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There's one final movie left in E L James's sultry series: Fifty Shades Freed. We're a year out from the third film, but we're already very excited based on the cast. Lots of familiar faces are returning, but there are some new characters appearing for the first time. Take a look at the new actors! Related:5 Major Things You Can Expect to See in Fifty Shades Freed »
- Maggie Pehanick
When the Fifty Shades Darker trailer debuted last fall, it seemed only obvious to get one person’s reaction: my grandma.
An avid movie fan, my grandmother was firmly planted in the theater for the first big-screen adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic franchise. And thus, she was more than happy to issue her take on the first glimpse at the franchise’s second installment for People.
Her reaction to the trailer, in summary? “This is very provocative.”
Now, after screening Fifty Shades Darker, Donna, 76, is ready to share her reaction once again (and, unlike the critics, it’s a big »
- Lindsay Kimble
15 February 2017 12:26 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Fifty Shades Darker was a huge Valentine's Day winner at the box office, earning $11 million on Tuesday.
That was more than double the next closest film, The Lego Batman Movie ($5 million). And it's one of the best showings of all time for when the sweethearts' holiday falls on a weekday, almost matching record-holder The Vow, which pulled in $11.5 million on Valentine's Day in 2012, also a Tuesday.
- Pamela McClintock
Fifty Shades Darker is one of those movies where, if you're planning on seeing it, you're not really asking whether it's good. (But for what it's worth: it is better than Fifty Shades of Grey.) One question it's natural to have about a film based on the notoriously sex-filled books from E L James is: how much nudity is in this movie? It's a fair question and one we had back when we were waiting for Fifty Shades of Grey, and Jamie Dornan dashed dreams everywhere when he said we wouldn't be seeing his "todger." And, of course, there was lots of nudity in the first movie. So how does Fifty Shades Darker stack up? Well, Jamie Dornan said he didn't know a few months ago and that we'd have to "wait and see." Unsurprisingly, we see no penis. This is rated R, not Nc-17, after all, and in today's pop culture, »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
This early Valentine's Day weekend, Fifty Shades Darker premiered in theaters nationwide. The second installment of the trilogy, the film is adapted from E L James's book of the same name. The erotic, romantic drama continues to explore the relationship between recent graduate, Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), and billionaire entrepreneur, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). As if navigating their relationship wasn't complicated enough, a crazy ex-girlfriend and a sexually aggressive boss complicate things. Fortunately for fans, the film sticks closely to the plot of the book, featuring a luxurious lifestyle and elaborate gifts, witty banter and demanding behavior (on Christian's end anyway), and, of course, lots and lots of sex. However, it does stray from the books in a few ways. Some small differences include less domineering and possessive behavior from Christian (yes, that's actually possible), the absence of email and text exchanges (which were frequent in the first film, »
- Shyla Watson
Fifty Shades Darker is making New Yorkers turn fifty shades of red.
People Now visited New York City’s famed Grand Central Terminal to ask travelers to read a few lines from the E.L. James novel on which Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan‘s sequel Fifty Shades Darker is based — and the results were priceless.
Whether they were reading with a significant other, friends or just by themselves, the travelers fidgeted and giggled their way through some of the book’s steamiest passages.
“His hands move up to my breasts and he palms them both, tugging gently on my nipples, »
- Mike Miller
Fifty Shades Darker is the latest hot installment of E L James's sexually explicit trilogy, but it's not the only place you can get your Jamie Dornan fix. What to do, then, after you watch it and you still want more of Dornan? Well, there are a few other TV shows and movies you can watch him in besides his breakout role. Here are a handful of other things you can watch him in if you have fallen for him - or just really appreciate his commitment to a riding crop. Related:9 Places You've Seen Dakota Johnson (Other Than the Fifty Shades Movies)Hallelujah: Fifty Shades Darker Is Better Than Fifty Shades of GreyListen to the Songs From the Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
We're all going to see Fifty Shades Darker this weekend for the same reason, right? To learn the inner workings of the Seattle book publishing industry? And then for the sex. Since Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson say they were "more comfortable" shooting those scenes this time around, it's no surprise the movie is much more Nsfw.
Related: 'Fifty Shades Darker' Review: Better Chemistry, Kinkier Sex Scenes and Creepier Shades of Grey
Below, all of the sex by the numbers. (Yes, we did math during Fifty Shades Darker.)
11: Minutes of total onscreen sex.
9: Percent of the movie that is sex scenes, with a running time just shy of two hours. (Two hours!)
16: Seconds before you see Dornan shirtless. (During a nightmare and the first of already too many sepia-tinted traumatic childhood flashbacks.)
19: Minutes before the first "vanilla" sex scene.
40: Minutes before the first "kinky" sex scene.
2: Appearances »
It seems the passionate relationship “Fifty Shades of Grey” built with moviegoers has dimmed with time, if the Thursday preview numbers of its sequel, “Fifty Shades Darker,” are any indication. The Universal adaptation of E.L. James’ novel grossed $5.7 million at the Thursday box office at 3,120 locations, which is a big drop from the whopping $8.6 million “Fifty Shades of Grey” scored from just 2,830 locations in previews in 2015. Universal is projecting a $40 million opening weekend for “Darker,” while trackers have it going for as much as $57 million. Either way, it’s quite a step down from »
- Jeremy Fuster
See also: Prevenge review.
It’s a symptom of our culture that films like the Fifty Shades franchise are greeted with so much scorn and pretentious scoffing. These movies are widely regarded as mindless fluff designed primarily to titillate, and for some reason people take great pleasure in watching them torn down. But the undeniable truth is that they’re popular, and the conversation around this sequel has remained steady when you could easily imagine a reality where the franchise was a momentary craze that faded into obscurity as soon as the first film left cinemas.
The story picks »
Author: Emily Breen
This Valentine’s weekend our favourite brooding, hard-bodied billionaire returns to the big screen with a brand new adventure. You may read our 4 star Batman review here. Unfortunately we need to speak of Fifty Shades Darker.
The last time we saw Anastasia Steele she was walking away from her abuser. Escaping with tear stains on her cheeks but a new resolve in her heart to never let that mercurial Christian Grey close enough to hurt her again. HeyUGuys had the same reaction when we read the Fifty Shades novels. Never again would we endure such pain. Yet here we are.
Sam Taylor-Johnson did an impressive job of helming Fifty Shades of Grey. Taking E L James’ preposterous and childish source material and (together with screenwriter Kelly Marcel) crafting something pleasing on the eye and inoffensive to the soul. When her Anastasia said goodbye there was a triumphant »
- Emily Breen
9 February 2017 5:35 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Universal's erotic, S&M-laced Fifty Shades Darker began courting moviegoers at the North American box office Thursday night, earning a seductive $5.8 million from 3,120 locations, one of the best showings for the month of February.
Still, that's behind the $8.6 million in previews for Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine's Day weekend two years ago. At the time, E.L. James' book trilogy — dubbed "mommy porn" — was a global sensation, with groups of woman going to the theater together.
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- Pamela McClintock
In the saucy on-screen world of author E.L. James, things are leveling out. In both this movie, and its film franchise on the whole, a balance is suddenly being enforced. Whereas the initial entry, Fifty Shades of Grey, told a story of mousy virginal Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) saying no to everything, Fifty Shades Darker finds her more experienced, minxy and saying yes, yes, yes. Granted, clear motivation may be the missing factor in this shift, but this female-centric materialist rescue fantasy couldn't thrust forward if she didn't. In that vein, her rich and formerly controlling love interest, billionaire Christian Grey, is realized much better (read, not embarrassingly, like last time) by Jamie Dornan. He's buff and looking better, although Johnson, who was the brightest...
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Is there a softer side to Christian Grey?
“I definitely feel with this movie, Darker, I was given a little bit more control over how I wanted to play him, and elements of his character that I wanted to show and basically own it a little bit more,” Dornan, 34, tells People, adding that much of his inspiration came from author E.L. James’s source material. “I didn’t really feel I had an opportunity, »
- Kara Warner
Fifty Shades Dumber is more like it. In our shockingly generous one-star review of Fifty Shades of Grey in 2015, we dismissed the film version of E.L. James' bestseller as Cinderella porn – an S&M fantasy so sanitized it couldn't shock Aunt Tillie. Now here's the followup, again with Dakota Johnson, again vainly trying to have fun as Anastasia Steele. She's is no longer a virginal English major, but a magazine intern with a head for literature and a bod for sin. As you remember, Ana has parted ways with »
Saturday Am Update: Universal's Fifty Shades Darker led the way on Friday with an estimated $21.5 million, heading toward a three-day opening north of $46-50 million. Meanwhile, WB's The Lego Batman Movie took in an estimated $15 million ($1.25m from IMAX showings) on Friday, which is a bit below expectation and is not looking as if it will be in a tight race with Fifty Shades, pulling in around $52+ million for the three day. Lionsgate's John Wick: Chapter Two is performing mostly as expected, bringing in an estimated $11 million on Friday and looking like it just might top $30 million for the weekend. ou can check out all of the Friday estimates right here and we'll be back on Sunday morning with a complete wrap-up. Friday Am Update: Universal's Fifty Shades Darker led the way last night, hauling in $5.72 million from Thursday evening previews, which began at 7Pm and played in 3,710 theaters. This »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
If director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel elevated Fifty Shades of Grey above E.L. James' original material, the sequel makes a strong argument for why we shouldn't have nice things.
Fifty Shades Darker begins shortly after the elevator doors closed at the end of Fifty Shades of Grey, abruptly ending both the film and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey's (Jamie Dornan) relationship. ("Relationship.") But after a few weeks of heartbroken pining, Ana is easily wooed back to Seattle's wealthiest sadist, this time, supposedly, for an actual relationship with "no rules, no punishments and no more secrets."
Darker is funnier than Grey, and mostly intentionally so. The movie gets good mileage out of Christian Grey performing boyfriend duties, like grocery shopping and cooking and not flogging his girlfriend. Contrary to the title's promise of darkness, it starts »
Oh, Fifty Shades Darker. It’s impossible to fantasize about what could have been. Foundations for an erotic trashterpiece are laid, but director James Foley doesn’t understand camp sensibilities. With someone like Rob Cohen in charge (The Boy Next Door, anyone?), all those flatlining dramatics and misplaced jokes would gel together. Fluid sensuality with spanking, oils and cuffs, dictated by a sadist who gets off on punishing mommy lookalikes (hawt). Instead, Foley’s tonal jerkiness kills the mood like an awkward boner, shocking this dominating system with unexpected diversions.
Oh, but this is the relationshippy Fifty Shades entry. Right. Christian Grey (A Bucket Of Dry Cement Jamie Dornan) cannot live another day with Anastasia (Dakota Johnson), so he opens contract negotiations. No punishments, no rules, and no secrets. Ana doesn’t take much convincing, and their relationship blossoms under the new respectful boundaries. Sexual desires become less whippy, but something still isn’t right. »
- Matt Donato
It probably won’t surprise you to hear this, but “Fifty Shades Darker” is getting a sound lashing from critics. So far, the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey” has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 10 percent, with only two positive reviews posted Thursday morning. Critics have ripped the movie for having a dull, repetitive plot that fails to generate any heat despite the presence of its lead actress, Dakota Johnson, as well as having “Glengarry Glen Ross” director James Foley in charge of the project. Whether it’s E.L. James’ novels or the movies adapted from them, the “Fifty Shades »
- Jeremy Fuster
Fifty Shades Darker is not a comedy. Or at least I think it's not supposed to be funny. Regardless, I found myself chuckling throughout the entire film. It is borderline farcical. The sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey is marketed as an erotic, Bdsm romance that continues the story of billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and his infatuation with the demure Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). There's fetish sex a plenty with all kinds of gadgets, along with Harlequin novel intrigue. The problem is that these scenes play out in a comical fashion with terrible dialogue. Maybe the filmmakers were taking a cheeky approach, pun intended.
Fifty Shades Darker opens with Ana having left Christian after her experience in their last session. She can't be his submissive. Ana has taken a job as an assistant to a dashing fiction editor, Jack Hyde (Erik Johnson). Christian refuses to move on. He makes »
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