Who's Writing the Film Adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey?" 


Focus Features and Universal Pictures have found their scriptwriter for their joint venture in bringing the popular book "Fifty Shades of Grey" to the big screen!

Written by E L James, the scribe who will adapt her book is Kelly Marcel, who wrote a 2011 Black List Script called "Saving Mr. Banks" about Walt Disney Pictures' 20-year pursuit of P.L. Travers' book, "Mary Poppins."

But as you may know, "Fifty Shades of Grey" is not necessarily a spoonful of sugar -- it's a salacious, kinky S&M cornucopia of literature, but people love it!

No word yet on whether Marcel will also adapt the book's sequels, "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed."

Here's the full press release from Focus:

KELLY MARCEL TO WRITE THE SCREENPLAY TO UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND FOCUS
FEATURES' FILM ADAPTATION OF "FIFTY SHADES OF GREY"

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, October 8, 2012-Universal Pictures and Focus
Features today announced that Kelly Marcel will write the screenplay to the highly anticipated film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce the film based on E L
James' #1 Bestselling book, alongside James. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Chairman, Donna Langley and Focus Features' Chief Executive Officer, James Schamus.

Marcel wrote the 2011 Black List script, Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney's twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L.
Travers' novel, "Mary Poppins," and the rocky relationship that formed
between the two. The film is currently in production at Walt Disney
Studios starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell with John
Lee Hancock directing. Marcel served as the co-creator and executive
producer of the Amblin/FOX-TV series Terra Nova, for which she wrote the series' pilot episode. She will also produce The Madonnas Of Echo Park for HBO.

"Kelly's work demonstrates her flawless structural technique and
passionate commitment to emotion, humor and depth of character which is particularly visible in the celebrated screenplay for the upcoming
Saving Mr. Banks," said De Luca. "We were all taken with the depth and passion of Kelley's engagement with the characters and world E L James has created and we knew she was the right person to augment our Fifty Shades family," added Brunetti.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three
books in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" Trilogy in March of this year.
Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal. "Fifty Shades of Grey" has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 45 languages worldwide since its release. In the U.S. alone, the "Fifty Shades" trilogy has sold over 32 million copies in e-book and print making it one of the fastest selling book series ever.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" follows the relationship of 27-year-old
billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.
Subsequent novels in the series, "Fifty Shades Darker" (September 2011) and "Fifty Shades Freed" (January 2012) explore the couple's deepening relationship. For more information please see the official Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/fiftyshadesofgreymovie.

Marcel was represented in the deal by WME and Casarotto Ramsay &
Associates Limited.


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"Taken 2" Takes Box-Office Crown! 


Liam Neeson proves he's the action star du-jour with "Taken 2" as the sequel claimed the top spot at the weekend box-office. "Taken 2" earned a staggering $50 million domestic take and that's double the debut of the original "Taken" which earned $24.7 when it first made its appearance in 2009.

I didn't quite like the sequel, I thought it was repetitive, but fans love it, so who am I to judge the power of Mr. Neeson and the franchise?

Meanwhile, previous weekend's box-office champ, Adam Sandler's "Hotel Transylvania," fell to No. 2 with $26.3 million. So far, the Sony Pictures Animation flick has earned a total of $76 million in domestic tickets, and a worlwide total of $105.3.

At No. 3 was Universal's on-key "Pitch Perfect" with a $14.7 million debut. Starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, the film is funny, and will make you sing and dance all the way home.

The terrific sci-fi action tale, "Looper," fell to the No. 4 spot with $12.2 million. So far, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis starrer has grossed $40.3 million domestic total.

"Frankenweenie," on the other hand," had a soft debut, earning $11.5 million at the box-office for the No. 5 spot. Directed by Tim Burton based on his 1984 live-action short, the film was produced for $39 million so Walt Disney Pictures might be able to recoup its budget.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office for weekend of Oct. 5:

1. "Taken 2," $50 million ($55 million international).

2. "Hotel Transylvania," $26.3 million ($13.1 million international).

3. "Pitch Perfect," $14.7 million ($480,000 international).

4. "Looper," $12.2 million ($7.5 million international).

5. "Frankenweenie," $11.5 million.

6. "End of Watch," $4 million.

7. "Trouble with the Curve," $3.9 million.

8. "House at the End of the Street," $3.7 million.

9. "The Master," $1.8 million.

10. "Finding Nemo," $1.6 million ($600,000 international).

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Movie Reviews – “FRANKENWEENIE” and “THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER” 


Two films opening this weekend, one’s the blockbuster animated tale “Frankenweenie,” and the other is the smaller but full of heart limited release “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” “Frankenweenie” features the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron and Conchata Ferrell.

“Perks” is based on the book by Stephen Chbosky who also did double-duties in the film working as the scriptwriter and director. That’s hard to do! Starring Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Johnny Simmons, Mae Whitman, and Logan Lerman, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is now out on limited release.

So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look:



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Logan Lerman Talks About “Perks of Being a Wallflower” and Teases Us About “Noah!” 


So finally, I got to talk to Logan Lerman for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” When I went to Toronto for TIFF, Lerman was in the middle of working on Darren Aronofsky's “Noah” and he was not able to attend the press junket for the movie. Yeah, the wallflower himself was missing! Well, thank the film gods, and Summit, he was made available to talk to press about his fantastic film (video below)!

In the movie, Lerman stars as Charlie, a brooding freshman who’s counting down the days of finishing high school – 1,385 days to be exact! He’s dreading going to school, that is until, he meets Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller) who shows him some perks of being a wallflower. “Perks” is one of the best coming-of-age movies I’ve ever seen!

In this interview, we talked about:

His interest in making “Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Working with writer/author/director Stephen Chbosky
How he got into his character of Charlie
He teases us about “Noah!” He was shooting the night before the interview! And lots and lots of extras!
And since I’m from Palm Springs – it’s nice to know that Logan’s family has a house here too!

Have fun!



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Emma Watson and Stephen Chbosky Interview for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower!" I Love This Film! 


I love Emma Watson! She grew up before our very eyes playing Hermione in the beloved “Harry Potter” series. And boy, did she grow up to be a fine, sweet young woman. In the new movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Watson plays Sam, the love interest of our wallflower, Charlie (Logan Lerman). This film is simply one of the best movies this year, in my humble opinion (video below).

When I met Watson during the Toronto International Film Festival, she was joined by Stephen Chbosky, the author, writer, and director of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” In this interview, we talked about:

What did Emma think of the book when she first read it?
To Stephen – why did he decide to adapt and direct his own novel?
To Emma – what attracted her to the character Sam?
Why many people love the book and now the movie?

Have fun!



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