News Nuggets: Charlie Hunnam exiting ’50 Shades of Grey’ is actually good

Writer Jeff Sneider proposes that the departure of Charlie Hunnam as the lead in the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” is a good thing. He says the surprise exit will allow the casting of an actor who can actually handle the pressure of such a demanding role. The Wrap.

Past Emmy champ Damian Lewis finally makes his first appearance on this season of “Homeland” in the third episode (“Tower of David”) this weekend. His character of former POW/terrorist/congressman Nicholas Brody has been on the run and unseen until now. TV Line.

Fueling their Oscar hopes, “Gravity” remains in the top box office position with $44.3 million this weekend followed by “Captain Phillips” in second place with $26 million. Hollywood Reporter.

For the 20th anniversary of “The X Files,” Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reunite at a Paley Center for Media event in New York. Both stars said they would like to make a third feature film, but the 2008 movie (“I Want to Believe”) was not a box office success. Entertainment Weekly.

The Spike Jonze quirky love story “Her” debuts at the New York Film Festival to rave reviews that might lead to major Oscar nominations.  Three-time nominee Joaquin Phoenix is a possibility, but big buzz is also evident for Scarlett Johansson, who voices an operating system. The Wrap.

Disney releases the first images of their “Avatar” themed expansion of Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The mega-expensive addition from James Cameron will debut in 2017 and include the forests of Pandora and a flying banshee ride in the skies. Cinema Blend.

Tony and Emmy winner Hugh Jackman raises $1.85 million for the Motion Picture and Television Fund with a special one-night-only concert in Hollywood. His performance included tunes from “The Boy From Oz,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Carousel,” and “Les Miserables.” Playbill.

Writer Andy Greenwald chastises NBC for its “tragic” ratings of the once proud Thursday night lineup. He calls the 1.0 rating in the key 18-49 demo “anemic,” and says the combo of “Parks and Recreation,” “Welcome to the Family,” “Sean Saves the World,” and “The Michael J. Fox Show‘ even lost out to reruns on TBS and Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network. Grantland.

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