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Fifty Shades Of Grey producers defend casting choices after fan backlash

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Thursday, September 05, 2013    

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The casting of the most anticipated screen couple of the year was only announced last Monday and fans of erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey have been quick to express their disappointment.

Fans of the best-selling book took to Twitter to blast the author and producers' choice of actress Dakota Johnson and British actor Charlie Hunnam in the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

But the film-makers shot back on Monday via the social networking site to defend the casting of Sons Of Anarchy star Hunnam and Johnson, the little known The Social Network actress.

One fan tweeted regarding the leads: "Who the heck are these people who got casted for fifty shades?"

Another Fifty Shades reader groaned out: "Of all the people, they pick those 2 to be the characters for fifty shades of grey? ugh why?"

But one Twitter commenter went so far as to compare the casting choices to the controversy surrounding Ben Affleck as Batman: "First it was Ben Affleck as batman& now they have cast Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey in 50 SHADES OF GREY...that's so wrong! #FiftyShades".

The backlash inspired producer Dana Brunetti to explain the casting process and what informed the decision to pick both actors.

"There is a lot that goes into casting that isn't just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc. So if your favourite wasn't cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective."

— Daily Mail

Raven-Symoné cosies up to model girlfriend

She famously came out of the closet via Twitter after the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defence of Marriage Act.

And Raven-Symoné brought her live-in model girlfriend AzMarie Livingston to the LudaDay Weekend Celebrity Pool Party in Atlanta last Monday. The 27-year-old Atlanta-born actress rocked Poetic Justice-style Janet braids, clear hipster glasses and a large creamy cardigan. Meanwhile her 25-year-old former America's Next Top Model contestant girlfriend wore floral overalls over an anti-drug muscle tee and a pork pie hat.

The former Cosby Show cutie also posed alongside her manager and LudaDay co-founder Chaka Zulu on Monday.

LudaDay Weekend is the eighth annual charity event thrown by rapper-actor Ludacris featuring appearances, concerts, and a celebrity basketball game.

The cute couple began dating over two years ago and reportedly share Raven's luxury $11,000-a-month Manhattan pad.

— Daily Mail

Wedding bells for Katie Couric

Katie Couric marked Labour Day weekend by getting engaged to her financier boyfriend of nearly two years, John Molner.

A representative for the TV host confirmed to MailOnline that Molner popped the question on a beach in East Hampton, New York, as the sun went down, with a "spectacular diamond ring".

A widow since her husband, Jay Monahan, died from colon cancer in 1998, mother-of-two Couric, 56, has had several suitors over the years, but never seemed to find the right match.

She told People in 2011 that she always imagined herself as a 'modern-day' version of the twice married TV character, Carol Brady. Finally, though, she decided to stop worrying about finding a suitor. However, she met 50-year-old Molner, a partner at the investment firm Brown Brothers Harriman, in early 2012 and they soon hit it off.

They first went public with their relationship in April 2012 and Couric said later that year, "He's great. He's from Chicago. I love Midwesterners!"

She also made it clear that she was looking to take things to the next level, telling Parade that the liked the "idea of having a life partner."

Before Mr Molner, Ms Couric was dating entrepreneur Brooks Perlin, who is 17 years her junior.

— Daily Mail

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