The Guardian – Scarlett Johansson reportedly vetoed funding from the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, for her next film.
The actor is set to play the Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario in a biopic directed by Ridley Scott, but when she found out the initial set of funders included Bin Salman, she rejected his involvement.
“Scarlett Johansson said absolutely not,” Addario said in an interview with Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times. “She said: ‘This guy is perpetuating the war in Yemen. He has women in prison.’”
She also added: “This was before the killing of Khashoggi, when he became one of the main people who wanted to fund the movie.”
Bin Salman has recently been implicated in the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who died in the Saudi embassy in Turkey after writing critically about Bin Salman’s rule.
“I didn’t meet with him personally,” Addario said. “But my sense is that he probably – my movie got folded into this huge charm campaign. And that fact that he wanted to show the west that he was into Hollywood, he was into all the great things of the west … Do I want him associated with this movie? Obviously not. And thank God he’s not.”
In April, Bin Salman headed to Hollywood to meet with studio heads and stars including Dwayne Johnson. It was a visit that led to protests and last week the CNN reporter Oliver Darcy tweeted a screen grab of an Instagram post from Johnson at the time stating it was a “pleasure” to meet him.
“Such a silly, clickbait post, Oliver,” Johnson fired back. “I’m surprised you’d post this. Go back and really read my words. I listened and learned then. As I listen and learn now. C’mon man.”
Addario’s work has focused on global conflicts and particularly the effect they have had on women. During her career, she has been kidnapped twice and sexually assaulted while detained in Libya. The upcoming film, originally set to be directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jennifer Lawrence, is based on Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do.
Variety Scarlett Johansson has officially ended Hollywood’s red carpet blackout of Marchesa, the high-end womenswear brand co-founded by Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife, Georgina Chapman.
Johansson opted to wear a Marchesa gown to Monday night’s Met Gala, making a loud statement in one of the evening’s most understated dresses. The “Avengers” star explains that she wore Marchesa because she wanted to show her support for the two women behind the brand, Chapman and co-founder Keren Craig.
“I wore Marchesa because their clothes make women feel confident and beautiful, and it is my pleasure to support a brand created by two incredibly talented and important female designers,” Johansson said in a statement to Variety, making no mention of Weinstein, who she worked with on 2008’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
Johansson’s reps tell Variety that the actress approached Chapman and Craig months ago about dressing her for the Met Gala. The gown was custom-made for Johansson.
“We are truly honored that Scarlett chose to wear Marchesa for the Met Gala,” a spokesperson for Marchesa tells Variety. “She is an amazingly talented actor who has incredible style and presence. It was wonderful to work so closely with her in creating this custom look.”
Ever since Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal, actresses have stopped wearing Marchesa, which was once a prominent celebrity staple on red carpets ranging from the Oscars to the Emmys. The brand that was frequently worn by A-listers such as Jennifer Lopez, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway has been shunned ever since more than 100 horrific harassment and assault allegations emerged against Weinstein, resulting in his stunning fallout from Hollywood.
Quickly following the allegations, Chapman split from Weinstein in October 2017, after nearly 10 years of marriage.
During the Weinstein fallout last year, Felicity Huffman admitted that the film mogul threatened her career unless she wore Marchesa, insisting he wouldn’t put any money behind her 2005 film “Transamerica” if she didn’t wear his then-wife’s design on a red carpet.
Johansson has been a vocal supporter of the Time’s Up and Me Too movements, speaking at the Los Angeles Women’s March.
Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth discuss what it’s like to be a part of the Marvel cinematic universe.
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Hindustantimes Scarlett Johansson portrayed the superhero character of Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff in five MCU films till now. Her character first appeared in Iron Man 2 and will be next seen in Avengers: Infinity War.
Scarlett Johansson was the lone female superhero as compared to five alpha males in 2012’s Avengers and six years later the actor is glad that studio bosses have brought in more inclusivity and diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The 33-year-old actor portrayed the superhero character of Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff in five MCU films till now. Her character first appeared in Iron Man 2 and will be next seen in Avengers: Infinity War.
The film will feature a gigantic cast of superheroes battle it out against supervillain Thanos, who is on a quest to gather all the Infinity Stones.
Johansson said that she has been advocating for more female presence and diversity in the franchise, and is happy that the audiences have started embracing diverse characters.
“I’ve been advocating for some more female energy just in the cast and crew as a whole for a better part of a decade. So it’s really great to see a more diverse group and certainly great to see that the audiences are embracing and even asking for really strong female super heroines.
“They’re hungry for those stories, and they also want to see a more diverse group that better represents the population. It’s wonderful to feel like you’ve witnessed and been a part of that growth,” she said in a statement.
The Avengers: Infinity War will mark the culmination of MCU of the past ten years and newer faces such as Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Spiderman and others are expected to take over the mantle of Avengers which started with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye.
Johansson said she had a “wonderful” experience of working with the new faces and she is up to the task of making them feel at home.
“It’s wonderful. I love working with actors. If I can help in any possible way to make another actor feel more comfortable or maybe discover new choices or help them get acclimated to what could maybe sometimes feel like a cool kids club, it’s great.
“It’s nice to feel that there are people in your workplace who you trust, and it’s a safe environment where you can kind of spread your wings and fly. I love to be able to shepherd other actors in that way. It’s awesome,” she said.
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Update: So thanks to Scarlett News who is direct contact with her publicist and management team Scarlett will not be at the Oscars tonight. And on top of that Scarlett who was going to presente at the 2018 Independent Spirit well that did not happen, Don’t no why Scarlett did not show but I hope all is ok.
We learned earlier this month that Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson had petitioned Marvel Studios for an all-female superhero film. However, the Valkyrie actress now reveals she wasn’t the only one to approach studio President Kevin Feige, as Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan and Brie Larson joined her in lobbying for such a feature.
“I think in that group was Brie Larson, myself, Zoe Saldana, although she ran off to the bathroom, I think, so she came midway through the pitch but she had been in the rev-up to it,” Thompson said in a new interview with CBR. “Scarlett Johansson. Pom [Klementieff] and Karen [Gillan], who are both in the Guardians movies. Yeah, I think it was that group. We were just sort of all in a semicircle talking, and it just came up, because none of us really worked together – well, I suppose Zoe, and Karen, and Pom – and wouldn’t it be nice if we could all work together?”
“And we were sort of speculating on they ways in which it might happen in Infinity War, or might not happen,” she continued. “And we thought, ‘No, we should just have a whole movie where we know every day we’re going to arrive and get to work together.’ So we just ran right up to Kevin Feige and started talking about it.”
Thompson said Feige rarely shies away when presented with new ideas for the direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “That’s the thing that’s so fantastic about Kevin is you always get general interest from him,” she ellaborated. “At least when you start speaking, and then you might get 10 minutes in, and you sense that maybe something is not as exciting. But no, he’s really open to collaboration and wants to hear what we’re interested in.”
When Thompson discussed ideas for an all-female MCU film earlier this month, an element from Marvel Comics history that came up was the Lady Liberators, a 1970s all-female team sparked by Enchantress, who disguised herself as Valkyrie to manipulate other female heroes into doing her bidding. The original lineup included current MCU characters such as the Wasp, Scarlet Witch and Black Widow; the team was re-formed in 2008, with She-Hulk as its leader.
Scarlett Johansson is in early talks to star in the Focus Features drama “Reflective Light,” sources tell Variety.
Art photographer Gregory Crewdson is making his directing debut with Marc Platt producing along with Platt Productions’ Jared LeBoff. The film is an adaptation of the 2014 Carla Buckley novel “The Deepest Secret,” which Crewdson and partner Juliane Hiam have adapted.
The pic follows a teenage boy who suffers from a malady that makes him gravely allergic to sunlight. If Johansson’s deal goes through, she would play his mother, so devoted to her son’s care that she has alienated the rest of their family, creating an oddly sustainable nocturnal lifestyle for him at the expense of her own well-being. When a neighborhood girl goes missing, the balance that kept them afloat begins to unravel.
Focus acquired the rights to the movie right before this year’s Cannes Film Festival and hopes to start production next year.
The film would mark a change of pace for Johansson, who has been busy in action and comedy movies including this year’s “Ghost in the Shell” and the Sony comedy “Rough Night.” She can be seen next in “Avengers: Infinity War” and is also lending her voice to Wes Anderson’s animated “Isle of Dogs.”
She is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment.
Scarlett will be at and will be presenting a award at tonight’s “June 11th” 2017 Tony Awards, Look back for update’s tomorrow.
Scarlett will be a guest on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ on June 16! to promote “Rough Night”.
Scarlett will be making a tv stop on LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN on June 16! for her upcoming move Rough Night.
Cosmopolitan’s July cover star explains the importance of speaking up for what you believe in.
On sharing her political beliefs:
“Whenever you speak publicly, it’s always a risk, right? Maybe you’ll lose some followers. But if you have something to say, it can be really impactful. I hope my daughter finds her voice and feels like she can engage anyone in any number of topics. I grew up in an environment that encouraged activism, so I never thought about the effect that it would have on my career at any stage. But I know it’s a luxury, and not everybody has that luxury.”
On advocating for Planned Parenthood:
“I hope it normalizes the conversation. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be talking about our reproductive rights. They’re something we have to fight for and continue to protect. There’s nothing icky about talking about that stuff. Of course, it’s private and it’s your body, but we should take the stigma away.”
On Ivanka Trump’s ‘quiet’ activism:
“I’m not asking her to come out and talk about something she doesn’t believe in…I know it’s complicated. It’s her father. Can you imagine? Maybe she’s afraid she’ll be abandoned. It’s hard to put yourself in somebody’s position like that. But how do you move the needle in one direction or the other? Hopefully, she’ll make a courageous choice and stand up for what she believes in — whatever that might happen to be.”
Scarlett was a guest on the day time show Good Morning America yesterday (March 28th) as part of the Ghost In The Shell tour, I’m working on getting hold of the stills from this interview and the caps will be up tomorrow till then you can watch the interview below.