variety – Scarlett Johansson has exited the drama film “Rub and Tug” a little more than a week after her casting sparked backlash amid trans groups and activists, a source with knowledge of the situation confirms to Variety.
“In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project,” Johansson told Out Magazine, which first reported the news, in a statement. “Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation of trans characters in any major studio release.”
“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,” the statement continues. “I believe that all artists should be considered equally and fairly. My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries. We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide.”
New Regency won an auction for the movie on July 2, and it was set to be directed by Rupert Sanders, who previously worked with Johansson on “Ghost in the Shell.”
“Rub and Tug” focused on Dante “Tex” Gill, a crime kingpin who used his massage parlor as a front for prostitution in the ’70s and ’80s. Gill lived his life as a trans man, which led many on social media to wonder why a trans actor wasn’t tapped for the role.
It’s currently unclear where production stands on “Rub and Tug” after Johansson’s exit.
I did not think I would have to post this but over the last couple of days I have been getting some not so nice emails from people who think I am Scarlett telling me how awful (that is me understating it) I am for trying the role in the Rub & Tug movie.
Now I AM NOT SCARLETT JOHANSSON I am JUST A FAN I have no control over what Scarlett dose in her life of what roles she go’s for and it’s not my place to question it on here. So please don’t send me any more emails as they will not get to her and I will just block you.
Thank you for reading this
The Guardian – Film is based on the life of Dante ‘Tex’ Gill, a Pittsburgh massage parlour owner who used a male identity
Scarlett Johansson is to play a celebrated real-life massage-parlour owner, a woman who lived as a man, in new film Rub & Tug.
Deadline reports that Hollywood production outfit New Regency (previously involved with 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, and The Revenant) has picked up the project, which will see Johansson working again with Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders.
Rub & Tug is based on the life of Dante “Tex” Gill, a notorious figure in the Pittsburgh underworld in the late 70s and early 80s. Gill – born Lois Jean Gill – ran a number of mafia-protected massage parlours in the city, which were fronts for prostitution. Gill stood out for her adoption of male clothing and hairstyles, and her longterm relationship with Cynthia Bruno. Gill was eventually convicted of tax evasion in 1984, and spent seven years in prison. She died in 2003.
Among Rub & Tug’s producers is the prolific Joel Silver (Sherlock Holmes, The Nice Guys, The Matrix trilogy) and filming is due to begin in February 2019.
It’s been a little bit of time since we heard about Scarlett doing any thing for the Japanese hair care company she models for Lux but a little late but some months ago a new Ad Campaign and Commercial were released online, The product is Lux Super Rich Shine Moissturizing Oil and you can get it on there official shop.
— ?#HappyScarlettDay (@okbanana) June 28, 2018
Over the weekend I made a start on replacing our previous DVD Screen Captures of Scarlett from some of her past movies in the gallery to full 1080p Blu-Ray one’s and the first movie I did was her 2011 film We Bought A Zoo were she plays and co-star’s with Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning and more. On top of the main movie I did all the Bonus Features on the disk that we did not have up in the gallery before and they are We Shot A Zoo, Gag Reel and 10 Deleted And Extended Scenes. So enjoy these and if you have next seen this movie go and watch it and look back in the coming week’s for more.
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uk.businessinsider – After nearly a decade of playing the role, Scarlett Johansson is finally getting her own Black Widow movie.
The one thing that DC has on Marvel is a movie starring a female hero. 2017’s “Wonder Woman” was a wonderful movie, and its sequel looks just as promising so far. Thankfully Marvel is catching up: “Captain Marvel” is coming out in early 2019, and the Black Widow movie is getting further into its development. Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige has stated that it is putting a lot of time and effort into making it right: the character has, after all, been appearing in these movies for almost a decade, so she deserves a proper movie. More than 65 directors have reportedly been interviewed to take on the project, and Marvel plans on hiring a female director.
This week, Deadline reported that Marvel had narrowed the directing gig down to three women. While Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff) doesn’t actually have superhuman powers (or enough money to make an iron suit), the character is integral to the franchise. She uses her skills as a former assassin and a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to bring the Avengers together and keep them that way.
She has a complex but little-seen history, since she used to be a deadly assassin for the KGB. She was spared by Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), who was supposed to assassinate her. Here’s everything we know about her standalone movie:
It will be part of the MCU’s phase 4 line-up.
Phase 4 starts after “Avengers 4” with “Spider-Man: Homecoming 2” (July 2019), and will also include “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” which doesn’t have a release date yet.
Jac Schaeffer is writing the screenplay.
Scaheffer wrote 2009’s “TiMER,” the short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” and 2019’s upcoming “The Hustle,” which stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. Johansson is reportedly contributing ideas to the screenplay. In 2016, Johansson told Variety about the endless possibilities for Black Widow film:
“There’s a lot of places you can go — you can bring it back to Russia. You could explore the Widow program. There’s all kinds of stuff that you could do with it. You could really uncover the identity of who this person is, where she comes from and where she’s part of. There are so many ways you can go. I think it would just have to be very much like its own specific thing. It would have to have its own specific vibe. It would have been totally different than any of the other standalone films. I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality.”
Filming will begin next year.
This probably means that the movie will come out in 2020 or 2021, depending which half of 2019 filming takes place.
There have been rumors that the movie will be a prequel featuring Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier.
This would likely show Natasha during her early years in the US after the fall of the Soviet Union, when she first gets involved with S.H.I.E.L.D. Since Hawkeye and Natasha work together for years before the Avengers forms, it’s safe to assume that he will be in the movie as well. But then again, we also assumed he would be in “Infinity War.” Winter Soldier’s involvement could be quite significant. In “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” Natasha mentions a run-in with him, and it probably wasn’t just throwaway dialogue:
“Five years ago I was escorting a nuclear engineer out of Iran, somebody shot at my tires near Odessa. We lost control, went straight over a cliff, I pulled us out, but the Winter Soldier was there. I was covering my engineer, so he shot him straight through me. A Soviet slug, no rifling. Bye-bye bikinis.”
Anthony Mackie has expressed interest in appearing in a Black Widow movie.
Unfortunately, if the movie is a prequel, it’s unlikely that Sam Wilson/Falcon would be written into it, since he didn’t join the team until “Winter Soldier.”
According to reports, Scarlett Johansson will make between $25 and $31 million for the movie.
Not confirmed, but this would make Scarlett Johansson the highest-paid female actor.
Marvel looked at over 65 directors to take on the project.
In late April, a report surfaced that Marvel Studios had interviewed over 65 directors for the Black Widow movie, with the intention to hire a woman. Before Marvel announced that it would hire a female director, “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi said he’d be interested in directing a Black Widow comedy.
Now, it’s narrowed down to three directors.
Cate Shortland, Amma Asante and Maggie Betts
I have added into the gallery seven new outtakes from the shoot that Scarlett and Pete did for the Apart press tour that took place on May 22, 2018, These were very hard to get my hands so enjoy them!
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First thing first I no we are a little late on this news but things have been going on behind the scenes of the site and we have now moved host’s and as you should all see the gallery has a new url with it being on this site now and not it’s own URL, I am still working things out so if something is not working right send me a email or look back later to see if I have got to it yet. But good news no more add’s
Avclub – Taika Waititi is a passionate and meticulous filmmaker, who owns a dazzling array of fruit-themed tees and rompers. To ensure his first tentpole film, Thor: Ragnarok, was a smashing success, Waititi voiced the delightful rock-monster Korg, played one of three heads on an alien, and donned a motion-capture suit to play Surtur and, occasionally, the Hulk himself. So, when the What We Do In The Shadows filmmaker announced plans to play an imaginary Hitler in his own “Nazi comedy,” Jojo Rabbit, you must have known he wasn’t going to merely play someone named Adolf Hitler.
Sure enough, in the first photo of Waititi in the role, the Hunt For The Wilderpeople director has all the Hitler accoutrements, including the mustache, swastika, and slicked-down hair.
Again, we’ll remind you that Waititi is playing an imaginary Hitler, which is presumably why Scarlett Johansson, who stars as Mrs. Betzler, is smiling in the general direction of the Nazi leader and her son Jojo, played by Roman Griffin. The film centers on young Jojo, a very lonely boy who is also not all that well-informed, as the Hitler he conjures is a “Polynesian Jew,” as Waititi himself described it. Earlier this month, Waititi underscored the fact that Jojo Rabbit is a satirical work.
To help offset the führer fuckery above, here’s another set photo, which Waititi tweeted along with some of his renowned Avengers knowledge.
Jojo Rabbit is currently in production, and there’s currently no word on a release date.
Yahoo – “There’s really no place to hide.” So says Scarlett Johansson, movie maven, Avengers heroine and millionaire Hollywood actress as she contemplates the Time’s Up revolution following the demise of Harvey Weinstein.
“It’s quite shocking to see the results of that. It’s all very new.”
Aged 33 and best known for her roles in “Lost in Translation,” “The Avengers” and three Woody Allen films, she has already been in the film industry more than two decades and reportedly commands equivalent pay with male co-stars.
She has also modeled and is known for her activism, advocating for Planned Parenthood, addressing the 2017 Women’s March and appearing at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, calling for Barack Obama’s re-election.
Johansson is also a mother and when not doing everything else, she’s singing about the aftermath of a failed relationship in her latest collaboration with singer-songwriter Pete Yorn. Their EP, “Apart,” came out on Friday.
“It’s been really impressive,” she says, smart casual in a pair of high-waisted pale denim jeans and cream pussy-bow blouse, cheek bones to die for, as she contemplates the repercussions of Weinstein’s fall from grace, the sexual harassment watershed of #MeToo and the creation of the Time’s Up movement.
“I’ve been in the film industry for such a long time that I’m like these conversations are really important and they’re revolutionary.”
Born and raised in New York, Johansson is one of those stars who can seemingly turn her hand at anything. A child actress who delivered critically acclaimed performances, her breakthrough role as an adult was in “Lost in Translation.”
She’s done Broadway. Now she’s box-office gold, starring in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, such as “Iron Man 2” and “The Avengers” franchise — a stand-alone project for her Black Widow character in the works.
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Then there are her Ivanka Trump parodies on “Saturday Night Live.”
To those who feel progress isn’t coming quickly enough, she counsels patience.
“It’s a long process and you have to keep your eye on the prize, and you have to be patient and progressive and persistent and you keep moving forward,” she tells AFP during a recent interview with Yorn to promote “Apart.”
“Certainly in the film industry, I think there’s conversations that are being had today about projects and the importance of diversity,” she says. “Ten years ago, nobody was talking about this stuff.”
“Every once in a while you’d hear someone say, ‘oh we should bring a female voice onto this project’ and you were like, ‘what the hell does that mean?’
“That was may be somebody’s idea to bring a woman into the writer’s room, or whatever. But now the doors are blown wide open,” she adds.
The EP is five indie tracks focused on the aftermath of a failed relationship — “where all the juicy stuff is,” in the words of Yorn. It comes out on Capitol Records a decade after their first album, “Break Up,” in 2009.
“In ‘Iguana Bird,’ the chorus is ‘la-la-la-love-you’ and I remember thinking ‘oh wow, Scarlett would sound so pretty on that’ and she came in and she did, so that was like a dream come true,” he says.
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The EP was recorded in downtown Los Angeles, with Johansson laying down her vocals in one afternoon, squeezed around her crazy schedule.
“Scarlett has an amazing work ethic,” says Yorn. “She’s just super pro.” Johansson says music is just another way to express herself.
If Yorn obsessed as a New Jersey teenager over bands such as The Smiths, REM and Joy Division, Johansson, growing up in New York, was exposed to more jazz.
“It’s all coming from mostly here,” she says, pointing to her gut. “Sometimes here,” she gestures to the heart. “Mostly here,” she smiles, back to the gut.
Johansson has, so far at least, not joined the list of actors to distance themselves from Allen over accusations — unproven — that he molested his adopted daughter Dylan when she was seven, a quarter of a century ago.
But if that fanned a degree of criticism, she has publicly supported Georgina Chapman, the estranged wife of Weinstein whose husband’s transgressions, some had assumed, might spell the end of her Marchesa fashion label.
“To me, it seems inhumane to hold someone accountable for their partner’s actions,” explains Johansson. “It feels extremely, deeply wrong.”
To that end, she stepped out last month in a crimson Marchesa gown at the Met Gala, the New York’s party of the year. “I just really wanted something that was beautiful and my idea of heavenly and romantic.”
Pete Yorn, left, and Scarlett Johansson have launched their new extended play record “Apart”
Johansson dressed in a Marchesa gown for the 2018 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Scarlett and Pete’s new EP “Apart” was officially released yesterday on all streaming sites and a physical CD and in the lead up to the release date they both did a press junket on May 22, 2018 in New York City with a photoshoot, video interviews and regular online interviews, and the first online video has hit the web from Amazon Music as well as three photos of the pair that you can view in the gallery. As more come’s online I will add it into the site.
.@peteyorn & Scarlett Johansson join Today in Music to discuss their new album 'Apart' & how their relationship over the years has shaped their sound. Enable Today in Music on you Echo then #AskAlexa, "What's the news?" for more: https://t.co/izfNdHbrgV pic.twitter.com/4HjTkUG8Y4
— Amazon Music (@amazonmusic) June 1, 2018
Movie star Scarlett Johansson has taken a break from acting to sing duets with the well-connected musician Pete Yorn
The Times “People kept sending us texts asking if we were making up yet,” says Scarlett Johansson, smiling and leaning slightly across the enormous advertising billboard dividing her and musical partner Pete Yorn’s director’s chairs. “I got lucky,” says Yorn with a shrug, as if scheduling a recording project with one of the world’s biggest film stars is just a matter of syncing calendars. “She happened to be available.”
The subject of those text inquiries was Break Up, Johansson and Yorn’s 2009 album of Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte Bardot-inspired duets, which took the collapse of a relationship as its theme and is the project they return to this month with an EP called Apart. It’s also the reason the three of us are in the penthouse suite of a Manhattan hotel, surrounded by a small army of — in descending terms of hierarchy — executives, management, make-up artists, cameramen and terrified-looking PR assistants.
Johansson, of course, looks as if she was born to be there, heavily made up for camera, smiling and professional in white blouse and jeans. Yorn looks exactly the successful mid-career singer-songwriter he is, and slightly less at ease with the media circus. Even back in the music industry’s big-money days, this wouldn’t be the typical environment to discuss an EP launch, even one with a poppy lead track such as Bad Dreams, which would seem destined for a decent amount of radio play even without the hook of its supernova co-star.
Lyrically, Bad Dreams tells the story of a post-relationship malaise in which two separated individuals nonetheless find it hard to escape each other’s lives. “Pessimistic as it seems, sleep will never come that easy,” they trill to each other on the catchy chorus. “We will always have bad dreams.”
“Any time you have a creative relationship with a director or writer, you are immediately detailing the failures of your relationships, your expectations, disappointments and regrets,” muses Johansson, “and all this really personal, raw stuff comes out. You all hope there’ll be something you can take out of this pool of experience.”
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