Here is Dakota Johnson out yesterday in New York City. Why am I drawing attention to Dakota Johnson walking out of a hotel? Shameless self-promotion, of course. Johnson stars in Cha Cha Real Smooth, a new film from annoyingly young filmmaker Cooper Raiff, and one week from tonight, Cha Cha Real Smooth is the opening night film of the Chicago Critics Film Festival (for which I am a programmer). After the film, Raiff will be in attendance for a Q&A and to make us all feel old and haggard in comparison. If you’re in and around Chicago, you can see Smooth a month before it premieres and get tickets here.


As for Johnson, she has a couple other films due this year, Am I Ok? from Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allyne, and an adaption of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, in which she plays spinster Anne Elliot and Henry Golding is her loser cousin, Mr. Elliot. I cannot BELIEVE someone cast HENRY GOLDING in a period romantic drama and he ISN’T the hero but whatever. I’m sure he’ll make for a great “period f-ckboy”. And this concludes This Week In Shameless Self-Promotion ft. Dakota Johnson.