A Week In News: Jamie Dornan To '50 Shades' Rescue, A Royal Baptism & Pearl Jam Rock To Top Of Charts
An exciting week brought news that actor Jamie Dornan will play Christian Grey in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and all eyes were on the Royal family as Baby George was christened.
'Fifty Shades' Saved: The movie adaptation of the bestselling erotic trilogy has been beset by issues, not least the walk-out of frontman Charlie Hunnam. After plenty of speculation in the media, Irish The Fall actor has stepped in and it looks as though the movie's ready to begin filming with Dornan and Dakota Johnson from November. Learn more about Jamie Dornan.
A Future King Christened: All eyes were on the UK's royal family once again for the christening of Prince William and Duchess Catherine's three month old baby, Prince George. The tiny ceremony was attended by just 22 guests, which included the highest members of the royal family, Kate's family and George's 7 godparents. Find out who was picked.
Pearl Jam Strike Chart Success: Seattle's veteran rockers Pearl Jam have struck gold yet again with their new album, Lightning Bolt, which is their fifth chart topper to date after it rocked to the top of the Billboard 200 over chart-ready popsters like Miley Cyrus, rapper Drake and former Beatle Paul McCartney. Read a reviews round-up of Lightning Bolt.
Ben Whishaw Lands Freddie Mercury Role: The British Cloud Atlas actor, Ben Whishaw, has reportedly landed himself the role of the 'We Are The Champions' Queen lead singer, Freddie Mercury, after the formerly cast Sacha Baron Cohen quit the movie. Learn more about why Sacha walked out. Guitarist Brian May and the rest of the band expressed their desire to cement Whishaw for the biopic role and it looks like their wishes were granted. More on the story here.
Rashida Jones Kicks "Whores" Wasps Nest: Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones ignited a sizeable Twitter debate this week when she tweeted her aggravation over her fellow female celebs who seek attention via nearly-nude selfies. Rashida's ire and concern for impressionable youngsters came hot on the heels of Kim Kardashian's post-baby swimsuit snap that was flung around the web. Jones' hashtag "#stopactinglikewhores" was deemed hypocritical in the debate over body confidence. Click to read more on this story.
Hollywood Film Awards Forecast Oscars Success: Lee Daniels' The Butler, 12 Years A Slave, Gravity and Prisoners all came up trumps at this week's Hollywood Film Awards, the first big awards ceremony leading up to March's Oscars. Sandra Bullock took home the big actress gong of the night whilst the actor's award went to Matthew Mcconaughey. Find out who else won here.
Kelly Clarkson Becomes Mrs. Blackstock: Singer Kelly Clarkson married her fiancé Brandon Blackstock in a tiny ceremony in a rural Nashville setting. The only guests to watch the ceremony were Blackstock's young daughters from a previous marriage after the couple opted to tone down their grand plans for a mega hoe-down. Kelly's busy touring schedule and working on her debut Christmas album, Wrapped In Red, were cited as reasons to keep the day simple. But why wasn't Kelly's mother Jeanne invited?
Tom Hardy To Play 'Rocketman' Elton John: Nope, we don't know how this one came about either but British actor Tom Hardy, AKA The Dark Knight Rises' Bane baddie, is to play singer songwriter Elton John in an upcoming biopic that will be co-produced by Elton himself. Should be an interesting one to follow: click to check out Tom Hardy's singing skills.
Video Of The Week - Cher Lloyd Heads To The Top Of The Empire State: A very trendy-looking Cher Lloyd walks out to the observatory deck of the iconic Empire State Building where she poses for photographs. "I'm not gonna look down," the star nervously says as she keeps her gaze away from the edge. The 'Swagger Jagger' singer might by the subject of much mocking in the UK, but she has seen a renewed success in the USA. Her single 'Want U Back' barely broke the top 200 in the UK charts but managed to get within the top 50 in the US. Watch the video here.