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Ryan Gosling, Garrett Hedlund & Shailene Woodley Among The Actors Who Passed On 'Fifty Shades'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 10:25 AM
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To an actor, a franchise is an attractive thing: it could mean years (maybe even decades) of solid, dependable work, with each subsequent installment usually incentivized to some degree and with the sense of community and family growing with each outing (many of the "Harry Potter" actors, both young and old, equated the experience to going back to school). In the mad scramble for big studio parts, a franchise is a sturdily proven gig. Which makes actors who pass on potential franchises somewhat baffling (remember when Josh Hartnett was repeatedly courted for Superman?)... Yet pass they do. While Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson ended up scoring the pivotal leads in "Fifty Shades of Grey," a number of Hollywood's elite passed on the project. Franchise schmanchise.

Telluride Review: 'The Invisible Woman' Starring Ralph Fiennes & Felicity Jones

  • By Chris Willman
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  • September 1, 2013 12:40 PM
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Charles Dickens and his comely, considerably younger mistress have a dickens of a time getting their adulterous act together in “The Invisible Woman,” a directing as well as starring turn for Ralph Fiennes. He’s rarely been better than he is as the 19th century’s most celebrated novelist, with his chops on screen just about matched by what he’s done behind. The problem is that we’ve seen so many fictions about Victorians who can’t let the onset of real passion break up their stuffy marriages that even a true-life variation doesn’t have that much to add to the genre, much less that’s thematically worthy of Dickens.

Felicity Jones To Appear On Season 3 Of 'Girls'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2013 1:05 PM
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She didn't quite explode as instantly as some were predicting, but two years after her breakthrough role in "Like Crazy," Felicity Jones is going to be inescapable soon. The actress has already been seen this year in her excellent reteam with Drake Doremus, "Breathe In," and will be on the festival circuit in the fall with Ralph Fiennes' "The Invisible Woman." Beyond that, 2014 will bring "True Story" with James Franco and Jonah Hill, Stephen Hawking biopic "Theory Of Everything" opposite Eddie Redmayne, and her blockbuster debut in a mysterious role in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." And somehow, Jones is finding time to squeeze in a part on one of our favorite TV shows.

TIFF First Looks: Andre 3000 As Jimi Hendrix In 'All Is By My Side,' 'Can A Song Save Your Life?' & 'The Invisible Woman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2013 12:26 PM
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Yes, we're continuing to dig into TIFF's great lineup this year and uncovering more images from the movies head to Ontario, Canada, so sit back and open up your eyeballs....

Watch: Guy Pearce Wants Creativity In His Life In 2-Minute Clip From 'Breathe In' Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 3:32 PM
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Let's say when you were younger you played in a rock 'n roll band that was modestly successfully, but that life was traded in for a stable job, marriage, children and life in the suburbs. Would you want to revisit that old spark of youth, or is the enriching life of family enough to make up for that gap? That's one of the central questions in "Breathe In," the new drama from "Like Crazy" writer/director Drake Doremus. And another new peek at the movie has arrived.

Is Felicity Jones Playing Lily Hollister/Menace In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'? Actress Reveals Role In Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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Up until now, most folks following the development of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" have simply assumed that Felicity Jones -- whose role has been kept under wraps -- is playing Black Cat. This speculation was seemingly "confirmed" last month when the actress neatly dodged a direct question asking if she was indeed playing that character. But we may now have a bit clearer of an answer, as Jones is feeling bit more chatty this month and has gone ahead and revealed her role in the upcoming sequel....almost....

Watch: Guy Pearce & Felicity Jones Simmer In Clip From 'Breathe In'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2013 9:45 AM
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Desire can be a dangerous thing, and when mixed with feelings that your life is stuck in a rut, it can explode into something unexpectedly potent. And it's this idea that rides at the core of "Breathe In," the new drama from "Like Crazy" writer/director Drake Doremus. The movie is getting ready to roll into U.K. cinemas and a clip has arrived offering a peek at the simmering relationship between music teacher and married man Keith (Guy Pearce) and exchange student Sophie (Felicity Jones).

Watch: Guy Pearce & Felicity Jones Cross The Line In Trailer For Drake Doremus' 'Breathe In'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 10:23 AM
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The pain of love and the strains of fidelity seem to be recurring themes in the burgeoning career of filmmaker Drake Doremus. He burst onto the scene with the long distance romancer "Like Crazy," turned an Intel/Toshiba promo opportunity into the web series "The Beauty Inside" (watch it here) and now returns to the bruising pangs of love with "Breathe In." And the first trailer is here to provide a window into what he's conjured for his latest.

Felicity Jones Sidesteps 'Spider-Man' Question About Black Cat, Joins 'Theory Of Everything' With Eddie Redmayne

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2013 3:53 PM
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Well, the rumor mill continues to churn today around "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," with the addition of Canadian actress Sarah Gadon. Rumor has it that she's taking the Mary Jane Watson role left vacant by Shailene Woodley after her brief appearance in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was cut, but there's been no official word as of yet. Until then, let's turn our eyes to another piece of intel that's making the nerds talk....

Sam Taylor-Johnson To Direct 'Fifty Shades Of Grey,' Armie Hammer Not Interested In "Mommy Porn" Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2013 3:59 PM
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Well, the long, hot, sweaty, kinky, naughty wait is over and a director has been found to tie up audiences cinematically and bring them to Pleasure Town in the big screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades Of Grey." Nope, it's not more interesting choices like Gus Van Sant or Joe Wright, but instead it's Aaron Taylor-Johnson's better half.

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