CATEGORIES Movie NewsThe first pics of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow in 'Iron Man 2' hit the Web, 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' casts a new villain, 'Harry Potter' rakes in more than $100M worldwide in 24 hours, and more of today's top movie headlines. Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first photos of Scarlett Johansson as the villainous Black Widow in 'Iron Man 2' ... and we have to say that she's looking sexy, sultry and very scarlet with her new red hair. The mag also has new snapshots of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Mickey Rourke as the main baddie Whiplash. See EW's cover image below, then check out another exclusive pic on EW.com.
Newcomer Xavier Samuel has been cast as evil neophyte vampire Riley in 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.' In the third film based on Stephenie Meyers' books, Riley joins vile vamp Victoria in her efforts to kill Bella (Kristen Stewart) because, you know, he's kind of into Victoria. Some dudes will do anything for love. [Risky Biz Blog]
The news just keeps getting better for 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.' In its first 24 hours alone, the sixth installment in the boy (well, now young adult) wizard saga raked in $104M globally, the best start ever for the franchise. [Variety]
George Lucas tops Forbes' list of the highest-paid men in Hollywood, having earned a staggering $170M last year alone. Steven Spielberg and Jerry Bruckheimer followed with $150M apiece. Man, it sure does pay to be a producer. [Forbes]
'Hangover' star Ed Helms is set to shoot 'Cedar Rapids.' The road-trip comedy centers on a naive small-town Wisconsin man who travels to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to represent his company at a regional insurance conference and has his world irrevocably altered by the big-city experience. [The Hollywood Reporter]
We're a bit skeptical of this rumor, but an unnamed source claims that Robert De Niro, Jonah Hill and Michelle Rodriguez have been cast in Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete,' which stars Danny Trejo as the machete-wielding, aptly-named badass Machete. It's a long shot, but still ... but could be casting genius. [Bloody Disgusting]
Charlie Matthau, son of screen legend Walter, will write and direct a big-screen adaptation of Elmore Leonard's classic novel 'Freaky Deaky.' The book follows to former '60s radicals who use their bomb-making aptitude to become capitalists in 1974 L.A. [The Hollywood Reporter] | [Variety]