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Scarlett Johansson’s Best Comedic Performances: 5 Moments That Put Her ‘Rough Night’ Role In Context

Scarlett Johansson’s Best Comedic Performances: 5 Moments That Put Her ‘Rough Night’ Role In Context
Scarlett Johansson is no stranger to the world of comedy — she is a member of the so-called Five-Timers Club, an enviable group of stars who have hosted “Saturday Night Live” at least five times — and she’s managed to emerge as an unexpected comedic Mvp without ever toplining an outright comedy. Some 20 years into her career, Johansson has yet to star in a raunchy knee-slapper that takes full advantages of her more light-leaning chops…until now. This week, that changes with the release of “Rough Night.”

An unabashedly female-centric comedy in the vein of “Bridesmaids” and “Bachelorette,” the new film from “Broad City” regulars Lucia Aniello (who makes her feature directorial debut with the film) and Paul W. Downs (who wrote it alongside Aniello and also co-stars) casts Johansson in a lead role alongside a strong ensemble of other (also very funny) women, including Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer,
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Newswire: Josh Gad and Chloë Grace Moretz will hit up the Party Of The Century

Taking a break from playing Disney sidekicks, Josh Gad will add his interpretation of Truman Capote to the cinematic canon in the upcoming film Party Of The Century, about the author’s famous Black And White Ball. According to a release, the story is not entirely centered on Capote—instead, it focuses on the romance between a fictional starlet played by Chloë Grace Moretz and Jack O’Connell’s elevator operator. So it’s more in the vein of a Me And Orson Welles or My Week With Marilyn-type project about people who have brushes with legends.

The movie comes from Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, who wrote and directed The Nanny Diaries. One presumes they are now tasked with finding celebs to cameo as the other famous faces at the event. Who’s going to play Warhol this time?
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Jack O’Connell, Chloe Moretz, Josh Gad to Star in ‘Party of the Century’

Jack O’Connell, Chloe Moretz, Josh Gad to Star in ‘Party of the Century’
Jack O'Connell, Chloe Moretz, and Josh Gad are starring in “Party of the Century,” centered on Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball with shooting starting later this year in New York City.

Gad will portray Capote. Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman are directing and Tim Perell will produce the film through his shingle Process Media.

Bankside Films will exclusively handle foreign sales at the Cannes Film Festival, with CAA and Bankside Films co-representing North American rights.

Hilary Davis, Stephen Kelliher, and Patrick Howson will executive produce for Bankside Films. Head Gear Films will provide production financing with Phil Hunt and Compton Ross acting as executive producers.

Capote held the ball in 1966 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City to honor Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham.

Pulcini and Springer Berman said, “Our film is a delicate balance of worlds converging at a pivotal moment in time. Jack,
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Josh Gad To Play Truman Capote In Party Of The Century

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Bankside Films announced today Jack O’Connell, Chloe Grace Moretz and Josh Gad will star in Academy Award nominated writer /directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s Party of the Century, a New York romance based around Truman Capote’s infamous Black and White Ball.

Gad will portray Capote.

Tim Perell will produce the film through his shingle Process Media. Bankside Films will exclusively handle foreign sales, with CAA and Bankside Films co-representing North American rights. Hilary Davis, Stephen Kelliher and Patrick Howson will executive produce for Bankside Films. Head Gear Films will provide production financing with Phil Hunt and Compton Ross acting as executive producers. Party of the Century will shoot later this year in New York City.

Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman commented, “Our film is a delicate balance of worlds converging at a pivotal moment in time. Jack,
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Kelly Carmichael to Head Production & Development for Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films

Jessica Chastain in “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

Consider us pleasantly unsurprised. Jessica Chastain’s production company, Freckle Films, has hired a female president of production and development: former Weinstein Company and Miramax production exec Kelly Carmichael. Deadline broke the news. “In her new role she will oversee the New York-based production and development company’s original slate with a focus on nurturing and supporting female talent across all aspects of production,” the source writes.

Carmichael is the co-founder of indie film and TV production company 375 Pictures. Currently overseeing production on Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer “The Current War” and Bryan Cranston-starrer “Untouchables,” her previous producing credits include “My Week with Marilyn” and “The Nanny Diaries.” Carmichael most recently served as head of production at Ivanhoe Pictures.

Chastain is a long-time advocate of women in film, both on-screen and behind the scenes. She recently penned an essay on Hollywood’s wage gap, and has been very outspoken about the industry’s sexist attitudes. She launched Freckle Films in February 2016 in order to develop female-driven material. The “Miss Sloane” actress has gone public with her goal to work with a female filmmaker every year. “They’re not given the same opportunities, so if I have any influence in choosing a film or a script or finding a director, I’m absolutely going to make a difference,” she said. The two-time Oscar nominee also serves on the advisory committee of We Do It Together, a nonprofit production company dedicated to financing and producing media content that empowers women.

Deadline writes that Freckle Film’s launch “came with a first-look overhead deal with Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray’s Maven Pictures. Among the projects in the works from that partnership is ‘The Magician’s Lie’ by Greer Macallister, being adapted by ‘Mr. Holmes’ scribe Jeffrey Hatcher, about a renowned female illusionist who must clear her name when she’s accused of murder; and ‘Life And Other Near Death Experiences,’ based on the book by Camilla Pagan, being adapted by Laura Terruso (‘Hello My Name Is Doris’) with Patricia Riggen (‘The 33’) attached to direct. That one centers on a newly single woman, whose husband has come out of the closet, [when she] receives an aggressive cancer diagnosis and heads to the Caribbean in an attempt to rediscover herself.”

Other projects being developed at Freckle Films include an adaptation of Nancy Horan’s “Loving Frank,” a portrait of the doomed love affair between translator Mamah Borthwick Cheney and architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and a film inspired by the Black Mambas, an all-female anti-poaching unit in South Africa.

You can catch Chastain in Niki Caro’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” now in theaters. The drama is based on a true story and centers on zookeepers who saved hundreds of lives during the Holocaust.

Kelly Carmichael to Head Production & Development for Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Every Movie and TV Show Expiring on Netflix in March

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The time has come to say goodbye to some of your favorite movies and shows on Netflix. While there are plenty of titles in store for next month, classics like Jaws and romantic comedies like The Nanny Diaries are about to disappear forever. You better start watching now before they're gone! Related:33 New Movies and TV Shows to Watch on Netflix in February Expiring March 1 Jaws Justice League: War Jaws 2 Jaws 3 Jaws: The Revenge Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Keeping Up Appearances Monarch of the Glen, Seasons 1-7 National Lampoon's Animal House Robin Hood, Seasons 1-3 Survivors, Series 1-2 Expiring March 2 Black or White Sweetwater Expiring March 3 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Misfire Web Junkie Expiring March 4 Entertainment I Dream of Wires Otto the Rhino Seashore The Discoverers The Nanny Diaries Expiring March 5 Food Chains Jail Caesar The Days to Come Two Hundred Thousand Dirty Expiring March 6 Pit Stop
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Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys Join ‘The Voice’ Season 11 as Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera Depart

Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys Join ‘The Voice’ Season 11 as Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera Depart
Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys are in and Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera are out as coaches for the next season of NBC’s “The Voice.”

NBC confirmed the new panelists for the show’s 11th season in the fall on Friday evening.

“The musical expertise and energy these two incredibly talented women will bring to the show is remarkable,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late-night programming. “We’re thrilled that they’ll be joining Adam and Blake in what we know will be a magical 11th season.”

Cyrus and Keys will join “Voice” mainstays Adam Levine and Blake Shelton when the show revs up its winter cycle in September. Williams and Aguilera may well be back for future editions of “Voice” as the show has a history of bringing coaches back, with an alumni roster that includes Usher, Shakira, Gwen Stefani and CeeLo Green.

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Patrick Heusinger Will Be Jack Reacher 2's Villain

Patrick Heusinger Will Be Jack Reacher 2's Villain
With shooting scheduled to start in November, co-writer/director Ed Zwick is locking in the elements he needs for Jack Reacher 2. He now has Patrick Heusinger in talks to play the film’s villain. Zwick has been developing the sequel to Christopher McQuarrie’s film based on Lee Child’s book series. He and usual co-writer Marshall Herskovitz honed a Richard Wenk draft of the script adapted from Never Go Back, which finds Reacher (played once again by Tom Cruise) travelling from South Dakota to his old military base in Virginia, to be charged with a violent incident and faced with a paternity case, neither of which transgression he remembers. Heusinger joins Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh and Cobie Smulders in the likely list of Cruise co-stars, assuming all of their deals close. He’s been seen in such films as Frances Ha, Black Swan and The Nanny Diaries and
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Ten Thousand Saints | Review II

New York I Love You: Berman & Pulcini’s Schmaltz Soaked Latest

Nostalgia, especially in large doses, tends to hobble the authenticity of a text, whether in the literary or cinematic realm. On a superficial level, serving as a love letter to a bygone era of 1980s New York, Eleanor Hendricks’ novel Ten Thousand Saints falls under the quirky spigot of directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the team behind the Oscar nominated American Splendor from 2003. In the decade since that critically championed title, they’ve continued with a particular strain of fluffy cornball items. Following a brief assay into studio filmmaking with The Nanny Diaries (2007), they were responsible for a pair of sickly sweet titles headlined by prized performers like Kevin Kline in The Extra Man (2010) and Kristen Wiig in Girl Most Likely (2012). Though their latest venture is slightly more sobering, at least in a notable absence of
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Chris Evans’ directorial debut ‘Before We Go’ gets its first trailer

Over the course of his career, Chris Evans has become a familiar face to film fans for roles in a variety of genres, including a comedic performance in Not Another Teen Movie, a dramatic turn in Snowpiercer, a romantic lead in The Nanny Diaries, and most notably as Captain America across several Marvel films, including two standalone features focused on his character. His upcoming feature, however, sees Evans take on a new role; that of a director, as he steps behind the camera for the first time in his career. Titled Before We Go, the synopsis of the film is as follows.

A woman misses the 1:30 train from New York to Boston and a street musician spends the night trying to help her make it back home before her husband does. Throughout the night they learn a lot about one another and eventually find a romance.

Evans also stars
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July Must Reads

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Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird have one very special reason to be excited about this month's new books: Harper Lee's highly anticipated new novel, Go Set a Watchman. The return of Scout isn't the only fun news for bookworms, though; in July, readers will also be able to check out Paula McLain's latest book, new fiction from the authors of The Nanny Diaries, and a story Jonathan Safran Foer called "one of the funniest and most emotionally honest" he's read. Whether you're looking for a fun beach read, a thrilling mystery, or an engrossing novel, find a new book for your reading list in our roundup of July must reads, then check out more book picks from Popsugar Love & Sex!
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Ethan Hawke & Asa Butterfield Star in 'Ten Thousand Saints' Trailer

"I'm offering you Manhattan champ, don't play hard to get." Screen Media has debuted an official trailer for Ten Thousand Saints, from writers/directors Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (of American Splendor, The Nanny Diaries, Girl Most Likely), starring Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield. Hawke plays an estranged father who suddenly "kidnaps" his emo-punk son and takes him to New York City, where he experiences a whole coming-of-age on the streets of Manhattan with new friends. The film is set in the 80's around the punk rock scene and it seems to have a killer soundtrack, of which many of the reviews quoted rave about. Hailee Steinfeld also stars along with Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer. They give away a lot (too much) in this trailer, but it actually looks pretty good. "Have you ever heard of punk?" The trailer for Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini's Ten Thousand Saints,
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5 Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask About Being a Screenwriter

5 Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask About Being a Screenwriter
For those hoping to break in, the world of screenwriting can seem like a black box. Unless you know industry insiders or have an agent, your first screenplay's journey from Final Draft to production will be an unparalleled challenge. That's why screenwriting organization The Black List teamed up with Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York to answer your burning questions. Read More: 8 Writing Tips From Screenwriting Masters Larry Gross, Naomi Foner, Henry Bean and Andrea Arnold The panelists—Chris Sparling (Cannes 2015 entry "Sea of Trees," directed by Gus Van Sant), Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor," "The Nanny Diaries," "Ten Thousand Saints"), Michael Zam ("Best Actress") and Lara Shapiro ("The Americans")—joined moderator Franklin Leonard, creator of The Black List, to discuss everything from finding the right agent to when it's time to quit your day job. 1. Do I have to live in L.A. to have a...
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Ten Thousand Saints’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Ten Thousand Saints’
A love letter to a bygone era of New York City, namely the late ‘80s, “Ten Thousand Saints” sees directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini returning to a more personal approach to filmmaking — or at least as personal as possible when adapting another’s material, in this case the debut novel by author Eleanor Henderson. Part teen romance, part awkward love triangle, part generational-clash portrait, and almost all powered by nostalgia, this warmly conceived dramedy will likely resonate strongest with audiences who have a direct connection to the story’s place and time. Otherwise, there’s not much to suggest a theatrical windfall, and only slightly better odds in ancillary.

The story actually kicks off in 1980 Vermont, on a particularly eventful night for young hero Jude (Henry Kelemen). He’s hit with a double whammy: His no-nonsense mom, Harriet (Julianne Nicholson), has kicked his hippie dad, Les (Ethan Hawke
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini’s Ten Thousand Saints

Who can forget 2003 when filmmaker-duo Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini landed at Sundance with a highly inventive biopic, a seminal film really in the indie film cannon. Featuring the debatably unlikeable Clevelander Harvey Pekar, American Splendor moved put the pair on a pedestal, and while they’ve been back to Sundance for The Extra Man (’10), they’ve pretty much stuck to commercial indie items in The Nanny Diaries (07), Cinema Verite – HBO ’11, and Girl Most Likely (aka Imogene) ’12. Starring Asa Butterfield, Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Emily Mortimer and Julianne Nicholson, production began way back at the end of January on Ten Thousand Saints, which comes with a built-in fanbase due to the novel on which it is based on. Should be a high value sales item if included.

Gist: Based on the novel of the same name by Eleanor Henderson, set in the 1980s, a teenager (Asa Butterfield) from
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Chris Evans Is Playing It Cool in a New Romantic Comedy Trailer

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Guess who's back to romantic comedies? Chris Evans. After years of playing Captain America, Evans is romancing Michelle Monaghan in the trailer for Playing It Cool. He plays a screenwriter who wants to be writing heavier stuff, but his agent (Anthony Mackie) just wants a good romantic comedy script. Enter a woman so perfect in every way - except she's taken. What's a guy to do? I guess we'll find out when the movie is released sometime . . . in the future. There's no Us release date. Let's just hope this isn't as forgettable as The Nanny Diaries or What's Your Number? Front Page Image Source: Voltage Pictures
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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Actress Launches Production Company

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Actress Launches Production Company
Alysia Reiner (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Sarah Megan Thomas (“Backwards”) are launching Broad Street Pictures to produce films with strong female roles.

The company’s first project is a tech thriller set on Wall Street with Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, best known for “The Nanny Diaries,” on board to write the screenplay.

Reiner, who portrays warden Natalie Figueroa on “Orange Is the New Black,” has a background in producing. She conceived of, starred in and exec produced 2009′s “Speed Grieving” and was a co-producer on “Backwards.”

Thomas exec produced, wrote and starred in “Backwards” opposite James Van Der Beek. She portrayed a 30-year old rower who fails to make the Olympic boat and takes a coaching job at a school.

McLaughlin and Kraus have published nine novels and wrote the screenplay adaptation of “Five Guys Who Broke My Heart” for Paramount. “The Nanny Diaries,” their first novel,
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Alison Wright on Sex, Wigs, and the Odds of Martha’s Survival on The Americans

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Alison Wright on Sex, Wigs, and the Odds of Martha’s Survival on The Americans
In The Americans, there is no character more satisfied than Martha, the feisty FBI secretary who has no clue she’s in a sham marriage. As far as Martha's concerned, she’s got a great job, a great apartment, and even though her husband Clark — a.k.a. undercover Kgb agent Philip — may not be around much, last night’s episode confirmed he makes their time together in the bedroom count. The question is, how long can Martha last now that she’s threatening to get a new job less useful to Philip’s Russian intel needs? Vulture talked to British actress Alison Wright (The Nanny Diaries), who plays Martha, about being TV’s happiest and saddest character, and why Clark’s incredible sexual prowess totally explains the wig thing.Now that Martha has confirmed that Clark is an “animal” in bed, do you have any theories as to how
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Q&A: Scarlett Johansson on Chris Evans and the ‘Captain America’ Sequel

Q&A: Scarlett Johansson on Chris Evans and the ‘Captain America’ Sequel
Scarlett Johansson joined the Marvel universe in 2010’s “Iron Man 2” as the Black Widow, a role she’s reprised in two other films, including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” She spoke to Variety about her decade-long friendship with Chris Evans and the pressures of playing a superhero.

Do you remember the first time you met Chris?

Yeah, the first time I met Chris was 10 delightful years ago on “The Perfect Score.” Our story lines didn’t cross paths too much. We did have one scene where we had to sing together. I was talking to Chris about it the other day, actually.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen “The Perfect Score.” What happens?

Well, you’re going to have to rewatch it. Even then, there was an ease between us onscreen.

Then you did “The Nanny Diaries.”

And then we did “Avengers.” We got to see
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Scarlett Johansson: a star with politics under her skin | Observer profile

Despite two remarkable new films, attention has shifted away from the actress's luminous career to her political beliefs as she becomes embroiled in a controversy over the boycott of Israeli goods

It is usually the case that studios, agents and distributors will co-ordinate release dates to capitalise on a star's popularity, but it is rare that an A-list actress will be headlining two remarkable new films and an international political controversy all at the same time. That's not your run-of-the-mill Hollywood career, but then Scarlett Johansson is no common-or-garden star.

The nature of her latest movies tells you as much. In Her, which has just opened in the UK, she plays Samantha, a computer operating system that evolves in response to the user's needs and personality. She is as present as any of her flesh-and-blood co-stars despite appearing in voice only. Her is complimented by Under the Skin, in which
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