It’s post-Labor Day here in the US, which means it’s all downhill to Autumn now. Thank heavens there are some good films to look forward to cushion the fall (*insert lame drum sound here*)
* In the biggest of casting news stakes, the lead roles in the 50 Shades of Grey movie have been announced, via Twitter (where else?), and Dakota Johnson (daughter of Melanie Griffiths and Don Johnson) and Pacific Rim‘s Charlie Hunnam will be filling them.
* It was a great Labor Day weekend for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which upset Morgan Spurlock’s One Direction doccie, This Is Us at the box office, and has now become the first movie of 2013 to top the North American chart 3 weekends in a row.
* Following its premiere at Telluride, the documentary about reclusive author JD Salinger movie has indeed, according to reviews, brought to light new information about the writer, and a new book about his life will release at the same time as the movie this Friday in the US.
* British producer Jon Hopkins is behind the score for the upcoming film How I Live Now, starring Saoirse Ronan. One of the songs Garden’s Heart is a collaboration between Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan and Hopkins, and a music video for it has just been released.
* The Budweiser Made in America festival ended its second run with a mix of old school (Public Enemy) and up-and-coming (ASAP Rocky, Miguel, Kendrick Lamar) hip-hop acts as well as veteran alt-rock stalwarts like Queens of the Stone Age and The Gaslight Anthem.