Actress Dakota Johnson has banned her famous parents, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, from attending the premiere of her racy Fifty Shades Of Grey movie adaptation.
The 24 year old can't wait for fans of E.L. James' erotic bestseller to see her portrayal of Anastasia Steele on the big screen, but she's keen to keep her proud mum and dad away from cinemas.
Griffith tells IndieWire.com, "I don't think I'm going to see it... She (Dakota) was like, 'You guys cannot come. There's no way'. So we're not going. "I did go visit (the set) for a couple of days when they were shooting just normal stuff..."
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Actress Dakota Johnson struggled through years of misery in high school because she was constantly teased over tabloid reports about her celebrity parents Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. The Social Network star, who has been cast as Anastasia Steele in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation, was home schooled during her childhood, but she got her first taste of a more normal education in her teens when she was sent to a Catholic boarding school in northern California.
Johnson was initially a big fan of the idea, but her classroom dreams quickly soured.
She tells Elle magazine, "I was just miserable there. It was a great school, but girls in that concentration are so horrific, just horrific."
She begged her father, Miami Vice star Johnson, to let her leave, and she ended up going to New Roads School in Santa Monica, California, where her parents' fame really impacted her experience.
The 24 year old reveals students would bring in magazine clippings of gossip about her mum and dad and their well-documented substance abuse issues just to taunt her.
Johnson says, "I think people, especially the press, like to pick on children of famous people, and I think that's f**king awful.
"Things get made up. It's so, so sad. And there's absolutely nothing you can do about it as a 16 year old. You're like, 'What the f**k? Why? What did I do?'"
The stress of her home life prompted Johnson to check into rehab as a teen, but she insists it was only to seek help in dealing with her family issues.
She explains, "My parents had some problems of their own that put me in a position of having to deal with very grown-up stuff at a very young age. I needed some help with that, therapy-wise."
Actress Dakota Johnson was forced to keep her casting in the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey film adaptation a secret from her famous parents Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson for weeks, because she feared they would accidentally leak the big news. The star offspring reveals she got the call she would play Anastasia Steele while shooting another movie in New York last summer (13), but she couldn't celebrate the news with her loved ones.
She tells America's Elle magazine, "Sometimes your parents are the ones with the biggest mouths of all time."
Instead, an emotional Johnson, who had been staying at a friend's house, burst into tears of joy and toasted her achievement with a strong drink.
She says, "I was just crying, and there were all these dogs in the house. This one dog was below my feet sleeping, and I was like, 'You f**ker, wake up, this is really exciting' - and then I had a glass of whiskey."
Johnson will star opposite Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the raunchy movie, based on the erotic series by E.L. James.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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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.
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.
The question of who will play the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey has been plaguing fans for months. There have been countless rumors about which of Hollywood's leading actors and actresses will fill the role. It has become indiscernible who is actually in the running and who fans just want to see on screen. Already, Garrett Hedlund has rejected the part of Christian and apparently Ian Somerhalder is not even being considered (sigh). And now, according to The Wrap, the most recent name to be thrown in the hat is Dakota Johnson.
Johnson is likely best remembered for her romp with Justin Timberlake in The Social Network. But you might have missed her headlining spot on Fox's short-lived sitcom Ben and Kate. Johnson played a Kate, opposite Nat Faxton as Ben — a pair of siblings raising Kate's five-year-old daughter. The show was canceled before finishing its 18 episode run due to pretty low ratings. However, it's important to note that despite Johnson only being 23, she has some age to her. Ratings notwithstanding, the actress can play the role of a more world-worn woman quite successfully.
In comparison to the other women being considered for Anastasia, she may seem (not actually be, but seem) too old for the part. For example, Shailene Woodley is 21 years old, but can easily play the part of a young teenager, as demonstrated in her previous roles (like Secret Life of the American Teenager and The Spectacular Now). Lucy Hale is 24, though believable as her Pretty Little Liars character: a high school student who sleeps with her teacher. Felicity Jones is 29 and just recently played a student in the film Breathe In. Alexis Bledel is the oldest of the bunch, 31 years old, and a solid fan favorite as well. She is still playing the role of teenagers in her 30s. All of these facts are in important — even though the character of Anastasia is in her early 20s there is supposed to be a pure, childlike innocence to her. An innocence that Dakota Johnson doesn't possess. Though not necessarily a bad trait, it's one that might hinder her from nabbing this specific role.
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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.
The smoldering S&M passion of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey may soon be enfolded in luxurious tracking shots, impeccable fabrics, and delicate, sun-dappled lighting. Yep, Joe Wright, the director of Anna Karenina and Atonement, is in talks with Focus Features and Universal to adapt E.L. James' bestselling bodice-ripper Fifty Shades of Grey, The Hollywood Reporter says.
It'd be a surprising move for Wright, who's previously chosen more lofty projects. But like David Fincher's take on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a Joe Wright-directed Fifty Shades of Grey could prove to be a fascinating transformation of a trashy subway-read into something more. That's the direction Universal's reportedly been taking in their search for a director, having already started discussions with other such pedigreed helmers as Bennett Miller, Patty Jenkins, and Gus Van Sant, who recently shot test footage with Alex Pettyfer in the role of the 27-year-old billionaire title character, Christian Grey. More than any of these others, Wright has demonstrated an affinity for smoldering passion in his work. I mean, this is a guy who actually made Aaron Taylor-Johnson swoon-worthy. And Wright's Ophuls-style tracking shots would certainly make Steele's repeated proclamations of "Holy crap!" more palatable.
Who do you think should direct?
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