Heartwarming NorthwestPrime Interview With Jamie Dornan’s Father, Dr. Jim Dornan

As you know, Jamie Dornan very rarely tweets. This one caught our eye:

While we don’t live in Seattle, we certainly know someone who does! All it took was one simple “See this?” tweet from us to Lori from NorthwestPrime, and the wheels were set in motion.

We’re sure most of you are wondering if there was any discussion about Jamie and Fifty Shades of Grey. The answer is yes, but it is not the focus of the interview, which is as it should be. We don’t want to give too much away though because we want you to listen to the interview! We can tell you that Dr. Dornan has read the books and that he is very supportive and understandably proud of his son. It’s not hard to tell where Jamie gets his quiet humility and apparent sense of humor from either.


And for those of you in and around the Seattle area, Dr. Dornan will be doing a book signing in support of his book An Everyday Miracle at Third Place Books tonight at 7 pm EST. For more information, please go here.

Poignant, thought-provoking and told with great empathy and understanding, An Everyday Miracle is a very real and very human insight into women’s lives by one of Ireland’s most respected gynecologists and obstetricians. The book documents the changes that have occurred in women’s sexual and reproductive rights during the last forty years. It also covers the things that never change – the tragedy of a stillborn baby, the vital importance of the best standards of care, and the miracle of birth.

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Dakota Johnson Discusses Fifty Shades of Grey With Vanity Fair

Photo credit: Miguel Reveriego

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’s Natalie Morales Visits “Fifty Shades of Grey” Set

TODAY Show news anchor and co-host Natalie Morales shared this photo and message via Instagram.

Fifty Shades of Grey Today Show Set Visit

On set and behind-the-scenes with 50 Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson. Lips are sealed-sworn to secrecy! 

The show is set to air after the Winter Olympics. We’ll keep you posted. You can follow Natalie Morales on Twitter here and Instagram here.

Lucky Natalie!

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.

Exclusive EW Interview With E L James: “I’m still pinching myself!”

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.

Fifty Shades of Grey US Premiere Date Moved to Valentine’s Day 2015

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

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.


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!