Actress Scarlett Johansson is suing a French publishing house over a novel that uses her name and image and explores the challenges of being beautiful.
The JC Lattes publishing house said that a lawsuit was filed about Gregoire Delacourt’s book “The First Thing We Look At.” JC Lattes spokeswoman Emmanuelle Allibert says the publisher’s lawyers are preparing to respond to the court, which will then decide whether to take up the case.
Allibert says the book is entirely fiction and is about a character who looks just like Johansson, not Johansson herself. That character is enmeshed in a romance with another lookalike — one modeled after film star Ryan Gosling.
Johansson’s French lawyer Vincent Toledano said in a statement that Johansson is protesting the use of her name and image for “mercantile” purposes, and accuses the book of invading her privacy.
Harry Connick Jr. has written a song in honor of a 6-year-old girl killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. "Love Wins" is dedicated to Ana Grace Marquez-Greene. He says proceeds will go to the Ana Grace Fund set up to help the girl's family.
Connick played with the girl's jazz saxophonist father, Jimmy Greene, and sang at the funeral for Ana, one of 20 first-graders and six adults killed in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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