A Preview of the Valentine’s Day Weekend Movie Line-up

THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Image Credit: Lucky Monkey Pictures)

THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Image Credit: Lucky Monkey Pictures)

Valentine’s Day can be a polarizing topic of conversation. Some are bitter they do not have someone with whom to share the greeting card-stuffed, flowery holiday. Some ignore it. Some actually have a significant other and thus embark in all the cutesy, heart-filled stereotypes associated with the day. Continue reading

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The most anticipated movies of 2015!

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA (Image Credit: Johnathan Prime/Warner Bros.)

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA (Image Credit: Johnathan Prime/Warner Bros.)

2015 is going to be a huge year for movies. Between massive blockbusters and star-studded indie films, there is something for everyone to enjoy this year. I’ve put together a brief month-by-month list of must-see films of 2015. Continue reading

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Poster (Image Credit: Focus Features) / FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Wine (Image Credit: Fifty Shades Wine)

Get a taste of Christian Grey with Official Fifty Shades of Grey Wine!

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Poster (Image Credit: Focus Features) / FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Wine (Image Credit: Fifty Shades Wine)

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Poster (Image Credit: Focus Features) / FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Wine (Image Credit: Fifty Shades Wine)

If you thought you couldn’t be anymore excited for Fifty Shades of Grey to hit theaters on Valentine’s Day, let me tell you there’s another reason: Red Satin and White Silk. No, these aren’t specialty fabrics you could purchase at your hometown store, but two wines hand crafted by E.L. James herself to compliment the worldwide phenomenon. Continue reading

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (Image Credit: Universal Pictures and Focus Features)

First official ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer promises plenty of steam!

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (Image Credit: Universal Pictures and Focus Features)

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (Image Credit: Universal Pictures and Focus Features)

I just watched the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey and I’m already a little inappropriately excited to see this film and I hate the books! I know, you’re all balking at me for disliking the books but that’s why my recommendation to watch this trailer (and eventually patron the film) means even more. I genuinely thought I’d be relatively underwhelmed by the teaser but I was definitely mistaken. Here are a couple reasons why I found it so tantalizing: Continue reading

Handmade Fifty Shades of Grey Christian Grey and Ana Steele Theme Ornament (Image Credit: Kabjewelrydesign)

Unofficial ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Inspired Gifts

Handmade Fifty Shades of Grey Christian Grey and Ana Steele Theme Ornament (Image Credit: Kabjewelrydesign)

Handmade Fifty Shades of Grey Christian Grey and Ana Steele Theme Ornament (Image Credit: Kabjewelrydesign)

Baby clothes. My Little Pony. Christmas trees. What do these three things have in common?

Bet you didn’t say Fifty Shades of Grey.

With the fast approaching release of our favorite smutty novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, on the silver screen, the excitement and anticipation for the movie just keeps growing bigger and bigger—and so does the market for some “interesting” unofficial Fifty Shades of Grey inspired products you have to see to believe.

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Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Jamie Dornan in THE FALL (Image Credit: BBC)

Jamie Dornan to play Christian Grey in ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie

Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Jamie Dornan in THE FALL (Image Credit: BBC)

Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Jamie Dornan in THE FALL (Image Credit: BBC)

It’s official, the shoes of the S&M loving billionaire Christian Grey have been filled by Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan! The casting for the film adaptation of the best-selling adult erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey was all set with Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey, the dominating billionaire tortured by his own demons, and Dakota Johnson as the submissive literature student Anastasia Steel, when all of a sudden Charlie Hunnam decided to drop out of film due to “scheduling conflicts.” The search for the new Mr. Grey was on! Fans filled forums, and petitions, with their suggestions for who should bring their fantasies to life on the big screen; throwing out names like Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder and Alexander Skarsgaad, as well as a few lesser known actors, including Christian Cooke and Billy Magnussen. There was even a recent report in The Hollywood Reporter that Billy Magnussen and Dornan both read opposite Dakota Johnson in a screen test, in which Dornan came out on top (pun intended)! Continue reading

Jamie Dornan (Image Credit: Jamie Dornan IMDB) / Scott Eastwood (Image Credit: Scott Eastwood IMDB/Steve Shaw) Christian Cooke (Image Credit: Christian Cooke IMDB)

POLL: Which lesser known actor would make the best Christian Grey?

Jamie Dornan (Image Credit: Jamie Dornan IMDB) / Scott Eastwood (Image Credit: Scott Eastwood IMDB/Steve Shaw) Christian Cooke (Image Credit: Christian Cooke IMDB)

Jamie Dornan (Image Credit: Jamie Dornan IMDB) / Scott Eastwood (Image Credit: Scott Eastwood IMDB/Steve Shaw) Christian Cooke (Image Credit: Christian Cooke IMDB)

Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey probably heard last week that Charlie Hunnam walked away from the role of Christian Grey, which has restarted talk about who should play the sensational character. While many fans are throwing some big names around, rumors of some smaller names have surfaced.Do you remember Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman from Once Upon A Time? The 31-year-old Northern Irish actor has auditioned for the role. You may have also caught him on BBC Two’s The Fall with Gillian Anderson this summer. He hasn’t had too many roles, so we haven’t seen too much of him, but I think he’s rather handsome and wouldn’t say no to seeing a bit more of him.

You might recognize 27-year-old Scott Eastwood’s last name; he gets it from Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood, his father. While he started his acting career in his father’s movie, Gran Torino, I’m going to guess that if you watch Chicago Fire, you noticed him playing Officer Jim Barnes and are looking forward to seeing him more in the spin-off Chicago PD when it starts as a mid-season replacement in January. Is a role as one of Chicago’s finest enough of him though?

At 26, Christian Cooke is the youngest of those who have reportedly auditioned and is pretty unknown to American audiences, despite a fuller career than the gentlemen mentioned above. He can be seen as Mercutio in the latest film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, but our British readers can probably tell us more about him based on the several seasons he spent on the TV series Where the Heart Is. Perhaps his piercing blue eyes should be the ones taunting Fifty Shades fans from the movie posters!

I don’t know that I could really object to any of them, but if you were the casting director, which of these three are you calling back?

Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Henry Cavill (Image Credit: Paul Smith / Featureflash) / Chris Hemsworth (Image Credit: S Buckley)

Who will be moving into the red room now that Charlie’s dropped out of the ‘Fifty Shades’ Film?

Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Henry Cavill (Image Credit: Paul Smith / Featureflash) / Chris Hemsworth (Image Credit: S Buckley)

Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Henry Cavill (Image Credit: Paul Smith / Featureflash) / Chris Hemsworth (Image Credit: S Buckley)

WantedWM, 20-35, great ABS and prepared to do a lot of nakedness. Must provide own handcuffs. Can smolder on cue.

At least I’m assuming that’s what the frantic casting call looks like after Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation over the weekend. And with Charlie’s exit went my interest in this movie, but there are plenty more out there who can’t wait to hear who’ll be taking on the role of Christian Grey for the upcoming film. Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Charlie Hunnam (Image Credit : FX) / Dakota Johnson (Image Credit: FOX)

How ‘Fifty Shades’ is similar to ‘Batman’ (and why everyone needs to calm down and trust the filmmakers)!

Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Charlie Hunnam (Image Credit : FX) / Dakota Johnson (Image Credit: FOX)

Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Charlie Hunnam (Image Credit : FX) / Dakota Johnson (Image Credit: FOX)

“Are you kidding? Is he serious?? How dare he say that?!” I know, it’s a pretty bold title, but just wait a sec…since the wheels have officially started to roll on the Fifty Shades of Grey movie with the recent casting of Dakota Johnson (The Social Network, 21 Jump Street) and Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy) as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the long-awaited film adaptation of the erotic novel by E.L. James, there’s been backlash. Like a lot backlash – to the point of an online petition rallying against the lead actors, demanding the filmmakers change the roles, preferably to the much-chatted about Matthew Bomer (Magic Mike, White Collar) and Alexis Bledel (Mad Men, Gilmore Girls). But like the recent casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, naturally there is going to be an outcry among fans when a certain actor or actress takes on a coveted fictional character within pop culture. So, also like the recent casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, let’s take a second to step back and look at the upcoming adaptation and five reasons Fifty Shades of Grey could work. Continue reading

Chad Connell (Image Credit: David Leyes)

An Interview with ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ star Chad Connell

Chad Connell (Image Credit: David Leyes)

Chad Connell (Image Credit: David Leyes)

Chad Connell is one handsome fellow. Add in his talent as an actor and his infectious laugh and it’s pretty hard not to take a shine to him. The Canadian born Connell has been building momentum in the last few years, recurring in television cult favorites like Nikita and Warehouse 13, and scoring parts in summer blockbusters White House Down and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. His name has even been mentioned along with some of Hollywood’s hottest to take on the role of Christian Grey in the film adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey. But talking to Connell you would have no idea his career is on such an upwards trajectory. Humble with a great sense of humor, he comes across as an average guy who’s genuinely excited to be living out his dream. Lest you think he’s a little too good to be true, he does have one flaw he readily admits to, being the guy who likes to say he knew about a band before they made it big. If you can get past that minor imperfection, Connell seems like a really fun guy that would be as enjoyable to be friends with as he is to watch on-screen.

Read on for the full interview with Chad Connell where we discuss everything from his role as the Blue-Haired Demon in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, to Fifty Shades of Grey and how he spends his time off-screen (get ready to swoon ladies, it includes sailing and wining and dining!)… Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Grey: What we know so far about the movie!

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and Husband Aaron Johnson (Image Credit: Nick Step) / Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James)

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and Husband Aaron Johnson (Image Credit: Nick Step) / Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: E.L. James)

The global phenomenon that has become the fastest-selling book series ever, Fifty Shades of Grey by English author E.L. James, is now coming to the big screen. Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced that the adult novel will be adapted for the screen and released on August 1, 2014. Sam Talyor-Johnson, the London born director of the critically acclaimed film Nowhere Boy, about the early years of John Lennon, is going to be directing. The book will be adapted into a screenplay by Kelly Marcel, and Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and the book’s author, E.L. James, are going to be producers. Continue reading

Are Chris Hemsworth & Hugh Dancy being considered for Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Movie?

Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Chris Hemsworth (Image Credit: S Buckley) / Hugh Dancy (Image Credit: Paul Smith)

Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Chris Hemsworth (Image Credit: S Buckley) / Hugh Dancy (Image Credit: Paul Smith)

There is still no confirmation on who will take the coveted, sexually dominating role of Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation, so it will be a few more nail-biting weeks of anticipation before we hear official casting news, but in the mean time the list of contenders is getting hotter and hotter each day.

From Ryan Gosling to Alexander Skarsgard, we have all been drooling in anticipation and lucky for us they really just upped the ante.

Chris Hemsworth has not caught only our eyes in his upcoming film Rush but of producers as well. He is a top-runner and a hot commodity in polls as a favorite to play main character. His name was floating around rumors earlier this year, but the buzz about him is in an absolute frenzy just recently.  When asked if he would be interested in playing the role Hemsworth said he was, “unsure.” So we will just have to let read the book and decide for himself. Lets pray he is a fast reader.

Some aren’t sure if his buff, muscular physique will suit Christian Grey’s character, but we beg to differ. Anyone could slim down for this role of a lifetime.

But someone else has recently broke into the polls, Hugh Dancy. He stars as special agent Will Graham in NBC‘s new crime thriller Hannibal and is also married to Claire Danes. He is a lesser known actor actor on this side of the pond, but has a large following in the UK and is creating quite a buzz as the latest fan-favorite.

Dancy brings a whole different look to the table, although much older than the character in the book his sex appeal is more than enough to make an entire audience of women swoon.

While we have had countless dreams of other hunky actors laying the scandalous role, I don’t think any of us would be too upset about either one of these men taking over. 

Director Gus Van Sant films ‘Fifty Shades’ movie scene starring Alex Pettyfer!

Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Alex Pettyfer (Image Credit: Crestock) / Gus Van Sant (Image Credit: Crestock)

Fifty Shades of Grey (Image Credit: EL James) / Alex Pettyfer (Image Credit: Crestock) / Gus Van Sant (Image Credit: Crestock)

Rumors have been swirling for months about who will take the coveted spot as director for the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James, but it seems Gus Van Sant is pushing to surpass his competition. Sources say that Gus Van Sant, director most notably of Good Will Hunting and Milk, recruited Magic Mike star Alex Pettyfer, one of many fan favorites for the role of Christian Grey, to shoot a test scene for the movie!

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Is the lack of progress on the Fifty Shades of Grey movie causing fans to lose interest?

Image Credit: EL James

Image Credit: EL James

Since E.L. James’ best-selling novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” hit the bookshelves in June of 2011, rumors of a film adaption began to stir. After nearly a year of deliberation on whether or not it was possible for a film to suit the erotic genre of the popular novel, all the rumors were finally put to rest. On March 26, 2012, Focus Features and Universal Pictures announced that they had bought the rights to the film adaption of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” setting fans and fan sites in a frenzy. Even though many had their ideal Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele already in mind, knowing that casting could soon be decided took the world and the fandom by storm. Continue reading