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).
Sharon Stone walked away from her role hosting the World Music Awards after organisers failed to pay her in time, according to the actress' representative. Pamela Anderson was drafted in as a last minute replacement for Stone after the Basic Instinct star pulled out of her hosting job just days before the ceremony in Monaco on 27 May (14).
It has now emerged Stone quit after she failed to receive payment for the work, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six. A representative for the actress tells the publication the story is "true" and "correct".
World Music Awards producer Melissa Corken explains there was a problem with Stone's payment as the actress allegedly declined to accept a cheque for the money.
She adds, "She was getting paid, but she didn't accept the form of payment we wanted to give her... One of our private board members was going to pay her - Sharon didn't want a personal cheque."
Actress Joan Lorring has died at the age of 88. The star passed away in New York City on Friday (30May14), according to her daughter, Santha Sonenberg.
She tells the Associated Press, "Right up until her death, she continued to have fans who wrote (to her) and sought her autograph and she had a following."
After emigrating from Hong Kong to the U.S. with her mother in 1939, she first landed a job in radio, before transferring on to the stage and screen.
She made her film debut in 1944's Song of Russia and went on to land a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination in 1946 for The Corn is Green, in which she starred alongside Bette Davis.
Lorring's other film work included Three Strangers, The Verdict, and The Big Night, while she appeared in TV shows The Star Wagon and The Love Boat.
Chloë Grace Moretz speaks out against Hollywood, celebrity obsession, and even her own fans in a new interview and it's pretty intense. Her latest film just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and she was asked about the differences between American films and French films, which then led to a discussion about the pitfalls of Hollywood and fame.
Moretz says she doesn't like to party, and even red carpet and other public appearances can be difficult. Of her fans she says the following:
They’ll be like, "You have to give me a photo. I buy a ticket to your movie. I, in a sense, own you. If I don’t buy a ticket to your movie, you’re done — so you have to take a photo with me." There’s a lot of entitlement, especially nowadays, in Hollywood, because they think they know everything about you. They think that because you have an Instagram, they can go break into your house. "You let us in! I’ve seen your house on your video!"
She even goes so far as to describe her lifestyle as "depressing":
There’s no vaseline on the lens anymore. We want the sharpest image, to see all your pimples! We want to see that you’re a messed-up human. We want to see you cheat and lie. And it’s kind of depressing because, instead of being actors, we’re now just entities, which isn’t our job.
Moretz is certainly not the first celebrity to speak like this. Gwyneth Paltrow recently compared being a celebrity to being at war, and then Charlize Theron compared fame to rape. Do these celebrities have a right to complain, or should they build a bridge (out of their stacks of cash) and get over it?
Note: It should be said that, as a few readers mention in the comments, Moretz ends the interview on a positive note. While she does, indeed, describe her career as "depressing," she also implies deep satisfaction with her work.
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Hollywood actress Charlize Theron has risked the wrath of women's rights campaigners by comparing life in the Hollywood spotlight to rape. During an interview with Sky News, the Oscar-winning actress was asked whether she reads coverage of herself on the Internet and she insisted she tries to avoid looking up stories online.
She went on to compare coverage of her private life to being sexually violated, saying, "I don't do that (Google myself). So that's my saving grace. I think it's when you start living in that world and doing that that you start... I guess feeling raped." Theron, who adopted a son in 2012, recently hit headlines when her new relationship with actor Sean Penn became public, but the Monster star explains she tries to keep her family time private and doesn't understand why some celebrities publicise their personal lives.
She adds, "When it comes to your son and your private life (I keep it private), maybe that's just me, some people might relish in all of that kind of stuff (but) there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I'm very protective over them, that doesn't mean I always win that war, but as long as I don't have to see that stuff or read that stuff or hear that stuff... Then I can live with my head in a clear space. That's probably a lot healthier... "My job has made my live incredibly blessed and good and I am very grateful for that but that doesn't mean that every aspect of my life becomes fodder for an article. I try to protect that as much as I can."
Twilight actress Kristen Stewart issued a public apology in 2010 after she made remarks comparing the media intrusion in her life to sexual assault, while veteran star Kim Novak was criticised by women's groups after she used the word "rape" when talking about the similarities between The Artist's film score and the music from her 1958 classic Vertigo.
Brad Pitt has obtained a restraining order against red carpet prankster Vitalii Sediuk after the madcap Ukrainian journalist allegedly punched the actor in the face at the Hollywood premiere of Maleficent on Wednesday (28May14). Pitt, who was supporting his fiancee Angelina Jolie at her film premiere, was signing autographs for fans outside the El Capitan Theatre when Sediuk reportedly jumped over a security barrier and rushed at the actor, appearing to strike him in the face.
The 25-year-old troublemaker was subsequently arrested by police and charged with misdemeanour battery.
He is being held on $20,000 (£12,500) bail and has now been ordered to stay away from Pitt for the next five days.
Meanwhile, the stunt has cost Sediuk his publicist - Christa Scherck, who had represented him for two years, confirmed to the Associated Press on Thursday (29May14) that she had dropped him as a client, days after he was fired from his job at Ukrainian television channel 1+1.
The incident could land Sediuk in more trouble with authorities as he is still serving probation for crashing the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he ran onstage and grabbed the microphone from Jennifer Lopez as she presented soul star Adele with the Best Pop Solo prize. He pleaded no contest to a charge of trespassing and was sentenced to probation.
Sediuk has become infamous for causing chaos on the red carpet - he previously made headlines in 2012, when he was slapped by Will Smith after he attempted to kiss the actor, and earlier this month (May14), he was arrested at the Cannes Film Festival in France as he tried to crawl under America Ferrera's dress.
Chelsea Handler's late night talk show Chelsea Lately will air for the last time in August (14) after a month of celebratory special episodes.
Bosses at America's E! network announced in March (14) they would not renew the TV show for a new season after running the programme for seven years. The last episode of Chelsea Lately will be broadcast in the U.S. on 26 August (14), but the finale will be preceded by a month of special shows featuring surprise guests.
E! President Suzanne Kolb says, "We are very proud of Chelsea Lately's long-running success... Chelsea brought a distinct voice to late night (television) with her acerbic wit and fearless commentary and we look forward to providing fans with a memorable send-off that lives up to that tradition."
Handler adds, "I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years. I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I'm glad I went."
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With X-Men: Days of Future Past currently at the top of the box office and DC steadily teasing more and more about their upcoming superhero showdown, Marvel decided to keep itself in the news by throwing a new name into the ring: Charlie Cox. The Boardwalk Empire star is set to play Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil in the upcoming Netflix miniseries. Daredevil is the first of four heroes who will be receiving the small-screen treatment, with Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist set to follow. Fans of the character have high expectations for the series, as the last time the Scarlet Swashbuckler appeared on-screen, he was played by Ben Affleck in the disastrous 2003 movie.
No matter what Cox does with the character, he will inevitably be compared to Affleck, whose performance has become something of a punchline amongst comic book fans. While there are a lot of things wrong with the Daredevil movie — terrible lighting, awkward editing, a script full of plot holes, a soundtrack full of Evanescence — nothing seems to inspire the kind of ire that Affleck's take on Matt Murdock has. A decade later, both Affleck and the film have their defenders, but whether you believe that Daredevil is an underrated classic or best forgotten completely, Cox has some big shows to fill, and a lot of wrongs to make right. Wrongs like:
Playing a Blind Character AppropriatelyMatt Murdock's blindness is an integral part of the character, and while the Daredevil movie did give it the import that it deserves, all of the torment, pain and difficulty that Matt dealt with as part of his life-changing injury were forgotten the second that Affleck took off his glasses, thanks to Affleck's blank, cross-eyed stare. Maybe it was the contacts, maybe it was the way he awkwardly held eye contact with whomever he was sharing the scene with, but either way, it was simultaneously hilarious and uncomfortable. We've got to believe Cox will do a better job, if only because it's impossible to do worse than Affleck.
Being Too Brooding Like most superheroes, Daredevil has a lot to be upset about: he was blinded as a child, his father was murdered, his girlfriend might be trying to kill him, and there's some weird Catholic guilt stuff he's dealing with. But unlike Batman, Daredevil is able to see the brighter side of things, and balances out his brooding side with some wise-cracks and charm. Affleck played up the dark, serious moments to the detriment of his charisma, resulting in a boring, overly-somber superhero. Cox, however, knows how to play up the charm, winning over both Claire Danes and Robert De Niro in Stardust — and that takes a lot of personality.
Not Brooding Enough Yes, you read that correctly. Affleck's turn as Daredevil somehow managed to be too cocky and too serious in equal measure, instead of finding the right balance of the two. When he wasn't skulking about sadly, Affleck was swanning about with an obnoxious smirk on his face, trading terribly-written quips with the supporting cast. Cox's biggest challenge will be finding a way to get across the character's joking nature as well as giving the right amount of gravitas to his angstier moments, or he, like Affleck, will somehow manage to upset both sides of the fandom.
Lacking Inner TurmoilOne of the biggest things that Matt struggles with is the idea of doing the right thing. He's an earnest, well-meaning guy, who only took up his vigilante hobbies in order to ensure that good people got the justice they deserve. While the script for Daredevil referenced that inner struggle, it was never really evident in Affleck's performance that it was something the character was really wrestling with. Cox has played his fair share of complicated characters, so he should be better equipped to hint at some of the conflicted feelings that Matt has about what he's doing. Or, you know, any feelings at all.
That Awkward Murdering-People Thing Like Superman before him, Daredevil has issues with brutally killing people just because they're bad guys. It has to do with all that Catholic guilt we mentioned earlier. However, in the first few minutes of the film, Affleck's throwing people in the path of a moving train, while Daredevil believes that violence is a last resort. While Cox has proven himself to be menacing and murderous, he's going to need to tone that down a bit in order to really bring Matt Murdock to life. Less strangling, more courtroom jargon.
Pulling Off Ridiculous Costumes With the exception of George Clooney's Batman, no hero has a more universally reviled costume than Affleck's Daredevil. Both too baggy and too tight and made of obnoxiously shiny read leather, it truly is the kind of costume only a blind person would design, and Affleck never looked comfortable in it. If you're forced to wear a ridiculous costume, you might as well commit to it, like Cox did with all of the ruffs and feathered hair he had to sport in Stardust. Embrace the absurdity, and it will embrace you right back.
And if all else fails, both Cox and Daredevil fans can take comfort in the fact that the fight scenes will be better choreographed than this:
Apple bosses have confirmed reports suggesting they're set to buy Dr. Dre's headphones and music streaming company Beats Electronics for $3 billion. The acquisition will be Apple's largest ever. Dre and his business partner Jimmy Iovine will now join the Apple team to oversee their products. The new role has prompted music industry veteran Iovine to step down from his job as head of Interscope Records, the label he co-founded in 1989.
In-demand moviemaker Edgar Wright hasn't wasted any time finding a new job after departing the Ant-Man film last week (ends23May14) - he is in talks to take charge of Johnny Depp's new Kolchak: The Night Stalker remake.
Wright quit Ant-Man, citing creative differences with the film's producers, after spending years developing the script for the film, and now he's close to signing on to direct Depp in the actor's latest passion project. Sources tell Deadline.com Wright will commence work on the remake of the '70s movie and series spin-off imminently, with Depp set to play the titular detective.