Fifty Shades of Grey

Is it a surprise that Fifty Shades of Grey — the supermarket sex book in which a young woman is held in thrall to the sexual dominance of a very rich, very handsome man — is proving to be a tricky thing to adapt to film? Not just as far as writing the script, but when it comes to finding a cast that is willing to do the material, and which is comfortable with the various forms of fame that the roles will bring.

Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson were cast in the past few weeks as the two leads, but Hunnam has already dropped out. The official reason was his packed TV schedule, but backstage talk has said that he wasn’t happy with the increased exposure (ahem) the film brings, and that his payday was quite low for the effort. He was only set to take home $125,000 for the role, according to THR. A lot of money to most of us, but a fairly small amount for an actor in a hit TV show and big summer movie property coming onto a very high-profile project.

Replacements have been suggested, and now there’s a new name in the rumor mix. Read More »

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Charlie Hunnam Drops Out of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Fifty Shades of Grey

When Charlie Hunnam was cast as one of the two leads of Fifty Shades of Grey, fans reacted in big ways, not all of which were positive. Now the actor has dropped out of the film, with the stated reason being that he’s got too much work to do on Sons of Anarchy to “adequately prepare” for the film. Universal’s statement is below. We don’t know who might replace him, but expect that name to be announced soon. Read More »

Rinko Kikuchi and Guillermo del Toro on the Pacific Rim set

Saving the world from a terrifying race of giant sea monsters is serious business. Making a movie about saving the world from a terrifying race of giant sea monsters appears to be a whole other matter.

Although the characters of Pacific Rim weren’t much given to smiling, giggling, or goofing off — they seemed pretty preoccupied with the whole “cancelling the apocalypse” thing — the cast and crew apparently found plenty of opportunities to laugh on set. Check out an adorable gag reel after the jump.

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Johnson Hunnam 50 Shades

Outside of Star Wars, the cast that has probably been the subject of the most speculation in Hollywood is for Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. Speculation can now stop for the two major leads. Dakota Johnson, who appeared in The Social Network and 21 Jump Street as well as the Fox show Ben and Kate, has been officially cast as Anastasia Steele. Her male counterpart, Christian Grey, will be played by none other than Charlie Hunnam, star of Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy. Read More »

Pacific Rim

Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim won’t be out for another week or so, but some of its nomenclature has already begun to permeate geek culture. “Kaiju” and “Jaeger,” words some fans were very familiar with, are becoming more common in geek circles as Warner Bros. gets closer to releasing their massive monster vs. robot movie on July 12.

Lots of the talk over the past few days, though, has been surrounding the non-geek audience and their knowledge/anticipation of the film. The “tracking,” as it’s called, is reportedly low for a film of this magnitude. Some blame that on the fact we know about the monsters and robots, but we don’t know the humans of Pacific Rim. Names like ”Stacker Pentecost” and “Hannibal Chau” aren’t quite as recognizable as the Jaeger name “Gipsy Danger.”

This latest, and probably final trailer feels like a direct answer to that criticism. While there’s still plenty of giant action, we learn about the neural connection jaeger pilots have to one another, see more of Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and Rinko Kikuchi, and even get a hint at the demons that Charlie Hunnam‘s character, Raleigh Beckett, must face. Check it out below. Read More »

GUILLERMO DEL TORO on the set of the sci-fi action adventure “Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures PACIFIC RIM

As Guillermo del Toro begins the last big promo push for his giant monsters and robots extravaganza Pacific Rim, he’s starting to talk a bit more about his next movie, the haunted house period piece called Crimson Peak. The director has talked about the movie as a big haunted house movie in a grand old style, but aside from the cast (Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain) we haven’t known many details about the film.

Now he has described moments of “ very visceral, physical violence,” that are part of a film that flows from almost “sedate romance” to brutal scenes designed to give the audience a shock. Read More »

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At this point we’ve seen a lot from Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, but with a couple weeks left before the film opens, why not one more trailer? (Here’s why: the film needs more of a guaranteed audience than it already has, and so Warner Bros. and Legendary are trying to show people what this one is.)

This extended 2-minute TV spot features a longer version of the “apocalypse” speech from Idris Elba, and a more detailed presentation of the launch sequence for the giant robot Jaegers, too. There are some other flashes of new footage, along with a quiet, fearful audio track that goes for tense breaths rather than big “braaaaahm!” noises. There’s good stuff here, though I almost would have preferred to wait for the full film to see a few of these shots. Read More »

Pacific Rim

I visited the Toronto set of Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim on March 28th 2012. While on set, we toured the art room, watched filming, saw a bunch of the sets, and interviewed Guillermo and some of the cast. You’ll be able to read those transcripts over the next week on the site, but after the jump you can read a writeup of over 80 things I learned on set (3,685 words worth, and this is one really worth reading) alongside a video blog I recorded with Steve from Collider giving our thoughts on what we had seen.

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