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We'll get things underway this week with the final superhero movie of 2013, Thor: The Dark World, which has now passed the $350 million mark at the global box office, having enjoyed an $87 million debut weekend in the States, giving it the fourth biggest opening of the year behind Iron Man 3 ($174 million), Man of Steel ($116.6 million) and Fast & Furious 6 ($97.4 million). The film will overtake Captain America: The First Avenger's $370.6 million haul this weekend, where it's expected to retain first »
- Gary Collinson
Plenty of audiences have already seen Scarlett Johansson kick ass as Black Widow in The Avengers and Iron Man 2, and she'll have a key role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier next year. Now THR says she'll be getting into action with The Fifth Element and The Professional director Luc Besson for his latest action thriller Lucy. The actress is in final talks to lead the film about a woman who is forced to become a drug mule. But rather than just carrying the drug, it enters her system and turns her into a lethal vixen who can absorb knowledge with ease, move things with her mind and doesn't feel any pain at all. More below! Sounds like the perfect return to form for Besson who crafted some great action thrillers back in the 90s, but has stayed fairly low key behind the camera, mostly producing and writing over the last decade. »
- Ethan Anderton
Lucy: Scarlett Johansson, who is currently filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier in her role as action heroine Black Widow, wants to remain in the action game a bit longer. She is in final negotiations to star in the action thriller Lucy for writer-director Luc Besson. The titular character is transformed into “an ass-kicking machine” after she accidentally absorbs illegal drugs she’s been forced to transport. [Heat Vision] Coronado High: George Clooney, curently directing Monuments Men in Europe for release later this year, is setting up another picture that he may direct after that. Reportedly, he and partner Grant Heslov will produce Coronado High, based on a forthcoming article by Joshuah Bearman about a group of wealthy California teens who get...
- Peter Martin
Remember when you saw Scarlett Johansson in Ghost World and you were all like, "Well, that lady is definitely going to be an action star"? Oh, wait, that never happened. Nonetheless, she's doing it. Besides starring as Black Widow in all those Marvel movies, The Hollywood Reporter writes that Johansson is in final negotiations to star in French action director Luc Besson's next movie, Lucy. She would play a drug mule who gets said drug into her system and turns into an "ass-kicking machine." Just like Lost in Translation. »
- Jesse David Fox
Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may be getting top billing and plenty of attention for their performances in "Pain & Gain," but Anthony Mackie is as much an integral part of the film as his more well-known counterparts. Playing real-life criminal Adrian Doorbal for Michael Bay's latest trip into excess (based on the true-life tale of a Miami crime spree brought to life by a series of Miami New Times articles back in 1999), Mackie has once again added another strong supporting performance to his already impressive resume of work ("Million Dollar Baby," "We Are Marshall," "The Hurt Locker"). Mackie has a busy slate ahead of him, with Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate" and the crime thriller "Runner, Runner" (which stars Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, and Gemma Arterton) on the way later this year, and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" due out in 2014. But it's "Pain & Gain" that »
- Billy Donnelly
Scarlett Johansson. That’s a good start, right? Yes, the exquisite Scarlett is joining forces with Luc Besson, the man behind Taken, The Transporter, The Fifth Element and, of course, the excellent Leon. If you haven’t seen the latter, it’s once of those you should and see how much has been stolen from it since 2004.
Anyway, she’s confirmed for the lead role in his upcoming action-thriller Lucy. In this film, she’s somewhat of a drug mule but when one day it gets into her system, it gives her superpowers that include telekinesis, martial arts brilliance and a rather handy extra bonus – immunity to pain. In essence: an awesome machine of power.
- Dan Bullock
Sneak Peek new images of actress Scarlett Johansson as Marvel Comics' deadly female Russian spy 'Black Widow' aka 'Natasha Romanoff', on the California set of Marvel Studios' currently filming 3D feature "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".
Marvel Studios' "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", the sequel to the 2011 feature "Captain America: The First Avenger" and the ninth film in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe', is currently prepping a summer 2013 start for an April 4, 2014 release.
Directed by Anthony and Joseph Russo ("Community"), the second 'Captain America' installment will pick-up where Marvel’s "The Avengers" left off as 'Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) continues his affiliation with 'Nick Fury' (Samuel L. Jackson) and the 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' organization, while struggling to embrace his role in the modern world.
In the new film, actor Sebastian Stan returns as 'James "Bucky" Barnes' who becomes a brainwashed »
- Michael Stevens
Fox previously produced one "Daredevil" movie in 2003 and was required to make another film before October 10, 2012 or risk seeing the rights to the character revert back to Marvel.
"...living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, 'Matt Murdock' is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle.
"While he no longer can see, the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability. His father, a boxer named 'Jack Murdock', supports him as he grows up, though Jack is later killed by gangsters after refusing to throw a fight.
"After donning a yellow and black, and later a dark red, costume, »
- Michael Stevens
Luc Besson, the filmmaker behind La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element, has chosen Scarlett Johansson as his next muse in Lucy. Besson wrote the script and will direct the action thriller for Universal.
Lucy “centers on a woman forced to become a drug mule. But the drug instead goes into her system, transforming her into an ass-kicking machine. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain and other discomforts.”
Clearly, Scarlett wasn’t happy being a superhero without powers as Black Widow. »
- Andy Greene
Scarlett Johansson is currently in talks to hang up her Black Widow tight black leather outfit when she finishes shooting “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in order to play a drug mule in French action director Luc Besson’s new movie, “Lucy”. But wait! It’s not a straight drug mule role. In fact, Johansson will play the titular Lucy, a woman who is “forced to become a drug mule. But the drug instead goes into her system, transforming her into an ass-kicking machine. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain and other discomforts.” Yes, you read that correctly. The drug she’s supposed to be carrying goes into her system and apparently turns her into The Black Widow crossed with Tetsuo from “Akira” crossed with Chuck from, well, “Chuck”. Besson wrote the script (probably after watching “The Avengers »
Check out the latest casting news below: Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers) is set to lead the new action flick from writer/director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) titled Lucy. Besson once again features a female ass-kicker in the lead and puts a new spin on drug mule stories with this new script. Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) and Rene Russo (Ransom) will star in writer/director Dan Gillroy's indie, Nightcrawler. The story centers on a young freelance journalist who explores L.A. by night while working the crime beat. Hit the jump for more. Heat Vision reports that Johansson is in final negotiations to lead Besson's Lucy. The title character "is a woman who is forced to become a drug mule. But the drug instead goes into her system, transforming her into an ass-kicking machine. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can't feel pain and other discomforts. »
- Dave Trumbore
It seems that Captain America will be the only one getting any assistance whatsoever from the other members of “The Avengers” when his sequel lands next year in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. We’ve already seen pics of the Black Widow and Shield on the film’s set. So what’s the deal with the other Avengers not lending fellow Avengers Thor in “Thor: The Dark World” (due out later this year) and Iron Man in “Iron Man 3″ (opening this May 3rd) a helping hand in their solo movies? Apparently Shield doesn’t even show up in “Iron Man 3′s” global terrorism plotline, which you’d think they would, being Shield and all, right? Marvel chief Kevin Feige has an explanation for that. Talking to I09 at the Hollywood premiere of “Iron Man 3″ (where a lot of stories you’re reading this morning about the Marvel U. »
As great as it was to see heroes like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye team up in Joss Whedon's The Avengers, we can rightly expect that the movie's 2015 sequel will play around with the lineup a bit. Not only does Marvel have Guardians of the Galaxy coming out next summer, which will likely tie into Avengers 2 somehow, it's already been confirmed that the studio is planning Ant-Man and Doctor Strange movies as part of their Phase Three plans, meaning that those characters could possibly show up in the next Avengers film as well. But while nothing is certain, last night the writer/director actually dropped a big hint about two new characters that could show up. Disney and Marvel held the premiere of Iron Man 3 in Los Angeles last night, and while covering the red carpet Yahoo! had the chance to speak with »
The second phase of Marvel's movie plan is really interesting because they kind of have to avoid calling their Avengers teammates for help. Tony Stark couldn't call for their help in Iron Man 3, and Thor isn't able to ask for their help either in Thor: The Dark World. Marvel president Kevin Feige explains why in a recent interview with io9. When asked about these individual heroes not being able to ask for the help of the Avengers this is what he said,
That’s a new issue, right? That’s a new problem of Phase II, and the way we treat it in this movie and a lot of the movies is not dissimilar to how they treat it in the comics. Which is to say they’re either busy somewhere else — we know Thor is on another planet. But also, having the events happen very quickly in a »
- Joey Paur
by Eddie Wright
Last week, "Captain America: The First Avenger's" Peggy Carter, Hayley Atwell let slip that she'd be appearing once again as Carter in "a little kind of snapshot" that will premiere at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. She said:
"There's been an online campaign for Peggy to be featured. People really liked her. So Marvel have made sure that as part of ComicCon there will be a little kind of snapshot as to what Peggy's actually really capable of, which was finished here and which was great fun. Hopefully, it will lead to other things."
According to a report by ComicBookMovie and Comicbook.com, at the premiere of "Iron Man 3" Marvel Studios co-President and director of previous One-Shot, "Item 47," Louis D'Esposito was asked about Marvel's next potential short film. He said, "I've just done a couple of short films for Marvel that feature [a] female protagonist," adding that, »
- Splash Page Team
Scarlett Johansson is set to lead Luc Besson's Lucy , says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . Besson will both write and direct the sci-fi action tale, which follows a young woman who gains super powers after being forced to work as a drug mule. Johansson, who last year appeared in both Marvel's The Avengers and Hitchcock , will next appear in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, Don Jon . She's currently in production on her third outting as Natasha "Black Widow" Romanov in Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier . Besson, best known for films like Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element , will release his latest, Malavita , on September 20. Universal Pictures will distribute the project in the Us (and much of the world) »
Feature James Clayton 26 Apr 2013 - 06:12
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe enters phase two with Iron Man 3, James ponders the dominant position Disney has in movie entertainment...
Director Fury, commence Phase Two. It starts right now as Iron Man 3 arrives in cinemas to propel the Marvel movie plan onward through the next few years. It will carry on with a series of standalone flicks - Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy - before climaxing in May 2015 with The Avengers 2.
Those films will dominate the landscape, and that's the way the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be unrolling. Then, once all those movies have come to pass, it'll be on to Phase Three, then Phase Four and so on so on potentially until the end of the world. (It'll probably keep on running in another world, such as Asgard, which is »
Image Credit: Daily Mail “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Black Swan”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “How I Met Your Mother”) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (“Death Warrior”) as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones »
The Black Widow is back in action with a brand new 'do!Scarlett Johansson was spotted on the set of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" rocking straight mid-length radiant red locks. ScarJo's character, Natasha Romanoff, has had a different look in every superhero flick she's appeared in -- from long red curly tresses ("Iron Man 2"), to a short wave-curl ("Marvel's The Avengers") and now a straight style, the Widow has been keepin' it fresh!While we think her latest look falls a little flat (pun intended), it will be interesting to see how this hairstyle translates on the big screen.Which Black Widow 'do is your favorite? Vote below and click "Launch Gallery" above to see more stars who've gone red! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Now that “Iron Man 3” is set to release, the other Marvel heroes have just started working on their own films. One of these is the sequel to Captain America with the subtitle of “The Winter Soldier.”
New photos show actors Scarlett Johansson as well as Samuel L. Jackson. The actress will be playing the Russian spy Black Widow and Jackson that of the role of Nick Fury, Head of S.H.E.I.L.D. The sequel is expected to have Bucky Barnes as the assassin The Winter Soldier.
This second installment will be released April 2014.
Source: Just Jared »
- Ruben Gonzalez
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