Scarlett Johansson

Hear “Candy,” the Ultra-Poppy First Song From Scarlett Johansson’s New Este Haim-Featuring Girl Group

Scarlett Johansson, who is married and definitely not single, has formed a perper girl group called the Singles, and… Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Lucy,’ ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

There’s a little something for everyone in this week’s new video releases: horror fans get Annabelle, families get The Boxtrolls, Tom Hardy aficionados and James Gandolfini mourners get The Drop, and anthropologists of Terry Gilliam’s bald protagonists get The Zero Theorem. But for this edition of our new, weekly spotlight on the best of at-home movie-watching, we showcase two classics from Criterion (one vintage, one modern), a surprisingly robust bit of ‘80s Oscar bait, a recent critical darling featuring your favorite Brits, and the nuttiest hit of the summer. … Read More

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Scarlett Johansson Cast as Lead in Dreamworks’ Adaptation of Manga Series ‘Ghost in the Shell’

After HerLucyUnder the Skin, and the many articles their similarities have provoked, you’ve probably caught on to the typecasting of… Read More

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10 Great 2014 Movies You Can Stream (or Rent) Right Now

Well, moviegoers, the year is drawing to an end, and ‘tis the season for “best of 2014” lists. Ours will arrive later this week — and as with most, thanks to the Oscar-courting release patterns that have become the norm, it’ll be full of films you’ll either have to go to theaters to see, or that aren’t even at your neighborhood theater just yet. There’s nothing we can do about that, but in the meantime (as a kind of appetizer), we thought we’d offer up a few great movies that didn’t quite make the final cut, but have the advantage of immediate availability for streaming or rental. Add them to your queue for the holidays, or just click the title link to watch right now. … Read More

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50 Great Pre-Fame Performances by Famous Actors

This week, the Criterion Collection is releasing a double bill of the mid-‘60s Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind, a treat not only for fans of revisionist Westerns and director Monte Hellman, but also for those who admire Jack Nicholson, here seen in two terrific performances that predate his breakthrough in Easy Rider. There’s a specific kind of pleasure in revisiting the early work of actors who would later become famous — not the roles that made them stars, but their earlier, quieter gigs, in which we glimpse an actor just trying to do good work, yet already exhibiting the spark that would mark them for fame. Here are a few of our… Read More

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Let’s Not Break Our Arms Patting Marvel on the Back For “Diversity”

Tuesday morning, a packed house of fans, filmmakers, actors, and media gathered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood for a mysterious “event” hosted by Marvel Studios. But as the event began, the mystery evaporated: studio president Kevin Feige was there to announce the entire slate for Marvel’s “Phase 3,” the presumed blockbusters that will roll out following next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. In many ways, it was the very essence of hype: an advertising event at which a throng of superfans freaked out over dates and title fonts. But it was a morning of mostly good news — particularly with regards to expanding representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has to this point been dominated by straight white guys. The only question is, did they go far enough? … Read More

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Watch: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Leaks, Is Bleak, Studio Retaliates with Official Release

Last night, the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked, just after which it was “officially released” by the studio. Plunging into… Read More

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