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E L James launches 'Fifty Shades of Grey' wine

If you read and/or are reading Fifty Shades of Grey completely sober, you might be doing it wrong (unless you’re under 21). And if you read and/or are reading it with a beer in your hand, well then you’re definitely doing it wrong (especially if you’re under 21). Fifty Shades of Grey is to be read with a glass of wine in your of-age hand. At least, that’s what we learned from E L James’ latest project. More specifically, it’s meant to be read with a glass of Fifty Shades wine in your hand.
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' casting sees fifty shades of backlash

Since it was revealed over the weekend that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson landed the lead roles in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, passionate fans have been in a fury, directing rage-filled tweets at author E L James and film producer Dana Brunetti and starting a petition lobbying for White Collar star Matt Bomer and Mad Men‘s Alexis Bledel to replace the duo as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.

Brunetti tried reasoning with the angry mob, retweeting hateful messages and explaining how the casting process really works.
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'Fifty Shades of Grey': Bret Easton Ellis tweets that Robert Pattinson was E. L. James' first choice for Christian

After countless rumors, fake magazine covers, secret conversations, and fan-made movie trailers, Charlie Hunnam has officially been cast as rich-playboy-with-a-secret Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. But that doesn’t mean he was the author’s first choice.

According to Bret Easton Ellis, who had once expressed interest in writing the screenplay, James pictured Robert Pattinson in the role of Christian, who’s described in the books as having dark copper-colored hair and, of course, those unforgettable gray eyes.

Ellis tweeted that not only was Pattinson James’ first choice, but that fan favorites Matt Bomer and Ian Somerhalder were “never in the running.” Check out Ellis’ tweets below: READ FULL STORY

'Forbes' names Madonna the highest paid celebrity of 2013

The Material Girl isn’t going to be short on materials anytime soon.

Madonna has been named the highest paid celebrity of 2013 by Forbes, which reports that the pop star brought in $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Not even an album flop can keep this woman down.

Behind Madonna is the king of movies, Steven Spielberg, with $100 million, the king of reality singing competitions, Simon Cowell, with $95 million, and the queen who gave us the red room of pain, E.L. James, also with $95 million. Rounding out the top five is Howard Stern — the king of awkwardness? — with the ever-popular intake of $95 million.

The first athlete joins the list at number 12, with Tiger Woods bringing in $78 million. And believe it or not, Oprah Winfrey sits at number 13 with $77 million. Luckily, that’s still enough money to give away a handful of cars if she feels the need.

'Forbes' lists E.L. James as top-earning author

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E.L. James’ ought to revise the title of her publishing juggernaut, 50 Shades of Grey, to 50 Shades of cold hard cash.

After all, the author raked in an estimated $95 million this year, making her the world’s top-earning author, according to Forbes. READ FULL STORY

'Fifty Shades of Grey': From erotic fantasy to real-life hazard? Plus, the Guantanamo connection

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The outrageously popular erotic tome Fifty Shades of Grey may be responsible for some interesting trends among British couples and Guantanamo prisoners, according to CNN.

Published in 2011, and the first in the trilogy by E L James, the fan-fiction-turned-bestseller cast a warm afterglow on the lives of bored housewives and fans of drugstore paperbacks, harlequin romances, and Lifetime specials everywhere. But now its kinky premise, of a college grad’s foray into sadistic sexual play with a businessman, extends beyond a sultry beach read into a burgeoning international phenomenon.

First, in Britain, in which Fifty Shades was the best-selling book of 2012, firefighters now know more than they ever wanted to about the public’s bedroom behavior. CNN reported that London firefighters noticed an uptick in emergency calls regarding individuals caught in handcuffs — 79 incidents total, since 2010, which pales in comparison to the calls London fire crews received from individuals stuck in “everyday household items” — 1,300 to be exact.

“I’m sure most people will be Fifty Shades of red by the time our crews arrive to free them,” Third Officer Dave Brown told CNN.
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Just what your baby needs: a 'Fifty Shades of Grey'-themed onesie

Most children don’t start actively hating their parents until they hit middle school. But if you want to give your kid a jump-start on a lifetime of resentment, Etsy has just the thing: a series of onesies, bibs, and teeny tiny ties themed around the erotic blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey.

A Buzzfeed roundup shows that these products share a few common threads. Many thank Fifty Shades for facilitating the hypothetical wearer’s birth, which will lead to some uncomfortable questions once that baby learns how to read. Others actually sexualize any babies unfortunate enough to be garbed in them, like the shirt that proclaims “I pretend Christian Grey is my daddy” — a message accented by the image of handcuffs. Perfectly appropriate for daycare!

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Ten ways to tell you're enjoying an evening with 'Fifty Shades of Grey' author E L James

On Monday night, I attended “An Evening with E L James,” an intimate New York City get-together for the launch of the Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album. James, who kicks off her U.S. book tour today, was on hand for an interview (and of course, a general gawk at the nice middle-aged British lady who almost single-handedly ruled the publishing industry this year).

There are undoubtedly dozens of author Q&As and record-release celebrations happening across Manhattan every night, but this evening was, well, different…  So, should you too ever find yourself uncertain as to whether you are attending “An Evening with E L James,” here are 10 ways to tell:

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' is now a YouTube musical -- VIDEO

Fifty Shades of Grey has already spawned fan fiction — but now it has inspired a YouTube fan musical.

The new parody, published by AVbyte, addresses through song the ongoing debate about the value of E L James’ adult novel. The video’s three stars represent three archetypes of the book’s critics: the housewife who loves it, the feminist who hates it, and the guy who hates that he loves it.

Watch the video below and tell us what you think of the novel. Is it ”mommy porn at women’s rights’ expense,” ”does every word describes exactly how [you] want to feel within,” or is it a little of both? READ FULL STORY

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