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E. L. James Over-Ruled 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Director Over Ending


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On the eve of its release, Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has broken her silence on what it was like to work with the book’s author E L James. In an interview with Porter magazine, she admitted “it was difficult, I’m not going to lie.”

“We definitely fought, but they were creative fights and we would resolve them,” the 47 year old continued. “We would have proper on-set barneys, and I'm not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she'd written as well as my need to visualize this person on screen, but, you know, we got there.”

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Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has spoken of her frustration of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

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Sam Taylor-Johnson Talks "Hardest Thing" About Directing 'Fifty Shades Of Grey': "I'm Literally Going Out Of My Mind"


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One of the most anticipated films of 2015 is the big-screen adaptation of E. L. James's bestselling erotic novel 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' and its director Sam Taylor-Johnson felt every bit of the pressure and stress during the filming process.

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Taylor-Johnson found directing 'Fifty Shades of Grey' very stressful

Taking the helm of the first book in the erotic trilogy would obviously be quite an undertaking due to the novel's legions of fans around the globe, so Taylor-Johnson put in as much effort as possible to not divert from the original story.

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'50 Shades' Filming Disrupted By Old Dude With Cowbell, Mayhem Ensues


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If you thought that the shooting of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie would be any easier than the chaotic casting, you were pretty wrong. After having hiccups in the early stages, including the walk-out of the former Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, as well as the film's seeming inability to nail down any committed cast members apart from Dakota Johnson, filming is finally underway in Vancouver.

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Dakota Johnson Has Made A Success of Her '50 Shades' Role.

Reports from the shoot suggest that the movie, which is based on author EL James' erotic trilogy, seems to be well-cast with Johnson and Jamie Dornan enjoying chemistry in their roles as Ana Steele and her lover Grey. "Dakota is nailing her role," says E!News' source, adding "Everyone on set loves Dakota." Indeed, Sam Taylor-Johnson's directing seems to be working out pretty well too. "Sam has a great relationship with the actors," the movie source says. "The script is running smoothly and there is not a lot of re-shooting that has had to be done."

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Jamie Dornan "Doesn't Fear" His '50 Shades Of Grey' Role


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Jamie Dornan was announced as the replacement for the departed Charlie Hunnam to star in the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey movie adaptation weeks ago, earning him one of Hollywood's most attention-grabbing starring roles to appear on the upcoming film radar. Speaking as the cover star for Entertainment Weekly, Dornan addressed the pressures of his upcoming role, as well as the route he took to get to where he is and how he is preparing himself for the role.

This is by far the most high-profile role the Northern Irish actor has been given in his time as an actor, yet this is a project that Dornan says he is looking forward to, rather than one whose gradual approach he is dreading. After taking over from Hunnam after he unceremoniously walked away from the project in mid-October, Dornan has had little time to prepare for his role, but as he explained in the recent interview, he has already begun putting in the work to achieve the right body look for Grey, as well as finding the right mindset to portray a sexually deviant billionaire.

“I certainly don’t fear it,” Dornan began his talk. “I already got a glimpse into working with [director] Sam [Taylor-Johnson] at the test, and I’d met [co-star] Dakota [Johnson] by then. So I had a glimpse into how I felt it would be if I got the part. None of it scared me.”

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'50 Shades Of Grey' Movie: What Says Valentine's Day Better Than Big Screen Bondage?


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The much-discussed movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey has been hit with a barrage of problems ever since Universal acquired the rights to EL James' erotic novel. With the most recent issue to affect the film - Charlie Hunnam's exit, followed some time after by Jamie Dornan's eventual casting - only recently being resolved, it doesn't really come as too much of a surprise to learn that studio bosses have decided to delay the film's release for another few months.

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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are the film's stars

Originally slated for a 1 August 2014 release, it has since been announced that the film will instead debut in February 2015, coinciding with Valentines Day. Shooting was put back following Hunnam's exit, having originally been slated to begin this month.

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'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Movie Delayed Until Valentine's Day 2015 - What's The Competition?


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It seems the casting debacle concerning the Fifty Shades of Grey movie has greatly affected the production schedule of the film and as such, a major delay has been announced.

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Originally set for an August 2014 release, Fifty Shades of Grey will now be released on Valentine's Day weekend 2015. The news - exclusively reported by Entertainment Weekly - comes hot the heels of Universal/Focus Features' decision to push back production a month to allow for production to prep with new leading man Jamie Dornan. The Northern Irish actor - who replaced Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam - plays billionaire Christian Grey.

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Scott Eastwood Circling '50 Shades' Role? Does Anyone Still Care?


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Scott Eastwood, the son of Western movie star Clint Eastwood, is the latest in a long line of names to be associated with the role of Christian Grey in the upcoming, ill-fated film adaptation of EL James' raunchy trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey. The role has had to be recast after former Grey, Charlie Hunnam, walked out over purported scheduling difficulties.

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The New Grey?

At this point in time, been described as the 50 Shades frontrunner pretty much means that you're the only male actor left in Hollywood who hasn't already been associated with the role. The list's too long for us to name them all, but notable rumoured former "frontrunners" have included Ian Somerhalder, Jamie Dorkin, Ryan Gosling and Matt Bomer.

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Jamie Dornan Set To Become Christian Grey In '50 Shades Of Grey'?


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Actor Jamie Dornan is the latest in a long line of rumored successors to the role of Christian Grey after Charlie Hunnam walked away from the adaptation of author EL James' erotic trilogy. The Irish The Fall actor's name has surfaced to the top of the pile since Hunnam's departure after it was reported that he went for the role the first time round but lost out to the better-known Sons of Anarchy star.

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Jamie's Looking A Strong Contender For The '50 Shades' Role.

Hunnam blamed his necessary departure on an "immersive schedule" and explained that he wouldn't have time to properly prepare for the role as a result. This left the studios scrambling and 50 Shades fans wondering who the new face of the Christian Grey would be in the sexually-charged fiction.

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Cold Feet? Dakota Johnson CouldFollow Charlie Hunnam In 'Fifty Shades' Exit


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It was going rather well for the Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson and her team: after what seemed like ages they'd managed to pull off a great casting decision, choosing two actors on the cusp of big-time fame. However, they were not only hit by a 90k strong petition telling them their choice was wrong; they had to say goodbye to Charlie Hunnam, AKA Christian Grey, and learn their Anastasia Steele, Dakota Johnson, had a touch of the heebie jeebies too.

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Dakota Johnson Could Be Thinking Of Leaving '50 Shades.'

Sons of Anarchy star Hunnam's exit was confirmed earlier this week due to an "immersive TV schedule" that would prevent the actor from being able to fully prepare for the role of Christian Grey. The film took a hit, author EL James sent her best, and fans began to wonder whether Hunnam had secretly been influenced by the petition launched to replace him and Johnson with Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel.

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Alexander Skarsgard & Matt Bomer Emerge As Favorites In The Hunt For Christian Grey


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Charlie Hunnam is out! The actor sensationally left behind his role as Christian Grey in the upcoming FiftyShades of Grey movie adaptation following varied reports stating his schedule was too packed up already and that he had gotten cold feet over the immense pressure of the role. Now the race is one to find another Christian Grey and the shortlist of potential candidates seems to keep on growing.

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Matt Bomer (L) is the bookie's favourite, but Alexander Skarsgard is still heavily rumoured with the role

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alexander Skarsgard is among the favorites to succeed Hunnam, with his steamy scenes in True Blood and his obvious sex appeal boding well with producers. The same report also states that Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan is also in line to take on the job, however neither of these rumors have been confirmed yet. THR have also reported that Oscar-nominated screenwriter Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal) has been brought in to adjust the script to accomodate another actor.

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20 Days Before Filming, Charlie Hunnam Quits 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Movie


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Matt Bomer had probably the best weekend of his young life after The Hollywood Reporter dropped the news that Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam had gotten cold feet and would no longer be starring in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

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"The filmmakers of Fifty Shades of Grey and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam's immersive TV schedule, which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey," Universal Pictures said in a statement. THR claimed the actor was "overwhelmed" with the attention he received since the casting announcement and decided to drop out.

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Jennifer Ehle Joins 'Fifty Shades' Cast, Will Play Anastasia's Mother


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After months of dithering over casting confirmations, the Fifty Shades of Grey movie makers have finally added another actor to the slowly growing cast credits. British actress Jennifer Ehle has become the latest star to be added to the movie adaptation of EL James' saucy fiction trilogy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Jennifer Ehle Is The Latest Name To Be Added To The '50 Shades' Cast.

Ehle, best known for her BAFTA-winning role in the Pride and Prejudice television series, will take the role of Anastasia Steele's mother Carla; a no-nonsense Southern woman who is currently on her fourth husband. The movie will be based on James' often derided "mommy porn" which exploded to the top of bestseller lists worldwide last year.

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Jennifer Ehle Onboard For '50 Shades' Movie, Let's Take Stock Of Current Cast


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Actress Jennifer Ehle has become the latest name to be added to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation cast list. The 43 year-old Pride and Prejudice actress will apparently play Anastasia Steele's mother, Carla, in the screen version of EL James' highly successful and saucy erotic trilogy.

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Jennifer Ehle Is The Latest Name To Be Added To The '50 Shades' Cast.

Ehle's role will be that of a four-time married Southern woman who takes no nonsense, according to Deadline. The movie will be based on James' storyline of a naïve and sexually inexperienced student who is enrolled by a sadomasochistic billionaire who makes her his sex slave.

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Inside The Fifty Shades Of Grey Auditions. "I Really Can't Do This"


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The Fifty Shades of Grey auditions were shrouded in mystery - nobody really knew who auditioned, until now of course. With Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson now the proud owners of two of the biggest roles of 2014, the actors and actresses who failed to convince Universal that they were right for Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are beginning to come out of the woodwork.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan.com at the Alice + Olivia presentation for the New York Fashion Week, Chloe Bridges - best known for her role in The Carrie Diaries - dished on her audition for the role of Anastasia, and it ain't pretty. 

"There were three pages of sides that I was going to audition with," she explained. "I read them and then was like, I really can't do this."

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Finally! Charlie Hunnam Addresses His '50 Shades' Role As Cast-Change Petition Reaches 75K Signatures


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If the prospects of having to get his kit off many times on screen as well as learn how to deftly wield whips and paddles may have flustered Charlie Hunnam, the actor who'll play Fifty Shades of Grey's Christian Grey, then the news that over 75,000 furious 50 Shades readers had taken their discontentment towards him playing the lead male role to Change.org to demand a casting reshuffle, should by rights make him feel practically terrified.

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Charlie Hunnam Is Confident In His Acting Ability & Interaction With Dakota.

However, it seems that the 33 year-old English actor could not be more confident in his skills, and quite probably takes all the petitioning and hate tweeting as a challenge to be the best Grey possible. Describing his experience of the hotly anticipated adaptation of EL James' erotic trilogy so far as "exciting and fun and weird and compelling," there's little sense of fear or trepidation in Hunnam's words as he talks to Hollywood Life.

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Charlie Hunnam Finally Speaks Out Following '50 Shades...' Casting


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Charlie Hunnam has at last broken his silence and spoken in public for the first time about his appointment as Christian Grey in the hotly-anticipated 50 Shades of Grey movie adaption. Since he was announced as the star of the film version of E.L. James' smutty text, both he and co-star Dakota Johnson have received little backing from fans of the book, who question the credentials of the two stars.

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Charlie Hunnam is ready for to take on Christian Grey and the naysayers

The star of Sons of Anarchy was speaking with The Hollywood Reporter at the premiere of the newest season of the hit biker series and seemed totally unfazed by the heaps of criticism sent his way by fams, before he's even had a chance to film a single scene for the movie. Arguing his case, Hunnam claims that both he and Johnson exuded chemistry during the initial readings for the film and said that his work on the British series Queer As Folk has prepared him for the explicit scenes he will be performing in the film.

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Nothing Can Stop "Excited" Charlie Hunnam From Starring In "Fifty Shades"


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Fifty Shades of Grey readers might not be all that happy about the casting of Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam for the lead parts in the film, but the actors themselves couldn’t be more thrilled. Hunnam shared some of his excitement in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter and explained why the role of billionaire Christian Grey, which several actors had reportedly turned down before he was approached, wasn’t enough to make him nervous. Like the source material, E. L. James’s Fifty Shades series, the film will feature a number of very explicit sexual scenes. However, Hunnam, who acted in the Channel 4 miniseries Queer as Folk during his teenage years, is no stranger to the idea. He explained for THR.

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Fans are revolting against Hunnam's casting.

"My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer as Folk. It was incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man," Hunnam said. "I mean I'm 16 and 17 years wiser now. So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady."

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Matt Bomer Finally Responds To The Furious '50 Shades' Petition Furore


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Actor Matt Bomer has added his voice to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie casting debate after 61,000 fans disappointed with the movie's recently announced cast have launched a petition calling for the casting of the two lead characters in the erotic trilogy adaptation to be changed. TheWhite Collar star has responded to calls that, despite casting decisions being firmed, he should play the character Christian Grey instead of Pacific Rim actor Charlie Hunnam.

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Over 60,000 50 Shades Readers Want To See Bomer Play Grey.

"I'm so grateful for the fans and I'm touched," said Bomer, speaking via Entertainment Tonight. He added "I'm looking forward to seeing the movie with Charlie and Dakota [Johnson]," perhaps in an attempt to calm the sea of rage that seems to be surrounding the casting of two relative unknowns in the adaptations of author EL James' erotic fiction series.

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Casting Under Fire: Which Major Stars Rejected The Roles?


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The Fifty Shades of Grey cast, headed by the relatively unknown actors Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson, has come under fire in recent days with fans of E.L James' novel starting a petition to get the decision overturned. 

Of course, the 17,000 people who called for producers to remove the duo from the adaptation of the trashy erotic novel need to wake up and smell the coffee. The story - dubbed mummy-porn and critically derided for its silly tale of a domineering billionaire and his submissive student - was never going to attract the likes of Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender, who were the early frontrunners or the male lead.

Harry Potter star Emma Watson publicly ruled herself out of the running after being repeatedly linked to the Universal Pictures project.

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"That's So Wrong!": '50 Shades' Movie Casting Choices Creates Reader Backlash


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They once read Fifty Shades of Grey secretly on the train using Kindles, but now the readers of EL James' notorious "mommy porn" erotic trilogy have stood up and banded together in sheer outrage. With all page-to-screen adaptations, there will always be those who think "I didn't imagine that character to look like that actor," and maybe grumble about it amongst their friends or on the murky depths of a fan forum. However, 50 Shades fans have launched a petition for the male and female leads - Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson - to be changed.

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For Some Reason, Many Fans Aren't Digging Dakota Johnson.

The furious petition, launched on Change.org, has now gathered 23.5K supporters who feel that White Collar's Matt Bomer and Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel should take the main roles of kinky billionaire Christian Grey and student-turned-sex-slave Anastasia Steele. It's perhaps true; Bomer and Bledel do perhaps fit EL James' character descriptions a little better than the (both blonde) Hunnam and Johnson so there's little wonder as to why these actors were imagined when 50 Shades fans were reading.

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Who Is Dakota Johnson & Why Has She Landed The '50 Shades' Role Of Ana Steele?


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The swirling rumours have been confirmed: Dakota Johnson will take the lead female role in the movie adaptation of EL James' erotic trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey. The 23-year old Social Network acress will join Pacific Rim actor Charlie Hunnam in bringing to life the bondage whips-and-chains-filled story.

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Dakota Johnson Has Been Picked For The 50 Shades Role.

Many actresses publically distanced themselves from the role, which will inevitably involve plenty of unhinged sex scenes, including Mila Kunis and Emma Watson, who probably weren't even offered the role, but wanted to make sure everyone knew it wasn't their kind of character. The books have been extremely successful, placing EL James at the top of Forbes richest author list of the last year. However, there has been plenty of criticism too, where James' writing, storyline, characters and just about everything else have come under fire as the book was branded "mommy porn."

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We Finally Have Our '50 Shades Of Grey' Stars! Dakota Johnson & Charlie Hunnam Picked As Steele & Grey


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After months of speculation and secrecy, the two leads for the upcoming adaption of the mega-popular erotica novel 50 Shades of Grey have been cast. Author E.L. James revealed the casting choice via her Twitter account, announcing that the "gorgeous and talented" Charlie Hunnam and the "lovely" Dakota Johnson have been chosen as the film's leads.

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Hunnam (R) and Johnson (L) have been chosen as the stars of the upcoming movie

Brit-actor Hunnam, best known for his roles in UK drama Queer as Folk and biker series Sons of Anarchy, beat off competition form the likes of Ryan Gosling and Channing Tatum for the coveted role as sadomasochist of Grey, meanwhile Johnson emerged as the star ahead of Emilia Clarke and Emma Watson for the role as the submissive Steele. Johnson has previously appeared in the Social Network, 21 Jump Street and The Five-Year Engagement.

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Dakota Johnson Set For '50 Shades' Lead: Would She Make A Good Ana Steele?


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It's less than a year until the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is due in cinemas yet there doesn't seem to have been any firm casting decisions made. The movie, which will be an adaptation from EL James' best-selling erotic fiction of the same name, will have British director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) at its helm but nothing more appears to have been set in concrete.

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Will Dakota Johnson Really Take The Lead 50 Shades Character?

The role of Christian Grey - the billionaire with a BDSM fetish - has been the most media-covered role so far, with Ian Somerhalder wanting the role, Garrett Hedlund rejecting the role and Taylor-Johnson's own husband, Aaron, rumored for the part. However, it has emerged that we may know who plays student-turned-sex-slave Anastasia Steele first, namely Dakota Johnson.

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'Kick Ass 2' Violence Shocks Critics


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Kick-Ass 2 has been universally panned by critics. It is due to be released in the US today (16th August) whilst it is already out in UK cinemas.

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Christopher Mintz-Plasse at the photocall for Kick-Ass 2 in Claridges, London.

The film, which follows the adventures of a couple of unlikely teenage superheroes, stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christian Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Grace Moretz, has been described as inconsistent and lacking in the "visual style and gleeful humour of the original" (USA Today). 

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'50 Shades' Author E.L James Rakes It In As Forbes' Richest Author


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They say sex sells, and now author EL James can attest, as the Fifty Shades of Grey creator perches on top of Forbes' author rich list. Amazingly, on the back of her raunchy trilogy alone, James has made more money than any other author in the past year, having earned $95m (£61.5m) from sales of her erotic fiction trilogy and the purchase of the film rights for $5 million (£3.2m).

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EL James Is Exceedingly Rich.

What started out as Twilight fan fiction has seen the author's work rocket past Twilight author Stephenie Meyers (who didn't even make this year's top 15) in the last year's earnings to take the top spot on the business magazine's list. Her books sold faster than any other novel in history, with 70 million shifted in the first eight months of release in the USA and at its peak, the trilogy was earning her more than $1 million (£650,000) per week. The success of the 50 Shades trilogy was fostered by the ebooks market that enabled people to read her book in public places without feeling embarrassed to be seen reading such steamy fiction.

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Which '50 Shades' Role Did Cara Delevingne Audition For?


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Will the Fifty Shades of Grey movie ever be cast? It's been months now and the only solid news we've had is that British filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson will be directing. The roles, which will undoubtedly include plenty of nudity, sex and BDSM, have been batted around from one actor to the next with seemingly no one ready to assign their names to Christian Grey or Ana Steele.

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Time Is Running Out To Cast The Adaptation Of EL James' Hugely Successful Books.

Emma Watson and Mila Kunis have publically stated they don't want to be associated with the saucy fiction and so have Armie Hammer, Garrett Hedlund and Taylor-Johnson's husband himself, who have each said they don't see themselves as the whip-brandishing type...well at least not on screen. Ian Somerhalder was reportedly up for the role but was rejected by the series' author herself who said he just wasn't right. Will a cast ever be formed?

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Does 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Abuse Research Affect Hollywood Movie?


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Shocker: Fifty Shades of Grey reinforces the problem of abuse against women, new research has shown. Nope, it seems EL James' novel - the fastest selling paperback of all time - cannot be regarded simply as "erotic fantasy."

Amy Bonomi, a professor at Michigan State University, and two former colleagues from Ohio State University undertook an in-depth study of the book's first eight chapters and found that "emotional abuse is present in nearly every interaction."

They found that the book, dubbed "mummy porn," included a number of examples of "intimate partner violence", including intimidation, isolation, stalking and humiliation.

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50 Shades Of Grey Movies Gets A Release Date: The Story So Far


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50 Shades Of Grey just became the biggest movie event of summer 2014 that isn't about super heroes, with Universal announcing their plans to have the film out by August 1 2014. The film will be quite the change from Guardians of the Galaxy, the Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X Men: Days of Future Past, but with a director, script and now a release date all lined up, the much-discussed movie adaption looks like it might finally happen after all. Still no work on who will be in it though, but that's just details.

So we know when the movie should be out, and providing director Sam Taylor-Johnson can keep things on track as soon as we get our Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, then things are looking good. Taylor-Johnson was chosen to take on directing duties earlier this month and her announcement behind the camera has obviously given the producers confidence enough to push forward and commit to a date for when we'll see it on screen. Relatively inexperienced as a director, Taylor-Johnson could prove a competent pick nonetheless having achieved praise for her only work so far; the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy.

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Talylor-Johnson was Taylor-Wood before she met her husband, Arron Johnson [R], on the set of 'Nowhere Boy'

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie: Unleashed In Summer 2014


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In a phenomenon that whipped its way around the world topping international bestseller lists, it wasn't long before EL James erotic fantasy Fifty Shades of Grey about student Anastasia Steele and dominant billionaire Christian Grey had its film rights acquired by Universal Pictures in March 2012. Most of the film's details are still cloaked in mystery but after learning that British Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) will direct the film, The Wrap reports that it's due to hit cinemas on 1st August next year (2014) in the USA, with international release dates announced later.

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Nowhere Boy's Sam Taylor-Johnson To Direct Fifty Shades of Grey.

Though no actors have officially been announced, speculation is rife as to who will bear the whips and chains in the film. Current bookies favourite is Mad Men actress Alexis Bledel, with odds of 5/1. A cheeky representative from one bookmakers said: "We've seen a ton of money on Alexis Bledel and it's clear punters fancy her for the role - we'll be facing a spanking payout if she's tied down for the role." Bledel is followed by Amanda Seyfried, Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke, Felicity Jones (Cemetary Juntion), and Sasha Grey (err...ex-pornstar). For the role of sadomasochistic business magnate Grey, Ladbrokes' current favourite is The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder with odds of 4/1, Sunshine actor Cillian Murphy (6/1), and Drive's Ryan Gosling (5/1).

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Sam Taylor-Johnson Will Be Directing '50 Shades' Movie, But Still No Word On Who Will Star


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Sam Taylor-Johnson has been chosen to direct the upcoming adaption of EL James' mega-popular erotica novel 50 Shades of Grey, as the movie-adaption slowly continues it's push for the big screen after countless distractions, rescheduling problems and personelle changes have hampered the film's progress on to the cinema screen so far.

Although we now have a director and the script is supposedly just about done (with Terra Nova writer Kelly Marcel handling the screenplay), we're still no closer to knowing how far along studio executives at Universal Pictures and Focus Features are in casting the film. The announcement of Taylor-Johnson as director came in a statement made by producer Michael De Luca who detailed the reason behind her appointment despite her relative inexperience as a feature-length director.

"Sam's unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia's relationship to life," he said in his statement, adding, "E L James' characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed, and Sam is a natural fit."

Continue reading: Sam Taylor-Johnson Will Be Directing '50 Shades' Movie, But Still No Word On Who Will Star

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