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Scarlett Johansson, on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC

Scarlett Johansson, on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO,

Scarlett Johansson, on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO,

Tu 5/4: Scarlett Johansson, Frank Caliendo, Michael Bolton on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC .  Scarlett Johansson; Universally known as one of the sexiest women in Hollywood, Scarlett Johansson has actually been acting professionally since the age of eight. A native of New York City, where she was born on November 22, 1984, Johansson was raised — along with her twin brother — as the youngest of four children, and she developed an interest in acting at the age of three. After enrolling in classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute for Young People, she made her stage debut opposite Ethan Hawke in the off-Broadway production of -Sophistry. Her film debut followed in 1994, when she had a supporting role in North, and she subsequently appeared in the little-seen Just Cause (1995) and If Lucy Fell (1996).  Johansson had her first significant screen breakthrough with her role as one of two orphaned teenaged sisters in Manny & Lo (1996), a coming-of-age drama directed by Lisa Krueger. Johansson, who shared the screen with Aleksa Palladino and Mary Kay Place, earned an Independent Spirit Award Best Actress nomination for her work in the film, and she soon found herself being tapped by Robert Redford to star as Kristin Scott Thomas’ daughter in The Horse Whisperer (1998). Although the film met with a very mixed reception, Johansson was widely praised for her portrayal of a girl who loses her leg and her best friend in a horrific accident. In 2000, the actress signed on to play one of the heroines (alongside Thora Birch) of Terry Zwigoff’s screen adaptation of Ghost World, Daniel Clowes’ celebrated comic about the adventures of two teen girls grappling with post-high school life. That same year, she starred in American Rhapsody, in which she portrayed a young girl who escapes communist Hungary in the 1950s and travels to the U.S. Though she would take a brief detour into camp with the 2002 giant spider fiasco Eight Legged Freaks, the respect Johansson had gained in the film industry as a result of her previous dramatic roles found the young actress in high demand among indie directors while quickly catching the eye of the Hollywood elite. With Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, Johansson’s touching performance as a young girl who strikes a tentative friendship with a washed-up American actor (memorably portrayed by Bill Murray) left no doubts regarding her dramatic skills, and although a Best Actress Oscar nomination eluded her, she received a boatload of nods from critics’ groups and the Golden Globes. The rising starlet was soon cast in the lead of such subsequent films as The Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003) and The Perfect Score (2003).  After sticking to form in 2004 with roles in In Good Company and A Love Song for Bobby Long, Johansson took her first stab at a lead role in a big budget Hollywood flick, starring opposite Ewan MacGregor in Michael Bay’s futuristic actioner The Island. While the picture was panned by critics and avoided by audiences, it did nothing to slow the young star down. She closed out the year by receiving virtually unanimous praise for her performance in Woody Allen’s Match Point. She immediately reteamed with Allen, who was full of praise for the young actress after their first collaboration, for the supernatural comedy/murder mystery Scoop in 2006. That same year she played a pivotal role in Robert De Palma’s adaptation of The Black Dahlia, while also filming an adaptation of The Nanny Diaries with Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti.

Sibylle Szaggars, marries Robert Redford in Hamburg

robert-redford-married-hamburgRobert Redford married his relatively age-appropriate longtime love Sibylle Szaggars over the weekend in her hometown of Hamburg, Germany, in a small ceremony that included about 30 relative and friends, E! Online reports.  The couple have been dating for about 13 years. Szaggars, 51, is a highly-regarded abstract painter 20 years’ Redford’s junior; they met at an event at the Sundance Film Festival, which Redford founded. Redford was married to his first wife, Lola, for nearly 30 years before they split in 1985. He has three children from that relationship.

Rockers Invade Sundance 2009: Slash, Jack White Hit Park City, Utah

rockers-invade-sundance-2009Rolling Stone’s own Peter Travers was camped out in Park City, Utah, this week for Robert Redford’s annual Sundance Film Festival. Check out his reports on his blog, the Travers Take, where he relays the story of chilling with Mike Tyson, who offered an impromptu review of Gran Torino: “I’m not stupid and I know what Clint was doin’. I respect it. But there’s something in me that wanted to see him just blow people away. Come on, I think a lot of people in the audience want to see that.”

But in addition to movie-seeing, Sundance is always about star spotting — rock-star spotting, in our case. Slash and Perry Farrell bonded, Mariah Carey and hubby Nick Cannon took in a few flicks and Wyclef Jean introduced himself to Redford (just in case this whole music thing doesn’t pan out). The White Stripes’ Jack White made the scene, as the guitar-hero documentary It Might Get Loud — featuring himself, the Edge and Jimmy Page — enjoyed its Sundance premiere. Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard was also out West, spending time with his castmates in the Jon Krasinski movie Brief Interviews With Hideous Men when he wasn’t with his fiancee, Zooey Deschanel. And Sting broke a Sundance record (and the space-time continuum) by partying with Paris Hilton and Kevin Bacon — making him one degree from … something fierce and possibly contagious.

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