British director Joe Wright has emerged as a favorite to direct the adaptation of E L James’ sex-soaked bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (Universal had no comment on the report.) Wright, 40, has ties with Universal and Focus Features, who ponied up $5 million for the movie rights, having directed four films for Focus: Anna Karenina, Hanna, Pride and Prejudice, and perhaps most promisingly for Fifty Shades fans, the Oscar-nominated Atonement. In the most stirring scene of the 2007 film, doomed lovers Keira Knightley and James McAvoy emit tremendous heat pressed up against the library shelf. It’s sparks like these that fans of tentative Anastasia Steele and her pathologically intense lover Christian Grey are hungry for in the adaptation. Watch the beginning of the scene below: READ FULL STORY »
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Emma Watson isn’t interested in stripping down for Universal’s upcoming 50 Shades of Grey adaptation, and all she needed were a few simple tweets to make that clear:
Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.—
Emma Watson (@EmWatson) March 17, 2013
Emma Watson (@EmWatson) March 17, 2013
Sorry, hackers, but it looks like you were wrong on this one!
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And the rumor mill continues to churn.
Last summer, Emma Watson tried to quell rumors that she would star in Focus Features’ big screen adaptation of E L James’ erotica novel Fifty Shades of Grey, but the role of Anastasia Steele just seems to keep finding its way back to her.
This time the reports of her casting comes from hacker collective Anonymous, which with hacker team M3du5a stole and published documents from Constantin Film’s internal server. One document says Emma Watson is attached to star in Fifty Shades of Grey. READ FULL STORY »
Given the level of kinkiness expected, no, DEMANDED, by fans for the upcoming screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, it’s no surprise that the movie’s screenwriter has trumpeted the call for an NC-17 rating.
Screenwriter Kelly Marcel recently told British newspaper The Sunday Times, “It will be rated NC-17. It will be raunchy.” Marcel also didn’t reveal who she thought would snag the prized roles of randy pair Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey featured in the hit E L James novel.
Of course an adults-only NC-17 rating would potentially mean far fewer theater goers, and Universal Pictures nipped Marcel’s fervor in the bud.
“A screenplay has not yet been written, a rating has not been designated and we have no further comment,” said a Universal spokesperson in a statement to EW.
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Krysten Ritter is saucy, red-lipped and flaunts some take-no-prisoners sexuality on ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, and she’s hinted interest in taking on an even kinkier role: the lead in Focus Features-Universal’s adaptation of E.L. James’ novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
The 31-year-old actress, responding to a fan’s suggestion that she land the coveted part of Anastasia Steele, the lover of charming, S&M dabbler Christian Grey, tweeted on Wednesday, “Thanks! i would be down. .”
The rumor mill has been in full effect since it was announced that the movie, being written by screenwriter Kelly Marcel, and still sans a director, would be made. Author Bret Easton Ellis took to Twitter last August bemoaning not making the list of screenwriters being looked at to pen the script. Names such as Anne Hathaway and Ian Somerhalder have been flung around left and right as to who should embody amorous Anastasia and Christian.
At least, when it comes to Ritter, she’s already comfortable revealing her inner sex kitten.
Neither Focus Features nor Ritter’s publicist would comment on her tweet.
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has a habit of casting actors on the cusp of fame, be they Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger in 1994′s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Jessica Biel in the 2003 remake of Tobe Hooper’s original classic shocker, or Matt Bomer in 2006′s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. The latest thespian hoping to benefit from what we’re going to call “the Chainsaw bump” is Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) who plays the heroine in Texas Chainsaw 3D, which arrives in cinemas this Friday.
Below, the actress talks about facing off against the iconic Leatherface, the forthcoming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and why the cast members of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia aren’t as drunk as you might think. READ FULL STORY »
Bret Easton Ellis hasn’t been quiet about his desire to pen the screenplay for the film adaptation of the guilty pleasure novel Fifty Shades of Grey, but now he’s announced that his racy writing dreams will not come true this time around.
Ellis, who authored 1991 novel American Psycho and launched into filmmaking when he wrote the screenplay adapted from his own book The Informers, announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday.
“It’s a very major disappointment to announce that I’ve somehow been taken off the list of possible screenwriters for Fifty Shades of Grey,” he wrote, then continued, “Thanks to the fans for the months of intense support. Your awesome enthusiasm and great suggestions were instructive and meaningful to me.” READ FULL STORY »
Whether you think Fifty Shades of Grey reads like a fun guilty pleasure or like the subtitles of a bad porno, you have to admit you’re a little curious about how Hollywood aims to translate the slobbery romance and explicit sex in the novel to the big screen. They already have one volunteer to help — one who has plenty of experience with novels about gleeful sexual degradation. Bret Easton Ellis has taken to Twitter to express his interest in penning the screenplay for the book’s big-screen adaptation. He’s even put forward an ideal director: David Cronenberg, with whom he previously worked during the early stages of American Psycho.
Of course, signing one or both of these guys to the project would presumably change the concept from silly bathtub-and-scented-candles reading material to a disturbing examination of social dry rot and anomie. It’s hard to imagine that this will be an easy sell to producers, who won’t want to alienate the built-in audience of female readers they’re hoping to reach. E L James’ novel is the fastest-selling book of the year, after all, and Universal has already doled out millions of dollars for the movie rights.
At the moment, Easton Ellis is currently working on another film which he penned, starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen. Actually, now that I think of it, maybe he’s already secretly adapting the book as we speak.
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The notion of Angelina Jolie directing a Fifty Shades of Grey movie is — to put it lightly — simply fan fiction.
Speculation began with a Deadline.com report that Angelina Jolie was being sought to direct the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Except … not really. Sources close to the project tell EW there is nothing to these reports but bogus speculation.
As Focus Features and Universal Pictures put together a plan to adapt the best-selling erotic novel (which started life as Twilight fan-fiction, only to transform into the year’s hottest literary sensation), agents and executives have engaged in much the same guessing and projecting that ordinary fans do: Who should direct? Who should write? Who should star? READ FULL STORY »
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