In this behind-the-scenes video from Dakota’s recent photo shoot for Vanities Opener (see more here), the actress tells Senior West Coast Editor Krista Smith that filming Fifty Shades of Grey has been “a very smooth and fun and creative experience.” Adding, “I think going into something like this, you kind of have all these different fears of what it could be like, and none of those things are happening. We all get along really well. The crew’s amazing, and we’re all just trying to make this project the best that it can be.”
TODAY Show news anchor and co-host Natalie Morales shared this photo and message via Instagram.
On set and behind-the-scenes with 50 Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson. Lips are sealed-sworn to secrecy!
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.
We’re thrilled Entertainment Weekly had a chance to sit down with our fearless leader.
In a very candid interview, the author admits to being terrified that the movie is about to start shooting and that she knows fans will hold her responsible for its success or failure. Coming from a fandom herself, she understands better than most just how passionate fans are, stating “we need to get this right for them.”
From publishing, to selling the movie rights, to collaborating on the script, to lively debates with the filmmakers, to being “dragged kicking and screaming into merchandising,” it’s no wonder the author is feeling the weight of being part of a global phenomenon.
EW: It’s a lot to keep track of. How are you feeling about it all?
E L JAMES: I’m on the edge, quite frankly. Jumping off. I’ve had two years of this now. When you first start doing this [promoting your work], you don’t know how you are going to handle it. I could have been a complete fame whore — everyone wanted to interview me. But it holds no interest to me, being on TV, all that stuff. So I’ve tried to pull back. Because frankly, I’m shy, even though people don’t believe that. And I really miss my family…and my dog. In the last three months, I’ve been home for about two weeks.”
But when asked if she was at least having some fun with the movie, the author told EW she was trying to take it all in but still had the “‘OMG, this is actually going to happen!’ I’m still pinching myself” frame of mind.
To read what she has to say about the casting controversy, the possibility of publishing a new book, scenes that have made it/not made it into the movie, and so much more, go here.
Well, we all know Christian really is a hearts and flowers kind of guy, right? ;)
Not really a big surprise, but here’s an excerpt from the exclusive EW article with a statement from Universal:
…Universal says, the casting change is not the primary reason for the new release date.
More pressing is the crowded summer schedule Fifty Shades was originally competing in. Originally set to hit screens August 1, 2014, the film, based on the sexy best-seller by E L James, was set to go up opposite Marvel’s potential new franchise Guardians of the Galaxystarring Chris Pratt and Benicio del Toro. Internationally things are even busier, with many studios pushing their big tentpoles out of next June and July — to avoid competition from the World Cup in Brazil — and into August.
“We see this movie as a global event,” Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley tells EW. “The strength of this book is really worldwide, so we want to be able to take advantage of women who are invariably on vacation with their families during the month of August in Europe.”
Now the film will debut on Valentine’s Day weekend, beginning on Friday, February 13, which also coincides with the President’s Day holiday, giving Universal the opportunity to post a big three-day number for that frame.
“Together with the international marketing and distribution team, we’ve been looking really closely at the August date and becoming more and more convinced that the right thing to do for the movie was to push it,” Langley says. “So even if Charlie had stayed, we still would have been making the date change.”
You’ll want to be sure and pick up a copy of this special issue when it hits stands on Friday, because here is what you will find inside in addition to additional photos from the photo shoot:
- interview with author E L James
- interview with director Sam Taylor-Johnson
- interview with Jamie Dornan
- interview with Dakota Johnson
- the full story behind the casting of Christian and Anastasia
- which scenes from the book have made it into the script and which have already hit the cutting-room floor
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!
Just in case you missed the ABC special…
Once again, the Fifty Shades Trilogy author handled herself with grace and humor.
Photo Credit: Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC
It’s hard to believe that the popular special “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year” is marking it’s 20th season this year. As announced in our previous post, our very own E L James, “the woman behind the steamy literary phenomenon, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’” has made the list of 10.
The interview has already been recorded and will air during the special on Wednesday, December 12th, at 9:30 pm ET on ABC. The #1 Most Fascinating Person of 2012 will also be announced during the show. *fingers crossed*
Source: ABC News
Christian: As we stated in the ‘Suits’ post (here), we expect Christian to be dressed impeccably in an expensive and perfectly pressed suit and carry himself with enviable posture as his way of presenting to the world how important control is to him. This Christian is too slouched and his suit too relaxed. Were the sleeves of his suit too short? That was more than just a slight bit of cuff showing.
Ana: The actress is very pretty though much different than how any of us envisioned Ana. Still, that’s not a bad thing. There is some room for variation when it comes time for casting as long as the chemistry is there. We all agreed that the stockings, however, are very un-Ana. In the book, Ana sees her hair as untamable and her outfit very conservative.
Christian: He’s calm, and his words never elude him, which is in line with the book, but we expect his delivery to be a little less stern and a little more coy, flirtatious even, while still trying to impress Ana. His expressions should include a bit of a smirk—after all, he wants her at this point (as he admits later in the book), and he knows his words hold a double entendre. He is perhaps toying with her, just to read her reactions.
Ana: She’s neutral. We appreciated how she threw in the “control freak” seemingly under her breath but not really. Ana was nervous and overwhelmed with thoughts of cursing out Kate for the questions and reading into Christian’s answers, none of which were displayed here.
Christian: None of us could get onboard with Christian’s face looking so full of anger as he slipped into his dominant role. (Did anyone else flinch away and have to rationalize that maybe this was a flashback to how he may have been with Mrs. Robinson and a time when she encouraged him to express anger over his mother in playing the role with her?) Christian doesn’t see himself dominating out of anger with Ana. His expression should be more anticipatory of the pleasure he expects to derive from it. Also, what was that cracking sound after the first spanking? Ana never suffered any broken bones! ;)
Ana: We think the kiss was her imagining herself with him. If so, it worked, because it integrated her desire to be kissed by him–a kiss that he controlled. But, Ana was way too naïve to imagine anything with him beyond that. Her dreamy gaze as she thought of him kissing her was there, but we agreed that she acts way too naturally.
But the biggest question that remains from this video is, “Where’s the smolder?”
Where is that piece of Christian Grey—that look, the quirked eyebrow, the presence, the glaring eyes—that speaks to us without him saying a word?
That’s what the fans are looking for most out of the actor who is given this role. That’s what we hope Team Fifty strives for when creating this scene for the movie!