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‘After’ Movie: Paramount Acquires Rights To Wattpad Book By Anna Todd

16 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to After, a novel by first-time author Anna Todd that has been the breakout hit of Wattpad, the online community of readers and writers where books are published a chapter at a time. Todd’s novel originated as a serialized three-part series that Toronto-based Wattpad says has accumulated more than 1 billion reads.

Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce through their Offspring Entertainment banner. Their credits include the Step Up series to 17 Again, Bedtime Stories, Hairspray, Rock Of Ages and The Last Song. They are currently prepping Mean Moms at New Line.

Todd’s novel is separately booked to be published through the Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books, with the first installment going on sale October 21. Will it become a publishing phenomenon like Twilight or Fifty Shades Of Grey, the latter of which E.L. James first began writing as Twilight fan fiction? It »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Addicted | Review

12 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Dirty Shame: Woodruff’s Erotic Fiction Adaptation Flatlines

Demurely arriving before the anticipated film version of E.L. James’ erotic fiction nonsense Fifty Shades of Grey comes the first adaptation of Zane’s 2001 novel, Addicted. Having had well over a decade to build her fan base, it’s surprising that it has taken so long for such a reality to transpire, though marketing for the title has been curiously slim considering Bille Woodruff is at the helm. Distributed by Lionsgate boutique division Codeblack, the film wasn’t screened for critics, which isn’t generally a vote of confidence. While those who know and appreciate Zane’s work, including a fan base that would appear to be mostly made up of heterosexual black women, will be curious to experience Woodruff’s film version, the only point it proves is that silliness knows no racial bounds.

Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) is a woman in trouble, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Nick Jonas Reads Fifty Shades of Grey Sex Scene Out Loud—Watch Now!

8 October 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Now that Nick Jonas no longer wears that purity ring, all bets are off! The increasingly sexy singer-actor-model doesn't shy away from adult material these days—even Fifty Shades of Grey! In a Vine posted by Cosmopolitan.com, the 22-year-old erstwhile Disney star reads, per request, the following passage from E.L. James' first erotic novel: "Suddenly, he sits up and tugs my panties off and throws them..." Oh my. That's not all Nick's been doing recently to delight Inner Goddesses everywhere, though—he just stripped down to his undies for a Flaunt photo spread, even grabbing his package à la Marky Mark in those iconic 1992 Calvin Klein shots! He shows »

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Amanda’s Adaptations: Will ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Film Be Better Than The Book?

27 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Until that long-awaited trailer arrived, much of the adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey had been kept under wraps. The filmmakers are really trying to keep this film to themselves – probably because we have until Valentine’s Day 2015 before it actually arrives in cinemas so they don’t want people to find out too much too soon.

So, with the book by E.L. James dividing readers across the globe, will Fifty Shades Of Grey be the kind of adaptation which actually garners more popularity than the source text? The book seems to be loved and hated in equal measure so it will be interesting to see if people feel that in this case, contrary to the norm, the film was far better than the book.

First of all, there is Jamie Dornan to consider. Dornan, who took over from Charlie Hunnam as the intriguing Christian Grey, is an actor and former model. »

- Amanda Keats

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Bone Was 2013’s 10th Most Challenged Book

17 September 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

 Jeff Smith’s Bone was the 10th most challenged book in 2013 according to a recently released American Booksellers Foundation list. The news comes as Banned Books Week kicks off on Sunday.

Graphic novels will gain the spotlight in this year’s awareness campaign according to Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee, She said, “This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship.”

Smith illustrated the cover to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Banned Books Week Handbook.

10 Most Frequently Challenged Library Books of 2013

1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, »

- Robert Greenberger

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Lindsay Lohan Parties With 50 Shades Author E.L. James in Lingerie: Pictures

17 September 2014 8:53 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Anastasia Lohan? Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James hit the town in London on Monday, Sept. 15 with party girl Lindsay Lohan. The pair looked rather scandalous, with Lohan wearing lacy black lingerie and James covering her face with a masquerade mask, which was reminiscent of her famed book’s cover.  The former child star, 28, posted a picture of herself with the author and celebrity stylist Juliet Angus on Instagram, writing, “Blessed to have such strong, smart, encouraging women in my life. @erikaljames @julietangus.”  The trio were attending an AnOther Magazine party inside Lou Lou’s private [...] »

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The Elders Review the Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer

12 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "smD0_X3bQPE"] A group of senior citizens known on YouTube as "The Elders" is taking a peek at the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer ahead of the hotly anticipated movie's Feb. 13, 2015, opening. "Can't believe this was such a best-seller," one man says as we watches the trailer. "It just shows you how desperate the public is. Horny as hell!" One of his female counterparts, however, comes across as bit more titillated. "Why is this your type of thing?" an interviewer asks as the woman of the movie, which features sensual play and bondage. "I guess I'm sexy and crazy!" she says. The »

- Andrea Billups, @princessmouse

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The Elders Review the Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer

12 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "smD0_X3bQPE"] A group of senior citizens known on YouTube as "The Elders" is taking a peek at the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer ahead of the hotly anticipated movie's Feb. 13, 2015, opening. "Can't believe this was such a best-seller," one man says as we watches the trailer. "It just shows you how desperate the public is. Horny as hell!" One of his female counterparts, however, comes across as bit more titillated. "Why is this your type of thing?" an interviewer asks as the woman of the movie, which features sensual play and bondage. "I guess I'm sexy and crazy!" she says. The »

- Andrea Billups, @princessmouse

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Photo Celebrates Anastasia's Birthday

11 September 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In the E.L. James novel Fifty Shades of Grey, it's mentioned that Anastasia Steele's birthday is September 10. That milestone was celebrated yesterday by the official Twitter account for the Universal Pictures adaptation, with a new photo of Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.

While the image certainly isn't graphic in nature, it does hint at the steamy romance that will be featured when this highly-anticipated movie hits theaters February 13. Take a look at the official photo below, and stay tuned for more images and footage as we get closer and closer to Fifty Shades of Grey's big screen debut.

Happy Birthday, Anastasia. #FiftyShadespic.twitter.com/CDmn5WOwBp

Fifty Shades of Grey (@FiftyShades) September 10, 2014

The story follows young college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) who engages in a torrid affair with 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). The novel and its sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, have sold over 70 million copies worldwide, »

- MovieWeb

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Televisa USA Nabs Rights to Anne Rice’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Erotica Series

10 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Televisa USA has woken Anne Rice’s “The Sleeping Beauty” books from their slumber and has acquired the English-language television and digital rights to the author’s popular erotica series.

The books, which were published in the 1980s under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure and went mainstream after the success of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” series, follows a beautiful young princess who is awakened from her long sleep in a much more provocative way than the traditional fairytale.

“I wrote this to be fun, in the belief that dominance and submission can be romantic and delightful as well as erotic,” said Rice.

She will executive produce in partnership with producer Rachel Winter (“Dallas Buyers Club”), who first approached the famous “Interview With the Vampire” author about adapting the project in 2012. Endemol North America co-chairman-ceo Charlie Corwin (“Half Nelson,” “The Squid and the Whale”) and former CAA motion picture »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Charlie Hunnam Claims Nervous Breakdown Kept Him From 'Fifty Shades' Role As Christian Grey

9 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Charlie Hunnam famously walked away from starring as the billionaire sex game playboy Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, which the actor is now claiming was due to a nervous breakdown caused by a hectic filming schedule.

Charlie Hunnam's Nervous Breakdown

Routinely faced with questions about why he backed out of filming Fifty Shades of Grey, Hunnam has stated that it was scheduling – not fear that the project would negatively impact his career – that led to the decision. "I wouldn't have signed up in the first place if I didn't want to do it," Hunnam told Moviefone.

Hunnam explained that if he’d stayed on as Christian Grey, he’d have to slip out of his Sons of Anarchy character Jax Teller and into that of Christian with just a few days in between, missing rehearsal for the adaption of E.L. James’ bestselling erotic novel. Then, »

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Charlie Hunnam Quit Fifty Shades Of Grey Due To A Nervous Breakdown

9 September 2014 4:28 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While I’m sure we’re all just incredibly, overwhelmingly excited for the release of Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine’s Day, it has been a long and tormenting journey to bring E.L. James’s so-called “S&M” tome to the big screen. One of the more surprising switches occurred when Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the film not long after signing on for it. While Jamie Dornan has stepped in to fill the Hunnam-shaped void, the truth is that Charlie still feels pretty bad about the whole thing.

In a discussion with Moviefone (via Cinema Blend), Hunnam explained that his dropping out of Fifty Shades of Grey was the result of work-related stress and a near nervous breakdown. When the filming of the sixth season of Sons of Anarchy went long, troubles began to arise in terms of Hunnam’s schedule. Here’s what he said:

I was »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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The Real Reason Charlie Hunnam Quit Fifty Shades Of Grey

9 September 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

You may remember a touch of drama surrounding actor Charlie Hunnam and the production of Fifty Shades of Grey back in 2013. While the Sons of Anarchy star signed on to play the highly sought-after role of Christian Grey in the E.L. James adaptation last August, the two sides ended up parting ways just a few months later. At the time, it was said that Hunnam was simply too busy with his "immersive TV schedule" and wouldn't have had time to properly prepare for the role - but it turns out that the truth is a bit more emotional than that. While speaking to Moviefone, Charlie Hunnam has revealed that it was "something of a nervous breakdown" and a tremendous amount of work-related stress that ultimately led to his decision not to be in Fifty Shades of Grey. While the official line given at the time of his departure last »

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The Real Reason Charlie Hunman Quit Fifty Shades Of Grey

9 September 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

You may remember a touch of drama surrounding actor Charlie Hunnam and the production of Fifty Shades of Grey back in 2013. While the Sons of Anarchy star signed on to play the highly sought-after role of Christian Grey in the E.L. James adaptation last August, the two sides ended up parting ways just a few months later. At the time, it was said that Hunnam was simply too busy with his "immersive TV schedule" and wouldn't have had time to properly prepare for the role - but it turns out that the truth is a bit more emotional than that. While speaking to Moviefone, Charlie Hunnam has revealed that it was "something of a nervous breakdown" and a tremendous amount of work-related stress that ultimately led to his decision not to be in Fifty Shades of Grey. While the official line given at the time of his departure last »

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Charlie Hunnam Reveals ‘Nervous Breakdown’ Was Real Reason Behind ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Departure

9 September 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sons of Anarchy” star and almost “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Charlie Hunnam has revealed that it was “a nervous breakdown” that really led to his departure from the upcoming adaptation of the best-selling E.L. James novel. The actor, who would have played Christian Grey opposite Dakota Johnson's Anastasia Steele, told Moviefone that the Focus Features drama would have been one project too many, since he already committed to shooting Guillermo del Toro‘s “Crimson Peak” during his hiatus from FX series “Sons.” See video: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Alternate Trailer: The Charlie Hunnam Cut “I was going to finish ‘Sons’ at like 11 p. »

- Greg Gilman

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Kendall Jenner To Star In 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Sequel?

2 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Kendall Jenner is reportedly in talks to appear in the sequel to the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

Kendall Jenner In 'Fifty Shades'

Jenner, 18, allegedly caught the eye of Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who initially wanted the reality TV star and model to make an appearance in the first film. Though that plan apparently fell through, Taylor-Johnson and Universal are hoping to get Jenner onboard for the sequel.

“[Sam] is fascinated by [Kendall] and expressed interest in her appearing in the first film but it didn’t happen,” an insider told Grazia magazine. “Universal is also keen for Kendall to be involved in the sequel. They put in a call to her people and arranged a meeting last month, which went really well.”

The insider added, “It wouldn’t be a major role but would certainly be a foot in the door of Hollywood. Apparently, she’ll »

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Ben Affleck to His 'Batman' Critics: I Can Do This

14 August 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ben Affleck wants us all to trust that he's going to be a good Batman.

Ben Affleck wants us all to trust that he's going to be a good Batman.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor reacted to the backlash he received when it was announced that he would take on the role of the Dark Knight in Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Photos: 7 Sexiest Superman Stars

Affleck walked EW through his decision to take on the part. "Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, 'Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.' To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn't really… Everyone’s entitled to their opinion," he explained »

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Screenwriter: Jamie Dornan's Performance is Oscar-Worthy

13 August 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Should Jamie Dornan be practicing his acceptance speech?

Is the highly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey Oscar-worthy?

According to its screenwriter Kelly Marcel, who had the task of adapting the erotic E.L. James book for the big-screen, there's no question when it comes to Jamie Dornan's performance as billionaire Christian Grey.

"Apparently Jamie is great at being soft and hard at the same time," Marcel, 40, said at a chat with author Reza Aslan in Hollywood, Calif. on Wednesday, August 6, for the latest installment of her "An Evening in the Writer's Room" series.

Photos: Check Out the Ridiculously Attractive Cast of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Just how impressive is Jamie, 32, in the role?

"He's going to get an Oscar!" she exclaimed.

As for more clues on what key scenes/dialogue from the book are going to be in the film, Marcel references a "popsicle line" that makes the cut.

"She [Anastasia »

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Jamie Dornan Deserves an Oscar for 50 Shades of Grey, Says Screenwriter

13 August 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey star and Oscar winner? According to Kelly Marcel, screenwriter for the upcoming Fifty Shades adaptation, Dornan's performance in the raunchy flick is enough to earn him an Academy Award. Marcel, who adapted E L James' best-selling novel for the big screen, recently spoke about Dornan, 32, and his turn as the S&M-loving businessman Christian Grey. The writer, 40, sat down for a chat with Reza Aslan at Hollywood's Dba venue on Wednesday, Aug. 6, for a session of Aslan's Writer's Room [...] »

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Stars Mourn The Passing Of Hollywood Legend Lauren Bacall

12 August 2014 10:58 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Many stars and fans took to twitter to express their condolences.

Lauren Bacall's legacy in Hollywood spanned 70 years – her first film, To Have And Have Not, came out in 1944 – and during that time she became one of the most respected and revered actresses in cinema.

When the Oscar-winner passed away Tuesday, at the age of 89, the entertainment world, which was still reeling from the untimely death of Robin Williams, was shaken for the second time in two days. Fans of Bacall took to twitter to post messages and memories, and shared their love of the acclaimed actress with the world.

Video: Actress Lauren Bacall Dead At 89

Barbara Streisand, who worked with Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Face, released a statement which said, "What a terrible loss for us all. First Robin, who was a genius, and now Lauren. It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have »

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