson and Dauriac welcomed their first child togehter in September
While being interviewed on the ABC annual special, Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating of 2014, Johansson once again gushed about being a first-time mother, and revealed how she is planning to lose her post-pregnancy weight.
The 30-year-old actress and her French husband Romain Dauriac welcomed a baby daughter, Rose Dorothy, this past September.
Scarlett Johansson welcomed her first child, a baby daughter called Rose Dorothy, with then-fiancé Romain Dauriac this past September, and although she is still getting used to motherhood, the 30-year-old actress is completely infatuated with her firstborn.
Johansson and Dauriac welcomed their first child in September
Johansson, who secretly tied the knot with Dauriac in Montana at the start of October, recently confessed that being a first-time mother is exhausting, but in the "most wonderful way," in the latest issue of Germany's Gala magazine.
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Admits Motherhood Is Exhausting
The newlyweds reportedly walked down the aisle in Philipsburg, Montana, on October 1st.
Scarlett Johansson nearly pulled off the impossible as she reportedly tied the knot with her French fiancé Romain Dauriac in Philipsburg, Montana, in October, and the actress somehow managed to keep it a secret!
Johansson and Dauriac married on Oct, 1. in Philipsburg, Montana
News of their wedding was confirmed to People Magazine by a clerk for Granite County, who revealed the newlyweds said "I Do" on October 1st. This revelation comes just after Johansson was spotted wearing what looked like a gold ring on her wedding finger earlier this month.
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Secretly Tied The Knot With Romain Dauriac In October
Daniel Bruhl has been cast in an unspecified role in 'Captain America: Civil War', according to reports.
Daniel Bruhl has reportedly been cast in the next Captain America film entitled Captain America: Civil War.
Daniel Bruhl has been cast in Captain America: Civil War.
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A lot has happened since the Battle of New York. The world was attacked by Norse God, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), causing a united force of tech super-hero Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reanimated World War Two super soldier Captain America (Chris Evans) and Loki's brother - the Norse God of thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Two years on, the Avengers have worked to defeat evil in Godly realm of Asgard, on planet Earth, and within S.H.I.E.L.D., the organisation that brought them together in the first place. Now, with Iron Man in retirement and S.H.I.E.L.D. in disarray, the world is suddenly threatened by Ultron (James Spader), a robot who seeks to destroy the Avengers now that he has been unshackled.
Continue: Avengers: Age Of Ultron - Teaser Trailer
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer has leaked a week earlier - but what does it tell us?
The first trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron - likely to be one of the biggest grossing movies of all time - has been leaked online a week before its intended preview on TV. The clip was supposed to air during the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D television series but made its way online on Wednesday (October 22, 2014).
Is Iron Man sacrificing himself for Paul Bettany's character Vision?
The source of the leak is unclear, though Marvel appeared to do the smart thing and after making light of the situation on Twitter ("Dammit, Hydra), they released a HD version.
Continue reading: So Who Leaked The 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Trailer?
Scarlett Johansson will be starring and producing in a television adaptation of Edith Wharton's 'The Custom of Country'. It will be Johansson's first major television role.
Scarlett Johansson is making the jump from the big screen screen to the small when she stars in an adaptation of novelist Edith Wharton's The Custom of Country.
Scarlett Johansson will star in The Custom Of Country.
Scarlett Johansson has named her daughter Rose Dorothy, but haven't we heard those names somewhere before?
Are Scarlett Johansson and her her beau Romain Dauriac secret fans of the 1980's sitcom 'Golden Girls'? The naming of their new daughter suggests so! They have revealed their baby girl is called Rose Dorothy, which just happen to be the names of the two main characters in the show.
Is Scarlett a big fan of the NBC 80's classic sitcom?
The iconic show ran from 1985-92 and featured a group of elderly women sharing a house together in Miami, Florida. Rose Nylund was played by the incomparable Betty White, whils the late Bea Arthur played her best friend, Dorothy Zbornak. They were joined by Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux and Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo, and were known across America for their love of cheesecake and heartwarming bond. The show lasted an impressive seven seasons, before it was ended when Bea Arthur announced she wished to leave the show. Nevertheless the show still has a cult following, and the last surviving Golden Girl, Betty White, is as big a part of American pop culture as ever, making frequent appearences in films and portraying the sassy caretaker Elka in TV Land's 'Hot in Cleveland'.
Continue reading: Wait, Did Scarlett Johansson Name Her Baby After Golden Girls?
The Hollywood actress and her French former journalist fiance have become parents
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson and her fiancé Romain Dauriac have welcomed their first child together, a baby girl they have called Rose. A representative for the couple has confirmed that mother and baby are doing well but that the new parents are seeking privacy and wish to raise their daughter away from the spotlight.
Hollywood actress, Scarlett Johansson, has given birth to a daughter
Johansson, well-known for her roles in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Lucy, in which she takes on the titular role, and her betrothed, French former journalist Dauriac, have been together since 2012.
Continue reading: Baby On Board! Scarlett Johansson And French Fiancé Welcome A Baby Girl
Demi Lovato praised Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez and Scarlett Johansson for have "amazing figures" and changing how we perceive beauty.
Demi Lovato has credited Beyoncé and the Kardashians with revolutionising how we perceive beauty. The 22-year-old singer recently posted an image on Instagram showing how her figure has changed over the years and how she's now happy to embrace her curves.
Demi Lovato: "Curves are beautiful".
Scarlett Johansson heads up Luc Besson's 'Lucy'
Luc Besson is clearly a cinematic force to reckon with, invading our cinemas this year as a producer (The Homesman) and writer (3 Days to Kill and Brick Mansions). And as a writer-director, his action romp Lucy has already topped the US box office and is expanding globally over the next two weeks to Europe, South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.
Scarlett Johansson in 'Lucy'
Besson hasn't made many films that didn't have some element of action in them. But he never blows things up just for the spectacle. "If the action doesn't have a soul or purpose, I'm not interested," he says. "If it's pure action for its own sake, I enjoy it like a cheeseburger: you eat it, then you're hungry."
Continue reading: 'Lucy' Merges Bessons' Obsessions: Action, And Beautiful Women
'Lucy' has been a big hit and Universal want a sequel.
Director Luc Besson has generated modest acclaim for his action-thriller Lucy, though the Frenchman says it is unlikely there will be a sequel. Fans of the movie have been clamouring for news of a second movie - as have representatives of Universal Pictures - but Besson told reporters in Taiwan: "I don't see how we can do one."
Scarlett Johansson in 'Lucy'
"It's not made for that," he said in an interview with the local press. "If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now I don't even think about it."
Continue reading: 'Lucy' Is Fantastic, But There Will Be No Sequel, Says Besson
Luc Besson gleefully combines two of his favourite movie elements - fit women and wildly insane action - in this raucous guilty pleasure. It's almost as if he's trying to make his own version of Inception, but this is one of those films that only pretends to be brainy and existential. It's actually a slick, silly, improbable action romp. And it's a lot of fun.
The title refers both to the very first female and an American student (Scarlett Johansson) living in Taipei whose loser boyfriend (A Hijacking's Pilou Asbaek) ropes her into making a delivery to notoriously vicious crime boss Jang (Oldboy's Choi Min-sik). Grabbed by Jang's goons, she's forced to become a mule, with a kilo of experimental drugs implanted in her abdomen. When it bursts, the drug allows her to access much more than the 10 percent of the brain humans normally use. By the time she hits 20%, she can already control people and objects around her. And the percentage keeps climbing. So she heads to Paris to meet mental capacity expert Norman (Morgan Freeman) and figure out what to do. But Jang and his army of thugs are in hot pursuit, so she enlists a local cop (Syriana's Amr Waked) to help.
Besson doesn't like to hang around, so the film takes off like a shot, only barely pausing for breath in its brisk 89-minute running time. On-screen captions keep us updated on Lucy's brain capacity, and it's great fun seeing every advancement she makes on her way to 100%. This allows Besson to indulge in deliriously enjoyable mind-bending action sequences that play out like he's a kid with a giant set of very cool toys. Outrageous car chases, giant explosions and random epic shootouts fill the screen as Lucy expands her mind, begins to bend reality around her and transcends the limits of numbers and letters.
Continue reading: Lucy Review
The live action remake just keeps on sounding better .
Bill Murray has become the latest addition to the already star studded voice cast of Disney's upcoming Jungle Book remake. Murray will reportedly be lending his voice to Baloo, the fun loving bear who befriends Mowgli and teaches him the ways of the jungle.
Bill Murray soon to be the voice of Baloo
Murray will be joining an already impressive cast, which just last week added Christopher Walken, who was announced as voicing King Louie. Scarlett Johansson has also signed on as the python Kaa, while Lupita Nyong'o will be heard as Raksha.
Despite Lucy's premise, things didn't look too bright at the box office this weekend.
This week at the box office, the sci-fi thriller Lucy won out over slim competition – Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson and the holdover hit from last week Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took second and third, respectively. Deservingly or not – the reviewers have questioned everything about Lucy from the plot, to the execution, to most of the action. Even Scarlett Johansson’s acting barely gets a pass, thanks to the godawful material she’s working with, according to The Atlantic. Humans only use 10% of their brain? This Luc Besson sci-fi thriller uses even less. Regardless, whatever limited brain capacity Lucy was working with, propelled it to a $44 million weekend, well beyond critical predictions, which put it somewhere around $40 million.
Only an intense love for Johansson's screen presence can save viewers from scoffing their way through this one.
This week's box office science and smarts won over myths and muscles.
Despite lukewarm reviews, the Scarlet Johansson starrer Lucy has gone on to best Dwayne Johnson’s latest crack at a franchise starter, Hercules. Lucy, a sci-fi flick about a woman with unlimited mental capacities is on track to finish the weekend past its projected $35 million. The movie registered $17,1 million on Friday and has seen Johansson’s star rise even higher. With films like 2013’s Under the Skin and Her, her Avengers role as Black Widow (the character is soon to have her own film) and now Lucy, the savvy actress has flexed both her acting brains and brawn in the sci-fi genre.
Scarlett Johansson is only going up.
Though he definitely has a lot of power in his own way, Dwayne Johnson didn’t have enough strength as Hercules at the box office. The eponymous flick, based on a 2011 graphic novel and directed by Brett Ratner took in a disappointing $11 million on Friday. However, as these types of film often do, Hercules fared much better internationally. It was released in 19 markets this week and still may do better than originally projected. Lucy won’t open internationally until next week.
Continue reading: Brainy "Lucy" Outsmarts Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" At The Box Office
The cast and crew of 'Lucy' - actors Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and Amr Waked, and producer Virginie Besson-Silla - talk about their experiences working with director Luc Besson in a short featurette ahead of the release of the new sci-fi movie.
'The most interesting thing about working with Luc is that he's the cameraman', Amr reveals. 'He's a director that knows precisely every little atom on his frame.'
'He's a formidable type of character because he knows what he sees in his mind and wants that vision to be executed perfectly', Scarlett adds, as Luc admits that he thinks his technique works so well because he doesn't cut. '[The actors] appreciate that a lot because all this part before action is where they have to prep and if they have to do that every thirty seconds, it's just exhausting for them', he says.
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As the production for 2015’s most anticipated movie, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ rumbles on, some on set pictures have arrived from the North London leg of filming.
The film was written and is being directed by Joss Whedon and features an all star cast, including: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and James Spader.
The film has big boots to fill: Marvel’s Avengers was a breakthrough success for the franchise’s move to cinema, culminating in brilliant reviews and an even better box office gross, pulling in $1.5b from the worldwide market.
Continue reading: On Set Pictures From The Filming Of 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' [Photos]
Like comfort food, this movie has very little nutritional value, but it sure goes down smoothly. This is one of those shamelessly delicious-looking films that makes our mouths water at the tasty dishes that are lovingly created on-camera. And it also has an array of deeply likeable characters, witty cameos and sparkling dialogue to keep us smiling. So who cares that nothing unexpected happens from start to finish? This is a movie we sit back and enjoy without worrying about the appearance of a plot twist.
The title character is Carl (played by writer-director Jon Favreau), the chef at a top Los Angeles restaurant that is stuck in a rut because the owner (Dustin Hoffman) refuses to change anything on the menu. When a snooty food critic (Oliver Platt) criticises Carl for his tired and predictable cuisine, Carl's reaction sparks an angry Twitter war. In a fit of anger, Carl quits his job then hatches a plan to get back to his roots while bonding with Percy (Emjay Anthony), his pre-teen son with spicy ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara). So Carl and his sidekick Martin (John Leguizamo) take Percy to Miami to refurbish food truck and drive back to California, along the way building a reputation and perfecting their Latin-infused menu.
Since a complex plot would just be distracting, this film coasts on the charisma of its likeable cast, throwing in lively side roles for the likes of Scarlett Johansson as a restaurant colleague, Bobby Cannavale as a fellow chef and most memorably Robert Downey Jr. as Inez's hilariously nutty ex. Everyone is relaxed and effortlessly funny, which makes the interaction feel amusing and never remotely forced. While this is easily Favreau's most assured work as a director (that's including the first two Iron Man movies), this is also his most generous performance too. He infuses the whole film with easy-going charm.
Continue reading: Chef Review
Jon Favreau's 'Chef' won a major award at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday.
Jon Favreau is planning to donate his $26,000 cash prize from the Tribeca Film Festival to a New York City food rescue charity. The actor-director won the Heineken Audience Award for Best Narrative Film on Saturday (April 26, 2014), for his food truck movie Chef.
Jon Favreau [center] on the set of 'Chef'
We thought Chef would turn out to be really, really good on the strength of the excellent trailer and the critics piled in with the positive reviews.
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