Scarlett Johansson wanted to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe after watching 'Iron Man'.
The actress has played the role of the Black Widow since 'Iron Man 2' in 2010, and will front her own standalone film next year and Scarlett admits she was persuaded to join the franchise by the original 'Iron Man' film.
Scarlett told Vanity Fair magazine: "I just loved Iron Man. I'd never really seen anything like it before. It was not particularly that I was a fan of superhero stuff, or that genre, but it seemed groundbreaking. And I wanted to work with Marvel."
She added: "It seemed like an exciting place to be."
Scarlett, 35, initially missed out on the role to Emily Blunt, but 'The Girl on the Train' star had to decline the chance to play the deadly spy because of a scheduling conflict.
Scarlett admitted that she had a "funny conversation" with casting director Jon Favreau after she got a second chance at the role.
She said: "I'm not one to hold a grudge or anything. I was super excited about it. And I met with Jon again, and we had a funny conversation about how he had not cast me. But I was excited. I was so stoked."
Meanwhile, Scarlett hopes that her standalone 'Black Widow' film will "elevate" the superhero genre and praised director Cate Shortland.
Scarlett said: "I think even just looking at Cate Shortland's filmography and knowing she's directing this film.
"Like it all clicks together, you understand, people say 'What's the movie like? What does it look like? What clues can you give us? '
"The biggest clue I can give you is that Cate Shortland is directing it.
"And her movies are so brutal and breathtaking and raw and truthful and like visually masterful you know that's what I envision for the Black Widow and that's how we can elevate the genre with 'Black Widow'."
Robert Pattinson has suggested that Batman is not a superhero.
The 33-year-old actor will play the Caped Crusader in the upcoming 'The Batman' suggested that he isn't really a hero because he doesn't have magic powers.
During an interview on 'The Today Show', he said: "Batman's not a superhero.
"It's weird, I always baulk at it. I'm like, 'It doesn't count, you need to have magical powers to be a superhero.'"
When host Willie Geist pointed out that Batman has a cape, the 'Twilight' star had no comeback.
He added: "Yeah, the cape is there. I give you that one."
It is not the first time Robert has cast doubt on Batman's identity as a hero, he previously suggested that his portrayal of the character will have a dark side, describing Batman as a "complicated character" and "not the golden boy".
He said: "Batman's not a hero. He's a complicated character. I don't think I could ever play a real hero - there's always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it's because one of my eyes is smaller than the other.
"His morality is a little bit off. He's not the golden boy, unlike almost every other comic-book character."
Meanwhile, Pattinson also said he doesn't want DC Comics fans to hound him, as they did when he starred as vampire Edward Cullen in 'Twilight' because he is "boring and old".
He commented: "There's a part of me that just thinks it's impossible to be what happened with 'Twilight' because it was so sudden. I'm hoping it won't be people hanging out outside my place. I just think I'm kind of boring and old now."
Pearl Jam will mark their 30th anniversary by headlining British Summer Time Hyde Park next summer.
Eddie Vedder and co are set to top the bill at the American Express-sponsored concert series at the London landmark on July 10, with special guests Pixies and White Reaper.
The special show will be their only UK date of their European tour, and more opening acts are to be confirmed in due course.
The Seattle grunge rockers - who formed in 1990 - are the second headliners confirmed for the music extravaganza after British girl group Little Mix were announced for July 4.
The 'Woman Like Me' hitmakers - comprised of Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock - last performed at Hyde Park in 2014, when they supported Sir Tom Jones, but this time they will be closing the event for the first time.
The girls - who recently wrapped up their 'LM5 Tour', which spanned 40 shows - said: "We're so excited to perform at BST Hyde Park.
"It's such a massive gig with a huge crowd, so it's definitely going to be one of our 2020 highlights.
"We've been to see acts at BST before and it's always such a party atmosphere.
"We'll be bringing that to our set next year for sure!"
The Hyde Park gig will be part of their summer 2020 tour dates, which they teased in a video announcement on Twitter.
Jesy said: "We have some huge news that we are so excited about, that we want to share with you guys.
"We are heading back on the road next year for our summer 2020 tour.
"This will include a date playing the legendary American Express Presents BST Hyde Park in London."
This summer, the festival saw performances from music royalty, including Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand and Robbie Williams.
Tickets for Pearl Jam's gig go on general sale on Sunday (07.12.19).
Kim Kardashian West was paid $1.35 million for her Australian Uber Eats advert.
The 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' star stars opposite Magda Szubanski - who is in character as Sharon Strzelecki from 'Kath & Kim' - in the commercial, which sees her wear a netball outfit and appear confused by her co-star's pronunciation of 'noice' and the day of filming netted her a hefty pay day.
According to NW magazine, Kim agreed a deal which is worth $2 million in Australia to appear in the commercial, the equivalent of US$1.35 million.
Magda, 58, recently admitted Kim was confused about the content of the advert as she had no idea what netball was.
She said: "At first, she thought it was some kind of joke about the Met Ball. And it's the most anti-fashion ad that you can imagine!"
But she later clarified she hadn't been present when the 39-year-old beauty shot her scenes, joking Sharon's "busy schedule" had stopped them from filming together.
She said: "They were in the same room, but not at the same time."
Meanwhile, Kim - who has North, six, Saint, three, Chicago, 22 months, and Psalm, six months, with husband Kanye West - recently vowed to live in the moment more instead of worrying about taking perfect photos.
She said: "I guess I just don't care as much anymore to want to take tons of photos in a thong bikini. I think I'm evolving to where I don't feel the need to want to keep up.
"I actually just want to lay out. I don't care to take the time out of my day on vacation like I used to, where I'd pull up to the house and I'd see, 'This is a setup, this is an Instagram pic. Now this is a different setup.' Now I'm just like, 'Let's actually live in real time and enjoy it. If we happen to get a photo, great.' "
Pete Davidson's audience reportedly has to sign a $1 million nondisclosure agreement (NDA) for his show.
The 26-year-old comedian performed at the Sydney Goldstein Theatre in San Francisco on November 27 with the contracts in place, and over the weekend it was claimed fans also had to sign before taking their seats at the VIc Theatre in Chicago.
Punter Stacy Young - who had bought a ticket for the San Francisco performance - shared a copy of the alleged NDA on a Facebook post.
It noted that "by signing this agreement, you are agreeing not to discuss any details of the show you are about to watch or your experiences at this event", with posts on blogs and online outlets prohibited alongside social media platforms.
It's said any breach of contract would "require payment of $1 million in damages" on top of any resulting legal fees.
As well as signing the agreement, fans were asked for their contact details and social media accounts, and they also had to hand over phones or recording devices during the performance itself.
Stacy wrote: "I understood and was willing to consent to the initial request of locking up any phones or cameras brought to the event, but I think this a bit ridiculous and over the top.
"I get that comedians are protective of their jokes and don't want their routines rebroadcast, but it's rather Orwellian to not allow anyone to share an opinion on it. Don't perform for the public if you don't want people to have an opinion about it!"
She decided not to sign the NDA, and told Variety that she was given a full refund by the venue.
She said: "I didn't want to sign it because it was basically saying that I wasn't able to comment on it or have an opinion. The most you could say is 'no comment.' "
Meanwhile, an employee for the venue has told the San Francisco Chronicle that the Goldstein Theatre team was told about the NDA the day before the show took place.
Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn celebrated Thanksgiving together in London.
The 'Lover' hitmaker and her actor boyfriend marked the US holiday in his native country.
A source said: "She arrived on Thursday from New York and spent the weekend there."
Before she headed over to the UK, Taylor marked the holiday with her annual Friendsgiving party - inviting the likes of Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt and Antoni Porowski.
An insider added to E! News of the bash: "It's an annual tradition for Taylor to get together with close friends and do this. Many have been at her gathering in years past. This year was intimate and casual, but they all had a great time."
Taylor and Joe keep their relationship largely out the spotlight and Taylor previously revealed she prefers it that way as she doesn't want her romance "up for discussion".
She said: "I've learned that if I do, people think it's up for discussion, and our relationship isn't up for discussion. If you and I were having a glass of wine right now, we'd be talking about it - but it's just that it goes out into the world. That's where the boundary is. And that's where my life has become manageable. I really want to keep it feeling manageable."
Meanwhile, Taylor previously confessed she found love "throughout all the noise" and her new relationship status helped her pen a more romantic new album.
She said: "I think there was a bit of a bait-and-switch that happened with this album when we put out 'Look What You Made Me Do' and we're like, 'Guys, this album is gonna be one thing.' And when the album came out, it's legitimately an album about finding love throughout all the noise. It starts with the noise and how that makes all you feel, and how it makes you feel when people are saying things about you that you feel, like, aren't true and living your life sort of in defiance of that."
Ariana Grande is "so excited" about her upcoming live album.
The 'No Tears Left To Cry' hitmaker is currently in the middle of the North American leg of her 'Sweetener' world tour but she's still finding the time to work on the record, which will be comprised of recordings from the concert series, and is producing her own vocals.
Ariana shared an update on the album ahead of her show in Jacksonville in her home state of Florida on Sunday (01.12.19).
She wrote: "love u hello ! been prepping these vocals for the live album / listening to first pass mixes & am so excited. vocal producing everything myself, johnny's been producing all the band parts ! deadline is soon so jus saying hello and love u and miss u. see u tonight, jacksonville !(sic)"
The 26-year-old singer recently slammed a Twitter user for suggesting she used autotune to tweak her vocals when performing, insisting singing is her "thing" and a "gift" that she could prove anywhere.
She shared a video of herself performing on tour and one follower wrote: "It sounds like autotune and probably not live. I mean you are a great singer and I love your voice and songs but this doesn't sound live."
In response, Ariana slammed: "Naw with all due respect, I could do this in your living room for you, fam.
"With no sound mixing or help at all. I could do it on Broadway (and did). I can do it on the shower. In the car. It's my gift / it's why I'm here. I sing 30+ songs a night. Every word. It's my thing. Let me shine like damn.(sic)"