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The Female Superhero Finally Strikes Back

Suddenly there's momentum for female superhero movies, thanks to Warner Bros. and DC breaking the ice with Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." This has led to Sony entering the female fray with a Spider-Man spinoff scripted by Lisa Joy ("Burn Notice," "Pushing Daisies"). No confirmation yet if it's Spider-Woman, but it's a significant development. And word is, Marvel is developing its own female counter-attack by turning the spotlight on Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, with a script to be written by "Guardians of the Galaxy's" Nicole Perlman (but who tweeted on Monday that there has been no active development since turning in her treatment in 2011).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 5, 2014 3:51 PM
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ILM Gets Trippy with Scarlett Johansson's VFX in Luc Besson's 'Lucy'

Industrial Light & Magic embraced something completely different with Luc Besson's heady sci-fi actioner, "Lucy," in which Scarlett Johansson plays a badass and brainy super-gal who taps her full cerebral capacity in blazing a new evolutionary trail for humanity.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 1, 2014 1:01 PM
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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways, as Action Star Scarlett Johannson in 'Lucy' Lays Out The Rock in 'Hercules'

Two new openings led by Number One Grosser "Lucy" stood out among this weekend's Top 10 grosses. But this fresh new blood wasn't enough to staunch the overall ongoing box office bleeding. The leading films grossed around $130 million, another significant shortfall ($22 million) from the same time last year. The year to date total now is almost 7% below 2013, and even worse, behind every year since 2008.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 27, 2014 5:12 PM
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Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill Joining Joel and Ethan Coen's 'Hail, Caesar!'

The Coen brothers are adding Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill to their story of a corrupt classic Hollywood.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 10, 2014 10:57 AM
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'Captain America' Tops Box Office Top Ten for Third Week as Depp's 'Transcendence' Flops

This Easter weekend three religious-themed films made the Top 10, led by new opener "Heaven Is for Real" (Sony) which barely missed taking the #2 spot despite playing in more than 1,000 fewer screens than the box office leaders. This unheralded low-budget effort reinforces the most significant trend of 2014 so far: faith-based films nabbing substantial audiences.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 20, 2014 1:03 PM
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Best of the Week: Jarmusch Ranked, Nic Cage's Soul Still Dances in 'Joe,' Ten Best 'Mad Men' Episodes & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • April 12, 2014 11:00 AM
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WATCH: Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Glazer Talk the Mysteries of 'Under the Skin' in New Featurette

Ahead of the film's expansion this weekend, an illuminating new "Under the Skin" featurette has landed. Watch as Jonathan Glazer talks the evolution of the story, loosely based on Michel Faber's novel, from script to screen, and Scarlett Johansson talks getting into her character, an alien succubus in human guise who preys on single men in Scotland.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 10, 2014 5:45 PM
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'Chef' First Look: Favreau's Indie Road Movie is Food Porn (NEW POSTER, TRAILER)

Writer-director Jon Favreau took his scruffy indie crowdpleaser to SXSW and now the family movie about food is heading for theaters. Open Road will open the film starring Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr. on May 9. "I shoot food like Michael Bay shoots babes in bikinis," says Favreau. See new trailer and full poster below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2014 2:53 PM
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Career Watch: How Should Scarlett Johansson Use Her Box Office Superpowers? (CLIPS)

She certainly can lure audiences -- but how should Scarlett seduce us next?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • April 7, 2014 1:45 PM
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This Weekend, Watch Johansson and Gainsbourg Suck Men's Souls in 'Under the Skin' and 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II'

This weekend, catch sexy Scarlett Johansson in not one, but two films, and in two wildly different roles. While reviews are solid-gold for the Marvel sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," in which she stars opposite the reassuringly bland charms of Chris Evans, you're unlikely to see a weirder, or better, movie than Jonathan Glazer's freaky-good succubus-from-space odyssey "Under the Skin."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 3, 2014 3:30 PM
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