‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Leads Finally Announced!
The wait is finally over. Fifty Shades of Grey author, E.L. James, tweeted on Monday, “Good moaning all. Hold on to your hats…” right before announcing that Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam were cast as the leading roles, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, in the book-to-film adaptation. The story surrounds a handsome millionaire who falls in love with an innocent college student and delves deep into a kinky relationship. Hunnam has been taking on the role of Jax on FX’s Sons of Anarchy for the past six years and recently was on the big screen for Pacific Rim. Johnson, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, has been seen in films such as The Five Year Engagement and The Social Network. Fans had been speculating for months that the high-profile role of Christian in the trilogy would be portrayed by actors such as Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries) and Robert Pattinson (Twilight), and Anastasia by Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants). [USA Today, US Weekly]
‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 Trailer Out
This one’s going to be a doozy. The promo for the highly anticipated Season 4 of Downton Abbey debuted on Saturday, opening with the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) telling a devastated Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery), “You have a straightforward choice. You must choose either death or life.” The short trailer goes through quick vignettes of tearful scenes with old characters and introductions of new ones, including the first African American member to cast on the show, Gary Carr as jazz singer, Jack Ross. The PBS Masterpiece Classic drama will also have Paul Giamatti (Sideways) join the cast, and will premiere in the U.S. on Jan. 5. [Daily Mail, The Hollywood Reporter]
CBS and Time Warner End Blackout
As of Monday evening, Time Warner Cable subscribers were once again reunited with their beloved CBS station and Showtime, which is also owned by CBS Corp. The month-long feud between the two companies over pricing issues left subscribers without the network since Aug. 2. The blackout even prompted a class action lawsuit filed by three customers in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Fans no longer have to be in the dark on watching CBS shows like The Big Bang Theory and Under the Dome, and see the repetitious CBS commercials asking viewers to take a stand against the cable provider. [Entertainment Weekly]