Dakota Johnson in black Dior at Berlinale premiere: not bad or still tragic?

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Here are some photos from last night’s Berlin Film Festival premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey. I was going to bitch about the studio using the Berlinale as a premiere launch for this terrible movie, but I’m pretty sure that the Berlin Film Festival organizers don’t mind that much. Sure, they’re screen your terrible film. Who cares? Fashion notes: Dakota Johnson is wearing a relatively simple (and buttony) Dior gown which I shockingly do not hate. Sam Taylor Johnson is wearing Stella McCartney and I don’t hate that either. What is the world coming to?! I’ll even admit that Dakota and Jamie Dornan look very nice and matchy standing next to each other. E.L. James even looks nice too.

Dakota and Jamie also did a photoshoot with W Magazine, but I’m not going to publish those photos because they’re pretty p0rny. You can see the NSFW pics here. Dakota’s facial expressions totally ruin it, although Jamie isn’t helping a sister out. He looks bored to tears in every single photo. Dakota just looks… blank. Like a doll with terrible bangs.

Meanwhile, E.L. James has a new interview with the New York Times and some of the quotes are absolutely priceless. You can read the full piece here, and here are some highlights:

Why she fought so hard for her vision of the story: “I was thinking about the readers…I understand what it’s like to be in fandom. I had to fight for a lot of things really hard. And I did.”

The hardest part about adapting her book for a film: “My biggest concern was making sure that the sex was really classy and tasteful. It’s very coyly written in the books. Women don’t like salacious slang. So that was really important to me, to keep it tasteful.”

Fighting for particular details to be included: “Well, the Red Room (of Pain), for example, wasn’t red at first. But it’s things like this, within any creative process, when you’re the auteur of a whole universe, and then, you’re spreading it out … it’s not always going to be aligned with how you saw it. But beneath it all, I was just hoping that we’d have something that the fans would be happy with.”

There’s more to the story than sex: “Absolutely! But you guys, the media, are all about the sex. The fact is, it’s a love story, and women respond to the love story. The fact that there’s a little bit of kinky sex in there is sort of like an added bonus. It’s just become sensationalized, because it’s like … Oh my God, women like sex. Yes we do, thank you very much!”

The book is successful everywhere… “Except in Japan. It’s doing OK in Japan, but women don’t talk to each other there. They’re so private about what goes on in the bedroom. That was interesting.”

[From The NY Times]

The audacity of this woman to refer to herself as “the auteur of a whole universe.” Good God, woman. This is just poorly written Twihard fan-fiction. And this whole section: “…making sure that the sex was really classy and tasteful. It’s very coyly written in the books. Women don’t like salacious slang.” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

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  1. Charlotte says:

    Sam TW said in the interview that Angelina Jolie wanted to direct, but lost out, then contacted her to say no hard feelings. Did I miss this piece of information earlier? Is this true? Seems like bad fan fiction. Must like Fifty Shades of Grey.

    • V4Real says:

      Yo Charlotte duck. The Balls are about to be thrown your way.

    • Bridget says:

      How would that even have worked? Wasn’t the Jolie balls deep in Unbroken during the run-up and filming of 50 Shades of Stuff?

      The one thing I commend James on is the fact that she was committed to hiring women for the key jobs for this movie.

      • Bridget says:

        I also want to add, STW had actually said that it wouldn’t have been buried in some interview. It would have been blared in every headline, like it was with the Sony emails. Could you imagine the gossip mileage we would have gotten out of “Angelina shut out of 50 shades!”

    • Kitten says:

      Baller move, Charlotte. My advice is for you take cover ASAP.

    • Brittney B says:

      I remember those rumors during the search for a director. Sam has said a few other things that seem highly doubtful during her press tour, but let’s suppose this one is true… it would REALLY disappoint me to learn that Angelina actually wanted to be a part of this. It would make a little more sense if she hadn’t actually read the book, and expressed a passing interest because she likes a challenge and dabbles in S&M herself.

      But if she actually read the book and still wanted to direct? She’s someone who advocates for women’s rights, speaks out against rape as a weapon used to control and belittle human beings, and has explored the relationship between pain and pleasure in her own sex life. This book perpetuates abuse and rape, not consensual kinks. I cannot imagine her being okay with that… and even if she wanted to direct her own version of it, she never would’ve been okay with such a strict adherence to the author’s vision. It sounds like she and Charlie both dodged a bullet.

      • eva says:

        http://www.movieweb.com/angelina-jolie-will-not-direct-fifty-shades-of-grey

        There were rumors circulating that Angelina Jolie, director of the acclaimed drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, was being considered to direct, which was shut down by the Universal executive.

        “No. We’re involved in a different project [the World War II drama Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption] with her. But we have had really, really interesting, great conversations with talented, serious filmmakers.”

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2582494/Im-better-telling-stories-A-blushing-Angelina-Jolie-reveals-direct-steamy-Fifty-Shades.html

        It’s a rumour that circulated Hollywood for at least a year.
        But Angelina Jolie has revealed that she wasn’t in the frame to bring erotic trilogy Fifty Shades Of Grey to the big screen.
        In fact the actress-turned-director blushed bright red when asked about her possible connection in an interview with Entertainment Weekly for the cover story of its latest edition.

        The 38-year-old stammered, ‘I – I was just,’ before laughing for a long time, according to the magazine.
        After a lengthy pause, the Oscar winner went on to say: ‘I – I think they’re just … it’s funny, I think with directing, you just think, “I’m better at telling some stories than others,” but, um, who knows?
        ‘I came very clear out of the gate: after Blood And Honey, if I ever directed again, it would have to be a certain kind of film.’

  2. Greata says:

    E.L. James looks like she borrowed a costume from Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra wardrobe.

  3. AG-UK says:

    I have not read the book and won’t be spending my ££ to see the film but they all look nice. Dakota is very pretty and Jamie sort that bowtie.

    • Kate says:

      I agree that they all look pretty.
      Dakota looks IDENTICAL to Alexis Bledel ca. season 6 of Gilmore Girls in the top picture, it’s almost scary.

    • Micki says:

      Wise decision.
      Die Spiegel:”In comparison is “Prety Woman” oscarworthy complex”
      And in Stern I’ve read that the French FSK is 12 because “Noone can be surprised by anything here” And the film is described as “schmaltzy”
      I am curious about the profit it’ll make

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I haven’t read the book or seen the movie. I tried to read the book, but my love of the English language prevented me from getting beyond the first forty pages of drek. But I’ve been seeing a lot of comments elsewhere about how this movie glorifies violence against women and domestic abuse and I was wondering what people on here thought of that?
    E.L. James is delusional.

    • kcarp says:

      I had a hard time figuring out why women found controlling men sexy. This Gray guy was a straight up freak. Fine if they want to do bondage but this guy was like a stalker it was gross.

      • Zapp Brannigan says:

        I have no idea how the dude in the books gave anyone the tingles. The entire plot seemed to be that she could cure him with lurve, no matter how crappy, stalkery or straight up abusive he was. My main problem were that it reinforced the idea that a womans virginity was something that was to be prized over everything else. This played out with the idea that Anna was a special snowflake that he could love because she was not a filthy tramp like the evil women that he was in sexual relationships with before her. They were not worthy of his love as they were spoiled goods. It is still letting woman know that their value to society is whats in their pants.

        TLDR: Please never let EL James near pens, pencils, paper, laptops or anything that she may use to “write” with ever again.

      • Leftovers says:

        I’ve not read the books or seen the film either, but a friend of mine mentioned some of the bondage passages in the book, and apparently it really misrepresents the BDSM accepted code of conduct, in that there is no respect for the safe word, nor comforting/reassuring after the fact. That makes it wrong on enough levels.

      • Wren says:

        @Zapp Ugh, really? I didn’t (couldn’t, it was so bad) read it but that bugs the hell out of me. I’m beyond tired of the idea that virginity is so freaking important that a woman is “damaged” or “dirty” if she’s had sex. But Ana is just so pure that her pure love and her pure vadge can cure this broken man, who of course was simply waiting for such purity to come along and then he’ll be all right again? Even if that were possible (spoiler: it isn’t), why would she even want to? Oh, that’s right, because she’s a naive virgin with the personality of tepid bathwater who doesn’t know the difference between a healthy BDSM relationship and abuse. Doesn’t he get her drunk so she’ll do things with him?

    • savu says:

      Full disclosure: I haven’t read any of the books, not even a page. But I remember reading from a woman who’s into BDSM saying it so misrepresents the community, and could qualify as abuse.

      She talked about Christian bugging her phone, getting her a little drunk so she’ll agree to do things in bed she usually wouldn’t, and even something about the fact that she was a virgin was kind of screwy because she wasn’t in a place to truly “experiment”. She talked about how the “rules” of BDSM are all about comfort. No one should be coerced into it, no one should feel pressured. It should be a safe experience where really, both people have the power to stop at any time. And of course the tracking her phone thing is wildly manipulative.

      I agree with the woman whose opinion I read online. Wouldn’t the book be just as riveting if she left out a lot of those crossing-a-safety-line details? The storyline could’ve been slightly tweaked to make sure it wasn’t teetering on abuse and true powerlessness.

      • Leftovers says:

        Just what I came here to say as well. Fully agree.

      • lucy2 says:

        An 80+ year old woman just told me she read the books and thought it was totally abusive and treated women horribly.

      • Lucrezia says:

        I’m not sure it’d be the same story if tweaked.

        It’s obviously a fail at portraying a healthy BDSM relationship, but I’m not sure it should be seen as an attempt to do that in the first place. I think should be judged more like a stalker/rape fantasy. The former is definitely more my kink than the latter, but plenty of women seemed to like 50 Shades as is. The same demographic who liked Twilight which had the creepy stalky/obsessive elements without the graphic sex. So I wonder if “fixing” it would make it better for “us”, but ruin it for “them”.

    • Dani2 says:

      Oh it definitely does, I could only get through the first book but I remember a scene where she refuses to have sex with him and he tells her he’ll tie her up if she keeps fighting him. And before anyone says, “some people are just into BDSM”, save it because I’ve read and enjoyed BDSM books before (Cherise Sinclair’s stuff is great) but the problem with this one is that it does not portray a safe and consensual BDSM relationship.

    • Diana B says:

      It is the poster of abusive relationships. He’s a controling @ssh*le and according to this “great auteur” he likes BDSM because he’s damaged and that’s why he’s an @ssh*le. In her mind he’s not abusive or a stalker, no! He’s just into BDSM. Sigh, the crap that’s on that book.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      I made it through 100 pages and then gave up. English is a second language for me and I’ve read some pretty questionable fantasy/smut books, none of which were the highest quality. But THIS was so awful on every level that I couldn’t. And yes, partly because it does not portray a healthy BDSM relationship. James doesn’t understand the dynamics because she didn’t read up on it, obviously. It’s partly about control, sure. But not necessarily on the part of the dominant and definitely NOT the way she wrote it. To me, those first 100 pages read like a grooming manual for sexual predators. If you’re an adult and know better, you recognize it for the crap it is but I shudder to think that girls read this and think it’s okay.

    • Wren says:

      I tried to read it too, but I was overcome with the urge to get out a red pen and start correcting the grammar and sentence structure. It’s SO BADLY written I couldn’t even believe it.

      • holly2905 says:

        AMEN!!! When you think of all the really good writers who struggle to get anyone to read, let alone publish, their work the success of these “books” is nauseating.

      • jenniferjustice says:

        Yes, it was not well-written. I also didn’t care for the author’s idea of how Americans speak. We do not say “double crap!” I’ve never heard anyone use that term. In the books, it was used a lot.

    • I Choose Me says:

      You got a lot further than me. My sister in law recommended it and emailed the pdf. I got to about twenty five pages in then started skimming hoping to find the good stuff. Yeah, there wasn’t any. The writing style made me twitch. The characters are barely that and there was the barest semblance of a plot.

      What I’ve found is that the people who recommended the books to me are not typically readers so they don’t realise how bad the books are.

  5. savu says:

    I like how all three of the women are dressed. All substance asid, Erica looks crazy happy to be there. I have a slim boyish body type and I’d wear the hell out of Dakota’s dress. The red lipstick gives her something above the bore-factor, thank goodness.

    I won’t be seeing the movie, didn’t read the books. I’m comfortable enough to say if I want to watch p*rn, I’ll go watch p*rn. But I am happy that probably one of the highest-grossing movies of the year is directed by a woman. Good for Universal and good for her.

  6. smee says:

    I can’t wait for this whole bland pile-o-crap to open, flop and go away already.

    • insomniac says:

      Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s going to flop. We’re going to be stuck with this one for a while.

    • Moffa says:

      Yeah, haven’t 2 more movies already been green lighted? Hopefully those don’t drum up as much press as this one.

      • Jessica Fletcher says:

        Yeah, they have said they’ll make the whole appalling trilogy, but I reckon that’s only if this is is a smash hit.

        Greenlighting a sequel right before the release of the 1st instalment is a movie business tactic – go see this movie asap, there’ll be more soon. They also greenlit a sequel to that awful Ryan Reynolds, Green Latern thing right before opening weekend. Then it flopped.

  7. Talie says:

    I was just stunned that the great Patrick Marber agreed to do a rewrite of the script and EL apparently freaked out and didn’t want anything changed. What a damn fool!

  8. BendyWindy says:

    Well isn’t she precious!

  9. Tifygodess24 says:

    “It’s’s very coyly written in the books. Women don’t like salacious slang.” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!” …..
    It’s like you read my mind haha! So on one hand she says oh women like sex but on the other hand she comes off that if its not butterflies, unicorns and flowers we are offended by it. Please lady find a stadium and take a seat – all of them. Glad I didn’t read or won’t ever read her rubbish book.

    Dakota and Jamie have absolutely no chemistry. I would think if I was casting a movie like this I would find two people who really set it off for sure. She’s like a wet noodle and he looks about as excited as someone waiting for a prostate exam. #justsaying

  10. Dani2 says:

    One of the most disturbing/strange things I’ve heard about this book is a scene where they having sex while Anastasia was pregnant and the baby kicked and Christian said something about the baby liking sex already.
    I mean, WTF??

    • JB says:

      Me too! I haven’t read any of the books but I read a few excerpts and that was one of them. Sex doesn’t skeeve me out, in general, but that detail for sure did. I’ll see The Spongebob Movie this weekend instead.

      • Dani2 says:

        Girl, Sylvia Day and Maya Banks are two authors that I enjoy reading immensely. I love a good erotic fic but the book romanticises abuse so nope, I’m not even going to hate-watcht this film, it’s not getting any of my money.

    • mom2two says:

      Doesn’t he also whip her while she’s pregnant? Or was I having a bad dream? Count me as another one who will be seeing and rooting for Spongebob to have another weekend at #1.

  11. cr says:

    EL is delusional. She should team up ‘creatively’ with Kanye, just to see what happens with the egos.
    Dakota doesn’t look that bad. Jamie looks like he’d rather be having a root canal.
    Looking at the reviews it’s funny, because many of the reviews, even those that didn’t like the movie, ended up liking Dakota and thinking that Jamie was wooden. Which is not what I expected.

  12. OSTONE says:

    They look nice. Regardless, a bowl of oatmeal has more personality than Dakota.

    • Dońt kill me i'm french says:

      Actually,Dakota is pretty good as Steele in the movie contrary to Dorman who is wooden.I saw the movie yesterday with my husband and my mum( it was her week to choose the movie) and we agreed to ask how a nice girl like Ana deserved better than a humorless good looking brush like first lover

  13. Mom2two says:

    I think that dress suits Dakota well and Sam Taylor Johnson (Wood?) is wearing the heck out of that white dress. The body language between her and EL James is interesting. They make Dakota and Jamie look like BFF. I don’t know how Sam will survive two more movies with EL James. Please tell me Angelina wanting to direct is bad fan fiction.

  14. Belle Epoch says:

    They all have rocks in their heads. Jamie seems nice but what was he thinking? TWO MORE?

  15. grabbyhands says:

    Oh my god, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything so laughable.

    You’re not an auteur. You managed to parlay very poorly written Twilight fanfiction into a huge amount of money, granted-but that doesn’t make you an artist. Just because there are a lot of apparently unfulfilled women who want to playact at a “kinky” lifestyle doesn’t make what you created good. But hey, I guess you saw that there was a huge untapped Twilight Mommy market and ran with it. Kudos to you.

    The willful ignorance about what she wrote is painful-it’s really a love story! The sex is so minimal and it is so coyly written! PLEASE. The “salacious slang” (which itself sounds like it was created by a 14 year old) is the prime reason this mommy porn sold as well as it did.

    I feel bad for real writers. I really do.

  16. Loopy says:

    I have been reading the reviews, they have not been kind.

  17. Tig says:

    I saw her on Jimmy Fallon- she was very cute and engaged. I think they made a wise call to split them on the press tour.

    All of the main participants look great here. Re the critics- did anyone ever believe this would be a critic’s favorite? I am glad tho, that Dakota is getting some praise.

  18. scout says:

    Dakota looks great as long as she doesn’t open her mouth. Something about her teeth makes her look very unattractive. I still can’t bring myself to read those books, not going to pay to see this movie but hope this film won’t ruin Jamie’s career. He deserves much better.
    E.L.James looks like a Christmas tree.

  19. Maria says:

    I actually like her dress, too bad she has the personality of lettuce. ..l

  20. Cora says:

    What’s going on with Amelia Warner? She’s such a beautiful woman, but her hair, makeup and that onsie aren’t doing her any favours.

    • Granger says:

      I was just coming here to say that! What the hell is she wearing????

      • holly2905 says:

        the first shots I saw were from the waist up so I thought “finally she wears something appropriate”. then I saw the full shots and abandoned that idea.

  21. Luca76 says:

    I read the first book on vacation as a lark. It was so unsexy, unromantic, and uninteresting. It made the Twilight books ( yes I read them too )seem like Shakespeare.

  22. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I think Dakota’s dress is amazing, I really like the mannish buttons on it too. I wish she’d do something else with her hair other than “hangs in face” but other than that she looks pretty. Jamie, love the navy bow tie with the tux, he knows how to work a suit. Sam’s dress shows off her body really well and I like the cut but any other colour would have been better, too much white. E.L. I do not love her Christmas bauble dress sorry.

  23. PunkyMomma says:

    This has been Dakota’s best look so far. That’s all I got.

  24. Catk says:

    I love salacious slang.

    • Emily says:

      Yep.

      If I’m going to read that kind of book, no flowery euphemisms are allowed. Bring it dirty or go home.

  25. Pri says:

    E.L. James’s dress is dreadful to say the least. The others look good, very clean.

    I was reading some of the early reviews of the film and they were saying Jamie Dornan was like something out of the twilight movies, you know, not showing much emotion and lacking the charisma that Christian Grey should be having and most said the Dakota Johnson was the hidden gem of the film. Idk. Early reviews so….

    • Tig says:

      If the character is as he’s portrayed in the book- he’s supposed to be very contained. If he was doing beer pong, for starters, you’d have an entirely different character. And remember, actors are directed to deliver lines in a certain fashion- so this must be how STJ saw the character for this film. I am a JD supporter- as you could prob tell!- and intend on watching Racing Hearts at some point to get some idea as to his growth as an actor. BTW- has anyone seen anything as to whether he’ll be back in The Fall?

    • L says:

      Well it’s Twilight fan fiction-so it makes sense for him to do that. That’s how the character is.

    • Helo says:

      @PRI: Interesting regarding the critics writing that Johnson is the hidden gem (I have read that as well) and the thing is, there were reports that not only do the two leads have zero chemistry, but reshoots were needed because Johnson’s acting was so bad.

      So…I think a generous amount of last minute spin is being generated about Johnson.

      • Tig says:

        Ooh- conspiracy theories!! Why do you suppose this “spin” was needed, assuming it’s true? It’s not as though folks were coming to see Dakota!

      • Lucrezia says:

        It’s not last minute spin – that comes from different sources. This is all the “top critics” pretty much universally acclaiming Johnson. I was as surprised as you, since I’d also read the pre-release gossip that said she was a charisma-suck.

        It’s such a striking discrepancy that I’m now starting to wonder why she was copping so much flack pre-release. I could see being a decent actress and a bland interview, but this seems more than that.

      • Paige says:

        I doubt it. I’ve read at least five reviews that said Dakota Johnson was the best thing about this terrible film, and it was the opposite with Jamie. I’ve also read their chemistry is fine in the film. It think the stories about them hating eachother are just rumors, nothing else.

      • mia girl says:

        She may seem pretty bland in real life, but I’m not all that surprised to read that she delivers on screen.

        She was really cute in that TV show that was on for a season or so (can’t remember the name) and she was also funny in the Five Year Engagement movie with Jason Segal and Emily Blunt. Actually she and Chris Pratt were both bright spots in the movie.

      • Dońt kill me i'm french says:

        Dakota is the best part of the movie.Her Ana Steele is an young sarcastic woman who waits to fall in love to have sex.Sadly she’s attracted by a good looking humorless sociopath.
        The movie is enough faithful to the book .They dropped some controversial parts and Ana is not a clumsy oaf anymore but the movie is not exciting ( sex scenes are boring) and boring

      • Helo says:

        @TIG: Well, if the reports are true, the last minute spin would be created to keep people from thinking that this film is another Twilight with bad acting, shallow plot, etc.,…they have already green lit the sequels. A lot of money at stake.

        Btw, more than a few critics have been less than kind about the acting from both Johnson and Dornan. Claudia Puig (sp.?) from UsaToday wrote that Johnson comes from the lip biting school of acting, ala Kristen Stewart. Indiewire gave the film an “F” and wrote that the acting from the leads was outshined by the actress who plays Johnson’s roommate.

    • Elly says:

      I´m an avid reader and i´m fast if a story is good. I can´t sleep till i finish a good book so i read books in one day and night. I started 50shades because everyone was talking about it. After 40% i dumped it and 8 months later i finished it with lots of skipping and i did the same with the other 2 books. Just so i can judge and say i survived.
      After watching the movie trailer i say both actors play the characters well. Neither Ana nor Grey are charming in the book. She is stupid and boring. He is boring and bland. Even in the book there was no chemistry between them?!
      His character changes. In book1 he is contained and bland. From book 2-3 he is whiny and unlikeable. I can´t remember in which book the thing with the helicopter was but i was hoping he died in the accident and Ana grows up (althrough i knew there is another book/s). But a girl can dream.

  26. L says:

    Did anyone look at the W pictures? So boring. So vanilla. For all the talk of the sexy nature of the film-one picture has the super kinky missionary position. Where they look like beached turtles. And zero chemistry-Dornan looks bored.

    I mean if you are going to do a trashy terrible romance novel-at least go full trashy. At least TRY.

    • chaine says:

      I know, LOL. Woman on back with legs wrapped around man on top, both looking like they are posing for a “how to” illustration in a very tame sex manual–is this really the shocking stuff about which my right-wing-Christian Facebook friends keep ranting and warning me from seeing?

  27. Delta Juliet says:

    Sam looks amazing in that dress. I got on just to say that haha

  28. SnarkGirl says:

    Why do I have a feeling that EL James home library is chock full of heaving bosom, ripped bodice, then end chapter romance novels. :/

    Lots of women love erotica with lots of salacious slang. They’re probably the ones that also know this book/movie is as far away from real BDSM ( where consent is the guiding principle) as a Harlequin Romance is from a real relationship.

    Please Ms James, keep your comments on what women want confined to what *you* want, and let the rest of us speak for our own salacious selves.

  29. insomniac says:

    If anyone hasn’t seen Jenny Trout’s recaps of the three books, I highly recommend them: http://jennytrout.com/?page_id=5720

    • PunkyMomma says:

      These are priceless – far better than the source material (if you can call Twilight fan fiction source material).

    • Delta Juliet says:

      I second (third?) this. I stated with reading Jenny’s recaps and then just went on to read her whole blog.
      I also bought two of her books (The Boss series). If you want a fun BDSM love story, try that one out!

    • Ange says:

      Fourthed! I may start reading them again to soothe myself.

  30. TeresaMaria says:

    Even if the film makes millions, I am so glad Charlie Hunnam pulled out of this (whatever the reasons). I love Jamie Dornan and I don’t mind seeing him naked, but I’d rather prefer a different film.
    I tried to read the book, but as someone already said – I love English language too much (and I am not even a native speaker) to suffer through that. Not to mention the whole “abuse is sexy” concept does not work for me.

  31. kri says:

    Oh my god. “Auteur”?! Um, lady, I know Benedict Cumberbatch, and you ma’am are no Benedict Cumberbatch. I think I read about 10 sentences from that book, then I rolled my eyes so hard I gave myself a migraine. I can just hear the love squeals of the Great Auteur as she was writing it. Gross.

    • booboobird says:

      i was actually wondering about this whole auteur thing. I mean she is not writing the piece. who decided it’s auteur vs author? was it the auteur/author of the interview just wanted to make fun of her or they heard her saying it that way. it’s still ridiclious (as my 4yo says)
      i’m with the people who read 50shades diagonally. very repetitive and boring. and totally agree with dani2 about Sylvia Day. she is superior.
      I like the black dress. but not the buttons. Sam’s dress is nice too. Jamie very dapper but too much facial hair for me.

  32. lucy2 says:

    Everyone looks nice there, but reading the EL comments made me mad.
    There are very talented writers out there who have their well-written books optioned for film and then don’t have any control over what is portrayed on film. And then this fan-fic lady gets full control over the script of a 3 movie deal? Garbage.

  33. Jayna says:

    I love her hair color oh her. It’s beautiful.

  34. Joy says:

    Way back when her horrific drivel got popular, James had some insight into the fact that she’s not a good writer, and that this is really just dumb luck. NOW she’s talking like she wrote some great piece of literature. No, no you did not.

    • lucy2 says:

      She bought into her own hype and let her ego run free. I pity those who have to deal with her on a daily basis, I imagine she’s Goop levels of insufferable.

  35. Sue says:

    Oh please. EL James is delusional. She even looks like the type that would right bad Twilight fan fiction as an adult.

  36. Cindy says:

    Sam and Dakota look really pretty, I love both gowns. Jamie dornan is looking like a teddy bear lately, and I don’t mean that in a cutesy way, I mean he literally looks like a teddy bear with that beard and expression.

    Good grief the “author” must have been a nightmere during filming, I feel sorry for all of them…..

  37. Lucrezia says:

    To be completely fair, auteur just means someone who exercises control over their works and imparts their distinctive style.

    Absolutely nothing in that definition says that the style has to be any good.

  38. Marty says:

    In what way exactly, is the “tampon scene” from the first book written coyly?

  39. jess says:

    This is weird. Even E.L.James looks okay.. Hmm…

  40. Jag says:

    I wish I could send her some of my short stories. She would fall over on her fainting couch, for sure! She has no idea what some women want.

    His beard is so awful. Why would they not want him to look hot so that people would want to see more of him in the movie?

    I love the body language showing that the 3 on the left want nothing to do with the author on the right. lol

  41. kim says:

    I heard Dakota had her audition with Persona dialogues. If it was the part that I’m thinking of, I’m definitely gonna see this movie.

  42. gilmore says:

    Lol Dakota actually kinda looks like the author. el must be happy about that, it’s like she get’s to watch all the gross stuff happening on screen and pretend like it’s a version of her.

  43. Micki says:

    So which pair has less chemistry now :D akota and Jamie or KStew and Rpatz?

  44. an old prude says:

    I dont mind if a writer interferes in a movie made on their book. i never saw a movie as good as a book, a book is always way more better to me. So IMO movie directors never do justice to a book.

    Also I kinda liked the books. I wasnt expecting it to be some literary master piece.It was a corny semi erotica book and that is exactly what i wished to read when I pecked this up.

    • Penelope says:

      In general you are correct about books being better than movies, but this is not always true. IMO the Godfather movie was way better than the book, as was Jaws. I’m sure there are more but those two spring immediately to mind, particularly the former.

  45. Josefa says:

    That’s probably the best Dakota has ever looked. Reviews have been pretty good for her, too. Most people say Dornan was the weaker link of the movie. Actually, reviews for this movie have been surprising for me. It’s around 40% at RT, which is a much better number than I predicted.

  46. Penelope says:

    I think they both look great.

  47. Mi says:

    I find it funny that men and especially women trash this books/movies because they portray unhealty relationship.You can say it’s a fantasy and don’t take it so seriously.I would worry about p0rn that treats women like objects but is not trashed by men,they enjoy it.Women are in relationships with abusers and everbody is fine with that.Cherlize Theron is in relationship with abuser and everybody thinks they look nice.Wonder how it ends.There are much worse things in a real life that some sex fantasy written by middle-aged woman.

  48. Kiki says:

    I think this movie is going to be Valentine’s Day gone bad, but this will be a hit at the box office and stay there for a week.

    Do I hate this movie? HELL TO THE Y-E-S. This is so much crap.

    I am going to watch 9 and half week starring Kim Bassinger and Mickey Rourke rather than this farce of a movie. Who in someone’s right mind thinks, that these two are sexy?

  49. Ice Queen says:

    “the auteur of a whole universe”…. It almost made me cry.

  50. Jayna says:

    The soundtrack to this movie is freakin’ amazing. My favorite album of the year so far.

    Annie Lenox
    Frank Sinatra
    Beyonce
    Sia
    The Rolling Stones
    Jessie Ware
    Vaults
    Weekend
    Ellie Goulding
    Skylar Grey

    and more

  51. moo says:

    Dakota is looking good in that dress. I like it.

  52. Justwastingtime says:

    How much did she piss off her stylist? That red lipstick is like clown makesup on her.

  53. Violet says:

    I haven’t read the books, but all I’ve heard everywhere is how awful they are. Why are they so popular then? I mean, I know that popular doesn’t always equal good, but it’s not like people are saying it’s mediocre and overrated. Everyone is like “this is the worst thing ever!”, from the writing, to the dialogues, characters, glorifying violence, etc.

    I’m actually really curious to hear the opinions of people who loved the books. Why do you love them?? and how do you get past all the alleged atrocities??

  54. Lahdidahbaby says:

    Dakota got some raves for her acting in the NYTimes today. Glad to see it, after she was panned by so many for not being pretty enough, by which many simply meant she wasn’t cosmetically-enhanced enough. So sad how our eyes become so accustomed to surgically altered bodies and faces that untouched, natural bodies and faces begin to look inadequate.