Ireland is on the brink of a victory that would have made Mary Queen of Scots proud — by beating Britain in a battle for a new Hollywood blockbuster.
The €20m Mary Queen of Scots film, starring Scarlett Johansson (22) in the lead role, could be the first major movie success to be shot here since King Arthur five years ago.
The ailing Irish film industry got a serious boost recently when Showtime’s high rating prime-time drama The Tudors, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, was located here.
Ardmore Studios has already been overrun by 16th Century troops in pantaloons wielding crossbows and will not need too much help to adapt to a new influx.
It is understood that the co-producer of the The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Element Pictures, is in high level talks about the film locating in Ireland.
Picturesque Birr Castle in Offaly is rumoured to be one of the potential locations for the 16th Century drama.
Check out this neat Barack Obama video, which features a variety of celebrities, including Miss Johansson on vocals! I’ve made captures of it.
– “Yes, We Can” Video (2008)
Scarlett is featured in the March 2008 issue of Empire magazine. I’ve made scans of the Boleyn Girl feature. Mikaela sent in scans from two recent Swedish magazines: Elle and Glamour. The Elle spread features one new shot, which is totally stunning!
– Empire (UK) – March 2008
– Glamour (Sweden) – February 2008
– Elle (Sweden) – February 2008
Scarlett, alongside Natalie Portman and Josh Brolin, is reportedly among the celebrities who have lobbied for the removal of the Heath Ledger drug video from television distribution. Good job, Scarlett! I am really proud of her for doing this.
Three of the world’s biggest young movie stars have been revealed as being leaders in the push by Hollywood to have the Heath Ledger drug video pulled from broadcast by two top American TV shows.
The Entertainment Tonight and The Insider programs’ decision to show the video yesterday caused a furore in Hollywood, a community in grieving over 28-year-old Heath Ledger’s still unexplained death on January 22.
It has now emerged that the programs – after first broadcasting the tape in New York and on the US east coast – soon learned of growing anger in Hollywood, in particular among many movie stars of the same generation as Heath Ledger.
Check out these brand new producion stills and on set pictures of Scarlett Johansson as Mary Boleyn.
– The Other Boleyn Girls: Production Stills
– The Other Boleyn Girls: On the Set
Here’s a sum up of all of Scarlett’s upcoming public appearances that I am aware of for the coming month.
If you know any more, please let me know!
February 15 – The Other Boleyn Girl Berlinale Premiere
February 19 – The Other Boleyn Girl London Premiere (Leicester Square)
February 20 – Rumored Brit Awards performer and presenter
February 25 – The Other Boleyn Girl Vancouver Premiere
The Weinstein Co. has picked up North American distribution rights to Woody Allen’s romantic comedy/drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona, starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson.
Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn, Rebecca Hall and Chris Messina also star in the tale of Vicky and Christina (Hall and Johansson), two Americans vacationing in the title’s Spanish city, who become part of a chain of romances involving an artist (Bardem) and his nutty ex-wife (Cruz).
A steamy menage a trois sequence between Bardem, Cruz and Johansson was the talk of the American Film Market when it previewed in Santa Monica in November.
The gallery has been updated with the very first scans of 2008. Mycah sent in scans of the February issue of InStyle magazine a while back and I’ve scanned two Finnish magazines, the January issue of Demi and Miss Mix.
– Scans from 2008
As expected, the entire festival program of The Berlinale is now online at the festival’s official site, according to which The Other Boleyn Girl will first be screened on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. local time. The film will furthermore be screened three times on Saturday, February 16 – check Berlinale.de for schedule details and tickets. Scarlett is expected to attend.
Thanks to Sandra and Roberto for sharing the exciting news. :biggrin: