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Charlie Hunnam has lost everything, and he’s not about to lose his club too. Jax is quickly spiraling out of control and taking down everyone around him in the first full length trailer for “Sons of Anarchy’s” seventh and final season.
The trailer sees Hunnam’s Jax behind bars for assault charges stemming from the events of the season 6 finale, which also saw him lose the love of his life Tara (Maggie Siff).
He still doesn’t know that Tara died at the hands of his mother, Gemma (Katey Sagal), but that doesn’t stop him from being really, really angry. He doesn’t stay in jail long, and is hell bent on paving a path of destruction when he gets out.
Rival gangs still abound and it seems everyone is in danger, but Jax has the undying support of his gang, who swear that they would all lay down their lives for each other.
Just another day on “Sons of Anarchy.” The seventh and final season premieres on Tuesday, Sept 9.
Is mega-producer Joel Silver planning to take his long-planned “Escape From New York” reboot even further in the same “team” direction as “The Avengers,” “X-Men” and the upcoming “Justice League” movie?
A new report from popular sci-fi site Starlog claims that the most recent draft of the script, which has “always had a team dynamic to it,” has elevated several former supporting characters to “co-leads,” perhaps in response to the current blockbuster marketplace.
The screenplay is now said to find iconic antihero Snake Plissken flanked by returning mates Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief, and Brain, Snake’s former partner-in-crime who left him to die after a botched robbery, as well as Mina, a war journalist who becomes a scavenger after being framed for murder and Gareth, the last surviving member of the President’s security detail who harbors a dangerous secret.
While Cabbie and Brain were significant supporting characters respectively played by Ernest Borgnine and Harry Dean Stanton in John Carpenter’s 1981 classic, the other two are new additions designed to form a team of heroes in the vein of Marvel’s “Avengers” that will of course be led by Snake.
And just who might have what it takes to fill Kurt Russell’s giant shoes and play Snake, the convicted bank robber tasked with saving the President after Air Force One crashes in Manhattan, which has become a maximum security prison in the future?
According to a source who “has gone above and beyond to verify their association to the project,” Silver has his eye on “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam, “The Walking Dead” alum Jon Bernthal and “Downton Abbey” veteran Dan Stevens.
Starlog says that Hunnam is the “top contender” for the coveted role and that Silver Pictures has already begun “to commission pre-production artwork from independent artists featuring Hunnam as the one-eyed antihero, possibly to shop to a co-financier at AFM.”
Starlog wisely hedges its bets, however, noting that it’s unclear if Hunnam’s commitment to “Pacific Rim 2” will leave him unavailable, while adding that Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur” movie could further complicate the casting situation.
While Hunnam is certainly a movie star in a way that neither Bernthal nor Stevens are (yet), both of those actors may be a better fit for the job.
Stevens establishes himself as a budding movie star in Adam Wingard’s upcoming thriller “The Guest,” in which he plays an ex-soldier… just like Snake Plissken! Like Hunnam, he’s a talented actor who’s a bit of a pretty boy, but as evidenced by “The Guest,” he’s also got an edge that allows him to get nasty real quick.
Meanwhile, Bernthal plays a soldier in David Ayer‘s WWII movie “Fury,” which opens in October. Coming off roles as Leonardo DiCaprio‘s muscle in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Robert De Niro‘s son in “Grudge Match” and Marine-turned-Detective in “Mob City,” it’s no surprise that he strikes this reporter as a tough guy who can deliver the kind of one-line zingers favored by Plissken.
Regardless of whether Silver chooses one of these three fine young actors or someone else entirely, it seems like he’s got good taste in up-and-coming leading men. While Starlog reports that an offer is expected to go out soon, Silver Pictures is apparently close to hiring a director for the “Escape From New York” reboot and that filmmaker will likely want to weigh in on the big casting decision, so stay tuned.
“Sons of Anarchy” star and almost “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Charlie Hunnam has revealed that it was “a nervous breakdown” that really led to his departure from the upcoming adaptation of the best-selling E.L. James novel.
The actor, who would have played Christian Grey opposite Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele, told Moviefone that the Focus Features drama would have been one project too many, since he already committed to shooting Guillermo del Toro‘s “Crimson Peak” during his hiatus from FX series “Sons.”
“I was going to finish ‘Sons’ at like 11 p.m. Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for ‘Fifty,’ missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning,” Hunnam explained. “And I was going to shoot that film, wrap that on the Wednesday and the following Monday I was going to start shooting ‘Crimson Peak’ in Toronto. I just had like … frankly, something of a nervous breakdown.”
The passionate response from fans and the attention the media was giving “Fifty Shades” also contributed to his decision to back out of the role just weeks after being cast.
“To fail on such a grand scale — because ‘Fifty’s going to be massive, it’s going to be huge. I really didn’t want to fail on such a grand scale and I just couldn’t transition from Jax Teller to Christian Grey in 48 hours,” Hunnam said. “I bit off more than I could chew and it was painful. I loved the character and I wanted to do it.”
Hunnam said in July that the experience was “pretty heartbreaking,” because he was genuinely excited to work with director Sam Taylor-Johnson, and reiterated the same disappointment about the “shit situation” in his latest commentary on his departure.
“I was really, really, sorry to do it,” Hunnam said. “It was one of those damned if you do, damned if you don’t situations.”
Hunnam will return to the small screen as biker Jax Teller on Tuesday when the seventh and final season of “Sons” premieres on FX.
Watch out, Conan O’Brien; you have a rough bunch coming your way.
“Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter and the cast of FX’s biker drama will appear on TBS’s “Conan” on Nov. 11, marking the group’s first-ever joint talk-show appearance.
While this appearance will mark a first for the “Sons” gang, it’s not unprecedented for O’Brien to welcome whole casts from shows to his stage. Previously, “Conan” has hosted the casts of “Orange Is the New Black,” “The Walking Dead,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Breaking Bad.”
Currently in its seventh and final season, “Sons of Anarchy” is roaring to an end on a high note. The September premiere of the season hit a series high in the ratings, amassing 6.2 million total viewers, with 4.1 million viewers in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.
Kurt Sutter is about to add a new item to his resume: Talk-show host.
Sutter, creator of FX’s biker drama “Sons of Anarchy,” will moderate the after-show “Anarchy Afterword,” on Tuesday, immediately following this week’s episode of “Sons.”
This will mark Sutter’s first time moderating “Anarchy Afterword.” “Sons of Anarchy” is in its seventh and final season, with a series finale scheduled for December.
“I’ve always wanted my own talk show — where people are forced to listen to me,” the famously outspoken Sutter cracked. “This is the closest I’ll ever get. Plus, we’ll talk about some SOA stuff.”
On Tuesday’s episode, “Faith and Despondency,” love is in the air for members of the SAMCRO motorcycle club, but death wins the day.
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Tuesday’s episode of “Sons of Anarchy” entitled “Faith and Despondency.”)
They’ve held onto this secret for longer in this final season than many people expected, but on Tuesday night, someone finally spilled the beans. Making it even more tragic, it was perhaps the show’s most innocent character.
Coming after a touching scene where Jax (Charlie Hunnam) finally revealed to his son that Wendy (Drea de Matteo), who has been helping care for him, is his true birth mother. Abel (Evan/Ryder Londo) has been reeling under the weight of too many secrets and lies, leading to a cutting scene. He blamed Gemma (Katey Sagal) for that, which was just a hint of what was to come.
When Jax went to tuck Abel into bed, the boy asked him if grandma killed Tara (Maggie Siff) so that Wendy could take her place. It was such an innocent and matter-of-fact presentation of what is simply a fact to Abel — he’s overheard Gemma confess to the murder — that there’s no telling how Jax will respond, though respond he will.
That said, there are three episodes left in this ride, and they’ve yet to tear the entire SAMCRO kingdom down around him, as certainly seems inevitable. While Jax may waffle on his belief, it’s sure to fester and lead to one mother of a confrontation.
“Sons of Anarchy” is on a collision course with its own finality, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.
Conan O’Brien pieced another full cast together for the first time, when the group behind FX’s hit “Sons of Anarchy” visited the Burbank, California talk show Tuesday to bid adieu to their motorcycle gang series.
To fit in, O’Brien even created a new cold open and credit sequence for the occasion, unleashing his inner biker badass … which is about as tough and terrifying as you might imagine. Let’s just say when it comes down to a choice between a hog and a little girls’ bike, O’Brien knows on which seat he belongs.
Later, the late-night host debuted a heartfelt tribute to Charlie Hunnam‘s naked back, which had the ladies of Burbank all riled up. That said, they still were not nearly as vocal as “Sons” fans would be if creator Kurt Sutter used his fantasy ending for the final scene, which we won’t spoil. Watch the third video down to find out how the showrunner kinda-sorta wants to alienate every viewer he’s hooked.
Finally, in the fourth video below, Hunnam shared a tearful, highly emotional goodbye to Jax a day after the show wrapped.
During that touching moment, Andy Richter interrupted the “awwws” to say, “He probably stole some stuff.”
The audience — and “SOA” cast — needed the laughs. And yes, Hunnam did lift some stuff, he admitted.
Watch it all below, and click over to the TBS page for more “Sons” on “Conan.”
“Sons of Anarchy” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX. “Conan” airs weeknights at 11 p.m. ET on TBS.
There are only two episodes of “Sons of Anarchy” left, which means Katey Sagal‘s Gemma doesn’t have much time before her inevitable confrontation with Charlie Hunnam‘s Jax. After hearing it from his own son, Jax now knows and surely believes the truth about what happened to Tara (Maggie Siff), and his mother’s role in it.
There’s a reckoning coming in Charming, and Gemma — who has manipulated and twisted her way around every obstacle in her path for seven seasons now — may have run out of options and hope.
Gemma’s not the only thing on Jax’s mind, though, as SAMCRO is at a crossroads of its own. Can it survive the weight of the mistakes of all of its leaders, or has Jax pushed it beyond the brink? And will this new distraction prove too much for him to keep it together?
“Jax is on his way,” Dayton Callie’s Unser tells Gemma in the trailer. “If he finds you, I don’t know what happens.”
“Sons of Anarchy” returns for its final two episodes, Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET on FX.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you don’t want to know what happened on Tuesday night’s episode of “Sons of Anarchy.”
Even by the typically violent standards of “Sons of Anarchy,” Tuesday night’s penultimate episode of the FX biker drama, titled “Red Rose,” offered a jaw-dropping amount of carnage. After Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) discovered that his mother Gemma (Katey Sagal) had killed his wife Tara, he returned the favor and snuffed her out. Wayne Unser, likewise, met his demise.
And poor Juice.
After a series-long run of well-intentioned but ill-conceived decisions and close calls, SAMCRO’s errant intelligence officer finally met his end, taken out, practically at Juice’s insistence, by white supremacist Ron Tully (Marilyn Manson).
But while fans of Juice are no doubt recovering from his death, Theo Rossi, the actor who portrayed him, isn’t complaining.
“I thought [that] to see him go out his own way was kind of cool,” Rossi told TheWrap on Tuesday. “To see him do his one last honorable thing to stop the madness, you know, it was nice to see.”
TheWrap spoke to Rossi about his character’s death, what that final bite of pie meant to him, and how it feels now that his ride has come to an end.
TheWrap: You almost made it to the end! Were you more surprised that you didn’t, or that you made it this far?
Theo Rossi: I’m never surprised by anything Kurt [Sutter, series creator] does. I stopped being surprised a long time ago, because he never does what you think. That’s kind of the genius of his writing. What I really love about this episode is that people have no idea what they’re about to watch. Every act of the episode is a huge happening, and it’s almost like you’re going, “We have another episode after this?” I’m not surprised, I’m grateful. Because ever since that confession in Episode 3 Season 4, finding out about Juice’s dad, it’s been a pretty downhill, rough road. You would think all the time that it would be lights out for him. And what an incredible array of emotions, not just for me, but for the audience to watch. It’s been a pretty incredible journey.
Last time we spoke, you said that you hoped that Juice would go out with some peace of mind. Do you think that was achieved with his death?
One hundred percent, definitely. I think when people get over the shock of it, it will be interpreted in a certain way, but I think that it’s the first choice he’s ever made, ever, in all this madness. It’s the first choice he’s ever made that’s his own. He made a choice: I’m just not going to do this anymore. I’m not going to go down this constant rabbit hole. Where does it end? You kill Tully, and then what? The white supremacists tell you to kill the Chinese, and then what? Then something heinous happens to him again. It would never stop. So for me, looking at Juice as a fan, it was peaceful, because it was on his terms.
Let’s talk about the previous episode, when Juice came clean to Jax about his part in covering up Gemma’s murder of Tara. What was that like to film?
I think that scene will inevitably go down as one of my favorite scenes ever, because it was nine minutes of just two people talking, with no barriers, no explosions, no nothing. Just two people talking and this beautiful dialogue. What I loved about it, and what I thought it did for Juice there, was, there’s no more, there’s nothing else. The lies — it’s all gonna stop. Because now there’s innocent people, truly innocent people [being hurt] — you know, Tara was innocent, Abel’s even more innocent. And now that everyone’s being affected — Bobby’s dead — and all this comes out … Juice has been manipulated six ways from Sunday, from everybody, from every time. Every single person has manipulated him from Season 4. That’s a very long time. I think he just had a clear conscience [after that scene]. And once you clear your conscience, and you see him at the beginning of this episode, and he gets more and more of him taken, another piece of him taken … it was time.
So basically he decided, “I’m out”?
And at the same time, not wanting to do it on his own, because who knows if he’ll bungle it again. He’s never been too great at things going the way he planned, ever. To me it was like this beautiful moment of, “Let me just finish my pie.” Which, god, you could talk for hours about what that pie represents. What it really represents to him is so crazy. But at the same time it was, “Let me just finish this. I’m cool; I don’t want anyone having any more problems; I sure don’t want to be the cause of the problem or the center of it. I’m exhausted, there’s nothing left to say, everyone knows everything. It’s over. That’s it. There’s nothing left to do.” And I thought to see him go out his own way was kind of cool. To see him do his one last honorable thing to stop the madness, you know, it was nice to see.
So how was the pie, anyway?
It was good! It was actually pretty good. It was one of the first episodes where I’m not completely naked, so I was actually able to eat pie. Because you’re basically eating air when you’re naked [onscreen] all the time. It was good; it was Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, non-GMO-something cherry pie. And it was pretty good.
Did Kurt have a heart-to-heart with you beforehand about Juice’s death, or did you just come to a point in the script where you realized, “Oh, that’s it for me”?
Kurt and I have the greatest relationship, so I get always get my texts and my heads-up from him, and we talk about it and we go into our thing. Yeah, I knew — I did not know how until I read it. I had heard different things. And I was really, really, really happy when I read it. It was different than what I thought [would happen]. It could have been anything; I didn’t know how he was going to go out. I thought that every time he held that shiv up to his own neck, every time he looked at it, eventually he was going to try to take his own life again. So I felt like this was a surprise.
It was pretty natural that Jax would be the one to kill Gemma, but did any part of you ever wish it was Juice, given the tragic path she had sent you down?
I knew once he didn’t take her out in the episode earlier in the season, once she got away there, I knew that it was never gonna happen. I think Juice in his mind still thinks Gemma cared about him. I think he still thinks Clay cared about him. I think he thinks Jax cared about him. I think he’s the lost boy, the happy idiot who just didn’t understand that he was being completely manipulated at all times. I think he was so thrown off by the Gemma thing, and at the same time this guy has the most undying loyalty. I’ve never seen a character who keeps doing these things just to win acceptance. [Though] I’m sure that if you caught Juice in a specific rage, I’m sure he wanted to kill everybody.
Even though Juice, Gemma and Unser died in the penultimate episode, you mentioned that you were all on set for the shooting of the finale. What was the emotional vibe like?
Oh, man; massive emotions. We’re all so damned close. I’m in my house in New York and I talked to Unser and Tig this morning. It’s just the way it is; we still all talk and we still all hang out. Tig’s coming into town Sunday. So I think it hasn’t hit us. I don’t think it will hit us until like May, when it’s like, “Hey, we have the big FX party in Manhattan,” that’s usually March, and then we know in May that we’re going back to North Hollywood to shoot. And it’s like, “Oh, we’re not doing that.” That’s when I think it’ll really hit us, because right now, it feels like we’re on hiatus in a way.
“Sons of Anarchy” will no doubt be going out with a bang during its finale Tuesday night, and series creator Kurt Sutter and star Charlie Hunnam will be on hand to discuss the ending of the FX biker drama after it all goes down.
Sutter and Hunnam will appear on the “Sons” aftershow “Anarchy Afterword” following the series finale, which airs at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
The pair will be joined by special guests for the final installment of the aftershow.
On the series finale, which is dubbed “Papa’s Goods” and was written and directed by Sutter, ghosts loom large as Jax (Hunnam) makes the final moves to fulfill his father’s legacy.
We’ll have the best tweets, photos and comments from tonight’s episode below:
Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen the series finale of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” entitled “Papa’s Goods,” and don’t want to be spoiled.
What was left for Charlie Hunnam‘s Jax Teller to do in the series finale of Kurt Sutter‘s long-running love letter to William Shakespeare‘s “Hamlet”? He’d already lost his father, his best friend, his stepfather and his wife. He presided over one of the bloodiest chapters in the history of his beloved motorcycle club, losing many
“Sons of Anarchy” began with Jax determined to change the direction of SAMCRO. He was going to move the club into legitimate enterprises and finish the work that his father had started. Of course, his father’s legitimate ambitions led to his not-so-accidental death when he was hit by a semi truck.
What Jax didn’t know was that it was his stepfather, with a little help from his mother, who orchestrated that whole thing. This revelation changed Jax’s course into one of darkness and revenge, and it proved a path he was never able to escape.
One by one, as his friends and loved ones were taken out, it was almost always at the hands of people he loved. And Jax proved no better than any of them, bloodying his own hands on more than one occasion, and in some cases dispatching of some of his own closest friends and allies.
The body count for “Sons of Anarchy” has been very high, but there was one more body to be dealt with heading into Tuesday night’s season finale: Jax himself. Would he survive Sutter’s bloody tale? Should he?
Of course not.
Jax was too far gone to earn any sort of hero’s redemption in this dark saga. He’d murdered and killed for petty and selfish reasons, and sought revenge over justice at just about every opportunity. Jax was no better than the criminals and lowlifes he so despised on the show’s early seasons. He may have aspired to more, but he ultimately had to settle for far less.
Still, Jax loved his family, and that included the Sons of Anarchy. His final act was one of inevitability, but also one of sacrifice. He knew there was no way out for him, and so he wanted to do his part to protect the club.
He also finally did right by his children, giving them to Drea de Matteo’s Wendy and urging her to leave Charming and never come back. He also told her to tell them the truth about their father; that he was a criminal and a murderer. His hope was that they would never follow his path as he followed his father’s.
In his final act, Jax killed the men looking to take down the club. He then climbed on his father’s motorcycle and headed for the open road, with a swarm of police hot on his tail. Jax had no intention of turning himself in. He was just seeking a poetic end, perhaps.
He found out in the form of an oncoming semi truck. Jax lifted his hands and let history repeat itself.
The crack of whips and rattle of chains don’t worry Jamie Dornan. Angry fans do.
“I almost don’t want to put this out there into the ether, but I fear I’ll get murdered, like John Lennon, by one of those mad fans at the premiere,” the “Fifty Shades of Grey” actor said in Details magazine’s February issue. “Because a lot of people are very angry that I’m playing this character. And I’m a father now, and a husband. I don’t want to die yet.”
Dornan stepped into the role of S&M-loving billionaire Christian Grey in highly anticipated film after it was vacated by Charlie Hunnam. The “Sons of Anarchy” star dropped out in 2013 citing family issues, as TheWrap previously reported. Not all fans were receptive of Dornan’s casting. Some called for “White Collar” star Matt Bomer to take Hunnam’s place.
But despite the criticism, Dornan found some humor in the idea of a dramatic end.
“And when I do get murdered,” he said, “people will say, ‘God, isn’t it haunting how he did that interview in Details magazine and predicted his own death on the red carpet?'”
Universal Pictures will release “Fifty Shades of Grey” in theaters Feb. 13.
View more from Dornan’s spread in Details here.
Steve Tisch talking Super Bowl contenders on the balcony… Amy Adams and Reese Witherspoon huddled in the hallway as a two-woman tag team …“Captain America” Chris Evans facing down “Superman” Henry Cavill … Cara Delevingne taking polaroid selfies … Roger Friedman acknowledging his buzzy Phylicia Rashad “Cosby” defense interview … Miles Teller and Robert Duvall having an inter-generational chat by the fireplace … and some actual firemen searching the penthouse (cue the “this party was hot” pun disaster) were just some of W Magazine’s Best Performances from its party at the Chateau Marmont on Thursday night.
With most (or many) contributing to the portfolios on hand, it had the familiar ease of a sanctuary of those who had worked together often, bolstered by the perennial pervasive clubhouse retreat vibe of the Chateau. (Owner Andres Balasz was a co-host with Hirschberg and W’s Stefano Tonchi.)
Embellishing the actor contenders with sports, media, music,and fashion pep led to a mix of cross-cultural elegance mixed with guard dropping defense. People had house party style fun. (Even host Hirschberg could find time to crash on a couch and take down a slice of pizza.) Here’s six more great moments from Thursday evening’s Golden Globes warmup.
Beardsman Christian Grey
Staring down the barrel of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” press tour, Jamie Dornan has gone the way of Mark Burnett, Joaquin Phoenix in his “I’m Still Here” phase, and his predecessor in Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam: a beard. (Of note, Dornan and Hunnam have met long before “Fifty Shades” entered the picture he said.)
Dornan told a friend that the beard is in part to try to distance himself from the character Christian Grey. He and fellow Brit Eddie Redmayne spent lots of time buddied up in one of the more private living rooms, which would become an unofficial Brit embassy.
Later in the night, Joanne Froggatt (nominated for her harrowing season on “Downton Abbey”) would itemize and analyze the competitors in her category with Dornan. Good thing she’s not a voter herself. She thinks Michelle Monaghan from “True Detective” is “amazing” and binged her whole season in two days.
Sony’s Michael Lynton: Fashion Pass Granted
The most casual man in the room? The one who has had the least casual season so far: Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton.
Comfortable in a cardigan and flannel shirt, Lynton made his first public outing since the Sony hacking began in November. Earlier on Thursday, he had given a new interview to the AP, thus becoming increasingly public and the public face (not Amy Pascal) of the recovery, even in this completely social environment.
No pictures of the Mr. Rogers inspired fashion threads or the man in them, but his demeanor echoed his statements that the current status is “manageable”.
Paris Hilton: No Coachella Gig, No Problem
When Coachella released their 2015 lineup earlier this week, there were lots of DJ’s slated for the desert, but not the most polarizing player in the business: Paris Hilton.
Asked whether she was bummed to be left off the roster, she reminded this party columnist of southern californian’s narrow view of the world. “I play music festivals all over the world,” she scolded. If reports are accurate, she’s making a lot of money doing it, to the consternation of Deadmau5 and other pillars of the EDM industry.
Staying true to her music scene (“What I love & live for,” she tweeted,) her new buddy of the night was singer Brooke Candy. Candy, who had been turning heads at the party with extensive body tattoos (hairline, neck, hands, and sides) got the approval stamp from Hilton, judging her as “beyond”.
“Here Come the Strippers”
More than a handful of people made this joke as a squadron of handsome firemen (all men) in full yellow regalia and hard hats entered the penthouse, the only people to blow off the Dom Perignon welcome, for a look-see around 9:30 p.m. “Just looking around,” they said, quelling the off-hand freak chance it was a “Magic Mike XXL” stunt.
Possibly related, there had been a power outage in the 8400 block of Sunset Boulevard at the same time. With the all-clear, and more people OK to roll in, Aziz Ansari, Kate Walsh, and Sarah Hyland flowed through the door around 10 p.m. bringing new energy in to the room.
“We’ll Go Crash That Party” – Zach Braff
Zach Braff and “Scrub” buddy Donald Faison were almost mistakenly ushered up to the six floor soiree. Their entry to the Chateau was as civilians – just there as part of the normal course of being Zach Braff and Donald Faison and not as part of the Best Performances bash. Arriving in street clothes amidst the phalanx of Cadillacs and paparazzi outside, Chateau host Anya Varda tried to usher them upstairs before they said they were just there for dinner or drinks.
Joking about the misunderstanding, but muddling the game of telephone further, Zach told Donald, “There’s a WME party upstairs, we’ll go crash that party.” There was not, and they did not. But Ari, how ‘bout it next year?
Double Dose: Jessica Chastain, Kate Walsh, and Christoph Waltz at Audi
No crashing of any kind – cars or guests – as Audi’s Golden Globes party packed Cecconi’s in West Hollywood in what has now become their Thursday night timeslot. “Birdman” villain Ed Norton dressed the part in all black, while Jessica Chastain, Kate Walsh, and Christoph Waltz would grab Globes weekend by the horns, hitting both Audi and W in the same night.
“Downton’s” “downstairs” delegation of Lesley Nicol (cook Mrs. Patmore, a regular) and the aforementioned Froggatt buddied up as well. Neither Perrey Reeves (nor her “Mrs. Ari” character on “Entourage”) are dating Bobby Flay anymore – she talked up her recent engagement. Look for the same black A8 L TDI’s that shuttled these guys in around around town this weekend – there’s likely precious cargo onboard.
“Fifty Shades of Grey,” the dark and sex-drenched romance drawn from E.L. James’ erotic bestsellers, ignited moviegoers’ passion and powered to $90.6 million in a dominating debut at the U.S. box office.
Curious couples ignited a massive $36.7 million Valentine’s Day turnout on Saturday, the biggest single day ever in February. That lifted the R-rated tale of love and sadomasochism starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson to the best Presidents Day and Valentine’s Day weekend openings ever.
Overseas audiences were even more turned on. “Fifty Shades” delivered with more than $150 million in its international rollout, the highest ever for an R-rated movie.
In all, “Fifty Shades” brought in nearly $240 million globally this weekend. Since its production budget was a relatively modest $40 million, it’s a major financial score for Universal Pictures. Those numbers virtually assure a sequel. While Universal did not confirm that Sunday, Dornan and Johnson are under contract, and director Sam Taylor-Johnson has said she’s in.
“Fifty Shades” wasn’t the only movie setting off fireworks this weekend.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” the R-rated comic book adaptation starring Colin Firth as a super spy, is on track to claim $41 million over the four days for Twentieth Century Fox. That would be about $10 million over analysts’ projections.
It was battling last weekend’s top film, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” for second place. The PG-13-rated family film got a boost from the kiddie crowd and also will finish at around $40 million.
“American Sniper” is still going strong in its eighth week and topped the $300 million mark domestically this weekend for Warner Bros. The Iraq War saga starring Bradley Cooper will finish the four days in fourth place with around $18.4 million,
To top expectations, “Fifty Shades” had to draw moviegoers who hadn’t read the books and it did.
Men made up about a third of the audience over the course of the weekend. That’s far more male than readership of James’ book trilogy, which has sold more than 100 million copies globally and skewed so female that they were dubbed “mommy porn.”
But a certain hearty holiday made the difference for “Fifty Shades.” Friday’s opening night crowd was about 82 percent women, but the number of males spiked on Saturday night.
“Valentines is a big deal for couples and a great relationship event,” said Universal distribution chief Nick Carpou, “and the date with the long Presidents Day weekend created a perfect storm for us.” “Fifty Shades” was originally scheduled to open last August, but after Charlie Hunnam exited the role of Christian Grey, it was pushed to this year.
“That was ideal, and this date positioned us to take full advantage of the romance angle, which is how we sold the film in our marketing campaign,” Carpou said.
The “Fifty Shades” weekend crowd was 68 percent female, and 58 percent over the age of 25. Roughly 52 percent were white, with Hispanics at 22 percent.
How the film plays going forward will be interesting, because audiences gave it a so-so “C+” CinemaScore. That’s in line with the critics, who have it at a weak 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and means it won’t get a big word-of-mouth lift.
“Fifty Shades” even did well with giant screen fans, and saw around $8.2 million, or roughly nine percent, of its domestic haul come from Premium Large Format showings. IMAX shifted its schedule last week to fit “Fifty Shades” in, and 85 screens brought in $2.1 million over the weekend. Attendance spiked by 85 percent Saturday, driven by couples celebrating Valentines.
While “Fifty Shades” topped the $61.3 million debut of “Valentine’s Day” in 2010 for the best Presidents Day opening, its $81.6 million three-day total fell short of the mark for the best R-rated three-day openings, set by “The Matrix Reloaded” with $91.7 million in 2010, the $85.9M debut of 2011’s “The Hangover 2” and the $83.9 million that “Passion of the Christ” debuted with in 2004.
“On the way here my mom — I was on the phone with her — told me to tell you she loves you,” Johnson said. “She really meant it.”
Letterman didn’t seem surprised, and said, “I really loved your mom.”
“She brought you handcuffs one time,” Johnson added. “So are you my dad?”
Before jokingly pressing Letterman for details about his relationship with her mother, Johnson walked the comedian through the highly publicized casting process, which made headlines when original Christian Grey actor Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”) backed out and Jamie Dornan replaced him.
“That was a confusing moment,” Johnson said. “I think it was his schedule that conflicted.”
“The guy’s schedule prevents him from being in a movie that makes a quarter of a billion dollars?” Letterman asked. “You tell me later what happened.”
Movie theaters showing “Fifty Shades of Grey” over the weekend told Universal Pictures distribution executives that they’d noticed something odd. Lots of tickets were being sold to people from nearby communities, rather than locals.
They’d driven to the next zip code because, while they wanted to see the bondage-laced romance on the big screen on opening weekend, they weren’t comfortable sitting next to their kids’ principal, or their neighbors, while they did.
The R-rated adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novels made $94 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend that ended Monday. For the Universal marketing team, the tale of the traveling ticket buyers typified the challenges they’d faced –and felt like a win. So did “Fifty Shades of Grey” grossing more than $267 million globally on a $40 million budget, and making Sam Taylor-Johnson the highest-grossing female director ever.
They had managed to get women, who made up the vast majority of the books’ fans and were most comfortable reading on their Kindles or curled up in the den, to submit to big-screen bondage in crowded theaters.
“We had to make them feel as if they had permission,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s distribution chief.
“Fifty Shades” might have been profitable even if just a good percentage of those who’d read the book bought tickets. But to break into the box-office stratosphere, it would need mainstream moviegoers, and at least some who thought handcuffs were just for criminals.
Romance, not sex, was at the heart of the “Fifty Shades” campaign created by the studio’s marketing chief Josh Goldstine and co-president Michael Moses and blessed by Donna Langley, the studio chairman who acquired the project for the studio. The sex in the movie could have sold itself, but that wouldn’t have been enough.
“We had to convince people this was a real movie,” said Carpou. That meant emphasizing the stylish look of the film to convey elegance and class to the right crowd.
The early TV commercials were aimed at the sophisticated audiences of shows like “Scandal,” and sent a clear message: powerful women aggregate and affiliate.
The same went for the first trailer, which teased the sexuality but was more about a young woman’s fantasy of a relationship with wealthy businessman, and featured Beyonce singing a new version of “Drunk in Love.” It was last year’s most-viewed movie trailer, an early indicator of how big the “Fifty Shades” buzz would get.
While romance was the over-arching theme of the campaign, curiosity was a buzz word, too. Billboards and online ads featured Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele with her arms raised above her head as if they’re tied, with Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey leaning in to kiss her. “Curious?” read the tagline.
The skeptics were encouraged with the water-cooler angle, which said “this is a big deal, and if you want to have an opinion and weigh in, you’d better see it.” That was the goal of the pricey Super Bowl ad, which seemed an unusual play, given the film’s female base.
At the same time, the media’s new-found fascination with kink and all things “Fifty Shades” — sex toys, blindfolds and Christian Grey teddy bears — contributed to the film’s off-the-charts awareness levels. Tracking was strong and steady at around $60 million from the start, but social media and early tickets sales indicated it could go higher. “Fifty Shades” broke advance sales records for R-rated movies at Fandango and Movietickets.com. By the end of the weekend, Fandango sales represented 29 percent of the sales.
Rather than hustle to make the original Aug. 1, 2014 release date after Jamie Dornan was chosen as his replacement, the studio pushed it to Friday, Feb. 13 of 2015. The next day was Valentine’s Day and the following Monday was Presidents Day. The studio knew that the shift would would draw suggestions that “Fifty Shades” was in trouble, but the chance to sync the romance-themed campaign with Valentine’s Day and a four-day weekend was worth it. (What they didn’t know then was how big a hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which opened on the original Aug. 1 date, was going to be.)
“It created a perfect storm at the box office,” Carpou said Sunday, after couples flocked to the film and brought in $36.7 million on Saturday, the biggest box-office day ever in February. The audience was 82 percent women on Friday, but with the guys along on Saturday, it dropped to 64 percent
They connected with two other very specific audiences targets, too. The book’s super fans turned out to deliver $8.6 million from Thursday late shows, and “girls night out” groups drove a $30 million Friday.
“Fifty Shades” was produced by Michael DeLuca, Dana Brunetti and author James,. It’s not official, but at least one sequel seem likely. It’s unlikely there will be the same feeling of lightning in a bottle, though.
“It was almost overwhelming at times,” Carpou said. “But we never had any delusions about controlling the news. At some point, you control what you can and hope the rest works out. ”
That’s probably not the perspective Christian Grey would take, but it was just right for making box-office history with “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Wasikowska plays an aspiring author who believes “ghosts are real” before being swept away by a suitor, played by Tom Hiddleston, to a house that is chock-full of them.
Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures are releasing the horror movie in theaters on Oct. 16.
Watch the trailer above.
The 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards show — and host Cat Deeley — are through on A&E, where HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and FX’s “The Americans” were presented with Sunday’s top awards.
Two hours before those final ones were handed out, the first trophy of the night went to “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks, the now-reigning Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. His female counterpart was Lorraine Toussaint, who won for “Orange Is the New Black.”
Other big winners were leads Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) and Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”). “Olive Kitteridge” won for Best Limited Series; the HBO offering finished with three awards, good enough for the most of the evening. HBO itself also topped its competitors, pulling in seven victories total.
One award that we definitely knew who the winner would be was the Louis XIII Genius Award, which was handed to “Family Guy” creator Seth Macfarlane from his “A Million Ways to Die in the West” co-star Charlize Theron.
Below is the complete list of winners and nominees. Scroll beyond the categories to see the winner tallies by network/distributor and show.
BEST DRAMA SERIES
• The Americans (FX) *WINNER
• Empire (Fox)
• Game of Thrones (HBO)
• The Good Wife (CBS)
• Homeland (Showtime)
• Justified (FX)
• Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
BEST COMEDY SERIES
• Broad City (Comedy Central)
• Jane the Virgin (The CW)
• Mom (CBS)
• Silicon Valley (HBO) *WINNER
• Transparent (Amazon)
• Veep (HBO)
• You’re the Worst (FX)
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Eva Green – Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
• Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife (CBS)
• Keri Russell – The Americans (FX)
• Taraji P. Henson – Empire (FOX) *WINNER
• Vera Farmiga – Bates Motel (A&E)
• Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Aden Young – Rectify (Sundance)
• Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC) *WINNER
• Charlie Hunnam – Sons of Anarchy (FX)
• Freddie Highmore – Bates Motel (A&E)
• Matthew Rhys – The Americans (FX)
• Timothy Olyphant – Justified (FX)
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Anthony Anderson, Blackish (ABC)
• Chris Messina, The Mindy Project (FOX)
• Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon) *WINNER
• Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
• Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)
• Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (FOX)
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central) *WINNER
• Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
• Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin (The CW)
• Ilana Glazer, Broad City (Comedy Central)
• Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
• Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback (HBO)
BEST LIMITED SERIES
• 24: Live Another Day (FOX)
• American Crime (ABC)
• The Book of Negroes (BET)
• The Honorable Woman (Sundance)
• Olive Kitteridge (HBO) *WINNER
• Wolf Hall (PBS)
BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
• Bessie (HBO) *WINNER
• Killing Jesus (National Geographic Channel)
• Nightingale (HBO)
• A Poet in New York (BBC America)
• Stockholm, Pennsylvania (Lifetime)
BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
• David Oyelowo – Nightingale (HBO) *WINNER
• James Nesbitt – The Missing (Starz)
• Kiefer Sutherland – 24: Live Another Day (FOX)
• Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall (PBS)
• Michael Gambon – The Casual Vacancy (HBO)
• Richard Jenkins – Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
BEST ANIMATED SERIES
• Archer (FX) *WINNER
• Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
• Gravity Falls (Disney Channel)
• The Simpsons (FOX)
• South Park (Comedy Central)
• Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD)
BEST TALK SHOW
• The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) *WINNER
• The Graham Norton Show (BBC America)
• Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
• Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
• The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
• The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
• Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge (HBO) *WINNER
• Cory Michael Smith – Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
• Elvis Nolasco – American Crime (ABC)
• Finn Wittrock – American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
• Jason Isaacs – Stockholm, Pennsylvania (Lifetime)
• Jonathan Pryce – Wolf Hall (PBS)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
• Claire Foy – Wolf Hall (PBS)
• Cynthia Nixon – Stockholm, Pennsylvania (Lifetime)
• Janet McTeer – The Honorable Woman (Sundance)
• Khandi Alexander – Bessie (HBO)
• Mo’Nique – Bessie (HBO)
• Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX) WINNER
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
• Aunjanue Ellis – The Book of Negroes (BET)
• Felicity Huffman – American Crime (ABC)
• Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge (HBO) *WINNER
• Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
• Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman (Sundance)
• Queen Latifah – Bessie (HBO)
BEST REALITY SERIES HOST
• Anthony Bourdain – Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
• Betty White – Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (Lifetime)
• Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) *WINNER
• James Lipton – Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo)
• Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race (CBS)
• Tom Bergeron – Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES
• The Amazing Race (CBS)
• America’s Got Talent (NBC)
• Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
• Face Off (Syfy) *WINNER
• Master Chef Junior (FOX)
• The Voice (NBC)
BEST REALITY SERIES
• Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
• Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
• Married at First Sight (A&E)
• MythBusters (Discovery Channel)
• Shark Tank (ABC) *WINNER
• Undercover Boss (CBS)
GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Cicely Tyson – How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
• Julianne Nicholson – Masters of Sex (Showtime)
• Linda Lavin – The Good Wife (CBS)
• Lois Smith – The Americans (FX)
• Sam Elliott – Justified (FX) *WINNER
• Walton Goggins – Sons of Anarchy (FX)
BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Becky Ann Baker, Girls (HBO)
• Bradley Whitford, Transparent (Amazon) *WINNER
• Josh Charles, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
• Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
• Peter Gallagher, Togetherness (HBO)
• Susie Essman, Broad City (Comedy Central)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Allison Janney, Mom (CBS) *WINNER
• Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia (IFC)
• Eden Sher, The Middle (ABC)
• Judith Light, Transparent (Amazon)
• Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
• Melanie Lynskey, Togetherness (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
• Adam Driver, Girls (HBO)
• Cameron Monaghan, Shameless (Showtime)
• Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin (The CW)
• T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley (HBO) *Winner
• Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
• Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Carrie Coon – The Leftovers (HBO)
• Christine Baranski – The Good Wife (CBS)
• Joelle Carter – Justified (FX)
• Katheryn Winnick – Vikings (History)
• Lorraine Toussaint – Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) *WINNER
• Mae Whitman – Parenthood (NBC)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline (Netflix)
• Christopher Eccleston – The Leftovers (HBO)
• Craig T. Nelson – Parenthood (NBC)
• Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul (AMC) *WINNER
• Mandy Patinkin – Homeland (Showtime)
• Walton Goggins – Justified (FX)
Awards Tally by Networks, Channels & Distributors
HBO – 7
FX – 4
Amazon – 2
AMC – 2
Comedy Central – 2
FOX – 2
ABC – 1
CBS – 1
Netflix – 1
Syfy – 1
Awards Tally by Show
Olive Kitteridge – HBO – 3
Better Call Saul – AMC – 2
Silicon Valley – HBO – 2
Transparent – Amazon – 2
The Americans – FX – 1
American Horror Story: Freak Show – FX – 1
Archer – FX – 1
Bessie – HBO – 1
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central – 1
Empire – FOX – 1
Face Off – Syfy – 1
Inside Amy Schumer – Comedy Central – 1
Justified – FX – 1
Mom – CBS – 1
Nightingale – HBO – 1
Orange Is the New Black – Netflix – 1
Shark Tank – ABC – 1
So You Think You Can Dance – FOX – 1
Presumably holding Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur, and wearing a grey v-neck shirt, Hunnam’s icy blue eyes are staring into the camera.
“He’s a little bit rough around the edges, but he’s basically a survivor. He’s a hustler,” the 35-year-old actor told the magazine. “He’s a street kid. There’s definitely a harder edge to him than people would imagine. It’s sort of classic Guy Ritchie stuff.”
Indeed, Ritchie is the director of “Kings of the Roundtable: King Arthur,” which will hit theaters on July 22, 2016. Other cast members include Jude Law, Katie McGrath and Eric Bana. Joby Harold is directing the screenplay.
“I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland,” Ritchie added. “The two qualities make rather compatible bed companions. Unfortunately, they’re not interesting to watch. Luke Skywalker was always the most uninteresting character in Star Wars because he’s the good guy. Good guys are boring.”
In March, Warner Bros. released the official synopsis of the anticipated movie.
“The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londinium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur — and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.”
Hunnam, the star of FX’s “Stars of Anarchy,” has just wrapped the filming of “Crimson Peak” and is currently busy with “The Lost City of Z.” He was the first choice for the casting of Christian Grey in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but told Moviefone that the Focus Features drama would have been one project too many, since he already committed to shooting “Crimson Peak” during his hiatus from “Sons of Anarchy.”
Jamie Dornan eventually took over the role.
See the photo below.
– Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 23, 2015