With the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival behind us, the mecca of independent film segues into phase two: the buying frenzy. While new films will continue to roll out and amass buzz, ones that hit earlier in the week are already being chased by movie studios looking for the next breakout hit. In the first wave of hits, Sundance’s big winner is none other than veteran Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Deadline reports that Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction, has been picked up for release by Relativity Media (American Reunion, this weekend’s Movie 43) for an unprecedented $4 million, an additional $25 million commitment to marketing the movie, and a promise of 2,000 screen release planned for this summer. That’s a lot of dough for a little indie comedy, but Gordon-Levitt’s film isn’t exactly Little Miss Sunshine. Instead, the Dark Knight Rises actor delivered a raunchy romantic comedy that goes the extra mile to shock.
Scarlett Johansson, 28, as famous for her gorgeous, sexy looks as for her movie roles, recently shared a few of her favorite Yuletide memories with Us Weekly.
“The most memorable Christmas present I ever received was when I was 8 years old. I really wanted a pet lizard for Christmas, and my parents said, ‘No.’ When Christmas Eve came around, my mom and dad led me into their bedroom and the lights were off except a glowing terrarium with my new lizard inside. I was so excited! I had him for eight years,” says the actress, who is now the brand ambassador for Dolce & Gabbana makeup and fragrance.
Nowadays, Johansson is into animals that are a bit cuddlier. “I always ask my friends and family to buy a gift from Oxfam Unwrapped,” explains the Avengers star, who is also an ambassador for Oxfam. “Purchasing an alpaca or a goat or a farm essentials kit…are totally unique gifts that remind us that giving is receiving.”
The bombshell, who was recently spotted kissing French journalist Romain Dauriac after a year-long relationship with advertising exec Nate Taylor ended in October, revealed her fail-proof way to get party-ready: “I love to make my eyes really pop for New Year’s.” Her other go-to beauty products: Dolce & Gabbana’s Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation, $59; SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Cream, $350; and Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray, $7 for 4 oz.
Scarlett Johansson has been practicing her French kissing this week – kissing her new French boyfriend, that is!
The actress, 28, who recently broke up with adman Nate Naylor, was photographed while engaged in a little PDA with Romain Dauriac, a journalist, after leaving their New York hotel.
Johansson and Dauriac have been seeing quite a bit of each other in recent weeks. He joined her at the New York premiere of her new film, Hitchcock, on Nov. 18. They were also spotted dining at the Beatrice Inn in Manhattan’s West Village.
Last Sunday, they caught a performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at City Center.
Dauriac has edited a street-savvy art magazine called Clark. For her part, Johansson has been into French culture for a while. Last year she recorded a song with the son of the iconic French singer Serge Gainsbourg. She also premiered her last album in France.
Before filming the role of Janet Leigh in Hitchcock, Sacha Gervasi’s film about the making of the 1960 horror classic Psycho, Scarlett Johansson says she spoke with the Hollywood legend’s daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis.
“I just think, more than anything, it must be very strange to have somebody play your mother — and especially someone as beloved and celebrated as Janet,” Johansson said Tuesday in an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today. “And I just wanted to reach out — and Jamie was lovely. She sent beautiful photographs and gave me some wonderful stories.”
Curtis, for her part, has praised Johansson for capturing Leigh’s sweet-natured personality. “She was treating this with a lot of gravitas,” Curtis told CNN last week. “She was taking this very seriously, and she wanted us to know that.”
Responding to Curtis’ feedback, Johansson observed: “As an actor, it’s the most rewarding thing you could hear. … Janet, first and foremost, was a loving, loving mother and wife, and she reiterated that.”
As for the famous Psycho shower scene, with that instantly recognizable soundtrack, Johansson said re-enacting the filming of that moment was all the more authentic with Anthony Hopkins (as Alfred Hitchcock) in the picture.
“You kind of make it your own, you sort of wing it,” she said. “I think when you have Tony Hopkins there, stabbing at you, with a completely frenzied, psychotic look on his face, you don’t need that kind of music. It sort of puts you right there.”
In her Today sit-down, Johansson also faced probing questions from Lauer on the subject of her latest tattoo: a horseshoe with the words “Lucky You” inked on her ribcage. A photo of the design became public when Johansson’s tattoo artist shared it with friends — Lauer, in turn, shared it with Today’s viewers.
“Some photos, as I’m sure you might know yourself, are meant for personal consumption,” said Johansson, gently admonishing the morning-show host.
Sources confirm to PEOPLE that Scarlett Johansson and her boyfriend of about year, Nate Naylor, have gone their separate ways.
“She broke up with him last week,” one source who knows both parties tells PEOPLE. “He’s pretty upset but the writing was on the wall. A lot of people were surprised it lasted this long.”
Johansson’s rep is not commenting.
The actress, 27, was first spotted with the New York-based advertising executive back in January strolling the streets of the Big Apple holding hands.
In August, they were seen arm-in-arm walking through Paris, though rumors of troubles flared when Johansson was photographed sunbathing in a bikini with her bodyguard on a yacht off the coast of Italy.
The Avengers star, who split from Ryan Reynolds in December 2010 after a two-year marriage, told Vogue last April she’s focused on enjoying her work and life.
“It’s just been a good time. I’ve had peace. Relative peace,” she said at the time. “I just want to work on things that are really hard and when I’m not working on things that are really hard, I want to hang out with people I like to be with and that’s it.”
Years in the making and still one of the biggest risks Hollywood has ever taken, The Avengers wowed audiences, critics and business-minded folk alike when it climbed its way to a massive box office total upwards of $617 million (with nearly $1.5 in worldwide earnings). Sequel talk was inevitable, but with a full slate of “Wave 2″ films announced at Comic-Con, a timeline for when an Avengers 2 could hit theaters was murky at best.
It looks like a skintight cat suit is a good omen for Scarlett Johansson’s bank account.
The New York Post reported today that ScarJo has been offered a whopping $20 million to reprise her role as Black Widow from Iron Man 2 and this summer’s The Avengers. In the flicks, she plays sexy former Russian spy Natasha Romanoff, who is adept at eliciting information from enemy forces and wriggling out of dangerous situations.
The paycheck places Scarlett with the most elite of Tinseltown’s highest earners. Angelina Jolie reportedly snagged $19 million for The Tourist, while Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts have all hovered around the $15 million-$20 million/per film mark for the past few years.
While she has compared her sultry Black Widow jumpsuit to “sweaty pajamas” she had no complaints about working with an all-male cast and playing an icy character.
“I’m the only female Avenger and I thought it was fabulous! I have no complaints,” she told to Jay Leno in May. “Black Widow is an assassin and a warrior, and she really doesn’t have time for love and all that fluffy stuff, and I like that aspect of her. I like playing with the boys that way. It’s fun,” Scarlett added before quickly backtracking: “Not like that! You know what I mean.”
The Avengers has so far brought in $1.355 billion in box office. No release date has been set for a follow-up.
Below please find the latest box office update courtesy of Disney for Marvel’s “The Avengers.” The film currently stands as the #9 film of all-time globally, passing Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Star Wars Episode 1″ after just 21 days of release. The film also became the highest domestic grossing film of 2012 passing “The Hunger Games” (now at $387.9M domestically) in just 12 days of release and is currently 13th highest grossing domestic release of all-time. This weekend “The Avengers” will try to “three-peat” at the top of the chart as it takes on three wide release newcomers including Universal’s “Battleship,” Lionsgate’s “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and Paramount’s “The Dictator.”
Disney and Marvel’s The Avengers continued its global domination at the box office and posted the first $100 million plus second weekend in box office history earning a whopping $103.2 million (the previous biggest second weekends are Avatar ($75.6M) and The Dark Knight ($75.2M). Averaging about $15 million per-day mid-week in North America and close to $30 million per day internationally the film has redefined the very definition of blockbuster. A 50% second weekend drop gave the film $103.2 million this weekend and raised its 10 day domestic total to an unthinkably enormous $373.2 million! $1 billion at the worldwide box office is a mark it will hit today (Sunday) after just 19 days in worldwide release!