Spotlight on Director Sam Taylor-Johnson

Based on what we’ve seen so far in terms of the trailers (including this latest one below as an example) we have no doubt that Sam Taylor-Johnson was the right woman for the job of director!

She gets it. Speaking to Red Magazine:

 “I felt like I had a responsibility to empower the lead character,” Taylor-Johnson said. “Anastasia had to go on a journey of sexual exploration, but, by the end, it had to be about empowerment. It is all her choice. All decisions, she’s clearly made.”

Those of us who are fans know how important this is because we don’t see Anastasia as a victim. She’s a participant of her own free will. You can read Red Magazine’s (@RedMagDaily) complete article here!

And as if directing and editing the movie wasn’t a big enough task, she recently directed the video for The Weeknd’s single, “Earned It” off the movie’s soundtrack, posting this picture to her Instagram account.

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Watching this Behind the Scenes video gives us just a little bit more insight into the director.

By her own admission, she’s obsessed, which translates to us as a very good thing–that she’s tuned in to everything this movie needs in order to deliver to the fans!

Fifty Shades Insight in February’s 2015 Issue of Details Magazine

What an amazing article FSoG fans can look forward to reading in the February 2015 issue of Details Magazine! Much insight is revealed about the movie from producer Michael DeLuca and director, Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Oh, and in the tradition of Details Magazine…it probably includes some gorgeous pictures and behind-the-scenes video of our leading man, Jamie Dornan. ;) He describes the ups and downs to his particular process of auditioning for the role of Christian Grey.

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So the article asks if Jamie can dominate Hollywood. Fans aren’t worried about all of Hollywood — we are just looking for him to bring the character of Christian Grey to life in a way that does justice to our love for the story!

Enjoy this excerpt:

The classy and sophisticated Taylor-Johnson was drawn to this very mass-market project by the balance of power between Steele and Grey. “I’d not seen a love story as complex, or with sex as complex,” she says. “You feel you’re in his world, then slowly it’s revealed that you’re in hers. To be able to flip this tale, without the woman becoming a victim, was something I felt strongly about.”
This is Taylor-Johnson’s second feature (after 2009’s Nowhere Boy, a biopic about the young John Lennon), and by the time it opens, she will have worked on it for close to two years; the editing alone has taken more than nine months.
The biggest challenge involved the calibration of sex. “There’s so much of it!” Taylor-Johnson says with a laugh. “The difficult part has been to give each sex scene its own identity and character, so that the first is incredibly different from the last—and to try and do it in a way that feels powerful, not just salacious.” Equally concerning was the balance of nudity, which is plentiful; Taylor-Johnson was committed to making sure that both stars were naked an equal amount—without “feeling that just she is objectified or just he is.”
We’ve always felt our cherished love story was in good hands with the director — her words here are only further reassuring!
You can read more & see more pictures here via Details.com for now, but let’s not hesitate to pick up this issue once it hits newsstands/stores or maybe you’ll be lucky enough to already have a subscription to Details magazine, in which case, Mr. Grey will be showing up at your door to see you very soon!

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.

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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!

“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

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.

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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.

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!