Though this one doesn't need magic, princesses or castles.
Step aside Disney, there's another live action fairytale hitting screens this week in the form of erotic thriller 'Fifty Shades Darker'. Of course, it's certainly not a suitable bedtime story (for children anyway), but the romantic journey of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele is rooted in traditional love stories.
E. L. James likens 'Fifty Shades Darker' to a fairytale
Asked at the premiere if she thought the film was a modern-day 'Cinderella' story, the author of the book trilogy E. L. James admitted it was. 'Completely', she said. 'For me it was one with 'Beauty and the Beast'. That was the thought in my head as it was unrolling. There is a 'Cinderella' element to it. It is a fairytale. A complete fairytale.'
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E.L. James invited the Twitterverse to ask her anything on Monday and you can probably guess how this one turned out.
Yesterday Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James took part in a Twitter Q&A session that managed to go downhill so fast, it made Robin Thicke’s experience last year look like a total love-in. Sitting in Twitter’s UK headquarters, the author invited fans (and everyone else) to ask her anything, using the hashtag AskELJames.
Author E.L. James has taken part in a twitter Q &A.
But the Q &A session quickly descended in to chaos as the hashtag was taken over by users who weren’t exactly interested in asking the author about her creative process. Some took the chance to call out the author on her writing skills, with one user tweeting, ‘No question: Just, as a fellow author, thank you for proving to me that you can get anything published, no matter how awful.’
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'Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian' has sold in excess of seven figures in just four days.
In news that will surprise precisely nobody, the new ‘Fifty Shades’ spin-off novel has been a stunning sales success. In the first four days since it was released on Thursday June 18th, ‘Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian’ has sold 1.1 million copies.
It’s particularly impressive since its author, E.L. James, only announced the existence of the book barely a fortnight before its release date. Even other hugely anticipated novels, like the sequel to Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, have been given promotional periods over several months.
'Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian' has sold over 1 million in four days
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The new novel is released next Thursday (June 18th), but a copy of it has gone missing, leading to fears of leaks.
A copy of the eagerly awaited new Fifty Shades of Grey book by E.L. James has been stolen, a little over a week before its scheduled publication date.
Publishers Random House discovered on Monday (June 8th) that one copy of the new book, entitled Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian, had gone missing from its warehouse. Kent Police has launched an investigation into the incident, as it is feared that thieves may leak the novel or sell extracts to the media.
Jamie Dornan plays Christian Grey - the new novel tells the same story from his point of view
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Rasuk, who played Anastasia's friend Jose Rodriguez in the first movie, is hopeful of being asked to play his role again in the sequels even though Sam Taylor-Johnson won't be directing them.
Fifty Shades of Grey cast member Victor Rasuk thinks it will “suck” that Sam Taylor-Johnson is not staying on to direct the sequels, but is nevertheless “excited” that somebody new is coming to take over behind the camera.
In the run-up to its release, a number of stories emerged from the set of disagreements between Taylor-Johnson and the book’s author E.L. James over the direction of the movie, and it was reported soon afterwards she would not return to direct the follow-ups despite the lucrative gains to be had.
Victor Rasuk from 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
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James announced a fourth 'Fifty Shades' book on Monday, which will re-tell the story of the first book only from Christian Grey's point of view.
Massive news hit the literary world on Monday, as it was announced that there’s to be a sequel to the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ series. E.L. James announced to the world via social media that she’s to release a new version of her first book as told from Christian Grey’s point of view.
‘Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian’ will be released on June 18th (the same day as the fictional character’s birthday). The three original books, that have sold a combined total of 125 million copies around the world, were all told from the perspective of shy student Anastasia Steele, who is drawn into a BDSM relationship with the successful entrepreneur Grey.
Christian Grey (as depicted here by Jamie Dornan) is set to have his story told, in a new 'Fifty Shades' book
Jamie Dornan is back as Christian Grey in the (very) short teaser for 'Fifty Shades Darker', not due out until February 2017.
It’s only been a couple of months since the first Fifty Shades of Grey movie hit cinemas, but we’ve already got a sneak peek at the second. The first teaser for Fifty Shades Darker debuts on the Blu-Ray edition of the first movie, which is being released on May 8th.
The 30-second clip features a suited-up Christian Grey dressing himself in a mirror and putting on a creepy masquerade-style face mask, while the text flashing up on the screen reads ‘Are You Ready For Something Darker?’
Jamie Dornan appears in a teaser trailer for the second 'Fifty Shades' movie
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Fifty Shades of Grey author and hired her own husband.
Well this is convenient. E.L James, the author of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, has hired her own husband, Niall Leonard, to write the script for the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Fifty Shades of Grey grossed over $550 million worldwide
Leonard, who is married and has two sons with the author, is a screenwriter with credits including British TV shows Wire in the Blood and Force One is Down. He's also the author of the Crusher book series.
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The humorous tribute to the best-selling erotic novel didn't go down too well with the boy's school, apparently.
An 11 year old boy who dressed as a character from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was banned from his school’s World Book Day celebrations, according to a report by the BBC.
Schoolboy Liam Scholes turned up to Sale High School dressed as Christian Grey from the erotic novel, donning a grey suit, an eye mask and a length of thin rope. Amid the myriad Harry Potters and Hobbits, the costume was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but the school deemed the outfit to be offensive and said that Liam could not take part in the official photographs.
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, whom the schoolboy dressed as for World Book Day
Despite a huge dive in attendance numbers, the much talked-about movie stays at the top of the box offices for a second week.
Erotic blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey held on to its spot at the top of the box office, despite seeing a massive drop in ticket sales. Receipts of $23.3 million were reported by the L.A. Times, down a whopping 73% from its first weekend.
A decline was of course expected, but the figure is at least 30% less than most projections for its second weekend. When it opened in time for the extended Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend last Friday (February 13th), it took a mammoth $94.4 million.
Sam Taylor-Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and E.L James - 'Fifty Shades of Grey' UK premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 12th February 2015
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7th March, 1963