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Fifty Shades Dominates Razzies

Dizzying collection of $4.97 trophies for EL James adaptation

(Newser) - Fifty Shades of Grey came out on top—or perhaps the bottom—at this year's Razzies. The awkward adaptation of author EL James' erotic novel nabbed five prizes at Saturday's Golden Raspberry Awards, including tying it up with superhero flop Fantastic Four as the year's worst film.... More »

Kim Basinger Lands Hot Role in Fifty Shades Sequel

She'll play Christian Grey's ex-lover

(Newser) - Production is set to start this spring on Fifty Shades Darker, the much-anticipated sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, and the first new cast member has been announced. Kim Basinger is on board, and the role promises to be a steamy one: that of Elena Lincoln, Christian Grey's business... More »

New Fifty Shades Book Out Today Is 'Raunchiest Yet'

But no surprises await in EL James' Grey

(Newser) - Anyone who doesn't care to purchase EL James' newest book in the Fifty Shades of Grey series might want to steer clear of bookstores today. A million copies of Grey—essentially Fifty Shades of Grey told from the perspective of BDSM's most notorious fictional fan, Christian Grey—are... More »

Fifty Shades More Snoozefest Than Sexy

Critics rip apart Jamie Dornan's Christian Grey

(Newser) - The wait is over for EL James fans who've pined three long years for Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele to get it on on the big screen. But audiences are giving Fifty Shades of Grey just a 57% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes , and critics are even less impressed:... More »

Fifty Shades Movie Fuels Sex-Toy Surge

Even Target and other mainstream retailers are on board

(Newser) - Of course there were going to be product tie-ins to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie premiering Valentine's weekend—and of course those products were going to veer into adults-only territory, considering the steaminess of EL James' book trilogy on which the film is based. But the sex-toy industry... More »

Charlie Hunnam Splits With 50 Shades

Search is on for a new whipper-cracker

(Newser) - Maybe the mournful howls about the 50 Shades of Grey cast were in fact heeded, because Charlie Hunnam will no longer portray Christian Grey in the movie version of the naughty EL James trilogy, reports People . The official reason behind the switch is not so much "Twitter haters,"... More »

50 Shades Fans Hate Casting Choices

They're actually petitioning for new stars

(Newser) - Fans of 50 Shades of Grey have been imagining the cast of the upcoming movie version for months now, and many of them were less than pleased with yesterday's actual casting news . It seems at least 7,000 of them wanted Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel to play the... More »

Here Are the 50 Shades Lead Actors

EL James tweets that Dakota Johnson, Charlie Hunnam have been cast

(Newser) - After 50 million different rumors, the Internet has its answer as to who will play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey on the big screen: Anastasia is none other than Dakota Johnson , the 24-year-old daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and perhaps previously best known for Fox sitcom Ben &... More »

Madonna Highest-Earning Celeb, Despite 'Flop' Album

Her tour managed to save her—big time: Forbes

(Newser) - Somehow, despite selling fewer than a million copies of her latest album, Madonna made it to the top of the Forbes 2013 top-earning celebs list. She has her tour to thank: It grossed $305 million. Merchandise sales, her clothing line and fragrance, and investments also helped get her to the... More »

And the Highest-Earning Author Is ...

'Fifty Shades' writer EL James nearly made nine figures

(Newser) - Want to be a fabulously wealthy author? Loosen up those fingers. The route to riches seems to be with a series of related books rather than a one-off blockbluster. Forbes rounds up the top 10 highest-earning authors from June 2012 to June 2013. The top five:
  1. EL James, $95 million:
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Fifty Shades of Grey Makes History for Random House

Sold 70M copies last year, a record for publisher

(Newser) - Now we know why Random House gave every one of its employees a $5,000 bonus last year: The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by EL James sold more than 70 million copies in print, ebook, and audio formats, reports the Wall Street Journal . That makes it the fastest-selling series... More »

Boy Band Makes Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating'

List also includes '50 Shades of Grey' author

(Newser) - Barbara Walters continues her trend of choosing some pretty fluffy people for her annual "Most Fascinating" list: Last year , the Kardashians, Pippa Middleton, Donald Trump, and Katy Perry made the cut; this year, she selected UK boy band One Direction, Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James, Ben Affleck,... More »

Social Network Team Making 50 Shades Movie

Erotic bestseller headed for the big screen

(Newser) - The producers behind The Social Network are teaming up again for a story a lot steamier than the founding of Facebook. Michael de Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the movie adaptation of the best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy of erotic novels. EL James' trilogy about an affair between... More »

Florida County's Libraries Ban 50 Shades of Grey

Cite concern over 'pornographic' EL James books

(Newser) - A Florida county's library system has banned the erotic-fiction 50 Shades of Grey trilogy in light of its "perceived pornographic nature," a spokesman tells NBC Miami . Brevard County's 17 libraries had ordered 19 copies of the three EL James books, and there was a waiting list... More »

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