Scarlett Johansson to direct Ellie Goulding concert

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“I was obsessed with murder,” the British pop singer Ellie Goulding said of her childhood recently while regarding a diorama of taxidermied antelope at the American Museum of Natural History.Back in 2013, it was reported that Scarlett Johansson would make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Truman Capote’s first novel, Summer Crossing.Besides slaying the big screen in roles like Avengers’ Black Widow or Lucy’s leading heroine, actress Scarlett Johansson is hopping into the director’s seat for the next AMEX Unstaged show with Ellie Goulding next month, Billboard can exclusively reveal.The most intriguing thing about Ellie Goulding’s new single, “Army,” is how achingly vulnerable it is. “I’m a pain, I’m a child, I’m afraid,” she sings on the first verse, kicking things off with a mellow, self-confessional vibe that’s drastically different from her recent single “On My Mind.” (Something tells me “Army” isn’t quite fitted for a music vid with horses riding through a casino).

This 28-year-old musician, known for her breathy, ethereal singing voice, said that her father collected books about true crime, “so I knew everything about Jack the Ripper, even the Yorkshire Ripper, Ted Bundy, Charles Manson.” Growing up in public housing in the tiny parish of Lyonshall in western England, Ms. Aside from Hot 100 hits and fan favorites, expect material from Goulding’s third album, Delirium, at the show — the new album drops five days prior to the Nov. 11 concert in New York City. But don’t be fooled: the slow build of “Army” eventually reaches a massive climax, erupting in a soaring chorus that’s similar to her “Fifty Shades of Grey” smash, “Love Me Like You Do.” The track hits its full force as Ellie triumphantly repeats, “When I’m with you, I’m standing with an army.” On Friday (Oct. 30), Ellie revealed the inspiration behind the uplifting track with an open letter to fans that she shared on Tumblr and Instagram.

James Franco and Seth Rogen are set to create perhaps their most off-the-wall film to date, a making-the-movie story based on cult favourite The Room. Goulding cherished school visits to the Imperial War and Science museums in London, a three-hour drive from home. “It was expensive,” she said, “and such a special occasion to go there.” These days, her status as one of England’s most celebrated pop stars has made her cultural expeditions less of a rarity. Johansson has previously directed a 2009 short film called These Vagabond Shoes, which stars Kevin Bacon as a man on a quest to get a hotdog New York. Meanwhile, the 28-year-old star previously admitted she finds fame difficult and credits her manager for stopping her from ”crumbling.” She said: ”I do think that if I hadn’t had my manager or my friends around me, I could have crumbled very quickly.

Last November, she rented the Natural History Museum in London — now just down the road from her home — for a private nighttime tour, a birthday gift for her boyfriend, Dougie Poynter, the bassist in a band called McBusted. The singer fell hard for Jay Asher’s 2007 novel, in which a boy discovers a box of tapes that outline the reasons his classmate and crush took her own life – one of which is directly tied to him. ET that evening, and will be streamed via www.amexunstaged.com and the Unstaged app. (Starting now, fans can head to the site to download the app and hear behind-the-scenes stories from Goulding.) Johansson joins a lengthy list of celebrity directors for American Express Unstaged, including Spike Lee, Bennett Miller, Werner Herzog, Todd Haynes, David Lynch, Johnathan Demme, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen. Along with the official audio version of the song above, she also released a live in-studio performance at the iconic Abbey Road Studios that further showcases her chillingly powerful vocals. It doesn’t happen accidentally. ”So when you find out that it’s not as pretty as it looks, I feel like that’s almost your comeuppance or your karma.

Not what you thought it would be, right?”’ And Ellie – who is gearing up to release her studio album ‘Delirium’ – sees it as a bit of an ”experiment.” She explained: ”A part of me views this album as an experiment – to make a big pop album. She was recently enlisted by former Saturday Night Live writer Mike O’Brien to read verses from the Bible in a suggestive manner for his comedy album Tasty Radio. Widely considered one of the worst movies ever made, Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 drama (in which he stars and directs) has attracted rowdy audiences across North America for special screenings during which audiences shouted in unison, dressed up and brought props. This album marks a shift from a sound fusing opaque electronics and lilting organic elements to full-on pop music, the kind of shiny, compact hooks that come from working with pop masterminds like the songwriters and producers Greg Kurstin and Max Martin. (Mr. According to Deadline, the actress will take on the role of Jodi, a wife whose husband leaves her for a younger woman and the dangerous breakdown that ensues.

Goulding developed a reputation as a sort of crown princess of electronic dance music, or EDM. “She was a lot different from the major pop singers in America,” Mr. Now pop singers are a little more electronic, but Ellie really stood out on the scene.” Tracks like “Starry Eyed” received hulking dubstep remixes, and her songs with Mr. Her American audience seemed to splinter between the Electric Daisy Carnival set and adult contemporary radio listeners. “Electronic music is my true love, but I realized that the music I listen to is not necessarily the music I want to perform,” Ms. Goulding said while walking past a giant 1870s Haida canoe suspended from the ceiling. “Everyone wants to work with Max — but he doesn’t work with everyone.

Besides making big records, there’s nothing more important than working with someone you get on with.” Despite her reign as a chart-topper and a dance-music power vocalist, Ms. At the Met Gala this year, she wore a silvery, beaded dress by Marchesa; a few days later, she posted an Instagram photo of herself from Women’s Health U.K. magazine kickboxing in leggings and a tank top. “I think if my music’s doing well, I don’t need to be something else which I’m not,” she said. “I’m not trying to be more than a singer. Goulding was hyper-aware of patrons in the museum cafe who pulled out their smartphones, checking if they were snapping surreptitious selfies with her in the background. At the museum, though, a few weeks before “Delirium” will be released, the only person who may have spotted her was a towheaded 20-something who eyed her as she examined a preserved specimen of Guinea worm in an exhibit about disease eradication. “I’m not always like my music, which can be quite brutal, quite powerful,” she said. “I can be very shy, and there’s not much about my music anymore that’s shy.

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