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'Sons of Anarchy' co-star says Charlie Hunnam 'is perfect' for Christian Grey

Another day, another celeb reacting to the news that Charlie Hunnam has been cast to play Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. And this time, it’s Hunnam’s former Sons of Anarchy co-star Taryn Manning singing his praises.

When speaking with E! News yesterday, Manning heard the news of Hunnam’s upcoming role for the first time.

“Wait…what? That’s so amazing! Really? Wow! That is total news to me,” Manning said. “I love Charlie. Working on Sons of Anarchy with him, I mean he has a full accent and just watching him act on set, he is amazing.” READ FULL STORY

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Robert Redford in 'The Way We Were'

Growing up in the 90s, I felt like there were two Hollywood hunks in the mix: You were either Team Brad Pitt or Team Tom Cruise. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t plenty of Team George Clooney’s or Team Denzel Washington’s, etc., but Brad and Tom were constantly being compared to each other and labeled as the biggest heartthrobs. But do you guys remember back before Brad and Tom, when there was one beautiful jawline that stood out above all the rest? Well, my mother does (and she likes to remind me).

Before Robert Redford was a director and even before he washed Meryl Streep’s hair in Out of Africa, he was fulfilling fantasies and breaking hearts alongside Barbra Streisand in The Way We Were. At the age of 37, his eyes were at their bluest, his hair at its fullest, and his smile at its brightest. So kids, before you write off Robert Redford, who hits theaters in All Is Lost on Oct. 18, as just another Hollywood hunk who’s now definitely out of your age bracket, take a trip down memory lane and pay some respect to this gorgeous man.

Also, let us all take a moment to honor the man who still looks this good at 77.

Aca-scuse me? Katee Sackhoff was cut from 'Pitch Perfect'

In trivia that’s equal parts aca-awesome and aca-heartbreaking, Katee Sackhoff revealed she had a small part in last year’s pitch-slapping film Pitch Perfect, but her role ended up on the cutting room floor.

The star of LongmireBattlestar Galactica, and this week’s Riddick said she won the cameo while visiting her fiancé Scott Niemeyer, a producer for the film, on set. The film needed someone to play a DJ (no, not a Deaf Jew), and Sackhoff volunteered.

“The guy that Beca was dating was dating the DJ, and they said, ‘Katee, wouldn’t it be really funny if you threw a brown wig on and played the DJ?’ And I was like, ‘Perfect, I’ll do it,’” she tells Collider. “So I was actually in the movie, but not in the movie.”

Though Sackhoff didn’t appear in the final cut, Pitch Perfect producer and co-star Elizabeth Banks gave fans a glimpse of Sackhoff in her DJ wig when she posted a photo from set in 2011:

There Should Be a Sequel: 'Mystery Men'

Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

Mystery Men is one of those movies that you either really love or you really loathe. For me, it’s the former. The hilarious, over-the-top, ridiculous, so-stupid-it’s-funny comedy revolves around Champion City and the not-so-super superheroes that walk its streets. You see, when Greg Kinnear’s Captain Amazing finds himself out of worthy adversaries, he uses his billionaire alter ego to try and get the city’s biggest villain, Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) released from the insane asylum he once worked so hard to put him in. Long story short, Frankenstein reunites with Tony P and the Disco Boys to blow up the insane asylum and kidnap Captain Amazing. He then starts his plan to use a reality-bending “Psycho-frakulator” on the rest of the city.

However, the superhero threesome of Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), Shoveler (William H. Macy), and The Blue Raja (Hank Azaria) decide it’s up to them to rescue Amazing and save the city, so they begin assembling a team. Joining them is Spleen (Paul Reubens), Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchell), and The Bowler (Janeane Garofalo). The team then enlists Sphinx (Wes Studi) and mad scientist Dr. Heller (Tom Waits) to prepare them for battle. They somehow end up saving the day. But that’s not the important part. The important part is that this movie unites Kel Mitchell (of Kenan & Kel fame) with the likes of Hank Azaria and Geoffrey Rush. Does it get any better? See for yourself in the film’s 1999 trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Fifty Shades of Grey': Why Charlie Hunnam is the right choice to play Christian Grey

When my best friend shipped me the Fifty Shades of Grey books and demanded that I read them more than a year ago, I rolled my eyes and reluctantly turned the first page. A week or two later — it’s all a blur at this point — I had finished all three books and had moved on to the next stage of Fifty Shades fandom: Debating who should play the lead role in the film adaptation.

From day one, I was a Matt Bomer supporter through and through. I didn’t care that his hair was too dark — I couldn’t help but picture Christian as a dark brunette for some reason — and I didn’t care that he was gay (he’s an actor). Bomer had the eyes and the overall “prettiness” that Christian was described as having, not to mention the musical ability, and I was sure he’d be a great dancer. Plus, have you seen him in a suit? Next to Bomer, I could understand some of the other arguments — Ian Somerhalder definitely knows how to smolder — but as far as I was concerned, I had my Christian.

And then yesterday, I saw that Charlie Hunnam had been cast in the lead role. I clicked on the story, and before I could get upset by the blond Sons of Anarchy star portraying Mr. Grey, I found myself oddly at ease. Somewhere under the scruff, there was a pretty boy hiding, and I could see him peeking through gorgeous gray eyes. Then I Google Image-searched Hunnam (Catfish-style) to see if I was crazy, and as it turns out, I’m not.

'Fifty Shades of Grey': Bret Easton Ellis tweets that Robert Pattinson was E. L. James' first choice for Christian

After countless rumors, fake magazine covers, secret conversations, and fan-made movie trailers, Charlie Hunnam has officially been cast as rich-playboy-with-a-secret Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. But that doesn’t mean he was the author’s first choice.

According to Bret Easton Ellis, who had once expressed interest in writing the screenplay, James pictured Robert Pattinson in the role of Christian, who’s described in the books as having dark copper-colored hair and, of course, those unforgettable gray eyes.

Ellis tweeted that not only was Pattinson James’ first choice, but that fan favorites Matt Bomer and Ian Somerhalder were “never in the running.” Check out Ellis’ tweets below: READ FULL STORY

There Should Be A Sequel: 'Rat Race'

Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

I was a very serious child, and I often found myself confused about what I was supposed to do in public scenarios. For example: I thought you weren’t supposed to scream on roller coasters — you should see that photo — and you weren’t supposed to laugh out loud in movie theaters — there’s no photo of that, sorry. Why did I think this? I have no idea, especially because I come from a family of very loud screamers and even louder laughers (new word alert!). Perhaps I was rebelling? Or I’ll just use the I-didn’t-know-any-better excuse. Either way, the first movie to not only force me to crack a smile but to make me absolutely hysterical was some “stupid movie I didn’t even want to see.” And I give you Rat Race. READ FULL STORY

'The Butler': So wrong, it's right

It’s not unusual for a movie to divide reviewers. To some, The Butler, Lee Daniels’ sprint through the American civil rights movement, is “deeply moving” (Time), “brilliantly truthful” (The New York Times), “illuminating” (New York), and “honest” (Slate). But it’s also been -dismissed as “obvious,” “over-the-top,” “clunky,” “lumbering,” and “thuggish”—by the very same critics. Daniels, who won acclaim for Precious and contempt for The Paperboy, has a unique ability to stir admiration and antipathy at once; if there were a word to describe the act of applauding while wincing, he could copyright it. READ FULL STORY

'Forbes' names Madonna the highest paid celebrity of 2013

The Material Girl isn’t going to be short on materials anytime soon.

Madonna has been named the highest paid celebrity of 2013 by Forbes, which reports that the pop star brought in $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Not even an album flop can keep this woman down.

Behind Madonna is the king of movies, Steven Spielberg, with $100 million, the king of reality singing competitions, Simon Cowell, with $95 million, and the queen who gave us the red room of pain, E.L. James, also with $95 million. Rounding out the top five is Howard Stern — the king of awkwardness? — with the ever-popular intake of $95 million.

The first athlete joins the list at number 12, with Tiger Woods bringing in $78 million. And believe it or not, Oprah Winfrey sits at number 13 with $77 million. Luckily, that’s still enough money to give away a handful of cars if she feels the need.

'Pacific Rim' made Nicolas Cage cry -- VIDEO


Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens’ latest movie, The Frozen Ground, takes on the grisly true story of Robert Hansen (played by John Cusack), a 1980s serial killer who would take his mostly young and female victims out to the Alaskan wilderness before murdering them. Hudgens plays the lucky girl who makes it out alive, and Cage is the Sheriff tasked with tracking him down.

The line of questioning was slightly more upbeat when EW stopped by the junket to subject Cage and Hudgens to our Pop Culture Personality Test, where they talk first concerts, moments that made them cry (Pacific Rim!) and other pop culture obsessions. Hudgens was even quoting the now-famous “look at my s–t” speech by James Franco’s Spring Breakers character Alien before the cameras started rolling. But we did catch her on tape revealing a gem — that she was a member of the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Fan Club.

Check out the rest of their responses below.


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