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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.

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E L James Has Written a New Book

eljamesE L James, the author of 50 Shades of Grey, has written a new book. She revealed the news in an inteview with Entertainment Weekly. James would not disclose when it would be published or what it is about, though she did reveal that it is different than 50 Shades of Grey.

In the interview, James talked about how the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey is just beginning to shoot. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

I’m terrified. Completely. I’ve been terrified from the moment I published the book.  My mother was terrified of everything, and so am I. It’s a terrible way to grow up. You don’t expect this kind of success. Even now it floors me. My only ambition for the books was to see them in bookstores. This is huge. And there is this passionate fandom; we need to get this right for them.

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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Dakota Johnson & Charlie Hunnam Cast in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

In the upcoming adaptation of Fifty Shades of GreyDakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam will play Christian Grey.

The adaptation of E L James‘ mega-bestseller is scheduled for August 1, 2014. Here’s more from the release:

Ms. Johnson’s first notable screen role was in the multi-Academy Award-winning 2010 feature The Social Network. Her subsequent movies include the upcoming feature Need for Speed21 Jump Street, and The Five-Year Engagement.  She also starred as Kate in the comedy series Ben and Kate. Mr. Hunnam currently stars as a regular on the critically acclaimed FX series Sons of Anarchy.  His feature film credits include Pacific RimChildren of MenCold Mountain, and Nicholas Nickleby.

(Link via the AP)

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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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Summarized in the Style of Dr. Seuss

What if Dr. Seuss had translated Fifty Shades of Grey?

Reddit user Traceofbass rewrote E.L. James‘ mega-bestseller as a Seuss-ian poem when one reader challenged someone to ”Summarize the plot of Fifty Shades of Grey like you are Doctor Seuss.” The funny results contain some not safe for work language. Check it out:

Here there are spoilers,
Of a lewd little tail,
About a man named Christian,
His last name not Bale.
Oh the places you’ll go!
Under whipdoozles and chainflams,
Into crosswhizzles and jimjams!

The Most Abandoned Books List

Goodreads has created a great infographic exploring the books most often abandoned by readers on the social network. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling topped that list, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

On the Morning Media Menu today, Social Times editor Devon Glenn discussed this list and explored what writers need to know about Facebook’s new Social Graph function.

When do you stop reading a book? I have no shame in admitting that I will stop reading a book after fewer than 50 pages. Life is too short to read a book you don’t enjoy. The complete infographic follows below…

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Coming August 1, 2014

Focus Features has set a release date of Friday, August 1st, 2014 for the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. The film’s Facebook page featured a picture of Christian Grey’s helicopter.

Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the movie and Kelly Marcel wrote the screenplay.  Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and E. L. James will produce.

Last year, we wrote about the lost history of Fifty Shades of Grey, exploring the book’s origins as Twilight fan fiction.

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Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2012

The American Library Association (ALA) has released its annual list of the most frequently challenged library books of the year. We’ve linked to free samples of all the books on the list–follow the links below to read these controversial books yourself.

The list was part of the ALA’s 2013 State of America’s Libraries Report. During the past year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received 464 reports of challenged books. Here’s more from the report:

In California, a school committee voted to remove the Stephen King novella “Different Seasons” from Rocklin High School library shelves. The lone dissenter on that committee was 17-year-old student Amanda Wong, who continued to fight the ban and spoke against the decision at a later school board meeting. After hearing Wong’s concerns that the removal “opens a door to censoring other materials,” the district superintendent overturned the committee’s decision and returned the book to the Rocklin High School library’s collection.

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