FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Teaser Shared by Beyonce; Full Trailer Drops Thursday July 24th

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When you want to bring some attention to your movie marketing, you get Beyoncé to post it on her social media account.  It’s not like Fifty Shades of Grey, the feature adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic bestseller, needed any additional attention from its target audience, but hey, a little extra exposure is what this picture’s all about.  While this is a nice tease for fans, the full first trailer for the film drops on the 24th.

Directed by Sam Taylor-JohnsonFifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie DornanDakota JohnsonJennifer EhleLuke GrimesMarcia Gay HardenMax MartiniEloise MumfordDylan NealRita OraVictor Rasuk, and Callum Keith Rennie, and opens February 13, 2015.  Hit the jump to take a look and listen to the new 50 Shades of Grey teaser.

First Image of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

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Focus Features has released the first Fifty Shades of Grey image of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey.  E.L. James‘ best-selling erotic novel centers on Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and her introduction to a whole new world of sexual discovery and risqué activities in the hands of billionaire Christian Grey.  I’m not exactly the target audience for this movie, but I know the male lead being handsome is important.  So by that metric, they’ve nailed it.

Hit the jump to check out the Fifty Shades of Grey image.  The film, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), also stars Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini, Eloise Mumford, Dylan Neal, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, and Callum Keith RennieFifty Shades of Grey opens February 13, 2015.


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With CinemaCon in full swing in Las Vegas, over the past 24 hours I’ve managed to see the first footage from a lot of upcoming movies from Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios.  Yesterday, Paramount unveiled the first teaser trailers for Hercules and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a lot of footage from Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Today, Universal showed attendees footage from Luc Besson’s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken (which looks like it’s going to be an awards contender), Fifty Shades of Grey, Fast & Furious 7, Minions, Dumb and Dumber To, a CGI-only trailer with voice over for Jurassic World, and a lot more.  Like previous years, Universal’s presentation really impressed me with the wide variety of great looking movies.  Hit the jump for more.

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel Talks SAVING MR. BANKS, Disney’s Reaction to Her Script, 50 SHADES OF GREY, Leaving TERRA NOVA, and More

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Saving Mr. Banks tells the tale of when Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) invited Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to his studio in Los Angeles in 1961, to discuss his interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character.  While there, Travers, who had been resistant for 20 years, spent two weeks uncompromisingly fighting every idea and suggestion, on the road to bringing this classic to the big screen.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, screenwriter Kelly Marcel talked about what a daunting task this script was, how she never thought about what would happen to the film if Disney didn’t want to make it, what it was like to wait for the studio’s feedback, her incredible collaboration with director John Lee Hancock (which even included pre and post production), getting to shoot at Disneyland, and having such a great cast of actors bring her words to life.  She also talked about what a crazy whirlwind the last couple of years have been, leaving Terra Nova after she created the show, her collaboration with author E.L. James on the 50 Shades of Grey movie script, and working on The Little Mermaid (from the Hans Christian Andersen book) for director Joe Wright.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Producer Dana Brunetti Talks FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, the Difficult Casting Process, the Film’s Rating, and More

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While genre fans are understandably eager to hear anything and everything about Star Wars, Batman vs. Superman, and pretty much all the upcoming Marvel movies, there’s an in-development project of a different sort that’s generating an incredibly high amount of buzz as well: Fifty Shades of Grey.  The feature film adaptation of E.L. James’ racy novel has been in the works for over a year now, but with a director (Sam Taylor-Johnson) and cast (Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson) finally set, production is gearing up to begin in just a few weeks.  In fact, the first images of Dornan and Johnson in character were released by EW a few days ago.

Steve recently sat down for an extended interview with producer Dana Brunetti, and during their wide-ranging conversation he spoke extensively about Fifty Shades of Grey.  Brunetti discussed the competitive process of landing the job as the film’s producer along with his partner Michael De Luca, collaborating with James, the difficult casting process, why they’re filming in Vancouver, and he talked about the possibility of releasing an NC-17 cut of the film in theaters.  Hit the jump for much more.

Alexander Skarsgard and Jamie Dornan Eyed to Replace Charlie Hunnam in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY; New Scribe Hired for Rewrites

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Universal and Focus Features’ adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is moving closer towards an August 2014 release date, but there are still many pieces of the puzzle to complete before filming can begin.  Director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) lost her leading man in Charlie Hunnam over the weekend as the actor opted to depart the project, and now the search is on for a replacement.  THR reports that Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and The Fall star Jamie Dornan are among the list of possible replacements, and the studio is also revisiting its previous list of candidates that includes Theo James (Divergent) and Christian Cooke (Magic City), though Garrett Hedlund is out of contention due to scheduling issues.

Hit the jump for more, including news regarding script rewrites.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Set for August 1, 2014 Release; TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE Moved Up to October 18th

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Release dates for two numerically inclined films have been announced.  First up, Focus Features and Universal Pictures will release the E.L. James adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey on August 1, 2014.  Though it’s been in active development for some time, the producers only just settled on a director, tapping Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) to take the helm.  The BDSM-heavy pic should make for a nice bit of counterprogramming on the August 1st date, as it will open opposite Marvel’s space-set Guardians of the Galaxy.  With a release firmly set, expect some Fifty Shades casting news very soon.

Additionally, Fox Searchlight has moved up the release date of director Steve McQueen’s (Shame) period drama Twelve Years a Slave nearly two months, from December 27th to October 18th.  The move was made after the studio received highly positive feedback from test screenings, and the Michael Fassbender/Chiwetel Ejiofor-fronted pic will now have a platform release in October, priming it up for awards season recognition.  I’d be shocked if the pic didn’t first show up at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Sam Taylor-Johnson to Direct FIFTY SHADES OF GREY; Felicity Jones in the Mix for Female Lead

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After first being first put into motion last year, a director has finally been set for Universal and Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey movie.  In case you live in a hole and have somehow managed to remain blissfully unaware, the film is based on an erotic trilogy of books by author E.L. James that tracks the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.  After rumors swirled about the likes of Gus Van Sant and Joe Wright being interested in taking the helm, a bit of a surprise choice has been settled on to direct the Fifty Shades of Grey movie: Nowhere Boy helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson.  Hit the jump for more.

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman Talks THE GUILT TRIP, LAST VEGAS, THE NEIGHBORS, Being on the 50 SHADES OF GREY Shortlist, and More

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This holiday season, you can celebrate family at the movies with The Guilt Trip, which tells the story of Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen), as he embarks on a cross-country road trip with his mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand), to turn one of his inventions into a success. With both funny and poignant moments on their mother-son adventure, each realizes that they just want the other to be happy.

At the film’s press day, writer/executive producer Dan Fogelman spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about taking a road trip with his own mom to inspire the script, that Barbra Streisand was his mom’s hero, making sure everything in the film came from a place of love, the scene he was most looking forward to seeing brought to life, why mother-son relationships are rarely explored in film, and how he loves it when actors improvise.  He also talked about how cool it is to have Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline make up the cast for Last Vegas, which he wrote with Jon Turteltaub directing, what made Imagine (with Al Pacino, Julianne Moore and Jeremy Renner) the right film for him to make his directorial debut with, how much he’s enjoying the success of the ABC comedy series The Neighbors, which he created, and what interested him in the possibility of writing the 50 Shades of Grey movie (he was on the shortlist).  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY to Be Adapted by Kelly Marcel for Universal and Focus Features

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It was announced earlier today by Fifty Shades of Grey author, E.L. James, that Kelly Marcel would pen the feature adaptation for Universal and Focus Features.   The erotic trilogy tracks the relationship between college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.  Known for its sexually explicit scenes of BDSM, Fifty Shades of Grey and its follow-up novels have sold over 40 million copies worldwide.  Needless to say, this is a big win for Marcel.  Hit the jump for more on the screenwriter and Fifty Shades of Grey. 

Aaron Johnson Talks KICK-ASS 2; Says Filming Begins This Fall and It’ll Be Rated R

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This weekend, Collider got to participate in the press junket for Savages, the new film from three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone.  Based on Don Winslow’s best-selling novel, the story follows two Laguna Beach entrepreneurs, Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), and their shared girlfriend O (Blake Lively), who run a very lucrative business selling some of the best marijuana ever developed, which attracts the unwanted interest of the Mexican Baja Cartel.  For more on the film, you can watch six clips here.

While we will run the interviews about the film closer to its July 6th release in theaters, we did want to share what actor Aaron Johnson had to say to us about finally going into production on the Kick-Ass sequel, which is set to shoot in the Fall.  He said that he has gotten to see a script, that it keeps the standard hard R feel of the first film, and that he’s excited to get back in the suit.  He also addressed the recent statement that American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis made on Twitter about how he would be a good choice for the male lead in the film adaptation of the much-talked-about erotic novel, 50 Shades of Grey.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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