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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Whips Past $300M At Worldwide Box Office

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Universal PicturesFifty Shades Darker has roped a pair of new milestones, whipping past $200M at the international box office and $300M globally. Through Thursday, the sequel to 2015 smash S&M love story Fifty Shades of Grey has grossed $207.8M overseas and $303.7M worldwide. Domestically, there’s $95.9M in the play room through yesterday.

The James Foley-helmed erotic noir dominated both international and worldwide box office across its first two weeks. Offshore, it opened No. 1 in 51 territories, including Australia, France, Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain and Brazil. It’s currently at play in 59.

Starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, the lip-biter’s top-grossing markets currently are the UK at $23.1M, Germany with $22.7M, France at $17.6M, Brazil with $15.8M and Italy at $14.2M.

The film climaxes international release in Japan on June 23.

The first film grossed more than $560M globally. Returning producers on Darker are Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, author of the blockbuster book series.

The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on James’ hot-and-heavy page-turner.


Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Is a Valentine’s Day Dominatrix With $11M

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The erotic, S&M-laced sequel scored one of the top grosses of all time for when the sweethearts’ holiday falls on a weekday.

Fifty Shades Darker was a huge Valentine’s Day winner at the box office, earning $11 million on Tuesday. That was more than double the next closest film, The Lego Batman Movie ($5 million). And it’s one of the best showings of all time for when the sweethearts’ holiday falls on a weekday, almost matching record-holder The Vow, which pulled in $11.5 million on Valentine’s Day in 2012, also a Tuesday.

From Universal and based on E.L. James’ S&M book series, Fifty Shades Darker has earned $61.5 million in its first five days, slightly ahead of the $60.8 million grossed by Warner Bros.’ Lego Batman (both films debuted in North America on Feb. 10).

Fifty Shades Darker, however, continues to pace behind Fifty Shades of Grey, which earned $98.5 million in its first five days. The first movie had the advantage of opening over Presidents Day weekend in 2014, when Valentine’s Day fell on a Saturday.

Universal is counting on Fifty Shades Darker being a slower burn than Fifty Shades of Grey, which dropped a steep 74 percent in its second weekend.

Lionsgate also touted La La Land as a Valentine’s Day destination. The musical dramedy placed No. 6 with $1.5 million, a big jump over the $522,534 earned on Monday. The Oscar front-runner has earned nearly $128 million domestically and north of $300 million worldwide.

Generally speaking, a number of films saw a boost. John Wick: Chapter 2 placed No. 3 behind Fifty Shades Darker and Lego Batman with $4.8 million for a five-day domestic total of $37.9 million. M. Night Syhamalan’s Split followed with $2 million for a domestic total of $115.2 million, while box-office hit Hidden Figures rounded out the top five with $1.6 million for a $133.8 million cume in North America.


50 Shades Sex Is More Uncomfortable Than We Thought


If you thought the sex in Fifty Shades Darker was hot, know that it didn’t come without some uncomfortable moments. According to makeup department head Evelyne Noraz, for most of the BDSM scenes, Dakota Johnson was covered head to toe in body foundation — which sounds a little like our own version of masochism, but maybe that’s just us.

The reason? To give her that bedroom glow — and to cover her five, count ’em, five tattoos on her neck, ear, shoulders, arm, and foot. (Rumor has it, Johnson might have even more ink than that.)

For scenes without a body double, Erez mixed MAC Face and Body foundation in N3, C2, and C3 with lotion and rubbed it all over Johnson. She then followed up with Era aerosol spray foundation for further tattoo coverage. “I used shades Y3, R2, and R4, lightly sprayed in layers and buffed with big, dry puff,” she reveals.

Jamie Dornan had to wear some body makeup, too — and how they banged in white sheets is just another one of Hollywood’s great mysteries.

And while Johnson’s skin and body certainly look amazing, head-to-toe latex honestly sounds preferable. But there is one takeaway from all this: if you’re looking for a good, full-coverage foundation that will last through anything — these sound like your best bet.

Click ahead to see all of Johnson’s tattoos that were covered for the film.

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Johnson has four tats on her back, and one on her neck that reads “amor” — or “love” in Spanish.

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We’d guess even this tiny, partially-hidden ink behind her ear was painstakingly camouflaged.

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Johnson’s foot tattoo reads “look at the moon” — and is accented with tiny stars.

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Her inner arm tattoo is, by far, the biggest — and we’d guess the biggest challenge to cover. It reads “acta non verba,” a Latin phrase that loosely translates to “actions not words.”


‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Valentine’s Day Climax At $10M+ – Box Office Update

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2nd UPDATE, 6:01 PM: Christian Grey isn’t as big as many expected, but he’s large enough: Universal’s Fifty Shades Darker per early evening estimates looks to rake in between $10M-$10.8M on Valentine’s Day, a midweek holiday haul that still fills rival distribution chiefs with envy. That figure is close to a 170% spike over yesterday’s $3.9M and reps 23% of Fifty Shades Darker‘s $46.6M first weekend on the high end. Total cume by end of today for the sequel will reside at $60M-plus.

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In addition, last weekend’s other wide entries aren’t being overlooked today: Warner Bros’ The Lego Batman Movie is expected to ring up an estimated $5M-$5.5M taking its five-day cume to $61.2M at the high end, while Lionsgate/Summit’s John Wick: Chapter 2 is gunning for $4M-$4.5M for a running cume by EOD of $37.6M.

Lego Batman may have come apart today in the face of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, but he’ll build himself back up again as he’s looking at a second weekend of $31M, -42%. B.O. prognosticators think Fifty Shades Darker will take a tumble like its 2015 predecessor Fifty Shades of Grey, -65% in its second weekend for $16.3M (Shades fell 74% for $22.2M) — but then again, there’s some great word-of-mouth around this titillating sequel.

1st UPDATE, 7:57AM: Universal’s Fifty Shades Darker refused to submit to No. 2 yesterday, earning an estimated $3.9 million, which is $400K higher than what the industry was expecting. Current cume for the sequel stands at $50.6M.

However, on Valentine’s Day today, the James Foley-directed movie is projected to post orgasmic sales with many seeing $12M-plus.

A double-digit take for the E.L. James sequel is completely within reach: The last time Valentine’s Day fell on a Tuesday was in 2012, and that saw another female-skewing title, The Vow, embracing $11.6M. That daily take repped 28% of the pic’s then-$41M opening weekend. Another reason why many expect a big day for Fifty Shades Darker is that a bulk of its advance tickets sales (which have been outpacing The Lego Batman Movie by 2-to-1) are for today.

Two years ago, the lovers’ holiday fell on a Saturday, and goosed Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s second-day take by 21% versus Friday with $36.8M. That’s unprecedented considering that female-skewing pics are typically frontloaded. The first installment also pulled in more couples on Valentine’s Day, while opening day was largely comprised of women.

It comes as no surprise to see decent business for Fifty Shades Darker during the weekdays: It’s an older adult-skewing title (Screen Engine/ComScore’s PostTrak reports 77% females, 70% over 25), and that crowd also prefers to dodge weekend crowds at the multiplex. Over the weekend, PostTrak observed that packs of women turned out in bulk over couples: 50% went with friends, while 36% brought a date.

Women, of course, love this movie more than men: On CinemaScore, the ladies gaveFifty Shades Darker an A-, while men slapped it with a B-. Ditto on PostTrak: Women gave Christian Grey an 82% positive to guys’ 66%.

RelishMix reports that hashtags for #FiftyShades, #FiftyShadeDarker along with #FiftyShadesOfGrey surged to a very strong 23.7K-plus per day over the weekend. That outstripped  #LegoBatman at 3.9K per day. Daily Facebook page likes are immense at 81K.  And, the daily video views on YouTube – driven by Taylor Swift/Zayn’s hit, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” are averaging 645K and peaking at over 3M views per day. Also, Darker’s video viral rate is 21:1 which is on par with what most superhero movie trailers generate. The sequel’s social star is pop singer Rita Ora who counts 22.7M followers across FB, Twitter and Instagram. In regards to the social conversation, Relish Mix says “fans are beaming about how Darker surpassed their expectations having seen the movie with their husbands and boyfriends in many cases. They’re also committing to see version three in the franchise. Many are calling out specific shots, loving the apartment as well as moments in the book that they wanted in the film.”


The Surprisingly Feminist Fifty Shades Darker Scene We Should All Be Discussing


The new movie Fifty Shades Darker hit theaters this weekend to reviews that would make Anastasia Steele herself say, “Oh jeez.” An “unintentional comedic masterpiece,”said Vox. “Almost bad enough to recommend,” according to The New York Times. Glamour’s own Lizzie Logan called it, “Plotless”—and she was kind of a fan!

So maybe the second big-screen adaptation in author E.L. James’s BDSM romance trilogy won’t be up for any Oscars—but the movie is far from a punishing session in the Red Room of Pain. In fact, Fifty Shades Darker is both titillating and progressive for a mainstream blockbuster, thanks to not one, but two occasions in which Christian Grey performs oral sex on Ana.

Rest assured, the film delivers on the kinky sex: There are hot spankings, blindfolds, restraints, and Anastasia’s first time wearing ben wa balls. Similar sex acts earned the first 50 Shades of Grey film an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) back in 2015. But films that show women receiving oral sex from men have, in the past, almost universally received the dreaded NC-17 rating. Yet somehow, Fifty Shades Darker received an R rating as well.

The distinction between an R rating and an NC-17 is significant. As explains, an R rating means children age 17 and under can attend the film with an “accompanying parent or adult guardian.” An NC-17 rating means “no one 17 and under” can be admitted into the film—period. That creates less of an incentive for theaters to distribute the movie, and can be the difference of millions of dollars in profits for studios. MTV’s Kat Rosenfeld called the NC-17 rating “the box office kiss of death”—so much so that production companies have been known to edit out the questionable sex scenes in order to achieve an R rating rather than an NC-17. If cunnilingus is unfairly stigmatized, as some argue it is, that means the MPAA’s rating can have a direct effect on how audiences around the world are seeing women’s sexual pleasure portrayed onscreen.

The MPAA has been accused of rating films that depict male-on-female and female-on-female oral sex more strictly than it rates scenes in which a woman goes down on a man and even scenes that depict sexual violence. An infamous example is Blue Valentine, the 2010 film starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling as a husband and wife whose marriage is unraveling. In the movie, the couple spends the night together in a seedy hotel and Gosling’s character goes down on his wife. The film’s producer, Harvey Weinstein, told Entertainment Weekly that Blue Valentine initially got saddled with an NC-17 based on that scene alone. (The MPAA did not comment to EW on the matter.)

Weinstein clapped back at what he perceived as a cunnilingus-related contradiction. “How did Piranha 3D get an R and Blue Valentine gets an NC-17?” he asked EW, referring to a horror film from the same year. “It’s ridiculous—a penis got coughed up in the movie by a piranha!” Gosling spoke out about the injustice, too. “I was very confused…” the actor told NPR. “I was told it’s because my character performs oral sex on his wife, and I thought, ‘There’s plenty of movies with men receiving oral sex from women with R ratings.’ It seemed like a double standard. On top of that, it seemed like there are horror movies that are, like, torture-porn that are R-rated.”

Weinstein was successful in having Blue Valentine’s NC-17 rating changed to an R, after making a case to the Classification and Ratings Appeals Board. But it wasn’t the first, or the last, time a film with a woman receiving oral sex received a stricter rating.

In fact, what’s confusing about the MPAA ratings is how inconsistently they’ve been applied over the years. The 1993 movie What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? earned a PG-13 rating, despite a scene in which Johnny Depp’s character receives oral sex from a woman. The 1999 film Boys Don’t Cry, in which Hilary Swank’s character goes down on Chloe Sevigny (off-screen), earned an R rating. The 2010 film Black Swan got an R rating, even though it contains a scene in which Mila Kunis’s character goes down on Natalie Portman. The 2013 film Lovelace—about adult film actress Linda Lovelace, star of the first mainstream porno Deep Throat—earned just an R rating. (In Lovelace, Amanda Seyfried’s title character performs feats of oral sex on one man and is repeatedly physically and sexually abused by her husband and other men.) The director of Charlie Countryman edited out a scene of a man performing oral sex on a woman in order to have its initial NC-17 rating reduced to an R—but that same year, the 2013 film Blue is the Warmest Color earned an NC-17 rating, apparently due to its depiction of lesbian sex.

Now, four years later, Fifty Shades Darker has not one but two scenes depicting male-on-female oral sex (and ben wa balls! and all that spanking!) and still earns a reasonably temperate R rating. Does this mean the MPAA is loosening up on going down? Have the repeated call-outs at their inconsistency and hypocrisy worked? Hard to say, but those of us who want to see a woman’s sexual pleasure depicted as freely on screen as a man’s aren’t complaining about the MPAA’s mysterious ways—at least in this instance.

For now, let’s make like Anastasia Steele: Just lay back and enjoy it.


Box Office: ‘Lego Batman Movie’ Tops ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ With $55.6 Million

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Costumed avengers, a billionaire with a kinky side, and a brutally efficient hit man proved to be just the tonic for an ailing domestic box office. “The Lego Batman Movie” bested “Fifty Shades Darker” at the multiplexes over the weekend, earning a robust $55.6 million to capture first place. “Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” couldn’t quite match its predecessor’s $85.2 million launch. It had to settle for a still sizable $46.8 million debut and second place on the box office chart.

Not to be outdone, Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 2,” a followup to 2014’s “John Wick,” enjoyed a smashing $30 million. That’s more than double what the first film racked up during its debut. The headlines will inevitably be about “Fifty Shades Darker” and “The Lego Batman Movie,” but the “John Wick” installment’s numbers are more impressive. It grew its audience substantially, adding more female viewers to the mix. Like “Pitch Perfect” and “Austin Powers,” both of which saw a major increase in ticket sales between their first and second installment, “John Wick” has now made a case for itself as a certifiable franchise, one that was nurtured by cable viewings and rentals.

“The first ‘John Wick’ came out of nowhere theatrically and we know from the home entertainment team it way over indexed the norm,” said David Spitz, Lionsgate’s distribution chief. “Consumers loved everything about the world of John Wick.”

The three new releases succeeded by appealing to different demographics and age groups — kids and teenagers went to the new Lego movie, women were titilated by Christian Grey’s red room, and men looked on as Keanu Reeve’s assassin made quick work of his foes. Heading into the weekend, stateside ticket sales were lagging behind last year’s numbers, down nearly 3% from 2016. Studio executives and exhibition industry insiders hope that this weekend will help reinvigorate interest in moviegoing, a comeback that will be aided by the upcoming release of “Logan,” a new Wolverine movie, and a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Warner Bros. backed “The Lego Batman Movie” and sees the animated films built around the line of Danish toy bricks as being key to its corporate future. The studio is leaning heavily on a slate of animated Lego films, DC Comics adventures, and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a Harry Potter spinoff, to help it compete with Disney. That studio has popularized the concept of branded movies, with its arsenal of Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar films. “The Lego Batman Movie” cost $80 million to make, which is downright economical at a time when many animated films carry budgets that are more than $200 million. It pits Batman against the Joker in a battle for Gotham City, and boasts a voice cast that includes Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, and Ralph Fiennes. The series kicked off with 2014’s “The Lego Movie,” which made $469.2 million globally. Next September brings another spin-off, “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” a martial arts adventure with the voice of Jackie Chan, and 2019 will see the release of “The Lego Movie 2.”

“Brick by brick, ‘The Lego Movie’ launched related stories,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution. “This was just a fun and cool story.”

“The Lego Batman Movie” now as the biggest opening of any 2017 release, but it did fall short of projections. Some analysts had predicted the family film would make more than $60 million.

“Fifty Shades Darker” is a Universal release. The studio didn’t give a budget for the film (as is its wont these days), but knowledgeable estimates put its cost in the range of $55 million. The sequel may have lost some of the audience who bought a ticket to the first film to see just how much riding crop would make its way to screens, but there are other reasons it couldn’t equal the reception of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” That movie benefited from being released over the President’s Day holiday, a period that also coincided with Valentine’s Day, making the saucy tale the date night movie dujour.

Nick Carpou, Universal’s domestic distribution chief, said that he expects that the film will show more endurance than its predecessor. Valentine’s Day takes place on Tuesday, and audiences are rating the sequel better than the original, giving it a B+ CinemaScore, as opposed to the C+ that “Fifty Shades of Grey” received. Critics, for their part, hated it, but they didn’t care for the first movie, nor the book on which it is based.

“The interest in it will spread out more,” predicted Carpou. “With next weekend being a holiday, it gives us a chance to have repeat business.”

Universal’s “Split” surrendered the first place it had occupied for three consecutive weekends amidst the barrage of newcomers. The hit thriller took in $9.3 million to capture fourth place on the chart, while pushing its domestic haul to $112.3 million.

Fox’s “Hidden Figures” rounded out the top five, earning $8 million. The Oscar-nominated drama about African-American NASA employees fighting racial prejudice in the early days of the space program has made $131.4 million stateside.

In milestone news, Universal and Illumination’s “Sing” topped $500 million globally. The animated film centers on a talent competition for  animals.

On the indie front, Fox Searchlight’s “A United Kingdom” opened in four theaters, grossing $70,000 for a per-screen average of $17,500. The drama chronicles a love affair between the King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, and the controversy it sparked.

The Weinstein Company’s “Lion” continued to chug along in its twelfth weekend, seeing its numbers rise even as it lost 68 screens. The drama about a man who uses Google Earth to find his long-lost family in India grossed $4.1 million to push its domestic returns above $30 million. David Glasser, the company’s COO, argued that the story, which touches on immigration, has struck a nerve in a political climate dominated by talk of travel bans from certain countries. India is not one of the country’s targeted by the Trump administration, but “Lion” star Sunny Pawar, a native of the country, did have trouble getting permission to enter the U.S. for the film’s premiere.

“This is a zeitgeist movie,” he said. “As people discover it, you wouldn’t believe the emails that are pouring in. Every day we wake up to notes from politicians, tennis players, even a woman I know from Middle America, all saying this couldn’t be more timely.”

Overall ticket sales did slide despite the influx of franchise fare. Revenues were unable to match the year-ago period, a weekend that saw the $132.4 million debut of “Deadpool.” Still, analysts note that weekend was President’s Day, a holiday that’s been pushed back by a week in 2017, making comparisons difficult. Some box office sages predicted that this will be the start of a torrid period at the multiplexes, one that will ultimately eclipse the high-water mark established last year.

“This is the true kickoff of what could be the biggest year ever,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. “This weekend is the start of our record run.”

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The seven most wonderfully ridiculous moments in Fifty Shades Darker

FSD‘Dakota Johnson in particular deserves a parade through the center of town for somehow carrying this ludicrous material on her shoulders’ … Fifty Shades Darker. Photograph: Doane Gregory/Universal Pictures/PA

There’s plenty to enjoy in the sex-filled sequel: intimately inserted Ben Wa balls, an oddly placed Vin Diesel poster and something called a spreader bar.  Grab your popcorn, gummy worms and nipple clamps, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele (yes, those are the characters’ names) have returned to cinemas. Fifty Shades Darker, the less fussy, more silly sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey is getting spanked by most critics, but these are people who can’t seem to find pleasure in pain.

No one involved in this production thinks they are making great art, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t taking it seriously. Dakota Johnson in particular deserves a parade through the center of town for somehow carrying this ludicrous material on her shoulders and making it as watchable as it is. There’s a splendid, upbeat and ultimately warm night at the pictures ahead of you, if you go in with the right frame of mind. To prepare (or, if you like, spoil), here are the seven most wonderfully ridiculous things about Fifty Shades Darker .

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Coco Chanel said that before leaving the house, a woman should remove one accessory. EL James does not agree. Before a benefit party, Christian Grey inserts two Ben Wa balls into Ms Steele’s most private area, and suggests she wear them for the entire evening. The fact that his parents and siblings will also be in attendance doesn’t seem to be an issue.

There’s a marvelous criss-cross of coincidence going on here. All the swells are dressed up (and masked) to raise funds for a nondescript children’s charity. The founder of the National Charity for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was, in fact, the Rev Benjamin Waugh. Could there be a more clear salute to that great man?

And the horse you rode in on

After a night of soul-quaking love-making (and nightmares about an abusive mother) Christian Grey works on his mighty abs in his private gym. First the shirtless pull-ups, then, close enough to the window so anyone in Seattle can look up to his tower and see, he suspends himself over his personal pommel horse and … stays there. So Lonely by the Police kicks it on the soundtrack and Anastasia looks on longingly, biting her lip, thinking “there’s my man”.

Now that’s Riddickulous

The serious heart-to-hearts range between sweet and unbearable, sometimes just sentences apart. Christian finally starts opening up to Anastasia about his past, and when he isn’t talking he lets the decor do some of the work. A big breakthrough comes in his teen bedroom at his folks’ mansion, festooned with pictures of his dead birth mother, a wrestling match program and a poster for the nearly unwatchable Vin Diesel vehicle The Chronicles of Riddick.

With Fifty Shades and Riddick both being Universal Pictures properties, maybe the set designer just rifled through some old boxes laying around the office the morning of the shoot? This is the only logical answer I can come up with.

Photograph: Doane Gregory/AP

Christian Grey is a man with physical boundaries. But Anastasia can be easily confused, I guess, so asks for a clear roadmap. As such, the frequently shirtless Jaime Dornan takes a tube of red lipstick and draws an enormous square around his torso. You can’t touch him here. (And that includes his heart! Nooooo!)

If this weren’t silly enough, cut to many scenes later, when Christian takes his shirt off again (of course) and the red traces are still there! Unsmudged! No cheap makeup on Christian Grey’s watch!

Print, the legend

Thanks to some storytelling gymnastics that would score straight 10s at the Olympics, Anastasia ends up as the head of the fiction division at an important publishing company. At her first staff meeting all the grey hairs are fumfering about declining numbers. What ever shall they do? Reduce output and stick to their core product? No! young Anastasia pipes up. “We could expand it!” She suggests finding young writers (like one she’s particularly keen on) who “got 50,000 hits just last night!”

“Internet hits don’t convert to print sales!” a boardroom fossil cries, but another, slowly, wonders: “What if they did?”

I couldn’t hear the rest of the scene because everyone in the theater was cackling so loudly. And then applauding because Dakota Johnson is so sunny and likable you want this fairy tale to continue.

Delayed gratification

Early in the story there’s a cute moment where Anastasia learns that Christian has a vacation hideaway in Aspen. He’s also force-fed $24,000 into her bank account that she doesn’t want, so as a way to tidy up that mess she bids that exact amount on a raffle to stay at his Colorado pad.

Then the topic is never brought up again.

And even with all the nudity (Ms Johnson and Mr Dornan both rather fetching, most would agree), all I kept thinking was, “When are they going to go skiing?!”


Photograph: Doane Gregory/AP

The rhythm method

The skis never come but there’s other sporting equipment. During another randy moment (and the sex scenes really serve the same function as song-and-dance numbers in a musical), Christian straps Anastasia to something that tells me is a “spreader bar”.

The bound feet and adjustable span aren’t what sell it, though. It’s that each of Christian’s virile moves are perfectly timed to the music on the soundtrack. So when Anastasia just can’t contain her passion any longer and he flips her over like a prurient pancake, the cymbals crash on the quietstorm mix he’s playing in glorious syncopation. What a guy!

I could go on (did I mention Kim Basinger is in this thing?) but I don’t know if you or I have the stamina. I guess that’s why we need fantasy in our lives.


Dakota Johnson Reveals ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Has a ‘Surprise’ Tribute to Mom Melanie Griffith

Dakota Johnson’s mother, Melanie Griffith, may never see her daughter’s performance in the Fifty Shades films, but that doesn’t mean the acclaimed actress doesn’t inspire some of the moments. When speaking with Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb on Wednesday, Johnson revealed that there’s a part in Fifty Shades Darker that serves as a tribute to Griffith, though Johnson doubts her mom will ever see the film. “There is a moment, a little surprise moment especially for my mom in this movie,” the 27-year-old actress shared. “She won’t ever see it!”

Still hopeful, Johnson added, “Maybe she’ll see this one specific little clip.” When asked if she thinks fans will notice the homage to Griffith, 59, Johnson insisted, “I hope so. I think so.”

WATCH: Jamie Dornan Blushes About Fifty Shades Sex Toys, Stars in Hilarious Parody With Ellen DeGeneres

One main reason Griffith hasn’t seen the Fifty Shades films is due to the seriously sexual moments shared between Johnson and her co-star, Jamie Dornan, onscreen.

One scene in particular that was recently released from the upcoming sequel shows Anastasia Steele (Johnson) being instructed by Christian Grey (Dornan) to take off a piece of clothing while having dinner at a restaurant. Let’s just say it’s not suitable for parents.

Check it out:

WATCH: Dakota Johnson Turns Fifty Shades Into a Comedy With Jimmy Fallon Portraying Christian Grey


First Fifty Shades Darker Clip Puts a Nasty Spin on Date Night

First Fifty Shades Darker Clip Puts a Nasty Spin on Date Night

If you’re looking for an erotic, steamy movie to ignite some romance this Valentine’s Day, Fifty Shades Darker might just do the trick. The second installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy arrives on February 10. And if we had to guess by this first clip released, there won’t be a dry seat in the house come two weekends from now. Universal Pictures released this latest clip from Fifty Shades Darker. And if it doesn’t get your heart racing, you might want to check and see if you have a pulse at all. It’s pure sexual tension and almost too steamy for general audiences. Not much is shown, but quite a lot is implied. Aptly enough, this first clip is titled ‘Date Night’.

Christian Grey and Ana Steele have gone out for a fancy dinner in light of recent events that have kept them apart for a short spell. Christian, ever the sly goose, convinces Anastasia to remove her panties before they’ve even had a chance to order. She does just that in the crowded restaurant, careful for no one to see. As that lacy underwear hits the ground, Mr. Grey calls, ‘Check, please!’

But the sexy fun doesn’t end there. The duo next enter a crowded elevator. Christian and Ana are all the way in the back. Grey pretends to tie his shoe, slowly raising up with his hand on Steele’s thigh. He brings his hand up under her skirt, and the face that Ana gives is, well, you’ll get the drift of where all this is going quite soon enough. Let’s just say you don’t want to watch this movie without a date at your side, or a box of Kleenex. Which ever is easiest for you to come by.

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Move Aside Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele: Introducing the New Characters From Fifty Shades Darker

If you think Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are the only co-stars bringing the heat to Fifty Shades Darker, think again. We’re now closer than ever to the highly-anticipated release of the hit franchise’s second installment, and while some moviegoers might expect the film to echo much of the first’s story angle (sex, sex and more sex), there’s actually quite a few characters pivotal to Christian and Anastasia’s dramatic love story that we’ve yet to meet.

Lucky for FSD fans, we’re breaking down every newcomer set to make an appearance in the forthcoming movie, and from the looks of it, your plans for Valentine’s Day plans have officially been signed, sealed and delivered.

Thank us later.

ESC: Party Dresses, Rita Ora

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Rita Ora: Sure, the British bombshell did co-star in Fifty Shades of Grey, but her blink-and-you-missed-it appearance was so painfully brief (we’re talking four lines of dialogue brief), it’s fair to consider Rita a brand new asset to the crew. She plays Christian’s sister, Mia Grey, in the blockbuster hit, and her character has a major plot line in the second and third Fifty Shades books.

Tyler Hoechlin

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Tyler Hoechlin: The Teen Wolf hunk takes on the role of Boyce Fox, an author and Anastasia’s former classmate who she signs as an editor at Christian’s publishing company.

Bella Heathcote

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Bella Heathcote: The stunning Aussie actress is nearly unrecognizable starring as Leila Williams, one of Christian’s ex-submissives who returns to make her former lover’s new relationship with Anastasia even more turbulent… and dangerous.

Eric Johnson

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Eric Johnson: Christian Grey finds a rival in this Smallville alum’s character, Jack Hyde. Anastasia begins working as his personal assistant at the publishing company, but when Johnson’s character begins pursuing her romantically, a dark shared past between Christian and Jack is revealed.

Kim Basinger

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Kim Basinger: Without revealing too much, Anastasia gives the actress’s Elena Lincoln character the nickname, “Mrs. Robinson.” Elena and Christian go way back, and though they are business partners now, their relationship wasn’t always office appropriate.

Hugh Dancy, Critics Choice Awards

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Hugh Dancy: The Hannibal star makes his Fifty Shades Darker debut as psychiatrist Dr. John Flynn, who Christian he begins seeing when people from his past begin interfering with the present.

Robinne Lee

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Robinne Lee: The Seven Pounds actress returns to the big screen as the vice president and second-in-command to Christian Grey at Grey Enterprises.

Fay Masterson

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Fay Masterson: Joining the cast of Fifty Shades Darker for the very first time is this British actress, who co-stars as Christian’s longtime housekeeper and cook, Gail Jones.
Fifty Shades Darker hits theaters Feb. 10.Source