Actress Dakota Johnson has taken on an active role in helping producers find the perfect star to portray her onscreen lover in the Fifty Shades Of Grey film following Charlie Hunnam's recent departure. The Sons of Anarchy star pulled out of playing Christian Grey in the big screen adaptation of writer E.L. James' erotic novel earlier this month (Oct13), leaving Universal Pictures bosses scrambling to recast his role.
However, producer Michael De Luca reveals they've been receiving a helping hand from Johnson, the daughter of Hollywood veterans Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, as they search for a suitable replacement to appear opposite her Anastasia Steele.
He tells Eonline.com, "She's the best partner a producer could have... She's helping us look through the candidates to see which chemistry kind of captures our attention."
Hunnam recently revealed his hectic TV schedule forced him to walk away from the project, and while De Luca admits losing their original leading man was a big blow, he insists production is "on track" as they are close to revealing their new Christian Grey "in a couple weeks".
British actor Jamie Dornan and Alexander Skarsgard have emerged as frontrunners, while Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer remain fan favourites for the role.
Gloriana singer Tom Gossin has tied the knot with his fiancee Jamie Moffett. The country star married his girlfriend of 10 years on Saturday (19Oct13) in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gossin's bandmate and younger brother, Mike Gossin, served as best man, while the lone female member of the group, Rachel Reinert, was bridesmaid.
Engaged since last year (12), Gossin presented his now-wife with a 1920s European-cut stone and the couple continued the period theme for their wedding with Art Deco inspired details, including their departure from the party in a vintage Rolls Royce.
The newlyweds have a small window to enjoy their honeymoon, as Gloriana is scheduled to return to the stage on 1 November (13) in South Carolina.
New mum Evan Rachel Wood is heading back to work after signing up to head Into The Forest with Ellen Page in a film adaptation of Jean Hegland's disaster novel. The pair will star as sisters battling to survive in a world without civilisation in the futuristic drama, which is based on the writer's hit 1996 book.
Page will perform double duty as co-producer of the movie, which will be directed by Grey Gardens filmmaker Patricia Rozema.
It marks Wood's first new job since welcoming a son with her husband Jamie Bell in July (13).
Jamie Foxx is attempting to hook up a supergroup to end all supergroups for a new track on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. The Oscar winner and chart-topper, who plays villain Electro in the new Spider-Man movie, has created a new track, called Chasing Spiders, and he wants to get in the studio with Rihanna, Slash and Travis Barker to record it.
He tells Men's Fitness magazine, "Rihanna will sing the hook, Slash will play the guitar and Travis Barker will play the drums. Fingers crossed."
Foxx also has the video worked out - it will feature a 60-piece orchestra of comic book supervillains and superheroes.
He adds, "When it (music) really ramps up, when the orchestra comes in, that's when you see the big fight. Imagine the orchestra playing and then, in slow motion, breaking their instruments and running from everything."
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has teamed up with Sir Elton John to raise awareness about the struggles facing homeless gay youths in Los Angeles. The stars have taken part in a short public service announcement (PSA) for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, an organisation which aims to help embattled boys and girls by providing them with shelter, medical care, counselling and job placement in a bid to get them back on their feet.
The film tells the story of a young man whose parents kick him out of their home after learning of his sexuality, leaving him to survive on the streets, where he is brutally raped, turns to drugs and is forced to prostitute himself to make money.
In the clip, Foxx says, "In most parts of the country, life is still enormously difficult for kids who are even perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered."
John continues, "One of the most popular destinations for abandoned LGBT youth is Los Angeles, where they hope their dreams might come true."
He goes on to address the fact that some of the homeless youths are forced to have sex in exchange for meals and a place to stay, while some face sexual abuse, adding, "(This) puts them at high risk for HIV infection and physical abuse... this is not OK."
Elton's partner David Furnish and actor James Woods also appear in the PSA.
The wife of Smallville star Tom Welling has filed for divorce. Jamie White Welling submitted documents to end the couple's 11-year marriage in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (16Oct13), citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split.
The model has requested spousal support from Welling, who played a young Clark Kent in Superman series Smallville.
The pair quietly filed for legal separation in December, 2012, reports TMZ.com.
They have no kids together.
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio's representative has moved swiftly to dismiss reports suggesting the Victoria's Secret stunner has split from her fiance Jamie Mazur. Rumours suggested the couple recently separated while continuing to work on their relationship, but the rep insists they're still engaged.
She says, "It's not true, they are still happily together."
The 32-year-old model and Mazur became engaged in 2008 after three years of dating. They have two children, five year old Anja and son Noah, 17 months.
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After taking on Nixon, JFK, George W. Bush, and September 11th, filmmaker Oliver Stone, along with potential star Jamie Foxx, might be DreamWorks' choice to bring Martin Luther King Jr.'s life to the screen, as reported by The Playlist. So far, it's not clear exactly how much or what part of King's life DreamWorks is looking to focus on, but Stone is well known for his long, ambling biopics, particularly of political figures.
Stone doesn't shy away from tough topics. If he's at the helm, he's going to want to tackle some of the more complex issues and potentially make large assumptions and leaps to serve his narrative. The man was able to make a film with some pathos for then-current president Bush, so this certainly won't be a slam piece on one of the great American icons and heroes. But the MLK estate has been very tough on films looking to portray the more sordid aspects of King's story, like his alleged infidelity. And with members of the King family working with DreamWorks and against rival projects (including ones from Paul Greengrass and Lee Daniels) it suggests that this may be a more sanitized vision then Stone is used to. Not only would Stone likely rankle at such demands, but erasing the complexity from MLK makes the whole film kind of pointless. Can we not handle a vision of King that paints him as something other than a martyr?
We remember Spike Lee's Malcolm X as a great film because Lee was able to work with Alex Healy/Malcom X's fantastic book, which was open about the various vices in the activist's past. It didn't hurt that the movie was blessed with Denzel Washington's amazing performance.
Now, Jamie Foxx doesn't really resemble King, but his quiet dignity mixed with deep, deep, anger and pain in last year's Django Unchained was a level of subtlety he hasn't shown since his Oscar-winning turn in Ray back in 2005. But after seeing Foxx's goofy side this summer in White House Down, his striking dissimilarities from King could really derail this film, and it doesn't really make sense why he's the top choice. But clearly DreamWorks is looking for a star, and most of the other bona fide black stars are either too old to play the 39-year-old King, have already played another distinct historical figure, or both.
What's frustrating is that there is so much room for more interpretations of King's life. Richard Nixon, for example, was not only the subject of one of Stone's lengthy films, but also has appeared in documentaries, other narratives, dramas, onstage (in the superb Frost/Nixon, which, by the way, was also turned into an Oscar nominated film), in comedies like Dick, graphic novels, and even an opera. He's been portrayed as a genius, an idiot, a crook, a coward, a fool, a hero, an opportunist, a good president, bad president, good person, and bad person. There's a wealth of creative material all based around or involving his life. Martin Luther King Jr. is a figure as large as Nixon, and like all people, was just as complex, but we rarely get to see a true representation of what that might have been like.
In short, while it's all well and good that filmmakers are interested in bringing MLK to the screen, it might not be possible for a divisive director like Stone and a potentially miscast star like Foxx to make this film a worthy one. And if it is regarded poorly, that might lead his family to become even more protective of his amazing story.
Not to mention, Drunk History did it first.