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.
Television is really ripe for parody, and web series like Burning Love and Children's Hospital are rising up to satirize all of our network staples. Rob Corddry creates a hilarious send-up of medical drama that pokes fun at the likes of Grey's Anatomy, ER, Scrubs, and Patch Adams.
The doctors at Children's Hospital spend more time focused on their love lives and personal problems than on the juvenile patients in their care. Sound familiar? Dr. Cat Black (Lake Bell), later replaced by Dr. Valerie Flame (Malin Akerman), gives a Grey’s Anatomy-style narration that pokes fun at the pretension and self-absorption of medical drama leads. Corddry plays Dr. Blake Downs, a surgeon who only uses "the healing power of laughter." The best character is by far Megan Mullally as the Chief, whose crutches and walker parody Dr. Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) of ER.
Each episode is comprised of one or two "episodes" of the web series. They include a "Previously On" reel of random intercut scenes that escalate a lot of the soap operatic plotlines of these shows. For example, Dr. Black gets into a relationship with a child with advanced aging disease played by Nick Kroll.
Corddry proves his real genius by penning a series that blends parody but still has its own unique spin. Not only does it borrow heavily from the genre, but it also manages to incorporate a blend of irreverent humor, the occasional offensive joke, and a lot of physical gags. There also is a meta-fictional element, with the characters occasionally breaking out of the hospital reality to reveal themselves as actors on the series Children’s Hospital. Corddry, for example, gives interviews before and after episodes as actor Cutter Spindell, and even gets his own spin-off that subsequently fails in enough time for him to return to CH.
A bonus: there are tons of cameos on the series. Quite a few members of The State pop up on the show. Ken Marino and David Wain are regular cast members and Joe LoTruglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Thomas Lennon, and Kerri Kenney have made cameos as well as other comic actors like Jason Sudeikis, Michael Cera, and John Hamm.
Not only is the series funny and addictive, it's also short. You can get away with watching an episode or a few episodes when you have some time to kill. Luckily the first two seasons are available on Netflix.
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Do you see that photo above? That is supposed to be THE photo. The Fifty Shades of Grey promo photo that will be plastered onto billboards across the United States. The Fifty Shades of Grey promo photo that will send you running to the theatres come February 2015, Fifty Shades of Grey wine in one hand, extra panties stashed in your purse. (Yup, I said it.)
Well, is it doing it for ya? Yeah, us neither. Seriously?! What is it with all of these adorable, totally SFW images from the Fifty Shades of Grey publicity camp? It's enough that an R-rated film most likely won't show, like, 75 percent of the sex scenes that made the book the "mommy porn" that it was (which is why we're really banking on that NC-17 version). We're now being bombarded with these totally lame (as in, not erotic at all) photo shoots from Entertainment Weekly:
We get it -- subtlety! Romance implied! The sexual inference from the tie! The look in Jamie Dornan's eyes, which somehow translates all the pain, pride, and sexual prowess of billionaire Christian Grey! Whatever. The next promo photo better be at least somewhat NSFW, and feature Ana and Grey up in the Red Room. After all, isn't that why we're all here?
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Tired of dealing with your own work drama? Why not read about someone else’s work drama, particularly the constant excitement on the set of Fifty Shades of Grey. Now we’re not talking about the hot and steamy excitement E.L. James’s book is known for, we’re talking about the constant crises behind the scenes.
First of all, no one could escape the casting controversy for the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey (unless you were living under a very big rock, like, a mountain-sized rock). First Charlie Hunnam was playing the sex god himself, Christian Grey, but fans were angry. Then Hunnam left the project and it was rumored Dakota Johnson, who will play Anastasia Steele, would have to leave as well if she didn’t have the right chemistry with the new actor. But after two weeks of uncertainty, the studio cast Jamie Dornan, and it seemed all the issues were resolved because Dornan and Johnson have “hot chemistry.”
But a movie of this magnitude couldn’t go quite that smoothly now could it? E! News reported tension between James and the film’s director Sam Taylor-Johnson. Reportedly they have had a disagreement over the script and how closely it will stick to the book.
As if that wasn’t enough, locals in Vancouver, British Columbia, where shooting is taking place, have begun sabotaging the film. While filming a rain scene (in which the production created artificial rain), residents were so unhappy they threatened to make the film pay for any water damage. Another man was so fed up with the noise he began ringing a cowbell loud enough to disturb shooting and they were forced to move to another location. (That’s certainly one way to get rid of noisy neighbors.)
For those of us that love reading juicy Hollywood gossip, the Fifty Shades of Grey film is constantly satisfying. It’s hard to believe the movie will be even a fraction as exciting. Hopefully Fifty Shades of Grey will live up to all the expectation, but if not, we’re expecting more behind the scenes gossip during the press tour. C’mon Dakota and Jamie, you can tell us what it was really like filming Fifty Shades of Grey.
Everyone loved the 1990’s X-Men: The Animated Series. It was the first time fans of the popular comic books could watch all their favorite characters in a full-fledged cartoon. After all, the X-Men universe is like an action-filled soap opera with the constant changing allegiances, resurrections, and alternating romantic partners. Wolverine and the X-Men gives the popular series an update with higher stakes, newer characters, and a fresh take on the franchise.
After a mysterious explosion at the X-Mansion, Professor Xavier and Jean Grey disappear, then the X-Men disband. The government creates the Mutant Response Division and starts to imprison mutants. Wolverine decides to re-form the X-Men with a few remaining members and he begins to get messages from Professor Xavier who is trapped in the future. Wolverine must try and change the growing political climate and development of sentinels or they risk the future Professor X is trapped in.
What’s great about the series is that it brings more action to the franchise. The graphics are great and there are more cameos of characters that are currently appearing in the comic books. Emma Frost, The White Queen, appears as Cyclops’ potential love interest. This is more in line with the more recent comic book storylines. The cartoon also has higher stakes. The X-Men are facing a world with the government after them, Magneto as the dictator of Genosha, his own all-mutant country, and no real resources.
Comic book fans, X-Men addicts, and people who enjoy a good action-filled cartoon series will really appreciate this well-made series. Rather than regurgitating storylines from the comic books it went in its own general direction with certain nods to popular moments in X-history. If you enjoyed X-Men: First Class you probably will like this new take on the popular comic book characters. Sadly, the series was prematurely cancelled due to lack of financing. Luckily, the entire first season is available on Netflix.
Actor Luke Grimes is leaving True Blood after one season. The Taken 2 star, who joined the show in the sixth season, has unexpectedly decided to exit the drama, and his role as vampire James will be recast for the seventh season.
A representative for U.S. network HBO tells TVLine.com, "The role of James is being recast due to the creative direction of the character."
A source adds, "He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with (his Forever co-star) Deborah Ann Woll. But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James."
Grimes will next appear as Christian Grey's brother in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.
Fans of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy heard some pretty awesome news the other day. Producers of the film adaptation have revealed plans to make two versions of the movie – an R-rated version for the masses and one rated NC-17 for the superfans. This announcement answered the one question that we’ve all been asking since the movie rights were first sold: how are they gonna show all of the good stuff?! And now it looks like they’ve found a way. As we impatiently await the February 13, 2014 release, here are a few scenes we hope make it to the NC-17 cut.
The Silver Balls
Okay, that scene where Christian is spanking the bejeezus out of Anastasia, shortly after Anastasia places the silver kegel balls in her let's just say nether regions? Yes. We’re going to need to see that in the NC-17 version, please and thank you.
The Red Room Of Pain, Riding Crop Edition
Right after Anastasia had her magical birth control appointment, she and Christian went back to his house, had a Caesar salad, and then he spanked her with a riding crop in the red room of pain. Oh, he also has sex with her while she's in these shackles that actually move across the room. That should make it into this scene as well
The First, Um, Moment Of Oral Contact
We can pretty much guarantee that Anastasia’s first trip downtown is not going to make it into the rated-R version of this movie. But c’mon. We have to see the scene in which Ana makes reference to her own “Christian Grey-flavored popsicle.” Yassss.
That Ice Cream Bit
We’ve all had fantasies of being covered in vanilla (or chocolate chip cookie dough, whichever) ice cream and getting, er ... sampled ... from head to toe. And even if you haven’t had that fantasy, there’s a good chance you will if you get to see Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson acting it out.
Yes, The Feminine Product Scene
It doesn’t get much more NC-17 than Christian pulling out Ana’s tampon, tossing it in the toilet (he’s so badass – he breaks all the rules), and ravaging her inner goddess while she holds on to the bathroom sink for dear life. Yup. We want to see that on screen. Judge us if you will.
Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden has been cast as Christian Grey's mother in the movie adaptation of erotic bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey. News of the addition of the Pollock star comes two days after filming on the project began in Vancouver, Canada.
She will join Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle and Eloise Mumford among the cast of the much-anticipated movie.
British singer Rita Ora has landed a supporting role in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey. The star will play Mia, the adopted younger sister of Jamie Dornan's character Christian Grey, in the film, which started shooting in Vancouver on Sunday (01Dec13).
The Hot Right Now singer joins a cast that also includes Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk and Max Martini.
The first shots of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson shooting the much-anticipated movie adaptation of bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey have appeared online a day after shooting began. The movie couple was photographed filming a coffee shop scene in Vancouver, Canada.
In the film, Dornan plays kinky billionaire Christian Grey and Johnson portrays sexually-adventurous student Anastasia Steele.
Prior to the shoot, Fifty Shades author E.L. James took to her Instagram page and posted a picture of the film's official clapperboard with the caption, "Action!"
Fifty Shades of Grey is set to hit cinemas in February, 2015.