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  • ’50 Shades of Grey’ Breaks Record for Advanced Ticket Sales

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    50 Shades of GreyProving that the nation’s aunts have finally learned how to fully utilize the Internet, advanced ticket sales for Fifty Shades of Grey hit an all-time high this week. This was reported by box office website Fandango, which stated that since tickets for 50 Shades became available for pre-order last Sunday, the enormous sales have made the movie the fastest selling R-rated film in history.

    50 Shades of Grey releases February 13, obviously hoping to attract a Valentine’s Day crowd. The steamy, sex-filled film is an adaptation of the best-selling novel, itself a surprise hit considering it was originally conceived as erotic fanfiction for Twilight. It’s enormous success spawned two sequels and an entire genre of modern romance novels, many self-published as ebooks like 50 Shades originally was. It has since made author E L James over $100 million.

    R-rated films typically make less money because of their restricted demographics. Previous R-rated movies that have had explosive pre-order sales on Fandango include Sex and the City 2, Gone Girl, and The Hangover Part II and Part III.

    50 Shades of Grey already made news earlier this week when a new trailer was released during the Golden Globes. It stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson and was directed by Nowhere Boy’s Sam Taylor-Johnson.

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    January 16, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 5326

  • ‘Strangers on a Train’ to Get a New Look

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    strangers on a trainWhile there are always mixed feelings about remaking classic cinema, it’s certainly a plus knowing talent like Ben Affleck and David Fincher are attached to Warner’s newest venture, Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. The idea for the remake had been kicking around for some time, but after the box-office success of Gone Girl, the green-light was a no-brainer.

    The film will be produced by Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street under the title Strangers. Not only will the title get an facelift, the story will as well. Rather than taking place on a train, Affleck will play a movie star (not a far stretch for him) in the middle of an Oscar campaign during awards season. After his private plane breaks down, he is given a ride to Los Angeles on another plane by a wealthy stranger…cue the twist.

    Despite Affleck’s hectic schedule — directing and starring in the Dennis Lehane novel adaptation Live By Night in the spring and starring in Justice League in 2016 —  Strangers will be going the fast-track route.

    Given Fincher’s stellar filmography as a director with films like Fight Club, Seven, and Gone Girl, we’re anxious to see how well he’ll pull of the twist in this Hitchcock classic.

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    January 14, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3831