Scarlett Johansson announced her engagement to her Frenchie boyfriend, Romain Dauriac, in September. They haven’t planned on the whole wedding bit just yet, but you know what they say: first comes love, then comes baby, then comes marriage. Or something, right? What I’m trying to say is this: Scarlett is apparently pregnant with her first child!
People apparently confirmed the news with Scarlett’s reps, so this seems to be a sure thing. I guess congrats are in order?
March 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm by Jennifer
Here’s how it went down: Scarlett Johansson did a now-banned Super Bowl commercial for SodaStream, an awesome at-home soda maker that’s way too expensive for me to buy even though I really want one. Apparently SodaStream is an Israeli company, and everyone knows Israel does some fucked up shit on the West Bank (and beyond), so there’s been a big fall-out and now Scarlett has quit her position as ambassador of Oxfam because of their “fundamental difference of opinion” on the matter.
Apparently SodaStream has a factory in the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, which Oxfam doesn’t recognise because it’s considered illegal under international law. So instead of giving up a fucking SodaStream endorsement, she decided to end her eight year relationship with Oxfam. Dear Lord. Here’s her statement:
“Scarlett Johansson has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years”.
“She and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. She is very proud of her accomplishments and fundraising efforts during her tenure with Oxfam.”
And Oxfam’s statement, for good measure:
“While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms Johansson’s role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador.”
I mean, it seems a little silly to me that you’d put a product placement above an organisation that works to fight poverty and injustice on a global scale, but who knows. Maybe my priorities are just not in the right place,, or maybe the Parisian rudeness is starting to wear off on her.
January 30, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Scarlett Johansson got engaged to her rude ass French boyfriend Romain Dauriac last summer, so one would assume she’s busy planning her flashy wedding ceremony and creating her registry at Crate & Barrel (or whatever that Parisian equivalent is). However, that’s not the case. She’s busy making movies, so matrimony will have to wait.
I’m busy planning Avengers 2 right now! That’s my main focus. I’ve never been a big planning kind of person. I’d never share it with anybody, but I think more than anything I feel really fortunate to have had this amazing year professionally. And I think when all that smoke settles I’ll be able to … I don’t feel like I need to rush that part of my life. I can let that happen organically. Right now it feels like a time to enjoy and be relaxed and that’s what works for us.”
Fair enough! People sometimes stay engaged for years, so it’s whatever works for you. If their relationship is solid, it’s not like they need to run down the aisle in case their love expires or something. It’s all pretty silly.
It’s good to see ScarJo getting back to doing some acting, in any case. I’m not a major fan, but I do enjoy some of her films, and I’ve got a screener of Her sitting here calling my name, so I really should watch that sometime soon. Has anyone seen it? If so, what did you think?
January 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Jennifer
Now that the holidays are finally over, the celebs are back on the town, going to premieres, events, and shopping for groceries in their finest and most WTF-worthy outfits. I covered the People’s Choice Awards in a fashion post so I won’t retread that here, especially because almost all of those outfits were just diabolical.
So let’s get to the best and worst celebrity looks of the week! You tell me which outfits “win” for BEST, WORST, and WTF.
January 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
I mean, Parisians are rude to everyone, right? That’s like, a French thing – they’re sophisticated and beautiful and willowy and eat lots of cheese and they’re rude as hell. It’s all so dreamy!**
Well, it’s not all that dreamy for everyone. Scarlett Johansson, for example, has been living in the City of Lights with her fiancé Romain Dauriac, and the locals haven’t been all that welcoming lately. She shared her experience during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman:
“Like, when I first got there I thought that… the whole kind of rude, Parisian thing was just [not true]. I was like, ‘People aren’t rude, they’re wonderful!’ That was before I was a mainstay there and then people decided that once I wasn’t going away, they could just be rude to me!”
“I’m from New York… and I just assume, because you’re from New York, it’s like a wonderful dance in this street, you kind of avoid [each other] and it’s a choreography, walking down the street.
“And then when I got there [to Paris], I assumed it’s a kind of Provincial town, where people don’t know how to walk… and the fact that they’re just body-checking me, they’re just confused.
“But no, they’re not confused, so now I just do a stare down from halfway down the block, and I started getting really aggressive with people now, and I don’t care!”
Ha! I actually feel her pain on this one – I hate people who hold up pedestrian traffic! Still, I’m not discouraged -
** For the clueless: Yes, I’m generalising and no, I’m not serious, so don’t get your panties in a twist.)
January 10, 2014 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Scarlett Johansson‘s best asset is obvious: her voice (I’m sorry, were you thinking of something else?). But it could it win her an Oscar? There’s buzz that she could be nominated for an Oscar for her role in Spike Jonze‘s Her, a role that has zero minutes of screen time. Ms. Johansson plays a Siri-like character; just a robot voice that Joaquin Phoenix‘s character happens to fall in love with.
We’re still a long way off from the Oscars, but here’s what one report is saying. From The Week:
SCARLETT JOHANSSON is set to make history by being nominated for an acting Oscar for a role in which she doesn’t appear on screen.
The 28-year-old actor has wowed critics with her performance as Samantha in Her, the latest film by US director Spike Jonze. Johansson plays Samantha, a sophisticated software program that communicates using a synthetic voice.
[...] Variety‘s Tim Gray says “there’s no precedent” for an actor who doesn’t appear on screen being nominated for an acting Oscar. But he says Johansson deserves recognition and it’s time to “dump some old notions” about acting.
“Let’s abolish the idea that an actor needs to be seen on camera in order to give a ‘real’ performance,” he writes. “Scarlett Johansson creates a full character in Her so she should be seriously considered for supporting actress.”
The article points out that actors like Ellen DeGeneres were nominated for their voiceover work and Hollywood hasn’t collapsed, so maybe it’s not a terrible idea. Also, Judi Dench won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love for about 8 minutes of screentime total.
What do you think? If an actor has a role like this in a non animated film, where it’s just their voice, should they be given Oscar consideration if it’s a good performance? What makes a good performance?