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WATCH: Gorgeously Far-Out First Trailer for 'Under the Skin,' Starring Scarlett Johansson

A Lynchian first teaser trailer for Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin," starring Scarlett Johansson as a comely alien who seduces and preys upon men in Scotland, has landed. The polarizing sci-fi film recently played Telluride. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 2, 2013 12:14 PM
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Telluride Update: Buyers Lining Up for Divisive 'Under the Skin,' Strong Debut 'Palo Alto' and Provocative 'Starred Up' (TRAILER)

Reviews and acquisitions are heating up at the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival, which kicked off yesterday. Three notable acquisitions titles debuted Thursday night of which I saw one, "Palo Alto," the impressive debut of young filmmaker Gia Coppola (Francis Ford's granddaughter, born six months after her father Gio's accidental death) which will also play Venice and Toronto. Yet another dark high school drama in "Kids" mode centered on a group of teens with a penchant for finding trouble, "Palo Alto" is adapted from a book of short stories by James Franco,
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 30, 2013 4:29 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Spike Jonze's 'Her,' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and the Voice of Scarlett Johansson

The first trailer for Spike Jonze's "Her" has landed. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely writer who falls in love with a computer operating system (calling itself "Samantha" and given the husky voice of Scarlett Johansson), the film also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Chris Pratt. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 7, 2013 12:39 PM
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Comic-Con's Marvel Panel Stars 'Thor''s Loki, 'Captain America''s Evans & Johansson (VIDEOS)

Nobody understands the Comic-Con demo better than Marvel production chief Kevin Feige, who knows how to create material that will please these fans. In Hall H you can see that he gets it. He's giving them what they want. He's not shoving something down their throat with scads of advertising dollars, not wowing them with a great VFX trailer. He's bringing to life beloved characters who exist inside a well-considered consistent universe. So when Tom Hiddleston turns up in full Loki regalia and exhorts "the arena that is known as Hall H" to become his army--"where are your Avengers now?"--the crowd ate it up (see that video and all the panel videos below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2013 2:35 PM
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Has Scarlett Johansson Meet the Parents in New Clip for 'Don Jon' (VIDEO)

A first red-band clip has been released for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, "Don Jon." In the clip, Gordon-Levitt's Jon introduces his comely new girlfriend, Barbara (Scarlett Johansson, showing off a funny Jersey accent), to his parents. Needless to say, Dad (played by Tony Danza) is impressed. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 17, 2013 2:20 PM
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cut Graphic Porn from Directorial Debut 'Don Jon' to Get R Rating

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's feature directorial debut "Don Jon" -- the film formerly known as "Don Jon's Addiction" -- whipped up a stir at Sundance with its graphic depiction of porn addiction in New Jersey. "The Sundance cut was us pushing it past where it really ought to be, and I think it was sort of distracting for audiences," Gordon-Levitt said at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 1:53 PM
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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Goes Into Production, Starring Evans, Johansson, Jackson and Robert Redford

As expected, Marvel has wasted no time ramping up production on "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which is now underway in Los Angeles. Chris Evans is back as the beefy, star-spangled Captain, with Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson on board as ubiquitous Avengers Black Widow and Nick Fury. Additionally, film icon Robert Redford is playing Agent Alexander Pierce.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2013 1:46 PM
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Johansson, Hopkins & D'Arcy in New Retro Images of Gervasi's 'Hitchcock'

A pleasingly retro spread features new images from Sacha Gervasi's potential Oscar contender "Hitchcock" (November 23) in the current issue of People Magazine. James D'Arcy is a dead ringer for Anthony Perkins, while a coiffed Scarlett Johannson channels Janet Leigh.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 5, 2012 12:35 PM
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'The Avengers': Who Comes Out Ahead? Everyone. Almost.

When I finally saw "Marvel's The Avengers" Sunday in murky 3-D at Loew's 83rd Street Cinema in Manhattan, like everyone else in the theater, I had a roaring good time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2012 4:29 PM
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Career Watch: Scarlett Johansson, Beyond the Black Bodysuit

Scarlett Johansson's role as Black Widow in "The Avengers" would be unnecessary if the superhero rulebook didn't require at least one buxom babe in black spandex. Thus secret agent Johansson plays a distant fiddle to Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans et al's super-human powers. Although her assassin has no superpower--other than outsmarting, interrogating and shooting and beating people to death ("looking puzzled or confused")--thanks to Joss Whedon's box office hit, attention is back on Johansson the kick-ass action babe rather than Johansson the nude-photo-hacking-scandal babe. But is Black Widow the best Johansson can do?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 3:40 PM
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