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12:30 PM ET, March 26, 2015


 Top News: 
Anita Busch / Deadline:
‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Formally Splits From Franchise  —  EXCLUSIVE: Sam Taylor-Johnson has made official what many suspected.  She will not return for the second installment of the film franchise adaptation of E L James' best-selling Fifty Shades Of Grey book trilogy for Universal.
Discussion: Gawker, The Wrap and Crushable
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Sam Taylor-Johnson Will Not Direct ‘Fifty Shades Darker’  —  Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return to direct “Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey.”  —  Several reports, including one from Variety, said Taylor-Johnson had been looking to move on from the franchise …
Natalie Finn / E! Online:
NEWS/ Sam Taylor-Johnson Will Not Be Directing Sequel Fifty Shades Darker After “Intense” Fifty Shades of Grey Journey  —  Sam Taylor-Johnson has cut ties with the Fifty Shades franchise.  —  The Fifty Shades of Grey director will not be returning to helm the sequel, her team confirming her decision to E! News on Wednesday.
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke on Playing Sarah Connor, Turning Down ‘Fifty Shades’ and Moving on From Nudity  —  For some reason, Emilia Clarke best remembers the fruit plate.  —  It was 2010, and the actress was standing before Game of Thrones' casting director and several of the show's producers.
Alexis L. Loinaz /
Fifty Shades of Grey Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Exits Franchise  —  Sam Taylor-Johnson is no longer bound to Fifty Shades of Grey.  —  The filmmaker won't be returning to direct the sequels to buzzy and highly profitable erotic drama.  —  “Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense …
Lily Harrison / E! Online:
NEWS/ Will Harry Styles Quit One Direction Next?  Singer Hopes to Go Solo and “Get Into Acting”  —  It's a difficult day for all the Directioners out there, and it looks like the worst may be yet to come.  —  Zayn Malik announced via Facebook earlier this morning that he was leaving One Direction …
Sierra Marquina / Us Weekly:   Harry Styles Cries — Along With Teens Across the Globe — After Zayn Malik Quits One Direction: Watch
Zayn Malik Has Left One Direction
Lewis Corner / Digital Spy:
Zayn Malik quits One Direction: “I'd like to apologise to the fans”
Discussion: PerezHilton
Scott Raab / Esquire:
Nick Offerman and Chelsea Handler on Men, Women, and Genitalia  —  Other topics covered by our April cover stars: rape jokes, kayaks, and Bill Cosby.  —  ESQUIRE ROBERT TRACHTENBERG … ♀+♂  —  My Q&A prep owes much to Bill Belichick: Each variable in my control must be controlled.
Billy Ray Cyrus — I'm on Patrick Schwarzenegger's Side  —  BILLY RAY CYRUS  —  I'M ON PATRICK'S SIDE  —  Billy Ray Cyrus has NO PROBLEM with his daughter's boyfriend getting chummy with chicks in Cabo.  —  Miley's dad was out in L.A., when a photog asked about Patrick's now famous Spring break …
Discussion: PerezHilton, Fishwrapper and Us Weekly
Esther Lee / Us Weekly:
Billy Ray Cyrus Defends Miley Cyrus' Boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger After Wild Spring Break Photos
Discussion: PopCrunch and Gawker
Stephanie Webber / Us Weekly:
Empire Costars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey Are Dating: Details!  —  Cookie won't like this!  Empire costars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey are making sweet, sweet music off camera, sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly.  The costars have been dating since first meeting on the breakout FOX series.
Discussion: Starpulse
Priscilla Rodriguez / Latinas Lifestyle …:
CHRISTINA MILIAN IS LATINA MAGAZINE'S MAY 2015 COVER STAR!  —  Singer, actress and reality star, Christina Milian, appears on the cover of Latina's May 2015 issue.  Milian gives Latina the juicy details on her relationship with Lil Wayne, her new album, being a single mom and her take on positive body image.
RELATED:   We're Finally Going Public  —  Lil Wayne did it big in Hollywood …
Anita Busch / Deadline:
Steven Spielberg To Direct Sci-Fi Cult Favorite ‘Ready Player One’; Back At Warner Bros  —  EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg is set to direct Ready Player One, the highly anticipated project based on the popular sci-fi book by Ernest Cline that takes place in a virtual world.
Melody Chiu /
Jon Hamm Breaks Silence on Rehab News: ‘Life Throws a Lot at You Sometimes’  —  The last 24 hours haven't been easy for Jon Hamm.  —  As the cast of Mad Men promotes the final season of their hit show (set to premiere April 5), the star has been forced to take his private struggle …
Keith Caulfield / Billboard:
Kendrick Lamar Earns His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart  —  Kendrick Lamar scores his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his earlier-than-expected release To Pimp a Butterfly bows atop the list.  —  The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based …
Discussion: Starpulse, Variety and Stereogum
Derrick Bryson Taylor / Page Six:
Wanna lei?  Amber Rose goes topless in Maui … Amber Rose is at it again.  —  The controversial, and always nearly naked, blonde beauty posted another rousing set of snapshots to social media on Wednesday.  —  Rose, who according to her assistant Benji Carlisle goes tanning every two days …
Discussion: PerezHilton
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