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Dakota Johnson: Anastasia is boring

February 13th, 2014 6:20am EST
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Dakota Johnson insists her 'Fifty Shades of Grey' character is "kind of boring".
The 24-year-old actress is currently filming the big screen adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel and despite the raunchy subject matter, she thinks her character Anastasia Steele - who gets entangled in an S&M relationship with kinky businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) is quite dull.
She said: "A lot of getting into the character's head, in Ana's headspace before she meets Christian, so it's a lot of reading, which I love. She's an English major, so that's kinda boring."
Dakota - the daughter of actors ...

Dakota Johnson has no shame

February 6th, 2014 12:30pm EST
Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson has "no shame".
The 24-year-old actress is to portray Anasasia Steele opposite Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of E. L. James' 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trilogy and she insists he has no concerns about shooting any of the raunchy scenes.
She said: "I don't have any problem doing anything. The secret is I have no shame."
And Dakota insists she was more interested in the "emotional" aspects of the story than any of the sexy scenes.
Asked what intrigued her about the books, she told the new issue of America's Elle magazine: "Reading the book, I found mys...

Dakota: I burst into tears

November 16th, 2013 3:20pm EST
Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson burst into tears when she was told she had the role in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.
The actress, who has been cast as Anastasia Steele in the adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel, said she was thinking about sex the moment she was offered the life-changing part.
She told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "The phone rang and I remember looking out of this apartment to an apartment across the street.
"And I was looking at all of these people in their windows. And I thought, 'How funny would it be if I were watching people having sex right now?'
"They [management] said 'You got the ...

10 Celebrities Who Aren't Aging Well

October 1st, 2013 6:30pm EDT
Melanie Griffith
Whether it is bad genes, multiple plastic surgery procedures or simply too much partying, there are a few celebrities who look well beyond their years They can’t all be Betty White, Christie Brinkley or Sophia Loren, right? Here is our list of celebrities who aren’t aging well.

Melanie Griffith- The fifty-six year old used to be an adorable gal with a warm smile and now she looks like the plastic surgery she had is sinking off of her face. 

Val Kilmer-This former Batman star may only be fifty-three but his excessive partying has definitely taken a toll on his former Batman looks. 


Melanie Griffith 'Proud' Of Daughter Dakota Johnson's 'Fifty Shades' Role

September 3rd, 2013 11:30am EDT
Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith is thrilled that her and Don Johnson's daughter Dakota Johnson has been cast in the erotic thriller "Fifty Shades of Grey."

The proud mom posted on Twitter on Monday, "My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades. Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama."

Author E.L. James announced the casting, revealing Charlie Hunnam would be playing Christian Grey opposite Johnson's Anastasia Steele. The film centers on a young college woman who gets involved in a bondage relationship with a wealthy man.

Producer Michael De Luca explained that there...

Melanie Griffith thrilled with daughter's Fifty Shades casting

September 2nd, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith is a proud mum after learning her daughter Dakota Johnson has landed the lead in the movie adaptation of E.L. James' scandalous novel Fifty Shades Of Grey.

James herself announced the casting on Monday (02Sep13), revealing Charlie Hunnam would be playing Christian Grey opposite Johnson's Anastasia Steele, and Griffith jumped on Twitter to celebrate.

She wrote, "My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades. Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama."

Meanwhile, producer Michael De Luca has revealed the pairing of Hunnam and Johnson was eas...

Melanie Griffith's girl is Fifty Shades frontrunner

August 21st, 2013 3:11am EDT
Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith's actress daughter Dakota Johnson has emerged as the favourite for the female lead in the big screen adaptation of raunchy bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey.

The 23-year-old former model, whose father is Miami Vice legend Don Johnson, is currently a "serious contender" to play the book's heroine Anastasia Steele, according to movie industry website

A host of famous faces, including Emma Watson, Kate Beckinsale and Alexis Bledel, have reportedly been considered for the coveted part, but Johnson is said to be a favourite as she has few film credits to her name.


Melanie Griffith Signs To Play Scott Caan's Mom On 'Hawaii Five-O'

August 17th, 2013 4:30pm EDT
Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith has signed on to play Scott Caan's mom on CBS cop drama Hawaii Five-O.

Griffith tells WENN Caan approached her personally and asked her to consider playing his character's mother on the show, and she's hoping the role becomes a recurring one.
She says, "I did a play with him (Caan) last summer and he's so cool. I adore him."

The TV gig could not have come at a better time for Griffith, who admits she's struggling to find work in her 50s.
She adds, "I don't get offered a lot of movies. I just thought what would never happen when I was in my twenties and thirties hea...

Stars Turn Out For Glitzy Charity Ball In Austria

May 26th, 2013 8:07pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John, Hilary Swank and Melanie Griffith and were among the stars who turned out to raise money for AIDS research at a glittering ball in Vienna, Austria on Saturday night.

The Life Ball, Europe's biggest fundraiser for HIV and AIDS charities, was hosted by pregnant Black Eyed Peas star Fergie, who showed off her baby bump in a long, black gown, and included performances from Azealia Banks and Adam Lambert.

Lambert performed a song called "Love Wins Over Glamor," which he wrote especially for the event, while other famous faces in the crowd included Kelly Osbourne, Carmen Electra and...

Style Watch: Worst Oscar Dresses Of All Time

February 23rd, 2013 12:00pm EST
Worst Oscar Dresses
People tune in to the Academy Awards to see who wins, but what fans really want to see is the fashion - especially when it's bad. What are some of the worst Oscar looks from past ceremonies?

In 2009 Beyonce looked like she was wearing her grandmother's curtains in a black and gold gown from House of Dereon.  Jessica Biel wore a frumpy, unflattering Prada gown, while Amy Adams donned a bright red Carolina Herrera number that may have come from Spider-Man's closet.

Miley Cyrus tried to dress older than her age in a silver and white Zuhair Murad gown in 2009, and in 2002 Gwyneth Paltrow wor...

Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Bad

February 21st, 2013 8:07pm EST
Kim Novak
Most celebrities have had "a little work done" over the course of their careers, going for the usual nip here or tuck there to improve their appearance and keep themselves looking youthful enough to keep landing the big roles; and then there are the few dozen who have taken cosmetic surgery procedures to their most extreme.

Take former Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns, for instance. Known in the early 80s for his flamboyant, androgynous appearance, Burns has undergone several cosmetic surgeries -- likening them to simply "buying a new sofa" and saying it's something he'll always keep doing ...

Melanie Griffith Bombarded By 'Nasty' Tweets

October 23rd, 2012 9:29am EDT
Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith has fallen victim to "nasty" online trolls who criticize her looks on

The Working Girl star is relatively new to the social website after being introduced to tweeting by her daughter Dakota Johnson earlier this year.

However, the actress reveals she has received a less-than-warm welcome from some users, who regularly take aim at the blonde's appearance.

She tells Us Weekly, "Most people are telling me I look horrible. The tweets I get are really nasty."

"I don't know if I look that great. I work out a lot. I have a trainer that I (work with) four times ...

Antonio Banderas & Melanie Griffith Are Still Together

August 6th, 2012 11:09am EDT
Antonio Banderas & Melanie Griffith
Amid ongoing rumors of marital strife, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith put on a united front on Saturday while attending a charity gala together in Spain.

In recent weeks the couple has been dogged by speculation of an impending split, with sources claiming the pair was growing apart.

However, Antonio and Melanie, who wed in 1996, walked the red carpet at the Starlite Gala in Marbella. The pair smiled as they posed for photos with their 16-year-old daughter, Stella.

For the third consecutive year Banderas hosted the event, which raises money for a series of charitable foundations.

Melanie Griffith Credits Daughters With Sending Her To Rehab

July 5th, 2012 11:53am EDT
Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith is crediting her daughters for convincing her to go to rehab. The actress is moving on with her life, and credits two of her children for the push she finally needed to get help.

"It was the tipping point for me,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “It was when I finally went, ‘Oh, okay, I get it. The family intervention.'”

She said three years ago was when her daughters came to her about her addiction.

"My daughters really sat me down and said, 'Look, mom, this is what it is'. I don’t want to say what really happened, but they were the ones who said, 'You really need to ge...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Cherry 2000'

November 18th, 2011 2:12pm EST
Cherry 2000
A bit worn out on the whole "Twilight" threesome love story? Feel like the Bella and Edward romance is getting a bit mechanical? Well, check out a different, but equally romantic (and robotic!) love triangle selection below because it’s time for another...Forgotten Friday Flick! As promised this one is a love story about a man, his lovely fembot and a real woman who gives him pause in the automation-is-best department. Cue the soothing music, crack open the champagne and insert your memory microchip because love is in the air courtesy of five-star 1987 sci-fi camp classic..."Cherry 2000...

Melanie Griffith And Antonio Banderas Open Home For Obama Fundraiser

October 13th, 2011 1:10pm EDT
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Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are opening up their home to U.S. President Barack Obama to host an upcoming fundraiser.

The Hollywood couple has agreed to provide the venue for a national Latino gala on 24 October, which will be co-hosted by Eva Longoria at the property in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the event, which will target Obama's Latino supporters to raise cash for his election candidacy, cost between $5,000 and $35,800, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Prince Royce Rules The Univision Awards

July 22nd, 2011 2:26pm EDT
Prince Royce
Latin pop star Prince Royce was the big winner at the Univision Network's Premios Juventud Awards in Miami, Florida on Thursday, walking away with four top honors.

The singer opened the show at the University of Miami's BankUnited Center in spectacular style with Daddy Yankee, performing the reggaeton rapper's song Ven conmigo (Come With Me) with 1,200 dancers taking part in a futuristic light show.

The night continued to go well for Royce as he walked away with accolades for Red Hot Artist, The Super Tour, My Tropical Artist and My Favorite Video for his hit Corazon sin Cara (Heart Wit...

Kara DioGuardi To Replace Christie Brinkley In 'Chicago'

June 17th, 2011 3:36pm EDT
Kara Dioguardi
Songwriter Kara DioGuardi is set to replace Christie Brinkley on Broadway when the model's run in musical Chicago comes to a close.

The former American Idol judge will make her theatrical debut as murderess Roxie Hart in the Award-winning musical. She will begin her eight-week run on September 5th.

DioGuardi is the latest celebrity to join the Big Apple cast - singer Ashlee Simpson and actresses Brooke Shields and Melanie Griffith have all taken the stage as Hart.

Meanwhile, Brinkley is in talks to head overseas with the role - and take the lead in the West End production of Chicago.

Celeb Beauty Salon Boss Pleads Guilty To Scamming Jennifer Aniston & Other Stars

January 23rd, 2011 10:03am EST
Jennifer Aniston
A beauty salon boss accused of scamming A-list clients including Jennifer Aniston and Liv Tyler out of thousands of dollars has pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud as part of a plea deal.

Maria Hashemipour was arrested in August on federal fraud charges for allegedly stealing her clients' credit card information and making fraudulent purchases on their behalf.

Hashemipour, owner of the exclusive Beverly Hills Chez Gabriela Studio, is said to have tallied $280,000 in unauthorised charges to clients including Aniston, Tyler, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Cher and Melanie Griffith.

On Friday ...

Elton John Advises Lindsay Lohan To Ditch 'Pampering' Rehab Centers

October 21st, 2010 1:21pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John is urging Lindsay Lohan to swap "pampering" rehab centers for a tough "boot camp" treatment course - because the troubled actress needs serious professional help with her problems.

The British singer spent years battling alcohol and drug demons and endured numerous stints in clinics as he attempted to kick his addictions. The Rocket Man admits he can empathize with Lohan, who has spent this year in and out of prison and rehab as she tries to get sober, but fears she may be taking the wrong approach to her treatment.

Lohan is currently a patient at the Betty Ford clinic in Ca...

Melanie Griffith Snubbed By 'Dancing' Bosses

September 3rd, 2010 8:13am EDT
Melanie Griffith
Working Girl star Melanie Griffith was snubbed when she requested a spot on the new season of TV talent show Dancing With The Stars, according to industry reports.

The actress is a huge fan of the show and has been vying for the chance to wow judges with a professional dancer for months - but producers weren't interested.

Reports suggest Sylvester Stallone, Condoleezza Rice and Tim Allen were among the stars who turned series bosses down, while Griffith was never even considered, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A source tells the publication that Griffith has been trying - and fa...

Salon Owner Swindled Jennifer Aniston, Cher & Other Stars In Credit Card Scam

August 19th, 2010 8:20am EDT
Jennifer Aniston
Liv Tyler, Cher and Jennifer Aniston have been caught up in a beauty salon boss' get-rich-quick credit card scheme, according to new reports.

The trio, as well as stars like Anne Hathaway and Melanie Griffith, have been named in an affidavit obtained by following an investigation by Secret Service officials.

The lawmakers accuse Maria Gabriella Perez, the owner of Beverly Hills salon Chez Gabriela Studio, of overcharging her famous clients and then stealing their credit card information.

According the the documents, the accused swindled $214,000 from Tyler alone.

Perez was arres...

Happy 50th Birthday, Antonio Banderas!

August 10th, 2010 8:36am EDT
Antonio Banderas
Celebrations are in order - it's Antonio Banderas' 50th birthday! The star was born Jose Antonio Dominguez Banderas in Spain 50 years ago today and dreamed of being a professional soccer star until a broken foot ended his sporting dreams - and put him on the path to Tinseltown.

After launching his acting career on the Spanish stage, Banderas found fame in Hollywood with roles in hit movies including "Desperado," "The Mask of Zorro" and the "Shrek" franchise, making him one of Spain's most successful exports.

Now, as Banderas reaches a new milestone, WENN takes a look back at his life with...

Chris Klein Checks Into Rehab

June 21st, 2010 12:30pm EDT
Chris Klein
American Pie star Chris Klein has checked himself in a rehabilitation facility in Utah to deal with alcohol addiction following his arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) last week.

The actor's car was pulled over by police in Los Angeles on June 16th and he was taken into custody after failing a sobriety test. He was released from jail hours later on $25,000 bail and now Klein is seeking professional help at the Cirque Lodge to battle his drinking problem.

His representative, Jaime Primak, tells, "After recent events, Chris was forced to take a clear look at a problem ...

Scarlett Johansson & Catherine Zeta-Jones Triumph At Tony Awards; See Full List Of Winners, Photos

June 14th, 2010 9:06am EDT
Tony Awards
John Logan's Broadway hit "Red" landed the lion's share of honors at the 64th annual Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director. The hit show, starring Brits Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, picked up five awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Bon Jovi star David Bryan's "Memphis" was also the toast of Broadway, picking up four awards - including the night's Best Musical honor. "Fela!" and "La Cage aux Folles" claimed only three of their 11 nominations each.

Onstage husband and wife Denzel Washington and Viola Davis were big winners, claiming the night's Best Actor and Actr...

Weekly Fashion Wrap Up: Jake Gyllenhaal, Cameron Diaz & More!

May 21st, 2010 11:18am EDT
Here's our wrap up of the week's best and worst looks. The men top our list this week - Go Team Jake!

Jake Gyllenhaal - just for the sake of having a picture up of Jake looking hot in a suit!

Robin Thicke shows us that men have a place on our best dressed list - props to him for not wearing a boring suit!

Cameron Diaz looks red hot in this dress at the "Shrek" premiere.

Someone, somewhere is going to disagree with us - but we think Jayde Nicole looks fun and flirty in this little number. Also, we are loving the haircut!


Oh Melanie Grffith, nothing ab...

Antonio Banderas Promotes His New Fragrance With Topless Models

May 14th, 2010 1:15pm EDT
Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas launched his new fragrance "The Secret" at Instituto Cervantes in New York City on Wednesday. The event also featured a photo exhibit with topless models (pics after the jump). Of course. What would a fragrance launch be without a little nudity?

Antonio stars in the upcoming feature "Shrek Forever After" (May 21) reprising his role as Puss in Boots - only this time his character is fat and lazy. The film centers around Shrek, who realizes that nobody is afraid of him anymore. He recruits mischief-maker Rumpelstiltskin to restore his once-mighty roar, and he winds up in a...

Iggy Pop, Melanie Griffith, Others Named Ugliest Celebrities Alive (See Photos!)

May 7th, 2010 9:19am EDT
Iggy Pop
Wrinkly rocker Iggy Pop has the ugliest face in showbiz, according to a new poll.

The 63-year-old Stooges star has landed the dishonor in a survey of celebrities the public believes has the "worst" face.

The weathered frontman finished ahead of U.K. glamour model Jodie Marsh, while tanned fashion designer Donatella Versace came third, according to 1,300 people polled by cosmetic surgery advice group The Good Surgeon Guide.

Cher, Dead or Alive's Pete Burns, "Iron Man 2" star Mickey Rourke, former supermodel Janice Dickinson, and Melanie Griffith also made the top ten.

A spokesperson for ...

Antonio Banderas: 'I'm Happy With Melanie'

April 21st, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas has dismissed rumors his marriage to Melanie Griffith was on the brink of collapse before her stint in rehab last year - insisting he "never" considered leaving his wife.

The Mask of Zorro star married Griffith in 1996, but their union was rocked in 2007 when the former drug addict became dependent on prescription pills which she was given after a skiing accident. The Working Girl actress was admitted to rehab in 2009 and is now free of her drug habit.

Spanish-born Banderas was rumored to have given his wife an ultimatum - asking her to kick her addictions or face a div...

Top TV & Movie Secretaries In Honor Of Administrative Professionals Day

April 21st, 2010 8:56am EDT
Top TV & Movie Secretaries
They work hard. They keep things in order. They are oftentimes unappreciated. In honor of Administrative Professionals Day (April 21), here are the 10 best and memorable TV and movie secretaries, receptionists and personal assistants.


Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) Melrose Place

Let's do this list right by starting with some crazy. Sydney was the schizophrenic secretary who made her bitchy boss Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear) look like a princess. With all that dying, coming back to life, murdering and plenty of revenge sex, who wouldn't want this chick answering the phone and sc...

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