50 Shades of Grey Updates: Jamie Dornan cast as new Christian Grey

Anastasia Steele has finally met her match. Irish actor Jamie Dornan is in final talks to play the billionarie BDSM enthusiast Christian Grey in the adaptation of EL James’ best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey. Focus/Universal, declined to confirm, but an inside source says the deal is in its final stages. The studio, to say nothing of the trilogy’s ardent fans, was thrown into overdrive when the original Christian, Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam, abruptly bowed out of the production two weeks ago. The casting of 31-year-old Dornan alongside Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia will hopefully steady director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s production that is slated to begin shooting mid-November.

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50 Shades of Grey Updates: Dakota Is In Hunt for New Christian Grey Cast!

Anastasia Steele, the weak-in-the-knees innocent at the heart of EL James’ 50 Shades of Grey, is still searching for her dark prince. Focus has been scrambling to replace Charlie Hunnam after he recently abandoned the role in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation. Last night at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards, 50 Shades producer Michael DeLuca  told E! News that 24-year-old Johnson, who remains committed to the role of Ana, was “our rock.”  DeLuca went on to say that “she’s helping us look through the candidates to see which chemistry kind of our captures our attention.”

Joining the likes of Alexander Skarsgard on the short list of rumored replacements is British actor (and former Calvin Klein underwear model) Jamie Dornan. The 31-year-old played Sheriff Graham in the ABC series Once Upon a Time, and made his film debut alongside Kirsten Dunst in 2006′s Marie Antoinette. (But again, do check out his fine work in the Calvin Klein ads.)

A new name added to the rumor mill is Tony-nominated American actor Billy Magnussen. The 28-year-old actor, whose boyish face As the World Turns fans know well, is having a helluva year. In another high-profile replacement, Magnussen stepped in for Jake Gyllenhaal in the upcoming movie musical Into the Woods. A recent report in THR quoted sources saying that the two actors read opposite Johnson for the director on Friday. Focus did not return a request for comment.

Source: EW

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Dakota Johnson Buys $3,000 Worth of Orlane Skin Care With Mom Melanie Griffith

Dakota Johnson, who was recently named the lead role as Anastasia Steele in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film, was just spotted at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City with mom Melanie Griffith, and seemed to be on the hunt for some posh skin care solutions.

The pretty pair spent considerable time in the cosmetics department and ended up splurging big time at the Orlane Paris counter—$3,000, to be exact!


While most of us could never afford to drop that kind of moola on a few jars of moisturizer, it’s clearly just a drop in the bucket for this pretty pair.

Wondering what the mother-daughter duo took home with them?

Their luxurious beauty loot included plenty of pricey products including the hydrating serum, super moisturizing light cream and Vivifying cleanser, just to name a few. 


One thing’s for sure, the young star’s skin is going to look better than ever on the big screen.

And all dollar signs aside, we still think it’s totally adorable that they share a close bond and we’re betting that the beautiful 23-year-old is learning lots from her successful (and stylish!) mother right about now. 

Source: E Online

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‘Fifty Shades’ Of Kaling: Mindy Approves Of Dakota Johnson Casting

Dakota Johnson is getting a pretty high-profile co-sign from Mindy Kaling. The casting of the former “Ben & Kate” star in the big-screen adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” may have initially led fans of the E.L. James trilogy to scratch their heads, but Mindy is hardly surprised by it.

She’s got a lot of love for Dakota, who used to share Tuesday nights with “The Mindy Project” star on Fox.

“Dakota is another one where it’s like, she’s really funny and very beautiful, so she was the kind of person where it’s like sometimes you put a timer on someone and you’re like ‘Dakota’s going—[it’s] to be a certain amount of time before she becomes huge,'” she said, adding, “Cause she’s just very dry and funny, beautiful in a way that’s not, like, boring. She’s gonna be great.”

And if you’re wondering if Mindy’s small-screen alter-ego—the rom-com loving Dr. Lahiri—is excited for the flick, she weighs in. “I am 100 percent sure Mindy Lahiri would go to the Ziegfeld [Theater] or wherever it is and see the premiere,” she said.

We also have a feeling Mindy wouldn’t mind making Dakota’s hunky leading man, Charlie Hunnam, her latest conquest. We can’t blame her.

Source: MTV News

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Penn: Dakota’s made for Grey

Penn Badgley thinks Dakota Johnson will “nail” 50 Shades of Grey.

The former Gossip Girl star is impressed with the actress’ talent after working with her on the upcoming film Cymbeline.

The 23-year-old is to play Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, a wide-eyed girl who begins to explore sex. Penn joked that Dakota won’t struggle too much to pull the act off.

“Can I say she is perfect for that'” he laughed to E! News. “I don’t know if that’s appropriate to say. I’m sure she’s gonna nail it, no pun intended.

“I haven’t read the books. Dakota is wonderful. I have known her for years and we’re doing a movie right now.”

Charlie Hunnam has been cast as Anastasia’s love interest Christian Grey in the release.

In the modern take on William Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline, Penn and Dakota play spouses and they were spotted filming a passionate kissing scene in a New York City park last Monday.

It comes after the hunk split from real-life girlfriend Zoë Kravitz this summer following two years together. Before that he dated Blake Lively for three years.

Meanwhile, Dakota is currently loved up with 27-year-old actor Jordan Masterson but will soon be filming steamy scenes with Charlie for the silver screen version of E.L. James’ bestselling book.

“I am delighted to let you know that the lovely Dakota Johnson has agreed to be our Anastasia in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey,” the author announced on Twitter recently, following it up with: “The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.”

British hunk Charlie, 33, is best known for his part in TV show Sons of Anarchy.

Source: Film News UK

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First Image Dakota Johnson From the Need for Speed Movie

DreamWorks has released the first official image from their big screen version of the EA video game “Need for Speed“.

Paul explains to Entertainment Weekly of Dakota role in this film:

‘Dakota is my character’s ex, and now Dominic’s character is the new guy she’s seeing.’

Official Plot:

Need for Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes—one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption.