New York, I Love You will be arriving on R1 DVD and BluRay this coming Tuesday. Both versions will feature Scarlett’s segment as a bonus feature. As you know, her directorial debut was cut from the theatrical version of the film but it did later debut on its own as part of LA Shorts Fest ‘09.
Back in May, we reported that Scarlett’s segment was cut from New York, I Love You. We now have good news! Although the segment was not put back in, the short film will be getting a release of sorts.
Scarlett Johansson’s directorial debut, a short film titled The Vagabond Shows, starring Kevin Bacon, will premiere as part of the opening night of LA Shorts Fest ’09, which runs July 23-31 at the Sunset 5 Laemmle Theater in West Hollywood.
Johansson will appear and take part in a Q&A.
The festival, which will screen more than 300 films, is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying fest for Oscar consideration.
This means another appearance very soon! We will of course keep you all updated as we learn more.
Some new information from EW.com:
EW has confirmed that Scarlett Johansson’s first directorial effort, a movie short starring Kevin Bacon, has been left on the cutting room floor of the upcoming anthology film New York, I Love You. But, contrary to the many Internet rumors, it’s not because the footage was unwatchable. “It’s not a bad piece at all,” says one insider on the film. “In fact, I quite liked it.”
So why axe Scarlett’s piece? It seems her somber story about an obsessive-compulsive man who only finds peace when he reaches Coney Island and buys a hot dog just didn’t jive with the rest of the shorts. “It’s shot in black and white and there’s very little dialogue or interpersonal relationships,” explains the insider. “It just didn’t work in the context of the movie.”
Unfortunately it appears that the Scarlett directed segment has been cut out from the theatrical version of New York, I Love You. NyPost.com reports – but please take the so-called insider quotes as grain of salt. Early reviews of Scarlett’s segment were positive and we know how Page Six likes to stir up controversy.
Scarlett Johansson’s dream of being a director was dashed on her first try.
Johansson — who’s said in the past she’d prefer to direct rather than act — helmed a segment for the upcoming movie New York, I Love You, a series of intertwined love stories shot by several auteurs, including Brett Ratner and Natalie Portman.
But unfortunately for Johansson, her segment, starring Kevin Bacon and shot in black and white, was deemed “unwatchable,” sources said.
“It was really bad, so it was cut,” one insider told Page Six. Andrei Zvyagintsev’s segment starring Carla Gugino and Goran Visnjic was also cut from the final edit.
But the film’s producer, Emmanuel Benbihy, told us Johansson’s bit ended up in the scrapheap not because it was bad, but because “the story did not specifically involve an interpersonal relationship, and it was conceptualized to be filmed in black and white — both of which were extreme departures from the other films.”
Head on over to YouTube to view the New York, I Love You trailer. Scarlett has, of course, written and directed one of its 12 segments and you can see a couple of frames of Kevin Bacon here, the star of her segment. I think the trailer looks really cool and I cannot wait to see Scarlett’s directorial debut!
MTV revealed today that Scarlett will present at the the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, which will air live on September 7, 2008 at 9 p.m ET.
Speaking of public events, Scarlett will not attend the September 19 Vicky Cristina Barcelona premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival, unlike previously mentioned. She will not be promoting the movie in Europe. I believe she is still expected to appear on the Stand Up To Cancer telethon on September 5. And then New York, I Love You will premiere in Toronto on September 6. I am not sure if she will attend the premiere.
Toronto International Film Festival has booked New York, I Love You, a compilation of short films from 12 international filmmakers, including Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Allen Hughes, Shekhar Kapur, Mira Nair and Brett Ratner, with star turns by Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Ethan Hawke, Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie, among others. It will screen as a work-in-progress as part of Special Presentations. The festival is held September 4 to 13, 2008. For more details, please refer to the TIFF website.
The Spirit character poster for Scarlett Johansson’s Silken Floss has now been released and it is really cool. Her tagline reads: “On your knees then…” :biggrin: Check it and another newly released Sand Saref (Eva Mendes) poster in the gallery.
I also added a New York, I Love You teaser poster, which does not feature Scarlett.
I have been going through the donations bin this weekend, which includes some really cool stuff. Romina and Joanna sent in scans from new Dutch and Polish magazines (including some new pics!) and Roberto contributed screencaps of deleted scenes of The Nanny Diaries, which can be found on the Italian DVD. I’ve scanned Scarlett’s page from the FHM ‘100 Sexiest’ special and added plenty of additional pictures to the New York, I Love You on set albums. Click here to view all new additions. Enjoy the new goodies and, again, thanks so much to everyone who contributed!
– Magazines: FHM (UK) – June 2008 – 100 Sexiest
– Magazines: Celebrity (The Netherlands) – May 2008
– Magazines: Tele Swiat (Poland) – March 17, 2008
– The Nanny Diaries: DVD Screencaptures > Deleted Scenes
– New York, I Love You: On the Set – March 12, 2008