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Casting Net: Ellen Page in talks to play John Belushi's wife in biopic; Plus, Dakota Johnson, more

• Ellen Page (Juno) is in talks to play John Belushi’s wife, Judith Jacklin, in the upcoming biopic of the late comedian’s life. Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor) is set to star as Belushi in the Steve Conrad-directed and scripted pic. Page can be seen next as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past (out May 23). Her spy-thriller Queen and Country also recently snagged a director in Craig Viveiros. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

New 'Fifty Shades' pic shows Ana kissing Christian -- PHOTO

First there was the filming photo of Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) having a cup of tea (shockingly, not a euphemism), and the newest filming candid from Fifty Shades of Grey shows the actors embracing while Ana goes for a kiss outside what is likely Grey Enterprises. (For those that have remained blissfully unaware thus far, that’s the company where Christian is CEO.)

What’s next? Well, considering the subject matter, perhaps soon the behind-the-scenes photos won’t be quite so PG…as fans of the series are no doubt hoping.

Fifty Shades of Grey, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, will be in theaters Feb. 13, 2015.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson film hot, steamy 'Fifty Shades' scene -- PHOTO

Get it? Because of the tea?

Okay, so maybe this first photo from the set of Fifty Shades of Grey pictures stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson filming the movie’s least explicit scene. Still, seeing it should be exciting to fans — who know that as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele sit for a cup of tea at the Portland Coffee House, the story’s heroine is thinking some very dirty thoughts:

“I surreptitiously gaze at him from beneath my lashes as he stands in line waiting to be served. I could watch him all day… he’s tall, broad-shouldered, and slim, and the way those pants hang from his hips… Oh my. Once or twice he runs his long, graceful fingers through his now dry but still disorderly hair. Hmm… I’d like to do that. The thought comes unbidden into my mind, and my face flames. I bite my lip and stare down at my hands again not liking where my wayward thoughts are headed.”

Oh my indeed!

'Fifty Shades' hires newcomer Eloise Mumford for roommate role

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Fifty Shades of Grey fans meet Kate Kavanaugh. Universal Pictures and Focus Features has hired newcomer Eloise Mumford to play Anastasia Steele’s confident blonde roommate and best friend in the upcoming adaptation of the bestselling novel.

Mumford made her television debut in 2010, starring in the short-lived Fox series Lone Star. She went on to appear in the Dreamworks series The River opposite Bruce Greenwood, which helped her land a deal with ABC studios.
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'Need for Speed' trailer: Aaron Paul on stunts and pushing his own limits -- VIDEO

Need for Speed might be based on a video game, but director Scott Waugh wasn’t interested in digital representations for his feature film. Nearly everything you see on-screen is real, whether it’s a car jumping a medium or flying off a bridge. What else would you expect from a veteran stuntman turned director?

The wild card was getting an actor to sign up for that.

When Waugh first approached Aaron Paul to star in his first post-Breaking Bad film, he didn’t mince words: “I told him, If you really want to do this movie, I need to teach you how to drive. And I’m not talking straight. I’m talking 150 miles an hour drifting,” Waugh told EW in October.

Driving school came next, and Paul was a quick study.”My first true day on the film was out at the race track. By the end of the first day I was doing 360s. Then the next couple of days were learning how to trick around corners or doing reverse 180s,” Paul said.

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Dakota Johnson on 'Fifty Shades:' 'I really understand it'

It was day one of trying on her new brown locks as Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey, a role that could come to define up-and-coming actress Dakota Johnson. The 24-year-old daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson was approaching her first photo shoot and interview for EW’s cover story in a very relaxed manner: joking with her future on-screen boyfriend Jamie Dornan; snapping photos for author EL James who was visiting the set, and trying to stay away from the tempting desserts that filled the craft services table.

The actress did acknowledge that it was a bit strange to embody a character for a role she hasn’t even had a chance to rehearse. “At first it felt like what are we doing because we haven’t done anything yet: How are we supposed to be in character when I don’t even know what’s going on,” said Johnson about the photo shoot. “But then everyone chilled out and that was good.”
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Jamie Dornan on Christian Grey role: 'I don't fear it' -- EXCLUSIVE

In a matter of weeks, Jamie Dornan will suit up to play the damaged billionaire Christian Grey — opposite Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele — in the adaptation of  E L James’ bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The Northern Irish actor landed the role through a circuitous route, replacing Sons of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam after he dropped out of the film in mid-October. In this week’s cover story, he spoke with EW exclusively about his trek through the audition process and how he’s prepping his body for the part.

It’s the most high-profile role of Dornan’s career, one he’s approaching both rationally and with a great degree of excitement. “I certainly don’t fear it,” Dornan says. “I already got a glimpse into working with [director] Sam [Taylor-Johnson] at the test, and I’d met [co-star] Dakota [Johnson] by then. So I had a glimpse into how I felt it would be if I got the part. None of it scared me.”

Dornan initially performed an audition on tape for the first round of casting but didn’t progress to a face-to-face meeting until Hunnam bailed last month. “You know, one door closes, another opens,” Dornan says. “When he dropped out, I didn’t instantly think, ‘Oh here we go, maybe I should cancel that holiday,’ but I did feel that maybe we’d revisit the idea of me.”

Revisit they did. Dornan was flown out to Los Angeles for an intense, day-long audition opposite Dakota Johnson, who had landed her role in early September. The two re-enacted the initial interview scene when Ana first meets Christian at his spacious office in Seattle, followed by the climactic scene near the end of the book.
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' author E L James on the film: 'I'm terrified' -- EXCLUSIVE

Best-selling author E L James doesn’t give many interviews these days, but she agreed to sit down in Beverly Hills with EW last week, as part of our cover story on the film version of the first book in her trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, to discuss all that casting controversy, the intensity of her fans, the criticism of Christian Grey’s backstory, and her hopes for the film. She proved to be as direct and unfiltered as her books are, beginning with how she’s feeling about the new movie.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is about to start shooting in Vancouver. How are you feeling about it?
E L JAMES: I’m terrified. Completely. I’ve been terrified from the moment I published the book.  My mother was terrified of everything, and so am I. It’s a terrible way to grow up. You don’t expect this kind of success. Even now it floors me. My only ambition for the books was to see them in bookstores. This is huge. And there is this passionate fandom; we need to get this right for them.
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' pushes production start to December

After an 11th-hour scramble to fill the shoes of best-selling author E L James’ dark hero Christian Grey, the Fifty Shades of Grey production start date has been pushed from mid-November to Dec. 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On Thursday night, it was revealed that British actor Jamie Dornan (“the Golden Torso”) had been tapped to replace Charlie Hunnam, who bowed out of the film a few weeks ago citing, rather dubiously, scheduling concerns. Dornan’s casting seems to have been met with sighs of relief from weary fans. But the delay of a start date may mean that the Sam Taylor-Johnson adaptation won’t be ready in time for the planned Aug. 1, 2014, release date. Focus/Universal did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

'50 Shades of Grey': Jamie Dornan cast as new Christian Grey

Anastasia Steele has finally met her match. Irish actor Jamie Dornan is in final talks to play the billionarie BDSM enthusiast Christian Grey in the adaptation of EL James’ best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey. Focus/Universal, declined to confirm, but an inside source says the deal is in its final stages. The studio, to say nothing of the trilogy’s ardent fans, was thrown into overdrive when the original Christian, Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam, abruptly bowed out of the production two weeks ago. The casting of 31-year-old Dornan alongside Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia will hopefully steady director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s production that is slated to begin shooting mid-November.

Dornan began his career in front of the camera modeling for campaigns like Dior, Armani, and, quite memorably, Calvin Klein underwear. It seems fitting that the man who will play the 28-year-old CEO of Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc. was once dubbed “the Golden Torso” by The New York Times. He made his film debut in Sofia Coppola’s 2006 movie Marie Antoinette, and has since gone on to guest star as Sheriff Graham in the ABC series Once Upon a Time and play a serial killer in the BBC miniseries The Fall. The six-foot former rugby player married actress Amelia Warner in 2013 and the couple is reportedly expecting their first child together.

Here is a clip of Dornan looking lovely and brooding and rich, attributes that will come in handy for the franchise that now rests largely on the appeal of his ripped back. Fifty Shades of Grey is scheduled for release on August 1, 2014.

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