Today in celebrity gossip: Joss Whedon's eagerly anticipated Avengers sequel may be inconvenienced by Scarlett Johansson's pregnancy, Charlize Theron's Oscar party did not go well, and Justin Bieber may be trying to win Selena Gomez back.
It's all just fun celebrity gossip until there's a much-beloved billion dollar franchise on the line. Yesterday, news spread that Esquire's two-time Sexiest Woman Alive and, oh yeah, a very talented actress, Scarlett Johansson is five months pregnant with her first child with French fiancé Romain Dauriac. But then various internet fanboys started doing the math and realized that Johansson's most visibly pregnant months would coincide with the shooting schedule for Avengers: Age of Ultron! Sure, Black Widow isn't exactly the most integral character in that repertory company, but as the only female superhero, it would be bad form for Joss Whedon to write her out or something, right? But no worry, the producers have a contingency plan: An insider tells E! News that "They're going to fast-track her scenes." Meaning, presumably, they'll film Johansson's scenes (and especially her scenes that involve a tight leather catsuit) first. The filming for the second Avengers film begins in April after Johansson finishes her promotional duties for the new Captain America film (in which Black Widow is a lead character this time around). So rest easy, Marvel nerds. No inopportune Scarlett Johansson procreation will derail this particular freight train. [Page Six, E! Online]
While you and all your friends were out doing normal things on Sunday--like, say attending the Vanity Fair Oscar Party--poor Charlize Theron was throwing a party of her own and it did not seem to go well! The event was a $50,000 per table type thing benefiting Theron's charity, the Africa Outreach Project , but apparently a breakdown in the venue's ticketing system led to an invasion of riff-raff, beleaguered caterers being forced to serve "cold mashed potatoes and wings," and porta-potties that quickly became "gag-inducing dens of filth." Adding insult to injury, "the musical guests (Ne-Yo, Paris Hilton, and the Stafford Brothers) got WAY rowdier than organizers expected." That's right, Charlize Theron hired Paris Hilton as a musical guest, so, uh, a lot of bad decisions were made here. Meanwhile, Theron probably knew what was up and spent most of her evening at Madonna's party making out with Sean Penn, so at least she had a good time. [TMZ, Page Six]
If you watched Sunday's Oscar telecast you probably witnessed one of the show's main highlights: Ellen DeGeneres gathering up a gaggle of nearby A-listers for an impromptu group selfie. But the reverse angle of that charming scenario was downright heartbreaking:
That's a picture taken by Wall Street Journal's Ben Fritz showing Liza Minnelli struggling to be involved and getting lost behind the twin towers known as Julia Roberts and Channing Tatum. Poor Liza! She was a good sport about it, later joking through her spokesperson, "This picture explains why I never played basketball." Okay, great, I'm glad she has a good attitude about it, but why does my heart hurt so much? Honestly, I'm sort of mad at Julia Roberts and those bozos for not shuttling her to the front right away. Have some respect! [Us Weekly]