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Christian Grey Update

Tony-nominated actor Billy Magnussen is among a small group of men who have begun testing for the role of Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features restarted their efforts to fill the male lead after Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnamdropped out of the project Oct. 12. Their shortlist of possibilities includes Magnussen and British actor Jamie Dornan.

Sources say that both Dornan, the 31-year-old star of the U.K. series The Fall, and the 28-year-old Magnussen, who was nominated for a best featured actor Tony this year for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, tested with director Sam Taylor-Johnson on Friday. They read opposite female lead Dakota Johnson.

The studio is looking to move fast, given that the film is scheduled to begin production Nov. 1 in order to meet an Aug. 1, 2014, release date.

Magnussen, an American actor, is scheduled to shoot HBO’s David Milch pilot The Money in the next few weeks, but sources say his schedule could be worked out for Fifty Shades. He would be a departure for the mostly British production. James, Taylor-Johnson and writer Kelly Marcel all are U.K. natives, as is Hunnam.

Magnussen isn’t afraid to take over a project after another actor falls out. He replaced Jake Gyllenhaal as Rapunzel’s Prince in Disney’s musical Into the Woods.

Dakota Johnson Too ‘Old For Her Age’ To Play Anastasia Steele?

Fans of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey continue to freely voice their opinions on the recent movie castings of Charlie Hunnam (Christian Grey) and Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele). Several of James’ loyalists haven’t pulled any punches for both actors, but its Johnson who’s at the received end of the most recent flack.

Although the 23-year-old has already been dished her fair share of criticism, fans still continue to air out their casting grievances. ”Dakota needs to GO! She is not the petite, pretty. doe-eyed, dainty and innocent Ana in the books. She has super small eyes, too tall, boyish body (no assets!), elongated features and angular face that make her look really old for her age,” stated an anonymous female fan, according to Classicalite.

While the anonymous fan made it crystal clear that she opposed Johnson for the part of the shy, college graduate, she did acknowledge that Hunnam wasn’t ideal, but a good choice nonetheless. ”Charlie is okay …he isn’t anything more than just another hot guy to me (and I am a big SOA fan) and Christian is STRIKING. But at least he’s good looking and a good actor. They could’ve done a lot worse, like that did for Ana,” she said.

The British actor, who apparently has a fan petition against him underway, recently defended his future co-star, stating to The Hollywood Reporter that there was instant chemistry from the moment the two read the racy dialogue together.

“As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it because there was a tangible chemistry between them,” he said.

Fifty Shades screenwriter Kelly Marcel stated that she’d be adhering to the original content of author James’ books with lots of sex and raunchiness. The highly anticipated movie is scheduled to launch in theaters on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2014.

Melanie Griffith defends daughter Dakota Johnson’s role in 50 Shades of Grey

SHE’S a super proud mother, so it’s no surprise that Melanie Griffith jumped to her daughter’s defence this week.

Melanie-Griffith-has-defended-her-daughter-s-role-in-the-50-Shades-of-Grey-movie-WENN- Melanie Griffith has defended her daughter’s role in the 50 Shades of Grey movie (WENN)

The 56-year-old actress has slammed Twitter trolls who sent nasty messages regarding the news that Dakota Johnson will be playing Anastasia Steele in the upcoming ‘Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

In response to one of the nastier tweets, Griffith wrote: “Wow! You’re quite the b**** aren’t you? #dontmesswithmama.”

Earlier on, she’d expressed how proud she was by tweeting: “My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades!!! Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama.”

The news was announced on Monday, when the author of the erotic books, E.L. James, revealed that Johnson would play shy student Ana and that Charlie Hunnam would take on the role of Christian Grey.

My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades!!! Look out world! Here she comes!!!
Melanie Griffith. Unfortunately, not all fans of the books agree with Sam Taylor-Wood’s choices, as she is the one directing the movie.

“I don’t think Dakota is good for it….. But Charlie would be perfect,” one fan wrote on Facebook, while another said: “Hunnam could be a decent Grey with a little makeover. But who in the heck thought Johnson could make a beautiful Anastasia? I’m all of sudden not as interested in seeing this movie.”

The 23-year-old blonde has previously starred in films such as ’21 Jump Street’ and ‘The Five Year Engagement.’

The film adaptation of ’50 Shades of Grey’ is expected to be released some time next year.

Need for Speed Trailer

The trailer for Need for Speed has just been released. There are only a few short seconds of Dakota, but the film looks great and we can;t wait for its release on March 14th 2014.

Boyfriend ‘Nervous About All The Sex’ In Fifty Shades Of Grey

Dakota Johnson has landed one of the most hyped-up roles in movieland but the actress’ boyfriend is said to be “nervous” about her lead in the saucy big screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

23-year-old Dakota, who previously appeared as Justin Timberlake’s bed buddy in The Social Network, was recently confirmed as Ana Steele by Fifty Shades author EL James, with Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam taking on the role of Mr Grey.

But whilst she’s been busy having meetings with James and and prepping for her biggest role yet, Dakota’s long-term love is reportedly getting anxious about just what the film role will involve. Dakota’s beau Jordan Masterson, who’s been dating the actress for about a year, is said to be feeling uncomfortable about his girlfriend shooting explicit scenes. “Jordan is delighted for Dakota in terms of her career, but he’s nervous about all the ‘sex’ involved in the role,” a source has told Grazia.

Perhaps Jordan should have a chat with Charlie’s girlfriend, Morgana McNelis who seems to be much more comfortable with the raunchy film. Charlie, who has already got his kit off countless times in his TV hits Queer as Folk and Sons of Anarchy, confirmed in an interview with HollywoodLife.com last month that his lady is very much on board. The 33-year-old admits it will be difficult for Morgana but believes it will bring them closer together.

“She’s required to share parts of me that she wouldn’t really want to share, so of course with the nature of this role that’s going to be times ten,” he said.

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