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Anastasia Steele may be a timeless literary hero. She may be a beacon of female agency in the realm of modern sexuality. She may be a vessel for the release of personal frustrations for readers the world over. She may be any and all of these things. But a good interviewer she is not. At least that's what we've gleaned from the first trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey:
We're not claiming to have all the answers behind a seamless interview, but we do know a few basic rules. Rules that Dakota Johnson, as the spiritually lukewarm Miss Steele, so callously breaks in this first look at the film. Steele pays a visit to the nauseatingly sleek office building of one Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) in order to conduct "an interview for the newspaper," as she so facelessly introduces. What's to follow is an onslaught of cardinal sins and groan-worthy slip-ups on the part of the would-be reporter.
Always look your subject in the eye.Nerves are understandable, but keep your nose out of your notebook. Steele's face barely reaches sea level.
Keep the discussion going.Any conversation is bound to hit a few lulls, but Steele allows for a pause so diabolically long and piercing that it's sure to kill any momentum in what otherwise might be an engaging back-and-forth.
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Don't make yourself the focus.While it's not a crime to inject a personal reflection here or there in the interest of forging an empathy and connection with your subject, Steele allows the chat to switch gears entirely and begins lamenting her own meaningless life. If you do insist on talking about yourself, keep it upbeat!
You probably shouldn't go and have sex with the person you interviewed.Although this one has its detractors.
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Singer Katy Perry has been sued for alleged copyright infringement.
Christian rapper Flame claims the Roar hitmaker damaged the message of his song Joyful Noise when she sampled it for her track Dark Horse without his permission.
The lawsuit reads, "By any measure, the devoutly religious message of Joyful Noise has been irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in Dark Horse. Indeed, the music video of Dark Horse generated widespread accusations of blasphemy and an online petition signed by more than 60,000 demanding removal of an offensive religious image from the video."
Flame, real name Marcus Grey, is seeking damages and wants Perry to stop using the music immediately.
There's nothing sexier than a hip young gent with a sweet ride, leather duds, a clean shave, and a silent glower that says, "I buy American." At least that's what the promotional team behind Fifty Shades of Grey seems to think... perhaps misunderstanding the title as '50s Shades of Grey, as they've stuck star Jamie Dornan in a still that's family friendly even by the standards of my grandmother who still insists that I shouldn't be listening to that awful Bill Haley.
The pic keeps in step with the confirmation that director Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades will be R-rated, as opposed to the NC-17 that the book's material would more naturally call for, leaving us to expect as tame and tepid a movie about sadomasochism can conceivably be. If you have your doubts, take another look at the photo. It doesn't even seem like Dornan's Christian Grey is driving, rather sitting in park until the devil-may-care youths breaching the speed limit are safely beyond the horizon. Lousy kids.
Dornan and Dakota Johnson will take to the big screen with their mutual first step to film stardom next Valentine's Day, a date appropriately void of organic passion.
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Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale auditioned for the lead female role in the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey film adaptation. She lost out to Dakota Johnson, who won the opportunity to play Anastasia Steele opposite Northern Irish actor Jaimie Dornan as Christian Grey.
Actor Charlie Hunnam was left "heartbroken" after he was forced to quit the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie. The Sons of Anarchy star won the coveted role of Christian Grey last summer (13), but he exited the project months later, and now admits the decision was a difficult one.
He tells Life & Style magazine, "I felt like I had an interesting take on that character and felt like I could have done a good job of playing Christian Grey, otherwise I wouldn't have taken it on in the first place.
"When you put the time into something like that and a character comes alive in your mind, it's heartbreaking not to be able to play him... It was definitely kind of heartbreaking having to say goodbye to that character and not bring it to life."
Following Hunnam's departure, Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan was cast opposite Dakota Johnson, who will play Anastasia Steele in the movie, which is due out next year (15).
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.
Everyone loves comic book movies. The Avengers, the X-Men franchise, and the reboots of Batman and Superman have provided audiences with hours of photo-real super hero action. However, animated series really allow comic book stories to come to life in the form most natural to them. They can accomplish way more super-powered action without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars on special effects. Sometimes you need to get a little anxiety out after a long day of work or school, a fight with your partner, or a generally stressful day. Why not relax and let your favorite superheroes kick ass on your behalf?
This series focuses on the second generation of the Justice League. It’s similar to Teen Titans but takes more of a serious approach to the DC Universe. It follows the adventures of Robin, Aqua-Lad, Kid Flash, Super Boy, Miss Martian and Artemis. There are tons of cameos by Justice Leagures and major villains like Lex Luthor, Bane, and Vandal Savage. Die-hard DC fans will enjoy a fresh take on the universe with a new take on many of the characters. There are also voice appearances by Danica McKellear, Jesse McCartney, Lacey Chabert, Marinia Sirtis, and even Dave Franco.
The Superhero Squad Show
This Marvel series blends cartoon irreverence with serious comic book action. Lego-ish versions of your favorite members of the Marvel universe battle your least favorite villains. Some major marvel team-ups from your wildest dreams happen with pint-sized versions that must defend Super Hero City from the residents of Villainville. The series is cute and is fun to watch when you need to turn your brain off and just enjoy some good old-fashioned cartoons. It takes your favorite parts of the comics and gives them a slapstick makeover. There are some high profiled voices including Ty Burrell, Cheryl Hines, Mark Hamill, and even Stan Lee himself.
This series is set in the future of the wildly popular Batman: The Animated Series. It finds Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) retired from crime fighting but with a major bug up his ass about the criminals of Gotham City. His solution appears in the form of Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle) who gets a super powered version of the popular cape and cowl. Together, they battle meta-human and techno-powered villains. There are plenty of cameos by popular Batman favorites like Barbara Gordon and Harley Quinn. The series also gives the show a drastically futuristic take on the popular crime fighter.
Wolverine & The X-Men
This prematurely canceled series is a great precursor to X-Men: Days of Future Past. Like the upcoming film, it incorporates a post-apocalyptic future ravaged by sentinels, time travel, and Wolverine. In this version, a mysterious attack at the X-Mansion finds Professor X and Jean Grey missing. Professor X has been transported to a horrible future where mutants are hunted by the villainous robots. He contacts Wolverine telepathically from the future to reunite the X-Men. He drafts popular members Cyclops, Ice Man, Shadowcat, Beast, and villain White Queen to form a new squad. Aided by intel from the future Professor X who has his own host of allies they try and save the future from Sentinels and the MRD (Mutant Response Division). The series has tons of cameos by your favorite characters from the comic books. It feels like the perfect blend of the original X-Men: The Animated Series and X-Men: Evolution.
Justice League/Justice League Unlimited
This series takes the characters of Batman: The Animated Series and The Adventures of Superman to their inevitable roles in the eponymous Justice League. People may mistakenly confuse this DC team with The Super Friends. However, this series is all action all the time as popular DC villains join forces and the Justice League must rally to destroy them. Later seasons of the series were branded Justice League Unlimited.
All of these series are available for binge watching on Netflix.
"There are a couple of classic knots I know now, and I've put them to good use far too many times recently. In fact I'd like to do a job where I don't have to tie women to beds." Actor Jamie Dornan is tired of tying women to beds after portraying Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation.
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I believe it was René Descartes who wisely tweeted #HatersGonnaHate. The second you land in the public eye people will hate your sense of style, the geometry of your face, or even the sound of your voice. But what about when this hatred is justly deserved? Katherine Heigl has managed to alienate Hollywood insiders, fans, and audiences. She has attacked people who have helped shape her success like Judd Apatow and Shonda Rhimes. She’s even going after pharmacy chain, Duane Reade. Is anyone safe?
Heigl was a child model and best known for her role on the television series Roswell. Her movie credits at the time included horror movies Valentine, Bride of Chucky, and the body-switching family movie Wish Upon a Star. Then she lucked into a movie role in Knocked Up. She shined in the stoner comedy and the film was hugely successful. However, she later came out and said that the film was a little sexist. Now… that’s not a punishable offense. Apatow’s films are not renowned for their feminist ideals. However, she did break the Hollywood golden rule by burning a bridge. She also didn’t do much in the way of helping feminism with her roles playing roles similar to her annoying shrew role in Knocked Up in other romantic comedies.
Most of her success is due to Grey’s Anatomy. She was floating around the C-List until she was tapped to play charming Dr. Izzie Stevens. She even won an Emmy in 2007 for a major storyline for her character. However, to prove she has no loyalty at all she turned down a second Emmy nomination in 2008 stating:
“I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.”
The only way to read that statement is as a huge slap in the face to the writers and show runner responsible for her success. It’s easy to point fingers and condescend when you’re successful. However, neither she or T.R. Knight found much success after being asked to get written off the show. She even said she wanted to return. However, Rhimes put it best when she told Oprah, “On some level it stung, and on some level I was not surprised. When people show you who they are, believe them.” Looks like Heigl may need Olivia Pope’s help to get out of this mess. It’s also worth mentioning that she told Oprah this after mentioning part of Scandal’s success is their “no a*****e policy.” Do with that what you will.
In an alternate universe, this honest, folksy Heigl could be the key to breaking down the tyranny of the Hollywood machine. However, she proves with her behavior that she’s probably just a jerk. She was poised to become like Sandra Bullock, a woman whose worst movies are still utterly delightful. But the main difference is that Bullock is likable. Bullock has handled a high profile divorce from good-press-black-hole Jesse James with diplomacy and grace. She handled her pre-Oscar campaigning with humor and personality. She is the folksy good-old girl that Heigl wishes she could be.
You cannot be outspoken and and make diva-ish demands while playing America's sweetheart roles. Hollywood Reporter has published multiple accounts of bad behavior by Heigl and her momager Nancy Heigl. If that’s not enough, she’s just smug. For example, when she was a presenter at the Emmys, where she won the now infamous award, she took a second to go off script to passive aggressively mock the announcer. If we can learn anything from the wickedly talented, one and only, Adele Dazeem, when it comes to the petty stuff like that, “Let it go!”
As if it isn’t enough she’s alienated herself from Hollywood, Heigl has decided to get litigious over a tweet. Now, Walgreens’ New York division Duane Reade, was pretty shameless in posting a paparazzi photo of Heigl coming out of the store with her purchases. But it’s not a 6 million dollar offense. Patronizing a store or using a product in public is sort of public domain. Tons of celebrities inadvertently endorse Starbucks, Red Bull, or brands of cigarettes. Policing social media does not seem like her place given her questionable integrity. Her time would be better spent sending 6 million tweets of thanks to the people who saw One For the Money.
It looks like Heigl is set to return to television. Maybe she has learned from all her bad behavior and can convince the whole world that she isn’t hypocritical, smug, passive aggressive, or a diva. Hopefully nothing but good things come to her. The one thing we have learned from Heigl is the negativity you put out in the world does come back to you.