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Bret Easton Ellis out of the running for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' screenplay gig

Bret Easton Ellis hasn’t been quiet about his desire to pen the screenplay for the film adaptation of the guilty pleasure novel Fifty Shades of Grey, but now he’s announced that his racy writing dreams will not come true this time around.

Ellis, who authored 1991 novel American Psycho and launched into filmmaking when he wrote the screenplay adapted from his own book The Informers, announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday.

“It’s a very major disappointment to announce that I’ve somehow been taken off the list of possible screenwriters for Fifty Shades of Grey,” he wrote, then continued, “Thanks to the fans for the months of intense support. Your awesome enthusiasm and great suggestions were instructive and meaningful to me.” READ FULL STORY

Emma Watson addresses 'Fifty Shades of Grey' casting rumors

The Internet got all sorts of excited last week when rumors began to surface that Emma Watson was in talks for the role of Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of  Fifty Shades of Grey. Not so fast, says Watson. “I haven’t read the book, I haven’t a read a script, nothing,” Watson tells EW. “There are so many movies you become attached to when I’ve literally never even received a phone call. It was the same way with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — I never even saw a script!”

Watson is plenty busy: she has The Perks of Being a Wallflower in theaters this fall; she recently wrapped Sofia Coppola’s  The Bling Ring and is currently working on Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. She adds that even some friends and family asked her about Grey since so many different items linking her to the film have popped up online. “I told them just because there are 60 articles on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s any less true than if there are three or four.”

And a word to the wise for those who believe everything that they read about the actress: “The thing is I’m not going to go out there every time someone attaches me to a film to say no or release a statement.”

Read more:
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Keira Knightley stars as Anna Karenina (in a film that breaks all the period film rules) -- VIDEO EXCLUSIVE

“The rules of a period film have been completely broken,” says Keira Knightley in this exclusive video about the new big-screen adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 classic, Anna Karenina (due Nov. 9). Knightley, in her third film for director Joe Wright (after 2005’s Pride and Prejudice and 2007’s Atonement) stars in the title role; Jude Law plays her aristocratic husband; and Aaron Taylor-Johnson portrays the cavalry officer with whom she falls into a passionate affair.

What makes this adaptation so unusual is Wright’s decision to set much of the action inside a theater. Watch the video below to understand why (and to swoon over those sets and costumes). READ FULL STORY

Stephenie Meyer explains the name Renesmee: 'I take my heckling. I totally get it!'

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer knows that even her most ardent fans haven’t always been sold on Renesmee. Not the character, of course — the half vampire, half human child of Edward and Bella who lies at the heart of the drama in Breaking Dawn 2 — but the name itself.

“I was lost in fantasy land,” she told EW shortly after the Breaking Dawn-Part 2 panel. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper get their awkward on in 'Silver Linings Playbook' trailer

Jennifer Lawrence is keeping busy filming and promoting her roles in two major franchises, but she’s still finding time to create chemistry with Bradley Cooper in the upcoming David O. Russell film, Silver Linings Playbook. The movie’s first trailer hit the web today.

Lawrence and Cooper play next-door neighbors who bond over their bouts with mental illness. It starts off with some adorably awkward encounters, then leads into Lawrence following Cooper on his morning run (and hey, who wouldn’t be tempted to chase after a neighbor that looked like Bradley Cooper, even if he is inexplicably donning a trash bag?). The clip continues with some glimpses of the pair trying out ballroom dancing.

Silver Linings Playbook also reunites Cooper with Robert De Niro (they both starred in last year’s Limitless). Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

FIRST LOOK: Tom Cruise makes a stand in crime thriller 'Jack Reacher' -- EXCLUSIVE

A wise man once sang, “When  you got nothing, you got nothing to lose,” and that about sums up Tom Cruise’s title character in the upcoming crime saga Jack Reacher.

Adapted from Lee Child’s best-selling novel One Shot, Cruise stars as an ex–military policeman turned vigilante drifter, who finds himself drawn into the case of a sniper who randomly targeted civilians.

While we’re used to seeing Cruise as men who are ambitious, highly-stressed, and inveterate charmers, this film (out Dec. 21) provides him a somewhat darker and more stoic soul to inhabit. READ FULL STORY

'Anna Karenina' trailer: Keira Knightley inhabits Tolstoy's most famous character -- VIDEO

Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is an immense novel, not just in size, but reputation: It’s regarded by many as one of the best (if not outright the best) ever written in any language. So it follows that the first major feature film adaptation of the book since 1997 would look appropriately massive. Keira Knightley — reuniting with her Atonement and Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wright — stars as the title Russian aristocrat who’s married to a major statesman (Jude Law) 20 years her senior, but violates the ironclad rules of social decorum by entering into an affair with the dashing calvary officer Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson). The new trailer is filled with opulent, Oscar-baiting costumes and art direction, but the most exciting thing about it may be the final image: a title card reading “Screenplay by Tom Stoppard.”

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

'Safe Haven' romance lands 'Eat Pray Love' 'naked guy' David Lyons -- EXCLUSIVE

For some, actor David Lyons is best known as Dr. Simon Brenner from the last two seasons of ER. Others know him as The Cape from NBC’s short-lived 2011 superhero series.

In his native Australia, he’s famous for the navy drama Sea Patrol, but to most people he will forever be remembered as the skinny-dipping “you’re-so-naked” guy whose antics made Julia Roberts guffaw like a seagull choking on a bottle cap in Eat Pray Love.

EW has learned he is now joining the cast of the Nicholas Sparks romance Safe Haven, adding a far more menacing character to his repertoire: the angry ex-husband. READ FULL STORY

'The Host' first look: Jake Abel on playing Ian, working with Stephenie Meyer -- EXCLUSIVE

If you thought the romantic triangle at the center of The Twilight Saga was complicated, then you haven’t yet experienced the passions at the center of Stephenie Meyer’s other novel, The Host, also a feature film arriving in theaters on March 29, 2013.

Set on an Earth that has been overrun by body-snatching aliens called “souls,” the story follows Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), one of the last humans left on the planet, after her body has been inhabited by the well-traveled soul known as Wanderer (or Wanda, for short). Melanie’s strong-willed consciousness cajoles Wanda into the American desert to find Melanie’s uncle Jeb (William Hurt), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury), and her boyfriend Jared (Max Irons). But once Wanda comes upon this ragtag band hiding out in a network of caves, she begins to develop feelings herself for another human, Ian O’Shea (Jake Abel, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning ThiefI Am Number FourThe Lovely Bones). So, to recap: Jared loves Melanie, whose body is controlled by Wanda, who is in love with Ian.

In this exclusive first look at Ian’s character in The Host, Abel talks about what he calls the “love box” between the four characters, his thoughts on Ian’s progressive attitude towards the souls, and what it was like working with Meyer and the film’s writer-director, Andrew Niccol (GatticaIn Time). Check it out below!  READ FULL STORY

Angelina Jolie to direct 'Fifty Shades of Grey'? Dream on ...

The notion of Angelina Jolie directing a Fifty Shades of Grey movie is — to put it lightly — simply fan fiction.

Wishful thinking has turned into rumor, which in Hollywood is good enough to trigger many wild headlines that are followed by question marks. (Just like this one.)

Speculation began with a report that Angelina Jolie was being sought to direct the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Except … not really. Sources close to the project tell EW there is nothing to these reports but bogus speculation.

As Focus Features and Universal Pictures put together a plan to adapt the best-selling erotic novel (which started life as Twilight fan-fiction, only to transform into the year’s hottest literary sensation), agents and executives have engaged in much the same guessing and projecting that ordinary fans do: Who should direct? Who should write? Who should star? READ FULL STORY

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