What a cover shot, right? Scarlett looks incredible for Variety magazine’s Power of Women issue which features multiple cover stars–including Helen Mirren, Miley Cyrus, Laverne Cox and Ava Duvernay. Scarlett’s interview is available to read below, and outtakes from the shoot have also been uploaded.
VARIETY – Planned Parenthood has come under attack during the presidential election, as pro-life Republicans attempt to cut funding for the organization that provides abortions and an array of other medical services for women.
“It’s pretty terrifying,” says Scarlett Johansson. “Somehow, a woman’s right to choose has become a subject that’s on the Republican platform. I don’t really know what it has to do with politics at all. It seems to be a deeply personal issue.”
Growing up in New York, the actress relied on Planned Parenthood for regular checkups, she says.
“I used them to screen me for STDs or take care of my reproductive health, as did all my girlfriends. When I was asked to represent their initiative, it was a no-brainer.”
Planned Parenthood turns 100 this year, with 650 health centers across the U.S. that see 2.5 million patients a year for cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing, and breast exams.
Johansson is a major advocate of such services. In 2012, she made Planned Parenthood and women’s health central themes of her speech at the Democratic National Convention. Two years later, she helped design T-shirts to boost voting in the midterm elections, and she has recorded an audio message that encourages listeners to enroll in less-expensive insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act.
Her high-profile efforts on behalf of the nonprofit don’t stop there, according to Caren Spruch, Planned Parenthood’s director of arts and entertainment engagement.
“She even filmed a video about the impact that Congressional assaults would have on millions of women who rely on Planned Parenthood when she was on location shooting a film,” Spruch says.
Johansson is enhancing her efforts by publicly backing Hillary Clinton, who has vowed to support Planned Parenthood if elected president.
“Hillary is the right candidate for right now,” Johansson says. “I think she’s got a lot of integrity. She’s got a lot of stamina. She’s a very clever politician, and that’s actually important to me. Maybe it’s because I have a daughter now.”
INDIEWIRE – Scarlett Johansson does a good Bernard Sumner.
The actress and sometimes singer recently recorded a cover of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” with her four-person band Sugar for Sugar, which includes Julia Haltigan, Holly Miranda, and Kendra Morris. The song will be featured on a charity album due out on October 7 called “The Time Is Now” for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Co-written by Sumner, New Order’s lead singer, “Bizarre Love Triangle” was released in 1986.
Republic Records and Mass Appeal Records will release the album, which will include new versions of 80s songs by several other artists, including Phantogram covering Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home”, Lower Dens covering Hall & Oates’ “Maneater,” and Aloe Blacc covering Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
Johansson covered The Pretenders’s “Brass in Pocket” during a scene in Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film “Lost in Translation,” and has contributed to movie soundtracks including the 2012 climate change documentary “Chasing Ice” and Spike Jonze’s 2013 film “Her.” She recently lent her singing voice to the soundtrack of this year’s “The Jungle Book,” directed by Jon Favreau, and “Sing,” directed by Garth Jennings.
The first official teasers for Ghost in the Shell have been released, and if you haven’t seen them yet, they have been combined into a one minute video which can be viewed below. I love the visuals–hopefully we’ll be seeing more from the film very soon.
Photos of Scarlett in attendance at tonight’s premiere of Sing at the Toronto International Film Festival (aka TIFF) have been added to the gallery. It’s great to see her again!
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2016 > Toronto International Film Festival – ‘Sing’ Premiere
You may have noticed them already, but screen captures from the Blu-ray edition of Captain America: Civil War have been added to the gallery–including special features. Scarlett’s performance as Natasha is as ever, great to watch and I’m intrigued to see where her character goes from the events of this film. It’s just a shame that we didn’t see a whole lot of her as her role seemed somewhat smaller than in previous installments.
Film Productions > Captain America: Civil War (2016) > Blu-ray Screen Captures
Film Productions > Captain America: Civil War (2016) > Blu-ray Features – Deleted and Extended Scenes
Film Productions > Captain America: Civil War (2016) > Blu-ray Features – Gag Reel
Film Productions > Captain America: Civil War (2016) > Blu-ray Features – United We Stand, Divided We Fall
VARIETY – “Modern Family” star Ty Burrell has joined Scarlett Johansson in the raunchy comedy “Rock That Body,” with shooting underway in New York.
The cast includes Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Zoe Kravitz and Demi Moore. Sony has set the release for June 23, when it will open against Paramount’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
“Rock That Body” follows a group of five friends who rent a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette party that goes off the rails. The film is directed by Lucia Aniello from a script she wrote with her writing partner Paul W. Downs.
The script for “Rock That Body” appeared on the Black List in 2015. Sony picked up the project last year in an aggressive bidding war. Both Aniello and Downs will produce the film through their Paulilu banner. Matt Tolmach and Dave Becky will also produce.
Burrell is in the voice cast for Warner Bros.’ upcoming animated comedy “Storks.” He is repped by ICM Partners and Frank Stewart. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
Pretty awesome news, right? Here’s to hoping Scarlett continues to maintain the very fine balance between quality and quantity.
VOGUE – Leave it to ScarJo to break up the boy’s club: The Avengers actress is now the 10th highest grossing movie star of all time. The rest of the top 10 is—you guessed it!—made up of male actors, which means that Scarlett Johansson may be the first female to earn a spot on the coveted list.
While her films’ earnings ($3.3 billion) trail behind her male colleagues, the 31-year-old actress is significantly younger than the rest (the list is comprised of Hollywood’s elder statesmen, including Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, and Tom Hanks). While Johansson’s newfound top-10 status is worth celebrating, the male-to-female breakdown is still terribly lopsided; Cameron Diaz, who came in at number 19, is Johansson’s closest competitor.
Last year, Jennifer Lawrence earned the top spot as Hollywood’s highest-paid actress, raking in $52 million pretax over 12 months. Johansson came in as the runner-up, earning $16 million less than Lawrence. Let’s hope the scales continue to tip in the coming year. Here’s to (relative) progress!
At long last, we have our first photos of Scarlett at an event this year! She has of course been very busy over the past few months with the filming of Ghost in the Shell in New Zealand and Hong Kong–so it’s nice to see her again, and looking as beautiful as ever. She was in attendance at the event on Monday night in her beloved New York City, which celebrated the life and career of Tony Bennett-who was awared The Entertainment Icon Award.
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2016 > Friars Club Honors Tony Bennett with The Entertainment Icon Award
I have added screen captures from the Blu-ray edition of Hail, Caesar! to the gallery–including bonus features. Unfortunately, Scarlett’s role in the film is very small (she has just two scenes), so if you’re thinking of watching it solely for her, you’ll probably be a little underwhelmed by the size of her part. However, she is very funny and memorable as DeeAnna Moran, once again proving that she’s very capable of portraying comedic characters (she looks great doing it, too).
Film Productions > Hail, Caesar! (2016) > Blu-ray Screen Captures
Film Productions > Hail, Caesar! (2016) > Blu-ray Features – An Era of Glamour
Film Productions > Hail, Caesar! (2016) > Blu-ray Features – Directing Hollywood
Film Productions > Hail, Caesar! (2016) > Blu-ray Features – Magic of a Bygone Era
Film Productions > Hail, Caesar! (2016) > Blu-ray Features – The Stars Align
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – A very different group of girls could’ve been the ones to play light as a feather, stiff as a board in The Craft.
To celebrate The Craft’s 20th anniversary, The Huffington Post assembled some of the film’s cast and crew for an oral history of the cult classic. One of those people was casting director Pam Dixon, who spoke about the many, many actresses she screen tested to fill out The Craft’s collection of weirdos — including a few famous faces.
“We did these tests, and we tested a lot of girls, some of whom have become really well-known,” Dixon told The Huffington Post. “We actually had a hold on somebody that we had to let go because she got offered another film, and we didn’t know if the movie was really happening. That girl was Angelina Jolie. She did Foxfire instead. Another person who came in was Scarlett Johansson, who was just 12 at the time. The other girl was Alicia Silverstone. This would have been ’95. She had just shot Clueless, but it had not come out. Alicia also got something between the time that we read them and the time we were really going to make the movie, so we couldn’t pick her up either and she went to do something else. They were all really for Sarah.”
Instead, the role of Sarah went to Robin Tunney, with Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, and Rachel True rounding out the coven.
Producer Doug Wick also gave an update on the upcoming sequel, which Sony Pictures first announced last year, with horror director Leigh Janiak set to direct.
“It’s not so much a remake — it’s sort of saying young women exploring their power, what would that be like right now?” Wick explained. “Obviously it’s an incredibly relevant, exciting subject, so we hired a really great female writer/director, Leigh Janiak, who also has a talented writing partner. We were only going to explore it if there was an exciting way to go, and they came in with [something] very fresh — a new group of girls, much more of this era, who begin some explorations with power that they don’t understand. They had just incredibly compelling ideas for a way to make a new, exciting, surprising movie for teenage girls.”