Scarlett Johansson gets Hollywood star

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Scarlett Johansson was honored with her own star on Hollywood’s storied Walk of Fame on Wednesday, saying it proved she must have “made it to the big time.”

The 27-year-old star, who reprises her role of the Black Widow in the latest Marvel Comics blockbuster “The Avengers,” was joined by co-star Jeremy Renner at the ceremony.

“When I was told I was getting this star, I thought to myself, man, I really made it to the big time,” said Johansson, dressed in a figure-hugging black and white ensemble with dizzying geometric patterns.

“You know, no matter what happens from here on out, I made my mark, I’m here to stay, and my family for generations to come will always be able to visit me right here, always. What a deeply, deeply touching gift,” she added.

Johansson, star of “The Horse Whisperer,” “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” and “Lost in Translation,” first played the Black Widow in 2010’s “Iron Man 2” starring Robert Downey Jr.

Renner, who co-stars as Hawkeye in “The Avengers” — due out in the United States on Friday — paid teasing tribute to Johansson. “Working with her was tremendous…ly awful,” he joked.

“For six months, she continuously threw me around, beat me, stepped on me and wiped the floor with my dignity and self-respect every day — all with a smile on her face.”

The Avengers: a group of superheroes who come together to save the world from an alien invasion; aliens that are no longer green and slimy. These aliens are as technologically advanced as they come and Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) knows five super-humans who can take them down and save the world via the United States.

Director Joss Whedon dives straight into the story plot when the 142 minute-film begins. A power-seeking Loki (Thor’s half-brother) teams up with villains from outer space to take over the world, not even for its resources, but just to flex some muscle.

In a panic, Fury summons super agent Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to help assemble, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man (Robert Downing Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) into a special mission.

It takes a while for the super-heroes to gel and be the formidable force that Fury had in mind, and what happens in between is super funny.

Mark is most unlikely as the Hulk, but does a fantastic job teetering between amazing doctor Bruce Banner and the Green Monster. Captain America, who did a not so good job in his own movie, came through in the Avengers; making rights for the wrongs he committed as a lone super-hero.

Iron Man never looked younger, Thor was a bit confused and the lovely Scarlett put shame to Angelina Jolie’s performance in Salt, in a seemingly effortless man. I hope the young lady wins some awards soon.

The Avengers is an all American film that can be enjoyed by the rest of the world, and has earned 8.5 out of 10 from Capital Lifestyle.

The movie launched on IMAX on Friday, in an event hosted by Capital FM Kenya. The Station’s clients and lucky winners sampled the gigantic screen with superior quality that gives home DVDs a bad name.

Watching a movie on IMAX and IMAX 3D is like picking up a window and moving onto the movie set, literally. Make sure you try it for Sh1,000 a piece. Don’t waste the experience on love stories, only action or block-busters can cut it on the tall screens.

(Additional words by Laura Walubengo)

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