A representative for Jamie Dornan has shot down a report suggesting the actor has quit the Fifty Shades Of Grey franchise. The Northern Irish star plays kinky businessman Christian Grey in the first movie based on E. L. James' book trilogy, and fans had hoped the film's box office success would pave the way for the production on the two follow-ups, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
However, recent reports suggested Dornan had pulled out of plans to appear in the sequels because his wife Amelia Warner felt uncomfortable with the raunchy sex scenes he had to film, but the actor's representative has now dismissed the story, telling Dailymail.co.uk, "All press reports are pure conjecture as the studio has not committed to a sequel as yet."
The news comes after studio bosses recently spoke out to deny claims director Sam Taylor-Johnson had quit the franchise after clashing with author E.L. James while making the first film.
Studio bosses behind the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey have played down speculation director Sam Taylor-Johnson is quitting the franchise, insisting they have yet to finalise any plans for sequels. The erotic thriller, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, is based on the first book in author E. L. James' raunchy trilogy, and producers are reportedly keen to press ahead with second and third films to complete the series after raking in over $266 million (£166 million) globally following the film's release last week (13Feb15).
However, Taylor-Johnson is reportedly keen to cut ties with the Universal project after repeatedly clashing with James.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "She (Taylor-Johnson) wants out and Universal knows that's the right decision. Her relationship with Erika (James) has become absolutely toxic - they despise each other and blame each other for the problems with the film.
"All the biggest arguments were about the sex scenes in the film. Erica wanted the movie to be loyal to the book and much more explicit. But Sam pushed back because she wanted the movie to be more than just a collection of S&M scenes."
Taylor-Johnson recently confirmed rumours of bitter on-set arguments with James, admitting it was "difficult" working with the writer, but Universal Pictures executives are refusing to reveal if the report of her exit is true.
A studio representative simply states, "Universal has not yet announced anything pertaining to sequels."
The other books in James' trilogy are titled Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
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.
Hotly-anticipated erotic drama Fifty Shades Of Grey has met with a slew of negative reviews ahead of its release in cinemas this week (ends15Feb15).
The movie was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in Germany on Wednesday night (11Feb15) but many critics were less than impressed with director Sam Taylor-Johnson's adaption of the E.L. James novel.
It has been branded "gloomy", "ludicrous", "downright creepy", and a "terrible movie", with several commentators singling out male lead Jamie Dornan for particular criticism. Actress Dakota Johnson received some praise for her portrayal as a student seduced by a bondage-loving businessman, but the movie left many reviewers cold.
Kate Muir, of British newspaper The Times, gave it just two stars out of five and branded it "painful to watch", adding, "(It) starts out hilarious, becomes ludicrous and is finally dubious... (The actors) make a decent stab at thinly-written characters.... (and the script and direction) take the... mickey out of the source material... (The film goes) swiftly from ridiculous to downright creepy."
Kaleem Aftab, of the U.K.'s The Independent, wrote, "(It) plays like the opening of a porn movie in which a washing machine repairman will turn up at a house and be met by a bored housewife", and Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian added, "There are no glimpses of a penis in this film, not in any state. It's primly off-camera. Or maybe the smoulderingly sado-obsessed hero does not have a penis."
Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Philippa Hawker noted, "Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel have turned E.L. James' overheated, annoying first-person narrative (the first novel of a trilogy) into a somewhat gloomy vision of expectations and desires, the story of a man's will for control and a woman's resistance."
A.O. Scott, for the New York Times, wrote, "Mr. Dornan has the bland affect of a model, by which I mean a figure made of balsa wood or Lego. What vitality Fifty Shades of Grey possesses belongs to Ms. Johnson, who is a champion lip-biter and no slouch at blushing, eye-rolling and trembling on the verge of tears... Fifty Shades of Grey might not be a good movie - O.K., it's a terrible movie - but it might nonetheless be a movie that feels good to see, whether you squirm or giggle or roll your eyes or just sit still and take your punishment."
New York Magazine critic David Edelstein was among those who praised the film, writing, "It's elegantly made, and Dakota Johnson is so good at navigating the heroine's emotional zigs and zags that you want to buy into the whole cobwebbed premise." However, he also found room to slam Dornan's performance, adding, "(He) cuts a less commanding figure than you'd hope... With his fluffed-up hair and pert, pretty little face, Dornan's (Christian) Grey looks more like a natural bottom than a top. He's a bantamweight. Although I did grow to appreciate his modest, unshowy acting, it's clear he's not sending much heat her way and that she's having to work herself up in a vacuum."
"There's pubic hair! She actually has a bush, which is fantastic! It was a conscious choice. (Dakota Johnson) and I had a very funny discussion about the arc and journey of her pubic hair... that she should start one way, and she goes on this journey with it, and in line with how it's written in the book is the journey of that." Director Sam Taylor-Wood on the personal grooming style of her leading lady in Fifty Shades of Grey.
"It's called the Red Room of pain and pleasure, so that made me want to go see what it is. On the last day of shooting... Sam (Taylor-Johnson), the director, said, 'Would you like to see it?' and I said, 'Yes, I definitely would.' I went in and it's beautiful. It's lovely, it's a luxury... That, for a woman like me, is the biggest fantasy of all. Maybe there will be a gazillionaire (sic) who will beat me and actually lavish things on me." Single actress Marcia Gay Harden would love to have a rich lover and a kinky sex room just like the one featured in the new Fifty Shades Of Grey movie. She portrays lead character Christian Grey's mother, Grace. The Oscar winner split from her husband Thaddaeus Scheel in 2012.
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are among the latest Hollywood heavyweights who have joined calls for British officials to grant pardons to thousands of gay men who were prosecuted when homosexuality was illegal in the U.K. The two actors, who played lovers in Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, have signed a petition which was launched last month (Jan15) in honour of Alan Turing, the gay World War II codebreaker played by Benedict Cumberbatch in Oscar-nominated movie The Imitation Game.
The petition has been gathering speed since Cumberbatch threw his weight behind it, and other stars who have now given their backing include Jessica Alba, Ryan Reynolds, Channing Tatum and Bryan Cranston, while previous signatories include Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game co-star Keira Knightley, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, actor Matthew Goode, and moviemaker Lee Daniels.
As WENN went to press, the petition had gained more than 200,000 signatures.
Sam Smith was the toast of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (08Feb15), walking away with four of the six honors he was nominated for, including the coveted Record of the Year.
The British soul sensation kicked off his celebrations early after claiming the very first award of the televised show for Best New Artist. He soon followed it up with the Best Pop Vocal Album for In The Lonely Hour, and was back onstage towards the end of the Los Angeles ceremony to wrap up his big night with wins for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for Stay With Me.
Taking to the stage for the fourth time, Smith poked fun at the ex-boyfriend who inspired the album, saying, "This is the best night of my life. I wanna thank the man who this record is about... Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys!"
Fellow six-time nominees Beyonce and Pharrell Williams each went home as triple winners, while Beck landed Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for Morning Phase - and almost had Kanye West repeat his infamous stage invasion at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he interrupted Taylor Swift to defend his pal Beyonce's honor. This time, the rapper approached Beck as he collected the Album of the Year accolade, which Beyonce was also nominated for, and pretended to head towards the mic, before laughing and returning to his seat in the front row - much to everyone's amusement.
AC/DC got the Grammy Awards off to a rocking start with a hits medley, while Madonna dazzled the Staples Center audience in a red and black matador costume to sing her new release Living For Love, and Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney staged the first ever performance of their new collaboration, FourFiveSeconds.
Other performance highlights at the event, hosted by LL Cool J, came from Ed Sheeran and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne; Katy Perry, who honored victims of domestic violence with a powerful rendition of By The Grace of God; Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige's soulful collaboration on Stay With Me, and Pharrell Williams, who gave his Happy tune a gospel makeover, complete with Hans Zimmer on guitar and Lang Lang on piano.
The full list of winners at the 2015 Grammy Awards is:
Record Of The Year - Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith
Album Of The Year - Morning Phase by Beck
Song Of The Year - Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith
Best New Artist - Sam Smith
Best Pop Solo Performance - Happy by Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - Say Something by A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Cheek To Cheek by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Best Pop Vocal Album - In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
Best Dance Recording - Rather Be by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
Best Dance/Electronic Album - Syro by Aphex Twin
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album - Bass & Mandolin by Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer
Best Rock Performance - Lazaretto by Jack White
Best Metal Performance - The Last In Line by Tenacious D
Best Rock Song - Ain't It Fun by Paramore
Best Rock Album - Morning Phase by Beck
Best Alternative Music Album - St. Vincent by St. Vincent
Best R&B Performance - Drunk In Love by Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Best Traditional R&B Performance - Jesus Children by Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Best R&B Song - Drunk In Love by Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Best Urban Contemporary Album - Girl by Pharrell Williams
Best R&B Album - Love, Marriage & Divorce by Toni Braxton & Babyface
Best Rap Performance - I by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - The Monster by Eminem featuring Rihanna
Best Rap Song - I by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap Album - The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem
Best Country Solo Performance - Something In The Water by Carrie Underwood
Best Country Duo/Group Performance - Gentle On My Mind by The Band Perry
Best Country Song - I'm Not Gonna Miss You by Glen Campbell
Best Country Album - Platinum by Miranda Lambert
Best New Age Album - Winds Of Samsara by Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman
Best Improvised Jazz Solo - Fingerprints by Chick Corea
Best Jazz Vocal Album - Beautiful Life by Dianne Reeves
Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Trilogy by Chick Corea Trio
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album - Life In The Bubble by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Best Latin Jazz Album - The Offense Of The Drum by Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Best Gospel Performance/Song - No Greater Love by Smokie Norful
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song - Messengers by Lecrae featuring For King & Country
Best Gospel Album - Help by Erica Campbell
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album - Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. by For King & Country
Best Roots Gospel Album - Shine For All The People by Mike Farris
Best Latin Pop Album - Tangos by Rubén Blades
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album - Multiviral by Calle 13
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) - Mano A Mano - Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernandez by Vicente Fernandez
Best Tropical Latin Album - Mas + Corazon Profundo by Carlos Vives
Best American Roots Performance - A Feather's Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash
Best American Roots Song - A Feather's Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash
Best Americana Album - The River & The Thread by Rosanne Cash
Best Bluegrass Album - The Earls Of Leicester by The Earls Of Leicester
Best Blues Album - Step Back by Johnny Winter
Best Folk Album - Remedy by Old Crow Medicine Show
Best Regional Roots Music Album - The Legacy by Jo-El Sonnier
Best Reggae Album - Fly Rasta by Ziggy Marley
Best World Music Album - Eve by Angelique Kidjo
Best Children's Album - I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai) by Neela Vaswani
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) - Diary Of A Mad Diva by Joan Rivers
Best Comedy Album - Mandatory Fun by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Best Musical Theater Album - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers; Carole King, composer & lyricist; Original Broadway Cast)
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media - Frozen (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers)
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media - The Grand Budapest Hotel by Alexandre Desplat
Best Song Written For Visual Media - Let It Go by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Best Instrumental Composition - The Book Thief by John Williams
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella - Daft Punk (Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers; Pentatonix)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals - New York Tendaberry by Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma)
Best Recording Package - Lightning Bolt by Pearl Jam Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package - The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27) by Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors (Various Artists)
Best Album Notes - Offering: Live At Temple University by Ashley Kahn, (John Coltrane)
Best Historical Album - The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 by Hank Williams
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical - Morning Phase by Beck Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical - Max Martin
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical - All Of Me (Tiesto's Birthday Treatment Remix) (Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend)
Best Surround Sound Album - Beyoncé (Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer (Beyoncé)
Best Engineered Album, Classical - Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending (Michael Bishop, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
Producer Of The Year, Classical - Judith Sherman
Best Orchestral Performance - Adams, John: City Noir by David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony)
Best Opera Recording - Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphee Aux Enfers by Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)
Best Choral Performance - The Sacred Spirit Of Russia by Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance - In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores by Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe
Best Classical Instrumental Solo - Play by Jason Vieaux Best Classical Solo Vocal Album - Douce France by Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, accompanist (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit)
Best Classical Compendium - Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances by Partch; John Schneider, producer
Best Contemporary Classical Composition - Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean by John Luther Adams, composer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
Best Music Video - Happy by Pharrell Williams
Best Music Film - 20 Feet From Stardom by Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Grammy Trustees Award - Richard Perry, George Wein, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil President's Merit Award - Martin Bandier
Lifetime Achievement Award - George Harrison, Bee Gees, Buddy Guy, Louvin Brothers, Wayne Shorter, Pierre Boulez and Flaco Jimenez.
Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus were among the guests at Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy Awards party where a moment of silence was held in honour of Whitney Houston's daughter. The music mogul's bash at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday (07Feb15) was tinged with sadness following the hospitalisation of Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was found unresponsive in a bath tub at her home in Georgia eight days ago.
Brown's mother, superstar singer Houston, drowned in a bath tub at the same hotel on the night of Davis' party in 2012, and guests at the 2015 event were urged to keep the 21 year old in their thoughts.
Davis was introduced by basketball legend Magic Johnson, who took time out from his speech to ask the audience to remember Brown, saying, "If we can, let's have 30 seconds of silence for (Houston's) daughter, who is in the hospital. We want to make sure she is OK and that she can recover from her accident."
Performers at the glitzy bash included Pharrell Williams, actor/musician Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige and Sam Smith, who opened the show with a cover of My Funny Valentine and then went on to sing his smash hit Stay With Me.
Rapper Iggy Azalea performed her hit Black Widow with Rita Ora before joining Jennifer Hudson for a rendition of their new collaboration, Trouble, while Meghan Trainor sang with John Legend.
The evening ended with a tribute to the Bee Gees, just hours after the only surviving member of the band, Barry Gibb, picked up a Grammys' Lifetime Achievement prize on behalf of the trio.
Davis' annual bash is held on the eve of the Grammy Awards, which are handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday (08Feb15).
Actress Dakota Johnson made sure producers banned everyone except essential crew members while filming racy scenes for Fifty Shades Of Grey after her mother Melanie Griffith told her she had a right to demand a closed set. Johnson stars as a submissive student who is seduced by a bondage-loving businessman in the upcoming movie, and she admits she was wary of shooting sado-masochistic acts with co-star Jamie Dornan.
However, her actress mother Griffith imparted her wisdom about the unwritten rules of filming sex scenes, and Johnson was delighted when director Sam Taylor-Johnson agreed to the request.
She tells Glamour magazine, "It was a very closed set - my mum told me that it's my right to ask for that during intimate scenes, so it seemed like we were in the little world together."