Scarlett Johansson seems to be constantly embroiled in controversies over the roles she takes in films. There was Rub and Tug, where she was cast as a trans man and eventually left, Ghost in the Shell where she played a Japanese robot, the Avengers where people were very mad Black Widow wasn’t played by an actual Russian assassin/former child soldier and of course no one really believed her in Lucy as a woman who uses 100% of her brain.
While ScarJo has been somewhat contrite about these controversies in the past, it seems like being an internet punchline has caught up with her and she’s sick of it. TMZ reported Johansson is now defiant, saying she should play any role she wants.
ScarJo opened up about politically correct casting to As If magazine (without directly mentioning her now-debunked role in “Rub and Tug”), saying … “You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.”
She added, “I feel like it’s a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions,” going on to say … “I think society would be more connected if we just allowed others to have their own feelings and not expect everyone to feel the way we do.”
That went over about as well as you’d think, and EW reported shortly after that Johansson issued another statement on the quote.
“The question I was answering in my conversation with the contemporary artist, David Salle, was about the confrontation between political correctness and art,” she continues. “I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness. That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way. I recognize that in reality, there is a wide spread discrepancy amongst my industry that favors Caucasian, cis gendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to. I continue to support, and always have, diversity in every industry and will continue to fight for projects where everyone is included.”
Image Comics publisher and Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen weighed in here with what I think is a really good and often overlooked point: these movies may not be made at all without ScarJo attached.
Often movies exist simply because an actor or director is interested in making it. The difference between a movie getting funded or not may rely on Scarlett Johansson being willing to take a part. She's not taking work away from another actor–a project gets made because of her.
— Erik Larsen (@ErikJLarsen) July 14, 2019
And there’s a point here, one we also made when first reporting on this story; who is starring in Rub and Tug after Johansson left? When is it going into production? When is it coming to theaters?
Johansson wants to walk this sort of tightrope where she’s saying “Well, of course I want more people of color to get more roles, but in a perfect world I would have been able to Al Jolson my way through Black Panther and I would have been the shuckingest, jivingest Wakandan ever.” She didn’t actually say that, by the way, this is a comedy website. I don’t want to end up on Snopes.
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Scarlett Johansson, so sexy with that foot in her mouth. In an interview with As If magazine, Scarlett Johansson responded to her past casting controversies, saying she “should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.”
Johansson got people in an uproar last year over her casting as a transgender man in Rub & Tug. It’s a film “based on the true story of a transgender man who ran a ring of prostitution fronts.” That sounds very interesting. I’d watch. She later turned down the role after people objected to her casting. At the time, she said:
While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film.
Ironically, who thinks that movie gets made now without Hollywood’s most popular A-list actress?
This was last year. The year before that, she got cast in Ghost in the Shell. Some people felt it should’ve gone to an Asian actress since it was a Japanese manga. It also didn’t help that the studio reportedly used CGI to make Johansson look more Asian. If you think about it, why didn’t the studios use a lower paid Asian actress, use CGI to make her more Caucasian, then pocket the difference and blow it on cocaine?
Talking more about political correctness and this whole diversity in Hollywood thing:
“I feel like it’s a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions….I think society would be more connected if we just allowed others to have their own feelings and not expect everyone to feel the way we do.”
Let’s pause to digest this. A rich, white Hollywood actress who gets first choice of any roles saying she should be allowed to play any role. Implying that yes, regardless of race or whatever that role means in a cultural context, she should play it without any fuss from you critics. Meanwhile, people of color get table scraps.
Even getting a gig as a tree would be tough as a person of color. “We’re looking for a tree that’s a little less..ethnic.”
I’m not sure if it’s that these words aren’t coming across well in print or what. Maybe they sound better coming out of Scarlett’s mouth.
A “trend”? A trend is something that goes away, like a fad. We’re talking about an evolution in the mindset of Hollywood to catch up with society. Realizing that wow, there’s a huge pool of actors and actresses of different backgrounds who can act and do it well. We don’t always need to rely on the Scarlett Johanssons of the world.
Of course, we have to make sure Hollywood keeps hiring attractive people. Don’t need no ugly people messing up our film-watching experience.
This week’s Mr. Skin Minute is in the Rear Endgame now!
Snap off like Thanos thanks to Avengers: Endgame star Scarlett Johansson nude in Under the Skin, check out Maisie Williams‘ shocking nude debut on this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, and relive the best nudes from season nine of Shameless.
The hype for Avengers: Endgame is reaching critical mass this week as the film’s stars have been making the promotional rounds, despite the film not being released until two weeks from tonight. Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, attended a UK fan event yesterday in London alongside fellow MCU-ers Paul Rudd and Chris Hemsworth, as well as Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
The dress that Scarlett picked for the occasion is gorgeously designed to accentuate her cleavage by basically removing most of the fabric that would have normally surrounded them on a dress. It’s a bold fashion statement, but one that Scarlett Johansson manages to pull off with aplomb. Seriously though, she could show up in a burlap sack and make it sexy.
I hope that this becomes the de facto dress design for Scarlett Johansson from here on out. It would be amazing and sexy of her to show up everywhere in this style of dress. I mean, it’s not like we’re ever going to get tired of look at Scarlett Johansson’s cleavage, right? So let’s just see if we can get her more dresses designed exactly like this one.
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Hot off of confirmation that the film will indeed run over three hours—three hours and two minutes to be exact—a new featurette was released for Avengers: Endgame in which the surviving members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes discuss how they’re moving on from their first major loss.
Essentially they’re not moving on, no spoiler alert there, otherwise there would be no movie. They’re moving on by going back to fix Thanos’ snap and bring their friends back from the dead.
Chris Evans mentions that Marvel is really good at building people back up once they’ve hit bottom, but something tells me that this movie is going to be two and a half hours of dourness and misery before we get to the cathartic final thirty minutes. I’m also going to go out on a limb here and say that this movie will open huge and drop quickly. I don’t know that there’s a ton of replay value for a three hour movie that’s mostly depressing.
Of course, I’ve been wrong before and I’ll be wrong again. This is only ten minutes shorter than Titanic and look how many times people saw that movie.
Avengers: Endgame avenges its way into theaters on April 26.
As the MCU has begun to diversify, the cry for a Black Widow movie has grown steadily louder. Marvel announced the film’s director would be Cate Shortland (Lore, Berlin Syndrome) a few months back, and now it seems that work on the film’s story is coming along nicely, other than the fact that it doesn’t really make any sense.
ComicBook.com has run with this rumored plot that complicates the timeline of the MCU even further…
At birth the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova (sic)) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action movies (sic) to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative. The standalone film will find Romanoff living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.
This would set the action of the film in 2004, just six years before she crossed paths with Tony Stark, so that sort of makes sense. However, how old could she possibly be when the wall comes down? Winter Soldier placed her birth date in 1984, which would make her five at the fall of Communism. Why would they be attempting to kill a five year old? How deadly could a kindergartner be?
None of this makes sense, which makes this other rumored plot element make even less sense. According to MCU Cosmic, the film may actually be set even earlier than 2004. Like four years earlier, when she was a lethal fifteen year old…
According to the rumor, the Y2K bug on December 31, 1999 will play some part in the plot of Black Widow.
Who knows whether there’s legitimacy to any of this. I suppose the only question left to ask is, do they go with Looking for Freedom or Wind of Change as the empowering ballad over the end credits?
I didn’t particularly have a problem with Scarlett Johansson playing Major Kusanagi in The Ghost in the Shell. Despite having a Japanese name, the Major is a robot and is essentially portrayed as appearing Caucasian in the original comic book. While some people thought a Japanese actress should have played the part because it was a Japanese comic, the character herself wasn’t any more Japanese than Siri is Chinese.
What feels a little stranger is Johansson’s new role in Rub & Tug, a biopic about a trans man who ran a number of massage parlors that were actually fronts for prostitution. I know that Scarlett is probably looking at it as a chance for an Oscar nod, but she’s not that great an actress. She also really, really doesn’t look the part.
RT if you'd rather I play Dante instead of Scarlett Johansson https://t.co/mw078ABUQp
— Kivan (@KivaBay) July 4, 2018
Yeah, honestly, I look more like that dude than ScarJo does. There was a negative reaction to Johansson being cast as a trans man when trans actors are generally not offered the chance to play any roles other than trans characters. I’m sure that ScarJo handled the situation with all the empathy and understanding you expect… nah, I’m just kidding, she was an asshole, just like always.
Johansson’s comment to The Bustle on people upset about her being cast as a trans man was “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.”
Even if she doesn’t want to give up the role, and I don’t think she should be forced to, she can at least show a little bit of empathy. I mean, if she wasn’t such an asshole. Her statement, much like every other statement she’s made when people are angry with some dumbass decision she’s made, boils down to “go fuck yourself.” I almost respect how much of a sociopath she is.
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Scarlett Johansson Denies Auditioning to Be Tom Cruise’s Girlfriend, Something Everyone Knows She Probably Did
Tom Cruise auditioned girlfriends. We know this is a thing that happened and that the Church of Scientology held the auditions. We’ve known this story for years, and it’s been told by multiple sources.
Brendan Tighe, a former Scientologist, was on Megyn Kelly Today this week to talk about Scientology, and it’s mostly a recap of things we already knew, like how Tom Cruise is in love with David Miscavige and that he and John Travolta don’t get along because they both want to be the most famous Scientologist.
Tighe also mentioned that Scarlett Johansson was the only actress auditioning for the role of Tom Cruise’s beard with a recognizable name. Now here’s where the story gets interesting; Johansson issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter about the news, saying “The very idea of any person auditioning to be in a relationship is so demeaning. I refuse for anyone to spread the idea that I lack the integrity to choose my own relationships. Only a man, AKA Brendan Tighe, would come up with a crazy story like that.”
So here’s where I say fuck Scarlett Johansson for trying to use feminism as a cover for shitty behavior. It’s like calling people sexist for not liking that bomb of a Ghostbusters remake Paul Feig shat out, except at the end someone has to have sex with Tom Cruise, probably while wearing a David Miscavige mask and a strap-on.
Also, we know Brendan Tighe didn’t make this story up with his misogynist man brain. A woman, actress Nazanin Boniadi, who is a lady of the female persuasion, confirmed this story all the way back in 2012.The church forced her to break up with her boyfriend and date Tom Cruise, but she eventually failed the audition and ended up pretending to date a gay dude on How I Met Your Mother instead of at Scientology picnics.
Also, Johansson is the spokesperson for SodaStream, an Israeli company that was, until recently, operating inside a settlement on Palestinian land in the West Bank, in open defiance of international law. Upon being told this, Johansson said “No, I stand behind that decision. I was aware of that particular factory before I signed. And it still doesn’t seem like a problem.” I’m sure today she would add in a “Girl Power! Men are gross!” and end with “And anyone who opposes the genocide of Palestinians by Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Party is an anti-Semite!” Because Scarlett Johansson is a shitty person.
Scarlett Johansson has dated everyone. Actors, journalists, singers, Sean Penn. But she hasn’t dated a lawyer. Until now.
Johansson’s new bae appears to be Kevin Yorn, an entertainment lawyer who isn’t Colin Jost.
According to People, this romance has been in the works for awhile. Poor Colin Jost. Here’s what a source had to say:
“They’ve known each other for a very, very long time and genuinely liked each other outside of their working relationship..Romantically, things developed organically. There’s always been an attraction there.”
Yorn is 19 years older than Johansson, but that just means he’s more experienced. He, like Johansson, also has a daughter. See, experience.
“Their relationship has been a little on-and-off, but it’s definitely on right now given that they can both stick to one place for the moment and actually be together.”
Wait. She filed for divorce like four months ago. How do you have an on-and-off relationship for four months? And how do you date Colin Jost during the off part of the relationship? We know Scarlett doesn’t exactly like monogamy and didn’t plan on dating so soon after her divorce. At least one of those things appears to be true.
Who knew Scarlett Johansson was so complicated?
Scarlett Johansson won’t let any publicist get between her and Hot 97. The NYC radio station caught up with ScarJo at a Ghost in the Shell red carpet premiere.
The interviewer started off with a basic question: how does it feel to be a strong female in the industry? Johansson replied that she was fortunate to be in the industry for 20 years and still here.
Before the interviewer fired off his next question, Scarlett’s handler told her “it’s time to go, Scarlett.”
ScarJo wasn’t having none of that.
What?! It’s Hot 97! Hot 97! I grew…I grew up with Hot 97. Right?!
After that, she got hit with the last questions. What was her favorite video game and who were her favorite hip-hop artists?
Johansson shouted out Busta Rhymes and Nas as her fav rappers. Street Fighter got her nod as favorite game. Street Fighter?!? Wow, alright, extra points to ScarJo, she knows what’s up.
She’s pretty old school for putting Rhymes and Nas up there. Newfound respect for Johansson after that interview.
Scarlett Johansson recently divorced from Romain Dauriac after two years of marriage. Prior to that, she was married to Ryan Reynolds. The two divorced after two years of marriage. Two failed marriages may lead people to believe that Scarlett isn’t very good at monogamy. And she may not disagree.
In a new interview with Playboy, she opened up about the difficulties of monogamy and marriage.
“Well, with every gain there’s a loss, right? So that’s a loss. You have to choose a path. I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it’s a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing. I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person. I might be skewered for that, but I think it’s work. It’s a lot of work.”
“Being married is different than not being married, and anybody who tells you that it’s the same is lying. It changes things. I have friends who were together for 10 years and then decided to get married, and I’ll ask them on their wedding day or right after if it’s different, and it always is. It is.”
“The fact that it is such work for so many people—for everyone — the fact of that proves that it is not a natural thing,”
Maybe she hasn’t found the one just yet? Or maybe she’s just better off being a long-term relationship without putting the “marriage” label on it. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, and it would probably save her a lot of money. We just want you to be happy, Scarlett. We’ll never forget what you’ve done for us.
After four years together and more than two years of marriage, Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac have called it quits.
Reps for Johansson confirmed the separation to People magazine in a statement released today.
Though their divorce is not yet finalized, Johansson and Dauriac have reportedly been living in separate homes for the past several months, and sources neither party is holding out hope for a reconciliation.
Johansson and Dauriac married in a small private ceremony in 2014 and managed to keep the union a secret for several weeks.
Johansson had given birth to the couple's first and only child, Rose Dorothy, just a few months prior.
Insiders say the decision to separate was mutual and that Scarlett and Romain will remain friends and business partners.
The former couple co-founded a gourmet popcorn brand, and they will reportedly both remain active in its day-to-day operations.
Aside from their joint involvement in one of the most random celebrity business ventures of all time, little is known about Johansson and Dauriac's time together.
He's a French journalist; the two of them met two years after her divorce from Ryan Reynolds, and she says she fell for his intellect instantaneously.
Johansson has spoken at length about how much she enjoys the domestic life, but her comments usually take the form of praise for her daughter:
"When [Rose] came out of me I was so surprised," she recently told .
"I had a very strong picture in my mind of what my baby would look like, and, of course, she is completely different. Perfect, but not what I'd imagined."
Johansson and Dauriac were last photographed together in December, but it is believed they were already separated at that time.
Johansson appeared at the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, where she spoke of her experiences with Planned Parenthood, and appealed to President Trump.
Neither party has publicly confirmed the separation yet.
Insiders say they did have a pre-nup, and the split has been amicable thus far.
They've reportedly made co-parenting their top priority, and it is believed that they will evenly spkit physical custody of young Rose.
As for where the bi-coastal, bi-continental couple family will primarily reside, that's anyone's guess, and with Scarlett's preference for privacy, we'll probably never find out.
But hey, there are worse problems for a divorced couple then deciding which of your many mansions you'd like to call home base.
The actress has several movies currently in the works, including her long-awaited Black Widow movie for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We'd say Rose in store for a pretty enviable childhood regardless of her parents' marital status.
The non-teaser trailer for Ghost in the Shell is finally here featuring Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi, who is, yea, supposed to be Asian. That’s been covered to death by now so just watch the trailer and find solace in the fact Scarlett Johansson is wearing a skin tight outfit that sort of makes her look naked but not really. Which, again, is yet another cop-out from the series.
Fun fact. Margot Robbie was originally supposed to play Major but dropped out and allegedly she would have been fine with the nudity. I bet we don’t even get the all-girl orgy in this movie.
A good movie can still be problematic as hell. You remember when I got pissed off when Scarlett Johansson was cast as a traditionally Asian character in an upcoming adaption of the famed manga, Ghost in the Shell. Well, still pissed, but with the movie destined for release… I’m gonna check it out.
The first trailer has been released. Everything looks dope. See it in theaters March 2017.
After announcing that she and her husband, Kushner Companies CEO Jared Kushner, are expecting their third child, PEOPLE caught up with Ivanka Trump at the He Named Me Malala premiere in New York, where she gushed about pregnancy (her third time around).
“I’m feeling great!” the 33-year-old business woman told PEOPLE at the premiere as she showed off her baby bump in a strapless, wrap dress.
You've heard of a rags-to-riches story, right?
How about multiple stories of those who were born with very little, but who then used their drive, their talents and, yes, their good looks to make like Scrooge McDuck.
These celebrities may not be swimming through a room of actual gold. But they are no longer struggling to make ends meet, either.
1. Justin Bieber
2. Leighton Meester
3. Selena Gomez
4. Scarlett Johansson
5. Shia LeBeouf
6. Nicki Minaj
Cinema has the ability to transport us to totally new places. Whether it’s the stunning cinematography or a plot that creates a character from a city, we can get lost in places we wish to visit when we watch a good film. From the bright lights of Tokyo to the relaxing beaches of Naples — get lost in these six unique cities and the wonderful films that explored them.
Tokyo, Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation is littered with beautiful cinematography and was filmed in Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Shibuya — two of Tokyo’s most colourful and busiest districts. The journey through the Japanese capital experienced by Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray is filled with streets covered in neon pictographs, high-rise hotels and many elements that make for a visually stunning film with a great storyline to boot.
Thailand, The Beach
Post-Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio on a beach. Sounds good enough, right? Well luckily for us, the film was more than Leo’s good looks, and explored the stunning island of Krabi, Thailand. From the lush jungles, blue lagoons and gorgeous beaches, the scenic island played a pivotal role in the film’s success, and further shows the power of locations and cinematography in film.
Ischia, Italy: The Talented Mr. Ripley
Beautiful people in beautiful clothes in a beautiful location — pretty much the perfect description for The Talented Mr. Ripley. The acclaimed film, which stars Jude Law, Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, takes us on journey through Italy, stopping at Venice, Naples, Tuscany, Rome and San Remo. Talk about a Roman Holiday! The cliffside views, ancient ruins and picturesque beaches add to the mysterious plot of the film, creating a rather dreamy atmosphere.
While Trainspotting focuses on the poverty-stricken lives of heroin addicts in the 90s, the Edinburgh backdrop provides a beautiful juxtaposition to the rough lives of these characters. The high energy storyline, set amongst Edinburgh landmarks (the famous opening scene was filmed on Edinburgh’s Princes Street), is one of the few films that presented Edinburgh to the world, and still manages to have an allure even with its dark storyline.
Udaipur, India: The Darjeeling Limited
The colorful and cultured landscape of India gets the Wes Anderson treatment in The Darjeeling Limited. This dramedy about family and the ties that bond them contains rich visuals of Udaipur, as the travelers discover the beauty of this foreign land.
For any Francophile, Amélie is the perfect movie to explore the beauty of Paris. The quirky film starring Audrey Tatou really shows what it is like to live in Paris — specifically in the Montmartre neighborhood. From stone-skipping at the picturesque Canal Saint-Martin, to walking down the cobblestone streets, Amélie truly feels like the ultimate Parisian experience for girls everywhere.
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It started with Britney and Madonna, but the trend has only accelerated in recent months.
We're talking girl-on-girl action, of course, and we're talking lip locks between such A-listers as Tina Fey and Amy Schumer; Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry; and plenty of other well-known females.
Which of these same-sex smooches has been the most sizzling?
Try to keep your keyboards and your computer screens clean, fellas, and check them out below:
1. Britney Spears and Madonna
2. Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson
3. Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock
4. Britney Spears and Rihanna
5. Madonna and Christina Aguilera
6. Denise Richards and Neve Campbell
Happy Mother's Day from THG! On this special Sunday in May, we pay tribute to the O.G. (original girl, not gangsta) in everyone's life.
M-O-M. Three letters, infinite respect. Today is wonderful, but every day could be called Mother's Day really, given all they do for us.
So let's take a look at 19 celebrity moms we love, from veteran parents to new additions to the club, and celebrate moms everywhere!