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There is a case to be made for home movies as the purest form of cinema. It’s folly, of course, to pit films against one another based on the circumstances under which they were made; to argue what is realer, and thus more valid, than the other. In a camera’s lens, especially, the lines of truth and lies blur and overlap. It’s just that in what we believe to be reality the stakes are always higher, the emotions elevated. One of the first films ever made, the Lumière brothers’ L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat, was a succinct 56 seconds that depicted the arrival of a train at its station in Lyon, France. When it was first shown to the public it was the audience’s virgin film-viewing experience, and it was reported that many were frightened by the illusion that the train was coming straight for them. »
- Oliver Skinner
Fifty Shades of Grey fans couldn't wait to get Christian and Ana back to their living rooms.
The movie adaptation of El James's erotic novel looks set to become the fastest-selling DVD of the year so far, shifting 379,000 copies after just three days, the Official Charts Company has said.
The record holder for 2015 is currently The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies, which sold 477,000 in its first week. Paddington is in second place with 464,000 copies.
Martin Talbot, chief executive of Official Charts Company, said: "This is a quite stunning success for Fifty Shades of Grey, which looks on course to outstrip the first week performance of both The Hobbit and Paddington by this Sunday - and thus helping make it a great week for home entertainment."
Meanwhile, El James's latest Fifty Shades book has also broken records. Grey - which retells the events of Fifty Shades of Grey from »
Chernin Entertainment chairman Peter Chernin is moving his company’s TV division from 20th Century Fox TV to NBCUniversal under a new two-year overall deal with NBC Entertainment and Universal Television.
Chernin’s TV division, which produces the Fox comedy “New Girl,” can now find alignment with Universal Television’s roster of writers and producers while having the option of producing independently for cable and other streaming platforms.
The deal also includes the promotion of Jenno Topping to Chernin’s president of film and television. She will now oversee television as well as film for the company. A head of television development and production will be named shortly, as the pact follows former TV head Katherine Pope’s departure from Chernin.
“Peter Chernin is, without a doubt, one »
- Whitney Friedlander
It feels like just yesterday that we were fanning ourselves over the sexy spectacle of Fifty Shades of Grey, but while that movie's release has come and gone, there is reason to look ahead: the sequel! Fifty Shades Darker has been making news over the last few weeks as info about the next film in the franchise has been released. While production won't start for a while as stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are busy with other projects, it's on our mind, especially with the release of Grey. »
Fifty Shades of Grey, 2015.
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
When college senior Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) steps in for her sick roommate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for their campus paper, little does she realize the path her life will take. Christian, as enigmatic as he is rich and powerful, finds himself strangely drawn to Ana, and she to him. Though sexually inexperienced, Ana plunges headlong into an affair — and learns that Christian’s true sexual proclivities push the boundaries of pain and pleasure.
With the books a best-selling phenomenon despite writing that would embarrass a 10-year-old and people arrested in cinemas for getting intimate with themselves, you’d expect Fifty Shades to be some sort of explicit or sordid affair.
It’s not. In fact it’s all rather tame and safe. Maybe I’m a pretty open-minded guy, »
- Chris Cooper
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Run Time: 125 minutes
Synopsis: When an unworldly college student steps in for her sick roommate to interview a prominent businessman, she unexpectedly falls for the enigmatic interviewee whose sexual proclivities are more singularly focussed.
I know why you’re reading this, so let’s cut to the chase shall we? To be honest, Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey summarised it better than I ever could when he snarled on screen that he’s ‘Fifty shades of fucked up!’ Damn right Jamie – although I was thinking more along the lines of the film’s ‘Fifty shades of fucking boring’. Yeah, folks. It’s boring, underwhelming but not all doom and gloom and we’ll get to that later.
It also makes you »
- Sacha Hall
Also, for those Grey fanatics, both the Blu-ray and DVD feature an exclusive unseen edition, including an extended version with alternate ending And, we’re not done yet, scroll down for those previously unseen images…
Fifty Shades of Grey is out to own today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD – You can also try to win yourself a copy here!
- Dan Bullock
To celebrate the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, available to own on Blu-ray™ and DVD on Monday 22nd June 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, we’re giving 3 lucky winners the chance to bring home a DVD of this year’s hottest romance!
Based on E. L. James’ best-selling novel, Both the Blu-ray™ and DVD feature the exclusive unseen edition which includes an extended version with alternate ending and tease to Fifty Shades Darker. The Blu-ray™ Bonus Edition includes two hours of all-new features that go behind the scenes of this year’s hottest romance.
Shy and unassuming literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds her life forever altered when she interviews the enigmatic Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and is dazzled by the charismatic entrepreneur and his high-flying lifestyle. As the pair embarks on a passionate affair, Ana soon discovers that Grey has dark secrets and desires that will push »
- Dan Bullock
“Critic-proof” is the label we give mainstream films that make mega bucks in spite of bad reviews, but the term cuts both ways: some blockbusters are destined to attract critical derision whatever their merits. Such was the case when Sam Taylor-Johnson’s unexpectedly lithe, witty take on Fifty Shades of Grey (Universal, 18) hit cinemas in February. Fuelled by justifiable scorn for El James’s genuinely inept softcore bestseller, many failed to note just how neatly Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel had stripped it, so to speak, of its clumsiest impulses.
Freed from its gruesome stream of “inner goddess” consciousness and finding sleek visual language to speak for its characters instead, this tale of a meek young student headily enveloped in the private life of an »
- Guy Lodge
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie | Written by Kelly Marcel | Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson
When “innocent” Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds herself interviewing handsome billionaire business man Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) an obvious attraction is shared and sparks fly. Instead of being in a traditional relationship though Anastasia finds herself with a contract that sees her agreeing to become submissive to Grey, and so the negotiations begin.
One thing I asked myself with Fifty Shades of Grey was if I was watching a parody of romance films, but then convinced myself that no this was not the case. The problem with the relationship between Anastasia and Christian isn’t his fetish, but the words that come out of his mouth, and hers. The one dimensional characters come out with lines that just aren’t needed in a movie, »
- Paul Metcalf
El James has teased a new book involving characters not from her Fifty Shades series.
The spinoff retells the story from the first novel written from the viewpoint of Christian Grey rather than Anastasia Steele.
"The characters and their voices are always with me," James said in a press release Q &A accompanying the new book.
"I might be out and about and spot something that I think Christian or Ana might like... and then they start bickering and bantering in my head.
"It's tricky because I've been writing something else too, so it gets pretty crowded in there."
Asked why she kept Grey a secret, she said: "I always like to surprise readers, and I don't believe in long engagements!"
James added of »
Earlier this month it was claimed that a copy of El James's Fifty Shades of Grey spinoff Grey may have been stolen prior to its release, but police have now said that there was no evidence of a theft.
It was reported that publisher Penguin Random House believed a copy of the book had gone missing, sparking a police investigation.
However, Kent Police told The Bookseller yesterday (June 17): "Following a report that one book had been stolen after packaging was found to be damaged, there is no evidence at this stage to suggest that an offence has been committed."
The force said it would not be taking any more action "unless further information is received".
A Penguin Random House spokeswoman said: "We are delighted that the book's theft does not appear to have been for any malicious intent or financial gain.
"We can however confirm that we will continue »
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
The race for the Emmys has officially begun. Voting for the TV Academy’s top honors is now open until June 26 — exclusively online for the first time ever — and ballots for all categories are available for viewing.
Variety perused some of the top categories to check out the inevitable oddities, including series left out of consideration (wherefore art thou, “Cougar Town”?) and key performers guaranteed not to get nominated because they’re not on the ballot (sorry, Max Greenfield).
– It was news when the TV Academy’s new attempt to define half-hours as comedies and hourlong series as dramas resulted in “Orange Is the New Black” moving to drama series contention this year. (Meanwhile “Glee” and “Shameless” stayed in comedy, along with newcomer “Jane the Virgin.”) But somehow hourlongs “Devious Maids” (Lifetime) and “Hart of Dixie” (the CW) wound up in the comedy category too, with no fanfare.
– “NCIS: La »
- Geoff Berkshire
Now that we’ve come out of the Cannes ether, we can examine several of the names glaringly absent from the lineup that may potentially premiere on the Lido this fall. With controversial moves finding Garrel, Gomes, and Desplechin playing the Quinzaine, while Naomi Kawase and Apichatpong Weerasethakul got slotted in Un Certain Regard, we’re aggravated and pleased about some of this shifting around, but all in all, the main competition this year didn’t end up feeling like many programming risks were taken.
First off, to the general surprise of all, German director Maren Ade and British director Terence Davies were absent from the line-up, both with new highly anticipated titles (Toni Erdmann and Sunset Song respectively). Thierry Fremaux, arguably, tried to mix things up a bit with the Main Competition this year, inviting two female directors (Sacre Bleu!), including Valerie Donzelli and repeat offender Maiwenn (both titles »
- Nicholas Bell
An unholy alliance between the FBI and an Irish mobster spirals out of control.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. Black Mass tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiralled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Whitey’s brother, Billy Bulger, a Massachusetts State Senator; Jesse Plemons as Whitey’s longtime partner in crime, Kevin Weeks; Dakota Johnson as Lindsey Cyr, Whitey’s former girlfriend and mother of his only child; Rory Cochrane as Steve Flemmi, another member of the Irish mob; Julianne Nicholson as John Connolly’s wife, Marianne; and Adam Scott as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick. »
Making Fifty Shades of Grey was a horrifically punishing experience for everyone other than book author E.L. James. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has gone on record about how on-set battles over the creative nature of the adaptation left her feeling like she never wanted to make a movie again, while stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are both seeking hefty pay raises in order to justify going through the same torment for two sequels. Now, screenwriter Kelly Marcel, who was forced to collaborate with James directly, has fired some shots in Universal’s direction about how the studio left her to fend for herself against the obstinate author.
Marcel, a guest on Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast, said that she has yet to see the finished film and doesn’t plan on it. Though Marcel is a seasoned scribe with Saving Mr. Banks under her belt, working on Fifty Shades of Grey »
- Isaac Feldberg
Poor "Fifty Shades of Grey" is having a rough Hump Day. Go give it a spanking to make it feel better!
First, it looks like a manuscript of E.L. James's next book, "Grey" has been stolen. That's the novel that's coming out next week, telling "Fifty Shades of Grey" from Christian Grey's perspective. According to the BBC, police are now investigating what happened, after Random House reported a missing copy on Tuesday. So you may end up seeing passages leaked online. Good for you (if you're a fan), bad for the author and publisher.
So that's a setback. Potentially worse though, is the shade "Fifty Shades of Grey" screenwriter Kelly Marcel just threw on Bret Easton Ellis's podcast. She hasn't seen the movie, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, because it was such a heartbreaking process with so many compromises. Vulture captured a bunch of quotes from Kelly, »
- Gina Carbone
It looks like there are three new Jump Street movies in the works - including the female-headlined spin-off, that's just landed new writers.
Sony has a few different options ahead of it as it builds on the successes of Chris Miller and Phil Lord's 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street movies. We already know that the studio has put 23 Jump Street onto its docket, with a screenplay being worked on by Rodney Rothman. Rumours persist, too, of a Jump Street and Men In Black crossover movie.
And then there's the spin-off movie, that's going to focus primarily on female Jump Street characters. In particular on Fugazy and Jr Jr, as played by Dakota Johnson and Rye Rye in the first Jump Street movie.
The studio has now hired a pair of writing teams to pursue the project, with the aim being to go with the one that comes up with the most suitable script. »
It could be 50 shades of scandal, as a new spinoff Fifty Shades of Grey from writer El James has apparently been stolen.
Police are currently investigating allegations that a copy of the upcoming book Grey has disappeared ahead of its release.
50 Shades Darker unveils first teaser: Will Christian Grey tempt you into his world?
Publisher Penguin Random House is looking into how such a theft could have occurred, according to The Mirror.
James has yet to address the alleged theft on her Twitter account, where she has been sending promotional tweets for Grey over the last week.
Earlier this month, the author revealed that her Fifty Shades of Grey spinoff would be told entirely from the perspective of playboy Christian Grey.
Penguin Random House has scheduled the release of Grey for June 18, the birthday of kinky businessman Christian.
"This book is dedicated to those readers who asked…and asked… and asked… »
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