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First 'Fifty Shades' footage debuts at CinemaCon

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It’s the question Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley gets asked most often: “How do you make a movie out of Fifty Shades?” Her answer: very carefully.

It’s Tuesday at the annual theater chain convention CinemaCon, and Universal Pictures concluded its lengthy slate presentation with the footage Fifty Shades fans have been waiting breathlessly to see since the studio bought the rights to the best-selling novels last year.

But rather then fill the five-minute teaser with the sex that made the books by British author E L James so popular, the studio went against expectations and highlighted the romance between the two leads: virginal college student Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson) and 28-year-old domineering billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). READ FULL STORY

Marcia Gay Harden talks shame-reading 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' Jamie Dornan singing between takes

Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, who’ll star as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey in the adaptation of E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, is clearly the person you want sitting next to you at a dinner party. She knows how to keep a conversation lively, as Jessica Shaw and Tim Stack  discovered Monday when Harden, who’s now starring on ABC’s comedy Trophy Wife, popped by Entertainment Weekly Radio’s TV Editors Hour. In addition to explaining why she wanted to hate her Trophy Wife co-star Malin Akerman but couldn’t, she also dishes on her first time reading Fifty Shades of Grey: “When I was cast in it, I hadn’t read it yet, so I did download it and I did shame-read it, and I don’t know why, because I’m like, ‘Hello, you’re gonna know I’m in it anyway, so I have to read it for research.’” (Her prep also included some online research that she prefers not to elaborate on, she joked.)

As for shooting the movie, which will hit theaters in February 2015, it wasn’t too scandalous — for her. “I play Mama Grey, so it’s like, unless you’re in the red playroom with a toy in your hand and flesh in your face, it’s sort of like any other movie that you could do. I throw the dinner parties. ‘Hello, let’s sit down to dinner,’” she said. “But the story is so intriguing, and I think so many people have read it, and it is erotic. … I like looking and thinking, ‘Why did we anthropologically select for erotic pleasure in pain?’ It’s really interesting to me. And E L James has the answer.”

Harden also revealed one fun fact about Jamie Dornan, the Irish actor cast as her infamous son Christian: “Behind the scenes, he’ll jump into an Irish ditty, or he was singing a lot of Rita Ora,” she offered. Ora plays Mia Grey in the film. “He’s like [in Irish brogue], ‘Oh, you got that in brain now.’ We’re like, ‘Come back to America, because you got a scene in a minute.’ ‘But it’s in my brain!’ He’s sweet.”

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Exclusive new 'Fifty Shades' image: A billboard-size Christian Grey

Should you be lucky enough to be standing — or driving — by one of five specific street corners in the U.S. in the next couple of days you will see the soon sure-to-be-famous backside of the one and only Christian Grey from Universal Pictures’ upcoming film adaptation of the smash best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

On Jan. 25, the studio will begin to debut these extra large billboards, featuring Irish actor Jamie Dornan as the kinky, domineering billionaire, in five locations around the country. The campaign kicks off the countdown to the film’s opening on Valentine’s Day weekend 2015.

Those five locations are: New York (Grand St. & 6th Ave), Los Angeles (Wilshire Blvd. & Gayley), Chicago (LaSalle & Hubbard), San Francisco (Mission St. & 6th), and Grey’s own hometown of Seattle (1st St. & Wall St.).

The image is a sleek, provocative start for what will be a long marketing campaign, conveying Grey’s master-of-the-universe image:  the man stands overlooking the entire Seattle skyline. And though you don’t see his face, Dornan certainly wears the suit well.

Plus it’s for this year’s Valentine’s Day, the perfect time of year for any woman to be longing for an unreachable, fantasy man.

Fifty Shades fans, what do you think? Does this make you more optimistic for the movie?

'Battlestar Galactica' vet joins 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

What the frack?

In a strange convergence of cult worlds, Battlestar Galactica‘s Callum Keith Rennie has joined the ever-expanding cast of Fifty Shades of Grey to play the part of Anastasia’s (Dakota Johnson) stepfather, Ray Steele. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
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New 'Fifty Shades' pic shows Ana kissing Christian -- PHOTO

First there was the filming photo of Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) having a cup of tea (shockingly, not a euphemism), and the newest filming candid from Fifty Shades of Grey shows the actors embracing while Ana goes for a kiss outside what is likely Grey Enterprises. (For those that have remained blissfully unaware thus far, that’s the company where Christian is CEO.)

What’s next? Well, considering the subject matter, perhaps soon the behind-the-scenes photos won’t be quite so PG…as fans of the series are no doubt hoping.

Fifty Shades of Grey, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, will be in theaters Feb. 13, 2015.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' casts Anastasia's stepfather

Dylan Neal, who plays Dr. Ivo on The CW’s Arrow, will be Anastasia Steele’s stepdad in Fifty Shades of Grey. Universal quickly confirmed a Deadline report that the 44-year-old Canadian will portray Bob Adams, the relatively new and well-grounded fourth husband of Jennifer Ehle’s Carla.

Neal will get right to work, beginning filming this week in Vancouver.

Neal also currently stars in Cedar Grove, The Hallmark Channel series with Andie MacDowell that begins shooting its second season this spring.

In Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of E L James’ steamy best-seller, Jamie Dornan will star as Christian Grey, opposite Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Joining them in the cast are Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Luke Grimes as Christian’s brother, Elliot; Marcia Gay Harden as Christian’s adoptive mother, Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey; Rita Ora as Christian’s sister, Mia; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia’s close friend, José; and Max Martini as Christian Grey’s bodyguard and head of his security team, Jason Taylor.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' casts Marcia Gay Harden as Christian Grey's mother

Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden is joining the cast of Universal and Focus’ Fifty Shades of Grey as Christian Grey’s adoptive mother, EW has confirmed.

The actress will play Grey family matriarch Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey in the film, opposite Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Harden most recently wrapped shooting for Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight, and currently stars in HBO’s The Newsroom and ABC’s Trophy Wife.
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' casts Rita Ora as Christian's sister

Rita Ora, best known as a singer signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, has been cast as Mia, Christian Grey’s adopted sister, in Fifty Shades of Grey. The British pop star has only four IMDb credits to her name, so this will be a pretty high-profile introduction to her acting.

Ora confirmed the news, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, on Twitter:
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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson film hot, steamy 'Fifty Shades' scene -- PHOTO

Get it? Because of the tea?

Okay, so maybe this first photo from the set of Fifty Shades of Grey pictures stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson filming the movie’s least explicit scene. Still, seeing it should be exciting to fans — who know that as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele sit for a cup of tea at the Portland Coffee House, the story’s heroine is thinking some very dirty thoughts:

“I surreptitiously gaze at him from beneath my lashes as he stands in line waiting to be served. I could watch him all day… he’s tall, broad-shouldered, and slim, and the way those pants hang from his hips… Oh my. Once or twice he runs his long, graceful fingers through his now dry but still disorderly hair. Hmm… I’d like to do that. The thought comes unbidden into my mind, and my face flames. I bite my lip and stare down at my hands again not liking where my wayward thoughts are headed.”

Oh my indeed!

The sexy short film that helped 'Fifty Shades of Grey' director land the job

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson says it’s the love story at the center of Fifty Shades of Grey that drew her to the project. But for readers familiar with the sexually elicit trilogy, which begins filming in Vancouver next week, Fifty Shades of Grey is no traditional love story.

As it turns out Taylor-Johnson is no traditional director. For those of you unfamiliar with Taylor-Johnson, the 46-year-old mother of four daughters is a British visual artist and photographer who once posed with her ex-boyfriend, artist Henry Bond, in a re-creation of the famous naked John Lennon-Yoko Ono photograph. She won acclaim for her 2009 series of photos of famous Hollywood men crying. (The series, which featured portraits of Paul Newman, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan Gosling, and many others, can be seen here.) She’s also well-known for marrying Kick-Ass lead Aaron Taylor, who is 20 years her junior.

Taylor-Johnson spent years making music videos (R.E.M.) and short films, including one called Death Valley that featured a man masturbating in the desert. But it was the short film Love You More, which author E L James called “sweet and sexy and fun,” that became her calling card for landing the Fifty Shades job.
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