Trans actresses respond to Scarlett Johansson playing a trans man

Recently, Scarlett Johansson signed on to play real-life crime boss Dante “Tex” Gill in Rupert Sanders’ Rub & Tug, despite the fact that the real Gill—who died in 2003—was a transgender man. To make matters worse, Sanders also directed Johansson in Ghost In The Shell, in which she portrayed a character who was…

Scarlett Johansson flippantly dismisses critics of her casting as a trans man

Earlier today, ScreenCrush’s E. Oliver Whitney pointed out something that had previously been missing from coverage (ours included) of the casting for Scarlett Johansson’s new movie Rub & Tug—that the most accurate description of Dante “Tex” Gill, the Pittsburgh massage-parlor-and-steroids kingpin Johansson is set to…

All of the original Avengers got matching tattoos, except for Mark Ruffalo, who is a coward

If the Avengers are the superhero version of work friends, then facing down an intergalactic villain like Thanos is the ultimate team-building exercise. Our six original heroes—Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, and Thor—likely emerged from Infinity War closer than ever, bonded by their successes…

From femme fatale to complex superhero: The evolution of the MCU’s Black Widow

The Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t just changed the way people consume movie franchises. It’s also changed the way audiences engage with cinematic characters. Heroes introduced as the lead of their own film can go on to be tertiary characters in another and vice versa. And no character better embodies this new form…

On an Isle Of Dogs, Wes Anderson uses stop-motion to construct one of his most wondrous worlds

Dogs do not have it easy in the bright, glorious dollhouse worlds of Wes Anderson. Think of Buckley, beloved beagle of the youngest Tenenbaums, run down in the prime of his life. Or poor Snoopy, impaled casualty of the boy-scouts war raging across a woodland moonrise kingdom. (Who’s to say if he was a good dog, but he…

Scarlett Johansson addresses James Franco at Women's March: "I want my pin back"

Just a few days after James Franco attended the Golden Globes with a Time’s Up pin indicating his support for the campaign to set up a legal defense fund in support of women who have been harassed in the workplace, The Los Angeles Times published a story about five women who had accused him of “sexually inappropriate…

Marvel's Black Widow movie has a writer, is one step closer to existing

For years now, people have been loudly wondering why someone, somewhere, won’t give Scarlett Johansson’s immensely popular Black Widow character her own film. (Oddly enough, the people asking this have included the increasingly successful Russo brothers, and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, either of whom you’d think…

Our critics go back to the cyberpunk future of Ghost In The Shell

One of the year’s most controversial blockbusters is also one of its most visually ravishing. On this episode of Film Club, A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to talk about the new live-action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell, discussing the allegations of whitewashing, the ways the film deviates from the…