Jamie Dornan replaces Hunnam in 'Fifty Shades'
NEW YORK - "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, with Sam Taylor-Johnson directing. Shooting is planned to begin in November, with a release in August next year.
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.
Fox orders full season of new sitcom 'Dads'
LOS ANGELES - Fox said it's ordering a full season of the new comedy "Dads," which came under early fire by critics.
The series is about two best friends and business partners whose fathers move in. It stars Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Peter Riegert and Martin Mull. An additional nine episodes were ordered for a total of 22 half-hours, Fox announced Friday.
The pilot episode of "Dads" was slammed by critics as crass, sexist and exploiting racial stereotypes, and producers promised a change in tone. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Fox's animated comedy "Family Guy," is among the producers of "Dads."
Jackie Chan completes mission with 'Zodiac' film
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Jackie Chan said his mission is complete.
Chan wrote, directed and stars in "Chinese Zodiac," an action comedy that centers on a team attempting to steal some of the 12 bronze statues looted from a Chinese palace in 1860.
Since the movie was released in China last year, two of the real statues were returned to China by Francois Pinault, head of Gucci's parent company.
Chan said he isn't quitting anytime soon. He completed filming on another installment in his "Police Story" franchise and is discussing another movie alongside "Rush Hour" co-star Chris Tucker. He said scheduling conflicts prevented him from joining Sylvester Stallone's "Expendables 3" ensemble.
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