Updates & Upcoming Book Signing with E L James

As always, it’s amazingly great to see E L James, Team Fifty, and the extended casting family continue to interact with fans on twitter!

Some interactions are funnier than others. Oh we think this picture will be interpreted as funny anyway, but only the #Greysessed will get the true joke. ;)

Some interactions are to be done in person, as it was confirmed this week that E L James is taking opportunity to do a fan event with a book signing at Chapters Robson in Vancouver BC.

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**CANADIAN EXCLUSIVE** CONFIRMED. Fifty Shades of Grey author @E_L_James. Feb 16th, 2pm Chapters Robson. Details: http://indigo.ca/events

As always, feel free to send us pictures if you are one of the lucky ones to go! If only her Canadian friend and fellow author, Sylvain Reynard (@SylvainReynard) could join her.

What a treat it is to follow Marcia Gay Harden (@beloving2) who has taken to lovingly referring to herself as “mama grey” on twitter (love it!) and bestows fans bits and pieces of information from the set, including the following:

Marcia Gay Harden ‏@Beloving2  Feb 3 Had a fitting for #50shades today. Why was my rack the only one w clothes on it?? @51ShadesOfGrey :) mama grey

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(Well other than that grey suit and tie, Jamie’s wardrobe should be fairly scant, right? #partialNudity he he)

Equally exciting — though we continue to hope she would open up a twitter account — Dakota Johnson is putting herself out there to her new legion of fans by connecting with them in print. The March issue of ELLE Magazine will feature a photo shoot and interview with Ms. Johnson.

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The star of #50Shades like you’ve never seen her before: http://on.elle.com/LBSYht

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Beautiful cover! ELLE and Dakota help make us look forward to both spring and this movie even more!

The cover certainly seems to highlight her upcoming role as Anastasia Steele, depicting the youth, light, and innocence of the Ana we meet at the beginning of Fifty Shades of Grey, while the touch of black thigh-highs and red heels gives us a glimpse at the love and passion she develops and shares for Christian Grey.

Photo Courtesy of ELLE Magazine

Photos Courtesy of ELLE Magazine

To go behind the scenes of the photo shoot with E!Online and see a snippet of the interview with Dakota speaking about her character Anastasia’s persona, go here.

We hope to see more interviews with the various stars from the film upcoming and, as always, more interactions with Team Fifty for info and laughs! Speaking on behalf of all fans, we are fully enjoying the interaction that allows us to “witness” so much of the process!

It Takes Two To (Charlie) Tango

Talk about living the dream… Tonight, Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James and co-producer Dana Brunetti flew home from the set via Charlie Tango.

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Erika’s smile says it all!

(Photo credit: Dana Brunetti Facebook)

“Fifty Shades of Grey” Chases The Dawn

Lots of pictures shared today by E L James and Dana Brunetti on the set of Fifty Shades of Grey at Boundary Bay Airport, as they prepared to film the “Let’s chase the dawn” scene where Christian takes Ana gliding.

The Canada weather appears to have made things a little more difficult, but we’re sure it was still an exciting day for the author to see yet another moment from her epic love story come to life.

Dana Brunetti posted this picture on his Facebook page (here) with the caption “A crowded and tight video village today.”

FSoG Set Chairs

Dana Brunetti – Producer
Sam Taylor-Johnson – Director
Seamus McGarvey – Cinematographer
Peter Kohn – Assistant Director
Erika Mitchell – Author
Marcus Viscidi – Executive Producer

Danny Elfman Set to Score “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Team Fifty’s Michael De Luca recently confirmed that Danny Elfman will be the composer for the movie adaptation of E L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey.

Elfman’s impressive resume includes four Oscar nominations, three Golden Globe nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Grammy win for Best Instrumental Composition for 1989′s Batman, as well as numerous other nominations and awards. You can check them all out here.

The multi-talented composer/score producer/conductor/lyricist will be teaming up again with Tim Burton for Big Eyes and also has DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman coming up.

Welcome, Mr. Elfman!

Dana Brunetti Interview Includes Idea for R and NC-17 Versions of Fifty Shades of Grey

Team Fifty co-producer Dana Brunetti recently sat down with Collider and gave a great in-depth interview, which included a discussion about our favorite subject.

He gave very candid answers to the following hot topics:

• Landing the producing job 
• Working/Collaborating with E L James
• Filming schedule & location
• FSoG spotlight
• Casting controversy
• Difficulty adapting books into movies
• Team Fifty
• Paparazzi and “mommy porn” label
• Rating: R vs. NC-17 or BOTH (Yes, please!)

“It’ll be R, obviously it has to be R.  This is just my opinion and this doesn’t mean this is going to happen, but I always thought it would be really cool if we released the R version and then we had an NC-17 version that we released a few weeks later.  So everybody could go and enjoy the R version, and then if they really wanted to see it again and get a little bit more gritty with it then have that NC-17 version out there as well.  It’d be great for the studio too because they’d get a double dip on the box office… What we’re kind of hearing from the fans is they want it dirty, they want it as close as possible [to the book].  We want to keep it elevated but also give the fans what they want.”

To watch the video and/or read a detailed transcript, go here.

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Still On Track

Obviously, the recasting of Christian caused a blip (pun intended) on our radar screen. In an exclusive interview with E!, Fifty Shades of Grey co-producer Michael DeLuca had some very calming/positive words for FSoG fans about the movie’s status.

About Dakota Johnson…

“She’s just so Anastasia Steele. She’s the best partner a producer could have.”

“She’s helping us look through the candidates to see which chemistry kind of captures our attention.”

About Christian Grey casting…

“We’re looking on your website, we’re looking under rocks in Zimbabwe, in space, on the moon. We’re looking everywhere, but I think in a couple weeks it will be announced and everything will be cool.”

About the U.S. release date…

“We’re on track. The release date [Aug. 1, 2014] is preserved and we’re gonna kind of keep going.”

About the fans…

Q: Were you shocked that everybody had such an outcry, that it got so much attention, and how close are you to recasting?

“You know, I’m not shocked because I’m part of fandom too. Like, I love my Iron Man and my Marvel comics and I’m a geek comic book collector, so I get rabid fans. And I love the books and I respect the fans. I knew there was going to be tons of attention, and there still is, on everything we do. But we’re just kind of moving on. I think there’ll be an announcement in the next few weeks. I’m excited to unleash a new Christian Grey on the world.”

E! caught up with DeLuca at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards, where he was being honored with the Hollywood Producer Award. Congratulations, Mr. DeLuca!

  • Captain Phillips supporting actor Oscar hopeful Barkhad Abdi presented the Hollywood Producer Award to Michael De Luca, who co-produced that film and many others including The Social Network and Moneyball. The Somali-born actor, who was a complete unknown prior to the release of the hit film, called De Luca, “Someone who truly helped change my life.” De Luca, in turn, acknowledged his producing partners Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti and heaped praise on the film’s director, Paul Greengrass: “I am standing here because of all the work he did.” Source: THR

Having recently seen Captain Phillips, it will be a shock if Barkhad Abdi doesn’t get an Oscar nod for his role in the movie. The same goes for Tom Hanks in the title role. The movie is fantastic and a must see. Learn more about this movie based on heroic true events here.

Just one more reason to continue being proud to have DeLuca and Brunetti on Team Fifty… They know how to make a good movie.

You can read E!’s complete interview and watch a video clip here.

Dana Brunetti Talks Fifty Shades of Grey on Northwest Prime

Our friends Lori Ness, the host of blog talk radio show Northwest Prime, and guest co-host Michelle from Color Me GREYsessed! interviewed Team Fifty co-producer Dana Brunetti today.

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Here are some of the highlights from the interview:

  • 8/1/14 is still the target date for the U.S. premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey (not 8/24/14 as some tabloids have reported).
  • Ben Affleck will NOT be Christian Grey. (LOL!!)
  • The final casting decision for Christian and Ana is bound to make some fans unhappy because there are so many favorites, but if Team Fifty does their job right, fans will ultimately love the movie experience. (We agree and have complete faith in Team Fifty and E L James.)
  • Team Fifty understands how important chemistry between the two lead actors is for this, or any, movie. Once Christian is cast, there will be chemistry tests with the actresses in the running for Ana.
  • The movie process is actually moving very fast, even if it doesn’t seem like it to FSoG fans.
  • While everyone on board Team Fifty hopes there will be a second and third movie, it ultimately depends on the success of Fifty Shades of Grey. (With the massive support for the trilogy and the author, we have no doubt they will get the green light when the time comes!)

Listen to the complete interview here. You can also search Twitter for #BrunettiLive for all related tweets.

Thank you @DanaBrunetti, @iguestinfo, and @bale4fifty for a greyt interview!

Fifty Shades of National Book Lovers Day

Today is National Book Lovers Day, so of course we wanted to give a shout out to the three books that brought us all together . . . Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed.

NBLD bwThere doesn’t seem to be a National Movie Lovers Day, but with Team Fifty hard at work to bring us Fifty Shades of Grey in August 2014, we may need to campaign to start one!

Team 50

  • Dana Brunetti: Co-producer
  • Michael DeLuca: Co-producer
  • E L James: Author
  • Kelly Marcel: Screenwriter
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson: Director

We can picture the concession stand collector’s items already!

The Countdown To Fifty Shades of Grey Is On!

365 Days to FSoG

How did we get here?

We don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to watching this next year of the journey from print to screen to unfold!