Jay McGuiness at Childline 2013 - the pudding t-shirt is magical.
50 Shades of Dornan
"’I will preface this post by admitting that I have not read any of the books in the 50 Shades of Grey series in their entirety nor am I ever inclined to. I don’t understand the appeal of what is essentially Twilight fan fiction converted for the masses, and i’m disturbed that the leading man in this story treats the ‘heroine’ like property (or is that a punching bag?) yet it’s hailed an epic romance."
"I’m looking at this positively. While my intense dislike of the books makes me feel that he is much too good for the role,"
Why comment on the book, or express feelings about it, saying it’s abusive (it’s not) when you openly admit you haven’t read it and have NO INTEREST in reading it? You do know that’s idiotic and you have no idea what you’re talking about right?
"There’s been much commotion about casting for the misogynistic Christian Grey. " "the leading man in this story treats the ‘heroine’ like property (or is that a punching bag?) yet it’s hailed an epic romance.”
"I’ve gone from having zero interest to getting the popcorn ready and when it comes to 50 Shades"
So you can accept the “rampant abuse and misogyny,” which there is NONE (and you know nothing about anyway since you haven’t read the book) as long as the lead actor is gorgeous?
If you actually took the time to read my post, you’d note that I have not read the books in their entirety. That means I’ve read enough to make an informed decision not to carry on reading and have every right to express my feelings about it.
I said I had zero interest in the movie until Jamie Dornan was cast as Grey. I never said I accept the “rampant abuse and misogyny” - I will go to the cinema with an open mind. I feel the books are poorly written - the dialogue is lacking substance, the characters are under developed stereotypes and the relationship between Christian and Anastasia is, in my view, possessive, toxic and emotionally abusive. There’s every chance the screenplay might flesh out the characters and deliver a more eloquent and compelling storyline. If it fails to do that, then I’ll be on my Tumblr ranting about my life choices and further offending fans of 50 Shades with my dislike of the books and the movie.
50 Shades of Dornan
I will preface this post by admitting that I have not read any of the books in the 50 Shades of Grey series in their entirety nor am I ever inclined to. I don’t understand the appeal of what is essentially Twilight fan fiction converted for the masses, and I’m disturbed that the leading man in this story treats the ‘heroine’ like property (or is that a punching bag?) yet it’s hailed an epic romance.
For reasons beyond my comprehension, the books have topped best-seller lists worldwide and the first book has now been adapted for the big screen. And this is why my attention has been piqued.
There’s been much commotion about casting for the misogynistic Christian Grey, with first choice Charlie Hunnam dropping out just weeks before filming of the movie was due to commence. There was a much publicised search for a replacement until it was finally announced that Jamie Dornan would be taking on the role.
In case you haven’t worked it out, I have much admiration for Jamie Dornan. He came to my attention playing Sheriff Graham in ‘Once Upon A Time’, the character much underused and killed off in the seventh episode (cue the tears…) So while news of his casting in 50 Shades was met with cries of “Jamie who?”, I was left to process just how I feel about this - one of my major celebrity crushes suddenly thrust into the spotlight due to a book series I vehemently abhor.
There’s an awful amount of attention on this movie and not all of it is positive. No big name actor would go near the project (mostly because the pay seems to be on the lower side…) and the book series itself is much maligned (because as previously inferred, it’s a pile of wank…literally for some…).
Jamie Dornan is an extremely handsome man with the modelling credentials to prove it. And while his filmography isn’t long, he’s most recently been seen in the critically acclaimed BBC2 drama ‘The Fall’ playing a serial killer. This kind of makes him the perfect fit for Grey - mysterious, insanely good looking and hugely creepy. Call me crazy but I feel he could bring the character to life and maybe give the movie some depth. Or it could just be career suicide.
As a massive fan of Jamie, I’m looking at this positively. While my intense dislike of the books makes me feel that he is much too good for the role, this is a chance for him to gain attention and, if he gives a solid performance in this abomination of a movie, it could be the gateway to more worthy projects. As enjoyable as I find him to watch onscreen, his lack of roles since his 2006 debut in ‘Marie Antoinette’ is telling. There’s kinda no career to suicide if there’s nothing being offered.
I wish Jamie all the best and while it pains me, I will definitely be supporting his decision to take on the challenge of playing Grey (though is it really painful to see him shirtless and talking dirty?). There’s already vocal fans of the book (or as I see it, desperate housewives) who still aren’t happy with the choice (give it up, Matt Bomer is never going to happen) and daring to call Jamie too young, too hairy, too ugly and too skinny. To them I say be thankful - you might actually get a decent movie now. I’ve gone from having zero interest to getting the popcorn ready and when it comes to 50 Shades, that is simply no mean feat.
Well played, Mr Dornan, well played.
Harry Styles - Sydney, Australia - 6 October 2013.
One Direction group hug - Perth Arena 29-09-13
One Direction @ Perth Arena 29/09/13 - More Than This
Ed Sheeran - Wake Me Up
"See I could do without a tan on my left hand, where my fourth finger meets my knuckle…”
This song is perfection.
"Shouldn’t we hold out for the person who doesn’t just tolerate our little quirks but actually likes them?" - Ted Mosby, HIMYM.
Top 10 reasons The Wanted will never beat One Direction - a response
The Metro UK published this article over the weekend:
This is my response.
10. They’re friends with Lindsay Lohan
This shows that the lads are kind-hearted, non-judgmental, charitable types who don’t judge their worth by their famous ‘friends’. But just an FYI, when Justin Bieber selected his favourite artists of the moment for Teen Vogue, the list included The Wanted.
9. They’re not friends with Simon Cowell
Uncle Simon made Westife cover ‘Mandy’. Just think about what he has in store for 1D when their popularity and original hits start to wane. The Wanted have dodged a bullet there.
8. They get their press from spats with the 1D boys
And vice versa. Boyband rivalry is as old as time - BSB v *Nsync. Take That v East 17. And I think The Wanted appreciate their anonymity while the 1D boys are barely coping with the intrusion in their daily lives. I mean, remember sweet, eager to please, puppy like Liam?
7. Aren’t they the ones that usually start the spats?
No, it’s Louis, the sassy prince he is.
6. They aim for the small screen
The Wanted will be in people’s living rooms. If people want to see the One Direction movie, they have to pay and sit in a theatre with oversexed tweens. Small screen is where the audience is.
5. They don’t have a pet name for their fans
Bad research. #TWFANMILY
4. They delete their Twitter spats
Not entirely true. Jay McGuiness and his Twitlonger of reason and truth remains.
3. They’ve had how many awards?
They won Favourite Breakout Artist at the People’s Choice Awards, beating One Direction. Awards get dusty though and why clog up the mantle piece?
2. They haven’t got Harry Styles
But they do have this curly-haired, charming, cheeky, loveable, womanising geek.
1. Max George let Michelle Keegan go
Umm, who are The Wanted’s ladies? Siva has been dating Nareesha for forever and Tom has Kelsey. It’s ridiculous that Eleanor has over 2 million Twitter followers just because of who she’s dating and is famous by association (and all whiny about it but totally loving it and encouraging it at the same time) . And One Direction know the importance of girlfriends? WTF? Like being single is so life threatening. Enjoy the smorgasboard of ladies Jay, Max and Nathan - you’re still young’uns. Memo to Zayn - the smorgasboard (and it’s takeaway menu…) is closed to you, seeing as you’ve got that famous girlfriend and all. Jerk.