Harry Potter star Emma Watson will replace Scarlett Johansson in Napoleon and Betsy. Scarlett will instead take the role of a producer alongside her mother Melanie Sloan.
Emma Watson is attached to star in Napoleon and Betsy, a period drama being written and directed by Benjamin Ross.
Watson will play Betsy Balcombe, a young, impetuous noblewoman trapped on the isolated British Isle of St. Helena who falls in love with Napoleon, who is in exile on the island.
Watson is filling the shoes recently vacated by Scarlett Johansson, who stepped aside as the part skewed younger.
Johansson is still producing, along with Alexandra Milchan, Melanie Sloan and Gilles Arondeau.
In the May issue of Spin magazine, out next week, the actress-turned-singer Scarlett Johansson talks about the Hollywood gossip girls.
Since her star turn in Lost in Translation, Scarlett Johansson has always managed to keep a foothold on the classier, cool side of Hollywood. But now, with her Dave Sitek-produced debut album, “Anywhere I Lay My Head”, due out May 20 on Atco/Rhino, the comparisons to fellow musically-inclined young actresses were sure to follow. Here’s what she had to say about how she sees herself in relation to Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton:
“I have no relationship with either of them, even as far as my lifestyle or the music I listen to. They probably made music that fits with their lifestyle — ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I were dancing to my own song in “da club”?’ But my album is more suited to my lifestyle. I live a very low-key life.”
Vivendi Entertainment and Palm Pictures have secured U.S. rights to New York, I Love You, the ensemble collection of 12 short films currently in production in Manhattan.
Pic is produced by Emmanuel Benbihy and Marina Grasic.
The companies plan to release the film early next year. Shooting is almost two-thirds complete.
Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson make their helming debuts on two of the shorts, all of which are love stories of various kinds. Among helmers onboard are Brett Ratner and Fatih Akin, and the cast already includes Kevin Bacon, Orlando Bloom, Julie Christie, Chris Cooper and Shia LaBeouf.
The folks over at Lionsgate have released the first official production stills of The Spirit, including one of Scarlett as Silken Floss, the character described as “a punk secretary and frigid vixen”. Apparently, the leaked unapproved photos of the film created quite an uproar online as many fans were disappointed in the look of them. I guess some did not realize that they are simply green screen on set and costume photos, not actual finalized stills. So the studio released these new images to showcase what the film will actually look like. In my opinion, Scarlett looks pretty damn cool here and I personally cannot wait to see The Spirit!
I’ve also added new stills from Vicky Cristina Barcelona and replaced one in high quality. Thanks to Mr.Harris for finding the one of Scarlett and Javier.
– The Spirit: Production Stills
– Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Production Stills
The crashing dollar and the end of various forms of tax financing worth up to 50% of budgets have left the U.K. with just two reasons why any producer would come to shoot there: talent and material.
Fortunately, Britain is blessed with an abundance of both.
Phillip Noyce’s Mary, Queen of Scots is a good example of the sort of indie project it still makes sense to film in the British Isles. Although producers Alexandra Milchan and Melanie Johansson are American, the script was originally developed by BBC Films with local writer Jimmy McGovern.
The historical subject matter argues strongly for production to take place somewhere closely approximating the authentic locations of the story.
For all those who have asked – Lionsgate asked me to remove all of the Spirit production stills as they are unapproved images.
The new Woody Allen film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona which was shot in Barcelona and Asturias last year will open in September and could also open the Cannes film festival.
Jaume Roures, from the Media Pro company which was one of the film’s producers, says that Barcelona looks splendid in the movie, and that those who did not know the city would be eager to do so. The movie will be shown in the city only in Catalan or in the original English version subtitled. Speaking to the RAC1 radio station he also revealed that a lesbian love scene between Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson had been “greatly exaggerated.”
Woody Allen had said in July last year that he wanted the film to be a “love letter to Barcelona” presenting the city to the rest of the world “as seen through my eyes, as I have done with Manhattan.”
Source: Typically Spanish
Visitor Pictures brings us the full list of the directors and main actors for the New York, I Love You project. Boleyn fans will be happy to see co-star and friend Natalie Portman listed both as a director and actor! However, Natalie and Scarlett are not involved in the same segment.
The universal theme of encountering and celebrating love is told in 12 separate stories taking place in the five boroughs of New York City.
Check out the newly released cover for Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming album, “Anywhere I Lay My Head”. Reports People.com:
She’s calling her debut album “Anywhere I Lay My Head” – and it looks like Scarlett Johansson is taking a literal approach to her album art. Due May 20, the album features covers of alternative troubadour Tom Waits’s music, plus one original composition. Johansson was joined in the studio by David Bowie, who lends guest vocals on “Falling Down” and “Fannin Street.” Produced by TV on the Radio’s David Sitek, the album marks the actress’s recording debut. And Sitek does double duty. A label rep confirms he snapped the cover photo, taken in Louisiana, where they recorded the disc.
What do you think of the cover? Feel free to post your comments!
– “Anywhere I Lay My Head”: Album Covers