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By Bob Strauss and Bob Strauss,Los Angeles Daily News | August 21, 2008
You kiss Penelope Cruz, exchange a few e-mails with Barack Obama, get engaged to heartthrob Ryan Reynolds, and what? People talk?! Well, if you're Scarlett Johansson, they do. But the 23-year-old New Yorker has a few things of her own to say about what people are saying. And, by the way, you'll be seeing a lot more of Johansson soon ... and we're not talking about the sex scene in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which now is in theaters. She's got two more highly anticipated films on the horizon - the comic-strip adaptation The Spirit and the star-studded take on the relationship advice best-seller He's Just Not That Into You. In VCB, Johansson's third Woody Allen film, she plays Cristina, one of two American girls who get romantically involved with a pair of wild Spaniards played by Javier Bardem and Cruz.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | June 2, 2009
He's Just Not That Into You ** (2 stars) Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson Directed by Ken Kwapis New Line Home Video $28.95 ($35.95 Blu-ray) Watching a bunch of self-pitying beautiful people is never as much fun as Hollywood makes it out to be. But at least the writers of She's Just Not That Into You manage to work in a few good lines for its photogenic cast. That, and it makes Baltimore look not only good, but hip. Essentially, HJNTIY follows nine eligible Baltimoreans as they struggle to connect, generally without much luck.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 22, 2005
Scarlett Johansson was in danger of becoming nothing more than an art-house habitue's dream after appearing in movies like Ghost World, Lost in Translation and The Girl With a Pearl Earring. Her gifts for angst and ennui, and even her wispy blond allure, which lent itself to vagueness, allowed high-minded movie lovers to project their lonely, secret passions. She was in danger of becoming nothing more than a mood actress: an icon for the outre. So it's a relief to see her all toned-up and active in The Island, Michael Bay's latest special-effects extravaganza - just as it was a relief to see moody old Sean Penn do a Bogart-like star turn in The Interpreter.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH | March 3, 2009
Starring Timothy Bottoms, Jane Seymour, Hart Bochner. Directed by Harvey Hart. Released by Acorn Media. $59.99. *** (3 STARS) Jane Seymour is sexy, sultry and downright scary in this TV miniseries adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden, a tale of sibling rivalry and hard-fought redemption among two northern California families in the first part of the 20th century. More faithful to Steinbeck's novel than director Elia Kazan's 1955 film version (which helped make a legend of James Dean)
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,sun reporter | August 24, 2007
She takes -- and makes -- a good picture. And now, at the steep age of 22, Scarlett Johansson will find out if she can open a romantic comedy. The Nanny Diaries, based on the best-selling novel by two former Manhattan nannies, opens in theaters today. Johansson plays a college graduate who shirks the corporate track to become a Park Avenue nanny. There are snooty parents. There is the precocious kid. There is the hunky love interest. There is Scarlett Johansson. A born New Yorker, Johansson is a glamour girl who once lounged on the cover of Vanity Fair with nothing on but her makeup.
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September 16, 2004
"Oh God. ... Umm, Single White Female, maybe." -- Scarlett Johansson, at the Venice Film Festival, fending off romantic advances by a journalist who asked her to choose a movie to make with him
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | September 15, 2006
At one point in The Black Dahlia, the three leads - Josh Hartnett and Aaron Eckhart as hotshot detective pals in the L.A.P.D., and Scarlett Johansson as the woman they love - watch an improbable revival of Paul Leni's The Man Who Laughs, a mad silent-movie masterpiece. Adapted from Victor Hugo's novel, it derives a tingling romantic-masochistic allure from a man with a smile carved as punishment into his face. It's daring for director Brian De Palma to inject this movie into a pop entertainment; The Man Who Laughs, however great it is, remains a factor in mass culture only because Batman creator Bob Kane based the Joker on this woeful laughing man. The Black Dahlia (Universal)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun movie critic | February 29, 2008
That daring brunet minx Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman) tells her virtuous blond sister Mary (Scarlett Johansson) that love is meaningless without position and power. Anne learns the opposite is true in The Other Boleyn Girl. This rendering of the turbulent second marriage of England's King Henry VIII (Eric Bana) proves too heavy-footed for the old movie two-step of setting up a morality tale, then exploiting it for heat and titillation. The Other Boleyn Girl (Columbia Pictures) Starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 28, 2006
The Phantom of Fleet Street meets Jack the Ripper in Woody Allen's farce Scoop. Of course, Allen so terribly condescends to his heroine, Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson), that she has to be told who Jack the Ripper was and wouldn't know Fleet Street from Carnaby Street, even though she's a journalism student. This left-foot-forward effort is Allen's latest failed attempt to regain comic form. In Scoop, the specter of a renowned British journalist, Joe Strombel (Ian McShane), gets the scoop of his life, or afterlife, while Death ferries him to his Final Destination.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | August 24, 2007
Real experience gets played as farce and then replayed as soap opera in The Nanny Diaries, which wants to be a "you'll laugh, you'll cry" kind of movie but is more like "you'll snicker, you'll doze." The heroine, Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson), is a would-be anthropologist who initially fantasizes that she can be a real-life Mary Poppins to a tyke named Grayer (Nicholas Art). His parents, cleverly referred to only as Mr. and Mrs. X (Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney), get caught up in a marital Armageddon and leave all the child care to Annie.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH | January 27, 2009
Starring Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz. Written and directed by Woody Allen. Released by the Weinstein Co. $28.95 (Blu-ray $34.95) *** 1/2 Who would have thought Woody Allen would find a new muse in Spain? With Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Allen, that most American of filmmakers, the man who never seemed comfortable setting foot outside New York City, has made his friskiest, most delightful movie in more than a decade. Not that any new territory is trod. Allen still is a chronicler of relationships that result in little genuine happiness; the human heart, he continues to insist, is the most vexing, inexplicable, insatiable of creatures, one humans trust (or even listen to)
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September 29, 2008
Heather Locklear arrested on DUI charges MONTECITO, Calif.: Heather Locklear was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance in the upscale Santa Barbara area, authorities said yesterday. Locklear, 47, was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer Saturday afternoon after a resident reported seeing the actress leaving a parking lot and "driving erratically," patrol spokesman Tom Marshall said. She was believed to be alone in the car, he said.
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By Bob Strauss and Bob Strauss,Los Angeles Daily News | August 21, 2008
You kiss Penelope Cruz, exchange a few e-mails with Barack Obama, get engaged to heartthrob Ryan Reynolds, and what? People talk?! Well, if you're Scarlett Johansson, they do. But the 23-year-old New Yorker has a few things of her own to say about what people are saying. And, by the way, you'll be seeing a lot more of Johansson soon ... and we're not talking about the sex scene in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which now is in theaters. She's got two more highly anticipated films on the horizon - the comic-strip adaptation The Spirit and the star-studded take on the relationship advice best-seller He's Just Not That Into You. In VCB, Johansson's third Woody Allen film, she plays Cristina, one of two American girls who get romantically involved with a pair of wild Spaniards played by Javier Bardem and Cruz.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | May 20, 2008
ANYWHERE I LAY MY HEAD Scarlett Johansson Sun Grade: C+ Film actress and critical darling Scarlett Johansson started nurturing a career in music two years ago. She appeared on Unexpected Dreams: Songs From the Stars, a 2006 charity album, crooning the George Gershwin standard "Summertime." Soon afterward, Rhino, the label that released the CD, approached Johansson with a recording contract. For her debut release, the blond beauty decided to do a concept album. Well, sort of. Anywhere I Lay My Head is a suite of Tom Waits songs that loosely centers on traveling.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun movie critic | February 29, 2008
That daring brunet minx Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman) tells her virtuous blond sister Mary (Scarlett Johansson) that love is meaningless without position and power. Anne learns the opposite is true in The Other Boleyn Girl. This rendering of the turbulent second marriage of England's King Henry VIII (Eric Bana) proves too heavy-footed for the old movie two-step of setting up a morality tale, then exploiting it for heat and titillation. The Other Boleyn Girl (Columbia Pictures) Starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,sun reporter | August 24, 2007
She takes -- and makes -- a good picture. And now, at the steep age of 22, Scarlett Johansson will find out if she can open a romantic comedy. The Nanny Diaries, based on the best-selling novel by two former Manhattan nannies, opens in theaters today. Johansson plays a college graduate who shirks the corporate track to become a Park Avenue nanny. There are snooty parents. There is the precocious kid. There is the hunky love interest. There is Scarlett Johansson. A born New Yorker, Johansson is a glamour girl who once lounged on the cover of Vanity Fair with nothing on but her makeup.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 20, 2006
You never know what you're going to see in The Prestige - appropriately, since it's a movie about magic. That uncertainty pervades not only what is seen onscreen, but how it's presented as well, a propensity for the unexpected that keeps audiences on their toes, even as it leads to the occasional question of whether writer-director Christopher Nolan is being honest with his audience. Then again, most people will be having so much fun trying to keep up that they may not even notice. The Prestige (Warner Bros.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH | January 27, 2009
Starring Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz. Written and directed by Woody Allen. Released by the Weinstein Co. $28.95 (Blu-ray $34.95) *** 1/2 Who would have thought Woody Allen would find a new muse in Spain? With Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Allen, that most American of filmmakers, the man who never seemed comfortable setting foot outside New York City, has made his friskiest, most delightful movie in more than a decade. Not that any new territory is trod. Allen still is a chronicler of relationships that result in little genuine happiness; the human heart, he continues to insist, is the most vexing, inexplicable, insatiable of creatures, one humans trust (or even listen to)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | August 24, 2007
Real experience gets played as farce and then replayed as soap opera in The Nanny Diaries, which wants to be a "you'll laugh, you'll cry" kind of movie but is more like "you'll snicker, you'll doze." The heroine, Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson), is a would-be anthropologist who initially fantasizes that she can be a real-life Mary Poppins to a tyke named Grayer (Nicholas Art). His parents, cleverly referred to only as Mr. and Mrs. X (Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney), get caught up in a marital Armageddon and leave all the child care to Annie.
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February 18, 2007
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. JOURNEY THROUGH HALLOWED GROUND Capital Books / $20 Instead of spending Presidents Day weekend skiing or off at a spa, why not brush up on your U.S. history? This book charts a 175-mile historic driving trip from Monticello in Virginia to Gettysburg, Pa. Most appropriate is the "presidential journey" part of the tour, which takes readers to the homes of several presidents including Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower. And though Camp David is closed to the public, the book recommends stopping at the nearby Cozy Restaurant, which has an exhibition about the presidential retreat.
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