Scarlett Johansson: Venice Critic's Darling

09/07/2004 at 08:00 AM EDT

Scarlett Johansson: Venice Critic's Darling
Scarlett Johansson
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Talk about good reviews: Lost in Translation star Scarlett Johansson came to the Venice Film Festival to promote her new movie, A Love Song for Bobby Long, and found herself presented with a valentine from a journalist.

"This is kind of a confession," a Chilean writer told the 19-year-old actress at a packed press conference. "I can't sleep at night thinking about you. ... Please, could you choose one of your favorites (movies) to make with me. Come on Scarlett, please."

"Oh God," she replied. "Uhm. Single White Female, maybe," Johansson quipped, referring to the 1992 film about a woman whose roommate becomes dangerously obsessed with her.

"I've never seen it," the reporter said. "What is it about? It is a love one?"

"Of sorts," an uneasy Johansson replied to the journalist. The Associated Press reports that this same "journalist" told Steven Spielberg at a Venice press conference of his idea to make a sequel to Saving Private Ryan called Saving Private Bush – but "at the end of the film no one saves him."

Spielberg did not respond.

Meanwhile, in other news from Venice, Johnny Depp showed up to promote his new Oscar contender, Finding Neverland, a warmly received movie in which he plays Scottish Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie.

At his press conference, Depp, 41, was asked about the Peter Pan theme of never growing up. "The notion is beautiful," he replied, "but it's also fun growing old."

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