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October 12, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It seems there was a little too much gray area in Charlie Hunnam's schedule.  The "Sons of Anarchy" actor has dropped out of the much-talked-about "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie. Hunnam had been tapped to play the S&M-loving billionaire Christian Grey in the big-screen adaption of the E.L. James erotica novel--a casting choice that left some scratching their heads and others furiously calling for a rewrite. It looks like the latter won out. On Saturday,  Universal Pictures and Focus Features released the following statement: “The filmmakers of "Fifty Shades of Grey" and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam's immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.” PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments The 33-year-old British actor is best known for playing tough-guy Jackson "Jax" Teller on FX's  "Sons of Anarchy," a series centered on an outlaw motorcycle club.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times art critic
For more than a decade, Jennifer Dalton has made interactive art in a vein -- often varicose -- long opened by artists such as Edward Ruscha and Erika Rothenberg. The circulation system doesn't seem swollen or knotted at first, but it becomes so the longer you linger. In works designed expressly for the purpose of social interaction, a sense of perpetual yearning happily trumps final closure. At Charlie James Gallery, the New York-based artist shows sculptures, paintings and mixed-media objects.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Robert Rodriguez's new "Machete Kills" is the strongest example yet of the corner the filmmaker seems to have painted himself into, a sad funhouse of bad movies made in thrall of bad movies. Even the self-sufficiency of Rodriguez having his own production facilities in Austin, Texas, seems to be yielding diminishing returns, as so much of what he has done recently feels like wandering into the backyard to idle away a day. The story of "Machete Kills" follows a blade-wielding secret agent (Danny Trejo)
SPORTS
October 1, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
PARK CITY, Utah - This has been a big year for figure skater Charlie White. First, he and his partner, Meryl Davis, who two years ago became the first American duo to win a world ice dancing championship, won another world title and established themselves as the ice dance favorites at the Sochi Olympics. No American couple has ever won an Olympic ice dance gold medal, so a triumph in Sochi would be a historic achievement for Davis and White, who won silver at Vancouver in 2010. Almost as important, White saw his beloved Detroit Red Wings move from the NHL's Western Conference to the East, which means that most Red Wings telecasts will be aired at a time that better suits White's training schedule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Friday evening quietly rescinded the department's car impound policy, a controversial set of rules Beck put in place last year to be more lenient on immigrants in the country illegally but that a judge found violated state law. The move marked the latest setback for Beck in the long-running battle over the impound rules. In an interview Saturday the chief reiterated his belief that the policy - called Special Order 7 - was legal and necessary, saying that the recent court ruling that struck down the impound rules "undermines the authority of the police department to regulate the conduct of its officers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Mark Wahlberg, twice nominated for an Oscar, has picked up an award he's wanted for a long time: his high school diploma. The 42-year-old, who dropped out of school in ninth grade after being charged with attempted murder, was motivated to graduate by his four children, People said . He said he didn't want them wondering why they needed to do something he'd neglected. He took online classes, the hardest of which was math, he said. He hired a tutor and studied between takes on "Two Guns," keeping his project a secret, including from costar Denzel Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
It's always a privilege to be in the company of an actor who doesn't worry about being liked by an audience, who refuses to ingratiate himself as a performer to soften the sharp edges of his character. Charlie Robinson, star of the South Coast Repertory revival of "Death of a Salesman," is such an actor. His Willy Loman isn't out to win fans and influence producers. This veteran salesman is too bitter to put on a smiling face. Simple courtesies elude him. When his wife tells him she bought American cheese instead of Swiss, he growls in disgust.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Hunky actor Charlie Hunnam says he isn't worried about the graphic sex scenes that likely will be required of him now that he's set to play the role of Christian Grey opposite Dakota Johnson in the highly anticipated adaptation of E.L. James' steamy bestselling novel "50 Shades of Grey. " The actor dished to the Associated Press on Saturday about his feelings on the subject at the premiere for the sixth season of “Sons of Anarchy,” on which he plays biker Jackson "Jax" Teller.
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September 8, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Veteran reporter Charlie Rose announced Sunday that he had secured a highly coveted scoop: He interviewed Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus. Later, from Beirut, Rose discussed aspects of the interview on CBS' "Face the Nation. " The interview will run in its entirety Monday night on the "Charlie Rose" show on PBS. The world's attention is keenly focused on the perilous situation in Syria, particularly now that Assad has been accused of using chemical weapons against his own people.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
When casting news for the film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic romance novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" broke over the long weekend, reactions were muddled with expressions running from "Finally!" to "Seriously?!" The announcements came Monday via James' Twitter account. Focus Features cast "Sons of Anarchy" and "Pacific Rim" star Charlie Hunnam, 33, as mysterious billionaire Christian Grey , who shows a penchant for S&M and dominant-submissive sex practices, and courts college grad Anastasia Steele.
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