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Second Trailer For ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Unleashed

Focus Features has unleashed the second global trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. The video embedded above offers fans glimpses of Dakota Johnson playing Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan playing Christian Grey.

It also showcases a song by singer extraordinaire Beyoncé called “Haunted.” The first trailer for this film adaptation featured a newly arranged version of her 2003 hit track, “Crazy in Love.”

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New Episode of ‘Elders React’ Features ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Trailer

How did you feel after watching the Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer? Fine Brothers Entertainment (a.k.a. TheFineBros) has captured a hilarious panel of reactions in the latest episode of their YouTube series, “Elders React.”

The video embedded above features ten people watching a short clip with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson starring as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. This film adaptation will hit theaters on February 14, 2015.

Anti-Porn Group Calls ’50 Shades of Grey’ Film Deceiving

Fifty Shades 200Morality in Media, a anti-porn watchdog, has launched a campaign against the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. The film’s trailer was released yesterday and the criticism comes in response to the release.

The organization claims that the film “deceives the public with a visually appealing melodramatic love story that romanticizes and normalizes sexual violence.”

Here is more from the organization’s statement: “A warning to the women lining up to see this film: There is nothing empowering about whips and chains or humiliation and torture. Women as a group will not gain power by collaborating with violent men. Women would be serving only as an agent to further their own sexual degradation, handing themselves on a silver platter to exactly the sort of men who want to use and abuse them, and take away their power.”

Beyonce Posts ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Video On Instagram

The first trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation will be unveiled on Thursday.

Grammy Award-winning diva Beyoncé has posted a short teaser video on Instagram. In the past 24 hours, the piece (embedded above) has drawn more than 388,000 “likes.”

Here’s more from Deadline: “The singer’s involvement in the film has not been confirmed, although when some footage was screened at CinemaCon in March, her ‘Haunted’ was heard in the background. The handsy clip below has a remix of Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy In Love,’ but no recognizable shots of leads Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.”

50 Shades The Musical Goes on Tour

50shadesthemusicalThe musical adaptation of E.L. James‘ bestselling erotica novel 50 Shades of Grey has hit the stage. Written by Al Samuels, Emily Dorezas, Amanda Blake Davis, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward and Dan Wessels, the show’s North American tour will open in Los Angeles next week.

The theatrical production is a parody of the book that takes things even further than the pages of the novel. The LA Weekly called the performances “ten times raunchier” than the novel. Check it out: “50 Shades! The Musical is a spoof on the sexual intensity of the book and the obsession many soccer moms have with it. When fuzzy pink handcuffs and lipstick vibrators are available for purchase at the merchandise table, you know you’re in for an interesting adventure to say the least.”

Follow this link to check out a video from the show.

Jamie Dornan & Luke Grimes Join the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Cast

fifty-shades-3001-225x300 (2)Two actors have joined the Fifty Shades of Grey movie cast. Jamie Dornan, best known for playing the Huntsman on the Once Upon a Time series, will replace Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey.

Hunnam announced that he had dropped out of this project two weeks prior. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dornan had to read for the role in front of director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author E L James.

The Huffington Post reports that Luke Grimes has signed on to play Christian’s brother, Elliot Grey. In the recent past, Grimes has been seen on the True Blood and Brothers & Sisters T.V. shows.

E.L. James Collaborates with Winemakers for Two ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Wines

wineWondering how to pass the time until the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is released next August?

The Huffington Post reports author E.L. James collaborated with a team of California winemakers to create two Fifty Shades-themed wines. The Red Satin is made from a blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah grapes while the White Silk is a mixture of Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

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5 Million Copies of ‘Fifty Shades’ Books Sold in First Half of 2013

Fifty Shades of Grey is the publishing gift that keeps on giving. E L James sold five million print and eBook copies of her erotic trilogy around the world during the first six months of 2013 (sales through Random House’s English, German and Spanish-language publishing arms).

Random House CEO Markus Dohle praised the company’s biggest bestsellers in a letter to employees today, marking company’s final financial results before the Penguin Random House merger took effect. We’ve reprinted the complete letter below, but here’s an excerpt:

INFERNO by Dan Brown sold more than four million copies in its first six weeks throughout Random House’s English-language territories. Sheryl Sandberg’s LEAN IN and WONDER by R. J. Palacio sold hundreds of thousands of copies in North America and the UK, while helping set social agendas and spurring cultural dialogues. The FIFTY SHADES trilogy by E L James added another five million print and eBooks to its megamillion-copy English-, German-, and Spanish-language Random House sales to date.

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How Writers Can Explore Erotica

The erotica genre has never been more exciting or more crowded. On today’s Morning Media Menu, author Jamie Brenner shared advice for writers looking to explore this new world.

Brenner wrote Miss Chatterley as Logan Belle, creating an erotic and modern update of D.H. Lawrence‘s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Press play below to listen to the complete interview on SoundCloud. We’ve included some excerpts below…

It’s really important to be aware of what is out there and to know where your work fits. I think a lot of people (and believe me, I don’t have all the answers, by any stretch) who read a lot of romance and erotica like what they like. They’re not necessarily looking for someone to come in and reinvent the wheel. If you are writing something you should have an idea: “Readers who like X, Y and Z will also like my stuff. I fit into this circle of books or readers.” You have to at least know that going in. Once you know where you belong, then you can stretch the boundaries within that genre, niche or milieu. It is really important to know what is working and not to try and write in a vacuum.

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Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland’s Impressive Sales

The professional novelist who writes under the pen name Melinda DuChamp self-published Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland on Amazon, making some serious money by chasing the erotica trend. In an interview at Joe Konrath‘s blog, she shared her sales statistics:

Alice has sold 3560 copies in the UK, and 2540 in the US (plus 1275 loans in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library) priced at $2.99. Assuming the loans are $2 each, Alice has made close to $15,000 in the last 20 days. That’s more than many of my advances … Alice peaked at #194 in the US, and #56 in the UK. It is currently #643 and #208. At its peak, it was earning over $1,000 a day. Things have slowed down, but it is still outselling all of my other novels on Amazon.

This publishing success story prompted Konrath to add: “if you think you can write erotica, now seems to be the time to give it a shot.” Have you ever considered changing to a more lucrative genre? (Via Karen Woodward)

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