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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.

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).


THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Comediennes Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer are joining Scarlett Johansson in the Sony comedy Rock That Body.

The project, whose title is tentative and was previously named Move That Body, already has Zoe Kravitz on the call sheet.

Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello, who work with Glazer on the cult favorite comedy television series Broad City, co-wrote the film. Downs also will star, with Aniello directing.

The script tells of five friends who get a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that goes completely off the rails. The all-female comedy is intended to be R-rated and a complement to the studio’s all-female reboot of Ghostbusters.

Matt Tolmach and Dave Becky are producing. Downs and Aniello also will produce through their Paulilu banner, with principal photography set to begin in late August.

Jonathan Kadin is overseeing for the studio.

McKinnon is the Saturday Night Live castmember whose film career is taking off. She stars in this summer’s Ghostbusters and is now filming the ensemble DreamWorks comedy Office Christmas Party.

Workaholics star Bell is also in Office Christmas Party and recently wrapped First Fight for New Line. The actress also had a key role in 22 Jump Street.

Glazer has been twice nominated for Critics’ Choice Awards for her work on Broad City, which she created with Abbi Jacobson.

I have updated the gallery with the recently released stills of Scarlett in Captain America: Civil War, which is released next Friday in the US and for those lucky enough to be in the selected countries of its early release, I hope you will all enjoy it! You can view the international release information and dates here.

INDIEWIRE – Scarlett Johansson is taking on a new, less controversial, role. The actress is reportedly set to play the famous novelist Zelda Fitzgerald in the upcoming feature The Beautiful and Damned, according to Tracking Board.

The film, written by Hanna Weg, centers on the tumultuous and overwhelming relationship between Zelda and the Great Gatsby writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Their doomed love was filled with jealousy and drama, which makes it perfect for the big screen.

Known as “the first American flapper,” Fitzgerald gave her the name “flapper” for her inhabited lifestyle. The novelist gained much inspiration from his wife, using her as material for his books such as Tender is the Night and The Beautiful and The Damned, which is said to draw close to their marriage.

Zelda also took her personal life to the pages, her novel Save Me the Waltz is a semi-autobiographical look at her marriage. She also faced many obstacles during her lifetime and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Always trying to find herself artistically, she ended up being admitted to a sanatorium. At one point, Nick Cassavetes was rumored to direct the film with Keira Knighley attached.

Johansson recently received backlash and was accused of “whitewashing” her role in anime adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, character originally written for a Japanese actress. Currently she can be heard in The Jungle Book and be next seen as Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War.

THE PLAYLIST – The #filmtwitter world is focused on France and the Cannes Film Festival announcement this morning, but there’s much more going on beyond the Croisette. Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have announced that production has started on “Ghost In The Shell” starring Scarlett Johansson, and they’ve released the inaugural first look image from the movie.

Rupert Sanders (Snow White And the Huntsman) is directing the anime adaption, with lensing taking place in Wellington, New Zealand. Paramount Pictures will release the film in the U.S. on March 31, 2017. Press release details below.

The film, which is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, is produced by Avi Arad (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 1 & 2, IRON MAN), Ari Arad (GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE), and Steven Paul (GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE). Michael Costigan (PROMETHEUS), Tetsu Fujimura (TEKKEN), Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, whose animation studio Production I.G produced the Japanese GHOST IN THE SHELL film and television series, and Jeffrey Silver (EDGE OF TOMORROW, 300) will executive produce.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, GHOST IN THE SHELL follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

“We are so pleased to be in Wellington to shoot ‘GHOST IN THE SHELL,’” said producers Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Michael Costigan and Jeffrey Silver. “The city boasts state-of-the-art production facilities and a rich urban landscape that make it an ideal setting for a sci-fi action film. The crew-base in New Zealand working on the film is first class, and working with Sir Richard Taylor and the team at Weta Workshop is inspirational on every level. The people of New Zealand have been terrific partners in helping us bring this story and its beloved characters to audiences around the world and we are thankful for their continued hospitality.”

I have updated the gallery with a gorgeous promotional shot of Scarlett alongside her The Jungle Book character, Kaa (in CGI form, of course). You can view the other shots of Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba with their on-screen counterparts by clicking here.

Kaa is a massive python who uses her voice and hypnotic gaze to entrance Mowgli. The man-cub can’t resist her captivating embrace. “Kaa seduces and entraps Mowgli with her storytelling,” says Scarlett Johansson. “She’s the mirror into Mowgli’s past. The way she moves is very alluring, almost coquettish.”

I’ve updated the gallery with the latest additions from the upcoming Captain America: Civil War–which is now just two months away from its U.S. theatrical release. I can’t wait to see more!

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