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Jamie Dornan wants out of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ sequels

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Welp, can’t say this is at all surprising. First, franchise director Sam Taylor-Johnson tries to get out of her contract, and now Jamie Dornan is apparently desperate to avoid any further affiliation with the Fifty Shades of Grey movies and has no interest in portraying Christian Grey ever again. Uh oh…

From The Mirror:

The actor is thought to have stopped his brief relationship with the films early because his wife doesn’t want him to star in any more, it has been claimed.

Actress Amelia Warner, who has a 15-month-old daughter with the star, is said to be unhappy with him acting out the explicit sex scenes in the controversial film.

And Jamie, from Holywood, Co Down, has been left reeling by a barrage of scathing reviews for the movie adaptation of the risque S&M book.

Australian magazine NW claims the 32-year-old has told film bosses he won’t be back as kinky businessman Christian Grey for parts two and three.

While it might be true that Jamie’s wife isn’t really feeling the role, I feel like it’s far more likely that Jamie himself is sick of the bullshit – frankly, I think he probably was sick of it the second the ink dried on the contract. He actually IS a decent actor – again, see The Fall if you want to see the scope of his skills – so it was a bit disheartening to discover he’d taken on the roll at all. I know money talks, but absolute bullshit walks, and Fifty Shades certainly qualifies as bullshit (and that’s being kind).

What will be the biggest joke is that they’ll still make the second and third movies with another actor. Dakota Johnson will stay, of course, because she’s got the personality of wet cardboard and as much chance of getting a decent role otherwise as I have of being Taylor Swift‘s next BFF. In other words, she’s there to stay – how hard is it to bite your lip, anyway?

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ director Sam Taylor-Johnson won’t direct sequels

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Fifty Shades of Grey is an absolute disaster, and we all know it. It’s making a killing at the box office, sure, but there hasn’t been a single positive review for it – it’s awful, the end. With this in mind, and given all the unrest that happened between Fifty Shades‘ author EL James and the movie’s director Sam Taylor-Johnson, it’s no surprise to hear that the franchise will need to be looking for a new director for the second and third movie.

From The Sun (via HuffPo):

“Sam won’t be back for the Fifty Shades sequels. She wants out and Universal knows that’s the right decision.

“Her relationship with Erika has become absolutely toxic – they despise each other and blame each other for the problems with the film.”

The source continued: “All the biggest arguments were about the sex scenes in the film.

“Erica wanted the movie to be loyal to the book and much more explicit.

“But Sam pushed back because she wanted the movie to be more than just a collection of S&M scenes.”

Or, you know, maybe Sam Taylor-Johnson knows she’s got even less hope of being taken seriously as a director if she stays in with this shitty franchise?

Probably the funniest thing is all the series fans who have come out of the movie realizing what utter garbage it is, but they’re so unwilling to admit that they liked utter garbage that I’ve heard literally dozens of people being like, “Well, it was just the first one. The second and third will totally be better because the story is better then!”

Uh, the story is glorified domestic violence with no bearing on actual BDSM, but kewl, keep telling yourself that and wasting your money.

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Will Smith lost his mind when no one went to see ‘After Earth’

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Will Smith has done pretty well for himself, I’d say. An extremely successful TV and movie career that spans a few decades? Good going, dude. You’re rich! Life is good! But they can’t all be winners. Take his 2013 film After Earth, which starred Will and his crazy ass kid Jaden. That one sorta bombed at the box office, and its failure made Will nearly lost his damn mind.

From People:

“For me, this film really marks a transition in my life and emotionally and in my career,” Smith said Sunday during a press conference for Focus at The Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, California.

“After the failure of After Earth, a thing got broken in my mind. I was like, ‘Oh, wow. I’m still alive. Oh, wow. Actually, I still am me, even though the movie didn’t open number one. Wait. I can still get hired on another movie.’ ”

“I realized that I still was a good person,” Smith, 46, said. “So when I went into Focus, I completely released the concept of goal orientation and got into path orientation. This moment, this second, these people, this interaction … It is a huge relief for me to not care whether or not Focus is number one or number 10 at the box office.”

Uh.. wow. I suppose Will’s story isn’t all that unique and I bet a bunch of Hollywood actors lose their minds when their films don’t do well – especially if you’re used to being super successful and are dealing with failure rarely. However, he needs to get a damn grip. Did After Earth‘s failure rally impact his life? He could still pay his bills (and the bills of half of California, I imagine), so he needs to chill.

After Earth just looked like it sucked, anyway. Can anyone confirm?

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‘Pitch Perfect 2′ has a new trailer and it looks great

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The Super Bowl makes way for a lot of clever new advertisements, but it also tends to premiere trailers and clips for upcoming movies that we’re all excited about. One of those trailers was for Pitch Perfect 2, and it looks awesome! All our favourites are there – Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Rebel Wilson… basically, it’s going to be the best.

Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t out until May, so we’ve got a long time to wait, but I’m excited!

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There’s going to be an all-female ‘Ghostbusters’!

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Guys, it’s time to get excited. If there’s anything better than a Ghostbusters sequel, it’s a brand spankin’ new, all female Ghostbusters with an ALL-FEMALE cast. And this is not just any cast, it’s with some of the funniest ladies in the biz right now.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Melissa McCarthy, who was already in talks for one of the leads, has signed on for the Paul Feig-directed reboot, and Sony is now negotiating with Kristen Wiig as well as Saturday Night Live players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Negotiations are ongoing, but the quartet are expected to sign on as the specter-seeking, poltergeist-punishing, phantom-phollowing foursome in the reboot, which is eyeing a summer shoot in New York.

Uh, YES PLEASE. Admittedly, I’m not much of a fan of Leslie Jones – I don’t find her funny in the least from her work on Saturday Night Live – but this seems like it’d be perfect for her. As for the other three, all I have to say is “YESSSSSS!” This seriously needs to happen.

What do you think of the casting and the idea of an all-female Ghostbusters? Would you watch it?

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Jamie Dornan knows ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is a bit misogynistic

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Jamie Dornan freaks my beans (and not in the nether regions, as many seem to experience). After watching him for two seasons in The Fall, I can’t look at him and think anything other than “freak alert” – which is I suppose why he’s a perfect fit for the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades.

Speaking of his role in the Twilight-fanfic-cum (ahem)-housewife-erotica, Jamie knows why some people aren’t all that fond of the story and find it kind of sexist, but he still wants to set the record straight (via Elle UK):

“The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect. I mean, we are going to tell a love story, you know, it can’t just be what happens in the Red Room, that’s not a film. There’s so much more going on than that.”

“I can understand why people say tying a woman up and spanking her is misogynistic. But actually, more men are submissives than women. Very powerful men. It’s a far bigger scene than I imagined: in pretty much any city in the world that you could name, people want to get spanked with a paddle with studs on it.”

Well, I’m sure he did lots of research and knows what he’s talking about. Ahem.

Fifty Shades of Grey comes out on Valentine’s Day – will you be watching it?

Also, because I’m kind and generous, I’m tucking a naked picture of Jamie Dornan’s ass behind the cut. WHY IS IT SO PERT AND ROUND? That is a lady’s ass if ever I saw one. But uh… Happy New Year!

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“The Interview” Came Out On Christmas Day — How Did It Do?

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James Franco and Seth Rogen‘s clusterf-ck of a film, The Interview, was released in theaters after all, on Christmas Day. So how did it do? The answer is, really well and not too well, at the same time. How is that possible? Well, it made $1 million in one day, which is good, but considering how much was spent on it, it’s also bad. I’ll let this Vox article do the rest of the talking:

The Interview made just over $1 million at the box office Thursday, for a per-screen average of $3,142 from its 331 theaters. Assuming normal box office erosion, it will likely make it to $3 million in traditional ticket sales by the end of Christmas weekend.

At first blush, that number seems pretty good. Making $1 million in a single day, on so few screens, is definitely an accomplishment. And the per-screen average isn’t bad either. The film finished 15th in overall sales on the day, but it finishes seventh in per-screen average, with three of the films coming in ahead of it — Selma, American Sniper, and the Indian import PK — playing on fewer screens. (Releasing a film to a handful of theaters first, to build excitement and hopefully reap high box office from just those theaters, is a time-honored strategy for Oscar contenders like Selma and American Sniper.)

You also have to consider that Sony has simultaneously released the film to Video On Demand, where it has been among the top sellers for YouTube and Google Play. Of course, we don’t get traditional box office figures for those sellers, just as we rarely get hard numbers for DVD sales. So we can’t know if The Interview has sold 1 million downloads or one dozen.

[...] The question, then, is if the $1 million number is good or disappointing. The film cost $44 million to make, and no matter how good the VOD numbers are, it seems highly unlikely to make back its budget (to say nothing of marketing). Sony will still take a substantial write-off on the film.

It’s a pretty interesting article, so if you want to read the whole thing, go right ahead. I won’t stop you. Consider it my Christmas gift to you. You’re welcome.

So anyway, who here saw The Interview this Christmas? What did you think? I think it looks terrible, and not in a fun, ironic way. Like I think it looks genuinely terrible. But I’m still open, considering you can stream it online. That means I don’t have to put on pants, which is great, because f-ck pants. F-ck pants forever.

Thoughts? Not on my pants, on the film.

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