50 Shades of Grey


Outside of Comic-Con, there isn’t much happening in the movie world. Oh wait, there’s that 50 Shades of Grey trailer that was released this week in an attempt to bring balance to the force of nerd movie goodness. This is a different kind of nerdy, as we’ve found out over the course of tracking the movie’s development. It involves whips, chains and plenty of suppressed emotions from your mom’s neighborhood book club. It’s something that plenty of us around here aren’t really into — at least that anyone in the office is willing to admit — the world of BDSM. With that in mind, we might not be the right people to dissect the mix of pain and pleasure that make E.L. James’ book such a sensation. In order to fully understand the first trailer for Sam Taylor-Johnson’s upcoming film adaptation, we asked fetish porn performer Chanel Preston to answer a few questions about the trailer, the book and even her thoughts on the Beyonce song. We wanted an expert opinion on the tale of Christian Grey and his riding crop, and that’s exactly what we got…


Life in the center of a hotly anticipated (by middle-aged women) fan fiction adaptation about rough sex might not be all it’s cracked up to be. At least that’s the case for Charlie Hunnam, who announced this past weekend that he would no longer be playing Christian Grey in the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey. Now, the official reason for Hunnam’s exit is the actor’s “immersive TV schedule, which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role.” Makes sense, right? The man’s got motorcycles to ride and slight Shakespearean parallels to act out on Sons of Anarchy. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, there was a far more personal motivation for Hunnam’s departure. It seems being cast in 50 Shades put the actor in a far brighter and more unforgiving spotlight than he intended, so much so that he required a set of bodyguards just to make it into a recent Sons of Anarchy premiere, fielding 50 Shades-related questions all the while. If Hunnam can maintain a high-profile acting career while avoiding that kind of crazy, more power to him (and in all honesty, avoiding 50 Shades might be a better move in the long run anyway).



Like it or not, the 50 Shades of Grey movie is slowly but surely coming together. Society as a whole may collectively groan and bang its head against a table, but a sexually-charged film geared towards a female audience is rare enough that people will stampede over each other to see it (see also: Magic Mike). And now we’ve got our stars. Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam will be playing Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, the couple that will be committing so many semi-obscured sex acts on film next summer. Johnson is a fashion-model turned actress who’s had brief roles on The Office, The Social Network, and 21 Jump Street, and starred in last fall’s quickly-cancelled sitcom Ben & Kate. Her acting abilities may be more or less untested, but worry not. She’ll be starring in the video-game-to-movie adaptation Need for Speed alongside Aaron Paul (poor, poor Aaron Paul) a few months before 50 Shades comes out. That should prove once and for all that Johnson is, in fact, an actress, and that her image can be recorded on film (which is about all she’ll need for 50 Shades). Hunnam is a far more accomplished actor, but with Sons of Anarchy edging closer to the finish line (and Pacific Rim failing to vault him into true stardom), he may be looking for the next rung on the ladder. And 50 Shades of Grey is certain to get his name out there. Hopefully, for his sake, the old adage “there’s no such thing […]


Consider this the first truly meaningful piece of in-development news about the cinematic adaptation of E.L. James‘ nutty-cuckoo-popular “Fifty Shades of Grey.” With the bestselling novel currently in development with Universal Pictures and Focus Features, we’re surely bound to be getting all manner of insane rumors before the film even makes it to the big screen (what? we’ve already had insane rumors? you don’t say!), but today’s news that Universal and Focus have hired on a screenwriter to adapt the novel is the first truly hard-and-fast news bit to hit the wire. Per a press release circulated this afternoon, Kelly Marcel will write the screenplay for Fifty Shades of Grey, adding a  stunning third title to the Black List screenwriter’s slim cinematic resume. Marcel reportedly got her start in the bright-lights-big-stage biz with work in musical theater, but she’s recently transitioned over to film and television. Her two major credits are, well, to be perfectly honest, an already weird pairing, one made all the stranger by the addition of 50 Shades to her repertoire. Just what is Marcel into? What’s her style? Apparently, failed future-set television series and old school Disney trivia. Pardon?


What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column dedicated to having a bit of fun before sending you off to bed. And we don’t care if you ate your vegetables, we’re always down for dessert. We begin this evening with a first image from Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, in which Tom Lenk and Nathan Fillion play Verges and Dogberry, respectively. It’s that film Whedon just sort of made. He does fun things when he’s not making the highest grossing movie of the year and all that.

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