Ryan Gosling and Shailene Woodley, Among Others, Turned Down the Leads in "50 Shades of Gray" Because OF REASONS SHUT UP

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Ryan Gosling and Shailene Woodley, Among Others, Turned Down the Leads in "50 Shades of Gray" Because OF REASONS SHUT UP

By Dustin Rowles | Pajiba Love | September 4, 2013 | Comments ()


HIJACKING THIS B*TCH! Hey y’all, Seth here. Hijacking the P-Love to plea for your votes. I’ve submitted a panel idea for next year’s South by Southwest, and voting closes Friday. You wanna hear stories about me up on stage for 40-odd minutes, telling film bloggers about legal what-nots and likely making an ass of myself in the process? Yeah you wanna hear stories. But that only happens if the powers-that-be pick my panel. So if you’re inclined to register with the SXSW panel picker and toss a thumbs-up vote my way, well, that’d be dandy. Thanks - back to your Biebercrap. (SXSW Panel Picker)

Dumdum Justin Bieber posted a photo of some cocaine to Instagram, and then realized how balls-deep stupid that is and deleted it. I think the important thing we can learn from this post, however, is that no one should wear sneakers without socks. (Celebitchy)

Bill Nye the Science Guy is going to be a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars,” and you know what? Mr. Wizard would never stoop to this bullsh*t. That’s why Mr. Wizard >>>> Bill Nye 4 EVA. (DListed)


You want to know how “Sons of Anarchy” will end? Here’s a nifty look at how the Kurt Sutter’s characters line up with those in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and what it means for the end game in the series. (Uproxx)

Speaking of “Sons of Anarchy,” Ron Perlman tweeted, upon news that The Newsroom had been renewed for a third season, that it’s the best show on televisions. “Sons” fans were not impressed. (Zap2It)

Cracked takes a gander at four news stories that the media totally made up, like that Lex Luthor/Bryan Cranston story. I hate it when websites just make sh*t up. (Cracked)

Seth is pitching an awesome (and very useful) panel to SXSW for next year about copyright trolls, specifically how to combat them in the online world. It would really mean a lot if we could persuade you to jump on over to the site and throw a vote behind the panel. Just quickly register if you have not, and click up the thumbs up in the top right. (SXSW)

On Emma Watson’s heinous outfit here: ” Please, please wear this as a wide receiver on a full-contact Fashion Week charity team called the Angel Food Bundt Cakes, made up of starlets who will be taking on editors of a team called the Wintour Squash, coached by Anna and quarterbacked by A.L.T.” (GFY)

Turns out, Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson were not the first choices for 50 Shades of Grey, as producers had to face quite a bit of rejection before landing their leads. Shailene Woodley, among others (like Ryan Gosling) was on the list, but declined due to REASONS. Also, Imogen Poots declined, citing the fact that her name did not sit well with a movie about sex. (Vulture)

Cersei Lannister, as this open letter demonstrates, may be one of the few mothers who can escape the curse of the female anti-hero. (Unreality)


Here’s a pretty great investigation into the career arc of NIN’s Trent Reznor, who has mellowed some in recent years. Now he just wants to f**k you like a teddy bear. (Grantland)

Guess what soon to be released film gets this high praise from James Cameron: “It’s the best space film ever”? (Slashfilm)

If you’ve ever wanted to ask a slave a question, here’s your chance. (Jezebel)

This is pretty amazing: A woman with autism, who is also unable to speak, is asking about in an attempt to find connections to anyone with the Toronto Film Festival, or anyone else who may be able to help her, because she’ daring to go out and interview celebrities at TIFF. It’s pretty goddamn fantastic, if you ask me, and if you or anyone you know is in a position to help, it would mean the world. (Facebook)

Cameron Diaz is showing off her GIANT F**KING APARTMENT, and it’s gorgeous. Is this the “Cribs” equivalent of a humblebrag? (Laineygossip)

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  • Haystacks

    I will cut anybody who does not love Bill Nye the Science Guy. Dustin is apparently due for a shanking.

  • googergieger

    So today at work I had a crazy lady freak out about her hair, curse at everyone, and then say she'll kill me if she ever comes back and sees me, after I told her she isn't allowed to be on the property anymore without the cops being called. Then the day ended with a guy so drunk he called the cops on himself asking for assistance in being so drunk. Which tops my yesterday of being half run over by a garbage truck. Also today I saw the homeless albino tranny that frequents my site, who I found out a week ago is also a klepto. So homeless albino klepto tranny. More like next boss in Saints Row 4, amirite?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Which half?

  • googergieger

    Last half. First half, would have probably meant the whole truck ran me over to death.

  • SelenaMac

    Voted for Seth like a boss, and will rebroadcast.

  • John G.

    who's the header pic of?

  • Juxyn

    Shailene Woodley.

  • e jerry powell

    Never make known what you have seen tonight.

    My lord, we will not.

  • I voted for Seth, because why the hell not. I then spent an entertaining twenty minutes downvoting every panel I ran across that thought stupid made-up buzzwords explained anything and anything that mentioned Twitter in a positive sense.

  • Tinkerville

    You take that back about Bill Nye, and you do it now! That man is untouchable and if he's doing a reality dance show it's all for the glory of science for reasons we mere mortals just don't understand yet but will be revealed in good time. SCIENCE RULES, okay?!

  • mairimba

    Rich people that show off and do magazine spreads of their gigantic New York City apartments can munch on a dozen gangrenous dicks.

  • John G.

    a dozen gangrenous dicks?

  • lowercase_ryan

    I know and I agree, but DAMN that is a gorgeous apartment.

  • John G.

    I hate apartments that look like you can't touch anything in them.

  • Me too. They look like everything was pulled out of a catalog and none of it chosen by the actual person who lives in it--probably because they don't use more than one room in the house.

  • Kirstini

    Do you reckon? I just thought it looked like every other rich person's apartment in these spreads. Over-decorated, flashy and without any discernible personality. I've never given it any thought whatsoever before, but it just seems as though *Cameron Diaz* should live somewhere a bit more...friendly.

  • I'm with you, Kirstini. These spreads just always make the home look...barren, for lack of a better term. There's absolutely no warmth, no sense that someone could actually be comfortable in them.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I love watching Cersei. Of course I don't want to hang out with her, but I do find her fascinating.

    I think the villain/woman thing comes down somewhat to misogyny, but some to something much simpler - charm. The narcissists, the villains people love are charming, regardless of gender. Cersei is not charming; Jaime is. But people will root for an anti-hero - John Malkovich or Glenn Close in Liaisons, for example - if that anti-hero is charming. (in fact, I feel like half the charming female villains I come up with are Glenn Close)

    However, the difficulty is in getting dangerous women to be written in a charming way...

    That being said - not all anti-heroes should be charming. I'm glad Cersei's not. She is much like the Stark family - she thinks she is right, she think she has the potential to be a winner; the world is demonstrating otherwise. She is trying, and failing, at gaming the system.

  • $27019454

    When she comes on the screen I get all weirded out (it's a technical term...just go with it) and I start to fold laundry and gulp my wine in a pointless diversion tactic in order to sidestep whatever gnarly, acidic shit she is going to make come down, and then I am pretty sure I have to pee or maybe I'm getting a UTI. Bitch makes me nervous as a jonesing tweeker. She is the proverbial ill wind. She BLOWWWWS. Totally charmless. Anti-charm. Black hole of charm.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    character or actress?

    addendum: anyone provoking that visceral a reaction has something going for her, though

  • $27019454

    Character. I always felt like the actress in anything else was sort of a placeholder. I can't even remember her name half the time (like now). The character is the personification of Heebeejeebees and Hushafuhs (Hushafuhs are those involuntary shudders you get when you are peeing outdoors. I camp a lot. Sue me.)

  • kinoumenthe

    Also, every single viewer wants her offspring dead anyway, which probably helps in the anti-hero-mother department.

  • VonnegutSlut

    I say this having absolutely NO interest in the 50 Shades casting, will probably never watch the movie unless it's in an ill-advised drunken irony-watch and have never even flipped thru a copy of the book...

    From what I can gather amongst the posts here on Pajiba and other sources, Ryan Gosling would actually be the best man for the Christian Grey job--AS FAR AS STRAIGHT CASTING FOR CASTING'S SAKE GOES.

    He's has those heroin eyes & that kind of peculiar wounded animal attraction that could manipulate the main character as I understand her to be manipulated. He looks like he could be into everything that Grey guy is up to, both good (is there any?) and bad.

    It's no wonder he ran from it like his ass was on fire, but it's an interesting thought-experiment in would-be casting & that's a hobby of mine.

  • Disagree. He looks like a lost puppy. Christian Grey (can't even think of that name without cackling) is supposed to be an arrogant, pompous douche. Think James Spader in Pretty in Pink. I don't think Gosling can pull tat off.

  • LucyKlein

    Maybe all these actors turned it down because the book was horrible written with insufferable one dimensional characters.

  • VonnegutSlut

    Thanks ever so much for pointing that out...I was on the verge of creating my own petition calling for a law to forcibly compel Gosling & Olsen to participate in said monkey-fuck-of-a-movie, but now I see the light.


  • VonnegutSlut

    Everything above also applies to the notion of casting Elizabeth Olson for the female role.

    The movie would have still been stewed shit based on chicken-fried vomit but they would have nailed the casting, in my opinion.

  • BWeaves

    Whoa! So Dakota Johnson isn't the same person as Elizabeth Olsen? Wait, I must be thinking of Dakota Fanning. Or was it Elle Fanning? Or Elle Olsen? Crap, I can't tell these blond kiddies apart. (OK, I can't tell the brunettes apart, either.)

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