Month: September 2013

EL James Introduces ‘Fifty Shades of … Wine’?!

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EL James has expanded the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY brand into wine! Yep, you read right! For those fans that are over the age of 21, you can now enjoy a glass of Red Silk or White Silk wine while you wait for the film to come out in theaters. The bottle of wine is priced at about 18 bucks, so it’ll definitely be a bottle you’ll save for those special occasions.

Source: Deadline

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Charlie Hunnam Talks to AP About His ‘Fifty Shades’ Role

Actor Charlie Hunnam arrives on the red carpet at the season six premiere screening of the television series "Sons of Anarchy" at the Dolby Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

Charlie talks everything from why he accepted the role of Christian Grey to how his girlfriend feels about him taking on such a revealing character.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Hunnam will likely have to bare all and engage in some very graphic sex scenes as the leading man in “50 Shades of Grey,” but he says it’s not a new dimension for him.

“You know what, I had such a baptism of fire with regards to sexuality on camera at the beginning of my career,” explained Huunam. “I starred in the British channel Four miniseries ‘Queer As Folk’ where I played a young, gay character and there were some incredible, explicit sex scenes on that show. So I feel, and now I am 16 years older and more mature so I don’t anticipate them being too much of a problem. It’s like anything else, just an exciting challenge.”

After months of speculation, the 33-year-old Hunnam was chosen to play Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the main characters in the erotic, best-selling novel “50 Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James. Hunnam talked about his hotly anticipated role on Saturday night as he attended the premiere of the sixth season of “Sons of Anarchy,” on which he plays the character Jax.

One of the directors for the FX show revealed that Hunnam initially turned down the role of Grey.

“One week ago or two weeks ago, he was on my set when they came back to him and they wanted him to do it because he passed on it once, you know,” Peter Weller said. “They came back to him and I said, ‘Charlie, Charlie, Charlie, what do you think, this is too pulpy or something?’ He said, ‘Ah.’ ‘Well, let me give you the list of actors who did matinee idol style stuff, beginning with Cary Grant let’s go there. If you don’t do this, I’ll burn your house down.'”

However, Hunnam, who also starred in in this summer’s robot-monster battle “Pacific Rim,” said he wasn’t hesitant to accept the role — rather, he just wasn’t sure the timing was right.”I just, there was a bit of a timing issue where I just wanted to insure that I was going to have enough time to really do the preparation so I can bring this guy to life and do him justice and when they decided to push the schedule to accommodate that then I was a no-brainer and I was in,” he said.

While Hunnam is excited to play Grey, his girlfriend, Morgana McNelis, isn’t particularly excited about him filming explicit love scenes with Johnson, the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.

“Of course, it’s difficult being with an actor, you know?” said Hunnam. “She is required to share certain parts of me with the world that she wouldn’t necessarily choose to do, but we have a great relationship and she loves me and wants to be with me and we’ve been together a long time now, and I think she understands and has come to terms with the fact that there are certain elements of me that she is going to have to share. This is an extreme example of that, but thankfully we do have seven and a half years of history together, so it won’t be a big problem.”

Source: Associated Press/Yahoo

Bret Easton Ellis Tweets About EL James Wanting Rob Pattinson for Christian Grey

It seems that according to Bret Easton Ellis, EL James had Rob in mind to play Christian Grey (obviously because she wrote Fifty Shades of Grey aka MOTU about him and Kristen). Remember when EL James was at Rob’s “Gatsby” party back in June?

And Here’s Our Christian Grey … Charlie Hunnam?!

Looks like we now have our two leads for FIFTY SHADES OF GREY! Charlie Hunnam (best known for “Sons of Anarchy”) was just announced as taking the lead role in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY as Christian Grey. According to Deadline.com, Universal has confirmed the casting news. Charlie joins Dakota Johnson in the erotic BDSM flick.

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Here is the official press release:

Charlie Hunnam will star as Christian Grey, the lead male character in Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” it was announced today. He joins Dakota Johnson, who will star opposite him as Anastasia Steele. The film, which will be released by Focus Features on August 1, 2014 in North America, is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the author of the #1 bestselling book on which the film is based. The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel. The announcement about Mr. Hunnam’s casting in Fifty Shades of Grey was made today by Ms. James.

Mr. Hunnam currently stars as a regular on the critically acclaimed FX series Sons of Anarchy. His feature film credits include Pacific Rim, Children of Men, Cold Mountain, and Nicholas Nickleby.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.

Universal and Focus acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” explore the couple’s deepening relationship.

What are your thoughts on this FIFTY SHADES OF GREY casting news? Do you approve of Charlie as Christian Grey? Do you think he and Dakota will have chemistry?

Dakota Johnson Cast as Anastasia Steele

BREAKING NEWS! According to Deadline.com, Dakota Johnson (best known for 21 JUMP STREET), has been cast as the lead in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. She will be playing Anastasia Steele. Update: Charlie Hunnam will join Dakota as the male lead in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. He will play Christian Grey, the billionaire, obsessed with BDSM and the mysterious (and innocent) Anastasia Steele.

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is set to be released next summer, August 1, 2014. Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the film, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and author E L James will produce the film.

What are your thoughts on this Anastasia?