Too busy to play Grey
Charlie Hunnam is dropping out of the highly anticipated big-screen version of “Fifty Shades of Grey” just weeks after being cast as the lead, citing his busy schedule.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced Saturday that the actor who was to play Christian Grey will depart the project. The studio called it a mutual decision because Hunnam’s preparation time was limited by his television schedule. He stars in the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.”
It’s an abrupt and embarrassing switch for a high-profile film. Fans of E L James’ erotic best-seller are eagerly awaiting the movie adaptation, which will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Mulder and Scully reunite
After 20 years, it’s possible for the details of a relationship to get fuzzy.
Just ask David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who first premiered their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully on “The X-Files” two decades ago. The series aired nine seasons and resulted in two feature films.
While the two were unsure where they left their relationship in the show and films, the 53-year-old Duchovny and 45-year-old Anderson both said they’re open to making a third “X-Files” movie.
The actors got together Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the series’ premiere. They participated in a panel discussion for fans at The Paley Center for Media in New York.
While their relationship might be murky, they both are clear about their interest in another “X-Files” film.
“All the principals are on board,” including “X-Files” creator Chris Carter, Duchovny said. “Gillian and I want to do it, so it’s really up to Twentieth Century Fox.” Anderson said if fans want another film they should let their voices be heard.
Happy birthday to me
Hugh Jackman threw himself a birthday party with 4,500 guests, but they had to pay to attend.
The actor spent his 45th birthday Saturday at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, where he sang, danced and told stories for “One Night Only,” a benefit concert that raised $1.85 million for the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
“This is probably the most narcissistic way to spend your birthday,” he said after the show.
‘Gravity’ is tops at box office
“Gravity” won’t be held down. The Warner Bros. astronaut adventure landed in the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Gravity” earned $44.3 million, raising its domestic total to $123.4 million.
Sony’s “Captain Phillips” landed in second place with $26 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak.
1. “Gravity,” $44.3 million.
2. “Captain Phillips,” $26 million.
3. “Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs 2,” $14.2 million.
4. “Machete Kills,” $3.8 million.
5. “Runner Runner,” $3.7 million.
6. “Prisoners,” $3.7 million.
7. “Insidious: Chapter 2,” $2.6 million.
8. “Rush,” $2.4 million.
9. “Don Jon,” $2.3 million.
10. “Baggage Claim,” $2 million.