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Yuck: Belgian Professors Find Library Copy of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Tests Positive for Traces of Herpes, Cocaine UPDATED

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 15, 2013 at 11:28AM

UPDATE: Two Belgian academics recently decided to do toxicology tests on the 10 most borrowed books from the local Antwerp library. Turns out, all 10 books tested positive for traces of cocaine; plus, E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" tested positive for the herpes virus. Yuck.
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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in character for "Fifty Shades of Grey"
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in character for "Fifty Shades of Grey"

UPDATE: Two Belgian academics recently decided to do toxicology tests on the 10 most borrowed books from the local Antwerp library. Turns out, all 10 books tested positive for traces of cocaine; plus, E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" tested positive for the herpes virus. Yuck.

The professors have assured that the traces found were so minor they wouldn't pose a public health risk, and book borrowers couldn't contract anything by checking out the popular items. 

EARLIER: First images have arrived in Entertainment Weekly of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in character for "Fifty Shades of Grey." Check out the full EW cover below.

More images are here.

EARLIER: After having its production start pushed back to December, "Fifty Shades of Grey," starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as the S&M lovers Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, will be released on February 13, 2015. Just in time for a steamy Valentine's Day.

The film was originally slated for August of 2014.

EARLIER: "Fifty Shades of Grey," which recently cast Irish actor Jamie Dornan ("The Fall") as its new Christian Grey following Charlie Hunnam's drop-out, has had its production start pushed back to December 2, no doubt due to the casting shakeup, plus the call for script re-writes and "character work". 

This of course raises the question of whether the film's release date, currently slated for August 1, 2014, would also have to be pushed back. If so, "Fifty Shades" would no longer be in the summer time frame.

EARLIER: Irish actor and model Jamie Dornan has been cast as the male lead in Universal and Focus' upcoming screen version of the E.L. James bodice ripper "Fifty Shades of Grey." He will play dark billionaire Christian Grey opposite Dakota Johnson's Anastasia Steele, the young English major who falls under his handsome spell. Check out a TV interview and clip with Dornan below.

Earlier this month, "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam politely dropped the role, now Dornan's for the lusty taking. Focus went with a lesser-known actor this time, who is willing to take the risks attached to this role in order to make his name. The more-established Hunnam may have had too much to lose. And if you're scratching your head wondering who Jamie Dornan is -- and you're likely not alone -- his small screen credits include ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and serial killer procedural "The Fall" across the pond. The 31-year-old actor's only major film role is a small part in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" (2006). 

Even if he is a bit of a stranger to the big screen, hunky Dornan sure looks the part. (Yesterday, we thought Shia LaBeouf had his eyes on the role.)

Directed by Brit Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, "Fifty Shades" kicks off production on November 1 and is set for release on August 1, 2014. Earlier this month, playwright and Oscar-nommed screenwriter Patrick Marber ("Notes on a Scandal") was brought on to clean up the script by Kelly Marcel ("Saving Mr. Banks"). Jennifer Ehle also co-stars.

EW Fifty Shades of Grey

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.