Scarlett Johansson

What Scarlett Johansson’s New Movie ‘Under the Skin’ Tells Us About Her Gross ‘New Yorker’ Profile

Late last month, The New Yorker’s Anthony Lane wrote a profile of Scarlett Johansson. Maybe you heard about it; if you did, it was probably not in terribly complimentary terms. Slate’s Katy Waldman called out its “inappropriate-uncle creepiness”; Talking Points Memo’s Kay Steiger deemed it “gross”; over at The New Republic, Esther Berger crowned it “the worst profile I can remember reading in The New Yorker.” The problem with Lane’s fawning, empty piece, in a nutshell, is that it’s basically a highbrow version of a Maxim or Esquire cover story: Lane’s thesis is that Scarlett Johansson is super-duper hot, though couched in dressed-up verbiage like “Johansson looks tellingly radiant in the flesh” and “using nothing but the honey of her voice” and “she seemed to be made from champagne.” What makes the whole piece particularly irritating is that there are interesting things to be said about Johansson right now; she has two movies coming out today which couldn’t be further apart on the modern movie-making spectrum. And, compellingly, one of them can be read as a kind of tacit commentary on precisely the kind of empty objectification that the Lane profile traffics in so freely. … Read More

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How to Make a Great Superhero Movie: Hire a Comedy Director

If you look up the filmographies of Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of the new (and very good) Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you’re not going to see much that screams SUMMER TENTPOLE ACTION MOVIE MAKERS. Their only two previous features were the mostly unseen Big Deal on Madonna Street remake Welcome to Collinwood and the mostly unloved Owen Wilson comedy You, Me and Dupree. And then you will find lots and lots of television comedy, everything from the monkey-doctor comedy Animal Practice to more acclaimed programs like Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and Community. The natural assumption is that the powers-that-be at Marvel who handed the Russo brothers the keys to Captain America were taking a big chance. But Marvel has reached a point where it’s actually more unusual for them to pick conventional action directors for their films — in fact, what’s making their big-screen efforts stand out from the blockbuster pack is their tendency to place them in the hands of, when you get down to it, comedy filmmakers. … Read More

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See the First Trailer for ‘Under the Skin,’ Starring Scarlett Johansson

Behold the trailer for Jonathan Glazer’s trippy Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson as a mysterious woman who does mysterious… Read More

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Samantha Jones and Philip Seymour Hoffman As ‘Her’

While I loved Her, and, like everyone else, found Scarlett Johansson’s performance robust despite its intangibility, there were times when… Read More

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Breathtaking Mashups of Old and New Hollywood Stars

It’s pretty common, when a new Hollywood player arrives on the scene, for journalists and fans to proclaim that they’re the Next TK — comparing each up-and-coming actor or actress to be a resurrection of some classic star. Artist George Chamoun plays with this notion in his collection of digital collages, Iconatomy (spotted via Faith is Torment). Mashing up stars like George Clooney with Cary Grant or Scarlett Johansson with Marilyn Monroe, Chamoun finds images of Hollywood past and present and creates one flawless photograph that combines those two eras. Take a look at his work after the jump. … Read More

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Watch Martin Scorsese’s Epic Dolce & Gabbana Ad, Starring Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey

I don’t think any of us would begrudge the great Martin Scorsese the bucks he picks up for selling… Read More

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Scarlett Johansson is the New Keanu; Sam Smith Releases a New Video: Links You Need to See

Although, so far this week the internet has been kind of awful this Scarlett Johansson meme is so brilliant, you can almost forgive all the rest of what’s out there. Now, if you, like Scarlett Johansson, have found New York to be a difficult place to navigate this list of books will make… Read More

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Is ‘Don Jon’ the First Truly Honest Movie About Porn?

From Boogie Nights and Wonderland to About Cherry and Lovelace, there’s no shortage of films about pornography, and it’s not hard to guess why: in examining the (pardon the expression) ins and outs of the industry, either seriously or satirically, filmmakers can fulfill a voyeuristic and prurient interest in the business of sex without engaging in it directly. But in almost every instance, films about porn deal solely with its production rather than its consumption. It’s understandable — the former offers high drama, drugs, and naked people having sex, while the latter is, even under the best circumstances, kind of gross. But two new films make a frank attempt to shed some light on this dark corner of the porn experience, and come up with some insights on not only how we consume it, but how it affects us. (And by “us,” I mostly mean dudes.) … Read More

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Here’s the New Trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature directorial debut, Don Jon, is, well, mostly about porn. That’s what most coverage of it thus… Read More

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