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Denzel Washington Would Be Open To Joining The McU Or Dceu

From Jeff Bridges to Cate Blanchett, to Natalie Portman and Robert Redford, while the Marvel movies haven’t exactly been Oscar magnets, the McU sure has a long history of calling on the talents of Academy Award-winning actors to partake in this ongoing superhero saga. And while the Dceu can’t boast quite the star power of its biggest rival, any franchise that can nab big names like Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman and Ben Affleck has to be doing something right.

As the list of esteemed film stars who’ve yet to leave their stamp on either universe gets shorter by the year, it was only a matter of time before Denzel Washington entered the conversation, with the renowned performer continuing to garner award attention with recent dramas like Fences and Roman J. Israel, Esq. He even has his own smaller-scaled series going with the Equalizer movies, and it was
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Scarlett Johansson tops the list of highest-paid female film stars for 2018

Forbes has revealed its annual list of the highest-paid female film stars in Hollywood, with Avengers: Infinity War star Scarlett Johannson taking first place with earnings of $40.5 million in the twelve months through to June 2018.

Johansson did not appear in last year’s top ten, which saw Oscar-winner Emma Stone claiming top spot with $26 million, while the actress has another bumper payday on the horizon, with Marvel reportedly set to give her a $25 million fee for the Black Widow solo movie – a record for a female star.

In second place this year is Angelina Jolie with $28 million thanks in part to the upcoming Disney sequel Maleficent II, while Jennifer Aniston is in third place, the majority of her $19.5 million earnings coming from endorsements rather than acting.

Here’s a look at the full top ten:

1. Scarlett Johansson $40.5m

2. Angelina Jolie $28m

3. Jennifer Aniston $19.5m

4. Jennifer Lawrence $18m

5. Reese Witherspoon $16.5m
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Wonder Woman 1984 Star Gal Gadot Joins Forbes’ List Of Highest Paid Actresses

Earlier this week, it was revealed that none other than Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, was the highest paid actress from June 1st, 2017 to June 1st, 2018, earning $40.5 million – pre-tax, mind you – which is almost double the total of her nearest competitor, Angelina Jolie. That said, Johansson’s far from the only superhero on the list.

According to Forbes, joining Johansson amongst the elite women of Hollywood is another McU leading lady, Cate Blanchett ($12.5M), who portrayed Hela in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, X-Men: Dark Phoenix star Jennifer Lawrence ($18M) – although, it’s unclear if that picture will ever see the light of day – and Wonder Woman 1984 heroine, Gal Gadot ($10M).

Following her appearance in The Fast and the Furious film series, Gadot’s skyrocketed to stardom, due in no small measure to being cast as Diana of Themyscira, aka Wonder Woman, in the ill-fated DC Extended Universe. She
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Taika Waititi reprises Korg role for Marvel Contest of Champions video

Kabam has unveiled its latest video for the mobile fighting game Marvel Contest of Champions, a a motion comic featuring a humorous scene with Thor: Ragnarok stars Korg and Miek recruiting Champions for “The Revolution 2.0” – or as he likes to call it “The Re-Revolution.” And, as a special treat, Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has reprised his role as Korg for the video! Check it out here…

See Also: Heimdall enters the Marvel Contest of Champions

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk.
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Julia Roberts Is Allegedly Bitter About Not Being Involved in 'Ocean's 8'

She may have starred in Ocean's 11 and Ocean's 12 alongside George Clooney and Brad Pitt in 2001 and 2004, but Julia Roberts had no involvement in the 2018 all-girls spin-off Ocean's 8 — and she's allegedly not too happy about it. "Julia said, 'I haven't seen it and I won't be seeing it,' and that was the end of that," an insider, who saw Julia at a press event for Homecoming, revealed to Star in the magazine's newest issue, on newsstands now. (Photo Credit: Splash) The source added, "When someone else brought up Ocean's 8, Julia's PR person stopped them. She looked annoyed to even be asked about it." The movie — which premiered in June — starred Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, and more. However, Julia shouldn't feel too bad — and that's because the role almost didn't happen for Sandra either! In a previous interview, Sandra revealed
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Scarlett Johansson Is 2018's Highest Paid Actress in the World

Scarlett Johansson Is 2018's Highest Paid Actress in the World
It has been reported that Scarlett Johansson is the highest paid actress in Hollywood, earning $40.5 million from June 1st, 2017 to June 1st, 2018. Last year's highest paid actress was Emma Stone, who earned $26 million, thanks to the wildly successful La La Land. However, Stone did not earn over $10 million this past year, so she didn't make the list. Helping Johansson take the number one spot was the worldwide box office smash Infinity War. Johansson's Black Widow wasn't even really in the movie a whole lot, but the Marvel Studios project was enough to command her the top spot of highest paid actresses.

Avengers: Infinity War arrived in theaters at the end of April and delivered the goods to Marvel Cinematic Universe fans all over the world. To date, the film has brought in over $2 billion worldwide, easily making it the highest grossing movie of the year. Adding to Scarlett Johansson's earnings
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Scarlett's Black Widow Dough and 2018's Highest Paid Actresses

I always find Forbes annual list of highest paid actresses suspect because when you dig into it you realize the huge sums aren't necessarily for acting but for being spokespersons for various products or fashion houses. Of course that requires the celebrity that comes from acting hence the fusion of commerce and art. With some mainstays of the list, like Jennifer Aniston who is on it every year, the money is largely for commercials with the films being commercials for her celebrity to keep the commercial endorsement business going. With others the money is largely the frequent hit films (Melissa McCarthy). Franchises definitely help: Cate Blanchett and Scarlett Johansson both made Marvel money this past year, Angelina Jolie's big number is her upfront pay for Maleficent 2, and Gal Gadot's is her sudden cash-in on her new celebrity from helping to make Wonder Woman such a massive global
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Scarlett Johansson Dethrones Emma Stone as World’s Highest-Paid Actress

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Scarlett Johansson Dethrones Emma Stone as World’s Highest-Paid Actress
Scarlett Johansson is this year’s highest-paid actress, raking in $40.5 million in pretax earnings between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.

According to Forbes, Johansson quadrupled her earnings from 2017 to bump Emma Stone from the No. 1 spot. Last year, Stone banked $26 million, dethroning Jennifer Lawrence, who had topped Forbes’ ranking two years in a row.

Johansson’s role as Black Widow in Marvel’s “The Avengers” has made the actress extremely profitable, especially with the recent film “Infinity War” grossing a whopping $2 billion at the global box office.

Also Read: Hollywood's Highest Paid Executives: Who Made Bank, Who Sank in 2017 (Updating)

Johansson beat Angelina Jolie (who grossed $28 million), Jennifer Aniston ($19.5 million), Lawrence, and Reese Witherspoon ($16.5 million).

Together, the world’s 10 highest-paid actresses brought in a combined $186 million in Forbes’ 12-month scoring period, before fees and taxes, up 16 percent from $172.5 million in 2017.

Also Read: Emma Stone Dethrones Jennifer Lawrence as World's Highest-Paid Actress

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Scarlett Johansson Surpasses Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston as Highest Paid Actress in Hollywood

Scarlett Johansson Surpasses Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston as Highest Paid Actress in Hollywood
Hollywood has a newly minted queen.

Scarlett Johansson has topped Forbes’ annual ranking of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, surpassing Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston who came in at number two and three, respectively.

Emma Stone claimed the spot in 2017 with a cool $26 million, but Johansson — who has a number of Marvel films under her belt — brought in a huge $40.5 million this year, Forbes reported.

Marvel’s Avengers films are certainly a big reason for the actress’ earnings, with another film on the way which will feature Johansson’s Black Widow in 2019.

Johansson released two movies in 2017, Rough Night and Ghost in the Shell,
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Meet Awkwafina, the Breakout Star of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Meet Awkwafina, the Breakout Star of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
It’s a good thing for moviegoers that Nora Lum was, in her own words, “the worst” at her chosen art: playing the trumpet. “Oh my god, I was horrible,” says the Queens-born actress known as Akwkafina, calling from China in June, where she was filming an as-yet-untitled movie with director Lulu Wang. Though she attended New York City’s prestigious Laguardia High School for performing arts (a.k.a. the Fame school) specifically to study the horn, the next Dizzy Gillespie she was not. Says Lum, “My dad went
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Awkwafina on Stealing Scenes and Why Representation Matters

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Awkwafina on Stealing Scenes and Why Representation Matters
Though more conversations are taking place all around Hollywood about inclusion in movies, the latest statistics continue to be pitiful.

A recent study out of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism of the 1,100 top-grossing films from 2007 to 2017 shows little has changed over the past decade. As with many minority groups, Asian actors are woefully underrepresented on-screen, particularly in leading roles. Of the top 100 films in 2017, 65 had no speaking roles for Asian or Asian-American females.

The upcoming release “Crazy Rich Asians,” the buzzy adaptation of the first book in Kevin Kwan’s trilogy, stands as a notable exception. The movie, which hits U.S. theaters Aug. 15, features an ensemble of Asian actors from around the world. But in a cast of scene-stealers, it is Awkwafina (born Nora Lum), the internet personality, rapper and actress, who walks away with the most laughs.

It’s been a rapid ascension in the acting world for Awkwafina,
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Awkwafina on Stealing Scenes and Why Representation Matters

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Though more conversations are taking place all around Hollywood about inclusion in movies, the latest statistics continue to be pitiful.

A recent study out of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism of the 1,100 top-grossing films from 2007 to 2017 shows little has changed over the past decade. As with many minority groups, Asian actors are woefully underrepresented on-screen, particularly in leading roles. Of the top 100 films in 2017, 65 had no speaking roles for Asian or Asian-American females.

The upcoming release “Crazy Rich Asians,” the buzzy adaptation of the first book in Kevin Kwan’s trilogy, stands as a notable exception. The movie, which hits U.S. theaters Aug. 15, features an ensemble of Asian actors from around the world. But in a cast of scene-stealers, it is Awkwafina (born Nora Lum), the internet personality, rapper and actress, who walks away with the most laughs.

It’s been a rapid ascension in the acting world for Awkwafina,
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‘Documentary Now!’ Sets Episode Inspired by Sondheim ‘Company’ Doc

‘Documentary Now!’ Sets Episode Inspired by Sondheim ‘Company’ Doc
The third season of Documentary Now!, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader’s IFC series that parodies acclaimed non-fiction films, will take aim at D.A. Pennebaker’s Original Cast Album: Company, a 1970 documentary about the making of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning musical of the same name.

Original Cast Album: Co-Op stars Taran Killam, John Mulaney and James Urbaniak as the three producers overseeing the fictitious cast recording, with Hamilton‘s Renee Elise Goldsberry, Richard Kind and Alex Brightman among the Co-Op stars, Deadline reports. The episode also boasts original music by Found‘s Eli Bodin,
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Awkwafina Shares Heartfelt Letter About Her Struggles Before Making It Big in Crazy Rich Asians

Awkwafina has spent most of her career struggling but never gave up on her dream — now she wants to inspire others to strive to achieve their own dreams.

The Crazy Rich Asians actress, 29, shared an emotional tweet on Monday — two days before the highly anticipated premiere of her upcoming film — and shared an inside look into her rollercoaster ride to Hollywood’s A-list, which began with the release of a YouTube video she made in 2012.

The actress, who birth name is Nora Lum, said she knew the video “probably wouldn’t do well — and it would make me the laughing
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‘Documentary Now!’ To Tackle Sondheim, Stritch & The Ladies Who Lunch

IFC’s Documentary Now! will take on Sondheim, Stritch and the ladies who lunch in a 2019 episode parodying D.A. Pennebaker’s classic making-of Company documentary.

The episode, called “Original Cast Album: Co-Op”, will chronicle the recording of a cast album for the fictional musical Co-Op. Taran Killam, John Mulaney and James Urbaniak play producers overseeing the recording for the cast album.

Alex Brightman (Broadway’s School of Rock), Richard Kind, Paula Pell and Renee Elise Goldsberry (Broadway’s Hamilton) play the stars of Co-Op.

The episode pays homage to Pennebaker’s 1970 documentary Original Cast Album: Company, which showcased the efforts of an exhausted orchestra and exhausting performers to get an album recorded during a marathon session. The highlight of the film was Elaine Stritch’s monumentally dramatic attempts to finish and perfect her performance of “The Ladies Who Lunch”, a song that would become her signature.

The new episode and
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Black & Blanchett Sip (Probably) Haunted Tea in New The House With A Clock In Its Walls Image

I was already looking forward to Eli Roth’s The House With A Clock In Its Walls starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett after seeing the trailer last month. And today we have an all-new still for the film to get us all even More excited – if that’s possible. You can check out the new still below, along with […]

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Constance Wu on Her Battle Against Whitewashing: People Think ‘I’m a Warrior, but I Struggle’

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Constance Wu on Her Battle Against Whitewashing: People Think ‘I’m a Warrior, but I Struggle’
Constance Wu’s social-media advocacy on behalf of people of color didn’t just help inspire “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu to pursue the project — it also helped land her the lead. In 2016, Wu spoke out against two prominent studio castings: Matt Damon in “The Great Wall” and Scarlett Johansson in “Ghost in the Shell.” “I just realized, ‘What am I contributing to the landscape?’” said Chu in a recent phone interview.

“I was reading all this stuff on Twitter, whitewashed out, all this stuff that Constance was saying and Daniel Dae Kim was saying, and I agreed with them,” he said. “I realized that I was actually part of the problem. Like I was not doing anything — being on the inside of Hollywood — to change things.”

Booking ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” — the first network show about an Asian-American family to garner both multiple seasons and syndication — raised Wu’s profile,
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HFPA Aid Hits Close to Home for Press Organization’s Leader

HFPA Aid Hits Close to Home for Press Organization’s Leader
Growing up in India, Meher Tatna could see the spoils of child labor first hand. There were pint-sized beggars on the road and child servants in homes; out of view, youngsters toiled in factories rather than attend school, in some cases sold into slavery due to their families’ grinding poverty.

So the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s $500,000 grant to an Indian organization dedicated to eradicating child labor and slavery hit especially close to home for Tatna, HFPA’s president since June 2017.

“It’s one thing I am just really proud of,” says Tatna of the grant to Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

Part of the $3.1 million HFPA is awarding educational and cultural organizations this year, the donation is an outgrowth of a conversation Tatna had with David Linde, head of Participant Media. He suggested several possible candidates for HFPA’s big annual international grant, Kscf among them.

Tatna, who left
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HFPA Aid Hits Close to Home for Press Organization’s Leader

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Growing up in India, Meher Tatna could see the spoils of child labor first hand. There were pint-sized beggars on the road and child servants in homes; out of view, youngsters toiled in factories rather than attend school, in some cases sold into slavery due to their families’ grinding poverty.

So the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s $500,000 grant to an Indian organization dedicated to eradicating child labor and slavery hit especially close to home for Tatna, HFPA’s president since June 2017.

“It’s one thing I am just really proud of,” says Tatna of the grant to Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

Part of the $3.1 million HFPA is awarding educational and cultural organizations this year, the donation is an outgrowth of a conversation Tatna had with David Linde, head of Participant Media. He suggested several possible candidates for HFPA’s big annual international grant, Kscf among them.

Tatna, who left
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Rome Film Fest: Cate Blanchett Talk Added to Lineup

Rome Film Fest: Cate Blanchett Talk Added to Lineup
Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett will join the 13th Rome Film Fest to participate in a Close Encounter meeting with the audience and discuss her work as an artist and humanitarian. 

Blanchett, a seven-time Academy Award nominee, won for her roles in The Aviator (2004) and Blue Jasmine (2013). She has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees since 2016. 

"It is an extraordinary honor to host a wonderful actress such as Cate Blanchett at the Rome Film Fest," said artistic director Antonio Mondo. "The versatility, the passion and the intelligence of ...
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