Black Widow hopes to snare buyer
Blond bombshell turned Black Widow Scarlett Johansson, who will take over the role of Natasha Romanoff in the superhero film sequel " Iron Man 2" due out in May, has listed her walled and gated Spanish villa in the Hollywood Hills for $4.95 million.

The recently restored and remodeled house, built in 1931, has four bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in about 4,300 square feet. The grounds include nearly three-quarters of an acre with gardens, terraces and a swimming pool.

Rooms on the main level open to a glass-topped central atrium. The house has a period-style kitchen with original tile, a maid's quarters that could be used for a media room or a gym, and a basement.

The actress and singer, 25, had starring roles in " The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008), "Lost in Translation" (2003) and "The Horse Whisperer" (1998). Her first album, "Anywhere I Lay My Head," was released in 2008, followed by "Break Up" last fall. She is currently on Broadway in Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge." In 2008, Johansson married Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, 33.

Johansson purchased the property in 2007 from director-producer Harold Becker for $7 million, public records show.

The listing agent is Brett Lawyer of Sotheby's International Realty's Sunset Boulevard office, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Happy howls from actor?

Actor James Franco, who plays poet Allen Ginsberg in the forthcoming film "Howl," recently sold his Sunset Strip-area compound for $3.3 million.

The Spanish-style villa, built in 1923, has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in 4,000 square feet. There are vaulted and beamed ceilings, city views and a master bedroom suite with a 19th century marble bathtub. The walled and gated property includes a swimming pool and a guest casita.

Franco, 31, starred in " Pineapple Express" (2008) and "Milk" (2008), as well as the " Spider-Man" movies (2002, 2004 and 2007). The actor-director-writer joined the cast of "General Hospital" last fall and had appeared in 22 episodes through mid-January. He got his break when he landed a leading role in the TV comedy "Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000).

The property was purchased in 2006 for $2,325,000, public records show. It came on the market in late September at $3,695,000.

Deedee Howard of Prudential California Realty, Beverly Hills, was the listing agent, the MLS shows, while Brett Lawyer of Sotheby's International Realty's Sunset Boulevard office represented the buyer.

Google-search for buyer? Nah

Technology entrepreneur and philanthropist David Bohnett has put his restored Holmby Hills estate on the market for $18.9 million.

Designed by A. Quincy Jones in the mid-'50s for Academy Award-winning actor Gary Cooper, the wood, stone and glass house has four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 5,721 square feet and sits on nearly 2 1/2 wooded acres. Paths and low rock walls traverse the grounds and gardens.