The official theatrical poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron has just been released and has been added to the gallery. What do you think of it?

Labels: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Gallery Updates, Projects

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in Universal and Imagine Entertainment’s upcoming project The Psychopath Test, which Jay Roach will direct.

Kristin Gore will write the adaptation of Jon Ronson’s book, which centers on the idea that one out of every hundred people is a psychopath. Ronson explores how psychopaths are diagnosed and treated, including unorthodox treatments from the past. The book hit shelves in 2011.

Brian Grazer is producing along with Roach, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. Erica Huggins and Jennifer Perini are executive producing.

Johansson was the lead in Universal’s big 2014 hit Lucy, and next will be seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! She’s repped by LBI Entertainment and Morris Yorn.

Roach most recently directed The Campaign and the pilot episode of HBO’s The Brink. His upcoming film Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston is in postproduction. He’s repped by WME, Mosaic and Behr Abramson.

Gore, the daughter of Al Gore, was an associate producer on Foxcatcher and is working on Sony’s untitled undercover-crime thriller, which will star Channing Tatum. She’s repped by CAA.

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INDIEWIRE – You want to make an anime superfan upset? Tell them the live-action remake stars Scarlett Johansson, is coming from Disney, and will be directed by Snow White And The Huntsman helmer Rupert Sanders. Now you can bug them for a couple more years about it.

The studio has slated the already semi-controversial Ghost in the Shell do-over for an April 14, 2017 release date. It parks the movie right between Pacific Rim 2 and Universal’s mystery monster movie project. Summer no longer stands alone as blockbuster season, in case you had any doubt.

Meanwhile, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book has been pushed back six months, to April 15, 2016, where it’ll square off against Goosebumps and The Best Man Wedding. Taking its place this year is the true story story drama, “The Finest Hours,” with Casey Affleck and Chris Pine. Now arriving on October 9th, does Disney smell Oscar for this one?

Lastly, David Lowery’s Pete’s Dragon will breathe fire on August 12, 2016, where it will face stiff competition from raunchy comedy Bad Grandpa, raunchy animated movie Sausage Party, and Universal’s Spectral.

Labels: Ghost in the Shell, Projects, The Jungle Book

VARIETY – Following the success of Lucy, Scarlett Johansson looks ready to take on another action pic, this one coming from the world of Japanese anime.

Johansson is set to star in DreamWorks’ adaptation of the popular anime pic Ghost in the Shell. Deadline Hollywood had reported that the actress had the offer to star but at the time she was still undecided about taking the role. Sources now say she has agreed to star in the pic.

The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.

Rupert Sanders is on board to direct. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing the film from a script by Bill Wheeler. Mark Sourian is exec producing.

Insiders also tell Variety that Paramount has the option to come on as co-producer and financier and that decision is expected in the coming weeks.

DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg is a huge fan of the original and has long wanted to get this film off the ground. A commitment from a star like Johansson should help in getting the pic greenlit for production.

Besides Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence, Johansson is becoming one of the few actresses in town with the clout to get a project greenlit on her name alone.

Lucy made $394 million worldwide and Johansson can be seen next in Avengers: Age of Ultron, bowing in May. Johansson has also done a nice job of balancing action-heavy tentpoles with serious dramas and comedies.

She received rave reviews for Spike Jonze’s Her and is a part of the ensemble of the Coen brothers’ next pic Hail, Caesar! She is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment.

Labels: Ghost in the Shell, News, Projects

I have updated the gallery with Blu-ray quality screen captures of Lucy, including bonus features and a number of another additions including stills, posters and behind the scenes photos. For those of you that have seen the film, what did you think? For me, I loved Scarlett in this role. She carries the film superbly and given its success, surely it’s time she got her own Black Widow movie, right?



Labels: Gallery Updates, Lucy, Projects

I have updated the gallery with a number of photos from Scarlett’s critically acclaimed role in Under the Skin, including screen captures, stills, posters, bonus features and behind the scenes photos. Please be aware that the screen captures from the film contain nudity and also spoilers for anyone who has yet watch. Enjoy!



Labels: Gallery Updates, Projects, Under the Skin

Great news! Scarlett has been nominated for a Critics Choice Award in the Best Actress in an Action Movie category for her role in Lucy. The full list of nominations were announced today, and Under the Skin has also been shortlisted in the Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie category. The 20th annual awards ceremony will take place on January 15, 2015 at the Hollywood Palladium and will be broadcast live on A&E. For a full rundown of the nominations, click here.

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt – Edge of Tomorrow
Scarlett Johansson – Lucy
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy
Shailene Woodley – Divergent

Labels: Awards and Nominations, Lucy, Projects, Under the Skin

THE GUARDIAN – Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is a film about a beautiful, scary alien that is itself beautiful and scary and alien: it’s an entirely extraordinary, outrageously sensual film that Glazer’s previous excellent work had really only hinted at, partially and indistinctly. His Sexy Beast (2000) was a visually accomplished, exciting and intelligent crime thriller that was way ahead of the woeful mockney-geezer mode of the time. Birth (2004) had Kubrickian ingenuity and chill, with some remarkable moments; it was a movie that deserves cult-classic status but has yet to achieve it. Then a decade went by, and it seemed that Glazer might be a stylist for whom a sustained cinema career would perhaps not be achievable (and heaven knows, it can happen to the most talented).

But when he gave us his long-gestating free adaptation of Michel Faber’s novel Under the Skin, the result really was gasp-inducing: hilarious, disturbing, audacious. No less an A-lister than Scarlett Johansson plays an alien in human form who roams the streets and shopping malls of Glasgow. Perfectly genuine footage of real-life passersby is shown as the incognito Johansson impassively sizes up these earthlings for their calorific value. Then actors will step out of the crowd for their scenes with the great seducer. She takes them back to her place: a mysterious dark cavern in which, in an erotic trance, they submit to being imprisoned and farmed for their meat – and perhaps, who knows, for their very soul.

Glazer surely took something, again, from Kubrick, especially in the scene in which his alien is born in some dimensionless otherworld. He took something from Nic Roeg and The Man Who Fell to Earth and a little, perhaps, from David Lynch – of which, more in a moment. But alongside the sci-fi exoticism he brought the grit and sinew of contemporary realism, calling to mind the work of film-makers like Ken Loach, or even Abbas Kiarostami and the opening of his The Taste of Cherry, in which a desperately unhappy man drives around the itinerant labour markets of Teheran looking for someone to help him. These fantastic alien forms are scuffed with ordinariness and even bathos. The scene in which the alien uncomprehendingly watches Tommy Cooper on television is a masterpiece of tonal suspense.

Watching Under the Skin again brought to mind another comparison: Orson Welles – the Welles who succeeded in creating a hoax martian invasion on the radio and who, in F for Fake (1975), got his partner Oja Kodar to walk around the streets in a miniskirt, secretly filming the lascivious expressions of the non-actor guys looking at her.

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