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In Case You Missed It: Entertainment Winners & Losers Revealed, For Better Or Worse

Kathy Zerbib |
September 6, 2013 | 2:51 p.m. PDT

Film Editor

BCBG Max Azria showed their collection at New York Fashion Week (Twitter).
BCBG Max Azria showed their collection at New York Fashion Week (Twitter).
Every Friday, Film Editor Kathy Zerbib brings you the top five highlights of the entertainment world. In case you missed it, here's what's going on this week!

"50 Shades of Grey" Casts Its Leads

The wait is finally over! Author E.L. James revealed that "Sons of Anarchy" and "Pacific Rim" actor Charlie Hunnam will play Christian Grey, and "Ben & Kate" actress Dakota Johnson will star alongside him as Anastasia Steele. Well, the public wasn't too happy with that decision... And they have a right to be. Charlie Hunnam? Dakota Johnson? Huh? Sounds like a pair of left-fielders. What happened to Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer? There were numerous public choices for both roles and the people feel let down by the final casting decision. Articles are already being written on the disapproval, like this one from Neon Tommy. Some haven't given up, though. There's a petition out for a re-cast in favor of Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel.

CBS And Time Warner Cable Kiss And Make Up... At Viewers' Expense

At long last, the viewers' struggle is over... sort of. CBS and Time Warner Cable duked it out for over a month, and the squabble turned personal. You know how it is with these large companies and their need for even more cash. CBS hiked up their prices, Time Warner Cable refused to pay them. Time Warner Cable then removed CBS, KCAL, Showtime, HBO, and other popular channels in protest. But guess what? Consumers weren't the least bit thrilled that football had started and they couldn't watch the games on television. So Time Warner Cable gave in, but not without hiking up their prices to consumers to pay for the new rates CBS demanded from them. In the end, we - the TV audience caught in the middle - lose. Just as we always do when giant media companies put us in the middle of their quarrels.


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Kicks Off In New York

Time for designers to bring it on the runway for Fashion Week! Coveted designers like DKNY, Michael Kors, Rachel Zoe, Trina Turk, and a whole bunch more are broadcasting their Spring 2014 collection for the world to see from September 5 to September 12. Watch out for the designers from "Project Runway," too! Also, catch glimpses of the many celebrities in attendance. For more info on Fashion Week and to see the full schedule, click here. Don't forget Los Angeles Fashion Week is coming up after!


"DWTS" Announces Its Star-Studded Season 17 Cast

Yes, a 17th round is in the making for "Dancing with the Stars" and this cast list is actually pretty exciting. Get ready to vote for your favorite throwback celebrities, as well as some lesser-known people you would expect on this show. The group comprises of: Snooki of “Jersey Shore,” Jack Osbourne, Leah Remini of “The King of Queens,” Brant Daugherty of “Pretty Little Liars,” Amber Riley of “Glee,” Bill Nye (Where has he been?!), Valerie Harper of “Rhoda,” Corbin Bleu of “High School Musical,” Christina Milian, retired NFL-player Keyshawn Johnson, Elizabeth Berkley of “Saved by the Bell,” and comedian Bill Engvall. It must be said that Christina Milian has moves, people. Early prediction for top three.

"Guinness World Records 2014" Set For Release

The 2014 edition of our favorite book of records is hitting the bookshelves on September 12. Among the long list of winners are "Breaking Bad" ('Highest Rated TV Series'), Betty White ('Longest TV Career for a Female Entertainer'), and One Direction ('Most Twitter Followers for a Pop Group'). Let's be honest, "Guinness" just wanted to have an excuse to hand One Direction an award. Congratulations to all the winners!

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