Did you guys know that they're looking at a three-toed sloth to play Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie? Word has it, he really gets the ladies (like Kristen Bell) going. Speaking of which, do you think she'd make a good Anastasia Steele? I know she's a blonde, but that's nothing a little dye-job can't fix!
This is how rumors get started, you guys. Alright, well, this particular rumor probably isn't going to stick, but after the names we've seen flying around the Fifty Shades movie like the fronds of a flogger (or are they tendrils?), it can't be all that far off. The latest name of an incredibly attractive male actor to be thrown into the Christian Grey ring with Alexander Skarsgard, Ian Somerhalder, Matthew Bomer, and Colonel Mustard, er, I mean Henry Cavill is none other than the Baby Goose himself, Ryan Gosling. According to an interview with Now magazine, E.L. James' husband, Niall Leonard, says that "last he heard" the first choice to take on Mr. Grey was Gosling. And this is the point at which we collectively roll our eyes and add, "Sure, and I bet Hologram Tupac is the new American Idol judge this season." That's where the Fifty Shades casting rumors now lie: a notch below rumors of Idol's replacements for Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson at the Table of the Coca-Cola Chalices. But why is Gosling the final straw? Let's start with the fact that he's one of the (if not the) most universally desirable actors out there, in both a casting sense and an "in your dreams, Kelsea" sense. Let's follow that up with the fact that he's actually a talented actor who'd be better served spending an entire movie staring silently at Carrie Mulligan than reciting lines about how much he loves Coldplay and BDSM. And let's follow that up with the way in which his name has been thrown out for consideration: the guy who's married to the author thinks that "last he heard" they were looking at possibly trying to get Gosling as their first choice. And this comes in the face of James' numerous tweets refuting any credibility in the constant casting rumors. That's a whole lot of maybe. Add this to the fact that every casting rumor for Fifty Shades has come out of thin air, or thanks to actors with Christian Grey-esque qualities answering reporters' questions about their aptitude for the role. Skarsgard said in May that he'd be into the role, so naturally he's a serious contender. (Joe Mangianello spoke favorably of the possibility too, but he plays a werewolf on TV, so let's be real — he doesn't stand a chance.) Somerhalder said he'd be "up for it" and that it would be "very, very amazing" so he's definitely hovering over a contract with a quill and ink. Throw in a handful of other stars who've said they were interested in passing or were photoshopped onto the cover of EW, and you've got a cut-throat battle to nab the role of a lifetime — in a movie that's so heavily based in (possibly inaccurate) BDSM sex that we're not sure it could be made accurately without bearing the cross of an NC-17 rating, at the very least. So what does this all have to do with American Idol? In case you've missed it, the reality series has been at the center of a casting scramble since Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced their departures from their judging posts (ERMAHGERD). Since those couple of days, every casting rumor — even a joke thrown out by producer Nigel Lythgoe about nabbing Charlie Sheen — has been genuinely entertained by fans and the media. A star tweets about enjoying the show, suddenly they're "in talks" to judge. Everyone with an ounce of musical talent, from Kanye West to Keith Urban, has been rumored to be eyeing a spot at the judging table. And yet, the only one of those seats that is officially filled is that of Mariah Carey, which was announced way back in July. Doesn't this all sound a little familiar? Let's all do ourselves a favor and give the casting rumors for this Fifty Shades adaptation a rest until someone actually finishes the script for this improbable film and actually starts casting it. Cool? Cool. Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: Wenn] More: 'Fifty Shades of Grey': What Do Authors and BDSM Authors Think? 'Fifty Shades of Grey': A 'True Blood' Battle? Why the 'American Idol' Judging Panel Exodus Is a Chance to Finally Get It Right
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Comedian Steve Harvey's novel "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" sold 2 million copies since its 2009 release. Hollywood rules clearly states that that means a feature film adaptation is the next logical step. Screen Gems picked up the novel, which is essentially a love guide for bridging the differences between the sexes for successful relationships, to make a movie about a soon-to-be-divorced, self-professed relationship expert who doles out advice to a couple. Funny man Kevin Hart will play the "counselor," but today we've learned that Michael Ealy and Taraji Henson will portray the ailing couple in Think Like A Man.
Variety says that Tim Story (Barbershop) will direct from a script by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman. Will Packer will produce while Harvey will serve as executive producer. Production is set to begin this summer for an April 6, 2012 release. Harvey is a bit of an icon in the African American comedy world, so his presence should help sell the film, as will Henson, who's the biggest star in the set cast. Unfortunately, the film sounds like an terribly generic rom-com and is being released against another that's significantly bigger (American Reunion). In addition, The Cold Light Of Day (an action thriller that stars Bruce Willis and new Superman Henry Cavill) and Titanic 3D will hit theaters on the same day, making Think Like A Man's prospects of taking a healthy opening weekend haul very grim.
Finally a brilliantly told fractured fairy tale for children and adults alike that does not feature a grouchy green orge anywhere. Once upon a time a young man sneaks into the mysterious magic kingdom of Stormhold that’s walled off from his quiet English village. He soon meets a lovely young lady who just so happens to be a princess enslaved by a not-so-wicked witch. Nine months later a basket is dropped on his doorstep. Yes this baby boy is the unexpected result of his one-night liasion with the royal lass. The boy grows up blissfully unaware of his regal roots so when he reaches manhood Tristan (Charlie Cox) doesn’t understand why he so drawn to the land on the other side of the Wall. He finally hops over the Wall when a star falls out of the sky and lands deep in the heart of Stormhold. His goal: to bring back the star as proof of his love for Victoria (Sienna Miller). Too bad this scheming temptress doesn’t think too much of the penniless and mild-mannered workingclass stiff. This being a fairy tale the star isn’t just a star. The star’s actually a beautiful celestial being named Yvaine (Claire Danes). And she fell to earth as part of a devious plan by Stormhold’s dying king (Peter O'Toole) to determine his successor. But the king’s scheming sons (Jason Flemying and Mark Strong) are not the only ones seeking Yvaine. The oh-so-wicked witch Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) needs Yvaine to help her restore her youth. So that means Tristan must become the hero he’s destined to become—and take on witches princes airbourne pirates (Robert De Niro’s Capt. Shakespeare) and shady black marketeers (The Office’s Ricky Gervais)—so he can return home to Victoria. But Cupid has other plans for Tristran and it’s not hard to guess what those are. If all stars took on the human form of Claire Danes many more of us would probably pursue a career in astronomy. But it doesn’t take a working knowledge of the Hubble telescope to see how relaxed and luminous Danes is when she’s not carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. And sparks definitely fly between Danes and Charlie Cox even when they’re at hurling hilarious insults at each other. Newcomer Cox makes a smooth transition from ill-at-ease lovesick puppy to swashbuckling hero. He also doesn’t seem to be intimidated at the prospect of staring down Robert De Niro. There’s always concern whenever De Niro takes on a comedic role for a big paycheck. He usually gets by with pure talent and nothing more. And when De Niro’s pirate crosses paths with Cox and Danes you immediately fear that he’s going to offer yet another variation on his tough gruff Alpha males from Analyze This and Meet the Parents. But he blindsides us by instead going all Jack Sparrow on us—that is if the old sea dog had no interest in the ladies—to deliriously campy effect. What with Hairspray and now Stardust Michelle Pfeiffer’s comeback seems to be predicated on getting in touch with her inner bitch. She’s splendidly nasty and scary as Lamia. And the uglier and older she gets the meaner and funnier she gets. Equally cruel—though more cheerfully so—is Sienna Miller. Providing small but amusing cameos are Gervais once again revealing an unparallel mastery of toadying and Peter O'Toole who kicks the bucket quicker than John Cleese’s King Harold does in Shrek the Third. There’s legitimate reason to question whether Layer Cake director Matthew Vaughn has what it takes to direct a big-budget effects-driven summer blockbuster. Remember after making his name producing or directing relatively inexpensive British crime capers Vaughn walked away from X-Men: The Last Stand. Judging by Stardust though Vaughn would have done a masterful job leading those misunderstood mutants into battle. Then again he couldn’t have done worse than Brett Ratner. Based on the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess Stardust possesses both a big heart and an uncommon adventurous streak. Unlike the recent Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End which was too long and too cumbersome for its own good Stardust moves nimbly and confidently through a strange and wonderful land populated with noble heroes to cheer for fiendish villains to boo at and gorgeous damsels in distress to sigh over. Vaughn keeps us on the edge of our seats whenever Tristan must think or fight his way out of danger. But he invests as much time in making believe that Tristan and Yvaine are made for each other. He also strikes a fine balance between honoring the sword-and-sorcery genre while playfully sending up its many cliches. The humor’s a lot more risqué than the bedtime story that was The Princess Bride but most of the sexual innuendoes will zoom over the heads of those still too young to pick up on many of Shrek’s pop-cultural references. Clearly Stardust cannot escape all other comparisons to The Princess Bride but Stardust boasts more than enough magic and daring-do to win over those who remained enthralled to this day by Cary Elwes’ brave efforts to rescue a kidnapped Robin Wright Penn. So this is one fairy tale that richly deserves its happily ever after--and for that matter so does Vaughn.