Dornan will play Grey
“Fifty Shades of Grey” has its male lead, again.
Jamie Dornan has been cast as Christian Grey, the lead role that Charlie Hunnam withdrew from recently. Dornan will star alongside female lead Dakota Johnson. Shooting is planned to begin in November.
Hunnam’s departure left the project momentarily reeling. The big-screen adaption of E L James’ bestselling erotic novel has been carefully followed by its fans, who were critical of Hunnam’s casting.
The 31-year-old Dornan, a former model from Northern Ireland, is relatively unknown. He’s starred in the British TV series “The Fall” and the ABC series “Once Upon a Time.”
Unlike with Hunnam, social media reaction to Dornan’s casting was generally positive.
Clinton, Chelsea honored
Former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton have been honored during the Harvard School of Public Health’s centennial celebration.
The former president and two world health leaders received Centennial Medals at Thursday’s ceremony in Boston.
Clinton told those gathered that they live in an interdependent world and that the best way to combat health challenges is through “networks of cooperation.”
Also honored were World Bank Group president and Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Jim Yong Kim and former Norwegian prime minister and World Health Organization director-general Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland.
Chelsea Clinton received the Next Generation Award.
The Centennial Medals honor people whose leadership has had a significant global impact, improving the health of people around the world.
B.o.B happy for Mars
B.o.B is happy Bruno Mars is the halftime performer at Super Bowl XLVIII, especially if he gets an invitation to join him onstage.
B.o.B says with a laugh: “I ain’t got my phone call yet, but I hope I’ll be on there.”
Mars and the rapper collaborated on the 2010 No. 1 hit, “Nothin’ on You.” The song was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and helped Mars launch his successful solo career.
Super Bowl XLVIII will take place Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, N.J.
A royal thrill
Actress Emma Thompson says dancing with Prince Charles is “better than sex.”
Thompson makes the comment in a Time magazine feature on the 64-year-old heir to the British throne.
The prince, who backs a host of charitable and environmental causes, said in the article he feels it is his “duty to worry about everybody and their lives in this country, to try to find a way of improving things if I possibly can.”
He also reveals that he recently staged a rehearsal to help teach his son, Prince William, how to host an investiture ceremony in which Britons receive knighthoods. William presided over his first investiture at Buckingham Palace last week without any problems.