1. Movie Ephemera – Fifty Shades of Grey
As one journo said on BBC News recently ‘More M.& S than S.& M’. But hey you gotta start somewhere right? And as one online commentator said – 4 or 5 sex scenes and no comeface. Where was Jamie’s comeface? Really? No comeface. But I’m not gonna watch this movie to find out for myself. The previews looked tedious. This is really one for girl fantasists I think. And as the book sales and box office returns are showing, there appears to be no shortage of those.
Just the facts. Fifty Shades of Grey is an American erotic / romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson with a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Based on British author E. L. James’ (No relation to PD James I hope) bestselling novel of the same name. The film stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele (Mills & Boon name), a college graduate who begins a sadomasochistic relationship with young business magnate Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). The film was written following the huge success of the books selling over 100 million copies and being translated into 30 countries.
The film premier was at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 11, 2015, and had a wide theatrical release on February 13, 2015, by Universal Pictures. It was an immediate box office success, earning more than $413 million. A sequel is planned for a 2016 release.
Dakota Johnson as Anastasia “Ana” Steele
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
Eloise Mumford as Katherine “Kate” Kavanagh, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate
Jennifer Ehle as Carla Wilks, Anastasia’s mother
Marcia Gay Harden as Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s adoptive mother
Victor Rasuk as José Rodriguez, one of Anastasia’s close friends
Luke Grimes as Elliot Grey, Christian’s adopted brother
Rita Ora as Mia Grey, Christian’s adopted sister
Max Martini as Jason Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard and head of his security
Callum Keith Rennie as Raymond “Ray” Steele
Andrew Airlie as Carrick Grey, Christian’s adoptive father
Dylan Neal as Bob Adams, Anastasia’s step-father
Anthony Konechny as Paul Clayton, the brother of the owner of Clayton’s Hardware Store
Emily Fonda as Martina
Rachel Skarsten as Andrea, Christian’s assistant
I recently wrote a book called ‘Fifty shades of Puce.’ But somehow the title just lacks a bit of punch……hmmm What about ‘Fifty shades of Magnolia? better? Wait, I got it. ‘Fifty shades of Taupe’ Brilliant.