Scarlett Johansson really made an impression on music video director Samuel Bayer during the making of Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around…Comes Around” mini-movie — so much so that the two will team up again later this year.
“Scarlett is one of the sexiest actresses around,” Bayer told MTV News. “And she can just become her characters. Look at what she did during the Corvette scene, which a lot of people won’t catch. She was shooting that on a green screen, and right before we were rolling, she was laughing. We start, and she’s crying. It was just unbelievable. It’s stuff like that which makes you know someone’s a star.”
So it was a no-brainer for Bayer that when Johansson mentioned her next project was hunting for a director, and she’d like to work with him again, to come aboard. “It’s called Brilliance and it’s about diamond thieves, and we start shooting this winter,” Bayer said. “So many things came together in all the right ways. It really was a case of ‘what goes around, comes around.’ In a good way.”
Rising star Scarlett Johansson has worked with Woody Allen on three movies now, but “she’s not my muse,” the veteran director said Sunday.
“Scarlett is a wonderful actress, she reverberates off anyone she plays with, and she has a great future ahead of her,” Allen told a news conference. “But I never think of her as my muse.”
Asked to compare Johansson with longtime film partner Diane Keaton, Allen said: “There’s a very strong chemistry between Diane and myself,” noting that they acted in “eight or nine” films together.
Allen and Johansson acted together in Scoop (2006), and she appears in his 2005 film Match Point.
A drama set in Barcelona starring Johansson was finished “five days ago,” and does not have a title yet, Allen said.
I am leaving for Venice tomorrow but Mariana and Mycah will kindly be looking after the site while I am gone.
Scarlett will also be appearing on GMA on Friday. Here’s a reminder of the media alerts:
• Good Morning America (GMA) – August 31, 2007
• Late Night with Conan O’Brien – August 31, 2007
Remember to go out and see The Nanny Diaries this weekend! 😉
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Following the overwhelming success of the 2005 celebrity charm bracelet in aid of Cancer Research UK, Wallis is delighted to launch the stunning 2007 version, a long silver rope charm necklace, decorated with six unique charms each designed by a well-know celebrity or designer.
Designers were asked to take inspiration from whatever they liked, or from what they are best known for. They then had to sketch their charm, choose the colour and material and give it a name.
Well-known designers of the charms include Scarlett Johansson, who designed a delicate lily in white, yellow and orange enamel, because ‘I’ve always loved enamel jewellery and I was looking at a lily when approached about the project.’ Scarlett agreed to take part because she believes that ‘in today’s world, cancer affects everyone, whether it’s your own personal crisis or that of someone you know.’ She adds, ‘any opportunity to support cancer research brings us closer to a cure.’
New Line is in negotiations with Ben Affleck to round out the cast of ensemble comedy He’s Just Not That Into You, with Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen producing through their Flower Films banner.
Shooting starts September 10, 2007 in Los Angeles, with Ken Kwapis (License to Wed) directing.
Along with Affleck and Barrymore, You will star Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson and Justin Long.
Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (Never Been Kissed) adapted the bestseller about modern-day relationships by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, who worked together on Sex and the City. The book focuses on how men and women often misconstrue the intentions of the opposite sex.
Coming as #6 on the box office list, The Nanny Diaries grossed an estimated $7.8 million this weekend from 2,629 locations, proving another difficult release for The Weinstein Company and distribution partner MGM. Here are some related quotes:
When it came to chick film The Nanny Diaries, the film took in most of its haul from bigger cities, with audiences in smaller cities and towns largely failing to turn out. TWC is expected to tweak its media buying campaign to target locales where the nanny concept isn’t as prevalent as in big cities.
TWC co-chair Harvey Weinstein said word-of-mouth and an increased targeted marketing campaign should build buzz and turnout in those smaller markets. Pic also stars Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti.
“As we head into the Labor Day weekend holiday, we are committed to marketing the film to audiences all over the country and expect that it will continue to play,” Weinstein said.
From E! News:
The Nanny Diaries, the boss-from-hell tale that preceded The Devil Wears Prada in print but followed it to big screen, didn’t come close to matching Devil’s box-office might, thanks to an unfashionable $7.8 million opening weekend, per Exhibitor Relations Co. estimates.
“This is a book that took the literary world by storm, but filmdom is another story entirely,” Exhibitor Relations’ Jeff Bock said Sunday.
Unlike earlier reported, Scarlett Johansson will unfortunately not be attending the Venice Film Festival this year.
She will, however, be on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien on Friday, August 31, 2007.
I’ve added two new articles:
– Q&A: Scarlett Johansson (from Newsweek.com)
– Catching up with Scarlett Johansson (from ScrippsNews)
“I’m a confident young woman. I think along with that comes sexual confidence. But I don’t think that means I’m terribly frisky. I don’t objectify myself. But I like to celebrate my curves and girliness.”
Also, according to The Late Night TV Page, Scarlett is set to appear on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on Friday, August 31, 2007. Now, she is also supposed to be at the Venice Film Festival in Italy during that same day so I am a little confused. But I wanted to inform you anyway. If she does appear, we will have a video clip and caps of this.
Happy The Nanny Diaries day! After all of those release date changes, Scarlett’s newest film finally opens today in North America. The critics’ reviews have been mixed but I’d rather hear what the fans think of the film and Scarlett’s performance. So be sure to head out to see it and let us know your opinion!
You can check out the reviews thread over at the forum to read more of the critics’ thoughs. I’ve included a few here that mention Scarlett:
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Johansson is game. There’s nothing to criticize in this performance, but there’s nothing to get excited about, either. It’s solid though uninspired work.
From Charlotte Observer:
Johansson, hair dyed brown to make her seem less glamorous, spices up this bland role.
Johansson, for her part, essays an engaging heroine, though even with mousy brown hair and Casual Corner wardrobe, she’s far too voluptuously beautiful for the job, like a Tiffany necklace in a brown paper bag.
From Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Although Johansson has a knack for nailing most roles, the angry yet fun-loving nanny doesn’t quite work for her.
Mycah has sent in a bunch of amazing goodies. These include three The Nanny Diaries related videos from ET. The most interesting one is from August 22. In it we get to see some of Nicholas Art’s audition with Scarlett and she is also interviewed briefly. Mycah also made captures from all of these news segments. Last but not least, we’ve added two more stills.