Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
After making over a billion dollars worldwide on the Fifty Shades of Grey film trilogy, Universal is getting back in business with author E.L. James. The studio has emerged victorious in a bidding war for the movie rights to her novel The Mister, a romance that was one of 2019’s best sellers.
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Because sometimes the universe is merciful, the erotic film franchise that began with Fifty Shades of Grey and unfortunately continued with Fifty Shades Darker finally came to an end with Fifty Shades Freed earlier this year. The sequel certainly arrived with far less pomp and circumstance than the first film adapting the laughable writing of author E.L. James, but the folks at Honest Trailers were sure to give the franchise a proper send-off by not only mocking the final installment, but also looking back at the most ludicrous moments of this supposedly sexy trilogy. Read More »
Mr. and Mrs. Grey will see you now, and it definitely is not for a threesome.
But speaking of threesomes, the Fifty Shades of Grey series has reached its final and third installment, wrapping up the kinky and borderline abusive tale of love in the time of BDSM. Fifty Shades Freed follows Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) after they pledge to love and honor each other in sickness and in health. But marital bliss is not in the cards for this ridiculously good-looking pair, who must deal with the threats of a lusty female architect and a psychotic former boss.
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If there’s any proof that fan fiction has power, it’s the mystifying success of the Fifty Shades of Grey series. Its two leads have been launched into stardom (at least, Dakota Johnson kind of has), the movie soundtracks have jumped to the top of music charts, and there’s now a third and final film to close out this BDSM-tinged tale.
Not bad for a passably-written fan-fiction of the Twilight series.
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The phenomenon that was the Fifty Shades of Grey book series doesn’t seem to be faring quite as well as a film franchise, at least not with all the readers who touched themselves while reading this book written by a Twilight fan fiction writer. Though the first film was a massive success that pulled in over $571 million worldwide, the sequel Fifty Shades Darker made significantly less with just $378 million raked in at the global box office.
Basically, once viewers saw that most of the kinky sex didn’t make the cut in the first movie, plenty of them lost interest. And once you watch the Honest Trailer for the sequel, it’s not hard to see why. This movie is decidedly not sexy, no matter how hard it tries to be, and it feels more like some kind of joke than a legitimate erotic romance. Is this really the kind of stuff that turned on millions of women around the world?
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Sequels to romances are few and far between, but Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t your average romance. Based on E.L. James‘ erotic thriller of the same name, the film adaptation was a box office sensation pulling in over $571 million on a budget of just $41 million. However, the sequel Fifty Shades Darker isn’t just a result of the big box office, because there was a whole trilogy of books before the first movie even got off the ground.
Now a new Fifty Shades Darker trailer has arrived, playing to its prime target audience during the premiere of The Bachelor last night. The new trailer shows the next chapter of the romance between Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson), and it appears things are not only going to get kinky again, but also deadly.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Fifty Shades of Grey ended with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) reconsidering the terms of her complicated relationship with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), but to the surprise of absolutely no one, Fifty Shades Darker finds the couple slipping right back into their old kinky habits. After all, there’s no sequel if they break up for good. And if there’s no sequel, there’s no opportunity for Universal to make another gazillion dollars off this hot property.
However, there are a few key changes this time around. For starters, the new installment sees James Foley replacing Sam Taylor-Johnson as the director behind the camera. And then there’s the fact that this one looks less like a romantic drama than a thriller, what with all the creepy stalkers appearing in bedrooms and all the helicopters crashing in forests. Watch the Fifty Shades Darker trailer below.
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Tonight brings the telecast for the 88th Academy Awards, honoring what some select people working on the film industry as the best achievements in motion pictures for the previous year. With Chris Rock hosting, it’ll be interesting to see how he skewers the Academy for the all-white nominees this year, not to mention poking fun at Hollywood’s biggest stars. But before that, the 2016 Razzie Awards have dished out some blows to some of the worst movies and performances of the year.
20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four landed the not-so-coveted Worst Picture prize, but it wasn’t alone, because Fifty Shades of Grey tied with the comic book flop for the title as well. But Fifty Shades of Grey got razzed a little more than Fantastic Four since both of the film’s stars, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, took home the Worst Actor and Worst Actress awards, not to mention being named the Worst On-Screen Combo. That’s rough.
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Posted on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Fifty Shades Darker inherited its two leads from the last installment of the nascent BDSM franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey, but it’s got some new characters to introduce as well. The first addition to the sequel cast is Kim Basinger as Elena Lincoln, sort of the Mrs. Robinson to Christian Grey’s Ben Braddock. But kinkier, of course, because Fifty Shades. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Generally speaking, studios, filmmakers, and stars are happy to see their films land on awards shortlists or critics’ top 10s. But then there are the lists they’d probably rather not be on, like this one of the most pirated movies of 2015.
To be sure, most of these movies did just fine even without the pirates’ box-office dollars. This year’s #2, Furious 7, was a favorite of pirates basically from the moment it opened, and it still managed to set records. (Records which were later broken by Jurassic World and then Star Wars, but never mind that.) Still, it’s gotta be annoying to think of all the money they didn’t make because some people didn’t feel like paying. Especially since a couple of these titles could’ve used that extra boost. Find out what the most pirated movies of 2015 are after the jump.
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