Charlie Hunnam is feeling confident about the kinky sex scenes in his upcoming movie Fifty Shades Of Grey as he shed his inhibitions as a teenager while making cult gay TV series Queer As Folk. The British actor has landed the coveted role of Christian Grey in the big screen adaptation of E. L. James' bestselling erotic novel, opposite Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.
The film will contain a number of racy bedroom scenes, but Hunnam is convinced he is up to the challenge following his turn as a gay teenager in the popular British 1990s TV show, which included plenty of saucy scenarios.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer as Folk. It was incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man. I mean I'm 16 and 17 years wiser now. So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady."
Hunnam also insists Johnson is the perfect choice to play the female lead, adding, "As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us. It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it."
However, he reveals his girlfriend Morgana McNelis may struggle to watch the Fifty Shades of Grey movie: "It's very hard to be with an actor. She's required to share parts of me that she wouldn't really want to share. With the nature of this role, that's going to be times 10..."
Outraged Fifty Shades Of Grey fans have launched an online petition in a bid to force film bosses to reconsider casting Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson as the leads in the movie adaptation of E.L. James' book. The author announced on Monday (02Sep13) that Hunnam and Johnson will play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the film, and fans are far from happy.
Many have taken to Change.org and are petitioning Hollywood executives and James to replace Hunnam and Johnson with fan favourites Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel.
Producers of the film have defended the castings, explaining chemistry, talent and availability had a lot to do with their choices.
On Twitter.com, Dana Brunetti writes, "There is a lot that goes into casting that isn't just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc.
"So if your favourite wasn't cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective."
As of press time on Tuesday (03Sep13), the petition had garnered over 6,700 signatures.
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Upon hearing that Charlie Hunnam has been cast as the titular sado-masochist in the upcoming film adaptation of EL James' novel Fifty Shades of Grey (the news reported by Deadline), fans of the story have been chiming in with their approval — or lack thereof — of the choice. But looking at it from another angle, is Fifty Shades the right choice for Hunnam at this point in his career? Ever since the polarizing Pacific Rim, Hunnam has been on thin ice with some critics and moviegoers. Working with occasionally abject dialogue, Hunnam gave a performance that has been called out as the worst part of Guillermo del Toro's film. So will something like James' pseudo-porn from the screenwriter behind the groan-worthy Terra Nova be a detriment to Hunnam at this sensitive crossroads?
If he were just another well-sculpted frontman whose career had promise only to marshal action-heavy blockbusters and sultry romances, then we might not even bother with the question of whether or not this is the right time for Hunnam to sign onto Fifty Shades. But the man has talent, and fandom to boot. His Sons of Anarchy role, Jax Teller, has earned him critical praise and public celebration. He proved comically adept as the uncurably suave Lloyd on Judd Apatow's goofy college comedy Undeclared, impressed in a handful of acclaimed dramas, with Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men a standout.
In short, Hunnam has the goods. He can handle real material, not just kaijus and sex dens. And we're afraid that so soon after an unfavorable Pac Rim reaction, Hunnam's assignment to Christian Grey might label him forever a flat actor who juggles lackluster scripts.
Then again, maybe we shouldn't discount Fifty Shades entirely. Maybe Hunnam and newly cast costar Dakota Johnson will derive some provocative chemistry from the story. Maybe screenwriter Kelly Marcel, who is also handling this year's anticipated picture Saving Mr. Banks, has more up her sleeve than a few "Oh my God! A dinosaur!" exclamations. Maybe director Sam Taylor-Johnson will conjure up her Nowhere Boy magic and instill this new project with a hefty dose of character and charm. If all things go as such, this might not be such a bad choice for Hunnam after all.
But try convincing the Fifty Shades fans that he's not a bad choice for the movie...
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Melanie Griffith is a proud mum after learning her daughter Dakota Johnson has landed the lead in the movie adaptation of E.L. James' scandalous novel Fifty Shades Of Grey. James herself announced the casting on Monday (02Sep13), revealing Charlie Hunnam would be playing Christian Grey opposite Johnson's Anastasia Steele, and Griffith jumped on Twitter to celebrate.
She wrote, "My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades. Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama."
Meanwhile, producer Michael De Luca has revealed the pairing of Hunnam and Johnson was easy to pick as there was "incredible chemistry" between them.
He says, "Auditions were stunning."
The Fifty Shades of Grey movie will open next summer (Aug14).
Melanie Griffith's actress daughter Dakota Johnson will romance Charlie Hunnam in the upcoming film adaptation of erotic bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey. Author E.L. James announced the big news on Monday (02Sep13), revealing The Social Network star, whose father is Miami Vice veteran Don Johnson, had been chosen to portray adventurous college student Anastasia Steele on the big screen.
Taking to her Twitter.com blog, James wrote, "I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey."
Minutes later, she added, "The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey."
Johnson's casting comes just days after she was tipped for the role, ahead of the likes of Emma Watson, Kate Beckinsale and Alexis Bledel, while Sons of Anarchy star Hunnam also recently emerged as the hot favourite to play masochistic billionaire Grey.
British filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the movie.
Melanie Griffith's actress daughter Dakota Johnson has emerged as the favourite for the female lead in the big screen adaptation of raunchy bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey. The 23-year-old former model, whose father is Miami Vice legend Don Johnson, is currently a "serious contender" to play the book's heroine Anastasia Steele, according to movie industry website TheWrap.com.
A host of famous faces, including Emma Watson, Kate Beckinsale and Alexis Bledel, have reportedly been considered for the coveted part, but Johnson is said to be a favourite as she has few film credits to her name.
British moviemaker Sam Taylor-Johnson has signed up to direct the Hollywood version of the erotic literary sensation by E.L. James, while Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam is the latest name linked to the role of masochistic billionaire Christian Grey.
Jewish rapper Matisyahu, rocker Travis Barker and pop star Ariana Grande have teamed up for an unlikely collaboration as part of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama's ongoing campaign to promote healthy living. The three artists have recorded a track titled U R What You Eat (Salad Bar) for a new hip-hop inspired album, Songs for a Healthier America, which was put together by officials at Obama's Partnership for a Healthier America organisation and the Hip Hop Public Health group.
Other tunes on the project bring together Ashanti, Gerry Gunn, Artie Green and Robbie Nova, while Shayna Steele, Jeremy Jordan, Our Time Theater kids and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren have joined forces for another song.
Executives at Obama's Let's Move! campaign, which aims to fight obesity and promote fitness among kids, hope the message to lead healthier lives reaches children via the music.
Sam Kass, executive director of Let's Move! and White House assistant chef, says, "Cultural leaders and visionaries in our country can give these messages to kids in a way that's not preachy. Kids are going to be dancing and listening to the music. I think hip-hop in particular - so many kids love hip-hop. It's such a core part of our culture... and particularly in the African-American community and the Latino community, which is being disproportionately affected by those health issues."
Jordin Sparks and hip-hop icon Doug E. Fresh are also among the artists featured on the album - their duet Everybody was released earlier this year (13).
The Let's Move! campaign was launched in 2010 and featured a video from Beyonce, who reworked her song Get Me Bodied and renamed it Move Your Body for the Let's Move! Flash Workout initiative.
This summer, two exhaustingly male-dominated subgenres of comedy film are given the fresh take of female leads: The Heat, which rebranded the buddy cop shtick with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy at the lead, and The To Do List, the new release that hands young (but playing younger) star Aubrey Plaza the sex comedy milieu. Playing a long-repressed high school graduate, Plaza's Brandy Klark takes a page from the American Pie book and "vows" to complete a list of sex acts prior to leaving her sleepy suburban hometown for college. This was an undertaking that many appreciated when handled by Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, and the other two. But when it's handed to Brandy, we can't help but squirm all the way through.
The first question we have to ask: is that because she's a woman? Are those of us who have a hard time with The To Do List anchored down by our shameful discomfort with female sexuality? Although it's necessary to entertain the possibility of our own prejudices, the blame here really lies with the character. Jim Levenstein and his band of merry idiots were not without their ethical shortcomings: they were a selfish, childish, vain, and inconsiderate bunch. But Brandy, and the very spirit of The To Do List entirely, is just plain mean.
Actively casting out the well-being of her friends and coworkers, Brandy turns what might have been a joyful albeit raunchy screwball comedy into a vindictive mission for self-gratification. So steadfast in her narcissistic ploy is the character that she destroys her closest relationships — those with lifelong pals played by Alia Shawkat and Sarah Steele, and more substantially, that with Cameron (Johnny Simmons), the friend who pines quite openly for her. Without any real interest in rectifying the latter turmoils, Brandy affixes herself to a new found "live for the now" mentality, not really recognizing that this passionate maxim is hardly a free pass to be a jackass to the people who care about her.
The film's saving grace, as one might expect, is Bill Hader, who enjoys his own story of abandoning his suspended adolescence to become a more "appropriate" version of an adult. Although we might roll our eyes at the film's intention to have us root for his perpetual party-boy attitude, we can't help but laugh at his usual charming delivery. That, and a couple of laughable gags from bit players Donald Glover, Andy Samberg, and Adam Pally, are what make The To Do List a passable hour-and-a-half of entertainment. Otherwise, the film's would-be fun-loving, youthful spirit crumbles under a misanthropic attitude and bitter disregard that no teen movie (or teen, for that matter) is duly entitled to.
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A number of Pierce Brosnan's former co-stars have reached out to the actor following the death of his daughter. Charlotte Brosnan lost her three-year battle with ovarian cancer on Friday (28Jun13), and the former Bond star released a statement on Monday night (01Jul13) paying tribute to the 42 year old for fighting the disease with "grace and humanity, courage and dignity".
In the hours after his announcement, Brosnan's Remington Steele co-star Stephanie Zimbalist paid her respects, writing in a message on Facebook.com, "Sad news to announce. Please join us in sending love, prayers and sympathy to Pierce Brosnan and his family for the death of his daughter Charlotte."
Olivia Munn, who starred alongside Brosnan in 2011's I Don't Know How She Does It, wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "My deepest condolences to Pierce Brosnan and his family for the loss of his daughter to ovarian cancer."
Actor Robert Davi, a longtime pal of Brosnan's, added, "Just been informed - my friend Pierce Brosnan has lost his daughter to an illness - my prayers and love go out to him and his family."
Charlotte was the daughter of the actor's first wife, Cassandra Harris, who also died of ovarian cancer in 1991. Brosnan adopted Charlotte and her brother Christopher after their father passed away in 1986.
Empire Of The Sun star Luke Steele paddled out into the middle of an ocean in the dead of night hoping he would be eaten by sharks after a furious bust-up with bandmate Nick Littlemore. The notoriously volatile pair was recording tracks for new album Ice on the Dune when Steele caught his collaborator bad-mouthing him to their manager in an online phone call.
The singer flipped, had a brawl with his pal, and drunkenly smashed up the studio before storming out and launching a bizarre 'suicide by shark attack' plan.
He tells Q magazine, "It p**sed me off so bad. We all have the same heart towards the project, but you don't realise it's so broken. (We had a) rugby tackle punch-up... It was so intense (when I paddled out to sea). I wanted to get eaten by a shark. That's the time when I thought, 'I can't live with this danger. I've got a child and a wife and a family.'"
The pair made up later that night in a tearful phone call, and Littlemore adds, "It was a very intense evening."