Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return to direct “Fifty Shades Darker"

From Variety:

Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return to direct “Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Several reports, including one from Variety, said Taylor-Johnson had been looking to move on from the franchise, with sources saying constant arguments with author E.L. James over the direction of the film during its production forced Taylor-Johnson to reconsider her options.

With screenwriter Kelly Marcel not returning to adapt the sequel, Universal will now look to find a writer and director to replace the two. Variety first reported that James is very interested in adapting it herself and that U is considering it, but will begin meeting with people before deciding which option is best.

Sources say production is expected to get under way in the first quarter of 2016 with stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson on board to return.

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed Fifty Shades of Grey, is not returning to direct the movie's sequel.

"While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three," she said in a statement released today. She said of the hit movie starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan," 

"Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota and Jamie."

More to come.

Victor Rasuk talks about Dakota and Jamie with Glamoholic

From Glamoholic:

Is there a specific scene that you're excited for the fans to watch?
Victor: I'm excited for the fans to see the bar scene when Jamie pushes me aways from Dakota. I'm excited because I want to know if people are going to hate my character for doing it, or if they're going to forgive me.

What was it like to work with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson? And what do yuo think we're going to discover about them as actors through this movie?
Victor: I love Jamie and Dakota. They were super nice and serious about making a great story. I also have to mention our fantastic director, Sam Taylor-Johnson. I adore Sam; she gave us the freedom to discover new things while staying in the scene and I think that's rare to find in this business. Especially on such a big film.

Monday, March 23, 2015

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Commercial Announcement of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" DVD & Blu-Ray


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Scans: Dakota in "Vanity Fair" Italy [2006]

Quotes of Dakota from the article
Translated by EverythingDakotaJohnson:

"I’ve spent my childhood on set. I like it, you can immediately understand who’s good and who’s bad."

"Antonio [Banderas] is like a second dad to me."

"Parties? I only go when I can’t say no. I go to school every day at 8 am, but I am always late."

"Me? People don’t recognize me on the street unless I am with my parents, and I am cool with that. It’s a relief."

"The biggest thing I’ve ever learned is that things don’t work unless they come from the heart. It’s something my mother told me a while ago, and I hold on to that."

"I don’t care about being ‘the daughter of’, it’s other people’s problem. To me, they are just my parents and the fame doesn’t affect our routine and our normal life, made of school and friends. Sure, I’ve had the chance to travel and see a lot of amazing places, meet new people but other than that, I live a very normal existence.

"I am lucky because my family gives me the freedom to be who I want."

Thanks to @Dakotashades.

HQ and Large Pictures of Dakota with Mom Melanie arriving at LAX yesterday [March 21, 2015]

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Producer Dana Brunetti talks about "Fifty Shades" Sequels and mentions Dakota


A lot has been written about EL James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson clashing on the Fifty Shades set. What's the real story?

People are always going to disagree, but ultimately if you don't agree, then the movie doesn't get completed and released or it ends up being absolutely horrible because somebody says, "It's my way or the highway." And that never works. There's been so many other movies where there were battles on set that were real battles, where people were walking off set or trying to stop production or hijacking editing rooms. This got blown out of proportion because anything with Fifty Shades in the headline got attention. Big whoop. There's disagreements every f—ing day, every setup, every shot. The press just ran with this and blew it into a much bigger issue than it ever was.

Will Sam be back for Fifty Shades Darker?

No idea. We literally have no idea what we're going to do. I have not even met with the studio or anybody yet about the second film. We always said, "Let's get this first one out and released and then we'll regroup and figure out what we're going to do on the next." That hasn't happened yet. So, [James] hasn't been back to the States [from her home in London] yet. I haven't been into the studio yet. We've sent some emails back and forth and were basically like, "OK, we're just going to figure out when everyone can get together and meet."

Given how much Fifty Shades has earned, will the budget go up for Darker?

I hope not. As a producer, I love the fact that we made it for as little as we did and it's grossed as much as it has. I've been proud of that on all my films. Will the budget go up? Maybe if there's renegotiations on deals and fees. But as far as the actual production is concerned, I don't think so. We run pretty lean and mean.

What do you think of Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan wanting big raises?

Look, when I was starting out and had to cut my teeth and build my résumé to get in, I had to basically work for free on a lot of things. I still take reductions in my fees for the opportunities to do certain things. We got slack on Captain Phillips about how much Barkhad [Abdi] and those guys got paid. Look at Jonah Hill in Wolf of Wall Street. It was great for his career. So I'm not going to cry for anybody who wants to be in this business just because a thing they were involved in did very well and they didn't get paid [a lot]. That's not the deal that you made. If it was, I'd have more than a couple Ferraris because all the money my films have made is f—ing insane. You've got to start somewhere.

Any chance you guys will split the third book — Fifty Shades Freed — into two movies, like Hunger Games and Twilight?

I don't know. I mean, look, we don't even have a writer yet, so we have to sit down and think about what the takes and all that would be, so that's way too premature.

It seemed like you were the consigliere for EL in Hollywood. How did you like that role?

She's a really interesting person to begin with. Her story is amazing — how she came from obscurity to this and still is very humble, no matter what people say and think of her. She's actually very frugal. You would never know that she's made as much money as she has. She has a Tesla, a little Audi that she bought herself. They live in a nice house, but it's not what you would think. It's in a regular neighborhood outside of London. When the bill comes, if she's paying the bill, she still goes over to make sure she hasn't been charged for anything she shouldn't have been charged for. It makes me want to check my bill now. I'm like, "Wait, They do that?" None of it has gone to her head. Her husband bitches to her about her data plan when she's over here.

Penn Badgley talks about Dakota with Nylon

From Nylon:
What about doing Shakespeare for the first time and performing with actors of varying degrees of experience, Ed Harris and Ethan Hawke, and then you have Dakota Johnson?
 Penn Badgley: The interesting thing is I barely worked with Dakota in the movie even though we are characters who are obsessed with one another. The bulk of my work was where I had a lot going on with Ethan and I’d say he was an incredibly compassionate and supportive cast mate. On the first day of shooting we had those two big scenes and it was an intense first day and he in fact said it was the most difficult and intense first day on any project he ever had.

Dakota got cast in 50 Shades while you were shooting. How did that impact things?

It reminded me of Gossip Girl. It was like one day nothing, the next day everything. It’s pretty funny the way that happened. I remember the day she got it the next day there were scores of paparazzi out there. I imagine she’s learned to deal with it by now. 

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