Daily Mail – Marvel Studios is moving forward with their stand alone Black Widow movie, which will be one of the studio’s Phase 4 movies, and could also be its first R-rated movie.
While unconfirmed at this time, That Hashtag Show’s Charles Murphy tweeted over the weekend that he’s heard Marvel has been discussing whether or not to make this an R-rated adventure.
‘When I first heard they were developing the Black Widow film, I also heard they were discussing whether or not to make it Marvel Studios first R-rated film,’ he said. He added nothing is set in stone, adding there is, ‘no way to know what they will settle on at this point.’
The blogger added that Disney has, ‘recently said that R-rated MCU films are a possibility,’ adding, ‘So if BW ends up R-rated, don’t be shocked.’
Murphy was referencing a statement from Disney CEO Bob Iger on an investor’s conference call in December, where he said, ‘There may be an opportunity for an R-rated Marvel brand as long as we let audiences know what’s coming.’
Scarlet Johansson will return as the title character, which she has played in 6 movies since making her MCU debut in 2010’s Iron Man 2. She also starred in 2012’s The Avengers, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. There has been talk of a stand-alone Black Widow movie for several years, but now the studio is finally moving forward.
Last year, before Marvel confirmed the Black Widow stand-alone movie was actually happening, Johansson hinted in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that she thinks there is ‘room’ for the movie.
‘I think there’s room for it, she said, ‘The only way to do it would be if it were something that we’ve never sen before that was really groundbreaking and incredibly bad-a**.’ ‘I think it could be something really special, Johansson continued. ‘There’s a lot of room there. The character has a tortured past. She’s made a lot of difficult decisions. She has a lot of trauma. She’s got issues. There’s room to work them all out.’
Marvel has already brought on Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome) to direct, from a script by Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle). The studio is reportedly eyeing a 2020 release date, with Johansson slated to rake in a big payday for the movie. The actress is slated to earn a whopping $15 million for the movie, the same salary Chris Evans earned for Captain America: Civil War and Chris Hemsworth earned for Thor: Ragnarok.
People – Scarlett Johansson‘s fitness regime really is as tough as you’d imagine. The 34-year-old’s trainer and co-founder of Homage fitness Eric Johnson, tells PEOPLE he works with her to prepare for roles, but also to remain in shape when she’s not filming.
“She’s very consistent,” Eric says. “We go anywhere from two to three days a week when we’re maintaining and up to five, six days a week.”
Eric says while Johansson isn’t a fan of conditioning work, she does do a lot of strength training to build muscle.
“We are making sure that she’s strong enough that everything else is easy when it comes to her skill acquisition and stunt training or if she wants to go and learn a new sport, like tennis,” he adds. “What’s amazing with Scarlett is that she really loves the process. She’s extremely strong.”
Eric and his brother Ryan’s curated gyms are located in residential buildings in Miami, New York, and D.C., where clients can expect to use turf areas, sleds, battling ropes, and metabolic conditioning tools.
“We also have the classic machines that you would see in any big box gym and another space with a big squat rack where you can bench press and squat and dead lift,” Ryan says. “On the top floor we’ve made it where all the cardio machines are along with the stretching area.”
Given Johansson’s intense filming schedule, Eric says exercising “has to become like brushing your teeth” and they work together to figure out the best time for her schedule.
They also recommend “choosing your battles.”
“If it’s a Monday and you’re super slammed and you can just get a 20 to 30 minute session in, then do that,” Ryan says. “Then on Tuesday, if the day frees up and you can go a little longer, then do a 75-minute session. When Scarlett has those long night shoots and she’s filming throughout the night, that’s not the best day to do an hour-long session.”
Could Scarlett be at the Oscars this year?
Hollywood Reporter – Without a host, the Academy is looking for a star-studded Marvel superhero team-up to add luster to a show that airs on Disney’s ABC network. Avengers, assemble!
In the wake of its popular Oscar and Kevin Hart debacles, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could use a superhero save — or two. It now appears that the show, airing Feb. 24, won’t have a traditional host, but instead will rely on a rotating cast of stars to introduce various segments. And to up the star quotient even further, the show’s producers are currently lining up appearances by as many big-name castmembers from Marvel’s sprawling Avengers franchise as possible.
An Avengers all-star Oscar reunion wouldn’t be unprecedented. Following the success of 2012’s Avengers, the 2013 telecast featured Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) together onstage. But since then the Avengers’ ranks, as well as those of its rivals and foes, have only grown, and this time around the Academy is looking to pull together an even bigger assemblage.
The Academy declined to comment, but word is that specific details are still being hammered out about how the actors who play the popular characters will be incorporated into the 91st Oscars ceremony, which is being produced by Donna Gigliotti and co-produced and directed by Glenn Weiss. According to sources, several of them were asked not to present at the recent Golden Globes in order to ensure their appearance at the Oscars would have even bigger impact.
If the show’s producers can pull off a such a Marvel-ous stunt, it could benefit all involved: the Academy (which would love to serve up a star-studded show), ABC (which could potentially reap ratings benefits if it has an opportunity to promote the Marvel teaming ahead of time) and Disney (which owns not only ABC, but also Marvel). Certainly, it would be a nice promo for Avengers: Endgame, which opens April 26. Of course, Thanos did reduce half the Marvel Universe to dust at the end of last year’s worldwide hit Avengers: Infinity War, but that’s a problem for another day.
Washington Post – Scarlett Johansson is speaking out about the danger of computer-generated “deepfakes,” in which women’s faces are inserted into explicit pornographic videos.
Her face has been grafted into dozens of graphic sex scenes by anonymous online “creators,” who are using free artificial-intelligence software to create convincingly lifelike videos. One fake video, described as real “leaked” footage, has been watched on a major porn site more than 1.5 million times. Johansson, 34, is one of the world’s highest-paid actresses, famous for roles in “The Avengers” and the sci-fi fantasy “Her,” in which she played the faceless voice of an artificial-intelligence companion. And she has more experience than most with the dark reality of modern fame. In 2011, she was one of the celebrities whose nude photos were stolen and posted online by a hacker, making her the symbol for a shocking new era of privacy breaches. The hacker was later sentenced to 10 years in prison. Creating fake pornographic photos online has been around for decades. But the rise of deepfake videos, which have been used to harass and humiliate women in and out of the spotlight, has marked a new and discouraging challenge for women seeking to protect themselves on the Internet, she told The Washington Post in an interview. But she is also grimly candid about the difficulty of fighting back against the most damaging uses of an emerging technology, partly because it requires challenging the validity of the videos in multiple places around the world. Her full comments are below:
“Clearly this doesn’t affect me as much because people assume it’s not actually me in a porno, however demeaning it is. I think it’s a useless pursuit, legally, mostly because the internet is a vast wormhole of darkness that eats itself. There are far more disturbing things on the dark web than this, sadly. I think it’s up to an individual to fight for their own right to the their image, claim damages, etc.
I mean, this is coming from someone who has a guy from Hong Kong get famous from making an AI with my exact face on it that wasn’t ‘technically’ me. (A reference to this life-size robot unveiled in 2016.) It’s a fruitless pursuit for me but a different situation than someone who loses a job over their image being used like that.
Also, every country has their own legalese regarding the right to your own image, so while you may be able to take down sites in the U.S. that are using your face, the same rules might not apply in Germany. Even if you copyright pictures with your image that belong to you, the same copyright laws don’t apply overseas. I have sadly been down this road many, many times.
The fact is that trying to protect yourself from the internet and its depravity is basically a lost cause, for the most part.
Vulnerable people like women, children and seniors must take extra care to protect their identities and personal content. That will never change no matter how strict Google makes their policies. (Google in September added “involuntary synthetic pornographic imagery” to its ban list, allowing anyone to request the search engine block results that falsely depict them as “nude or in a sexually explicit situation.”)
The Internet is just another place where sex sells and vulnerable people are preyed upon. And any low level hacker can steal a password and steal and identity. It’s just a matter of time before any one person is targeted.
People think that they are protected by their internet passwords and that only public figures or people of interest are hacked. But the truth is, there is no difference between someone hacking my account or someone hacking the person standing behind me on line at the grocery store’s account. It just depends on whether or not someone has the desire to target you.
Obviously, if a person has more resources, they may employ various forces to build a bigger wall around their digital identity. But nothing can stop someone from cutting and pasting my image or anyone else’s onto a different body and making it look as eerily realistic as desired. There are basically no rules on the internet because it is an abyss that remains virtually lawless, withstanding US policies which, again, only apply here.”
Scarlett made a appearance to support her twin brothers fundraiser who is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder for Solar Responders Institution that is to raise funds for the development of sustainable energy for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Scatlett took to the stage for a talk and took photos with some of the guest’s.
Fantastic evening at City Winery in New York City along side some incredible people… raising funds to equip first responder stations throughout the Island of Puerto Rico with sustainable solar energy. Please follow Solar Responders (solarresponders.org) the foundation founded by Hunter Johansson and supported by his twin sister Scarlett Johansson to see how you can help further their mission to provide life saving sustainable energy to every community on the island. What a pleasure it was to meet 15 year-old Salvador Gabriel Gómez Colón who on his own raised over $150,000 to purchase solar-powered lights and hand-crank washing machines to distribute to the most vulnerable areas throughout Puerto Rico. Check out solarresponders.org and the Teen Vogue article on this amazing young man for more on this much needed initiative!! Together we can ALL make a difference!! –
– Public Appearances > Events In 2018 > Solar Responders Institution Fundraiser
Last night (December 08th) Scarlett hosted a special Screening & Conversation for Black Panther in NYC with cast Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, costume designer Ruth E. Carter, production designer Hannah Beachler, sound mixer Steve Boeddeker to celebrate getting nominated in several categories, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, at the 2019 Golden Globes. Erik Davis who was there had a talk with Scarlett and said about Endgame’s trailer being watched ever in its first 24 hours and she was floored by the news as she did not no it was coming out or what the name of the movie was till then Marvel do like to keep people in the dark. Photos from the event have been added to the gallery.
– Public Appearances > Events In 2018 > American Museum of Natural History Gala – Press Line
The wait is finally over and at long long long last after more then one or two push backs the official first trailer and TITLE is here for the new Avengers movie and it’s End Game (could have pick something a little better Marvel), Scarlett can be seen in a lot of this with Steve and when she were of to find Clint but nothing much was given away other then we known all this footage is before the 5 year time jump that will happen at some time in the movie. HD screen caps are up in the gallery and you can watch and then watch again the video below.
– Movie Productions > Avengers: End Game > Theatrical Trailer
Scarlett and her long time stunt double of 10 years Heidi Moneymaker are two of the people featured in the new article by the Hollywood Reporter to shine the light on the people who make the main actors look good in the big and small screen.
The Hollywood Reporter – When Johansson gets punched in the face, Heidi Moneymaker takes the hit. When Elizabeth Olsen crashes through a window, it’s C.C. Ice who ends up with scratches. Hollywood’s most unsung behind-the-scenes heroes star in a Hollywood Reporter photo portfolio.
When Scarlett Johansson was first cast in 2009 as ballet dancer turned fistfighting superspy Black Widow in Marvel’s Iron Man 2, she wasn’t exactly prepared for the part. “I’d never stepped foot in a gym,” she confesses. “I had no experience with any sort of martial arts or anything like that.”
She turned out to be a quick learner, especially after being paired with stuntwoman Heidi Moneymaker, who’s been training with and doubling for the actress in Marvel movies ever since. So far she’s had appearances in six of Johansson’s films, with a soon-to-be-seventh gig in the Avengers sequel being directed by the Russo brothers. And there could be an eighth: a stand-alone Black Widow movie is reportedly in development. “[Heidi and I] got to create this side of the character and expand on it over this past decade,” says Johansson, 34. “I don’t know how many actors have the opportunity to play the same character over 10 years.”
A UCLA-trained gymnast, Moneymaker, 40, started her career with minor stunt work on such TV shows as Angel and The O.C., working her way up the food chain and into features (doubling for Drew Barrymore in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and for Michelle Rodriguez in 2009’s Fast and Furious). But she says no matter how big the job, she relies on her gymnastics discipline to help her get through the day in one piece. “The athlete mentality is definitely good to have,” she says. “I’ve had so many people come up to me and say, ‘I’m crazy, I’ll do anything! I could be a stuntman or a stuntwoman.’ Those are the kind of people that you don’t want around.”
Over her 15-year career, Moneymaker has learned that being a stuntwoman is in some ways even more hazardous than being a stuntman. “Wardrobe for women is tighter and skimpier,” she explains. “When you get slammed into walls or hit by a car, it’s harder to pad up. If a guy is wearing fatigues or something a little baggier, they have the opportunity to put more padding on.” Finding work is also more challenging since action films traditionally have fewer female onscreen roles. “It’s a lot of bros,” she says of stunt-heavy sets. “Sometimes I just want to be around women. I’ll go somewhere and there’s women there, and I’ll be like, ‘Oh, thank God!'”
Recently, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand, Moneymaker’s and Johansson’s work has had to accommodate an increasingly crowded screen. “As the films grew larger in scale, it became less hands-on for most of the actors,” says Johansson, noting that shooting is now an intricate ballet of scheduling. “We have three to four units going at the same time.”
For the actress, the trick to working with her longtime stuntwoman is simple: “I tell myself, ‘Do whatever Heidi does. Just listen to whatever she says and she’ll keep me safe.'”
As I said in my last blu-ray update I am slowly going over all Scarlett’s old movies that are up in the gallery and replacing the previous DVD Screen Captures into full 1080p Blu-Ray Screen Captures, And with part two I have redo Scarlett’s 2014 movie Chef that she did with Iron Man 2’s Director Jon Favreau. As well as the main caps Scarlett was in one of the Bonus Features with a very short Deleted Scene. You can find all the screen captures in the gallery and coming soon will be. He’s Just Not That Into You, The Island, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Under The Skin so keep looking back for them.
– Movie Productions > Chef > Blu-Ray Screen Captures: Movie
– Movie Productions > Chef > Blu-Ray Screen Captures: Bonus Features – Deleted Scene
I have a nice little treat for you all today with not one but two photoshoots of Scarlett and one of them is very rare. The first is from a shoot she did last year for Time Out London when she was promoting Ghost In The Shell. And the other is a previously unseen photoshoot from 2002 I have no info and what it go’s to but still great to see old photos of Scarlett pop up. I hope you all enjoy these!
Scarlett made it to her second event of the week last night (November 17th) this time being join by Colin for the American Museum of Natural History Gala in New York City. She had on a J.Mendel SS 2019 Sleeveless Sequin Gown With Tulle Overlay, Harry Winston Sparkling Cluster Diamond Earrings & Round Brilliant Diamond Straightline Necklace for the night (Thanks to scarlettjohanssonclose). And over 200+ HQ photos from both the press line and inside the event have been added into the gallery for you all with I hope more to come.
– Public Appearances > Events In 2018 > American Museum of Natural History Gala – Press Line
– Public Appearances > Events In 2018 > American Museum of Natural History Gala – Inside
When Scarlett was at the E! People’s Choice Awards last Sunday she took part in some portraits for the show and looks amazing in them, I have added all 15 of them in HQ to the gallery for you all, Enjoy!
– Studio Photoshoots > Photoshoots From 2018 > Set 003