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Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer and Kate McKinnon To Star in “Raunchy Comedy”

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That’s a headline I’m almost surprised to read (much less type), but it’s happening and I’m pretty darn delighted about it. Scarlett Johansson and Ilana Glazer will be starring in a comedy film together, along with Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell.

The film, titled Rock That Body, will be directed by Lucia Aniello from a script she co-wrote with her comedy/writing partner and boyfriend Paul W. Downs (a.k.a. Trey on Broad City. Aniello has directed and co-written many episodes of Broad City with Downs, so that alone definitely gives you a sense of what this movie will likely be.

Deadline is describing the film as following “a group of friends whose wild bachelorette party goes so far off the rails that a male stripper turns up dead.” Hmmm.

Let’s put it this way: it’s interesting to see the dead stripper trope, which is typically inhabited by a female character, flipped on its head. It’s a joke that’s been referenced in countless other comedy films and television shows, but could this be the first time anyone has ever thought to make it a male stripper who accidentally winds up dead thanks to a bachelorette party’s crazy antics? Given that this is a project from Aniello and Downs, however, I’m guessing it’s going to be a lot smarter than the very brief synopsis gives it credit for. Apparently, it was picked up by Sony Pictures in “a very aggressive bidding war”, according to Deadline, so that would also lead one to believe that the studio is very invested in its success.

Rock That Body is scheduled for a June 23, 2017 release, where it will go up against the latest installment in the Transformers franchise. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for that trailer to emerge.

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Scarlett Johansson Thinks The Wage Gap Should Be Part of a “Larger Conversation”

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In an interview with Cosmpolitan for their upcoming May issue, Scarlett Johansson discussed a number of subjects–including Planned Parenthood and failed past relationships–but the subject of the wage gap in Hollywood was also addressed. Several actresses have already vocalized their personal struggles in dealing with discrepancies between the salary they received and that of their male co-stars’, such as Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams–but in regards to sharing her own experience, ScarJo says she doesn’t feel comfortable with it:

“There’s something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole… I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage… I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”

Johansson’s word choice is especially interesting here; she says she doesn’t want to be “obnoxious” in speaking about her own experience–which is, I think, an issue that a lot of women in Hollywood face. Rather than run the risk of attracting negative attention by speaking out–or being labeled “obnoxious”–they decide not to speak out at all. And honestly, barring Hollywood–it’s an issue faced by women in general.

I get what Johansson is trying to say; the wage gap should be part of a “larger conversation”, and one that is ongoing. I also appreciate that she’s acknowledging her own privilege and the professional successes she’s been fortunate enough to have. But when actresses bring their own struggles to the forefront and go public with that information, it becomes a part of that ongoing conversation by default. The more women who are honest about it, the more it gets harder for everyone else to ignore or sweep under the proverbial rug–and an actress of Johansson’s fame level can impact that “larger conversation” for good.

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