The London premiere of raunchy movie Fifty Shades Of Grey was marred by protest groups campaigning against domestic violence on Thursday night (12Feb15).
Members of the Fifty Shades is Domestic Violence campaign group descended on Leicester Square in the British capital armed with placards, balloons, T-shirts and a large banner to protest against the film's portrayal of a kinky relationship while the stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan walked the grey carpet.
Other individuals held up placards to condemn the film for allegedly glamorising domestic violence, with one sign reading, "#BlueAboutGrey - because some Ana's don't survive their Christian's (sic)".
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson addressed the calls of domestic violence to U.K. TV show Good Morning Britain, saying, "We took a very definite approach towards empowering Anastasia and she goes on a sexual exploration, but it's one she goes on willingly and she consents throughout."
Stars including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, author E.L. James, former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and singer Jamelia also attended the premiere.
Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is planning to open a bizarre new restaurant where chefs only serve up burned food. The Oscar winner confesses he likes his meat, fish and poultry overly-well done and he has had so much trouble convincing cooks to prepare his food to his liking, he wants to launch his own special eatery.
The brains behind The Social Network explains, "I love well done food, but beyond well done, burnt. Beef, chicken, fish, anything...
"I was at a restaurant once and I ordered a steak. I told the waiter I wanted it well done, and he said, 'Our well done steak is grey round the edges, pink in the middle', and I went, 'No, no, it's gotta be burnt all the way through', and he went and got the manager... because the chef wasn't going to make it that way!
"So I wanna open a restaurant called Well Done and our motto would be, 'We understand'."
If you’ve read 50 Shades of Grey chances are you already know where you’re going to be on Valentine’s Day: Planted in a movie theater seat with a bucket of popcorn and a bestie on either side of you, ready to watch Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele steam up the big screen. You know the book isn’t winning any Pulitzers, but there’s no shame in being super excited for the movie adaptation - especially since they cast a total hottie as everyone’s favorite sadomasochist. Here are some reasons why we’re psyched about Jamie Dornan.
1. He’s exactly what we pictured Christian Grey to look like - and he looks good in a suit.
2. He also looks good, um, out of a suit.
3. He used to be a Calvin Klein model. Google those pics immediately. We’ll wait.
4. He played a creepy serial killer in The Fall.
The Fall is a fantastic BBC series now streaming on Netflix and he played his character so well, we didn’t hate him for it. That’s not easy to do. Just ask Dexter Morgan.
5. He’s Irish. So, even though he’s playing an American as Christian Grey, you know the accent is there. And that’s automatically sexy.
6. He appeared on everyone’s favorite fairytale series, Once Upon a Time, and shockingly wasn’t playing Prince Charming. But he was still just as dreamy.
7. From the looks of the 50 Shades teaser trailer, he appears to be a very good kisser.
8. He was in Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst and wore a three-corner hat like a boss.
9. He’s set to appear in a movie with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul called The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Might as well just take our money now!
10. He may have smoldering good looks, but he’s a family man at heart.
Dornan is married to English singer-songwriter Amelia Warner and they have a baby girl together. Aww.
11. This face.
Still not convinced he’ll make a good Christian Grey? Sorry, we can’t be friends.
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A machine gun that sparked a raid on Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's home on Thursday night (28Aug14) will go under the hammer in October (14). Police officers were called to the Fifty Shades of Grey director's London home after a passer-by noticed a machine gun on a desk through the window.
They entered the property and discovered the weapon was a decommissioned M16 assault rifle which had been given to the moviemaker for an art project.
The gun is part of an anti-war art collection called Peace One Day M16 and will go under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in London on 17 October (14) to raise funds for the international charity.
According to Britain's Daily Mail, the couple, who were out during the raid, now face talks with the Metropolitan Police about wasting officers' time and resources.
Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been taking his young daughters to the set of his director wife's saucy new movie Fifty Shades Of Grey.
The Godzilla star has two young daughters, aged four and two, with his moviemaker wife Sam Taylor-Johnson, and she has revealed the girls have been a regular presence on set while she filmed the move adaptation of E. L. James' erotic novel. She tells Britain's The Times Magazine, "When he was working on Godzilla, I was at home with the girls. We don't work at the same time... If I'm not working I'll take the children to the set and we'll see him there and vice versa - when I was working (on Fifty Shades of Grey) they'd come and be with me there."
However, the director is adamant she made sure the youngsters were kept well away from the saucy scenes involving stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. She adds, "The set would be closed (for the sex scenes), but there's tons of stuff going on around."
Sam Taylor-Johnson also has two older daughters with her ex-husband Jay Jopling.
Fifty Shades Of Grey director Sam Taylor-Wood has added her husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson to the cast of the highly-anticipated movie adaptation of E.L. James' erotic bestseller. Rumours surfaced last year (13) suggesting the Kick-Ass star was being considered for the lead role of Christian Grey, but the part initially went to Charlie Hunnam.
When he quit the project, Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan was chosen as his replacement, but Taylor-Wood has now revealed Johnson has made it into the film.
However, she has not elaborated on his role.
The movie, which also stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, is due to hit theatres next year (15).
The casting news comes just weeks after Taylor-Johnson told Nylon magazine he had no interest in playing Grey.
He stated, "I think it would have been the wrong kind of hype to bring toward us (as a couple). It would have been kind of funny that this character that all these women fancy - he's one in a million - and my wife picks her husband to play the part?"
He added, "I would love to have done something together again, but it wouldn't have been Fifty. We were both on the same page."
The pair met on the set of 2009 movie Nowhere Boy, in which Taylor-Johnson portrayed a young John Lennon.
British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson is adamant his director wife made the right decision not to cast him in her big screen adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey. Sam Taylor-Johnson is overseeing the movie version of E. L. James' saucy book, which will be led by Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan as sadomasochist millionaire Christian Grey.
Before his wife was attached as director, fans of the book suggested Kick-Ass hunk Taylor-Johnson should be in the running for the lead role, but the Brit admits it would have been a bad decision.
He tells Nylon Guys magazine, "I think it would have been the wrong kind of hype to bring toward us. It would have been kind of funny that this character that all these women fancy - he's one in a million - and my wife picks her husband to play the part?
"I would love to have done something together again, but it wouldn't have been Fifty. We were both on the same page."
The pair met on the set of 2009 movie Nowhere Boy, in which Taylor-Johnson portrayed a young John Lennon.
Breaking Bad will go up against House Of Cards in the fight for the best international TV show prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards. The drama shows will compete against French supernatural show The Returned and Danish political drama Borgen at the television awards ceremony in London on 18 May (14).
Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, is also up for the Radio Times Audience Award, which will be voted for by the British public. It will compete against U.K. shows including detective drama Broadchurch, Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor and reality shows Gogglebox, The Great British Bake Off and Educating Yorkshire.
Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan has been nominated in the Leading Actor category for his portrayal of a serial killer in The Fall, along with Dominic West for in his role as Richard Taylor in Burton and Taylor, Sean Harris for Southcliffe and Luke Newberry for In The Flesh.
West's co-star Helena Bonham Carter is up for Leading Actress for her portrayal of Dame Elizabeth Taylor. She will compete against Kerrie Hayes (The Mill), Maxine Peake (The Village) and Olivia Colman (Broadchurch).
Broadchurch is also nominated in the Drama Series category alongside The Village, detective thriller Top of the Lake and comedy My Mad Fat Diary, while Dornan's The Fall will compete in the Mini-Series group against Southcliffe, In The Flesh and The Great Train Robbery.
Other stars to have landed key nominations include Irish actor Chris O'Dowd, who is nominated for best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for The IT Crowd, going head-to-head with his co-star Richard Ayoade. The sitcom is also nominated in the Situation Comedy category.
Bryan Cranston reunited with his Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul on Tuesday night (11Mar14) after dashing from his Broadway show to join the young actor at the afterparty for the New York premiere of his new film, Need For Speed. The former Malcolm in The Middle veteran was still sporting grey streaks in his hair from All The Way, in which he portrays former U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Ever wondered what it’s like inside the mind of The Tomorrow People? Wonder no more. Executive Producer Phil Klemmer sat down with us to talk about the show, and seriously, this was one of our best interviews to date. His honesty was shocking, and quite hilarious. Sex, evolution, and excitement over the demise of humanity, all wrapped up as a nice little present for you. Enjoy!
Please tell us about your involvement in the show – explain exactly what you do and why this show spoke to you.
Me? I am the creator and the showrunner. This means that I wrote the pilot script along with Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec, and that I'm essentially the head writer on the show in series and an executive producer -- a fancy title that can mean a lot of things, most of which are pretty boring.
Greg and Julie were both fans of the original series when they were kids. Greg introduced me to it when I was at the tender age of 38. It certainly took me back to the '70s and reminded me of all the TV my parents forbade me from watching.
I've always been interested in evolution, and I mostly hate human beings, so the notion of a new species coming along and replacing us was quite intriguing. Once we settled on this new species being vastly better looking than us, I was sold.
Can you name a few things that you think have contributed to the success of the show?
Mostly pure luck. When you cast a bunch of actors you are aware of their individual talent, but have no idea about their chemistry and synergy as a group. We couldn't have been more fortunate. Our cast is tighter behind the scenes than they are on the show. All are consummate professionals and all come prepared -- they push each other -- and as a result we've been able to take their characters very far in a relatively short time. Working on TV is very, very hard. If the people you're working with are no good to be around there's really no point in doing it. I was equally as fortunate to have inherited a talented and lively writers' room. If we're not having fun coming up with stories I think it would show on the screen in about half a millisecond.
Do you have any favorite characters on the show? If so, why?
I find Jedikiah is the easiest for me to write. He's a deeply messed up guy. Hmm ... Not sure if there's a connection there or not.
Cara is interesting for me because I've always struggled to write female characters. My first show, Veronica Mars, was created by Rob Thomas, who is somewhat the master at this. Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec ... yeah, they are big time masters at strong, interesting female characters. After a decade of being around some talents I guess a portion has rubbed off on me.
We sat down with Mark Pellegrino who had some insightful comments on his character. Good and bad aren’t always black and white, and this show captures that human element really well. What are your thoughts on Jedikiah and his views?
As I've said before, I don't know if there's ever been a series in which the villain's overarching goal was to, wait for it, save humanity... bum, bum, BUM! Yeah, Jedikiah is trying to save us humans and yet he does all kinds of despicable stuff to do so. There are further shades of grey you will see in his character in the back half of the season. Not sure if we will get to the full fifty shades of grey, but we will try.
Did you ever feel that there would be a challenge remaking the TV show? Are you of the thought – “Stick to the original” or “use it as inspiration”? Would you elaborate a little?
When the original creator Roger Price told me how much he enjoyed the pilot I knew that everything was going to be okay. I'm a little nervous to hear what the UK had to say. I'm sure that the series is a sort of sacred cow over there. In the states (that's what super cosmopolitan world travelers such as myself call America) the show is a bit of an unknown, so except for the sci-fi purists, most of our audience was coming to TTP for the first time.
Also, this show was from the '70s. Why do you think a topic from 40 years ago still resonates today?
The world is constantly evolving. Generations are constantly pushing back against the generations before them. The struggle to define the world as a generation is something that all young people should be a part of, and if they're not they should stop complaining. Our show is a fun sci-fi series, but I feel like a lot of our themes are substantial. It's a way of saying something without being dreary about it, which is always nice as a writer.
Any fun stories you can share about filming?
Umm… I'm not sure if this is fun but Aaron broke his nose, Luke had hugely disfiguring dental surgery and our director got a nasty infection from a piece of wood he tripped on -- all in the same week. Mercury was in retrograde, however, and we survived it. Took a few years off my life.
Can you give us a sneak peak on where the show is headed?
Stephen is going to learn the truth about his father's disappearance. The mysterious Founder is going to make a run at Jedikiah. There will be sex and shirtlessness. And I know that I have to say this but in this case it's honest to God true… The show just keeps getting better and better.