Is it getting a little warm in here? It’s just the first of May, and we’re already fanning ourselves at our desk after putting together our own special Summer Movie Preview. We’ll leave the talk of comic books, green screens, box-office takes and mega-sequel expectations to some other sites, as we instead do what we do best: concentrate on those beautiful men and women on the big screens. And oh, there are a lot of them this summer. First, let’s take a look at the fine male specimens stepping up to save the world — from aliens, vampires, evil queens and other threats that somehow loom the largest between May and August.
Scarlett Johansson really needs to up her game! She was completely overshadowed by her male co-stars at the L.A. world premiere of The Avengers last week. The film shifted spot to the Vue Westfield in London last night and we were hoping Scarlett would really knock it out of the ballpark with this one. Sadly, our hopes have been dashed once again. She looked particularly odd in a peplum Prada frock, where the frill at the waist seemed to separate two completely different dresses. As a result, the whole thing looked completely disjointed, and we know that Scarlett can do much better than this. Someone needs to get her stylist a memo.
As we were saying, she was overshadowed by the men in the movie, last week? This week, it was other women on the carpet — a television actress and a pregnant star wife, no less. Chris Hemsworth‘s very preggo wife, Elsa Pataky looked gorgeous in a flowing forest green Hoss Intropia Grecian maxi. But the real winner that night was Cobie Smulders (who’s also in the movie, FYI) who aced it with some really movie star glamor in a red Alexandra Vidal gown with a gentle fishtail. Scarlett. This is an emergency. Up the ante, now.
Miley Cyrus has already struck out at the press for daring to suspect that the ring she wears on her left ring finger is a sign that she and Hunger Games bf Liam Hemsworth are engaged. But the folks at E! were brave enough to slip a question about those two crazy kids into their interview with Chris Hemsworth at the L.A. premiere of The Avengers last night.
“They’re, like, 21 or something,” he said. Um, wait. We know Chris is busy these days, what with reprising his role as Thor and starring in Snow White and the Huntsman and expecting a new baby with wife Elsa Pataky, but does he really not know how old his brother is? For the record, bro, Liam turned 22 in January (you know, at that penis cake party… where Demi Moore was chugging Red Bull in the corner), and Miley is 19. Anyway, their age, whatever it may be, is why he “can’t see that happening.” Read more…
Remember howScarlett Johansson told Flare magazine that she was the “only girl in the film,” and that she is “obviously going to be more aware that I’m surrounded by a bunch of suits. Everybody is going to be wearing black and grey and it will be nice to add femininity and some female sex appeal to the lineup. I think I’ll steer clear of the tuxedo”? She was talking, of course, about her film The Avengers, which premiered last night in L.A. And no matter how much “female sex appeal” she brought, the men were the clear winners of this round.
Scarlett herself wore a little black dress by Versace which we’re still trying to love, but all eyes were on the dudes. Robert Downey Jr. was flamboyant in an eggplant suit while Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner were all sharp in different shades of gray. Alexander Skarsgard looked totally hot in a black suit, sans tie and white shirt and was accompanied by his father, Stellan Skarsgard. Samuel L. Jackson brought on his A-game in white. A smattering of other celebrities attended as well, and to see what Aisha Tyler, Mark Ruffalo, Dominic Monaghan and such wore, take a look at our gallery below.
Scarlett Johansson does a lot more than just look hot in The Avengers, we’ll have you know. If you have any doubts about that, then this new clip should put all those nagging questions to rest. ScarJo’s character, the Black Widow a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff, is lethal. And gorgeous, which is, of course, so much fun to watch! This clip has a disdainful ScarJo being interrogated until a phone call from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Agent Coulson tells her to come back in because “Barton has been compromised.” That’s Jeremy Renner‘s character, Hawkeye. Scarlett then proceeds to kick some serious ass while tied to a chair. Did we mention that she’s in a little black dress and heels? No? Well, now you know! We can’t wait to watch this one.
We’re rather disappointed with this cover photo of Scarlett Johansson for the May issue of Canadian mag Flare. Don’t get us wrong; you can’t make ScarJo look bad. But you can make her look just “pretty,” and that’s a crime. This photograph for us is just beige. Nothing pops and everything blends into the background. We like our Scarlett with a bit of va-va-voom. A brighter lip or nails, perhaps? Because sadly, previews of her interview with the magazine sound just as bland. For instance, she talks about red carpet dressing, stating, “I think it’s nice on the red carpet to wear things that are colourful just because I think there are more options. You can take more of a risk I suppose with colour on the red carpet.” Nothing particularly groundbreaking right?
She also discussed what she plans to wear while promoting her upcoming film The Avengers, revealing, “I’m the only girl in the film, so I’m obviously going to be more aware that I’m surrounded by a bunch of suits. Everybody is going to be wearing black and grey and it will be nice to add femininity and some female sex appeal to the lineup. I think I’ll steer clear of the tuxedo.” Oh, good. She’s going to bust out the big guns! That’s more like it. But seriously, fashion editors. Do justice to women like this in the future. It’s not that hard! With different makeup and styling — and less Photoshop! — that dress would have been ace.
A new trailer for The Avengers has surfaced, and though it’s an extended video of the clip that was aired on Super Bowl Sunday, we’ve watched this 59 times already and are on to our 60th. Here’s some of the awesomeness you should be looking out for: The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) rescuing Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) as he’s free-falling off a skyscraper; Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) fighting on a mountaintop; and also, what exactly are those aliens that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is controlling? Hiddleston makes a terrific Loki, and you’ll see a lot more of his sinister mug in this trailer. This is really shaping up to the be the movie to watch this summer. May 4 is the date. Mark your calendars.
Note: This post contains an potential spoiler for the upcoming Avengers movie. If you aren’t interested in knowing the identity of the highly questionable, potentially epic superhero who allegedly makes a cameo in the summer blockbuster, please take a moment to appreciate the skintight bodysuits sported by Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in this photo, and then LOOK AWAY! OK, maybe a few more seconds on the bodysuits and then NOW! LOOK AWAY NOW!
According to Avengers actress Jenny Agutter (billed as Female council member on IMDB), the cross-over character is none other than …Spider-Man? Wha? Huh? Buh? “I’m sworn to secrecy. I wasn’t allowed a script until I got there, and when I did I felt like a complete child being on big sets and a huge parking lot full of Winnebagos,” Agutter gushed to The Radio Times … before revealing that one of those Winnebagos is currently housing the web-slinger. Why do we have a feeling that Agutter is currently dodging a gigantic mystical hammer? Or at least an enraged phone call from Avengers director Joss Whedon? Is this news the fulfillment of all your fanboy and -girl dreams, or is this a more terrible idea than casting Topher Grace as Venom in Spider-Man 3? In case you had forgotten, that was a terrible idea.
Yep, you read that right! Robert Downey Jr. chatted with VH1 at the American Cinematheque Award Gala in his honor and immediately told me — unprompted — about his pregnant wife’s growing breasts. Super-producer Susan Downey laughed along as her marveled over their size after bumping into her at the start of our interview, calling her “cosmically endowed.” You really can’t make this stuff up, especially because I was there and participated in the entire conversation.
When we asked about the new Avengers trailer, the Oscar nominee said he was “delighted to hear that it broke the download record” on iTunes. RDJ told us that when he heard it got over 10 million downloads he responded, “Is that a lot?” Answer: Hell yes ,it is! “It’s gonna be good,” he added. Duh, we replied in our head. It looks amazing.
The Downeys were absolutely adorable together on the red carpet. The pair cuddled and laughed as they chatted with reporters. Susan, who runs their production company, Team Downey, stunned in a brown dress and sparkling sky-high heels that had every lady on the press line drooling. Right after we finished our chat, the actor was engulfed in a bear hug from Mel Gibson. It doesn’t get more Hollywood than that.
“You were made to be ruled,” Thor villain Loki hisses at the beginning of the new Avengers trailer. Were we ever! Cleveland-posing-as-New York has never look better, or filled with more enormous green rage monsters, than it does when Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner slip into their respective pair of skin-tight pants to fight evil.
Though, if we’re going to be honest here, the real star of the trailer would have to be Chris Hemsworth’s arms. Dang. Remember when Hemsworth got too ripped for his Thor costume? Well, apparently filmmakers came up with a solution that we all can enjoy come May 4, 2012: sleevelessness. In the meantime, you can enjoy the trailer’s five hottest shots of Chris’s insane arms. Consider your ticket to the gun show…comped.