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'Fifty Shades' Fave Emma Watson Not Afraid to Bare All

Emma Watson/Photo: CC/Flickr/David Shankbone
Emma Watson/Photo: CC/Flickr/David Shankbone

Hey everyone, Emma Watson would like you to know that she is quite aware of your feverish campaign to cast her in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Fortunately she's put a positive spin on the interest, stating in an interview: "It's very exciting that people are starting to see me in a different way. It means that they're allowing me the space to grow and develop and reincarnate myself." Whether or not she ends up playing Anastasia Steele, it sounds like we'll be seeing a bit more of Watson exposure in the coming years.

Did you read the recent news story about the Chinese billionaire who's offered up $65 million to the man who can woo his lesbian daughter? Well Sacha Baron Cohen did, and it inspired him to mobilize on his next comedy picture, "The Lesbian." I think it's the smartest idea he's come up with since "Borat," and not a soul in the world besides him could pull it off without turning it into a cheesy romance of some kind.

J.J. Abrams unveiled an astonishingly early clip of the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness" (below) on the Conan O'Brien show this week. It's also astonishingly short -- just three frames. Sure, that totals less than a second of actual viewing time, but if you slow it down a whole bunch you can barely see an indistinguishable figure enduring a context-free explosion. Isn't that just about worth the zero cents that you paid for it?

Books get banned for all sorts of reasons -- mostly out of  ignorance or sheer lameness. Flavorwire has assembled a wonderful assortment of author's clever responses to the banning of their work. My favorite is from Justin Richardson, the author of that children's book about the two male penguins raising a chick: "It’s no more an argument in favor of human gay relationships than it is a call for children to swallow their fish whole or sleep on rocks.”