By Armand Whyte, OSL
Scarlett Johansson has been getting rave reviews for her Broadway performance as Catherine Carbone in Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge.
She received a 100% Rottentomatoes rating as Samantha in 'Her', the 2013 Spike Jonze comedy.
Mila Kunis has come a long way since That 70s Show. She's now one of the hottest young names in Hollywood.
Scarlett Johansson. [See crossed-legged beauties]
Scarlett Johansson was born November 22, 1984 in New York City of a Danish father and America mother. In addition to a prolific movie career, Johannson has modeled for Calvin Klein, L'Oréal, and Louis Vuitton. She has been the face of Mango fashions since 2009. She is also a gifted singer, and GQ's Babe of the Year, 2010.
Johansson is one of the most-sought after leading ladies in Hollywood. Her best movies are Lost in Translation (2003), in which she starred with Bill Murray, and Ghost World (2001), with Steve Buscemi and Thora Birch.
Johansson has appeared in her fair share of clunkers, including Fall (1997), which rated 0% on Rottentomatoes, The Spirit (2008), North (1994), and If Lucy Fell (1996). She was convincing eye candy in Ironman 2 (2010), playing Black Widow (Natalia Romanova) and strutting her stuff in a skin-tight catsuit.
Scarlett Johansson. [See crossed-legged beauties]
Scarlett Johansson. [Crossed legs beauties]
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Johansson is extremely protective of her private life and will hunt down any publication that misinterprets her maliciously or, as in Cosmopolitan's case, makes up quotes attributed to her.
Johansson's lawyers forced Cosmopolitan to issue a groveling apology for statements attributed to Johansson about her soon-to-end marriage to actor Ryan Reynolds:
Cosmopolitan would like to apologise to our readers and Scarlett Johansson for inaccuracies in our January 2008 issue where we said she talked about her marriage and her relationship with her husband. We now understand Ms Johansson has not commented publicly on her married life and did not do so on this occasion. Not good, Cosmo!
Johansson married Reynolds (People magazine's
Sexiest Man Alive for 2010) near Tofino, British Columbia in September 27, 2008. Yes, Reynolds is Canadian. He was born in Vancouver.
Recently, there have been rumours of troubles in the marriage caused by
scheduling difficulties. Not wishing Johansson to come after us, we are not sure whether this is tabloid gossip or fact. According to the ever-reliable New York Daily News,
Reynolds and Johansson denied that the actors' marriage was troubled. Which is good enough for us, for now.
Sorry, but we can't help ourselves. We see a strong link between rumors of marital trouble and GQ's desire to sell its December 2010 issue in which Johansson is named Babe of the Year. The issue hits newstands on November 23 and is packed with pretty photographs (by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin) of Johansson in swimsuits and designer outfits.
GQ motivates the choice of Johansson with:
At 26, she remains fresh-faced, curious, trying on new moods and outlets of expression as easily as she changes her hair color. This is what we love about Scarlett: that she's game, that she's good, that she can try on all these guises without seeming to try too hard. And all the while still seem genuinely like the observant, inquisitive (and very cute) girl in transition we fell for in Lost in Translation.
As film buffs we're more interested in matters cinematic, such as Johansson's working relationship with Woody Allen, showcased to best effect in Match Point (2005), but also passable in Scoop (2006) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), in which Penelope Cruz had the best, if somewhat over-the-top, part.
Match Point, with Johansson playing Nola, an American who wants to be an actress and marry into money, is one of Allen's best movies.
Allen hits the right notes, exploring British issues of class and social climbing. And it's a lovingly-filmed tribute to many exclusive London's locations such as Kensington's Queen's Club, the Royal Court Theater in Sloane Square, and the Audley pub in Mayfair (not far from the American Embassy and where Mrs Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha have eaten fish and chips).
Allen said of working with Johansson on Match Point: It is
very hard to be extra witty around a sexually overwhelming, beautiful young woman who is wittier than you are.
Johansson's working relationship with Allen started by chance when Brit actress Kate Winslett dropped out of Match Point, and Allen was looking around for a replacement.
He is effusive about Johansson,
We were trying to figure out who was available for it, and Scarlett happened to be available. This all happened over one weekend. As soon as I met her, I had a very good rapport with her. She's very charming, very bright, very amusing.
She livens the set up. The minute she walks on the set, the amperage goes up 200 points. She's a great kid and very talented. She can sing. She can do dramatic things and jokes if you need her to. Whenever there's a part she could play, she would probably always be my first choice.
We're not great fans of the older Allen. He's wordy, with many of his characters spouting unconvincing dialogue of a sort spoken by no one outside the movies. Sadly, Johansson fell into this Allen trap. So many of her lines in the Allen trilogy are wince-worthy. In many scenes her performance was wooden, probably the result of Woody's direction.
Johansson is much better in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003), set in Tokyo and co-starring Bill Murray, who played his by now familair role of a subdued, depressed middle-aged man.
Lost in Tranlastion, Johansson's best movie by far, captures so well the sense of detachment, of being an outsider, which afflicts American abroad. So used to being the center of attention in the world's most powerful nation, they have trouble taking a back seat while abroad.
Everything is foreign to them, the customs, the language, the food, the humor. In Lost In Translation there is a poignant feeling of wanting to be cosmopolitan and yet failing at it and longing to return to the cultural safety of America.
Johansson's upcoming movie projects include We Bought A Zoo (scheduled for release in December 2011), also starring Matt Damon and directed by Cameron Crowe.
Johansson will star as Black Widow in superhero movie The Avengers, with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Directed by Joss Whedon, the movie will hit theaters in May 2012.
She works with Robert Downey Jr. again in sci-fi adventure Gravity (2012), which also stars Sandra Bullock and is directed by Alfonso Cuaron.
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