Apparently Napoleon and Betsy has stirred up some controversy in the press because of the fact that the movie is about a relationship between a 14-year old girl and Napoleon Bonaparte, her senior of 32 years. Bonaparte was befriended by English teen Betsy Balcombe, to be played by Johansson, when he was exiled to the South Atlantic island St. Helena in 1815. Although he was supposedly a kindly uncle figure to Balcombe, who lived there with her merchant father and siblings, director Benjamin Ross is keen to give their story a saucier slant. Historian Peter Hicks fumes, “It was a platonic relationship. It would be ridiculous to suggest anything else.”
But Ross has hit back, saying, “The facts are very interpretable. I’d be delighted to get historians jumping and down.” ( source )
Andrew Lloyd Webber recently revealed that he had decided to pull out of negotiations to get Scarlett Johansson to play Maria in the new West End stage production of The Sound of Music, because although she had been keen, her “people” were against the plan. ( source )
Coming Soon.net reports that The Black Dahlia has been moved up a month and is now scheduled for a September 15, 2006 release.
Coming Soon.net has just announced that Laura Linney has signed on to star alongside Scarlett in The Nanny Diaries for The Weinstein Company.
The story centers on Annie Braddock (Johansson), a young woman from New Jersey who ends up in the elite culture of Manhattan’s Upper East Side as a nanny for a wealthy family, referred to as simply “the Xs.”
Linney will star as the head of the household, Mrs. X, who forces Annie to cater to her every whim.
Scarlett has been announced as the face of Bono’s new project, RED; a brand that will invite other companies to contribute products to it and donates a significant percentage of profits to the Global Fund which fights TB, Aids and malaria in Africa. “It really works,” Scarlett told Style. “I mean, I’m a Red American Express cardholder, and I’m putting everything on it now. And the clothing brands involved are so available to everyone: Gap, Converse, Armani ? brands that people buy all the time.” It is the involvement of American Express that has really let the project run, since it’s decision to give 1 per cent of everything spent on its credit card reassured the other brands that it was a safe move to get involved. ” RED will officially launch on Wednesday. (source)
Match Point will be released on DVD in April 2006. The film will be presented in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, along with English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and English SDH audio tracks. French and Spanish subtitles are also povided. As for the discs extras, they are yet to be announced. The disc will be available to own when it hits store shelves April 25, 2006. (source)
The release date for The Prestige has been set. Coming Soon and JoBlo report that the movie will not open until 20th October 2006. The Black Dahlia will be released a week before so it looks sure it is going to be a very busy year for Scarlett, both in terms of promotion and filming.
There was a test screening a couple of days ago for The Black Dahlia in Los Angeles. Ain’t It Cool has posted accounts from people who were in the audience. Josh Hartnett and Mia Kirshner are praised for their performances but unfortunately the reaction to Scarlett’s performance is very disappointing. Here are comments on her performance:
“Scarlett Johansson, who I think is a fine actress, also seemed to be in over head, playing a character that could have used the seasoning of an actress ten years her senior.”
“Scarlett is her usual boring “look at me, I’m pretty so I must be great!” self, and is barely even necessary in the story (a comment echoed by a few at the Q&A after the movie).”
“Scarlett Johansson is more than a little disappointing, although she isn’t given too much to work with here.”
“Lee’s girlfriend Kay, played by a OVERACTING and way too OBVIOUS Scarlett Johansson. Their relationship to this woman is marred by Scarlett’s hysterics (where is the delicate actor of Lost In Translation, I ask) and the obvious disconnection of the men to her.”
I did manage to find one positive comment:
“Most of the actors were fantastic. Aaron Eckhart and Scarlett Johansson were really good, but Josh Hartnett and Hillary Swank were both amazing. Swank almost steals the show and maybe could get a supporting actress nod?”
If you are interested in the film, check out the amazing De Palma a la Mod and Ain’t It Cool for more information and commentary.
To make this The Black Dahlia update complete, I have added 7 HQ stills from the set of the film.
The Black Dahlia finally has an official release date. The much anticipated film will hit US screens on 13th October 2006. It feels very far from now but there are rumours of it premiering at Cannes in May. Lets keep our fingers crossed!
In other news, I am currently working on a brand new version of the site. I will launch it within a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
I have made a decision not to post gossip-y articles on this website but since I’ve received several emails asking about the rumours of Scarlett and Hard-Fi frontman Richard Archer romancing, I decided to comment on it. Firstly, Scarlett and Josh Hartnett just made an appearance together at Sundance so it is fair to assume that they’re still together.
Second, Scarlett has confirmed that the rumours are not true at all. “It’s not even anywhere close to being true!”, The Daily Mail quotes her saying. “I’ve never met him and until all this started, I’d never heard of him.”
In another topic, Scarlett Johansson was voted #28 on AskMen.com’s Top 99 Women of 2006. The list was determined by the rankings of 2.5 million readers and by the staff. View more information here. Thanks to Daniel for the heads-up!
Today, nominations for the 78th Annual Academy Awards were announced but sadly Scarlett Johansson was left without a Best Supporting Actress nomination even though she was originally being heralded as a frontrunner by many critics. However, Match Point received a nomination for Writing (Original Screenplay) so congratulations to everyone involved with the film!
Contact Music reports that Scarlett will be recording the jazz classic Summertime (George & Ira Gershwin) for an album of adult-themed lullabies. She is among celebrities who have recorded standards, with the backing of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, for a new album, Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars. Other participating celebrities include Ewan McGregor, Nia Vardalos and Jennifer Garner.
The album will be released on 28th March 2006. All proceeds from the project will benefit Music Matters, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s fund for music education.
The first photos of Hugh Jackman on the set of The Prestige are now out and may be viewed at Just Jared. The film is currently being filmed in Pasadena, California. Scarlett should be joining the set shortly – can’t wait to see the photos!
The Prestige also stars Christian Bale, David Bowie, Piper Perabo and Michael Caine.
As you may have noticed, I have been updating the site recently and I figured it was time to make an announcement regarding it. Mel has decided drop her status as the webmaster of Scarlett Johansson Fan so I am in the process of taking over. No need to worry, Mel will still stay on as a co-webmistress, helping me out when she has a free moment.
I am 22-year old film student residing in Scotland. I have been a huge fan of Scarlett’s since her lovely performance in Lost in Translation. Some of you may know me from such sites as Glamour Reese Witherspoon and Eva-Amurri.com. I have big plans for Scarlett Johansson Fan. In the few upcoming weeks I will be updating each section of the site, adding tens of video clips and photos and giving the site a make over.
To celebrate the UK release of Match Point, I uploaded 10 video clips from Saturday Night Live. I know you guys have been eager to see them so head over here and check them out. Scarlett’s a riot!