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The Avengers (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- courtesy toi-: Global catastrophe is round the corner. And the onus of saving citizens on Earth lies with Nick Fury. But how does he go about it? Time to chalk out a super plan. But then looks like it’ll take him something more super than just a plan….

Movie Review: What do you expect when six mighty super heroes - Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk - ‘assemble’ together on the silver screen for one common purpose? Action unlimited. High voltage drama. Larger-than-life effects. Throw in some smart one liners (humorous, of course) and you maybe in for some push button video gaming fantasy.

Nick Fury ( Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency, goes out of his way to save Planet Earth from impending doom, courtesy Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Loki, of course, is on the look out for the Tesseract, the cube that has all the power to swallow the planet… and get its inhabitants to bow before the evil one. That’s when Fury thinks the best way to save Planet Earth is by handing charge to the evergreen power personalities. And that’s precisely when Whedon creates an assembled six-in-one pack - The Avengers - to wage war on screen. Yes, the story is rather simple. But then with testosterone swelling and bullets whizzing here, there, everywhere, we don’t mind missing out on a breath-taking script.

The Avengers is not just your typical good versus evil kind of super hero flick. Here, before all scores are settled, it’s the good-versus-good hungama that keeps you glued to your seat. Blame it on the big egos of the superstars. After all, they are all super in their own rights, have never worked as a team to ward off evil… and never taken instructions from other super guys. Naturally then, fireworks and action cuts are bound to follow.

Cut to the performances. Robert Downey Jr’s Stark not just delivers his lines with panache in his typical ‘playboy’ avatar, he keeps the action going-literally - on screen. Chris Evans’ Captain America as always makes it on time just when you are about to give up on all that mess. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) comes across as the perfect brother who is torn between the right and the wrong amidst lightening power and battles. Black Widow’s ( Scarlett Johansson) mind games leave you simply asking for more. Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) is once again seen doing what he does best — play around with his bow and arrows. Finally, it’s Mark Ruffalo, first spotted in the bylanes of Kolkata, who gives you ample opportunity to clap when he turns into what he calls ‘the other guys’ (Hulk). Special mention: Tom Hiddleston who surprisingly stands tall as the bad guy in a group of otherwise good samaritans.

So here’s what you’ve got to do: Just settle down with your 3D glasses for some bang-bang stuff where special effects speak louder than guns and the super guys have nothing to fall back on, other than their muscles, reflexes and of course, their super powers….

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I heart New York! Scarlett Johansson gets a sweet tattoo tribute to the Big Apple

News4u-Entertainment Desk-Scarlett Johansson certainly wears her heart on her sleeve.The actress, 27, has a new tattoo tribute to the Big Apple on her wrist.

The ink is designed to look like a bracelet with the words I Heart NY on a charm.

She’s been sporting the ink while promoting her Marvel Comics movie Avengers around the globe and Us Weekly were the first to spot the etching.

Of course, Scarlett is know stranger to the pain of tattoos - she already has a sun over the sea design on her forearm and on her ankle she has two circles interlinked with the letter A.

She has previously said her tattoos maker her ‘happy’ but she prefers that the meanings behind them ‘remain private.’

Meanwhile, the actress has recently admitted that she has issues with her figure like all women do, but her all-action role in Avengers Assemble as Black Widow got her into the best shape she’s ever been in.

She said: ‘Every woman has body worries, and I’m not exempt from that. But part of the by-product of spending that much time in the gym is that you can fit into a catsuit.’

Scarlett’s spy character in the superhero movie is ‘very bendy and fierce’ and the screen beauty had to work very closely with her stunt-double Heidi Moneymaker to get her fight scenes right.

In an interview with UK TV show Daybreak, she revealed: ‘The idea is that she (Moneymaker) and I become one and we can start and finish each other’s moves and everything in between. And it’s a lot of training and dedication and it hurts and it hurts and it hurts and then suddenly it doesn’t hurt and you’re getting it right and it’s a great moment - you feel like you’ve accomplished something big.’

Scarlett appears in the Marvel movie with an all-star cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans (Captain America).PTI

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Scarlett Johansson dating Sean Penn?

News4u - Entertainment Desk : Scarlett Johansson has again fuelled romance rumours with ‘Milk’ star Sean Penn after they were spotted sharing a cozy lunch date.The actor, 50, finalized his divorce from wife Robin Wright Penn last year, while ‘Lost In Translation’ beauty Johansson split from husband Ryan Reynolds in December 2010.

Johansson had earlier denied a similar rumour but the blonde beauty was snapped again with Penn on a date. The actress was caught resting her foot in Penn’s lap while dining at Cuban restaurant Versailles in the shots, TMZ reported.

According to the gossip website the two were smiling and laughing throughout the meal, which Johansson reportedly paid for.

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Johansson, Zeta-Jones win big at Tony awards

News4u-Entertainment Desk-agencies-Hollywood stars like Scarlett Johansson, Denzel Washington and Catherine Zeta-Jones scooped up major honours at this year’s Tony awards.

Johansson, who attended the 64th annual theatre event with husband Ryan Reynolds, picked up the trophy for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role in A View From the Bridge on New York’s Broadway. “Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be on Broadway. And here I am,” said the 25-year-old actress.

Zeta-Jones, who showcased her musical talents in the 2002 film adaptation of Chicago, took home the Best Actress in a Musical trophy for her portrayal of Desiree in A Little Night Music.

Oscar-winning actor Washington grabbed the Best Actor in a Play award for his part in Fences, while co-star Viola Davis picked up the award for Best Actress in a Play.

“My mother always said man gives you the award and God gives you the reward. I guess I got both tonight,” he said.

Red was the biggest winner of the night, picking up six honours, including the coveted Best Play accolade, while Memphis claimed the Best Musical prize.

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Scarlett Johansson is a great kisser, says Sandra Bullock

News4u-Entertainment Desk-agencies-Actress Sandra Bullock, who shocked fans by locking lips with Scarlett Johansson at the MTV Movie awards, says the ‘Iron Man 2′ star is a great kisser.

Bullock, who is great friends with Johansson’s husband Ryan Reynolds, kissed the ‘Scoop’ star as she presented her with the Generation Award.

It was Bullock’s first public appearance post the break-down of her marriage following a cheating scandal involving her husband Jesse James.

The 45-year-old star seconded her ‘The Proposal’ co-star’s opinion about his wife after kissing Johansson, reported Contactmusic.

“Ryan is right, Scarlett is a great kisser,” Bullock said.

Not to be left behind, Johansson also returned the favour, indicating she should have won the prize for Best Kiss- which went to Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson for ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ at the awards ceremony.

“I thought you should have won… it was a great kiss,” Johansson said.

Bullock, who has filed for divorce with James and is raising her three-month-old adopted son, also shot down suggestions that she was planning to quit acting because of the affair.

“No matter what you might have seen or heard or read lately, I love what I do. And I’m not going anywhere,” said Bullock.

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Scarlett’s ‘Black Widow’ dress to leave tongues hanging!

News4u-Entertainment Desk Actor Samuel L Jackson has said Scarlett Johansson will leave tongues hanging when fans watch her wearing a tight superhero outfit in ‘Iron Man 2’.

The hottie plays the role of Black Widow, for which she has worn a skin-hugging bodysuit, in the film.

“Scarlett has this fantastic following anyway, but I think Black Widow’s gonna bring, like, tongues hanging, drooling toward her. Plus, she”s kicking so much ass.” Fox News quoted her co-star Jackson, as saying.

Also, Johansson has admitted the dress is sexy.

She told ET: “I don’t think I’ve ever worn anything like it before. I mean, it’s a unitard … a sexy unitard.”

Robert Downey Jr, who stars as Iron Man in the super hero flick, added: “I saw the costume when we were doing wardrobe tests, and I was just like, ”Oh my god, this is just not fair.”

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Johansson heading for Broadway

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Hollywood starlet Scarlett Johansson is set to make her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s ‘A View from the Bridge’, as a 17-year-old girl.
The 24-year-old actress will appear alongside Live Schreiber in an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s ‘A View from the Bridge’ which will run in New York’s famous theatre district.
Johansson will play the role of Catherine, Liev’s character niece, Contactmusic reported.
In the play, longshoreman Eddie (Liev’s character) becomes increasingly obsessed with orphaned Catherine, who he is raising, but she ends up falling for another man sending him on a path of self-destruction.
Johansson, who has been often voted as the sexiest actress in the industry, recently said that the sensuality she brings to her roles comes naturally.
The ‘Iron Man 2′ star said, “I don’t think about being sexy or being seductive. What you don’t want to see is somebody trying to be sexy. That’s the most unsexy thing.”
Despite having confidence in her talents, Johansson is still shocked every time she lands a role.
“It always shocks me, when I get hired for anything. As soon as one project ends you never think you will get the chance again,” the actress said.

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Hollywood starlet Scarlett Johansson is set to make her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s ‘A View from the Bridge’, as a 17-year-old girl.

The 24-year-old actress will appear alongside Live Schreiber in an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s ‘A View from the Bridge’ which will run in New York’s famous theatre district.

Johansson will play the role of Catherine, Liev’s character niece, Contactmusic reported.

In the play, longshoreman Eddie (Liev’s character) becomes increasingly obsessed with orphaned Catherine, who he is raising, but she ends up falling for another man sending him on a path of self-destruction.

Johansson, who has been often voted as the sexiest actress in the industry, recently said that the sensuality she brings to her roles comes naturally.

The ‘Iron Man 2′ star said, “I don’t think about being sexy or being seductive. What you don’t want to see is somebody trying to be sexy. That’s the most unsexy thing.”

Despite having confidence in her talents, Johansson is still shocked every time she lands a role.

“It always shocks me, when I get hired for anything. As soon as one project ends you never think you will get the chance again,” the actress said.


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Scarlett Johansson wants to shed sex symbol image to get ‘meatier’ roles

News4u-News Desk London, - Scarlett Johansson has revealed that she can”t wait to shed her sex symbol image so that she may get meatier roles.

The 24-year-old actress said that she is hoping to achieve more recognition for her talent rather than her looks, as she grows older.

“I look forward to growing in the industry and ageing in the industry,” Times Online quoted Johansson, as saying.

“A lot of actresses take their meatiest roles in their thirties and forties. And I”m looking forward to that.

“I”m at a little bit of a funny age where I get that ”sexiest woman” thing, and it feels like a label for right now. But maybe when I get older, it won”t be like that,” she added.

The star”s new movie ‘The Spirit’ opens at cinemas on January 1.

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Jackson and Johansson are make-up partners

News4u-News Desk, London, Dec 18 (PTI) Samuel L Jackson picked up make-up tips from his ‘Spirit’ co-star Scarlet Johansson and even borrowed her eye make-up to enhance his scary looks in the comic book adventure.
The duo play the character of villains in the film- Jackson is the Octopus while Johansson is his accomplice in the Frank Miller directed movie, the Contact music reported.

Jackson revealed that he spent time in their make-up trailer coordinating cosmetics to make sure they complimented each other.

The actor, who celebrates his 60th birthday on Sunday says, “We shared a makeup trailer, in the mornings I’d see her putting eye shadow on, and I’d say, ‘I need some of that.’ “I showed off what we did to Frank Miller, and he said, ‘I like it,” Jackson said about his make-up.

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Most cosmetic surgery patients want a Scarlett Johansson makeover

News4u-News Desk,Washington, December 6 (ANI): Scarlett Johansson has landed the top spot in the list of cosmetic surgery patients wanting to look like their favourite stars.

According to Dr. Garth Fisher, a former guest star on ‘Extreme Makeover’, the actress’ perfect apple-shaped face, lips, cheek structure and breasts made her an ideal cosmetic favourite.

“Scarlett has the ideal apple-shaped face – full in the cheek that tapers down at the jaw,” Fox News quoted him as saying.

The plastic surgeon further revealed that the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ star had replaced former title-holder Pamela Anderson when it came to patients seeking cleavage perfection.

He said: “It used to be Pamela Anderson. But now women want smaller, more natural. C is the popular size.”

Other top Hollywood choices included “Angelina’s lips and eyes, and Halle’s eyes, nose and breasts” while Zac Efron”s eyes and Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman’s angular jawlines were quite popular amongst men.

Dr. Pradeep Sinha of the Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery, however, added that it was the celebrities depicted in a ‘positive light’ by the media that were the clear winners – regardless of how pretty or famous they were.

He said: “I don’t get requests for Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears. We tend to want to look like people who are seen in a positive light, not a negative one.” (ANI)

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