DEADLINE – Actor and Thor: Ragnarok helmer Taika Waititi inserts himself into his latest directorial effort in a rather memorable way. Having done such double duty on his films including Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows, he now is playing the role of the Man Who Wanted to Rule the World.

Waititi posted a photo on social media today of him in character as a version of Adolf Hitler. It shows the Fuhrer sitting at a dinner table with Scarlett Johansson — is he checking her out? — and Roman Griffin Davis, who plays a German boy in his imaginary friend Hitler’s army who discovers that his mother (Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their home.

Oscar winner Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson co-star in the film, which Fox Searchlight will distribute.

Waititi, who fielded multiple offers after last year’s Thor: Ragnarok hammered out a cool $854 million worldwide, wrote the script and will is producing Jojo Rabbit with Carthew Neal and Chelsea Winstanley. Kevan Van Thompson is the executive producer.

It’s a return to Waititi’s indie beginnings after that big-budget Disney/Marvel film. Here is the pic he posted on Instagram this morning, followed by another one from a few days ago in which he offers a proper Nazi salute as they film the “anti-f*ckface satire.” In the latter, he added the caption, “What better way to insult Hitler than having him portrayed by a Polynesian Jew?”

Labels: Gallery Updates, Jojo Rabbit, Projects

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Rebel Wilson is joining Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson in director Taika Waititi’s Nazi Germany satire Jojo Rabbit.

The Fox Searchlight project centers on Jojo, a young boy who longs to be part of the Hitler Youth and whose imaginary friend is Adolph Hitler. He discovers a Jewish girl living in his attic and, after initially trying to find ways to get rid of her, begins to see her as human.

Johansson is playing Jojo’s mother, a woman who is secretly working for the Resistance, Waititi himself is portraying the imaginary Hitler and Rockwell will play a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp, with Wilson portraying an instructor.

Waititi is also producing alongside Carthew Neal and Chelsea Winstanley for Fox Searchlight. Production is expected to begin in late spring.

Wilson, who is repped by WME, will next be seen opposite Anne Hathaway in MGM’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake.

Labels: Jojo Rabbit, Projects

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Sorry James Cameron, moviegoers aren’t getting tired of The Avengers just yet. The first full day of box office ticket sales are in for Infinity War and the latest Marvel title is shattering records.

Infinity War finished its domestic opening day with $106 million (including $39 million from late Thursday screenings) becoming the second largest domestic first day in history — right in between leader Star Wars: The Force Awakens and third-place finisher Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Disney currently estimates the superhero mashup’s opening weekend to come in between the $225-$240 million range to top The Last Jedi‘s $220 million opening weekend to become the second-biggest opening weekend of all time (Force Awakens will remain at No. 1 with $248M).

Obviously, this also means Infinity War has the biggest opening for a Marvel movie ever.

Including international ticket sales, Infinity War is at $178.5 million through Friday with record-breaking openings in many territories.

For Disney, this is huge. With these numbers, Infinity War has pushed the studio over the $1 billion cumulative ticket sales mark this year in record time (topping the previous industry record of 128 days in 2016, which was also set by Disney).

To read review comments from top critics — with no spoilers — check out our Avengers review rundown. And if do want to talk Avengers: Infinity War spoilers, join us as we explore the surprise keeper of the soul stone.

Labels: Avengers: Infinity War, Projects

Our gallery has finally been updated with over 400 high-resolution photos of Scarlett from the Avengers: Infinity War global press conference and premiere, which were both held in Hollywood, Los Angeles. My apologies for the delay in adding them–as you may have noticed, our main site was offline for several days, which meant updates have been put back quite a bit. She looks beautiful, and I just love the new hair color–which I would assume is her her upcoming role in Jojo Rabbit. Many thanks to my friend Emily of Shailene Woodley Network for these photos. Enjoy!


Labels: Appearances, Avengers: Infinity War, Gallery Updates, Projects

NYLON – Nine years after joining forces to create their debut duet album Break Up, Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn are coming together once again. The duo has announced a new EP titled Apart, out June 1 via Capitol.

Though Johansson and Yorn haven’t collaborated for some time, the actress hasn’t been totally out of the music scene: In 2015, she formed a supergroup of sorts called The Singles, which also included Este Haim. And her work in music dates back even further than her album with Yorn; in 2008, Johansson she released a full album of Tom Waits covers titled Anywhere I Lay My Head.

To celebrate the news of their new album, Johansson and Yorn released its first single, “Bad Dreams.” Though the title alludes to nightmares, the single is instead three minutes of pure pop bliss.

“Pessimistic as it seems / sleep will never come that easy / we will always have bad dreams,” sing Johansson and Yorn over pulsing drums and a steady tambourine beat. Through the lyrics, Johansson and Yorn ponder things like getting older, falling out of love, and the inevitable, but still shitty, likelihood of losing your car keys.

Labels: Other Projects, Pete Yorn Collaboration

Labels: Avengers: Infinity War, Projects, Videos

With a huge thanks once again to the lovely Emily of Marvelous Margot, I’ve added over 100 photos of Scarlett’s appearance at the Women’s March Los Angeles on Saturday (Jan 20).

Labels: Appearances, Gallery Updates

VANITY FAIR – There was no way Saturday Night Live was going to close out its banner year without one more trip to the location that proved so easy to mock in 2017: Donald Trump’s White House. The opening sketch hung on the concept of Trump and his cohorts bidding a snarky farewell to the many political figures, like Sean Spicer, who didn’t last the year.

Melissa McCarthy wasn’t on hand to kick around Spicer one last time, but S.N.L. did get an A-list star (in addition to Alec Baldwin) to give the sketch some added holiday value. Reprising her appearance from back in March, Scarlett Johansson swung by to roll out her Ivanka Trump impression one last time this year.

The parade of impressions from the regular cast, however, easily highlighted the year’s M.V.P.s as Mikey Day’s Donald Jr. and Alex Moffat’s Eric Trump handily stole the show with their dumb and dumber routine.

Leslie Jones also made an appearance just outside the White House window as freshly fired (or was she?) Trump employee Omarosa Manigault. Jones repeated the impression just a few sketches later when she crashed “Weekend Update.”

But Omarosa wasn’t the only repeat appearance on the show. As the credits rolled and host Kevin Hart said his goodbyes alongside the rest of the cast on the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, Johansson and her newly-official partner, Colin Jost, could be seen grinning, holding hands, and skating off together.

We can assume that Johansson’s guest role was at least in part a show of support for Jost on his first episode back as head writer of S.N.L.

Labels: Saturday Night Live, Videos
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