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As 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Heads Toward Release, Universal Is Calling Shots (FIRST LOOK)

As the movie version of the bestselling erotic novel "50 Shades of Grey" heads for release on February 13, 2015, the Focus Features marketing is starting to roll out. The sexy Interview cover and less provocative headshot of Jamie Dornan, the Northern Irish actor ("Once Upon a Time") finally cast as S & M master Christian Grey, were duly unveiled on Facebook.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2014 6:00 PM
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Casting Watch: Jennifer Ehle Set to Play Anastasia Steele's Mother UPDATED

UPDATE: Jennifer Ehle ("Zero Dark Thirty," best known as Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC's "Pride and Prejudice") has been cast as Anastasia Steele's mother in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of S&M-heavy "Fifty Shades of Grey."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 12:10 PM
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Gets a 2014 Release Date UPDATED

UPDATE: The global release of "Fifty Shades of Grey," to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, will kick off in North America on August 1, 2014, via Focus Features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2013 1:05 PM
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'50 Shades of Grey' Screenwriter Kelly Marcel to Rewrite Joe Wright's 'Little Mermaid'

From S&M to... mermaids? Screenwriter Kelly Marcel, who has been working on adapting E.L James' mega-bestseller "50 Shades of Grey" for the big screen, has another project in the works. Per Deadline, Marcel is in talks to rewrite Joe Wright's "The Little Mermaid."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 12, 2013 4:14 PM
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Gus Van Sant Makes a Bid for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' with Steamy Alex Pettyfer Sex Scene

Most of the steamy buzz surrounding the film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" remains cloaked in rumor. But we do know that the film will likely be rated NC-17 and that Gus van Sant has just shot a sex scene with "Magic Mike" star Alex Pettyfer in a bid for the director's chair.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 24, 2013 2:31 PM
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Will Be NC-17, Says Writer

It's not shocking news exactly, but in case any of you were wondering, as far as screenwriter Kelly Marcel is concerned, yes, Universal/Focus Features' movie version of the erotic global bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey" will be rated NC-17. Given that the film's sexy S & M content has fueled sales of the original book (to the tune of more than 65 million copies) and its two sequels all over the world, it would make sense for the studio version to hew close to the source material.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2013 4:14 PM
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Disney Screenwriter Kelly Marcel to Write 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Adaptation

Moving from "Mary Poppins" to erotic fiction overnight, screenwriter Kelly Marcel has been hired to write the adaptation of E.L. James' bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey." Universal and Focus Features have the rights to all three books. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti ("A Social Network") are producing.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • October 8, 2012 3:42 PM
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Katniss Takes Down Harry on Amazon

Harry Potter's holly and phoenix feather wand is no match for Katniss Everdeen's bow and arrow -- at least, not on Amazon. The company reports that sales for the "Hunger Games" series have overtaken the "Harry Potter" books in both print and e-book sales, making the Suzanne Collins trilogy Amazon's best-seller.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 17, 2012 12:53 PM
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'50 Shades of Grey' Ignites Publishing Craze, E.L. James Likes Shailene Woodley for Anastasia Steele

20-year-old Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants") has reportedly "caught the eye" of "50 Shades of Grey" author E.L. James as a possible candidate for the role of Anastasia Steele. Landing such a franchise would be the Holy Grail for most actors, but going nude in an S & M flick might give some pause.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2012 3:49 PM
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