One of the most controversial scenes in novelist E.L. James' erotic thriller Fifty Shades Of Grey, involving a tampon, has been cut from the upcoming movie adaptation. Director Sam Taylor-Wood chose not to film her leading man, Jamie Dornan, removing a tampon during a sex scene with co-star Dakota Johnson, telling Variety, "It was never even discussed."
Defending his director's decision, producer Michael De Luca says, "The book needed to put you in Ana's (Johnson's character) shoes to be a successful experience. A lot of it was very literal. The movie didn't need to do that."
The much-anticipated Fifty Shades Of Grey movie opens in the U.S. on 13 February (15).
Cosmetics tycoon Leonard Lauder became a married man at the age of 81 by tying the knot on New Year's Day (01Jan15). The Estee Lauder mogul wed photographer/artist Judith Glickman, 76, at a ceremony in Florida, just a year after he split from his previous fiancee Linda E. Johnson.
New York Post gossip column Page Six reports the wedding took place at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota hotel and was officiated by the bride's sons and daughter-in-law.
"I'd been scrutinised about my weight before I got pregnant, so I refused to let anyone steal the joy of my babies. My husband (Eric Johnson) and I were looking at old pictures recently, and I asked him, 'Babe, why didn't you tell me to put the brownie down?' He said, 'You looked great.' He's always loved every curve on my body. And we've always had a healthy sex life." Mother-of-two Jessica Simpson is grateful to have a man who embraces her figure whatever her weight.
The Cosby Show star Phylicia Rashad is convinced the sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby have been "orchestrated" to ruin his legacy. The 66-year-old actress, who starred as Cosby's onscreen wife in the TV sitcom from 1984 to 1992, is adamant she never witnessed any behaviour to suggest there is truth in the barrage of allegations the comedian has faced in recent months.
More than 20 women, including supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, have accused Cosby of sexual abuse and inappropriate behaviour decades ago, but Rashad believes the scandal is part of a scheme to get Cosby off TV.
She tells Showbiz411.com, "Forget these women... What you're seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it's orchestrated. I don't know why or who's doing it, but it's the legacy. And it's a legacy that is so important to the culture.
"Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV... And it's worked. All his contracts have been cancelled."
Rashad supports Cosby's decision to remain silent on the allegations, adding, "If he spoke now, what do you think the media would do with it?"
Rashad's words of support comes just days after her co-star Keshia Knight Pulliam insisted the version of Cosby described in the claims is "not the man I know".
Ac/Dc star Brian Johnson helped Billy Joel ring in 2015 on Wednesday night (31Dec14) when he took to the stage with the Piano Man at his gig in Florida to perform a rendition of his band's You Shook Me All Night Long.
Emma Stone has been named Forbes magazine's best actor for the buck for a second year in a row. The Amazing Spider-Man star earns an estimated $61.45 (GBP38.41) in profits for every $1 (GBP.63) she is paid, thanks in part to her appearances in the highly-popular superhero films.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson comes in second with $31.10 (GBP19.44) in profit for every $1 he is paid, while Chris Hemsworth takes third spot with $30.70 (GBP19.19).
Vin Diesel and Jennifer Lawrence round out the top five.
TV screenwriter Kenya Barris has urged Judd Apatow to quit ranting online about Bill Cosby's sex assault scandal, branding the director's barrage of comments "strangely obsessive". The Knocked Up filmmaker took to his Twitter.com blog over the weekend (27-28Dec14) and posted a lengthy series of messages urging Cosby to openly address the growing number of sexual assault allegations filed against him in an effort to salvage his reputation after more than 20 women, including models Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, went public with stories of his reportedly inappropriate behaviour over the years, with some alleged victims claiming they were drugged and raped.
Cosby's attorney has repeatedly dismissed the accusations as false, while the funnyman has remained largely silent on the controversy.
Apatow took aim at the veteran funnyman's approach to the scandal and although he insisted the 77 year old is "innocent until Proven (guilty)", he added, "He should speak publicly about how false this all is. (Provide) 30 alibis... I always wonder why some people try so hard to not believe women who have been assaulted. What is the root of that?"
However, the filmmaker's string of tweets have annoyed Black-ish creator Barris, who criticised Apatow for not ranting about other important issues, like the recent decision not to indict the New York City cop responsible for the chokehold death of unarmed black man Eric Garner in July (14).
Reaching out to Apatow online, Barris tweeted, "Dude. Enough. Not defending him AT ALL, but u do realize this borders on strangely obsessive, right? Where was ur EricGarner (tweet) (sic)".
He added, "It's like ur getn (getting) some sick pleasure from watching a black man who meant so much for so many fall", before concluding his posts by writing, "I'm sorry 2 use a public forum to say this to 1 of my idols but I think it's important to take a moment 2 say 'we get it, Judd'.
"Finally, i want 2 say that ur a genius, national treasure, maverick, & will probably now deservedly ruin my fledgling career."
Apatow has yet to respond to Barris.
As obsessive readers and fans of dismissing quality movies as inferior to their literary counterparts, it's important for us to know which books will head to the big screen ahead of time. How else will we know how Wild Reese will be, or what is going to happen to Peeta? Be reasonable. We've decided to use our research for the good of society and share the adaptations coming soon that we are most excited for.
1. The Spook's Apprentice - Joseph Delaney (Seventh Son)
Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes) is the seventh son of the seventh son, which gives him the ability to see things that others cannot: ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, and the like. He becomes an apprentice to John Gregory, the Spook (Jeff Bridges). Julianne Moore is set to play Mother Malkin, one of the most sinister witches who uses blood magic, luring young runaway women into care before sucking their blood to maintain her youth, who was then imprisoned by the Spook. Kit Harington and Djimon Hounsou also star.
2. Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, in case you somehow didn't know, are stepping into the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey for the adaptation of the incredibly successful erotic novel. Steele, a literature student, interviews Grey as a favor to her roommate, but quickly becomes entranced by this brilliant and handsome man who is unable to resist her. He admits his desire, but on his own terms; this is a man with a need to control everything. This is also probably going to be the movie with a bunch of heavy-breathing sweaty middle-aged women trying to control themselves in the theater. You've been warned.
3. In the Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick
The last time Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth teamed up, they brought us one of the best films of 2013, Rush. Now, they're at it again (along with Cillian Murphy and Benjamin Walker) with this story of a whaleship attacked by one angry whale, leaving the crew shipwrecked and stranded for 90 days, thousands of miles from land. The true story inspired a little book by Herman Melville (played in the movie by our favorite, Ben Whishaw) entitled Moby-Dick.
4. The Price of Salt - Patricia Highsmith (Carol)
W. W. Norton & Company
Patricia Highsmith, author of successful novels-turned-movies like Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley (we're choosing to ignore the recent The Two Faces of January here), wrote The Price of Salt, which will be released as 'Carol.' The novel itself, controversial for its lesbian content and unprecedented gay happy ending, is said to have inspired Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson, with Far From Heaven and I'm Not There director Todd Haynes helming.
5. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Shaye Areheart Books
Gone Girl author brings us yet another chilling thriller. A young girl is the sole survivor of a massacre that leaves both of her sisters and her mother dead in an apparent Satanic cult ritual. She testifies against her brother, but 25 years later, she begins to investigate the actual events. Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, and Christina Hendricks star.
6. A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants director Ken Kwapis is set to direct Bryson's memoir, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. The hilarious book describes Bryson's attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend Stephen Katz. Emma Thompson and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman will also star.
7. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
As conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows, a war looms for Divergent's post-apocalyptic Chicago. In this sequel, we're still following Shailene Woodley and Theo James' Tris and Four as they try to understand the reasons for Erudite's insurrection and obtain information the Abnegation are trying to protect. Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller return in their supporting roles, and are joined by some all-star names: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, and Suki Waterhouse.
8. Serena - Ron Rash
The dynamic duo of mega-nominated movies Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are back at it! Bradley Cooper plays a man trying to maintain his timber empire during the Depression, while Jennifer Lawrence plays his wife who discovers she can't have children. For some reason, we're a little terrified of JLaw in this movie from the trailer.
9. Silence - Shusako Endo
Taplinger Publishing Company
This 1966 novel about a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan where he endures persecution is set to be adapted by Martin Scorsese. It will also have an all star cast of Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe, and Adam Driver.
10. The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks
The producers of The Fault in Our Stars, the author of The Notebook, and the hottest Hollywood son around, this movie already has us in love with it. Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson play two lovers and there's a rodeo or something; we don't really know, we were just thinking about how much this movie will make us cry. Time to read the book.
11. Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg tackles Thomas Hardy's novel. Carey Mulligan stars as Bathsheba Everdene, a woman who has too many men in love with her and of course rejects them all until she falls for one. Three men, played by Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), and Tom Sturridge (On The Road), all after this woman: who will she end up with? We actually just read the plot description and had everything spoiled and somehow still gasped and cried at those three paragraphs. Why didn't we know about this book before?!
12. Paper Towns - John Green
The Fault in Our Stars author John Green's next book to be adapted by the same team who adapted TFIOS (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber). Margo and her adventures are legendary at her high school, and Quentin ("Q") has always loved her for it. Margo climbs through his window and demands he take an all night road trip of revenge, but when she goes missing the next day, Q realizes she's left clues for him and promptly hits the road again in search of her. Cara Delevingne will play Margo and TFIOS' Nat Wolff will play Q.
13. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge - Michael Punke
Carroll & Graf Publishers
Academy Award-nominated Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, 21 Grams, Biutiful) is set to direct Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in this adaptation. Partially based on the life of fur trapper Hugh Glass. Leo will play Glass, who is mauled by a bear, then later robbed and left for dead by his companions. He survives and sets out for revenge against those same men.
14. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
Faber and Faber
A one-hundred-year-old woman, Roseanne McNulty, in a mental hospital for about 50 years decides to retrace her history. As the hospital faces demolition and he must choose which of his patients should be transferred and which should rejoin the community, Dr. Grene also tries to discover her history. What they find is very different, though there are some consistencies. Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara will play Roseanne McNulty, Eric Bana will play Grene, with Theo James also starring.
15. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
An oft-adapted novel, Mary Shelley's classic is to be turned into yet another film, this time directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push). The updated version, titled Victor Frankenstein, will be told from the perspective of the doctor's assistant, Igor. The film will explain how the doctor became the man who created the legendary monster. Daniel Radcliffe will play Igor and James McAvoy will play Victor Frankenstein.
16. The Martian - Andy Weir
Crown Publishing Group
Described as Cast Away meets Apollo 13, the novel follows an astronaut stranded on Mars, fighting to survive (which also sounds mildly like Gravity to us, no?). Ridley Scott is set to direct a pretty stellar (no pun intended) cast here: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This sounds like a great movie already, but we'll have to wait until November to see it.
17. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Walt Disney Pictures is working on this live-action/CGI mash-up of the classic book, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef), with a mind-bogglingly incredible cast. Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito will provide voices, while newcomer Neel Sethi will play Mowgli.
Singer and U.S. TV host Kathie Lee Gifford has accused embattled comedian/actor Bill Cosby of once trying to kiss her while on tour together. The Today show presenter served as Cosby's back-up dancer on one of his comedy tours in the 1970s, early on in her career, and reveals they grew so close, the married funnyman tried to make a pass at her.
She turned down his advances and insists he didn't try to take it any further.
She says, "I was an opening act for Bill for so many years. I went all over the country with him. Saw lots and lots of people coming and going everywhere. He is kind, he is capable of great kindness, he is capable of great generosity...
"I, like so many other Americans don't want these stories to be true. There was, and I will admit, towards the very, very end of the last time I saw him, he did try to kiss me. I said, 'No, Bill, we're friends.' He goes, 'OK, goodnight,' and I said, 'Goodnight,' and I went into my room and he went into his room."
Gifford's revelation emerges after more than 20 women, including former models Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, went public with sexual assault allegations against Cosby, and although she is refusing to pass judgement over the claims, she is adamant she never witnessed any indecent behaviour.
She continues, "I'm not saying the women's allegations are not true, I'm just saying I never personally saw it with my own two eyes.
"I do know I got a chill (when I heard the accusations) because every night when we'd come off stage and Bill would be going on stage, they would make three cappuccinos for all three of us and I always thought it was such a kindness and so sweet and now you see Beverly Johnson saying he made a cappuccino (and allegedly drugged her). I just don't want it to be true, but I'm not saying that the women are liars. For my own personal experience, it didn't happen..."
Her comments come a day after Cosby's wife of 50 years, Camille, released a statement voicing her support for her man.
The couple's daughter, Evin, has since released her own statement of support to U.S. news show Access Hollywood on Tuesday (16Dec14). The message reads: "He is the FATHER you thought you knew. The Cosby Show was my today's tv reality show. Thank you. That's all I would like to say."
She also took to Facebook.com to blast the allegations, writing, "Rape is a serious allegation and it is suppose to be taken VERY seriously but so is Falsely accusing someone. When someone rapes a person they go to prison.
"THAT should also happen to the person that has wrongfully accused an innocent victim.They are not ONLY destroying innocent people's life they are ALSO making it hard for the MEN and Women to find justice when they have been raped."
Bill Cosby's longtime wife Camille has finally broken her silence and condemned the sexual assault accusations made against her husband, suggesting he has become the "victim" in the media furore. The veteran actor's reputation has taken a severe hit in recent weeks after more than 20 women went public with allegations of the star's inappropriate behaviour, with reported incidents dating back decades.
Former supermodel Beverly Johnson became Cosby's most high-profile accuser last week (ends12Dec14) when she revealed he had allegedly attempted to drug and seduce her in the 1980s while she auditioned for a part on his hit sitcom The Cosby Show.
The comedian addressed the allegations over the weekend (13-14Dec14) by urging critics and members of the media to view the claims "with a neutral mind", and now his wife Camille has thrown her support behind her husband of 50 years.
In a statement issued on Monday (15Dec14), Camille Cosby writes: "I met my husband, Bill Cosby, in 1963, and we were married in 1964. The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work. He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew.
"A different man has been portrayed in the media over the last two months. It is the portrait of a man I do not know. It is also a portrait painted by individuals and organizations whom many in the media have given a pass. There appears to be no vetting of my husband's accusers before stories are published or aired. An accusation is published, and immediately goes viral."
She goes on to compare the scandal to a controversial article recently published in Rolling Stone magazine, about a University of Virginia student who claimed she had been gang raped by a group of fraternity boys in 2012. The article was subsequently retracted and an apology issued after editors discovered a number of discrepancies in the girl's account, which had not been fully investigated by the reporter.
Referring to the controversy, Camille's statement continues, "We all followed the story of the article in the Rolling Stone concerning allegations of rape at the University of Virginia. The story was heart-breaking, but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue. Many in the media were quick to link that story to stories about my husband - until that story unwound.
"None of us will ever want to be in the position attacking a victim. But the question should be asked - who is the victim?"