“Rita Ora was cast in ‘Fifty Shades’ as Christian Grey’s sister” links

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  1. B says:

    If she’s his adopted sister, then looks-wise it doesn’t really matter. No one in this movie has been cast right – except for Jamie Dornan if you really squint you eyes. Then again, the entire cast would have to look like the Twilight stars’ doppelgangers to be completely accurate to the book/fanfic. Nothing about the movie is weirder than the fact that it’s actually being made. Some books should just stay in the horribly written Universe they come from.

    • Bubbles says:

      The movie is a trainwreck, so why not. She did go to some kind of a drama school.
      I got so angry at people on Daily Mail commenting how she’s supposed to be white. She’s from Kosovo – she is white.

      • P.J. says:

        @Bubbles: You realize that a person’s birthplace has nothing to do with their ethnicity, right? Proclaiming that Rita “is white” simply because the fact that she originally hails “from Kosovo” is like saying that Shaquille O’Neil is merely because he was born in the U.S.! Rita Ora is not Caucasian.

      • Jill says:

        Daily Mail commenters are notoriously racist. Just look at the top rated comments on any story about a minority doing something wrong.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Heck, the top rated comment is usually the nastiest! And they hate everyone equally too.

      • Bubbles says:

        Her ethnicity is Albanian. Which is white. My best friend is half Albanian and she is white. What is she then?

        It is different in the US because of your heritage, but it’s pretty simple in Europe. Especially in countries that had no slavery nor immigration.

      • Han says:

        I don’t know anything about Rita. But its not true that its pretty simple in Europe. Europe is not a white place where everyone that is non caucasian is immigrant. Thats a vastly outdated idea. Also on the balkan many people can have turkish, arabic or even roman heritage. People have always moved across borders and immigrated, its not a recent idea. There is no such thing as a country that has just one single race, in europe or elsewhere.

      • Spooks says:

        I am Croatian, and we’re sort of in the Balkans. If you’re Croatian, you’re white ( unless an immigrant). Same goes for other countries. I presume you are referring to a part of Bosnian people when you say of Turkish and Arabic heritage. And Turkish and Arabic people are also white, are they not? I’m not sure for Roma people.

        I don’t think it’s a bad thing or anything, but I have some Muslim Bosnian friends with turkish heritage and they always thought of themselves as white, so this debate confuses me. I also don’t know any people of other races who live here and don’t have immigrants somewhere in their heritage.

        I really hope none of this is offensive.

      • Bubbles says:

        Turkish and Arabic people are white. Did Arabs come to the Balkans? I know the Ottoman Empire did, never heard of any Arabs. And Roma people are everywhere in Europe, not just in the Balkans, and if I’m correct they’re also white.

        This reminds me of when Butler’s ex was described as ethnic because she was Romanian,.

      • Han says:

        @bubbles. You are right, technically arabs, turkish and roma people are considered white. However most ethnic northern europeans don’t consider them as such. I have both swedish and egyptian heritage and i can tell you that swedes or even english people ( i grew up in england) don’t look upon arabs as white. My gran and dad definitely was not considered white when i grew up. I guess i was just trying to say that very few countries have a mono cultural heritage, hence very few of us are 100% this or that if you dig deep enough. People and tribes have always moved around. Personally i don’t see whats offensive in someone not being considered white or ethnic. I am very fair myself and most people don’t see my egyptian heritage in me. But i am very proud of my egyptian roots and love it when someone notices it.

      • Lex says:

        Who is or is not ‘white’ technically or otherwise is hardly relevant. Race wise, people from parts of India are Caucasians (nothing to do with British influence either) but no one is really going to be calling them white.

        Why is everything always always always about race on here?
        Even when it’s not, people always bring it up or say that it not being mentioned is somehow being racist…. it is so tired!

    • Hello says:

      Bubbles is correct Albanians are of course considered very much white, I am Albanian and I can tell you that Albanian is one of the very few European countries that is notoriously reclusive when it comes to mixing with other races. For many years, and not too long ago may I add, Albanian had closed borders where no one was allowed to come in or go out of the country so not that many immigrants had a chance to come in and mix, its only these past few decades that Albanian has truly opened its boards and people can travel. And despite the misinformed that you may find on the net about Albanians, no we have NOT mixed with any Turkish (only a few similarities we share small cultural traditions left over from the Ottoman empire days which is the same as any other Balkan country that experience the same thing), Arabic or even roman heritage AT ALL, in fact very sadly in Albanian those groups are heavily discriminated on because of the skin color and religion and therefore the Albanian people choose do not interbreed (lack of a better term) with because of the huge stigma. Lets just say you would not call Albania a very modern metropolitan country.

      Also Albanian is a Mediterranean country which sits next to Greece and opposite Italy so because of the very hot weather we can get quite tanned but most (not all) of the Albanian people are naturally light skin, much lighter the Greeks and Italians and most of the can pass for any other Eastern or Western European. Personally I am very pale skinned brunette and no one can tell which European country I am from, I now live in London which is course a very metropolitan city and come across lots of different Europeans and each and everyone of the thought I was one of theirs which is always quite funny to hear. The British people are more open and freely excepting of the practice of different race mixing unlike unfortunately many Eastern European countries that still see this as a taboo .
      I have also been to different places in America and everyone over there straight away assumed a was British.

      Lastly, I have to add that Rita Ora (who is wearing a lot of fake orange tan and make up from I can see) is originally from Kosovo and although they of course have Albanian heritage and most of them are proud to call themselves just Albanians, they are a lot darker then the ‘proper’ Albanians because they of course in the past were part of Serbia, Yugoslavia and an obvious mixture of the two ethnicity have occurred but they are still are of course are very much considered white.

      I apologize for the long post but because not that many people know that much about Albania, some don’t even know it actually exist lol, they have this very misinformed view about it and its people and because of the Kosovo war, when you search on the internet about Albanian there is sadly a lot of hate campaigns that have been plaster on the many website about Albanians created by mostly by nationalist Serbians, Greeks and Russians that tent to grossly lie and attack us, so to embarrass us that unfortunately can put normal people off.

      • Hello says:

        Oops sorry for my terrible grammar and atrocious spelling errors, it has been a very long tiring day and unfortunately its seems I had a lot to say about this lol hope I made sense ; ).

      • Maureen says:

        I don’t know if anyone’s reading this thread anymore, but Mother Teresa was an ethnic Albanian and her coloring (skin, hair, eyes) was exactly like Rita Ora when MT was a young woman. Google Mother Teresa when she was 17 or 18 and you’ll see. (And I mean Rita’s original dark hair and her skin without the fake tan. They are still not pale white like, say, the Irish.)

      • Hello says:

        Errr Maureen you need to read my post dear because what you said is pretty stupid, you can’t generalise a whole nation by looking at one person.

        Ps. There is no one country in the word that only has very pale people, even in Ireland, look at Colin Farrell, he is Irish born and bred but very dark, so using your logic then we should all assume that all Irish people must be swarthy like him, right!

  2. Marisa says:

    Two things:
    1. All I can think of while looking at these pics is Danaerys Targaryen(GOT).
    2. I read these “books.” Total crap. Wackiest casting, but par for the course as far as I’m concerned.

  3. Oceansoul89 says:

    Ugh. Fifty Shades of Stupid. I’ve read much better “BDSM” books. At least those aren’t creepy and borderline abusive.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      That was exactly my problem with the books–well I only read the first one. I don’t know much about BDSM–at least not any direct info. But I do know that BDSM is more than just smacking your partner’s butt (playfully) in the middle of sex. I was VERY uncomfortable with the idea that this guy is supposed to be this seasoned Dominant, who just can’t live without this girl—who knows absolutely nothing about BDSM, and has made it clear that she *isn’t* interested. That she’s only trying it for you. Again–a few playful smacks is something that you *try* for your partner–NOT BDSM. Even I know that.

      But that’s really what creeped me out about the books–not the writing or the sex scenes. It was just the fact that his character was irresponsible to his own sex life, of her sex life–wants and needs (not even going into the stalking–I dismissed it in the actual Twilight series, because it’s a freaking book about Vampires). That and the fact that ‘Ana’ just went along with it—she didn’t discover a need inside of her, she was just doing it to please her hot, rich boyfriend. Gag me, There is a way to write a demure, shy, sexually inexperienced (I could’ve written this one) characters—this ain’t it.

  4. Sisi says:

    Well for Twilight the side characters of pattison were ashley greene and Hewhoreadsintrees (lmao, I forgot his name) so acting wise we know the standard they are looking for in James’ filthy Twilight reinterpretation.

    They don’t have to cast actors, so why not Rita Ora.
    Tbh I find it hilarious that in this movie a model, a singer and someone related to actors gave been cast. No actor will touch it.

  5. CaribbeanLaura says:

    Good Lord that lacefront is doing her NO favours!!!!

  6. Reece says:

    Does that mean they um, “go at it” since she’s adopted?

  7. Florc says:

    50 Shades might be hilariously bad, but still bad.

    To the gyno article.. Hot gynos exist, but i’d image many women do not like going to them. I would be uncomfortable too.

  8. paola says:

    50 shades of blonde and she can’t find one that flatters her.

  9. Samtha says:

    I can’t get enough “monster, zombie, vampire & fairy tale themed shows.” I read Dracula in third grade (admittedly, it took me ALL of third grade), and have been hooked on supernatural/paranormal entertainment since.

    No comments on the 50 Shades casting. The whole thing is a clusterf–k, and by 2015, most people probably won’t care any longer. (Okay, so that was a comment.)

  10. lunchcoma says:

    Rita will be playing the “Alice” equivalent in 50 Shades of Gray, and I think she’ll be fine in the role, at least compared to other entertainers who’d consider appearing in the movie. The story leans heavily on Christian being adopted, so there’s no reason that his siblings should look like him.

    And, yes, I read the book. I’m not a fan, just someone who foolishly thought I should read something if I want to criticize it. You have no idea how much I regret the decision – it’s that bad.

    • LadySlippers says:

      I read it too LunchComa and boy did my inner editor spring to life!!!! Good Lord how someone could actually publish that with ALL it’s numerous mistakes is beyond me. You know, it’s one thing to not like the material, but totally another when it looks as if a kid edited the book (or had NO editor at all).

      • lunchcoma says:

        Oh, it was just dreadful. I get the feeling there was an editor but that James had enough power to blow off the edits and still get the book published. The plot (or lack thereof) and characters had their problems too, but there’s no reason a reader should be thinking things like, “Why is the same word being used three times in a paragraph?” or “Pram? Americans don’t say that!” Its success made all my aspiring writer friends very sad.

      • LadySlippers says:

        I think the publishers rushed the whole thing in order to make money. I bet James was left out of that loop or they paid her well to shut up. As a writer, I’d like my best, most polished work out there. Not something that makes people fish out their red pencils….

        Oh there were so many words that Americans never use, perambulator was only one of them. *sigh* Like I said, not everyone will like every subject of art. But that’s a hit mess. And that’s being kind.

        I’m surprised the whole industry didn’t collectively hang their head in shame.

      • Another Ann says:

        It would have taken no time at all to scrub out the British terms and replace them with American ones. It was plain lazy not to do so. If the book is set in America, with American characters, it needs to use American English.

      • LadySlippers says:

        @AA: I think greed trumped over laziness. There were SO many errors that anyone associated with it should be ashamed.

      • lunchcoma says:

        @LadySlippers: I could see it being a rush job. There were certainly other Twilight-themed erotic stories out there, and perhaps they were afraid someone would publish first? Still, while I understand they didn’t have time to go through and tighten up the plot or make the secondary characters more consistent, I find it embarrassing that they couldn’t do at least some line editing. (Is that the right word? That’s what we’d call those smaller corrections for academic writing.)

        @Another Ann: I’d say that the fix for all the English terms is even easier than that. There’s no reason for the story to take place in the Pacific Northwest beyond the fact that Twilight was set there. Why not just relocate everyone from Seattle to London and let them keep saying things like “to hospital” and drinking tea?

      • LadySlippers says:

        LunchComa: Moving it to anywhere they use British English would have helped with the particular phrases to be more correct.

        But I don’t get the rush, no other fan fiction has hit it this big and editing can’t take THAT long. I’m not an editor but I could easily have fixed a lot of errors in a week. Ya know? A week would have made such a difference in the right hands.

    • Firefly says:

      HILARIOUS reviews of each book, one chapter at a time (and they’re long; she misses nothing). And she always brings up the British phrases, or EL James’s attempts to sound American that just make no sense (like “I floor the pedal to the metal” instead of “I floor it” or “I put the pedal to the metal”). I kind of wish I hadn’t found these; I wasted so much time at work today…..

      http://jennytrout.wordpress.com/jenny-reads-50-shades-of-grey/

      • LadySlippers says:

        Oh thanks! I’ll have to check it out.

      • LadySlippers says:

        @FireFly: OMG this review is hilarious! But she (so far) is focused on content. If she added grammar — it’d be perfect!

        This book is such a ‘What Not to Do When Writing’.

      • lunchcoma says:

        @Firefly: I didn’t find Jenny’s recaps until after I’d already read the first book, but they were the only reason that made me decide it was worth it to skim through the second one. Nothing could make me try the third one.

        @LadySlippers: She’ll focus more on the grammar and language as the review goes on. What basically happens is that at some point she gets tired of the “unlikable characters, abusive relationship, dull sex, possible eating disorder” outrage because there’s so much of it and it keeps repeating. After that happens, she starts to get annoyed by the writing itself. I sympathize, because that was my experience of reading the book too.

  11. Chrissy says:

    What with the dress??? I think if she stood up straight, she’d have 2 wardrobe malfunctions.

  12. Kaya says:

    Selena Gomez, seriously?? Major filtering, sexy pose, great hair, flattering lighting… Of course you look gorgeous. Make up isn’t the only thing to take good photos. It’s as if you’re fooling your fans, and not to mention, what’s the point of saying you’re beautiful without make up? That comes off as conceited.

    • Lex says:

      She is 21 years old… why shouldn’t she have great skin? Also, whenever anyone does photos and claims to be makeup free… uhh.. how do you ever know? There are bb creams and tinted moisturisers which can do wonders for your skin which are pretty much undetectable. Not to mention eyebrow shaping with powder, light mascara etc.
      But agreed – why is someone who is already clearly beautiful to be applauded for not wearing makeup? Like hey, sucked in everyone, I am still better than you!

  13. Phew says:

    are those tats under her arms or stretch marks?

  14. TeresaGiudice says:

    I wouldn’t mind having a hot gyno. I bet all of his clients get waxed and spend hours primping before they get their annual pap!

  15. Kelly says:

    I love Rita Ora. She’s such a good singer when she does her songs acoustic style.

  16. CeCe says:

    I could only get through one and a half books in this series…I will def see the movie, can’t wait to hate it :)

  17. Becky1 says:

    I think the “Girls” promo image is trying to be evocative of the 1990 indie movie “Metropolitan.”

  18. Really says:

    Is it bad I have no idea who Rita Ora is?
    And my doctor is pretty good looking and whenever I had to have a pap or whatever done, I’d always joke about whose turn it was to bring the flowers or buy dinner. One time I told him he should have a miner’s helmet with a light on it. Completely inappropriate but whatever, it seemed better than laying there in silence and terrified my bits would noisy.

  19. theresa says:

    LOL – I thought that was Gwen Stefani until I clicked on it!

  20. Lubyanka says:

    I just have to note here, it’s Vader, not Vadar. The article sourced has it correctly spelled.

  21. Amanda_M87 says:

    She looks like a cartoon character. This movie is going to suck so bad…

  22. Snappyfish says:

    I think Gwen looks adorable as usual but I’m thinking Gavin not aging quite as well