In Case You Missed It: Best Pics & Stories From The Week

'The Fault In Our Stars' New York Premiere

Here are the stars of ‘The Fault In Our Stars,’ including Shailene WoodleyAnsel Elgort, Lena Dern and Sam Trammell, which blew up the box office this weekend! Here are some stories from the past week.

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MELANIE GRIFFITH & ANTONIO BANDERAS
Release Statement About Surprise Split

Melanie Griffith & Antonio Banderas Call It Quits! **FILE PHOTOS**I’m still in shock about this one. After eighteen years, Melanie Griffith filed for divorce from Antonio Banderas. RELATED: Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas split. The couple released a statement after the news broke yesterday.

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BREAKING NEWS: MELANIE GRIFFITH Filed For Divorce From ANTONIO BANDERAS

'Black Nativity' New York PremiereOMG! After eighteen years together, I thought Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas were as solid as a couple could get. Apparently not; Melanie reportedly has filed for divorce. RELATED: Melanie Griffith proud of daughter Dakota Johnson for getting cast in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’

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JANE FONDA
Honored With AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

The AFI Life Achievement Award: A tribute to Jane Fonda in LACheck out Ms. Jane Fonda! Does she look amazing or what? The actress and activist- really, an icon at this point- was honored by the American Film Institute with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Jane’s heyday was a little before my time but her memoir ‘My Life So Far‘ Blew Me Away. It’s an amazing read. RELATED: See the trailer for Jane Fonda’s new movie, ‘This Is Where I Leave You.’

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JENNIFER HUDSON & ANGELA BASSETT
Celebs Rock The Red Carpet For ‘Black Nativity’

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The holiday season is gearing up, whether you’re ready or not! Count me in the NOT category- LOL. Celebs rocked the red carpet for the premiere of ‘Black Nativity.’ Jennifer Hudson kept her look simple and chic in a LBD. Angela Bassett went for a little more shine with her frock.

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas were all smiles. Forrest Whitaker attended with his wife, Keshia. Rapper Nas was there, although he clearly wasn’t in the mood to smile. Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, also made an appearance on the red carpet. Let the holiday movie season begin!

Photos by Diane Cohen/FAMEFLYNET

MELANIE GRIFFITH & DAKOTA JOHNSON
Melanie Proud Her Daughter Cast As Lead In ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

The 30th Anniversary Carousel Of Hope in LA

People are in an uproar over the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ casting! It may have been a holiday in the US, but E.L. James set the internet on fire with her tweets announcing that the leads of her blockbuster book have been cast for the movie adaptation. Dakota Johnson, daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, was cast as Ana Steele. Melanie expressed her excitement over the casting on twitter.

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

You can’t blame Melanie for being excited. This is a HUGE break in Dakota’s acting career.  Unfortunately, not everyone seems to be sharing Melanie’s enthusiasm, about either Dakota’s casting or the casting of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey. One of the film’s producers, Dana Brunetti, responded to criticism via twitter.

There is a lot that goes into casting that isn’t just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc.

So if your favorite wasn’t cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective.

I’ve read on Goodreads where people are already planning to skip the movie altogether (or wait for the DVD) because their favorites weren’t cast! A lot of people wanted Ian Somerhalder or Matt Bomer, but according to an Us Weekly article, neither one was ever even “in the running.” Personally, I’m not surprised they went with two unknowns. They don’t really need big names to draw attention to the movie, and the stigma of “mommy porn” seems strong in Hollywood.

 

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ANTONIO BANDERAS
Participating In Christian Easter Holy Week Procession

Antonio Banderas During A Procession In Spain

Antonio Banderas, along with his wife, Melanie Griffith, and their daughter, Stella, are in Madrid to celebrate Easter. It looks like they have quite a celebration over there! Antonio participated in one of the processions for Christian Easter Holy Week. You can see him watching other processionals with Melanie and Stella in some of the pictures in the gallery.

I, for one, was completely caught off guard to realize that Easter was this upcoming Sunday! Is it just me or does it seem very early this year? Lucky for me, I already had dinner planned. I just didn’t realize I needed to get ready for it so soon.

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