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The German automaker’s luxury cars get showy shoutouts throughout E.L. James’ steamy book — to the point where its vehicles are plot points. It was James’ creative decision, the way Stephenie Meyer had so prominently written Volvos into her “Twilight” series.
In fact, the cars are a signature element of business tycoon Christian Grey’s high-end lifestyle, alongside his private jet and helicopter.
The sexual situations and much-discussed scenes of bondage would have turned off many marketers. Yet for Audi, pop culture has played a key role in how the company connects with consumers.
After scoring with the “Transformers” films, and Marvel Studios’ superhero adventures by having Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark drive an R8 sports car the way James Bond drives an Aston Martin, Audi has »
- Marc Graser
Ryan Reynolds finally reveals his daughter’s name of Today. “It’s out there. It’s James. Everyone knows and I told everyone who would listen that.” [Today] Us Weekly explains its fabricated story about Kendall Jenner supporting her dad. “The interview was allegedly conducted by an independent freelance journalist at the Saturday, March 14, taping of Comedy Central’s roast of Justin Bieber in Los Angeles. We would like to retract the story entirely and have removed it from our website. We sincerely apologize to Ms. Jenner and her family.” [Us Weekly] Stephenie Meyer, Kristen Stewart, and companies like Facebook and Lionsgate are partnering to create a series of short films based on Twilight characters in the “The Storytellers–New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga. »
- Taylor Ferber
Now that “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become an international box office phenomenon, author E.L. James is seeking more control over the sequel by writing the script herself. Universal Pictures, which had been resistant to the idea, is currently discussing the potential move with James, who wrote the bestselling erotic trilogy about Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, Variety has learned.
Given the success of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which has so far grossed more than $300 million worldwide, the next logical step would be for the studio to announce the greenlight to its sequel, “Fifty Shades Darker.”
According to insiders, the delay in the production of “Fifty Shades Darker” is related to the fact that Universal execs and James are still arguing over details. Unlike most successful franchises, which aim to retain the team behind the first film, it appears that “Fifty Shades” will undergo a dramatic creative reshuffling in the weeks to come. »
- Justin Kroll and Ramin Setoodeh
Kirsten Stewart reveals she has no regrets for starring in the Twilight franchise and insists she's "endlessly, and to this day, fucking proud" of the movie instalments.
The 24-year-old actress was being interviewed by music icon Patti Smith for Interview magazine, during which she spoke about what it was like to star in such a life-changing franchise.
Post by Interview Magazine.
"Anybody who wants to talk s**t about Twilight, I completely get it, but there's something there that I'm endlessly, and to this day, f**king proud of. My memory of it felt - still feels - really good," she enthused.
On the vampire-themed romantic fantasy films, based on Stephenie Meyer's novels, Stewart continued: "There's a through-line. People are always comparing s**t.
"Like, comparing Twilight to things and trying to figure out why I've made certain decisions that I've made, and I always say every single moment »
Ties That Bind: Taylor-Johnson’s Erotic Adaptation Forgoes a Glimpse of Eros
Playful marketing provocations, heralded by the succinct tagline “Curious?” standing out beneath black and white production stills, somehow manages to be the most titillating aspect of the highly anticipated film adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which, like many of its romantically inclined counterparts, only proves that watching people fuck or fall in love is generally only interesting to those involved directly. That’s, of course, discounting voyeurs and James’ core audience of straight-laced, sexually repressed hausfraus who have never taken an opportunity to explore base tendencies. It is their embrace that has resulted in this pop culture fixation. In a superficial sense, it’s enthralling to see that a studio production so clearly addresses notions of sexual pleasure, but fears of censorship have reigned in director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s visual freedom, and considering the subject matter, »
- Nicholas Bell
Fan fiction is more prevalent than you might think. With Fifty Shades of Grey being unleashed in theaters Friday, there's no denying that the novel's author, E L James, has brought fan fiction into the spotlight. Originally titled Master of the Universe, James's Twilight fan fiction based on Stephenie Meyer's multi-million dollar franchise first found its home on FanFiction.net. After the racy material within the story forced James to pull it from FanFiction.net, she next hosted Master of the Universe on her own website called 50Shades.com (which now redirects to her official author page). Back then, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
The actor said that it is strange to think Christian Grey is inspired by his Twilight character Edward Cullen.
Speaking to Reuters at the Berlin Film Festival, he said: "It's kind of weird, and also I've known Jamie [Dornan] for about 10 years.
"I haven't actually read the book but I think it must be very, very different. I don't see how it can work if it's not different."
He also praised the strong following of the Fifty Shades and Twilight series, but added that he has never worked out why some have such a "profound connection" to the material.
"It's amazing; it's that fan base. There's some kind of profound connection that a bunch of people have to it and I've never figured out quite what it is. It's just very strange, »
If the problem with too many literary adaptations is a failure to capture the author’s voice, then that shortcoming turns out to be the single greatest virtue of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the hotly anticipated first film inspired by E.L. James’ bestselling assault on sexual mores, good taste and the English language. In telling the story of a shy young virgin and the broodingly handsome billionaire who invites her into his wonderful world of hanky-spanky, director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel have brought out a welcome element of cheeky, knowing humor that gradually recedes as the action plunges into darker, kinkier territory. Glossy, well cast, and a consistent hoot until it becomes a serious drag, this neo-“9½ Weeks” is above all a slick exercise in carefully brand-managed titillation — edgier than most grown-up studio fare, but otherwise a fairly mild provocation in this porn-saturated day and age.
Still, any »
- Justin Chang
There has already been plenty of controversy over Lionsgate's decision to split the final The Hunger Games novel by Suzanne Collins into a two-part movie finale, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 set to hit theater this November, following last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. While most fans assume this would be the end of the franchise, Deadline reports that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer is seeking ways to extend their lucrative movie series. Here's what the studio CEO told investors earlier this morning.
"(We are) actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities."
It's easy to see why the studio would want to keep this franchise going, since the first three movies, The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 have earned $1.1 billion at the domestic box office, and $2.2 billion worldwide. No concrete details have »
Kristen Stewart, Catherine Deneuve make César Award history (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' with Juliette Binoche) Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve are two 2015 César Award nominees making history. The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts announced the nominations on Jan. 28, 2015; the César Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 20, 2015, at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet. Kristen Stewart is in the running in the Best Supporting Actress category for Clouds of Sils Maria / Sils Maria. Catherine Deneuve has been shortlisted as Best Actress for In the Courtyard / Dans la cour. So, how are Stewart and Deneuve making César history? Well, let's begin with "the expected one": Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve One of the biggest film icons ever, Catherine Deneuve is one of those relatively rare international film superstars who has never bothered with – or needed – a Hollywood career. Deneuve, who turned 71 last October 22, has been »
- Steve Montgomery
With her personal life in the press as much as her professional roles, Kristen Stewart opened up on Tuesday about how the tabloids have erroneously reported about her acting career.
“It’s funny — you know, you do an interview and someone says, ‘Oh you’ve been working a lot? What are you planning on doing now?’ And you say, ‘Uh, I’m just going to take a second and like do something other than that,'” she told HuffPost Live. “[But suddenly the headline reads] Kristen Stewart Quits Hollywood!””
- Travis Reilly
11 items from 2015
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