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New York Comic Con (NYCC) today announced Lionsgate will be at its 2008 event promoting The Spirit, based on the classic comic book series created by Will Eisner and written for the screen and directed by Frank Miller.
At NYCC, production partners Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment will present an exclusive first look at The Spirit on Saturday, April 19 in New York Comic Con’s IGN Theater, featuring the world premiere of the film’s teaser trailer. Miller and Mendes will be on hand to speak about their respective roles in the upcoming film, which is produced by Deborah Del Prete, Gigi Pritzker and Michael Uslan. Co-CEO of Odd Lot Entertainment Deborah Del Prete and Michael Uslan, President of Comic Book Movies, will also be speaking. MTV News Correspondent Kurt Loder will moderate the panel and the teaser trailer will debut to a global audience on MTV.com later that night in high definition, and on MTV the week of April 21. NYCC will also feature the debut of the film’s first teaser poster, which Miller and Mendes will sign in a formal autograph session scheduled for 5:00pm.
As a rule, we’re as suspicious of actors making records as we are of, well, rock stars appearing in movies. But Scarlett Johansson’s previous, if brief, forays into music have at least demonstrated both flashes of talent and an unnerring grasp of cool. There’s an abiding memory of her in a pink wig singing karaoke to The Pretenders’ “Bass In Pocket” in Lost In Translation, or seen in fuzzy Youtube clips providing backing vocals for “Just Like Honey” at the Jesus & Mary Chain’s comeback show at last year’s Coachella festival. She also recorded the Geshwin standard “Summertime” for a US compilation and even starred in a Bob Dylan video, “When The Deal Goes Down…”, to support his Modern Times album.
Now she’s recorded her debut, an album of Tom Waits’ covers (and one self-penned track), produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek and featuring guest spots by Yeah Yeah Yeah’s guitarist Nick Zinner and, on two songs, David Bowie, with whom she co-starred in Christopher Nolan’s movie, The Prestige. Although the songs here run as far back as 1976, most of them actually come from the later part of Waits’ career; only one song pre-dating 1983’s Swordfishtrombones.
Here, then, is our track by track preview at what you can expect…
TRACK BY TRACK: Scarlett Johansson: Anywhere I Lay My Head
(Taken from Tom Waits’ 2002 album, Alice)
A bit of a cheat, this, as it’s an instrumental track. But, it does efficiently set out the album’s sonic template – loosely, late period Cocteau Twins, with touches of Mercury Rev’s Deserter’s Songs and Marianne Faithfull. A gentle organ intro before a wave of brass comes crashing in, then straight into…
2. “Town With No Cheer”
Scarlett privileges the storytelling aspect of Waits’ original, recalling here Marianne Faithfull as she half-sings, half-speaks the lyrics. Waits’ version is pretty sparse – just his voice recounting the lyrics accompanied by keyboard and accordion. Initially, this version doesn’t stray too much from that: the backing is organ, and keyboards with the occasional burst of guitar, but gradually Sitek layers on sax and drums and pushes the organ further up in the mix.
Many have expressed interested in learning more about Scarlett’s Jewish background and whether or not she identifies herself as Jewish. Here’s a new article courtesy of JTA, that will perhaps answer to some questions.
Scarlett Johansson said she identifies as Jewish.
The actress said in an Israeli television interview broadcast Saturday that her mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and brought her up with a basic observance of Shabbat and holidays such as Chanukah.
Johansson, 23, was speaking to Israel’s Channel 2 from the set of The Other Boleyn Girl along with her Israeli-born co-star Natalie Portman.
Unlike Portman, Johansson does not speak Hebrew and claims to know only a smattering of Yiddish.
According to Channel 2, Johansson’s father is of Danish descent and is not Jewish.
Fans of Will Eisner’s The Spirit, who can’t wait for the film adaptation being directed by comic legend Frank Miller, will be jumping up and down with anticipation for The Spirit: The Movie Visual Companion from Titan Books.
The volume will contain the full screenplay of the film, along with director’s commentary, interviews with the cast and crew, color photos and production art, hundreds of storyboards by Frank Miller, and an exclusive introduction by Frank Miller.
Will Eisner’s The Spirit opens January 16th, 2009, and stars Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons, Louis Lombardi, Jamie King and Paz Vega.
Source: Superhero Flix, thanks Roberto
A promotional photoshoot has been released for Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming album, “Anywhere I Lay My Head”, due out in May. I think the shoot is absolutely fantastic and Scarlett looks very natural, yet simply radiant. Be sure to check out the stunning pics!
– Anywhere I Lay My Head Photoshoot
According to Box Office Mojo, Vicky Cristina Barcelona will be released in the US on August 29, 2008.
Thanks to Roberto for the heads-up!
In what could be a case of art imitating life, finding the right man for Mary Queen of Scots is proving more difficult than expected. A movie about Mary’s life, starring Scarlett Johansson, has been delayed because producers can’t find a suitable actor to play her third husband, the Earl of Bothwell.
In real life, Mary had problems with men, one in particular, her second husband, Lord Darnely, who burst into her room in the Palace of Holyrood House, threatened her and murdered her secretary, David Riccio.
Among those said to be in the running for the Bothwell role, are Clive Owen, Robert Carlyle and James McAvoy.
Former Rome star Kevin McKidd played a convincing Bothwell in a recent television version of the monarch’s life, but he is unlikely to get the film role.
The delay is now raising doubts that the film will make it into production in time to avoid a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild at the end of June: “Scarlett is having trouble with who her profile leading man should be,” said a source: “The actors’ strike is also going to be significant. It could be after the summer before anything happens.
Scarlett Johansson is to go on a date with a fan who paid $40,100 to meet the screen beauty.
The lucky UK bidder, known only as ‘bossnour’, beat 170 others to buy two tickets to the premiere of Scarlett’s new film He’s Just Not That Into You in July in either Los Angeles or New York where they will meet the actress.
All proceeds raised from the eBay auction will go to charity Oxfam America.
In a video posted on the website, Scarlett said: “Hi, I’m Scarlett Johansson and I am auctioning off two tickets to the world premiere of my new film, He’s Just Not That Into You. This auction benefits Oxfam which in an international relief agency that fights poverty around the world.
“The winner of the charity auction will not only get to attend the premiere, but 100 per cent of the proceeds go directly to supporting Oxfam’s work. So, please bid high! Thank you for your support, and happy bidding!”