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You might think of Marcia Gay Harden as that dependable Oscar winner who stars on Code Black, but it's time to shake up your preconceived notions: Marcia is here to wear a skimpy metallic costume and give Fifty Shades of Grey fans a treat. Harden, who played Christian Grey's (Jamie Dornan) mom in Fifty Shades of Grey, tweeted what I can only call a lovely shout-out to her movie son. I can't tell if this photograph is doctored, but I can tell you this photograph is just right. Dear Christian: this Halloween costume arrived,but its February. Was it for me? So cute! Trick r treat! Lv Mama Grey pic.twitter.com/IE4rinEt7Q — Marcia Gay Harden (@MGH_8) February 9, 2016 Marcia is here to troll E.L. James fans all day and night, so I hope they'll sign a contract to let the torture continue. »
- Louis Virtel
If the Fifty Shades franchise was placed on a temporary hiatus in 2015 – backroom drama likely didn’t help matters – then Universal is ready to fire up production once again with plans to shoot both Fifty Shades Darker and its sequel Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back.
What that means is the studio’s erotic adaptation is fast becoming a hive of activity, now that Kim Basinger and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies actress Bella Heathcote have been enlisted for next year’s Darker. But make no mistake, Universal is playing the long game with its lucrative franchise, as evidenced by today’s casting of Arielle Kebbel in Fifty Shades Freed.
Best known for her role opposite Dwayne Johnson in HBO’s Ballers, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Kebbel has joined the threequel as Gia Matteo, a beautiful architect and, surprise, former flame to Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey. Drawing jealously from »
- Michael Briers
“Ballers” actress Arielle Kebbel is set to play Christian Grey’s architect in “Fifty Shades Freed,” the franchise finale that is shooting back-to-back with “Fifty Shades Darker,” TheWrap has learned. James Foley is directing the “Fifty Shades” sequels for Universal Pictures and Focus Features. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing with Marcus Viscidi and author E.L. James, whose husband, Niall Leonard, adapted both books. The sequels find Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reprising their respective roles as Anastasia Steele and Grey. Also Read: Kim Basinger to Play Christian Grey's Former Lover in 'Fifty Shades Darker' They »
- Jeff Sneider
Heathcote will play Leila, a woman who had been in a relationship with Jamie Dornan's emotionally and psychically scarred Christian Grey.
This casting follows the recent announcement that Kim Basinger will play Grey's first lover. James Foley is set to direct the next two installments of the E.L. James adaptation which premiere Valentine's Day weekend in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Australian actress Bella Heathcote has been cast as Leila in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. E.L. James, author of the erotic romance books that inspired the film series, confirmed the news on Twitter Friday. The Fifty Shades trilogy is about the Bdsm-themed relationship between timid college graduate Anastastia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson, and psychologically damaged, handsome billionaire businessman Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan. Leila is one of Grey's "ex-subs," or ex-submissive lovers. The character resembles Steele and stalks her after suffering a mental breakdown. Find out five »
Casting is beginning to heat up on the set of Universal’s erotic sequel Fifty Shades Darker, with news emerging that Australian actress Bella Heathcote has been cast in the role of Leila, one of Christian Grey’s former flames that looks set to put his relationship with Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele to the sword.
Word of Heathcote’s casting arrives by way of Deadline, confirming that the star will join a cast that currently boasts Jamie Dornan as the manipulative billionaire, Johnson and, as we learned recently, Kim Basinger as Bdsm expert Elena Lincoln. Behind the lens, James Foley is attached to direct both next year’s sequel and 2018’s trilogy-capper, Fifty Shades Freed, with screenwriter Niall Leonard by his side to adapt both installments of E.L. James’ worldwide record-breaker.
Shouldering a particular brand of expectation, Universal’s will no doubt he hoping that Foley’s Fifty Shades Darker »
- Michael Briers
Bella Heathcote is the latest lady to join the cast of Fifty Shades Darker as one of Christian Grey's former flames. The Dark Shadows actress will play Leila, a woman who had been in a relationship with Jamie Dornan's Christian, who is scarred both emotionally and psychically. This casting follows the announcement that Kim Basinger will play Grey's Mrs. Robinson-esque first lover. James Foley is set to direct the next two installments of the E.L. James adaptation Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed from screenplays by Niall Leonard. The first film in the franchise, Fifty Shades of
- Mia Galuppo
Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini are also returning to the cast, with Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti producing along with James and Marcus Viscidi. Niall Leonard and “Fifty Shades” author E.L. James are penning the script.
The first installment in the series was a massive hit, grossing $560 million worldwide, including $166 million domestically. Heathcote can currently be seen in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” opposite Lily James and Sam Riley. She’s also in Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon, »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Bella Heathcote has been set to join the cast of Fifty Shades Darker, the second installment of the trilogy based on E L James' worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades Of Grey book series. Heathcote, who starred in Dark Shadows, opens today in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. James Foley is directing both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed with Niall Leonard adapting the screenplay for the next two films. Heathcote joins Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, who… »
According to Variety, Basinger is poised to join the cast of "Fifty Shades Darker," where she will play the high-profile role of Elena Lincoln, Christian Grey's business partner -- who also happens to be his former flame, too. Basinger's character, who was briefly referenced in the first flick, is due for a major reveal in the follow-up, per Variety.
The sequel and the third installment in the trilogy, "Fifty Shades Freed," are set to shoot back-to-back beginning this spring. Director James Foley is taking the reins from previous helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson, who departed the franchise after reportedly clashing with E.L. James, the author behind the bestselling "Fifty Shades" book series. James's husband, Niall Leonard, is serving as screenwriter this time around.
- Katie Roberts
Variety reports that Academy Award winner Kim Basinger has joined the cast of Universal Pictures Fifty Shades Darker starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey respectively.
James Foley will take over directing duties from Sam Taylor-Johnson who directed the first film, Fifty Shades Of Grey. Production is set to begin this spring on the adaptation of the E.L. James adult-oriented novels.
- J.B. Casas
Kim Basinger has joined the cast of the Fifty Shades Of Grey sequel Fifty Shades Darker. The L.A. Confidential star will play the character of Elena Lincoln in the planned sequel, a former lover of Christian Grey who apparently introduced him to the world of Bdsm.
The first film in the three-part series opened in cinemas last year, and grossed a huge $570 million worldwide. The series is obviously based on E L James’ novels.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will reprise their roles of Grey and Anastasia Steele in ‘Darker’, which will open in cinemas on Valentine’s Day, 2017. James Foley will direct from a screenplay by Niall Leonard.
- Paul Heath
At a minimum, a parody should be funnier than the film it’s sending up, but “Fifty Shades of Black,” a quick-and-dirty riff on last year’s S&M romance “Fifty Shades of Grey,” falls a laugh or two short of even that low standard. After wringing every last joke out of the “Paranormal Activity” movies with “A Haunted House” and its sequel, co-writer/star Marlon Wayans, co-writer Rick Alvarez and director Michael Tiddes handcuff themselves to the latest pop-culture phenomenon, but don’t have the requisite discipline for the material. It wouldn’t take much to tip the brittle kink of E.L. James’ fantasy into the realm of comedy — the movie itself did it occasionally, if not always intentionally — but the vulgar bigness of Wayans’ style blows right past deadpan. Nevertheless, though this dire outing won’t win Wayans any new fans, there’s still an audience eager to »
- Scott Tobias
The Lincoln character is the woman who introduced Grey to the world of Bdsm. James Foley directs the film from a script penned by James' husband Niall Leonard, with a Valentine's Day 2017 release being targeted.
The first "Fifty Shades of Grey" film pulled in almost $570 million worldwide.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
You’d be forgiven for totally forgetting, but a sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey is still in development. Coming to us in the form of Fifty Shades Darker, the film has been flying pretty low under the radar so far, perhaps due to the on-set drama that went down on the first outing. Whatever the case may be, Universal is still pushing ahead with a follow-up, despite the fact that no one really seems to care for it, and today, we have some casting news to report.
Variety is telling us that Kim Basinger is circling the role of Elena Lincoln, “Christian Grey’s business partner and former lover.” Though we don’t see her in the first film, she is referred to and mentioned as being the one who introduced him to the Bdsm lifestyle. In Fifty Shades Darker, she’ll arrive on the scene and take a »
- Mark Cassidy
Universal Pictures has just added its first new cast member for the highly-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey sequel Fifty Shades Darker. Variety reports that Kim Basinger has signed on for the key role of Elena Lincoln, joining Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Production is slated to begin this spring, with a report from November revealing that both this follow-up and the third adaptation, Fifty Shades Freed, will be shot back-to-back.
The Elena Lincoln character was mentioned in last year's blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, which sets up the reveal in this sequel. In the E.L. James novels, Elena Lincoln is Christian Grey's (Jamie Dornan) business partner and former lover. While the studio does plan on shooting both sequels back to back, it isn't quite clear when production will begin, but Universal has set a February 10, 2017 release date. It isn't known what other characters have yet to be cast.
The report »
Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger has closed a deal to play Christian Grey’s former lover, Elena Lincoln, in “Fifty Shades Darker,” TheWrap has learned. James Foley is set to direct the film for Universal Pictures and Focus Features, which plan to shoot “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” back-to-back. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing with Marcus Viscidi and author E.L. James, whose husband, Niall Leonard, adapted both books. Also Read: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Sequels to Shoot Back to Back, James Foley to Direct Both (Exclusive) The sequel finds Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan »
- Jeff Sneider
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- Michael Stevens
Yesterday, the 36th annual Razzie Awards nominations were announced by the The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. It is tradition that the Razzies, which celebrate the worst movies of the year, are nominated just before the Oscar nominations, which celebrate the best films of the year. The Oscar nominations will be announced in Los Angeles later this afternoon, but the Razzie nominations have already been released.
Here is the official press release.
All five films up for Worst Picture at this year’s 36th Annual Razzie® Awards are big budget/high profile productions that have no excuse for being among the year’s “berry” worst. And 2015’s acting contenders include popular stars like Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, and Kayley Cuoco-Sweeting, previous Oscar® winners Gwyneth Paltrow, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore, and such Razzie Repeat Offenders as Adam Sandler, »
- Paul Heath
All five films up for Worst Picture at this year's 36th Annual Razzie Awards are big budget/high profile productions that have no excuse for being among the year's "berry" worst. And 2015's acting contenders include popular stars like Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, previous Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore, and such Razzie Repeat Offenders as Adam Sandler, Jennifer Lopez and Katherine Heigl. "Winners" will be announced in intentionally tacky ceremony scheduled for 8pm/Pst on Saturday February 27 -- Oscar eve.
The choices for Worst Picture include Fifty Shades of Grey (2015's "Most Successful Bad Movie"), Fantastic Four (a nearly instant remake that flopped with both critics and movie-goers), Jupiter Ascending (the latest sci-fi fiasco from Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski), Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (a box office hit despite its 95% negative rating at Rotten Tomatoes) and Adam Sandler's latest excuse for a movie, »
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