According to Evening Standard, Woody Allen is set to make his third film in London after scrapping a Paris-based project because of spiralling costs. The article names Scarlett and Kate Winslet as thought to be in the running for the leading role.
Domestic distribution rights to Woody Allen’s Scoop, which is currently in post-production, have been acquired by Focus Features. Focus has also acquired rights to the feature for Australia and New Zealand. Focus president James Schamus made the announcement today.
Allen commented, “I’ve always been very blessed by having great people distribute my films over the years and this good fortune continues with Focus, a company I have enormous admiration for. I had a great time shooting Scoop. I was over my head acting with Hugh Jackman and Ian McShane, who are both amazing, and of course Scarlett Johansson, who I knew was sexier than me and smarter but she also turned out to be faster and funnier.”
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According to Teen Hollywood, Scarlett, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan all battling it out for the lead role in Penelope Spheeris’ The Gospel According To Janis, an upcoming film on the life and death of Janis Joplin.
Apparently the director has already said that Pink would be her first choice for the part, but the singer has decided not to pursue the project. Pink explains, “I dropped out of it. Scheduling conflicts. Plus they’re trying to turn it into some circus pop contest – who’s the ‘it’ girl who wants to play Janis.”
“Janis was so much deeper than that.”
Musician Alicia Keys is the newest addition of the cast of The Nanny Diaries. She will portray Annie Braddock’s best friend. As previously reported, the film will start shooting later on this month in New York City. For more information on Alicia Keys’s participation, view an article at MTV.com.
Paul Giamatti and Chris Evans have signed on to star in The Nanny Diaries with Scarlett and Laura Linney. According to Variety, Giamatti will play Mr. X, the brood’s imposing patriarch and Evans is set to be the Park Avenue hunk who steals Scarlett’s heart. The Nanny Diaries will begin production in New York this month. The Weinstein Company will distribute the film.
The April 2006 issue of Total Film features a blurb about The Black Dahlia, which lists the film’s release date in the UK for November 11, 2006. According to Total Film, Maggie Gyllenhaal was the first choice to play Kay Lake, the role that Scarlett eventually landed. Of Johansson, De Palma is quoted saying: “I’d say she’s one of the finest actresses working today, but I think that underestimates her talent.” ( source )
Also, Josh Hartnett recently spoke to ninemsn and he was asked of his relationship with Scarlett.
Josh, you are soon going to be starring in The Black Dahlia with the very sexy Scarlett Johansson. Can we expect to see a little bit of on screen sizzle?
Hartnett: “Probably yeah. She and I, and Hilary (Swank) and I, both have some full-on scenes.”
Apparently Napoleon and Betsy has stirred up some controversy in the press because of the fact that the movie is about a relationship between a 14-year old girl and Napoleon Bonaparte, her senior of 32 years. Bonaparte was befriended by English teen Betsy Balcombe, to be played by Johansson, when he was exiled to the South Atlantic island St. Helena in 1815. Although he was supposedly a kindly uncle figure to Balcombe, who lived there with her merchant father and siblings, director Benjamin Ross is keen to give their story a saucier slant. Historian Peter Hicks fumes, “It was a platonic relationship. It would be ridiculous to suggest anything else.”
But Ross has hit back, saying, “The facts are very interpretable. I’d be delighted to get historians jumping and down.” ( source )
Andrew Lloyd Webber recently revealed that he had decided to pull out of negotiations to get Scarlett Johansson to play Maria in the new West End stage production of The Sound of Music, because although she had been keen, her “people” were against the plan. ( source )
Coming Soon.net reports that The Black Dahlia has been moved up a month and is now scheduled for a September 15, 2006 release.
Coming Soon.net has just announced that Laura Linney has signed on to star alongside Scarlett in The Nanny Diaries for The Weinstein Company.
The story centers on Annie Braddock (Johansson), a young woman from New Jersey who ends up in the elite culture of Manhattan’s Upper East Side as a nanny for a wealthy family, referred to as simply “the Xs.”
Linney will star as the head of the household, Mrs. X, who forces Annie to cater to her every whim.