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The Unstoppable Scarlett Johansson

March 18th, 2014 · No Comments

In the March 24, 2014, issue of The New Yorker, in “Her Again” (p. 56), Anthony Lane profiles the actress Scarlett Johansson.

Scarlett Johansson in the New Yorker

According to Lane, “There is no getting away from Johansson,” whose high visibility is underscored not only by endorsement deals, and the recent announcement of her first pregnancy, but also by her two films opening on April 4th, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Under the Skin.” The actress recently ran into controversy because of her role as a spokesperson for SodaStream, which resulted in her resignation as a global ambassador for Oxfam. Of the ordeal, Johansson tells Lane, “I think I was put into a position that was way larger than anything I could possibly—I mean, this is an issue that is much bigger than something I could just be dropped into the middle of.”

Johansson’s extensive filmography includes several Woody Allen movies—she is, “needless to say, a loyal fan” of the director, Lane writes. Lane asks Johansson if, in the wake of recent events, she would work with Allen again. “I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t,” Johansson says. According to Lane, “Under the Skin,” which is directed by Jonathan Glazer, “is Johansson’s best movie to date.” And “she will never make a more unlikely one.” It is a science-fiction film, and a horror story, but much of it resembles a documentary. Johansson tells Lane that her role in the film is “so revealing that it’s ugly at times.” It shows her, Lane writes, “at her boldest and her most withheld: she yields herself up, without demur, and yet keeps so much in check that the outcome will reduce many viewers to a state of confusion and rage.” Johansson likens the film to “Eyes Wide Shut”—“the first Kubrick I ever saw in the cinema. The first time I hated it, the second time I loved it, by the third time I was obsessed.” Johansson’s character, nameless in the film, is—as the audience gradually comes to learn—a form of alien, landed or stranded among us, and acquiring human males not for sex or friendship but for the serial harvesting of their meat. “A pattern may be emerging: ‘Under the Skin’ slots in neatly beside ‘Her,’ and also beside the upcoming ‘Lucy,’ in which she plays a drug mule who ingests some of her cargo and develops unusual superpowers,” Lane writes. All three movies are drawn to otherworldliness. “There’s an existential feel to each project—a near-distant, futuristic feel,” Johansson tells Lane. “The irony is that, for all this sheen of modernity, she is an old-fashioned kind of star,” Lane writes.

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Karlie Kloss’s New NYC Home

March 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Supermodel Karlie Kloss sets up her first home in NYC, and you can see it at Vogue.com or in the March issue which hits newsstands nationwide on February 25th and is available now as a digital download for the iPad®, Kindle Fire, NOOK Color, and NOOK Tablet.

Karlie Kloss
Photo Credit: VOGUE/David Simms, VOGUE/Jason Schmidt

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Dylan Penn in GQ

December 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Dylan Penn, daughter of Sean and Robin Wright, appears in this month’s GQ. The model poses for a sexy, sandy photo shoot and also addresses rumors that she’s dating Robert Pattinson, saying: “We’re talking about Rob here? … That’s been very foreign to me. But actually kind of funny, because it’s all bullshit.” For more, head to GQ.com and check out video from her photo shoot here.

Dylan Penn
Photo Credit: Alexi Lubomirski/GQ

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Idris Elba in Vogue

December 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Mandela’s Idris Elba Has Made the World His Stage. Read more about him here, or
in the January issue of Vogue which hit newsstands nationwide on December 23rd and is available now as a digital download for the iPad®, Kindle Fire, NOOK Color, and NOOK Tablet.


Photo Credit: VOGUE/Craig McDean, VOGUE/ Anton Corbijn

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Bradley Cooper in GQ

December 20th, 2013 · No Comments

“American Hustle” star Bradley Cooper appears on the cover of the January 2014 issue of GQ. Staff writer Zach Baron spent time with Cooper in Hawaii, where he was photographed for the magazine’s Spring Style Preview, and discussed the ups & downs of his career — from battles with drugs & alcohol to being nominated for an Oscar for his role in last year’s “Silver Linings Playbook.” On being nominated, the actor says, “Did I want to win it? I never thought that I would ever win it. So it wasn’t even a question of that.”

See below for more highlights from the interview, and go to GQ.com now for Cooper’s January cover story and photos.

Bradley Cooper in GQ
Photo Credit: Peggy Sirota/GQ

Cooper, on being nominated for an Oscar for his role in last year’s “Silver Linings Playbook”:
“Did I want to win it? I never thought that I would ever win it. So it wasn’t even a question of that.”

…on his first encounter with Milton’s “Paradise Lost”:
“Milton, bro? Milton. Fuckin’—that was the end of it. Motherfucker’s 57 or whatever, blind, dictating it to his fucking daughter-nurse—Paradise Lost? I mean, I just couldn’t… That poem fucking killed me. Satan? That character was un-fucking-believable. I could taste him in my mouth, dude, reading that. I really, really, for some reason, connected with that poem.”

…on his role on the show “Alias,” which nearly ended Cooper’s career before it began:
“I would only work three days a week. And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, ‘Ugh.’ And then next thing you know, I was like, ‘I want to fucking kill myself.’ ” So against the advice of nearly every single person he knew, and despite having exactly zero future jobs lined up, he asked to be written off the show. “J.J. was like, ‘Okay.’ He probably would’ve fired me, anyway.”

…on getting sober after a bad run with drugs & alcohol:
“if I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life.”

…on whether or not it effected his work:
Cooper: “I mean, it has to have. And to this day, of course, because it’s a life experience. And all I do is bring life experience. That’s all anybody really does. It’s inescapable.”
GQ: But it was never like, “Oh, I didn’t show up on set.”
Cooper: “Oh no. No, no, no, no, no, no. No, never. No. You mean like, in a logistic point of view, like: ‘He’s late?’ No, no, no.”
GQ: So it was more of a personal thing—it wasn’t like work was getting fucked up?
Cooper: “No, I think work was getting fucked up.”
GQ: In what way?
Cooper: “In the way that if—the one thing that I’ve learned in life is the best thing I can do is embrace who I am and then do that to the fullest extent, and then whatever happens, happens. The more steps I do to not do that, the farther I am away from fulfilling any potential I would have. So the answer to that question, then, is: Yes, of course it hindered the work.”

…on his work after getting sober:
“I was doing these movies, and I got to meet Sandra Bullock and meet these people and work with them. And I’m sober, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m actually myself. And I don’t have to put on this air to be somebody else, and this person still wants to work with me? Oh, what the fuck is that about?’ I was rediscovering myself in this workplace, and it was wonderful.”

He pauses. “Now, in the back of my head, or in a place of my heart of, like, creativity, did I feel utterly fulfilled? Absolutely not. But I was grateful and happy to be working, and filling that void in smaller moments.”

Amy Adams on Cooper being seen as a frat boy:
“I’ve just never seen him as a frat boy,” Adams says. “I understand how people could perceive that. But he’s a very soulful person, a very open person. I think that people can mistake a sort of laid-back quality for that frat thing.”

David O. Russell on why he casted Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook”:
“He was to me a palpably angry person in Wedding Crashers,” Russell says. “And then when I met him, his answer when I said that to him revealed so much dimension and depth from him as a human being. [Cooper] said how he had been someone who was thirty pounds heavier. He had been someone who tended to be not as happy. He had used sarcasm or anger to hide behind some of his fear. He was more afraid and less happy, so he had used that bristliness to hide that. Which was such an amazing answer that I just felt a real soul connection to the person, you know?”

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