‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Leads Are Cast: Dakota Johnson & ‘Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam

“Good moaning all” began author E.L. James’ Labor Day tweet confirming the casting of Dakota Johnson as Anastasia, followed by a second tweet later confirming Hunnam as the titular Christian Grey. The casting news ends a lengthy search for the Universal-Focus adaptation, due to hit theaters August 2014. (W&F)

Record Labor Day Box Office, ‘The Butler’ Stays At #1 For Third Week

Audiences spent a record $156M this weekend, beating 2007’s high mark, with Lee Daniels’ The Butler grossing $20M, followed by One Direction: This Is Us, We’re The Millers, and Planes; Getaway landed in 10th place with $5.5M. (THR)

It’s Over: CBS & Time Warner Cable End Month-Long Blackout

Fierce Cable details the resolved retransmission standoff between CBS and Time Warner, close to a week before most analysts believed it would be settled. No terms are being disclosed and Time Warner says deal reached is “significantly better” than CBS’s first proposal. (FC)

Trailer Buzz: ‘The Zero Theorem’

The first trailer for Terry Gilliam’s latest future vision has been released; The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, and Matt Damon. (TF)

The Best Performances Of Summer 2013

HuffPo highlights the 31 best performances of the summer film season, including Sam Rockwell, Jennifer Aniston, Greta Gerwig, Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley, Cate Blanchett, Emma Watson, Brie Larson and more. (HUFF)

TV Buzz: ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4

Vulture has the season 4 trailer for the PBS smash, retuning January 5, 2014. (VUL)

Video: Best Moments From Comedy Central’s James Franco Roast

Splitsider’s video highlights of each roaster’s best lines from last night’s roast of James Franco. (SPLIT)

Venice Buzz: ‘Spirited Away,’ ‘Princess Mononoke’ Director Hayao Miyazaki To Retire At 72

Miyazaki, whose latest film The Wind Rises has grossed $80M in Japan and will be released domestically by Disney’s Touchstone, announced this will be his last film; Miyazaki has made 11 animated fims in 34 years. (ANIM)

30 Years Later: Salon’s Q&A With ‘Risky Business’ Director-Writer Paul Brickman

Brickman: “I squandered a really good career. What can I say?” Salon catches up with the director of the iconic teen genre-changer, who directed only one other film, 1990’s Jessica Lange starrer Men Don’t Leave, on the making of Risky Business and what steered him away. (SALON)

Boxer Tommy Morrison, ‘Rocky V’s Tommy Gunn, Dies At 44

Grantland’s retrospective on the pro boxer, cast by Sylvester Stallone in the 1990 sequel when Morrison was at a 24-0 record; Morrison quit boxing in 1996 after being diagnosed with HIV, forfeiting a $38M contract, and died of organ failure in Nebraska this past Sunday. (GRANT)



Karl Gibson

Karl Gibson (Editor, Studio System News) has worked in the Los Angeles media sector for over 15 years. His editorial experience encompasses over 1,400 printed daily, festival and special editions of ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ where he covered news desks and event coverage as Editorial Business Analyst from 2001 to 2008. He has worked for The New York Times Company, PR Newswire, The Knight Digital Media Center and appeared as a media panelist for events, festivals and television. Karl also has handled event, premiere and awards show coverage for over seven awards seasons.

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