First ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Trailer Debuts At CinemaCon

Kudos to Lori Ness from NorthwestPrime for connecting the dots after seeing a tweet from The Hollywood Reporter’s Pamela McClintock (here) yesterday. The poster on a set of elevator doors at Caesars Palace turned out to be a hint of things to come.

Needless to say, Twitter was slammed with tweets from CinemaCon attendees, media outlets, Team Fifty members, FSoG bloggers, and especially FSoG fans.

THR’s Rebecca Ford and Pamela McClintock reported that Universal’s presentation was delivered by Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley. Her biggest reveal? Yep. The first footage from Fifty Shades of Grey.

“Nobody outside the studio has seen a frame of footage,” Langley said.
The clip showed leads Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) and Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) meeting in Grey’s office (“Mr. Grey will see you now,” says the receptionist), in coffee shops and the hardware store where Anastasia works, all familiar scenes from the book.
While based on EL James’ erotic novel, the film looks to be more romantic than sexual. There was a brief glimpse of Johnson wearing a black blindfold in a red room, but most of the focus was on the couple’s courting.

“Hearts and flowers — that’s not who I am,” says Grey at one point in the clip, which also showed a brief glimpse of him pushing Anastasia up against a wall.

To read the rest of THR’s article, please go here.

Kara Warner from YAHOO! Movies gave fans an in-depth glimpse into the screening…

Well hello there, Mr. Grey.

Christian Grey, that is, known to millions of book readers as the love interest du jour of E.L. James’s hit “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which Universal Pictures is bringing to the big screen next Valentine’s Day. As part of their CinemaCon panel Tuesday, the studio served up a veritable buffet of trailer and teaser goodness, including the first look at footage from “Grey.”

The nearly two-minute teaser opens with a cityscape look at Seattle, on a day with some sunshine but mostly grey skies. A soft, slow piano solo plays in the background (which sounds like an airy and eerie cover of Beyoncé’s “Haunted”) as we begin with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) recounting her first meeting with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) to her roommate, Kate (Eloise Mumford).

“So, what was he like?” Kate asks Anastasia, which we hear in voiceover as the scene of Anastasia and Christian’s first meeting plays out.

“Mr. Grey will see you now,” says his assistant to the brunette as she walks into Christian’s very spacious, immaculate office. The initial exchanges are full of shy glances from Anastasia and fixed gazes from Christian.

“He was really smart, intense,” Anastasia says to Kate, as more of their meeting plays out on screen. He passes her a pencil with “Grey” printed on it and they touch hands briefly. “He was very courteous,” she continues, as we watch Christian help her into her jacket.

“Anastasia,” Christian says as she gets on the elevator.

“Christian,” she responds, and the elevator doors close.

Now the lyrics to the song playing in the background kick in, with a backbeat that fittingly speeds up the action and the courtship. There are passionate embraces and kisses, extended time spent together, touching. We see Anastasia falling head-over-heels in love and into Christian’s world and only realizing she might be in too deep when he slowly opens a door… into a room… (book readers will know what we mean).

“I don’t know if I can be with him the way he needs me to,” Anastasia says in voiceover as we catch a quick glimpse of her lying down, a look of surprise on her face.

The rest of the teaser is a slight back-and-forth between the romance and the potentially dangerous connection between the two lovers. You can feel the intensity building, enhanced by the very colorful landscape director Sam Taylor-Johnson has created. The footage feels lush, elegant, and clean, but with an element of restraint and danger.

And then there is the not-at-all-subtle smolder of Dornan as Christian Grey. He simmers onscreen. Johnson seems perfectly natural as the innocent ingenue about to embark on a road of discovery.

Their final exchange in the teaser is a solid one: “Why are you trying to change me?” Anastasia worriedly asks Christian.

“I’m not,” Christian says, with emotion. “It’s you that’s changing me.”

Exciting stuff, right?! The multi-million $ question now is when will the rest of the world get to see it? Would seem like it would be hard to keep it a secret for too long given the nature of social media, so we’re hoping it’s soon…like tomorrow soon ;) It would be nice if the official movie account got the hono(u)r. You can follow them here, if you’re not already.

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MR. GREY WILL SEE YOU NOW . . . At Caesars Palace

“What is it about elevators?” –Fifty Shades of Grey, E L James

Pamela McClintock, senior film writer at The Hollywood Reporter, shared the newest sighting of the now iconic marketing image via Twitter.

After that tweet, our friend Lori Ness with NorthwestPrime did a little creative thinking, and we like the way she thinks :)

Nothing has been reported about an official Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer being ready for release, or about anyone from Team Fifty attending CinemaCon, but it’s fun to think about the possibility!

E L James Reaches Book Sales Milestone

And, of course, she thanked her loyal fans via Twitter.

Guys… thank you for this. Thank you, thank you, thank you. ♡

Vintage announced today that the Fifty Shades Trilogy has moved past the 100 million copies sold mark, joining the ranks of Harry Potter and Twilight.

With filming wrapped for the movie adaptation of the first installment, Fifty Shades of Grey, we’re looking forward to book sales translating into movie ticket sales.

Congratulations, Ms. James and FSOG fans!!

To read the entire article via the New York Times, go here.Image

Welcome Anthony Konechny To Cast of “Fifty Shades of Grey” as Paul Clayton

Somehow everyone, including us, missed this tweet back in December…

With filming going on at Claytons, we had been wondering if there was a Paul on set, and now we know for sure.

Anthony Konechny can currently be seen on the new FOX TV Series “Almost Human,” and you can visit his IMDb page here.

And in case you missed it, E L James posted a picture on her Instagram account of the infamous supplies stocked at Claytons.

Mmmm… http://t.co/D2GO4dH5Wo

Your mission, FSoG fans, should you choose to accept it, involves tracking down the casting of Ethan and Carrick ;)

Rita Ora Joins Fifty Shades of Grey Cast as Mia Grey

Team Fifty and E L James have announced the newest addition to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie cast via The Hollywood Reporter here.

Rita Ora is a multi-talented singer/songwriter/actress discovered by Jay Z and signed to his Roc Nation label. She has a powerful voice packed inside her 5’5″ frame. Maybe she will find her way onto the soundtrack! Here she is performing a beautiful acoustic version of “Shine Ya Light” on On Air With Ryan Seacrest.

As FSoG fans know, Mia is the adopted sister of Christian Grey. Now we wait to hear who will play the parents of the Grey siblings and who will be cast as Mia’s love interest, Ethan.

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Fifty Shades of Holiday Shopping

Whether it’s someone asking you what you want for Christmas, introducing someone to the world of FSoG, that hard-to-buy-for-person on your gift list, finding something special for your significant other, or the inevitable buying something for yourself while shopping… Don’t forget there are some great official Fifty Shades of Grey merchandise options!
  • Amazon: Fifty Shades of Grey Classical Album – Shop here.
  • Amazon: Fifty Shades of Grey Party Game – Shop here.
  • Amazon: Fifty Shades Trilogy Boxed Set (52% OFF!) – Shop here.
  • BLUEBELLA Lingerie & Sex Toys (FREE SHIPPING!) – Shop here.
  • Cadsawan Fine Jewelry – Shop here.
  • Fifty Shades Wine – Shop here.
  • Jennifer Trouton: Signed, limited edition Giclée print inspired by FSoG – Shop here.
  • KappAhl Lingerie – Shop here.
  • Lovehoney Pleasure Collection – Shop here.
  • Peers Hardy Gifts – Shop here.

Happy gift giving/getting!

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.

Victor Rasuk Joins Fifty Shades of Grey Cast as José Rodriguez

Move over Christian, there’s a new Dog(in)town. Meet Victor Rasuk, the newest member of the Fifty Shades of Grey cast. Orange+New+Black+New+York+Premiere+5MzxAw7Etirl

Once again, official confirmation came via Twitter when E L James retweeted Deadline Hollywood’s exclusive announcement.

*hums It’s a Small World*

Twilight fans will recognize Victor from his role as Tony Alva in Lords of Dogtown, which was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and co-starred Nikki Reed.

rasuk Tony Alva

Victor’s next movie, Godzilla, is in post-production and due out May 16, 2014. One of the stars? Aaron Taylor-Johnson…husband of Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson.

We recently did a poll (here) to see who you were most looking forward to seeing cast next. While Kate was the overwhelming winner, José was also a fan favorite. We’re excited to see the cast start taking shape!

To read Deadline Hollywood’s article, go here.

Production notes, teaser trailer, and fanart… Oh my!

Production Notes

The movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is in pre-production, as casting continues and locations are scouted. As previously reported by Production Weekly, the majority of filming will take place at North Shore Studios in Vancouver, Canada. However, the filming schedule has been bumped from November 5th to December 2nd. Until we hear otherwise, Team Fifty is still targeting August 1, 2014, as the U.S. release date.

Although there’s been no word yet from author E L James or someone in Team Fifty’s camp, Variety has reported (here) that Jennifer Ehle is in negotiations to play Ana’s mother, Carla. IMDb also lists the Zero Dark Thirty actress in the role here and here. As always, we’ll keep you posted on any official updates.

Jennifer Ehle

Teaser Trailer

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… We love the creativity of the FSoG fandom. This fanmade teaser trailer by Fifty Shades Queen features our brand new Christian Grey, Jamie Dornan, and his Ana, Dakota Johnson.

We really enjoyed this one. The videographer did a nice job choosing clips to coordinate with the story, and the song is beautifully haunting. Speaking of which, if anyone knows the name of the song and/or artist, let us know in the comments.

And just how Fiftyesque is Jamie looking in the opening and closing shots?!

Fanart

We hope you’re all following Victoria from Ruffles & Restraints by now. She continues to wow us with her illustrations. You can check out all of her work here. She’s also a genuinely nice person. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Lemon martini anyone?

Oh my!

We’re looking forward to creating more graphics to celebrate the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James in the days, months, years (!) ahead, as well as continuing to share the creative inspiration of fellow FSoG fans. You can follow our Fifty Shades Pinterest Boards here.